Category Archives: Holidays

New Goals for the New Year

The New Year Resolution hype is in full swing right now- the gyms are packed the Whole Thirty Book is flying off the shelf!

This year I wanted to set some goals instead of resolutions. For me, goals are more realistic and attainable. It will also be fun to look back on this post 6 months from now to see where I am at!  So, here it goes:

New Year Celebration with champagne.

*Be More Present. When I’m playing with my kids, that’s where I need to be -not worrying about their next meal, naptime or errand I need to run. And this also means- put down the phone. Don’t get me wrong, I love the convenience of social media & (my Amazon app of course) BUT there needs to be a time and a place. I’m trying to be more mindful of this and hope that will help.
*Give Myself Time to Blog. I started this blog as a hobby because it’s fun! I enjoy writing and having this outlet. Kind of like my online journal. So I think the little pockets of time I have to put down the phone will also free up my “freetime” to blog!
*Become Pop Pilates Certified & Teach! I’ve loved Pilates for a very long time and have always wanted to more delve into it. The timing just never seemed to exactly work out. I’ve been a fan of the Blogilates youtube videos for years- high energy and challenging! I know this will be a lot of work, especially carving out the time to learn choreography with the two littles but this time, the timing just seems right!
*Spend one night a week where I read. Curling up in my pajamas, a glass of wine and a good book is so relaxing. We love our tv shows but it’s nice to tune everything else out and escape into a good book!
Do you have any New Years Goals or Resolutions you are focusing on this year? Please share in the comments below!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Blog World!

I know I’m not on here very often this past year, but I’m still thankful for this space, the blogs I read, and those who have become blog friends!

I’m also thankful for this crazy little family of ours and look forward to enjoying some food, conversations and WINE later today. (This is the first holiday season in two years that I’m not pregnant) 🙂



Cheers to the start of the Holiday Season everyone!

Xo, Marielle

3 Ways to Boost Your Mood

With the busy Holiday season upon us, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and stressed out with Christmas shopping, holiday parties, family gatherings, decorating etc.

Sometimes it can be difficult to find some time alone to relax and regroup. And if you are anything like me, then you NEED some alone time! If that isn’t readily possible, try some of these tips below to de-stress and boost your mood!


Buy Some Fresh Flowers
I don’t know what it is about the bright fresh colors but anytime my husband or I bring them home, I can’t help but feel a little happier. {Anything that is the color pink helps too!}



Light A Candle

A good smelling candle or diffuser has always been calming to me. My favorite of late is the volcano Capri Blue candle (or diffuser). I can’t get enough of that smell. They are all over my local pure barre studio, so I have become obsessed. I bought a diffuser for Charlotte’s room and we have a candle out in our living room.



Listen to Music
I listen to a lot of Pandora stations throughout the day and my current go-to’s are James Morrison and Vance Joy for relaxing music.  I usually have some music playing when I’m getting ready in the morning.



Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!!

What are your go-to way’s to de-stress during the Holidays or in general?

Oh Hello There Blog!

Hey Hey!
Well I have managed to not post at all in November…until today. Yikes. I will partially blame this on the fact that little miss Charlotte has decided to not sleep as regularly, so my creativity has been a little zapped! I miss writing and having the time to write so I’m glad I made some time to do it today!

This post is a little all over the place since I haven’t blogged in a bit so bear with me. 😉


{She says: “Me not sleep?? No waayyyyy!!”}

I feel like it is officially winter here in Texas. It’s been chilly and gloomy the past few days. Womp Womp. I am glad it has cooled down, but the lack of sunshine this weekend has made me feel very blah! (Living in California has forever spoiled me) Since the weather is getting cooler, I’m trying to get in at least 2 runs a week until it gets too cold outside. I’m still loving my Pure Barre classes, Barre DVD’s, and Tone it Up Workouts when I’m exercising indoors.


I know I don’t talk much about cooking or nutrition on here, as I’m still a newbie but it is something I’m trying to get better at. Trader Joe’s has always been one of my favorite grocery stores. When I lived in California, there was one literally 5 minutes away so I could shop there every week. But now the closest one to me is a 20 minute drive- not horrible, but not super convenient. So, I get excited when I can go!

If you are a Trader Joe’s shopper…check out this book, it’s been my most used recipe book! (I’m not getting compensated to say this, I really like the book!)


The Holiday season is upon us, whether we like it or not! 🙂

I have to say, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday- when there is a day dedicated to eating large amounts of food with family and/or friends~ you just can’t go wrong! But I’m also a sucker for Christmas decorations, music and movies. My friend sent me the above picture and don’t judge me BUT some of these dates are in my calendar so I don’t miss out!

And with that, I’m off to tend to this cutie pants.


I’ll be back sooner than later! Thanks for stopping by!


What is your favorite holiday?

Do you shop at Trader Joe’s?

My Highlights of 2014

Do you guys remember Back to the Future when Marty McFly flies away to the future? Yea, the year was 2015. Seriously?!! And now it’s 2 days away! This makes me feel old.



One of the reasons I love blogging is that I can easily look back on my year in pictures, stories and posts. Here are some of my favorite moments of 2014:

Vegas Trip

We lived in Los Angeles for almost 3 years and went to Vegas 5 times. Geesh…. guess we were taking advantage of the proximity. Haha!


Attending my first Blog Conference

Lucky for me the conference was held about 45 minutes from my home in LA, so I had no excuse not to go. It was so great to meet my “blogging friends” in person and to learn so much.


I do wish there was more time for networking as a couple of my favorite bloggers were in attendance but I didn’t get a chance to talk to them. Shout out to Courtney, Gina, and Julie. Boo~ well maybe next time.

Running a Half Marathon

Before moving to California I ran a half sometimes twice a year. Needless to say I got a little burnt out on the whole race thing, but I’m happy hubby and I bit the bullet, signed up and finished one before we moved.


Napa Trip

A week away from the daily routine and the city was much needed. Even though I couldn’t fully enjoy all the wine (hubby has promised to save some bottles for me), I’d say it was a perfect trip. Paisley was with us too, she’s such a world traveler. 🙂


The Twinsies!

Of course the big life changer: our boy/girl twins arriving this Spring. We are so excited, nervous & anxious..which I figure is the norm with first time parents, esp. of twins!

Yep, Paisley is a proud big sister.



Feel like you need to do a quick re-set on Jan 1? Try out my at home New Years Day Workout !

And check out this article if you need some tips to stick with your New Years Resolutions.

Thanks again for reading and stopping by the blog! I can’t wait to see what 2015 holds for this blog and my freelance writing goals! Cheers!


Merry Christmas

Good Morning All!

I wanted to pop in quickly to wish you all a Merry Christmas and early happy new year! I can’t believe it’s almost 2015, that is mind boggling!



We are so happy to be living in Dallas around so many friends and family, to be first time home owners, and know our little family is growing in just a few months!

Today I’m doing some last minute grocery shopping for dinner tonight (the menu includes ham and green bean cassorle, yum!) and wrapping my last couple presents. Hubby is working a half day today so we’ll probably just relax at home and watch some Christmas movies. I can’t believe Christmas is tomorrow. Seriously!?!

I want to thank all of you for being a part of my blogging family! I’ve made so many great blogging connections this year and can’t wait to see what 2015 holds!


Off to some Pure Barre before I consume a lot of calories the next 2 days (all worth it, of course!)




Gifties for the Boy

Alright you guys, we have 1 week left to finish Christmas shopping. Seriously every year it feels like the time just goes faster and faster! I’m just about finished with my shopping, but have a few more things to pick up when I’m out shopping tomorrow.

Today I wanted to share some last minute shopping inspiration for the man in your life from a few of my favorite stores.

The Beer Boot. I don’t thing you can go wrong with this. I found one for hubby at Target.


The next three  gifts can be found at JCrew.


If your man is anything like mine, he does not like to shop especially for something like Socks. But he always seems to appreciate it when I find him a nice pair! 🙂

shavesetA fancy Shaving Set.  I don’t even now the last time my husband updated anything to do with shaving….and as I type this I don’t even want to know!

beanieA Beanie. Now that we are no longer living in So Cal we can both wear some winter weather gear!

And the last two gifts can be found at Nordstrom.


Slippers. These look so cozy I even want a pair!


Nike Dri-Fit Shirt. These seem to last forever, aren’t too pricey, and my husband loves them.

Well there ya go. Hope that gives you some shopping inspiration as we go into the last weekend before Christmas. Eek!

I hope everyone as a wonderful, fun, and relaxing holiday! Love, us!