Category Archives: Life Lately

What I’m Loving Lately

Hello hello!

Look at me, carving out some time to do some blogging! I feel so out of the blogging loop these days but am back at reading my favorites and hopefully spending more time here!  Although, thanks to Instagram and Snapchat, I feel like I am still “in the know” with my favorite blogger peeps!

Anywho, today I wanted to highlight a few things I’m lovely lately!

A California King Bed

Oh yeah, you read that right, we have upgraded! Friends moving = us buying their bed!

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Someone seems to think we bought this for her. Hmmmm

Wall Décor

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We re-arranged our room and had huge empty wall space, so the hubby did some shopping! (Thank you, Amazon).  He must know me really well, picked this out all by himself! Love!

Oh Paris, I have yet to visit you, but I will.

RX Bars

Okay, I have tried pretty much all protein bars out there. Seriously. My go-to has been Cliff Bars, which are a little high in sugar (I know) but they are the only ones that I like and fill me up! I actually hadn’t heard of these until a friend of mine was snacking on one the other day. All the ingredients are listed on the front and they taste Good! I don’t see them at every grocery store yet but snagged some at Trader Joe’s the other day.

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Blogilates Workout Videos

Um I just did the PIIT (Pilates Intense Interval Training) today. It was legit. I love the variety in her workouts and she has SO many online videos. Perfect to squeeze in during naptime when I can!

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I’m Running Again!

I survived my first 6 mile run last weekend since…. gosh when I was pregnant with the twins. So it’s be a LONG time. I’m obviously slower than I want to be, but it felt great to get those miles in. For the longest time I wasn’t going above 3 miles!

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 My poor dog is out of shape too- haha, so it’s good for both of us.

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I do want to complete another half marathon soon, but don’t know if I’m ready to commit just yet. It would either need to be in the next few months or not until Septmeber/October bc I don’t want to do long runs in the summer heat. Yuck.

Donovan is Sleeping!!

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What, Who Me?

Okay I feel like this has been going on long enogh (3 weeks) so I am not jinxing it, but our little man officially sleeps through the night! Yay!!

Once in awhile he will move around and get stuck in the corner of the crib (pretty hilarious really) and I go in and move him….but other than that, we are finally getting some sleep! He typically goes down between 6:30-6:45 and wakes up between 6 and 6:30. Of course I’d love a later wake up time but I am not complaining!

Alright I will leave on that note! Thanks for following along blog friends, be back soon!

~M

Looking Back on 2016

The week between Christmas and New Years always leaves me with mixed feelings- I love the slower pace as majority of people are off work or still on vacation. But it’s also such a bummer taking down all of our Christmas decorations.  The build-up to the Holiday season is getting longer and longer each year and then BAM, it’s over! I love seeing all of our Christmas cards displayed over our mantel, walking through our neighborhood seeing all of the houses decked out with lights, it all just leaves me with a warm feeling. Needless to say, our decorations are still up…..we’ll get to those, eventually.

When I think back to 2016, it’s hard for me to put in words how 2016 and what we did! Haha!  Taking care of a very young toddler and a baby sure makes the days long, tiring, fun, sweet, exciting, and just plain exhausting.  I feel like we are just now moving out of that “new baby fog” since Donovan has been sleeping through the night (Finally)! The 6am wakeups are not awesome, but much better than it used to be.  I feel like some parts of our lives this past year were kind of put on hold as we were in survival mode at times!

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Looking back on those crazy days I am so thankful for my husband & seeing how close him and Charlotte are is just so sweet!

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Also having such a great network of mom friends has been a serious lifesaver. Four of my best girlfriends here all had babies within a few months of Donovan. This sure made those late night nursing sessions a little less lonely!

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I look towards 2017 with anticipation and excitement: Charlotte is starting two days a week of Preschool, we are planning on doing a family vacation (with ALL 4 of us), I want to start delving more into the fitness profession with a Pilates certification this Spring, and I look forward to watching Donovan grow into a toddler!

{This boy sure has me wrapped around his finger}

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I’m thankful for this little space of the internet and do anticipate carving out more time to be here in the New Year!

I hope everyone has a safe and happy NYE celebration this week!

Cheers to 2017!

-M

Oh Hi There

Oh the poor blog, I do think about you often but just can’t seem to get to you that much anymore!!

As it turns out, having 2 kids is hard and doesn’t leave much time for myself, but we are working on that! Both kiddos are napping now (woop) and instead of doing housework, I’m doing something for me. 🙂

Right now we are just at a tough stage….Charlotte is 18 months, loves to explore the world, touch everything, throw everything, and not follow direction that well yet.  And Donovan is so much more alert now that he refuses to sleep in his stroller. Arg! Sure makes going places tough, but once he is on a good 2 or 3 nap schedule, life will be a little easier, I hope!

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I mean so cute right? I love that hat!

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We finally took C to the Slash Pad in town. She was a little hesitant at first but got over that quickly, haha! It’s so much fun to watch her explore new things. Although chasing her is tough, but that is only going to help me get back in shape right?

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Our little family photo from the weekend….

Paisley figured out that Charlotte drops food on the regular, so she is right there when C is snacking. Haha. {And yes D only has one sock on}

Oh and that fancy car?? Daddy made an “impulse buy” for the little princess….a remote control car. It is so fun. We don’t have much space in the house so we take her out on the sidewalk, she thinks she is cool. haha!

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This just made me laugh. So true. Amazon prime- I love you and hate you at the same time.

Blogger Friends, what is new in your worlds?? Please share in the comments below!

Updates And Bob’s RedMill Giveaway

Hello Hello! Can you believe August is next week? It’s been so hot here lately so I’m looking forward to September when the temps start cooling down.

So What’s New?

Miss Charlie finished swim lessons this week! So fun and she enjoyed every minute of it! Now I know what to do with her when we take her in the pool and some things to work on as well! She loves the water and had no problem getting in and splashing around. So fun!

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Mr D is officially a big boy….we took him in for his 2 month well check last week and he weighs 13 pound 9 oz!! He weighed 8lbs when he was born so that’s quite the weight gain in 2 months! At least I know his middle of the night nursing sessions are productive! 🙂

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Snapchat filters are the best, haha!

How’s Sleep?

We are gradually getting better, but we still have some rough nights here and there. Typically he will do one long stretch of about 5-6 hours, eat, then do a 3 or 3 1/2 hour stretch. So it’s not terrible, but I really long for the days that I don’t have such broken up sleep!  Soon I hope!!

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*Giveaway*

Catch up with the deets in my most recent post all about Bob’s Red Mill Protein Powders.

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Summertime and smoothies just go hand in hand for me and I’ve already finished the chocolate powder and started in with the vanilla. So yum! Since I’m loving this stuff so much, I want to give one lucky reader the chance to try some themselves!!

*1 lucky reader will get their choice of a 16 oz bag of any of the 4 protein flavors above. (Value $30) *

To enter the giveaway, Like Bob’s Red Mill on Facebook, Follow on Instagram, and leave a comment below which flavor you most want to try!

Grab a coupon here! I know I will be using one! 🙂  I will select a random winner August 1st! Good Luck!!

Thanks for reading friends and have a great weekend!! Hubby and I finally get a date night, can’t wait!!

2 Kids Under 2

Well hello there blog world, it’s been awhile!! I’m slowly coming out of my zombie-like state, or just getting used to it! The kiddos are both napping and I feel awake enough to not nap myself…..hopefully I don’t regret this later!!

I’m so late at officially introducing our little man, but here he is: Donovan Matthew Burch born on May 16th- 8lbs 20 inches. Big boy. Well much bigger than Charlotte, that’s for sure!!

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So he is almost 6 weeks old, OMG that really did go by fast! I know people ALWAYS say this but it is true.

His favorite things are eating and cuddling~ typical newborn!

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I thought the days were busy before, but oh man, 2 kids is a whole different ballgame!  Meal times and bedtimes are the toughest right now. Mornings are manageable since hubby can get Charlotte up and dressed before he leaves for work.

But lunch and dinners are hard now especially since D’s eats so often and isn’t super predictable with his schedule yet. I know it won’t be like this forever, but for now it’s a little crazy to be honest!! Since D prefers being held all the time, I try to wear him in the carrier around the house. C wasn’t a big fan of the carriers but I’m hoping he is since I’m starting him out in it so young!

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Lunch time fun!

 I also learned that I can’t lift Charlotte out of her highchair that easily when D is in the carrier, ha- I had to do that the other day and I’m sure my back is a little pissed off at me.

This weekend I’m going to do some serious meal planning for hubby and I to hopefully make the week a little smoother in that regard. Crockpot meals are going to be my jam for awhile! {Thanks Pinterest}

Alright I’m going to savor this last half an hour of silence……be back soon!

Life Lately

Hello Blog Friends!

Once again it’s been hard for me to keep up with this little side of the internet lately! But I’m here now so that’s all that matters, right?

I can’t say that there is anything new going on here. Charlotte has been all over the place crawling and pulling up to stand so I basically chase her around all day. I’m thankful for playgroups, stroller strides and Gymboree to keep me sane. 🙂

We celebrated her first birthday a few weeks ago.  I can’t believe I have an actual 1 year old. People tell you it goes by fast, but you never really believe that until you are in it!

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I know it’s all going to go by so much faster once the little guy is here. We are less than 2 months away and that just blows my mind. I’m coming up on 33 weeks this weekend.  The nursery is slowly coming together and I’ll be sure to share some pics once it’s all done.

I’m still teaching some Strides classes 2x a week and working front desk at the Pure Barre studio and hoping I can keep that all up as long as I can. I’ve noticed I am getting out of breath more often and sleep is starting to get more uncomfortable especially in my hips, ugh! But other that those minor complaints, I am feeling good.

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Charlotte snuggles are still the best!

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Okay now that she can wear pigtails, I feel like she looks so grown up!

What did you do for Easter?

Are you reorganizing any rooms in your house?

Oh Hello There Blog!

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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. 😉

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{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.

TraderJoes

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!)

Christmas

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.

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

~Marielle

What is your favorite holiday?

Do you shop at Trader Joe’s?