Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Some beach, somewhere {Where we spent our Anniversary }

Drew and I celebrated 7 years of marriage on Lake Michigan with a family getaway. It was a perfect way to celebrate...on the beach with our little man! I also got to see some of my college girlfriends while I was in Michigan and then we ended our trip by visiting my sister and brother in law. We packed a lot in to one week and had so much fun!
This was our first family trip to Michigan and we loved it. We stayed in a small beach town called St. Joseph and it had everything we could've wanted in a beach town. The beach (duh!), cute restaurants, ice cream, a splash pad, fruit farms and even a historic carousel. Here are some of my favorite pictures from our trip...

Some of our favorite St. Joe spots:
Silver Beach (Eat at Silver Beach Pizza or take a pizza to go and eat it on the beach!)
Whirlpool Compass Fountain (Splash pad)
Bredeweg Acres for Blueberry Picking

Do you have a favorite spot in Michigan? 
I'm curious to know more about cute little Michigan beach towns!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

First Trimester Rewind {The return of the bump}

Oh the first trimester. So much excitement and so many symptoms. When I was pregnant with Aiden, I honestly felt great in my first trimester. I was tired, but I was hardly nauseous at all and I slept really well right up to the very end (with a little help from my pregnancy pillow.) Don't hate me for that, because I've pretty much made up for it with this pregnancy. Nausea, insomnia, weight gain, oh my.  But I can't even be mad about it because every symptom means there's a baby that is growing inside of me and that fills me with so much joy.

So my first trimester included lots of eating (the only thing that made me feel less nauseous), taking naps with Aiden and reading in bed at 3AM when I couldn't sleep. There were doctors visits, our first ultrasound and the return of my bump, which has decided to pop out way earlier than last time. I personally am super excited about this (my pants are not so excited though so I got rid of them. Haha.) Here's my first trimester in pictures....
"So you're saying I am going to have to share you?!"

And of course a few weekly bump pictures! 
I have already come to terms with the fact that this time around I will not do a bump picture each week. I'm sure you're all super disappointed. Ha.

So all you Mamas out there with multiple kiddos, what are some must haves for Baby #2?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Big Brother Status

Baby Renner #2 is coming January 31st (ish), 2017!
We can hardly contain our joy and are so very thankful for this new blessing.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Because some days are like that...

Some days...I wake up with tiny toes in my face.

Some days...I let my child run around wearing only his diaper because well...less laundry to do later.

Some days...I make a spectacle of myself trying to get my child to eat something. Anything.

Some days...I don't get out of my pajamas or shower.

Some days...I just give in and nap with my child.

Some days...I'm on my phone too much. I think it's my way of feeling connected to the outside world, but it is something I always feel guilty about and I'm setting some boundaries on for myself.

Some days...I try to plan out our entire day and then that blows up in my face.

Some can't see the rug in my family room because it is covered in a sea of Hot Wheel cars and trucks.

Some days...I look at my phone and realize we watched Elmo's Brushy Brush video 50+ times that day. And I actually enjoyed it each time. Whoa.

Some days...I have to go in to work and I spend my lunch scrolling through pictures and videos of my little guy and then I wish I was home with him.

Some days...I put way too much "Mom attire" in my online shopping cart. Oops.

Some days...I look in my child's closet and tear up thinking about having to clear out the closet of his next set of too small clothes.

Some days...Let's be real here, everyday, I pee with another set of eyes watching me.

Some days...An outing to Starbucks can turn my whole day's outlook around.

Some days...I look into my little guy's eyes and feel a love run through me so deeply that I would do anything to protect him.

Some days...we watch too much PBSKids because some days are just tough like that.

Some days...I feel like an amazing Mama and we go to the splashpark, have a picnic, eat ice cream, then I come home and do laundry, cook dinner, etc. But that is only some days.

Some days...I spend nap time feeling proud that I am making healthy foods that I just know my little guy will love, only to have him spit them out or throw them on the ground at mealtime.

Some days are hard, some days are just plain hilarious, some days are frustrating, some days are completely and utterly exhausting, but everyday I am thankful to be a Mama to my sweet boy who is growing up way too fast.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Roaming the streets of Charleston {3 Stops to Make}

While in South Carolina we had to make Charleston a priority. We took a day trip in to Charleston and wanted to see as much as we could on foot. So today I'm sharing 3 stops I recommend making while roaming the streets of Charleston...

1. Waterfront Park: Home of the Pineapple Fountain.
This is a great spot to stop especially on a hot day. You can often see dolphins on the water from here and there is a little splash park too that's great for kids! Of course you have to get a picture of yourself in front of the adorable pineapple fountain as well.

2. Husk Restaurant: Real Southern Food
There is a saying at Husk about the food that they use to cook with, "If it doesn't come from the South, it doesn't come in the door." So if you want a true southern dining experience, eat here. The menu is ever changing so I can't tell you what to get, but I'm sure anything you get will be delicious. I also loved the building. The complex dates back to the 19th century so it has a historic feel to it.

3. Rainbow Row: Home of the most adorable colored pastel houses
When you walk around Charleston, you can just feel the history. The cobblestone paths, arches and architecture all make you feel like you should be back in time. I loved it. So even if you don't have a lot of time to spend in Charleston I highly recommend making time to simply walk around the streets and admire the houses. (Having some ice cream in hand as you walk doesn't hurt a bit either.) Rainbow Row is the perfect place to do just soak in the sights. So many adorable houses in all the pastel colors your heart can imagine. I could've taken hundreds of pictures...everything is just so instagram worthy. Haha.

If we would've had more time in Charleston I would've loved to also visit...
The Battery
Sugar Bakeshop
The Gin Joint
Poogan's Porch
Folly Beach

Another fun Southern stop to make just outside of Charleston is a Plantation! We visited Magnolia Plantation. You can read about my experience there in this post.

Do you have any favorite spots in Charleston?

Sunday, July 10, 2016

4th of July SNAPS

Our 4th of July was pretty low key. It was a rainy weekend here in Ohio, but we managed to get in a classic 4th of July family cookout complete with delicious food, patriotic clothes and sparklers. Here are a few of my favorite snaps from our celebration of the amazing country we live in.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Blueberry & Lemon Breakfast Quinoa Bowl {An easy on the go breakfast!}

Healthy Breakfast
Trying to get out of the house in the morning with a toddler can be a challenge. By the time I get Aiden ready some mornings, I have to grab my breakfast to go and run out the door. So when I found this recipe for a healthy breakfast that I could make and take, I had to try it and I'm so glad I did. Nuby's Insulated Stainless Steel Food Jar helps to keep my breakfast piping hot until I'm ready to eat it. It holds 15 ounces and has a folding spoon in the lid. Since it is stainless steel it keeps foods warm, but is cool to the touch. This has been a lifesaver for on the go breakfasts. I have also taken several of Aiden's meals in it when I pack meals for on the go. (Great for yogurt, cut up fruit, mac and cheese, cottage cheese, etc.)
Healthy Breakfast
1 cup Quinoa (rinsed)
2 cups milk
1/2 cup lemon zest
3 Tablespoons Maple syrup
1 cup blueberries
2 tsp. flaxseed meal
1 pinch salt

1. Rinse quinoa in fine strainer with cold water until water runs clear
2. Heat milk i a saucepan over medium heat until warm
3. Stir quinoa and salt into the milk
4. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes (there should still be liquid in quinoa after allotted time so it is an oatmeal like consistency)
5. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in maple syrup, lemon zest.
6. Fold in blueberries and flaxseed meal and top with extra lemon zest
7. Serve warm

*I was given this product for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.