uniqlo x orla kiely collab

How cute are these pieces from the Uniqlo x Orla Kiely line?  I think I want every. single. thing.  They're just so perfect for spring, no?  Be still my heart.



i want...

...this for dinner tonight.  That's all.

What are you guys having?



i miss these people.

It's been just about a week since my sister and her beautiful family left the Sunshine State to return home to the Great White North.  And I miss them so much already!  Here are some photos of their time spent here that I stole borrowed from my brother-in-law.  :-)


our very own alphapet!

About a week and a half ago, I received a lovely little parcel in the mail that I am so excited to share with everyone.  My brother-in-law Adam had told me of a lovely design boutique run by husband/wife duo Carlos and Leah, called My Alphapets that "creates animal characters based on the letters of a person's name".  The neat thing about this is that:  1)  You don't know what kind of animal you're going to get; and 2) They only use Helvetica font!

I knew that once we had a name picked out for our little girl, we would have to have one made for us.  So I contacted Leah, Alphapets' "Customer Service Sweetheart".  Not only was she incredibly awesome and super prompt with her emails, the turnaround time from placing the order to receiving it was amazingly fast.  I had no idea what to expect but could not be happier with what we received.

I asked Leah to send me some "behind-the-scenes" photos of their process so that I could honor them with a blog post and she willingly sent them my way!  This little print seriously completes the little library corner of her nursery.  And we are thrilled that we have something so personalized for the little one!

A huge thank you to Carlos and Leah!  We love love love what you've done for us!


baby fever | part II.

Just a few days after our baby shower at New World Brewery, my sister Beverly and her family flew in from Boston for a vacation away from the cold and to spend time with our side of the family as well as her husband's side of the family.  And in the middle of their plans, they also were so gracious and hosted a baby shower involving our families.  

Let me say one thing about my sister:  she knows me.  I mean, she really knows me.  The theme of this shower was kept a secret from me until we arrived.  But upon arrival, my heart swelled.  She brought France to me!  For those of you who read this blog, you know that I have an affinity for all-things French.  From the pâté to the baked brie to the profiterols, it was lovely.  And as an added twist, since we do live in Florida, there was a little bit of southern charm thrown in the mix as well.  Two different cupcakes--red velvet and carrot cake--as well as sweet tea and lemonade were part of the menu that day.

The day was so lovely and it was wonderful spending it with our families.  Again, the reminder that we have such giving, nurturing people in our lives was evident.  It's hard not to feel emotional when everyone around us was being so accommodating.  It's hard for me to sometimes just accept that there are people who actually want to do things for us.  I think there was something ingrained in me at a very young age that it is important and necessary to do things yourself without the help of others--basically, it is important not to rely on others for things.  And while yes, I agree with that, that thought sometimes takes over at times when we should let people do things for us, especially when and if they want to.  Does that make any sense?

In any case, we are grateful for the people around us...and again, I cannot wait for our little one to meet everybody!


baby fever | part I.

The last few weeks were pretty intense...in the best way possible.  For two weekends in a row, friends and family of ours hosted not one, but two baby showers for us.  Both were beautiful, perfect, and incredibly touching.  

The first shower was held at our favorite beer garden in the area, New World Brewery and was hosted by two lovely ladies I know and adore, Jennifer and Vanessa.  There was an Anthropologie-esque feel to the whole thing and the decor was top-notch.  Oh, and the food!  Would you believe there was even a DIY peanut butter and jelly bar?  Perfect.

Our good friends Tara and Mike flew in from San Francisco and stayed with us, making that weekend that much more wonderful.  At the end of the day, I was reminded that I am so lucky to have such incredible people in my life.  These are friends who truly care about us and will bend over backwards at the drop of a hat.  It warmed my heart to know that our little one will be brought into this world with so much love surrounding her.