Pumpkin Patch Visit

Pumpkin Patch Visit

This past weekend was full of fun fall activities and I thought that I would share a few things that we did.

Weekends tend to be pretty busy for us and we usually end up running errands, visiting with family or going out of town. Which I definitely do enjoy, but this weekend it was just the three of us at home and it felt really nice. We were able to get some house and yard projects accomplished and we were also able to spend some quality time with one another.

Late Saturday afternoon we walked over to Starbucks and then headed to a park that is near our house. They have a playground and some nice walking paths with bridges. It’s so nice to have access to so many parks in the Seattle area.

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Sweatshirt: Nordstrom (sold out, similar here and here) | Tank Top: Target | Pants: Zella

On Sunday we went to a pumpkin patch! My husband and I decided that we’ve done this together for the past five years and we actually have gone to the same place every time. We really like Craven Farm so if you’re local and in the area I highly recommend it. Going to Craven has become a tradition for us that is now so fun to share with our little one.

Normally the weather isn’t so great when we go to the pumpkin patch, but it was sunny and beautiful so we lucked out. However, that meant that everyone else had the same idea as us so it was a bit busy but definitely made the experience more exciting since everyone was so pumped about the pumpkins. 😉

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xo,

Hillary

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Train Themed Birthday Party

Train Themed Birthday Party

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Yes, you read that correctly, I have a one year old! It’s so crazy to think that he is already that old but he is and we had so much fun recently celebrating his first birthday with family and friends.

I decided after much deliberation on a train theme for his birthday. I know I’ve mentioned on my blog before how much I love event planning and this was no exception. Planning and prepping for his birthday was almost as fun as the party itself. Let me know if you would like for me to do a separate blog post that focused on event planning tips in the comments below!

We held his party at a park since his birthday is in August and in Seattle most days are sunny and warm if not hot around this time of year. Not hosting it at our home meant for some extra planning and car trips back and forth hauling tables, food and chairs, but it was worth the effort to have the space and be outdoors.

Leading up to the party I planned out our menu, cake, decorations and what I wanted the event space layout to be. Having this all set before really helped the day of since we didn’t have a ton of time to get set up. I also pre-ordered the balloons to match with the purchased train themed items (plates, napkins, tablecloth) and made the food, cake and cupcakes the day before. I will be doing a separate blog post of the train cake that I made so check back soon for that.

For decorations I purchased a few train themed items and then did a few DIY projects as well. I made the two Railroad Crossing signs and they were super easy and inexpensive! I bought poster board from Hobby Lobby and then just had my husband use an exacto knife and cut the board into equal smaller pieces. I layered two pieces in an “X” shape to figure out how the lettering would work and then used a sharpie and wrote out Railroad Crossing on the two separate pieces. Once that was finished I used a hot glue gun to seal the two pieces together and that’s all it consisted of!

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I also took pictures of Carter each month showing his growth progression over his first year. It’s amazing to see how much he has changed in such a short period of time. I hung the photos just from some black ribbon in the tent so it was on display for everyone to see.

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The menu included: make-your-own pretzel bun sandwiches from the meat and cheese tray, fruit tray, veggie tray, pesto pasta salad, potato chips and train cake. I wanted items that were picnic focused but also easy to transport and eat.

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We had such a lovely time with our friends and family celebrating Carter. Happy Birthday!

xo

Hillary

Tangerine Top

Tangerine Top

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This past weekend was special as we were able to spend Father’s Day with both sides of our family. My husband’s parents as well as my parents live on parts of Puget Sound so we were lucky enough to spend the weekend at the beach.

It’s still relatively cool around the Seattle area, especially near the water, so I opted for longer sleeves and jeans to stay warm and keep it casual for the weekend. I’m hoping we get some warmer weather here soon!

In the meantime, I’m enjoying this bright colored shirt. It’s from Aritzia which is one of my favorite stores. I just happened to walk into an Aritzia once in Whistler, Canada several years back and loved everything in the store. Unfortunately, back then there wasn’t an Aritzia in Seattle but in the past few years several have opened up in the Seattle area and I have been shopping there ever since. I like that they carry some unique brands that I haven’t been able to find in other US stores.

This top is on sale right now which doesn’t happen very often! The brand of the shirt is TNA and it’s one of my favorites. It definitely offers an edgier version of athleisure.  I have several of these shirts in different colors and they are very soft and work well for layering.

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Top: Aritzia | Jeans: J. Crew Factory (similar) | Shoes: Rainbows

xo

Hillary

 

Major News & Remodel

Major News & Remodel

It’s been far too long since I’ve blogged! But I needed a break and have had some big life changes happen over the past 10 months that I want to share with you all.

I found out in December 2015 that I am pregnant! My husband and I are so excited and we’re looking forward to meeting our baby boy later this summer. Needless to say, it’s been pretty busy around our house preparing for our upcoming addition to the family but it’s been so much fun.

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Aside from the typical annoying pregnancy symptoms, somehow I have ended up with almost all of them at one point or another over the past seven months, I can eat gluten again! Food allergies are often impacted during pregnancy and I have to say that I am so thankful for this symptom. Honestly, I feel so much more free now that I can eat without having to read every single nutritional label. I never realized how stressful it made me feel not being able to eat gluten. It may come back once I’m no longer pregnant, but we’ll see.

Another item that consumed much of our time the past several months was our kitchen. We had our kitchen remodeled in May and it is beautiful! I cannot believe how much of a difference it has made in not only the appearance of our home but also the functionality of our kitchen space. We worked with Kitchen Plus and they were incredible. They were also so accommodating once they found out we were expecting and moved our remodel date up which truly lifted a huge weight off our shoulders. I couldn’t be happier with the result and it was so worth not having a kitchen for two weeks.

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I look forward to hopefully some more frequent blog posts here over the next several weeks, especially with utilizing my new kitchen. Have a great rest of your day!

xoxo

Hillary

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Quick Greek Salad

My husband has some family in town this weekend and so we’re heading down South to meet up with the fam. We’re going to have a BBQ and I decided to bring a salad. Being gluten free, I prefer to bring at least one dish that I for sure know that I will be able to eat. Not that his family isn’t extremely considerate and accommodating, I just always bring something to an event so that I know I am covered.

I had some extra feta, purple onion and tomatoes lying around so I decided to make a Greek Salad. After the gym tonight, I stopped by the store and picked up some lettuce and a cucumber.

This salad was super easy to make. I diced up the purple onion, tomatoes, and cucumber. I tossed the veggies in with the lettuce and topped the salad off with lot of feta, which is of course the best part.

For the dressing, I followed this recipe. I tasted it and it’s absolutely delicious and tastes way better than store bought Greek dressing. Opa!

XOXO

Hillary