It’s been almost a week since my last blog post and I’m beating myself up about it. My goal is to try and post every other day, if I’m feeling inspired. I’d hate to write just to fill the page to hit my personal quota. I would much rather go without content for longer than I’d like, in order to feel like I have something I’m really wanting to talk about and share. In today’s case, I have to update you all and let you know why I’ve been so absent!
As I’ve mentioned a few times throughout the last couple of weeks, we’re moving. Now I can say “we’ve moved!” Yay! We are officially out of our old house and moved in with our new roomies – my mom and dad. 😉 This last week was kind of chaotic and most definitely would not have happened without the help from our families.
Here’s Gia with some great bed head, relaxing on bedding that needed to be packed up:
If it wasn’t for my father-in-law, and some of our friends, the grunt work of this move might have never happened. Let’s just say they helped us move all of our crap into two, count ’em, two, storage units. As of a couple days ago Craig and I were very seriously contemplating getting a third storage unit. How asinine is that?! Where did all this stuff come from?? We didn’t end up getting the third storage unit because the facility we are using is totally full. I guess that’s a sign to start purging more of our things.
I’m so glad that we can get back to some normalcy in our lives now that we are in my mom and dad’s place for the next month and a half. Gia had a fun time this week playing with both of her grandma’s while the Craig and I got things squared away with packing up. G-girl had quite a few adventurous trips to the local park, as well as her first trip to the Nut Tree – – To this day I remember going there when I was little with my grandparents. My grandpa even made me a replica of the giant rocking horses that they used to have there. Don’t worry, I still have it stored away for Gia to use when she gets bigger.
Photo of Miss Gia having a blast at the Nut Tree:
We ended our week on a really high note, celebrating our sweet friends, Sean and Jenn. Craig and I had the pleasure of attending their wedding yesterday in Jenn’s parents backyard. We had so much fun and thought it couldn’t have been a more perfect day. Their adorable little girl Isla stole the show as she came down the aisle in her Radio Flyer just before her mommy (who couldn’t have been more beautiful) made her grand entrance.
Photo of the lovely couple after saying I do:
Jenn and Sean looked fantastic and had a beautiful cake made by Wildflour Bakehouse, who I mentioned last week. It was almost as stunning as the newlyweds! Thank goodness Sean was a gentleman and didn’t shove the cake in his bride’s face after cutting into it.
Photo of the cake with signature macarons:
As a sidenote, a few people have asked me this past week what the difference is between a macaron and a macaroon. There is a BIG difference and I’m sure any pastry chef out there would cringe if someone called either of these treats by the wrong name.
A macaron is a meringue-based cookie made with almond flour, egg whites, granulated sugar and powdered sugar, then filled with buttercream, ganache or fruit curd. It’s a delicate treat with a crunchy, yet chewy exterior. To add the the confusion, it’s also called a French Macaron.
A macaroon is a totally different type of confection. Mostly, this term is equated with a coconut macaroon, which is dense and moist. It’s composed of egg whites, sugar and dried coconut, and sometimes dipped in chocolate.
I dunno about you guys but I like both! I’ve never met a sweet treat I didn’t enjoy.
Speaking of sweet….I’ve got another pretty sweet collaboration going with a company based out of the UK, called Curly Ellie. I found out about them through another mommy blogger who is based in the UK as well. She has three daughters, all of which have beautiful curly hair. I knew I wanted to try these products on Gia because taming her hair after bath time can be such a process. Not to mention, I don’t want to hurt her little head getting those tangles out!
To make a long story shorter, I tagged Curly Ellie in a photo on Instagram with Gia in it, showcasing those curls in all their glory. Curly Ellie said they would love to collaborate with me, as they mentioned how lovely Gia was. I couldn’t agree more – obviously I’m biased!
I’m so excited to receive all of their products and try them out on Gia. I’ll be sure to give you all a full report on what we think of them. I might even try them myself. After all, Gia did get her hair from me. So for any of you mom’s out there with curly haired babes, stay tuned. Or if you have beautiful curls yourself, you might want to think about looking into these products. I hope they work wonders on Gia because I love discovering a brand or product and telling everyone about it.
I should also be receiving the leggings I got from the other company I’m collaborating with – Pineapple Clothing. The shipping process has been delayed due to the horrible damage caused my Hurricane Irma.
My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people of Houston, Miami and Puerto Rico during these times. May we all remember how lucky we are while others are facing such hardship.
To help efforts towards hurricane relief please visit the Red Cross. There are many ways to help, donating through Red Cross is just one of those ways.