Cherry Blossoms with Brooks

If you follow along on Instagram you know that yesterday we spent the day down in DC checking out the Cherry Blossoms. This was a fun little trip for my mom and I that we had been planning for a while – we did the same thing last year when Brooks was 3 months old. This year it was such a different experience because little man is toddling all over the place!


We went on what I thought was a random Wednesday, a day after peak ended, so I thought that we would have the place to ourselves but I was wrong – the place was packed! We started out letting Brooks roam around the Library Gardens which was so beautiful because all the colorful flowers had popped!

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After that we took a stroll around the Tidal Basin to check out the Cherry Blossoms and take some {read: a million} pictures. The day before it rained all day long and it was pretty windy, so I wasn’t sure if there would be any blossoms on the trees left, but luckily there were!

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But there were also lots of blossoms on the ground too. Brooks enjoyed rolling around in them! Ha!

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The day started out sort of hazy but towards the afternoon the sun started to peak out a bit.

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I took my 18 week bump out to enjoy the blossoms as well. So crazy to think that this time last year I had a 3 month old and now I have a 14 month old who is walking all over the place and another one on the way! Time sure flies when you are having fun.


Brooks loved being out in the park walking around – it’s literally a whole new world for him now that he is mobile. He went from walking like he was going to fall over with every step to being pretty confident two weeks later. He’s pretty fearless and confident – he’s not afraid to take off on his own and see the world. This little guy is going to be a handful.


It was also a fun day because my sister in law, Kate {who lives in DC} got to meet up with us and spend the day with Brooks. She met up with us last year too so it was fun to continue the tradition – I’m hoping we can come back again next year {maybe during peak?} and take Brooks + baby #2 back again!

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Since we had the whole day to roam around we stopped for a nice lunch and enjoyed some of the other landmarks in the area. We walked around the Washington Monument and even took Brooks to wave hello to Obama. 

Future Mr. President?

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We had a blast during our day downtown – there’s always so much to see and do there. On a nice day it’s so great just to walk around and take in the sights. We took my Urbini stroller along for the ride and it was a nice ride for Brooks, very comparable to the Bob! I love it!


Adios DC, see you next time!



Where is your favorite place to be a tourist for the day?

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Lumi Juice Review + Giveaway

I’ve been a HUGE fan of all things juice for a long time. If you’ve been reading the blog for a while now you may have stumbled upon my DIY 3-Day Juice Cleanse, Juicing 101 or any of my many juice recipes & posts. I love my juicer so much and recently {thanks to warm weather & lack of morning sickness} I’ve been inspired to bust it out again thanks to getting my hands on some green juice again!  Minted Greens

The rekindling of my love for fresh juice is all thanks to the lovely folks at Lumi Juice, who reached out to me to see if I wanted to try some of their cold pressed deliciousness. Obviously, I was all about it!

Lumi, which stands for love you mean it, is never pasteurized or heat-treated. Instead, it’s high pressure processed to preserve flavor and nutrition. This maintains the integrity of the vital enzymes and nutrients found in their cold-pressed juices. One 16 ounce Lumi Juice contains roughly two pounds of fruits and veggies.

I also love the fact that the juicing facility in Charlottesville, VA focuses on using as much produce and resources from local farms in the area! After my recent trip to Charlottesville last Fall, I love the area and love the business plan to focus on supporting local farms.


Lumi Juices offer 7 different flavor varieties:

  • Belmont Beet
  • Farmhouse Greens
  • Minted Greens
  • Miami Mango
  • Morning Sunrise
  • Piedmont Pineapple
  • Wahoo Orange

I was able to try four of their seven flavors and let me tell you that they were the most delicious juices I had ever enjoyed! I think being pregnant and having a one year old, obviously my days are a little crazy and I’m not always motivated to get my juice on but having these babies delivered straight to my doorstep was the most amazing treat!Farmhouse Greens

Both the Farmhouse Greens + Minted Greens reignited my love for green juice. I literally crave it all the time now. But I have to say that there was something special in the Lumi Juices I got to try. They were so fresh and full of flavor -> even better than when I juice at home! Especially the Wahoo Orange – the first sip literally stopped me in my tracks, I had never had anything like it {I had, but not nearly as good.}


Random pregnancy fact with Baby #2 : I like to drink orange juice in bed while watching Game of Thrones. #sorryimnotsorry

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Up for grabs today is a pretty awesome Lumi Juice prize pack. I must say, I’m already pretty jealous of whoever wins because this stuff is amazing and the lovely folks at Lumi are giving away some fun goodies and lots of juice! The winner will receive a variety pack of 16 oz and 10 oz juices and also a tshirt, buttons, and stickers. Yay!

Want to win? Leave a comment below letting me know what Lumi Juice you want to try most & don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter too!

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Giveaway ends Sunday, April 19th / Winner will be notified via email

I was NOT compensated for this post.

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Brooks’ Favorite Things at 14 Months Old

Check out Brooks’ favorite things from previous months:

One Month / Two Months / Three Months / Four Months / Five Months / Six Months / Seven Months / Eight Months / Nine Months / Ten Months / Eleven Months / Twelve Months


So, like my monthly updates for Brooks I missed out on 13 months – oops! As I said before, I blame morning {more like all freakin’ day} sickness. So this is a sort of combination favorite things for 13-14 months! Toys are becoming way more fun these days as Brooks is running around, walking and completely interactive with everything. He’s curious, fearless, always on the go and into everything – and here are a few of his favorite things at 14 months old!


14 Month Favorites

one / two / three / four / five / six / seven / eight / nine


What’s your little one currently loving?

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Four Months Pregnant with Baby #2

For a look back at my previous updates, check out my Bump #2 page! Or to catch up from last month, check out Three Months Pregnant with Baby #214 - 17

How far along am I: I am officially 5 months pregnant – also known as 18 weeks, according to my favorite little chart. Feels so crazy to have another month gone during this second pregnancy and to officially be in the 5 month zone. I don’t feel like I’m 5 months pregnant, which is weird. But I think that’s going to catch up with me fast.

How I’m feeling: This past month I started to come out of my first trimester haze of feeling awful & being sick, which has been great. I feel like I’m in the honeymoon phase of the second trimester because aside from the bump, I really don’t feel pregnant and I’ve been going about my days with a good amount of energy, which is awesome.

14 weeks

Total weight gain: Officially only 2 pounds, which seems a bit crazy to me because I have a legit bump at this point. By this time with Brooks, I was up 5 pounds, but I am pretty sure I’ve gained less so far because of my sickness in the beginning and the fact that I am eating so much better – I crave salads and fruits and vegetables, which wasn’t the case at all with Brooks! I’m happy with what I’ve been eating and I hope that the nice weather keeps me out and about moving as much as possible as baby grows!

How big is baby: I had to do a check back to my last 18 month post but apparently Baby is about 5.6 inches and weighs almost 7 ounces {about the size of a bell pepper!}

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Maternity clothes: I’ve been in maternity clothes for a while now. I went out and picked up a pair of capris {distressed – my favorite!} since I have no warm weather maternity bottoms. I also picked up some t-shirts, which I’m obsessed with and wear daily. During a recent Target trip I ended up coming home with a pair of shorts {on sale!} that feel amazing, were a great price and I can’t wait to wear them! What else do I need for summer?

Stretch marks: Nothing that I can see.15 weeks

On Sleep: Brooks has been sleeping like a champ lately {naps are another story} but sadly, I’m up to pee every few hours and a few times a week I find myself up at 5:30 am, just up. I toss and turn for a bit, try to go back to sleep but after a while I give up and surf the web. I don’t feel too bad about it because I go to bed so early, I’m still getting 8+ hours, I just wish I could sleep in! I’ve also started staying up a bit later than when I last checked in – now I’ve been going to bed by 9:30/10pm, which is nice because I have more energy in the evenings and throughout the day in general.


Baby Movement: Last night {during Game of Thrones – Woo!} was the first time I was able to feel some real movements. Just a few wiggles here and there. I feel the most movement at night when I finally have the chance to sit down and relax after a day of running around after Brooks. Little one is still so little but around the next few weeks last time at least I was able to feel some real moves. Looking forward to that!

Food cravings: Still really into fruits, vegetables, salads, smoothies and juices. I’ve found that if I don’t eat by 6:00 pm, I loose my appetite – so I try to eat with Brooks, but that doesn’t always work out and sometimes I usually end up eating some cereal. Other things I enjoy include: Chipotle, breakfast sandwiches, hot dogs and fish tacos.

16 weeks

Food aversions: I can’t STAND the smell of baby food. Blah! And depending on what Brooks eats during the day, I do give him the occasional pureed food option. Smells awful & sent me to the bathroom in the early months. Ugh. Even talking about it, I can smell it now. Chicken is still not my friend, but it depends on how its prepared, which is random. I go back and forth about a few things, but for the most part at mealtimes, I know what I want to eat.

Belly button in or out: In. 16

What I miss: Being able to sit outside during this gorgeous weather and enjoy a beer on the patio! Ugh! This weekend Charles picked me up a non-alcoholic beer & I made a shandy mixing it with some lemonade and it wasn’t the absolute worst thing ever, but the beer by itself was pretty bad. I also enjoyed a virgin blood orange margarita the other day, that was awesome.

Best moment this Month: I think the best part about this month for me was the fact that my nausea & vomiting came to an end {fingers crossed I don’t jinx myself by saying that!} Being able to function during the day without being sick with my little man running around was a game-changer.


What I’m looking forward to: Finding out the GENDER in 18 short days. Ah! I seriously can’t wait to see if Brooks is going to have a little brother or sister. I’m going to do a whole post around my thoughts when it gets a little closet but I seriously have no idea what it’s going to be – I go back and forth on my guess. I CANNOT WAIT to find out! I feel like after the anatomy scan {aside from making sure the baby is healthy & growing properly, which is obviously important} when we find out the gender, the pregnancy becomes more real, at least for us!

Milestone: I can’t believe we are almost at the halfway mark. Seems crazy to think about – time has gone by at warp speed, except for when I wasn’t feeling good, then it crawled on by. I’m looking forward to continuing to enjoy the second trimester energy boost! 17 weeks

Here are some other bump photos from the past month for your viewing pleasure:

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16 weeks with Brooks vs Baby #2

then now

17 weeks with Brooks vs Baby #2

then now 17Pregnancy Chart

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