Labor Day and Lobsters

Where did summer go?! At least we enjoyed a nice long weekend as a family! Thinking about the end of summer also has me thinking about the outfits I haven’t had an opportunity to wear :(. This floral onesie is one of the first items I purchased for Olivia at the beginning of summer for our trip to Martha’s Vineyard. At the end of July, I purchased this women’s dress because the print is almost identical to the baby onesie. But by the end of summer, I’m running out of reasons to dress up! So why not create my own? Not gonna lie, this dress may have sparked the need for homemade lobster rolls. The print just screams New England to me. When I saw Luke’s Maine Lobster meat was available at Whole Foods, I decided to order it! The reviews were great, lots of mentions about the meat being generous portions as well as tasting great! I couldn’t find any ‘split top rolls’ and I didn’t want just plain hot dog buns, so I compromised with some brioche buns. They were fresh and fluffier than hot dog buns. I decided to serve the lobster hot so sautéed the meat in some oil in a frying pan. I added a little mayo, lemon juice, and a few pinches of the seasoning that came with the meat. Once cooked, I added to the brioche buns, added a little butter to the frying pan and then browned the meat and buns. Served with homemade French fries (roasted with some salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic, and cumin in the oven at 400*) and some buttered frozen corn (would have preferred corn on the cob, but it’s too late in the season for fresh corn on the cob). Finally, can’t forget the white wine! Since I was ordering from Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods, my choices were limited. I chose the Butter Chardonnay – the price point and taste are excellent. It was a perfect pairing! *Chef’s kiss*

Okay, you’ve waiting long enough….. THIS DRESS. It is a Reformation DUPE! I’ve also seen a similar version floating around on chic wish but I wasn’t successful at searching for it at the moment. I ordered it from Avanti the label (here). This is the THIRD Avanti dress I’ve blogged about so you should know by now this boutique is the real deal! I’m wearing a small, but it does fit a little snug. The length is perfect on me (I’m 5’3″). The ruffle hem is so romantic. I can’t wait to wear this dress OUT OF THE HOUSE. But the white and blue was perfect for Labor Day festivities. The straps are adjustable but I didn’t want to risk untying the perfect bow! I also didn’t want to risk getting any butter or oil and ruining the delicate fabric during dinner. These lobster bibs were perfect and festive for our event! Olivia wore hers for .5 seconds before she was realized she could rip it off, lol.

I’ll be back next week to wrap up our trip to Oregon, specifically exploring the Willamette Valley. xoxo

First Birthday Party

One year already?! Every day with this girl is special, but celebrating her first birthday party is a celebration I’ll never forget (& she’ll never remember, lol). We started with a trip to the zoo on her actual birthday, March 9th. Olivia was more interested in other kids than the animals but we also don’t leave the house much, unless it’s a walk in our neighborhood. It was so much fun watching her expressions as she looked around at new scenery.

Over the weekend we had TWO parties – one with DeDe and G Mike and one with Oma and Papa. Unfortunately, we’re still not comfortable merging families until everyone is vaccinated (so soon!). Plus what a lucky kid to have multiple birthday parties! Stressful for the parents who have to clean, cook, bake, and decorate all weekend 🙂

Verdict is…. she likes cake! Look at that smile 🙂
Balloon garland is from amazon, the curtain is borrowed from her nursery windows, the name sign was a gift at my baby shower (from Etsy), high chair Ikea, seat cover/mat Yeah Baby Goods, and 1 banner from Amazon.
The cutest rose gold tableware
Okay, this icing made it SO EASY to decorate cupcakes. It comes with 4 different tips. Thank goodness this exists 🙂
Ta – da! They’re not the most perfect but they sure were easy to decorate!
My parents bought their first grandchild a car, lol! OMG, it’s so realistic.

Such a fun weekend! Both for Livvy and for us. She got nonstop hugs and kisses for 48 hours straight, and we got to spend time with family and feel a sense of normalcy. But, this weekend also opened our eyes to how lucky we had it with a newborn, staying at home, and keeping a strict schedule. A combination of parties, fun, cake (sugar), and spring forward made our bedtime routines later and last a little longer. Parents were exhausted by Sunday night, lol!

This dress from Red Dress Boutique is stunning! I love the pastel color, the floral design, the movement, long sleeves, boho vibe.. but I’m wearing a small and wish it were offered in an XS. I felt a little swallowed by this dress. I did wear some nude block heels (not pictured) to help with length, but the top of the dress was very roomy and felt a little too big. I ended up wearing a cami underneath to feel more secure.