I’m switching up today’s post and instead of sharing my typical “Thursday Thoughts” posts, I’m sharing a different kind of random post…because, you know, life is unpredictable like that. I’m sharing some random photos that I pulled from my phone that never made it on the blog or to Instagram. These aren’t quality photos by any means, but I love them.
When you’re giving a toast to the dog, you know it’s been a DAY… #AmIRight
When you’ve got 25 things on your to-do list and you’ve got zero motivation in life and 5 magazines that you’ve yet to flip through… #Priorities
When you say a prayer that she never asks for a motorcycle one day… #PleaseGod
When you realize he may not be the classiest player on the PGA tour… #NoShirtNoProblem
When you realize how unbelievably blessed you are… #OhCrapItsBlurry
When your love for Chik-fil-a runs deep… #ChickenBiscuitsGiveMeLife
When you’re watching your 3 year old ride a bike for the first time and you’re hit with the reality that the only thing moving faster than him on that bike is time…#SlowDown
When you are about to checkout at Publix and you see this sub advertised, you ditch your grocery cart and dinner plans and head to the deli… #GameTimeDecision
When you party too hard with your grandparents… #YouShouldHaveSeenTheMeltdownThatPrecededThis
When you finish your long run and realize that was just your warm-up for the day… #MomLife
I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope your work week is flying by! Only 1 more day until the weekend! Thank you so much for stopping by Cupcakes n Crunches today! 🙂
The older Andi Rose gets, the more fun I have dressing her up.
I absolutely love when we match and it brings back all these great memories for me of when I used to try and match my American Girl doll (I had the Samantha doll).
I usually plan my outfits to church around what Andi Rose is wearing. It’s starting to become like a sickness I have. I’m like, “Oh, Andi Rose is wearing green today so I need to go find something green to wear.” She’s going to hate me when she’s a teenager, isn’t she?
Anyways, I’m all about a good preppy look (#fallprep) that includes a few layers and ’tis the season for layering! It is chilly in the mornings, hot as blue blazes in the afternoons and cool again at night, so having layers to put on and then shed is kind of key right now. By the time we took these photos, I was actually too hot (that’s why Andi Rose wasn’t in a sweater so calm down, people), but in the morning when it was 55 degrees this outfit was on point.
I went to a private school growing up and we had to wear uniforms and the only way I could make my uniform ‘unique’ was to dress it up with layers so I think I became a pro at layering during my middle school and high school years. I had to wear button up shirts and khaki or navy skirts (and our skirts had to be below our knee – #Godblessit), but I could wear a sweater over my button-up shirt so that was like the cool way to ‘dress up’ my uniform. Well, that and headbands and belts. Still to this day, every time I put on a button-up shirt I think of my school days.
Oh, and don’t worry! Atlas doesn’t get left out of the matching fun. Atlas & Dave have several matching Under Armour polo shirts and those 2 end up matching quite a bit. It is so adorable and it melts my heart!
If you like this outfit and want to recreate it then check out these links…
Green Sweater (I got mine in a Target store and couldn’t find the exact sweater online, so I linked a similar one – they are currently buy 1, get 1 50% off so when I got the green one above, I also got this one) // Plaid Button -Up is super old, but there’s similar ones here, here & here // Similar White Denim – the distressed version is sold out, so I linked the non-ripped version (LOVE James Jeans, btw) // Shoes // Handbag in the color ‘luggage’ (I want the red color for Christmas – it is SO perfect for the holidays)
On Andi Rose // Burberry Dress (we actually got this on Ebay because you can find designer clothes on there for kids for so much cheaper – I found her exact dress on Ebay again and I linked it, but it is a size 9 months – here it is in yellow in a 3T – it retails for somewhere around $200, so it’s a freaking steal on Ebay) // Bow by Little Lady Shop (My faves)
P.S. If you love the layered look, but don’t like the fuss of wearing 2 pieces then definitely check out this sweater from Goodnight Macaroon. I’ve ordered several pieces from Goodnight Macaroon over the last year or so and I’ve loved every single item.
Happy Hump Day, friends! Half-way through the work week! YAY!
This all black look with a utility vest has been a staple look for me the last 2 years and every time I wear it Dave always says I ‘look like a New Yorker.’
Shirt // Denim (mine are a splurge but there’s a less expensive version here and here) // Similar Utility Vest (also really love this one with the hoodie) // Adidas (I ended up buying a kid’s size since they run big, so I saved about $15 on mine)
With temperatures finally dropping a bit in Georgia, I returned to this tried and true look, only this time I swapped my typical booties for my new adidas shoes (because I’m obsessed with them and I’m wearing them every chance I get and I only wish I had these in NYC because these would have been terrific for walking the city).
Whenever Dave says I look like a New Yorker I always make him clarify what kind of New Yorker he thinks I look like. After living in the city, I’ve come to the conclusion that looking like a New Yorker could be considered a huge compliment or a serious insult. One of my favorite things to do in the city was people watch and I always felt like people in the city had the best street style. Whenever we would walk around SoHo I would notice how everyone seemed to look casual, but still so put together and edgy. And when we would walk around Lincoln Center or the UES I would see people dressed like they just stepped out of the pages of Vogue. But then we also saw people that looked homeless, but the designer bag on their arm insinuated that they probably lived in a very nice apartment but their style was just sloppy. I can’t tell you how many times Dave & I would look at each other on the street and ask, “WHAT is that person wearing?!” SO, all that to say…whenever Dave says I look like a New Yorker I’m all, “You better not be referring to that New Yorker we saw on West 93rd that day with birds in her hair.”
Anyways, this is one of my go-to looks because it is comfortable and functional. The utility vest is amazing because I love having lots of pockets for my phone, money, Andi’s pacifiers, Atlas’ little toy trucks, etc. I’m basically the mule that holds all the things.
It’s one of my ‘mom uniforms’ for sure, but I love the edgy vibe the ripped denim adds to the look.
(This is the face Andi Rose gives us when we tell her not to touch something – Lawd help me.)
(I seriously cannot get over how big Atlas looks on his new bike.)
I wish I looked as cute in my black leggings as Andi Rose does in hers. Her little moto leggings kill me every time she wears them. And if you’re wondering what I’m doing in the photos below, I’m fishing acorns out of Andi’s mouth. She puts everything in her mouth so I’m constantly reaching my fingers in her mouth saying, “Spit it out, Andi Rose! Spit it out!”
Judging by her little grin, I would say she likes this game she plays with me a whole lot more than I do. But that’s basically what motherhood is…Fishing things out of your kid’s mouth. And replacing batteries. And washing clothes. If you can do those 3 things well, then I would say you’re pretty much ready for motherhood. 😉
And one more random story in this post because who doesn’t love a good rabbit trail? I remember wearing this vest in Manhattan while walking the dogs one day and I had my phone in my pocket and my phone fell out, but I didn’t realize it until after I got home. A kind woman found my phone in the park and answered it when Dave called and she said I could come pick the phone up from her office. She worked on 5th Ave in this super swanky art gallery and I showed up to get my phone dressed in an outfit similar to this, only my hair was in a greasy top-knot and I had a baby strapped to my chest in the baby b’jorn. Everyone at the gallery was in really dressy clothes…and there I was in my ripped denim and utility vest and I was so wishing I was invisible, but Atlas was crying (because that’s what he did as a baby) so everyone was staring and oh.my.gosh…just one of those moments I won’t forget. BUT, YAY for nice people who find phones and return them!
Question of the Day: Have you ever been to NYC? What did you think of people’s street style there?
Alternate Question: What’s your go-to uniform?
Good morning! I hope you’re tuning into this blog post after a fun fall weekend. I was MIA on Friday because we had a jam packed calendar that involved company leaving our house and new company arriving on the same day. It was bananas, but we had a lot of fun getting to see some friends and family that we don’t get to visit with that often.
My half marathon training plan called for a ‘fall back’ week last week and that ended up working out beautifully since we were entertaining guests.
I was super grateful I didn’t have to squeeze in a long run over the weekend so I could just enjoy our friends and family and the activities we had planned. I still ran, but there’s a big difference for me between running 6 miles and running 11 miles – mentally & physically!
This is what week 5 of my training plan ended up looking like…
- Monday: Rest
- Tuesday: 5 Miles with 5 Hill Sprints Thrown in @ a 7:45 pace (I’m pretty sure this was my fastest run of this training cycle so far, which surprised me because I felt like my recovery between those hill sprints was pretty slow)
- Wednesday: Upper Body Strength Workout + 10 Minutes of Core Work
- Thursday: 40 Minute Tempo Run on Treadmill (I covered 5 miles with two 10 minute blocks that I ran ‘fast’)
- Friday: Cardio Strength Workout
- Saturday: 6 Miles
- Sunday: Rest
I originally planned to do closer to 7 miles on Saturday, but I wasn’t feeling it once I started running and I decided to just take full advantage of the fall back week and stop at 6 miles. Plus, this gave me a few extra minutes to get ready before rushing back out the door for Atlas’ soccer game that morning. Saturday was our day to bring snacks for Atlas’ soccer team. I had a little bit too much fun planning out the snacks and I made Halloween themed goodie bags and then had doughnuts made that looked like soccer balls. I’m taking this ‘soccer mom’ title pretty serious, if you couldn’t tell. 😉
I can’t believe we only have 3 weeks left until our race! I’m so excited and even though I’m not sticking to my training plan as closely as I wanted to, I’m feeling good about the race. I know it will be hard, but I keep telling myself that it is supposed to be hard. 13.1 miles shouldn’t feel easy.
- Serious question: If you have small kids and no dogs, what does meal time look like for you? More specifically, what does the post meal clean-up look like in your house? Because Andi Rose (and even Atlas on occasion) throws 68% of her food off her tray and it rarely hits the floor because Ob catches it mid-air. And if Ob misses, Marley swoops in and gets it off the floor. I’m not even sure how I would handle that clean-up without the dogs. Would I have to pick it up by hand and then vacuum up all the tiny crumbs? Is that what you mama’s do that don’t own pets? I’m going to need you to comment below and tell me because I’m curious. I know owning dogs comes with plenty of extra work, but if we didn’t have Ob & Marley I think I would have to vacuum after every meal (you know, as compared to every other day because of dog hair).
- Another serious question: Why do people without children say, “I could never have kids because I can barely keep a plant alive.” That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Plants are way harder to keep alive than kids. I’ve killed so many plants in my lifetime, but I’m 2 for 2 with tiny humans. Plants are fickle and weak. Kids are resilient. When I forget to water my mums, do you know what they say? Nothing. They are silent. So they wither away. But if I forget to give Andi Rose her bottle she screams to remind me. Atlas says things like, “Hey, Mom! Can I have some goldfish?” My hydrangeas never ask me for more miracle grow…and they have not because they ask not. Can we stop comparing kids to plants? #notthesame
- Dave’s mom has been staying with us and she doesn’t have a Target in her hometown, so she asked if one of us could take her to Target on Wednesday night and of course I was like, “I’m your girl.” Dave ended up going with us and when we got into the parking lot Dave said we could get out and he would meet us inside with the kids. At least that’s what I think he said. That’s what I heard anyways. I was sprinting into Target before the car even came to a complete stop in an attempt to wander down as many aisles as I could alone.
I dodged him and the kids for 25 solid minutes before they finally found me. I spent 25 minutes looking all over for Dave & my precious babies before finally running into them in the grocery section. (I snagged this sweater while we were there because all the leopard things just call to me. I think it ended up being like $12?). God bless my sweet Dave. He really takes that whole “happy wife, happy life” thing to heart. I’m glad he’s mine. I really can’t imagine doing motherhood (or life) without him.
- Continuing with that same thought….I ended up chasing Andi Rose around Target (after I finally found her and Dave) and Target’s floor is quite dirty. I never would have noticed that if it weren’t for Andi Rose. She puts every thing in her mouth and while we were in Target I fished a granola bar out of her hand along with a fig newton, a Mike n Ike, a piece of gum and countless tiny pieces of trash. Those are just the things I stopped from going into her mouth. No telling what she put in her mouth when I wasn’t paying attention for 2 seconds. They need a vacuum up in there for realz. And people need to stop throwing their food on Target’s floor. Rude.
- Atlas got a teepee for his birthday and it’s our new favorite spot in the house. We sit in there and read books together and it’s one of the greatest things ever. I love listening to his imagination and he will ask me to tell him stories and then he will tell me a story (usually a similar rendition of the story I just told him, only slightly more exaggerated – he’s a one-upper) and then he will all of a sudden grab his bear and say, “SSHH! Someone is coming! I think it’s a horse!” Or he will say, “Did you hear that? I think that was Santa!” It’s just so fun to watch him be a kid. This age with him is my jam.Andi Rose is currently teething and making our life all kinds of crazy, but Atlas is really making life so much fun. I have to keep telling myself that before I can blink Andi Rose will be his age – I love that baby girl more than life, but man she is giving me a run for my money lately. She is just so dang busy and she is a feisty little pistol ya’ll! I’m praying that her personality sticks though and if God grants me the wisdom and grace to raise her right, that little personality she has now will make her impervious to peer pressure when she’s a teenager. Homegirl does what she wants, when she wants. *And I’m not saying Atlas is perfect. He’s my child, so when he gets overly tired he can’t control his emotions at all. The other morning he woke up grouchy because he missed his nap the day before and was up too late at night, so at the breakfast table he was crying (more like sobbing) because Andi Rose was ‘looking at him.’ Not even joking. Real tears…because his sister was looking at him. It was 9am and I was like, “Yeah – you’re going back to bed, but I totally get it because when I get too tired and your dad looks at me I can freak out too.”
Your turn? Time to share a random thought/question from your head! 🙂
Happy hump day! I thought it would be fun to do a random post today about what’s up in the Andrews’ house lately! I’ve seen several other bloggers do posts similar to this one and I always enjoy reading them, so I’m answering some what’s up type of questions today & you can play along in the comments below!
What I’m Watching…
Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?
Funny story: Dave’s mom is visiting us and she’s been here a little over 2 weeks and tonight I was so excited to watch the premier of Ben & Lauren’s TV show and Dave’s mom goes, “I didn’t know Ashley watched TV.” I never turn on the TV and I rarely even sit down to watch it with Dave, but I have been pumped for this new show of Ben & Lauren’s life after the Bachelor. I always say when we are watching the Bachelor that I would love to see what their life is like after the Bachelor stops filming and now I get my wish! Other shows I love to watch: Southern Charm and Chrisley Knows Best, but I don’t think those are currently playing.
What I’m Reading…
I’m typically reading my Bible for the BSF study that I do (I love the study so much, but it is definitely a commit), but I’m also working my way through The Noticer. It’s a really great book, but I think I may like The Traveler’s Gift more…but I’m not done with The Noticer yet, so we’ll see. I’m pretty sure The Noticer is based on a true story, which makes it incredibly fascinating. It is definitely changing the way I think.
What I’m Listening To…
Atlas’ current favorite song is Wagon Wheel by Old Crow, so I listen to that song no less than 58 times a day. Old Crow is actually performing at the Savannah Rock n Roll Half Marathon and I’m pretty sure Atlas is going to lose his mind when he hears them play Wagon Wheel. But if I get to control the music, then I’ve been turning on Brett Young’s I Can’t Sleep Without You. I love that song lately! Such a catchy little tune.
What I’m Excited For…
So Much! Atlas’ soccer game Saturday, for starters. He has been playing his games with his bear, Boo Boo, and he seems to love playing so much more now that Boo Boo is out there with him. It’s so much more fun to watch him when he is having a ball. I’m also looking forward to our half marathon, Thanksgiving and a trip to the mountains in December with our sweet neighbors.
What I’m Not Looking Forward To…
Getting my flu shot next week. That shot always hurts my arm and I swear it makes me sick (like I get a little cold bug after I get the flu shot).
What I’m Hoping For…
I’m hoping we can squeeze in an apple picking trip before the season is over.
What I’m Wearing…
These Athleta jogger pants, this knotted tee (similar here & on sale!) and these Adidas shoes. It’s been my go-to uniform lately.
What I’m Eating…
These oat bars. I made a batch this week and I can’t stop eating them. We’ve been eating out a ton since Dave’s mom has been visiting us, but I got this new cookbook and I’ve made a few recipes from it and I’m loving it! (I’m pretty sure Mix & Match Mama is the cutest thing on the planet – if you haven’t read her blog, you’ve got to check it out – her family is adorable and her recipes are on point.)
What I’m Craving…
This Dress. For the apple picking adventure mentioned above, obviously. 😉
What’s up with you?