10 minute lunches: Salmon & Celery

Posted on: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

This week’s 10-minute lunch is a day late, but I thought that Anabelle and her Easter basket were a way better idea for yesterday! This week’s 10 minute lunch is one of Kevin’s and my favorite when we are just looking for something quick, easy and light! I am such a seasonal eater and the warmer the weather gets, the more often we find ourselves pulling out the salmon and fresh, green vegetables!



canned salmon


Mix a spoonful of mayo and some salt in the salmon. Use celery to dip and enjoy.

Luvv, Leigh B

Easter morning

Posted on: Tuesday, April 22, 2014


I woke up at one point Easter morning and was just so excited to see Anabelle with her Easter basket that I wanted to wake her up, but then I told myself that I better not take this last hour or two of sleep for granted and I waited for her to wake me up… Yeah, it’s official. I have definitely grown out of the kid phase and into the parenthood phase of Easter mornings. Kevin and I discussed what kind of traditions we want to start as a family! This is our first year celebrating as a family of three, so what do we want this day to be like year after year?! Of course we have Sunday morning Easter Mass, but do we do the Easter basket in our pj’s or do we wait till we are all dressed pretty for church? You know there will always be lots of photos so I wanted to stick to being church ready, but this whole parenthood phase is just too exciting and I couldn’t want to wait to see Anabelle with her basket! Needless to say, we did NOT get dressed first…



Kevin and I didn’t want to get carried away with the Easter bunny, we wanted simple and fun, but also special, not stressful. I had been eying this adorable little Spring Chicken from this online children’s boutique and knew that it would make the perfect gift from the Easter bunny for little Anabelle! And it did. It perfectly pulled together our little Anabelle-sized basket with such whimsy!




Buuuut of course she found the plastic eggs more interesting… That candy inside just made the perfect rattle! (The candy was really for me, but she thoroughly enjoys  licking every piece. I get lots of baby slobber now-a-days…) And can you believe that she wore those bunny ears all day?! I thought for sure she would rip them off, but she absolutely loved them!



Now Anabelle hasn’t quite figured out how to play with stuffed animals (“Mom, they don’t make any noise!”) but isn’t this little Spring Chicken the prettiest of its coop?! Smitten for the Wee Generation is an online children’s boutique started by Kerrie, a mother of two. Kerrie simply wanted to bring back the magic and whimsy of childhood in this fast paced, high tech, over stressed world, and she does this by finding the most beautiful and unique toys. She is attracted to anything that encourages discovery and imagination. I mean shouldn’t we all unplug a little more often and reimagine the world with our little ones?!


Today, I have partnered up with Smitten for the Wee Generation to give away one of these beautiful Spring Chicks! Its too late for this little hen to make it into your little one’s Easter basket, but that doesn’t mean this pretty little girl wouldn’t be the perfect little addition to your house this Spring! To enter, follow Smitten for the Wee Generation on Instagram and facebook as well as follow me on Instagram and facebook! Verify your entries below! Giveaway ends 4/25!

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I hope Anabelle learns to play with stuffed animals soon, because I would love to add this little Bambi to the mix too! But for now I will just pretend the chick is flying as I toss her in the air and watch Anabelle fall into a fit of giggles!

How was your Easter morning?!

Luvv, Leigh B

Spring Pastels

Posted on: Monday, April 21, 2014


I hope you had a wonderful Easter! Ours was just beyond amazing!  Watching baby girl “hunt” for eggs. Watching her first reaction to both her chicky and her lamp (her first reaction was the sweetest kisses).  The fact that she lets me not only put bows in her hair, but will also wear bunny ears all day. It was just all too perfect!

For Easter Sunday Mass, I picked my most “Springy” colors and threw together yet another favorite combination with this skirt. I’ve worn it through Winter, for Anabelle’s baptism, casual on the sandy beach, and yesterday it was just perfect for Easter.



Have a wonderful start to your week! I’ll be sharing my Easter morning here tomorrow! And let me just say, Anabelle was beyond adorable!

Luvv, Leigh B


Posted on: Friday, April 18, 2014



“Where is Anabelle?” is currently our favorite game in this house! We have three living room windows covered in lace curtains that drape all the way to the ground. Anabelle loves to grab hold of the curtain and whip it out toward the room allowing it to fall around her. She then sits quietly and watches you as you walk around the room softly yelling “Wheeeeeeeeere is Anabelle?!” Every once in a while you hear her let out a giggle and the game gets even more intense. When you finally pick up the curtain and yell, “There she is!!!” She squeals with delight and whips the curtain right back around her for another round!


So Daddy is starting to get a little jealous and this is probably one of my absolute favorite things Anabelle is doing right now. Daddy comes and gives me a kiss. Anabelle pants and hurries and climbs up into my lap and opens her mouth to give me a bigger, longer smooch. When she’s done, she immediately whips her head around and looks at Daddy. Daddy goes in to give her a kiss and she turns away. So instead he gives me another kiss. Again, Anabelle pants and hurries to climb up to my face and gives me another kiss and then whips her head around to look at Daddy. She doesn’t want to give Daddy a kiss, she just wants to compete for Mommy’s affection! OooooH! I love my little Mommy’s girl!!!




Anabelle loves to get into what she is not allowed to have, as I guess is the case with any newly mobile baby and thus where the concept of baby proofing comes in… Anyways, Daddy had a bucket of goodies from his birthday and Anabelle loves to use the bucket to stand up and then throws everything in the bucket onto the floor. It’s quite a harmless yet noisy process that entertains her, so I let her do it. Well one day I realized that she was waaaaay too quite. I look up and she is sitting in the middle of the spilled bag of beef jerky, pieces spread all around her, and in her hand is the biggest piece that she is just intently sucking on! Mommy fail. (PS. Isn’t that just a phenomenal head of nap hair?!



The weather outside has been mostly nice in the past two weeks and we both love it! Anabelle gets a little bored and hardly plays with her toys as much as she used to, but a fresh setting with lots of new things to explore has been just the ticket for both of us to relax and have fun!

Happy Friday! And Happy Easter :)

Luvv, Leigh B

Red, White, & Something Borrowed

Posted on: Thursday, April 17, 2014


I was so excited for the 80 degree weather last weekend, and then it snowed on Monday…. But while the amazing weather lasted, I loved pulling the bin out from under my bed with all my packed away summer clothes, picking out some of my light and airy tanks and capris, and breaking in my new Saltwaters! Baby girl loved it too! Playing outside in the grass, picking Mommy’s flowers as quickly as she could get her hands on them, and soaking in the sun. This summer is going to be great with a little girl running around!



Also, this outfit was just too boring… And what better way to spice up your everyday outfit than by borrowing your 9 month old baby girl’s headband?! I’ve done it before and I bet I’ll do it again! All of the sudden I felt just as sweet as she is ;)

Luvv, Leigh B

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