My Postpartum Workout Routine

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Ohh ya know, pregnancy just casually did a number on my body for nine months…and nine weeks postpartum, I am finally in a solid fitness routine to get my body back in shape! I realize I may never look like I used to pre-baby, but I am certainly ready to feel strong and build my endurance back up again. I put on 40lbs while pregnant with Jude and I’ve still got about 10lbs to shed to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight (…and to fit into my old wardrobe haha! …Let’s be honest, that’s a major motivator right there…!). Our postpartum bodies are pretty fragile, so I’ve slowly been getting into my fitness rhythm – here’s what I’m doing (…and what I’m wearing, too!)…

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LEGGINGS / SPORTS BRA / CROP TOP

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A big thank you to Lululemon for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.


Rain Or Shine, Get Outside

Hey there, big cheesy grin! I’ve been feeling really good lately and I’m attributing those happy vibes to more time spent outside  (…and exercise…wowza that really does do wonders!). We’ve had the strangest weather in Austin lately – one minute the sun is shining and the next there’s a torrential downpour. Funny enough, I intended to shoot this post during a rain sesh (…hence that adorable raincoat…) but once we parked it cleared up and the sun started beaming. No complaints here, though! Vitamin D does a body and mind good. You know the saying, “April showers bring May flowers” – so I am totally okay with all the rain if it means we’re looking at an extra lush and sunny May!

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jacket – NORTH FACE / leggings – PRANA / hat – PRANA / shoes – ADIDAS / sunglasses – RAY BAN (similar)

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A big thank you to Backcountry for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.


Baby Gear Essentials


Ohh it’s my first ever mama & me post! Jude is making his coffeehouse rounds and this week we stopped by one of our favorites, Medici (…if I could have one of their oat milk lattes everyday, I certainly would!). Per usual, Austin weather was unpredictable and we waited out the rain in the parking garage, then quickly strolled on over and actually got to enjoy some sunshine while sipping our coffee! When it comes to leaving the house with a baby in tow, there is one retailer I know I can count on to make me feel calm and confident it’s going to be a successful outing (which means no tears from our little man!)…

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SHOP BABY GEAR

JUDE: baby keds / leggings (similar) / onesie / stroller / diaper bag (similar)

ME: mama keds / dress (wearing size small) / backpackwatch / sunglasses

A big thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.


Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos

By Jessica Lee

When I’m in a dinner rut, one of my favorite foods to fall back on is tacos. I make them all the time (remember these breakfast tacos?) because you can throw just about anything into a corn tortilla and call it a taco.

My latest favorite combo? Sweet potato and black beans. Add an avocado crema and you’re good to go! You can mix up the combos depending on what you have on hand. Swap butternut squash for sweet potato or pinto beans for black beans. Not a fan of feta cheese? Queso fresco would be a great alternative. The choices are endless!

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Urban Outfitters Spring Sales!

Sharing some exciting SALE news: Urban Outfitters is running a TON of sale promotions throughout the months of April and May…and I’ve rounded up tons of favorites to refresh your spring (…and soon-to-be summer) wardrobe! Like 25% off graphic tees & shorts (how fun are those plant and floral tees above?) and 50% off hundreds of styles (*flash sale* today only!). I’ll be sharing more sale news on my Instagram feed over the next month, so be sure and follow along here + watch my IG stories for the full scoop.

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SHOP MY PICKS

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 |15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25

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A big thank you to Urban Outfitters for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.


Freshening Up For Spring

Spring has arrived! Over the weekend we visited a local plant nursery and scooped up some fresh flowers for our patio. Nicer weather means more time spent outside…whether hanging with Jude on the deck throughout the day (he sleeps SO well out there), or enjoying some time out and about around Austin. A few wardrobe staples I’m loving for spring are overalls (nursing friendly!), peasant tops and of course, comfortable and CUTE shoes!

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OVERALLS (wearing size small) / TOP (similar & same brand, mine is old) / SHOES / HANDBAG

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A big thank you to Sperry for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.

 


Our 10 Favorite Baby Items

I’ll admit, before having Jude, we got a LOT of “stuff” for the baby. After having Jude, Blake and I quickly realized you really don’t need all the gadgets that the Internet tells you to buy. In fact, you don’t really need that much “stuff” in general to have a happy, well taken care of baby. My mom went with me to do my baby registry and she was pretty adamant about what we’d actually use vs. what is more of a trend (…and a waste of money…). I sort of feel like the baby industry is very much like the wedding industry…you prep and purchase “all the things” because you think you need them, but then once you have the baby or finish the wedding day, you figure out very fast what is necessary and what’s not. So! These are the 10 things we swear by for Jude. Every baby is different and what works for us may be entirely different from what works for others…but here are our top 10 favorite baby items…

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Life Update: Six Weeks Postpartum

Hello from one proud (and tired) mama! I decided to take February and March off for maternity leave (…as you may have noticed it’s been quiet around here lately), so personal posts like this one and Jude’s birth story have been really fun to write without any work projects weighing on me. I have been so lucky to devote 100% of myself to caring for Jude and soaking up every fleeting moment…and suddenly, here we are at SIX weeks old! I intended to write a “one month update” but ya know, I’ve learned motherhood (especially for a new mom) is all-consuming and when I do find an hour to myself here and there, I choose a bubble bath or a walk around the block instead of time on my computer. Oh right, and sleep, too. Sleep comes before everything these days, ha!

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Transitional Favorites with Backcountry

Hello, transitional weather! We’re inching our way to spring and it’s making me so excited about spending more time outside – and also adding a few key pieces to my wardrobe. Lightweight jackets, a cute new backpack (…that could also double as a diaper bag these days – and Blake could wear it, too), the comfiest sandals (I own both of the pairs of Birkenstocks featured above and OMG they’re the best) and more everyday accessories. A new season is reason enough to scoop up your favorites!

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1. PATAGONIA MICROPUFF HOODED JACKET / 2. PATAGONIA RADALIE INSULATED JACKET / 3. NORTH FACE THERMOBALL JACKET / 4. ARC’TERYX ATOM LT JACKET / 5. COLUMBIA LAKE 22 DOWN JACKET 6. SEYCHELLES ANKLE BOOTIES / 7. FREE PEOPLE ROYALE FLATS / 8. PENDLETON BLANKET / 9. NIXON WATCH / 10. RAY BAN SUNGLASSES / 11. BRIXTON FEDORA HAT / 12. GRANADA BIRKENSTOCK SANDALS / 13. YARA BIRKENSTOCK SANDALS / 14. FJALLRAVEL BACKPACK 15. FILSON RANGER BACKPACK

A big thank you to Backcountry for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.


Lemony Spring Pasta

By Jessica Lee

I’m the type of person that brings a list to the grocery store. I plan out my week of meals and buy exactly the ingredients needed. I feel anxious if I don’t have a list. What if I forget something? The last thing I want to do is go to the store again.

But I am open to adjusting my list if something catches my eye at the store. I wasn’t planning on buying asparagus, but it just looked so good, and it was on sale, so how could I not? Anyone else ever feel this way? Just me?

So plans changed, and when I thought of what to make with the asparagus my mind immediately landed on pasta. I love the versatility of pasta because you don’t need a ton of ingredients, usually just a veggie or two, the pasta (of course) and maybe a cheese or some herbs (or both!)…

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