Sunday, June 28, 2015

4th of July Cook-outs: Bake It, Wear It, Bring It!

I am definitely a holiday type of girl. I am always finding something to celebrate, somehow, and I love and appreciate what 4th of July represents. We usually attend other people's gatherings on the 4th and don't usually host cook-outs, but that doesn't mean you can't bring something to the party!

Bake It:
I love to cook! And I especially love to bake. However, with a toddler it is extremely hard to mess with everything involved with baking while he is up and running around. Especially the mess I [always] make in the kitchen. Well, this Love'illy Gourmet Pie Mix was the answer to my domesticated prayers. It makes baking extremely easy while still tasting absolutely amazing. I tried the apple spice* and it was fantastic. The cherry almond is calling my name next and I plan to make it for a 4th of July cook-out I'm attending. SO, if you are in a pinch trying to decide what to bring to a pitch-in, I suggest giving these mixes a try! All you need is the fresh fruit and crust and your friends and family will be impressed.

Wear It: I have had a hard time lately deciding on things to wear to cook-outs. I'm typically a dress wearing type of girl, but I love this extremely casual look that is ideal for chasing a toddler around. White shirt, denim shorts, and I throw on a bandana tied at the top for a more girly look. Add in some colored Tieks if you are feeling extra patriotic, which I always am!

Bring It: If your kids are too little for fireworks, like my little P, I usually like to bring more toddler friendly activities. Whether it is bubbles, balloons, or 4th of July colored rubber balls, there are plenty of things that can still feel festive that are easy for little ones to enjoy. 

*I received these products for review as part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts program. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, June 21, 2015


Happy Father's Day to the most amazing dad and husband! He does so much for our family and loves us unconditionally every day. I am forever thankful to my loving husband, Marc!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Father's Day Gift Ideas - From Pinterest!

The gals over at Savvy Sassy Moms had another Pinterest party tonight! They are such a fun way to rewind from a busy, chaotic day. Plus, I now have a bunch of fun ideas for Father's Day! Which, is not to be confused with Flag Day. Please tell me I'm not the only person who messed up the weekends.

Some of my favorites include:

Do you have any favorite gifts to give for Father's Day?

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Touch A Truck

Touch A Truck! I had never heard of this awesome event before, but then again, I'm a rookie at this whole boy mom gig.

I am not exaggerating when I say that P had the BEST time EVER! He saw a lot of the trucks when we pulled in the parking lot and starting freaking out with excitement, and then it just got better. They had a ton of trucks, diggers, fire trucks, ambulances, tractors, buses, basically anything you could possibly think of.

P absolutely loved the fire truck and the fireman. He cried real tears when we had to say goodbye to the fireman and leave his truck. He was also a fan of the ambulance, the army tank, and this tall crane which scared me but he gave no cares. Honestly, he loved them all.

I was surprised at how well he did. A lot of the kids were scared of the noises, or when their mom or dad would hand them off to one of the worker guys, but Patrick LOVED it! He thought it was so great getting to "drive" all these big machines!

If you have a little guy and this event in your area, it is definitely worth checking out. P loved it so much at 18 months. I'll end this little post by noting that it was a million degrees in Indiana today, which is why we are all hot messes.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Reading, Listening, Watching...

Currently Reading These:

Firefight. - I tried waiting until this book came out in paperback but I seriously could not stop thinking about the first book, Steelheart. You know it is a good book when you keep picturing the ending and can't wait to get your hands on the sequel. (I know this is YA sci-fi. I am almost 28 years old but still can't help myself...don't worry, teenage Amy will show through later in this post too.)

The Fringe Hours. - I got this book* in my Savvy Sassy Scout Box and was instantly intrigued. I have been really trying to re-prioritize and make more "me" time. (Such as reading more! I love reading and currently have read six books this year. I know this isn't a lot, but considering I have a toddler to chase around my time is limited.) BUT, I am eager to learn more about making time to do what I love to do!

(Follow me on GoodReads if you are interested to see what I've been reading!)

Listening To This: 

One Direction - Where Do Broken Hearts Go- Don't judge. Again, I may be like 12 years old at heart, but either way this song is ridiculously catchy and always on the radio. Little P loves jamming out to it in the minivan.

Watching These Shows:

As you can probably tell, I've been binge watching Netflix shows lately. (Just finished House of Cards recently and whoa...)

 What are you reading, watching, or listening to?

*I received these products for review as part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts program. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Indy Livin'

Since having Patrick, I've been able to explore Indy in a different way than when I was working. We have lots of adventures together and it is so much fun exploring all the places Indy has to offer. I worked downtown for years, but besides our normal hangout spots for lunch and drinks, I mainly just drove to work, parked, walked my little walk, worked in a basement from 8-4:30, and then headed back to my suburb. Indy is a fantastic place to live whether you are single, married, or have children! 

I am so thankful to call Indianapolis home, so I was more than happy when my editor-in-chief at SSM asked me to chime in for Findery post featured on Huff Post. (Note: This was my first time using the Findery app and I'm a little addicted to it now! So cool!)

Be sure to look at some of the fun places I mentioned around Indy here:

Don't get me started on all the different places in the suburbs, I could have gone on all day, Indy is truly the best.

I snapped the above picture just the other week! Yes, Indiana has bizarre weather. It was raining and freezing at the end of May, but my friends and I had the BEST time walking the canal with our little ones. The older boys rode their bikes while we strolled with the littles. We stopped to feed the ducks and have a picnic, everyone had a great time!

What are some of your favorite things to do in your city?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mother's Day Pictures!

So one of the perks of having a good friend as a photographer - she volunteers to take awesome photos of you!

My friend Kelly took some pictures for all of the moms in our life group. It was so kind and so great, especially since I don't have many pictures of just me and P. 

Patrick definitely enjoyed getting his picture taken and was a very good sport!