Sunday Sessions

I am going to start this new piece on my blog called Sunday Sessions.  Welcome to my first one!  We are less than 3 weeks till it’s “officially” Spring!! YAY

This is my new piece where I will dish a little bit about myself: maybe something that inspires me, something that makes my life a little bit easier, something that I am currently drooling over (probably a pair of heels), or just another photo of my baby girl, that I am obsessed with.  Sorry I won’t kill you with that.  I do enough of that on Instagram!!

Right now, I am currently in love with inspiring quotes.  I find myself  scouring all over Pinterest lately, searching for the best Boards and Pins!  Here are a few gems I just found! Follow @Beauxoxo 🙂  Here is their Wise Words Board I’m loving.

What’s your favorite piece of advice that keeps you inspired and moving and motivated?  I’m finding that as I am experiencing being a new mother, trying to be a better wife, making time for myself, and working hard for that next big break at work, I need to keep the positive thoughts flowing through my mind.  How about you?

Check out my Inspiration Board too!

Things to give up

"In my moments of doubt. I've told myself firmly: If not me, who? If not now, when?" - Emma Watson


{rule of three}


(all quotes were found on Pinterest-non of them are my work)



First night away from the Baby!

She’s five months old this Tuesday. That’s old enough to leave for my first night away, right? Is it harder on them or us? Seems to be us. I literally wrote a 12 page PowerPoint Ella guide/manual for my parents who watched her. I know my parents know what they are doing and I trust them completely with her… But I just don’t want her to be unhappy for one silly second. But she’s a baby…she needs to adjust…and I need to adjust.  We all grew in this experience.

My husband and I headed to NYC city for the day and our first overnight away from her this past weekend. We met up with all of his cousins and aunt and uncle.  His uncle treated us to a day in the city as our Christmas Gifts.

Leaving your baby is not something you can prepare for, mentally or emotionally. Leading up to the weekend, friends at work asked what I was up to this weekend and I would respond with my eyes slightly tearing up, with, “headed to the city for our first night away from the baby.”

We ended up walking around Central Park, getting lunch at a small cafe, saw the Blue Man Group and ate dinner at Cuba!  I had a Cuban Colada…basically dessert with liquor 🙂    Ended the night at a bar with a champagne toast!  It was much needed, because apparently we had walked 7 miles!


 {Ashley, Me and Lauren}



{central park skating rink}


{i’m obsessed with my pink hat}


{hubby stealing kisses}


{poncho seats at the blue man group}


{met a blue man!}


{dinner at Cuba}


{champagne toast}

I was looking forward to sleeping though the night for the first time in 5 months-but that didn’t happen- we got back to his uncles house in CT at about 1:00am and my head hit the pillow by 1:30am….only slept till 7am…

I definitely missed holding her at night, rocking and feeding her and then walking into her nursery that next morning and saying “good morning peanut!”  I am grateful for every day I have with my baby and husband and as exhausted as I feel every morning, her smile in the morning is one of the best things on the planet!  I couldn’t imagine life any other way.

We came home to a wonderful report card about Ella.  My Dad was not excited going into this and thought it was going to be a nightmare watching her.  He took those words back.  He admitted that everything went so well and that she was so delightful.  Meaning, Russ and I can get away again!  AND, my Dad went shopping by himself and bought Ella PJ’s, because she is growing like a weed!  I died, it was cute.


{ella and her new pajamas!}

How did you do on your first night away from your baby?

Healthy & Strong: 7/2/13 Workout: Circuit, Abs, & Arms


Total Time: 65 minutes

Total Calories Burned: roughly 475 (forgot my heart rate monitor)

Warm-Up Circuit (repeat 4x):

  • 15 Push-Ups
  • 20 Sit-Ups (3x – my butt cut reopened)
  • 25 Bicycle Crunches (1x in the circuit)
  • 25 Squats
  • 20 Lunges (10 per leg)
  • 80 Jumping Jacks
  • 60 second Wall Squat

For day 5 of my fit and fabulous plan 🙂

Healthy & Strong: 7/2/13 Workout: Circuit, Abs, & Arms