Oh Baby, Our Baby!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Adam and I are so excited to finally tell the world that we are expecting Baby GIRL Kavan September, 2018! We are absolutely over the moon to welcome this baby to the world. It still feels so surreal to even say those words. We've been enjoying the secrecy of baby land with just us two for long enough now and are finally so excited to share our happiest news!

I'll go in to more details later on when and how we found out, how the last few months have been for me and for Adam and all that fun pregnancy stuff...but for now let's just look at the pictures! 

Baby girl, we are so excited to meet you. September cannot come quick enough.

 Cutest girl dad I've ever seen.
So surreal saying baby girl!

 Oh baby, we are so excited for you to be here.

Still shocked.

There's nothing fancy bout the way I love you, But I love you as hard as I can.
baby girl, you are more loved than you know. 

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5 Things I'm Thankful for Today.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Happy Friday friends! Guys, know what I'm most excited for? Spring starts NEXT Tuesday! I'm so pumped. I'm so excited I bought myself some tulips. And, I bought sunflowers. I couldn't help myself, they're so pretty and springy! 

Then, I grabbed tea, sat on the patio and basked in the sunshine. Can you tell spring puts me in a way better mood?! Let's get thankful people. 

ONE // The NCAA tournament. I'm so pumped it's not football, there is so much basketball on TV and the energy is buzzing. Granted Arizona lost last night and that totally screwed me, but hey, that's the nature of the game. 

TWO // Spring is next week! (praise hands!) 

THREE // Weekends. We have some super fun plans this weekend and I cannot wait to share our weekend recap with you next week! 

FOUR // Caleb + Kelsey. They are my new favorite singing couple. They sing worship music and its my favorite music to listen to during the work day. 

FIVE // Insta Stories. Two of my girlfriends have been pressuring me to make more insta stories (I see you Kate and Callie). So I'm trying. And you guys are SO supportive! I'm obsessed with you. Thanks for humoring me insta story watchers. 

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My must have looks for spring.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

It's no secret I am aching for spring. All I want is warm enough temps to sit on a patio for happy hour and not be freezing to death. Denver is the ultimate tease. We'll have a 65 degree day and the next day it's freezing. One week of 70 degree weather, it's all I'm asking for! I want fresh flowers, tulips to be specific, green grass, not brown grass and no more snow.

Even though it's not warm weather, at least it's NCAA time! There's something about the start of March Madness that brings so much energy! It's fun, everyone gets into it and Adam and I bet it every year. I heard on GMA this morning that something like 70 million people fill out brackets each year! 70 MILLION. Nearly 9 billion dollars are BET on the tournament every year.

The whole thing is so dang crazy but so fun! Did you fill out a bracket this year?

Anyways, I wandered around Nordstrom yesterday looking at all the colorful dresses, t-shirts and skirts. I am so ready for a colorful wardrobe! I know shocking coming from me, but there are so many new trends and clothes out there I need! I just want some florals, ruffles and bright colors!

Since Denver has a guaranteed few more days of snow, I refrained from buying all the cute sundresses and reverted to trying on more denim. Can one ever have too many jean jackets? Even though I didn't buy the cute sundress, doesn't mean I can't look.

These are some of my current favorites from Nordstrom.

While Nordstrom is great, I can't leave out my favorite, Target! My favorite thing about Target is the ability to buy the newest trends but not break the bank. They have so many cute spring clothes out right now! A New Day is killing it!

 Ps. How many black rompers can one person own? Asking for a friend.
 This shirt reminds me of the one Monica on Friends wears when everyone asks if she's pregnant, 
except I love the color! 
Adam told me this looks like an apron, but again, I am loving the blue!

These are some of my current favorites from Target.

PS. For those of you asking about my popeye denim jacket, you can find it linked here!

Happy Thursday friends! We've almost made it! Remember tomorrow, like every Friday, we're sharing all the things we're grateful for.

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Recipe: Cucumber Salad

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

I know what you're thinking, cucumber salad? Really, Kristen. But I swear, this salad is so darn good. My current obsession is anything tangy, sour, tart flavor. Hence, the apple cider vinegar love. Add it to veggies and we can call this obsession healthy.

The last few times I've made this, it's gone within two days. You may ask how do you serve this salad? For me, it's one of those eat right out of the container while standing in the fridge, salads. Or, stand at the sink with the container next to you, salad.

For Adam, it's a turkey burger side or chicken side, salad. The best part about this salad, it's so dang easy to make and everyone will love it. With spring approaching quickly, it's the perfect BBQ side. Make it once and I swear you'll be a sink side eater like I am.

Ps. talking about spring, tomorrow on the blog, I'm sharing all the spring clothes I am LOVING currently from Nords. There is so much good stuff, you don't want to miss it. Plus, the infamous denim popeye jacket and some new stuff from Target. It's finally spring and it's time to get in the mood!

PS. The secret - use fresh dill. You can use dried, but it doesn't give the same flavor. 

  • 6 cucumbers, sliced thin
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped 
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
How to Make: 
  1. Slice the cucumber and green onion. 
  2. In a large bowl, mix the cucumber and green onion together.
  3. In a small bowl, mix vinegar, honey, garlic, dill, salt and pepper. 
  4. Pour vinegar mixture over cucumbers, toss to coat. 
  5. Taste and if needed, ad salt or more vinegar 

Happy Wednesday friends!

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What's in my bag.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Last night I was watching American Idol and the first girl to audition said she was 15 years old and Katy Perry says, "sooo you're born in...?" and the girl says, "I was born in 2002."

Katy Perry literally crawls under the desk and says, "I've never met someone born in the two-thousands." Guys, I died laughing because this is how I feel about anyone born after 1995. Guys, if you're not watching, these judges this season are hilarious.

Anyways, that has absolutely nothing to do with today's post, but I'm still LOL'ing about it and just had to share. Today, we're talking bags and all the stuff in those bags. Oh, and let's be real, I don't carry sunflowers in my bag, but this is the blog and we gotta make stuff look pretty.

Sidenote, I'd love to carry sunflowers in my bag.

I think what's in a persons bag is pretty personal and can also tell a lot about a person. Being pretty OCD, my bag is usually fairly organized and everything has a compartment. But catch me on a random Saturday afternoon running errands and its turned into a black hole and only the good things make it out alive.

The Bag: I've always carried a large tote. I've tried to switch things up and every once in a while I carry a clutch but I can't break the tote habit. I need a shoulder strap and something big enough to carry all the things I need. My parents got me this LV tote for my 30th birthday and I'm still obsessed with it. Lightweight, matches everything and all the things.

The guts: My Louis Vuitton wallet has carried me through college, law school and beyond. It's big enough to be a clutch when need be and also carry all my cards, check book and pictures of my nephews and nieces. And yes, that little bag is a coin purse, I'm officially an old lady. I hate having change in my wallet, hence the coin purse.

The Lip Stuff: My friend Nikki turned me on to this Lancome lipstick and I haven't stopped wearing it since. It's Rouge in Love, Rose me Rose me Not and it's the best. I put a little of The Kiss by Lush on first and then it's the lipsticks turn. The thing I love most about this, the color. I'm usually a bare naked lip kind of girl, but this color has brought me out of my comfort zone.

The Book: I always, always, always have a book in my bag. There are too many times I'm stuck somewhere and hate sitting on my phone the whole time. If you're following along on Insta, you know I'm doing a 24 books in 2018 challenge. This book makes book 6, Even if it Kills Her by Kate White!

The Sunnies: These Diff Eyewear Zoey sunnies are my new favorite. I bought them a few weekends back in Breckenridge and I've been hooked. They're polarized and if you buy one pair another one pair is donated.

Apple AirPods: These are required. I usually have at least two pairs in my bag, just in case. Adam got me the Apple AirPods for Valentines Day and I'm in love. I was a little skeptical at first because I honestly thought they'd fall out or I'd lose them, but they are the best! I use them for my phone, iPad, computer, work calls, business calls and they hold a charge for like 5 hours and the case holds an 8 hour charge! I love them. Plus how else will I pretend I'm busy.

Not pictured: Tons of receipts, almost empty chapsticks, pen lids, wrappers from Starbucks straws, dog treats, Kleenex, lost bobby pins, Adams sunglasses, and crumbs.

The rest of it --> An extra pair of headphones, my favorite Tazo tea, so many pens, extra Mentos sugar free mints, my Grace keychain (it was my grandmothers), my key pouch (stuffed full of hair-ties and bobby pins), a comb, the BEST hand lotion, a cosmetic pouch full of more lipsticks, Kleenex, and aquaphor.

Happy Tuesday friends! What are the necessities you carry in your bag?

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The Bachelor: Season Finale: No one wins with Arie.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Let me start by saying, if you didn't watch this season of the Bachelor you are the luckiest human alive. For the rest of us, please allow me to apologize on behalf of the Bachelor, ABC and Chris Harrison.

What a mess.

It didn't help that this season started out as dry as can be. No drama, no nothing. Arie says like three words, the girls are all pretty boring and we're forced to watch two hours of this a week.

Then, after watching 57 hours of Bachelor, with one week left until the finale and no SPOILER ALERT, Us Weekly tells us that Arie dumps the winner and gets back together with the runner up. At least we knew this season would end interesting.

We start the finale with two of the longest dates in history. Honestly, I fast-forwarded through both dates, I just couldn't handle.

Let's start with Lauren- I think it's clear that he loved her more, even if he couldn't say why he loved her. He kept trying to convince others that she was outgoing, friendly and said more than 3 words an hour. Every time he was on camera with a producer, it was as if he was trying to convince everyone around him to love Lauren as much as he did. Even when his family met her, he was doing the Lauren tour of convincing them.

Why do you love Lauren? I just do. What do you love about her? I just love her. What's special about her? She has a brown speck in her eye. Okayyy, Arie.

Off to Becca - she is very sweet, lovely, graceful, and so so so eager to love Arie it almost hurts to watch her. She is so over the top with her feelings, her affection and her need to tell everyone about her future with him. All the while, you can see him pulling back and almost looking intimidated at her confidence in "them." There is nothing worse than trying to convince the guy you're with, that you both love each other the same.

Now, that being said, what Arie did to Becca was ridiculous. Never in Bachelor history have we been forced to watch an HOUR of the most horrendous breakup. I get it, they want to show the good, the bad and the horrible. But, really Chris Harrison, an hour of Becca bawling while Arie walks around this Hollywood mansion?

The poor girl just got dumped by Arie and what he said was "I was afraid the more I hung out with you, the more I thought I'd lose any chance of reconciling with Lauren." Let's stop and think about that. He's ENGAGED to Becca, not just casually dating her. In my opinion, when you're engaged, your thoughts should not be with reconciling with an ex.

The worst part? Becca is stuck at this house. It's not like she can call an uber and get the hell out of there. She's in the hills, at a mansion, presumably with no way down unless a producer takes her. Arie just keeps walking in asking to talk and then when they sit, he just stares at her and tells her he loves Lauren. We get it Arie, you made a mistake, no need to continually rub it in this girls face. Let the poor girl sit on the floor of the bathroom with the door closed and cry.

Arie then gets in the car with literally NO emotion, tells the producer he feels bad and immediately goes to Lauren and tells her he loves her. Then tells her he 100% over Becca. Well, that took all of a plane ride to VA Beach. Lauren then giggles and tells him he has a short amount of time to propose, again.

Ps. this is Lauren's THIRD engagement. No weddings yet, just engagements. But according to her, her family is v excited. I'm so sure.

At the end of the day, Arie did what he thought was best. Sure, he was texting and calling Lauren while he was engaged and texting and DM'ing other exes throughout his engagement, but let's give them the benefit of the doubt, or at least 8 months to bask in post-bachelor glow.

Now Becca is the new Bachelorette, shocker. And to be honest, I'm so drained from this season, I'll let you know if I'll be back next season. We may have to limit this to Twitter alone.

Until next time, friends!
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5 Things I'm Thankful for Today.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Happy Friday friends! We made it through another week! (Praise hands!) I for one, am really needing this weekend.  I hope you all have some fun plans, or no plans at all this weekend. 

One thing I know we can be thankful for, the fact that the Bachelor is over! Praise. That was honestly the worst season ever and it ended in the worst way. But Becca is the Bachelorette, we can never say his name again and we can all move on. That recap will be on the blog Monday. It's gonna be short, not so sweet and then we can wrap this up!  

Happy International Woman's Day (a day late!). I hate that I missed this post, because we, as woman are badasses. I'm especially thankful for all the strong, powerful, amazing woman in my life, readers of this blog and those doing the things they love. Keep up the good work girls, who runs the world? 

Last week I LOVED reading all that you are thankful for. I just love this idea that at the end of a long week, we remind ourselves to be thankful. 

ONE //  My health. It's been a long week including a visit to the ER on Monday.  But, it's amazing what the human body is capable of. I'm healing, I'm healthy and I'm so incredibly thankful.

TWO // My dogs, especially Henry this week. We found out my little champ has a heart murmur and he has to go in for some serious tests. But he's taking things like the little monster he is. And Lola, just chugging along like the little crazy she is. 

THREE // My husband. It's not easy to get a call from your wife that she's in the ER, especially when the ER is in Omaha. But my husband, even from a state away was able to make me calm, feel supported and was a constant rock. I'm obsessed with him. 

FOUR // The weather. Something not health related. It's going to be 65 degrees in Denver today and I'm basking in the little things. I'm going to take my book and read on the patio today and for that, I am thankful. 

FIVE // The weekend. God knew what He was doing when He gave us the weekend and a day of rest. I'm gonna be honest, I really need it this weekend. I'm going to lay low, hang with my husband and dogs and be thankful for another week and another weekend. 

BONUS // My sister in laws and my girlfriends. My sister in law took me to the ER to meet my other SIL and my gfs. My gfs brought me fresh sweatpants and they all sat with me for over 4 hours while we waited in the ER. I'm feeling especially thankful for these amazing woman in my life. 

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Why I quit my job.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Last November, I threw myself for a loop when I quit my job as an attorney. I semi-announced my departure from practicing law on social media and since then I've been asked by a ton of people why and what now.

I am not a person who handles change well. I like the status quo. I enjoy routine. I like knowing what's tomorrow, next week and next month. It terrifies me to take chances.

Practicing law was something I chose to do when I was a senior in college. I took a year off to take the LSAT and really think about whether or not I wanted to go to law school. After my year off, I happily went off to Creighton and spent three hard years in law school.

A lot of people ask me since I'm no longer practicing if I would still go to law school. My answer in unequivocally yes. Law school was damn hard, the years (& bar exams) after were so tough, but it was the best decision for me then and I think it is still a great decision for me now. Plus on top of the school/JD, I met my husband, so if for nothing else, I'd do it again.

After Adam and I moved to Colorado, practicing law was hard. I left a great job in Omaha and struggled to find that here in Denver. Eventually I found a job practicing in an area of law I'd never even studied, but it was a job and I was glad to have it. Three years later, I really found my niche in this firm. I knew what I was doing, I knew the law, I loved practicing in federal court and for the most part, I liked my job.

I grew up with a dad who loved his job every day he went to work. I didn't know that feeling. My job was good but the hard, tough days started outweighing the good. I started resenting my clients, the law, my co-workers and my day-to-day. It was a really hard place to be in because I didn't know anything else but law. This was my first real job post school. I couldn't rest on my year as a waitress, this was the career I had chosen.

Everyone kept telling me, "do anything else," "you're qualified to do a lot of things," "what do you really want to do?" "you can totally switch careers!" That is easier said than done. I've worked towards practicing law since I was 23 years old. How, at 30, can I switch all of that to start new?

For so long, I based my identify in my job, in my title. I worked damn hard for that title. There was a point I had to get too where I let go of my ego and found my identity in something else.

Late last year, my job started creating a ton of personal stress. I was frustrated, angry and annoyed. I cried at the end of a lot of days, and honestly, I was just unhappy.

I knew I had to change something, but those thoughts of "whats next" killed me. I had no idea what to do next. I spent so many hours on Indeed and Monster trying to find the motivation I needed to find a new job.

When we experienced our miscarriage last October, I knew it was time for a change and honestly I didn't really care what that change was. But, I knew that big change had to start with my job.

It was like God knew I needed a change. My brother in law reached out to me with a position in a start up he was founding and wanted me to be the Director of Content. I was going to work from home, travel to Omaha more, stop practicing law, start working in a startup and completely change the trajectory of my life.

I said yes immediately.

Then I had to tell my job. I had to give my two weeks. I had to quit a job I was completely comfortable in, even if I wasn't satisfied. It was hard, but it was such a good move for me.

It's been four months since I left. Its been a change, but its been a change I needed more than I ever knew possible. It's amazing having a job I don't dread. And past not dreading it, I actually love it. I enjoy the work I'm doing, I enjoy my co-workers, I haven't cried once and I'm starting to find my new identity.

Don't get me wrong, sometimes work gets hard, frustrating and down right hard, but being in a job you love, means I'm willing to get through those days because the next day will be even better.

Today, I'm thankful. Thankful for this new job, thankful for God's timing, thankful for a brother-in-law who believed in me enough and thankful for a husband who supported this huge life change.

I can honestly say I'm one of those people who wakes up and loves working. It took me a while to get here, but I'm so glad I'm here.

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5 Things I'm Thankful For Today.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Happy Friday friends! Today is a beautiful day in Denver, clear skies, 65 degrees and its officially the weekend! What the world needs now is a reminder that there is still good. A reminder that we can still be thankful for the small things even when the big things seem too big to handle. 

Let's take today and every Friday to chat about the five things we're thankful for

ONE // Mr. Rogers. I recently read something that one time Mr. Rogers received a letter from a viewer of his show who happened to be blind. She mentioned in her letter she had heard Mr. Rogers talk about his pet fish, but never heard him mentioning feeding the fish. After he received this letter and at the end of every show, he would feed his fish and say "I am now feeding my fish" so that little girl knew the fish were okay. 

TWO // My family: Last weekend I had 5 whole days with my mom and dad in town and it was amazing. We shopped, ate out, went to the mountains and just enjoyed each others company. I'll never take for granted time spent with my parents. 

THREE // Starbucks Decaf Peach Tea: It's the best. Add a packet of honey, grab a great book and thank me later. 

FOUR // My Job: I started a new job about 4 months ago and it's one of the best things I've done for my life, my family and my sanity. Next week on the blog I'm sharing all the details of leaving the legal field and what I'm doing now. 

FIVE // Group texts. Sure, sometimes the constant notifications kill me because I'm a little OCD and I hate having red 1's on my apps. But, constant communication with my best friends? Totally worth the red 1's. 

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Recipe: Paleo Apple Crisp

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Happy March! Guys, where is 2018 going. January was the slowest month of my life but February went so fast I'm pretty sure I didn't get anything done. But here we are, March, the month of flowers, hopefully more sunshine and delicious desserts. 

It's no secret I love dessert. Anything with cinnamon and vanilla ice cream and I am sold. I recently had an apple crisp when Adam and I were out to dinner and it was the best thing I've ever tasted. The cold ice cream mixed with the sweet caramel-y apple was the best. 

I knew I had to make it. Cue, the paleo apple crisp. While it's not as sweet as the restaurant processed sugar crisp, this one will satisfy any sweet-tooth without the guilt. 

My one warning, this isn't as good the second day because it gets a little mushy. Make it and eat it all, I promise me, you'll want too! 

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 5 12 cups peeled, chopped apples

  • 3/4 cups almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • small pinch (very small!) salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

How to Make: 
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix the maple syrup, lemon juice, nutmeg and salt together in a large bowl. 
  3. Peel and cut the apples. Place the apples in the maple syrup mixture and stir well until apples are coated. Place the apple mixture in an 8x8 glass pan.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl combine the almond flour, coconut flour and cinnamon. Add coconut oil, maple syrup and salt. 
  5. Pulse the walnuts in a food processor until they are in small pieces. Stir the nuts into the topping mixture.
  6. Drop the topping over the apples. 
  7. Bake for 40-50 minutes until the topping is brown and crisp and bubbling. If the nuts start to burn, cover with foil.
  8. Let cool, scoop out some NadaMoo vanilla ice cream and enjoy! 

Happy Thursday friends! We're only one day away from the weekend! 
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