Shop: Becker & Brooklyn

Monday, May 14, 2018

Happy Monday everyone! How was your Mother's Day? I feel so lucky to have awesome moms in my life, from my own amazing mom, to my mother-in-law, to my sister-in-laws and all my amazing mama friends. Needless to say, this baby girl has some great mamas around here once she's here.

On the topic of awesome mamas, I'm super excited about todays post. My gf from college Brooke just started her own kids shop! It's SOO dang cute guys. In college Brooke was always the best dressed and the sweetest human so it comes as no surprise that she's a badass mama, wife, friend and store owner. She's a superstar.

Her store is called Becker & Brooklyn (I've included all social media links below!) and it has stuff for baby and toddler boys, baby and toddler girls and accessories. She was a bun and sent me the cutest little outfit and teething toy for baby girl.

Mama friends, do yourself and your kids a favor and head to her shop. After all, it was Mother's Day yesterday and you deserve to spoil yourself and your kids for a few more days! Ps. She has a giveaway going on over on her Instagram to win a poncho. Don't worry, I've already entered, it's your chance now!

With this shop, baby girl is going to be the best dressed babe. A very very cool perk to this store, every month Brooke is going to make a donation from a portion of the proceeds to a non-profit that benefits kids. What did I say - she's an all-star.

Read on to learn a little more about Becker & Brooklyn directly from Brooke!
After I was blessed with children, I discovered one important truth in the search for affordable yet quality clothing options for my little loved ones – the struggle is real, y’all. Behind this frustration was born Becker & Brooklyn – your one-stop shop to enhance your kids’ style while remaining true to your budget. 
What makes us experts on kids clothing? Aside from our belief that every child is born with a unique style, we’ve spanned the world exploring local traditional, brick-and-mortar boutiques to discover what you – the parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle and even sibling – are looking to buy for that special child in your life. 
We’re committed to bringing you unique, high-quality brands from all over the world into our online boutique ... to fit all stages of childhood. Whether your kids are still crawling and drooling ... or walking and talking with attitude (you know who they are), we have the clothes they need to look good doing it and to show off their personality in every piece of material.  
At Becker and Brooklyn, we’re also committed to giving back to our community. Each month, we donate a portion of our proceeds to a hand-selected, non-profit organization dedicated to serving children. There’s nothing better than making a purchase, knowing that you helped to make a difference in our world.  
Thanks again for visiting B&B. We hope you enjoy shopping with us.  
We offer $5 flat rate shipping for orders under $35 and free shipping for orders over $35. 

Brands we carry:
Sapling Child
Wild + Bear
Pocho + Parker
Snapper Rock
Mott 50
Oli & Carol

Find Becker & Brooklyn here: Shop // Instagram // Facebook 

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Mother's Day with Ingrid & Isabel

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Happy Thursday friends! Hey, thanks for all the sweet messages on my post yesterday! You guys are so sweet and encouraging, I adore you all. Adam and I didn't get to celebrate yet since he's traveling for work, but Saturday we're planning a day in Boulder. So if you have recommendations, send them my way!

The other night, Adam and I were chatting and he mentioned how this is my last Mother's Day without a baby on the outside. I swear there are times during this pregnancy where I realllyyy realize I'm actually pregnant. I know that sounds weird since I am pregnant, but you know what I mean. Him saying that was one of those times. This time next year I'll be holding my daughter on Mother's Day. Crazy!

Mother's Day is just around the corner and there's no time like the present to celebrate moms everywhere. Ingrid & Isabel has quickly become one of my favorite clothing stores for maternity and even non-maternity. It's hard to find cute stuff, thats comfortable and that isn't just leggings. But, on the topic of leggings, their leggings are the best! Anyways, I've been looking for cute dresses that I can dress up (sneakers) or down (sandals) <-- lets be real long gone are the days of heels.

Ingrid & Isabel is rocking this month especially because they're offering 15% off all first purchases using the promo code MothersMay. Do yourself and all the moms in your life a favor and spoil them with some Ingrid & Isabel this Mothers Day. Or heck, check it out for yourself. they have the cutest stuff.
To all the mamas out there, thank you for all you do. God knows you're strong, powerful, badass, hardworking, dedicated and doing everything you can to keep those little babies (even if they're 30) safe. I'm glad there is a whole day dedicated to you. Ps. Teach me your tricks because I'm already nervous and still have a whole 4 1/2 months to prep! 
 This is my "I can't believe I'm pregnant face."

Sweet little babe. 

Shop this dress here!

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15 Things I want my husband to know on our anniversary

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Today, Adam and I are celebrating 3 years of wedded bliss. While that time doesn't seem long enough to encompass life and the things we've been through, it also feels like time is flying. Three years ago we were just fresh-faced little buns ready to start their life together. We had no damn clue what we were getting ourselves in to, but we knew whatever it was, we were going to do it together.

I love wedding/anniversary recaps. They are all so special to me and I love recapping the love we shared three years ago and the love we're living in now. If you're interested, year one and year two are here.

This year feels extra special. Over the last last year we've grown in our love in a totally different way than I thought possible. With the anticipation of a new baby in this year, it makes everything feel different, in the best way.

This year it's all about things I want Adam to know.
Even though you joke about knowing nothing about babies (like giving them water to drink), I know you’re going to be the best dad because you’re literally the best person I've ever known and you love bigger than anyone.   
I love you even though you turn the toilet paper roll around and make it come out underneath. And even though you're not the best at loading a dishwasher. I appreciate you for helping me. 
When our daughter is 15 and we fight, because we're mom and daughter, promise you'll have her back while reassuring her that I really am a cool mom.
I promise to put our marriage above it all. Before our baby, before our dogs, friends, family because it's you and me babe. We made this enormous vow before God and if we’re strong, all those other things in our life will be even stronger. 
I hope our daughter gets your insane work ethic, kind spirit, gentle sarcasm, enormous capacity for love and full head of hair (even if its blonde!).     
I cry at everything. Thanks for handing me tissues or laughing at me because I'm laughing at the dumbest Apple commercial. 
I love that you love country, so to borrow some words from our boy Jason, 'You're my sunshine in the darkest days. My better half, my saving grace. You make me who I wanna be. You make it easy.'
Watching you paint our daughters room pink, all day on a Saturday, when playoff hockey was on, made you even sexier. And, watching you build her crib was the cherry on top. 
We've had some scary moments in this thing called parenthood and we're not even to the scariest part. From the miscarriage, to 8 weeks of bedrest, thank you for being the rock. I know this has been so hard on you too, but thank you for letting me fall into you time and time again. 
We're always going to have dogs. I know they make our life crazy, but I love that you love our dogs so much.  
Being your wife is one of my greatest honors, but thank you for not letting it be the only thing that defines me. Thank you for encouraging me to chase my dreams, work harder than ever and find my passion. You've been the best source of encouragement, even when it's scary and unknown.  
Thank you for not judging my love of weird TV shows like American Idol, obsession with Carrie Underwood, needing to talk to my best friend for hours on end or my Snoogle. Instead you embrace my weird and I love you for it. 
You are damn good looking. 
I love our basic life. Let me explain. I love that we cook dinner together every night and go to bed together every night. I love that we would rather do things together than apart. I love that we love doing mundane things together. I love that we have our routine that works for us. I love that we have found our basic life, but it doesn't mean we have basic love, because our love is one for the books my love. 
The quiet moments we share are some of my favorite moments. Laying in bed right before we both fall asleep or when we're reading on the couch, or both singing in the car. These are the moments I know I found my heart. 
Happy 3rd Wedding Anniversary my love. I can't possibly describe how much I love you so I'll tell you. You're the best human and husband and you see this world, including me in a way that no one else does. There's no-one in the world like you. I'm the luckiest all because you asked me to be yours. 

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The Details: 
PhotographyStephanie Fay Photography
Planner and Coordinator (and basically my life coach)Ashley Gain Weddings
VideographySerendipity Cinematography
VenueEl Chorro
FlowersThe Flower Studio
Band Shining Star Band
Makeup : Glam Lounge
Linens La Tavola Linens
Cake Ruze Cake House
Dress Mariee Bridal 
Paper Alexandra Bruch / F
leurish Letters

22 Weeks + The Things I want to Remember

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

22 weeks pregnant. At the same time, it feels like this pregnancy is flying, but when I think to September, it still feels like years away. I'm learning to embrace the day-to-day, live in this season of life and learn from it what I need too. There will be a point where I'm not pregnant, I have this little baby girl and in a fully new season. 
When my friend Chelsea was pregnant she wrote weekly about the things she wanted to remember. I LOVE this idea. Because honestly, telling you how much weight I've gained weekly isn't something I always want to remember. 

How far along: 22 weeks! 
Size: Baby Girl is as big as a coconut! At 21 weeks she measured a little over 15 ounces, so chances are she's about a pound this week! She's also measuring about 10.9 inches!  
How I’m feeling: Very pregnant. I finally have a bump, my back hurts by 5pm but honestly, I'm loving every bit of it. 
Cravings: All the candy. 
Nursery: Her room is pink and she officially has a crib! I melt every time I see it. Workouts: 30 minute walks! I finally got cleared of bed rest and now I can go on walks. I still have to take things slow, but my walks feel great.  
Movement: I think I felt her? Maybe it was gas, maybe it was baby.  
Things to remember: Building her crib was incredible. It was honestly very easy to assemble, but man, it was so surreal. It may be just a crib, but its literally the place our baby girl will sleep every night. 
I go into her room every day and immediately feel overwhelmed by her. It's where I go to pray for her, pray for us (parenting is scary!) and pray for us as a little family. The crib might not have a mattress yet but it was a huge step in getting ready for this girl.   
My 21 week appointment went so great. I was told my hematoma is gone! Bless. I was told I can resume activity, including 30 minute walks! It was nice to hear that we have been cleared and can hopefully have a "normal" pregnancy moving forward. 

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Camana Bay: Grand Cayman’s Best-Kept Secret

Friday, May 4, 2018

On a tranquil harbour and within walking distance to Seven Mile Beach, this new urbanism community is a must-see corner of Grand Cayman. Camana Bay is the perfect destination for everyone from honeymooners to families on vacation offering visitors everything from luxury brands in interesting boutiques and some of Grand Cayman’s best restaurants to a variety of wellness activities and a weekly farmers and artisans market. 

Special Events Featured Year Round 

One of the best reasons to visit Camana Bay is that, no matter when you’re visiting Grand Cayman, you’ll be able to find something fun going on. In just one year, there are up to 600 events at Camana Bay. Camana Bay hosts special events for almost every holiday, plus weekly family-focused events like story time, sing-alongs and creative activities for kids. Camana Bay even celebrates Slow Food Day every year, showcasing the best of local culinary talent and farm and sea to table fare from the island.

A Stunning Masterpiece of Mural Art in Grand Cayman

Kids love climbing the stairs of the 75-foot Observation Tower featuring sweeping views of Grand Cayman. The inside of the tower is adorned with a striking mosaic depicting an underwater scene complete with fish and coral unique to Grand Cayman. Not only is the mural beautiful, it’s made of three million tiles made of Venetian glass! 

After climbing the many steps to the top, the kids can cool off in one of the interactive water fountains and splash pads in the Town Centre, or go for tasty treat at Gelato & Co.

Going to Grand Cayman On Your Honeymoon? Enjoy a Romantic Evening 

While Camana Bay offers fun for the whole family, honeymooners will find romance around every corner with a range of quality restaurants featuring cuisine for every taste. Camana Bay is home to over a dozen restaurants and coffee shops where you can enjoy a fine dinner, a casual lunch or happy hour. Grab a coffee and pastry after a morning spin class at Ryde, plan a date night and catch a movie at Camana Bay Cinema, the only movie theatre on Grand Cayman, or cuddle up on a hammock on the sandy island and enjoy the cool breezes off the North Sound. 

Find International Brands and Everything Grand Cayman

Take a relaxing stroll through Camana Bay’s abundant green spaces then drop into Camana Bay’s shops where you can browse locally made Caymanian products such as pepper jelly, beauty products made from coconut oil, Caymanite jewelry and more. You’ll also find popular international brands like Pandora, Apple, Ralph Lauren, Steve Madden and BCBG Max Azria. Whether you need something to read on the beach or want to pick out a gift for a friend to take home with you, Camana Bay’s shops offer such a wide variety of items that you’ll be able to make it your primary shopping destination on Grand Cayman.

Farmers & Artisans Market Featuring Local Crafts and Foods

Don’t miss the Camana Bay Farmers & Artisans Market every Wednesday from noon to 7:00 pm. Enjoy exploring the different booths, checking out crafts, soaps, jewelry and more made by local artisans, and experiencing the sights, smells and flavors of fresh island fruits and vegetables.

Visit Camana Bay Like a Local

Even if you are visiting Grand Cayman for the first time, a trip to Camana Bay will make you feel instantly at home on the island. Here are the top five things to do to experience Camana Bay like a local:
  1. Shop for fruit and local products at the Wednesday farmers market
  2. Stroll from Seven Mile Beach to Camana Bay via the Rise, a beautifully landscaped walkway leading to the Town Centre
  3. Experience Sunday brunch at one of Camana Bay’s signature restaurants 
  4. Grab a smoothie at Jessie’s Juice Bar after a workout at CrossFit or Ryde
  5. End your day with a cup of gelato at Gelato & Co. With another store location in Rome, Gelato & Co. offers an authentic and delicious Italian experience with every bite!

Make Camana Bay an Unforgettable Stop on Your Cayman Journey

Now that you’ve read about all the reasons to visit Camana Bay, be sure to check out and plan your trip!

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