Monday, April 23, 2018

Weekend Recap: Traverse City

This weekend we headed up to Traverse City for a night, to celebrate our friend's birthday. We spent the weekend eating, shopping, gambling (aka losing), and laughing. It was a beautiful weekend to get away up north with friends. I've never actually been to downtown Traverse City, and now I can't wait to go back.

brunch at Red Spire
wine tasting

Nolan's Cigar Bar

trying on fun hats

flower crown for the win
fountain that was full of snow, but decorated for summer

Kevin's whiskey flight at Grand Traverse Distillery

cheers with the birthday girl

sunset views from our hotel

takin' the bump to the casino 

i loved all of the cool floors in the shops downtown

We got home from Traverse City Saturday night, and Sunday morning I was up early to run a 5k race with my sister. For not running much at all, I felt pretty good. Now that I'm in the second trimester, I have energy again and can't wait to start running a little more.

Why are weekends never long enough?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Bumpdate: Weeks 5-12 + FAQs

I'm planning to do a "bumpdate" post every couple of weeks. I'm actually 15 weeks right now, but I'm playing catch up, so today I'm sharing all about weeks 5-12 by answering some of the common questions I've been getting.

When are you due?
October 7, 2018

How did you find out?
I had been having some weird "symptoms" for about a week or two, but I didn't really think I was pregnant. I had heart palpitations every morning for about 4 days straight, heartburn (which I've never had in my life), and when I got sick with a cold, I was SO tired. Never been so tired in my life. Every time I googled these things, pregnancy always came up. So one night when Kevin was at a Wild Game Dinner with friends, I took a test, just to see. So I went to the store and bought more haha. And those were positive too! I think I was around 5 weeks when I found out. We had our first doctor's appointment at 8 weeks to confirm, and then had our first ultrasound a few days later.

How did you tell Kevin?
While Kevin was gone at the Wild Game Dinner, I found one of Admiral's bandanas and wrote "I'm Going to Be a Big Brother!" on it. Admiral doesn't wear bandanas unless it's a special occasion, so when Kevin got home, he immediately noticed he was wearing one, but didn't notice what it said, so I had to tell him to read it. He initially thought maybe we were getting another puppy, but he quickly caught on :)

Are you going to find out the gender?
YES! We can't wait to find out if it's a little boy or girl. We both think girl for some reason, so we'll see! We aren't having a gender reveal party, it's not really our style.

How have you been feeling?
Overall, pretty good. I can't complain too much. Around week 7 I started feeling nauseous, but I never threw up, so I'm super thankful for that. I learned that I just had to have snacks with me at all times, because when I started to get hungry, I would get nauseous. Thankfully, that is going away and I'm not noticing it as much. I was also really tired from about weeks 7-14, but that seems to be getting better too. I've started running and working out again, and I'm not going to bed at 8:30 pm every night. Overall, I feel pretty good!

Do you have names picked out?
Not yet. We think we might have settled on a girl name, but not a boy name. Once we find out the gender, we'll decide names for sure. And once we decide, we'll be sharing with everyone.

We are just super thankful for a healthy pregnancy and so excited to meet this little one in October!

If you have any questions I didn't answer, just ask. I'm happy to answer them.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Stairway Gallery Wall

I'm obsessed with gallery walls. I want to put one on every wall in my house, but I know that's a little much, so I only have a few. For now. One of my gallery walls is on our stairway wall that leads to our upstairs. It started out as just wedding photos in black frames, but I've slowly been changing it up a little. And after sharing our news this weekend, I'm sure it will change even more in the coming months and years.

This gallery wall now includes engagement photos, wedding photos, and some other photos we've had done. When Canvas Press reached out to me about reviewing one of their canvases, I knew I wanted to add it to my stairway gallery wall. The 16x20 canvas from our fall photos a couple of years ago is the perfect addition to this wall. I still want to add more, but I'm loving the way it's coming together so far.

(This is the most difficult wall to try and photograph. No good angles and no good lighting.)

I would definitely order from Canvas Press in the future. The order process was super easy, shipping was quick, and the quality was great. I can't wait to keep adding to this gallery wall around my new canvas!

*Canvas Press sent me the canvas for free, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Saturday, April 7, 2018


In case you missed the announcement on my Instagram yesterday...Admiral is going to be a big brother! Baby Long is due October 7!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wedding Wednesday: My Sister's Engagement Party

My sister got engaged in January, so about a month ago, I threw her an engagement party. I was nervous about hosting a party indoors, because the layout of my house isn't ideal for big groups, which is why I typically do parties in the summer, when we can be outside. But February in Michigan doesn't allow for outdoor events, so I figured we'd make it work.

I decided to do a 1:00-3:00 pm time frame, and hold it open house style, so people could come and go as they pleased. I thought this might help alleviate some congestion in the house too. We did meat, cheese, crackers, pickles, olives, veggies & dip, caprese salad bites, and my sister-in-law made cupcakes (in the soon-to-be newlyweds favorite flavors: funfetti, red velvet, and peach cobbler). 

The weather didn't cooperate and we got a pretty big snow storm the night before into that afternoon, but there was a great turn out. There ended up being 20-25 people that came. It was a great way for the two families to meet each other, since many of them hadn't met yet. And of course, to celebrate my sister and her fiance!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Front Porch Decorating for Winter

I enjoy decorating our front porch for seasons and holidays. I guess it's not really a porch, more of a front step, but you get the idea. I never know how to decorate after Christmas, before Spring arrives. In Michigan, it's too cold to put any flowers out until April, at the earliest. So after I take down my Christmas decorations, the front of our house is kind of sad. 

When Commercial Palm Trees reached out to see if I would be willing to try a product, I thought it could be a great opportunity to give our front porch a little love. Commercial Palm Trees creates artificial palm trees for businesses, for both indoor and outdoor use. Check out the photos on their site, you can't even tell they are artificial palm trees!

I decided that a small, indoor/outdoor cedar tree would be perfect for our front porch. It adds a touch of greenery to liven it up during this weird, in between seasons phase we're in. For example, I took these photos this past weekend, when there was still snow. The past two days it has been in the 50s and raining non-stop. So all of the snow is melted and all the yards are a muddy mess. But it's going to get cold again in the next day or two. It's just a gross time of year. Can you tell I'm ready for Spring?

If you have any tips for sprucing up a front porch for winter, send them my way! I think I need a little something more, but not sure what that it is yet.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

2018 Goals

Since we're almost two months in to the new year, I thought I'd finally share my goals for 2018. I did this last year, and liked being able to go back and see how I did. Here's what I want to check off my list this year:

1. Read at least five books. I love to read, but haven't done much of it over the past couple of years. I'm currently reading The Magnolia Story and I really like it. It's a quick, easy read and the story is cute.

2. PR in two races. I'd like to beat my personal records in at least two races this year. I'm signed up for three so far, so we'll see what happens. 

3. House projects! I think this will always be on my list. I've already started a couple little projects, and I'm planning to start overhauling our upstairs reading nook and guest room today. I still have a long list of things I'd like to do, and I'm slowly checking them off, one by one.

Do make goals or resolutions each year? If so, what are they?