Mar 31, 2014

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday lovelies!  I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!  I got to spend mine in Newport with some of my favorite ladies.  We relaxed, spa-ed, ate, caught up, ate, drank too much vino, ate and had a great time.  I love my kiddos, but sometimes a couple of days with the ladies is the key to a happy (calmer) and less stressed mommy.

I love Donut Delight.  Their iced coffees put DD to such shame.

My girlfriend found these at the Dollar Store! Run and get them!  Wine tumblers are quite possibly the greatest thing to happen to the beverage game.

I wore this DVF top I snagged on major sale.  Neiman Marcus has some awesome DVF on sale right now. Check it out!

I was too lazy to dry my hair so I attempted a mess update.  I didn't hate it and may need to bust this out more.  I love an updo with a chunky earring.

So. Much.  Deliciousness.  I'm pretty certain I gained ten pounds this weekend.  #dietstartstomorrow

This is what I missing.  There is nothing better than getting to come home to your babies!
Have a happy week!


Mar 28, 2014

Life Lately...

Spring, where on Earth are you?! We are COLD!  And busy!  This week has been kicking my booty!  Here's a little peak at what life has been like for us lately...

Have a happy weekend!

Mar 27, 2014

Gluten Free Black Bean Brownies

So the name of these is pretty odd right?  Black bean brownies?  Are they savory or sweet? Well, my friends, these babies are SWEET!  They are gfree and full of protein and healthy complex carbs.  My kids (and Josh) have been gobbling them up so I will take that as a win!  The texture is similar to soft fudge and they are surprisingly delicious.  I highly recommend as both a gluten-free and healthier alternative to one of my favorite sweet treats!

Recipe via Southern Living
Makes 9 servings

15 ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed
3 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tablespoon vanilla
2 tablespoons vanilla yogurt (I used Greek)

- Preheat oven to 350
- Blend beans and eggs (I used the Vitamix) until smooth and pastelike
- Add cocoa powder and vanilla and continue to mix
- Add sugar and yogurt
- Blend until entire mix is smooth
- Bake for 25 minutes
- Cool for 20 minutes before serving

Nutritional information: 130 cal, 4 g fat, 21 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 6 g protein


Mar 25, 2014


It's time to get shopping everyone...

I picked this top up this past weekend in my Lulu store - on sale! It isn't on sale online so look in store.  It is cotton and super comfy, but also sweat-wicking at the same time.  I am going to order it in every color because I love it SO much!

I also picked up these pants.  These babies are everything!  They make me want to put all of my WunderUnders and Run Inspires away.  They suck everything in and stay in place.  Fanfreakingtastic!

I love neon yellow in such a weird way and this dress is such a fun take on the color in a classic shape.  It would look amazing with a tan and on any hair color!

This tee shirt is everything I love - box, baggy, and comfy.  I know, that sounds dumpy, but sometimes bigger is better!

I love rompers and probably wear one five days a week (don't ask.)  This dresses it up and makes it fun.

Blue and white stripes are pretty much my middle name.  These shorts are adorable and would match so many fun colors!

Red is my go-to favorite bold color lately and BaubleBar has some super cute red accents including this necklace!

Pink and black and on sale?  There's no reason to say no!
Speaking of on sale, this would be great to add to any LBD arsenal! I personally love the fit of DKNY too so highly recommend!

Happy shopping!

Mar 24, 2014

Mommy and Me Style

Avery and I celebrated the soon to be birth of one of the soon to be most loved little girls in the world this past weekend and of course had to shop for new dresses for the occasion (any excuse?)  I finally let Avery get a dress from Crew Cuts my mini shopper had been eyeing for weeks.  Just like her mom, she loves a good sale!  Almost as much as I love hot pink!

Dress here
Shoes similar
Avery's dress here


Mar 21, 2014

Sale Shopping: JCrew

Happy Friday!  Today is all about sales!  You know I am a JCrew junkie and I love when they have a good sale - especially on full price merchandise!  Everything in the store and online is 25 percent off right now (online code HEYSPRING) until the 25th!  It is the perfect time to refresh your spring wardrobe!  Here is what I have been eyeing...

These are so similar to Tieks but at a better price.  There are so many fun colors too (including neon yellow, which I am loving!)

Fun Nikes?  Kid-chasing shoes.  Super practical, but also super fun!

I was kicking myself for not getting last year's version of this shirt so I will definitely be scooping some up this year! How flattering does this look?

I got a darker pair of these by a different brand last year and lived in them.  I have been shopping around for a chambray pair and these are the best price I have found so far!

The patterned short trend of the last few years hasn't faded out yet and I am so happy about it! I love patterned shorts way too much for it to be healthy.
JCrew makes my favorite statement necklaces, hands down.  This is just everything.
How chic and fun are these earrings?  They are equally perfect for a night out or everyday wear.

I will pretty much buy anything that resembles a baseball shirt.  Love!

This is the best time to stock up on the greatest sweater ever!  I am actually planning on wearing this exact one today!  I cannot say enough great things about this - go get some now!!

Happy shopping!

Mar 20, 2014

The ABC's of Me

After I saw my girl Katie Elizabeth do this post, I had to join in too!  I love reading blogs and getting to know other people (I'm so nosy!)  Plus, who doesn't love a fun question and answer game!

A- AGE: Ugh.  30 plus a tiny bit.  
B - BIRTHDAY: October 6th
C - COLOR: Pink.  Duh!
D - DRINK:  Seltzer.  I'm a seltzer junkie.  If that were a thing...
E - EYES:  Blue, green, greyish.  Hazel?
F - FLASHBACK: College.  Just college.  I miss college!
G - GENT:  My good old hubby and baby daddy, Josh.

H - HOBBY:  Blogging, shopping, organizing, shopping, working out, shopping...
J - JOB:  Raising these crazy kids of mine and some part time marketing writing.
K - KIDDOS:  Avery is five and Greyson is two but I am pretty sure you know them by now :)

L - LOVE:  My family and my pup and my friends!

M - MUSIC:  I love me a good pop song.  Britney forever!
N - NICKNAME:  Newts.  Can't say I love it or could shake it.  The problem with having Newton as a last name...
O - ONE WISH:  That I still lived in San Diego.  I miss it every single day.
P - PETS:  My Maltese, Maggie and ugh, a black cat named Rhys.  I'm super allergic to cats.

Q - QUOTE:  "A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous."
R - RESIDENCE:  West Orange, New Jersey, right outside of NYC.  
S - SIBLINGS:  One younger brother 

T - TEMPERATURE: 70 and sunny all day errrry day
U - UNIVERSITY:  Syracuse baby!  (and FIDM)
V - VEHICLE:  Volvo's.  Such a mom mobile.
W - WORST HABIT:  It is super creepy, but I constantly rub my eyebrows.  My dad did it and now Avery does it.
X - XRAYS:  I don't know?
Y - YUCK:  Feet.  Ew feet!
Z - ZODIAC: Libra!

Happy Thursday!

Hey Lauren Rene
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