Love U Madly’s Next Chapter: It’s All About Violet Andie

Violet

I am thrilled to share that our Violet Andie made her world debut on September 7th at 3:14am!

Labor was laborious, but relatively fast. Amazingly, a few days later the hospital sent us home and told us to go be parents. The first week, we pretty much just stared at her. “I love us,” Dean said as we both got a bit weepy staring at our precious baby girl.

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I instantly loved my little Violet more than I thought possible. I love her little lips, her soft skin, her sweet I-just-made-a-poop-smile. Sure, I’m exhausted. My boobs seem to be the focus of most conversations in and out of our home, invited and uninvited, with closest friends and total strangers. Most days I consider myself lucky if I shower and change out yesterday’s PJs by 10 pm. But, I’m obsessed with every of her 7 pound 12 ounces (and growing!).

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All this, quite honestly, I expected.

What surprised me? How much I love my husband even more madly. He is a rockstar partner who cleans the breast pumps, enthusiastically changes diapers, and manages to seem sincere when he tells me I look incredible with spit up in my hair and milk leaking down my stomach.

We are a family. I love us.

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Boys Go To Jupiter to Get More Stupider

Valentines day is not just about boys. Yes, I plan on having a lovely-but-low-key, at-home, heart-filled February 14th with my hubby. But, it’s not all about him.It’s also about our girls. Our friends. Our moms. Our sisters. It’s about the ladies who we love, too. Let’s make sure we don’t forget them this year either. Here’s a really simple DIY that my mother-in-law whipped up that is a perfect V-day gift for the chickies in your life.

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It’s easy as pie. (Oh, pie would be a nice gift too.)
1. Buy candles and a fun selection of studs.
2. Push studs into wax.
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3. Tada! How’s that for simple?
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Not feeling the DIY thing this year? I think these items make great gifts too:

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1. Owl Measuring Spoons ($8.99 here)
2. Fleece-lined Heavenly Leggings ($18 here)
3. Portable back-up battery charger ($39.50 here)
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It’s All In The Details

It’s almost time for that ball to drop. Here are some last minute easy upgrades for your New Years Eve party.

Snazzy up your table by turning your napkins into bow ties!

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Fill your glasses with cotton candy and watch it melt away as you add a little bubbly of your choice:

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Or make your bubbly extra sweet with rock candy..

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Guest of a party this year? Bring these blackberry brie bites and be the hit of the party…

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Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

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Holiday Party Host Gift: Christmas Vodka

On the first night of Hanukkah, we went to an awesome Christmas party and I, a total non-drinker, brought my own infused vodka. It made it all the more fun. The party was at a friend’s newly renovated apartment that I couldn’t help but drool at their gorgeous and open outside-the-city-sized kitchen including the farm-style sink and chef’s stovetop.

To celebrate the occasion, we brought our home-infused very merry cranberry lime vodka. It was a big hit (even with the non-drinker ahem,) and the only thing I would have done differently was make much more of it!

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Ingredients
  • 1 bag of cranberries
  • 1 lime
  • 2 tbs of sugar
  • Vodka

Instructions
  1. Peel the rind of the lime.
  2. Poke a hole in each cranberry (I used one prong of a fork).
  3. Drop each cranberry into your empty bottle or jar. Drop pieces of lime rind alternatively throughout the layers of cranberry. Fill to the top.
  4. Add the sugar.
  5. Using a funnel fill the bottle with as much vodka as can fit. Seal the top of the bottle/jar. Leave in a dark place for 7 days.

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A Funky Thanksgiving Table DIY: Wine Glass Candlesticks

I have been longing for a do-it-myself project for weeks and weeks now. I just haven’t felt inspired (er, yes, I know that’s a fine line between lazy and inspired). And then I saw the above gorgeous table in an Anthropologie magazine and I got those little inspiration tingles. Sure, Anthropologie had a live rabbit on the table and I wasn’t going to do that since my rabbit was busy (kidding). BUT more importantly, floppy was next to some very funky candle sticks made of stacked wine glasses and I thought… I could do that. And that’s how a DIY is born.

Step 1: Gather a variety of wine and champagne glasses. I found mine at the $dollar$ store. I also used a couple of my leftover dollar store candle holders from this diy.

Step 2: Play around with how you want to stack these before gluing them. My hubby liked this part. Isn’t he cute? Once you’ve figured out your order, use a glass glue (that dries crystal clear) to adhere them to one another.

Step 3: Let the glue dry completely. Place candles in candle holder on top, or use some glue or wax to adhere candle to the base of the wine glass on the top of the stack.

Thinking Nah, I’d rather buy them? The Stem-to-Stem Candlesticks are for sale at Anthropologie for $298 (check them out here).

Perfect for future dinner parties or for your Thanksgiving table!

How are you setting your T-day table?  

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