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

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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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Fantasy Vs. Reality on Valentines Day

Yes, it’s a Hallmark Holiday. But I don’t care, it’s nice to do something nice on Valentines Day. Sometimes though a girl gets carried away with expectations. Here’s how my fantasy measured up to reality.

I really wanted to start Dean’s day off like this…

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But instead I gave him this…

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I thought about doing dinner like this…

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But instead we did this…

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I was certain he’d get me this…

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But my husband rocks and instead he got me CAKE POPS…

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With a side of roses and amazing shoes… I love him madly.

Valentines is rarely what we think it will be.

This year, that made it absolutely perfect.

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Bye, Bye Winter; Hello New Entryway

With winter comes a lot of stuff. Hats, gloves, scarfs, boots, big puffy coats. Ugh, I’m sick of it and so is my apartment.

Recently, Target challenged me to “spruce up” an area of my home in honor of spring. I instantly thought of the entryway to our place. It’s a narrow hallway overflowing with winter gear.

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Until this weekend. I removed the 14 winter coats (yes, that’s the insanity from just two of us!) and a silly basket oozing with knitted accessories. I packed all but a few away (luckily because it’s snowing AGAIN!) until next year and for the first time in many months, I could actually see the hooks again.

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And then, I put my favorite new piece from Target just under a few spring coats. The perfect bench. It’s bright, but small. Funky, yet functional. AND my darling husband will no longer “have to” leave ALL of his shoes (and there’s many more than coats) by the couch because that’s the only place he can sit to put them on. He now has a bench. In an appropriate place. And a few pairs of shoes can even fit underneath.

My photos really aren’t doing justice to how cool this bench is… next to spruce up? The lighting apparently!

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So you see Spring? We’re ready for you and I’m my entryway is pretty excited about you, too.

 Check out more Target finds on my Pinterest Board.

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“It’s the right mix of classic and modern. An effortless elegance. Beautiful, yet affordable. Designed for a lifetime of housewarmings. It’s everything you’ll love about your home.” – The Threshold Line for Target

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are LOVE U MADLY’s and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

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Believe

This year, whether this is our holiday to celebrate or not, we all need a little extra to help us Believe.

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Merry Christmas to all.

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My New Favorite Gift: Pinch in a Pouch

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I have a favorite new gift and I just have to share it with you. It was gifted to me recently and I could not get over it. It has everything a girl might need “in a pinch,” all in the tiniest of tiny pouch making it the perfect stocking stuffer or shoot-i-forgot-to-get-you-something-and-now-i’m-seeing-you Hanukkah gift.

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The Minimergency Kit (for her) contains… hairspray, clear nail polish, nail polish remover, emery board, lip balm, earring backs, clear elastics, mending kit, double-sided tape, stain remover, deodorant towelette, pain reliever, tampon, breath freshener, dental floss, and an adhesive bandages ALL IN A 3 INCH POUCH! I know it’s crazy. The kit for Moms has all that plus crayons, a thermometer, caffeine gum, sanitizer wipes etc. And there is a great one for guys too with all those weird things they like: lint remover, shoe shine wipes, and styptic pencils (don’t worry, i had no idea what a styptic pencil was either but apparently it’s for razor nicks, minor cuts etc – it’s a guy thing!)

 

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 Yes, I’m just a little bit obsessed with these. And, no, this is not paid advertising – I just think it’s the best thing ever.

Find them here: For Her, For Him, For Mom, For Labor & Delivery, For Mother of the Groom

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