Monday, August 13, 2018

Fave Drug Store Beauty Buys Vol. 5


{1}
L'Oréal Elnett Hairspray
The Florida humidity has been brutal this summer, but this hairspray keeps my waves intact all day. I love that it leaves my hair feeling soft & touchable, rather than crunchy like other extra strong hold hairsprays.

{2}
Burt's Bees Mama Bee Tummy Butter
I've been slathering this lotion on twice a day (in addition to Bio-Oil) since week 9 of pregnancy. Not sure if it will be enough to keep me tiger-stripe free by 40 weeks (they say it's mostly genetics), but it's kept me moisturized so far.

{3}
Essie Gel Polish in "Living Legend"
I love this classic red, which is perfect for transitioning between seasons. It has staying power too - I can go a solid 10 days chip-free.

{4}
NYX Liquid Lipstick in "Orange County"
My everyday makeup is pretty low-key, but I love to do a pop color lip. This bright orange is a fun compliment to an otherwise natural look.

{5}
L'Oréal EverPure Blonde Shampoo
I spend a fair amount of time in the sun so my salon-colored hair has been turning a bit brassy. I tried this purple shampoo for the first time a couple weeks ago, and although I've only used it a handful of times, I'm already seeing a difference.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Gender Reveal


On Sunday, Greg and I hosted an intimate gender reveal party at our place. It was such a special day and I'm so glad we got to share the moment with our families.

I had my 20-week ultrasound appointment on July 9th and we told the doctor that we wanted to do a gender reveal party so we did not want to find out the gender that day. We had to close our eyes for part of the scan, which was very tempting but we didn't peek, and were able to keep it a surprise by receiving a sealed envelope with the gender ultrasound photo inside. 

My dad offered to arrange our gender reveal and had the task of filling the gold balloon we had ordered with the correct color confetti and keeping it a secret for a couple of hours until we were able to pop it at the party. Of course there had to be a little drama - when my dad went to fill the balloon with helium, the manager at Publix warned him that several gender reveal balloons had popped recently because it is so hot outside. My mom drove around the parking lot trying to cool the car down but when they finally tried getting it in the car, it wouldn't fit! Rather than try to squeeze the 3-foot balloon in the car and risk it popping, my mom rushed back home to switch to my dad's truck. They finally made it to our place, with the balloon still intact, and we all had a few extra grey hairs!

Once Greg's parents, sister and brother-in law arrived, it was time for the big reveal. My nephew Aiden was rooting for a boy cousin and as soon as we popped the balloon and blue confetti floated around us, Aiden started screaming, "IT'S A BOY! IT'S A BOY! IT'S A BOY!"

Greg and I are so happy and excited for our little guy to be here in a few months! We are relieved we can finally stop calling my bump "it" or "the baby" and be able to call him by his name - JACK - after Greg’s grandfather. We love you so much already Jack, and we can’t wait to meet you!






Friday, June 29, 2018

Firecracker Cookies


4th of July is right around the corner, with many BBQs and parties happening this weekend. I always love a festive treat, and these firecracker cookies are just that - complete with red, white & blue sprinkles and white chocolate chips.


ingredients
1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 package vanilla pudding mix
1 cup sprinkles
2 cups white chocolate chips


directions
{1}
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a stand mixer, combine butter and sugars until smooth. Add vanilla. Beat in eggs one at a time.
{2}
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and dry pudding mix.
{3}
Slowly add flour mixture to the stand mixer, stopping halfway to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
{4}
Mix in sprinkles and white chocolate chips.
{5}
Using a 1-inch cookie scoop, place dough on a baking sheet. Bake for 9-10 minutes, until soft in the center and edges and golden brown and slightly chewy. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

First Trimester Recap

{Baby Buckman at 12 weeks}

Now that I've made it through the first trimester of pregnancy and finally announced our exciting news to more than just our family and closest friends, I can share a little more about my experience.  Today I am reflecting on the first three months, including when I found out, how we told our parents and all the symptoms in between.

I found out I was pregnant on March 26th after being five days late. I really didn't want to get my hopes up since I was anything but regular after going off the pill at the end of November, but decided it was time to find out one way or another. That morning, I took a test first thing and was absolutely shocked when the digital screen read "pregnant"!! I promptly took two more tests to be sure. Greg was already at work and I was bursting at the seams to tell him, but didn't want to tell him over the phone. Luckily I didn't have to wait all day before sharing the good news with him. He picked me up from work for a lunch date and as soon as I said the words, "I'm pregnant!" out loud I started crying! Greg was equal parts surprised and excited! It was so nice to have a mini celebration with him and keep the secret just between us for a little bit.

We told my parents a couple days later. They sold their home and closed at the end of March. Greg and I went over to their house to help pack up the last few things the night before closing. It was a very emotional and tearful goodbye to my childhood home, but that night over takeout at our place, I told them the news. They were both ecstatic! It was the perfect way to close one chapter and begin another.

Our first ultrasound appointment was on April 30th, at almost 10 weeks. Seeing the heartbeat on the monitor was a truly unforgettable experience. Greg squeezed my leg as we saw our little baby kicking its feet. We waited until Mother's Day to tell Greg's family so we could do it in person. We gave Greg's mom a card with the first ultrasound photo inside. We both expected tears but I guess she already had a hunch that I was pregnant so she wasn't nearly as surprised. It was so nice to share our news and celebrate the holiday together.

To be totally honest, as excited as I am, the first trimester was pretty rough. Luckily I didn't vomit like some women, but I had morning sickness that lasted all. day. long. I've never eaten so many Goldfish crackers in my life - it's literally the only thing that sounded appetizing when I was nauseous at all hours of the day and night. I also had frequent headaches and unbearable migraines! The exhaustion and lack of energy was crazy - I was tired all the time. I would fall asleep on the couch every night before 8pm, and sleep until my 6am alarm (with multiple bathroom trips in between!) I have never been much of a nap person, but my weekends were spent napping on and off.

Exercising has been a huge part of my lifestyle, but was really on the backburner throughout the first trimester. I had barely enough energy to take a walk or practice yoga. The few times I did muster up enough energy to lift weights, I would be out of breath so quickly and had to modify my workouts. I'm really looking forward to the second trimester, hopefully with less nausea and more stamina! I'm currently 15 weeks and finally starting to feel like myself again.

On top of not feeling well, there are a lot of things that I've had to give up, especially on the food and drink front. Raw sushi has been at the top of the list of hardest foods to avoid, and I completely cut out my daily cup of coffee! I was not a big alcohol drinker to begin with, but going to Coachella a couple weeks after I found out made the experience very interesting. (For the record, the photo of me holding a beer at the festival was totally staged with my friend's drink!)

Greg has been a huge support system for me throughout this journey so far, between offering up back rubs, coming with me to the doctor's appointments, dealing with my crazy hormones and indulging my cravings for Chick-fil-A. We could not be more excited to become parents and I can't wait to start this new chapter of our lives together! I have seen how amazing he is with our nieces and nephews and know he is going to be the BEST dad! Baby Buckman is due at the beginning of December, and I'm so excited to experience the holidays with our new bundle of joy!

Friday, June 1, 2018

PREGNANT!


I am thrilled to announce that Greg and I are expecting! Baby Buckman is due in early December!
This has been the hardest secret to keep and we are so excited to finally share the news!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Curry Cauliflower Couscous


While in California for work last month, one of our vendors ordered everyone lunch to the office from Mendocino Farms, with an assortment of sandwiches, a big salad and a side of the most delicious curry couscous with roasted cauliflower. After returning back to Florida, one of my co-workers found a copy-cat recipe of the dish we all couldn't stop raving about. I promptly made it for Greg and my parents and it was a huge hit! Easy to throw together, super flavorful and made a ton for leftovers!

ingredients
1 (1-pound) box couscous (or orzo)
1 head cauliflower, florets broken into pieces
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 tablespoon turmeric
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons salt, more to taste
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, more to taste
3 tablespoons light brown sugar, more to taste
3 tablespoons oil
2 small carrots, peeled, finely diced
1 cup mayo
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
1/2 lime, juiced

directions
{1}
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cook couscous according to package instructions. Rinse in cold water, drain well, and set aside in a large bowl.
{2}
In a separate bowl, toss the cauliflower and carrots with the curry powder, turmeric, cumin, coriander, salt, cayenne, brown sugar and oil. Spread out on a foil-lined baking sheet and roast in the oven for about 10 minutes, until edges are browned but still crunchy.
{3}
Add cauliflower and carrots to the couscous and fold in the mayo, cilantro and lime juice. Taste, and adjust spices and seasoning if needed. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve. Enjoy!


Monday, April 30, 2018

Coachella


Earlier this month, I spent a week in California for a work trip to visit a few of our surf vendors and preview the Spring 2019 collection. A couple of my co-workers and I decided to stay through the weekend to attend the Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival. I had always regretted not going to Coachella while I lived in LA, so it was the perfect opportunity to check it off my bucket list. It definitely did not disappoint!

Tiffany, Ashley and I stayed in Palm Springs at the Kimpton Rowan Hotel. We took a shuttle to the festival on Friday and Saturday and skipped Sunday since we had a red-eye flight back to Florida. The art inside the festival was so cool and different - my favorite was the wire-caged buildings that looked like an optical illusion when photographed. The people-watching was next-level, with tons of outfit inspiration. The amount of food vendors was unreal - anything you could ever want, they had. My favorites were the vegan ice cream (cookies & cream with caramel - yum!) and my first Shake Shack experience.

On Friday, we made it to festival around 5pm, just in time to catch Greta Van Fleet, Bleachers, Kygo and my all-time favorite, The Weeknd! He absolutely killed his 2-hour set, playing all of my favorite songs and his voice sounded incredible. I spent his entire show dancing and singing at the top of my lungs! His performance honestly made the entire festival worth it for me! We finally made it back to our hotel at 3am, hoping to sleep in but we were all still on east-coast time and were wide awake to do it all again by 8am!

We spent Saturday morning brunching in downtown Palm Springs and made our way to Coachella around 4pm. We spent some time taking photos, hanging out in the beer garden, then watched Borns, Post Malone and attempted to see Beyoncé. The festival started to get packed around 8pm when everyone began flooding in for Beyoncé. Initially we had a great spot to watch her performance, but as it got closer, it got so congested that my 5'2 self couldn't see anything but the back of other people's heads. Beyoncé was 30 minutes late to her 11pm set, which made the crowd really ancy. When she finally hit the stage, I tried watching a nearby fan's video on his phone since I couldn't even see the screens. After she sang "Drunk In Love" we decided to call it a night and beat the rush back to the shuttle pick up.

On Sunday we found another good brunch spot with bottomless mimosas and went to a pool party at the Ace Hotel. After a few hours lounging by the pool, we made our way back to our hotel and hung out on the rooftop before heading to the airport. It was the perfect way to end the weekend, just relaxing and soaking up the Palm Springs sun. It was an unforgettable trip, both the work half and Coachella!