Collaboration: Extraordinary Cupcakes in Williamsburg

Cutest little cupcake shop, super funky decor but we loved it. The coffee wasn’t super strong but my GG would have loved it! They even had chocolate and vanilla bases with whatever icing choice for Caym!

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Collaboration: AirBnB Rustic Cottage on the water

Weekend Getaway! Take 2:  While we had a blast at Hotel Laurance and would love to work with them anytime, we went a different route for this weekend away.

We teamed up with a great couple from airbnb and decided to document our stay with them. When we first arrived we were excited to see how secure the location was. To get into the property there is a gate with a key code and their is tons of privacy once you are on the property. The cute cottage is a two bedroom and has fantastic views from one of the bedrooms, living room, dining room and kitchen. The house is full of windows that let in a ton of natural light. They had absolutely everything that we needed including shampoo, conditioner and body wash, condiments in the fridge, butter, coffee filters, cooking oil, spices, extra towels and whatever cookware you could need. The knives were dull and we had to use Caymran’s pocket knife to cut the veggies and meat lol. It was a sight to see but we made a fun memory! They had a canoe and kayaks, fishing poles, a hot tub and a sauna. Needless to say we really enjoyed our stay here and hope to visit again when the pool is open so Miss Kinsley  and Madison can swim.

 

 

Collaboration: Carrot Tree in Yorktown

This weekend we ventured out to Williamsburg/Yorktown area for a collaboration and stopped on in at Carrot Tree of Yorktown. Glenn was so kind to great us and we had a fantastic server Chris, who took amazing care of us. The atmosphere was fun and bright with tons of carrot decor! Such a fun little place. All of the staff seemed really happy and patient. There was a mix in ages which is always a good sign. The cupcakes were to die for and the food was delicious. Thanks Carrot Tree! We had a blast, hope to be back soon.

 

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Coconut Cream
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Gluten Free Chocolate
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Carrot Cake
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Peanut Butter Filled
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Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Icing

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Chocolate Chocolate
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Red Velvet 

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Tuna Salad Melt on GF Bread with Carrot Salad
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Spinach and Artichoke Crepe 
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Ham Salad Melt on a Crescent Roll with Potato Dill Salad

Miss Kinsley Grace: One Week Old

 

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Hi! My name is Kinsley Grace and today I am one week old. Mommy can’t believe that it’s already been a week! I like to breastfeed and sleep. When I get upset I like it when mommy sways back and forward while she sings to me. I love sleeping on the couch sitting up on mommy’s chest. My family all likes to make crazy at faces at me and argue over holding me. IMG_5573IMG_5567IMG_5571

The truth to Mommy-hood…

I hate to admit it but this was the reality of the first few months with my sweet girl. Mommy trying to smile and not take it personally while my newborn screamed at me for about 6 hours a day until about a month ago. She had Colic. No mom ever wants to admit that there is something not perfect about their baby but she liked to scream. She would sit up with her daddy every night and scream for a solid two hours while she pulled his beard, and there would be nothing to do to console her. I mean he literally had a patch missing out of his beard from our newborn baby pulling the hair out. I would hide away in the other room trying not to cry myself wondering what was I doing wrong? Did she not like us? Was she in pain? Was there something else besides switching her formula, giving her gas drops, having plenty of floor time (even though she hated it) that I should be doing?

I called the pediatrician about once a week and asked what else should I do but they reassured me that she was growing and would eventually grow out of it. Before I had her, I wanted as many kids as god wanted to grant us with and since then I’ve began to rethink that. Does that make me a bad mom? I would ask my grandparents to take her during the week one day each and ask my mom to take her overnight about two nights a month so I could actually clean and sleep. She was still getting up every two hours and would only let up on the crying if I held and comforted her constantly. My house was a mess! The laundry piled up, dishes were never done and I surely did not have dinner on the table when my husband got home. I would be counting down the minutes until he would get home so I could have long enough to pee and take a shower alone.  I would be dying for a break and as soon as she was with them I would cry because I didn’t want her to feel abandoned by me, but I knew I was doing what was best for me. And if I’m not taking care of myself how on earth am I supposed to take care of a tiny human?

Now she is four months old and she doesn’t scream so much. She may even sit in her bouncer in the kitchen with me long enough for me to unload the dishwasher and reload. I might even be able to get a load of laundry done while she naps, but none of that really matters. The only thing that matters is that my sweet girl is getting taken care of and getting all of the love that I can possibly give her.

When I got a stomach bug, I had to stop breastfeeding because lets face it.. I was dying. And ever since she will not take the boob. I can’t tell you how much I miss her breastfeeding and wish that I had enjoyed her screaming and only being comforted by breastfeeding while it lasted.