9.22.2017

Foyer Mirror


We are finally getting around to a little bit of decorating at the new house. This is our foyer at the moment. I am looking for a new mirror to put above the little table we have. These are my two options for now. Tell me what you think!

Option 1 - Gray and white Cathedral Mirror via Kirkland's. 

Option 2 - Uttermost Kintra Arch Mirror in Gold via Bed, Bath and Beyond
Our last option... use this mirror we already have. 
Help me pick! 

Cheers to a great weekend friends! We will be hanging around the house, hopefully getting some decorating done and putting together a few new pieces of furniture. 

9.19.2017

Poppin' Into Fall

Ever since we got a taste of the fall weather I have been itching to try some new trends. With the new baby, house move, and renovations we have been limiting ourselves on any non-essential purchases. I've been SO good. But, last night I finally caved and picked up a couple fun fall staples from Poppoly.

I have seen this dress on so many blogs this fall - it's a comfy, casual dress that I think will be an easy go-to for fall outings. It's back in stock and on sale for $20, and now comes in this gorgeous wine color. {The "it" color of the season, or so I hear.} 

I have never been a big fan of the romper, but when we were out Friday night I saw at least 10 girls wearing one. Almost all of them were black - and they looked so cute. So, I thought for the price, I would try one out for the fall. Bonus for new moms - this one looks nursing friendly too!

And my last purchase... this adorable pumpkin sweatshirt for Halloween!

The best part, FREE shipping on all orders right now and use code POP05 for 10% off.

Happy Fall Shopping!


9.18.2017

First Fall Weekending

We had a great little fall weekend... even though it felt more like late summer.

We got a sitter on Friday for Miss Annalee and took Mr. Ford out for a night on the town... to meet all our favorite bartenders. :) He was the perfect angel - sleeping through almost all of our outing - and made us remember how easy it was with just a newborn. 
TAPS for drinks and Bistro for dinner. 

Saturday we woke up bright and early to venture out to Rockbridge Fall Farm Day. It was SO much fun. We rode in from the parking lot on a hayride pulled by a BIG tractor - which Annalee loved! They had a corn maze, hay bails for the kid to run on, a big slide in the field, old time tractors, a kids train to ride, cow-milking and much more. It was such a fun morning - and felt as authentic as they come. 



Saturday afternoon the Hastings came over to play and watch some college Fooball. We are going to miss "the boys" as Annalee calls them. They are moving to ATL in just a few short weeks. :(

Sunday I took both kids on a walk solo for the first time... and we survived, sans double stroller. The verdict is still out on what kind to buy. I'm leaning towards a double Bob, but want to be sure we really need. For now we are just taking two strollers on a walk, just pushing Ford in one, while Annalee walks, or carrying Ford in the ergo. We'll see how long this lasts. ha! 

But we also enjoyed a little time at the new playground in the hood - it's so cool - and less than a mile from our house. Score! 

After naps we ventured up the road to Crozet to meet the Hollomons at King Family Vineyard for afternoon Polo and some vino. It was such a fun time... the girls ran and played, the boys just chilled, and the adults actually had time to sit and chat. Reminded me of the good ole days... and was exciting that we could still make it happen! 
Cheers to a great week ahead, friends! I am getting back into the swing of things at work... two events this week and a couple meetings. SLOWLY getting back at it. Ford is 8 weeks tomorrow... how is that possible?? 




9.11.2017

The New Routine

Morning playtime.

We are starting to find a new normal around here... if that's possible with my mother-in-law still in town, in a new house, with a newborn... not exactly normal, but new for sure. I'm trying to make myself get into some sort of routine now, so when I get back to work things may seem a little more normal.

On thing that keeps me sane is going to bed with a clean house. In our new house this requires quite a bit more effort, but I'm learning day by day how to make things easier on myself.

I also love getting things prepped at night, so I can actually sit and enjoy a cup of joe and play with Miss Annalee most mornings.

A few things I try to do every night before bed: 

- All those things that goes upstairs... kids clothes, shoes, jackets, earrings, scarves, etc. gets thrown in a basket at the foot of the stairs, and I take it up and it all goes away before bed.

- Coffee gets made and the timer set for 6 AM. Sometimes I even set out coffee mugs.

- I pour Annalee a cup of milk and have it ready to go in the fridge.

- All dishes are loaded in the dish-washer and most nights I set it to delay start around midnight.

- I stock our room with extra baby essentials for the night - diapers, wipes, a burp cloth, blanket, outfit and socks.... just in case we have any accidents during the night. I also lay out his blanket and jammies (if he's not already in them) and move his bassinet close to my bedside before I bring him up.

- I bring up two cups of water and a midnight/3 AM snack for mama (most nights this is a granola bar, fig bar, or PB crackers).

- All toys in the family room are put away.

- Annalee is packed for Mimi's. Backpack, lunch and outfit ready to go.

We also wipe the counters down after dinner, put away leftovers, wash any dishes that are out and give the floor a quick sweep.

What's your nightly routine? Anything else you like to get done at night that makes your mornings a little more enjoyable?

Cheers to a great start to the day, and week, friends!


8.25.2017

Samford Walker | One Month


One Month Birthday
Dear Ford, 
What can we say? The past month has been much of a blur... but mostly because you're so laid back and go with the flow, it's sorta like you were always a part of our family. Maybe it's also that we packed up Moore Street and moved across town to Junkin Place when you were only two weeks old. It was pretty special that you got to call Moore Street home too - even if it was for just a couple days. You have been a great eater since night one, latching on great from the start, and eating every 2-3 hours. You sleep by our bed in your bassinet and have even starting giving us one long stretch at night (sorta), which is usually 3-4 hours, and eating every 2 after that. You're a sweet, sweet snuggler and your favorite place is in our arms. You have big blue eyes and are really starting to focus in on us and other things you see. Lights and fans are pretty fascinating at the moment. You have been very spoiled to have your GranDe with us during your whole first month of life... which means lots of spoiling. You love to be stretched out with your hands over your head. You were born with one fist up and I'm pretty sure that's your motto for life - let's do this. You are taking life in stride and have brought so much love to our family. 

One Month Highlights:
  • 9 lbs, 14 ozs., 22 inches, 15.5 in head circumference (at two weeks), bold blue eyes and dark hair. You are starting to loose your dark hair on top, but I think it's growing back lighter. 
  • Wearing 3 month clothing and pajamas \\ Pampers Newborn & Size 1 diapers (we are using up the newborns because you should really be in a 1)
  • Nicknames: Little Man, Baby Ford
  • Tricks: Starting to hold up your head when on my chest or on your tummy. Can turn head from side to side when on tummy. Also starting to grab onto things... like hair, necklaces, shirts, etc. 
  • Favorite toys: play mat and giraffe rattle
  • Food: Momma's milk
  • You made your first trips to Target, downtown Lex for the sidewalk sale, The Braddicks and The Palms. 
  • We saw a almost total solar eclipse from our back porch on August 21
  • You don't mind car rides, and you love walks with Mommy.
  • This month we moved into our new house at Junkin Place. 
One Month Favorites {Items We Couldn't Live Without}:
Boppy Newborn Lounger \\ Bassinet \\ Boppy (for mommy) \\ Swaddle Blankets \\ Sleep gowns \\ Stroller \\ Play mat \\ Burp clothes \\ Copper Pearl Multi Use Cover 
Pictures from this month:
The first of many picture on these stairs. 
Snuggling with GranDe
Solar Eclipse - August 21
Fun at the Braddicks
Mommy Snuggles



8.24.2017

The Last 4 weeks | New Baby, New House

They say time flies the older we get... or maybe it's time flies when you're having fun. I guess both would certainly be the case for us.

It's been a whirl-wind of a month. 

Mom came to visit!

We had a baby!

I'm on maternity leave - thank goodness. 

The hubs left for KA Convention in St. Louis. 

We moved!

Mom had emergency mouth surgery x 2. 

The hubs left for another work trip in Colorado... and I started to wonder how in the world I'm ever going to handle two kids at once? ha 
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It's been a really GOOD month. And it's been a really Challenging month. 
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Our two year old stopped sleeping. The last night at our old house she woke up at 1 am and stayed up all night. After moving into the new house she started waking up at 5 AM - for the day. This has since halted... however, last night we did have a two hour fiesta in the middle of the night. With mom bouncing from room to room to keep both babies happy. 

My mom arrived a week before Ford was born with a broken elbow and wrist. Not the most ideal for baby help, but she was a huge help with Annalee and kept Big Sis while we were at the hospital! The first week we moved into our new house she woke up with a swollen jaw... that progressively got worse over the next couple days and resulted in emergency surgery (twice) and two teeth pulled. We are finally on the up-swing for her. As you all probably know, mouth pain is the worst pain. 

We finally have internet at the house!  However, I'm pretty sure our downstairs AC has stopped working.  Thank goodness for some cool days and nights ahead. Especially since the hubs is traveling. 

We have been flooded with great meals and visits from friends. Thank you for keeping us fed! 

We have had really happy moments with Big Sis. And REALLY challenging ones. She loves her baby brother, but loves attention more. Some days are better than others - but we are trying to keep her on her schedule as much as possible, give her lots of undivided attention, shower her with love and gifts  - and royally spoil her. Which our peds says now is as good a time as any. Bring on the ice cream for breakfast and cozy coupe ride in the house. They aren't little for long they say, right? 

On a happy happy note - our new house is amazing! We have super fun and generous neighbors! We have loved our 6 weeks with GranDe here and will be sad to see her go next week. But, Gia arrives on Sept 5 and can't wait to have her in Lex! Baby Ford is a sweet, sweet baby and we couldn't ask for a better eater and sleeper. 

Just thought I would log-in for an update. Working on a monthly update for Mr. Ford tomorrow... and lots of house updates to come. Stay tuned... our Fixer-upper on Junkin is looking quite great!

Happy Thursday, friends!










8.04.2017

New Baby | Essentials for Momma

We just passed the one week mark with Baby #2 and I must say, this recovery has been so different from my first. Miss Annalee was breach (you can read her birth story here), so cesarian delivery was our only option. I was fortunate to be able to try for a VBAC this time around, and boy is recovery after a vaginal delivery totally different.

I love reading blogs about what was helpful and what wasn't helpful to have, so I thought while it was fresh on my mind I would write down the must-have's for our first week of survival.

We focus so much on prepping for baby - all the gear, clothes, diapers, bottles and wipes - and while those are handy to have, this post is all about taking care of momma.

Favorite items I packed for the hospital:
  • slippers & a robe
  • my own shampoo, conditioner, soap and a razor - taking a real shower never felt so good!
  • fluffy bath towels for showering 
  • lanolin cream
  • breast pads
  • open front pajamas for nursing
  • sleep shorts or maternity shorts you can wear over your mesh panties {keepin' it real}
  • nursing bras
My favorite items for week one:

Nursing Bras. At least two. Make sure you love them. You don't have to spend a fortune, but don't go cheap. You want something you can sleep in, so seamless would be ideal, no cups or wires or hooks. I found these guys at Target this time around and so far, they have been great for the the first week of nursing. Remember to allow plenty of room for your milk to come in! 

Pads. Yes, the big bulky kind. {again, keepin' it real}

Nursing pads. My favorite are Medela disposable Nursing Bra Pads

Lanolin. My favorite is the Medela Tender Care Lanolin.

Vitamins and stool softener. My OB actually wrote me a script for "self-meds" in the hospital and gave me two large bottles to take home, along with Ibuprofen. 

Snacks loaded with protein to keep you full. You'll be starving! 

Nursing pillow. The Boppy is still being put to great use. 

A favorite large cup for water! I keep a Tervis with a top and straw by my side at all times. I refill before and after every feeding session, to ensure I'm getting plenty of water. It's been my life-savor and the key to my milk supply, I believe. There is nothing better than a hydrated momma! 

Flowy tops for nursing and comfy bottoms. 

Hope the first week with your little one is the best! A couple other things that have kept me sain... 

A shower EVERY day - clean hair and shaved legs make me feel like myself for once. 

Also, keep things simple. 

Welcome food from friends. 

Ask for help from your family. Clean laundry and a clean house will relieve SO much stress. 

Don't feel guilty for staying inside. 

Don't apologize for sneaking out for a nap - any time of the day. 

....AND enjoy those baby snuggles! They will be gone before you know it. 





8.03.2017

Welcome Ford!

Ready the cigars! We are thrilled to welcome our newest addition to the Lyons Den, Samford Walker "Ford" Lyons. Ford was born at 9:27 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25. The KA legacy weighed in at 9 pounds even and 22 in long! While his name is all his own, it is also a loving nod to both of his grandfathers, Samuel Robert and Wayford Arwood, who both passed not long before we learned about you. We know you have some awesome angels in heaven watching over you sweet boy. The circle of life is something fierce. 


Welcome, Ford--we can't to see what you have in store for the world!

xo, Mommy & Daddy

7.21.2017

Five on Friday: Floor Stains & Coming Home Outfits

Happy Friday, friends! It's been a busy week, so let's re-cap.

{one} Mom arrived on Monday!! Broken elbow and all, she's here and ready for Baby Lyons #2 to arrive. Well, almost. A few more weeks of rest for her lil arm would be good, but she's just happy to be here. She seems to be doing better every day. She was able to watch Annalee for a couple hours on Wednesday and Thursday, while I had work events - and she did good. Even changed a dirty diaper and Annalee was SO good for her. YAY!
{two} House updates... the floors are being stained! I'll do a full before and after post, but here is a sneak peak.
July 20, 2017

{three} We ordered coming home outfits for Baby Lyons #2. Well, we ordered one. I convinced my mom that we are going to use one of her baby outfits (yes, from 1951) if it's a girl. I think that would be so neat... and why not, they basically just wear it for a picture and then it hangs in their closet for 30 years... until they decide it's not that cool to dress their own child in, right? haha #secondchildproblems

This is the baby boy outfit we ordered, Carriage Boutique Sailboat Creeper.

And a sneak at the baby girl outfit, that was my moms. 
PS - Baby update: No baby progress at my check-up this week. Let the waiting game begin.

{four} I picked up the cutest pair of PJ's from Target on Monday. They are already washed and in my hospital bag. These jams are super soft and the buttons down the front will be perfect for nursing.

$19.99 via Target

{five} We are soaking up the short-lived only-child days with this little one.
"Little one" no more I say... This big girl has been working on potty-training at Mi-Mi's house for the past couple weeks. I can't believe she has gotten so big! Every day we just look at each other in amazement of what she says, and understands, and tells us. Watch out world, she's a little bit sassy, with a whole lotta sweetness wrapped inside.

Big weekend ahead... lots of packing and moving boxes on Saturday {thanks for joining us, Hollomons} and maternity pics scheduled for Sunday. Tune-in to my instastories for updates along the way. Have a great weekend!


7.20.2017

Maple Dijon Pork Chops

Pork chops are one of our favorite summertime go to meals. They are easy to throw on the grill, take no time to cook and pair great with lots of summer side dishes. 
This is one of our favorites. Maple Dijon Pork Chops from First Home Love Life
Here’s what you’ll need…for 4-6 medium sized chops:
  • 1/4 cup grainy Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 chopped shallot
  • 1 teaspoon each salt, pepper, and thyme
  • drizzle of light oil like grape seed or similar (this just helps them to not stick on the grill)
Combine all ingredients in a large ziplock, toss in pork chops and marinate for 1 hour, or up to 6. I am usually home for lunch and like to prep for dinner, so I will throw them in at lunch and then pull them out about 30 min before we want to cook. 

Pair with a fun summer salad, pasta salad, diced roasted sweet potatoes or veggies. My girl over at Designer Bags & Dirty Diapers is always posting great summer sides. Hop on over for some fun new ideas to pair with these delicious Maple Dijon Pork Chops. 



7.17.2017

Baby Lyons #2: Nurses Gifts

I actually got myself a little organized and was able to pull together cute little nurses gifts early this time. Last time, Miss Annalee decided to make her arrival a few weeks early and momma was not prepared.

This go-around things are a little more crazy. We are balancing a mom with a broken elbow, a toddler, a house renovation and a pending move, right around baby's due date. So, I thought getting us prepped a little early would probably be a good idea.

However, by this time two years ago, we were in the hospital with our sweet little baby girl - name TBD - and in shock that she was already with us.

Today I wanted to share the cute little happies I put together for our nurses - something sweet to keep them going until the wee hours of the night!


I bought simple Avery round labels and made these cute tags to stick on the boxes. 



 Hopefully the nurses enjoy, just as much as I did making them. We can't wait to meet our little sweetie... 2 weeks and counting!