in the nude...

Excuse the title ... kinda had to right? Since it's spring - the obsession with nude EVERYTHING is in full force. I wanted to share some of my seasonal favorites with you! Hope everyone has a great weekend! Happy FriYAY!

xx,

Ashley

Just Keep Swimming...Just Keep Swimming...

Our first vacation as a family of three is fast approaching and naturally, we are so anxious and excited! Anxious (frightened) to see how London does on the plane, and excited to be together for seven straight days! We will be staying near the ocean and also at a spot with a pool...so this past Sunday we decided it would be a good idea to acclimate London to the water a bit! She was first introduced to a pool at 7 weeks, and loved it, but I didn't know how she would do now that she's 9 months old! Our gym has "family swim," so we tried it out and well, we have a little fishy on our hands! She was skeptical at first, for maaaaybe 5 minutes, but then she was splashing around, smacking the water and kicking her little legs! We had so much fun with her and can't wait to go again! I don't think we will have any trouble on vacation ... London and the water seem to get along just fine! Here are a few pictures from our family swim!

My swimsuit: Marc by Marc Jacobs

London's swimsuit: Little Me

Spring Sandals!

I'm totally ready to bring out my sandals and store away the boots ... just waiting on this weather to cooperate! One day its in the 60's, the next day it's snowing, seriously, mother nature MAKE UP YOUR MIND! Regardless, my sandal game needs a reboot (see what I did there?) and I can't wait to get my hands on some of my personal faves below!

1. Topshop "Holly" Lace-up Sandals - Love the color & only $35!

2. BC Footwear 'Wee' Slide Sandal - Because let's be honest...sometimes we don't have 25 minutes to spend lacing up our gladiators. Ok? We just DON'T.

3. Forever 21 Faux Leather Sandals - Two-for-one deal...these are both cute & comfortable!

4. ASOS FOR LOVE Leather Lace Up Sandals - Major favorite of mine for Spring.

5. ASOS FLORENCE Embellished Leather Sandals - So dainty and sweet ... and can go with most anything (added bonus)

6. Braided Leather Flat Sandals by Zara - Yes. SO MUCH YES.

7. H&M Sandals with Fringe - A little pop of color for Spring!

8. H&M Flats with Ankle Strap - Another color that I just love ... not to mention the style!

9. Black Laced Sandals H&M - Suede with long lacing around the ankle...LOVE.

 

 

 

Easter With The Markwood's!

Yesterday was a great day ... busy & hectic ... but GREAT! We loved celebrating London's first Easter right here at our little Massachusetts apartment. It was nice not to have to travel anywhere, but to wake up in our own beds and lounge. We did a little food prep the night before, so we could enjoy Sunday for the most part. We got London all dolled up for Easter service and had a little pre-church photo shoot (which was totally my husband's idea) Haha! We hosted Chris's mom and stepdad for dinner which included: Ham w/a brown sugar glaze, green bean casserole, mac n' cheese, mashed potatoes, peas, homemade rolls, and deviled eggs! For dessert I made carrot cake cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting ... I must say - these were a big hit! London sat at the table with us, tried ham for the first time, and absolutely loved it! By "loved it" I mean, she wouldn't eat anything else but ham...probably should have given her veggies beforehand, but ehh - it was a holiday so I let it slide :)

 

Baked Apple Crisp Oatmeal

Fall makes me want to cook all day every day! Last night I came across this baked oatmeal recipe on Pinterest and absolutely HAD to try it out with some of the apples I picked this weekend! Chris and I usually eat oatmeal in the morning and I decided it was time to jazz it up a bit since it can get slightly monotonous/boring. Today, I was SO excited to eat breakfast and sample my creation! Wanna know the best part about this dish? It's baked entirely in the crockpot! You just set it and forget it! Chris absolutely loved it (he gave it a 9/10 on the rating scale haha!) 

Here's what you do:

Peel and slice about 5-6 apples and layer on the bottom of the crockpot. Disperse 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1 Tbsp cinnamon, 2 cups oatmeal, and 4 cups of water on top. Do not stir. Cook on HIGH for 4.5 hours. For the last 30 minutes, add the topping which consists of: brown sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and butter. In the morning, heat it up and serve! 

It will look like this before you put the topping on:

oatmeal2

Topping: 

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 stick butter 

1 cup flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

This morning's breakfast! Yum!!

oatmeal