Friday, January 20, 2017

Disney Baby: Will is Five Months Old

This kid. How'd we get so lucky, nay, blessed to be his parents? 
In this past month, Will has:

- Celebrated his first Christmas and New Years
- Met Mickey Mouse
- Spent the first cold day of our Florida 'winter' in the Magic Kingdom
- Had a few overnights at Nana's
- Visited Tampa and cheered on the Clemson Tigers as they won the National Championship
- Mastered rolling over
- Became an expert 'scooter'- army crawling all over the place
- Discovered his love for jumping in his jumper 
- Started rolling over in his sleep and sleeping on his stomach with his face FACE DOWN on his bed- making his momma very nervous
- Tried lots of new foods- his favorites being oatmeal, pears, carrots, and tastes of lemon and pickles
- Sat up on his own for a few minutes at at time- including in shopping carts, highchairs and the like

As he gets more mobile, these monthly pictures become more of a challenge to take. Here's a few outtakes from our photo sesh. 

*Sigh* I love him so much. 

Thanks for reading! 

XO, Ashley

Monday, January 16, 2017

Weekend Wear-Abouts + Life Lately

Hey hey! Stopping by to catch y'all up on what's been happening on this side of the screen lately-- we've been busy busy BUSY and lovin' life. 

Let me start by saying GO TIGERS! How awesome that the Clemson Tigers are the 2016-17 College Football National Champs! I'm a Gator fan but married a Clemson man, so I've adopted the team. Plus, I can wear orange to support both, so win-win! 
We headed to Tampa to see the game on Saturday. We stayed in St. Pete for three nights, visiting with John's dad and having a mini-vaca at the Bilmar Beach Resort. Will and I tailgated at the game for a bit, where we got to see some SportsCenter taping, before leaving John and his dad to attend. What a game! SO GLAD Clemson brought home the W-- it was due time that someone beat 'Bama. I was so happy that John was there in person to experience it. 

Later in the week Will and I made a visit to Disney's Animal Kingdom to ride Kilamanjaro Safari and see the new baby elephant! I also took photos of the baby center there- I've photographed them in each park and plan to do a post about each one. I've had some readers ask about tips for taking a baby to the theme parks, so that will be fun!

On Thursday, we hit up Whole Foods and Trader Joe's to prep for our Whole 30 journey (we started today!!) My mom came to visit and we all went to IKEA on Friday. We also went to Sweet Tomatoes where Will tasted several new foods, including pickles and lemons, which he loved! That made for a fun InstaStory (@Disneyfied_Ash on Instagram). 

This weekend we ran errands, took down Christmas decorations and went to Epcot to check out the new International Festival of the Arts. It runs every weekend (Friday-Monday) through the end of February, and is really fantastic! Food and drink specialties at various booths (a la Food & Wine Festival), artists creating live art in the park, specialty merchandise, a Figment art scavenger hunt, special Photopass photo spots, and more!

A few things that made my Disnerd heart SO HAPPY: The Odyssey building is used as the Festival Center, and for the first time in a long, long time, the windows are open, offering a view out into the park. These have been covered over for years and years with decals; I remember going to events in this building 15 years ago, and I haven't seen the view from inside out since then. 

Also in that building are two art exhibits featuring Mary Blair and Herb Ryman (click each name to learn more about them-- do it!!). Both fantastic! And speaking of Herb Ryman-- I also picked up a poster featuring his concept art for Epcot. It's beautiful, and I can't wait to get it framed and hung in the house. 

Oh, and most of my purchases from the Lilly Pulitzer After Party SALE have arrived, including the Callahans I'm wearing below. I can't fit into any of my others (yet!), so I'm happy as a clam to have a pair that fits. 

That about sums up our past week. Like I said before, we're starting Whole 30 today. I'll be posting our meals and progress on my Instagram Stories, so follow along if you're interested. 

Thanks for reading! XO, Ashley 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

My Lilly Pulitzer After Party SALE Purchases + Weekend Plans

Hi all. Wanted to pop in and share with you what I was able to score during the Lilly sale. 

As always, the website was a hot mess until a few hours after the sale started. I think going forward for future sales, I'm just going hang back and wait a bit before trying to join the party. I had success this year shopping Signature Stores websites, before I could access the Lilly site. 

For instance, I picked up a pair of Callahans and Georgia Mays at the Pink Pelican.

These Elsa's (one for me, one for my mom) came from Splash of Pink. They were my local Lilly store when I lived in Connecticut, so I always like giving them my business when I can. 

(My mom's pick)

Once I was able to access the Lilly Pulitzer website, I managed to pick up another Elsa, two blouses, and a planner ($9, y'all!!)  for myself. 

(I got the navy version)

My mom became addicted to Elsa's this summer and she made out like a bandit, stocking up on five (5) more, getting them all for practically the price of one when paying full price! 

She also picked up three of the wristlets to give as gifts (well, one for herself ;)) and two dresses for my nieces. (I'm not posting those here in case they read this, and she wants them to be a surprise). 

How did you do in the Sale? I saw a funny tweet relating the Sale to the Hunger Games-- sounds about right! 

Ok, time to get packin'. We're heading to Tampa to meet up with John's dad and see the Clemson-Alabama National Championship game on Monday night! Go TIGERS!!

Speaking of packing, I'm going have to dig out our coats. The high tomorrow is a brisk 55 with 20 mph winds! I know that's nothing compared to what the rest of the country is feeling right now, but for this Florida girl, thats COLD! 

Have a great weekend! Thanks for reading. 

XOXO, Ashley