Bump Things: Surprise!! It's A...

After getting a rousing response from this card, I decided to make it available to you online, if you are in the market for a humorous gender reveal of your own! Check out these Stationary CardsT-Shirts, Tanks, (wow your gender reveal party guests), or even his and her mugs! I can't tell you how hard I laughed, watching this image be placed on all of these products. I hope you enjoy as much as I did. 

                                                                                                                                                                

I wish you could have all sat in my dining room over the past couple of nights with Burley and I.
They have been for the books.

Being that both of our families are wildly successful livers of life, and are spread across the southeast and northeast, we had to think long and hard about how we wanted to share the gender of our big little news with them. Despite the distance, we are extremely close with our fam dams, and telling them these exciting things over the phone, not seeing their smiles and tears, it was just too much. We had to work it out.

So we decided to send them the news the old fashion way... Pony Express.
With strict instructions not to open the mail until we were all grouped up on Skype and staring each other in the face.

With hectic schedules, babies and toddlers, different time zones, and varying affinities for technology, Burley and I knew this would be the LEAST simple way to share the news.... But definitely the best.

So we skyped. 
We laughed. 
We tried to get videos showing on the screen for minutes and hours. 
We caught up on a million other things while we waited for everyone to get situated.
We celebrated.
We cried. 
And Burley and I went to bed feeling more loved and more excited than ever for this little one's entrance into the world. Because true love, is love shared. Love poured out. 

What is love without the other smiling face on the other side of the screen?
What is joy without sharing it with a village of hearts who are rooting for you?
What is the gender of our baby?

Oh. Yes. That little fact....

Well.

Mini Burley has been confirmed. He is healthy as a horse, and hung like one too.
What? I didn't say that. 

We are overwhelmed as we can finally refer to our baby as a human and not as a fruit, vegetable, or an "it." He is kicking. He is growing. And he is giving me lots of beautiful heartburn, which can only mean one thing...

He will hopefully be just as blessed in the facial hair department as this stone cold fox....

Burley was kind enough to let me post this photo.
It is a real. Genuine. Candid shot. Of his bad-to-the-bone self.
Can you believe he didn't even try to strike this pose?

Yea daddy.

Cheers,
Maddie

#Creativeweekendgetaway

Are we Instagram buddies? I sure hope we are... Because it's kind of my favorite.

If so, you may have been following along with me and a couple of friends of mine as we had a seriously needed and valuable #creativeweekendgetaway

We spent 2 nights at Habersham Village in North Georgia. I can't really explain how amazing this airbnb gem is. They have a few other sweet 2 person spots on the grounds, which I highly suggest staying at if you are looking for a quick metro-Atlanta retreat any time soon. The owners are phenomenal, the scenery is unique and breathtaking, and the location is primo. No, they are not paying me to say this. I really just had a blast.

A few weeks ago, I realized that I had a lot of ideas swirling around in my head, and I was having trouble finding the time or space to put them to paper. So, this weekend was booked and set aside in order to help me and a couple other ladies in the same boat, step away from the norm, and reboot our creative juices.

We ate delicious snacks all day, we took breaks to laugh and chat, but mostly we worked and worked and worked until we couldn't work anymore. It felt disciplined. It felt refreshing. It felt rejuvenating.

There is a lot on the horizon for this here little blog, including a full design upgrade, a switch to a new platform, and the addition of a lot of fun things in the way of blog design! So, get pumped. And, if you are thinking about possibly being in the market for a hot new blog design this fall... I will have a lot of amazing deals headed your way coming October, with the launch of the new site!

But for today, enjoy some lovely photos of this peaceful weekend. And if you are in the Southeast + looking to enjoy a creative weekend getaway of your own, I highly suggest this gorgeous retreat. 





Are you working on any fun projects? Do you have any gears turning, but are having a hard time putting the pen to the paper? I hear ya. Keep on keeping on, and give yourself some grace as you bring your dreams and ideas to life. The good things always take time and patience.

Cheers,
Maddie



If You're Free on Thursday...

My brother will be in town and playing at Eddie's Attic... Which if you have never been there and you live in Atlanta, GA... Then you are in for a super treat. You must go and experience the goodness.

I will be there along with many friends, family, and fans... So come on out and enjoy the show!

You can find his most recent EP release here as well as the rest of his music here

Cheers,


Brown Rice Noodle Salad w/ Coconut Lime Dressing

Well your Instagram enthusiasm matched the enthusiasm of my taste buds while enjoying this delicious and well balanced meal.

Best part? It takes about 10 minutes to make! Not a lie! These noodles cook in 1 MINUTE people... And they are brown rice, so your body will use all of their loaded goodness.

For this dish I pretty much went off this recipe from Clean Eating Magazine exactly. My aunt shared it on Facebook last week and I just had to try it. She was right...

INGREDIENTS:
Salad
2oz Brown rice noodles
I used the exact kind they recommended in the recipe, and they worked great. I cooked half of the box for the two of us. It was MORE than enough salad.
1/2 Mango, peeled + pitted
1/2 Red bell pepper, seeded
1/2 Cucumber, seeded
1/2 Avocado, peeled + pitted
1/2 Jalapeno (I left this on the side for Burley)
Cilantro, roughly chopped (I used a ton more than the recipe called for... maybe a 1/4 cup?)
1 Tbsp chopped and toasted cashews

Dresing
5 Tbsp coconut milk
1 whole fresh lime, squeezed
Splash of olive oil
Pinch of sea salt

The directions are this simple. 1) Cook the noodles according to the box, rinse them, and put them aside 2) Cut up all of the ingredients and mix the dressing 3) Mix it all together!

Yup.

Like I said on Instagram... We ate this 2 nights in a row, it was so good. It tastes so fresh and light, while still being really filling. I also liked the coconut lime dressing, as it was a different taste than I am used to making at home for my salads, so it felt a little more out of the norm, which is always good for the soul.

What do you say? Making it tonight? And tomorrow night? I thought that may be the case... 

Happy Hump Day!


Cheers,
Maddie


Bump Things: Why We Chose NOT to wait... And my first baby round-up

What a whirlwind of a week. 
If you guys knew where my head was at when I wrote this post...

Well... let me tell you. 

When Burley and I found out that we were pregnant, it was not too long before we found out that we didn't exactly agree on our preferences for finding out the baby's gender. I was pretty strongly on the "I don't want to find out" side of the fence, and he was mildly on the "I want to find out" side of the fence.
Neither of us were really hell bent either way, but those were our preferences.

As the weeks and the conversation on the topic progressed, we realized that there wasn't really a way to find common ground, or compromise, or meet in the middle on this subject. One of us was going to win, and one of us was going to lose. 

In the meantime, I started planning out my gender neutral pregnancy (come on, I had no doubts that Burley would come around...)

And that's where this list comes from. My dream baby things. They aren't all practical. They aren't all necessary. But man... Are some of them gorgeous. They are all relatively neutral... As I was planning on that being the case until the end when the big (or Lord willing healthily teeny tiny) baby surprise arrived.

4 // Striped maternity/nursing dress from Belly Dance maternity - Thank you Savannah for the tip!
5 // Getting started kit for bath time from Burt's Bees 

I mean that crib?!! Delicious. I will most likely be doing a DIY version of it very soon, seeing as I don't have an extra $699 laying around... at the moment. 

Anyways... back to that whole gender thing...

As Burley and I started trying to pick out names for little baby child... We became really overwhelmed. We thankfully agree on them for the most part, but we were having a hard time nailing it down enough to one gender... Let alone two.

So... To preserve ourselves from the extra stress of waiting until the end to name our little love muffin... We decided to find out the gender. It all happened pretty fast, and on Monday of this week... We got our answer. And we have been crying and laughing ever since :)

Once we have a chance to share the fun news with all of our families, I can't WAIT to fill you guys in. Our anatomically correct gender reveal cards are currently in the mail and traveling fast, so it shouldn't be long now.

Until then... I mean... That crib!!! Right?!

Cheers,