Monday, August 29, 2016


By the time we reached Milan, we were ready for a chill day! We had two nights there, and so our first halfway we relaxed, ate near the hotel, and just hung out in our room. We let Beau get some quality naps in, at his scheduled times, and it was AWESOME. We saved a TON of money by staying in a hotel out by the soccer stadium, San Siro. Like, it was less than $200 in our biggest hotel room of the trip with really fast wifi kind of saving. It only took us about 30 minutes from our hotel room to get to the center of Milan, so it wasn't a big deal at all. 

We took the metro when we wanted to get anywhere. 

What I Wore:

The sun was really bright for the little bear, hence the sunshade on his bassinet being out. We retreated to a large department store around the corner from the duomo to browse the Italian fashion and eat in the luxury food court. 

I loved the styling of this corner of the food court. We almost stopped there, but I saved my lobster roll for London. :) 

We chose Italian food, for obvious reasons, and split a pesto ravioli and eggplant gnocchi. YUM. The eggplant gnocchi was my favorite. After lunch Beau was having a hard time, and we hadn't done enough research on Milan to keep us out and about until dinner time. We went back to the hotel so he could nap in the cool air conditioning. Having a summertime baby is just plain hard. Back here in Texas, getting him in and out of the car even in the morning feels so mean. It's just so hot!

In the evening we went to the Galleria, and ate dinner. But first, we stopped for a few more photos at the duomo, and a gelato appetizer. :)

I got Nutella and wild berry, SO yummy!

The spot we chose for dinner was perfect. The whole area feels fancy but the restaurant we stopped at had lots of families so we felt comfortable with Beau. They also seated us on the outside so the stroller could fit. Really everywhere we went everyone was really accommodating with the stroller and really eager to help. It was kind of the opposite of what I expected. Everyone was nicer to us because we had Beau with us. 

The next morning we headed to London! 

By far the hardest part of the trip was our experience in the Milan airport. We dropped off our rental car and needed to get on the shuttle bus to the other terminal. We had a baby and all of our luggage, stroller put away. We paid a random guy two euro for his cart just to get to the shuttle. It was already too full so we waited for the next one. I was wearing Beau and holding one tote, and the plan was for me to stand with the luggage pile while Ben quickly loaded our things on, and then we'd all get on. We met a sweet family from Charleston who had been traveling for a few months with their one year old and three year old. They helped us and they were such an encouragement. When I got on the crowded bus with Beau held tight to me while Ben handled the luggage the husband of the family was proclaiming EVERYONE LOOK OUT SHE HAS A BABY! so that no one would push me or anything. So, so nice. Once the shuttle experience was over we were fine. Ben killed it with all the luggage, as pictured. :) 

We were SO ready to see our family, which you'll hear about in my next travel post! :) 


Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday No. 42

No. 1
Last night we had our first real date night without Beau. Some of you may be thinking it took us awhile, but more than a month of his life was spent at the hospital or on vacation, so it just kind of got away from us! It was really great for us to have time just the two of us, but we were very cliche looking at pictures of Beau during dinner. We went furniture shopping (have a new item to share soon!) and then to dinner at PF Changs.. we love their crispy green beans so much!

This isn't what we got.. but while on the furniture wavelength.. this image stopped me in my tracks. LOVE!

No. 2
Other than crispy green bean dates, it's been a pretty good healthy eating bootcamp in our house. The other night I made this healthy summer stir fry, and it was so delicious! If you aren't a seafood person, just use chicken! That's how I had it the first time when my sister in law made it!

No. 3
This week was filled with lots of fun adventures.. on Wednesday we helped some sweet friends with their homeschool, and yesterday we took a visit to Beau's Auntie Susannah's office! She's leaving for a two week trip to Europe today, so we needed Beau to get some goodbye snuggles. We just strolled right on in to corporate America with a baby and he was a huge hit. Such a fun day!

Ps. If you're in the market for a comfy, ruffly tee... THIS. I kind of want it in every color! It's roomy and oversized, I ordered a small. Also, clue that I'm a new mom! Dusty mirror! Yikes!

No. 4

My favorite interior designers started a web series and I'm in love! I thought this video was really helpful!

No. 5
I mentioned last week that I'm ready for fall clothes, but even more so as the temperatures in Texas are back up. It's just so hard on my little boy when we're on the go. While daydreaming about fall clothes, I kept coming back to the fact that I've wanted a pair of TOMS wedge booties for years. Growing up as a taller girl has always made me shy away from heels and wedges. Five seven isn't crazy tall, but when you're heads taller above the boys in your elementary class, it scars you for life. That being said, over the past few years I've become super confident in resting in how God made me.. AKA I needed to get the wedges. Haha!! What do y'all think? I think they'll be so cozy and cute for fall. I tried them on with my favorite crop jeans and an old favorite sweater and already know what my go-to outfit will be in the season ahead! 

They have these wedges in little girl sizes too and I about died. All my friends with daughters, PLEASE buy so I can live vicariously through you! 

No. 6
An extra this week because I'm feeling chatty! ;) If you didn't catch my reflections on traveling with two month old baby boy all over Europe, check it out! I worked really hard trying to compile any and everything that could be of help! XO 

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