Friday Favorites


Here are a few of my favorite things from this week:

I have been on a Rosé kick for a few weeks and this Charles & Charles bottle is my current fave. Not too bad on the wallet either (retails for about $13 per bottle)!

I received these booties from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in the mail today and I love them! They are a bit snug so I may try to return them for a larger size this weekend at Nord's (size at least a 1/2 size up if you are planning to order these!). I also ordered this Lush shift dress, but it is not set to arrive until mid August... whomp whomp...

I have been craving s'mores for some odd reason this week. I've been making them in the microwave just about every night (no, I'm not pregnant!). I just layer the gram, chocolate and marshmallow and nuke it for 10 secs. Then, smash the top with the second half of the gram. Comes out all gooey and delicious!

I am hosting a baby shower for a close friend this weekend and the theme is vintage story books. Remember all the Little Golden Books? I ordered a bunch of them from Amazon and I've been having fun reminiscing reading them from when I was little. I've got a very crafty friend that made all the decor for the shower and I'm pretty excited to see everything all set up! Follow me on IG or Snapchat (LindsayRumple) for some sneak peaks of the decor tomorrow!

Lastly, there are only 2 days left of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Make sure to take advantage of these prices now as they will go up on Monday! Here's a round up of some of my favorite sale items:



I'm linking up with Amanda for Friday Favorites.
Happy Friday Friends!

Thoughts for Thursday: Shopping for Baby Boy


I had planned on scheduling a professional family photo session around the time Cam was 6 months old. Fast forward to now (he's 8.5 months) and we've had to reschedule our family photos twice because of rain. Thanks Ohio weather! We have landed on a date for our rescheduled photo shoot for end of August and I figure, at this point maybe we should dress for fall. 

Soooooo... Off I go on the hunt for baby boy fall clothes and I am finding the most adorable options! I gotta say, dressing a baby boy is actually a lot more fun than I thought it would be! I mean... that cable knit sweater and baby jeans? How scrumptious would he be in that ensemble?!

This doesn't mean, however, that I'm ready for hashtag Fall quite yet... Still holding on to this Summer weather a few more weeks!

I'm linking up with Natalie and Annie for Thoughts for Thursday!

Remembering Leslie

I found out some really sad news today. Leslie, the author of A Blonde Ambition, passed away this week. I remember finding her blog shortly after Cam was born and loving all her honest posts about being a mom. Her personality really shined through her writing. She seemed to be very bright and witty (with great fashion sense to boot).



She was the mother of two precious baby girls, Caroline (almost 2) and she had her second Ainsley just this past December. I remember reading posts like this one that made me think she is a champion for having 2 babes under 2! But also, that she has so much love for those girls and her family.

The news of her passing really hit me hard. I did not know her personally but, this blogging world really makes you feel like you know someone when you read their words and posts about their lives. I felt as though I connected with her just reading her blog. I wish I would have commented more or emailed her with words of encouragement when she wrote about her heart issues and stays in the hospital. I know there really isn't anything I could have done to help, but at least she would have known that I care.

Thinking of leaving this earth with a husband and 2 babies behind is heartbreaking. I am praying with everything I have for her family. Some other bloggers have shared her Go Fund Me page (to help raise money for the girls college fund) and I am as well, hoping that it helps just a little.

Hug your loved ones a little more tightly today, K? I know I plan to.

As Leslie would say, Be Blessed Lovelies.

Turkey Meatloaf Muffins


I made these a few weeks ago and I'm craving them again!

They are pretty simple to make and were a hit with the hubs. I've been trying my best to eat healthy and keep off the baby weight I've lost (can I still call it baby weight after 8+ months?). So, I've been looking up a lot of recipes for lean protein and veggies. These are also the perfect 'make ahead' meal, so you can keep them in the fridge and heat them up whenever you're hungry. This would also be a great meal option for kiddos!

You’ll Need:
1.25 pounds lean ground turkey
1 bell pepper, seeded and diced (I picked red)
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced (optional, I left this out bc I'm a wimp)
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 zucchini, sliced and diced
1 egg white
1/4 cup oat bran
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp thyme or sage
sea salt & black pepper
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, optional

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12 cup muffin pan with nonstick spray.
2. Mix all ingredients thoroughly and divide into 12 meatballs.
3. Add the turkey meatballs to the muffin pan and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, until browned and cooked through.

Makes 12 Meatloaf Muffins! I eat them with a little ketchup, delish!

You can throw the rest in the fridge and reheat for lunch or dinner.

Source: http://recipeknead.com/easy-turkey-meatloaf-muffins/

Enjoy!

Weekend Recap



We had a very relaxing weekend, which is exactly what I needed after the busy week. Friday I stopped by Old Navy and found this embroidered chambray tank and this black and white striped boyfriend tee (only $12 right now!). Old navy is really stepping up their fashion game recently! I love  all the new arrivals for fall!

Saturday morning, Cam and I met a friend and her baby at the Worthington Farmer's Market. It was really crowded and very hot, so we didn't stay too long. I did, however, manage to snag a mini pecan pie and some organic honey. Yum!!

The rest of Saturday consisted of spending some QT with my main man Cam. He has really started to become a little ham! I just love his little toothy grins he's been giving! He has also become a jumperoo champion! Is there an Olympic event for the jumperoo? He would bring home the gold.

Sunday I kept busy with house chores and ran a few errands. Of course, I had to treat myself with a little Starbucks for checking off my never ending to do list!

I'm linking up with Biana for weekending!

How was your weekend? 

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! I feel like this week just breezed by! I'm still trying to play catch up from our trip at home and in the work arena. Sometimes I feel as though I can't keep up with all the projects I want to accomplish. My to do list is getting to be lengthy! Anyone else? I'm linking up with Amanda today and sharing my Friday Favorites. 

Here are a few of my favorite things that have helped get me through this busy week:



This coffee mug is everything! It's dishwasher safe which is awesome because it's hard to find a good travel mug that you can throw in the dishwasher. I actually use this even around the house! You never know when your coffee may spill!

I live by my Day Designer. I would be so lost without it! I have to write down my daily to-do's and I even write everything out by hour. 

I'm a huge list maker. If I'm feeling overwhelmed, I simply write a list of things I need to do or what I need to accomplish for the day. I love finding cute, spiral bound notebooks (like this one) for all my list making needs. 

I'm trying my best to drink more water during the day. Instead of that big fountain pop, I'm starting to carry around this Contigo travel water bottle. I love that it comes with a no spill straw. You can even use them for protein shakes or to mix powdered drinks. When you remove the straw, it becomes an enclosed thermos that is perfect for shaking. 

I have started to wear my Kate Spade watch everyday. I hate scrounging around my purse for my phone to find the time when I'm out and about. I love the leather band and the simple style that compliments anything I wear.

What helps you get through a busy week?

This weekend, however, we have no plans which I am excited about! I'm hoping to just spend some QT with my little family and enjoy the summer weather while it lasts!

Happy Friday!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

Yep, I'm going to fall in line with alllll the other bloggers out there and give you my favorite picks form Nordstrom's Anniversary sale. If you don't like it, tough! Jk... I hope you like them!

At the current moment, we are trying to save some money and still recovering (physically and financially) from that 10ish day vacation overseas... Yea, that hurt our wallet just a bit. I do, however, want to take advantage of Nordstrom's sale because I'm hoping to stock up on some great items for Fall/Winter.

Here are my top picks divided into a few groups:

Shirts/Blouses (all under $50!)



Sweaters/Capes/Ponchos (all under $50!)



Coats



Boots/Booties



Accessories





Have you purchased anything from the sale?
What are your favorite items?

Well, Hello Again!

Hello world! I am back from the trip of a life time! We had an amazing 10 day vacation touring Munich, Innsbruck, Salzburg and Vienna! The photos I took do not even do these places justice. The scenery is like something out of a fairytale. There were hills, mountains, teal blue lakes and rivers and green valleys with the most adorable cottages with flower boxes in the windows. Almost ran out of storage on my phone with all the pictures I took (if you follow me on instagram, you saw a few of them)!

Of course, I am not planning on boring you with every single detail and photo, but I would like to post some recommendations for what to see, eat and where to stay for each city we visited. So, I will split up the posts to each city (4 total). Just in case any of you plan to travel to Germany or Austria in the future. We were with a travel touring company called Trafalgar, which I had never heard before this trip. It was so great to not have to worry about setting up accommodations, transportation or mapping out where to go and what to do/see. They set up everything ahead of time so it really takes the thinking and stress out of the whole traveling process! I highly recommend using them if you plan to take a longer, sightseeing type of trip.

I am still recovering from jet lag and have been spending most of my time snuggling. laughing, smiling and playing with my favorite little man. I have got to say, it was very difficult emotionally to be away from Cam for that amount if time. Thank goodness for FaceTime and international phone plans! Even after seeing his little face and smile on my FaceTime, I still felt a slight heartache the entire trip. I only broke down and cried in public once (at Hofbrauhaus of all places). I was very anxious flying home on Sunday and was so excited to see him when we got home that I ended up waking him up from his crib and just holding him for a bit. He was still sleepy and disoriented and a bit confused. The next morning he was all smiles when he realized his mommy and daddy were home!

Yesterday, my baby turned 8 months! Where does the time go?? I will skip the monthly post this time and may do a 8/9 month update next month. I do want to share his 8 month photos, however! It was a big month developmentally and physically! My baby popped 2 teeth (bottom center ones), started sitting up, army crawling and is starting to stand and walk in his walker! He is starting to look so much more like a little boy then my baby (insert cry face emoji)...






Hope you all are having a great week! 
I'm slowly getting back into the groove!

Camden's Baptism + Packing for Germany

We had such a lovely weekend with family in celebration of Camden's baptism on Sunday. Some of Bill's family came from out of town about 2 hours away just for this special event. The service went really well and Camden didn't even cry! He seemed pretty content through out the whole thing!

I opted for this christening romper instead of a traditional gown for him just in case it was a little warm that day (which it was). I didn't want him to get too fussy under a hot gown. Of course, his cute little blue loafers I had him wearing with the outfit kept falling off so I had to nix them right before his turn to be baptized. Other than that, the day went off with out a hitch! Here are a few recap photos:





{Cookies by Nanny & Weebs and the cupcakes were made by my mother in law)



After the service, I changed him into this adorable monogramed romper from this etsy shop.







It was a beautiful day and one that we will remember and cherish forever! 

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The next few days are going to be filled with packing and preparing for our trip to Germany/Austria. We leave Thursday morning and until then, I will be soaking up as much baby snuggles and love as I can get!

Here are a few items I plan on packing:



I will be taking a little blogging break during our trip, but will be back towards the end of the month for a recap! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend!

Friday Five

ONE || I love finding hidden gems at Target. This embroidered tank is on clearance right now! I plan on wearing it in Germany and have the perfect pink shorts to pair it with. Also, loving these cat eye sunnies.



TWO || You probably have a BBQ you are either attending or hosting this weekend... am I right? Still deciding what side to bring/make? We are having a little get together after Cam's baptism this Sunday at our house. We will be serving hot dogs, hamburgers and pulled pork sliders. My mom will be bringing pasta salad and I am planning to make this Jalapeno & Corn Dip and the ever popular Asian Ramen Salad. Both are pretty simple and are definite crowd pleasers!




THREE || I had the pleasure of writing this post for sheknows.com in colaboration with Experience Columbus on my top 13 things to do in Columbus this summer. If you live in or plan on visiting Columbus, you should definitely add these to your list of things to do! Most of the items are also on my summer bucket list.



FOUR || J.Crew is having an amazing sale this weekend! Like 40 - 60% off final sale items! Just use code LONGWEEKEND at check out. This tassel dress is only $18 after discount! I may have to add it to my closet this weekend!



FIVE || I am so excited for my baby's baptism! I just love that we have family members attending from both sides to join in the celebration! What better way to enjoy the holiday weekend?!

Happy 4th of July everyone!
USA USA USA!!



Lately...

Hi Friends! Remember me?

First and foremost, I did a little revamp of the blog. You like? I purchased and downloaded this premade blogger template and then added a few customizations myself. It's still a work in progress, but I feel as though it is a lot cleaner! 

Secondly, Sorry I've been MIA this week. We had a busy weekend in Bill's hometown for his Dad's retirement party. Camden slept well at their house over night, but did not nap all day on Sunday and was fussy pretty much the whole party. I had him strapped in the Baby Bjorn for a majority of the party which was a life saver! It helped with setting up for the party and also helped during the party so my arms wouldn't get sore. I think he was a little overwhelmed with all the people and commotion. He is also about to pop another tooth, so that could be a part of the reason too.


The retirement party went well and there was a great turn out! Bill and his brother and sister presented a great little speech with a slide show about his father's life and career. They even dressed up for the occasion!


He was looking very Don Draper in his bow tie! :)

I had to do a little outfit change with Camden in the middle because of a wet diaper leaking (note to self: don't use store brand diapers), but he was still pretty cute...


That's Bill's dad as a baby! Looks very similar to Cam!

This week, I am busy getting ready for Cam's baptism on Sunday. We are having about 25 people over to our house after the service and will be grilling hot dogs, hamburgers, etc with some traditional summer BBQ sides. Very 4th of July! Hopefully, I can get the house all cleaned and get everything prepared by the end of the week!

Not to mention, next Thursday we are leaving for our Germany/Austria trip! I can't believe we are leaving in just a little over a week. I'm really starting to get nervous about missing my baby... Trying not to think about it until I have to. 

{btw - this is all I have packed so far... neck pillow, selfie stick and travel books... what else do I need?!}

So, obviously I may be a little absent from the blog for a bit. 
I hope you understand! I'll try to pop in a few times before we leave for a recap of Cam's baptism and possibly a post about what I'm packing for Germany. 

Hope you all are having a great week!