Friday 5 + The Perfect Summer Outfit

ruffle sleeve tee shirt (currently 30% off!) | chambray shorts (on sale for $19.95!) | necklace is sugarfix by bauble bar (sold at Target) | wedges are Vince Camuto (a few years old) linked to similar ones here and budget friendly pair here

Oh, hey Friday! This week seemed to fly by? Anyone else? We had a fun week and the weather was SO nice (finally)! Here are 5 things that made me smile this week:

1. The Zoo! I took the boys to the zoo on Tuesday with my mom, sister-in-law and her 4 month old son. I shared a few snaps on snapchat (find me @ LindsayRumple) and instastories, but only took one actual photo! We got to see the 2 new polar bear cubs with their mom swimming in the pool. It was so neat to see Camden's reaction to all the animals! He is at such a great age for the zoo now!

(I just love how he is the same size as the polar bear cub!)

2. Running outside : It was so warm and sunny on Wednesday afternoon, I decided to finish work early and go for a run before we picked up the boys for the day. I forgot how much I love running outside when the weather is nice. The combination of the vitamin D, physical activity and my favorite jams is such a mood lifter!

3. This clutch : I ordered and received this perfect leopard clutch this week and I am in LOVE! It's such a classic pattern that I know I will use a lot. Perfect for date nights or girls nights. Easy to dress up or down. And a much more budget friendly option than this one I've been coveting forever!

4. Southern Charm : You guys.. I'm addicted to this season of Southern Charm! There is just so much drama and love triangles... And I'm obsessed with Cameran on the show and if you follow her on instagram, they just announced she is pregnant with a little girl!!

5. This Face (see below) : You guys... How is it possible that my baby is 10 months today? TEN whole months! That means he will be a year old in 2 months?? I just can't believe how fast time flies when you have a baby. It is unreal. I just want to bottle up all his chubby baby cuteness and save it forever (cue the water works)! Hopefully posting an update on Bennett next week since I didn't get to his 9 month update!

That's all for this week's Friday 5! 
I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Spring and Summer 'Momiform' Must Haves...

Here's the thing about 'Momiforms'... Being a mom is basically having an excuse to 'dress down' everyday (that is if you are home with your kids). Nobody wears high end, dry clean only outfits when they are hanging out with toddlers or babies. And if you do, what are you thinking?!

However, that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style. I still like to think that it's possible to dress comfortably and functionally in a stylish manner. What's great about the spring and summer months, is that you can wear shorts and flat sandals everyday and just mix up the tops. While I'm with my kids, my tops have to be comfortable, easy to wear and easy to wash. Enter the perfect tee shirt... There are so many great styles of easy breezy tee shirts in stores currently. AND it doesn't have to be just a regular old v-neck tee. Now, you can add a little twist, bell sleeve or a ruffle hem to make it a little more fun! 

Here are some of my recommendations to help build your perfect 'momiform' outfits for the warmer months... (click on the image to link to the item)

Tee Shirts:



What are some of your favorite spring/summer 'momiform' essentials? 

Friday 5 + A Few Weekend Outfits

lace up top (in solid colors only now for less than $9!) | my favorite distressed shorts | converse slip ons

peplum sleeveless top | my favorite distressed white denim pants | tory burch sandals | new white lightweight Nixon watch

What a crazy week it's been! Our painters were here Tuesday and Wednesday painting most of our house. My parents watched the boys both days so they were out of the way and I could work while the painters were here. I'm happy to report that Camden no longer has a pink room and our bedroom is no longer a dark brown cave! If you caught my snaps or instastories earlier in the week you saw how light and bright both rooms look now! We landed on SW Popular Grey (which we used pretty much all over our last house in IL) for Camden's room and Bill's office. Our bedroom, master bath and the boys' bathroom is painted with SW Olympus White which is a really light, pale greyish blue! I absolutely love the color! I can't wait to style the rest of our master bedroom and share photos with you all. We also had our kitchen painted SW China Doll, which is a neutral very light cream color. We still have to paint our great room, entry way and hall ways which will be done after we have some drywalling projects to complete in the great room. But, I'm happy that 'phase 1' of painting is complete!

Now, on to 5 things I've been loving this week:

1. When I noticed I was about to run out of my daily sheets in my current agenda, I started searching for a daily agenda pad on Amazon and stumbled upon this daily agenda pad and this weekly pad (which I use now for blog planning). Both of which I am loving! I still use my agenda for keeping track of upcoming monthly events/holidays/birthdays, etc. but, it's so nice to be able to write down my daily to-dos on the daily agenda and then tear it off at the end of the day!

2. As I was searching for the above agenda pad, I stumbled across this weekly menu pad and this 'all out of' grocery list pad! I am loving using both of them and keep them by the fridge for easy access. Bill has been loving checking off the items he wants me to pick up at the grocery store. Now there is no excuse for opening the fridge, staring blankly and saying we have nothing to eat (my pet peeve).

3. I picked up a few new beauty products this week that I am loving. One is the Physicians Formula color correcting CC cream. I got it in the shade 'light/medium' which I wish I would have got the 'light' shade. I think the shade I got is a bit too dark for my complexion at the moment, but hoping that it will work better for my complexion in the summer months. It is a really smooth, lightweight, build-able coverage cream which I love!

4. I also picked up a new bronzer that I have heard nothing but great reviews about on blogs and youtube. It is the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer and it is definitely worth the money! It is so smooth and creamy and it smells like you are on vacation! I can't wait to use this more in the summer!

5. Lastly, I've been wanting to get a new high chair for Bennett for a while now and had my eyes set on the one from IKEA. I loved our highchair we used for Camden, but it was so bulky and the fabric liner always got SO messy and so annoying to take off and clean. I just wanted to get one that was ALL plastic, easy to clean and had a modern/sleek/minimalist look to it. The one from IKEA has been sold out for a while (at least in our area), so I just bit the bullet and got this one that is similar (and still only $30!) from Babies R Us. I love it! And now that Bennett is sitting up a lot better on his own, it is perfect for him! If any of you are in the market for a highchair, I highly recommend this one if you can't get the IKEA one.

What have you been loving this week?

Happy weekend and happy shopping!

My Whole30 Experience So Far + Meal Ideas

CONFESSION: I completely fell off the whole30 wagon over Easter weekend... There were just too many temptations! BUT, I did make it through a full 13 days on whole30 and I DID lose about 4-5 pounds and felt better physically and mentally. So, I do plan to get back on the wagon for another 2 weeks to finish out a whole 30 days, but I would have to start over on day 1 if I wanted to truly stick with the whole30 rules. However, I have learned SO much from just the 2 weeks I was on the diet. Not just about the food I ate, but how to prepare it and my binging 'trigger' foods that I need to try to avoid if I'm trying to lose weight. 

You may be asking why I decided to take on the Whole30 challenge. Well, it has been over 9 months since Bennett was born and I was doing really well with loosing the baby weight shortly after having him. I even got back down to my pre-baby weight just about 3 months after he was born and feeling great (thanks breastfeeding!). Then, the holidays rolled around, stress with moving our family across 2 states (again), selling our house, buying a new house, living with my parents for a month in between houses, Bill interviewing for and starting his new job, inconsistent sleep from the kids... the list goes on! Welcome back 'baby' weight. I gained it all back in a matter of 3 months... I noticed my clothes weren't fitting the way they used to. So, I decided it was time to do something now that we are a bit more 'settled.' And in my experience, working out does not equal weight loss. Diet PLUS exercise has shown to be more effective if I want to truly loose weight. I have NEVER been good at dieting. Even when I just 'try' to eat well, I never seem to loose any weight. So, I knew I had to put myself on a strict diet with clear boundaries if I wanted to see any results. I researched a few diets like Paleo, South Beach, Weight Watchers, etc. and came upon Whole30. It seems like Whole30 is the current 'trendy' diet and anytime I saw someone post about it I would just roll my eyes. But, once I started looking in to it and reading this website, it definitely made more sense. I like that it has a start and end date (30 days), I like that you can start to learn and incorporate healthy habits like preparing your food and choosing to cook with whole ingredients. I like that it challenges the body and also cleanses the body of all preservatives, toxins, and inflammatory agents (like gluten, dairy and added sugar). I love cheese and am a Diet Coke addict, so I knew just cutting out those 2 things alone would be tough. I started to plan out my shopping list, pinned a million whole30 recipes, watched a few youtube Whole30 grocery haul videos, and planned to start the following week.

The first few days were tough! I felt sluggish, irritable, had on and off headaches, etc. But, by day 5 I was starting to feel a lot better and started to get into a groove with the routine of making my food and making sure it was prepared ahead of time so I wouldn't get too hungry and fall off the wagon. The days that I was home with the boys were the most challenging. I basically have to eat when they are eating or napping so I had to plan ahead to make sure I had something quick and easy that I could just pop in the microwave to warm up when it was meal time. That meant a lot of food prep during nap time and on the weekends when I had the extra help from Bill to watch the boys while I cooked. Roasting big batches of veggies and pan frying/grilling or baking meats was the easiest way to cook my meals. I also portioned out pre-made salad mixes and added some boiled eggs, bacon and when I was ready to eat the salads, I would add nuts and my home made dressing (recipe for dressing below). 

What I eat on a typical whole30 day: (side notes: I'm constantly drinking either water or La Croix all day long. I roast my veggies with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic salt on 350 for about 45 mins to an hour.)

Breakfast: coffee with nutpods creamer, eggs either fried or egg 'muffin' already prepared in the fridge (just pop it in the microwave! Recipe here, but I don't add any cheese and use whatever veggies I have on hand), potato hash (I usually roast a big batch of chopped yukon gold potatoes twice a week and store left overs in the fridge). I like to warm up the potatoes in a bowl in the microwave and add the fried egg on top and sprinkle with salt and pepper. If I feel like it, I might add a spoonful of salsa. I may also have a slice of bacon if it's available.

Snack: some type of fruit with almond butter OR Larabar. (I love the blueberry muffin and the cherry pie flavors!) I also love these RX bars if I'm on the run and don't have time for snack or if I'm out around lunch time and get hungry. If I have one of these, then I will eat a lighter lunch.

Lunch: dinner left overs OR salad with hard boiled egg, bacon, nuts. Home made salad dressing made of olive oil, apple cider vinegar, yellow mustard, salt, pepper and garlic salt.

Snack: maybe carrots and almond butter OR a Larabar OR fruit bar of some sort and nuts OR hard boiled egg.

Dinner: For dinner I would usually try to roast a big batch of veggies before hand so they are ready to just pop in the microwave at dinner time. My favorite veggies for roasting are potatoes (I like either yukon gold or sweet potatoes or a mixture of both), baby carrots, brussel sprouts, asparagus, onions and peppers. As far as the proteins go, I've tried a few different versions of burgers that I like. I obviously don't eat these with the buns and just add salsa and/or mustard as the condiment. I'll make a batch of homemade baked 'fries' on the side and a side salad or some roasted veggies. Trader Joe's sells chili lime chicken burgers in the freezer section that are really good. I also like the Grass fed angus beef burgers also found in the TJ's frozen section. These are both really easy to just dethaw and throw o the grill or frying pan with some coconut or olive oil to cook. One of my favorite meals was the angus beef burgers and I fried up some onions in the same pan as the burgers which gave them great flavor! Bill liked when I cooked these burgers because he could have his with a bun and cheese.

I also made a few sheet pan recipes like beef tips and roasted veggies, baked chicken breasts, shredded salsa chicken in the crockpot which I added on top of a baked sweet potato! Weird combination, but it was really good and so filling and satisfying! Lots of other whole30 recipes pinned here that I want to try!

With all the protein and nutrient/fiber filled veggies I was eating at dinner, I felt more full and less likely to feel the need to snack at night. Although, I usually would have a glass of La Croix with a splash of 100% grape juice in a wine glass to trick myself into feeling like I was having wine. I sometimes would snack on apple slices and almond butter or have a Larabar at night if I had a bit of a sweet tooth.

That's pretty much it! The main challenges for me was finding the time to make everything ahead of time and grocery shopping for the week to make sure I had enough food to prepare. So, if I have any advise to give if you are planning on starting the whole30 diet... Plan, plan, PLAN ahead of time!! And cook all your meals in bulk so you have extras. It will make your life so much easier! 

I hope this was interesting and helpful to those of you who might be curious about whole30 and my experience (so far). Like I said earlier in this post, I'm hoping to complete another 2 weeks of the whole30 diet, so I will update you all at the end of that journey as well! 

Easter 2017

It was such a beautiful Easter weekend! It was tough to get back into the swing of things after the holiday fun!

On Friday I was home with the boys and we had a fun time dying eggs! I was very brave to let Camden 'help' with the process. They came out pretty good if I do say so myself! I'm so excited that to start these fun holiday traditions with the boys!

Saturday afternoon, our neighborhood hosted a little Easter egg hunt for the kids. Camden had a fun time finding his eggs! He wanted to open each one as he found them, so it slowed him up a bit. But, he had fun discovering all the little trinkets and candy inside each one. Bennett happily observed the all the fun from his stroller. 😊

On Sunday morning we attended church service, then hosted a little lunch at our house afterwards. I was so excited to host a family holiday meal! We hadn't been able to the whole time we were in IL. So, I was excited to decorate the table! 

I found the table runner, napkins and napkin rings at Target (the napkins and napkin rings were from the dollar spot!) and I found some cute little ceramic bunnies and chicks from Hobby Lobby to help decorate the center piece to make it feel more festive. I had trouble deciding between hydrangeas and tulips for the center piece vase, but ultimately landed on hydrangeas and I'm so glad I did! I just loved the pretty blue and white ones together. 

After lunch (and nap time) we had a little Easter egg hunt in our back yard for Camden. It was fun to see him try to find all the little eggs! It was such a beautiful day out, so we stayed in our backyard for a while playing with sidewalk chalk and bubbles!

I can't believe another holiday has come and gone so quickly! I'm so excited to spend this summer with my boys and to create new memories with them! 

How was your Easter weekend? 

Life Lately + My Summer 'Momiform'

Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of posting the past week... I seriously sound like a broken record as I type this, but things have been quite hectic around these parts! First, Bill was away all last week for work. Hopefully, his last long week of training for his new position. It was tough being a 'single parent' for even just a handful of nights and I'm SO grateful we live so close to my parents now so they can help when he's away! This was definitely one of the main reasons we wanted to move back here.

And if you read my last post, you know that I've started my Whole30 diet. I am planning to post about my experience so far with some meal ideas and what I've done to prepare myself for this diet very soon, but I want to make sure I gather all the correct information before I share it. Surprisingly, it hasn't been too difficult to follow... Especially, now that I found these compliant coffee creamers #gamechanger. One thing I will say is that I'm spending a lot more time meal prepping than I ever have before in my life! But, it makes all the difference! So, more on that later...

We had a busy weekend with some house projects and Bill's family was in town for his Dad's birthday. We had a full house with 5 cousins under the age of 5! There were 3 babies (all boys) that were all born within 6 months of each other! It was so cute to see them all roll around together!

We got a new area rug for our family room, which has totally helped to soften the space. I love my hardwood floors, but it's always nice to have a big, fluffy rug in the family area to help the house feel cozy. It is desparitely making me want to get a move on with the painting in our house! We have painters coming next week to start 'phase 1' of painting which consists of our bedroom & bathroom, Camden's room, the boys' bathroom, Bill's office and our kitchen. We are still working on gathering quotes from contractors on the other little projects that need to be completed before we paint the main family area and hallways... Oh, waiting is so difficult! Can't wait to show before and after pictures when they are completed!

And now, here is my current spring/summer 'momiform':

distressed jean shorts (#mombod approved) | vintage wash tee similar here and here | jack rogers sandals | reversible faux leather tote | Ray-Bans

Hope you all are having a great week so far!

A Date Night Outfit + Starting Whole30

lush blouse (tunic version here on sale!) | jeans | clutch | wedges (similar here and here) | monogram necklace

Bill and I actually went out on a date this past weekend! We seriously could not remember the last time we went out on a 'date night' with out the kids... That's so sad! I'm hoping to be better about planning our date nights ahead of time, especially since we live by our families now!

We had dinner and drinks at Napa, which is a newish wine bar and grill in our suburb. The decor was very modern and eclectic. There was wood planking on the ceiling, big light fixtures everywhere, a wall of wine bottles... Bill even mentioned that the decor style was very 'fixer upper'!

I had the red wine flight and we shared the tuscan popped corn for an appetizer. I had the crab cake burgers and fries for my meal and it was definitely a great choice! 

(photo via snapchat: LindsayRumple and Instastories: @lindsaykr11)

I'd like to refer to this meal as my 'last hoorah' because I decided to take the plunge with whole30! You can lean more about whole30 here or purchase the book here. I started yesterday and so far so good. I went on a big grocery haul at Trader Joe's and stocked up on all the whole30 essentials like almond butter, fruit bars, fruit, salad mix (this one is my favorite) coconut milk/cream/oil, nuts, LOTS of veggies and meat.  

On Sunday, I also started some meal prepping while the boys were napping. I made hard boiled eggs for snacks and salads, egg muffins with spinach and onion, and roasted potatoes and carrots. I tried these Chili Lime chicken burgers for dinner last night and they are not bad! I just grilled up some onion on the side (with coconut oil), added some salsa on top and had some of the roasted potatoes and carrots on the side. It was very filling! 

I plan to post a recap of my experience each week with how I'm doing and what I ate. I'll probably go into detail a bit more about why I'm doing whole30 and why I might benefit from it. Hopefully, this interests you guys! If not, let me know! 

Hope you guys had a great weekend!