Thursday, June 22, 2017

strawberry picking & summer fun list!

Last Friday we were able to go strawberry picking with some friends and it was so much fun! However, we somehow managed to look way more put together in these pics than the reality 😂 It was so crazy hot that day and we weren't able to beat the heat since we were all delayed that morning. By the time we got there the sun was high in the sky and it was humid. We had sunscreen and lots of water though so we were excited to start picking! We met at Basse's Farm  and that place is everything you'd imagine a country strawberry picking experience to be! We rode a huge tractor up to the fields and then were left to pick a specific spot. One tip if you're going with little one's like ours try to go earlier in the day because by the time we got there it was a rough start. Cristian had just woken up from a small nap in the car and he's kind of a little bear after naps and he hadn't fully shaken it all off by the time we were dropped off. It all worked out once he saw that he could actually eat all of the strawberries he wanted haha I'm so thankful for our friends who were so incredibly helpful since I was flying solo and it's always great to have an extra set of hands! I can't wait to go back for pea and raspberry picking!

I was asked by a few of you to share some summer fun ideas and I wanted to share a few spots we frequent and also hope to visit this summer! There are so many great summer fun lists out there like Calie's over at Miltown Moms  and I definitely recommend checking out here weekend lists too 😎 

Splash Pads (free!)

Hart Park splash pad- this is a fantastic spot and it's a well-kept secret! I can't find any direct link to it online but you can't miss it. It's located on the other side of the bleachers here's some info of what it looks like! 
Enderis Park splash pad (this is in the center of a quiet neighborhood in Milwaukee)
Jacobus Park- this park is not only great for hiking as a family & it also has a little splash pond!

Hiking (mostly parking fee)

Wehr Nature Center- we love hiking this park! It's a long trail but parts of it are doable with little one's. And it's especially spectacular in the Fall 😍

Schlitz Audobon - make this a day trip!

Urban Ecology Center
Beach Day (free!)

Harrington Beach - this is at the top of our beach list this year with its clean beaches and hiking trails it's a must visit just about 30 mn away from the city!
Klode Park Beach- beauty abounds!
Pewaukee Beach- currently closed but check back throughout summer!
Bradford Beach- it gets really crazy busy here but it's in our downtown and lots of fun!
Door County-
I'm hoping to plan a weekend visit here this summer and if you haven't ventured out to this part of Wisconsin- it is beautiful and there's so much to do! 

And of course what summer fun lists is complete without a trip to the Wisconsin State Fair !?

And if you were wondering my overalls are available here (I love the fit and they're perfect for summer!)  Similar overalls here , here and here .

My top is here but is selling out fast (all petite sizing available!) but here is a similar and my sandals are here and bandana  is here.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

happy birthday Lucia/ Lucia's birth story

It seemed so surreal looking at all of these photos almost a year later as we prepare to celebrate Lucia's first birthday. I've tried to write this story a few times but each time I wasn't able to finish. I know it's because I wasn't ready to face that perhaps this was my last pregnancy. But also that this was the hardest labor for me! I still remember all of the details vividly and I fought back a few tears trying to gather all of my memories from the big day. I don't want to come across as histrionic but it truly was a challenge that took all of the strength in my being to complete. As you might know, I have had natural med-free labors with the boys at a hospital and I was fully prepared to do the same with Lucia. I honestly did not expect to be overdue much less schedule an induction. Especially after Cristian's big entrance a day before I scheduled his! I always tell mom's when they ask me for tips on natural labor to always be flexible and prepared just in case things don't go as planned. Because the end goal is to have both baby and mama alive and well! Truthfully,however, I hadn't taken my own advice and when it came time to schedule my induction I was really sad. It took a lot of conversations with Ben to share my wishes of having the least interventions possible. I scheduled my induction for 6/13/2016 at 9 am. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

instagram round-up!

I hope you all had an amazing weekend! It's finally feeling like summer here in Milwaukee and I'm loving it 😄 As promised I wanted to make sure I shared another Instagram round-up of photos I only share on my Instagram account. I know many of you don't follow me over there so I'll keep trying to stay up-to-date with them! I'm also going to try to write about all of the products I only share on my Instastory that I get lots of questions about!

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Madewell & the Milwaukee Art Museum

Last weekend I had the pleasure of styling some clothes for Madewell at the Milwaukee Art Museum. I shared tons of BTS on my Instagram story and it was so incredible to be a part of such a fun project. I also met four local lifestyle blogger babes and that was an added bonus! It's always so wonderful to connect with women who are doing the same kind of work. If you've followed me for a while now then you know that I am such a huge fan of the Milwaukee Art Museum. It is a local gem and we're so lucky to have such an amazing organization right in our city! The Milwaukee Art Museum was actually one of the first places Benjamin and I visited when we moved here for Ben's medical school career over 6 years ago (cannot believe it's been that long).

I was having a really hard time getting used to our new city and even though I was in Minneapolis for graduate school most of the week I was honestly struggling big-time to love Milwaukee. But once we visited the lakeshore and the museum my heart literally opened up. I kid you not! I began to see Milwaukee in a different light and realized all of the amazing things that it had to offer. The museum became a frequent destination for us and soon I would be chasing the boys down the Calatrava pavilion. If you haven't visited the museum yet I hope you do so soon! There's always something fun happening and the Kohl's ArtGeneration Studio is a fantastic spot to bring your little's. I'm also giving away a membership plus a $50 giftcard to Madewell over on my Instagram and Facebook! You still have time to enter 😉

Also, the new store opens up on June 6th at Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa and 10% of opening day sales will go to the museum! Plus, museum members get 20% off at Madewell all-year-long 😄 I hope to see you there at the opening-day party at 6pm!