Just your Basics

Love my the denim on denim look - especially my chambray shirt from JCrew. I was really undecided on getting combat boots, but after seeing them on Pinterest, I decided to cave and buy a pair. They are so comfy, and you can dress them up, or wear them with leggings and chunky socks.

xoxo, p&c

Drug Store Favorites

I am a drug store makeup junkie. Maybelline, elf, L'Oreal are just a few brands I love. I really love elf's lip glosses! For only $1, you really can't beat the price. Maybelline's classic mascara is my go to brand, and the price is around $4. Remember to toss your mascara every three months -  this helps prevent eye infections!

xoxo, p&c

Gel Mani Review

When I normally get manicures, I always get a basic mani. Last week I decided to change up my routine, and get a gel mani - and I am glad I did. A week later, my nails look amazing. No chipping, the polish still looks fresh. So, I have decided this is something I really want to keep up with! The only thing I wasn't too crazy about, was the color selections. I am an Essie girl, and I wish they had more gel colors similar to Essie.

xoxo, p&c


Traveling Virginia | Bealeton

Looking for something fun to do during the spring? Pick strawberries - duh. I have never, ever picked strawberries. I did some research - I research everything - called a few places, and picked my destination. Messick's Farm Market located in Bealeton, Virginia. It was such a nice drive! The farm is located in Fauquire County off Route 28. Messick's was very easy to locate, and the staff was really nice!

They grow such a variety of fruits, and veggies. Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, sweet corn, tomatoes, melons, asparagus, pepper, and potatoes just to name a few.

This is such a fun activity to do with the family! Now it's time to make some strawberry jam!

Messick's Farm Market
6035 Catlett Road
Bealeton, Virginia 22712


Dot Socks

I am currently obsessing over patterned socks, and tights. I bought a couple of pairs of polka dot socks from J.Crew, and they are so soft, and comfy! The colors are perfect too to brighten up your fall and winter wardrobe.

xoxo, p&c 


Setting a Goal

Well, trying to do a 100% Paleo lifestyle while pregnant is very hard. I thought doing Whole30 would be easy, but my cravings got the best of me. To be honest I would rather have a healthy pregnancy, and eat what I am craving, than not be 100% healthy. I am not craving anything horrible, but I do want milk and cheese. So, I am going to just eat gluten free until I am able to do Paleo again - and I completely fine with that. I have regrouped, and started to prep myself for this. I have to be very organized when doing something like this. When I first started to do Paleo I had to do it gradually. I just couldn't jump right into it, and that's what I am going to do now. Meal planning is the best option. We have certain days of the week where we have certain meals. Like Wednesdays we eat breakfast for dinner. It helps breakup the week. Tuesdays is taco night, and Thursdays we do Italian.

I am starting this November 5, 2013, but I am not going to release this post until I have at least five days of constancy. This will probably be a long post, but I wanted to share this with my followers. After the baby is born, that's when I will go back to Paleo. Right now I am just focusing on a healthy pregnancy.

So, it's Sunday November 4, 2013, and I went to Wegman's. I stocked up mostly on Paleo stuff, but I did get some gluten free items that I really wanted to try. I got the basic staples in any Paleo diet - bacon. I really wanted to try a few new gluten free brands - Udi's & Ancient Harvest Quinoa.

I don't want to bore you with what I am eating every meal of the day, but I wanted to share how easy it is to eat healthy, and not count calories. I have started to drink coffee black - no cream and sugar. I eat small meals during the day, and snack with health options in between meals. Protein is the key to staying full, and you will stop craving cookies!

November 5, 2013 - Well, I have officially started back on eating healthy! Breakfast was two slices of gluten free raisin bread with butter, black coffee, and a banana. Snack banana. Lunch rotisserie chicken (left overs) on gluten free bread, and two pickles. Snack grapes and an orange. Dinner Rotisserie chicken, asparagus.

November 6, 2013 - Day 2. Started my day off with gluten free waffles, coffee, and a banana. Lunch was avocado & cucumber sushi from Whole Foods, snacks include peanut butter with an apple, two bananas, trail mix, and an orange (all during the day, not at once!), dinner two fried eggs with bacon.

November 7, 2013 - MADE IT to day 3. I was tempted by COSTCO blueberry muffins, you know the kind that are as big as your face. I was like hmm maybe half. Nope. Started my day off with gluten free waffles & organic maple syrup, lunch was roast beef with corn on the cob, snack apple with pb, grapes, two hard boiled eggs, and a banana, dinner quinoa pasta with feta, black olives, tomatoes, spicy Italian sausage, and olive oil.

November 8, 2013 - Day 4. I think Udi's gluten free raisin bread is my favorite! I had two slices with butter, lunch was tuna fish on gluten free bread and two pickles, snacks during the day apple, two hard boiled eggs, orange, and grapes, and dinner was black bean tacos with avocado mash.

November 9, 2013 - Day 5 I am getting tired of eating fried eggs, so I decided to learn how to poach and egg (http://paleospirit.com/2012/how-to-poach-an-egg/). Attempting a poached egg for the first time - it turned out perfect! I ate this with Canadian bacon, and sliced tomato. Lunch I had gluten free blueberry waffles, and dinner was black bean tacos (they are so good!!) with sliced avocado. OH and I made gluten free brownies! Wegman's has the best gluten free brownie mix!

So, today is day five gluten free! I feel so much better. I don't feel all gross, and bloated. 

xoxo, p&c


Paleo Frittata

Paleo Frittatas are super easy to make, and perfect to make ahead and eat during the week!

  • one medium onion
  • one medium bell pepper
  • two chicken sausages - grilled and diced
  • eight eggs scrambled  - seasoned with salt & pepper
  1. Chop medium onion, and medium bell pepper, and cook in olive oil for about five minutes
  2. Add chicken sausage, eggs, and veggies to greased 8x8 Pyrex dish
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes 
  4. Let sit for five minutes 
  5. Enjoy!

xoxo, p&c 


Home Gym

Spending $70 a month for two gym memberships was getting too be a little much. I really don't have time for the gym, and I prefer to run outside than on a treadmill. PLUS I would rather save that $70 a month, and put it towards other things - mostly hot yoga classes. Since I am pregnant, and cannot do hot yoga, I decided to start my own home gym. So, I have the basics.

  1. Yoga Matt
  2. Prenatal/Post Natal Yoga DVDs 
  3. Resistant Bands
  4. Yoga Block
  5. Free weights - and a pair for running
  6. Ankle weights
  7. Stability Ball

I would like to get a jump rope, a kettlebell, and a bosu ball. Sometimes I really miss having my gym membership, but in reality there really isn't a lot of time right now. Plus Pinterest really has a lot of good home workouts, where you don't need a gym membership! 

xoxo, p&c 


One of the best things about autumn is pumpkins. I love the smell of freshly carved pumpkins, and that's exactly what our house smelled like on Halloween Eve. My daughter really wasn't into the whole pumpkin carving, her response to gutting the pumpkin was eww icky!

xoxo, p&c 


For my daughter's third birthday party I really wanted to throw a rainbow themed party! From rainbow cupcakes, flowers, sprinkled donuts, and rainbow colored candy - this party was a lot of fun! We even finger painted! I stocked up last year on most of the decorations from Target, and used vases to display the candy! Super easy, and not expensive at all.

xoxo, p&c

Growing an Avocado Plant

I decided that since we eat so many avocados, that I should attempt growing a plant.

After cleaning the seed, I inserted four toothpicks into each side. Then I placed the seed in water, with the bottom of the seed submerged. I changed the water every two days, and made sure the seed had plenty of sunlight!

Four weeks later...


I'll keep you updated on my avocado seed! 

xoxo, p&c