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Pastel Florals

4.30.2015
Jacket - old (similar)
Sandals - old (similar)

Getting out of the house is major for my mind and soul now that I am a stay at home mama. Friends and family thought I was insane when I was taking Maddox out at 2 weeks old, but y'all I go stir-crazy if I don't get out! I don't even have to get in the car and go somewhere, just to walk Maddox around the neighborhood and soak up Vitamin D gives me peace. It's ten times harder now just to make a trip to Target, but I am so glad I braved it once I'm out.

I'm so grateful it's Spring and the warmer weather is pretty consistent here now making it easier to leave home too. I've been wearing pastels and florals all.day.every.day when I'm not in yoga pants and an XL t-shirt. #glamorous. I snagged this top from Target and I'm so in love with it. Plus my husband approves just like he did this dress and he absolutely hates floral patterns because they remind him of a grandma. So weird!

Post Partum Nutrition

4.29.2015

Once upon a time I already wrote this blog post and then my iPad shut off and deleted it. #iwantedtopullmyhairout.

I couldn't get myself to sit down and rewrite it right away because of my crazy frustration, but I finally found the time to start over again. (I apologize for the delay after I mentioned on Instagram it would be up in a week)! Better late than never I always say, unless we are talking menstrual cycles and then I say, "better never than late!".

I digress...

Nutrition and health have always been important to me, not that I'm always healthy, but I do have a subconscious voice in my head that keeps me from putting oatmeal pies in my shopping cart and scolds me for the heaping bowl of Moose Tracks I devour before bed. I don't eat completely clean 100% of the time, but I do put some effort towards it 90% of the time. The knowledge is there, it's the willpower that gets me. You feel me? 

After Maddox was born I was told I couldn't workout for 6 weeks so immediately I knew I was going to have to focus on my eating if I wanted to make losing my baby weight even the slightest bit easy. Luckily childbirth and breastfeeding do AMAZING things for dropping weight, (as in 25lbs in 2 weeks), but I still have access skin on my belly and cellulite on my thighs. Of course working out is going to help me take care of that, but focusing on my eating to keep from gaining more weight is helpful.

So what do I eat? I follow a few simple guidelines, which I'll mention below, and I also will share a typical days meals to give you an idea. I have followed Tone It Up for years now. I gain most of my knowledge I am mentioning below from following them and their nutrition plan. I LOVE them and their approach to creating a healthy lifestyle, not just following some fad diet that makes your body suffer.

please note I am not a licensed nutritionist, I am simply sharing knowledge from experience. You should always consult your physician when it comes to your health.

5 MEALS, EVERY 2 HOURS

The idea is to keep your metabolism going. Skipping meals causes your blood sugar to dive and your metabolism to slow down. Eat well portioned meals every 2-3 hours. Meal one, three and five should be your main meals with a protein and a veggie. Meals two and four are your snacks so keep it light with fruit or a Lara Bar.

LEAN, CLEAN & GREEN

It's as simple as it sounds and it's a TIU basic. Eat lean proteins, clean, unprocessed foods and always incorporate a veggie with every meal. I swear you will notice the biggest difference in your body if you eliminate processed foods. How do you steer clear of processed foods? Stick to the outside perimeters of the grocery store and if you can't pronounce half of the ingredients on the back of the product, put it down!

HYDRATE

TIU says to drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day to keep yourself hydrated. Dehydration slows down your metabolism and causes cravings. I keep my "sippy cup" up above with me all the time. That's why I call it my sippy cup because I take it everywhere. I also keep wedges of lemon in the refridgerator to add a squeeze to my water. I occasionally add Mio to my water too when I need a little something else! 
** If you are a soda drinker ( I totally am ) a great way to kick the habit is with a La Croix! They are a flavored, carbonated beverage so it's similar to soda without the nasty fake sugar and syrup. I also love Kombucha!

PRENATAL (OR MULTIVITAMIN)

I'm still taking a prenatal because I'm breastfeeding and I need a high dose of folic acid, but a multivitamin for the non-preggo/non-breastfeeders will do. It's important to give your body all the vitamins it needs to do it's job efficiently. Sometimes we don't always get it in our meals so it's helpful to have back up :)

A TYPICAL DAY IN MEALS

9am •• yogurt with flaxseed, cinnamon and sliced almonds OR an egg scramble with veggies

11am •• one piece of fresh fruit and a handful of almonds

2pm •• Flatbread with sliced chicken, avocado, spinach and mustard OR dinner leftovers

4pm •• Carrots and hummus OR a hard-boiled egg and fruit

7pm •• This varies a lot! Chili, salmon, chicken breast with a veggie and quinoa.

If I want dessert I shoot for a piece of dark chocolate, 1/2 of a dark chocolate milkyway is my favorite!

I hope this helps! Just remember to give yourself some grace, you just had a mini human you carried for many, many weeks! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below or email me at themoderntulip@gmail.com. I'll be happy to answer them the best I can!

The Creative Closet || Boho Babe

4.28.2015

I'M BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!! Words can't even express what it feels like to get back to a sense of normality, y'all! I'm attempting to get my ducks in a row to start blogging full time again since I took a much needed 6 week break to get my baby lovin' on. It sort of completely rocked my socks off! Being a mom is the absolute best and I am so thrilled to share some of that journey with y'all.

But let's talk less baby and more boho. This is a look I've just recently become accustomed to wearing, I shared a favorite boho look of mine last week. As a new mom I'm still trying to figure out a schedule and getting ready is a challenge most days so I started going for this shabby/chic way of dressing to trick people into thinking I look put together when in reality I did minimal work possible to get ready. I guess that's a long way of saying what I think when I hear the term, "boho".

So I chose this romper, which I very quickly realized was not nursing friendly (lesson learned), and paired it with a long, flowy cardigan, my new favorite heels and a side satchel. When I think boho, I always think side satchel. Anyone else? Also please ignore my albino skin. #yikes



Not only am I crushing on Jana's shoes, but I'm crushing even more on her belly button peeking through! Adorable! And Ann has me swooning over her home decor. Her photo looks like something out of a magazine. Go see their adorable boho details.

Cardigan c/o Pink Blush Maternity
Romper - old (similar)
Heels
Bag -  verrrry old
 
Check out our May themes and be sure to join us for any or all of them that intrique you. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.
 
The Creative Closet



Talk Southern To Me

4.23.2015
SkirtTankBracelet

Tell me if I'm the only one who does this; You come home to a pretty little package on your door step, mine happened to be from Oakleigh Rose Boutique, so instantly you drop your bags and rip open your happy mail (this constitutes anything that is not a bill). To your delight it's clothing so immediately your next step is to run to your closet and try your goodies on. Or in my case, you skip wasting time by going to your closet and instead strip down and change in your kitchen. FYI my neighbors can't see directly in my windows!

That is what happened with this ensemble. I oooooo'd and ahhhhh'd over the color of this skirt with it's gorgeous belt! Plus the pleated pattern on it means I don't have to worry about those wrinkles that sneak up on your backside after you've been sitting for awhile, you know exactly what I'm talking about! As soon as I had the skirt on I figured why stop there? So on went the tank top. This tank feels like butter on my skin. I'm so in love that I've worn it three out of four days this week. Then I realized this looked really cute as an outfit and the cuff matched perfectly and VIOLA - a new outfit, put on in my kitchen within minutes.

Then I told hubby he had to take me out for dinner because I felt too cute to stay home and eat peanut butter out of the jar.

So..... am I the only one?

Earth Child

4.20.2015
Tunic c/o Pink Blush Maternity

This week is my birthday and I had completely forgotten! I'm blaming it on being a wife and a new mommy, my priorities have shifted. And I was wayyyy more focused on Maddox turning one month already! #mindblown
 
As far as I'm concerned turning 24 is nothing exciting, but I am totally looking forward to going on a date with my two dapper men! My birthday is the 22nd, which is also Earth Day! I know - very exciting :-P That inspired this boho/chic look I sported over the weekend running around town. This tunic is beyond comfortable and flatters my "non-flat" post baby tummy. Plus it's extremely comfortable! #score

Hope you have a beautiful Monday!

Spring Florals

4.16.2015
  Dress c/o Pink Blush (Similar)
 
Oh my gosh. I'm here. I blogged. #victory

Just do me a favor and don't expect this frequently just yet. Maddox, oddly, slept for an hour longer than he normally does this morning and I was so giddy I didn't know what to do with myself! So of course I tried to figure out what I could do with my extra time and wham, bam, thank you ma'am, here I am!

It is such a relief after Winter to see such pretty pastel colors making their way into our wardrobes again. By the time April roles around I am SO ready to see blooms on the trees and life growing on this earth again I can hardly stand it. Florals seems to be making their way into my wardrobe frequently (that is when I decide to change out of yoga pants). My husband always says floral patterns are for grannies, but he actually liked this dress. Win! Because I would have worn it anyways ;-P
 
I wore this dress for a late Easter get together with Jon's family this past Sunday. You may have seen on Instagram where I tortured my child? It's a mama's duty, ya know?