Dear Hunter @ 8 months

Dear Hunter 8 months
Dear Hunter,

This past month has really been wonderful with you.

So far transitioning to be a stay at home mom with you has really easy and enjoyable. Spending days with you, and your sister, is so fun. There are tough times when I want to hide in the pantry to take a break from the noise, but it’s so great.

We just need to have Autumn listen to us the first time that she can’t keep siting behind you. We understand she is trying to be helpful, but from siting behind you so she can catch you if you fall, quickly turns into her holding you, which makes you yell and squirm and then there is the constant “AUTUMN!” It’s hard to scold it when she means well, but things would be so much easier if she just listened. At least she means well.

Your appetite is constantly growing. It’s awesome to give you something like quinoa, steak, broccoli, blueberries, yogurt, melon, and so much more

I swear you are looking older and older every day with your hair growing in and your features becoming more and more defined. It’s amazing to see. I see so much of your daddy when I look at you and old pictures of him. You even have that pout down.

I can’t imagine our house ever being quite again since you can be so loud when you are happily babbling. Angry or tired babbling is just as loud, but the happy, silly, giggly babbles are much more fun.

You have mastered standing while holding on to something like a pro. From there you sometimes give us a wave. But you are really good at waving when we are holding you and you then are prompted to wave at someone.

You went on your first cruise this past month! You were so fantastic on board. I can’t wait to take you on more and more as you grow. Our first family vacation went so well.

I love you so much.




Freezer Breakfast Burritos

Freezer Breakfast Burritos

Labor Day weekend is over. I am in mourning.

First, I am not ready to get back to work after the 3 day weekend. I’m just not.

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Secondly, I just can’t believe its already September.

How is 2016 flying back so quickly?

I already ad my first PSL of the year!!! It was bliss. But let’s be honest, I did feel kinda gross afterwards. My body was like, “what have you done?!?!” So much sugar in a drink! So much fat! Def a treat from my black coldbrews. ha!

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Anyway, it feels like everything is speeding by so quickly. I can’t believe it. I am going to have a 3 year old soon. I can’t even think about it. (Nor, can I deal with the fact that Autumn is back in a crib… I’ll save that for another post!) And biggest of all, we’ll have a house soon!!! It makes me so super excited to think about it.

Then I’ll be busy with that and speed will fly by and ugh, I can’t think about it!!

The #1 thing I can’t think about is buying so much stuff for the house.

Actually, that will be loads of fun. But bye-bye money!

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My husband has started a mega list of things we need and want for the house from the refrigerator, sofa, storage options in the garage, and the rain barrels we plan to get. It’s all about staying on budget and watching out for sales!

Thankfully, we have been living at my Dad’s since moving down to FL so we are saying loads of money on rent (thanks Dad!) so that is a huge help for us.

As well, I have been doing my best to cut out getting breakfast out. Making quick stops to Starbucks or Dunkin’ or the local deli just kills the budget. $4 here. $7 here. $5 here. It all adds up.

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So, these freezer burritos are a big help with saving money and for making the mornings a lot more manageable too. We can toss the burritos in the microwave while getting ready and they are done in just a few minutes, ready to enjoy!

I layered the ingredients on the burrito but I think I will mix everything together and then fill the burritos for a more even bite. But, it all works!

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I hope these Freezer Breakfast Burritos will speed up your morning and put a bit of pep into your step with a quick, affordable breakfast.

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Freezer Breakfast Burritos

Makes 6 burritos


  • 12 ounces of bacon, cut into 1/2″ wide strips
  • 12 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 Cup diced green onion
  • 15 ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Cups of shredded Mexican style cheese blend
  • 1 Cup salsa
  • pickled jalapeno slices, optional
  • burrito sized tortillas


  1. Cook the bacon in a large skillet until crisp.
  2. Cook the eggs in a skillet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Scramble the eggs. Once cooked, mix in the green onion.
  3. Arrange all the tortillas on a clean work surface.
  4. Evenly add all the fillings to the burritos- egg, bacon, beans, cheese, salsa, and jalapenos.
  5. Form the burritos by folding over the ends and then rolling tightly.
  6. Wrap the burritos in plastic wrap. Arrange on a cookie tray. Place in your freezer. Once frozen, package up the burritos in large plastic zip top bags for storage.
  7. When ready to enjoy, unwrap from the plastic wrap, then wrap in a paper towel and place on a microwave safe plate. Microwave for 2 minutes, flip over. Then microwave for another 2 minutes. Let rest for at least 1 minute prior to enjoying.

2.27-3.1: Weekend Recap

{Friday Night}

home | Autumn has dinner | Autumn to bed | Price gets home | Price gets stroller | make dinner | Price gets home | dinner | OITNB | blogging | bed


up early | Autumn has breakfast | make Breakfast- hash, sausage, eggs | Autumn has morning nap | go to the Post office | COSTCO | Michael’s | Price cleans | coloring with Autumn | start roast chicken | Autumn has dinner, a bath and then goes to bed | dinner- roast chicken, roasted veggies, green beans | blog work | OITNB | bed late


up at 6am | Autumn has bottle | go to Market Basket | Autumn has breakfast | Price prints wedding invite labels | Autumn naps | sweet potato waffles | Price gets home | foldng clothes | NASCAR | Autumn naps | make Price chicken wings | play with Autumn- do puzzles | dinner- steak and salad | Autumn gets bath | Price does dishes | Autumn gets her bottle and goes to bed | label wedding invites | budget review | blog edits | bed


5.16-18: Weekend Recap

{Friday Night}

made homemade pizza for dinner | hang up mobilein Autumn’s room | watch season finale of Grimm | laundry & cleaning | bed

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Price made breakast- eggs, hashbrowns, bacon | Boch Toyota to lease our new car | home to pump | lunch at Not Your Average Joe’s | watched the Belmont Steaks |

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Price made breakfast- cresents with jam | took nap with Autumn | Price cleaned the kitchen | shopping at Market Street in Lynnfield | Wagamama for lunch | Price went to Home Depot | pizza for dinner | gave Autumn a bath | Price gave Kemper a bath | work, blogging | made chicken taco filling for dinners this week | Mad Men | bed

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Our Babymoon at Hawks Cay Resort, Duck Key, FL- Review

Do you know what happens when you have a baby? You get Mommy Brain (I swear it’s a thing- don’t argue with me!) and forget that you drafted this whole post about your babymoon. Thankfully, when your mom is visiting you, giving you some free time to do some blog housekeeping, you discover the draft (and a few others) sitting there, just waiting to be published. So that is exactly why I am sharing this babymoon recap 5 1/2 months after Autumn was born… derp…


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When Price and I were looking around for places to go for our Babymoon we eyes places where we could get a nice tan since we needed some fun in the sun! Plus my Dr’s advised that we should stay in the U.S. incase anything happened, like pre-term labor. While that would be stressful, dealing with the baby’s omphalocele would make things extra complciated. So we eneded up focusing on Florida, The Sunshine State!

Price then found a great deal through Jet Blue. We like flying Jet Blue so he was checking out their vacation packages and found a great one including our flights, hotel stay, and a car rental. Win!

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A silver Mustang convertable… a must!

We flew into Ft Laurderdale on a Thursday morning, grabbed our rental car, and headed south to The Keys. First we stopped off for some lunch and then for some pictures at the Homestead Race Track. We passed through Key Largo, Islamorada, Long Key, and then ended our drive at Duck Key. We pulled up to our hotel, Hawks Cay Resort, in the early evening.

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A storm off to our West on our drive down to the keys

There are tons of shops and restaurants to check out on the way to/from the hotel. We did skip the shops since we didn’t want to get touristy T’s and sea shells but they are always fun to browse.

I do suggest stopping off at Robbie’s of Islamorada to feed the tarpons there. There is a restaurant there, where we enjoyed a fantastic, massive breakfast one day. Plus, there is a facility where you can feed the tarpons at the docks there. It is soooo much fun. But be careful since they jump and will get ya!

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The Hawks Cay facility covers a large portion of Duck Key. There are plenty of options for where to stay and what to do, including a kids camp, marina, and plenty of tennis courts.

We stayed in the main area of the Hawks Cay Resort complex that had the hotel rooms and suites. But there are also rental villas in the Sunset Village, Sanctuary Village, and Harbor Village, and Marina Village. They range from attached 2 bedroom villas to detached 3 bedroom villas with private plunge pools.

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The large beautiful lobby showcasing big fans and a water feature

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We checked into our room to get our stuff put away and to explore the rest of the resort quickly. We had one of their standard rooms with a king size bed that was crafted in West Indies island decor syles. The room had a TV and plenty of outlets, which were great for using out laptop at the desk. There was plenty of room for our bags and for lounging around. The rooms have ceiling fans which was nice to circulate the air and keep things cool without having to blast the AC.

The room came at a great rate but it was extra affordable with the promotion of staying 3 nights and the 4th was free. When booking the room, keep in mind there is a daily $29 fee. The fee local and toll free phone calls, includes wireless Internet access, transportion throughout the resort, self and valet parking, and access to the Indies Club and Calm Waters Finess Center. As well unlimited use of the Putting course, Sports Field, hard and clay Tennis Courts.

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Checking out the balcony

Price had requested that we have a water view room but in the end we ending up with a room that was back facing of the property. While at first glance it was disappointing to not get what we requested, we ultimately realized that we put us in that room because while he requested that we have a nice view he made note in the reservation that we have a quiet room. When we were at the pool we realized they put us in the back because the water view rooms were packed and adjacent to the pool.

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The very large bathroom in our room

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This would be such a nice bathroom to have at home! A big mirror, a seperate toilet from the rest of the space, plenty of hooks, and lots of counter space to use as well. Plus, it was well lit, which is always helpful when needing to check if you got your back completely covered with sunblock.

I do suggest being a bit careful in the shower. We found the floor a bit slippery.

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The first night there we went to the ocean-fed saltwater lagoon and took dip in the water. It was nice and refreshing but if I am floating around in salt water I want some waves, which this did not have.

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The  large pool had plenty of chairs around the perimeter giving you the option of sitting in the sun or enjoying the shade with the umberella that is paired between every few chairs.

You have to sign out towels so be sure that you keep track of them. I suggest getting 2-3 per person so you have some to cover up the chair, which gets hot from the dark fabric, and for drying off after dipping in the water.

On our last day there we noticed on the map that there was a separate pool just on the other side of the Beach Grill. Such a bummer since it was the Tranquility Pool, which is reserved for guests 21 years of age or older. This would have eliminated our feelings towards the swarms of kids who though that used drink cups and their parents used metal beer bottles were appropriate toys for the pool although the staff kept telling them otherwise.

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Next to the pool is a big fire pit with a lot of loungers around it. It was always nice to relax next to it at night when it was lit up!

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While at the pool we often enjoyed food from the Beach Grill. You can either sit there and enjoy lunch (11am-5pm) or dinner (5pm-10pm) or have it served to you at the Resort Pool, Tranquility Pool and outdoor sandy dining area. For it being on site dining we felt it was pretty reasonably priced.

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The food and drinks served were always fresh and really tasty. For example the Fish Tacos were realy good as the mahi mahi was marinated in fresh, local citrus juices and then grilled. The tacos were served with a green papaya slaw and chipotle mayo. They have several gluten-free options as well.

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Price enjoyed some of the mixed drinks there including the Rum Punch Bucket from their 32 oz Rum Buckets of Fun menu. I on the other hand suck with water, iced tea, and virgin drinks. I had a virgin pina colada one day as a treat (yikes- lots of calories!) but only had it once because I was a bit bummed that the virgin version was $9 and a regular one is $10.

You do have to be careful when you are enjoying your meal as the sea gulls there are fearless and will try to steal your food if you are not careful. Do not leave it uncovered!

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Hey Flipper!!

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One day we got to watch the bottlenose dolphins at the Dolphin Connection perform some tricks while they were getting fed. Fonded in 1990, this is the only on-property resort dolphin program in the continental U.S. In 2010 Dolphin Connection became only the 2nd marine mammal facility to be accredited by the International Marine Animal Trainers Association (IMATA).

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We didn’t partake in the variety of interactive programs they offered because I was pregnant. But there is a nice selction of things to do that have different levels of involvement with the dolphins from just sitting on the dock feeding them to swimming with them.

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Ahh, doesn’t get much better than this!

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Hawks Cay was in such a great location because it was midway through the keys giving us easy accessibility to plenty to do on the keys. We drove to Key West for a day trip and didn’t have too much of a drive from the Ft Lauderdale airport to the hotel either.

There are plenty of beaches, resturants, and things to do around Hawks Cay Resort. We suggest grabbing dinner The Wreck and Galley Grill and The Stuffed Pig for breakfast. We enjoyed both places very much. As well, dinner at Lazy Days South and Morada Bay Beach Cafe, which are a bit further away than the other 2 places but worth the drive.

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We loved our vacation at Hawks Cay Resort! We will hold this vacation in a special place in our heart as it was our last vacation before our beautiful daughter arrived. As well, we got engaged after almost 9 years together on the docks at sunrise. We are looking forward to one day traveling back and staying there again!

Hawks Cay Resort

61 Hawks Cay Boulevard

Duck Key, FL 33050