thirty one.

Posted on: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Ann-Marie Loves | Thirty One

I’m thirty one today! I guess that means I am solidly in my thirties now, huh? The past year has felt like a total blur but filled with so many highlights that I never want to forget! Here are 31 of my favorite memories from the past year:

  1. Chopping off and lightening my hair.
  2. Discovering (and bingeing on) The Life Coach School Podcast.
  3. Marathoning three back-to-back laps around The Office series over the past few months. Pam + Jim forever.
  4. Having the best time in Atlanta with my BFFs (and no kids!). Can’t wait for more travel with friends!
  5. Signing Briar up for preschool and watching her flourish. So proud of that bub.
  6. Spending the night at Kimpton Goodland in Santa Barbara for our annual birthday / anniversary getaway.
  7. Being able to hold both of my kids’ hands while we all walk together. Total transportation game changer!
  8. Taking two trips to San Diego.
  9. Surviving (and enjoying!) our first family of four vacation to Cambria.
  10. Reading Erin Loechner’s book twice.
  11. Getting back to the gym! I love a good Zumba class.
  12. Taking on a new job that I LOVE and making some amazing friends in the process!
  13. Attending some beautiful (and boozy! haha) weddings.
  14. Reading this amazing Scorpio horoscope! WHOA.
  15. Treating myself to fancy bags of coffee to power me through this hectic life.
  16. Surprising myself with how little sleep I can get by on (although I would kill for a solid 10 hours!).
  17. Taking the kids on little adventures.
  18. Enjoying Instastories more than my Insta feed.
  19. Celebrating Landon turning one and Briar turning three! Time is f-l-y-i-n-g.
  20. Wearing the comfiest high-waisted mom jeans on a daily basis.
  21. Relishing cool weather and cursing the heat. Some things never change.
  22. Feeling good about only having two kids.
  23. Taking thousands of photos and getting paid to do it! #dreamofalldreams!
  24. Learning how to do Disneyland with multiple kids.
  25. Practicing authentic living everyday. I’m getting really adept at tuning out what doesn’t serve me and focusing on cultivating authentic relationships, experiences, and feelings everyday.
  26. Discovering the best dry shampoo and never washing my hair again (ha!).
  27. Eating Trader Joe’s Peruvian chimichurri rice for lunch nearly every single day.
  28. Going on weekly walks with friends.
  29. Watching my kids become little buddies.
  30. Feeling inspired by new things and finding myself entering a new season of life.
  31. Enjoying a massage and a solo coffee date to celebrate 31!

diy faux marble necklace.

Posted on: Thursday, September 14, 2017

DIY Clay Faux Marble Beaded Necklace | Ann-Marie Loves

Age three has been a really fun and hilarious age to witness. Briar’s favorite game as of late is called “Target Man” and it involves repeated checkout encounters at — where else? — Target. (I don’t know what this says about my shopping habits??) I am usually assigned the role of the Target employee while Briar gets into character as the Target shopper. She brings me several items to scan (don’t forget the sound effect!) and then waits for me to ask her to swipe her red card (5% savings, baby) and sign for her purchase. She could play this game for hours. I’m good for about three rounds before I convince her that Daddy is a MUCH better Target man.

Something else that she’s been super into is crafting. YOU GUYS. I can’t even tell you what this means to me. As someone whom has asked for art supplies for every single Christmas of her life, I am so pumped that my daughter shares in my love of making things by hand.

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label all the things.

Posted on: Thursday, August 31, 2017

label all the things | ann-marie loves

Okay, a few things.

I have NO IDEA how people with kids keep their house neat and organized all the time. My brain literally cannot process how this works. We live in a tiny place and only have two kids but good lord the mess. Each day I declare that THIS IS THE DAY that I will stay on top of the madness and then fifteen minutes after both kids are awake, there’s toys and books, and — my personal favorite — crumbs everywhere. Then the dishes start to accumulate in the sink and the laundry starts to overflow and the beds need to be made and I am at a loss for where to start. How do you moms do it?!

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summer at underwood.

Posted on: Friday, August 25, 2017

Underwood Family Farms | Ann-Marie Loves

I’ll be honest: I don’t love where we live.

As hard as I try to get on board with this city, it’s just not my jam and it probably never will be. I could be a Debby Downer and rattle off a ton of reasons why I’m not a huge fan but INSTEAD, I’ll focus on the redeeming qualities. For one — and this is a big one –we get free babysitting from our wonderful families. That alone make it worth it to stay close for a little while longer. Aside from having both sets of grandparents just a few minutes away, I love my gym (so many great classes!). I love my Trader Joe’s (super nice people!). I love Briar’s new school (she loves it, too!). I love all the drive-thru Starbucks (ha!). These are small things but they definitely make a big difference in the way I go about my days.

Something else I love? How close we are to Underwood Farms! I’ve talked about this place once or twice, but it really is an amazing gem. I mean, Kim and Kanye take their kids here so maybe this neck of woods isn’t thaaaat terrible ;)

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diy rear view mirror ornament.

Posted on: Thursday, August 24, 2017

DIY Rear View Mirror Ornament | Ann-Marie Loves

This has been a BIG week around here! Briar started preschool, Landon started walking, and I went grocery shopping before 9:30 am for the first time in forever (huge feat for a non-morning person)! Needless to say, we’re feeling pretttttty good.

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briar is three.

Posted on: Monday, August 14, 2017

Last week, my firstborn turned THREE! As I was putting this video together over the past couple of weeks, I couldn’t get over how much she has grown up! Time is flying but I am so happy that I get to spend my days with my sweet Briar Bear.

cold brew date shake.

Posted on: Friday, August 4, 2017

Iced Coffee Date Shake | Ann-Marie Loves

I used to be able to get by on one cup of coffee a day. Then I had Briar and it got bumped up to at least two cups a day. Then I had Landon and it turned into a freaking free-for-all. Most days, I’ll drink two cups of hot coffee in the morning and then a cup of cold brew in the afternoon and I love it so much. I do have to say that there is nothing quite as good as that first cup in AM, especially when it doesn’t need to be reheated several times. All subsequent cups are good but not as amazing as that first hit of caffeine after five hours of interrupted sleep.

Needless to say, I’m always on the hunt for new ways to make my coffee habit even better. Now that we’re in the thick of summer, I like experimenting with different cold brew recipes and was so excited when I had dates on hand and could finally try “The Speed Dater” recipe from this video.

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birthday paper chain.

Posted on: Thursday, August 3, 2017

Birthday Chain for An Almost-Three Year Old | Ann-Marie Loves

A certain almost-three year is excited about her upcoming birthday. VERY EXCITED. We’ve been talking about her birthday party for months and she has made it crystal clear that it needs to be based around two things: rhinos and rainbows. (Yep, you read that correctly).

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as of late | july edition.

Posted on: Friday, July 21, 2017

As of Late | July Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

Going on weekly walks with my BFF. It’s so nice to have time with her each week while we try to beat our 10k step goal on our Fitbits!

Speaking of Fitbits, I recently got back into the habit of using mine (after being dormant for monthsssssss) and I LOVE IT. (More about that in a future post!)

Requiring two cups of coffee every morning to get going these days. My kids are my alarm clock and I need that double caffeine hit to think straight!

Wearing Landon on my back for a good chunk of everyday…all 24 pounds of him! Thank goodness for sturdy baby carriers! (This one is my personal fave.)

Attempting to keep a good attitude about these long, sweaty summer months. I hate being overheated but at least I’m not massively pregnant like I was at this time last year!

Listening to this album on repeat, especially this song and this song. Here’s another album in constant rotation.

Trying rosé in a can…and liking it!

Loving my gig as blogger / photographer for Pacific Play Tents.

Bingeing on Pete Holmes,’ You Made It Weird, for several weeks now. I love conversational podcasts and I think Pete is so relatable. I also LOVE anything from The Alison Show.

Going on lots of fun photo shoots, including this one with The Girls With Glasses!

Enjoying our second lap around The Office series on Netflix every night. I know there are so many new shows we should be watching but this one just feels right.

Washing my hair daily. Ha! Just kidding! Dry shampoo is LIFE. I just bought this brand at Target and I really like it!

Challenging myself to go a whole day without worrying. It’s my default mental state and I’m trying to create new grooves in my brain to overrule my natural tendencies.

diy paint splatter iphone case.

Posted on: Thursday, June 22, 2017

DIY Paint Splatter iPhone Case | Ann-Marie Loves

Buckle up, you guys. This just might be my easiest, most self-explanatory DIY ever, yet I persist!

So a little back story: I was browsing Moglea’s website and trying my hardest not to buy one of everything, especially this gorgeous iPhone case! It was love at first sight and I had to have it! Sadly, I have a vintage iPhone SE (it’s not that dilapidated! come on!) so when I went to make the purchase, I was SOL. Womp, womp. Needless to say, I found a little workaround. It’s not as cool as Moglea’s version but it gets the job done for those of us whose cells are so uncool that we might as well be using flip phones (Razr, anyone?).

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