Family, Fashion

Denim Shorts for Moms

July 11, 2016


I know we’re already half way through the summer, but it took me about that long to find good shorts for summertime. Now that I’m a mom, I feel like there is a little bit more of an obligation to dress with a bit more modesty, but I’m not about to hang up my denim cut-offs in favor of Bermuda shorts. I’m sorry, I just can’t.

So, I’ve scoured the internet for the best shorts, asked you for recommendations, and tried on pair after pair and here are my favorites!

ALL-AROUND WINNER // American Eagle Tomgirl Midi Shorts
Pretty much the perfect pair of shorts in my book. Comfortable, relaxed fit; short but not too short that you feel uncomfortable wearing them. I have both the frayed pair and a pair without any rips and wear them all the time. They run a tad large, so order a size down.

BEST DEAL // Old Navy Boyfriend Cuffed Shorts 
For only $12.95, these shorts are a steal! I don’t own them personally, but I’ve tried them on in the store and they are really cute! If you’re not sure you want to invest in a pair of shorts, these are a very low-risk option.

BEST SPLURGE // Mavi Jeans “Emily” destroyed cutoff denim shorts 
These are the most expensive pair in the bunch, but I’m telling you that they are sooo incredibly comfortable. Extra bonus points? When my little sister (who is a teenager) was around me last week, she said they were cool.



How to Style Your Lob (Long Bob)

June 30, 2016


A week ago, I decided (nay, my stylist decided) that cutting off two inches was a good idea for the health of my hair. And while I’m never a big fan of getting a hair cut, I have to admit that having blunt, healthy ends and a little more style to my cut really does feel good.

My hair is just a little too short to be considered a true “lob” but I’ve been styling it like I would if it was just a little shorter. Messy, beachy curls that take just a few minutes to style. The look is perfect for any time but especially appropriate for summer.

PS: The only styling products you need is this amazing Sea Salt Style Spray + your favorite hair spray.


these are the good old days

June 27, 2016


There are no words to describe the joy it brings me being Ainsley’s mom. This child of mine? Well, like any other mom on the planet, I think she’s the most amazing, special and delightful kid I’ve ever met. After we got over the craziness of the newborn days, which weren’t my favorite, I found motherhood to be a fairly natural transition. It was hard to give up the freedom and independence I was accustomed to, but it was nothing compared to what I gained as I took on the role of mom.

All of that said, I try not to over-glamorize motherhood on this blog. It’s wonderful, fulfilling and full of so much good, but it’s also hard work. More often than not, I feel like I’m doing many things but I’m not doing anything really well. Do you know the feeling?

Running your own businesses, juggling childcare schedules that rarely go as planned, managing freelance deadlines that are unpredictable and trying to keep our house in some sort of suitable state while also investing in my faith, fitness, quiet time and marriage while juggling the needs of a toddler? Well, it’s crazy and there’s no way around it.

Sometimes I wonder how we will ever, God willing, manage to add another kid to the mix. I already feel like Joe and I are living in a state of craziness with one kid. What will two or three look like? I’ve never really considered us the type of people who thrive in chaos or a constant barrage of “loud” but I can’t see our house getting quieter any time soon.

But you know what? These days that we’re living in are the best days of our life. I have so many times each week where I feel an almost physical pain longing to stop time, to freeze Ainsley at this age and stage forever. If I could bring time to a screeching halt I probably would have long ago.

Ainsley was boycotting bed time last night, running around the house playing in her kiddie kitchen and dancing in circles around the house and laughing like an over-tired maniac. I couldn’t help but look at her and soak in every bit of her toddler-ness. Life may be crazy (without a doubt!) and I may be running on fumes (almost always!) but I wouldn’t trade sleep, showers, a clean house or a more manageable schedule for anything that we’ve got right now.

Like everyone says: The days are long but the years are short. Enjoy them while you can, momma!


Get the Look :: Summer Makeup + Hair

June 23, 2016

As you know, I’ve been growing out my hair for quite some time, but the postpartum transition has been hard on my hair. The hair loss and awkward re-growth left my ends super dry and unhealthy, so my stylist finally convinced me yesterday that cutting two inches off and going a little dark on the roots/lighter on the ends was necessary. Although I’ll admit that my hair feels short now, I am seriously loving the spunky feel and healthy ends, which actually serves to make my hair feel fuller.


Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer :: My summer go-to. Lightweight coverage that leaves your skin feeling moisturized and protects with SPF 20.

Touchup Skin Concealer Pen :: The best concealer pen around. Great for under-eye circles and covering up breakouts and sun spots.

Color Pinch Cream Blush in Hibiscus :: Perfect for giving your cheeks that dewy sun-kissed glow.

Lengthening Mascara :: Sweat-proof mascara that lengthens and moisturizes your lashes throughout the day? Yes and yes.

Mattify Skin Finishing Powder :: A translucent powder that helps absorb shine and works great for mid-day touchups.

Lip Sheer in Twig :: I have never loved lip color until I discovered Lip Sheers. They’re not ultra-pigmented, which I find more flattering and easy to wear.

Food & Recipes

Healthy Peanut Butter-Chocolate Pudding

June 21, 2016


Once upon a time, Espresso and Cream was a food-only blog. Do you remember those days? If you’ve been reading for the 6+ years I’ve been blogging (where did the time go?!) then you probably do remember that I used to consistently post recipes and very little about anything else.

Sometimes I look back at the days of leisurely cooking meals for two with a lot of nostalgia. These days it’s more of a dinnertime rush to get a meal on the table and everyone fed than a cooking or dining experience, but we’re figuring it out as we go.

Although eating actual dessert is a rare occurrence at our house, healthy desserts are  must on the daily. I’m constantly tinkering around with figuring out a nice balance of what tastes like a treat and is actually packed with nutrition and low in sugar. This chocolate pudding has served both as a dessert for me and an indulgent snack or breakfast for Ainsley. Both of us give it a stamp of approval!


Healthy Chocolate-Chia Pudding
Serves: 2 servings
  • 1 cup 2% Fage Greek yogurt (plain)
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup powdered peanut butter (such as PB2)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon stevia
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon honey (to taste/desired sweetness)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • Raspberries for garnish
  1. Combine all the ingredients except for the raspberries together in a food processor or high-powdered blender. Blend or process 30 second to 1 minute or until all ingredients are well combined and mixture is nearly smooth. Spoon into glasses to serve and top with raspberries before serving.
  2. *Note: Mixture will thicken as it sits. Allow to refrigerate up to 1 hour for a thicker pudding.


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