Our wonderful whirlwind weekend trip to the Big Easy

On Valentine's Weekend, the Knight, Baby C, and I travelled down south to visit Daisy and Mr. Brown.  We hadn't had a chance to visit them in their new digs in NOLA, so the weekend presented the perfect opportunity to celebrate love in the Big Easy.

Yoga on the top floor of the Cabildo building
yoga at the cabildo
Lunch and bloody mary's at the French Market Restaurant

Enjoyed a street performance in the French Quarter...

Tasty dinner and drinks at Dick and Jenny's
(We recommend the corn bread, the duck, and the filet!)

Sunday morning stroll and beignets from Cafe Du Monde

Had to cancel our reservations at Commander's Palace after spending way too much time at the French Farmer's Market

Got a little thirsty and headed to the Bulldog.
Outside the Bulldog
Late lunch on Magazine Street at Reginelli's (muffaletta and sun pie were delish!)

Afternoon fashion show with our new feathery perfections...

All in all a wonderful weekend with the best of friends...we can't wait to go back!

Bosom buddies and beignets,

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Happy Valentine's Day!

“I don't understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine's Day.  When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon.”

                             - Author Unknown

Lovers and lovelies,
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Medifast journey...week one

I started doing Medifast about a week ago.  Basically, I needed to lose weight because a) I hate the way I look in pictures now and b) I have gained 30 lbs since I graduated law school.  That equates to a weight gain of about 7.5 lbs per year.  NOT GOOD.  I had a baby 6 month ago, and while that weight is gone, my clothes do not fit in the same way, and I just don't feel healthy.  It is time for a major change.

Anywho, so I can track my weight loss and food habits, I have started a "side" blog.  If you are interested in that sort of thing, my journey to lose 30 lbs before I turn 30 (in early May) can be found on this blog.

If you aren't interested in that, have no fear, AFS is not going to become a diet blog!

Pounds and pound cake,
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Happy 6 month birthday, Caroline!

So, today is Baby Girl's 6 month birthday!  I can't believe how time has flown by.  In 6 months, we have gone from a teeny, completely helpless, floppy headed, sleeps & eats all the time little angel...
 to a smiling, curious, chubby cheeked, sitting up all by herself, eating fruits & veggies  + one tooth big girl!

(love that tongue!  feeling her little tooth)

My mom, dad, and littlest brother (who's not so little anymore at 17 years old) came for a visit. 

My mom, who as you know is quite the budding photographer, took some amazing shots of Caroline.  Here are a few of my favorite.

little princesses and pumpernickels,
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And the winner is...(AFS Giveaway #4!)

Before I announce the winner, a HUGE thanks to Three Loves and Dear Doodlez Designs! Your merchandise ROCKS and I am so grateful that you participated in the month long celebration of my blog's 5 year birthday.

For this giveaway, Dear Doodlez Designs is giving away a customized "birthday plate" that the little one in your life can use birthday after birthday, as well as a personalized snack container.

The second part of Giveaway #4 is from Three Loves - one custom, personalized onesie of the winner's choice! 

I have 6 friends with babies due this summer and I am going to be placing some orders from each shop for them! Don't forget to take advantage of each seller's 10% off promo (special - just for AFS readers).

For Dear Doodlez Designs, the coupon code is "GIVEME10OFF."
For Three Loves, the coupon code is "SHOPAHOLIC10."
Okay, on to the winner...
Using Random.org, the winner is comment #1!

Comment #1 says:

Sara said...
I am a loyal follower. How else am I supposed to keep up with you?

Congrats, Sara!  Judging by your subsequent comments, I gather that you are none other than my real-life childhood best friend from White House, TN!  How funny!  Sara and I have had many adventures together over the years, and she is one of those friends that, although we don't see each other much or talk often, when we get together, we just pick up right where we left off!  Here is a picture of us at my wedding - 7 years ago...my how time flies!

Sara and her husband are expecting their own bundle of joy this July.  We are anxiously awaiting to find out the sex, which they will learn on Valentine's Day - what a sweet present!

Sara, email me asap and we will get your prizes to you!  I am so excited that you won!

Babies and best friends,
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