Homemade Fruit Yogurt Pops

Lively has been a teething machine for the past few months; at 9 months old, she already had 8 teeth! To give her some relief, as well as a fun (and healthy) treat, I made her these fruit yogurt pops with my new Beaba Babycook blender.

For this treat, I used the Babycook to blend up the fruits and yogurt. What makes this blender so unique is that it can also steam fruits, veggies, and raw meat! It’s seriously the coolest thing and makes preparing your own baby food so practical. If you make your own baby food or plan on it, you’d absolutely love a Babycook!

So back to the fruit yogurt pops… they’re super simple, but here’s the recipe and directions:



3 5.3 oz. containers of vanilla greek yogurt

Strawberries (I used 8)

1 Banana

1 Peach



Container for freezing your yogurt pops

Blender (here’s the link to the Babycook I have)

Cutting board and knife to cut your fruit into smaller chunks



  1. Cut the stems off the strawberries and blend them with one of the 5.3 ounces of greek yogurt.
  2. Pour the mixture into your freezing container; make sure to leave enough room for the two other layers and try to evenly disperse it. *I didn’t like the strawberry layer as much as the other two layers, because it wasn’t as smooth due to the seeds. When making these again, I would make the strawberry layer smaller than the other two.*
  3. Peel the skin off the peach and slice it into smaller chunks. Then blend it with one of the containers of greek yogurt.
  4. Pour that mixture on top of the strawberry layer (leave enough room for the last layer).
  5. Slice the banana into smaller pieces, and blend it with the last container of greek yogurt.
  6. Pour the banana and greek yogurt mixture on top of the other two layers.
  7. Put the popsicle sticks in place.
  8. Freeze for at least 4 hours.
  9. To get the yogurt pops out more easily, run under warm water.
  10. Enjoy! I hope you and your little one(s) enjoy these fruit yogurt pops as much as we did!



Always and forever,





Train Travel with a Baby


We just got back a couple of weeks ago from our train trip out west. We traveled by Amtrak out to Glacier National Park in Montana for a few days, and then on to Santa Barbara, CA for a week. Total, we spent 110 hours on the train over a 2 and a half week span. It was beautiful, so much fun, and we learned a lot of valuable information on the way, so I thought I’d share some of the things we learned with y’all and some basic information about train travel (specifically Amtrak) in general:

– Get the Amtrak app on your phone. It tells you if your train is delayed (which happens often). Our first train was delayed 5 hours; although most trains probably aren’t delayed that long, it’s common for them to be at least a little behind schedule.

-To go along with my previous point about the delays, don’t make any super time-sensitive plans (you really can’t be in a rush). Thankfully we had an overnight layover after our long delay, or else it would’ve really complicated things.

-But with that being said, do not be late getting to the train station, because the train waits for no one! The train station in Chicago is really busy, and we actually almost missed our train leaving from there. They tell you to get to the train station about 45 minutes early if you’re wanting to check bags, which we did in Chicago, but for some reason the baggage check line was super long, and by the time we got to the front of the line, our train was leaving in less than 5 minutes. The lady working the baggage check told us it was too late to check our bags at that point and we’d better run if we wanted to make our train. We literally sprinted to our train with with our stroller, 4 suitcases, and diaper bag and barely made it on in time!

We had a roomette during our time on the train. If you’re traveling with a baby or young child, I would totally recommend getting a roomette or a bedroom (the next size up). The next few tips are specific to people traveling in roomettes:

-Each roomette has two chairs, which fold down into a bed. We actually kept the chairs folded into a bed the whole time, because it allowed more room for Lively to be able to crawl around. The roomettes also have a top bunk that can be folded up during the day and folded down when you’re ready to sleep. *Just a forewarning, the roomettes are small (the size of a small closet), so when the bottom bunk is down, it takes up the whole floor (so there’s no standing room).*

-If you have a baby with you, he/she is going to need to sleep on the small bunk with you. Duncan slept on the top bunk, while Lively and I slept on the bottom. There wasn’t a lot of room, but it was still nice to have a bed to sleep in.

-When you have a roomette, there are 4 bathrooms and 1 shower in your sleeper car that you share with the other roomettes in your car. The showers are actually pretty nice, and towels are provided. Make sure to bring flip-flops, though, since you’re sharing a shower with so many other people.

-There is a luggage storage rack on the lower level of the sleeper cars. You have access to your suitcases there, so you don’t have to bring your big suitcases into your roomette with you (saves at least a little space).

-Each sleeper car has a train attendant. Your train attendant will answer any questions you have, make up your bed every night and take it down in the morning, etc. Make sure to bring cash to tip your train attendant at the end of your train ride.

-Meals are included, which is huge, because the meals typically range from $10-$40. They have a menu with 4 or 5 options to choose from for each meal. Most people eat in the dining car, but you can request to eat in your room if you’d like (just make sure to ask your train attendant). When you eat in the dining car, breakfast is first-come, first-serve, while lunch and dinner are done by reservation.

-Each person is allowed to bring 2 personal items and 2 carry-on items (be sure to look at their website for specific details). A stroller, car seat, and diaper bag don’t count toward those, and you can either carry them on with you or check them through to your destination if you won’t need them/don’t want to mess with them until your final destination. You can also check your 2 “carry-on” bags if you’re not going to need them until your final destination. Most of the time we checked our 2 biggest bags (except for when we almost missed our train in Chicago), so we made sure to have our toiletries and enough clothes in our smaller suitcases.

-If you’re staying in a sleeper car (either a roomette or bedroom), check to see if the stations you’re leaving from have a Metropolitan Lounge (I know for a fact Chicago, Portland, and Los Angeles have them). They’re basically nicer waiting rooms you can relax in while waiting for your train to arrive. They oftentimes provide free snacks and drinks, and you can store your luggage in there if you want to go out and about for a couple of hours. It was so helpful being able to know our luggage was in a safe spot while we explored Portland during our 4-hour layover there so we didn’t have to carry it around with us.

Traveling by train with a baby is quite a bit of work, but it’s also such a fun adventure and a memorable experience. If you have questions, I’d love to answer (I’m sure I left out some important information)!


Always and forever,


Tips for Traveling with a Baby

Since Lively was born, she’s been to the mountains (a 15 hour car ride), the beach (a 10 hour car ride), and on a few flights. Traveling with a baby definitely changes things, like making car rides longer and adding extra luggage, but at the same time, it makes trips so much more special seeing your little one having fun exploring new places! Our little family is leaving on a train trip out west soon; I’m super excited, because we’re going to be visiting places we’ve never been before (I’m excited to share it with y’all, so stay tuned :)), and it will be Duncan and Lively’s first time traveling by train!

In honor of our upcoming trip, I wanted to share a few helpful tricks we’ve learned that’ve made traveling with a baby a little bit easier. I know some seem super simple and common sense, but I know as a mom, sometimes I forget the most “simple” things… mom brain, I guess!

  • Make a packing list! I’m a check list person anyway, but a packing list is really important when you have a little one, because there are so many different items necessary for daily life with a baby you do NOT want to forget (maybe not all necessary, but at least make daily life way easier).

For long car rides:

  • Bring a handful of books and/or toys to entertain your little one. I’ve memorized a few books of Lively’s that are pretty short and simple, so they’re easy to recite to her in the car; some of her favorites are “Where’s Spot?,” “I Like to Squeak! How Do You Speak?,” “Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You.” Having some of the books memorized means we don’t have to bring as many with us!
  • Sing songs and tell your little one(s) stories. Lively LOVES this and it soothes her best if she’s starting to get fussy on a long drive. I think it helps, because she’s still in a rear-facing carseat, so she gets a little lonely in the backseat, and I like to reassure her that we’re still there!
  • Bring snacks (if your baby is old enough). Little snacks help when it’s getting close to a feeding time, but there’s not a good place to pull off the road for a little ways. They usually help hold Lively over until we can pull over, and I can feed her.
  • Duncan or I usually sit in the backseat with Lively for at least part of a long drive, so she’s not by herself the whole time. She gets so happy when someone is back there talking to her and playing with her!

For airplanes:

  • Arrive with plenty of time before your flight, as everything takes a lot longer with a little one. We had to go through special lines since we had a lap-sitting infant, and they involved long waits every time.
  • We flew Southwest, and they have “family boarding,” which means if you don’t have “A” boarding, you can board between groups “A” and “B” if you have a little one. We didn’t know this for our first flight, and waited until group “C” since that’s what it said on our boarding tickets. It makes it so much easier when you can board earlier!
  • For landing and take-off, I was told to either be feeding Lively or make sure she had her pacifier in her mouth (so her ears didn’t pop). It totally worked!
  • Once again, bring little snacks (in your carry-on).
  • Also, bring a couple of toys and maybe a book or two in your carry-on.

These are just a few of the tips and tricks I’ve learned while traveling with a baby. If you have some more, please share; especially for a train, since this will be the first time we’ve taken Lively on one!

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My dress in these photos: PinkBlush


Always and forever,


Post-Baby Clothing

Towards the end of my pregnancy it felt like my wardrobe was super limited, as hardly anything fit anymore (maybe a couple of t-shirts and a couple pairs of Nike tempos). It made me excited to have a few more clothing options after Lively was born. I didn’t realize, though, how many things either wouldn’t fit the same for a while or that I wouldn’t be able to wear while breastfeeding.


It honestly didn’t even cross my mind that I wouldn’t be able to wear hardly any of my dresses out in public as long as I’m still breastfeeding. Thankfully, off-the-shoulder dresses are popular right now, and they make it SO easy to breastfeed! *Side note, as a 90’s baby, I’m so happy seeing tie dye back in style!*

One of my favorite breastfeeding tips I’ve heard is to wear a strapless swimsuit top with strapless, off-the-shoulder, or thin-strapped shirts and dresses.


If you’re breastfeeding, pregnant, or neither of those, PinkBlush has so many cute and flattering clothing options! They make you feel comfortable and confident in your own skin, no matter where you are in your pregnancy journey.


On a different note, Lively is obsessed with water… the pool, ocean, bath… any water! So we took her to this creek a couple of days ago, and she had a blast! Ha, she kept trying to sit down in the water and splash around (her clothes were definitely drenched by the end). We love our little water baby!




Dress: PinkBlush


Always and forever,


3 Things I’m Learning From 3 Years of Marriage

Just like life, marriage is a never-ending growing process. It is a humbling journey, making me a better person every day. In order to become a better person, though, it’s necessary to have the difficult conversations and hand over our flaws to God.

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In honor of Duncan and I celebrating our third wedding anniversary last week, I wanted to share 3 things I’ve been learning throughout our marriage the past 3 years (and I’m sure I’ll continue to learn and have to grow in).

  1. Expectations are so dangerous. I can’t tell you how often I’ve built up expectations in my mind and failed to communicate them to Duncan. Every single time it has led to frustration and disappointment, both of which were totally avoidable had I simply communicated. I can’t reiterate the importance of communication enough in any relationship, especially marriage.
  2. It is critical to humble ourselves and admit when we are wrong. I have a super hard time with this, because I hate being told I’m wrong… in school I never once missed turning in an assignment and never turned in an assignment or test with a blank space, because I did not want to leave any room for a teacher to get onto me. I got the best grades I possibly could, because I didn’t want to get a single question wrong. Yes, it is important to work our hardest on everything we do, but it becomes a problem when our motives aren’t right. And this has played into my marriage, in the form of me having trouble simply admitting when I am wrong and not wanting to apologize. God has been using Duncan, though, to open my eyes to the value of correction. We’re never going to grow without being stretched, corrected, and humbled.
  3. Live in the now, but never stop dreaming together. Happiness is something you have to choose NOW (not, “Things will be so much better in 3 years when my husband is finished with school,” or “We’ll be so much happier when we live in our dream location”). This is something I fall prey to, but life is so, so much better when we choose happiness now. With that being said, it’s crucial to never stop dreaming, either. Some of my favorite conversations with Duncan are about our top 3 destinations we’d want to live, where our current dream vacation would be, how many children we want to have, etc. It is the best being married to someone who challenges you to be happy (truly joyful) now, but who is also willing to dream big with you.

Thank you, Dunc, for 3 wonderful year of companionship, teamwork, and growing together!

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Always and forever,


Being an Intentional Mom

Becoming a mom is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. Period. It is humbling, unleashes a whole new love you didn’t realize existed, and makes you realize how quickly time goes by.

My mom has always been so good about being intentional with me and with her time in general. She makes me feel like the most important person in the world when I am talking to her. I think technology and social media have value, but one of the things I’ve always appreciated most about my mom (especially looking back) is how she never whips out her phone or makes me feel like second priority; when she is with someone, she is genuinely all there and fully present.

That’s been one of the biggest things for me lately- realizing, even though Lively is only seven months old, she’s going to notice and remember how present or absent I am with her. I don’t want to be the mom who is constantly on my phone, who’s prioritizing social media over the people who are right in front of me… I want Lively to know how valued she is and how she is 100% worth my time. I want to show her the beauty in being present and be that living example for her, because it’s true that actions speak louder than words.

Time is fleeting, but I at least want to be able to look back and say I lived in the moment every step of my life and did everything I could to love my children to the best of my ability (not that perfection is attainable, but that I work towards becoming a better wife, mother, and person every single day). It’s an area I’m trying to work on and have been asking Duncan to keep me accountable in 😉 It’s humbling to realize I’ll never be the perfect mom, but I can keep bettering myself and praying for the areas I’m lacking, knowing God will grow me and fill in the gaps.

With Mother’s Day coming up, I’ve been thinking an extra lot about all things motherhood and about how grateful I am for my own mom. If you’re like me, you probably feel like you can never repay your mom for all she’s done, but if you’re looking for a unique Mother’s Day gift for your amazing mom, Jord Wood Watches has some beautiful  women’s watches (and men’s watches) that you can even get as an engraved gift for your mom (engraving is FREE now through Mother’s Day).



I have this Zebrawood and Navy Frankie Series watch and love it (featured in these photos). It is such a cool watch and goes with everything!


Annndddddd one of the most exciting parts of all of this… you can enter to win a GIVEAWAY for a *$100 gift code to use on the Jord site*! All you have to do is go to this link and enter your name and e-mail address (super easy 🙂 ).The contest will close May 21st, with one lucky person winning the $100 gift code, and everyone else who enters receiving a $25 gift code.

*The contest will close on May 21st at 11:59 p.m. and gift codes will expire June 30th, 2017*


Make sure to make your moms feel extra loved and appreciated this Mother’s Day. And Happy Mother’s Day to all you new mommies out there!


Always and forever,




Dating When Time & Money are Sparse

We can probably all agree, whether you’re married or not, dating is fun and exciting. Once you get married, I believe continuing to date your spouse is super important and honestly still just as fun (if not more fun), because you know the person so well and are becoming closer every day.

Since Duncan started medical school, our lives have changed and he’s definitely busier than he used to be. We also have our baby girl, who takes a lot of my time and attention (not that I don’t love it, because I totally do!); these drastic changes combined have made a big difference in how much time and money we have… BUT despite all of that, dating each other is more important than ever and honestly more cherished. Our marriage is super high priority, no matter what season of life we are in, and we want to treat it that way/nurture it by spending intentional quality time together.

Most of our dates are simple and really affordable (and include our favorite little third wheel)! We love going to the parks near our house; there are a couple within 5 minutes, and Lively loves them, too! We just got an attachment for our bikes, so Lively will be able to ride with us… it’s a win/win… exercise and quality time all at the same time! We also love icees, snow cones/shaved ice, and Sonic drinks, so runs to go get one of those are high up on our list of favorite things to do. Another one of our favorites is watching TV series together on Netflix… we always have a show we are watching together; if you ever need a list of shows you should watch on Netflix, I’m pretty sure we’ve got you covered, haha. We love to go to the store and get steaks, too, for Duncan to grill at home (probably even more than we love going out to eat!).

We live close to Memphis, so when we have a little more time, we like to go into the city and find different things to do there, whether it’s trying new restaurants, walking around outdoor shopping areas, visiting the Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, etc.

Really, whatever we’re doing, it’s nice to have time to talk with no distractions. We both enjoy talking about our hopes and dreams, places we’d want to live someday, destinations we want to visit… just continuing to get to know each other better, despite the chaos of daily life.

I’d love to hear some of your favorite date ideas!

Here are some pictures from some of my favorite dates from over the years:

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Dinner date on our honeymoon in Naples, FL

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Dinner date at Nakato’s for our 6 month anniversary of being married (it’s the restaurant we ate at the night we got engaged)

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Weekend getaway Duncan planned (to literally the middle of nowhere, haha)


Chick fil A run for frosted lemonades


Weekend getaway at Big Cedar Lodge


Icee run after we found out Lively’s gender (we sent this to our friends and family asking if they thought we were having a boy or girl- blue or pink)


Best snow cones in Memphis!


Always and forever,



Beach Baby

A couple of weeks ago was Duncan’s spring break. To say we love when he gets a break is an understatement, and it is even better when we get to go on a vacation! Duncan and I both love going to the beach and could literally sit out on the beach all day, from sun-up to sun-down (I read while he fishes).

This was Lively’s first time at the beach, so we were curious what it would be like with a baby and how things would be different; come to find out, Lively also LOVED the beach! Watching her feel the ocean breeze and hear the waves for the first time melted this momma’s heart!


Our daily routine was pretty much get up, eat breakfast, and put sunscreen on, then hurry out to the beach! Our daily must-haves included a big umbrella (Lively laid under it basically all day; the shade, warm breeze, and sound of the ocean put her right to sleep and helped her nap better than ever). We also brought out a big blanket to lay under the umbrella, my nursing pillow, my feeding cover, Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Lotion, a sunhat for Lively, and lots of water (because I always feel parched when I feed Lively, haha).


In the evenings, it was so fun walking Lively along the beach! My WildBird carrier was perfect, because Lively is comfortable, she can look out and see, and she can easily fall asleep in it. It was so special watching Lively enjoy the beach… we love our little beach babe! We can’t wait for many more trips with her and memory-making adventures!





Always and forever,



Must-Haves for Newborns

Our daughter is approaching her 6 month “birthday” in a few short weeks… it makes me want to smile and cry, all at the same time! She is constantly rolling over, loves to giggle and squeal, and is seeming significantly older every morning when she wakes up. I wish I could freeze time… but since I can’t, I’m trying to make the most of every single day (and take lots of pictures).

It’s a whole new ball game with Lively rolling over now and coming up on crawling soon. It’s hard to believe she is the same tiny newborn we brought home from the hospital a mere few months ago. I definitely don’t have the whole “mom thing” down (who does anyway?!), but I wanted to share a few of my favorite baby products that were essentials during the first few months of Lively’s life. Thank goodness for the mommy community; many of these items were ones friends with little ones told me about!

  1. Pacifiers and clips: Before Lively was born, I had no idea if she would take a pacifier or not. I never took one when I was a baby, but Duncan absolutely loved his. We offered Lively her first pacifier when she was three days old, and she loved it from that day on! We use the Philips Avent Soothie pacifier (we have 3 of them, so I can rotate them to sanitize and have one designated for bed that’s not attached to a pacifier clip). For the clip, we use these cute ones from Amazon. Lively loves chewing on the silicone beads now, too!
  2. NoseFrida: We got this as a baby shower gift, and it has recently been coming in handy! Lively has been super congested the past couple of weeks, and this has been a lifesaver!  NoseFrida

  3. Rock ‘n Play: Some sweet friends of ours actually introduced us to the Rock ‘n Play and are letting us borrow theirs! Lively has been sleeping in her pack Pack ‘n Play beside our bed since she was born, but I love putting her in the Rock ‘n Play during the day (if she’s on the verge of falling asleep for a nap, it always does the trick when I lay her down in this). She’s getting close to outgrowing it now, which is going to be a very sad day! rock n play
  4. Medela Breast Pump: If you are breastfeeding, a pump definitely comes in handy! I still pumped a lot in the beginning, even as a stay at home mom, because I wanted Lively to be able to take a bottle (for when we go out on dates :)) and so Duncan could feed her once a day. Since he’s busy with school almost constantly, it was special for him to have that feeding time with her once a day! Also, in the beginning when breastfeeding was so new, it was nice to have a break from feeding once a day. I have a pretty basic pump, but it works great. I also love the Medela sanitizing bags (for cleaning the pump parts and bottle pieces)! pump.png
  5. Baby Carriers: I have a WildBird ring sling and an Ergobaby 360 4 Position Baby Carrier. The WildBird carrier honestly took me a lot of practice (and watching video tutorials) to be able to thread properly, but once I got it figured out, I loved it. It’s really nice for daily use. I really like the Ergobaby carrier I have, too! It is perfect for walks, hiking, and even just daily use.
  6. Milk-Saver: Another super helpful item if you are breastfeeding! A kind mommy friend of mine introduced me to this (thanks, Mackenzie!). It has helped me save a ton of milk, especially in the beginning when I was producing the most. milksaver
  7. Boppy Pillow: I’ve loved this pillow for breastfeeding! It makes feeding Lively so comfortable and easy. I got the plain pillow as a shower gift and splurged on a cute cover, because I knew I’d be using it a lot! Boppy
  8. Nursing Cover: I have this Milk Snob nursing cover that also doubles as a carseat cover. I love it and have used it more times than I can count! cover
  9. Shopping Cart Hammock: Okay, this one was a major game changer! I had no idea about these until a friend surprised us with one for Lively. I had a lot of anxiety about grocery shopping without Duncan before this hammock, but now I honestly don’t worry about it at all. Lively loves it! I can buckle her carseat into the hammock or buckle her straight into it. I’d highly recommend getting one of these! IMG_3113
  10. A big, quality diaper bag: Last but not least, a good diaper bag with plenty of room is a must-have. It’s something you bring with you everywhere, and once you have a baby, you feel like you are way over-packing everywhere you go (seriously, a trip to the grocery store requires so many items for your baby- preparation for a blowout, spitting up, and all kinds of other things!). The time you try to go somewhere real quick without your diaper bag is the time you will need it most!
  11. Stroller/Jogger: I love going on walks, so a jogger has been something I’ve used a ton since Lively was born. This Graco Click Connect one works great with her carseat. I can simply lock in her carseat, or use it without the carseat. It is perfect for walks at the park, or even for walking around the mall. img_1706

I’m sure I forgot some essentials or am just missing out on some. I would love to hear any other baby must-haves you’ve discovered! Happy Sunday!

Always and forever,


Lively Mae Bow Co.

I haven’t written a blog post in forever! While I’ve been away from the blog for the past couple of months, I’ve been working on a new endeavor, and it is finally ready to share with all of you! As you may know, our daughter was born in October. We love watching her grow and seeing her little personality develop more every day. I adore her smile, laugh, snuggles… I could go on and on!

Since she was born, I’ve been having a lot of fun making hair accessories for her: bows, headbands, and hair wraps. A couple of months ago I decided that in addition to making these accessories for sweet Lively, I would love to make them for you and your little ones! I love all things baby, and I have so many friends who have young babies, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to start making these hair accessories for girls and bow ties for little boys!

My Etsy shop is called Lively Mae Bow Co. (inspired by Lively, of course!). I also have an Instagram page for my shop: @livelymaebowco. if you’d like to follow along with our new journey!

This shop is a fun project for Lively and me, as well as a great way to help support our family during Duncan’s schooling. If you or anyone you know has a baby/toddler and are looking for cute hair accessories or handsome little bow ties, head on over to Lively Mae Bow Co. (click on the link to head directly to my shop).

I’m new to this whole Etsy shop thing, so if you have any advice, I’ll gladly take it! 🙂

These are a few of the products in my shop:


Tropical Pineapple Mini Classic Bow: comes either on a nylon headband or an alligator clip.


Blue and Gold Head Wrap


White and Gold Polka Dot Sweetheart Bow: comes on either a nylon headband or an alligator clip.


Jade and Ivory Chevron Knit Headwrap


Tropical Pineapple Bow Tie: comes on an alligator clip, so you can slide it between the buttons on your little one’s button-down shirt.

Thank you for blessing our family! We really appreciate your support. I hope we can bless you and play a small part in your family, too!


Always and forever,