Lorin Kelly

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P.S. Say I Love you... with Jord

Thursday, January 26, 2017
With things calming down over here from the after wedding high (and woes... for a later post) I wanted to make sure that our first Valentines as a publicly married couple, finally, was a good one! Rod is a fan of fashion and never really needs help when it comes to putting something together that is unique to him. 


So when it came to picking out a watch, I was definitely intimidated because his style can still surprise me at times. Jord Wood Watches have some of the most unique and beautiful watches I've seen in awhile and I knew it was the right fit for him. Picking one was a little harder but I think I did good with the Koa and Black


I picked this watch particularly because it was super detailed and being able to see the moving parts within the watch is the best part! 


Now, can we talk about how beautiful the packaging for their watches are? I had no idea but it seems like a present by itself. 


The box has a magnetic seal on the top and a little drawer on the bottom where they provide the oil, cloth and tool to remove or add links. These watches are a perfect blend of casual sophistication and unique style with many options depending on your mans taste. I can't wait to snag one for myself as their Women's watches are just as stunning!


If you didn't catch it on my Instagram post, they are having a $100 giveaway that ends this Sunday, January 29th at 11:59pm. Just for entering you will receive a $25 gift card!

To enter, click here

***The $100 and $25 Gift Codes will expire April 30th, 2017.




Anyone else have a hard time with gifts for the hubby? I mean, I think a robot that takes off his shoes before he walks in the door is going to be next! haha

The RoLo Story

Thursday, October 20, 2016
It's officially the one month countdown till our wedding next month!! That being said, I thought I would share our story of how we met. Many of you may know this fun story but for the rest that don't, Here it is. 


I have to start with when I was fifteen, yes 1-5, and went to Irvine Spectrum with my best friend. We came across the store No Fear, with a line coming out of the door. The line was for autographs from a row of extreme sport professionals. Well, Rod was the last one on that row since he was a professional surfer. So since I had never seen a more beautiful man in my life, I waited in that long line just to meet him and get his autograph! What's funny about this, is I remember telling my friend at the time that he was my ultimate dream man and would marry him in a heartbeat. You know, because that's what you say at fifteen.


 
To add to that, a couple years later, he moved literally below my parents house. I could see him load all his boards in his car ready to go to the beach. No, I don't think it was creepy, I mean, look at the man! Any girl would've done the same! Besides, it's not stalking if he lives down the street and you can see the house from your backyard! ;)

Anyway, fast forward to 2006 when I was 20 years old and I came across Rod's MySpace profile (I know right?) from a mutual friend of ours and instantly remembered his name. Of course I'm going to message him and fess up to my slight stalker status when I was younger and hope he laughs. Well he did. Obviously. 


After that we started a VERY slow dating relationship since we had both been in long term relationships right before we met. One thing was for sure, we couldn't get enough of eachother. Even through our "hiccups/breaks" there was always something missing.

Now it's 11 years later and we will be getting married on our 10 year anniversary! Holy cow! I'll probably get nervous when the wedding gets closer but right now it's hard to get nervous over something you know, in every fiber of your being, is right. Marriages are hard work and neither of us take them lightly. However, we can't imagine putting in that work with anyone else. On that note,  I can't wait to see this man at the end of the aisle! 30 days....wooo hooo!!

Moral of the story ladies, it pays to be a little cray haha!

Photos: Natalie Schutt Photography

"Something about your presence speeds up my heartbeat, in a way that makes me think, it may have been running slow my whole life" - k.b.




Peyton's First Birthday Cake

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Healthy Birthday Cake

Author: 
Recipe type: Cake

Ingredients
  • 4 or 5 ripe bananas
  • ¾ cup organic cinnamon apple sauce
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 egg whites, beaten
For The Frosting
  • 1 cups (8 ounces) cream cheese (if you need to make more frosting, double the ingredients)
  • ¼ cup (2 ounces) organic cinnamon apple sauce
  • 1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (alcohol free)


Instructions
  1. Mash the bananas in a medium bowl.
  2. In a separate large bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg together.
  3. Add the mashed bananas, applesauce, and vanilla to the flour mixture. Mix just until incorporated. Beat two egg whites until you receive a cone when pulling out the whisk, fold in carefully the beaten egg whites.
  4. Spray your 8 or 9″round (6" pans are perfect for this) pans with non-stick cooking spray or coat with butter and flour.
  5. Spread the batter into the bottom of both pans.
  6. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes.
  7. Cool the cakes, then use an overturned 16oz glade storage round to cut out 4 small cake rounds.
  8. Prepare the frosting, add in between each layer 2 tbsp. of your cream cheese mixture. When all layers are stacked on top of each other, cover the cake with the remaining frosting and decorate as desired.
For The Frosting
  1. Soften the cream cheese.
  2. Whisk the cream cheese with the apple sauce and vanilla extract until creamy.
  3. Decorate as desired!



I posted the original recipe with the layers, however I just baked mine in a 6" round pan. Which by the way I love, they are springform and make it super easy to take your cake out of the mold! Find them here, you won't be sorry! On another note, I know a lot of people were wondering why this alternative as oppose to the traditional sugar loaded cake. Honestly, I'm not a fan of cake in general so this cake sounded better to me, call me crazy. Also, since Pey had not been exposed to pure sugar yet I had no intention of possibly making her sick if she dominated the whole thing! I've seen babies puke from too much sugar too fast and I just wanted to avoid that. That being said, that doesn't mean it will be that way next year ;) 

The "Pey" Times || Eleven Months

Saturday, August 27, 2016

E l e v e n  M o n t h s


Height: forgot to measure her! :(
Weight: 23lbs 6oz

July 12, 2016

Where to start, from 10 to 11 months I feel like Pey grew leaps and bounds! Besides the fact that she practically runs everywhere she goes, she cleans up her toys, blows kisses and became a professional straw drinker. She is extremely active and always on the go which has me in serious need of coffee all the time. 


Milestones:

> cleans up her toys, then takes them out and starts the process again
> Found her favorite stuffed animals, Lamby the Lamb and Hootie the Owl, bet you couldn't guess that.
> she blows kisses
> takes a sip of water and says "ahhhhh" hopefully you've caught it on my snap!
> continues to have so much fun drinking out of a straw, but loves her sippy cup too.
> Clapping to b-i-n-g-o

Likes:

> playing with keyboards
> going in and out of rooms in the house
> rummaging through drawers and putting everything on the floor
> holding on to the leg of anyone she recognizes
> stopping to stare at strangers until they acknowledge her!
> going to sleep in the ergo
> she finds it absolutely hilarious when she pushes her highchair around the room after the dogs, it's a crack up.

Dislikes:
> she will now sit down if she doesn't want to be picked up!
> she won't let me hold her hand to walk anymore

New food she loves:

> Fruit is her everything (just like her mama, I could live off fruit) Banana, Raspberries and watermelon being her top faves.
> Black beans
> Hummus

What she does when you ask...How big is Peyton??!? Soooooo biggg :)
Growing up faster and faster, this little lady was finally completely stable and confident with walking a week into this month. She even picks herself back up if she falls, it takes a lot to make this one cry. I have one more month of her month to month updates and I'm super freaked out. What's next? 1 and a half? I'll tell you one thing, I spent a good 3 hours looking through her birth photos and videos. Of course, this only makes me ready to clip on koala Rod for another one! Stupid little event in November called a Wedding is holding me back though! I WILL fit into my dress! Haha ok, in all seriousness I definitely need a little more time. How much time are you mommies taking? What's a good age gap you think?

The "Pey" Times || Ten Months

Friday, July 29, 2016
T e n  M o n t h s



Height: 30 in. 
Weight: 21lbs 6oz

June 12, 2016

Two month countdown to her first birthday!! Holy cow! She started walking a day after she turned 9 months and has been doing nothing but since then. She's almost able to be completely mobile which will make me so happy because I can take her to Disneyland and because she is getting wayyy too heavy.

I feel like this past month has been the worse sleep time she's had since she was a newborn! Is it possible for your baby to have insomnia? Lol It's fun when people say to put them to bed later or earlier, it seriously doesn't even matter people! If I put her to bed late she's restless and too exhausted so she'll wake up a bunch and still early. If I put her to bed earlier she still wakes up a bunch (almost seems like from nightmares) and still wakes up early am. I'm at a loss but like all things, this too shall pass. I hope.


Milestones:

> Give her one hand to walk with and she takes off! Needing little assistance walking on her own now...so sad. What's next? Running?! Ah. (update, since I started writing this she is officially walking unassisted! yikes! 10 months 1 week)
> Knows how to wave bye
> She will shake her head no if she doesn't want any more of something
> She loves her mermaid doll and carries her by her hair and gives her kisses
> Holding a toy in both hands and one in her mouth and cruising around
> Thinks it's hilarious to use a baby fork to pick up her food but she's getting it. Food is all over the floor but that's what dogs are for!
> Mimics every kind of smile and face scrunch

Likes:

> Holding hands
> Squeezing mommies other boob while nursing ( pretty sure it's to try and stimulate more milk but it still creeps Rod out haha)
> Spinning in a circle
> Being thrown in the air


Dislikes:

> Vaccums all of a sudden
> Aluminum foil!
> Blenders
> Pretty much anything loud and scary!


Food she loves:

> Loves her eggs (started at 9 months since we have no allergies in fam)
> All berries
> Grapes
> Beets
> Broccoli
> Salmon (tried at 9.5 months again since there are no allergies in fam)
> Coconut
> Cinnamon


I haven't introduced meat yet because I am planning on waiting till at least a year, although I'm secretly hoping that she doesn't like it!

One thing I will say about 10 month old Pey is that she is determined to do things HER way or no way. Such a sweetheart who will give just about anyone a kiss but extremely stubborn and independent when it comes to activities and playtime. As far as toys, we are kind of at a stand still since the walker is simply to dangerous and all she wants to do is walk with things in her hands. 

Ps...anyone's back killing them?! They say it takes a year or more to fully recover since most of your body structure changes, but dangggg ill tell you I'm going to be screwed at 70 or 80 years old!

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