MADI Apparel // buy one, give one 

Friends! Did you know that underwear is the least donated item of clothing but is often the most needed?
My sister, Lindsey, has teamed up with MADI Apparel to provide undies to women around the globe. They’re headed to Ecuador at the end of June & hope to raise $15,000. 

$10 provides one pair of undies + donation drop-off. Will you consider joining the movement? 

Text ECUADOR to 71777 and enter your amount. For every $10 donation, you’ll be entered to win a pair of MADI undies ($40 value). Just leave a comment below when you donate. 

You rock! xoxo

First Birthday Bash

I can’t believe my baby girl is ONE. This was, hands down, the fastest year of my life (I thought Mr. President’s first year was fast. This was even faster). Having 2 kids under 2 was tough, crazy, fun, full of love – and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Coco brings so much joy and happiness to our family. She is such a blessing. She’s funny, happy, loves with a fierce love, and has a signature wave that would make any Miss America jealous. The last 365 days have been such a gift from God.

I loved celebrating my favorite girl. And I especially loved decorating in PINK (she’s still in the gender neutral nursery). I wanted girly, beautiful, and feminine without going over the top.

I’m so happy with how her FIRST birthday bash turned out:

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Happy Birthday, baby girl. I hope you know how much you are loved.

Birthday Party Details
Tassel: DIY by me
Name Sign: The Colorful Berry
Letterboard: The Letterfolk Co. 
Cake: Becky Bakes
Cake Topper & Flower Crown: Fancy Free Finery
ONE (Lemon Onsie): Swanky Shank
Lemonade Coachella Shorts: Hello Ellie Shop
Photos: Bobby Rivera Photography

 

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Milk Nursing  // review & giveaway

I love wearing dresses but it’s hard to find one that works with breastfeeding. Do I lift the dress all the way up & flash everyone? Do I wear one that’s so low cut its inappropriate? I’ve maybe worn a dress 3 times in the last 12 months. That’s a lot of summer days not wearing a dress. 12 months + many failed attempts later, I finally found one I like.


Milk Nursingwear designs fashionable Nursing Wear and breastfeeding clothing for nursing mothers. All of their nursing wear features hidden openings for discreet breastfeeding. No nursing cover needed!

Now that is what I’m talkin’ about.

The Striped nursing tank dress is so comfortable, and it goes with everything. I put it on, I feel put-together. The super soft fabric is 95% lycra, 5% spandex and easy to wash on a warm cycle + hang dry (you can tumble it on low, but I don’t) And finally, just finally, I have a  breastfeeding-friendly dress I can wear on warm summer days.

After reading through the online reviews, I opted for a size small (though I think the medium would’ve worked too). It’s flattering but not too snug (especially in the midsection) and the length is just right. I love that I can dress it up or dress it down – wedges or flats, chunky necklace or simple pendant – everything works with this dress. Milk’s nursing dress has changed the way I dress + breastfeed my baby.


If you’re looking for comfortable, easy-to-wear, affordable nursing wear, Milk Nursingwear should be your go-to. Check out their full line of nursing essentials at MilkNursingwear.com

Love my dress and want one too?

Milk is offering one lucky reader a $35 gift certificate to spend at MilkNursingwear.com

To Enter on Instagram:

•Follow @run4margaritas & @milknursingwear
•Like the photo
•Tag (up to) 5 friends (separate comments for each)
•Bonus entry: comment on my blog post & tell me what item you want most. http://bit.ly/MilkNursingGiveaway

Ends 6/9, winner announced 6/10. Must be 18 or older to win. This giveaway is not sponsored by Instagram.

 

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taste of whole foods market

Every Saturday in May, Whole Foods Market is hosting “Taste of Whole Foods Market“. You are invited to taste & enjoy this free sampling event. Live cooking demonstrations will feature the Whole Foods Market private label brands, unique products for foodies, products from local suppliers, and take-and-go products that are made fresh in the Whole Foods kitchens.

I attended the May 7 event and had so much fun sampling food and sipping wine with my mom. The menu changes every week so you can attend any or all of the sampling events and always have something new to try.

We tasted caviar, guacamole, arugula salad, brie with sour cherries, prosecco, and rose’. I got new ideas for the kitchen and picked up recipe cards to use in the future. I never pass up dinner inspiration.

Tomorrow (May 14) is the next event. Don’t miss out on a fun, free way to sample and sip your way through Whole Foods. Other dates: May 21, May 28

Every Whole Foods Market location in Northern Virginia will be hosting a free in-store sampling event from 12-4pm. Share what you tasted or cooked at home with the products you discovered. Snap a photo, share it using the hashtag #TasteofWFM and tag your local store. Whole Foods will repost their favorites.

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coconut date bites

I love having healthy snacks around the house, especially since we’re always on-the-go and someone is always hungry. I’ve had dates just waiting for me for months and Orange Blossom honey from Waxing Kara that I’ve been dying to try. Combine those ingredients with a string of rainy days and something was bound to happen in the kitchen.

Toss everything in the Vitamix or food processor and these bites are ready in less than 20 minutes. Yum.

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Ingredients 
2 cups Pitted Dates
1 cup Nuts (I like walnuts or sliced almonds)
1/2 cup shredded coconut + more for dipping
2 tbsp honey (I used Orange Blossom honey from Waxing Kara)
2 tbsp vanilla

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a Vitamix or food processor. Roll into small balls and dip in shredded coconut. Makes 30 balls.IMG_2341

Enjoy!

 

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DC Bike Ride + Special Offer

Have you heard about DC Bike Ride? A new event coming to DC in May?

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Washington DC is closing 17 miles (yes, 17) throughout the city. With DC as your backdrop, it’s not hard to be inspired. Cruise the city at your own pace . Bike by yourself, with your friends, or your family. Take in some of the most iconic sights in the world. Our hope is to bring people together for the pure joy of biking in the city you love and call home.

After the 17 mile ride, end your epic journey at the DCBR Finish Festival near the Capitol on Pennsylvania Avenue (America’s Main Street). The Finish Festival will feature live music from DJ Questlove, from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and White Ford Bronco, DC’s premier all-90s cover band, as well as food trucks, including Jose Andres’ Pepe and the Dolci Gelati Truck.

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Date & Time: May 22, 2016; 8AM to 1PM
Course: 17 miles, closed road and traffic-free through DC and VA
Starting Line: 301 Penn Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001. Bring or rent a bike and meet us in front of the Capitol.
Finish Line: After the ride, celebrate life on two wheels at the Finish Line Festival near the Capitol with food and family-friendly fun
Beneficiary: WABA (Washington Area Bicyclist Association) and their efforts in bringing DC’s Vision Zero Campaign to life.

If you love riding in the springtime, taking in the sights and sounds of DC, and meeting great people passionate about biking, register here.

Use code MJONES for $10 off standard registration.

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sweet potato bruschetta

Spring means fresh herbs in my garden.  My favorite herb – and the one I cook with most – is basil.  I feel like you can do a lot with basil, but I’m still a sucker for bruschetta.  This sweet potato bruschetta is a healthy take on the traditional kind, made with grilled sourdough bread.  I swap bread for sweet potatoes; You still get the crunch and flavor but without all of the guilt!

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Ingredients
Olive oil spray
1 large sweet potato, scrubbed and cut into 1-inch thick ‘coins’ (unpeeled)
½ red onion, chopped
½ cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
½ avocado, chopped
a few sprigs of fresh basil leaves
a drizzle of balsamic glaze

Directions
Preheat oven to 450F.  Spray a baking tray with oil and spray the potato coins with the oil, being sure to coat both sides.  Lay coins flat on the tray in a single layer and season with sea salt and cracked black pepper.  Roast potato coins for 15 to 20 minutes; carefully flip coins over and roast for another 15 minutes.  Broil for 2 minutes.  In the meantime, combine onion, tomatoes and avocado in a bowl.  When the potatoes are done, remove from oven and place onto serving plates.  Top each coin with bruschetta salad mix and garnish with fresh basil leaves. Drizzle with balsamic glaze, serve, and enjoy!

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Enjoy!

 

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valentine’s day favorites

This year I did all of my Valentine’s Day shopping at Whole Foods. And if you’re busy like me, you can appreciate the one-stop-shop. I was able to pick up a few of my favorite things for my favorite people.

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Find the closest Whole Foods here.

What’s on your Valentine’s Day List?

review // lily jade co

Do you remember that line from Mean Girls: “I’m not like a regular mom. I’m a cool mom“? Yea, in my head, that’s me. But in real life, I’m just a regular mom that happens to like cool things. Things that are practical but pretty. Things that make mom-life better (and easier). Things that double as other things.

That’s why I love Lily Jade Co diaper bags. This is a diaper bag disguised as a purse.

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I love my Marc Jacobs Eliz-a-Baby but with 2 kids in 2 years, I needed something that was both pretty and practical. I needed a diaper bag that was also a backpack that was also a cross body that was also a purse. And that’s when I stumbled upon Lily Jade.

Lily Jade bags are made from premium full grain leather (think soft but durable). Each bags comes with a removable inner bag, referred to as the “Baby Bag”. The “Baby Bag” is machine washable (gentle cycle) and contains pockets for both baby’s and mommy’s needs. The “Baby Bag” is designed to quickly snap out and be easily transferred to your pool, gym, travel bag, office bag, or another one of your totes – making it versatile and functional. Add a cross body strap (that also makes the bag a backpack), silver hardware, and a brandy/camel color that will make you swoon, and you’ve found a diaper bag that will last you well beyond the baby years.

Screen Captures7You can find me mostly wearing my bag as a backpack (I need both hands with 2 little ones). I love the size – not too big, not too small. Big enough to fit everything I need. Small enough to fit in the stroller basket. Light enough that I can wear my baby and my bag. Strong enough to withhold the rigors of motherhood. Stylish enough to use as a diaper bag and purse. Functional enough that it fits into motherhood.

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If you’re looking for a bag that doubles (or triples) as something else, Lily Jade Co has what you need. And if you’re like me, less is more, you’ll love this bag even more.

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The bags range in price and are comparable to other name brand bags. When you buy a Lily Jade, you’re getting a great bag for a great price. Head over now – most bags are on sale, including my beloved Madeline in Brandy!

What do you love most about your diaper bag?

 

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note: I was given a Lily Jade bag in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

kale & butternut squash salad

I’m kind of obsessed with kale & squash right now. They are healthy. Runner’s World Magazine lists them as a “seasonal superfood”. And they are just so damn tasty.

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It’s starting to get cold at night, so I’ve been craving hearty but healthy and not too filling. My kale & butternut squash salad is the perfect combination of all three. Pair that with delicious & unique flavors, and you have a salad that everyone can enjoy.

Ingredients
Kale
Butternut Squash
Pomegranate Seeds
Shallots/Red Onion
Pecans
Lemon
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
Fresh Salt & Pepper

Directions 
Heat over to 350 degrees. Cut off top/bottom of butternut squash. Using a peeler, peel skin off of the butternut squash. Cut in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds (discard). Slice into small sections and cut into chunks. Drizzle with EVOO and roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until done.

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While the squash is cooking, prepare the pomegranate seeds and kale. Our Whole Foods sells ready-to-go pomegranate seeds but at $9.99 for a small container , I opt to prepare them myself. It can be tricky and not-so-pretty at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s actually quite easy. Check out this tutorial here. Wash kale thoroughly and chop, and cut shallots into thin slices. In a small bowl, mix together EVOO, juice from one lemon, salt and pepper.

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Prepare the salad while butternut squash cools. Kale, shallots, pomegranate seeds, and pecans. Top with roasted butternut squash and drizzle with lemon dressing.

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Enjoy!

 

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