Our Weekend...

On Friday night, my sweet in-laws stayed at the house after Harper went to sleep so Kevin and I could have a date night. We had a gift card from H-E-B to check out their in-store restaurant, Table 57 Dining & Drinks at their new location on San Felipe.
When we arrived, we checked out the menu and ordered some appetizers and entrees. Once you place your order at the front of the restaurant, it's full-service from then onward.

We ordered the kale guacamole appetizer and we also shared an arugula salad which was awesome--- it had green apple shavings, red grapes, walnuts and a really lemony vinaigrette. It was one of my favorite parts of the meal!

I ordered a turkey burger with sweet potato fries and Kevin had shrimp and grits. Both were delicious and the menu pricing was fantastic--- our appetizer was just $3! They have glass all around their kitchen so you can watch food being made and they also had live music there that night. There is also an area in the back that seemed to be geared more towards families and groups with longer tables and more seating. There's also a bar with wine and draft beers.

We will definitely be coming back…I'm already craving that salad again! The food was really fresh and flavorful. We were truly impressed. There's a good read on Table 57 on CultureMap, if you're interested.
After we ate, we actually realized we needed to pick up a few things for breakfast the next morning so we bought some ingredients to make pancakes and I couldn't resist stopping by to see all of the pretty blooms. We also bought fudge…because, why not? I got the maple (there are my Canadian roots, right there) and Kevin got the rocky road.
Saturday morning, we made the aforementioned pancakes, with delicious blueberries. Harper loved them and I think it's the first time she'd ever had maple syrup. YUM!
Later that day, I attended the Willow Crowns and Cuteheads trunk show at River Oak's Macaron by Patisse. I had never been there before and it turns out the owner is a fellow Canadian and makes the best macarons I've had in this city. My favorite was the Earl Grey, but I also loved lemon, raspberry and birthday cake. flavors They offer 20 flavors, so there's something for everyone! I took a couple home for Kevin and Harper--- she was a big fan of the macaron with Nutella in it.
The trunk show was a big success--- thank you to everyone that stopped by- it was nice to see some friends I hadn't seen in awhile and meet some fellow bloggers too :) By the way, Megan's new collection for Willow Crowns launches tomorrow.

Esther, the woman behind Cuteheads (she also has an adorable little girl close to Harper's age) sent me home with this adorable flutter-sleeve top and I couldn't be more smitten with it. It's well made and so very sweet. You can follow Esther on IG, here.
More sweetness from Cuteheads:
Saturday was also a happy mail day--- these awesome gold cuffs arrived from R & E Avenue. Jasmine made them for me with the coordinates of our wedding location and where Harper was born. I love that these are both stylish and meaningful. They're also so simple- easy to add to any outfit. The  watch is by Daniel Wellington, btw.
Today, we spent our morning with our friends and their daughter Margot. Both girls were shy at first since they hadn't seen each other in a few weeks, but in 20 minutes, they were running around the house chasing each other. Margot is one of Harper's favorite names to say, and thank goodness they don't share a wall with their neighbors because she liked to shriek it as she chased after her. Ha.

The rest of the day we just enjoyed time as a family and we also snuck in a nap while Harper napped instead of cleaning the house like we planned. You win some, you lose some. Besides, rainy-day naps are the absolute best, right?

Hope you had a happy weekend!

Hope & Faith

In April last year, two beautiful baby girls were born at the hospital where I work and since then, I have had the privilege to work with the Mata family to share their amazing and inspiring story.

Their daughters were born sharing a chest wall, lungs, pericardial sac (the lining of the heart), diaphram, liver, intestines, colon and pelvis.

They've spent the last 10 months---their entire lives---in our NICU, receiving care until they were ready for surgery. I have gotten to know this family over the last 10 months and they are incredible people with strong faith and a truly inspiring attitude--- even when faced with unimaginable challenges, like leaving their whole life in Lubbock, along with their 5-year-old son, to live here in Houston so that their girls can get the care they need.
I became the lead member on our PR team to work with this family to share their story in the media and we have become very close. Over the last almost year, I've helped the family announce the girl's birth (when they were about 5 months old), their tissue expansion surgery and most recently, their separation surgery. I've also worked with our surgeons and experts so they could provide the media with insights into the complexities of the surgery and overall care during interviews.

It is with great joy that I can now say that Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith were successfully separated by a multidisciplinary team of surgeons at Texas Children's Hospital. It was a complex surgery, but these miracle babies, in the hands of our skilled surgeons, now have the chance to lead independent lives.
I can't tell you what it means to me to know that this incredible family will get to watch their girls grow up and lead separate lives. I could write a novel about the incredible experience of working with this family and the surgical team, but I will let the stories myself and my team worked on with various media outlets tell their story because the images and videos are incredibly moving and beautiful.

My favorite story is the one I worked on with Janet Shamlian for the TODAY show. You can watch that one here. We also worked on a longer story with ABC's Nightline that you can watch here. The Houston Chronicle story is here and Kevin Reece did a wonderful piece on KHOU, here--- and there are many more but too many to share in this post. You can also view of a full gallery of photos on the Texas Children's Hospital Facebook page.

I don't normally share a lot about my job on my blog---I work with a lot of families that have incredible stories, but I felt compelled to share this one (with the permission of the family, of course) because I think it's so inspiring. From the very start, this family had the attitude that this was all in God's hands and that He would take care of the girls--- and I never doubted it for a second, even knowing how complex the surgery would be.
This family has been a part of my life for nearly a year---Elysse and I talk almost every day and I am so thankful that I have had the blessing of knowing them. I also feel very lucky to have played even a  very small role in such a historic surgery, as this is the first time ever that a separation of conjoined twins configured the way Knatalye and Adeline are, was successful.

If you would like continued updates, you can follow the family's journey as their girls recover on their Facebook page and their YouCaring page. If you are so inclined, the family is also fundraising for all of the care and therapies the girls will need once they are discharged. As you can imagine, the girls will have to learn to sit, crawl, walk, etc. and I'm so grateful they will have the chance to do that.

Thank you for reading and allowing me to share a little part of what I do with you. If you're interested in learning more about what I do, I would love to hear from you. A lot of you have emailed me about what it's like to do PR at a children's hospital but I've never done a full post about it. Let me know if you would be interested!

*All photos by Allen S. Kramer/Texas Children's Hospital

New Purchases + Toddler Style

Hello and happy Monday! 

Today I'm sharing a few recent purchases for Harper. All of the Baby Gap items were purchased during a promo they had a couple of weeks ago where you received  50% off of your purchase if you ordered five or more items.

First though, I must share these absolutely adorable hair clips I got for Harper from one of my favorite hair accessory shops, Ryan and Wren.
Could they be any cuter? I have one of the double heart clips, two of the large leather heart clips and two leather snap clips. I have so many items from Mary's shop and I can't rave more about the quality and craftsmanship!

Now onto the clothing. This past weekend, I cleaned out Harper's closet and put stuff in storage as well as a donate pile. I realized she had very little clothing left since I got rid of anything that she had grown out of or was out of season. So I'm glad I picked up some new items for her closet before the temps start to rise a little here in Houston.

My favorite item is this amazing emerald green dress with eyelet detail. I love the color first and foremost, but the details make the dress feel so special. Can't wait for her to wear it!

The second dress is a simple stripe dress that's loose, comfy and lightweight. 

Another of my favorites is this drop-waist dress. I just love everything about it and of course the eyelet detail is a bonus. So fun for spring!

I can't resist a crisp white dress for spring and last summer's are long outgrown, so this pretty one is now sitting pretty in Harper's closet. 

Now onto tops, I picked up a few tunic-style tops to wear with leggings as we transition seasons. This one with embroidery and sweet fluttery sleeves is a favorite.

This top is one Harper actually had last summer--- and I couldn't resist buying it again because it was one of my favorites on her.
 |  eyelet flutter top  | 

These shorts are so precious! I know they're white and that they will probably be a disaster…but…bleach? 
 |  eyelet shorts  |  

I guess I had to throw one non-eyelet item into my order--- a simple pair of dark legging jeans.
|  legging jeans  |  

I hope you have a great week!

Our Weekend...

Today's weekend update will be short and sweet. I've been working a ton (evenings, weekends) and I haven't had much time to devote to the blog. Things will be slowing down (a little bit), so I should be back to a regular blogging schedule soon.

Saturday was a pretty laid-back day. It was rainy out and I worked on and off. We did our morning Little Gym class and went out for lunch. 

Harper has been fully recovered from the flu since Thursday so we were just thankful she was feeling well. We got lucky--- the pediatrician tested her on day one of symptoms (Monday) and got her started on Tamiflu that night. Kevin and I started the same meds on Tuesday and neither of us got sick. Harper had really high temps Monday night and on Tuesday she had a very low grade fever just in the morning. By Tuesday afternoon, she had no fever at all, which was incredible. She still wasn't herself, but she was on the mend much more quickly than we expected.
Sunday was more of the same--- lots of time at home since I was working again and we also went on a walk and headed to the Children's Museum after nap time to burn some energy.
Tonight we had dinner at Chuy's and I still feel sickly full. Damn that jalapeno ranch sauce!
 Hope your weekend was great!
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