The San Daniele prosciutto festival

Monday, June 30, 2014

On Saturday we set off to enjoy our last festival here in Italy.
It also happens to be on of my favorite festivals. 

The San Daniele prosciutto festival that takes place every June in the mountains of northern Italy

This festival involves eating lots of food and drinking lots of beer and wine.
My kind of day.

We attended this same festival three years ago (holy cow!) when we first arrived in Italy, and you can read about it here.

The festival starts in the morning and continues on through the evening.
We arrived around lunch time and immediately snacked on some prosciutto and beer.

It was a warm day so we had to strip the little man of most his clothes, but he had a good time.

We made it home just before the rain started, so I'd say it was a pretty successful Saturday.

The festival happens every year, so if you find yourself in northern Italy towards the end of June definitely take the time to check it out!

It's weekends like this that make me sad to be leaving Italy, but I'm so happy we were able to enjoy this festival twice during our time here. 

Finding time for yourself {summer reads}

Friday, June 27, 2014

When you have a newborn, every second of every day revolves around them.
You are too exhausted to do anything else but care for your new baby.

As you slowly make it through the first month, then the second, and you begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. 

You start being able to incorporate a little time for yourself into your days. 

Each month I feel like I am slowly starting to regain small bits of myself that have been lost due to both giving Jacob my all, and just being plain tired. 

Most recently I've started to read again. 
I've always enjoyed a good book, and I feel like in the summer I crave it even more. 
A couple of weeks ago I began keeping my Kindle nearby, and used the time while I was nursing Jacob to read. He usually dozes off on me once or twice a day during a feeding session, so I would enjoy my book while he endured a milk induced coma.

After I finished my first book (post baby) I realized that I actually can find time to read for enjoyment, even with a little one.

Since then I've come up with a list of books that I'm looking forward to reading this summer.

Right now The Fault in our Stars is only $5 on Kindle!

What's on your list of summer reads?

Mommy & Me

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

After putting together my husbands Father's Day gift a few weeks ago (it involved a collage of photos), I came to the realization that there are very few pictures of my son and I together. 

There are tons of Jacob with his Dad, but virtually none with his Mommy.
After dwelling on this for about a week, I decided to take action this past weekend.

My husband is great with a camera, but if a photo session becomes too much of an "ordeal" everything goes downhill fast. 

So, in order to avoid a disaster I simply got up Saturday morning and announced that we were going to head down the street for a cappuccino. I grabbed the camera and told my husband that I wanted to go on a walk afterwards and snap a few pictures with my little guy.

Well, that laid back approach worked because I got lots of photos that I absolute adore with my favorite mini man. 

On me: Dress Jcrew (mine is from a few years ago, but you can find a similar style here)//Necklace Piperlime (mine is currently sold out, but they have many similar styles here)
On Jacob: Polo Carters//Shorts Baby Gap

I hope my little man always loves me this much.

If you have a little one, do you find it hard to get pictures with them?
I'm always busy snapping adorable pictures of Jacob by himself (or with his Dad), but I also love to have photos of the two of us together! 

A family of sickos

Monday, June 23, 2014

Right now my whole family is a bit under the weather.
Everyone has a lovely "summer cold."
Is it just me or do those two things totally not go together? 

My little guy has been handling it pretty well, just some sneezes and coughs while he goes about his business. 
My husband is the real baby (and always is whenever he gets sick). 

Thankfully this Baby Einstein toy came in the mail, so Jacob has something new to keep himself occupied with for a bit while Mommy takes a second to rest.

The other day I was watching some terrible television (Kardashians, my guilty pleasure) and caught my little man watching along as well. 

Bad Mommy points for me.

If there was a thought bubble floating above his head, and I think it would read something like "what the hell?"

That's what life is looking like over in our neck of the woods right now.
Hopefully everyone is feeling better in the next few days, because we have lots of plans this weekend!

I'll leave you now with some adorableness.

One month left

We have precisely one month left in Italy.
It sometimes blows my mind when I think about how we've been living here for the past three years.

My husband and I arrived here in 2011 as newlyweds, ready to embark on a new adventure and see the world.

We are leaving as a family of three, with a tiny human that we created in tow.

I'm going to miss the cappuccinos, the wine, and the overall simplicity of life. 
 Things are calm and relaxing out here, and the view from our front door is spectacular. 

At the same time, I could not be more excited to begin the next chapter of our lives. 

This blog is a reflection of myself, so I felt like it was time for a little design change (as you may have noticed).
Recently, the content of Pearls & Prosecco has become less about gallivanting around Europe and more about being a Mom and caring for my family.
Don't get me wrong, I still love to travel and I'm already brainstorming trips for when we are back in the USA.
But my priorities have definitely changed, and my day to day life involves more Pampers and less Prosecco (although I am currently enjoying a nice glass of bubbly while I type this).

I hope that you continue to follow along as I say goodbye to Italy and begin a new journey Stateside in central Florida.

I really am a Florida girl at heart, so bring on the palm trees!

4 Months Old

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Dear Jacob,

You are now four months old and SO much fun!

Right after I wrote your three month letter you started to really grab things. You actually play with toys now, and we are always sure to bring something to keep your hands (and mouth) busy everywhere we go. You love to grab onto my jewelry, my face, and my clothes. Feeding you has become a war zone sometimes, because you no longer just lay on me and nurse. You love to grab my face, scratch me, and whack me while you eat. Apparently you don't understand the term "don't bite the hand that feeds you."

At your 4 month check up you weighed in at 15 pounds and are 25.5" long! You are a healthy boy, and are starting to outgrow all of your 3-6 month clothes. Your eyes are still blue, but we have no idea what color your hair will be. It is slowly starting to grow back and looks to be a very light brown.

One of your most exciting accomplishments this month was rolling over. Right after we returned from our first little family vacation (read about our trip to Croatia here), you rolled over from back to tummy. Now you do it all the time. You get stuck on your tummy because you haven't figure out how to roll onto your back yet, so I have to help you flip back over when you become too frustrated. It's a never-ending cycle.

Jacob Douglas you are loud! Sometimes I think you yell just because you like the sound of your own voice. Other times you carry on entire conversations to yourself. You love to chat with people when we are out and about, and they always peek into your stroller to see where all the big sounds are coming from and smile.
Your father and I think it's especially fun when you decide to squeal and yell at 4 in the morning.

You no longer just doze off on your own throughout the day, so we've started to incorporate more set "nap times." You usually take about a two hour nap in the morning, and another 1-2 hour nap in the late afternoon. Sometimes you also take a short snooze in the car or after a big meal. You go to bed around 8:30-9:00 and sleep until 5am, although you occasionally wake up around 4am ready to play.

You are such a happy baby and always have a smile on your face. You laugh all the time, and your Dad and I cannot look at you without smiling ourselves.

Jacob, we love you so much and are having such a blast watching you learn about the world around you! It's incredible watching you grow everyday, and we are so blessed to have you in our lives!

A Family Vacation to Baska, Croatia

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Baska is a little resort town on the island of Krk in Croatia.
We spent Memorial Day weekend there and enjoyed a much needed vacation.

Normally when we travel we bring the fancy camera and take lots of fantastic pictures.
Well, this wasn't that kind of trip.
This trip was about relaxing

It was also the perfect destination for our first real trip with the little guy.
We stayed at the Hotel Atrium which sat directly on the main boardwalk.

We ate lots of yummy seafood, enjoyed the sunshine, and I even got to spend some time at the spa.
We also got to cross a new country off our list.

A fun perk when traveling in Croatia: Croatia's currency is the Kuna, and the dollar is worth a whole lot more. It's a welcomed break after having to pay for everything in Euro. 1 Kuna is about US 18 cents. 

If you are looking for a break from all the site-seeing that is Europe, I highly recommend relaxing in Baska.

Jacob's Corner {a nursery tour}

It wasn't easy to put together a nursery I love while living overseas, but we definitely accomplished it!
Even though having furniture shipped out here is basically impossible, I was able to order everything else online. Let's be honest, it's all about the details anyways, isn't it?

Jacob's nursery doubles as our office, but with only one piece of office furniture (a desk), the majority of this shared space belongs to Jacob. 

I love navy blue, and always knew that would be one of the main colors in the nursery.

I always thought of Jacob as a little man, and I kept that in mind while decorating his room.
Madras really fit our style, and I love the variety of colors it brings to the room.

The dresser/changing table is one of my favorite parts of the nursery (you can read about how we made it here).
I ordered the airplane prints from an Etsy shop and absolutely love them. The Jacob letters were a gift from one of my girlfriends and I love the way my husband arranged them in with the prints.

This shelf was originally part of our office furniture, but it works great for the nursery. I used fabric bins to store blankets, burp clothes and other essentials.

Putting together a nursery for my little guy was one of my favorite parts of my pregnancy.
We won't be here in our Italian home much longer, but this will always be Jacob's first bedroom.
I think this theme will also transition well as he gets older, so we will be able to reuse a lot of these pieces as he grows. 

If you've put together a nursery for a little one before, how did you decide on the theme? 

You can check out other posts about Jacob's nursery here.

Family trip to Lake Barcis

Sunday, June 1, 2014

About a month ago, when my in-laws were visiting, we took a trip up to Lake Barcis.

Barcis is a little town about 20 minutes up the mountain from us that surrounds a gorgeous aqua colored lake.

It was one of the first warm days of spring, so we packed up a blanket and some snacks and headed up to one of our favorite spots.

We relaxed, had lunch, and just enjoyed the scenery.

I believe the little man was only 11 weeks old when these pictures were taken. My how time flies! 

This is one of my favorite places near where we live. 
If you've visited us during our time in Italy, chances are we have taken you up here. 

We won't have views like this in Florida, that's for sure!