Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Discovering Sprouts: Part 2

Hello and welcome back!

I am back for Part 2 of my collaboration with Sprouts for the opening of their brand new location in Naples, Florida. Today I am going to talk a little about ways to save money when you shop at Sprouts as well as some of their products I have tried and my thoughts. That way you can be prepared to shop their location if you live in Naples. If you don't live in Naples but have a Sprouts near you I''ll have plenty of tidbits for you too!

I shared this picture on my Instagram of the products they sent me to try. Well I'll just say they didn't last long at our house! The coconut rolls were gone within 2 hours of us opening them. SOOO yummy and the entire bag was only like 530 calories. The popcorn was the next to go. It was the perfect amount of salty and buttery without all the calories. I plan to repurchase both these items when I stop by the store.. plus more of course. Also if you have never tried Ghee I highly recommend it! It is the best alternative to traditional butter and often times much easier for those with lactose issues to digest. Many people use it in their coffee in the morning to make "Bullet Proof Coffee".

The store is set to open February 20th at 7 am and they will have a ton of amazing promotions going on for the opening. The first 200 shoppers in line will receive 20% off their total purchase plus one free reusable bag with purchase for EVERY customer.

If you can't make it on February 20th they will still have deals going on all weekend to celebrate. If you are shopping on February 23rd the first 200 customers to make a purchase will receive a coupon booklet for five FREE deli items. Who doesn't like free food?!?!

I'm getting really excited for their opening and I cannot wait to tour the store. Sprouts is known for their farm-fresh produce, which is priced (according to them) 20-25% below other supermarket prices. Like I said before I haven't visited a Sprouts before but I plan to make note of the cost of their produce to compare it with my local Publix.

Thanks for stopping by and maybe I'll see you while you're shopping.

xo, Alina

Thank you to Sprouts for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Discovering Sprouts: Part 1

Hello everyone!

I am excited for today's post because I am going to be talking a little bit about the organic grocery store Sprouts. They are opening a location in Naples and they reached out to me to collaborate on a few posts to introduce other Neapolitans to the store and the company. I have never shopped at a Sprouts before {I have heard amazing things from friend who have} but I love that we will have another organic grocery store in our area. Putting the best food, drinks and supplements in my body is very important to me and I am excited to see the new store when it opens. 

Sprouts opened their first store in 2002 with the goal to make natural and organic foods more accessible to everyone at a reasonable cost. {You listening Whole Paycheck?! LOL}
  Produce is their passion and I love that they put the time and effort into making the highest quality produce available in their stores. Not only do they advertise offering the best produce but at 20-25% below the cost of traditional grocery stores. That's a big savings!
They estimate {per their website} out of the 19,000 different products they sell about 90% of those are organic/natural. 

The Naples location is opening February 20, 2019 and I cannot wait to check it out. I will be attending the grand opening so I can write a post all about my experience. I think the part I am most excited to check out is their Butcher Shop. The other, local grocery stores I currently shop at are often disappointing because the cuts of meat and quality are either not available or they are but at an astronomical cost.  

I am going to link all their social media platforms here in case you would like to check them out and see if there is a location near you {if you don't live in Naples}. 

Twitter: @sproutsfm
Instagram: @sprouts
Facebook: Sprouts Farmers Market

If you have an questions you would like me to answer after my visit to the store leave them here and I will try to answer them in my next few posts.

Thanks for reading!

xo, Alina

Thank you to Sprouts for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. 

Friday, January 18, 2019

1st Birthday Smash Cake

Today I am sharing the photos from Lawson's smash cake we did right before his FIRST birthday. I am so glad we did these because I literally look at them almost everyday. As always Jillian did the most amazing job on the photos but also with Lawson. She is so amazing with kids we are so lucky to be able to use her. 

We got Lawson's cake from Publix and they did an amazing job! The head baker at our local Publix is also named Alina and she always does an amazing job. We also got the cakes for Lawson's birthday party there. I don't think I could ever live in a state that doesn't have Publix.. dramatic? Yes, but true! 

Thanks for stopping by.

xo, Alina

Friday, December 7, 2018

Christmas 2018 Photos

My Look:

Vineyard Vines Dress {wearing size 00 runs large} // Steve Madden Heels // David Yurman Bracelets here and here // Tiffany & Co. Charm Bracelet // Honora Pearl Earrings // David Yurman Ring

Shane's Look:

BOSS V-Neck Shirt // AG Jeans // Sperry Loafers similar here // Michael Kors Watch similar here 

Lawson's Look:

Thanks for reading!

xo, Alina

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Baby Lawson

Hello and welcome back! Today I am sharing some of Lawson's newborn photos and a few details about his birth. 

When we took these photos he was still a very sleepy baby and for whatever reason when I got him up to take these photos he was not very happy. You can't really tell in the photos, but he wouldn't stop crying unless he had his pacifier and he even peed on his books from the second photo. Luckily we got through it and have these beautiful photos to look at and laugh remembering what was going on behind the scenes. 

Lawson arrived on January 6, 2018 at 2:31pm after 12 hours of natural birth. He weighed 9lbs 5oz and measured 21.5 inches long. I had been to my midwife the afternoon of the 5th for my weekly appointment. After a cervical exam my midwife let me know that I was 2-3cm dilated, 90% effaced, and the baby was in 1+ station. All that sounded like the baby could come at any moment, but she told me to not get excited that I could stay like that for a week or two. My due date was the 8th and I thought I would for sure be over due since he was my first. To my surprise my water broke at 2:00am Saturday morning. I called my midwife to let her know I was in labor and she asked us to meet her at the birth center at 4:30am. My contractions started out about 20-30 minutes apart and by the time we left our house for the birth center they were 3-5 minutes apart. I labored until about 11am when I became fully dilated. I felt like I needed to push and started to, but not much was happening. My midwife suggested I get some sleep for a bit so I could rest up for when I would start pushing again. I slept until around noon and then started pushing again. I pushed for 2.5 hours and he was born at 2:31pm. All 9 pounds of him!

Becoming a Mother is completely indescribable and obviously life changing. I love that boy like nothing else in this world and I worry about him like a crazy lady {already}. No one ever mentioned to me the instant anxiety you experience after becoming a mom. I don't know if that is normal for everyone, but the moms I have spoke to make it seem like it is. It definitely makes me appreciate my Momma even more, and make me a bit sorry for being a totally terrible teenager. Sorry Mom!  

If you have any questions for me about my labor or delivery send me a message or comment on my IG photos! @alinamsmith

Thanks so much for reading.

xo, Alina

Photos by Jillian Lee