Dell Match Play: Your Dining Guide

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One of the most elite and exciting tournaments on golf’s calendar, the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play, is going down this weekend in Austin, TX. I think everyone who competes in, commentates on, attends or watches this event on TV falls a little bit in love with our fair city. The weather is absolutely divine, the setting is picturesque, and the food is on point! One thing most people don’t know about this tournament is that the dining options & entertainment offerings reflect the cool, hip #ATX vibe. In addition to the exciting play you’re sure to witness with golf’s top talent in the field, the Dell Match Play has become more than just a world-class golf event. Yep, it has really transformed into one of the most anticipated social & entertainment events of the year.DELL signUnlike some of the other more traditional or historic golf tournaments around the country, I believe this one is unique…it’s fun for both golf super-fans and those who may simply be fans of a good time. Even if someone isn’t a huge golf aficionado, they’ll find this event is perfect for enjoying a fun weekend out with friends. –There’s exceptional food, drinks, and entertainment all around! If you’ve already got your tickets, I want to share a handy entertainment guide to help plan your time at the tourney. Pretty Golf GreenBest Dining:  The Dell Technologies Match Play has more to offer than your average sporting event, and there’s no better illustration of that than in the food selection, which brings some of Austin’s best to Austin Country Club. If it’s variety you’re after, The Fan Village is calling your name. Located along the 16th hole, there are plenty of choices sure to satisfy everyone in your group. Seating and shaded areas give fans the chance to rest, relax and enjoy some delicious menu items.Torcy's Taco

  • For classic concession favorites visit The SHACK for a combo meal aptly named “Dustin’s Grand Slam,” which pays homage to him capturing the World Golf Championships Grand Slam last year.
  • For local favorites, pick up items from Michelthwait Craft Meats, best known for their BBQ.
  • Escape the heat at Amy’s Ice Creams, serving tasty cool treats. Get there early for their signature breakfast item, “Start the Jason Day,” a banana nut bread topped with maple ice cream named after the tournament’s 2016 champ.
  • No food tour is complete without stopping by Mighty Cone, who is returning this year to serve spicy fried meats & veggies inside a tortilla cone.
  • New in 2018, Oak Grove on 6 will be serving craft beers and delicious foods from local vendors like Torchy’s Tacos — their menu items are always made with the freshest ingredients.
  • If you want to try something new, swing by Austin’s Pizza for the PeppeRoryRoll, named after the 2015 champion (I think you can guess who it was).

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Healthy Eating Helpers

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With Spring Break behind us and Summer just around the corner, it’s time for me to start thinking about eating healthy again. I’ll admit: during my pregnancy, I threw caution to the wind and ate absolutely whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I joke that my 8-pound, 12-ounce babe emerged from the womb 40% larger than his older sister did because he was so bloated on all my ice cream sandwiches and breakfast tacos. Now that I’m 6-weeks postpartum and have established a breastfeeding routine, I think it’s safe to reign it in again. I am actually really interested in health food trends and new grocery store options in this area are fascinating to me! Here are a few products new to the health food aisles that I’m trying this month:

Protein-packed Pastas:  Lentil PastaHave you tried lentil-based pasta yet? –It’s so yummy! Recently, Modern Table reformulated its entire product line. Now, each variety of nourishing noodles features dramatically improved pasta texture achieved through a blend of lentils, rice and peas containing all nine essential amino acids for long-lasting energy, good digestion and improved muscle health. Ready in 15 mins or less, they’re particularly convenient for me right now…it’s tough to cook a warm meal with a new baby in the family! Plus, all pastas are non-GMO, vegetarian, gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free.

Supercharged Water:Hydrive Energy WaterHydrive Energy Water is a new refreshing zero-calorie energy drink that’s perfect for exercise hydration. The formulas are light & flavorful with caffeine and added B vitamins. Hydrive comes in six flavors including Black Cherry, Blue Raspberry, Triple Berry, Citrus Burst, Kiwi Melon and Grape Fusion. My favorite one is the Citrus Burst — it tastes like a Creamsicle! As a former Diet Coke-addict turned 100% soda-free, my hubs has really enjoyed trying out this new option to rehydrate & recharge his workouts. Hydrive is available at major retailers such as Walmart, Kroger & QuikTrip for around $1.89 a bottle.

Gluten-free (& Guilt-free!) Cookies:Protein CookieNow this is what I like to hear when it comes to cookies:  health food brand Munk Pack has launched Protein Cookies, featuring 18 grams of plant-protein per cookie. Even better, they are vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, a good source of fiber, and available in four delicious flavors, including:  Coconut White Chocolate Macadamia, Double Dark Chocolate, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, and Oatmeal Raisin Spice. Even better, these ready-to-eat Protein Cookies have no soy, no dairy, no cholesterol and no sugar alcohols. –Convenient, on-the-go nutrition full of better-for-you fuel!

 

 

Valentine’s #DateNight Ready

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Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! I’m feelin’ extra lovey-dovey this year, with my new lil’ guy here in my arms. Our newborn son is the sweetest cuddliest Valentine I could ask for! Since family will be in town helping with baby, I have this crazy idea that the hubs & I will be able to sneak out for a nice dinner BUT in reality, that might actually be a quick run out to the fro-yo shop 🙂 However the evening plays out, I want to make Feb. 14th feel somewhat romantical during this trying transitional period known as the newborn stage. It’s helped me to do some little things to feel pretty & vibrant these days, even if I am sleep deprived & a tad hormonal. Even if it’s just a date night in, here are some fun things I’m using to get Valentine’s date night ready…

Add Some Sparkle:  I love how necklaces dress up a basic tee like magic. I’m relying on them to be a quick outfit pick-me-up when all I want to wear these days are comfy clothes. Y’all may have heard of fibi & clo, a women’s shoe and accessories brand that offers unique and eye-catching sparkly designs. As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, jewelry gift ideas can come in large supply, but when they are affordable and on trend – even better. They recently released an all-new line of jewelry that is purposefully paired with their signature sandals. I recently got the Seahorn Necklace & the Montauk Necklace ($55 each) and am fawning over the amount of semi-precious stones on each…so sparkly!fibi & clo jewelry

Putting on a Fresh Face:  One of the rituals I’ve tried to keep up with post-delivery is putting on my makeup. I’m a makeup-lovin’ girl, and for me, it’s something about getting ready for the day & putting on a fresh face of make up that makes me feel like normal again. Even if I’m not leaving the house, the process just helps me feel good about myself. I received a shipment of a new-to-me makeup line, CATRICE Cosmetics, and I have to say: I’m impressed with both the product and price point. Catrice CosmeticsIf you’re not familiar with CATRICE, they are a European brand who just launched stateside. Originally from Germany, they are now available in 60 countries world wide and expanding to 300 ULTA locations in the U.S. this year. CATRICE is known for being a luxury product at an amazing price point, offering a wide range of complexion, eye and lip products, featuring luxury packaging, innovative ingredients and beautiful, on-trend shades.

New Night Cream:  One of my favorite non-toxic skincare lines, PUR attitude, has just released Advanced Cell Renewal Night Crème, a high-performance anti-aging cream that delivers key ingredients into the skin overnight via a natural polymer time-released technology.Night Creme While the health benefits of eating fermented, probiotic foods are widely accepted in the food industry at this time, their use in skin care is relatively new. Fermenting natural oils restructures complex molecules, transforming them into tiny “superfoods” for the skin, providing faster absorption that results in healthier, younger-looking skin. Advanced Cell Renewal Night Crème uses a fermented olive oil for superior performance. –Kind of like Kombucha for the skin!

 

 

New Year’s Beauty Refresh

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New year, new leaf. Taking a minute this month to clean out my medicine cabinet and refresh my regular routines. This is the perfect time to replace or clean brushes (makeup, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, etc.), exfoliate that dead wintery skin with a mask & new hydrating products, and revive hair with a good healthy cleanse. Here are some new products I’m trying as part of my New Year’s beauty routine refresh:

Face Masks:  Get radiant, younger-looking skin from Vichy’s Mineral Face Masks born from earth, water and rock. Whether used alone or for multi-masking, these face masks are empowered by natural minerals such as Bentonite Clay to leave your skin feeling fresh and purified. VichyRight now, I especially love the Quenching Mineral Mask by Vichy (pictured on the left). A deeply hydrating mineralizing face mask, it contains Vitamin B3 to soothe and replenish the skin with 24-HR hydration. It immediately hydrates, soothes and strengthens skin with 10% concentration of Vichy Thermal Mineralizing Water (which is rich in 15 minerals that help skin resist everyday aggressors for strong, healthy skin.)

New Toothbrush:  After my last teeth cleaning when I was tenderly informed of a condition called Pregnancy Gingivitis (hint hint?), I know it’s time to get back on track and make dental care a top priority. Doctor Plotka’s is the leading toothbrush for better health because it contains antimicrobial bristles infused with silver! I first heard about the health benefits of silver from my interview with designer Rebecca Minkoff and have been intrigued by its uses ever since. Not only are the bristles antimicrobial, but they mimic flossing and are long-lasting. Time to toss out our current brushes and try these for fresh & healthy teeth in the new year.Doctor Plotka's

Toner for your Scalp:  Although a day on the slopes, a walk in the rare peek of sunshine, or basking in the low-humidity air can make for perfect winter days, they also make a dry mess out of your hair & scalp. That’s why I’m trying out something I’ve never used before: a purifying scalp and hair toner. –Have you heard about girls who “wash” their hair in Apple Cider Vinegar? Well, Essential Rinse is a new product along those lines…but the formula smells great and has that lower pH, which will clarify and purify the hair instantly. Apparently it’s very easy to use: after cleansing with shampoo, massage the product into wet hair & scalp, distributing evenly with your fingers before rinsing thoroughly with water.Essential Rinse

 

Prepping for a New You in the New Year

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As we’re in the thick of holiday parties & Christmas cooking, who else is thinking about dietary & fitness changes they’ll make in 2018? I’m making a conscious choice to indulge now, because 1.) I’m pregnant and giving myself permission to enjoy whatever I want and 2.) it’s the holiday season — my approach is not to restrain myself completely but enjoy all the sweets & dips in moderation. However, I am already feeling that need to get back into a more disciplined lifestyle after the holiday season winds down. Plus, in anticipation of the birth of my son, I know prioritizing healthy eating/sleeping/exercise is huge in postpartum recovery. Here are some things I’m prepping with:

A Data-Driven Approach:  Need a last minute gift idea? Hook your loved ones up with an Arivale Weight Loss kit, offered now through Christmas at a deep discounted price for a healthy 2018. Arivale, a scientific approach to personal health & wellness helps manage holiday weight battles and seasonal stressors with discounts on one of its most popular programs. The Arivale Weight Loss program is $19 each through December 25*. This is 80% off the list price of $99. Both programs come with one coaching call with a Registered Dietician to help you translate your data into action.Stocking Stuffers

  • Beat Your Genes – Weight Loss ($19)
    • Find out if you are genetically predisposed to be sensitive to carbs or saturated fat
    • Should you be eating a lower carbohydrate diet or a lower fat diet?
    • Discover what the optimal diet might be for you
    • Visit www.helix.com/shop/arivale-beat-your-genes to purchase

*Offer ends at December 25, 2017 at 12:00 am PST.

Local Yoga Gear: I’ve found a new mom-friendly yoga apparel brand that I love! Based out of New Braunfels, TX, Salty Unicorn Brand is a unique apparel line that focuses on Moms, Yoga and Texas and is proud to announce it’s new line of Texas yoga tanks and tees just in time for the holiday season. The company prides itself on crafting unique one-of-a-kind Texas and Mom-centric yoga goodies. Salty Unicorn has been producing shirts for moms since 2016, and after seeing the impact made through the Mamaste: the mom in me honors the mom in you campaign, the company decided to foster that same community connection through another unifier, Texas.Salty Unicorn

Protein in my purse: Have y’all tried thinkThin bars? I’m really picky about my protein bars (I gag on most of them!) but these are so yummy and high in protein content! Right now, they’ve brought back their seasonal flavor offerings for a limited time, including top-seller Pumpkin Spice, with notes of pumpkin spice, cinnamon & white chocolate. Alongside the fan-favorite flavor, they’re also offering Dark Chocolate Peppermint. Each seasonally inspired Protein & Fiber Bar provides 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber in an individually wrapped 150-calorie bar. thinkThin

 

 

Life[style]: Nov. ’17 — Effortless Beauty: products that do all the work for you

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Who else finds themselves dazzled by advancements in beauty products out there?! I’m constantly tempted by all the new tech, formulas, and combos the industry comes up with, i.e. super-sticky black masks that promise to pull out your deepest blackheads, the at-home micro needling devices, and those soft vertical rollers producing beach waves while you sleep. The results seem incredible! But let’s be honest, although these treatments can be done at home -which is a huge plus- they still take TIME to apply and perform. Sometimes I’ll spend double or triple the amount of energy that it would take a professional to produce the same, if not usually better, results. –Ain’t nobody got time for that! That’s why this month, I’m sharing some new beauty products & services that are completely effortless. Yep, their fantastic results take absolutely no energy on your part to receive. All the beauty payoff / none of the effort.

A Professional Blowout: Austin got its own Drybar location (at The Domain Northside) and earlier this week, I finally paid them a visit. Drybar is based on the simple concept of focusing on one thing and being the best at it: Blowouts. I adore their classy atmosphere, consistent styling results, and professional hospitality. They sent over a gift card for a complimentary blowout and it was the perfect mid-week pick-me-up for this pregnant mama! I typically don’t treat myself to a professional blow dry unless I’ve got a special event coming up, but this was a lesson in not needing an excuse to make yourself feel fabulous. I felt like a new woman walking out of the salon! Drybar

A Silk Pillowcase: Get a variety of beauty benefits simply by laying down…it doesn’t get any easier! Made with the highest grade of long fiber mulberry silk on the top and high grade cotton on the other side, the Hollywood Silk Solution is designed to reduce bedhead, decrease tugging on delicate facial skin and extend your blowout. Now, you can truly get your beauty sleep this year. Machine washable, too! Available in Pink, Caramel and White ($45)Silk Pillowcase

Your Daily Dose of Beauty: Just add water! This box of once-daily beauty sachets nourish skin from the inside so it can heal & repair itself and ultimately achieve a softer, younger look. CORREXIKO’s Skin Supplement lessens the results of cell aging over time; meaning daily protection for the face, neck & body from signs of aging in the years the come.Beauty VitaminsA single packet of these nutritional supplements contains 5 capsules specially formulated to target distinct skincare concerns. What can you expect? The maker claims users will start to see skin firmness, texture, glow and a lessening of fine lines and wrinkles within 12-18 weeks of consistent daily use, though benefits may be seen earlier, and increased energy may be noticed from Day 3 onwards. The formula includes 60 active clinically proven ingredients, such as:

  • Astaxanthin to neutralize free-radical oxidative stress
  • Lycopene for UV protection
  • Collagen precursors to support the strength of the dermal matrix (including elastin and collagen fibers)
  • Hyaluronic acid to maintain extracellular hydration
  • Resveratrol to help the body’s fight against inflammatory action
  • Additional Potent Probiotics to help your body absorb nutrients effectively
  • Natural Energy + Mood boosters to help awaken your body and mind
  • Essential Nutrients, Enzymes, Amino Acids, Minerals and Superfoods to stimulate skin renewal

($95)

Spa Luxury Anywhere You Go — Life[style]: Oct. ’17

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Oh, how I love a day at the spa! –Who doesn’t? However, busy schedules and financial constraints can keep most of us away from visiting more than once or twice a year. Plus, I like to keep my visits limited to only every once in awhile…that way the experience stays super special. This month, I wanted to share a round-up of products that provide spa-like results and a little pampering at the same time. You can use them at home or during your travels for that spa-like feeling of luxury & relaxation anywhere you are!

Refreshed, Radiant & Ready To Go: Keep your skincare routine easy & exciting with these four new Kleenex releases that help prep & maintain a fresh-looking face. Makeup artist Spencer Barnes, who works with A-list celebs like Julianne Hough & Nina Dobrev, uses Kleenex Facial Cleansing products for their natural affect & high-quality sanitation. Kleenex

  • Barnes says the Kleenex Exfoliating Cushions are “perfect” for when clients have “flaky patches” that are ready to lift off.
  • Barnes finds the Kleenex Facial Cleansing Wipes “super gentle” and “easy to use” after a long day of shooting.
  • A must-have for all Makeup Artists, Barnes finds the Kleenex Eye Makeup Removers “gentle,” “effective,” and “easy to use” on all clients.

Safe Skincare Everywhere: Now you can take super-safe skincare along wherever your travels may take you! In perfectly sized TSA-approved bottles, PUR attitude announced that it will release a Trial Size Kit containing five of its bestselling products. By combining patent-pending technology with essential vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients, the PUR attitude brand redefines innovation in skincare by avoiding harsh chemicals, parabens, PEG’s, glycols, sulfates, petro-chemicals, synthetic fragrances and artificial dyes.PUR attitudeThe PUR attitude Trial Size Kit features the following five key products, each of which contains 100% pure, active ingredients (no water) and follows the brand’s strict “Safe Beauty” standards: HydroDrench Moisturizing Gel Cream, Fusion-C Vitamin C Serum, Insta-Results Face Lift Gel, Multi-Effects Eye Cream, and Fountain of Youth.

Travel Wear for Ladies Who Spa: During our Babymoon in Bermuda, I got to test out a new spa ‘robe’ that boasts four-way wear — works as a dressing down, beach coverup & more. The Spa Dress is a multi-use wardrobe item for the practical traveler who prefers to pack lightly & expeditiously. It rolls up and is easily packable in the tiniest of getaway bags. spa robe Here are some of the ways to wear this fun, soft, and versatile piece, shown above in “Confidence Boosting Black,” size S/M:

  • A Body-Enhancing Cover Up: Wearable UNDER resort robes. Cotton-blend 80-20% spandex adapts to curves. Stretchy top provides light support.
  • A Slip-On Towel: Lush terry locks in moisture. Doesn’t fall when you need a towel to stay up. Reduces public displays of ‘towel dropping syndrome.’
  • A Dress-Before-You-Dress: Text & primp as you wear. Comfy walk-around attire. Dries as you dress.
  • A Sundress or Skirt: Practical for the sauna but wearable on the beach, by the pool or anywhere your spa excursion takes you, at home or away.

 

Life[style]: Sept. ’17 — Getting that Glow

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I’m always hunting for new tools & products to help me attain that inner glow. Anything labeled lightening, brightening, revitalizing…I’m all about it! Here’s a round-up of items that enhance that glow effortlessly.

Shine bright like a diamond:  Something about the way a real diamond sparkles & reflects the light brings out lightening effects elsewhere, like the whites of your eyes & brightness of your teeth. When you put one on, it’s like your whole face lights up! –Talk about adding another meaning to the saying Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.Diamond Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit Diamonds Direct in The Domain for their “Love Comes Once in a Tacori Blue Moon” designer event. The selection of diamond engagement rings & colorful fashion pieces they have right now is astounding! I learned about current trends with wearing diamonds: mixing metals is “in” and you can add stacks of fun stylish bands to wear next to your engagement ring & wedding band. They are running an incredible September financing offer (0% APR for 5 years), so now is the time to buy that perfect bauble you’ve been eyeing!

Start fresh & boost illumination:  Cleansing my face twice a day is a non-negotiable! I like to start with a fresh palette for my serums & makeup. With two newly released products from Nerium International, you can set yourself up with a clean fresh glow to start the day!

First, the Double-Cleansing Botanical Face Wash is an advanced, lightweight one-step facial cleanser that goes on as a nourishing oil and transforms to a foamy lather with the addition of water, to remove both makeup and impurities. It leaves behind soft, smooth, comfortably clean and hydrated skin. This multifunctional facial wash does double-duty as a makeup remover and is delicate enough to be used morning and night. Nerium 1Then, applying a few pumps of their new IllumaBoost Brightening & Shield fights discoloration and recovers your healthy glow for a fresher looking complexion. This booster ‘serum’ features a breakthrough delivery system that dispenses a fresh & potent dose of vitamin C plus other proprietary & proven ingredients to help brighten, hydrate and protect skin by simply adding a few pumps to any skincare product or directly to one’s face.

Brighten those eyes:  A brand new therapeutic treatment for ‘Bad Eye Days’ comes in FreezeFrames Cool Eye Wear, providing soothing relief to puffy tired eyes through a never-before-seen unisex sunglass line. FreezeFrames were first conceptualized as a dual-purpose device for both 100% UVA-UVB sun protection and cooling eye therapy.Freeze FramesReusable gel pads magnetically click into place within the frame casing and are anatomically engineered to discretely target zone-specific problematic eye areas unlike any other eye care product on the market today. These patented “Gel-Pad” attachments soothe ‘the puffy and tired’ with gentle cooling compression customary of how a nurse might apply ice to swollen symptomatic eyes areas.

Wear after a spa or medical treatment to decrease pain and bruising while also increasing the healing. Use to soothe allergic puffiness, PMS inflammation, computer dry eye strain, or revitalize after a long flight. Helpful also in relieving headache and migraine symptoms. End result: look and feel ‘cool’ while on-the-go!

The most ADORABLE children’s line!

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Earlier this summer, I was sent a couple of clothing pieces for Alexandra by a family-owned children’s line called Little Goodall. I was intrigued by this label because it’s hand-sewn in TEXAS and created a fellow mom. When the box arrived from Dallas, I was delighted by both the high-quality fabrics & cuteness-factor of the dress & bubble romper designer Molly Goodall sent over. This weekend, we took some pics of our dear tot in her adorable new duds so I wanted to share them with y’all. I love the idea of supporting local Texas-based designers — the pride of the work really shines through in the finished product. Dress 1This cold-shoulder gingham dress received so many compliments at church yesterday! Handcrafted in sewing rooms that have been producing fine women’s garments in the U.S. for over 20 years, the same classic tailoring techniques used on the best blouses — including deep hems, covered buttons, and bias ruffles — are applied to the children’s styles as well. Little Goodall’s collection is classic and made to last. Even better, both pieces pictured are currently at a reduced price as part of their Midsummer Sale!Dress 6Dress up your little ones in extra-special handmade outfits that look fresh, and feel soft & cool against sun-kissed skin. Thoughtfully designed for the activity and motion of a busy child, each Little Goodall piece is handmade with the highest quality and attention to detail so the outfits will last for years to come. Plus, their seasonal collections are only available in limited quantities, so you’ll receive a unique garment you won’t likely see another child wearing at the park or back-to-school. Romper 4The collection includes outfits for boys and girls, including bonnets, dresses, rompers and more. All Little Goodall pieces can be mixed and matched. Effortlessly dress your little one in Bubble Rompers with a clever inner liner that keeps the perfect pouf shape no matter how active your little monkey. Shoulder ties are accentuated with signature bell tassels, and delightful prints match the bonnets. The imported Liberty London Cotton Lawn is the finest, smoothest, lightest, natural fabric for summer, in the loveliest tiny prints which delight and not overwhelm.Romper 2About Little Goodall: Little Goodall is created by artist and designer Molly Goodall. While a stay-at-home mother, Goodall was frustrated when her two-year old son refused to wear the hoods on his coats. Searching for a creative solution, she designed and made the original Ferocious Felt Lion coat to inspire him to put his hood up in the cold. Friends commented, orders were placed, and Little Goodall was born! Molly is also the author of the creative sewing book Wild Things to Sew and Wear, published in the fall of 2014.

 

Big Family Announcement!

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Exactly three years ago, our family shared some very special news: that we were expecting our first child, a baby girl born in January of 2015. Now, at age two and a half, Alexandra August has some big changes coming up in her future… Ryan and I are expecting our second child! Alexandra will be Big Sister to a little mister! Baby BOY Wiese is due in February 2018.  Knox 12 week sonogram