I love a good holiday weekend, especially one with perfectly sunny weather. We had a really great week, mainly because of some exciting news: I have decided to retire (ha) from Accenture and become a part stay-at-home-mom and part photographer (still have lots to learn!). I’m currently working on my website (waiting on a header!), then I’ll share more details soon. I’m very excited to see what God has in store for our little family in the future, especially regarding my career.

I made the decision to quit two Fridays ago, which was really tough as we loved our nanny. Ultimately, this was the best thing for us to do for our family, and I feel really confident in our choice (and she found a new loving home and starts today!). To make me feel ever more assured that we did the right thing, I booked a number of newborn photo shoots last week, as well as shot some professional photos for a former client of mine and signed up to be Ashley of Fancy Ashley‘s new photographer (see some photos below). I’m bursting at the seems to share website details – everything should be ready in a few weeks! If you want any family photos taken, let me know!

Other than spending the most gorgeous Sunday with my family celebrating my first Mother’s Day, the other highlights from our week included:

  • Having Sasha’s dad, his wife and her mother (who was visiting from Serbia) over for dinner on Monday. Olivera prepared food and brought it over, which was very delicious and easy for me!
  • Catching up with my good friend, Melissa, over dinner at our house on Wednesday – the meal and conversation were fantastic, but Isla’s inability to go to sleep was not quite as good (thank goodness she’s not sick and back on schedule now!).
  • Starting a new 12 week workout plan that I’m super excited about – the Bikini Body Guide (or BBG) by Kayla Itsines (cue me being sore all week long). Follow Kayla on Instagram and you’ll be totally convinced it works!
  • Booking a flight to Oklahoma City in mid-June to take “two generations of bestie” photos with one of my best friends, her daughter, and a favorite photographer of mine, Jessa Kae – I’m so excited!
  • Seeing that Rachel Parcell of Pink Peonies chose the first and middle name I suggested for her baby girl – Isla Rose! Click here to see the post where she asked for recommendations – pretty cool, right?
  • Meeting Sasha for lunch on Wednesday at Zoe’s Kitchen on a total whim – it seriously made my day! Isla and I love seeing him during the workday.
  • Finding the most gorgeous pink peonies at the new Whole Foods on Voss! I adore peony season!
  • Picking up Isla’s birthday cards from the insanely creative ladies at Papellerie – Riley did the best job ever with them, and I’m dying to get them in the mail! I’ll share details soon!
  • Having Isla’s three grandmas babysit on different days – we are so lucky to have them all in Houston!
  • Meeting my friend, Meredith of Cake and Confetti, at Memorial Park on Saturday to talk business strategies (and life, let’s get real) and then picking up Buff Burger on the way home for lunch (their veggie burger is so tasty and Sasha loves the grass fed burger!).
  • Taking a dip twice in one week, as Isla had her regular swim class at Dad’s Club on Thursday and a makeup class on Friday (that Sasha came to!). I’m so glad that Isla enjoys class now!
  • Enjoying lunch (and a French 75!) at Adair Kitchen with my friend, Alexis – I love getting to catch up and talk work, life and babies (oh, and Kardashians).
  • Celebrating my dad’s retirement (another babysitter! Yay!) and an early Mother’s Day with my family on Friday – we ate Fajita Pete’s, which is absolutely delicious. Their veggie fajitas are so good.
  • Having a quiet Saturday night (a rarity!) – we cooked dinner, watched 30 for 30 The Best That Never Was (which I recommend) and ate TCBY (my favorite!).

What were the highlights of your week? How did you celebrate Mother’s Day yesterday?

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The best way to know Tata has been babysitting? Isla, wearing a UT onesie.4B3A1460 4B3A1472 4B3A1480 4B3A1494 4B3A1499IMG_83344B3A1120 4B3A1764She fell asleep while nursing and this was the best I could do!Week2Demolishing Buff Burger after an intense bike ride4B3A1400Because let’s get real, this girl loves being naked4B3A1723 MothersDay14B3A1757Walking


  1. Swim class was the highlight for sure! IB was mega cute on the lily pad 🙂

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      She loved having you there!!! Come again!! Love you xo

  2. Kathryn York Reply

    Happy first Mother’s Day! What wonderful news!! I think you need a retirement party and a launch party because there is so much to celebrate. Also, isn’t Paris in the near future!?

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      Thank you!!!! You too, Kathryn! Hope you got spoiled 🙂 Ha, I LOVE that idea – retirement + launch… I need to plan this!! And yes, PARIS! That can be my ultimate celebration. Can’t wait to see y’all this weekend! xo

  3. Congrats on all the exciting changes! When I left corporate years ago it was exciting and scary all at once. Finding balance is tough and something that I still struggle with from time to time. You will do great! Can’t wait to see the new site.

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      Thank you, Amy!!! I appreciate your support. I need to get my life together and have you come and help!!! Our guest room is a d.i.s.a.s.t.e.r with Isla’s party stuff e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e. I am going to be calling you in June!!!!!

  4. Congrats on the exciting new career as a photographer!! That is so fun!! You take the best pictures!!

    & I hope you had a happy mothers day!! I love all the photos of you and Isla together. You two are both so beautiful!

    Ps. Where did you get the Isla puzzle!? Livi needs one! 🙂

  5. You’re so incredibly talented and I’m so excited you’re following your dreams! Can’t wait to work together oh so soon! Xo

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      You’re so incredibly SWEET. Thank you!! And I know – I’m so excited about us working together too!!! xoxo

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      Thank you, Alaina!! Now come to Texas so I can photography you and J 🙂 🙂 Pleeeeeeaaaaaaaseeeeee.

  6. Babe, this is so amazing. Talk about a life change! Honestly, I’ve never looked back after leaving public accounting. Doing the things that fuel your fire and that you are SO GREAT at, that’s what life is all about. Wish I lived closer, I would totally pop the champagne and make a toast. Here’s to the next chapter, may it bring you much joy, excitement and growth. xoxox

    p.s. Um, who doesn’t like to be naked?

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      I’m totally a never nude!!! I need your positive influence!!!!

      I don’t blame you for not looking back on public accounting (insert monkey-covering-its-eyes)! You are definitely the best mom + model + blogger + inspirationalist – who needs a corporate job?

      Thank you for your positive enthusiasm ALWAYS. Love you!!

      • A Never-nude, really? You and Tobias. Let’s see how confident you feel after Kayla’s program, although I know you are starting with an amazing bod, hot stuff.

        You are a spring of love and encouragement to me, love you long time! xoxoxox

  7. When I saw Rachel Parcell named her daugther Isla, I immediately thought of you, but didnt realize you made the suggestions on her blog! That’s too cool. It is a beautiful name 🙂

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      I got your tag in the morning and was *so* excited – I still cannot believe it. And I’m not-so-secretly hoping for an email or some sort of credit!! 😉 😉 Thanks, Abby. Now for your baby’s name – do y’all have some already??

  8. I thought of you when I saw Rachesl’s babies name! Isla is actually pretty common here- I have had quite a few in class. I had never heard of it before you.

    I can’t wait to hear how you like the BBG. I have gone back and forth on ordering it sooo many times.

    Can’t wait to see the new site!!

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      Are there really?? I know it’s popular in the UK too, so I shouldn’t be surprised that a lot of Aussies are called Isla too. I’m glad though, as I’d rather her not have to correct people from saying “Is-la” all of the time 😉

      I am LOVING the BBG so far. I was late on taking my first “progress pic” but will have rounded out my first week after tomorrow and think I already see a small difference? I’ll keep you updated!!


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