Friday, May 12, 2017

OOTD: Seeing Stripes

One of my favorite dresses this pregnancy has been this striped dress from Pink Blush! It is so comfortable and I've worn it several times- running errands, out to lunch with my BFF, family BBQ, etc. The fabric is so soft and it's so easy to wear!

I'm so happy to have found Pink Blush with my last pregnancy, they have the cutest pieces- both maternity and non-maternity. Whenever I need something for everyday or a special occasion, I know I can find what I need on their site. Nearly everything I own from them is perfect for each stage of my pregnancy and postpartum. I love finding quality items that I can wear for years!

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Dress: Pink Blush c/o // Sunnies // Sandals

Thanks for stopping by and for all of your sweet, sweet words and advice from Tuesday's post! I appreciate all of your support SO MUCH! It really means a lot to me and I appreciate all of your friendships.

Have you entered my $75 Pink Blush Giveaway yet? Today's the last day to enter, don't miss out!!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

20 Weeks Update + Pink Blush Giveaway!

Morning everyone! Sorry there's been so much radio silence on the blog and Instagram lately. This pregnancy has gotten the best of me! I don't know how mamas with lots of kids do it! There's a few women at my church who are expecting as well and some have 3+ kids already and I just look at them in awe. Sometimes, I want to just pick their brain about how they get it all done. Women are such rockstars!!

This last week I hit 20 weeks and I can't believe I'm already halfway through my last pregnancy! It's crazy how quickly each pregnancy goes by. We've been pretty busy and I have another announcement to make in a future post (which isn't really that big of a secret if we're friends on Facebook) that I look forward to sharing with you guys. Here's some pregnancy and life updates about what's been going on.


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Top: Pink Blush c/o 
I love how this top hangs, it's so soft and comfortable. I wore this for a date night with the hubs for our 6th wedding anniversary!
Jeans: Pink Blush c/o
These maternity jeans have a full panel and are also really comfy. They run TTS.

To better accommodate my schedule and doctor appointments, I've transferred to a new location with a larger staff for work. I absolutely love my new location, my co-workers are amazing and are such a great team to work with. The location is further away from my home, so my drive is a bit longer, mostly due to traffic. I've been there for just over a month now and really enjoy being there. I'm doing the same position that I've had since coming back to work after having Emma. I don't really talk much about my 9-5 here, but wanted to share since I'm waking up a bit earlier and coming home just a bit later. It's been cutting into some of my "free" time that I would usually set aside for blogging and posting.

Another big hit to my routine? Exhaustion! Man, am I tired! I haven't had any of my energy return at all in the magical second trimester. On my birthday last week, I went to bed at 830! Between work, taking care of the girls, house work, and being pregnant, I feel tired all the time. My under eye concealer has been my best friend these past few months.

I think this pregnancy, I'm going to get huge. I've heard that you gain more with boys than with girls, but I've gained over 5lbs more at this stage than with either of the girls! To be honest, I don't really care about my weight while I'm pregnant, I don't count calories or watch what I eat, I just want to be healthy and enjoy as much as I can. I was looking back at my pregnancies and sidewise, I'm about the same although I feel much larger than before.

This pregnancy is also a lot harder on my body than my previous ones. My sciatic nerve is driving me nuts and I have constant back pain from when I wake up till I go to bed. It's awful! I'm drinking more water, taking Tylenol when I really need to, stretching, but nothing seems to be helping. I've also been getting headaches often and haven't been sleeping well between my back and head aches. It's been pretty tough.


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Now that the negative nellies are out of the way, I want to share some great news! I had my second trimester anatomy scan and all is well with baby boy! The nurse and my doctor both think he'll be long/tall (the girls are both 98% in height). During the scan, he kept licking his fingers and playing with his lips. I think he'll have mine and Ellie's lips- you can totally see them in the ultrasounds!

I've felt small movements here and there starting a few weeks ago, but this past week I've been feeling him more and more and Matt even felt him this past week! Feeling them move is one of my favorite parts of pregnancy! I can't wait to feel him move and see him change positions and turn. Right now he's transverse, but I'm sure he'll flip. It doesn't really matter since I'll be having a c-section, but I hope he flips just so I feel more comfortable as he grows.

We're really excited for his arrival! I'm stuck about his nursery and haven't found anything yet in terms of decorations, any ideas please send them my way! Ellie is ecstatic to have a little brother and talks about him all the time. Every night before bed, she talks to him, sings him a song, and give my belly a kiss. It's the sweetest thing I've ever seen!

Now for the fun part! I'm partnering with Pink Blush for a $75 giveaway! They have so many cute spring and summer items right now- lots of dresses and cute tops! To be eligible, you must reside in the US, have not won a Pink Blush giveaway in the last 6 months, and there's 3 easy ways to enter! The giveaway runs from 5/9 - 5/12 and a winner announced next week! Best of luck and thank you for stopping by!

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Mother's Day Gift Guide

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Didn't the year JUST start? I can't believe we're already into May and nearly halfway done with the year so far! Mother's Day is this weekend and I have some great picks for you and the mother's in your life, all of which you'll get in time to celebrate! I own a lot of these and the ones I don't are all on my wish list. We don't have any plans yet for the day, it's still up in the air, but I'm looking forward to a day with family .

Makeup Bag
A new makeup bag is another goodie that I think a lot of women rarely buy for themselves and just use what they have til it falls apart. At least that’s what I do! Right now, I’m using two bags- one for my makeup and the other for my brushes. I would love to get a large travel case where I could keep them together, but separated. I’ve found a few super cute ones (Victoria Secret is totally stepping up their game!), I love this one, this one, and this one is adorable! My SILs gave me this adorable palm leaf one for my birthday and I absolutely love it! It's the perfect size! I'm so glad I was able to condense my two bags into one.

Curling Wand Trio
This wand is so popular and I see it on every blog and Instagram and I've become obsessed. Plus, they're so pretty, I love the white and rose gold. Every girl swears that this wand works miracles and I believe them, their hair is perfectly curled!

Sunglasses
Oh my goodness I need a new pair like yesterday. The last real pair of sunnies I bought was four years ago and I’ve since bought a ton of cheapies, but I think it’s finally time to get myself a new pair for summer. Matt gave me these pair for our anniversary and I absolutely love them! I love the style of these, but also love these!

Ring Stack
I'm OBSESSED with my Everly rings and wear them daily! All of her rings are stunning and I love mixing metals and styles to create new looks or just wearing them alone for a simple look. My rings from them is growing and she's having a HUGE Mother's Day sale right now to get a stack at a great price. Trust me, you're gonna become addicted!

Market Bag
I love the look of a cute farmers market bag, there's so many great options! This is such a cute and functional gift! This one is a great size and I love the mix of color that's mixed in and the leather handles.

Eyeshadow
How gorgeous is this metallic and glitter shadow? I have no idea where I’d exactly where this, church? But mama likes and I want it! The gold color is gorgeous and I’ve watched about 100 YouTube reviews and applications and can’t stop thinking about it!

Dough Bowl
I love the look of a dough bowl and fall in love with one every time I see it on Pinterest or home d├ęcor posts on IG. I would love to have one, but have no idea where I would put it at this time. Our little spitfire Emma destructs everything possible and loves to throw anything that fits in her hand so anything I would fill our bowl with would end up elsewhere. I think this would make a great gift, and something a little unexpected.

Earrings
How gorgeous are these studs? I absolutely love them and they’re perfect for everyday and special occasions. They are available in three colors- silver, rose gold, and gold. They’re a staple piece for me and make a lovely gift.

What are you wishing for? What are you getting your mothers?

Thursday, April 6, 2017

How I Pack for Toddlers with JJ Cole Backpack



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I've been rocking a diaper bag for almost four years now and I definitely consider myself a pro. With two toddlers under my belt and a new baby coming this fall, I've learned all the essentials for any outing! Finding the right diaper bag can be a bit tough, JJ Cole offers a variety of options and features, styles, and I love their color options!

My diaper bag has been stuffed to the brim with all the baby necessities, then it changed as Ellie grew up. Then, I had to start over with Emma, but I knew exactly what I really needed and what we could go without. Now that they're both toddlers, it's probably the easiest diaper bag I've ever packed!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Gender Reveal + First Trimester Recap

Good morning! Here's a fun post about our little one, we found out the gender a few weeks ago, but have been keeping it to ourselves. I had an appointment yesterday and confirmed the gender again, we found out early so I wanted to be sure! This first trimester has seriously flown right by. This has to be the quickest of any of my pregnancies, I guess two little ones will keep you busy like that! I can’t believe we were able to find out the gender so early on- we had to wait so long to find out with Eleanor and Emma had her legs crossed or the umbilical cord between her legs every time and it took forever!

I found out right at 12 weeks this time around, during my NT scan. The nurse was really nice and I asked her if she thought it would be possible to tell. She said that it would be really hard, the baby would have to be in just the right position, and that wasn’t what the appointment was technically for. Then we just chitchatted about old wives tales, life, work, etc. Then she asked me if I wanted to see the baby’s gender and turned the screen…

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