Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Faves + A Giveaway!

Happy Friday!!

First, I want to thank you all for your sweet comments about the maternity pics and the announcement of Camden's name! We are so excited and calling him by name now makes it all so real!


I was busy traveling for work Tues - Thurs, so I am so ready for the weekend!

Today, I'm linking up with Amanda for Friday Favorites. I have just a few faves from this week:

1 | I ordered my 2015 planner! I went with the Day Designer by Whitney English. It was a little more $ than I was looking to spend, but I love the way this planner is laid out. So much room to write daily tasks and appointments for each day. Also, just love the look of it!

2 | I am loving the essie fall 2014 collection! I just got a gel mani with a deep red/wine color, so I haven't tried these out yet. Have you tried any of them? 

3 | Have you heard of Lattice & Ivy? Leena, a consultant for the online shop, contacted me to do a giveaway and I'm so happy she did. I love all the fun patterns and ways you can customize each item. Here are some of my favortie L&I products:

The acrylic personalized wine goblet and the wine tote make great gifts!

I am also loving these options for tailgating:

You can even personalize them to match your favorite team colors! 
May I suggest Dove/Scarlet? :)

You can win $40 to the Lattice & Ivy shop simply by completing the entries below!
I will be announcing the winner next Friday {9/26/14}.

*US contestants only*

Good Luck!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Maternity Photos + Baby Name Announcement!

I decided that I wanted to take a few maternity photos to document this happy time in my pregnancy. I had a vision for what I wanted and purchased the ivory lace dress from Pink Blush Maternity and also ordered the blue tassel balloon from StudioMucci to symbolize our little boy!

I had my friend take the photos on my Nikon D5200. She has the same camera and knew how to use it. I did all the editing of the photos. We took the photos around sunset, but I think if we would have waited a little longer, the lighting would have been better. However, I'm pretty impressed by our armature skills! 

Here are a few of my faves:

And now.... Drum Roll Please...

The name of #rumplebaby2014 is...


We are so excited to announce the name, finally!

It was a name that I came across on my family tree given to me by my Grandmother. Her grandpa's name was Camden and ever since we both heard it, back before we even knew we were having a boy, we both loved it. There were a lot of other options thrown out there, but none of them really stuck like Camden did. Plus, we both loved the nickname Cam. The middle name, William, is after Bill. 

Since we landed on the name, we decided to keep it to ourselves for a while just to make sure it felt right. Of course, along the way I had heard of a few more Camdens being named like one of my favorite blogger friends, Katie, and also my friend's nephew. This kinda took the wind out of our sails for a few days. We threw around a few other names, but they just didn't feel right. So, we decided not to let that change our minds.

Naming your first child has got to be one of the hardest decisions in life! My best advice is to make it a decission between you and your partner. Don't let outside influences make up your mind. If it feels right, then it is!

We can't wait to meet you Camden!!

I'm linking up with Home of Malones and East Coast Chic for Thoughts for Thursday.

PS - I'm hosting a Lattice & Ivy giveaway tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bumpdate | 28 weeks!

Another little maternity photo sneak peek for you :)
I will be posting all my favs tomorrow! We will also be announcing baby Rumple's name!!

I am officially in my 3rd trimester and it feels like it's the final countdown.
On one hand I'm thinking, 'Oh, I have 2 and a half months to get things in order.' On the other hand I'm thinking, 'OMG! I only have 2 and a half months to get things in order!'

This time of year always goes by so fast, so I am really trying to plan everything out in terms of preparing for #rumplebaby2014 's arrival.


  • I am 28 weeks and 4 days pregnant today!
  • Baby is a size if an eggplant. He is between 13.6 - 14.8 inches long and between 1.5 and 2.5 lbs (I'm leaning towards 2.5 for this guy! He has been growing a lot recently!)
  • He's developing more fat now (thanks to his mama who feeds him constantly with her cravings...)
  • His lungs are mature and he could survive on his own now! Such a great feeling to get to this point.
Not so fun things
  • Aches and pains in my back, hips and feet. I feel like I need a weekly massage!
  • Sleeping has been difficult. I really miss laying on my back! I have to switch sides a handful of times through out the night. 
  • Feeling short of breath a lot, especially going up stairs. 
  • Leaky boobs. Yep, I said it. Sorry for the TMI!
  • I have to take my glucose test on Friday and I'm really not looking forward to it. I pretty much faint every time I've had to give blood.  
  • Overall, just feeling really large and in charge!

Really awesome things
  • So many movements from this little guy! It makes my day to feel him so active.
  • The nursery is coming along! Can't wait to get a rug and the glider in there. Then, I will finish some little decor details in Oct. 
  • Signing up for our hospital tour and the birthing class for Oct. I don't know why, but I look forward to them
  • My 1st shower is happening in less than 2 weeks! I can't wait!
  • Announcing the name (tomorrow) and feeling confident about it. 
  • Starting this week I will be seeing my Dr every 2 weeks! I really like the appointments to make sure everything is going smoothly. 
That's all for this Bumpdate!
I will be posting maternity photos and will be announcing the name of our little guy tomorrow, so don't forget to stop by!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Weekend Recap

Well, I don't have a ton of photos to share from the weekend, but rest assured it was very productive!

Friday after work, I treated myself to a gel mani and pedi. It was the best way to relax after a long week! 

Friday night I stayed in and watched a few Lifetime movies (the Brittnay Murphy Story and The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story). I gotta say I was not too impressed with either, but it was good entertainment.

{ headband via Nora & Jac | Ohio tank via Homage }

Saturday was planned to be our day to work in the nursery. We also took some breaks here and there to watch the Bucks game. It was a much better outcome than last week! 

I finished some pretty star decals on one of the walls in the nursery. Bill put together the crib and the dresser. Can you believe this took us ALL day! 

I really want to share some photos, but I know it will look better when it's all finished! So, stay tuned for a full nursery reveal!

Sunday, we went to our friends' daughter's 3rd birthday party in the afternoon. Later in the evening we had our maternity photo shoot! I had my friend take some photos of us and I have been having fun editing them. The sun was a little harsh, but I think we got a handful of good shots :)

Here's a little sneak peek:

I plan on sharing the rest this week on the blog! :) 

Happy Monday!

I'm linking up with Biana for Weekending and Leeann for Monday Morning Gossip.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Favorites

Another week bites the dust! 
Can you believe September is almost half over?!!

Here's what I'm loving from this week:

1 | Hello Fall candles! I just had to get my favorite scent from last year, Pumpkin Pecan Waffles, from Bath & Body works... I seriously want to eat it! If you need to get your pumpkin fix for the house, check out all their pumpkin scents and accessories here.

2 | Speaking of Pumpkin... I have been on a pumpkin flavor craving kick! Don't know if I should blame the pregnancy hormones or just the fact that it's pumpkin season! I made these cookies last night and am planning on making pumpkin banana bread tonight.

3 | Besides pumpkin season, it's also crock pot season! First crock pot meal of the season was a success! Bill's parents gave us a bushel of red potatoes, onions and carrots from their garden so I decided to make a roast. I used this recipe. It was deeeeee - lish!!

4 | I attended my first prenatal yoga class this week with a few of my preggo friends. It was nice and relaxing and really helped stretch out some of my sore muscles. Some of the positions were a little difficult for me, but I am planning to go once a week for the next 5 weeks so hopefully they will get easier. {PS - I'm officially in my 3rd trimester tomorrow! What?!! Crazy!}

5 | I broke down and bought this wrap cardigan that I posted about from my Fall Fashion Wishlist. I also bought some fall fashion staples from Old Navy including this flannel shirt, this denim blouse and a few animal print infinity scarves {here and here}. Best thing is they are all non-maternity!

{All photos except last one are from my IG feed. Follow me here!}

That's all for this week's Friday Favs.
This weekend Bill and I are planning to put together the crib and dresser for the nursery. Well, Bill will be putting them together and I will be supervising :)
Then, we have a birthday party for our friends' little girl and maternity photos on Sunday!

What are your favorites this week?

I'm linking up with Amanda and Lauren for Friday Favorites.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wednesday Wishlist | 2015 Planners

OK, friends... I need help deciding on a 2015 planner.

I have been using this kate spade planner for 2014 and I like it, but I am thinking about switching it up for next year. 

Here are the options:

1 | This tried and true kate spade planner. I love the black and white stripes pattern for something new next year. The only thing I didn't love about using my kate spade planner this year was the fact that the days are not broken out by hour like some other options. I really love having a lot of space for each day to plan out meetings and appointments by the hour. 

2 | I love this gold myAgenda planner from Paper Source. This one has nice long spaces on each day and it's a 17 month calendar starting Aug '14 and going through to Dec '15. 

3 | I've heard some good things about the Lilly Pulitzer planners. It's definitely the most colorful option with fun graphics through out. It is about the same size as the kate spade planner and has about the same room for each day. This one is also a 17 month agenda starting at Aug '14.

4 | I have heard a lot of great things about the Emily Ley Simplified Planners as well. This one comes with a lot of bells and whistles including each day broken out into hours, a notes section, to do list and dinner section for each day. It also comes with a cute little "Thank you notes to send" pad. This one is definitely on the top of my list.

5 | When have I said no to gold polka dots? I am really loving the design of this 2015 planner from Paper Source. It is also a 17 month planner with a lot of writing room for each day. Just doesn't have some of the other bells and whistles like some of the others.

6 | Last but not least, the ever so blogger popular Day Designer by Whitney English. These things sell out like hot cakes! The next available orders for the Day Designers are on the 15th of this month and I'm sure I will need to act fast if this is the one I want! It seems to be pretty similar to the Emily Ley Simplified Planner. It has each day broken out by hour and a do to list / check list for each day. 

There are the choices!
Please comment below and let me know your favortie.
If you've used any of these in the past, please let me know how you liked it!

I'm linking up with:
 Ashlyn and Kristin for Weekly Favorites
Morgan for Mid Week Muse

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

September Goals


Ok, so we are more than a week into September and I'm just now writing down my goals for the month. Yes, I have procrastinated but we have had a lot going on the past few weeks! Time to get down to business and really focus on getting things done before I get too big in my 3rd trimester!

Here are a few of my goals for the month of September:

1) Finish majority of nursery. Hang curtains, put together crib and dresser and buy a rug. I really want to start feeling a little more settled before I really get into my 3rd trimester and have no more energy. Plus, it would be nice to have most of it done before the first shower so we can organize all the loot!

2) Organize and clean up guest room/office. Our "office" has turned into a guest room/office/junk room since we cleaned out the nursery. I really want to get it organized and cleaned out so I can start using it as a home office again. Right now I am using the kitchen table which is not ideal.

3) Decorate for Fall. I have started on the mantel and now I want to get some mums for the front porch and something to hang on the front door. Maybe a little DIY post is in store...

4) Finish the wall gallery in the dining room. Guys, this. has. been. KILLING me! I bought several frames that I thought would work and come to find they are not the hanging kind of frames, but have isles... Ugh! Back to the drawing board. I am trying to find some nice antique white frames. You'd think they would be easy to find, but I can't find them anywhere! I will be on the hunt this week.

5) Look for new bedding for our new king bed. We bought all new bedding right after our wedding from Macy's that I love, but it fits a queen bed. Now that we have a king sized bed, all we've purchased are sheets and we use the old comforter that is too small :/ I really want a nice, white comforter or duvet cover. I would also love to purchase new nightstands and a headboard, but one thing at a time...

6) Schedule pregnancy/birthing classes. I am hoping to knock out all the classes we need to take in October. The tour of the hospital, the birthing class and I was also thinking of signing up for a breast feeding class.

7) Order a new 2015 planner. There are so many options! I am going to do a post with all the options I've been thinking about and will need your help deciding on one!

8) Get Fall candles and pumpkin spice creamer. This is happening today... My soul needs it!

9) Find a nice pair of flats. I need a new pair desperately and I know that is what I will be wearing mostly this fall before boot weather... Any suggestions welcome!

10) Take maternity photos! This is happening this weekend and I'm so excited! I will be busy this week making a few props for the photos too. Can't wait to share!

That's all I have for this month's goals.
It's funny that most of this has to do with home decor... Can we saying "nesting"?!

What are your goals for the month?
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