Thursday, July 24, 2014

Our Wedding Album

Just stopping by quickly today to share our wedding album!

It only took me 9 months to complete :)
Better late than never I guess!

I can't wait to see it in person!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bumpdate | 20 weeks!

{top: ily couture | necklace: francesca's | skirt: pink blush maternity}

We are over half way there folks! 
I can't believe it!

I actually took a quality photo with my fancy camera outside like I normally do for this week's bumpdate, but it turned out horrible. I just could not publicise it, so this insta pic from yesterday will have to do!

Here's a quick recap of how I'm feeling these days:

How far along: 20 weeks (and 4 days today!)

Baby size: Banana or small cantaloupe depending on what app you go by... I like the small cantaloupe idea... can't picture a baby the shape of a banana!

Baby's progress: Baby is about 6.5 inches long and weighs about 10.6 ounces. Baby has working taste buds! (source: The Bump)

Weight gain: Ummm... no comment! We have our next Dr.'s appt on Friday, so I will find out...

Stretch marks: Nothing yet! Using Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter everyday!

Sleep: Sleep is getting a little more restless with the growing belly. I am starting to have to sleep on my side and I normally sleep on my back, so that's an adjustment. Of course, getting up multiple times to go to the bathroom is still annoying as heck!

Gender: BOY!!! :) 

Movement: Definitely have felt some movement! I have felt a few "pops" that I'm pretty sure were kicks!! Can't wait to see this little guy squirm around on the ultrasound machine this Friday!

Looking forward to: Starting to decorate the nursery! We have the room cleared out and I'm ready to start painting the stripes on the back wall. Hopefully, this will happen soon?? AND our BABYMOON!! We just bought our plane tickets to Clearwater, FL over labor day weekend. We will be staying at the Hilton Clearwater Beach. I told Bill I just want to go somewhere warm with a nice pool right by the beach... I think this will do! I can't wait!

Food cravings: Ice cream just about every night now :/ Trying to stay away form the sweets as much as possible because I feel as though it is bad for baby. I have been sneaking York peppermint patties in the freezer... omg, it is so good!

Weirdest food I ate this week: Nothing crazy? Just eating a lot! 

Anything making you queasy or sick: Brushing my teeth still makes me a little queasy.  Some floral scents and cleaning products make me feel queasy too. 

Labor signs: too early!

What I miss: Sleeping on my back, a strong cup off coffee, a hearty glass of wine after a long day at the office. Being able to wear cute non-maternity clothes... and bikinis... 

Symptoms: Boobs are getting out of control. I've had to buy all new bras (hello D cups!). They are so sore all the time. And hello heartburn! I have to take tums nearly everyday.

Workouts: Went on a few long walks with Charlie. Still using my 5 lb weights to help tone my arms. I've been doing the Tone it Up Bikini Arms workout! I love it! Also found some great yoga videos on YouTube here

That's gonna do it for this week's bumpdate!

I think I may stick to the every other week update until I get up to 30 weeks or so...
That's when things get really exciting!

I'm linking up with Morgan and Ann for Mid Week Muse.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cobalt Love | Nord's Anniversary Sale

It's that time again! Nordstrom Anniversary Sale time! 
The most wonderful time of the year!

While scrolling through all the lovely sale items, I noticed a trend...
Everything I want is Cobalt!

I absolutely love the bright color!
I am in need of a large handbag for fall and I'm really contimplating the Michael Kors tote...

Bill and I are trying to save for our Babymoon (details to come!) and the nursery decor / furniture, so I'm trying to be good...

Have you purchased anything from the sale?
What's on your wishlist?
Are you loving the cobalt trend?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Weekend Recap

We helped celebrate 2 birthdays over the weekend.
My brother-in-law turned 30 and my niece (Bill's sister's daughter) turned 2!

The festivities began on Saturday with a boat trip to Indian Lake with Bill, his brother Scott and a few other friends. 

The weather was a little over cast, but the temperature was not too bad. It was in the high 70s and low 80s during the day. We did get a few minutes of sun here and there.

Of course, being the DD I had to learn how to drive the boat, which was fun!

We were successful at getting a boat "selfie" with everyone in the photo! Now that's talent!

My cocktail for the day... It actually tasted good and made me feel like I was drinking with everyone. 

Sunday was my niece, Evelyn's 2nd birthday party. 
The theme was ladybugs and everything was so cute!
I especially loved the ladybug cupcake cake!
Evie also had on a very stylish ladybug dress for the occasion.

Evelyn and her Grandma Rumple

Isn't she the cutest?!

On Friday, my fur baby Charlie got his first haircut!
I was a nervous mama and I don't know how I'm going to be with my baby boy when it comes to this point! But, he desperately needed one. We could hardly see his eyes before and I can tell now he feels better.

All photos via my instagram

I'm linking up with Biana and Leeann!

How was your weekend?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Five

1 | We are going boating at Indian Lake tomorrow for Bill's brother's 30th birthday! Granted, it will not be as luxurious as the photo above, but I am just looking forward to a day on the water and in the sun! 

2 | I purchased this tankini from Target, which I like, but I may go searching for another one tonight. I would try to rock the bikini, but just feel more comfortable in a tankini these days with the growing parts!

3 | Charlie is getting groomed today! It is about time... We can hardly see his eyes anymore. He looks like a little shaggy dog. Mama is nervous for him though :/ I can't imagine what it will be like when our baby boy gets his first hair cut!

4 | I'm loving my new iPhone case from this etsy shop! I have been wanting a new one for a while and was so happy when I found this one. I mean, pink, gold and pineapple? What's not to love! 

5 | How beautiful is this table design to celebrate the Glitter Guide turning 3?! If you do not follow Glitter Guide or Taylor Sterling on instagram, do your self a favor and click follow! You will not be disappointed! 


I'm linking up with Amanda for Friday Favorites!

What do you have planned for the weekend?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wednesday Wishlist | Baby Edition 1

Sorry for all the baby/pregnancy related posts, but this is where my brain goes these days!

I was a little bummed at first that I wouldn't be able to partake in all the fun, frilly, girly stuff since I found out we are having a boy. Then, I started surfing the net for boy stuff and realized that they can be little mini men in preppy clothes... I mean, check out this cuteness!

little peanut onesie on sale! | white button onesie on sale! | grey cardigan on sale! | bear sweatshirt | navy polo on sale! | pull on jeans | striped shorts | yay! footie pajamas | cable knit onesie | navy loafers on sale! | headphone bib

Baby Gap is having a great sale going on right now. You can get up to 75% off items!

I had so many little boy items saved that I had to break them out by store.
I will probably do several baby wishlist editions!

I'm linking up with Annie and Morgan for Mid Week Muse!

Where do you find cute baby clothes?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Maternity Must Haves

If there's one thing I've learned about being pregnant, it's be prepared! 
Whether you are new to pregnancy or you're well on your way to having baby, these items have helped me tremendously!

| WATER | and lots of it! I drink ice water with lemon all day long... The lemon will help with nausea too if you are feeling sick. It also has some vitamin C from the lemon so why not throw a few slices in. You can also add other flavorful fruits in your water to mix it up like berries, watermelon, orange slices and some mint! I would invest in a tall plastic tumbler and just prepare for that thing to be your best friend for a while. 

 | FRUIT | speaking of fruit, be prepared by stocking your fridge with lots of varieties. I craved fruit and fruit juices almost immediately when I became pregnant. I don't know it it's our bodies telling us we need all that vitamin C or the sugars from the fruit, but I have to have some sort of fruity goodness at least once a day. 

| Maternity Bra | This one came as a surprise to me. I had heard that you may get some soreness in that area, but I did not expect them to be this bad! I can hardly bare to wear an underwire bra for a few hours anymore. I bought a wireless bra from Target, but have started to out grow that one. I'm thinking of investing in this one or any of these. Sure they aren't so sexy, but they will bring relief! That's all that matters these days!

| Tums | In the beginning it was nausea, now it has turned into heartburn. Many pregnant women complain of heartburn near the middle to the end of their pregnancy. Mostly because the digestion process slows down and a lot of acid that is produced in the stomach moves up to the esophagus. Having some tums on hand will be beneficial at some point in your pregnancy I'm sure. And tums are safe to take during pregnancy.

| Bella Band | This one was a life saver in the first trimester when I was feeling a little bloated and still wanted to wear my shorts and jeans. It will help you continue to wear your normal clothes until later in your pregnancy when you may need maternity pants. 

| Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter | I started using this stuff all over my belly and boobs pretty much from the beginning of my pregnancy and I have seen no signs of stretch marks as of yet (fingers crossed!). I will put it on after I shower all over my middle section. I do my sides and butt area too just in case! 

| Fold over band yoga pants | These will come in handy on those days you just want to lounge around, run errands, go for a walk or a jog, etc. They are great because they will continue to stretch with your growing belly. I am planning on investing in some maternity workout gear soon, but these have got me through a few workouts since I became pregnant. If you are buying a pair when you are pregnant, I would suggest sizing up in order for them to grow with you. 

| Dry shampoo | Let's just say you may not be up for a shower every morning anymore. It could be morning sickness (which lasted all day and night for me) or lack of energy, but odds are you will be stretching out those shower times during the week. Dry shampoo will be your best friend.

| Maxi skirts and maxi dresses | These items have been a life saver for me. I wasn't ready to buy maternity stuff in the first few months and I didn't want to invest too much money in maternity wear. Luckily I am pregnant during the summer which means skirts and dresses are a staple in my wardrobe. You can go non-maternity with these until you really start showing which is great because you can wear them postpartum. Old Navy, Gap, Pink Blush Maternity and Target have great options on maternity wear when you are ready to take the plunge :)

These are a few staples that have got me through the first half of my pregnancy.
There may be volume 2 of coming soon as well! 

What helped you through pregnancy?
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