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4.03.2018

Our Gender Reveal Party: We are Having a Girl!


We are having a baby girl!!

I seriously was completely surprised you guys! We are all so excited, even my 3-year-old son can’t wait to meet his baby sister!

We had our gender reveal party on Saturday, March 24th. We had actually gone to the ultrasound appointment a week before so it was really hard knowing we had the results and I just had to wait. But my friend who took the results and did the reveal for us was amazing at keeping it a secret even when I tried to get some clues out of her, haha.

I wanted to keep the party theme simple (but I do love decorating for a party!) so I went with the theme “How I wonder what you are”. Here is a photo of our set up! Isn’t it pretty! Don't mind the empty bowl haha, we filled it with salsa soon after I took this picture ;) 



I felt like it was cheaper to just go and get one color of plates/napkins/cups instead of trying to do the pink and blue theme that you see so often. Plus I really wanted to make these cupcakes haha. 
I usually make the cake or cupcakes for any parties that I throw and I’ve found that it is so simple to just do a round cake or cupcakes with one color frosting, throw on some sprinkles, and something else to really make people say, “Wow this looks great!” (I did flowers on my birthday cake, tractors on my son’s 2nd birthday cake, Lighting McQueen and a sign that said “Ka-chow!” on his 3rd birthday cake, and these stars on the cupcakes.) Its amazing how something so simple can make people so amazed that you made the cake yourself ;)


For the actual reveal, my niece wrote up a fun little scavenger hunt for us. It was so fun because she made it simple enough for our 3-year-old to join in and help us search for the clues. She did a total of 9 clues (for the 9 months of pregnancy) and the end led us to this adorable box that my friend put together for us! I absolutely love how she carried the theme of the party into the reveal.



When we opened it up, this is what we saw!



I’m not going to lie, I think my toddler thought he was going to find the baby in the box because he was getting so excited during the scavenger hunt and he seemed very disappointed when he looked inside the box haha.

*PinkBlush gifted me this dress, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Pink Blush was kind enough to send me this gorgeous Floral Hi-Low maternity wrap dress that was perfect for the gender reveal party. I loved that it had both pink and blue flowers on it for the party. I seriously have been loving to wear dresses because they are so much more comfortable than maternity jeans! So I love that Pink Blush has these gorgeous dresses that are so soft! 
Another thing that I LOVE about this dress is that it is nursing friendly, so I can wear it later after our baby girl is born! I had such a hard time looking for cute nursing friendly dresses after I had my son, so I was super excited about this find. 


Well that's all for now. We are so excited to meet our baby girl. We already went shopping for her the day after our reveal haha. 

Thank you all for reading!







3.07.2018

I’m Pregnant! | First Trimester Update

So it's been a while since I’ve written much here (I’ve been slightly more active on my YouTube, but even that has been quiet for a while now).

If you haven’t heard our exciting news yet, we are expecting baby number 2! I haven’t said much about this because it was really just very difficult for me to try to discuss, but my husband and I have been trying for another baby for almost 2 years now, so we are so excited and are trusting in God’s perfect timing with this baby.



When we found out:

I really want to write most of this down mostly for my own memories, but I do also enjoy reading how others found out as well, so if you are like me, continue reading J
So my cycles had been a little off the last 3-4 months before getting pregnant, so I ended up testing really early for this baby (December 22) and got a negative test result (no surprise since I had been used to that for almost 2 years at that point).

So I tired to put that and the emotions that come with a negative test result into the back of my mind so we could enjoy the holidays. Christmas morning came and I was tempted to test that day but my thought process was honestly, “I don’t want to ruin Christmas morning with being sad when the test is negative yet again”, so I waited until the morning after Christmas and there was the faintest line (you better believe I inspected those tests VERY carefully to see if there was even the faintest hint of a second line and this time there was!) My sister, who had just found out she was expecting a few weeks earlier, had given me some of her more reliable/expensive tests, so I grabbed one of those to test again and sure enough it was definitely positive!


I had so many plans on how I would tell my husband the news, but after so many negative test results, as soon as I saw the positive, I burst into tears and ran upstairs to wake him up and tell him the news. But honestly, that was more special to us than any sort of cutesy idea you see on Pinterest. ;)

Ok, so this is already getting much longer than I expected. So moving onto my first trimester update. I am now officially in the second trimester (14 weeks!) and am praying that my energy returns soon!



How I’ve been feeling:

Once the initial shock of being pregnant passed, I honestly didn’t feel pregnant until around week 7 when I started getting really exhausted and a little nauseous in the evenings. The nausea never really got very bad (there was only one night I couldn’t eat dinner), but it is still there a little and I am still so exhausted. I have been taking a nap almost daily and falling asleep on the couch around 8:30 every night.



Health:

I have thankfully been energetic enough to work out still. I typically go for a walk 2-3 times a week with my toddler and I do some sort of strength training about 3 times a week. I didn’t work out at all with my first pregnancy and I gained about 60lbs then! I am determined to not do that (especially since I started this pregnancy at a higher weight than I did with my son). So for right now, I am working on keeping up with exercising about 30 minutes a day (5 days a week) and saying yes to nutritious foods and no to too much sugar. I’ve honestly found keeping a food diary to be the best way for me to keep track so I can see the choices I make. (I’m not using it to count calories, before anyone loses their mind, I’m just paying attention to what I eat to make sure I get all the proper nutrition baby and I need).

Cravings:

With my first pregnancy all I craved were sugary items. So I was presently surprised when I was craving broccoli, lemon, cucumbers, and grape tomatoes this time. I’m hoping those craving stick around throughout the entire pregnancy haha. I’ve also been occasionally craving Chipotle, haha, so my amazing husband has gotten that for me a few times.



Things I’m loving this pregnancy:

Well, I am already showing a ton more than I was with my son at 14 weeks (muscle memory?? ;) so I have been living in maternity jeans and dresses. I didn’t buy a ton of maternity clothes with my son and a lot of it I gave to my sister because they fit her better, so I wanted to invest in a few things to help me feel comfortable during this pregnancy. PinkBlush was kind enough to send me this gorgeous dress!



One thing I’m loving is this super soft Fitted Floral maternity dress from PinkBlush Maternity. It really is so soft and comfortable that I can wear it all day around the house and I feel so put together in it (even if I’m pairing it with a crazy messy bun, haha). I love dressing it down with some tennis shoes and a hat (y’all know I love hats!). It is perfect for running around town with my toddler and still feeling like I put a ton of effort into this crazy comfortable outfit.

Another thing I’ve been loving is this pregnancy prayerjournal from Val Marie Paper. I loved it so much that I bought one for my sister who I mentioned is also pregnant (we are 3 weeks apart, so that’s fun!) I struggle so much worrying and fearing for the unknown that this has been so helpful to remind me to just give it all to God. He is ultimately in control, so writing down my fears and requests and praying them has been so helpful!




Well that’s all for now! I’m hoping to have a maternity capsule wardrobe up soon for you (I split it into the first 20 weeks and the second 20 weeks, so I’ll hopefully have the first 20 weeks up soon!)




11.30.2017

4 Tips to Decorate your Christmas Tree with your Toddler

 It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Well inside anyway; it was still 80 degrees outside this past weekend!

Now that thanksgiving is over, I spent a day taking down all of my fall decorations and cleaning the house. Then it was 100% focus on Christmas! This is our first Christmas in our new apartment so I was pretty excited to figure out where we wanted the Christmas tree. This is also the first year that our 2 ½ year old seems more aware of what is going on. He recognized the Christmas tree decorations and got very excited to put up the tree.

11.06.2017

Fall Capsule Wardrobe and Life Lately

Hey you guys!

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve published a blog post! And as you can see things have changed a little on the blog! I have been in the process of moving my blog over to where you are reading this now and most of my attention has been on creating YouTube videos! What!? I know that's still what I say when I think about it, haha.

A friend who does the occasional video was talking to me about starting to create videos because I was interested in filming a video on what’s in my fall capsule wardrobe. So I decided to give it a try and have since been doing more and more videos! I honestly love creating them! I will attach the two videos that I created first.

8.23.2017

4 Hair Styles to Wear with a Hat

Hey ya’ll! How are you doing? We have been enjoying our summer. Living in Southern California, it doesn’t start cooling down until October, but I have decided not to complain and to just think of it as extra time to spend swimming with my son (he went from somewhat enjoying the pool to absolutely loving it this year so I’ve been trying to take him as much as possible).

Today’s post idea came to me because of my love of wearing hats and a comment from a friend who said she likes the idea of wearing hats, but never knows what to do with her hair that actually looks cute and not like she isn’t trying. So, here are 4 ways to style your hair with a hat! In these pictures, my hair hits a little below my shoulders. I have since cut it even shorter and I can still do all of these!


8.15.2017

Summer Wardrobe Remix Challenge-10 Pieces; 11 Outfits

Aww, wardrobe challenges. A year and a half ago, I had never even heard of such a thing. Now, I have completed two and am looking forward to doing more in the future.

Last fall I participated in Unfancy's wardrobe challenge and I loved how it helped me view my wardrobe and to learn to be content with the items that I already had in my closet. This summer wardrobe remix challenge is a 10x10 challenge. Meaning, you choose 10 items of clothing that you then wear over the next 10 days, therefore, creating 10 different outfits (I threw in one extra because I was excited about it, haha)

I already had a summer capsule wardrobe, so I just pulled my 10 items from that. I did not intend on making almost all of my items a member of the blue family, but apparently that's what I have the majority of in my wardrobe currently. ;)

Here are the 10 items that I chose.
7.17.2017

Three Summer Wardrobe Staples

Hey you guys! I feel like it’s been too long since I’ve done an outfit post! (Even though I just did my 4th of July style). Today I wanted to share with you my top three summer wardrobe staples!

So it’s been a while since I’ve talked about my capsule wardrobe. I am still doing it but with much less rules and guidelines as I mentioned in my post here. Over the past year, I haven’t put a ton of thought into my capsule wardrobe planning. I have been keeping it simple, replacing worn out items, adjusting it to my stay-at-home mom lifestyle, and really just wearing what I love!

Ok, on to my three summer wardrobe staples.