06/30/2017

A Day in the Life

During my years blogging, I have seen many posts sharing ‘A Day in the Life.’ However, I don’t think I’ve ever done one! I always find it interesting to see how others fill their days. Usually my posts are pretty calculated and planned, so I thought it would be fun to give a little behind-the-scenes look at a day in my own life. A look that is unplanned, filled with natural content, and in my own element. I decided to document my day this past Tuesday. Here we go!A Day in the Life - June 2017

I woke up around 7:00 and headed downstairs for a cup of coffee, the morning news, and to prep breakfast for Jack and myself. On the menu for him was oatmeal and berries, and I had a bowl of cereal and fruit while I waited for him to wake up. His wake up time really depends on the day and how well he slept the night before, but it’s usually between 6:30 and 7:00.

On this particular day, he woke up around 7:30. I changed his diaper and then warmed up his cup of milk. We then cuddled up on the couch for a few minutes while he had his milk. It’s my favorite time of the day because he is so snuggly and clingy in the morning. I love it, because he is usually Mr. Independent and on-the-go! I then feed him breakfast around 8:00 before we start to get ready for the day.

A Day in the Life - June 2017

I have a prenatal doctor’s appointment at 10:00 so we need to leave the house around 9:30. I let Jack watch a little Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Curious George while I quickly shower and get ready, and then I get him ready as well, pack the diaper bag, and grab a few snacks to take with us. I also grab a Beautycounter sample package I had made the night before to take with me to a play date after our appointment.

A Day in the Life - June 2017

Amazingly enough, it was barely 60 degrees when we left for the doctor, so I put a long sleeve on Jack  before jumping into the ‘vroom vroom’ as Jack affectionately refers to our SUV (or pretty much anything with a wheel!). He was looking way too cute – and too big – to not take a picture!

A Day in the Life - June 2017

We head to the doctor appointment, and Tim meets us there at 10:00. We feed Jack a yogurt and read books while we wait to be called. We then pull out the big guns – Mickey on the iPad – once we get into our room. I am so happy for many reasons this day including a) we get in-and-out of the appointment pretty quickly and b) baby girl’s heart rate is strong and she (and I!) are growing well!

A Day in the Life - June 2017

We then meet up at 11:00 with new friends at a local park! This particular park is a little boy’s dream and has everything from water play and basketball courts, to swings and sandboxes filled with dump trucks, shovels and pails. Jack and his new buddy run around while us moms keep a close eye on our boys while chatting all things motherhood, Beautycounter, and local happenings. By about 12:15, Jack was getting tired and hungry so we said our goodbyes, loaded up the car, and headed home.

A Day in the Life - June 2017

When we got back around 12:45, I quickly made Jack lunch – green beans and apple, gouda chicken sausage – before he went to sleep around 1:30.

A Day in the Life - June 2017

I then made myself a salad with watermelon on the side, before tackling a few things while Jack was down, including laundry, blogging, emails, and even caught up on the latest episode of Southern Charm while doing all of the above. (I know the show is a train wreck, but it’s one of the last reality shows I still watch and follow!)

Jack woke up around 3:30, so I fed him a snack of cottage cheese before we took Tebow on a long walk to the park. While we were there, I let him out of the stroller so that he could play with his baseball. He loves to throw it and run to it, throw it and run to it, on repeat.

A Day in the Life - June 2017

We got back home around 5:15 and I gave him ice water with a splash of juice in his cup, turned on a little music and let him read his books and rest while I started on dinner. I actually used this recipe to make sloppy joe’s and served them up with a side of green beans and roasted potatoes with onions and peppers. Tim arrives around 6:00 and we eat shortly after. I forgot to take a picture before eating, but it was delicious! I never liked the sloppy joe sauce from a can because it’s too sweet. This homemade version is much more savory, and used tomato sauce as the base. It’s a good one and I used to make it all the time! I need to bring it back into the regular rotation again.

A Day in the Life - June 2017

Around 6:30 we give Jack a bath, followed by a baby oil massage, change into a fresh diaper and jammies. and he has another warm cup of milk. We then brush teeth and read one – or ten – books. Around 7:30 we head to the crib, read Good Night, and then it’s time for prayers, I love you’s, and big hugs and kisses.

Once Jack is down for the night, I take a quick shower, warm up my lavender neck wrap from my favorite spa ever, and cozy up on the couch to catch up on the day with Tim and watch a show. Around 9:00 I head upstairs to read a little bit – I am still reading Present Over Perfect – before falling asleep around 9:30.

06/27/2017

The Sweetest Bow Detail

Finding cute and well-fitting maternity clothes is a much larger feat than I ever thought. When I was pregnant with Jack, I had to start from scratch with my wardrobe and it felt really overwhelming. I knew I didn’t want to invest a ton of money, but I also didn’t want to go more than nine months without having decent options to wear.

PinkBlush Maternity Clothes

I found PinkBlush at the end of my first pregnancy when I was looking for a dress to wear for maternity pictures. I found the prettiest pale pink maxi that I wore for our maternity session, and that I also wore during this pregnancy at a wedding in May.

I also purchased a little white dress while pregnant with Jack, and re-wore it for my Baby Sprinkle earlier this month. I truly appreciate the huge variety of clothes that PinkBlush offers, while also being really budget friendly.

PinkBlush Maternity Clothes

After trying and loving PinkBlush in the past, I reached out to the company recently to collaborate on a post. I picked out two pieces from the Shop to showcase on the blog. A dress that I am sharing about today, and a kimono / cardigan I plan to spotlight next week.

PinkBlush Maternity Clothes

I chose this little navy blue and white patterned dress because of the comfy fit, and the sweet bow detail on the back. Since I will be extremely pregnant all summer, I wanted a piece that was flowy, yet still has a sturdier material that hangs well. I liked that the shape was more tank-like, and when I saw the bow on the back I just knew it was for me. I have a ton of black dresses, so I went outside of my comfort zone a little with a navy patterned dress.

PinkBlush Maternity Clothes

I wore this dress to dinner with my guys on Saturday, and I paired it with camel-colored block heels that I actually purchased from Old Navy earlier this spring. I rounded it out with a similar colored cross body bag, and kept my hair sleek and straight, while my makeup utilized a lot of my favorite picks for summer.

There is a lot of room in this dress for growth, so I’m expecting to wear it a few more times this summer, including to an August wedding and while on vacation. It’s an easy dress too that I can pair with flats and sandals if I want to feel a little comfier in the summer heat.

PinkBlush Maternity Clothes

Next week, I will share about a piece from PinkBlush that will also come in handy this fall post-baby. I love clothes that are easily transitioned from pregnancy to postpartum use. It makes me feel as if I can stretch my wardrobe and get more bang for my buck!

*I was gifted a piece of my choice from PinkBlush, but as always, all opinions are my own.

06/23/2017

Sprinkle for Baby Girl

Last weekend my mom hosted a little Baby Sprinkle to celebrate my little girl! I can’t believe it has been two years since my beautiful Baby Shower for Jack, and now here I am expecting baby number two.

Baby Sprinkle

My shower for Jack was so perfect, that when my mom asked what I would like to do for the Sprinkle, I asked to keep it very similar yet minimal.

For the Shower, my mom truly outdid herself and rented beautiful chairs, tables, linens, and glassware. Since the Sprinkle is meant to be more casual, we opted to make it really laid back, no formal seating, and no real planned itinerary. Just a sweet time to catch up with family and friends and celebrate baby girl.

Baby Sprinkle

The menu was basically the same: My favorite chicken salad from Dorothy Lane Market on pretzel rolls, and salads galore including mixed greens and romaine, fruit salad, and a variety of pasta salads.

Baby Sprinkle

I also requested fruit-infused water, and my very favorite lemonade from Chick-fil-A.

Baby Sprinkle

And of course, no party is complete without a little something sweet, so a chocolate and vanilla cake was ordered, along with a dozen lemon cupcakes. The hydrangeas that adorned the cake were absolutely stunning! I literally did not want to cut the cake it was so pretty. The buttercream frosting is incredible, which is also my favorite part of the cake, and each bite was covered in it.

Baby Sprinkle

Funny story, but the cupcakes were supposed to match the cake and be topped with the iced hydrangeas. Somewhere along the line, communication was missed and the bakery did not realize the cupcakes were supposed to match the cake! So instead of hydrangea topped cupcakes in white and ballerina pink, we received cupcakes iced in fuchsia pink and white that was applied using a star-tip, and that didn’t match the cake at all!

Baby Sprinkle

My mom was watching Jack when she picked them up and hadn’t even taken a look until I got home from work. It was pretty hilarious when we compared the cake and cupcakes side-by-side, and the bakery was so wonderful and sent us a gift certificate for future purchases. Plus the cupcakes still tasted delicious so it all worked out just fine!

For the floral arrangements, she ordered Myrtle and Baby’s Breath just like last time. We also added a few hydrangeas in soft pink to add into the mix and we put together the bouquets that Friday night.

I’m not a big fan of party games, so she did the same things we did at Jack’s shower. She hid onesies under certain chairs throughout the house, and whoever was sitting in the chair won a Starbucks gift card. We also played the ‘guess the date of birth / weight / length’ game and she will mail the winner a Starbucks card after we know all those details when she’s born.

Baby Sprinkle

I then opened gifts – everything from bows to diapers – and then we had dessert before wrapping up the party. It was so wonderful to see everyone, and I literally was having deja vu as I looked around and realized how much it felt like it did when I was expecting Jack.

Baby Sprinkle

However, I had a little toddler running around and laughing and smiling and quickly reminded me that he is growing up quickly and will soon be a big brother. Don’t blink friends! The time is fleeting and so sweet. I am officially now 30 weeks along and have ten weeks or less until we meet our daughter. I’m feeling so many emotions today, and I’m looking forward to soaking in the rest of summer with my favorite boy.

Baby Sprinkle