Tuesday, November 17, 2015


welcoming this new week with open arms and packed bags.

striving to find balance between things i love for the nursery and things i don't love but want just to finish it up.

dreaming about decorating the guest bedroom since i painted the room last night and it looks so bright and happy now.

also dreaming about a brand new baby in my arms in one month.

working on packing my hospital bag and reminding myself not to bring at 400+ page novel like i did with addison's birth. #firsttimer

burning candles all through the night. not figuratively.

winding down my christmas shopping.

starting to get excited to begin the december daily project although...

needing to prep my december daily book so she's ready to go once the first comes around.

re-reading fifty shades of grey because this year has been 100% about the biographies and memoirs and sometimes you just need a little trash read.

feeling large and in charge.

packing a bottle of champagne in my hospital bag for sure. i deserve one this time around.

hoping addison doesn't feel the need to use my belly as a place for her bum to sit anymore.

counting down the days until we spend our holiday with friends and family.

Monday, November 16, 2015


this post is sponsored by freshly picked but all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
way back when i pictured myself having kids, i pictured boys. i saw little mudprints and stained shirts and hunting and fishing everything all over our house. not that i necessarily wanted the hunting and fishing anything but i just figured it would be the cards that god would give me. and i was okay with that.

now that we have our little girl, who couldn't be more of a girl might i add, and we're expecting our second baby girl in just a month, it gets more and more fun to pick out outfits every morning. we didn't find out addison's gender so those newborn days were a lot of gender neutral clothes but she is all pink now and couldn't be more proud of it. plus she can rock a dress like nobody's business. the only problem we have is keeping those darn headbands on her head but, you know, i'll take what i can get.

up until addison started walking, i didn't really bother with shoes. she had a hard enough time keeping her socks on so shoes just didn't make sense for our little barefoot babe. but since she's been on the move, she wears through shoes quite quickly because she is always running and very busy.

when we were offered up the opportunity to partner with freshly picked, i snatched the chance up in a heartbeat. this spring i bought addison's first pair of freshly picked moccasins (in gold!) and they were the only thing she ever wore. they were so soft and comfortable for her little feet, plus so stylish. i swear she got more compliments on those shoes than anything i've ever owned.
this fall she's rocking the salt flats. i love that they go with everything and they're super easy to get on and off her feet.

now when she gets dressed in the morning the first things she does is point to her little moccasins and says "shoe?". okay babes, let's give those moccasins another spin!
now for the best part! one of you will be chosen to win your own pair of freshly picked moccasins in the color of your choice for the little one in your life! to enter, head on over to instagram and follow myself and freshly picked, like the post in my feed and tell me who you would love to see wear these moccasins!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


ahh the third trimester. the time of braxton hicks contractions, insomnia, fatigue, discomfort, shortness of breathe, a smaller appetite in one sitting but one that is ever present, and kicks that get stronger and stronger by the day. the home stretch though! the nesting instinct kicks into full gear and you're a hundred and ten percent go go go and get it allllllll done (and get rid of all the things while you're at it) since that baby will be here before you know it.

the third trimester is different for everyone but i thought it would be fun to share a few things that are working for me right now and that i wouldn't want to live without during these last few weeks of pregnancy!

1. gap maternity black leggings
these have been a lifesaver for me with both pregnancies. i have practically lived in my leggings the last few weeks and know i will be living in them for the next weeks to come and these gap ones are so incredibly comfortable.

2. lipton citrus green tea
i've been on again off again liking this green tea pre-pregnancy but right now i simply cannot get enough of this green tea. like drinking an entire gallon in two days obsessed. it's gotten to the point where when we visit neighbors for a football game on a saturday afternoon, i just bring the whole jug with me because i know i'll go through it. yikes...

3. leachco back 'n belly contoured body pillow 
i've heard people swear on body pillows when they're pregnant but i didn't understand the hoorah of it until my friend let me borrow hers a few weeks ago. oh my gosh, i didn't think i'd ever sleep again. granted the insomnia is still there, but this body pillow has been really helping with trying to find a comfortable position for a good night of rest.

4. jessica simpson seamless nursing bra
i have been living in these seamless nursing bras. i've tried lots of maternity/nursing bras and nothing is quite as comfortable as these. they are so soft and give me so much support right now and i know they'll last quite a while still.

5. honest laundry detergent
since i've been washing everything in sight for this new baby, i've made sure to switch to the honest laundry detergent for everything she will be using in her first few months with us. this detergent is the bet for newborns because you never know what kind of scents they're allergic to. i stuck with this detergent until addison was six months old and i plan to for this baby as well.

6. nivea smooth sensation lotion
a pump of this lotion on my legs, feet and belly every night before i go to bed and i don't have ANY itchy skin this time around. plus it smells so clean and fresh. i would take a bath in this stuff if i could.

7. olly prenatal vitamins
i couldn't do another nine months of prenatal horse pills. thank goodness for olly chewable prenatal vitamins. they taste just like a citrus gummy and make it very easy to get in all my nutrients for this little nugget growing inside me every day.

8. crest pro-health advanced mouthwash
in the last month or so, i have become obsessed with mouthwash before bed. i've never really been much of a mouthwash person but i saw a half full bottle in our bathroom closet a few weeks ago and now it's an every morning every night absolutely have to do kind of thing. makes my mouth feel so fresh and clean!

Monday, November 9, 2015


the countdown is on! working on the name list! the baby stuff has been pulled down from the attic, the itty bitty clothes have been washed and folded up neatly in the drawers and we're touring the hospital at the end of the month where baby will be born!

so...this is happening!

insomnia is in full force. i find myself scrolling instagram or making lists like a mad woman at 3 o'clock in the morning of things that need to be done the next day. it's totally terrible because i know i need sleep but just like how it was when i was carrying addison those last few weeks, my body refuses to let me have it.

addison has been extra mommy lately and wanting all the cuddles and holding in the world. she props up into my lap for endless stories and puts her arms up to be held where she plants herself right on top of her baby sister, saying "baby?" on the way up. kind of like she's saying "hey there baby". lately she has been very much in to holding her dolls and wrapping them up in blankets and saying "night night" to them and it just makes my heart melt. she's so maternal already and i know she's going to want to be a big helper when it comes time for her sister to get here.

this new baby is already so loved and it's one of the best things about having more children, watching them come into this world with a fan club of a sister already. i know there will be tough times as they get older like hair pulling and clothes stealing and name calling (i have a younger sister, i get it), but my biggest hope for these two girls is that they'll always have each other's backs. it's sort of my biggest mama dreams for them.

Thursday, November 5, 2015


this picture really has nothing to do with what i have to say but a pretty sunset makes anyone wants to look right?

it's november 5th. too soon to bring out the christmas decorations? whatever they're coming out today. they may not be going up yet (mostly because one of my closest girls is coming to visit this weekend) however, monday morning these halls will be decked!

here's the scoop. when we found out i was pregnant and due in december, i thought with that due date, it would make me a completely stressed out nut bag. between moving the girls bedrooms and decorating a nursery, plus holiday cards, christmas presents, a llllll the wrapping, and decking the halls (and hey, might as well have everyone to our house again this year because i'm sure as heck not going anywhere days after i pop out a baby), i immediately thought i would get hives and stress contractions and panic attacks by now.

but it turns out, this whole due-in-december deal is the best thing that could have happened to our family. i'm telling y'all, the christmas presents are almost all bought already. the menu for both christmas dinners with our families are set to go with a husband who pretty much knows the jist of what i want things to be like. i have both girls' christmas dresses picked out and just need to buy them. pictures are scheduled with a photographer so when we get the digital's we can turn them into pretty pretty cards to send out in the first few days of december. all the christmas boxes have been accounted for and ready to come out of hiding, plus all the new pretties at target in the holiday aisle will be scooped up by me in no time.

the finishing touches are going on the nursery when andrew gets home this week. addison's room is put together, minus anything on the walls because i just can't figure it out yet for her but it's okay because she kicks the wall now when she's drifting off to sleep so at least nothing is falling on top of her. and really, i'm in no hurry. she's pretty content with all her stuffed animals and books that i don't think she gives two hoots about what's on (or not on) the walls.

i'm now realizing that the sole purpose of this post is to remind myself years (or perhaps just next year) down the road that sometimes i am on top of things and can get things done early. lest i forget because if we're being honest with each other, the things i mentioned above about being early with everything and having a lot done already will likely never happen again. i totally deserve a glass of wine. i'll wait though.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015


didn't i just do one of these posts last week for october? geesh, this year is going so so fast. before november is halfway through, i've got to share my goals this month!

i didn't finish addison's new room or the nursery last month so it's my mission to get it done this month. i still don't have a super clear vision on how i want addison's new room done up but i've definitely got the nursery figured out so i absolutely want to get that one done before she gets here. addison's i think i will dabble with for a bit since i want it to be fun and playful, just like our little bean is. now that we're talking about little addison, i might as well mention that we did in fact move her to her big girl bed last month and for the first few weeks it was a little rough and we had baby gates surrounding the bed but it's gotten much better since then and we've only had one incident where she slept on the floor overnight. haha, not sure if that's success but it is in our book.

many of the other october goals were successfully accomplished last month. lots of freezer meal recipes were found, pumpkins were picked, mulled cider was drank and the crockpot was put to very good use. the only thing i didn't finish was the knit blanket i'm working on for our newest addition but i'm still plugging away at it during naptimes and at night so i'm feeling hopeful that it will be done this month.

i'm excited about my goals for november and feel like i'll be more prepped than ever before for christmas by the time thanksgiving hits. i thought it would be really stressful to be due with a baby during the holidays but it's really got me moving with all things holidays and christmas. we've only got a few more gifts to buy before we're done with christmas shopping already!
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