Friday, October 31

Vintage Camera

Let me start by saying I have spent the last 24 hours working on our wainscoting in our kitchen, running to lowes, and letting my child draw on the wall with pencil--terrible idea I know! But he saw me making notches on the wall with a pencil and it was either that, which I am about to paint over anyways, or him literally jumping on my back while I was trying to nail in chair railing and shoe molding! Needless to say, I will be having to keep all pencils, pens and markers out of his reach for a while!! 
Anyways, we had such a great time with this little photo shoot! We decided to switch it up a little and have a fun little prop. And I have to tell you a little secret! None of this outfit is maternity, I just wore the skirt up higher so it was above the baby bump! I am excited to still be able to wear it after our little man arrives!! Happy Halloween and I hope you all enjoy!! 













Photos by Sarah Lyn Photography

Skirt: Shabby Apple // Shirt: Similar Below // Boots: Steven Welded Booties via Shop Bop //




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Thursday, October 30

Baby Must Haves

Alright, mommies, aunties and grandparents! What do you or your expectant loved one need? I am here to give you my first set of necessities! I am focusing on the little stuff today. When I say little that doesn't mean not important because these are all things I used and will use every single day! By little, I just mean, its not the strollers, carseats and the crib! ;)



What and Why??

Solly Baby Wrap  :: When you have first child, learning how to do things while holding a baby becomes a habit and you suddenly don't have to think about it anymore. With the second child you will not only be trying to hold the babe but also give your toddler your full attention at the same time. Such as helping your other little get their milk, pushing them in the swing at the park, etc. That is when this little life saver will become such a HUGE necessity!!!

Carseat Canopy:  This little number comes in handy for three reasons in my case, and probably yours too! First, most typically during the day, to block the sunlight when your little babe is trying to sleep. Second, is great for when your baby is a newborn and you want everyone to keep their hands off of them! Last, on windy days or chilly days! It keeps that cold brisk breeze from getting in, giving mama one less worry!

Belly Buds: I recently was introduced to this product and I am kinda obsessed! It attaches to your belly so that your baby can hear music or someones voice while in the womb. Also, giving everyone else in the room peace from having to listen to it as well! All you have to do is register it and you can download music or have someone (ie. traveling husband, far away grandparents) record their voice online from any location! How neat is that?? Esp. for military families! ;)

Nursing Pillow: This pillow is amazing for its name obviously! It helps support the baby while breastfeeding to keep your bicep from wanting to cry! Trust me, I remember those days!! Yes, a 8 pound baby does get heavy after a while! But I also love it when your baby is a little older but not yet sitting up! It props them up to look around at their surroundings and get curious about what is going on around them!

Baby Leggings: So, when I first saw these I literally thought, WHY didn't I think of that! So as a new mom, or very experienced mom at that, you will be changing diapers every hour!! You start getting tired of taking the pants on and off, and unbuttoning 15 buttons of the onsie! Thats when these leggings come in handy! You can your your babe in a tee and these leggings (diaper exposed) for when you are just hanging around the house! Babe stays warm and your diaper changing time is cut in half!! I also love them for when crawling starts! We have hard wood floors in this house, and had tile in our other house! Having a little padding on the knees absolutely helps!

Bump Nest: Words can not explain the comfort of this pillow, belly bump or not!! This pillow up until this point has helped with my sciatica more than I can tell you! It keeps your hips from falling into weird positions and also keeps me from rolling onto my stomach so that I don't hurt my back more! As the belly grows it still helps prevent rolling onto your belly (not that you really can anymore). But also helps you stay comfortable and get a good nights sleep! We all know how much sweeter we are after great sleep!

7am Enfant Stroller Hamper: Why do I love this bag? Well one, it hooks onto my stroller! Two, I can rinse it off to wash it! Three, it fits EVERYTHING! My husband likes it because it doesn't look like a diaper bag, at all! But we also like it because we can take it to the beach, park or gym and know it will be so easy to clean up after!


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Wednesday, October 29

Half-Way

Holy cow guys, I forgot to mention this week I am half way done with this pregnancy. It has flown bye!!!! It kinda gives me a little anxiety because we have yet to purchase anything for the nursery yet so I am kinda freaking out about that! I am sure I will be online shopping and "Pinteresting" nurseries all night now! I know exactly how I want the nursery and see it in my head--it just requires lots of time and money! As most of us know--those aren't typically unlimited! 







Photos by Jacqueline Ward Images

Skirt: Pink Blush Maternity // Cardigan: Flourish Boutique // Shoes: Similar below // Cross body: Rebecca Minkoff via Shop Bop // Necklace: Love, Blackbird Boutique




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Tuesday, October 28

Frozen Mocha Coffee Drink

“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Pure Via®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #PureViaSweet http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV


If any of you are as obsessed with coffee as I am you are, trying every coffee shop you drive by, having one-three cups a day and always trying new flavors! One of my favorite things to get at a coffee shop that I had never mastered before at home are iced and frozen beverages. I decided to try a few recipes at home and this one was by far the easiest and still delicious! I sometimes leave the banana out depending on my mood, but if I am also doubling it as a snack to help me stay full a little longer I always put the banana and sometimes even a scoop of peanut butter! 
Scroll down for the recipe! 








Recipe::
10 oz. of Coffee Cooled (I used half caff because I am pregnant)
3 Pure Via Stevia Packets
1 Whole Banana (optional)
1 1/2 tablespoons of chia seeds
1 1/2 tablespoons of cocoa (I don't really measure this I just scoop!)
Splash of Coconut Milk
Handfull of ice

Blend together and enjoy!

Save $.55 at Walmart on ONE (1) Pure Via® Non-GMO, All Natural, Zero Calorie 40 Ct. Packets http://coupons.walmart.com/?cid=18462394 while supplies last.
You can also take advantage of a free song and cookbook/songbook download from Jewel at http://purevia.com/Jewel-Tunes/ .

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Monday, October 27

Sexy Summer to Flawless Fall




Just because summer is over doesn't mean I want to get rid of those beautiful beach waves we have all spent all summer trying to master and love! I have fallen in love with the new Dove Pure Dry Oil line to help give you that flawless fall look, keeping those beautiful waves! So instead of going for texture and mess go for smooth and silky this fall! Below is a video and written tutorial to tell you exactly what to do to accomplish your look!



Tutorial filmed by Sarah Lyn Photography

1. Wash hair with Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo and Condition.  Blow dry as usual.
2. Apply a dime size amount of Dove Pure Care Dry Oil to your hand and rub hands together to get an even coat, apply starting at the mid shaft and work through the ends of your hair. (Make sure its a thin coat on your hands so you don't get too much oil in one area!)
3. Use a larger curling iron. Mine is a 1.5 inch. Curl in 1-2 inch sections, depending on the density of your hair away from your face.
4. Once your whole head is curled brush through your hair to soften and pull out the waves a little.
Voila!

I chose these products for the smooth and silky effect they give my hair. Check out Dove's new Pure Dry Oil line of products and take part in their Dove Silky Hair Dare. Dove is daring women everywhere to try Dove Pure Care Dry Oil, risk-free, now through December 31st. If you are not completely satisfied with the Dove Advanced Hair Series Pure Care Dry Oil system, Dove will refund your purchase (from 9/21 – 12/31). Visit hairmoneyback.com for details

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Friday, October 24

Necessary Comfort

I love to be comfortable, it just makes me feel so much more relaxed and laid back for the day. Whats even better is when I feel cute when I am comfortable! I have worn this outfit a few times and I pair it with a different shoe every time! I actually wore it two days ago with converse sneakers when I took Bray to the park! I can't even tell y'all how soft this fabric is, you will have to feel it to understand! Just know--amazing! 









Photos by Jacqueline Ward Images

Top and Pants: East & Lo // Shoes: Similar below // Bombshell Extensions



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