Wednesday, April 23, 2014

What I’m Lovin’ Wednesday: Toms {not Tums}

Considering all of the heartburn talk around here lately you may be thinking that I made a typo in the title and that I really meant to type “Tums”.  But in all actuality the title is right.  I’m not one to go along with trends, especially in fashion; I like to do my own thing.  When Toms shoes became a big deal I didn’t want anything to do with them (not because of the One for One philosophy, because I think that is awesome) because they were so trendy.  However, when I saw the big Toms sale on Zulily a couple months ago, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get shoes for so cheap (I don’t care what brand it is; a deal is a deal!). I ended up purchasing my first three pairs of Toms: two classics, and a pair of the ballet flats.Toms
With every step I take in these shoes
I am eating my words! 
These shoes are unbelievably comfortable!  I especially love the ballet flats (the purple & pink polka dots from above) because they have so much cushion and padding in the bottoms.  I can teach in these shoes all day long, pregnant feet and all, and still have wonderful feeling tootsies at the end of the day.  I am so amazed by how comfortable these shoes are.  I am a high heels girl, but my three Toms have quickly become this preggo woman’s best friends!  If you have not tried a pair yet, or you’ve been stubborn and on the fence like I was, trust me friends you need to take the plunge!  You’ve got to try a pair of Toms!
Obligatory Blogger Disclaimer: I was not paid for this post; I just really like these products.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Putty in their Paws

Happy Easter!  I hope everyone had such a fantastic Easter this year with their church, family, good food and of course lots of eggs stuffed with chocolate :-)

It’s been a while since the pups have stolen the show around here, and it was high time I show you what they’ve been up to lately.  It’s never been a question, but these two have us wrapped around their paws!DSC_0076DSC_0336DSC_0133IMG_20131210_075731IMG_20131222_081332DSC_0250DSC_0333DSC_0335DSC_0596DSC_0602DSC_0147IMG_20140118_090432
It really is a dog’s life, isn’t it?
Happy Monday friends!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Little Peep Bumpdate {33 weeks}

Everyone likes to see the real stuff right? Well here are some real-life, unedited pictures from this week. 
Nooooooooooo of course I didn’t take the new stroller for a jog test drive
through the house……while playing chase with the dogs ;-)Mischievous MamaStroller funBig Belly33 week collage
Date: 4/9/14
How far along: 33 weeks
Fruit-size comparison: Durian.  Um has anyone ever had this? or even heard of it?!?!?
Developmental milestones: Little Peep’s skeleton is continuing to harden; however the plates which will form his skull will not fuse until after birth so that he can fit through the birth canal.  Little Peep is also starting to coordinate his breathing and swallowing (which I actually saw him do at our doctors appointment this week). 
Maternity clothes: Dresses are becoming the most comfortable things to wear to work since I still have yet to purchase maternity pants for work.  My belly band coupled with my zipper are just too uncomfortable at this point, because the zipper stabs me in the stomach.  Since I'm so close to being done I feel like if I've made it this far without work pants I might as well just keep going.
Weight gain: 25 lbs total
Stretch Marks: Yep, and I sure am proud of those little kisses from heaven
Sleep: Heartburn has woken me up a couple times where I have almost puked on the Mr.  Imagine being woken up by that.  Not cool!  I told him it was true love running to the bathroom with my giant belly so as not to wake him that way.  He thanks me greatly :-)  Other than my potty breaks, which are about 6 times a night now, and the occasional heartburn puke party, I'm sleeping pretty good.  I may get out of bed a lot but I fall back to sleep with ease.
Best moment of the week: We had our doctors appointment last Thursday (4/10) and Little Peep looked pretty good.  His heart rate was 143 and he was still head down.  I don't have any swelling and my blood pressures is still low.  My fundal measurement was 33.5 weeks.  We got to have a short impromptu ultrasound and saw him breathing.  That evening we had one of our prenatal consultations with our doulas and it went pretty well.  Over the weekend I had my first labor and delivery dream and it just got me so much more excited to see what my dapper little man will look like. 
Movement: This boy loves to move all around and I love it :-) The Mr. says he can feel Little Peep moving while I'm sleeping.
Cravings: Sandwiches and oreos :-)
Gender: A little boy!!!
Belly button in or out: Still sporting my "flattie"
Wedding ring: On
Anything making you queasy/sick: Nope
What I miss:  This might sound weird, but I’m missing that I had so much time between the present and my due date.  Everything is just moving so quickly.  I have enjoyed every single day and symptom of this pregnancy, and I’m sad that it’s almost over.  Of course I can’t wait to see my baby boy, but I think I’m also going to miss this beautiful stage in my life; this precious first full pregnancy is almost over and so a chapter of my life comes to a close with it.
What I’m looking forward to: Next weekend is Easter weekend so I'm looking forward to a 3-day weekend with my hubby. This will probably be the last big meal I prepare before Little Peep's arrival.
Labor signs: Braxton Hicks contractions
Symptoms:   My heart burn is real lava pouring out of me, and my potty breaks are something I do a bazillion times a day.  Now that Little Peep has dropped so much I think he is using my bladder as a drum set hehe.  As a neuroscientist I know that with the experience of pregnancy the brain changes in order to enable greater multitasking abilities.  I have noticed that within the last couple weeks I am able to juggling more things than I could before.  Thank you pregnancy for growing my corpus callosum!
Nursery: Done, and I can’t wait to add the final piece, Little Peep, to complete the room :-)  We started to put together some of the baby gear that we have received this week....and from the pictures above you can probably tell that we're testing it all out on the pups.  Thank goodness they are so tolerant lol
Emotions: I'm feeling more and more ready everyday.  With work and home and getting ready for his debut, I'm feeling more ready. I've read. I’ve prayed. I’ve chatted with other mams. I'm ready to do this (not just yet of course, but I'm not buried in anxiety or fear).  I’ve got a peace about these last few weeks.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What I’m Lovin’ Wednesday: Red Envelope

When Red Envelope contacted me about wanting to send me my first Mother’s Day gift I was so honored….and to be honest quite shocked.  I never thought I would ever receive a gift for this special day; I didn’t think it was in the cards for me.  I remember the negative feelings associated with Mother’s Day in the past for me, and this year is completely different from the past few years.  Needless to say, to receive such a lovely gift was such an honor and special day for me.  Red Envelope let me select anything from their extensive and gorgeous Mother’s Day collection.  And let me just say, that this was really difficult to do because there were several things I wanted.  I ultimately selected the Pearl Message to Mom necklace and I love it.  The size and weight are perfect for every day occasions as well as for the special events; not to mention the quality is fabulous.  Every time I look in the mirror and see the necklace hanging around my neck I am reminded of the wonderful blessing I am anxiously awaiting :-)Red Envelop
When the package arrived, it got me thinking that I should probably start thinking about what I would like to do for the Mr. for Father’s Day.  To me, father’s are always over-shadowed by Mother’s Day, and they really shouldn’t because they really are just as important as mom. So I will not let the Mr. be forgotten.  Here are some of my favorite ideas for Father’s Day from Red Envelope:Collage 1
Collage 2
Collage 3
To be very honest, I think I would like to have most of these gifts too lol 
So go check out Red Envelope for some great gift ideas. 
What are y’all giving your hubby’s for Father’s day this year?
Obligatory Blogger Disclaimer:
While I was gifted the necklace, I was not paid for this post;
I just really like these products. 
Everything stated is of my own opinion.

Monday, April 14, 2014

DIY Mantle

With everything that has happened around here through the fall and this spring, you know with the pregnancy, family visits, cruise, and working, I have not had a chance to tell you about our new mantle.  However, the Mr. really did build this back in September!  #badblogger I wanted it to be completed by the beginning of the fall so that I could use it to decorate throughout the holidays.  Hubby did not disappoint!DIY Mantle
When we moved in I loved that we had a fireplace and a mantle.  I even loved that it was all brick.  The only drawback for me was that since the actual mantle was brick it wasn’t very deep which really limited what I could put on there.  So the Mr. set out to basically make a cap to fit over the current brick mantle that would make it deeper.
Let’s check out the before: 
It’s definitely a mantle already that I could live with.  It’s pretty and all, but is just wasn’t quite enough room.Before
See how narrow this mantle was? I couldn’t even safely fit candle sticks on there. 
Safety issue? Yes! 
Decorator’s issue? Yes!
Picky person issue? Yes!DSC_0357The first step was to purchase a wooden board that was wide enough and deep enough (1 x 6 ).  Once the board was cut to the correct width, the Mr. placed it right on top of the old brick mantle and, using a mason bit, drilled it into place.DSC_0360DSC_0375Using a compound mitre saw, which can cut on an angel, the Mr. cut a piece of crown modeling at a 45 degree angle so that it would fit together like a puzzle and go around the three sides of the mantle. DSC_0371DSC_0373Using finishing nails, he hammered the three pieces of crown molding to the top board.DSC_0395Using the left over breadboard from our kitchen island, the Mr. cut a piece that would serve as the bottom of the mantle.  He had to take special measurements to go around the support bricks at the base of the mantle because I really liked the charm that the bricks added and didn’t want them removed.
#ipromiseidonttrytomakehislifedifficultDSC_0444
Then all of the edges were sealed with white caulk, clamped, and painted.DSC_0440DSC_0486Then it was time to decorate to my hearts content!  DSC_0490- AfterDSC_0495DSC_0498DSC_0501DSC_0502
It was so nice to have the deeper mantle for the holiday season!  It was everything I imagined it would be.
A mantle is so much more useful when I can stack my junk on it ;-)
Here are pictures of our fall and Christmas mantles:
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DSC_0335DSC_0356DSC_0357Thank you hubby for making this mantle for me :-)
Didn’t he do such a great job?!
Happy Monday friends!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Little Peep Bumpdate {32 weeks}

32 week collageDate: 4/2/14
How far along: 32 weeks
Fruit-size comparison: A jicama (which I have only ever seen on Chopped! lol)
Developmental milestones: Little Peep should now be gaining 1/2 a pound a week until he is born.
Maternity clothes: Oh yes, thank you Jesus!  I don’t think I’ll ever want to wear another kind of jean again!
Weight gain: I am up 22.5 lbs since my pre-pregnancy weight
Stretch Marks: I have mentioned that I have some stretch marks on my sides and some around my belly button….well now it is more like a full on pink cheetah print belt…hip-to-hip. 
Sleep: Pretty good…..I just wish I could sleep all day, every day and everything would get done on its own.  Wishful thinking?
Best moment of the week: 1- I met with Little Peep’s pediatrician for our prenatal consultation; I adore the doctor and think she will be a great fit for our family.  2- My work showered us on Friday and it was such a special and sweet shower.  I was so honored that they would take time from their busy schedules to invest so much in us.  I truly feel blessed by God with where I work and who I work with.  3- After the shower I did my first 4 loads of baby laundry (sheets, towels, blankets, etc.).  It was the sweetest laundry experience I have ever had.  I had more fun folding his little clothes and towels and organizing them in his closet.  It was also fun to start laying out and picking what clothes I want to pack in his hospital bag.  eeeeeek so excited!  4- The Mr. & Rooney went camping for the weekend so Tomlin and I had a girls weekend and did only girly things.  It will probably be a long time before us gals have another quiet weekend like that, but I look forward to those weekends when The Mr. gets to take his son camping and building memories.  I can’t help but smile when I think about what fun those two will have.
Movement:  I just love feeling him move.  He still only kicks on my right side.
Cravings: Oreos and sandwiches (warm clubs & BLT’s) …and of course pizza
Gender: A little boy!!!
Belly button in or out: I’m still sporting my “flattie”
Wedding ring: On :-)
Anything making you queasy/sick: Nope
What I miss:  Nothing
What I’m looking forward to: My doctors appointment next week
Labor signs: I think I’ve started having Braxton Hicks contractions
Symptoms:  I've got my waddle on these days lol My body is producing the hormone relaxin (nice name, right?) so that my joints are starting to be looser and waddling is the perfect motion to get my pelvis ready for delivery.  Lately, I've been using my belly as a table and a shelf; it’s so convenient to hold my bowl of cereal or my cell phone hehe.  My heartburn is getting more consistent and it steals my appetite.  This week I have been extremely exhausted.  It takes every ounce of energy I have to focus on anything.  I’m either easily distracted or falling asleep.
Nursery: Done, and I can’t wait to add the final piece, Little Peep, to complete the room :-)
Emotions: This week I felt joy spill out of me all over the place.  With work showering us,  I felt so special and valued, like I was surrounded by love and it just radiated and spilled out of ever pour of my being.
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