Life Lately…


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I have several close friends and family members who are also expecting little bundles of joy here in the next few months.  It has been so much fun chatting with them about the strangeness that is pregnancy and of course showering them with gifts and love!

While in St. Louis for my cousin Katie’s baby shower, it was a must that we stop by the Kate Spade outlet.  Talk about a dangerous place.  Sensory overload.

The babe and I at 18 weeks!

After returning from St. Louis, I pretty much hopped right back in the car and headed down to West Virginia where I meet my Richmond teaching friends halfway a couple of times a year.  It is a time I look forward to every couple of months.  I miss these girls like crazy and feel so blessed we have remained close!

As soon as I arrived at our hotel, they had the sweetest surprise baby shower set up, complete with sparkling lemonade and cupcakes.  Baby is already so loved!

Upon returning from travels feeling puffy and tired, the reality of heading back to school hit me square in the face.  The only remedy was gathering my supplies for my classroom and heading over to get it all set up.  Every year this immediately gets me excited for the new year.  We had our teacher work week this week and the kids start Monday and I can honestly say I am ready and excited to get back to it!

 The babe and I at 19 weeks!

We got to see our peanut this week!  The best part of the appointment was looking over at Matt and seeing his face as he watched our little one squirm around.  He is going to be the best dad.  Next time we see you little one, you will be in our arms!

I thought I would close with the photo that has left us giggling all week.  As soon as the person doing our ultra sound saw this pop up on the screen she exclaimed, “woah, big feet!”  We had to laugh.  Mama and papa both have very large feet and we have always said this kid was doomed to have clodhoppers!  Sorry, kiddo!

So, what have you all been up to?  Hope you are enjoying the sunshine! Have a great weekend!

Happy Friday!


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20150724-091326.jpgGood morning, friends! Happy Friday!! I am soaking up every single last second of this glorious Friday as it is my last day before heading back to work for the new school year. How in the world is it already time to go back?! As I mentioned on Instagram, this time of year is always bittersweet. I love how crisp a new year feels–from new clothes and supplies to the promise of a new start, but it also comes with having to say goodbye to the little reprieve that teachers and students feel with the summer months. When I begin to whine that my freedom is gone, my sweet husband reminds me that teachers are the only people on the planet that enjoy this break. Le sigh. Back to the grind! Here is my little round-up to get me excited for this new year!

1. I don’t know if I am just being lazy or if my hair is doing all new things with my current preggo state, but this summer I have not had to wash my hair–like ever. By day five or six things get a little weird, but that’s what adorable headbands are for…right? And for only $6, I’d say this is a steal and a must have for this fall!

2. Ok, so JCrew is having a mega sale. Right now with code SUMMERSALE, you can get 40% off regular merchandise and sale items and an additional 75% off some clearance. There are a ton of basics that I am eyeing like this top. I was able to find some tanks that are super cute in the clearance section for as little as 3 or 4 dollars! Score!

3. I am almost embarrassed by how little sun I was able to soak up this summer. With the exception of a few glorious days on the boat in Madison, I was mostly inside. Might need to get a little faux tan going with this bronze complexion highlighter.

4. I get a little too giddy when I start thinking about fall. Essie Smokin’ Hot is going to be my fall nail color. Swoon.

5. I absolutely cannot wait to go back to school shopping for this baby one day. They better like it as much as I do…it’s genetic right? I’m just going to go ahead and say yes and buy this sweatshirt.

6. I went ahead and purchased this planner because A. It is currently 20% off and B. I am making so many lists of things to do these days…I simply need a larger planner than the one I am currently using. Quick question I wanted to throw out there to all you mamas: I am a huge fan of stockpiling (kinda, a little, obsessed with couponing) and want to know things you recommend buying before baby. I have heard you should prepare lots of meals for the freezer, load up on your normal hygiene products, but what else?! Any and all thoughts welcome!

7. Like I said, I cannot wait to buy baby school supplies. This book. Come on!

8. I get Staples text offers because I am a couponaholic and when you pair $ off offers with 15 cent deals AND manufacturer coupons, you can score a pretty sweet deal. Imagine my surprise when they texted me an offer for a FREE 12 pack of Poppin Pens. WHAT?! I literally ran there and snagged up one of the only colors I did not already have. So excited to add purple to my hoard!

9. I NEED these shoes for the new school year. Right?

Hope you all have an amazing weekend!!


Madison Recap!


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 Last weekend we went to visit our sister Sarah up in Madison, Wisconsin! Such a fun city!!  We rented a pontoon on lake Mendota on Friday.  It was good to be on the water–made it officially feel like summer!  That night we headed to The Old Fashioned where we ate our fair share of cheese curds.  The next morning we got up bright and early to check out the farmer’s market at the Capitol.  If you’ve been to Madison, most likely you’ve been to this market.  It is seriously one of the neatest markets I’ve ever been to.  Spicy cheese bread from Stella’s, bright fruits and veggies, and, of course, a large cookie that the baby insisted on!

After a few rounds at the market, we headed to Winga Park, where the group paddle boarded.  I didn’t feel comfortable trying it for the first time pregnant so I was the official photographer!  We wrapped up the evening and weekend watching the fireworks over the lake at Paisan Restaurant.

Thank you, Sarah, for an amazing weekend!  We can’t wait to come back!  I am now sitting waiting to board my flight to Kansas City for my cousin Katie’s baby shower and some more quality family time!  Off to the next adventure!

Happy Thursday, friends!

Monday Perks!


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20150706-082718.jpgGood morning!  Hope you all had a great weekend!  We had an absolute blast with family this weekend up in Madison.  There will definitely be a recap coming later this week! Today, I wanted to share some goodies I have been eyeing and while I would like to say not every goody round-up post I share will include baby stuff–I cannot resist.  Buying baby items not only makes it feel real, everything is also so yummy.  So small, so soft, so darling!  I have been buying a few things here and there if I find a good deal–trying not to go too overboard!  Here’s what I am loving this week!

1. I want all the baby bear stuff.  As you can tell from our announcement post, we love da baby bear theme.  I say we keep it going with this darling pennant.

2. I haven’t had any cravings per se, but I have upped my ice cream intake slightly.  This local favorite has me drooling.

3. Turtle Tray.  Swoon.

4. The cutest teether you ever did see.

5. These darling jeans are out of stock–so bummed! Is there anything cuter than skinny jeans on a baby?

6. Brimful has an assortment of simple, but cute baby items.  These rattles are no exception!

7. Love the look of this stool.  This is a super expensive option and a little out of our decorative budget.  Darn!  On the hunt for something similar!

8. I saw these sandals in store the other day and I about fell over.  They were so tiny and I could just see our little munchkin’s feet running/crawling around in them next summer!

What about you all?  What are you loving this week?

Hope you all have a wonderful Monday!

Life Lately…


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 The bump at 14 weeks!

This goodness tastes and feels like I am partaking in a glass or two of vino.  I’ll take it!

We found this chair for $4 at a garage sale!  Matt gave it a little lift with some bright yellow spray paint for the nursery!

How in the world is it already July?!

 15 week bump–definitely feel like it fluctuates in size!

I have been using these products daily.  You can find them at Target now which is absolutely amazing.  Currently if you buy one you can get the second 25% off!  Take a look at their whole line!  They have fabulous products!

I am officially 16 weeks this Saturday and I feel like time is flying by.  The first few weeks, when no one knew yet, time seemed to drag a little–plus I was seriously exhausted.  Now that I am in my second trimester, my energy levels are returning and the summer months have provided a little reprieve from my normally hectic schedule.  I have still stayed plenty busy with summer school, my internship, and nannying most evenings, but there are more breaks in the day for a little nap or to relax a little.  Overall, I feel really great (I have only had one emotional breakdown–which is actually less than the non-preggo norm).

This weekend, Matt and I are heading to Madison, Wisconsin for a family get together and we have been bouncing around the house all week with excitement.  Family time is just what the doctor ordered!

What about you guys, what have you been up to??  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend!!


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