Monday, December 26, 2016

Baby Christmas Haul!

First off and most importantly I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. I spent Christmas surrounded by family and couldn't have been more blessed! It's been a goal of mine to pick up YouTube again in addition to this blog... so today I thought why wait for a the new year?  Might as well just jump right in... and that I did. Today I uploaded a haul of Elizabeth's first ever Christmas loot. I hope you al enjoy and don't take this the wrong way. I enjoy these types of videos and thought I would share. Check it out and let me know what you think! 


Friday, December 23, 2016

Four Things.

I took a mini blogging break since the holiday season has been SO beyond crazy busy. Today, Christmas Eve eve, I have all my gifts wrapped, cards sent out, home (almost) ready for guests... in exhausted. We are chilling today and baking cookies and painting ornaments for our neighbors tonight... but I have a few things on my mind that I want to share. Here we go!

1. Y'all, I love our cat. I've never really been a fan of (domestic) felines, but the fuzz ball we rescued is SO beyond chill. Well, when she's not climbing my Christmas tree or attacking the blinds...or head butting me at 3am because she wants her ears scratched. Anyway, she's fabulous. The one catch is the litter box... yuck. I clean it every morning when I get up and right before bed, and I can still smell it! I am obsessive about my home and I (like everyone else) want it to smell fresh, warm and inviting when you walk in. NOT like a cat box. The Arm & Hammer litter we are using now is the best I've tried so far. I've googled around and found a cat litter they work? Any other suggestions for keeping her box fresh? Your holy grail litter box? Let me know.

2. I drink coffee daily, at least one cup (or three). Naturally I have an obsession with coffee mugs of all kinds but there is just something special about a new Christmas mug. Maybe that's why I have purchase four so far this season and have my eye on one more I saw at target a few days ago... send help y'all. I am also seriously dreading putting them away for the year in a few days... strange? Yes. But that's me. Is there a group for the coffee mug obsessed? Maybe I can start one.

3. It's going to be a warm(ish) rainy Christmas here in Ohio this year. If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat, you saw a few weeks ago that we got over four inches of white fluffy goodness. I LOVE taking the boys out to play in the snow, especially on Christmas. Unfortunately it seems that we won't be having a white Christmas this year. Bummer.

4. There are two kinds of people during the holiday season: the type that live for wrapping Christmas gifts, bows, and everything else in between. And there are the people who despise it, would rather pay someone else to do it, and tend to stay up til 3 am on Christmas Eve because they put it off.  I belong to the pro-gift wrap group. Beautiful shiny paper under the tree makes my heart so happy! I purchased ten different types of paper (I know) because they say variety is the spice of life. My family is just going to rip it apart and destroy it... but in the mean time it looks beautiful. It's the little things.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Mini Style: Touches of Gold

It's mini style time, y'all! Right now Elizabeth and I are curled up under blankets while it snows, and watching The Santa Clause. Lately we've been staying super casual and comfy while we adjust to the colder climate-- but I just had to share this one with you!

By now you all know I love grey and gold...if I could get away with it, that's all I would wear or decorate with. Elizabeth's wardrobe definitely reflects that! I paired her black pants with this ADORABLE sweater. I am dying over the little touches of gold.... it's perfect. Her little boots and crown matched perfectly. Honestly, I can't get enough of outfits like this. Casual but cute and nice enough to wear out while we run errands! Win win.

I kept it brief today, but I will see you all for my post on Friday... as always, thanks for reading. God Bless.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Bookworm Goals and Haul

When I was a child and into my teens and young adult life, I read a LOT. I loved books, bookshops, libraries... it's held it's magic for me my entire life. I believe I was a goner the first time I picked up a Harry Potter book, if I'm honest. In the last year and a half I have lost touch with that part of myself. I'm unsure if it's exhaustion or a lack of time to myself, but I rarely pick up a book these days. I randomly found a YouTube video of a book haul and something about it lit up my soul all over again. Instead of purchasing books for my littles (which I happily do often) I decided to get a few new books for my iPad. I much prefer a physical book in my hand BUT it's a lot easier to use my iPad, as it doesn't require a reading light. If I fall in love with any of the books I picked out, a physical copy will probably make it's way onto my bookshelf.... I'm crazy like that.

I read to my kids and purchase new books for them often, so let me know if you would like to see a book haul --kid style! In the meantime I thought I would share with you a few of the titles I picked up. Obviously I don't know much about them yet, but I could possibly do a review as I finish them? Sound interesting? Let me know. This post is about more than just sharing a few books with you all (although that's awesome). This is going to be my reminder to take time for myself, and not to let go of the things that bring me matter how overwhelming my mom life can become. So my goal is to finish two books a month! I know that doesn't seem like much but between my kids, house, husband and this blog... I'll be happy to fit two in.

I am a little ashamed that it's taken me this long to get my hands on HARRY Potter and the Cursed Child. My twin sister and I are die hard HP fans and are unbelievably proud of our fandom! Since I have committed to this 2-a-month thing, I knew I had to go back to where my love for reading began. I started this one today and so far so good. The format took a minute for me to adjust to, but I think I am going to be purchasing this little baby to add to my HP shelf. Yes, I said shelf.

The next one I learned about through PeruseProject on YouTube. From what she said, its basically a spin on the classic Snow White fairy tale. I am always down for that, so hopefully The Shadow Queen will be worth the read. Stay tuned.

The last book I picked out is a psychological thriller about a woman being held captive. Apparently the main character in Baby Doll is being held against her will but eventually finds the nerve (and opportunity) to escape. I thought this would be an interesting book to mix in with the other two, as it is a completely different genre and will keep me from getting bored.

Do you have any must reads that you recommend? I am open to almost anything, so drop me a line in the comments and tell me about the best book you've read recently! Thank you all so much for stopping by, and as always, God Bless.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Top Six Christmas Movie Favorites

This last week has been rough, y'all. For the first time ever Elizabeth has a full blown cold accompanied by an ear infection. My poor little lady has been a mess and I'm trying to survive on three hours of sleep each night. I know you mommas can relate, so tell me: how do you survive sickness with your children? It hurts my heart so much to see her so uncomfortable, and tying to survive on no sleep with an EXTREMELY clingy baby is no walk in the park. I need your advice! Since we've basically lived on the couch this week, I've spent more time than usual watching television. I think chandler, Elizabeth and I have watched every Christmas movie known to man, and I thought it would be fun to share a few of our favorites with you.

1. The Santa Clause. I have loved this movie since the first time I saw it when I was a little girl. My mom had to repurchase the tape (remember those?!) twice! Last year I found it on DVD and I am so so glad I did. Tim Allen is hilarious in this spin on a classic tale about Santa Claus. You can't beat it.

2. Elf. I don't think I know anyone who Doesn't like Elf.... Will Ferrell. Christmas. How could you go wrong? I love "Buddy's" childlike innocence and the lessons learned in this movie. The kids think it's hilarious and keep it on repeat. SON OF A NUTCRACKER!

3. Home Alone 1&2. I feel like I don't even need to explain myself. This is a family classic that should go down in history as one of the BEST Christmas films of all time. However after the first time watching it, the boys were inspired to try to set up traps in our house so... yeah. Maybe keep that in mind when your littles see it the first time.

4. The Grinch. Dr. Seuss. Enough said.

5. Christmas with the Kranks. Tim Allen kills it again! Honestly, there is a little bit of adult humor in this one. I love the anti-Christmas theme in this film, how everything comes full circle with a heartwarming ending. A super funny film, but probably better suited for a slightly older audience.

6. A Charlie Brown Christmas. I can remember watching this as a little girl on tv with my family. My twin sister is obsessed with Peanuts, as are the boys, so this definitely had to make an appearance at least a few times this year.

Annnnnnnnnnd that's a wrap, folks. Tell me, what are your favorite Holiday movies?   Do you have any traditions associated with holiday films? Comment below! As always, thank you for reading. God Bless!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

No Pictures, Please! Well, Not Exactly.

Eventually I am going to share my labor and delivery story with you, but today is not that day. For one it's going to take a while to write and I have a screaming baby on my hands and two, I need to confirm a few things with the people I shared my experience with. Four people stuck out 36 hours of labor with me....They deserve a gold metal to be honest. Seriously though I will share with you soon. Your probably wondering why I am bringing it up (or maybe not I'm just assuming. You might not even care. Who knows). Now to answer the question you didn't even ask!

Probably like many of you reading this, I am apart of "mom groups" on Facebook. {{speaking of Facebook, check out my new page for this blog! It needs some love! Exit shameless promo}} There are honestly 100 mom groups for any parenting, or general, topic you can imagine. For the most part it's a great thing.  It's not always perfect and I have a post planned to discuss that at a later date. Anyway, back on topic. Mom groups. There are also "due date groups" that you can join at the beginning of your pregnancy and everyone posts about milestones, symptoms, all that fun stuff. In one of my due date groups a few days ago someone asked the members to share their L&D photos. I immediately got excited and then the realization that I have none hit me. Not one photo of me in labor, not a single shot of Elizabeth's birth. None of me holding her when I was eventually able to. Nothing. There is a single photo of her in her little bed about two hours after she was born, thank goodness my aunt stopped in to see us right after she was born or I wouldn't have that either.

My heart is just so sad. I have to rely on my memory and the memories of others if I want to remember that special time. Babies change and grow so quickly.... I guess my point is take pictures. Take hundreds. Take pictures of your hospital room. Of the staff (if they're willing). Of your labor, your delivery, and especially after. Once time passes and you think back on such a life changing event your going to want visuals. Obviously I can't change it now but if I could go back I would definitely have hired a birth photographer or at the very least made sure someone sitting in the background took plenty of pictures. Definitely a lesson learned for the future, if another baby is in the cards for us.

Today's post is short and sweet, just a gentle reminder to the mommas to be out there. Hey, and to the seasoned mamas! Take photos of those littles! I know I don't have to remind you how quickly they grow. Time seems to pass in leaps these days. Alright, I'll stop. As always, thanks for reading. Have a good weekend, God Bless.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Makeup Must Haves

Tonight as I was sharing my fake tan routine on my Instagram story (yes, I fake tan in December) I was thinking about the products I use most. I have been passionate about makeup from a VERY young age.. like I used to smuggle my moms stuff to school in second grade. The love (obsession?) has just grown over time, and I find myself using different products regularly... yet I still fall back on my holy grails. Since becoming a momma I find it a lot harder to find time for myself. I'm sure all you moms out there can relate! So over the last seven months I have paired down to the products I ABSOLUTELY need, that are quick and easy to apply, and perform their intended purpose well. Some things do change, like eyeshadow or lip product... because every now and then mommas gotta mix it up. I thought it would be fun to share with you all the products I've used regularly over the last month or two! Let's dive in.

1. Moisturizer: as a teen/young adult I had combination to dry skin. Most of my oil was on my chin and nose, typical tzone oiliness. Unfortunately as an adulty adult (that's a thing right?) I have went from combo to straight up dry skin. Y'all, right now at this very moment I have patches of dry skin on my eyelids! My eyelids! I have never had to deal with this before. I exfoliate my brains out, and it helps, but nothing does my skin better than Cliniques dramatically different moisturizing lotion. My Grandma was a diehard Clinique fan for as long as I can remember, and now I know why. If there is one thing I am willing to invest in, it's my skin.

2. Face Primer: Over the years I have tried SO many face primers, both drugstore and high end. There are several awesome drugstore options, but for my ride or die foundation (listed below) the Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour primer is my go to. It's honestly the first stick primer I've ever tried and I didn't have high hopes for it. I am so glad I received it as a sample (looking at you, cashier at Ulta) because it's not something I would typically try on my own. It smooths my dry skin and gives me a flawless base to work with. I love it and would definitely recommend it! 

3. Foundation: Personally foundation is the most important element in my beauty routine. I'm not a big fan of concealers, so momma needs FULL coverage. I need something that lasts, doesn't oxidize, and looks good in flash photos. A matte finish is a plus, too. While browsing the feed of one of my favorite Facebook beauty groups I found a thread of ladies going nuts over this Elf Acne Fighting Foundation. After reading up on it, I decided to hunt it down. Maybe it's just the area I live in, but I had to go to FIVE different stores to find this little baby. Eventually I got my hands on it, and it was worth the search. It is a true liquid that sets beautifully! I apply it with a damp round top brush, first stippling it on and then blending in circular motions. It has helped with breakouts... I've had one since I first started using it! I know not everyone has had as good results with the acne fighting portion, but I am over the moon with my results. My only complaint is the shade range. I bought the shade porcelain, and it is certainly not going to match someone who typically purchases a porcelain shade. The range is definitely darker than most, so you super fare girls might not be able to wear this. 

4. Setting Powder: I like to see my base, and right now Tarte Amazonian Clay setting powder is doing the trick for me. I received it in a deluxe sample set and enjoy it. It's lightweight and leaves a nice finish on the skin. 

5. Bronzer: This time of year I almost exclusively use my NYC Smooth Skin Matte Bronzer in Sunny (not pictured). For me, it is the perfect product for a light glow and easy contour that doesn't require me to blend my arm off. As a mom on a tight time limit, it's perfect. I've been using this bad boy for years and have never been disappointed.  

6.  Blush: I have a plethora of blushes, but I find myself going back to MAC Cosmetics blush in Well Dressed. I first tried this back in 2012 and have used it ever since...and maybe bought multiples in case it was ever discontinued.... it's a nice tone of pink that gives a beautiful flush to the cheeks. A little goes a long way with this guy, so it lasts forever. Bonus!

7. Eye Primer: If you want you eyeshadow to pop, and last all day, you need to prime. The Nyx HD Eyeshadow Base is yet another product I have stockpiled because it's affordable, outperforms most of its competitors, and has a doe foot applicator. It's a win/win, folks. 

8. Eyeshadow: The shadow I'm using changes on a regular basis for me. This is another makeup item that I tend to get super excited about, and spend way too much on. Lately I've been in an all matte phase, so I was over the moon when my sister gave me an early Christmas gift that included Tarte's 'Tartelette Tease' palette. This mini palette packs a punch with a mix of six matte and shimmer shadows. The matte shades are actually creamy and pigmented, which isn't always the case with a matte formula. I would definitely recommend this little guy! 

9. Eyeliner: I am a winged liner type of girl, and most liquids will do the trick for me. However, I am INSANELY picky over my pencil liners. A few years ago I fell in love with Urban Decays 24/7 Glide On kohl liners. Unfortunately I went through them rather quickly, and the price tag isn't ideal. Thankfully I received Rimmel London's ScandalEyes Kohl Liner through voxbox a while ago. They are INDENTICAL, Fam. RL may actually be better, if I am being honest. At a fraction of the cost, I stocked up on every shade. My favorite is the black... it is so dark and smooth when applied. If you prefer a white or nude, they have your back!  

10. Mascara: I feel like I have tried every mascara on the market,  and I always come back to Rimmels Retro Glam. It is a dupe for Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and is slot easier on the wallet. When I wear Retro Glam (with curled lashes) I can skip the falsies. Score! 

11. Lips: As previously stated, my lip product changes regularly. However liquid lips are my obsession right now,  and I recently received this Tarteist Lip Paint as a gift. I love nudes, so I was super excited. However upon initial use I was super disappointed! It settled in lines and feathered and I looked like a mess. After a little research and playing with it, I found that if I use lip liner all over my lips first, I am much happier with the result! 

Shooooooo! Laaaawd that's a lot of makeup talk. TBH, I love it and I hope you did too. Go ahead and leave me a comment down below telling me all about your favorite beauty product! As always, thank you so much for reading. God Bless. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Bath Time Favorites: 0-6 Months

Bath time has always been one of my favorite bonding activities with Elizabeth. Her first bath at the hospital was stressful for me, because she was sore and miserable the entire time. Honestly I don't know of many littles who have an awesome experience the first time around. They are new to the world, cold, and want their momma. Once we were home and her cord stump fell off we had a MUCH better experience and it's now her favorite activity of the day! I thought it would be fun to share with you a few of our must have bath time products from her first six months of life.

Let's start off with the main component to bath time: the tub. While I was pregnant I looked into (what felt like) a million different options. We registered for a jetted tub for her (I know, I know.) and luckily we didn't receive it at our shower. I say luckily because now that she is here I see how unnecessary that really is... but it sounded awesome at the time, okay? We eventually settled on the Summer Infant Newborn-To-Toddler Deluxe Bath Shower System. While my daughter was a newborn I LOVED this. The little sprayer that came with it was my main motivation for purchasing this tub and it made rinsing her hair a breeze. It only takes a minute to fill the compartment up with water and is detachable! Easy peasy, y'all. However as she grew and began to grow and wiggle she would slide around on the newborn seat that comes with the tub. Definitely not ideal, but if you are giving baby the attention you should be during bath time it's not a big deal. The tub is easy to clean, fits in my bathroom closet, and overall fills its intended purpose.

I don't know about you, but to me there are few scents better than a baby fresh from a bath. We have tried multiple baby washes and always come back to Johnson and Johnson. Before you jump down My throat, I have done research and made an educated decision that Brandon and I are comfortable with. We received several gift sets at my shower similar to the one pictured above and love it! She is almost seven months old and we haven't had to purchase any for her yet. We also received a few small bottles of Baby Magic wash and lotion at my shower and like that as well. But for us, J&J is our preference right now. Once our supply dwindles a little more we may venture out and try a few other brands... stay tuned!

My last bath time favorite/necessity is the aden anais wash cloths. They. Are. Awesome. We have several sets of Gerber wash cloths which I do like, but they are no where near as soft after being washed a few times. You can never have too many of these! We also love hooded towels. Y'all, there's nothing sweeter than a baby in a hooded towel. Unless they decide to pee on you before you get a diaper on them. That's not cute. Anyway, we picked up a few sets at Target and Babies R Us and they've held up great. Unfortunately, she is almost too long for them now. If you have any recommendations for longer ones, let me know. I'm not ready to give up the cuteness yet!

I hope you found my little list helpful. Elizabeth has just started playing with bath toys, and has a new "big girl" tub, so I see a update coming in the near future. Thank you all so much for stopping by, I appreciate you so much! Until next time, God Bless.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Checking In

It's been a minute since the last time I talked to all of you. The holiday season is here and I have never been more busy in my life! This is one of the best times of the year, I'm just trying to soak it all in. If you follow me on my other social media I post regularly (especially Instagram!) so you can keep up with me on a daily basis, if you'd like. Don't worry, I don't plan to slow down or stop updating here! I love it way too much. This is my happy place, y'all. Okay, let's talk about Thanksgiving! First of all I hope everyone enjoyed a blessed meal with the people you cherish most. I decided to host this year... and I gotta publicly announce that I have under appreciated my family for the past twenty five years. Single handedly putting together a holiday meal is unbelievably stressful. I have never in my life cooked a turkey, but after a little research and advice from family....I made the most tender, juicy turkey I've ever eaten. I'm not even going to act like I'm not proud of myself because Lord knows I was stressing about it for days. I started cooking TWO DAYS before Thanksgiving and still spent nine hours in the kitchen. It was so worth it once my family arrived and we were at the table together! I was so in the moment I didn't take half of the pictures I wanted to, but I have plenty of memories to cherish.

I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am for Elizabeth's first Christmas. This week we plan to go do the bulk of our Christmas shopping, which is super exciting! I could possibly have a baby gift guide coming up.... stay tuned! We took the boys last night to see a local holiday lights show. I've been going for years so it was really fun to include our little people. Afterwards we baked sugar. Cookies while we watched home alone. The boys have never seen it, so Kevin fascinated them! We are going to put up our own lights this weekend... I don't do heights in any capacity so that is all on Brandon. Say a prayer for him! I will definitely share the finished product with all of you. On an unrelated note...we have added a new member to our family! A gorgeous six month old kitten named Duchess is currently running our house. She was abandoned by my moms neighbors, they moved and just left her outside. My mom took her in but isn't home enough to have a pet.... and here we are. In all honestly she's probably the most laid back cat I've ever met. She's cuddly, loves the kids and sleeps most of the day. Now if I could just get her to stop climbing my Christmas tree! Any suggestions? Alright y'all I've rambled long enough. I just wanted to touch base and check in. Like I said, I hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving! As always, thank you for reading. God Bless.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

I'm Not Trying To Get My Body Back After Baby

Listen. I do my best to keep it real around here, and lately I've been seeing a lot of posts in my mom groups that don't sit right with me. Women posting about getting their "body back". The first time I read that I thought to myself what does that even mean? Obviously I knew they were talking about losing the weight gained during pregnancy, but it rubbed me the wrong way. Now I'm not going to sit here and act like I'm in an awesome headspace when it comes to body image all the time... because I'm totally not. If you don't know, I lost about 70 pounds before I got pregnant with Ellie. Let me tell you, I worked my ass off to lose every single pound. As you can imagine gaining 31 of those pounds back was a mental struggle, and still is. I am learning first hand that for me, it's taking twice as long to lose now. My postpartum body is different. But that's okay!

Two months before I conceived vs three weeks before delivery 

It's okay. Say that with me. IT IS OKAY! Did you say it? It really helps.... go ahead. Try it. Feels good, huh? Okay now back to business. I want to feel good when I wake up in the morning. I want to have my energy back. I want my body to perform the way it did pre baby. In all honestly, I want to look good too. Maybe that sounds superficial but I am fine with that. I'm also aware that what looks good to me might be the complete opposite to you. With all that being said, I don't want to "get my body back". My body didn't go anywhere and it worked EXTREMELY hard to give me my beautiful daughter. I want to celebrate where I am at in my journey. I want to look forward to reaching my goals for the future. I want to love who I am now... and how I look NOW. We all have bad days, sure. I have days when nothing fits right and I feel like a swamp monster. Who doesn't?

I have days of weakness where I eat like a teenage boy and can't motivate myself to get out the door for a run. I also have days where I crush P90X (my current fitness adventure) like a beast. It's all about balance. I guess after seeing one too many posts of mommas bashing themselves I just want to let you know that if your not in love with how you look, or where your at, it's okay. Your going to reach your goals! I promise you, you'll get there. But don't forget where your at now. Enjoy life because it is so short. I know I don't want to look back thirty years from now, wishing I would have done this or that.... but didn't because I was unhappy with myself in that moment. I'm working hard on myself, mentally and physically. I encourage you all to do the same, but be gentle!

Alright, I'm off my soapbox. I love you all. God Bless.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Three Things: Christmas Trees, Baby Gear, and Thanksgiving Dinner.

I thought it would be fun to talk with you about three things that have been on my mind lately. Nothing serious, nothing heavy. Every now and then I have something that I just can't get out of my head... here are a few:

1. My Christmas tree. Now before you start typing away in the comments about how it's "too early" and that I am "skipping Thanksgiving " I assure you it's not and I am not. In my household, I like to put my tree up in early November. The longer it's up, the longer I can enjoy it! I tend to slowly add in other decorations as the month of November goes by. This year our pre lit tee had a malfunction of sorts and the lights at the top and midway down burnt out. Brandon's solution to fixing that was to just go buy strands of lights to add in. Okay, no big deal. I can handle that. What he didn't tell me was that he planned on buying colorful lights for our white light tree. So after it was all said and done, our trees areas that have both sets of working lights are beautiful. It might not be my style but it's pretty. However the middle and top look dark because there is only one set of lights.... so now I have to pick up lite so it all matches. It might have been easier to buy a new tree. We will never know. I also have an issue with little hands touching the tinsel and ornaments... so you can see they are clustered together and the branches are bent at odd angles. It is what it is... I'll fix it eventually.

2. Outgrown baby gear. Elizabeth has outgrown her swing, rock n play, bouncers, infant tub, bassinet.... pretty much anything she used as a newborn. All this stuff is taking up a lot of space, and I'm not sure what to do with it. I don't really want to pass it on to someone else or sell it. I don't have a garage where I can safely store it, I would be upset if anything got ruined.... but I don't really want to stare at it all the time. See my dilemma? Any ideas would be appreciated!

3. Our Thanksgiving menu. For the first time ever Brandon and I are hosting thanksgiving dinner in our home! I am beyond excited about this, but also overwhelmed. We have several picky eaters in the family so it's making menu planning a little difficult. Someone wants turkey, someone else only eats ham. It's basically been a back and forth struggle. The way it's looking now, there will be plenty of left overs! There's always a bright side.

That's all I have for you today, folks. What's been on your mind lately? Thank you for stopping by as always. God Bless.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Clothing Haul!

It's been a LONG time since I last went to the mall with the intent to purchase multiple clothing pieces. Last year I was pregnant and didn't really want to invest in a lot of maternity wear. I gave birth in may, and for the last six months I've basically been telling myself I need to wait until I lose the rest of my baby weight before I buy anything. I can celebrate with a new, updated, amazing wardrobe splurge once I reach my goals, right? Wrong! Why should I wait and punish myself because my body might be holding on to that weight a little tighter than it would have pre pregnancy? Why should I wear clothing I'm NOT happy or comfortable in, in turn making me unhappy with my appearance? Listen up, folks. I realized that we need to love and accept where we are now before we can move forward.

Shop these items here

And I moved forward.... to the mall... to pick up a few things. And here we are, with a trendy (ish) fall/winter clothing and accessories haul. I don't know about your shopping preferences, but I have no problem investing in nice staple pieces. When it comes to trendy items that may only be worn one season, I would rather buy items that are inexpensive. I feel less guilty if something is only worn a few times if I didn't spend a ton on it. Maybe I'm crazy, but that's how I shop. I love stores like Forever 21 and Rue 21 for that reason! It's affordable and super cute. I hit Rue first, and picked up an adorable pair of black flats with tassels. Unfortunately I picked up the wrong size, so I'll need to exchange them... but they are adorable and I can't wait to wear them! I also picked up a rose gold monogram ring with Elizabeth's initial. I can't wear necklaces very often (Ellie has already broken two) so I tend to reach for rings and bracelets. They got me with their rack of mugs at the register! Isn't the Good Vibes mug everything?!

I desperately needed new jeans, and Forever 21 had my back. I bought two pairs of jeans very similar to the pair above for  $12.50! I couldn't find the exact pair I purchased on the website, but they are almost identical... and online they are $7.90 right now! It's a wonderful thing. I also wanted a pair of sunglasses that would look cute, but not break my heart and bank if they get messed up in my purse or while I'm doing life. I've learned the hard way that I won't keep pricey sunglasses in a hard case in my
purse. Forever 21 always has a TON of options and it was hard not to buy several pairs. In the end I settled on the pair above and they look great. I like stud earrings because my daughter can't pull them out. I saw the adorable cuff earrings and stud set and couldn't leave without them. Necessary? No. But they are inexpensive and cute. So it's fine, right?

I popped in Old Navy because one cannot go to the mall and not go into Old Navy. It's my happy place. After an hour combing the racks, I walked out with a polar bear thermal, a "baby it's cold outside" thermal and an amazing plaid top. I had a hard time passing up a promo my store had going on with socks and leggings, so a few pairs of those items came home with me as well.

I'm sure as the season continues and temperatures drop, I will be picking up a few more items here and there. When that time comes, I will definitely share! In the meantime, maybe a OOTD mom style? In the near future? You never know. I hope you all enjoyed this and I will see you soon. Thanks for stopping by, God Bless.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Style Me: American Pride Vibes

It's a new day, folks. I know a lot of people are unhappy with the current situation our country is in. Personally, I don't share my opinions or feelings on things like this publicly simply because it is way to easy to fall down the rabbit hole. You know what I mean... you start out discussing why you support a candidate, or why you don't, and the next thing you know your in a heated debate with someone you might not even know. I will say that I have never seen people get so upset, and be so disrespectful as I have in the final months of the 2016 election. But here we are, and regardless of how I feel I am going to support my country. With that being said, today is a Style Me post with some patriotic flair. Use one piece from this set, or all, if your feeling feisty. Lets support each other and our country and look good while we are doing it! Here we go.

Y'all, you know how I feel about leggings. If you are in the "leggings aren't pants" camp we probably can't be friends. I love them that much.... and what pairs perfect with leggings? You guessed it. A comfy sweater! Literally what I live in during the winter months. Throw on a pair of uggs and I am a proud basic biotch. (Any body seen my Starbucks cup?!) In all seriousness, this works with any color pallet. Uggs come in a ton of different styles and shades and will match almost any top you choose. It's a beautiful thing.

Back to our patriotic vibes... you could simply add a pair of studs like the gorgeous pair I picked out, or any shade of red or blue. Add a nice watch and headband and bam! Subtle yet supportive. Or you could go all out (like me) and throw in a scarf, flag phone case and a pair of American flag socks. Listen, there are only a few occasions where I get to dress this way. I'm taking full advantage.

I hope we can all adjust smoothly, without too much conflict. I know I'll be doing my best, and I'll be well dressed while I do it. I hope you guys enjoyed today's post. Don't forget to check out my other social media to stay in touch! I appreciate you, and as always... thank you for reading! God Bless.

**This is not a sponsored post. all opinions are my own. Click the photo above for links to each item**

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Elizabeth's Six Month Update

That's right, folks. Elizabeth is six months old! SIX MONTHS. That's half of a year... it really doesn't seem like that much time has passed, yet here we are. The last month has been exciting for us. Ellie has really gotten into her toys. She liked to play before, but I've noticed growth in her attention span and how she plays. It's fun to watch. She's also learning that when she wants something, she screams shrilly to get our attention. I'm hoping she grows out of this as her speech develops. Speaking of vocabulary, Elizabeth can now say "no, no, no!" And "momma" which is very exciting!

She has also discovered how to shake her head no. I'm not sure when or how she figured this one out... she just started seemingly out of nowhere. As you all know, Elizabeth has been enjoying solids for a while now. She's moved on to stage two foods and loves the different varieties! She is still in size two diapers, but I think when I buy the next case she will move up a size. She is still able to get away with a few 3-6m clothing pieces, but the majority of her wardrobe is 6m or 6-9m. She outgrew her shoes overnight! Well, maybe not that quickly, but it sure feels like it. Expect a shoe and accessories haul soon!

I believe I've covered all of Elle's milestones this month. I hope you are all doing well! As always, thank you so much for reading. God Bless.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

One of my favorite days of the year has arrived! Halloween!!!! The weather is perfect... gloomy and chilly. Elizabeth isn't going trick or treating this year, it seemed a little silly to take her since she's (almost) six months old. However she will be wearing a super cute and creepy sleeper as we pass out candy tonight! We plan on eating a nice meal and watching tons of movies. Hocus Pocus, anyone? I hope you all have an awesome and safe holiday. God Bless!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

1 Step Wondergel Nail Color Review

Hello beautiful people! I had a bit of a catastrophe with my plumbing (like not being able to do laundry, shower, or run my kitchen sink for longer than two minutes) the last few days hence why you are reading this today instead of yesterday. Confusing? A little. Let's just all take a moment of silence and thank Johnny's Sanitation for bringing back the life that I am accustomed to. Seriously, we should all take the time to appreciate our first world accommodations because living without them was a serious reality check. Okay, now let's move on!

Before I had Elizabeth I was all about my hair, makeup and nails being done all the time. Fast forward to reality, at least for me, that's nearly impossible now. I can't go get my nails done (or even do it myself) once a week. I just don't have the time and frankly, that is an unnecessary expense. I love the look and last of gel nails so I decided to hit the drugstore and see what options they had for me. 99% of gel nail kits required a light to cure the polish, which is what makes it so fabulous. Unfortunately I don't have the kind of time that requires and I didn't really want to drop around sixty bucks on one either. I realized I had two other options: polishes that came in a system (base coat, gel color, top coat) or what we are talking about today! The Wet n' Wild 1 Step Wondergel nail color.

I've loved Wet n' Wild for years! Since I was a tween, if we are honest. Over the years Wet n' Wild has stepped to their game as a brand. I honestly feel like they can compete with any drugstore brand. I have high hopes and can't wait to see what they come out with in the future. This isn't an ad, I promise. I just REALLY enjoy them. Okay, back to the product! So this polish claims it lasts up to 2 weeks of wear, no harsh removal, and it is 3 free (no formaldehyde, toluene, or phthalate)! Honestly I kinda rolled my eyes at the length of wear. I have never had a manicure last that long, but I had an open mind. After purchasing I quickly hopped on their websiteto check out exactly how I should apply and it was pretty standard instructions. I always read through reviews to find application tips, and most said to a apply two coats. I usually do that regardless of the product I'm using, so that wasn't a big deal.

Wet n' Wild gives you a fairly wide shade range with this line- 24 different shades to be exact. I went back and forth on which to buy, and decided on Pale in Comparison. I'm pretty much always down for a pale pinky nude shade and colors like this quickly reveal the quality of the polish.  After applying the first coat I was undecided, but after the second I was in love. It took some patience to get a streak free application, but it dried beautifully and set quickly. I will say this doesn't exactly resemble a true "gel" manicure, but it's nice. This shade in particular doesn't have a lot of shine after it dries, but I can't speak for the others. If you really like a high shine finish, add a topcoat. I will say they claim it is unnecessary for lasting power, so that's up to you.

Like most mommas, I'm rough on my nails. I am wrangling a baby all day, cleaning, doing laundry and dishes. Most polishes last two days without a chip, if that. My expectations were not much higher for this and fortunately I was pleasantly surprised. I painted my nails on Friday, by Monday I had a little bit of wear on the tips but absolutely no chips! I was very surprised. By Friday the tips did need touched up but were otherwise fine. I had my first chip on Wednesday, so they almost made it two weeks!

I am impressed. While this gel polish didn't exactly meet the two week claim, I think it's worth the purchase. Removal was just as they said... quick and easy. At $4.99 per bottle, I plan to try out several more shades... and I kinda hope Wet n' Wild comes out with more! This product is definitely a shining star in my collection. How about you? Have you tried this or other "at home" gel manicures? Let me know in the comments! As always, thank you for reading. God Bless.

*this is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own*

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Mini Style: Comfy Princess

It's that time fam! A comfy casual Mini Style this week, with a touch of princess vibes. I am seriously becoming obsessed with this series and it seems like you all are enjoying it too. It doesn't get better than that! However... while doing "research" for future posts (and by research I mean online shopping) I have purchased a copious amount of baby clothing and accessories... (would you like a haul?) just don't tell Brandon, k? K.

I, like most parents, LOVE Carter's. Their prices are easy on the wallet (for the most part) without compromising the quality of the clothing. Let's be real, babies are rough on their belongings. More than one bodily fluid will make contact with their outfit, and that will probably result in a multitude of changes in one day... which also means items will be washed quite a bit. Thankfully these long sleeved onesies are up for the job, as Elizabeth has worn hers several times and they have washed and dried wonderfully. They haven't shrunk in length, which is a big issue I've had with other brands. If you are having that issue, just lay their clothes out flat to dry. I have no idea why it took me so long to figure that out!

Anyway, I paired the onesie with cuffed jeans and our favorite socks. Of course I couldn't leave out the precious little owl and her favorite little owl and princess accessories! Click here to shop all items mentioned in this post. As always, I appreciate you all so much. Thank you so much for stopping by. God Bless!

*this is not a sponsored post. All items were bought by me and all opinions are my own.*

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Monster Mash... Costume Mash? Mash Up? I don't know.

Halloween is just around the corner, folks. Laaaaawd help me, that means Christmas is like next week! I'M SO EXCITED. To get you all in the spooky spirit (if you're not already) I came up with a collection of my favorite Halloween clothing pieces for wee ones. Whether you are a "My First Halloween" onesie type of human, or plan on going full blown costume crazy, I think it's all adorable and wanted to share some of my favorites. Personally I've went back and forth for weeks trying to decide what we are going to do for Elizabeth. This is her first Halloween and I plan on snapping approximately 10483937393 photos, but that's just me. I'm leaning towards a simple  sleeper with a cute bib, or maybe the "I put a spell on daddy" outfit pictured below. I still haven't decided, simply because that Unicorn costume is super cute! Honestly though... we don't plan to take her out, so I don't think a costume is very practical. We'll see what we actually decide in just a few days I guess!

See something you would like to purchase? Click here to go to the product list with links! Can we just talk about the adorable little socks and booties?! I think baby socks are some of the cutest things ever... but festive pairs get me every time. I want to buy them all! The bandanna bibs are also seriously cute and can possibly be used again next fall! Score! I love all of the little onesies. It gives me a chance to keep her a tiny baby for just a little bit longer.... and also gives me the opportunity to put a cute little hat on her head. Lookin' at you, black cat. No superstition here! I know I definitely want to pick up that little sleeper for Halloween night. It's too sweet not to.

I know a lot of people who are dressing up their babes, so I started looking around (which is how this post came about). I saw quite a few super cute options, but I'm a sucker for the animal costumes. I was a tiger for three years in a row, so I immediately got excited when I saw this! The monkey and lion were too cute not to include as well. This season Unicorns seem to be very popular as I came across various options for different ages/sizes. I really can't decide if this should be Elizabeth's first costume. I'm a little bit obsessed. Lastly, the classic pumpkin. The Great Pumpkin, if you will. An oldie but a goodie. You can't go wrong here! If you would like to purchase one if the mentioned costumes, click here

Guess what? A little secret between you and me? Every item mentioned in this post is on sale/clearance right now. Which basically means your getting super awesomely adorable stuff at an amazing price. I know, thank me later. So that's it fam! That's all I have for you today. As always, thank you for reading. God Bless, and be safe this Halloween!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Mini Style: Pretty In Plaid

I've come to the conclusion that I might enjoy dressing my daughter more than I do myself. Her clothes are so sweet. It doesn't help that she's so adorable. Maybe I'm biased, but whatever. It's fine. Fall is happens to be one of my favorite seasons in general, but especially for styling. Layers, earth tones, booties... it's amazing and I know a lot of you agree. Well news flash y'all, it's even more fun when you have littles! For example, check out this Plaid topfrom Koala Baby. I'm a sucker for plaid if it's done in the right way, but it's the ruffles that got me. I can't stand it, it's so cute.

The jeans with the adorable mustard belt are also a little gem from Koala Baby (can you tell we love this brand?) and can be found at Sears or Babies R Us. The cuffed hem looks so cute with just a pair of socks,  but you could definitely throw in your favorite pair of shoes and it would be just as fabulous. I love that the belt comes off easily, which isn't always the case. I hate when belts are attached to bottoms! Word of caution: Elizabeth got ahold of hers several times, I was worried she was going to rip the flower off. I bought size 3-6 months and they were perfect in length but a little big around the waist. That's not a big deal, I'm hoping she will get more wear out of them. They washed nicely so I expect you will see this pair of jeans in a lot of mini style posts!

Accessories are everything, even for little ones.... at least they are in my book. That's why we chose a red bow and charcoal bandana bib to tie everything together. Her outfit was perfect without it, but I think it gave her that extra edge of cuteness. And don't forget the toys! Every girl needs a good toy or two to keep her happy. We went with the Infantino Unicorn and Sophie the Giraffe. They are affordable (as is everything in this post) and Elle Belle loves them. Can't beat that!

As always, thank you for reading! I'm so glad you stopped by... tell me, how do you dress your little? What are your staple clothing items? Leave me a comment below!

God Bless.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Baby Update: Five Months Old!

I can't even type this y'all... I just want to cry. My baby is five months old. I don't know how that happened. Maybe I'm so sleep deprived that I'm unaware of time passing me by. Who knows. It's fun to see babies change and grow, watching them learn new things every day. It's totally wild to compare photos of her month to month. Someone I know compared hospital photos to current photos of their baby and had a meltdown. Wasn't me though, promise.

Elizabeth has learned to roll without a hitch from back to belly. She's been doing this for a while, but she's now trying to figure out how to get from her belly onto her back. She doesn't quite have the hang of it, so I'll keep you posted. She also thinks she's grown and tries her best to sit up. Again, she's not quite there but she tries her best! Sweet potatoes are still her absolute favorite and she gags over bananas. The bottle is still her number one, though.

Elizabeth is sort of all over as far as clothing goes. She's long, so 3-6m pants can be too short in length but 6-9m are too big around the waist. As far as onesies and tops go, she's in 3-6 months. I broke out some of her 6-9m clothing and it made me so sad! Those pieces looked so big. Mercy, I'm not ready. Can you tell?  She's still rockin' a size two diaper, but I think we will be moving on to a size three very soon.

Alright, I gotta go. The more I type the more upset I get. They grow in the blink of an eye. Cherish those little babes! God Bless.

Monday, October 10, 2016

New Series: Mini Style

Today is an exciting day! I've been playing around with the idea of adding a weekly(ish) series to my little place on the internet, and as a lot of you might not know I am super into fashion and styling. After having my daughter that took a backseat as I live in yoga pants, but I digress. After having a baby girl my obsession is on another level. I love getting her dressed everyday! Even on the days when she's in just a onesie and bow.... I think she's the cutest in town! Maybe I am biased, but whatever. It's fine. How fun would it be to post an OOTD of sorts once a week? Perhaps my favorite outfit she wore that week, or something I've seen that I am obsessing over. We will see where this goes! I know every post won't have photos of Elizabeth "modeling" simply because she's five months old and not always in the mood to cooperate.

This week I went through her closet and pulled the rest of her 3/6 month and 6 month clothing. It's getting chilly here in Ohio, it's time to break out long sleeves! (Can I get an amen for fall weather?!) I found this three piece set from carters.... oh my gosh. I remember receiving this set as a gift at my baby shower but I forgot about it. I immediately put this on Elizabeth and honestly I don't think it could get much more cute.

I threw on a pair of grey socks from Old Navy and a dainty grey bow from Carter's, and voila! An adorable (and affordable) outfit was born. I live for these sets because they give you a little variety, stay soft after washing and look so cute. What more could a momma ask for?

What are some of your favorite clothing items for baby?
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Halloween Cookie Party

So it's fall and the temperature, as well as my irritability, is swiftly dropping (can you hear the hallelujah choir too?). The crisp air and changing leaves will forever put me in an amazing mood. Life has been stressful for a number of reasons I'm not ready to discuss yet, (soon!) so I decided to relax with the kiddos and have a Halloween cookie party. For the record, turning a five and seven year old loose with icing in my carpeted dining room is probably the WORST way to "relax". Lesson learned.

Every December for the last decade or so the ladies in my family come together to bake a shameful amount of Christmas cookies. I decided that I would start the tradition this year with my own family, Halloween style. I decided to go with just sugar cookies for simplicity's sake. The boys loved it!

We started off with simple break and bake jack-o-lantern sugar cookies. My boys, and twin sister, are obsessed with these! They are simple and taste great. I'm not mad at it!

I also rolled out sugar cookie dough and cut out some Halloween classics: pumpkins, bats, haunted houses and black cats. However I may have dropped the ball on icing color options as I forgot black. Purple, orange and white got the job done, so no big deal right? We also had some crazy eyes and plenty of sprinkles to work with. They had a blast!

All in all a very pleasant way to spend our Saturday afternoon. I only ate two.. or three. Promise. I can't wait for our Christmas cookie party! Do you have any spooky traditions you keep with your family? Comment below!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Infantino Lil Unicorn Explore and Store Gym

I honestly never realized how near and dear to my heart certain baby items would become. Not even in a sentimental way (that's another post entirely) but in an essential way. I could not accomplish half of what I do without a number of things.... but today we are talking about the Infantino Lil' Unicorn Explore and Store Gym.

Oh. My. Gosh. Guys, seriously. I honestly do not know if I would have purchased this for myself. While I was pregnant I didn't put much thought into play gyms, call me naive... I just didn't think they would really be that important or be put to use. So wrong. I have seen the error of my ways and thank sweet baby Jesus that my twin thought ahead. She purchased this jem for me as a shower gift and I couldn't be more grateful!

Elizabeth has been using this since she was one month old. She may have just been staring up at the toys hanging above her, but she still liked it. Now at almost five months old she is OBSESSED. It keeps her entertained long enough for me to do a load of laundry, wash dishes, edit a post or vlog.  It's a life saver.

This play gym is the only one we own right now, and it could quite possibly stay that way. It has three toys for her to play with, which I prefer over the mats that have a ton going on. Knowing my daughters personality, I fear she would become over stimulated and not enjoy something like that.  It's light, simple to quickly set up and takes up little space! Plus, it's so stinking cute. Who doesn't like unicorns?! (If you have a little mister, it also comes in another pattern. Perf, I know.)

No product is flawless. There are a few things I would change. I would make the actual mat thicker. I have carpet, so it's not a big deal. If you have hardwood floors you would definitely want to throw a blanket or two down underneath it, especially once your babe starts to roll.

The dome that suspends the toys is super light, which is great for travel. However once your child learns to grab, it's all over. Elizabeth pulls it down or kicks it over multiple times per play sesh. Again, not really a big deal as it's super quick and easy to fix.

Lastly I would change the support for the play gym. It has two green legs that support it and keep it upright. I wish they were slightly heavier to withstand my four month old and her desire to destroy things... but like I said earlier she grabs those babies and it's over. Obviously to keep this travel friendly it needs to be light, just a small thing that irks me.

Overall it's a great product and Elizabeth approved! We've been using it for months and I don't see us stopping anytime soon. It's widely available online, but I've included a link below to Walmart's website as it's the most affordable I've seen! If you decide to try this baby out, or have a must have product you would like to share, leave a comment!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Sleepless Weekend

I'm sitting in my recliner trying to write this post on my iPhone because I have an (extremely) light napper in my arms. And by light I mean if I exhale too loudly she stirs. The four month sleep regression is alive and well, y'all. After a week of fighting naps and I'm-going-to-pull-out-my-hair-where's-the-coffee early (early early early) mornings it's been a long almost two weeks.

Never fear! As all things, this sleepless period should be coming to an end. And speaking of ends, this past weekend was pretty good... despite the ever constant yawns and "I need a nap." By the saving grace of our Lord and Savior it was Brandon's long weekend. I say that because without his help I have no idea how I would have made it!

Friday started off with a doctors appointment for me, which I had to ditch early to rush to Chandler's preschool to pick him up. After an afternoon at the dentist we learned he needs a lot of dental work, and he's way more brave than most five year olds I know.


Saturday my mom decided she needed her "grand baby fix" so we dropped Elizabeth off... and sat in the car. Lost. Unsure of what to do with our brief moment of freedom. We decided a dinner date, just the two of us, was the way to go. It might have taken us three hours and half a tank of gas to decide what we wanted.... but I am still impressed by this Ultimate Fettuccine Alfredo.

We enjoyed a quiet child free evening at home. I went to bed at 10:00 pm. Rockin' out on the weekend, I know. But I needed a break from mom life. Sunday was family dinner and shopping with my loves, followed by an early night in. Again.

This post was supposed to be about surviving sleep regression and we ended up with a weekend recap. As it is, I hope you enjoyed! What did you do this weekend?

Friday, September 9, 2016


I kinda have to say.....time flies. It really does. I have fallen behind on all of my social media apart from Instagram, and there is a amazing reason for that.

On May nineteenth at 6:05 a.m. Elizabeth Juliann made her debut. 

Labor was intense and her delivery didn't go as planned. But she is here and is now four months old! Can you believe it?! I am still planning on filming a labor and delivery story as well as posting it here. Honestly I'm still trying to get on a schedule and adjusting to life with a baby has been challenging. Her two big brothers are in love with her. It amazes me how good they can be with her and how easily they adjusted to her. 

I can't wait to post regularly the mean time visit my other social media to stay in touch. I'm so grateful for everyone who has stuck around during this dry spell! 💜 I will see you all soon. 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Pregnancy Update: Weeks 32&33

I put off writing this update because there isn't much to say! Week 32 was much like week 31. Same symptoms, same cravings. The baby bump did pop even more, if that's possible. I can't imagine what I'm going to look like at fourty weeks!

Week 33 did have some excitement! My baby shower was amazing. I already talked to y'all all about that. I couldn't help it. I've been itching to write that post since the evening of the shower! As far as symptoms and such...not much has changed. At this point I don't really expect it to. However I did experience contractions at five minutes apart, lasting a full minute or longer. I was almost convinced it was go time! So far she's still chillin in my belly where she should be for at least another month. I have a doctor's appointment Tuesday afternoon and plan to mention the regular contractions just to be safe. I'm sure it's nothing.

I've picked out her going home outfit and and I've laid out a few other things to take to the hospital with us. I'm a little bit lost, honestly. What are you/have you packed in your baby bag for the hospital? What were your must haves? I don't want to take too much...but I would rather have too much than not enough.

This update was kinda lame...I know. Hopefully 34 will be more exciting. If you bothered to finish this post, you deserve a gold star. I love you.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

TuTu Cute Baby Shower

Well. Better (a week) late than never, right? It's been a week since my shower and  I've been anxiously trying to find the time to write this post. It's like the closer we get to D-Day, the less energy I have...and the more I need to accomplish. But that's a whole other post. I'm suuuuuuper stoked to show you all the amazing décor. My family went over the top, and I'm so grateful. I didn't have much to do with the planning, but it couldn't have been more "me."

As you probably guessed, this is going to be a picture heavy post! First off, I want to share the tables with you. I died when I saw the gold chargers. So pretty! And the center pieces? Seriously? How talented is my cousin Nikki? She made these! The tutu's are just gorgeous. I was so excited to see my favorite flowers in the Mason jars. You can't go wrong with tulips.

Food. Oh, the food. Vegetable ranch cups, wraps, chicken salad....the list goes on. And it was all delicious. Plus I got to bring the left overs home. Score!

How pretty was the mantle? I've always bad an obsession with pigs, so my aunt picked up Elizabeth's first bank and used it for decoration. How sweet? And the votives with little tutu's. I can't. So cute.

I decided not to post pictures of her gifts, at least all together. However my mom bought me a cute little organizer that is now FULL! I shared it on Instagram, so I'll share it here too. I need go point out that bow holder.... my cousin Sara made that and stuffed it with headbands and bows! How sweet!

We are so blessed. Family and friends were so generous, and she will be decked out in tutu's for months! The tutu cute theme was definitely a success, and I had a blast celebrating Elizabeth with everyone.

Sorry for the lack of posts lately! Y'all know how grateful I am for every visit to this little blog. It's my happy place.
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