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Insecurities

Hey friends!

So I have been feeling quite inspired lately…and wanting to chat about something serious. It’s been weighing on me for a hot minute.. Yeah, the title gave it away…All our insecurities! Those sneaky little things get under our skin (sometimes literally) and eat at us. For some, those mean little boogers can totally plague us!

Now if you know me, I am sure you can guess one of my biggest ones. And while I don’t like to talk about them, they still get at me and I may as well put it out there. And maybe someone else can benefit….

So Can we stop and chat for a minute-about something we ALL are a tad self conscious of? Yep. Our smiles. Whether you have the biggest, brightest, whitest teeth you have ever seen, or the not so perfect set of choppers, you will be a little timid about your smile at some point!

Think about it…”Hey, do I have anything in my teeth?” Is that a question you have thrown out a time or two? Or “Yeeesh it’s time for some white strips.” Maybe, “ugh my teeth feel so gross! I need something better!”

I have said all of these at some point, and let me tell you, my smile is what I am most self conscious of….It’s so hard to be ok with my crooked bottom teeth, and one tooth up top that sits back so far in my mouth! (Ok, now I have said it. You know my weakness. Please don’t exploit it.) But over time, I am trying to come to terms with my “different” teeth. Not saying that I wouldn’t take straight teefers in a SECOND, but this is my lot in life and I need to chill and embrace my uniqueness, right? At least that’s the plan. I need to raise kids who can love themselves for their unique qualities, imperfections and all….And to do that, I have to love myself..Right??

  • Along my little self love journey, I have found a couple of things that can enhance my crazy smile….and want to share with you!
    1. The right lipstick.

    Or any fun lipstick for that matter…Believe it or not, I feel like you don’t notice my teeth as much if you see more of my lips! (Distraction is beautiful yall.) And never underestimate the power of a good red lipstick. (Look for ones with blue undertones for the pearliest whites you ever did see!)

    2. Play up your eyes

    Yup. Make those lashes touch the sky. Wear a colored mascara. Slap on a funky eyeshadow. Whatever you gotta do boo boo. The eyes are the windows to the soul (or something like that). So let’s have your peers do some soul-searching and get lost in those blue/brown/green/hazel eyes…Not the broccoli stuck in your teeth.

    3. Find the right toothbrush.

    Yeah. Weird. SO what? But really, I have realized, this is crucial for embracing my smile. It took me a while, but I finally have one I believe in. As a momma of three (still so hard to believe) I am not going to lie, sometimes my morning brush session becomes more of an afternoon cleanup…Shameful I know. But I am so busy and forget!

    You know what helps me out? My fancy shmancy new toothbrush (Yup. Just put that goofy word on paper…Err…website. Whatevs.)

    But really y’all! It has made such a difference in my brushing routine….It has 5 different settings (1. Clean 2. Whiten. 3. Massage. 4. Gum care. 5. Sensitive) and each one is something you didn’t know you needed. Not kidding.

    Since I have started using my new electric brush, my teeth have felt cleaner than ever and my confidence has a happy little boost! I can’t wait til my next cleaning to show off…Pitiful I know..But hey- I am a mom of three. We take our thrills a little differently 3 kids in.

    It’s also so affordable-The individual package is the one that I received and it includes one Ultrasonic toothbrush, two replacement heads with tongue scrapers and one wireless charging dock. This package is just $119-a small price to pay for healthy teeth and the happiest smile around.

    Also, Smile Brilliant has been so gracious to give me a coupon code for all my internet fam..Click Here for the brush and you get 20% off with code Smittenwiththreeblog20 !!!! How awesome is that?

    *Love Giveaways?* Enter to win your own toothbrush Here! I am so excited to give one of these away!

    I only want to share the good stuff with you on my little corner of the internet, and this is one of my favorite products to date. I think about brushing my teeth all day. Like a freak. I know. But I am not kidding-it’s made such a difference in my daily routine!

    Oh one more thing—-I never want to stay and brush my teeth for 2 minutes-but this one is set up to pause every 30 seconds so you know to switch to another quadrant of your mouth. Seriously-how fancy can you get?? And I know I am getting my whole mouth as clean as possible-the perfect setup for sneaking some kisses from the hunk I live with. (Yeah, yeah get a room Brandi)

    Anyways…Invest in yourself. Invest in your mouth health. Boost some confidence. Do it. No joke. Now. Here.

    AND don’t forget the GIVEAWAY HERE!

    *Long winded sorry*

    4. Have some fun with your style.

    One of the things I have noticed along the way, is the perfect outfit can distract from all the little things that make you uncomfortable. Have fun with your style and whatever you wear-own it! I’m not gonna lie, I HATED almost everything I wore when I was pregnant with Callaway. But I still did my makeup, wore fun jewelry, and everyone always gave me the sweetest compliments. Moral of the story-I felt like poo but still looked slightly put together with a little bit of effort! (Believe me, VERY little effort. I was exhausted all the time.)

    Well yall, this momma has got to go feed a hungry Bebe now, so we can chat later, K? Love you all and let me know how you feel about these pointers!

    All the love dolls πŸ’‹

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    Fall Bucket List 2018

    It’s fall yall. All I gotta say is HALLELUJAH.

    I crave this time of year like I can’t explain. The crisp mornings get me. The leaves changing literally make my heart flutter. Tiny bonfires out back with my family are what dreams are made of.

    And let me tell you, every fall, I have some things I NEED to accomplish. I am my happiest when autumn hits and I LOVE that everyone thinks of me and my obsession with this season!

    This year, my fall bucket list is a little extensive, but I wanted to share! Ready?

    • Corn maze (hopefully at least twice!)
    • Little bonfires outside with my family
    • Wear alllllll the booties/boots
    • Bake pumpkin pies
    • Bake recipes from my new Jessie James Decker cookbook!
    • Decorate my front porch
    • Make leaf piles for the boys to jump in
    • Fun fall pictures
    • Celebrate my anniversary (gonna be super simple this year)
    • Football with my boys in the yard
    • Drinking all the coffee
    • Hot chocolate outside with my boo
    • Nature walk with my kids
    • Fall crafts
    • Go to the park a TON
    • See the leaves in the smokies

    Ok its a little extra, but I just love fall with my whole heart! Is anyone else with me? Let me know what you want to do in the comments!

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    Birth Story

    You guys! I have missed you-but sheesh! It’s hard to keep up with my blog, when I have a newbie on my hands. But YALL, let me just tell you, she is utter perfection. Sweet Callaway is keeping us on our toes, and is already 3 weeks now. (Ummm…someone PLEASE tell me how that happened so fast!)

    So while I have a minute in before dinner, I wanted to share a little bit about our birth story! ( I may throw in some details about my boys birth stories as well-it’s always fun to compare the differences, right?)

    Now technically my due date was September 8th, but Callaway came on August 27th via induction. This was my third time being induced for chronic hypertension in pregnancy. With both boys I had to be on blood pressure meds throughout my pregnancy. But this LO was good to me in the BP department.

    At week 37, the doctors decided induction was necessary as my blood pressure was starting to rise. I REALLY wanted to experience labor this time around, but better safe than sorry, so I said let’s do it. Preeclampsia is no joke! So we set the date for Aug 27th. That out me at 38 weeks 2 days pregnant. EEEK!!!!!

    I was told to be at the hospital at 5:30am and we arrived by 5:15. At 5:30 I was already dressed in my gown and getting started! That was new for us. With Cash, we got there at midnight and didn’t get into our room for like-2 hours! (Yeah they scheduled me to be induced at midnight. Weird.)

    So by 6am, we were getting hooked up to IV’s and all that jazz. This was the first part of a pretty rough day-it took 5 sticks to get my IV in. FIVE STICKS by 3 different people. Let me tell you, I am not funny about needles. I am not weird about getting blood drawn. It doesn’t phase me. But they were digging that needle around in my arm forever! I had a huge bruise from one of the sticks. NO fun. But hey, maybe an hour later, I had an IV ready to go! (Trying to make that sound way better than it was.)

    After being checked to see how far I dilated, I was still only at 2cm. How depressing. With Cash, by the time I got there I was 4 cm! WIth Ford I was at 2cm, and they used a Foley bulb on me. This was BY FAR the worst part of my labor with Ford! It hurt so bad it brought tears to my eyes! So if you aren’t familiar with this amazing (terrible) contraption, it’s a little balloon they stick up in your cervix to open it up. Then every little bit they come pull on it to get you to 4cm. It’s pure horror.

    So this time around, I told hubbs, that will be one thing I REFUSE TO GET. Cue the doctor. “Ok so I think the first thing we need to do is a Foley bulb.” Oh my gosh I instantly felt all emotional-Dale told her that was the only thing I didn’t want this go around. She proceeded to tell me that since I am on baby number 3, it wont’ be nearly as bad as my body knows what to do this go around! So I agreed (begrudgingly) and got it done. Ya know what? She was right. It was bad, but not nearly as horrible as it was the first go around. Either way-if you can avoid one of those things with your birth-do it.

    I also had one other huge issue that I don’t really want out there on the internet, but let me tell you, doctors had me sobbing and feeling super attacked. It was horrible and I was so happy to never see them again. Maybe if I don’t write it on here, I can forget about it all together. Ugh.

    So after all that craziness, we could move on with labor. The whole process took about 11 hours, start to finish. Ford’s took 19 hours, and Cash was 11 as well!

    I got an epidural which, again, was a nightmare! The guy was a resident and it HURT! He couldn’t find where to put it in, and I kept feeling pain in either side of my back. There was an actual anesthesiologist in the room who wouldn’t step in. She kept telling him ” Try this. Try this. Do that.” It took maybe an hour of trying to get it to work, (maybe more, again, I couldn’t keep up) and finally it kicked in! I could move my feet, but couldn’t feel contractions (which at this point were pretty strong.) I was feeling some crazy pressure in my rear after a couple hours, and that’s usually when it’s time to push! SO the last time I was checked, I was 5-6 cm dilated. When I told her I was having all the pressure, she checked again, and boom! 9.5 cm and I was ready to push! Oh all the feels hit me then. Time to meet my baby girl!

    So the nurse (who happened to be the sister-in-law to a friend of mine) gets ready for this baby to pop out, and the doc gets ready as well! All in all, pushing took 45 minutes. That’s no time, right? WRONG. It felt like HOURS. I couldn’t believe when they told me I pushed for less than an hour…NO way! I was laying there pushing all day (Ok dramatic, but really, I felt like it would never end.)

    As I was pushing, I kept feeling like I would pass out..Not good. But for some reason, at the end of every push, I was struggling. Either way, I made it through! At the end of our 45 grueling minutes, the nurse said “Give me one more good push!”……and I did. Then I hear “Oh ok wait. Hold on. Jamie, push the button and call the doctor!” Well, Callaway decided it was time to make her entrance, and that she wasn’t waiting on no big-shot-doc. Our sweet nurse was delivering this baby. Sure enough she came without another push! She was here! (and pretty much on her own in the end.)

    **Back up a minute** The first 20 minutes of pushing-NOTHING. NADA. No movement. No progress. Just me wearing myself out and feeling defeated. I felt pretty pitiful. Here I am with a huge mirror down below for everyone in the room to see EVERYTHING I’ve got-except my baby. Yeah-fabulous. But after the first 20 minutes passed, we started to kick things into gear, I figured out how to push the RIGHT WAY (OH YES…there is a right and wrong way. I think I hit every wrong way in those first 20 minutes.) But man was it worth the wait and pain. She was perfect. Seriously. SO PERFECT.

    She handed her to me, and her eyes instantly opened! We were so surprised and overjoyed with our sweet and tiny little bundle! She also started rooting around right off the bat, and man did she not STOP. This baby is an eater. She hasn’t stopped since.

    My boys had a really rough time breastfeeding-they were plastic babies from the start! They loved the bottle and never went back…Callaway is a definite boob baby though….and I am kind of adoring being able to feed my baby! At some point, we may start bottle feeding a bit, but for now, she is stuck on the boob and were rolling with it!

    Ok….That’s the short-ish version of our birth story with sweet Callaway! Now….Ready for some super adorable squishy baby pictures???? Prepare yourself. They are kinda phenomenal.

    Can we just stop right here. Soak up that newbie goodness, will ya?

    Tell me she isn’t the cutest???

    These black and white pics are Giving me LIFE. Seriously….You need to get a photographer to come to the hospital for some fresh 48 pics. It’s the greatest!

    Such proud aunties!

    This big brother was so in love from the start..It’s amazing!

    Gosh…these happy family members sure do make me smile… Can’t you see how smitten they are?

    This is one of my family favorites!

    Ummm…How cute?? Daddy is looking at Momma..A moment I am so happy was captured!

    We even managed to get some pics with Daddy in them! (If you knew the hubbs, you would know this is HUGE!)

    So there it is yall. Our little piece of newbie heaven—and I am OVERLY THANKFUL to have Jaira to be there to capture this important part of our life! Our very last baby. Our very first girl. Our completed family.

    And you need to go visit her Website for some amazing photography deals here in Knoxville. She is so talented and definitely one of my favorite photographers to date. Prices are unreal. She doesn’t make you feel awkward…..actually she helps you feel so confident! She will pose you, giggle with you, and show you shots along the way. Go book with her now! JairaJohnson.com

    Ok babes. Thanks for following along and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the blog post-make sure to comment-then go see my Instagram for some more baby fun! @smittenwiththree_blog

    All the love dolls πŸ’‹

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    Douglas J Aveda Pamper Day

    I am a firm believer in treating yourself every little bit. I love me a good manicure/pedicure, I thrive on a facial every few months, and massages come about once or twice a year for me and that’s not nearly enough.

    But as a mom of two (almost 3) when you have a chance for a full day of pampering, you take it- and let me tell you- you enjoy every flipping minute.

    I recently had this opportunity and I wanted to walk you all through it. Hopefully by the end of this post you’ll be convinced enough to go treat yourself as well! I’m telling you it’s necessary for your sanity!!

    My pamper day started with a facial that cannot be beat at Douglas J Aveda institute. This is one of my favorite things to do when I’m feeling stressed or like I need a day to myself. And being so huge and pregnant right now, it was oh so nice to have an aesthetician who worked with me and all of my antics, if you will.

    At Aveda, it always starts with a foot bath and a quick chat about your skincare needs/wants. I will always take a quick foot massage, and the skincare consultation puts things in perspective for me. *NOTE to self-Wash your face. Tone it. Use quality products.*

    Now of course for a facial, you lay on your back, and while usually it’s one of my favorite things, this time was a little more difficult for me in that I can’t be on my back for too long. So I would kind of shimmy to the left or shimmy to the right…..And I swear girlfriend did not skip a beat! She pretended that I wasn’t propping my butt up with my hand and ignored the fact that the gown was way too short with my big ol’ baby bump..Much appreciated doll….

    I Indulged in the plant peel which is fantastic on all sorts of skin- and my skin LOVED ME for it! Yours will too! I walked out of the spa GLOWING! OK prepare yourself….Not so glamorous selfie coming………

    Seriously! My skin looked and felt like heaven- and I have such awful awful skin y’all. This was a kick in the pants for me… I have GOT to be better about skincare! I appreciated that the instructor said I need to not view it as pampering, but more as maintenance. Preach girl.

    Our skin is our biggest organ and it takes the biggest beating from free radicals in the environment. Let’s be good to it, ok? Treat it right and maybe we can slow this aging process a bit (Wrinkles are starting to hit me. And gray hair. Can facials fix that too?)

    Now there are several different Facials to choose from at Douglas J, just chat with your student and figure out what works best for your skin type! Here is a list of options:

    β€’ Resurfacing

    β€’ Acne

    β€’ Skin Brightening

    β€’ Plant Peel ($15 add-on)

    β€’ Botanical Skin Resurfacing ($15 add-on)

    β€’ Dual Exfoliation ($15 add-on)

    Any of those sound nice? Yeah-all of them- thought so.

    But the spa does so much more than facials. I also had a stress relieving treatment done and YALL…..allllll the heart eyes over here. It’s not a full on body massage, but perfect for all of those tight places in your shoulders and back. It usually involves a ton of laying on your belly (again-that just ain’t happening for this massive preggo) but Katie made it work….

    *Let’s chat about Katie for a minute. She graduates this week, so you probably won’t see her, but she was AWESOME! I told her I prefer a harder pressure, and she wasn’t afraid to press! I also got the pressure point massage with my facial, and I could have sat there all day just getting that service. (When you go, tell your girl you want this. Trust me. ) But what I’m getting at, is how accommodating she was to my current circumstance. I laid on my side and she did the back massage and hot towels.**Holy amazing**. I was so comfortable the whole time and I was so thankful for her sweet demeanor the whole way through. I threw a wrench in her normal routine, and she used it to get the knots out of my shoulders. Hehehe ok I made myself giggle there, but really, Katie, thank you for everything! You made my week!*

    So try to book yourself the stress treatment if possible, but I won’t lie, my go-to will always be a facial, and I seriously think it’s needed at least a couple times a year ladies! Book one Here! (Make sure to check the website for all the services offered! Waxing is on my list to get next-eeeek!)

    My next step in pamper day was a makeup application, and that was so nice! I am usually the one doing the makeup, so it was nice to have someone else take over for a minute….Now here is where Kattie came in. GIIIRRRLLLL I found me a hairdresser and fell in love. She was a dang riot! She did my makeup and hair (I just got a trim) but she killed! Now, I want you to keep in mind, these are students…aight? So let’s not be hateful if something doesn’t go your way. In every job, people have to start somewhere….Every job. YOU had to learn your job, correct? So if a problem is noticed, address it, and move on. They will fix it! Now this wasn’t my case at ALL…..Kattie killed. She had an instructor there to make sure all went well, but girlfriend knew what she was doing and had me laughing the whole way.

    *Side note* WHY do we feel the need to spill our guts to the stylist? I get instant diarrhea of the mouth when getting my hair done.. I guess thats why they call it #hairapy. My poor girl heard my life story and THEN some. Thanks for dealing with my psycho self Kattie. You da real MVP.

    Soooooo, dont’ hate me-but I don’t have pics of the finished product. Yeah, I am the worst ever. BUUUUUTTTTT, just know I had some serious Marilyn hair and rocked it even in my ponytail the next day. It made for a nice Barbie ponytail on day 2 in all this ridiculous heat here in Knoxville. BTW, in case you are worried, I haven’t died of a heatstroke yet even though all I do is complain. #stillalive

    Now after the #hairapy, I went for a mani/pedi with Macey. Poor girl had to sit and listen to me talk for 100 years, and took it like a champ! We bonded over puppies and the zero-gravity chairs in the salon. I kid you not, the chairs were some of my favorite part! You lay back and get your toesies done, and now I am wondering why every salon isn’t this way. Take my word-the pedicure is WORTH IT!

    A pedicure is only $26.00 and includes a foot mask with hot towels that made my tired feet feel incredible! *Listen up nephews–Macey said I had cute toes. Not little sausage toes like yall say. I believe her. Boom.*

    I left with the prettiest pink color, and the nicest foot massage! I am telling you, I didn’t want this day to end.

    But like all good things, even pamper days have to come to an end…..But let me tell you …Now is the time to treat yourself-and before you leave the salon, make sure to visit the product shelves and grab some hair/skin products to take home and keep it all going!

    Having a day like this, I believe, is truly important for your well-being! Take a day, and treat yourself. Then do me a favor, and try to keep it up. Your family will love your better. Your friends will be happier to be around you, and your kids will thrive because mama has some happy endorphins flowing. It’s a beautiful thing yall….

    So tell them I sent you, enjoy some YOU time, and of course,

    All the love dolls πŸ’‹

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    Hey babes!

    I know, I know. It’s been a hot minute, but here I am! Alive and well! And missing you friends……

    I am ALONE for the evening which is unheard of in this house! Hubby bubby took the boys to play some basketball and they couldn’t have been more excited! They love their daddy time-and I don’t hate being alone for a minute-although I find it hard to figure out what to do with all this time!

    I just wanted to pop in and give you guys a quick glance of what my day was like-as I thought this was a pretty entertaining day! Prepare yourselves………

    Ok-start with waking up-at 5:55am. NO bueno yall. I am not an early riser, and the reason I woke up was a TERRIBLE nightmare. I refuse to mention it here but I don’t want it to be one of those dreams I remember my whole life. But let’s just say I ended up in tears after I woke-and not so happy. Then I was awake when Dale left for work-which I HATE! Usually he kisses me and the boys and slips out-I am half awake for a split second, then back off to dream land I go! Today I had to watch him leave and that made me pitiful!

    Thank goodness I had a day full of distractions to keep me from thinking about being away from him! To start off, Cashy came in my room and laid in bed with me for a bit and was ready to chat! (Love those mornings) Not long after Ford joined, and wanted to read a book that has a goofy little dance song that goes along with it. So I play the song on my phone and immediately was in a better mood! Watching them enjoy it so much just makes me giggle!

    Not too much longer after the mini dance party, the boys mentioned something about the baby and I thought this would be a good opportunity to explain to them about breast-feeding. You may wonder why, but I have been trying to figure out the perfect time to explain all of these things to them. Having a newbie around is a totally foreign concept to my kids! So last week they learned where the baby comes out of ( that was hysterical) and this week they learned what the baby eats from. Let me just tell you the education they have gotten in the past couple weeks has been priceless-for me.

    Cash is so excited to learn that a baby eats from “boobies” and Ford is slightly traumatized. As far as he knows, those are things that Mommy’s have that should not be seen-now all of a sudden they’re feeding a baby? To watch the little gears turn in his mind today was too funny. If you ask him to explain it back to you he won’t even begin! He just covers his face and laughs! Cash on the other hand is a different story. Just ask him. He is happy to tell you that’s the reason God gave those things to women LOL

    Some people may think I shouldn’t have mentioned that to my kids, but I figure pretty soon they’re going to see it happening and I didn’t want them to wonder what was going on. Dale and I have always said will be very honest with our kids and explaining things and honestly it’s been more fun for me than anything! I kind of assumed these things would be awkward, But I think since we are starting early and explaining things honestly, when the harder topics come along later it will be easier for us as parents!

    Now, that was super interesting part of the day and then we had to rush out and get to target to pick up some things before a fun photo shoot! On the way I get asked if I can pick up my grandfather and take him to dialysis. I did, of course, and that didn’t fail to be interesting either. To spare you some of the details, let’s just say I had to make two stops for a bottle of ginger ale that could have happened in the first two minutes. He was mad at me because CVS did not carry ginger ale-ends up the bottle said “Canada dry” instead of “Ginger Ale” and he assumed that that was not what he should be getting. Jeez Louise. This is my life.

    After we dropped him off at his dialysis appointment, we ran home, had lunch, and I started to get ready for the photo shoot! I’ll make sure to post lots of pictures soon. This should be a fun one! And might I add, my photographer is absolutely phenomenal! She brought me Starbucks, and her husband entertained my kids the whole time we shot. It was a little mini dream come true! Shoot me a message I will send you all of her info! Believe me you want her for your next family shoot.

    As soon as they walked out the door, we had to leave for swim lessons! Ford took lessons last month but cash could not complete his with Ford because of breaking his arm. This is turned out to actually be awesome for us because now Ford can put all of his new ability in to practice while cash is taking his lessons!

    So we came home from swim lessons and started folding all the laundry that the husband did last night while I was gone at a work event. We finish laundry and Dale walks in the door. We attempted to go out to dinner ( which we hardly ever do!) but it took so long getting ready and having one minor setback) that we had to stop and just eat at Arby’s. The minor setback, you ask?

    In the Driveway, Dale realized I had something in my hair. I assumed it was a leaf so I told him to grab it out. He attempts to get it out of my hair only to realize that it is gum! So he told me to go in and “pick it out real quick.” I made sure to let him know that that gum is not something I can just grab out of my hair.

    We went to dinner anyways- gum and all, just to sit down and eat for five minutes and Cash to say he has to poop. So I run him to the bathroom and we stay in there all of 10 minutes. Mind you, this kid is having a conversation with the lady in the stall next to us the whole time She is in the bathroom. I swear.

    I come back, eat some more food, then Ford has to poop! Almost the whole dinner I spent in the bathroom with kids. I’m not going to lie, it was entertaining, but I wanted to spend some time with the hubbs- Mom life though I suppose.

    One of the super cute things that happened tonight though, when Dale walked in the door from work, I was in the kitchen and he walks in with a box of chocolate hidden. He looked at me and said “You don’t give a girl flowers, you give her chocolate” and handed me the cutest heart shaped box. Lord did I melt into a puddle. I told him he sure knows the way to this pregnant girl’s heart. Swoon.

    Next cute thing? Besides all of the wonderful things that Ford says to me all the time, as we were leaving the restaurant he said “love you mom!” then looked at my belly and said “love you baby! ” Dale and I both melted. Then Cash followed through with the cute little “Love you baby! ” as well. I’m telling you somehow we got so fortunate with these kids. And I am so happy that Cash and baby girl have Ford as such an amazing older brother!

    So as I left my kiddos and husband, I ran to pick up some paint samples to pick for baby girls room! I think I found one that I love. It only took me 40 minutes in Home Depot ( ha ha Ha that girl totally hated me) but I’m telling you it’s worth it. Pink walls could make you crazy really quick! So I want to find the perfect pale pink that won’t make me nauseous looking at it after week! You know I will be sharing nursery pics with you guys as soon as we get her room up and ready. Now that may be five months after she’s born, but we’re getting there-promise- slowly but surely.

    Now I’m Home. I put the paint samples on the wall. Now blogging and eating chocolate. I’m about to go try and get this gum out of my hair ( let’s hope it isn’t a nightmare- I’ve already had one of those this morning) And then going to get myself prepared for bed! At any rate, I just figured this was one of those days and I should probably fill you guys in on. Never a dull moment in this life!

    Hoping everyone has a fantastic weekend and I’ll be back soon!

    All the love dollsπŸ’‹

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    How I am staying organized these days

    Yall…It’s one of those days. I have already run 100 errands this morning and now I am back home and ready to crash. But, oh. Yeah. I can’t. Why? Because my life is insanity all the time!

    Yes, I am technically considered a stay at home mom, but let me tell you why that isn’t always the easiest.

    We have one child in school (thank goodness that is almost over for the summer!) and one who stays home with me. So every day, we take Ford to school and then the madness starts. (Cash is a tiny tornado, so the longer I am home, the more he is terrorizing the house. It’s madness.)

    I have dishes and laundry nonstop-and my dear gosh-pray for me when this baby gets here. I have a strong feeling it isn’t going to get easier.

    Doctor appointments are an every week thing….and here is why. One kid in school means sickness NONSTOP. Literally, I have to pick him up early for an appt today. Then he likes to pass on his sicknesses to the other kid a week later. Let’s just say our docs know us well….

    Not to mention, all the preggo appts I have to go to. ( I am considered a high-risk pregnancy because of my high blood pressure with past pregnancies so I go every 2 weeks.)

    This month, every Tuesday and Thursday we have swim lessons and physical therapy for Ford’s knee. (Yeah we are trying to fix a knee injury from when he was 2.)

    And of course, all the blog things going on now…Which I refuse to complain about! You all have been amazing at keeping me busy, and I love it! But I want you to know, this blog venture isn’t always easy. Maybe one of these days, I will try to give you the rundown of what each blog post entails!

    I also work in the office one day a week for a Non-Profit Foundation. Let me tell you, I LOVE my job! I get to find people to donate money to and that is pretty darn fun. But with that, comes board meetings that I have to prepare for, meet with potential NPO’s to work with, emails, phone calls, work conferences, etc. That all can’t be done during one day, so my work week is whenever I have a moment to take care of those things….a lot of times….in the carline to pick up my son, driving to appointments, just whenever!

    Now throw in all the day to day things that happen, and really, life can get messy if I don’t somehow stay organized! I want to share with you all how I do it!

    1. My phone calendar

    This is where I immediately insert every appointment as soon as I know about it. (For a long time my phone calendar didn’t work and I kept a little calendar in my purse!) This keeps me organized on the go…

    But I like a backup….so…..

    2. My Picture it Custom Calendar

    This is my newest addition to the calendar family..and it’s so fun! I am doing my best to start meal planning a bit better, and this has a place for my meals, things to do weekly, monthly, and daily. I even have a “goals” section! It’s metal, so I can use my dry erase markers and this way we can edit as we go!

    Check out our month here….

    How cute that our name is at the top?? And for everyone who doesn’t know, believe it or not, it’s pronounced “Cook”!

    Make sure Click here to buy one of these awesome customized family calendars, or any of the awesome things Picture it Custom has to offer… I am telling you…they are amazing! Every item they make is gorgeous!

    My favorites are the Metal prints and Wood pallet prints. Their prices are amazing and the quality is phenomenal!

    Check out their showroom here..

    (How flipping cute is all that????? I want every piece!)

    Better yet, they are a local business right here in Knoxville! Believe it or not, they are only 4 minutes from my house, so I obviously am going to support them being a little Fountain City business! ***Can I take a minute to tell yall, it’s time to shop small, OK? Little businesses need our support, and I guarantee you there are places in your hometown that could really use your love and support! Let’s build up our little towns friends!***

    Now, I know plenty of your photographers could use them in your line of work, and all of their items make such wonderful gifts! (What a great surprise it would be to anyone who chose you to freeze their moments in time over another photographer!)

    And all you picture fanatics like me: Sometimes you need to print those pictures off and use them as a statement piece in your house. Now is the time to do it! And what an amazing present for a bride to be, anniversary gift, or a special keepsake for a momma to be. Just thinking out loud here people.

    Make sure to follow Picture It Custom on Instagram for fun giveaways and all the newest products Here! *Fun giveaway coming soon…FYI I may or may not be hosting it on my Instagram page over at @SmittenWithThree_blog TODAY!!!!!*

    And if you are local, stop in and see them! Take a look at the showroom and meet the owners. They are awesome people! (Fun fact: They have 2 boys with a baby girl too!)

    Ok now that my local business rant is over, make sure to look them up on IG, follow, support, and come back to tell me you did….I want to know!

    All the love dolls πŸ’‹

    Deals · Family · Food · Home · kids · pregnancy

    Staying Hydrated in Pregnancy

    Let me just tell you, I was ON IT when pregnant with my boys.

    With Ford, I drank 10-12 glasses of water a day….and it was never enough! At 31 weeks pregnant with him, I had to be taken to the ER for severe dehydration….The doctor told me my baby was taking everything from me-and my body was suffering! After 2 IV bolus’s (Is that what they are called? If not, feel free to laugh at me) I felt like a new woman! So he sent me out, and told me to drink more water….Well 12 glasses a day was already putting me on the toilet every half hour or so, and working at a credit union at the time, (the bathroom was at the very back, and walking back there KILLED ME! Thanks swollen ankles.) It just wasn’t good. All the girls there were so sweet to me and never said a word about my frequent potty visits…but I hated it! But I did my best to drink more, and thankfully, never ended up in the ER again!

    With Cash, water was my friend and I drank it up! I never once had a problem! But this pregnancy, yall, I have STRUGGLED. Drinking water the first 3 months was miserable and I couldn’t make myself drink it. Lately, I can stomach it, but I am not nearly as diligent as I was with my boys… I know. I’m terrible. Really. I do.

    But if you are a fellow preggo, please know dehydration is so unsafe for you and your baby! Now your body will first thing, take care of your baby, thank goodness. But that leaves Mama NOT at her best, and it just isn’t doable when you have 2 other babies, or a husband, or anyone who needs you!

    So while I have struggled so terrible in the beginning, I have finally found a drink that doesn’t make me feel guilty (the sweet tea was out of control) and it’s super hydrating for me and baby!

    Insert *BODY ARMOR*. YALL. I’m obsessed. I drink this stuff nonstop. And yes, I am still drinking water throughout the day, but this is my saving grace right now.

    Have you all tried it? My uncle swears by it for his workouts. My sister drinks them religiously (working night shift is a pistol) and everywhere I go I see people with one in their hand! There has got to be something good about it!

    There are less sugars than other sports drinks, it has coconut water in it (que the extra hydration) electrolytes, vitamins, and NO caffeine!

    If you are worried about the calories, there are a few lighter versions and they taste sooooo good!

    And let me include, when I am dehydrated, the first place to show it is my lips. When I am being good about drinking these, my lips are smooth and my skin is plump! It makes such a difference when I am being naughty about drinking my water. (Please don’t judge. It’s just so hard this time around!)

    I know this is so random, but I really wanted to share how I am staying hydrated this time. I wish I had these the first time around..It could have saved me a mini heart attack and an ER visit!! (I gave you the short version. It was traumatic yall.) And maybe, just maybe, this will help some of you all along the way! (Really that is all I hope from my blog-maybe I am being helpful to someone and that keeps me going!)

    And really, they are good for anyone to drink..Not just the mama’s to be. (Obviously my uncle isn’t expecting.) So if you haven’t tried them, I promise, they are AMAZING and deserve you trying one soon! If you are close, come to my house and I’m happy to share one of mine with you:)

    **Oh I forgot to share my favorite flavors!!! My top two favs are cherry berry and orange mango! That’s a start-and then try them all one by one from there!**

    Ok yall, off to work…but in the meantime, go grab you one, and report back !

    I’m out, but don’t forget,

    All the love dolls πŸ’‹

    Family · Food · Travel

    Elkmont Exchange

    Knoxville-your mouth is about to get hit with some serious flavor…And not going to lie- little old K-town is getting hit with so many breweries lately, it’s hard to know where to turn. Well, let me guide you in the right direction-take a turn into the Elkmont parking lot, and let them take over.

    Really, before you even hit the parking lot, Elkmont’s building design is going to rope you in……We were all so curious what was going in there when it was being built-the architecture is phenomenal! (Prepare yourselves, PHENOMENAL is probably going to be my word of choice throughout my post when talking about EE.)

    Ok where to start?? Hmmm….Maybe appetizers? I’m thinking so…..

    We started with an awesome charcuterie board..and the cheese yall…..I could have devoured all the cheese myself, but chose to share with my table mates (Hope you all appreciated that. This preggo can get RAVENOUS.) But seriously, try it out. If meat and cheese is your thing, start here and move around the gameboard bite by bite (rrrr….I mean…menu. But really. Bite by bite by bite.)

    Next up…Boudin Balls (Ok the name isn’t something I was familiar with, but the taste I could totally relate to.) They are sausage balls made of ground pork, jasmine rice, and vegetables..then rolled in breadcrumbs and fried. Hello yum! The dipping sauce is beer based, so if you are here for the beer experience, you may as well start with your app.

    Our next appetizer–WINGSSS….Yall, this girl loves her some wings, and these were just different enough to reel me in…They have a slight Asian flair as they are cooked in soy sauce, and then you get hit with a little kick. Perfect for those of us who like it slightly spicy….Here is what they look like Notice the pic below-no shame in my game. Finger licking.

    Ok, possibly my favorite bit of the night….Was the Shrimp and Grits. And I do NOT LIKE GRITS. Should I repeat that?? Nah you got it….But when I say, this meal was one of my favorite dinners of all time, I kid you not. The grits are cheesy and not gritty in the least bit….Just smooth and the flavor hits hard. In the sauce on top, is catfish! You would never know it though–You almost would assume its tomatoes in the sauce! I can’t explain in words–all I have to say is, order this when you visit. You won’t be disappointed.

    And while we have a second, let’s talk about beer. I, obviously, at the moment, can’t drink it. But every person there seemed to find one they loved! My bestie was with me, and she isn’t a beer drinker, but she even found one she really loved! It’s made with butternut squash and was so smooth (according to her and the other drinkers around me.)

    Another cool thing? We got an abbreviated brew tour from Knox Brew Tours and it was so interesting! Even though I couldn’t drink, just learning about the process was fun…. And it helped that our tour guide clearly loved his job. To see someone enthusiastic about their job makes you love it too…..Even if you are just a pregnant spectator. Check them out for a Knoxville tour with your buds soon!

    And while we are one drinks, I really wanted something fun but wasn’t sure what to get. The bartender was kind enough to whip up a concoction for me (and even made me another before he walked out. Literally-he wasn’t even clocked in.) This drink was so yummy and everyone around me wanted one! Wish I could tell you what it was, but I don’t think he even knew. Yeah- those are the good bartenders–the ones that whip something out of nothing and then can recreate it later. So tell him your pregnant friend came, he made a drink for her, and you want it now too.

    So even though my eyebrows disappeared, ( see above) my drink was pretty and tasted great. Go nab one.

    And this was hard to put in 2nd place, so let’s tie it for first, shall we? The blondie. Who doesn’t love a blondie? Well, believe me when I say there isn’t one better than this one. I was sad I had to share in all honesty. (Don’t judge.)

    It’s made by the local Flour Head Bakery, and topped with butter pecan ice cream from the Phoenix Pharmacy. Now once again, butter pecan ice cream wouldn’t have been my immediate choice-but this was amazing! And if you haven’t been to the Phoenix, do yourself a favor and go this weekend. Even the nostalgia in it is intoxicating-not to mention how creamy the ice cream is. *Swoon*

    So have any of you been to Elkmont Exchange? If not, NOW is the time. Food is phenomenal, beer is great (so I heard) and the environment is the perfect place to enjoy some quality time with friends and family. Hit em’ up.

    * I also wanted to thank Yelp for having me! If it wasn’t for this event, I wouldn’t have made some awesome new friends, and found a new favorite to take my oldies!

    Here are a few more pics for the road, and a huge thanks to Hayley at Sharper Photography for the amazing photos!

    Go visit ASAP and of course,

    All the love dolls πŸ’‹

    Deals · Family · pregnancy

    Momma guilt is real

    True story.

    It’s not joke. We all compare. We all analyze. We all judge. And while we all try not to, (at least I would think) it’s difficult! And not just thinking we are the ones doing it right–It’s more like thinking we are constantly in the wrong.

    Like-seeing the mom at Chick Fil A not lose her cool over her kid doing that, when I totally would have. It’s pushing our child too hard in school, or not hard enough….It’s not feeding them the right foods, making them drink enough water, play outside enough, read them enough stories, etc. It’s all there. Tell me I am not the only one with these thoughts??

    I refuse to believe I am the only one who feels this way, and wanted to make it clear. Today, momma, you are enough. You are perfection. You did it. You kept them alive. They were fed (maybe not bathed) but hey, nourished at least.

    And I am not just talking about raising our big kids. *gulp* I just referred to my chit-lins as “big kids.” But really, I mean the Little’s too. The infants. Can we talk about the whole “breastfed vs. bottle-fed” conflict? I once had someone ask me how my oldest was fed..I replied with something like “He is a bottle baby (formula baby)” or something to that affect. It killed me that I couldn’t breastfeed. That is what I wanted for him. And for myself. Her response? “God’s way is never the wrong way.” I died. I didn’t want it all to go that way. It just did. She unknowingly called me out, and it broke me.

    What I should have responded with? “Ummmm. Fed is best. Nourished is best.” But after the shock wore off, I just cried. If she would have known my struggle, she never would have made that comment. I thought it was so insensitive….And you know what I felt? Guilt.

    Like I wasn’t enough for my baby. I’ll talk more about all this come later in pregnancy, but until then…..the guilt continues.

    Something I think about (or talk about often if you know me in person) is how so many people are unable to have babies and this is all they truly long for in life. Pregnancy. To carry and hold their own baby. Or the others, who pine to adopt a baby with no home, but are unable because of the cost of adoption. And the guilt these ladies feel is overwhelming. Like maybe they aren’t enough… While every day, we see so many women popping out babies left and right who truly don’t deserve the privilege, nor do they cherish their title as mother. It’s cruel and unfair. I hate it.

    Now while that may be a tad controversial, I truly believe it. So we are left with the mothers who know what some women are struggling with as far as conceiving goes, and our heart aches for them. We know that every baby they see born is a reminder of the fact that they still aren’t a mother. That they aren’t pregnant. That they can’t feel their own baby kick. I am doing my best to be a friend to those and truly sympathize with them. To cry with them. To listen to them. Just to be there.

    I have to admit, my pregnancies have brought on guilt for this reason. Every time I have found out I’m pregnant, I know there are some who truly want the same feeling and can’t have it. It kills me. Then I want to apologize for my pregnancy. To apologize for happiness. This is where the pregnancy guilt kicks in. It’s a rough cycle ya’ll.

    But if you are one of those women who are trying to conceive, trying to adopt, thinking about the feeling of pregnancy every day, please know I am in your corner. I want you to experience this more than I can express, and only want the best for you and your family!

    And while sometimes it’s so hard NOT to complain about being pregnant and all the little things that comes with it, I am trying my hardest to cool it. There are so many out there who would kill to be in my misery. I’m trying to be sensitive to that!

    This is something that has been weighing on me for a while…and today was the day to share with you friends on my corner of the internet. Thanks for following along with me and I hope this doesn’t offend or hurt anyone along the way. You all are amazing and I cherish you all!

    Make sure to leave me your thoughts here-good or bad! I want to know..Fill me in yall!

    All the love dollsπŸ’‹

    *top from Pink Blush …Tap the pic to shop some amazing maternity wear*

    Deals · Family · Fashion · kids · pregnancy

    This baby is going to put us in the poor house…

    Girl clothes ya’ll.

    I was told Dale is going to need a second job–and we may have been told correctly. Girl clothes are just too fun! Don’t get me wrong, I love to dress my boys up, but there is something about baby girl clothes-they are so DANG CUTE!

    So I wanted to show you all a few things I have gotten so far, and seriously-my stomach hurts from all the cute. So the first thing I wanted to show you is what baby girl will wear on her first day out (of the womb that is).

    I hate that when babies are born they all wear the same exact hats-boy or girl. I love the way those newbies look in those hats, but I wanted my baby to have something original! In comes Infanteenie Beenie. They have the cutest newbie hats you will ever see-boy or girl!

    They are ridiculously soft and I love that they still have the feel of the ones you get in the hospital-just with a little more jazz. Cash wanted to dress his baby doll in these so bad ( and not gonna lie I had to see what they looked like on, so we tried them on the baby). Now they both are stashed away til we pack the diaper bag for the hospital!

    Seriously though, so far, these have been some of my favorite items for Baby Kuch. To follow her on Instagram, click Here. You will die from all the cute! And might I add, this would be an AMAZING gift for any momma-to-be…..You have to add this to your baby shower gift list!

    Ok next items came from Baby Bear and Co. I am seriously obsessing over this gown….Y’all.

    THIS. GOWN. IS. EVERYTHING. Not kidding, it combines all the things I love in my clothes-Floral pattern/ruffles/stripes. Could it be any more chic? And it’s a baby gown! I can’t wait to pair this with a huge headband, and then make myself a matching one. Eeeek!

    I can’t stop looking at it! It’s so fab–and now tell me….Did you all put your babies in gowns? I never used them for my boys..because…well. They are boys. And I felt weird putting them in gowns. But this time, I feel like I may lean towards gowns way more–I am thinking 2am diaper changers will be so much easier sans 100 buttons. What is your take?

    For some of the cutest clothes on the Gram, make sure to check out BabyBearandCo on Instagram here…

    The next things I got were some super cute canisters ( I can’t think of what else to call them) for her room!

    These were in the Target dollar spot-and I totally fell in love! I can see these on a cute floating shelf and serving zero purpose except looking cute. Hehe… Just had to share!

    And one more just because Peaches was so interested in these…This pup has good taste!

    I also wanted to give you a sneak peak into her curtains….They are still in the plastic-but I couldn’t’ help myself!

    Tassels!!!!!! Ahhhh I can’t wait to get the room done and get these hung up in Peanut’s room! Ok trying to keep the rest of the room a secret til it’s done, so prepare yourselves! I have big ideas…

    Now these items, ooooh man I am loving! My family in Florida sent these up and I am so smitten! Please……Just please. Check out those shoes.

    Now if someone can find me matching shoes, that would be the dream….Glitter and scallops? What could be better?

    And I have to include, the DAY they found out I was pregnant, they were shopping for baby…How sweet is that? I can’t handle the love yall. It’s the greatest knowing you have people out there who care about you that much, even when you don’t get to see them often πŸ™‚

    I also had to throw these in there….Look at those giraffe feet! Gah I am in love with these cute animals on the feet (and on the booty!) It’s preshy!

    And I am thinking all of these items came from Target, so go shop them now! Any momma would be happy to have these items for baby!

    Ok and to end it all, I wanted to show you some things that I got–second hand! Now I know that scares some of you, but I promise, you can find some fabulous things when you shop second-hand (just give it all a good wash and it’s good as new!)

    Now I have bought TONS already, but here are a couple items

    My husband thought this skirt was so weird, but I thought it was so whimsical! My kids love ice cream, and I can’t imagine baby girl will be any different. This was .50 cents! Totally worth it πŸ™‚

    This romper (sorry it’s wrinkled) is from Baby Gap,and rompers are my BABY JAM. Ok seriously though, if I could dress her in a romper every day from about 6 months on, I would. They are my favorite! And I have decided, I love babies that dress like adults. Not infants, but babies. So now you know. And I know so many people hate that, but it’s my baby style! Ok now to the romper.

    This was $1.00 babes! Seriously, at Gap that would have run me probably 25.00+. I can’t wait to get her into this little bubble romper-and for a buck, you can’t beat it!

    So that is my haul for baby! I can’t wait to show you all what else we get along the way..and are so thankful for everyone’s support already!

    Let me know what you think, and of course,

    All the love dolls πŸ’‹