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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*

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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’‹

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When it rains it pours

Not gonna lie, this isn’t the blog post I wanted to share today. But feeling like I need an outlet, I came to you friends on the blog!

Just hopping right in, Ford has been really sick for the past 3 days and we can’t figure out what it is. Cash had a fever on Wednesday, and by Thursday evening it was gone! Well, come Friday morning, we had another sickie on our hands, and his has been 100 times worse.

So Friday was his ONE AND ONLY field trip of the year. We have been looking forward to this day since he started Kindergarten! It was a day at the zoo, and I got to be a chaperone! We were so beyond excited, just for him to wake up feeling a little off on Friday. “Mom, are you going to make me stay home?” Is the response I got when I asked if he wasn’t feeling well. That totally broke my heart, so I let him go to school. Well, I met him at the zoo and gathered up my troop for our fun day!

Not too long into the trip, I could tell he was REALLY off. I felt his head and realized the poor child has a fever. It’s not good. He won’t smile. He hasn’t laughed. Did’t point out one animal. Wouldn’t eat. Not good. So I gave him a dose of Motrin and hoped he could last the 2 more hours. Nope not even close.

This kid is ACTIVE ya’ll. He loves to run and play and be outside, and when he told me he couldn’t walk anymore I knew it was bad. So we happened to run into his teacher not long after, and she let us know we could go home. I felt awful! I was the chaperone for the trip and had to leave…Thank goodness another Mom came and took over for me. So we made our way out and the poor child was so so sad. Which made me sad. And then began the tears. ( I’ll leave it to the imagination as to who was crying.)

So we came home and the rest of the day was miserable. I assumed by Saturday afternoon he would be back to normal like baby bro, but that wasn’t the case. (It seems like everything Ford gets is so much worse than Cash!) So late last night, he asked for a drink -I handed it to him and he could barely hold the cup up! So we went to the ER thinking the FLU was our diagnosis. Nope-it’s just something viral that somehow mimics the flu. No strep. No pneumonia. (Which-whew! Relief! But now they can’t offer him a medication to improve.) So we came home, he slept a couple hours then woke up throwing up. Sheesh.

So all we can do is give him Tylenol and liquids and do our best to keep him comfortable! We have tried baths, essential oils, cold washrags on his head, vinegar soaked socks (that lasted all of 5 minutes) and plenty of cuddles.

We finished washing all of the pukey things, and as soon as I started another load-the washer broke. Trying to look on the bright side here…at least we washed the puke-nastiness! So now we have a washer full of water and wet clothes, a sick kid, and a tired mommy. This is the life ya’ll.

Not to mention today is Monster Jam day! I went to Chick Fil A with my dad last week to try and win tickets for my boys…and somehow we won!!!!! But since he is sick, Ford is stuck at home with baby bro parties at Monster Jam with the grandparents. That makes 2 events in 3 days he missed on account of fever. (And it is killing me that he can’t go and enjoy. He loves it so much! )

This year has just been so awful for sickness for this kid–he has been sent home for fever more times than I can count, and most of them have been on the REALLY fun days at school. And let me tell you, no child deserves those fun days more than he does! (Ok overboard Mom moment, but really, he is phenomenal.) He works so hard, never has to be reprimanded and is always respectful….(All things I have been told by the staff at his school.) He deserves all the fun days. Low and behold, he has been sick almost every time. It’s not fair! It’s time for a break yall.

Thank goodness we leave for Florida in just over a month, and let me say, it is NEEDED. I am craving the heat and ocean! And I am craving a good time with my family–who is with me?

So I guess I just needed a way to vent and hope you all will send him all the well wishes and that tomorrow is a better day. Hoping your weekend is going well and I’ll have a more upbeat post soon! Thanks for letting me vent friends!

And as always,

All the love dolls πŸ’‹

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Gender Reveal

You guys! We finally know what this baby is…I say finally, but really, I am only 15 weeks along. That is pretty early to find out via ultrasound, but thanks to my best friend being an ultrasound technician, I didn’t have to wait for my doctor to tell me at 18-19 weeks. (Hallelujah!)

The first time we tried to see gender, I was 13 weeks along. Cali said she would TRY to see, but made no promises. So she checked, and last minute, I decided I didn’t want to find out…I would just wait for the little gender reveal party! She then proceeded to make a guess as to what she thought it was, but said she couldn’t be 100% sure. Either way, she told Dale and my sister what her best guess was, and I was left in the dark.

The whole time, Dale told me he was 100% sure he knew what it was (despite what Cali said.) He said Cali told him what to look for in the ultrasound, and he said he “saw what he needed to see.” I just left it at that hahaha. So I made him write down in an envelope what HE thought it was….and seal it up in an envelope. Funny enough, he didn’t trust me to NOT look at it. (I can’t lie–A few times I was SO TEMPTED to peek. But I never even ONCE picked up the envelope. On my honor.)

So just in case I was to try to look through the envelope, he wrote BOY on one side…..like so.

But when you unfolded it….It said NOT A BOY…….. Well played husband. Well played.

And on the flip side……it said GIRL

Now I obviously didn’t see this until after our reveal, but still wanted to share this fun little detail… Really…He was right all along! ( I am telling you, he knows me better than I know myself.)

Now I have felt like it was a girl since Day 1. With my boys I wasn’t sick AT ALL. This time I was nauseous every day for 10 1/2 weeks. I also didn’t have pregnancy cravings like I have with this girl! It has just been so different, I just knew it HAD to be a girl this time. But, you know how it goes. Plenty of times, mothers “intuition” kicks in….and the girl they thought they were having….is 100% a boy. So of course, I had some doubts.

Now our gender reveal was SIMPLE.

Actually, my husband did it all! We just had a few family members over and did a cupcake reveal. My daddy made the cupcakes and brought them over (And I swear the man should go into the cupcake business. They were BOMB.) He still had no idea what baby was, so Dale then took 2 of the cupcakes-one vanilla/one chocolate-and filled them with whatever color icing the baby would be! He even decorated the cupcakes and all! I was a proud wifey for all his hard work…….Lord it even caused him to miss almost half a basketball game ( his team was playing) and he still put so much work into them and had a smile the whole time. Actually a pretty snarky smile. He loved actually having a secret from me. Brat.

The plan was to let everyone grab a cupcake and then as we all bit in, 2 people would know what baby was and would have to share! Last minute, Dale and Daddy decided to make sure I got a cupcake with icing (Yeah I was pretty happy about that decision too. I was the first to see, were having a GIRL!)

* I still haven’t found out what the Batman wrappers were about…I have to get the scoop there hehehe *

My uncle got the other cupcake and he was just a split second behind me…We got it all on video for those who want to see…Just ask and I will be happy to show you! Funny enough, my grandfather was DEAD set on picking the right cupcake…..And he did! Then he realized it was chocolate and he wanted a vanilla one….so he gave his away. Hahahaha ain’t that life?

Check our dale’s Handiwork here…..

I am also just not realizing our confetti was fish. Random. Fish and Batman….I guess that is a good way to throw people off. Hahahahahaha. Oh another thing….One of the cupcakes had a slight swirl of blue icing…This made me think for a split second I was wrong about being pregnant with a girl…and later found out that was just a mistake (that he left on purpose to throw us all off.Again. Brat.)

All in all, it was a fun reveal and I was so happy my husband took the lead in it! I am usually the party planner, so this was a nice little mix-up!

We found out Sunday that baby is a girl, and by Monday morning at 9:30 I was already shopping for her. This baby may be what sends us to the poor house–I seriously thought it would be feeding my boys, but now I am thinking buying bows may be what sends us over the edge.

Again, excuse the pictures. I managed to snap them in a split second before we chowed down…I was fortunate to get these! At least you get the gist and now everyone knows, IT’S A GIRL!

Pray for my budget, and pray that my husband doesn’t get wrapped around her finger so bad he forgets who the REAL princess is. πŸ˜†

That’s it for today…But of course,

All the love dolls πŸ’‹

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Preggo Problems-AKA: Stretch Marks

Oh yes. Along with all the glowing that is supposed to happen (Ummmm….Glowing….Hello? Glow? Are you there? You can show up ANYTIME now if so…….) we get some not so pretty things. And if you are one of the fortunate ones who don’t get stretch marks..Congrats. Hate you. (JK all the the love dolls.)

My body, on the other hand, just thrives on stretch marks. This stomach yall-it’s been through some serious stretching. And the boobs. And the thighs. Lawd have mercy-the thighs. During pregnancy, I get so much cellulite on my thighs it’s unreal…..SO let’s all say a prayer that Brandi’s legs go back to something decent after pregnancy. And that this face won’t look like a bee stung my whole head anymore.

But really, this go around, I want to prevent all the grossness I can. I have never met ANYONE who says how much they love their stretch marks. Nope. Everyone wants to prevent and/or erase the old ones. I am totally one of those people. I need all the help I can get along the way. Enter The Spoiled Mama.

Now, y’all know how much I love to share my favorite products with you, and I expect you to do the same! I love to hear your favorite skin products, makeup tips, clothing brands, etc so please keep me updated as well! But at this very moment, I am obsessing over skin care products. And anything simple, vegan, clean, (all that good stuff) I am loving lately! Pregnancy skin care is so important in that you aren’t just putting things on YOUR body, you are also putting those products into your baby’s blood stream and it’s reaping the benefits (or disadvantages) of every thing you put on and in your body! (Now don’t judge me when you see me eating pizza, Ok? Thanks in advance.)

So as I am trying to be a little more careful with what I am using, this Tummy butter is my biggest ally. It’s safe for my baby and helps prevent all of those pesky stretch marks we are trying to avoid! This Pregnancy stretch mark oil is the holy grail of baby-mama skincare. It helps rid you of old stretch marks, all the while preventing the ugly new ones! Score! I use them morning and night, and the tummy butter smells like fruity pebbles…with a nice mix of chocolate. NO joke y’all.

Ready to indulge? The Peppermint Vanilla body polish is my favorite Sugar scrub for stretch marks. It smells like an Andes Mint! You know, how at Olive Garden, they give you one mint per person and it isn’t ever enough? Well this is the Andes mint that keeps on giving. It’s indulgence in a bottle-No calories expended. Doesn’t this look like the beach in a bottle?*Doesn’t this look like the beach in a bottle?*

Speaking of Luxury, we all could use a more therapeutic shower, am I right? Especially us Preggos! So if you are looking for some luxury, Mama, try this Pregnancy safe body wash. It’s worth it. Vanilla+Lavender come together for one of the happiest scents and you feel like you are at the spa even at home in your shower that may not be 100% perfect. It’s ok. Your body wash will be–and you can feel good about the ingredients in it! Mama and baby are safe and all is good in the universe.

So if you want to try them yourself (Believe me, you do) The Spoiled Mama has been so gracious to give me a coupon code for you babes! Just type in BASPOIL18BK at checkout for 20% off your order! AHHHHHHHH! Make sure to visit the site and go crazy yall-every product will be worth it for you and your baby!

* Stay tuned to my Instagram for something REALLY exciting this week! *

Happy shopping yall! And of course,

All the love dolls πŸ’‹

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Newest Local Obsession

Hey Ladiesssssss!!!!! (And gents of course) It’s Friday!!!!!!!

Gosh, have you ever had one of those realllly good days? I mean–reallly good days. They just start off right and keep getting better? Today was one of those days for me–and it started with the most simple text message, of all things. From the Hubbs of course πŸ™‚ And it wasn’t anything sappy. Just a message telling me to look at the moon. Now where some wouldn’t think that is the most amazing message to get, I couldn’t help but smile knowing that my tall man saw something so gorgeous and thought of me. *Swoon*. Step 1 to my good day.

Step 2? Well, for my job, I work for a Non-profit Foundation here in beautiful Knoxville, TN. I am so K-town obsessed, it might be ridiculous. *When I say I never want to move-I mean-my butt needs to stay planted here forever. Everyone’s happiness depends on it.) But if you haven’t been, I’m TELLING you-come see us! ( and make sure to hit me up!) At any rate, I attended a meeting with some other like minded organizations and had such a wonderful discussion. It’s truly something amazing to sit and listen to people speak about something they are genuinely passionate about. And when you are talking with those people-you know it. Their passion is contagious. Even just an hour with some of Knoxville’s finest this morning had me on a high and I can’t wait for more meet-ups like that! Now all that being said, step 3 was my happiest moment of the day.

Step 3. We are going to call Step 3 “Ali.” Ok, really, her name was Ali and I fell head over heels in love with this girl from moment 1. I stopped into our local Juice Bar to have a quick meet up with Ali, to find her chatting with someone who was next headed to Nashville (Ali’s hometown!) I had never met Ali before and INSTANTLY knew she was who I was looking for. ( I’m telling you, I am pulled to people with this type of friendly energy.) This cute little lady then started chatting with me about where she is from, and how on every trip she wants to try the local places to get the “feel of the city.” Let me tell you, she picked the right place coming into Juice Bar ( and she knew it too.) Before she left, she was already on the internet giving the JB a great review on the internet. Still swooning over her cuteness and sweet heart.

Ok back to The Juice Bar. I found out that their first store was in Brentwood, TN and the owners are some of the coolest people out there. ( They are 100% on my list of people to meet.) Maybe I can share their backstory in the future! But know that I am so in love with all things local, and Juice Bar is as local as it comes. And just because they didn’t start here in Knoxville doesn’t mean FOR A SECOND they aren’t’ a local company. On the contrary. It’s the people who work in there who give it the local flair. It’s the fact that if they see you are having a bad day, they may give you a free shot. It’s knowing they want to get to know you on a personal level. Those are the things that give the local feel in my book. And on the corner of Market Square in Downtown Knoxville, it poses the easiest location to grab a quick and healthy lunch. And so so yummy! Score

Want to know my fav drink? Let’s call it my newest obsession. My newest obsession is the “Green Smoothie.” It has alllll the goodness in it your body needs and tastes like heaven. I always associate smoothies with the beach so if you hear me say “it reminds me of the beach” or “it reminds me of the ocean,” you know its a good thing. So if you haven’t tried it, make sure to order the “Green Smoothie” next time you hit any of the juice bar locations–thank goodness there are 3 locations that can satisfy your every smoothie desire . Turkey Creek, Bearden, and of course, Market Square!

Check out my drink

I barely remembered to snap a pic before I finished this–it was phenomenal!

Another item I tried was the Dragon Fruit smoothie Bowl….and YALL. With the strawberries and bananas mixed in, it was the beach. In a bowl. Remember how I feel about the beach?? Mmm Hmmmm…

And this pic for good measure….These lemons were beautiful! And I love how in some of the juice shots, I could taste the lemon. It wasn’t overpowering but just enough that they made their presence known.

I wish I could remember which flavors these were, (Pictured below) but what I can tell you , is they DID NOT have celery or beets. While those are some serious powerhouses, they aren’t for the faint of heart. So if you are feeling brave and needing a little health boost. Ask for beets. Ask for celery. They will know which to give you. But if you are like me and need them a tad sweeter, reach for the orange and green juice. (So sorry beautiful juices. I can’t remember your names. So rude, I know.)

Check these out. I made my way home with one, and its already cleaned and ready to be my new water bottle of choice. ( I have “cup babies” and I am way too happy to add this one to my collection.)

Overall, this day yall, has been top notch. Now I am home, ready to cuddle my little guy and play some Uno! Then after that, is Momma time (AKA-a bath/shower/foot soak) Anybody else doing things like this on your Friday night?

So overall yall, these juices can improve your health, your mood, your whole body. So try to include them in your diet! And maybe try to meet up with Ali, she defintely has that affect on you too. I left on a high -50% Ali / 50% juice.

Have you all been to my newest fav? How do you feel about juicing and smoothie bowls? Have you hopped on board yet? Let me know!

All the love dollsπŸ’‹

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Alllllll about the pregnancy

You guys! I am so excited for this blog post- it’s what everyone has been asking me- and I promised a blog post soon! To be honest, growing this little human has totally knocked me OUT! It’s such a different pregnancy that what my other 2 have been, and I want to tell you friends all about it!

My stomach has been a mess–like nauseous NONSTOP. And headaches are on the menu as well. It’s fab. Not really. But let me say, with my other 2 boys, I had NO SICKNESS. I was happy. No nausea. No puke. No cravings. Now this time, I crave ALL THE FOOD. And I am so moody it’s unreal. Sorry world. Really, so sorry. (I’m in week 11 now and the nausea *I think* is gone! Thank goodness!)

So–lets rewind a bit…Say…..mid-January? We were headed to Ohio for the Cav’s game–remember? This was the first week I started to feel nauseous…I just wasn’t right-and I knew it! The couple weeks even before that, these boobs of mine-ya’ll. They KILLED me. All day, every day-HURT. So needless to say, I had a darn good feeling I was preggo-but still, I obviously didn’t want to let on that my gut feeling was right.

So we went to Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner, and I felt TERRIBLE after I ate…My bestie with me said ” OH geez-every time we eat at a Buffalo Wild Wings, you end up pregnant!” I laughed-because I felt it..but still couldn’t say… ** Our first pregnancy, I was out to eat with a group of friends, felt the weird urge to throw up, ran to the bathroom, puked, felt great, ran back to sit down. “That was odd..I just threw up…But I feel great now!” Oh then the comments came…”You are so pregnant. You are totally pregnant! Etc…” Sure enough…Preggo. (Also, the only time I remember puking with Ford!) So you ladies looking to make a baby-try BWW. Seems to work for me. Heehehe

Anyways, back to this baby. I kept it hid that I wasn’t feeling that great our whole ohio trip. I even took a test before we left (which at this point, I would have been past 6 weeks) that turned out negative so here is where I start to think I’m crazy. But oh well, life goes on.

So January 16th, we were all 4 camped out in the living room, pillows on the floor, tents made out of sheets, and watching Megamind for the 800th time. Before we get into the movie, we decide we’re going to all tell fun bedtime stories… So at some point, it’s my turn. I start out “Once upon a time, there was a princess, and she found out she was going to have a baby….” Dale turns to me so fast and whispers, “Are you serious??!” I just laughed and said ” No, no. It’s just the story. I took a test.” Well the stories continued and the night went on. We all fell asleep in the living room and as the night went on, we all made our ways back to our rooms. (Couch pillow are not that comfy but one fun memory was made for us that night.)

Well the next day, we put the boys to bed, and I just knew at this point I was pregnant. I had to take another test! So I took it, and within a minute, it showed. PREGNANT. I was in utter shock and totally prepared for that at the same time. Although I think the shocked feeling won over. I walked into the living room and started to tell Dale, “So once upon a time there was a princess…(slowly now) ……and she found out she was going to have a baby…” and handed him the test. Now his face—was pure SHOCK. “Are you sure? Are you kidding? Take another.” This always makes me laugh- every single pregnancy this is Dale’s go-to remark. “Take another.” So I immediately ran to the bathroom and took another. (Yes I can pee on command every. Single. Time.) Sure enough. PREGNANT.

We wanted to be excited. This was something we had talked about for a while now! Especially Dale! (((Lately, every night, dale had been rubbing my belly saying “That’s because my little baby is in there. That’s because we are going to have another little Bebe.” This is way before we even knew! This man-he knows all. Even though this was the running joke, I think he knew too. Deep down, he knows me way better than I know myself.)))) He has been talking baby girl for probably 2 years now… But this timing. Wow. We had JUST put our deposits down on a cruise to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. And I kid you not, were taking probably 30+people with us. They all had put their money down. How were we going to tell everyone? I was slightly devastated. And let me tell you, that is hard for me to admit. We love newbies! How could I find out I’m pregnant and not be ecstatic? It was so hard to get past telling everyone at first. We thought we would be hated!

After a bit, and Dale seriously acting as my therapist ( I’m talking, holding me on the couch, in the fetal position, and letting me cry and him telling me it’s going to be a great thing.) Which of course I knew, but I was so worried about everyone else’s opinion it got in the way of my happiness! After I realized that this was crazy talk, I slowly started to get excited and couldn’t wait to tell my family…Starting with our boys!

We waited until the night before we told our family, because Little Cashy boy CANNOT keep a secret. We pretty much threatened him with all his toys he would receive that weekend if he told a soul. ( Yall this is the way to go! This kid was a VAULT. All I can think is “Huh uh..I’m a vault baby, LOCKED DOWN.” Extra points if you can name that movie.) At any rate, we went to our room and shut the door ( don’t laugh, I am a weirdo) and told them we had something very important to tell them. We then showed them a couple pacifiers and asked them who would use those…And went on to explain that there was a tiny baby in Mommy’s belly! My goodness they were so excited- Cutest thing ever! But again, they had to keep the secret until we told everyone!

We never have gotten to do a big reveal, because I am so dang impatient, I can’t wait 2 days to tell people! This time I FORCED myself to wait..and let me tell you that was ROUGH. We are so close to our family and seeing them almost every day made it a difficult secret to keep on local-down. I almost let it slip so many times!

Ok, So technically we found out we were pregnant on January 17th. We told everyone on Feb 2..Here is how it went!

For 3 years now, my family has done a cabin on my grandparents anniversary and we all pick a name of someone to buy a gift for. This year I got my Granny. Yay! This ended up being so perfect for our reveal! So it finally came time for her to open her gift, and one gift had written on it “Open Last”. After all the other gifts, she got to this one, and inside it, was this! (We open gifts one at a time so we can all see what everyone got!)

(Please excuse the TERRIBLE pics. I just snapped them on my phone in the awful nighttime lighting.)

As she opened it, the whole family caught on. “I knew it! I knew it! She’s pregnant? Are you pregnant? Is this a joke? Oh my gosh you ARE pregnant!” FYI the “Is this a joke” comment is totally valid. We like to prank our family into thinking everyone is pregnant. But I promise, I would never do this to my 80+year old granny y’all. She is too presh!

So after all the happy tears and excitement cooled, we got to explain it all to everyone and then Dale immediately called his family. They happened to all be together as well, so that worked out nicely! (Kind of sad I didnt’ get to tell one certain person myself, but ya know, life goes on.)

So there it is yall! Our little story for the third baby! We are so excited and it’s so fun to hear our little guys tell people about he baby in Mommy’s belly. They want a girl 100%…So we are trying to let them know it could be a boy. Well they refuse to accept that so here in about 5 more weeks, our life could get interesting..

Now, I am on to start looking for Maternity clothes and needing to start stocking up on diapers! Life is getting crazier by the minute, and I’m kind of in love 😍.

Any thoughts? Questions? Let me know! And of course,

All the love dolls πŸ’‹

Family

My favorite Maternity wear

I can’t believe we are here AGAIN! Time for maternity clothes already? It’s so crazy…..I guess for baby no.3 your body preps WAY FAST. Or maybe, it’s all those chips and spaghetti. Who knows.

Either way, I am a shopper and I am SO EXCITED for some new clothes! I especially need pants.

My shirts are pretty flowy for the most part, and should allow for quite the belly. Now my pants on the other hand, are already getting tight, and making life quite uncomfortable.

I am also a huge deal shopper, so I can’t wait to see what I can find on the cheap!

My newest loves, though, I wanted to share ASAP! Ya’ll know my love for Pink Blush by now, right? Well I just got my next 2 items and I am in LOVE. The first item, is a pink short sleeve baseball tee! It’s got PINK SLEEVES YALL!!

Gah, I’m so in love! Now this is maternity, but it could be used as a mini-dress for all you non-preggos. Also, try it knotted up- how cute would that be?

It’s comfy and flowy and oh so sweet- you know I am a fan .

The next item, is this amazing Maternity robe. This is something I wanted with both of my boys, but never took the time to order. (Ok I waited WAY to long and then ran out of time.) Not this time. No no. I ordered way in advance this time. This mama is going to look somewhat put together in this delivery room in her new Trendy maternity robe . Someone FORCE me to get a mani/pedi before I get too far in, Ok? Thanks.

Isn’t she lovely? The floral pattern is so dreamy and classy. Perfect for the day when you aren’t feeling your prettiest.

And this will be so perfect for feeding baby once we get home! I guarantee I will live in this robe once baby K gets here. Ya’ll these 2 pieces are getting me so excited for our newest addition! I can’t wait to dress my bump and bring you friends along on my journey..

Don’t forget to shop PinkBlush Here. You won’t be disappointed!

Deals · Family · Fashion

Today is the day!

Yalllllll-today is the day! The day of our big family cabin weekend-and we are SO EXCITED! I’ll be sure to post pics later on it’s some fun details (be that on here on IG, we will just have to see.)

But before we left, I wanted to leave you with one fun gem. And it has to do with jewelry… This post has been a long time coming and I feel like today is the day (even though I am a little cramped for time, I want to get this in!)

Are you all big jewelry fans? I love everything about it.. Jewelry can change a whole outfit (think day-to-nightie even just spice up a boring top. Jewelry can be so transformational!

So here are a couple tips for those afraid of bedazzling….

1. Don’t be afraid to mix metals

So many people I have talked to STILL refuse to mix their metals….This blows my mind! Mixing a few different metal bracelets or necklaces at once can be so beautiful and original! And think about it, by pairing a few items together at once, you just gave them a new life!

2. Go big

Go big or go home. Just kidding- I am all for dainty pieces! But think about it-every time you see someone with huge or bright earrings, are you not drawn to them. I sure am! And please don’t give me the “Well, I just can’t pull that off like you can” mess. GO for it! Have fun!

3. Traditional can work

Think old. Think antique. Think Granny’s ring….I have my grandmother’s engagement ring and that is by far one of my most prized possessions….It’s gorgeous and timeless and even though it isn’t current..It’s gorgeous! So break out grandma’s pearls and rock em’ out! I love to grab 4+ strands of different pearls and wear them all at once..Try it and let me know what you think!

4. Shop small.

Now think about those handcrafted items you see at local markets. The gorgeous items on Etsy that would give you a one-of-a-kind piece. Next time you want to support a small shop lie this, pull the trigger quick. More times than not, a piece so stunning won’t be recreated (or can’t be) and you have missed your opportunity! So act fast and #shopsmall. That being said, I had a young entrepreneur approach me with some of her jewelry that is just GORGEOUS. Check out some of her pieces hereThis girl is 10 years old and impressed me so much! Every question I had, she was prepared for. She wants to make her own money and you have got to respect that at 10 years of age. Follow her on IG at @cedescreations2017 and you are welcome to order right from her IG! I can’t tell you all how much I loved chatting with her. You will love her too too-so go support now. Prices start at $3.00 ya’ll! So now you know my tried and true jewelry secrets and there isn’t much to them…I promise a little jewelry therapy can revamp your mood and your outfit! All the love dolls πŸ’‹

Beauty · Family · Fashion

Pink Blush

We’re home after an eventful weekend in Ohio! My little family and my bestie trekked there on Saturday morning…so if you are wondering, yes, the snow was insane, but we lived!

We didn’t hit too much on the way there, but once we got close to the house, the roads were scary! Honestly though, we didn’t care how long it took to get there-we just HAD to get there….Anybody remember why?

We went to our 2nd Cleveland Cavaliers game!

We were talking this weekend about how big sports have been for our families living in TN. Up North, people play cards, they play board games, they play in the snow. Well, we have none of that. The snow that we get once a year disappears the next day and is hardly ever over a couple inches! So I guess all we have here are our sports teams-and while they haven’t been the greatest over the past few years (maybe decades) we are loyal. Ask anyone, the vol fans stick with their teams through thick and thin.

That being said, we don’t have an NBA team close, and my family was never big into any NBA teams…but the hubbs…LAWD y’all. He loves his sports-and he LOVES his Cavs. I kinda got suckered into liking them too (Even if Dwayne Wade plays for them now. Puke.) AT ANY RATE, we made the trip to #TheLand to watch them play Golden State, and the trip was rough! The snow was crazy and roads were crazier. Thank goodness my hubbs remembers how to drive in those conditions-it took us forever-but we made it and we yelled and we laughed and we enjoyed every second ( even if the Cavs came away with a loss.)

Ok, I didn’t mean to make this a sports post. I realize most of you could care less! Sorry y’all, I got carried away. What I did want to share with you, was a couple of my fun outfits for the weekend! You know I love a cute outfit, and while the temps were in the teens all week, I managed to look somewhat put together for at least a portion of the trip.

Ok Random. Have you heard of Pink Blush?

If not, I am here to tell you they have some of the cutest and most practical clothes you will ever buy. Not to mention, the quality is spot on! So for all of you who tell me you can’t dress cute because it isn’t comfortable-no more excuses! This needs to be your site for the rest of forever. You will fall in love- I promise! Check out my favorite top from Pink Blush below. It’s killer.

This top is so soft! And the sleeves? Gosh they are dreamy! I can’t get over how glam I feel in this top. Usually that glam feeling comes with a price-and comfort is usually the first thing to go. Not with this shirt….I feel like I’m in my hubbs softest tee and ready to snuggle. πŸ™‚

And please notice, all you Momma’s–It’s loose in all the right places so no pulling or tugging-and the Mom pooch is COVERED. Hallelujah.

Again, PinkBlush is 100 % the way to go for clothes for any style–and they have the cutest Maternity clothes clothes you will ever see! So if baby is on the way, prepare to get your whole wardrobe Here.

Ok, and please don’t judge, I had to get some sweet snuggles with my Nephew’s pup–she is the sweetest ever and deserves a little shoutout πŸ™‚

Ok next top I want you to see is this Navy stripe top with the sweetest detail you have ever laid eyes on!

Tell me that is not the cutest thing you have ever seen???? And can we chat about the lace detail? I am such a fan of a cute top with the smallest little detail…This one is perfect!

I paired it with these fun Sperry’s for a quick pop of color-and it was PERFECT!

I was having a little too much fun-obviously! And again, ladies, this top is the epitome of comfort and leaves you some space in all the right places! I am a thick girl–and finding clothes that fit my body can be a little on the tough side at times.. I am wearing a large for reference here.

And seriously, I couldn’t help but include this gem–the snow hit me right in the eye and we got this shot. Pure Gold.

Either way, at least the outfit was cute–and I seriously CAN NOT get over this lace sleeve! It’s gorgeous!

Ok friends, these were a couple outfits for the weekend and I was so comfortable the whole time! Check out the website to give your wardrobe a spruce πŸ™‚

Ok I know most of you have a snow day today, so check out the website now–they have a great clearance section you will love too! Shop now. Thank me later. If you aren’t online shopping today, what are you up to? Let me know! And as always,

All the love dolls πŸ’‹