Thursday, January 11, 2018

Postpartum Bells Palsy - Week 7



This is the first blog post of 2018, and while it has nothing to do with what I usually blog about, it's what's going on in my life right now. The last two months have brought me the greatest joy of being a new mom, but there have been plenty of dark days dealing with Bell's Palsy. It's definitely one of the harder things I've had to endure, and there's moments where I feel like I'll be stuck like this forever, but I know the mind is a powerful thing and I have to be reminded to stay positive. I count my blessings every time I get down, and I know there are much harder things people are going through. I never want to sound like all I care about is my outer appearance because that's not what matters, but regardless, Bell's Palsy is still difficult to deal with. It's just a scary thing because there's so much left to the unknown. I have hope that I will one day smile again, but for now, I just want to share my experience so far with you all. I have a hard time even going to the grocery store (lol), so I'm really nervous to post this video. Please be kind! ;) Also, I know I sound really monotone and a little quiet but Kalep & Mila were sleeping while I filmed this, so I didn't want to wake them up! I hope sharing my experience can help someone out there dealing with this as well. I know, for me, it always helps me to know I'm not alone, and it gives me hope to see others recover. I will be starting physical therapy in the next week for 6-8 weeks, but will continue trying home remedies and always love to hear from others what has worked for them, so if you have dealt with Bell's before or know someone who has recovered from it, feel free to send me any advice!

That's it for now!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Mila's Nursery Tour



I am so excited to finally share Mila's nursery with you all! The nursery was one of our guest bedrooms, so we completely emptied it out and moved everything to storage before we started. As soon as we found out we were having a baby girl, my mind went racing with ideas for her nursery. I'm not a huge theme person, so rather than go with a theme, I really focused on a color scheme of blush, greys and golds. I also wanted it to have a modern boho style. This was the first time I really decorated a room from start to finish, and I had so much fun doing it and making it just right for Mila's arrival. I wish I could decorate nurseries all the time! Sharing more details below - Enjoy!

One of the walls used to have this strange light green color on one of the walls (that we just pretended wasn't there because we never got around to painting it), so my mother in law painted white over that wall and did a fun stencil pattern with gold spray paint. I had originally wanted to do a patterned wallpaper, but the cost of those things is ridiculous - somewhere around $400-500 just for one wall, so stencils are a great alternative. Her wooden sign was the last piece of decor that finished the room. If you kept up with me throughout my pregnancy, you know that I didn't have a name for her until literally the night before she was born. We even had onesies made for the hospital with two different options because we could not decide on a name. Once we had her name, I basically wanted to have everything monogrammed and personalized. I knew I wanted a sign with her name for her nursery though, and after searching high and low on Etsy for a piece like this, I found someone to do it locally. Everyone on Etsy had a 4-6 week waiting period, and I was able to get it done in 5 days and for half the price. If you're looking for custom woodwork, check her out here: TimberCrafts. She does great work and is SO fast! 

I knew I wanted a white crib and I loved the modern style of this one! I also wanted to keep the bedding to a minimum to go with the style of the room, and when I came across these pillows from Target, they were the perfect touch to the crib. I take them out anytime I lay her in her crib though - just FYI. My mom informed that faux fur pillows DO NOT belong in a baby crib! lol The rug was a piece that I saw at World Market, and it was one of those pieces that you compare every other thing to, so it just had to find a home in her nursery.

Crib: Wayfair - Comes in so many colors! Love the washed neutral!
Faux Fur Pillow: Target
Tassel Pillow: Similar here
Pouf Ottoman: Wayfair

The throw & faux fur rugs are items I picked up at Homegoods! 





I seriously had such a hard time finding a good chair for her nursery. I would find one that I loved but it wasn't the right color or size, ridiculously priced or it would be sold out until a later date. I finally came across this one that I loved and it was the perfect shade of grey. Also, I picked up the marble gold side table for less than $30 at Hobby Lobby!

Chair: Wayfair - it also comes in a pretty ivory color!
Lamp: Homegoods
Pillow: Magnolia Home






The shelves are an IKEA hack. Such an easy project to do and paid right around $30! I bought two shelves and two sets of brackets. I painted the brackets gold to match the rest of the room and DONE!

Shelves: IKEA
Brackets: IKEA
Cactus 1: West Elm
Cactus 2: West Elm







This dresser is one of my favorite parts of the room. I came across this dresser on so many Pinterest nurseries and it is the HEMNES dresser from IKEA and less than $300. The quality is so good and there's so much storage. Be prepared to spend 2+ hours assembling it though. Kalep and I had fun doing it though! ;) It comes with plain black knobs and I just swapped them out to these gold and acrylic ones from Hobby Lobby. I need to swap them out again though because although I love the look of these, I've already broken three of them.

Lamp: Kate Spade from Homegoods
Mirror: Hobby Lobby



I waited 3 months for these curtains and they're still out of stock. I ordered from two separate places and my order was cancelled because they were on backorder. They were worth the wait though because they're the perfect shade of blush and they're velvet. Now if only I can convince Kalep to let me paint the shutters all white!

Curtains: Half Price Drapes - So many other pretty colors available!


I hope you enjoyed her nursery tour! We sure love spending time in there!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Maternity Session with Brandie Payne Photography

Hey there! A little baby girl has had my full attention, so my blog has been totally neglected, but she's too cute to even be mad at. I'm trying to get into a better routine and get in line with her feeding/napping schedule, but we're still working on it. Today though, I wanted to share a very special photography session with you all that Kalep and I did with Brandie Payne Photography in the Ft. Davis Mountains back when Mila was still calling my belly home. The location was absolutely beautiful and the weather was perfect that day, which made it even better. I'm so happy we did these because being pregnant has been one of the most beautiful experiences I've had, and I love that we took the opportunity to capture it! 













Brandie was so great to work with and even made the drive over there for us. Check out her site at the link above and follow her on Instagram at: @brandiepaynephotography and on Facebook!

Hair by: Stephanie Jones at Feathered Salon
Succulent Crown by: Black Tulip Design
Dress is linked below - there are several versions of it in different colors and styles. It's such a pretty dress that photographs well and is great for maternity or engagement sessions.






Monday, November 27, 2017

Cyber Monday Favorites

Hey there! It's been a while since I last posted - that's because we finally have our baby girl here, and while it's been a little difficult adjusting to her new schedule, i'm loving every bit of it. I'm still trying to figure out how to balance everything, but we're working on it! Anyway, I'll have more posts all about baby coming soon, but for now, I thought I'd round up a list of Cyber Monday deals + favorites at my some of my favorite places to shop. The sales are SO good and perfect to shop for yourself + start some early Christmas shopping!

Enjoy!

NORDSTROM
Extra 20% off Selected Sale Items


EXPRESS
50% off EVERYTHING + Free Shipping


URBAN OUTFITTERS
$50 off $150 or more/$15 off $75 or more


H&M 
30% off EVERYTHING + Free Shipping


BOOHOO
60% off EVERYTHING


GOODNIGHT MACAROON
30% off EVERYTHING


TARGET
15% off EVERYTHING


MISSGUIDED
50% off EVERYTHING with code: FETCH50


Other Sales:

ASOS: 30% off everything with code: EPIC30

Forever 21: 21% off everything with code: CYBER21

Free People: Extra 25% off all sale + other deals

Topshop: Up to 50% off!

VICI: 30% off sitewide + free shipping on orders over $50


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Treat Yourself (& Others) with Underclub




TREAT YOURSELF

Pregnancy is such a beautiful experience and it's been such an amazing time for me these last few months of carrying our baby. It's such a neat thing to know you have been growing a little person in there, and even though we haven't met her, she's brought SO much joy to our lives already. Even though I've loved pregnancy, we're getting closer and closer to meeting her - pretty much any day now and I am beyond ready! Although pregnancy is many wonderful things, there's also so many (not so wonderful) things about it. There are so many changes that your body goes through especially towards the end of pregnancy. You are so uncomfortable and for me, sleep is a long forgotten thing because I hardly get any! It gets harder and harder to fit into any of your clothes, and you basically just want to spend your days in a comfy robe or sweatpants. It's hard to even want to get dressed, much less do your make up and hair. I'm looking forward to the little things post delivery like sleeping on my stomach or having myself a huge cup of coffee! Sometimes you just have to treat yourself and us as women definitely deserve it after that! Here's a few ideas to take time for yourself and enjoy the little things post partum!

1. GET A MASSAGE
I've been told by some friends that pregnancy massages are the best and help you relax, but for one reason or another, I can't ever seem to get around to it, so I guess I'll have to save that for post delivery. It'll be so nice to take time for yourself and have a few moments of peace even if it's just for 30 min to an hour!

2. REPLENISH YOUR WORKOUT ATTIRE
I definitely did not workout as much as I should've throughout my pregnancy besides doing a lot of walking. I'm looking forward to being able to workout again and try to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight and get to wear my clothes again. Although I know I'll have a bit of a hard time getting motivated, so new work out clothes or shoes always do the trick!

3. SHOP!
I stopped buying new things a couple of weeks ago because I had been buying oversized things and clothes that fit my bump, but now it's pointless to do so since we're so close to our delivery day! I realize you don't just snap back to pre-baby weight but I am looking forward to being able to buy a normal pair of jeans without a belly band or sized up clothing to fit.

4. THROW OUT YOUR GRANNY PANTIES
I always love having cute undergarments even though nobody sees them. It just helps me feel more put together and feel better. Let's be real though - during pregnancy, you can say goodbye to that. Comfort becomes priority and the pretty and lacy things become a thing of the past. I've been told that big "granny panties" are a must have in your hospital bag because you don't want to ruin anything pretty and that's basically just a necessity postpartum. It'll be nice to get back to the cute things when it's time and one way to do so is by signing up for a monthly subscription with Underclub. It's a curated selection of designer underwear service delivered to your door monthly, You can cancel anytime. It's like a little gift to yourself every month with luxurious designer underwear and right now they're soft launching a new $12.95 subscription line and you can get exclusive access when you subscribe this month here!. It's the little things! 

5. HELLO COFFEE!
Coffee was definitely the hardest thing to give up (not completely), but I definitely had to cut back from having 1-2 cups a day or having a grande iced caramel macchiato from Starbucks. I'm also someone that loves a huge glass of iced sweet tea, so I can't wait to be able to treat myself without any guilt. 

6. FINALLY, DON'T RUSH BACK TO YOUR "NORMAL" LIFE. 
I'm somebody who loves to stay busy and always be doing something. Kalep gets annoyed with me sometimes because he just wants to sit on the couch and do nothing but Netflix, and I can only sit through an episode or two. I kept putting off the date that I would start my "official break" from doing sugar cookies and from my invitation business until finally, I had to this week because baby will be here any day now. These last few days have been so nice though to not have any thing on my planner and not have something on my mind that just has to get done. It's nice to take time to relax and just "do nothing." This is a time when life slows down and it's okay to take time to lounge around the house especially when baby is here. Soak up the hours with your baby and your husband (and friends & family that visit) and don't feel guilty! The busy-ness will come soon enough, and I think every one deserves a break every now and then. I'm so glad it worked out that baby will be here during the fall/winter. It's such a cozy time especially with the holidays around the corner. I know I'll definitely be watching LOTS of Christmas movies, so don't be afraid to step back and RELAX!


TREAT OTHER "MOMS TO BE", BRIDESMAIDS & FRIENDS

Baskets are one of my favorite gifts to give. My best friend and I always joke about it because for every little occasion we have for each other, friends, or family - our go-to is to put together a basket of goodies. I also love receiving them as much as I love giving them. A lot of times they're full of things you actually need that you never think to go and pick up yourself. A subscription to Underclub would be a great gift to include in a basket that continues to keep giving, or even introduce to a friend to. It would be the perfect addition to a "mom to be" hospital or post partum basket. Also, perfect for a bridesmaid gift for a bachelorette party or the day before the wedding! I've put together a list of other ideas to include in each basket below! 

Mom-to-be Basket

• Chapstick or lip balm (Aquaphor Healing Ointment was recommended to me by my dermatologist for lips & it is THE BEST!)
• Hairspray, hair ties, dry shampoo, etc.
• Bust, Nipple & Stretch Mark Cream
• Hand Sanitizer
• Perfume or Body Spray
• Magazines or Books
• Gift Cards
• Fuzzy Socks (with grips)
• Chocolate & Snacks
• Nursing Pads
• Make-up Wipes

Bridesmaid Basket

• Nail Polish
• Personalized items like a koozie, a tote bag, necklace, etc.
• Earrings or jewelry for your special day
• Wine or Champagne Bottle (& a hangover kit for a bachelorette;))
• Chocolates & other sweet treats
• Coffee Mug

Hope you enjoy! 

Don't forget to check out Underclub to treat yourself & others to luxury!









Saturday, November 4, 2017

My Birthday Wishlist


My birthday is TOMORROW, so I thought it'd be fun to share a little birthday wishlist! :) 

1. Vince Camuto Britsy Boot - On sale & so cute! I love anything leopard, so I definitely have my eye on these!

2. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb - I LOVEEE this perfume! Kalep bought me a bottle during the first few months of dating and it smells SO good. It's also one of those scents for me that takes me back to good times too! :) 

3. iPhone X - My phone is just on its last leg, so I need a new one! 

4. BaubleBar Monarch Statement Earrings - These are so fun, yet neutral so can be worn with so much.

5. Michael Kors Ritz Watch - I love having a neutral watch that can be worn every day, and these watches are such good quality. 

6. Thread & Supply Pullover - It's fuzzy & looks so cozy for these next few months.

7. Nameplate Necklace - Kalep gifted me a rose gold personalized bar necklace right before our wedding with the coordinates of our wedding venue, so I'd love a name necklace with our girl's name to stack with it.

8. Fashion Drug Tiger Bag - This is a total dupe of the Gucci Dionysus for a fraction of the price.

9. Nike Juvenate - I love how these have a leather look to them for any street style look!

10. Sole Society Candice Tote - I've been needing some new totes and weekend bags, and I love this neutral color & it's less than $50! Great gift! 

11. Cream Ottoman - I ordered a similar one for our girl's nursery, but when it came in, it was the tiniest thing, so I need to find another one. 

Hope you're having the BEST weekend!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Must Have Fall Fabric - Chenille







Cardigan: Boohoo (Sold out), Jeans: Topshop, Shoes: Vince Camuto
I feel like I am just about to pop any minute now! It's such a struggle getting dressed lately because jeans, leggings, and anything I have to bend down to put on is just doing too much for me (lol!). I'm kind of out of luck though because I can't wear dresses every single day. One of my go-to items lately has been cozy cardigans. I love throwing them on over a tank, a tee, a dress - even just my pj's when I'm at home. The chenille material has been SO trendy this fall & it's not going anywhere anytime soon. I actually purchased this pink one from Boohoo for around $23 but it's currently sold out. I did link a few other ones I absolutely love below and they're all under $50 - there's a couple that are even half off right now! Also, I found this one for baby girls while we were in Dallas, but the smallest it's available in is 9-12 months. It's exactly like mine but miniature sized - the cutest thing! These jeans are maternity from Topshop, and the price is so affordable and I love that they have a small band at the top instead of the big band that goes over your belly.

I'm currently in the process of trying to wash baby girl's clothes and pack our hospital bag, so that's it for now!

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