Mar 24, 2017

Friday Favorites

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Happy Friday everyone! Can you believe we're already half way through March already?! This week has been a busy one with doctors appointments, dentist check ups and more! I'm trying to just get everything in before I need to focus all my attention on sleeping, eating and snuggling with our little guy soon. Productive? You bet!

Anyways, I love sharing some of the things I'm loving this Friday! If you're new to my blog I link up with a few of my favorite bloggers and we share what we're enjoying this week. Of course, I always love hearing what you're loving too so feel free to comment and let me know below! Let's get started!

1. Beauty And The Beast - This past weekend I was super excited to have seen one of my all time favorite movies in theaters.  I remember seeing the animated movie when I was 7 years old and became obsessed with the movie, the plot and of course, the library. If you haven't seen it, you need too! It was incredible.

2. Just Jane - I'm loving how comfortable my new Moto Leggings are from ! I saw a few bloggers wearing these a few months ago and had to jump at the chance to try them for myself. I'm hooked! Of course you know I'll be wearing them even more after our little man arrives soon! Comfort? Cute? It has it all! I also had to get this adorable shirt in a gorgeous kelly green. I thought it was perfect for Spring!

3. GIVEAWAY! Don't forget to enter this awesome $25 gift card to Starbucks I have going on my Instagram! Since the first day of Spring was Monday, I wanted everyone to have a chance to win! Go enter now! It end's tonight at 10pm!
4. J. Thomas Salon - I'm super excited to be heading up to my favorite salon tomorrow to get a much needed balayge make over with my hair. Before this little guy comes, this Mama needs a bit of pampering. Follow along on my Snapchat/ Insta Stories to see how it all goes down!! I can't wait to share the final results!

Hoping you all have a fabulous weekend! 
What are your plans?

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Mar 23, 2017

Top 8 Books To Read This Spring

Now that we're finally into spring over here in Atlanta ( I mean like 70-80 weather again! WOO ) there is nothing I love more than sitting down with the windows open and having a great book in my hand. Well, currently I'm doing that with a large and and in charge big 'ol belly to prop my book on but you get the idea. Phew! These 34 weeks sure have gone quick and just praying our little man is enjoying himself before he makes his debut into the world.

While I have some time right now before he comes, I wanted to share some of my top 8 books that I'm anxious to read this spring! Avid blogger buddies of mine know that I love to read and share them with you so let's dive right in!

1. "Lincoln In the Bardo" by George Saunders  George Saunders is back, this time with a novel riffing on an actual event — the death of Abraham Lincoln's 11-year-old son, Willie, at the start of the Civil War. The narrative soon slips away from realism and into the bardo, a liminal state in Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

2. The Secrets of My Life by Caitlyn Jenner - The anticipated story of the most famous transgender woman in the world, from her childhood as Bruce and Olympian Gold to her transition and her life today.

3. This Life I Live: One Man's Extraordinary, Ordinary Life and the Woman Who Changed It Forever by Rory Feek - When Rory Feek, country singer-songwriter and overall Renaissance man, started a blog — — he had no idea it would eventually become a crucial space to chronicle his wife's battle with terminal cancer. Millions of people tuned in to read his plain-spoken yet poetic musings, and Feek expounds on his life story here.

4. White Tears by Hari Kunzru -  In this shape-shifting tale probing racial history and white privilege, two 20-something New Yorkers obsessed with music are drawn into the dark underside of blues record collecting.

5. Marlena by Julie Buntin -  In this anticipated debut, a 15-year-old girl named Cat moves to a lonely town in northern Michigan and forges a friendship with her impossibly cool 17-year-old next-door neighbor, the titular Marlena, whose father cooks meth. Typical teenage acts of rebellion transmogrify into tragedy — which haunts Cat for decades.

6. Come Sundown - Nora Roberts -  Romantic suspense doyen Roberts heads out west with this story set in Montana, where a series of murders and a heap of complicated family drama leave a ranch owner on edge and turning to her newest ranch hand for help and support. 

7. Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a Leaner, Stronger, and More Graceful You
Misty Copeland.  Ballerina Copeland shares tips from her own exercise regimen and entries from her journals in a fitness guide equally focused on grace and strength.

8. The Waking Land by Callie Bates -  A debut flintlock fantasy featuring a woman caught between the royalty who raised her and the rebels led by her father.

What are you excited to read this Spring?
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Mar 22, 2017

How to Survive Third Trimester

As much as I'm soaking in the last few weeks of being pregnant with our second child, it can sure be daunting at times. If you're having a difficult time as well getting through these last few weeks here are some tips and tricks to help you out!

1. Hydrate - I've shared that I'm not a huge water drinker but I've been forcing myself to carry a water bottle around the last 7 months to keep my hydration up not just for my baby but obviously for myself too. I can't stress enough how much better I feel after having my water and just making it a habit to have it with me at all times.

2.  Take It Easy - I'm the worst at this, especially measuring a month ahead of schedule with our son. I still think I can do it all but I know that I've really needed to slow down in these last critical weeks. So pamper yourself- get a manicure and pedicure, grab that massage you've been needing to get, take a long nap. You need it, you deserve it.

3. Body Pillow - My husband was amazing and bought me this great body pillow when I started my second trimester. It's been my go too for naps, relaxing, putting my feet up and of course, sleeping at night. I know there are several out there but for me, I just needed something I could easily carry around, comfortable and kept me cool all night long ( darn you hot flashes )! It's the best and I really recommend it.

4. Schedule Appointments - Since I only a few weeks left being a Mom of a toddler, I'm trying to schedule as many appointments as needed before I'm hustling with a newborn. This means getting my eye doctor, dentist and regular check ups done before he arrives. While it may seem a big chaotic, I'd rather just focus on taking care of our newborn when he arrives rather then running around trying to find a sitter to watch him.

5. Ask For Help - I'm guilty of not slowing down as I stated above and so asking for help can seem more of a hassle. Of course, I know I need to do it and thankfully have an amazing support system of friends, family members and a loving husband that is always willing to jump at the chance when I ask. I just need to continue to do so and so do you!

What are your tips to surviving third trimester?

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