Bumpdate 28 Weeks!

I can’t believe I haven’t done a pregnancy update since weeks 14 and 15!! I started off so strong and then clearly, didn’t quite document throughout this journey! I do plan to do so for the remainder of my pregnancy though – I just need to decide if I do them every 2 weeks or keep with every week….

For the first time, we missed week my 27 picture and we’ll take my 28 weeks one on Friday (even though I’ll be 29 weeks on Saturday!) so this is the most recent pic I have!

How Far Along? 28 weeks

Size of Baby:
 An eggplant or bowling pin; whichever you like better 🙂

Gender:
 Still waiting to find out… it’s been SO hard! We had our big 20 week appointment at the specialist downtown and it took everything not to say “yes, we want to know!!”.  I really feel it’s a boy though – I don’t know why, since most things point to a girl but I do feel that I will be a boy mama first 🙂 We will be happy no matter what though as long as Baby is healthy!

Weight Gain: 
Ugh… I was up 22 pounds at my last appointment which was at 24 weeks.  We’ll see what they say today… fingers crossed it’s only 4 more pounds (like they’d like) and that I pass my glucose test!

Maternity Clothes:
 I’m definitely wearing some maternity and some non-maternity clothes!  All pants are maternity for sure – surprisingly i’m enjoying below the bump leggings versus over the belly though!  When they go over my belly, it’s just itchy!

Nursery: 
We officially have the nursery started – we have wallpaper on one wall and the rest of the walls painted 🙂 Oh yeah, and curtains hung!  Otherwise, Baby’s room is pretty empty aside from Baby Shower gifts!  We are going to shampoo our carpets so have been waiting for a few things before we schedule that – because we figure we might as well do the rest of the house while we have someone here! We are doing gray, cream and white though with some elephant and pom-poms!

Movement:
 Baby G is definitely moving around!  More sporadic still but definitely gets in some kicking fits! The doctor said around this time, it’ll start to be more consistent though so I can’t wait! Logan has officially felt Baby G twice and both times, I cried watching his eyes get so big and happy 🙂 I love when I wake up to a kick too in the morning. It’s like Baby G is saying “Good morning Mama!” already!

Symptoms:
 The nausea finally went away for the most part at 18-20 weeks thankfully! I’m still pretty exhausted most of the time and I have some back aches from my chest as well as my lower back! Also, acid reflux and heartburn have been killing me lately! My oh my… it gets bad!

Sleep:
 Sleeping is getting a little tougher – Logan ordered me a pregnancy pillow because I was trying to hold out and I can’t say I love it… it’s the Snoogle or whatever it’s called, after having friends refer it to me but it’s just awkward.  I reallllly don’t love having to use it for a pillow as well – I’d prefer to use my own pillow then use it for back support and stomach support but that’s not how that works. I’m hoping I get more used to it! OH yeah, and I think i’m up at least 2-3 times peeing so that doesn’t help either! But some nights I get a whooooole lot of sleep and it’s amazing! 🙂

Cravings:
 Still not craving too much!  I definitely want #allthesweets but that was before as well! ha! And I’m loving pizza which I wasn’t obsessed with before but now I’m a happy camper when I get any!

What I Miss: I miss mimosas (that everyone got to enjoy last weekend!) and loving the way everything fits!  I feel like when I try things on that are maternity or other things I own, it just doesn’t look as good as I’d like! But I’ll do anything for this little one and am so thankful to be pregnant that I shouldn’t complain! 🙂

Best Moment This Week:
 My baby shower last weekend with my Dad’s side of the family! It was just so nice to get together and chat and love on Baby G! This little one is already so loved and I just can’t wait to share him/her with everyone!

Looking Forward To:
 My baby shower this coming weekend and maternity pictures! And finally doing more in the nursery! We need to get that carpet done ASAP and I really need to pick out a dresser for the room – so we can start working my magic in there 🙂 I can’t wait to put it all together!

His & Her Holiday Looks!

One of my most asked questions about fashion is – “can you please share some girl/guy duo outfits?!” Why yes.. yes I can!  If you’ve been following me long enough, you know that my sweet husband is not a big fan of pictures… as in, he hates them! So getting him to do a few pics with me for the blog is always a challenge BUT he surprised me with agreeing to some holiday looks!

JCrew Factory is another place I love to shop for myself and Logan!  It’s Jcrew quality without the hefty price tags!  And right now, they’re offering crazy deals with Christmas approaching – which is is a huge win in my book!

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This skirt totally made me feel a little like Britney Spears circa 1999.  This skirt is perfect for the holidays – holiday party – yep, work with tights – oh yes, Christmas day – yes yes! And it’s 50% off so who doesn’t love that?! I’m also lusting over this velvet skirt for the holidays – and for under $40, it’s a no brainer!

Blazer’s on men are legit one of the best things to me!  They can be dressed up and down depending on the occasion – which is perfect during the holiday season. Logan loved this flannel because it’s one he’ll wear on a regular basis for work (he has a “dress down” pass for winning a golf event) or just a day out and about! Also.. the flannels are under $25 which is just crazy!

Gosh, I just love this guy 🙂

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I told you I was a sucker for this print!

Another thing I’m a sucker for?! My husband in a sweater over a button up! He wears them to work often and it’s just perfect as a dress up or dress down option again.

What are some of your favorite items to wear around the holidays?! And where do you shop?!

Let me know if you want me to keep these duo style posts in the rotation going forward 🙂

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Muffins

Y’all.. it’s October and I can’t believe it!

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I have so many things on my “bucket list” for October through January 1 and somehow I’d also like to do absolutely nothing at the same time. Is that possible?!

Last year, we visited my Brother and Sister-in-law (to be) and she had these delicious muffins.  Ever since then, I stalked her Pinterest board for the recipe and finally got a chance to make them this year.

They take 10 minutes to prep and they’re seriously ridiculously good so you should give them a try 🙂

INGREDIENTS:

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour

1 tablespoon pumpkin spice

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 (15 oz) can pumpkin (pure pumpkin puree)

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

2 large eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

 

8 oz cream cheese

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg yolk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Place paper baking cups into muffin pan. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, pumpkin spice, baking soda and salt until well combined. Set aside.
  3. In large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, sugar and brown sugar.
  4. Beat in eggs, vegetable oil and vanilla extract. Slowly whisk in the flour mixture, until there are no lumps. Fill muffin tins 3/4 full.
  5. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add in sugar, egg yolk and vanilla extract and beat until well combined.
  6. Top each muffin with about 1 tablespoon of cream cheese mixture and use a toothpick to swirl it into the batter. This will not look smooth, but it will bake up much prettier. (You can see exactly how I did this in the video above.)
  7. Bake muffins for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. I liked these best at room temperature or even slightly chilled! Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Happy baking! 🙂

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Happy Tuesday!

Hello and happy Tuesday! 

I had every intention of recapping some of our trip today but then laundry, jet lag, work and a new special little one happened! So basically I’m here to say, there won’t be a blog post today but I’m hoping to share part of our trip tomorrow – if I’m not too busy snuggling said little one 😉 

Hope everyone has had a great few weeks and a fabulous day!

Kristi

Life lately + Lilly Sale!

Happy Thursday!

I can’t believe how quickly this week is flying by! I thought I’d share some life lately since it’s been a while- mixed with some Lilly Pulitzer sale purchases!

We had dinner with the Johnsons last week and it’s always so good to see them! Elaine is due next week so we’re hoping the next time we see them will be with their little baby in their arms (or my arms, whichever ;))! Ps: doesn’t she look amazing?!


I finally got my butt out onto the golf course since I hadn’t been since Memorial Day! Can you believe that?! These busy weekends are getting in the way of my other activities! It was so fun to finally walk the course (and attempt to play since I’m not the best) and catch up!


I got a nice catch up session with Michael, my hair stylist and he covered up those gray hairs! I’ve been getting gray hairs for so many years and sometimes going every 8 weeks for color just isn’t enough! 

Now, let’s chat the Lilly sale.. I was so happy to hear things that y’all were able to scoop up 🙂 I thought I’d share a few things I purchased and can’t wait to get!! 

I purchased this dress and am so excited to give it a try! My SIL has the same one (in another print) and it’s super cute on her so hoping it’s the same for me! 


These tops were just too cute and such a good price!


How cute is this print?! 


And even though this next one is more plain than screaming Lilly – I’m really excited to wear this one in the fall with some riding boots and a scarf 🙂


I did get a few Christmas presents too which is always nice to cross off the list! 

What were you able to get? I thought it was a lot smoother this year – I mean it took 3 hours to get in but once I was in – it was nice that everything wasn’t gone! 

Hope you are having a great Thursday! 

Kristi

Happy Hour!

Happy Thursday!!

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I’m linking up with Holly over at Osborn Extravaganza to chat about summer fashion! So grab your cup of coffee or wine (I’m not judging!) and let’s get chatting!

I’m all about easy and comfortable wear most of the time and summer isn’t any different!

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I love shorts that are stretchy and comfy (and  not up my butt!).

I’m also very into dresses, in case you hadn’t noticed! 😉

I wear a lot of Lilly in the summer since I can’t get over all the colors!

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I love any type of kimono with shorts that can double as a swimsuit cover up!

My summer fashion is seriously all about looking great with easy outfits 🙂 Doesn’t this make you want to go on a shopping spree with me?! 😉

Before I go… Logan and I are entered into a giveaway to win a free Anniversary Photo Session with the amazing Jess Nolan and we’d love it if you’d help us win! What do you need to do, you ask?! It’s easy! Just go here and “like” our picture! The person with the most “likes” will win! It also has a little snippet of our love story in case you’re interested!

Thank you in advance for the “likes” and I’ll see you back here tomorrow for a few favorites from the last week!

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This & That

We’re almost to Friday so I thought I’d share a little bit of what’s been going on in our lives lately!

We recently hung out with our old friends (whom we hadn’t seen since August!) and it was so much fun! 

Their little boy is now 1.5 years old and he was SO sweet!! We haven’t seen them much so we were surprised he didn’t have “stranger danger” with us and so thankful we could hold him (and play with him) a bit!

We’re constructing (is that the right word?!) a patio in a few weeks (sooo excited!!) and we’re trying to map out what we’re wanting for size and shape! We’re going to be doing it ourselves with pavers so any tips would be appreciated!

We celebrated my coworkers birthday with a fun Mexican lunch 😍 can you guess which one is the birthday girl?? 😂

I snuggled these little pups lots! Melt my ❤️

We prepped two Pork Butts! And yes, that’s my goofy husband! 

And after prepping them one night, we smoked them the next..

My friend, Steph made us some Strawberry Mango Mojitos and I wish I had a picture because they are my new choice of drink!!

Now to remember how to make them.. Steph, I need you!!

I tried this top on and totally loved it! I shared this on Instagram for an outfit I wore to the office if you’re looking for some inspiration!

And I’m sure those workers thought we were crazy at work 😂

My not so little niece graduates middle school today and I’m seriously like 😭

Where does the time go?!?! I can’t be there today which makes me even more sad!! I’ll be on standby for pictures though so don’t you worry!

Well, that’s all for life around here lately! What have you been up to lately?!

Kristi

Work out Wednesday! 

I mentioned on Friday, that I’ve actually been keeping up with working out lately and while I’m not a huge fan yet.. I’m loving the workout gear at least!:)


I’ve had a few of you ask what I wear working out and here’s a few pictures to show you 🙂

If you haven’t noticed, I have a larger chest and therefore, sports bras are seriously terrible!  I currently wear these (in my normal cup size) and I’m not in love.  My cousin recommends these with the cup sizes and they are on my list to order! If you have any other recommendations, I’d love to hear them!!

I work out at the end of the day, so I do usually have make up on (in case you’re wondering) and my trusty pearl earrings!

As far as leggings go, I love zellas for working out (or every day wear)!  They’re the same comfort as Lululemon with a much better price tag!  I couldn’t imagine spending $90+ on leggings but props to you ladies who totally wear them!  The pants I’m wearing in the picture are surprisingly from here! I haven’t shopped here in so many years (most of the clothes are always tiny) but we bought the guys’ sweaters for our wedding there and so I get emails often.  One of the emails showed these and I totally needed them! And for under $25… absolutely up my alley!

I wish I could say that I was super into tennis shoes as well.. I’m not, clearly, so I generally look for a fun color at the Nike or Adidas outlet store for a pair since I don’t wear them outside of working out.

I’m putting together a list of all the workout wear I’ve been lusting after (and what I’ve already ordered myself) and will share it with y’all next week!  What are some of your favorites that don’t break the bank?!

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DIY spring wreath

I love to make wreaths.. I could make one every week if I had reason to! My grandma recently asked if I could make her one and I totally jumped on that 🙂  She was hoping for a spring wreath that she could use into summer as well.  Tulips have always been a favorite of mine (and is my current wreath on the door!) so I thought what better way to welcome the new seasons than pink?!


Supplies needed:

  • Grapevine wreath
  • Flower of your choice
  • Letter
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ribbon

Step 1:

Come up with a design idea!  Choose a color palette or flower and mix and match some greenery to add more to it!

Step 2:

Lay out the flowers and initial or numbers how you’d like them to go! Don’t worry about gluing anything down just yet. After I set them out with how I wanted them to look – I cut all the steps so that the flowers were apart and then they were good to go!

Step 3:

I started to intertwine the tulips into the wreath and adjusted as I went along.  I did not glue any of the flowers either – they just stick right in there!

Step 4:

Once it started to take shape, I had to decide where I wanted the bow to go and how far down I wanted the tulips to go.  Once I figured out where the bow would go, I placed a ribbon over the middle of the tulips.

Step 5:

Next, I started to place the tulips in the other direction so I could fill out the left side of the wreath.

Once I started, I realized I should move to the other side so I can actually see how I wanted them placed.

Step 6:

Adjust flowers how you want them to look -fill in any empty areas or lopsided areas!

Step 7:

Make a bow ahead of time and glue it right on where you already had your ribbon.  I switched up my ribbon so it would flow with the tulips more for Spring.

Step 8:

Lastly, turn over your letter (or numbers) and hot glue it right onto the wreath.  If there are loose edges on the wreath where your letter is going, I will sometimes put the letter under those for more support.

And when you’re all done, hang hang hang it!  Or in my case, I’ll give it on over to my Grandma 🙂  You could also put ribbon around the top and hang it that way if that’s more your style!

Easy peasy, right?!  I might just need to go into the wreath making business because it’s just so fun!

Happy Tuesday!

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Weekend Rewind

Happy Monday! It was a quiet weekend which was perfect since the next 3 are busy busy busy!  As much as I know you’d love to hear me ramble on… I figure I’ll just jump into our boring glorious weekend!

Friday night was quiet.  We had some repairs done to the truck on Thursday and had to pick up the truck Friday so after doing that, we stopped and picked up some Mac N’ Cheese pizza (it is Lent after all)!  And yes that deserves capital letters 🙂

You know that book I started on Thursday?  Well, let’s just say I finished it on Friday night somehow!  I’ll share my thoughts on it later.

Saturday, the Mr. headed out for his first round of golf of the year while I ran a few errands (finally signed up for a library card instead of buying all my books!) and cleaned out my closet.  Literally.  

I have so many clothes that I haven’t worn in months so out of the closet they go!  I’m trying to adopt the “one out before one comes in” rule.. so hopefully this will help!

We went out for some Mexican and I had the best margarita!  L gave up drinking for Lent so it was a big role reversal when I ordered a bigger margarita and he ordered a soda. 🙂

After dinner, we came back and lounged a bit while watching Star Wars.

Sunday, L headed back to the golf course since it was supposed to be in the 60’s!  I worked out and then took the pups for a walk.  Yes, you read that right… I.WORKED.OUT! 

And it felt pretty good.  I also made some cake batter overnight oats that I’m so anxious to try tomorrow!  I relaxed after running to the store and started reading this.

We ended the day with baking some Chocolate chip cookies (though mine never turn out as good!) and prepared for the week! 

Hope your weekend was just as relaxing! Monday, we’re ready for you! 

Kristi