Friday, July 18, 2014

Nordstrom Sale

Did you know it was the big Nordstrom Sale? Of course you did because it is literally everywhere!

As much as these amazing prices get to me I have no clue what this lovely bod will look like come fall. I am setting high expectations for my walks with bambino and letting the belly bandit do its magic but know miracles don't happen overnight.

Although here are some of my sale favs:
1. Dogeared Necklace - I love this brand and have a very similar style necklace (that I love). This would be a great present idea!
2. BCBG Dress - Loving this wrap dress and it could work come fall. I am not usually a pattern person but this one doesn't bother me too much.
3. Tory Burch bracelet - Love these wrap bracelets and the price is great. Maybe my wrists will decide to come back post-pregnancy as well.
4. Tory Burch purse - I don't need another purse one bit but love this style.
5. Sam Edelman Booties - I got the Sam Edelman Petty booties before our trip to Ireland last year and they are amazing. These whiskey colored ones may have to be my fall purchase.
6. Voluspa Candle Set - My name is Julie and I have a candle hoarding problem. I literally have like 15 stashed away in a cabinet. These Voluspa candles are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! Another goodie that may need to make its way home.
7. Girl's Burberry Jacket - Now I have to start thinking about clothing another human being and who doesn't need their own Burberry? Ha Aaron would kill me but she would look so darn cute in this!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lately

I am trying to do better about this blogging thing (excuses, excuses :) ). Here is a little view into our life lately:

1.  Memorial Day at the lake, which is both the dogs and our happy place to unwind
2.  First glimpse at baby girl's room. I am still working on stuff for the walls and then will unveil my new favorite room in the house.
 3. The hubs and I went to the US Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, NC (this was planned pre-baby). The resort town is gorgeous with tons of precious houses and hospitality. If your man loves golf this would be a great place to send him for a trip away.
4. Winnie has had some severe seperation aniexty lately and insists on sitting in your lap like she doesn't weigh roughly 55 lbs.
5. Winston joining in on Aaron's birthday celebration
6. The bestie came in town and we rocked out to Katy Perry. It was great to catch up with Mere and Miss Perry put on a fantastic show, complete with thousands of screaming preteen fans.
7. This swan made an appearance on July 4th. Go and buy one now!
8. A rare bump sighting at 31 weeks. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Pregnancy Favorites

Y'all... I can't believe we are 8 weeks away from meeting little one! So exciting yet slightly frightening at the same time. I am thinking about all the things I need to accomplish during this time.

I truly can't complain about this pregnancy thus far. Yes the aches and pains are starting to hit and hit hard but it has been pretty uneventful... crossing my fingers it stays this way.

Here are a few lifesavers from the past 8 months:

Prenatal Vitamins - This brand pictured are not the ones I take; I am a store brand kind of gal. These are not really a lifesaver but a necessity for any preggo.

Snoogle Mini - This bad boy has been named Theodore (why I have no clue but he has now become part of our co-sleeping arrangement). The mini is great because it is not as monstrous as the original but provides amazing support for the hips. When we travel, it is a must because you can definitely regret those nights without it.

The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy - I chose to be very selective in what I read because some books are out there to scare you into seclusion. You will second guess everything you eat, breathe or even look at. This book was hilarious but also gave some great advice. My favorite was setting the expectations that everything on my body would gain weight... not just the belly. It has prevented some near-breakdown moments.

Palmer's Cocoa Butter -  I have not been persistent in applying lotion nightly but this is my go-to. You smell like a massive chocolate bar but it eases the mind about stretch marks. Truthfully, everything I read said you either get them or you don't ... no amount of lotion will do anything.

Lemons - Everyone harps on staying hydrated throughout your pregnancy. They say it prevents swelling (which is a lie) and helps with fatigue. To be honest, I never want to drink water again. When you cut out alcohol and caffeine, there is not much left in the beverage department. But... lemons have been water's saving grace by preventing my gag reflex from reacting after drowning myself with each 12 ounce glass at a time.

EOS Lip Balm - This lip balm was always my favorite but now I find myself applying it every hour. It is a must-have!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Preggo Truths

- Disclaimer: This is supposed to be a humorous post on my take of pregnancy thus far. In no way is this applicable to everyone or is meant to be condescending to the miracle of pregnancy -

I put the disclaimer above because people are so touchy on the internet these days. I wanted to post on my pregnancy thus far and thoughts along the way. While some portions may be instilled with humor I am forever grateful for my sweet baby girl.

To get the truth out there, I have had some hard times in the woman department. You never know how long things will take or how things will play out for you in the long run. I had some dark times last year thinking I could have complications with pregnancy down the road. While I am extremely blessed I know it is not easy for some people. There are women who struggle with infertility or lose a baby every day. Knowing that, my heart breaks for each and every one of them.

This post is meant to call out the things I have heard about pregnancy before and my thoughts... Enjoy!

Unsolicited advice and comments
You will get advice from everyone.... Co-workers, family, friends, strangers. I have gotten advice in elevators, shopping malls, you name it. I have learned you simply nod your head and say thanks :) I know people mean well but sometimes it is slightly overwhelming to hear 12 different versions of a birthing story.

Lately the comments have been on the impending hot months with comments like "Oh girl you will be dying in August" really does not get me pumped for more sweltering heat and swollen feet. Yes I know it will be hot in August... do you not think that hit me back in January when I started counting the days. As for comebacks, I have none. I just nod.

"Are you nervous about the big day?"
I have also started to get this one lately. It is fun as I pause and go a pale green color... just kidding but I respond with a polite "heck yes." Do you think I haven't thought about the whole birthing story, gotten daily email digests about it and read the 14 pamphlets on what not to do?

"You will only gain weight in your belly"
This is a total lie. Everywhere gains weight.... I mean everywhere.

There is a lot of judging
I am not talking about vocal judging. Just looks as you eat that piece of candy or buy an orange juice in the morning... yes people it is pasturized juice... lay off! I have gotten looks as I carried a few too many grocery bags out to my car or worn the same pants in the same week. You do what you have to do for these few months.

You have a new-found urgency and sense not to care
Everything seems to have a timeline and a due date on when said task should be completed. These tasks also have deadlines in weeks not dates as in "When I am 37 weeks, the nursery should be done."

Being a true Southern women we tend to keep thoughts to ourselves but think the truth in our heads. Well pregnancy has removed all sorts of filters I had before and I usually just blurt out what is on my mind. My co-workers think this is hilarious as I am slightly mortified, slightly relieved to just say what I want (cheers to two more months of having an excuse to do this).

"You should exercise the entire nine ten months"
So my doctor terrified me about eating for two (although I love her dearly). I have tried to be cognizant of this while also indulging cravings when necessary.  On top of analyzing every nutrition label there are people that badger you for not exercising. Y'all.... I can't even keep my eyes open after a nine hour workday much less want to go walk my swollen cankles around the block. I did buy a prenatal work-out video after seeing fat pockets in places that I didn't know existed but the couch is so tempting when you can't even breathe to walk upstairs.

A kick in the stomach makes you feel better
With the lovely World Wide Web comes the crazies. These are the people that love to instill fear in every pregnant soul in the world. If you accidentally eat a black-listed item they recommend racing to the ER or if you haven't felt a kick in 4 hours you should stalk your OB all night. This fear is not cool for a first time mom but I will say the long-awaited kicks make it all worth it. Each baby has their own schedule but they remind you that a little precious baby is prepping to come into the world and change your life completely.