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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Winners

We are chugging right along into this holiday season! I can’t believe we’re already half way through December! A huge thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway and fingers crossed your name is on the list below!

Day 1 (Peppermint Bark Tea): Shelly E. L. blea…@gmail.com

Day 2 (Plaid Blanket Scarf): Amber S. amberand…@yahoo.com

Day 3 (Makeup Brushes): Andrea L. mommy…@hotmail.com

Day 4 (Yankee Candle): Erin D. M. erin…@gmail.com

Day 5 (Nail Polish Set): Melissa C. mcra…@gmail.com

Day 6 (Cable Knit Socks): Ashley C. ang…@cox.net

Day 7 (Bow Earrings): Julie T. jat…@gmail.com

Day 8 (Pom Pom Beanie): Kelly S. D. kellyw…@gmail.com

Day 9 (Coconut Mint Drop Lotion): Karen karend…@yahoo.com

Day 10 (Christmas Bead Charm): Crystal A. tryingnew…@gmail.com

Day 11 (Cookies For Santa Set): Dana R. tat2…@hotmail.com

Day 12 (Touch Screen Gloves): Jean E. B. jemfree…@gmail.com

Congratulations to all the winners! Watch for an email from laura@thepetitenoir.com so I can get your mailing address. If I don’t receive a response back from you within a week, your prize will be forfeit. Although I will ship out the prizes as soon as possible, due to the holiday season, I cannot guarantee Christmas delivery.

Merry Christmas!

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway: Touch Screen Gloves

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Here we are – the last day of the giveaway and only thirteen more days until Christmas! I hope you all have enjoyed my twelve days of Christmas and remember to check back tomorrow for a list of the winners.

I’ve done a hat, a scarf and socks, so I’m wrapping up the giveaway with a pair of really cute touch screen gloves. The gloves are feminine and classy – perfect for pairing with all your holiday outfits.

To enter the giveaway, fill out the form below and cross your fingers! You can enter from now until midnight tonight. Good luck!

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway: Cookies For Santa Set

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Growing up my mom always did cookies for Santa. We’d all help make the cookies and then set them out before bed. We even left Santa a special note and Santa would always respond. 🙂 It’s been a tradition I am absolutely looking forward to sharing with my children.

Since I’m the oldest, I’m crossing my fingers that Mom hands me down our plate that we used since I was little, but for now I can wait. I picked up a super cute set from TJMaxx this year and purchased an additional set for todays’ giveaway!

To enter the giveaway, fill out the form below and cross your fingers! You can enter from now until midnight tonight. Good luck!

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway: Holiday Bead Charm

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For our one year anniversary, my husband gave me a Soulfeel charm bracelet (similar to a Pandora bracelet at a fraction of the cost) and it has quickly become a favorite of mine. I just loving looking through all the cute charm options and having the ability to create different themed bracelets with ease. You can be sure I’ll be getting a couple holiday charms for the upcoming season!

One reader will receive a sterling silver Christmas tree bead charm and small surprise from me. (These charms fit Pandora bracelets. 🙂 )

To enter the giveaway, fill out the form below and cross your fingers! You can enter from now until midnight tonight. Good luck!

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Pregnancy Reveal Details

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Reveal to my husband
So I found out I was pregnant on September 12th. I had had the most tiring morning – I could barely make it through my workout, the littlest things were making me cry or angry and I was just having a tough time. So as I’m cleaning the bedroom, I’m telling my husband about it and he just casually says, “maybe you’re pregnant”.

Not really thinking anything of it, I continued on until I needed to use the restroom. I picked up a test (I have a bunch since we’re trying) and did my business per usual. I waited the five minutes and picked up the test, ready to deem it negative and toss it. But, wait! There was the FAINTEST line. I am talking so faint I could barely see it at all. Immediately, my head went to all the things you hear about “if there’s any line, you’re pregnant”. Cue disbelief.

For the next three days, I kept it to myself and tested every morning. Sure enough, every morning the line grew darker and darker and I knew at that point I was expecting. By this time, I’m in a panic trying to figure out a cute way to tell my husband. I had seen all these super cute pregnancy reveals with a photographer and knew that’s the direction I wanted to go.

I headed down to Walmart to get a digital test, just to make absolutely sure, and sure enough as the test counted down it very quickly gave me a “pregnant” result. I immediately contacted a photographer with the title “I NEED A PHOTOGRAPHER ASAP – PREGNANCY REVEAL TO MY HUSBAND”. Needless to say, she was very quick to respond.

I had the idea that I wanted to do a Christmas theme under the ruse of Christmas photos for our holiday cards which would become our pregnancy announcements – the end of my first trimester would be right around the time to send them out. So I somehow managed to get my husband to agree and go along with it. At some point within a day or two of us, he started to get suspicious, but kept his mouth shut so not to ruin the surprise or upset me if it wasn’t what he thought.

I brought a bunch of props including a wrapped box that had a tee shirt inside that reads “achievement unlocked: fatherhood” and the photographer directed us to interact with the props. When it came time for the box, she said, “we’re going to do some with the box” and then, “I want you to open the box”.

The look on his face was actually kind of blank. 🙂 Afterwards, he told me all he really saw at first was fatherhood and he was having trouble putting it together. My husband doesn’t really react like you’d expect him to when he’s in the spotlight. He kind of keeps himself together, so I should have expected him to kind of look at me like he did. All in all, when he got the message he was super excited and we finished up our photos with some cute pregnancy announcement photos.

Would I do it again? Absolutely. Was it worth the money? Most definitely. Important moments only happen once and when the opportunity to document them is gone, it’s gone forever. Being able to show our child the exact moment their dad found out he was going to be a dad for the first time is well worth the money and effort.

If you are in Virginia and the surrounding states and are looking for a photographer, check out Chelsie Gordon. She did an amazing job on our photos and was so easy and fun to work with.

Reveal to our immediate families
This was a little more low key. My husband wanted to keep it private and low key. He just really does not like being the center of attention. So we decided on a couple different ways to break the news without giving it away.

His family is a little difficult because they’re spread out. We ended up having his parents over for dinner and gave his mom a candle. (Sounds weird, but she’s really into Yankee Candles, she uses a fake Christmas tree so she’s always trying to make it smell like a real one and I always get super cheap Yankee Candles with coupons – so when you put it all together it was kind of like a “hey, I picked you up this candle I got on sale so your tree smells like Christmas” thing. Still weird?) Anyway, I had it personalized with one of the photos from our Christmas shot and it says “baby due in May”.

For his brother and his wife and kids, we sent their oldest a birthday card that said on the front “the more the merrier” and on the inside it said “true of family, true of friends, true of cake” and I wrote “true of cousins” and we included the ultrasound with a little due date notice.

My family was just as difficult because there’s a lot of them. For my mom and stepdad, my sisters and brother and my mom’s parents, we used my brothers’ birthday as a cover. We got him a gift and card just like normal, but then we wrapped a box inside of a box inside of a box and each layer had a little note taped to it that said “the best gifts…”, “are worth waiting for…” and then in the final box it was a card that had our ultrasound and a little note that said “baby due in May”. He kind of stopped reading out loud at that point so my grandma was sort of confused while everyone else was screaming and carrying on (which ended up making my 1 year old nephew start crying), but it all worked out like we planned. 🙂

My youngest little sister had to work the night of the party so we got her a container of pretzel nuggets from Auntie Anne’s and wrote a little card that said “nuggets from our nugget” with a copy of the ultrasound and took it to her at work. All she could was jump up and down in the middle of the store pointing at me saying, “I knew it! I knew it!”.

Reveal to extended family
We only actually personally went and told our parents, siblings and grandparents. Everyone else had to wait until they got their Christmas cards (which I sent out immediately after Thanksgiving). I DIYed our cards (because $150 for 50 cards is absolutely insane) and we are just thrilled at how they turned out. The day we sent them out, we immediately started receiving texts from everyone saying how excited they were.

Reveal to close friends and coworkers
I really only have two close friends that I kept in real touch with after high school. So for them, I wanted a private reveal. We went to Olive Garden for lunch one day, but I was so excited I ended up breaking the news before we even left the house for lunch. I figured if there was any screaming, it was best done in the comfort of my living room rather than in front of a bunch of strangers.

For my husbands’ coworkers who are mostly guys and, in my husbands’ words, “don’t care about cute details”, he ended up just going in to work wearing his “achievement unlocked” shirt. Got the message across and cued the “your life is over” jests we also got after our wedding. Boys. 🙂

So now you know our little secret. And he or she will remain that way until D Day. May cannot come fast enough. 🙂

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway: Coconut Mint Drop Body Lotion

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I never really shop at Bath and Body Works until I shop at Bath and Body Works. 🙂 It’s one of those places that I don’t really go unless I have a coupon or there’s a huge sale and even then it’s very rare. But when I do end up in that smelly store, I want everything.

During the winter, I typically lean towards more deep, musky scents, but this new Coconut Mint Drop thing has got me wrapped around its pretty little…bottle(?). It’s the oddest sounding combination but when you actually smell it, it absolutely screams winter. Mint and coconut. Who’d a thunk?

One reader will receive a bottle of Coconut Mint Drop body lotion and a little surprise from me.

To enter the giveaway, fill out the form below and cross your fingers! You can enter from now until midnight tonight. Good luck!

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Holiday Outfit + Massive News!

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Few disclosures. One: we’re currently updating our outlets, so try not to pay attention. Two: we’re also choosing paint colors, so also try not to notice. Three: I decided to play around with Lightroom presets because our lighting was really bad. Fun part? It’s still bad, but it does look better.

This outfit is perfect for a casual holiday dinner or date night out. It has just the right mix of comfort and sparkle to get your holiday spirit on!

Now, on to the massive news, because I know you are DYING to know. And I have been DYING to tell you.

Maybe some of you have noticed (even though I’ve been trying very hard to hide it!) that my pants are a bit tighter and my waist is getting thicker, not to mention I’ve been breaking out. Did you have your suspicions?

We.

Are.

Pregnant!

Whew! Glad I got that off my chest! Since I found out I was pregnant I have been trying so hard to keep it under wraps from everyone. First I had to keep it quiet for a week because I wanted to surprise my husband with a pregnancy reveal photoshoot. Then I chose to keep it from my closest family until I was nearing the end of my first trimester, followed by the rest of the family so they could be surprised when they got their Christmas cards and finally, you guys!

We have waited a long time for a baby and are excited to be expecting our first at the end of May. It’s been a roller coaster from surprising my husband to picking names to cravings, but all totally worth it! (The very first thing I started craving was chocolate and peanut butter, but now I’ve moved on to cheese and sopressata!) We could not be more thrilled as we await our new addition.

I am currently 16 weeks, so I’m into my second trimester. The first trimester was so many ups and downs that I’m not even really sure which way IS up anymore. I was incredibly tired all the time, I didn’t even have the energy to blog like normal which is why I’ve been AFK on and off for three months. On the up side, I didn’t have any morning sickness and our baby is looking very healthy.

That’s enough excitement for today. Tune in tomorrow to see our pregnancy reveal pictures and how we told everyone!

And remember to enter todays’ giveaway! 🙂

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