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Maternity Memorial Outfit

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABodycon Dress (wearing XS/S) / Derby Hat / Pearl Studs similar here / Heels similar here

This past Saturday was my grandmother’s memorial service. Her passing still doesn’t seem like reality to me; I keep wanting to pick up the phone and dial her number and it always takes me a minute or two to remember that she’s not there to pick up.

My outfit was well received – I was constantly being that so and so loved my hat and where did I get it and that I looked so good for being six months pregnant. The dress itself has been worn to so many functions since I bought it. For reference, I’m wearing an XS/S – the same size I was wearing before becoming pregnant – so I highly recommend it for your next staple piece.

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Maternity Travel Outfit

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASweatpants (wearing size S) / Tee Shirt / Cardigan similar here / Shoes

We are going on an adventure! Where to? Stop by in a week or so and find out! 🙂

Although I won’t reveal our destination quite yet, I will reveal that we’re getting on another overnight plane ride. The first time I had an overnight flight, we were headed to Ireland about four months ago. Although I was pregnant at the time, I was not 6 months pregnant!

For this trip I opted to go with loose sweats instead of my typical leggings. Why? Because I’m 6 months pregnant, swollen and this is a longer flight. As always, I’m wearing my super hot compression socks underneath all this and am bringing my favorite cardigan to keep me warm.

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Thrift Haul

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Todays’ thrift haul is a bit different than usual. It’s all baby clothes! 🙂

As I have stated before, I am a very picky person and things are no different when it comes to baby things. I prefer simple to over the top and I have a really hard time justifying $8 for a brand new three piece outfit that my baby may get one or two wears out of before they outgrow it.

I have been a very busy bee stalking the area thrift stores for baby clothes and toys for a fraction of the cost of regular retail. I know prices vary from area to area, but where I live baby clothes are $0.50 a piece. Not just onesies and hats. Jumpers, overalls and coats are $0.50 too!

This haul is what I picked up in one week and only spent $19! I have been picking up boys, girls and gender neutral clothes since we won’t know what we’re having until D-Day.

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26 Facts For My 26th Birthday!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGray Sweater similar here / Levi’s 535 Super Skinny Jeans in Mid Roast / Earrings

Today is my 26th birthday! It’s hard to believe that 26 years ago my mom was just welcoming me into the world as her first child – about the same age as I will be when I deliver my first in May.

In honor of my birthday, I decided to do a little list of 26 random facts all about me. It’s my birthday and that’s ok. Right? 🙂

1. I share my birthday with my great, great grandfather who was born February 17th in 1887.

2. I won the departmental award for Creative Writing in my senior year of high school.

3. I want a grand total of six kids.

4. I have an anatomical variation – air pockets in my nasal membranes.

5. I prefer red grapes to white grapes, white grape juice to red and hate everything grape flavored.

6. I collect sand from every beach I go to.

7. The Wheel of Time is my favorite book series of all time.

8. I jump at every opportunity to plan and host parties; it’s just something I happen to be insanely good at. 🙂

9. I have a (my husband would say creepy) knack for being able to remember and recite entire portions of Disney movies.

10. Until I met my husband I had never eaten at Taco Bell.

11. I get insanely car sick but never have a problem on roller coasters.

12. My favorite red wine is Roscato Rosso Dolce (you can buy it at Walmart for about $10) and my favorite white is Moscato d’Asti (any brand will do!).

13. My dad has given me multiple nicknames over the years which include: Half pint, Stinker, Tadpole and the current name, Leapchion. On the other hand, my sisters’ nickname has and will always be Booger.

14. I still cannot sleep in the dark without my husband – I’m not afraid of the dark, I’m afraid of what I can’t see in the dark.

15. Almost my entire basement is my couponing stockpile.

16. The Outer Banks is one of my most favorite places of all time, anywhere.

17. I am afraid of ladybugs being on me.

18. I was so quiet in school, my 4th grade teacher nicknamed me “Loud Mouth Laura”. In 8th grade, a teacher nicknamed me “Smiley” because I was so shy and never did; he still calls me that to this day and even nicknamed my little sister “Smiley Jr”.

19. I have never gotten pulled over or received a ticket.

20. I have only ever had two jobs; a cashier at Burger King while in high school and working at a local jewelry store buying and selling gold and silver right out of high school.

21. Jedi Mind Trick is my favorite at home cocktail – I make mine with milk instead of half and half.

22. I spend at least an hour (probably more) every day browsing recipe blogs and looking at houses on Zillow. (Literally born to be a stay at home mom. 🙂 )

23. I HATE the taste of water, so I typically drink Crystal Light instead.

24. I have had 13 teeth removed – most were adult teeth, a few were baby teeth and 4 were wisdom teeth.

25. I LOVE to do genealogy research. Something about the smell of old books and weeding through papers just makes me giddy – maybe I should’ve been a librarian.

26. I can sleep anywhere, anytime, mouth open and everything. 🙂

So there you have it! I’ve got a busy birthday planned – FREE breakfast at Denny’s, lunch (and cracklin’s) at Grannys’ and pizza and Costco cake with my immediate family for dinner. Can we just talk about the food I get to eat today?! 🙂

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Honoring My Grandmothers’ Life

 

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Earlier this week, on January 22nd, my family lost its matriarch; my grandfather lost the love of his life, my mother lost her mother and I lost a very close grandmother who will never get to meet the baby I’m carrying – a baby she was so very excited to meet.

I’m not confident in my ability to accurately depict the immensely incredible life she lived and it’s getting harder to type every word as I’m constantly wiping tears from my face, but I’ll do my best.

My grandmother was one of twelve siblings and married my grandfather right out of high school. Together they had five biological children and adopted two additional kids when I was about three. She worked odd jobs throughout her life; I most distinctly remember her working at a local bakery and then serving as a lunch lady when I was in elementary school and into early middle school. Sometime after that, she retired and took to babysitting her grandchildren and neighborhood kids.

Some of best memories of my grandmother are lazy summer days with her. During the summer, she would pick us up for the free movie days at the theater, we’d get pizza, go back to her house and spend the rest of the day in the pool. Even as we grew older, my now husband would spend some days poolside with me and my younger siblings.

At 4’10” and 100 pounds soaking wet, my grandmother was a little ball of fire that I’m sure most people did not expect. She had a get it done attitude, but a playfulness that made even the most tedious tasks lighter and upbeat. That same get it done attitude also landed her in some rough spots over the years. For example, the week before her surprise 50th anniversary part she started a bonfire on her property with gasoline – little to her knowledge she was standing too close and ended up in the hospital with some 2nd degree burns and no eyebrows. Even through all her trials, she always remained strong and upbeat with a passion for life I have only ever seen in one other person.

What no one tells you when someone passes is that the little details you remember about that person are the memories you’ll hold most dear and pull at your heart the hardest. When we were little, she’d used to tell us “pizza crusts make your eyelashes grow” and “the bruises on bananas make you beautiful” – I obviously have reservations on the validity of those statements, but I know I’ll be repeating them to my own children.

My grandmother lived a beautiful life, loved and is loved by so many people. Before she passed, she told the nurse at the hospital that she “had a beautiful house with a beautiful bedroom with sunlight coming in” and that’s where she wanted to go. Grandma got her wish, passing away peacefully in her beautiful house, surrounded by the people who love her.

Even though she’s gone, her legacy lives on in her husband, 7 children (5 biological and 2 adopted), 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren (with an additional 3 on the way). Although I feel like 25 years with my grandmother was not enough, I am grateful for the time I got with her. She will forever be in my heart and in the hearts of those who loved her.

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Striped Tee + Cardigan

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStriped Long Sleeve Tee similar here / Cardigan similar here / Levi’s 535 in Mid Roast / Heels similar here / Earrings

It’s been awhile since my last post – between the eight or nine holiday get togethers we had starting last Friday I have had literally zero time to get anything done. On top of that I caught a cold during all of that and have been down the past two days alternating between sleeping and binge watching Ultimate Beastmaster (check it out on Netflix!) and the Jurassic Park series.

Pregnancy colds take you down hard. This is my second one and I’ll be really pumped if I don’t get another. The first night I don’t think I had an hour and a half of consecutive sleep. Between rolling around because I couldn’t breathe and everything ached to having to go to the bathroom every hour because a certain little someone is starting to press on my bladder and getting woken up by my husband because I’m snoring horribly loud now – I have been absolutely miserable the past two days. Today I’m a little better than yesterday, so I figured I could suck it up for an hour and get a post up, but then it’s back to the couch to binge watch something else. 🙂

My baby bump has started to show now, so I feel like I look less bloated and more pregnant which has boosted my mood. I have also started to feel tiny little feet flicking my belly (they’re not really strong enough to be called kicks yet 🙂 ) and as weird as I thought it would be, it’s really not. Luckily, I’m still somehow fitting into most of my pre pregnancy clothes so I’m grateful to not have to spend the extra money to get maternity items yet. (I AM wearing a belly band though!)

I hope everyone had a great holiday – we were super busy but saw a lot of people we don’t see super often and we had a ton of fun. To top it off, Santa was good to both of us this year; I think we ended up with more than we know what to do with (or have space for) but it’ll all find a home soon.

(I’m going to have to give my husband a crash course in lighting again – reminding him to watch the meter doesn’t seem to be helping. 🙂 )

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Metallic Tunic + Glitter Clutch

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMetallic Tunic / Levi’s Super Skinny in Mid Roast / Glitter Clutch similar here / Glitter Heels similar here / Soulfeel Charm Bracelet & Charms / CZ Halo Studs similar here

We attended our first Christmas dinner of the season this past Sunday. Where is the time going?! Because it’s still early in the season this was a casual get together, I opted for jeans and a tunic rather than a fancy outfit.

As concerned as I was about the metallic tunic being scratchy or stiff, it wasn’t at all and I was pretty surprised. The material is super comfy with just a faint shimmer to it. I may have to get it in a couple more colors (it comes in 9!).

The clutch I literally just got at Target on Black Friday, but I could not find it on their website. You may want to check your local store to see if they have one in stock; if not, the bag I listed comes also comes in silver, gold and pink!

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