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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.
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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.
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Pregnancy Update: 21 weeks!

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T Shirt Dress similar here / Vera Wang Leggings / Knot Necklace

Yes, I know. I’ve been AFK AGAIN. Truth be told, it has been so insanely cold I haven’t gone anywhere or done anything besides have to do errands. What does that mean in my terms? No makeup and sweats every day. Between being pregnant and the super low temperatures, I have had no desire whatsoever to do any sort of outfit post. Luckily it’s warmer here and I’ll try to get my butt back in gear. Santa brought me a new (excellent used condition) lens for my camera, so I’m super excited to try it out! 🙂

On another note, I am officially (a little more than) half way through my pregnancy! You cannot imagine how good it feels to say that. 🙂 I’ll bounce off a few quick tidbits first and finish off with a more lengthy “story” for those of you who want to read it.

baby size: a carrot
bump size: obviously pregnant, still smallish

symptoms: swelling, acne
cravings: sushi

worst part so far: uncontrollable gas
best part so far: feeling baby kick
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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
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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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