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Friday Favorites: Beach Gear

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In a bit over a month we’ll be headed down to the Outer Banks for our first beach trip as a new family! (That exclamation point can be interpreted two ways; excitement and petrification. Both of which I am experiencing.)

Originally it was supposed to be we three and my mom, stepdad and younger sister and brother but they decided that a shorter, closer beach trip worked better for them. Then we decided that the three of us would go alone but still get a beach house as opposed to a room at a hotel. (It literally costs the same!) However…the week we decided to book our house my stepdads’ brother and wife tossed out that they would love to go with us sans their kids (who were apparently very difficult on their first trip to the Outer Banks earlier this year) and we happily agreed. Kicker? We ended up renting the exact same house with them as we did with my mom last year. Funny how things work out. 🙂
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Friday Favorites: Pregnancy Gear

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We’ve all heard about favorite baby gear, but there’s a long road ahead of each baby’s arrival and there are just some things that I could not have lived through this pregnancy without.

Belly Band
The very first thing I purchased after finding out I was pregnant was a belly band. Within a month or two, you’ll already be so bloated that your normal pants will not button and nobody really wants to be buying maternity clothes that early, if at all. I ordered a size small and they still fit really well.

Bio Oil
Pregnancy changes your body. The one change I really didn’t want to have to deal with was stretch marked, sagging skin after the fact. I have been using Bio Oil religiously since I found out (once a day during the first trimester and then twice a day beginning in my second) and I have not gotten a single stretch mark and am currently 38 weeks along. I’m not saying that it’s all to do with the Bio Oil – I have been diligent about not gaining weight too rapidly – but I do believe the Bio Oil is helping my skin stay moist and elastic.
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Friday Favorites: Black Friday Edition

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our $5 Christmas tree!
(no, it’s not up yet 🙂 )

Black Friday is one of my top ten favorite days of the year and it just so happens it is coming up in exactly one week! In honor of that I’m going to do a little Friday Favorites mashup. There is absolutely no theme here; I’ll be doing a bit of this a bit of that, some holiday favorites to get you in the spirit and basically just doing my own thing. Get ready for a trainwreck. 🙂

Deals
The best thing about Black Friday is the deals! I literally start looking at Black Friday deals at the end of October / early November. How? By using one of my favorite sites of all time: The Black Friday. The site posts early released Black Friday ads so everyone has enough time to come up with a game plan. Literally, one of the best ideas ever!
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Friday Favorites: Fall Activities Edition

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Another Friday Favorites post featuring all things Fall? Yes. Plot twist: this Friday Favorites is dedicated to all the things I love to do during Autumn. I have waited all year for this!

Corn Maze
Growing up, my mom took us every year and it’s definitely a tradition I will continue on with my own kids some day. It started out all together and as we grew older we started splitting in to teams as a competition to see who could finish the fastest, collect all the puzzle pieces, etc. Now that the two oldest of us are married, the teams typically are my mom and stepdad vs my husband and I vs my two younger siblings. It’s a great active way to spend a crisp afternoon!
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Friday Favorites: Happy Fall Edition + Giveaway

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Happy first day of fall! The arrival of fall brings all things I love: layers, crisp air, comfort food and hot drinks. Fall is my absolute favorite time of year and in honor of that, I’m doing a roundup of my top fall favorites.

In addition to the roundup, I’ll be giving away a fall favorites prize pack to one lucky reader. The prize pack will contain a cable knit infinity scarf (in your choice of color), one bottle of Essie nail polish in Stylenomics, one pair of these vintage glasses (also in your choice of color), a box of Celestial Seasonings Sweet Harvest Pumpkin tea and a box of Pumpkin Delights. (Your tea needs cookies, c’mon now.) To round off your prize pack, there will also be an additional SURPRISE item in the box. Who doesn’t love surprises?
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