Saturday, August 20, 2016

Shop Sevan
















This unique and summery dress is quickly becoming my favorite. I've worn it to pretty much any dressed up event I've gone to (and like every week to church) all summer long because I just can't get enough! 

I found it in the super fun and trendy online boutique Shop Sevan for only $34 which is basically a steal for how unbelievably cute it is! On top of being absolutely adorable for whatever you've got going on, it's also incredibly light which has made wearing it in the 113 degree weather a breeze (literally). 

Shop Sevan has great deals and they're always getting new pieces in. I will warn you though, this dress is already sold out in a size small so if you're looking to snatch it up before summer ends I'd hurry on over!

While you're there use code TWENTY for 20% off your purchase! Have fun shopping!
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Friday, August 19, 2016

Fall Mood Board

I'm so over summer. It's seriously killing me that it's still 100+ degrees every day. Tonight it hit 90 degrees and I swear I could've cried it felt so perfect outside. Since I'm clearly not at all feeling this weather I thought I'd put my fall cravings into a mood board so I can visualize what I want. 


(all other images were taken from stock sites or anonymous Tumblr blogs)
Only 33 more days y'all.
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Big News

Hi and happy Wednesday! I feel like I haven't typed anything out in ages and a lot has been going on while I've been away. It's hard to recap after you've ignored blogging for a month, so I honestly don't even want to bother with that. What I do want to talk about is my good and very exciting news..



Easton is going to be a big brother! 
Yes! After a few months of keeping this secret we're excited to finally share it with the world. It feels sort of unreal honestly. I am 13 weeks and just had a doctor's appointment this morning. Everything seems to be going smoothly and we're so happy that Easton is going to have a new brother or sister!

I figured since I plan on documenting my pregnancy that I'd like to start doing pregnancy updates. I don't think I'll be doing them every week, but definitely as things change. I'd like to be able to look back and see what happened and when! 

How Far Along - 13 weeks. I actually found out super early so I've known I was pregnant for a long time! I could feel my body changing. Plus, my bra didn't fit right and made me feel all kinds of uncomfortable which was something I noticed with my last pregnancy! Ha! Beyond that though I really haven't been experiencing many more physical changes that make me look pregnant. I can still fit into my clothes for now, which is awesome because it's still 110 degrees here and I'd hate to not be able to wear my shorts & capris because they didn't fit! 

Baby Size - Baby is the size of a lemon (says the Bump app!)

Weight Gain - Like I said I haven't seen many physical changes so far, so I've only gained about 3lbs. Part of me is dreading gaining weight because I've always been so thin and with Easton I really felt like I was in someone else's body. Especially because with Easton my face got that nice pregnant chubby cheek look that made me feel so extremely insecure and unattractive for months. Hopefully this time with a little contouring and a different hairstyle I'll be able to feel a little better about myself and the changes going on with my body. 

Symptoms - Major morning sickness. It hit at 6 weeks and I've felt like dying ever since. It's actually more like all day sickness that starts as soon as I wake up and doesn't go away until I fall asleep. If I'm not on medicine I get sick at least 5 times, but thankfully my very nice doctor prescribed me zofran the second I asked for it. I also have no energy at all which has kept me slacking off majorly on all the housework. On the bright side now that I'm nearing the end of the 1st trimester I'm starting to feel a little bit of an energy boost. Beyond that I've just been going to the bathroom all the time and starving (but that's kind of because I have a hard time eating). 

Movements - Too early, but maybe next time I post one of these!

Names - We do have a name picked out for if it's a boy (which I think it will be!), but I don't want to share it. Other than that we're taking suggestions for girl names which I am convinced I'm way too indecisive to ever choose. 

Sorry, no bump pictures for right now! I don't have any bump going on!

That's pretty much all that's going on with this little babe right now! Hopefully he/she starts moving around soon because I am getting anxious to feel those sweet baby kicks and rolls again. More than anything though I just want my morning sickness to wane (which it won't, I already know..with Easton I was sick until the day he was born), and for this stinkin' heat to end! It's been a long, hot summer and I'm so over it!
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Friday, July 1, 2016

The Best Notebook Ever | The BASICS Notebook



I'm not sure what it is that attracts me to notebooks and planners like a moth to a light. I think it's the desire to be organized, despite my lack of organizational skills or ambitions. I have always been a planner gal. I loved when we got them in school. I loved going through my classes and setting them up, I loved writing down my "daily schedule", I loved the tidiness of the straight rows and boxes perfect for planning your life out in an orderly and functional fashion. I love the idea of a planner, even if I'm not always the most efficient planner user. 

I guess my biggest drawback with planners has always been that they're only planners. Most of them have a little "notes" section in the back, but unless your notes are in tiny handwriting and only take up 2 pages it's a pretty pointless space. I'm an idea person, I have tons of ideas that I like to write down on a page or two. I have notebooks all over the house with a single scribbled page of ideas and nothing more, and sometimes I forget where I've hidden them and Jake finds them and reads them (which by the way, is my biggest pet peeve). 

Not too long ago I took up bullet journaling, which I liked a lot. The drawback for me was that I have sloppy handwriting and can't draw cutesy things. I needed something simpler, something more straightforward. Then I blessedly found the BASICS notebook and my heart started to sing. It's easy and effective, but it also wears several different hats. It's a notebook for planning, but it's also got sheets of lined paper, sheets of unlined paper, a folder in the back, heavy duty straps to hold everything in place, and even a "whiteboard" type page that writes on with dry erase markers and can be erased. It's the best and easiest planner, I'm not kidding.

But don't just take my word, let me show you just what makes this notebook the epitome of organization and goal-meeting.




In all seriousness, this might just be the best thing I've ever come across. It's a notebook specifically designed for functionality and getting things done. It's not particularly cute or pretty, but as I've carried it around with me for the last few weeks I've noticed how much more productive it makes me feel (even if I'm not always at the level I'd like to be).

Now, because I love you all I'm going to give you a discount for 30% off one of these great little guys! Just head over to nomatic.com and use the code blessed at checkout and you can get 30% off a planner of your own in either the mint or black color. Both are equally awesome, but I like mint better.

I hope you all have a beautiful and blessed weekend! Happy planning!
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

My House is Falling Apart + I Am Grouchy


It's been the hottest month of the year  of my life and in the least sarcastic way possible I am about to die. If you've ever been trapped at home with a two year old all day long you'll understand. It makes it ten thousand times worse when you're trapped at home in your apartment in the desert and can't leave your house or your skin might fry off of your body. It's one of those situations where I want to go out and be productive- I really do, but it's just so stinkin' hot.

On top of that, my house is falling apart. Okay most of our major appliances are working just fine and it's mostly clean around here (I guess one of the perks of heat is that I have so much time to stay in and clean), but our drains are all turning to crap. Our bathroom shower, our bathroom sink, the toilet in the hall bathroom and our kitchen sink are all either clogged separately or there is a problem with the plumbing. To be fair it hasn't bothered me enough to call the landlord, but it's been very irritating nonetheless.

To top that off we received another complaint from our horrible HOA. This requires a little bit of backstory so: when we first moved in I strung lights out on our balcony. They were fine for about two months, then we got a complaint letter from the HOA and took them down immediately. We got a 2nd complaint letter about the lights a week after we'd taken them down, but after we told them we'd removed the lights the HOA sent up another letter saying that we needed to remove the jar that was sitting on the ledge of our apartment balcony.  We complied and removed the jar. Then we got a letter about speeding. We tried to watch it, but it's easy to speed when the speed limit is literally 5 mph and thought we were in the clear until we got another letter complaining about speeding. Things really got frustrating several months later when out of the blue in the middle of the night they had our car towed for the registration being up and had to pay that expensive fine on top of the registration, but finally we thought we were okay. We hadn't heard from them at all this year. Then a few days ago we got a letter complaining about trash in our parking spot. Trash. In our parking spot. Seriously? Luckily our landlord was pretty tired of getting all these complaints too and has promised to write them and tell them to stop being so knit-picky with us. 



To make a long story short, it's hot, my house is falling apart and I am grouchy. I'm just glad we're getting out of town for the 4th of July. Can it be fall already?
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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Weekend Playlist | 05

It's turning into a long hot summer here which has meant a lot of time sitting inside or in the car listening to music, so I thought I'd share a new playlist. As you know by now there are no rhyme or reason to these playlists, just music that I've been listening to lately. I want to give you a taste of what I've been enjoying so that you can enjoy it too- whatever your music taste may be. Enjoy!


Here's a song for today. There's another Blake Shelton song on my playlist, but I am so in love with this beautiful and spiritual tune. It's perfect for Sunday.




Annddd the playlist...




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Monday, June 20, 2016

Break Week/Catch Up

I took what I guess you could call a break this week. I've been exhausted and overwhelmed as my 3 six-week summer classes are drawing to a close and I really needed to take some time and focus on what's really important to me. Obviously my blog is special to me and a creative space, and I'd love to do it for a living, but right now working towards my Sp.Ed degree takes priority. Especially with some of the other major life decisions/changes that have started popping up. 

On top of that, it's been Jake's birthday/Father's Day weekend so I've been busy planning and shopping and preparing for it all. Not that much goes into it when you're a poor college kid, but I tried. I decorated our house with pink streamers and balloons and a big pink "Happy Birthday" princess banner. It's actually all still up now. Unfortunately we didn't do anything that exciting, just breakfast that morning and a huge steak dinner at Saltgrass Steak House in Laughlin, NV (one of my family's favorite places from when we lived in Dallas). Jake had never been so we had to go. He was pretty happy about it, I'd say.

For Father's Day we went to church and then had dinner at my parents house with my grandparents, aunts, uncle and cousins. It's always good to see family, and I love that my mom's family and my dad's family are close and get along well. That's something that was important to me and luckily Jake's dad and my dad were friends in high school so any big family events are more like reunions (and seriously our wedding was like the entire city of Henderson in my grandparents backyard). 

We've had a good but super laid back week and because of what I've had going on I needed to put blogging on the back-burner for a little bit. But now that I'm more caught up I can throw myself back in without feeling guilty about not getting anything accomplished for school! 

Unrelated, do you follow me on Instagram? If not you'll want to so that you can enter to win this super cute gratitude journal from Little Journal Co. by Paige Yelle. The journals are a fun way to write things and memories down, with some prompts and activities to help you stay interested in journaling. It's also chock full of quotes and coloring pages! If you want one but don't feel like entering, you can buy one here, here or here




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