Baby P is Here!

ksp2016riley02Photo: Kaitlyn Smith Photography

Hi Everyone! I hope you are all staying warm and enjoying all of the winter holidays! I apologize for being MIA. I was enjoying my time with this little guy and my family.

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These last weeks flew by. I am learning so much about myself, parenthood, and how strong my husband and I are as a team. My husband is SUCH a great dad! He keeps me going and is so positive with everything.

I can’t wait to share some of my knowledge with you, as well as getting tips from all you experienced parents out there!

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Saying Thank You

With these amazing baby showers, I wanted the perfect way to say “thank you” to my sweet friends who hosted these events. Today I wanted to share my thank you note project with you.

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I found the perfect card here at etsy.com, and I then customized the message to reflect exactly what I wanted to say. I purchased the lip balms here at target.com.

I hope this helps when you are trying to find the perfect card for your hosts on your next baby shower!

Another Maternity Dress Find

I fell in love with this blue polka dot dress when I found it at asos.com. It is comfortable, and that is the number one requirement for me at this point in my pregnancy. I recently wore it to a baby shower, and I recommend it to anyone who needs a dress for any upcoming parties or weddings.

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momandmeDress: ASOS | Shoes: Steve Madden | Earrings: Anthropologie | Bracelet: David Yurman | Watch: Apple

Crazy Cravings

With Baby P’s arrival coming closer, my cravings are through the roof. Throughout my pregnancy, sour candy and banana pudding are my favorites. But lately, sprinkled donuts are definitely on top of the craving list.

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I would love to hear what your pregnancy cravings are/were, and how you got rid of them without caving in every time. Happy eating to all my moms-to-be out there!

You’re Never Too Pregnant for Stripes

I am 38-weeks pregnant and there still no sign of Baby P arriving yet. While we are not so patiently waiting for his arrival, I wanted to share a great outfit for those mommas-to-be as the seasons change. Not only is it comfortable, it is easy to find and buy! Target became one of my favorite maternity stops throughout this pregnancy.

img_8400Striped Shirt: Liz Lange | Chambray Top (not maternity): MeronaJCrew | Tights: BeMaternity | Shoes: Converse | Earrings: Tory Burch | Similar Necklace: Kendra Scott | Watch: Apple

Today I am sharing my favorite outfit combo with you, but there are many ways to wear this look by changing the bottoms, shirt, or shoes. When it is warmer, I like to wear the stripe shirt with blue jean shorts, and some fun jewelry. You can also wear a different colored or patterned top underneath the chambray top. Unlimited possibilities!

I feel this outfit works for several different things – going out for a fun date, meeting a friend for dinner, or even going to one of your many doctor’s appointments!

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Just waiting for Baby P! Whenever you’re ready, little guy!

Striped Shirt: Liz Lange | Chambray Top (not maternity): MeronaJCrew | Tights: BeMaternity | Shoes: Converse | Earrings: Tory Burch | Similar Necklace: Kendra Scott | Watch: Apple

 

Simple Homemade Brownies

When my chocolate pregnancy craving checks in, I love to make my grandmother’s homemade brownies. They are simple to make and easier to devour. Memom’s famous recipe is below. It is a great treat to make with little ones too!

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  • 2 sticks of margarine
  • 1/3 c of cocoa
  • 2 c of sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ½ c flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 ½ c broken pecans (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Melt margarine and add cocoa. In a separate bowl, cream sugar and eggs together. Then add flour and salt. Lastly, add cocoa mixture and nuts. Pour mixture into a 9×13 pan and bake for 30 minutes.

Our Anniversary Trip

With Baby P arriving in less than four weeks, my husband and I went ahead and celebrated our wedding anniversary a little early. We typically travel somewhere new, out of the state or country. But with pregnancy travel restrictions, we decided to explore Texas instead.

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Joining us on our anniversary trip were our honeymoon friends. While on our honeymoon, a few years ago, we met this fun couple from North Carolina that also got married the same day as us and were celebrating their honeymoon too. We ended up becoming friends by the end of our honeymoon trip and stayed in touch when we returned to the states.

When our first anniversary rolled around, we reached out to the North Carolina couple to see what they were planning to do. We ended up planning a group trip to Nashville, Tennessee and had an absolute blast. We get to have a group for tours, concerts, and adventures. Then we break apart for evening dinners or dates. It is now tradition travel together for our anniversary every year. It is so much fun! I don’t know how we got so lucky to find such fun travel buddies.

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This year, our North Carolina friends were kind enough to move our anniversary trip up and visit us in Texas. We had the best time exploring San Antonio, Austin, New Braunfels, Gruene, Fredericksburg, and Luckenbach, Texas. It was a tour of the Hill Country. Not only did we get to see new areas of Texas, our North Carolina friends experienced some of the best places in Texas to see.

If you are ever in these areas, I recommended some must-see places below:

San Antonio: The Riverwalk, River Boat Tour, The Alamo, Pearl Brewery, Market Square, Mi Tierra, Gunther House

Austin: Shops on Congress St, Deep Eddy Distillery, 6th St, Rainey St, Salt Lick BBQ

New Braunfels: Naegelin’s Bakery, Float the Guadalupe or Comal River, Pour Haus

Gruene: Gruene Outfitters, Gristmill, Gruene Hall, Cotton-Eyed Joes, Gruene General Store, Adobe Verde, The Grapevine, Tavern on the Gruene

Fredericksburg/Luckenbach: Burger Burger, Beulahs, Dooleys, Becker Vineyards, Grape Creek Vineyards, Crossroads, Silver Creek, Luckenbach Dance Hall

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