Mother’s Day 2017

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Mother’s Day… it’s so weird that I am, for all intents and purposes, a mother!! This is partly my day! We are less than four weeks away from meeting this sweet baby girl. Then I will “officially” be a momma! However, we definitely embraced 2017! Michael went above and beyond in his efforts to make me feel special. It was incredibly kind and honestly, needed. This pregnancy is kicking my butt. Seriously.

He started Saturday when we got a packaged delivered. It had three beautiful flower arrangements! (Michael said “I couldn’t choose between these… so I got them all!”). Besides being gorgeous and sweet, they also have an interesting story. The flowers are from a company called The BOUQS Company. This company aims to help small farms grow! You place your order and they are cut that day from their partner list. All of the farms on the list practice sustainable, eco friendly farming. Then they are shipped that same day. This eliminates the waste of other shops that have to throw away one out of every three stems they cut. So my flowers came from a farm in Venezuela. Isn’t that neat!? I was so impressed that Michael took the time to find something unique. I love supporting those sorts of efforts.

This morning was perfect. Michael brought out another Mother’s Day surprise. He had bought my first piece of “mom” jewelry!! I couldn’t help but tear up when he brought out that little blue bag! It is a Tiffany & Co beaded bracelet with a charm engraved with “mom.” It’s beyond adorable.

 

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We then spent the morning with my mom and siblings.  Then we headed off to lunch of my choosing! (To be honest, Michael had made reservations downtown, but I’m pregnant and all I could think of was a sonic ocean water hahaha.  So we cancelled the reservations and I got my soda). 

Now we are about to head down to the pool to enjoy the sunshine.  I am so thankful for my sweet sweet husband who made today so special.  I love you very very much.  

Nolie’s Baby Book 

// baby booties: Target (by Carter’s– see similar owl pair here ) // crib sheet: Little Unicorn 
Well, I’ve finished my last final and now all there is to do is wait on this beautiful baby girl to come! I seriously can not wait… I am so impatient! One thing I have been working on to pass the time is her baby book. Even though I usually love making Shutterfly photobooks, I wanted something a little more hands on. I searched and searched until I discovered a company called Lucy Darling. I am OBSESSED with it! I ordered the cutest baby book ever. It was hard to choose one, but in the end I chose the “Lucy Darling Little Artist Memory Book.” It’s beyond precious and covered in flowers, which I love. Also, you just write and fill in pictures, I don’t have to buy tons of paper or glue (which I really really love).
The company also sells things like closet dividers, swaddling blankets, and other gifts. You should seriously check out their website or Instagram feed- it’s precious!
Anyways, it has been so fun filling out all the little sections. For example, there is a family tree, a place to write a letter, a section for “the world today” (things like price of gas, popular songs, etc), and more! It also is making this so much more real! I just can’t believe it. We are down to the last month and it feels crazy!

Similac Membership Review

When I first found out I was pregnant I immediately signed up for every baby club or free benefit option posibble.  It was all so exciting!! I signed up online for a membership with a company called Similac on November 6th. I promptly forgot all about it until December 1st when I received a Similac membership card in the mail. That was all that was sent however, so I quickly forgot about it again.  Besides that the membership basically allows you to enter codes on product you’ve bought. Well I haven’t bought any of their product!

(Similac is a company that makes formula, which I have zero use for right now.  One, because my baby was unborn. Two, because I didn’t know if we were going to have to use formula. Finally, three, because I didn’t even know if our baby would be able to use this formula!) 

However, on April 24th our first “perk” package arrived! It was a cute box with two samples of their formula as well as a few coupons.  It was a cute little surprise.  The formula won’t expire for some time, so I put it up in the kitchen cabinet with Nolie’s bottles.  I’ll have to update this post later on if she likes it! 


Pantry Organization 

There are few things more satisfying to me than finding the perfect way to organize a space. A couple of weeks ago while Michael was gone I had a total success story!

 I had decided to do some hard core grocery shopping. I wanted to stock up on non perishables. I actually made a list and divided it by what store carried it. I had my Walmart, Aldi’s, Kroger, and Publix list. (Super perk of living in Providence is that all of these stores are less than a mile away from my front door). When I got home I felt SO accomplished… until I realized that my pantry was not prepared to store all of my stockpiling! I immediately headed to Pinterest.

 
The end result, I bought a plastic door hanging shoe divider ($8.97 on Amazon). It now houses all of the snacks and non perishable desserts that I bought! I also rearranged a few things and made use of the plastic storage containers we bought when we were engaged. I am so happy with how it turned out! It saved me a remarkable amount of space and it’s all organized. I’m so thrilled!

Goodbye to Billy Goat Cafe 

I can’t believe today marked my very last day working behind the bar at Billy Goat Coffee Cafe. I started there as a high school student back in 2012 … and boy has my life changed since!! Next weekend I graduate from Trevecca Nazarene University, and then in a few weeks I’m having a sweet baby girl. It just doesn’t seem real.       

       

Even though I’m so excited for the crazy, new adventures to come, it’s also sad. I’m so thankful for the community I have found. I’m grateful for the families I’ve gotten to know and the relationships I have formed. I’m grateful for the emotional moments I’ve gotten to be a part of, for the laughter I’ve shared, and for every minute that made me who I am today. 

      

When I first starting working here in 2012 I would have never guessed that I would meet my husband inside. I wouldn’t have guessed that I would work there through three sets of owners. I wouldn’t have guessed I was going to find a family in the regulars I got to know. I never would have guessed how hard it would be to leave either, but here we are. Goodbye BG. You’ve changed my life forever. Thank you everyone who made it so special!! It truly feels like leaving a home.  

     


//Tank: Old Navy Maternity // Maternity Jeans: Target // Sandals: Old Navy 

Buy Buy Baby Gift Registry Review 

A few months ago we went to Buy Buy Baby to look around and to make a registry.  (We made quite a few, all set to private, so that I could review them for the blog). Our Buy Buy Baby experience was fun! However, also incredibly overwhelming.  There is so much stuff in that store! I found things I had never imagined but somehow felt I needed now.

When you register they give you a cute little gift bag. It included a few different things. One incredibly convenient thing was they provided registry cards with your code on them.  That would make giving your information to friends and family super convenient. They also included a copy of Fit Pregnancy Magazine. This is my favorite!! I have gotten one in the mail every month since at no charge. I sincerely love reading it.  They have great advice, fun stories, and even a coupon or two. (For me, that free subscription made the whole gift bag worth it).

The bags also included the following coupons:

  • $5 off a bundle babyorganics
  • Avent bottles (three coupons)
  • $20 off Shutterfly
  • $5 off purchase $15 buy buy baby

Also, the following samples (some had coupons too) :

  • Blue lizard Australian sunscreen baby .2fl oz
  • Noodle and Boo newborn hair and body wash
  • Noodle and boo super soft lotion
  • Babyganics hand wipe and laundry detergent (another coupon)
  • Dapple bottle and dish soap & $1 off coupon
  • Mustela .16 fl oz
  • 1 boogie wipe & $.50 off coupon
  • Weleda diaper rash cream .05 fl oz & $2.00 off
  • Lansinoh 2 disposable nursing pads & 2 breast milk storage bags
  • 1 boogie wipe & $.50 off coupon
  • Weleda diaper rash cream .05 fl oz & $2.00 off
  • Lansinoh 2 disposable nursing pads & 2 breast milk storage bags

Overall, it was a pretty cute gift and the product and coupons inside were great. I’m glad we made the registry, even if just to get the coupons! Buy Buy Baby also had an amazing selection. There was literally thousands of baby products available. That said, we decided not to use this registry as our public gift list. The actual store is 45 minutes from our house. Plus, the products there were in a higher price range. I compared some of the exact same products to Target and Target was a little less.  (Don’t forget to check out my review of Target’s complimentary baby registry gift bag!)

 

Where did you register? Did you love it? Comment below!

Nolie’s Nursery 

I can’t believe this week puts us at only seven weeks away from meeting our baby girl!! (Well, according to her “guess date”). Everything is basically ready and now all I can do is wait!! Meanwhile, her sweet nursery is only missing one thing- her!!

I have put a lot of thought and meaning into decorating it and I just can’t wait. I hope she can feel the love.  In case you missed it, we had a total blast restoring my childhood dresser, creating a matching mirror, and putting together a little craft to hang! We also have a piece hanging from our wedding above her bed!

//Changing Pad Cover: Little Unicorn (it can also be found at Spearmint LOVE, where you get free shipping & 10% off your first order)!

// Sheets: Little Unicorn  (it can also be found at Spearmint LOVE, where you get free shipping & 10% off your first order)!

// Ballerina: Target // Pillow: Target // Elephant: Target



I am so so excited to meet this little angel. She is all I can think about! I am going crazy with anticipation!