Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Hey friends! 
So I know I have been super lame over here on this corner of the .com world this week. I'm sure this isn't the longest I've gone without posting something but just wanted to say HEY I'M STILL KICKING. Which, if you follow on Instagram, I know you've seen a few posts lately. 
To sum up the week, I've pretty much worked and manned the homestead. Coach is eyeballs deep into baseball and it's mostly just been me, The Amigas, and Baby Hopper around here. 
Saturday was a super busy day.. I worked and then we had our last shower, which was absolutely amazing! I can't wait to share with y'all some of my favorites for our little girl.
Afterwards, me and SIL did a little Target shopping and then I passed. out.

Sadly, I woke up Sunday morning to some bad news.. my Aunt Kay passed away that morning. My grandmother's, Mama Jane, sister from Kentucky. Remember we visited there a couple years ago.
I am SO THANKFUL that she was able to attend our shower back in May and that we, and especially Mama Jane, were able to see her and spend time together.
Sunday was spent all day at Mama Jane and Pop's, except for a few hours I spent with my Dad for Father's Day...
... and today was spent with Coach at home. It was so nice for him to be home, even tho he has been working non stop. 
Please keep my Grandparents in your prayers.. they are traveling to Kentucky tomorrow and Mama Jane was taking the news pretty heard yesterday. 
Thank you in advance!
I've got A LOT of catching up to do in the blogging world and I'll be doing just THAT this week!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Let's get Organized! AKA the Nesting Phase

Over the past several months, I have cleaned out, cleaned out, cleaned out and feel like we have gotten somewhat organized.
In no particular oder, here are a few things I've done in the house...

We had a basket full of hair samples I've gotten from the beauty supply store and hotel shampoos, conditioners, and lotions. I found some extra mason jars and separated all of them accordingly. For the past couple of trips to Target, TJ Maxx, and Michaels I have looked for some kind of small chalkboard stickers/labels that I could put on them but I haven't had any luck. So until then, they sit like this in the guest bathroom.

All my jewelry was in the guest bedroom, which is now the nursery, in a dresser.. a lot went in the yard sales and what didn't go I found these super cute wooden trays at TJ Maxx. These were the only two I could find out of several locations so after I went back a little later to hopefully find more....

... these were all I could find. I was so ready to just have everything in one place I went ahead and settled for these.

After our closet got finished, I found these baskets at Bed, Bath, & Beyond. 
FYI guys don't ever throw those coupons away because they will take them even if they are expired!! They'll also let you use as many as you have on one purchase!

The dog food was separated into two plastic bins but I found this bin at TJ Maxx and now the whole 40lb bag goes into one place. Whoo hoo! 

 This past weekend, I spent two days in the kitchen throwing out appliances that we didn't need, deep cleaning, and organizing drawers.. including this one. It was a disaster. I had previously used this tray for makeup organization but now has a new home in the kitchen.

I found these beauties at TJ Maxx! I already have a few copper pieces in the kitchen and thought these would be perfect to add! I LOVE them!
Not really any organization going here but I couldn't pass them up thinking how great they would look in the house.

I found these in a magazine laying by the pool with Amber.. I'd love to add these to the kitchen someday as well!

Man does it feel great to have all this done!

BUMPDATE // 34 Weeks

HOW FAR ALONG// 34 weeks



BABY SIZE // About the size of a cantaloupe

Baby Hopper now weighs around 4 3/4 pounds and is almost 18 inches long. Fat layers are filling your baby out, making her rounder. Your baby's skin is also smoother than ever.
 The central nervous system is maturing, and your baby's lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you've been nervous about preterm labor, you'll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.


My belly button is flush with my belly so I'm thinking by next month it may be out??
Sleep is so-so..
No stretch marks..
rings are still on..
no swelling, thank goodness because we have had some killer heat and humidity going on these days..
I've noticed a new patch of faint teeny, tiny veins on the inside of my left knee. I really hope they lighten up or disappear after I get all the weight off. Not sure if that happens? Wishful thinking anyone??
My legs feel so much better with my compression tights but now that its in the 90's I can't stand it. I was in a sweat all day at work yesterday even in the air..
Last week and this week, I've started seeing some of my clients for the last time before I go on leave. It feels so weird booking them with someone else! They are my family too and I'm having a hard time with it..
Trying to make sure I'm drinking enough water. I started cramping Monday after I left the Dr's office and she said at this point it could be Braxton Hicks or dehydration. Water is just absolutely disgusting these days.

MATERNITY CLOTHES // Yes and anything comfortable that I can get into. 

SLEEP // Off and on good and bad. Mostly interrupted by bathroom breaks.. Lots of bathroom breaks.

MOVEMENT // Lots of dancing around at times! A couple times this week, there has been some uncomfortable moments.

CRAVINGS // I just want ice cold stuff and nothing quenches my thirst at all.

GENDER // Sweet girl who has the hiccups ALL the time!

WHAT I MISS // A lot.

WORK OUTS // 1/2 mile hike to and from picture location Sunday afternoon..

EMOTIONS // I'm getting a little overwhelmed with last minute things.. I still have a couple books I want to read and there seems to be no time.. other than that I feel good about what I've accomplished in the house and how the nursery is coming along.
I'm excited for our last shower this weekend!

DREAMS // Can't remember anything that really stands out.

HUBBY'S THOUGHTS // When we were putting together the crib, I asked, "Can you believe we are doing this and we are going to have a baby in here?" He was shaking his head saying no I cannot believe it. He was being serious. I guess it will truly hit us when she is in our arms! Ha!


Lazy, lazy girls!


Getting the crib together! Thank you Coach!

And having maternity pictures done!
I can't wait to see them. Some were in a creek, some were in a field, and we were going to do some on a beach but it was WAY too crowded.

I had an ultrasound Monday and all looked great! HR was 135, all her measurements looked good, and she weighs 4 1/2 lbs. They even gave us a few more pictures since the last time her hand was in front of her face almost the whole time.. and guess what.. it was still in front of her face. She did move it for us so that was good and MY GOODNESS at her lips. They look so full! She was also closing and opening her mouth a good bit too.
Then I had to go back Tuesday morning for my checkup I missed last week.. BP was 100/62, Baby's HR was 140, and I have no idea how much I've gained because I didn't look and she didn't say. Which I guess if I was in danger of anything she would have said something. I did have to have a bacteria swab.. 40% of women are carriers of a certain bacteria, and if you are, they give you meds in your IV at the hospital.

Monday, June 15, 2015


Happy Monday all!

The last weekend in May, I did just makeup only for a wedding party. I do not have one single picture of any faces I did because it went SO fast and the girls were running behind to get ready for pictures.


One new product that I added to my kit and have fallen in love with is the MAC Strobe Cream.

I applied this to all the girls faces before the makeup application, it added moisture without being oily and brightened them up! If you think about it, what happens normally the night before weddings? There is drinking, staying up late, etc and that dehydrates you.. I loved that it added hydration without their makeup looking oily. Two more bonuses, it's lightweight and absorbs quickly!

Yesterday, I had my maternity pictures done in 93*+ heat and besides me blotting off the sweat and hitting my forehead with my powder brush, my makeup held up pretty dang good!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The ABC's of Me!

Good morning friends! 
What an eventful one its been here already. I couldn't sleep between the hours of 3ish and 6ish, I have no idea when I finally passed out, I had all these alarms set to get up, and pulled a Husband move sleeping thru every single one of them, and missed my Dr's appt this morning! 
Great news! -- Kyli seems to be back to her normal self. This makes me happy, happy, happy.

Anyways, my creativity has failed me these past several months, and after visiting Pinky's blog, I couldn't pass up on the fun of this post. Thanks for letting me borrow ma'am!

A// Available - FOR Starbuck's and Menchie's runs.. Lending both ears when you need to talk and giving big bear hugs.. beach trips!!.. saving animals.. Target & Hobby Lobby trips.. 

B// Biggest Fear - Losing my husband way too soon.. and I'm deathly afraid of flying. 

C// Crushing On - A spa day at Chateau Elan.. my pool being put up in the the yard... a pair of Tori Burch sandals I've wanted for some time now! 

D// Drink You Had Last - Rehydrate. Sooo yummy.

E// Easiest Person to Talk To - God!

F// Favorite Song - There are too many to name that I love and I love so many different genres of music too. From Jimi Hendrix to Miranda to Pearl Jam to some good ol' oldies.. Throw in some CCR and old school Nelly, Timbaland, Sheryl Crow's Tuesday Night Music Club... I'm also one of those that can put a song on repeat for hours...

G// Grossest Memory - Shane cleaning out my hair that got caught in the shower drain. Bless him for taking on that challenge... I could hear him gagging and it almost made me hurl.

H// Hometown - An extremely small town in Georgia that has grown a good bit since I graduated.. A place where everyone seems to know things about you that YOU didn't even know,  a place where people like to start drama, and a place now that I only have to come into town to work and see my family and friends. Don't get me wrong, there are still wonderful people in this small town and there are still a couple things I love about it, but I'm glad to be in mine and Coach's peaceful little home on the other side of the bridge!

I// In Love With - My Husband!

J// Jealous Of - People who can read and retain every single piece of what they read.. sometimes I have to read a paragraph 3 times before I remember what it says. A couple of those baby books I read early on? I'd have to skim back thru the book to remember what was in them. Ugh. 

K// Killed Someone - ?? Pretty sure if I did, I wouldn't be writing this post.

L// Longest Relationship - This Conair comb I've seriously had since probably middle school. There have been several times I've thought I've lost it and gone into panic mode. It's pink and looks a little ratty but it's the best comb I've ever had.. irreplaceable. 

M// Middle Name - Nicole

N// Number of Siblings - 2 brothers and 2 step-sisters

O// One Wish - At times, I have these super procrastination moments...totally wish I could be on top of the game ALL the time. 

P// Person Who Called Last - Mama Jane

Q// Question You Are Always Asked - It used to be "Has anyone ever told you you look like Britney Spears?" I even got stopped at the beach several years ago by a man and his young son, who I guess wanted to be for sure that Britney wasn't making an appearance at PCB and even asked for a picture. Ha! 

R// Reason to Smile - You woke up today didn't you? You're alive and blessed!

S// Song You Last Sang - Pearl Jam's Black

T// Time You Woke Up - 10ish

U// Unsure of - several things.. excuse the vagueness. 

V// Violent Moment You Had - I've never considered myself a violent person but I'm sure violent thoughts at certain moments with people have popped in my mind. 

My aunt posted this one day and I about died when I read it. Who comes up with these??

And then to keep the true southern fashion.. I'd have to bake them a pie or cupcakes afterwards. Ha!

W// Worst Habit(s) - picking at my lips when they are chapped Shane yells at me all the time for this 

X// Number of X-Rays You've Had - Maybe 4 or 5? I think the only one's I've ever had to have were for my mouth??

Y// Years Young - 32 

Z// Zodiac Sign - Aries

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

BUMPDATE // 33 Weeks

**some of this should be in 34 weeks but since I'm just now getting to this post and I how I don't want to forget some things fresh on my mind, here is a lot of update!

HOW FAR ALONG // 33 weeks

33 weeks pregnant chalkboard belly picture

BABY SIZE // about the size of a pineapple


Oh my goodness! Monday at Firehouse on our lunch date, a young girl went up to 2 Army men and said "Thank you for taking care of our country." I was totally fine at this point but then when they were about to leave, they asked her Dad if she would want a patch.. I can't remember much after this because I was too busy crying in the middle of the restaurant!! It would NOT stop! Coach said, if you don't stop you are gonna make me cry. Wow at the hormones!
The weepiness continued all thru Tuesday and by Wednesday I was good again!
Somedays I feel really good being pregnant and then other days I am ready to be exercising full force, wearing "normal" clothes, and having tons of energy again. Then I feel guilty for thinking that because I know that Baby Hopper needs to stay in for some time longer...
I am feeling SOOO much better now that the nursery is nothing but nursery! The rest of the furniture is coming out this weekend after our second yard sale.
I took a couple days off and it was felt so amazing having a break! I'll even have a few half days this week which is awesome too.

Still feeling pressure and somedays it bothers me more than others...
I have woken up on my back a few times, regardless of how I try so hard to have pillows all around, and it makes for such a weird feeling in the belly!
Stretching really needs to become an everyday, several times a day habit.. my lower back could really benefit from it..
My spider veins sometimes hurt..
I am over taking the weekly chalkboard picture. It is really becoming a "chore"!..
Nothing has changed with my belly button as far as me thinking they are stretch marks. I was trying to find a bathing suit top in Target earlier this week and thought I saw a small pink one.. Got home it wasn't there so I don't know what it was. My Young Living oils came in the mail and I got a couple to mix together for helping with stretchies and I've been applying it ever since...

MATERNITY CLOTHES // yes.. maxi skirts.. my fave maternity tops.. compression tights.. pj's and big t-shirts when I get home. Even tho my legs are so white they could glow in the dark, I busted out my maternity shorts this week.

SLEEP // It really hasn't been the greatest lately.. No matter how tired I am, 2:30am seems to be the magic number that I wake up at and then I toss and turn and pee for the rest of the night. Then when its time to get up, I fall into the deepest sleep which is quite amazing.. just needs to last longer. I even drank some tart cherry juice which has always worked, but not so much this week.

MOVEMENT // At times on my bladder, whooo oh my! I think Baby Hopper had a dance party Tuesday in belly and must have worn herself out because I didn't feel very much movement on Wednesday until about midnight.

CRAVINGS // Anything hot and heavy sounds absolutely disgusting. I have always drank room temperature water and this week I have wanted ICE COLD everything.. water, smoothies, and nothing but these fruit popsicles I have found at Ingles. Pomegranate has been the bomb this week and Amber brought homemade pomegranate and cherry sherbet to the salon this week. O. M. G. Talk about delicious!!

GENDER // Sweet precious girl!

WHAT I MISS // Restful sleep, energy energy energy, normal clothes.

WORK OUTS // I never made water aerobics this week due to thunderstorms.. since the belly gets in the way bending down, if I have to get something out of the floor, I try and make it a squat! Baha!

Amber, me, and Sass did make it to the pool Monday and y'all let me just tell you how AMAZING that was! I finally toughed the cold water and got all the way in and to feel the weight off my body was absolutely wonderful. It was such a shock to get out and feel all that weight hanging back on me.


Other than the weepiness, I've felt really good for the most part..
There are days when I just want to stare at my belly and watch her move inside me.. she will never be this close to me ever again and I just want to soak up every minute of these last couple months..

My mind is starting to roll again with lots and lots and lots of thoughts and some that I shouldn't even have to "worry" about..

There have been several comments made about Baby No #2 already and let me just tell you, this is getting really old in my book. Already thinking of another baby when this precious blessing isn't even here yet, makes me angry, it frustrates me, it's very pressuring, and it disappoints me! Our Baby Girl was not planned, and while I am SO thankful for having an easy pregnancy, it is my body and ULTIMATELY God's decision if He decides to bless and trust Shane and I with another baby. Until if and when that day comes, I am going to enjoy and love on this sweet, innocent, precious baby, who has all 10 fingers and 10 toes, and who is developing and growing the way God designed the human body to be.. a true precious miracle!!

DREAMS // Nothing really stands out in my mind 

HUBBY'S THOUGHTS // After 3 showers and him coming home from the field after being gone a few days, he's just in shock at all the baby stuff in the nursery now! As busy as he is, I think him seeing everything is really making it more real for him.


Kyli and Sox had to check some things out after our shower on May 31st..

Sox is NOT as skinny as she appears in this picture. Just wanted to state that because I had to do a double take on this photo myself. She just had a vet appt and got an A+ from the Dr on her health!


Being showered with lots of love from dear family and friends!
post to come!

This arrived in the mail for us..

It's sooo soft!

I couldn't help but let Kyli try out Baby Hopper's headband. LOL as you can see she was THRILLED about it...

Gigi came home with me this past Saturday after our 3rd shower, helped me around the house, and helped me get the changing table together. Such a great helper! Shane was in Atlanta, so I was so glad to have her company and also help me get things done around the house. She's hired for cleaning! Ha!

We got it together! Whoo hoo! 

I got a little bit of sun but it was so sticky humid I couldn't take it anymore.. 
Kyli of course found her favorite spot and you can see the other two heffas in the distance being mischevious...

This little girl is so sweet. She just got all kind of comfortable in my lap. Love it, love it.

One of the other two pups must have landed on her back going out the door or something because she has been down since Saturday evening. It has been so pitiful to watch her bow up and try to walk around the house. I know she has been in pain even tho we have been giving her meds. At one point she even hid in the office under the bench. We've been keeping her in her kennel for the most part to prevent her from jumping on and off furniture and its helping.. just ready for her to be back to her spunky self 100%!

And, Amber and I got some fabric ordered to start sewing the bedding! Whoo hoo!
Can't wait for the fun to begin!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Pink Pink Pink! Shower No. 2

Sunday, we had our second shower, hosted by family Marcia, Katie, and Lisa. It was sooo cute with delicious food and THE CAKE! Oh my goodness! I couldn't get over it and not to mention how YUMMY it was. I brought the rest home for Shane to try and let me just say he didn't hardly let any go to waste!

Here are just a few err lots of pictures from Sunday.
I'm just sad my camera went dead so thank you to Morgan who took the rest with my cell!

This punch was incredible!! I was on such a sugar high.

Marcia made this.. I absolutely LOVE it! 

Another handmade quilt made by Amber! So pretty!

I know you can't tell what this is but its her 1st Baseball and you write all her info on it after she's born. SO adorable!!

This box was FULL of clothes and goodies.

Great grandmother to Baby Hopper and Grandmother admiring crochet sandals.

Favorite outfit!

Mama Jane and my Mom

Mom and MIL, Connie

Mama Jane and Aunt Kay

Katie, Marcia, Mom
Ella and Krista

Claire, Amber, Savanna

Great Aunt Joan and Marcia



And, earlier this week when I was arranging some pictures into a new bin, I found this picture of my Mom when she was preggers with me.. such a cute, tiny pregnant Mom!

We are so overwhelmed and feeling blessed from all the love that was shown towards Baby Hopper. I know I've ran thank you in the ground but we ARE so thankful for everything!!

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