Thursday, August 21, 2014

Truly Radiant

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I came home one day to a little Truly Radiant package. 
Is it just me or do you also get overly excited about new products like these? I love that I got to try the trifecta: Spin Brush, Toothpaste and Whitening Booster
Not only are these products from a highly trusted brand (Hello, Arm & Hammer) and come in cute packaging, they also have several key benefits. Things that I tend to look for when trying out new products, like:

Toothpaste:
 Removes 100 percent more surface stains than oridnary toothpaste (this is huge for an ex-coffee/coca-cola addict, like myself)
Smoothes surface imperfections while restoring shine
Only paste with baking sode, peroxide and active calcium
Fluoride anticavity toothpaste for cleaning, whitening and enamel strenghtening

Toothbrush:
Removes 100% more plaque than a manual toothbrush. ONE HUNDRED PERCENT

Whitening Booster:
Clincially proven to whiten teeth in just one week and contains 3x more whitening agent than a leading white strip
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Do you have any tips to bring out your inner radiance? With Wyatt coming "any day now", I definitely need to make sure I'm picture-ready at any given time. :)


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bumpdate: 36 Weeks

Two things about today's bumpdate:
1. It was supposed to happen on Monday, my bad
2. Just SO happens I'm wearing the same dress from 32 weeks. Not surprising though, I'm down to 
a few items that still fit me (I only purchased a few maternity items) Thank GOODNESS for accessories.


How far along: 
36 weeks!! 9 months...home stretch!
Baby Size: 
Wyatt is the size of a HoneyDew Melon!
Weight gain: 
40...Oh my word, can't believe I'm admitting that.
Maternity clothes: 
Yup, I'm still rockin' them.
Stretch marks: 
Ugh, #Ican't with these. I'm just praying they'll go away after birth.
Sleep:
Seriously, the cruelest trick in the world is the fact that I can't sleep a month before I'm "about to never sleep again for the rest of my life"- so says the people
Best moment this week:
Our Maternity Photos are back. LOVING them!!
Looking forward to: 
Is it weird that I'm looking forward to my doctor appointments? I like the weekly check up on us, however I hate how much time they take.  Side note: NOT looking for my mom leaving for a whole two weeks...she comes back 6 days before my due date. Cue anxiety ridden weeks ahead.
What I miss: 
Walking without pain, true life! Also, I miss having options to wear in the morning. I can't wait to fit back into normal clothes.
Movement: 
Yup, Wyatt thinks this stomach of mine is a punching bag.
Food cravings: 
Not so much food cravings, but I can't get enough of ICE. Seriously purchased a 10lb bag of Sonic crushed ice the other day, it was glorious
Anything making you queasy or sick: 
Nope
Gender: 
A boy!
Labor Signs: 
Nope.
Symptoms: 
Braxton Hicks, just a few and Swollen feet - the joys!
Belly Button in or out? It's 100% flat at this point. 
Wedding rings on or off? Still able to put them on and get them off. Woohoo
Mood: 
Honestly scared. My friends just had their twins today, which means...we're next. Also the realization that this could be my last "bumpdate"
Nursery: 
Is finally done!!! We're ready for you Wyatt
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Unique Baby Shower Gifts

I thought I'd share with you a couple of the unique gifts I received, they were both so thoughtful and so creative, I guarantee any Mom-to-be will love it. I might goes as far as guaranteeing tears and laughter for both :)

The first is an adorable box (which Christina filled to the brim with adorable clothes for Mr. Wyatt), but it's a keepsake box.
The box also fits perfectly into Wyatt's room.
Inside the box is this poem:
Which says:

The Love You Save
An empty box, what can it be?
I thought it was a gift for me.
Although this box is not what it seems,
It's empty now-- but oh the dreams.
Little Wyatt will soon arrive,
To begin his life with wonder and strive.
He'll learn to walk, heel to toe,
His baby shoes He'll soon outgrow
His baby teeth so white and new
You must save them all, for him and you.
And as he grows, things he'll leave behind.
Cherished things that you will find.
A lock of Hair, A Teddy Bear
These precious items you cannot spare.
So here's an Empty Box for you;
To keep these things his whole life through,
And when he is all grown up and gone, 
Your Memory Box will carry one.
The Love you saved at last complete;
All the memories, some sad, some sweet,
Will stay close to a Mother's heart....
As your little Wyatt was right from the start.

Tears, right? It was so incredibly thoughtful of Christina.

The next gift was this perfectly packed green container:
Among some of the most needed baby supplies, Ali and Amanda put together one of the cutest gifts I've ever seen. AND it involves wine...win/win.

 It included this perfect hand-made sign for Wyatt that I had pinned a while back (I told you these girls were creative)


Now on to the wine:



For you to recreate, here's what each one said:

First Baby: 
As Wyatt arrives to share your life,
Makes you now parents, not only husband and wife.
You're filled with excitement and overflowing with love,
Time to enjoy that glass of wine you're been deprived of.
So take your first sip, after months of prohibition,
And cheers to your family and that new little addition.

First Parent's Night Out:
You're a bit overwhelmed and deserve a night out,
Time together is needed beyond any doubt.
It will always feel like date night is much overdue,
And making time for each other will be hard for both of you.
So let this wine kick off the night, and as you prepare to leave, 
Remember to was all that spit-up off your sleeve!

First Married Moment:
There comes a time when boundaries are blurred, 
Privacy lost, alone time disturbed.
What's mine is yours and yours is ours,
Including toothbrushes, razors, and occasional showers.
The moment will come and you'll stop and think,
Is that really my spouse? I've only just blinked!
Regardless what happens, if you smile or curse,
Remember these words, "For better or worse!"

First Road Trip:
As you prepare for your journey you'll certainly think,
How much more can we pack; maybe we should rethink!
But it is worth the effort as you hit the road.
And then finally arrive- a drink you're both owed.
Your first trip with Wyatt is a reason to cheer,
So pop this bottle of wine and grab Jason a beer!

First Diaper Explosion:
The moment Wyatt stops smelling so pure and sweet,
You find a dirty diaper exploding at your feet.
But with a loving cuddle and their beautiful smile,
Make the joys of parenthood certainly worthwhile.
Drink this wine and look forward to counting sheep instead,
And make Jason change it while you get back to bed.

First Hanky Panky Kick-off:
Changes have happened, that is certainly true,
But you're feeling recovered, a women anew.
What happens next might certainly be fast...
But you have to remember, much time has passed!
This bottle of wine might help just a bit, 
To get things going, lickety split!

I throughly enjoyed these gifts and will keep them in mind for the next showers I attend.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Ahoy, It's a Boy

Last weekend, two amazing, creative, sweet, perfect and did I mention, AMAZING, friends (Kelsey and Steph) hosted a shower of a lifetime for Wyatt and me. 

I was blown away by all the effort they put into it, and seriously overwhelmed with joy to see everyone that attended. Kelsey and Steph know how to throw a party....and even more so, they know how to make a Mom-to-be happy. 

How's that you ask? Well it's simple...make sure her favorite cravings are in stock. There were mini-BLT sandwiches, More Watermelon than I could ever ask for, an Ice-cream bar complete with my go-to toppings and ice-cream ala Menchies style, Caprese Skewers, Chicken Salad (so good!) and Goldfish. I was a Happy Camper!

And the cake, it was the star of the show. 

I'll let the pictures do the talking from here:
Steph and Kelsey

 My mom,with my two neighborhood Moms from growing up! 

 Grandma rubbing my belly for good luck

Capturing that time I got really, uncontrollably excited about a Diaper Pail

And then excited  about something I've been told is a life-saver.

There were two really unique gifts that I'll go into more detail tomorrow

And then Jason surprised us all with his soft-side. He picked up a gift for Wyatt...filled with clothes and the sweetest promise letter I've ever read. I couldn't get through the first sentence without tears.
I assure you it wasn't just Pregnancy Emotions, I looked up after reading and Jason somehow managed to get every single person in that room to tears. 
That man of mine is a good one! So #Blessed!

Here's a few more pictures to sum up the amazing time I had:


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Monday, July 21, 2014

Bumpdate: 32 Weeks


How far along: 
32 weeks!! 8 crazy months, I can't believe it. 
Baby Size: 
Baby is the size of a Squash, so says my app. However at our last appointment we did an ultrasound just to see how big this Boy of ours is...he was 4.10 lbs at 31 Weeks. We're expecting a big one!
Weight gain: 
30 pounds. Wah!
Maternity clothes: 
All day, errry day. I've actually had to retire my jeans, it's just too hot in Florida. 
Stretch marks: 
Yes, unfortunately. They've popped up on my stomach.  I picked up some Vitamin E oil for the rest of pregnancy, and just read Bio Oil is a life saver. Let's hope these work to minimize them after birth too!
Sleep:
Lots of it!
Best moment this week:
We had our Maternity Photos on Sunday and they were SO MUCH FUN. I can't wait to get the sneak peek!
Looking forward to: 
My Baby shower is coming up this week, I'm so excited to get together with friends and family. And more excited to Celebrate Wyatt!
What I miss: 
This week - Champagne. That sounds glorious. I also miss making it through a whole night sleeping, I guess I'll be missing that for a while :)
Movement: 
Oh my word, it's like a dance party in my stomach too. It's so fun to see from the outside too.
Food cravings: 
BLT's all the way!
Anything making you queasy or sick: 
Nope
Gender: 
It's a Boy!
Labor Signs: 
Nope!
Symptoms: 
Nope, no symptoms...just my lovely bump!
Belly Button in or out? It's 100% flat at this point. 
Wedding rings on or off? On, I've been lucky to avoid swelling so far!
Mood: 
Getting anxious and excited! His birthdate is creeping up on us and I have so many questions for my doctor! I'm also pretty emotional, I've cried at the most random things this weekend!
Nursery: 
OMGosh, I'll have to do a whole update on that. It's coming along and looks fantastic. 
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Monday, June 23, 2014

Bumpdate: 28 Weeks

How far along: 
28 weeks!!
Baby Size: 
Baby is the size of a eggplant
Weight gain: 
Oy. I shuttered when I saw this week's picture -  I think I'm 22lbs up. 
Maternity clothes: 
Absolutely. Maternity clothes, Maxi's and Sundresses are my life. 
Stretch marks: 
I haven't seen any
Sleep:
For the most part, pretty good. WISHING I could sleep on my stomach.
Best moment this week:
Jason finally felt Wyatt kick :). Other than that, we had the Florida Country Superfest and  Jimmy Fallon this past week and they were both so much fun. Exhausting...but fun!
Looking forward to: 
Our Babymoon is this weekend. Just have to go to my glucose appointment and then we can hit the road.
What I miss: 
I miss getting out of bed easily. It's like an olympic event every time I need to get out of it.
Movement: 
A bunch.
Food cravings: 
Still on my BLT kick.
Anything making you queasy or sick: 
Nope
Gender: 
BOY!
Labor Signs: 
Nope! I'll leave this one towards the end of the surveys
Symptoms: 
Hmm. not really.
Belly Button in or out? Technically in, but it's about 95% flat
Wedding rings on or off? On 
Mood: 
Is "huge" a mood. Cause that's how I feel. And then I just love the people that comment on my size. I'm also getting anxious. This florida heat is going to get to me these next few months - I think I'm done with outdoor activities that don't involve a body of water.
Nursery: 
We picked up the recliner - Eeeeek! Just waiting on the paint to be done and then we can put everything in there!

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Life Lessons

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of New York Life for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.


Well, this could definitely be the pregnancy hormones, but I recently saw this beautiful video about a Stay-at-Home Super Dad.


 It's a tear-jerker, right? What a dad! I love this New York Life initiative - they are showcasing the good through a digital billboard which shows real-time moments of family good around Father's Day. Which by the way is this weekend!! To get involved upload photos of you and your dad or share tweets with something you've learned from him. There's a bunch of great information about this initiative here: http://www.newyorklife.com/keepgoodgoing/celebratinggood

My dad taught me the importance of following your dreams. He's a west coaster by heart and about 10 years ago he was given the opportunity of a lifetime to move to San Francisco. It was amazing to see him fulfill his dreams and he always encourages me to fulfill mine! Life lessons like these are to be valued. Have you ever experienced a strong life lesson that changed your life for the better?

Can you even see me? Second to last row, far left

In 2006, I started my dream job with Jetblue airways. I was traveling the country and finally coming out of my shell. Yes, believe it or not, I was so incredibly shy prior to my airline career. Working as a flight attendant taught me how to talk to anyone and everyone. In each layover, I learned how to explore cities and new adventures on my own. I ate at restaurants by myself...albeit scared at first, eventually it was a sense of normalcy. I lived in two big cities that I never thought I would - New York and Boston. I really had it all. 

Slowly but surely I started missing home, I decided to go part time to allow myself to visit home more and with my "free time" went back to school. While I was home more, I reconnected with a High school friend and we eventually started dating (Hi Jason!)

A short year later I decided to make a change. I submitted my resignation to my beloved career to focus on two big things:
1. Finishing my College education that I put off for so long
2. To spend more time with the one I loved!

Resigning was scary! However, I knew I eventually wanted a family and that I wanted a decent job (with less travel) to be able to raise that family. Flash forward to today; Jason and I are married, both finally finished our education and we have Mr. Wyatt on the way. Even though I was scared back in 2009 putting in my resignation, it was for the betterment of our lives.

Tell me your life lesson! And for more information, visit here to Learn more about how New York Life can help you and your family Keep Good Going

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