Thursday, August 21, 2014

Truly Radiant

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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:

 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

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.
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.
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: 
A boy!
Labor Signs: 
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
Honestly scared. My friends just had their twins today, which means...we're next. Also the realization that this could be my last "bumpdate"
Is finally done!!! We're ready for you Wyatt


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

 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.


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: