Gender Reveal and First Bumpdate

March 20, 2017

Well Hello! It's been a while and since I've posted last, and as you may have heard, there has been some big news in our lives.  We have a baby on the way! Thank you all so much for the sweet comments on our Instagram post announcing this! I read each and every one and appreciate you all so much. It took me a while to get back to the blog because I needed to decide if and how I was going to incorporate my pregnancy into my blogging life and what that would look like.  I'm still figuring this out and I'm sure it will be a bit of a work in progress but each time I write about anything #momlife I get a slew of e-mails, questions and comments so I plan on incorporating my pregnancy and mom stuff into my blog posts moving forward.  Our first trimester was really tough so I also wanted to get to a point where I felt comfortable sharing that with you which was why this post took so darn long.

So here it goes...Austin and I were thrilled to find out we were pregnant around the Holidays.  It made them all the more special and sharing that news with our family during such a festive time of year was pretty magical.  I felt amazing at the time and we were riding high on the excitement of our little secret.

Fast forward several difficult weeks and I wound up in the ER.  I was diagnosed with a subchorionic hemorrhage and was discharged with a threatened miscarriage.  A subchorionic hemorrhage is a blood clot where the placenta attaches to the uterus. It happens in about 1-3% of pregnancies and can double your risk of miscarriage. This was heartbreaking to us for so many reasons. I was put on bed rest for a week and then was on modified bed rest/limited activity for the next 4 weeks. All I can say is that those were really difficult weeks.  Some of the worst. And I was terribly ill with morning all day sickness on top of it. It took me a long time to even allow myself to be happy about the pregnancy because I had no idea what the outcome would be for us and didn't want to set myself up for what could be the largest disappointment of our lives.

Although the hemorrhage is still there, my doctor is very happy with the prognosis now as my bleeding stopped around 10 weeks. We feel lucky and blessed and understand that many do not get the outcome we were given.  My heart goes out to them. There were a lot of lessons learned during that 1st trimester: #1, if you're bleeding, go to your doctor or the ER. Don't wait. And #2, you have no choice but to lean on others, so just embrace it.  It was difficult for me to accept help (and always has been) but in this situation, I literally had no other choice.

I also learned that at times where people I care about are going through a difficult time, I tend to back off so as not to interfere or bother them...but seeing as how people showed up for us in the most heart warming ways, I will never not do something again out of fear of pestering someone.  Nobody ever asked us the annoying question, "what can I do?" (to which I always would respond, NOTHING)...they just showed up and did stuff. So here are some people I need to thank for the sweet gestures they did. They know who they are and I definitely plan on paying it forward when the time comes.

you, who dropped of a basket of ginger ale, saltines, mints and peppermint oil
you, who brought me flowers in the cutest vase with the nicest note
you, who taught Coco how to get in and out of her car seat by herself
you, who came over and cleaned out my refrigerator
you, who dropped everything to take care of Coco many, many days
you, who brought me groceries (and my favorite ice cream) in the pouring rain
you, who called me and texted me multiple times each day and always said the right thing
you, who taught my daughter how to get in and out of the bathtub by herself
you, who picked up Coco and took her to the park after your long day at work
you, who brought me noodle soup and cases of my favorite Carlsbad Water

And of course, Austin, who did it all when I couldn't and is thrilled that he will no longer be outnumbered. It's a BOY! We are so happy and I can't wait to share this journey with you! As always, thank you so much for following along. xo

Suede Moto Jacket and OTK boots

February 13, 2017

Jacket: Blank NYC || Sweater: Nordstrom || Jeans: Topshop (size down) || Boots: Stuart Weitzman, look for less HERE || Sunnies: Ray Ban 

Happy Monday!  So let's talk about moto jackets.  They're pretty much a staple in my wardrobe. Why you ask? Well, you can easily layer them, they add a warm (but not too warm) addition to an outfit and the texture, depending on leather (I prefer faux) or suede gives your look dimension.  It's like adding sriracha to your eggs...the flavor goes from meh to whoa.  I own three moto jackets (none of which were over $200), and they are ALWAYS what I reach for when I feel like my so-so outfit needs to be elevated.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

February 3, 2017

Happy Friday! I hope you guys have some fun stuff planned this weekend!  Valentine's Day is right around the corner so I put a gift guide together just in case you need some ideas.  Feel free to forward this on to your significant other or Mom too...just in case they need a few hints. Am I the only person in their 30's that still gets a Valentines gift from my Mom?  I hope that never stops!

Either way, I love Valentine's day not so much for the romance but more because I'm a big fan of the color pink. I can take full advantage of all of the girly merchandise during this time of year and always seem to find myself a little treat...I'm looking at you Siesta sweatshirt.

Seriously, I have one Wildfox sweatshirt and they are hands down the most comfy.  Last year I got myself these Sugarfina lips and became obsessed!  When we were in Hawaii, I made it a point to go to their store and get some more- highly recommend if you're a sour candy lover or just need a cute little gift for someone! Austin and I have a tradition of ordering in pizza every v-day so that's what we'll do this year also.  Will you be splurging on anything for yourself this year?! Have a great weekend and as always, thank you so much for following along! xo

Easy Athleisure

January 29, 2017

Top: Stem\\ Leggings: Alo\\ Shoes: Nike\\ Sunnies: Rayban 

I seem to always be purchasing leggings, long cardigans and cozy tops that I can throw on with a pair of sneakers.  Last week I talked about how one of the main questions I get is how to look chic and pulled together while running errands or dropping the kids off at school.  If this is your wardrobe quandary and if you're like me and just want to be comfortable, then athleisure is your jam.  And there's no working out required!

I'd love to pretend that I wake up M-F and put an actual outfit together but the truth of the matter is, that's just not my lifestyle.  My typical day involves park trips and playing on the floor with Coco or running errands or taking her to an activity while squeezing in work around everything that involves her.  Getting both of us dressed and out the door needs to be as simple as possible and if you've followed along for a while, you know that I actually hate wearing jeans.  Like think they're the worst. So since the athleisure trend is alive and well, I plan on taking full advantage by enjoying every comfy moment in my leggings.  I post a lot of date night looks because Austin and I make a weekly date night a priority and he is usually my photographer so we throw in a little photo shoot here and there but my day to day look is just like this. Simple, easy and comfy.

My favorite leggings of all time are these from lululemon.  True to my lululemon obsession, I can tell you with confidence that I've pretty much tried ALL of the leggings they offer and have settled on these as being the absolute best and most comfortable. I love them because they're meant to feel like you're wearing nothing so the material is super soft.  They don't squeeze at the waist (they're high rise) and hit right at the ankles (a win for us shorties).  No joke, I live in them.

Feeling like I needed to change it up a bit however, I branched out with these moto Alo leggings and I have to say, they're so fun!  The compliments roll in when I wear them because they're a little different than your plain black legging...they have a little edge to them! And this cozy grey hooded top is pretty much my new favorite top that I throw on...everyday.  What are your favorite athleisure items? Have a great week and as always, thank you so much for following along! xo