Guys. I’m so behind on my Christmas gifts. Like, I’m starting to get really nervous because I would usually have a good portion of stuff bought, or um, at least have thought about what I’m getting people at this point. I have purchased one gift. O-N-E. Cue the freaking out. I blame this baby in my belly taking up all my mental energy 😉

So when I heard about Shopbop’s Buy More, Save More sale it couldn’t not have come a better time! Now through next Monday they are taking 15% off orders of $250 and 25% off orders of $500 with the code GOBIG15. You better believe I made a niiice dent in my Christmas list during this sale and I rounded up some of the most tried and true Christmas gifts for women that will be on sale this weekend. Bonus: Every single thing is well under $100!

shopbop gift guide 2015

1. PJ Luxe Pajamas | 2. Cupcakes and Cashmere at Home | 3. Kate Spade Tidbit Plate | 4. Kate Spade Plaid Slipper
5. Pom Pom Beanie | 6. Plaid Blanket Wrapped Scarf | 7. Blanket Fringe Poncho | 8. La Mer Round Wrap Watch
9. Rifle Paper Co 2016 World Desk Calendar | 10. Deux Lux Elle Pouch | 11. Kate Spade Letter Pendant Necklace


How are you all doing on your Christmas shopping? Any deals other out there that can just not be passed up this weekend? Let me know!

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Fall 2015 Book Reviews

This is the perfect time of year to cozy up on the couch and catch up on your reading. I’ve read a lot of good books lately so I’m sharing my thoughts on them with you today!

fall 2015 book review

The Vacationers by Emma Straub (1/5 Stars)
Honestly, I couldn’t really get into this book. I stopped and started it several times and in the end I didn’t even finish it. There was so much hype around this book so my expectations might have been too high, but I really couldn’t even tell you what the official story line was here. A messed up family goes on vacation together…annnd 3/4 of the way through the book nothing had happened. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (5/5)
LOVED this book. Actually I want to reread it again now that I’m thinking about it. This book has had a lot of hype surrounding it too but for good reason! A small town girl loses her job and goes to work as a caretaker to a local, young quadriplegic. He is super depressed when they meet due to his situation (obvs) and she tries a lot of different things to try to snap him out of it. This is a MUST read.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (4/5)
Another book that has gotten a ton of hype this year and it was pretty good! A lady rides the same train every day, watches a particular house that she passes and makes up stories about the couple that lives there. One day, something happens to one of the people in the house and she inserts herself into the investigation. I would say if you liked Gone Girl, but you thought it was a little much you would really like this book!

Baby Proof by Emily Giffin (4/5)
Whoops! Took a picture of the wrong book. I almost gave this book 5 stars – I really liked it! I always forget how much I like Emily’s books. This one is about a married couple who has been on the same page about how many kids they want to have (hint: It’s none) until one of them changes their mind.

Winter Stroll by Elin Hilderbrand (4/5)
I love Christmas themed books this time of year! This is actually a sequel to Winter Street – which is also great, and you should read that first because it definitely builds off of the drama from the first book. These books are about a family-run inn on Nantucket Island during the Christmas holiday with family drama abounding. Great, quick reads!

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (3/5)
I didn’t technically read this book, I listened to it on audio, so that may have changed my opinion on it slightly. It was really hard to keep up with the shifting past and present of the story. Other than that, it was pretty good! The Good Girl is about a girl who gets kidnapped one night but her life with her captor is not what you would expect. It’s definitely worth a read!

Have you read any of these books? What have you guys been reading lately? Let me know in the comments!

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baby 1 14 weeks EDITED

Week 14

How far along: 14 weeks

Size of Baby: A lemon

Gender: We don’t know yet, but can not wait to find out

Movement: Not yet but hopefully any day now

Weight Gain: +3

Sleep: Doing much better! Still waking up a few times a night to switch from hip to hip (side to side is what a normal person would say probably) and use the bathroom. But overall, 50x better! Disclaimer: I also had a nice hotel bed to myself all week because I was out of town for a business trip so that might have helped 😉

Workouts: Fail. Well, sort of! I worked one day at the hotel gym and then two days I walked around a trade show floor for 6+ hours so…I’m counting that.

Maternity Clothes: I’m on the hunt for some great maternity leggings. I’ve exhausted all of my local options so I’m heading online. Anyone have any advice?

Symptoms: My hunger is back in full force, that’s for sure! A little lower back pain if I’m on my feet for too long but nothing unmanageable. The worst thing right now is probably breast tenderness (sorry if that’s TMI) but if that is the worst part of my day I’ll take it!

Cravings/Aversions: Nothing specific that I can think of. Carbs in general have been really doing it for me lately though – can not get enough! But that’s not that out of character :)

Missing Most: I really, really missed caffeine this week. I didn’t think I relied on it much before I was pregnant (a cup of coffee in the morning and maybe a soda once a week in the afternoon) but now that I actually get tired in the afternoon I could really use it! I don’t mind doing a little everyday but I could honestly use an IV of it!

Nursery: Apparently, we have made a decision and I didn’t know it! To be honest I had my mind made up but didn’t think we had already decided. Luckily, our decision was the same as mine 😉

Nathan: Missed “me and the baby” while I was on my trip this week. Insert all of the heart eyed emojis here. Love that guy.

Best Part of the Week: Beginning to look obviously pregnant. Several people noticed…and commented lol. Which is funny but I really didn’t mind!

Can’t Wait For: Seeing our babe at our ultrasound this coming week!

I can’t wait to see what you all have been up to! Linking up with Biana, Meg, Bella, Erin,  Carly, Carylee, and Rachelle.

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Amen. The best way to sum up week 13 “OMG I HAVE SO MUCH ENERGY – ANNND THERE IT GOES.”

Week 13

How far along: 13 weeks!

Size of Baby: Peach

Gender: We don’t know yet, but can not wait to find out!

Movement: Too early

Weight Gain: Nothing yet!

Sleep: Hit an all time low last week because of my lower back pain, so I finally broke down and called the chiropractor. Best decision I’ve made in a looong time. My pain is almost non-existent! Insert praise Jesus emoji hands here. I’m still generally uncomfortable sleeping on my side instead of my back, but what can you do.

Workouts: Slacked a little on these this week because it was super busy with work and cheer. Oh, and it was freaking COLD in the morning and by the afternoon my energy/motivation is just not there.

Maternity Clothes: Made a few more purchases this week but haven’t had to actually use them yet. It won’t be long now though, this belly is getting bigger by the day I think!

Symptoms: I really feel so much better this week. So much better that I could (and have) cry because I feel so much better. Yeah. So that’s two symptoms. I had almost zero nausea this week (only when I failed to eat at the correct time) and only get really tired maybe once throughout the day. Which is a huge step up from being so tired I could take a nap from sun-up to sun-down.

Cravings/Aversions: Still have zero desire to drink or smell coffee. I’m sure there are other aversions but nothing consistent. Craving sugar like never before! Trying not to give in to that one very often, though.

Missing Most: HIIT workouts. A good sweat with heavy breathing and feeling like I might pass out with no guilt! That is obviously frowned upon now! Oh, and a deli turkey sandwich.

Nursery: Lol. We still need to decide which room we are going to use! Office or man cave? I’m definitely leaning towards office right now…and then moving said office to the man cave. Sorry babe!

Nathan: I don’t think he will never forget the lesson he learned this week and it’s certainly not one that needs to be documented on the internet 😉

Best Part of the Week: A few things:
1) Settling on first and middle names for a boy and a girl!
2) Just generally feeling better! I’m going on a week-long business trip next week and I was really worried about how I would be able to handle it, but my energy is really up and I’m really encouraged. God’s timing, I’ll tell ya. I’m so grateful!
3) Having multiple conversations with Trey (my co-workers son who is 5) at work about the baby. He likes to bring “the baby” treats (Starbucks cakepops & Dove chocolate – heck yeah!) and at some point I said “Thank you so much for bringing that for me. That was so sweet of you” to which he responded “It wasn’t for you Wachel, it was for the baby!” So sorry :) He also came into the office another day and said “Uhhh, where’s the baby?!” It’s going to be a long six months for that guy!

Can’t Wait For: Finding out who is in there in (hopefully) just a few more weeks!

Pregnancy Week 9 – 11

Week 9

How far along: 9 weeks!

Size of Baby: Green Olive

Gender: We don’t know yet, but can not wait to find out!

Movement: Too early

Weight Gain: None that I’ve noticed yet, but I don’t weigh myself regularly yet. I did lose a couple pounds last week while on vacation because I just can’t stomach eating very much.

Sleep: Has been so much better this week! I’m still waking up about twice a week to pee around 2-3:00 AM and then can not go back to sleep for almost an hour. But I am beginning to wake up naturally at my normal time (5:15ish) instead of having to drag myself out of bed around 6:15/6:30. So I consider that a big improvement! I still get incredibly tired around 3:00 PM every day and if I’m not able to lay down at that point (aka Monday thru Friday when I’m at work) I am DEAD tired by 7:00 PM.

Workouts: Still taking our dog on long walks (sometimes two) every day. I’m really going to try to be better next week now that I am feeling a little better and we have stopped traveling for a few weeks (which has been very, very hard).

Maternity Clothes: I got a BeBand from Target this week. All of my pants still button but do get a little uncomfortably tight around the middle certain parts of the day. It kind of just smooths everything out and actually makes me feel very…secure (?) around my middle since I feel like everyone is staring right at my belly. Even though hardly anyone knows so they surely aren’t, HA. I also ordered a few maturity things from Old Navy this week because they were having a great sale!

Symptoms: All day nausea, especially right before it is time to actually have a meal. No physical sickness at all yet though. Super tired as I mentioned before. And…I can’t go to the bathroom. Ever. Which is probably the worst of the three.

Cravings/Aversions: No cravings. As for aversions – basically everything but most notably eggs (don’t even talk to me about them), yogurt, anything with a “strong” odor (mainly spicy smells but also coffee which is SO sad), and the list goes on. I barely WANT to eat anything at all, but as soon as I am truly hungry (which only happens 2-3 times a week) I have to eat RIGHT NOW. I have found the true feeling of hanger since being pregnant.

Missing Most: Just feeling like my “normal” self with plenty of energy.

Nursery: Lol. We still need to decide which room we are going to use! Office or man cave?

Nathan: Had to learn a few “we (you) do not say that” lessons this week. Such as referring to the baby as going to be big or small.

Best Part of the Week: Telling the rest of my siblings they are going to be aunts & uncles and how thrilled they all were!

Can’t Wait For: Our three month doctor’s appointment on the 27th!


Week 10

How far along: 10 weeks!

Size of Baby: Prune

Gender: We don’t know yet, but can not wait to find out!

Movement: Too early

Weight Gain: Lost even more weight this week (just a few pounds). I still don’t have a huge appetite in general, I’m not drinking coffee every morning and an adult beverage several times a week either, so I’m sure that is contributing too.

Sleep: I’ve been waking up almost every night at least once to go to the bathroom. I’m also making a real effort to not sleep on my back (my favorite!) so that has been pretty uncomfortable. My dreams are out of this world crazy though!! I had a dream I lost the baby one night this week (woke up in a full blown panic attack and hysterically cried for several minutes before I calmed down) and to make it a little less serious…we were at Jurassic Park when I found out! Talk about strange.

Workouts: Still just took long walks every morning and that’s about all I have energy for right now. I hear this gets better after the first trimester and we are almost there!

Maternity Clothes: I got sucked in to the Pink Blush website a few times this week but didn’t pull the trigger on anything! I’m still fitting in all of my normal clothes for the most part.

Symptoms: We’ve figured out the bathroom situation (insert Praise Jesus hands emoji here) but I’m still steady nauseated all day long. This week we added extreme, nightly gas that is just about the most embarrassing thing I’ve every gone through. Poor Nathan.

Cravings/Aversions: Nothing has sounded better to eat than mac ‘n cheese! I did give in to that once this week for lunch. I am definitely finally getting HUNGRY at 7 AM, 11 AM, sometime in the afternoon, and around 6 PM. Like, HOLY HUNGER that I’ve never felt before. When I’m not hungry, I’m nauseous so I pretty much eat whatever I can at those points, but planning meals is very, very hard.


Nursery: Lol. We still need to decide which room we are going to use! Office or man cave?

Nathan: Was a real life saver this week! Once I am home, the dog is taken care of, and dinner is made I am d-e-a-d. He helped me out so much around the house, cooked dinner a couple of nights, and has endured a few hormonal break downs – all in one week 😉

Best Part of the Week: Carving our announcement pumpkins!

Can’t Wait For: Our three month doctor’s appointment next week and telling the world about our precious blessing as long as all goes well!


Week 11

How far along: 11 weeks :)

Size of Baby: A lime

Gender: We don’t know yet, but can not wait to find out!

Movement: Still too early but we definitely SAW the little guy/girl moving around like crazy at our ultrasound this week. I’m not one for the overly cheesy but it was one of the most magical things I’ve ever experienced!

Weight Gain: My weight did not change from last week as of my doctor’s appt. on Tuesday. But that was before I indulged a little bit this weekend. My appetite is back and I took advantage! Reeling it back in this week.

Sleep: What’s sleep? I am now a firm believer that God is teaching me already on how to live on less sleep. THE BACK PAIN. I’m basically awake every hour.

Workouts: Still just took long walks every morning and that’s still about all I have energy for right now. I hear this gets better after the first trimester and we are almost there!

Maternity Clothes: Nothing yet! I returned a few of my Old Navy purchases because I got everything in medium sizes and they were all wayyy too big, and not just in the belly. I need to get serious about what I am going to be able to wear to a week-long work conference in Florida in a few weeks though!!

Symptoms: My sciatic pain is already pretty unpleasant. Especially if I sit or stand for extended periods of time – whiiiiiich happens every day, obviously. I also learned a nice lesson this week in eating when you I am hungry. I had a full on low blood sugar attack on Tuesday night when I waited to long to start making dinner. Let’s just say, I was in tears by the time those fajitas were prepared. Nathan thought I was insane, surely. But I’ve never felt anything like it!

Cravings/Aversions: I haven’t really craved anything yet. I’m just excited to eat again! My egg aversion does seem to have gone away but I still have no desire to drink or smell coffee.

Missing Most: Drinking/wanting to drink coffee. Also, I had to unfollow Palm Breeze on Instagram this weekend because I longed for one after a picture from them showed up in my feed.

Nursery: Lol. We still need to decide which room we are going to use! Office or man cave?

Nathan: Was so excited to come to my first appointment with the doctor this week 😉 I mean, he was excited and loved hearing the heartbeat and seeing the baby on the ultrasound but he was a little awkward during the physical exam. Men :) He is definitely not going to be one of those people filming the birth, lol.

Best Part of the Week: Seeing the baby swimming around like crazy in our ultrasound. The doctor had to work pretty hard to find the heartbeat (which was super scary) because he/she was moving around so much. She had to take some pretty drastic measures to keep him/her still (uhhh, whoa) and Nathan and I both just busted out crying!

Can’t Wait For: Continuing to feel better and better each day/week! There was one day this week where I truly felt like a whole new woman. I had actual energy after work and cheer practice. It didn’t last more than that one day, but it was still glorious! I also did not feel nauseous more than maybe once a day this week which is a huge step.

I should have bump pictures to accompany starting next week :)

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