Friday, December 7, 2018


Connor Robert is here! He arrived on Wednesday morning, December 5, at 7:37 am. He is a whole pound bigger than his big sister was, weighing in at 6 lbs, 15 ounces and 20 inches long. We are still in the hospital but both are doing well and looking forward to being home with Big Sister and our complete little family soon! 

We are just smitten with him and so glad he is here. Madeline is especially proud of him and got to meet “her baby” yesterday and gave him lots of hugs, kisses, and pets. 

Thank you all for following along throughout my pregnancy and all the love, prayers, and well-wishes as we prepared for his arrival!!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Holiday Gift Guide for Her

Last week I shared my Holiday Gift Guide for Him and I hope it gave you a few ideas if there's a certain man on your list that has left you scratching your head for what to buy. Today I wanted to share my Holiday Gift Guide for Her. I put this one together with my own friends, family, coworkers, Madeline's teachers, and party hostesses in mind and tried to choose a great variety of gifts that were really reasonably priced.

Leather Tassel Pouch. This cute little pouch comes in nine different colors and is just perfect to help keep any lady's purse organized. It is leather and can be embossed with a monogram. I think it is great for keeping cash and change, a few lipsticks, or tucking receipts into.

Hand Cream Trio. I love this little set of three of Beautycounter's hand creams. It is the perfect gift for a hostess and is great for coworkers or teachers, too. For Madeline's teachers I plan to break the set apart and attach each one with a gift certificate to one of each teacher's favorite places.

Charcoal Balancing Mask. This mask is the perfect gift for about any woman on your list because who doesn't need a little more pampering in their life? Charcoal draws out impurities and toxins in the skin - even toxins from the environment - so it will leave the recipient feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Quartz Roller. This is something that I have on my personal list this year. You all know I am a lover of skincare, specifically anything more natural that will give me great results. I have heard so many great things about using a quartz roller for areas of your face that are prone to getting a little puffy or retaining fluid - specifically around your eyes. This one is really reasonably priced and I think its something most of us was hesitate to splurge on for ourselves, making it the perfect gift.

Emoji Coffee Mug.  I have a similar coffee mug and get so many compliments on it. It is just cute and it truly does make me smile when I make my coffee in it. It would be a perfect gift for a coworker, friend, or teacher with a little gift card tucked inside.

Monogrammed Locket. This is a really great gift idea for a friend whose recently had a new baby, mamas, or grandparents of your own children because you can go ahead and put two pictures inside for them. It is super reasonably priced (under $30) and comes in gold, silver, and rose gold. I personally would not recommend the rose gold color in this piece but love both of the others. The chain is long, which I love, and I love that it is personalized with the recipient's monogram.

Pom-Pom Beanie. This beanie is currently only $10 and comes in four colors. Its such a cute hat that will be much appreciated on a cold day this winter. For myself, I just never think to purchase a hat but am always glad to have one when I have to be outside on a very cold day. I know I personally wait until the last minute - like the day before we are attending a football game or other outdoor event to realize that I don't have one to wear.

Scalloped Gloves. These gloves come in several different colors and are so soft and pretty. I nice pair of gloves are so great to have but I feel like are so annoying to purchase for yourself - making them a great gift.

Homebody. I so enjoyed the Magnolia Table cookbook by Joanna Gaines earlier this year (another great gift idea, too) and have her new book Homebody on my personal list this year. Either book would be great if you are buying for someone who either loves to decorate or loves to cook. I think Joanna Gaines just has such a way about her that makes both meals and spaces feel so warm and personal.

Monday, December 3, 2018

3 Goals for December

It is officially baby month! It’s actually baby week so my goals are a little shorter this month because I know it is going to be a busy one!

1. Have a healthy baby. Obviously this is our biggest order of business for the month. If you caught my last bumpdate you know we had a little hiccup in our plan. Of course I’m super emotional and a little bummed that things aren’t going quite as I anticipated. Mostly because I expected my birth experience to be a lot like Madeline’s and anticipated being up moving around in just a couple days, popping into Target and running simple errands within the week to keep myself sane, and able to get out and walk and do more things with my big girl to just feel as normal as one can immediately after birth. Baby boy is still not being cooperative even though we haven’t stopped trying to get him to flip around so I’ve been a little (ok, a lot) emotional about the whole thing. But, our biggest goal is just to get him here safely, so I’ve reminded myself several times that that’s really all that matters! 

2. Celebrate Christmas with both of my babies and our family. It will be a lower key Christmas since I’ll probably still be recovering a little. Paper plates instead of china perhaps? But I know it will be so special to have our family complete and together for Christmas. Our halls are decked (home tour coming very soon) and I’ve done a good bit of the shopping. Now, the packages might not be wrapped with as much care as usual since I’ll probably delegate that task to Corey or just stuff everything in gift bags. But, I’m still SO excited to celebrate this year!

3. End my year with Beautycounter with a fun 12 Days I’d Safer Beauty online event. I kicked that off on Saturday and it’s an education first event where we will chat about some of the worst offending ingredients in Beauty and personal care items, I’ll share some of my favorite products with you, and a special deal will be offered every day. At the end, I’ll be giving away some great products and there are so many ways to enter with no cap for how many times you can win. Find the event here

And that’s it for the month! I can’t say I’m expecting to accomplish a whole lot with a new baby. But it’s a perfect season to just love on him, Madeline, and Corey and be grateful for our family! 

What’s on the agenda for you this month?