Friday, February 16, 2018

Catching Up

Okay, so as I mentioned in my last blog post, I wanted to update my blog with all the fun things that we did the last half of last year and also share what we are up to now.

Clearly, this is the most important and exciting thing to happen to us in 2017.  I found out on August 28th at 3 weeks and 5 days. (5 days before my expected period) Those pregnancy test boxes that say "find out X days before your missed period" really do work sometimes! I had to wait double the time it says on the box for the faint line to show up, but it was there!
I immediately told Chris when he got home from work - he was very shocked - even though we were trying. Thankfully, getting pregnant happened very very quickly for us, which is probably why he was so shocked.  I honestly couldn't feel more fortunate.
The first trimester was very similar to my last pregnancy with Leah, super nauseous, throwing up on the daily, but overall feeling pretty good and those side effects went away around week 14.
The second trimester went by very very quickly. I definitely started showing really early and had to buy a lot more maternity clothing because my belly was growing so quickly. But I can't complain because overall I felt pretty good. And we got to find out the gender...with a silly string reveal!
We are having another girl!!
Now, I'm already in my third trimester! Baby is coming very soon! :)

Nothing special...just walking around our own neighborhood in search of candy. It was super cold so I think we hit 15 houses and then came back home, but I couldn't not share this photo of our little elephant!
P.S. When you're pregnant, especially in your first trimester, you drop the ball on just about everything. You're too tired, too nauseous, too anxious about everything, and you forget (pregnancy brain) about all the things you would normally do on time.  Well, it was about 4 days before Halloween and realized I forgot to get a costume for Leah - and at this point all the good costumes everywhere were sold out and only the crappy plastic ones were left. Well, I was pregnant and therefore didn't care too much, and came to terms that Leah's too young to know about Halloween to care that mom forgot to buy her a costume. You win some, you lose some, right??!
Well, I was at a meeting with a work vendor and mentioned my problem....and guess what. This amazing, sweet vendor (who I love) said she had a costume that would fit Leah and she would even deliver it to my work the next day! I amazing is that. AND I love Elephants so it really was the perfect (and free!!!) costume!
Sometimes things work out, folks....ha!

Okay, well that's all I have for today, I've updated you up until November 2017! :)
I'll be back soon to talk about our two trips to Florida in November and December and to talk about all our home improvements we are doing, also known as "nesting"! haha

See you soon!!!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

La Jolla Seals

Hi everyone! Geez - I can't believe I've been absent from my blog for about six months now, has anyone missed me!!??  Well, I initially wanted to give an recap of the later half of 2017 and share what we are up to now....but then I saw this blog posting that I wrote in August in my drafts folder about the La Jolla Seals! I couldn't just delete it and move on...because it was one of the best days here it is! Looks like I'll update you on my life on another day.....

Written in August:
As if my California trip couldn't get any better, we took a quick trip to see the La Jolla Seals before I had to head to the airport.
It was the BEST DAY EVER! I mean, look at this tiny little baby seal asleep in the sun!!!
My day was made!!
Seeing the seals has been on my bucket list for a long time. I've been to San Diego before, but never made it to La Jolla, so I'm so glad we made time for it! I got up-close-and-personal too! 
Look how close!
The water was beyond breathtaking!! And it was the perfect weather for seal watching...
...picture taking... guarding...
...and enjoying the views.
I'm so happy I created so many amazing memories on this trip and got to spend much needed time with my bestie, that I hadn't seen since last Christmas! 
I hope next time my visit to California isn't too far away....
 I hope you enjoyed a sneak peak into my California vacation!!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Made in Los Angeles

Y'all. I had T H E  B E S T time visiting my bestie in L.A last month.
She's even got this crazy amazing job that she let me be a part of on my first day in the city...
After my on-stage performance at Entertainment Tonight, we got our hair did at DryBar and went to dinner at the hottest restaurant in town, Catch L.A.  ...followed by me trying on every dress in her closet because her clothes are better than this $3000+ dress that SHE WON AN EMMY IN!! (Sorry EJ, I gotta brag on you for a minute!) :)
We spent the rest of my visit exploring the city, catching up on life, getting pedis, eating amazing food, having drinks on rooftops, getting eyebrow lessons at Benefit, shopping at the Grove, and taking lots of pictures in front of wall art (which is one of my favorite things to do!)
 This wall art was CROCHETED!! Isn't it the coolest thing you've ever seen???
(If you watched Amazing Race this know who made this!)
I know this post is short, but it was a really short trip to L.A.  
Next stop was San post coming soon. :)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Leah's 2nd Kiddie Pool Party

I couldn't be happier that Leah is a "summer baby"!  I have a January birthday, so I never had any fun-outdoor birthday parties growing up, and I always envied my friends with June birthdays.  So now, I am living out my summer birthday party dreams with Leah!
Last weekend, we threw her a beach ball themed "KIDDIE POOL PARTY"! It was so much fun!

We had three kiddie pools, (some were filled with balls, some had rubber duckies, etc.) a water table, two slides, a beach ball sprinkler, 30 beach balls thrown in the yard to play with and endless bubbles for the kids to play in.
We had so many delicious foods that I felt were good options for adults and kids:
- Mini sandwiches (ordered from Jungle Jims - I highly recommend ordering these party trays if you're in Cincinnati - they are on Hawaiian rolls and are soooo tasty!)
-Peanut Butter and Jelly Roll Ups
-Chips and Veggie Stix
-Cheese & Cracker Platter
-Huge Bowl of Watermelon
- Organic Pouches from Once Upon a Farm

For dessert, my bestie Alison made the most adorable confections:
- Kid friendly Jello Shots (gummy bears in lifesavers and blue jello...also note the graham crackers on the plate for the "sand")
- Teddy graham pool party cupcakes (Aren't these amazing!!??!)
The kids LOVED them!!
For drinks, we had:
- Pool Water! (it was a mixture of blue Hawaiian punch and Country Time lemonade)
-Variety of beers, water and coke products
- And a variety of Apple&Eve® juice boxes for the kids
I usually buy the regular size juice boxes, but Apple&Eve® has several sizes of product and they sent me their mini 125ml juice boxes for the party and they were PERFECT! I mean, how many times does your kid open a juice box and only take two sips. This is less waste! And you can limit how much juice they have if you are more cautious of their sugar intake.
And they were delicious! (I drank three! haha) They're made with 100% real juice with no added sugar and have no artificial flavors or colors. All the kiddos really did love the taste and loved seeing their BFF's (Elmo, Big Bird and Grover) all over the boxes!
We even received some Apple & Eve® Fruitables juice boxes which is made with real fruit and vegetable juice to help get in those veggies because we all know it’s hard to do.
After hours of partying we sang my sweet girl Happy Birthday and (the wind) blew out her candles.  How cute is her little personal birthday cake!
We had such an amazing time at her kiddie pool birthday party, and all the kiddos seemed to have the best time too....and all left with a smile and a beach ball party favor! :)
It couldn't have been a more perfect day.....and it definitely put all my January birthday parties to shame! :)
(Click here to see her watermelon themed first birthday party!)

*Apple&Eve® graciously sent me the juice boxes for a review, but all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

All About May

The month of May flew by, but we did so many fun things!
Here's our month in a nutshell:

+ Celebrated Memorial Day with grilling hamburgers and beautifying the yard with CV
+ Took these cute Memorial Day photos of Leah
+ My friend, Jess, was in town from Chicago, so we met up for "chicks and waffles". I really did order the chicken and waffles! :)
+ Went to a Derby Party
+ Had my 1 year work anniversary
(My summer intern started at work and he's making my work-life a lot less stressful.)
+ Saw Beauty and the Beast at the movies with my friend Alison
+ Took Leah to a music class and she loved it!
+ Leah got pink eye. :(
+ We celebrated Mothers Day by going downtown for lunch and fun!
+ Got my hair cut and colored!
+ Ate ice cream at the park
+ Played at the Cincinnati Children's Museum
+ Read a lot of books
+ AND Leah had her very first PONY TAIL!!
It was such a great month....but now I'm really looking forward to June. We have Leah's birthday party this weekend and I can't wait to share all the fun things I've planned!

Hope everyone has a great month!!! :)