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Ghosts, Goblins and Mummies – Oh My!

Happy first full week of October everyone! To celebrate the boys and I busted out a matching pair of Halloween PJs and took some photos on the *Spooky* fireplace. It has been SO much fun decorating this year with them. The boys do have a couple more sets of PJs I can’t wait to share with you all, and even though the fireplace is still a tiny bit under works we are loving it, there are just a couple details left I need to add! Kevin is also working on an awesome project that I can’t wait to share! It’s so simple too and adds sooooo much pop! You all will love it!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, I can’t wait to see everyone’s pumpkin patch pictures! Always THE BEST!!!! If you don’t already follow me on Instagram please make sure to, and I would love to follow back!🖤

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Halloween DIY Crafts

It’s been about a solid 3 years since I’ve celebrated Halloween, and this year I am in the spirit! I’ve been on the hunt to find inspiring ideas and crafts and am pleased to share with you this quick, fun and easy DIY spooky sign! The best part is you can choose to make this say whatever you like, and can choose your color scheme to your liking!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

Dollar tree sign OR any sign of your choice

Paint Brushes/Sponges

Hot Glue Gun/Hot Glue Sticks

Acrylic Paint of your choice

Wooden Letters

Embellishments of your choice (I picked glitter spiders, glitter stars, and wooden witch hats)

Gently pull the plaques off, being careful not to break them or poke yourself.
Choose your color scheme
Start painting your pieces of wood, and letters. I did about 3-4 coats so that there wasn’t any lines or visible lettering coming through. The wood letters also soak up paint pretty quickly so you may need a few coats of paint as well.
Start playing around with positioning before you glue your plaques down to see what you like best!
Start playing around with embellishment placement but don’t glue down yet! You’ll want to do your letters first!
Here I’ve started hot gluing down my letters but left the embellishments in their place so I know where to change their placement as I keep adding letters. Drum Roll……. are you ready for the finished product!?!
To finish her off I added the black spiders, the wooden witch hats from Dollar Tree, and these gold star stickers! You can find almost all of these type of items at Hobby Lobby, Michaels & Local Dollar Tree Stores!

This project took me maybe 2 hours, most of the time was just waiting for paint to dry. I can’t wait to make the boys some more fun signs for their room reading nook! I hope you enjoyed this DIY and can’t wait to share more!🖤

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Halloween Pajamas For Kids


September is approaching October, fall is finally here, and that means we are that much closer to spooky season! I’ve rounded up my favorite Halloween Pajamas for littles. I highly suggest purchasing your favorite pairs soon because sizes are already super limited and going fast!

1. Skeleton Pajamas

2. Boo Yah Pajamas

3. Bat Striped Pajamas

4. Boo It’s Bedtime Pajamas

5. Boys X-ray Pajamas

6. Spooky Squad Pajamas

7. Mummy Pajamas

8. Blue Ghost Pajamas

9. Pumpkin Ghost and Cat Pajamas

10. Cutest Pumpkin Pajamas

11. Creepin It Real Pajamas

12. Girls X-ray Pajamas

13. Candy Corn Pajamas

14. Spider Web Pajamas

15. Trick or Treat Pajamas

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Must Have Halloween Books for Kids

It’s the first day of Fall! Let the “ohhhing” and “ahhhing” commence!

Let’s be honest it is the perfect day though, at least here it is. It’s a nice mix of spooky season fog, cloudy, misty and 74 outside. Pretty much if you know me, my prefect ideal day. These are the type of days that inspire me to be creative and start making my to do lists for Halloween/Fall! Any one else!?!

Be sure to keep an eye out as I will be posting weekly covering all things Halloween, Fall activities, Christmas and more! Until then please enjoy this list of fun Halloween books for kids. These books not only have great story lines but also beautiful graphics that keep kids enchanted in the magic of Halloween! Number one is a favorite of ours!

You can shop the books below :

1 / 2 / 3

4 / 5 / 6

7 / 8 / 9

10 / 11 / 12

13 / 14 / 15

16 / 17 / 18

19 / 20

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Top Halloween Movies for Kids

Have some spooky family fun with these kid friendly movies!

SPECIFICALLY FOR THE LITTLE TIKES

Spookley the Square Pumpkin : Spookley is a pumpkin who’s teased for his odd shape of being square rather than round like the rest of the pumpkins. Spookley is befriended by two bats and a scarecrow who help him see that being different isn’t so bad when he helps save the farm from a threatening storm.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown : It’s time to go trick or treating, Linus decides to stay back and wait while the others go and see if he catches the much anticipated Great Pumpkin.

FOR EVERYONE

The Addams Family : Get ready to snap your fingers! The first family of Halloween, the Addams Family, is back on the big screen in the first animated comedy about the kookiest family on the block. Funny, outlandish, and completely iconic, the Addams Family redefines what it means to be a good neighbor. (Source – Rotten Tomatoes)

Hocus Pocus : A cult classic! The Sanderson sisters are awakened 300 years after their death when Max (a virgin) lights a candle!

Hotel Transylvania : Welcome to Hotel Transylvania where the world’s monsters can take a rest from human civilization. That is until Dracula’s daughter falls in love with a human posing as a monster causing a little bit of love chaos!

Halloween Town : On her 13th birthday, Marnie learns that she comes from a family of witches and that she too is a witch. Soon she and her younger siblings return with their estranged grandmother, a good witch, to her home in Halloweentown, where witches, goblins, and vampires lead normal lives. Marnie soon discovers that an evil force is plotting to take over Halloweentown, and she must help her mother and grandmother to save the town. (Source – Halloweentown fandom)

Monster House : Three teens discover that their neighbors house is really a living, breathing, scary monster! Will they be able to stop the house when the only way is to go inside!?

Halloween Mansion : A realtor and his wife and children are summoned to a mansion, which they soon discover is haunted, and while they attempt to escape, he learns an important lesson about the family he has neglected. (Source – IMBD)

Underwraps : What would you do if you found an ancient Egyptian mummy in a basement? Three 12 year old kids go on a wild adventure to help save him from something evil before midnight on Halloween!

ParaNorman : A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse. In the town of Blithe Hollow, Norman Babcock is a boy who can speak to the dead, but no one besides his eccentric new friend, Neil, believes his ability is real. (Source – IMBD)

Goosebumps : A teenager partners up with the daughter of author R.L. Stine after the author’s imaginary demons are set free to destroy the town.

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Preset Release

So I did a thing! This is something I’ve always wanted to do and am so proud to finally have just pulled the trigger and done it! So many times I thought, thought, and held back but here we are, I did it! I released my Lightroom Presets!

As of right now I only have 2 but I plan to have at least 5 by the end of the year. I put a lot of love into these, I wanted to really make something that didn’t require a ton of tweaking. So many times I’ve seen and heard the flaws of presets, and wanted to try and eliminate that as much as possible. For example, the “Fall In Love” if I ever have to adjust anything the 3 main items to tweak would be the exposure (but that’s every preset), the orange color’s saturation (decrease the saturation), or blacks depending on how moody you want it to look.

I’ve had times where I’ve bought presets in the past and they look so beautifully advertised and then when you get them they don’t apply well at all. They either require tons and tons of tweaking to where it’s not worth it or they are just and I hate to say this, but junk. I didn’t want that at all. So I hope you love these as much as me! Below are some examples of my presets so you get a real life feel of how they’re used. Keep in mind a preset is not a one click filter, it will always require a tweak and is meant to enhance your photography. Thank you for all the love on this!

Below : Fall In Love

Below : Black and White

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Learning Your Child’s Love Language

Have you ever just stopped and told your child how much you love them in hopes that they understood the meaning of what you just said? Maybe as they laid on your lap you played with their hair, or tickled their back because you know it’s their favorite or it calms them. We all have our little love languages and as adults it seems much easier for us to understand but have we ever thought deeper about the little ones we love the most? How do they express their love? I mean the most important relationship of them all is the one we parents have with our children. If we can understand their love language we may just understand them better overall.

I can remember the moment it clicked with Roman; Anytime we watch movies Roman likes to lay his sweet little hand on mine, sometimes I find him resting his head on my arm, poking my leg with his toe (yay), or he will simply (this is my favorite) jump full speed onto the couch next to me and say “mommy I’ll sit here [next to me] and I’ll get the blanket and we can lay together and watch the movie!” He also is someone who loves words. He wants to be affirmed he’s doing a great job at something, it literally lights him up and gives him the biggest boost of confidence. He loves to tell everyone he loves them and loves to hear it even more in return. During our nightly bedtime routine we go through our “big much” list of how much everyone loves Roman and how much Roman loves them. This is his love language and I’m proud to be able to recognize it so I know how to connect with him best.

Here is a little break down of The 5 Love Languages:

•Affirming Words : Words of affection, Encouragement, Praise, “I love you”, “Great Job”, “You’re the Best!”, “You’re so smart”, “You look beautiful”

•Acts of Service : Things that you can do for your child that they see value in. Story time, nightly walks together, bike rides, finger painting, learning the ABCs, fix a broke item of theirs that they love – stuffed animal, blanket, toy .. you get the drift?

•Quality Time : Simply being present – this can translate into Acts of Service also. Teach them something they’ve been wanting to learn, wether it’s riding a bike, how to dribble a ball, read, the list goes on. Simply being present to your child goes a long way!

•Gifts : Leave a note in their lunch box, a reward for doing something great – potty training or sleeping on their own.

•Physical Touch : Braid their hair, rub their back, give them hugs, kisses, high fives, tickle their feet, comfort them when they don’t feel good, or are hurt with an embrace.

If you haven’t figured out yet what your little’s love language is I encourage you to take some time and think about the above. After all, figuring out their love language takes some engaging and some time but I can promise you once you figure it out, your bond will be stronger than before! Just remember patience and that how we fill ourselves may not work for them, but once you do feel free to fill up their tank with cuddles, I love you’s, and tokens of thought!

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Blushing Valentine’s Day Look

Some days are easier than others when it comes to getting ready. Some days it’s out of the question. Since becoming a mom to two boys under 3 I’ve had to adjust my makeup routine. It’s now all about timing and what I can get done in 15 minutes or less, and this is honestly a really great routine I have now that can look really clean and polished or glam like my days back at the MAC counter.

My skin has went through a roller coaster in the last year. Before Remi it was combination with a decent amount of oil in the t-zone, come shortly after finding out I was pregnant it became extremely irritated by everything and dry as a desert. My whole pregnancy my skin was so dry and it seemed like no matter what I used nothing helped long term, it did clear up though on the plus side! Once Remi arrived the clear skin lasted about 3 weeks and then the oil came back with a vengeance. What didn’t disappear though was the dryness, how could my skin be so oily and so dry at the same time!?! Hormones.. simple answer is hormones.

Fast forward to now and my hormones are finally leveling themselves out and I’m able to do a makeup routine I don’t have to adjust so much because of dry or oily skin. I pretty much have my skin figured out at this point.

To achieve this look I started with some Image Skin Care Matte Face Lotion, which has some SPF in it also. Since the matte helps control the oil, to add a little hydration back into my skin I used the Tula Face Filter Blurring & Moisturizing Primer. This is nice because it helps hide pores, blocks oil but adds hydration, and adds a tint of color to the skin. My go to foundation since literally high school has been MAC studio fix fluid, I will sometimes switch between this and Estée Lauder Double Wear but usually only do DW when it’s hot out since it helps fight humidity a little better. In Studio Fix i am NC37 for reference. For Concealer I like an oldie but goodie tried and true MAC Pro Long Wear Concealer (NW20). I use this under my eyes and down the bridge of my nose just to high light a little. To set I like Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder since it’s light weight and a small amount dusted over the face goes a long way. To Bronze I use MAC Harmony and just hit the high points on my face where the sun would normally tan. You can add blush if you like to the apples of your cheeks, today I did but normally I just stick with bronzer to quicken up my routine. Blush used was Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic in First Love. For Eye brows I prefer a pencil, I really like Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in the color Carmel for my blonde hair and olive skin. Her pencils are precise and don’t smudge no matter how hot it gets which is great for the oily girls! Since we seem to see a long wear trend here can you guess what eye liner and mascara I prefer!? MAC again! I LOOVEEEEEEE MAC’s Pro Long Wear Eyeliner in the shade Definedly Black, it is so dark and Smokey and it glides on like perfection. I used to love showing this liner to customers when I worked at MAC because you can draw a line on your hand, let it set for about 30 seconds and then try and smudge it and it won’t budge, It’s amazing! For Mascara I like MAC Extended Play Mascara in Giga Black. To finish off the look I wanted to go against the usual red lip and reach for a Pink. So I chose Candy Yum Yum by you guessed it, MAC! For those who don’t want such a bold pink you could try MAC Angel or Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk. If you want to take this one more step fancy just add you a nice strip of lashes and you are date night ready!

I hope you enjoyed this little “how to” Valentine’s Day look!

Sweater Here

Earring Options:

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Necklace Here

Hair:

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Danielle

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Trendy Baby Boy Clothing Haul

So it has been 11 1/2 weeks since our sweet baby boy has joined the world, and I am in utter shock at how quickly time has flown by. Having a 10, almost 11 year old, along with a 2 year old toddler has just made the time fly. Mainly because there is no time to stop if we’re being totally honest. With Roman I felt like I could indulge in every little moment and milestone because it was just him who really needed all my attention. Lincoln (my bonus son/ 10 year old) was 8 at the time and was at an age where he could self entertain, do his home work, read, play outside, etc.. but he was also only with us 4 days out of the week. Roman is now 2 and I want to make sure I give him as much attention as possible but I also lose time to watch Remi grow up. It’s one of those things as a parent that is just part of it. I am beyond blessed to have 3 beautiful boys in my life and wouldn’t change it for anything.

So let’s back track now, Remi is now almost 3 months old, and boy is he growing like a dang weed! Like seriously the boy is huge! He is over 24 inches long and getting close to 16lbs! When I first had him I didn’t think he was going to be so big but man I was wrong! The boy is in 6 month clothes, I didn’t have any left over baby clothes from Roman in this size because we have had other babies in the family and we shared clothes with them, which makes me happy to know we all can share items with each other and things aren’t going unused. So I bought Remi a few sleepers and some little sets to get him by for a while. I didn’t want to spend a whole lot on clothes since they grow so fast but I was happy to find some good deals and honestly some really cute clothes! They definitely get cuter every year. I don’t remember them being this cute when I had Roman!

I’ll start with the items from H&M!

I bought a 5 pack of Black Onsies that are made of seriously the softest material ever! You can’t go wrong with black long sleeve basics, these will literally go with anything.

I also found the cutest pair of Cream and Black Pants. I thought these would be cute paired with one of the black onesies.

On to sets! Can you believe how cute that mustard/hummus colored striped pant and top set is!? Sets are so nice because you don’t have to put much thought into an outfit, you just put it on and then add whatever “accessories” you want (shoes, beanie, paci clip, paci, bow, whatever it may be)! I knew I wanted a few sets, the black and white stripes with brown pants and collar accent just looked so clean and chic I couldn’t pass it by because I actually just ordered the perfect pair of black Mocs from http://www.anemoneandpoppy.com to pair with it! I’ll drop a pic below! (Picture is from Anemone & Poppy website)

Lastly what would a baby boy be without his perfectly sweet little baby blue outfit? This was it, it is incredibly soft. I feel like so many people sleep on H&M when it comes to baby clothes, their quality is unreal. Don’t sleep on them!!

Onsies, sleepers, pajamas, call them what you will, they are a staple in every baby’s wardrobe. They’re quick, easy, and make diaper changes efficient! Picked up a few cuties for little man, they’re all great quality and I wanted to pick patterns I knew I wouldn’t get tired of since I’m not going crazy buying a ton of clothes this time only for him to grow out of. I also grabbed some sweet bibs since it seems Remi is starting to teeth, drooling has commenced!

Bibs Here

Left to Right:

Dinosaur Onsie Here

Dinosaur Onsie Here (comes as pack online but can buy separate in store)

Spotted Onsie Here

Navy & White Jungle Animals Onsie Here

Bear Onsie Here

Happy Onsie Here

Baby Blue Jungle Animals Onsie Here

I hope you loved me sharing Remi’s baby clothing haul with you all!

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How To Make Dirty Hair Look and Feel Refreshed Again, A Step By Step Guide

So I here I am two months after giving birth to our second child, while I manage to be able to sneak in the quick daily body showers it’s not every day that I get to wash my hair. If we’re being brutally honest I probably wash my hair every 3-4 days, sometimes I stretch it to 5. Some of you may think “ew gross” but honestly if you really read into it or ask most hairstylist the less you wash your hair the better. Now I’m not a professional so I will give no advice on this but, I can give you my personal experience with it and how I make it work with the busy schedule of being a mom.

My typical week after washing my hair looks as follows:

Day 1: Hair is so fresh and so clean! No products generally needed this day, maybe hair spray if the style calls for it!

Day 2: Oh girl you’re looking a little deflated! Let me just throw in some dry shampoo at those roots to give you a little life again! *spritz spritz* “ahhhhhh!” Much better! Maybe a little teasing to top off that extra volume!

Day 3: (Looks in mirror) Yikes! Normally this day is the WORST for me. My hair is looking greasy, it’s laying all kinds of funky ways, looks totally dull and flat, and has no volume at all. So first things first I brush my hair and part it the way I want for the day. If it’s not working like I’m wanting it to I’ll take my spray bottle and pump a few bits of water onto it, grab the blow dryer and rough dry for about 30 seconds until it’s no longer damp, and doing what I want. Next I will grab my dry shampoo and section my hair, spray, and massage into my scalp. For me this helps fluff the root and massage the dry shampoo into the extra oil I’m trying to rid. Next I address the volume at the ends and body of my hair I am lacking. I like to use either a texturizing or volumizing spray and position the bottle below my hair facing the nozzle pointing up into the ends and middle of my hair. Do a few spritz of this and then again do a little fluff at my root and *BAM!* she’s a whole new woman!

Day 4: I basically do everything the same as above except by this point I usually almost always have to back comb my hair after I put in my products so that the products don’t make my hair heavy. Normally I will only back comb the very top section of my hair around the part line and that does the trick!

Day 5: If it gets to this point I repeat everything from Day 4!

Let me just tell ya, mommin’ ain’t easy BUT it is the most amazing thing ever! Babies are only babies for a short time so enjoy it. Basque in the oily pits of your hair, love them littles so hard, because before you know it your routine will return to “normal” and you’ll miss the days where they needed you so much you couldn’t even wash you hair.

Favorite Dry Shampoos:

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Favorite Texturizing Spray:

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Favorite Volumizing Spray:

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Favorite Hair Spray:

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Best Spray Bottle:

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What No One Will Ever Tell You About The Best Photography Spots

Have you ever been scrolling through your feed and just been stopped in your tracks by a beautiful photo? Literally stop and think “holy cow I don’t know where that was shot but dang thats so freaking stunning, I would love to do something like that!” Well, I’ve got some news for you, those shots are usually either right on private land, in a VERY awkward spot to get to, or smack dab in the middle of the public where every waking eye is looking at you. Now, don’t get me wrong, not all photo ops are that way but I can guarantee you lots are.

I have a little story of my own that just so happens to fit right in to all three of the categories I just described. However, like I mentioned these are THE seemingly best spots for a stunning picture. It also helps when you have a bad ass photographer who’s down to conquer it all with you.

A couple weeks ago my family and I were on vacation in Estes Park, Colorado. We go usually once maybe twice a year but within the last couple years our family has experienced a major baby boom. Tons of littles which is the BEST but, also makes family vacations a little more complicated. We braved the 9 hour road trip and all headed into Estes though. While we were there I thought it would be the perfect place to take some mountain maternity pictures since my husband and I married in Estes Park in 2015.

My sister is a photographer based here in Wichita, Kansas. Newer to the game but you would NEVER know it. She is one of those girls who can pick up any talent and kill it. Annoying right? I freaking love it, and she is so inspiring. She suggested we drive around to look for some spots to take pictures. I had two different dresses so I wanted two different locations. Now recently Estes, Devil’s Gulch, and Glen Haven were hit with some major flooding which changed a lot of the land down along river in the canyon. We used to have a spot we would go to that was perfect for wading but also walking through some waterfalls without being deep. Hoping to find this spot we quickly realized it no longer existed after the flood came through 😦 .

This lead us to plan B, what plan B was we really didn’t even know. We kept driving and noticed this gorgeous open pasture surrounded by trees on the foothill of the canyon. It was picture perfect I tell you… pristine, well kept, beautiful sunlight peeking through the trees and a gravel drive that lead right up to it. We whip in and park the car and the first thing we notice is a “Private Property” sign.. Sh*t. Thinking quickly I googled the area we were in and actually come to find it is a public housing development where many homes are rented out for the year. I figured if we park and take pictures no one is going to know if we are staying there for our visit or else where. We even had multiple cars drive by, one being a firetruck and no one said a word about us not being allowed to do so.

Still nervous as hell we ran out to quickly snap some shots and let me tell you.. it was all worth it! Let me also add I don’t condone you breaking the law if you see a Private Property sign, do a little research and see if its actually private.. We just got lucky and it happened to be open land with an outdated sign.

Afterwards we called my husband and told him to get ready since we were on to shoot dress number 2. We were staying on Estes Lake and right by the golf course. Thinking it was peak time for Golden Hour the golf course had some beautiful land on it that would be perfect for pictures. We pick him up and make the minute drive down to the lake/course and EVERYONE.. like EVERYONE is out walking enjoying the evening all along the path. If people weren’t walking they were fishing along the path or on the course finishing up their golf round for the evening. We figured we were already there we might as well just go with it and find whatever spots we want and ignore every waking eye watching us.

The first spot was literally right by a fisherman. My sister being the awesome creative mind that she is was able to work out angles that cut him out but, he literally was staring at us every time I looked over at him. SO AWKWARDDDD…! Again though, the final images made it all worth it. I have some of the most beautiful photos of my husband and our baby to treasure in the same town we got married in 4 years ago.

This last spot was tricky one. You would never know it but behind me was a steep slope with a little pond of yucky moss water just waiting for me to eat it and fall into. Now if you didn’t know this, you don’t exactly have the best balance when your pregnant. My husband was sweetly talking sh*t in the background telling me “don’t go falling in!” -_- Thanks dear. Happy to say I made it out alive.

I want to give a BIG thank you to PinkBlush for sending me this gorgeous Burgundy maternity dress, It truly is a perfect piece! #sponsoredbypinkblush . You can also shop the yellow dress I am wearing here , also PinkBlush. I highly recommend checking them out for ANY of your maternity needs. They are one the best places to shop in my personal opinion, with so many options from casual wear, to maternity, to hospital and home wear. For reference in Both dresses I am wearing a size medium.

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Buxom PillowPout Creamy Plumping Lip Powder

You heard it, a Creamy Lip Powder!!! When I first received these I didn’t know what to expect. The product has a sponge tip style applicator and at the top of the cap is product (which is where the sponge sits when it’s closed). I’ve tried products like this before and the coverage from the “lipstick” was always so sheer and disappointing. With this however, not even close to the case! I was able to get buildable full coverage with just a few swipes. The Powder once on the lips is very light weight and not thick at all which, is surprising with how much pigment you get! I’m sure we’ve all had that matte lipstick we’ve tried to build up and then it ends up just balling up and making our lips look worse than what they actually are. Never fun! Normally I always prefer to line my lips with lip liner and I’m pleased to say I noticed no problems at all with the two products together. I also am an avid gloss user, I will layer gloss on top of liquid lips and the gloss on top of the PillowPout was seamless. The product didn’t break up at all or separate even after 5 plus hours of wear in the hot Kansas humidity. PillowPout’s launch date is July 19th so I am so excited to be able to put up an early review for all of you! The color I’m wearing is Cuddle Me a medium rosey tone. I also received “Turn Me On” a beautiful Strawberry Red! If you have any other questions about the product please leave them down below or feel free to ask me on any of my other social media platforms! A big THANK YOU to Buxom Cosmetics❤️.

Xoxo,

Danielle

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High Waisted Festival Denim Style Skirts

Yep, it’s a mouth full alright! But you heard it correct! DENIM SKIRTS… yes I said it, denim skirts are BACK! Now, if I’m being totally honest I never thought this was a trend I would get back into. I’ve looked into old photos recently seeing my early to mid 2000s girl living her best life and I couldn’t help but think “Buzz, your girlfriend.. Woof!” Mainly because all I wore were the classic denim skirts with the “In” name brand shirt with their name displayed all across it. Thankfully trends evolve, am I right? Now days it’s like all past trends have just kind of mushed together into one, and to be honest, I’m DIGGING it! There has never been such a wide array of style before and it’s such a beautiful thing to see! Which brings me back to denim skirts. There are all kinds of them out there right now! From high waisted, to distressed, embellished, button downs, multi colored, colored denim.. I mean the list goes on and on!! If you’re a big Coachella follower you probably noticed this a ton then. I highly recommend you take a little look into if you haven’t. If you would even like I can do a complete post on differently styles and places you can find them. If you need a little inspiration as well I would be happy to tag some of my favorite bloggers in the post too.

What I love most about these denim skirts is just how easy it is to style them. You could take a simple white tee like I did with any style shoe you like! I paired it with a nude block heel from Steve Madden and some white earrings to dress it up. You could also pair it with a crop tank, a body suit, a crop top, band tee (my favorite), and if you’re feeling frisky a Lacey bra. Throw on some mules, booties, or your favorite Converse, Keds, or Vans and you’re good to go!

Xoxo,

Dani

 

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The perfect EASY Fall makeup Look!

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The leaves have started to fall, the air is finally starting to feel brisk, and it’s that time of year you may also notice your skin changing. Maybe not just by losing that gorgeous summer glow from the Sun Gods but also losing some of that glorious (and maybe not glorious for my combo/oily gals) hydration the hot humid air summer lends you. So with changing skin tones comes changing your makeup tones!

Now I personally still like to self tan (I love THIS self tanner and swear it gives the best golden streak free color) to keep year round color but I love to change my makeup routine. I feel like makeup truly can set your mood so what better way to help get in the Fall Spirit than to incorporate those gorgeous brown, tan, and Burgundy tones. Plus they are so complimentary on fairing skin tones! Some of my favorites colors are Kat Von D Bow n Arrow , MAC Kinda Sexy , MAC Sin , and Anastasia Beverly Hills Ashton .

My current go to Fall Look consists of darker brows, bold lashes, and a dark neutral lip. I will list all details below of the products used to accomplish this look.

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Now I’m normally a oily skin sufferer but during pregnancy I became really dry around the outer parts of my face and extremely oily in my t-zone. Now most people would be like you’re getting a compromise isn’t that good? Yes, but no. I found myself looking for a new skin care routine that wouldn’t over dry my already dry areas but would also help control my oily areas that were tending to break out more. So with a lot of trial and error I finally came across a cleanser that helped fight off oil without turning my skin into the Sahara Desert. The brand is Image Skin Care and I have turned to them for my entire skin care regimen! I use the Salicylic Acid Acne Facial Cleanser and it is Heaven! After using that three times a week I follow up with their Medicated Acne Masque. Now I don’t suffer from terrible Acne by any means but I do still have those crazy hormonal (especially postpartum) break outs.   I feel like this help keep my skin in check and when I do get some little guys that like to pop up and say hello its quick to rid them! After I wash my face (and on the days I use the masque) I follow up with their Mattifying SPF 50 lotion. Its very thick but not heavy by any means. It is the perfect mixture of hydration that you can feel penetrate into your skin but leaves you with a matte no shine finish. Its so perfect in my honest opinion that I use this as my makeup primer because I feel like it really grabs onto my makeup and keeps it in place all day!

I hope you all enjoyed this little skin care and makeup post! I will try and do an updated makeup routine every month since I like to try new products all the time but if I don’t change anything I will definitely update you on products I’ve found and am loving! Have a wonderful Veteran’s Day.

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Chic Fall Wedding Attire

As the busiest part of Wedding Season passes most people tend to move on and focus on other things like Homecoming and Winter Formal etc. etc. etc. But if you are beyond that age you know Wedding Season truly never ends!

We had the pleasure of the going to/being a part of a beautiful Fall Wedding in Kansas City recently and as you can imagine with temperatures dropping it was becoming hard to find something I wouldn’t completely freeze my butt off in but wasn’t quite cold enough for a heavy jacket to tote around. I was also looking for something that I could be comfortable eating in (something not skin tight to show my food baby) and something I could dance and move around in. This dress was the answer and is something I can get SO much wear out of!

There are so many ways to pair THIS dress I feel like it could be endless! It would be gorgeous with a black fur vest and knee high boots, belted with booties, or belted with chunky retro heels.

I can’t believe I go back to work next week. Its been an amazing 3 1/2 months home with my little guy. I think back to the day we brought him home, how anxious I was but ready to have him here with us. I was a new mom and no clue what I was doing, but I quickly learned and began to overcome fears little by little. Like is his head going to fall off? NO. will be okay to cry just while I make his bottle? Yes. He has made our hearts so full and has made so many leaps. From lifting his head, scooting, grabbing things, babbling, blowing spit bubbles, and now learning how to sit up it just blows my mind to think about how quick he is growing up. I would be lying if I said it didn’t scare me to go to back to work and miss all of his little smiles and cuddles and new quirks he starts doing. However I’m ready to get a little bit of normality back into our routine and I know it will be good for all of us! I’m so happy that God has Brought this little angel into our lives. We love you little fox.

Side note, how handsome does my Husband look?! All makeup details on this look can be found on my Fall Makeup Post. Have a great day everbody!

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Sales you don’t want to miss!

So as you know there are two of my favorite places that constantly run amazing sales! Its not always easy trying to go shopping and finding good bargains especially if you’re on a budget and trying to find the best bang for your buck (without having to go to forever21 and buying something you may only get a couple wears out of) but right now is the time to do so if you need to! With Fall and Winter right around the corner sweater weather is becoming more prevalent, especially here in Kansas! Below are some amazing finds that I think any comfy chic gal would die for! I can’t wait to do some awesome fall fashion blog posts in these awesome finds and show you how I would style them!

From Left to Right, LOFT 40% off ENTIRE store! —> 1.HERE 2.IN STORE ONLY (couldn’t find online, sorry) 3.HERE 4.HERE 5.HERE

From Left to Right, EXPRESS 40% off ENTIRE store! November 9th-13th! —> 1.HERE 2.HERE 3.HERE 4.HERE

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Happy 3 Months Roman!


Man oh man.. how time has flown! I can’t believe my little fox is 3 months old. He amazes me more and more every day. I mean seriously.. I never knew I could love someone so much and how much that love grows each and every second just amazes me. This little boy has taught me so much in these short 3 months already. He’s also seemed to cure me of being grossed out by anything at all anymore. I mean poop, throw up, boogers you name it, doesn’t phase me! Mamas and daddies you know what I’m talking about! I feel like it’s not bonding until they’ve atleast either pooped, peed, or thrown up on you. Kind of like a welcome to parenthood present.

Roman update: He can hold his head pretty well when sitting. He still needs assistance when sitting so I just let him sit on my lap and face out or hang his legs off my leg and place my hand on his chest and he does the rest like a big boy! He can talk like a wild boy. I mean he will sit and talk to you from wake to sleepy time! He always has stories to tell and boy are they funny! He is such a smiley happy boy and even his drooling is just too darn cute. He can blow spit bubbles and will mimick sounds you make at him. He will even mock your facial expressions! He’s learning how to hold his bottle (all on his own, I never tried to teach him he just started trying one day and has been doing so ever since). He is a pretty good sleeper also! He gets a solid 5 hours when he’s put down for the night, wakes up for a feeding and goes right back to sleep for another 4/5 hours. I could honestly keep going on and on but I feel like those are some of his biggest mile stones! He still hates tummy time and refuses to participate but man he sure can scoot across the floor with his head down. It makes me anxious because I know as soon as he wants to lift that head he will be crawling. Slow down Rome, mommy can’t handle you growing up so quick!

Shout out to all the parents and step parents out there! You’re doing amazing! It really is a wonderful thing being a mom and dad! Children can truly never have too many role models in their lives. Have a great Monday everyone!

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Jaclyn Hill Morphe Palette

As a Thank You for everyone who has subscribed to me on my blog I’m doing a give away of one of my favorite palettes right now! This Palette is so pigmented and has such a great array of colors that it’s the perfect travel Palette! I hope you love it as much as I do!

 

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My Amazon Baby Finds & Must Haves!

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#1 Pure Enrichment Humidifier – This is amazing and great especially as the colder months are approaching. Many people including myself find the air to be a little more dry and that can be hard on your baby. You might notice stuffy noses and coughing. This is/will be your holy grail to solving the problem!

#2 Baby Beanies! – Its the perfect statement add on to your little hipsters outfit. Plus it will help keep your little one warm when the weather is brisk out.

#3 Fisher Price Play Gym –  This thing is money! My little guy loves this so much! He is starting to hit the toys and can grab them if he gets a lucky swing. He also loves to lay and watch himself in the mirror above! Plus side is the music is pretty awesome too, not annoying like some.

#4 Dr. Browns Bottles – OKAY, now THESE are AWESOME! We struggled for a long time with my son on formula and bottles. He had what we thought was really bad reflux, someone had suggested these to try and I will tell you now that we will never look back. My son used to throw up what seemed like half his bottle after feedings and now he has happy burps with none to little spit up! He is a totally different baby now!

#5 Carseat Canopy – These are perfect for those rainy or windy days when baby needs a little extra protection! I love the print on this too! People always ask where I found this when are out and about.

#6 Fisher Price Sit Me Up Positioning Seat –  We just started using this and so far its a winner! My son likes to see the world around him and this is perfect for that, plus it helps with teaching them how to hold their heads up!

#7 Pacifier Clips – Now some people love these and some don’t but I’m someone that does. Its nice to not loose and have to buy new pacifiers all the time. You can clip them to their car seats, clothes, blankets etc!

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Our First Baby Free Get Away!

You guys, we finally did it! It was hard but, we did it! If the title of this post doesn’t explain what we did then let me just tell ya. We spent our first night ever away from Roman since he’s been born. Trust me, it wasn’t easy but I can honestly say it felt wonderful. I think sometimes as parents you just need some time together or away to get a little piece of “you” back. No stress of “pumping and dumping,” just enjoying that one (or two or three, whatever you please) awesome glass of beer, wine, sangria, whatever you fancy! You know what I’m talking about! Enjoying each other’s time without having to “share” it, just soaking each other up. We not only got to soak in some alone time but we also got to join some fellow Coloradans (is that what you would call them?) at Red Rocks to see Incubus.

Now Roman is only 2 1/2 months old so believe me it was hard to leave him but he got to stay with my mother & father who spoiled him so Much I’m sure he was sad to come back home! But, Let’s all be real, grandparents are the best! They spoil you with so much love and cuddles, I remember always wanting to stay with my Nana & Grandma so much that I would actually fake sick sometimes so that they had to keep me during the day while my parents worked!

Back to our adventure. We LOVE Incubus and we knew we had to go see them because they were also playing at our favorite venue, Red Rocks. We saw Dirty Heads there two years before and instantly fell in love with the place! So not only did we get a win with 1. Who was playing, 2. The Venue, we also got to eat at our favorite breakfast place in Denver (we also go to the Boulder location as well)! SNOOZE A.M.! If you have not had the guilty pleasure of trying this place do yourself a favor and do so! We ate at the Union Station location which is so cool, there are the cutest little shops inside there. Some are coffee shops, pop up bars, flower boutiques, book stores etc.! I love the Pig Train coffee bar inside there, so yummy!

Our trip was literally a drive up one day drive back the next but it was so great to spend some quality time with my husband. I can’t wait for our next short & sweet adventure!

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Blushing Fall Beauties 

So when we think of Fall we normally think maroon, burgundy, brown, yellow, orange, etc am I right? While I LOVE those colors (because again I’m basic when it comes to fall) people also over look one of the prettiest and softest colors of fall, Blush! You will find this color all over right now and for many great reasons! It compliments almost any skin tone and it’s the new nude! It goes with almost any outfit and can be used as a “soft” pop of color for those who are leery of being bold (it’s okay)! If you checked out my last post you saw some of my Fall items I’m loving and have ordered. Here are a couple others I’m crushing on as well!

Grab this Blush cardigan and these Blush sneakers

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Fall Must Have Round Up!

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1 –> BP Rib Trim Cardigan in Burgundy

2 –> BP Chenille Funnel Neck Sweater

3 –> Chenille Blouson Cardigan

4 –> Free People Swim Too Deep Turtleneck

5 –> Alexis Bow Mule in Burgundy

6 –> Starfire Baublebar Earrings

7 –> Kambry Perforated Bootie

8 –> Sampson Block Heel Bootie

9 –> Alexis Stud Knotted Mule  (I LOOOOOOVE THESE!!)

10 –> Free People Saturday Morning Cardigan (I Bought this and the Chenille cardigan in Pink and mustard yellow… Lets just say I will be living in these this Fall!)

 

Hello Fall! Ughhhh how you have been long awaited. There is just something so wonderful about cozy cardigans, fluffy scarves, booties, hot coffee, the leaves changing, and the brisk breezes of Fall weather. However, here in Kansas we haven’t quite been so fortunate to have that just yet except, for the early morning hours. You know, like  sweater weather right when you wake up but then by noon you deeply regret it and its back to tank top weather. Fall, you are playing us so hard! But, that doesn’t mean we can’t get a head start on fall essentials, am I right? I am so Basic when it comes to Fall, and I am A-OKAY with that! If you are curious about the sizing on the cardigans I ordered a small and they are slightly oversized which I like. If you like a more fitted cardigan I would go ahead and size down. Im pretty excited for these fall picks and I have a feeling they’re going to sell out fast!

 

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Roman’s Birth Story

Hey everyone!

Sooooo it’s been a while! While I am sorry I am also not, I have been wrapped up in the beauty of motherhood and have been soaking up and enjoying every second, minute, hour, and day of it! I thought I would jump on here while Rome is taking his short afternoon nap and share with you our wonderful and hectic story of Roman’s big arrival.

3:32 AM- I wake up to contractions that had felt much different than the typical Braxton hicks contractions. Now if you know me, I had TONS of Braxton Hicks! I had ourselves a couple this could be it moments that weren’t actually IT! Haha! I knew these were different because they were super painful (they actually gave me the shakes and sweats). I wake up Kevin and go into the bathroom and call out on call nurse and she advises me to head to Labor and Delivery.

3:57 AM- We arrive to L&D and get checked in. Doctor comes in and checks me, only dilated to a 2, so he has us get comfortable and tells us rest up and that he will be back in an hour to check on my progression.

5:00 AM- No progression.. still at 2 but still having painful contractions. Doctor again tells us he will return in an hour.

6:00 AM- 3cm dilated! But he called it a “possible” 3 so I started losing hope.. and I knew in my gut that this was Labor. He tries to reassure me it was false Labor and still has us stick around for another hour.

7:00 AM- 3cm and he calls it a “sure” 3 this time but I’m still not progressing quick enough and still tries to argue it’s false Labor.. says he will return in an hour AGAIN.

8:00 AM- Doctor decides to send us home. He says I probably won’t be looking to go into labor in the next 24 hours but that I should be meeting our little guy in a day or two for sure. We get our hospital bag rounded up, I change back into my clothes and we leave the hospital. On the way home we grab some breakfast to go since Kevin has to be to work at 9AM. We get home around 8:30 Kevin gives me a kiss goodbye and tells me if I need anything to give him a call and he’s there! (Such a great guy!)

9:15 AM: Ring Ring! “BABE MY WATER JUST BROKE!” Kevin speeds home, our hospital bag is still in the car and we head BACK to L&D. Now they never tell you that your water keeps breaking.. it’s a constant leak.. and walking through a hospital looking like you’re peeing yourself is not a pretty look! Ha! We check in AGAIN and get into a room very quickly! Now I’m not gonna lie it felt good to see the doctor again and give him a little “I told you so” look hahaha! It’s funny how well you really know your body!

Now from here on out all the time started to blur together my contractions got pretty strong really quick. I was ready for my epidural around 11:15am because my contractions had become so strong I couldn’t stop shaking uncontrollably.

We get the anisthesiologist in the room to do the epidural but things just aren’t working. He tries the first time and hits a vein so he has to take it out and re-do it. Goes in for a second attempt and what do you ya know.. misses again.. so third times the charm right? He gets the epidural in and runs a little test dose of fentanyl, instantly i feel higher than a fucking kite! So he had missed again.. as I’m looser than a damn goose they call for another anesthesiologist to come in and attempt a 4th try. They have me lay on my side with my knees To my chest and tu-duhhhhhh! It’s finally in correctly and I’m feeling numb and high! Win win right!?

Now the problem we started encountering was I wasn’t progressing at all as far as dilating goes so they went ahead and called in for some petossin. But before they can give it to me Roman’s heart rate starts dropping. They turn me on my other side and again his heart rate drops. Other side, same thing. While the nurses kept their shit together calmly (which I greatly appreciate) they tell me they can’t give me the petossin because it could cause more harm then good at this point and bring my OB in. He gives me the option to wait it out a little longer or to go ahead with an emergency c-section. While I wanted to choose the c-section he tells me Kevin can’t be in there with me and I instantly rule that out as long as possible!

Hour goes by and still nothing but Rome’s heart beat dropping anytime I lay on my side. So they decide to put me on my hands and knees rocking from front to front and side to side… keep in mind I am NUMB and can’t feel a thing.

A couple hours go by and I’m finally making progression!! AND Roman’s heart rate hadnt dropped since I had been on my hands and knees so the doctors knew there was a cord around his neck. I got to a 6 and they kept me rocking for another hour. My nurse was about to be off her shift and came in to check one last time and I had progressed to an 8. She introduced Kevin and I to the new nurse that would be on with us and proceeded to put me back on hands and knees. (After all that I was thinking I better have some damn abs and killer thighs after this baby from all the rocking)!

It hadn’t even been 10 minutes and the new nurse comes back and checks me again and quickly asks “you ready to have a baby!?” Of course Kevin and I were so excited and we are like YES YES!!!!! Now the best part!? My nurse who had been off the clock stayed to help me deliver. She was absolutely amazing and seriously the best ever!!!

We spent 40 minutes pushing and around 8:37pm after 17 hours of labor our beautiful little boy arrived into the word! I can’t tell you how happy I am that we decided to wait it out and avoid the c-section! The rest I have chosen to keep to us as our special moments with him afterwards. We love you so much Roman Alexander Lyda!


You are the best thing to ever happen to us!


Born 8:37 pm, 7lbs 5oz, 19.5 inches long.

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Maternity Pictures 


So where to begin!? I am absolutely IN LOVE with how our pictures turned out! I could not be happier. Thank you so much Elly Bean Photography for capturing these moments! You seriously work magic!

For anyone looking for a maternity photographer I HIGHLY recommend her! She is so kind and personable! I am a slightly awkward person when it comes to having pictures taken and she made everything feel so easy and natural. Elly was also very helpful in guiding us on what to do or what looks great, she even kept in mind that I had a “favorite” side for pictures! I know silly but little details like that always make me feel great because I feel confident in certain camera angles.

We can’t wait to use her again for Roman’s newborn pictures! I’m so excited to see what she will come up with! Thank you again so much Elly!!!

Xoxo,

Danielle

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Fourth of July Outfit Inspiration

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So I always look forward to the Fourth of July because we get to spend time with our family and friends which is always fun because we get to see people we don’t always get to see! Plus with baby almost here it’s nice to just get out!

Now I am someone who always likes to look cute when celebrating any holiday but I like to do it in a cute subtle way. Normally I would find a cute red white or blue swimsuit with a fun tank and shorts or cover up but since I am so pregnant right now I am limited on cute clothes and swimsuits. However pregnant or not I thought these items would be great to tie into your Fourth of July wardrobe plus, who doesn’t love a good red lip?!

#1 Red Maxi Dress

#2 Topshop Gold Sandals

#3 Red Tie Headband

#4 USA Sweater

#5 Gold Choker

#6 Bauble Bar Earrings

#7 Cut-off Denim Shorts

#8 MAC Cherry Lip Liner

#9 MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick

#10 Quay Sunnies

I Hope you all have a wonderful Fourth!

Xoxo,

Danielle

 

 

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32 Weeks, Colorado, & My Birthday!

Monday May 29th, 2017 : Arrived in Estes Park, Colorado

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Ahhhh, the glorious view of the Rocky Mountains! There is seriously nothing more majestic and beautiful than this view. I grew up coming to Estes Park as a kid every year and since I’ve became an adult I’ve found myself making multiple trips a year here. With baby on the way I couldn’t think of a better “Baby Moon” than here to come as a family of 3 one last time (before we are 4)! If you have never visited Estes Park it is a must! Estes is very family friendly with so much to do from horse back riding, to hiking in RMNP, white water rafting, to shopping downtown, mini golfing, and even enjoying a Colorado home brew at the Beer Garden.

When we first got into town we dropped our stuff off at my Aunts place (who lives in Estes and was very kind to let us stay with her) and relaxed a little bit. Since the Drive from Wichita to Estes is a long one we really took it easy the first night and just went to a late movie. We saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2, it was seriously hilarious, if you haven’t seen it yet do yourself a favor and DO IT!


Tuesday May 30th, 2017 : My Birthday and 32 Weeks!

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So I officially hit the 32 Week mark! Wahoo! I must say its still unreal that I only have 8 weeks left! To celebrate our milestone and my birthday we started the day off with some breakfast at The Egg & I in downtown. They have such good breakfast, we always enjoying making a stop here when we are in town! After breakfast we went to Fun City for some mini golf. The weather was perfect, and I’m happy to say that I actually won a round of mini golf for once and NO, they didn’t let me win just cause it was my birthday! While we were mini golfing we happened to see Open Air Adventure Park across the way, and decided to make our way over after we grabbed some lunch at the Estes Park Brewery.

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Now with Open Air they only do courses/sessions every 30 minutes so we had to originally wait a little before we could go. Now obviously with me being pregnant I couldn’t participate but Lincoln and Kevin could. Before getting up on beams they had to go through a little walk through session on their gear and how to maneuver through out the course. I happened to snap a couple cute pics of them.

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Now being the quick learners they are they had no problem and hopped right on in!

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Linc completed the first level of the course, the greens and blues, we hung out while dad completed the second level of course (the hardest)! So proud of him!

We spent the rest of our evening hanging out at the house having a Monopoly game night, Kevin kicked our butts.


Wednesday May 31st, 2017 : A Day in Denver

Wednesday we made the hour and a half drive into Denver to take Linc to the Denver Aquarium. If you haven’t ever had a chance to take your little ones I very highly recommend this! Kevin and I went together last year and enjoyed it as adults so much that we wanted to bring him back here.

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The coolest part is at the very end where you can touch the sting rays! We had a hard time getting Linc to leave, haha.

After the Aquarium we made the short drive next door the Children’s Museum of Denver where they have indoor and outdoor exhibits. Now we didn’t know there was a water area for the kids to play in so we didn’t come prepared unfortunately and had to skip out on that, so if its warm out bring your kids swim suits, its a really neat area!

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As you can see this museum is also easily just as enjoyable for adults as well!


Thursday June 1st, 2017 : HOME we go!

So before we headed back home we made a quick stop down into Glen Haven for their famous cinnamon rolls! Now if you plan on making this stop make sure you not only get there when they first open (9 am) but that you also call ahead the day before If you plan on ordering more than 5! They will only give a maximum of 5 rolls per person, and they go quick so get in line and plan ahead! I promise its worth it! Hope our little vacation gave you some in sight on fun things to do if you ever visit Estes Park. Since I can’t hike I did miss not being able to go into the park and do the trails but there is always next time!

XOXO,

Danielle

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Baby Shower

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So yesterday we had Baby Roman’s Shower. I am SO thankful for all the love and support we received yesterday from family and friends. I can’t believe how quickly this pregnancy has gone by, it seems like just yesterday I was telling my husband that we were pregnant! Now we are less than 10 weeks away from meeting our little man! Now that we have loaded up our cars and have got all of the gifts back home Kevin and I will spend the next couple days going through things and seeing what all we got doubles of and sorting through everything. I can’t wait to start putting everything together and organizing! My mom is going to come over this week and help me go through the house and re-organize every room and help baby proof what we need to. We also need to make a list of everything we still need to do and get before Rome gets here. Once we get everything done I plan to do a post all about Rome’s nursery and how we have it set up and organized. I will do one for what we did around the house to help keep it clean, tidy, and baby friendly as well! Thank you again everyone for everything! If any of you mommies/daddies have any baby advice or advice for keeping things organized for baby please leave a comment down below! I would love to hear from you! We are about to start working on our hospital bag and I will post all about that as well soon!

XOXO,

Danielle

 

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30 Week Bump Date

So this week I hit the 30 Week mark! 3rd trimester exhaustion has definitely started to kick in and I’ve heard it only gets worse! As of lately I really haven’t been getting too much sleep😞Heart burn has been a real issue these last couple weeks and it hits me really bad at night. I’ve talked with my doctor and he has just re-recommended trying to eat small meals and not eating past 6pm since mine has been so awful. I have also struggled with insomnia something fierce this last week, I just can’t seem to get comfortable at all (heart burn not helping of course), So he has reccomended trying some Tylenol PM. To top off this wonderful last week I also woke up covered in hives last night! Now they did go away with a little bit of Benadryl so I’m hoping it was just a one time thing. Maybe a little stress of baby coming and feeling like I still have so much to do could have brought it on?! Aside from heart burn, little sleep, and hives though Week 30 really hasn’t been too bad! Little man has been VERY active (I love feeling his little movements)! I honestly cherish every little moment and movement that I can because I know there’s not too much longer before I’ll be missing those kicks and hiccups. However, I would be lying if I said that I also can’t wait to meet him and finally see his sweet little face! This Sunday is our baby shower so I will be posting lots of pictures and a blog all about that soon!


Xoxo,

Danielle 💕

Side note: |My top is from Spool 72, and both my earring and necklace are from Express.|

Happy 11 Months Remi

There is literally nothing I don’t love about this kid. From the moment I found out I was pregnant, although surprised, I couldn’t have felt more blessed to bring another baby into this world.

Remi’s delivery was not as easy going as Roman’s. In fact, it was polar opposite, a little down right scary. What started as spread out contractions literally sped up into 2 minute apart contractions within the hour. We called my mom and she came over to spend the night with the boys while we went to the hospital.

When we got to the hospital we checked in, and patiently waited to get into a room. If you didn’t know with Roman, my water broke so I was pretty much a walking leaking water balloon last time and was apologizing to the staff every 5 seconds for the mess 😅 . Once in the room, doctors confirmed my labor was progressing and we got into the delivery suites.

The nurse went ahead and put my IV in and hooked up my fluids and ordered my epidural. Where everything seemed have went wrong was my nurse never actually turned on my IV… I got the epidural and then things started taking a toll. My heart started racing, I felt majorly jittery, and my heart was going from 68 to 172+ during contractions. I’m not joking.

We arrived at the hospital around 2:30 so when the nurses did their shift change around 6:30 my nurse looked everything over for her to take over and found my IV hadn’t been started. While she held it together well she looked over my vitals, noticed the major jump in my rate during contractions and called the cardiologist and my doctor. There was definitely a look of concern but I appreciate their poker faces.

Long story short, I started losing my breath, and would feel like I was going to black out anytime they laid me on my back to check my cervix. Scared now my doctor confirmed I was dilated enough and wanted to get the baby out ASAP. I freaking love that guy, he had a team of 10 plus people in the room ready for anything for me incase something went wrong, 2 cardiologists, 2 anesthesiologists, himself and all tenured nurses.

If I’m being honest, the nurse who checked me in was in school still and that’s why I requested no residents from the beginning. I had this weird gut feeling something wasn’t to go right… but oh well!

Also, Kevin is an angel heaven sent. He held his shit together so well during it all. Never once showed he was scared, and was my rock through it all. I was definitely scared not knowing what the heck was going on with me. I had an epidural with my first and had the most smooth delivery. This time I was in such “distress” after I gave birth I couldn’t even do my skin to skin with Remi right afterwards. I still want to cry thinking about it.

After the shakes wore off, and I was able to breathe and catch my breath I finally got to snuggle the sweetest boy.

From then on we’ve been best buds. I did constant skin to skin while we were in the hospital, and stayed up watching movies holding him during the night. Now he’s a giant snuggle bug and throws fits when it’s time for bed because he wants to be held, hah.

He has the best giggle, the cutest 6 little teeth, chunkiest little toes, and sweetest hugs of all time. Everything we went through was worth it for this baby boy. Well almost toddler now. Remi has started standing on his own, and is taking small steps which is so amazing but sad for this mama heart that he’s about to be a big walking boy.

Happy 11 months Remi Brady! We love you so much!