The Best of Black Friday

Black Friday is here, and there are some amazing deals! Today is the day to put a dent in Christmas shopping, stock up on winter essentials, and purchase any big ticket items you’ve been looking for! Parker and I are on the lookout for a treadmill.

I also am using these sale days to stock up on our last minute baby needs. I finally purchased my diaper bag and bassinet a couple days ago while they were majorly discounted, and I’m on the lookout for some baby bedding and a baby scrapbook now. If you have any good ideas, please let me know!

While my mom is in town, I got her to share her top 10 Black Friday sale picks. I thought this was so fun because her picks are different from my usual ones. I am ordering a couple of her picks, like this adorable pullover, that she wore yesterday on Thanksgiving! I’m also sharing my top 10 picks. My coat pictured below has been a bestseller this week!

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So today I’m sharing my top 10 Black Friday sale picks, my mom’s top 10 picks, as well as a roundup of all of the best sales currently happening! Happy shopping!

My Top 10 Black Friday Sale Picks

My Mom’s Top 10 Black Friday Sale Picks

All the Black Friday Sales

Amazon- tons of Black Friday deals & new deals of the day everyday (+ lots of great baby deals!)

Anthropologie- 30% off everything

ASOS- up to 60% off

Athleta- 20% off your purchase with code BLISS

BaubleBar- 30% off everything

Beautycounter- 15% off + Free shipping on orders over $50

Bed Bath & Beyond- so many deals for Bed Bath & Black Friday Week!

Camilyn Beth- Spend $100-$250 and get 15% off with code HOLIDAY15, Spend $251-$350 and get 20% off with code HOLIDAY20, Spend $351-$450 and get 25% off with code HOLIDAY25, Spend $451+ and get 30% off with code HOLIDAY30 + $50 gift card with every order placed today

Gap- 50% off everything with code BLKFRIDAY, no exclusions! + Extra 10% off with code TREAT

GiGi New York- 30% off all black items site wide + special deals on select products + Free 2019 Pocket Datebook with all orders $100+

H&M- 30% off everything + Free shipping with code 3238

J.Crew- 50% off your entire purchase with code TGIF

J.Crew Factory- 40-50% off sitewide with code ADD2CART

Jack Rogers- Up to 80% off select styles

Kendra Scott- 20% off all purchases

Lisi Lerch- 30% off + $5 Shipping

Loft- 50% off your entire purchase with code FRIYAY

Lord & Taylor- Up to 40% off with code DEALS + Free Shipping + $25 off your $200+ purchase with code BONUS

Macy's- tons of amazing Black Friday Preview Specials

Madewell- 25% off your entire purchase with code DEALWITHIT

Nordstrom- Up to 60% off

Nordstrom Rack- new Black Friday reveals every day this week

Old Navy- 50% off entire purchase, no code needed- discount taken at checkout

Pottery Barn- 25% off site wide + Free shipping with code BLACKFRIDAY

Red Dress Boutique- 30% off site wide + Free shipping over $50

Target- Save $10 when you spend $40 on clothing, shoes, & more; Up to 25% off home; Save 40% on Christmas trees; Get a 20% off email coupon when you spend $50

The Beaufort Bonnet Company- 40% off entire website with code PINKFRIDAY

Vineyard Vines- 25% off everything + Free shipping with code HOLIDAY18

Wayfair- Up to 80% off

Thanks so much for reading! I hope you score all the things that are on your list (plus maybe a few more)!

Early Access Black Friday Sales!

Happy Thanksgiving y’all! There is so much to be thankful for, but I have to say one big thing I am thankful for is y-o-u! To the people who read my blog, like and/or comment on my posts, send me messages, share my posts, shop through my links- THANK YOU! I will never be able to say it enough!

This year is the first time in years that Parker and I will get to spend Thanksgiving with some of our family members. Parker’s parents got here last night, and my parents are getting here around lunchtime. I am overjoyed. I hope your day is full of family time and lots of delicious food, and it is also my hope that you can use my blog as a resource for your sale shopping!

Ok, let’s get into the sales! There are TONS! I’m going to share some of the best deals, as well as a list of all of the sales going on. Please reach out if you have any questions about sizing or anything!

The Best Deals

My Favorite Sweater- the lowest price I have ever seen it! 40% off and I purchased the blue one!

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All the Cyber Week Sales

Amazon- tons of Black Friday deals & new deals of the day everyday (+ lots of great baby deals!)

Anthropologie- Extra 25% off clothing and home sale items

ASOS- up to 60% off

BaubleBar- 30% off personalized gifts

Beautycounter- 15% off + Free shipping on orders over $50

Bed Bath & Beyond- so many deals for Bed Bath & Black Friday Week!

Camilyn Beth- Spend $100-$250 and get 15% off with code HOLIDAY15, Spend $251-$350 and get 20% off with code HOLIDAY20, Spend $351-$450 and get 25% off with code HOLIDAY25, Spend $451+ and get 30% off with code HOLIDAY30

Gap- 50% off everything with code BLKFRIDAY, no exclusions!

GiGi New York- 30% off all black items site wide + special deals on select products

J.Crew- 40% off your purchase with code TOGETHER

J.Crew Factory- 40-50% off sitewide with code ADD2CART

Jack Rogers- Up to 80% off select styles

Kendra Scott- 20% off all purchases

Lisi Lerch- 30% off + $5 Shipping

Loft- 50% off your entire purchase with code THANKS

Lord & Taylor- Up to 40% off with code DEALS + Free Shipping + $25 off your $200+ purchase with code BONUS

Macy's- tons of amazing Black Friday Preview Specials

Madewell- 25% off your entire purchase with code DEALWITHIT

Nordstrom- Up to 60% off

Nordstrom Rack- new Black Friday reveals every day this week

Old Navy- 50% off entire purchase, no code needed- discount taken at checkout

Target- Save $10 when you spend $40 on clothing, shoes, & more; Up to 25% off home; Save 40% on Christmas trees

Vineyard Vines- 25% off everything + Free shipping with code HOLIDAY18

Wayfair- Up to 80% off

Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving! I’ll be back tomorrow with all the best Black Friday deals!



Cyber Week Sales

The biggest shopping week of the year is here! I will have blog posts Tuesday, Thursday for early access Black Friday sales, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday covering all of the best deals!

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It seems like stores start their sales earlier and earlier every year. Some of the sales going on are already amazing! I have bought a couple of sweaters, as well as a diaper bag and some other baby items, because it’s hard to believe the deals could get any better.

In today’s post, I’m going to feature the 3 best items to buy now, the best sale happening right now, and then a roundup of all the other sales currently happening! Now is definitely the time to start buying gifts for the people on your Christmas list if you haven’t already!

The Best Items to Buy Now

EDITED- I shared yesterday that the one best thing to buy right now is this city coat. While I still think that is the best thing to currently buy, I’m sharing 2 more things that are on sale and would also be amazing purchases!

  1. Spanx faux leather leggings are on sale for 20% off! They are so flattering and perfect for the holidays! If you’ve had your eye on them, now is the time to buy. If you are between sizes, I would size up because they are pretty fitted. Mine are a size large.

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2. My favorite sweater ever is this Free People sweater. It is currently 40% off! I have a bright pink color from last year that is not available this year. However, I did purchase the blue one also because I love it so much! Mine is a medium, and it was oversized last year, and it is still oversized at 8 months pregnant. I’d say go with your regular size if you want an oversized fit or size down if you don’t want it quite as big. It comes in 6 colors, and this is the best price I have ever seen it!

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3. The best item to buy right now is a city coat! I got one last year, and it has been my favorite coat ever since! My family clearly loves it- I have pink, my mom has green, and my sister has purple! The shade of pink they came out with this year is different from mine, but there are so many gorgeous color options- 8 to be exact! If you prefer neutral colors to bright colors, here are some pictures I took last year of the more neutral colored city coats!

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It is currently marked down from $178 to $98. It does not usually get marked down more than that. So many colors and sizes sold out last year during Cyber Week, so I wanted to highlight it early this year, especially while it is marked down so much! This one is more expensive and very similar if you want to check out the pricier version!

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It does run big. If you are between sizes, size down. I like my coats to be a little big, so I can wear layers underneath it. I got a size 6 last year, and it fit perfectly. It’s getting a little snug at 8 months pregnant, but the fact that it still somewhat fits shows that it definitely runs big! You can click here to check it out!

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The Best Sale Happening Right Now

Tory Burch- 30% 0ff $250 with code THANKS

This is the sale where I have gotten my Tory Burch boots and bag! You will very rarely (if ever) find Tory Burch items for more than 30% off. Now is the time to grab them! They are a guaranteed amazing gift for any girl or a fabulous treat yourself gift as well. :) My exact bag and boots are both several years old, but I’ll link the updated versions here- boots | tote bag

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All the Cyber Week Sales

Amazon- tons of Black Friday deals & new deals of the day everyday (+ lots of great baby deals!)

Anthropologie- Extra 25% off clothing and home sale items

ASOS- up to 60% off

BaubleBar- 30% off personalized gifts

Beautycounter- 15% off + Free shipping on orders over $50

Bed Bath & Beyond- so many deals for Bed Bath & Black Friday Week!

Camilyn Beth- Spend $100-$250 and get 15% off with code HOLIDAY15, Spend $251-$350 and get 20% off with code HOLIDAY20, Spend $351-$450 and get 25% off with code HOLIDAY25, Spend $451+ and get 30% off with code HOLIDAY30

Gap- 50% off everything with code BLKFRIDAY, no exclusions!

GiGi New York- special deals on select products every day this week

J.Crew- 40% off your purchase with code TOGETHER

J.Crew Factory- 40-50% off sitewide with code ADD2CART

Jack Rogers- Up to 80% off select styles

Loft- 40% off your entire purchase with code BESTWEEK

Lord & Taylor- Up to 40% off with code DEALS + Free Shipping + $25 off your $200+ purchase with code BONUS

Macy's- tons of Black Friday Preview Specials

Madewell- 25% off your entire purchase with code DEALWITHIT

Nordstrom- Up to 60% off

Nordstrom Rack- new Black Friday reveals every day this week

Old Navy- 50% off entire purchase, no code needed- discount taken at checkout

Target- Save $10 when you spend $40 on clothing, shoes, & more; Up to 25% off home; Save 40% on Christmas trees

Vineyard Vines- 25% off everything + Free shipping with code HOLIDAY18

Wayfair- Up to 80% off

Whew! That was a lot! Which sales are you most excited about taking advantage of?! Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

34 Week Bumpdate

We are officially less than 6 weeks away from our due date, and it is surreal that we will actually have a baby boy joining our family that soon. This month, we had a baby shower, made lots of progress in the nursery, attended expectant parent classes, and did lots more things that I will be sharing below!

31 Weeks- 34 Weeks

  • Due Date: December 25, 2018

  • Baby is the size of a: butternut squash- 17.7 inches, 4.63 pounds (34 weeks), celery (33 weeks), squash (32 weeks), asparagus (31 weeks)- all of this info came from The Bump app

  • Total weight gain: I have officially stopped looking at the number on the scale when I get weighed. I know that I have gained at least 30 lbs. I also know that I’m growing a little human in me, and it’s normal to gain a lot of weight. But whoa- seeing that number on the scale is shocking. I would try to not eat or drink a lot before my appointments because that number was freaking me out, and that was not good because it would make my blood pressure low. So I am just doing my best to stay healthy and hydrated, and I can worry about my weight later on. The doctor told me yesterday everything looks great and to keep doing what I’m doing, so I’m going to keep doing what I can to be healthy. And also keep not looking at the number on the scale. :)

  • The bump: I feel like it is growing by the second. I was asked for the first time ever by a stranger about being pregnant- the sweet cashier at Trader Joe’s asked me how many months I had left.

  • Symptoms: My feet hurt for days after I wore block heels to a wedding. I will not be wearing heels from here on out! My back hurts from time to time, but a heating pad helps so much with that. I also feel like I pulled my right leg out of socket, but my doctor said I did not- that’s just my body preparing for having a baby. Sleeping is hit or miss. Wanting to organize/prepare like crazy for baby. Walking like a slow poke. Nothing too crazy overall. I am just so grateful for this gift of pregnancy!

  • Food cravings: all the sweets & fruit

  • Food aversions: They are completely gone!

  • Sleep: I either sleep like a rock, or I’m wide awake and cannot go back to sleep for hours and hours. Once I wake up, my mind has 4 million thoughts going on, and I can’t go back to sleep.

  • What I miss: getting up off the sofa or bed without a groan; wearing my wedding ring; comfortably bending over to paint my toenails, putting my shoes and socks on, and shaving my legs. I have listed these last things in 2 previous bumpdates, but they are on a whole new level now. I despise pedicures, and I had to go to a nail salon to get my toes done because it is not possible to paint them myself anymore.

  • Movement: Lots of movement is happening! Parker finally felt it at 33 weeks! Although he didn’t believe it was the baby and said it was just me moving my stomach. Fortunately, it happened a second time and he felt it again, right after the first time, so I think he may actually believe it was the baby.

  • Maternity clothes: these Zella maternity leggings (they’re finally back in stock!!!), these maternity jeans, and these maternity jeans. I also ordered this maternity/nursing bra and this one too. Those are the only maternity things I’ve bought so far. I have bought a few new dresses, tops, and sweaters, but they are all nonmaternity- I’ve just sized up to fit the bump. I did buy a couple new things this month that have been really helpful though, like these Spanx knockoffs for under $10 (I sized up to an XL because I’m not trying to suffocate my stomach). I also bought these pajama pants (for under $8!) in a size large because who wants tight pjs? Not me.

  • What we are most looking forward to: our parents coming up to visit for Thanksgiving!!! and our last expectant parents class this Saturday because we are ready to get to sleep in on Saturdays again before this baby gets here! :) and last but certainly not least- our next ultrasound at 37 weeks!

  • Apps I've used: Ovia Pregnancy, The Bump, & Babylist

  • Products I've been loving (same things I’ve been using):

    *this cocoa butter lotion for stretch marks (I have never liked lotion, and I’ve only ever worn face moisturizer my whole life. This stuff has no smell and dries quickly. Best lotion ever, even for a non lotion lover.)

    *my Snoogle pregnancy pillow (helps so much with my back when I’m trying to sleep)

    a heating pad (also for my back)

    *Nexium to prevent nausea

    *Books: What to Expect When You're Expecting, The Nanny Connie Way, What to Expect the First Year, Moms on Call, Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care

  • Purchases for baby: I have a page on my blog under Shop My Favorites called Favorite Baby Items, and that is where I’m sharing the things we have purchased and received so far for our baby! We are now buying last minute things to finish up the nursery and get ready for our baby boy’s arrival!

Weekly Fun

Week 31- Parker put together our crib, so we officially have one piece of baby furniture assembled! Our glider came in too, but our shower is this weekend, so Parker will have to put together the glider and changing table the following weekend (he says those are weekend jobs). My sister and 4 best friends (one not pictured) threw me the most perfect baby shower! You can click here to read all about it if you haven’t already.

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Week 32- This was a busy week- Bailey’s birthday, my mom’s birthday, Parker’s birthday, a doctor’s appointment, my first class at the hospital, and a friend’s wedding. It was a very fast doctor’s appointment. My doctor said they’re supposed to be at this point- they’re really just monitoring growth and movement. Baby’s growing and moving, so it was a successful appointment! My class was a breastfeeding class, and I learned a lot. I feel like there are so many basics I’m still learning, like a baby is supposed to eat 8-12 times a day… whoa! This was also a big week because we finally got a lot done in the baby’s room. Parker put together the changing table, and I washed alllllll of the clothes, swaddles, towels, blankets, and baby things. So I was finally able to get a lot of organizing done!

Dress details- I actually got my dress several years ago. It was a $297 Trina Turk dress on sale for $63. It was a couple sizes too big, but I decided to snag it anyway for that price and get it altered. Well, I fortunately never got it altered, and it ended up fitting perfectly at 32 weeks pregnant!

Dress details- I actually got my dress several years ago. It was a $297 Trina Turk dress on sale for $63. It was a couple sizes too big, but I decided to snag it anyway for that price and get it altered. Well, I fortunately never got it altered, and it ended up fitting perfectly at 32 weeks pregnant!

Week 33- After the craziness of last week, I tried to take it easier this week. I didn’t have a doctor’s appointment, so I was able to get lots of blog-related things done, catch up on thank you notes, and continue organizing the baby’s room. I’m finally starting to feel like it’s getting there! We also went to an Expecting Parents class over the weekend. Parker was not thrilled about going because it took place on gameday from 9-12 in Memphis, but he did say that he learned new things. And we won a pack of diapers because Parker was the biggest baby in the room. They also told us that the dad’s size is a good indicator of what the baby’s size will be, so there’s that. And then we ate lunch at PF Changs after the class, so that was fun.

Week 34- I had a doctor’s appointment yesterday. It was another fast one. Got to hear the baby’s heartbeat and chat with our doctor who we love so much. He said everything looks perfect! He also gave us the name of a pediatrician who he went to school with and highly recommends. The best part- the pediatrician works in Southaven, so that will be much more convenient than having to make the 30+ minute drive to Memphis. He also wrote me a prescription for a Willow wearable breast pump, so I will work on ordering that today. Not many other things to report just yet because I’m only 34 weeks and 2 days, but we will be attending another expecting parents class this Saturday from 9-5. It’s our last one, and someone from the class last week mentioned that it is the most graphic. Yikes.

Top Picks from the Nordstrom Fall Sale + Gifts You Can Score for a Steal

Parker and I have started working on buying Christmas gifts for our families lately because this Christmas is going to be so different for us. We’re trying to knock out all of our familys’ gifts as early as possible, so we can give them to our parents when they come up for Thanksgiving next week! This way they can bring them home since we won’t be making it home this Christmas.

With all that said, this Nordstrom Sale that is going on right now is the perfect time to stock up on gifts. Everything I’m sharing today is between 20 and 50% off. I worked really hard to narrow down my favorites to my top 25. I basically have or want every single thing I’m sharing today. So whether you are wanting to treat yourself or get your Christmas shopping going, I hope today’s post is helpful!

5 Items I Have and Love

  1. Adidas Running Shoes (also come in gray)

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3. Tory Burch Riding Boots (33% off and come in 3 colors; I have gotten 2 pairs for Christmases in the past- the BEST gift!)

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4. Wubby Fleece Pullover, Similar Zip Up Option (it says to size down, but I actually sized up from a medium to a large and love the oversized fit)

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My 25 Picks from the Nordstrom Fall Sale

Did anything catch your eye? If I had to choose 2 things for myself, I would pick this sweater and this candle. Thanks so much for reading! Have a great day!

Outfit Ideas for Thanksgiving

Hey y’all! I took an unplanned day off from blogging on Tuesday because things have been so busy around here! Between the doctor’s appointments, expectant parent classes, birthday festivities, and doing all the things to prepare for a baby, time has been flying lately!

However, I’m excited about today’s blog post, as well as some blog posts I have coming up. Holiday gift guides are in the works! And Black Friday is right around the corner!

Ok, onto today’s topic- Thanksgiving! I am ecstatic for Thanksgiving this year. Parker usually has to work the days before and after Thanksgiving, so we typically can’t travel home. So we typically spend Thanksgiving with just the 2 of us- and Bailey and Rosie of course. I wrote a blog post last year on how to make Thanksgiving fun when you’re not with family- you can click here to check it out. While we have fun doing that, we are much more excited about Thanksgiving this year. Both of our moms and dads are coming up to Southaven, and we are counting down!

We’re not planning anything too crazy because I will be a month away from my due date, but we are so looking forward to the company! And I need some help with some last minute nursery decisions. My parents are bringing the two paintings my mom painted for our baby boy’s room, and I really think they will tie everything together!

Because I will be a month away from my due date, I will most definitely be dressing in a comfy outfit for Thanksgiving. However, I’m going to share a few different outfit options with you today! Plus, they could be helpful if you’re planning for Thanksgiving week- nights out with friends, visits with family, Thanksgiving dinner, Thanksgiving night, Black Friday shopping, etc.

Tunic & Leggings

This is the type of outfit I will be going with! My favorite leggings are Zella leggings- I get messages frequently from people who purchase them and say their lives are now changed because they are the best leggings they have ever owned! They are stretchy, figure-sculpting leggings with a no slip waistband. Comfy and flattering!

Outfit 1- Sweater | Leggings | Purse | Similar Booties, also here

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Outfit 3- Tunic | Leggings | Earrings | Boots | Purse

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Sweater & Jeans

This is another great outfit option for Thanksgiving day, as long as your jeans are comfortable and your sweater is loose fitting! Rockstar 24/7 jeggings (in black here) are the most comfortable jeans I have found! I have been living in the maternity pair!

Outfit 1- Sweater | Jeans | Wedges | Earrings

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Outfit 2- Sweater | Jeans

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Dress & Booties

Ok, so all of the dresses I’m sharing below are the same. :) It is clearly my favorite dress for fall- so comfortable, classic, and cute! It runs true to size. I wore medium before pregnancy and large with a bump. Here are some prints that are still in stock- charcoal | gray & white | abstract scroll white | ice blue | snakeskin |

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Pajamas

Who doesn’t want to change into comfy pjs to do some online sale shopping after Thanksgiving dinner?! PJ Harlow makes our favorite pajamas! You can click here to check out Ebie’s pj set and click here for my pj pants.

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Do you get cute and dressy for Thanksgiving, or do you go more casual? Whatever the case, I hope you have a wonderful time and count your many blessings! Thanks so much for reading! Have a great day!

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Top 5 Purchases from October

So I normally share a roundup of all of my favorite clothing purchases of the month, along with a couple of my readers’ most purchased items. I didn’t buy many new clothing items for myself this month, so I’m just going to share my 5 favorite purchases, as well as the 5 most purchased items that my readers bought through my links! I think I like this idea more than just sharing my favorites anyway- it’s always fun to see what other people are purchasing too!

I have explained this before, but if you are curious- I am able to see how many people click on my links and how many people purchase items through my links. However, I am never able to see any names of the people who are doing the buying. I do get a small commission from items that are purchased through my links, so if you are shopping through my links, please know that I am SO grateful and wish I knew who you were so I could properly thank you!

My Top 5 Purchases

1. My baby shower dress- one of the 2 clothing purchases I made this month! I actually have it in 2 other prints from before pregnancy. I wear size medium regularly, but I sized up to a large for the bump. It is so comfortable, and it’s one of those dresses that I am excited to pull out year after year because of it’s classic and cute style! Other colors that have more sizes- graphite, ice blue, and snakeskin.

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2. Mockneck sweater- sweaters with mocknecks are my very favorite! And this color is gorgeous. It also comes in camel. I sized up from my normal medium to a large and love it!

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3. My mom’s birthday cake- When Parker and I got our gender reveal cupcakes, I spotted this cake that looked like a dream come true! My mom and I both love icing, so I knew I’d have to go back and get it for her birthday. It was the most perfect and delicious cake for icing lovers! So glad I got to celebrate my mom’s birthday while I was home last weekend!

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4. Baby’s crib and mattress- This is why my clothing purchases have decreased… all of the precious baby things that we need are currently taking priority!

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5. Baby’s dresser/ changing table- We also got this, and it comes in about 4000 pieces. So we haven’t quite had the time to put it together just yet. Parker said he would take it on as a weekend project this weekend. Perfect birthday gift for him, right (his birthday is Friday)?!

Bonus: Glider- We also got this glider where I know lots of time will be spent!

My Readers’ Top 5 Purchases

1. Lou & Grey SignatureSoft Top- So funny this made the number 1 top spot for October’s best seller because it was also number 1 for September’s best seller list. What I mean by that is more people bought this top than any other item on my blog 2 months in a row! And for good reason… it is SO soft, comfortable, and the best top for fall! I had a friend message me after hers came in, and she said it felt like she was wearing pajamas! So true!

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2. Ottoman Slouchy Tunic- So the top I shared above is my favorite top I have bought this fall, but this slouchy ottoman tunic is my favorite sweater of all time! It is the best oversized tunic that can be worn with leggings, jeans, or even as a dress if you are short enough! Mine is a size medium and fit me before pregnancy, as well as now. It definitely runs big, and I love it! A friend let me know it was on sale last week, so I shared about the sale on Insta stories, and people took advantage! I’ll share again if I see it go on sale because it is such a cute sweater!

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3. Zella Leggings- Fun fact: the Zella maternity leggings have been the most clicked on item on my blog this month, but they are always out of stock. :( I’m glad all of the non pregnant people are purchasing these regular live in Zella leggings though because they are the very best leggings! They can be worn for exercise or with regular clothes.

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4. Spanx Faux Leather Leggings- my second favorite pair of leggings for fall (when not pregnant)! So cute, flattering, and fun! Other outfit details- sweater | shoes

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5. Snoogle Pregnancy Pillow- SO glad people are buying this because it has been so helpful for me! I can’t sleep without it now. It helps my achy back and hips tremendously!

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I couldn’t be more excited about the top 5 purchases y’all have made this month because they are all things that I love and use constantly! And I am so excited about my own purchases as well! Thanks so much for reading! Have a wonderful day!

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Baby Shower Fun

My sister and best friends threw a baby shower for me last weekend, and it was such a sweet and special party! When my sister called to brainstorm ideas for the shower, the words I kept using to describe how I wanted it to be were fun and laid back. And that’s exactly how it was!

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I honestly cannot remember the last time I went to a baby shower. Only a handful of my friends have babies, and I haven’t been able to make it to any of their showers. So I’m not sure where my visual of a very formal tea party with finger foods and high heels came from, but that is the type of baby shower that I did not want. Some people love this idea, and if this is you- you go girl! I knew I wanted a less formal type setting. I wanted the focus to be on having fun quality time with my very favorite people who I get to see so rarely. And that is exactly what happened!

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The shower was at my parents’ house and included my family and closest friends. We had Foosackly’s for dinner, which is one of my favorites! If you’re not from Mobile, you may not have heard of it. It is our local chicken finger place that is superb! So we had chicken fingers, salad, french fries, and toast from Foosackly’s for dinner. Plus Ebie brought a few dips that were delicious!

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Oh, and the cutest part of the food area- the desserts! Pollman’s made the most perfect baby boy cookies and petit fours that everyone loved. Especially me- sweets have been my biggest craving lately! There was also a drink station with adult beverages for everyone who wanted to partake in the fun, as well as water and tea with Foosackly’s ice AKA the very best crunchy ice!

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One of my best friends brought the most beautiful flowers. She had asked me what the theme of our nursery was recently, and I told her we didn’t really have one. I said we’re sticking with white and gray furniture with pale blues, greens, and yellows in the art and decor. She then used that info and brought flowers that were the prettiest blues, greens, and yellows! My mom’s sweet friend Kim also brought over some gorgeous arrangements! Beyond thoughtful of both of them!

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There were also adorable decorations that I will share photos of next. My mom hung some silver pieces that we received when we were babies on the chandeliers with blue ribbon. I thought that was the cutest idea! Wait, although I did love that idea, there’s actually one decoration I loved even more. My mom painted individual canvases with the letters of our baby’s name and displayed them on her bookshelf (no picture of that because I’m not sharing the baby’s name on the blog until after he’s born). She helped so much with this shower too. Every detail was so thoughtful, and it made me extra thankful for my family and friends!

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I’m so disappointed I forgot to take a picture of the beautifully wrapped gifts that everyone brought over or sent, as well as the 2 paintings my mom painted for our nursery. Baby stuff is just simply the cutest! Parker and I are so appreciative for all the things- the functional gifts that we (as first time parents) really needed, along with the precious clothes that I cannot wait to dress our baby boy in! I’ll share a photo of some of the precious baby clothes we were given since I didn’t get any photos of the cute wrapped gifts.

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The thing that usually comes easiest to me was actually the most difficult- picking out a dress for myself! :) I typically have no problem with this, but have you tried looking for a baby blue outfit in the fall? I don’t think I had because after days of searching online I learned just how difficult it actually is. However, I ended up finding this dress that I adore! I actually have 2 others identical to it. It is nonmaternity, and the other 2 that I have are size medium. I just sized up to a large for pregnancy. It is selling out, so here are a few more options with more sizes in stock- graphite, ice blue, and snakeskin.

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And my earrings were so fun too! Caitlin from Caitlin Elizabeth Collection sent them to me, specifically for my baby shower! So sweet! The white flowers are 100% handcrafted silk and the gold bars are 18 karat gold. You can click here to check them out. Or click here to check out all of the other options on her website. There are so many other gorgeous styles and colors.

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The best part- she is giving my followers 15% off everything on her website with code ART15, so definitely take advantage of that if you are in the market for gorgeous earrings. They would make fabulous Christmas gifts for loved ones too! The discount code is good through Saturday, and they are already reasonably priced for the amazing quality.

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I had the very best time getting to celebrate our baby boy with the sweetest friends and family. I am 32 weeks today! We are getting so close to meeting our baby, and we are much more prepared after this baby shower! Thanks so much to our friends and family for being so precious! And thanks to you for reading this long-winded post! :) Have a great day!

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Pregnancy Essentials

As of today, we are officially 2 months away from our due date! Time is flying, and I feel like I have spent enough time being pregnant at this point to share my must-have pregnancy items!

I know this post is not for everyone, but one way I come up with ideas of things to write about is through questions I am asked. I have had lots of questions about this topic lately, so I wanted to share my thoughts in one place! I always want to write about things that people are interested in, so if you ever have any questions or ideas of things for me to write about, I would love for you to send them my way!

Pregnancy Essentials

Snoogle Pregnancy Pillow- This is something I wish I would have purchased much earlier on in my pregnancy. Honestly, before becoming pregnant myself, I didn’t realize you couldn’t sleep on your back or stomach anymore. This pillow helps so much with getting comfortable on my sides, and it alleviates back pain. It took me a couple of nights to figure out exactly how to use it, but now I cannot go a night without it. It takes up a lot of space, but I have to have it, even when traveling! A little pricy, but worth every single penny. Rosie is a huge fan of it too. :)

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting- This has basically been my pregnancy bible. Pregnancy is a whole new world. There are so many changes happening in your body and SO much to learn! This book is organized by month of pregnancy, so I read it as I go. It has taught me how much weight is normal to gain, what the cause of my back pain is, and countless other things that have answered my “is this normal?” questions I frequently have.

The Nanny Connie Way- My friend Caroline taught me about this book, and it is such an easy yet informative read. And y’all- al.com shared here that the nanny who wrote this book is supposed to be the nanny for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s baby. If she’s good enough for them, I believe her advice will be good enough for us. :)

Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care- I honestly haven’t started reading this book yet, but it is the one book my doctor suggested. And I adore him, so anything he suggests, I will try! Parker ordered it for me, and I plan on starting it once I catch up on What to Expect When You’re Expecting.

Palmer’s Stretch Mark Lotion- I just stumbled upon this stuff recently and wish I had had it for way longer. I tried a Burt’s Bees stretch mark cream for a while, and I know that some people like it, but I am SO picky about lotions and really didn’t love it. I really don’t like the texture of lotion at all, but I do like this Palmer’s stuff. It rubs in really quickly and has no smell. I haven’t noticed any stretch marks yet, so I will continue using this throughout the rest of my pregnancy in hope that this stuff helps prevent them!

Big Yeti Cup- Staying hydrated and drinking lots of water is so important while pregnant. I find it easier to drink more water when it is ice cold, and I can drink it out of a straw. Thanks to Ebie for this Christmas gift from last year that I am still getting so much use out of!

Heating Pad- I got one of these when I started having terrible back pain, and it has helped tremendously! I put it behind my back when sitting on the sofa and even in my bed when my back still hurts at night.

Comfy Slippers- It was officially time for my Ugg slippers to go in the trashcan. I got a lot of use out of them and completely wore them out. I knew I wanted a new pair of comfortable slippers, but I didn’t want to pay the money for Ugg slippers, so I purchased these. And I personally think they are just as comfortable! I actually prefer wearing these to being barefoot because they give my feet support.

Maternity Leggings- This is what I get the most questions about. And I feel so bad because my only suggestion is constantly sold out. I bought 2 pairs of Zella maternity leggings during the big Nordstrom sale (medium and large), and I have only ever owned and loved these. I am constantly checking the website to see if they get restocked, but they just come back in a couple of sizes from time to time. If they do happen to have a few sizes in stock, I suggest going with your true size. The medium pair has fit me comfortably my entire pregnancy. The large pair was way too big for a long time and would not stay up. They are starting to fit a little more comfortably as I get bigger, but the medium still fits. So I would suggest going with your true size. I am around five foot five, and they are the perfect length on me.

Maternity Jeans- I know people have all different preferences for maternity jeans. I personally prefer a low panel because I don’t love the higher bands suffocating my stomach. Maternity clothes can be super pricy, so I have tried to not purchase too many because I know I will not need them for long. However, jeans are obviously something everyone needs in the fall and winter. I ordered 3 pairs of Old Navy maternity rockstar jeans a while ago and loved 2 of the 3. I loved this pair, this pair, and I did not love this pair with the side panel. They didn’t stay up well on me. I went with my regular size in the first two pairs I mentioned, and they fit perfectly!

Comfy Bras- I have come to despise all bras with underwire. I have mostly been wearing sports bras because I have had a hard time finding bras that I actually like. Just like with jeans, I don’t like the bras with big bands that go down lower and suffocate my stomach. My friend Sarah just told me about these nursing bras. She said she wore them while breastfeeding, as well as after, because they are so comfortable. I’m def ordering them to add to my very small collection of comfortable bras that I like. While we’re talking undergarments, I’ll also mention that I have heard these underwear are fabulous for pregnancy. I hope it’s just girls reading today’s post. :)

Stretchy Pajama Pants- Until I hit about 20 weeks, I lived in these PJ Harlow pajama pants. They are all I have worn for the past few years. I love them, but they are made out of satin, and I needed something a little more stretchy for pregnancy.

Prenatal Vitamins- I don’t take anything fancy. I’ve been taking One A Day prenatals, and they have worked just fine.

Nausea Meds- This is obviously something you have to talk to your doctor about, but it is also a pregnancy essential that I simply had to include on this list. During the first trimester, I took Diclegis free samples until they ran out, and then I switched to a Diclegis alternative because that stuff is $$$. My doctor told me that a combo of Unisom (make sure it says Doxylamine Succinate on the box) and Vitamin B works just the same as Diclegis, and it did for me. My doctor also told me that after the first trimester, nausea is not typically caused by morning sickness, it’s caused by reflux. So he switched me to Nexium, and that is what I will take until the baby is born to prevent nausea. So far, so good. Knock on serious wood! And again, this is something you should talk to your doctor about because this is just what has worked for me. It could be different for everyone!

Snacks- specifically blandish carbs to keep in your purse, your bedside table, your car, etc. There have been so many occasions where cheerios, crackers, or plain chips have saved the day for me. Even when I don’t feel hungry at all but I don’t feel good, Parker will tell me to eat a snack, and it makes me feel better just about every single time!

Kopari Deodorant- This is a last minute addition, so there is not a photo of it in the collage, but I wanted to include it! I have been careful about every single thing I put on my body while carrying a baby, so I finally made the switch to a better-for-me deodorant. This deodorant is made with organic coconut oil. It is aluminum free, non toxic, paraben free, etc. In all honesty, I was using Old Spice before I switched over to this. I love the smell! It took me a few days to get used to the different smell of this deodorant, but I do like it now. Not as much as Old Spice, but I know it is better for me, so I am sticking with it!

If you have any other ideas, please share! I’d love to add them to this list! Thanks so much for reading. Have a great day!

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Fall Favorites Under $50

Fall weather is officially here, so I thought it would be fun to share some affordable fall finds today! Some are new, some I’ve had for years. They are all things that I am currently loving and wearing!

Favorite Pullover- I got this pullover during the big Nordstrom sale, and it is finally marked down again! It is currently 35% off, making it just under $50. It is the absolute softest fleece pullover I’ve ever owned, and I can’t suggest it enough! The website suggests sizing down one size. However, I always size up in pullovers because I like them to fit oversized. I sized up from my usual medium to a large, and I love the fit! I love the fact that it has pockets too. It comes in a few colors. Mine is charcoal. Other details- jeans | bag

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Favorite Sweater- Sweaters that are long enough to wear with leggings are my absolute favorite. This one comes in 6 colors, and I would be happy with one of each. I ordered a large for pregnancy, but it is slightly fitted through the body (according to the website and my own opinion), and I’m not one to like fitted clothes. So I actually exchanged my large for an XL, and I love the fit. Other details- maternity leggings | nonmaternity leggings | earrings

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Favorite Tunic- I have shared this tunic a million times because I have 11 of them, and they are basically my uniform. It is long enough to wear with leggings and so comfortable! Other details- maternity leggings | nonmaternity leggings | shoes | sunglasses

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This teal ribbed one is the newest one in my collection!

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Favorite Jeans- These maternity jeans have been my absolute favorite! I love the low panel and the fact that they feel like leggings. They also come in nonmaternity, so you can click here to check those out. They both run true to size. The maternity pair that I have is the same size I wore before pregnancy. Other details- thermal | shoes

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Favorite Moto Leggings- I bought these 2 years ago, and they fit before pregnancy and still at 31 weeks pregnant! They are so comfortable and have such fun and unique details! Mine are last year’s style, so they are slightly different from this year’s style. Mine have a couple more seams in the front. Other details- sweater | shoes

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Favorite Shoes- I have been wearing these on repeat lately. They are perfect to wear when the weather is as crazy as it has been. They feel appropriate for the season, but they also don’t make my feet miserably hot when it warms up during the daytime. They run true to size. Other details- sweater | maternity leggings | nonmaternity leggings | crossbody bag

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Favorite Earrings- These tortoise resin hoop earrings are hard to see in the picture, but I adore them! They are the perfect fall hoops and go with basically every outfit! They are really lightweight too. Other details- sweater

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Thanks so much for reading! Have a wonderful day!

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