Friday, June 29, 2018

THE FIRST STEP TO PLANNING A BABY SHOWER...




CUSTOM INVITATIONS: Papyrus 

Baby showers are always so sweet and an event that I'm sure all expecting moms look forward to. Everyone comes together for one reason, to celebrate your pregnancy and the baby. It's an intimate time to share with your loved ones. They show their support and love. When you're expecting a baby, regardless if it's your first, second, or third, it's nice to have all the help you can. You and your baby are showered with all sorts of gifts. I would say that 75% of everything I needed for Liam and Chloe, I received at my shower. It's a few hours of the day where you and your girlfriends eat too much cake, chat for hours, play silly but fun baby games, and open gifts. 

My best friend, Tiffany threw us a beautiful baby shower this past weekend and I couldn't be more thankful for all of her hard work. I'm also extremely thankful for everyone that came out, especially my friends that made the far drive. It's surreal that this might be my last baby shower. I only plan on having two children BUT you never know. 

Tiffany did majority of the planning but I wanted to help out in any way possible. Tiffany was in charge of getting food, decorating, setting up, etc. We both thought it would be best if I was in charge of the invite list since I had everyone's addresses and I enjoy anything relating to stationary. I would say the first step to planning a baby shower is to create a guest list and getting everyone's information.  After that, finding the perfect invitation is essential. It's the first look of what your baby shower theme revolves around. I customized these invitations from Papyrus and I love how it showed a personal characteristic. Papyrus has a huge variety of custom invites that would highlight your theme, regardless if it was safarisports, or gender colors they have many designs to choose from. It was extremely easy and quick to customize and everything I needed to send out the invitations was included. 

I'm obviously in love with all things fashion. My daughter (hopefully) will share the same passion. I've always dreamt of having a girl and ever since I found out she was a she, her wardrobe began to build. Chloe will be here in about 9 weeks and I'm so anxious for her to be here with her family. 

Thank you so much for reading! 

xo, 
Annie

*Photos by Banavenue 

*Thank you Papyrus for sponsoring this post, as always, all opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE #NSALE


Yep, that time of the year has arrived. The time of the year where everyone is talking about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. You've probably already read a few blog post or articles about the sale so I'm not going to waste your time. I'll be very quick and straight forward about how to prep for the sale, what to buy, and my honest thought on what you should and should not buy. I do want to state that this is my FAVORITE sale of the year!! I look forward to it every year and can't wait to start shopping the sale and sharing the amazing deals with everyone. Here are a few Q&A... 


It's a fall PRE-sale where items are up to 40% off. These items are brand new and haven't been in stores yet. Unlike most sales, after this sale ends, the prices go back up to their original prices. 

What is on sale during the #NSale

Fall items! Mens, women, and children's booties, sweaters, jackets, jeans, and more are all on sale. I would say 70% of items are fall and the rest are either home, beauty, baby products, or new summer styles. 

When is it? How do I get access? 

"Early Access" starts July 12th. "Public" shopping dates are July 20th-August 5th.
You do need a Nordstrom credit or debit card for early access! Or you could go with a friend that has one! I suggest getting everything during early access because by the time the public (which means anyone can shop it, regardless if they have a Nordstrom card or not) sizes are extremely limited and most things are sold out. 

What should I buy? 

This is the tricky part and I'll break it down based on one question...when does it actually start getting cold where you live? If your "fall" weather doesn't start until November (like Houston, Tx), I do not suggest buying a bunch of sweaters and jackets unless you're dying to have it. Why? Because by the time you're finally able to wear it, it's probably already remarked down again because the Fall season is technically over. Therefore, Nordstrom will have their Fall markdown. I do suggest buying shoes! You can easily style booties in the warmer weathers with a cute shift dress for a fall look and not sweat your butt off. 

If you do live in a state that actually has 4 seasons. I'd buy it all, lol. Shoes, coats under $150, and fall staples (jeans, cardigans, tees) will sell out the fastest so keep that in mind. 

When it comes to beauty, home, baby products, or intimates, I suggest buying it asap. You'll use those things immediately and the prices are great. You could also use this time to buy Christmas gifts too. It is early but its one thing you don't have to stress about later on. 

Here is a look at what was on sale last year! 

Let me know if yall have any more questions. 

xo, 
Annie

Friday, June 22, 2018

10 POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE THINGS ABOUT PREGNANCY





DRESS: Chicwish (love this print and this one) // SHOES: Hinge // SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker // BAG: Gucci 

Now that I'm basically at the end zone of my pregnancy, I thought it would be time to share my honest thoughts about being pregnant. Yes, there are some factors about pregnancy that I hate but they are totally worth creating a baby girl over. I'll start off with the 5 positive things that I throughly enjoyed about being pregnant then 5 negative things that I wish didn't come with pregnancy. 

1. One of my favorite things is feeling your baby grow and his/her kicks getting stronger. I started to feel flutters at 3ish months and now it's hard kicks and punches. I can see when my daughter is on my left or right side of my body and it's strangely cool. 

2. Buying baby clothes! Baby clothes are so so cute and little. I know several of my friends have had to refrain themselves from going overboard with their little ones. It's a struggle not grabbing that cute onsie that the baby probably won't even get a chance to wear since you've already bought the entire baby section of Target. 

3. Getting that baby bump. I love the fact that my belly was growing (up to a certain size, lol). I personally loved my baby bump size from 3ish to 7ish months. 

4. Being able to see my baby at ultra sounds appointments or even listen to her heartbeat at normal checkups were the highlights of my month. 

5. Watching Liam interact with his unborn sister has melted my heart. Liam loves kissing his baby sister at night. Throughout the day, he ask to see his sister just so he can give her hugs. I'm already dying watching him love her now, I can't imagine what it's going to be like when she's finally here.

Here are 5 random things that I disliked about being pregnant:

1. The constant worry and stress you have wondering if your unborn baby is doing alright. After the baby started to kick, it was my way to knowing she was still in there alive, healthy, and energized. Before I felt her kick, my appointments were scheduled once a month and I would worry from the moment I left the doctors office until the next time I came back.

2. Always always needing to use the bathroom. I absolutely hate having to go to the bathroom 10+ times a day. At this point it's like 4+ times in the middle of the night. My bladder has gotten worse after giving birth the first time.

3. Clothes not fitting. Yes, there are maternity clothes out there but unless you plan on getting pregnant many many times or having someone to hand them down to, you're not going to only seek out maternity clothes. Trendy and cute maternity clothes are also sold mostly online so that gets frustrating as well.

4. Not being able to eat or drink whatever I want. This also doesn't end after birth. I would have to say that I have to monitor my diet during and after pregnancy. The whole caffeine limitations kill me. I mean, I have a 2 year old that's super active and sometimes that 3rd cup of coffee is needed. Breast-feeding is also stressful because you have to eat and drink so much to produce enough milk.

5. Lastly, waiting! The waiting game feels like forever. After the baby is born, I know I'll feel as if time flew by but for now, I'm ready to have her here!

What are some things you liked and disliked about pregnancy?

Thank you so much for stopping by!

xo,
Annie

*Photos by Banavenue 

Monday, June 18, 2018

BLUSH PINK...



DRESS: Chicwish (comes in white and black) // SHOES: Nordstrom (under $80) // BAG: Cult Gaia // BRACELET: David Yurman & David Yurman

Happy Monday! I know some of yall are probably wondering where my bump went. I assure you it's there! If I were to turn to the side I'd look 10 feet thick, lol. The ruffles and floral kind of blend my figure all in one. This pretty blush dress is so playful and ideal for summer. I've been dying in the heat the past few weeks and I'm not sure how I'm going to make it, especially while I'm pregnant. Cami dresses that are light and breathable are my go to pieces. I paired it with my white wedges so the flower print could pop a little more. 

This dress is from Chicwish and if you haven't looked at their new arrivals, you're missing out! They have SOO many cute summer dresses (and they're mostly under $50 ) and I'm dying to have all of it. What are some of your favorite shops during the summer? 

Thank you so much for stopping by! 

xo,
Annie

*Photos by Banavenue


Friday, June 15, 2018

BACK TO DIAPERS WITH INCREDIBUNDLES...





DIAPER SUBSCRIPTION: IncrediBundles

It's crazy to think that in two short months, I'll be back to changing diapers. Liam was completely potty trained about 3 months ago and I haven't even thought about diapers. I've personally always gotten my diapers delivered to my home. It makes life 100x easier. I think all mothers can agree that putting our children in the car seat and driving to the store just for diapers is more work than it sounds. Most of the time we beg for our spouse or family members to run to the store for us. 

IncrediBundles offers a subscription diaper service and it does all the work for us. Well, we still have to be the one's to change those 10+ diapers a day but at least we don't have to worry about constantly running to the store to pick up more. IncrediBundles offers 3,6,9, or 12 month subscription and they have many different diaper brands to choose from. If you're learning about their services now and you're child only has a few months left in diapers, you can customize the length, vice versa. The redemption code is very easy to redeem. All you have to do is create an account, customize your profile, and then enter your code. I did it all in less than two minutes! 

 I'm not sure if it's just me and my friends, but I feel that everyone is having babies from August to November. I have over 5 close friends that are expecting so that means 5 baby showers. Gifting months worth of diapers would probably be one of the best gifts ever. I know I'd appreciate it, deeply!  IncrediBundles is currently offering the most adorable announcement package. Upon opening your new gift, there is the softest adorable bear holding a certificate with the diaper subscription information. I received a couple of diapers for Liam's baby shower and it actually made so excited, lol. So, I can't even image how amazing it would be to be gifted MONTHS worth of diapers. Liam absolutely loves the bear that was gifted to him! To Liam, he can never have too many plush bears and they make the best cuddle buddies. 

I'm teaming up with IncrediBundles on a fun giveaway so be sure to enter below! We're giving away a 3 month diaper subscription. You can either redeem it for yourself or for a BFF. 

Thank you so much for reading! 

xo, 
Annie

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

WHAT'S IN BABY'S HOSPITAL BAG...





ORGANIZER: Totesavvy // SHOES: Freshly Picked // DIAPERS: Honest // WIPES: Honest // HEALING BALM: Honest // NIPPLE BALM: Honest // SWADDLE: Little Unicorn // BOW: Wunderkin // THERMOMETER: Vicks

I'm not sure if this post is too early or too late but August is right around the corner and I figured I'd share what I packed for Baby C. 

This is my second time packing a hospital bag and I've learned from my mistakes the first time around. The first mistake I made was over packing (some things)! My second mistake was not realizing that the hospital will literally have everything provided for you, you just might want to bring your own stuff. 

Unless you're going to be in the hospital for 3+ nights, you do not need a hundred adorable onesies, lol. Just one or two cute ones for pictures and for his or her "first" outfit. Liam's first pair of shoes were Freshly Picked so my daughter had to be the same. Their moccasins are SO CUTE! I absolutely love the rose gold color. Oh, and also pack some soft baby hats. Liam came out bald and cotton beanies was all that he wore for months. I'd also bring both newborn and 0-3 month sized ones because you never know how big or small your little one is going to come out. Yes, the sizes do make a big difference, in my opinion. 

You won't need to bring your own swaddle because the hospital provides them but the baby will probably be in a swaddle majority of the time if you'd like to have your own. When baby is out of the swaddle, opt in for full foot onesies. Hospital's are freezing! 

I didn't bring my own thermometer the first time and plan on bringing my own the second time around. The nurses and doctors will, of course have them at the hospital, but it's the ones that take over 1 minute to see results. I was checking Liam's temperature every hour (like a over protective first time mother). This one is super quick! 

This nipple balm saved my life!! This might be a little TMI but I was in so much pain from breastfeeding the first two days. My nipples felt like they were being pulled off and on top of that, it hurt even more while Liam and I were both learning to breastfeed/attach. This balm is organic and safe for babies. Even right after applying! 

The only thing I under packed was diapers and wipes. I was in the hospital with Liam for 3 nights and there were several occasions where I had family members and even friends pick up more diapers and wipes. First off, you should decide if you want to use the hospitals diapers or your own. I was dedicated on using my own diapers only because I was terrified of my baby getting rashes or outbreaks from diapers that weren't chemical free. Call me crazy, lol. Newborns go through like 10+ diapers a day so be prepared.  

I personally don't think you'll need a Boppy Pillow, burp cloth, or bib. It's all provided at the hospital and honestly, it's more dirty spit up cloths for you to put back in your diaper bag. I chose not to use pacifiers because they aren't great for gums or self soothing, but everyone is different. At the end of the day you know what's best for you and your baby. 

I'll be doing a Hospital Bag for Mom and Dad soon! 

Thank you so much for reading! 

xo, 
Annie



Wednesday, June 6, 2018

RED STATEMENT...




JUMPSUIT: BP (similar here & comes in a stripe pattern and tan too!) // SHOES: Sam Edelman // BAG: Pink Lily Boutique

When I saw this jumpsuit, I instantly feel in love. Just from looking at it on the hanger, I knew it was comfortable and bump friendly. There's a top version that I've had my eye on for awhile but it didn't seem to fit quite right on me because of my baby bump. The bold red color makes this jumpsuit pop and I love it! It's so effortlessly chic and makes it easy to throw on any neutral pair of shoes for a ready to go outfit. I paired it with all nude accessaries because the red color was already a statement itself. This jumpsuit comes in a stripe and tan version. Nordstrom continues to restock it so if you see your size available, I'd grab it quick. It's only $59!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 

xo,
Annie 

*Photos by Banavenue


 

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