My Holiday Favorites & A Moving Update

Hi All!

Well, I am officially no longer living out of a suitcase, woo hoo! We moved into our new house last Wednesday and it’s been a whirlwind. I don’t really know what day it is until I look at my phone. We still have tons of boxes to go through, but at least we can now cook and sit and watch tv in our own space. We have moved so much the past few years, and I still forget how much unpacking just sucks. Ugh. Here’s some pics of our progress so far~

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 Admist all the unpacking and boxes, we managed to put up a tree! And yes, the ornaments are all high up because of the dog’s chewing habits.

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Our living room space including a cute sleepy dog!

014Getting the kitchen organized was THE WORST. I’m happy that part is finished!

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The next task is the office. Oh boy, so many boxes still. EEK.

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The bedroom is just about finished. We need to find some nightstands and we’ll be all set! Our last house wasn’t big enough to fit a nightstand (sad, I know), so I’m pretty excited that I don’t have to store my books and magazines on the floor anymore. :)

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I love organizing my makeup area and dresser!

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A walk-in closet, OMG! I can actually see everything I own! I even have enough space for some more clothes, woo!

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Double sinks, I’m already obsessed.

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The guest room is all ready for our first guest this week, my mom!

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The baby room needs the most work, it’s currently filled with an overflow of empty boxes. But hey, at least I have some cute clothes to hang up so far!

I’ll make sure to share some updated pics once everything is all set.

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To completely change topics, I wanted to share what I love about the Holidays and also hear what you love too!

Christmas Movies~ This is a no-brainer. My favorites are Christmas vacation, Elf, Home Alone, and It’s a Wonderful Life.

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Holiday Coffee Flavors~ Peppermint Mochas, Salted Caramel Mochas (apparently I have a thing for mochas)!

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Decorating the Tree~ I’m extremely impressed with ourselves getting a tree up over the weekend.  Last year we didn’t have a tree because hubby had just had his shoulder surgery AND Paisley was not even a year yet. Lame, I know. So this year, there is no lack of the holiday spirit in our house!

Buying Stocking Stuffers for the Hubby~  I have gotten him the best gifts in the past at the most random places like Rite Aid. Lol. I love searching for funny little gifties that he would like or laugh at. I’m going to head out to Target today and see what I can find. (I need to find this shirt somehow, ha!)

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What are your favorite activities to do around the Holidays? 

Are you finished with your Christmas shopping? 

Happy Wednesday to you all!

Pre-Natal Arm Blaster Workout

Happy Monday All! Today I wanted to share a new Prenatal Workout honing in on the arms. This is an area we can easily focus on throughout pregnancy and will need that strength when we are carrying the baby (or babies in my case), diaper bags, and lifting car seats etc. I made sure this routine has some exercises focused on our posture muscles as these are important now as our bellies get bigger and after giving birth.

Disclaimer~ I am a CSCS, certified strength and conditioning specialist and am pursuing a pre/post natal exercise specialist certification. Before any exercise program, always get clearance from your MD. Throughout this workout you never want to breath too hard that you are unable to speak. If you feel dizzy or light headed stop and take a break. prenatalarms1

Perform each exercise for 1 minute and if you are feeling great, repeat the workout a second time through.  I used 3-4# weights during the routine. Always modify planks or push ups onto your knees, the edge of the couch, or at a wall. Do not let your back arch!

Exercise Demos/Images:

Straight Arm Plank

Army Crawlers

Triceps Dips

Arm Circles

Bent Over Rows

Scaption Arm Raises

Shoulder Punches

Serving Trays

Triceps Push ups

Front Arm Raises

Thanks for stopping by and we will talk soon! ~M

What are your favorite exercises to do for your arms? 

Holiday Gift Guide for Her

Happy Friday Friends! I know I’m a little late to the party, but I just discovered Polyvore! I
just spent my morning making a collage full of holiday gifties for the ladies. I could
easily get lost on this site for hours. No joke.
I’m sure my technique with this site will get a little better in time,
but I wanted to share my first creation with you anyways!
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Kendra Scott earrings are so classy and go with everything!! I have some turquoise ones
and get compliments on them almost every time I wear them!
Jcrew Pajama Sets look so comfy and adorable. I have never owned an actual pajama set,
usually just wear a t-shirt and comfy pants so I thought these would be a fun change!
New Boots. Sad to say my favorite pair of boots (that I’ve had for 5 years) are about
dead. I search all over for them online, but they are no longer being made. WAA. So I’m
beginning the slow search for a new pair.
Sleeping Mask. My dog has partially chewed mine, so needless to say it is not in tip top
shape!
Anthropologie Candles are seriously to best and smell amazing. I’m obsessed. I can’t
wait to buy one for our new home!
Wall Art. I seriously cannot wait to decorate our house and one of the first things I want
to do is buy some more printed pics for the bathroom, living room, and the nursery.

Wide boots
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Capri blue candle
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Sleeping Lambie Eyes Sleep Mask

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This weekend the hubby and I are getting together with some friends we haven’t seen
yet since we have been in town. WIll be so great to catch up with them and know we can
get together more often now that we live here.
I’m taking today off from working out and tomorrow plan on taking the dog on a walk, so
this weekend should be relaxing mentally and physically! Maybe I’ll start watching some
Christmas movies. Hmm, that sounds like a plan! :)
What are you up to this weekend?
What’s on your Christmas Wish List? 

Pregnancy Update: Week 20

Hey Guys! I’m stopping in quick to share my week 20 update (trying to not let another month pass before doing another one) So let’s get right to it!20 weeks pic

I’d definitely say there is no more hiding the ‘ol bump!

Here’s what’s going on with the babes this week:

  • The babies are weighing in at about 10 1/2 ounces and are about the size of a banana
  • They are measuring at about 10 inches long from head to heels
  • The babes are swallowing more often now which is good for their digestive systems

Here’s what’s going on with me:

Weight Gain: I think about 10-12 pounds all together

Workouts: Considering how busy our lives have been the past couple of weeks, I have amazingly been able to walk/jog Paisley almost daily for about 20-30 minutes and started back at Pure Barre this week (hoping for 3-4x/week depending on how I feel).

Symptoms: Mostly just hungry every few hours, I always have some sort of snack with me at all times! I have started to feel some little fluttering in the belly, but no big kicks that can be felt from the outside just yet. And yes, I am still needing to go to the bathroom once each night. One of the babies is definitely sitting on top of my bladder…at least that’s what it feels like! Oh, and you can forget me staying up any later than 10pm.

Food Cravings: Still relatively the same….a cheeseburger always sounds good (but I’m not giving into that craving very often), cold cereal, and milk.

Food Aversions: Thankfully none!

Sleep: I’ve been moving around a little more to get comfy at night, but I think that can also be attributed to the fact that I’m not in my own bed just yet (one more week!)

Stretch Marks: None, still applying my belly lotions in the morning and night!

 Genders: A BOY and GIRL. I feel like we hit the jackpot right there :)

Baby Items Purchased: I’m planning on heading to the Baby Gap this week with a giftcard and picking out some stuff…finally!

Looking forward To: Organizing their nursery, feeling some more kicks and of course shopping for them!

The Long Road Trip

Whew. We made it to Dallas….finally! We don’t get to move into our house for another week, so we are still in a little bit of a transition phase. I wanted to share a few pics I snapped on the drive, which I must say, was entertaining with our little pup.

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Are we there yet??

Our first leg of the trip was LA to Phoenix. We have some family there so we were able to break up the drive and spent 4 days with them. We ended up driving through right at sunset and the desert was looking pretty beautiful.

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Paisley also had the chance to meet her little cousins for the first time. I was a little worried she’d be jumping all over them, but she was actually really great and tolerated them petting her eyes and pulling her tail well. :)

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My hubby’s college alum just so happened to be playing in Tempe that weekend, so of course we had to go to the game.

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The next leg of our trip was from Phoenix to Albuquerque. And Brrr. I think it was a whopping 19 degrees when we arrived that evening (we are not in LA anymore, Todo). Unfortunately, we didn’t have any extra time to site see and were too tired from the drive to even head into town for dinner. The night we got in, we stopped by a local grocery store, made dinner and went to bed. Parttttyy Animals.

The drive from Albuquerque to Dallas is a long one (about 10/11 hours), so we woke up way too early the next morning to get on the road. I think this was the most boring part of the trip, haha. But the sunrise leaving New Mexico was pretty sweet.

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This is what the majority of the drive looked like. Exciting huh?

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Paisley did get to see her first tumbleweed and it hit her right in the face when we took her out for a pee break. Haha. Too bad I didn’t get a picture or video of that!

The hubby started his new job today actually. It’s going to be a little strange for me to not be working for a few months until the kiddos arrive, but I am thankful I am able to enjoy some time off and relax before the real job begins. I started up at Pure Barre today so that made me feel more at home. I’m also planning on spending a lot more time with the blog and pursuing some freelance work, something I’ve wanted to do but was always put on the back burner when working full-time.

Once we are in new house I will be going crazy with decorating and I cannot wait. We have always lived in super tiny apartments and homes together, so having more space is going to be well, amazing!! I’ve been peeking at some blogs, Pinterest, and Etsy to get some ideas (and found myself still sucked in 2 hours later). The whole process is overwhelming, but I’ll going to try and take each room at a time and not do too much at once. Here’s some pics I have been swooning over.

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(images from Monika Hikks and Gal Meets Glam)

I’ll probably hit up Home Goods and Target this week to see what they have and to compare pricing.

Alright that’s all for now. Enjoy the rest of your Monday!

Have you ever done any long road trips or moved out of state? 

Have you moved into a new house and done the decorating yourself? Any tips or go to stores you love? Please share in the comments below! 

Dallas….here we come!

I may be away from the blog for couple of weeks because we are MOVING!!

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Our lives are changing so quickly, but all in good ways so we are nothing but excited.  Once we get a little more settled I will fill you all in on the details. We have a great network of family and friends in Dallas, so that will make the transition much easier.

Can’t wait for our next chapter! :)

Thanks for following along!

Have you ever moved to a new state?

What are your best moving tips? 

 

18 Weeks Update

  • Weighing almost 7 ounces
  • They are about 5 1/2 inches long and are the size of a bell pepper
  • The babes are very busy flexing their arms and legs (although I don’t feel it just yet)

And here’s what’s been happening with me this past week:

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Total weight gain/loss: 7 lbs, I think?

Stretch marks? None :)

Sleep: Still wake up once a night to go to the restroom, but overall sleep has been pretty good.

Best moment this week: Knowing we get to find out the genders in a week :)

Miss Anything? Laying on my stomach comfortably. Oh and can’t forget not drinking wine.

Movement: Haven’t felt anything yet, but should soon!

Food cravings: Still hungry every few hours and still craving cheeseburgers the most. I wish I was craving vegetables or something healthier. Lol

Food aversions: The smell of tuna. Yuck.

Symptoms: Nothing much besides being hungry so often.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Maternity clothes? Still wearing my Bella Band with my regular work pants. No maternity shirts just yet, been wearing loose flowly tops for now. :) This one has been my absolute favorite from Nordys. I want it in all the colors :)

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Baby items purchased? None, I began the daunting process of making my baby registries. That sure is an overwhelming task. geez.

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy!

Funny moments this week: Me dropping something in my car and not being able to bend over all the way comfortably to pick it up. Woops.

Workouts: Still doing barre classes about 2x/week and going on 2-3 walk/jogs with Paisley. My doc said I could run as long as I’m not having symptoms and it’s comfortable….it’s beginning to feel a little awkward, so speed walking might be my go-to cardio soon.

If you’ve ever been pregnant when did you start wearing maternity clothes? Any go-to places I should know about? :)

Thanks for stopping by! I hope everyone has a great weekend!

~M