Sep 23, 2022

Pregnancy Reading List + Hyperemesis Gravidarum


I know I haven't shared a ton about this pregnancy. Honestly, with taking care of my other kids and being so sick I can't do much, and I certainly am not in a place to make jokes. 

Today, I received a text from a good friend of mine. She's currently pregnant, and experiencing severe morning sickness. She was looking for advice on how to make it through the constant nausea. My first response was to apologize. I wouldn't wish hyperemesis gravidarum on anyone. You want to take it from them, but you can't. Then, I offered the next best thing. I told her, "load your other kids into the car. Take them to a McDonald's drive thru. Order them fries, and get yourself a large Coke. A few sips in, your stomach will find some relief. It won't heal you, but it will help. Both you and your kids will feel better." 

It's a small win, but when you're that sick a small win is better than nothing. Lastly, I told her the truth. I told her that being that sick for that long breaks me every time. It's hard to explain if you haven't personally gone through hyperemesis gravidarum, but it really is a mind eff. I would take one day at a time, and pray relief would find me soon. If you are in the same boat, don't give up hope. Hold on to the idea that one morning you will wake up and feel better. Hyperemesis gravidarum truly is just a season.

You've got this mama! 


Aug 31, 2022

3:30 AM Wakeup Call

 

I woke up at 3:30 AM... well 3:17 AM if we are being exact. I laid there for awhile (sound machine going and all) and I could not go back to sleep. So, naturally, I started my day. Pregnancy is wild y'all.

First stop-Starbucks at 4:55AM because pumpkin spice lattes are back! Need I say more?

Then, I hit up the ATM. Does anyone else still carry cash?

My car needed gas. This is one errand I loath, so I made sure to get that over with. Wish my husband did it for me. Wah.

I went home.

I woke the kids up with cuddles.

I made eggs and toast for everyone.

I visited with a friend.

I grocery shopped at Trader Joe’s.

I dropped off clothes at Plato’s Closet.

I dropped Amazon returns off at UPS while waiting for Plato’s Closet to tell me they were done going through my stuff.

I hit up the Goodwill. I love a good Goodwill find. There wasn’t anything worthwhile today. Maybe next time?

I got a text. Plato’s Closet went through my stuff, and I made 32 bucks! Wowza. Closet clean out well worth it!

I attempted to pick up crumbl cookies for the bachelor viewing, but alas they were out of the flavors we wanted. No biggie. I hit up Nothing Bundt Cakes instead.

I picked up tortillas from H-E-B because tacos. It’s what’s for dinner!

I did all this and it’s only 10:45. Maybe I am a morning person after all?

Aug 24, 2022

Pregnancy is such a beautiful thing

Pregnancy is such a beautiful thing. Yeah, sure it's hard. Maybe you're puking or you feel fat. It could be that you feel like it's the hardest thing you've ever done. 

If you're anything like me when I'm pregnant, you call b.s. on the whole thing being "magical." You can read a post I wrote years ago about the b.s. here. I can complain all day about how hard it is, but why waste my time? 

Almost ten years after my first pregnancy, I realize that physical beauty is fleeting. My legacy is my children, and if pregnancy sucks the beauty out of me so be it. That's a small price to pay for the children that I call mine. Beauty fades, but children last for eternity.

I need to be looking at how truly empowering pregnancy is. My body is creating a human that my husband and I wanted to bring earth side. This baby will be born from our love, and my body will sustain it when they're born.

You might not feel like you're beautiful or glowing when you're pregnant, but you are. Inside of you is a perfect baby. They're innocent and kind and good. They represent everything the world needs right now, and you are the one making them.

There is nothing more selfless than being pregnant and becoming a mother. Literally, nothing else compares. You are giving your whole body, your mind, and your spirit to bring someone else into this world. 

So, when you see that hormonal acne, those stretch marks, the cellulite, the back fat, whatever it is that makes you feel physically insecure, remember that it is just for a season.They will be born. You will meet their gaze, and you will know that you are something special. You are a mother. That is now your superpower. You are someone's hero, and what can be more beautiful than that?

Aug 23, 2022

Casual For Fall

 



I burned my duvet cover with the iron. Whoops. I was not pleased, but it was a good reminder that I should never (especially in this season of life) splurge on things like sheets or duvets.

My belly is now officially at capacity. Everything hurts, but it is worth it. I cannot wait to meet you baby.

I put dinner in the slow cooker today. I sure do love those meals! I am a sucker for a good set it and forget it recipe.

When we got home (hours after adding all my ingredients into the slow cooker) the kids opened the door, and said, “did you buy tacos or something?!” Nope, but that’s what’s for dinner! Bless you, slow cooker! Bless you!

I have been cleaning, cleaning, and cleaning some more. The nesting is real, ladies. I’ve also been looking at recipes for freezer meals. I know that once baby is here, life will be a blur. So, I’m prepping the best I can.

Fingers crossed, I will be posting some of our favorite freezer and slow cooker meals soon.

I love fall! You just can’t beat the coziness it brings. Is it the sweaters? Is it the candles? Could it be the food? Maybe it’s more of a hodgepodge of all those things. Whatever it is, it sure gets me giddy!

Ah, how grateful I am. Imagine all the cute little newborn fall onesies! What a life.

Aug 21, 2022

Fall 2022 Coziness

Aug 18, 2022

Fall Decor

Fall Decor Tips & Tricks


If I’m looking for trendier home decor items I go to Home Goods, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and DIY some items (thanks Pinterest). However, if I am looking for decor that will always fit the style of our home there are my go to stores like Mackenzie-Childs + Pottery Barn. 

Mackenzie-Childs has the black and white check items you see scattered sporadically throughout our home. It’s chic yet classic. Pottery Barn has a more cozy timeless vibe that goes great in any home because their items are typically neutral and the quality is unmatched.


Here are some steps to take before decorating a space for a holiday or season-

  1. Pull out all the decor you already have and can reuse.
  2. Decide what your budget is or what you would like to add to your decoration collection.
  3. Decide the theme or look you are going for. I usually find inspiration on Pinterest, and create a mood board of items I have + what I will be adding to see how they look together.
  4. Start decorating!
    Note- If you are on a tight budget Pinterest is also a great place to find DIY seasonal decoration tips and tricks! Honestly, I almost prefer this method of adding decor to my collection. It allows me to customize the look and theme of my space.

Happy decorating, y’all!

photos by- madi morrison

Aug 7, 2022

Easy Fall Kid Craft

With summer coming to a close, I've noticed my kids are bored of our typical summer activities. The novelty of trips to Barnes and Nobles, libraries, the pool, and playdates has worn off. What's a very pregnant mama in her third trimester to do? I'm tired and getting slower by the minute.

So, I'm mixing it up. I started getting them excited for all things fall. I'm lighting pumpkin spice candles, we're making fall book reading lists, and I'm printing out recipes for pumpkin spice baked goods. I've ordered monogrammed everything, and stocked up on their school supplies. I figure it's a great time to start fall crafting with our school supply bins fully loaded!

There's something about making things they can hang up in their rooms that gets them excited. As soon as the mister gets home from work, they run over to him and show him what they've made. 

Now, the only down side to this could be having to replace crafting supplies. However, at Walmart, I can get all the supplies my kids need (like our favorite glue) starting at just $0.54.

So, here is a quick and easy fall craft to do with the kids. DC and Aida Mae had a blast making their own skeletons, and were stoked to hang them up. School & craft shopping doesn’t have to be expensive. Thanks to Walmart.

Thank you Walmart for sponsoring this post.

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