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Our Springtime Maternity Photoshoot

Maternity photos feel like a lifetime ago.  Way back when we were a family of three, we had a few maternity photos snapped around 36 weeks.  Its so crazy for me to imagine our little guy all snug and tucked away in my belly.  We also had no idea that we would soon have a perfect little boy to complete our family.  Theres nothing like having a big belly and some gorgeous maternity photos to capture the moment in time.

We had photos taken for our first pregnancy with Reagan in January of 2016 at a local park by our home.  I immediately fell in love with them and will treasure them always.  To check out “Our Wintery Maternity Photoshoot” click HERE.

I was so excited to snap a Spring version for my second pregnancy. We chose the same local park and the exact same location.  I love the contrast between the Winter landscape from our first shoot and the beautiful Spring look from the second.  It seemed special and sentimental to be pregnant again and have the photos taken in the same location.  We walked the same path and literally stood in front of the same bushes, trees, and park bench for both shoots.

I am so in love with this little family of ours and even more in love with my sweet Jackson James boy who was still all cozy in my huge belly.

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The blooming lilac trees were the perfect backdrop and our amazing photographer Jenn, from Jenn Elliott Photography, completely captured the vintage and natural look I was going for.  I have never been a fan of super staged pictures and love that our shoots are always natural and easy.  We literally just walk around laughing and goofing off together while she snaps away.  This is what we would be doing anyway so it seems fitting to be comfortable and relaxed.

I recycled the Rachel Pally maxi dress I wore to Reagan’s first birthday party and did my own hair and makeup.  I also love that I don’t look like a whale in most of the photos. At 36 weeks pregnant I was super worried that I would balloon out.  We did photos at 31 weeks for our first pregnancy and there is a noticeable difference in my belly size.  Reagan’s outfit is from Gap.com, details below, and is currently on SALE!!! WooHoo.

Lilac Flutter Top // White Stretch Jeggings  // Suede Bow Moccs

Again, being pregnant feels like a lifetime ago.  Life with our sweet Jackson James is awesome, stressful, and so very beautiful.  Some days it feels like there isn’t enough love to go around and then something shifts and everything falls into place. We are beginning to sleep a little more, fall into a solid routine, and are remembering to cherish the small crazy moments. Everyone is getting there love quota each day, including Mommy and Daddy, and general happiness seems inevitable.

I’m excited to share Jackson’s newborn photos and birth story next!!!!!

xo xo,

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Categories HOLIDAYS

Christmas Gift Guide for Baby

I think it goes without saying but little Reagan Marie has been a very good girl this year. I have a sneaking suspicion that Santa is going to be very good to her. I decided to put together a little gift guide with some of the ideas I found for Miss Reagan. Being that this is her first Christmas, we are just so excited to see her little face light up when she gets all her goodies.  She will most likely be totally pumped about the wrapping paper, bows, and nothing else. We decided to go with the easy “something to WEAR, something to READ, something you WANT, and something you NEED” formula for her gifts. She is in desperate need of a winter coat and slippers, is always down for books and new toys, and mommy kinda WANTED her to have to cutest little elf slippers i’ve ever seen.  This age is so much fun to shop for but a little tricky at the same time.  We went easy on the toys and aimed for mostly useful items that we can use over and over.  She is getting bored of her baby toys so having a few new things around will be great for her and we were in desperate need of a few new bath toys to keep her occupied and entertained.

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Melissa and Doug Geometric Stacker     BabyGAP Pink Puff Coat     BabyGAP Cozy Elf Booties     UGG Bixbie Baby Booties     The Day the Crayons Quit     HAPE Color and Shape Sorter     Fair Isle Christmas Pajamas     Munchkin Bath Letters     Baby Lit’s A Christmas Carol

And in the parental department I like to think we’ve been very good “kids” as well. You’re never too old to believe in Santa and you gotta be GOOD to earn that visit from the Big guy!!! Here are a few things that are on our adult wish list this year…

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FOR MOMMY: 

Canon Rebel T6i     FitBit Charge 2     Threshold Izon Silverware Collection

Anthropologie Latte Bowls     Ceramic Berry Basket

FOR DADDY:

Philips Sonicare Toothbrush     Nike Men’s Metcon 2 CrossFit shoes     Kindle Fire

Lulu Lemon Gift Cards     Underarmour Men’s Athletic Gear

These Santa’s Elves are completely FINISHED with their Christmas shopping and are so grateful for Black Friday deals and online shopping.  The stockings are hung, the halls have been decked, and we are just so excited for all the festive FUN! Now we need to hit the hill for some sledding in the SNOW and I can’t wait to bake Christmas cookies with Reagan for the first time.  I’ve been waiting for our first Christmas with kids since the day I found out I was pregnant and have been playing Holiday music since the day after Halloween. Bring on all things Christmas and Festive!!!!!

xo xo,

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Categories BABYPREGNANCY

Reagan’s Birth Story

Here is the story of sweet Reagan Marie’s BIRTH on Wednesday, March 2, 2016.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Little Baby Haguewood’s birth month had finally arrived.  I had officially made it to 38 weeks and life in general felt strange.  I felt like I was in a day-to-day holding pattern just waiting for something to happen.  I was finally caught up on my chalkboards and feeling exhausted! Bending over and working on my designs was really frustrating in those last few weeks.  I couldn’t bend over because my HUGE belly was getting in the way. I would start to breathe heavy and my poor back was hurting so bad.  I would draw a letter or finish a word and then get up and walk around for a little bit to relieve the pressure on my back and belly. I spent quite a bit of time either laying down flat OR moving around. Sitting stationary was no longer working for me.

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Tuesday morning I lost my mucus plug and couldn’t believe it.  I knew that this occurrence didn’t mean anything other than that things were “moving in the right direction” and my body was preparing itself for delivery.  I had read about this happening but it felt exciting and weird to actually experience it. We were officially getting closer to meeting our sweet little baby. I wrapped up my March 1st blog post and decided to get “pretty” for the day.  We had some plans later on that afternoon and I knew I would feel better if I got up and did my hair and makeup.  I decided to head to Target that morning to just paroose around for a bit and kill some time.  I felt so much better when I was up and moving around.  I had the pregnancy waddle down like a champ and was completely out of breathe after doing a few laps around the store.  Time to head home and get ready for my weekly OB appointment.

I had been attempting to take a daily stock of how I was feeling day-to-day so I would be prepared if anything “labor” related were to happen. Everyone I talked to told me that first time moms usually carry full term and I was still two weeks out.  The night before, I had actually been feeling super off and had slept worse than usual. I had cramps and back pain consistently and had a strange feeling that I might go into labor “soon.”  I made a few mental notes to share these feelings with my doctor that afternoon. Jeffrey was pretty convinced that I was just tired and uncomfortable. He was so helpful in calming me down and helping me to relax. I needed to prepare myself for two more “long” weeks of pregnancy before I was even full term.

We went to the appointment and I was quickly told by the nurse that I definitely wasn’t in labor.  She made a point to again tell me that I would likely go full term and these were normal sensations.  We quickly met with our doctor who confirmed that I was 1cm dilated but definitely not in labor. I still couldn’t shake this feeling that I was going to go into labor soon but with the doctor telling me it wasn’t likely, I decided to try my best to relax and unwind.  After my appointment I took a two hour nap and woke up that evening feeing WEIRD!!! I had pressure and pain.  But honestly, every evening I would get tired and emotional.  Every little ache and pain would push me past my limit and I would cry and take multiple hot baths to try and calm down. I assumed it was just another night of being in the final weeks of my pregnancy.

Jeffrey was sweet enough to make me dinner and I decided to go to bed and watch a movie to relax.  He joined me in our bedroom and was wrapping up some work in our lounge chair while I tried to unwind.  My body was hurting so bad. My belly hurt and I couldn’t get comfortable no matter what position I was in. I kept looking at him thinking I can’t be going into real labor right??? He looked at me like I was crazy.  The whole interaction was so funny and something I will never forget.  I could tell something was going on with my body but there was no way I was really going into labor.  Then it started to hurt really bad.  I climbed into a hot bath to relax.  I felt jittery, overheated, and anxious and had to get out right away.  I remember cupping my head in my hands thinking, “I really need to get ahold of myself.” After a few deep breaths I climbed back into bed and started a movie.  I was feeling a little better.  Thats when it happened…

I was completely relaxed… maybe even starting to doze off a bit.  I felt and heard a huge POP.  My body reacted instinctually and immediately by jumping out of the bed. There was a huge gush of fluid and I immediately looked at Jeffrey and said “holy shit I think my water just broke.” He was staring at me in shock.  I think he was more surprised by how fast I was out of the bed. I hadn’t moved that quickly in the past month due to my humongous belly. He kept asking me if I was sure.  I ran, more like waddled, to the bathroom and there was another gush of pale pink fluid.  At that moment, I was damn sure my water had broke.  The first thought that popped into my head was “I was F**KING right!” I know my body and I knew that I was going to go into labor that day.  Jeffrey calmly came into the bath room and we sorta just stared at each other for a few minutes both not really sure what needed to come next.  We had talked about “the plan” but now it was actually happening. And so were the contractions…

After about a solid five minutes of PURE SHOCK we finally got our heads in the right place and rockted into action. Trying to figure out the phone number for the hospital maternity center was the first task.  I can’t believe I didn’t pre-program the number into my phone.  The next 30 min. were a complete blur of trying to find the right bags and making sure I had mascara and a curling iron between contractions. Super Important items. I had everything ready but nothing was packed.  I decided at the last minute that I needed a different bag and repacked everything.  Some necessary items were still in the laundry and I felt it was necessary to take a quick shower before leaving.

Bags were packed in the car, I was showered and cleaned up, we said goodbye to the puppies and kitties and I did a final once over on the house.  My contractions were about 1 minute apart by this point.  I made our bed quickly and was walking out the bedroom door when there was another huge gush of fluid.  SHIT. Time to clean up again and climb into another fresh pair of leggings.  We quickly cleaned the carpet and finally made it out the door.

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The ride to the hospital was torture because my contractions had picked up the pace.  They were hitting about every 30 seconds. I had zero down time in-between contractions to breathe and relax.  It felt more like a few big huffs and puffs before bracing myself to “breathe” through the next contraction.  Given that it was 11:45 at night we had to go to the ER to get checked in before heading to Labor and Delivery at the Maternity Clinic.  We pulled up to the hospital and suddenly everything felt real. Not to mention the contractions. I was not prepared for the “pain” that comes with contractions. I had mental prepared myself for some really strong pain, but had also convinced myself that “the pain was only temporary” and I could get through it.  True. But oh my GOD, contractions are the most painful thing I’ve ever experienced and i’m a freakin’ cancer survivor people. Labor pains are the real deal.

We got checked in and someone from the Maternity Unit was going to come down and wheel me up to the clinic. Jeffrey left me to go park the car and I was momentarily “on my own” to deal with the contractions.  Another couple in labor came in right after us and the woman could tell I was hurting badly.  She kindly took my hand and asked if this was my first baby? I quickly said all in the same breathe that “yes it was, and my husband was parking the car and my contractions were coming every 30 seconds and were really painful.” She was an absolute godsend in those brief moments.  She was having her 2nd child and helped walk me through what to expect and we “breathed” through a few sets of contractions together. Suddenly a nurse appeared and we were whisked off to the Maternity Clinic.  I was handed a clipboard of paperwork and had one heck of a time attempting to fill it out between contractions. I was officially admitted at 12:05am on Wednesday March 2, 2016.

Finally Jeffrey was back, and I felt like I could breathe again. I had never been so thankful to see my husbands face. A nurse popped around the corner to take us to a triage room to assess my labor status. I got undressed and climbed into a hospital gown. Getting leggings off through my contractions was the toughest part. They checked to make sure I was dilated and having real labor contractions. Which I was…no doubts in that department. 2 cm dilated in fact.  I had been 1cm dilated earlier that day. Apparently they check for amniotic fluid also. CHECK.

Once my labor status was confirmed they wanted to get me into a hospital room and get some fluids going asap. My original birth plan called for waiting as long as possible for any pain intervention. I knew I was going to want it, I just wanted to try and go “natural” for as long as possible.  Well given that my contractions were still 30 seconds apart, I wanted my pain killers ASAP!!! Gripping the edge of the hospital bed and staring at the clock in front of me was all I could do to get through each contraction.  I was instructed to get dressed again and we would head to my labor and delivery room. It took me about 15 minutes to climb back into my leggings given that I was having so many contractions.

For some reason I was dead set on walking to my hospital room. They offered to wheel me down the hallway in a wheelchair but I wasn’t having it.  I could walk to the room. No rhythm or reason for any of my decisions at this point. I was just trying to survive minute to minute. Literally!!!! When we got to the room my nurse showed me the restroom so I could change and get ready for an IV etc.  My contractions were so bad, I spent the next 45 min. in the bathroom all by myself trying to get undressed and into yet another hospital gown. I didn’t want Jeffrey to see me in that state and I really wanted to do it myself. I remember sitting down on the floor at one point in the bathroom between contractions crying and thinking, “how in the hell am I going to survive this? I can’t even get out of the damn bathroom.” Later I found out that poor Jeffrey and the nurses were just sitting in the room listening to me cry and struggle between contractions, waiting for me to come out for 45 minutes because I wouldn’t let anyone come in and help me. Again, not a lot of rational thinking taking place at this point.

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I did finally emerge from the bathroom however, and the next step was to to meet with the night doctor. I was asked about a million medical questions. My contractions were beyond horrendous and the doctor suggested a shot of medicine to “take the edge off.”  I said I wanted my epidural. They agreed immediately.  Normally you don’t get an epidural until your at least 4cm dilated because it can slow the labor progression. I was in such extreme pain however that they wanted to get me some relief as soon as they could.  Because it was late at night/early morning I had my epidural within 10 min. I was terrified. One big needle + my spine = not a good thing.  Also I was getting the “shakes” really bad.  The doctor explained to me that the surge in hormones causes the body to convulse and shake. It was uncontrollable and my knees were banging against each other constantly. I was terrified of shaking and moving, or god forbid having a contraction, while they administered my epidural. I sat hunched over and breathed through 1 single contraction and then my doctor did what she does best. It was over so quickly and I didn’t contract during the procedure. Truly the epidural was the easiest part of the whole labor and delivery and the relief it brings is beyond words.  I went from the most excruciating pain i’ve ever felt in my whole life to complete relaxation and calm.  If your open to pain intervention, I fully and 100% recommend an epidural. It was a game changer. But that is just my experience and I know everyone and every labor is completely different.

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Jeffrey later told me that when I was contracting I would stare at him, and my eyes were so dilated from the pain that he could immediately tell that I wasn’t fully present anymore. That much pain takes you to another place entirely. After my epidural I could relax and breathe.  The pain was completely gone. Like zero pain!!!! The nurse wanted me to sleep for a few hours before my labor progressed any further.  They checked my cervix at 2:30am after the epidural was administered prior to leaving us alone for a bit to sleep.  I was 2.5cm dilated. Not much progress.  I didn’t care at this point.  Jeffrey decided to lay down. He fell asleep immediately and I just laid there for hours soaking up every moment of the experience and what had happened thus far in my labor journey.  I had to be rotated from side to side to keep the epidural working. I laid there for hours listening to the fetal heart rate monitor and the sound of my baby’s beating heart. I’ll never forget that time. I would stare at Jeffery sleeping so peacefully, realizing we were about to become parents. So much calm and peace after the intensity of the contractions I had felt previously.

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***I love that in this picture you can see that it was 2:30am from the clock on the wall. My epidural was kicking in, we were finally alone for the first time since being admitted,  and I was feeling so much BETTER. Therefore my husband can smile again. A very tired, my wife was just in extreme pain smile, but a smile nonetheless.***

Finally 5:30am rolled around. Jeffrey was still asleep and I was being cleaned up and rotated AGAIN. I asked the nurse if she could check my progress. Given my earlier status I was expecting maybe 4cm to 5cm.  Nope. The nurse checked me and said, “oh my, your 9cm dilated.”  I had almost fully progressed in 3 hours. Jeffrey woke up a bit when the nurse came in to check me. He heard the words “9cm” and shot up off the sofa.  “What??? 9cm???” Had I really progressed that far that fast?  Later I found out that my labor and contractions were so intense that the relaxation from the epidural actually made my labor speed up. My body was no longer fighting the pain of the contractions but was working to have this baby. My body wanted to have this baby and it also really NEEDED an epidural to do it apparently.  My body would have been laboring for several more hours than normal if I had gone “natural” because the intensity and frequency of the contractions were too much.

I couldn’t believe that I had progressed so quickly. The pace of the nurses and people in my room went from zero to sixty almost immediately.  Suddenly it was ON…we were going to have this baby…SOON! My labor nurse wanted to give me another hour or so to become fully dilated and she said it would help the baby continue to drop naturally into position. My body was on a roll when it came to moving that baby down and she didn’t want to stop the progress while my epidural was still going strong. That last hour was anything but dull. We quickly made a few phone calls to family to let them know it was almost time and then we braced ourselves for “whatever” was coming next.

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My epidural was still working but the sensations and feelings were becoming much stronger.  I could feel a tremendous amount of pressure and was feeling like it was time to push.  I had a deep “mind-body”  feeling that it was just time. I simply knew my baby was about to be born. My body also decided at this time that I needed to get sick.  I spent almost twenty minutes upright throwing up into a little hospital bag. Again, the doctor informed me that this was from the hormones. I was quickly learning that there is no modesty in labor. By 6:30am I was completely dilated and the nurse had me start with a few practice pushes to get my rhythm and breathing down.  We did pushes for 10 seconds in sets of 3. I was able to relax a bit after the 3 sets and Jeffrey was by my side with a cold wash cloth for my forehead.  My heart rate and blood pressure were all over the place so they had me on an oxygen unit in-between sets.  After the practice pushes I was able to relax for a few minutes while they set up all the supplies for the doctor.  My OB was on call until 7am and then the regular day shift OB was going to take over and my doctor would have her regular day off. I was very close to my doctor and felt entirely comfortable with her. At first I only wanted her to deliver my baby but when it came down to it and we passed that 7am mark, I didn’t care who was down there as long as they were helping to get this baby outta me!!!

I could feel extreme pressure when I was contracting and learned to push with the contractions.  At 7am we started pushing for real and it was EXHAUSTING!!! My whole stomach felt contracted like I was holding one continues abdominal crunch and then there was deep pressure down into my body. Other than the pressure and tightness in my abdomen, I felt NO PAIN whatsoever. Thank you epidural!!!! Really, the pushing phase was just tiring, like running back to back sprints for an hour. The doctor flew into the room for about the last 10 minutes or so.  She was fantastic and extremely helpful with my lady parts and maneuvering baby so the exit was as least damaging as possible. Halfway through I was able to stop pushing and feel the baby’s head. When initial writing my birth plan this was not something I was interested in doing…gross right? Nope, it was completely magical and amazing in the moment. To feel my little baby for the first time before she was even born is something I will never forget. The doctor told me I had two maybe three more pushes and then our baby would be born.  As soon as she said those words, thats when it felt “real” for me. I remember the moment crystal clearly. Only a few more pushes and our baby would be here. After the months of growing and wondering what baby was…it was happening NOW!!! The moment was here. Holding Jeffrey’s hand we pushed and then all of a sudden there SHE was. I saw them pull her out of me and they laid her on my chest face down.

I couldn’t stop looking at this little squishy pink baby. No crying, BIG BIG eyes, and gripping for my chest to hold onto the warmth of my body.  The doctor looked at Jeffrey and said “would you like to announce the gender?” I had in that moment completely forgotten about the gender. I literally couldn’t believe they had just pulled a baby out of me and wasn’t thinking about the gender at all. They flipped baby over and Jeffrey said…”it’s a GIRL!” I looked at him and we couldn’t stop kissing each other and our beautiful baby girl who had been in this world for less than a minute.

At 7am we started pushing and at 7:44am Little Miss Reagan Marie was born into this world.

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What a moment. To say it is something I will never forget feels too cliche to even capture the true nature of what it felt like to hold my daughter for the first time. It was was “otherworldly.” Something rooted so deeply in my soul that I can’t even explain it.

Reagan being born is simply a “feeling and a moment” that I will forever cherish and relive in my memory until the day I die. Reagan’s birth was the most incredible and wonderful experience and I wouldn’t change a second of it. She is perfect and amazing and simply oh so tiny!!! I will never ever forget those first few moments of her life and am so thankful that we were able to document our first few minutes as a family of three.

We love you to the moon and back little Rea Rea!!!

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I know this post is incredible long but I simply had to put all my thoughts and memories down while they are still fresh in these first few months.  I’m sure all the mommies out there can understand the value of our child’s birth story. I’m so thankful I was able to capture the moments in the most authentic way I know how, through writing about my thoughts and feelings.

xo xo Friends,

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Categories BABY

2 Weeks of Reagan Marie!

2 Weeks of Reagan Marie

I can’t believe my baby is already 2 weeks old!!!! She is such a sweet little baby and we are absolutely loving being parents!!! Its been an adjustment but I think we are over the hump and finally settling into a good routine.  I can’t believe how much she has already changed and she actually looks like a little baby now and not just a cute wrinkly little newborn.  She is getting some rolls here and there which make my heart SING!!!! Baby rolls are the best and I know she is putting on some weight and slowly getting back to her birth weight!!!!

Right now our daily routine looks something like this…

5:30am to 6:30am – WAKE UP with Daddy!!!

Feeding, Burping, Diaper Change, Nap for two hours until Mommy wakes up. This has been so nice because I can actually get some sleep before I start my day.  Jeffrey is already up this early for work regardless so he takes care of the baby for a bit and I can get 3-4 hours of straight sleep after being up all night with little miss. This is the only break I take from pumping in the full 24 hour period.  Even mommy’s need a break here and there and this one break keeps me from feeling like a milk cow.

8:30am – Mommy’s turn to WAKE UP & Morning Snuggles

Feeding, Burping, Diaper Change, Awake Time, and then Morning Nap for an hour! We usually do morning awake time in bed with the puppies while mommy sips on some coffee and watches the morning news!!! Reagan loves to sit in her boppy and look at the bright windows.  I talk to her and tell her all about the world and we snuggle and love on the puppy babies. Once she falls asleep for a quick nap I pump for 15-20 minutes and can usually score around 2-3oz. Hopefully I can brush my teeth and breathe for a few minutes before she wakes up again.

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10:30am – Morning Clean Up & Chore Time

 Feeding, Burping, Diaper Change, Awake Time, and then Nap for an hour. For our early morning awake time I wear Reagan in my DIY Solly Wrap while I clean up the bedroom and nursery from the night, do bottle/ pumping dishes, and make some breakfast.  She just chills and takes in the sights and sounds of our life.  She usually falls asleep in the wrap and I put her down for her Late Morning Nap around 11:30am.  She is usually “wide awake” in the mornings and often will be a little restless and a light sleeper for this nap.  Once Reagan is down I pump, AGAIN, for 15-20 min. and then try and bust out some cleaning as quickly as possible or do any necessary chores/tasks while she is asleep.  Baby Thanks You’s, organizing her birth documents, and vacuuming are all on the agenda these days.  I swear an hour has never flown by so quickly in my life. And sometimes I just sit in the peace and quiet and enjoy another cup of coffee.
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12:30pm – Shower Time and Laundry 

Feeding, Burping, Diaper Change, and then Nap for 2 hours (hopefully). Miss Reagan is a fantastic sleeper once she is down.  Her little body is on a very reliable clock and she always conks out in the afternoons for at least two full hours.  After we eat, burp, do a quick diaper change and cuddle/rock she falls asleep and I can actually get some “stuff” done.  This “stuff” usually consists of taking a shower, maybe doing my hair & makeup if its a good day, pumping again for 15-20 min, and putting a load of laundry in.  I try to do the “one load in and one load out” model. This keeps the laundry from piling up and I can rotate between towels, my laundry, Jeffrey’s laundry, and Miss Reagan’s ever growing pile of dirty spit-up covered laundry.

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2:30pm – Afternoon Walk & Fresh Air

Feeding, Burping, Diaper Change, and then Nap for 2 hours (again…hopefully). Given that it is March the weather is finally starting to turn around and on good days we have some sunshine and temperatures above 40 degrees.  After our usual feeding & pumping routine I wear little miss in my wrap and we take the puppies for a good walk around the neighborhood.  She usually falls asleep and naps in the wrap but she is always awake when we leave so she is getting some fresh air and taking in the world for a bit.  The fresh air and sunshine really help me to feel NORMAL and not so cooped up in the house.  I had my two week postpartum doctors appointment and got the “all clear” to resume my workouts.  Given that I did give birth 2 weeks ago, I decided that going for daily walks, weather permitting, is the perfect way to get back into a routine. Each week I hope to introduce a little more exercise, longer walks and even some circuits and pilates back into my life.  I’m lucky to already be back to my pre-baby weight and the only thing left is to do some much needed toning.

2 Weeks of Reagan Marie

2 Weeks of Reagan Marie

4:30pm – Afternoon Play Time, Story Time, and Tummy Time

Feeding, Burping, Diaper Change, and then Play Time for at least an hour. In the afternoons after our walk we relax and play.  Little miss has two really good awake periods throughout the day.  One in the morning and one in the late afternoon.  We take advantage of this time and read a few books, listen to disney music on Pandora, and do tummy time exercises to strengthen her muscles.  She is getting really strong and it is so fun to talk to her and watch her move her head from side to side.  We also do baby stretches and baby massage to get her circulation going.  This is one of my favorite times of the day because her beautiful little eyes are open and taking in everything.  The happy Disney music is pretty darn uplifting too.  I can’t wait to introduce her to all the Disney princesses…YIPPPEEEEE!!! The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Tangled are all my favorites!!!! She usually falls asleep for a short 20-30min. nap after play time.

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6:30pm -7:30pm – Bath Time with Daddy & Dinner for the Parents

Once Daddy gets home from CrossFit it is bath time! This is good bonding time for Daddy and Reagan and gives mommy a break to start dinner and have some alone time.  After she is all sparkly and clean she gets a bottle of pumped milk from Daddy while mommy pumps for 15-20 min.  I love that we were not over-the-top when it came to exclusive breastfeeding.  I am trying to keep an open mind and we just go with the flow and do what feels right.  I am breastfeeding/pumping every 2 – 2.5 hours though to keep my supply up.  She also takes a pacifier occasionally and has no nipple confusion between bottle, pacifier, or breast.  I love that Jeffrey gets to enjoy the process of feeding her occasionally also.  Bonding for Daddy is just as important!!!! After she goes down for yet another nap we can put her in the bouncer and we get to sit down and enjoy dinner together.  Mommy Daddy time is so important.  We love our little girl beyond belief but we also value our relationship and at dinner we have an opportunity to just talk and enjoy each others company.  I absolutely love that we make time for our relationship and aren’t getting “lost” in being parents.

2 Weeks of Reagan Marie

9:30pm – MamaRoo Fun & Working with Daddy (Mommy is already asleep HAHA)

After dinner, my amazing and super sweet/supportive hubby takes the baby for the evening so I can get 2-3 hours of uninterrupted sleep before the night rotations start.  Jeffrey is usually up working regardless so he does the evening feeding and I get to conk out.  We have a good routine going.  He does the night feeding and I do all the late night feedings so he can sleep for 6-7 hours straight through.  Then he gets up early with her and I get a few more uninterrupted hours while he does the morning rotation.  This whole system seems to be working really well for us.  We are happy and settling into this strong routine. I know the routine will need to change and adjust as she gets older and we will cross that bridge when we get to it. But for now we are doing really well and are very much in love with our sweet little girl.

These two are literally my world and I could not love them more.  Watching Jeffrey with his little girl is absolutely amazing and wonderful.  We got a MamaRoo Rocker as a gift from my mom and it has been amazing for getting Reagan to sleep.  The hubby is a big Star War fan and so we call the rocker her “Millennium Falcon” and she loves to fly in her space ship while daddy is busy working.  So cute!!!

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 LATE NIGHT ROTATIONS

Our late night/early morning rotations are as quick and painless as humanly possible.  I always let her sleep for as long as possible but I also set an alarm to make sure she doesn’t go longer than 4 hours without eating per our pediatrician.  She usually goes a little longer at night, anywhere from 2.5 to 3.5 hours between feedings but some nights she is spot on with the 2 hour markers.  Once I get her fed, burped, changed, and swaddled tight to go back to sleep we are usually 1 hour into the rotation.  Once I pump and get cleaned up I can usually sleep for 30min to 45min before she is ready to get up and start the process all over again.  I long for the nights where she is able to go a little longer between feedings. I love our cozy nights and early mornings together where its just me and my girl.  That sweet little face and the intense love I feel for her somehow allows me to function on a few sporadic hours of sleep.  The first few days I felt like a zombie at night but now my body has adjusted and I actually don’t mind the late nights anymore.

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 This is our current routine with our sweet little angel.  The first week or so I didn’t even try to establish a routine but now its been incredibly helpful for my sanity and also to maximize our sleeping schedule.  I feel a little normal and have a few moments to myself here and there to get things done.

Its been great to keep blogging about the little moments with her. I know someday we can look back at my posts and remember details and memories we wouldn’t be able to otherwise.  I also love that we can share our beautiful little girl with all our family and friends who read my blog.  Thank You to everyone who has sent prayers and well wishes on the birth of our beautiful Reagan Marie.  We are feeling so lucky that this sweet little girl is ours and that we get to be there for all her moments growing up.  I am just obsessed with this wee baby!!!! She is already growing up and changing before our eyes and I am trying to live in the present and soak up every second.

xo xo Friends,

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“Our Wintery Maternity Photoshoot”

After an hour of braving the freezing cold and super snowy/foggy weather at 10 o’clock in the morning…we have belly pictures! I am simply obsessed with how they turned out and feel like they capture “US” as a couple and everything we are feeling about our sweet little nugget still growing in my belly.  Mommy and Daddy love you so much little one and we can’t wait to meet you!!!! Here are a few of our favorites from “Our Wintery Maternity Photoshoot.”

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Citizens of Humanity Maternity Jeans     //     Hunter Boots

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Shop the looks from our maternity shoot below! I was so happy with how everything came together and the neutral look was perfect against the snowy and foggy backdrop. Obsessed with these stunning photos!!!!

WORLDS BIGGEST THANK YOU to Kayla Northrup Photography for capturing these amazing and wonderful pictures!!! We can’t wait to have her in our home and nursery to capture photos of Baby H once he or she arrives!!!

xo xo friends,

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Baby Haguewood – 28 Weeks

Who is ready for a little Christmas 2015 flashback…because well…i’m just that far behind on my pregnancy posts. So Cheers to Christmas 2015…in January! Go figure…

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“Tis the Season to be Preggers!!!!!”

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MERRY CHRISTMAS 

How far along? 28 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: +18lbs.

Maternity clothes? Yep

Stretch marks? Nope.

Sleep: Struggling…but that might just be from all the fun Christmas excitement.  This time of year is so exciting and cheery!  

Best moment this week: We got absolutely spoiled this Christmas and so did the baby! It was amazing and so much fun unwrapping all the goodies for the baby. I can’t wait for next year when we’ll have our little bear with us finally!

Have you told family and friends? Yep!

Worst moment this week: Realizing the holidays are almost over! Double edged sword for me…I love the holidays but am so ready to meet our little gummy bear! And i’m scared shitless at the same time. YIKES! So many emotions and hormones playing into this. HAHA.

Miss Anything? I really missed having some yummy mimosas on Christmas morning! I did make our traditional Christmas morning quiche but it didn’t feel the same this year…I am literally bouncing off the walls thinking about how much fun next year is going to be with the baby!

Movement: My belly is moving around so much.  I’ll watch it rolling and it looks just like Santa’s belly moving around like a bowl full of jelly! 🙂

Food cravings: Nothing this week but super excited for Christmas Cookie exchanges and all the yummy holiday treats!!!!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Feeling GREAT!!!!

Symptoms: Not sure if baby is upside down or what the heck is going on in there but I keep feeling big jabs into my rib cage.  Sometimes it feels more like pressure coming up which makes me think it might be a little head or bottom and other times I know Baby H is kicking away right under my ribs.  If I completely open my torso up and give the little baby some extra room everything goes away.  The sensation cracks me up and makes me wonder what is GOING ON IN THERE! 🙂

Have you started to show yet: YEP

Gender prediction: BOY!!!

Labor Signs: Nada

Belly Button in or out? OUT

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: BEYOND HAPPY AT THIS POINT!!! 

Looking forward to: New Years Eve, My Birthday, 2016 “Baby’s Birth Year”, and my Baby Shower which is in a few weeks! YIPPEEEEEEEE! 

And to round out my Christmas Post here are a few photos from Christmas morning AND a photo of the Christmas Card design I did this year which was also the inspiration for my chalkboard this week.

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My BEAUTIFUL Family – Christmas 2015

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xoxo Friends,

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Baby Haguewood – 22 Weeks

Betcha all thought I forgot about this little blog of mine! Nope, just been super busy getting all the little things in life taken care of! Finally back at it just in time to get caught up posting all my past weeks.  Here is Week 22 of my pregnancy!! Enjoy!!

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How far along? 22 weeks 5 days…

Total weight gain/loss: +15lbs.

Maternity clothes? YEP!! Most of my tops still fit and I am loving the heck outta my maternity jeans! They are officially a life saver. 

Stretch marks? Nope.

Sleep: I have finally figured out my formula for great sleep.  I still wake up to use the bathroom all night long but other than that my sleep has been fantastic lately! 

Best moment this week: Spending time with my husband’s family and of course all the golden girl dogs! We had an absolutely amazing time!!! I also slept a ton, was chill most days, and got to dress up for a date night with my husband! Major happiness all around these days!

Have you told family and friends? Yep!

Worst moment this week: I got a touch of food poisoning while on vacation.  Luckily i’m feeling so much better!

Miss Anything? Curling up into a ball on the couch…the belly gets squeezed a bit.  But I can feel my little gummy bear kick all the time which makes all the uncomfortable positions bearable! 

Movement: ALL THE TIME!!! Baby gets more active in the evening which is wonderful because I can finally relax and just feel the baby move. 

Food cravings: Nothing this week. Strangely, i’ve not been super hungry at all. Nothing sounds good. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: Feeling GREAT!!!!

Have you started to show yet: I sure hope I look pregnant at this point.

Gender prediction: BOY!!!

Labor Signs: Nope.

Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: HAPPY

Looking forward to: Our 24 week OB appointment and of course Thanksgiving!!!! 

xoxo Friends,

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Baby Haguewood – 16 Weeks

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How far along? technically 19 weeks…oopps

Total weight gain/loss: +8lbs.

Maternity clothes? YEP!! Its official, I can no longer rock my regular clothes with the exception of dresses and anything flowy. I’ve also been scouting out cute maternity dresses for an upcoming wedding we are going to as well as the holidays…which are right around the corner…FaLaLaLa!!!

Stretch marks? Slathering on the Belly Balm and Mustela every morning and night!!!  

Sleep: Trying to sleep as much as possible.  I feel so much better when I go to bed early and get a solid 9+ hours.  I know these days are limited so i’m soaking up every hour I can now.  Sleeping is getting slightly more uncomfortable with each passing day however.  About time to invest in a good pregnancy pillow!!!

Best moment this week: We had an awesome visit with our new OBGYN and learned that baby is absolutely perfect. It is such a relief to know that everything is progressing safely and we are officially out of the woods with any complications.  PS…we absolutely love our new doctor and I can’t stress enough how important it is to feel listened to and heard by your doc.  I’m so happy we switched even if it was almost halfway through our pregnancy.  

Have you told family and friends? Yep!

Worst moment this week: Rockin’ the cold and sick vibe like its going out of style.  Everything is just uncomfortable and fighting anything without meds is just torture.  Still drinking lots of fluids, received my humidifier and loving it, gargling with salt water, and sleeping LOTS!! Definitely feeling better though! Things are looking up! 

Miss Anything? I would love to walk upstairs or get dressed in the morning without getting winded. Pregnancy is a funny thing and it does funny things to the body. I’m pretty sure I was in no way prepared for any of this.    

Movement: Still nothing official but the nurse assured me that I will start to feel movement any time now.  

Food cravings: Candy Corn and Salted Peanuts. Also loving the ready to bake Pillsbury Pumpkin sugar cookies.  Oh dear…i’m not gonna make it through the holidays!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Feeling GREAT!!!!

Have you started to show yet: I feel huge but I’m still not really showing at all!!!

Gender prediction: BOY!!! But now i’m thinking it might be a little girl too.  IDK!!!

Labor Signs: Nope.

Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: HAPPY but super emotional these days.  Poor hubby is being such a trooper helping with the mood swings.   

Looking forward to: Feeling the baby kick or move and our 20 week ultrasound!!!

xoxo Friends,

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Happy New Year…Cheers to 2015

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I’m so happy and excited that 2015 has finally arrived.  I’m ready for a brand new year full of exciting possibilities.  I hope everyone had a fantastic start to the new year and a fun and “SAFE” New Years Eve!!! We had a fun night out with friends and a fantastic meal.  We celebrated the New Year and my Birthday on the dance floor and kissed at midnight!!! It was epic!!! I seem to love my husband more and more as each day passes.

I did manage to squeeze in a quick baking session and busted out some fantastic and adorable Pink Champagne Cupcakes to ring in the New Year!

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My sweet mom got me this fantastic gold bar cart for my birthday.  I had a blast decorating it for our New Years Celebrations and am looking forward to all the fun holidays to come!!!

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I know i’m a little late getting a start on 2015 but I had some work done on my computer.  I’m so happy to say that my lifeline is finally back in my possession and i’m one HAPPY GIRL.  I felt completely restless without my computer and I couldn’t believe how useless I felt.  I really need to work on being “less attached” to my electronic devices!!! Moving on…

I’ve officially decided that this is the year of “NO RESOLUTIONS” for me.   Instead, i’m simply going to work on changing my “mood” in this crazy and wonderful life…

New 2015 Life Motto…

Success

LOVE IT SOOOOOO MUCH!!!!

And this is exactly where i’m at as I made the transition from 26 to 27 years old.  It seems a small shift from one day to the next, and yet I do feel slightly older and my perspective has shifted along with the new year!!!

I’ve been taking it one step at a time around the house cleaning, organizing, and chucking things as much as possible. I did manage to tear down all our Christmas goodies on New Years Day.  I am always so sad to pack them away until next year, but the house always feels clean and huge once they are all down.

Thats all i’ve got for now but I do have BIG plans for the next few months and hopefully some exciting news coming soon.

Cheers to 2015 and focusing on my own “SHIT” and discovering success in the new year!!!

Cheers friends,

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Happy December Friends…FaLaLaLa

Happy December my friends!!!!

I’m so flipping excited for Christmas, New Years, and all things SNOW related!!! Bring on a very white Christmas baby!!!

But first a quick Fall roundup…because once again I got a little behind on blogging!!! I’ve definitely been marching to my own beat lately and blogging just wasn’t part of the schedule!!!

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged since mid-November when we were celebrating Miss Jovie’s 5th birthday. I didn’t even cover our Halloween festivities…

So here is a quick recap of all things Halloween and Thanksgiving related with a few of my favorite Football ramblings sprinkled in.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2014 

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As much as I love Thanksgiving & Christmas, i’m always a little sad the day after Halloween. It truly is one of my all-time favorite holidays and I plan our costumes all year long.   This year I searched and searched for an awesome family costume!!! Last years SuperFamily was one of my absolute favorites and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to top it.

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 So keeping with the tutu theme from last year…I opted for a fun fairytale costume…

The 3 Little Pigs & The Big Bad Wolf

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 We had such a blast.  I intentionally left all our lights off so we wouldn’t get any trick-or-treaters and we hit the town with some good friends in our costumes.  As always, I made our costumes and I just want to point out that I AM SO HAPPY with how they turned out.  Although the 2 biggest challenges were finding a freakin’ pair of light pink leggings to wear under my tutu AND making the hubby’s wolf hood by hand.  It was a nice challenge but something I won’t be attempting again!!!

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2014

– November 27, 2014 –

This year was incredibly quiet for us over the Thanksgiving holiday. We are getting to that age where families are beginning to spread out and start their own traditions etc.  That means smaller family gatherings, until of course we start our own family. YAY! YAY! YAY!

I was SOOOOOOOO excited to try out a new Thanksgiving Cupcake recipe this year…

INTRODUCING the worlds cutest Pie Inspired Cupcakes…in cute packaging of course!!!! I’m in love…

Cherry Pie Cupcakes

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Apple Pie Cupcakes

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I had such a blast passing these beauties out to good friends and family! I’m so incredibly thankful for each and everyone of them!!!!

We started our morning with a wonderful and chilly walk with the golden girls. It was such a gorgeous morning and although it was COLD the sun was shining!!!!

The hubby visited some friends and I watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  We enjoyed an absolutely amazing dinner with my parents, a few aunts and cousins, and my sweet grandfather.  It was super chill and completely wonderful…and you know there were yummy Mimosas involved so I was a HAPPY girl.

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We really missed our golden girls however, so we decided to head home early this year.  We curled up in some comfy pajamas, gave lots of Thanksgiving kisses to the girls, and watched our AMAZING Seattle Seahawks destroy the San Fransisco 49ers.  Just one more reason to be extra Thankful this year!!! My friends…it was an absolutely glorious WIN and we were cheering the whole game. GO HAWKS!!

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We have so many reasons to be Thankful this year…way to many to count.  So i’ll be simple and give a shoutout to all our Friends and Family…WE LOVE YOU and are so incredibly thankful for the endless love and support we receive from you all on a regular basis. Not just on thanksgiving, but all year long.

As each year passes, I begin to see the value of our loved ones more and more, and the “stuff” of this life fades into the background. “Stuff” is meaningless and relationships are KEY.  I would like to spend my time investing in people and relationships.

With that, i’m going to wrap some Christmas gifts and put another sprig of Mistletoe up in our house…any excuse to get some “extra” kisses from my amazing hubby this time of year.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, a Happy Holiday, and Happy “Everything!!!!!”

Xo Xo & CHEERS Friends,

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Summer Recap – Part 4 “A very Happy Wedding Day”

Well Friends, this is my final Summer 2014 Recap and that means we are officially saying goodbye to September and all things Summer!!! We celebrated the beginning of Fall last week and today is the First Day of a very festive October!!! Happy Halloween month my festive and cheery friends.  I hope your homes are simply exploding with Fall decor like mine is… 🙂

 Our Summer would not have been complete without an absolutely stunning wedding, celebrating the love between my sister in law and her new hubby!!! We spent most of the summer planning and prepping for this wedding and it went off without a single hitch.

The newly minted “Mrs” was my maid of honor at our wedding 3 years ago, and I was so deeply honored to be one of her maids of honor for her gorgeous wedding. We had such a blast. The venue was simply gorgeous and what started out as a cloudy and rainy day turned around for the ceremony.  The sun was shining down on the beautiful couple as they exchanged vows.  It was BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

We started the BIG WEDDING WEEKEND by decorating the venue on Friday night!! It was really so stunning that not much decorating was needed. Jessie’s wedding color was the most gorgeous Bright Red with accents of Sunflowers sprinkled in…so pretty my friends!!!!!! And Yep, thats me…on a tall ladder…hanging sunflowers balls!!!

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Next up came the Rehearsal Dinner at the Grooms parents house!!! We rocked the Luau theme with floral dresses and Hawaiian shirts for the boys.

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And then the day was officially here…August 30th…a very Happy Wedding Day!

Time to get ready for a Wedding!! Check out the most GORGEOUS wedding dress in the background!!!!

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Beautiful Bridesmaids Dresses and a few absolutely Gorgeous Bridesmaids too…

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And of course the Beautiful Bride!!!

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Time to hop into the dress…

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At 4pm the rain started and by 5pm when we all walked down the aisle the SUN was shining down on us and on the Happy Newlyweds!!!

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My amazing husband, and the bride’s brother, was asked to officiate the ceremony and marry his beautiful sister! It was truly an amazing thing to witness…although he was relieved when it was all done! Time for the PARTY and the DANCING!!!

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We all had so much fun and the wedding was simply perfect!!!! I had an awesome opportunity to make some fun chalkboards for the wedding and was so HAPPY with how they turned out!!! Here are just a few…

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And there were lots & lots of yummy CUPCAKES!!!!

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A big CONGRATULATIONS  to the new Mr. & Mrs. I know your marriage will be absolutely epic my friends!!! So excited to add a new member to our family!!! The next additions will arrive in a tiny bundle of love…can’t wait to see what comes next!!!

Our summer was fabulous and full of sooooo many good memories!!! I’m ready for all things FALL and Halloween related and dare I say…the holidays…fa la la la!!! But lets get threw Halloween and Thanksgiving first!!!

Happy October 1st Friends!!!

xo xo,

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September means Football Season Ya’ll

September 2014

I can’t even begin to express how excited I am to welcome September!!! September really is the unofficial start of Fall and as much as I want to dive right in, we aren’t quite there just yet.  I still have a few items to cross off my  Summer bucket list.

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September means so many wonderful things to me…beautiful weather, yummy carmel & apple EVERYTHING, and of course some FOOTBALL!!! My football loving heart has been on pins and needles the last few days waiting for the 2014 Season Kickoff Game – Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers. Arghhhhhhh I literally cannot wait!!! My hubby and I have been in full football prep mode including putting up some seasonal football decor, a tasty gameday menu, and some cozy new Seahawks blankets to ring in September and the Big Game! Soooooooooooo excited!

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In honor of September I enjoyed my first Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks the other day.  The epitome of everything FALL in one amazing and delicious beverage!  Fall and Christmas are really the only times I hit up Starbucks due to the hefty $$$ I dish out and the calorie count. Yikes!!! But every sip is totally worth it!!!

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On the docket this Fall i’ve got some yummy new soup recipes that i’m excited to try out and a few fun projects to knock out as the weather gets chilly.  Watch for some fun and festive chalkboard prints that I will be posting shortly. This weekend is supposed to be the last gorgeous and HOT weekend of the summer so i’m excited to wrap up a few summer items and maybe polish off whats left of my summer tan. So CHEERS to a big WIN tomorrow night against the Packers and all the wonders that Fall will bring this September!

Lots of Love & Blessings,

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Summer Lovin’ (plus a few UPDATES)

HELLO AUGUST!!!!

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I thought it might be nice to take a little break from my SuperHero tutorials and do a post all about Sweet Summer Time!!! I’m definitely a girl who loves all 4 seasons but Summer will WIN each and every time in my book.  This girl loves sunshine and happiness and SUMMER is undeniably FULL of both!!!

Hello Summer Time 2014

So i’ve been so busy enjoying this BEAUTIFUL Summer that i’ve been neglecting my “summer” post.  HaHa, oh well. The summer months are simply glorious and are usually over way too quickly.

We’ve been busy working during the week and living life to the fullest on our days off.  We had a fun mini vacation, enjoyed an awesome and totally crazy 4th of July, and a pretty bridal shower and bachelorette bash for my sister-in-law. Here are a few other Fun Summer updates:

#1 – Wedding Season has officially arrived!!!

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 PS…one of my favorite movies of all time…”Wedding Crashers.”

Wedding Season is in full swing and i’ve been a busy little bee busting out beautiful chalkboards for some clients & getting all my Brides ready for their big day!! I absolutely love this time of year because not only do I get to see all my gorgeous brides, who I haven’t seen in months, but all the work and energy that goes into creating a wedding comes to fruition!!!

Love seeing all my stunning brides in their beautiful wedding gowns!!!!

Knowing that I had a small part in making their big day beautiful and perfect is the best feeling in the whole world!!

This year is extra special because i’ve added a new element to my title as “Bridal Consultant” and that is “Wedding Chalkboard Artist.” I’m doing 2 beautiful weddings this year and am supplying custom chalkboard art for the ceremonies and receptions!!! Can’t give away any other details other than they are going to be gorgeous!!!

#2 – CrossFit Initiation

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In other fun news, i’ve finally jumped on the CrossFit bandwagon and joined a CrossFit gym! I’m actually sitting here writing this post watching the 2014 ReeBok CrossFit games in the background.  Hello crazy strong uber-intense workout people! Man, this stuff is fun though.  I’ve never worked out so hard , felt so ridiculously uncomfortable, or so insecure/anxious in my entire life. And I keep going back!!!! I always joke with my hubby that he doesn’t “sell” CrossFit well in that he is always hurt or sore and completely tanked ALL the time.  But now i’m addicted  and understand the draw and desire to become better. CrossFit goes beyond “looking good” or simply improving your athleticism…this is about real world strength and taking your mental and physical body to a whole new level.  Holy Shit, i’ve drunk the CrossFit kool aid.

#3 – Summer Lovin’ Favorites

Here are some of my current favorites that I’ve been enjoying this summer!

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#1 – Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil in “Honey Kissed”  & Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil in “Honey Gold”     #2 – EOS Shave Cream     #3 – Songza App     #4 – Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm in “Petal Glow”     #5 – Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray     #6 – Lemon Mint Leaf Mason Jar Candle

 All these products have been super awesome finds this summer.  My special favorites include the EOS Shave Lotion,  Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil, and Neutrogena Lip Balm.  Love Love Love them all!!!!

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I can’t rave about the EOS Shave Cream enough!! My current favorite is the Vanilla Bliss!  If you haven’t heard about the EOS Lip Balm yet, PLEASE STOP whatever you are currently doing, go immediately to your local Walgreens, Target, Walmart etc. and grab a dozen (or possibly 2 dozen) of these PHENOMENAL lip balms.  These little round balls of wonderful have officially changed my life. My fav is “Sweet Mint.”

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DISCLAIMER: You might become addicted to ALL of the EOS products! 

I recently came across the EOS Shave Cream and immediately snatched it up.  This stuff is beyond amazing! I used regular body wash and was constantly cutting myself etc. Now, my skin is continuously moisturized, shaving is a breeze, and the smell is amazing!!!!

Honey Bronze

I’m super porceiln white during the winter months and during the Summer I usually get a mild tan. This year I tried the Shimmering Dry Oil from the Body Shop.com and immediately fell in love with it.  I’ve gone back and forth trying different sunless tanners and I really enjoy this one because its not really a “self tanner” at all.  Its more of a sparkly oil that you can apply, it only lasts the one application, it doesn’t have any “orange” tint to it, and it doesn’t smell funky at all.  I read several reviews about the product before officially committing and i’m so glad that I took the plunge.  I wasn’t sure about the two color options they have so I bought them both.  My go-to-fav is the “Honey Gold.” It is perfect for everyday use and great to add a small amount of color for work or shopping! The “Honey Kissed” is quite a bit darker and would be perfect for a date night or special event.  I recently wore it to a Bridal Shower and was so happy with the color it gave me. I love how it doesn’t streak, isn’t too oily, and isn’t too glittery!!! The smell is fantastic and really isn’t strong at all.  Both products are overall amazing and add the perfect amount of SPARKLE to any look.

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 Back in June I was on the hunt for a moisturizing SPF chapstick to use during Hoopfest weekend.  I came across the Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm and was very impressed! They are mostly a chapstick with a little bit of light color added.  I have never been the lipstick type and always struggle with dry lips.  This is the perfect combo of moisturizer and a little bit of color for special occasions, with a bonus of SPF for added sun protection!!! I use my EOS lip balm multiple times per day and will throw this on top if we are headed out on a date or if I have an important client/ appointment to attend to! My favorite color is the “Petal Glow.” I love this product and will definitely be purchasing it again!

#4 – Happy 3rd Wedding Anniversary Mr. & Mrs. Haguewood!!!

On July 30, 2011 I married my Best Friend and Soul Mate!!! I can’t believe how quickly we shot through the years…but I am beyond grateful for every Year, every Day, and every Moment we’ve shared. The wedding was gorgeous but the marriage is EPIC!!!! I’m so beyond happy and beyond in love with my husband! The life and family we are building together is simply BEAUTIFUL and better than anything I could’ve ever imagined!!!

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#5 – We said GoodBye to my beautiful Grandmother, Helen Theresa Allen!!!

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On August 4, 2014 we said goodbye & God Bless to my kind and wonderful Grandmother.  She was a stunning example of what a strong and loving woman could accomplish throughout a lifetime.  Wife to her husband and love of 62 years, mother to 7 beautiful children, and grandmother and great-grandmother to many, she will be forever LOVED and forever missed as well as cherished in all our hearts!!! The Catholic funeral mass was gorgeous and very lovely! We honored her with a full police funeral escort and sang a jig in honor of her memory as we lowered her casket. Beautiful pink lilies and carnations adorned her grave and we will forever remember the beauty and heart that she carried with her.

TO MY GRANDMOTHER IN HEAVEN:

I will always remember your petite frame and endless capacity for love.  You are a beautiful example of strength and willpower as well as compassion and LOVE! Thank you for raising the most wonderful woman I know, my mother Nancy, and I hope and pray that someday I will be half the woman and mother that you have been in your lifetime.  You are a shining example of everything I strive to be in my life, All Woman, All Strength, and All Love!!! Thank you for your endless inspiration and faith in me as an individual! I will forever Love you!!!

I hope you are enjoying every beautiful moment of this gorgeous Summer!!!

Thank You for Reading,

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Happy First Day of Fall!!!!

Well…it has finally arrived! My favorite season is here and the holidays are soon to follow.  Our house will be fully decked out from now until January 1st!!! Muahahahaha!!!! My husband is so patient and puts up with so much!!!

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We’ve been busy working and prepping the house for the winter months.  I have finally gotten around to putting up some Fall decorations…woohoo!!!! I’m going to pretend like I haven’t been planning my decor for the past 2 months. Here’s a peek at some of my Fall furnishings.

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Burlap Banner DIY Tutorial can he found HERE!!!

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The holidays are getting more and more exciting! Every year my decorations get a little better and much more fun. It is so awesome being married and having a home to share with my husband.  Our marriage also gets better with each passing year…no shame here…we are a continually work in progress!!! Every day is worth it by the way!!!

Our Seattle Seahawks have been killing it with 3 wins so far…WOOHOO!!! I decided to deck out my marriage chalkboard with a fun little festive garland! And I wanted a fun board to record the Seahawks progress on…Boom Baby!!!

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Fall is beyond wonderful!!! I am so looking forward to more football, crock pot dishes, and Hocus Pocus marathons!!!!

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I hope everyone has a fantastic week and FYI tomorrow is my Friday…time to celebrate!!!!!!!

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Happy 2nd Wedding Anniversary Mr. & Mrs. Haguewood

WOO Freakin’ Hoo!!!!! We’ve been married for TWO YEARS! I can’t even begin to describe how wonderful marriage is and how much WE have both grown as a couple and as individuals.  Jeffrey and I met while I was working at a private athletic club and he was a new member. This little lady caught his eye as he puts it, while strolling across the skybridge one day.  We went on our first date, a walk through a local park with Jovie, a few weeks later…and those hours pretty much sealed the deal.

Two months later on a snowy December night Jeffrey proposed to me in our living room. I was so surprised and didn’t see it coming at all.  We both knew we were meant to be together AND i’m so thankful he pulled the trigger early on. Why waist a single day!!!!

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The following July we tied the knot at a gorgeous historical hotel in our hometown.  I had always dreamed of getting married there since I was a little girl…but it was beyond what I could have ever imagined!!!!

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_MG_8531The whole night was a blur or roses, romance, and crazy dancing!! To say the least, our wedding was AMAZING!!! I still relive the whole day and can remember every detail.

Like I said yesterday, the wedding was EPIC, but the marriage is even better!!! I couldn’t possibly be more in love with my husband, only time will tell, i’m sure love changes and grows deeper the longer you know someone.  As of right now, I love my life.  I only dreamed of being this happy once and now it is an absolute reality!!! I’m so thankful for our love and friendship, but it hasn’t come without patience, sacrifice, and understanding from both of us.  I truly know what it means to love another human being with my whole heart and to feel a part of building something wonderful.  I thank the Lord everyday for the blessings he has given to me.

Jeffrey Haguewood I LUUUUUVVVVVV YOU!!!!!!