Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Family Vacation | Babymoon + 24 Week Update


I spent Memorial Day weekend in the beautiful city of Seagrove, FL...right outside of Destin.

I'm reminded quite often these days that my vacationing days will be few and far in between with a new baby so I knew I wanted to get a vacation in before Baby Webb makes her debut in September. So when my family in Atlanta started talking about/planning a weekend vacay in Destin, hubby and I, along with my parents, decided to join in on the fun!

There was a big group of us...18 total...so it felt much more like a family vacation than a "babymoon" but it was a vacation nonetheless so I was happy. The white sand and blue water down there is utterly amazing...and the weather was nothing short of perfection.


This was the view from our balcony. Isn't it sooo pretty?!


We stayed in the most adorable two bedroom condo with my cousin, Tiffany & her hubby. This was our room. I was so preoccupied with just enjoying my time there that I forgot to take pictures of the rest of the condo. But take my word for it...it was really cute.


The first morning, my Aunt cooked a yummy breakfast complete with fried chicken! 


After breakfast, we headed out to the beach. 




Dinner the first night...me & my man.


The parents.


A quick group shot right before a stroll around Baytowne Wharf in Destin.


Hubby decided to do some ziplining! And it was pure comedy...as always.



Cedra's adorable little girl, Lexi...she had us ALL in stitches all weekend. This little girl needs to be on TV...seriously.



Breakfast on the balcony


Our last day on the beach :(


And last but not least...our last meal at the Donut Hole. Have you ever seen a pancake this huge?!

I could've used just one more day on that beach but I'm glad to be home. We had a great time...I'm so glad we got to get away for a few days!

Now on to my 24 week update...24 WEEKS = 6 months...craziness.

24 WEEK UPDATE

Due date?
September 16th

How far along?
24 weeks + 2 days!  

How big is baby?
Baby may weigh as much as 1 pound and about a foot long. 

Cravings?
No real cravings anymore. My dad called me "Mikey" the other day because I seriously have the urge to eat everything in sight. :| 

How I feel?
Still feeling pretty good! 

Showing?
Yep, definitely showing now. I've gained 17 POUNDS as of my 22 week doctor's appointment. Yikes.


Movement?
Still feeling the occasional flutter but no kicking yet. 

Gender?
Baby Webb is a girl! Read all about the gender reveal here.

Looking forward to?
Starting to pull the nursery together. Can't wait to see my vision come to life...and share it with all of you.

Sleeping OK?
Yep, still sleeping OK. 

Next Doctor's Appointment?
June 10th

Prayer Requests?
May was super hectic so thank you for your prayers. We moved into our home and I took 3 trips total (2 for work)...and we managed to survive.

I'm in serious nesting mode so please pray that I would pace myself. Oh...and that I would choose healthy meals and snacks over what I REALLY want to eat...like cake, donuts, hamburgers, etc. ;) And of course, pray for baby girl...for her health. And overall, just a continued healthy pregnancy.

Monday, May 13, 2013

OOTD + A Few Random Thoughts & Updates


Hello lovelies!
It's Monday...all. over. again. 

Although I am grateful for a great career, the fact that I have to work 5 out of the 7 days of the week just doesn't sit well with me! haha! 4 days a week is plenty. Am I alone ladies?

So I have a few updates for you + an outfit I was miraculously able to pull together...with only the top being "maternity". It was totally an accident because this is not what I was planning to wear that day, but I loved the outcome. Anyway, more outfit details later.

Have a few updates for you:

1. We closed on our house last Thursday! Yay! We got the keys to the house the same day and will be moving this week. We're both sooo excited. So many decisions to make though...paint colors, landscaping, furniture, decor, which room to design first, etc, etc. I have this overwhelming urge to get it all done NOW. I hear they call it "nesting" in pregnancy land. I have to keep reminding myself that I need to pace myself...oh yeah, and that I'm not a millionaire and can't afford to decorate a whole house in one week. 

2. I'm going to Toronto next week for work. It's an overnight trip, too, so it should be interesting. Seriously...who goes all the way to Canada for one night? This girl does. Well, my boss says I have to, so I guess I should obey. I need to remember to drink lots of water. I traveled to California for work last week and didn't feel so well the whole time I was there. Had a little bit of cramping when I got home. I called my doc and she said it was because I'm not drinking enough water. And she's right. Gotta do better.

3. Ummm...this girl whose had an innie all her life...now has an outie...thanks to Baby Webb! I feel somewhat exposed. Like I'm showing too much cleavage or something, you know? Or like I'm wearing a bra with no padding and it's cold in the room...and maybe I'm a little "nipply". My hubby says I should put tape over it...but how uncomfortable would that be?! Guess I better get used to this thing sticking out because I've got 4+ more months to go.

4. I'm 22 weeks today. My next OB appointment is tomorrow and I get to hear my girl's heart beat again. Hearing her moving around in there with a strong heart beat almost brings me to tears every time. Can't wait to meet her! Check back in 2 weeks for my 24 week update.

5. Mother's Day this year was fab! Hubby had some training at his reserve unit during the day on Saturday and Sunday, so we decided to invite our moms out to the Saturday evening service at our church and dinner after church. It was a good time. I feel so blessed to be able to celebrate our moms for another year. To top it all off, I got a couple of sweet "mommy-to-be" cards and text messages from friends and my hubby. It was a fun weekend for sure!


This is one of my fave skirts! Pretty sure it was halfway unzipped all day but thanks to this long and thick maternity tee from Target, I was able to pull it off without exposing myself! yay! This will definitely be the last time I wear it until after the baby comes, though. ;)


.:: Details ::.
mint cardigan: GAP Outlet
grey v-neck tee: Tar-jay {Liz Lange Maternity}
pleated maxi skirt: Bebe
belt: off of a dress {I think?}
necklace: Anthropologie {old}
watch: Michael Kors
wedges: BCBG Girls Outlet

Hope you enjoyed your weekend! 


Linking up with:
Weekend Shenanigans @ Sami's Shenanigans
Random Wednesday @ Because Shanna Said So
Whatever Whenever Wednesday @ Rolled Up Pretty

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

February, March & April Budget Recap


Let me just warn you now that this is a LONG post. Lots of words. But I've been slacking on posting monthly so I figured I should get it all out of the way then start fresh again for May. So don't grow weary & read on. ;)

:: FEBRUARY ::

February was a R-O-U-G-H month for me. I initially had no intention of sticking with my self-imposed shopping ban. I found out I was expecting in mid-January and shortly after that the fatigue and the all-day nausea set in like a MOTHER. I had ZERO motivation to even shop online. I just wanted to sleep and longed for the sickness to go some-flippin-where. So in summary, Baby Webb saved me $75 in February. ;)

:: MARCH ::



I definitely got back into the swing of things in March. I found enough energy to visit my local GAP Outlet and Target and bought my first maternity pieces online at Old Navy.

1. Target Men's Camo Button-Down Shirt :: $16.88 clearance (not available online). I had my eye on this shirt when it first arrived at my local Target but decided I didn't want it bad enough to pay $25 for it. I knew quantities were limited, yet I still couldn't bring myself to buy it. It eventually dropped down to $17, so I decided to go back for it. But of course, a size small was no where to be found so I opted for the medium. I didn't mind that it fit loosely. I wore it for my pregnancy announcement pics. I envision wearing it over a pale pink maxi dress...yep, I think that would be cute.

2. Anthropologie Layered Necklace :: $38 (not available online). I just love a dainty necklace. And I love the versatility of this necklace with the 3 different colored stones.

3. H&M Beige Top w/Lace Neckline Detail :: $5 (not available online). Stretchy + neutral color + $5...need I say more?

4. GAP Outlet Navy Polka Dot Blazer :: $19.99 (not available online). I love a nice-fitting blazer so I was immediately drawn to this polka dot one. Although I've only worn it once, I consider it a staple piece in my closet and will likely wear it throughout the summer.

5. H&M Pink Top w/Sheer Neckline :: $12.95 (not available online). I was looking for a casual but feminine pink top to pair with my striped eShakti skirt and I thought this top was the perfect compliment. I wore it a couple weeks later for our gender reveal party. It has plenty of "give" so I hope to be able to wear it a few more times before my belly gets too big.

6. Old Navy Maternity Gray Striped Tee :: $14.94. Just a casual top to wear under a cardi now or by itself with cropped jeans or shorts this summer. It's really light weight so hopefully it'll keep me cool this summer. Bonus: Pretty sure this top is less than $15 now.

7. Old Navy Maternity Striped Knit Dress :: $10. Stripes, cotton & $10...need I say more?

8. GAP Outlet Striped Dress :: $14.75 (not available online). Loved the feel and fit of this dress. So I bought it. :)

9. Old Navy Maternity Printed Cropped Pants :: $28. I just love a cute pair of printed pants. And they can be dressed up or down.

10. Old Navy Maternity Polka Dot Tank :: $12.94. Another light weight top for summer. I picture myself sipping on lemonade in this tank paired with red shorts and a denim jacket on the 4th of July. Yes. I see it.

11. GAP Outlet Mint Cardigan :: $19.99 (not available online). I love GAP's cardigans. Good quality and they come in every possible color. Believe it or not, this is my first article of clothing in this popular shade. And I've worn it several times since I bought it. Score.

12. Not pictured: Old Navy Olive Green Striped Tank :: $12.94 (no longer available online).

Total:
Old Navy :: $84.50 (including tax) LESS $50 Gift Card LESS $10 Rewards = $24.50
GAP Outlet :: $59.09 (including tax)
Target :: $33.63 (including tax)
Anthropologie :: $41.14 (including tax)
H&M :: $19.43 (including tax)
$177.79 GRAND TOTAL

I had $75 to start with for March + $75 left over from February + the $39.69 of merchandise sold from my store. So I actually ended up coming in UNDER budget (hey-o) in March by $11.90. Yay me! Sadly, it it all went down hill in April. :|

:: APRIL ::



1. Forever 21 Butterfly Print Layered Dress :: $29.80. Did you catch my recent rant about maternity clothes? Well, I stumbled in Forever 21 a couple weekends ago and came across some of the cutest flowy non-maternity dresses. I bought a size bigger and it fit very loosely over my baby bump. Yes!

2. Forever 21 Sheer Maxi Dress :: $32.80. Another pretty flowy dress! Looking forward to wearing this pretty little thing.

3. Forever 21 Floral Peplum Blazer :: $32.80. I was pretty proud of myself for finding this much more affordable version of this fab floral Zara blazer. What's that you ask?...Would I prefer the Zara blazer over this one?...Um, heck yeah. Zara's version has much more of a structured look and fit, which I love, but I'm even more in love with the fact that I saved almost $70 on the Forever 21 version. Holler.

4. GAP Outlet Denim Jacket :: $35.99 :: originally $59.99 (not available online | similar option at regular GAP stores). Pretty sure I've worn this jacket 100 times since I bought it 2 weeks ago. Totally a purchase I can justify. Totally.

5. Francesca's Collections Necklace :: $12.98 (not available online). I just thought it was pretty...so I bought it.

6. Francesca's Collections Green Island Necklace :: $22. I walked in Franceca's and this necklace was screaming at me..."put me on...put me ON!!". So I did. And she went home with me. After I paid for it, of course.

7. Belly Belt :: $19.95. Wasn't quite ready to splurge on maternity slacks for work. I came across this genius invention a couple weeks ago and it has proven to be the best 20 bucks I've spent in awhile.

8. Not pictured: BCBG Girls Outlet Wedges :: $63.60. Soooo...did I need another pair of wedges? Probably not. But they just looked SO cute on my freshly pedicured feet. Don't judge me.

Drum roll....

Total:
Forever 21 :: $103.27 (including tax)
GAP Outlet :: $38.96 (including tax)
Francesca's :: $37.87 (including tax)
Motherhood Maternity :: $21.59 (including tax)
BCBG Girls Outlet :: $68.85 (including tax)
$270.54 GRAND TOTAL

Okkkkkkkk...so as you can see I went OVER my budget this month by $195. Yikes. Does it make a difference that I did most of this damage during my annual girls weekend trip? I guess it probably doesn't. But seriously...what's a girls trip without SHOPPING? Yeah, maybe not a good excuse. I'll do better in May. I promise. Most of these shopping shenanigans will come to end temporarily any way since I have a house to decorate and a baby on the way to buy for.

HOLD ME ACCOUNTABLE, ladies. $75/month is the budget I set, so $75 is what I need to stick to. No excuses.

Linking up with Fran for Budgeting Bloggers.

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