Friday, June 28, 2013

So long, Google Reader | Follow Selfless Ambition on bloglovin'


Hi friends!
I realized today that I've been blogging for 8 months now...where did the time go?! It's been such a fun journey so far and blogging has truly become one of my fave past times. The blogging community is amazing...so many great blogs out there!

Although I'm sad Google Reader/Friend Connect is going away, I'm glad we still have other means to stay in touch. That said, I'd love for you to continue to follow Selfless Ambition on bloglovin'. 

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See you on the other side, folks ;)
Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A Blog Face Lift + 28 Week Update


So you may have noticed a few changes around here. I decided recently that this little blog needed a bit of a face lift so I reached out to my bloggy BFF, Lanesha, who blogs over at We are the Tabbs. Need a new blog design?? Give her a shout! She's a gem to work with and does a fab job! You can check out her work here.

Any hoo, on to my 28 week update. Can y'all believe I'm already 28 weeks?! Just 12 weeks to go! Seriously can't believe it. 


28 WEEK UPDATE

Due date?
September 16th

How far along?
28 weeks + 1 day! Only 12 weeks to go!

How big is baby?
Baby may weigh as much as 2 1/2 pounds and is about 14 inches long. She can now open and close her eyes and sense changes in light.

Cravings?
I'm pretty much eating everything. No food aversions really. My current favorites are peanut butter milkshakes from Sonic and watermelon. So glad to have a healthy craving because those shakes have to be AT LEAST 800 calories. 

How I feel?
Still feeling good with the exception of some serious indigestion. The indigestion set in about 3 weeks ago. Let's just say that I keep my bottle of Tums close by at all times. I hear indigestion is an indication that the baby will have a lot of hair. Guess we'll see!

Showing?
Oh yeah. Found out that I've gained 25 pounds total at my last OB appointment. I hear that's "normal" but I have 12 weeks to go for crying out loud. I should probably start taking walks in the evening to burn off some of the hundreds of calories I'm putting in my mouth everyday. ;)

Movement?
YES! She started kicking at about 25 weeks. I was with my hubby the first time I felt it. I thought I felt a kick but I wasn't sure so I put his hand on my stomach and as soon as I did, she kicked again. He was SO excited! It was so fun to get to experience that for the first time together. And she's been turning flips in there ever since. She's a busy little girl already!

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

Looking forward to?
Just meeting her. And kissing her. 

Sleeping OK?
Yep, still sleeping pretty well. 

Next Doctor's Appointment?
This Friday, June 28th.

Prayer Requests?
For me and my baby girl - just for a continued healthy pregnancy. Thank you, loves. 


.:: Details ::.
pants: Target Maternity
jewels: Groupdealz & Michael Kors

Just for fun, I thought it would be cool to put together a side-by-side progression of the pregnancy so far. The 4 week shot is especially funny because I had no idea I was pregnant at that point. I actually found out about 2 weeks later. I dub the 9 week picture a "miracle pic" because I was SO sick during that time and taking OOTD pics was the LEAST of my worries. And as you can see, I took a break from taking pics until about 16 weeks.


I decided I didn't want to bombard you guys with weekly updates...and frankly, I knew I wouldn't be able to keep up with weekly updates, so I've been trying to post an update every 4 weeks starting at 16 weeks. It's pretty cool to see how much my sweet baby has grown in the last 28 weeks!

Check out past updates!

Linking up with:
Whatever Whenever Wednesday @ Because Shanna Said So
Fashion & Faith @ Ruby Girl
Lovely Blog Hop @ Her & Nicole

Friday, June 21, 2013

Hello, Summer | A Bucket List


I put together lists and goals for myself regularly. Kinda like this one. Forget the fact that my goals are often quite lofty and not S.M.A.R.T. But can I get an 'A' for effort, at least?! Anyway, in honor of the first day of summer, I figured I should put together a summer to-do list...ie bucket list.  

Baby Webb is due September 16th, so my goal is to accomplish all 10 of the following goals by or before then:

1. Shake my pregnant boot-ay with my ladies at The Mrs. Carter Show in a few weeks. I'm not much of a music buff...I know, I know...so uncultured. Don't get me wrong, I like music just as much as the next person, but I'm pretty much a radio girl.  iTunes doesn't get much of my money...with the exception of my girl Bey. Say what you will about her but she is a stone cold entertainer and I am SO excited about seeing her in concert!


2. Host a surprise daddy-to-be shower for my hubby (hopefully he doesn't read this post). He's already such a good daddy so I just want to encourage and celebrate him. Thinking something really low key with a few of his friends...will probably incorporate basketball and Raising Canes...two of his faves. 

3. Eat. My. Groceries. Better plan my meals. And limit eating out to once (maybe twice) a week.

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4. Start a journal for my baby girl. Someday (when she's able to read), I want her to know how much her mommy loves her...even before she made her appearance in this world. I want her to be encouraged by my words. And have the journal forever as a keepsake.

5. Garages are in the back of the homes in our neighborhood so interactions with neighbors are really limited. I thought it would be nice to make "hi, I'm your new neighbor" gifts for the neighbors on each side of us. I've made several of these 'quick bread in a jar' gifts for friends and others...seems to be a hit...so I'm leaning towards doing something like this for them.  

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6. Host a very small house warming. Probably just family and a few friends. Maybe at the beginning of August. We'll see.

7. Buy, start, and finish this book called the Home Experience by Devi Titus. Here's Amazon's description of the book:

The Home Experience is a tool to help reshape the families' pathway to love, peace, and a lifetime of joy. The book is truly a powerful wake up call for women to breathe new life into their homes. This full color 275-page coffee table style book is both a motivating book to read and a mentoring curriculum to use. The Home Experience defines essential principles and practices to bring greater elements of love and peace to their home experiences. Vital relationship skills, conflict management, and personality dynamics are clearly and cleverly defined by the author from her expertise. Everything from Judeo/Christian biblical principles and priority management to practical homemaking techniques, the reader will find this book informative and fun.

I'm THE WORST when it comes to finishing books. But this is one that I think will come in handy as a new homeowner and new mommy. I want my family to love being at home and to feel a sense of peace and joy when here. 

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8. Finish START and finish baby girl's nursery. I have a solid idea of  the design, colors, etc. Read more about it here.

9. Rehab a few used furniture pieces I bought recently. And by rehab, I really mean paint/spray paint. :) The green table, dresser, and glider/ottoman are going in the nursery. The 2 green chairs will be reupholstered to match my living room decor. I'm excited to get started and see how it all turns out.


10. Get going on my Project 52 challenge. I have majorly neglected the entire challenge. My quiet times have been super inconsistent and sometimes NON-existent some weeks. Gotta get back on it. 

So there you have it...my summer bucket list. I'll be sure to post my progress along the way. Wish me luck!

Linking up with The Foley Fam

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Baby Webb Nursery Inspiration & Design


Hi Lovelies! It's been a couple weeks since I last posted.
Work has been REALLY busy the past couple months.

A few people have asked me about my nursery. So far, we have 3 of the 4 walls painted. I know...bad mama. :| Honestly, the nursery has taken a bit of a back seat to other rooms in the new house but now that the house is getting more settled, I can refocus on the nursery.

I do have a solid idea of the color scheme and overall theme for the room. I knew early on that I wanted a modern nursery...something I could easily transition when baby girl becomes a big girl. I initially decided on light pink, mint green, black, white, and gold accents for the color pallet. I recently swapped the mint green out for more of a turquoise-aqua shade. And I threw out the black & white since the carpet upstairs is light brown. 

Here are a few nurseries that inspired my design!

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And here's MY design!
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I do plan to purchase MOST of what you see in the design above. As much as I love two-toned cribs, I can't seem to find one under $300, so I'll probably settle for a more affordable Graco crib in a solid white or espresso finish. 

I also plan to rehab a couple pieces rather than buy new.


My parents gave us an old glider and ottoman that we'll paint. Which is a major score considering that gliders run anywhere from $150 to $1,000! It just needs a coat of paint (most likely white) and it'll be like new. I considered reupholstering the cushions but they're in great shape so I'll probably leave them alone.


I recently bought an old antique dresser for $100 which I'll use for both a dresser and changing table. I'd like to paint it a pretty turquoise color similar to the dresser in the design mock-up above. And the mirror will definitely be coming off. ;)


Lastly, I wanted a nice side table to place next to the glider. I really liked this $120 barrel table. $120 is more than I wanted to spend so I continued my hunt until I found this green beauty on clearance at Target for $42! Yes. The plan is to spray paint this table in a metallic gold. 

Can't wait to see it all come together...and share the process here with you. ;) Stay tuned!

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