Third Trimester Recap

Ok so I am currently one month postpartum, so clearly I’m a little behind! But I’ve been busy! Our little man, Hendrix Elliott Withrow, was born on September 9th, and we’ve just been soaking up all the snuggles and love with him! Our labor and delivery story will be coming soon, but I still want to go ahead and share my third trimester recap since I did the same with trimesters one and two!

Symptoms

Much like my first two trimesters, I was blessed to not really have many symptoms during my third trimester. I was definitely more tired than in the second trimester, which meant that I took a nap almost daily. I peed a million times a day, but that was nothing new since I had been dealing with that my entire pregnancy. As far as cravings go, the only thing I consistently wanted throughout the entire trimester was peaches. I was also enjoying sweets more instead of the salty/savory I had been wanting at the beginning of pregnancy. I had a few aches and pains, which is to be expected in the third trimester, but nothing major, and I was able to continue exercising (basically just walking on the treadmill) all the way until the end!

28 weeks

Diet and Exercise

I ended up gaining about 35 pounds total. I had been hoping to stay more around the 30 pound mark, but 35 is still within a healthy range for my starting weight, so I wasn’t too upset about it. Like I said earlier, I continued to walk all the way until the end, but that is pretty much all I was comfortable doing as far as exercise goes. I tried to keep lots of protein, fruits, and veggies in my diet, but I’ll be honest, I gave in to most of my cravings. I am normally a big sweets person, so when I was craving more savory things during the first trimester, I thought maybe sweets wouldn’t be an issue for me during my pregnancy. But, by the third trimester I was definitely back on the sweets!

31 weeks

Nursery

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen plenty of the nursery. We went with a beach/surf theme, and I’m so happy with how it turned out! It actually is not 100% finished yet, we’re just missing a few small details, but since his arrival, I really haven’t gotten a chance to focus on finishing it. I’ll get it all done eventually, but for now, I’m just enjoying spending time in there with my baby boy!

Life in General

The last trimester was spent just preparing for baby and enjoying the time we had left with just the two of us! My husband worked a lot during this trimester since he knew he would be doing a little less once baby arrived, and I spent the majority of my time shopping, organizing, and making sure we had everything we needed for our baby boy! We didn’t go on a ton of date nights throughout my pregnancy, but we made sure to get one last date night in about two weeks before his arrival! Since my pregnancy was fairly easy and complication free, the third trimester was pretty much just waiting and trying to enjoy the end of pregnancy!

37 weeks
39 weeks

Products I Loved

I really didn’t used any new products during my third trimester, but I was still loving all of the ones I had been using through the rest of my pregnancy. Clothes were a struggle at this point, and even my maternity shorts and shirts started to get too small, so I bought this dress a week or two before he was born, and pretty much lived in it until the day I went into labor.

What’s In My Hospital Bag

You guys. I seriously can’t believe that I’m already at this point in my pregnancy! I’m officially 38 weeks today, so he literally could come at any time within the next three-ish weeks! I started packing my hospital bag around 34 weeks, and I have now officially added all of my last minute items, so I’m ready to go!

I will be linking everything that I can in this post, so just follow the link if you see an item that you’re interested in! I also have an IGTV video to go along with this blog, so if you want to see a closer look at any of these items, make sure you head over to my Instagram to check that out!

For Mama

Robe – I purchased this robe from Target and I love it! It’s so soft and I just think the lace adds a pretty detail. It comes in black as well, but I chose the gray because it will match better with the items I plan to put my son in for pictures. I plan to to wear the robe just around the hospital after I give birth so that I can be comfortable and have easy access for breastfeeding.

Nursing dress / night gown – I ordered this night gown in dark gray from Amazon to wear at the hospital after I give birth. The material is so soft, and the buttons at the top make it super convenient for breastfeeding. I feel like this will be really easy and comfortable right after giving birth, but will also make me feel a little bit cute and put together as well. I only ordered one, but I have a feeling that I may be ordering a couple more and living in these for the first few weeks after he arrives!

Nursing bras – I’m bringing two different kinds of nursing bras, just because I’m not sure which I’ll be most comfortable in. I bought two of these bralette style ones from Target, and I’m bringing two of these sleep bras that I ordered from Amazon. Both are really comfortable, so I’ll just have to see which I prefer while I’m in the hospital.

Nursing tank – I am bringing one of these nursing tanks that I got from Target. I’m planning on wearing the night gown the majority of the time that I’m in the hospital, but I’m bringing this too just in case we have to be there an extra day or even if I decide I’d rather wear the tank and pants.

Sweat pants – I’m just bringing a pair of old sweat pants that I already have and won’t mind if they get ruined. Just like the nursing tank, I doubt that I will wear these while I’m at the hospital, but I just want to have some options. I feel like I will be most comfortable in the night gown, but the last thing I want is to be stuck there with no other options, so I’m bringing these just in case.

Maternity leggings – I am bringing this pair that I got at Motherhood Maternity. Again, I really don’t know if I will wear these, but they’re so comfortable, so I wanted to have them as an option. They keep everything sucked in really well, which I feel like I will really want right after giving birth.

Underwear – If you’ve had a baby before, you know that granny panties are an essential right after giving birth. I purchased this pack from Target and they are so stretchy and comfortable! I know people say that black is the best color option, but they didn’t have a pack of all black, so I will just make do with the colored ones.

Socks – I am just bringing a couple pairs of my regular socks. I know that people say the fuzzy ones with the no-slip grips on the bottom are the best for the hospital, but I live in Florida and I will never wear those socks again because it’s so hot, so I just don’t really see the point in spending the money. Plus, I’m pretty sure the hospital will give me a pair with my gown, so if I really want to wear them, I’ll just wear the ones from the hospital.

Cardigan – I’m just bringing a big cozy cardigan that I already have. This is another thing that I’m not sure if I will actually wear (because again, Florida) but I know that it can be cold in the hospital so I want to have it just in case.

Coming home outfit – I purchased this black maxi dress on Amazon to wear home from the hospital. This dress is super stretchy, loose, and comfortable, which I’m pretty sure is going to be exactly what I want at that time. Plus, I’ll definitely be able to wear this postpartum as well!

Slippers – I will be bringing a pair of slippers that I already own. Since I’m not bringing no-slip socks, I figure I will be wearing my slippers quite a bit. They’re easy to put on, they’re cute, and they’re comfortable, all of which I feel will be important to me while at the hospital!

Flip flops – The only other footwear I plan on bringing besides my slippers are a pair of basic flip flops. I plan to wear them to the hospital, as well as home, and I can wear them in the shower and around the hospital too if I need to.

Toiletries – I am bringing travel sizes of all of my basic toiletries that I use on a daily basis. Shampoo & conditioner, body wash, face wash, small loofa, a razor (just for my arm pits, I don’t plan on shaving anything else while in the hospital,) dry shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush & toothpaste, contact solution, lotion, hairspray, etc. I will also be bringing several hair ties, my hairbrush and comb, a headband, chapstick, my glasses, extra contacts, tissues, and just a few other basic items to make myself comfortable during and after labor.

Hair dryer – This one is obviously not necessary, and I went back and forth on whether or not to bring it for a long time, but in the end, I decided to. We’re not having any professional photos taken in the hospital, but we do plan on taking lots of our own, so I want to be able to at least semi put myself together afterward so that I’m comfortable being photographed. I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to bring my straightener, but if I have room, I may throw it in my bag with the rest of my last minute items.

Makeup – Just like the hairdryer, makeup is definitely not necessary, but I just want to bring the basics to make myself feel a little more put together. The only things I plan to bring are my face moisturizer, foundation, concealer, powder, a brow pencil, and mascara.

Postpartum necessities – I know that the hospital will provide me with pretty much everything I need to care for myself postpartum, but I wanted to bring some of my own items as well, just to make myself feel a little more comfortable. I am bringing two different kinds of pads, some of the Depends style underwear, a few nursing pads, and the Earth Mama nipple butter and perineal spray. I also bought myself some Tucks pads, but I plan to just use those once I’m home and won’t be taking them to the hospital.

Vitamins and medications – I definitely plan to keep taking my prenatal and fish oil after I give birth, so I’m bringing 3-4 days worth of these pills to the hospital. I also heard that stool softener and gas relief pills can be helpful postpartum (especially if I end up with a c-section for some reason) so I’m bringing both of those as well. I know the hospital will probably provide me with both of those if I need them, so I may not use my own, but I feel like it doesn’t hurt to have them just in case!

For Baby

I’m honestly not bringing much for our little guy because the hospital will provide almost everything we need, so this list is quite a bit shorter than mine!

Swaddle, hat, and mittens set – I am bringing this set from Lou Lou & Company. This is what I plan to have him in for his very first photos announcing his birth, and will probably be what we use for most our other photos as well because it matches the robe I’m bringing for myself.

Footed sleepers – I am bringing these two footed sleepers from Target for him to wear while we are in the hospital. I know there’s a chance we won’t use these while we’re there because I know a lot of times babies are just swaddled while in the hospital, but I just want to have the option to put him in something else if I want to.

Coming home outfit – I purchased this coming home outfit from Gigi and Max, and I’m so excited to put him in it! I’m not a big fan of baby clothes that have quotes or sayings on them, but I found a lot of that when searching for a coming home outfit. I love this one because it’s so cute and simple, and doesn’t have any words on it!

Socks – I honestly don’t know if I will need any socks for him while we’re at the hospital because all of the outfits I’m bringing already cover his feet, but I figured I should bring a couple pairs just in case!

Hat and mittens – I will be bringing the hat and mittens that match the swaddle I’m bringing, and I will also be bringing an extra hat and mittens that match the two footed sleepers. He may only wear them for photos, but I just want to have options!

Pacifiers – The last thing I will be bringing for baby are two different kinds of pacifiers. Again, I don’t know for sure if we will use these at the hospital, but I want to have them just in case. I’m bringing one of these Avent pacifiers and one of these Bibs pacifiers and we’ll just see which he prefers!

Extras

A few other general items that I plan to bring include:

Car seat – This one is a no-brainer. Can’t go home without it!

Empty folder – I’ve heard that they send you home from the hospital with a ton of paperwork, so I’m bringing an empty folder to put it all in. This way, it’s all in one place together, and I don’t have to worry about keeping track of it all.

Baby book – I’m bringing this so that I can have the nurses do his footprints in it when they do their set after he’s born. If I have any time I may fill out some of the detail of his birth as well, so that it’s still fresh in my mind and I don’t forget anything.

Snacks – These will be mainly for my husband while I’m in labor, but I may eat a few of them afterwards as well.

Boppy – I’ve heard that having your breastfeeding pillow in the hospital while learning to breastfeed can be super helpful, and the nurse that did our hospital tour recommended it as well, so I definitely plan on bringing mine.

Throw blanket – This obviously isn’t necessary, but I’m all about having things that will make me feel more comfortable and like I’m at home, so I plan to bring one of our super soft throw blankets. Even if I don’t end up using it, I’m sure my husband will!

Water bottle with straw – I know that most hospitals will give you a water cup while you’re there, but I figure it doesn’t hurt to have my own with me! I’m bringing one with a straw to make it easier to drink while I’m lying in the bed.

Car seat cover – I’m bringing this to put over the car seat for our trip home!

Letter board – I plan to use the letter board to share all of his birth details for photos. I already picked out all of the letters I will need as well as a bunch of numbers and punctuation marks, so I plan to bring those in a small bag rather than bringing the entire box of letters.

Electronics – The electronics we plan on bringing are phone chargers, a portable charger so that we can charge our phones even if the outlets are on the other side of the room, our camera with extra batteries and charger, and a speaker with charger.

Body Image During Pregnancy: How I Really Feel

Being pregnant is hard. Even when you have a relatively easy pregnancy, as mine as been so far, it is still a huge change, and can take a toll on both your body and your mind.

One big thing that I, like a lot of other women, have struggled with throughout my pregnancy so far is body image. There’s no question that a woman’s body goes through some major changes during pregnancy, and even though some women handle the changes better than others, I think almost every woman struggles with their body image at some point during their pregnancy.

June 2016

As someone who considers health and fitness a big part of my life, seeing the changes that are happening in my body is hard. In addition to my belly growing, my arms and thighs are bigger, my boobs are bigger, my hips are wider, my butt is flatter, I’ve lost a lot of muscle, and I honestly just don’t even recognize the body that I’m currently in. I have continued to work out throughout my pregnancy, (not so much in the first trimester, but pretty consistently through the second so far) but workouts are definitely not as long or as hard or intense as they were pre-pregnancy. As far as weight gain goes, I’m doing really well. At just over half way (23 weeks tomorrow) I have gained about 13 pounds, putting me right on track to stay within the recommended 25 to 30 pound range.

21 weeks pregnant

Even with all of that though, some days I really struggle to wrap my mind around the fact that I am currently the heaviest, and most out of shape I have ever been. And I still have 17 more weeks to go for things to keep growing! That honestly freaks me out a little.

April 2016

I cannot tell you how many times I have either said out loud to my husband or thought in my head, “I can’t wait to get this baby out of me and get back in shape!” Now don’t get me wrong here, I am SO grateful to be pregnant. I am so grateful that I was able to get pregnant so easily. I am so grateful that my pregnancy stuck. I am so grateful that up until this point, (and hopefully through the rest of it) I have had a complication free pregnancy. But right along with that gratefulness, I can’t help but feel a little down about the way my body currently looks.

April 2016

Negative body image, whether pregnant or not, is not something you can just get over. It takes time and it takes a positive mind set, and for me, it takes remembering WHY I’m going through this. When this pregnancy is over, I will have my sweet little baby in my arms, and I know that all of the negative thoughts I had about my body will mean nothing, because that little boy will mean everything.

I have good days and I have bad days, but honestly, as I get further along, and ironically, as I get bigger, it’s getting easier for me to accept the changes that are happening in my body. I’m slowly learning to look at pregnancy as the amazing miracle that it is, instead of focusing on all of the negative that I see in myself. I’m literally growing a human that is half me and half my husband, and that is absolutely incredible.

22 weeks pregnant

So, pregnant mamas, new mamas, mamas who maybe aren’t new but are still struggling with their post baby body, or even those of you who aren’t moms but are just having a hard time with your body image, this one is for you. You are beautiful just the way you are, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to better yourself. So I’m going to try my hardest to enjoy the rest of my pregnancy and be thankful for what this body is doing, but I cannot wait to see what else my body can do once my little man is born!

December Favorites

Just like the rest of 2018, the month of December has flown by. I seriously can’t believe that it is officially 2019! This month my favorite things were mostly either fashion or home decor items, but I do have a beauty item in there as well! Keep reading to find out what I’ve been loving this month!

1. Forever 21 Camo Jacket

In case you didn’t know, camo is in again, and I’m here for it. I don’t know why, but I’m seriously loving it. A couple months ago I saw a camo utility style jacket at TJ Maxx and fell in love, but it was the only one I could find in the store, and it was about two sizes too big for me. But after seeing it, I was on a mission to find one somewhere else. A few weeks later, I was shopping and decided to check in Forever 21. For the most part, I’ve stopped trying to shop there, because let’s face it, I’m almost 30 years old and their stuff just does not work for me anymore, but I knew there was a chance they would have one. I walked in the door, immediately spotted this one, and made a bee line for it!

I love this jacket because it’s lightweight, which is perfect for the chilly, winter in Florida, evenings. Plus, it was only around $30, it’s comfortable, and it’s just oh so cute! I couldn’t find the exact one I have on their site, but the one I linked above is very similar!

2. Wooden Blanket Ladder

I have been wanting a blanket ladder for FOREVER, and my husband finally got me one for Christmas this year! I’m a throw blanket fanatic, but I have a few that are special to us and I don’t like to actually use them because I don’t want them to get ruined by our pets. For the longest time they were just hidden away in the closet, but now I can finally display them!

I love this one because it has more of a modern look than most blanket ladders I’ve seen, plus the little shelf just adds a cute touch! Also, the color of this wood is just beautiful! This one rings in at around $90, but it is totally worth it!

3. Good Chemistry Queen Bee Perfume

I’ll be completely honest, I first found this perfume purely because of it’s cute packaging. I was strolling through the aisles at Target, looking for stocking stuffers for my husband, when it caught my eye. Once I smelled it and read a little more about the company thought, I just couldn’t resist buying it!

This scent is the perfect combination of floral and fruity, with notes of black currant, peony and amber. They had several other delicious smelling scents as well, but this one was definitely my favorite! Plus, as you might have guessed by their name, all of Good Chemistry’s products are vegan, paraben free, proplyene glycol free, and cruelty free! I bought the roll on, just because it’s easy to take with me, but they do sell bottles as well!

4. In Bloom by Jonquil pajamas

As much as I could love to sleep in men’s basketball shorts and a baggy t-shirt every night, my husband isn’t the biggest fan of that, so I’m always on the hunt for some cute and comfortable (and affordable) pajamas. I found these at TJ Maxx for $17 (they normally retail around $60) and I seriously love them! I really wish they would have had them in more styles/colors because I totally would have bought them all!

I love the print, the fabric is SO soft, and they have pockets. Everything is better with pockets, right?! Also, as I was searching for these online, I discovered that this line has a ton of other cute pj’s and I kinda want to buy them all! I couldn’t find this exact set online anywhere, but the pair I linked above are a similar style.

Safavieh Round Jute Rug

This cutie little rug is another item that was on my Christmas list that I’m so glad my husband bought! I’m obsessed with jute rugs, but haven’t really found a spot inside the house that one would work yet, but I knew I wanted one for the porch. I of course want to put a large rug in the area of the sofa and coffee table (and chairs when I find some I like,) but I have a special plan for this little beauty!

We will eventually be adding a hanging chair in one corner of the porch, and this rug will go underneath it! I love the way the pattern on this rug really makes it pop, plus the color of the print matches the cushions on the sofa perfectly! I can’t wait until we get the hanging chair so I can show you guys this whole little setup!

5 Ways to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

Christmas is just a few days away, which means that the new year is right around the corner. And with the new year, comes new year’s resolutions. For most of us, we make our resolutions with all the best intentions of keeping and achieving them, but within a few weeks they’re long forgotten, and we’re back to our old ways.

But, it really is possible to keep your resolutions. All it takes is a little planning, some support from your friends and/or family, and a continual reminder of your goals. So in the next couple of weeks, when you sit down to create you resolutions for the new year, make sure you put these five tips to use to help you achieve your goals!

1. Write Them Down

One of the easiest ways to stick to your New Year’s resolutions, is to write them down. But don’t just write them down and then toss it in a drawer never to be seen again. Write your goals down, and then hang them somewhere that you will see them on a daily basis. Having this constant reminder will really help you remember what your goals are, and why you made them, which will in turn help you stick to them.

2. Rely on Your Support System

Sticking to a long term goal can be hard, but having someone there to support and encourage you will make it so much easier. If you have a goal to lose weight, find a couple of friends with the same goal, and work together to achieve your resolutions. Work out together, share healthy recipes with each other, encourage each other when you’re feeling discouraged, just be there to support each other. It’s really amazing what a good support system an help you achieve!

3. Break it Down

A big resolution can seem daunting, but breaking it down into steps, or smaller goals can make it seem more obtainable. Say your resolution is to save $10,000 by the end of the year. But rather than just leaving it at that big goal, divide it up and figure out how much you need to save each month, or from each paycheck to reach your goal. This will also help prevent you from putting it off and thinking that you can make up for it later. With that goal to save money, if you know how much you need to save each month, you’ll be better able to avoid making unnecessary purchases, because you’ll have a specific goal to stick to for that month, rather than just thinking about the final goal.

4. Keep the List Short

You know the saying quality over quantity? Apply that to your New Year’s resolutions. Ten resolutions are going to be a lot harder to keep than two or three, so keep your list short. Instead of giving yourself a bunch of (for lack of a better term) half-ass resolutions, chose just a couple of resolutions that are truly important to you. This will allow you to really focus on them, and not be distracted by the other goals. Plus, if your resolutions are truly important to you, you’ll automatically be more likely to stick to them.

5. Reward Yourself

Once you reach your goal, or even as you reach your smaller goals along the way, make sure you reward yourself! You worked hard to get where you are, so make sure you recognize that hard work! Buy yourself that new dress you’ve had your eye on once you’ve lost your first five pounds. Treat yourself to a manicure when you reach your monthly money saving goal. Enjoy a cookie once you’ve had your 15 servings of veggies for the week. You get the picture! Having a reward waiting for you at the end of the finish line will help push you to achieve your goal!

November Favorites

I cannot believe that the month of November has come and gone already! Like seriously, does anyone else feel like time is just flying by?! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and were able to take some time to be with family and friends, and to give thanks for everything you have. Now Christmas will be here before we know it! 

I am heading to Missouri tomorrow to spend a few days with my family, (and my sister just had a baby yesterday!) but I wanted to make sure to get my November Favorites post up for you before I go! This month I have a few fashion items, a book, a beauty item, a home item, and just a life item, all of which I have been loving this month! Everything is linked in the titles below, but if you ever have any questions about anything, just let me know!

1. H&M Boyfriend Jeans 

I have been living in these jeans. I’m seriously obsessed with them! My favorite thing about them is that they are loose, but not so loose that they look frumpy. I’m also a big fan of the light denim color, and I really love the destroyed look of them. 

These jeans are $39.99 at H&M, and they actually come in a couple of other washes and levels of destroyed-ness (I know that’s not a word, but you get what I’m saying.) They are sold out in several sizes, but they are still available in a few, so if you want them, you better go check them out right away!

2. Cured Nutrition CBD Oil

This CBD oil isn’t really something I’ve been loving just this month. I’ve actually been using it for several months and it has been so helpful with my anxiety. I get scared/nervous/overwhelmed very easily, and just a dropper or two of this stuff really helps to ease my nerves. This time of year can be stressful with all of the traveling and family get togethers, so it’s nice to have something to help me keep from getting too overwhelmed.

I know CBD is a bit of a touchy subject, but if you feel that it is bad, or you’re uncomfortable with it, I highly suggest learning more about it and what it can do to help people and animals. This oil has no THC, so it will not get you high. It simply helps to relieve pain and calm nerves, among a variety of other benefits.

I like Cured Nutrition specifically because their products are pure and not filled with other things that could potentially be harmful. Their website also discusses where their product is grown, and how it is made. In addition to this oil, they also have several other products, including CBD dog treats, CBD infused spices, and CBD gel caps. 

3. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

So I actually haven’t quite finished this book yet, but from what I’ve read so far, I’m loving it. In the book she talks about all the different lies we tell ourselves about who we are, why we treat ourselves the way we do, and about what we can become. She tells stories we can all relate to, and gives plenty of suggestions on how we can stop lying to ourselves and treating ourselves poorly, and instead, live our best lives. 

If you haven’t read this book yet, I highly suggest it. I honestly think there is something that will speak to every woman – every wife, every mother, every daughter, every sister, every friend, every girlfriend, every working woman, every woman – and whether we think we’ve got it all together or not, we could all use a little help!

4. A New Day Scoop Neck Tees

These tees are a great everyday, basic tee, and they’re perfect for layering. I originally bought two of these tees without trying them on, because I only planned on using them for pajamas, but when I got them home and put them on, I immediately went back and bought it in four more colors. They’re light (but not see through,) soft, and perfect for doing a little front tuck! Also, if you’ve ever experienced those t-shirts that are short and wide, and just not flattering at all, you will not get that with these, they’re not fitted, but they’re not frumpy looking either! 

These tees are $8 at Target, or you can get them 2 for $14. I have it in six colors (see the green and the striped, both with the boyfriend jeans in the photos above,) but it also comes in several others including navy, mustard yellow, and red. 

5. Tula Discovery Kit

I have been hearing tons of good things about Tula products for a while now, and have been wanting to try them, but had never bit the bullet because well, they are a little bit pricey. But, I’m almost 30 years old, and my skin has really been a mess since I went off birth control seven months ago, so I finally decided to give it a try.

I’ve been taking Balance, which I talked about in last month’s favorites, and that has helped with my acne quite a bit, but I’ve still been struggling with redness, a bumpy texture of the skin, and the dark circles under my eyes that absolutely refuse to go away. In the week that I’ve been using these products, along with Balance, I can already tell a difference, and I’m loving the results. The texture of my skin has already improved some, as well as the redness. Overall, my skin already seems clearer and more glow-y!

I ordered the Discovery Kit, which includes travel sizes of their four core items – the Purifying Face Cleanser, the Pro-Glycolic Resurfacing Gel, the Illuminating Face Serum, and the Hydrating Day & Night Cream, all in a cute cosmetic bag, for $52. If you head to my Instagram, and click the link in my bio, you will have the opportunity to enter your e-mail address to get 20% off your first order! 

I know these products are pricey, but I am willing to pay for a quality product, and I definitely like what I’ve experienced so far here! I’m excited to continue using the Discovery Kit, and will be trying out some other products soon as well (the under eye cream is at the top of my list!)

Mainstays Mulled Cider Candle

This candle from Wal-Mart is like Christmas in a jar! I’m not usually a big fan of Christmas-y scents like cinnamon and pine, but this one is just heavenly! It literally smells like hot apple cider, and it really just makes the whole house feel so cozy when I burn it! 

I really wish that I could send the smell to you through the screen, but since I can’t, do yourself a favor and get to Wal-Mart to buy this delicious candle! 

4 Last Minute Thanksgiving Day Looks

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is in TWO days?! Like seriously, where has this year gone?

I know some of you have probably been planning your Thanksgiving outfit for weeks, but for the procrastinators out there, you’re probably just now starting to think about it. Chances are, if you’ve waited this long, you probably don’t have time to go shopping, and now you’re digging through your closet in a slight (or major) panic, trying to figure out what the heck you’re going to wear. You want to be cute, you want to be comfortable, you want to look like you have your life together, you want to avoid any unnecessary comments from Aunt Cindy, and most importantly, you want to be able to eat all the food! That’s a lot to ask for from one look! But no worries girl, I’ve got you covered.

I’ve put together four last minute Thanksgiving day looks, all using basic items that you (probably) already have in your closet. No matter what look you’re going for – dressy, cozy, fashion forward, whatever – there’s definitely an option here for you. 

Since most of these looks are made with items that have been in my closet for a while, not everything is still available. If it is an item that is still available, I’ve linked the exact item, but if it is something that is no longer available, (or I couldn’t find the exact item,) I’ve linked similar items!

Look #1 – The Grandma Sweater and the Boyfriend Jeans

This look is everything you need for your Thanksgiving Day look. Boyfriend jeans, a casual tee, a big, cozy cardigan, and your favorite booties. Not only will you be comfortable, but you’ll also be fashionable, and prepared for whatever the day brings you! 

Look #2 – The Loose, Flowy Dress

If your family does a dressed-up Thanksgiving (or maybe YOU just want to get dressed up,) then the flowy dress is perfect for your Thanksgiving day look. It’s easy and comfortable, but the best part is, ain’t nobody gonna see that food baby! Pair it with some fun booties, or even an over the knee boot if you live somewhere cold, and you’re good to go! 

Look #3 – The Big, Comfy Sweater

This look is perfect for a casual Thanksgiving dinner. I mean really, who doesn’t love a big, cozy sweater?! And the best part is that there are so many options to pair it with! Go with jeans and wedge booties like I did, or with leggings and flat boots if that’s more your style, or even with a leather mini and your favorite booties, the possibilities are really endless! 

Look #4 – The T-Shirt Dress and the Furry Vest

If you’re like me and live in a warmer climate, but still want to add a bit of fall to your outfit, this is the way to go! The t-shirt dress and the open toe block heels are perfect for warmer weather, and the vest just adds the perfect amount of “festive” to the look. Plus, this outfit is so easy and majorly comfortable – what’s not to love?!

Look #1 – Find exact jeans here. Find exact t-shirt here. Find similar cardigans here and here. Find similar booties here and here. Find similar belt here.

Look #2 – Find similar dresses here and here. Find exact booties here

Look #3 – Find exact jeans here. Find similar sweaters here and here. Find similar booties here. Find a similar necklace here

Look #4 – Find similar dress here. Find similar vests here and here. Find similar booties here and here. Find similar necklaces here and here

Office Makeover on a Budget

My husband travels a lot for work, but when he’s here, he works from home. This week while he was gone I decided that I wanted to surprise him with an office makeover! Other than hanging a few things on the wall, we hadn’t really done anything with his office since we moved into our house, so I thought it would be nice to make it a little more “him.” 

I didn’t want to spend too much money on this makeover, so I set myself a budget of $300. I will say that there are definitely a few things that I would have done differently, or that I would have liked to add, if I had a larger budget, but I made it work with what I had. I might still make a few more changes later, but I’m very happy with what I was able to do within my budget.

I started with an accent wall in the color Bunglehouse Blue from Sherwin Williams. This is such a pretty blue and I really think it’s the perfect combo of masculine and modern, with just a touch of beachy. The rest of the walls were already a basic white, but they needed a touch up, so I just gave them a fresh coat. 

For storage, I picked up two of these six cube shelves from Target. I had originally planned on a bookshelf, but I wasn’t able to find one that I liked in store anywhere, and didn’t have time to order anything online. These shelves were only $30 a piece and they work perfectly for this space! 

He already had the Ikea chair, the dry erase boards where he keeps track of his trips, the autographed posters in the black frames, the wood sign with the fish, and the framed flag, and I knew he wouldn’t want to get rid of any of it, so I had to tie it all together somehow. The blue wall helped tie in the framed flag and the fish painting, and I picked up the blue pillow at Wal-Mart for $8, which helped tie in the chair a little bit.  I wanted to replace the black frames with wood ones to make them match the fish painting, but in the end, that was something that I ended up leaving out because I couldn’t find a matching set of the right sizes in the store anywhere. If it were up to me to choose the wall art, it probably wouldn’t have been this combination of things, but they’re all things he wants in there, so I made it work! 

The gray curtains were $20 per set at Target, and the curtain rods were around $15 a piece at Lowe’s. Other items I picked up were the cube baskets, the trays and the pencil holder for organization and the lamp, the globe, the timer, the dive helmet, and the picture frame for decor. I was going for a bit of a coastal/nautical theme, but also wanted to keep it neutral enough that he could make changes or add to it in the future if he ever wants to. 

I would have liked to have a rug to add a little more pattern and color, as well as a floor lamp, and maybe some floating shelves, but these were all things that I decided to leave out for the sake of the budget. If he decides he wants any of these in the future though, they should be very easy to add! 

As far as sticking to the budget, My total came in at right around $330. I did go just a little bit over budget, but if you don’t count the white paint, which wasn’t only for this project (we use it in the whole house,) then I came in right on budget.

The final result isn’t exactly what I had envisioned, but my husband loves it, so I’m pretty proud of it! 

Anniversary Trip to Key West

On September 30th, my husband and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary. Earlier in the year, we had actually booked a trip to Jamaica to celebrate our anniversary, but we unfortunately ended up having to cancel it due to our move to Florida and my husband starting his new job (can’t really take a vacation when you just started three weeks ago!) We still wanted to do something special to celebrate though, so we decided on a weekend in Key West.

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From where we live, Key West is about a six hour drive or a 3.5 hour boat ride on the Key West Express. We thought the boat ride would be a cool experience, so we hopped on board and got ready to set sail! The boat departs every morning from Fort Myers, and returns every evening. We were going for the weekend, so we booked our tickets to depart on Saturday morning, and return Sunday evening. Round trip tickets for both of us were $280 ($140 a piece,) and we got a small discount for booking at least eight days in advance. There was also a $26 parking fee to leave our car while we were gone, which we paid online when we booked our tickets. The entire booking process was very simple and we received an e-mail with our boarding passes and all of the information we would need. If you’re ever in Florida and looking for a quick way to get to Key West, I definitely recommend the Key West Express!

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Once we arrived, we decided to go ahead and take our bags to our hotel so that we didn’t have to carry them around. We stayed at the Truman Hotel, which is an adorable little boutique hotel located right in the heart of Old Town Key West. It was located just off of Duval Street (which is the main street where all the bars and shops are,) so we were very close to all the action, but not right in the middle of it, which is exactly what we wanted. We had a great experience with this hotel and I would definitely recommend it. The office staff was very nice and helpful, the room was nice, modern, and clean, and the pool was perfect for an afternoon cool down.

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After dropping off our bags, we headed straight to Margaritaville for lunch.  We spent the next few hours walking up and down Duval street, just taking everything in. We’re not big drinkers, so we didn’t really stop at all the bars along the way, but we did check out several of the shops. We knew we wanted to go to the Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square before dinner that evening, so after walking around for a while, we went back to our hotel for a quick swim (it was HOT, and we really needed to cool down) and to get ready for the evening.

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marg ville sloppy joe's

Sunset Celebration is something they do every evening, and it was amazing. Mallory Square was packed with street performers, vendors, and of course, people. If you want  get good photos of the sunset, I recommend getting there early to get a spot right up front because otherwise people WILL sit in front of you and block your photo-taking view. The sunset that night was absolutely gorgeous, and the whole thing was just a really cool experience.

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After sunset, we went to Duffy’s Steak & Lobster House for dinner. We honestly just chose it because it was right across the street from our hotel, and we were exhausted, so we wanted it to be easy to get back afterward. But, it was actually really good, so we lucked out! After dinner we just went back to our room for the night. We had been up since about 5:00 a.m., had been out in the heat all day, and had walked about seven miles, so we were ready to crash!

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The next morning we got up nice and early and headed straight to the Southernmost Point. We had tried to go the afternoon before, but the sun was not optimal for photos, and there was a long line, so we decided to wait. I definitely suggest going early in the morning, because there were only a couple other people there and we could take our time getting photos.

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After the Southernmost Point, we headed to breakfast at the Banana Cafe. This was probably my favorite place that we ate the entire trip! The food and the coffee were both delicious, and the atmosphere was really fun and laid back. We had originally wanted to go to Blue Heaven because we heard they have an amazing brunch, but we found out once we got there that were closed for the week. The Banana Cafe was great, but we will definitely be giving Blue Heaven a try next time we’re in Key West!

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Our next stop of the day was The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum. This was my favorite thing that we did on this trip, and is a must-see in Key West! They offer a guided tour, which I highly suggest if you want to find out more about the history of Hemingway and his home. After the tour, we were able to walk around on our own and you are allowed to take as many pictures as you want! Fun fact: at the time of our visit, there were something like 56 cats on the property, all of which are descendants of the original cats that Hemingway had while he lived there!

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After the Hemingway House we basically just spent the rest of the day walking around the area near Mallory Square since we hadn’t gotten to see much of that area the day before. We checked out the shops, took a stroll through the Maritime Museumstared in amazement at a huge cruise ship that had just pulled in, and spent some time taking photos of the scenery. We chose to walk everywhere on this trip, but I don’t suggest this. We walked somewhere around 15 miles in two days and our feet were so sore and covered in blisters by the time we left. There are tons of places to rent bikes, scooters, and golf carts, and we will definitely be doing this next time. Because we walked so much though, but the end of the second day we were definitely ready to go home. While we waited for the boat to start boarding, we had a couple of drinks at Dante’s which is an outdoor restaurant and pool bar. The pool party thing is not really our style, but if you’re into that, I would definitely suggest checking this place out!

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The water was extremely rough on the boat ride home, and I (along with most everyone else on the boat) got sick. If you’re someone who gets motion sick easily, this is definitely something you should take into consideration before taking the Key West Express. The crew was very helpful, and did everything they could to make the ride as smooth as possible, but hey, you can’t control the ocean! 

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Overall this was a great trip and it was the perfect little anniversary weekend getaway! We had a lot of fun, learned a few things that we should do differently next time, and we will definitely be going back! 

October Favorites

First of all, I just want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone that has shown me support in the first couple days of having The Boho Beach Blog up and running. I’ve had so many likes and comments on my last few Instagram posts and have received nothing but positive feedback. I’m so excited to continue creating new content for you and I can’t wait to see where this new adventure takes me!

Now on to the real reason we’re here…

If you’re anything like me, your Instagram feed and the blogs you read are probably full of inspiration. Awesome DIY’s, home decor ideas, the latest fashion trends, the best beauty products, and so many other things that you want to try or buy! I love when others share their favorite products, so I want to do the same!

At the end of each month, I’ll be sharing my favorite products from the month. Clothes, beauty products, home decor items, health and fitness products…pretty much anything that I’ve found useful or that has inspired me in some way that month. Here’s what I was loving during the month of October!

1. The Opalhouse Line at Target

Varying prices at Target

You guys, I’m seriously obsessed with this line. Literally EVERYTHING is so. freaking. cute! My coffee table is Opalhouse, almost everything in my master bathroom is Opalhouse, and there’s about 75 other things from the line that I’m dying to have! Every single item in the line is a little bit modern, a little bit boho, and a whole lot of fun!

They also currently have their holiday line available, and I want to buy it all! I mean seriously, look at this stuff!

 

2. Balance from Alani Nu

$49.99 at Alaninu.com for a 30 day supply

If you’re into fitness or follow any fitness accounts on Instagram, you’ve probably heard of Katy Hearn (booty queen, new mama, and major boss babe.) Alani Nu is the supplement company she and her husband own, and Balance is a product they have created that helps with hormone balance, weight management, and fertility. One of the main things that people have found Balance to help with is acne, which is why I take it.

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When I stopped taking birth control about six months ago, my skin went to complete crap. I’m talking constant breakouts on my face, chest, and back that no face wash or skin care product would get rid of. Enter Balance, and within two weeks my skin had done a complete 180. Now don’t get me wrong, I still get a few breakouts here and there, but this stuff has made it so much more manageable.

In addition to helping with acne, people have said that Balance has helped them with things like PCOS, managing irregular cycles, and other hormonal issues. If you suffer from acne, PCOS, or any other problems that are related to hormones, go check this stuff out!

They do sell out of this product quickly, and often, so I suggest signing up for their text alerts to be notified when they restock, and then then purchasing right away when you receive the alert. You can also sign up for an automatic subscription so you don’t have to worry about it being sold out when you need a new bottle!

3. Karella Jumpsuit from Lulus

$58 at Lulus

I had never ordered anything from Lulus before, but I am now officially hooked.

Earlier this month I went to Washington D.C. with my husband to an annual conference for the company he works for. One of the week’s events was a dinner cruise on the Potomac River, which is where I wore this jumpsuit. I got so many compliments on it! And not only is it so cute, but it is also extremely comfortable! I normally have a hard time with things like this being long enough, but this was the perfect length for me to wear with heels. I dressed it up with gold jewelry and threw my leather jacket over it since we had a bit of a walk on a chilly night!

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I only got one picture of me wearing it, and unfortunately it was not a very high quality photo, but you can see what I paired it with here!

 

4. Tarte Maracuja Oil

$16 for 0.5 oz. or $48 for 1.7 oz. at Tarte.com, Ulta, or Sephora

I am a die hard drugstore makeup fan. Most of the time I just cannot bring myself to buy designer beauty products. $50 for foundation? Seriously? I just can’t. BUT, there are a few products that I’m willing to splurge on, and this is one of them.

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Maracuja oil is designed to help the skin look firmer, smoother, and brighter. I use it as a moisturize, and I really love the way it makes my skin look and feel. The best part is, it never leaves my skin looking or feeling oily.

I buy the 0.5 oz. bottle and it lasts me 3+ months. I would guess that the larger bottle would easily last me a full year!

 

5. Leyla Bootie from Target

$37.99 at Target

Booties are my absolute favorite type of shoe, and this pair is PERFECT for fall! The cognac color is so pretty, and the little rope details add just the right amount of fun. They have a 3.5″ heel (which means they’re still comfortable and easy to walk in) and zippers on the inner ankles making them easy to put on and take off. They also come in black if that’s more your style!

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Now if this Florida weather would just cool off so that I can actually wear these beauties!