Tuesday, February 5, 2019

What's In My Amazon Cart

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Amazon Valentine's Ideas

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Finding the Best Baby Gear with buybuy Baby










Finding the perfect baby gear for you can be quite the challenge, but it can also be so much fun! When we first started looking at all the different gear we were going to need for Baby C, we became so overwhelmed and had no idea where to even start. There are a million brands and they all have pros and cons for different reasons. Baby gear really is a customized process-- are you outdoorsy? are you more of a mall walker? do you want to carry your baby in a carrier/stroller? what kind of car seat features do you want? etc. The list goes on and on, which brings me to my point. If you are expecting, a new mommy, or whenever the time comes for kiddos to pop into the picture, you HAVE to go to buybuy Baby. buybuy Baby has amazing consultation services that are completely free! They can help you with anything from setting up your baby registry, decorating your nursery, and even taking you through each different brands of strollers. 

We were the stroller dummies whenever we first walked into buybuy Baby. After walking out, I feel like I could help everyone choose their stroller. 😂  The consultants are so patient and helpful when trying to decide which stroller is best suited for you and your lifestyle. They take you through a series of questions to help them better understand which strollers would be best for you. Some examples: Are you outdoorsy or more of an indoor family? Are you planning on just one kid for now or do you see yourselves having another little one within the next few years? What features are important to you? The list goes on and on. For us, we are definitely planning on having another addition within the next few years, so a stroller that can be a single and a double was definitely the route to go. You get more bang for your buck and it is just better to go ahead and invest now in a quality stroller. We are also split as far as outdoor/indoor goes, so we also needed a stroller that would be suitable on all terrains. After looking through a few different brands, we decided on the perfect stroller for us: UppaBaby Vista. This stroller not only can serve as a single or a double stroller, but it also has plenty of room for storage (hello shopping LOL) and can be taken on any terrain without messing up the wheels. 

buybuy Baby has so many different, amazing brands that are each suited for different lifestyles. I truly believe buybuy Baby is a one-stop shop for all the baby gear you could ever need. What makes them stand out to me is how helpful they are in helping you make such an important decision! Who knew buying baby gear could be so stress free and fun! 




**Thank you so much to buybuy Baby for sponsoring this post**
All photos courtesy of  Randi Michelle Photography


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Slow Cooker Healthy Chili Recipe



Finally sharing my tried and true go-to easy meal: Slow Cooker Healthy Chili. This was my go-to when I was dancing professionally, because it fills you up, is healthy for you, and again so so easy to make when you are busy. Side note--- it is 100% boyfriend approved. Kenneth LOVES this chili and asks for it almost every week. You just have to put everything in the crock pot at the start of the day and when you come home TA-DA-- ready to go! 

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
Recipe via AllRecipes

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound ground turkey
2 (10.75 ounce) cans low sodium tomato soup
2 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans, drained
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained
1/2 medium onion, chopped (optional)

seasonings
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 pinch ground allspice
salt to taste

Directions

1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. 
Place turkey in the skillet, and cook until evenly brown; drain.

2. Coat the inside of a slow cooker with cooking spray or line with a slow cooker liner. Mix in turkey, tomato soup, kidney beans, black beans and onion. Season with chili powder, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, cumin, black pepper, allspice and salt.

3. Cover and cook -- 8 hours on Low or 4 hours on High.




Monday, January 21, 2019

Third Trimester Bump Update: Baby Showers + Registry Must Haves

A much requested post is coming to the blog today-- Third Trimester Update including all about my Baby Showers and Registry Must Haves!

Third Trimester Bump Update:



Personally, this third trimester has not been too bad for me. I always heard that the third trimester can be a breeze for some people and I truly feel like it has been, especially compared to the first trimester (hello, nausea). There is something so cool about feeling her kick and move around in my belly. Now don't get me wrong, some of those kicks definitely hurt, but it is by far the coolest thing to me.

As far as weight gain, I feel like all of a sudden I just became very visibly pregnant, whereas I wasn't before and people would still ask me in public if I was LOL. As Kenneth likes to say, it looks like I have a big bowling ball in my stomach. The bigger my bump gets, the more difficult it is to sleep well at night and move around. I have found putting a pillow between my legs at night definitely helps. I really wish I would have invested in a pregnancy pillow, but at this stage in the game a long throw pillow works just as well.

Cravings wise, I get asked what I am craving a lot and to be honest I just love all food. There isn't really anything weird that I like to combine together or anything I have to have all the time. I already ate everything and anything all the time before I was pregnant, so I just feel like nothing is too new in this department, except just wanting all types of carbs. My meals have definitely gotten a lot smaller though, because I definitely get full a lot faster since there isn't much room left in my stomach.

We have finally started getting the nursery together, which is really relieving and exciting. Hopefully, the nursery will be almost completely done within the next week. Lots of load of laundry to do and final touches, but overall it is coming together. (** I promise to share the final nursery once it is all set up and ready to go**).

 I have been getting lots of questions on some of my pregnancy must haves so I will link those here. I will also link some of the décor and furniture we have in the nursery so far below.

BABY SHOWERS:

I feel so blessed and honored to have had some unique and amazing baby showers hosted by all of our friends and family, so I wanted to share as many details as possible with y'all to give you some inspo!

'Vegas Baby' Shower













Hosted by our close friends, this shower was so unique and so much fun! Kenneth and I really wanted to do a co-ed shower since so many of our friends overlapped and we have been dating on and off since high school, so this shower was perfect! Honestly can say that our friends went above and beyond for this one.

Games/Activities:
For games, we played the 'Who Will' game where you guess if Kenneth or I are more likely to do something. Ex: Who made the first move? Who has a cleaner car? Who will be the more patient parent? etc. That one is definitely a fun one to do with friends and family that know you both very well. There was also a sippy cup beer guessing game, where you could taste test different sippy cups of beer to guess what beer it was. Whoever got the most right on both games got a prize.
They also had a diaper station set up, where you write funny things on the back of diapers, which I thought was super cute.

Décor:
I will just let the pictures speak for themselves on this one, but they did a phenomenal job with the décor for this shower. They set up a photo wall area, had playing cards everywhere, a casino table, etc.

'Harvest' / Family Shower:











Hosted by a few of my mom's closest lifetime friends, this shower was a dream. When you think of having a dreamy pink and elegant girl baby shower, this is exactly what I pictured. They put so much thought into every single detail that went into this shower, down to smallest décor pieces. My mom even helped handmake some of the customized décor that we are now going to put in her nursery. Hands down was blown away and feeling the love at this shower.

Games/Activities:
For games, we played the 'Who Knows Mommy Best Game', which believe it or not was actually pretty tricky. For example, "What color are her eyes? What is her full name? What are her hobbies? What are her cravings? How did they meet? etc."  We also played 'Who Knows The Most About Babies' game, where the questions were trivia facts about babies. For example, "On average, how many diapers does a newborn go through? What is the average age of a new mom? What is the first sense a baby develops? etc.

Décor:
Like I mentioned above, the décor was unreal. This shower was held at Harvest which is in downtown Mckinney on the square. They have a room you can rent for events and it was perfect for a shower! Again, I will let the pictures speak for themselves. Anything you can order, I will link below. If it was a customized item, I will leave the items used to make the item below.

'Dance' Shower:












Hosted by lifelong dance friends/moms, this shower was so elegant and sweet. It was held at my very best friend's family home and everything was perfect and pink! This shower was primarily anyone I knew from the dance world from growing up until now. Put a bunch of dancers in one party and its a good time!

Games/Activities:
For activities, we played a competition with my favorite saying someone wrote on one of the diapers. So I choose my favorite diaper and then that person got a yummy bottle of champagne! They also had a thank you note and advice card station set up, which was SO helpful. Everyone addressed their own envelope for thank you notes (let me tell you HUGE deal for me) and then also wrote their advice on little cards for me to read later. My favorite advice was from one of my eight year old students-- definitely teared up a little bit on that one.

Décor:

Registry Must Haves:
There are many different opinions on what are must haves and what are not, but for me personally these are the items I am so glad I put on my registry that I think are must haves.

We used Babylist for our registry and I absolutely loved it. Babylist compiles everything into one list or you can add multiple registries together. I loved this, because it made it so much easier to see everything on one big list. You could also see different places you could buy the item and the difference in cost, which I thought was really nice for guests.

Here is the link to our registry:
Nicole and Kenneth's Registry

**There are a few items not listed on the registry that we had already received like a Dockatot , a pack n play, and our crib, which are also major must haves**






Baby Shower Dresses:
My most asked question was about what I was wearing at each of my showers. I am linking all outfit details below, as well as some other perfect options for baby showers!













Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Top 10 Purchases of 2018

Happy New Year! 
I hope you all had the best NYE and got some much needed rest yesterday! We spent most of the day cleaning, laundry, etc.. all the adult things. The difference between a pregnant NYE and a non-pregnant NYE is pretty funny- if ya know what I mean. New Years Day is actually a pretty productive day. 😅

Today, I wanted to share with you the Top 10 Purchases of 2018! These are all the items that were the best sellers/most purchased from y'all and in turn some of my favorite things I own. We are going to countdown from #10 to #1 in honor of New Years Eve!

10. LV Wallet Dupe
This designer wallet dupe was one of my favorite finds this year. The quality is phenomenal and you cannot beat the price. The wallet comes in brown (shown above), white, and black. I cannot recommend this wallet enough. I have had it for a few months, use it every single day, and it still looks brand new. 


9. Striped Colorful Cardigan
This is such a fun cardigan and fits true to size. I am wearing the small/medium here. 


8. Front Tie Henley
A great Amazon find! The reviews on this front tie henley speak for themselves. I would size up at least one size from your normal size if not two. I am wearing a medium here, but honestly if I wanted it to fit a little bit bigger, I could easily do a large. So keep that in mind when ordering- size up one! This henley comes in a million color options! 


Another good Amazon find! Actually I think from here on out, most of these top purchases are Amazon finds! This color block pullover sweater is so cute! I love the black and white combo it comes in as well. Also sized up one size to a medium in this one!


6. Lace Bralette
Ah! Probably my favorite things I own in my closet are these FP Lace Bralettes. Here I am wearing the black one, but I also have the white as well. I cannot recommend these enough, especially when wearing anything baggy, loose, off the shoulder, etc. If you get anything get this!! The top colors I would recommend that go with everything are white, black, and tan. Wearing a small here and im typically a 32D if that helps-- the straps are adjustable. 


5. Bell Sleeve V-Neck Blouse
Such a great basic top! This top is great for all the working girls too! The top does run a little tight on the chest area, so depending on your chest area, I would size up 1-2 sizes from your normal size! I am wearing a medium here and usually wear a small.


4. Fuzzy Long Sleeve Sweater
By far, this is my favorite Amazon find of the year! This sweater is so cozy and soft. I would truly own it in every color if I could. Wearing a medium here-- size up one for a cozy fit.


3. Pullover Sweatshirt
This pullover sweatshirt sold out SO fast each time I posted it and I do not blame y'all, because it is SO cozy! Currently, they do not have it available in the camo print anymore, BUT they do have it available in solid colors! Highly recommend this pullover sweatshirt!


2. Gucci Dupe Belt
This belt sells out so fast that new suppliers have to keep bringing it back, so hop on this belt fast! I made sure to find one fully in stock with great reviews and pictures! There is definitely a trick to finding the good quality dupes-- I will probably do an entire post on that one day to help y'all out, since I get that question a lot. Anywho, snag this belt now because it will sell out again. I am wearing the dupe in both the pictures above. 

1. Off The Shoulder Knitted Sweater

NUMBER ONE SELLER!! Love this color the most on this sweater and y'all did too!! I love the slouchy look on this sweater, especially paired with the bralette. The material is not super warm, so it is definitely much more for the look of the sweater, but so worth it and a great price! I am wearing a medium here and it fits perfect sizing up one size from your normal.




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