Thursday, October 31, 2013

Things I'm Loving Thursday

Happy Halloween! 

To celebrate, here's a throwback picture of Brandon and me celebrating Halloween in Waco in 2008. Brandon went as Lenny Kravitz and I was a tooth fairy. 

{Aside: I was seriously so tiny!}


I can't wait to hand out candy to our little trick-or-treaters tonight! We never really have that many, but I still look forward to seeing all the cute kids in their fun costumes. 

Anyway, here's a few things I'm loving today...



I used to have super thick, full, long eyelashes...but I think after years of wearing mascara, taking it off and just washing my face with a washcloth -- and age! -- have taken its toll on my eyelashes. I got this mascara as a free sample and fell in love with it immediately. It really thickens and lengthens my eyelashes. I love it! 



This also came with my free sample to use as a base {obviously} underneath the mascara. It definitely helps with the lengthening process of the mascara. 



If you're a Baylor grad, have ever watched a Baylor game on TV or have been to Floyd Casey Stadium, you know that Baylor has always had a tarp over the south end zone seats emblazoned with, "This is Bear Country." Why? I have no earthly idea. Probably because we were horrible forever and never had any reason to use those seats. 

Well, now that we're {finally} good again and we're playing Oklahoma next Thursday at Floyd Casey, the tarp is gone for good!


I seriously hope we beat the tar out of those Sooners next Thursday! And all Baylor fans: #everyoneinblack for the game next week! 

Quick, Easy Meals

This time of the year is busy for everyone, but I feel it's been extra busy for me this year because everyone is trying to get things done before the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays when us {and the kiddos!} will be out for a good amount of time. 

So, I've been really into using my Crock Pot and/or making super quick, super easy meals this week. And I'm hoping this tradition will continue for the weeks to come! 

Here's a little sampling of what we've had this week:





and



Third Trimester

The third trimester officially started today! While it's absolutely crazy knowing that the baby will be here in three months {or less}, it's amazing to me how fast -- yet so terribly slow -- this pregnancy has gone. 

Last night, we laid on the couch and just watched him move, wiggle and squirm and it was the weirdest/coolest thing I've ever experienced. At one point, Brandon looked at me wide-eyed and said, "Can you feel it every single time he moves?" I just started laughing and said, "Yes. Every. Single. Time." 

I'm so excited for my upcoming showers to see all the people I love and celebrate this sweet baby boy!

Happy Thursday and Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Weekend

Sorry it's been almost a week since I last posted! 

Last week almost killed me {seriously} and the last thing I could muster was a blog post in the middle of all the running around I did. So I'm back! I'm here! 

Friday:
Our weekend started out a little crazy {just falling in line with the crazy week we had, I guess}, where I had to go to an event for work. We didn't get home until after 11 p.m., and then it took me forever to wind down from it. So, I didn't sleep that fabulously, but it was nice knowing my alarm wouldn't go off at 5:30 a.m. the next day!

Here's a picture Brandon took of me on Friday night at my work event. How's that for a baby bump?!


Saturday:
We both did a ton of things around the house, took a much-needed nap, and then went to my brother- and sister-in-law's house to take them supper and see our sweet niece, Ellie Kate! We hadn't seen her since she was born; she's changed so much! 

I loved getting to hold her, cuddle her and just basically hog her all night. We "watched" the Baylor game over there with them {Sic 'Em, Bears!} and then left right as the rain storm hit. 

Isn't she the sweetest?!


She was pretty much wide awake for us all evening. I love her!


My heart totally melted when her Uncle Brandon held her. I can't wait until he holds our little boy!


Sunday:
I was still worn the heck out {seriously, my boss told us we "looked like we'd been run over by a truck,"}, so we slept in again. It was so nice to not get out of bed until after 11. I really, really needed it. 

That afternoon, we went over to my in-law's to pick up a few things and visit with them, then came home and did some decorating in the baby's nursery. 

Here's a sneak peek of some sheet music we framed for above his crib. 


My mom is coming in town in a few weeks for my shower and to help me decorate, and I can't wait to show y'all the final product! 

Happy Monday! I promise I won't go this long without posting again! 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Stream of Consciousness

{No pictures today, sorry. Just a stream of consciousness.}

I was sitting on the couch last night, halfway agonizing that my belly was getting big; that my diaphragm hurt and that the bruise where I fell off a ladder {more on that later} seemed to be getting more tender by the moment...when he kicked me. Hard. Just a little reminder that he's still there, as if I could ever forget. 

A few moments earlier, I'd been sucked into the dark hole that is Facebook, where I landed on a photo of my brother- and sister-in-law standing on their front porch with our three-day old niece and I found myself longing for that very moment. They looked so happy - albeit exhausted - bringing their little girl home, and I wanted every single thing in that photo right now: my sister-in-law's flat belly {seriously, how?}, my husband to wear the exact same smile his brother was sporting holding his daughter, and the thought actually crossed my mind: "I can't wait to not be pregnant anymore." I admit it. I was jealous.

And then another thought hit me: Never is he more protected and safe than where he is right now at this very moment. Once he's out, he's the world's. I won't be able to protect him from illness, or mean kids at school, or the heartbreak that comes with life. 

And I was just reminded to slow down. Enjoy it. Savor it. 
As Brandon likes to remind me when I'm complaining about the latest pregnancy symptom, "Remember how much you wanted this." 

It's still so weird to me that there's a human living in my belly and that in three very short months, I'm going to be a mom. To an actual person. An actual person with a name who will {hopefully} grow up and become a productive, contributing member of society. I'm responsible for him. Having a baby isn't just all about the cute clothes, decorating a nursery and sweet baby smells, although that is a really big positive. 

But the thought that I'm going to be a mother scares the ever-living daylights out of me. Actually, I take that back. Birth scares the ever-living daylights out of me. Being a mom is a close runner-up. 

In a very odd way, I have the same feeling I have the night before I moved out of my parents' house and began my college journey in Waco. I knew it was inevitable that it happen, I just had no idea what in the world it was going to be like. 

And in a very strangely similar way, that's how I feel right now. I know there is no doubt that in three months, he's coming. Like it or not. He'll be here. I just have no idea what it's going to be like. I'm dying to know who he's going to look like. Will he have my nose? What about my blue eyes? {Ohhh, please have my blue eyes!} Will he have Brandon's hair, the hair that was blond until he was almost eight?

Sometimes I look in the mirror and feel so old, yet so young at the same time. As Meredith Gray famously touted, "When did we become adults? And how do we make it stop?" I know I'm totally old enough for this - Brandon, too - but I think back: "Wasn't I just turning 21?" "High school wasn't that long ago, was it?" "I was just galavanting around Europe. Wait, no. That was six - almost seven - years ago." 

And that all reminds me of how fast it goes. Everyone says it does. "You blink and they're 18."

So all I want to do is savor. Savor the painful kicks in my ribs. Savor Brandon reading, "Oh Baby, the Places You'll Go" at night to this ever-growing belly. Savor people doing things for me...like not letting me ever get on a ladder for the next three months. Savor the weirdos who make comments like, "Wow! You've really popped!" {Or maybe not savor those...} Savor getting giddy when I see a gift has been purchased off our registries. Savor getting his room all ready, even if it means spending an arm and a leg on things I just have to have. And savor knowing he's growing and protected where he is right at this very moment, and that he's being beautifully and wonderfully made

How's that for a stream of consciousness?

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Weekend: Baylor Edition

"That good ol' Baylor Line, that good ol' Baylor Line. We'll march forever down the years, as long as stars shall shine. We'll fling our green and gold afar to light the ways of time. And guide us as we onward go, that good ol' Baylor Line." 


It's no secret that Brandon and I have so much pride in our alma mater, Baylor University. Baylor's biggest tradition is its annual Homecoming Weekend, celebrated since 1909. The weekend is full of tradition, including the Friday night bonfire, Pigskin Revue, the early-morning parade on Saturday, and of course, the football game! The big theme of the weekend is always: "[Graduates] return to campus to renew former associations and friendships, and catch the Baylor spirit again." 

As a little girl, I grew up going to Homecoming {back when Baylor wasn't good at football at all!} and I honestly believe that my parents taking me back each year contributed to my strong desire to go to Baylor for college. They both graduated from there, and it was always special for me to hear their memories and imagine mine there one day. 

Anyway, we drove down to Waco on Saturday morning and were lucky enough to get two tickets to Pigskin, at the request of my husband (!!!). 


Pigskin is a Broadway-type show that showcases the top eight acts from All-University Sing the spring before. All but one acts is a sorority or fraternity group {sometimes they join together for an act} that performs a musical act for seven minutes each. Each act has a theme and the songs reflect that theme. They are judged at Sing in the spring, and then the top acts perform for alumni in the fall at Pigskin. Each group has their own "move," which garner huge cheers from the audience when they do it. It's seriously my favorite thing! 

{Brandon was in this one! You can see their "move" around the 6:41 mark.}

Brandon's fraternity {Kappa Sigma} and my sorority {Zeta Tau Alpha} were featured in Pigskin, so it was even more fun for us to see them perform! 

After Pigskin, we met up with my family and some of their friends for a tailgate before the game. 


It was so much fun getting to spend time with my family!!!


This was Baylor's very last Homecoming at Floyd Casey Stadium, where the Bears have played since 1950. So, it was only appropriate that we completely obliterate Iowa State for that last Homecoming game there, 71-7! Go Bears! 


We sat with my parents and had the best time. The weather was absolutely perfect! 

When we took this picture, I looked at my mom and we both realized this was our first picture with all of our family together since Brandon and my wedding in 2010! Craziness! 

{L-R: my brother Royden, Brandon, my brother Parker, me, my sister Maggie, my mom, my dad}


After the game, we drove back to Dallas and didn't get home until after 11 p.m., thanks in no part to the horrible traffic right outside of downtown. We were definitely struggling! 

Since we got in so late, we slept in this morning. I woke up to kolaches and donuts Brandon went out to get. 

It was such a fun weekend! And while I'm sad it's over, I can't wait to have our sweet little baby boy at Homecoming next year! 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Five on Friday

Happy Friday! Whew, what a week this has been! Soooo much {good stuff!} has happened that I don't even know where to begin. So, let's just start at the beginning, shall we?


-ONE-
Brandon started his new job on Monday, and I couldn't be prouder of him. He's absolutely loving it and is totally thriving. To celebrate, I bought him this cookie cake, because he loooooooooves cookie cake. It was pretty good, if I do say so myself! 



I had off on Monday, so I spent the day interviewing pediatricians. So much fun, right? (No.) Anyway, I did find one and I absolutely love her! While I hope the baby won't have to see her often, it is nice to know we have a great pediatrician close to our house who he'll see for well visits, incidents, etc. 

-TWO-
After getting gross and humid, it fall finally returned to North Texas...and I think it just might be here to stay! Fall in Texas typically means chilly evenings and mornings, with warmer temperatures during the day. {Read: Dress in layers.} So, the other night when it was a "chilly" 59* outside, I turned on the fireplace. And it was amazing. 


-THREE-
When I left work yesterday, I saw this lady get out of her car and dig through her packed trunk at a red light. Remember when I said "dress in layers?" Yeah, well, I don't think the lady understood it was about 72* yesterday. #bootswiththefurr

I was laughing so hard I couldn't even breathe. 


-FOUR-
Our niece was born yesterday afternoon! Ellice {pronounced "Ellis"} Katherine, who they're going to call "Ellie Kate" made her grand entrance yesterday at 12:55 p.m. weighing 7 lbs., 9 oz. and was 19 3/4 in. long. We love her so much already! 

Side note: Doesn't my sister-in-law look AMAZING?!?!?! 


"Uncle B" was a true natural with her, although he kept calling her, "buddy," which is what he calls our nephew, Brayden. I kept reminding him that "buddy" isn't an acceptable term of endearment for a girl! Ha! Good thing we're having a boy! ;) 


And please don't mind me looking like a hot mess; it was 9:15 p.m. before we got to see here and I was sooooooo tired and hungry! 


-FIVE-
Today is my dad's birthday! Happy Birthday, Dad! I love you!


And because I can...

-SIX-
It's Baylor Homecoming weekend! We're not partaking in all of the festivities, but some, and I'm so excited about it! The weather is supposed to be absolutely perfect for Baylor to beat up on those Iowa State Cyclones. 

I am also getting so excited about taking our sweet little boy to Homecoming next year! It's such a big deal for Baylor and it just makes me pumped to think about it. 


Hope y'all have a great weekend!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Skincare Review and Routine: Lancôme

I was not asked or paid by Lancôme or any of the other brands to write this skincare review. I just truly love it so much that I had to tell y'all about it! 

I have combination skin to the extreme: I have an oily T-Zone {with common pimples on my chin}, while I will have patches of dry skin on the upper layer...especially on my nose. It's a real pain, let me tell you. 

I have always been very good about washing my face and moisturizing, but when I got pregnant and my skin started changing {hello, cystic acne on my neck!}, I had to rethink my skincare line and routine. 

That's where Lancôme came in. 

Here's my daily skincare routine {morning}:

Using my Clarisonic Mia and its deep pore brush head, I wash my face and neck with Murad's Time Release Acne Cleanser. When I get out of the shower, I use Neutrogena's Clear Pore Oil-Eliminating Astringent all over my face and neck. I then moisturize with Lancôme's Bienfait Multi-Vital SPF 30 Cream

I can't reiterate enough the importance of either using sunscreen or a moisturizer with sunscreen in it. While tan may look good now, wrinkles and sunspots definitely will not look good later. Trust. 


Here's my daily skincare routine {night}:

At night, I always, always take off my make-up before I go to bed. Not only is this good for your skin, it keeps your pillowcases and sheets clean! 

Using a washcloth, I use Neutrogena's Oil-Free Acne Wash to remove make-up, dirt, etc. {I have tried a ton of other cleansers at all price ranges, and I will say that this one is my favorite!} Then, I take off the remainder of my eye make-up with Lancôme's Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover. I swipe Neutrogena's Clear Pore Oil-Eliminating Astringent all over my face and neck. I use Lancôme's Advanced Génefique Youth Activating Concentrate all over my face. {This stuff is amazing! After using it for only seven days, I noticed much smoother skin and an even skin tone.} Finally, I tap Lancôme's Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Eye Cream under my eyes, on the sides and under my brow bone, and then moisturize heavily all over with Lancôme's High Résolution Refill-3X Anti-Aging Moisturizing Cream


I know this looks and sounds like a ton, but it's so worth it! Brandon will tease me that it takes me just as long to take my make-up off as it does to put it on, but I tell him he'll appreciate it when I'm not wrinkly when I'm old! Ha! 

Do you have a tried-and-true skincare routine? 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Weekend

It's a rainy, icky Sunday afternoon here, and we're thoroughly enjoying being cuddled up on the couch watching football on TV. I have supper in the Crock Pot, Brandon is studying up for his first day of his new job tomorrow, and Oliver is zonked out in his bed in the corner of our living room. I love days like this. 

Friday:
Since we have Monday off, we got out of work an hour early Friday afternoon. I used that time to go get a much-needed manicure and pedicure...and it was amazing. 


Brandon and I decided to change it up a bit and go to a local barbeque joint for supper: Hard Eight BBQ. It was sooooo good. 

You stand in line around this huge barbeque wood-fired pit that holds as much/many ribs, sausage, chicken, brisket, ham, etc. that you could ever imagine. You tell them what you want, and then go inside to get all the sides you can even imagine: potato salad, macaroni and cheese, jalapeño sweet corn, bread...and the list goes on. 

I had the brisket-stuffed baked potato, potato salad, sweet corn, sweet tea and a bit of Brandon's apple cobbler. He had the spicy sausage, chicken kebabs, brisket, cornbread salad, apple cobbler and sweet tea. 

Y'all. We. were. stuffed. It was seriously so good and we will definitely be taking my dad there when he comes into town! {There were even people there from Syracuse, N.Y. who flew in just for the Cowboys game "and to try real Texas barbeque." Ha!}


Saturday:
We got a ton of things done around the house, which seems to be our Saturday tradition 'round these parts. We watched Baylor {barely} beat Kansas State and move up to #12 in the rankings; Brandon sold a couple of things on Craigslist; and I visited with my sister-in-law who is having a C-section on Thursday! We can't wait to meet our sweet niece! 

That night, Brandon came home with pumpkins and we did our annual tradition of carving them while listening to "Monster Mash." 


Side note: Excuse my makeup-less-ness.

Sunday:
We went to church, where a sweet older couple we've been getting to know well gave us this sweet Baylor onesie for the baby. They are also Baylor grads and are so, so sweet. They've offered to bring us meals once he's here, babysit, etc. I'm so thankful God led us to our church and the sweet people in it! 


After church, I ran over to Target to pick up a few things. Are y'all using their Cartwheel app? It's free, and it's the most awesome coupon app there is! You preload the coupons you want {sometimes I even do it in store!} and then hand your phone to the cashier at checkout, where they'll scan one barcode and your savings will be applied! 

Today, I only bought two things that weren't on my app! And even though it's only 5% savings on most things, you still save money...and who doesn't like to do that?! It's almost a game to me. 

Hope y'all have a wonderful rest of your Sunday! I'm off work tomorrow and am spending my day interviewing pediatricians. ;)

Friday, October 11, 2013

Five on Friday

Happy Friday, y'all!


-ONE-
I don't have work on Monday {Columbus Day} and I have an early release today, so I am most definitely looking forward to this weekend! We don't have any big plans, which is ridiculously exciting to me. I plan to clean the house, catch up on laundry and completely veg out. 

-TWO-


I have wanted matching stockings for Brandon and me for-ev-er, and I finally bit the bullet and purchased the Channel Quilted Velvet Stocking from Pottery Barn earlier this week. {It was our anniversary present to myself, ha!} I ordered three monogrammed ones for Brandon, the baby and me, and one non-monogrammed one for the next baby. Never can be too prepared, right?! 

I love my Christmas stocking -- my grandmother needle-pointed it for me when I was born -- but it's so big compared to Brandon's tiny store-bought needle-pointed one. And he says something every year about it, so I finally got us matching ones. Woo! 

-THREE-


My grandmother bought me this maternity dress from Gap last weekend, and it is seriously  my new favorite article of clothing. It is so soft, the perfect length, is so versatile and it's black, so I don't look as big! :) But for real, I'm on the hunt for a non-maternity version of this dress...it's that great. 

Right now, Gap is having a 35% off your entire online purchase using the code "GAPSAIL," which is good through Monday, 10/14. Pregnant mamas, go buy this dress! You won't regret it. 

-FOUR-
Brandon has been off of work {since he's taking some time off before he starts his new job} since Wednesday, and it's honestly been the best thing ever. He's been able to get a few things done on the "Honey Do" list I've created for him that have been on there for 2+ months and I even got a text yesterday that said, "Do we have any dry cleaning? I can go pick it up if so." Ha! I could get used to that! {If only I could trust him to do the laundry and go to the grocery store...} 

But seriously, he's cleaned out the air vents in our bathroom and laundry room; purchased and set up a whole new "litter box station" for Oliver; taken care of the yard; gotten tires rotated on the cars; seen movies he's wanted to see that I don't care a lick about; played golf; and a slew of other things. And he's home when I get home, which I love! 

-FIVE-


I love this necklace I found on Pinterest and am thinking about ordering it with the baby's first initial. What do y'all think? Sadly I've created a whole Pinterest board of things I want, "Gift Ideas for Moi" and want to buy the whole board for myself! I have a problem. 

But seriously? Family? Ahem. Christmas list is right there for y'all. ;)


Hope everyone has a great {long} weekend!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

3rd Anniversary

Brandon and I are celebrating three years of marriage today! 


I truly love and respect him more now than I did the day I married him. He is truly my best friend and I'm so thankful for him.

If you would've told me three years ago that on our three-year anniversary I'd be a little more than three months away from giving birth to our first child, I would've laughed your face off. But, God has much bigger plans than we do and for that I am so thankful. 

We've been through a lot these last three years -- and I know we're only going to go through more -- but I'm thankful and blessed to go through it all with him by my side. 

I love you, Brandon! 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Weekend

Leave it to the pregnant lady to only take pictures of food during a fun weekend, no? We were busy and got so much done, but it was definitely a fun one! 

Friday:
We nailed down our day care {woo hoo!}, then I came home after work and did my grocery shopping. Side note: I realize this makes me old, but I think I will forever do my grocery shopping on a Friday night. There was literally no one in the store! Then, I came home, did laundry, ordered a pizza and we just relaxed. 

Saturday:
I was up bright and early for a shopping adventure with my grandmother! We met at Breadwinners for breakfast {La Duni was closed} and then shopped 'till we dropped: Janie and Jack, Baby Gap, Peek...Aren't You Curious, and lots of maternity clothes for me! Needless to say, Baby W and I are set

We capped off our day with lunch at Bistro N, which was fabulous, per usual. We both ordered their crab bisque and cilantro lime shrimp salad, then finished off with dessert! 

I had the cremé brûlée...


...while she had the strawberry shortcake. 


It was so great getting to catch up and spend a day with my sweet grandmother. 

Sunday:
We had a maternity tour of the hospital where I'll be delivering this morning, then went to my in-law's to pick a couple of things up Brandon needed. We've spent the day getting things prepared for his new job, cleaning the house and preparing for the week. 

I got my November "Real Simple" in the mail {I feel like I just got my October issue!} and can't wait to get comfortable on the couch with it and a glass of apple cider tonight. It's finally chilly in Dallas and I'm soaking up every second! 

Have a great week!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Five on Friday

Happy Friday, y'all! I'm so glad this joyful day at the end of the work week is finally here. 


-ONE-
My grandmother is coming into town tomorrow to take me shopping for the baby {and me}! I'm so excited; we're hitting up La Duni for breakfast, NorthPark for shopping, and Nordstrom for lunch. 

I'm on the hunt for some printable coupons to take with me, because I'm always the bargain hunter!

-TWO-
I started making peanut butter cookies last night...emphasis on the word started. When the dough had to go in the fridge for 1-3 hours, I made myself comfy on the couch -- as comfy as a pregnant woman with an aching back can be -- and promptly fell asleep. Guess I'll be baking these tonight!


-THREE-
I have blogged every single day this week. That has to be some sort of record for me these days. 

-FOUR-
After a week hiatus, Baylor football is back! {And hopefully have no more bye-weeks...} We have a 7 p.m. game tomorrow, and I can't wait to get cuddled up on the couch to watch. It's supposed to be turning chilly here Saturday afternoon, so I can't wait for it to look and feel like fall! Side note: Lache Seastrunk? The dude is amazing. 


-FIVE-
Now that it's finally official, I'm happy to report that Brandon has a new job! After five years with the same company - that he's been with since he graduated college - he's moving to work for one of his clients, an national aerospace company headquartered here in DFW. I am so, so proud of him! 


{Yes, my husband owns and wears a Jason Witten jersey on Cowboys' game day. I know.}

Have a fabulous weekend!



Thursday, October 3, 2013

Baby Fox

I have mentioned previously that my mom's chosen "grandmother" name is "Foxy." At first I didn't like it, but it has slowly grown on me, and now I think it's flat-out hilarious. 

However, ever since she has told us all about her new name, I can't help but see fox things ev-ery-where!!! I guess they are the new "in" trend. Therefore, I think Baby Boy needs a few of these things in honor of his Foxy, who has already been gifted with fox bar tools and a fox candle for her birthday. 

Fox sweater {Gap}


Fox beanie {Gap}


Fox onesie {Old Navy}


Fox Halloween costume {Carter's}


Fox hooded towel {Target}


PS: If you haven't heard this song - "What Does the Fox Say?" - you have to listen. It's so ridiculous. My girlfriends at work and I sing this all the time...especially when I mention "Foxy!" 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

What I'm Loving Wednesday


Happy Wednesday! I just got finished moving offices {to a different building across the street} and event though I didn't do too much moving myself, I'm still worn the heck out! 

So, without any further aideu, here's what I'm loving today: 


I bought the "dupe" concealer on the right yesterday after reading this blog, and I must say, I love it! It goes on very smooth and truly does highlight like it says it does. It's a win for me! 



I need to find a frame for it, but I can't wait to display it on the little shelf in his room. 

This fun shirt from Target


I love a little touch of bling on a Wednesday! :)

Hope y'all are having a lovely week so far!