September 1, 2014

Welcome to Third Trimester

Filed under: Smurfberry,TopPosts @ 12:39 pm

Today I am at 29 weeks pregnant, so I’m well into in my third trimester. I thought this would be a good opportunity to reflect upon the end of the second trimester and everything we’ve accomplished so far.


I took this photo a few days ago so I thought I’d share it as part of this post.

Smurfberry’s accomplishments:

By the end of the second trimester, Smurfberry:
* Weighs about 2 pounds (or more, since we’re measuring bigger)
* Can kick and poke (and oh boy does he!)
* Has thickened layers of skin, some hair and body fat.
* Has all 5 senses functioning

Go Smurfberry! You keep on growing nice and healthy, but be nice and let’s not get to be like 9 pounds at birth, OK?

Mine and hubby’s accomplishments:

We’ve gotten a lot of the big stuff that I know we’re going to need – crib, car seat and stroller, dresser and changing table, etc. Here are some of the awesome things:





The crib was actually a gift/hand me down. My niece and nephew used it, and my MIL painted it so it would look nice and new for her newest grandchild. She also gave us the adorable Lion King bedding :) We’ve been wanting to use greens and browns in our theme, something forest or jungle themed, so that works out nicely.

Since we’ve already had our destination baby showers with both sides of our family, we already are stocked up on a lot of the goodies we will need. My friends are talking about throwing me a local baby shower too, so I’m excited to finish off my “you will need this” list.

I am starting to feel the effects of the third trimester though. I’m out of breath again, feel huge some days and have a hard time getting up from a seated position. Nevermind dropping stuff – if there’s no one around to get it for me, I don’t need that item! lol Heartburn is back and sleeping has become difficult. But, I’m still trying to remain optimistic that it won’t get too bad, and am trying to stay calm about all the unknowns of the labor experience. It terrifies me, but I’m trying not to let the fear take over. Now’s the time to start reading inspirational posts even though I’m not usually into the squishy stuff.

Anyone have any advice for me? I’d love to hear it :)

♥♥ Elizabeth. Gale. Lysha @ Magnolia Mom. Madaline. Natalie. Tiffany

August 30, 2014

30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 30: RememberMe #SocialChallenge

Filed under: Memes @ 7:00 am

Tyonne of Auri’s Closet is holding the 30 day blogging challenge.

Day 30 topic:   List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for.

In no particular order, I would want to be remembered for:

1. Being a good friend.

2. Being a good daughter.

3. Being a good wife.

4. Being a good mother.

5. Being a good listener.

6. Being supportive.

7. Being loyal.

8. Being a good employee.

9. Being an intelligent woman.

10. Being myself.

♥♥ Portraits by NC

August 29, 2014

30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 29: Misunderstand Me #SocialChallenge

Filed under: Memes @ 7:00 am

Tyonne of Auri’s Closet is holding the 30 day blogging challenge.

Day 29 topic:  What do you think people misunderstand most about you?

I tend to be very quiet and withdrawn. People seem to think that means I’m accepting or aloof, but really, I don’t do well with confrontation. If someone starts attacking me about something, I get very quiet. I suddenly have nothing to say to them. It isn’t that I don’t want to explain myself or tell them they’re stupid, but it just doesn’t happen. Silence happens. I’m just not a good arguer.

♥♥ none yet

August 28, 2014

30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 28: Love Language #SocialChallenge

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Tyonne of Auri’s Closet is holding the 30 day blogging challenge.

Day 28 topic:  What is your love language?

I didn’t understand this question at first, so I Googled “love language” and came up with some results for a book and a website about the 5 languages of love. So basing my post on the information found on this website, I believe my love language to be primarily split between acts of service and physical touch. I’m very much a show me, don’t tell me kind of person, so I would rather have someone I love show me their true feelings by doing something for me that is helpful and nice, rather that just saying “I love you”. I’m very practical that way. But I also like to snuggle. I am a cat after all, curl up with me and snuggle on the couch, and we’re very lovey dovey indeed.

♥♥ Dee

August 27, 2014

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Filed under: Health @ 10:00 am

Have you heard of the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle? I’m excited to have joined the team to get the word out about this fall sale! I’ve been working on getting healthy for the past few years, with losing a lot of weight prior to this pregnancy, and now trying my best to stay healthy through this time in my life and beyond. I’m looking forward to learning from this event and continuing the wellness journey for myself and my growing family.

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 27: Favorite Body Part #SocialChallenge

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Tyonne of Auri’s Closet is holding the 30 day blogging challenge.

Day 27 topic:  What is your favorite part of your body and why?

Well, I would have to say my eyes. I think my eyes are quite pretty, thank you mama, and they are really expressive. I’m told you can read a lot about my feelings and thoughts by my facial expressions, and a lot of that is in my eyes. I do think they are my best feature :)


♥♥ none yet

August 26, 2014

30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 26: You’re Wrong #SocialChallenge

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Tyonne of Auri’s Closet is holding the 30 day blogging challenge.

Day 26 topic:  What popular notion do you think the world has most wrong?

I think that many parents feel they need to shelter their kids from everything is a notion that is wrong. I grew up pretty sheltered, and I feel like there are a lot of life experiences I had to deal with for the first time at a much older age, when it wasn’t as easy. For example, I didn’t get chicken pox until I was a freshman in high school! WTF! I was down for weeks and it was awful. Why? Only cause my parents kept me away from other sick kids when I was little. There’s a reason kids should get chicken pox when they’re little. That’s just one example, but really, kids need to start learning about life early on, so things don’t come as a surprise when they finally become adults and the blinders get taken off.

♥♥ none yet

August 25, 2014

30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 25: Dinner with History #SocialChallenge

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Tyonne of Auri’s Closet is holding the 30 day blogging challenge.

Day 25 topic:  If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat?

I’m going to take this topic in a more direction. How awesome would it be to have dinner with someone royal? I dunno, how about Princess Diana? How awesome would it be to eat a meal meant for royalty in a lovely castle? That would be fun! And can you imagine all the amazing tea we could drink? Mmmm…

♥♥ none yet

August 24, 2014

30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 24: Family Dynamic #SocialChallenge

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Tyonne of Auri’s Closet is holding the 30 day blogging challenge.

Day 24 topic: Describe your family dynamic of your childhood vs. your family dynamic now.

Well, when I was a child the dynamic was parents are in charge, and I do what they say. It was pretty simple but it was also obvious who was in charge heh. If they wanted to go somewhere, I had to go with, whether I wanted to or not. And I was expected to be on my best behavior. But I was always a quiet child and well behaved anyway so there were no issues.

Now, my dynamic at home with my own family is hard to describe since I don’t yet have a grown child to compare it to, but I’m pretty sure it will be similar. I definitely won’t be one of those parents that let their kids rule over them instead of being the parent. As far as with my own parents, we definitely have a shift in our dynamic. Now they call me up for advice all the time, which is quite awesome since I’m the kid, right? Of course, they still give their own advice too. Since we’re all adults with some life experience here, I think the dynamic makes sense.

♥♥ none yet

August 23, 2014

30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 23: Hobbies #SocialChallenge

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Tyonne of Auri’s Closet is holding the 30 day blogging challenge.

Day 23 topic: List your top 5 hobbies and why you love them.

My hobbies are going to reflect a lot of what I listed in my passions post. My hobbies and passions are connected, after all.

1. Reading. I don’t think I have to explain that one further. I read a lot, or well, used to before I got preggers. Now I’m falling asleep a lot. But I’m not giving up on my hobby because my library isn’t going to enjoy itself :)

2. Book clubs. This goes along with reading, but I do enjoy getting together with my book club peeps and having a fun time discussing our books and just enjoying each others’ company.

3. Blogging. I don’t have to explain this one either. I have two blogs, this one and

4. Theater. I have season tickets to Broadway and Theater Under the Stars. I do enjoy performing arts.

5. TV. I’ve already mentioned that hubby and I watch a lot of TV. It is fun and relaxing. And of course, I’m still super crazy excited to meet the boys from Supernatural next month!

♥♥ none yet

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