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  • contacts - the millennial way

    I've worn contacts since I was in fifth grade, so ordering my monthly and yearly contacts have become a normal routine in my life. As I've gotten older, the time to renew my eye exam each year is like a that annoying dark cloud that i'd rather not have to address. Taking the time to physically go to an eye doctor and wait for the prescription to be made usually would take up half my day - ain't nobody got time for that! I have no shame to say I am a millennial when it comes to things like this, and then I come across the lovely Simple Contactand found out I can order new contacts simply (HA!) through their app.

    *cue hallelujah song*

    The time we connected, I was literally down to one contact that I had stretched over a 6 month period (muuuch longer than what a contact life should be, hah!). That shows you how uninterested I was into dealing with going to another doctor and waiting a month to receive new contacts - not to mention, spending an arm and a leg. 

    So, here I am, blessing you contact wearers and making your life a teeeeny bit easier because I swear this is the only way I will buy my contacts from now on. The process is easy as cake.

    1. Open the app (or visit the website) and enter in some info that's shorter than a CVS receipt

    2. Literally snap three photos of your eyes to check for redness

    3. The shortest eye exam in history... all on your phone!!! This blew my mind, y'all. Thank heavens for modern technology.

    ANY WHO - once that's all over with (probably three minutes have passed by now) you pick your contact lenses and then all the information is on it's merry way, ready to be packaged up and promptly delivered at your doorstep. Their customer service is on top of every concern and I love when companies keep you constantly updated on your order. 

    This is not a drill. And even better, to save $30 on your first order, enter CELESTE30 at your checkout and your wallet (and spouse) will be happy :) I am passionate about great companies like this because we've all been screwed over one time and another... so I have to share any time I come across quality companies. I am too excited about my new friends over here!

    Cheers to living a smarter life and treating your eyeballs! ;) xoxo

  • channeling my inner cupid

    shop my dress here - on sale y'all!! Also non-maternity, but still comfy as ever with or without the belly :)
    I thought i'd share some cute little numbers I've found browsing over the last few weeks. I am constantly virtually window shopping, so if I can't buy all the things, why not spread the love so I may live vicarious through whoever decides to purchase some of these finds, hah! Obviously I'm sharing all things valentine's related, because I thoroughly enjoy dressing up for each holiday. I also rarely ever wear much red, so it's always fun to mix things up every now and then.
    I was raised to dress accordingly on every Sunday each time there was a holiday that week - is that just a southern thing? Andrew thinks it's so silly when I help him color coordinate his tie with these cutesy holidays, but he participates. Bless his soul. And my soon to be son who will be doing the same, I'm sure ;) 
    I've shared some more expensive finds (but worth the pennies!) and affordable finds, because I am secretly the biggest bargain shopper there is. Either way, your closet will thank you. Happy shopping!
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    xoxo celo
  • celebrating a belated third trimester

     

    shop my dress here (non-maternity, but fits just fine with the bump!)

    HOW ARE YOU FEELING? SYMPTOMS?

     Honestly, like a million bucks! I am so grateful to be saying that, too. The first trimester was definitely as horrendous as they say it is, but since week 12, I've 100% felt like my normal self. Except maybe with a little more waddling than normal and the occasional pee-when-sneezing situation happens.. but that's about it. But I won't hold my breath, we're not quite done yet!

    SIZE OF BABY

    They say the size of a cauliflower! And almost three pounds.  

    CRAVINGS?

    I honestly hate when I get asked this because I know people expect a fun answer from me, but NO! Weirdly enough, I haven't had any gnarly cravings out of the norm that I wouldn't eat before pregnancy. In the first trimester, I had a lot of aversions so I could only eat bread and oatmeal without wanting to throw up - but other than aversions, nothing's changed about my diet, really! However, I do enjoy avocado toast (with a dash of salt + red pepper flakes.. YUM) a tad more than normal and have to have my daily boiled egg for breakfast every day... but then again, that's not out of the norm. I know, suuuper exciting stuff.

    GENDER

     Little dude! Chunky boy. Bebe. Bubba. Still can't believe he's a boy!

    MATERNITY CLOTHES

    It is so hard for me to justify buying clothes I'd only wear a couple months! I'm so hard headed to the fact that I'm still wearing my normal jeans, but completely unzipped and unbuttoned (with a shirt that covers my waist area, 'cuz modesty DUHH) .. HAHA! Should I be embarrassed of that?! So long story long, not yet (?). Only because I'm being a stickler about spending my money in more important places. Otherwise, I will continue to really look forward to Spring arriving early (HOLLA @ Texas weather) and just living in dresses again :)

    EXERCISE

    Absolutely! Not much has changed in my daily exercises how they were before pregnancy. It's such an important part of my life, so making it a priority even while I'm pregnant is crucial! My daily morning cardio/jogs have definitely progressively gotten slower and every now and then I'll have to stop and walk if I feel little aches or cramps - which I know is okay! Sometimes baby boy let's me know when it's time to rest, so I listen :) I do weight training 3-4 times a week with some small adjustments for my ever-growing belly. If you'd like to know more about this, I'd love to share! Ultimately, I know keeping my health in check will benefit me AND baby boy.. and even postpartum, so that's awesome.

    CHALLENGES

     I wouldn't say this is necessarily a challenge, but I really miss high waisted jeans. Or just jeans in general.. HAHA. Like I mentioned before, I am reluctant to buy maternity.. so for now I'm just wearing my normal clothes, but it's not the same! Something else I haven't loved lately is feeling like an elephant on my runs. Seriously, I feel like the ground is shaking with each leap I take LOL but hey, at least I'm moving, right?! Also, I'm not one hundred percent if I have an opinion on people rubbing my little bump without permission.. hah! Perhaps I will as time goes on, but for now, I just try to embrace it :)

    BEST MOMENTS

    This is easy. Feeling him move SO OFTEN! He is a kicking maniac in there! His favorite time to wake up is the moment I lay my head down for bed... thinking this is a foreshadow for what's to come this April ;) Sometimes I think he moves the bed with each punt he makes, no joke. Such a surreal feeling! Also knowing that everything is so far, so good. That's been my biggest worry for my entire pregnancy is making sure he's healthy and everything is moving right along. We are truly blessed with this happy guy! Also, seeing loved ones and family members so genuinely happy for you. It truly adds to the excitement of everything. Babies bring so much joy!

    PREGNANCY PURCHASES/FAVORITE ITEMS SO FAR

     I haven't bought too much for myself specifically for pregnancy, but I've stumbled upon so many amazing baby companies and items that I am so excited to share over time. For now, here's a few of these things at the top of that list to start off the excitement:

    1) These sweat pants. Honestly, the best buy I've made in awhile, y'all. They are so light weight, suuuper soft and really flattering (especially for that baby bump!) Pregnant or not, you need 'em. And while you're at it, these are amazing too. They're a little thicker for those chillier days. YES I own them and YES they are just as fabulous.

    2) While we are talking about clothes, I'm really adoring tea length and tasteful maxi dresses lately. Especially with a little bump to dress up :) This is a favorite with a cute turtleneck underneath, also this one, and this one... aaaand this one. And I'm waiting for this gem to arrive on my doorstep anyday!

    3) My skin is unbelievably sensitive and more acne prone from all the crazy hormones lately, so I've relied on wholesome skin products to help aid my facial skin. My go-to (and every day routine) is this face cleanser, followed by this serum (A MUST Y'ALL!) that keeps my skin tight and youthful. Once a week I do this mask and love it's creamy formula made of vitamins and vegetables. Literally makes my face feel like a baby's bottom every time I remove it! Take it from someone who rarely spends money on themselves -- the price is worth EVERY penny, especially when it comes to wholesome skin products with no harmful chemicals. 

    4) This bassinet. Breathtaking! I haven't purchased one for our little guy's nursery yet, mostly because I have a few sliiightly more important things to purchase (like a car seat and stroller..hah!) before getting the cutesie stuff. But obviously this is at the top of my list!

    5) I got one of these blankets for the baby boo, buuut I'm considering ordering like five more because... well.. duh. SO SOFT! My blanket hoarding is becoming unhealthy, but I just love all things softy, y'all!

    6) All things Design Dua. Easily one of my favorite brands. Moses' dog bed is from here and I get compliments on it all the time! Can't wait to share what gems I've stocked up on for little boy this year :)

    necklace was gifted, you can get the same from here 

    Is there anything on your must-have list that you have yet to pull the trigger on?! Any and all recommendations are welcome, I've only got a few more months of this preparing game - after that, there's NO looking back. Haha!

    until next time, xo! celo

  • decking the {dining room} halls

    shop my overalls here, my color is sold out but they have tons of other darling colors! , and my top is here
    First of all, can I just point out when they say "the camera adds ten pounds" that it truly looks like it added ten pounds to myself here?! Ooooor like 20? HA. It's freaking me out how pregnant I'm beginning to look, especially in *perfectly angled* photographs like these. I guess I need to stop being in denial about that spaghetti squash sized kid that's cookin' in my belly. He's real! He's there! I should prrrrobably start looking at strollers and cribs?! I'm almost six months now, it still doesn't feel real!
    ANYWHO!
    Another day, another tablescape ;)
    This time, Christmas edition! This year, my family will all be separated at in-laws & other families homes, so we are having our traditional Christmas a week early. Some of these traditions include our Christmas Eve mexican enchilada dinner following a nativity play & home video watching - Christmas morning, we have a breakfast feast consisting of soufflé, cheese grits {my absolute favorite, i'm pretty sure my mom only makes these for me haha!}, cinnamon rolls and other breakfast goodies and of course gift opening gathered in my parent's cozy living room - Christmas night, as if our bellies hadn't had enough, we have a huge steak dinner {i'm the only one who doesn't devour steak as i rarely ever eat meat.. so more mashed potato sides for me!} - and we top the evening off with baking my mom's famous sugar cookie recipe that's delicious and amazing for decorating! Ironically enough, the boy's decorated cookies get very creative and more thought out than the girls' ;)
    That's just to name a few.. traditions are so important and huge in my big southern family, so I will love passing things like this down with my own family. 
    {I re-read over this paragraph and laughed at myself on how serious I take myself on things like this. THE DINNER TABLE IS IMPORTANT, Y'ALL. SO... LONG HAIR DON'T CARE lol} On to the table... I wanted to go the extremely minimalistic/simple route.. think: fresh greens, clear whites, lots of lit candles, raw wood. And even though my mom style would probably choose something a little different, she was totally on board. Making tablescapes with her is the best because she kind of just gives me the reigns and is my little sidekick, even though we are decorating her table.. I'm thinking it's half because she trusts my judgement and half because she's exhausted from doing it all by herself for the first 20 years of my life, hah! Her home is kind of like a Hobby Lobby and Magnolia factory all in one, so I just go into her storage room and point at the things I like and then we just mesh it together! These tiny little ceramic candle holder houses were my favorite part and of course they are from the Magnolia section in Target. Go grab one, or like eighteen of them now!! Fresh flowers are a religious must for us, of course. And we used the sliced tree stumps my lumberjack dad cut down last Christmas for the chargers. The darling 12 days of Christmas plates are my absolute favorite - am I the only one who's a huge sucker for things like this?! Mom's had these gold dipped forks and knives that were passed down to her forever ago, so of course we only use them for special occasions! And we couldn't leave out sprinkling little bottle brush trees, twinkling lights, and little garlands everywhere, of course. If this were in my own home, I'm sure it would've been pieced together a little differently, but I think we were pleased with the turnout ;)
    Merry Christmas, y'all! I hope you have loved ones you can gather around during this lovely Holiday Season, it's truly the most wonderful time of all.
    xo celo