• Second Trimester!

    {So! There's always a problem where I piece outfits together, post it, and then I get asked where certain items are from so they can shop them too, but the items are usually sold out. I have this clothing hoarding issue where I keep everything. I think I still have shoes from 7th grade that I'm keeping for that rainy day occasion..so, like I said.. it's an issue. I've attached some links to similar items of some of this outfit so you can shop ALMOST the same exact clothes I am wearing here ;) }

    similar cape here & here | free people top | alias may booties, similar booties | similar jeans | similar hat


    I always forget september and october are the busiest time of year for me, preparing for spring weddings and christmas gifts and such. I feel like I'm drowning in work and have such little time to make creative content for fun and share, so it can be a little discouraging to feel like I'm lacking on releasing my daily artistic breaks. I realized I've slowed down on sharing myself and my personal life for the last month and it's totally from the excitement of annoucing our growing family and the swarm of custom orders I've got to complete each day. It's definitely a blessing, but I'm slowly trying to find traction and balance between life and work (balance? kind of like a fantasy, but it's fine. haha!), so Andrew and I have been spending our evenings unplugged and being potatoes while re-binge watching The Office. And I am more than content about that.

    --First ever Pregnant Update! Since it's so early in my pregnancy, I don't feel like it's necessary to do an in-depth weekly or monthly update (unless you really want to know?!), but I've finally hit the second trimester this week, so I've gotta tell you a few of the funny things that's happened throughout this first trimester!

    morning sickness?

    majority of the first trimester I was extremely nauseated from morning until night. All. Friggin. Day. It was kind of a nightmare but I am definitely thanking my lucky stars I didn't have to throw up. well, I actually did. but throwing up is my worst nightmare, so I did anything and everything to keep from doing so, haha! I lived off of dry bread, egg whites, crackers and lots and lots of tums. Andrew also bought me those sea bands that are meant for motion sickness, so I wore them every day. They are so ugly, but I genuinely felt like they helped sometimes, so fashion went out the window! This was also a little risky because some mama's know exactly what those sea bands mean, so I got asked pretty often if I was pregnant. Sorry to everyone I lied to, I'm sure my fake story was unconvincing anyway!! I'm finally not nauseated all day anymore, but just right before bed now. YAHOO. 

    cravings? aversions?

    once I hit month 2 and didn't feel sick for a hot 30 minutes, I only wanted Pho. Literally just the broth and the noodles. So that's what I did. I ate Pho. Then! I could only tolerate mexican rice and refried beans. The most recent couple of weeks I've got more of an appetite and almost every single day I want mashed potatoes and corn and ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ELSE. Also, sour punch straws. But that's normal for every one, pregnant or not, right?! Also, I hated raw meat before pregnancy, but it's hit a whole new level. I basically have to force myself to eat chicken to get my protein in, soooo that could be a problem :) Other than that, I definitely try to maintain the healthy lifestyle I've had and not give in to anything too extreme or unnecessary.


    yep! i've changed nothing about my workout schedule since the day I found out. Andrew and I have gone to the gym almost every day together for the last three years, so I didn't find it necessary to need to stop going. Unless I was feeling extremely ill, I would rest. But for the most part, I feel better after a good run so I make sure I get a good sweat in 6 mornings out of the week. On Sundays I just enjoy long walks :)

    any other funny symptoms/stories?

    Fatigue! I've been extremely tired since week 4. Occasional headaches, but I've only taken a handful of tylenol my entire life, so I just try to eat well and drink enough water to not take any medication. Usually always works! Also, Andrew is really cute. Homeboy has been wanting to be a dad since the moment we said "I do". He brings home sour punch straws on the weekly, but I'm thinking he's kind of leaning on my "cravings" to be an excuse for him to indulge on them too.. haha! We talk about names every day and have had our baby's first name decided on since before we were even pregnant! But definitely keeping that hush-hush until he is born, I don't want anyone to ruin it for us! 


    I hope y'all are having a fabulous fall week! it's 70 in dallas right now and I'm just crying tears of joy about it. october, i love you.


  • it’s a...

    B O Y ! 
    I thought in this moment: There's no way.
    First of all, we had the gender in an envelope a week before we opened it. A week! I was going insane! We both wholeheartedly thought this little nugget was a girl. I was in DISBELIEF, to put it lightly. I'm sure the photos speak volumes... haha! It honestly took me all week to comprehend the thought of a boy, it was such a huge shock! Mine and Andrew's families are FULL of girls and I have two darling red headed nieces I'm super close with (both five years old), so I just thought they would have a little cousin to play dolls with. But thank heavens my two year old nephew's gonna have a new little man to push around :)

    The moment the blue confetti began to fall, Andrew calls out "it's a girl!!!" and I looked at him so confused and said, "honey, those are blue!". Bless his colorblindness, maybe we should have done an easier gender reveal that was a little more colorblind friendly... my bad Andrew (love you, tho). The funniest part was, I wanted to believe what he said even though I was watching the opposite color confetti hit the floor- only because I was so convinced it was going to be a girl! I was even dumb enough to buy pink things already - boy oh boy was I wrong. pun intended.

    Despite the blindsiding, we are so excited. I definitely have to switch my thought process from ballet, dolls and bows to trucks, motorbikes and balls. I'm SUCH a girly girl, so I have a lot of learning to do when it comes to baby boys! I'm sure his little sister is waiting in Heaven, it wasn't quite her time to come down yet :)
    For the last three months, we had such a specific idea in mind how our little babe was going to be. But nope! The Lord knows exactly what he has planned for us, so I will never question why my hopes and predictions end up wrong. It's such an exciting time, so I'm just trying to comprehend and soak it all in.
    On that note... where my boy mamas at?! When can I sign him up for hockey practice? Haha ;)
    -I made the pull string pinata from supplies I had at home with a paper lantern, tissue tassles, homemade paper floral garland and confetti.
    -You can shop my dress here
  • tiny news

    after a long time of waiting, we are beyond thrilled to welcome a little addition to our family! andrew and i come from very close families, so starting one together was a no-brainer. timing is a funny thing, you think you have this idea in your head of a perfect scenario, and of course it never ends up the way you expect it to! this little one didn't quite want to leave heaven until the time it did, but we are so grateful to finally be here in the place we've waited to be in.
    i know i have so much to learn and gain (literally and figuratively...hah!) during this first pregnancy. so far it's been an absolute rollercoaster. bless my patient husband! we have a long way to go, so i'm sure this blog will be some sort of an outlet/journal for me to share all my insane experiences during this huge milestone in our lives together.
    the first trimester is absolutely NO joke, y'all! your body does things you didn't know could even happen. andrew and i always talked about how i wouldn't be a typical pregnant woman and give in to "cravings" and live life like a normal person. BOY WAS THAT A NAIVE THING TO SAY. you absolutely don't know what it's going to be like until you have this tiny blueberry sized baby in your belly calling the shots, y'all. the first early few weeks i was nauseous 24/7. all. day. long. everything in site made me physically ill and it forced me to stop making dinners for awhile {raw chicken? NOPE.}.. so those little things i used to say like "i'll still eat the way i do now and won't give in to cravings" went out the window! for three weeks i could only stomach dry bread, crackers, beans and rice. Nutritious, right? haha! but i am so grateful for these little things that come along with creating life. feeling sick all day long and pretending like you're fine to the public to keep from spilling the beans is no easy task! anywho, i could talk about this forever, but i will definitely be sure to keep updates on here as time passes and the belly grows {eeek!}. 
    thank you to those who have congratulated us already, we feel the love so deeply and are continuously counting our blessings as we plan for this new and growing time in our lives. all are welcome to follow along, share their own experiences, thoughts, advice, anything! i look up to each and every mama, you are warriors! 
    {don't know what i'd do without the humor of this boy. i think 1/3 of the photos we took look like this. he's ridiculous but i hope our babe has his silly sense of humor!}
    see y'all again soon with more updates :) xo!
  • back to the lovely waco

    surprise, surprise! we tripped to Magnolia, yet again.

    in my defense, they make it pretty easy to be obsessed with them when they're only a couple hours from home. In Texas language, a two hour drive isn't a road trip. It's a quick trip. In everywhere else language, that's normally ridiculous, haha!

    my mom and I really enjoy tripping to waco every now and then, but as Magnolia's popularity increases by the millions, we don't find ourselves going as often as we used to. Only because the place is more packed than Disneyland literally every single day of the week. we definitely pick and choose the best time of week to go to get it out of our system.

    first of all - i have to note how incredibly insane it is that waco, texas is even CONSIDERED to be on "the map". my entire life it was always just the halfway point when driving to Austin from Dallas. To be completely frank, Waco is kind of a nothing town (PLEASE DON'T KILL ME LOCAL WACO-ANS! haha). It feels wrong saying that, but it's very true. It does have Baylor University, which is great, but that's pretty much it when you think of waco.

    Enter Chip and Joanna Gaines. two of the best angels Texas is proud to call their own. and now there are people FLYING INTO WACO from all over the nation and even out of the country?!! this still blows my mind. Waco. tiny, quiet country town Waco, Texas has visitors flying in every weekend. this is where Chip and Jo are saints in the business world. so, cheers to them for putting the tiniest little farm town on the map and selling out hotels/airbnbs and giving hundreds of locals jobs. it's truly amazing to watch unfold.

    and it's still growing, every single day! i'm sure our trips there will continue to be far and few between as it rapidly continues to grow - but we will be happy to watch it grow from afar. especially after hearing they are starting to sell home goods throughout the Targets all over the nation - like I need another reason to go to Target?! ugh, sorry husband. but not really.

    shirt | jumper | similar hat & here


    i could talk for days about this lovely place and why we enjoy it so much, but i'll let the photos speak for themselves. if you're planning a trip there, just spend a little while enjoying the lovely garden area and pop a squat on the darling wooden swings (for all ages!) on the lawn. honestly, we don't only go there to shop the market. it's a wonderful family friendly place for ages of all kind to enjoy.

    and don't forget to stop by the cute little bakery. the cashiers are the kindest and i'm proud to be a texan beside them with their southern hospitality and friendly chatter - i can see why people from out of state visit often just because of these lovely employees! also, i don't have a favorite baked good. it's all incredible. no shocker there ;)

    i hope your week is a little more autumn feeling than dallas right now. it's a toasty 95 today! xo