These Are a Few of My Favorite Things {stocking stuffers}

we are one week closer to Christmas and its Thanksgiving in 2 days! the time is flying and I’ve already done some shopping! what’s next on the list? filling my hubby’s stocking! he always does such a good job finding my favorite little things at target and even sneaks in some awesome gifts! I’m already excited to buy a new stocking for our little miss for next year and fill it with goodies, so I’m trying to put some extra thought into Todd’s this year before the little girl take-over in 2015!
this is week 2 of {My Favorite Things}, a linkup with  April, Elise, Katie, & Zelle.
Start {here} if you missed week 1: My Favorite Things {my list}

My Favorite Things {stocking stuffers}

{for her}
I’m really loving the apparel and items geared towards your home state! this would go perfect with a state shaped cutting board for the hostess or a shirt from the Home T!
monograms are everywhere. gold is everywhere. and what girl doesn’t love Kate Spade?! this necklace is cute on its own, or layered with longer ones!
although I didn’t jump on the iPhone 6 bandwagon just yet, I’m sure there are many many people that have and a new case {especially an adorable one with gold polka dots} is sure to
four. lipgloss
holiday lipgloss sets are so fun and useful for all those holiday parties! this Smashbox “on the rocks” set is even on sale at Nordstrom!
not pictured. the favorites
like chapstick, yummy candy, nail polish, bobby pins and small amount gift cards! it’s always fun to know that special person notices all the everyday items that you use and love! I can never have too much chapstick or too many bobby pins! a $5 Starbucks gift card never hurts either to buy your fave holiday drink!
{for him}
something to add to the bar collection of a whiskey drinker! I know my dad would be all over these!
same as for her. new. phones. everywhere.
fun for the guy with a man cave, backyard patio or just enjoys a cold beer on the weekends! Williams-Sonoma has a few cute novelty mounted bottle openers like the mustache {pictured}, a bulldog, a skull or an anchor.
four. cologne
cologne is something my husband wouldn’t go out on his own and buy himself.  we’ve shopped the counters before and he’s given opinions, but I typically try to make notes and buy it for him later! a new scent is appropriate for the holiday parties and a fresh start to the new year!
not pictured. the favorites
again, just like us gals, guys have those fun little things that make it easy to personalize and fill the empty spaces in their stocking! chapstick, scratchers or lotto tickets, a cigar or my husband’s addiction, gum!

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week 2 of the linkup series with April, Elise, Katie, & Zelle!

Bumpdate {28 weeks}

November 24, 2014

how far along: 28 weeks, 2 days {hello, third trimester!}

Bumpdate {28 weeks}    Bumpdate - 28 weeks

size of baby: an eggplant {13.6-14.8 inches, 1.5-2.5 pounds}

gender: baby girl!

weight gain: I’m pretty sure I was a little off with my starting weight the past couple weeks! I realized this morning on the scale I’m up 21 pounds to 147! {for the first time I wished my starting weight was 128 like I was thinking, not 126}

maternity clothes: yes! I’ve been loving these maternity jeans I got from the Destination Maternity corner in Macys! the full panel actually goes all the way past my bump and doesn’t cut in like my Gap pair started to do…and they’re super stretchy! good one J. Simp!

stretch marks: keeping them away with my Mustela cream!

rings: on, but feeling a bit tighter these days…

nursery: since this little update at 26 weeks, the crib arrived {the hubby & I set it up that night} and I found a canvas print at Kohl’s that I just love!

movement: still moving all over the place! especially in the early morning and after I lay down after work or dinner!

symptoms: some back pain still, but nothing that I can’t handle with some rest and good posture! at the beginning of last week I was feeling a cold coming on, but I fought it off with vitamins, chamomile tea and sleeping with the humidifier every night! I’ve still got a bit of a cough, but I feel way better!

sleep: sleeping well, besides getting up for the bathroom 3 times a night!

cravings: would love some coffee still! I actually bought a mini Keurig for our trailer which was on major sale at Kohl’s and I was able to use some coupons and Kohl’s Cash! I’m dreaming of cozy mornings camping with coffee and/or hot chocolate!

aversions: nothing in particular…

what I miss: being able to walk, get out of bed or do anything physical without feeling winded! it’s going to be a long 12 weeks…but I wouldn’t trade it!

best moment this week: setting up little miss’ crib and seeing all the progress for the baby shower! my sister, SIL and I worked for like 8 hours on Saturday and got so much done! we also got our maternity pics back and holiday cards ordered!

looking forward to: so much this week! a short work week, Thanksgiving dinners with family {next weeks weight gain is already not looking so good} and going wedding dress shopping with my SIL {and hopefully getting in some r&r at some point}!

First & Second Trimester Favorites

the first 27 weeks of pregnancy have flown by! as quickly as it has come and gone, there are a few things that have gotten me through the uncomfortable, yucky feeling moments of pregnancy {so far}! I know I’m not the only one to experience these things, so I figured I’d share my favorites {even though they are pretty predictable}.

First & Second Trimester Favorites
1 {Contigo water bottle}
I always have a bottle of water with me, and these 24 oz bottles by Contigo are awesome! refillable, dishwasher safe and the perfect size {not too heavy but you don’t have to fill it up every 5 minutes}!
2 {Bumpnest pregnancy pillow}
I will admit, it was a love hate relationship with the bump nest at first! I’m used to sleeping on a very flat pillow, so for me it was a little too much cushion to have under my head! I spent the first couple weeks figuring out where my neck pain was coming from…but once I realized that was the only thing that changed, I flipped it over {so the curve where you would normally put your head is at the bottom of the bed} and it was AMAZING! I still use my regular pillow under my head, but I have the bump next curved around my front and back and it is wonderful! it makes it so much easier for this tummy sleeper to get used to sleeping on my sides!
3 {Mustela stretch mark creme}
I bought this after reading the pregnancy recommendations of Jessica from Little Baby Garvin and so far I really like it! I’ll notice some itching in the afternoons and evenings and a quick shower and a layer of this cream feels so good on my stretching tummy! I know they say its hereditary, but let’s hope this keeps the stretch marks away!
4 {maternity leggings from the Gap}
these are by far the best item of clothing ever! you would think my regular yoga pants or leggings would do just fine – I mean they’re stretchy, right? wrong.  when sitting, my pre-pregnancy yoga pants {mostly Pink by VS}, put pressure on my lower belly and were super uncomfortable! these are the softest, coziest leggings and sit perfectly below the belly! I even wore 2 pairs layered the other night when we were going to an outdoor party and they kept me perfectly warm and didn’t bunch up or anything! definitely something I’m going to keep in my closet after this little girl comes for as long as possible!
5 {mini cans of ginger ale}
you guessed it – morning sickness {or all day sickness, really}! especially in my first trimester, getting up to get ready in the morning was a chore.  I felt lazy, nauseous and just all around yucky – especially if I started the whole shower/get ready routing without having something in my tummy! these little guys were the perfect pairing to go with my delicious crackers {haha}! crisp and straight from the fridge cold, the smaller size can was the perfect pick-me-up when I couldn’t get going!
6 {saltine crackers}
goes along with the not feeling so great fixes.  I had baggies of these crackers everywhere {my night stand, my purse, my car, my desk at work} so they would always be within reach.  it was so much better for me to eat a couple crackers before I got up, on my way to work, or between breakfast and lunch instead of waiting until it was too late and feeling sick.  these were definitely life savers!

well those were just a couple of things that helped me get through – along with lots of rest, a very hardworking and patient husband, takeout food and other helpful friends and family that were always willing to chip in when I didn’t feel 100%!  I am so grateful to have had an easy, healthy pregnancy so far and am looking forward to the excitement of the third trimester {hello nursery plans and baby shower} and bringing this little miss into our world!
{whitney}

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things {my list}

the holidays are coming up fast and I’m welcoming them with open arms {and Jessica Simpson Holiday Pandora already}!  I’m so excited to link up with April, Elise, Katie, Zelle these next 3 weeks to share A Few of My Favorite Things for 2014!


This is Todd and I’s last year as a party of 2 and it’s a bittersweet feeling to know our holidays will never be the same {although I’m sure so so much better}! gone will be the focus on the two of us – and we will welcome the first time experience of the holidays through our little girl’s eyes, which I cannot wait for! until then, I’ll be keeping this year’s list about “wifey-Whitney”, not “new-mommy-Whitney” quite yet!

my list 2014

one. michael kors purse

I may be trading my designer bag for a diaper bag very soon, but I’ve loved this Michael Kors satchel for so long and I’m obsessed with this pale gold color!

two. bump nest pillow case

although this is a little mommy-related, this pillow is my life saver right now and my pillow case needs some love after so many washes and the daily wear!

three. monogram coffee mugs

I may be late on the monogram coffee mug band wagon, but I just love these from Anthropologie, or these gold ones from William Sonoma!

four. mac book pro

obviously a big ticket item, but I’m dreaming of the day I have a macbook! my laptop is just not cutting it and I’d love to have this beauty!

five. vince camuto boots

its almost winter, and who doesn’t love a pair of boots {especially when my shoes have been the only reliable item of “clothing” that have consistently fit me lately}.  these over the knee boots


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week 1 of the linkup series with April, Elise, Katie, & Zelle!

Bumpdate {27 weeks}

November 17, 2014

how far along: 27 weeks, 2 days

Bumpdate {27 weeks} front      Bumpdate {27 weeks}

size of baby: a rutabaga? {13.6 – 14.8 inches, 1.5 – 2.5 pounds}

gender: baby girl!

weight gain: up 18 pounds {to 146}

maternity clothes: yes, all the time! still LOVING these maternity leggings from the Gap!

stretch marks: just bought the mega size Mustela! I’ve gone through 2 regular size tubes already…but no marks!

rings: getting a little tighter, but still coming off.

nursery: nothing more than the last update…maybe this weekend we’ll do some more organizing? {hopefully the closet!}

movement: all the time, she is definitely a go-er! dr. said no movement is too much!

symptoms: sciatic and lower back pain still.  calf cramps haven’t been happening as much which is a good thing!

sleep: sleeping really well! 

cravings: sweets, sweets, sweets! {thank goodness I passed my glucose test this morning!} and pretzels…and sushi!

aversions: nothing specific…

what I miss: coffee!

best moment this week: we had a wonderful, relaxing weekend away to the Kern River with the family! we also got to hear little miss’ heartbeat at the doctor’s office this morning! everything is measuring perfect!

27 weeks      27 weeks at the Kern

looking forward to: having the weekend to organize, baby shower plan with my sister and sister-in-law and starting the third trimester!!

Bumpdate {26 weeks}

November 10, 2014

how far along: 26 weeks, 2 days

{ we had 2 photo shoots this weekend and I didn’t even think to have Todd take my picture! I’ll have to update when we get our photos back! ooops…}

size of baby: a head of lettuce {13.6 – 14.8 inches, 1.5-2.5 pounds}

gender: little miss!

weight gain: up 13.8 pounds to 141.8 {nope, not 142 quite yet}

maternity clothes: all the way…I’m living in my “softest leggings” from the Gap! best. pants. ever.

stretch marks: still keeping them away!

rings: on

nursery: so much progress was made this weekend! we’ve organized a lot, my dad and Todd painted and were able to set up our changing table/dresser system! I love how its coming along, although I’m realizing we have much less room than I was originally picturing, so I’m going to have to forgo some of the cute extra stuff I had wanted to be in there… {sneak peek}

painting the nursery {26 weeks}    nursery sneak peek 2 {26 weeks}    nursery sneak peek {26 weeks}    nursery {26 weeks}

movement: like crazy, I’m still obsessed!

symptoms: sciatic pains

sleep: sleeping really well, until the early morning comes around! then she likes to have a dance party! last week I was just giving in and getting up around 5:30, which was nice because I had time to make breakfast for the hubby and I, pack our lunches, AND shower and get ready! that basically has never happened!

cravings: sweets. {candy, cake, hot chocolate, doughnuts, & cinnamon rolls}

aversions: nothing in particular

what I miss: coffee with vanilla creamer!

best moment this week: there was so much…loved doing our mini maternity photo sessions, we got to have a nice date night in Malibu Saturday {with an amazing view} and made SO much progress in the nursery! so very grateful to my husband and dad for all of their hard work!

date night {26 weeks}

{our view at Dukes Malibu}

looking forward to: a fun family weekend!

Five on Friday {maternity photo outfits}

this weekend, Todd and I are taking some maternity photos with Jillian Rose Photography and Nick Charrow Photography. both were advertising holiday mini sessions and I thought 26 weeks was a great time to take some pictures with a cute belly and have them just in time for Christmas cards! of course, the weekend has arrived and I’m scrambling to put together a couple of outfits for us…these are the five that I’ve basically come down to. I’m planning for one dressier {use that term loosely} outfit and one more casual {see: the jeans or leggings}.

Five on Friday {maternity photo outfits}

let’s hope I can make a choice by tomorrow and the hubby has something to match! any suggestions?!
I’ve linked up this Five on Friday with Lauren, September FARM{The Farmer’s Wife},  April and friends!
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