Friday, July 8, 2016

June Favorites!

Well, another sweaty hot summer month has come and gone and it's hard to believe our first "Back to School" catalog came in the mail yesterday. Geez, can they let the fireworks die down from Independence Day celebrations before they start throwing this in our faces?!?? While I don't have school aged children quite yet this still just baffles me how quick the stores are to shove summer right out the door....Anywho, we have been enjoying LOTS of outside play, a fun little family getaway to San Antonio, visiting good friends in Austin, as well as the flipside..... Miss B's first virus and Tripp had a bad ear infection. Both of which cut our 4th of July plans short and ended us back home but needless to say we survived.

I rounded up a few of my favorites for your viewing pleasure and thought it would be fun to post my favorite recipe for the month as well. I am by NO means a chef and will and cannot take any credit for this recipe. However, I will happily share recipes I find and are in the menu rotation at the moment. Enjoy the rest of your summer everyone!!! XOXO

If you read the reviews, they aren't all that appealing. However, I received a sample of one of these through the point perks at Sephora and instantly fell in love. These work better for my dry over damaged hair than any hair mask. They instantly transform my brittle hair from the harsh summer sun back to soft smooth strands. I actually like the smell from it but it sounds like many other reviewers aren't too fond of the smell for whatever reason. Any who, to each their own..... but thought I would share that I will definitely be keeping these babies in my little black book for a while!!!

Ok, while I obtain ZERO medical degrees, I do want to share something my own doctor recommended to me that I thought I would pass along to other mamas (and dads too!). When reviewing the results of my annual physical, my doctor informed me I had extremely low B12 levels. She asked if I was tired all the time and I just chalked it up to being home all day with a 3 year old and an infant. Anyways, after looking at my blood levels, she discovered I was B12 deficient and put me on these pills to take daily. She recommends if you are going to take supplements to always try and go for the sublingual since more absorbs into your bloodstream that way. Since taking this I have noticed I have not been as exhausted and do have more energy! Is it the same amount of energy as slamming a Red Bull or other substance? No. But it prevents me from being groggy and feeling like it should be bedtime when it's only 2 in the afternoon. Anyways, just wanted to share to those that thought B12 was just a hair & nail growth supplement or something of the sort, because it's not! 

I wish I would have shared this product last month because it is definitely a summer must-have! I have never done waterproof mascara well, I just always wear regular mascara and end up looking like the crazy clown at the pool that forgot the waterproof mascara memo.Well, I found this little beauty a while back after hearing that it doesn't smudge or smear but it rolls off in little rubber like balls when getting wet. So hard to explain but it is definitely my favorite feature of this product. It also creates amazing length as well and is worth a shot if you are in the market for a new mascara!!! 

These were seriously such a random buy for me that I am shocked I like them as much as I do! I am not a huge ice cream person, I prefer Dove chocolate or some sort of cupcake if we are talking sweets, but these appealed to me one afternoon while browsing the frozen food aisle at our local H-E-B. There are a few different flavors, but this one is definitely my fave. It kind of tastes like cheesecake if you like cheesecake?!? They aren't terribly unhealthy either!!! Anyways, if you enjoy sweets and frozen yogurt, give this brand a whirl and you may be surprised like I was!!! 

Described on their website as "Chopped Broccolini® and kale blend, tossed in a sweet and tangy maple vinaigrette dressing and topped with flavorful dried sour cherries. Served with our roasted nut blend".

Even if you aren't a fan of kale, I highly recommend you give this salad a try. You may just surprise yourself! I personally love kale but have had many friends and family members say how much they cannot stand kale but love this side. I am so glad Chick-Fil-A replaced their cole slaw with this and I even order it instead of the waffle fries now! My only complaint is that the large size really isn't as "large" as I would hope. So you can't just get this as your meal or you would probably still be feeling some hunger pains..... and who wants to make a second stop through another fast food joint on your drive home? I don't know from personal experience or anything but it would probably be a Sonic cheeseburger with tots and a supersized drink so just do yourself a favor and order a side of grilled nuggets with this salad and call it a day. Rant over. You're welcome ;) 

Aaaaaand here is my recipe of the month!!! Panko Crusted Honey Mustard Salmon along with Roasted Garlic Asparagus with Feta. I don't have any pictures of our actual dish however here is the stock photo from the website I got it from for reference. This salmon dish is anything but "fishy" as most salmon recipes tend to be. The asparagus side is a perfect compliment to the zangy taste of the salmon, (is zangy even a word?). Anywho, click on the recipe name below to view the recipe and enjoy!!! 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Just a little 8 month recap!!!

Well, I took a little break (ok, long hiatus) from the blogging world for a few months as we welcomed many new changes to our lives in a whirlwind of events! In a nutshell..... we finally welcomed our sweet baby girl into this world one month after my last blog post, celebrated Christmas as our first family of 4, (100% of my Christmas shopping was done online last year and I have to admit, I enjoyed it SO much more!), my husband accepted a new job opportunity across the state, listed & sold our house, bought a new one, and we MOVED. Let me just say, that packing up an entire house with a 2 year old and a 8 week old is for the birds. I literally don't know how I didn't end up in an insane asylum but needless to say we did it, we made it, and I lived through it all to tell the story! #lifeasacoachswife So, we are finally settled in to our new house in a small town outside of Beaumont, Tx and I am finally able to take a breath of fresh air! Or salty ocean air.... the humidity is little higher on this side of texas. #sweatingnonstop

Fortunately, one huge upside of the move is we are literally 82 miles to my parents front door step. So, it will be so nice to be able to enjoy their company more frequently and have that extra help I have SO longed for since having kiddos!!! However, instead of my usual weekly Friday favorites I will be posting monthly favorites since this mama is using every spare minute I get these days to regain my sanity refresh & unwind. I will still be periodically posting throughout the month little "life" posts about our family as well so I cannot wait to continue documenting our life as the Haverty family!!! Soooo moving on, here is a brief list of my favorite things lately:


How could I not start off by mentioning (yet again) our precious gift from the good Lord above, Blakely Ann Haverty. She joined our family on November 19th, 2015 via scheduled c-section at 37 weeks on the dot. She has been the most perfect baby and I truly couldn't be blessed with an easier child. She would have started sleeping through the night as soon as we brought her home from the hospital if we could have let her!!! Fortunately she got to the "magic number" of 8 lbs pretty quickly so it wasn't long before she was sleeping through the night. She typically goes to bed around 8 (an hour earlier sometimes an hour later) and sleeps until 8 or 8:30 am. The only downfall of having a baby that sleeps so much , (we have nicknamed her "Sleeping Beauty") is keeping her big brother distracted or quiet long enough to let her continue to snooze. #bullinachinashop Here is one of her newborn pictures taken by the amazing Brit Jones in Lubbock:


Ok, ok,.....I know I am a LITTLE late to the party but how is it I have gone my entire life without owning a steamer?!?? I HATE ironing and literally would let MONTHS go by and not wear a shirt solely due to the fact it required ironing. After my husband got home from traveling on the road for work he asked me to pick up a steamer so he could keep it in his luggage and not have to iron his shirts in the hotel, Of course it peaked my curiosity and after using his once I was hooked. I mean seriously I know I am repeating myself here but HOW DID I LIVE LIFE BEFORE OWNING A STEAMER?! It's like my wardrobe tripled in size overnight now that I have rediscovered all the cute blouses & dresses I can now wear again since getting the wrinkles out takes a mere swipe of steam! I bought this Conair one but have seen others that I may be trying since this one is a tad bulky and not exactly suitcase compatible.... otherwise it works like a charm!!! This would make a great Father's Day gift for anyone whose dad/husband/man of your life travels and hates ironing!! 


I had to mention this since I have been wearing it for over a year now and still LOVE the scent. I don't usually like to buy a larger bottle of perfume since I like to wear fragrances seasonally and can get tired of the same scent. Yes I know you get more bang for your buck by buying the largest bottle but I usually buy a small bottle of perfume since I have a collection of them! However, this is one of those exceptions. I wear Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey year round because it is so great, light, fresh, and even layers well! Its a great day scent and night scent too. I actually discovered this from my good friend Megan who wore it and knew I had to have it. I have the body lotion on my wish list but have yet to try it. It layers great with Jo Malone's Blackberry & Bay cologne too!!! I didn't get a full size bottle of the blackberry scent, the lady at the Nordstrom counter was kind of enough to give me like 5 free samples of it and since I only layer it at night it has lasted me a while!


I am well aware the next product I'm mentioning is a little out of the budget-friendly range, BUT you can find great sales at boutiques and online these days! I don't remember ever having any Kickee Pants for Tripp so maybe once again I am late to the party but we have received a few pairs of KP by gift and cannot say enough great things about them. The first thing you will notice is the fabric. Oh. My. Word. Seriously softer than a sweet baby booty. #saythatfivetimesfast Not only are they super soft and lightweight but they have super cute patterns or for those who prefer solid they have a wide array of solid colors to choose from as well. Here is Miss B posing in two of her newest favorites:


So lastly, I became familiar with this product after my hair girl here highly recommended it. #productjunkiesunite I know I know, most of the time I agree when people say they are just trying to sell you product after you already shelled out $$$$ for a hair appointment BUT she doesn't work on commission and even told me that it was cheaper at Sephora than through their salon. #winning So moving forward, I bought this stuff to use before blow drying and it seriously makes my hair so soft! I know it is literally impossible to truly "repair" your hair from any damage done, but if the next best thing to chopping off your locks is this stuff then SIGN ME UP. I believe they have smaller bottles at Sephora and at their website so if you don't want to invest in the big one you can still try it out first! 

That's it folks, thanks for stopping by!!! Now its back to our usual routine, (I much prefer the word routine to schedule these days). Make it a great week! 


Friday, October 30, 2015

Friday Favorites 10.30.15 edition!!!

Happpppy Hallllooooweeeeen weekend everyone!! Don't forget daylight savings is tomorrow night so we gain an hour!! To most people this means an extra hour of sleep....ahh, the memories..... but toddlers and infants usually fail to get the memo on this. Sigh. Well, either way, I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend filled with lots of trick or treaters and candy! We mayyyyy be going back to the store this afternoon to buy another bag....  The one year I decide NOT to procrastinate and buy it well in advance ended up biting us in the rear. The hubs and I may or may not have finished off half a bag of candy already. #nextyearIwillremembertoprocrastinateormywaistlinewillremindme On to better things, here are this week's Friday Faves!!!!

So now that the weather is cooling off, ( the 70's here in Texas), it's time to start bundling up your kiddo's footsies. My parents bought Tripp these adorable mocs from Stride Rite along with another pair that light up but are no longer available online. I love these because not only are they super warm and soft on the inside, but they have good rubber soles to keep them from slipping all over the house. Stock up now because you know once the weather really gets cold your shoes sizes will be hard to find! 

Speaking of cooler temps, I HAD to order this robe for Tripp! They are even on sale right now so now is the time to buy!! These are super soft and available to add a monogram as well. They have some others on the website but they didn't look near as soft & cuddly as these do so I went with this style. Lately I have found it really hard to keep Tripp wrapped up in a towel as he sprints through the house in his birthday suit after bathtime, so I thought this would be the perfect solution to keep his little booty warm!! 

Ok, so this mask truly is a saving grace for hair revival. I started using this mask years ago when getting my hair "wedding ready" and it truly saved my hair. I can't say enough great things about it. With that being said, I used to be able to buy it at Nordstrom & Sephora and for some reason right now its not available at either store. They do sell it at Ulta and on Amazon as well as the Frederic Fekkai website, so I know it's not being discontinued, (especially since it was the Allure Beauty winner for 2014). It's definitely a reasonable price for what it does and isn't near as expensive as many of those high end hair masks out there. So if your hair is in need of a little protein boost and repair, I highly recommend!!!!

Ahhhh, my favorite little nightcap- blueberry tea with a splash of milk!!! I posted this pic on Instagram about a year ago and have had many friends ask me about it so I thought it was worth mentioning. Although it is caffeine free, (perfect for a nighttime wind down), it contains alot of herbs that they haven't been proven safe for pregnancy yet so I haven't been able to drink this in quite a while but rest assure I cannot wait for Miss B's arrival so I can go back to enjoying this every night! I also have the Teavana tea infuser that is super easy to use when making this, since all Teavana tea's come loose and are not in tea bags. Here is the link to the infuser I have, you just boil a cup of water and pour it in the infuser along with a tsp of the tea and after a few minutes set it on top of your mug and enjoy!!! So yummy, especially in the Fall and Winter months!!!! Here is the infuser link:

Oh Williams Sonoma, how I love you so..... will you PUH-LEASE open your doors in Lubbock?!? It's probably a good thing for our bank account, but then again shipping is getting a little costly too. Ugh, can't win. Anywho, I started buying this a few years ago and it just smells like Christmas in a bottle. I only keep it on our kitchen counter from September through December since it does have that holiday spice aroma to it but I can tell you I look forward to it every year and it is currently taking up our counter space at the moment!

Well there ya have it, those are this week's Friday Favorites!!!! Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend and gets their Guns Up for some Red Raider football tomorrow!!! 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Friday Favorites!!

Once again, I missed last week's 5 on Friday... I wish I could be more consistent but our lives around here have been a tad bit chaotic and busy to say the least! More on my pregnancy on the next post, but for now, here are this week's Friday Faves!!!!


Ok, so I promise I will be done talking of ALL things pumpkin after this post, but these were both seriously just too good not to share! I came across these pumpkin Fiber One bars in Costco, (can I get an AMEN for free samples?!) and ended up buying a ginormous Costco size box of them. And total bonus, my son LOVES them so it was worth stocking up! Our pantry may look like we are getting ready for an apocalypse but at least we will be full of fiber and happy campers over here should we experience any event of that nature anytime soon! And speaking of, these pumpkin spice Eggos are also TOOOO good not to share. I shared them on my instagram a few weeks back but thought I would share again because they are THAT good! 

Aaaaand speaking of all things pumpkin, we took a trip to the local arboretum last Friday with our good friends and how adorb are these boys?!?? Cutest pumpkins in the patch if I must say so myself!


I have been wanting to mention this face wash for a while now but mommy brain got the best of me and I keep forgetting! Anywho, I know I talked about my absolute favorite lip butter by Korres a few weeks ago but their face wash is just as good! It smells amazing, leaves my skin SO soft, removes makeup, and is free of sulfates and parabans! 5 stars in my book! I have been using this for a long time now and don't see myself switching anytime soon!!


So, I still have a LONG way to go on the nursery but thought I would share this "knockoff" we got for our little princess's room a while back. I love love love the Restoration Hardware version of the crown for above the crib but when I saw this for a fraction of the cost I thought why not? I'm going to do a full nursery post when we are all done but here is just a sneak peek of something we have worked on so far! We got the crown at Kirklands and it's not available online anymore but they still have them in majority of the stores. Here is Miss Blakely's crib so far with the crown above it. The only things we had to do was buy the tulle and make the canopy for it since the Kirkland's version doesn't include the canopy. 

*Sidenote: I am well aware that once she gets older and starts pulling herself up there is a dangerous chance of her pulling the canopy down so once that happens we plan on pinning the sides up farther from the crib or removing the canopy altogether until she is older!!

Oh, and I got her carseat cover in the other day as well and was so excited to start seeing her name on some more things!!! Watch out because this mama will be going on a monogram binge the next few months!!!!


On top of the numerous other things to keep us busy lately, this has been one of them! We decided to move Tripp's dresser and changing table into Blakely's room and make a fun little DIY project out of it. Well, this turned into a long project and not near as easy and simple as planned! I am a HUGE fan of Annie Sloan chalk paint and have used it many times before, including the built-ins in our living room! Well, apparently chalk paint does NOT work on everything without priming it first as it says. So, I had to make a few trips to Lowe's (this was fun seeing that I am on pelvic rest....more on that the next post), and ended up buying primer, paint, and poly-acrylic coating to get the job done. Add in a trip to World Market for some new knobs and we finally have her dresser done! All the paint we used was low VOC but thankfully I had Trey and my mom here to help with the job! Here is the dresser before when it was in Tripp's room and here it is after....


Well, I saved the BEST for last. Once again, more on my pregnancy update on the next post but for now I am SO happy to share that we finally have a date set for Blakely's arrival. I was REALLLLY hoping this pregnancy would be a little less complicated than Tripp's but apparently that won't be the case. I went in for my 32 week appointment last week and they found that our baby girl is measuring in at a whopping 6 pounds already. Given the fact that Tripp was born prematurely at 35 weeks and weighed 6 lbs 7 oz they have already told me to prepare for a large baby. Throw in the fact that the fracture on my tailbone from 2 years ago (birth of Tripp) has reopened, they have decided to go ahead and have me induced at 37 weeks. I always wanted to have a birthing experience like you see in the movies where you wake up at night after realizing your water breaks, have your husband get your hospital bag, load up the car, and head to the hospital. I know this labor won't be at all what I had always imagined, but at this point I am just happy to finally have a date set and know that our princess will be here sooner than we expected, just in time for Thanksgiving! My original due date was 12/10 but they have bumped me up to 11/19 which works out in our favor because it so happens to be the bye week for Tech football! I truly believe in God's timing and that everything happens for a reason so I am going to sit back and just enjoy my last few weeks and pray that we have a smooth delivery with a healthy baby girl. My doctor did reassure me she wants me to aim for a regular delivery before scheduling a c-section since apparently it helps the baby's lungs get stronger as they work their way down and descend through the birth canal. However, she told me to keep the c-section possibility on the table because depending on her size, that may be the only way to go. Regardless, I am happy we will have our little girl here in less than a MONTH!!!!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday Favorites!!

I know, I know I'm a slacker and missed last week but for those that care (anyone? anyone? Bueller? Bueller?) here are THIS week's Friday 5 FAVES!!!! #cuethecricketschirping


I already mentioned I wasn't too impressed with this year's pumpkin candle selection at B&B. But, I did neglect to mention that I walked out of there with a handful of these babies. I bought a few of these Heirloom Pumpkin wallflowers on a whim because they were on sale and I had a coupon, soooo it was basically like I made money. Right? Right. Anywho, I didn't mention it before because I had not plugged them in yet but now I can say they have been tried and tested and our house smells FABULOUS with these little things in our wall outlets! If I must say so myself. They didn't have the Heirloom Pumpkin scent in our store to smell before you bought it, but I am so glad I made the purchase because this may be my favorite Fall scent yet. Well, still second to Creamy Pumpkin.... If you haven't had a chance to pick up one of these go for it! You will NOT be disappointed! And, if you are, well then let me message you our home address and you can just send them to me! Hee hee ;)


King George. Las Vegas. 2016. Need I say more?!? Once this was announced, Trey and I knew we had to find a way to get tickets somehow!! He only has four dates so far set for 2016 but Mr. George Strait himself did say they are releasing more dates for next year! And, this news comes just weeks after Britney announced her 2016 Vegas show schedule so I have a feeling Trey and I will both be seeing lots of bright lights big city Vegas nights next year! Can.Not.WAIT.


I know I already mentioned LP last post, but I just cannot say enough about their dry shampoo too! I tried my fair share of dry shampoos, (Klorane, Oribe, TIGI Rockstar, Bumble & Bumble, the list goes ON), but this one I have found knocks it out of the park. It smells great, is LIGHT, and doesn't leave that sticky weighed down helmet head feeling many dry shampoos tend to do. The only thing I will say is this may be best or better suited for light or blonde colored hair because it can come off with a white residue, (which I don't mind....roots beGONE), but those with darker manes may want to stick to another dry shampoo with a clearer residue. Just IMO. 


Homeland. Season 5. EEEEEEEK!!!!! I have been counting down for this since the last season ended, what feels like a YEAR ago! Oh Carrie Mathison, what are you up to now?!? This is one of the few shows on our DVR that we are truly addicted to. There have been SO many times it has been hard for me to keep from waiting for my husband to get home from work so we can watch the show together!! If you haven't been watching Homeland, the Havertys give two thumbs up, (or 4), and highly recommend! 


So I know Niven Morgan has been around for some time and while I LOVE their floral amber scent, my mom and I came across their newest fragrance while perusing a boutique earlier this week. It truly smells so fresh and out of the shower clean! I didn't make the purchase QUITE yet because I like to wear more fall/winter fragrances this time of year and to me this is much more spring/summer.... BUT I am putting this down on my list for next spring because this may be my new "lighter" summer scent!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

30 weeks!!!

I can't believe how far along I am in this pregnancy ALREADY! I seriously feel like just yesterday we were finding out about our little bun baking in the oven. And considering baby girl's arrival is RIGHT around the corner, the "nesting" has set in FULL effect and I am so ready to have her nursery finished! I still can't post any pics because we have quite a bit left to do, but I'm hoping to be able to share very soon! The last month has been crazy with it being football season and now Tripp and I are in Houston for 8 days getting in some last family visits since it will be a while before our next return. I'm SOOOOO grateful my mom will be coming up in two weeks to help out with little man especially due to the fact that I cannot lift anything at all anymore due to my already fractured tailbone. Sigh :/ Yes, for those that are unaware I did break my tailbone when delivering Tripp two years ago and yes they told me there was a chance of it happening again.... but after experiencing horrible pains shooting down my back into my pelvis over the last few weeks I finally got it checked out and yep, baby girl is sitting and putting pressure RIGHT where the fracture is. So it appears the break will indeed be happening again this time around. Yippy!!!! Now, this is NOT by any means a sympathy/ pity party post, but I have been asking people a lot of questions about it so if anyone has any advice, please shoot it this way!!!! My doctor prescribed me Tramadol to take as needed for now, but apparently this thing is more common than I was aware of so once again, any advice is much needed!

As mentioned above, Tripp and I are in Houston this week and it was so nice to be able to have my parents help on the flight from Lubbock to Houston last weekend. They flew up to see us for Tech vs TCU (my stomach still hurts just thinking about that game.... i can't even.... like I seriously almost went into labor...anyways moving on.....) and I was fortunate enough to have BOTH of them for our flight to Houston on Sunday. I can honestly say it has been QUITE some time since this mama has sat on an airplane and read an In Style magazine without any interruption or disturbances. I happily took a seat BEHIND my parents and Tripp on the plane so I could enjoy my short flight across texas in peace, #whoISthatchildthatcantsitstill #seriouslywherearehisparents #someoneneedstocontrolhimIamtryingtorelax ;)

Hi. Please turn around little boy ;) 

If you want your child to relax and sleep on the plane, just fill him up with snacks. ANY snacks. A full belly leads to the following picture:

Dreaming of his Teddy Grahams.....

So my parents have been super busy lately too, they painted Tripp's "big boy room" blue in Houston along with hanging all these adorable canvas prints on his wall. Tripp sure enjoys going to Nana and Grandaddy's house!!!

30 weeks.... I would say it's hard to believe it but truthfully, it's not that hard to believe once I see my belly in front a mirror.....

According to my pregnancy app, baby girl should be the size of a head of cabbage and weigh about 3 pounds. Welp, I was thinking more like the size of a head of romaine lettuce and she is weighing 4 lbs according to my doc....but whatever. More on the 30 week update below:

How far along? 30 weeks 
Energy: None, like zip zero ZILCH. Trying to keep up with tripp, have a decently clean house, all while managing to feed the three of us on a daily basis has me drained. BUT, I know this is all temporary and still trying to savor these last weeks of pregnancy as a family of 3 as much as I can!!! Best moment this week: Getting to see sweet girl's face on the ulstrasound and having Trey getting to join was wonderful! Also, we have the bassinet set up in our room with the little pink sheets and Tripp keeps pointing to my stomach, then running over to the bassinet and patting it, and then making the "shhh" sound while tapping his finger on his lips like he is telling me that is where the baby will sleep. I can honestly say we did not teach him that, little man is catching on to more than we give him credit for!!
Movement:  More and more by the day! She still isn't moving nearly as much as Tripp was at this stage but she definitely knows how to count my ribs.... especially around 2 or 3 am.... :/ 
Food cravings: Breakfast foods, (eggs, tacos, pancakes, etc) and grilled cheese with tomato soup ;) Surprisingly, the tomato soup has not given me any heartburn! Yet. Fingers crossed.         
Anything making you queasy or sick: Some smells still make me nauseous, but for the most part I'm fine in that department.      
Miss anything? Bending over. And being able to stand and do an entire sink of dishes before having Braxton Hicks contractions and having to take breaks! Ugh. I have been trying to accept the fact that sometimes the dishes just will not be done before bedtime, as much as it drives me insane.
Stretch Marks?  Nope.    
Wedding rings on or off? My band is a half size smaller than my engagement ring, so I haven't been able to wear the band anymore :/ Hopefully IF we get any cooler temps I will be able to slide it back on!
Happy or Moody? I think happy.... but although some days my husband may beg to differ ;) Love you honey!    
From the doctor:  I had a visit with Dr. Owen, my OB, on Tuesday and she prescribed me tramadol for my tailbone as well as confirmed that I would be receiving steroid shots starting at my next appointment until delivery since I had Tripp at 34 weeks. This should help her lungs develop and be stronger should she decide to follow her brother and make an earlier appearance. I also had a visit with my MFM doctor on Thursday to confirm my tailbone fracture and the pressure and while they are usually NOT pro c-section, did offer it to me as an option should I choose. I am going to try and go the other route for now, but obviously would be open to it if it's in the best interest of my or baby Haverty's health! I got to see her precious face on the 3D and cannot get over how much her and her brother look exactly alike at this age!!!! I will post a side by side pic next week. She is weighing in at 4 lbs even and amniotic fluid still looks good! 

Friday, September 18, 2015

FIVE on Fridayyy!!!

Welp, it's been a week since my last post and I feel the need to give myself a little pat on the back for not slacking and waiting another month before any more updates! ;) So needless to say, I thought I would share this week's current faves!!! 


Heartburn Remedies!!

In case you haven't heard, I have had the WORST pregnancy heartburn. I think I may have mentioned it in every single blog post so I would imagine if you are reading this you are rolling your eyes and thinking, "we get it!" However, I would like to share a tip that has worked for me that I wish I would have come across months ago! Heck, even years ago back when I was going through the same thing when pregnant with Tripp. Yes I may have just gotten on Nexium BUT that doesn't mean you are 100% in the clear!!! Anyways, when you are in the situation you are desperate to try anything so feel free to try these out, I hope they work as well for anyone else that may stumble across this as they have worked for me! So, the first remedy I have found is coconut water. Yep, that's it. Now- I was not one of those that jumped on the coconut water bandwagon when it first made it's debut onto grocery stores shelves years ago. I was never really impressed with the flavor of it so it never dawned on me to try it again. Well, fast forward years later and recently while at a Tech tailgate I had a friend ask if I had tried coconut water as a heartburn remedy. As she is holding her glass of champagne and I am counting down the days until I can join her for a delicious pre-game mimosa, (83 days from today to be exact), she hands me a bottle of what I have learned to be one of the best remedies ever! I shook my head in disgust and told her I didn't care for the flavor. Well, it turns out they have amazing flavored coconut water options now and this one just turned out to be amazing! I am sure there are others out there but this one is so good and REFRESHING! This particular one I love is the Simply Balanced Peach & Mango flavored coconut water from Target. And the best part is, if you sip on it throughout the day it really does help prevent heartburn. I have been sipping on it all day everyday and have not had a problem since, and I have even been bad and had spicy queso which ALWAYS sets it off for me. The second remedy I have found are almonds! Just plain whole raw, (salted is fine), almonds. I have been eating a handful of these 20-30 minutes before meals and while I haven't done the exact research, it somehow prevents heartburn as well! I found this remedy on Pinterest and thought it was worth a shot and turns out, it has definitely worked for me as well! Anyways, just thought I would share for anyone suffering the same thing and hopefully it works as well for everyone else that it has for me!


Nars Tinted Moisturizer 

This tinted moisturizer is definitely by far my favorite. I have tried so many out there and this here is Ol' Faithful. I have been using it for years and can't complain! It blends in evenly and lasts all day. I usually just throw this on along with a little bronzer and mascara if I'm just going to be running around for the day. It really is the perfect EVERYDAY lightweight makeup. The shade is I use is St. Moritz and it really does blend in perfectly! 


 The 10 Commandments of Marriage by Ed Young 

I received this book as a gift from my parents when we got married 4 years ago and am reading it for the second time. NOW- before anyone comes quick to judge, you don't have to be in a unhappy relationship to read books like this. Marriage truly is a gift to be treasured and while it comes with its great rewards, you also learn a lot about yourself and I know I always want to be the best partner and wife I could ever be for my husband. This book does a beautiful job of demonstrating ways you can reflect on your own marriage all while growing in a stronger covenant closer to God. It also talks about different "stages" of marriage, overcoming obstacles, and being more of a team than living in a "I" state of mind. I could go on and on about this book but if you want to learn more check out the reviews on Amazon or feel free to shoot me a message! It's an easy read and not super long, so it's totally worth checking it out. 


 Korres Lip Butter in Guava

This stuff is definitely worth mentioning and I may even throw it back on the list within the next few months because it seriously is THAT good. I have been using this stuff for 10+ years now and love love loooove it. I keep some on my nightstand, in my diaper bag, purse, and my makeup bag. The description on the website says the color is "clear" but when I put it on its more of a milky white color. The color I wear is Guava and it smells amazing too! Living in a super DRY town out in west texas this girl needs all the help she can get! 


 Faux Shearling Vest 

I may be a tad late to the party, since I know these aren't really NEW or anything but I have recently fallen in LOVE with a good shearling vest and can't wait until the weather cools down so I can bust mine out. An easy way to look effortlessly pulled together while running around for a day on the town, this vest will definitely be a Fall staple in my wardrobe this year. I recently purchased the one linked below from one of my favorite little boutiques in Houston, (Pomp & Circumstance Boutique) but you can find them all over from inexpensive to $$$, 

Have a great weekend folks! I have two doctor appointments next week so I can't wait to share pics and updates of our little princess soon!!! XOXO~