Lifestyle

Lifestyle

Here are a few of my favorite things–the topics that really make me tick. I love to focus aspects of life that are already good and find ways to make them even better. You’ll find content here that I hope will add value to your everyday. We’ll discuss faith, travel, home, organization, fitness, podcasts, and more topics that will cheer you on to live your best, most abundant life.

Motherhood

Dad’s Intro to Parenting 101: A Story of What Not to Do

Hi, y’all! I hope everyone had a GREAT Thanksgiving and got to spend plenty of time with loved ones over the holiday. All of my siblings were in town (which is really rare), so I stayed offline as much as possible to soak in all of our time together. It was honestly the best! I am excited to be back in the swing of things today though… and even more…

Lifestyle

Easy Thanksgiving Recipes I Plan to Make

I’m really excited about Thanksgiving this year. Not only is it Blake’s first Thanksgiving, but all of my siblings are coming into town! It’s been forever since we’ve all been together, so this holiday is going to be extra special — plus, some of them will be meeting Blake for the first time. With a toddler and a newborn, the name of the game is EASY this year. I’ve tried…

Home

Blake’s Nursery Reveal

I’m actually a little proud of myself for getting this done so soon after Blake was born. It took more than two months to get Four’s nursery reveal up. It’s amazing how much more put together your nursery can feel when your baby doesn’t come 5 weeks early. ;) With Blake’s nursery, I knew I wanted it to have a feminine feel without being overly girly. I’d seen several nurseries…

Lifestyle

Blake’s Birth Story

The time has come. I’m ready to sit down and write out what happened the night sweet baby Blake entered our world.  Call me dramatic, but it has been 19 days since she was born, and I *still* cannot wrap my head around what happened. I mean, I can. It’s just hard for me to believe.  The good news is that I can now talk about it without getting sick…

Travel

JSX Airlines Review

A few months ago, I flew to Austin and then Houston on JSX. I posted a couple of pics on Instagram, and so many people thought I was flying private. (I WISH!) Since then, I feel like I get asked for the name of this airline DAILY! And I have a rule that once a question truly becomes that frequent, it’s time to turn it into a blog post! So…

Motherhood

Baby No. 2: Third Trimester Update

We are less than a month away from meeting baby girl, so I thought it’d be fitting to do a third-trimester update before she gets here! You guys sent some great questions my way, so I tried to answer as many as I could. I also divided the questions up into general and product-related, so be sure to scroll to the very end if you asked a question about a…

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Dagne Dover Diaper Bag Comparison

We’re halfway through September, which means we’re a month away from meeting baby No. 2! I’m in FULL on prep mode right now — here’s a look at everything I’m doing to prepare for this baby so I feel as confident as possible for delivery and postpartum. One of the things at the top of my list was finding a good diaper bag. Now that I’ve got two kids under…

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Everything I’m Doing to Prepare for Baby No. 2

I am officially 35 weeks with baby girl! This is such an exciting milestone because I’m now past the point where I went into labor with Four. A part of me has just sort of expected that I’ll go into labor early with baby No. 2 also, but my doctor told me there’s a good chance I’ll go the full 40 weeks (there’s no correlation with how early you went…

Recipes

5 Fall Recipe Ideas On My List

With baby No. 2 right around the corner, I have a feeling we’re going to be spending a lot more time at home in the months ahead. I remember after Four was born, we spent a lot of nights on the couch watching our favorite shows and trying to decompress from the day. I fully expect that with a toddler added into the mix, we’ll be even more exhausted. So…

Motherhood

Labor & Delivery Nurse Gift Baskets

Ever since I was in the hospital with Four, I knew I wanted to bring something special to give to the Labor & Delivery and Postpartum nurses the next time I was delivering a baby. For those of you who don’t know, I gave birth to Four 5 weeks early, so to say I was an emotional wreck at the hospital was an understatement. The nurses I had were honestly…

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What I’m Packing In My Hospital Bag

When Four was born, I had no time to prepare. Since he came 5 weeks early and we were in the middle of moving back to Dallas, I hadn’t packed a single thing. When my water broke, we were told to come into the hospital quickly (since I was so early) so I literally only had time to grab a phone charger, my wallet, and my favorite blanket. This time,…

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Favorite Nordstrom Maternity Products

Even though I haven’t bought a ton of maternity clothing this pregnancy, there are a few maternity pieces that I’ve been loving. I try to stick to staples when I shop for maternity clothing and only buy items I know I’ll wear again and again. It’s also super important to me that it be comfortable. Pregnancy is generally uncomfortable, so I try to dress in only the comfiest outfits. Let’s be…

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Baby Book Reviews

A few months ago, I got the urge to start creating a baby book for Four. This is something I’ve been wanting to do since he was born, but life got in the way and I never got around to it. I printed out a ton of photos to use for Four’s first birthday and it inspired me to organize them and actually work on putting together a baby book…

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Baby Shower Hostess Gifts

Last weekend, we got to shower baby girl with some of our favorite people, and it was honestly so special. We wanted something intimate that didn’t feel like a shower, and this gathering was perfect. We had the most amazing selection of food (including a s’mores situation that was to die for) and the decor was super chic and simple — exactly what I’d pick myself. My friends and fam truly…

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Outfits Getting Me Through the Third Trimester

As I am nearing the end of my pregnancy, one of the hardest things is finding clothes that are comfortable but also look put together. This was a big stressor in my last pregnancy as well. I wrote a post back in 2020 about my 2nd trimester outfits and talked about how I really learned how to dress up a pair of leggings. Last time, I mentioned how the time…

Fall

Styling Maternity Denim for Fall

Hi friends! If you have been following my pregnancy journey you know I’ve mostly been wearing dresses. BUT since fall is right around the corner, I decided to pick up a pair of maternity jeans from Shopbop. I already have a hard time finding jeans that are the right length for me (I’m 5’3ish for reference), so I was kind of intimidated searching for a good maternity option. I ended…

Motherhood

Baby No. 2: Second Trimester Recap

As I enter into the third trimester next week, I wanted to do a little recap of my second trimester experience for this pregnancy. I almost didn’t do one this time but after asking you all on IG stories if you wanted one, it was certainly a resounding yes that you did! Outfit Details: Maternity Dress (wearing size S)  // Jacket (similar) // Shoes (similar) // Bag // Sunglasses The Quick 411 on…

Travel

High Hampton Inn Review

I’ve been visiting Highlands, NC for years but have never stayed anywhere in the neighboring town of Cashiers (just a few miles down the road). But when I heard how the company that recently acquired High Hampton Inn brought in the team behind Blackberry farm to help with renovations and reimagine the resort, I knew I had to add this spot to the top of our list. Although I’ve never personally been…