Friday Favorites

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Thought it would be fun to get in on the Friday favorites post this week because there are a few things I am LOVING this week. This idea was brought to me by one of my all time favorite bloggers so it is only right that my first Friday favorite starts with her:

1. For anyone not already following her I want to share with you one of my all time favorite bloggers this week. World, meet, Shay Shull. Shay is actually the sister of Sean Lowe (any bachelor fans out there?) and writes an awesome blog called Mix and Match Mama where she shares her stories of adoption, family, fashion, and food. What is not to love right?  Her family is just the cutest.  

2. As you might remember one of my goals this year was to read at least one book for fun each month. This month I had no trouble accomplishing this goal as I seriously couldn't put this book down. I read "It Ends With Us" by Colleen Hoover. I highly recommend it. It's deep on an emotional level and rated R (fair warning) but the character development is great and it had you rooting for the characters the entire way through the book...even the bad guys! 

3. Peaches to Beaches. I just learned about this event but I am excited to hopefully attend this year. For east coasters this is a yard sale that runs from Barnesville, Georgia all the way down the coast in Florida. you can read more about it in the link above. Think yard sale meets antique show meets festival. Bring on the treasure hunting! 

4. This Is Us. If you aren't watching this show I highly recommend you start from the beginning. My favorite show to have ever been created was Parenthood so when I heard similarities about this show I decided to give it a try...and I'm hooked. Great story line. Warning: you will cry. 

5. This spring like weather we are having in Georgia has got the beach on my mind. We have been planning our vacation this year and have decided to go to St. Pete beach and end the week back at Disney in Orlando. Does anyone have any good hotel recommendations with awesome pools that are affordable and not on Disney property? Trying not to break the bank... I have been thinking about this Hilton property:

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! 

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The Day My Dream Came True

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I still remember it like it was yesterday. The day I found out I was pregnant. It is so hard to believe that it was 3.5 years ago! It was something I had dreamed about my entire life. I had wanted nothing more than to be a Mommy my entire life. I still remember when my husband told me he was ready to have a baby and I smiled as I realized I was ready as well. Scared but excited we started down the journey of trying to get pregnant in late June/ early July of 2013. 

We were very fortunate in that it only took us three months to conceive after coming off birth control. I used an app called "Glow" that told you which days you were ovulating and before we knew it I was pregnant. Not everyone has as easy as a time as we did with our first baby (and there is no guarantees that the process will be as easy the next time around). After much research some of the other recommendations I have for getting pregnant include :
-reducing stress as much as  possible
-taking vitamins
-work out
-Use the Stork OTC. The Stork OTC is a uniquely designed medical device you use at home, during ovulation, to assist your chances of becoming pregnant by using the cervical cap insemination technique. This smart technique enables the sperm to quickly bypass the vaginal tract and places the sperm as close as possible to the opening of the cervix, right where it needs to swim up through to get to the egg. The product can be used in private, at home, without a prescription.

I 'knew' I was pregnant early seriously I was probably only two or so weeks pregnant when the below happened:

One of my co-workers was eating a Greek yogurt. I so vividly remember telling her that she should not be eating the yogurt because it stunk so badly and must have gone bad. All the rest of my coworkers looked at me like I was crazy and said I was totally nuts and that the yogurt smelt fine. I thought it smelled so badly that I ran to the bathroom and threw up. Three weeks later I finally saw the two pink lines on my pregnancy test. Little did I know that it was the first of many, many hours of being sick in a bathroom due to pregnancy.

I still remember being SO excited to tell my husband we were pregnant. After all my dream of becoming a Mommy was coming true! I had thought long and hard on how to tell my hubby we were expecting and had come up with what I thought was the perfect plan. While my husband jumped in the shower to get ready for work I quickly went in the other room and used red lipstick to make a heart around my belly button. I then used the lipstick to write "we love you, Daddy!" My plan was to walk in and let him read the lipstick. What I didn't account for was that he would actually see me in the mirror  (backwards) with red all over my stomach. When I walked back in to our bathroom (I still remember he was shaving in the mirror) he screamed. "Oh my gosh! Your bleeding". None the less it was not quite the picture perfect moment I had imagined but once I convinced him I wasn't hurt and was instead pregnant we laughed and cried happy tear together. 

After what felt like a VERY long nine months later we were so very blessed to welcome our baby boy in to the world. Being a Mommy has been such an amazing and wonderful gift and I wouldn't change it for the world! 

We would love to have you join us for a Twitter Party to learn about new chances to get pregnant in the new year! the party is January 26 at 8pm EST - participate by using the hashtag  #2017StorkOTCjourney

This is a sponsored conversation from Mums the Word Network and The Stork OTC. All opinions are my own.

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A New Year: 2017 SMART Goals and Word of the Year

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As I mentioned in my previous post I am not a huge fan of resolutions but I do firmly believe in setting SMART goals. For those of you not familiar with SMART goals SMART is an acronym that stands for smart, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. I am also a firm believer that if you truly want to strive for something you need to write it down so below I am sharing my seven goals for 2017.

1. Nutrition: Drink eight cups of water a day. I am pretty good about drinking mainly water instead of soda or sugary drinks but the problem is I don't drink enough. I am totally guilty of eating an entire meal without taking a single sip of my drink so this year I am going to really focus on drinking eight cups of water a day. I am also going to focus on giving my son a healthier breakfast at home everyday and and not just a frozen waffle in the car.

2. Blog: I am going to make sure I post AT LEAST one post a week. I always have good intentions but when life gets busy blogging is the first thing to tick off my "to-do" list. This year I am going to focus on at least one post a week as that it feels totally attainable. 

3. Relax: This year I am going to focus on trying to  truly relax. One way I plan to do this is by taking time to read more for fun. All I read in 2016 was either work related, faith related, or parenting related and while these are all very good and very worthy I have learned that reading for pleasure is actually very de-stressing to me so I plan to read at least one book for pleasure a month. I am off to a good start and have already finished "Two by Two" Nicolas Spark's new book and really enjoyed it.

4. Be present in the now: I am going to try really hard to make myself focus in the moment. This means less multitasking and more focus time with whomever I am with at the moment.

5. Speak Up: As outgoing as I am once I get to know someone I can be very shy in large group settings. This year I am going to try to challenge myself to speak up when I have something to say or a question to ask. Not in non genuine way but in a I have a voice to and deserve to be heard sort of way.

6. Workout: I am going to strive to workout at least three times a week. My focus is going to be a de-stressing classes like Bare, Pilates, and Yoga but will also do strength training and cardio.

7. Worry less: The Bible tells us not to worry. This is easier said than done for me as I tend to get anxious pretty easily but this year I am going to do everything in my power to not stress. Especially over the little things. That is why my word of the year is "peace."

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Happy New Year!

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Can you believe it...another year has come and gone and it is officially 2017. Although I did not set any "resolutions" for 2017 (not a huge fan of resolutions since I typically abandon them by week two or three) I do have a few goals for this year and one is to be more present in the moment and not feel like I have to spend every moment "busy." My stress has been at all time high the last six months and as a result I have been diagnosed with high blood pressure and am trying to combat my high blood pressure in as many 'natural' ways as possible before resorting to medication. That being said this holiday break was my first attempt at being content just to sit and relax and, while a challenge for me, I had a great time just being with my family. All that to say I apologize for the pause in posts but like I said I was really trying to be present in the moment and and just be and took a few weeks off from writing. 

To recap the last few weeks I thought I would start with sharing some of our highlights from Christmas. This Christmas was an absolute blast with our 2.5 year old. He was so in to every moment all the way from elf on the shelf to Christmas morning itself. We tried our best to get him to grasp the true meaning for the season by reading the Christmas story from various nativity books he owns every night, playing with our nativity (while reenacting the Christmas story), and even made Jesus a birthday cake and sang him "Happy Birthday" on Christmas day. You can imagine my delight (and let's be honest surprise) when one of his favorite stocking stuffers from Santa ending up being The Beginner's Bible. The Bible was actually a gift from Christian publishing house I blog for sometimes and I was just so-so about it when I first received it (he already owns four Bibles so to me if was just another rendition of what he already has, but boy was I wrong). This updated version of The Beginner's Bible features stories taken straight from scripture in both the Old and New Testament and puts them in a way young children can understand. That combined with the lovely pictures has my son hooked. 

Every night before bed we let him pick two books to read and this book has made it has one of his two choices (out of about a hundred books including new Star Wars books he got for Christmas) every since Christmas day. Each bible story is easy to read and told over 4-8 pages so makes for a perfect short story. If you don't already have this book in your child's collection I highly recommend it for children ages 2-8. 
Some of the other highlights as far as gifts go for Christmas for our little guy included a talking Storm Trooper, a Mickey ball pit, and a "Go Dawgs" football helmet. 

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and that your new year is off to a great start! 

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