Thursday, March 5, 2015

A little business

I haven't talked about the shop in awhile, so I thought now would be a good time. There's lot's of exciting things in store for FHJ baby and I can't wait to share them. The beginning of 2015 has been great thus far. Having relocated to Florida has not impacted the business in a negative way at all so I was thankful for that. The only issue I'm having currently is finding a new seamstress as the help I had in the beginning of the year is no longer available. I'm hoping I find someone fast so I can move forward with what I have in store. 

The first piece of exciting news is FHJ Baby is expanding into maternity accessories. This is actually something I had in mind since pregnant with Mariam in 2012, but I just couldn't get to it. Now is the best time since I'm currently pregnant again. Designing maternity accessories while pregnant will help in getting the measurements just right and figuring out what other expectant mothers find helpful. The fabric for my first item should be coming in this week and I'm anxious to get started. I'd also like to introduce mommy and me tutu's. There was quite a bit of interest on my personal Facebook for it in December and from our fans. All in good time though. As much as I'm itching to start making new products available for our customers, I'm also a mother of 3 soon to be 4 and family has always come first. Sometimes I look at some other shops who already have their own office and production area out of their house after 2 years and sigh, but then I remember that their path is not my path and we all have our different successes. They may not have accomplished certain things that I have and vice versa. As I like to say, "it's a marathon not a sprint" and I wish all entrepreneur moms success. It's not easy. 

My shop: FHJ Baby

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Loving lately!

1. All the good smells - Since my nausea started in January, I can't stand anything that smells bad. I mean who can? But while pregnant my sense of smell is heightened and bad smells make me want to hurl fast. I like to keep the condo smelling nice so I normally use glade plug-ins and I found these Chesapeake Bay candles at Target. They smell so good! I also have a thing for luxury hand soaps and this English boutique hand soap was found at Home Goods.

2. Toddlers in cute pajamas - I picked this set up in Target last month and they are very soft and the girls love them. I got a size 4T and both of them were supposed to be for Layla, but Mariam helped herself to a pair--even though it's too big, and that was that. I still love woodland creatures on children's clothes.

{Fox pajama set}

3. L'il Critters vitamins - Another item I picked up at Target last month. It's a children's multivitamin and mineral formula with the pucker power of sour and formulated with naturally sourced flavors. The girls really enjoy taking one daily and sometimes I sneak one in too.

4. Neutrogena daily deep conditioner & L'Oreal volume filler thickening shampoo - I like this shampoo because it does make your hair a little thicker and it smells good. I love any products that make hair bigger. I picked up this conditioner recently and it works great. I'm not that easy on my hair as in I blow dry often and use a curling iron, so I know it's not the healthiest and this conditioner is great because it's light weight and makes your hair soft.

Monday, March 2, 2015

A little Sunday shopping

I hope everyone had a good weekend. Once again we've blinked and woah! It's Monday. Had a good one though. Friday, H and I had our first date night since moving here. Yay! One of my neighbors was able to watch the girls and we got to go watch Jerry Seinfeld live at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. It was fun and Jerry was hilarious. 

Saturday we ran a few errands, got lunch out and headed to sea turtle day at Gumbo Limbo. It ended at 4pm, right on time because it poured! We had to drive pretty slow going home and water was up past the bottom of your wheels in the condo parking lot area. Sunday it cleared up and I took just Layla out for a little shopping. Old Navy was having a spring preview 30% off sale and we also stopped at TJ Maxx on the way home. 

{White embroidered bubble romper} {Pink romper: TJ Maxx}

I also found this royal blue top for myself at TJ Maxx. I love the texture on it and it's long and roomy enough to accommodate my growing belly. Well at least until about 30 weeks probably. 

Have a great Monday!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Wall Decor with Tiny Prints

Last year I wrote a post here about all the gorgeous new home decor, stationary and gifts Tiny prints has to offer now and I didn't have a chance to follow up on Serena's updated room. I recently did a first home tour the week before so I won't post all the room pictures again, but I will share a gorgeous print from Tiny Prints

It was a great addition to her room and one of my all time favorite pictures that I took of Serena. The picture was taken for one of the hair accessories that I feature in my shop. I was very impressed with the quality of the mounted picture. There's no glass on it so I don't have to worry about it falling and breaking. It's also very sturdy and has holes in the back for easy mounting on the wall.

{12x9 mounted print here}

Disclaimer: I received the print in exchange for a review on my blog. 
All opinions stated are my own.

Monday, February 23, 2015

A really late Valentine's Day Recap

I hope everyone had a good weekend. Mine was spent working most of the weekend, though I did have a chance to meet up with my first friend in Boca. It was nice to have a night out! Right now it's back to Monday and I've got a few errands to run but I'm feeling so nauseous! Usual for me, but my energy has plummeted again as well. It's going to be hard dragging the girls around this afternoon but I don't have much of a choice.

Anyways, onto the very late Valentine's Day recap. The night before I laid out a few sweets, cards and a garland for the girls to wake up too. It was so sweet to hear their little squeals in the morning. Later I made heart shaped pancakes for breakfast and then mini heart shaped cakes. 

After breakfast we got ready for our picnic. H had chocolate covered strawberries shipped to me the day before so I planned a little picnic for us Valentine's Day. I bought all the food and his favorite snacks and a card. Hopefully he didn't mind that he's the one that still had to cook the food. Haha!

Valentine's Day felt bittersweet. Of course it's a day for my loved ones, but the park was so nice as was our picnic that it made me think of our families back in Houston and I wish they could of been there that day to share it with us. 

Have a great Monday.

Friday, February 20, 2015

10 Weeks

(Excuse the blurry, bathroom camera phone picture. This is my most recent 10 week bump shot.)

Here is weeks 7, 8 though. My belly apparently wastes no time as soon as it knows it's pregnant. Also, I finally dyed my hair 2 weeks ago. It was brasssyyy as you can see by my 7 week picture, but I'll do a follow up post on this next week. 

How far along? 10 weeks1 day.

Total weight gain: I'm not sure. My starting out weight for this pregnancy was 102 lbs.

Maternity clothes? No, but it is time for a belly band already and I like to wear comfy lounge or yoga pants throughout the day.

Stretch marks? Still too early in the game. I'm hoping I don't get any new ones. I have a few on the sides of my butt from my first pregnancy and one above my belly button from my 3rd pregnancy.

Sleep: It's hard to get comfortable at night. Not sure why at this point. Also I don't sleep through the night. Layla and Mariam are back in the habit of waking up and crawling into our bed in the middle of the night. Sometimes I'll take them back because 4 of us in a queen size bed is not comfortable, but sometimes I'm too tired to take them back to their room and have to sit there till they fall asleep.

Best moment this week: Ok you guys are going to think I'm nuts, but I think it's possible. Around 9 weeks and 5 days I started to feel the tiniest little flutters and bubbles. I know it sounds crazy, but they do already start kicking up a storm around 10 weeks. Also, I'm thin and my uterus has been tender since the beginning of this pregnancy. I think that's another reason I've been feeling movement already. I've had a few babies so I know what early movement feels like, but I've never felt movement this early. First time for everything I suppose.

Miss Anything? Having energy. Not being nauseous every day.

Movement: (See "best moment of the week question.")

Food cravings: None at this point, but I am loving pizza a lot these days.

Food aversions: Not much. Despite feeling nauseous all the time, I still enjoy food. Though smells hit me hard sometimes. My sense of smell is definitely heightened. 

Gender: Not sure yet.

Labor Signs: No.

Symptoms: Tired every day, occasional dizzy spells in the morning. Nausea throughout the day. I'm still taking the diclegis nightly. 

Looking forward to: Feeling the baby move more and more.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Baby #4

There's a saying that goes, "life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans." That's very true. We had plans for our new life here in Florida, but what we didn't realize was that there was another passenger with us when we left Texas on New Year's Eve. I found out on our 6th day here in Boca last month that our family is growing. Crazy! I've been quiet these past few weeks because I've been really sick. Every symptom in the book, and severe all day nausea. I could hardly function! 

We got to see our little baby almost 2 weeks ago on an ultrasound where it was confirmed that I was 8 weeks pregnant. I honestly was scared about twins because I couldn't understand all this nausea and fatigue compared to my other pregnancies, but it's just one healthy little baby. I always get a little nervous before that first confirmation ultrasound but my fears were put aside after seeing the fast beating of the heart. It's always such an amazing feeling and we got plenty of pictures. I actually found out really early about this pregnancy. I knew since I was 3 weeks and 2 days and that's only because my body had been feeling off and I know my body. Something was up! I was so happy when I finally got to meet my new OB because she prescribed me medication for the severe nausea. I'm taking Diclegis and the first day I took the full dosage, I was a zombie so I started taking half the dosage and it started to help. What a relief! However, I'm back on the full dosage because half was no longer cutting it and thankfully my body regulated and I don't feel like a zombie though I am still very tired daily. Some days the medicine doesn't even cut it though. I was nauseous all day yesterday and it wasn't fun. 

Hopefully when I get to the first trimester I will start feeling better. I'm praying because it's pretty hard when you already have toddlers to look after, a family and a business to run. Not too mention still getting adjusted in a new state. I'm currently 9 weeks and 5 days and yes already bumping along. My belly does not mess around as soon as it knows it's pregnant, though I feel like I'm definitely in that stage where I'm not sure if people think I'm pregnant or that my belly is just like this because I've had 3 kids. Haha! I'll do my first bump picture on Thursday when I'm 10 weeks and then do them every 2 weeks. I can't believe I'm having another baby!

Ps. I think it's another girl. The heart rate was 160 and the yolk sac was on the left, but we'll see. Not counting ourselves out yet. As always I'd like a boy for H, but I'd be perfectly happy with another sweet baby girl. It's now or never though. I'm not having another baby after this one. This first trimester has been so bad honestly I never want to experience this again. On top of that, we feel our family will be complete for many reasons.

Have a great Tuesday!