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!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

{Home Series} First Home Tour Part 2

If you're just joining in, yesterday I posted the exterior and downstairs of our first home in Houston. Today I'm continuing with the upstairs. I wasn't crazy about the grandma looking floral carpet, but it was new upon move in and H didn't want to rip it out and change it. 

There were 3 bedrooms upstairs, a washer and dryer and 2 full baths. The rooms were on the small side but still ample space for us. One thing I don't miss is the squeaky floors. I had to be like a ninja sometimes trying to leave a room after putting the girls down for a nap or bedtime.

The nursery was my favorite room in the house. When we first moved in, we were approaching the second year of trying to conceive our second baby. I purposely kept the room empty until I got pregnant. I remember I used to sit in there and pray, sometimes cry after I miscarried in 2009.  Decorating the room throughout our years there as our family grew is something I will never forget.

If you want to see the original post where I did my nursery reveal and the products that went into it, you can click here and it will take you to it.

I hope you enjoyed taking a tour of our first home!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

{Home Series} First Home Tour Part 1

Happy Tuesday! I know it's been a good 1 to 2 weeks since I've blogged. It's just been so hard lately with the way I've been feeling, keeping up with 3 girls and running a business. I am really going to make it a point to keep blogging regularly. I love having an outlet to get some of my thoughts out and share what I know and love. 

I've had several people ask in the past to do a house tour and I just never got around to it. When we were getting our house in Houston ready to sell, I took all the pictures that were used on the listing, so I have plenty of pictures to share now. Just to give a little background in case you missed the announcement. We moved from Houston to Boca last month. My husband was transferred for work and we only had a month and a half to sell our house and find another one in Florida. We are currently renting a condo so we can get to know the area. We are loving Boca, but we aren't used to renting. It's not ours and doesn't feel like home. I miss all the natural light we used to get in our first home, I miss the space, a backyard, and being able to decorate. Other than new sheets and little small things, I have not bought any new decor nor do I plan too until we are in our own home later this year when our lease is up. I seriously cannot wait! 

When we were first looking for our home in Houston, I wasn't crazy about it at first, but it quickly grew on me. I loved the Victorian style, the stained glass windows and all the unique features it had. It really was gorgeous and while I wish I could have done more projects, you know how life goes. There was pregnancies and new babies and life just happened. I will forever cherish all the memories we had in our first home.

The backyard was constantly a work in progress, but most of the time it was neglected. We did a lot of work in the beginning, but with my husband's work schedule and commute, it just didn't leave a lot of time for him to spend on it. When we first bought it, there was bamboo EVERYWHERE! There was so much it had pushed the fence out on one part and we had to take out all the bamboo and have the fence replaced. What I loved about the backyard was the deck (great for parties!) and the built in cooling mist. Truth be told we hardly ever used the mist though. 

Let's move on to the inside. I really loved the floor to ceiling windows throughout the whole downstairs and while I wasn't a fan of our out dated kitchen, I did love the natural light and looking outside during meals. Of course I always wondered if our neighbors across the street could see in into our kitchen through their upstairs. I could see a little into their upstairs bedrooms at night so I'm guessing the answer is yes. Oops! Because there was quite a few times I'd forget and walk in the kitchen at night to get some water in a little nightgown. 

The work we did do downstairs while living there was strip, sand and paint the front door, paint the living room, tear down the wallpaper in the kitchen, and replace the floor with marble. The kitchen was another one of those unfinished projects.

That concludes the downstairs. Not pictured was a small hallway between the kitchen and the dining room where the half bathroom was. Check back tomorrow for a tour of the upstairs.

Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Sugar Sand Park

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a good weekend. We really didn't do much this weekend for a change other than run some errands, grocery shopping and watching the Superbowl on Sunday. I still haven't been feeling great so it's been a struggle these days keeping up with the kids. Last weekend we did check out an awesome park in Boca called Sugar sand park. It's a really neat place to take the kids. It has an amazing playground, science explorium, theatre, nature trails and a carousel. 

The kids really didn't want to leave, but they begrudgingly obliged after bribing them with a carousel ride. It's only $1 to ride which is pretty cool. I definitely see H and I bringing the kids here often.