5 Things I'm Thankful for Today.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Happpyyy Friday! Let's be real, the news is full of depressing crap and what we can all use more of is a little gratitude. Let's celebrate the weekend by being thankful, it is Friday for heavens sake. 

What are you thankful today? It doesn't have to be a big thing. The fact that its supposed to be sunny all day is enough. Share yours below. 

ONE // Tomorrow is my Omaha baby shower! I'm thankful for my mother-in-law, sisters-in-law and all the wonderful ladies that are helping me celebrate baby girl. 

TWO // My husband. I have traveled every weekend in June except last weekend and they've all been without my hubs. This weekend he's joining me in Omaha and I'm so thankful. 

THREE // Baby girl. We had our 29 week appointment this week and her heartbeat sounded great, she's measuring perfectly and she's kicking like a champ. I love being able to see and feel her kicks. Plus, I love that we have 11 weeks left! We're getting so close!

FOUR // Tums. Let's get real here ladies. Heartburn has become a real life pregnancy thing and it sucks. But luckily tums and apple cider vinegar makes it a little more manageable. PS. if you have tips, send them my way, please.

FIVE // Whole Foods Gelato.  Guys, if you haven't checked out Whole Foods gelato you are missing out. My advice, get a container of salted caramel and I dare you not to eat the entire thing. 

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2018 Book Review #2!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

My goal of 24 books in 12 months seemed to be a semi-easy task until I hid the baby books. Not gonna lie, they slowed me down. But I picked up a few good novels and while I'm a bit behind my goal I feel my stride coming back.

If you missed the last review, you can catch it here! Some of these books are semi-old school. In my nesting phase, I went through 3 crates of books and found lots of books I've never read. One book had a tag from Greece on it, meaning I bought it 10 years ago when I was studying abroad. But hey, the date doesn't matter, it was so dang good.

Ps. If you want to follow along with what I'm reading as I go, hit up Instagram stories, "Books." I keep em updated!

Let's get to it, shall we?

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE BY CELESTE NG // Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak. 

I  think Celeste Ng is an amazing writer. She is captivating and cultivates her stories and characters in a way not seen very often. This book was a bit slow for me to start. But, I loved her other book and I had heard such good things I kept going. I'm so glad I kept reading.  

Short Review: This book was so good. 

EVEN IF IT KILLS HER BY KATE WHITE // As the two women return to Jillian’s childhood town to investigate, it doesn’t take long for their sleuthing to cause shock waves. Someone starts watching their every move. As they uncover deeply-guarded secrets, so shocking that they make Jillian rethink her entire relationship to her family, Bailey and Jillian find themselves in great peril. They must decide just how much they’re willing to risk to finally discover the truth about the Lowe family’s murder. 

I read this entire book in one day. It kept me on the edge of my seat and needing more. The plot is great and I love the idea of diving back into a crime that happened years ago. It's a little eery, and keeps you guessing until the end. Once I was done, I thought about this book and its characters for days after. 

Short Review: Read it! 

EMMA IN THE NIGHT BY WENDY WALKER // One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn't add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister's return might just be the beginning of the crime. 

In theory, this is a great book but I didn't think it was well written. It flits between characters and time periods a lot and is almost hard to follow. I think the characters are underdeveloped from the start and the ending is bad. Throughout the entirety of the book, I hated all the characters. Never a good start. If you have free time I'd recommend it, but otherwise, skip. 

Short Review: Eh. No.

THE OTHER LOVER BY SARAH JACKMAN // Laura and Adam love their life in Brighton. They're in love, and it's uncomplicated, and that's just how they like it. But all that changes when Laura meets an eccentric older couple in the local cafe, Alessandros. Laura is immediately drawn to Rose and William, whose flamboyancy and joie-de-vivre appeal to a side of her that is rarely shown. But early in their friendship the terrible truth of Rose's future is revealed - she is in the final stages of a devastating terminal illness. Laura and Rose grow ever closer, and when the time finally comes they expect to be able to lay Rose to rest in the peace that she deserves. But soon insidious rumours are flying about as to the real cause of Rose's death; was it the illness that killed her, or did her husband, William, take matters into his own hands. In the weeks that follow Laura and William are thrown together as he struggles to prove his innocence - until finally, their friendship becomes something more, and Laura's life is changed utterly.

This book won't will a noble peace price but it's a very easy read. It's also the one I bought in Greece over 10 years ago. It's kind of a weird, sad story with some weird turns but I flipped through this book in one day. It's a sweet story with a weird twist in the middle and a finished ending. 

Short Review: Eh. If you want a VERY easy read, grab it. 

BREAD & WINE BY SHAUNA NIEQUIST // This book is a collection of essays about family relationships, friendships, and the meals that bring us together. Written by well-loved writer and blogger, Shauna Niequist, this mix of Girl Meets God and the Food Network is a funny, honest, and vulnerable spiritual memoir. Bread & Wine is a celebration of food shared and life around the table, and it reminds us of the joy we find in connection and relationship. It's about the ways that God teaches and nourishes us as we nourish the people around us. It's about hunger, both physical and otherwise, and the connections between the two. Recipes are included for the dishes you can almost taste as you read about them. From Butternut Squash Risotto to Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream and Salted Caramel Sauce, you will be able to recreate the comforting and satisfying meals that come to life.

I've read this book over 15 times. It's a book that regardless of where you're at in life, speaks to you. Shauna does such a great job of sharing pieces of her life that are so emotional and raw. I feel as though she's my best friend who knows exactly what's going on in my life and speak right to my soul. Plus, her recipes are so delicious. 

Short Review: Read it, read it again, keep it on your nightstand and in your kitchen. 

Currently Reading: Marriage Vacation by Pauline Brooks

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My Registry Must Haves

Monday, June 25, 2018

When I sat down to register, I had no clue where to start. First baby, first time registering and no idea what I would need to keep a little human alive. Turns out, a lot. Luckily, I've got great friends and sisters-in-law that would help me through this process. I'd be so dang lost without them.

After 7 long hours on the computer, I finally compiled a registry. I figured I cannot be the only first time mama out there who needs some guidance. This is a short very long list of my registry favorites. Keep in mind, you can register for everything under the sun and depending how many showers you have, you might just need too.

There are a few different ways to register. I for one, didn't register for my big items; crib, dressers, chairs or bookshelves. But a lot of people do and a lot of registries tell you to do so! That part is up to you.

I registered at Amazon, Buy Buy Baby and Pottery Barn Kids. I know what you're thinking, how excessive. But I have reasons for all. Amazon, because Amazon Prime. Two of my three showers are out of state and I knew friends would want to ship gifts and basically everyone has prime. I did it to save money. Buy Buy Baby because everyone gets 20% off coupons. Pottery Barn Kids because they have some of the cuter more niche items I love.

If you haven't heard of Baby List, I suggest checking it out. You an compile your registry from anywhere you can dream of. Every baby store in the world, you can add it to your registry. The one complaint I've heard, its kind of a pain to order and then put your order number on baby list. But it seems like a great idea to me.

I broke this down into categories and shared a huge list, plus I linked some of my most favorite / necessary items. Oh and hey, remember I don't have a kid yet, so these are just what I was told! Please tell me your recs if you have other options!

Ps. There are Amazon affiliate links in this post. Meaning if you click and buy, I make a very small percentage. Thanks in advance for supporting Everyday Grace!

Things I didn't register for, but bought:
  • Crib
  • Mattress
  • Dresser/changing table
  • Glider/ottoman
  • Wall decor
  • Rug 
  • Lamps
Things I registered for:
  • Organic mattress cover
  • Crib bedding and fitted sheet
  • Waterproof sheet protector
  • Crib skirt
  • Crib mobile: I just love this little rose mobile
  • Changing pad and cover
  • Cradle/Bassinet: I registered for the Halo Swivel Bassinet per tons of recs.  
  • Cradle/Bassinet sheet
  • Diaper organizer
  • Storage bins
  • Baby blankets
  • White noice machine: I registered for the HoMedics MyBaby Sound Spa 
  • Baby hangers
  • Stroller. I'm obsessed with our stroller. It's the Vista Uppa Baby and I love how easy everything clicks in to it. Our car seat clicks in, plus it has an infant carrier and a toddler seat. And, it's gorgeous.
  • Umbrella Stroller
  • Stroller hooks
  • Travel bag for stroller and car seat. Ps. If you get the Uppa Baby travel bag, they insure your stroller and car seat if its damaged in travel. 
  • Infant Car Seat. I stuck with Uppa Baby
  • Infant car seat base + an extra for spouse
  • Convertible Car Seat
  • Seat Protector Mat. I didn't even think about this until a friend mentioned it, but it saves your leather seats in your car. I registered for two Britax Car Seat Protectors.  
  • Car seat head support. This is so baby doesn't get a flat head. Who knew. Babymoov Lovenest.
  • Car seat mirror 
  • Wearable baby carrier
  • Playyard
  • Diaper Bags. I'm OBSESSED with my diaper bag! I got a Freshly Picked and Rosie Pope diaper bag backpack and they are so gorgeous. 
  • Changing Mat
  • Swing. I registered for this one after my friend advised me to make sure it swings all directions. Snugababy Fisher Price Swing. Side to side, front to back because some babies like certain movements and some swings only go one direction. 
  • Bounce Seat
  • Breast Pump & Accessories. Ps. Check with your insurance because these are covered. Not all brands are, so if you're picky, you may want to register. Also, you won't be able to get it until about a month before your due date. I registered for a manual one though along with an automatic. 
  • Nursing Bra: Laides, lets make it easier on ourselves and go handsfree with the Simple Wishes Signature Hands Free Pumping Bra. 
  • Nursing pillow (Boppy!)
  • Bottles and Nipples of different sizes. Everyone I asked recommended these Comotomo Bottles. My friends told me to make sure and mix up nipple sizes as well. 
  • Bottle Warmer 
  • Bottle Brush 
  • Drying Rack
  • Insulated bottle tote (especially if you are going to daycare)
  • Baby food maker 
  • High Chair: I just liked the look of this Nuna Zaaz Highchair. Who knows what's better here. 
  • Bowls/Spoons
  • Toddler Cups
  • Feeder for strained food: I love these munchkin ones. Both my nephews used them for fresh fruit, ect. 
  • Bibs/Burp Cloths
  • Pacifiers/Teethers
  • Baby Bath Tub
  • Baby Shampoo/Wash/Lotion
  • Rinse Cup
  • Bath toys: I just loved these yellow rubber duckies like I used to have. 
  • Washclothes
  • Kneeler
  • Diapers. I was told to register for the brand I want, so if people want to buy to diapers they know the correct brand. I went with Pampers Swaddlers
  • Diaper Pail
  • Hooded Towels: These Pottery Barn Baby Faux Fur Bath Wraps are almost too cute. Almost. I was gifted the white unicorn one and its the softer thing ever.
  • Wipes
  • Rash Ointment 
  • Wipes Warmer: My BFF got me this Prince Lionhart Wipes Warmer and I didn't even know I needed it. God bless my BFFs. 
  • Baby Monitor
  • Safety Accessories (think plug covers and door closers)
  • Night light
  • Humidifier: Depending on where you live, this is important. For us Denver-ites and the cold dry winters, its a necessity. I picked this VAVA Cool Mist Humidifier because I liked the look of it. 
  • Thermometer 
  • Nasal Aspirator. AKA the booger sucker, blech! But NoseFrieda the snotsucker, here I come. 
  • Baby toothbrush
  • Nail clippers
  • Brush and Comb Set
  • Laundry detergent. I was told to register for Seventh Generation detergent. It's not baby specific but clean and healthy for baby. A lot of my friends use Dreft because it smells like baby! 
  • Activity Gym: I loved this one from Pottery Barn Kids. So darn cute. 
  • Rattles/Teethers
  • Take along Toys
  • Walker: I liked this Joovy walker because it has a little table on the front and I liked the colors. 
  • Blocks
  • Books. My advice, get your childhood favorites. 
  • Stuffed Animals
NEWBORN ESSENTIALS // Here's the advice I got about clothing. Everyone will buy you clothing if you register for it. But if you're like me and this is the first baby, don't register for a ton of clothing because you want people to buy you the stuff you need.
Hey, if you made it to the end of this huge post, congratulate yourself and thanks for reading! What are your registry must haves? Tell me everything.

Happy Monday friends! Let's make this a great week.

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28 Week Bumpdate!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Happy Tuesday friends! Guys, I know things are about to slow way down, but this pregnancy is absolutely flying. We have 12 weeks (or less!) until we meet this baby girl.

This last weekend my mom and sister-in-law threw me the most incredible shower. Besides it being absolutely stunning, it was so full of love, laughter and so much joy as we welcome this sweet little babe in to the world. I loved that I had an entire day talking about baby girl and celebrating her.

After the shower, I came home, washed her new clothes, ironed them and put them all away. It gives me so much joy to be in her room. I could sit in there all day. 12 weeks baby girl, lets do this thing.

Thank you to all my amazing family and friends for the best shower. You don't know how much this weekend meant to me. I can't wait for all of you to meet her!

On to the bumpdate. Hello third trimester! I'm so happy to see you!

How far along: 28 weeks! 
Size: Baby Girl is as big as a eggplant! At 28 weeks she measured a little over 2.5 pounds She's also measuring at about 15 inches!  
How I’m feeling: Very pregnant. But honestly, really good. I have energy (most of the day), I'm hungry a lot, but can't eat a ton, so small meals are my go-t0. My ankles are swollen, but luckily my hubs is a foot massage hero. I'm not sleeping great, lots of tossing and turning, but hey it's prepping me for when she's here. My hair is so thick and curly which sounds great but is a mess to deal with. 
Cravings: All the fruit, candy and protein shakes. 
Nursery: She has a fully prepared crib, bookcase, and clothes! Her chair and dresser are getting delivered soon! She has a beautiful rug and we ordered the lighting. It's so close to being done and then I'll give you the grand tour.   
Workouts: 30 minute walks! 
Movement: Yes! All the time, all day long, especially at night when I lay down. Adam finally felt her move too! 
Things to remember: Our baby shower. It was so overwhelming to be loved by so many amazing people. I'll remember her first time kicking. I had to text my friend and ask if what I was feeling was kicking. Sure enough it's gotten stronger and now I can see her kicks.
I'll remember Adam and the sweet way he talks about baby girl and how excited he is. I'll remember coming home from our shower and showing him all the stuff (most of which is pink) and him being as excited as I was. This little girl has no clue yet how lucky she is to have Adam as her dad. He's going to be the best dad ever and is proving that before she's even here. 
My sweet sweet mama (soon to be baby girls Nana!) 
My amazing sister-in-law!
The best balloon arch ever!
Feelin' myself! 
BFF's and soon to be auntie coco! 
Baby girl loves Aunt Coco so much already!
The best aunts.
Tia Nati! 
The best group of ladies. Baby girl, you are so loved.
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7 things to do in Scottsdale, Arizona now!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

I'm currently en route to my favorite state ever, Arizona! If you've never been or been wanting to go, stop everything and book your trip. Maybe wait to go until November - May, but book it, trust me. If you didn't know I grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona. I lived there from age 3 1/2 - 17. My whole family still lives there, my best friends are there and its my most favorite place in the world.
"Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts." Oliver Wendell Holmes.
Anyways, I'm heading home for my first baby shower! I'm so dang excited. But first, lets chat Arizona. There are so many amazing places to visit, eat, drink, shop, and tour. These are just some of my top favs, to name a few.

Have you been to Arizona? What are your favorite places?

ONE // Le Grande Orange, Phoenix, Arizona. Le Grande Orange is an organic coffee and breakfast bar, cafe, pizzeria and retail grocery. The food is simple and clean with no hidden ingredients.

Le Grande Orange, better known as LGO is one of the best places for coffee, breakfast and pizza in the city. My BFF Coti has made honey lattes at this place famous and their commuter breakfast sandwich will actually knock you socks off. Shop the grocery while you wait for your breakfast for all the cutest knick knacks, cards and things you never knew you needed.

TWO // Sanctuary Resort, Paradise Valley, Arizona. Nestled within the inspiring landscapes of Camelback Mountain, Sanctuary Resort invites you to experience a higher level of luxury, laughter, and glorious renewal. This famed Scottsdale luxury resort will introduce you to a refreshing new spirit of sophistication and relaxed refinements, as you discover 53 acres of your own private paradise where formalities are replaced by fun, and the most luxurious amenity is the art of reconnection.

The Sanctuary sits on the top of Camelback Mountain and is one of the best views in the city. Want a fancy brunch, delicious dinner or a gorgeous pool? Head up the mountain to find your little retreat.

THREE // El Chorro, Paradise Valley, Arizona. Cozily nestled between Scottsdale and Phoenix, Paradise Valley’s historic El Chorro offers an authentic Arizona dining experience. Generations of Valley residents and visitors have travelled to this serene setting at the base of the stunning Camelback and Mummy mountains.

The legendary restaurant has been around forever, plus it's where I got married. It has a gorgeous patio, delicious cocktails and the sticky buns will leave you absolutely begging for takeout. Order the short ribs, thank me later.

FOUR // Phoenix Open, Scottsdale, Arizona. As the most-attended tournament in the world, with an annual attendance at 500,000, it's a weekend you don't want to miss. The legendary 16th hole has a temporary stadium that manifests around it each year, so popular that the city is considering making it permanent.

Adam and I love the Phoenix Open because it's at the end of January and the perfect retreat from those dreary Denver months. Warning, its an absolute shit show. But its the best party in golf and totally worth seeing at least once in your life.

FIVE // Ruze Cake House, Scottsdale, Arizona. Růže was founded on the principle that local and sustainable ingredients make for better, fresher tasting cakes. Ethically-sourced food on a personal level; and an even greater responsibility to source food that’s been produced in a way which doesn’t harm the environment or exploit farmers and producers.

Delicious baked goods, amazing coffee and they make the most gorgeous cakes. Okay, so I'm biased because they made our wedding cakes and macaroons, but trust me. This is a stop worth making. Plus the shop is so cute and instagrammable.

SIX // Spring Training in Old Town. Scottsdale. Scottsdale Stadium takes up 11 acres in the heart of the city's downtown and can rightfully make the claim as spring training's most urban ballpark. It stands on a busy city thoroughfare just three blocks from Old Town Scottsdale.

Is there anything better than sitting in the warm sunshine, drinking beer and watching baseball? The answer is no. The coolest part about this stadium is its in the heart of old town scottsdale, meaning you can walk wherever you want before and after the game.

SEVEN // Mii Amo Spa, Sedona, Arizona. A world-class destination spa resort with its own award-winning facilities. Featuring 16 luxurious spa casita guest rooms & suites, Mii amo Spa offers everything from delicious meals at the celebrated Mii amo Café to spectacular spa treatment rooms, a tranquil library, fitness center and movement studio, plus indoor and outdoor pools with dramatic canyon views.

Sedona may be 2 hours from Phoenix, but it's totally worth the drive. Nestled in the most gorgeous red rocks, this spa is a dream come true. My bff Whitney had her bachelorette party here and we spent the day treating ourselves to some spa treatments. This is the perfect getaway for a girls trip, honeymoon or weekend getaway.

Tell me your favorites! What do you love to do in Arizona?

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Review: Chef'd Meal Delivery

Monday, June 11, 2018

Happy Monday friends! After a long weekend in Vail, getting back to Denver and meal prepping was the LAST thing I wanted to do. PS. Thanks for all the birthday wishes! Life officially in my 30's has officially kicked off. 

After a long weekend, thank the Lord, I have Chef'd in my corner. We all know the basics about meal prep - pay for a subscription, get a meal, make the meal, semi-enjoy the meal. Oh, and don't even get me started on cost, usually they are so expensive.

Bring in Chef'd. Chef’d was designed as a meal kit company like no other, where the choice is truly in the hands of the consumer. With no subscriptions, the ability to reorder your favorites, and thousands of options to choose from, Chef’d is changing the meal kit landscape one delicious meal at a time.

The perks of Chef'd: There are lots of them.

  • So many choices - paleo, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, all the meat, pasta. Whatever you want.  
  • No subscriptions - this is my favorite part. You can order a meal. You don't have to spend your lifesavings on meals you may or may not like. 
  • Delicious food - This is always hit or miss for me when it comes to meal subscription boxes. But not with Chef'd. I was honestly so surprised at how amazing the food was! It was so dang delicious. 
Knowing we were coming home Sunday night, I wanted an easy dinner and an even easier breakfast before jumping back into a post-birthday weekend work day.  I ordered over night oats, smoothie bowls and chicken tinga tostadas. I was so happy with all my choices. 

My favorite part - all the produce is super fresh. It comes delivered in a huge box, straight to your front door with all the ingredients freezer packed. The thing I like about this kit, the insides are recyclable and the freezer packs I can reuse. So nothing goes to waste. 

The best part is you get all the ingredients in on bag, fresh fruit and the instructions. 
We all know overnight oats are so bomb, but these were the best.
All the ingredients are so fresh too. 
The chicken tostadas were so good and spicy. 
And we had enough food to feed an army!

The best news: you can get 20% off your order with the code KRISTEN20. Head to Chef'd and get your order placed today. You'll thank me when you're not grocery shopping this weekend. 

Happy Monday friends! Cheers to good food we didn't have to prep.

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Friday Favorites!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Happy Birthday to me! It's my birthday, it's June, summer and my birthday! Is there a better day? What are your June summer plans? Today, I took the day off work and I'm venturing up to Vail with my hubs, meeting some of our best friends and going to enjoy the long weekend in the mountains!

It's been forever since I wrote a Friday Favorites, but there is so much good stuff going on! Join me by sharing your Friday Favorites. What are you loving this week, this month or this year?

ONE: I'm officially T H I R T Y - O N E. Guys, this means I'm officially in my thirties. I'm learning that my 30s are going to be the best years of my life. The 20s were good, but damn, my 30s are proving to be my best years yet. I'll see ya in Vail.

TWO: Younger. Yes. I talked about this in yesterdays post too. But I cannot stop watching. Its my new favorite show and I'm obsessed. Plus. Mariska Hargitay's husband is on it, Hillary Duff and Nico Tortella.

THREE: This Mignonne Gavigan necklace that Kathleen is wearing in her latest post. I need it in my wardrobe right now. And, I cannot wait until I'm not pregnant anymore so I can wear this dress. I die over her wardrobe.

FOUR: This new James Arthur song

FIVE: Happy 5th Wedding Anniversary
to one of my best friends B! She got married after we graduated law school, on my birthday, and it was the BEST celebration. Today, she's celebrating with her family and her two gorgeous babies.

SIX: This Father's Day Gift Guide. Here's your reminder that its June 17th, meaning you still have time. This is Adam's "first" fathers day so I need to make it extra special.

SEVEN:  This post from Kallie re insomnia. Sleeping while pregnant is basically impossible. Kallie is sharing some natural tips to help sleep better. I will literally do anything and everything to sleep well.

EIGHT: These are my current favorites from Nordstrom and I need them all. I'm currently in the ultimate summer mood and I need all these dresses, swimsuits and sandals.

NINE: This article about God giving you more than you can handle. We're always told "God will never give you more than you can handle." But hey newsflash. thats a lie, a big lie and here's why.

Happy Friday friends and Happy Birthday to me! I hope you guys have the best weekend!

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30 things in my 30th year.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Happy Thursday Friends! I officially turn 31 tomorrow which means I'll be living in my thirties. Ay yi yi. I love me some June. Yes, I'm totally biased towards the month of June but it's so dang good, add in a birthday and it's the best. It's officially summer; people are down to vacation, go to happy hour and enjoy the best weather ever. I swear summer puts everyone in a better mood.

I started doing this post last year and I loved recapping all the good things my 29th year had to offer. Plus, it's so fun looking back years later. I'm officially in my thirties people. I'm growing up. Grab a glass of wine, coffee and a comfy space on the couch, this is a long post. 30 was a good year, but I'm ready to say goodbye.  Tomorrow, I turn 31, lets get recapping.
ONE // Baby! Let's start with our most exciting news, baby! It's been a year of baby (I'll get to that later) but celebrating this healthy little babe has been our biggest joy this year. She might not be here in my 30th year, but being pregnant during my 30th year has been such a huge blessing.

TWO // The big job change. For my mental, emotional and physical health, I switched jobs late last year and bless, it's been a huge blessing to me. While it took me a while to get through my pride of not being an attorney anymore, I'm so glad I took the jump.

THREE // 3 years of wedded bliss. Adam and I celebrated 3 years of marriage. It doesn't seem long enough to encompass everything we'd done together, but oh what a wonderful three years it's been. I'm lucky to have a husband who supports me through the crazy, through the tough times and through the joys.

FOUR // Napa. Adam and I ventured to Napa for one of my best friends amazing wedding. Dancing under the stars in the middle of wine country is something I want to do every weekend. It was such an incredible weekend full of love. Callie and I have been friends since our freshman year in college and watching her marry her love was incredible. I love celebrating best friends weddings.

FIVE // I started binge watching Younger. This is a new revolution in my life and I'm hooked. If you aren't watching Younger, stop everything, grab your Hulu and get watching. The new season just started so I've got a full 4 seasons to catch up on.

SIX // Skied. This winter, I skied for the first time since tearing my ACL Yes, I only skied greens and I took level 1 ski lessons, but I did it and felt amazing. It was so fun and I got 2 glorious days on the mountain. Then I found out I was pregnant so that quickly ended my ski days, but have no fear, I'll be back next winter.

SEVEN // All the photoshoots. I promised myself I'd jump into more photoshoots for the blog and boy did I. I even got Adam on the photo-taking bandwagon. I did around 10 photoshoots throughout the year and I grew this incredible space. I partnered with some amazing maternity lines, shoe lines and makeup. It was such a fun year for this space.

EIGHT // Insta-stories. Started getting a little more comfortable with Insta-stories. I love getting to connect to my readers in a new way and insta-stories is such a fun way to do so.

NINE // TAYLOR SWIFT. Call me a nerd, but I've never missed a Taylor Swift tour. This is my 5th Taylor concert. Yep, I even went to the concert where she dressed as a country princess, all the way to snakes and anti-kardashian Taylor. I'm a not ashamed huge Taylor fan.

TEN // Baby Girl! Lets piggy back on number 1, but not only did we find out we're pregnant, but we found out baby kavan is a girl! Cue all the pink, ruffles and dolls I can get my hands on. Adam doesn't even know the cuteness that is coming!

ELEVEN // Henry turned 9 and Lola turned 2 (today!) This is the last year they'll be the only babies in our house.

TWELVE // Found my love for podcasts. Everyone has been telling me for years I need to start listening and I was really never convinced. Until now. Adam and I road-tripped a few times and found some new favorites and now instead of listening to jams at work, podcasts are my thing.

THIRTEEN // Target. Fell in love with Target clothes and my addiction is only getting stronger. From shoes to maternity, to mens clothes to dresses, I love it. I've had to put boundaries on myself or else I'd be there literally every day.

FOURTEEN // We suffered a miscarriage. While this isn't exactly a hi-light of this year, it's a huge thing that happened to me. If we're being honest here, it was one of the worst things ever. It was the biggest heartbreak I've ever felt. But it also taught me a lot about myself, my body and my relationship with Adam. It helped us grow together and realize what we really want.

FIFTEEN // Jackson, WY. We spent Easter in Jackson, WY with some of our friends. I ate at Persephone Bakery 3x, the group skied, we ate the best Thai food ever and relaxed in the snowy mountain town. If you haven't been to Jackson yet, book a trip! It will be your favorite.

SIXTEEN // Weekends with my parents. My parents came to visit for a long weekend. The boys skied, the girls shopped and it was some great quality time with my fambam. Plus, my mom and I got in some early baby shopping!

SEVENTEEN // Trips to Omaha, NCAA tournaments and 2 year old birthday parties. Our weekends in Omaha are always jam packed but so full of family and friends.

EIGHTEEN // Sonoma. In the mood of weddings, we went back to Sonoma for another wedding and it involved the same. Love, dancing under the stars and lots of wine. I'm lucky that my best friends love wine country as much as I do.

NINETEEN // Wisconsin. Last year was the year of weddings and we were lucky enough to get the opportunity to travel the country celebrating our dearest friends. Adams long time friend, Teddy got married in Milwaukee and it was so fun because I'd never been. We ate great meals and again, danced the night away.

TWENTY // Bought Kristin Cavallari's cookbook and cooked from it every night for a month. I wish I was kidding. I never particularly liked Kristin on The Hills, but I'm low-key obsessed with her now.

TWENTY-ONE // Michigan. My sweet grandparents are getting old and unfortunately we had to move them out of their house. The perk? Getting to spend quality time with family and my grandmother. Michigan will always hold a really special place in my heart. It's where my family is from and by default, me.

TWENTY-TWO // Decaf coffee became a thing. Started drinking decaf coffee and no caffeine all together. Blame it on the baby.

TWENTY-THREE // Laguna Beach & baby showers. One of my favorite things about this pregnancy is getting to do it with some of my favorite friends. My gf Kate is pregnant and we're due 6 weeks of each other and last weekend I got to venture out and celebrate her and her baby boy. This season of life can be a little isolating and getting to do it with a gf is the best.

TWENTY-FOUR // Tough mudder. Adam was a boss and ran his second tough mudder in Copper Mountain. If you haven't heard about this its a crazy race with lots of obstacles and challenges and it tires me out just watching him. He's incredible.

TWENTY-FIVE // Phoenix Open. 5 days in Scottsdale and the warm Arizona air. Everyone here loves how much I love Arizona so Adam and I left cold January Denver and ventured to Arizona to spend the weekend with both our families under the warm sun, watching golf. We also got to tell our families we were pregnant this weekend. It was so fun to do this in person, in my favorite state.

TWENTY-SIX // Estes Park. Adams family came out for his birthday and we hit Estes Park. IT was so fun touring the national park, celebrating Adam and getting extra time with family. If you haven't been to Estes Park you should go, my advice? Maybe not in the middle of the summer, its very touristy!

TWENTY-SEVEN // Grew my blog, my instagram and this space. I finally hit 2000 followers, changed the trajectory of this space a little and learned to really love what I'm creating. Thanks to you!

TWENTY-EIGHT // 24 books in 12 months. I challenged myself to 24 books in one year. I'm half way through the year and only on book 10. I gotta get to work!

TWENTY-NINE // My sister-in-laws came to Denver and we had the best weekend venturing around the city. We hiked, ate and drank our way through the city, had spa days in my bathroom, drank champagne on the grass, got into a free rockies game and enjoyed each other's company. I absolutely LOVE having friends come to Denver, it's so fun showing them the city I call home.

THIRTY // Learned to trust my body, my gut and myself a little bit more. This year has been really trying, but also so incredible. Right after we miscarried, I never felt more betrayed by my own body, and me. We wanted a baby so much and I couldn't help but think losing that baby was my fault, my bodies fault. And then, months later, we got pregnant again and I trusted my body a little more. I quit my job where I had security and stabilty for something so different, and with that I trusted myself a little more. It's been a year of growth and joys and I'm so excited for next year.

Thanks to my readers, my friends and my family for getting me through another year, pushing me, supporting me, encouraging me and loving me through the past year!

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2nd Trimester Must Haves + Pink Blush

Friday, June 1, 2018

Happy Friday friends and Happy June! It's crazy to me that we are already half way through the year! I swear every month goes faster and faster. Sorry I've been MIA, life has been crazy busy, this whole growing a human thing is harder than I thought. Next week I'll have a full life update on the blog + some fun new happenings.

I'm officially more than 6 months pregnant (26 weeks to be exact) and I think I'm finally getting this pregnancy thing down, or at least getting the hang of it. When I first started this journey I had no clue what to expect, what I thought it would be like or what my body would do. 6 months in and I still don't know much, but I know what I need to help me through.

ONE // A Heating Pad. I swear, I hit 22 weeks and my back was done with being pregnant. It hurt all the time, my hips ached and my feet were sore. Cue, the heating pad. I swear I couldn't live without it. I use it in bed, when I work at my desk, sit on the couch. It's a lifesaver. Do yourself a favor and get one asap. Here's a good cheap one from Amazon!

TWO // Prenatal massages. Do your body a favor and book a prenatal massage. Life. Changing. Make sure when you schedule it you tell them you're pregnant. The massage is different and you want to make sure your masseuse knows what they're doing. I also checked with my doc first to make sure it was okay. When I was on bedrest I wasn't allowed to get them, so always check!

THREE // Comfortable dresses. I am enjoying a nice hot Denver summer and honestly, pants sound like some weird version of hell to me. I hate wearing pants so dresses have become my saving grace. I know you've heard me talk about Pink Blush before, but guys I'm seriously obsessed. These Pink Blush dresses are perfect because I can dress them up, down, sandals, heels and they are so comfortable (& cool!). They have everything from maternity dresses and clothes to non-maternity. dresses and clothes.

This grey dress is my fav - so comfortable and goes with everything. 

FOUR // Snacks. Hear me out. Yes, you're always hungry. But, eating huge meals hurts like hell. The ugly side of pregnancy includes upset stomachs, gas, crampy feelings, heartburn, ect. To avoid that, snacks are the best. I try and eat small meals throughout the day instead of three main meals. Lara bars, fruit, bananas. Keep them in your purse, in your car because when hunger strikes its almost as if you're dying. I wish I was being dramatic.

FIVE // Sandals. This goes hand in hand with comfortable dresses. Everyone needs a good pair of sandals and in my opinion ones you don't have to strap because lets face it, bending over sucks.

I love this black dress because it doesn't ride up and the shoulder cutouts make me feel fancy. 

SIX // A Good Book. I just had my glucose test doctors appointment and I was there for over 2 hours. Ultrasounds take a while, pediatrician meet and greets make you sit forever therefore a good book is mandatory. My top three books right now, Bread & Wine, Babywise and The Woman in Cabin 10.

Shop this dress here
Shop this dress here

Happy Friday friends! And to all my pregnant friends and mamas out there, what are your second trimester must haves? 
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