5 Things I'm Thankful For in September.

Friday, September 28, 2018

This post is going to be heavyyyy Quinn related, but I can't help it. I'm basking in new baby glow. This month has flown by in quite a blur, but it's been the best sleepless baby blur I could have ever imagined.

Before we get to all the things I'm thankful for, I gotta give a birthday shout-out to my gf Lyndsey!
Happy Birthday Lynds! Thanks for being such an amazing friend, mama guru and life-coach. I'd be lost on this mama journey without you! I love you! Have the best day! xx

ONE //  Well this one is a given, but Quinn being born was the obvious highlight of this month and my life. I could gush and gush over her forever and I probably will.

TWO // Watching Adam become a dad. Watching him with Quinn makes me cry. She is too young to understand how lucky she is to have him, but I cannot wait to continue to watch their bond grow. 

THREE // My mom, dad, mother-in-law and father-in-law coming for Quinn's birth. What a blessing to have such incredible family around us. 

FOUR // My best friend Coti coming to love on Quinn this weekend. Oh I am so lucky to have such supportive friends who love her the way I do. 

FIVE // Three weeks of Adam being home. In all of our relationship, we've never had 3 weeks off together. Doing these first three weeks together, home with Quinn has been such a huge blessing. I'm so thankful for him. 

Happy Friday friends, what are you thankful for this month?
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Apolis Market Bag

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Happy Tuesday friends! Long time no talk! Needless to say, I've been basking in newborn snuggles, coos and bliss. Quinn is officially two weeks old today (how is that possible!) and I'm finally finding my groove. I'm currently working on Q's birth story and all about the 24+ hours of labor it took to get this little babe.

Anyways, thanks for hanging in while I put this blog on the back burner for a little while. I promise I'm working my way back to the blog and all the good stuff.

Today, I'm so pumped to share with you one of my new favorite products. I've been getting really good at using non-disposable bags at the grocery, saving plastic and paper and why not do that with a cute bag that has an incredible cause.

Apolis Market Bags are my newest obsession. Heres a little about the company:

To us, the Market Bag is a product that does well to represent what Apolis is all about. The whole project started when Apolis co-founder Raan Parton had the idea to make a waterproof grocery bag, and has become a line that has sold over 100,000 units. These sales have translated directly into jobs, healthcare and security for a group of mothers working at our factory in Bangladesh. It has been amazing to see how our two companies have grown in direct correlation with each other. When we are able, we speak with them over the phone and it is always a positive force in our lives to see the attitudes that our partners in Bangladesh carry with them every day. Through the Market Bag, along with our line of products from Bangladesh, we have been able to provide over four years of work to mothers in Bangladesh. The linear job creation arc of the Market Bag is something that we strive to have in all Apolis products. We are pleased that every person can now take part in this story in a way that is personal, by creating a Customized Market Bag.

I love that Apolis is creating a product that has a worldwide impact and a local impact. You can go to their site and make a bag with whatever saying you want! I've got some Denver pride, hence my bag. But you can have it say literally whatever you want.

Enjoy shopping friends! What are you going to put on your bag?

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30 Blog Post Ideas

Friday, September 21, 2018

First and foremost, Happy Birthday to my Dad! Another year older, wiser and more handsome. Thanks for being the best dad in the entire world and the best grandpa to Quinn. I'm so thankful for the time we got to spend together the last week. I cannot wait to see you soon! Have the best day! I love you! 
Writers block is real people. I cannot tell you how many times I want to write a post, but my mind is blank. Absolutely blank. I figured I couldn't be the only one who struggles with writers block, so in the nature of helping other bloggers, a list of 30 blog post ideas. 

  1. Favorite beauty products 
  2. Behind the blog scenes - what does blogging really look like to you? 
  3. Your blog goals 
  4. Favorite playlist 
  5. Favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe
  6. Bucket list of fun things to do in your city 
  7. A day in the life of you
  8. A day in the life of your dog
  9. Life Lately! 
  10. Ask your best friend to guest post
  11. Write an "on this day in history" post 
  12. What makes you happy 
  13. How you met your spouse
  14. 5 books that changed your life
  15. Bucket list for the rest of 2018
  16. Share with us your dream day
  17. Reader poll 
  18. Question and answer session with your readers
  19. Top ten travel destinations
  20. Tell us about your wedding day/engagement/dating
  21. Fall bucket list
  22. Share your favorite blog and bloggers
  23. Run a contest or a giveaway
  24. Take us inside your house! Show us around.
  25. Write a post to your younger self
  26. Show us your morning routine 
  27. What are your 5 wardrobe essentials? 
  28. Favorite podcasts
  29. DIY!
  30. Share your weekly fitness routine
Happy Friday friends! Share with me a blog post idea! Let's help each other out! 

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The things you actually need for baby (& you!)

Monday, September 17, 2018

Until about a month ago I thought I was totally ready to bring this little baby in to the world. I had her changing table, her crib, the rocker I plan on sitting in to feed her. I had all the clothes I could imagine and the nursery was decorated.

It wasn't until my gf's came in town and started looking through the stuff I had, that I quickly realized how much I didn't have to bring a human home. Plus I didn't realize there are certain things I needed for myself. I thought I had that part all figured out. Welp, turns out, mama needed some things just as much as baby.

I cannot be the only mama out there who has no clue what she'd need. This is the list, most of which you can get on Amazon, that'll make your life and babys life easier.

For Baby: 
  1. Nose Frida
  2. Diapers in size newborn, one and two
  3. Wipes
  4. Aquaphor
  5. Rectal Thermometer (for under 6 mo) and forehead thermometer (for over 6 mo)
  6. 5 ounce and 9 ounce bottles + different nipple sizes - I LOVE the comotomo bottles.
  7. Saline nose spray
  8. Grooming Kit
  9. Boon Bottle Drying Rack
  10. Bottle brush
  11. Butt Paste (small one for diaper bag and big one for changing table)
  12. Infant tylenol
  13. Shampoo, conditioner, baby lotion
  14. A bunch of plain onesies: I love these little Gerber ones
  15. Travel Bottle Cleaner
  16. Pacificer
For Mama: 
  1. Pumping storage bags
  2. Pump sterilizing bags
  3. Baby carrier, my Solly baby is my fav. 
  4. Nipple pads that freeze
  5. Disposable and Non-disposable breast pads
  6. Lansinoh Nipple Cream 
  7. Cozy undies, bras, jammies and robe. 
  8. Hand sanitizer
  9. Dishwasher cage (to wash all those small parts!)
Happy Shopping mamas! 

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The 2018 Fall Fab Fit Fun Box

Friday, September 14, 2018

Happy Friday! Lots of new stuff going on over here :) If you're new, head to Instagram to see what's been keeping me busy the last few days! It's been the best week of our lives and we're so excited for this new venture.

But before we get to a baby post (hopefully coming next week if I can get it together), let's talk all things Fab Fit Fun.

If you haven't heard about the Fab Fit Fun box you are missing out. It's a box with tons of goodies in it that comes every quarter. My favorite part about this box, you get real sizes (no samples), the products are amazing, you can semi-personalize your box and since it only comes once a quarter, you're getting a box full of products, not just a bunch of small stuff.

Today on Insta-stories, I walked you through all the products, but I thought you might want a little more in-depth details. Let's do this.

First, here are all the amazing products I got in my Fall Fab Fit Fun Box.

Lets break them all down:

  • Vince Camuto Luck Tote: Priced at $128.00. Comfortably carry your everyday essentials in this giant tote. It features a soft interior and a hanging slip pocket to store your keys, lip balm, and more.
  • Alfred Teapot: Priced at 26.00. Sip in style with this ceramic teapot designed by L.A.-based tea spot Alfred Tea Room. It has a stainless steel lid, a wide-lipped infuser, and a dripless spout to make tea time enjoyable.
  • CYLO COBRA Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds: Priced at $40.00. Jam out in style with these chic and comfy Bluetooth earbuds. The onboard controls and neck strap help you enjoy your music tangle-free.
  • Grown Alchemist Hydra-Repair Day Cream: Camellia, Geranium Blossom: Priced at $49.00. This day cream is chock-full of active ingredients like camellia, rosehip oil, and jojoba oil to visibly improve hydration, balance natural sebum levels, soothe skin, and repair UV damage.
  • Farmacy Dew It All Total Eye Cream with Echinacea GreenEnvy: Priced at $38.00. Fine lines and dark circles, be gone. This moisturizing eye cream helps minimize visible signs of aging, stress, and fatigue while reducing the appearance of dark circles.
  • beautyblender: Priced at $20.00. Seamlessly blend cream, powder, and liquid formulas. Use the pointed end on the sides of your nose and under your eyes and the rounded end to buff product in to the rest of your face.
  • GLAMGLOW BUBBLESHEET OXYGENATING DEEP CLEANSE MASK: Priced at $18.00. Watch it activate into a tingling 3-D bubble experience. The microbubbles instantly invigorate and detoxify the skin, revealing a glowing, deeply purified complexion.
  • Simply Whimsical Set of 2 Tea Towels: Priced at $14.99. This set features two playful gray patterns that are sure to perk up your mood every time you walk into your kitchen.
  • SKIN&CO Roma Blue in Capri Shower Gel: Priced at $22.00. This multipurpose shower gel is inspired by the lemon farmers in Capri, Italy, and is deliciously scented with wild sage, lemon, and alpine rose.
Have you ever tried a Fab Fit Fun box before? If not, you gotta grab yours!

If you got the Fall Box, what was our favorite item?

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Happy Happy Monday friends! How was your weekend? Spoiler alert - we did not have a baby this weekend. But we watched college and NFL football (Go Broncos!), we slept in and I ate pancakes two days in a row. I'd call that a great weekend. But ya know what? I'm ready to stop thinking of every weekend as our last weekend to do something and instead our first weekend to do something with baby girl.

Sooo, if little miss baby girl would show up, it would make this week even sweeter.

Anyways, if you know me, you know I'm super sentimental about kind of random things.
  • I love the letter K, it started because of my first name and now because of my last name. 
  • I love things that represent Arizona, cacti, mountains, sunsets, anything with Arizona printed on it. 
  • I love a good quote, especially OTH. 
  • The TV show Friends is my comfort show and makes me feel closer to my gfs. 
  • I still have my baby blanket  - does this make me too sentimental? 
Anyways, you get the point. I love things that carry happy memories surrounding my friends and my family. So, when Mapiful reached out to me to design my own map of a special place, I knew what that special place was right away, Lone Tree, Colorado. The sweet little town we call home. The sweet little place we'll bring our daughter home too, watch her grow up and grow our family. Adam and I haven't lived here long, but already this town has had such a huge impact on our lives.

There were a lot of options to pick from and that's the cool part. You can pick a place anywhere in the world and then design the map the way you want it. Did you study abroad in Paris? Done. Are you from a small town in Nebraska? They got it. Love San Diego? This is your map. I love the sentiment of picking of place special to you. 
So what is Mapiful? The world is at your fingertips with Mapiful. They provide you with the tools to let you choose from any place in the world and design your own unique map poster. Explore, zoom, customize and order. Voilà, your place of birth, favorite neighborhood or just your happy place framed on your wall, in your home. 
Head over to the website and start designing your special place and while you're at it, tell me what place you picked and why. I love hearing peoples special places and stories.

PS -- Use kgrace10 for 10% off for your followers!

Happy Monday sweet friends, lets make this a great week.

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Review + Giveaway: Trust Beauty

Friday, September 7, 2018

Happy Friday! We made it through the week, hallelujah!

I've been pretty vocal about that fact that pregnancy hasn't done my skin a ton of favors. Let's be blunt, pregnancy has killed my skin. The "glow" I got was mid-summer sweat and I found myself breaking out more than I anticipated.

At the very beginning of my pregnancy. I turned to my BFF to help me with some tips. I got a new cleanser, day cream and started using Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Within days. I saw a change, but I knew I needed a little more help. 

I needed a little bit more targeted help. Overall, I was seeing a change in my skin, but knew I needed to jump in a little more. 

I met Tom, the owner of Trust Beauty and was amazed by his product. I started religiously using the night cream and the enzyme mask and I swear by the results. My face is so much clearer and I finally have that pregnancy glow. I've been using the Commit Night Cream and the Honor Enzyme Mask for the last 2 weeks and absolutely love it. 

The one thing I really love about the products, they smell amazing. They are not harsh, so I never felt a reaction or any sort of burning sensation. This says a lot because being pregnant my skin is so sensitive. I love that their products are natural and don't use any super harsh chemicals. This was huge for me when picking out pregnancy skin care products. I didn't want to use retinoids or chemicals (which when researching products is hard to find ones without!). 

Here's what Trust Beauty says about the Commit Night Cream 
  • Repairs and nourishes skin overnight
  • Delivers adaptogens deep into the skin
  • Enhanced anti-aging benefits
  • Keeps skin moist and dewy all night
  • Safe for all skin types, including sensitive, and acne prone skin
  • With Vitamin A and Panax Ginseng
  • Made in USA, Vegan, 100% Cruelty-Free
Here's what Trust Beauty says about the Honor Enzyme Mask
  • Infuses moisture and hydration
  • Fruit enzymes digest dead, dull dry cells.
  • May be used before makeup to enhance application
  • Safe for all skin types
  • With pumpkin and pineapple
  • Made in USA, Vegan, 100% Cruelty-Free
And because I love all of you, Tom, the owner of Trust Beauty has graciously given me one of each product to giveaway to you! Hooray. You can enter either here or via Instagram!

Good luck! Winners will be announced next Tuesday!

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Instagram Roundup

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Hi Friends, happy Wednesday! How was your labor day weekend? Did you do anything fun? We kept it super low key. Dinners out, went to a few favorite breweries, slept in late and got all that last minute stuff prepped. 

I'm officially 39 weeks and to keep my mind off when this baby is going to make her appearance, let's talk clothes. You guys have been clicking through my Insta a ton lately, so I thought I'd make one post to make it easier to shop! 

But just in case you forgot, you can always down the LIKEtoKNOW.it app and get all the early access to everything I post on Insta!  Let's get shopping!

Disclaimer: Links in the post may be affiliate links meaning if you click them and purchase something it costs you nothing but I make a little percentage. Thanks for supporting brands that support EG.

I really loved this dress for our maternity shoot. 
It was the perfect combo of flattering (37 weeks peeps) and girly. 

This outfit gets me SO excited for fall! 

38 weeks and this is my favorite dress. Not quite sure how I lived without it. 
Shop it here
I really do love Sundays.

Almost as much as I love Chick-Fil-A

And wine. 

Hospital bags are ready, now if we could convince baby girl to be ready!

Favorite dress ever, favorite room in the house. 

Have the best week friends! 

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Recipe: Paleo Banana Bread

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

How was your labor day everyone? Is it just me or does labor day kind of bum you out? It's like the official closing of summer! Granted its going to be hot here for another month or so, labor day always acts as the bookend of a great summer. 

This summer was on for the record books. We celebrated baby girl, twice. I celebrated one of my best gf's baby. We traveled to Omaha, Arizona, Steamboat Springs, Vail, and Breckenridge. We had visitors, date nights and we set up the nursery. We binged watched Ozarks and Yellowstone and spent time together just us two.

It was a great summer, but I'm so excited for what fall has in store for us. Getting into the spirit of fall to me screams banana bread. Is there anything better than a brisk fall day and the smell of fresh banana bread wafting through the house? I think not. 

This is my mama's recipe, with the flour subbed to make it paleo. You're gonna love it. 

  • 4 bananas, mashed
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 4 tablespoons oil (coconut, vegetable, ghee)
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (regular flour)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of sea salt
How to Make:
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine bananas, eggs, nut butter and oil. 
  3. Once mixed, add in almond flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla and sea salt. Mix. 
  4. Grease a loaf pan and pour your mixture in. 
  5. Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Let cool, eat! 
Happy Tuesday friends. Here's hoping your week back after a long week goes quick! 
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