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May 2017

    Maternity Monday | 26 Week Bump Update

    Maternity Monday on a Tuesday…ahh!! This week has got me all jumbled! I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day with their families. I know we did!  A big thank you to all the men and women that have and are serving and especially to the ones that made the ultimate sacrifice that we got to celebrate yesterday.  I figured since I haven’t done an update in awhile I would get one up! 


    How far along: 26 weeks

    Gender: BOY! 

    Weight gain: 10-12 lbs. I fluctuate depending on if I ate or not!

    Maternity clothes: I still have my two pairs of maternity shorts that I wear and lots of dresses.

    Sleep: HORRIBLE! I’m passing a kidney stone right now and it’s been a real B to deal with. 

    Best moment this month: Finally found out we’re having a little boy and seeing him move around all the time!

    Worst moment this month: Passing this stupid kidney stone. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.

    Miss anything: Being able to bend over and pick things up without getting out of breath. 

    Movement: This little boy is so active just like his brothers were.

    Cravings: Spicy food which is a real pain because it’s starting to give me heartburn. 

    Queasy or sick: Thankfully no! 

    Looking forward to: Getting a relaxing weekend in a few weeks for my birthday! 



    Dress: The Mom Capsule // Shoes: Target

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    Maternity Monday | PinkBlush Summer Dress

    *This post is sponsored by PinkBlush but as always all thoughts are my own.


    I hope everyone had a great weekend!
    I know I did with my little mom getaway. 

    I just got this cute little number in the mail last week and couldn’t wait to wear it! If you’ve never heard of PinkBlush, girl you’re missing out! They carry the latest fashion in womens and maternity wear and all kinds of awesome accessories to go with every outfit.  I love that they have sizes for everyone, ranging from small to 3x. I have to admit I’ve been a little obsessed with my dresses having pockets on them because it’s so easy to throw something in there while the boys and I are out and they’re playing, when I saw this dress had pockets I was so excited!  I picked this razorback style dress in a small because it looked so comfortable but still so stylish, and of course the pockets sold me! It also comes in a beautiful peach color as well. My favorite part is that PinkBlush is not only super affordable (and have the cutest maternity clothes) but they make their maternity wear great for transitioning from pregnancy to postpartum easy.  I can’t wait to wear this dress even after baby boy makes his appearance.  


    DRESS: PinkBlush / SHOES: Maurices 




    DIY Slime with Essential Oils | Hey Erin Nicole

    It’s finally FRI-YAY!!  
    I’m so excited that I am getting  little girls trip with my mom this weekend! Hopefully I can sleep in, win at bingo, and get a pedicure. haha a mothers dream, right!? So I thought it would be fun to make some slime to keep the boys busy this weekend while Ethan watches them. It was super easy to make and the kids LOVE it! I’m sure you probably have most of this stuff at home already too.



    What You’ll Need:

    Elmers Glue
    Contact Solution
    Baking Soda
    Baby Oil

    *Optional Items
    *Food Coloring
    *Essestial Oils


    To Get Started:

    1. In a small bowl combine 3/4 of the bottle of Elmers Glue, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, and start with 2 drops of food coloring. (I used about 4 for each color but start with 2 until you reach desired color.) If you’d like to add essential oils to yours, you will do so now.  We use Doterra Essential Oils. I started with 5 drops. Orange slime I did Wild Orange Oil, purple slime=lavender oil, and pink slime=grapefruit oil.
    2. After mixing everything together you’ll add about 1 tablespoon of contact solution. After this is mixed together you’ll want to add about 1 teaspoon of baby oil. After that is all mixed together see if your slime is still sticking to the bowl. If it is, you’ll want to add more contact solution. I added a little at a time because if you add too much your slime will become stiff and not so slimy. Once the slime isn’t sticking to the bowl or your spatula it should be ready to play with. If you find that it’s sticking your hand add a little more contact solution and mix by hand. We added a few extra drops of essential oils at the end to really give it a scent.

      And it should be ready to play with!

    I hope you guys enjoyed and let me know how it worked out for you! 



    Maternity Monday | 10 Things You Must Do Before Baby Arrives

    Hello! I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day yesterday! I know I did!  Ethan and the boys surprised me with some plants and cacti that I’ve really been wanting and some beautiful flowers! We went to brunch with my family and saw that new movie Snatched. A very relaxing and great day if I do say so myself! 


    And on to our list..


    1. Plan a small getaway! I can’t emphasize enough that taking a trip before little one comes is huge. Whether this is your first baby or your fifth, getting away with your partner before baby comes is so nice. Once baby is here you definitely CAN go do those things but it’s not the same when you have to follow a little ones schedule. 
    2. Soak up every nap you can get. Sometimes naps just are not possible for everyone but if you get the chance to, do it! I have grandmas that live close to me and when they offer to come watch the kids so I can rest you better believe I’m taking a nap!! 
    3. Pregnancy photos. When you’re babe gets bigger you’re going to look back on those times and be so thankful you have your bump pictures. 
    4. If you have older kids, spending one-on-one time with them. A lot of your time is going to be spent on the new baby and you want to make sure that they still feel loved and cared for. When we brought Knox home I remember it was quite an adjustment because if I was nursing or helping him I couldn’t just jump up and help Kellan with what he needed. He had to learn to be patient and wait for me to get to him.
    5. Have someone help or hire to deep clean your house.  Nesting is no joke. Wanting your house to be spotless clean before baby arrives is normal. Plus you probably won’t be deep cleaning anytime soon after you have the baby.
    6. Have meals prepped. Now this is something I’ve never done while pregnant but now that I have kids that eat that I need to take care of we will be prepping and freezing meals to last a few weeks.
    7. Have your bags packed. It sounds silly to have to tell someone but when I was pregnant with Kellan my bag didn’t get packed until the day I went into labor with him! Can you say procrastinator.
    8. Preregister at your hospital. Now this is something that I WILL be doing this time. I missed out on my epidural with Knox because I wasn’t registered and the nurse had to do all of that before we could call someone in. Lesson learned!
    9. Get baby’s room and sleeping area ready. If you’re nesting then I’m positive you already have the nursery ready to go but if you haven’t yet, you’ll need to figure out if you want to co-sleep with your little one or if they’ll be sleeping in their room. Have some clothes washed and ready for babes arrival and a whole lot of diapers ready to go! 
    10. Pamper YOURSELF!  I always get a pedicure a few weeks before baby is due. I like to go get a facial or some kind of relaxing treat. You deserve it mama! You’ve been growing that baby for 9 months and need a little pampering before your sweet bundle of joy arrives! Just a side not, massages have been known to help induce labor incase you need another excuse to go! 




    Last Minute Mothers Day Gift Guide

    I remember my first Mothers Day. I mean it was only 4 years ago but still, it was something I was super excited to celebrate. It was like a joined this awesome new club and because I was the newest member everyone wanted to make it very special for me! Kellan was almost 1 month old and I was still in my insomniac state. The absolute best gift I got was a NAP! No joke! When you become a parent for the first time you never realized how tired you weren’t before kids.

    So, this year I wanted to come up with a gift guide to get that special mother in your life even though you waited until the last minute to get her anything! Ethan, I hope you’re reading this!!!  I hope you find some inspiration and let me know in the comments what’s the best Mothers Day gift you’ve ever received or have given someone!

    For obvious reasons, gift cards are always super easy and really practical to give to anyone. But what’s fun is to spice it up and add some of moms favorite things she can use with it. Find a coffee mug you know mom will love, place the gift card inside with a little something extra. You can do a theme like nail polish, nail file, and foot scrub or even Starbucks coffee set is always a good choice too! 




    Because of the price of this gift, this is for the coffee obsessed mom! This espresso maker is everything and totally worth the price! The Brevill Barista Express Espresso Maker this is available at your local Bed Bath and Beyond and don’t forget to use your 20% coupon when signing up for their email offers to save you some moola on this gift! After we got our I swear we never went out and got coffee. This thing is a beast and something I’m so glad we got! 





    If you live in a bigger city than I do, this product will be easy to find at most makeup department areas or in your local Sephora. The Clarisonic Facial Cleansing device works wonders to remove dirt and makeup.  This is the complete package but you can also purchase just the brush separately. Moms love to pamper themselves but hate to cost of buying items like this. 



    This Polaroid Camera is so fun. Growing up I loved taking pictures on our polaroid camera because the pictures came instantly! I was so excited when they brought this back and made them so cute. These are available for pick up at your local Target. 



    A spa pamper basket is always a go-to when finding a gift for mom. Head to your local Walmart or Target find decent sized basket that she can reuse and some colorful tissue paper. Fill the bottom of the basket with the tissue paper to add some volume. What you’ll need to fill the basket up is up to you but here is a list of things that go together well and aren’t crazy expensive. 

    Any candle

    Face Masks ( I would pick at least 2-3)

    Foot Scrubber 

    Foot exfoliant 

    Nail Polish (my favorite fast drying nail polish)



    This is an easy one that any mom would love when all else fails. A picture frame with either her and the kids or of the entire family! You can never go wrong with finding your favorite picture of her and making it a little personalized.


    Now if you really want to get her something personalized but we know it’s way too late for it to be here on time, getting a picture of it and taping it on the inside of a card so they can see what they’re getting is a win for everyone. They know you didn’t forget to get them something and even though you waited to the last minute they still feel appreciated. These stamped pieces of jewelry are so beautiful from B Stamped








    April Favorites | Hey Erin Nicole

    I’ve found some awesome products this month that I am completely in love with! I’ve been slowly getting out of my winter routine and getting into my summer favorites.

    I’ve been seeing this Tarte Shape Tape everywhere and I wanted to try it out for myself. Oh my gosh, it’s intense! It has a crazy amount of coverage that works wonders for my dark under eye circles. #nosleep #momlife. Amiright!?  For me, this isn’t an everyday concealer but I do like to use it when I do a full face of make or for our occasional date nights!

    I bought this lip color on a whim when we were in California. I had to run to Target because I forgot to pack a lot of stuff and when I was looking at some different lipsticks this one stuck out to me. I’m always interested in trying new lip products especially matte so I grabbed this Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor. I got the color Devotion and I am obsessed. I’ve been wearing it nonstop. It’s creamy when you first apply it but once it dries I feel it stays on pretty good. I usually reapply after I eat which isn’t a big deal to me and I just love that it doesn’t make my lips feel dry.

    I’ll admit I’m in desperate need to get my hair colored!! It’s been awhile to say the least. I don’t usually like to get it colored when I’m in the first trimester but there has been no excuse seeing that I’m coming up on THIRD trimester soon. I like to use this  Ultimate Color Repair Triple Rescue to protects against excessive heat that can damage color-treated hair. I love the smell and it leaves my hair feeling soft.

    I keep talking about how this pregnancy has been making me breakout but I’ve been finding some great products to keep my breakouts at bay.  Anything you read tells you tea tree or melaleuca, is great to use for acne prone skin. The same goes for this Lush Tea Tree Water. I wash my face with my Purity face wash (that I mentioned in last months favorites) and after it’s all cleansed I spray this on my face and let dry. Then I apply my moisturizer and my face just feels so fresh!

    While keeping up on my skin, I like to switch up my masks that I use.  These Sephora Face Mask come in one use sheets that make your skin feel amazing!  My favorites are definitely the Rose, Green Tea, Lotus, and Algae. The website states, each mask is infused with a different active ingredient for relaxing the skin and achieving a brighter, more revitalized complexion. I can tell a difference when using this masks regularly.




    Best 7 Layer Bean Dip

    In case you didn’t know, Cinco De Mayo is on Friday. Who is ready to Fiesta!?

    We usually have a little Cinco de Mayo party every year with family and some friends which is so much fun. This year though, this mama will not be having any margaritas or pina coladas! Total bummer!

     Being a host of a party I love doing pot luck style. It takes some pressure off of me to cook everything and I love trying the different recipes people come up with! So if you’ve been invited to a  fiesta this Friday, this super easy and totally tasty bean dip will be great to take!




    Best 7 Layer Bean Dip
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    1. 1 9x13 pan
    2. 2 cans of Refried Beans (We like to use Rosarita canned vegetarian beans)
    3. 4 Avocados
    4. 1 24 oz Sour Cream
    5. Salsa
    6. Shredded Cheese
    7. 1 can of Olives
    8. Green Onions
    1. Starting at the bottom, open your can of beans and spread evenly at the bottom of the pan.
    2. *Get your avocado mixture and spread evenly over the top of the beans.
    3. Add a layer of sour cream. I use about 3/4 of the container
    4. A layer of Salsa on top
    5. Spread a good amount of shredded cheese
    6. Toss on olives and cut up green onions to sprinkle over top
    1. *For avocado mixture I just like to mashup avocados in a bowl, squeeze some fresh lime juice over top and salt for flavor and mix everything together.
    Hey Erin Nicole




     What’s your favorite pot luck dish?

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