Tonight I have a Christmas Target unboxing to share with y’all and a super yummy soup recipe. As y’all can see in the vlog the Christmas tree topper lights up and show multiple colored lights on the ceiling. My son really enjoyed watching the lights spin around on the ceiling.
My veggie bean soup recipe is the perfect 1 pot meal to share with the whole family with some yummy corn bread & a glass of wine. My current favorite wine to drink is the Stella Rosa. If you like sweet wines you will definitely enjoy this one.
The few things that I did differently from my previous recipe is;
Beef stew tips instead of sausage
1 can of Progresso Tomato Roasted Red Pepper soup
Add chopped mushrooms
*I didn’t have any half & half, leeks, or rosemary on hand but they would be yummy to add to the soup.
I served the soup on top of some rice with cornbread on the side. It was soooo good.
Let me know if you are going try out this recipe. Also share your favorite 1 pot meal to serve during the hoildays in the comments section below.
This year I decided to have a royal themed Christmas tree. We purchased our 7 foot tree from a local tree lot run by a super sweet family. I absolutely LOVE how it turned out. It took me 3 days to finish mainly because, I would decorate the tree after I get off work & my baby to pleasure in breaking my ornaments. So I finally gave up putting more ornaments on the tree. However less is more and my Christmas tree turned out fabulous regardless.
This is our 7 foot tree before any Christmas decorations. There is nothing like having a real Christmas tree. It is nice to have a fake Christmas tree so you are able to decorate early and have a tree up by Thanksgiving. In my family the magic of the Christmas season starts when we go to our favorite Christmas tree lot and pick out our Christmas tree. I adore our Christmas tree.
This year we got our Christmas ribbons from At Home. I love how the red and gold look on the tree together. I am very much into tradtional Christmas colors.
Isn’t she lovely!
I hope you enjoy my day 2 of my 12 Days of Christmas series.
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I hope you get inspiration to decorate your own hot cocoa station this hoilday season. Please come back tomorrow and join me for day 2 of The 12 Days of Christmas I have other fun Christmas theme blogs to share with you all.
I posted a vlog on my YouTube channel not to long ago of a Fall and Winter Baby Boy Clothing Haul. I like to buy my son’s clothing in bulk, that way I know I have everything that I may need for him in the up coming season.
I went to a local consignment shop in my area where they sell gently used and some new clothing items for infants up to teenage children.
In the vlog that I recoreded I showed you most of the clothing items that I got. Here are a few of my favorite pieces from that haul.
Happy Friday! It’s been almost been a year sense I blogged, I haven’t done much blogging on my YouTube channel either. I am actually thinking about stop doing YouTube because my life have gotten such much more busier and it doesn’t seen like something I could keep up. However I do remember how much fun it is to interact with people from around the world. One day I’ll get my grove back & start vlogging again.
My last post was of me going though labor at the hospital. Now it may seem silly to most people to blog while having contractions, but for me it was a good distraction. My son will be turning one soon😭 and I can brealy hold back the tears. I just love him so much 😍. Its been such an exciting ride watching my little infant turn into a toddler.
I have been exclusively breastfeeding my little one, which has been going fairly well for me. I really believe my secuss with breastfeeding has to do with all the breastfeeding classes & research that I involved myself in. Every body is different and I can only speak from my own personal experience. I also cloth diaper my son which I absolutely LOVE. Yep I’m a breast feeding, cloth diapering, co-sleeping, baby wearing mama! I’m loving every minute of it.
I’ve been working on creating play spaces for him in our townhouse. We were not in the baby making business and my pregnancy was a huge surprise to Ken & I. With all our glass coffee tables, drink bars, etc. We had to come up with situations that will fit our growing baby needs. I created a duck theme bathroom which was inspired by his 6 months photo shoot. I will be sharing a full tour of his duck bathroom soon. Below you can see grandpa hanging up picture frames for me. 🦆
I’ve also been working on being more productive and organizing my time better. I have totally stuck at focusing and not completing tasks before hand & don’t want to contuine that any longer. I try not to be so hard on myself because being a mama is a full time job alone that never ends.
If y’all have any tips please feel free to share them below.
Thanks for being oh so patient with me and contuine to support my blog. I’m going to get up from this sofa before I fall asleep. 😴
Most of y’all who follow me on social media already know, I’m currently 40 weeks and 4 days pregnant and expecting my 1st baby boy. I’m in the hospital right now being induce, sense my son is acking like my belly is his permanent address. Right now the contractions are mild and I’m bored and writing a blog post is going to keep my mind occupied.
It has been an very interesting journey for Ken and I. I recently recorded a vlog of our baby boy’s nursery on my youtube channel and today I thought I’ll give y’all quick run down on how I found out that I was pregnant and a recap of my pregnancy.
I found out that I was pregnant when we came back from our trip to Punta Cana in Feburay. I belive I was around 6 weeks pregnant at that point. I kept remembering telling Ken something is wrong with my body, but couldn’t pin point what it was. We decided to take a pregnancy test just to rule that out. Me being pregnant was the last thing on my mind.
Let me rewind really quickly if y’all don’t mind. Before we left to go to Punta Cana I had my yearly women exams & physicals. All my tests can back good and I wasn’t pregnant. So we were definitely ready to go party.
Okay so let’s fast forward to mid February, I took a at home pregnancy test and to my surprise it said that I was pregnant! I could bearly believe it. Now keep in mind I wasn’t trying to be pregnant and don’t start coming for me in the comment section. We were doing everything not to get pregnant but sometimes it doesn’t always work out that way. So we were very surprised to find out that we were expecting.
Now that you have a little back story of how I found out. Let’s talk about each trimester and how pregnancy been treating me.
Omg morning sickness was no joke! I was throwing up in the morning, nauseated all day, throwing up all night. I couldn’t really eat much but toast, salty crackers and chips. I couldn’t hold down water, I could only drink gringer ale. When I was brushing my teeth I got nauseated and wanted to throw up. I was bloated and over it. The only good thing from this trimester that I could remember was finding out that I was having a baby boy. I didn’t go rush out to buy a bunch of baby boy clothes or toys but we were able to start talking about names, nursery room themes, etc.
I really started showing at this point. My stomach was and still is round like a basketball. I wasn’t throwing up as much and was finally able to to drink cold water! I didn’t have any cravings but I definitely did have foods that I couldn’t stand eating or smelling. I’m a southern girl and love smoked bbq meat. I couldn’t and still don’t like the smell or taste of smoked meat. One of my highlights in this trimester was that I had my 1st baby shower with my family. Having a baby started to feel real when you are getting a tons of baby gifts. I also felt the baby move for the first time. It felt like butterflies fluttering inside of me. This is something I’m going to miss feeling after I deliver my baby.
I became a huge fan of fresh fruit and crushing on ice. My stomach continues to pop out however no stretch marks on the belly. All my battle scars are on my thighs and hips. At this point I’ve gained about 25 pounds which was pleasantly surprising to me. My ankles and feet are swelling when I get too hot. My feet expended and had to move up 2 shoe sizes. I’m really uncomfortable and get tried so easily. I’m hot all the time and thankful for cool Fall days. My legs cramp up a lot at night and I’m starting to miss not being pregnant. Sorry y’all but as much as I love having my baby in me, however I miss having my body back. My highlights for this trimester has been having my 2nd baby shower. I enjoyed having my friends over celebrating my son. Two of my friends hosted this super fun baby shower for me. I also took my marernity photos when I was 35 weeks pregnant. I am very thankful to have those photos cherish forever.
Things that has been helpful for me throughout my pregnancy;
Ginger chews for nausea
Pregnancy pillow for additional support while sleeping or relaxing
Belly back brace for support while working
Back rubs for backaches
Tums for additional calcium to help with night cramps
Pedicures for my sore feet
Birthing & breastfeeding classes provided great knowledge and they also opportunity to ask questions
Braids, having my hair done made it easier for me
So that’s my quick recap of my pregnancy. My contractions are starting to get more intense so I’m going to end this blog post and try to rest now. Let me know if I left anything out and I’ll try to get back with y’all soon.
I know it’s been awhile sense I’ve blog about anything on here. Its really hard when you work full time & pregnant. Yes I’m pregnant and having my 1st baby boy! 39 weeks and 5 days to be exact, so I’m ready to pop any day now. I’m currently not working any more sense I’m so close to having this baby. I wanted to record a quick vlog of my son’s nursery.
His nursery use to be my craft room which was fully furnished. So it took a lot of work (and tears) to get it looking like a baby boy nursery. I decided to not to go for the typical boy theme room with blue walls. I wanted it to be simple and easy to transform into another room later down the road if need be.
I spent a lot of time watching baby boy nurseries and looking up ideas on Pinterest. Honestly I didn’t see anything that I really liked or felt inspired by. Most of the nurseries that I saw were over the top and was jammed pack with a bunch of expensive baby products. My inspiration came from Ken who loves cars and wants to fly airplanes one day. So decided to go with an airplane theme which kind of turned into a transportation themed room for his nursery.
Majority of the items in the room were used so it didn’t cost us much to pull his nursery together. We were okay with not having brand new top of the line baby products. As long as the baby products are in good shape and not recalled we didn’t mind.
There are a few items that I would like to add to his room. Such as a small rug, pictures of him, large ruler to mount on the wall to measure his height, and a night light. I still need to finish sewing his curtians too. I really tried to stick to the basics especially sense the room is really small.
Below I have listed all the links and the places where we bought the baby products that are our son’s nursery (that was not gifted or used). If you have any questions about anything in the nursery feel free to ask in the comment section below. I’ll do my best to answered them. Keep in mind I’m 39 weeks and five days pregnant and baby boy might be popping out soon.