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Let the Countdown Begin

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Happy December!  Today is December 1st and I have a really important countdown to share with you.



Yes, only 19 more days until Baby Briggs is "scheduled" to enter this world.  I love saying that.  It still makes people unconformable when I tell them I'm having a scheduled c-section.  People are weird and need to get over themselves.  Technically my Due Date is Christmas Day but the 21st is the earliest my Doc will get in there and get this little one out.

I'm hoping recovery this time will be much easier.  Click here to go back and read Dax's Birth story and reminisce with me about how horrible my recovery was last time.  Having an emergency c-section was no bueno and I was convinced I didn't ever want to go through that again.  Oh, how time changes things.  I'm so excited for this little one to get here right before Christmas.  I'm praying every day that he's growing well and that Dax bonds with him.

I still can't wrap my head around having two boys!  Our household is going to be full of burps and stinky feet and cars!  Hey, at least I'll be the center of attention.  That's the way a true Narcissist would look at it, ha!



It's also exciting that Christmas is right around the corner.  We made sure to tell Dax that he has to give away some of his toys in order to get new ones for Christmas.  We don't do much in the way of Santa which I get some flack for, but whatevs.  Santa's not my fave.  Dax knows Santa and we read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas so it's not like he's banned from our home but we just don't perpetuate the Santa talk.  Christmas is about Jesus for us and we want to make sure to instill that in Dax as early as possible, which is now!  Christmas is my favorite holiday but I want Dax to know it's about more than just getting.  It's about giving and not to just your family but to others, even strangers.  
How do you instill the meaning of Christmas with your kiddos?  In what ways do you give to others?  Do you participate in Toys for Tots, Angel Trees or serving at shelters?  I'm always looking for ideas.

Black Friday Cyber Sales Roundup

Friday, November 25, 2016
Here's a refresher of all the great Black Friday Cyber Sales I'm posting on social media today.  Come back all week to click on the links and shop.


This is the only way I shop - online.  Too many people acting like asses in a store and forgetting their manners just to save a buck is not my cup of tea.  Today, my four year old and I are spending the morning at home, in our PJs, shopping and watching movies!

I'm trying to get 95% of my Christmas shopping done this week because I am going to have baby brain here in a couple of weeks.  I have to get ready for baby Briggs and I won't be thinking about Christmas shopping.  Luckily, I started shopping a few weeks ago and have several people crossed off my list.  Feeling proud.  So, see below and click on the link to your favorite retailers and get 'er done!

They Have Everything Stores:
LastCall: Extra 40% to 80% off - no code needed.

Macy's: 20% off Sitewide (free shipping over $50) with code THANKS

Nordstrom: Take an extra 20% off selected sale items.

Women's and Men's Clothing and Accessories: 
Banana Republic: 50% off 5 regular priced items with code BRFIVE. 40% off sale - automatically applied at checkout.
 
BUFFALO David Bitton: 50% OFF apparel and 20% OFF Denim.

For Her:
LOFT: 50% off Everything with Code FRIYAY.  

Beauty:
Sephora: Black Friday Gift Sets starting at $10.

Ulta: Tons of Black Friday Beauty Busters!

Jewelry:
BaubleBar: Take 30% Off With Code THANKS30.

Kendra Scott: 20% off and free shipping with code: SALE20

Wanderlust + Co: 40% off Sitewide with code CYBER40

Babies and Kiddos:
Target: Buy one, get one 50% off on toys.

Sales can change from day to day (these ADD retailers!) so check back for updates as well.

Thankful

Thursday, November 24, 2016



This time last year was tough.  Not many know because I've been fairly ambiguous about it but I suffered yet another miscarriage in September 2015.  I don't mind talking about it or sharing my experiences but I remained mum mostly due to others.  I'm going to be really honest here.  I can't stand the way people react to news of an early miscarriage.  I know they mean well but I'd just rather not deal with other people and their "uncomfortableness" when I was the one who went through the trauma.  And you never get flowers... ok, I'm being sarcastic but that's what I do.  It's my coping mechanism!

I was still grieving silently when Thanksgiving came around last year.  Felton was too but my man was also full of hope.  He's like his mom.  My sweet mother-in-law reminded me that Dax was born after suffering a loss and she was sure we'd have another little one.  My doctor reminded me too.  He was not my doctor when I lost the baby but after the horrible experience I had with my "new doctor", I immediately decided to travel the distance to go back to the doctor who helped me have my Dax.  He's an amazing doctor and I wish I never would have stopped seeing him.  But he was hopeful.  I needed to hear that and it made me feel better and I was full of hope too.

Fast forward to 2016 and whoa, what a fantastic start to the year.  I'm again being sarcastic people.  My best friend's father had a massive stroke and it was scary and life changing for her family.  Shortly after, my mom had a stroke, which was luckily not severe but was certainly life changing as well.  A short while later, her brother, my Uncle Tommy Wayne, passed away suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage, aka a stroke.  I mean.  Wow.  

2016 seemed destined for darkness.  But through the prayers and support of family and friends and tapping into our faith, we made it through.  My bff's dad is ok!  They are adjusting to their new normal and their family has so much to be thankful for.  My mom is ok.  We are not adjusting to her new normal as well as we should but we're getting there.  My mom is still able to be independent physically but her cognition, clarity and memory were affected and my brother and I struggle with figuring out the balance of how to help her do what she wants while doing what's best for her.  But first and foremost, we are so thankful that she is here.  

My brother and his wife found out they were expecting twins early in 2016 and by the time I heard the news (which I knew very early on and they didn't even know I knew because your girl here can keep a secret!) I had my own secret.  Felton and I found out we were expecting!  Talk about the circle of life.  I waited a while before sharing the news because, you know, read above.  But we made it public when I was 13 weeks and we found out it was another boy!  We were ecstatic.  

Fast forward to today, Thanksgiving 2016 and our family has grown.  I have two new month-old nieces that I can't wait to see again today.  We have another sweet baby boy that will here in a few (hopefully) short weeks.  Dax is seemingly ready for his new role as big brother.  And we're thankful.  This is what life looks like.  It's sad, it's happy.  It can be so boring and it can give you anxiety and adventure.  Life.  And we are so very thankful for it today.

An Intimate Baby Sprinkle

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
This past Saturday, a couple of besties got together and hosted an intimate, sweet "Sprinkle" to celebrate Briggs' impending arrival.  For those of you not familiar with what a Sprinkle is, I'll clear it up.  Instead of "showering" the mother with gifts, as in a baby shower, you "sprinkle" her with just a few necessities.  As the name suggests, a sprinkle is a light shower.  If the child is a second or third child, mothers typically already have most of the supplies needed to care for baby Here is more info from Parenting.com

I personally believe every baby should be celebrated and that's usually the "etiquette" here in the South!  And I had Dax over four years ago so I've given away some things as well.  And people love to give baby gifts.  We still have pretty much all the big items and anything we don't, we are purchasing ourselves.  It sure is nice to be able to register and get the completion discount for the bigger items!  Just for funsies, here's a link to my post for my baby shower for Dax.  It was just as a first baby shower should be - fairly grand with lots of friends and family and so fun. 


Now, onto the eye candy.  Thank you to Joy (of Basically Joy) and Kelly (known her since 7th grade!) - you guys are so sweet to do this for us!  I love parties, big or small, so capturing these moments is always special.  The food was amazing and also probably my favorite part of the afternoon (besides the awesome hospitality)!  






There were also a few games and prizes, which everyone seemed to enjoy - aside from the baby name game "Around the World".  Unless you have a party filled with super smart world travelers, you will get booed with this one, ha!








It is so difficult to get good pictures of someone opening gifts.  This is no exception.  I look funny but the outfit is so cute I had to post it!





This cake though!  Although I think they are gorgeous to look at, I never thought I liked naked cakes because I love frosting and why would anyone skimp on frosting?  However, I am a changed woman.  I requested a chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting and girlfriend anteed up with the frosting so this was a win and so delicious.  I also may be a bit high maintenance but that's why it's great to have friends who love you anyway and get you.  You girls just get me!




Aren't these favors the cutest!!  Below are some shots of friends and family including the fist picture with my hostesses.  We're silly!   


BTDubs - my dress is from Old Navy and the cardi is old (from Piperlime).  I've had the cardigan for years and this is my first time wearing it.  I love it and here is a similar option.  Old Navy has a good maxi option available now.





Love to you all and thanks again for such a special afternoon. 

*Thank you to Joy Hammond and Shayla Jenkins for helping take some of the candid photos!