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Monday, October 31, 2016

I've got a fun night of trick-or-treating ahead of me... NOT.  I'll probably make it down my street and need to go back home, I'll be so tired!  I'll share pics of my little guy on IG tonight.  For now, here are some bits and pieces of life these days from Instagram
Halloween with the work bestie!
Cowboy Mac and Cheese.  One of the best super fattening meals I've had in a long time.
Accidentally coordinated with the work bestie one day...
Which clutch did I choose for my reunion?  The animal print clutch, of course!
Be sure to follow me on Instagram for more personal pics and just good "people watching".

Spooky Halloween Treats Your Kids Will Love

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
I love making sweet treats for holidays.  For Halloween, I make my annual Chocolate Covered Oreos.  We're talking ghosts and mummies people!  

The "blood" is a nice touch, don't you think?  The stand is just foam from the floral section of the craft store and the sticks are lollipop sticks.  I love the Victorian tissue paper too.  It somehow fit in with the spooky theme.  These are actually quite easy to make.  You just have to get over your fear of melting chocolate (if you have such a fear).  

First, I twist apart the Double Stuffed Oreos and dip the end of a lollipop stick in the white chocolate.  Then insert about halfway up the cream in the cookie.  Push it in and let it sink in so it sticks as the chocolate hardens (sorry no pic).  Press the cookies back together and let the lollipop sticks set.  Then I use a spoon to "dip" the cookies, meaning I pour chocolate from the spoon on to each side of the cookie, making sure to coat them completely.  I have lost many a cookie by trying to actually dip them into the chocolate.  Let them set on wax paper and refrigerate.

Decorate to your fancy.  For the ghosts, use black cookie icing.  I used cookie icing instead of cake icing because it hardens quite a bit better.  For the mummies, drizzle more white chocolate with a fork by going back and forward, leaving the eyes showing.  Add "blood" with red cookie icing if desired.  Time consuming, but fairly easy.  I also love to make a big Bag of Bones for Halloween.

You need pretzel sticks, small marshmallows and melted white chocolate.  Press a marshmallow on each side of the pretzel stick then dip one side into a small bowl of melted white chocolate.  Let that side harden on wax paper and then dip the other side.  Let them set in the fridge.  Pack them all in a wrinkled brown bag and there you have it.  They are seriously easy.  The hardest part about making these sweet treats, is not eating them all!

We are having a Halloween potluck at work and I've reached an impasse on what to bring.  I want to bring something savory but really don't have any good ideas.  What easy savory dishes or dips are your favorites?  Anything festive for Halloween you can share?

Easy Fall Maternity Outfit

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Easy Fall Maternity Outfit

Yesterday, I had two doctor's appointments and one was clear across town.  Seriously, my OB is almost 40 miles away - but worth it!  I would recommend him to every women I encountered if I could.  He's helped me have 2 rainbow babies.  Well, almost - Briggs needs to hurry up and get here!  As you can see, this belly is large and in charge.

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I wanted to actually look put together while I traipsed across town so I pulled out an actual blouse to wear and did my makeup.

Yup.  #Truth.

I also wanted to show that in Texas, we can wear white in the Fall, because 90 degrees people.  And I wasn't scared to don a white tunic in my third trimester.  Yeah, I may look a tad bigger in pictures but I'm pregnant and measuring big.  The top is just so feminine and cute.  It made me feel pretty and God knows I need that at this stage.  This is the quintessential Fall transitional (maternity) outfit.

Trends, Sales and Puppy Dog Tails

Thursday, October 13, 2016
Loving the bell sleeve trend happening right now.  It's reminiscent of the 70s and even the 90s but updated  Think Stevie Nicks meets Jessica Alba.  Bell sleeve blouses look great with either skinnies or flares.  And flares are certainly trending now, as well.  I need a bell sleeve dress!  Think I'll wait until after this bambino is born so I can achieve the silhouette I want.

Also wanted to mention a few good sales happening right now if you have some extra cash to burn.  First up, ShopBop's "Event of The Season".  Spend up to $500, get 25% off  or spend more than $500, get 30% off order with code MAINEVENT16.  Ends 10/15!

Nine West has boots, booties and flats on sale.  Take 30% off until 10/18.  No coded needed.

Lastly, Loft has 40% off selected tops, sweaters and jackets.  Limited time with no code needed.

As for the "Puppy Dog Tails" mentioned in the title, just wanted to give a quick "bumpdate" on Baby Boy Briggs.  I'm currently 29 1/2 weeks!  The half is super important.  Baby Briggs is doing great and getting big.  I'm measuring a couple of weeks early still and just feel huge.  Feeling a tad less tired than the few previous weeks, thank God!  

Isn't he sweet!!
I'm ready to start going through some of Dax's hand-me-downs to figure out what we need for Little Brother.  I've given away some things but we have the big stuff, pretty much.  I do need a swing and regret not getting one when Dax was a baby.  He had a rocker but still, the swings are just everything.  Speaking of rocker, I need one too.  I'm at a stand-still on if I should get a recliner/rocker, plain rocker or just a glider.  Please help!!  What kind of nursery chair did you have and what did you like about it?

Lots of Love for Little Lungs

Thursday, October 6, 2016

This post was sponsored by AstraZeneca as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

October, or “The Official Month of Fall”, as I like to call it, is my favorite month of the year.  For us Texans, it finally signifies cooler temps and cute layers of clothes!  But did you know that October is also National RSV Awareness Month?  I didn’t.  It even has hashtags:  #LittleLungs #RSVAwarenessMonth.  Search those and make sure to visit to learn more about RSV disease and ways to keep your little one(s) healthy.   I wish I had known a lot more about RSV when my son Dax was born four years ago.  I hope the information I share with you in this post can help you be more proactive in protecting your kiddos against this potentially serious and very common disease.

RSV stands for Respiratory Syncytial Virus and usually occurs between November and March in the U.S.  This is right around the corner.  I’m sure we’re all careful during cold and flu season but when dealing with new babies with fragile lungs, we need to be extra diligent about RSV as well.  It is the leading cause of hospitalization for babies under a year old. 

Here's my little "Superman" at almost four months old and fully recovered from RSV
My son Dax was diagnosed with RSV at only three months old.  It was a very worrisome time.  He was in daycare, and RSV is highly contagious and again quite common but I was basically clueless about it.  Luckily, his pediatrician was amazing and really helped us get a hold of this illness and understand it.  My little Daxie's symptoms included fever, severe wheezing and chest retractions (super scary) and a pretty yucky cough.  The Mr. and I took turns staying home with him for about a week.  Thankfully, my little guy did not require hospitalization but it was still scary that he was so little and so sick.  

As most of my readers know, I am expecting another son, Briggs in December, smack dab in the middle of "RSV season".  I am taking more time off to be home with him so that gives me some comfort knowing he'll have less exposure than Dax did.  However, we will still have visitors and it is cold and flu season for us all.  Hopefully my friends and family will read the information below.  I encourage you to as well.  Click to expand so you can get knowledgeable about RSV and how to watch out for and possibly prevent this highly contagious disease.

I am certainly bookmarking this post so I can refer to the RSV Website for a refresher when Briggs is born.  I already know that fragile baby lungs are more susceptible to RSV especially in premature babies.  And there is no treatment - it's more about managing symptoms which can be heartbreaking to witness in little ones.  So, prevention is paramount.  Use "hanitizer" as we call it and wash hands diligently.  Make sure toys and shared belongings are kept clean and perhaps be a cocooner like me and stay in if you have a newborn during this season.   

Here is my "little" guy today.  All four strapping years of him.  He's like his mama and loves the camera!

He's ready to help welcome little Brother to the world and help keep him healthy to boot!