While most of my shopping these days is done for baby girl and the nursery, I have shopped a little here and there for myself in an effort to accommodate this growing belly as well as made a few changes in my beauty routine! There have been a few things I've especially loved - keep reading to see my favorites!
I don't always opt for form-fitting dresses like this one but I actually like this dress on me better currently than I would've a few months ago!
Size/Color Ordered: Size M in Apricot
This little dress was probably a little ambitious but is a fun dress I may wear more in the future. 
Size/Color Ordered: Size M in Camel
Price: $36.99
I found this sweater at our local H&M right before Christmas and ended up wearing it with my Spanx leggings on Christmas Day! I love a good off-shoulder cozy piece - this one does run generously. I will also say that when I first got the maternity Spanx leggings, I didn't love them but now I wear them so much! I need another pair!
Size/Color Ordered: Size M in Gray (could have done small)
Price: $29.99
I was on the hunt for a few longer sweaters that weren't necessarily maternity but would work with a bump and leggings. This one is bump friendly (a little clingy on the mid-section) and so comfortable. I also finally purchased another pair of P448 sneakers - I absolutely love this brand and in my opinion, they are worth the price for sure. 
Sweater Size/Color Ordered: Size S in Money Maker
Price: 
I loved this sweater so much that I ordered it in two colors. It's another great tunic length option that is non-maternity but still really works with pregnancy. 
Size/Color Ordered: Size S in Creme de la Creme (I also have it in Pink Adobe)
Price: $36.97
I wanted a notebook to keep little notes about gifts, etc. that we receive for baby girl so I ordered this one from Papier. It's so cute and the perfect way to stay organized.

Other purchases:
  • Amazon Leggings - I have these in camo and they have stretched well while pregnant. I ordered another pair in solid black and love how comfortable they are. 
  • Neutrogena Hydro Boost - I bought this moisturizer and at first didn't love it but the more I use it, the more I like it. I put it on after I wash my face in the morning (but I do choose something different for my nighttime moisturizer). 
  • Nesting Boxes - I am definitely a keeper of mementos and we have received the sweet cards to celebrate baby already. I have a variety of these kinds of boxes but purchased a set for the nursery to keep in her closet. This also gives a designated place for cards + notes that we can show her later. 
  • Auden Wirefree BraI have had an issue finding comfortable bras, especially sports bras. I'm not currently doing anything high-impact, but the issue I've had is that anything that has felt supportive has also given me terrible neck pain and made me feel restricted. I browsed the bra section at Target found this lounge bra and it is 100% my new favorite. It feels supportive without being restrictive and gives enough support that I can go for a walk or ride our stationery bike. 
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It's been awhile since I shared an update on my 101 in 1,001 list (you can check out the full post here)! This is my second time doing a 101 in 1,001 list and while I still have quite a few things to cross off before July 11th, 2021, I am making some progress. It's hard to believe that 2021 is the year I'm supposed to have this list "finished." I never make these lists with the pressure to finish it though - it's more so a visual board of the things I want to do or get done. 2020 and the pandemic certainly hindered some of these but it also pushed me to get started on projects that I've had my eye on for quite some time!

Completed:

Paint kitchen cabinets - This was a major project from 2020! It's one I've had on my list for years and I have so enjoyed the update. You can read about it here

Health - Before the lockdown started, I had a chance to try several new workouts! I'm glad I could give those a try as most of my workouts are now virtual or include just getting outside for a walk!
  • Try Hot Yoga (February 2020)
  • Try Cycling (Winter 2020)
  • Go to bed before 10 every night for a week (pregnancy made this one very easy!)

Update my store office - Thanks to Ace of Space Organization, my shop office got a pretty update back in the spring of 2020! Read all about it here

Celebrate our 3-year anniversary - We celebrated with a trip to Asheville! Read about it here

Visit Colorado + Go skiing out west - these were two goals that we knocked out in one trip! We went to Breckenridge right after Christmas last year and it was the best trip. Read my Travel Guide here

Celebrate Stephen's 30th birthday - Stephen turned 30 on December 27th. I had always had big plans of throwing him a big surprise party, but unfortunately with the pandemic, we decided to keep it low-key. We had dinner with one of our couple friends the night before and then spent the day together on his actual birthday, including a beach walk and low-key dinner at our favorite Italian spot. Here's to hoping 31 can be more of a shindig! 

In Progress:

Update downstairs guest room - I started tackling this one over the summer and it's still a work in progress. We had it mostly finished but then decided to clean out all the closets in our house in preparation for baby, so it's now a disaster again. That is a big project I want to tackle before baby arrives!

Organize our upstairs closets - I think closet organization will always be a work in progress but we've really made some moves on getting this done. Before we could clean out the closet in the baby's room, actually had to start with our downstairs guest room closet because it was so full of clutter. It's amazing how great decluttering can make you feel. Our nursery closet has now been completely cleaned out and I'm working on getting it organized for baby girl. The closet in our office still needs some progress but it's much more organized than it was even a year ago!


Read 50 Books - 10 years ago, I would have had this done in half a year but I just don't read as much as I used to. That, however, has changed since the pandemic first began and I've been reading much more vs. spending so much time watching the news or on social media. Summer made it easier to dive back in but once the hustle and bustle of the holidays picked back up, I put my books to the wayside again. I have a goal to read at least a book a week - we'll see how that goes! Below is what I've read so far. 
  • The Perfect Couple - Elin Hilderbrand
  • The Hurricane Sisters - Dorothea Benton Frank
  • Sisters First - Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush
  • Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens
  • Educated: A Memoir - Tara Westover
  • Blue Bistro - Elin Hilderbrand
  • Same Beach, Next Year - Dorothea Benton Frank
  • The Southern Side of Paradise - Kristy Woodson Harvey
  • The Lemon Sisters - Jill Shalvis
  • Winter in Paradise - Elin Hilderbrand
  • Every Breath - Nicholas Sparks 
  • Feels Like Falling - Kristy Woodson Harvey 
  • Dear Carolina - Kristy Woodson Harvey 
  • Beautiful Ruins - Jess Walter 
  • Summer Sisters - Holly Chamberlin 
  • The Castaways - Elin Hilderbrand 
  • Surfside Sisters - Nancy Thayer 
  • Summer of '69 - Elin Hilderbrand 
  • Troubles in Paradise - Elin Hilderbrand 
  • The Guardian - Nicholas Sparks - in progress
For as long as I can remember, my favorite meal that my mom cooks is country style steak. Whenever she asks what I want for a specific meal, it's always the same: country style steak with mashed potatoes, butter beans and crescent rolls. It's a great meal to pop in your slow cooker over the weekend or on a weekday morning and while I eat it year-round, it's always a great wintertime dinner. 

Ingredients:

  • Large pack of cubed steak, cut into pieces
  • 1 can of beef consomm√©
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • Lipton’s Onion Soup Packet
  • 3 cups of cold water water
  • 1/2 cup flour - if you want a thicker gravy, use 1 cup of flour.
  • Pepper to taste - I use lots of freshly ground!

Instructions:

  1. In a large pan, brown the beef on both sides until cooked through.
  2. Remove beef from pan and place in crock pot.
  3. In same pan, pour in can of beef consommé and onion soup packet.
  4. Mix 1 cup of the cold water with the half cup of flour. I usually put it into a closed bottle and shake to thoroughly mix. The cold water helps the flour dissolve (hot water will make it clump).
  5. Add the flour/water mixture and the remaining water into the pan. Pepper to taste. Stir until mixture has dissolved.
  6. Pour the gravy into the crockpot and mix everything together.
  7. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4. I’ve found that the longer it cooks on lower heat, the more tender the meat.
  8. Serve over mashed potatoes or rice.
This week marks 22 weeks and it's hard to believe we're over halfway there! My second trimester has been easier in the fact that I'm no longer nauseous all day every day. Every so often, I still feel a little sick to my stomach and I'm certainly still tired, but thankfully I have enough energy that I can get through the day (and even a workout) without ending the day on the couch (or even bed) by 6pm. 

In the beginning of this pregnancy, I immediately got what I thought was a little bump, but instead it was just bloat! The bloat and swelling went down and now at 22 weeks, I have an actual little pregnancy bump instead of just puffiness. It's been interesting trying to figure out what works and what doesn't clothing wise, so I've been living in my leggings and longer sweaters! 

Second trimester has also been pretty special as we've gotten to see baby girl more in-depth. We had our anatomy scan in December and I loved having an hour to see all of her little features. It's so crazy how much of her we can already see and it makes me even more ready to meet her. 

Pregnancy Q+A:

What kind of travel system did you get?
We opted for the Nuna Pipa Lite Car Seat & Tavo Stroller and Santa (aka my mom) was sweet enough to purchase for us! I looked long and hard and asked all of my mom friends for their suggestions. I ultimately decided on the Nuna because I had heard the Pipa Lite was a great car seat option and I liked the Tavo paired with it. Of course, time will tell if we love it once baby girl is here, but after playing with it at home, we really love the functionality of it. I also love the look. 

Where are you registering and how did you pick?
I decided to register at Babylist as I love that you can put everything from a variety of places on one registry! I may also register at one of our local baby boutiques as well. I've had lots of requests to share our registry so I will do a post sharing some of my top picks (thanks to recommendations from friends). 

Are you reading any books to prepare for after baby is born?
I need to do some more reading! But so far, I've purchased the Moms on Call book. I have glanced through but plan to read more in-depth closer to baby's due date so all of the things are fresh in my mind. My in-laws also gave me this book and I've been reading through it as it has lots of great insight for pre-natal things. 

Have you found a glider you like yet?
We have! We opted for this one. Stephen and I have both sat in it a few times and we love it. We opted for a reclining option (his request) and I have loved sitting in there planning out the nursery and rocking Sophie - safe to say baby girl is going to have to share that chair with her pup!

Are you doing a babymoon? If so, when and where?
We would like to! As of now, we don't currently have something planned. In a dream world, I'd love to take a tropical vacation in March just as a last getaway with just the two of us, but I think the likelihood of that is very slim with all that's going on in the world. We may try to go somewhere on the east coast that is drivable just for a few days away. 

Do you plan to nurse?
I do! To be completely honest, I'm going into nursing with an open mind and no expectations. I have had friends who absolutely loved nursing and others who chose not to. I will always have the opinion that fed is best (I was formula-fed!) and so if baby loves nursing, I will do that route. If it's not working for us, I have no issue with going with a different plan. 

Pregnancy Must-Haves So Far:

Unisom
I started taking this around week 6 of pregnancy and I still take it every night. In the beginning, I took it with B6 in an effort to combat the nausea. I now only take 1/2 of the Unisom every night but it certainly helps with the nausea and helps me sleep as well. The few times I've skipped it, I've either gotten sick or had terrible nausea. 

Basq Cream and Body Oil
One of my new mom friends sent me this and I use it every day after I shower! I use the oil first and then load up on the cream!

Pregnancy Pillow
I don't use this pillow every night but I do enjoy having the option to have it!

Ice Water
It's especially important to drink a lot of water while pregnant and some days, that is easier than others. I have been freezing my water bottles so that they have a crushed ice feel to them and that helps me get down more water and also helps with nausea. 

Tums
I've had the absolute worst heartburn this pregnancy but especially these last few weeks. I take Tums daily and thankfully they help enough to help me get by.

Auden Wirefree Bra
I have had an issue finding comfortable bras, especially sports bras. I'm not currently doing anything high-impact, but the issue I've had is that anything that has felt supportive has also given me terrible neck pain and made me feel restricted. I browsed the bra section at Target last week and found this lounge bra and it is 100% my new favorite. It feels supportive without being restrictive and gives enough support that I can go for a walk or ride our stationery bike. 

Lululemon Wunder Under Tight 
This has always been one of my favorite pairs of leggings but especially now. The Luxtreme fabric has stretched enough that it has worked this entire pregnancy so far. I have a feeling that in the next month or so, I'm going to need to order a bigger size or different leggings all together, but these are the ones I reach for at the moment. 

Spanx Maternity Leggings
In the beginning, I didn't love these leggings. I'm an avid Spanx wearer through and through, but I think I just bought these too early. Instead, I wore my medium regular Spanx instead of small and that worked for awhile. I'm finally at the point that I really enjoy the stretch tummy area - it's still big on me (lots of room to grow into!) but they are so much more comfortable than my other leggings. 

Oversized Sweaters
I wish I was more creative with my pregnancy style, but being on my feet most of the day at work + it being chilly, leggings, sweaters and sneakers have just been my daily uniform. I found this sweater from Old Navy and I love that while it's not maternity, it's long enough to cover the bump. I ordered it in several colors!

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Ever since I was a little girl, a chocolate layer cake has been my all-time favorite dessert. Holidays were especially a favorite because I knew this cake would make an appearance. My Mama Ann makes it with 16 layers but I decided to give her recipe a try and opted for 9 layers - one day, I'll get to 16! I borrowed these 9" round cake pans from my mom and I lucked out that she had 9 so I was able to pour batter into the pans all at once, which helped me measure how much to put in each (the layers weren't perfect, but I'm going for taste here!). 

For the first batch of layers (I baked two at a time), we started the timer at 11 minutes at 275 degrees as I wasn't sure how long they would need to bake. I found that in our gas oven, the perfect time was around 14 minutes. Especially if you're baking this cake for the first time, I would recommend opting for a shorter time first and then testing with a toothpick until it comes out clean. 

Ingredients:

Cake: 
  • 1 and a half boxes of Duncan Hines Butter Cake Mix
  • 1 cup of water (maybe a little more if batter seems thick)
  • 1 and a half sticks of Blue Bonnet Margarine 
  • 5 Large Eggs

Icing:
  • 1 and a half boxes of 10x confectioner's sugar
  • 5 tablespoons of Hershey's Cocoa Powder
  • 12 ounces of cream cheese
  • 1 and a half sticks of Blue Bonnet Margarine
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons of Pet Milk 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees. 
  2. In a large bowl or mixer, mix together all cake ingredients. Beat until completely smooth.
  3. Heavily grease 9-inch round cake pans - I use Pam
  4. Evenly distribute out the batter amongst your pans
  5. Bake in pairs for 10 - 15 minutes (test with toothpicks) - our magic number was 14 minutes. 
  6. While the layers bake, mix together all ingredients for icing until smooth. 
  7. As layers cool, remove from pan and ice each layer.
  8. Once all layers are added, ice the exterior of the cake. 
  9. Enjoy!
Baby Wiggins is a... GIRL! We are shocked and excited and we love her so much already! One of the first questions people asked when they found out we were expecting was whether or not we were finding out the gender. I was too excited not to, and when we decided to do NIPT testing, we opted to find out the gender as well. 

The portal is really neat in that you get to send your gender results to a friend without seeing them yourself, so I sent over an email to my best friend and she kept it all to herself for a week! Once she got to our house on the day of our small reveal, she made sure we had the right poppers all set up (I ordered these) and even surprised us with some appropriate goodies like napkins, a sign, and even a bandana for Soph!

We decided to keep our reveal very small with just our immediate families due to COVID and it was a really special afternoon getting to celebrate with both of our families. We knew that boy or girl, this baby was going to be so very loved, but it is so neat to know a little bit more into who this tiny human will be!
Source List:
Balloon Arch - Amazon (thanks to my shop girls for putting it together!)
Confetti Poppers - Set of 2 Pink & 2 Blue
Cake Stand - Vietri (similar here)
Knife Set from our wedding day - Michael Wainwright
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