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Smoke Bomb Gender Reveal

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My heart could burst as I'm writing this because we're just so excited to officially announce that we are welcoming a sweet baby GIRL in July! We've told our family and close friends but have been keeping it a little secret from everyone else until now. I've already started to plan out her nursery and buy all the pink clothes (help!!!)! We feel so incredibly blessed for this little girl growing inside of me and we cannot wait to meet her in just a few short months. 

Dress: Old Navy ℅ (non-maternity wearing a Small)| Shoes: Sam Edelman (last summer on sale for $64 here) | Lips: NARS lip pencil in shade "Yu"

I wanted to do something different than the typical pink balloon announcement and totally fell in love with the smoke bomb gender reveal when I saw it on Etsy. If you love the idea of the smoke bomb photo shoot, here are a few tips we learned:

  1. Buy a few smoke bombs because they burn quickly. If you want a good variety of positions and chances for everyone to have their eyes open in the photo, you’ll need lots of burn time. We used 3 smoke bombs and 1 practice smoke bomb. The smoke bombs give you approx. 45-60 seconds to get the shot.
  2. Have two people handy. We had two friends help us: one behind the camera and one to light the smoke bombs/move it around once it started to fizzle out. A big shout out to Steve and Katie for making this possible :)
  3. Plan our your poses/what you're going to do. You only have a few seconds to get your photo so make sure you're 100% ready when you light it up.
  4. The wind matters! This is where the practice smoke bomb is really helpful, so you can see which way it's going to blow. 

7 Things I Love About Being Pregnant

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Leith Grey Dress (non-maternity!! - wearing a Small), Plaid Button Down, Converse, Ray Ban Sunglasses

There are two buckets when it comes to pregnant mamas: you're either in the I love it or I hate it bucket. I happen to fall in the I love it bucket. Of course each pregnancy is different and definitely has it's good days and bad days, but to me there are far more ups than downs. Here are a few of my favorite things about being pregnant:

1. My body. It's truly amazing to think about what's going on inside my body. Yes, there's some not so fun things, but to feel the baby kick inside of me in unreal. It's by far one of the best feelings I've ever felt. Just to think about feeling and seeing your baby grow inside of you creates an intimacy you can't explain. 

2. My husband. To see him already love our baby so much fills my heart. He's been so amazing throughout my pregnancy making sure I'm comfortable, eating the right foods, taking my prenatal vitamin everyday, etc. 

3. Shopping. I've caught myself too many times asking why they don't have my size in these baby clothes. But seriously, these little clothes are just the cutest. 

4. My snoogle. My pregnancy pillow has been such a treat and has definitely helped my sleep. I know my husband cant wait until this 'third-person of a pillow' gets the boot but for now I'm going to enjoy snuggling up to my snoogle. 

5. A 9-month cleanse. Although I'm not a big drinker, going basically a year without a drop of alcohol is great on your body and a great mental refreshment. 

6 Conversations. People ask "when are you due" or "boy of girl" or "is this your first" followed by their own pregnancy/kid stories. 

7. People. People are so much nicer when they see I'm pregnant. They'll say congratulations or offer to carry things for you. Maybe it's because we've back in the South, but I'm going to go with everyone loves a pregnant person! ;-) 

Monthly Beauty Favorites

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Yikes, I haven't done a monthly favorites in  m o n t h s and although we've been busy with the move and pregnancy, you bet I've been testing out new products for you! This month's favorites covers everything from hair care, skin care, nails and body. If you missed my other beauty favorites, you can find them here. Without further adieu, here are my monthly beauty favorites from March. 

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, Alpha Beta® Peel Extra Strength Daily Peel 

When people see the word "peel" I think it freaks them out, but I'm telling you NOT to run away from this product. At first, the price tag was a turn off, so I went back-and-forth buying it until it haunted me (thank you ads that track your cookies!). But really, I read tons of reviews and I'm so glad I bought it. I have normal to dry skin and have been getting some texture and breakouts on my face. The product comes in a 2-step packet and just a few uses I noticed a difference in my skin. My skin looks smoother, the texture disappearing, dark spots and redness diminished, and my face started to glow. This stuff is magic in a packet, I cannot recommend it enough. 

Obliphica Professional Seaberry Serum (Fine to Medium)

I've never been much of a serum person or hair care in general; but when I got this in my Birch Box a few months ago I fell in love. I have fine and dry hair, and have always been prone to my breakage. This serum has totally helped restore my hair. The product smells amazing and keeps my hair looking silky and bouncy - like in those hair commercials. No joke, I've gotten compliments on how bouncy my hair is after I blow dry it! 

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Nail Coat

I have a borderline obsession with nail polish; but y'all already know that! This is hands down the best top coat out there. I've tried OPI, Essie, and some other drug store brands. None of them compare to Seche Vite. This top coat is so glossy that everyone always asks me if my nails are gel and I give all the credit to this Seche Vite. Tip: To make my nail polish last even longer with regular polish, I try to wash the dishes with disposable dishwashing gloves

Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil

My mom sent me this oil a few weeks ago to avoid stretch marks with my growing bump. The scent is a semi-strong lavender, but nothing unbearable. I apply it every night on my belly and chest to keep things smooth and firm...no stretch marks here!!

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P.S. - I always love finding out about new beauty products and/or happy to try out anything you've heard of, just leave me a comment below. 

Say Hi To Nautical With Old Navy

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Spring is here and it's finally warm and sunny enough to #SayHi to dresses, which is a great win for me because my pants hardly fit with my growing bump! I've been having to do the hair-tie trick to keep them together and every time I think my elastic is going to break! Y'all know I love florals for Spring, but I also love a good nautical outfit. There's something about the chic about the crisp blue colors and stripes that scream 'get me on a boat!'. I've always admired the nautical theme from afar because I've never thought I could pull it off because I'm not preppy, so decided to give it a whirl this year. If you haven't been to an Old Navy in a while, I suggest you run (don't walk) because everything is so cute for Spring! I fell in love with their blue striped dress, but it's also has horizontal stripes (gasp!) and I'm totally loving it. 

You can never have enough stripes, so when I saw this Fitted Crew-Neck Tee Dress (less than $15!) I had to have it. Did I mention it's non-maternity?! It's made out of cotton and spandex so it's so comfortable and will grow with my bump. I love to wrap a denim jacket around my waist for a fun and flirty way to accessorize it. 

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Thank you Old Navy for sponsoring this post! All words and opinions are my own. 

Florals And Bell Sleeves For Spring

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Happy first day of Spring! I love this time of year because the days are longer and warmer. Spring and summer are some of my favorite seasons because it brings color to the darks we've been wearing all fall and winter. Everything seems to be more vibrant both in nature with flowers blooming and in my closet with pink hues and florals! Although this Atlanta weather isn't quite warm to bust out my spring clothes just yet, I wanted to share one of my favorite tops as we transition into spring. I love this Topshop blouse (only $60!!). The pinks and florals immediately stood out to me, but a bonus is the bell sleeves - it's fun and flirty!