I’m so excited to share with you our nursery for our twin girls! They were born December 16th at 1:08 and 1:09 and life has definitely changed around here! I had so much fun decorating this room for them. It was nice to be able to go slightly more feminine and girly than the rest of our house. I added touches of rose gold and floral patterns to give it a vintage vibe, and added in some wood elements to keep it balanced. The other thing I wanted to do was decorate it so that they can grow into the space. I didn’t want to have too much of a ‘theme’ because I knew both the girls and myself would get tired of it quick. Instead, I opted for a look that was more classic and simple. A lot of the furniture will work as the girls grow up so we don’t have to keep buying new things all the time. I hope you all enjoy the room as much as I do! And thank you all so much for the kind words on my social media accounts wishing my family well. It means so much to me!
Today I wanted to talk beauty with you! Many of the products I already love are sold at Marshalls, and now I am noticing other exciting brands that I have never tried. Testing out new products is something I am very passionate about. I am always on the hunt for the latest and greatest body scrub, facial mask, etc. So it’s great to be able to test out so many new products from Marshalls at such an affordable price.
Today I wanted to show you some seasonal products I found, new charcoal body products and a few staples that I always buy.
Something I get so excited about is finding seasonal products. I love the hunt, and when I find them it’s like gold! I put them in my cart so quickly so nobody else can grab them! Since we are currently in Fall, I love replacing normal home products with more seasonal scents to create a cozy vibe. Hand soap and cream are a great way to do this!
Something I noticed last time shopping at Marshalls, was all the new charcoal products in stock. Charcoal is a huge thing right now. It is both detoxifying and purifying to the skin. I found a facial scrub, cleanser, body scrub and body wash that all looked amazing. Deep cleaning our pores is always important, especially in the Fall. This is usually when we are using heavier products on our skin along with a more full face makeup look. A good clean can really help to keep your skin balanced and clear.
Last up, I have a few products I always stock up on. The main one is facial towelettes. These in particular are my all time favorite and I seem to always find them at Marshalls. I also scored this three pack of lip balms (all these products are great natural options which I love)!
I hope these products gave you some great ideas for new things to incorporate into your beauty routine. There is nothing like opening up a brand new product to give it a go! …or wait is that just me?!
It is finally starting to feel like fall! Today I have a maternity look that is my go to outfit pregnant or not. I love a chunky turtleneck with some tall boots. These jeans are by Paige and are maternity jeans with a stretchy waist. I got them off of Tilden and they have so many options of jeans that are so flattering on your tummy. This sweater is from Marshalls and surprisingly is not maternity. Sweaters are a lot easier to get away with when pregnant since they are usually longer and pretty stretchy. Bring on the cooler weather! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow!
We are a month away!!! Holy moly it is getting so surreal to know we are going to be holding our baby girls in such a short time. Even though I feel so yucky I really wanted to have some pictures taken with Andrew to remember this time in our lives. This pregnancy has definitely not been what I was expecting. Ever since we found out it was twins, I feel like we jumped on a rollercoaster of emotions. From awful morning (*more like all day) sickness, to an extremely achy body, the whole pregnancy glow thing just wasn’t for me! But on the flip side, everything with the girls has been above and beyond. They are in the 70th percentile for size and have been so healthy this entire time. With so many risks associated with my type of twin pregnancy, we are very lucky to have had such a smooth ride. I can’t thank all of you enough for your continued support over these last 8 months.
Hey guys! Today I wanted to share with you some ideas I have for our guest bath. We are going to completely gut it and re-do everything except the floors. I’ve ordered all the ‘parts’ like tub, faucet, toilet, mirror etc. We are just waiting for them to come in until we start on the demo. Once the tub is in I think we will start. The only thing not finalized is the wallpaper, light fixtures and accessories. We are planning on having the whole room subway tiled. In the shower it will go from the top of the tub up to the ceiling. Then the tile will extend all around the room going half way up the wall. I’ll then have wallpaper on the upper part of the walls. I’m leaning towards some of the designs from Anthropologie but it’s so hard! I want something with a little interest since everything else is basically white. Let me know if you have some wallpaper recommendations the comments. I’m so ready to get it all started. I’m really hoping we can have it done by the time the girls are born!
Hey guys! I hope you are all having a great week so far! I just got back from my 29 week appointment (these photos were a few weeks ago so I’m bigger now!) and everything went great. The babies are 3 pounds 5 ounces and 3 pounds 6 ounces which is so amazing to be that close. I even got to see their faces in 3D and it blew my mind. Everything is becoming a little more real now. Not that it wasn’t real before, but now that they will make their arrival in less than two months, I’m feeling the pressure! We pretty much have their nursery complete. I just need to hang stuff up on the walls and get a few things for finishing touches. I’ll have a post on the nursery after they are born because we are waiting to say their names until they are born. We have signs above their cribs with their names so I kinda have to wait to post!
As far as ‘gear’ goes, we have everything we need, I think! We have a stroller, car seats, rockers, clothes, diapers and a whole lot more. Our house is already packed with baby stuff. It’s going to be insane once they are born. Lots of pink too! I’m trying to organize everything a little better so it gives us a little wiggle room. My body is also feeling the pregnancy a lot more now. My uterus is now the size of a normal 40 week pregnancy, but I still have about 7 weeks to go. Wow typing out 7 weeks looks like practically nothing! Ah! Andrew and I are just so ready to meet these little girls. I feel like I’ve been pregnant forever and I am ready to see their faces in real life! We have a birthing class tonight at the hospital so that should be interesting! I am going to leave my last update video below for you to watch if you are interested. I hope you guys have a great weekend!
Finally I am here to share my baby shower photos with you all! It was such a beautiful (and hot) day with so much love! Our shower was held in Fallbrook, CA at Myrtle Creek Nursery. There was a tented area where we set everything up. But I’d recommend coming by this nursery for lunch sometime because it is such an adorable spot. You order lunch and it’s put in a picnic basket for you to take anywhere on the nursery to enjoy. We had around 45 people attend the shower from friends to family. The main thing I wanted was a romantic and rustic vibe, and it truly was just that. My mom found the pink table runners on amazon, and her and a friend made the plant party favors. The tags were from Etsy. Our plates, flatware and glassware were from Casa de Perrin and completely made the tables! My dad cut a ton of eucalyptus from their backyard and we used that on top of the runners along with homemade flower arrangements in mason jars.
My dress is from Asos maternity and I absolutely loved it. I ordered a size up (because I’m gaining a whole lot of weight with these twins). But I think I’ll be able to where it post babies too. And my shoes are from Sole Society, which I where with pretty much everything. Where heals was a big deal for me. They came off right when the shower was over, don’t get me wrong! My feet were aching bad! Lately my whole body has been super achy and I am ready for the babies to come out already!
I’ll have a video on some of the things I got at the shower, because I know a lot of you want to see! But for now here is a short video of the shower. I hope you all enjoy!
Hey everyone! Today I have a post on something very important to me which is ingredients! Especially since being pregnant, I find myself wanting to be extra cautious of what I’m putting on my skin. I chatted with ‘The Choosy Chick’ on what to avoid when looking for skincare. Below are something things to watch out for! I also included a few of my favorite products from their site that I know you will love too. Make sure to check out The Choosy Chick for amazing hand-picked green products! (coupon codes are at the end of post!)
I have been testing out the MUN skincare and it’s worked great with my skin. My favorite from the trio is the Brightening Youth Serum. Especially as we head into the cooler months, I’m loving oils on my skin at night. They pump up the moisture and keep my hydrated until the next day. The Mint Your Feet by Kosmatology has been a lifesaver for my achy preggo feet! It has a soothing blend of essential oils that add a cooling effect. I tend to use this at night when I’m getting ready for bed or watching tv. The Nudus lipsticks intimidated me at first because I thought they would be too dark for my lips. But I has happily surprised once I applied them. They give a more sheer wash of color and are in very flattering shades. My favorite is Naked. Last is the Kari Gran sunscreen. Love! It has more of an oily consistency but rubs right into the skin without leaving a white cast. I can’t go a day without it!
Ingredients to Avoid in Skincare
Most skincare products on the market today contain a cocktail of chemicals that have not been tested for safety and many are linked to hormone disruption, neurotoxicity, fertility problems and cancer. Get to know the ingredients in personal care products and avoid the offenders where you can, even when NOT pregnant. Many ingredients are passed to the fetus in utero, found in cord blood and breast milk. As a result, babies are being born “pre-polluted” with numerous toxins stemming from a variety of sources.
While there are lots of concerning ingredients, here are a few troublemakers for expectant mothers:
Synthetic fragrances often contain hundreds of different ingredients that do not need to be disclosed. Many contain Phthalates (pronounced “thalates”). Dibutyl Phthalate and Diethyl Phthalate are inexpensive chemicals used in plastics to make them more flexible and are also used to make fragrances last longer. They are quickly and easily absorbed through the skin, and in lab experiments have been known to interfere with hormone production, decrease sperm count, and cause developmental defects. The European Union classifies Dibutyl Phthalate as being toxic to the reproductive system because it may cause harm to the unborn child and impair fertility. Diethyl Phthalate is also suspected of interfering with hormone function, causing reproductive and developmental problems, and is linked to early puberty in girls. Avoid the broad term, “fragrance” on ingredient labels and look for products with no scent added, or scented with natural ingredients like essential oils.
According to the Breast Cancer Fund, research has found many of the chemicals in sunscreens disrupt the endocrine system and may play a role in breast cancer development. Oxybenzone is rapidly absorbed through the skin and is linked to hormone disruption and low birth weight in babies. Homosalate, a hormone disrupting UVB blocker is estrogenic. Instead, choose sunscreens with safer mineral blockers like zinc oxide.
Commonly found in hand soap, toothpaste and other products with “antibacterial” properties. According to The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Triclosan can cause endocrine disruption and be especially harmful for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Some studies raise concerns that exposure to Triclosan may contribute to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics. The FDA recently issued a notice that when washing, plain old soap and water is best.
For more information on the toxicity of these and other ingredients, visit the Big Baddies list at The Choosy Chick – thechoosychick.com.
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We have made it to 25 weeks! I just had a check up appointment with my high risk specialist and everything is going perfectly! I feel so fortunate that the babies are both growing at the same pace and we haven’t had any complications yet. With another week comes a bigger belly! I am starting to feel very achy at night and sleep is not so fun anymore. Not many clothes are fitting, so I’ve been living in dresses and pj’s! Don’t be fooled by these shoes, they were not on long! For all you pregnant ladies out there, what have you been wearing? I have been trying to not buy many maternity clothes, but I think that’s becoming my only option! Let me know some of your favorite stores in the comments section.
How adorable is this black heart necklace? I got it from Mejuri and love how delicate it is. I’m all about finding pieces that are versatile and that layer well. This necklace is the perfect addition!I wanted to thank you all for your kind comments on my recent YouTube videos. Your support has helped so much during this pregnancy. I’m so grateful for all of you and am excited to share a new chapter with you once the babies are here!
Our kitchen is finally done! It is so amazing not having contractors come to our home every week to work on cabinets, paint, backsplash…the list goes on and on! So today I lots of pictures and I’ll give you details on everything as well. Let me first say that redoing our kitchen was a lot more work that I had anticipated on! However, I think in the end it was all worth it. I had a vision of what I wanted the end result to look like and it’s just as I imagined. Below are two pictures of what it looked like before the paint and backsplash.
And here is everything after.
Our cabinets are painted with Behr Swiss Coffee (semi-gloss), which is the color of our trim all throughout the house. When they first painted it I thought it looked so bright. But once the backsplash was installed (which is a bright white), the cabinets actually look much more creamy. The counters also look more grey no with everything completed. The counters are quartz and the color is New Carrara from Arizona Tile. We chose to use two slabs because I wasn’t a fan of pre-fab color options. Also, I don’t know if you remember, but we used to have a giant pantry to the left of the stove. We decided we’d rather have more counter space, so we extended the countertops to the wall. Now I use that space so much and I don’t even miss the pantry. Instead we have our spices, baking supplies, vitamins and other things in the two doors to the left of the over. We have all our canned goods and snacks in the drawer below the microwave.
We had glossy standard subway tile installed (non-bevel) with a light grey grout color. Originally we weren’t going to go all the way around the window, but I am so happy that’s what we ended up doing. I think it adds much more of an impact and completes the whole room.
Like I mentioned in my part 1 of the reno, our sink (32 in.) and faucet are both from Kohler. Everyday I love them more and more. The faucet is not only beautiful, but it is so functional. It has an extendable spout and three different settings (normal, spray and one that cleans the bottom of the sink out). I’m really happy I went with an apron front sink. I love how wide it is so I can fit all my pans in it completely and I swear I enjoy cleaning our dishes more now!
It ended up taking around two months to complete everything. Instead of having it all done at once, we wanted to space everything out (cabinets first, countertops next etc.) so we didn’t have to pay for everything all at once. It worked out great because we had a lot of time to decide on the exact thing we wanted done. Overall, I am so pleased with how everything turned out and I am also so thankful we did it all before our twins are born!