Tuesday, March 24, 2015

What We Wear: Lucky Palm Tree BOY & GIRL addition

What We Wear: Lucky Palm Tree Boy & Girl Addition

Hey ladies, we had QUITE the week last week as i previously mentioned in my last post and now running into this week, we had two water leaks last week and then realized Sunday evening that one of them wasnt completely fixed like we had thought. So back again came the plumber, for the third time. FUN TIMES..
We have now done all of the "fixing" for the leaks but now need to have our contractor do the repairs to the damaged dry wall, we basically have no ceiling in our downstairs bathroom and have 4-5 holes in our kitchen ceiling. It could be way worse and we are just so grateful the damage wasn't permanent or something we would've had to go through insurance with.   So hurray for being almost through with it all! On to more fun things (:
I'll be sharing our baby shower this week so keep an eye out for that and have so many posts planned for you guys. I am also due for a baby bump update, sharing a bit of life lately, and Cash is now 20 months old so i'd love to be able to get an update up for him as well because he is just too much fun right now and i want to remember every single detail! 
I had my first moment of reality hit me yesterday during nap time that im about to become a mommy to another human being. I had a flood of fear to tell you the truth. Fear that I wont be able to share myself with another person without giving Cash less of me on the daily. That just sounds like so much for him to handle, Im sure its all in my head and i am aware that I struggle with a ridiculous amount of irrational mom guilt, so im trying to keep that in mind and surrender my fear to God. I know that He chose this little girl to be Cashs sister just as much as He chose her to be my husband and I's daughter. I know once everyone adjusts all will be well in our home again and Cash will come to a place where he loves having another friend in the house every single day. I also get nervous for what life with two little people will look like. I have no idea what to expect. I have focused these past 7 months on the excitement and all the beautiful parts of being pregnant and welcoming another special little angel into our family so I think the reality of how hard it might be in the beginning is just now sinking in since we are less than 11 weeks away! I am so grateful beyond belief for a healthy baby girl, to be able to carry her to term and keep her safe. I can't thank Jesus enough for choosing me to be her & her brothers mommy. I just wanted to be honest about the other side of it, the real fear that some moms feel when adding a new baby to the home. No one knows what to expect so I guess most of us have waves of nerves when we think about the 'unkown'.  Heres to praying all is a smooth transition.

I would love tips from you ladies that have done this before! Please share in the comments!

Now on to this adorable post featuring Lucky Palm Tree organic baby and toddler clothing. We have worked along side of Lucky Palm Tree several times now since Cash was a teeny tiny baby and just cant get enough of all of their new patterns, especially those adorable girl outfits I didn't get to try out until now.  If you havent seen them before or have yet to see their new prints check them out (here)!

See previous Lucky Palm Tree posts with us here, and here.  These actually make me want to cry seeing how tiny he use to be!! Where did my little baby go??!

^^^CAshs new fake cry face. Kills me.  I am loving these toddler striped leggings, we have them in black and white, red and white, and see below the brown and black^^^
^^^He is such a ham!^^^ 

^^^This newborn outfit with that headband is too cute, i love the alligator print^^^

^^^Pink and white striped romper and matching headband for when shes a little older^^^

^^^I LOVE the vintage feel to this bow pink swaddle blankie and newborn knotted beanie, this might be one of the ones we'll have to bring in our hospital bag^^^

^^^I love black and white stripes, especially for little dainty baby girls. Paired with a long sleeve onesie with florals and kangaroos you cant go wrong!!^^^

^^^And heres my litte guy, hes ALL boy ALL day, he is such an explorer and adventure seeker. He always asks to be outside and notices the details in everything.  We love when hes in comfy clothes like these brown and black striped organic leggings by LPT^^^

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring Baby Boy Clothes

 Spring Baby Boy Clothes:

Hey lovelies, Sorry to be away for so many days I had my baby shower last weekend, which i cant wait to do a full post on (you can see some photos i posted on instagram @tessaarmstrong8), and then we had 2 water leaks within 5 days!!! COMPLETELY UNRELATED leaks. It was a stressful week to say the least. The silver lining is the leaks were an easy fix and there is no permanent damage or anything that is going to be too crazy to repair. I also had the opportunity this week to share my testimony in front of an incredible group of women at MOPs at my home church on Thursday, it was nerve wracking initially but once i got up on stage and started sharing i was completely at peace and knew what I was sharing was glorifying our Lord and totally worth being vulnerable and exposed. Im so grateful for the opportunity and had a good week all in all despite the unfortunate surprises. I wanted to share a quick post on some of my boy spring picks! Some of which we have and some of which I just thought were super cute and couldnt resist sharing with you all. Have fun shopping around if you're in need of any baby boy or toddler boy clothes for spring! HAPPY SPRING LADIES!!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Maternity Fashion

Maternity Fashion: With Some Non Maternity Pieces 

 Hey Ladies I hope you are having a wonderful weekend so far! We have a lot of fun things going on this weekend between a scheduled couples date night with friends of ours, a birthday party, and seeing some of high school buds in town hopefully as well. I wanted to share a few cute maternity fashion inpsired looks with you all. I love Dresses in general but there is simply nothing more comfortable on a growing waste than a dress.. so while pregnant i practically live in them during the Spring and Summer months. I also love love love kimonos, no surprise there, you guys see me in them all the time. And then I included some jean wear because thats also a comfty must have, as well as some comfortable stretchy maternity tanks, i live in these and just layer them with cute pieces. Most of these looks are non maternity, which means you can wear them AFTER baby, which i love! Because at this point, 26.5 weeks pregnant, the last thing i want to do is spend a bunch of money on clothes i might night ever wear again after these next 13.5 weeks are over. I'll probably be living in a bathing suit in a month or two here anyhow. IT IS GETTING HOT! And im loving it. So soak up the sun in some of these light weight cute pieces. Whether youre pregnant or not theyre too cute for me not to share with ya'll. ENJOY! Dont forget to subscribe and become a follower on the right hand side by entering your email ladies. MUCH LOVE TO YOU ALL!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Baby Must Haves: For First & Second Babys

My baby must haves for first and second babys!

Ergo, Fisher-Price, Aden Anais, Pottery Barn Kids

My baby must haves for first and second babys!

I wanted to share with you ladies my list of  "must haves" for first but especially second babys or multiples. I always love hearing other moms opinions on products, especially the big ones like strollers, before purchasing or adding to my registry.  These are items I have tried before or have done a ton of "mom to mom" research on or borrowed from friends to see if I like them.  

So lets start from the top and move our way across from left to right. When you have a toddler to chase after, especially one under two years old, you need a good baby carrier that youre baby will be comfortable in and enjoy as well as one that wont kill your back (cough, my bjorn).  The Ergo 360 gives you the option to carry an infant and a toddler, they can face you or turn outwards (which by 4 months old thats all my little guy wanted to do so i know thats a must for us), it can also be worn as a backpack with a bigger toddler or baby on your back, a must for fun hikes!   Thats on my registry and I think its one of the biggest must haves for us.  The second baby carrier is the Solly baby wrap, its the best wrap by far.  I have tried several others and wasnt too big of a fan. I love wraps for when theyre itty bitty and you just want them wrapped around you constantly while cleaning or cooking or just walking around.  Theres something about a newborn wrapped up in a tiny bit of soft fabric hanging around your front that just feels right.  

Next up we have the swing, this is the swing we used with Cash and loved it (obviously a different color). It can go different speeds, has a mobile and plays different sounds.  We have heard good and bad things about the MamaRoo so we decided not to buy one, but our good friends said we can borrow theirs if our baby is fond of it. Sometimes swings are a baby to baby preference kind of thing.  

I added some Aiden + Anais burp cloths, towel, and their bamboo swaddle blankies because theyre the best!! If you havent tried them, you must!!  I also added the cute pottery barn critter towels that have little animal heads on them for the hoodie.. i just loved these on my first and would love one for my second in a girlier version.

The first video monitor is the one we currently have, we had a Summer video monitor and it broke twice, it never had service even when we were 10 feet away.. so we returned it. The store clerk told me they get the most returns for Summer and to get a Motorola video monitor so thats what we did and we have had no problems whatsoever.  We would like to have a split camera video monitor for both kids rooms so we can see both of them on one screen. It comes with two cameras and you can link up to 4 kids on one screen i believe. I think this is essential for when we go on vacations, or you have people babysitting them that want to check up on them, or they're sick and not sleeping well, or even for when we switch Cash into a big boy bed we'll want to see him and see what hes doing in his room after we leave and close the door, for a new baby its obviously a give in to be able to see them and make sure they're breathing and you can hear them when they wake for feedings (since we alll know how exhausted parents are of a new baby, hearing the monitor right next to my head was the only way i was waking up for those night feedings).  

Lets talk strollers.  I LOVE our Britax B-Ready so we are keeping it and getting the second seat adapter. Our britax B safe infant carseat snaps right into the stroller and can face either direction. Once they're around 4-5 months they can go in the big seat and snap either direction as well. The second seat sits behind/below the original seat but doesnt impair too much of the childs view.  I also wanted a side by side option in the jogger, we LOOOOOOVE our Bob single jogger, its so light weight, easy for walks and runs and also for the beach or disneyland, you barely can tell youre pushing anything.  My only complaint about all joggers is that they are required to be at a 70% incline which means the baby is somewhat reclined and cant ever sit all the way up to see everything around them.  THis is a safety feature to keep them sturdy and safe for running.  This is one of the main reasons i wouldnt have just the jogger as my only stroller option. I would also like to be able to only have a single stroller for when Cash is a little older and wants to walk rather than be put in his stroller, so thats what the Britax offers.  I also like how the britax isnt a side by side so its easily fit through doors and can be taken to restaurants and the mall without knocking people over lol.  So we've decided to do both options. For the BOb double Jogger we also wanted the infant adapter so we could stick our britax B safe infant carseat right in there, it comes with a snack tray for the other child sitting in the other seat.  I put the Britax Bsafe infant carseat up there too, we love love love ours and have so many friends with the same carseat that adore it as well, most importantly it has great safety reviews.

For my breast Pump I added to the list what i used for my first baby, i used this ALL THE TIME, i am a working mama a couple days a week so I knew i needed a double pump that would do a good job and be efficient.  I love this pump, you have the option of plugging into an outlet or if youre on the go you can use the battery pack and pump literally anywhere, in the car, in a restaurant, at the beach etc.  It also comes with a portable cooler with an icepack that lasts up to 24 hours i believe.  And several bottles come with it as well as all of the pieces you need to pump with and several extras.  All of this fits inside this cute discrete black purse (which is the pump motor itself).  FUnny story, i took my pump with me to Aspen Colorado  when Cash was 5 months (he came too) and i put it through the bag screening at the airport and they basically thought it was a bomb or something crazy. They pulled that thing apart and inspected it for at least 15 minutes, I had to explain to them that it was a pump implanted inside of the purse for breastfeeding...finally they believed me and let me go. HA! So if you're at the airport let them know in advance before you put it through.  (;

Next up, my black leather diaper bag! I love this diaper bag, it comes with so many great pockets, a mini clutch purse inside, a changing pad for on the go usage and it doesnt look like a diaper bag! I love that. My hubby can carry it and still looks manly and it has plenty of space for 2 kiddos.

I added a couple nursing bras, one for comfort when you're around your home or for when you sleep at night those first couple months, and then a second for every day out of the house use that doesnt look funky underneath clothes.

I hope this helps any of you that had questions about second baby must haves or on any of these products. IF you want to know anything else that I may have forgotten please ask away in the comments section. Also, if you have any other great items to add for us mamas please do so in the comments! And as always be sure to subscribe on the right with your email so i know who my followers are!! 



Friday, February 27, 2015

Bump Style Box: Maternity Looks

 Bump Style Box: Maternity Looks

Im so excited to share this great company for pregnant moms. BumpStyle Box contacted me a few weeks ago and asked if I would like to try out their online subscription, of course after checking them out i was all in! Bump Style Box is a boutique maternity box filled with personally picked maternity or post pregnancy items just for you!  You can get one box or sign up for a once a month subscription for the duration of your entire pregnancy, how neat is that! No shopping out with your littles or walking around when you just don't feel up to it, its sent right to your door for free, and free returns! You just simply keep and pay for what you like and return the rest!  Its super simple. 

Heres how it works:
You sign up on Bumpstylebox.com and fill in all of your details (your current size, style, upcoming occasians, colors you like, your personal preference whether you like dresses or jeans etc.  It even asks you your favorite places to shop so they get an idea of what you usually are into).

Then one of their stylists picks several different items that they think you would look great in & send the box your way. You have 5 days to choose which items you'd like to purchase or send everything back (free return label for shipping included). Its that simple!

I actually really enjoyed this process. I usually pick everything out for myself when i go shopping and im really particular, especially while pregnant and things don't always fit nicely or flatter my new shape.  But this was such a nice change and step outside of what I usually would have picked with some of the items that were sent.  I am so glad I tried them on because they looked so great with my baby bump. I think sometimes its hard to shop for your pregnant belly because we arent used to what it looks like dressed up in different styles. The stylist included a sweet note inside the box that encouraged me to try on one of her favorite dresses that she knew i might like even though I had said I didnt want any short dresses. I am so glad she did because thats the one dress i ended up falling in love with and keeping for my shower or maternity photos! So thank you to Bump Style Box for this great experience. 

I encourage you ladies to try it! If you don't like what they send you can send it right back for free (:
The price range varies and be sure to included what you usually spend on clothing so they can send you items that they think you'd be comfortable purchasing.  The range can be from $35-700 so you really can find anything you're looking for there!

Check out some of the looks i put together below! I'm saving my favorite dress to show you guys for either my upcoming shower or our maternity photos. 

((sorry for the iphone quality pics.. my sis is a photographer and usually does this sort of thing for me but shes pregnant too and its too much work at times to put all of that together. So enjoy these nice selfies for now, lol))

This first look is so stinkin pretty, i love love love this berry floral printed tight midi dress. At first i wasn't too sure how it would fit on me, but the minute i put it on i fell in love.  It has plenty of room for my budding belly to grow because its made for us pregnant mamas, so its stretchy and comfortable.  I love long sleeves with a tight dress! Its just the right about of sexy yet classy. This dress was perfect for Valentines day, i hope some of you that follow me on instagram (@tessaarmstrong8), where i first posted this look, were able to get your hands on it beforehand.  I took this photo while trying the dress on after opening my Bump Style Box so I hadnt yet styled it. I would wear this with a nice black leather jacket, a stud or statement earing and a beautiful showcasing ring.  Some black sexy ankle strap heels would be perfect. See below for some looks that would go nicely paired with this piece.

^^^Pearl studs would be super cute, wear this with a nude or red lip (two above are great picks), i put a few affordable forever 21 leather jackets & a pricier real leather option, and a couple jewelry options that would go niceley that are GREAT price wise.

The next look:

This adorable teal maxi dress was SO flattering and So comfortable. I know us pregnant moms are all about comfort and light weight material that gives us breathing room and air flow (; lol  I loved this dress so much and would wear it dressed down with just a cute necklace and sandals, or you can dress it up like i did and wear it with a floral kimono, a long pendant necklace, and a wedge heel. I wore this to a ladies Valentines Day tea and it was a big hit. In my opinion, a comfortable long maxi dress like this is a pregnancy must have. I could live in this maxi dress and wish i had it in several colors!

(*love that top part and how it folds)

 Shop the look here:

^^^I posted a couple cute floral kimonos above that are all super affordable, that free people kimono is a bit pricier but well worth the splurge for how much use you would get out of it and the quality is superb.  I added a couple turquoise and fun pendant necklaces that i think would go perfectly with this look.  I love a long necklace that draws the eyes right to that cute baby bump.^^^

The next look:

This cute printed midi dress is perfect for spring and summer! I love the top royal blue cut out and would draw the eyes up with a gorgeous pair of turquoise, gold or saphire blue earings. I also love this look with a turquoise cuff like i have on in the above photos.  This would be cute with gladiator sandals or some regular strappy sandals in nude or tan.

 Shop the above look here:
^^^Okay some of these pieces are soooo drool worthy like that free people caged cuff!! FOR ONLY $38! I think i need it.  Also i added some cute gold fun geometric shaped earings that would be gorgeous. You all know im a sucker for long pendant neckaces so here are two forever 21 options in saphire that would be pretty as well. I love those turquoise stud earings, they're super pricey but could be worn a thousand times over the years. Also loving that free people caged statement ring! ^^^^

The next look:

This lace and fringe kimono was gooorj. I love bohemian looks, and i have always been drawn to kimonos.. so i think a girl can never ever have too many! Especially while pregnant, they hide all the places a mama would want to hide (bum, thighs, arms, hips?.. the list goes on) and yet still accentuate that adorable bump where the miracle is taking place.  I wore this kimono paired with a midi black floral strapless number that is comfortable and can be casual or dressed up. I think a long boho necklace would be super cute with this. Maybe even a pop of lip color like light pink or bright pink?

Shop the look here:
Below i listed two easy and afforable floral maxi dresses, a dainty cute gold bow stud earing, and a couple boho style long necklaces.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

24 & 25 Weeks Pregnancy Update

24 & 25 Weeks Pregnancy Update:

24 week bumpin 

^^25 weeks pregnant at the beach with my little one^^

How far along: 24 (now 25) weeks pregnant

Symptoms:  Linea Nigra has made its way up my tummy. I have started to have lower back aches at night when i get into bed, i had this with Cash too and know thats its totally normal.  I can see her moving now from the outside and definitely feeling every little movement on the inside.  My uterus is about 2 inches or so above my belly button (at 24 weeks my ap says my uterus should be the size of a soccer ball, and now at 25 weeks baby is a lb and a half and 13.5 inches long).  Im now 6 months pregnant and still feeling really great. I LOVE the second trimester, its so breezy and wonderful because you get that cute little belly finally popping out, you start to feel TONS of big movements and its great for bonding, and you have energy again and no aches and pains yet... oh and lets now forget about that dreaded 1st trimester nausea thats now been gone for quite a while.  I feel like this pregnancy is f l y i n g by! I am trying to take in moments of appreciation everyday where i can embrace being pregnant and growing a baby inside of my tummy. Its such a special gift that I will always cherish and one day be sad that this time has passed.  Im just soaking up the miracle of all that is happening.

Cravings: Chocolate ! which is funny because my last pregnancy i started craving chocolate around now. Iced coffee sounds good too and chai lattes as long as im not the one making it.

Wedding Rings: OFF ): Im so sad, they fit perfectly still, i havent had any swelling yet, but i developed a contact allergy to them of some sort (i.e. contact dermetitis) ive never had this happen with any type of metal so it must be a hormone thing. Im hoping after i deliver that the allergy will go away. My finger gets red and raw and itchy where my ring is if i where them so after the second time of that happening a couple weeks ago i decided to just take them off for a while.

Belly button: out

Exercise:  Still only making it in once a week, twice if im lucky just because of our hectic schedule and Cash not digging day care (although hes doing GREAT at MOPS once a week for 2.5 hours now! wooohooo victory!).  

Sleep: sleep is alright, its hard for me to fall asleep unless my husband is giving my lower back a massage or playing with my hair. Its almost like i need a distraction now or i cant seem to feel comfortable or turn off my thoughts (again, total hormonal thing).

Maternity Clothes: So far i have 3 pairs of maternity jeans ive been rotating because theyre way more comfty, 2 pair of leggings, a couple long maternity shirts, some workout shirts and pants and sports bras that fit. I try to wear mostly normal clothing that i can reuse after pregnancy.

Excited for: My sister and i having a joint baby shower in a couple weeks! Decorating her nursery. We are starting to collect items and can't wait to put everything together. Im in total nesting mode, ive been decorating our house like crazy and just purchased my first mama car, i traded in my tiny sporty lexus for a SUV that can fit plenty of kiddos safely. I am loving not bending over to get CAsh into his carseat anymore and how much room i have in the trunk for his stroller and all of our beach toys etc.  I didn't know how big i was missing out!

Missing: I miss being able to work out regularly, im too tired early in the morning before my husband goes to work, and im too tired at night when he gets home late to go to the gym. Everything else is going great!! Im really enjoying this stage

We can't wait to meet our little baby girl!

To view my 24 weeks pregnancy post for my first pregnancy with our little boy, see here.

I have some fun materntiy looks coming up! I also will be doing a baby haul for baby girl shops/clothes/items, as well as some baby necessities i think every mama needs! Stay tuned for those! Also, i have a 'healthy quick meals recipe' post coming soon as per your requests!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Valentines Day 2015

Valentines Day 2015

Hi hope all of you had a wonderful Valentines Day! We had a great time spending the weekend together, on Sunday we had a fun day trying out this great new gym called LifeTime Fitness, its massive and even has a huge pool with a baby splash pad and a water slide.  So my in laws were so sweet and took our little boy to the pool while my husband and i had some alone time, I took a class called Bar Strength (or something along those lines) it was a great all over body work out, and works outs these days are scarce due to our schedule and always having a baby on my side so it was nice to get in some activity with my husband together. And then we hit the smoothie bar and enjoyed a nice 2 hour pedicure afterwards, this gym had it all..next time im going for an hour long massage! The sweet cosmetologist doing our toes had to go back and forth because she was the only one there on a Sunday, so it extended the length but it was nice because we had time to just sit and talk and relax while getting massaged (by the chair) and our toes done.  Then we headed home, my in laws took Cash with them to their house, and my husband and I turned on music as loud as we could (since we dont do that sort of thing when Cash is around) and got ready for our dinner date night.

You really take for granted all of the small things and freedoms with not having children, like getting ready slowly, taking your sweet time, enjoying yourself and listening to music blast through out you're house.  It was fun just to feel that freedom for a couple hours. We headed off to San Clemente South of Nicks for dinner, it was AMAZIn' and i highly recommend it if you have one in your area.  All in all it was a great day/night and we truly felt like we were on vacation just having half that day to ourselves to pamper, relax and fill our tummies with just the two of us.  As much as we love our sweet boy, alone time with just each other is SO needed and we are truly blessed to have incredible family that live close to help us out so we can get away for a few short hours here and there.

What did you guys do for Vday to celebrate your love? What are some fun date day or night ideas you've done over the years?