BabyMoon Essentials...

If there's one thing I HIGHLY recommend doing is taking advantage of a little thing called the "Baby-moon!" Someone along the way came up with this excuse for a getaway and I'm their biggest fan. Chris and I went away for four nights before Lo arrived and it was such a wonderful time to relax, unwind and just enjoy each other before baby. Fast forward 3(ish) years...we're due with our second and the idea of a babymoon sounds even more incredible now that we're parents and crave one-on-one time together!

Chris is currently planning our getaway and it's a total surprise to me :) I don't know where or when we are going...I just know we're going! Ahh!! I'm so excited to escape with him and mostly to sleep in (oh, the little things :) Anyway, it got me really into doing this post for anyone who is also planning their own babymoon! Here are some cute style must-haves and essentials to make your getaway all you dream it will be AND MORE! 

Cute + Comfy Dresses

 

Stylish Swimsuits

 

Fashion-Forward Footwear

 

Beach Accessories


xx,

Ashley 

Bumpdate: 25 weeks...

 
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Hi All! 

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week :) We have entered our 25th week, baby is the size of a cauliflower and GOSH I feel like she's tap dancing on my bladder! I wish I had a portable potty with me everywhere I go HA! It's getting insane. We are starting to zero in on a few favorite names (finally) and think about what we want her nursery to look like! I have some fun ideas, but I can't really do anything just yet because we're MOVING! I posted this photo with the caption about us moving today on Instagram and got a bunch of messages asking WHERE! Well, we are happy to be staying in BOSTON ... we will just be moving into a bigger place with more space! I'm so glad we will continue to be close to family and friends to have their support when needed (which I'm certain will be a lot) Anyway, we are looking to move June 1st - so in the meantime I'm starting to plan what we want to sell, purge, and take with us. I always love the idea of starting fresh in a new spot + I'm totally in the "nesting" phase so this will be perfect :) 

Anyway, that was kind of a "life" update and here's the bump-date: I'm feeling OK. Ha, I will elaborate, but..I don't feel AMAZING and I don't feel terrible...just meh. I will definitely say (as I have shared previously) this pregnancy is MUCH different than the last. With Lo, once I hit 10 weeks I had a bunch of energy and physically I felt great...not pain, pressure, back aches, etc. Baby number two came in a bit HOT, for lack of a better term ;) I find myself getting winded and out of breath much quicker, needing to take more frequent breaks, and icing my back whenever I get the chance! The pressure is also much more intense this time around..which is less than fun. The good news is...the icing totally helps AND I've started seeing a chiropractor which I feel is helping with the sciatic pain. I'm still sleeping well - so that's also really good and I'll take it as long as I can! 

I'm working on a post about baby registry "must haves" and I should have it up next week! I'm so excited to share the things that I LOVED and couldn't live without when we had London ... and also a few new things that mommy's have suggested I get this time around! 

Thank you for following our journey - I always love the support! 

xx, 

Ashley 

Cute Spring Things Under $50...

xx,

Ashley 

Swimsuits + Accessories...

Can you tell I've got sunshine on my mind?! First jumpsuits, now swimsuits and accessories! Come on warm weather - we need you! I'm sharing some cute things below to scoop up now before the summer kicks off! Shop below by clicking any of the pink icons! Enjoy! 

xx,

Ashley 

Trending For Spring: Jumpsuits...

I know, I know .. it doesn't FEEL like Spring just yet - but we are CLOSE! I'm hoping by the end of this month we will have some steady temperatures and a forecast we can count on! 

With that said, one of the MAJOR trends this Spring are JUMPSUITS! I personally love them because A. They're suuuuuper comfy, and B. They can be easily accessorized / dressed up or down! I have gotten a few recently from Pink Blush that are specifically flattering for my growing baby bump! 

I'm rounding up some favorites that you should scoop up NOW before they sell out and also before Spring finally arrives! 

xx, 

Ashley 

How To Stay Fit During Pregnancy...

 
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When it comes to working out during pregnancy, I know it can raise a lot of questions or even anxiety about the types of things that are safe to do! I am by no means a doctor or physical trainer ... so I'm just going to speak on what works/feels best for me but make sure to check with your OBGYN if you have concerns.

I think the most important thing you can do in general is to MOVE. This can mean anything from taking a walk or going for a swim to a more intense aerobic exercise or yoga. I will say, the later I got in my pregnancy the first time around - swimming and yoga felt AMAZING! Being in the water made me feel light and buoyant and yoga was super relaxing. At the start of my pregnancy, for the first 13 weeks or so - it was really difficult to workout; I was happy if I did something twice a week. The nausea and lack of energy is really taxing on your body, so make sure to cut yourself some slack. If you're nearing the end of your first trimester you'll be feeling that energy make a come back, so hang in there! 

Just a side note as well - with my first pregnancy, once the second trimester hit, I tried to maintain workouts 3-4x / week. I think this kept my weight down (I gained 32 total pounds) and I KNOW this helped with the type of recovery I had. My body bounced back pretty quickly and I was able to resume exercising about four weeks postpartum. Keep that in mind when you're working out ... not only is it great for you and the baby, but it's also going to help you AFTER baby and make things easier in the long run!

Here are a few tips to help you stay fit during your pregnancy ... 

Tip #1: Stay Hydrated! This is so important. I always fill my water bottle at the start of the day and try to maintain drinking a steady flow of water throughout. If you're exercising, you should definitely be drinking even more than you normally would! I find that drinking water and making sure I have the right amount of fiber in my diet helps combat that lovely side effect of pregnancy called constipation. (I know...such a joy right?!)

Tip #2: Fuel your body! It's hard to muster up the energy to work out in general let alone when you're pregnant and attempting to on an empty stomach! If you like to workout in the morning, try to eat something 45mins - 1 hour prior to exercise! I like to eat oatmeal with berries and half a toast with peanut butter! Oatmeal keeps me full longer and I always have enough energy to get through my workout. I make sure to bring a snack to munch on after my workout as well (usually a banana or a granola bar!) 

Tip #3: Find an exercise that you enjoy! This is KEY. If you are a member of a gym you don't like or attending classes that don't mesh with where you're at - you'll make excuses and wind up not doing much of anything! The important thing is finding something you look forward to doing that will keep you motivated longer! I have recently started doing a 45-minute boot camp class Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. It's pretty intense...but I feel SO good after and it's nice to get a sweat in. The instructor helps me modify certain exercises too, which helps! Because I LOVE the way it makes me feel, I look forward to the class! Finding a workout buddy to keep you on task helps too!

Tip #4: Listen to your body! Your body is going through a TON of changes. If you need a day to rest, do it. If something doesn't feel right and you're in the middle of a class - stop. It's not worth the extra push to injure yourself. Personally, I started having sciatic pain around 20 weeks. It's been really painful and at times, certain exercises trigger it more than others so I have to just listen to what my body is saying and back off if need be. I also have a lot of pelvic pressure so sometimes the jumping exercises feel less than good. I modify the exercise to whatever I can handle - again, as long as you're up and moving that's half the battle and to be applauded! 

Tip #5: Don't be afraid of weights. You don't need to give up weight-training just because you're pregnant. Of course, I don't think this is a time to take up power-lifting, but weights are GOOD for you. Contrary to what you might think, lifting weights can actually alleviate muscle aches and pains associated with pregnancy. It also prepares your body for labor and birth ... and as I mentioned above, helps you "bounce back" quicker postpartum! 

I hope you found these tips helpful! Again, make sure to consult with your doctor about whatever programs/exercises you want to do - it's always nice to get cleared by them first! 

xx, 

Ashley 

 

 

5 Easter Traditions For Your Family...

 
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I can't believe it's Easter week already! It's one of my favorite holidays to celebrate and especially fun now that we have a little one who LOVES eating treats and finding eggs with her cousins :) We are spending Easter weekend in Maine this year after staying home the past few and we are so excited to be with family. 

I wanted to share some Easter traditions that we love that maybe you can adopt and pass on to your own family! I'll also share some basket ideas / things the "Easter Bunny" aka YOU can leave on Easter morning! 

1. Easter Service. There is nothing more beautiful than church on Easter! Although we always try to make holidays fun and exciting - I want our children to grow up understanding the meaning of Easter and what "Resurrection Sunday" truly means for us and our lives. I also love getting dressed up in Spring dresses and going to service as a family. I remember my mom putting my sister and I in gloves, hats, dresses...the whole nine yards! It was always a big production and we loved it :) 

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2. Brunch. Hello Hot cross buns! Before or after service is the perfect time to have something out for the family to munch on! It doesn't have to be anything crazy; coffee, juice, pastries and a quiche and you're good to go! Hot cross buns are an Easter staple and if you want a good recipe, you can find it here

3. Egg Hunt. This is a MUST! London was a beast last year during the egg hunt with her friends - she had her eye on the prize ;) I'm sure this year will be even better and I can't wait to watch her scurry around. We filled her eggs with some of her favorite things (not all candy) like yogurt bites, fruit loops, and raisins and she was so excited. Of course, we snuck a few m&ms in there as well! We got a little Easter egg hunt kit from Target last year - but this would also be cute to mark the start of the hunt! 

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4. Dyeing Eggs. We didn't do this last year but plan to this time around! I always loved doing this as a kid - and I think London will too! You can find kits anywhere...Target, Walmart, Rite Aid, CVS etc., and they're pretty cheap! It's an inexpensive way to have fun and do a little Easter holiday project! 

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5. Easter Baskets. My fave! I LOVE playing Easter Bunny ;) It's so fun and now that the Target dollar bin exists, it's even more exciting! Amen?! The things they have are so cute. Don't feel like you have to fill the baskets with just candy and junk food! There are so many other ideas like books, stickers, etc that your little ones will be just as excited about! 

Here is what I fill Lo's basket with this year: 

Mini m&m's

Goldfish

Princess coloring book (she is SO into these!) 

Melissa & Doug ABC Puzzle

Rapunzel Dress and long Rapunzel braid (will just set this up beside her basket)

One-year Devotions for Preschoolers (under $10)

Sidewalk chalk

Bubbles

Assorted eggs filled with surprises 

Stretchy Bunnies

Stickers

 

Those are a few ideas that you can use for your own Easter celebration this year! I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your friends and families...wherever you may be! Thank you for stopping by!

xx, 

Ashley 

 

 

Anthropologie x Nordstrom...

Anthropologie HOME just made it's debut at Nordstrom and I'm in heaven! If we had a house, I would be tempted to fill it with everything from here! The pieces are simply beautiful. The mugs are some of my favorites, if you have exposed shelving in your kitchen - they would be perfect to display! I also LOVE the bedding. Seriously how cute is this duvet cover with the tassel detail?! Or, if you're someone that likes to change your bedding with the season, this floral duvet is perfect for Spring!

The "home decor" section has really great gift ideas that you could gift the hostess if you're going somewhere for Easter dinner! You could fill this $20 vase with yellow tulips as the perfect "thank you for having me" gift - and you can never go wrong with a candle! (This one is "coconut milk mango!")

Here are a few more of my favorites from Anthropologie Home that you can shop now at Nordstrom! Enjoy! :) 

Brand Spotlight: Topshop

Hi All! I wanted to share one of my favorite brands of the moment with you, Topshop! I have recently ordered a few things from them through Nordstrom and I've liked everything! The prices are reasonable and I feel like they always have a sale going on; for example, currently they're having 50% off select dresses, shoes, tops, etc! (You can click here to shop the sale). 

I just bought this body-con midi dress in navy blue and black (which I shared on my IG stories) and it's on sale for $23! I love it so much! Here's a photo of me wearing it with my baby bump ;) 

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Here are some of my favorite Topshop styles - some are on sale and some are full price - but I think they're perfect for Spring! 

Arrow RIGHT to view more and see the caption below for why I like each item :)

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a great week! 

xx, 

Ashley 

 

 

Spring Dresses Under $50...

I'm writing this post in denial that it's blizzard conditions outside and we have gotten over a foot of snow! I'm SO ready for warmer weather and Spring! February was such a mild month that I thought we were well on our way until THIS with another snowstorm on the forecast for next week too! I'm not letting it stop me from getting excited though! Looking at these cute dresses, I'm ready to rock them with cropped denim jackets and sneakers/flats! 

Here are some of my favorites under $50! 

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Floral...

 

Cute + Casual...

xx,

Ashley

Halfway To Wine: 20 Weeks...

 
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Bumpdate: 20 Weeks

Cravings: French fries, chocolate chip pancakes, orange juice, lemonade, strawberries, oranges

Symptoms: Ligament pain, pelvic pressure, fatigue, slight nausea in the evenings

 

We have had QUITE a week which started out with the news that we are adding another GIRL to our little family of three! We are so super excited...and knowing the gender just makes everything that much more real! I flew solo to Charleston, SC to watch my husbands college basketball tournament. I saw one game, flew back to Boston, watched the semi-final game on TV (which they also won) and ended up booking last minute flights for myself and London to go BACK to Charleston for the championship game! It was a little bit INSANE, but totally worth it. London had the BEST time and even though my husband's team fell short, it was an amazing experience. Traveling with her is just so much fun and she brightened up a pretty miserable day. 

Now back to the pregnancy! We are 20 weeks already...and as the title of this post says...HALFWAY TO WINE! It's so interesting that I never craved wine when pregnant with Lo but this time around - I would LOVE to have a vat of pinot noir. I kind of thought I was carrying a boy because of how different this pregnancy has been from my first. I STILL have bouts of nausea (which I'm so over) and with London I felt great by 10 weeks. So that alone has been much different! My food cravings are a little bit insane as well. I was ALL THE GREASY foods; french fries, cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets, etc! I crave sweets at an all time high too! It's really difficult to ward them off and I try my hardest to make good decisions but sometimes the craving wins out! I do feel like I was much more active during my first pregnancy. Of course, I'm busy chasing a toddler around - but I haven't made time for the gym and have been squeezing in a few workouts here and there at home. I'm hoping that can pick up once the weather gets warmer and we have a chance to get outside for walks! 

Our next appointment is in a few weeks but from here on out they are just quick ones with our doctor. I can't believe we won't have another ultrasound and the next time we see baby girl will be when she's placed in our arms! Ahhh! This pregnancy is going by so quickly - so much so that in just FOUR months we will be ready to welcome her home! That's just wild to me. I need time to slow down a bit. I've been thinking a lot about what having another child means for London. Of course, I know she will love her sister and we are giving her the best gift, but I also know that there will be A LOT of things going on in her little brain and I just worry about it. I'm sure that's normal for all parents who are about to add another baby to their families. I'm working on a post that's pretty near to my heart - a letter so to speak to my "firstborn" and I'm having a hard time getting through it! It makes me really emotional. I can now understand why parents have such a special place in their hearts for their first child. My mom tried to explain it to me once, and I couldn't understand ... probably because I was their third ;) ...but now I get it. They're the baby that makes you a mom...that opens your heart to a love you never knew existed...and you experience every "first" with them. Needless to say, there are a LOT of emotions we are feeling and I'm sure that rollercoaster will continue for the next few months - until baby arrives! Thank you all for following our journey! It's been so much fun to share and document it along the way!

xx, 

Ashley 

It's A...

 
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GIRL!!!!

AHHH!!! WE ARE SO THRILLED and EXCITED to share this news! We are adding another little princess to our family and it still feels like we are in a dream! 

We found out yesterday morning and it's already INSTANTLY felt more real! I love being able to refer to the baby as "she" or "her!" Picturing London with a little sister gives me ALL the feels and makes me so happy. I have the most incredible relationship with my own sister, who is my very best friend, and I just can't wait to watch the two of them form their own beautiful bond! Here are a few photos from yesterday, when we found out! Also - I'll share more details soon about names we love, how we told London, and if I feel like our family is complete, etc! 

P.S. With London, we had the ultrasound technician write the gender on an envelope in hopes that Chris and I would open it that night over dinner. Well, that didn't last long. We grabbed Starbucks and ended up tearing open the envelope in the car sooooo...we decided to do the same thing this time! Pretty uneventful for a gender reveal, but it's something unique and special to us :) 

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xx, 

Ashley 

Spring Shoe Round-Up...

Happy Wednesday! 

Ok, so the truth is - we found out what we're having this morning (a boy or a girl) and I kind of can't focus on anything else! We are so beyond excited to share with you all too ... it's just such a special time for our family and we are kind of in a dream! 

Anyway, I had this post planned so I still wanted to share it since Spring is right around the corner! There are some really cute fun sandals/shoes out right now + I think you'll love them! I hope you're all having a wonderful week and stay tuned for our little gender reveal in a few days! Ahhh!! 

xx, 

Ashley 

Nordstrom Winter Sale...

It's been 70+ degrees the past few days here in Boston...and my gosh, it's amazing! Lo and I spent the majority of the time outside and yesterday we even went for ice cream! It got me so excited for Spring/Summer with her :) Nordstrom is having their Winter Sale and most everything is 40% off! I snagged this gray cardi for $35, and also another side-slit tee ($15), and I now have it in 4 colors. It's a "must have" for sure! There are SO many good deals - and I've included some of my favorites from the sale below! I hope you are all having a great week! 

xx,

Ashley 

Toddler Travel Essentials...

 
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Lo and I recently took a trip to Walt Disney World with my parents and had the BEST time! Seriously, traveling with Lo is so much fun. Some of you might read that and think I'm crazy - but she thinks everything is the COOLEST and that makes it so enjoyable. She loves being at the airport, going through security (wonder how long that'll last), getting on the airplane...just the whole experience in general. This was the third time we have taken her to Florida and each time gets better and better. We had such a smooth trip, that I wanted to share some "must haves" when it comes to toddler travel. I know it can be stressful at times, I get it; but I think if you try to make it as fun as possible than they will feed off of that energy. First things first...I highly recommend traveling with a BACK PACK as a carry-on. Just trust me on this. You need two hands (and sometimes three). I really love this one from Skip Hop (this one is a close second and less expensive) because it has so many compartments. If you're looking for a bag you can use every day, Anchored East makes a great one for under $50! 

The next thing that's a "must have" is a lightweight, compact, and easy to fold stroller. Our BABYZEN YOYO+ is a lifesaver and I can't say enough about it. It's folds up in 5 seconds and is small enough to fit in the overhead compartment on the airplane. Once it's folded, it has a shoulder strap for easy carrying and it weighs just 15 lbs. I can't tell you how many people comment on it when they see us fold it up or open it; just how easy it is! There's also a pretty convenient compartment underneath to store small items if needed. Anyway, I could go on and on...but you get it :) 

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This airplane experience was one of the best with London. I timed both flights to be during her nap so she would at least sleep for some of it and we managed to get her to sleep for an hour each way – which was a win! For the rest of the time we relied on snacks, books, plane-friendly games/toys, and of course – the iPad. Lo is old enough to understand how headphones work and she LOVED wearing them. We found these $18 volume-limited kids headphones on Amazon and they were perfect! I also snagged this iPad Kids Case which made it much easier for London to hold. 

One more tip: I highly suggest bringing a travel pack of Purell sanitzing wipes. It gives me peace of mind to wipe down the germ-infested airplane. I also bought the travel-sized Purell that you can attach to the strap of your backpack. Can't tell you how many times we used this throughout the day at the airport and at Disney! 

This isn't a travel tip, BUT I've gotten so many questions about this swimsuit so I thought I would share! I really love it for the price ($16.99) I mean, you can't beat it! I wanted an inexpensive swimsuit that I could wear to match London, without too many straps (no tan lines!) I think the color is perfect and the best part is, it comes in black also - which I think I might have to get for summer! I definitely suggest sizing UP! I ordered a medium for my growing, pregnant body - and I'm really happy with the fit. 

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I hope you guys found this post useful for your future travel adventures :) Thank you for stopping by and have a great week! 

xx, 

Ashley 

Moms Day Out...

 
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Last weekend I got a chance to spend quality time with some of my favorite mamas sans-kids for a fun "Moms Day Out" experience! We spent the morning/early afternoon together - enjoying an amazing Core Cycle class at Exhale Boston Battery Wharf and then headed over for a fun brunch at State Street Provisions! It was the perfect Boston day that was MUCH needed for all of us!

Exhale has a GORGEOUS space and spa. I had been to the location in the Back Bay, but really loved the fact that this was part of Battery Wharf Hotel oh, and the valet parking (which you can get validated at the gym). We took the new Core Cycle class and it was amazing! I haven't done a spin class in months, so it felt great to sweat it out for 45 heart-pumping minutes. Our instructor Erin was super motivating and once she shut the lights off and cranked up the music the energy was electric! We were all dripping sweat, but it felt awesome.

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We also got SO many compliments on our matching shirts from Jam Threads (which you can see above!) It was a cute little touch that just made our day even that much more fun! Also, not only are they super cute but the material is so soft; all of the ladies said the same thing! Cute + comfy, for the win!

After class, we were able to take advantage of the beautiful deluxe full-service spa that Exhale has to offer! They provide you with plush bath robes and comfortable slides, and even if you're not booked for a service you're able to use their sauna, detoxifying hammam, the "quiet spa lounge," and rain showers (complete with heated towel racks!) I think the calming zen lounge was super appealing to us mama's, since we all have toddlers :) We enjoyed sipping tea, lemon-infused water and just looking at magazines. A few of the girls LOVED the sauna, which I sadly had to skip because...pregnant! I did take the longest, most luxurious shower I've had in awhile, using the shampoo/conditioner and body wash provided! There are lots of other amenities too such as body butter, hair spray, hair dryers and even mini straighteners to use if needed! We spent over an hour just relaxing and it was incredible. We will definitely be back to enjoy another class/spa experience soon!

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After an intense workout, we were so ready for our yummy brunch at State Street Provisions! The restaurant has a chill vibe and also a large fully-stocked bar! They made me the yummiest "mocktail" and the other girls loved their hand-crafted drinks. The brunch menu is super diverse and it took us quite awhile to decide what we wanted because EVERYTHING sounded so good! I highly recommend the burger served on an english muffin; it was absolutely delicious! We were also surprised with a little dessert from the chef - a cappuccino mousse with orange and almond biscotti. It was the perfect ending to our meal...I think we nearly licked the plate clean :) Not only is the food incredible, but the location is perfect! It's right around the corner from the New England Aquarium, across the street from Faneuil Hall, and walking distance to TD Garden! 

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We had such a refreshing day hanging out in our city and enjoying some "kid-free" mommy time! What are some things that make you feel refreshed?! 

xx, Ashley 

Special thanks to Jam Threads, Exhale, and State Street Provisions to helping to make this day so much fun! 

February Vibes...

Happy Love Day week! :) 

I love the month of February so I wanted to put together some things that you can wear not only on Valentine's Day but the entire month! Lots of pink, red, and cream colors! I also included this organic coconut bath soak (under $20) and my favorite Voluspa candle because February is the month to treat yourself! Also, if you need a new lip color - this duo pack from Nars is under $16 and the prettiest pink and red hues! I hope you all have a beautiful week full of love and surprises! 

Thank you for stopping by! 

xx,

Ashley 

Pregnancy Update: 16 Weeks...

 

I'm currently writing this post from warm + sunny Florida! We are so excited to be here for the week, taking on Disney with London once again. She's in HEAVEN (so is Mommy) and it's just so much fun to make more memories here with her. My parents are also along for the trip, which is really fun too! 

I can't believe we are already 16 weeks (and 3 days) into our second pregnancy! It's SO crazy how fast time is flying. I thought it went by super fast with Lo, but the second time around it goes even quicker because of the toddler craziness! We find out in just a few weeks if it's a boy or girl - and I can't even believe we are at that point already! Ahh! It's slightly terrifying ;) 

Overall, I'm feeling pretty good! I'm SO happy to have my energy back. The nausea is still sometimes there - which is less than fun - but I think I've just learned to live with it! I will say, I'm finally noticing my bump starting to poke out! Yay! I have been waiting for it! Chris has been telling me for the past few weeks that I'm "pushing out" but I think now we've determined that it is in fact, the baby :) I think it can be difficult at the beginning to embrace all of the changes happening to your body - but I just try to remember how amazing it all is. The fact that our bodies can do this is such a miracle. 

Speaking of changes, I'm starting to be a bit uncomfortable when I sleep. I am such a stomach sleeper - but now I can't lie flat without it feeling weird! It may be almost time to break out the snoogle pillow - which saved my life when I was pregnant with Lo. Seems a bit early this time around, but I've heard second time is different! My skin has been REALLY dry and itchy - which know is also a "thing" during pregnancy so I've been using the Mama Mio tummy rub before I go to bed and when I wake up. I'm noticing a huge difference. The body butter is really thick (which I love), has a Shea butter base and smells delicious like mint. So far so good! 

Cravings haven't really changed too much - I still want lots of orange juice and fruit, but I also crave a burger and fries too. I like to say it's a nice balance ;) I try to keep almonds or some sort of trail mix snack around to munch on because I am hungry all the time. At least I don't get nauseous if I don't eat every half hour like during the first trimester! It's toned down a bit! I've also been having oatmeal as a mid-afternoon snack/meal. It helps to keep me full a little longer so I can make it to dinner time without feeling "hangry." 

I'll keep these little "bumpdates" coming - because it's a fun way for me to share the pregnancy with you all. I'm so thankful for the journey and that I get to occupy this little blog space! It's so fun and makes it extra exciting for us! Thank you for following along!

xx, 

Ashley 

 

How to do Disney with a toddler...

 

Where to stay...

We went to Disney with a total of six adults and 3 children, so we were all about renting a house. We went through the Windsor Hills Resort in Kissimmee, located only 10 minutes from the Magic Kingdom parking lot. We LOVED it. For those who want to stay at a monorail-friendly Disney hotel, I've stayed at the Contemporary Resort five separate times and it's fabulous. Very kid-friendly and I recommend trying to book a "character" dinner at Chef Mickey's if you want a great meal and more importantly, if you want you kid(s) to meet Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, Donald, Goofy and Pluto without having to wait in line :) 

Helpful Tips...

1. Schedule character "meet and greets" ahead of time (see above). Pay the extra money and BOOK IN ADVANCE for a character dinner or breakfast. The characters will come to your table while you eat ... it's definitely worth the money. If you book the character meet and greets at the park ahead of time using your Fast Passes, you should be all set too! 

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2. Invest in a good, "easy to use" stroller. We used the BABYZEN YOYO+ and it was amazing! It's so easy to unfold and fold (you can do it with one hand) and also fits in the airplane's overhead bin. It comes with a shoulder strap so you can carry it just like a purse, and weighs just 15 lbs. I also love that while it's super compact, it has a great storage area underneath. Oh, and did I mention it comes with a rain cover?! It's basically the perfect travel stroller, and you can check it out here

3. Schedule in nap time. We wanted to make sure that Lolo still got her naps so we purposely didn't schedule anything from 12-2:30pm. Actually, we rented a house just a few miles from Disney, so we would leave the park and do lunch/nap at the house. It worked out really well for a few reasons...1. We never had to deal with any toddler meltdowns because she got her normal rest time, and 2. We skipped the hottest part of the day! She did fall asleep one day in her stroller before we could make it to the car so we just walked around with her for an hour or so, and she was fine :) 

4. Bring a backpack as your diaper bag. Trust me on this one, you need all hands on deck not to mention a million snacks, sunscreen, water, your phone, wallet, etc., so you'll need lots of compartments! We love our Skip Hop Chelsea bag, and Skip Hop also makes a pretty awesome backpack for under $60! I also love this one from CoolBell too because it's super functional and has an insulated front pocket to keep a bottle or snacks cool! 

5. Plan Fast Passes in advance. Have a plan of which rides you want to hit and do your fast passes online in advance so you don't have to waste time trying to figure it out at the park.  We made the mistake of waiting to figure out the fast passes once we got to the park and by the time we did, a lot of the rides we wanted to hit were booked up and the wait was insane. The second and third days we planned the night before and it was MUCH smoother. 

6. Bring snacks/lots of fluids. One thing I appreciate, is that Disney allows you to bring your own snacks AND water into the park. (Also, if you pay the extra for preferred parking, they'll give you cold bottles of water before you park the car, which is nice to know!) I brought lots of options for Lo in separate snack bags like grapes, goldfish, harvest snap peas, yogurt bites, apple sauce pouches, and raisins. 

7. Utilize the Baby Care Center. If you need a break from the heat, a sink, microwave, or a clean place to change your baby the Baby Care Center is a great resource! You can also find snacks, diapers, sunscreen, rockers and more! (There are locations in all 4 theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios)

 

General Park -Touring Tips + a few of Lo's favorite rides/shows...

If you're planning a 3-day Disney trip, I recommend two full days at Magic Kingdom and one at the Animal Kingdom. If you've got 4 days, go with 2 full MK, 1 day at AK, and 1 day at Hollywood Studios. If you're going for a toddler-based trip, I'd choose Hollywood Studios because they have SO many amazing rides and shows for kids (Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Toy Story, etc.) We didn't get a chance to go, but definitely will on our next trip! 

Magic Kingdom: It's a Small World, Peter Pan, Under the Sea; Country Bear Jamboree, Swiss Family Robinson Tree House, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise; There are also shows running every few hours or so on the stage in front of the castle. We caught one in the afternoon which included Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, and the Frozen characters! 

Animal Kingdom: Kilimanjaro Safari, Festival of the Lion King, The Boneyard, Pangani Forest Exploration Trail (walking trail)

Epcot: Meet + Greet with Anna and Elsa, Finding Nemo, Spaceship Earth (it's dark so could be scary for some kids, but Lo loved it), Frozen (it was broken when we were there, but I'm assuming it would have been a fave ;) 

                     Walking trails at Animal Kingdom 

                    Walking trails at Animal Kingdom 

   Elephants on the Kilimanjaro Safari at Animal Kingdom

  Elephants on the Kilimanjaro Safari at Animal Kingdom

xx, Ashley

Valentine's Day Style Inspo Under $100...

With Valentine's Day just 2 weeks away, it's time to start thinking about what you'll be wearing! If you've got something fun planned - Galentine's Day dinner, a date with your significant other, etc. it's always nice to treat yourself to a special outfit that makes you feel your best! 

Here are a few pieces, all under $100 that would be perfect for a night out! 

xx,

Ashley