5 on Friday

So I was working on a post, but decided I’d rather do this today instead! Here’s my 5 favorite things that happened this week.

5) This really cute outfit for baby boy that I found at Target. He has more clothes than I know what to do with…but I couldn’t help it!

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4) These two girls.

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3) Crepes and Target with two of my favorite people in the whole world.

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2) Bachelor Night with some of my favorite loves (and four legged loves).

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1) And 29 weeks as of today! So close to single digits, I can hardly stand it! So excited to meet this little guy. (This pic was from about 15 weeks ago!) :)

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Next week will be busy, but I’m looking forward to it! Hope you all have a great weekend!

40 bags in 40 days Challenge, Week 1 Update

So last week I posted about the 40 bags in 40 days challenge. I began the challenge last Wednesday have now been through the first week. Check out my original post here.

I have to say even though the areas I’ve chosen to focus on are small, it definitely feels good to decrapify!

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Right around the time I discovered we were expecting, I’ve been trying to declutter and clean anyways. Nesting maybe? It’s all been big stuff, like a closet here, a closet there, the garage, etc. Between the incoming arrival of a tiny person and all the STUFF he will need, plus potentially moving at the end of the year, getting rid of stuff has been a priority.

So for this challenge I wanted to focus on really small areas of the house. The FlyLady (check her out if you haven’t) would probably call some of these hot-spots, or areas that seem to attract clutter. Or if it’s a bigger area, or somewhere I feel is a bit daunting, I’ve broken it up into sections. Like I have three days where I want to work on my garage because otherwise it probably won’t get done.

Here’s my list.

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Two of my first tasks were to hit the junk drawer in kitchen and a basket we keep on the counter that I’ve been piling random things in. It was ridiculous how much stuff I was able to purge. I had coupons in my junk drawer from Christmas 2013. Oops.

Another daily task was to get rid of all of my recycling since I’d been to lazy to cut down my boxes and get them in the recycle bin. Getting that done actually really cleared up a huge space in my garage so I wasn’t tripping over stuff every time I went out to my truck. On the same day I also cleaned up my backyard a little bit and got some decorations out that were totally rusted and useless. (Hawaiian perk).

My toughest task of these first seven days was my food pantry. Each time my awesome momma comes to visit we she cleans out my pantries and throws away all the expired stuff, reorganizes, etc. Because she’s awesome like that.

So I guess maybe I should work on being awesome too.

I did get a few things purged and definitely reorganized, so it doesn’t look like someone ransacked my pantry anymore. Just like with my cooking, momma does it better.

I sent this challenge to a few of my friends, to see if they would do it with me. Misery loves company right? Just kidding. Some were already doing other challenges but one told me she didn’t have enough stuff to get rid of 40 bags. I know I definitely don’t since I’ve been working on purging for months. But I’m looking at it a bit differently.

Through the first seven days I think I maybe have threw away one trash bag worth of stuff. That’s not much, but it’s one less bag of stuff I have in my house AND that means a few sections of my house are that much cleaner and well organized!

Plus this is helping to keep me motivated. I’ve noticed a serious drop in my energy lately so now I feel obligated to at least straighten, purge and clean one teeny tiny part of my house each day. Once I start moving around and doing stuff, it’s hard to stop so then I get a little more cleaning done than I planned!

Did you start this challenge? How’s it going?

Enough with the negativity already!

You don't have to be negative when there are so many more positives out there. Choose how you think!

Pregnancy is an interesting beast all on it’s own. I have learned quite a few things over the last few months about the human body, babies and so much more.

The biggest take away I have so far is further insight into human nature…so I must say this:

Please, for the love of all that is good in this world, stop making pregnancy and newborns and babies sound like they are the worst thing ever. Seriously. This needs to stop.

This is a typical conversation I have:

Person: How are you?

Me: Great!

Person? How are you feeling?

Me: Good, a little tired. OR Good, my back hurts a little. OR huge, even though I know I’m not.

Person: Well – you just wait…it’s only going to get so much worse.

I don’t even know how to respond to this. And people say these things like pregnancy is such a horrible thing. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve had this conversation. At no point in this conversation am I complaining. You asked how I was and I answered. What would you like me to say? Awful? Miserable? Amazing? I don’t know what response you are hoping to elicit from me but honestly, stop asking if you need to throw in jabs and opinions.

I wake up some days and my back really hurts. But honestly? It puts a smile on my face. My husband and I spent years, yes years, hoping that one day this would happen.

Don’t you get it? This is exactly what we wanted. We would have given anything to have gotten to this point with our first pregnancy but unfortunately we were denied that. We have experienced loss already. This is what we hoped for. Every ache, every pain. Every kick even if it’s to the bladder.

I go to bed achy and I wake up achy and I thank my lucky stars every. single. time. This is a blessing to us.

This is a weird and sometimes gross experience. But it is amazing and beautiful and wonderful. Yes I cried when I found my first stretch mark. Yes I cried when my scale went up (okay I always cry when my scale goes up).

These are harsh realities to accept. But I’m still happy about it, no matter how many pounds I gain or how many tears are shed over it. I cry over puppies also, it’s not that big of a deal. I would not trade a single moment of it away.

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But I just can’t believe how down on pregnancy everyone is!

Sleep is another one of these things that is always a point of contention. I still sleep really well and people are shocked by that.  Everyone tells me, just wait — that will go away. Or you won’t ever sleep once the baby gets here. Or enjoy it while it lasts.

Seriously everyone makes it sound so awful. Newsflash, I’m not an idiot. I realize babies wake up and cry in the middle of the night, or they need to eat every two hours. Things will change but that is part of this entire experience.

I know there is someone out there reading this thinking…well those opinions don’t go away when the baby gets here! People will be telling you from here on out what to do, how to do it or that you’re doing it wrong.

Well…STOP! Opinions will be asked for when they are wanted. This is not a free for all. Simply because I am pregnant, just because someone is a new parent, or has a child at all, doesn’t mean they need free lecturing, unsolicited advice and someone constantly telling them how it is or how it should be!

Please, enough with the negativity! Society as a whole should recognize pregnancy is a wonderful thing and there are so many amazing positives. Can these be focused on? There are enough terrible things in this world, not every conversation needs to be negative.

Happy Monday, hope you all have a great week! Take some time today to think about all the positives around you. Share something positive about your day in the comments below!

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30 by 30

So I’ve added a little something to my blog (and I absolutely stole this idea from a pretty cool blog I saw, check it out here!

So this will be my running list of 30 things I’d like to do by the time I turn 30. That’s just under 2.5 years away and I’m a few months shy of having a new born, so I felt like I had to be pretty realistic on things I could and could not accomplish. So join me on my little journey and let’s see if I can do them all! I created a new page on my blog where I’ll keep the running list, but here’s the very start!

1. Run a 1/2 marathon.

2. Be completely debt free.

3. Give up processed food for one full month.

4. Write a book.

5. Be a mom.

6. Learn to sew.

7. Grow my blog to 1,000 readers. (I currently have about 10).

8. Go on a cruise.

9. Host a holiday meal.

10. Visit 4 Hawaiian Islands.

11. Get a new stamp on my passport.

12. Learn to make macaroons.

13. Go to a Panthers vs Saints game.

14. Visit Boston, but more importantly Fenway.

15. Be published in a newspaper again.

16. Run 4 5ks.

17. Learn to throw a football.

19. Throw Wes a fantastic 30th birthday party.

20. Go camping.

21. Volunteer at the SPCA – and not take home all the puppies.

22. Teach Roxy to walk on a leash like a lady.

23. Visit Disney World.

24. Visit Disneyland.

25.Visit Harry Potter World.

26. Make an ice cream cake.

27. Successfully watch or read the Shining. Always wanted to, always chicken out.

28. Give back to the infertility community.

29. Go back to school.

30. Read 20 books a year.

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Check out my awesome friends!

So two of my awesome friends have started a fun new blogging endeavor. I’ll let them tell you all about it.

Check out Lauren’s blog A Dash of Soul. And check out Val’s This Whole Mommy Thing.

Looks great loveies!

Oh and if I haven’t gushed about how awesome my friend Jacqui is — you should check out her Etsy store, CMYKlays. Or see her stuff on Facebook.

I have some ridiculously talented friends and yes I am shameless plugging them!

Hope you all had a great Friday!

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