{Giveaway Winner}

We have a winner!!  Congratulations to Kasey Gardner Herrington for winning our first giveaway!!  That was so much fun, and I can't wait to host more giveaways in the future.  Kasey…Your free bag of Shakeology is headed your way, and thank you all for entering.



{Shakeology Giveaway}

I'm so excited today because I'm hosting my very first giveaway!!  I will never forget winning a giveaway over on one of my fave blogs, Hello Hue, and I always think about how awesome and thrilling it was when FREE STUFF showed up on my doorstep!!  I can't wait to send free stuff to one of my lucky readers, and I'm so pumped about this giveaway because it's a product that I absolutely love.  Here's how I discovered Shakeology...

After giving birth to my little Kate, I really struggled to lose all the baby weight that I had gained during pregnancy.  Five months had passed since she was born, and I still hadn't shed those final pounds that I was so determined to lose.  I had plateaued in my fitness regimen, and it was time to step up my game.  That's when I looked to my cousin for some support and guidance.  Stephanie had recently become a Beachbody coach, and her results were truly inspiring.  She looked phenomenal, and she too was striving to shed post-baby pounds just like me.  She was a great fitness mentor for me, and she helped me get back on track with a regimen that worked perfectly with my schedule as a new stay-at-home mom.

I immediately ordered the T25 workouts and my first bag of Shakeology, and I hit the ground running with Stephanie as my Beachbody coach.  Not only did she serve as a coach, but she was also my accountability partner.  We'd chat almost daily about our workouts, share Shakeology recipes, and lift each other up on days when we needed extra motivation to push play and get that workout in.  Within weeks I was seeing my body transform in amazing ways, and it felt great to be getting back in shape.  I got to the point where I looked forward to my morning shakes, and I couldn't wait to spend 25 minutes with Shaun T every day sweating it out.  It was the best feeling, and I'm so thankful I have found a workout and meal plan that works for me.
Here are some of the great things about Shakeology:

Why Drink Shakeology Every Day?
  • Lose weight – especially if you replace a meal with Shakeology every day.
  • Reduce junk food cravings – drink it in the morning to enjoy this benefit throughout the day.
  • Increase your energy and feel healthier.
  • Improve your digestion and regularity.
It's the simple recipe for success:
  • You won't feel deprived, because every delicious shake tastes like a sinful treat.
  • The proteins and healthy fats will help you feel fuller longer, so you're less likely to snack.
  • Superfoods help your body reduce cravings for junk food.
  • Increased energy means your workouts feel easier. 
How Shakeology gets you healthy from the inside out:
  • Fiber and probiotics help you "get regular" so you eliminate toxins built up in your digestive system.
  • Proprietary blend of prebiotics and probiotics help create a healthy intestinal tract which aids digestion.
  • A healthier digestive system makes it easier to absorb key nutrients.
  • Digestive enzymes also help your body to increase the absorption of nutrients.
One lucky reader will win a bag of Vanilla Shakeology (valued at $129.95).  How awesome is that?!

Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.  Giveaway closes on Sunday night (July 27th), and the winner will be announced shortly thereafter.

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**If you're looking for guidance and/or support in the fitness arena, I highly recommend Stephanie…You can find her fitness page on Facebook here, and you can also find her coaching page here.  Good luck!!




{My Favorite Pregnancy Apps}

Happy Tuesday!!  I hope you all are enjoying your day, and I'm excited to be back today chatting all about my favorite pregnancy apps.  I light up anytime I get to talk about my pregnancies and my babies,  so this topic is tons of fun to discuss.

One of the first things I did after I found out I was expecting was download some pregnancy apps to help me navigate through my 9-month journey.  I find the apps so informative, and the tips and advice that they offer really did help to enrich my entire pregnancy experience.  Whether it is healthy food options, safe exercises, or just what exactly is going on inside that growing belly of yours, the tools available on these apps really help serve as somewhat of a "manual" to guide you through your days as an expectant mother.

Now let's get into the fun stuff…These are my 3 favorite apps, and the best part is…They're FREE!! :)
MY PREGNANCY TODAY:  Get the must-have pregnancy app for any parent-to-be. Brought to you by BabyCenter, the most trusted parenting resource, supporting 35 million moms worldwide.

Simply enter your baby’s due date and My Pregnancy Today turns your iPhone into an expert guide for your exact day of pregnancy. Feel more prepared for your baby’s birth, and get the answers you need, whenever you need them.

  • Your pregnancy day by day: Learn how your body’s changing, what’s ahead, and how to cope
  • Fetal development images: See what your baby looks like each week
  • Pregnancy checklist: Reminders to keep you on track with decisions, appointments, and more
  • Award-winning videos: Watch your baby grow in the womb
  • Baby registry: Discover what you need for baby's arrival, and personalize your registry checklist
  • Kick tracker: Easily keep track of your baby's movements
  • Birth clubs: Connect with other women due at the same time
  • Track your progress: Countdown to your big day with weekly notifications
  • Due date calculator: Quickly find your due date if you do not know it yet

GLOW NURTURE:  A beautifully designed app that gives you insights tailored to your pregnancy. It uses data science capabilities to ease your mind, quell your anxieties, and give you tips on when to take preventative steps for a healthier pregnancy. This app is not about a generic pregnancy - it is about YOUR pregnancy.

  • Pregnancy countdown
  • Enter due date or calculate from last menstrual period
  • Daily updates on your pregnancy and your baby’s size
  • Fetal development images: See what your baby looks like each day
  • Intuitive tracker of your weight and other pregnancy symptoms
  • Daily data summary of all that you need to know while pregnant
  • Track your progress: Countdown to your big day with weekly notifications
  • Photo sharing of that gorgeous baby bump
  • Quickly add photos of your pregnancy from your camera or library daily
  • Fantastic easy-to-digest articles on your pregnancy, curated by Glow and by users like you
  • Daily log customized to the different trimesters
  • Track everything: Water intake, Calories consumed, Kegels performed, Sleep, Emotional and physical discomfort and much more…
  • Immediate feedback on your health data and pregnancy symptoms
  • Alerts for when to reach out to a doctor or health care professional
  • Daily tasks to support a healthy mom and healthy baby
  • Appointment Calendar
  • Partner Support – get the help you need when you need it
  • The vibrant, warm and supportive Glow Community – always available so that you can connect with other parents on the same path as you
  • Easily accessible calendar view
  • International: use lb/kg or in/cm

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING: This app guides you through your pregnancy day-by-day and week-by-week. Based on your due date you’ll receive personalized content, get access to the latest parenting news and health information, and be connected to a tight-knit community of other expectant moms and parents like you for support and advice. This app offers brand new tools and support to help you prepare every step of the way. Plus, everything you need to simplify daily life, laugh a little, and be the best parent you can be as you raise a happy and healthy family. 

(Not for Moms only - this app is also perfect for dads, partners, grandparents, and other family members!)

  • Daily tracker shows your week and day of pregnancy, baby's development measured in fruit sizes, and countdown to your due date
  • Weekly videos, personalized tips, and week-by-week information help you understand your changing body and your baby's development
  • Active and supportive community makes it easy to meet Moms due in the same month as you
  • Photo journal to capture moments each week that create a visual memory of baby's journey
  • Weekly inspiration and shareable milestones make it easy and fun to celebrate your little one's progress with family and friends

  • The only app that tracks your pregnancy as well as your other children in one place
- Syncs photos, content, and preferences across your devices
Are you expecting??  If so, I hope you enjoy these helpful apps.  Download one or all three to enhance your experience and make your pregnancy that much more exciting and interactive!!




{Washi Tape Crafts}

Happy Friday!!  I don't know about y'all, but I sure am glad to see the weekend.  We have a few fun things planned during the next few days, but for the most part, this nesting mama is ready to clean, organize, and declutter this house.  Isn't it funny how nesting just happens when you least expect it?  All of the sudden it hit me like a ton of bricks, and my poor hubby runs at the sight of my latest to-do list. :)

My go-to girl whenever I'm in need of some organization inspiration is Jen from i heart organizing.  She's like my organizing idol, and boy did she get me this week with her washi tape ideas.  As soon as I read her post, I pulled out my washi tape collection and prepped for some projects.  Here are some of the fun ideas that Jen suggested…
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{Life Lately}

Hey friends!!  It's so great to be back here with you.  I {unintentionally} took a little blogging break, and looking back, I can see that it was much-needed.  It was so nice to soak in every second with my little girl and my baby boy that's growing in my belly, and I decided to just slow down a little to remember to cherish these moments and memories.

Our sweet Kate is changing so much, and I have been giving her my undivided attention over the past few weeks.  It's just sinking in that she will soon give up her role as my only child, and {if I'm completely honest} it makes me a little teary just thinking about it.  She will always be my special baby, and I have loved watching her grow and learn so much this summer.

As for our baby boy, he has quickly become quite the active little fella in Mama's belly.  My favorite time with him is in the evenings when I crawl into bed...I always have quiet time when I can just gently place my hand on my belly to feel his presence.  It's almost like he knows I'm there, and each night he puts on his little acrobatic routine before he calls it a night, too. :)  Just last night as we were about to fall asleep, Forrest put his hand on my belly and got to feel some of the strongest kicks I've ever felt our little boy give.  It's almost like he was saying "Hey Daddy! I know you're there." :)

I'm excited to catch up with all of you, and in the meantime, here are some snapshots of my life lately…
{Boat day with my hubby}
{25 week baby bump}
{28 week baby bump}
{Baby boy's very 1st gift…Thank you, Yia Yia and Papou!}
{4th of July with our little firecracker}
{Date day "selfie" :)}
{Dada's hoooooome!!!}
{Play date with sweet friends}
{Awesome day with Dad at the shooting range}
{Shopping with Yia Yia and our little sidekick}
{Nothing says summer like running through sprinklers in pj's}