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2017 Swimsuit Guide

2017 Swimsuit Guide

2017 Swimsuit Guide

2017 Swimsuit Guide is here.  I have been buying Victoria’s Secret swimsuits for years. Last April, the company announced they would no longer be in the swim business and will be using the space to sell more active wear. My heart is broken. So I searched all over the internet to find where and what to buy this summer! Here is over one hundred amazing swimsuit ideas!

Below is an idea list for the mommas out there who aren’t afraid to show some skin. Most these swimsuits will fantastic on thin body types or those with smaller chest sizes. I especially love the extra lines on much of these but think about tan lines when shopping.

I fit into the category of more coverage but still love wearing a bikini. All the swimsuits below are mommy appropriate and have a little extra support and material. There are some really cute one piece numbers also that do not look frumpy. I personally have a hard time with the one piece look because I am short and have a larger chest so I need an xs swimsuit with a large sized chest. Never works out well but I am still on the hunt for the perfect one.  I love the higher waists and floral patterns. When you look for a swimsuit with more coverage, sometimes buying by your bra size is the best bet to make sure everything stays in place, especially if you have a larger chest.

All us mommas need a great cover up or two for the beach or pool. Chasing after kids all day and bending over, you want to make sure you are comfortable and not feel like you are exposing all the goods to the public. Plus, they are adorable and stylish. The kimono is my favorite cover up and multi functional. Wear them out and about with some skinny jeans and tank top or hanging out by the pool watching the kids swim.

 

Which of these styles from our 2017 Swimsuit Guide is your favorite?

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Peanut Butter Frosting

Peanut Butter Frosting

Peanut Butter Frosting time! I love peanut butter. Love, love, love it. There is no better combination than chocolate and peanut butter in a dessert.

Peanut Butter Frosting

This frosting is so simple to make. The only trick to making this frosting, or really any frosting, is to make sure you use room temperature butter. This helps get that smooth and creamy texture perfect for frosting cupcakes or cakes.

Peanut Butter Frosting

For frosting cupcakes or cakes, I always use a large tip. Any of the Wiltons large tip set will work.  To frost a cupcake, make a small dollop in the middle and then make a swirl starting at the edges and going towards the center. Sprinkle some fun chocolate chips or sprinkles and done. Easy as that.

Peanut Butter Frosting

Peanut butter and chocolate is basically perfect together. For these chocolate cupcakes, I used a cake box mix and added an extra egg, swapped vegetable oil with butter and used milk. Plus, I like to add a packet of instant chocolate pudding for an extra chocolate taste. Add the peanut butter frosting and you have one heck of a dessert. You can also try a cake like this one from Simply Made Recipes, Triple Chocolate Cake with peanut Butter Frosting. You are seeing that correctly, triple chocolate. Yummy.

Peanut Butter Frosting

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Peanut Butter Frosting
 
Simple peanut butter frosting for cupcakes and cakes.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • ½cup heaving cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup room temperature unsalted butter
  • 1.5 cups creamy peanut butter, creamy
Instructions
  1. Gather ingredients, hand or stand mixer, frosting bag and tip, measuring cups and a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add room temperature butter to your mixing bowl with peanut butter. Mix until smooth.
  3. Add in a cup of confectioners sugar and .5 cup heavy cream and mix until smooth.
  4. Add the remaining confectioners sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and mix again until you have a creamy, smooth frosting.
  5. Place into your frosting bag with tip and frost away!

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10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party

{+ Cupcake Recipe}

My daughter is turning 2 years old and we are throwing a party and sharing 10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party !

#1 ) Have your child pick a theme and colors! We are focusing on Minnie Mouse today because my daughter is literally obsessed with all things Minnie. Where do these obsessions come from? She saw a Minnie Mouse one day in the store and for the past 4 months, everything from shoes, shirts to stuffed animals and toys have to be Minnie Mouse. Minnie Mouse was an obvious theme for this year and so we had to pick colors. Pinks, black, and white were some nice complimentary colors to go with. Pick at least 3 colors. One dark, one light and one bright for contrast and fun. Some great places to go for party supplies are Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby and Target. Amazon is also a great place to search for ideas and grab fun items.

#2 ) Meal plan. I think a lot of people go over board in this department. Kids are pretty simple. Pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers work perfectly. We did some hot dogs on the grill for our guests with ketchup and mustard on the side. Cheap, simple, and all the kids are happy. Don’t feel like you have to feed everyone a big meal either. Maybe just have some snacks spread out and put your money and focus on other areas.

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}#3 ) Snacks are a must. If you do a meal or not, you need some snacks. Kids get hungry and the adults get bored but everyone can agree on eating. We did some popcorn in cute bags and a plate of watermelon. Popcorn is filling and healthier than other options and it is always nice to offer something fresh so shoot for a fruit or vegetable. Remember to buy some plates, napkins and utensils.

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}#4 ) Add special touches. I enjoy crafts so I made everything myself but even if you don’t have a crafty bone in your body, there are a lot of great party packs that are ready to go. Once you have a color and theme picked out, just search for what you need. You may end up spending more money doing this, especially if you want Minnie Mouse on everything. The little things go a long way though! I made this Minnie Mouse head below from Styrofoam balls. I spray painted the round Styrofoam and a stick, used toothpicks to assemble and poured some confetti in a vas. Really simple to do but so much fun to make and for our guests to look at.

Also, I had Minnie Mouse cut outs for everything. I used the felt with a sticky back and a cookie cutter in the shape of Mickey to use as my template. A hand drew a little bow as my template for all those.  I made the banner, cups, and popcorn bags with the Minnie Mouse felt cut outs to add a pop of Minnie and  to make the party table cohesive. I also used this cookie cutter for the watermelon cut outs.

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}#5 ) Let the kids dress up. Invite the kids to dress up as Mickey or Minnie or make your own mouse ears like I did. Having a theme and purpose to the party is important and going beyond that to play dress up adds a memorable experience and prompts bonding between children. You can buy mouse ears but this gets expensive! I found ones for under $2 a piece… these were about 50 cents to make. Big difference when you have 20 kids running around. All you need is cheap head bands, scissors, felt, glue, bobby pins to hold the ears in place until dry, and bows. I got lucky with these bows because they were on clearance so search around for a good priced bow or even make your own.

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}#6 ) Drinks! Refreshments are always on the party list.  A pink lemonade was a great choice with the theme and colors. We also had a cooler filled with caffeine free sodas and waters. If alcohol is acceptable for the adults, you can let them know to BYOB in the invite. Don’t forget the cups.

#7 ) Never underestimate the power of a balloon. Seriously. Throw a bunch of blown up balloons on the floor and it looks neat, plus the kids have a blast with them. Bonus! They are cheap.

10 Tips for an Affordable Minnie Mouse Birthday Party {+ Cupcake Recipe}#8 ) Have a craft and activities planned out.  I bought some wooden beads and ribbon so we could all sit in a  circle and do an activity together as a group. Pick at least one group activity. Pin the bow on Minnie would be fun. Cut out and paint a Minnie Mouse and a bunch of bows to see who can come the closest to pinning the bow in the right place, make a necklace or bracelet, paint, color, use stencils, or whatever you can think of. Try and pick an activity that is fun for all ages that will get a lot of participation.

#9 ) Cake! Save money by making your own cupcakes or cupcakes. Cupcakes are a lot easier to bake and decorate so I made these cute Minnie Mouse Cupcakes for the party. All you need is a box of chocolate or vanilla cake mix, mini Oreos, butter, vanilla extract, milk, confectioners sugar, eggs, cupcake liners, instant pudding, pink chocolate melts and a chocolate bow mold.
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Minnie Mouse Cupcakes
 
Super simple Minnie Mouse Cupcakes for birthday celebrations!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 1 box chocolate or vanilla cake mix
  • 1 box chocolate or vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk, + 2 tablespoons for frosting
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • .5 pound pink chocolate melts
  • bag of mini Oreos
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. You need a hand or stand mixer, muffin pan, cupcake liners, chocolate bow mold, measuring cups, mixing bowls and a glass bowl for chocolate, frosting tip and bag.
  3. Place cupcake liners into muffin pan.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, add box of cake mix, 1 cup milk, .5 cup room temperature butter, and 4 eggs.
  5. Use your hand or stand mix to blend well.
  6. Pour mix into the cupcake liners filling ¾ full.
  7. Bake for 18 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool.
  9. Make the chocolate bows. In a small glass bowl, microwave chocolate according to package directions. This should take about 1 minute. Stir well and use a spoon to fill each mold. Let the chocolate set before removing and repeat until you have enough bows.
  10. Begin your frosting. In a large bowl, add .5 cup of room temperature butter and mix until smooth. Add the 2 tablespoons of milk and vanilla extract and half the confectioners sugar. Mix well and add the remaining confectioners sugar until blended completely.
  11. Place the frosting into the pastry bag with a large tip. Frost each cupcake.
  12. Set 2 mini Oreos on each cupcake with a chocolate bow in the center.

 

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party#10 ) Lay out all your plans in the invitation. Let your guests know what to wear, what foods you will be serving, that there will be crafts, and of course put the time and date. Also, have a phone number and email for RSVP. If you know who is coming, you can save money across the board by not buying too much!

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Cupcake Basket {+ Lavendar Frosting Recipe}

Cupcake Basket

 

Cupcake Basket is a fun gift idea for Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day or birthdays. A simple, affordable gift that makes a big impact! Today, I made a simple vanilla cupcake with a special lavender frosting and set the cupcakes into this basket.

 

Cupcake Basket

What you need for a Cupcake Basket:

  • A medium sized basket
  • foam block
  • green cupcake liners
  • green tissue paper
  • cupcake ingredients
  • toothpicks
  • Wilton tip 2D
  • frosting bags
  • small fresh flowers to weave in (optional)

Cupcake Basket

Step one is to cook your cupcakes in the green liners. Use a box cake mix or your own special recipe of choice. I like to use a basic box cake mix, add an extra egg, swap oil for butter and add an instant pudding packet. This gives a simple box cake, more of a gourmet cupcake taste.

Once the cupcakes cool, make your lavender frosting recipe and decorate with Wilton tip 2D. To make the rose look, start in the middle and spiral around until the cupcake is covered.

Cupcake Basket

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Lavender Frosting Recipe
 
Cupcake Basket made with a simple but beautiful lavender frosting.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoon lavender extract
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 4 drops red food coloring
  • 2 drops blue food coloring
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add lavender extract, confectioners sugar and butter.
  2. use a hand or stand mixer to blend until smooth.
  3. Add the food coloring and mix.
  4. Place frosting into frosting bag with 2D tip and frost each individual cupcake. Begin in the center and spiral out.

 

Cupcake Basket

Once the cupcakes are completely frosted, place in the freezer. You will want to do this to put the bouquet together in the basket or else the cupcakes are too soft and everything will fall apart. As the cupcakes freeze, build your basket. Start with an empty basket of choice and add a foam square in the bottom. I cut my foam block today and stacked the smaller piece on top of the larger to add more volume inside. Use your toothpicks to hold it all together.

Cupcake BasketYou can see I used 2 toothpicks per cupcake to hold it in. Place a green cupcake liner to mark all your spots. Tear some of the green tissue paper and weave it between the cupcake liners to add more color and volume. This doesn’t need a lot of tissue paper, I only used about half a sheet.

Once the cupcakes are frozen enough that the cake that a toothpick smoothly goes in without any bending in the cake, place all your cupcakes. You may need to use a few extra toothpicks to hold all the cupcakes exactly where you want them. A single toothpick being used as a support on the bottom of the cupcake can really help some of those side angled cupcakes.

Once all the cupcakes are placed and steady, fill in any open spots in the bouquet with tissue paper or you can weave in some small flowers.

Cupcake Basket

 


What do you all think about this cute Cupcake Basket with lavender frosting? Would you love receiving this as a gift or creating one for someone in your life?

 

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Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple Salsa with fresh pineapple, red onion, lime juice, jalapeno, cilantro, tomatoes, and bell peppers. Perfect for tortilla chips or on top of salmon or pork.

Pineapple Salsa

I love this salsa. It is so crazy easy to make and the fresh taste is unbelievably delicious.  This pineapple salsa pairs best with salty items like chips or pork so get that sweet and salty flavor combo that makes your taste buds do a little happy dance.

Pineapple Salsa

Not only is this salsa crazy good and simple but you can make it so fun for a party or get together by making a pineapple bowl! I’m thinking tacos and margaritas on the patio with friends this summer.

For the pineapple bowl,  cut your pineapple down the center. Cut around the sides and make slices in the middle. Scoop out the fresh pineapple and use for the salsa while leaving a perfect bowl to dump all your pineapple salsa ingredients into.

Pineapple Salsa

With the simple recipes like this pineapple salsa here, there isn’t a whole lot to say about it! Just make sure to buy all fresh ingredients and finely dice the onion and jalapeno. Salt is not in this recipe although, feel free to add a pinch. I find it doesn’t need it though and why add extra sodium when it’s not necessary?

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Pineapple Salsa
 
Pineapple Salsa with fresh pineapple, red onion, lime juice, jalapeno, cilantro, tomatoes, and bell peppers.
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup diced fresh pineapple
  • ¼ cup fresh diced red onion
  • 1 diced tomato
  • ¼ cup freshly chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime
  • .5 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1 jalapeno
Instructions
  1. Dice 1 cup of fresh pineapple, tomato, bell pepper and cilantro.
  2. Finely dice 1 jalapeno and ¼ cup worth red onion.
  3. Add all ingredients in a bowl and squeeze 1 lime into mix.
  4. Stir and serve.

 

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Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad is a simple cold pasta salad with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese pearls, balsamic vinaigrette, and a pesto. Perfect for the upcoming warm weather family grill outs or for lunches.

Pesto Pasta Salad

I am a huge fan of pasta salad. I love to make a big batch on Sunday afternoon for the family to eat for lunches throughout the week making it a healthier and more affordable option. Plus, it is so darn simple. Pasta salad is always, always, always a safe bet to bring to any gathering from neighborhood grill out to a work pot luck.

Pesto Pasta Salad

What kind of pesto should you use for Pesto Pasta Salad?

You can use whatever pesto you enjoy. If that is a store bought one to make this dish super convenient or if you make your own. Try the Kale Pesto recipe from our blog made with kale, almonds, olive oil, garlic and parmesan cheese. Click HERE for recipe.

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Pesto Pasta Salad
 
Simple cold pasta salad with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella pearls, balsamic vinaigrette, and pesto.
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Ingredients
  • I box bow tie pasta
  • ⅓ cup pesto
  • ¼ cup fresh basil
  • 8 ounce container mozzarella pearls
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch of salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook bow tie pasta according to package directions.
  2. Chop the fresh basil and cut cherry tomatoes in halves.
  3. In a small bowl, add olive oil, pesto, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Mix well with a whisk.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, add drained pasta, pesto mixture, drained mozzarella pearls, basil and tomatoes. Stir.
  5. Place in fridge for 2 hours and serve.

 

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Easter Bunny Chocolate Dirt Cups

Easter Bunny Chocolate Dirt Cups

Easter Bunny Chocolate Dirt Cups are a chocolaty, fun, child approved treat perfect for Easter celebrations.

Easter Bunny Chocolate Dirt Cups

I really wanted to create a fun treat that kids can help make that was simple, time efficient and delicious! Easter Bunny Chocolate Dirt Cups hit the mark with a neat spin off from worms in dirt dessert. We layered Oreos, chocolate pudding, coconut, sprinkles with a Easter bunny Peep and candy Robin Eggs.

Easter Bunny Chocolate Dirt Cups

To make these, crush a sleeve of Oreos and sprinkle some in the bottom of a clear cup. Have the kids help whip up some instant chocolate pudding and fill the cup half full and then layer more crushed Oreos, followed by another layer of chocolate pudding. Let the kids finish decorating their Easter Bunny Dirt Cups with a few more Oreo crumbs, colored coconut, a bunny Peep and a few Robin Eggs. I had some Easter sprinkles laying around so we added a bit of those too. All there is to do now is dip a spoon in and enjoy!

Dessert doesn’t have to be complicated. Easter for me is all about spending time with my family and doing some creative projects like egg decorating and baking goodies. These Easter Bunny Dirt Cups are such a simple, fun, family friendly Easter Day treat for everyone to dig into and participate in.

How is everyone spending their Easter this year? Do you have any fun treat recipes that you love to make that the kids help out with?

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Easter Bunny Chocolate Dirt Cups
 
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Simple, fun Easter desserts with chocolate pudding, oreos, coconut and Easter bunny.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 5
Ingredients
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 package instant chocolate pudding
  • 10 Oreos
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 5-10 drops green food coloring
  • 15 chocolate mini Robin Egg candies
  • 5 bunny Peeps
  • Easter sprinkles (optional)
Instructions
  1. Prepare your grass with 1 cup of shredded coconut with 5-10 drops green food coloring mixed in a small bowl.
  2. Chop your Oreos into crumbs. Either use a food processor, knife, or paddle in a Ziploc bag. I prefer to just finely chop the cookies. Place crumbs in a small bowl.
  3. Prepare your chocolate pudding according to package directions. All you do is add milk and whisk.
  4. Assemble the Easter Bunny Chocolate Dirt Cups. Place Oreo crumbs on the bottom of a cup, add a layer of pudding, some more Oreo crumbs, and a second layer of pudding.
  5. Decorate! Add more Oreos crumbs, green coconut, a bunny Peep, 3 Robin Eggs and some fun sprinkles.
  6. Enjoy!

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How to Style a Denim Vest

How to Style a Denim Vest

How to Style a Denim Vest

How to Style a Denim Vest

I’m all about the mom style infusing comfy with trends. I love the versatility of a simple denim vest.

How to Style a Denim Vest

Start with a simple bottom and plain top. A black maxi skirt or leggings are shown with a plain white t shirt or a striped t. All playground friendly wear that you can move in and chase after the kids or swing on the playset. I think that is important as a mom, to be able to be active with your children. I am not one of those moms that takes the kids to the park and sits on a bench. I am right in there going down slides and being involved so my clothes have to accommodate this.

How to Style a Denim Vest

When you have simple clothing pieces on, think of accessories as being the star of the outfit and what brings everything together. You don’t want to look like you rolled out of bed and threw on some leggings and a t shirt. Although, my hair today surely says that. Accessories will help taking a blah outfit and turn into a trendy look.

For my maxi skirt look, I have on Stella & Dot. The Renegade bracelet, Knot Cuff and Quill Drop earrings all in gold.

For my leggings look, I have on Stella & Dot once again. The Sutton Necklace in silver is a great statement piece for almost any outfit.

How to Style a Denim Vest

Now, for the shoes. before children, I wore a lot of high heels and chose style over comfort. There is no running around in heels however, so look for shoes that are versatile. I live in Tom’s and Keds these days. Ballet flats are always a good choice too.

My mini has on black leggings, Carters denim vest, Carters pink shoes and a Hello kitty t shirt. How cute is this denim vest she has on? This is last years style from Carter’s but found this Children’s Place vest that is pretty cute here.

How to Style a Denim Vest

Moms wear a whole lot of leggings. How do you find a pair that is right for you?  I like my leggings to have a little bit of structure with a thicker fabric so no imperfections show through. Loft has some of my favorite leggings during the fall and winter and I try to stock up for the year when they go on sale.  Always, always, always cover your butt when wearing leggings. Make sure your top is long enough to drape over your hips and cover the bum. I repeat, cover your bum. I love wearing my leggings as much as the next mom but they are not pants so don’t style them like they are.

How to Style a Denim VestI picked this denim vest up at Kohl’s for around $25. There are so many options for denim vests in all price ranges. Some are really torn, some light, dark, cropped, long. Pick one that goes with your style and with items you already own. I recommend purchasing one that is simple and fits snuggly around your curves.

How to Style a Denim Vest

How will you style your denim vest as an on-the-go mommy?

How to Style a Denim Vest

Cold Shoulder Spring Trend

Cold Shoulder Spring Trend

Spring is here!

Okay. Well, Spring is trying here in Cincinnati. We are at that odd snow one day followed by 70 degrees the next day and snow again right after crazy weather pattern. When I get up in the morning I don’t know if I’m wearing flip flops or snow boots.

The cold shoulder sweaters and tops appeared last year and are in full swing again for Spring and I love it.

 

Cold Shoulder Spring Trend

 

When shopping this trend, look for tops that aren’t too revealing. You don’t want a low cut front or back. Let the peak of your shoulders be the main focus.  The top I found here in the photos was actually a TJMaxx find and only cost me $14.99. Winning! I also have a few more cold shoulder pieces I love, one that I just picked up from the Loft. Like this top here, they are all appropriate enough for casual wear or for an office work environment. As a mom, that is what I look for in clothes. Versatility, affordability, casual but still on trend.

In the image above, I have on my favorite Lucky Brand black flats that are great for work, taking the kids to the park and match half my closet. Love these shoes. I brought in just two accessories. One being my signature Engravable Disc Necklace in Rose from Stella & Dot. The other a floppy hat just for fun. Plus my curls are day 2 post wash so a hat seemed like a great idea. Since the top is slightly flowy, I threw on skinny jeans to balance the wider top.

 

Cold Shoulder Spring Trend

 

Jen from JCS Modern Day Photography here in Cincinnati was kind enough to go out to the railroad tracks and take some fun photos of myself and we squeezed in some great family photos. Although the children weren’t having it at all. One cried the whole time and the other was acting like getting his pictures taken was just pure torture.  Motherhood.

 

Cold Shoulder Spring Trend

Take the look from daytime running errands with the kids to date night with the husband by switching out the shoes. Throw on some black wedges and you are ready. No need to change accessories or anything else.

 

Are you rocking the cold shoulder trend yet? Which top is your style? I’m really loving the floral flowy look right now.

Cold Shoulder Spring Trend

 

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When Your Birth Plan Falls Apart

When your Birth Plan falls Apart

The birth of my second child should have been smooth, right? I had already given birth to my son years prior with a natural delivery and was fully prepared for the second. Well, here is what happens when your birth plan falls apart.

I started having contractions in late March 2015 that were regular. Working all day while having contractions is fun by the way on top of the half mile walk from my parking spot to work. < insert sarcastic tone for a bit but the half mile walk into work, that’s real> My fellow coworkers would joke that I would have to call the office and someone would have to grab the car to get me to the hospital so I didn’t deliver in the middle of a Cincinnati street. Although, that would be a great story to tell. Not something I wish to experience. I’m pretty sure my coworkers were only half joking about it all… the plan was in place. Although I worked in a hospital, the VA is not a place to deliver a baby. I even asked my work for a temporary parking spot that was closer at the police station inside the hospital where parking situations are resolved and they laughed and laughed and said no.

 

When your Birth Plan falls Apart

 

Finally, I go to the doctor and they put on my weekly check up schedule. We are almost there. I can see the finish line. I can eat spicy food without killer heartburn and will be walking without waddling in no time!

Let us fast forward one month later and 2 weeks past my due date. I have had it! That is enough. I cannot be pregnant one more day. I demanded Petocin to help speed along delivery. Get this baby out of me now! So we set up a date to be induced. Clear skies ahead my friends, everything is going to be alright. Clear skies ahead.

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23 hours of Petocin, 3 doctors attempting to break my water (like seriously, just get in there and get it done), 1,000 laps around the hospital, no food consumption order on me, and this baby ain’t moving!

I had a plan. A plan of natural birth. Give me 12 hours of labor hell, a couple stitches in the unmentionable area and let me go home. My first child was this way so why wouldn’t my second? Well baby #2 (A.K.A. “bean”, “mini”,”Caitlin”)  had other plans.

The doctor came in to talk to me April 23, 2015 … doctor # 3 since we had been there for so long already and my doctor was obviously not on rotation anymore. To sum up that discussion. We were doing a C-section…  immediately. The baby isn’t dropping, something is not right, the OR is being prepped.

SON of a _______!

I didn’t plan for a C-section. I do not have what I need for them to split me open and staple me shut. I need to mentally prepare for this sort of thing. Plus, this fear of having a ginormous scar over my belly and never wearing a two piece bikini ever again. I love my bikinis. I love them. I need a moment to comprehend this. And then, contraction pain again.

I will take the C-section. Thank you.

 

When your Birth Plan falls Apart

 

I worked in an operating room. Being a patient in the operating room is a completely different ordeal. The staff is trying to push everything along and get things done and I’m wondering about that pile of towels in the corner and if they are sanitized and want confirmation everyone scrubbed in properly. I’m a mess.

I get myself and the massive belly up on the surgical bed and get ready for the anesthesiologist to stick the needle in my spine. New questions arise with this, of course. Is this person qualified to stick a needle in my spine? It is my spine. Sort of an important part of my body. I need documentation and references. If it’s a resident, I may have an anxiety attack right here, right now. I shut my inner voice the heck up and did as told.

Speaking of anxiety attack. Start full on panic attack now! I cannot feel my legs. At all. I cannot move my legs. I’m pretty certain they are still there but not 100 percent. I am a control freak and I cannot feel my dang legs. One of the nurses told me to calm down and just breath into the mask with oxygen. Just kidding, it wasn’t oxygen. They were knocking my anxiety induced pain in the butt out. Next 20 minutes I do not recall. Caitlin is out of the belly however and everything is alright-ish. I can see my legs… can’t feel them.

 

When your Birth Plan falls Apart

 

I did not prep for a C-section. It was not even in my head as a possibility. Caitlin had managed to get her neck wrapped around the umbilical cord twice so she was not coming out on her own and we are fortunate there were no serious complications. She was not even stressed by the situation. Not even a spike in heart rate. My body wanted that baby out but she was just hanging out with this thing wrapped around her waiting for someone to help. Oh boy, she has not changed a bit.

You may have a birth plan that is precise and prepared but plan for all the possible situations. Pack the hospital bag ahead of time to accommodate natural birth, C-section, extra inpatient days, emergencies and other outcomes for when your birth plan falls apart.

Check out How To Recover From a Cesarean Section Faster and make sure your bases are covered no matter what your birth plan may be.

Did you birth plan go as you wanted it to or were you in for a surprise too?

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