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Street Art and Flying

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Happy Friday!

Yesterday Ben and I packed up (a natural thing to do after unpacking for a full week) and traded the snowy tundra of Ohio for some lovely California warmth. I'll be much too far along to travel at Christmas so an extended Thanksgiving trip it is!

Did you know that everyone is incredibly friendly when you're pregnant and traveling? From the middle aged couple in the security line who wanted to know if it was our first to the sweet lady at the cafe who showed me a picture of her brand new grandson (whose mother was told at all three ultrasounds that her child would be a girl....), everyone wanted to strike up conversation. The cake goes to the stewardess on our five hour flight who told the other Southwest passengers the back of the plane was full and didn't let anyone come sit in the row with me and Ben. You better believe with that extra seat I busted out my body pillow (I wasn't going to be caught sleeping without it for two weeks) and took the best two hour nap I've had in awhile. Bless that woman (and body pillows, and husbands that let you sprawl out over them).

Other than a bit of back pain, some crazy turbulence, and a small incident of lost luggage (they got it to us a few hours later), it was a relatively easy day of flying. One of my favorite parts was having all those hours to just sit on the plane and feel Baby move all around. I haven't done much sitting in the past two weeks and I'd almost forgotten how much I enjoy just treasuring these simple moments. At thirty-two weeks tomorrow, I don't have that much longer to do it.

Have a wonderful weekend - and enjoy a few pictures of our favorite street art in downtown Findlay (who knew Findlay had such neat art?):

^just blending in


^I've been wearing this rose gold watch non-stop and I really love not having to check my phone when I want to know the time :) 

on me:
sweater: sheinside, c/o
blouse: Adrienne Vittacini
denim: Pink Blush Maternity, c/o
boots: Michael Kors
watch: Aeropostale, c/o

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Our First (Freezing) Weekend

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Vaseline. All opinions are 100% mine.


We woke up to a gorgeous winter wonderland this week and I'm still getting used to the wonderful feeling that is having our own home! Half of the house is still in chaos (I can't even fit between the stack of boxes and the door frame to get into the nursery - baby bump problems) but we got the kitchen and living room unpacked and organized so it's a start. There is still so much unpacking and decorating to do but it feels wonderful to sit in a room without a single cardboard box (we haven't had a room like that since we moved to Findlay in June).

The to-do list this weekend was long, but we had a few hours between Saturday morning and Sunday evening just to soak in the newness of this place. I said it in Friday's post, but the whole process of moving to a new place, finding/ buying a home, and being pregnant has really upped my gratitude for Ben. Cuddling on the couch this weekend, with either hot chocolate or brownies and cold milk in hand, feeling baby kick around inside, had me all sorts of excited for the future as well as life right now.

A few things I want to remember from this weekend:
  • Discovering french vanilla creamer makes all hot chocolate infinitely better
  • Ben speaking bits of Spanish to baby on Sunday evening
  • Having our first dinner guests on Sunday afternoon (a bit ambitious, but also the perfect incentive to get the kitchen/living room put together)
  • Dancing around to music as loudly as we wanted because we could 
  • Ben singing in the kitchen for the first time in a long time (yay for no shared walls!)
  • Sleeping through the night for the first time in what feels like forever (although that probably means I just wasn't drinking enough water on Friday...whoops)
  • Enjoying long foot massages 
  • Watching the snow fall on our yard (our yard!!)
  • Seeing Ben walk around in his winter coat indoors (it is getting quite chilly)
Speaking of chilly - I also wanted to tell you a bit about the five day challenge I took with Vaseline and share some more pictures from our first morning in the house: 


^Saturday morning hot chocolate - can you spot the fun marshmallow in my mug?

^I've been working really hard at keeping my skin hydrated during this pregnancy. Not only does it mean less irritation (the past few months my skin is always itching if I'm not drinking enough and moisturizing), but it reduces the chance of stretch marks. You can see the results of using the Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion for just five days on my test strips above (the decrease in white flakes on the top one shows more moist skin). 
^Not only is the lotion incredibly smooth and deeply hydrating, but I really love that it is also unscented. Between body washes, lotions, deoderants, and perfumes, there are so many options for scents that it's nice to have something I can put on every single day regardless of what else I'm wearing. 

^Vaseline's new lotion uses micro droplets of Vaseline jelly to heal dry skin (clinically proven to heal dry skin in five days and keep it hydrated for up to three weeks)  -- you can pick it up at most drug stores/ walmart for $2.99 - $8.49

^How I love this boy...and looking out at our new street!

Ben's sweater: Aeropostale, c/o

on me:
Sweater: Sheinside, c/o
leggings: Pink Blush Maternity, c/o


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Our New Neighborhood




We're still in the process of getting settled into our new place but we've started a strong love affair with house living that isn't about to end anytime soon. Add to that a cute little neighborhood and I'm as happy as can be. It's hard to believe that this beautiful fall scene is now covered in snow -- but here are a few pictures of our weekend walk around our new neighborhood:


^We've been snacking on a variety of NatureBox snacks recently and are a bit addicted (healthy + delicious is a hard combo to come by, especially during the holidays)
^he's pretty cute, I know :)

^the neighborhood is pretty cute too :)

^Vanilla Macaroon Granola: it's hard to say if I like it better straight out of the bag or in a bowl with milk 

^we tried the Salted Caramel Pretzel Pops (Ben's favorite), Watermelon Chews (my favorite), Sourdough Cheddar Pretzel Bites (our collective favorite), and two different types of granola (which were both great - and the best granola I've had)


^31 week bump!

Have you heard of NatureBox before? I'd seen them online but hadn't ever tried their snacks and am so happy we did! We loved the convenience of having healthy and delicious snacks delivered to our door so much (we picked them out online), that we've decided to get the monthly box in 2015. It's definitely a product we feel good about spending our money on ... but I do love that you can sign up for a free trial first :) All of the snacks contain wholesome ingredients with no artificial sweetners, flavors or colors, zero grams of trans fat, and no high fructose corn syrup...which is great, but what really sold us was that they managed to taste really good too ;)






Ben's sweater and gloves: Aeropostale, c/o

on me:
scarf: Aeropostale, c/o
dress (worn as top): Pink Blush Maternity, c/o
leggings: Pink Blush Maternity, c/o
sweater: Oasap, c/o
socks: GAP (old)
booties: Lulu's, c/o

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