August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month! Now having 3 children, breastfeeding/pumping has been such a big part of my story as a mom. Over the last 4 1/2 months I’ve learned SO much about nursing/pumping. I’ve talked a lot about it in my Instagram stories, but I thought I’d give you guys an update here as to where I am in my journey and why I’m SO happy I persisted this time…
*Thank you to Motherhood Maternity for sponsoring this post. I’m honored to work with them to celebrate this very important month.)
The NSale is FINALLY open to the public!! Unfortunately, I’m hearing that Nordstrom has announced they will NOT be restocking items as they have done in past years. (ANNOYING!) But the good news is, there is still a plethora of items that people haven’t been talking about as much, so they ARE in stock and they are AWESOME! Here are some I have purchased, I’m thinking of still purchasing or just really LUV:
It’s that time again… The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! OK y’all… I wanted to have this up for you last night, but… life. I went to Nordstrom today with a 3-month old and 9-year-old in tow and went on a shopping marathon to bring to you my favorite picks from the sale. Go to my Instagram tonight and watch my stories (which I’ll save in a specific NSale Highlight reel) to see videos of my thoughts of sizing, etc. In the mean time, get shopping quickly (I’m already a little behind here for ya) because these items are selling out fast! Below are my thoughts, try-ons and picks… Let me know what you think and what treasures you decide to get yourself! xxoo
(Also, ignore typos. I’m typing this FAST.)
(Also, also… enjoy the unedited fitting room photos. You’ll notice they start with baby in stroller. Em playing ipad. Then both are gone bc Em is walking the baby around to try to get her to sleep. Then… (that didn’t work) they’re both just hanging out. I mean, this is real life here, people.)
If you’ve followed along, you know I was admitted to the hospital before I was scheduled to shoot my maternity photos. Well, actually, I was sick the week before being admitted into the hospital and was scheduled during that time to shoot the pics. So we had rescheduled for the week after, when I landed myself in for a long-term hospital stay. I’m so thankful to my good friend Kristin LaDriere Family Photography for coming to the hospital and shooting these pictures of me and my kids before it was too late. It was super important to me to have these photos taken with my kids before my surgery. These pictures will always hold a special place in my heart…
Also, thank you to Sew Trendy Accessories for providing these amazing dresses and flower crowns! They were just perfect…
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! I’ve scoured some of my favorite stores and gathered some gorgeous looks for all budgets! Whether you’re looking for maternity or non-maternity, I’ve got you covered…
My dress is on sale for $22!!! I mean, come on… you don’t get much better than that. I actually wore it to my husband’s Christmas party, and I got so many compliments on it. But it’s just perfect for Valentine’s day too! It hugs (and covers) all the right places. But hurry, because things sell quickly once they go on sale here! Oh, and I also sign up each year for their 2-day shipping program. I pay $19 a month and get 2-day shipping (and free returns) on all of my orders for the year. And let me tell you, I use it all the time!
My shoes are definitely a splurge. They were a birthday gift from my husband a couple years ago, but they’re still my favorite pair I own. They’re a splurge definitely worth making IMO… perfect gift to ask for this Valentine’s Day! My bag is not currently available in white, but it is on sale for under $100 in this awesome neutral color. (Click on the blue hyperlinks to take you to the links.)
Here are some other great options to consider…
Valentine’s Day outfits:
Happy Shopping & Happy Valentine’s Day, luvs!
*Affiliate links are used in this post, which means I get a commission if you purchase any of the items at my recommendation. Thanks, as always, for our support.
It’s that time of year again! I absolutely LUV Christmas cards, and this is about 6 years in a row that I’ve ordered my cards from Tiny Prints. I thought I’d give y’all a little slideshow of our pictures this year, in celebration of our card announcement! Kind of like a virtual card to each and every one of you! Today is actually the last day to get the cyber week deal of 40% off your cards, so hurry and order now! Just CLICK HERE and use code: CYBERCARDS at checkout…
I’ve scoured my favorite shopping destinations and broken down for you my best gift ideas for the special ladies in your life (or yourself). Just click the photos in the carousels below and head straight the items to shop! Got any questions? Just ask! 🙂
I ordered this beauty kit about a month ago, and I use each product regularly now! My favorite is the High Brow Pencil. I use it in the corners of my eyes and right under my brows and it brightens my entire face! The bronzer is great for contouring and the highlighter is another great way to brighten your face. It also includes a full-size macara! This is a great gift to give to almost anyone! Even yourself… 🙂
(All of the items I’m wearing and linked above are also great holiday gifts!)
Hope this helps you put a nice dent into your shopping lists! I know I’ve been busy shopping tons of these items already! Comment in the comment section what other gift guides you’d like to see or any other questions/comments you may have! Thanks for using my shopping guides and links this holiday season… it’s because of you guys I get to continue to do what I LUV! Which is share all the things I LUV with all of you! xxoo
*Affiliate links were used in this post. Which means I get a commission if you purchase any of the items you click on. A TON of work goes into making these selections, so I SO appreciate you guys using my links and supporting my blog! As always, all opinions are my own.
As a blogger, I get a heads up of what the best sales of the holiday season are, and it’s my job to make sure you guys are in the loop, too! This includes Pre-Black Friday deals, Black Friday Deals and Cyber Monday! I’m going to keep updating on this blog post as sales are LIVE, so come back daily to check it out!
Grab a cup of Joe, cuddle up and start knocking out some of your holiday shopping! Here’s what I’ve got for you so far… (Click the store/promo to get shopping!)
As a Mom, I’m always looking for ways to look put together, yet still feel comfortable. I’m all about LIVABLE clothes. I see so many outfits on Insta and Pinterest that I LUV but just aren’t realistic in my everyday lifestyle. Here I’ve styled an outfit that works for so many lifestyles and SO many occasions…
First of all, IMO, there is ONE staple every girl/woman needs in her wardrobe this holiday season… a good pair (or several) of dressier leggings. Pair with a tunic, tank, jacket, tee, heel, bootie, mule, OTK boot… you name it! They’re SO versatile! These particular ones come in 4 different colors and are life changing… They suck you in in all the right places, they’re super flattering, and they’re so versatile that you can wear them to the grocery store or a friend’s or company holiday party! They also have versions in velvet, metallic options and more casual options. You can’t go wrong with any of these… (The photos are clickable, so just click the items to shop them).
Finally, get yourself a great, neutral jacket you can throw over almost anything. My color of choice… army green. It works in all seasons, so it won’t expire come March. (Think a white tee, jeans and sandals for spring.) And it’s versatile in that it’s laid back enough to head to the mall or can be dressed up enough to head to dinner with your girlfriends. Here are some options I LUV…
Shop this entire outfit (super similar bag and shoes both on sale) by clicking any of the items below:
Well, surprise! If you’ve been wondering why it’s been so quiet over here on my end, here it is!!! It’s been a crazy 3 months, but we’re finally so excited to share that we are pregnant with Pfeiffer Kid #3, or as my dad endearingly calls she or he “PK3”.
If you’ve been following along, you may have read my very personal blog post about my devastating loss a few months ago. After speaking with our doctor and doing some personal reflection, we decided that we would continue to try the following month. I understand this topic is a very personal one, and each family probably has their own opinions about when they decide to try after a loss. But, it was very early on for us, and we decided we were emotionally ready to keep trying.
So here we are 3 months later, 3 months pregnant! I’m just now at the end of my first trimester, but boy oh boy has it been a rough couple months! I’m now remembering why I thought I was done having kids after my second pregnancy. I’ve been feeling pretty sick, extremely exhausted, and due to some complications, I’ve been instructed to lay pretty low. So it’s been lots of unplugging and resting and trying to keep this baby cookin’! But we’re OVER-THE-MOON with joy and gratitude that God has blessed us with this miracle!!
We’ve now seen the heartbeat a total of 5 times, so we’re feeling pretty good about the progress of little PK3, and we should even find out the sex within the next week!
I’ve been pretty open about our journey, and I plan to continue to be, as I hope that our story can inspire even one person. After having 2 kids, we decided we were both done, and my husband had a vasectomy. Fast forward 4-5 years later, my youngest was going to school full-time, and I started majorly second-guessing that decision. I just didn’t feel like I was ready to be out of this chapter yet. Life felt so good and I wondered why we made such a big decision at such a young age, and I started questioning completely if we’d made a huge mistake…
After lots of discussion, pondering and PRAYER, we decided to move forward with doing a reversal. Going into it, we weren’t sure what the outcome would be. We were told that statistically we were the perfect candidates for this procedure, as we as a couple have had 2 healthy babies together, we did not have a history of fertility issues, we were both still “young” AND it had only been 5 years since the original procedure. Still though, there were no certainties, so we had to go into it unconditionally with as much hope and faith as we could muster up.
The very first month we were able to try I had a positive pregnancy test around when my period was due. However, within 24 hours I got my “period”, and I learned that this is typically considered a “chemical pregnancy”. I’d never even heard of this before, but I felt a mix of emotions that day. On one hand, I was pretty disappointed once I realized I wasn’t actually pregnant. But, on the other hand, I felt optimistic that we showed signs of being able to get pregnant again so quickly, so I was also very hopeful.
Over the next several months after this I had my own personal health scare that postponed our baby journey completely. While I sorted out my own health, we had to put the idea of a baby on hold, which was extremely difficult after everything we’d been through. But several months later, we were ready to try again! (Maybe I’ll share more on that another time…)
The early miscarriage was more devastating than I could have ever imagined. But after the almost year-long journey from the reversal to now, I can honestly say it makes me even more full of gratitude for this blessing God has given us now. I know that my story is unfolding as it is supposed to, and God will continue to answer my prayers and teach me through unanswered prayers that He is in charge and that I can plan as much as I’d like, but some things are simply outside of my control.
With that, I accept this journey unconditionally. I pray for health and happiness and that this baby is the perfect completion to our little family. The kids are gleeful that they are going to have a baby brother or sister, and that makes my heart explode even more! When I consider how lucky I am in this world to be surrounded by so much unconditional love, it only seems right to consider adding another soul to our loving circle.
I so appreciate all of you coming on this journey with us. After my last blog post, I was flooded with the most kind, caring, considerate messages from so many of you, I couldn’t even believe it. While we can all knock social media and the issues that it can cause, it is also be the most incredible forum for a bunch of strangers to come together for so much good. Your support has meant the world, and I hope that you know that I’m here for each and every one of you who may have a similar story or ANY story of your own! Please feel free to comment below, and I’d LUV to connect with you!