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Tuesday

Bye Bye, Gel (For Now)

For the past year and a half, I have been scheduling regular gel manicures! It all started with a Groupon. (Those things really do suck you in.) Before Christmas that year, I cashed in said Groupon and got my nails done in a gorgeous light pink/natural color. I felt like my hands looked so pretty, so put together, so… "polished." And every 2/2.5 weeks I have returned for gel removal and reapplication!

It’s been a nice little luxury and something I have really looked forward to. Some much needed me-time. Each visit is $25 or $35, and I've always tipped 20% at the minimum, so it's not the cheapest little me-time activity, but I love it.

Well, this weekend Ian had the girls in the mountains for fun activities and a little break from the heat -- I was home solo with little Lochlan, laying low and -- ya know, nursing like 22 hours a day -- and my polish was starting to peel up on the sides.

I did the unthinkable, something I haven't done in the past 18 months. I PEELED IT OFF! This is a huge no-no, but my nails were honestly so weak to begin with from the gel and also the fact that one of the salons used an electric file too much on my nails.


So then I ran with Baby L to Walgreens and picked up this to hopefully strengthen my nails, and I'm also going to use some SeneGence products as well. My nails are in a bad way, just so thin, so I'm keeping them short to hopefully keep broken nails at bay. I might look into Color Street if I want some color on my nails, but they still need a bit of healing/breathing time.

I also need to grab some biotin capsules to help with growth!

So, are you a reformed gel nails gal? What helped you (besides good ol' fashioned time) to strengthen your nails back again?

(GEL: I'll be back for ya. Just when it makes a little more sense, time-wise.)






Friday

Five On Friday: FIVE New Post-Partum Clothes

It's time for another edition of Five on Friday and I do hope you'll join along!

Remember, all you have to do is post about five things on your mind, add our logo (found at the bottom of this post), and join the party using the linky tools below. Easy, and a great way to find new blogs and be found. :)

So, the post-partum bod. Not always the easiest to dress. Even when I just think I'll throw on some yoga pants and a t-shirt, even my normal casual tshirts are still tooooo tight in the midsection. I'm down around 10ish pounds, maybe more, but I still have quite the tummy.

It just takes a while to lose that and a little creativity with dressing so that I still feel cute, covered, can nurse easily, and the large tummy is concealed enough to hopefully avoid the "When are you due?" questions that embarrassingly can come from time to time for new mamas.

So, the other day -- well, around 4am on Wednesday --  I decided enough was enough with struggling to get in my current clothes, and I ordered FIVE new inexpensive pieces. All are the Shein or Romwe brand and I got them all on Amazon Prime. These two lines are priced so low, I'm not expecting them to be quality staples pieces that I own for years and years, but moreso "bridge clothes" that help me feel a little more put together when I'm between two very different body shapes.

So here's what I got. And when my box of goodies arrives today or tonight, I'll try them on and maybe even share them on Instastories!





ONE:
Romwe Women's Loose Ruffle Hem Short Sleeve High Low Peplum Blouse Top (Khaki)
Shop It HERE

TWO:
SheIn Women's Round Neck Short Sleeve Casual Loose Swing Dress
Shop It HERE

THREE:
SheIn Women's Cute Striped Peter Pan Collar Short Sleeve Babydoll Blouse Top (Pink)
Shop It HERE

FOUR:
Romwe Women's Comfy Swing Tunic Short Sleeve Smock Polka Dot Loose Dress
Shop It HERE

FIVE:
SheIn Women's Cute Short Sleeve Pockets Color Block Casual Swing Tunic Dress
Shop It HERE



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Wednesday

Introducing Our Son ... One Week Old


Sweet sweet Lochlan, welcome to our family!

Last Wednesday, June 6, we welcomed this adorable bundle of joy. He weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 20" long. His full name is James Lochlan, carrying on two traditions of having James as a given first name (Ian and his late father also do) and also having a name that pays homage to their Scottish ancestry.

We left the hospital after lunch Thursday and spent Thursday night and Friday night as a quiet trio -- my husband, Lochlan, and me. It was a great way to ease into our new life, and the older sisters were having the time of their lives with their grandmothers, not missing a beat on their summer vacation.

We've had two outings to our wonderful pediatrician, once Friday where he was down to 7.8lbs and a quick repeat Monday for a weight check where he was back up to 8.1. Other than that, we've just been relaxing at home, taking it easy, and even having a few visitors stop by who have been SO kind to bring meals and baby snuggles!

Recovery for me has been fairly easy this time around thanks to a quick and straightforward delivery. Sleep, ehhhhh, who really needs it anyway. I haven't taken a nap yet which is sort of ridiculous, but I'm not much of a napper -- I often get a case of FOMO and would rather just push on through.

An awesome friend is scooping Camille up this morning to take her to the dollar movies, and my mom is coming up again tomorrow to visit for the day and give a helping hand. Hey, I might even get two nap days in a row!

So, Lochlan, welcome to the crazy crew! We love you so much our little prince!

Tuesday

39 Weeks Update ... Reflections On Adding To Our Crew


This is me yesterday. There's a baby in there!

(I always love it when I hear kids ask their mom about me, "is there a baby in her belly?" ... right when I'm feeling like the largest, most PREGNANTEST person in the world, and then the innocence of youth -- it's the best.)

I'm right around 25 or so pounds up, Baby Boy is growing perfectly, last heartbeat was around 138, and man alive are we anxious to see his face.

Will he come out bright-eyed, darker skinned and dark-haired like Camille?
Or will he be perfectly fair and snuggly from the start like Charlotte?

How can I balance three. How can I balance three!!!
I keep reminding myself, one day at a time.
And from the wise advice of a friend, we can do anything for a short amount of time. Anything. 

I just want to be a good mom, and a PATIENT mom, and a FUN mom, but I also know I have to cut myself some slack. There are going to be days when I'm running on about three hours of sleep, days where I am a little too quick to snap at the girls, but also days when I get all three to the park with filled water bottles, sunscreen on faces arms and legs, and I feel like I can conquer the goshdarn world. 

Big changes ahead ... sooooooon!
Any guesses on weight and length?! 

Friday

Five on a JUNE Friday!

It's time for another edition of Five on Friday and I do hope you'll join along!

Remember, all you have to do is post about five things on your mind, add our logo (found at the bottom of this post), and join the party using the linky tools below. Easy, and a great way to find new blogs and be found. :)

O N E
June's here and this is BABY MONTH
Holy moly!

I can't believe we will be meeting this little man soon. I can't believe we are going to be parents to a little boy. I can't believe we are going to have three children. I can't believe we don't have a name yet!

(Haha, we do have some strong contenders. Gotta see that sweet little face)

We had the nursery painted by our fave painter yesterday and he did a beautiful job with paint I already owned, Tradewind by Sherwin Williams which is in our guestroom. It's a beautiful, light, serene blue.

Now I just have to get a new rug and some items hung on the walls!



T W O
Thanks to everyone who checked in about Charlotte's eye check-up this week. Last month was her strabismus surgery (to correct crossing eyes) and this week's appointment did show that crossing is still prominent enough to merit another month of alternate eye-patching for an hour a day to see if we can correct that issue without needing a repeat eye surgery.

This girl is just such a trooper and it broke my heart Tuesday when I patched her (after two months of no patches) and she just cried and cried and cried.

Luckily, we had a turning point yesterday and she tolerated it for an hour while we played outside and did sidewalk chalk. I love that girl so much and just want to hit that easy button for her! 


T H R E E
Hey, quick question. I mentioned yesterday that I needed to purge some baby clothes. A few people mentioned interest in being able to purchase through Instagram. Would you have interest in this? Not the day-to-day preschool clothes, but mainly nicer items like sweet little dresses and smocked items. Super low prices? (I just want to see these clothes being loved on again, they are SO cute!) 

Would you like to see this as a stand-alone Instagram account, or should I just take a weekend to post a few items on my Smidge Of This page, and then delete all items after the weekend is over?






F O U R
The Nordstrom sale wraps up in two days, did you score anything fab? I love that they carry some of the Lilly items that I love. This little duo of trinket trays is $20 with free shipping, how perfect to have on hand for a hostess gift, a girlfriend's birthday present, or a Secret Santa swap?!
Set of 2 Ceramic Trinket Trays,
                        Main,
                        color, Sparkling Sands
F I V E
Lastly, I've got $20 in Supercash at Old Navy as of tomorrow and it's already burning a hole in my pocket. I have this swing dress already in black (and the long-sleeve version in a dark teal) and love it ... great for summer days and even for fall with leggings underneath. But this stripe is my next purchase and I think it will be so cute with a fun long necklace from my sister!




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Thursday

It's Nursery Time!

Back in the winter, we had some really sweet photos taken in Charlotte's room (amongst other rooms) because I knew this room would be turning BLUE!

I wanted to remember how it looked when it was just hers, with the happy floral curtains and the coral-pink walls.


This morning I popped upstairs and prepped the room for our painter's 7:30 arrival time, pulling art off the walls and unclipping the drapes. 

I work best under pressure and typically wait until the deadline to accomplish things, so this ninth-hour painting job was planned two days ago and as soon as the walls are dry, I plan to just wrap up the rest of the room!

Placement of everything will remain basically the same, but that little nine-cube storage shelf you can sort of see in the right side of the photo is going to be in the girls' shared closet for additional clothes storage. There's a white dresser in their room that I'm going to move to Baby Boy's room. 

I have some very old white matelesse drapes from my "single days" apartment that I may be using in his room, although Camille told me I couldn't because the matelesse pattern is floral and he is a BOY. Well, it won't be the first time he's going to have girly things as part of his life. His rock and play is a gorgeous shade of baby pink. 

So, I just went upstairs and it looks like the painting job is done, so now we just let it dry and then start putting things back in their place for little brother's arrival! I need to order a new rug, finalize what I'm doing with the drapes, swap out the bedding, get Ian to move the crib back up to the newborn height, maybe get a new lamp or two for his room, and move Char's clothes out of his closet. Which means a major downsizing of clothing since the girls are sharing a closet now. Hellooooo, Goodwill! 

Friday

Five On Friday!

It's time for another edition of Five on Friday and I do hope you'll join along!

Remember, all you have to do is post about five things on your mind, add our logo (found at the bottom of this post), and join the party using the linky tools below. Easy, and a great way to find new blogs and be found. :)

O N E
A long weekend ahead for all of us, Monday being a day to reflect on all of those who have given their lives in the armed forces for our freedom! The ultimate sacrifice.

Memorial Day is also our 7th year anniversary this year, so we will be celebrating that on Monday.

Ian even agreed last night to giving our local restaurant Hawthorne's infamous "Inducer Pizza" a shot! Read about it here, interesting stuff. It's even been featured on Good Morning America!




T W O
Oh my goodness. A kitchen win. I picked up this cauliflower gnocchi at Trader Joe's the other day, and holy amazingness. Like absolutely melt-in-your-mouth. Now, it still does contain some flour and potato starch to bind it all together, but the main ingredient is cauliflower. And any time a veggie is the first ingredient, that's a good thing, right?!

So to prepare it, you can boil it, saute it, or microwave it. Which do you think I did? I microwaved that bad boy. Dumped the entire bag in my white Crate & Barrel dish, put the top on, and put it in the microwave for five minutes. When it was done, I added a tablespoon butter, grated parmesan cheese, garlic salt, and Italian seasoning. Stirred. That is IT.

Ian raved about it like I was Ina Garten in the flesh.

We will most certainly be stocking up on bags of this and trying out different combos. I'd love to stir some brie around in it, or maybe toss it with shrimp, add in some sauteed cremini mushrooms, there are so many possibilities!




T H R E E
Just like everyone, I have been perusing the Nordstrom half-yearly sale and I have my favorites.

Leith Racerback Dress (here), very good reviews, down to $29.40! And I love this Purple Victoria color but I also think all black is definitely doing to be super versatile ... and year-round. 


Racerback Shift Dress,
                        Main,
                        color, Purple VictoriaRacerback Shift Dress,
                        Alternate,
                        color, Purple Victoria

Racerback Dress

Kendra Scott earrings 60% off and less than $30?! Y'all, grab these up, put them in your gift drawer (if not your own jewelry box) and don't look back! I love this color (Iolite) but there are a few colors available at this 60% off discount. 
Ella Drop Earrings,
                        Main,
                        color, Iolite/ Gold
Kendra Scott Iolite Ella Drop Earrings

This Halogen tie sleeve cardigan (here) is an easy year-round staple. I love feminine touches on anything that's practical like a cozy, long cardi. 

Lightweight Tie Sleeve Cardigan,
                        Main,
                        color, Pink CabaretLightweight Tie Sleeve Cardigan,
                        Main,
                        color, Pink Smoke


And these Baublebar earrings for $20! Come to mama!
Tarot Beaded Deco Drop Earrings,
                        Main,
                        color, Hot Pink

F O U R
These sweet little girls and their princess gowns. Camille loves to make Charlotte be the prince who has to come kiss her awake from her deep, deep sleep.



F I V E
Happy National Wine Day, my friends! Hope you have some very fun Friday night plans!

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Wednesday

Still Loving VS Moved Along


One of the best parts of reading blogs is finding out about things that you might have never known about. Services, beauty products, life hacks, you name it.

I've been reading blogs for about eight years now and writing mine for the same amount of time. That's a loooong time of hearing recommendations and also sharing them!

Sometimes I think to myself "Hey, self. Wonder if blogger XYZ still loves using that tanning lotion?" so today I wanted to update you on things I'm still loving and others I've moved along from.

Still Loving

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Grove Collaborative
Referral link here - earns you a free 5-piece gift set with purchase
The reason why I continue to use Grove (versus Amazon, Target.com, etc) is that they filter out many of the household products that may be "less" clean so that having a greener household is EASIER. And they are upfront about their auto-ship policy with email reminders before ANYTHING ever ships to you, so hopping over to your cart -- which I do right from my phone -- to make desired edits or delay your shipment entirely is so easy. The Mrs. Meyers line is one I love to order thru them, and I love that they'll occasionally throw in promos with free products you can try out.


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ThredUp
Referral link here - $10 off your first order
I love buying second-hand. Better for the environment AND the checkbook! ThredUp has consistently proven to me that their standards of what they will accept and resell are high, and I love buying clothes for myself and for the kids through this site. I often shop directly from the app. I wish the threshold for free shipping ($79) was a little lower, but I will say that making free returns with this site is extremely easy.

Walmart Grocery Pickup
Referral link here - $10 off your first order
Grocery pickup is a gamechanger. The closest Walmart that offers this service is about 15/20 minutes away, but I tell myself that I'm saving time in the aisles (and saving MONEY, too, because budgeting is so easy when you shop online) so it's worth the longer drive. You pull up, enter your last name at a kiosk, pull forward to a pick-up bay, and they bring your groceries out with a smile. No tipping allowed. $30 minimum on orders which is super easy if you're doing weekly shopping. Nice organics selection, great for buying large/bulky items like 12-packs of paper towels! For reference, the large box of diapers we used to get from Amazon is the exact same price as our Walmart.

Monat
Purchase here
I'm still using this haircare line, although I'll also use the Jason volumizing line (that I get from Grove Collaborative, above) from time to time. Monat has given my hair volume and I've been using it since October. I also love pairing this with Aveda's Volumizing Tonic when blow-drying my hair.

Zyllion ZMA13BK Shiatsu Pillow Massager with Heat for Back, Neck, Shoulders (Black)
Massage/Heat Pillow
On Amazon here
I received a question about whether I'd still recommend this pillow. Heck yes! It has saved my back during this pregnancy. I keep it constantly plugged in and under the couch and just whip it out as needed. I have the champagne-colored soft one. You can use the massaging option solo or pair it with a little bit of heat (my favorite). It's that crazy piece of gear you are telling yourself you don't need, but once you get it you'll be hooked. PS, it even comes with a cigarette lighter adapter if you want to use it in the car ... which I've totally done.

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Hubble Contacts
Online here
Every 30 days I'm receiving my $30 box of monthly contacts and I've been so pleased at how easy it's been! I'm saving SO much money from what I was spending on my daily contacts from my eye doctor, and they come direct to my mailbox. Not great for anyone with an astigmatism, but would highly recommend for anyone else to give the $3 trial a shot!

Aqua Allegoria Nerolia Bianca by Guerlain for Women 3.3 oz Eau de Toilette Spray
Guerlain Nerolia Bianca
On Amazon here
Am I still loving this perfume? OMG yes. My brother-in-law's girlfriend was wearing it this past Thanksgiving and it stopped me in my tracks. I got a bottle for Christmas (yay!) and receive compliments on it all the time. I know it may seem crazy to buy a scent online without ever smelling it (obviously I give it the major green light) but maybe you can find it at a local perfume shop or see if someone is selling testers on eBay?


Moved Along

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RocksBox
Online here
Okay, on to items and services I'm no longer using. RocksBox is a jewelry rental/subscription service. If you fall in love with a piece of jewelry you can keep it and apply your $21/month payment toward it. I actually got some pretty awesome jewelry from it, but decided to stop my membership after my Kendra Scott collection grew to more than a normal person should own. Maybe give it a shot for summer months and see what you think? Their stylists are easy to communicate with. I just felt like I gave it a long shot and sort of got everything out of it I wanted.

Blue Apron
Online here
We used this meal subscription service for several months, but it was sort of pricey and the recipes always took longer to prepare than the recipe cards estimated them to. Maybe it was just me, ha. I genuinely enjoy meal planning and cooking so it wasn't a service I felt I needed to keep up.

L'Oreal Extra Volume Collagen Mascara
On Amazon here
Never thought this would make this list! I've been a devout L'Oreal mascara wearer for ... forever. But now that I'm a distributor for Senegence products and am able to purchase those products at a discount, that mascara (LashSense) is what I've transitioned to. I honestly prefer the Senegence mascara, love the more precise wand, love that it doesn't flake at the end of the day, and love that it's waterproof but easy to remove. I've tried to go back to my old mascara but just have been let down. L'Oreal -- we had a good run.

Revlon Volumizing Hairdryer
On Amazon here
So, a caveat to why this is in this category. I did NOT fall out of love with this hairdryer -- in fact, I really miss it! Interestingly enough, when I just pulled it up on Amazon I saw that I purchased it exactly one year ago today. Well, about a month or two ago, it started making a REALLY loud and scary noise and I guess the motor is going kaput. I stopped using it, afraid it would blow up. I'm out of my return window for Amazon but I saw that it apparently has a 2yr warranty on it with Revlon, so I need to pay to send it back for a new one. One day, when I get a few spare minutes, I plan to do so.


Okay, so that's it for today! Did I miss anything you've been curious about? Let me know!
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