outfit post // Never Blue In Mustard

Necklace: Forever 21 // Tanks: Mossimo // Blouse: Everblue Casual
 Maxi Skirt: xhilaration // Sandals: Bamboo // Lacquer: Blue Ming by Color Club
Another Monday is upon us! I hope you've all had an eventful weekend. The Husband and I went to see "The Watch" which I found quite hilarious (I love Johah Hill) and grabbed a bite to eat. The resturant we chose for dinner was super packed upon our arrival but preggo was starving and a little tired. We ended up asking if we could take the food to go, and ate in bed while watching another movie on Netflix, lol.

Yesterday was church as usual, and this is the outfit I threw together for service. It's getting a little harder to find things in my closet that fit, but I'm trying to make due before I start buying too many things for myself. I did purchase a few maternity tees and I already have a few bottoms from the last pregnancy, so I'm trying to make what I have work for as long as possible. I've been living in this skirt since I got it from Target  few days ago, I may even wear it as a dress at some point. It's so comfortable - I'm tempted to go back and purchase it in every available color.

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Staycation, All I've Ever Wanted

One of the perks of living in Florida is the seamlessly never ending amount of beaches and attractions around the state. Key West, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa, Naples, Destin, just to name a few. I'm not able to get out much these days unless I'm going to the doctors office or church for the most part, so I'm not itching to get in the car and take a short road trip with the husband. Between my cabin fever and his grueling job, we both need to be a beach relaxing and having some romantic time. We're hoping to get away soon, but with his torturous work schedule I'm at least hoping for a Baby Moon later in the year when the temperature cools down just a little.  
1. A good book is an added bonus while laying out on the beach. I discovered New York Times Best Selling Author Melanie Gideon through reading her feature on The Everygirl. Her latest book is entitled "Wife 22", which I've added to this summers reading list.

2. Boy Toy by Ginger & Liz - the perfect hue for your nails while vacationing 

3. I've been looking for the perfect beach bag, and just about ran to the store when I saw Dulce Candy showing off this Betsey Johnson Straw Tote in one of her videos.

4. This Ombre Maxi Dress from Miss Selfridge is everything!!!!

5. Normally I wouldn't be caught dead in a bikini, but since I have a legit reason to have a huge tummy, I think I may as well take advantage of the opportunity. I haven't been brave enough to wear a bikini since I was 12, the thought of shopping one is a little exciting - I'm loving this neon frill number from Miss Selfridges as well.

6. This Clarins Sunscreen Spray Oil-Free Lotion Progressive Tanning SPF 15 just looks like a treat for the skin.

7. And of course, a flat pair of bright sandals are a must.

Are you vacationing this summer?
Where are you headed? Where would you like to go?

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Cheetah Casual @ 15 Weeks

Necklace: from Kimi // Tee: Liz Lange Maternity // Pants: Motherhood Maternity // Loafers: Yoki
Here's a super casual outfit I wore to Wednesday afternoon prayer at my church today, followed by a visit to my aunt. I went on a little maternity haul at Target earlier this week after growing out of most my tops quicker than expected. I completly forgot what a magical place Target is. I used to live in these pants when I was pregnant with Jolie! It was one of the items I refused to give up post baby until my Big Sis checked me about it, lol. These loafers are my current favorite things in life. They're so comfortable and the cheetah print always helps to make an otherwise boring outfit a little more interesting.

Baby 2.0's Update //
I went for my standard check-up this week and all was well. After weighing the pros and cons of 17-P injections, I decided to register to be apart of the program. If I decided against it, I'm at a much higher risk of another preterm delivery than if I don't at least give it a try. Lord knows I don't have it in me to go through that unfortunate experience again. In a week or two, I'll be making weekly visits to my doctor to receive the injection until the 37th week. Otherwise, I'm feeling pretty good though I've yet to start going for my 20 minute walks. Luckily I haven't been going to crazy as I thought with my nutrition, I've only gained 2 lbs in the past 4 weeks which makes for a total weight gain of only 4 lbs so far in this pregnancy. Sleeping is starting to get a little uncomfortable now - I'm so looking forward to getting my Pregnancy Pillow!!!

So far 73% of you think 2.0 is a boy??? ((evil laugh)) Very interesting!!!

Until nex time...

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review // Bronner Bros. Tropical Roots Twist Cream

I'd been stuck in a hair rut prior to hitting the jackpot when I got a Curlbox subscription. Over the past few months I've been introduced to some amazing products! Like most curly haired girls, I'm on the constant quest for the perfect curl. I recently started using the Tropical Roots Twist Cream that was included in the June 2012 box. I'd never heard of the product and was prepared to give it away after the first use. However, when another product was finished, I used it again out of desperation and was shocked to find out how great it is. I guess the first time was a fluke.

Ingredients //
The list of ingredients can be seen in one of the above photos, but the contents of this twist cream are all natural and said to promote hair growth. 

Texture //
The texture of this product kinda reminds me of the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie with a little more "uummpphh" to it, lol. There's something a little extra and different about it that I've never seen or felt in any other product that I've used. 

Smell // 
Not only does the packaging make me want a vacation, but the product actually smell like you're vacationing on a tropical island. I love the way it makes my way smells! The scent is wonderful but not overbearing.

Overall Performance // 
My twist outs have been nothing short of consistent since using this product. My hair has become softer, shiner and I can run my fingers through it with ease. I've been using this product for a week now since and have yet to experience any build up (just as the package promised). I've also noticed that this product elongates my curls unlike any other creamy hair product that I've yet. I've only been able to achieve this much length with the Eco-Styler Olive Oil Gel. Finally, I love how fast the Tropical Roots Twist Cream works. I can twist my hair using the product, take a shower, and by the time I get out my curls are well defined upon take out of my twists.
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Innocence Lost Indeed

photo credit // Garance Dore
This morning I came across an article on my twitter timeline which hit especially close to my heart, Pregnancy After Loss And The Loss of Innocence. Though the authors words are straight forward, I don't want to summarize and possibility twist any words of her struggle, so please click the link if you'd like to read.

The first few weeks of this second pregnancy were especially terrifying for me. I found out around the 4th week, and as many of you know, the doctor typically won't see you for another 3 to 4 weeks after that. I drove myself crazy. I'd cry to my husband, I'd pray, I'd have a voice telling me that I was going to loose the baby like I did with the first, I'd talk to myself...I was a basket case. 

Thankfully, I've calmed down over the past few weeks. Between all the support I've received from love ones, distracting myself by reading books and a new found addiction to Netflix, I've mastered the art of distracting myself for the most part. While I've been able to significantly drown out the negative voices, sometimes they are still loud and clear.

Loosing a child a changes you. Having a pregnancy suddenly end is traumatic. Being pregnant after such an experience is hard. You know the worst that can go wrong because you've lived it. 

I have no doubt in my mind that I'll be giving birth to a healthy child and that I will leave the hospital with a baby this time. However, at the same time...I'm cautious. For example, as I look for a baby shower venue, I'm asking how flexible they are with down payments and such just in case the baby shows up earlier than expected. There's always a little voice in my head telling me to be cautious as I try to plan for this baby. At this point, there's always a "what if", I can't silence those two words.

I'm Blessed that things are well...but things were fine with Jolie as well until I randomly went into labor one day. Truly, that is the hard part - never knowing why that happened, therefore not knowing exactly what to do to prevent it from happening again. 

I recognize that things are different this time. I'm not employed which allows me to rest more, I'm not under the immense amount of stress I was under in my last pregnancy, God is an even bigger part of my life and there is the possibility of starting the 17-P injections as early as this Friday. 

...to be honest, I struggled with the decision of talking about this pregnancy on the blog because I was initially so paranoid. But I know I'm not the only one going through this, and though I'm not the most brave woman in the world, I hope to encourage those who have lost babies to keep going. Some of us may have a harder time than others, but there's nothing to be ashamed about and our struggle doesn't make us any less of a woman.

Every struggle is another piece of what makes us into greater people.

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bump style // Tamera Mowry Housley @ The Teen Choice Awards 2012

I've been a big fan of Tia & Tamera for as long as I can remember! How can you not love those two? It's so cool to watch them transition from "Sister Sister" to now wives and mothers (and all the tv work they did in between).

I can't help but gush over how amazing Tamera Mowry-Housley looked at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards. From hair and makeup, to the body hugging dress and gorgeous shoe - she's one hot mommy to be.

Long gone are the days when being pregnant meant that you had to sacrifice months of being fashionable, for frumpy clothing!
photo credit: GETTY
what do you think about Tamera's look?

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All Braided Up Using Nutress Foam Wrap Lotion

Thank goodness for cousins who can braid! Kimi came over and hooked me up, based on a similar style I saw on Instagram. I'd been trying to catch her for a while, but if you read her blog or know her personally, the kid is a jet setter and is always on a flight somewhere (lucky her).

She achieved the curls on the top by using flexi rods, setting my hair with the  Nutress Foam Wrap Lotion that I received in my June 2012 Curlbox. Having been walking around looking like a total and utter disaster lately, I must admit I had sudden boost of confidence today, lol.

I think I'll be getting my hair braided more often this summer, as it requires less maintenance - that's what I'm about right now! I've been seeing so many ladies switch it up for the summer with fun colors and cuts, but I'm not that adventurous this year.

Have you switched up your hair style for summer?

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Bump 2.0 // Week 14 Update [ the good & the not so awesome ]

Yesterday was my highly anticipated sonogram with a specialist to find out if my cervix was measuring at the correct rate. If it wasn't, that would mean that I have what is called an incompetent cervix and would have to have the cervical cerclage procedure.

the good
  • First up was the typical sono where I got to stare at my baby for a good ten minutes while the ultrasound tech took measurements. I watched my little one move all over the place and even face the camera sometimes. I didn't want it to end, I wanted to watch the monitor all day.
  • Though I won't begin my 15th week unil tomorrow, the tech was pretty sure about the gender of the baby...it was very clear! Baby 2.0's gender is...........well, I've decided to wait until my 20 week appointment just to make sure, lol. But in the meantime, I'd love to read your guess.
  • I then had my cervix measured and it seems all is well - no procedure for me (yay)

the not so awesome
Because of my history with spontaneous preterm labor, the doctor suggested a preventative medication called 17-P. Starting on week 16 through week 37 (full term), I'd have to take the shot on a weekly basis to lesson my chances of going into labor too early again. From what I've read so far, it has helped some women get to full term while some still had premature babies, just not as early as their previous pregnancy. I'm currently researching like crazy before meeting with my primary obgyn next week, while discussing it with my husband of course.

 . . .

So that's the latest with 2.0 !!! He or She seems to be very healthy, I just have to keep them baking in there as close to 40 weeks as possible.

Sometimes I get a little sad wondering if there's still something I could have done to save Jolie...but I'm trying my best to let it go. Unfortunately I can't change the past and one day I'll truly accept that. However, I am truly thankful that I was able to conceive again less than a year within her death. Remembering where I was this time last year, I never thought I'd be pregnant again and awaiting the birth of another little one.

God is good.

{if you'd like, you can vote on Baby 2.0's gender on the poll located in the right sidebar of the blog! I'll do the reveal next month}
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Guest Post by Katie Moore // After You Bring Home Baby: Preparing for an Easy Transition Into Motherhood

Many mothers-to-be are ready to head to the hospital and welcome their newborn into the world weeks before the big day arrives. It is common for expectant mothers in their last trimester to eagerly pay attention to their body for signs that today may be the day they get to welcome their newborn into the world.

Medical Preparations

Much preparation time is spent focusing on the labor and delivery aspect of pregnancy, as well as prepping the home for a newborn. Mom-to-be may have taken a Lamaze class, taken a first aid class or a class to learn about caring for a newborn. Perhaps she signed up for cord blood banking  to prepare for the future health of her family.

Postpartum Emotions

The physical changes a woman's body goes through during pregnancy are significant, and postpartum changes can be just as significant. Many women struggle after pregnancy, specifically with regards to the hormonal and emotional changes. Taking time today to learn about the baby blues, postpartum anxiety, and postpartum depression can help new mothers prepare for postpartum changes and know when to notify her doctor if things seem abnormal.

Breastfeeding Preparations

It is common for new moms as well as infants to struggle to master the art of breastfeeding. As a new mother, this can create anxiety and stress that perhaps is unexpected. This stress can be combined with anxiety over dealing with a fussy infant, sleep deprivation, and hormonal changes to create the perfect storm. Taking time today to learn more about breastfeeding can decrease stress and anxiety. Further, having a resource such as this on-hand can help new mothers more readily get advice and help needed when necessary. 

Mommy Support

Many new mothers want to embrace motherhood wholeheartedly, and they may feel like a failure at motherhood by reaching out for or asking for help. It is important to remember that it does take time to adjust to motherhood. There are physical and emotional changes a new mom's body is going through. A new mother and her child also will need time to establish a routine with regards to sleeping and eating. These changes can be difficult on a new mother, and it is entirely reasonable to anticipate the need for support. Lining up assistance now before the baby is born can be tremendously helpful during those first few weeks after childbirth. Even having a friend or family member come over for an hour or two each day so you can shower or take a nap can make a world of difference. 

While the transition into motherhood can be challenging, it also is infinitely rewarding. These are moments that many mothers will cherish for decades to come.

"This article was written by Katie Moore. Katie is an active writer within the blogging community who discusses maternity, motherhood, prenatal health, childbirth and other topics within this niche.  If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact by visiting her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter @moorekm26."

Miami Curlbox Meetup w/ Myleik Teele & CharyJay

Which busy CEO creates time during their vacations to connect with the customers of their brand - Myleik Teele!
Last night, a group of natural haired ladies gathered in a private pool side cabana at the SLS South Beach, to connect with Curlbox CEO Myleik Teele & popular Youtube natural hair guru CharyJay.
Let me just say, I had high hopes for my hair last night, I even washed it! But she was determined to embarrass me for neglecting her for the past few weeks. I even tried watching CharJay's 5 Minute Up-Do video, but I was so flustered and couldn't find the things I needed since I was rushing, lol. In the end I through on something colorful and hoped that would distract everyone from my hair, lol.
photo courtesy of CharyJay's Facebook
photo courtesy of CharyJay's Facebook
Besides the madness on top of my head, the event was wonderful. I was a little nervous to go by myself , but everyone was radiating so much great energy that I quickly turned into somewhat of a social butterfly. I got to catch up with some of the ladies that I met at the previous meet-up and left with many new connections. Everyone sipped on drinks (water for me) and left with more friends than they came with. I was pleasantly surprised by how many ladies in attendance read my little ol' blog, which led to me bashfully telling some of the other gals about it when they asked for more information.
photo courtesy of CharyJay's Facebook
I got to briefly chat it up with CharJay who was just as sweet as I imagined she would be. We talked about natural hair and life in general - she even promised to check out my blog after Myliek told her about it. And yes people of the world, her hair is just as fabulous in person - and ridiculously soft! I definitely need to revisit her videos and take lots of notes :) Myleik was her usual bubbly self while mingling with the ladies, giving advice and sharing hilarious stories about her life. 
The Beautiful Ladies of Naturals In The Sun & A New Acquaintance whose hair I was borderline obsessed with
Leslie, Myleik Teele & Carla Hill

Carla has a beauty blog that she plans to launch in October of this year - I can't wait to read it! 

As expected, the event was amazing and seemed to continue long after my fatigue set in. Everyone had gorgeous hair, stylish outfits and warm personalities! If any of you happen to stumble across this post "Hello!" once again and thank you for letting me snap photos of you all :)

And finally, here are The Bump & I
Necklace: XSRE // Blouse: Everblue Casual // Skirt: H&M // Loafers: Yoki 
I have to pick up my Curlbox from the post office today, so be sure to look out for an unboxing post on Monday. I will also be sharing more natural hair posts as I plan to get my hair back on track after weeks of pretending I didn't need to run a comb through it, lol. Have a great weekend everyone!!!

Thank you Myleik & CharyJay for hosting such an enjoyable event!

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The Latest on Baby #2

Necklace: Forever 21 // Crossbody: Nine West // Lace Dress: Forever 21 // Leopard Loafers: Yoki

I hope you all have been having a great weekend! Mine consisted of the usual - church, sleep, spending sometime with the husband and eating out. 

I realized that I shared the pregnancy news with you all and then kinda left you hanging. That certainly wasn't intentional. Now that my energy is coming back and the constant nausea seems to be giving me a break - I hope to update the blog regularly again:
  • I'm currently in my 13th week...which some people say is the beginning of trimester number two, while some say it's the last week of trimester one. According to my calculations (does that make me sound smart), the 13th is the first week of the second trimester if you deliver at 40 weeks...if you deliver at 42 weeks, then the second trimester would be the 14th week. I hoping for week 40!
  • I'm due mid January 2013
  • I'm really enjoying Italian food. I don't have any specific cravings, but if I have a choice of what to eat, it's something Italian - lots of carbs and lots of cheese
  • I don't have as much round ligament pain as last time
  • I'm showing a lot earlier than last time...but they say that's normal with your second...and I'm bigger than I was at this point in the last pregnancy
  • I choke on my prenatals every single time without fail
  • I have no desire to comb my hair anymore (hence the wig in the above photo)
  • I have no short term memory and it takes me forever to understand things - pregnancy brain is real out here! People think it's funny but I'm really confused all the time ;/ Example: One time I was playing on my phone and then put down my phone...to go looking all over the house for my phone. I couldn't figure out where it was. And everyone sat there and watched me in silence so they could laugh at me...the struggle!
  • ...and sadly, I can't stand the smell of nail polish or remover...isn't that tragic?
Also, thank you to everyone that reached out to me regarding Jolie's 1st birthday. That morning started off painful...but after a while I began to calm down and thank God for the time that I did have with her. As usual, I'd like to thank you all for all the love and support you've shown me. It's much appreciated.  

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Happy 1st Birthday Jolie

photo credit
Just for today, I will try to live through the next 24 hours...not expecting to get over
 my child's death, but learning to live with it...one day at a time

Just for today, I'll remember my child's life, not his death, and bask in the comfort of 
the treasured days and moments we shared.

Just for today, I will forgive all the family and friends who didn't help or comfort

 me the way I needed them to. They truly did not know how.

Just for today, I will reach out to comfort a relative or friend of my child.

 For they are hurting too, and perhaps we can help each other.

Just for today, I will free myself from my self-inflicted burden of guilt. For deep in my heart, I know if there was anything in this world I could have done to save my child from death, I would have done it.

Just for today, I will honor my child's memory by doing something with another child, be it my own, or someone else's, because I know that would make my child proud.

Just for today, I will offer my hand in friendship to other bereaved parents, for 

I DO know how they feel.

Just for today, I will smile...no matter how much I hurt on the inside..

.for maybe if I smile a little, my heart will soften and I will begin to heal.

Just for today, I will allow myself to be happy and enjoy myself, for I know

 I am not deserting my child by moving on.

Just for today, I will accept that I did NOT die when my child did. 

My life did go on and I am the ONLY one who can make that life worthwhile again.

- Anonymous
{ a friend sent me this poem this morning }

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