WAKE UP NATURALLY //
If you're able to with your job, it's so refreshing to be able to wake up naturally. When I worked a 9-5 (cringe), I woke up to my alarm and I was notorious for hitting the snooze button 100x. Something I've really enjoyed since working from home is opening the blinds a little a night so the sunshine comes through in the morning and wakes you up naturally. I feel like waking up with an alarm is so abrasive and I am fortunate that most days I don't have to worry about what time I wake up but I love to wake up early if possible. 

STRETCH WHEN YOU GET OUT OF BED //
After I wake up and cuddle my pups for a second, I try to get up and stretch. Since I've been pregnant, this is even more important. Stretch for as long as you can but if you only have 1-2 minutes, get it in! It's worth it!

TAKE A HOT + COLD SHOWER //
I am definitely a "shower in the morning" kinda gal. I feel like I am more productive if I shower in the morning because I feel more awake. The one change I've made (thanks to Lauryn from The Skinny Confidential) is to turn the water on cold for as long as you can take it and tab your skin to really wake yourself up and it will help with blood circulation - BONUS! 

WARM LEMON WATER //
Most everyone knows warm lemon water is really good to detox your body and helps with your liver so if you implement one thing from this post, I would definitely recommend this one! Go ahead and Google all the benefits and you will want to try this tomorrow morning!

GET OUTSIDE //
This is a no-brainer for me since we have 2 dogs but fresh air and sunshine feeds my soul. I instantly feel better when I'm outside so taking the dogs for a walk in the morning really sets the tone for my day. Unfortunately being pregnant this has been a little harder for me since its been SO HOT in VA but I try to take a walk at least once a day. 

I feel like everyone starts out saying this but I honestly cannot believe I am writing a pregnancy post. It is very surreal and incredibly exciting to finally share the news with everyone. Since I started writing this post, we found out we are having a baby boy and we couldn't be more excited!

Let me start off by saying, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I have a few friends who have children and while we were trying to get pregnant I watched a lot of "how I knew I was pregnant" type YouTube videos so I could join the many women who symptom spot and drive themselves crazy wondering if they are pregnant. Of course if you're reading this post, you're likely pregnant or trying to get pregnant so you will know that everyone has different symptoms. I honestly probably didn't even believe that until I actually was pregnant and realized I had very different signs and symptoms from what I read/watched/heard.

Wait, I'm what??


I will have to do another post sharing our pregnancy journey but after a few months of trying on and off, we were totally surprised we got pregnant when we did. No signs, no symptoms, absolutely no evidence I was pregnant until I was a day late...but more for another time!


The Symptoms 


The exhaustion...holy moly was I exhausted. It was hard to tell in the beginning because we just got home from a wedding in Key West and we barely slept the whole trip so by the time we got home, I was already tired. At the time, I didn't realize that it was because I was pregnant! I literally couldn't make it through an entire day without napping, I felt like a zombie most of the time. I am so lucky to work from home so I was able to take frequent naps during the day and go to sleep by 8:30 pm but whoa, I was not prepared for the insane tiredness. I will admit, to this day (25 weeks pregnant) I still get tired throughout the day. Some days, I wake up and I'm good until 10:00 pm, others, well not so much! The guest room has been my nap spot as I quickly realized that sleeping on a couch is not comfortable for your back.


The crying...ohhhh man the crying! I could probably count on two hands how many times I actually cried in my life. Needless to say, it wasn't a lot but the second I got pregnant...BOOM cue the waterworks! I'm not going to lie, there is probably a time, at least once a day I am crying over a TV show or some crazy emotion. It's very odd for me and something I actually really hated in the beginning (I've since embraced all the crazy emotions). I would be eating dinner and just burst into tears, usually with a homesick-like feeling. I didn't realize how crazy my emotions would be and the hormones really took a toll on me as someone who hates / never cries!

The on and off skin problems. I remember around 9 weeks, I'm wondering where is this glow everyone talks about? One of the reasons I didn't think I was pregnant is because my skin was breaking out like it normal does before I get my period. My breakouts and redness lasted until 13-14 weeks. My skin is finally clear but still breakouts occasionally. I'm still not sure when that whole glow thing kicks in?

The dreaded waiting game. Todd and I were just talking yesterday about how l-o-n-g it felt until we were able to go to our 8 week appointment. I think we had to wait 4-5 weeks until the appointment to confirm we were pregnant and it was the longest month of our lives. You overanalyze everything and your mind is literally on overload thinking of all the exciting things but also all the worst case scenarios. You feel alone in a sense because you're too nervous to share the news with anyone and the only thing you can do is wait.

The sickness. I feel very lucky that I was not one of those people with morning sickness. I did get a little nauseous in the car which is unusual for me but overall I didn't throw up or constantly feel sick. However, I did get headaches...oh the headaches. I am headache prone to begin with so I expected a few headaches from not drinking caffeine but I was not prepared for the daily headaches and not having any medicine to take for them. Unfortuanley, headaches are a common pregnancy symptom and my doctor recommended regular Tylenol which didn't help much. I would lay around with an ice pack on my head most of the day feeling miserable. Luckily once I hit 20 weeks the headaches started going away and I've only had a few since. Since almost none of my friends suffered from them, I had to Google / Pinterest every "pregnancy headache" hack I could find. There's not much out there but ice packs and peppermint essential oils on the temples but I did find going to the chiropractor was really beneficial.

What's interesting is the more people I talked too, the more I realized how different everyone's pregnancy is. Many of the things I experienced, my friends did not so I resorted to Googling everything I could on what I was feeling. I hope if you are pregnant, that this post helps you if we had similar symptoms!

New blog look, who dis?

If you have been on this crazy blogging journey with me (since 2013), you've seen a lot of blog designs, colors, names, etc. For the last two years my blog has been hosted on ShowIt which I LOVE! It is by far my favorite platform as it is so easy to use and design (or in my case re-design 100x).

I went through a lull in blogging and honestly I had some serious lack of motivation. So I decided to get back to my roots of blogging and why I started this blog to begin with which made me want to revert back to the beginning of using Blogger. It's simple, easy to design and the best part its FREE! I'm sure down the road I will go back to ShowIt and have the design everything I would ever want,  but for now, I am feeling really good about this decision! I'm ready to get back to the basics of why I wanted to start a blog / YouTube channel all those years ago!

What will you see on the blog moving forward?
You will still hear about my random thoughts and about our lives (and obvi Poppy and Lolly and our new baby adventures) but also you will see some new content not just blogging. You know I have an on and off YouTube channel and dabbled in podcasting so we will just see what happens and go with the flow!

I will try to stick to a schedule when I post because I know I wait for my fave bloggers to post on their scheduled days - but it might take me a while to get a schedule I can work with while living life!

As always, make sure to follow me on Instagram to see what we are up too daily because we have LOTS of exciting things coming up!

JEANS? JEANS ARE FORMAL WEAR. 



I don’t know about you but I despise wearing jeans when I travel…literally, even the most comfortable, stretchy jeans. I was recently in Asheville, NC with my family and truly, honestly, attempted to vlog but when I looked at my footage, it was basically all mountains. I promise it wasn’t that interesting. But back to the clothes… We drove which meant 8 hours in the car and I needed to be comfy. I love wearing leggings / workout pants (#spanx are my favs), t-shirts with a sweatshirt in case I get cold or a light long sleeve shirt. When I travel, especially on an airplane, I feel so germy (confessions of a germaphobe). So I’m usually rocking half a bottle of dry shampoo in my hair or a hat.



Photos by: The Boho Marketing Co 


If you follow me on Snapchat you know my sleep habits are awful. I am up until 1:00 am - 2:00 am every night. When I worked a 9-5, I was usually in bed between 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm. I was pretty religious about going to sleep early because I had to wake up at 6:00 am and it was difficult for me to sit at a desk all day if I was tired. Now, I am home all day or out meeting with clients and I literally never set an alarm (#lifegoals). I absolutely LOVE not setting an alarm but I still try to wake up early because I am more productive in the morning.


I've always suffered from a racing mind at night. For some reason the second I lay down to go to sleep, no matter how tired I am, my mind immediately starts to think about everything I need to do, events coming up, deadlines I need to meet, emails I need to send...the list goes on. This is exactly why I have to set aside time before I go to sleep to write in my planner.

What are your tips to getting to sleep early? 

Does anyone else find it fascinating to see other people's daily routines, to do lists, etc. I'm not sure why but I always love to know what people do during the day, especially people who work for themselves. So today I thought I would share my morning routine however I do want to add a disclaimer: I do not do this everyday but this is my preferred routine to be more productive. This is my typical day if I do not have any meetings or conference calls.


6:30 am - 7:00 am
Wake up (I always hit snooze but I have been trying really hard not too).

7:00 am - 7:15 am
Since I'm being honest, I usually check Facebook and Instagram before I get out of bed.

7:15 am
Walk Poppy 

7:45 am
Feed Poppy breakfast and make warm lemon water.

I am not big on eating breakfast but if I do, it's usually around 7:45 am.

7:45 am - 8:00 am
Review my top 3 and calendar for the day.

8:00 am
Shower and get ready for the day.

8:30 am -11:00 am
Sit at my desk and check emails, work on top 3 projects, post Instagram at 10:00 am. 

11:00 am
By this time I usually need to get out and take a break from my computer so I take Poppy for a walk or we go to the park. 

12:00 pm
Eat lunch and catch up on blogs/social media.

1:00 pm
Work (usually admin work but I like to refer to my to do list or finish any remaining top 3 projects).

3:00 pm
Todd usually comes home around this time so we will head to the pool (in the summer) or take Poppy on a mini hike.

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Cook/eat dinner

7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Spend time with Todd, catch up on TV shows, work on blog posts, check social media (plan Instagram feed) and organize email accounts. We will also take an evening walk with Poppy before the sun goes down. 

11:00 pm
My mind is usually racing before I go to sleep with all the things I need to accomplish so I usually spend 15/20 minutes with my planner writing down to do lists, blog post ideas, etc. If I don't do this, I usually have a really hard time falling asleep. 

I would love to hear about your daily routine and how you manage your time. 

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