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Pregnancy: 2nd Trimester

Honestly, this pregnancy has flown and I’ve genuinely loved being pregnant, especially this 2nd trimester. I can’t believe we start the 3rd trimester this week. Wait, what!? It’s still confusing to me whether the 3rd trimester starts at 27 or 28 weeks, but we’ll just go with 28.  I feel like I just found out I was pregnant and now all the sudden we are getting paperwork from the hospital about paying for her delivery and signing up for baby classes. Here’s an update on what I’ve experienced in my second trimester, how I’ve been feeling and things I’ve been learning along the way. I can’t express how grateful I am for the Lord’s blessing over this time and our family as we prepare to bring this new little life into the world. I literally cannot wait to meet her. I just keep waking up every day thanking God for the blessing of getting to be this little girl’s mother. :)

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15 weeks! This is the week we found out it’s a girl!

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Utah Family Video (Utah Part 3)

Hope you all are having a great week! If you didn’t catch my part 1 and part 2 of our Utah trip, check them out. We had a wonderful time on our last big trip before we become a family of three and this one was special because we got to share it with Matt’s side of the family. I love making travel videos, so I definitely wanted to make sure I documented this trip with a little video. Hope you enjoy!

Cheers,

Aubrey

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Tips for Dressing the Bump

When it comes to clothes, I love them but I don’t want to spend a fortune on them. And for maternity clothes, I found that to be even more true for me. I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on clothes I would only wear for a few months. I started off by going through my closet and trying to see which clothes I could still make work. Think- flowy, long dresses, button up shirts and other clothing items that “give” in the belly area. But when I did finally go maternity shopping, here are some of my favorite finds that have lasted me throughout my first and second trimester.

Favorite Affordable Maternity Stores

Motherhood Maternity: Check their sales often or go to one of their outlet stores. They give you samples and gifts when you make your first purchase. I got this cute floral dress (pictured below), but unfortunately I can’t find the link anymore. Here and here are two similar dresses. This dress is great for layering and gives you tons of room to grow. I also ordered this cute maternity/nursing bra and it’s super cute, but super comfy.

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Golden Circle Tour (Iceland Part 3)

Well, this post is definitely long overdue! A lot happened between April and the current end of summer, so I kept putting off posting the rest of these Iceland photos. Honestly, we still haven’t even gone through the Iceland photos on our nicer camera. Turns out getting ready for a baby is really quite busy. 😉 So, before I forget all of our Iceland tips, I figured I’d go ahead and share the rest of our Iceland photos from my iPhone for those wanting to travel to Iceland in the near future. In this post, I’ll talk about our Golden Circle Tour, which tour company we used and specific stops along the way. If you missed Iceland Part 1 or Part 2, check them out!

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Mirror Lake Exploring (Utah Part 2)

If you didn’t catch my first Utah post, be sure to check it out for my recommendations on what to do in Salt Lake City and Park City. One of my favorite things we did in Utah was take a trip to Mirror Lake. It was a gorgeous 45-60 minute drive, easy for all of our family members (who were a variety of ages) and so much fun. We were able to walk around the lake and get some beautiful photos of the scenery. On our way to Mirror Lake, we stopped at the Samak Smoke House for a bathroom break, beef jerky and other goodies. We took our time on the drive up to Mirror Lake, admiring the scenery, stopping for photos and getting out to explore Upper Provo Falls.

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View from the Deer Valley Grocery Store Cafe

Salt Lake & Park City Guide (Utah Part 1)

At the beginning of August, we spent about a week in Park City with a day trip to a National Park and a day trip to Salt Lake City. Matt’s cousin lives in Utah, so we brought most of Matt’s family along for this adventure. This was new for us, because we’re used to traveling just the two of us, so it was fun to have others along with us. We absolutely loved Park City and thought it was a nice break from the blistering blazing Georgia heat that we experience in August. The weather in Park City was perfect. We found tons to do and lots of other cool places to access from Park City. Here are a few tips for a budget friendly, summer adventure in Utah! :)

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St. Augustine City Guide

Two weeks ago, Matt and I headed south to Florida for a weekend getaway in St. Augustine. One of our friends was getting married there, so we figured it would be  a good mini babymoon. I’ve been coming to St. Augustine for school trips or with my family since I was a kid, but hadn’t been back in three or four years. The beaches are beautiful, the downtown is cute and there are lots of things to do. We decided to stay at the adorable and cozy At Journey’s End Bed & Breakfast. If you’ve never tried out a bed and breakfast, I highly recommend giving one a try. There’s something about staying in a cute old home and having an incredible breakfast prepared for you in the morning. I’m a big fan! Also, my favorite part of this weekend getaway was that we got to see my parents and brother for the afternoon on one of the days we were in St. Augustine. Living away from family is hard sometimes, so these times we get to see each other are all the more special. :)

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Get a few good brushes to help with your painting job. I really like the more expensive brushes (like Purdy), because I do think they do a better job and you don't lose as many bristles in your project. If you keep them clean, the brushes will last you a long time.

Chalk Paint Nursery Side Table

I went to this really awesome antique store a few weeks back with my friend, Kristin, and purchased this antique side table! For those in the Atlanta area, it’s called Woodstock Market Antiques. I loved it so much despite its quirks and all the things that make antiques so fun. I loved the blue color, but it clashed with our nursery walls so I decided to use my trusty chalk paint and paint it white! Here are the before and afters.

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DIY Lampshade

For a couple of years now, I’ve had this somewhat plain lamp and lampshade that’s sort of made its way to several different rooms. It turns out that this lamp was just waiting to be used as a nursery lamp and needed a little extra help. So, here’s my DIY lampshade tutorial on how to make your plain old lampshade a little bit fancier.

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