Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! I hope everyone had a good week. We got a break in humidity here and it has been glorious! I don't really mind the heat but it's the humidity that gets me. If it could just stay like this the rest of the summer it would be a beautiful thing. Wishful thinking, right?! 

Here's a look at some of my favorites from the week...

1. Ice cream: 

I feel like I'm usually the last person to know about these national days that come out. Seriously, who makes these things up and can I have their job?! When the museum of ice cream started back in NYC I was on their wait list for tickets (never got them) and have still been getting notifications about all the other cities this fabulous looking place has traveled to. I still think they need a permanent location in NY, but that's just my opinion. Anyway, I got a few emails that national ice cream day was coming up and the more they sent me emails, the more I wanted ice cream. I guess their marketing tactics worked. So what's a pregnant mama to do? Go and get ice cream, of course. A local ice cream spot near us has this fun wall mural with gummy bears doing some silly things, so how do you resist snapping a picture in front of it? The answer is, you don't resist. Our ice cream was melting faster than we could smile so we made our way back inside to finish our sweet treats. Little nugget likes letting the end of his melt so he can drink it like a shake and make a funny mustache. Not a bad idea if I say so myself.

2. Airstream update: 

I should be the first one to know that it's a rare occasion when timelines are actually met, but we are making progress with our Airstream which is a step in the right direction. The boys mattresses were delivered this week and they loved turning them into gym mats to do some flips on. We decided that next spring we are going to put bunk beds in over top of where their twin beds go, but that won't be something we tackle this season. The water heater was installed and our bathroom is now gutted. After Eric hooks up the pipes we can finish the bathroom and then the rest is really all little stuff. We are still hopeful we'll have this on the road by the end of the summer. I'm also sharing a before pic of what the bathroom used to look like and I can't wait to see the finished product.

3. Midweek day with the boys: 

this is probably my all time favorite of the week even though it came out of an unfortunate circumstance. My mom has been helping with the boys and watching them two days a week so they don't have to be in camp everyday and I can come home on my lunch to see them. Well she came down with shingles and has been in a lot of pain. She's not able to be around me or the boys for the next few weeks. I just feel so bad for her. Since we didn't have the boys signed up for camp the day she was supposed to watch them, I had to take a day and spend it with them. I'm not complaining though, any day with them beats being in the office. It was so nice to have some extra time with them and make the day special.

We had a picnic lunch, went to the park, and then ended the night at our church's community outreach picnic. It did break my heart though when both of the boys on two different occasions, and separately, asked me things about the baby. I shared last week a little bit more about what we are dealing with and I know that it's really affecting all of us. Some days I am so strong and think, he's going to be fine, we got this. And others, I'm fighting back tears all day. When we were at the park A came up to me and said, can we bring the baby to the park when he's here? I said, of course! I'm sure he will love that. He looked around and got kind of quiet and then looked at me and said, but what if people stare at him or make fun of his lips? I could have broken down right then and there. I just tried to remind him that sometimes people stare when things look different but we need to do our best to protect him and know that he is just as special as everyone else. Then when we were at our church picnic, A was standing in line with Eric waiting to get his face painted and little nugget wanted to dance with me because his favorite song came on by the Newsboys, God's Not Dead. We were jumping around and he asked if he could put his hand on my belly so he could dance with the baby. I thought that was just the sweetest thing. Then he looked up at me and said, mommy, if we bring brother to the picnic will people talk about his lips? I really tried to keep it together and explained things as best as I could to him as well. I'm not going to lie, the same concerns they have are some of mine as well. People can be so cruel, and this world can focus so much on perfection. I'm not sure I'm ready to face all of that and just hope that I can do my best with any situation that may come our way. I just wish I could shield him from everything, but I know that's not reality either.

4. Party planning: 

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I mentioned last week that little nugget's birthday is coming up in a few weeks. He wants a nice shark party (like baby shark) so I've been trying to get some ideas together for him. We have a small spider-man sprinkler that's supposed to spin around, but it seems like he might have seen his day. I came across this giant watermelon sprinkler and I think it would be great for the kids. It's not one where they need to jump over it, or anything that needs to spin around to where the gears could break. It got great reviews, and it's super cute too. I'm anxiously waiting for this one to come in the mail. We are also stocking up on these water balloons that the boys have been loving.


He also really wants a bounce house so I've been calling around to a few places for rentals. The prices these places want I feel like could buy two of them for that. We started thinking more and more, and with three boys on the way, and many birthday parties to be had, we are considering just buying one. I'm sure the ones you rent are higher grade quality, and bigger, but I just can't see spending that price for a few hours and for only a one time use. We have our eyes on this one with the racing slides or this one with the ball pit area. Does anyone have experience with buying a bounce house or one that you would recommend?

5. Posts from the week: 

I'm kind of impressed with myself and how many posts I was able to pump out this week. Who am I? I think this little space has become more of an outlet for me than I realized and it helps me switch my focus on more positive things. I can't tell you how appreciative I am for those that take time out of your day to read my posts. I know I've been behind on responding to comments but I read each and every one and they mean so much to me.

In case you missed it, I shared some essentials for a summer pregnancy, because apparently I like to have all my kids in the summer or right after. I also partnered with Basic Invite and shared some of what they offer and the custom stationery and business cards I got. Then if you missed it, we also had our girl chat link up for the month and we shared our favorite summer recipes. I loved seeing what everyone shared and got some great ideas for some new recipes to try. If you have any summer favorites be sure to stop by and link yours up!


I hope everyone has a great weekend! Here's were you can find me linking for all the link up fun.

Favorite Summer Recipes-Girl Chat Link Up

If you've been visiting this little space of mine for awhile now then you know I tend to be a seasonal eater. Certain things just taste better to me at certain times during the year. Like hot chocolate, or a bowl soup, it would be a rare occasion to catch me sipping on some in the middle of August. 

The summer is some of my favorite times for food (fall being a close second). I love grilled food, eating outside, enjoying a sweet treat, all the fresh fruit and veggies—I could do without all the flies and bugs though, but what can you do. 

This month for our girl chat link up we're sharing some of our favorite recipes. I dug deep into my archives here because food posts just haven't been a thing for me in several years. I love taking pictures of food, but preparing and telling a house full of boys they need wait to try something, just isn't happening. I also rounded up some of my favorite Pinterest finds that have been my go-to for making in the summer.  

I'm not sure I know anyone who doesn't like tacos. Enjoying some fish tacos in the summer is one of my favorites. We also love making a homemade mango salsa to top it off and oh boy, now I want a taco.

Speaking of salsa, we also like to make this refreshing strawberry salsa. We enjoy this with regular tortilla chips, but I would imagine you could also top it on some of your favorites.

In keeping with the fruit talk, we also love some grilled peaches. I'm excited that peach season is coming up for us in August and we plan on going picking this year. This recipe includes a scoop of ice cream which also makes these a delicious after dinner treat.

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Our neighbor has some great basil growing and just brought us over a fresh bag of it. I have some fresh mozzarella in the fridge and a tomato getting ripe on my counter. I love tomato, mozzarella and basil but I also love it with some grilled zucchini
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I also love sipping on some sangria in the summer but this summer it's obviously all mocktails for me. This light and refreshing peach rosè sangria is a favorite and will probably be extended to enjoying some over the holidays when I can cheers again. 

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I feel like my list could have kept going on with so many summer staples. Burgers are a big one for us over the summer too, but it's hard to narrow down just one. Lately I've been making my own patties with either ground turkey or ground chicken. A summer pasta salad is also a good one for us. But now it's your turn to share your favorite summer recipes. I can't wait to see what you enjoy! 

Custom Stationery And Invites With Basic Invite

Thank you Basic Invite for sponsoring this post. All opinions remain my own. 

Something I've been wanting to look into for awhile now has been custom stationery for my blog and also business cards. I've always loved fun stationery and feel more inclined to want to write things down on paper that's pretty and grabs my attention. That might sound silly, but it's something that works for me.

 
With all of the craziness life has been throwing us lately, if I don't write something down I'm more than likely going to forget about it. I also enjoy making lists and crossing things off when I accomplish them, or breaking them down into priorities and figuring out what to tackle first. Something else I have really enjoyed doing is sending thank you notes. I know nowadays it's so easy to just shoot off a quick email as a thank you (which I still do from time to time), but even in my office, when someone sends me a thank you note, the first thing I do is find a place for it on my corkboard and that person usually sticks out in my mind.


Basic Invite makes it very easy for you to choose from their designs but also to add your own customization to make it even more personal. They have so many options available, like almost unlimited color resources, different colored envelops, address capturing services, and foil designs. There's something for everyone to make their selections stand out and keep them unique. I think out of all of the designs I went with, this design was my favorite. It's gives a clear indication of my blog and also has my website and contact information directly at the bottom. This comes in very handy when sending a note to a company or perspective opportunities. I also had fun playing around with the colors, paper type, and corner options.


I attended a few blogging and network events recently and after coming home I realized I would have loved to have business cards with me. When you're meeting so many different people you can't expect them to remember your name let alone your blog or email address. I really love how these luxe business cards came out and how you also had the option to customize them, add your logo, or keep them as simple as you would like. I'm looking forward to handing these out in the future.

Another resource that Basic Invite is great for is, well, invitations. I was oohing and aahing over their adorable safari baby shower invitations and it brought me back to reminiscing about A's baby shower where we also had a gender reveal for everyone. It's hard to believe that this weekend will be five years since we celebrated that special day. Time really does fly right on by. I couldn't help myself and of course had to look through their baby announcements to get an idea and some options in mind for when baby boy comes. It's hard to believe that he will also be here before we know it. 

Basic Invite is currently offering 15% off when you use code 15FF51. Happy shopping! 

Essentials For A Summer Pregnancy

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With this being my third pregnancy going through majority of my time in the summer, I've learned a thing or two about what works best for me during this season. Some will argue that the summer is the worst time to be pregnant and some will argue that it's a good time to be pregnant. I can only speak to what I know, and I would say it's not as bad as you would think. 

I'm sure each season has it's up and downs, but the summer for me feels convenient. I'm actually a little nervous that baby boy is due in the fall because I'm not sure how it will be wearing a jacket or trying to fit into boots and jeans when that time comes. But for now, I'm sharing some summer essentials that have helped me beat the heat and keep my baby bump staying cool. 

1. STAY HYDRATED:

I learned early on that I need to keep water with me for whenever I need it. Especially if I'm going to be outside, that's just a no brainer. But even so, it's come in handy when I'm out running errands, driving in the car, where ever, really. I like to drink mine out of a stainless steel cup because I have this thing with plastic, and I happen to think it keeps it cooler longer.

2. ALWAYS LOCATE A BATHROOM:

I've been in too many situations where I've resorted back to my toddler days of doing the potty dance and needing to go, like right away. If you're out and about it's a good idea to scope out the bathrooms and know where the nearest one is. If you'll be in the car for awhile it's a good idea to know when a rest stop is coming up or a place where you can stop off and use the facilities. Trust me, especially if you are towards the end of your pregnancy, you will be going a lot more often.

3. SUNSCREEN: 

This one is also a no brainer to me but you'd be surprised at how many people I've talked to recently that don't wear sunscreen. It just blows my mind. In general we try to use products with less chemicals and it's something I've always paid more attention to especially when I'm pregnant. I'm not one to typically burn, but my hormones change when carrying a baby and I tend to burn a lot easier than I ever would. I even keep some in my car and in our stroller just in case I need some unexpectedly while we are out. 

4. A GOOD PAIR OF SANDALS: 

For me sandals are my bff in the summer and an even bigger bonus when I'm pregnant. Thankfully I haven't really experienced swollen feet, but I know it can happen. Who wants to try and stuff their feet into restricting shoes. I also think it's good to have a sturdy pair of sandals with straps, because I don't know about you, but I can get clumsy when I'm waddling this belly around. 

5. COMFORTABLE DRESSES: 

This is a huge one for me. This is where the convenient part of being pregnant in the summer comes in. You can just throw on a comfortable cotton dress (mine is c/o of PinkBlush) and put on your sandals and you are good to go. I also love pieces that can easily transition from my office to a weekend look. A maxi dress like this one is also perfect and can still leave you feeling stylish and summery. For me, sometimes when I'm pregnant I feel more confident in form fitting dresses instead of everything feeling baggy and extra. PinkBlush has so many different options for everyone that it's my go-to shop for maternity wear. 

6. A GOOD PAIR OF MATERNITY SHORTS: 

I say a good pair of shorts because I've gone on the cheaper side with them before and they left me nothing but uncomfortable and constantly pulling them and the belly panel up. A lot of the comfort of shorts rests in the elastic waistband which can make all of the difference. I have been living in these shorts (c/o of PinkBlush) and can't say enough good things about them. When you find a pair that is comfortable and hugs in all of the right places, it's a total win. I still love jeans with a good distressed look and think these are the perfect mix of maternity and trend.  

7. GET IN THAT WATER: 

It's no surprise over here that we are a family that loves being by the water. I think that's another reason why the summer doesn't bother me as much when being pregnant. If you have access to a pool, lake, or beach, take advantage of it. I get it, you might not want to jumping for joy to get in a swimsuit with your body feeling different than you're used to (it's not always easy for me either), but it's the summer, rock that body and get in that water. 

8. A PEDICURE MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE: 

I need to take my own advice here because I have been slacking with keeping up with getting pedicures. I have been doing them on my own lately because as of now I can still reach my toes somewhat comfortably. Once that changes, I will be getting pedicures more often. There's something about having a fun or bright color on your toes for the summer that makes those sandal and flip flop days even better. 

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! I hope everyone had a great week. Coming off of a short holiday week always makes a full week feel so much longer. This week was a little all over the place for us with extra doctors visits and trying to get caught up on things after coming back from the beach. I am drowning in laundry over here and feel like I need to take a day just to get everything in order. I also need to go through all of little nugget's things that he is outgrowing and decide what to keep for baby brother, what to donate, and what has seen its days. That in itself is always a project, and I'm not sure I'm ready to tackle it right now. My favorites will be a little random and all over the place, but I have a few, so I figured I'd share. 

1. Beach time: there's no way this wouldn't be my top favorite because I think one of my all time favorite things during the summer is being at the beach. Every time we go Eric jumps online to check out the housing market and we dream about buying a house there. We always say we would rent it out on the weeks we wouldn't be there and how we would make it work. To be honest, I don't think it would be too far fetched to try and make that happen within the next 10 years. The boys love being by the water, we love it, and I can just imagine how fun the summers would be. For now, we are thankful his parents have a place that we can stay at. You can read all about our 4th of July week fun and what we got into.

2. Free slurpee day: Eric reminded me that it was free slurpee day at 7-11 on 7/11. Luckily I pass one on my way home from picking up the boys at camp, so it was the perfect time to stop with them and enjoy a refreshing treat. I took a boomerang of us doing a cheers, you might have seen it on my insta stories (@beautifully_candid) but I forgot to actually take a pic. Oh well, we're focusing on living more in the moment so a screenshot of the video totally works, right?!

3. Garden update: to tell you I am so happy that our garden isn't a total flop this year is an understatement. It's such a great feeling to eat your own vegetables! We had a ton of green beans ready to be picked when we came back from the shore and the boys had such a good time picking them all. It made my job easier too, haha. They don't even care if they are cooked or not. They will open the fridge and grab a handful of them and just start munching away. Our zucchinis on the other hand aren't looking too hot, but maybe we'll master them next year. The boys also built this scarecrow/robot/tin man looking thing with my mom and made it all out of recycled products. I think he looks pretty good and is hopefully keeping the critters away.

4. Shark party: I can't believe that little nugget will be three in a month. Seriously time is just flying. With everything going on in our lives we still want to have a great party for him but are going to keep it small with family and a few friends from his class. We decided to just have it at out our house. At this age, as fun as it is to go over the top for them, they really only care about running around with their friends and if there are cupcakes. And a bounce house. His one request is to have a bounce house, so we're working on that. If you're a parent or have small children in your family, then you probably know all about the baby shark song (doo doo, doo doo doo doo). Sorry if I just got it stuck in anyone's head because, Lord help us. Well, he loves that song, and just lights up when it comes on. It only makes sense to have a shark party for him, but as he would say, a nice shark party not a scary one. I have been turning to where else, Pinterest (if we're not following each other there let's connect) for all the inspirational ideas and I think I have a good starting point.
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5. Baby boy: if you caught my post yesterday then you know a bit about what's going on with baby boy. It's not always easy to share when things aren't going as planned and life kind of kicks in. I am so appreciative of the love and support from all of you. It truly means a lot to me and more than you will ever know.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. Here's where you can find me linking. Speaking of link ups, we have our monthly girl chat next Thursday where we'll be sharing our favorite summer recipes. We'd love for you to join us!

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