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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Raising Awareness

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to learn a little bit more about Mesothelioma..
 
This is an amazing woman named Heather Von St. James.
 
At the early age of 36, Heather was diagnosed with Mesothelioma just 3 1/2 months after giving birth to hear beautiful daughter Lily. Heather was given a short 15 month life expectancy unless she underwent a drastic surgery to remove her left lung. She is one tough woman and beat the odds and she's here 8 years later! Once someone is diagnosed with Mesothelioma, most patients pass away within 2 years!
 
Did you know that asbestos is the only known cause for Mesothelioma, and still is NOT banned here in the US? Heather was exposed to asbestos as a child through her father's work jacket and her diagnosis came about 30 years later..
 
Asbestos Awareness Week was earlier this month, but I felt like this was something important enough, that we should be raising awareness all year long! Heather has created an awareness page that is full of information, facts, pictures and her personal story.
 
Help amazing people like Heather by spreading the word about this preventable disease that is affecting people all over the US.
 
You can find her Awareness Page at
 
"Be a Voice for the victims"
 
 
XOXO

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter

This weekend was pretty much amazing since I took some time off from work & had Saturday off from School. I was able to sleep in for THREE days in a row... Guess I better take advantage of that while I'm able to! I spent 3 days at Comic Con (another post in itself..)& Celebrated Easter with the fam.
 
Waking up to the real life Easter Bunny was heavenly. His little whispy hairs tickled my nose as he gave me kisses and hopped around the house.
(forgive me looking so tired- like I said, I slept in for 3 days)


Spencer was so cute and got dressed up for Easter dinner at my parents & left me hangin in a tee shirt and shorts. SO.. he helped me pick this outfit so we both looked nice for dinner & Easter pictures.
 
My Easter present from S: HE SHAVED HIS FACE!
Hallelujah praise above! I sincerely almost cried tears of joy. That damn beard has been the start of many arguments.. and I may or may not have cried over it once.
It's. Gone.

 {Isn't my sister beautiful?}
Yep. that's me lounging on the couch with Spencer.. AND a bowl of dessert on my lap.
Would you expect anything different?
 
This Easter I felt especially thankful for all I haven been given.
I really have been so lucky and so blessed to have such an easy pregnancy. I haven't had a day go by where I've taken that for granted. I'm so happy, and I think it's absolutely mind blowing that next year at Easter, I'll have a 10 month old baby boy entertaining us.
 
I'll probably need another three days of sleeping in too.
 
XOXO
 


Monday, April 21, 2014

Summer Grape Salad Recipe



I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes! It's the perfect salad for Summer & one of my favorite things to snack on. I've made this for multiple baby & bridal showers and it has always been a huge hit!
 
SUMMER GRAPE SALAD
 
Ingredients:
1 package cream cheese softened (8 oz.) *I used light cream cheese 1/3 of the fat!*
1 Cup (8 oz.) sour cream
1/3 Cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 pounds seedless red grapes
2 pounds seedless green grapes
3 Tablespoons brown sugar (I probably used more than that..)
3 Tablespoons chopped pecans. (I just sprinkled them on until I thought it looked pretty)
 
Directions:
In a large bowl beat the cream cheese, sour cream, vanilla & sugar until well blended. Add grapes and toss to coat.
 
Transfer to a serving bowl. Cover & refrigerate until serving.
Sprinkle with brown sugar & pecans just before serving.
 
 
 
 *I also like sprinkling the brown sugar/pecans on the grapes before I put it in the fridge. I like how the cream cheese mixture soaks up the sugar a little bit in the fridge!*
 
 
who doesn't like grapes when it's warm outside??
Especially when they are coated in cream cheese & sugar.
Yum!
 
XOXO

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sweet Friends Deserve Cards

My sweet friends Lindsey from Life on Countryside is CONSTANTLY thinking of me, and being so sweet. She's sent me the cutest little packages in the mail and will randomly text me to see how my day is going. One of my favorite things about blogging is meeting new friends- and Linds has been one of those that I'll keep around forever!
 
Sweet Friends Deserve Cards. I am someone who loves picking out "the perfect card" for people, and I can spend hours in the card section. {ask Spencer..} I wanted to send Lindsey a little note in the mail and decided to use cardstore online!

 You can find their website here: http://www.cardstore.com/shop/occasion
 
 
I was blown away at how cute their website is, and you can make cards for EVERY OCCASION! They had the cutest cards in their Friendship section and I found one that was PERFECT to send to Linds. My favorite part was customizing her card. The font, wording, pictures, colors.. you name it- you can go crazy & I made it exactly how I wanted it.
 
When I clicked on my shopping cart once the card was customized & ready, I had the option to have them mail it straight to her for me, which completely took out the hustle of me having to run to the post office. {you guys, I HATE the post office}
 
THE BEST PART: I was able to pick a card, customize it, have it stamped & mailed off FOR ME--- for less than what it would cost me to buy a cute card alone at my local store!!
 
Lindsey sent me some pictures of her card sent all the way to Minnesota!
I'm so happy with how the card turned out!



 

I will neverrrrr waste my time {or money} buying cards at the store again.
This is a perfect option for Mother's Day, too! You guys can thank me later!

XOXO
 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Week 25 Update!

I am 25 weeks pregnant as of TODAY
& I'm in my 6th month (Almost 7th month)

 
According to Parents.com {love this website} Baby Boy is about the size of an Acorn Squash
...which completely blows my mind!!

Lots of people at work have just started noticing I'm pregnant and ask how I'm feeling in my "first trimester".  {Which I think is crazy.. That's a LEGIT belly in that pic for people to just be noticing..!} When I tell them I'm 6 months pregnant, 7 months next week, their reaction is priceless. I'm loving that people are noticing that I'm actually pregnant, and not just wondering how my dinner was last night.
{I think it's been pretty freakin' obvious for a while now, but whatevs.}
 
I love my pregnant belly so much, I often wonder how often people catch me admiring my perfectly round belly, thinking I'm a total weirdo. But that's okay. I love how my belly button just barely pokes through my pj shirt at night too.
 
I'm still feeling great, and I'm hoping every pregnancy is just like this one. I really have enjoyed being pregnant. I also wonder how many people think I'm a total weirdo when I say that. That's okay too.
 
We've registered at Target & also at BuyBuy Baby which is a total Baby MECCA. If it weren't in Sandy I'd be driving out there at least once a week to add to my registry or admire the walls and walls of baby items they have there. It's probably a really good thing it's not just a short drive down the street.
 
Baby boy's kicks are getting stronger & I still freak out every time I can see my belly or my shirt move. I get all giggly when I poke my belly & he kicks or punches back. He's still the most active right after I eat, drink cold water, on car rides, or when I'm slightly reclined on the couch. Spencer kinda gets weirded out about feeling the kicks, but loves getting right by my growing belly to talk to babe. It's adorable.
 
It's been so fun to have baby boy respond to noises. I'll put my Lullaby Pandora station on and place it on my belly. He will slowly move or kick. Sometimes he stops moving and I imagine him in my belly being comforted my the soft music. We went to the Jazz game two weekends ago and at one point the crowd cheered so loud Mack started kicking like crazy!
 
Mack has recently been NUDGING his way right to the front of my belly- If I run my hand across my tummy I can feel his perfectly round head {or bum?} ....or So I thought. I found out I've really just been having Braxton Hicks contractions since 20 weeks. Sweet!
 
At my last appointment My midwife and her assistant told me how proud they were of the amount of weight I gained within a 4 week period. I was totally and completely shocked standing on the scale, but whatever is going to keep the baby healthy. Apparently the insane amount is "normal" for a 4 week span where I'm at in the pregnancy, and totally "abnormal" for normal Mikell. I guess things stopped being normal about 25 weeks ago though. And I love that. It's a rare thing to be told someone is proud of your massive weight gain haha
 
Speaking of weight gain, I'm still not craving anything which I guess is nice, but it also kinda bums me out. I was really looking forward to waking up at midnight to have Spencer go on treat-runs to the store for me & my late-night cravings. You lucked out, mister.
 
I've bought a few things for the nursery but I'm trying really hard to refrain since we don't know where we will be living, and we don't have much space to store things in the mean time. {I'll have to make another blog post on some of my Nursery Favorites from Etsy!}
 
According to my pregnancy app, Mack's primitive memory is beginning to develop, meaning music and voices will be leaving an impression in his brain. His spine has 1000 ligaments, 150 joints and 33 vertebrae. His skin has now changed from translucent to a more opaque appearance. His cerebral cortex (part of the brain that is responsible for emotions, reasoning, planning and the ability to solve problems) is the most prominent part of his brain right now.
 
Anyways, Thanks for reading the update today!
25 weeks down, feeling so great, and only 15 weeks left to go.
I can't even believe how fast this has gone by.
 
XOXO

Monday, April 7, 2014

{M} is For..

 
After months of me thinking I was having a girl when I first found out I was pregnant, I had lists of girl names picked out & ready! When we went to Fetal Photos at 15 weeks and found out we are having a BOY, we were totally stumped on boy names!
 
It had to be studly, manly, tough, and Spencer said he wanted a name our little guy could grow up and chop wood with. {i guess that's a guy thing..}
 
The day we found out we were having a boy {when I should have been studying} we sat in our bedroom coming up with lists of boy names, none of which we could agree on, until I read MACKSON. After 9 weeks of trying it out and referring to baby boy as Mackson, we've fallen in love with the name for our little man! Mackson, Baby Mack, Mack-Daddy- it's perfect!
(Disclaimer: He will go by Mack. NOT Macks. No S at the end.)
 
I guess it's really official since I ordered this adorable print to hang in the Nursery, from AppleBlossomPrint on Etsy. You can find her shop HERE to see the cutest customizable prints for the Nursery & so much more!
 
YAY for Baby Mackson Lane Gordon!
 
XOXO


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Is There Anything More Beautiful?

Last week at work when I was home doing nothing I was wasting time spending good quality time on Pinterest and came across the most incredible board titled "When I Grow Up"
 
I started scrolling slowly down the page and admired every. single. pin. on this board.
30 minutes later I found myself crying total tears of joy & thankfulness.
 
I don't know the woman who pinned these pictures, but if I did, I would have hugged her for making an hour of my day blissful as I scrolled through the amazing pictures her board had to offer.
 
Is there anything more beautiful than a pregnant body?
{the answer is no}
 






 
& isn't the reward even more lovely?




 {all images via pinterest}
 
You can see lots, lots more swoon-worth photos on Pinterest from When I Grow Up, HERE
I promise it's worth checking out.
 
XOXO