The first trimester of pregnancy is the worst – it’s extremely boring. Of course I am so grateful to be growing a little human inside of me and we are so excited to start our family. But for the first few months you are primarily exhausted, bloated, and still can’t picture that an actual real life baby is inside of you. When you are standing over a toilet every single day hurling, you start to wonder how slow this pregnancy is really going to go by. Then one day you wake up and you’re five months pregnant and you wonder how the hell that went by so quickly and who qualified you to be a mother. I am typically a happy person. Dare I even say, I’m fun to be around. But I haven’t been the last few months. I’ve been falling asleep around 8:00 p.m... irritated most days. Depending on the week, I am typically less motivated to do anything other than make whatever food I am craving that day. Don’t get me wrong, I have some good days – but the majority are spent on the couch or in bed.
One week before our gender reveal doctor appointment (which we did a few weeks early because I am impatient), I started counting down the days. We had basically decided on baby names whether it be for a boy or girl. Going into the appointment, Jonathan and I both had our guesses and we were sure it was going to be a boy. Boy were we surprised when the doctor showed a clear view between the babies legs. We are excited to announce Baby Berkeley Elizabeth will be joining us this October.
When Jonathan and I first met, I had my life figured out. I was going to finish college, get married at 25, and have kids before 30. That was when I thought no one really married their best friend and no man could make me as happy as my big comfy bed all to myself.
Exactly one year and one day after we began dating, Jonathan asked me to marry him. While I knew it was coming, I was still somewhat surprised myself. Had I changed that much to want to be engaged at such a young age? Was I getting into things too quickly? After many long discussions and long walks on the beach, we decided we would wait as long as we wanted to get married. Being engaged was merely a way to promise to each other and people around us we have full intentions of marrying. Whether it be two years or four years down the road.
Jonathan and I have always been fans of the saying “What happens happens”. When we got engaged, we made a conscious decision to stop preventing children and let nature take it’s course. I have dreamed for years of being a mama, I just never thought I would pursue it before my mid twenties. On January 30th, we got some news we weren’t expecting. I had taken a test a few days prior and it was negative. So once again I put the thought of babies at the back of my head and focused on everything else going on. But on January 30th, something told me to take another test. That something was right and we found out we are going to be expanding our little family.
Jonathan and I could not be more excited to be welcoming our new addition in October 2017. I can’t wait to share my stories and experiences with you guys as a first time mommy. It is sure to be nothing but comical and entertaining. Make sure to keep checking back to follow our updates!
March 20th came and went. I didn’t even stop to notice it is officially SPRING! Which in Florida, means it is officially SUMMER! The temperatures have already hit above 90 a few times and everyone has broken out the short shorts and bikinis. Lately, as I have been Spring cleaning my closet, I have found some styles and trends I am choosing to relive.
I don’t know when I chucked all my Lilly Pulitzer shorts to the back of my closet and decide I was too cool for them, but I regret it. I recently began wearing them again in light of spring and all the bright colors/prints Lilly Pulitzer has! Personally I think the Walsh Style and the Callahan Styles are the most flattering. Every time I wear these shorts, I get compliments on my legs and butt! They are magic shorts I am telling you. Pair them with a solid v neck or tank top and some cute sandals and you immediately look like you tried when you didn’t even have to think up an outfit.
I hate to be one of those girls, but I am a picky person when it comes to… well, just about anything really. Right now I am going to talk about my picky-ness with eyeshadow palettes. If you know me at all then you know I travel a good amount. With the amount of time I spend on the road or in airplanes, I need small and multifunctional. Believe me when I say though, that just because a palette is small does NOT mean it has the functionality of a great traveling palette. In my mind, the perfect palette needs slim but durable packaging, a combination of QUALITY mattes and shimmers, and priced at an affordable price because you know mamas going to be buying an endless supply of them (since all of my favorites ALWAYS get discontinued).
I recently was watching a favorite Youtuber of mine, NikkieTutorials, and discovered a palette that accommodates all of my desires. At a low price of $23, The Nubian eyeshadow palette by Juvia’s Place gives me everything I need and want in a palette. Let’s dive in and I’ll explain to you why you NEED to add this palette to your collection and call it a day.
When yo0u receive the package from Juvia’s Place, the palette comes in a box identical to the outside of the palette itself. Once you open the box and take the palette out, you uncover sleek cardboard casing similar to that of KylieCosmetics Kyshadow or the Carli Bybel palette. Because it is cardboard, there is no mirror in this palette. Not a good or bad thing in my opinion as I am usually in front of a mirror anyways when applying makeup. Because there is no mirror, the palette is thin enough to fit nicely in a cosmetics bag or even inside a purse.
What is the PERFECT combination of eyeshadows? If you have an eyeshadow palette that NEEDS other eyeshadows with it to be used well, its not a good combination of shades. The problem I so often find with palettes, is I use one or two colors then resort to my ABH single shadows or another palette to finish the look. The perfect eyeshadow palette gives me multiple complete looks without the need of any other shadows. The Nubian does just that. It contains four transition matte colors and eight shimmers for a total of twelve shadows that come together to create a beautiful earth toned palette. Even though the palette is a bit warm toned, I would not shy away from it if you have fair skin. The shadows are neutral enough to compliment all complexions! The Nubian takes all of my favorite shadows from the Morphe 35O palette, makes the color payoff 10x better, and puts it in cuter more travel friendly packaging. I couldn’t be more in love.
The Nubian by Juvia’s Place is a palette I will keep reordering until they tell me it’s been discontinued. They currently have a limit of one palette per order due to the high demand but I intend on ordering at least two backups as I am close to hitting pan on a couple of my favorite shades. I support the fact the company is a small business and is also cruelty free. The only critique I have is it did take about 2-3 weeks to receive and it is likely due to the high demand of the product at the time but it was worth the wait. I highly suggest you get your hands on this palette ASAP!