Monday, May 18, 2015

7 Month Bumpdate

No surprise that I am super behind on my bumpdate for month 7! I am officially 31 weeks along and had a great OB appointment today. Thomas is looking healthy and happy in there. Hard to believe we are going in every 2 weeks now for check ups. Getting so close to the finish line!

Pregnancy updates:
  • Sleep: Depends on if Caroline feels like sleeping or not. 
  • Movement: All the time!
  • Nursery: We've had a lot of busy weekends lately and a few busy ones to come but I'm starting to get antsy about preparations. Liiiiike, I need to get our crib and make sure it actually fits in our nursery. I called Pottery Barn a few days ago to check on the delivery status (it was supposed to arrive over a month ago). Turns out they managed to cancel my order and now the crib is on back order. So that's awesome.
  • Cravings: All about the popsicles these days!
  • Symptoms: Foot cramps! If I dare to wear wedges to work I pay for it all night. My back pain also started up this past week and is accompanied with worse round ligament pains.
  • Missing: Walking without a waddle. I also have no maternity clothes for this season since I had Caroline during spring and now we're well into summer. I just can't bring myself to spend money on maternity clothes with less than 8 weeks to go. I'd rather save my pennies for new clothes after baby to motivate me to lose the extra weight! 
  • Best Moments: My surprise baby shower, passing my glucose test and celebrating Mother's Day!
  • Weight: Up 17 pounds and am carrying much lower this time.

Months Pregnant with Caroline: 27 weeks // 28 weeks // 29 weeks // 30 weeks


Friday, May 15, 2015

Bows, Plates, Party Accessories and More! {The Ultimate Giveaway Post}

I didn't anticipate blogging so much this week but pregnancy insomnia has presented an opportunity to pop in a bit more! And today is a real treat because I have lots of goodies to share from Caroline's party. I mentioned in my party recap that I diligently stayed within a budget for Caroline's Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star soiree. I owe so many amazing vendors and shops a huge thank you for reaching out to me and offering us items for Caroline's party. As if showering Caroline with gifts wasn't generous enough, these shops also offered to give away a few items to some lucky readers too! Enter your heart out, friends...

Giveaway #1: First up, Kate Aspen - the leading designer of wedding favors, bridal shower favors, baby shower favors, christening favors and birthday party favors. Throughout Caroline's party I decorated with a handful of Gold Glitter Tea Light Votives from the Kate Aspen Gold Glam Wedding Favors line and also offered personalized gold striped and gold polka dot party straws at the coffee bar.

Kate Aspen is offering a $50 credit to one lucky reader! Just use the rafflecopter below to enter the contest.

Giveaway #2: A few months before Caroline's party Ashley, the owner and designer of Rosie Posie Designs, reached out to me to see if she could create a customized plate to celebrate our little girl. Um, absolutely, yes! She did such an awesome job and her client service was above and beyond. I love how the plate turned out and it couldn't have been more perfect for the party. 

And Rosie Posie Designs doesn't offer just custom plates! Check out the shop for all sorts of quality, personalized gifts from drinkware to beach towels! And Rosie Posie Designs is offering a $40 shop credit to one lucky reader! Just use the rafflecopter below to enter the contest.

Giveaway #3: I received a lot of emails about Caroline's birthday crown from her party and pancake breakfast. It is from the cutest shop called Little Elle Boutique! Alli, the sweet owner and talented designer behind this precious and unique collection of bows and accessories, sent us a handful of beautiful items for Caroline. 

Alli hand makes all of the girly, sparkly, gorgeous items in her shop and is gererously offering one lucky reader TWO items from Little Elle Boutique! Use the rafflecopter below to enter the contest. Also, Alli is also offering a 20% discount to Carolina Charm readers - just enter promo code CHARM20 at checkout!

Giveaway Rules:
-  All contests will close on Wednesday, May 20 at 12 a.m. ET
- Giveaways are open to U.S. residents only
- Winners will be selected at random and announced on May 20 



Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Picnic with Friends {Featuring JJ Cole}

Recently we've been really taking advantage of the nice, warm evenings at dinner time during the work week. Not only does Caroline enjoy eating outside in her high chair or on a blanket, but it makes clean up so much easier.
So when JJ Cole generously offered to send us the Prairie Blossom Outdoor Blanket and Heather Caprice Diaper Bag for summer picnicking I didn't hesitate to say yes! We've already used the blanket quite a bit in our backyard, the park and will also be bringing it to the beach with us next week. Not only is the fabric soft, durable and washable (you can wipe it clean), it folds up easily and includes a detachable strap for carrying or attaching to a stroller.
Anyway, this week Caroline's daycare hosted a family picnic in the lawn and I cannot tell you how many JJ Cole outdoor blankets were in attendance! Apparently I was the last one to the party on finding this awesome outdoor blanket.
While pregnant with Caroline I searched high and low for the perfect (and cute) diaper bag that I wouldn't mind toting around everyday. I had a lot of specifications and ended up splurging on the Kate Spade Stevie Bag. Oh, first time mom regrets! I used it for about 10 seconds before I realized I am just not a diaper bag person! So sadly, that bag has sat in perfect condition in Caroline's closet and instead I just throw baby things (toys, books and snacks) into my every day tote that I carry. 

However, I have also been using a JJ Cole Diaper Tote in addition to my every day tote for Caroline. I pack it each morning with backup clothes, extra snacks, etc. and leave the bag in her cubby at school. This bag rocks. It holds so much stuff and contains a million pockets. I actually did a full review on it awhile ago (here) and am pumped to add a more gender neutral version (Heather Caprice Diaper Bag) to my collection for Thomas!
For dinner, the school had a food truck at the event. However, we weren't sure how Caroline would feel about a hotdog so we picked up some Chick-fil-a for her. She had no complaints.
 I think there are 4 chicken nuggets stuffed inside those chipmunk cheeks.
It was such a fun family evening and we enjoyed watching Caroline play with her daycare pals and hanging with friends. And a huge thanks to the folks at JJ Cole who provided us with awesome products! You can find all sorts of other amazing JJ Cole products by following them on instagram or searching for the hashtag #jjcolestyle.

If you're interested in purchasing any of these products for yourself or a mommy friend, you can find the Prairie Blossom Outdoor Blanket (here) and Heather Caprice Diaper Bag (here)! Don't forget to use a 20% off coupon for Buy Buy Baby!

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