Live colorfully or dye trying.

This week I went to my favorite full service salon in the capital region, Hair Journeys, and had my hair done a few times. We started off by doing a really cool braided pony tail so that I could look a bit sassy for my Movie date with my husband. 🙂
  

I shortly returned back to hair journeys a day later to start the lightening process for my hair.  Although I had went darker on my hair and cut it into a bob about 4.5  months ago, I decided I wanted to go lighter and a brown color. We started the process, and I ended up having my stylist and owner of Hair Journeys LLC, Nicole Daly, put my hair into two braids because I had a dinner date with the husband!
  
As my hair settled over night, I went back to the salon to get my final color, wash, trim and style ! I absolutely LOVE my new color and even with the trimming of the dead ends, my hair grew immensely since 4.5 months ago when we chopped it all off into the bob! Check out the growth below!!

  
The best part of this Hair Journey (see what I did there😏) was the fact that with the lightening process and trim, and the dye, my hair stayed VERY healthy!  I wear a lot of protective hair styles so I know that makes a difference, however when I do have my hair not protected, I try not too put too much heat or mess with it too much. Let’s just say… I am extremely happy with the outcome 😍💁🏽!!

 
  

Xo, Heather J.

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Valentines Day | LOVE.

Hi all, not going to make a huge post for this weekend.  I just want to give a huge shout out to my Husband.  My husband told me early Friday afternoon to be ready by 5:15pm and get dressy.  He didn’t say much more than that, and I didn’t have any questions.  Of course by 5:15pm, I was showered and dressed up, ready to go out.  Before we left, he took a selfie with me, and our little furry son and daughter were getting jealous….. So of course Meeka and Otis had to take a picture with us. (They love photography, just like their momma ☺️).

We ended up at a Fine Dining Greek cuisine resteraunt not too far from our home, and it was AMAZING.  No lie, no jokes, no over exaggerating… Our food was AWESOME!  The place was very intimate and cozy, and classy, but best of all provided amazing service and food!  I was very surprised because I had no idea what we were doing and he already provides for me and our family every single day, so for him to take me out just meant that much more to me. 😄

Of course we couldn’t finish our Valentine’s Day without getting fried ice cream before we headed home..if you don’t know what it is or never had it… Well, you’re missing out!  The fried ice cream didn’t last long and we had a nice relaxing evening on the couch watching Netflix.  This weekend holiday was great, because I just got to relax with my husband, our pets and he spoiled me.. Once again.
So HUGE shout out and big ups to the real MVP, our family provider, our protector and Laylas Daddy.. my Husband, Kevin. ♥️😘 oh & this was our first MARRIED Valentine’s Day ☺️!!

Xo, Heather J.  

  

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Feeling "Pregnant"

Weird title? Yes, however my whole pregnancy so far I didn’t feel “pregnant” like many others at this point.  At first I always wondered why I am so much smaller than everyone else that I know during the same amount of weeks, however, thru educating myself, I realized everyone’s bodies are different.  Everyone goes thru different changes at different times and I’m quite alright with that.  I was only discouraged because I wasn’t really seeing a bump. It took my bump quite some time to show up and show out.  I noticed I started to get bigger however, to everyone else, they didn’t notice until I reached around 7 months which was only about two weeks ago.

I am officially 30 weeks pregnant today and can fully say that I feel “pregnant”. In my first trimester I was very sick all the time and everything bothered me. All smells, especially any protein, really hit a nerve. During my second trimester, it seemed to get much better, however we did have a small hiccup and had to visit labor and delivery for possible kidney issues. Both Layla and I, ended up being fine and Daddy took great care of us!  Second trimester was fun because I started to really feel baby girl kick, and move and react to music, and light. She also gave me cravings of sweets and juices, which was random because I never craved sweets that much in my life.

Throughout my pregnancy so far, I constantly go on walks with the pup, and jogs, and we bring her to a golf course/dog park that has extensive hills.  This has kept me moving and in motion, even during the cold weather. As I tarted nearing third trimester, I realized I finally started to gain weight, and started feeling Braxton hicks and back pain. All which are doable, until I realized I have become an insomniac.  I tried my hardest and there was nothing I could do, but stay awake. My body did not want to sleep as much as I kept telling it to try. It was very, very hard to sleep and was becoming upsetting because I just couldn’t give my body the rest it needs.  I JUST started to sleep better, but it’s still difficult and I just have to cuddle with my Husband to try and get any sleep. It usually works🤗, and then I feel bad because Layla kicks him all night. She’s sorry Daddy! 😋

Now that I am 30 weeks (which to most doesn’t seem like a milestone) I am starting to feel, pregnant.  30 weeks to me is a great countdown to her due date of April 22, however I guess in two more weeks I’ll be 8 months so I guess that’s a little more significant? Whatever! Pregnancy pains, Braxton hicks, and not being able to bend over or roll out of bed without it being difficult, is starting to officially hit me. I find simple tasks becoming more difficult, and then I realize, it’s all good.. It took me towards the end of my pregnancy to start getting these aches and pains, and oh… Not being able to wear most of my clothing anymore. Haha, it’s an awesome experience and no matter what, I know it will be worth it. No aches and pains will truly bother me, it’s just interesting to me and I am actually starting to feel “pregnant” !!

Only 10 weeks to go !! Daddy and Mommy are super excited to meet you Miss Layla Fiona ♥️😀!!

Xo, Heather J.  

 
 

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Feeling "Pregnant"

Weird title? Yes, however my whole pregnancy so far I didn’t feel “pregnant” like many others at this point.  At first I always wondered why I am so much smaller than everyone else that I know during the same amount of weeks, however, thru educating myself, I realized everyone’s bodies are different.  Everyone goes thru different changes at different times and I’m quite alright with that.  I was only discouraged because I wasn’t really seeing a bump. It took my bump quite some time to show up and show out.  I noticed I started to get bigger however, to everyone else, they didn’t notice until I reached around 7 months which was only about two weeks ago.

I am officially 30 weeks pregnant today and can fully say that I feel “pregnant”. In my first trimester I was very sick all the time and everything bothered me. All smells, especially any protein, really hit a nerve. During my second trimester, it seemed to get much better, however we did have a small hiccup and had to visit labor and delivery for possible kidney issues. Both Layla and I, ended up being fine and Daddy took great care of us!  Second trimester was fun because I started to really feel baby girl kick, and move and react to music, and light. She also gave me cravings of sweets and juices, which was random because I never craved sweets that much in my life.

Throughout my pregnancy so far, I constantly go on walks with the pup, and jogs, and we bring her to a golf course/dog park that has extensive hills.  This has kept me moving and in motion, even during the cold weather. As I tarted nearing third trimester, I realized I finally started to gain weight, and started feeling Braxton hicks and back pain. All which are doable, until I realized I have become an insomniac.  I tried my hardest and there was nothing I could do, but stay awake. My body did not want to sleep as much as I kept telling it to try. It was very, very hard to sleep and was becoming upsetting because I just couldn’t give my body the rest it needs.  I JUST started to sleep better, but it’s still difficult and I just have to cuddle with my Husband to try and get any sleep. It usually works🤗, and then I feel bad because Layla kicks him all night. She’s sorry Daddy! 😋

Now that I am 30 weeks (which to most doesn’t seem like a milestone) I am starting to feel, pregnant.  30 weeks to me is a great countdown to her due date of April 22, however I guess in two more weeks I’ll be 8 months so I guess that’s a little more significant? Whatever! Pregnancy pains, Braxton hicks, and not being able to bend over or roll out of bed without it being difficult, is starting to officially hit me. I find simple tasks becoming more difficult, and then I realize, it’s all good.. It took me towards the end of my pregnancy to start getting these aches and pains, and oh… Not being able to wear most of my clothing anymore. Haha, it’s an awesome experience and no matter what, I know it will be worth it. No aches and pains will truly bother me, it’s just interesting to me and I am actually starting to feel “pregnant” !!

Only 10 weeks to go !! Daddy and Mommy are super excited to meet you Miss Layla Fiona ♥️😀!!

Xo, Heather J.  

 
 

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The Stork made a delivery!

When you least expect it, you usually receive some awesome gifts. Well, the Stork dropped off a big bag at my door step. 😍 Much thanks to Mommy MaiDD and TheStorkBag.com for sending this gift. It is truly one of the best Pregnancy Gifts you will receive!

When you receive the box, it is very heavy.  I read about their Stork bags online and all the positive reviews, however I never thought that it would hold SO much product on the inside.  I am not talking about little samples, I mean true to size regular products from a bunch of different places.  The bag is full of so many items, one to include so far being my favorite is the Bump Water. Not a little sample, but a full bottle of bump water.  I sound like I’m bragging, but this bag is something to be excited about. You can buy this as a pregnancy gift for anyone you know that’s expecting and they will be highly satisfied.  Not only do they have subscriptions for stork bags during your pregnancy, they ALSO offer POSTbump Bags! Yes post bump! These bags are re-usable and durable!  You have to head over to their site and see, it’s not something I can just explain in this post.

Thank you again to MommyMaiDD for sending me this amazing bag for review! I am extremely happy with all the products inside and I just can’t wait to use them all!  I have posted images below of some of the Stork Bag items. Be sure to follow them on their social media!

Instagram: @MommyMaiDD

www.TheStorkBag.com

xo, Heather J.

  
  
  
  

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Let's go, SWIMM. 

Oh hi everyone.. I didn’t make a typo in the heading, it’s true.. There is a new swimwear company called The SWIMM Shop. The SWIMM shop was so gracious enough to send me one of their amazing swimsuits this winter!  I figured to brighten up the day a bit (most of us in the Northeast have some snow falling) and to ask you to check out their newly added site!  The site is now LIVE and has some very cute swimsuits available to be purchased. They are extremely affordable and quite cute and trendy. You can get your swimsuit now to get you in the mood for great weather to come!

Although I have a baby bump, I was able to put on the awesome white, one piece swimsuit that the company sent me. It has mesh cuts and is very fluid. The swimsuit fits perfectly with my bump, and I am looking forward to seeing how it fits with out the bump.  I have chosen my two favorite swimsuits from their site and will post their name and price below!

Head over to their site : THE SWIMM SHOP

Follow this company on Instagram: @TheSwimmShop

Xo, Heather J.

This is “Mari Gold” which is on sale for $15.74 

This is the “Aaliyah” and it is $20.99

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RE-BLOGGED: Logan’s Birth Story!

I decided to re-blog this post from my best friends blog (@ForeverYoungMoms). This was an awesome indication on how everyone’s birth story will be different. Whether you gave birth naturally or via C-section… You did awesome, you did great, and don’t let anyone tell you different.  After reading this post, I realized that there will be tough times but just keep believing, and having a great support system will be the key to having a great birth! Not to mention, Logan is too adorable NOT too share! So proud to say I know and love and care about this family very much!! ♥️ Now read below, Logan’s Birth Story 🤗…

On August 21, 2014 I found out that I was going to be a Mom. As I was taking the test I never thought in a million years it would be positive. When I saw the plus sign I nearly fainted. Becoming a Mom was something I dreamed about for as long as I can remember. The […]

http://foreveryoungmoms.com/2016/02/05/logans-birth-story/

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Buy Buy Baby!

I decided to write a post in regards to a certain registry because I feel that, many new moms love freebies and perks, and this certain place has it all! Really Quick side note and I promise it will make sense, haha…..  My best friend, Sherrie (who is also a mom blogger, and I will link her blog to this one below) gave birth to my beautiful, smiley, nephew Logan Scott.  Logan was born in April of last year, which is when our little princess will be arriving as well.  When Sherrie made her registry, she used Buy Buy Baby.  I went to Buy Buy Baby as a consumer to buy for Sherries baby shower, and I was highly impressed with their customer service.  You walk into the store, and ask for the particular baby shower you’re buying for and they’re willing to help you from beginning to end.  I literally mean, from beginning to end.  They will walk around with you, if you feel overwhelmed on what to buy for the baby shower and help you break it down. Like I said, I promised this would lead into something more… well, naturally I decided to ask Sherrie how the process was for making a registry as the Parents to be this time. She had nothing but awesome things to say, so I decided to move forward with Buy Buy Baby as the main registry!

Now, for the fun stuff… Our experience as Parents to be with Buy Buy Baby, was just as great as being a consumer.. probably even better.  We had a consult with the registry rep, and she gave me (the mom to be) a water bottle,  my hubby received the booklet of what we should reference to for scanning purposes (also had a great coupons inside) and then gave us the scanner and some directions.  This is the short version of us sitting down with the rep for 20 minutes learning about their registry and referral program.  Anywho, after having a great time scanning and looking at cute baby items, and all things batman.. yes we are having a girl, but Daddy believes that she has to be a DC fan, not a “marvel” fan like her momma….. We then brought our scanner back to the counter.  When we returned, the rep had printed out registry invitation cards and gave us a BAG full of free goodies, and coupons.  This wasn’t your normal “thanks for picking us as your registry bag”.. This was a THANK YOU! for picking us as your registry bag! This bag was truly filled with items that you would actually want to use, multiple samples and airplane size travel items.  It was an awesome way to end our scanning trip.

Oh yeah about that referral program, if you utilize their registry and you tell them your friend recommended you because they also used the registry, that person would in turn, receive 25$ off 100$ purchase coupon.  It’s a nice little surprise for the person who referred you, and you also get so many more perks for using them as a registry 😉

THANK YOU BUY BUY BABY!!

Xo, Heather J.

My BFF’s Blog: Forever Young Moms

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