January 12, 2015


If you have been following my pregnancy posts over the passed 9 months you know I was due to give birth any day. This has been an amazing journey! Thank you to everyone on here and on social media for all the love. 

Week 38 of my pregnancy-
 I had been having full blown contractions every 5 minutes, for hours- on-end, for over a week . I was experiencing prodromal labor. Something I wish no one would have to go through ! We had been to the hospital on New Years eve and were sent home because my contractions weren't progressing. I was so disappointed. I was having strong contractions every 5 minutes, ready to meet my son, and didn't get to go home with my baby. Instead, we had to wait it out at home.

Week 39 of my pregnancy-
Finally, after having more contractions all night, at 3am on January 3rd, my contractions started getting even stronger, longer, and closer together. My husband put his foot down and begged me to let him take me to the hospital. I didn't want to go back to the hospital only to be sent home again, so I was putting up with the pain as long as I could. Finally I gave in and my husband put our bags in the car and we headed to the hospital (40 minutes away).

We were lucky because we made it in right before all of the nasty morning, Pittsburgh traffic and just as we got there it started to poor freezing rain. A lot of the nurses (and our doctor) made it in late because of the weather, so we waited in a small room for about an hour.

Finally, a doctor came in and checked me out and my cervix progressed passed 5.5 centimeters and I was in active labor. My husband and I were so excited we were staying. Finally, the day had arrived and I get to hold my baby in my arms.

They finally got us into our delivery room at around 6am.  After going on and on with contractions , and going so long without sleep, it was a no-brainer when they asked if I wanted an epidural. At around 7 am I got my epidural. I was surprised that I didn't feel a thing! I was a little nervous about it after hearing other moms talk about how uncomfortable the process of getting an epidural was, but it didn't hurt a bit. After the epidural and after the nurses had hooked me up to everything, my husband was able to get some sleep.

The doctors kept checking my cervix, and after hours of being in labor, I hadn't progressed past 7 centimeters and was taken to another room for an emergency C-section.

It turns out that my frame / pelvis was to small for my tiny baby to pass down through. For over a week he had been trying to arrive! After having contractions for so long, my cervix was swollen, and so was my baby's head.

I went into this pregnancy knowing that anything could happen during labor, and I was fine with whatever had to happen- as long as my baby was ok. Was I a little disappointed it ended in a c-section? Yes! Honestly though, once you hear your baby cry...all of that goes away, and there are no words to describe that moment. You always hear people say  "You will never experience anything like hearing your baby cry for the first time", and it is so true! Next to marrying my husband, hearing my son cry for the first time will forever be my favorite moment and memory. I cried and cried and after looking over and seeing my tough Marine husband crying...it made me cry even more. 

My love, Phillip Joseph L. was born on January 3rd at 11:52 pm. He weighed 6 lbs and 7 oz. 
Born just 1 day before his due date (January 4th) He is named after his daddy and it fits so well being that he looks exactly like daddy.

We stayed in the hospital for 2 days. Those 2 days seemed to drag on and on, but I got a lot of time to cuddle him and kiss him. I couldn't believe how tiny he was....and all that hair!

Daddy changed the first diapers and did such an amazing job helping out while we were in the hospital. On the last day we were SO ready to bring our little guy home.

On January 6th we were released. It just happened to be on our biggest snow day of the winter so far in Pittsburgh. Even though everything we had brought (or purchased) for him to wear was all to big for him, we bundled him up and headed home.

Phillip is a little over a week now and doing wonderful! He dropped down in weight to 5 lbs 14oz in the hospital, but gained weight since he has been home. He had his first checkup and weighed 6 lbs. 2 oz. I am so in love with this little guy. He is worth all of the pain and sleepless nights. I am so happy he is home and healthy. My birthday is January 14th, so this was the best birthday gift I have ever received! 

December 20, 2014


I am now 38 weeks along in my pregnancy! Woohoo! Our little man can come any day now.

If I had to use one word to sum up this whole journey, "blessed" would be it. Considering  I didn't think I could have children anymore, and that this will be my only child. I can't help but feel so blessed to have been able to experience having a child and being a mommy.

 I had a pretty easy pregnancy with no crazy mood swings or horrible morning sickness. However, this 9th month has been a little tough sometimes. I have headaches, get very little sleep and everything becomes harder to do with the pelvic pain and weight of the baby. You can come out now little man!

My advice? I stayed active throughout my pregnancy, and always made sure to include a workout (even if it was a small one) to my day. Yoga and pregnancy stretches are a must! It is SO important to stay active during your pregnancy! I know if I had not stayed active throughout these 9 months, I would really be regretting it at this point. Drink lots of water and try and keep a healthy diet (Even though it can be hard at times).

I know that every pregnancy is different, but I hope that some of these items might help or come as some comfort for some of you newly pregnant mamma's out there.

Fetal Doppler - I recommend a doppler to every new mom starting at week 10. I only payed around $50 for mine. Being that your doctor visits for the first half of your pregnancy are so far apart, it put my mind at ease and gave me a lot of comfort knowing that I could listen to his heartbeat any time I wanted to in between doctor visits. So much can happen in the beginning of pregnancy, and there are a lot of risks for the first 12 weeks. DON'T freak out if you can't find the heartbeat your first try! It took me a few times to find it. There are also some great videos on YouTube that can help show you how to use it. I purchased the Sonoline B  and it comes with the jelly and batteries.

Garden of life - Vitamin code raw prenatal - I love my prenatal! Vitamin code is a raw, all natural prenatal vitamin that never upset my stomach (like most prenatals did to me). It has ginger root in it, and ginger helps with morning sickness and upset stomach (nausea). I am pretty sure that my vitamin was the reason I never had morning sickness. It gave me a lot of energy, helped boost my immune system and just made me feel really good. I order them from Amazon.com

Organic Rosehip oil & raw coconut oil - I have been using these 2 throughout my whole pregnancy to help keep stretchmarks away. I totally thought I would get stretchmarks because they are hereditary, but I haven't got any yet (and I am late in my 9th month). It wasn't a huge deal if I did get them because there are so many ways to get rid of them now, but I wanted to do anything I could do to help prevent them. I heard about the rosehip oil from (supermodel) Miranda Kerr. Miranda used it and swore by it during her pregnancy. I purchased the rosehip oil from Walmart and the raw coconut oil I got from good ol' Walgreen's. I used the rose hip oil in the morning all over my bump, butt, legs, boobs. Before bed and after I got out of the shower I used the raw coconut oil. 
Tums - I used the chewable Tums because of the heartburn. Especially in the later months of pregnancy it can be a pain at times.  They also have calcium (good for you and baby too).

Pregnancy Pillow - My husband bought me a full body pregnancy pillow (thank you honey!) and I used it every night during my 5-8 months. Before I was pregnant I was a tummy sleeper, so it was hard for me to adjust to sleeping on my side all night. My hips would hurt, and the pillow really helps support the hips and keep you comfortable during the night. When I hit 9 months though, this was taken off of the bed. I am in and out of bed so much at night, I just don't sleep much anymore haha!

Ginger tea - I got headaches during my pregnancy, especially in the 2nd and 3rd trimester, and Tylenol did NOTHING for them! My husband (to the rescue again) was reading about ginger tea as a natural way to help with headaches. I found this helpful to take some edge off of those pesky headaches.

Pregnancy Apps- I used the "What to expect" and "The bump" apps. It was fun (or not so fun) to read what you will be going through each week (or the next week) and each app gives some good information about changes to your baby and your body week by week. My husband also had the What to expect app and would follow along with it every week. It is good for the husbands to know what to expect also.

Fruit & granola bars- Snack attacks come quite often throughout pregnancy, and no matter what, I was always reaching for Granola bars and fruit. I always had each on hand. Fruit was good for the vitamins and I always purchased the granola bars with almonds in them (both very good for you and baby). Much better for you than a bag of chips or a cupcake.

My husband - Saved the best for last! He was really a trooper these long 9 months, and was such a help to me. He always wanted to try his hardest to make it to (almost) every doctor visit (and there were many). He was up with me a lot of nights and always looked for answers to help when I wasn't feeling my best. We have had a good sense of humor throughout it all and I really appreciate all the times he would make me laugh when I wanted to cry. He has always been my rock, but I feel like this has really made me fall even more in love with him (and I didn't think I could possibly love him any more than I already do).

December 8, 2014

November 28, 2014


I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I hosted again this year at our house and everything turned out so good. It was nice to have everyone in the same place! After all that cooking and baking though, my feet were so swollen. Gotta love all those 3rd trimester pregnancy symptoms. I am 35 weeks along today (8 months) and I can't believe in just 2 more weeks I will be full-term. We are getting so excited and anxious for little Phillip to be here.  My husband and I are also celebrating our Anniversary this weekend! It is an exciting time of year for sure!

Today on the blog I wanted to share a few outfits I got from Pink Blush Maternity. We were having a bit of a snow storm for Thanksgiving, so I did some pictures inside this time. 

All fall I have been living in my Pink Blush maternity jeans. I love the way they fit, plus they are super affordable! I have tried purchasing maternity jeans from other places and hated the fit. Either they were to big in the butt or to big in the legs. If you are in the maternity bottoms stage of your pregnancy I highly recommend Pink Blush jeans. If you check out their website today and all weekend they are having a great sale on all of their stylish maternity clothes.    

Cardigan, cami, jeans and necklace are all from Pink Blush. 

I just love this sweater and the sleeve detailing. I was feeling pretty swollen and everything still fit so comfy ! Jeans, top and necklace are all from Pink Blush.

This oversized cardigan is so cozy and warm. I love love love the colors!
I will be bringing this one to the hospital with me for the ride home.

Check out the Pink Blush website all  weekend for some great deals on stylish and affordable maternity clothes.

November 22, 2014


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Anyone else excited for holiday nails?  SinfulColors has released 22 polishes full of shimmer, illuminating textures and glam for the 2014 holidays.  I have 4 polishes from this collection to share with you on the blog today. I hope you enjoy!

 Gold Medal,  Twilight Twinkles,  Decadent,  Sugar Sugar.

Gold Medal is the perfect metallic gold, Twilight Twinkles is full of big flakes of gold, Decadent has smaller red metallic flakes, and Sugar Sugar (my favorite) is a candy cane, red-hot red with tiny bits of shimmer.

I just love gold nails during the holidays! I used 2 coats of Gold Medal, and Twilight Twinkles as my accent polish. Twilight Twinkles is a sheer polish with gold flakes, so I applied it over Gold Medal. Both great for New Years!

Here I used Sugar Sugar as my main polish and Decadent as my accent polish. Again, I used 2 coats. 
As far as the formula, they apply very nicely. I love that you only need 2 coats of these polishes. I have been using SinfulColors for years, and at $1.99 each, you just can't beat the quality for the price. 

This collection is available exclusively at Walgreens for the 2014 holidays. 
You can also check out  SinfulColors.com to see more of their shades online.  
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November 19, 2014


Can you believe it is already nearing the end of November? The time to start Christmas shopping (if you haven't already started) will be here before we know it. I thought I would start doing posts on ideas for Christmas gifts throughout November and December. I wanted to focus on tarte's gifts this time around. I love tarte cosmetics and have been using them for several years now. Not only is the quality of their products outstanding, but I love the fact that tarte cosmetics are vegan & cruelty free, and the packaging is always so lovely.

Here are a few of my favorite tart's gifts to consider this Christmas. 

Price: $37.

"Let the wonders of high-performance naturals carry you away with this interchangeable collector's set of 25 elegant essentials hand-picked by the tarte team. It features 4 expertly-coordinated, removable eye and cheek palettes and a plush collector's compact to swap in your favorite shades and take on all your romantic journeys, from "secret soirees" to "kisses under the Arc." Ideal for the jet-setting beauty junkie on your list, you can also give the gift of gorgeous to yourself this holiday and keep the romantic collection and decorative jewelry box to store your favorite tarte essentials."

The exclusive, limited-edition set includes:
·        16 full size, French-inspired Amazonian Clay Eye Shadows (0.07 oz. each)
·        4 full size Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes: Irresistible (soft melon), Envisioned (sheer coral), Limitless (peach rose), Intrigue (rose petal) (0.158 oz. each)
·        3 deluxe Maracuja Lip Glosses: Paris (raspberry), Cannes (light pink), Nice (nude mauve) (0.06 fl. oz. each)
·        Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara
·        Portable collector's compact (0.14 oz.)
This would make a great gift because it comes with multiple items and a wide variety of color options. Not to mention how gorgeous the packaging is!

Price: $34

"Treat yourself or a loved one to elegant, kissable lips with this limited-edition, deluxe set of LipSurgence treasures. Each antioxidant-rich formula helps smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while delivering a surge of moisture for a timeless appearance that lasts. Whether you love full, creamy coverage or lightweight, natural-looking gloss, this adorable set offers something for everyone to "kiss & belle" about."

This collection includes:

  •   4 deluxe LipSurgence Lip Tints: Dreamy (cool raspberry), Alluring (mauve), Innocent (warm nude), Dainty (pink) (0.056 oz. each)
  •   2 deluxe LipSurgence Matte Lip Tints: Eternal (pinky nude), Fancy (plum berry) (0.056 oz. each)
  •   2 deluxe LipSurgence Lip Glosses: Kiss (light pink), Belle (raspberry) (0.05 fl. oz. each)

This collection comes with a great variety of colors. The sizes are perfect for travel or to just throw in your bag for everyday use. This collection would also make a great stocking stuffer!
You can purchase this collection at Ulta or online at www.tartecosmetics.com.

Price: $19

"Once again, tarte has taken the guesswork out of giving with a handpicked collection of best-selling favorites that's sure to make anyone's dreams come true. In a gorgeous, giftable box and whimsical packaging all dressed up for the season, these charming deluxe sizes of fan-favorite Maracuja Oil, Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment and collector's edition Cheek Stain deliver a rested appearance and radiant flush for all of your youthful holiday adventures."

This collection includes:
·        Deluxe Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment (0.08 oz.)
·        Deluxe Maracuja Oil (0.23 fl. oz.)
·        Deluxe Cheek Stain in Dreamer (pinky nude) (0.17 oz.)

All great quality products, and again, great value!  I would purchase this set just for tarte's maracuja oil. This is a great set for travel or to keep in an overnight bag.

Price: $37

" Countdown 12 days of tarte with this exclusive deluxe advent calendar featuring a tarte surprise hidden behind every door. From tarte's brightest in skincare to lash, lip and cheek wardrobe staples, this 12-piece deluxe set has everything you need for any glamourous holiday adventure, plus an exclusive tarte offer that's too good to miss. Simply open one door each day to reveal each delightfully deluxe treasure that awaits. Plus, enjoy a surprise offer on your next Tarte purchase inside! "

This set collection includes:
·        Limited-edition LipSurgence Lip Tint in Wishful (pinky nude) (0.056 oz.)
·        Brazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Self Tanning Face Towelette 1 Ct.
·        Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hour Perfecting Primer (0.25 fl. oz.)
·        Limited-edition Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder (0.07 oz.)
·        MultiplEYE Lash Enhancing Primer (0.14 fl. oz.)
·        Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara (0.1 fl. oz.)
·        Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara (0.16 fl. oz.)
·        Double Detox Amazonian Clay Exfoliating Facial Mask (0.1 oz.)
·        Maracuja Rainforest Glow Instant Waterproof Body Perfector in Park Ave Princess (0.5 oz.)
·        Limited-edition Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Thrilled (light pink) (0.05 oz.)
·        Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment (0.08 oz.)
·        Limited-edition Maracuja Oil (0.23 fl. oz.)

What more could you ask for in a gift set? I highly recommend this collection for any beauty lover! For just under $40 you get such a variety of wonderful products. 

You can purchase these collections at Ulta or online at www.tartecosmetics.com.

Check out tarte cosmetics for more fabulous products. 
I hope you found this post helpful! Happy gifting!

November 15, 2014


Today I am wearing Urban Decay's, "Rapture" lipstick. I am a big fan of the Revolution lipsticks.
I don't usually buy creamy lipsticks, but I love the formula of these because they aren't real slick, but not drying either. They feel super light on my lips. I also do not have to keep re applying like most creamy lipsticks. These are pretty long wear. I get about 5-6 hours out of them. It fades slowly and evenly and does not bleed.

Rapture is a new favorite because it is a super pretty everyday shade. It's a very cool toned plumy-pink or a muted rose. Great for fall and winter.

I paired this lipstick with Jordana's retractable, "Baby Berry" lip liner. I really love how they work together. Jordana retractable lip liners have been a favorite for years. I started wearing them when I was a teen. You just can't beat the quality for the price!

I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you for viewing!

November 11, 2014


I recently picked up the Victoria's Secret fragrance set, "Scandalous".  This set comes with perfume, room/pillow spray, candle, and a night mask. My husband picked it up first and was looking at it and then showed me. He knew I would love the sexy vintage feel to this set. I LOVE the vintage style perfume bottle! It smells really pretty too, like a sweet floral scent. The scent lasts about 3 hours, so it isn't one for all day. I placed everything in this set around in my beauty room.

The holidays are coming and I think this would be a nice gift idea.

"Lose yourself in a sultry blend of black peony, raspberry liqueur and praline. In a studded glass bottle with black ribbon, this eau de parfum takes sexy to the edge."
  • Fragrance type: Fruity floral
  • Notes: Raspberry liqueur, black peony and praline

You can purchase this set from Victoria's Secret (in store) for around $80 -