October 23, 2014

BABY | A NURSERY I NEVER THOUGHT WOULD HAPPEN

This pregnancy wasn't a planned pregnancy. It wasn't planned because of some health issues in the past, I didn't think I could have children. My husband and I have an amazing relationship and always said that if we couldn't have children, that it was OK. We both believe that everything happens for a reason. No matter what, we would be happy. 

When I found out I was pregnant... I was in total shock. After I found out I was pregnant, I prayed it was a boy. My husband and I  r e a l l y  wanted a boy. When I found out I was having a boy, I cried tears of joy! After I found out I was having a boy, I couldn't wait to start putting together the nursery. 

We quickly turned one of our upstairs bedrooms into the nursery.
I knew I wanted to do a room for him that could easily transition into a toddler / little boy's room. I didn't want to do one of those fancy and expensive baby rooms or spend a bunch of money on infant decorations that he would only grow out of in a short amount of time. I love art and diy projects and wanted to put some of my personal touches on everything. 

My husband and I love sports, so we decided on a baseball themed room. Our team is the Cardinals and we incorporated in our cardinals memorabilia. 



The room was a medium blue color before I painted over it. Even though he is a boy and the blue would have fit, I wanted a bright and cheerful room for him. I decided on a cream color for the walls and white furniture. 



This was an older brown dresser and I repainted it white and changed out the knobs to little baseball knobs. I didn't want a typical little changing table. I wanted a large changing table that he could use as a dresser for a long time. I love the way it turned out. 







How cute are his first little pairs of shoes!?


My husband picked out and put up this baseball decal. We are waiting on a rocking chair we picked out online to go here . For now, his little jungle swing is there. 



For his toy box- I painted a wooden crate and personalized it with wooden letters from Michael's craft store . 



I painted a baseball stitch on the wall and a "P" for "Phillip". 




She loves his baseball rug. I know the two of them will get along great! :)

I am pretty happy with how everything turned out. I hope he loves it.
I am almost 30 weeks pregnant now and am relieved we have everything done. 
It won't be long now until he arrives! (01.04.15) 







October 20, 2014

BLOG | UPDATES



I know I haven't been posting much other than baby stuff lately, but I am nearing the end of my pregnancy and have had a lot going on- Doctor visits, work projects, getting everything ready for baby. Good news is I will be able to blog again regularly starting November. The holidays are coming and I will have more time to blog. I have some beauty related posts coming up, also some fashion posts. You can follow me on my Instagram : Jacenda or Twitter : Jacendaleeann for updates also.

I hope everyone is enjoying all the fun Fall activities!





October 12, 2014

BABY | HELLO, 3RD TRIMESTER

I hope everyone had a great week and are enjoying the Fall season so far. The temperatures have been in the 30s - 50s here lately. Colder weather means we are getting closer to the due date for little Phillip. This week I hit my 28th week in my pregnancy and am officially in the 3rd and final trimester. Things are starting to get interesting. Not only can I feel baby moving, but now I can see the movement on my stomach.  



This weekend was our cheat weekend, so we had to get some yummy pumpkin spice lattes and got doughnut wasted! 


Everyone also came to celebrated little Phillip. I was so happy to see everyone is just as excited as we are to meet our little guy. 



 We pretty much have everything covered that we need for the baby and I said NO gifts! lol I appreciate the hugs, laughs, adorable gifts, and yummy food everyone brought. 


While I was putting all of his adorable things away, I realized that I think we are good on bibs for a long while! :)  We are all set and just waiting for him to arrive!


I am working on a nursery post to be up in the next baby update. 




September 26, 2014

STYLE | SWEATER WEATHER


Abstract Pattern Cardigan - Forever 21 $29.90(USD)




Oversized Cowl Neck Sweater - Forever 21 $24.80 (USD)




Ribbed up maxi cardigan - Free People $78

Open stitch tunic - Express $69.90


Adore Me Sweater - Tobi $74



Hooded striped sweater - Forever 21 $24.80








September 22, 2014

September 21, 2014

LIFESTYLE | HAPPY SUNDAY!

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone had a great week!

Phillip and I just got home from a trip to St. Louis to see family, then off  to do a little babymooning. We wanted to take a trip before the baby is born, and while I could still do a lot of walking.

I am 25 weeks along now in my pregnancy and still feeling great. Since I hit week 20, baby Phillip has really started the growing stage. He is now able to put on weight, and I am starting to really feel it.

I thought I would share some photos from our trip and from the rest of the week on the blog today.


My husband surprised me with a Jacuzzi tub in our room. After all the walking and driving we did, you have no idea how happy I was to see this! He's the best! 



We HAD to see our Cardinals play while we were there. We sat in the Red Bird's Club and had a huge selection of food and drinks.  We bought baby Phillip a bunch of onsies and stuff for the nursery.  Cardinals ended up winning. :)




 I got to go up in the arch for the first time. It was massive ! What a view!




We had such a good time together, but we are happy to be home, and I am happy to be back making home cooked meals again. 




I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Have an even better week! Xx






September 5, 2014

BEAUTY | NARS BLUSH DUPES

I love NARS blushes, but I am traveling soon, and depending on where I am going, I usually do not like taking my more expensive makeup with me. Since a lot of you seemed to like my MAC lipstick dupes post , and is now one of the most pinned posts on Pinterst (Who knew?) I thought I would put together another list with my favorite Nars blush dupes. 






Do you have any great dupes to share?




September 4, 2014

IN THE KITCHEN | CREAM CHEESE FROSTING


My husband's birthday is this weekend and we are spending it with friends, but I always like to surprise him early for a dinner, just the two of us. This year I decorated the dinning room and back deck in candles and balloons. I made an Italian dinner with homemade bread, pasta, and his favorite cake, carrot cake. The frosting was homemade cream cheese frosting. It was so delicious , I thought I would share the recipe below.




Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of butter (1 stick), room temperature
  • 8 oz of Philadelphia cream cheese (1 package), room temperature
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar (or confectioner's sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract




How-To:

  1. Beat the cream cheese and butter together until completely smooth, about 3 minutes on medium speed. 
  2. Beat in the vanilla extract. Slowly add in the powdered sugar(mixer on slow speed).