#Reverb16 / / Intentions

#reverb16 Intentions

I’ve never participated in a writing challenge before such as the ever popular NaNoWriMo. I have no desire to write a novel but some people choose to write blogs instead. After following Sarah’s blog for a while, I became intrigued by the writing challenge she organized with her blog/writer friends, Reverb.

“Do you like to write? Or do you want to get back into the writing habit? Or do you want to start a writing habit? Do you like to reflect? And also think forward?

Then come join in #reverb16!

A project where you write on one prompt everyday for the entire month of December.”

I thought I’d jump in for the 2016 version and write on some of the daily prompts. Let me know if you are participating!

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Weekend Links / / Holiday Decorating, Maybe

Holiday Decorating

As the Gilmore Guys said in their recent recap episode, “We are living in a post Gilmore Girls: A Year in a Life world”. How are you all feeling about the four mini-episodes? I’m not going to delve into specifics, but if you’d like, reach out on social media to chat about it!

Jordan and I returned from our week in Chicago late Sunday night. The drive home went fairly smooth, despite Phoenix’s two separate one hour scream sessions. I can’t blame the kid though. He was tired while also being tired of sitting in his car seat. I see why people don’t travel with small children. It’s not easy!

I’m hoping we can do a little holiday decorating this week in-between our work schedules. Jordan flew out to Denver on Monday and returned home late last night so we haven’t had a chance to bring out the decorations. I’m debating still on whether or not to go all out with a real tree this year. I’ve never had one so the idea sounds endearing but people also keep telling me how much work they are. Do you have a real or fake tree?

There is still one more day to enter the Gilmore Girls themed giveaway!

Onto the links!

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Five Essentials | A Holiday Wish List for Baby


Organizing my baby registry was stressful. It was a challenge to know both what I would need and what my baby would like. Once I narrowed in on the specific items, I then had to decide on brands. Do I go with the basic and practical baby bathtub or the one with lots of bells and, probably unnecessary, whistles?

Having options is both a blessing and a curse. I’ve teamed up with the Baby Cubby today to share five essential items to add to your registry or holiday wish list. I wish I would have known about Baby Cubby when I was first purchasing baby items!

“The Baby Cubby is for every parent out there who has ever felt overwhelmed or discouraged about becoming a parent.

[Baby Cubby finds] the best and safest baby gear and provides it to parents in a fun shopping experience where they do things like test strollers on our stroller track, price match everyday – even amazon, offer free shipping nationwide at BabyCubby.com and actively engage with parents via social media and our cubby community blog to discuss some of those hard topics of parenting.”

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Phoenix | Month Four

Month Four Update

Phoenix is four months old as of November 27th! I wrote a two and three-month update, but never posted it. To be quite honest, those were hard months. Phoenix was F U S S Y with a capital F. He slept poorly and generally was a challenge, despite being perfectly healthy. On top of juggling my fussy baby, I was packing for our move! I am very glad that season is behind me.

Here is a peak into month four of Phoenix’s life!

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Weekend Links / / GILMORE GIRLS

Gilmore Girls Giveaway

Hello! I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving. Jordan and I survived our first road trip with Phoenix on Tuesday. It was interesting to say the least. Our original plan was to drive through the night, but by midnight with still two hours to go we caved and spent the night in a hotel. BEST DECISION EVER! We all slept in until 8:40. Phoenix usually is up by 6:15.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and having Phoenix makes this year even more special. Phoenix is loving all of the extra attention from his grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles. Last year, morning sickness literally hit me Thanksgiving week so I had a lot of eating to make up for — so much pie, zero guilt!

In other news, Gilmore Girls : A Year in A Life is out! But first, no spoilers!! I haven’t watched any of the new revival episodes yet. This show means an enormous amount to me. I taped the premier back in 2001 after seeing previews run on the WB and never stopped watching. In college (even after transferring) I watched every episode with my roommates.

In celebration, I’ve teamed up with a great group of fellow Gilmore Girls fans for a special Gilmore themed giveaway. I’m jealous of whoever wins!

Onto the links!

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Passing Time with Jord Wood’s Unique Watches

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Unique Watches with JORD Wood Watch

Time is a funny thing. I always felt like my seven month engagement passed slower than the first year of marriage. Phoenix will be four months on Sunday, which is crazy to me. The first four months of pregnancy crawled at a snails pace. During this stage in pregnancy, we had just made our secret public but we still didn’t know we were having a boy. Now, that Phoenix is here, time is moving even quicker. What’s that saying? The days are long, but the years are short. 

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Weekend Links / / Pre-Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Fashion with Jord Wood Watches

^ A sneak peek of Monday’s post!

Talking about how tired you are is almost as annoying as complaining about the weather but guys, I am so tired! Jordan and I plan on waltzing in to our parent’s house next week, plopping Phoenix in someone’s lap, and taking a long nap. Despite iffy sleep, Phoenix was such a ham while my parents were in town.

Slowly, but surely, (with the extra help from our parents) our house is coming together. There is still so much more to do, but first on the list is window treatments. We currently have paper covering the windows. HAHA. It’s the epitome of classy.

Last night I went to a ladies wine night and it was so refreshing. I thought I’d be more social by now, but honestly most days I’m so wiped out the desire to go out at night hasn’t been strong. Moving and all that entails has only compounded my exhaustion. It might even be more important to cultivate relationships during the hard seasons.

Onto the links!

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Palace of Fine Arts

Jordan and I spent 2.5 weeks in April and May of 2016 driving the coast of California. If you’d like to start at the beginning click here.

Palace of Fine Arts

It is strange to write these California posts and see my pregnant belly now that Phoenix is 16 weeks old! I look at pictures and then look over at my son and think to myself, “It was you all along.”

Now being in the throes of newborn land, I am even more thankful Jordan and I went to California for an extended vacation. I look forward to sharing stories from our adventures with Phoenix, especially this trip since he was there too!

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Weekend Links / / Back to Work

maternity leave over

Yesterday was my first day back at work. It was also the day when two birds flew into our house! Word to the wise, don’t leave a window open unless you have screens. But yes, back to work. I was able to take an additional leave of absence, which extended my maternity leave to 16 weeks. Albeit it wasn’t completely paid but because of moving, it was necessary. Phoenix is now 15 weeks and I can’t imagine returning any sooner!

My parents arrive today to help all three of us transition into this new normal. Jordan’s mom left on Tuesday and while we still have more unpacking to do, we accomplished a lot! We need a few key furniture pieces (especially in Phoenix’s room) but at least we aren’t tripping over boxes anymore. I love that we have space to host family and friends.

Are you also completely baffled Thanksgiving is in two weeks? Since we travel home to Illinois I don’t have to prepare for the meal, but I am preparing for our eight hour drive. Which, with a four month old, will probably turn out to be 10.

Onto the links!

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A Fall Walk in Percy Warner Park

Fall Walk Percy Warner Park

Fall holds a special place in my heart. I met Jordan in the fall. We started dating in the fall and also got engaged in the fall. And one of the most special moments, finding out I was pregnant, also happened in the fall. It’s also my favorite weather for spending time outside. Fall in Chicago was usually pretty short, but thankfully it lingers in Nashville.

Fall is is showing off this year. The temperatures have been regularly 15 degrees warmer than the average. Though that hasn’t stopped the leaves from turning intense shades of red, orange and yellow. One morning, while Jordan’s mom was visiting, we walked around Percy Warner Park. The light bouncing off the leaves created a perfect golden cast.

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