Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Holiday Family Photo Shoot

Hi Friends!
Today I'm sharing our Holiday Family photo shoot with you.  
I love how they turned out!
We went to one of our favorite parks on Saturday and snapped our pics.  The weather was calling for temps in the 60's but I guess because we went out in the morning it was COLD! 

One of my favorites - I love that cheeky little grin of his :)

He's so sweet to his baby sister, he loves to kiss her every morning when I drop him off at pre-school.

If you haven't noticed my child is a bit of a ham in front of the camera! ; )

I wanted to try and recreate a photo that I took with him during our first holiday family photo shoot together.  

My what a difference 4 years make!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Gender Reveal and 5 Month Update

It's a....................GIRL!!!

We found out around 17 weeks that we're having a girl.  I wanted to do a gender reveal but without a whole lot of fuss.  So I painted two little pumpkins, one pink and one blue.  Took them to the appointment and asked the technician to put the right pumpkin in a box I had brought with me.
When we got home we let our son open the box and tell us what we were having.
It was super sweet and not a huge surprise to me because I've had a feeling since day one that it was a little girl.
Hubby on the other hand thought it was a boy, so finding out it was a girl was definitely a surprise to him.
Little man is excited he's getting a baby sister.

So here is a little update on how this pregnancy is going.....and a not so great picture, but I wanted to show off the huge bump ☺)

How far along: 20 weeks (5 Months)
Gender: GIRL!
Weight gain: When I went for my monthly checkup last month I had gained about 10 pounds.
Maternity clothes: Um, I have been wearing maternity clothes since week 12 and really should have been in them for probably 2 weeks prior.  The old saying that you start to show with the second one sooner is no joke for me!  I look like I should be at the halfway point ya'll!
Stretch marks: None yet, but I did get them towards the end last time but they weren't too bad.
Belly button in or out: In
Sleep: Complicated.  I am so exhausted by 8pm and then will always always always have to get up to pee at least twice in the night and sometimes that wakes me and I end up watching TV for an hour or more at which point I fall back asleep and am exhausted when I wake up, sigh.
Best moment this week: Feeling this little girl kicking around, never gets old.
Worst moment this week: Headaches. I keep thinking it's the weather but it's probably pregnancy related, I feel like I constantly have a dull throbbing headache.  Over it.
Miss anything: I love the pumpkin beer at Trader's Joe's and am seriously bummed that I won't be able to have any this year.  That's really it so far.
Movement: Yes!  She loves to move around at night!  I first felt her around 16 weeks while eating a slice of pecan pie and it wasn't a flutter it was a straight karate chop! 
Cravings: Orange Juice, same as last time.  I'm not an orange juice fan but have been drinking it like crazy.  I also craved cheeseburgers early on, not so much anymore.  Mashed potatoes.
Queasy or sick: Horrible nausea in the first trimester and I have a daily gag fest.  If I even think about gagging it sets me off.
Looking forward to: I get to have another ultrasound on November 6th so I can't wait to see her again!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

What's Up Wednesday | 10/25/17

Linking up with  MelSheaffer and Shay for What's Up Wednesday!

It's a clean out the freezer week.  
Does anyone else do this? 
I buy a lot of frozen foods with the intent of using them and then never do.
Items include: 
Trader Joe's fried rice
Digiorno Pizza

I also made Mummy Dog's which were a hit! 
(They're on my Halloween pinterest board if you're interested!)

How much I love this time of year and watching movies that I've watched so many times in years past that never get old.

Fall!  Everything about it!

Pumpkin Patch

Cleaning out my son's toys.  I get totally overwhelmed!
I've been searching Pinterest for inspiration on how to organize.

Cleaning and organizing my house.  It's slow going.

Getting all of my Christmas decorations out and getting ready for Thanksgiving!

A couple of weeks ago I started watching Gilmore Girls, I'm currently working my way through Season 2.

Getting ready for Stranger Things!

All the Halloween Movies!
Hocus Pocus
Sleepy Hollow
The Exorcist 
The Ring

Started listening to The Life Coach School Podcast that Christina at Carolina Charm recommended.

Maternity clothes!  Give me all the stretchy pants!
Tip for any pregnant ladies out there - Ann Taylor Loft online has some phenomenal deals on maternity clothes!
I scored big in there clearance section!

Halloween Festival on Friday night
Highland Festival on Saturday
Pumpkin carving on Sunday

Thanksgiving and the beginning of the Holiday season

Just working on getting ready for Baby #2!!

I love all of the side dishes at Thanksgiving but if I had to choose one it would be my Granny's Corn Pudding.
Corn Pudding is one of those recipes that everyone has their own unique spin and they all taste very different.
My Granny's is a custard sweet version that I just love love love.
I'll share the recipe with you soon!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Exciting News!

Our little family is growing!  
We're expecting #2 in March and couldn't be more excited.  I'm in the 15th week right now and finally feeling somewhat normal again.  The first trimester was much harder this go round for some reason. 

And this little man is so excited that he's going to be a big brother!  He tells everyone that there's a baby in mommy's tummy (even before we made the news official, ha!)

More updates coming soon! ❤❤

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Show and Tell Tuesday | What's in My Bag?

Good Morning!

Linking up with Andrea for her Show and Tell Tuesday and I love this one!

I'm totally doing this post last minute because it's one of my favorite posts to read and I just love seeing what's in other ladies bags.

I'm just going to say it before I get started - my purse is a hot mess.

So here we go!
This is a tote that I got from good old Target and it's what I carry during the week to work.

And here's a peak inside.

My Michael Kors Wallet, planner and Thirty-One Organizer which holds my checkbook, phone charger, anti-bac and I think there's a tube of lipstick in there as well.

Next up, is a scarf (because it was a little cool here on Monday), my son's vitamins, a little clutch that holds gift cards and rewards cards that don't fit in my wallet, phone ear buds and my glasses in case something happens to my contacts.

Keys, Busch Gardens passes, and panty-hose.  
Here's a little secret that you may not know about, panty-hose remove deodorant stains like magic!  

And last this is all the stuff that is in the side zipper of my bag, everything from sunglasses and lipgloss to scissors and my sons toys.

On the weekends I carry a crossbody with just the essentials because we are usually on the move and I don't want to lug around a big tote.

That's it!  Hope you enjoyed taking a peak inside my crazy bag! 😃

Friday, July 21, 2017

Book Review | June

Hi Friends!
I'm going to go ahead and say that June was a weird reading month for me.  
I tried to start a couple of books and just couldn't get into them, I hate it when that happens.  
I ended up reading 3 books and liked all of them.

The first one was I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh.
Man this one was intense.  
I didn't know if I was going to like it because it starts off with a little boy getting killed (not a spoiler, it's in the description) and I have a hard time reading that kind of thing.
But it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time and there were definitely some twists and turns that I didn't see coming.
Overall a good read!

The second book I read was Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris.
Ya'll, this one is crazy!
I read it in 2 days because I had to know how it ended.
Shew, I mean major suspense thriller and heavy heavy on the creepy.  
Like make your skin crawl creepy!
If that's your thing, read this book!

The third book I read was Cancel the Wedding by Carolyn T. D.
I have been wanting to read this one for a while since Shay raved about it in her  May 2016 book review.
It didn't disappoint.  
I put this book in my southern chic lit category.  
It was definitely a welcome change after reading Behind Closed Doors.

The two books that I tried to start reading and didn't finish were The Girls and Crazy Rich Asians.  I almost finished The Girls but another book became available so I discarded this one as I wasn't crazy about it.  I just couldn't' get into the story line and the characters weren't doing it for me.  I think I got 3/4 of the way through it so I will go back and finish it, but I know it's not going to be a favorite.
Crazy Rich Asians was hard to get into for me, all the different families and names and people were too much to try and keep track.  I've read such great reviews of this book that I will probably go back and try to finish it.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

What's Up Wednesday | 6/28/17

Happy Hump Day!
I feel like Summer is in full swing and I hope you're enjoying it as much as I am!

Linking up with  MelSheaffer and Shay for What's Up Wednesday!


It's Summer, so that means I'm eating this.  A lot.  #yolo

Work lunch = amazing Kuban food

This past Saturday was a friends birthday party and they had an ice cream truck.
I guess you can't really tell how excited this guy was!?!

This was technically last week, but had to share the view from dinner with a girlfriend.
Nothing better than good food, good company and a gorgeous summer view.

This little nugget at his 4th of July class party last year.

The fact that it stays light until almost 9pm.
Hearing the frogs and crickets in the evening.
Eating all the summertime foods: Hot dogs, corn, watermelon, etc.

We've been enjoying summer with lots of pool days, birthday parties, movies and play dates.

I'm not going to lie, I'm going to be undertaking a project next week to get John's art under control and I'm kind of dreading the work it's going to take.  I know that it will be great once it's done but the process is going to be painstaking.  Maybe I'll be surprised and it won't be as bad as I'm imaging though!  Stay tuned.

I'm working on our stay-cation schedule.
I want to make sure we feel like we've accomplished a good bit of stuff by the end of the week.
I also want to make sure we enjoy ourselves too, it is vacation after all.😉

4th of July!!!  Fireworks, cookout food, spending time with friends and loved ones and that summertime feeling.

Getting ready to start reading this!

This is my guilty pleasure. 

And this, I can't look away!

Moana has been on repeat in our house this week.
John loves the Shiny song, especially when he says Hiney, boys.

This was hard to watch!!! I don't know what to think other than I'm scared to death for my son and what he will have to go through in school and beyond for that matter.
I feel like every generation before talks about how things have changed and it was so different in their day.  I felt myself thinking that multiple times while watching this.
I hope to keep a good line of communication open with my son and instill in him that it's okay to come to us for anything and everything.  Did anyone else watch this, what are you thoughts?  I'd love to hear.

Review on this coming soon!

My weekend staples right now include shorts, t-shirts and sandals.
For work I found this cute green shift type dress.
BONUS: I got it from Costco and it's only $16.99!

We are meeting John's college roomate for dinner on Friday which should be a lot of fun.
Saturday we are doing the Home Depot workshop with little man.
Sunday is Church and then heading to the parents on the river.

Vacation Stay-cation
My Birthday
Beach Trip

Nothing really, just enjoying Summer!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Show and Tell Tuesday | Home Tour!

Yay for Show and Tell Tuesday!  

This is one of my favorite blog posts to read (because I'm super nosy) so I had to join in!

And Andrea, can you please fly to Virginia and style my house for me?  Thanks! 
I absolutely love her taste and creativity.  
I find myself saying "What a great idea!", whenever I visit her blog.

So here's what you came for -  
**Disclaimer - I did not clean or straighten before snapping these pics so this is real life ya'll! 

Welcome to my House

Before moving here back in 2009 we lived in a studio apartment downtown (hence the name of my blog, Downtown Southern 😉)

I scoured my old photos to find the pics I took of the house right after we moved in to give you some before and after shots.  (I love those, btw)

So come on in - this is the entryway into the living room 
(pay no attention to the mountain of shoes to your right)

Kitchen Before:

Kitchen After:

  Dining Room

Living Room Before:

Living Room After:

We just got these bookcases over the weekend and I need some major help in styling them!!  Any ideas are welcome!

Laundry Room

Heading upstairs.....

This is the office - sorry it's a bit dark.

Master Bedroom

Nook (En suite) to the Master

Hall Bath 

Little Man's Room 

This room has gone through a couple of changes since we used it as John's nursery and then changed it to his big boy room.

I can't wait to share Fall/Halloween and Christmas home tours!