From getting married on February 23, 2019 to now, life has been nothing but busy! Finally, I am sitting down to share the good news: WE ARE HAVING A BABY! I wanted to write this blog post to share some insight and happiness on everything up to my 14 weeks (which is where I am now)!
This was a planned baby, and we are so happy to be able to have a child so quickly! We both want a few kids; my husband Joseph wants 3 or more! I am optimistic about having as many as God has planned for our family.
Something that was very important to both Joseph and myself is being financially ready for a child. We purchased a home in August 2018, and got married in February 2019. We both have finished our degrees and felt that the time was right to take on the financial responsibility of having a child. I know that not everything can be planned for perfectly, and not everyone can be “ready” for a child. It is something that we both talked about, from diapers, toys, clothes, and doctors appointments; we wanted to be as prepared as possible for our little Gift from God.
We found out at 4 weeks that we were pregnant! I did not surprise Joseph in a cute way or anything, since we were planning to have a baby I took a test in our bathroom and we found out together! At that time I was not experiencing ANY signs, morning sickness, headaches, fatigue…. nothing. Within a week I began getting sick every morning, which is horrible for me because I am the type of person who would rather do anything in the world than get sick! My first appointment with Ultrasound was not until 8 weeks and I did not have many options other than to toughen up with the morning sickness. If you are pregnant, there is very minimal amounts of medicines that are safe to take for headaches, nausea etc. I prefer to take no medicine unless I can’t go about my daily life. The first trimester was pretty rough for me; my biggest challenge was how tired I was every single day. Even with a full nights rest, I still experience being so tired halfway through the day. I am a busy body, much more than my Instagram and Blog will show. I run the office of three different family owned construction businesses (8-5) while maintaining a blog and Instagram where I create content. Aside from being a wife, daughter, friend and sister it is safe to say I wear MANY hats. I would not have it any other way. One of the best lessons I have learned so far in pregnancy at the end of the day, is that you have to listen to your body, slow down, make your to do list shorter and do what you can!
Working out has turned from going to a gym regularly, to home workouts to walks. I have been making it a goal to walk 60 minutes after I get home from work, which I do over 3 miles and change up where I walk so I don’t get bored. I am used to changing up workouts and making them exciting and fun, but with a lack of energy and not wanting to elevate my heart rate too much walking has been my go-to. My husband works out at 4:30 in the morning and usually says “yes!” when I ask him to walk with me after work. Now that I have entered the second trimester, I am feeling more energized and will most likely start incorporating low weight/body weight workouts in my routine.
I just recently started “showing” I guess you could say. Mostly it looks like I ate a large meal, or drank a gallon of water. I did not show at all the first 3 months, and I noticed my clothing getting tighter, but I like my clothes very “fitted”. I have recently posted two outfits on my Instagram in Maternity dresses, they were gifted to me from Pink Blush Maternity! Other than that I have not yet purchased any Maternity clothing. I can’t wait to have a belly now that I am in the ” in between” phase. It is so incredible that our bodies can change and grow for months. I feel so blessed to experience it.
BOY or GIRL?!? We would be happy with either! We plan on finding out the Gender between 18-20 weeks and we are just wanting a healthy baby! Since I grew up with only one sister, I thought it would be fun to have a boy first! I would be just as happy with a girl (mini me) but we will see what God has in store for us. There was an option to find out earlier through a blood test, but we are both on the same page about waiting. We also are debating having a Gender Reveal Party So stay tuned to see what we come up with. We do know we are NOT having twins! LOL
We have talked a few times about names, and what we would want them to be depending on the Gender. Nothing set in stone, I just having a running list in my Iphone for the time being. I want a pretty name (maybe something long?) if the baby is a girl. My name being Kayla, is so short, I don’t really get to have a nickname other than Kay. I think it would be so cute to have a longer name, with a nick name. We have also talked about boy names, and whether or not Joseph wants to name his first son (if we have one) after him! These are all things we are still thinking about.
The BEST part about all of this is our projected due date is our WEDDING ANNIVERSARY, so we may be spending our 1 year anniversary in the hospital, depending on when the baby is ready! I can’t believe out of all the dates on the calendar, the exact due date is our special day.
Cravings?! Food Aversions?! For the most part my cravings have been very healthy, oatmeal, fruits, pretzels… etc. The one thing worth noting is that I have always loved eggs and egg whites, especially on Avocado toast for breakfast. Ever since I have been pregnant I cannot stand the smell or taste of eggs. Eggs are recommended for pregnant women to eat, but I just cannot do it and will have to get some protein elsewhere. I do not wake up in the middle of the night hungry, or craving anything. During my first trimester it was very hard for me to eat (morning sickness that lasted all day) and I wanted to be sure that I was staying as hydrated as possible so I kept a full stock of Pedialyte popsicles in the fridge. I eat a lot of small meals throughout the day and try to drink as much fluids as possible. I’ve never been the type of person to have a cup of coffee every day but I did cut off all caffeine when I found out I was pregnant. In the past 3.5 months I have had one coffee, not to say I am not allowed or won’t enjoy a seasonal drink from Starbucks in the Fall. I just want to be my best for the baby and choose to not drink caffeine if possible. I have been drinking hot chocolate, which doesn’t exactly have the same effect, but it sure is nice!
My Skin has not changed at all, in fact maybe it has gotten better? I have not had acne since I was about 13-14 years old. I have experienced some redness on my face before, but I have clear skin being pregnant (fingers crossed it stays that way). I would have to attribute it to my diet; your skin can say a lot about what you are putting inside yourself. I have increased my water intake and kept a moderately healthy diet. My skin thanks me for this! I will keep an eye on my skin in the next couple months and update you guys with any changes. I also never go to bed with makeup up on, always wash my face with a deep cleanser and use moisturizers. All of that combined has led me to where I am now!
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Some more fun photos from our Announcement Photoshoot in Charleston SC! Thank you Kailee Dimeglio for capturing the most special moment.
It is that time of year again! SPRING SALES- here are my picks from the Nordstrom Sale Happening Now.
Here is our wedding Video, by the talented team: We Are The Bowsers
I hope you enjoy watching as much as we do!
Hi there, and welcome back to my blog! Today I am going to be answering the most commonly asked questions I get about my hair, extensions, what Salon I go to…etc.
So grab your coffee, tea, or fav drink and let’s jump right into it.
Do you wear hair extensions?
Yes- I do wear hair extensions and have been for years. I have worn clip ins, and NBR (Natural Beaded Row) Extensions. Currently I am wearing Natural Beaded Row Extensions.
Where do you get your Hair Extensions Done?
I have been going to Maeghen Soucinek (The Hair Queen) at Vera Salon Co. She is worth following on Instagram, and the most down to earth Hair Artist I know. She is the owner of Vera Salon Co, and her Salon is located in Lake City, FL. She has a very talented staff, and they are trained on NBR Extensions as well.
Can you explain NBR Extensions?
NBR, also known as Natural Beaded Row is best described by the Professionals at Vera Salon Co:
“Hand Tied Wefts are sewn-in beaded rows customized to each clients needs. Multiple pieces of extension hair are custom colored and sewn onto a row using a bead and thread. The custom color of the extensions hair and the clients hair is what makes our hand tied wefts seamless on each clients head. Our hand tied wefts are less damaging than any other extension method because there is NO glue, NO tape, NO mess when removing, and there are LESS points of contact on the head, which ensures less damage. Hair extensions are something we don’t take lightly… Most of us wear them ourselves, therefore we can personally say from our own experience, that this method is like no other! Nothing compares, honestly. With hand tied wefts, each client has enough hair to cut into, in order to blend into the natural hair. Not to mention, it gives you the ability to still wear your hair up, brush through without snagging a tab, and still manages to hide seamlessly in your hair. How can anyone say no to that?! These extensions are meant for all hair types.”
Are Natural Beaded Row Extensions Comfortable?
Yes, they are SO much more comfortable than clips ins. You do not have to rearrange them or worry about them showing. You can go from wearing your hair down to throwing it up in seconds. They lay flat on your head, which is AMAZING! I actually forget I am wearing them sometimes!
What length are your extensions?
I have 22″ extensions, if you have been following me for a while you already know I love LONG LOCKS.
Can you wash the Hair Extensions?
Yes, you wash the hair extensions just like your normal hair. I wash my hair twice a week and you can rock the same style for a few days with little to no touch ups.
Does the hair grow out?
Yes, the hair will grow out with your natural hair and you will have to have a maintenance done around 7-8 weeks. This can all depend on how fast or slow your hair grows, everyone is different.
Do Natural Beaded Row Extensions work for different hair types?
This is one of my FAVORITE questions, YES! Natural Beaded Row Extensions are available in Straight, Wavy and Curly at Vera Salon Co. That means, for those just wanting to add length or volume to their natural hair- there is something for everyone.
Do you already have to have long hair to get extensions?
No, you do not. Even if you have short/fine hair Maeghan and her team do a beautiful job of blending the extensions, so they always appear natural.
Why choose Vera Salon?
Something that was very important to me when choosing a Salon, was finding a Salon that was not only educated on hair extensions, but was genuinely interested in getting me to my hair GOALS. From the consult, to the service I can’t rave enough about how amazing Vera Salon is. When you walk in to the Salon, it is clean and modern, everyone is friendly and let’s just be honest…. everyone has GREAT HAIR. It says a lot to me when your stylist also wears and uses her own products. In this case, Natural Beaded Row Extensions. During your appointment, you are the center of attention. You truly get a one on one experience with your stylist who is completely invested in taking your hair from it’s current state to the hair of your dreams. The staff at Vera Salon is dedicated, client centered and knowledgeable.
I chose Vera Salon because of my initial consultation experience and trust in the Salon. I did follow the Salon on Instagram before going in for my service, and the work they put into each color, cut and style speaks for itself.
Do the Natural Beaded Row Extension come in multiple lengths?
Yes, they come in different lengths and can also be cut to your desired look.
I am interested in Hair Extensions, but not sure they are right for me…
I would suggest filling out the application here scroll to the bottom of the page and you will be contacted shortly by the Vera Salon Team. Be sure to mention you read this post!
Are NBR Extensions easy to style?
Yes, they are amazing to work with, I am so thankful that I booked my appointment before my wedding. I will share some photos from my Wedding so you can see how well the extensions hold style!
Do you have a Discount code for us?
This discount will get you 10% off any service. So even if you are not interested in extensions, but want a hair makeover or a simple cut, use my code!
I hope you all enjoyed this post! I will be writing a follow up post with ALL the products and care tips you will need to maintain your NBR Extensions.
Christmas is the time of year where gift giving and bringing cheer to all those you love starts early and seems to never end. You can spend countless hours shopping Black Friday Sales, hunting the best deals in the malls only to end up frustrated and having a never-ending list. This season, the gift giving is easy for me because I am using the Gift Goddess to give personalized gifts to the people I love.
If you are a local, like myself (Jacksonville, Nocatee, Ponte Vedra, and St. Augustine) you are in LUCK. Not only can you easily shop for the perfect gift online, but you can have it delivered! If you are not a local-you are still in luck- the Gift Boxes can be shipped all across the United States.
The Holiday Collection has something special for everyone and is so easy to shop. If you do not see something that catches your eye, or perhaps have a unique idea, the Gift Goddess offers fully customizable gifts! Think about how cozy you could be this holiday with hot cocoa by your living room fire, just crossing off your list one click at a time.
So let me share my two favorite boxes that I will be gifting to some special people this season.
First is the Sweet Tooth Box- Which contains only the best things in life!
Peterbrooke Chocolate covered popcorn, Forrero Rocher Hazelnut Chocolates, Godiva Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds, Harney & Sons Chocolate Chai Supreme Flavored Black Tea, and FreshJax Maple Cinnamon Topping.
This box is perfect for corporate gifting, family, friends, neighbors, teachers and so on. I mean… I may or may not have considered ordering one for myself. It is the perfect go-to gift box.
Second is the Wise Men Box- which has already been a hit in my family. I told one person whom I was gifting it to and now my dad and fiancé both want one for themselves. So the men LOVE this one, without a doubt. This box contains:
YETI 20 oz. Tumbler, Kalahari Biltong Spicy Peri Peri and a Wallet Ninja 18-in 1 tool.
The reason I truly believe that The Gift Goddess is a one stop shop is because not only do the curated boxes come delivered in a gorgeous box, wrapped ever so nicely, but they include a handwritten note!
If you are interested in shopping on The Gift Goddess Website you can do so: HERE
Be sure to use my DISCOUNT CODE “KAYLA10” on your order!
It is the Holiday Season, and one of the best parts of Christmas morning for me has always been opening up my stocking. I have put together this gift guide for HER stocking this 2018 holiday season! Just click and shop!
Shopping for a coffee Lover this Christmas? Just click and shop- it’s that easy!
It is already November 1st and this year has flown by! Next up is Thanksgiving and Christmas my absolute favorite time of the year. Mostly because I am surrounded by family, friends and the best food. I have been loving the Fall Trends this year, and finally bought an overall dress (obsessively wearing it on repeat). It is so cute and fun and would make a great thanksgiving outfit.
I wore this outfit to a little Farmers Market in St. Augustine Fl called Rype and Readi!
The Farmers market is SO cute, they had pumpkins in every size, shape and color. Along with fruits, vegetables, wild animals, eggs, LOCAL HONEY (clearly my fav) and so much more. I highly recommend stopping by if you are ever in the area. Not only was this location so cute and fun, it was the perfect photo shoot location. I met up with the talented Shelby of Shelby Williams Photography and took such fun photos in my Fall Themed outfit.
Here are the latest overall trends I am loving, and you will be seeing more of on my Instagram! Click to Shop.
Wishing you all a wonderful November, and Happy Fall.
Happy Fall Everybody!
There truly is not a better Fall Staple than a pair (or multiple pairs) of the cutest booties from Famous Footwear. I love booties because you can dress them up and dress them down while still keeping your toes warm this Fall Season.
Wearing Booties with Denim/ Casual Attire
I love pairing trendy booties with distressed denim, or denim that emphasizes your ankles and feet. Why wear a cute pair of shoes if you can’t show them off? Living in Florida, the weather is hot and cold during the Fall Season and my go to shoe is a brown pair of booties with pretty little details. They are so fun and trendy, especially because they compliment practically any style. Famous Footwear has such a wide variety of booties to choose from, my favorites are from the pretty little details collection!
These booties are statement shoes that you can build an entire outfit around. I paired mine with a long sleeve and denim:
Wearing Booties with a Dress
My second favorite way to rock my booties this Fall is to pair them with a bright dress! Orange is such a Fall Color, and I live in dresses year round so it seemed fitting to style them with dresses too!
All Dressed Up Collection
Start Shopping for your next pair of Booties: Here
Thank you to Famous Footwear for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.
Hello Friends! I wanted to share 5 helpful tips that have helped me stop running late and start being on time. My whole life I have always used “Fashionably late” as an excuse to why I was never on time for anything. As an adult, I have to not only strive to be on time, but have in fact mastered being early to most things.
Here are my 5 Tips:
- Make a schedule and stick to it. One of the best things that you can do for yourself is plan out your events on a weekly basis. Be sure to give yourself enough time in between each thing you must do and perhaps add buffer time. You know that traffic accident that you couldn’t avoid? Problem is solved when you add buffer time and plan to arrive early. Making a schedule does not mean that you will never run late, it just means you are prepared to be on time and on schedule more often then not.
- If you are always on time with a minute to spare- set your clock forward. Possibly play a trick on your brain and set your clock in your car/home forward by 5-10 minutes. This will make your mind account for the time shown and you will start arriving early/on time to your activities.
- PREPARATION. Boy oh boy I cannot stress this one enough. Being prepared is a complete game changer when it comes to running late. I find it so helpful to pack my gym bag, make my lunch in advance, and set reminders at night. When I wake up I am able to get up and go without the stress of running around and doing a million things. I am able to maintain a consistent workout schedule, eat properly, have a good day at work and be on time to all events when I take the time to prepare for what is to come.
- DO NOT SNOOZE. When your alarm goes off, make sure you get up the first time and do not snooze. If you are always tempted to hit the snooze button, try placing your alarm across your room so you have to get up and walk to turn it off. At this point you are already awake and standing up- so just get your day started!
- Aim to be early. If you are always desiring to be early, you will be on time. There was this saying I heard one time “If you’re on time- you’re late, If your early you’re on time, and if you’re late you shouldn’t bother at all. Make sure you desire to be better, and be on time.
Being on time is more than just a good thing to do for yourself. Depending on who you are meeting and what it is for, it is respectful to be on time. Being on time shows that you are considerate of the people you are meeting no matter how important the issue.
Good Luck on using these tips to avoid being late!