This + That

We've been quite busy making a home and preparing for baby so I thought I'd share a little of the going on's happening midweek, over here.

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I officially started working part-time as a Stylist for Stitch Fix and so far I'm loving it! For those unfamiliar, it's basically a personal styling service you sign up for in which you receive a box of 5 things at a time (clothes/shoes/accessories)--and I'm one of the people picking out those items for our clients. It's pretty neat! If you're interested in trying out a Fix of your own and you'd like to request me as your Stylist, make sure to ask for me under my full name (I go by Elizabeth on there #fancy) when you sign up!

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Some people find out they're pregnant and immediately furnish the perfect Pinterest nursery. We are not those people. In fact, the first piece of furniture didn't even arrive until last week! Part of it is procrastination, part of it is wanting to wait to buy things until after our baby showers and (a big) part of it is budget. Now that the big things like his crib and bassinet are assembled it's feeling really REAL. I can't believe there's going to be a real, live BABY using all of those cute things, soon. If I'm having a bad day I find myself going into his room and just standing in the middle of it imagining him being in there. It instantly lifts my mood.

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Joel has been on a major gardening/landscaping kick and I think it's adorable. I'm not kidding, I will walk into a room and find him talking to our plants, haha. His latest project has been tackling the front yard. The previous owners left it pretty unkempt so he raked out a bunch of dead plants, cut back unruly palm fronds and poured black bark over what used to be just dirt (there wasn't any grass to begin with). Since we use our wrap-around porch for sitting we don't really miss the grass anyway. We're going to reposition/add a few more big rocks and fix the other side of the brick lining amongst a few other updates but it looks so good! I wish I would have thought to take a 'before' photo.

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We visited the California State Fair on Monday which turned out to be a great idea because going early on a weekday meant it wasn't packed at all. More fried food for me! I indulged in a Cap'n Crunch chicken sandwich, frozen watermelon lemonade, and strawberry funnel cake. Five stars, all around (just typing that made my mouth water ha). I really wanted to go to the petting zoo because there were SO many cute baby animals and since I don't have my own offspring yet, baby deer, goats, pigs, and even kangaroos are the next best thing, no? Sadly, I pulled cash out to go back in and basically be a real life Snow White but totally forgot to make the trip back to the zoo. Pregnancy brain. It's real, guys. We also took this silly photo booth strip and I'd say it's a pretty accurate description of our relationship--starts out innocent but by the end, he's eating my face off ;)  

Friday Favorites

ONE / 10 summer date night ideas
I'm loving this little list of simple yet unique ideas for date night.

TWO / Accidental Wes Anderson
I'm a huge Wes Anderson fan so I really enjoyed this accidental Wes Anderson reddit thread filled with photos of places that look like they totally belong in his films.

THREE / Wax seals
I've always wondered how wax seals are made! What a fun idea for extra personalization.

FOUR / Caroline's closet
I'm a big fan of Caroline's style, especially this classic, no-fuss outfit she put together this week.

FIVE / #nsale
The Nordstrom Sale is here and there is so. much. good. stuff. Here's a little list of my favorite picks:

F O R  H E R
this dress / these jeans /  this sweater
this top / these boots 

F O R  B A B Y
this body suit + shorts set / these nursing scarves / these bow headbands
these bibs / these shoes

Shop / Bitte

Romper / Joggers / Language Blocks
Wooden Safari Animals / Basket
Lion Booties / Swaddle

A couple of weeks ago I visited the Maker's Mart during my city's R Street Block Party and discovered so many cute local shops, including this one--bitte (fun fact: bitte means both "please" and "you're welcome" in German). They sell the cutest stuff! Once Walker is born I know I'll be picking up a few things from my wishlist up there.

Babymooning in Yosemite with RVC Outdoors

Thanks to Zika virus being basically everywhere in Mexico, we had to postpone our Tulum trip for another time and pick an alternate destination for our babymoon. We had considered staying at the Ace in Palm Springs (too much time in the car for me), Maui (not exotic enough for him) and we even considered a cruise (all the fun places were still in Mexico) but nothing was feeling right and I was starting to think we'd never get to take one last trip as a twosome. Enter: Yosemite RVC Resort. It's close enough to home and once you're there, the world-famous national park is only a short drive away. Coincidentally enough, Joel's birthday happens to be on the 4th of July so we decided to pack our bags and head to the Sierra's to celebrate all three occasions.

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From check-in to check-out, the entire experience of staying at RVC Yosemite was extremely enjoyable. The staff were all SUPER nice and offered plenty of solicited advice regarding best day hikes and things to do in the area. There is free wi-fi but beware--the signal isn't that strong (at least from where our campsite was) so don't come here expecting to livestream any important work meetings or download large files. You'll be too busy enjoying the great outdoors that you'll barely notice anyway! There is a general store adjacent to the registration area in the main building with some camp essentials like snacks, ice, towels, firewood and most importantly--s'mores materials. The whole resort is extremely family-friendly. There is a playground area for kiddos and a shallow (5 & 1/2') pool which is a welcome juxtaposition to the otherwise simple nature vibe of the resort. There's even a dog park so even your beloved pet can come along! (sidenote: there are also several feral "camp cats" on the premises--we saw a bunch of kittens which were pretty cute.)

Accommodations include tent campsites, RV hookups, cabins and yurts. Staying in a yurt has been on my travel bucket list for quite some time and I'm so glad I was finally able to experience it and check it off my list! Our yurt at RVC Yosemite was clean and surprisingly more spacious than I thought. It sleeps up to 4 and features a queen size bed and bunk bed. There's also a small table, storage cubbies, sofa and mini fridge. There is an overhead ceiling fan and wall AC/heating unit. Since temps were in the 90's we kept that baby blasting cold air all day and it kept us completely comfortable. No TV or cooking range in the yurt but there is a firepit w/ grilling grate right outside and who needs screens when mother nature provides the best views right outside your door? Although there isn't a private bathroom inside the yurt, the resort has multiple bath houses complete with bathroom stalls and showers, which are all kept immaculate.

It is worth noting that there is not an eatery/restaurant on the resort grounds BUT there are several places to eat in Coarsegold about 10 mins away. There's also Von's supermarket in town as well. There's a casino nearby with a fancy buffet we were excited to try (ha) but sadly it was over by the time we arrived so we didn't get to eat there but the casino seems entertaining enough if gambling is your sorta thing.

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When I asked Joel how he wanted to spend his birthday his response was, "hiking and napping" so that's exactly what we did. We filled our pack with plenty of water + snacks and headed to Yosemite National Park which is about 45mins away from the resort. I'm not sure if it was extra crowded because of the holiday weekend or if the number of people is just the usual tourists but we did experience a lot of stop-and-go traffic as we got closer to the park entrance. Likewise, many of the trails and vista points had a fair amount of hikers (and selfie sticks). That day, we made it to Glacier Point, Tunnel View and Bridal Veil Falls--all of which are so insanely gorgeous that it doesn't even look real! I really wanted to hike the Mist Trail to Vernal Falls to witness the record water flow but sadly we ran out of time (it's about a 3 hour hike round trip). Plus, I'll admit that at 7 months pregnant, the elevation and steepness of that trail was a bit daunting.

We wrapped up the fun-filled day with a quick refreshing dip in the pool followed by s'mores by the fire. We were so pooped from all the hiking around that we were in bed by 10pm. Talk about old! ;) We woke up early the next morning and headed home feeling totally happy, refreshed and full of fun memories to last us until we're able to come back and visit RVC Yosemite Resort with Walker.


RVC Outdoors is a company that I've had the honor to partner with in exchange for a review.
All thoughts & opinions are my own.

 

 

Bumpdate / Third Trimester

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Can you believe I'm already in the last leg of this thing?? Because I can't. It felt like time flew by whenever I witnessed my friends'/family's pregnancies but I had no idea mine would feel just as fast. Back in January, September felt sooo far away and now it feels like it's just around the corner. I'm not ready!! Haha. 

Physically I've started suffering some common pregnancy ailments like sciatica, plantar fasciitis and heartburn. I know it could be worse but man, it is a bummer. I'm still trying to walk as much as possible to keep my ligaments loose and stay in the best shape possible. I'm definitely starting to gain that third trimester weight which explains the sciatica and plantar fasciitis so comfy shoes are key. The lovely Savannah over at Mama Tribe Oils also sent me some samples to try and alleviate some of the symptoms associated with all three things giving me grief so I'm planning on using those ASAP and will report back.

I'm at the point where I don't know how my stomach is going to stretch any bigger (but I know it will). I still *KNOCK ON WOOD* don't have any stretch marks and I'm convinced it's because of my religious slathering of coconut oil on my belly every day. If I can survive this pregnancy without any stretch marks I will consider it a large victory. My belly button is also still an innie but that seems to be teetering dangerously close to changing--I'm half expecting to wake up one day and it just being out. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

The burst of energy that came in the second trimester is now waning and fatigue is starting to set in again. I think its being compounded by the 110 degree (yes, seriously) weather we've been experiencing here the past couple weeks. All I want to do is either stay indoors in the AC or immerse myself in a body of water!

Emotionally I have been sooo emo lately. The other day a friend made a comment about how she totally thought I wasn't as far along as I actually am and it hit me all of a sudden how little time I have left with my baby safe inside my belly and I just burst into tears. Joel was like, "Do you just want to stay pregnant forever?" and I'm like "....kinda." Ha. I don't, obviously--I can't wait to meet our son--I just am having anxiety over being able to give him everything he needs and be a good mom. Normal stuff I guess, but when you're pregnant, nothing really seems normal anymore.

I'm SUPER excited to finally be going on our babymoon to Yosemite in a couple of weeks. We'll be staying 2 nights in a yurt (I've always wanted to stay in one!) at this resort, courtesy of the lovely people at RVC Outdoors. I can't wait. It's 4th of July which also happens to be Joel's birthday so it will be nice to celebrate that plus our last trip as a couple before we turn into the three amigos.

This past Sunday was Joel's first "fetus" Father's Day and even though he insisted I don't get him anything, I snagged him the cutest t-shirt set to wear with Walker--his says "POP" and Walker's says, "TOT." Cue: heart explosion.

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Mentally I am relieved we have finally moved into our new house. So now I'm just trying to play catch up on getting everything we need ready for little man's arrival while simultaneously trying to put the rest of our house together. Between furnishing rooms in the house and phone calls to installation companies and the handyman, it's a miracle I can still remember my name. I have always been one to work best under pressure so as stressful as things get, I've got it under control (for the most part).

As far as my cravings go, I still have somewhat of a sweet tooth but it's not as bad as it was. Right now I'm really into peanut butter + jelly sandwiches and Mexican food (not together). Either always sounds good, no matter the time of day. I'm still also drinking tons of water, I throw in a few slices of cucumber which has been my jam and still in a deep, committed relationship with La Croix. They keep coming out with new flavors in their sub-brand, Curate which I finally googled and found out its the same as the regular La Croix, just with a stronger flavor profile. Little do they know they are the unofficial sponsor of my pregnancy.

Baby Walker is averaging over 2lbs now and continues to grow (as do I). I feel him kicking pretty much all day now but he's still most active at night. One of my favorite things to do is lie propped up by pillows on the couch and stare at my stomach and watch the Walker Show. It is the coolest feeling in the world. Sometimes when I put my hand on my belly I can feel one of his actual body parts close to the surface of my skin and that kind of freaks me out but I just tell myself he's giving me a high-five.

I'm looking forward to our couple's maternity photos in Point Reyes next month and baby shower(s) which are both in August. 

I'm glad I waited until I was farther along and showing more to take these last set of photos. It's funny thinking back to how I thought I was so big back in the second trimester to how I actually look now. Once this is all over I'm going to stitch all the bump photos together in a post to see the progression. I'm sure everyone is sick of my weekly bump photo by now but I know they are photographic memories I'll want to keep forever.

It's going to be SO HOT at both of my baby showers but I'm excited to have all of our friends and family gather together to celebrate. I'm of course designing the invites so I need to finalize those, get them printed and send them out in the next couple of weeks. My mom knows how to throw a great party so I'm not really worried about her and my sisters organizing that, and the co-ed shower at my best friend's house is going to be super simple and laid back.


I'm a little sad this is my last trimester update (see? EMO) but I'm beyond stoked to be that much closer to sharing about our little man once he's earthside. Now taking bets on if I'll go into labor early, on time, or late...