Pregnancy Update: Week 17

It’s exciting to feel like a human being again! I’m still tired a lot and like to take naps, but I definitely feel more like my pre-pregnancy self. The picture above is from an impromptu photo session at my parents house. This is one of my favorite shots, which includes my husband and my mother. I smile like crazy every time I look at it!

Food cravings: Starbucks caramel macchiatos.

Food aversions: None really, and Josh made turkey burgers and I didn’t gag! Progress?

Sleeping: I wake up at 2am and am up again at 6 something. I’m getting used to it.

Feeling: Pretty good!

Purchases: Maternity jeans. I was curious to see how effective they are, and man….they are everything. I have a feeling I’m going to live in them! Also bought a belly band, leggings and a bunch of tanks and tees from Old Navy.

Random: I’m getting really excited about the nursery. I’ll be picking out paint swatches this week.

Houseware Splurge Wishlist

This whole motherhood thing is changing my perspective on everything. I don’t know why it took me, oh, 30 years to want my home to be clean and clutter free. Maybe it’s because I don’t have as much time as I used to, or I suppose I’m getting used to my lifestyle. Either way, I’ve been thinking about the things that I really want and need around the house. I could find inexpensive alternatives to most of these, I’m sure, but I decided to aim high because it’s only a wish list. If money were no object, here are a few things I’d get.


I’d like to get a vacuum cleaner that’s lightweight, easy to store and sucks the heck out of the crap around the house. I’d also like it to have a nozzle that gets into tight spaces.

Knife Set

I didn’t realize that we cook as much as we do. We have some basic kitchen knives, but I’d like a solid set with a serrated knife, bread knife, etc.

Espresso Machine

I love my coffee. Lattes, macchiatos, americanos, you name it. I’d rather buy a machine that will pay for itself in savings.

China Cabinet

I inherited a set of my grandmother’s china, and it’s sitting in a cardboard box. I’d love to have it out to display, but to keep it free of dust.


Pregnancy Update: Week 16

  Food cravings: Starbucks caramel macchiatos. I really need to slow down with these because I’m not sure how much caffeine is in them. 

Food aversions: I still don’t want to smell meat cooking. Driving by Chipotle is a nightmare.

Sleeping: I slept on the couch last night, and I think the firmness was really helpful! I slept like a baby.

Feeling: Pretty good! 

Purchases: None. I’m still trying to wait to find out the gender.

Random: I went for a doctor’s appointment on Friday and I’ve lost another 5 pounds. The doctor’s ordering me to eat up. Also, we’re making plans to dismantle the makeup room. I’m sad, but excited!

FOTD: Bronzy Glow and Pink Lips

nars greta, mac nc50, warm blend,

I’m all for an easy makeup look. As usual, I decided against eye shadow because, I dunno, I just haven’t worn it in awhile. I shopped my stash and re-discovered my Mineralize Skin Finish collection. I had so much fun swatching and playing. I had Gold Deposit when it first came out, and now I’m considering buying it again. (I’m supposed to be down sizing. Oops)

Here’s what I ended up wearing this weekend:

Foundation: MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NC50
Blush/highlight: MAC Warm Blend Mineralized Skin Finish (similar here)
Brows: Damone Roberts Brow Powder in Dark
Eyeliner: Maybelline Line Stiletto Liquid Liner in Black
Mascara: L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara in Carbon Black
Lips: Nars Audacious Lipstick in Greta
Lipgloss: MAC Love Nectar Lusterglass


Bliss + Kohl’s=A Very Happy Erin

This post is sponsored by Bliss / Kohl’s

Kohl’s is one of my favorite department stores. Seriously, I get everything there–clothes, shoes, accessories, kitchenware, bed linen, beauty items–you name it. In recent years, they’ve revamped their beauty section. They now offer brands like Lorac, Essie, and bliss. Yes, the lovable skin and body care brand is available and ready to be purchased with my Kohl’s Cash and coupons.

Let me give you a background on my experience. My mother and I both got into Bliss when we found them in our hotel bathroom during trips to NYC. We’d use teeny amounts at a time, trying to ration them out so we could take them back home. From then on, we knew Bliss was the real deal.

Bliss Available at Kohl's

I really am a big fan of warm, inviting bathroom time. I don’t like to skimp out on my body wash, because I don’t feel clean. I purchased two Bliss body wash/bubble bath scents, blood orange + white pepper and grapefruit + aloe. The scent is euphoric. They’re so amazing, in fact, that my husband uses them too. The scents are definitely higher quality, so they stay on you longer than the other body washes I’ve owned. I didn’t think my husband would want to smell like blood orange or grapefruit, but it never fails, he walks into the bedroom smelling like it every day (even though he has his own manly man shower stuff sitting right beside mine).

Bliss Available at Kohl's

The product I should have purchased last year was the ingrown eliminating pads. Do you remember my post about the bikini wax from hell? The shock of the hair being ripped out of my skin was pretty horrible, but the aftermath was WAY worse. Bumps. Itchy skin. Tenderness. The lady that worked at the spa recommended a pricey product (can’t remember the name) that didn’t have great reviews. But my friend Niki said, “Oh girl! You should get the Bliss wipes. They’re amazing!” So I remembered that tidbit, and picked up a jar. Even though I’m getting to the point where I can’t see down there due to a growing belly, I still want to keep it tidy!

Bliss Available at Kohl's

So in the event that you’re looking for new skincare, hair removal items, etc., check out Bliss at Kohl’s!