This weekend was so good. I actually felt like getting out of bed early and getting ready – a rarity these days! On Saturday I had plans to go grab some lunch with Brittany and Kristie at a Thai place that I’ve been wanting to try. They were planning to have lunch to talk about the baby shower that they’re throwing together at Kristie’s house this coming Saturday and they invited me to come along. It was delicious and I’m a little bit sad that it’s located a town over from me – though if it was in Lexington I would be eating there WAY too often. We decided to stop by a store called Bargain Hunt before heading back. We have one in Lexington but it is not nearly as big or well stocked! I found an extra base for my car seat for half off, two bar stools for $21 a piece, and a cute little floating shelf for the nursery. In total I spent around $80. The two bar stools alone should have cost me around $100 – I’ve been looking at these exact bar stools in several stores and they’re never under $50-70 a piece, even in a set. I could have bought hundreds of dollars worth of stuff in there. It’s definitely one of those stores where you have to DIG to find the good stuff but it’s so worth it. Kristie found a ridiculously awesome modern chair that was marked $54 and it rang up $10!!! It was pretty hilarious trying to fit all of the stuff we bought in to her car.. but somehow we made it work!Later that evening we all met up again at Country Boy to watch the basketball tournament. Kentucky won but it was definitely a nail biter of a game! I had a photo in my Timehop earlier that day from exactly one year earlier when we were all at Country Boy watching the tournament so we made sure to recreate the photo! I love our group of friends and our little traditions!
On Sunday Nate and I got up early and went out for a little brunch date at First Watch. It’s so simple but this is one of my favorite things to do with him. It makes a weekend day feel so much longer and I always love our random conversations. Plus we really love breakfast food – especially right now! We split an order of Cinnabon pancakes and I swear I died of pregnant lady happiness. After brunch we ran over to Target with all of our gift cards from the baby shower and did a little shopping for baby boy!! We got our crib mattress, a changing pad, a cute cover for the changing pad, and the little plush blooming bath tub I’ve been wanting. The crib mattress was really the last BIG item that we needed! We got it all set up in the nursery when we got home and I felt the instant relief of having another item checked off the list. Not too long after we got home my parents stopped by to bring us another gift! My Step-Dad’s parents bought us the bedside bassinet we registered for! I had originally planned to just use the pack n play in our room for a while but this little bassinet is going to make things so much easier. We’ll be able to leave the pack n play downstairs permanently and the bassinet can stay by the bed! Ahh, I can’t believe how everything is coming together. It’s very surreal!!
We went to our third natural birth class yesterday evening. We went over the different types of interventions that there are – basically all of the things I’m trying to avoid by having a natural birth. But I love that we’re going over all of the possibilities because you just never know what will happen! I feel confident that if things did go differently than what I “planned” that I would understand exactly what my options were and exactly what was happening based on my decisions. I think honestly the scariest part of giving birth is the unknown, right? Or the idea that things are going to be done TO you vs. knowing that you actually have options.
I’m so excited for next weekend! Baby shower #2 with all of our friends, UK plays in the Final 4, and we’ll have another birth class!
August has been such a good month! I am a little bit partial to August because of my birthday and all – but this one was jam packed full of fantastic adventures and memories! Nate and I had the chance to go to the PGA Championship (that’s where the photo above where I am wearing sunglasses was taken – right after getting completely drenched in a torrential downpour!), we saw Manchester Orchestra play a show right here in Lexington, Nate spoiled me for my birthday (new dress in that mirror shot!), I had another great month building my Pure Romance business (did a little product testing of our new bath line and a new scent), and I made progress in my silks classes! Yeah – I’d say August was a pretty great month!
I had a fantastic birthday weekend. Nate always knows how to surprise me and treat me on my birthday (and everyday). I got my usual special treatment – I woke up to roses from the farmers market, my favorite iced almond latte, and my favorite donuts! He told me that on the way to pick up all of those things he saw a dress in the window of a little boutique downtown that I *had* to have and he wanted to take me back to look at it. Isn’t that sweet?! We went back and I fell in love with that dress and SEVERAL other items! To my surprise they were all super reasonably priced so I picked out a few things! I could probably count on one hand the number of items of clothing I’ve bought in the last year that aren’t considered yoga pants/workout gear, so it felt really nice to add a few new pieces to my closet! AND it felt pretty great to support a cute local boutique downtown! If you’re in Lexington you should definitely stop in and check out Caught Ya Lookin (or check out their website)! I can’t wait to share some outfit posts!
I’m looking forward to heading into September and the fall season! I may or may not have already put out a lot of my fall decorations. Our house just looks better in fall – our couch cushions are all burnt orange, mustard yellow, and brown! I’m getting way too excited about going into Bath and Body Works to grab some Fireside Marshmallow candles and wallflowers. I have one of the teeny tiny candles left from last year that I’ve been burning for like 10 minutes at a time all year just to get my fix, haha. I honestly can’t wait to tailgate for football, crunch around in some leaves, go apple and pumpkin picking (we did that last year for the first time! I loved it!), sit outside in the crisp fall air, and make warm cocktail drinks with my partner in cocktail making crime- Kristie. Actually, she usually makes them and I just get to drink them.
What are you looking forward to this fall? Are you ready or do you want summer to hang on a little longer? I realized earlier this week that I literally did not go swimming or even put on a bathing suit ONCE this summer and that’s a little depressing for this Florida girl turned Kentuckian. I think maybe a beach trip needs to be in the cards for next year!
Pieces of The Days is monthly/sometimes weekly series where I share photos from my iPhone and talk a little bit about daily life happenings! Some of the photos have been shared on my Instagram and some have not!
For those of you who just read the title of this post and immediately thought of Saves The Day – 10 points for you. I can’t think of a better way to describe life lately though. I literally can’t slow down and I’m loving it. Lately it’s been crazy work weeks and jam packed weekends. My intentions to get my house clean last weekend were outweighed by brunch with Nate, silk classes, a hair appointment, shopping, and porch sitting! I scheduled a hair appointment prior to a crazy work week as an incentive to just get. through. it. I haven’t had anything done professionally to my hair since last August, so it was time! My hair stylist is the best and she was super excited when I told her I wanted pink and turquoise added in to my blonde! She kept me in suspense while drying it and styling it. I am absolutely in love with it. After my appointment I went over to my Mother-in-law’s house. She wanted to take me to check out a patio furniture set that she found on sale at Kohl’s. Nate and I have lived in our house for four years now without any outdoor furniture. She wanted to get us something or our anniversary so we went and looked at it to make sure it was something we would like. Needless to say – we have a beautiful little place to sit on our front porch now. I bought a cute floral pillow to add the finishing touch. I just need something pretty for the table now! Nate and I have already spent a few hours out there just reading and hanging out.
This weekend has been pretty good so far! We kept with the tradition of Saturday brunch and as per usual I got up and went to Aerial Yogilates and Silks class. Last night we went out to a new Beer Hall here in Lexington with a few friends, got taco truck food for dinner (SO GOOD), and went to check out a performance by my aerial silks instructor. It was a nice but busy evening that left me with a very huge need for coffee this morning! Besides making it to class, going to brunch, and buying bunny hay for the baby bunnies – I have been very unproductive today. I Facetimed with my Mom from my new iPad (!!!!) and binge watched episodes from Season 3 of GIRLS (on my iPad). I’m obsessed with my iPad! I can’t even tell you how fantastic it is going to be to use it to manage my Pure Romance business!!
I feel like this year is flying by so quickly already. It really hit me on June 12th when we celebrated our four year anniversary. So much has changed in four years. We’ve gone through some good times and some really hard times – but here we are – stronger, more in love, more confident in who we are as individuals. I’m looking forward to such a good summer full of wonderful memories. A summer dedicated to living life to the fullest. I hope you do the same!
Our quick trip to Nashville over the long weekend went by in a snap! We had such a great time hanging out with Sully and Phlecia, who were gracious enough to let us all crash at their place! We rarely get to see them and it was nice to have someone show us all of the cool spots to visit! We met up with them, Jackson and Kristie, and several other mutual friends late Friday night for a few drinks, delicious burgers, and some great live music at The Basement! At 3AM I finally fell asleep on the top bunk in their guest bedroom. We got back to their place a few hours earlier but we all ended up standing around in their kitchen talking about anything and everything until we couldn’t keep our eyes open in any longer.
The next day was filled with long lines for coffee at Fido’s, lunch at Kay Bob’s, the cutest dog ever, window shopping, popsicles from Las Paletas, lots of walking in the intense heat, and some downtime before the UK game. The UK game was … well… we lost. That’s all there is to say about that. ;] Nate and I headed home after the game and slept in late Sunday morning. Such a perfect whirlwind trip!
PS: Is this not the cutest dog ever? I really want a Shiba Inu puppy now!