Saturday, March 28, 2015

Dessange VoxBox Review

I was really excited to be selected for the Dessange VoxBox. I started getting blonde highlights when I was about 10 years old and it's escalated to a head full of blonde hair now at 25. I tend to try to find shampoos that keep the blonde looking fresh and conditioners that keep my hair from looking over-processed and dry. Let's face it, from the dye jobs, daily blow dries and straightening. My hair could look crispy real fast.
 
{Image via Target website}
 
 
Now enter the
California Blonde Illuminating Shampoo
California Blonde Illuminating Conditioner
California Blonde Brass Color Correcting Crème
 
PROS:
 
+ The shampoo creates a nice lather and rinses well. I'm a fan of a good sudsy wash.
+ The conditioner leaves my hair feeling soft and manageable post wash.
+ After a week of use, I did notice my hair looked less brassy.
 
CONS:
 
- I couldn't stand the smell of the shampoo/conditioner. Very floral at first and then smells like you just got out of the salon for the rest of the day. Ladies that dye your hair at a salon, I know you'll know what I'm talking about.
- I like a thicker consistency for my conditioner. Personal preference here.
- Even though I noticed my hair looking less brassy, I feel like it also dulled my blonde. I don't see the "illuminating" aspect of the shampoo/conditioner.
 
BOTTOM LINE:
 
Even though this was a wonderful product, I don't believe it's the one for me. This is mostly based on just how the shampoo/conditioner smelled. If you're really into highly perfumey, floral scents and you need to tone down some brassiness in your blonde hair, try this one out! It's available at your local Target and is very affordable and worth a try!
 
I received the Dessange VoxBox complimentary from Influenster for reviewing purposes.
All opinions are honest and my own.
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Friday, March 27, 2015

Quick Week Recap

Crazy fast week over here. Like literally cannot believe it's actually Friday. Don't get me wrong, it totally rocks my socks off!
 
Monday we said some "see you laters" to our good friends Katie & Daniel as they start a new adventure up in Indiana! I wish them the best of luck on everything and can't wait to see you guys again! 
 
{Excuse the awkward hand in front of my belly.. our friends are trying to make #LeviandCharlotte2033 a thing. #notathing}
 
Tuesday we went to the final home game for the Ice Flyers. It was probably the most boring game in the history of hockey, but we squeaked by with a final at-home win!
 
Wednesday we got to welcome a new niece to the family! Little Bella Grace was born March 25th and weighs 7 pounds 3 ounces! It was so surreal holding her and knowing that in 4 shorts months I'll be holding my own. I won't lie.. it did kind of panic me. I was looking at all tiny 7 pounds of her thinking "She's huge!! How is something that big going to fit in my stomach?!"
 
{Me & Bella Boo}

{That double chin!! I die!}
 
On another note, we sold the bed that's in our guest bedroom so this weekend with be Operation Clean Out the Nursery!! It's about dang time we get started on that thing! I swear one day I look at my countdown and go "oh, 115 days till her due date - no biggie!" Then I think "holy crap, next week is APRIL!" Regardless, major moves will be made in the nursery this weekend! Eek! Can't wait to share all the details!
 
Hope everyone has a great weekend! I know I'll be getting lots of baby snuggles this weekend and some family time since Ethan's mom will be visiting to see Bella!
 
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Humpday Bumpday // Week 22

{22w4d}

how far along: 22 weeks and I'm now considered "6 months pregnant!"
 
size of the baby: Around 10.5-11.8" and weighs around 12.7-20.8 ounces! So basically she's a foot tall and weighs a pound! {Good.. I can start blaming some of my weight gain on her! Haha!}

{Last week's hand (left) versus this week's hand (right)}
 
baby is: sleeping in cycles - around 12-14 hours per day! I totally know when she's going to be awake and kicking best! Unfortunately one of those times is not around 2:30 when we have our next ultrasound scheduled.. maybe we can wake her up and see that pretty face!
 
movement: getting stronger and more frequent! My mom got to feel her for the first time last week and a couple of my friends got to see her kick!
 
gender: GIRL!
 
 
And if you missed my announcement on Instagram! She has a name too!
We can't wait to meet you, Charlotte Reese!
 
total weight gain: According to the scale Monday morning, I'm up 18 lbs since we found out! Yikes! I need to take it slower now, since I know that number will only go up!

stretch marks: same and still lathering on the stretch mark lotion in the morning, and the intensive stretch mark butter on at night!
 
symptoms: Back aches and tailbone pain! I read somewhere that tailbone pain can be associated with an anterior placenta, which I have.. I'm going to ask my doctor about that!

wedding rings on or off: Still on, but taking them off at night!

belly button in or out: Getting more shallow each week!
 
maternity clothes: Recently discovered maternity maxi skirts. Heaven on earth dipped in chocolate and topped with whipped cream and a cherry!
  
sleep: Fine, except this sunburn is really cramping my style.
 
missing: Still not missing anything besides fitting into my old clothes
 
cravings/aversions: I love me some Firehouse Subs. Honestly think I could eat them day and night!
 
cries: This Pampers commercial. Dang, Pampers. Seriously, grab your tissues.


 
ethan is: still living on a post-Arnold Palmer Invitation high. He had a blast and my heart swells with happiness that he had such a good time!
 
best moments: Getting away for a few days for OUR BABYMOON!

not so best moments: Having to come home from our babymoon and go back to work! Womp womp!

looking forward to: Our next ultrasound and appointment on April 3rd!

in case you missed it: Our Announcement :: How We Found Out :: Weeks 4-11 :: Week 12 :: Week 13 :: Week 14 :: Week 15 :: Week 16 :: Week 17 :: Week 18 :: Gender Reveal :: Week 19 :: Week 20 :: Week 21
 
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Monday, March 23, 2015

Babymoon // Disney World & Arnold Palmer Invitational

When most people think "babymoon," I bet they think super relaxing, super chill getaway. But that's just not the way me and Ethan work.
 
I bought Ethan tickets to the 2015 Arnold Palmer Invitational as a Christmas present last year. To say that was the best gift I've ever given him is an understatement. I knew by the time March rolled around, I'd be around 22 weeks pregnant and I banked on that "2nd trimester feeling great" stage. I knew I'd be bigger, but not too big to still enjoy the trip.
 
We drove down to Orlando on Thursday and our 1st stop was Ikea! Oh, how I wish we had one closer to us! I've always wanted a sheepskin rug for my baby girl's nursery, so that was Must Get #1. We also snagged three books for her and some floating book shelves to put them on! I can't wait {or rather really need..} to get started on her nursery!
 
 
Friday morning we headed to Disney World with Ethan's parents. Right now at Disney is the Flower & Garden Festival, so Ethan's mom was in flower heaven! She literally knew the name for every flower! I was super impressed!
 
{"The sign you always take a picture of is coming up, get your camera ready." - Ethan}

{1st Stop - Epcot! Feeling like I stuffed the Epcot ball under my shirt!}


{Inside the Butterfly Tent} 




{Looking over the bridge at France}



 
For lunch we ate the best pizza at Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria in Italy. It's seriously the best pizza you'll have in your entire life. And of course I had to stop to get macarons at Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in France!

{Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in France}

{Crazy street performer in France - he's doing all this while balanced on wine bottles!}
 
After Ethan's parents left us after lunch, we hopped on the monorail so I could get a bump picture in front of the castle. Seriously. That's all we did there. Well, besides get some water! Hello, dehydration from the heat!

{22w4d in front of Cinderella's Castle}

 
After my bump pic, we boarded the bus to Animal Kingdom. We thought we could walk around, look at the animals, and go on the safari ride. What we didn't know was if you're pregnant, the safari ride is on the no-no list. Dang. We did walk the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail and saw the gorillas. There were two baby gorillas just recently born, so it was neat watching them follow their mom's around and forage like the others.

 
That night we got some of the best sushi I've ever had {or maybe I was just starving?!} at Fancy Sushi in Clermont. Seriously.. if you live near Clermont, eat there! We watched The Tourist with Ethan's parents and went to bed pretty early to get rested up for the golf tournament the next day.
 
 
We left Ethan's parent's house around 11 to park at Universal Studios to take the shuttle over to Bay Hills Golf Club where the 2015 Arnold Palmer Invitation was taking place. Hindsight, the shuttle service was great, but allot for extra time actually getting to Universal's parking garage. That was a nightmare of so much traffic!
 
 
Once inside, our first stop was to try to find Rory McIlroy, the current #1 ranked golf player in the world. We knew his tee time was at 1:25, so naturally the warm up area was where we looked first. When we got there, Ethan's first words were "holy sh*t, that's Rory." That moment will forever be burned into my memory. One, Ethan doesn't cuss. Two, it was just too funny. We watched him warm up and basically sat back in amazement at how good he was!

{Rory - middle in the grey shirt with pink stripe}
 

 
After that, we followed him over to the putting greens to watch him warm up some more. Ethan kept pointing out where Rory's ball would end up and told me the best shot he's ever made in his life, Rory just did twice in a row. Guess Rory's a pro for a reason. Ha!


Finally it was tee time! We stood by the ropes to get a closer look!

{Rory's playing partner for the day - David Lingmerth}

{My creeper shot of Rory McIlroy}

 
The rest of the day was spent following Rory or getting a few holes ahead of Rory so we'd have good viewing for when he got there. We were able to see Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson, Jason Kokrak, Louis Oosthuizen, and Keegan Bradley {to name the bigger players}. I'm really glad I started watching and paying attention to golf with Ethan or this whole experience would have been awful. I also wish we could have seen Rickie Fowler and Adam Scott. They were there, but had earlier tee times, so we missed seeing them. Womp womp..

 
On most of the holes and when possible, I stayed back in the shade. Sure I wanted to be in on the close-up action, but it was more important to me to stay hydrated and as unswollen as possible for 6 months pregnant in 90* heat!

{My gator picture - very middle of the grass in the water}
 
One of the holes was right beside this beautiful lake and very shady tree. While Ethan got in on the action, I stayed back and made some friends. I was talking to a couple of older men and asked if there were aligators in the lake. They laughed and said "you must not be from Florida." Of course, I am and not 10 seconds later a gator decided to pop his head up in the lake! I told them I wasn't about to be the pregnant girl in the news who got eaten by an alligator at a golf tournament.

{Creep shottin' Ethan while I stand in the shade!}
 
{Love this man of mine!} 


{My "illegal" shots of Rory on the fairway}

 
{Using one of the crosspaths and looking up at the 1st tee box}
 
Once Rory finished the front 9, we decided to grab a bite to eat so we could catch him coming in on the back 9. It was a much needed sit down break, not to mention we were both starving! After lunch, we headed to the gift shop to get Ethan a hat. He also got a ball marker and golf ball with the Arnold Palmer logo on it. After that we went to the 18th hole to watch the players come in.

  
 
We didn't stay at that hole for very long since it was completely out in the sun. We were both literally cooking ourselves. We decided to find Rory and followed him until the 17th hole. After that we had both had enough heat and sun to last a lifetime, so we grabbed Arnold Palmers {half sweet tea, half lemonade} and got back on the shuttle!


{Got my Arnie Palmy!}
 
All-in-all it was a wonderful day at the golf course! Bay Hill is a beautiful course and I'm so glad I got to experience a professional tournament with Ethan. He's told me again and again what a wonderful Christmas present the tickets were! I hope one day he and our daughter will share a similar trip!
 
We headed back home on Sunday and basically crashed. Such a fast, fun trip can really take its toll on you! Basically nothing was accomplished on Sunday except for getting home safe, getting the week's groceries, and an early bedtime!
 
I can't believe our "babymoon" is over. I remember planning this back in December thinking "wow, March is forever away!" So, that's probably it for our quick trips of just me and Ethan! Next time, we'll have a little tagalong!
 
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

She Has a Name!

So our sweet little girl has a name! One she's pretty much had since the second we found out she was a girl!  
 
 
But what fun would it be if I told you right off the bat? Here's her monogram and I want to hear your best guesses in the comments for what we're naming our little lady!
 
Ethan suggested we sell raffle tickets and whoever won the raffle would get to name her. I told him that's not a thing. Haha!
 
I'll spill the beans Monday morning on Instagram (@klm61210)! Make sure you're following me there to find out what we've named Baby Macarthur!
 
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