April 1, 2020

The Home

Easter is one of my favorite holiday’s to celebrate for several reasons. I remember dying Easter eggs with my dad growing up, hunting for the eggs in the yard, enjoying food with family and in all reality, who doesn’t love a little bunny? This year, Easter looks and feels so much different for us and for many people around the world. Despite the state of things, I wanted to bring a little joy to you and share All Things Easter to inspire you to enjoy the season despite the challenges we might be facing.

The image below is shoppable. Simply click on the item you are interested in to shop!

In years past, my mom has hosted a Ladies Easter Luncheon, for all the women in the family. This lunch something I look forward to every year and I miss my family so much. Snacking on our favorite foods, drinking wine and laughing together is something I love so much.

This year, Jay and I are prepping for the arrival of our little Baby Parlett. What a time to bring a new baby into the world?! I won’t harp on all the things I’m missing this Easter, but instead share a few cute finds with you that have inspired me! After making my way through Baby Shower gifts, I have cleared off our dining room table and I’m going to set it with my Easter tableware this afternoon. I can’t help but wonder if we will have a baby on Easter this year or if he will arrive after his due date (April 15th).

What are you doing to make Easter special with your family this year?

All Things Easter

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T

All Things Easter

March 25, 2020

Lifestyle

It’s crazy that we are only 3 short weeks, give or take, away from meeting our little Baby Parlett! I have been dreaming of meeting him for so long now, but I long to snuggle him and see what his sweet little face will look like. A few weeks ago, my mom hosted me the sweetest baby shower and it really made everything feel real!

For the past few weeks, our dining room table has housed baby clothes, bottles and things. After working hard on it, everything is almost complete sorted and ready for our little one’s arrival, whenever that might be! I wanted to share a glimpse into my baby shower and all of the details with you. I have so many wonderful photos, but I like to respect the privacy of my family and friends as much as possible. It was such as special day and one that I will always remember and cherish.

My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett
My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett
My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett
My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett
My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett
My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett
My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett
My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett
My mama <3
My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett
My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett
The beautiful lady who is always behind the camera! @tiffanysigmonphotography
My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett

My Dress (also available here)

Food: The White Dog Bistro

Florist: Seasons of Williamsburg

Cake: Three Sweets to the Wind

Invitations: Dixie Design

Favors: Napkins, Seeds in these envelopes with custom printing

Photography: Tiffany Sigmon

More Baby Posts You Might Like:

What’s on Our Baby Registry

Second Trimester Recap

First Trimester Recap

Pregnancy Announcement

My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett

CONTINUE READING

T

All Things Easter

March 22, 2020

Lifestyle

To be honest, I have been in a bit of a funk lately. Haven’t we all? My ninth month of my pregnancy is off to a very interesting start and in some ways has made me rely quite a bit on online orders. I’m not going to harp on the negatives of the current world situation, but since all of my recent online purchases keep showing up on my front porch (sorry, Jay) I thought I would at least share with you What I’ve Purchased Online Recently!

If you have been doing a little online shopping lately, I would love to know what you have bought! Obviously most of the things I have purchased revolve around baby and postpartum life for me. But still, I thought I would share anyway. Nordstrom is having a sale, BTW, so some of these items came from that!

What I’ve Purchased Online Recently

Morgan

Supergoop Sunscreen

Shampoo

Body Oil

Leave In Conditioner

Baby Sleep Book

Nursing Tanks

Nursing Bra (on sale)

Belly Wrap (on sale)

Pajamas

Robe

Jay

Sneakers (on sale)

Diesel

Bow Tie

Baby Parlett

Booties: one, two

Hats: one, two

Mitts: one, two, three

Bib

Baby Book

Baby Hangers

Bottles

Baby Duffle Bag + Cosmetic Pouch

Home

Stool

Basket

So there you have it! I have spent waaay too much money lately, but I feel like it’s normal with a baby coming? Maybe I’m wrong?! lol. I would love to know what you are up to and if you have done any online shopping recently?

What I’ve Purchased Online Recently

CONTINUE READING

T

All Things Easter

March 11, 2020

Lifestyle

We are officially in Baby Prep Mode over here at the Parlett Residence and I’m still feeling all of the feelings! We had our baby shower this past weekend and received so many wonderful and thoughtful gifts. I thought it was about time I shared What’s on Our Baby Registry with you and some of the items we have purchased in preparation for Baby Parlett’s arrival in just less than two months!

First off, I wanted to share that we decided to register with Babylist and I am SO pleased with our experience. At first, I was going to register through Amazon but had quite a bit of trouble adding their widget to my browser bar. I decided to through in the towel on that and look for other options.

Babylist has been a dream. Not only was the widget easy to add to my browser bar, but it has an app that is user friendly and has tons of information. We have watched video reviews, shopped their registry guides and added items from our favorite websites. For most items, it will show shoppers prices from mainstream retailers, such as Amazon, Babylist, Walmart, Buy Buy Baby, Target and more. It makes it easy for shoppers to find the best price and for you to track your items and assemble your thank you notes! Also, it has a countdown to your due date in days so that is pretty exciting!!

I have loved Babylist so much that I just wanted to share that with you in case your are struggling, as I did, to find out the best options out there! Now, onto What’s On Our Baby Registry!

What’s On Our Baby Registry

Obviously, it will take a little trial and error. Every baby is different and something someone else baby might love your baby might despise, or so I have heard! So, we did our best to try to research what items were popular, what aligned with our aesthetic, and what we loved and thought would be the best option for our lifestyle. Here is what we chose.

The image below is stoppable. Simply click on a product to visit the link!

Baby Gear

Bugaboo Fox Stroller and White Canopy

Bugaboo x Nuna Turtle Car Seat

Motorola Baby Monitor

Bumbo Floor Seat

Inglesina Fast Table Chair

Baby Bjorn Bouncer

4moms MamaRoo

Snuggle Me Lounger

Britax Back Seat Lounger

Clothes & Accessories

Halo SleepSack

Swaddles

Onesies

Kissy Kissy PJ’s (Hands-down my favorite. They are SO soft!)

Baby Clothes Hangers

Feeding

Papablic Bottle Sterilizer and Dryer (I heard Taylor-Rae, from Style Souffle, share this and it looked so nice! I had to add it to our registry last minute. She has lot’s of pretty Baby Girl finds!)

Muslin Burp Cloths

Dr. Browns Bottles

Natursutten Bottles (I use love how beautiful and traditional these are!)

Stokke Tripp Trapp Highchair and Tray

Silicone Bibs

Gingham Bibs

Boon Drying Rack and Accessories

BIBS Pacifiers

Boppy with this cute cover

Bath Time

Sea Sponge

Scalp Scrubbies (to hopefully help prevent cradle cap)

Washcloths

Baby Bath

Diapering

Changing Pad and These Covers

Changing Pad Liners

Waterwipes + Travel Size for Diaper Bag

Pampers Swaddlers

Ubbi Diaper Pail

Health & Safety

Pacifier Wipes

Humidifier (I already used this for myself because of this terrible cold and it is amazing and very chic too!)

Brush Set

Nasal Aspirator

Nail Frida

Thermometer

Toys & Books

Jelly Cat Books

Lovevery Play Gym

Nursery Furniture

I wasn’t planning on sharing his nursery furniture in this post, but I wanted to include a few pieces because it’s on sale for 20% off right now! Use the code FRESHMIX for 20% off everything that is **!

Crib**

Mattress **

Dresser/Changing Table (for now)**

Bathroom Mirrors**

Light Fixture

Rug dupe

Floor Lamp

This obviously does not cover everything, but we did choose to purchase several things ourselves or they have been kindly gifted by my parents (crib, mattress and dresser). I hope to share a nursery tour after he is born. I don’t think the nursery will be 100% complete when he arrives, but it is slowly coming together!

We still need several pieces for his nursery but hopefully it will all come together soon! Also, I think I might keep the glider downstairs in our master bedroom for a bit before moving it up to his room, just for night time nursing comfort!

Naturally, more I will share more pieces over time! Baby blankets, specific clothing, etc, but for now, I just wanted to share with you some of the bigger ticket items and baby care essentials that we have prepped with!

I would love to keep sharing baby content, but don’t want to baby you out! So be sure to let me know if this is something that you want to see included more. Also, what were your favorite baby buys?! Be sure to share so we can pick those up too!

Next up, I need to get my hospital bag packed! lol

More Baby Posts You Might Like:

My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett

Second Trimester Recap

First Trimester Recap

Pregnancy Announcement

What’s On Our Baby Registry

CONTINUE READING

T

All Things Easter

February 13, 2020

Fashion

Yesterday, I took a poll on my Instagram to see if you would like to see my Spring Style Inspiration for Spring 2020 in an image style or boutique style. The poll was split pretty evenly, but favored the image style. I received a few DMs requesting the boutique style so I figure, WTH, I will just do both! Because I wasn’t able to fit all of my favorite picks on the image below, be sure to check out the boutique for more of my favorites, like this, that didn’t fit on the image!

Below you will see my look-book Spring style inspiration for Spring 2020! It’s crazy that our little bébé will be here in just about 2 short months! You will see how that reflects some of my picks for Spring this year. Lot’s of comfortable dresses, wedges and one piece swimwear! I have really loved florals so much this year and think they will be so flattering this spring. You will find my favorite accessory picks, some beauty things and shoes and bags of course! Simply click on any product images below to shop!

Spring Style Inspiration 2020

As I did with my Valentine’s Day Post for this year, I will continuously update this boutique throughout the Spring months, leading into summer. I will be sure to let you know, on Instagram, whenever I update these options!

What are you shopping for this Spring?! Let me know in a comment!

Spring Style Boutique

Spring Style Inspiration: Spring 2020

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T

All Things Easter

February 4, 2020

Recipes

Lately, I have been positing my smoothie on Instagram and have gotten a few questions about what I like to include in my green smoothie! I love this smoothie because it has helped me cut back on the amount of sugar I am consuming in a smoothie and helps me get some added greens that I don’t usually reach for throughout the day.

Fab 4 Green Smoothie Recipe

Kelly LeVeque has taken celebrities and celebrity bloggers by storm over the past few years. I originally purchased this book back in 2018, I believe, and over the past couple of years have slowly shifted my smoothie to match her Fab Four concept. While I don’t follow the entire lifestyle plan, I love this book for her smoothie recipes and references.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love an indulgent smoothie, but on the daily I prefer to drink this one. Even Jay likes it!

Fab 4 Green Smoothie Recipe

Fab Four Green Smoothie Recipe

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Handful of spinach (I like to be generous and add a ton because I can’t taste it at all!)

2 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter

1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds

1/4 cup Blueberries (I usually just grab a handful)

1-2 Cups of Almond Milk

Blend, blend, blend in your favorite blender.

Also, because I am in my third trimester of pregnancy right now, I have been adding two dates to my smoothie! It definitely increases the sugar, but its good for the third trimester and adds some sweetness if you need it!

I pretty much have this recipe down and have a little routine, so there is little mess and measuring! Here is what I do… Use a table spoon, from my kitchen flatware set, to measure chia seeds first. Then, I use the same spoon to measure my peanut butter. Grab handfuls of spinach and blueberries and use my blender to measure my almond milk. My least favorite part about smoothies is having a whole lot of mess to clean up. This way, I only have my glass, the blender, and a spoon! Plus, my favorite glass straws that aren’t essential but make drinking my green smoothie that much more enjoyable and chic! They are a great amazon find. For this post, I decided to shoot this smoothie in a mason jar and there is just something about a smoothie in a mason jar that makes you feel good!

Thank you so much for stopping by! You can also check out Kelly Leveque’s new cookbook here. I can’t wait to buy it!

Fab 4 Green Smoothie Recipe: My Go To Smoothie

CONTINUE READING

T

All Things Easter

March 25, 2020

Lifestyle

It’s crazy that we are only 3 short weeks, give or take, away from meeting our little Baby Parlett! I have been dreaming of meeting him for so long now, but I long to snuggle him and see what his sweet little face will look like. A few weeks ago, my mom hosted me the sweetest baby shower and it really made everything feel real!

For the past few weeks, our dining room table has housed baby clothes, bottles and things. After working hard on it, everything is almost complete sorted and ready for our little one’s arrival, whenever that might be! I wanted to share a glimpse into my baby shower and all of the details with you. I have so many wonderful photos, but I like to respect the privacy of my family and friends as much as possible. It was such as special day and one that I will always remember and cherish.

My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett
My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett
My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett
My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett
My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett
My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett
My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett
My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett
My mama <3
My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett
My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett
The beautiful lady who is always behind the camera! @tiffanysigmonphotography
My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett

My Dress (also available here)

Food: The White Dog Bistro

Florist: Seasons of Williamsburg

Cake: Three Sweets to the Wind

Invitations: Dixie Design

Favors: Napkins, Seeds in these envelopes with custom printing

Photography: Tiffany Sigmon

More Baby Posts You Might Like:

What’s on Our Baby Registry

Second Trimester Recap

First Trimester Recap

Pregnancy Announcement

My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett

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March 22, 2020

Lifestyle

To be honest, I have been in a bit of a funk lately. Haven’t we all? My ninth month of my pregnancy is off to a very interesting start and in some ways has made me rely quite a bit on online orders. I’m not going to harp on the negatives of the current world situation, but since all of my recent online purchases keep showing up on my front porch (sorry, Jay) I thought I would at least share with you What I’ve Purchased Online Recently!

If you have been doing a little online shopping lately, I would love to know what you have bought! Obviously most of the things I have purchased revolve around baby and postpartum life for me. But still, I thought I would share anyway. Nordstrom is having a sale, BTW, so some of these items came from that!

What I’ve Purchased Online Recently

Morgan

Supergoop Sunscreen

Shampoo

Body Oil

Leave In Conditioner

Baby Sleep Book

Nursing Tanks

Nursing Bra (on sale)

Belly Wrap (on sale)

Pajamas

Robe

Jay

Sneakers (on sale)

Diesel

Bow Tie

Baby Parlett

Booties: one, two

Hats: one, two

Mitts: one, two, three

Bib

Baby Book

Baby Hangers

Bottles

Baby Duffle Bag + Cosmetic Pouch

Home

Stool

Basket

So there you have it! I have spent waaay too much money lately, but I feel like it’s normal with a baby coming? Maybe I’m wrong?! lol. I would love to know what you are up to and if you have done any online shopping recently?

What I’ve Purchased Online Recently

CONTINUE READING

T

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March 11, 2020

Lifestyle

We are officially in Baby Prep Mode over here at the Parlett Residence and I’m still feeling all of the feelings! We had our baby shower this past weekend and received so many wonderful and thoughtful gifts. I thought it was about time I shared What’s on Our Baby Registry with you and some of the items we have purchased in preparation for Baby Parlett’s arrival in just less than two months!

First off, I wanted to share that we decided to register with Babylist and I am SO pleased with our experience. At first, I was going to register through Amazon but had quite a bit of trouble adding their widget to my browser bar. I decided to through in the towel on that and look for other options.

Babylist has been a dream. Not only was the widget easy to add to my browser bar, but it has an app that is user friendly and has tons of information. We have watched video reviews, shopped their registry guides and added items from our favorite websites. For most items, it will show shoppers prices from mainstream retailers, such as Amazon, Babylist, Walmart, Buy Buy Baby, Target and more. It makes it easy for shoppers to find the best price and for you to track your items and assemble your thank you notes! Also, it has a countdown to your due date in days so that is pretty exciting!!

I have loved Babylist so much that I just wanted to share that with you in case your are struggling, as I did, to find out the best options out there! Now, onto What’s On Our Baby Registry!

What’s On Our Baby Registry

Obviously, it will take a little trial and error. Every baby is different and something someone else baby might love your baby might despise, or so I have heard! So, we did our best to try to research what items were popular, what aligned with our aesthetic, and what we loved and thought would be the best option for our lifestyle. Here is what we chose.

The image below is stoppable. Simply click on a product to visit the link!

Baby Gear

Bugaboo Fox Stroller and White Canopy

Bugaboo x Nuna Turtle Car Seat

Motorola Baby Monitor

Bumbo Floor Seat

Inglesina Fast Table Chair

Baby Bjorn Bouncer

4moms MamaRoo

Snuggle Me Lounger

Britax Back Seat Lounger

Clothes & Accessories

Halo SleepSack

Swaddles

Onesies

Kissy Kissy PJ’s (Hands-down my favorite. They are SO soft!)

Baby Clothes Hangers

Feeding

Papablic Bottle Sterilizer and Dryer (I heard Taylor-Rae, from Style Souffle, share this and it looked so nice! I had to add it to our registry last minute. She has lot’s of pretty Baby Girl finds!)

Muslin Burp Cloths

Dr. Browns Bottles

Natursutten Bottles (I use love how beautiful and traditional these are!)

Stokke Tripp Trapp Highchair and Tray

Silicone Bibs

Gingham Bibs

Boon Drying Rack and Accessories

BIBS Pacifiers

Boppy with this cute cover

Bath Time

Sea Sponge

Scalp Scrubbies (to hopefully help prevent cradle cap)

Washcloths

Baby Bath

Diapering

Changing Pad and These Covers

Changing Pad Liners

Waterwipes + Travel Size for Diaper Bag

Pampers Swaddlers

Ubbi Diaper Pail

Health & Safety

Pacifier Wipes

Humidifier (I already used this for myself because of this terrible cold and it is amazing and very chic too!)

Brush Set

Nasal Aspirator

Nail Frida

Thermometer

Toys & Books

Jelly Cat Books

Lovevery Play Gym

Nursery Furniture

I wasn’t planning on sharing his nursery furniture in this post, but I wanted to include a few pieces because it’s on sale for 20% off right now! Use the code FRESHMIX for 20% off everything that is **!

Crib**

Mattress **

Dresser/Changing Table (for now)**

Bathroom Mirrors**

Light Fixture

Rug dupe

Floor Lamp

This obviously does not cover everything, but we did choose to purchase several things ourselves or they have been kindly gifted by my parents (crib, mattress and dresser). I hope to share a nursery tour after he is born. I don’t think the nursery will be 100% complete when he arrives, but it is slowly coming together!

We still need several pieces for his nursery but hopefully it will all come together soon! Also, I think I might keep the glider downstairs in our master bedroom for a bit before moving it up to his room, just for night time nursing comfort!

Naturally, more I will share more pieces over time! Baby blankets, specific clothing, etc, but for now, I just wanted to share with you some of the bigger ticket items and baby care essentials that we have prepped with!

I would love to keep sharing baby content, but don’t want to baby you out! So be sure to let me know if this is something that you want to see included more. Also, what were your favorite baby buys?! Be sure to share so we can pick those up too!

Next up, I need to get my hospital bag packed! lol

More Baby Posts You Might Like:

My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett

Second Trimester Recap

First Trimester Recap

Pregnancy Announcement

What’s On Our Baby Registry

CONTINUE READING

T

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February 13, 2020

Fashion

Yesterday, I took a poll on my Instagram to see if you would like to see my Spring Style Inspiration for Spring 2020 in an image style or boutique style. The poll was split pretty evenly, but favored the image style. I received a few DMs requesting the boutique style so I figure, WTH, I will just do both! Because I wasn’t able to fit all of my favorite picks on the image below, be sure to check out the boutique for more of my favorites, like this, that didn’t fit on the image!

Below you will see my look-book Spring style inspiration for Spring 2020! It’s crazy that our little bébé will be here in just about 2 short months! You will see how that reflects some of my picks for Spring this year. Lot’s of comfortable dresses, wedges and one piece swimwear! I have really loved florals so much this year and think they will be so flattering this spring. You will find my favorite accessory picks, some beauty things and shoes and bags of course! Simply click on any product images below to shop!

Spring Style Inspiration 2020

As I did with my Valentine’s Day Post for this year, I will continuously update this boutique throughout the Spring months, leading into summer. I will be sure to let you know, on Instagram, whenever I update these options!

What are you shopping for this Spring?! Let me know in a comment!

Spring Style Boutique

Spring Style Inspiration: Spring 2020

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February 4, 2020

Recipes

Lately, I have been positing my smoothie on Instagram and have gotten a few questions about what I like to include in my green smoothie! I love this smoothie because it has helped me cut back on the amount of sugar I am consuming in a smoothie and helps me get some added greens that I don’t usually reach for throughout the day.

Fab 4 Green Smoothie Recipe

Kelly LeVeque has taken celebrities and celebrity bloggers by storm over the past few years. I originally purchased this book back in 2018, I believe, and over the past couple of years have slowly shifted my smoothie to match her Fab Four concept. While I don’t follow the entire lifestyle plan, I love this book for her smoothie recipes and references.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love an indulgent smoothie, but on the daily I prefer to drink this one. Even Jay likes it!

Fab 4 Green Smoothie Recipe

Fab Four Green Smoothie Recipe

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Handful of spinach (I like to be generous and add a ton because I can’t taste it at all!)

2 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter

1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds

1/4 cup Blueberries (I usually just grab a handful)

1-2 Cups of Almond Milk

Blend, blend, blend in your favorite blender.

Also, because I am in my third trimester of pregnancy right now, I have been adding two dates to my smoothie! It definitely increases the sugar, but its good for the third trimester and adds some sweetness if you need it!

I pretty much have this recipe down and have a little routine, so there is little mess and measuring! Here is what I do… Use a table spoon, from my kitchen flatware set, to measure chia seeds first. Then, I use the same spoon to measure my peanut butter. Grab handfuls of spinach and blueberries and use my blender to measure my almond milk. My least favorite part about smoothies is having a whole lot of mess to clean up. This way, I only have my glass, the blender, and a spoon! Plus, my favorite glass straws that aren’t essential but make drinking my green smoothie that much more enjoyable and chic! They are a great amazon find. For this post, I decided to shoot this smoothie in a mason jar and there is just something about a smoothie in a mason jar that makes you feel good!

Thank you so much for stopping by! You can also check out Kelly Leveque’s new cookbook here. I can’t wait to buy it!

Fab 4 Green Smoothie Recipe: My Go To Smoothie

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January 28, 2020

Lifestyle

I’m not quite sure how this pregnancy has flown by so quickly and I’m already sharing my Second Trimester Recap, but I’m officially 29 weeks pregnant! The Second Trimester was much better than the first but had it’s own challenges and obstacles. It’s surreal that we are already into the Third Trimester and that we will be meeting our little fella in just less than 3 months! Whoah.

Second Trimester Recap, Maternity Photos
Thank you so much to my sweet husband, Jay, for snapping these beautiful images that I will cherish forever!

I’m feeling so excited and even more emotional. Can you imagine? haha Jay is tired of me analyzing labor and delivery. Shoot, even I’m tired of analyzing it but I’m trying to get an understanding of what my body will endure in order to try to begin to wrap my head around it. Lol.

There is still so much to do before our little Baby P arrives and I’m definitely feeling the pressure, in all areas! I will have a two new videos up soon, more of a chatty overview of this blog post, and will link them here when they are live!

How are You Feeling

Overall, at the end of the second trimester, I’m feeling pretty good! I have my days, as we all do, but in general I feel the best I have this entire pregnancy right now. I was physically sick up until about week 18, which was far longer than I had anticipated, especially carrying a little boy. However, I’m convinced that some people are just prone to more nausea than others.

After the nausea subsided, the hunger, aches and pains set in, later followed by thirst. I coped with the nausea by making sure I always had something in my tummy to combat that feeling. When my appetite returned, it came in hot and heavy! In December, I pulled a muscle in my back which took over a month to heal and have also been experiencing some pretty bad rib pain on my right side. These days, most of that doesn’t get too bad until the evening, so for that I’m grateful.

One thing that I didn’t anticipate was pelvic pain and oh boy, that is no joke!

Was the Second Trimester easier than the First?

They each have their on challenges, but overall the second was much more enjoyable and easier than the first trimester. I don’t think I have ever been more miserable than I was during my first trimester. It’s so easy to get down when you feel so terrible all of the time and it’s hard to be excited!

Any Cravings or Aversions?

For the most part, no aversions! As far as cravings go, I’m not sure that I had any true cravings, maybe more favorite foods and lack of self control? haha

At the beginning of my Second Trimester I lived off of Ovaltine as a breakfast/pre-breakfast snack. That obsession slowly turned into a love for chocolate milk and milk in general. I drink about a gallon per week, which is a lot because I never really drank that much milk before due to it’s ability to really upset my stomach! (lol) I drank chocolate milk every morning on our trip to NYC too!

The Mexican food cravings have subsided and thankfully, the heartburn left the building, for now at least. However, I still have had a real hankering for fast food which has not helped the cellulite on my thighs and bum. I foresee a lot of squats in my future this Summer.

Sweets have definitely been on my list more the past few months, then they usually are. I have indulged in several PB&J sandwiches, with a glass of milk of course. I have eaten them for breakfast, for lunch and for dinner. PB&J with a glass of milk has always been one of my favorite meals, so that has to count for something. Right?

Lastly, I will say that my thirst has increased tremendously this trimester! I never understood women saying that they were so thirsty. During my first trimester, the thought of water made me so incredibly nauseous. Now, I drink sooo much water everyday. From the moment I wake up I’m thirsty. I will usually down an entire bottle within the first 20 minutes of being awake. From the moment my eyes open up until I fall asleep, I’m constantly drinking water. Which, unfortunately, keeps me up all night long! I’m always drinking water and I love it with lemon.

Best Part of the Second Trimester?

Definitely feeling this little guy move around all day and Jay feeling him move too! It took us both a while to feel consistent movements and that is most likely because I have an anterior placenta. You can read more about that here, but basically it just means that the placenta is growing between baby and my abdomen. I definitely believe that this muffled some of his movements during the early days. Now, he is moving up a storm and I love his response to Jay’s touch.

Also, passing our gestational diabetes test was a huge relief for me and just being healthy in generally is such a blessing. You can see our vlog of the gestational diabetes test here. Seeing our little one at 20 week and 24 weeks was such a joy. He finally gave us a good profile image! <3

Second Trimester Recap, Maternity Photos

Worst Part of the Second Trimester?

By far the pulled back muscle and rib pain was the worst and most uncomfortable part of the second trimester!

Nursery Plans and Update

I’m hoping to share a Nursery update blog post and video soon, if you are interested in that! However, for the most part all of the big pieces are here and/or are ordered and should be arriving shortly (fingers crossed). I ordered our glider through an interior designer but decided to take on the rest of the project myself. Not only is it more special this way but I felt like I needed to do this as a soon-to-be mom. I really wanted to decorate his room myself.

Here are the things we have already purchased that are available online:

Crib

Dresser

Bathroom Mirrors

Light Fixture

We have also ordered a rug, glider and wallpaper. I have a few small things on my list that are most decor pieces: stool, floor lamp, artwork, mirror for above dresser and a few other decorative details to fill in the space. I’m not sure that this will be ready by the time he arrives, but if not, hopefully soon after!

Second Trimester Favorites

My body did a lot of changing during the second trimester, as do most! I had to make a few changes to my wardrobe and also have skimmed through a couple of books! Here are a few things I have loved and needed throughout my second trimester.

Commando Underwear

Wireless Bra

Skin Bra (these are my favorite, so comfortable and supportive)

Eberjey Pajamas and Nightgowns

Lululemon Align Leggings

Lululemon Tank

Belly Bandit Leggings

Paige Maternity Jeans

Babywise

The Gentle Birth Method

If you are interested in seeing a “what we have bought for baby” or maybe “what’s on or registry” blog post, I would love to share. Just let me know!

Second Trimester Recap, Maternity Photos

More Baby Posts You Might Like:

My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett

What’s On Our Baby Registry

Second Trimester Recap

First Trimester Recap

Pregnancy Announcement

Second Trimester Recap and Pregnancy Favorites Update

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March 22, 2020

Lifestyle

To be honest, I have been in a bit of a funk lately. Haven’t we all? My ninth month of my pregnancy is off to a very interesting start and in some ways has made me rely quite a bit on online orders. I’m not going to harp on the negatives of the current world situation, but since all of my recent online purchases keep showing up on my front porch (sorry, Jay) I thought I would at least share with you What I’ve Purchased Online Recently!

If you have been doing a little online shopping lately, I would love to know what you have bought! Obviously most of the things I have purchased revolve around baby and postpartum life for me. But still, I thought I would share anyway. Nordstrom is having a sale, BTW, so some of these items came from that!

What I’ve Purchased Online Recently

Morgan

Supergoop Sunscreen

Shampoo

Body Oil

Leave In Conditioner

Baby Sleep Book

Nursing Tanks

Nursing Bra (on sale)

Belly Wrap (on sale)

Pajamas

Robe

Jay

Sneakers (on sale)

Diesel

Bow Tie

Baby Parlett

Booties: one, two

Hats: one, two

Mitts: one, two, three

Bib

Baby Book

Baby Hangers

Bottles

Baby Duffle Bag + Cosmetic Pouch

Home

Stool

Basket

So there you have it! I have spent waaay too much money lately, but I feel like it’s normal with a baby coming? Maybe I’m wrong?! lol. I would love to know what you are up to and if you have done any online shopping recently?

What I’ve Purchased Online Recently

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March 11, 2020

Lifestyle

We are officially in Baby Prep Mode over here at the Parlett Residence and I’m still feeling all of the feelings! We had our baby shower this past weekend and received so many wonderful and thoughtful gifts. I thought it was about time I shared What’s on Our Baby Registry with you and some of the items we have purchased in preparation for Baby Parlett’s arrival in just less than two months!

First off, I wanted to share that we decided to register with Babylist and I am SO pleased with our experience. At first, I was going to register through Amazon but had quite a bit of trouble adding their widget to my browser bar. I decided to through in the towel on that and look for other options.

Babylist has been a dream. Not only was the widget easy to add to my browser bar, but it has an app that is user friendly and has tons of information. We have watched video reviews, shopped their registry guides and added items from our favorite websites. For most items, it will show shoppers prices from mainstream retailers, such as Amazon, Babylist, Walmart, Buy Buy Baby, Target and more. It makes it easy for shoppers to find the best price and for you to track your items and assemble your thank you notes! Also, it has a countdown to your due date in days so that is pretty exciting!!

I have loved Babylist so much that I just wanted to share that with you in case your are struggling, as I did, to find out the best options out there! Now, onto What’s On Our Baby Registry!

What’s On Our Baby Registry

Obviously, it will take a little trial and error. Every baby is different and something someone else baby might love your baby might despise, or so I have heard! So, we did our best to try to research what items were popular, what aligned with our aesthetic, and what we loved and thought would be the best option for our lifestyle. Here is what we chose.

The image below is stoppable. Simply click on a product to visit the link!

Baby Gear

Bugaboo Fox Stroller and White Canopy

Bugaboo x Nuna Turtle Car Seat

Motorola Baby Monitor

Bumbo Floor Seat

Inglesina Fast Table Chair

Baby Bjorn Bouncer

4moms MamaRoo

Snuggle Me Lounger

Britax Back Seat Lounger

Clothes & Accessories

Halo SleepSack

Swaddles

Onesies

Kissy Kissy PJ’s (Hands-down my favorite. They are SO soft!)

Baby Clothes Hangers

Feeding

Papablic Bottle Sterilizer and Dryer (I heard Taylor-Rae, from Style Souffle, share this and it looked so nice! I had to add it to our registry last minute. She has lot’s of pretty Baby Girl finds!)

Muslin Burp Cloths

Dr. Browns Bottles

Natursutten Bottles (I use love how beautiful and traditional these are!)

Stokke Tripp Trapp Highchair and Tray

Silicone Bibs

Gingham Bibs

Boon Drying Rack and Accessories

BIBS Pacifiers

Boppy with this cute cover

Bath Time

Sea Sponge

Scalp Scrubbies (to hopefully help prevent cradle cap)

Washcloths

Baby Bath

Diapering

Changing Pad and These Covers

Changing Pad Liners

Waterwipes + Travel Size for Diaper Bag

Pampers Swaddlers

Ubbi Diaper Pail

Health & Safety

Pacifier Wipes

Humidifier (I already used this for myself because of this terrible cold and it is amazing and very chic too!)

Brush Set

Nasal Aspirator

Nail Frida

Thermometer

Toys & Books

Jelly Cat Books

Lovevery Play Gym

Nursery Furniture

I wasn’t planning on sharing his nursery furniture in this post, but I wanted to include a few pieces because it’s on sale for 20% off right now! Use the code FRESHMIX for 20% off everything that is **!

Crib**

Mattress **

Dresser/Changing Table (for now)**

Bathroom Mirrors**

Light Fixture

Rug dupe

Floor Lamp

This obviously does not cover everything, but we did choose to purchase several things ourselves or they have been kindly gifted by my parents (crib, mattress and dresser). I hope to share a nursery tour after he is born. I don’t think the nursery will be 100% complete when he arrives, but it is slowly coming together!

We still need several pieces for his nursery but hopefully it will all come together soon! Also, I think I might keep the glider downstairs in our master bedroom for a bit before moving it up to his room, just for night time nursing comfort!

Naturally, more I will share more pieces over time! Baby blankets, specific clothing, etc, but for now, I just wanted to share with you some of the bigger ticket items and baby care essentials that we have prepped with!

I would love to keep sharing baby content, but don’t want to baby you out! So be sure to let me know if this is something that you want to see included more. Also, what were your favorite baby buys?! Be sure to share so we can pick those up too!

Next up, I need to get my hospital bag packed! lol

More Baby Posts You Might Like:

My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett

Second Trimester Recap

First Trimester Recap

Pregnancy Announcement

What’s On Our Baby Registry

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February 13, 2020

Fashion

Yesterday, I took a poll on my Instagram to see if you would like to see my Spring Style Inspiration for Spring 2020 in an image style or boutique style. The poll was split pretty evenly, but favored the image style. I received a few DMs requesting the boutique style so I figure, WTH, I will just do both! Because I wasn’t able to fit all of my favorite picks on the image below, be sure to check out the boutique for more of my favorites, like this, that didn’t fit on the image!

Below you will see my look-book Spring style inspiration for Spring 2020! It’s crazy that our little bébé will be here in just about 2 short months! You will see how that reflects some of my picks for Spring this year. Lot’s of comfortable dresses, wedges and one piece swimwear! I have really loved florals so much this year and think they will be so flattering this spring. You will find my favorite accessory picks, some beauty things and shoes and bags of course! Simply click on any product images below to shop!

Spring Style Inspiration 2020

As I did with my Valentine’s Day Post for this year, I will continuously update this boutique throughout the Spring months, leading into summer. I will be sure to let you know, on Instagram, whenever I update these options!

What are you shopping for this Spring?! Let me know in a comment!

Spring Style Boutique

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February 4, 2020

Recipes

Lately, I have been positing my smoothie on Instagram and have gotten a few questions about what I like to include in my green smoothie! I love this smoothie because it has helped me cut back on the amount of sugar I am consuming in a smoothie and helps me get some added greens that I don’t usually reach for throughout the day.

Fab 4 Green Smoothie Recipe

Kelly LeVeque has taken celebrities and celebrity bloggers by storm over the past few years. I originally purchased this book back in 2018, I believe, and over the past couple of years have slowly shifted my smoothie to match her Fab Four concept. While I don’t follow the entire lifestyle plan, I love this book for her smoothie recipes and references.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love an indulgent smoothie, but on the daily I prefer to drink this one. Even Jay likes it!

Fab 4 Green Smoothie Recipe

Fab Four Green Smoothie Recipe

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Handful of spinach (I like to be generous and add a ton because I can’t taste it at all!)

2 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter

1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds

1/4 cup Blueberries (I usually just grab a handful)

1-2 Cups of Almond Milk

Blend, blend, blend in your favorite blender.

Also, because I am in my third trimester of pregnancy right now, I have been adding two dates to my smoothie! It definitely increases the sugar, but its good for the third trimester and adds some sweetness if you need it!

I pretty much have this recipe down and have a little routine, so there is little mess and measuring! Here is what I do… Use a table spoon, from my kitchen flatware set, to measure chia seeds first. Then, I use the same spoon to measure my peanut butter. Grab handfuls of spinach and blueberries and use my blender to measure my almond milk. My least favorite part about smoothies is having a whole lot of mess to clean up. This way, I only have my glass, the blender, and a spoon! Plus, my favorite glass straws that aren’t essential but make drinking my green smoothie that much more enjoyable and chic! They are a great amazon find. For this post, I decided to shoot this smoothie in a mason jar and there is just something about a smoothie in a mason jar that makes you feel good!

Thank you so much for stopping by! You can also check out Kelly Leveque’s new cookbook here. I can’t wait to buy it!

Fab 4 Green Smoothie Recipe: My Go To Smoothie

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January 28, 2020

Lifestyle

I’m not quite sure how this pregnancy has flown by so quickly and I’m already sharing my Second Trimester Recap, but I’m officially 29 weeks pregnant! The Second Trimester was much better than the first but had it’s own challenges and obstacles. It’s surreal that we are already into the Third Trimester and that we will be meeting our little fella in just less than 3 months! Whoah.

Second Trimester Recap, Maternity Photos
Thank you so much to my sweet husband, Jay, for snapping these beautiful images that I will cherish forever!

I’m feeling so excited and even more emotional. Can you imagine? haha Jay is tired of me analyzing labor and delivery. Shoot, even I’m tired of analyzing it but I’m trying to get an understanding of what my body will endure in order to try to begin to wrap my head around it. Lol.

There is still so much to do before our little Baby P arrives and I’m definitely feeling the pressure, in all areas! I will have a two new videos up soon, more of a chatty overview of this blog post, and will link them here when they are live!

How are You Feeling

Overall, at the end of the second trimester, I’m feeling pretty good! I have my days, as we all do, but in general I feel the best I have this entire pregnancy right now. I was physically sick up until about week 18, which was far longer than I had anticipated, especially carrying a little boy. However, I’m convinced that some people are just prone to more nausea than others.

After the nausea subsided, the hunger, aches and pains set in, later followed by thirst. I coped with the nausea by making sure I always had something in my tummy to combat that feeling. When my appetite returned, it came in hot and heavy! In December, I pulled a muscle in my back which took over a month to heal and have also been experiencing some pretty bad rib pain on my right side. These days, most of that doesn’t get too bad until the evening, so for that I’m grateful.

One thing that I didn’t anticipate was pelvic pain and oh boy, that is no joke!

Was the Second Trimester easier than the First?

They each have their on challenges, but overall the second was much more enjoyable and easier than the first trimester. I don’t think I have ever been more miserable than I was during my first trimester. It’s so easy to get down when you feel so terrible all of the time and it’s hard to be excited!

Any Cravings or Aversions?

For the most part, no aversions! As far as cravings go, I’m not sure that I had any true cravings, maybe more favorite foods and lack of self control? haha

At the beginning of my Second Trimester I lived off of Ovaltine as a breakfast/pre-breakfast snack. That obsession slowly turned into a love for chocolate milk and milk in general. I drink about a gallon per week, which is a lot because I never really drank that much milk before due to it’s ability to really upset my stomach! (lol) I drank chocolate milk every morning on our trip to NYC too!

The Mexican food cravings have subsided and thankfully, the heartburn left the building, for now at least. However, I still have had a real hankering for fast food which has not helped the cellulite on my thighs and bum. I foresee a lot of squats in my future this Summer.

Sweets have definitely been on my list more the past few months, then they usually are. I have indulged in several PB&J sandwiches, with a glass of milk of course. I have eaten them for breakfast, for lunch and for dinner. PB&J with a glass of milk has always been one of my favorite meals, so that has to count for something. Right?

Lastly, I will say that my thirst has increased tremendously this trimester! I never understood women saying that they were so thirsty. During my first trimester, the thought of water made me so incredibly nauseous. Now, I drink sooo much water everyday. From the moment I wake up I’m thirsty. I will usually down an entire bottle within the first 20 minutes of being awake. From the moment my eyes open up until I fall asleep, I’m constantly drinking water. Which, unfortunately, keeps me up all night long! I’m always drinking water and I love it with lemon.

Best Part of the Second Trimester?

Definitely feeling this little guy move around all day and Jay feeling him move too! It took us both a while to feel consistent movements and that is most likely because I have an anterior placenta. You can read more about that here, but basically it just means that the placenta is growing between baby and my abdomen. I definitely believe that this muffled some of his movements during the early days. Now, he is moving up a storm and I love his response to Jay’s touch.

Also, passing our gestational diabetes test was a huge relief for me and just being healthy in generally is such a blessing. You can see our vlog of the gestational diabetes test here. Seeing our little one at 20 week and 24 weeks was such a joy. He finally gave us a good profile image! <3

Second Trimester Recap, Maternity Photos

Worst Part of the Second Trimester?

By far the pulled back muscle and rib pain was the worst and most uncomfortable part of the second trimester!

Nursery Plans and Update

I’m hoping to share a Nursery update blog post and video soon, if you are interested in that! However, for the most part all of the big pieces are here and/or are ordered and should be arriving shortly (fingers crossed). I ordered our glider through an interior designer but decided to take on the rest of the project myself. Not only is it more special this way but I felt like I needed to do this as a soon-to-be mom. I really wanted to decorate his room myself.

Here are the things we have already purchased that are available online:

Crib

Dresser

Bathroom Mirrors

Light Fixture

We have also ordered a rug, glider and wallpaper. I have a few small things on my list that are most decor pieces: stool, floor lamp, artwork, mirror for above dresser and a few other decorative details to fill in the space. I’m not sure that this will be ready by the time he arrives, but if not, hopefully soon after!

Second Trimester Favorites

My body did a lot of changing during the second trimester, as do most! I had to make a few changes to my wardrobe and also have skimmed through a couple of books! Here are a few things I have loved and needed throughout my second trimester.

Commando Underwear

Wireless Bra

Skin Bra (these are my favorite, so comfortable and supportive)

Eberjey Pajamas and Nightgowns

Lululemon Align Leggings

Lululemon Tank

Belly Bandit Leggings

Paige Maternity Jeans

Babywise

The Gentle Birth Method

If you are interested in seeing a “what we have bought for baby” or maybe “what’s on or registry” blog post, I would love to share. Just let me know!

Second Trimester Recap, Maternity Photos

More Baby Posts You Might Like:

My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett

What’s On Our Baby Registry

Second Trimester Recap

First Trimester Recap

Pregnancy Announcement

Second Trimester Recap and Pregnancy Favorites Update

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January 22, 2020

Lifestyle

Productivity is something that I have always struggled with but is essential in meeting goals and excelling in life. In order to reach some of my goals in the new year, I have to work on my productivity a bit. Recently, I have been focusing more on how I can be more productive each day while still enjoying all of the little moments. I was gifted two books (1,2) for Christmas that have inspired me to really focus on productivity in a new light this year.

As you probably already know, I am continuously inspired and impressed by my husband, Jay. His ability to remain calm, handle situations and reach goals is so motivating to me. He truly is amazing and I aspire to be more like him daily! As if he doesn’t have enough going on, I badgered him to share a few of his tips for productivity with me and how he get’s so much sh*t done!

Also, I am going to mention that some of these I have observed him doing on a daily basis, so I forced him to share those too!

So, how can you increase your productivity in 2020? Here are five ways you probably haven’t considered yet.

How to Increase Your Productivity in 2020: 5 Ways You Haven't Considered Yet

Have a Simple Morning Routine

These days, I think there is a lot of hype around morning routines and finding the perfect, scientific, morning routine. There are so many books out there that tell you that you need to plunge into an ice bath every morning, exercise for 30 minutes, read, write, and the list goes on and on. While there are so many beneficial aspects to these activities, as a part of a morning routine, I think Jay has found the sweet spot.

It’s not about what works for other people, it’s about what works for you. Everyday, I observe Jay as he wakes up around the same time. He heads straight to the shower and does his thing. Once he is out, he will drive to Starbucks, grab his coffee, come back home and get to work. That’s if he is working from home that day, which is the case most of the time. For a while I thought he was insanely addicted to Starbucks. While they know him by name AND his order, at our local Starbucks, it recently dawned on me that it isn’t really the magic of Starbucks as much as it is the simple act of routine.

Getting out each morning allows him to enjoy some personal time to grab his coffee, clear his head and come home ready to work feeling more inspired than he would have it he went straight from the shower to his laptop.

So what it is it for you? Maybe its a quick walk, a ride to your local coffee shop, a swim, journaling for five minutes or so? No matter what it is, find a simple morning routine that you will stick to and enjoy. You don’t have to do all the things. Instead, just do the things that inspire you and motivate you to focus throughout the day.

Have a Todo List

Jay is the master of tackling a todo list and it has taken me some time to figure out how he does it so well. Since giving his way a try, I have really increased my productivity just in the past few days! Here is what he has to say about todo lists and making them.

Add Everything, Even the Smaller Items

Have a daily todo list and add things to it no matter how small. Whether it’s a big work task or something as small as “put more toilet paper in the bathroom” having a list that you can work off of is necessary when getting things done.

Don’t Complicate Your List and Erase Tasks as They are Completed

Just the same as with morning routines, I think people over complicate todo lists. It feels good to take things off of my todo list and get things done throughout the day. As the day goes by and you check things off, erase them from your todo list so you can focus on what’s left to be done.

It’s Ok to Move Tasks to Tomorrow

Also, don’t feel like everything has to be done today. It’s ok to move things to tomorrow that can wait. New tasks are likely to come in throughout the day, that need to be done and might have priority over original todo list items. Some things can wait and that’s just fine. Don’t feel like it’s bad to take things and move them to a new day. Remember not put too much pressure on yourself to complete everything in one day, it’s ok to be dynamic.

Set a Time to Have Your List Completed By

This was one of the most surprising tips for me that Jay shared. “Set a time to have your list done by, so you have time to put out fires and time to deal with things that occur throughout the day.” A lot of Jay’s time is spent handling “fires”, as are most contractors and business owners. Dealing with things as they arise is essential and can be hard to do when you have a todo list ten miles long.

Jay sets his time for 9am, which is very ambitious, but he manages to get it done. After that, he spends his time dealing with new tasks, responding to completed todo’s and so on. Maybe you could set yours for lunch time or whatever works best for you schedule. But, don’t set it for the end of the day as chances are there will be a lot added to your list by then.

** A few “Todo” list resources that help me are this book, Trello, and Notes on my iPhone. A cute notepad definitely helps too!**

Take Care of Things as They Come

I am personally a big procrastinator and always have been. Jay is great about dealing with things immediately as they arise. Maybe this is why he is able to manage his stress so well? He deals with things right away, so he doesn’t have too many things hanging over his head for later. Take care of things as they come in and don’t let them pile up.

Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today

Benjamin Franklin

Delegate What Can Be Delegated

You don’t always have to do every little thing. Some things are best served when delegated. Whether it’s a phone call that needs to be made, grocery shopping, house cleaning, or part of a work task that isn’t your expertise, find someone who can do it better and delegate. This may come in the form of splitting tasks up between your coworkers or hiring a service to help you manage your tasks.

Either way, it’s ok to delegate and most of the time, tasks are completed more efficiently, allowing you to spend your time on what you do best.

Be Smart About Multitasking

It’s easy to let things slip when too much multitasking takes over, but it’s ok to implement some smart multitasking. For example, Jay tries to make the majority of his phone calls in the car on his car speaker phone. This allows him to manage jobs on the go and spend his seated computer time efficiently, rather than talking on the phone. It also helps him manage phone calls and todo list items while he is on his way to do something else. That’s good multitasking!

Find areas in your life where multitasking makes sense and use that to your advantage.

5 Ways to Boost Productivity

So There you have it! 5 ways to boost your productivity in 2020 that you probably haven’t tried yet. I hope you find this post as helpful as I have in boosting my productivity. Jay is a huge inspiration for me and I am so grateful he took the time to share his insights for this post!

If you enjoyed this post, inspired by an outside source, please let me know. One of my goals for this space, over the past few years that I have neglected, is brining in outside sources to share more about their area of expertise! This is something I hope to do more of in 2020 and would love to know if it’s an interest for you and what topics you would like to hear from!

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March 11, 2020

Lifestyle

We are officially in Baby Prep Mode over here at the Parlett Residence and I’m still feeling all of the feelings! We had our baby shower this past weekend and received so many wonderful and thoughtful gifts. I thought it was about time I shared What’s on Our Baby Registry with you and some of the items we have purchased in preparation for Baby Parlett’s arrival in just less than two months!

First off, I wanted to share that we decided to register with Babylist and I am SO pleased with our experience. At first, I was going to register through Amazon but had quite a bit of trouble adding their widget to my browser bar. I decided to through in the towel on that and look for other options.

Babylist has been a dream. Not only was the widget easy to add to my browser bar, but it has an app that is user friendly and has tons of information. We have watched video reviews, shopped their registry guides and added items from our favorite websites. For most items, it will show shoppers prices from mainstream retailers, such as Amazon, Babylist, Walmart, Buy Buy Baby, Target and more. It makes it easy for shoppers to find the best price and for you to track your items and assemble your thank you notes! Also, it has a countdown to your due date in days so that is pretty exciting!!

I have loved Babylist so much that I just wanted to share that with you in case your are struggling, as I did, to find out the best options out there! Now, onto What’s On Our Baby Registry!

What’s On Our Baby Registry

Obviously, it will take a little trial and error. Every baby is different and something someone else baby might love your baby might despise, or so I have heard! So, we did our best to try to research what items were popular, what aligned with our aesthetic, and what we loved and thought would be the best option for our lifestyle. Here is what we chose.

The image below is stoppable. Simply click on a product to visit the link!

Baby Gear

Bugaboo Fox Stroller and White Canopy

Bugaboo x Nuna Turtle Car Seat

Motorola Baby Monitor

Bumbo Floor Seat

Inglesina Fast Table Chair

Baby Bjorn Bouncer

4moms MamaRoo

Snuggle Me Lounger

Britax Back Seat Lounger

Clothes & Accessories

Halo SleepSack

Swaddles

Onesies

Kissy Kissy PJ’s (Hands-down my favorite. They are SO soft!)

Baby Clothes Hangers

Feeding

Papablic Bottle Sterilizer and Dryer (I heard Taylor-Rae, from Style Souffle, share this and it looked so nice! I had to add it to our registry last minute. She has lot’s of pretty Baby Girl finds!)

Muslin Burp Cloths

Dr. Browns Bottles

Natursutten Bottles (I use love how beautiful and traditional these are!)

Stokke Tripp Trapp Highchair and Tray

Silicone Bibs

Gingham Bibs

Boon Drying Rack and Accessories

BIBS Pacifiers

Boppy with this cute cover

Bath Time

Sea Sponge

Scalp Scrubbies (to hopefully help prevent cradle cap)

Washcloths

Baby Bath

Diapering

Changing Pad and These Covers

Changing Pad Liners

Waterwipes + Travel Size for Diaper Bag

Pampers Swaddlers

Ubbi Diaper Pail

Health & Safety

Pacifier Wipes

Humidifier (I already used this for myself because of this terrible cold and it is amazing and very chic too!)

Brush Set

Nasal Aspirator

Nail Frida

Thermometer

Toys & Books

Jelly Cat Books

Lovevery Play Gym

Nursery Furniture

I wasn’t planning on sharing his nursery furniture in this post, but I wanted to include a few pieces because it’s on sale for 20% off right now! Use the code FRESHMIX for 20% off everything that is **!

Crib**

Mattress **

Dresser/Changing Table (for now)**

Bathroom Mirrors**

Light Fixture

Rug dupe

Floor Lamp

This obviously does not cover everything, but we did choose to purchase several things ourselves or they have been kindly gifted by my parents (crib, mattress and dresser). I hope to share a nursery tour after he is born. I don’t think the nursery will be 100% complete when he arrives, but it is slowly coming together!

We still need several pieces for his nursery but hopefully it will all come together soon! Also, I think I might keep the glider downstairs in our master bedroom for a bit before moving it up to his room, just for night time nursing comfort!

Naturally, more I will share more pieces over time! Baby blankets, specific clothing, etc, but for now, I just wanted to share with you some of the bigger ticket items and baby care essentials that we have prepped with!

I would love to keep sharing baby content, but don’t want to baby you out! So be sure to let me know if this is something that you want to see included more. Also, what were your favorite baby buys?! Be sure to share so we can pick those up too!

Next up, I need to get my hospital bag packed! lol

More Baby Posts You Might Like:

My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett

Second Trimester Recap

First Trimester Recap

Pregnancy Announcement

What’s On Our Baby Registry

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February 13, 2020

Fashion

Yesterday, I took a poll on my Instagram to see if you would like to see my Spring Style Inspiration for Spring 2020 in an image style or boutique style. The poll was split pretty evenly, but favored the image style. I received a few DMs requesting the boutique style so I figure, WTH, I will just do both! Because I wasn’t able to fit all of my favorite picks on the image below, be sure to check out the boutique for more of my favorites, like this, that didn’t fit on the image!

Below you will see my look-book Spring style inspiration for Spring 2020! It’s crazy that our little bébé will be here in just about 2 short months! You will see how that reflects some of my picks for Spring this year. Lot’s of comfortable dresses, wedges and one piece swimwear! I have really loved florals so much this year and think they will be so flattering this spring. You will find my favorite accessory picks, some beauty things and shoes and bags of course! Simply click on any product images below to shop!

Spring Style Inspiration 2020

As I did with my Valentine’s Day Post for this year, I will continuously update this boutique throughout the Spring months, leading into summer. I will be sure to let you know, on Instagram, whenever I update these options!

What are you shopping for this Spring?! Let me know in a comment!

Spring Style Boutique

Spring Style Inspiration: Spring 2020

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February 4, 2020

Recipes

Lately, I have been positing my smoothie on Instagram and have gotten a few questions about what I like to include in my green smoothie! I love this smoothie because it has helped me cut back on the amount of sugar I am consuming in a smoothie and helps me get some added greens that I don’t usually reach for throughout the day.

Fab 4 Green Smoothie Recipe

Kelly LeVeque has taken celebrities and celebrity bloggers by storm over the past few years. I originally purchased this book back in 2018, I believe, and over the past couple of years have slowly shifted my smoothie to match her Fab Four concept. While I don’t follow the entire lifestyle plan, I love this book for her smoothie recipes and references.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love an indulgent smoothie, but on the daily I prefer to drink this one. Even Jay likes it!

Fab 4 Green Smoothie Recipe

Fab Four Green Smoothie Recipe

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Handful of spinach (I like to be generous and add a ton because I can’t taste it at all!)

2 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter

1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds

1/4 cup Blueberries (I usually just grab a handful)

1-2 Cups of Almond Milk

Blend, blend, blend in your favorite blender.

Also, because I am in my third trimester of pregnancy right now, I have been adding two dates to my smoothie! It definitely increases the sugar, but its good for the third trimester and adds some sweetness if you need it!

I pretty much have this recipe down and have a little routine, so there is little mess and measuring! Here is what I do… Use a table spoon, from my kitchen flatware set, to measure chia seeds first. Then, I use the same spoon to measure my peanut butter. Grab handfuls of spinach and blueberries and use my blender to measure my almond milk. My least favorite part about smoothies is having a whole lot of mess to clean up. This way, I only have my glass, the blender, and a spoon! Plus, my favorite glass straws that aren’t essential but make drinking my green smoothie that much more enjoyable and chic! They are a great amazon find. For this post, I decided to shoot this smoothie in a mason jar and there is just something about a smoothie in a mason jar that makes you feel good!

Thank you so much for stopping by! You can also check out Kelly Leveque’s new cookbook here. I can’t wait to buy it!

Fab 4 Green Smoothie Recipe: My Go To Smoothie

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January 28, 2020

Lifestyle

I’m not quite sure how this pregnancy has flown by so quickly and I’m already sharing my Second Trimester Recap, but I’m officially 29 weeks pregnant! The Second Trimester was much better than the first but had it’s own challenges and obstacles. It’s surreal that we are already into the Third Trimester and that we will be meeting our little fella in just less than 3 months! Whoah.

Second Trimester Recap, Maternity Photos
Thank you so much to my sweet husband, Jay, for snapping these beautiful images that I will cherish forever!

I’m feeling so excited and even more emotional. Can you imagine? haha Jay is tired of me analyzing labor and delivery. Shoot, even I’m tired of analyzing it but I’m trying to get an understanding of what my body will endure in order to try to begin to wrap my head around it. Lol.

There is still so much to do before our little Baby P arrives and I’m definitely feeling the pressure, in all areas! I will have a two new videos up soon, more of a chatty overview of this blog post, and will link them here when they are live!

How are You Feeling

Overall, at the end of the second trimester, I’m feeling pretty good! I have my days, as we all do, but in general I feel the best I have this entire pregnancy right now. I was physically sick up until about week 18, which was far longer than I had anticipated, especially carrying a little boy. However, I’m convinced that some people are just prone to more nausea than others.

After the nausea subsided, the hunger, aches and pains set in, later followed by thirst. I coped with the nausea by making sure I always had something in my tummy to combat that feeling. When my appetite returned, it came in hot and heavy! In December, I pulled a muscle in my back which took over a month to heal and have also been experiencing some pretty bad rib pain on my right side. These days, most of that doesn’t get too bad until the evening, so for that I’m grateful.

One thing that I didn’t anticipate was pelvic pain and oh boy, that is no joke!

Was the Second Trimester easier than the First?

They each have their on challenges, but overall the second was much more enjoyable and easier than the first trimester. I don’t think I have ever been more miserable than I was during my first trimester. It’s so easy to get down when you feel so terrible all of the time and it’s hard to be excited!

Any Cravings or Aversions?

For the most part, no aversions! As far as cravings go, I’m not sure that I had any true cravings, maybe more favorite foods and lack of self control? haha

At the beginning of my Second Trimester I lived off of Ovaltine as a breakfast/pre-breakfast snack. That obsession slowly turned into a love for chocolate milk and milk in general. I drink about a gallon per week, which is a lot because I never really drank that much milk before due to it’s ability to really upset my stomach! (lol) I drank chocolate milk every morning on our trip to NYC too!

The Mexican food cravings have subsided and thankfully, the heartburn left the building, for now at least. However, I still have had a real hankering for fast food which has not helped the cellulite on my thighs and bum. I foresee a lot of squats in my future this Summer.

Sweets have definitely been on my list more the past few months, then they usually are. I have indulged in several PB&J sandwiches, with a glass of milk of course. I have eaten them for breakfast, for lunch and for dinner. PB&J with a glass of milk has always been one of my favorite meals, so that has to count for something. Right?

Lastly, I will say that my thirst has increased tremendously this trimester! I never understood women saying that they were so thirsty. During my first trimester, the thought of water made me so incredibly nauseous. Now, I drink sooo much water everyday. From the moment I wake up I’m thirsty. I will usually down an entire bottle within the first 20 minutes of being awake. From the moment my eyes open up until I fall asleep, I’m constantly drinking water. Which, unfortunately, keeps me up all night long! I’m always drinking water and I love it with lemon.

Best Part of the Second Trimester?

Definitely feeling this little guy move around all day and Jay feeling him move too! It took us both a while to feel consistent movements and that is most likely because I have an anterior placenta. You can read more about that here, but basically it just means that the placenta is growing between baby and my abdomen. I definitely believe that this muffled some of his movements during the early days. Now, he is moving up a storm and I love his response to Jay’s touch.

Also, passing our gestational diabetes test was a huge relief for me and just being healthy in generally is such a blessing. You can see our vlog of the gestational diabetes test here. Seeing our little one at 20 week and 24 weeks was such a joy. He finally gave us a good profile image! <3

Second Trimester Recap, Maternity Photos

Worst Part of the Second Trimester?

By far the pulled back muscle and rib pain was the worst and most uncomfortable part of the second trimester!

Nursery Plans and Update

I’m hoping to share a Nursery update blog post and video soon, if you are interested in that! However, for the most part all of the big pieces are here and/or are ordered and should be arriving shortly (fingers crossed). I ordered our glider through an interior designer but decided to take on the rest of the project myself. Not only is it more special this way but I felt like I needed to do this as a soon-to-be mom. I really wanted to decorate his room myself.

Here are the things we have already purchased that are available online:

Crib

Dresser

Bathroom Mirrors

Light Fixture

We have also ordered a rug, glider and wallpaper. I have a few small things on my list that are most decor pieces: stool, floor lamp, artwork, mirror for above dresser and a few other decorative details to fill in the space. I’m not sure that this will be ready by the time he arrives, but if not, hopefully soon after!

Second Trimester Favorites

My body did a lot of changing during the second trimester, as do most! I had to make a few changes to my wardrobe and also have skimmed through a couple of books! Here are a few things I have loved and needed throughout my second trimester.

Commando Underwear

Wireless Bra

Skin Bra (these are my favorite, so comfortable and supportive)

Eberjey Pajamas and Nightgowns

Lululemon Align Leggings

Lululemon Tank

Belly Bandit Leggings

Paige Maternity Jeans

Babywise

The Gentle Birth Method

If you are interested in seeing a “what we have bought for baby” or maybe “what’s on or registry” blog post, I would love to share. Just let me know!

Second Trimester Recap, Maternity Photos

More Baby Posts You Might Like:

My Baby Shower: Celebrating Baby Parlett

What’s On Our Baby Registry

Second Trimester Recap

First Trimester Recap

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January 22, 2020

Lifestyle

Productivity is something that I have always struggled with but is essential in meeting goals and excelling in life. In order to reach some of my goals in the new year, I have to work on my productivity a bit. Recently, I have been focusing more on how I can be more productive each day while still enjoying all of the little moments. I was gifted two books (1,2) for Christmas that have inspired me to really focus on productivity in a new light this year.

As you probably already know, I am continuously inspired and impressed by my husband, Jay. His ability to remain calm, handle situations and reach goals is so motivating to me. He truly is amazing and I aspire to be more like him daily! As if he doesn’t have enough going on, I badgered him to share a few of his tips for productivity with me and how he get’s so much sh*t done!

Also, I am going to mention that some of these I have observed him doing on a daily basis, so I forced him to share those too!

So, how can you increase your productivity in 2020? Here are five ways you probably haven’t considered yet.

How to Increase Your Productivity in 2020: 5 Ways You Haven't Considered Yet

Have a Simple Morning Routine

These days, I think there is a lot of hype around morning routines and finding the perfect, scientific, morning routine. There are so many books out there that tell you that you need to plunge into an ice bath every morning, exercise for 30 minutes, read, write, and the list goes on and on. While there are so many beneficial aspects to these activities, as a part of a morning routine, I think Jay has found the sweet spot.

It’s not about what works for other people, it’s about what works for you. Everyday, I observe Jay as he wakes up around the same time. He heads straight to the shower and does his thing. Once he is out, he will drive to Starbucks, grab his coffee, come back home and get to work. That’s if he is working from home that day, which is the case most of the time. For a while I thought he was insanely addicted to Starbucks. While they know him by name AND his order, at our local Starbucks, it recently dawned on me that it isn’t really the magic of Starbucks as much as it is the simple act of routine.

Getting out each morning allows him to enjoy some personal time to grab his coffee, clear his head and come home ready to work feeling more inspired than he would have it he went straight from the shower to his laptop.

So what it is it for you? Maybe its a quick walk, a ride to your local coffee shop, a swim, journaling for five minutes or so? No matter what it is, find a simple morning routine that you will stick to and enjoy. You don’t have to do all the things. Instead, just do the things that inspire you and motivate you to focus throughout the day.

Have a Todo List

Jay is the master of tackling a todo list and it has taken me some time to figure out how he does it so well. Since giving his way a try, I have really increased my productivity just in the past few days! Here is what he has to say about todo lists and making them.

Add Everything, Even the Smaller Items

Have a daily todo list and add things to it no matter how small. Whether it’s a big work task or something as small as “put more toilet paper in the bathroom” having a list that you can work off of is necessary when getting things done.

Don’t Complicate Your List and Erase Tasks as They are Completed

Just the same as with morning routines, I think people over complicate todo lists. It feels good to take things off of my todo list and get things done throughout the day. As the day goes by and you check things off, erase them from your todo list so you can focus on what’s left to be done.

It’s Ok to Move Tasks to Tomorrow

Also, don’t feel like everything has to be done today. It’s ok to move things to tomorrow that can wait. New tasks are likely to come in throughout the day, that need to be done and might have priority over original todo list items. Some things can wait and that’s just fine. Don’t feel like it’s bad to take things and move them to a new day. Remember not put too much pressure on yourself to complete everything in one day, it’s ok to be dynamic.

Set a Time to Have Your List Completed By

This was one of the most surprising tips for me that Jay shared. “Set a time to have your list done by, so you have time to put out fires and time to deal with things that occur throughout the day.” A lot of Jay’s time is spent handling “fires”, as are most contractors and business owners. Dealing with things as they arise is essential and can be hard to do when you have a todo list ten miles long.

Jay sets his time for 9am, which is very ambitious, but he manages to get it done. After that, he spends his time dealing with new tasks, responding to completed todo’s and so on. Maybe you could set yours for lunch time or whatever works best for you schedule. But, don’t set it for the end of the day as chances are there will be a lot added to your list by then.

** A few “Todo” list resources that help me are this book, Trello, and Notes on my iPhone. A cute notepad definitely helps too!**

Take Care of Things as They Come

I am personally a big procrastinator and always have been. Jay is great about dealing with things immediately as they arise. Maybe this is why he is able to manage his stress so well? He deals with things right away, so he doesn’t have too many things hanging over his head for later. Take care of things as they come in and don’t let them pile up.

Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today

Benjamin Franklin

Delegate What Can Be Delegated

You don’t always have to do every little thing. Some things are best served when delegated. Whether it’s a phone call that needs to be made, grocery shopping, house cleaning, or part of a work task that isn’t your expertise, find someone who can do it better and delegate. This may come in the form of splitting tasks up between your coworkers or hiring a service to help you manage your tasks.

Either way, it’s ok to delegate and most of the time, tasks are completed more efficiently, allowing you to spend your time on what you do best.

Be Smart About Multitasking

It’s easy to let things slip when too much multitasking takes over, but it’s ok to implement some smart multitasking. For example, Jay tries to make the majority of his phone calls in the car on his car speaker phone. This allows him to manage jobs on the go and spend his seated computer time efficiently, rather than talking on the phone. It also helps him manage phone calls and todo list items while he is on his way to do something else. That’s good multitasking!

Find areas in your life where multitasking makes sense and use that to your advantage.

5 Ways to Boost Productivity

So There you have it! 5 ways to boost your productivity in 2020 that you probably haven’t tried yet. I hope you find this post as helpful as I have in boosting my productivity. Jay is a huge inspiration for me and I am so grateful he took the time to share his insights for this post!

If you enjoyed this post, inspired by an outside source, please let me know. One of my goals for this space, over the past few years that I have neglected, is brining in outside sources to share more about their area of expertise! This is something I hope to do more of in 2020 and would love to know if it’s an interest for you and what topics you would like to hear from!

How to Increase Your Productivity in 2020: 5 Ways You Haven’t Considered Yet

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January 17, 2020

Fashion

For some reason, I have never been a huge Valentine’s Day person but I can definitely get on board with Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas and Inspiration. Pink, red, gold and all things glittery? Yes, please! Maybe I was having a bit of Gift Guide FOMO or maybe it’s just a new holiday season that has me inspired, but I wanted to share with you some Gift Ideas and Inspiration for Valentine’s Day !

I hope this post inspires you for gifts for your friends, mom, significant other or my personal favorite, for yourself-girl! I have curated a list of wish listed, beautiful items, as well as a few things that “fit” that I personally own! Also, I decided to do things a bit differently, so this way I can add more inspiration/gift ideas into one post. Let me know if you like this format better or prefer older styled inspiration boards?

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

See more Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas and Content here.

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas and Inspiration

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