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3.27.2017

I hate, hate, hate that this swim cover up is sold out and taken off the website. I guess it's not going to be restocked #wompwomp. Between the ombre and the different colored tassels I was in love with it the second I saw it. I typically buy the dress cover-ups, but I wanted one that would still show off some of my suit - this skirt did just that. I've linked a few others in the widget below that are very similar and super cute!

We are having such a great vacation. The trip down here was surprisingly a breeze with the kids - I always vote driving through the night with kids. They sleep like champs and the time passes quicker. The weather has been perfection and the kids are loving the water. Oh my gosh, Maddox is such a water bug. He would stay in the pool until he shriveled into a raisin if we'd let him. Papa even spoiled him by serving him his lunch poolside so he didn't even have to leave the pool to eat. Now he thinks he always has to eat his snack or lunch in the pool. #toughlife

I have to brag on my kids a bit, they are so stinking adaptable. I've just been so impressed with how they have adjusted to being here, away from home. They aren't giving us any trouble with naps or sleep. They are just fine being thrown off schedule and are totally go with the flow. I'm just super grateful because it's made vacation enjoyable for us! I may never come home.

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Motherhood & Style || Post Baby Body With Kid Number Two

3.24.2017

Let me start with some honesty, after I had Maddox I was the mom that a lot of women hated. Why? Because within about a month of having him I wasn't just down to my pre-baby weight, I was SMALLER than I was before I was pregnant with him. I have worn a size 4 in jeans since high-school and my weight has only ever fluctuated within 5 pounds. A month after having Maddox I was purchasing size 2 in everything because my old pants were falling down and sagging on my butt. My top size changed from my typical small to x-small. I was told that nursing would work wonders, but I didn't realize it would work that good! I mean I was eating whatever I wanted, not hardly working out, nursing like a dadgum milk cow and I couldn't keep any weight on. Here is a picture showing how stick thin I was. Even my wrists look scrawny.


Now, almost six months in with baby number two, I can't get an ounce of the weight off! And she nurses like a wild animal. I swear the elasticity in my belly is gone - I have the saggy skin to prove it. My thighs are more than touching. My face has filled out. My hips have gotten wider.

Let me just stop real quick to make sure you know I'm not knocking myself. I had a BABY! I give myself plenty of grace in the post-partum body department. But after six months and working out I am ready to see some changes people!

I am getting to the point where I need to start buying the next jean size up and I'm purchasing looser fitting tops more than ever. When I'm home I am in my husbands t-shirts because they are loose and cover my butt. It's reality and there is nothing wrong with that, but I think it's time to start setting in hard on counting macros, paying attention fully to what I'm eating and pushing myself harder in workouts. I have been focusing more on building muscle, but I think I need some more HIIT (high intensity interval training) to really see some progress, then when I get back down to my pre baby weight I can start hitting the heavy weights hard for muscle gains.

Until then I will stick to loose fitting shirts the hide the belly bulge and this top is a winner for just that! Plus it doesn't hurt that it's nursing friendly too! I added my new favorite blush skinnies (which I also bought in olive) and peep toe booties for a soft feminine look for church a few weeks ago.

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Style || One Piece Swimsuits on Amazon Under $30

3.22.2017
One Piece Swimsuits


I was attempting to find some one-piece suits this year that didn't scream "MOM SUIT" to appease my husband, but that also didn't make me feel scandalous. I'm not big for showing cleavage or booty, but it's kind of hard not to in a swimsuit... Lord please help me and my mom bod.

I searched a lot around town and online and I found a few, but once I started packing I realized I only had two three suits for a week vacation. Y'all I have to kids who spit-up on me and smear their chubby, sticky hands on me so naturally I need extra's if I don't want to wash suits on repeat. I turned to trusty ole' Amazon to see if there were any Prime deals (praise Jesus for 2 day shipping)!

How cute are these one piece finds? All under $30 and most (not all) are Prime! Of course, some are going to be cheaper quality and material, but if you are rushing to find a suit for a last minute trip or just wanting to find a trendy piece to wear a few times these are perfect. I ordered the adorable palm leaf, striped suit on the bottom row. It's going to be arriving the day we leave for vacation... again, praise Jesus for Amazon Prime!

in order from top left to right

This Black scalloped halter is so flattering and the scallop is just enough detail to keep this suit from being boring.

I love the mesh cutouts in this swimsuit and it comes in 7 colors. I bought one very similar from Tjmaxx this year in black and I love that it is off the shoulder on one side and the cut-outs still have mesh paneling so I'm not showing all my skin.

This floral retro number is so cute and also comes in a black and white stripe option. The high line on the thighs gives the illusion of longer, leaner legs which I know I could use some help on. Give me all the illusions please.

The floral pattern and lace detail on this swimsuit make me googly-eyed. I almost bought this suit last year, but I ended up forgetting about it and then I stumbled upon it again this year. Unfortunately I've reached my quota on the swimsuit budget so I guess I'll be waiting for this suit again for another year.

I ordered this suit the moment I saw it! I'm not big on pattern mixing, but I love this. It may not be completely mom-friendly by not having straps, but I'm hoping I won't have a flashing incident. In any case, it's nursing friendly ;-P

This adorable lace crochet suit comes in 14 different colors. It's perfect amount of coverage, but still showing some skin. You really can't go wrong with this suit.

No one ever went wrong with a black and white striped suit. And the zipper detail is cute if you are feeling like showing some extra skin.

I like the tiny amount of mesh in this suit on the neckline and hips. Plus it's full coverage all over the rest of the body so it's a really even mix of skin and coverage. And black is always flattering.

Are you ready for swimsuit season? I don't think I've ever really been ready, but I'm embracing my mom body this year and giving myself some grace.