Baby #3: My First 12 Weeks of This Pregnancy

October 20, 2016

It was late August, on a Saturday and I was sprawled out on the couch just waking up from yet another nap, when I thought to myself “my gosh why am I so exhausted?!” At first I thought It was because Liam had just started school and we were waking up earlier. But then it clicked. I must be pregnant!

Before I even took any pregnancy test I was already familiar with the symptoms I was having. The one that gave it away was the extreme fatigue. I felt exactly the same with my previous 2 pregnancies in the initial weeks. My fatigue made me realize that I was actually already 5 days late!

My symptoms these past 12 weeks have been:


Excessive peeing

Bigger, heavier, sore boobs


Weird Dreams

Some constipation (TMI I know, But I’m keeping it real)!

Occasional light-headedness

Trouble sleeping

Shortness of breath

Some food aversions + a couple of cravings

All sound great, huh? Well honestly, the first trimester is no picnic but I much rather have these symptoms than having nausea & vomiting. That’s never happened to me with any of my pregnancies. I consider myself lucky! I know within the next couple of weeks, when I’m in my 2nd trimester, I will have a lot more energy and enjoying all that pregnancy “glow” and a bigger baby bump!

I have to go pee…again (haha), talk to you soon!

– Stay tuned for the gender reveal coming up in the next couple of weeks!!♥

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New Fall Shoe Styles

Shoe Haul For Fall: Sam Edelman, Vince Camuto

October 03, 2016

New Fall Shoe Styles

{ L→R: } Mauve Tassel Loafer | Grey Ankle Bootie  | Vince Camuto Black Bootie

sam edelman loafers

vince cameo booties sam edelman Petty bootie sam edelman Petty bootie

Ankle Strap Sandal 
sam edelman pumps

Black Suede Pump

These lovelies are my newest additions to my Autumn wardrobe! I think I got a pretty good mix of styles and colors. Those mauve loafers are definitely a new style for me, but when I tried them on I loved them (they are a true mauve color. In the photo they look more pink). They are so comfy and would go well with jeans and a T, or even a dress. The black Vince Camuto booties & the grey booties will be staples for my fall wardrobe. How about those purple-y, wine colored sandals? L O V E! Finally, those black suede pumps are sexy and great for a holiday or school event, definitely a must.

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Nobody Told Me It Could Feel Lonely…

September 11, 2016

Being a stay-at-home mom is both a blessing & a privilege.
It is my greatest work everyday. I wouldn’t change being at home with my boys for anything. However, did anyone ever tell you how lonely being a stay-at-home mom could feel sometimes?

Nobody told me.
There are days that I barley speak to another adult (other than my husband, or the cashier at the grocery store). Sometimes I almost forget to turn off the “baby talk!” When I do get to speak to another adult, I feel… invigorated. Mostly that’s talking to my personal trainer 3 days per week, but hey, it’s great, I’ll take it! Oh, then when I finally have a lunch with a girlfriend or my sister, I’m over the moon happy!

The point is…We as mother’s can’t feel guilty for feeling lonely, or wanting something more. That’s a big reason I started blogging. To feel connected to other women and to have a creative outlet. I also love working out now – go figure! I’ve been consistent with my fitness since February, and got a personal trainer in April. Working out is my therapy. We need to disconnect from our home life for just a little while. We need that “me time,” or girls night out, or a weekly date night.
Isn’t it funny that I have been a mother for 3 1/2 years, and I’m still trying to find myself? I think I go through stages where the “loneliness” doesn’t bother me at all. It’s probably because I’m on mom auto-piolet mode. You know, just when things are so busy I don’t really have time to think. But then other times, the feeling of loneliness sets in. I know some of you may think, “oh come on! how can you be lonely when you’re around your kids all day?” Well, it’s not that kind of lonely. Like I said, I love being a stay-at-home-mom. It’s just about missing the connection with other adults regularly. Think about it…pre-kids, I was here, there, everywhere! Traveling, going out & meeting people all the time, going to parties & events…it was schmooze – central for me, hahaha! I’m a people person & I miss that. After being blessed with beautiful little humans in my life, I think I just lost myself a little bit. And I can’t forget that by taking care of myself physically, mentally & emotionally ultimately helps all of us. It helps me be a better mom, wife & friend.

If you feel the same way, I just wanted you to know that you’re not alone. It’s perfectly normal. I’m here to tell you: Nobody told me being a #SAHM could feel lonely, but it can, and it does sometimes. So there…I told you.

Try to get involved with projects, or your kids’ school, call your bestie and plan a weekly lunch, or maybe start a fitness routine. Anything to help you disconnect and regroup.
I just have to figure out my balance. But I’m hopeful that one day there will be a happy & healthy balance between home, kids, relationships & social life! That exists right?!

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9 Items I must Travel With | Beauty & Fashion


August 04, 2016

9 Items I must Travel With | Beauty & Fashion

Sony a5100 | Adidas Sneakers | Bose Headphones | Dry Shampoo | Cleansing Balm | Organic BB+ Cream | Perfect Fit Protein | Stila Liquid Lipstick | Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette 

Lately I’ve been traveling a lot, so it got me thinking…”What are my must-haves right now for when I travel?”

I rummaged through my halfway unpacked bag ( I just got back from Charleston ), and found the items that I’ve consistently taken with me for my recent stay-cation and travels. Today I’ll be leaving with Tony to Turks & Caicos for my birthday week,  I will definitely be taking these products along!

9 Items I must Travel With | Beauty & FashionPetals And Pumps | Wearing Stila Liquid Lipstick in "Baci"

{ I’m wearing the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in the shade, ‘Baci.’ }

Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones | Petals And Pumps

{ The BEST headphones! }

Items I must Travel With | Petals And Pumps | Beauty & Fashion

{ The Sony a5100 Camera pictured above, is the ‘goldilocks’ of cameras. It’s not too big, not too small & user friendly. It’s a great camera for blogging! The photos in this post were taken with this camera, except for the first one and the last two. You can see the images are clear, crisp and bright. }

{ Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in the shade, ‘Baci.’ }


{ ABH Modern Renaissance Palette }

This travel-sized Moroccan Oil Dry Shampoo is awesome! No white residue. No funny smell. No Sticky hair. It’s great to use after I workout, a beach day, anytime I need to freshen up my hair. These ‘Stan Smith’ all white Adidas are my ultimate favorite right now. They are comfortable and cute! They go well with skirts, dresses and cut-off shorts too. The REN Cleansing Balm is great for melting down my makeup. It smells great and leaves my skin super clean. It is also good for all skin types and is NOT formulated with any of the yucky stuff like, parabens, sulphates, mineral oil or synthetic fragrance.

I LOVE these individual protein packets by Perfect Fit! I do try to get some workouts in when I’m away. So to make sure I get enough protein and fuel my body I have to have these! Perfect Protein is plant-based, organic, non-GMO and sugar-free. These packets are just so easy to travel with! I don’t like fussing too much with my makeup when I’m out-and-about. And  liquid lipstick stays on your lips for hours. Stila, in my opinion, makes one of the best liquid lipstick formulas. ‘Baci,’ is the perfect nude pink color and will go with any outfit. Finally, I can’t go anywhere without my Modern Renaissance palette! The shades and the formula of these eyeshadows are just so good!

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