Life Happens!

Well it’s been a long while since i’ve posted here! I totally meant to keep writing but one day lead to another and life got really busy. So busy and overwhelming that I just completely put my blog on the back burner. It happens, life happens.

Since we last talked, my life has completely changed! On October 31, 2014, my husband, Brian, and I found out that we were pregnant with our own little pumpkin. On that day, I bought a bottle of one of my favorite wines and a pregnancy test. I really didn’t think it would be positive ( hence the bottle of wine) but I took it anyway. Once I saw the two little lines, I was in disbelief. I ran downstairs to Brian and with my hands shaking, and I handed him the test. Happy tears and scared tears were streaming down my face and Brian assured me that we were going to be OK! We poured out that bottle of wine and I downloaded every pregnancy app on my iPhone that I could.

My pregnancy was not very complicated. I was lucky enough to not have really bad morning sickness, just the nausea and aches and pains. It all went smoothly and while I did my fair share of complaining ( mostly to my amazing husband), I knew I was really blessed. I did end up with pre-eclampsia, which was the only scary complication that I had and it lead to our baby being here just a little bit early.




(This was me the day I got admitted to the hospital. I was HUGE!)

Fast forward ten or so months, that little pumpkin is finally here. I know every parent thinks the same thing, that their child is perfect but ours really is (well, we are biased). Don’t get me wrong, we have our sleepless nights and sometimes I feel like I am doing everything wrong but he is perfect in our eyes. Being a momma is the hardest job I have ever had but it has been so rewarding, even in the first month. I have really had to learn to believe in myself again and that takes some work.


If you have followed my blog at all, you know that one of my most major accomplishments and passions was losing weight and becoming the most healthy version of myself I can be. While I was pregnant, I lost that. I did what I said I would never do while pregnant, I ate everything and anything I wanted. I ate so many bagels and chinese food, I was sure that my baby was going to come out as bagel or smell like sesame chicken or something.

So here I am now, not exactly where I was before but too close for comfort. I am back on my journey to become a healthier version of myself. Now not just for me, but for Jacob.


( Photography by Heather Creed Photography, http://www.heathercreed.com. Check her out!)



Nobody Can Change Me but Me

I know I’ve said this before but lately I’ve been feeling like I’m slipping. But really… It’s almost been like i am sinking back into the old me, where I feel like I can eat whatever I want and not be active at all. I know i can’t do that to my body.

Ever have those few months where you feel completely unmotivated and out of control? Well that has been the story of my life lately. After weeks and months of beating myself up, the other day I finally had a glimmer of motivation. I realized once again that nobody can change me but me.

It’s not about being on a diet, it’s about a lifestyle change. It’s something I’m going to be dealing with for my entire life. I’ve said this many times before as well, it’s about jumping right back on it. When you feel yourself falling back into bad habits, just take one step at a time. Don’t be like me and beat yourself up about it!

Here is a little bit of motivation to get you through the rest of this week:




Saying YES to the dress…

So i’m still a little bit on a wedding high….One of my favorite experiences of the whole wedding planning deal was finding that perfect dress for me. This was one of those experiences that I had to keep secret for a whole year, and that was some hard work. If I can give any advice, find a bridal boutique that will make your experience one that you won’t forget. I found a great one..and if you’re anywhere close to South Carolina ( heck even if you’re not)  and you’re looking for that perfect wedding dress, go to The Little White Dress in Myrtle Beach.

As soon as I walked into the LWD, I felt comfortable. They truly made me feel like a bride and I will never forget that. Lauren was my wedding gown stylist. She is so awesome. That girl has some strong arms because she helped me lift dress after dress until I found the right one.  All of the girls there are great. They are busy bees running around helping soon to be brides feel like princesses.

I tried on A LOT of gowns but I made up my mind that the designer, Watters, fit my body the best and I stuck with that designer. When I tried on MY dress I pretty much made my decision the moment I put it on. I mean look at my face here ( it was the first time I tried the gown on):

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I didn’t leave buying the gown that day. I decided to wait and come back after a couple of months. I spent a lot of time looking at the different pictures online but my gown was still on my mind. It was just so comfortable and made me feel pretty.



The thing I loved most about the whole ensemble was my sash. The sash was made by Sara Gabriel. I feel like it brought the whole thing together. I know it sounds crazy but I don’t think I would have bought the gown if it weren’t for the sash.


My wedding dress shopping experience was so special because both times I went, I brought my entire possy. I had my mom, mother in law, sister in law, two nieces, my cousins, both grandmothers, and aunts get to come with me. I know that sounds overboard but I would have had it any other way!

brother  Don’t forget to visit The Little White Dress website!



Written June 23, 2011 called, Just Believe:

Some time ago, when I first started this little blog I wrote a post that I look back to every once and a while to remind myself where I want to be and how far i’ve come. After the holidays, I feel very fluffy. It sucks so bad.

But this gives me hope:

Written June 23, 2011 called, Just Believe:

Someone once said “You can have anything you want, if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it.” I couldn’t agree more.  I’m a huge believer that you can do anything you want as long as you simply put your mind to it.

 I haven’t always been this way. In fact, I was probably the opposite. I was the ultimate “negative nelly.” Sometimes, in life, change is what you need to catapult yourself into the right direction and change your perspective on everything. About a year ago ( try almost 4 years ago) I had a huge change in my life. ( Looking back on the past 4 years, this change was the best thing that has ever happened to me.) I was in a relationship for a really long time and we broke up. I thought that I was unhappy with that person, however, in reality, I was utterly unhappy with myself.

I was determined to change this. As day by day passed by, I started to believe in myself again. I got rid of that negative and sorry attitude and changed it to an “I CAN do this attitude”.

One of my biggest goals for the past 6 or so years ( try 9 years) has been to lose weight. I gained not only the “freshmen 15″ but then the sophomore, junior and senior 15 as well.  My attitude was always , “ahh I have so much to lose, I can’t do this.”  I would automatically be defeated before I even started TRYING to lose those extra pounds.  Well in 2010, I told myself that I am determined to lose this weight and become happy with myself, Lauren Elizabeth.  I would write in my journal:

“Lauren, you CAN lose this weight”
“You ARE beautiful”
“You CAN accomplish your dreams”
“You ARE successful”
“Lauren, you CAN do whatever you put your mind to “

Slowly but surely, I started to actually believe what I was writing.  In my mind, the first step in accomplishing a goal is believing in yourself. If you believe that you can’t accomplish something, then you never will.  So look on the bright side of life, know that you can accomplish your dreams and don’t settle for less.


The picture below represents how far i’ve come but at the same time where I want to be:

Before After

Stay warm beautiful!



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