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My New Normal

I always knew that when I became a parent my life would completely change forever. I didn’t really know what to expect until I was fully in it though. You forget your old ways and habits and create new ones. I have most definitely created a new normal for my life.

The old me would roll out of bed by 7 am to be at work at 8 am or so. Now I wake up to the cutest alarm clock at about 5 am. The old me would cry, complain and beg for just 5 more minutes of sleep. Now I cry and beg for just 5 more minutes with Jacob. Don’t get me wrong, 5 am does come way too early sometimes but to say it’s worth it would be an understatement. The early mornings are seriously my favorite part of the day.

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When I found out that I was pregnant, I was more worried about life with a newborn than I was the actual birth process. What I didn’t know was that natural instinct truly is a real thing. People told me all the time that it would just come natural to me and they were right. The old me was scared to even touch a newborn, or any baby really. I was scared I would break them.  I got the hang of this momma thing pretty early on. #gome

Seeing Brian interact with Jacob is the sweetest thing ever. The old me thought I loved Brian then but now seeing him with our son has made me fall in love with him all over again. He doesn’t have to work hard to make his “mini me” smile. He is a great role model and daddy for our son. I just had to brag about him. P.S. — Every time Jacob sneezes, Brian says “ oooo Goodness” and for some reason I think it’s the cutest thing ever.

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Baby weight. No, I’m not talking about the sweet chubbiness of Jacob (he is becoming more chunky every day). I am talking about the extra chubbiness of his momma. I know it took 9 months to put on this weight but dang I wish it would have magically fallen off my body once Jacob came into this world. Two hundred thousand percent worth it though and I am always a work in progress. Weight has been something that I have constantly battled and I know I will for the rest of my life. I have some experience in gaining and LOSING a lot of weight, so I know it will come off with time and work.

Having a new tiny human in our world has added so much joy to our lives. It has also added a LOT of stuff. Each room in our house has a little trail of things that remind me of Jacob. A blanket here, a boppy pillow there, a cute little single sock laying on the floor, bottles in the sink, and a burp cloth by our bed reminds me every second of how lucky we really are to have this miracle in our lives.

I cannot imagine my life any different. Yes we have our moments of brief frustration and feelings of “this is parenting thing hard” but I wouldn’t change a thing. I love being Jacobs’s momma and I just had to tell the whole wide world.

Happy weekend! 🙂

XOXO,

Lauren

The Blogmopolitan Quiz!

Happy Thursday! it’s almost time for the weekend and 6 more days until Christmas! YAY! Anyway, Just wanted to share this “Blogmopolitan Quiz”, created by Erin.  I have always adored reading those celebrity quizzes in Cozmo Magazine, so I thought I’d share one by me. 😉 Yay.

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I hope you have a fabulous Thursday my loves! 

Stay Happy! XOXO!

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Do you have all of your gifts for your girls for Christmas? This year I’ve been somewhat slack! Here are some great gift ideas for your girlfriends for this year! It’s not too late! You still have a little over a week. My favorite store to get gifts in my neck of the woods is Swoozies. You can order online and can find a lot of the items below there or something like it. Links below for these amazing items!

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Scarf // Tumbler // Candles // Planner

Throw // Stud Earrings // Hand Cream // Frame

Lip Balm // Bracelets // Monogrammed Necklace

Happy Monday!

XOXO!!!

Sig

Christmas Outfit, Recipe, and Cocktail Collaboration Post + *A Few of Our Favorite Things* Giveaway!!

In the spirit of Christmas, I am teaming up with my sweet friend Jessie from Fashion Life to bring you our biggest and BEST post yet! This post is jammed packed with Christmas goodies, including a delicious recipe, and an exciting cocktail  and a Christmas party look! To top it all off, we are giving away ‘A Few of Our Favorite Things”!! Check out all of the goodies and then enter in the giveaway through the rafflecopter below! Good luck!

Going to or hosting a Christmas party? I have the BEST simplest cocktail recipe along with the most addicting appetizer to bring with you. Both of these are sure to leave your friends and family wondering how you came up with something SO delish!!!!!

Raspberry Delight

Here’s What You’ll need: champs

  • ½ Ounce of Chambord
  • 4 ounces of chilled champagne
  • 4 Raspberries

Start by putting the chambord in the glass. Then pour the champagne over the chambord. Top your cocktail with 4-5 raspberries. It’s that simple and so yummy!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 (8oz.) Cream Cheese
  • 2 cups finely chopped pecans
  • ½ cup finely chopped celery
  • ¼ cup finely chopped green peppers
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons seasoning salt

Here’s what you’ll do:

Combine cream cheese, 1 cup pecans and remaining ingredients until thoroughly blended. Shape into ball or log and roll in the remaining cup of pecans and serve with crackers.

P.S.– It’s best to use a food processor or chopper to make the items chopped as fine as possible!cheeseball

  Hi, I’m Jessie from Fashion Life! I am so excited to provide you with a look for one of your many Christmas parties this season!   I went for a more formal look and loved it.  I think this look is so elegant and would fit in anywhere, whether it’s a Christmas party at a restaurant or even at someone’s house.  I actually used a black lace dress for my top and put this long gold maxi skirt over it.  I added gold and silver accessories and a black clutch.  I think sparkly is a must for holiday parties.  I usually add sparkle through jewelry, but you can see I also added it here in my clutch and belt.  The clutch is a bit hard to see, but there are rhinestones on the clasp.  

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To see more and to see where you can find similar pieces, check out my blog at http://www.fashionlifeofmarlowe.blogspot.com !!!
GIVEAWAY!!!!
And for what we know you’re really visiting for…the Giveaway!! One lucky winner will receive the following gifts just in time for Christmas: print scarf, chain necklace, hair ties, two gorgeous bracelets, a statement necklace, sunglass case, and chevron tape.  Enter through the rafflecopter below:
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