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Freshly Picked Giveaway

Hey everyone! I am so excited to announce a giveaway with the oh so adorable Freshly Picked! We know everyone is a fan of the blogger turned entrepreneur, Susan Petersen, who was most recently featured on Shark Tank!
Freshly Picked was so kind to send me a pair of the coral moccasins for little Miss Presley and although we won't be able to wear them quite yet. I can attest to the incredible craftsmanship and luxurious leather!
As a thank you to my readers at Happily Ever Parker I will be giving away one free pair of moccs in any size and any color to one lucky reader! Just enter below, raffle ends on Saturday, July 5th at midnight (PST).
Perhaps my newest favorite edition - which you know we will be rocking in Trinity next year!
I am going off the grid and totally disconnecting from social media for this whole week. Hope everyone has an incredible 4th of July!

Good Luck!! Winner will be announced Monday morning!

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32 weeks

How far along: 32 weeks, 4 days
Mini is the size of a: a head of lettuce (19 in. 3.9 lbs.)
Maternity Clothes: mostly
Stretch Marks: nope!
Sleep: My SPD is awful at night but once I fall asleep I am good to go.
Symptoms: SPD and exhaustion. I am really feeling pregnant these days and find that simple tasks are wearing me out. My feet also hurt bad by end of day.
Best Moment of the Week: I took yesterday off to spend the day with my sisters.
Movement: So much!
Cravings: Nothing to note this week
Gender: bows and tutus
Belly Button In or Out: In
Wedding Ring on or Off: On - and happy to have my engagement ring back!
Anything Making You Queasy or Sick: nope
What I Miss: Moscow Mules
What I am Looking Forward to: Our vacation! Headed on our annual Trinity trip and can't wait to disconnect and relax!
Labor Signs: Ahh scary...no
Nursery: So much done!! Now all we need to get are shelves, rug, curtain rod and hang up wall decorations!
Emotions: Happy and counting down to maternity leave!

Make sure to come back Monday I will have a fun giveaway with everyone's favorite Freshly Picked!



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Nesting

Nesting is serious, serious business. I mean I thought in my second trimester I was exerting some sort of nesting behavior. But then all of a sudden I am 8 months pregnant and BAM...Emeril style I was on a roll.

Like I said yesterday we lost a guest room and gained a nursery. While it's not a huge, huge deal our guest room actually had a lot of guests! Some pretty hilarious memories were made in there by practically all my friends. So when I started cleaning it out all I could think was "where the hell is this stuff going to go?"

On top of it, all of David's stuff took residence in that room - because I managed to take up every inch of closet and dresser in our bedroom. (Remember we are renters in the Bay Area - you don't get a lot of space! But you also don't get tornadoes...) So last night at 10:45 I had the envision of a total bedroom makeover. Knowing that David probably wouldn't be on board so late at night had me thinking I could do it myself.

Yeah...8 months pregnant not so brilliant. But we managed to fit it all in our room and our room actually feels larger!! Don't ask me how but it does, even David agrees.

Now I want to organize everything from under the kitchen sink to the linen closet. Knowing full well that the house will never be this organized or clean again in 8 short weeks.

Which is where this whole blog post is going to the mamas...

I purposely have not filled the top drawer of the dresser/changing table in the nursery and wanted some tips and tricks of what exactly to store in it. I have a diaper caddy with lotion, wipes, diapers, nail cutters, pacifiers, and some butt paste. But what will I want at arms reach but not necessarily in eyes sight?

Always look forward to getting input from you guys! xoxo

And a picture - because what is a blog post without a photo? This is how my husband started his day yesterday. Proof that pregnancy brain is contagious :)
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Be My Guest...Or Not...

While we started to work on the nursery that also meant we lost our guest bedroom. Luckily we have a garage to store the extra stuff in for time being but its been difficult to relocate the whole contents of another room! Which then got me daydreaming about a new guest bedroom down the line. These are some items I would love to see in it.

Luciana Medallion Duvet Cover

Louis XVI Double Dresser

Vintage Book iDock

Be My Guest Wire Art

Ombre Luxe Fur Pillow

Metallic Pinstripe Wool Dhurrie Rug
And then some fun pops of color everywhere to make the gray a whole less blah. Now if only I had that third bedroom...

What room are you currently wishing a makeover on?
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Scenes from the Weekend

Such an amazing weekend celebrating my first baby shower (more detailed photos to come) and setting up the nursery. It's all becoming a lot more real!
Still very much a work in progress but so much done! Hope you all had a great weekend!
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Five on Friday

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Today marks the 3rd to last Friday I have to take public transportation to work for the rest of the year! Yes, I will still be dealing with funky smells and throwup - but from my sweet little babe not the bum/drunk/druggy behind me!
Don't even get me started about that time they decided to strike...

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A friend of mine is going to take some maternity photos for us on Sunday night. Hubby wouldn't let me go the professional route but at least he is agreeing to this. Hoping to just get five or six good ones for the nursery. No pressure Lisa! ;)

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My dad turns 70 on Sunday! If you ask him he will say 55 and if he is feeling really good 21. Happy Birthday pops! Never one to shy away from the dance floor that's for certain!

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I told David he can pick one of two jobs this weekend.

1.) Clean my car and tune it up while I am at my baby shower and get it ready to sell. Two doors just are not gonna cut it for this mama. Here is to hoping it gets replaced with a newer model 4Runner (aka the ONLY car we could mutually agree on.)
2.) Start emptying out the guest room and putting together the furniture for the nursery. Which means his dresser is moving into the garage. Hey...at least we have a garage!

Wonder which (if any) he will decide to tackle first.

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So excited for my baby shower tomorrow! My sister is driving up from Southern California and staying for a week so I am excited to get to hang out with her. Lots of celebrations this weekend! Hope you all have a good one!!
 My sisters and hostesses of baby shower #1. Also in this photo is my waist!!

Linking up with new mama April and the rest of the ladies!


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31 weeks

How far along: 31 weeks, 4 days
Mini is the size of a: a head of lettuce (18 in. 3.2 lbs.)
Maternity Clothes: mostly
Stretch Marks: negative
Sleep: I find myself exhausted these days but having a hard time falling asleep at night.
Symptoms: SPD and tired. Third trimester fatigue is setting in!
Best Moment of the Week: Getting to hear little one's strong heartbeat yesterday!
Movement: somersaults and kicks!
Cravings:Watermelon
Gender: little miss
Belly Button In or Out: In
Wedding Ring on or Off: On - but now my engagement ring is in the shop :( Must have knocked her hard on something because I could hear her shaking in her setting.
Anything Making You Queasy or Sick: the heat!
What I Miss: my hair already...cut off 4.5inches yesterday!
What I am Looking Forward to: My first baby shower this Saturday!
Labor Signs: nope!
Nursery: Picked up an ottoman from Land of Nod and decided on a rug. Going to start clearing out the room on Sunday!
Emotions: golden!



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Bikini Dilemnas

Like most people I am so excited that summer is quickly arriving (June 21st to be exact!) While I have always strongly loved the summer more than any other season this summer may prove different.
The combination of my last two months of pregnancy. Which -TANGENT- why do people say you're pregnant for 9 months? Because it's 10 months. On Sunday I am 32 weeks pregnant - which is the start of my eighth month but I clearly have two months to go.
Anyways...
So in combination of having two more months of being pregnant in the heat of the summer I also have to do something that most women loathe...

b.a.t.h.i.n.g  s.u.i.t  s.h.o.p.p.i.n.g
You guys I don't even like bathing suit shopping without being pregnant so when I decided to try on a couple of suits last week well it was more than depressing. On top of having a monstrous belly my boobs have taken on their own zip code. Which is sucky because they already had their own zip code prior to November 2013. So now they just seemed to have taken up residency two towns over.
With an upcoming week long vacation to the Trinity Alps I need a suit and I need one fast.

Some options:


Maternity Bikini Top - I could always get this and pair it with cute bottoms from Victoria's Secret
L*Space Shirring Suit

And if I wasn't pregnant and my boobs were smaller I would totally be investing in these!

Mara Hoffman Cami Underwire Top
VS Halter Beach Sexy
L*Space Wild Child

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Life Lately

My breast pump just arrived courtesy of my insurance (about freaking time something is covered). And I am already pretty sure that device will become my enemy. From the tubing to the washing/sterilizing instructions it looks like a lot of work! Let alone how to actually use it!
I was able to put together a little basket for David's first Father's Day
I had fun gathering up all the little items. I went with gloves (for dirty diapers), coffee (for late night feedings), a board book called The Pout Pout Fish because David loves to fish, Mike & Ike's (his fav), an "I love Daddy" pacifier, Honest diapers & a Daddy's snuggle bunny tee.

I saw that somehow I missed these went on sale at Nordstrom's and was so bummed as this is the exact pair I have been wanting for years now. How could I have missed them going 50% off?
So then I had the brainchild to contact Tory Burch to see if they would price match. I assumed the answer would be no since Nordstrom had been sold out for well over a month. They were on sale at Tory Burch but for $180 - which is so not $112. Well as of Friday these were still on Nordstrom's site (which sadly they no longer are) so Tory Burch honored the price!! Pretty happy girl! It always pays to ask!
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