Pregnancy Update!

Hi readers!

I’ve missed you all! I’m so sorry that I haven’t posted anything in a while, but my schedule has become so busy lately and I’m trying to reorganize my schedule to make sure that I post more frequently.

So I wanted to update you all on the little growing baby in my belly. She will be here soon and we are so excited. She will be my only Summer baby, so buying stuff for her has been a little different for me. I keep looking for Winter clothing, and then I have to remember that she will be here in the Summer! It has been fun though. I bought her a very cute outfit for her 1st 4th of July on Amazon.com. You can click here to check it out. I have had so much fun shopping for her.

I am now 29 weeks pregnant and baby girl is the size of an Acorn Squash. She is about 15 inches long and roughly 2.5 lbs. Wow!!! she’s plumping up. I’m ready to get a glimpse of her during my 3D/4D Ultrasound in a few weeks.

My Third Trimester Symptoms are:

  • Feeling swollen
  • Tired
  • Mild back aches
  • Nesting-I want everything ready now!
  • Itchy skin as my belly expands more and more
  • excitement and anxiousness

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Are any of you in your third trimester of pregnancy? If you are please share how you are feeling.

Until Next Time XOXO

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My New Fashion Obsession

Hello Readers!

I have found a new fashion inspiration for purchasing shoes! Although this website/company I will be sharing with all of you also sells clothes and accessories, they are best known for their shoes.

One day I was searching the internet for a particular shoe I was looking for and I came across a special for shoes on the JustFab website. I have heard of the website several times but I never really looked into it. So I decided to check it out and I was really pleased. They have a large variety of shoes that are also really cute.

The promo that really caught my attention was buying one pair of shoes and getting the second free. So I happily placed my 1st order and only paid $43, for an order that would have totaled over $80. I was really excited! Another perk is that there is no monthly fee. You do have to make a purchase every month, UNLESS you skip the month by the 5th, then you don’t get charged anything. If you happen to forget to skip the month, they will charge you a fee, but that fee is credited to your JustFab account and you can use it to make a purchase. Now that’s a plus because some months may not have “buying shoes” sketched into my budget.

Here are just a few of the items that I have purchased so far. I’ve placed a few more orders but I’m planning on taking some #OOTD picks to show them to all of you. These items are really good quality and stylish!

So as you can see, I’m totally obsessed and I really think you will be too! They have hundreds of styles from shoes and clothing to handbags and more. Plus, you’ll get a sweet deal on your first purchase. There’s always new stuff arriving too. Click here to check it out!

Remember to leave a comment and let me know if you found some styles you love!

Until Next Time XOXO

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(this post contains affiliate links from JustFab.com)

7 Easy Ways to Reach Your Savings Goals

Hello Readers!

As we continue in the 2nd month of 2018, I’ve been thinking about the best ways to save money. When I created my vision board, I included a picture about saving more money this year, and so far I’ve been doing a good job. The only thing that I’ve noticed is that I haven’t actually set out a plan for saving. I’ve just been more cautious with my spending. I was able to come up with a few easy ways to help me save this year, and I want to share my suggestions with all of you.

-7 Easy Ways to Reach Your Savings Goals-

  1. Skip your normal Morning coffee or drive thru breakfast

(Based on a five-day work week)-By brewing your own coffee at home or making your breakfast at home, you could save about $15 per week and about $700 yearly.

    2. Cook More Meals at Home

Nowadays restaurant prices have increased and most restaurants will cost you $15 and up per person. If you are able to skip dinner out once a week, you could put $780 or more back into your bank account.

 3. Pack Your Own Lunch

Although the television ads make fast food look delicious, you can save more money by packing your own lunch. Your meals will be healthier also. (Based on a five-day work week)-By packing your own lunch, you could save about $35 per week and about $1680 yearly. Wow!!! not that’s amazing.

   4. Wash Your Own Car

It always seems more convenient to sit in your car and go through a car wash, but even going to the car wash once a month could cost anywhere from $10 to $25 per wash. By washing your own car, you could save about $150 per year and you get a little bit of exercise too.

   5. Share Babysitting Duties with Close Trustworthy Friends

I think most mothers know that the average babysitter rate is about $10 an hour. We also know that date nights with our husbands/spouse is important too, but even just a few hours out on a date could cost about $30 per month. So I recommend talking with some of your close friends that also have children, and make a plan to take on babysitter duties for one another, when you need to get some much needed quality time out. This could save you about $500 a year.

6. Sign up with Money Saving Apps

I was recently introduced to some money saving apps by @melanintaught and I already foresee the many benefits. The new app that I signed up with is called DOSH. If you haven’t already signed up with this app, I highly recommend it. This app actually pays you to book hotels, shop & eat. Once you download the app using my unique link and add your debit/credit card, they’ll give you $5. How awesome is that? Visit the site to download the app at (click here) (message me if you have any specific questions and I’ll be happy to answer your questions)

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   7. Do Home Exercises or Run at a Nearby Park Instead of Buying a Gym Membership

Statistics show that 54 million people in the U.S. pay a monthly fee for a gym membership but more than 1/2 of those people never use their membership. By doing at home workouts or exercising/running at a local park, you could save about $520 yearly.

—–By following these simple suggestions, you can save roughly $4310 this year. Now who doesn’t want to put over $4000 back in their bank account? I know that I’m dedicated to following these suggestions and I will share my updates with all of you in the next few months—-

Leave a comments and share your thoughts and your money saving tips.

Until Next Time! XOXO

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(Disclaimer: I am in no way a financial advisor. I am just here to give my thoughts and suggestions on saving money. There is no guarantee that these 7 steps will work for everyone.)

Turning 30!!!

Hello Readers!!!

I am really excited that my 30th birthday is right around the corner, on the 15th. Yes, I know I was almost a Valentine’s Day baby!!!

As this special milestone is fast approaching, I’ve been reflecting on how much the Lord has blessed me through these years. I have grown as a person in the last 10 years and I never really thought that this age would come so quickly. I’m going to embrace every moment and celebrate as much as my baby bump will allow.

At first I was sad, but now I feel that a new chapter is beginning and there are so many opportunities ahead. I have done my reflecting and a little bit of planning for the next 10 years, so I am ready to get this thing started. I am filled with inspiration, confidence, and faith that my dreams and goals will happen for me as I approach this new phase in life.

Leave a comment if you’re turning 30 this year!!!

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Until Next Time XOXO

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Surprise Announcement!!!!

Hello Readers!!!

I have a special announcement to share with all of you!!!

As the end of 2017 came to a close, and my youngest child turned 1 year old, I felt just a little bit closer to having some more ME time. So as the days went by I realized that there was a change I was experiencing, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to believe the change that was happening.

I finally decided that I had to face this reality and I had to accept this new journey and adventure. Although I was a little scared, I was also filled with joy because this is something that my husband and I always talked about but we didn’t really know how quickly it would happen.

So without further delay……..my husband and I are expecting a Baby Girl this Summer!!!

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We made our announcement to our family and close friends and everyone is extremely excited for us and they are eager to meet the new baby. I’ve also been thinking about having a home birth this time around. Has anyone experienced a home birth before, please reply in the comments and let me know. Please also let me know if there are any pregnancy related info that you would like me to post:)

Until Next Time XOXO

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Beautiful Reads Book Club

Hello Readers!

As I created my 2018 Vision Board a few weeks ago, I listed a goal of starting a book club. I wanted to set a new goal for myself to read more this year.

When I was a child I always loved to read and I actually received many reading awards while in school. Books were just so amazing to me, but as I got older, I found myself reading less and less. I could never find the time to read or I just didn’t really know the type of book I wanted to read.

Know that I have found so many inspirations, my love for reading has returned and I am so excited. The first book that I want to read this year is called The Women Code. I’m actually inviting some of the ladies in my circle to join me in reading this book in the month of February. I named my book club “Beautiful Reads” because I feel that reading is a beautiful thing and there is so much inspiration, imagination, and learning that comes from reading.

I purchased the book from Amazon.com(you can purchase the book by clicking this link or by clicking a picture of the book cover below). This book has 5 different sections titled The Personal Codes, The Emotional Codes, The Spiritual Codes, The Professional Codes, and The Relational Codes. We will read one section a week and speak about the book in a group setting at the end of each week. The last section will be reviewed all together during our last meeting. Please reach out to me if you would like to join me in reading this book next month.

I am so excited to start this new book club and I’m excited to see what we learn from The Women Code.

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Until Next Time XOXO

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Hosting a Vision Board Party-2018

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Hello Readers!

So I officially hosted my 1st Vision Board Party/Event a few weeks ago and it was amazing. All of the ladies who attended expressed to me that they had a great time and they were inspired by the event.

I want to share with you all, the steps I took in planning this event.

Planning:

I made sure to make the process of sending out invitations as simple as possible and sent out the invitations via text. I used an invitation app and created a really nice invitation.

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  • I then chose the food I wanted to serve. I selected to have simple serving foods (salad, raw veggies, and fruit) and one of my friends also made some delicious Alfredo and Pesto Pasta. The food was simple and the ladies were able to eat and work on their boards. If you plan on hosting a vision board party this year you can supply the food, as I did, or you can make it a pot luck and have everyone bring a dish.

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  • My next step was to buy all of the supplies. I decided to supply my guest with the supplies, but you can also ask your guest to bring some supplies as well. The usual supplies that are needed are, poster boards, magazines, stickers, card stock, glue, tape, markers, and pens.

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  • I also decided to purchase small gifts to give to each guest as a Thank You! I purchased small notepads and pencils and also included a special thank you card, thanking them for sharing the experience with me.

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  • Lastly I found a few ice breaker games to make everyone comfortable and to get everyone’s mind on envisioning their future and how great this year will be for them. We played a game where I supplied index cards with phrases/sentences that each guest had to finish. For example the phrases/sentences were: My dream vacation is…., My best childhood memory is…., My favorite desert is….,I don’t like it when…..ect. This game was interesting and we all learned something new about one another. We also played Give Yourself a Point, and Pass the Gift. At the beginning of event, I had the ladies introduce themselves and share something that they accomplished in 2017. This part of the event was very inspiring.

After everyone finished their vision boards, we all shared our boards with one another. It was interesting to see how many entrepreneurs we have in our group and how ambitious we all are as young women.

I chose to hang my completed vision board in my home office so that I am able to look at it everyday, several times a day, to keep me focused and inspired. I make sure to pray over each of my goals/visions daily and I also pray for the goals/visions of the ladies who participated in my event.

All in all, the event was a success and I am so excited to see how my numbers grow next year!!!

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****I also made a special announcement during my event, that I will be sharing with all of you very soon****

Until Next Time XOXO

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