I hope you had a great week! Here’s a wrap up of mine:

Pregnancy changes your body, face and hair. If you’re me, it also changes your lashes. Something odd happens when I’m pregnant. I stop growing hair on my legs (literally only have to shave once a month, if that) and I start losing my eye lashes. They just get shorter and fall out more. It’s like every individual part of my body that has hair decides to either stop growing or grow at an elevated pace.

I used Latisse in the past and loved it, but since I’m nursing I wanted to try something to enhance my lashes until I could use Latisse again. I met a fellow blogger, Brittany, at an event a couple of months ago (her lashes looked amazing!) and she introduced me to Angela who does lash extensions.

I really love them! It took some getting used to the length but they’re so pretty. Plus, I no longer curl my lashes, wear mascara or line my top lash line. A nice time saver to my already short makeup routine! READ MY UPDATED POST ABOUT MY LASH EXTENSION EXPERIENCE HERE.IMG_4890 (snapchat beauty filter, thank you for being you)IMG_4893 IMG_4896Many of you asked what the maintenance is like. If you take really good care of them, you can extend fills to about four weeks. That includes not wearing mascara (you don’t need to!), not sleeping on them (on your stomach, which I can’t do anyway due to nursing) and not using any oil-containing products. If you’re local, you can find Angela’s contact info here to book an appointment—she comes to your home which is amazing and convenient.

This weekend was our first time going out to the pool for a birthday party. I didn’t wear this bikini because I wasn’t planning on swimming, but it’s so cute I just had to share it since it’s sold out in most sizes (there is a L top left— which is what I’m wearing and XS and S bottoms— mine are size M). I also found this similar bikini.

My cover-up is a splurge but I loved the crochet detailing too much to send it back. The wedges are so comfy and a great neutral for summer and the sun hat is on mega sale! IMG_4935 We had so much fun at the pool party and Lincoln even napped for all of 30 minutes while we were there. My hat can be found here and it’s under $30!IMG_4952 IMG_4978 IMG_4979 IMG_4980 IMG_4981 His muslin blanket is c/o Margaux & May and his sun hat is c/o The Beaufort Bonnet Company.

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Saturday night Harper and I attended a BBQ at Candice’s while Kevin stayed home with a (finally) napping baby and I wore this new romper  — a total steal at $25! It has the cutest embroidered detailing and it’s super lightweight and comfy. Keep in mind that this is junior’s sizing so you may want to size up. Mine is a M!IMG_5016 IMG_5021 F O U R 
Okay so I totally stole this from SnapChat, but I have to rave a thousand more times about these Karen Walker sunglasses. I don’t mind splurging on an item I use daily and these were worth every.single.penny. I just love them so much and the tortoise is a really unique blend/color. If you need new sunnies this summer, I highly recommend these. Yes, they’re huge, but they work on most people I’ve seen in them!IMG_5018F I V E
As I mention in every blog post where I discuss our new home, progress is slow, y’all. We find our weekends so busy/exhausting that it’s rare we make progress on the rooms we want to finish. However, last weekend we finally hung these beautiful french tassel curtains in our playroom and it really helps make the space look more finished (the drapery rods are here and inexpensive and great quality!) I have grand plans to add fun, colorful artwork and organize the heck out of this room, but for now, curtains are a welcome addition. PS- the mini dress rack we got Harper for Christmas is still going strong!IMG_5026
S I X 
It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with Fixer Upper. Joanna is basically the sister wife I wish I had and Chip is hilarious and the handiest husband around. Like many women across the country, I became obsessed with Joanna’s signature shiplap rooms and thankfully Kevin also loves the look. We’re contemplating getting our back dining room wall (the one to the right of this pic that you can’t see) done in shiplap as an accent wall. I think it would really give that space its own look and feel while still going with the rest of the house.

But first things first, we have to switch out that chandelier. We had our builder install it because I wanted something there until we found the perfect one, but I haven’t quite set forth on that mission yet. IMG_5031
Below are some of my ideas. What do you ladies think? I really think we need a larger piece to accent that space. I love the idea of something dark to go with the floors and the legs of the table but I also love the airy feel of crystal and jute and the rustic feel of a wooden bead chandelier. IMG_5068
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Speaking of our home, we need to majorly devote some focus to our front porch. We were never thrilled with the way it looked so we’re planning to switch our iron porch railing to white wood and add a lot of landscaping and greenery. Our porch needs a splash of color and I love all of the blues, pinks and purples from these images I found on Pinterest.IMG_5084S E V E N
I was seriously worried this baby would never eat solids but he’s finally getting the hang of it! So far we’ve tried carrots, pears, sweet potatoes and apples and he has tolerated them all well, which is such a relief with all of his GI issues and intolerances.

I figured it was safe to try foods that he didn’t react to when I ate them and so far, so good. Though I hate to cook, I LOVE making baby food and seeing him enjoy it is an awesome feeling, especially because he used to just spit it all out and make faces like I was torturing him. We have a follow-up appointment with his pedi. GI this week and official allergy testing at the end of June. I’m so eager to get some answers. In the meantime, I continue to be on a total elimination diet since it seems to (finally) be helping him. Thank God you’re cute, kid. Mama misses cookies and cake.IMG_5087 IMG_5088 E I G H T
I can’t tell you how many messages I have gotten on SC about this adorable wood play gym. It’s from Finn + Emma and he just adores it! I love that it’s so easy to move from place to place and he loves playing with it whether he’s laying down or sitting up. Ours it the Jungle Light theme.

The beautiful quilt he’s laying on is by Ollie & Olina  and we use it for all of his floor play since it’s a) beautiful and looks awesome on our living room rug and b) has lots of awesome texture and pattern to it which is great for tummy time since this little guy needs as much of it as he can get!

I’m so fortunate to have been introduced to some awesome baby brands via my blog this year— and please rest assured that though I’m often sent products to test out, I only recommend and feature the ones we truly love.IMG_5089I hope you all had a lovely weekend!

We’re gearing up for a big busy week— our amazing little Harper is turning 3 on Friday and I’m celebrating my own birthday on Memorial Day. If anyone has a cake recipe that’s free of all 8 allergens, please send it my way…(insert laughing crying emoji here).

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    Monday, May 23, 2016 at 6:57 am

    I’m a year postpartum and I can’t even get over your body right now! I actually wanted to comment on the ship-lapped walls. I’m an Interior Designer and I cringe when I see these very trendy walls going up because the possibilities with an accent/feature wall are HUGE. Have you considered a sisal? Maya Romanoff makes a sisal with a teeny tiny strand of shimmer in it. They also have a weathered wallpaper that I’ve installed that looks amazing and still gives you that distressed feeling.

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      Monday, May 23, 2016 at 8:22 am

      Hi Amy! Don’t be too impressed by my body— it’s mostly genetics and the fact that nursing makes me lose weight- and paired with a total elimination diet, I am eating really clean. I would definitely take an extra few pounds if it meant I could eat anything I want 🙂

      I had not considered sisal. but I just love the shiplap because it’s so simple. This isn’t our forever home, so I want to do something I feel will entice buyers when we eventually move (though we would love to stay in our current home for at least five years). I’m going to check out the link you just left to see the options. I would definitely be more open to investing in pricier stuff around the home when we have our forever house.

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    Monday, May 23, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Who can’t love the Gaine’s and their show. I would love to do a ship-lapped wall in my house, but the husband is not a fan. However, I think it would bring more character your space and when you find a dark rustic light fixture it will make your space more complete. I know there are many out there that are not ship-lap lovers but if you like it I say go for it-it’s your house and unlike wallpaper can it can be easily removed if/when you no longer want it.

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    Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Hi there. I have been following you for a while and also have a little girl who turns 3 this year. Like you my poor little girl had allergies which started to appear at 2 months of age. I also had to go on a total elimination diet and slowly introduce foods back into my diet during her VERY SLOW weaning time. I was told all sort of scarey things during her early days when we didn’t know much about her allergies but I am very pleased to say she is doing so well. We are dairy and nut free currently but hoping she will grow out of these allergies. She also suffers with eczema. If there is anything I can help you with or just give you some reassurance please don’t hesitate to reach out. The elimination diet is aged but these little ones are so worth it. Good luck to you xxx

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      Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      Lisa- you are so sweet! Thank you for your encouragment and for sharing your story with me. It’s such an interesting world to go on a TED, but I agree it’s worth it for our babie’s benefit. How long did it take to get your daughter to baseline?

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        Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 2:25 pm

        They are most definitely worth it! In all honesty it probably took a good 4 to 5 months for me to feel like things had really cleared my little girls system. For us it turned out to be dairy that was the issue and I believe it takes a few months for the proteins to leave the Mother’s system and then then similar for them to clear baby. My little girls symptoms were eczema, severe cradle cap to the point she lost most of her hair, full body rash which I had to treat with steroids and absolutely hated doing, GI issues and LOTS of sleepless, restless, itchy nights for the poor little one. However, once we had removed the allergens from both our diets, her skin cleared up beautifully (just like your Lincolns skin now looks so clear). With my daughter, I was told her allergies were non-IGE which means that she has a delayed reaction which can take up to 3 days to see the consequences of foods eaten! This was why the weaning process for us was so slow, carrots for three days (pause for reaction, and fingers crossed for no reaction!!), then onto the next food. It was slow but successful and now although dairy and nut free, she really has a good and varied diet and is a very content happy little girl. We still get the ocassional break out of eczema and are still on a slow process of introducing new things in her diet but as long as she is happy and healthy I’m happy with that! And the elimination diet certainly helped me get back into my pre-maternity clothing so I was VERY happy for that side effect. When you’re in it, it feels like a very long road, but when you are on the other side looking back, you will be so pleased that you did all that you have done for your little boy and know you gave him the very best start in life you could. You have two beautiful children and they are lucky to have such a caring Mummy! All the very best, Lx

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    Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Sorry that was me at to say that the elimination diet is hard. Not aged!!!

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    Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Where do you get Lincoln’s clothes? I’m looking for something a little more unique than Target, Carters, etc. but not super pricey. Any favorite Etsy shops or online sites?

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      Friday, May 27, 2016 at 10:45 am

      most are from baby gap and old navy at 40% off and zara baby!

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    Friday, May 27, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    You’re such a great mommy!! It is extremely challenging to do total elimination! My little girl is three months old now and I’ve been on the elimination diet since she was two weeks old! I still am not eating dairy, soy, and gluten. What are you eating? I always love to hear new ideas.

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      Friday, May 27, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      I’m working on a blog post about it 🙂 sorry you have to do this diet, it’s hard, but you get used to it!

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    Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday Veronika! I have a question about the bikini. Do the scallops fold over? I bought the Old Navy look alike but the scallops kept folding over and that combined with the fact that the top had no support and squished my already non-existent boobs was not flattering. I managed to get the B.P. bikini top during the Nords sale (bottoms were already sold out) but am wondering if the scallops have the same issue.

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      Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 8:19 am

      That’s a great question! I haven’t worn the bikini to the pool yet but I didn’t notice anything when I tried it on. However, trying it on for a brief period doesn’t compare to actually wearing it…so stay tuned!

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