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Treat Mom to Brunch Skewers for Mother's Day

After many, many hard years of trying for a child, our little angel has finally come into our lives and made us parents! We have had every wave of emotions over these past few months, but with each moment we know we are beyond blessed to have started such an amazing little family. I am excited to say that this year, my very first Mother's Day will fall on my birthday! I can't believe it! I have so much to celebrate on this upcoming day and it couldn't be more amazing that I get to celebrate both at once. It is going to be my best birthday ever and I am so fortunate to say that I already have everything I could want and need ;).

While my little one can't make me sweet macaroni necklaces or breakfast in bed for either celebration just yet, I don't want that to stop you from spoiling your favorite mommies on this holiday with my darling, easy and festive brunch skewers! I am a huge fan of things on a stick like corn dogs or cake pops, so I figured brunch would best be had on a stick as well... especially to make it party friendly. I am going to share a few combinations I came up with for a yummy brunch, but if you really let your creative foodie spirits fly the possibilities are really endless here!


Mother's Day Brunch Skewers


French Toast & Strawberries

French toast is one of my all-time favorite breakfast foods. It goes so great with so many things and really makes it okay to have dessert for breakfast, I mean it is made with egg so it has protein in it, too! In order to create the cutest little skewers and also make your party preparation super-easy, I used the frozen Eggo Cinnamon Toast Waffles and toasted them in my toaster oven. To make the heart strawberries, simply cut strawberries in half and use a heart cookie cutter in the center of each half. I layered them on the skewers in an alternating pattern.



Chicken & Waffles

I originally moved to California from Georgia, so I love my southern staples like chicken and waffles. There is just something special about that sweet and savory combination, especially when brunching. It really does make you feel like you are having breakfast and lunch at the same time. Oh em geeeee! For this cute combination, I made mini chocolate chip waffles in my waffle maker and then used a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out heart patterns for the skewers. For the chicken, I used some frozen chicken strips baked up to crispy perfection. I layered this skewer with the waffle in the middle and strips surrounding them.



Pancakes & Blueberries

I made some quick and thick pancake batter for these next skewers and added in blueberries. To make them mini, I simply added a very small amount of batter for each little baby pancake so they wouldn't spread out too much. You could add in other fruits or even try other delicious combos like bananas and peanut butter. I added more blueberries to the skewers and created an alternating pattern for the final look. Other fruits would also look great surrounding these sweet little cakes!



Egg & Tomato Toast

Now I know I said the other combinations were special to me in some way, but this one is egg-ceptionally special to me! My grandma used to make me toasted egg, tomato and mayo sandwiches for breakfast all the time. It was such a simple thing, but I always remember it being something so delicious and comforting anytime I was at her house. Since a sandwich on a skewer might be a little messy, I decided to toast the bread and throw on the mayo, add on little cherry tomatoes and a halved hard-boiled egg. All the deliciousness of the combination, way less mess on a stick!



Sausage & Biscuits 

This is another southern staple of mine and reminds me of this little place in my small town that only served breakfast sandwiches. I usually got sausage on my fluffy and buttery biscuit and would also squeeze on some mustard! I got the love for mustard on my sausage patties from my mom and that makes it even more perfect for a Mother's Day brunch skewer, right? For these skewers, I made little mini biscuits by using a cup to make a smaller round from the pre-made biscuits. I also used a cup to cut the sausage patties into smaller circles for the skewers and then layered them up. You will want to save the leftover biscuit dough for the final skewer!


Mini Sprinkled Donut Holes

Another thing my mom taught me growing up was a simple way to make donuts! Simply open up some pre-made biscuits and use a little shot glass to make a hole in the middle and voila, you have prepared donut and donut hole dough ready to fry up! Since there will be leftover dough from making the biscuits, go ahead and use that dough with a small shot glass to create rounds of dough. Fry them in oil until they are a light brown on all sides and drain on a paper towel. To make the icing, mix about a cup of powdered sugar with a teaspoon of vanilla and a few tablespoons of milk. Mix thoroughly until there are no clumps and the icing is slightly thick, but still runny. Dip each donut hole in the icing and top with sprinkles. Set aside to dry and set before adding them to your skewers.



You can easily make these skewers unique and special for each of your guests by having a variety of toppings and sauces on hand like sprinkles, whipped cream, syrup, hot sauce, ranch, peanut butter, jelly...the list goes on! You will know exactly what to do as you prepare, and when all else fails just put out what you have on hand (no one will know). If you have any other wonderful treats or traditions you celebrate on this special day, be sure to leave me a note in the comments so I can try them out next year because I am still overjoyed to be celebrating and making new traditions for this holiday every year.

I hope you all enjoy these fantastic skewers and have the most amazing Mother's Day, whether you are being celebrated or celebrating those you love!


Nesting in the Nursery—Our Final Week

The past nine months are still somewhat a blur to me in all their wonder, and it is still such a beautiful miracle that a sweet little girl will be on her way any day now! The past few weeks off of work have been such a big help to start getting the room finalized, the bottles washed and all the cute clothes ready to go. I feel very fortunate that I have been able to slowly get these things done while also being able to relax before the big day. Many folks told me their baby came earlier than expected, so I was pretty nervous about that, but certainly hoping for a calm before the storm. Luckily for me, I have no labor pains or major things to report right now so we are just continuing to let the anticipation build and keep the nesting momentum going around the house.

Since we are just days (yes, single-digit days) away from our due date, I thought it would be fun to share the most recent photos we took during our 37th week in the nursery. We decided to go with a llama/alpaca theme around the room and bring in the fun colors of a Peruvian market with handmade pom pom and tassel accents. We also added in some grey and gold throughout to give it a classy finish. I hope you love this beautiful room as much as we do!












We can't wait to meet our little pumpkin and see all the magical memories we make in this precious room as she grows up. Thank you to everyone again for all your support through these past nine months and sharing in this incredible journey with us—the best is yet to come. We will catch up with you soon and if we don't get a chance to tell you, have the most wonderful holidays with all your favorite people and traditions. I have a feeling this next year is going to be quite spectacular!

My Pregnancy Go-To Products

At the beginning of the year, I started pulling back on my goals for the year to make more global decisions like using natural products and focusing on my overall health versus just simply doing things to get pregnant. I think this mindset really helped me make a lot of great lifestyle changes before I got that wonderful positive result from my at home test. It also made it easier that I was already in the habit of doing better, eating better and making better lifestyle choices so I didn't need to change my whole life around once becoming pregnant! There is a lot that happens in those first few months as you change and grow so it is certainly nice to have some extra space to focus on what you can and want to do instead of what you cannot any longer.


While I had adjusted my lifestyle a lot, on the whole, there were still things I just had no idea I would be experiencing during different phases of my pregnancy and even some of the natural products I shifted to were still a "no-no" due to some of the ingredients that can be harmful to the baby. So, I thought I would go ahead and save you some trouble and share the beauty products I have found to be most helpful to me throughout these past nine months as I wrap this journey up! 

First, I will start with the body things because you can really benefit from starting these products up from the beginning. Number one on my list is the Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter. This cream is great as you start to grow and stretch, especially when that bump pops up out of nowhere! I have used this product since my first trimester and so far (fingers crossed) I have not had any stretch marks appear. The cream is thick and rubs in well without being oily or bothersome. It is also nice that the jar lasts for a pretty long time, too! So far I am on my second jar to date. 


Another wonderful product from Burt's Bees Mama Bee line that I have absolutely loved is the peppermint leg and foot cream. My legs have been sore and tired as the months have progressed and this cream has been very comforting to them, especially when applied before bed! This cream is not overwhelming or numbing to your hands like some other creams can be... it is just the right amount! I found the cream to be especially helpful for days I have been on my feet a lot throughout the day or managed to make it to the gym. I am sure I will keep using this even post-partum as I recover! 

Now for the face stuff, this is a little bit more sporadic because I had several phases of what my face needed throughout my pregnancy! In the beginning, my face was breaking out like crazy, all over the place. Pre-pregnancy I started using the natural Alba products that worked really well for me, but then during my research, I discovered that salicylic acid is not good for your baby so I had to switch all those products out. I discovered Belli Beauty products made especially for pregnant women and decided to go with a cleanser and spot treatment duo. The cleanser is nice and refreshing and can also be left on a little longer as a mask. As my pregnancy has continued the blemishes aren't as bad and just make an appearance here and there so I whip out the spot treatment whenever I need it... easy peasy! 


My routine towards the end of my pregnancy was dry skin-focused. Who would think you could go through such opposite phases? Well, you can! Pre-pregnancy my daily moisturizer was a Pacifica kale cream for skin prone to breakouts. It was a good one for me so I decided to try out their rehab cream for my dry skin and it has worked wonders. I don't have those crazy dry patches and flakes and it has also helped a lot for my dark under-eye area. I think my skin looks firmer and more even as well, which is an added bonus I will certainly take!

When my skin is not having a breakout issue, I switched up to the Burt's Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile Cleansing Cream for my face wash in place of the Belli cleanser. This cleanser is so refreshing and good to end the day on. It leaves you with that tingly deep-down clean feeling after you get out of the shower and I have also noticed much more refined pores as well. This is another product I can see myself continuing to use even post-pregnancy. 

I hope you find these products as helpful as I did if you are entering your maternity journey and need a little direction on what is good to use! I found most of these products on Amazon or, surprisingly, at our local grocery stores like Nugget. If you had any products that you found really helpful, be sure to leave that for me in the comments so we can share that with the moms to be! I look forward to sharing more with you soon. 

Our Alpaca Maternity Shoot... The Snuggle is Real!

Flashback to our 32nd week of pregnancy at the beginning of this month and you will find us at a beautiful farm in Auburn, CA among some of our favorite animals...cuddly and cute Alpacas! We had the pleasure of meeting the owners of Fair Winds Alpacas, Bonnie and August, who could not have been more wonderful and welcoming to us for our dream maternity shoot in this beautiful farm location. If you love alpacas as much as we do, we totally recommend you reaching out to give their farm a visit.

I also want to give a huge shout out to my glam squad fairies who also helped make this occasion especially special for me! NK of Paradise Parkway who supplied the most beautiful flower crown and boutonniere for us that matched the look we were going for to a "t" and my lovely makeup artist Karina Martin, who also happens to be a Best of Sacramento winner! I totally recommend both of these ladies if you are on the lookout for these services. And of course, nothing would be possible to see without my awesome photographer Sarah of Little B Photo! I could not have been happier with how everything turned out by collaborating with all these fabulous folks in our area. It really makes me appreciate all these opportunities to collaborate with other creatives and see their art in action.

Now, let me share with you some of my favorites from our shoot! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do and if you are looking for unique maternity shoot ideas, that this will also give you some helpful inspiration as you prepare for your happy moments ahead.














I hope you enjoyed these memories of ours as we prepare to meet our little one in just a few weeks! We are looking forward to sharing more with you very soon. Until next time...

29 Weeks: A Sweet and Stylish Thing!

Hi everyone! I am here to share a little retro-inspired fashion post I did with my photographer at 29 weeks at a local favorite place, Rick's Dessert Diner! I am sure you all know by now I just love my vintage things, from locations to looks and this photo shoot could not have meshed the two together more perfectly for me.

I found this beautiful gently used Lindy Bop dress with the cutest city print and hot air balloons on it that I was also able to re-wear for our work baby shower that was also hot air balloon themed. I think it really came together with all the fun in the atmosphere at Rick's. I also tried their milkshakes there for props yes, but also because during pregnancy (and yes, most other times) I am all about my sweets. This one was absolutely delicious so I suggest you have one if you are ever downtown looking for something to satisfy your after-meal cravings.

 





 
 


    
Photos by Little B Photo
I hope you enjoy this  vintage look and maternity outfit inspiration as much as I did! I cannot wait to share more fun things to come as we wrap up our final trimester of pregnancy, so be sure you stay tuned in so you don't miss a thing.