Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Random + quick dinner idea

Hi everyone! It seems rare that I pop in with a weekly hello these days… that's because it is! But here I am! Halfway to 28 weeks pregnant and gearing up for the ever popular glucose test tomorrow. Woo! Not. I've never heard good things so I can't say I'm thrilled. 

Other lingering thoughts…

Choosing a pediatrician...

Wondering what the baby will look like and hoping he isn't 10 lbs at birth...

Getting excited for baby showers! 

And in other unrelated news, we took date night to the movies last night. And we saw M. Night Shyamalan's "Split." It was amazing. It was one of the most suspenseful, disturbing and horrifying movies I have seen in quite some time. We see A LOT of movies. And I would say this is one of my favorites in the last 6 months. I really don't want to give anything away but I highly suggest seeing it. It isn't your standard scary movie scream fest - it is so much more. Sweet & Modern gives it a big thumbs up. :) 

And for a super fast dinner and crowd pleaser…

Taco Skillet. This recipe is SO easy. Your children could make it (if you trusted them with a hot stove).  There are many variations to this recipe… honestly, you can't mess it up. I make it sort of differently every time! But here's the basics:

photo courtesy of Campbells

1 lb hamburger  (or turkey works too!)
1 can tomato soup
1/2 to 1 cup of salsa
1/2 cup water
8 soft tortilla shells (torn into 1 inch pieces)
Shredded cheddar cheese (as much as you can handle!)

1. Brown hamburger in a 10 inch skillet stovetop. Add seasonings as preferred. 
2. Drain grease. 
3. Pour hamburger back in to skillet. Add tomato soup, water, salsa and shells. 
4. Increase temp until it starts to bubble/boil. 
5. Reduce heat. 
5. Add shredded cheese. A little or a lot. (I do a lot!)
6. Let simmer and let the cheese melt. Serve with a dollop of sour cream! 

That's it! Seriously. So flavorful and easy. You can even sneak in spinach or anything else you want to add! I love that this takes under 30 minutes - start to finish - and ONE PAN. Go forth and make this delicious, easy, old Campbells soup recipe. :) 

PS - husband approved! 

Hope everyone is having a great week! 


Thursday, January 19, 2017

26ish weeks

I am almost 27 weeks. But not quite. But basically. It's all very technical. 

I wanted to do another fun, cute questionnaire to update you all on "the bump" progress, but I decided I have enough random thoughts concerning this point in pregnancy that I would simply just share those. 

Comfort is key. Too tight of pants will ruin your day. 

Having the stomach flu while pregnant is the worst. It's always the worst. Being pregnant makes it double suck. 

Underwires suck. Leave them behind. 

I know in the back of my mind I can't prevent stretch marks, but I am trying. Religiously. So far, so good. 

I still don't regret having my belly button pierced. Everyone told me I would once I got to this point. But I don't. (And yes, it's been long gone for awhile now!)

People constantly ask me, are you having cravings? I always say no. But I would say my thoughts are usually 90% about food.

It's getting uncomfortable to bend over. I've noticed to pick something up, I've started doing a weird squat thing. It's definitely not cute. 

Pregnancy brain is real. 

I've learned to try my hardest to not start crying when it "comes on". One, single emotional thought can turn into a huge, ugly cry session. In my car, on the way to a meeting. No thanks. 

I read a lot about how to make your regular clothes last far into maternity. I disagree. If I could go back, I would start wearing the stretchy, high waist things immediately. 

It is still the greatest thing ever when he is kicking, even when it's my bladder. He's wild!

Speaking of bladder, I despise you 4:30 AM bathroom break. You are the worst. 

No strangers have touched my stomach... yet. Apparently this happens.

I can't breathe. 

I need to update my baby registry again. 

Are my ribs breaking? 

Heartburn is the worst. Well, second to nausea. 

I still can't believe he will be here in a few short months. 


Friends who loan you cute maternity clothes are amazing. 

Pregnancy would be so much scarier without my husband. He is the best. 

And so many other things...

Pregnancy is so many things I had heard, but also so many things I didn't expect to feel! The general consensus is always "it's all totally worth it"... and I absolutely believe that! I cannot wait until our little guy is here. 

Here's to 13 more weeks! 


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Meet Jan + giveaway

Hi everyone! Excited to share a little about the lovely Jan... as well as a phenomenal giveaway package for those of you who are local! 

A few months ago I was lucky enough to get a consult with Jan for some much needed TLC on my face. Like many others, this time of year brings about flakiness, dullness and a multitude of other skin ailments. Plus, add pregnancy hormones in to the mix and my skin was screaming for some help. I always feel like a facial is the "reset" button for my skin. Plus, I tell people all the time that I would gladly take a facial over a massage! 

Luckily, Jan is a wealth of information and you can tell that she LOVES her field. I love Jan's passion for her clients and also her huge knowledge base of skin and products. Jan is truly interested in solving your skin questions! I wanted my readers to be able to get to know a little bit about Jan and what she does, so here's an inside look!

Jan of Reflect Makeup Artistry

Describe to readers what you do.
I am an aesthetician and a makeup artist. I love to solve skin care puzzles; find the right pieces for each client's goals and concerns to bring out their unique, natural beauty.

What motivated you to become an aesthetician?
As much as we don't want to admit it, the way we see ourselves, or the way we think other people see us, has an impact on how we relate to others. I want to be a part of giving people something they love about themselves.

What is the biggest change you’ve seen over the years?
Over the last decade there has been a huge shift in clients caring about what is in their products. More and more, people are looking for products with ingredient lists they can read. Ingredients that grow and occur naturally.
At the same time, clients are more informed and cautious with where they spend their dollars. Even over-the-counter products aren't as cheap as they used to be. Clients pay attention and want to be sure there is a noticeable change and benefit from the products they choose to buy. I think everyone is tired of having a department store beauty counter in their bathroom.

What can a client expect during a session with you?
My goal with my clients is to help them navigate all the information and give them results. With blogs, YouTube channels, direct marketing products, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure of what's worth spending money on. Then we work together to figure out a skin care routine that brings balance. I give you the information you need. You get to make the choice about what path to take.

What should we know about your skin care line?
I work with Eminence Organic Skin Care and I LOVE it. As in all the heart eyes . It's a concentrated, highly active, change-making professional skin care line. All of the products smell amazing and are packed with corrective ingredients. Skin is cleared, brightened, smoothed and HEALTHY. It's a raw food diet for the skin. You can find out more about it here

What is your favorite procedure that you offer to clients?
Custom Organic Facials are my jam. A one hour treatment where we talk about what you love about your skin and what you would love to change. Then we work to jump start those changes. I have amazing tools to use from active products, microdermabrasion and organic peels. I choose the combination that is tailored to give your skin exactly what it needs that day.

What about for those of us who are unsure of what products to use, have never had a facial, or are on a tight budget? 
Change happens the fastest when you combine at home products with professional treatments. Most of my clients' concerns can be addressed in a short series of three treatments with professional skin care at home; then doing a treatment for maintenance every 4-6 weeks. Everybody has a budget to work with (me too!) so what about if that doesn't fit? The products you use on your skin 365 days a year will make a bigger, long term impact toward your goals than a professional treatment on your birthday and anniversary. So if you have to pick one or the other, my vote will almost always side with at home care.

Is there anything else you would like readers to know about yourself, skin care or your career?
I originally wanted to be a teacher; to be a part of the light bulb going on and everything becoming clear. I seek to understand what's going on throughout the whole body that could be contributing to a client's concerns, including lifestyle. Sometimes it's skin care, sometimes it's sugar, but there's always a full picture.

Also, I love cinnamon lattes, independent films and capsule wardrobes.
*Insert.... Sweet and Modern also loves these things. And wishes she had a capsule wardrobe*

Where can we find you?
I work in a treatment room at Face to Face Salon at 8610 Brentwood Drive in LaVista, Nebraska. 402.884.6995

You can also find me Instagram and Reflect Makeup Artistry 

SO... the exciting news is that you can enter to WIN an Organic Custom Facial (1 hour $70 value)!

OR take advantage of this incredible discount: 
A Treatment Series of 3 Organic Custom Facials ($210 value) for $150!

Must mention that you would like to use the Sweet & Modern special when scheduling. Booking must occur by February 1st, 2017. 

TO ENTER to WIN {custom organic facial} :

Follow Jan on Instagram HERE
Like Reflect Makeup Artistry on Facebook HERE
Share this article on Facebook and comment to let us know you did so! 

The giveaway will close on January 11th and the winner will be announced on January 12th! Good luck! 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Designer Wood Watches from JORD

*This post is sponsored by JORD Watches 

Merry Christmas Eve! This month has absolutely flown by! 
I am thrilled to be sharing about this gorgeous watch from JORD. I have always wanted to gift my husband a watch, but I wasn't sure what direction to go. Luckily, JORD Watches reached out to us to select from one of their beautiful designs. 

JORD Wooden Watches

My husband and I had never heard of JORD Watches prior to browsing their selection. JORD watches are handcrafted, wooden timepieces that demand to be seen with their modern and stylish cuts. 

JORD watches are available in both men and women's unique styles. 

The watch my husband chose is the Ebony and Copper design from the Dover Series. 

When the package came, I was completely blown away by how gorgeous this piece is. My husband, Clay, is here today to share with me below! Ladies, if you are wondering what the man in your life may think about a JORD watch, look no more! 

I've never been much of a jewelry person (I think my own wedding ring makes my hand look a little too busy…) but watches are more like a gray area in my opinion.  They at least serve a purpose outside of aesthetics and generally don’t look too gaudy or flashy.  I’ve never owned a quality watch in my life, either, so I figured this would be a good opportunity to at least test the waters and find out if I’m a watch kind of guy.
Initially, I put the watch on my left wrist.  Big mistake.  Two pieces of jewelry (including the wedding ring) on the same hand gave me anxiety and I felt like it was all I, or anyone else for that matter, would be able to focus on.  I immediately moved the watch to my right wrist and that remedied the situation.  Thankfully it only took about 30 seconds to work out all the kinks. 

  I really like the lower profile of the dark wood compared to other shinier or louder materials.  The clear distinction between the dark wood and the actual timekeeping piece of the watch, consisting of several different metals, deserves appreciation, too; particularly, the copper inlay containing the numbers which accents the rest of the hardwood beautifully.  I also really like the exposed “innards” of the watch setting directly beneath hands.  Incredibly intricate and complex, the cogs and gears making up the actual timekeeping piece of the watch are in full view presenting a neat technological disparity between them and the wooden band.  The minute and hour hands are also painted blue which adds a nice splash of color to make the whole thing stand out a little and make it more interesting. 

Overall, the watch is really solid. Looks alone would be enough, but it’s also comfortable and light.  It hasn’t been ripping out arm hairs (a very legitimate concern of mine) and doesn’t make any jangling noises when I walk around (another very legitimate concern of mine.) The JORD wooden watch is definitely highly recommended. Two thumbs up!

My husband LOVES this watch! It is manly, yet modern... and one of the most unique designs I have ever come across. Not to mention.... their packaging is absolutely beautiful! 

From my perspective, I LOVE the designer look of the watch with the unique wooden parts. I think it looks amazing on my husband and I cannot recommend this piece to enough people! 

Which brings me to a very exciting point... We've teamed up with JORD Watches to offer a $25 discount. You can receive your code instantaneously by clicking HERE

The JORD wooden watch would make an amazing present for that special someone... or to treat yourself after the holidays! Head over to JORD Watches to browse their designs!

Special thanks to JORD watches for their beautiful designs and for sharing them with us over the holidays

Wooden Wristwatch

Thursday, December 1, 2016

life update

Hi everyone! 

A few things: pregnancy is crazy. I realize I sound like everyone else, but I seriously had no idea how drastically my life, body, and emotions would change as I started growing this little babe!

Don't get me wrong, I am overwhelmed with happiness. 

I am also overwhelmed with a lot of things. Everything. The emotional toll (and physical, obviously) is the real deal. 

Today I am 20 WEEKS PREGNANT! That's halfway for those of you who aren't keeping up! :)

I thought it would be fun to do a little questionnaire! 

How far along: 20 weeks

Total weight gain: I really don't know. I don't keep a scale at home and I gained about 4 pounds between my first two appointments. More info on that to come for sure. That being said, I am POSITIVE I have gained weight. :) 

Maternity clothes: My favorite thing in the world. How many times in your life do you get to wear maternity pants to a Thanksgiving dinner? But seriously. I am still wearing most of my regular pants. I CAN button them, but not comfortably. It's either maternity pants or a belly band for me. Or leggings. Luckily, the current style is perfect for this stage of pregnancy. I can still wear most of my flowy tops and tunics. 

Stretch marks: (knock on wood) Nothing yet! Though I am told all of my efforts to rub creams, oils, etc. have NO bearing.... I still do it religiously. 

Sleep: This has recently become an issue. I went from barely being able to stay awake throughout the day to extreme bouts of insomnia. It's not uncommon for me to wake up at 2:30 AM and lay there for a few hours. Add in the nightly bathroom breaks and.... yeah. 

Miss anything: Hmmmm... every now and again I think a nice cocktail sure would be lovely. Or a glass of wine. Oh, and sleeping on my stomach sometimes. But it all pales in comparison to the joy I get in daydreaming about baby. :) 

Movement: UGH! I can't feel ANYTHING! There were a few times where I thought maybe...MAYBE it was him. But I want to be sure. And nothing "sure" yet. 

Food cravings: No serious cravings, just serious hunger. When I am ready to eat, it is NOW. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: Still weaning off of the Diclegis train. Every now and again I will get a little "gaggy" but overall, MUCH better! 

Have you started to show yet: Absolutely. 

Gender: Sweet little boy!

Labor signs: Negative, thank goodness!

Belly button in or out: I have actually noticed it seems to be pushing out! It's not OUT out, but it's heading that way! So bizarre to look at! 

Wedding rings on or off: On!

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy but SO emotional. I am feeling everything at a very new level. Yikes. 

Looking forward to: Christmas! Seeing family for the holidays and upcoming gatherings. 

Thanks for hanging out with me for a little Q & A! This season of life has been so full... in every regard. I cannot wait for everything to come!

 To all the other mamas out there, I recently started my baby registry! There are so many helpful checklists out there, but I still love input from my friends and ALL OF YOU! So, tell me, what are your must have baby registry items? 

Have a GREAT weekend!

Thank you to Scottsdale Mom's blog for the questions!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Omaha Stork review & giveaway + {gender reveal}

Happy Black Friday! I am not much for Black Friday shopping (at least not as die hard as many people that I know) so today is just a lovely day off for me...and the perfect opportunity for me to share this exciting post! 

I can't remember the last time I have been so thrilled about a blog post... but that's exactly where I am at today. A few months ago, my friend and fellow blogger Abigail (Acreage of Grace) shared about her experience at Omaha Stork Vision. Though I live and work in the area, I had NO idea Stork Vision existed! At the time, I knew I was pregnant, but the only other person who knew this was my husband. We were bursting with excitement over our secret, and I knew that I wanted to find out more about Stork Vision as soon as possible. 

Fast forward a few months and I can finally say I was able to to have this miraculous experience. AND we now know the sex of the baby! And, as if that isn't exciting enough, Omaha Stork Vision has graciously offered a session giveaway to a lucky reader! (Scroll down for giveaway details!)

Stork Vision Omaha is the only free standing prenatal imaging center in the Omaha metro area. They offer clients the latest technology in 2D, 3D and 4D (LIVE!) ultrasound services for parents. They will even do gender reveals as early as 17 weeks! So, for those of you who simply cannot wait until that anatomy scan, Stork Vision is for you! Side note: you CAN utilize their services without finding out the gender of your baby. 

Scheduling an appointment with Stork Vision is insanely easy. You can call, email, or schedule on their website. My appointment was scheduled within a few days of contacting them....and from there we just had to wait! 

The entire day of our appointment, I couldn't think about anything else. I knew that in a few short hours, the precious baby growing inside of me was going to be a BOY or a GIRL and that information made the whole pregnancy so much more real

Stork Vision allows you to invite friends and family (the amazing living room atmosphere is set up with comfy couches and a giant big screen TV for ultimate viewing). We opted for it to just be the two of us. Clay and I were both so nervous and excited. Cathy, of Stork Vision, explained to us exactly what would happen during our session. She told us that she would take a few photos that would be sent to our doctor, and then she would find out the gender. Once she knew, she asked us if we wanted to know. 

We had discussed prior to our appointment that we wanted to find out if baby was a boy or a girl. Cathy explained to us what we were looking at and...


I cannot say enough good things about Stork Vision Omaha. They made us feel so comfortable and you can tell they REALLY care about their clients. I had no idea what a memorable experience it would be... it was truly amazing. I had tears in my eyes watching our little one squirm around. And finding out that it's a BOY was just the cherry on top! Cathy took great time and care to snap numerous pictures of our sweet boy. I have never felt such an overwhelming happiness! We cannot wait to welcome our little guy in April. 

Sucking his thumb! This one kills me every time. 

A few additional things about Omaha Stork vision: they do NOT replace the care of a physician. In fact, you must be under the care of a prenatal health provider. You do not need written consent, but you do need to bring in proof of care (in the form of an ultrasound photo, prenatal appointment card, or prenatal prescription). 

For more specific information about Stork Vision ultrasound VS a medical ultrasound, please click HERE

And now for the exciting part! 

First off, a BIG thank you to Stork Vision for giving us this amazing experience. I am so excited that a reader will get to have the same! Stork Vision has offered one lucky reader this amazing package:

-3D/4D scan
-CD of all saved images
-DVD of entire ultrasound
-Printed ultrasound photos
-Heartbeat animal of your choice with your baby's heartbeat recording inside!

This is an INCREDIBLE package (valued over $225!) 

"Like" Omaha Stork vision on Facebook HERE.
"Share" this post on your Facebook. 
TAG someone in the comments section who may be interested in winning!

Keep in mind, you do not have to be pregnant to enter! Wouldn't this be an amazing gift to surprise someone with? With Christmas just around the corner, I can't imagine a better gift for an expectant parent! 

The giveaway starts NOW and ends December 17th. Winner will be announced Monday, December 19th.


This post was sponsored by Omaha Stork Vision

Saturday, November 5, 2016

{life update} + Fall excitement

Happy Saturday everyone! I am trying to savor these (what I assume) are the last warmish days of Fall. I love the beginning of the cool temps and Nebraska is absolutely gorgeous right now! Yesterday I took a little bike ride around our neighborhood and the trees are perfect.  Fall really is the best time of year. 

On that note, this Fall has been just a little bit different for us! Basically, the real reason my posts have been so few and far between is because…

We're having a baby! 

We could not be more excited! 

And neither could Brick! :)

The last few months have been quite the ride! 
We found out that I was pregnant in early August. The first few weeks were so exciting and I was absolutely dying to get to my first doctors appointment. Soon after that (around 8 weeks) I started to get extremely sick. The thought of looking at my computer screen or even scrolling on my phone would make me nauseous. Basically, everything made me nauseous. 

I was surviving on Sprite and crackers and really just trying to get through my day! And the tiredness… what?! I knew pregnancy would cause me to be fatigued but I had NO IDEA! I couldn't hardly get to the end of my workday without a nap. 

The good news is….well, a few things. The good news is Diclegis exists. The second good news is that I am now 16 weeks and seem to be getting a little more energy back :) . 

For those of you who have taken Diclegis… it truly is a miracle medicine! Absolutely nothing as far as the typical natural remedies would work to control my nausea. My entire day was spent in a constant state of dizziness or dry heaving. And let me tell ya… it's nearly impossible to get anything done when you feel that way!

We are ecstatic to welcome our little chubby {I'm only assuming} baby into the world this Spring. I am due April 22nd (one day after my birthday!) 

In a few short weeks we can find out the gender… and we will! We are dying to know if it's a BOY or GIRL! 

Thank you to everyone who has emailed and/or still checked into the blog during my extremely absentee period. Hoping, as we continue into the second trimester, I can gather more energy for posts. 

Mostly, we are so thankful and excited that we get to be parents. YAY!