Dream Big & Buy The Shoes: July 2017

July 31, 2017

Cupcake Or Stud Muffin? Baby Lawrence Gender Reveal

As most of you already know, Baby Lawrence is a CUPCAKE...coming this November. I still wanted to share the details of our reveal here and have the memories in words for years to come.

I'll start with some details of our 18 week anatomy scan because it's kind of funny. At the previous doctor's appointment our gender scan was scheduled for Tuesday June 27, so from there we planned our gender reveal party for that Saturday July 1st. Waiting only a few days was already going to kill me, so we wanted to do the reveal as soon as possible.

Chuck and I show up for the sonogram and they ask if we are finding out the gender. I explained we wanted to be surprised, but are doing a reveal so if she could put the gender in an envelope it would be passed on to our cupcake baker for the next step. The sonogram technician measured all the different body parts to make sure everything was moving along as expected. She then told us to close our eyes so she could find the gender. Well, about 3 minutes of moving things around, and pressing on my stomach she says "Baby isn't cooperating, we may not be able to find out the gender today." At that time she told us we could open our eyes and I looked at Chuck with probably one hell of a look. My heart was racing but I didn't want to say anything rude, so I didn't say anything at all. All I could think was oh my gosh, we have food ordered, people are coming, cupcakes....and we don't know what this baby is?!

She did more measuring, let us see things up close for a long time which was really awesome and special. I could sit there for hours and watch our sweet little babe. She asked if we wanted to try again and YES!. Thank goodness, she found the gender after a few minutes and Chuck joking around asking if she was positive--we then sealed the gender inside the envelope because I knew I would be tempted to peek.

I had decided long ago that Cupcake or Stud Muffin would be the theme of our gender reveal once I was pregnant. We all know how obsessed I am with cupcakes, so our wonderful baker Allie Cakes (who did our wedding cupcakes and cake) received the gender envelope and filled 3 cupcakes with either pink or blue icing for Chuck, Ethan and I to bite in to at the reveal party.
The invites were from TonikaCarter on Etsy, who was extremely kind and helpful!


We were so excited to celebrate baby with our family and some close friends and of course I decorated with pink and blue everything (details in the pictures below).

I'll share the hilarious end epic video which I've probably watched at least 80 times by now before more pictures. Thank you to Ethan's friends for playing camera crew and getting this special moment recorded for us.

For some reason I was shaking and so nervous right before we did it, and obviously wasn't thinking straight since I handed Ethan a knife. I don't think this could have happened any other way...typical Ethan being a teenager who didn't want to get frosting on his face. He's always being comical in some way, and gender reveal day was no different.

It was SUCH a fun day and I can't thank everyone for their sweet words enough...such a special time for our family.

Ethan asked me about the Old Wives Tales the night before our party and changed his vote to GIRL after seeing them. 

Pink and Blue EVERYTHING!

Cupcakes from Allie Cakes and cookies from Sugarstorm Cookies

The cookies matched our invitation PERFECTLY!
Almond cupcakes from Allie Cakes are my FAVORITE!

One of my cravings is Chick-Fil-A, so obviously we got a nugget tray as part of the party food!

A huge thank you to Allie from AllieCakes who made our reveal unique, special and so fun!

We are SO very excited to meet our sweet little cupcake this November and hope she continues to stay safe and healthy until her arrival to the world.

Thank you all so much for your kind words, messages and support throughout this journey, our family is so thankful for all of you!

July 28, 2017

Wedding Season: Gift Ideas for the Ones In Love

We are in the midst of wedding season...so many celebrations, parties and reasons to honor the couple in love. I am a big fan of getting fun with gift giving, and thinking outside the box (no pun intended) when it comes to these special occasions.

UnCommon Goods uses handmade, recycled and organic products which is an A+ in my book and when you check out on their site you are asked which non-profit organization you would like $1 to go to on behalf of their company...tell me that's not awesome!
Another reason I love UnCommon Goods is because of their wide variety of wedding gifts and cool options to choose from to stand out and be remembered when you're among the crowd at the wedding or bridal shower.

unique wedding gift ideas

Custom Map Serving Tray: Practical but unique gifts are always a win-win and are so good! I love this tray because you can pick the location to put on the map and then the couple can use it at their home. I would keep mine on our large ottoman in the living room or when hosting family and friends at our house, so cute!

Personalized Whiskey Barrel: We all know how I LOVE my bar cart! This barrel is totally cool and if we didn't already have one, I would be scooping it up for our home. This is perfect for the drink lovers and party throwers to wow the crowd and keep friends asking- where did you get that?! When they say your name, you'll be remembered for years to come as the coolest gift giver ever.

Personalized Wedding March Throw: For the homebodies, this is perfect to cozy up in on those newly married nights inside. You can customize the throw with a name and wedding date as a sweet token of love for the couple to remember for years to come. I love that it's black and white and can match so much in someone's home already!

When it comes to the bridal shower, my personal choice is to purchase something off the registry and incorporate something special and maybe personalized also. UnCommon Goods is my go to place for unique bridal shower gifts.

Date Night Bucket List: You know those games that are played at the shower or when you arrive and you're asked to share a date night idea for the couple?! Well, this does the work for you, how great! It includes 25 different date night ideas on sticks for the couple to pick and choose from, and cross off their list to keep them busy.

Personalized Library Card Pillow: This may be the nerd in me, but HOW CUTE IS THIS?!?! Put the family details on this adorable pillow and it's completely customized and cute for their couch. I love this, especially if they met at a library or school...perfect!

Last but not least, can I mention how hard choosing gifts can be for certain occasions even if you like shopping?! Anniversary gifts are now easier with UnCommon Goods...can I get a high five?!

Personalized Anniversary Pushpin World Map: This couldn't be more ideal for the couple that's been together 5, 15 or even 50 years! A map to track your travels together is a nice way to live adventurously every day from home and re-live those memories also.

Personalized Constellation of Love: A beautiful print that shows star charts of the night sky from a date you choose. I love stars and the sky, so this is really cool for anyone else that does too.

What is your favorite thing to give for weddings, showers or anniversaries?

I partnered with UnCommon Goods on this post for compensation, if you couldn't tell yet ;) I truly love this company and all ideas, words & opinions are mine. I always appreciate your support of the companies I work with on Dream Big and Buy the Shoes.

July 26, 2017

What I Bought From The #NSale

Ohhh the #NSale, also known as Christmas in July, or the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and nail-biting & teeth-clenching shopping event that's going on now. I lucked out and scored most of the items I had my eye on this year, some after re-stocks because they went THAT fast and wanted to share them with you today.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

I know some people aren't fans of jumping ahead to the next season, and I get it...because I like to enjoy the moment but I also love love love a deal and can't wait to scoop things up. I'm someone who rarely purchases anything without a coupon, sale or free shipping...so the Nordstrom Sale is right up my alley.

I want to begin with thanking Nordstrom for their amazing customer service (nope, not sponsored). We recently moved and although I changed my address on my Nordstrom credit card and the app, the items were shipping to my old address. Two of which said they had been delivered over the weekend when we were out of town. We got home, drove by our old place...and no packages. I immediately got on Twitter because they are always so helpful and responsive and started chatting with a rep, Allie. They re-ordered the delivered packages for no cost to me, and re-routed all of my already shipped items to our new address. Talk about customer service- so incredible! I was so thankful after going crazy shopping for items that had been sold out and re-added and thinking I was now out of luck with everything. Thank you Allie and Nordstrom for your efficient help and amazing kindness.
#NSALE 2017

The first items I purchased were of course, for baby girl. I have more fun shopping for her rather than me these days...and I think it will probably stay that way for the next 30 years :)
I first scooped up the North Face Buttery Fleece in white because it will be perfect for her first Winter, especially the cold we get in Erie. Along with that first order, I got her this cute and hilarious Breakfast at Mom's bib, because I couldn't resist.
Tell me this isn't adorable- a little baby adidas tee...I made sure to size up so she could wear it next Summer in to Fall. I've heard wonderful things about these Comotomo Baby Slow Flow Bottles for quite some time, and didn't get them on the first round but they came back in stock and I purchased 2 last week.

For me, the BP Lightweight Rib Stitch Cardigan seemed to be raved about and I can't pass up a cozy cardi.  I got it in burgundy stem and sized down based on reviews...unfortunately it's sold out at the moment, but re-stocks seem to be happening often so keep your eyes out if it's on your wish list!
This BP V-Strap Tee  looks super cute and easy to wear for a variety of occasions, so I got it in twilight blue. I also got two of the Lush Raw Edge Side Slit Tees in black and blue because I love their tops I have already. These keep going fast, but have been re-stocked a few times also!
One of my favorite fashion bloggers, Jade posted a picture with this cami, and it will be perfect under cardigans in the fall and is a great everyday basic item, which I love to buy during this sale!
Since leopard is a neutral to me, I grabbed the BP Leopard Print Scarf ...it's so inexpensive, how could you not?!

I didn't get any jeans which I kind of wanted to, but since I'll still be pregnant for part of Fall and then post Maternity the rest of Winter and am not sure what size will fit me best. There are a ton of great deals though, on so many items including shoes! The booties are undeniably cute this year, but they're not a necessity for me so again, not on my list.
I was happy with my purchases and may keep browsing in case I find any other necessities.

I can't wait to get all my packages in my hands and see everything in person. The Nordstrom Sale ends August 6th, so get your shopping in now! Did you get anything from the sale? Share your purchases with me!

July 24, 2017

Let's Catch Up--What's New

Wow...I'm glad I remembered my password to log in and blog. I can't even believe it's been almost two months since I've posted, but then again...I can.

I had all intentions of posting a few times a week and keeping the momentum going through the Summer and then getting back on schedule through Fall until baby arrives. Then pregnancy laughed at me like- nice try lady! It's been kind of   really disappointing to not be here keeping in touch with you all, but I promise this time I"m here to stay (as much as I can).

So...what's new:
Still pregnant...and that's pretty much it. Ha-ha...just kidding, but I feel like that's what has taken over life. I promise this blog won't turn in to a full on mom and pregnancy blog, but that's pretty much the majority of life this way.
I got real sick before I got better...to the point of losing almost 40 pounds because of vomiting and sickness. Thankfully, after hell and back to find some relief the doctors have found a prescription that is working for me- Hallelujah!
I feel so blessed to be the Mom of this little babe, but WOW this stuff is no joke. I really believe that women are superheroes for what life throws us, especially while trying to get through the day to day routine and deal with this stuff on top of it.

We are enjoying Summer...we've literally been on the go every single weekend, and while it can be tiring it's lots of fun. Trips to new places, visiting friends, celebrating with family...and tons of sunshine!

I celebrated my 3rd blogiversary by...not celebrating?! Next year will have to be better and bigger than ever for sure :)

We found out...baby Lawrence is a GIRL! A few of our Mom friends told me that they had this gut instinct when they were pregnant, and so did I. I just knew this babe was a little cupcake. Details, video, and pictures to come in a later post (because it's just so fun).

Ethan got braces and I turned another year older. He looks so grown up and it blows my mind that he's going in to 8th grade in a few months! Chuck has been learning so many new things at work and pushing himself to get more under his belt and I couldn't be prouder. Him and Ethan both, but especially my sweet Charlie have been so so helpful while I've been sick, exhausted and much more. I don't know that I could do any of this alone...and appreciate them being extra supportive and the best family ever.

I don't think much else has happened...like I said, this babe is already ruling my life :) See you back this week for more from me- yay, and wish me luck getting back into the blogging groove!