Nov 20, 2014

Leo has a meme + Little Friday

This post is so random. Just thought I would warn you before you read. Get ready.

Because we all need something to make us laugh on a Thursday:


One minute my mother-in-law and I were perusing the Christmas decorations at Lowes, the next minute a horrible smell wafted up our noses. We looked at each-other like oh my god did you just fart - then looked in the buggy.

Leo pooped on my jacket, in the buggy, in the middle of the Christmas decor at Lowes.

Before my gagging commenced I started laughing hysterically, then started gagging and cleaned it up.

Speaking of Christmas decorations - Kirklands has some amazing Christmas pillows. I picked up these on Tuesday for $16.99 each. Not too bad, a little pricey, but sometimes if you love it and it's under $20 you just have to splurge!


The house decorations are coming along - as you can see, I have a whole new pillow addiction going on. Since last week I have purchased ELEVEN pillows, ELEVEN PILLOWS PEOPLE! Chris, I think, has just given in to the notion that I am going on a decoration binge and that there is nothing he can do to stop it.


This is is the set up of the living room. Pretty cute huh?! Obvy it's not finished in this picture - but I just wanted to share it. I have no idea what's on the TV, I think we were watching Gladiator while working on the house.

I can't wait till it's all done and I can share it with you. I am thinking of doing a home tour after the Christmas tree is up.

On another note, I got all of my blood-work done yesterday. They took eight viles - hopefully with all that they will be able to figure out what's going on. So with all of that, I am determined not to let anything bring me down, I am going to stay positive, stay happy, and move on with my life. This includes good ol' Comcast. I still don't have the internet and cable moved to my new house! I drive up to the old house and sit in the empty house to work on the blog and check facebook.

Maybe today I will finally call Comcast to get the internet and cable moved, it's just too cold outside to be going back and forth....even in the car....

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Nov 18, 2014

A Chemical Pregnancy

I was pregnant again.

After SEVEN months of trying I finally tested positive. FINALLY. I know that some women think that getting pregnant isn't a big deal or isn't something that you should be upset over because there are other options - but until you are a mom, have been trying, or miscarried - you just don't get it and really shouldn't voice your opinion, because you just don't know and won't know until you are in that position.

Getting negative tests is so discouraging - so when you finally get a positive you just want to scream from the rooftops. However, you don't because what if...

Well, the what if happened.

On (last week) Tuesday night I FINALLY tested positive for pregnancy. The next day I went in for a blood test - and while the levels were low, they were there. It was a confirmed pregnancy. Since I miscarried with my first pregnancy the doctor wanted me to go in for blood-work 48 hours later to make sure my hormones doubled.

They didn't.

Turns out I had a chemical pregnancy. A chemical pregnancy is a real pregnancy that just aborts VERY early, the egg failed to survive after fertilization. 

This begs the question, would I have known if I hadn't tested?? My answer is yes - I was well over a week late and I "felt" pregnant.

As of yesterday, my cycle started - which I am grateful for. This means that we can start over and start trying again. And as of today I am getting four pages of blood-work done to find out why I can't carry. My follow-up to discuss the blood-work will be in the first week of December.

Right now, I am trying not to focus on the negative that is this situation, that is this loss of life. The holidays are here. I have this incredible family and group of friends that are so supportive. I have an amazing husband that is my rock and I am moving into my amazing house. There is so much good to enjoy and experience! I don't want to wallow in the devastation that is miscarriage. I just want to move on and accept that this happened and that there are other things going on that are good. 

Because while yes, my stomach still twinges when I see someone else's ultrasound, I still get jealous and sad for myself when I hear about a baby announcement, I still walk all the way around to avoid the baby section,  and yes - I still hurt deeply and angrily over the fact that this happened again. 

Even though I feel all of these horrible, painful feelings,  I still want to find the silver lining. I want to find something positive to celebrate about this situation. 

I want to celebrate the fact that I can get pregnant after miscarrying,  I want to celebrate that I can get pregnant after a d&c. I can create life with my husband. 

I want to celebrate the fact that research is being done to find out why this is happening and how it can be prevented. 

This isn't all bad and I want to recognize that. I want to document that. I want this post published so that when I get sad I can look at it remember the good.

For the first time in a really long time I have faith that I will get pregnant,  I will carry to term, Chris and I will have a family. 


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Nov 16, 2014

Quick Announcement

Hey Readers,

I just wanted to stop by and let you know that they move is going great however, some health stuff has happened over the past few days. This will keep me from the blog at least until Wednesday. This has also kept from me from responding to comments from last week. I will be responding to those over the next couple of days.

I am okay, my family is okay. I just need some time to heal before I go into any details.

The plan is to be back on Wednesday with an update and to fill you in on what's going on.

Thanks for understanding,
Ash



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Nov 15, 2014

Can you really have to much makeup??? NOPE.

Hello, Grits Blog readers!  My name is Lindsay and I blog at Bourbon, Lipstick, and Stilettos.  The name says it all: I write about my love for bourbon (and wine), makeup, and shoes.  If I'm in a frisky mood, I'll throw in a recipe, DIY, or tutorial here and there.   
I posted this piece on my blog in July, but, with the holidays around the corner, thought it might give everyone some gift ideas.  All of these products would be great for your mom, sisters, friends, daughters, aunts, and anyone else who shares a love of cosmetics.  Or, better yet, treat yo' self.  Send the whole list to Santa; like me, I'm sure you've been good all year!  

I have so. Much. Makeup.  Maybe too much.  It’s my thing.  I will probably be found buried under decades of hoarded Sephora/Birchbox/Ipsy/Ulta samples one day.  I’m no makeup artist or professional… like most of you, I'm just a woman who never stopped playing dress up.  If you’re a makeup novice or interested in branching out, here are the products I suggest keeping in your makeup bag:



BB or CC Cream
They're taking over the market for good reason!  BB and CC Creams have replaced my normal primers. They contain SPF, moisturizer, concealer, and help correct dark spots.  


Eyebrow powder
Eyebrows look best when shaped and filled in (I do not mean shaved and drawn on).  Go no more than two shades darker than your hair color.   

Eyeshadow primer
This is especially important if you wear cheaper eye shadow.  Otherwise, your shadow will crease and fade.

Eyeshadow Palette
Buy a palette with colors that suit your taste.  I prefer nudes, but there are many options.  This is a fun way to experiment.

Eyeliner
I realize eyeliner seems daunting to some, but keep it for special occasions.  I wear it every day- it's not for everyone, but creates an amazingly dramatic look.  

Mascara
If nothing else, curl your lashes and swipe on a couple coats of mascara.  Instant pick-me-up!      

Concealer
Great for under eyes if you struggle with dark circles and puffiness (as I do), and to cover those awesome hormone-induced breakouts.  The two below are the best I've ever encountered.  

Blush
I think every woman should own NARS Orgasm.  It's iconic.  
SplurgeNARS Orgasm 

Highlighter/Brightener/Illuminator
A good highlighter is key to looking vibrant (and great in pictures).  I like to apply it above my eyebrows, the corner of my eyes, and cheekbones.  
SplurgeBenefit High Beam 

Setting Powder
It's smart to seal in all that hard work!  

Lipstick
You're never fully dressed without lipstick!  Finding the right shade is like searching for a needle in a haystack.  Find your signature shade! 


What would you add to the list?

Thanks for letting me take over today.  Hope you'll stop by and say hello! 
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Nov 13, 2014

That time I wasn't prepared to blog... + Little Friday

I think that all the cleaning from the weekend - when I normally get my blog prepared for the week - has really messed me up. I don't have ANYTHING prepared! I didn't even schedule co-hosts for Little Friday (which if you want to do this, it's free - click here to sign up).

LUCKILY though, I have amazing blogger friends like Ashley to save the day - because if she wasn't here there really wouldn't be anything posted today.

If you have been around this blog a while you may recognize Ashley - we have done quite a few fashion collaborations together. It feels like I have known Ashley since I started blogging, I think she started right before I did. Her posts are full of how to wine taste, make basic tee-shirts edgy, and apple cider cupcakes with mascarpone frosting (YUM).

Ashley is a daily read for me, I truly can't suggest enough you adding her to your daily read list too!


(1) What are you most excited about in regards to the upcoming Holidays?

Aside from all of the delicious food and treats... I always look forward to one of our traditions every each year-- watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Charlie Brown Christmas (yes, the cartoon versions), drinking wine, and wrapping gifts with my hubby.  


(2) If you could blog full-time, what is the one thing that you would focus most on?

Oh gosh... there is always sooo much to focus on-- I would probably focus on more engagement with my followers and getting to know them better!   

(3) Boots or booties?

Depends.  I know this should just be one or the other- but it really depends on my mood that day! I'm obsessing over booties lately because they are so easy-- but I adore a tall boot with the boot socks.  I can't pick one!  {You should see me when I pack for a trip--- I have to have options- there is no such thing as packing light for me :-)}

(4) What's the one piece of advice you would give to your high-school self and your older-self (think like 75+)?

I would tell my high school self to have confidence and just go after it.  Take the chance.  There are so many times in my life where I missed out on something because I didn't have the confidence to just do it and take the chance at something.  I always worried about what people thought of me. 

(5) What are your three favorite blog posts?

My all time favorite cupcake recipe, our trip to Fiji, and one of my favorite outfits.


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