Black Friday Sale with PinkBlush

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Mama’s this one is for you! Thanks to PinkBlush I’m bringing you some Holiday Deals!!! All opinions are completely my own - as always!

Have you been wanting to update that wardrobe but you haven’t been sure how to do so or don’t think you can afford it? SURPRISE! You’re in luck! I’m always being complimented on how nice my clothing from PinkBlush is and now you’ll get the opportunity to have some, IF you shop the sale!!!

LARGEST SALE OF THE YEAR!!!

Below are some items that I’ve been able to select that are apart of the sale. Make sure you head over to their site to see what awesome deals you can catch! What I love most about PinkBlush is they are totally keeping me trendy for pregnancy and beyond. Once you become a mom you feel like you lose some of your hotness but NO MA’AM! I will defiantly be able to keep it hot!

Outfit 1: Light Blue Solid Delivery/Nursing Robe

This item is apart of their Holi-Deals*

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Ladies, I had to grab this robe! I own another one of their robes and I’m in LOVE! It’s comfy and light. This is not your grandmother’s robe! I love that I will be able to nurse my little one with my robe on due to the tie on the inside. You will want this in your collection and it’s a super low price Black Friday thru Cyber Monday!

Sizes: 1X - 3X

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Outfit 2: Ruffle Trim Puff Sleeve Maternity Dress

Red Puff sleeve dress

If you’ve been following me for a while you know I’m a “maxi girl” I LOVE a good maxi dress but I decided to do something a little different and opt for a short dress. You can still look fabulous and show a little skin! The color I’m wearing is no longer available but it is available in black, mauve, and royal blue!

I will definitely be rocking this to some holiday parties this year! You don’t have to opt for a long dress in the winter. Pair the dress with tights and you’re good to go! I also added a faux fur vest to give the outfit an extra flare.

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Sizes Available: S-XL

Non-maternity option: Burgundy Sequin Sleeveless V Neck Evening Gown

Outfit 3: Blue Plus Maternity Sweater Top

Blue PinkBlush Sweater

I can appreciate a cozy oversize sweater! This is perfect for going out and lounging around the house! I’ve paired this top a pair of jeggings and was pleased! The further along in the pregnancy I’m getting the more I want comfort! The neckline of the shirt is versatile. It’s open, I opted to wear it slightly off the shoulder - completely optional! I also love that it’s long enough to almost completely cover my hips! I can avoid tugging at my shirt constantly!

Sizes: 1X - 3X

Non-maternity option: Light Blue Cowl Neck Striped Accent Terry Top

If you’re anything like me, you’re planning your deals for Black Friday, that’s why I wanted to give it to you early so you’re ready! Remember you deserve something nice this holiday season as well! Everything will be up to 60% off! Be sure you use the CODE: BLACKFRIDAY


P.S. Stay tuned to my Instagram this week I will be doing a giveaway with PinkBlush just in time for your holiday shopping!

Let Love In...

Alexa, play Best Part by Daniel Caesar

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A few weeks ago we had the privilege of working with the great Denise Benson for my last shoot of the year and let’s just say it was EVERYTHING!

I’ll admit I was nervous going out into nature to capture this beautiful moment but I wanted these images to reflect exactly where I am in life right now…free..uninhibited! We drove out to the a rural part of Rock Hill, SC and let the magic begin. The weather was perfect, just the type of Fall vibes you would want to feel.

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I’ve never had professional maternity photos taken and I knew that I wanted to do so this time. I’m so glad that I did.

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After having my first love bug, my body changed and that was hard to wrap my head around it. 17 years old with a belly fully of stretch marks! Yikes, I could kiss my bikini days goodbye. However, I believe in the power of growth and let’s just say this mama did some growing. I’ve now realized that my body is AMAZING! I make humans and every part of my body should be celebrated!

Some may not feel as confident to go bare belly but trust me you won’t regret it! It felt so empowering to show off what my body can do!

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I hope you enjoy a few photos from my session!

Shop The Looks:

Light Blue Dress

Ivory Open Belly Maternity Dress

Grey and White Striped Dress

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How I'm handing being Plus Size and Pregnant

 Photo by: Denise Benson Photography 

Photo by: Denise Benson Photography 

Being a plus sized woman in America is hard especially when you see women paraded on television that look nothing like you. Even the plus size models have a particular shape. It’s usually the coke bottle, pear shape and ya girl here doesn’t have it! I’ve struggled to fit into the typical plus size world because I’m not super curvy and I would get dirty looks shopping in plus sizes stores. On more than one occasion the sales associate told me she thought I was lost. 😒

I’ve been plus sized for most of my life. It didn’t really hit me that being plus sized and pregnant mattered…not until I got my paperwork at check from my doctor. They gave me a cute little sheet that had my weight, height, how much I have loss or gained (I lost weight by the way) and my BMI. IT WAS 34! I’m considered obese. My doctor hasn’t harped on me about losing but she has encouraged me to move – start walking for 5 minutes a day just to get the blood flowing. And honestly, I’m not mad. She has treated me like a human – which is all I want. I know I weigh more than I should but I don't need to be reminded of that every time I go to the doctor.

What being plus size and pregnant means to me is still being able to be fabulous and pregnant? I can do any and everything every other woman can do. I WILL take those maternity photos. I WILL share my growing belly. I WILL give in to my cravings and I will enjoy this pregnancy!

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I believe pregnancy is supposed to be a joyous time. I'm determined to do that. I move when my body says move and I rest when my body tells me to. Understanding what's best for you and baby is the best thing you can do while pregnant!

What are or were your biggest fears during pregnancy?

 

Goodbye 1st Trimester

 Baby Bump in full effect!  Swimsuit can be found  here !   Photo by: denise benson photography 

Baby Bump in full effect!  Swimsuit can be found here

Photo by: denise benson photography 

Hi Friends,

I’ve been struggling to write this post…not because I didn’t want to but I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to say. Not to mention, I’ve been exhausted…my lower back and hips hurt and I’m not even halfway through yet. I had to come to terms with having another baby. (Totally not a part of the plan) I believe my partner and I both knew we just didn’t want to face the truth but reality would quickly slap us in the face.

I remember that weekend like it was yesterday. I went to brush my teeth and started gagging. He immediately popped out of bed and threatened to go to Walmart to get a pregnancy test. I was completely opposed to the idea because I’d been spotting for days, plus I have PCOS so there was no way I could be pregnant.  When I look back on that moment now...I wish I did allow him to go get the test and I wouldn’t have found out alone…

Instead, I went home but something just didn’t seem right about this drive. My spirit would not settle. I felt so uneasy and kept replaying his comments in my head. Mind you…I was 45 days late but in my defense sprinkles of blood appeared. Something told me to go get a test. What was the worst that could happen? Besides it confirming what we already knew but on the bright side if it was negative I would never have to mention it. Life would return to normal.

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I sat on the toilet and peed. (TMI) I set the timer on my phone for 3 minutes and waited but I notice something. The test looked funny it changed colors so fast and I instantly placed my head in my hands because those 3 minutes were not up. These were the LONGEST 3 minutes of my life! I was in complete an utter shock. I just knew this test was wrong. Thank goodness I bought 2. The joke was on me, they were both positive. I video chatted him and he was half asleep. Of course, with all of my theatrics, he was awake QUICKLY. Once he came to, I placed the pregnancy test in front of the camera and he gave this weird, devilish smile that he does often when he comes up with some awesome plan. He was excited! We didn’t speak it was that silence where no one knows what to say but it’s perfect. And because I needed words I broke the silence and asked: “so what are we gonna do?” He laughed and responded, “keep it.” I couldn’t speak. I wasn’t upset or anything…it’s just I have never had this experience before. Finding out I was pregnant in the past has always been so traumatic. This time it was normal…I felt normal.

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My honey was happy – like extremely happy so how could I not be? We decided to keep this little news to ourselves until we found out a due date and if the pregnancy was viable. The appointment came and my little peanut was there! Hearing the heartbeat brought tears to my eyes. I was in complete disbelief – somehow I thought this was all a dream and when we went for the ultrasound that nothing would be there…

I met my doctor and she was as sweet as pie but brutally honest. I’ve always had a dream of giving birth at home in a pool. She chuckled and said, “ain’t gonna happen.” (I’ve had two previous caesareans and the risk are too high.)

The first trimester has FLOWN by. I’m 14 weeks into this thing and it’s had its ups and down. Many nights I’ve cried unsure if this is really what I wanted at 27 years old with two school-age children. Then I was reminded that there are so many women with my condition (PCOS) that could only dream of this moment and here I am complaining. Life is short but this will be the last one! (tubes will be tied)

My morning sickness has finally calmed down, our 12-week scan went beautifully and outside of my constant back pain I’m okay. I’m counting it all joy!

Any other moms to be out there? Let me know how you're feeling!