My Baby Wish List::

There is no denying that it is officially the Christmas season! Thanksgiving is over, Advent has begun, and it’s December.  All signs, no matter whose book you’re reading, point to Christmas! That being said, you have no excuse to not start checking those shopping lists off as there are just over 3 weeks left before the big day.

Seeing as this is my first Christmas as a parent, I’ve had to take some time to think about what Piper “wants” for Christmas. As silly as that sounds, I have grandparents asking and we must oblige.  Besides, Piper has become a busy little bee who is curious about everything these days, so little toys that allow her to explore her new skills are super fun!

I’ve put together this short list of items/categories that are suitable for babies up to 2 years or so.  They’re practical for Mom and Dad, fun for baby, and within a wide range of budgets so you really can’t go wrong!


  1. Baby Einstein ANYthing | Seriously, you cannot go wrong with Baby Einstein.  From play mats to bouncers to light-up toys and DVD’s, this stuff is amazing.  All of their toys are colorful and educational and will keep baby’s ever-changing attention span for a solid amount of time. We (read: Piper) LOVE every Baby Einstein product we’ve tried!
  2. OhJustDandy Bunny Ears Teether | My little bunny has 4 teeth already and wooden teethers have been great for her sore gums! This wooden ring teether (treated with coconut oil) has soft cotton, washable bunny ears that are filled with crinkle paper.  So, it’s one part teether, one part toy and all around adorable! $10
  3. Cahootsie Handmade Turban | Some of my sweet friends started the cuties baby accessory line and I just die for these precious turbans! All of their products are handmade with LOTS of love and include headwear, scarves, bibs, and bow ties for the most darling and dapper little ones! $12 for the Confetti Turban pictured
  4. Melissa & Doug ANYthing | Once again, you really can’t go wrong with any toys by Melissa & Doug.  They’re educational, award-winner, super fun, and there’s something for every age!
  5. Honest Company Diaper Bundle | Here’s the thing about this gift: it truly keeps on giving.  For just $80/month, you get 6 packs of diapers and 4 packs of wipes.  They’re free of harmful ingredients to keep baby’s bum baby soft and are just about the cutest under garments on the market.  If you want to be an A+ gift-giver to the parent of a baby, create an account, add your form of payment, and set that puppy to auto-ship every month. Voila!
  6. Richard Scarry Books | I just about melt each time I read “I am a Bunny” to my little P.  She and I both love it! All of Mr. Scarry’s books are adorable and it’s NEVER too early to start reading to your sweet ones.

Once again, these are gifts that Piper (read: she AND her parents) would love to receive! I’d love to hear what my fellow parents have to add to the list!

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My Mama Wish List::

Because I had so much fun making my Fitness Wish List last week, I thought I’d make a few more to share before Christmas sneaks up on us all.  This week’s is for all us mamas! I chose all of these gifts because they’re practical AND a little bit indulgent all at the same time.  Ok, I guess the dark chocolate is all indulgence, but it has anti-oxidants so we’re still being productive here, folks!  Once again, there are items on this list that fit into anyone’s budget and are all on my actual wish list this year!


  1. Mukluk Slipper Boots | A good pair of “sweater moccasins” should be at the top of all mamas’ lists! These slippers are SO comfy, they slip on in a jiff, and have a soft leather sole making it easy to ninja your way around the house when baby is sleeping! $12-15
  2. Artifact Uprising Instagram Photo Book | These books are simply beautiful.  But, they’re also affordable and an easy way to turn Instagram into an actual scrapbook.  Every mama means to make one of these documenting her sweet baby’s life, but she sometimes gets side tracked and would LOVE for you to make one for her! She’ll probably even cry happy tears when she opens it. $18
  3. The Yellow Table Cookbook | I recently attended a lovely cookbook release party at author Anna Carl Watson’s parents home here in Nashville.  My sweet friend Hannah invited me as she knows Anna from her time living in NYC and I fell in love with The Yellow Table.  This book is seriously beautiful and the recipes simple and perfect.  $30
  4. Videri Dark Chocolate | I almost think I don’t even need to give you my reason for this one.  It’s chocolate.  I know the crew that owns Videri and they are as top notch as their confections.  Also, it’s chocolate. $8
  5. Volcano Candle | I’ve actually included this item on a gift guide once before.  But, it’s a staple. It smells clean & crisp, which every house that contains young humans can use more of, and who doesn’t want their home to smell like Anthropologie? $28
  6. doTERRA Family Physician Kit | My mother-in-law gifted this essential oil kit to me just before Piper was born and it’s been a total life changer.  From frankincense during labor to lavender to soothe teething pain, we use the oils daily in our home.  They’re safe & effective which is a double whammy every mama deserves! $167

I’d love to hear what other mamas are hoping to receive this Christmas.  Or, better yet, what you plan to give to the mamas in your life!


Nourish and Be Nourished::

My Fitness Wish List::

You may wonder why I’m already talking about my fitness wish list when we haven’t even celebrated Thanksgiving yet.  And, I know. Believe me, I know that talk of Christmas prior to Black Friday makes some people’s eyes bleed. I’m sort of one of them.

However, I also know that the Christmas season (defined here as the days between Thanksgiving and Christmas) is a busy one and people like to get their act together as soon as possible and, well, I’m just trying to help those over-achievers out! And because I’m so into helping, I thought I’d share some of my must-haves for the fitness enthusiasts in your life.

So, here are 6 items that should be on every fitness wish list.  They run the budget gamut, so there’s truly something for everyone!


  1. Kind Bars |  This is an easy start! At just a few bucks a pop, these make a great stocking stuffer.  They’re my favorite, on-the-go, healthy snack made of real ingredients everyone can pronounce!
  2. Herschel Supply Co. Duffle | This bag. Oh, this bag! With numerous prints from which to choose, organized storage, and quality materials, this is the perfect bag for the gym or a weekend away. Prices range from $80-$130.
  3.  Gold Nike Fuel Band | We all know that wearable fitness trackers are going to be BIG this year. There are tons to choose from.  However, I’m of the notion that if it looks good, I’ll be more likely to actually wear it and use it.  So, my vote goes to the Nike Fuel band, in GOLD, of course! $150.
  4. Bkr Glass Water Bottle | You don’t need me to tell you how toxic plastic water bottles can be, so let me stick to the good news: this adorable glass water bottle from Bkr, complete with a precious heart on the silicone sleeve. Another product with endless color combos for your hydrating pleasure. $30-$35 for 500mL bottle.
  5. Twistband Hair Ties | Confession: I actually make these hair ties for myself.  I buy the elastic, dye ‘em and tie ‘em.  But, remember, we’re working against the clock this time of year, so why not purchase this super cute 5 pack from Twistband? It’s just $10.50 for the lot and, once again, there are tons of cute options!
  6. doTERRA Deep Blue Rub | If you love the fitness enthusiast in your life (and I’m pretty sure you do if you’re interested in their fitness wish list), then you’ll want to get them a tube of this! Deep Blue is doTERRA’s soothing essential oil blend for sore muscles and achy joints.  And, I can speak from experience when I say that this is the best recovery rub out there.  It’s made with therapeutic grade ingredients and brings instant relief.  $7-$40 depending on product size

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a few people (ahem, Mom), I need to email this to.  Maybe you should do the same? ;)

PS-If you’re wondering about fitness apparel, check out my absolute favorites here!


Nourish and Be Nourished::


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Cleanliness is Next to Godliness ::

Have you ever heard the expression “cleanliness is next to Godliness” and wondered what in the world it meant? Yeah, me too.  I’m sure there’s some short, sweet answer as to why we compare Mr. Clean to God, but I have had an unrelated revelation of my own this week that has had that saying running through my head.

You see, we just moved to the Nashville area (Franklin, to be exact, for those of you who know the area or are Civil War buffs) for no other reason than the fact that we wanted to.   Our decision to do so was not a spontaneous one, but it was still one that required a formidable amount of faith.   We didn’t have typical jobs lined up and we leased a house without ever seeing it.  For this type-A, event-planning, control-freak, that’s a big deal. But, and this is a “but” that is foundational in my faith, I just had to trust that this move is what God has had in store for our little family all along.


Key to this story is the face that the house that Adam and I lived in when we got married had no dishwasher.  It was was an adorable craftsman-style bungalow from the 1920′s, but it definitely needed some TLC that we, as renters, just weren’t in the position to provide.  So, for 2.5 years, I washed dishes, by hand, in a sink with a faucet that was much too low and water pressure that was virtually non-existent.  There were times I stood at that sink for an hour, continually turning that water on-and-off, on-and-off just trying to trick the it into flowing at a pace stronger than a trickle.  It was mental Chinese water torture for me.

So, when we decided to move, I adamantly declared that our next house WOULD have a dishwasher.  I checked every rental listing we came across for a dishwasher and if there wasn’t one, I quickly moved on without question.  So, when my mother-in-law told us about this cute little house in the perfect little neighborhood, my first question was, of course, about the dishwasher.  And, when I was told that this perfect little house didn’t have one,  I not only questioned its perfection, but was sorely disappointed. However, the more I learned about this perfect little house, the more I realized that I could suck it up for another year and wash dishes by hand.  I was making a H-U-G-E sacrifice for sake of simply moving out of our house on time.  Huge, I tell you! ;)

Fast-foward a month and allow me to divulge just how I feel about the dish situation in this new little house.  Y’all, (I live in Tennessee now, so I can say “y’all” without feeling weird, ok?)  I couldn’t be more grateful for what the lack of a dishwasher means in my life right now.  From the moment we arrived in our new town, I knew we’d made the right decision.  I knew that the anxiety Adam and I both felt as we packed up the house that we came home to from our honeymoon, the same house that we brought our sweet Piper home from the hospital to, was all so inconsequential in the grand scheme of things.  I knew that God, indeed, had us in the palm of His hands the entire time we debated what was going to be best for our family.

We love it here.  Our lives have been enriched in ways that will need some blog posts of their own for elaboration.  What I will tell you know is that we are carving out the lives that we want for Piper and any subsequent children we may have in the future.  It’s truly a perfect fit. And, do you know what? Do you know what reminds me of God’s faithfulness in a way that I never imagined?  Washing dishes.  By hand.  Each morning, noon, and night, when I stand over the kitchen sink in our perfect little house washing dishes, I am reminded of the way that God always, always, always gives us exactly what we need, especially when it’s something that allows us to see, feel, and experience Him more clearly.

And that’s exactly what happens when I wash dishes now.

So, yes, cleanliness is next to Godliness for me, but in a way I never knew possible and in a way that just fills me to the brim with gratitude for His perfect orchestration, and humility for the ways in which I doubted and worried and tried to maintain control that was never mine to begin with.


Nourish and Be Nourished::

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Healthy Lunch-That’s a (Carrot) Wrap::

If you’re looking for a quick, easy, healthy lunch, boy do I have a treat for you today! As you may recall, lunches have, historically, been an issue in the Weaver household. Never feeling fully satisfied with the options of food I keep stocked in my kitchen, I have somehow managed to hit it out of the park yet again when it comes to lunch. I’ll go ahead and give myself a pat on the back for this one because, really, it’s a big deal.

healthy lunch: roasted carrot wrap

Below are the details of this healthy lunch creation. Once again, this dish is totally customizable based on your taste preferences, but this particular version is delicious and certainly nutritious!

What You’ll Need::
-Whole Wheat (or gluten free) Wrap
-Organic Plain Greek Yogurt
-Organic Whole Carrots
-1/2 Cup Cooked Organic Quinoa
-Banana Peppers
-Preferred Organic Greens
-Tomatoes, sliced
-1/4 Yellow Onion, diced
-Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
-Freshly Ground Black Pepper

What to Do::
1) Wash, cut, and roast carrots according to this AMAZING recipe. (seriously, these are THE best carrots you’ll ever taste and SO easy)

roasted carrots
2) Toss the diced onions onto your roasting pan when your carrots have about 7 minutes left
3) Cook Quinoa according to package instructions
4) Place wrap in oven on a piece of tin foil (that you removed from the top of your carrots) when your carrots have about 5 minutes left
5) Slather a healthy scoop of greek yogurt onto your wrap and add S&P to taste
6) Top wrap with greens, tomatoes, peppers, onions, carrots, and quinoa
7) Enjoy!

This quick wrap is chock full of protein to keep hunger at bay all afternoon long making it healthy and satisfying. I’d love to hear how you make it your own!


Nourish and Be Nourished::

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A New Chapter-Nourish Bootcamp::


Last week marked the beginning of a journey about which I am so exited! If you recall, I started a little thing called Bikini Bod Bootcamp last year.  It came about after Reagan asked me to workout with her prior to her family’s annual beach vacation; and what was intended to be a little partner workout turned into a B-I-G group of women exercising together 3 days per week.  It was so much fun and so inspiring and the nickname “bikini bod bootcamp” kind of just stuck.

But, as much as I loved BBB, the name was never quite right.  You see,  I love exercise.  I love what it does for the health of your body as well as your psyche and emotional well being.  I love that a little bit of movement can extend your life for years.  So, when our little partner workout turned into Bikini Bod Bootcamp, I was thrilled.  But as more and more women joined our group, I felt that using the phrase “bikini bod” was misleading.  We were working for so much more than a bikini, and in several cases, a bikini was never the finish line or even anywhere along the route to success.

So, now over a year after the first BBB began, we have evolved.  We have the same goals, but a new name.  We are now: Nourish Bootcamp. 

When I decided that another round of bootcamp was going to take place this summer, I knew that I wanted to shed the bikini, both in name and in principle.  I want these bootcamps to allow us to strip down and become comfortable in our own skin.  I want these bootcamps to empower and strengthen.  I want these bootcamps to equip the women who participate to be their strongest selves no matter what shape or size they may be.  I want these bootcamps to Nourish.

So, here we are.

It’s only week 2, but I can assure you that the women who make up the inaugural class of Nourish Bootcamp are working for something far greater than a bikini bod. They are working toward whole body health and strength, and of that I could not be more proud.

In fact, I want to share some of the responses I received when I asked them what they love most about their bodies prior to our first session:

I am grateful for the whole thing. My body gives me a place to live and a vehicle by which I can experience the world.”

“It’s ability to change!”

“That God made it capable of so much! I love that I’m able to push my body to learn new things! I just think the human body is incredible.”

As I’m sure you can understand, I am incredibly inspired by these women and hope that Nourish Bootcamp is an opportunity for them to experience the incredible power of not just any body, but of their  bodies.

Nourish and Be Nourished::

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More than Worth It::

If you know me at all, you know that I have a thing for perspective.  In my heart of hearts, I know that perspective can change everything.  I am aware of the fact that my thoughts, words, and actions can be drastically affected by my perspective.  I don’t always remember, or live out this truth, but I know deep down how powerful perspective can be.

So, take a short trip down memory lane with me.  Let’s rewind to last Christmas season.  I was just creeping up on my third trimester and spending lots of time at Hobby Lobby purchasing the necessary supplies for several handmade gifts for my loved ones.  During one such time, as I waited in a seemingly unmoving line, the woman behind me meekly peeked at my belly and asked me when I was due.  After telling her it’d just be a few short months before Adam and I would be welcoming our first child into the world, she took a brief pause, and I prepared myself for what I was certain she was about to say.

“Ohhh, get ready…sleep while you can.  Take long showers while you can.  Eat dinner with both hands while you can.  Wear makeup while you can…but don’t worry, it’s so worth it,”  I thought to myself.  I’d heard all of those warnings several times before, so admittedly, I momentarily tuned her out.  Thankfully, however, what I thought this sweet woman was going to say and what she actually said were completely different.

The first words out of her mouth were, “Ohhh, get ready…you’re about to experience the most incredible gift.  I have a 7 week old daughter and I can’t remember what life was like before her.   She’s my everything and it’s only now that I truly understand love. It can be challenging, but it’s so worth it!”

I was floored.  This woman said the things I was longing to hear.  She said the things that I was sure other people felt, but just didn’t say.  She said the things that I had so hoped to read in all of those blogs declaring that they could enlighten new mamas to “The Top 5 Secrets No One Tells You About Motherhood”.

She and her perspective had a profound impact on me.  I left Hobby Lobby that day bound and determined to share in her perspective.

Fast forward to the present.  I now have a 3 month old daughter.  I am now a mom.  I have been forever changed, but I have held tight to the perspective I claimed that December day last year.  I have often replayed that conversation in my head, but there is just one thought that differs from the woman I encountered in that unmoving line.  I have found, time and time and time again, that the moments of hardship are more than worth it.

So, it is with that perspective that I give new mamas my “Top 5 Secrets No One Tells You About Motherhood”:


  1. The highs are more numerous than the lows.
  2. The giant baby smiles are more heart-melting than the giant baby cries are upsetting.
  3. The scent of baby skin is more delicious than the dirty diapers are smelly.
  4. The nights spent at home as a family of 3 are more joyous than date nights out are refreshing.
  5. The duty of being a parent is more worth any “it” you can possibly imagine.

Like that woman in Hobby Lobby, I can’t remember what life was like before I met Piper.  Like that woman in Hobby Lobby, my heart has been so transformed by the blessing of becoming a parent that I’m not sure I actually understood love for the first 28 years of my life. Like that woman in Hobby Lobby, I am experiencing life’s greatest gift each and every day.  Like that woman in Hobby Lobby, I vow to share with future mamas just how beautiful their new journey is going to be.

And, like that woman in Hobby Lobby I will choose a grateful and joyful perspective every single day, with one exception: I will choose to see just how much more “worth it” all of “it” truly is.


Nourish and Be Nourished::



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Baby Love::

This is going to be one of those posts where the photos speak for themselves.  A little less than a month ago, our good friend and insanely talented photographer Brandon Chesbro came to Orlando to shoot a wedding.  Fortunately, he was able to stay with us for a few days, get to know our sweet Piper girl, and snap some priceless photos of her.

If you’ve followed Nourish for any amount of time, you know that Brandon is our go-to photographer when it comes to any major life event.  He shot our engagement, wedding, and maternity photos, but none are as special as the ones he took of our baby girl.  Not only are they beautiful, but they capture our life as we now know it.  They capture our life as it will be from here on out; no longer focused on just the two of us, but on our growing family and the incredible blessing that it is.

In fact, my favorite thing about these photos is that they were’t planned.  We didn’t have a set time to meet in a beautiful location.  I didn’t spend copious amounts of time getting my hair, makeup, and outfit just right.  No, these photos were taken in our home.  These photos revolved around nap times and diaper changes and hair thrown into a top knot to keep baby hands from pulling it out.  These photos represent us: The Weavers, family of 3.

Below are some of my favorites.  They are too numerous to share in their entirety, but they capture the essence of that which is most important.  This is us and my heart couldn’t possibly be filled with more gratitude and love.  I hope you enjoy!

PiperWeb-14 PiperWeb-31 PiperWeb-33 PiperWeb-46 PiperWeb-56 PiperWeb-59 PiperWeb-66 PiperWeb-68 PiperWeb-88

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Prenatal Fitness-Part 2::

Chances are, if you’re reading this post, you had a chance to read Part 1 of this series and weren’t too put off by my strong opinions regarding prenatal health and fitness.  I tend to be…let’s say passionate in this area and appreciate you sticking around if you’ve made it this far.  You won’t find me so high up on my soap box for parts 2 and 3 as they’re meant to be more informative and practical.

If you’re currently pregnant, or have done any research into the physiological changes that take place during pregnancy, then it comes as no surprise to you that the female body practically transforms into a foreign being while generating new human life.  From skin discoloration to bigger feet to the massive belly and widening hips, the simple fact is that your body is not your own while pregnant.  This does not mean that the body is no longer fully functioning and magnificently capable.  What it does mean, however, is that you must be thoughtful, careful, and smart when embarking on a prenatal fitness routine.

In part 3, I’ll share some really great types of exercise that women who are experiencing a normal, uncomplicated pregnancy can safely participate in.  Today, though, I’d like to arm you with some facts and general tips to consider before trying any of said workouts.

First things first, when it comes to ANY workout routine, you MUST listen to your body.  I’ve discussed before the importance of adhering to the internal alarms with which we’ve been so divinely armed.  The human body was designed to be in motion and it will certainly tell you when enough is enough. I think this is where a lot of people go astray in exercise, in both directions.  There is a population that is competitive and stubborn that will ignore tell tale signs of overuse and injure themselves and, conversely, a population that treads too lightly for fear of pushing too hard, resulting in a lack of progress.  I say this as I have fallen into both categories, perhaps in the same workout in some cases!  It can be difficult to find balance in a physical endeavor, but my body never spoke to me more clearly than when I was pregnant.  So, be confident and cognizant of the signals your body sends.

Now, if you pair this connection with your body with the following facts regarding changes during pregnancy, you’ll be more than equipped to safely, and effectively tailor a workout regimen for yourself and your unborn babe.

The Cold, Hard Truth::

  • Hydration is key! During pregnancy, your blood volume nearly doubles meaning you need more fluids to maintain hydration.  Keep water handy at all times and take frequent breaks. This increase in blood volume also means there’s more blood circulating near the surface of your skin causing you to feel warmer more quickly, so more fluids and breathable clothing made for physical activity are super important.
  • Hormones rule. Important to remember during this time is that hormones are running rampant. This means that special considerations must be taken into account before, during, and after exercise.   A few of particular note are:  HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), which is responsible for telling your body you’re pregnant and overall regulation of the pregnancy.  Responsible for the fatigue and nausea you feeling during the first trimester, HCG levels even out during the second trimester making exercise more appealing. Another important hormone in regards to exercise is relaxin,  the hormone that allows your joins to loosen and pass that baby through the birth canal.  Most prominent during the third trimester, it is important to recognize that increased flexibility likely has less to do with all that prenatal yoga and more to do with hormonal changes, so being careful not to over stretch is extremely important.  It can be misleading to feel like you’re gaining flexibility when, in reality, you can increase your risk for injury. 
  • The “talk test” (mentioned in my last post) is the best guide to determine your perceived level of exertion during a particular exercise. Whether you’re performing cardio or strength exercises, you can test your level of intensity with a few simple words.  Try speaking 3-5 sentences.  If you’re able to deliver your lines without any effort, you can safely take it up a notch.  If you’re breathless before you reach the end, it’s a good idea to dial it back a bit until you find that you have just enough air to finish your talk test.
  • Lying positions can present problems.  It’s fairly obvious that your growing belly will prevent you from performing prone (face down) exercises at some point, but supine (face up) positions can be problematic as well.  As your baby grows, lying on your back can compress the vena cava, a major pathway for blood getting back to your head and heart from the lower extremities.  Should compression take place, you can find yourself feeling dizzy and/or faint.  So, depending on your body and baby, you should avoid any exercises that put you flat on your back starting around 16 weeks, give or take.
  • Core, Core, Core! A strong core, which includes your abs, back, and pelvic floor is crucial for a comfortable pregnancy and strong delivery.  Again, as your belly grows, the exercises you perform will need to be modified to accommodate your changing body.  As your uterus rises from your pelvis into your abdomen, your rectus abdominis (aka-your 6 pack!) must separate to make room for baby.  This means that you’ll want to avoid any core exercises that will put pressure on the center of your abs.  Traditional movements like crunches and sit ups can actually damage your abs by placing too much pressure on the connective tissues that’s stretching and ultimately causing prolonged separation.  This condition, called diastasis recti (pictured below), can be treated post pregnancy with specific gentle exercises, but is better avoided in the first place.  I’ll discuss several modified core exercises in Part 3 to help prevent any core damage.


  • Every body is different, therefore every pregnancy is different, and ultimately, personal responsibility must be taken. Consulting with your doctor is important, but their knowledge of your unique abilities only goes as far as you’re able to reveal.  So, be smart, be careful, and arm yourself with the power of self awareness. Below are some very serious guidelines as set forth by the ACOG in regards to contraindications of pregnancy and exercise.  Should you experience any of the following, you’ll need to seriously evaluate your personal ability to exercise during your pregnancy.

Source: Exercise During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period. ACOG Committee Opinion No. 267. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Obstet Gynecol 99: 171-173, 2002.

It is my hope that the information presented in this post will allow you to start an informed personal journey as your navigate your own prenatal exercise routine.  I’d love to hear about your experiences, whether you’ve done this pregnancy thing before or are currently in the midst.

Stay tuned for Part 3 where I’ll give present some safe and effective prenatal workouts.


Nourish and Be Nourished::

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Carats & Cake::

Adam and I just celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary and it’s hard to believe it’s already been than long since we said, “I do.” Considering I’m a few years removed from the wedding planning scene, it’s no surprise that I’ve been a bit out of the loop when it comes to helpful tools for future brides. However, I recently discovered a site that makes me want to jump right into the planning pool once again!

Last week, I received and email from Carats & Cake informing me that Adam and my wedding has been featured on their site.  Our incredible photographer, Brandon Chesbro, is clearly in the know with these sorts of things and submitted photos of our big day to the site.  Having never heard of Carats & Cake, I was immediately intrigued having been contacted by them directly and checked it out.

Let me tell you, if you are a bride (or groom) currently planning your wedding, do yourself a favor and get over to C&C. More than a wedding blog, beautifully designed and thoughtfully curated, Carats & Cake features only real weddings where real brides review and recommend real vendors.  The weddings featured are all tastefully captured and showcase the entire event in a way that makes it simple and easy for the person planning a wedding to digest.   And, perhaps my favorite part, engaged brides can connect directly with these former brides for personal advice.  How cool is that!?

The site is broken into three main tool categories for planning your dream wedding: popular weddings, local vendors, and wedding inspiration, allowing users to hone in on what’s important for their planning needs without getting tangled in a worm hole of linked content. This is a huge plus if you’ve ever used some of the other popular wedding planning sites that are currently out there.


As you can see, the clean layout makes it easy to find what inspires you, while giving you a practical look at what went into making that inspiring image a reality. It’s this kind of functionality, a marriage of style and easy-of-use, that makes Carats & Cake a bride’s dream planning tool. And, what’s more, it’s a great place for vendors as well, featuring honest reviews from satisfied customers on a platform that’s of the highest taste.

I’m obviously a fan and am pretty sure I’m going to need to create a couple of fake weddings to satisfy my reignited wedding planning flame.  So, if you’re engaged (or hope to be so some day), I highly recommend adding Carats & Cake to your wedding planning arsenal.

Oh, PS-one of my absolute favorite things about C&C: they have a whole page dedicated to giving couples ideas to use their weddings to give back, making them a socially conscious company as well.  Love it!

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