a new planner.

I'm so excited to share my new planner today! I've shared my love for Plum Paper Designs before with my last planner but I knew I needed something different for the many changes coming up. When researching the different styles of planners I knew that the family plan would fit our lifestyle best. Plus, the beautiful covers and details inside made me so excited to order a new planner! I also love that you can add months to the planner for such a low price. I decided to start the planner in September and the dates go on until December 2016 so I won't have to worry about getting a new planner for next year. Keeping everything organized with a little baby arriving is so important and I look forward to using it!

I decided to pick six different sections for the weekly layout; ME, PETER, SOLOMON, 
MEALS, BLOG, PLANS & then the last section is empty for miscellaneous things.
I can't wait to list out all the details for each section in the months ahead and stay organized with the many areas that fill the day.

The most fun part of this planner is the baby section! I love to write things down, hence the paper planner in the first place, but thinking about keeping a written record of baby details in the months ahead to help me stay organized makes me very happy. I'm excited to fill these pages!!

Plus, all of you can use the coupon code LIVING10 and receive 10% off their order. The coupon is valid through December 31, 2015. Just visit Plum Paper Designs and pick out which beautiful planner fits your lifestyle the most.  ENJOY!! 

Goals // 9.15

This month ahead is going to be a simple one for goals since we will be having so many fun changes in our life. I can't believe it is finally time to meet our boy, I seriously can't wait! I'm trying to be patient and calm, nesting and resting, all those lovely things you do in the last few weeks of pregnancy that feel like a whole freakin year......

August Update
1// Prepare some frozen meals for after Solomon arrives - nope, didn't happen. BUT I am thankful for the many family and friends that have already promised us meals. ;)
2// Pack the bags for the birth center - packed and ready, shared  all the details HERE.
3// Finish the Hymns Series by SheReadsTruth - not quite finished but I'm looking forward to finishing this up during the beginning of September before baby boy comes!
4// Go on one last date night with Peter before Solomon arrives - we had several nights out for dinner that were nice and I think we will continue to have a dinner date night every weekend until Solomon decides to come!
5// Finish up the room and wait for baby boy - finished and I can't wait to share all the details very soon!!!! 

September Goals
1// Welcome our sweet baby boy!!!!!!!!
2// Rest and enjoy him as much as possible. 
3// Celebrate our Two Year Anniversary! 

packing the bags.

I thought it would be fun to celebrate making it to week 38 by sharing all the many bags I have packed for the big event! It was a little different to pack for a birthing center vs a hospital stay since you only stay there 4-6 hours after the baby arrives, and I haven't seen many packing lists for a birth center delivery, so I thought it would be great to share mine! 

(both very generous gifts at a baby shower)

The breakdown of the bags are

Solomon's Bag
1//one outfit  2//one sleeper  3//going home outfit + hat
4//diapers + wipes  5//two blankets  6//two burp cloths
7//socks  8//mittens  9//hand sanitizer

Momma's Bag
1//night gown  2//pajamas  3//going home outfit  4//two pairs of undies
5//wetbag for clothes  6//nursing bra  7//nipple butter
8//cloth nursing pads  9//swim top for tub  10//socks  11//slippers  13//flipflops

Toiletries Bag
1//hair ties  2//headbands  3//chapstick  4//shampoo & conditioner
5//dry shampoo  6//soap  7//face cleanser  8//face scrub  9//cotton pads
10//cotton swabs  11//toothbrush + toothpaste  12//coconut oil  13//vitamins
14//brush  15//makeup bag

Daddy's Bag
1//cell phones and charger  2//camera with lens and extra battery  3//swimsuit
4//extra set of clothes and underwear  5//pajama pants  6//toothbrush

Snack Bag
1//coconut water  2//larabars  3//bananas  4//cucumbers
5//grapes  6//glass with bendy straw

& the "just in case" Hospital Bag
1//extra sleepers for Solomon  2//extra socks and hats for Solomon
3//diapers + wipes  4//two blankets  5//postpartum wrap  6//breast pump
7//extra clothes and undies for momma  8//extra clothes and undies for daddy

What did I forget?!? Anything that you Momma's out there loved having with you
or anything that I definitely will not need??

Summer Favorites.

This summer has definitely been the most interesting summer of my life. With enjoying our second year of marriage, preparing for a new member of our family & trying to travel and have as much fun as we can in the process. Looking back over the past few months was a lot of fun and I'm excited to share little bits and pieces of my favorite parts thanks to The Circle Link-up for this month!

Starting off the summer with one of my favorite holidays
and one that hit home in a new way for me, Mother's Day!

Next up was our wonderful Babymoon in Charleston!!
It was such a fun weekend and I can't wait to take our baby boy
to one of our favorite cities in the future.

Another awesome part of summer is all the cookouts and weddings, 
it was fun to see friends and celebrate during busy weekends like this one

Taking road trips with for shopping and quality time with my Mom
is always a summer must and our weekend trip for baby shopping was so much fun!

Speaking of that baby boy, it was so sweet to celebrate his life with my family and friends at his two showers. The first with my family and the second with my friends!! 

& of course you have to celebrate summer with a 4th of July cookout!
I'm so glad we have made this a fun tradition with our family and friends!! 

The Summer vacation to Niagara Falls was the perfect way to end the busy season
before taking time to settle in at home and prepare for the big arrival!
It was so much fun to get away and out of town in a new place with family.


What are YOUR summer highlights? Are there things you learned, trips you took, photos you took that you haven't shared yet? Or are there some things you still hope to cross off your summer bucket list? Write your post, grab a button (or use the hashtag #thecirclelinkup), and see what everyone else was/is up to this summer below!

pregnancy post // month nine.

well... I'm officially full term, so you can join us anytime, little man!

Weeks 33 - 36

Somehow I missed week 32 & 33... big fail. Ooops!

Some questions we've been asked

are you having a girl // This is probably the most asked question on a daily basis from strangers. I think I offended the poor girl at Target a few weeks ago when she asked if it was a girl. I didn't mean to sound irritated but it is just hilarious that everyone guesses girl, including myself and Peter and a lot of family the entire time leading up to the 20 week ultrasound. All I have to say is, if Solomon comes out as a girl, we will all have a BIG laugh, but based off of the pictures from the ultrasound, I feel pretty safe in the fact that we will have a boy!

is the heat killing you // Honestly, it hasn't been that bad. Just in the past month I have started to have the heat wave feeling where I feel like I'm going to pass out from being overheated but it usually doesn't have anything to do with the weather. It just kind of happens randomly. I'm a very cold natured person so I've still been using my heater at my work desk and there have been several times when I've stepped outside and thought, this feels good! Weird, but I'm thankful for it!

are you ready // YES! I am so ready. I want to hold my baby and kiss him. I want my body back. I want to experience becoming a mother and have that magical moment when our eyes meet for the first time. It is all so exciting and I am beyond ready! Also, especially now that I'm 37 weeks all things are good to go for the birthing center... I've been praying that he would stay put until at least 37 weeks, so I wouldn't have to go to the hospital and now we are in the clear. SO YOU CAN COME ANYTIME NOW, SOLOMON!

a trolley ride with a cute boy.

For a VERY long time we have been promising my nephew, Jaden, that he could ride on the trolley bus whenever we saw it downtown but the timing never worked out. This past weekend we made sure it was going to happen. Watching the excitement on his face when he saw the bus coming was so cute. He was honestly just as happy to get off the trolley as he was to get on since keeping the attention of an almost 3 year old, on a long ride on a hot bus, isn't very easy. But, he did love it and I'm so glad we got to go on the trolley with him! 

His sweet little smile is one of my favorite things in all the world!
So thankful to have this boy in our life.
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