CWS Year In Review 2019


Happy New Year’s Eve, CWS fam! It’s hard to believe that 2019 is coming to a close and not only that… another decade is coming to a close. I don’t know about you but I’m ready to say “hello!” to 2020. 🙂

CWS Year In Review

It’s always a wild ride looking back at all the year had in store. To be honest, I wasn’t really looking forward to spending time reflecting on 2019 and blogging. I had set out at the start of 2019 with some highly ambitious goals and while I hit some, I missed the mark on others. But, as I have taken the time over the last week to truly look back and appreciate my blogging journey this year, I can confidently say that I’m proud of all I have accomplished in 2019. Since we’re wrapping up another decade, I’ll be including some CWS highlights from the past 5 years, too!

COFFEE WITH SUMMER’S TOP 5 BLOG POSTS OF 2019:

  • 12 Daily Habits To Boost Your Mood
  • How To Reduce Stress When Life Is Busy
  • How To Wear A Maxi Dress When You’re Short
  • 7 Instagram Stories Strategies To Start Using Now
  • Moving Through Life’s Milestones With Ford

12 Daily Habits To Boost Your Mood

COFFEE WITH SUMMER’S TOP 10 BLOG POSTS OF THE DECADE:

  • How To Whitewash A Stone Fireplace – This post is by far the most-read blog post on CWS to date. It’s been a hit on Pinterest and draws in viewers every day.
  • Why Follow/Unfollow Isn’t The Way To Grow – I’m someone who doesn’t mind ruffling some feathers, especially when it comes to authenticity, honesty, and truth. This post definitely was a controversial one in the blogging/social media world but I’m glad to have influence in this debate!
  • 5 Reasons Why Friday Weddings Are Better – Mike and I had a Friday wedding in the summer of 2015 and we were so glad we did.
  • How I Edit My Blog Photos – While I have a slightly different photo editing process now, this was what worked for me for a long time and there are still some helpful tips in this post!
  • Nashville Travel Guide – In July 2018, Mike and I got away to Nashville for a few days on my first ever sponsored trip. My Nashville Travel Guide has gone viral on Pinterest many times over the past year.
  • How To Get More Traffic From Instagram – Linktree isn’t the way to go! If you want more traffic to your blog from IG, create your own IG Links page.
  • 10 Tips For The Morning Of Your Wedding – My wedding-related posts always do extremely well on Pinterest, making this one of my top read wedding posts!
  • Why You Need To Make Self-Care A Priority – While this is one of my oldest and shortest written self-care blog posts, it’s still one of my most read.
  • Why You CAN’T Start A Blog In Just Minutes – It’s a huge misconception that you can start a blog in “just 15 minutes” or “just 1 day” because the reality is, it takes TONS of prep work.
  • Reasons To Make “Me Time” A Priority & Activities To Do Alone – In order to have “me time” you need to make it a priority in your life. Here are tips on how to!

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INSTAGRAM TOP NINE OF 2019:

These are my top 9 best-performing Instagram photos for the year! Some of my personal favorites are here, too. 😉 Can you guess which ones?! Be sure to follow me on Instagram if you aren’t already! @summertelban

Leopard Print Dress

TOP 5 BEST-SELLING ITEMS:

Affiliate marketing is one of the smaller ways that I earn an income through my blog (see further disclosure here). As always, I only recommend the best products and they’re 99% of the time ones I already use and love myself. Here are the top 5 best-selling items recommending by me for the year…

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The Nora Mattress from Wayfair is absolutely incredible and it’s at such a steal of a price. I wrote my review on it at the end of 2017 and still today, it’s the perfect mattress for our guest room. This “out of office” t-shirt is perfect and comes in sizes: Small to 3XL. This Maybelline liquid eyeliner is the perfect drugstore dupe for Tarte’s Sex Kitten Liquid Eyeliner. The open knit coat I’m wearing in the photo above from Chicwish was a huge hit with you all this fall! This Amazon fashion find is affordable, high-quality, and incredible – you all love it! It comes in sizes: Small to XL.

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MY PERSONAL FAVORITE BLOGGING MOMENTS OF 2019:

While my blogging journey looked different than I thought it would this year, mostly due to moving and my pregnancy (both amazing blessings), I am still so happy with how far I’ve come this year. Sure, I didn’t hit every crazy ambitious goal but I did make a lot of personal progress and I’m feeling great about heading into 2020.

  • My Favorite Partnerships: Pantene and Ford
    • It’s always hard to choose my favorite partnerships because the partnerships I take on are always ones I use and love already. Pantene and Ford have to be my top 2 favorites of 2019 for many different reasons but I loved that for both I was able to have full creative control, which always makes for my content.
    • Pantene Blog Post
    • Ford Blog Post
  • I got into Mediavine: Mediavine is the ad network that I’m with. I decided to take the plunge to join Mediavine to further my blogging income. It’s been one of the best decisions that I’ve made and I’m very proud of what I’m seeing come of it so far.
  • I was interviewed for 2 different podcasts! This was outside of my comfort zone for sure but it was a great way to continue to establish my credibility in blogging.
    • Mariah Magazine interviewed me on the topic of Influencer Marketing and how it can grow your small business. Catch the interview HERE!
    • The Thrive Blogger Podcast had me on to talk about overcoming your fear of self-promotion as a blogger or creative entrepreneur! Catch the episode on Spotify HERE!

END OF THE YEAR READER SURVEY:

If you’re a dedicated reader of CWS and you haven’t taken my reader survey yet, please take 2 minutes to fill it out! 🙂 It is extremely helpful to me. Thank you! 
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THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I am so glad and grateful to have you in my blogging corner. Your continued support is part of 1. why I’m able to keep on going with blogging and 2. why my passion for blogging is still fervent! I’m looking forward to the next decade of CWS with you by my side. 🙂

XOXO,

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CWS Happenings & End Of The Year Reader Survey


Casual Maternity Christmas Outfit

Happy Friday! I can’t believe we’re about to wrap up another year. How crazy is that? I feel like 2019 flew by for me but I’ll be sharing more about my end of the year thoughts here in about a week. 😉

– HAPPENINGS –

  • It doesn’t feel like Christmas is next week but it sure is! Michael and I are headed up to Massachusetts to spend Christmas with my family. It’ll be a quick trip since we can’t take Juniper with us and because I’m 7 months pregnant – 6-7 hour road trips aren’t exactly fun right now, haha. I’m looking forward to it, though! Here’s hoping the weather will stay in our favor.
  • We’re hard at work on Baby T’s nursery. Painting has been finished. Her crib and dresser have been assembled. And I have been spending a good amount of time figuring out how I want to organize her closet and dresser, as well as scouting out the perfect decor pieces. If you have any organization tips, drop them in the comments!
  • Our Rochester, NY baby shower is the second weekend in January and I’m praying for good weather! The shower is going to be gorgeous – I can’t wait. I’ll be recapping it for the blog. 🙂 It’s also in the plan to shoot some of my maternity photos while we’re up there but it’s really all weather dependent. For that shoot, I’m hoping to go to the spot on Lake Ontario where Michael proposed and where we had our first looks photos taken. It’s a special place so it’d be cool to have some of the maternity photos done there… but it’ll be SO COLD! So, fingers crossed!
  • I’m having a hard time slowing down! It’s hard to have a long to-do list ranging from home things to blog things to baby things and to choose to rest instead, haha. I’m sure that after the holidays are over and we’re in 2020 that it’ll be a little easier for me. We’ll see!

Blogger Christmas Photo

– RECENT POSTS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED –

  • 50 Self-Care Ideas When You’re Short On Time
  • Stocking Stuffers For Him & Her Under $15 (great for last-minute ideas!)
  • Moving Through Life’s Milestones With Ford (very proud of this project!!)
  • 30 Week Pregnancy Bumpdate

– END OF THE YEAR READER SURVEY –

It’s that time of year again – reader survey time! If you’re a dedicated reader of CWS, please take a few minutes to fill it out if you’re able to. Please, be kind and honest. Give me feedback that will be helpful to me, not tear me down. 🙂

As I’m shifting into motherhood over the next couple of months, I have some big things to evaluate. I don’t want to be a “mommy blogger” but I will definitely be incorporating motherhood into CWS. 

Scroll over the form to continue to further questions. It should only take a couple of minutes to fill out. Thank you SO much! Your feedback is appreciated and super helpful.

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Casual Christmas Outfit

 

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I have some more content coming to you after Christmas, so be sure to stop back then! How are you wrapping up the last of 2019? Let’s chat!

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CWS Happenings & Christmas Cards


Floral Maternity Dress

Hey there! It’s been a HOT sec since my last CWS Happenings post. I went to write one for last month but honestly, there wasn’t much to update you on or going on, so I decided to skip it. Today’s post is totally making up for it because it is JAM-PACKED with goodness! I can’t wait to share, so let’s dive in. 🙂

The past few months have been a whirlwind and now with the holiday season here, I feel as if I’m going non-stop over here. Don’t worry, I’m still making plenty of time for rest. I’ll be entering the 3rd trimester of pregnancy this coming Sunday (SO crazy to me), so rest is growing more and more important to me as the days go on.

Michael and I will be spending Thanksgiving in Rochester, NY with his side of the family. We’re both really looking forward to it! While we’re up there, I’ll be getting my hair refreshed (beyond needed, haha) and will hopefully pick up some items with my MIL for my baby shower in January. We’re hoping to finally start on baby girl’s nursery in a couple of weeks and I am so stoked about it! So, I’m constantly on the look-out for cute decor for her nursery space, as well.

– RECENT POSTS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED –

  • Leopard Print Dress Outfit
  • 26 Week Pregnant Bumpdate
  • Gift Guide For Men Under $50
  • Gift Guide For Her Under $50
  • Gift Guide For Parents Or In-Laws Under $50

Christmas Cards from Minted 2019

– CHRISTMAS CARDS WITH MINTED 2019 –

I am absolutely swooning over our Christmas cards for this year! I got to team up with my friends at Minted once again and of course, they never disappoint. We went with a classy and simple design this year with some stunning foil-pressed detailing in silver. The foil-pressed character added in completes the card. I decided to go with a photo of us from my baby shower the other weekend. It’s so crazy to think that this is the last year it’ll just be Michael and me on our Christmas card… next year our sweet baby girl will be here in our arms! 🙂

I have used Minted for all of my card needs for 5 years now and I’m always impressed with the design choices and quality. These are the kinds of holiday cards that you hold onto forever – they make perfect keepsakes!

It’s not too late to order some Minted Holiday Cards for you and your family this year! Plus, they have some super neat picks for New Years Cards that you need to check out.

Christmas Cards from Minted 2019

– HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDES –

I have already shared 3 awesome gift guides with you so far and I have a few more that’ll be rolling out over the next week. I made a quick and easy way for you to find ALL of my Holiday Gift Guides so that you can shop with ease. All you need to do is go up to the very top of my site and on the main menu, there’s a tab labeled “HOLIDAY”. Once you click this tab, it’ll take you to an entire page of all of the gift guides I have created for this year. 😉 I hope that it’ll come in handy for you!

Casual Maternity Outfit

– MATERNITY CLOTHING FAVORITES SO FAR –

Many of you have asked me to share some of my maternity clothing favorites along the way, so here some are. Truthfully, I’m still able to wear a lot of non-maternity pieces when it comes to tops, dresses, and even leggings! All you need to do is swipe through to shop. 🙂 

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Thanks for catching up with me today! How are you? Tell me what’s going on in your life. Are you excited for fall to arrive? Let’s chat!

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Baby T Is A…GIRL!!!


Girl Gender Reveal Photo, Couple Gender Reveal

Daddy’s girl! Mommy’s world! Baby T is a sweet baby GIRL!!! Michael and I are both over the moon about our little girl. I am so glad I’m finally able to let the secret out! 🙂

Let’s rewind a bit! Going into this pregnancy, we knew we’d be finding out the gender. This was something we always planned on doing and probably will for any future babies, as well. The first few months of pregnancy felt like they dragged by so slow – probably because I wasn’t feeling the best. By the time we initially went for my first prenatal appointment and scan at 11.5 weeks, I couldn’t imagine waiting another 9-10 weeks to find out the gender.

At 15 weeks, I caved! We decided to order the Sneak Peek early gender DNA test. I know a lot of people have been skeptical by a DNA test that you get offline and perform yourself (pricking your finger to collect blood) but trust me, I did my research for months and months about this test and decided I wanted to give it a try. After all, Sneak Peek has 99.1% accuracy! We figured, why not?

The test arrived on a Wednesday morning, I performed the test, and then sent it back out that same day. We had ordered the fast-track option which meant we’d get our results in 72 hours, rather than waiting a week to find out (with the regular version). Mike worked late that Friday night and I tried to go to sleep before he got home but I couldn’t! I had the results email sent to his email instead of my own for my sanity, haha.

He got home at about midnight that night and asked if we wanted to open the results then. I was all of a sudden on the fence. I knew what we were hoping for and was nervous about it. I couldn’t bring myself to open the email with him, haha! So, I told Mike that he could. He came back into our room and asked, “Are you sure you don’t want to know?” Mike asking that lead me to believe the result was what we were hoping for… so I said okay!

“It’s a girl!”

I was in shock and was like, “REALLY?!” and started crying, haha. I kept asking over and over that it was real and not a joke… because we wanted a sweet baby girl first. It was all real. 🙂

Sneak Peek Gender DNA test

I kept sobbing because I was just so happy. I don’t think I slept a wink that night because I was so excited and just felt immensely blessed.

We shared our news with close family members and a couple of friends. Mike and I knew we didn’t want to share our results with the world just yet because we wanted it confirmed at our anatomy scan. It was! 🙂

Girl Gender Reveal

Many of you are probably already wanting to ask us if we have any name ideas yet…

Your answer: Michael and I already chose our baby girl’s name before we even got married. 😉 So, yes! She has a name but we most likely will not be sharing it until after her birth.

Cute story #1: Mike is such a man of faith that it blows me away. I could go on for days but to stay relevant… before we even knew that our baby was a girl, Michael was already calling her by her name!! Yeah, kinda crazy! 😉 I’ll admit, I loved it but I was also a tiny bit apprehensive – didn’t want to get my hopes up. But wow, he’s awesome.

Cute story #2: Mike was the one to pick out this adorable onesie for our photo. I almost started tearing up in the store because it made me so emotional! I love how he loves our baby girl. So blessed that he is so involved in everything!

We’re so grateful to God for our baby girl. She’s healthy and is growing right on track – we are so grateful. We are SO excited to meet our baby girl in February!

XO,

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CWS Happenings


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Hey there, fam!! What’s up? Gosh, I am so sorry things have been so quiet here on the blog. Life has been a whirlwind lately. There’s just so much going on and I’m going to catch you up on everything today.

– HAPPENINGS –

MOVING…

Over the past month, I’ve been sharing about how Michael and I will be moving closer to his work (our church) soon. Well, tomorrow’s the big day! The day we’re getting the keys to the townhome we’ll be renting. We’re in love with it and the location is perfect – just 3-5 minutes from the church in a safe neighborhood. We’re excited about this next step but it also brings a bit of stress to our plates since we’re going to be putting our home on the market soon.

This move is going to be different than any of our other moves because we’ll be moving in two stages. The first stage is to get all bedroom furniture and anything that we’re not using for staging out of our home and down to the new place. We’re planning on starting to stay there at some point this weekend if all goes to plan. The second stage of moving will be after we sell our home when we get to clear out what we used to stage some of the rooms. 

We have peace about this entire transition and we’re praying that our home sells quickly so we won’t have to carry our mortgage and rent for long. It’s so bittersweet to be leaving our first home but we’re excited about the future. Please, join us in prayer that our home sells quickly!

I’M AN AUNTIE AGAIN…

My younger sister, Bethany, went into premature labor at 26 weeks almost 3 weeks ago with her baby girl. The cause is still unknown but praise be to God that both my sister and her baby girl are doing amazing! It was definitely a scary day and the fact I couldn’t be in Massachusetts with her rattled me but through it all, we all had peace. Please be praying for my sister and her baby girl. It’s a long road with the NICU but God’s got this!

I SAID “GOODBYE” TO THE AIRBNB…

Many of you know that for the past year, I was an Airbnb property manager. I took care of a very large home and managed all of the communication between guests. It was definitely a huge growing experience for me. It brought me out of my comfort zone more times than I can count. It was a great side job for me but I said goodbye to it the other weekend. I was able to pass it on to an amazing lady so I know it’s in great hands!

Coffee, Cat, Sunday Morning

RECENT POSTS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED:

  • Simple Fall Staples That You Need In Your Closet
  • 18 Week Bumpdate

I am so sorry that I’ve been slacking on getting new content out. I promise I’ll get better once the moving is over. 🙂 Thanks for hanging in there with me.

– CURRENTLY –

EATING… Like I mentioned in my most recent bumpdate post, my cravings have been all over the place. I definitely keep to healthy foods but I definitely have some of my cravings, too… like, McDonald’s nuggets with honey. Yum!! I actually used to eat them like that as a kid and I totally forgot about nuggets with honey until another mom posted about it in a FB group that I’m in.

OBSESSED WITH… Packing. Seriously. I really enjoy packing… probably because I’m in control and know where everything is. It’s like Tetris in real life! 

EXCITED TO… Share what Baby T is very soon!! 🙂 What do you think? Boy or girl? I’m also excited to slowly start on Baby T’s nursery once we move.

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WATCHING… All my fall shows that have started up! Grey’s, Bull, NCIS, SVU, and Seal Team starts this week. So, so happy my shows are back on because I hit a point where I had nothing to watch!

WEARING… All the sweatpants! But, for real. I’m home most of the time so you bet I’m going to be as comfy as I can be. When I go out, I either reach for a t-shirt dress or one of my only pairs of athletic leggings that fit still, haha. It’s tough, you guys. Even before my baby bump was showing like it is now, I had to pack away most of my favorite leggings because they’re all high-waisted and were too tight. These leggings from Aerie have been my favorite for TWO years now and they still fit me! YAY. I’m highly considering getting them in a size or two up just to have.

The fact that these leggings are still being sold even after two years speaks volumes!! Okay, I could go on forever about them, haha. I love them! They’re having a cool deal right now, too!

Thanks for catching up with me today! How are you? Tell me what’s going on in your life. Are you excited for fall to arrive? Let’s chat!

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How To Make Your Own Way As A Blogger


This post is sponsored by GoDaddy and the InfluenceHer Collective. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep CWS up and brewing!

3 Lessons From A Full-Time Blogger

If you would’ve told me 5 years ago when I started my blog, Coffee With Summer, that I’d eventually take my blog full-time, I totally wouldn’t have believed you! Back when I started CWS, I started it solely because I had a passion for sharing my story and connecting with others in a transparent light. I didn’t know that I could make even a dime from my passion for blogging, nevermind ever having considered it could one day be my full-time job.

But, here I am today! I’m a full-time blogger and I simply love what I get to do each day. Though, let me get really real for a moment here… blogging is NOT an easy job. I know, I know… it looks blissful and full of ease online, but I can assure you it takes just as much hard work and grit as any other job does. It’s not for the faint of heart. The only real difference is that I work for myself! 😉 Totally not complaining there, haha.

I have been full-time with my blog for 2.5 years now and honestly, it wasn’t until maybe a year ago where I finally started referring to myself as a business owner. I mean, I am! But for some reason, it took me a while to really recognize myself like that. Ever since I have felt more empowered in my role as a biz owner and I’m very excited for what’s to come in my future.

Looking back at when I first launched my blog, there was really 1 key component that really helped me get everything off the ground… I chose the right hosting company from the get-go and yep, you guessed it – I chose GoDaddy!

What It Takes To Be A Full-Time Blogger

Choosing GoDaddy as my hosting provider was a no brainer for me. My husband, Michael, had always used GoDaddy in the past to host his website’s and his client’s sites. I knew that GoDaddy wouldn’t make me jump through hoops to get my blog set up and running. I also knew that they’d always be there to help if I ever had any questions. Seriously, their customer support has always been an incredible experience for me.

Needless to say, I am so stoked to be partnering with GoDaddy to share all about how I’m making my own way as a full-time blogging biz owner. They have been there every step of the way so it’s an honor to get to work them.

Before I share some more about GoDaddy, I wanted to take today to share about 3 lessons that I think will be helpful to you. Of course, I’m writing from the lens of a blogger but truly, these lessons are huge for whatever job you’re aspiring to achieve and work hard at one day.

Hustle hard. Work well. Make your own way.

How To Be A Full-Time Blogger

1. Hustle Hard. // If you don’t have the hustle to match your heart, then you’re in for a trying time, my friend. You can have the fire and passion but if you don’t have the hardcore hustle to match them, it’s going to be hard to go after what you want. How do I know this? Well, I have had times where I have hustled hard and I have also had times where I found it hard to get into the hustle. I have experienced both the highs and the lows of it all.


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To me, the hustle is about having the dedication, the grit, and the willingness to pursue your passions no matter the obstacles that come in your way. Often times, chasing after your dreams is not the prettiest thing, haha. You have to hustle hard. When it comes to blogging and entrepreneurship, I would say that “hustle hard” carries more meaning and weight than just “work hard” does. Not everyone can be an entrepreneur because not everyone has the grit and the hustle to make it.

So, do YOU bring the hustle? Do you hustle hard?

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2. Work Well. // Hustle hard and work well kind of go hand-in-hand. Where hustling hard is more about the drive and the grit behind all that you do, working well is more about how you execute and create with intentionality for all that you do. If you want to pursue something, you have to do the work and more importantly, you have to do it all well.

Working well is choosing to focus on the tough tasks first, rather than the easy tasks. Working well is learning to say “no” to things that don’t serve you or your dream. Working well is when you focus on doing all things with intentionality, therefore, you’re working smarter. Working well is staying in and getting the job done while everyone else might be off enjoying happy hour. Working well is taking a step back and a break when you need it most. Working well is being in tune with and working towards a healthy work-life balance in each season of your business. Working well is choosing wisdom in all situations that you face.

Working well means many different things. It all comes down to character building, perseverance, and eventually, accomplishment.


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3. Make Your Own Way. // I think one of the most special things about entrepreneurship is that there is no one or right way to do things. You get to make your own way… your own path, your own passion, your own vision. I think that’s what really drew me to blogging in the first place as a hobby and even more now as it’s my career.

For me, making my own way isn’t just about my blog and my dreams for it. While that is a huge part of my journey, making my own way through CWS… for me, it’s more than just that. Making my own way with my blog is also about connecting with YOU! You are important to me. It’s always a goal of mine to be creating content that’ll speak to you as it authentically echoes my lifestyle. Yes, my blog is an outpouring of my heart but I couldn’t continue to create or write if it wasn’t for having you in my corner.

My entrepreneurial journey isn’t just about me and I think knowing that truth will always help me to stay grounded and humbled.

“Make your own way” can mean something completely different to everyone and I think that’s a beautiful thing. You know, if we all had the same dream and heart for something, things would get pretty boring. Whatever your focus and passion are, go after them full force. Don’t let anyone hold you back (that includes yourself). Don’t get distracted by those doing their own thing, their own way. Stay in YOUR lane and focus on how you can make your own way in this big, entrepreneurial world.


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GoDaddy is all about helping their customers kick ass by giving them the tools, insights, and people to transform their ideas and personal initiative into success, however they measure it. GoDaddy is all about making your idea a reality.

I have been using GoDaddy for years now and I am so glad that I made the choice to rely on them when I decided to launch CWS.

If you’re looking to launch a blog or your amazing idea, you definitely need to check out your options with GoDaddy! 🙂

Hustle hard. Work well. Make your own way.

Tell me… how are you making your own way in your line of work? If you’re a blogger, tell me all about the focus of your blog! Let’s chat!

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First Trimester Bumpdate


Michael and I are expecting our first child! And now that the secret is out, I’ll be sharing the occasional “bumpdate” here on CWS to document my pregnancy. If you haven’t already, click here to check out my announcement post! 🙂 *affiliate link

My First Bumpdate: First Trimester

I have been waiting for this time in my life for a very, very long time. I have always felt called to be a mother, so whatever I experience throughout this time, I will be thankful for.

FIRST SYMPTOMS:

As I shared in my announcement post, I found out I was pregnant at 8 DPO which was 6 days before my missed period. I found out very early! I only had one symptom before my BFP (big fat positive) and that was being extremely winded/dizzy. I have always been really in tune with my body so I definitely took notice of the more extreme windedness. I took a test that same day and it was positive. I was 3 weeks and a few days then. 

I did also have really bad hormonal acne before testing but adult acne is something I struggle with regularly, so I didn’t think of it much as a symptom then.

SYMPTOMS BY WEEKS:

WEEK 4:

  • Sore boobs – Oh my gosh. A couple of days after my first positive test, my boobs started to be so sore. This carried on consistently through week 10.
  • Fatigue – Just plain exhausted like never before.
  • Acne – I had the worst acne all around my chin area. It was not fun!

WEEKS 5 – 6:

  • Getting tired quickly
  • Bloating – I was pretty much bloated throughout my entire first trimester. 
  • Frequent peeing – And to think the baby isn’t kicking my bladder yet… oh gosh! lol
  • Nausea (occasional to severe) – Week 5 was when nausea started to creep in. It actually started on my trip to NYC for work (photo below) and I was really hoping it wouldn’t. I took a bus into the city and the trip was 2+ hours longer than it should’ve been and I felt so bleh. I couldn’t even make it through the entire conference that Saturday because I was nauseous. It was not an enjoyable trip at all but I survived!
    • That following week (week 6), the nausea was absolutely awful. I could barely leave my bed that entire week.

WEEKS 7 – 8:

  • Consistent nausea – Nausea continued. I’d have a day where it wouldn’t be so bad but the next, it was right back to awful.
  • Dizziness – Just plain dizzy if I got up too fast.
  • Lower back pain – Everything starting to stretch inside!
  • Morning sickness – After weeks of dealing with nausea, I started to get sick here and there in the mornings. At this point, I could count on 1 hand the number of times I vomited.

My First Bumpdate: First Trimester

WEEKS 9 – 10:

  • Occasional bad headache – I had one terrible headache week 9 and it made me sick to my stomach.
  • Morning sickness more consistent
  • Nausea on and off – My mother-in-law got me Sea-Bands* to try and they worked for me! I had put off trying them for weeks but they actually help a lot.
  • Excessive saliva
  • Lower back pain
  • Mood swings – (poor Michael lol)
  • Tailbone discomfort 

WEEKS 11 – 13:

  • A couple of headaches each week – This was when I caved and started taking Tylenol when a headache would happen. Tylenol is safe to take when pregnant but I am typically someone who avoids taking anything.
  • Hot flashes – I’m naturally a warmer person so I’m always warm but these weeks I started to have more times where I felt flushed and hot!
  • Morning sickness – Ironically, I didn’t vomit much the first half or so of my first trimester. It wasn’t until the closing weeks that I started to get sick once every morning when I’d wake up. I tried the saltines before getting out of bed thing but it didn’t work for me. After the morning, 98% of the time I wouldn’t get sick the rest of the day (aside from occasional nausea).
  • Back & lower back pain

My First Bumpdate: First Trimester

CRAVINGS:

I haven’t had ONE huge craving yet but I definitely have gone through a couple of different phases of cravings. The first half of my first trimester, I didn’t have any cravings at all. Instead, it was more about figuring out what my body would allow me to eat. I ate a lot of breakfast food, fruit, and yogurt. Egg & cheese on a croissant from Dunkin or McDonald’s egg & cheese on a biscuit were my saviors in the mornings.

The last few weeks of my first trimester, I started to get more of a taste for things back which was so great! I am still drinking coffee but I have cut back on my intake a ton. I don’t even drink coffee every day anymore. When I do drink coffee, it has to be iced! 

AVERSIONS:

I am not someone who has a weak stomach at all, so experiencing aversions was really new to me. Sadly, I had huge aversions to pasta and cheese. Like… my favorite foods. It was so sad! I didn’t eat mac n cheese for almost 2 months, haha.

The smells of meat when being booked would gag me sometimes, so I really only ate chicken my first trimester.

WEIGHT GAIN:

I didn’t gain anything during the first trimester. My weight ranges between 2-3lbs, depending on the time of day.

WORKING OUT:

The first trimester was really rough so working out was not an option for me. I did do some deep stretches when I was feeling up to it. For the most part, I was either too nauseous or exhausted to work out. I’m hoping this changes because I really want to do my best to stay healthy and stay in shape.

BODY CHANGES:

As I mentioned before, my boobs have definitely gotten bigger. I’m not complaining. I have always been quite small-chested so I’m enjoying being a bit fuller, haha. As far as a baby bump, there aren’t any signs of one yet. I have noticed my stomach becoming softer and more relaxed but I think I’m mostly still just experiencing bloating.

FAVORITE APPS:

Pregnancy apps have been my BFFs throughout my pregnancy so far. I love The Bump, BabyCenter, and Pregnancy+ to read about my baby’s growth and about how my body is changing. My favorite app by far is Glow Nurture! I used the Glow app to track my cycle before and during when we were trying to conceive and I had the best experience with it. I was so glad to see they had Glow Nurture for your pregnancy journey. There are discussion groups which can be helpful but I really love the daily logs to track everything day by day. 🙂

First Pregnancy Announcement

I think I remembered all of the big stuff! If you have any questions that weren’t answered, let me know in the comments. 🙂 So excited to share this journey with you!

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First Trimester Bumpdate


Michael and I are expecting our first child! And now that the secret is out, I’ll be sharing the occasional “bumpdate” here on CWS to document my pregnancy. If you haven’t already, click here to check out my announcement post! 🙂 *affiliate link

My First Bumpdate: First Trimester

I have been waiting for this time in my life for a very, very long time. I have always felt called to be a mother, so whatever I experience throughout this time, I will be thankful for.

FIRST SYMPTOMS:

As I shared in my announcement post, I found out I was pregnant at 8 DPO which was 6 days before my missed period. I found out very early! I only had one symptom before my BFP (big fat positive) and that was being extremely winded/dizzy. I have always been really in tune with my body so I definitely took notice of the more extreme windedness. I took a test that same day and it was positive. I was 3 weeks and a few days then. 

I did also have really bad hormonal acne before testing but adult acne is something I struggle with regularly, so I didn’t think of it much as a symptom then.

SYMPTOMS BY WEEKS:

WEEK 4:

  • Sore boobs – Oh my gosh. A couple of days after my first positive test, my boobs started to be so sore. This carried on consistently through week 10.
  • Fatigue – Just plain exhausted like never before.
  • Acne – I had the worst acne all around my chin area. It was not fun!

WEEKS 5 – 6:

  • Getting tired quickly
  • Bloating – I was pretty much bloated throughout my entire first trimester. 
  • Frequent peeing – And to think the baby isn’t kicking my bladder yet… oh gosh! lol
  • Nausea (occasional to severe) – Week 5 was when nausea started to creep in. It actually started on my trip to NYC for work (photo below) and I was really hoping it wouldn’t. I took a bus into the city and the trip was 2+ hours longer than it should’ve been and I felt so bleh. I couldn’t even make it through the entire conference that Saturday because I was nauseous. It was not an enjoyable trip at all but I survived!
    • That following week (week 6), the nausea was absolutely awful. I could barely leave my bed that entire week.

WEEKS 7 – 8:

  • Consistent nausea – Nausea continued. I’d have a day where it wouldn’t be so bad but the next, it was right back to awful.
  • Dizziness – Just plain dizzy if I got up too fast.
  • Lower back pain – Everything starting to stretch inside!
  • Morning sickness – After weeks of dealing with nausea, I started to get sick here and there in the mornings. At this point, I could count on 1 hand the number of times I vomited.

My First Bumpdate: First Trimester

WEEKS 9 – 10:

  • Occasional bad headache – I had one terrible headache week 9 and it made me sick to my stomach.
  • Morning sickness more consistent
  • Nausea on and off – My mother-in-law got me Sea-Bands* to try and they worked for me! I had put off trying them for weeks but they actually help a lot.
  • Excessive saliva
  • Lower back pain
  • Mood swings – (poor Michael lol)
  • Tailbone discomfort 

WEEKS 11 – 13:

  • A couple of headaches each week – This was when I caved and started taking Tylenol when a headache would happen. Tylenol is safe to take when pregnant but I am typically someone who avoids taking anything.
  • Hot flashes – I’m naturally a warmer person so I’m always warm but these weeks I started to have more times where I felt flushed and hot!
  • Morning sickness – Ironically, I didn’t vomit much the first half or so of my first trimester. It wasn’t until the closing weeks that I started to get sick once every morning when I’d wake up. I tried the saltines before getting out of bed thing but it didn’t work for me. After the morning, 98% of the time I wouldn’t get sick the rest of the day (aside from occasional nausea).
  • Back & lower back pain

My First Bumpdate: First Trimester

CRAVINGS:

I haven’t had ONE huge craving yet but I definitely have gone through a couple of different phases of cravings. The first half of my first trimester, I didn’t have any cravings at all. Instead, it was more about figuring out what my body would allow me to eat. I ate a lot of breakfast food, fruit, and yogurt. Egg & cheese on a croissant from Dunkin or McDonald’s egg & cheese on a biscuit were my saviors in the mornings.

The last few weeks of my first trimester, I started to get more of a taste for things back which was so great! I am still drinking coffee but I have cut back on my intake a ton. I don’t even drink coffee every day anymore. When I do drink coffee, it has to be iced! 

AVERSIONS:

I am not someone who has a weak stomach at all, so experiencing aversions was really new to me. Sadly, I had huge aversions to pasta and cheese. Like… my favorite foods. It was so sad! I didn’t eat mac n cheese for almost 2 months, haha.

The smells of meat when being booked would gag me sometimes, so I really only ate chicken my first trimester.

WEIGHT GAIN:

I didn’t gain anything during the first trimester. My weight ranges between 2-3lbs, depending on the time of day.

WORKING OUT:

The first trimester was really rough so working out was not an option for me. I did do some deep stretches when I was feeling up to it. For the most part, I was either too nauseous or exhausted to work out. I’m hoping this changes because I really want to do my best to stay healthy and stay in shape.

BODY CHANGES:

As I mentioned before, my boobs have definitely gotten bigger. I’m not complaining. I have always been quite small-chested so I’m enjoying being a bit fuller, haha. As far as a baby bump, there aren’t any signs of one yet. I have noticed my stomach becoming softer and more relaxed but I think I’m mostly still just experiencing bloating.

FAVORITE APPS:

Pregnancy apps have been my BFFs throughout my pregnancy so far. I love The Bump, BabyCenter, and Pregnancy+ to read about my baby’s growth and about how my body is changing. My favorite app by far is Glow Nurture! I used the Glow app to track my cycle before and during when we were trying to conceive and I had the best experience with it. I was so glad to see they had Glow Nurture for your pregnancy journey. There are discussion groups which can be helpful but I really love the daily logs to track everything day by day. 🙂

First Pregnancy Announcement

I think I remembered all of the big stuff! If you have any questions that weren’t answered, let me know in the comments. 🙂 So excited to share this journey with you!

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CWS Happenings


Navy T-Shirt Dress From Amazon

Hey loves!! Ah! What a week it’s been since Mike and I were finally able to share our secret with the whole world. 🙂 We are both over the moon and so thankful for all of the love and support our little one has already. My first bumpdate recapping my first trimester will be live here next week. I barely took any photos during my first trimester, so I need to get some pictures for content. 😉 

I promise that I’ll be getting more new content out over the next month. I’m still easing my way into my regular schedule which is taking longer than I had thought. I also have a ton going on with our home, the process of prepping to sell, and more. So… yeah! I have a lot going on. I think it’s important to put life first during these times. Thank you for your patience!

RECENT POSTS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED:

  • Back To School Fashion With Mudd At Kohl’s
  • Our First Pregnancy Announcement!

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– HAPPENINGS –

  • I was interviewed by Mariah Magazine for her “Work The Web Interview Series” on the topic of Influencer Marketing. I talked through the basics of how Influencer Marketing works and the benefits it has in the marketing industry today, as well as some other helpful tips and pointers. Catch the entire video interview and other resources HERE!
  • I was also interviewed for the Thrive Blogger Podcast all about how to overcome your fear of self-promotion as a blogger or creative entrepreneur (Episode 40). This is a topic that I’m hugely passionate about, so it was fun chatting with Bree all about it! (Random… I found out I was pregnant like 15 minutes before being interviewed for this podcast, haha. So I was a tiny little bit jumbled!) You can catch the Thrive Blogger Podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, or Stitcher. 🙂 
  • I am looking forward to the fall time like never before. It’s always been my favorite season but being pregnant, I just can’t deal with this heat/humidity any longer. Bleh! Give me all the crisp air, falling leaves, and comfy clothes.
  • You may have noticed that I have added ads to my blog site. I had debated doing this for about a year now and finally decided it was the right thing to do for my business. As a full-time blogger, it’s important that I intentionally maximize my income and this was one of the ways I best saw fit for now.
  • I just signed my largest deal to date and I am SO excited to work on it and of course, share it with you eventually. So much good stuff is coming! Feeling abundantly grateful.

Navy T-Shirt Dress From Amazon

– CURRENTLY –

OBSESSED WITH… My new tote from LoVvé! (Pictured in these photos!) I had been in need of a new tote for a while now so when I got the chance to collaborate with  LoVvé, I was stoked! I decided to go with their Cassy Classic Tote in Grey because I thought it’d be a great fit for fall and winter seasons coming up. I love how roomy the tote is – it has plenty of space to fit everything I need with me when I’m out and about. 

LoVvé takes pride in dedicating their efforts to making well-crafted, functional, fashionable handbags at accessible price points. All of their pieces are simply stunning and timeless. I have my eyes on some of their crossbody bags, too. 😉 I’ll be sharing an in-depth look of the tote on IG Stories soon for you.

USE CODE: SUMMER10 for 10% off your order AND FREE shipping!

WATCHING… Big Brother… but honestly, I am not impressed with this season. These houseguests are some of the actual worst I’ve ever seen in the game. Very sad! Other than that, I recently finished Jane The Virgin and cried all the happy tears – SO sad it’s over! I’m also watching Dance Moms and So You Think You Can Dance because once a dancer, always a dancer. 😉 So stoked for all my fall shows to come back soon.

EATING… Lots of cereals, fruits, yogurt, and chicken! The only intense craving I’ve been having lately is for Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Nuggets ever since they came back, haha. They’ve always been my favorite and Baby T seems to love them, too! Winningggg!

Navy T-Shirt Dress From Amazon

EXCITED FOR… Moving. Well, eventually! It’ll be bittersweet to leave our first home because well, it’s our first home. We put a ton of love and work into it but I know it’ll serve another family well. We do have somewhat set-in-stone plans for moving but some are up in the air. I’ll chat more about those details when I’m able to.

WEARING… This t-shirt dress from Amazon on repeat. Legit. This is the BEST t-shirt dress I have ever worn. It fits just loose enough but still gives you shape. It has POCKETS! Such a huge deal. I love to tie my in the front because it’d be past my knees if I didn’t, haha. You bet I’m purchasing more colors. 😉 It comes in a ton of colors and it’s on sale for $9.99 (prime) right now!! Go buy one for yourself. You’ll be thanking me – I promise. 🙂

THE BEST T-SHIRT DRESS EVER!

Thanks for catching up with me today! How are you? Tell me what’s going on in your life. Are you excited for fall to arrive? Let’s chat!

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I’m PREGNANT! Baby T coming February 2020!


I am SO excited to share that our secret is finally out!! Michael and I are expecting our first child in February 2020! Our hearts are so, so full already. 🙂

First Pregnancy Announcement

You have no idea how hard it was to keep this quiet from the online world for all of these weeks. Even before I got pregnant, Mike and I had always agreed that we’d wait until the first trimester was close to over before announcing to the world. We wanted to give it enough time to make sure everything was going well. It was the best decision for us even though it was so tough! I am beyond over the moon to FINALLY be sharing our news!

I finally had my first appointment and ultrasound last week on August 7th. Yep, I had to wait SO long (11.5 weeks) but I guess that’s normal for some practices. It was tough for me, especially being a first-time mom and having known I was pregnant even before my missed period. I just tried my best to rest in the peace God gave me. The moment I saw my little baby on the ultrasound, I had an insane rush of peace come over me. It was one of the best moments of my life so far. I am so excited to be a mom. And Mike is so pumped to be a dad! AH! He’s going to be the best. 🙂

I am sure you all have lots of questions for me already so I figured I’d answer some of the top questions for you in today’s announcement post!

First Pregnancy Announcement

WERE YOU TRYING?

Yes! Baby T was planned. 😉 We are so grateful to God that we got pregnant pretty much right away. Mike and I waited much longer than we originally wanted to start trying, so I am eternally grateful that it wasn’t a struggle for us. We’re sincerely beyond grateful.

I will probably share more details about that part of our story and all of my feelings in the future.

WHEN DID YOU FIND OUT THAT YOU WERE PREGNANT?

I found out at 8 DPO (days past ovulation) which is very, very early. That cycle, I wasn’t planning on taking a test until my missed period but that day I just felt extremely winded, so I figured, “what the heck!” haha. I didn’t have any First Response Early Result tests on hand so I used a cheap pregnancy test. I did the thing, set the strip next to me, my timer went off, and there was a faint line. I couldn’t believe it so 30 minutes later, I did another one and there was another faint line! I literally screamed all excited but I still was a tiny bit unsure, haha.

Literally 15 minutes after the second test, I had a podcast interview. Oh my gosh, I felt like a jumbled mess! After the podcast interview, I took another test and the line was even more clear. I was pregnant. I was pregnant!!

I told Mike later that night over dinner. Sadly, I didn’t have anything cutesy planned for telling him but we were so excited! I confirmed the next morning with a FRER test that yep, I was definitely pregnant!

First Pregnancy Announcement

HOW FAR ALONG ARE YOU?

I am 13 weeks! The due date is February 23rd, 2020.

ARE YOU SHOWING YET?

Nope, this mama has no signs of a baby bump yet. I’m slightly bummed but at the same time, I’m okay with the bump taking its time. Remember, I’m only 4’11”, super petite, with a short torso… so I’m a bit nervous about how big my tummy is going to get, haha.

WILL YOU FIND OUT THE GENDER?

Yes! We will be finding out the gender. I can’t wait to find out who’s in there!

First Pregnancy Announcement

We are just so happy and we can’t contain our excitement. We’re finally going to be parents! This is something we’ve both wanted for a very, very long time and we are so grateful to God. He keeps His promises.

If you’re wondering what this sweet little baby means for CWS, let me give you some assurance! Don’t worry! I’m not going to become a “mommy blogger” on you. Of course, I’ll be including updates throughout my pregnancy and yes, I’ll share about brands/products that we’ll be using when Baby T is here. But for the most part, CWS will be staying the same. I’ll still be writing about everything I usually do, I’ll just have some pregnancy/motherhood thrown in. 😉

I will be sharing a recap of my first trimester soon! If you have any questions for me, drop them in the comments and I’ll include them.

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