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

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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!

Let’s connect! >> Facebook | Instagram Twitter Pinterest

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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!

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  • 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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CWS Happenings


Hey friends! How is it already the last day in July? I can’t believe the summer is quickly coming to an end. Though, I don’t mind. I much prefer fall weather. It has been SO hot here and I swear, it shouldn’t be allowed to get so hot up here in the Northeast. Anyway, can you tell that I’m just very eager for fall to arrive? Who’s with me?

I know that I have been a bit quiet around here and on social media lately. If you’re a regular around here, you already know that in the spring I was dealing with blogger burnout. I started to overcome it throughout June but I didn’t want to force myself out. Instead, I chose to be patient with myself and the process.

When July rolled around, Instagram decided to roll out some changes that started to negatively affect those of us who use the platform for business. It completely sucked. I’m talking… engagement cut in half or more than half. It’s been very, very bad. Anyway, I’m not here to complain about Instagram all day, haha. But with all of IG’s changes and things I was noticing on social media in general, it all just became too much for me. So, I accidentally took a step back from social media, especially Instagram.

Social media can be a very toxic place. I have always strived to keep a healthy relationship with it but something in me just got so aggravated with it all this month. So, a break was in order. I only posted a few times this month on Instagram and you know what? It felt pretty dang great.

I wasn’t overwhelmed or stressing about what to post next. I wasn’t focused on finding new ways to combat IG’s silly games. I felt free. I felt peace.

I’m glad I took a step back, gave myself grace, and decided to just focus on life. I’ll be easing back into everything blogging and social media over the next month. I want to give myself space and time. Don’t worry, though – I do have tons of ideas in the works. 🙂

As always, I appreciate your support!

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– HAPPENINGS –

  • This past Saturday, July 27th, marked 5 years since I started CWS! I am so proud of how this space has grown and I’m forever grateful for it.
  • Michael and I are going to be putting our house on the market soon. We bought our house about 2 years ago and we love it, but Michael now works 2 hours away at our church. So, commuting 4 hours to and from every day or every few days is exhausting for him. We love our church and are excited about the future, so we’re looking to sell our home to move out there. There is still lots to be figured out but God has always been faithful and we know He will be again. Please, be praying for Michael and me during this season.
  • Speaking of putting our house on the market, we’re working on some little fixes before we do so. We have put so much love and intentional work into our house the past couple of years, so it’s all about the finishing touches now.
  • I’m looking forward to moving! Even though I’m an introvert and I enjoy alone time, living in the Poconos has just been extremely lonely for me. We already have some friends in the general area of PA that we’ll be moving to and we’re excited to make new ones, too.

Well, that’s a wrap for today, friends! Once again, I appreciate you and I’m so thankful for your support through all the seasons of CWS. I have some fun stuff coming up soon. 🙂

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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CWS Happenings


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Hey, CWS fam. How are you doing? I’m glad to be spending some time today sharing about some of what’s been going on in my life. I always want CWS to be a place full of light and truth, and sometimes truth means sharing the not-so-fun stuff, too! 😉 I’m choosing to stay positive in all things (which isn’t always easy!) but I wanted to share where I’m at.

Life has been a rollercoaster lately with lots of good things happening but also some bleh things, too. In early April, I opened up and shared how I was struggling to create and that I learned that giving myself grace was more important. Being open and honest here, it has still been a struggle for me over the past month. Sure, I have been publishing new content that I’m proud about but I still have felt stifled in my work.

I have had many great ideas flood my mind for CWS and I have days of high motivation, but for some reason, when I go to sit down and write, I can’t get everything out. It’s weird.

I know that from the outside my job as a full-time blogger must seem blissful and an absolute dream. While yes, it is a dream and one that I’m so grateful to be living out, let me tell you — it is NOT always blissful! It’s hard work, just like any other job. There’s so much that goes into it that you don’t see.

There’s so much pressure on me to create. And it all comes from me. So if I seem a bit quiet online, I’m just giving myself space. It’s not easy! But I’m trying to be gentle with myself.

RECENT HAPPENINGS:

  • April was an insanely busy month so I mainly focused on getting back to my normal routine. Lots of rest was required!
  • I have started filming more outfit try-ons for Instagram Stories and I’m having a blast doing them! I have a “Try-Ons” highlight on my Instagram you can check out and recently, I have a dedicated highlight for my “Pink Lily” try-on hauls. Be sure to follow me on Instagram so you can get in on the action!
    • The red floral 2-piece set in the photo above is SO fun for summertime and it’s only $40! That’s a huge deal considering this set comes together and not separate like most stores. You can shop it HERE.
  • I got to be a part of a Blogger Closet Sale in Philly where 100% of proceeds went to the Northeast Animal Rescue. It was a blast! We raised over $1,000! It’s so awesome to get together with other bloggers but even cooler when it’s all for a good cause.
    • Mike came with me to the sale and he had a great time, too! He’s the best blogger husband ever. 😉
  • Little Miss Juniper… is the most expressive cat ever, haha. May 27th marks her 3-year adoption anniversary. She has brought us so much joy over the past 3 years. I don’t know what I’d do without her!

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CURRENTLY:

WATCHING… Jane The Virgin! I am hooked. Jane The Virgin has been recommended to me for years now and I love it. I’m also, of course, watching The Bachelorette! Are you watching? What guy are you rooting for?

EATING… Yogurt & berries! YUM!

EXCITED FOR… A super awesome opportunity that I have next month! I got invited to hang out with the members of Runaway June and sip some Duke Spirits cocktails at the Carrie Underwood concert at the Giant Center in Hershey! I’m getting to take my sweet blog friend, Amanda with me. It’s going to be so much fun! Meet & greet and after party, here I come. 🙂

PLANNING… A trip to NYC towards the end of June! I have a partnership opportunity with a brand that I love and I get to attend Her Conference. This is going to be my first blog conference ever and I’m beyond pumped.

WEARING… All. The. Graphic. Tees. I am seriously addicted to wearing graphic tees, haha! I was reorganizing my closet the other day and I couldn’t believe how many I have. I have some of my recent favorites linked below for ya!

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Behind The Instagram Photo


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Happy Monday, friends! I’m so glad you’re joining me today because we’re switching things up and doing something a bit different today! 🙂

I have many blog friends who do a monthly “Instagram round-up” blog post of the outfits they had on Instagram. I have always thought the idea was super fun, so I figured I’d do one of my own with my own spin on it. If you love it, let me know! I think it’d be fun to do this monthly or even every other month. 😉

I’m always asked about my photo editing process and while I’m not ready to share that in full detail, I do love sharing before and afters of my photos. I’m all about a bright and crisp, yet natural-looking photo. That’s what my “aesthetic” is! So… I’ll be sharing…

  • outfit details
  • the before photo and the edited photo
  • the story behind the shot
  • quick photo tips

ARE YOU EXCITED?! I am! So pumped. Let’s get started!


Before & After Photos: Behind The Instagram Photo
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Behind The Instagram Photo

Behind the Instagram photo…

This shoot was for a campaign with Contigo Couture bottles and I wanted an urban and on-the-go look to my overall project. You can see the finished project on Instagram HERE.

I decided to shoot on top of one of my favorite parking garage locations. I love shooting on the top of parking garages for a few reasons. 1. I have a clear background. 2. It’s easy for me to edit to my aesthetic. 3. There are no people around, haha. Seriously, though, I prefer to shoot photos where there are no people simply because I want to get my photos and be done.

We lucked out this day and had the perfect cloudy day to take photos. Cloudy days are my favorite to get photos done during. It makes the shoots quicker and my editing easier.

OUTFIT DETAILS:

  • White Tee
  • Spanx Faux Leather Leggings
  • Adidas Kicks
  • Gray Plush Hoodie
  • Contigo Couture Bottle

Instagram Photos Before And After

Behind the Instagram photo…

This was a quick and casual shoot for my newest (and favorite) Fabletics outfit! Since I live in the mountains and I love an urban look to my photos, we typically have to drive 45 minutes to an hour to shoot photos. Yep, it’s a lot of work. But, there is this one location 10 minutes from me at the back of a building that can work from time-to-time. Even though it looks a bit edgy, sometimes it’s the perfect spot.

On our way to this shoot, I opened my visor in the car and there was a spider sitting on it. I FREAKED OUT. Of course, right? And made Michael pull over into the Dunkin parking lot to kill it. I jumped out and people were laughing at me lol, but I didn’t care. I wanted it dead, haha. I survived!

See it on Instagram HERE.

OUTFIT DETAILS:

  • Sports Bra
  • Leggings (SO comfy!)

Instagram Photos Before And After

Behind the Instagram photo…

Here’s one of my current go-to poses, haha! I always start off my shoots with my typical poses and then I work my way to the more fun ones. This is a classic for me, 100%! We were shooting at the same parking garage as the first photo but the sun was so bright that day, even though the weather called for clouds.

Here’s why it’s hard to shoot photos in direct sunlight… harsh light, harsh shadows, major squinting lol, and basically… it’s just a ton of work to edit for a nice final product. So, I avoid shooting on sunny days because I know I don’t really ever like the outcome.

Instead of shooting on the top of the garage, we shot on the second highest level so that I could take photos in the shade. You can see in the background where the sunlight is that it was extremely bright. Even though I always shoot in RAW, I’d much rather underexposed photos than overexposed.

See it on Instagram HERE!

OUTFIT DETAILS:

  • Camo Dress
  • Sunnies (Similar)

Instagram Photos Before And After

Behind the Instagram photo…

When I got on board for this campaign with Hawaiian Tropic, I knew that I wanted to shoot at my community beach. The weather here has been extremely rainy the past month or so, making it difficult to shoot photos… especially ones that require the beach, haha. So after a good week of needed to shoot, I finally got the perfect photo! We shot this on a Wednesday when all the kids were in school still, hence the empty beach.

I had one of the worst headaches I have ever had during this shoot, so I was feeling miserable. It was also partly cloudy out, so there’d be a cloud ever 5 minutes or so. We’d have to wait around and then I’d quickly get into position right before the next cloud blocked the sun. It was a workout, haha. But, I got the perfect photo! 🙂

See it on Instagram HERE!

OUTFIT DETAILS:

  • This romper was from two summers ago and isn’t available anymore. I have found some similar ones for you HERE and HERE!
  • Hawaiian Tropic Antioxidant Plus Refresh Sunscreen Mist

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Behind The Instagram Photo: Before And After

PHOTO TIP:

To create and maintain a consistent Instagram aesthetic, you need to shoot in similar lighting situations. I always recommend using natural light whenever you can for the most natural looking shots. By using similar lighting each time you shoot, you’ll be able to easier come up with an editing style that you’ll love and keep consistent.


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So, that’s a wrap! What did you think? Did you love my spin on this series? Let me know your thoughts and if you’d love to see more of these posts in the future! Thanks, loves! Let’s chat!

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