Friday, October 30, 2015

High Five for Friday!

Welcome to another week of High Five for Friday with Katie, Della, Tif and I!

Our featured blogger this week is Erin at Chasing Roots. Love her posts about her little kitty Tux. He's just too cute! Make sure you head over and give her some H54F love! 



1. We had so much fun last weekend getting to take Juliet all dressed up as a little flamingo to Boo at the Zoo. She loved it and her tutu! 

2. I got an Influenster VoxBox in the mail two days ago. Keep an eye out for the post coming up in the next few days about the goodies that were inside! 

3. We're currently remodeling our bathroom, which is one of the last big projects we needed to do to our house. It's a bit of a disaster right now honestly, but it's going to look so good when it's done. I'm lucky to have a handy hubby. 

4. Since the bathroom will be done in the next week, I've been dreaming about getting my office space done and completely organized. Check out yesterday's post for my inspiration board. 

5. I finally got my hands on The Lifechanging Magic of Tidying Up which it seems every blogger I know has read and loved. And I've got to tell you, I'm not through the whole thing yet, but man is it inspiring! I can't wait to really start putting it into practice and get rid of the clutter once and for all. 


How has your week been? I'd love to hear!


Fellow bloggers – ready to join in the link up? Just write a blog post about 5 things that made this week awesome! Add your link to your blog post down below (make sure it’s your blog post, not your blog home page!!). We ask that you follow each co-host on either GFC or Bloglovin' and link back to the link-up. You can even grab the H54F button to add to your post!

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Work Space Dreamin'

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My dream workspace has really been a work in progress since college. It’s been a lot of trial and error to figure out exactly what works for me, and my process is totally different depending on what task I am doing. Sometimes pounding out blog posts means heading to the local Starbucks or Panera, grabbing a coffee and zoning in. Other times it means going up to my “office” and working in the quiet of my upstairs. In the winter it can mean grabbing a cup of coffee (noticing a trend?) and sitting at my dining room table by our big window to work and look at our winter wonderland.
One thing every one of those scenarios has in common (well, besides the coffee) is that I need to be inspired. My little office in our house is still pretty hum-drum, although it is slowly shaping up. And it’s finally the next project on my list!
It's the one part of my house that's truly my own, not something that I have to compromise on style with my husband. A feminine feel with bright colors is what I'm really looking for. Fun pieces and inspirational pictures and quotes are definitely a must, too.
 
 I am excited about this little inspiration board, and even more excited to slowly show you the progress that we are making in my workspace over the course of the next few months!
 
Now, if we are ever blessed with baby #2, I know this office wont be mine forever. I would love to do work space sharing at some point, and love the options that places like WeWork have for people in bigger cities. Now, if only we could find something similar in Ohio :)  I think it’s the coolest concept ever, and a great way to keep inspired in a space outside of your own home. I don't think I'll be able to finance my own office space for a very long time, so the idea of sharing is such a wonderful concept for someone like me.
What does your workspace look like? How do you keep yourself inspired?

Sunday, October 25, 2015

H54F Hangout 3: Tonight!



Tonight's the night! Don't miss this month's Google Hangout. It's all about fall! Tif, Katie, Della and I will be chatting about our fave fall things, and this month will be joined by the wonderful Mariah from Faith and Fashion Blog

Haven't been to one of our hangouts before? It's easy, and so much fun! It's basically just a video chat platform, and there's a couple different ways you can watch. First, you can watch below right here on the blog! 
 
You can also watch on Google+ or YouTube!  You don't need a Google+ account to watch. BUT you will need one if you want to ask us questions live using the Q+A function. But if you don't have one, no worries! You can still watch LIVE! You can also tweet us questions or comments using #H54FHangout.


Can't make it tonight? That's okay! We will be recording, and it will be available to watch later, whenever you want.

We are so excited to have you join us at 9:30 PM eastern time tonight! It'll be so much fun, make sure to stop by! 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Weekend Fun: Apples and Pumpkins


We had a really rough past week as a family, including long work days and some short sleep nights. It was one of those weeks that I look back and swear the weekend before had been months ago.

It didn't help matters that I worked all last weekend, something that is unusual for my schedule and made my work week feel even longer. 

We were in dire need of a break, to say the least. 

So what does that mean? Well, apple and pumpkin picking of course! 

(Ok, so maybe that's not the first thing that came to mind, because I'm lying if I didn't say some sun and a white sandy beach would've been choice A. But I'm in Ohio. Pumpkins and apples it is!) 

There's a few farms in our area to choose from, so after nap time we loaded into the truck and took off. When we saw the line for the first farm that was literally at least 75 people just waiting to get in, we quickly turned around and went to another. 

A not quite 2 year old and insanely long lines? Yeah, that doesn't mix well. 


I'm so glad we ended up at the other farm because there was so much for Juliet to do! They have a little corn version of a sandbox that the smaller kids could play in. She wasn't too sure at first, but once I showed her what it was, we couldn't barely get her out! 

Then Jay took her down the world's largest tube slide. Ok, not really, but it was fast! And she loved it. 

We also got to go see some farm animals and take a tractor ride, which may have just been her favorite thing we did. Juliet kept asking to get back on the tractor. 

She wasn't too interested in picking out a pumpkin, but did finally settle on a little one to take home and set on our front porch.




My favorite part was the apple picking! Juliet had so much fun and we got a good amount of apples! I'm excited to make some apple sweets for us this week! 

Did you have a fun weekend? Or have any good apple recipes for me?

Friday, October 23, 2015

High Five for Friday!

Hooray, hooray it's Friday! Excited for the weekend after a very long week. 

Our featured blogger today is Lindsay at Pursuit of Pink. Love her post about working out with kids in the room. I do this a lot, although it sounds like her little one is definitely more entertaining. :) head over and give her some H54F love! 

1. I got my new iPhone 6s Plus! Love it so so much. It's a huge improvement from my 5 and I'm super excited to be able to really use it for photos and get back into the Instagram groove again. Plus, the rose gold color is pretty amazing. Clear case for the win! 

2. Our next H54F google hangout is Sunday at 930 pm! This hangout will be All About Fall.  Check back here on Sunday to watch and find the links to participate. It's always a good time 😊

3. I will have a super special weekend post tomorrow about our pumpkin and apple picking adventure. I may even take Juliet again! She had so much fun.

4. We're starting our bathroom makeover this weekend! Painting cabinets, painting walls, and putting bead board on the walls. Next weekend will be tile! Our bathroom is pretty tiny but it'll be such a huge difference! Now just to figure out the countertops and were good to go. 

5. Juliet is always on the go now! It's so much fun, but man does she wear me out. It's fun to watch her learn and try new things. I still can't believe in a few weeks she will be two!

How has your week been? I'd love to hear!


Fellow bloggers – ready to join in the link up? Just write a blog post about 5 things that made this week awesome! Add your link to your blog post down below (make sure it’s your blog post, not your blog home page!!). We ask that you follow each co-host on either GFC or Bloglovin' and link back to the link-up. You can even grab the H54F button to add to your post!

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Friday, October 16, 2015

High Five for Friday

Hey hey it's Friday! Here's to the weekend! 

Our featured blogger this week is Stasia at Our Life on a Budget. Isn't her daughter so adorable?! Go check out her blog for some great budgeting tips and watch her two little ones grow. 

And here's my 5:

1. My iron is starting to kick in! I'm still not totally back to normal yet, but the supplements are really helping with my exhaustion. 

2. Juliet got her first little nightgown and she loves it so much! It was so cute when I showed it to her, her eyes got huge and with a little squeal she promptly refused to let go of it. 

3. I'm heading to the OSU-Penn State game tomorrow. I always go to at least one game a year and it's always a ton of fun. Now let's hope this winning streak keeps going! 

4. Were redoing our bathroom! We went tile shopping the other night, and are planning on painting our vanity, replacing the counters and painting. It'll be a great little makeover that I'll definitely be sharing with you! 

5. Ruth Soukup at Living Well Spending Less has a wonderful little resource called Clutter Free in 30 Days. I'm working to get my home in tip top shape to make our lives less stressful. Plus it'll be great to have it cleaned up and purged for Juliet's birthday.

How has your week been? I'd love to hear!


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Thursday, October 15, 2015

I am 1 in 4



Today is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.  A day that before this year, wasn't something that really affected my life.

If you have been around here for the past year or so, you know that I have now lost 4 different pregnancies. I've passed one due date, and I'm still not quite sure what the "fix" is for all of this. 

But today, I wanted to share a little bit more of my story in hopes that it will help someone out there that is going through this hardship, too. 

Jay and I got married in January 2013. I found out I was pregnant with my daughter in March 2013. We got pregnant 2 weeks after I got of birth control. One very uneventful pregnancy later, and I was blessed with our beautiful Juliet. We had a rough beginning with her, but I have always loved being a mom. 

When Juliet was about 10 months old, we just really felt that we wanted another little munchkin in our family. It happened so easily with her, I had no worries trying for more children.

It took a few months and Juliet finishing breastfeeding but in January we got a positive pregnancy test. I was so excited! The nausea started more quickly with that one, but sadly just a week after I got the positive, I lost the baby

I was told it was probably just a genetic abnormality. We should wait a cycle and start trying again. So that's what I did. And low and behold, in March we were pregnant again. I got excited, but it was different after a loss. I didn't want to get my hopes up too much. 

We lost that baby, too. That's when my doctor decided I needed to see a specialist. I was appreciative that they were being proactive about the losses.

We met with a fertility specialist, who still said there was a 60% chance our next pregnancy would be fine without any help. We did all kinds of testing, including thyroid, estrogen, even undergoing a hysteroscopy to make sure that there weren't any uterine issues. All came back normal.  

And then, in May, we got pregnant again. By accident that time. The fertility specialist monitored my blood levels every other day to make sure my HCG was rising appropriately and to see when we could do an ultrasound. About 5.5 weeks, I once again started bleeding. My levels were still rising, so the specialist decided that he didn't need to see me for another week. 

It was the longest, most excruciating week of my life. I felt so alone. The nurses snobbily told me that there was nothing they could do when I called with questions. I was hormonal, sad and scared. Not to mention that this was the longest pregnancy I had sustained, which also made the miscarriage that much more physically painful.

I called my OBGYN after that loss and explained what was going on, including that the reproductive specialist was pushing to get genetic testing on my husband and I and talking about fertility drugs. Jay and I just didn't feel like we were at that point yet and it seemed like we were being rushed to make some expensive decisions.

Luckily, I have a wonderful OBGYN that agreed they were rushing me into testing when there was other things they could check. She did a battery of tests and found that I had inherited the mild form of Factor 5 Leiden, something that causes my blood to clot more than it should and could potentially be the reason for the miscarriages.

That's when I started on baby aspirin. Fast forward to August, and we decided to try again now that we were armed with more information. My OB also agreed to put me on progesterone as soon as I got pregnant to help support the pregnancy.

Then my OB was blessed with her second child, and now I was back to square one because her partner did not feel comfortable prescribing the progesterone. I scrambled to get into a different fertility specialist since we had been trying to get pregnant that month. I met with Dr. Schmidt and it was night and day from my first experience. He was absolutely wonderful and told me that there wasn't any reason I should be rushing into IVF, especially when I could get pregnant on my own.  He tested my progesterone levels that day since I was past ovulation, and immediately started me on progesterone.

We found out what I had expected all along, that my body for some reason was not producing the amount of progesterone needed to sustain a pregnancy after ovulating. Unfortunately, you need to start the progesterone immediately after ovulation to give a pregnancy the best shot. Although I did get pregnant in August and the pregnancy held on for a bit longer than my previous ones, I still lost the baby.

And now we're here. To today. A day that means so much to me now. A day to speak out about my four lost babies, and a day I put a face to pregnancy loss and recurrent miscarriage. My journey is far from being over.

 We have a plan for when I am comfortable trying again. It's safe to say that learning I'm pregnant and pregnancy in general will not ever be the same experience for me as it was with Juliet. I won't be as relaxed and I will probably freak out about small things, if I ever make it to that point again. It's made me face the idea of not being able to have more children. It's made me feel like my body is failing at the one thing it should be able to do. It's pushed me to advocate for myself, my health, and my fertility. And it'll make me never take a pregnancy or having a healthy child for granted ever again.
 
I am the 1 in 4.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

High Five for Friday!

****Umm, so, I've been having all kinds of issues with blogger for some reason. This was scheduled to post Friday, but when I checked to make my comments, it never happened :( So sorry to anyone that regularly reads!****

Guys, how is it Friday already?! I feel like this week has just totally ran away from me, but hey, that seems to be the norm in my life these days ;)

Our lovely featured blogger this week is Elizabeth over at Chasin' Mason. Tif has guest posted on her blog before, and I love getting to catch up with her adorable little Mason through her blog. Their pumpkin patch trip looks especially fun! Stop by and give her some H54F love :)

Now, to be honest, this week hasn't been blog-worthy. It's been a whole lot of stress and distractions. Instead of being a joy kill this week, I'm going to share 5 things that inspire me this week:

1. This studio right here. I want this. I'm day dreaming of achieving this at some point. I love shooting kids and babies and this would be perfect! Plus getting to leave all my photography stuff up 24/7? Yep, love!

2. This photo. If you follow the blog on Facebook, I shared this last night. I just think it's so powerful and such a good reminder that those family members matter too, even if you don't get to meet them on this side of eternity. I hope someday my photography will touch people as much as this does.


3. My memes post! Sometimes, especially on rough days, you just need to laugh. For some reason, this post decided to post 4 days earlier than when I actually tried to post it (which was yesterday) so check it out if you need a laugh! (And another fave just for fun!)

4. Pumpkin everything! Something about the smells and tastes of fall just make it seem so cozy and wonderful.

5. Cooler weather=open windows! It's been so nice to get a breath of fresh air through the house, especially with 3 pets. Much needed!

How has your week been? I'd love to hear!


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Friday, October 2, 2015

High Five for Friday!

Welcome to another week of H54F,hosted by Della at Della Devoted, Tif at Bright on a Budget, and Katie at Cup of Tea


Our featured blogger this week is Tina over at Go Big or Go Home. I'm loving her embroidery hoop wreath she shared earlier this week! Stop by and give her some love! 


Now, for this week's five! 

1. I've been dead tired for a few months. Like, get home from work and barely make it to bedtime for little one before I crash. When I've been home, I barely make it through the day, especially with a rambunctious toddler. Not to mention all the sudden my hair was falling out like crazy. This week I finally got my answer! Iron deficiency. Yep, take a magical little vitamin and about this time next week I should see significant improvement in my energy levels. I'm so excited! I'm sick of always feeling tired. And that means I'll have more time/more energy to get some blog posts up I've really been wanting to share! 

2. I've been crocheting in the car and at odd times during the day when I'm just tired but trying not to fall asleep. Which means Juliet now has a new infinity scarf and hat for this winter! I'm working on mittens for her right now, and I think the hat may get a flower. So much fun! (Don't be surprised if everyone I know gets something crocheted for Christmas this year! Haha) 

3. We made a giant pot of stuffed pepper soup tonight, one of my faves for chilly fall evenings. Check out the recipe here

4. I've been working hard behind the scenes on my photography business, which has really taken off in the past month or so. 

5. Speaking of photography, I'm working on a project to bring awareness to pregnancy and infant loss since October 15 is national Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. I will be sharing this project and different things about my journey through miscarriage throughout this month. If you're interested in teaming up for a post on this subject this month, or want to learn more about the project I'm working on, shoot me an email!

How has your week been? I'd love to hear!


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