Okay, so I’ll be the first to admit I am horrible when it comes to answering dm messages! I try really hard to answer you guys and write you back, but I just can’t ever seem to get to them all. So what I did last night was go through all of my dm messages over the last two to three months and I wrote down the messages with questions that I get asked on repeat. And instead of just taking a screenshot of those questions with the answers in a swipe up like I normally do, I thought it would be better if I just answered them here so that they don’t go away after 24 hours.
How are the new puppies doing?
The puppies are doing great, they are wild and HUGE, but just over the last week we have noticed them calming down a bit. We are planning to get them neutered within the next few weeks so I’m hoping this helps calm them down even more. I am a little nervous about how they will do when the new baby gets here, but honestly, they prefer to be outside a lot and they do most of their rough play with each other. And for all my dog lovers that have asked about my pet gift guide, you can check that out here! We just ordered both pups these new holiday collars and these new dog beds.
Where is your Christmas tree and the garland on your mantel from?
Our Christmas tree is from Grandinroad, but it’s no longer available. I did find an almost identical one here and the price is really good!! And here is the pre-lit cedar garland that is on our mantel.
How do you keep your floors so clean with a husband, two kids, and two dogs?
The No-Show socks that you have and loved are no longer available? Are there any others one you love?
These are by a different seller, but I ordered them and they are almost identical to the ones I had before…they may even be a little better!
I just ordered these plush fuzzy no-show socks for winter to wear with my booties and slip-on sneakers!
What drawer organizers do you use for you and Todd’s drawers and which ones do you use for the kids drawers?
are the ones I use in all our drawers.
This is the set
I ordered for the baby’s drawers. It’s very similar, just a different color with different sizes and compartments.
Where are your couches and coffee table from?
My couches are from here and my coffee table is no longer available anywhere…trust me, I have searched and searched for you guys! It’s called The Bennett coffee table and it’s by Dwellstudio for any of you guys that may want to check with any local designers.
And here is the link for everything else, including my brass swing arm lamps and rugs.
Will you be doing a gift guide for kids and babies again this year?
YES, for sure!! I am actually working on one right now and I’m so excited about it!! I am hoping to have it up no later than Friday, but in the meantime, I’m adding things daily to my kids and baby Amazon holiday gift guides here.
Will you do an H&M try-on haul? I love their stuff online, but not sure what size to order or how it fits, and you and I are about the same size.
Yes, and I am so excited because I just recently placed a huge order with them that should arrive any day now! And in my haul, I’m going to share some baby, kids, and even home pieces that I ordered!! And because I’m pretty sure that last year’s most asked question was about my salt and pepper cellar, I’ve got to share this one with you! It’s almost identical to mine from Pottery Barn and the price is better! This would make the perfect gift for the hostess or the cook in your life. Also, I’ve had a few try-on haul request for Loft, Abercrombie and Fitch, and Express. I am planning to order a few pieces from those places as well, so you guys please let me know if there are any other places you would like to see.
What is white paint color on all of your walls?
Sherwin Williams Pure White.
And here is a list of more of the best white paint colors for your home as well.
What is the pink paint color in the new nursery?
Sherwin Williams White Dogwood. It’s the prettiest, softest light pink ever.
Are your kitchen counter quartz or marble?
Our counter tops are honed marble and they are called Calacatte Latte. We absolutely love them and I would choose them again if we ever moved.
Can you share the furniture and roman shade sources for Carson and Taylor’s bedroom?
You can click here for the sources for Taylor’s room.
Your hair is looking so much healthier and so thick…what products are you using to help?
First off, thank you so much, but while my hair so much better than it was before it still isn’t great 🙂 I just don’t have the best hair, but I think 100% that my prenatal vitamins are helping a lot along with this shampoo, conditioner, and treatment by Olaplex. Also, this Olaplex gift set that just came out is a great price and includes everything I use. The sizes of the bottles are great for trying it out instead of buying full size bottles of the shampoo and conditioner.
What curling iron do you use?
Ouiast Curling Iron 1 inch Ceramic Tourmaline. It’s only $25 and I swear it works just as good, if not, better than the $100+ ones that a lot of bloggers rave about.
I have it with the blue base, but it seems they only have it in the black currently, but it’s the exact curling iron, just a different color handle!
Are you still taking anti-anxiety medications while you’re pregnant?
Yes, I did switch from 20mg of Lexapro to 25mg of Zoloft per my obgyn’s recommendation. I also took 25mg of Zoloft throughout my pregnancy with Taylor as well.
How have you managed not to gain a lot of extra weight this pregnancy?
Ha! Well here’s the deal, throughout all three of my pregnancies I didn’t gain a lot of weight. I was sick in the beginning with all three, and besides craving a few bad things here and there, my body really craves fruits and salads when I’m pregnant! Now here’s the funny part, well it’s actually not funny, but when Carson and Taylor were both 6 months old I somehow managed to gain 30 lbs. So yeah, instead of gaining the weight while I was pregnant and then losing it, I gained even more weight after they were born and ended up weighing more when they were 6 months old than I did on the day I gave birth! This time around I’m planning to get back into the gym as soon as my body is ready and also try not to form a bad habit of drinking Cokes daily like I did before.
Are you planning on nursing this time?
Yes, but I’m also planning to introduce the bottle to her sooner than I did with Taylor. Taylor gave us a run for our money and would only nurse. She refused a bottle from Todd or anyone else, so this time I’ll definitely introduce it sooner. We’ve always used and loved Dr. Brown bottles, but I’m a little rusty in this department so if you guys have any new bottle recommendations I would love to hear them.
Will you continue to post regularly once you have the new baby?
Yes, while I plan to take a little time off right after I have her, I definitely plan to jump right back into regular posting. This is not only my outlet and my happy place, it also helps provide for our family. Not to mention, I will end up going stir crazy if I don’t get back into my work and somewhat into my routine.
Will you and Todd have any more babies after this one?
No, and I am serious this time…haha!! Before this baby, neither Todd nor I felt 100% that we were done, so neither of us did anything to make sure we were done. After this baby, if I end up having to have a c-section I will have my tubes tied and if I am able to do a VBAC then Todd will have a vasectomy soon after baby girl arrives.
You and Todd seem so happy together and like such a great team…do you have any tips or secrets?
Communication, communication, communication!!! And I’m not talking about just passing each other in the hallway with a brief hello, goodbye, or discussing your schedules for the day. You’ve got to make time to really connect with each other and really talk about things. And when I say talk to each other, I mean the good, the bad, and the ugly. I know it seems easier to not address or talk about the uncomfortable things sometimes, but those are honestly the most important things that you should (and must) talk about.
Marriage isn’t always easy, and believe me, Todd and I have gone through our tough times. But if I’ve learned one thing, it’s that you’ve got to be 100% real, open, and vulnerable at all times or at least most of the time with your partner. I believe that besides God, your partner should come first and be the one person that you can tell any and everything. When Todd and I both started doing this, it was like a weight was lifted and a connection beyond what I could have ever imagined was able to happen. I am more in love with Todd than ever, and having him as my best friend, my partner, and raising our soon to be three babies together makes me so happy and gives me more joy than anything else in the world.
Do you and Todd still go to marriage therapy?
Currently, we do not. We LOVE our therapist and learned SO much from her, but she (in her own words) graduated us from our bi-weekly therapy sessions. And I am not going to lie, this was a very proud and fulfilling moment for Todd and I both to hear that she didn’t think we needed her anymore! Now that’s not to say we won’t ever go to her again, because you never know what life may throw at you, but as of now we are doing really good and couldn’t be happier.