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Tripp’s Second Fiesta

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We had so much fun for Tripp’s second birthday! I can’t believe what a big boy I have these days! His birthday party fell on Cinco de Mayo so OF COURSE we had a little fiesta!

 

Instead of stressing over food we decided to cater in Rosa’s and it was amazing and a WONDERFUL price point! Pro tip: Make sure to have lots of fruit and pouches if you have a lot of kiddos attending.  They loved snacking on that while parents enjoyed chips, salsa and guacamole (and some of the kiddos loved that too)!

 

I had so much fun decorating with all the pinatas and mini hats! I also went simple with mini cupcakes and purchased themed cupcake toppers. The party favors were little maracas.  The kiddos thought they were super fun to play with and they served as good decoration (win-win)!

We had inflatable pools and water toys out side to play with and I couldn’t leave the little kids table with no decoration! I also made sure to have plenty of chalk for them to draw on the back porch too! I have linked everything below that we enjoyed at the party (including the toys we had out for kids to play with).

MINI PINATAS-Donkeys

MINI PINATAS– Chilis

MULTICOLOR KIDS TABLE

WATER TABLE

BLOW UP POOL

BABY POOL

SPRINKLE AND SPLASH

CHALK

PLAY DOH

CUPCAKE TOPPERS– Cactus

CUPCAKE TOPPERS– Two

CHILI LIGHTS

BALLOON #2

MEXICAN TABLE RUNNER

SOMBRARO (old)- SIMILAR

MARACAS

PINATA

 

XOXO GABBING GINGER

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Pregnancy update Weeks 15-19: Anatomy Scan + Gender Reveal

Hello! I hope you enjoy this fun pregnancy update! I’ve linked everything I mentioned in the video below!

 

 

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Here was our super cute gender announcement on social media!

Have any questions or suggestions for my next video?  Comment below!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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Summer Pregnancy Must Haves

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When you find out your pregnant you make a overhaul of a lot of things.  I am excited to share with you some fun upcoming fashion post for my every growing bump.

In the mean time I am going to show you some of my Amazon Wish List items for being pregnant during the summer.  Most of these things you can use when you aren’t pregnant too! I love utilizing items for all seasons of life.

Skin/Facial Care

*Please note to ALWAYS talk to your doctor about your skin/facial care.

Summer time means lighter makeup so you want to make sure your skin is looking fresh and bright. Here are some products I love:

 

 

Fresh Start 

Facial Hydrator + Eye Creme

Facial Wash

I am using this to help keep away stretch marks.  I used it my first pregnancy/postpartum and loved it!

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Bio Oil

With the sun coming out pregnant mom’s need to prepare.  Here is what is in my Amazon Cart to help with sun protection and tanning.

 

 

Jergens Instant Sun

Neutrogena Pure and Free

 

Swim Suits

Summer calls for swim suit time and with my ever changing body I am eyeing a few different bathing suits to get me through the dog days of summer.  Here are some of my favorites. PS ALL of these are under $30!

 

 

Black and White Bikini

Yellow and Floral Bikini

Black Lace OTS

 

 

What are your summer pregnancy must haves?

Stay tuned for a fun maternity style haul!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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Tripp’s Favorite Things + 20 Month Update

As I sit down to write this post I just can’t get over that Tripp is almost 20 months old.  He is a talking machine, a runner and full of life.  He eats ALL the food, ALL the time and he is getting cuter by the day which I don’t even know how that is possible.

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He loves to keep me on my toes and he is learning how to play by himself… which is amazing for this work at home mama.  Tripp loves to play catch and He is a wiz at puzzles.

Which leads me to this….I get asked all the time what are some of Tripp’s Favorite Toys are so I wanted to put together a quick toy list. Most of these are smaller items but I wanted to show off the best item first…  Tripp is a little over a year and a half right not so he loves A LOT of things but we really have fallen in love with Melissa and Doug toys! They don’t feel cheap and they are durable!

This Jeep has a remote for the parents to use and Tripp is OBSESSED with it!

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On to the inside toys…

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Infant Melissa & Doug Personalized Multi Activity Table • Melissa & Doug • $149.99

Toddler Melissa & Doug Farm Animal Train Set • Melissa & Doug • $19.95

Toddler Melissa & Doug Farm Jumbo Knob Puzzle • Melissa & Doug • $19.99

Melissa and Doug Kids’ Deluxe Wire Puzzle Rack • Melissa & Doug • $19.99

Toddler Melissa & Doug ‘Fridge Food’ Play Set • Melissa & Doug • $19.99

Toddler Boy’s Melissa & Doug ‘Magic Mine Train Tunnel’ Wooden Train Toy • Melissa & Doug • $29.95

Toddler Melissa & Doug Food Groups Set • Melissa & Doug • $19.99

Melissa & Doug Dust! Sweep! Mop! Play Set – Ages 3+ • Melissa & Doug • $30

Melissa and Doug Toy, Fishing Magnetic Puzzle Game • Melissa & Doug • $9.99

 

What toys does your toddler love? I need birthday present ideas!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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BABY GIRL’S PERFECT NURSERY

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Hi everyone! I would like to introduce you to a new series I am starting called Gabbing Girls.  These are some of my favorite bloggers that will be writing special pieces just for this blog space! I love participating in guest blogs and I am so excited to be featuring these women on here!

I want to welcome Shawna from MishMash Mommy.  Shawna is a true Southern girl with a love for writing, photography, and Sweet Tea.  She is married to the love of her life, Stepmom to the sweetest 9 year old boy, Mom to an adorable 2 year girl, and Fur Mommy to 2 little Shih-tzu pups.  In addition to blogging at MISHMASH MOMMY, she is a part-time photographer and photo editor, and loves traveling and camping in what very little spare time she gets.

Her post will bring something new to the table because she is introducing her baby girls nursery! Which reminded me that I never posted about Baby Tripp’s nursery….

NURSERY

When I found out I was pregnant, I began scouring Pinterest and dreaming of what my sweet baby’s nursery would look like.  I couldn’t wait to find out the gender, so I could really go crazy!  I was so anxious that I scheduled an appointment with Peek A Boo Baby for the day I hit 16 weeks.  You can’t imagine my excitement when they told me it was a GIRL!  I would have been thrilled either way, but I’d secretly always wanted a little girl.

I’d never been much of a pink girl, so I wanted to do the nursery in purple…and loved the combination of purple and teal.  If you’ve ever tried looking for that in nursery bedding, you know it’s practically impossible without spending a million bucks on custom made.  Heck, I had a hard enough time just finding purple.  Lavender was a little easier, but I wanted a true, vibrant purple.  I swear I searched for months, until I finally found one I liked.  Ironically, it had quite a bit of pink in it too.  The great part is I could get it at my favorite store, Target, online (Thank you, Red Card)!  The Target option came in a bundle, which included a few things I wouldn’t use, but it was still cheaper than buying certain pieces separately.  Now that I had decided on bedding, the rest was much easier (and so much fun) to shop for!

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I wanted to keep things bright and fun, so I opted for a white crib from Graco. I also chose a white dresser and white cube storage unit (both from Target).  I loved the idea of using the dresser top as my changing table, so I got a changing pad and wrapped it in a super soft light purple cover.  I will say it did slide around a bit., so we eventually used the buckle and just looped it through the drawer and out the back.  I wanted to bring out a little bit of the green from the bedding so I got storage bins and drawer knobs to match.

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After searching forever and reading a million reviews, I settled on this glider, and I love it!  It is so comfy, and I think the gray works great with everything else.  I picked up the table and lamp on clearance at Target. Double score!  I had a really hard time finding curtains.  There wasn’t anything that would work in the stores, so I went online.  Shockingly, I got these blackout curtains at Walmart online!  I knew it was meant to be, when I noticed that the style name was Kendall.  🙂

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Speaking of my daughter’s name, I got big white letters at Michaels and painted polka dots to match the crib skirt.

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One of my favorite accents was the paper lanterns!  I was going to order separately, but I found this pack on Amazon that had the exact colors I needed!  I initially wanted (and ordered) some giant tissue paper pom poms, but when I got them, it was just too confusing for my prego brain to figure out how to assemble them!  Thankfully, I absolutely love how the lanterns turned out!

I had been stockpiling books pretty much since I found out I was pregnant, and definitely needed a place to put them.  I saw this super cute book shelf idea on Pinterest, and it turned out great.  The bookshelves are actually IKEA spice racks that I painted white.  The only problem is that they don’t hold very many books, so I quickly ran out of room.

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I had a hard time narrowing down which decor I was going to put on the walls…there is so much cute stuff out there!  I got some adorable decorative signs and shelves, and this amazing shag rug (again, from Target).

Once the nursery was complete, I’d just go and sit in there imagining what it would be like when she arrived.  It’s like it didn’t really hit home until this room was finished.  I felt like NOW I was ready for her to be here.  NOW I was ready to be a Mom.

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What was your favorite part of decorating your nursery?  How did you feel when it was finally complete?

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XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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Fort Worth Favorites

It is been awhile since I touched on some of my Fort Worth Favorites [here are some of my previous posts HERE, HERE & HERE]! Hopefully you all can try these places out or already have and love them like I do.

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Food/Beverage

Yogi’s Deli: A Fort Worth favorite great food and great prices.  Our favorite is breakfast there because their bagels, French toast and coffee are stellar!

Fixture: Drinks are amazing and the food is top notch! Perfect date night! LOVE their patio!

Piatello Italian Kitchen: Their dinner is OUTSTANDING and a great atmosphere especially on the patio when there is live music!

Kent & Co: Great Wine at GREAT prices.

Melt Ice Cream: Their ice cream is OUTTA this world and the shop is ADORABLE!

Activities

The Happy Lark: A fun indoor play space for kids with a SUPER cute boutique up front!

Benbrook Library: They have so many great activities for children and adults! For completing the summer challenge with Tripp they gave him a free book! The staff is amazing too and I have met some great mom friends at book babies!

Shop

Adorable Boutique and Monogramming: Great selection of products and you can bring your own thing in and their monogramming is affordable with a fast turn around!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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Year ONE

 

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As I sit back and reflect on the last year I just cannot believe how fast it has come and gone.  The saying is true that minutes can seem slow but the months go by so fast. Tripp has taught me so much in such a short 12 months.  These months have taught me patience, empathy and to be more care free. My type A personality has definitely been challenged but in a good way!

So, I thought to wrap up twelve months of motherhood, I would give you twelve tips I’ve learned.

  1. Don’t be afraid to take the baby out.  It is a big production but it is worth your sanity to get out and about.
  2. You do you.  Go with your gut.  If you need to sleep train do it, if you want to give the baby a Paci do it.  Don’t worry about the judgmental moms out there you need to do what is right for you and your family.
  3. Do something for yourself every once in awhile.  Coffee with a girlfriend, a pedicure… anything to help relax and rejuvenate.
  4. THIS TOO SHALL PASS.  The crying is HARD but I PROMISE it is temporary.  Positive self talk is very important in those days with lots of crying and little sleep.
  5. Get a yeti cup.  If not you will reheat your coffee 5 million times a day.
  6. Find a good support group.  You will have a million questions and that group will save your sanity.  DR GOOGLE IS THE WORST SUPPORT GROUP.
  7. Take a shower.  Put the baby in a bouncer or a safe space and take 5 minutes for yourself.  You will feel like a new person.
  8. Breastfeeding is HARD.  I will say after 6 weeks for me it got significantly easier.  We have made it to one year and I am so proud that we did! But do what you and your baby need. FED IS BEST.
  9. Buy yourself something cute. Those first days are hard but having a nice fresh (stretchy and comfy) outfit does a world of good.
  10. Continue taking your pre-natals and have lab work done to make sure all your levels are good…. turns out I was vitamin D deficient and once I started taking supplements I started feeling SO much better!
  11. Ask for help.  Even if it is just for 30 minutes when you need a break you need a break.
  12. The kitchen doesn’t have to be spotless.  This is the hardest lesson for me… they say to sleep or rest when the baby is resting but I tend to try to tackle the never ending to do list.  I have tried my best to learn that it is ok if the house isn’t perfectly clean for one day or if the laundry waits an extra day. The stress is NOT worth it.  Spend this time with the family and worry about the chores another time.  Honestly, sticking to a schedule has really helped me to not feel overwhelmed by the amount of things to get done in a day!

What are your tips for first year moms?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

PS Aren’t are pictures the cutest?! Shoutout to photo guru Chandi!

PPS Here are the outfit details: floral dress [under $25!], Cold Shoulder Top, Jeans, Sandals.

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Pregnancy Style Recap

As my due date approaches I wanted to get a recap up of what I wore and some style tips during pregnancy.  I think one of the best pieces of advice I took was don’t be afraid to wear pre-pregnancy clothes and incorporate them into your pregnancy pieces.

There are some non-negotiable pregnancy pieces for me.  Leggings and jeans that go over the belly.  Everyone is different but I couldn’t get comfortable (in later pregnancy) with elastic/waistbands digging into my lower tummy.

Pictures and items will be list left to right, top row than bottom row.

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Outfit 1: Leggings [Old Navy], Shirt: OLD [Similar], Flip Flops [Tory Burch]

Outfit 2: Blazer [Express], Leggings [Old Navy], Cami [NikiBiki]

Outfit 3: Dress [Harper and Bay], Flip Flops [Tory Burch], Jean Jacket [Similar], Purse [Louis Vuitton]

Outfit 4: Cami [NikiBiki], Kimono:OLD [Similar],  Jeans [Jessica Simpson]

Outfit 5: Shirt [Target], Skirt: OLD [Similar], Flip Flops [Target]

Outfit 6: Dress OLD [Similar], Cardigan: OLD [Similar], Wedges: OLD [Similar]

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Outfit 1: Cami [NikiBiki], Jeans [Jessica Simpson], Purse [Louis Vuitton], Flip Flops [Tory Burch], Cardigan [Target]

Outfit 2: Cami [NikiBiki], Jeans [Jessica Simpson], Sunnies [Ray-Bans], Flip Flops [Tory Burch], Purse [Louis Vuitton], Cardigan: OLD [Similar]

Outfit 3: Jeans [Jessica Simpson], Shirt:OLD [Similar], Booties [DSW]

Outfit 4: Dress [Pinkblush], Necklace [Kendra Scott], Shoes [Nine West], Jacket: [Old] Ralph Lauren [Similar] or [Similar]

Outfit 5: Leggings [Old Navy], Leather Jacket: Similar [Forever 21], Purse [Tory Burch], Shoes: OLD [Similar], Blouse: OLD [Similar]

Outfit 6: Cami [NikiBiki], Sandals: OLD [Similar], Jeans [Jessica Simpson], Cardigan [Target], Sunnies [Ray-Bans]

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Outfit 1: Jeans [Jessica Simpson], Bootie Wedges [Target], Cardigan [Target], Shirt [Target]

Outfit 2: Jeans [Jessica Simpson], Plaid Shirt: OLD [Similar], Shirt [Target]

Outfit 3: Leggings [Old Navy], Cami [NikiBiki], Bootie Wedges [Target], Cardigan [Motherhood Maternity]

Outfit 4: Jeans [Jessica Simpson], Boots [Justin], Blouse: OLD [Similar]

Outfit 5: Dress [Badgley Mischka]

Outfit 6: Cami [NikiBiki], Jeans [Jessica Simpson], Booties [DSW], Cadigan: OLD [Similar]

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Outfit 1: Cami [NikiBiki], Jeans [Jessica Simpson], Cardigan [Target], Booties [DSW], Scarf [Similar]

Outfit 2: Leggings [Old Navy], Vest [MarleyLilly], Flannel Plaid Shirt [Walmart], Shoes: OLD [Similar]

Outfit 3: Leggings [Old Navy], Blazer: OLD [Similar], Heels: OLD [Similar], Tee: OLD [Similar]

Outfit 4: Leggings [Old Navy], Scarf [Similar], Leather Jacket: Similar [Forever 21], Sweater [Target], Bootie Wedges [Target]

Outfit 5: Leggings [Old Navy], Vest [MarleyLilly], Blouse [Walmart], Flats: OLD [Similar]

Outfit 6: Leggings [Old Navy], Cami [NikiBiki], Flats: OLD [Similar]. Cardigan [Target], Scarf [Similar]

XOXO, Gabbing Ginger