CACTUS BABY SPRINKLE DESSERT
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My perfect Baby Sprinkle

Cactus Baby Sprinkle

Baby showers and sprinkles are so much fun! I am lucky to have a friend who LOVES to party plan and has a business that helps plan events, design interiors and even does gift giving.  Needless to say when she plans something it becomes something perfect and wonderful.

Taylor has helped me put together home decor around my house and has helped me plan baby girls cactus nursery (reveal coming soon).  She knew how much I loved the nursery theme so she transitioned that into a theme for the baby sprinkle.

I will link everything possible below.  Taylor and one of her long time friends run Southern Reflections, LLC. 

You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram. So if you are in the DFW area (or even further) they can help you with interior design, event planning and even gift giving!

I really do feel that every baby should be celebrated and it was so fun that my sprinkle was small and intimate compared to my baby shower with Tripp (which by the way Taylor planned too)! I loved getting to chat and of course opening all of the girly gifts was a plus too!

CACTUS BABY SPRINKLE DESSERT

CACTUS BABY SPRINKLE DESSERT

The Dessert

The shower theme was cactus and we enjoyed brunch and these super yummy cupcakes and cookies from GC Cakes. She did such an amazing job they not only looked fantastic but tasted amazing too!

 

 

 

Cactus Baby Shower Decor

Cactus Baby Shower Decor

The Decor

Seriously, pictures don’t do the balloon/floral centerpiece justice.  It was so beautiful and fun! The flowers are from Trader Joe’s and the Balloon Centerpiece is from Party Warehouse.

Everything was seriously so stunning and perfect for a cactus baby sprinkle! I loved the pinks, greens and creams.  It was perfect in every way!

 

Baby Sprinkle Thank you's

The Thank You’s

My hostesses all did such a fabulous job so I wanted to give them something useful, cute and of course pink! My friend Meg over at Gingy Love made the vinyl monograms for me, I purchased these cups and made this printable (you can download it for free here: Sprinkle Thank You.)! I just cut and glued to plain white gift bags and added a pop of pink tissue paper.

Cactus Baby Sprinkle Thank You

 

 

 

 

For the thank you gifts for attendees we did small succulent plants from Lowe’s and I printed the same graphic a bit smaller. I  I got small wood sticks and glued mini clothes pins and stuff them in! Super easy and affordable!

 

 

I seriously had the most perfect sprinkled loved getting to spend time with my friends and family! Baby girl is sure lucky to have so many wonderful women in her life! I want to thank everyone who was a part of it and especially my friend Taylor who made it truly magical!

Thanks to these beautiful hostesses!

Cactus baby sprinkle

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

 

baby, Family, Favorite Things, pregnant, Uncategorized

3D Ultrasound| Little Brother sees sister for the first time in 3D!

A couple weeks ago Mark, Tripp, my in-laws and myself went to have a 3D Ultrasound of baby Annabelle (name reveal video here). This was my first time ever experiencing a 3D ultrasound and I want to thank Hello Baby for hosting my family to this wonderful experience.

Family of 4
HelloBaby First Family Photo

My first pregnancy I didn’t think I “needed” a 3D ultrasound.  This pregnancy I wanted to do a few special things because so many things are different the second time around (like I totally forget to do weekly belly shots).  That’s where the 3D ultrasound came in.  After this experience though I would recommend anyone to do this during pregnancy.  You get SO much more time to see your little one then in the typical doctors office ultrasound. All in all we were there for almost an hour and the majority of the time we were getting to see baby!

Our Little Girl in 3D
Sweet Annabelle

 

I loved that if the baby wasn’t cooperating that they build in time for you to walk around and drink some juice.  If that still doesn’t work you can reschedule once for free!  Another thing I absolutely loved is how family friendly they were.  They engaged with the whole gamily and let Tripp get up close and personal!

 

Everyone was welcome and they were SO accommodating to my two year old.  They had a play basket, let him sit with me and even let him press buttons on the ultrasound machine (I mean that is every two year olds dream, right?!).

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Tripp Playing on the Ultrasound Machine

 

Some odds and ends if you are local to Fort Worth Area and want to visit Hello Baby.

Pricing:

  • Heartbeat Experience: $50
  • Gender Experience: $75
  • 3D/4D Bonding Experience: $130
  • 3D/4D Total Experience: $190

Add on’s:

  • CD with all images from Ultrasound $10
  • USB with all images from Ultrasound $15
  • Small Heartbeat Bear $25
  • Large Heartbeat Bear $35
Regular vs. 3D ultrasound
Sweet Annabelle

I absolutely loved visiting Hello Baby and they were so sweet during the whole experience. It is something that I will cherish for the rest of my life and would tell anyone it is a must do during pregnancy!

Did you have a 3D ultrasound during pregnancy?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Favorite Things, pregnant, Uncategorized

SAS-sy Sandals

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I am so excited to be partnering with SAS Shoes. If you missed my last partnership with them check it out HERE. I want to thank San Antonio Shoemakers for the Complimentary shoes.

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The summer months in Texas are HOT and I knew I would need a trendy but comfortable sandal since I am pregnant.  So many of my cute sandals have NO support and are terrible to walk in.  Enter the Sanibel Sandal to fill my summer sandal need.

I can’t tell you how amazing and comfy these sandals are! Which is especially going to be nice for my pregnant [and hopefully NOT swollen feet] self this summer! I’m on the go with a toddler and shoes that are comfortable with support are totally needed.  These seriously feel like wearing tennis shoes but look so much nicer!!

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I love that these are trendy and can be paired easily with so many different outfits.  I purposely picked out a gold tone so these sandals could be an accent to most every color under the sun.  The golden hue looks great with every skin tone too, which is perfect in the summer when you change shades a lot!  These sandals can be dressed down with athletic pants and a t-shirt and can be dressed up with a sundress. The perfect sandal for any busy mom!

What are you favorite summer sandals?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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Maternity/ Pregnancy, pregnant, Uncategorized, vlog

Pregnancy Update Weeks 12-15 VLOG

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I am finally feeling a little bit human again and I am weening off of my nausea medications and after a Instagram poll y’all asked for a VLOG and here it is…. Hopefully, I did ok!

Here are some of the links I mentioned in the VLOG:
Baby Doppler
Snoogle Pillow
Blog Pregnancy Update weeks 1-12
Instagram

I hope y’all enjoy! Do you want to see more VLOGS?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

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Pregnancy Week 1-12

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Well hello everyone! If you didn’t hear the BIG news we are pregnant with baby #2! I am so excited to being blogging pregnancy #2.  Moving forward I am hoping to do updates about every 2 weeks! This will cover my first trimester though since we just announced!

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The early days: I tested about 100 times because I just couldn’t believe it! We actually had a chemical pregnancy about two months before this so I was SUPER nervous about every little thing once I saw that “positive”.  So I kept testing to watch the positive line get darker… anyone else crazy about taking tests?!?!??

Symptoms: I didn’t really feel pregnant but my chest was sore.  That was really my only symptom until week 6 and then the nausea hit.  This started much earlier this go around and when I finally thought I was making a turn for the better I was up all night every 30 minutes throwing up… which landed me in the ER.  Official diagnosis: hyperemesis gravidarum. Now I am taking diclegis and it is working AMAZING! I feel so much better and I have actually been able to keep weight on!

Week 10: Saying no to the genetic test.  This was so hard to say no to.  It seems like everyone these days is doing it to find out the gender.  BUT goodness because I am not high risk the test would be almost $400…. that buys a lot of diapers y’all.  I also like that “finding out” is a good midway point and something to look forward to.  BUT it was so hard to resist doing it! I talked with my doctor and we both came to this choice and I am happy with it!

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Overall: I have just felt more tired but having a toddler keeps you on your toes most of the day.  I don’t have much of a bump and no significant weight gain at this point.  I don’t know if it is because I have experienced the joy of pregnancy and motherhood but man I am way more nervous this second time then the first.  I just always compare everything to the first go around ha!

I am looking forward to a hopefully *blissful* second trimester… knock on wood!

I am looking forward to sharing this journey with you all! I can wait for the fun, fashion and family to be taken to a whole new level!

What advice/tips/tricks can you mama’s share with me?  So much has changed since my first go around!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

Favorite Things, Uncategorized

Hair Tutorial

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Hi y’all! I get a lot of questions about how I curl my hair.  So I finally gave in and made a tutorial video.  I am not the best at making videos so bear with me as I learn what I am doing.  If you have questions about anything let me know.

This is a super fast way (7 minutes), to curl your hair! I find that the curls last much longer too!

Here are the products I use:

Chi Straightener

Mason Pearson Brush

Heat Protectant

PS I round brush blow dry my hair before I curl so I have some volume!

Day 2 hair:

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What is your favorite way to style your hair?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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Feeling SAS-sy

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I am so excited to be partnering with SAS Footwear.They have recently introduced the ultimate ballet flat named the “Scenic”.  They graciously sent me a pair to try out and here are some of my favorite features:

  • 73 sizes & 5 widths with multiple colors and patterns
  • Premium leather
  • Removable/Washable footbed- with shock absorbing cushion IMG_3959

Can I just say how great these shoes are for busy moms?!?!  They feel like tennis shoes but are quality ballet flats.  I love how easy they are on the go and that they can help make any outfit look so put together.

I went with red because I am a huge OU Football Fan and I thought these would be perfect for those long days tailgating. These also would be perfect for Valentines Day too!  Something I really noticed after wearing them all day was how I wasn’t sore when I went to bed. I’ve realized as I have started getting older that I need to take care of my body to avoid nightly aches and pains and these shoes really help with those aches.

These scenic flats are a great investment, look adorable and something I think are something every mom should have.

What are your favorite flats?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Beauty, Favorite Things, Uncategorized

Current Crushes

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Since, Valentines Day will be here before we know it I wanted to put together a fun guide of some of my favorites items and also their affordable dupes. I know I personally love to save up for real items and splurge on dupes! Below are some of my favorite recent items or items I have been eyeing!
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David Yurman Bracelet| Dupe $18

Chanel Perfume| Dupe $25

Lip Sweatshirt| Dupe $18

Sam Edelman Shoes| Dupe $25

Chanel Purse| Dupe $22

Gucci Belt| Dupe $15

Heart Blouse| Dupe $15

Ray Ban| Dupe $10

Leather Leggings| Dupe $15

What are you hoping to get this Valentines Day?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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Fort Worth Favorites- Family Edition

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Hi y’all! I am back at it with another Fort Worth Favorites posts! This one is gears all towards families but specifically those of you with toddlers like me! Some of these I have mentioned in other post before but I wanted to put a comprehensive list together for all things kiddo!
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Free/cheap meals & Food
McAlister’s: Kids meals are under $4 and most days after 4pm are 99 cents with a purchase of an adult entree!
Original Pancake House– Free mini pancakes while you wait for your food!
Blu Mesa Brunch: Kids 5 and under are FREE and the food is amazing!! They have several locations too!
Firehouse Subs: One free kids meal for every adult meal purchased– day and time varies by the location.
Whole Foods: You get a free piece of fruit and they have story time Tuesday at 10am!
Favorite play spaces/ activities
Library: My personal favorite is the Benbrook Library.  They have a great play area and Story Times.  Their story times are broken down by different age groups.  They also have a TON of other fun actives throughout the week!
The Playspace: This is such a wonderful drop in “play care”! Lots of fun activities and you can drop in when you want! SO great for doctors appointments or when you just need a manicure!
Barnes and Noble Story Time- I think it varies by location but ours is Fridays at 10!
Happy Lark: One of our favorite indoor play areas! It is great during those hot summer months.  They also have story time and music time!
SeaQuest: Lots of fun to explore at this aquarium!
Flight Deck  & Pump it UP: They both have a toddler jump class.
Celebrations: A SUPER fun open play space for littles!
Parks: Castle Park is our favorite: Lots of equipment to play on for all ages and there is a pond! But we also love Z Boaz, Rolling Hills and Skyline Ranch.
Lone Star Gym: Open play on Friday Nights!
Fort Worth Zoo: Our favorite spot to explore on nice days in the Fort.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History: Endless possibilities but Tripp loves the play grocery area!
Z Boaz Park: This is a small quaint park that we love to pop in and swing at. It is clean and surrounded by trees!
What are your favorite Fort Worth Activities?!
XOXO Gabbing Ginger