Body Butter Challenge :: Complete

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So…. the other day I decided to be Martha Stewart and make my own raw organic body butter.  I found this recipe from a mommy blogger I follow and she made it seem easy enough, so I decided to give it a try…  yeah… sure, it was easy, but what a mess! All that melted oil in a simmering pot, then pouring it into the glass jars… I’m pretty sure my house is going to smell of cocoa butter for months.

For those who are willing to take on this well-worth-it challenge:

1 jar of aloe vera butter

1 jar of mango butter

1 jar of coconut oil

1 jar of cocoa butter

1 jar of shea butter

Mix all ingredients in a big pot on low heat until melted, then pour into glass jars (I got mine from Target, 2 for $3).  Once mixture is in the glass jars, place them in the refrigerator to solidify.

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I would strongly suggest only using the body butter at night when going to bed because it is very thick and greasy.  I have used it every night since I made it and it has been wonderful on my growing belly, thighs, and back.  It’s very moisturizing and makes my skin feel so soft and smooth.  Also, since your skin absorbs up to 80% of what you put on it, it’s healthy for pregnant women with little babies in them ;).

Good luck!

sixteen week bumpdate

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Can y’all believe it has been sixteen weeks already??  I can’t!  This tiny {food baby-like} bump and I have been cruising through the months like it’s nothing!  Today we went for a bike ride and stopped to watch the sail boats in the bay, and as I stood there it hit me that in four more weeks I will be half way through my pregnancy.  It’s crazy to think that in a few short months I will be holding this little human that Husband & I have made together.  Such a precious time for me as my body grows in ways it never has before {I’m ready for this bump to SHINE!}, and just waiting for that moment of flutters to happen when I know for sure this wee little baby is doing flips in there… everything is so exciting!  Husband constantly wants to touch my belly and say “hi” to the baby.  According to the books I’m reading & my pregnancy app on my phone, the baby can hear my voice.  I’m assuming he or she can hear Husband’s as well… who knows :-/

Anyway, no crazy cravings to update about.  I literally eat just about anything that’s within reach.  My legs are getting thicker so I’m not quite fitting into my skinny jeans anymore :( but I’m not heartbroken yet!  I’m basing everything on my leather pants.  As long as I can fit into those bad boys, I feel like I’m doing all right! ha ha ha!  I’ve already started ordering some important furniture for the nursery such as the crib and changing table/ dresser thingy which are on backorder through the beginning of the year.  I’ve heard some stories of other mom’s ordering their nursery furniture WAY in advance and they don’t arrive until a few weeks before baby… stressful!!  Hopefully everything will arrive in a timely fashion {including Baby}.

Oh! In case anyone is wondering, we are not finding out the gender.  We had talked about it before we were ever pregnant and decided we want to be surprised. Yes, the suspense is killing me, but I know that waiting will make it so much more special. :)

We can’t wait to meet you, Baby!! Love you so much already!!

another gorgeous weekend.

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I cannot get over how amazing the beach was last weekend.  We finally had a nice little cold front come through Florida so the air was a crisp 62 degrees with a wind that chilled just the right amount for hoodies.  I didn’t take very many pictures, but you can clearly see that we had the beach to ourselves except for a few little creatures :)  Now would be the perfect time to visit Florida if you are planning a little getaway!!  Hope everyone’s having a great week!

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^^ I spy with my little eye… a crab! ^^

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How We Told Our Parents :)

Anyone who knows me personally, knows that I would NEVER pass on a cocktail or glass of wine, especially in a social setting.  That being said, Husband & I knew that our parents would catch on real quick if I all of a sudden stopped ordering a glass of wine at family dinners, so this was the perfect announcement idea for us!  I ordered these super cute wine labels from Etsy, and this DIY project was so easy, even this non-crafty mommy-to-be couldn’t mess it up!
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Here’s what you need:

1. a bottle of wine with an easy peel off label

2. your personalized wine label ordered from Etsy

3. some Goo Gone for any excess stickiness

Here’s what to do:

All you gotta do is peel off the label, wipe down with Goo Gone, and replace label with your exciting news!

Easy Peasy!

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PS ::  I have a GREAT video of my mom when she learned we were preggo, I swore to her I wouldn’t send it to anyone, I probably even told her that I wouldn’t show anyone, BUT… it’s too good not to share.  So next time you run into me, ASK TO SEE IT!!!  You will not be disappointed!!

In Other Dietrich News…!!!

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We’re having a baby!

Baby D seems to be settling in for the long haul and has a super healthy heartbeat, so I figured it was the right time to go ahead and announce our exciting news to the internet world.  I’m officially 12 weeks and 4 days along so I won’t be able to hide this bump for very much longer :) This mommy-to-be has been nauseous for about 3 months straight which is slowly but surely subsiding as the weeks continue to pass, I constantly crave Cinnamon Toast Crunch… literally all day every day, I’m still exercising regularly even though my energy level has not been favorable…  But I feel great!  I could not be more excited about this little miracle growing inside of my belly and I just thank God for His wonderful blessing to our lives!

{Baby D should be making their appearance on or around May 2, 2015}

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Our First Dream Home Is For Sale {Mixed Emotions}

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Well y’all, Husband & I are putting our first home on the market tomorrow… and… I’m sad.  We have known this day was coming for quite some time, but now that it is literally less than 24 hours away, I might just have a breakdown.  With all the renovations, updates, maintenance, and hard work we have put in, we have really made this house into a home.  Our home.

Looking back on the last (almost) five years, I’m thinking of all the good times of having family and friends over for BBQ’s and holiday parties, I’m remembering all the times our dogs would chase each other through the backyard and bringing me fun creatures as gifts, but most of all I’m thinking of my husband and all the loving memories we will forever hold in our hearts for this place.

In this house I have learned SO MUCH about homeownership!  I feel so much braver, and more confident, to handle anything and everything that could possibly happen in a home.  You see, for those of you who may not know me personally, my home is old.  I mean real old.  Built in 1920, you can only imagine all the small details that had been neglected for decades.  Pipes busting under the house (unknowingly) and filling the crawlspace with 3-4 feet of water to where it almost comes up to our floorboards… yea, that happened.  Seams in the flat roof that were not properly sealed which allowed heavy rains to flood into our living room through a ceiling beam… oh yes, it happened multiple times.  Wood rotted windows, mold, remodeling 100 year old bathrooms… my list of craziness goes on and on, but I love that this home helped me grow into adulthood and has taught me to not be scared. In these situations, you just gotta take a deep breath and know that everything can be repaired and/ or replaced.

After the sadness of knowing my house will soon be sold to a new family, and after remembering all the good times (and bad), now comes the anxiety of the unknown.  Will someone fall in love my house the way I did when I first saw it?  Funny side story, when Husband and I first started dating, he brought me back to his hometown, which is where we currently live :), and he was driving me around this town showing me all the sights… and he took me around the lake with all the big fancy houses and when we drove by this one particular house (that was for sale at the time) I thought to myself, “I absolutely adore that house.  I will live in that house one day.”  And sure enough, that home is mine.  But not for much longer… Anyway, back to my anxiety of the unknown… How long will it take to sell?  How many strangers will be in my house at one time?  How am I going to keep this place clean?!?!?!!?!?!!?  <— that’s the big one.

But overall I am SO excited.  I am so ready for a new adventure and new experiences.  Obviously things won’t change drastically, it’s not like we are moving to a far away land… Husband does own a business here and what not.  But I’m just ready for something different!  Here’s to fresh new memories!  Wish us luck!  ;)