Friday, October 25, 2013

19 Weeks!

How far along? 19 weeks and 1 Day (almost half way there!)
Size of Baby? The size of a MANGO/between 5.5 to 6 in! 
Total weight gain/loss: up 1 pound from my last appt.!
Maternity clothes: Some.. I have on my regular blue jeans on today but during the normal week I stick to linen pants and dresses!
Stretch marks: NO! And I have been lathering up in cocoa butter day and night! 
Sleep: has been wonderful! Slept like a rock the last few days! 
Best moment this week: My sweet niece was born TODAY.. Meet Lynley Renee!! She is just an angel!

Movement: YES... lots at night when I lay flat on my back! Such an amazing feeling! 
Food cravings/aversions: OBSESSED with chips and salsa from Chili's AND chicken sandwiches from Arby's (this is the only type of meat that I am eating for now!)
Gender: Sweet Baby BOY! 
Labor signs: Nope.. hopefully not for a LONG while! 
Belly button in or out: It is in for now.. but looks kind of weird! I took my belly ring out this week so that's weird for me too! 
What I miss: NOTHING this week! 
What I am looking forward to: Going back to the Dr. on Nov. 11th! Just love hearing Baby Boy's heartbeat! 
Weekly wisdom: ALWAYS be cautious.. I had a SMALL scare this week... Woke up with SEVERE neck pain (like could not even move my neck at all) to be cautious I went to the ER to have it checked out.. after an MRI they found a slipped disc between my c5 and c6 vertebrae that was rubbing against my spinal cord! VERY scary stuff! I see a neurologist on Nov. 5th so PRAY that we get it all worked out for me and Baby Powell! 
Milestone: NO morning sickness for several days this week! WOO HOO! 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Gender Reveal Party

Baby Powell's "Boots or Bows" gender reveal was SUPER fun! I highly recommend doing a gender reveal party! It was SO exciting to find out the gender with our closest friends and family!

I apologize for the ghetto video.. I am NEW to movie making! ;)

Happy Friday y'all and ROLLLLL TIDE ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, October 7, 2013

16 WEEKS/Baby Bump

How far along? 16 weeks & 4 Days 
Size of Baby? The size of a AVACADO/between 4.3 to 4.7 in! 
Total weight gain/loss: NONE as far as I know BUT I go to the Dr. Friday so we shall see! 
Maternity clothes: Still wearing lots of stretchy stuff (linen pants). I did wear jeans on Friday but felt like I couldn't breath all day. 
Stretch marks: NO! And I have been lathering up in cocoa butter day and night! 
Sleep: is a little better.. I have been using my pregnancy pillow and that seems to help some. It's still not the same sleep that I use to get before I was pregnant! 
Best moment this week: Seeing my BFF Nicole get married this weekend in Mobile and spending a little bit of time with my in-laws!
Movement: I feel like my stomach gets really hard in certain places sometimes.. no idea if that's the baby but never had that feeling before I was pregnant! 
Food cravings/aversions: still loving chips and salsa and cheesecake! I am hoping that I start to eat like a normal person soon. I would love to actually sit down and "enjoy" a meal. Right now, I just kind of "pick" at my food. I also still cannot stand any type of meat! GA-ROSS!! 
Gender: We find out FRIDAY... we are having a gender reveal party and I cannot wait to share with y'all!! :) 
Labor signs: Nope.. hopefully not for a LONG while! 
Belly button in or out: INNNN!!!! :) 
What I miss: I know this is totally selfish but I miss having a glass of wine once in a while.. we were at a wedding this weekend and it really sucks not being able to drink! 
What I am looking forward to: finding out if bay bay Powell is a GIRL or a BOY?! 
Weekly wisdom: You can enjoy "LIFE" so much better when things are marked off your to-do list! I have like 10 lists going right now between work, personal, Jennaration, planning a gender reveal AND planning my SIL's Baby Shower BUT I feel so much better at the end of the day when I get things marked off the list! 
Milestone: surviving last week while my boss was on vaca! We are a 2 person staff so I was holding down the office down all week so I am thankful that last week is OVER! 

Friday, September 20, 2013

5 on Friday!

It's Friday y'all WHOOP WHOOP!!! 

I don't know about y'all but this girl is WAY excited that the weekend is almost here!

Here are my 5 Random thoughts for FRIDAYYY!! 

#1. I absolutely CANNOT wait until the 50 Shades of Grey movie comes out and EVERYONE falls in love with Charlie Hunnam and I can say.. I told you so! I am so tired of all these women complaining that Charlie won't make a good Christian! Newsflash- Honey, you're wrong! I have been a Charlie fan since SOA! The boy has charm like no other and I PROMISE you will fall madly in love with him. He has been my "Hollywood crush" for several years so excitement was an understatement when I heard he would be playing Christian in the 50 Shades movie! Get ready girls! 

#2 I am SO excited that my daddy (Papa C) and my sista (Aunt Gessa) have been working very hard on Bay Bay Powell's Gender Reveal Box! I just cannot wait to find out if there is a sweet baby girl or a sweet baby boy growing inside of me! 

#3 OK so I was totally addicted to these Strawberry Lemonade's from McDonalds when BAM I go through the drive-thru last week to satisfy my craving and they have "discontinued" this item?! I mean really?
Does anyone know where I can get something similar to this? This pregnant woman has needs! 

#4 I am refusing to purchase a bassinet for baby Powell.. I know, I know.. I'm a terrible person. I just DO NOT and mean really DO NOT want my child sleeping in the bed with us! I also don't want to have to go through pure heck when they are too big for the bassinet and have to be moved to their crib! But I have been thinking of purchasing one of these to use for the first few months?! Anyone have one? Like it? Hate it? It's a Rock N Play Sleeper... I have heard some Moms say that these are WAY better than bassinets and easier to transition from this to the crib?! Any thoughts??

Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper - Owl

#5 I am SO excited for all of this FALL weather coming our way! This weekend is Bama's first Home Game and the weather is just perfect for it! I have got my Fall candles burning and all of my Fall decor out! Absolutely LOVE this time of year! 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

14 Weeks!

I promise to have a better "bump" picture next week! This was from a wedding that B was in this past weekend! 

How far along? 14 weeks TODAY!
Size of Baby? The size of a NECTARINE/between 3.5 to 4 in! 
Total weight gain/loss: NONE- I was SO shocked when my Dr. said my weight was still the same! But I know I have plenty of time to gain! ;/
Maternity clothes: I have been wearing more "stretchy" stuff like my Fall dresses and LINEN pants from Jennaration! ;)
Stretch marks: NO! And I have been lathering up in cocoa butter day and night! 
Sleep: SUCKSSS!!!! I sleep good for a few hours and then toss and turn for the rest of the night! I finally got a pregnancy pillow and I plan to start trying it out VERY soon! 
Best moment this week: MASSAGE yesterday by my sweet friend Chancee! If you are local you should DEF go and see her at Skelton Chiropractor! 
Movement: I still think I feel "flutters" but other Mommies say it's too soon!  
Food cravings/aversions: Dill pickle chips, chips and salsa... but cannot stand the thought of ANY type of meat! Weird, I know! 
Gender: We find out October 11th AND we are having a gender reveal party! SO MUCH FUN! 
Labor signs: Nope.. hopefully not for a LONG while! 
Belly button in or out: INNNN!!!! :) 
What I miss: Sleeping through the night and not feeling tired ALL day! 
What I am looking forward to: finding out if bay bay Powell is a GIRL or a BOY?! 
Weekly wisdom: SLOW DOWN... I need to try and remember that I am TWO people now and I can't continue running around like a chicken with my head cut off all the time! 
Milestone: making it through the 1st trimester alive! ;) 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Backstreet's Back!

I meant to blog about this LAST week but well you know how that goes!!

A few weeks back me and my sister, sister N law and HER sister went to see the BACKSTREET BOYS annndddddd DJ Pauly D!!!! 

Can y'all believe that they are still together?! I am pretty sure that their "single" was the very first one that I ever had on cassette!! HA!

It was LOTS of fun but a bit TOO HOTT  and TOO much walking for this prego! BUT we had a great time! :)

Sista Sista

Brian's son put on a little show before BSB... this kid is awesome!! :) 

Me and AMY.. She was sporting Jennaration so I had to get a pic with her! :)

My SIL... She is prego with a baby girl! :) 

 Lurvveee me some Pauly D!

It was fun to be a "teenager" again! I have to say the guys still have moves! Lots of fun! 

Monday, September 9, 2013

12 Weeks

12 weeks--I promise I will have a "baby bump" picture in the next post! 

How far along? 12 weeks and 5 Days! 
Size of Baby? The size of a LIME/between 2.5 to 2.8 in! 
Total weight gain/loss: NONE as of my last Dr. appt BUT I go back tomorrow and I am thinking I gained a few pounds...
Maternity clothes: NONE yet.. my stomach pokes out.. kind of like when you eat too much BUT I can still wear all of my regular clothes for now. 
Stretch marks: NO! And I have been lathering up in cocoa butter day and night! 
Sleep: It's OK.. I think it would be better if my back was better ( I have had lower back problems for almost a year and it is WAY worse since I got pregnant)
Best moment this week: Cleaning out the spare bedroom to turn into the NURSERY! 
Movement: I THINK I can feel SOMETHING sometimes at night before bed kind of like little butterflies in there.. but OBVI I am not 100% sure that it's baby Powell?! 
Food cravings/aversions: from week 8-10 I craved nothing but cheese fries with ranch.. but I am kind of over that now and today I have craved Dill pickle chips and gummie worms?! Random I know! 
Gender: Hopefully find out at next appointment... Still thinking BOY! 
Labor signs: Nope.. hopefully not for a LONG while! 
Belly button in or out: INNNN!!!! :) 
What I miss: Being able to sleep through the night without going to the bathroom and having a nice little cocktail once in a while! :) #sorrynotsorry 
What I am looking forward to: Dr. Appt. TOMORROW! 4 weeks is just too long to go without hearing that little heartbeat! 
Weekly wisdom: Don't have a yard-sale in 100 degree heat while your husband is out of town.. just about did this Mama in! 
Milestone: Being able to go a whole week without my nausea medicine and not getting sick! Oh the little things! ;)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

We're Pregnant-Part II

If you missed the FIRST "We're Pregnant" post read it HERE.

Soooo as soon as I hang up the phone with Jess, she of course drives like a bat out of hell to my house, where I'm pretty much freaking my freak.. I felt so many emotions in that first 30 minutes that I cannot even explain.. scared, nervous, happy, excited, freaked out.

SO many ?s going through my head... Do I have to get a new car? How much is baby furniture going to cost? Can I do this? What about my birthday drinks and sushi?!HAH!... Should I take another test? How was Brandon going to react?

If you know me at all, then you know that in ANY situation I analyze EVERYTHING... and this was NO different!

Brandon and I had JUST had a conversation a week or so ago about WAITING to have a baby for "another year or so!" So this was TOTALLY unexpected! We have been married for 3 years so it's not a HUGE shock but still shock none the less!!

As soon as Jess arrived at my house.. I start chugging water like no ones business. I knew that I needed to take another test before Brandon got home. We also continued to get ready for my "birthday dinner" so that no one would be suspicious of anything!

We waited around 45 minutes or so and it was FINALLY time to take another test... within seconds... PREGNANT popped up across the screen! So for me, it was confirmed... I was going to be a Mommy!

By this point, I am searching PINTEREST high and low for a CREATIVE way for me to spill the beans to Brandon that he was going to be a daddy... but there was NO time for that.. he was on his way home and I knew there was no way I would be able to wait 2 seconds after he walked through the door to give him the news.

My fabulous sister had picked a cake up on the way that said "We're Pregnant" I placed my 2 pregnancy test on the cake -YES the ones I peed on! :) and it was all set!

Jess left to meet everyone for my birthday dinner and I waited on Brandon to get home from work so I could make my announcement.

I sat at the kitchen table and waited for his arrival.... just me and the cake... and waited for what seemed like 20 forevers!!

When Brandon walked through the door.. the first thing he said was "You look pretty!" If you know us then you know that that's the first thing he says to me EVERY day when he gets off work! ( luckiest girl ever)

I smiled at him and said "Look at my Birthday Cake!" He walked over and I popped open the box... he was silent for a second and before he could say anything.. I busted out into tears and said "I'm Pregnant!"

He seriously SMILED SO big I could see every single one of his pearly white teeth... I said " I know this wasn't the plan"... and he said "I'm excited!" There was lots of hugging and kissing and crying and hugging some more! :)

This is seriously one of the happiest moments of my life. I feel so blessed to have Brandon as my husband and now the Father-to-be to our child. I feel so blessed that this is MY life and SO thankful for everything!

The first few days were SO surreal and our appointment to see the Dr. wasn't for 4 more days so we refrained from telling any of our friends or family until we seen the Dr.  This was SO hard for me... We spend a lot of time with our family so to go almost a week without telling anyone was pure torture for me!

But the cat is out of the bag now and all is GREAT! Baby Powell is due March 20, 2013 and we could not be happier!

Thursday, August 8, 2013




 I have sat down to write this post a dozen times it seems like in the last several weeks but couldn't bring myself to do it. I really want to DOCUMENT this entire pregnancy from beginning to end for obvious reasons #1. If you don't come here much then you should know that this is our FIRST child #2 I want this to be a scrapbook of all the things going on in our life! :)

July 13th, 2013 was my 27th Birthday. The day started with breakfast with my family (B had to work) at Another Broken Egg and a little shopping afterwards.  Later that day, I met up with my SIL Candace and close friend Rachel for a pedicure and some girl time!

Please note, at this time I have ZERO reason to believe that I was pregnant, I wasn't late BUT had felt a little "off" the last few days. I am a person who KNOWS my body, I just know when something isn't quite "right."

While at our pedi appt. I asked Candace several ?s about how she felt when she first found out she was pregnant.. to see if her response would be similar to how I had been feeling. I kind of brushed it off and went on about my day.

Brandon would be off around 6:00 that evening and we all had plans to eat dinner for my Birthday, so once our pedicure was over I rushed home to get ready.

In the back of my mind, I thought I should stop at Walgreen's and pick up a pregnancy test BUT ended up driving right by there and TOTALLY forgot.. As you can see I wasn't really worried about it or thinking I was pregnant at all. When I turned into my driveway, it dawned on me that I didn't stop... and something just TOLD me to go back and pick on up ..... so I did.

I purchased 2 test from Walgreen's and headed back home... Still not worried, I had other things on my mind, like what I was going to wear to dinner... how I couldn't wait for a glass of red wine and sushi from Chuck's!

When I returned home, I picked up around the house a little and started running my bath to get ready for dinner. I grabbed the Walgreen's bag and decided hey, why not?!

Took test #1 and within seconds it read "PREGNANT!" (It was a digital test) As soon as that WORD popped up on that little screen I started FREAKING my FREAK! I could not even DIAL my sister's phone # fast enough.

The phone rang 5-6 times and I just knew that I was about to get the voicemail. I was just about to hang up when she answered "Hello"..... I screamed into the phone as I am crying... "I'M PREGNANT!"

I know that your sister, may or may not be the first person that you are SUPPOSE to tell when you find out news like this BUT HELLO my husband wasn't expected to be home for another 2 hours.........


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Jennaration Boutique

Soooo I haven't blogged in about a month... BUT I have been SO  busy with my newest adventure! :) I told y'all in the the last post that I have been keeping a HUGE secret... well the secret is OUT and in case you didn't get the memo- this girl opened her very own boutique-Jennaration! For the time being, we are an online only boutique offering women's clothing, accessories, shoes and women's plus size clothing. 

This has been a DREAM of mine for several years and a "concept" for several months until NOW! Things are rockin' and rollin" on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM  (be sure to follow) and our website will be up and running in about a week! 

Jennaration offers FREE shipping and we also offer a LOW price guarantee (check that out HERE)

I have an amazing vision for my little space on the internet and I would love for you all to be a part of it! XOXO

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Rando Friday

Do you love or do you love?! Leslie with Sweetie Baby's Blog Design did an AMAZING job on my new design! And I love her because she is a LOCAL girl and has the cutest little bay bay that you ever did see!! Follow her blog HERE!

This is  pretty random post but I got a few things that I need to say......

1. If you did not watch this season of Dallas, you totally missed OUT! I have a soft spot in my heart for this show because your one and only was named after it.. 27 years ago! Yes, I was named after Priscilla Presley who played "Jenna" on Dallas! Anyway, the show is pretty much the It really makes me want to move to Dallas, live on a ranch and pump oil for the rest of my days!! Ha! AND John Ross is pretty HOTT! Just watch it! K. Thanks!

2. I FINALLY hung Brandon's college football jersey's last week and added a few touches last night! About time huh? He only graduated 4 years ago! 

3. I have eaten Taco Casa TWICE this week and am honestly ashamed of how many times I have eaten out this week! Its pretty ridic!

4. EVERYONE keeps saying that mu hair looks SO light... Maybe its too light?! 
Check out those wrinkles! #timeforbotox

5. We are finally going to get the boat out TOMORROW! Bring on the SUNSHINE!

6. I am pretty stressed out about putting on a bikini! I have been working out A LOT BUT my diet meehhhhh not so much! Wahhhhhhh!!!!

I ordered this suit and tried it on last night! #pleasekillme I DEF do not look like this in it! #notcool

7. I have been keeping a HUGE secret! Shhhh!... AND NO I am not pregnant or leaving my job! 
Stay tuned!! 

I think that is all my ramblings for the day! Hope y'all have a fabulous Friday AND  and even more fabulous weekend!!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Easter Weekend

The Thursday night before Easter we had a slumber party with our awesome nephew!
I really don't know how all y'all Mama's do it... I can handle dirty diapers, bath time, crying BUT I cannot handle not getting any sleep at night. I have a feeling my little one will be doing a lot of "crying it out." I know I am probably sticking my foot in my mouth but good lawd, this girl needs her beauty rest!
I mean, I had to take off work half a day on Friday because I was SO tired!
These happened to jump in my buggy while at the grocery.... Tons of my IG girls have been talking about this so obvi I had to try them out! THEY are delish! I am not a fan of the "Lime-a-rita" but these are so yummy!
This also happened.....
Yes, that would be mine and Jess's dog face timing each other! We are dorks!
Saturday night.. me and B had a date night. This is a VERY rare occasion around our house. I envy all of you who have date nights on the reg! We had dinner at Ruth's Chris and it was DE VINE!
And Sunday was of course Easter.. We had a SUPER busy day which included-church, lunch with Brandon's family and then ANOTHER lunch with my family! :)
I may or may not have eaten WAY too many of these!
#sorrynotsorry #totesworthit

Thursday, March 28, 2013


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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Weekend shenanigans

I am being sucked in over all the BLISSDOM recaps this morning! Some people LOVED it and some hated it! It's pretty juicy if you ask me! I am a little ole' blogger so of course I didn't go BUT I am loving the play-by-play from all the bigger bloggers! IJS!

Anyways... My weekend was a semi-chill weekend....

Friday night.....

AS SOON as I got home (I am talking 4:30) I ran myself a HOT bubble bath and stayed in until my fingers and toes were all shriveled up like prunes! LAST week was hell rough to say the least!
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I downloaded this neat little app that changed your backgrounds and your apps! Michelle from The Vintage Apple did a post about a few weeks back and I am now hooked!
Saturday, I slept in with this sweet girl-
I spent most of the day Spring cleaning, grocery know all my wife-ly duties!
We also FINALLY got Netflix on our SmartTV... So y'all should help a sista out and dish about about all the good shows I should catch up on-Revenge, Downtown Abbey, Pretty Little Liars?! Decisions... Decisions!

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On Sunday, I made this yummy Baked Potato soup in the crock pot
And that pretty much sums up my weekend besides cleaning and grocery shopping, I am sure you would like to be spared all of those details! Ha! If you read this entire post... You ROCK! :)
Happy Tuesday y'all! 


Friday, March 22, 2013

Guess Who's Back?..Back Again?!

Let's face it... I am the worst blogger on the PLANET! I won't even make excuses for why my mad blogging skills have been lacking. But I am here today and that's what counts, right?! RIGHT! :) I am here to tell you about all the boring stuff that has been going on in the last 3-4 weeks... Ready.. set.. GO!

I am BACK to couponing!!! WOO HOO! I use to be one of those crazy coupon ladies, you know like the ones that you see on TLC on the Extreme Couponing show (you know you watch it, don't lie)! BUT then life starting getting crazy when B got a promotion at work and well couponing became a thing of the past.. I was lucky to run in the grocery store and grab a bunch of crap as fast as I could while on my lunch break! BUT, I    am going to give it a try again because I use to save MEGA bucks on groceries!! Summer is just around the corner, which means we will have the boat out and will be helping ourselves to lots of snacks (and lots of cocktails) so I need to start collecting all of that good stuff now (you know with coupons and all). 

This was my first "haul" since being back on the coupon band wagon...

I had my BIGGEST event of the quarter this week-Our annual Silent Auction! We do this event to raise money for The Miracle League of Tuscaloosa (this is an awesome charity, if you have never heard of it you should DEF check it out.) The auction was a HUGE success and we raised over $6,000! LOTS of work but totally worth it! This was my GLAD it was OVER face!

I have become  ADDICTED to these Buffalo Chicken salads from Zaxby's! YES, I know they aren't very "good" for you but HEY a girl on the go still has to eat! #donthate 


Last weekend B competed in a "Brave Soldier Challenge" and finished 7th (out of 100ish) SO proud of him! Where in the world does he get his motivation? CAN I HAVE SOME PLEASE?! 

I purchased this beauty! If you have been following my blog long, then you know that I have been lusting after these MK watches for a WHILE! I just couldn't decided on one... this weekend I FINALLY fell in love with this one! #obsessed 

I have also fallen IN LOVE with this amazing milkshake from Mickey D's! #shamrockshake #imafatty

And last BUT certainly, not least while I was MIA... I got a NEW niece! I would like to introduce to you....
Miss Sophie, she is an American Bulldog and is OH so precious!!

I mean look at that face! #idie

Yes, I know this was a pretttyyy random post but hey atleast I posted! I Kidd!! Hope y'all have a SUPER fun weekend! I plan on doing LOTS of relaxing! Holla!!