Freshly Picked- Giveaway! *CLOSED*

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When I found out I was pregnant, and that it was a little boy, I just knew I had to get a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins.  I thought they were the cutest things ever, and loved that they were 100% genuine leather.  I knew the quality would be amazing- and they really are!  They are everything I hoped they would be, and I cannot wait to see my little guy wearing them!  I chose the color “granite” since it seemed to be a color that would work well with any outfit, and they really are the perfect shade of taupe/gray. I also got them in a size 1, since I would like my little guys to be able to wear them in the late summer/fall! I LOVE THEM!

Here is the best part!  Freshly Picked is giving a free pair (your choice of color and size) to one lucky reader of this blog!   All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me which color Freshly Picked moccasin you love the most!

The winner will be chosen at random on 3/30/15, and you have to live in the United States and must not have won a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins in the past 60 days.   GOOD LUCK!!!!

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Update!

Since the last time I have blogged, not a lot has been going on.  We redid our living room, which I will do a separate post on (since I think it’s awesome), and are currently doing our master bedroom and nursery floors.  More to come on that as well.  It’s been a SLOW progression.  I think a lot of our energy was taken out on the kitchen, and we just need a break.  But nothing will force ya to get things done quite like a baby coming in 11 weeks.  You read that right, 11 weeks!!! That is insane.  I am officially in my third trimester and couldn’t be more excited.

Another big change is going to be taking place soon.  I will be leaving my full time job, to become a stay at home mom.  This is something that I have always known that I wanted, and to be able to have the opportunity to do so is such a blessing.  I decided that I would pick up an old hobby and start a YouTube channel again!  I used to have one back in college where I did a lot of makeup tutorials.  I ended up stopping it when I started working full time since a 40+ hour a week job was more than enough. I really regret stopping since it was something I truly loved doing.

I started this channel back up last week and hope to be able to post a video or two a week in the future!  I will also be keeping this blog to coordinate with that channel.  So if you see things switch up a bit, you know why!

I hope this is a change you are all excited to see, and hope you stick along with me!

xoxo,

Emily

Whoops…

So I thought I would have been blogging a lot about wedding planning, and final preparations and whatnot, and clearly, that didn’t happen.  Things got crazy busy with working and the wedding, and the blog sort of fizzled away off of my priority list.

Well, I just got back from my honeymoon, and let me tell you- it was amazing!!!

The whole wedding was perfect, the honeymoon was wonderful, and I can’t believe it is all over! I hope to get things going on a more regular basis here again!  If anyone is interested in seeing some wedding day pictures of my dress, flowers, venue or anything, let me know!!!

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xoxo, Emily

Thyroid

This post isn’t really an interesting one; It’s more of a rant.  Lately I have been feeling “off’. I can’t really describe it, just off.  I have been very lethargic, moody, and I have put on more weight in the past 3 months than I have in the past 3 years.  I am not sure if this is due to stress with my wedding coming up, or if it is something more.  

I did a little bit of research, and I related to most of the symptoms associated with hypothyroidism.  Hypothyroidism, if you don’t know, is when your thyroid isn’t producing enough of the hormone thyroxine, which slows down your metabolism and whatnot.  It typically doesn’t effect people under 40, but can in some circumstances.  I did some family investigating since I am adopted and don’t know much of their medical backgrounds.  It turns out that both my birth grandma, birth mom, and both of my birth sisters have hypothyroidism!  That was enough for me to call my doctor to schedule a blood test.  

I went to the lab for my blood test 2 days ago, and I am still anxiously waiting for my results.  It may be nothing, or it may be something… As bad as it sounds, I hope I do have it so I can get my body under control again.  I have been feeling like I don’t know what is happening with it.  

Let’s hope I hear something today, or soon!  

Do any of you suffer from hypothyroidism?  Any advice?

xoxo, Emily 

I have a YouTube channel!

Hey everyone! Guess what! I started a youtube channel so I can film some vlogs and tutorials along with this blog!

I did the 20 question tag, so you all can get to know me a little bit better! I had a lot of fun filming this, and hope you enjoy watching it!!

Let me know if you would like to see more vlogs or have any think you would like to see!

xoxo, Emily

2 Months To Go!!!

I cannot even believe I am typing these words- I am getting married in TWO MONTHS!!!! Yes, you read that right.  Two months from today.  That is insane.  We have been engaged for 18 months now, and to think the wedding is so soon, is just unreal.  This weekend we are having a combo bachelor/bachelorette party thrown for us by my best friend and maid of honor, and then in 2 weeks we are having our separate parties!  Crazy! Looking at the calendar freaked me out, because every single weekend we have things going on until the wedding!  This past weekend I spent hours at both my dress fitting and making our invitations!  I will show an update on those once I get more done and can show you- they are so cute!!  

Speaking of wedding dresses… I bought my dress with the intention of losing some weight before the big day… yeah… about that… I’ve gained 5lbs instead.  Now that I am running out of time, I am getting serious again.  I just can’t believe how fast time flies! I am going to start eating healthier and going to the gym around 5 times a week until the wedding (hopefully!!!) I would like to lose about 10lbs total for the big day.  I think I can do it!  

I am really trying to get healthier per my “happiness project” and this will just take it one step farther!   

Completely Exhausted

Well, the last 2 weeks have been the most stressful and exhausting weeks of my life.  Last week the company I work for held its annual convention, this year in Philadelphia.  It was so stressful yet wonderful.  I love where I work, so it was nice to spend time with the people I am close with, doing what we love.  But I did work a total of 81.25 hours.  Yes, you read that right.  81.25 hours in 6 days.  That is INSANE, people! It was completely exhausting, but so worth it.

But then, the inevitable happened.  It all caught up to me.  I arrived back to Chicago late Sunday night (after a 3 hour delay, of course) and started getting a little bit congested Monday morning. Tuesday it hit me like a big ol’ bus.  102 fever, chills, body ache, sweating, congestion, and pounding headache.  I was absolutely so miserable! Luckily I got over this very quickly.  I give credit to lots of rest, emergen-c, and raw garlic (2 whole cloves to be exact) I am still very congested, but I will take it over everything else.

So, I will try to get my normal post out this weekend, but this was just the explanation where i have been.

If you would like to hear more about my trip to Philly and see some photos of my sightseeing, or anything like that, let me know!

xoxo, Emily