New Series!

ATTENTION: There is a new series coming to the blog! Kennedy is turning one in a few months and I am going to be documenting our party planning journey.

First things first, we had to pick a theme. (and by we, I mean me). This will probably be the only birthday that I will get to pick the theme, because Kennedy doesn’t really have her own opinion yet. It was extremely hard for me to decide what theme to pick. Kennedy was born in early November. All of the themes that I was finding online, and via Pinterest seemed like they were themes meant for the summer time. For the longest time I thought for sure I was going to go with a Kate Spade theme. I thought this would be girly and SUPER CUTE! But I kept going back and forth unsure if this would be “too much” for a baby’s birthday.

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I changed my mind AGAIN. Hah. But finally I decided, we are going to go with a Woodland Creature/ Flower Child theme. Now that it is written here on the blog, I have to be committed! I thought that this would be the perfect way to incorporate the fall colors into Kennedy’s birthday party theme. I have started going crazy on Pinterest! There are so many cute ideas and decorations.

I can’t wait to share our party planning journey with you guys. Stay tuned for DIYs, menu planning, invitations creations, and more.

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Talk to you soon!

Xo, Brit.

Hey guys! Happy September! This summer FLEW by! (Wow, that’s a lot of exclamation points). I have to admit that I am a fall girl myself. I love the crisp fall air, plaid, and a good fall candle. My heart is melting just thinking about it. Anywho,  I wanted to share with you a couple of things that Kennedy and I loved in the month of August.

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  1. Maybelline Color Sentational Lip Color Loaded Bolds in the Shade Coffee Addiction. I must admit that I am kind of a brand snob when it comes to buying make-up. But recently I was reading an issue of Instyle magazine and there was an article that featured Gigi Hadid. She is like one of my favorite “it” girls right now. She shared that this was one of her favorite lipsticks, and I just had to try it! It is a beautiful warm tone brown shade. I love the color especially for the up coming fall months. The thing that I love about this lipstick, aside from the budget friendly price point, is the formula. It is smooth and creamy. It doesn’t dry my lips out which is great. It also lasts all day long, which is great because I don’t have to re-apply it while I am at work.
  2. Wet N Wild mega glow contouring palette in the shade Ducle De Leche. One of my favorite beauty Youtubers is Kathleen Lights. I have watched her use this palette multiple times on her channel, and she is always raving about it. I have been looking for an under eye setting powder for a while. I just thought, why the heck not. I’m pretty sure it was only $4.99 at our local grocery store. I. AM. OBSESSED. I really love the lighter color for setting my under-eye area, and any other areas that I have tried to highlight that day. The color is just perfect for my skin tone. I don’t love the contouring shade as much. I find that it comes off a little red on my skin. I do use it from time-to-time to warm up the face. Even though I don’t use the contouring portion as much, it is totally worth it. I have literally been using this every day since they day I bought it.
  3. Bralettes. The Bralette pictured is specifically a Bralette from Aerie. It is the plunge Bralette in a boho lace. I own almost every color that it is available in. I can not say enough good things about this Bralette. It is so comfortable and gives me the coverage that I am looking for! Having the right coverage and support is so important when you have bigger breasts. I love being able to put on something that is both cute and comfortable. If I’m not wearing one of these to work, I’m definitely throwing it on as soon as I get home.
  4. Pretzel Crips in the flavor Buffalo Wing. These are truly an addiction and obsession for me beyond the month of August. When I was pregnant I would crave buffalo sauce. These would allow me to get the fix I needed without having to waddle out to dinner. I still love eating them. I could sit and eat an entire bag, or ten in one sitting.
  5. Coffee-mate creamer in the flavor Espresso Chocolate. So, this originally came out a while back when Coffee-mate had all of their special edition Starwars creamers out. Kenny and I fell in love with it, and of course they discontinued it when the Starwars craze ended. However, they just recently brought this flavor back. Kenny and I are so obsessed with it. If there are only three bottles left at the grocery store, we will buy all three. Haha.

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  1. Finding Dory Fish are Friends Playland. We were at a friends house recently and they had this toy for their son. Kennedy loved it, so we decided to order it for her. It is so cute to watch her play in this toy. It provides so much entertainment for her.  Which is great for mom and dad! We can play with her, or she will play with it on her own. Kennedy  likes to  stand up in it and then knock it over. She plays hide-and-seek with Kenny and I. She likes to just run in and out. It is almost like a little hide out for her.
  2. Melissa and Doug Wood Blocks. These are actually not a new toy for us. Kenny bought them a few months back for Kennedy. Well, mostly for himself. Ha. He likes to build castles for Kennedy to knock over. Kennedy, however, has really taken a liking to one specific block: The Yellow Cylinder. She loves it, and carries it around with her all the time. If we ask her to pick between this block and any of the others she always chooses the yellow cylinder.
  3. Ten Little Ladybugs. We have always read to Kennedy, but in August she started reading to herself. She loves this book because she likes the 3D ladybugs that are attached to the pages of the book. She will sit and read to herself and pick at those ladybugs.
  4. Pineapple. Kennedy’s favorite fruit right now is pineapple.We will cut small pieces up and let her feed herself. Kennedy likes to be very independent, so she absolutely loves this!  She is crazy about it eating “grown-up” food. If you are eating around her and she isn’t, she will sit at your feet like a little puppy and beg for food.  There really hasn’t been many foods that she has tried that she hasn’t liked.
  5. Stella Lane’s Shop Pumpkin Headband. This is my absolute favorite shop to get Kennedy bows and clips from. I just love all of the super cute options she offers for every season. Recently she has been having Ready to ship sales once a week. I love the ready to ship sales because you don’t have to wait for the 2-3 week turn around time.

I am so excited for Septemeber. I have a a couple of really exciting things planned for the blog! I just wanted to thank everyone for the support that I have been shown so far. I wasn’t sure if anyone would even read, much less like my blog. All of your kind words mean so much to me! Thanks for reading. ❤

Xo Brit

Mommin’ Ain’t Easy Y’all

Let me just start out by saying this post is not meant to be poetically written. I want my blog to be as real and authentic as possible. I want to put myself out there to try to help and connect with other moms. I know that someone has to feel the same way I do! I am going to be blunt and just say it, I am having a HARD time. Like, a really hard time. I get stuck in a space sometimes where I just don’t feel like I am being the best mom that I can be. I wish I had more grace and patience when it comes to being a mom.

I find myself struggling the most with balance. How do you juggle working full-time, being a mom, wife, sister, daughter, friend, etc?!?! It is crazy hard, I would even dare say impossible. I find that often times when I’m at work I just crave being at home with my daughter. But when I’m at home, all I can think about is the list of chores that are piling up. As a result, I am unable to truly enjoy the time that I have with Kennedy. Guilt is also something I struggle with. I feel guilty for working full-time. Even though, I know that this is what will provide the best life for my daughter. I feel guilty that I don’t always give her 100% of my attention, because I’m tired and stretched too thin. I feel guilty when I get frustrated with K, when she isn’t going along with the plan that I have set up for the day.

Kennedy is also a nonsleeper. That girl will fight sleep until the death. Unfortunately, this allows for mommy to have very little “me” time. I know that as mother’s we are expected to be selfless and give up most things for our children. But I MISS my “me” time, I really do. I miss sitting down and reading magazines with a hot cup of coffee. These days my pile of unread magazines grows bigger by the month, and my cups of coffee are usually cold by the time I get to drink it. I miss being able to read a good book. Heck, as much as I love dry shampoo, I even miss finding the time to wash my hair more than once a week.

Honestly, I feel a little lonely. I’m not sure why? I have my own mom, mom friends, my husband. But I just feel like no one quite understands. I find it hard to describe the way I feel, and why I feel this way to others in a successful manner. I don’t feel like a “natural” when it comes to being a mom. I am a pretty confident person in other areas of my life. When it comes to being a mom I just feel so unsure. I am constantly questioning myself as a mother. I know that I am probably being ridiculously too hard on myself. I just want to be the best mom I can be, the best version of myself for my daughter. She deserves that.

I try really hard not to focus on the negative. I know that I have a very blessed life and I am so grateful. But sometimes life’s challenges get the better of me. I find it helps when I try to take it day by day, and not let the bad days bleed into the next. But, sometimes it is hard not to feel overwhelmed. I know there are other moms who have to feel the same way that I do. If you’re reading this, I just want you to know that you are not alone. I say to you, and to myself: When the self doubt and exhaustion creeps in you are an awesome momma, and you are doing a great job. We are not perfect, so don’t forget to forgive yourself on those tough days. Hang in there, and continue to do the best you can. We are all in this together.

Xoxo Brit

 

 

Traverse City

 

As you may know, Kenny and I recently took a mini vacation to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary. We took a road trip (it’s about three and a half hours away) to a town in northern Michigan, Traverse City. We left early Sunday morning, and we were back later in the afternoon on Tuesday.  It was the first time we had left Kennedy overnight. She stayed with my parents, and honestly, leaving her wasn’t as bad as I had anticipated it to be. We were able to FaceTime her for a little while each day, so that made things a bit easier.

We arrived in the town around 11:00 am, and check-in time at the hotel wasn’t until 3pm. So, we decided to head down town and do some exploring. After visiting a few of the local shops we decided to grab some lunch. The Franklin quickly caught our eye. There were open seats at the bar, which was perfect because this momma was ready for her first Bloody Mary of the trip!! We also ordered a few appetizers. I got this amazing flat bread, and Kenny got a charcuterie plate. Upon receiving our food Kenny says, and I quote, “This is the fanciest damn sausage I’ve ever seen.”

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After we did a little more exploring, we headed back to the hotel to unpack our belongings, where we were treated to a pretty great view.

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We headed out again to go back downtown, where we found a couple of cool art pieces.

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Everyone was getting their picture taken at this wall filled with hearts! We thought it fit the occasion perfectly, and had to get in on the fun!!

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That night we went to the Jolly Pumpkin, a brewery just outside of town, for dinner. This had been recommended to us by a few friends. We were told they had the best truffle fries! Unfortunately, Kenny and I, were both left a little disappointed. While the drinks were good, both of the appetizers we ordered, including the truffle fries, were just okay. We ended up not ordering any actual food, and leaving shortly after our drinks were finished.

What did not disappoint, was the amazing sunset we saw!

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This was my FAVORITE part of the trip. I am not easily taken back, especially by nature. Trees, mountains, hills… Not really my bag. But I have never seen anything like this sunset before. It literally took my breath away! The pictures we took could never do it justice. For a while, we stood hand-in-hand, in silence, and mesmerized by what we saw.

After we were done gazing at the sunset and taking a ton of pictures, we turned the jeep around and drove back up to the light house on Mission Pointe.

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When we left the light house, we took the party back to the hotel, where we partied the night away watching the Olympics and drinking an ENTIRE bottle of wine!

PAR-TAY ANIMALS!!

The following day, we took our travels to Sutton’s Bay and Leeland. Before we reached these towns, Kenny had to stop at a Beef Jerky shop. VERRRYYY sketchy little place, but he was told that it had the best jerky in the state, so we HAD to go! My man loves his meats! We forgot our bathing suits at home… So we were unable to enjoy the beautiful beaches we had found in these two precious towns. We did find a local ice cream shop that served hand scooped ice cream. Yum! I usually don’t get my ice cream in cones, especially on such hot days. But I was feeling adventurous, and my God was it worth it!

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Driving back to the hotel, we stumbled upon a field of sunflowers; my second favorite part of the trip. I’ve also never seen a field of sunflowers before. I’m not actually sure how? They were beautiful to say the least. You know how they say scents activate memories? Like when you smell the perfume you wore on your wedding day, it will bring back the memories of that day? I think seeing sunflowers will be the same for this trip. Like, every time I see a sunflower I will remember our one year anniversary trip to Traverse City.

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 That night, we decided to make the most of our last day and visit not only one, but two restaurants. Well the first was a winery, Bonobo. We did a wine tasting there. They had a few ciders to try as well, and I actually found a beer that I liked! They have an amazing pear cider. To me, it tasted almost like wine with just a little more carbonation. I am not a wine, nor a beer connoisseur , so take what I am saying with a grain of salt. Bonobo has small plates that were created by Mario Batali. He is on the Chew! (Kenny and I are total amateur foodies). We just had to try a dish. Of course, we picked the messiest dish to try and eat. (while we were trying to pretend like we were sophisticated adults for an hour) We ordered the Poached shrimp, which is fresh shrimp in organic olive oil, pickling spice, fennel, red pepper, and served with a French baguette. It was seriously SO FRICKEN good, but of course two bites in who spills the oil all over herself.. This girl right here. After having a little melt down, I remembered that I had my trusty Tide to go pen in my purse. Fixed that oil stain right up!

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So sophisticated.

And we were off! Next up was the Amical, a restaurant down-town Traverse City. It wasn’t super fancy, but they had amazing food! Kenny got some kind of delicious Asian-fusion steak dish, that was a dinner special that night. I ordered the best lasagna I have EVER had in my life. It was a mushroom-leek lasagna, with roasted mushrooms, mascarpone and ricotta, baby spinach, and a balsamic reduction. The balsamic reduction was EVERYTHING!

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We ended the night by going back  to the hotel room and eating the same cake that we had on our wedding, and popping a little bubbly.

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We had such a good time on our mini get-away. It was so nice to get out of town for a little while. It was even better to get to spend a little one-on-one time with my hubby. We try to have at least one date night a month usually, but sometimes, life just gets the best of us. This trip allowed us to reconnect again, as two young kids in love. We did miss Kennedy though! Especially the last hour during the car ride home we were both pretty ready to see our little nugget, and hug and kiss on her!

Thanks for reading guys,

Xo Brit

Fashion FriYAY

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Hey guys! I hope everyone is having an awesome start to their weekend! Today I want to share with you this awesome off the shoulder top I picked up at work the other day. For those of you who don’t know, I work for American Eagle. ( I am going to try not to share ONLY American Eagle clothes on my fashion FriYAY posts. But, if I am being honest, even before I started working there I wore their clothes. Sooooo I am a fan to say the least).

Anywho, I just love this top for transitioning into Fall. The material is super light weight, and the off the shoulder detail is great for these last few warm weather months. I paired it with some white  jeggins, while wearing white is still acceptable. Actually, I’m not sure how I feel about that “rule”. You will most likely find me wearing white after Labor Day, oh well.  Then, I threw on these cute and comfy sandals that I picked up at Marshalls the other day.

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For Fall, I love the idea of pairing this top back to a pair of colored denim. The floral print is extremely versatile, which makes it easy to match back to an array of colors. You could pop on a cardigan for those chilly Fall mornings, or bonfire nights. I am still searching for the perfect pair of Conganc colored knee high boots, but when I find them, they will go perfectly with this top! You can also switch up the lip color for a darker nude, or brown shade that is on trend for the up coming months.

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The top also has a super cute tie detail at the end of the sleeves. I have them tucked in this picture, and left them that way for work yesterday. Not only are the ties fashionable, but they are an awesome distraction for baby. Kennedy played with them for like 5 minutes. Which, in baby time is like two years. WIN!

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Kennedy made a guest appreance during mommy’s photoshoot. ❤

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Oh, yah know, just being a model.

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Thanks for stopping by guys!! Have a fabulous weekend!

Xo Brit

… Baby Just Say YES!

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As I was saying, we fell in love. That movie screen, Taylor Swift song kind of love. I started staying the night at Kenny’s apartment quite frequently. I was also taking an eight am art class that summer. Which, was pretty unfortunate because Kenny and I would stay up until the wee hours of the morning. I would have to wake up after just a few hours of sleep, drive to my parents’ house for a quick shower, and then dash off to class. I would usually make a quick pit stop at Starbucks for a much needed triple, sometimes quad shot venti white chocolate mocha, nonfat no whip of course. I would make it just in time for class to begin.

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Soon after, I started “living” at Kenny’s apartment. I say this in quotation marks because I wasn’t technically living there, especially if my parents were the ones asking. Most of my belongings were still at my parents’ house. However, slowly but surely more of my things started making their way to Kenny’s apartment in the drawer he had cleared out for me. I had even bought my first apartment decoration!

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We went through our ups and downs like many other couples. I still had a lot of growing up to do, and so did he. Kenny was in the army, and one summer (during the early years. Haha.) he went out of state for two of his army friend’s weddings. I was a total NUTCASE. I had the worst anxiety the entire time he was gone, I basically moped around the house for the few days that he was away. I would basically make up reasons to fight, in order to rationalize the way that I was feeling. But, even when I had my crazy moments, Kenny never tried to walk away. In fact, he was very patient and let me feel my emotions as I was having them. Then when I had calmed down, we would talk about it. Which I think is what makes our relationship so strong. We have the best communication. We might not always agree on things, but we are always willing to talk to one another and hear each other’s side of things.

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In February 2013, we OFFICIALLY moved in together! I finally put my big girl pants on and faced my parents. To my surprise they weren’t as upset as I thought they would be. We moved into a slightly bigger one bedroom apartment. We were in our relationship prime if you will. We would go to baseball games (Kenny is obsessed), concerts, parties, etc. Honestly, we were having the time of our lives.

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If you know me in real life, you know that I am OBSESSED with the Tv show One Tree Hill! I’m talking OBSESSED. One summer, Kenny and I had the opportunity to go to Wilmington, North Carolina where the show is filmed. Of course, I jumped at the chance. At this point in our relationship we had been together for a little over three years, and I AM DYING FOR A RING. Like, wife this girl up already!! To me, this seemed like the perfect place for Kenny to get down on one knee and pop the question. Well, he DID NOT. I waited, and waited, and patiently waited some more. I drug him all over the city, we visited the houses’ of all of my favorite characters. We took late night strolls on the beach. NOTHING. So, we packed our belongings up and headed back home. I was a very sad girl.

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During our travels back home Kenny was just acting weird. Usually I am the anxious one, but he was a mess. He was practically pacing around the terminal! So, nervous nelly and I finally boarded our final flight home. We landed at Bishop International Airport. As we were walking to get our luggage I looked to my right, and there was my family, and his. It was such a surreal moment. I remember seeing them, but not registering that it was them right away. As we walked over to our families Kenny got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. Of course I said yes! Even though the airport seems kind of random, it is not at all. Kenny and I met at this exact airport. We were so in love, and so excited to embark on our journey of becoming husband and wife.

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So, my mom got down to business right away, and I mean right away. She wanted to sit down and start wedding planning before we left the airport. Haha. In all honesty I was pretty stressed out. There were so many decisions to make, and only so much money to spend. Luckily, my dress was the one thing I did not have to stress over. My mom, sister, and I went dress shopping on a whim, and mostly just for fun. The dress I choose ended up being the second dress that I tried on that day! That is like a wedding miracle.

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Elbows deep in wedding planning… There was something missing. My period. It had been about a week and a half and I hadn’t started my period yet. This had happened before so I didn’t think too much of it. But, just to be safe we headed to the grocery store to pick up a test. We were both too scared to take it that night. So, the next day while Kenny was a work I peed on that very scary stick. The results were positive. I thought, well that might not be accurate. So, I took another test. Again, positive. I immediately Called my best friend Alycia. ” OH. MY. GOD.,” I said. “YOU’RE PREGNANT,” she said. “YES!” I replied. I waited for Kenny to get home from work that day. “Soooo, you’re gonna be a dad,” I said as he walked through the door. ” Really?” He replied. We were both scared out of our minds! We kept it to our selves for a few days to really digest what was happening. Then we went to tell my parents, one of the scariest things I have ever done in my entire life. I was so afraid that they were going to be disappointed in me. When we told them, they had they exact opposite reaction. They cried tears of joy instead of sadness. Which meant, and still means so much to me. I think they were more relived that we weren’t asking for more money for wedding.

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We were married on August 8, 2015. It was one of the best days of my life. Not because I was wearing a pretty dress, and we had a perfect venue, and Pinterest perfect decorations. On the actual day, none of that mattered to me. I could have been standing at the alter in a sundress, we could have had donuts instead of a cake. It was one of the best days of my life because I got forever with my guy. We may not be perfect, but we are perfect for each other. He is my best friend, and my better half. He is my unicorn.

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I didn’t think I could fall more in love with Kenny until we had our daughter. Our beautiful baby girl, Kennedy Louise, was Born November 10, 2015. During the entire pregnancy Kenny was amazing. He came to every doctors appointment, catered my hot wing addiction, and rubbed my feet, back, and face every night until I would fall asleep. During labor we held hands and cried together, as he told me he would take all of my pain away if he could. He helped coach me to give that final push to meet our sweet girl. After labor, he not only helped take care of the baby, but he helped take care of me. I’m talking the nitty gritty, things I thought my husband would never have to do for me, such as help me put on my underwear. I could hardly get in and out of bed. So, for the first few days and nights Kenny changed all of the diapers. When we came home from the hospital his displays of affection did not seise.

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We have a really great life, and I am so blessed to be able to share it with him. Writing these posts has been fun. It has allowed me to reflect back on our life together. I love Kenny so much and I love our little family. I can’t wait to watch our love for one another grow through out the years. He is my one and only, My always and forever.

Xoxo Brit

p.s. I know these are not some the best quality pictures, but they are our memories.

Fashion FriYAY!

Happy FriYAY everyone!!

So, recently I have been looking for wardrobe pieces that meet two specific criteria. 1. They don’t take a lot of time to put together with other pieces in my wardrobe. I am currently using the closet that is in Kennedy’s room. So, I’m not usually able to change my outfit multiple times in the morning. After I shower, I tip-toe in, and do my very best not to wake the beast. (I say this with much love) 2. They have to be pieces that can transcend into fall. The fall months are coming people! I have been looking for pieces that are cool for the remainder of the summer months, but can have layers added to them to be worn in the fall. This way, I am able to wear the clothes I love for longer periods of time.

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I found this VERY cute romper at Francesca’s! I don’t usually feel like rompers work for me. I have a super short torso, and I usually feel like they give me a little pouch. (Not Cute) I was out shopping a few weeks back and I just fell I love with the colors in this piece. I thought I would give it a whirl, and added it to my try-on pile. I put it on, and it is seriously the most flattering romper I have ever worn!!  Even though it is longsleeve, the fabric is super light weight for the summer time. I have been wearing it all over this summer. Dinner, work, you name it! I plan on layering with tights, a cardigan and boots for fall!

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Romper|Fringe Necklace|Lipstick

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P.S. This is what I looked like for most of the “photoshoot”. By Photoshoot I mean my hubby taking a few pics of me before we went out to dinner.

 

It’s a Love Story…

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WOW! I can’t believe it has been a year since Kenny and I got married.This past year has just FLOWN by! In honor of our anniversary I wanted to share our love story with you guys.

When I first graduated from high school I was in need of a job. My Aunt Allison worked at Bishop International Airport, where they had a position open at the restaurant there. You name it, I did it; I worked the cash register, the grill, and served alcohol for the bar tenders from time to time. After I had been working there for a while I started noticing this guy around the airport. Secretly, I would tell my best friend Mary that he was my “work boyfriend”, even though we had never spoken a word.

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Little did I know, that the same boy had taken notice of me too. I remember very specifically walking into the airport one day, and Kenny called after me, “Hi Brittney”! I was so shocked, how did he know my name?? From then on, whenever I would see Kenny he would greet me in some fashion. I would go home, and tell my mom how “creepy and weird” I thought it was. ( My high school boyfriend and I didn’t have the greatest relationship, especially during the later years, so I wasn’t used to some one being genuinely nice to me.) One day, another one of the TSA workers approached my station and asked, ” Do you know who Kenny is? Do you have a boyfriend?” I told him that I kind of knew who Kenny was, and even though I was still hanging on to the final shreds of my high school relationship, that no, I in fact, did not have a boyfriend.

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So, of course being the detective that I am, I went home that night and CREEPED! I looked Kenny up on Facebook, and even checked out his MySpace page. This was when I found out how old Kenny was, at the time he was 29 and I was 18. EEEKKK! Once I discovered this I tried to just leave things alone. That was WAY too old for a girl fresh out of high school with little to zero dating experience. But, he just kept coming around, and I couldn’t get him off of my mind. So, one night when I was hanging out with some girlfriends I got the courage to send him a friend request on Facebook. Not long after, he accepted and then messaged me. We talked via Facebook message for a little while, and then I again went completely out of my comfort zone and asked for his phone number! He gave it to me and we continued our conversation through text message. In all honesty, it was a little awkward and stale.

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We continued to talk every once in a while, and then he FINALLY asked me out on a date, I said yes, but I was terrified. I had never really gone on a date with someone that I didn’t know at all. I had no idea what you were supposed to wear on a first date, so I searched the mall for hours for the perfect outfit. He came and picked me up in his Jeep Wrangler, which I just thought was so cool and sexy. We went to Panera for a quick bite to eat, and the to the movies to see ” Get Him to the Greek”. A movie, that I did not find particularly funny, but Kenny thought it was hysterical. He was laughing SO hard, but trying to contain his laughter at the same time. At one point during the movie he slapped his knee he was laughing so hard; It was all a little much for me.

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After that initial date, things kind of fizzled out. My “boyfriend” at the time was still some what pulling at my hear strings, and little did I know Kenny was also trying to get over someone else. We talked from time to time, but nothing more than some innocent flirting, until New Years Eve. I had FINALLY let go of my boyfriend a few months before, and was at a New Years Eve party with Mary. (Here comes the embarrassing part) I can’t remember why, but I decided that I needed to call Kenny… Random, I know. With A LOT of liquid courage I dialed his number. We talked for a while, I mostly remember trying to convince him to come to where I was, over an hour away, so we could make out. We chatted a while longer and then got off of the phone until I called him again at the stroke of midnight. This time, there was no answer, so of course I left a voicemail. The most embarrassing voicemail of my entire life. I hazily remember saying that he should call me back because I think he’s cute, and has a cute smile, and a cute laugh, and I liked him .. Really just digging myself into a Deep, Dark, Embarrassing hole. Especially, since Kenny proceeded to play said message to all of his friends at the party. His friends basically told them that I was WAY too young, and he should just let this one go.

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Luckily for me, my crazy did not scare him away. We continued to talk, and then started going out on more dates. I’ve said it before, but neither of us had super high expectations of our relationship. We knew that there was a huge age gap. We were living two total opposite lives. I was straight out of high school, working and focusing on college; while Kenny was used to living the single life. To make matters worse, at the time Kenny was able to go out to the bar with his friends, and I had to hang behind, because I wasn’t old enough to get into the bar. I didn’t meet his friends for a while because of this. We had a lot of people who wern’t necessarily against us, but weren’t for us either. They didn’t understand our relationship. Looking back, we really fought for our relationship, and we proved the doubters wrong. I remember the first time we told each other we loved one another, sitting together on the couch in the living room of his little one bedroom apartment. In that moment, I had never been more happy, or felt more alive.

Stay tuned for the rest of our story up on the blog later in the week!

 

 

 

 

 

Packing Tips

Kenny and I are going on a mini vacation to celebrate making it through our first year of marriage! We are going to be spending 3 days in Traverse City, MI. This is going to be our first time spending the night away from Baby K. It definitely hasn’t hit me yet, and I’m not sure how I’m going to handle it to be honest. Thank God for Face Time! Anyway, I thought that I would share a few quick packing tips with you guys.

Five Tips For Successful Packing:

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1. Make a List
Make a list the week prior to your vacation. Write down anything that you think you might want to bring including toiletries and travel necessities.

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2.Plan Your Outfits:
To help save space, plan out your outfits. Try to choose outfits which the individual pieces can be mixed and matched with one another. Also, try to choose shoes that can be worn with multiple outfits. Shoes are bulky and awkward, and they tend to take up a lot of space.

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3. Only Pack Essential Make-Up

Let’s face it, make up can take up a ton of space while packing! Try to take only the essentials. Bring eyeshadow palettes that allow you to create multiple makeup looks for the outfits that you have previously chosen. Don’t bring 234,963 individual eyeshadows, blushes, etc. This will only take up more space and cause clutter.

4. Throw List Away

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5. Dump the Entire Contents of Your Closet in Your Travel Bag.. Including the sweet little baby you are leaving behind. (Insert crying emoji here)

BONUS TIP: POUR YOURSELF A GLASS OF WINE OR THREE

Welcome to the Baxey Diaries!

Hey guys! I am so excited to share this first about me post with you! This blog is something that I have been wanting to do for a very long time now!

Real talk, I have been STRESSING trying to find the perfect picture of myself to place here. I don’t have one, my phone is now filled with pictures of Kennedy, and literally zero of me. I just want to start posting!! So, this is the picture I choose, because I feel cute, and next to coffee, bloody mary’s are my fav.

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My name is Brittney, I am 24 years old and both a new momma, and wifey. I work full-time as an Assistant Manager at Aerie, the sister store to American Eagle Outfitters. This October will be FIVE years with the company! So, aside from a few “basic” facts such as my love for Starbucks, Target, and Taylor Swift, I have had a relatively hard time writing this portion of my about me. It dawned on me when I was sitting in bed scrolling insta during Kennedy’s nap; I think that I’ve been having a hard time giving you facts about me because I am in a HUGE transition period in my life. I don’t necessarily have an exact definition of who I am right now. I am very much still figuring out how being a mom and wife is affecting me, Brittney. Hobbies and interest that I once had, I now have very little time for. They have been replaced with dirty diapers, baby drool, and baby food making. My obsession with bad reality Television has been set aside, while the DVR now sits 79% full. Hopefully, through this blog, I will be able to find a little bit more of Brittney again.

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On August 8, 2015 I married the love of my life, Kenny. The saying opposites attract most definitely applies to us. We are opposites in pretty much every sense of the word. Kenny likes crunchy peanut butter, I like smooth. Kenny is a mover, I like to sit still. He is very outgoing and friendly, the life of the party if you will. While, I often find myself feeling shy and and taking a step back from the crowd.

We also have an eleven year age gap, that for the first few years often felt like it defined our relationship, especially in the eyes of others. We often joke about how neither of us had high expectations for our relationship. Somehow, we didn’t grow tired of each other. Instead, we fell more in love. My best friend always refers to Kenny as a unicorn, meaning that men like him don’t exist. I would have to agree, I’m not sure what I did to deserve this man, but lawd am I sure glad that I found him. He is my partner, my strength when I am weak, my lover, and my best friend.

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So, a few months after we were married November 10, 2015 to be exact, We welcomed our little girl, Kennedy Louise! I was so surprised when the nurse laid her on my chest and she lifted her little head straight up and looked right at me! (One of the best moments of my life) She weighed 7 lbs 9.6oz and was 19.5 inches long! Kennedy came out with a full head of hair (I had MAJOR heartburn during pregnancy!) When all of the commotion of her birth had died down, and Kenny and I were left with her alone in the hospital room for the first time, we had no idea what to do! When you take your parenting classes, or are talking to other moms, they always talk about the process of labor, breastfeeding, etc. But no one tells you what you do after all of this, when you are left alone with a brand new baby who feels so breakable.

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Soon enough, we were able to get into a groove, or at least try and fake one. Here we are eight months later! It sounds so generic, but I really can’t believe how damn fast the time flies by. I don’t think you can ever really understand this until you have a child of your own. I am always afraid of forgetting those first few months, when Kenny and I lived at home in our new parent insomnia and bliss with our little girl. But, watching her grow and become her own person makes my heart so full, and so happy.

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I wanted to start this blog so other mommas could have a relatable place to go and find inspiration. Often times, I find the world of social media overwhelming. Though unintentional, bloggers and other mommas Instagram accounts can often times make me feel like my life is lacking. But, my life is not lacking! I have a beautiful family, a great job, and a never ending supply of coffee. There are hard times too, Kennedy is NOT a sleeper, she fights every second of sleep. Until recently I had been waking up at 4 am every day to pump and provide breast milk for my daughter before I had to get ready for work. There are even some days when I only see my daughter 4 hours a day. I guess what I am trying to say is that being a mom is HARD, and on my blog I don’t ever want to make it seem like its not. I just want to remain true to my life and my version of motherhood.

I would also love for this blog to be a place where women and moms connect with one another. Momming can be a very lonely place, and I would love for my new hobby to help even one Momma! Full disclosure, I am in no way a professional blogger. I actually have close to no idea what I am doing! Haha. I am learning as I go, and would appreciate any constructive criticism. If you have kept reading this far THANK YOU! I can’t wait to share my journey with you guys.

Xoxo Brit