White Sangria

This past weekend, I hosted my sister’s bridal shower and needed a fun drink for the ladies so chose to make a batch of White Sangria.  It was super tasty so wanted to share the recipe with you all!

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What you will Need:

  • White Grape Juice
  • Sparkling Water
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Fresh Basil
  • Ice Cube Trays
  • White Wine (optional)

 What to Do:

Use ice cube trays to freeze water and blueberries.  This is not only pretty but functional.  Then combine all other ingredients and let sit for about 20 minutes. Add blueberry ice cubes and you are all set.  The grape juice and sparkling water should be equal parts.  Add as much or as little fruit as preferred.  The longer the fruit sits, the sweeter the sangria becomes!  If you want to take it up another notch add white wine!!

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Drink StandDrink Dispenser

The best part is you can make a batch for a group or a single glass for wine thirty any night!

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Bridal Shower!

We are currently counting down days, not weeks, until my baby sister gets married.  This weekend, I hosted her bridal shower in my home, which was a welcomed distraction to take my mind off of IVF and put my energy into something enjoyable.  I really enjoy planning and hosting, but my sweet husband in an effort to reduce my stress, hired a cleaning lady the day before, who proceeded to ask us if we were house poor…I mean WTF!!!! Clearly, she has never paid for IVF!  A new first for me in life, being judged by the cleaning lady.  We have laughed about this all weekend.  Anyways, enough rambling and bring on the photos!

For decor, I kept things very simple with lots and lots of greenery and flowers.  I actually bought all the florals at Kroger and most of the roses were from the clearance bin, so they cost me between $6-$8 per dozen.  Not bad if you ask me.  The greenery was $4-$5 per bunch.  I used 6 bunches of greenery and 4 dozen roses.   I had made my arrangements and garland for the fireplace, which took me about 40 minutes. This is one of my favorite go tos for showers. I had countless people ask me if it was real and where I bought it…success!

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Vase old (similar here), Sofa , Kitchen Chairs , Kitchen Table

For drinks, we kept things simple.  I cut up fresh mint and cucumbers and froze them into giant cubed ice cubes, to put into a dispenser for infused water.  Then I made a batch of white virgin sangria. I’ll post the recipe another time, but it looks and tastes amazing.  For a kick you just add white wine to spice it up!  I displayed these in the kitchen to keep the sticky secluded to one area.  🙂

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Cocktail Shaker , Bar Tools , Drink Stands , Drink Dispenser

For the menu my plan was to keep it light to avoid having to provide a full meal.  We had a cheese and fruit tray, lemon and fruit tarts, blueberry infused goat cheese tarts, watermelon and feta skewers and mini caprese salad skewers.  Instead of volume , I focused more on the presentation.  I ran butcher paper down our dining room table with the intentions to creatively write around the serving pieces what was on them, but…ran out of time.  I always need like 45 more minutes then I think I do.

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imageCheese Knives , Wood Platter , Flatware , Plates , Table ,

I am a firm believer that details are so super important with these types of gatherings.  I wanted to really focus on all senses so created a playlist of sweet love songs, that were covered by unknown artists and instead of playing them through an iPad or speakers, I purchased this gramophone, which made the sound so full and kind of vintage in sound (not sure if it makes sense), but I would HIGHLY recommend this product before it sells out!  I also picked up a handful of these candles from Anthropologie.  Marcy loves the smell and they tied in with the copper accents.  I LOVE them!!!

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Maxi Dress

The day was so fun and my heart is so full watching my baby sister on her journey of love to become Mrs. Douglass!

#DefinitelyDouglass

Mock Up

Today was our first visit with our fertility doctor since starting our IVF cycle, and was quite a bit to take in.  We had some basic injection training and timelines given to us.  They measured my follicles (future eggs) and lining and then we had our mock embryo transfer.  It was so cool and really encouraging to see it happen in real time on the screen, but was also uncomfortable.  Luckily come real transfer day, I’ll be high as a kite!

Also, be warned the ET process requires a full bladder and I literally felt like I was going to pee on our doctor which was the worst part!!!

We start our lupron injections tomorrow. I am totally nervous and beyond excited.  It feels so real that in 5 weeks we may be pregnant!

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In the words of our ever so serious RE…let’s make some babies!

 

The Great Debate

Given this time of year, I know most of you must assume this post is somehow related to these two nut jobs..

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But, it’s not! It is actually concerning the great debate between myself, my husband and our fertility doctor, who might as well be family at this point.   We need to decide if we plan to transfer a single embryo or two.  Under no circumstance will we transfer more than two.  This is causing me major anxiety, and I’m asking for help and advice from those who have been thru IVF before.

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If we transfer a single embryo, and achieve pregnancy, then it is a win all the way around.  However, this gives us a 42% success rate and this shit is expensive!  And time consuming!!!  If we transfer 2 embryos, our success rate bumps up to 65%, which is great but then there is the concern of a twin pregnancy.  Oh, and have you heard of embryos splitting, while rare it does happen creating an identical twin set like with this family or this family.  Both are precious families and blogs I feel encouraged by, but wow…it seems scary!

Enough rambling, any advice?!?!?!?!?

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Holy Drugs!

So today is day one of our IVF cycle, which feels like every other normal day, except I started birth control, which blows my mind.  It seems counter productive right?  Like we want to get pregnant, not prevent pregnancy! But, I am following everything the doctor says to the tee.  However, I wanted to share the current state of my kitchen and what is to come…

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CRAZY!!! I was shocked when my meds started arriving.  Completely and totally intimidated…and excited.  Pretty much I feel ridiculously conflicted, all day, every day.

I also picked up some of the cutest gender neutral goodies at Target this weekend.

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Baby Gear

Like I said, feeling crazy!  For all the TTC ladies out there…sending hope & baby dust!

 

 

IVF or Bust!

We have big news!!! We have officially received our diagnosis; we have “unexplained infertility.”  This is a medical term people!!! Also known as we don’t know what’s wrong with you, but something is clearly wrong. Therefore, we will begin our first round of IVF treatments in a few short days.  I have never experienced such a severe mix of emotions: excitement for baby but utter and complete fear of the pending injections, procedures and hormones.  I’ll be sharing more details as we start our month long journey!

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600

Today marks the 600th day of our fertility journey and like all the others, it is filled with the highs of hope and the lows of uncertainty. But, I am excited to say that as of next week we are officially moving from the diagnostic phase into the treatment phase!!! Last week I had my ovarian cyst removed (OUCH), and hysteroscopy preformed.  Alls good!! It was also my first experience with heavy pain medication.  One of my favorite outcomes relayed by my husband… NURSE: how do you feel? ME: like I did 500 sit ups, but we all know that didn’t happen.  Classy, I know!

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On a positive note, our next appointment is Aug. 8th, where we will firm up our treatment plan given my cycles regulate (TMI?) and also after surgery no one can judge you for eating 15 popcicles a day! :).

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Baby Spoon