Well, as expected our first fresh IVF cycle did not result in a successful pregnancy. It did however yield us 8 high quality embryos, which I already adore beyond reason. The heart is an unusual thing, and attachments formed stronger then I could have ever imagined even though they are have never been inside my body. It truly is miraculous and magnificent to feel that level of deep love. Every women should experience this.
After our loss, we slowly and painfully picked up the pieces of our hearts and begin pushing forward towards our fist frozen embryo transfer. Like most infertility journeys, even the best laid out plan always consists of snags. Our RE was out of the country for the entire month of October, but luckily our clinic is comprised of a husband wife team, so who better then to transfer our little angel then our RE’s wife…I mean they might as well be family. We scheduled for 10/28. Unfortunately, my insurance delayed us by a week, then I needed to travel for work the following week. We finally landed the date of 11/11 and low and behold I went in to have my endo lining check and now we are out another week with a scheduled transfer of 11/18. I jokingly told my husband, if we get pushed back another week to Black Friday, I wonder if they will give us a sale price (winking smiley)!
So this Sunday we will confirm a date, and begin the dreaded PIO shots. Those needles are longer then my fingers. Holy shit, I’m super scared but I know it will be worth it!
On a lighter note, Halloween in our new hood was SO MUCH FUN! We took Beefcake to the pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin, you know where most people take their children. I carved that thing like a pro and it was HUGE. Eric dressed up in a mask and scared children, while me and the dog had a blast passing out candy and dancing to Thriller! We also got to decorate for the first time and I loved every single minute of it. Until next year cob webs…
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!
What you will Need:
- White Grape Juice
- Sparkling Water
- 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!!
Drink Stand, Drink Dispenser
The best part is you can make a batch for a group or a single glass for wine thirty any night!
Our Memorial Day weekend was great and a much needed time to disconnect. Friday evening I ran the errands which I typically reserve for Saturdays, while Eric had a “man night” with his friends. Saturday, we spent time working on a few things around the house, including a bathroom update coming to you soon. Sunday was spent at my parents, eating and playing board games, followed by a Memorial Day brunch, neighborhood Memorial Day BBQ and some quality time with Eric prepping for our fertility planning.
Glitter Sandals (currently 30% off on Cartwheel App)
American Dreamer Tee
Home of the FREE, because of the Brave!
Memorial Day is yet another day I experience with a mix of emotion. I am conflicted between balancing a heavy heart for those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom, but also enjoying the time with family and the American traditions. We certainly have a full line up with lots of family and community happenings, calling for a casual yet festive outfit. I tend to lean towards neutrals, with pops of red versus stars and stripes and theme centered pieces. I want more than 2 wears out of a purchase. I have rounded up my favorites and all are under $100!!!
Glitter Sandals, Denim Dress, Red Fringe Sandals, White Dress, Denim Romper, Red Tassel Sandals, Red Earrings
This weekend we celebrated Eric’s 34th birthday. This is pretty much 35, which rounds up to 40, so basically Eric is 40! Just kidding, he hates getting older, even though he still looks 25! We kept everything simple and low key, but still manly. Meaning: no glitter, no ruffles, no Taylor Swift, no invitations, no frilly cake, etc. but did include a pizza bar, simple cupcakes, and a few neutrally wrapped presents and decorations.
Metal Stand , Wood Trough , Wood Platter , Easel , Planter
Eric grilled the pizzas outside, and we used these fun paper plates for easy clean up!
For the decorations, I printed out pictures from the past year of Eric at different points and major events and hand made a garland and “34” above the the mantel, from my home computer on standard printing paper. I also added this Happy Birthday banner . I used butcher paper to wrap gifts and drew on them with a sharpie and added black ribbons. Overall, I spent under $15 on decor and wrapping supplies. Have to keep it simple, because not only are fertility treatments a bitch (sorry mom) , they are EXPENSIVE!!
To another crazy and fun filled year ahead for my love!
With so much traveling for my job, I must say I am becoming an expert at packing light and keeping things comfortable on the plane. So I Bring to you my fool proof and go to outfit. #nailedit
Tunic old from Target, same style Tunic but in yellow, Jacket , Flats
First and most importantly, shoes are something that one should always consider when flying. They need to come off easy, be comfortable to walk long distances in, and keep my feet warm on the plane. Outside plane= 79 degrees, Inside plane= -22 degrees. Okay, maybe a little bit of an exaggeration, but I’m sure you get the point. Anyways, I recommend a basic ballet flat.
Leggings. BOOM… enough said.
If one wears leggings and does not wear a size 0-2, then you should always cover that booty. A light weight tunic typically does the trick, layered with a sweater or lightweight jacket.
Then accessorize. Not shown in this photo is a massive red purse for a pop of color and to store my iPad, sunglasses, iPhone, makeup, lap top, headphones, gum, the entire country of China, etc.
As always, I spend my money on accessories, here is Mt Tote and a similar more Budget Friendly Tote .
So this week I received an email from American Airlines, basically telling me that my miles are use them or we are going to hike up the miles needed to actually go anywhere so you have saved them for nothing! So, I panicked as usual and called my husband. So…we are going on vacation and it’s time to start planning/shopping. It also turns out I have accumulated enough miles ( I love my job) to take two vacations. So our plan is to hit Palm Springs in April and Miami in July. I am still sorting through those details, but started shopping while on the world’s most boring and unnecessary conference call. So, I bring to you one bad ass( sorry mom) splurge v. save and all the other goodies that have made it to my shopping cart today!
$319 Splurge Scalloped Suit , $44 Save Scalloped Suit
White Cover-Up , Teal Tassel Cover-Up , Straw Tote , Asset Towel ,
Pattern Monokini , Halter Swimsuit , Wedges