5 Quick & Easy Halloween Pumpkin Decorations

Sharing with you some quick and easy Halloween pumpkin decoration ideas.

Halloween pumpkin decoration ideas

With Halloween just a few couple of days away I invited my very best friend Becky from Topshop Stone to share with you guys some easy pumpkin decor with things you might have laying around your house. Something old, something new or something borrowed!!!

We’re going to show you how to decorate 5 pumpkins with a few store bought items and items you are might have at home. Could be something you still use or are wishing it will go back in fashion or you borrow things from family members. Easy right?

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What If Your Birth Plan Goes Wrong?

Birth Plan Gone Wrong?

Birth Plan gone wrong

Life kinda went into a spiral ever since I gave birth. Having an unwanted cesarean took me by surprise so much that I really haven’t taken control of my life entirely.  Everything literally feels out of whack since. I don’t know why I still haven’t been able to get things to fall in line. I am 21 months postpartum, that’s almost 2 years and I’m still haunted by it.

Partially because motherhood is different every single day. Today might be that your child skipped a nap or didn’t sleep enough.  Maybe they woke up with a runny nose.  Maybe you just couldn’t get to the laundry today. There’s always something off. Although there is the occasional “perfect” day… if you want to call it that.  But it feels like as moms we are always playing catch-up.

If you’re a first time mom like myself, hang in there! It’s a roller coaster ride daily and sometimes it’s a ride you want to get off of right away. Sometimes it isn’t fun and it’s a whole lot of work and that’s because I have ONE child. I couldn’t imagine handling more. But does it every just fall into place?  Do we ever stop playing catch-up? I remember waking up after surgery and it was just a blur.  What happened? What do I do? Moving hurts so much? I remember feeling defeated. Like I lost something and I did lose it. I was prepared. I wrote down my birth plan like they recommend you do but it all went out the window.

It feels like nothing fits anymore.  I remember when I came home from the hospital and getting up out of bed was so painful, even with the pain medication.  Crying was also big. I couldn’t help but think, everything is ruined now. I’m never going to have anymore kids. How will I? I don’t want another c-section and I started to read up on VBAC’s (Vaginal Birth After Caesarean). Yes, tons of women have them, but there is a higher risk associated with them, for mom and baby.

How do you choose? 

How do you choose? Suffer through another unwanted surgery? Or risk it by having a VBAC and hope everything works out for the best? Having children terrified me before hand.  Having any type of surgery even worse. I didn’t have an emergency c-section. I was “calmly” rolled into the surgical room. But was that the best choice? I was progressing along fine, not as quickly as the doctor wanted but the baby and I were fine. Up until the doctor came in and said if we continued the baby would be in distress.

Why?

I kept re-living that moment for a long time, and asking myself questions. I couldn’t accept what had happened to me. I didn’t read up on what could go wrong. I didn’t even think of the possibility of that happening. I was healthy, everything went great throughout my pregnancy. I didn’t even bother reading about anything that I didn’t want to have happen to me.  I think partly that was my mistake, I was so naive to think birth goes according to plan. Nothing in life goes according to plan but for some reason I disregarded that and kept on thinking everything was going to work out.


What’s my advice to you mom planning to give birth naturally?

Think about possible outcomes and how you would behave in that situation (if you could choose, obviously) What if you were to have a c-section? What if it was an emergency? I know it’s tough to think about the things we don’t want or like but what if? I urge you to be prepared for every possible outcome and plan ahead.  Being lost isn’t a feeling I enjoy and having my choice taken away has had a long term effect on me.

You May also Like:  My Birth Story and also 12 things I wish I had Done Before Giving Birth for more insights if you’re still on your journey to parenthood.

I hope everything in your Birth Plan goes/went according to how you hope/hoped but if it doesn’t/didn’t know that there are other women in that position and talking about it openly helps tremendously. And if you are in the same boat I am in… (((Hugs))) I feel you mama and I’m here for you.

Have you gone through something similar? What were some things that helped you cope with an unwanted C-section? Please share in the comments below and let’s encourage one another. (Don’t forget to share this post with your expecting friends)

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For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman

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Flawless Skin In a Few Minutes a Day

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Everyone wants Flawless skin and I have been a secret beauty creams, facial masks and all things skin hoarder for years. I mean, YEARS. Ever since I hit puberty I was obsessed with beauty products. If you look under my bathroom counter, you will see countless products I have purchased. When I say I’m obsessed I truly am. I’ve got no shame. Continue reading “Flawless Skin In a Few Minutes a Day”

Fun Fall Festival!

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Happy Monday everyone! Are you ready to tackle on the week? I’m working on my to-do list today. I love Mondays for that reason. I even wrote a post dedicated to Mondays.

We had a lovely time at a local fall festival this Sunday.  It’s held on a family farm called Bedner’s in Boyton Beach, FL. Although we don’t really get to enjoy fall weather in south Florida we try to do “fall” things with the family.  It was a gorgeous day though, the temperature did go down a little bit (86F) I know, that is still hot but it rained in the afternoon which helped cool us down, at least for an hour or so. They have several food trucks (BBQ, Italian, Mexican and a gourmet french fry one) along with some hot dog, lemonade, sweet tea, corn, cider doughnuts, popcorn and cupcakes.

I missed out on the corn!! I thought I would get it by the time we were going to leave and they were SOLD OUT! I was so bummed, I’m a corn fanatic and wanted to save the best for last. Oh well! Next time.

They also have hay rides, bounce houses, pony rides and a CAMEL too. If you live around the area or will be visiting south Florida during the fall/winter time, I highly recommend you go. They’ll be having events every weekend.

Here are some photos from our little outing::

Does your hometown have fun fall activities? What is your favorite thing to do with your family? Let me know in the comments below!

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Books I’m Reading & Recommend

For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman

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FREE Fall Printable – Thankful Printable

I live in South Florida and our seasons goes as follow Humid, Hot, Hotter & Scorching. We may not have all the seasons (Boohoo) but we can sure pretend by dressing up our home in fall decor.  I know Fall its most people’s favorite season. Not hot, not cold. But in order to create an autumn feel around the house I’ve created this lovely printable to hang up around the house to at least get in the spirit of fall.

And why not add Thanksgiving to the mixture? Hope you all enjoy!

You can download the PDF here.

Is Fall your favorite season? What’s the weather like where you live? Tell me about it in the comments below.

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Books I’m Reading & Recommend

For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman

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