30 Weeks – Bump Update

by Aquila on December 19, 2014

Christmas pregnancy photos

30 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss? 185. Ugh.
Maternity clothes? Yup.  Thank goodness oversized sweaters are SO functional for maternity wear.
Stretch marks? I can’t tell if my old ones from Cora are becoming more defined, or if they are new ones resurfacing.  Either way, oy.
Sleep? I crash hard when I can, but lately my sleep has been so disjointed.  I’m talking about getting up every hour because the toddler needs chocolate milk, then the dog needs let out, then I have to go pee.  It’s never ending and EXTREMELY frustrating.
Best moment this week: We had a midwife appointment yesterday and this was our last appointment before we start meeting every two weeks.  In other words, holy crap it’s almost time!
Movement? Starting to get the kicks in the ribs kind of feeling lately.  Baby girl is seriously active!
Food cravings? Anything and everything.  Which my midwife’s assistant says is a good sign that my nutrients are balance and I say is a good sign I’m a true fat kid at heart.
Gender?  GIRL! :)
Labor Signs? Nope, but I have started getting those sharp little pains when I try to move a certain way or pick Cora up from the wrong position.  Kind of my body’s way of saying, “Nope, we don’t like doing that anymore!”
Belly Button in or out? Half in, half out.  I don’t know, belly buttons are weird.
Wedding rings on or off? On, althought we’ll see if flying home for Christmas causes some swelling.
What I miss? Having Orlando home.  A friend and I were joking that we are superwomen around everyone else while we’re pregnant, always insisting we can do this and that.  But when it comes to our husbands, we turn into helpless little blobs, unable to even get a glass of water for ourselves.  It was nice to have that kind of support while he was home doing rehab, and it’s been a bit of an adjustment all over again with him back on the road.
What I am looking forward to? Even though my husband isn’t here, I’m looking forward to being in Indiana for all of Cora’s Christmas break, where my momma will undoubtedly fill that role of catering to my every need.  Well, unless Cora wants something, and then we all know I’m getting bumped down the totem pole REAL quick. ;-)
Weekly Wisdom? Don’t cancel your gym membership midway through a pregnancy.  I’m starting to feel grossly huge, but now it’s too cold to head outside all the time for a walk.  And I cut off my source for indoor exercise.  I’m thinking about trying to do some video workouts to pass the time, anybody have some recommendations?
Milestones? I guess 30 weeks! That sounds like so much further along than 29 weeks, doesn’t it?  Schnikes, we’re going to have a baby soon!

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Top 10 Contouring Tutorials on YouTube

by Aquila on December 17, 2014

contouring tutorials

I’m not ashamed to admit that I kind of love Kim Kardashian.  Sure, she’s provocative and a bit too in-your-face sexy for most people, but you never hear about her doing drugs or drunk driving.  You never hear anything but glowing reviews from people who’ve actually worked with her on projects, and I highly doubt she could have gotten to this level of success without being extremely professional and generally good-natured.  And for whatever reason, that darn reality show is addicting.  I don’t have cable anymore (the reasons for which I explained here), but I do miss keeping up with the Kardashians.

Besides breaking the internet and naming her daughter after a direction, Kim’s also famous for contouring.  If you haven’t heard, it’s essentially a beauty method that uses highlighting and contrasting shades of makeup to attract light to certain areas of the face and detract from others.  It’s meant to be a bit of an illusion to change the shape of your face to be the most flattering.  Personally, I think some of the before and after shots on Pinterest look a bit too good to be true, but if contouring can make my cheekbones look that good, I’m all about it.

I recently invested in an Anastasia contouring kit, so I’ve been doing my research and picking up tips and tricks from the (astonishingly vast) world of YouTube beauty tutorials.  I asked a few of my makeup artist friends for their recommendations, and compiled those with my personal favorites below.  If you don’t feel comfortable contouring your face after watching these 10 videos, I just don’t know what to say. [click to continue…]


Why My Sister Is Donating Her Eggs…

by Aquila on December 15, 2014

Today’s post is written by my sister, Kelsey. She’s only eighteen months younger than I am, but I think you’ll see she is wise beyond her years. She’s recently decided to make a very personal, private decision, but I asked her to write about it here because I think it’s important for others to understand. As her sister, I worry for her safety first and foremost, but as a mother I think what she’s doing is nothing short of heroic. Read on below and enjoy photos from throughout my sister’s fantastic, accomplished life as well. :)


My name is Kelsey, Iʼm 25 years old, and Iʼm about to be a part of the single biggest life event that some people will ever experience…

But hereʼs the funny thing – I have everything to do with it, but Iʼm removed from all of it.  Does this riddle give you any hints? Any wild guesses what I could be embarking on? If youʼre extremely lucky you may have guessed that I am about to be an egg donor, and you would be correct. Just after the New Year Iʼll begin a long journey to help a young couple bring their first child into the world and the possibilities are both incredible and terrifying. [click to continue…]

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29 Weeks – Bump Update

December 12, 2014

29 Weeks Total weight gain/loss? I forgot to check this week.  Probably a blessing in disguise.   Maternity clothes? YES. Tried on a pair of pants yesterday that I thought would still work and NOPE.  Not even with the hairtie to form an extension between the button and the hole, they still weren’t gonna fly.  […]

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5 Ways To Instantly Feel Beautiful While Pregnant {Plus a Chloe+Isabel Giveaway!}

December 10, 2014

Can we just be totally honest here?  Not as in, make bodily noises in front of each other, but at least be candid when it comes to this thing called life?  I don’t feel the “glow” when it comes to pregnancy.  I love the feeling of kicks and wiggles in my belly, don’t get me […]

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Why we ditched cable – and we don’t miss it.

December 8, 2014

    No, you haven’t accidentally stumbled on to a tech blog.  This is still Haute in Texas, where we talk about fashion, beauty, and motherhood.  But for today I thought I’d let you all in on a different type of secret.  Not the kind that will make you look five pounds slimmer, or your […]

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28 Weeks – Bump Update

December 5, 2014

28 Weeks Total weight gain/loss? 180. But I ate Chick-Fil-A and Taco Bell that day so I’m sure I lost five pounds by morning, right?   Maternity clothes? Yes, and we just went to the outlet malls yesterday so I picked up some winter sweaters at Gap and Destination Maternity! PLUS some nursing/maternity tank tops […]

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The Christmas Kick-Off Weekend to End All Christmas Kick-Off Weekends

December 3, 2014

Since Orlando’s been home doing rehab for his knee, we’ve had a few glorious weeks to spend with him.  It just so happened those weeks fell over Thanksgiving, and perhaps just as important in my book, the weekend after Thanksgiving.  In my family growing up, that was the time that we really dove in to […]

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Rebecca Minkoff Is Coming to Neiman Marcus!

December 1, 2014

When was the last time you got to sit down and chat with a top level fashion designer?  Been a little while?  Or, um, never?  Break that streak with me this Wednesday, December 3rd, when Rebecca Minkoff stops by Neiman Marcus at La Cantera!  Famous for her Morning After Bag, and now the insanely popular […]

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27 Weeks – Thanksgiving Edition

November 28, 2014

I hope you all had a very Happy Thanksgiving! Did you already put up the tree or does the Christmas season officially start today for you?  Whatever you’re up to, I’m sure you have better things to do than read a lengthy bump update, so I’ve just got a quick post today with a major […]

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