January 14, 2018

THIS IS MOTHERHOOD



Happy Sunday Mama Friends!
I've said it many times before, but Sundays truly are my favorite day of the week. We try to reserve Sundays as our family day, spent going to church and then brunch and whatever else the day brings, so long as we are doing it together.

I can remember back to when I first found out that Colton was on the way. I spent my days planning for all those sweet family photos we would take, afternoons spent lounging around with my baby and cuddling the day away. I dreamed of the movie nights my husband and I would enjoy once our sweet little bundle went down for the night. And then he was here. Seven pounds and nine ounces and FULL of life! 
Yes we got those pictures, and occasional stretches of laying around in between his crying and spit up and milk leaking everywhere! But the movie nights!? We have yet to make it  through even a TV show for longer than an 8 minute stretch before the baby needs something!
My point is, in raising a family, it is so easy to become distracted by the endless cycle of feedings and diaper changes and cleaning up messes. And that's just life with little ones! If your babies are school aged, perhaps you feel that you are doing all these things plus racing around from school to sports and activities. This season of life is a busy one, no matter where you are on your journey through Motherhood. 
 But then Sunday comes around and gives us the chance to soak in the incredible moments He has given us. And they're not always perfect! Most of the time, just the race to get out the door in time for church with a tired toddler could qualify as an Olympic sport ;) Then once we are there...we are up and down that pew a million times because the little man has dropped his cheerios or is becoming restless.
Yet we make the effort because of what it does for our family.
No matter how difficult the moment, it is time we can count on each and every week where there is no TV or phones or things to distract us from each other. It forces us to be in the reality of the moment that is made up of raising this little human. And do I think it will be any easier when baby number 2 comes along!? Oh absolutely not!

However the beauty is found in the realness of the moment and I am forever grateful for the days He has gifted me with these boys. (No matter how loud or noisy or chaotic it may seem!)
Here is to wishing you and your family lots of love on this day God created for family because 
The love of a family is life's greatest blessing ♡







XOXO,
AGM  

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January 3, 2018

All Things 2018


Happy New Year Sweet Friends!

I hope that you all had a fabulous holiday season, we sure did! We are excited to be kicking off this new year with so much to look forward to in 2018. For starters, we are coming up on this little 'ol Blog's SECOND Birthday!  Perhaps there will be a fun giveaway in store to celebrate!? More on that next month ;)
I started this Blog in February of 2016 as a way to share my journey through pregnancy and right on into motherhood. Over the past two years, this has allowed me to connect with so many of you sweet Mama's who are also sharing in this journey called motherhood. As we move into another year, I want to thank you all so much for following along and for sharing your stories as well. My heart is so full as we have lots of exciting things in store in the year ahead here at
The Miss Lulu Pearl Blog!

In case you missed the news, 2018 will be bringing our family a brand new little babe! We are expecting baby number 2 this coming summer!!

During my pregnancy with Colton, I shared my entire pregnancy journey, from weekly updates to our gender reveal. You can check that out here!
I do plan to share little bumpdates here and there this time around as well!

This week marks the start of the second trimester for me. I CANNOT BELIEVE that I am already a third of the way there! Grow, Baby Grow!

This pregnancy has been a little different than my first. I am much more tired this time around, but perhaps that is because I have a very lively little one year old to keep up with this time ;)
The nausea has been a little bit better this time around though, bless!
The other difference...I popped right away this time! The doctor said that it is common with each pregnancy to show a little sooner than the last, and that is definitely true over here!
I literally had to pull out the leggings and maternity jeans by week SIX! AHH!

However, thanks to PinkBlush, I am not complaining because ohmyheavens their maternity wear is like a dream!
Two of my favorites that are new this season are this Off Shoulder Maternity Sweater along with every preggo's favorite item...a comfy pair of maternity jeans
Best part is that they offer free shipping on all US orders!

Wishing you all a fabulous 2018!

xoxo,
AGM  
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December 18, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide Part Two: Gifts for Him or Her


Welcome Back!
I promised a part two to my holiday gift guide, so here it is! I had every intention of sharing this late last week but due to a water pipe bursting in our home, causing a need for emergency excavators (and new carpeting!), our week got a little busy to say the least.
HOWEVER, we are happy to say we made it through and are back to normal on the homefront.
So without making this post any later than it already is, here goes!

The gifts below are aimed towards any adult on your Christams list...spouses, parents, siblings.
AND if you are last minute like me and rely on Amazon Prime to get your gifts shipped in time for Christmas, breathe easy, because many of the ideas I am sharing are straight from Amazon ;)

*Please note this post contains affiliate links*

For Him

1. Stance Socks- I always pick a couple of these up to throw in my hubby's stocking & he wears the heck out of them all year long! They make a great gift for dads and granddads, too. Their crew socks come in some really fun designs. In fact, my hubby wore this exact pair on our wedding day and finding new designs to gift him each year is so much fun! 

2. Original Penguin Men's Polo- These polos are my favorite..I mean my husband's favorite! He gets a lot of use out of them between work and golf so these are always a staple for gift giving over here.

3. Levi's Men's Henley Shirt- The casual henley tops and t-shirts by Levi's are super soft and you can't beat their price.

4. Smart Key Finder Anti-Lost Tag- Find your keys, find your wallet, find your remote control. This little gadget attaches to valuables and helps you locate misplaced items! This is a GREAT item to have in the house if you've got a toddler because I can't even count how many times in a weekend the husband and I play a game of "tear apart the house to find the remote our toddler walked off with"!

For Her

1. SojoS Mirrored Glasses- These are currently my FAVORITE sunnies! I have the version with the gold frame and light pink lenses. I am sucker for glasses that look glam but cost way less...because babies tend to grab them and toss them and this is just not the season of life for me to spend a bunch on sunglasses. Plus I love having a few different color options on hand so for the price, you really can't beat 'em.

2. Please Hide Packages From Husband Doormat- I think any lady that enjoys some online shopping would enjoy this gift ;)

3. ESV Single Column Journaling Bible- I love to start my day with some coffee & bible journaling! It just helps to start the day on the right foot :) There are lots of journaling bibles on the market but I am sharing this one because it is one that I own and use all the time! I love that the outside is simple & the inside leaves enough column space to take notes and get your creative journaling on. This is something I plan to hand down to my children someday!

4. Ekouaer Women's Pajama Set- I LOVE a comfy PJ set! These are soft and cute and come in lots of colors!

5. Kendra Scott Rose Gold Plated & Iridescent Drusy Earrings- Kendra Scott jewelry is just beautiful. This pair of earrings are studs but they also have a drop version which are just stunning! 


That is all for now & as always, if you have any ideas of your own to add to the list, feel free to share them below!
Wishing you all a very Happy Holiday Season <3 

XOXO
AGM  

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December 12, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide Part One: Shopping For Littles


Happy Tuesday Everyone! 
This week I am sharing a two-part post of some quick online ideas for finishing off your holiday shopping. PLUS, I am including as many coupons as I can for you all!

This post entails part one of holiday shopping...which is for any little ones in your life! Stay tuned later this week for an adult version :)

Whether you have kids of your own, nieces or nephews, or are purchasing items to donate to children in need, I have compiled a little list of some gifts based upon development & age group. Some of the ideas below are things that my little guy loves. Others are toys that I utilized when I used to teach and work with young students. Many of them are educational themed because, well, that is just the teacher in me ;) 

For little babes, anything like teething toys, small touch & feel books, or toys that enable interactive play between babies and their care giver would be great! Of course, some snuggly clothes are ALWAYS a fun one to shop for, too! 










This idea is great for parents with small babies OR if you are looking to donate something to little ones in need! Gift them a pack of diapers from 
Diaper Dabbler.
They offer diaper variety packs in all different sizes and I can assure you that ANY parent will appreciate this gift for their little one!

Mulit-use covers by Covered Goods. They are running a holiday special with coupon code HOLIDAY262982 for 10% off all orders.

Check out everything from toys, nursery d├ęcor and baby essentials from The Baby Cubby. They are currently offering 10% sitewide orders with coupon code TICKTOCK plus free shipping!

Have a special little boy on your list!? Gift them an adorable clothing subscription from
Subscriptions available for sizes 0-36 months, so this is a good option to check out for infants or toddlers. Coupon code MISSLULUPEARL will take 20% off all orders. They even have a few holiday special gift packages available right now, you can check those out here!

If you have a toddler on your list, cause & effect toys are great, along with simple toys they can use while interacting with loved ones. Musical toys, farm animals, building blocks. Here are some ideas below:










Genuine leather toddler moccasins by
Freshly Picked 

 For young school aged children, anything to help foster play-based learning is great! They love to act out real life situations through playtime as well as work on those early learning skills. These ideas below will help to engage them in all of those developmentally appropriate activities!









This last idea is ideal for any age, really! It is the most magical holiday book I have ever seen! I have read it to Colton and shared it with countless students, my nieces and nephews, and I can honestly say little ones and adults will enjoy this special book as a holiday tradition. We set it out in a special spot in our home every year to read & absolutely love it!


Hope these gift ideas help & if you have any ideas to add to this list, please share them below!
I will be posting part two of our gift guide later this week. 
Thanks so much for stopping by <3

XOXO
AGM  

Disclaimer:  This post contains Affiliate Links, which means I receive a small commission through purchases made. 
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November 24, 2017

Black Friday Sale

Happy Friday Sweet Friends!
Hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We sure did! Our bellies are full & we are SO excited to officially kick off the Christmas season. Today we are getting our Christmas pictures taken, putting up our tree & breaking out ALL the holiday things...plus reheating last night's dinner for breakfast ;)

I am so excited to get a head start on my Christmas shopping, too. 
Today I am scoring a few holiday outfits from PinkBlush, like this


They are offering 40% off site wide today with
code BLACKFRIDAY plus free shipping!
Check them out & feel free to share your favorite sales with us below!
May your coffee be hot & your online carts be full,
Happy Shopping



XOXO
AGM  

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November 16, 2017

We Went To Disney!

 
Happy November Friends!
We have just gotten back into town after taking Colton on his very first vacation and between the traveling and unpacking and getting all caught up on things I missed while away, I am one tired Mama ;) It was the BEST week ever though and we were in much need of some time to unplug as a family! 



We visited Magic Kingdom and it truly was the most magical experience. I shared some photos from our trip on my Instagram plus the fun Disney shirts we got from VinylGoodsCo! This Etsy shop is run by one of my friends and she did such an amazing job creating these. Her shop personalizes all sorts of items, so be sure to check them out through the links below! 
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/vinylgoodsco  

We also got to spend some time at the beach and this cold shoulder dress from PinkBlush was the perfect vacation staple! I have shared more details on this dress on my Instagram

 

P.S. In case you missed the news, I have officially started a YouTube channel! Be sure to check it out here & subscribe to be notified of new posts.
Blogging has been so much and I am excited to continue to share all things Motherhood both on here as well as on YouTube. 
We have lots of exciting brand collaborations & holiday giveaways coming up soon and I wanted to be able to expand our audience outreach! 

Hope you all are having a wonderful week & thanks for stopping by

XOXO
AGM  
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October 15, 2017

Sunday Funday Sale

Happy Sunday Mama Friends!
This is my FAVORITE day of the week because I get to spend the whole day with my boys
Most weekdays are spent keeping up with Mama life, errands, dishes, playdates, trying to tire out my wild little toddler...but Sundays are the one day where I actually get to slow down. They are usually spent getting to enjoy a little hubby time at church followed by afternoons lounging around the house! For any of you Mama's who are around the house today as well, be sure to check out PinkBlush
because they are offering a Sunday Funday Sale, featuring
20% off sitewide orders all day long PLUS they offer free shipping on all US orders!

Today's outfit features this Chiffon Lace Up Bell Sleeve Dress. It is super flowy and the crisscross detail plus bell sleeves add a little fun to this look! It's easy to dress up or down to transition from a daytime to evening look, too. I wore it to church this morning & then came home to snuggle up in this Floral Hoodie. The material is perfect for cooler fall weather and the floral design adds a sweet little touch. Both of these items are from their maternity department but the great thing about their clothing is that it is transitional and easy to wear whether you are newly pregnant, sporting a huge baby belly or just trying to keep up with your little brood :)


If you are not doing so already, be sure to follow PinkBlush on Instagram for a little daily dose of Modern Mama inspiration!
Wishing you all a blessed Sunday

XOXO,
AGM  


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