Packing for the Hospital!

I always think it is better to be OVER prepared then under prepared! So that is the approach that we took packing our hospital bag! We are the crazy people that have had our bag packed for two weeks now and we just hit 38 weeks! When I say OVER prepared…I mean it! haha!

Since this is our first kid, we didn’t really know what we would need and what we wouldn’t. After a lot of surveying, research and asking friends and family, we have our finished product! I AM SO EXCITED! It seriously feels like we just packed for an amazing adventure…honestly we kind of have!

FOR HIM & HER

  • PJs
  • Comfortable Tee + Pants
  • Non-slip socks + Fuzzy socks
  • Nursing Bra + Underwear
  • Deodorant
  • Phone + Charger
  • Brush/comb + Hair tie
  • Toothbrush + toothpaste
  • Nipple Cream
  • Chapstick
  • Electric Razor
  • Snacks!!!!!!
  • Pillow + Blanket

FOR BABY + A LITTLE EXTRA

  • Two Onsies
  • Two Outfits
  • Mittens
  • Socks
  • Binkey
  • Swaddle + Extra Blanket
  • Hat
  • Headphones
  • Games
  • Lotion

Our hospital, and most hospitals, provide so much that you really don’t have to pack too much! Everyone I talked to swore by bringing your own pillow and blanket for you and your hubs! The hospital does provide both but it makes the stay a little more comfortable to have your own! Comfortable clothes was also a MUST among everyone I talked to. Which makes total sense since you are pushing a baby out of you!! haha! I think the hygiene items are pretty obvious. We packed games because we are planning on getting an epidural and my sister suggested something to help past the time if we have to wait a long time. Who knows if we will end up using it but like I said…over packing! I am thinking I want to listen to music while in the hospital so that is what the headphones are for. Mamas get fed in the hospital but the Dads don’t so that is why snacks were a must! You also never really know when you will go into labor and how starving you might be! Everyone needs a little treat!

The reason I packed onsies and outfits for the little babe is because I don’t know if it will be warm or cold in the hospital. I also thought it would be nice to have back up clothes. Mittens for the baby’s hands were a big must with everyone. Babies come out with nails and the mittens keep them from scratching their cute little faces.

Something I haven’t mentioned yet but is KEY, probably number one, is a car seat! They won’t let you leave without one so make sure that is set up in the car!

I don’t think I have ever been so excited to go to the hospital!! Let the adventure begin! Seriously…annnnnnnny day now! I AM READY!!!!

xoxo,

Kyle & Taylor

I Love Being Pregnant #32weeks

I love being pregnant! and I’m dead serious.

I’m sure you don’t hear that very often. And I promise you it is not because this pregnancy has been a breeze. I have gone through crazy morning sickness (really all day sickness), unbelievable nausea, pressure, a torn muscle, exhaustion beyond compare, allllways hungry, heartburn, and my lowest moment…puking all over myself on the freeway home from work.

But I wouldn’t change a thing.

A lot of people will tell you that pregnancy is “hard” and “everything is going to change so enjoy life now.” You will get enough of that. I am not going to be one of those voices. The whole point of life is to grow and experience change! Change, to me, is something beautiful and powerful. This journey of change has been so incredibly sacred for me. I feel like I am doing something that I was always meant to do. I am learning so much about myself and my body. I am growing so much closer to my husband. I am understanding so much more about God and His kind of love.

The feeling of moving forward and knowing your purpose is incomparable.

There are a lot of things that you try prepare for when having a baby, financially, physically, emotionally. A lot of those things you prepare for before and a lot of things you have to just embrace during those 9 months. I say this all the time, but I really feel like there is something so special and necessary about those 9 months. 9 months of body changes. 9 months of crazy hormones (am I right!?!?) 9 months of learning this child’s movements and cravings. 9 months to adjust and prepare for parenthood.

No matter what your experience is, the real truth comes down to one word, Attitude. Positivity and gratitude bring peace and power. When you have a positive attitude it doesn’t mean you are always happy. It means you have the tools to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep moving forward. It means that you see yourself as God sees you. That is true for any situation! Especially being pregnant!!

I love being pregnant. and I’m dead serious.

I love feeling my 32 week old baby boy wiggle around inside of me. I love seeing his profile on the ultrasound pictures. I love that he nestle up close when daddy’s hand is on my belly. I love that bubble baths have become more of my daily routine. And I love getting foot rubs from my HERO of a husband.

AND I WOULDN’T CHANGE A THING!

xo

love.love.love

ohhh Valentine’s Day! Does anyone else remember the cute little mailboxes you would get during elementary school filled with cartoon or Disney Channel valentines? Those were the days! Then there were the awkward stages of valentines, namely Jr. High and High school. Either you got nothing or some cryptic note from a “secret admirer.” At least that is how it was for me! I was never one of those girls that spent the day eating chocolate or carrying around a stuffed animal.

Then you get older and find out what Valentine’s Day is really all about, A CELEBRATION OF LOVE! All kinds of love. Love between friends. Love between family. And love between that one special person. Plus who doesn’t like an excuse to eat chocolate and conversation hearts!

Last night Ky and I were reflecting about last Valentine’s vs this Valentine’s. It is amazing how much has changed! Last year we were just a couple of kids dating and crazy in love. He came over to my apartment and we made dinner and kissed…a lot! This year we are still a couple of kids crazy in love with an added little bonus (baby G!) We celebrated a day early by taking pictures, going to dinner and watching a really lame movie haha!

This year Valentine’s Day didn’t feel like much of a holiday, mostly because everyday feels like a celebration our love for one another. It is the little acts of service or small sweet surprises like flowers or candy. It is the adventures we go on together, whether that be across state lines or across grocery aisles. It is the loving words written on the bathroom mirror or whispered late at night. When everyday is a celebration of love, Valentine’s Day becomes more of a reflection of how that love has grown!

Of course love isn’t perfect and neither are we but that’s what’s so important about choosing to celebrate love everyday. I know that it is the times when Ky and I aren’t seeing eye to eye on something or it’s just a crazy stressful week that our love is tested and, if we choose, ultimately strengthened. If everything was perfect all the time, we would never have to lean on one another. Trust and love go hand and hand.

I love the Facebook post from LDS apostle, Jeffery R. Holland, regarding his wife, “I may not know everything about her, but I know 54 years’ worth, and she knows that much of me. I know her likes and dislikes, and she knows mine. I know her tastes and interests, hopes and dreams, and she knows mine. The result is that I know much more clearly now how to help her, and, if I let myself, I know exactly what will hurt her. In the honesty of our love—love that can’t truly be Christlike without such total devotion—surely God will hold me accountable for any pain I cause her by intentionally exploiting or hurting her when she has been so trusting of me.”

Hearing the way he talks about the love between him and his wife makes me so SO excited to reach 54 years with my love! Love really is what you go through together! Including alll the ups and downs and the trust built and kept along the way! I can’t wait to reflect on how our love has grown next Valentine’s Day. What do you do to celebrate love through-out the year?

xo

Valentine’s Fashion Favs

Valentine’s really jipped all the other holidays on colors. Pinks, reds, white I mean, come on! These colors just speak to my heart! So I compiled some of my favorite looks this season that can easily be dressed up for date night or dressed down for a casual night with the girls! Upside is they are all UNDER $25! Each site is linked in the title, if you want to purchase!

CLOTHES

Pocket Front Cord Overall Dress

$20

Just knowing that overalls are back in style makes my 5 year old self SO SO HAPPY. The 90’s style was rough for a lot of reasons, but overalls were not one of them! I am so happy that this dress is a thing AND it’s corduroy. Talk about perfection! I love this look! It can be dressed up with a button-up or dressed down with a casual tee underneath.

T-Shirt Ruffle Dress

$16

This dress for so many reasons…the soft pink, the ruffles, the sporty sleeves. I love a dress that looks good for any occasion, and this dress is just that. Girly and chic but also sporty. Pair it with tennies and a denim vest or wear heels and some dangaling earrings. Badah Bing! Badah Boom!

Hagan T-shirt

$20

This really is more than a t-shirt if you ask me. It’s got the material of a blouse but is simple enough to pair with jeans. This would be cute for a night out with the girls #galentines or a date night with your man!

Pink Velvet Dress

$19

I LOVE velvet. I really do not know what it is about velvet that just makes my heart happy. Maybe it is the soft touch, maybe it is the shine that comes from different lightings. I don’t know, but I adore it. Especially when it comes in pink and dress form!

Embroidered Jeans

$16

Jeans are always classic, but adding a touch of embroidering really changes the look and adds a bit of class and color. These jeans can be worn with a nice blouse and heels (maybe even a little fur) or a nice t-shirt and flats. Either way, you can not go wrong.

SHOES

Hot Pink Suede Flats

$18

I imagine these shoes walking the streets of New York City at night. They just say “City Girl” to me. I think these are more dressy by nature but paired with the right jeans, you could totally dress them down.

 

Rose Gold Birks

$21

Even though most of the country is in cold climate, I can’t forget my Arizona roots and add something a little summery. These are very casual but I love that they are making a comeback. They would be cute paired with a dress or jeans.

Those are just a few of my favorites for the up-coming holiday, but I would love to see some of your date night essentials!

xo,

Kyle & Taylor

Cheesy Jalapeno Poppers

This past Sunday was the Super Bowl and I really feel like everything was ON POINT. The game was UH-MAZING (even though my Pats lost), JT freaking killed the halftime show and don’t even get me started about the food.

Okay, I lied, we have to talk about the food! Let’s just get one thing straight, I love cheese. I seriously feel like cheese should be in its completely own food group. It just makes everything better! Kyle loves spicy food especially Mexican food, so when we were deciding on what to make for the big game, we decided it had to have both!

What could be a better combo than homemade, cheese-filled Jalapeno poppers!? This dish was really simple to but together (big plus for parties) and only takes 10 minutes to cook! Plus guaranteed to be a crowd favorite! We brought this over to our friend’s house and they loved them!

I know not everyone is a big fan of spicy food. Recently this pregnant girl has been a total wimp to spice in general so I mean it when I say, these are pretty mild. Because of the blends of cheese, it helps to balance out the spice of the jalapenos.

Of course I have to put a plug in for party-planning on a budget. Kyle and I are preparing for dental school, so we have to be strategic about how much we spend each week. It actually has been so fun budgeting because we spend a lot more time in the kitchen together experimenting with different recipes and cooking homemade goods! Fresh jalapenos are very affordable, cream cheese was on sale, and so was the bacon! Major score! It helps to plan your meals or snacks around what is in season and what is on sale.

SOOO without further ado…

Here is the recipe!

Try them out, you will not be disappointed! We would love to know what you think!

xo,

Kyle & Taylor

Creamy Scrambled Eggs

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There are really only a few things that I watch on TV, Food Network & Shark Tank! One day I was watching the show, “Beat Bobby” on Food Network and one of Bobby Flay’s competitors described their scrambled eggs as “creamy.” I had NEVER heard it described or presented that way and it sounded so so good! Call it pregnancy cravings, but I had to have it! So I tested out different way to make scrambled eggs and I finally achieved the creaminess that I am sure this man was talking about. They have now become my very favorite way to eat eggs!

Currently it is just Kyle and I (and our gorwing baby boy!) So most of our recipes are not made for big crowds but they definitely can be modified. Like this egg recipe, for instance, fed just Kyle and I this morning. However, the more eggs and milk you add, the more this can feed. The real important things to note when modifying is keeping the ratios the same, so you achieve the same great flavor! Also the technique is what really makes these eggs stand out from other recipes, so pay close attention to that as well!

I am so excited to share this recipe with you all!

Yeild: 2 servings

TIme: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp Whole Milk
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • Cilantro to garnish

Directions:

In a bowl, whisk together eggs and milk until combined. Add in salt and pepper. Put butter in a skillet and warm over medium heat until butter is melted. Reduce heat and pour in egg mixture. With a spoon or spatula continually stir the mixture in a figure eight motion making sure the eggs are not getting crispy. Cook until the eggs are light and fluffy. Remove from heat and garnish with cilantro.

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I served mine with German Rye bread. My favorite way to eat these eggs is over warm toast. Every bite you get crunch and creamy! I’s love to hear how you like this breakfast!

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Love,

Kyle and Taylor

Social Media vs Me

There has been a lot of buzz lately about the negative effects of social media. The perfectly portrayed lives, the judging, the comparing, and the inevitable self-doubt. Why do we torture ourselves like this? Now we don’t even have to know the Jone’s to try and keep up with them! From the comfort of our own home, even our very place of rest and refuge, can become bombarded with inadequacy. Perfectly cropped pictures, perfect vacations, perfect hair, perfect make-up, perfect children, perfect family…everything seems all too perfect, except of course, you. And all of this shining out of a 10 x 20 mm screen.

I guess the real question lies within ourselves. Is it really the social platforms destroying our confidence or simply ourselves? Can we really be apart of these communities while still feeling beautiful, respected and self-assured? I believe the answer is yes.

Just like the people we choose to be friends with, we have the ability to choose who has the power to affect us. Who are we going to let into our trusted inner circles to give us advice and influence our decision making? I’m sure we’ve all heard that happiness is a choice, I believe that with all of my heart. No one can make us feel a certain way without our conscious or subconscious choice to let them.

Awhile ago there was this big debacle about Snapchat and their new feature of inappropriate content. Some people complained, some people started a petition to make the company remove it but not a lot of people, that I talked to, were willing to delete the app because of it. They wanted the change to be made from someone else besides themselves. It sounds like the same thing is happening now. Bloggers and influencers with big followings should be the ones to change their content. The truth is, however, the only reason that these people have such wide impact is because we let them. We follow them, we “like” their posts, and we even share their content. At any moment we have to power to say, “this is not what I want in my life” and simply stop following them.

It’s hard. We want to be apart of it all. We want our lives to seem equally as important and as valuable as those we idolize. And they can be! I have found that when I think of other’s profiles as simply idea platforms, I am so much happier. I see someone on vacation and instead of comparing, I plan. Where should I go on my next vacation? I think we get so used to expecting the worst of people that we forget they are just people. What would happen if we all assumed the best in each other? If we congratulated other’s successes without taking anything away from ourselves? If we built each other up instead of tearing each other down? Well I think that’s what they call Zion.

xo,

Kyle & Taylor

Scripture Study with a Purpose

24 days into the year and we are still going strong on our New Years goals! I know, I know, big whoop…you made it less than a month! Buuuut they say it takes about 14 days to form a habit, so we might be in the clear! I like to set goals that are not only challenging but also something that we can realistically achieve.

One of those goals was to read and study the Old Testament. The Old Testament has always been a part of the scriptures that scares me. I have grown up hearing all of the stories, reading the “children versions” of them, and learning about them in Sunday school but it hasn’t been something that I have ever read and studied myself. I always told myself that I wouldn’t understand it, so why bother? It was time to challenge myself and break down the barrier of what I thought I couldn’t do and what I actually could do.

I, like most of humankind, am not the type of person that can open the Bible and just read from cover to cover. I knew by doing that I would be setting myself up to get bored and never finish… aka FAILURE. I wanted to actually learn and get something from my study, so I decided to come up with a theme. Something that I could focus on while I read. So I made a key. Like a legit key with color coding and all! Go ahead laugh, but I am telling you…IT WORKS (at least for the last 24 days.) I’ve decided to focus on patience. I am an expecting mother, so it was only fitting, lol! Not only patience but I also wanted to focus on the blessings that come when we have patience.

Focus wasn’t enough. I knew I would need some accountability. So my husband and I decided to study together every night after dinner. We read two chapters on our own, marking and taking notes, then we come together to discuss what we learned. It has been so interesting to see how different of a perspective we have on the same two chapters. I love being about to learn from him!

I never thought I would say it, but the Old Testament has really started to come alive to me. The stories I grew up hearing are finally starting to have context! It’s been 24 days, but the fire has come alive in me and I hope that this goal reaches all 341 days to come. I can’t wait to see what this book and this habit have in store for us!

xo,

Kyle & Taylor

Ramsay Taco Soup

Lately Kyle and I have been watching a new show called “Gordan Ramsay’s Ultimate Home Cooking.” Gordan Ramsay is Kyle’s favorite celebrity chef! I love watching this show because it is so informational! He talked all about the how to’s and the why’s of cooking. On one episode he made THIS taco soup recipe and it looked so good on TV we just had to give it a try! Below is the basis of Ramsay’s recipe but fitted to our style! You can find the original recipe on the Asian Food Channel.

This soup can easily be made vegan or veterinarian by swapping out the cheese topping and chicken stock for veggie stock. I always get nevous that recipes that don’t have meat are not going to be as filling but that was not the case at all with this soup. We really loved how light and flavorful it was! We downed the whole soup and it is suppose to feed four people!

ENJOY!!

xo,

Kyle & Taylor

Our Pregnancy Must-haves

Today marks 27 weeks. I swear I just took the pregnancy test just yesterday and now we are entering our final stretch, THE LAST TRIMESTER! The thought of labor is becoming more and more real…and I am still not sure how I feel about that haha!

I do not claim to be an expert in anyway, believe me, but I have found a few products that have made my not-so-easy pregnancy that much better! Below you will find my top 10 products that -at the moment- I can not and will not live without!

#1 Pregnancy Pillow

This was one of my very favorite purchases! I got this pillow off of amazon the starting of my second trimester. There are a lot of pillow shapes to choose from and this is the shape I recommend. If your pregnancy is like mine, the back pain is so real. This shape offers both back and belly support. I can’t sleep without it at this point.

#2 Prenatal

I started taking this prenatal about two months before we got pregnant, which I really recommend (if you can plan it that way!) I absolutely HATED taking prenatals because they made me so nauseous untilllll I started taking them right before bed. By doing that I slept through all the nasty feelings and woke up feeling great! I highly recommend doing that for those who hate taking prenatals. I found this particular brand at Walmart.

#3 Belly Butter

I started using Burt’s Bees Belly Butter my first trimester. I used it right before bed every night and I haven’t ran out yet! This is something you can find on Amazon, Target, or Walmart. I also have yet to get a stretch mark!

#4 Coconut Oil

This is something my older sister suggested I try, and it hasn’t failed me yet! I use this every night along with the belly butter. Coconut oil is not my favorite thing to put on because I really don’t like feeling oily but it really does help with stretch marks. You can find coconut oil at most grocery stores, Walmart, Target or Amazon.

#5 Belly Band

This is the exact belly band that I use. My baby really likes to hang out down low so a belly band is a MUST for me. I like this particular style because it also acts as a undershirt. I found this belly band on Amazon.

#6 Eye Serum

I didn’t start really needing this until about a few weeks ago but since then I have used it every morning. I don’t sleep as much as I used to, at all. I end up tossing and turning most nights or having a harder time getting comfortable enough to fall asleep. So you can imagine the size of the bags that live under my eyes! This serum helps reduce my puffy eyes. I got this serum from the Clinique counter at Macy’s.

#7 Chewable Antacids

Raise your hand if you hate the chalky taste of TUMS! I doooo! These little gems are completely different, to me they taste like Jordan Almonds. My dad showed me these a few weeks ago and oh boy, I love them. I just started getting heartburn, mostly around bedtime, so I just pop one of these and I am good to go. I got mine at CVS and I actually got the CVS brand which I really like the taste of.

#8 Maternity Cloths

Okay to be honest, buying maternity cloths was the hardest thing for me. I literally didn’t get anything maternity until last week. I held out as long as I possibly could! I don’t know what my deal was but I am so glad I gave in and started wearing cloths that fit and are comfortable! I got all of mine from Old Navy including the leggings and dress that you see above. They only have maternity online but I loved there selection and everything was so SOFT. Don’t hold out as long as I did.

#9 Hair Oil

My hair has gotten so brittle since getting pregnant. I started using Kendi oil the beginning of my second trimester and I am completely hooked. It smells amazing and replenishes my dead hair. I use it anytime of the day, on wet or dry hair. You can get if off Amazon for a great price.

#10 Walking Shoes

I am a girly girl through and through which means I am either in heels or barefoot. Giving up my heels was really hard for me, and actually took as long to give up my heels as it was to give in to maternity cloths. When Kyle and I went to get me some good walking shoes, it was kind of depressing. But my back and my feet have thanked me multiple times! These are the ones I settled on and I love them! They have a memory foam insert and they are lavender colored! They are the Adidas NEO Cloudfoam QT Racer Women’s Shoes from Kohl’s. I haven’t seen this color anywhere else.

Comment what your pregnancy must-haves are! We would love to hear.

xo,

Kyle & Taylor