5 "BACK TO SCHOOL" HAIRSTYLES

8/28/15

Hair posts are back people! Oh, how I've missed it! I'm constantly on Pinterest and seeing so much inspiration that I thought it needed to be shared with all of you!! And with school just around the corner (how is Summer already over?!), what better than some "hairspiration" for your first week back. 

Here are my 5 "back to school" hairstyles to wear throughout the week! One of the things I love the most about these looks is that they are all super easy and can be done in 2 minutes or less! No need to set those alarm clocks early. Let me know if you try this look out by tagging me in your instagram photos @tanyajtaylor
xo

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BABY SHOWER SNIPPETS

8/27/15

I had my first baby shower the other week put on by my baby sister and my best friend since childhood. Yay!! We spent the past few weeks coming up with ideas for decorations, games and the food. My sister is amazing when it comes to cooking and baking so I let her have free reign for the brunch. We had parfaits (yum!), a bagel bar, mini brunch frittatas, parmesan hash brown cups, pink lemonade, cucumber/lemon water, and homemade ice cream sandwiches from scratch. My mouths watering just thinking about it all. Why I didn't think to take pictures of it, the world may never know.

Instead of a "theme", we opted for a color scheme instead. Gold, pinks and creams. I had so much fun going through baby pictures of me and Eric (seriously, his big puppy dog eyes kill me every time!) and putting them in thrifted gold frames. My sister went to thrift stores and found cute animal figurines that she spray painted gold. And to keep with the dainty theme, we chose babies breath and put them all in mason jars and tied pink ribbon around the tops along side jasmine candles. My amazing mother-in-law also made cute tassels that we hung around the downstairs.

I'm not a big game person when it comes to baby or bridal showers so we kept them light hearted and fun. We played "Guess which babe" where both our parents wrote down 10 baby facts about us and guests had to guess which fact was about who. We also had "Wishes for babe" where everyone wrote down their wishes for our future baby girl. I think my favorite was my little niece Makenna who wrote that she hopes our baby will be "a nice dinosaur". Too cute! And to keep guests entertained we had a little crafts table where they had the opportunity to paint little wooden blocks that would go into the baby nursery.

To sign in, we had everyone write their names and little messages to the babe in Dr. Seuss's "ABC" book. And before guests left we had a gold backdrop to take polaroid pictures in front of. I plan to put all of these instax pictures in baby girls baby book so she knows all the amazing women who came out to celebrate her!

I was having too much fun during the shower that I didn't get around to taking pictures, but here are some snippets of the aftermath. So much love to all my friends who were able to make it! Love you all!!!!
xo

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^^ Some of my amazing guests! I wish I had gotten around to taking pictures with everyone. I love looking at these pictures every day. They are still keeping my dining table pretty. ^^
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^^ Pretty tassels from tassellove and "OH BABY" balloon letters from Oh Happy Day! ^^
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^^ My baby sister and best friend. Thanks for putting up with my hormonal craziness to make this day special. XOXOXOXOXO ^^
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^^ My girl, Gavi, flew in from Los Angeles just for my baby shower. It meant so much to me that she was there! When everyone left, Eric took this picture of us. It pretty much sums up our relationship to a T. ^^
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^^ My mom surprised me with this pretty maternity top (along with so many other amazing gifts) that I'm completely obsessed with! I snapped this picture just for her ;) ^^ 

"BUMP"DATE

8/24/15

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How Far Along? Almost 33 weeks!
Weight Gain: Weight gain during pregnancy is a very sensitive thing, and anyone feeling the need to comment on a woman's weight while on this journey (or in general) should look inward first. With that being said, this is my little online diary so for posterity purposes here we go. As of last week I have gained 15 pounds. I know that may not seem like a lot to some people, and it's not, but my doctor has assured me at each visit that I am on the right track for me. 
Maternity Clothes: Still going strong with my normal clothes, besides maternity dresses like this one (perfect for this hot summer Seattle has been having). I haven't caved with maternity pants just yet, but my pony tail bows are definitely getting good use. 
Sleep? What's that? Poor baby girl is very cramped in there. And I'm feeling the brunt of it (all those jabs and kicks are getting very strong). Add that with some intense braxton hicks, baby girl is making sure she is always known. 
Best Moment This Week: I had my first baby shower last week that my sister and best friend through for me. It was so fun to have such sweet friends and family come out and want to celebrate our new addition. Seeing their excitement just made me even more excited!
Weird Pregnancy Moment: With the lack of room, it's always crazy to look down and see a little foot or fist poking out from under my tummy. That and peeing every time I sneeze or cough (TMI?), fun stuff. 
Movement: I really don't think this girl sleeps at all. We are in for it....
Food Cravings: On repeat this week has been parfaits. Just thinking about it is making my mouth water. 
What I'm Looking Forward To: My next baby shower! Can't wait to see more family and friends, and to have everyone love on Baby T some more! :) 
xoxo

FOURTH IN WALLACE

7/13/15

I know this is a late but I wanted to share our little getaway to the mountains for the Fourth of July. We've started to make it a tradition over the years to head over to Eric's parents vacation home in Wallace, Idaho. If you are ever driving through the area and want to go antiquing, this is the place to be! Such a cute old mining town! *a million heart eye emojis*

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^^ Where I spent most of my time, the local rooftop pool. For $1 entry? Heck yes! ^^
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^^ We pulled over on the side of the road to pick some red, white and blue wildflowers for Fourth of July decorations. Lost in the wild! ^^
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One afternoon we hiked up to Upper Glidden Lake to take in the views and have some fun in the water. The lake was still pretty cold but we managed to float out to the middle on some tubes and take some pictures. We had the whole lake to ourselves which made it that much more magical.
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^^ Obsessing over my new Stila lipstick!! ^^
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^^ Aftermath from a early morning dirt biking ride. ^^
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^^ All in all I would say it was a very successful Fourth of July, full of yummy food, pretty locations and quality family time. Happy Fourth!! ^^

BUMPIN' IN SEATTLE

6/29/15

Friday was Eric's 27th birthday (happy birthday to my baby daddy!!!), so he took work off so we could have some fun in the sun! In the morning I was such a good wife and made him a full blown artery clogging breakfast that included bacon, sausages, eggs, hashbrowns, and a bowl of fruit (hey, he needed SOMETHING light in there). I should win wife of the year because then I cleaned up all the dishes afterwards too.

Next stop on the fun train, stroller shopping!! I had two front runners that I had done loads of research on that I couldn't wait to test out. Thanks YouTube for all the mommy reviews. The first was the Stokke (mainly because that is my maiden name, so that was an obvious DUH!). The second was the UppaBaby Cruz. Ding, ding, ding! We had a winner!! Then we did some bra shopping because man those bad boys were hurting. Currently we're at a strict 'look but don't touch' policy at the moment, haha! And THEN we went (or rather ran) to my doctors appointment for my glucose tolerance test. You have to get your blood drawn exactly an hour after drinking the glucose drink otherwise you have to do it all over again. Luckily I made it just in time. I was super nervous about this because all people talk about is how gross the drink is. Maybe there is something wrong with me but I totally could have gone back for seconds, maybe thirds of that sugary substance! That stuff was g-o-o-d!! My recommendation for all those who are about to take it, get the orange flavor!

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Don't worry, the whole day wasn't all about me. After my doctors appointment we headed downtown for lunch at Eric's favorite Thai restaurant, Mae Phim. *If you are ever in the area, head to the one in Pioneer Square off Columbia Street. Get the Mae Phim Special!! You can check out other fun things to do in Seattle here.* Then we walked around Pioneer Square people watching and museum walking. We had some time to spare before doing the Underground Tour of Seattle so we drove into Queen Anne (my old stomping grounds). If I had a billion dollars I would live here in a heart beat! Not only do you get amazing views of the city, but the homes are all so SO incredible! ^ See above! ^ Whenever we are in the area we love to walk around picking out our favorite homes and then stopping for a quick "tourist" pick at Kerry Park Viewpoint.
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Mt. Rainier sure was showing off that day. It seriously looked like a painting backdrop. We asked someone to take a picture of us, but you know how those typically go. Sadly, it is not a worthy picture to publicly show. Oh well.
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More "bumpin'" around Queen Anne. Seriously, isn't this place the cutest! Every street has gorgeous overhanging trees and ivy and more greenery! Nothing beats Seattle summers! Those 9 months of rain make up for it with luscious green in the summer time!
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^^ His goofy half smile gets me every time. I could kiss those cheeks forever!! xoxo ^^
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Seattle showing its pride for equal marriage. Flags were decked out all over Capitol Hill. I don't want to get all political or religious on my site but I will say that I'm so happy for all those who can now legally share their lives with the ones that they love!!
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After the underground tour we ended the night at Eric's favorite mexican restaurant in Capitol Hill, Mezcaleria Oaxaca. SOOOO good! As if we weren't full enough we topped off with some birthday dessert at Molly Moon's. Of course, it wasn't nearly as much fun as ending the night with a parking ticket. I swear, they give those things out like candy. Oh well, nothing was raining on our parade!
You stay classy Seattle!
xo

"BUMP"DATE

6/18/15

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I've been going back and forth about writing any sort of pregnancy updates for some time. On the one hand, I have always loved reading other people's weekly pregnancy posts with all the cute questions that go along with it. On the other, I knew I wanted to keep some parts of my life secret from the online community. I have made some exceptions (this being a lifestyle blog and all), especially if I thought that my words might help someone else out there going through similar circumstances. So with that, I'm hoping I'll be able to eloquently put all of my feelings out there in a way that at least makes sense.

Today I am 23 weeks pregnant, although it might as well be more. For those of you who are new, I had a miscarriage back in October. One of the most difficult things I had ever been through, emotionally and physically. It's surreal to me to think that if everything would have gone smoothly I would have had my baby by now. Even more surreal that our due date now is almost to the day of our miscarriage. I want to emphasize how fortunate we know we are to have the opportunity to get pregnant again after this happened, and so quickly too. Some people have asked me if we think this is our baby that we lost. Eric and I have talked about it and agree that we don't think it is. Call it intuition, but somewhere deep inside I knew that baby wouldn't come back to us. But who knows what we'll come to find in heaven.

One main reason why we've kept this pregnancy under lock and key was because of the difficulty I had during my first trimester. I was practically put on bed rest every other week due to a condition called subchorionic hemorrhages or hematomas, along with a small tear in the sac. About 25% of women have signs of spotting or a little bit of blood during their first trimester, but unfortunately for me this was no slight spotting. TMI but sometimes I would go through four very large pads in the span of one night. That's a lot, even for a normal period. Being someone who had just suffered a miscarriage, you can imagine the amount of alarm, tears and rushed doctors visits we would go to on a weekly basis to make sure everything was still going smoothly. In site of everything we were going through, we decided to take the genetic testing that is now available. We were given the good news that everything with our sweet baby was perfect, no signs of genetic disorders or birth defects. We also were able to find out so soon the gender, a girl!! Good for me, because I have no patience for these types of things :)

At 23 weeks, I feel like I have finally allowed myself to take a deep breathe and fully except that I am pregnant. We kept our pregnancy a secret for a long time, even from our family, because I was so convinced that something was going to go wrong. I wouldn't allow myself to get attached to our baby. I wouldn't even think it. It was killing me inside when I kept seeing all these women around me post on their social media about their pregnancies, people whose due dates were even after mine. They all seemed so blindly and blissfully happy. How amazing to feel no sense of fear to the idea that something might go wrong. It felt like a stab to the heart that I couldn't feel that way. Today I have been suffering with massive amounts of guilt because of it. In a way I feel like I robbed myself of that precious first bonding time with her. I feel late to the game in everything, no name picked out, no nursery furniture, I'm just now getting to the registry. Poor Eric had to give me constant reassurance those first 4 months. I think deep down he wasn't allowing himself to believe it either, because every week when we went in for our doctors appointments he would cry tears of relief hearing the heartbeat. Today I can happily tell you that his favorite thing to do is get super close to my belly and talk to his little girl when he gets home from work. His expression every time she kicks is just about the cutest, I swear! And I love that the first thing he does in the morning when he wakes up is role over and put his hand on my belly. Keeper right there, I tell you! 

I should also be grateful that after making it through those scary first few months, everything really has been smooth sailing! So let's get to those happy updates I know you probably all came here to read in the first place shall we?

How Far Along? 23 weeks!
Weight Gain: 6 pounds, but I'm pretty sure I ate my weight in junk food yesterday sooooo not sure where that will leave me at our appointment next week.
Maternity Clothes: I'm still in my normal clothes thanks to my love of baggy shirts and hair ties for my jeans. I did buy myself a few maternity dresses that I was super pumped to wear but alas they are still a little too big. 
Sleep? I was having pretty bad pain in my hips early on (how could those bad boys get any bigger?) so I finally caved at week 20 and got myself a body pillow. Eric hates it but me and the pillow are having quite an amazing love affair. With that, sleep is going better! Although I have been having the strangest dreams.
Best Moment This Week: Feeling her hiccup. She's been doing karate kicks and punches in there since week 17 but I finally got to feel her little hiccups the other day. At first I thought she was just going to town enjoying my dinner but I finally realized it was her hiccuping. Too funny!
Weird Pregnancy Moment: I guess this isn't really a moment but I've been getting pretty bad nose bleeds every week. It always happens at night when I'm getting ready for bed. What is it with me and bleeding during this pregnancy?! She might just be the death of me, but worth every second. 
Movement: All. The. Time. That should be interesting once she finally gets here....
Food Cravings: This little one is going to come out a 20 inch long cheeto, I swear it!!!
Morning Sickness: I was very lucky to escape any sort of morning sickness. I guess that's the trade off for all the blood loss. 
What I'm Looking Forward To: Finding out if she will have blue eyes like her mama or brown like her dad. I guess we'll see in 17 weeks!!!
xoxo

PARIS, FRANCE

6/9/15

Europe was such a whirlwind of a trip! It was even more special getting to spend time with my in-laws in a different country. The word of the trip was "beautiful", because around every corner was something even more amazing, something more jaw-dropping, something more beautiful! Paris was our last stop of the trip. By this time, Eric and I finally got to spend one on one time together and explore the city of love! Paris will always have a little special place in my heart because this was the place where Eric and I shared our exciting news that we are EXPECTING A BABY GIRL due in October! I'll speak more about this later, but just in case you missed it!
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^^ While we waited in line to climb up top of the Notre Dame, Eric ran across the street to grab a yummy ham and grilled cheese sandwich from one of the food vendors. Thanks for the recommendation Allison! We also were fully entertained by a street performer who was honestly one of the best I had ever seen. So fun! ^^
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^^ Oh hello Eiffel Tower. I'll be coming to you soon!! ^^
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We were debating back and forth whether or not to go inside the Louvre. We only had about 1 hour until it closed but when it started pouring rain, we thought, why not?? Lucky us there were no lines (because we were so late) and we walked fast through the entire thing. We're both not huge museum poeple so it wasn't too disappointing to spend such a short time, but man, that place was HUGE and incredible! Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. Heads up, they are closed on Tuesdays. Why?????
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^^ Look Mom, I saw Mona Lisa!!! ;) ^
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^^ The original first selfie. I don't know why I cracked up so much after seeing this. ^^
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^^ All Eric had his heart set on was a baguette. The next morning, while the sun was shining, we walked two miles from our hotel to the cutest little bakery. I had read such great reviews. Eric was satisfied, and I nabbed myself this scrumptious apple pie concoction that I wish I could remember the name of! ^^
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^^ During another downpour we took advantage and headed straight to Angelina's for some hot chocolate and dessert. This lemon tart was A++++++. And I wish I had taken a picture of the inside, it was so fancy! ^^
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^^ For some reason, when I saw the Arc de Triomphe it reminded me of the MK&A movie Passport to Paris. Gosh, I love that movie! Needless to say, it made me excited. I wish we had time to have climbed to the top! ^^
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^^ Stealing smooches on top of the Eiffel Tower. ^^

Aw Paris, you were too short lived. I guess it's just another excuse to head back someday and see you again, but with more time! Miss you already Europe, but can't wait to see what our next adventure will be!!