23 Week Pregnancy Update

Hi babes!  I wanted to start this week off with a 23 week pregnancy update.  You may not be into this, and that is totally ok!  It is mainly so that I can look back on it for my own selfish reasons. 😊 Pregnancy Announcement I'm still pretty exhausted.  I thought I would have tons of energy in the second trimester, like with previous pregnancies.  However, this has not been the case.  I am just as tired, and need a solid nine hours of sleep a night, at least.  Even with that, I am still

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Pregnancy Weight and Work Outs

Hi ladies!  I have such a love/hate relationship with today's topic right now: pregnancy weight and working out during pregnancy. Here is why I felt the need to put this into a post:  My weight is something that gives me massive anxiety when I am pregnant because I have so little control over it and it affects me in a big way.  I also have a hard time finding ways to exercise and incorporate workouts into at a time when they are much more physically challenging and my exhaustion is at its peak.

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Disney World Run Down

Hi guys!  I have been working on this post for a couple of weeks now so that I could get in all of the details I could think of!  I relied heavily on other people's Disney World posts for so much, so I wanted to put one together based on our trip. This was our second time going to Disney World with the kids, and definitely went even more smoothly than our first.  We stayed at Port Orleans French Quarter this time around.  I booked with about a month's notice so a lot of hotels were booked or

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Some Big News…

Hi gals!  I have a little secret I have been keeping for the last few months... baby Lipkin number three is coming at the end of this Summer! This is one of those posts that took so much to publish.  I'm not sure why, because it is happy, exciting news, but once I tell people it makes it all so much more real.  I had a doctor's appointment yesterday which made me feel more confident in sharing this news with you all, since I can be a little superstitious. Having this blog is a great way to

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Baby Essentials: Gear You Need

This year I decided that I am going to incorporate kids and family more into A Dash of Pretty.  I had gotten several reader requests over the past year for more posts about things for mom, baby and kids, so I think it's time I get to that! I have kids, am a mom and like to think I have an idea of what's going on in that general area.  When I don't, I have some really savvy friends who I ask for help!  Friends like those are one of the biggest necessities when you have a baby and kids! I rounded

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5 Five Year Old Favorites

Kids' birthdays are always such bittersweet days for me, any other mama's agree? I love celebrating them and watching them grow, but each year is a reminder of how short and precious our time with them is.  That last part is something I am trying to be better at remembering when I am short on patience and dealing with messes and meltdowns.  File it under my New Year's goals. Greyson is five years old today, which is just mind blowing to me.  It seems like he was just a baby, but at the same

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Life Lately : The Holidays Recapped

Happy 2017 babes!  I cannot believe how fast the last couple of weeks have flown by and cannot believe it is January 3rd, 2017.  I mean, what the what?! We had a pretty jam packed last couple of weeks, so I decided to take a little time off because I knew there was no time for me to focus on anything.  We were only home for one day last week, in between trips to visit our families and squeeze in all of the friend time we could.  It was so nice to be able to see everyone we love and spend time

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Gift Guide for Kids

  It's the LAST gift guide of this holiday season! How did it go by so fast?!  This is fully approved by both Avery and Greyson and full of things the either already own or are going to finding under the tree this year. Shopping for my kids can be super hard because they chang their minds, interests and likes and dislikes so quickly.  They are the only people I can't really shop for ahead of time, so I did a quick sweep of Toys R' Us on Friday to make sure I did it right.  I know everyone

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Lifestyle | Family Pictures

Getting totally cheesy on you guys today and sharing our family pictures we had taken this year.  It has been almost two months since we got them, so I am definitely taking my sweet old time in sharing them; I mean my hair color is completely different at this point. We had not had any professional family pictures taken since Greyson was seven months old, so we were well overdue.  My parents were visiting us that weekend so they popped into a couple pics with us. If you're local, we used David

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Gift Guide | The New Mom

How sick are you of gift guides yet?  I know every blogger under the sun is posting them left and right, but I personally love them!  I post them on here in the hopes my family will use them for shopping purposes for, ahem, moi. I also love posting them because I LOVE gifting!  Putting together a gift is one of my favorite things to do!  Today's guide came by way of a suggestion from a good friend of mine who just had a baby.  When I am putting together a gift for a new mom, I try to think of

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