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Monday, October 20, 2014

How to Have a Successful First Thanksgiving On Your Own

Growing up, the only involvement my sister and I had in making Thanksgiving dinner was to make the mashed potatoes and wash the dishes afterwards. I never helped with the stuffing, the turkey, the gravy, or any of the other traditional foods that come with Thanksgiving. Last year we didn't have enough time with the Mister's school schedule to travel to see either of our families for Thanksgiving, so we got to have our first big holiday on our own. I was a little nervous because Thanksgiving tradition calls for a lot of amazing and delicious food, and I had never cooked that much food for one meal before. Like I said, I was pretty much only good for mashed potatoes. But I studied up, did my best, and with some help from FaceTime and my mom, we had a pretty successful first Thanksgiving on our own! So now as we are looking to our second Thanksgiving on our own (now with two kids!), I want to share some tips on how to make sure that you are successful when you are in charge of cooking and preparing your first Thanksgiving on your own.

1. Clean out your fridge and your freezer. Okay I know that sounds like a weird first tip, but you are going to be buying a lot of food at the store and then you are going to have a lot of food leftover that you need to store. So go through your fridge and your freezer and get rid of things that have been in there too long and things you aren't going to eat, and then wipe down the inside. Not only will you feel better, but you will have a good start to your Thanksgiving preparations!

2. Make a menu and gather recipes. The first thing you really need to do before shopping is to make your menu. Do you want a salad, mashed potatoes, stuffing, turkey, pies, cranberry sauce, rolls, or anything else? You need to decide for sure which items you want to make first. Then, gather the recipes you are going to use. You can use Pinterest, your mom and grandma, your friends, or even Martha Stewart. I don't care. It's preferred that you use recipes that you can trust that people you know have actually made, or from somewhere that you can ask whoever made them questions if you have any, but it's not a huge deal. This part of planning can actually take the longest, and is one of the most important, so take your time.

3. Read recipes thoroughly. You want to make sure you understand the recipe and can actually handle doing what it says before you get the Thanksgiving day and have a problem. You want to make sure you know what all the tools you need are, how to do different techniques (like basting), and that there isn't some extra bottom portion to the recipe that you missed the first time reading through it. Why recipes do that sometimes, I don't know. But make sure you read them all the way through and you understand them before you get to cooking and realize you are completely in trouble.

4. Double-check your grocery list. Before you leave to do your big grocery shopping trip, double-check that everything is written on there. You don't want to have to send your husband to the store on Thanksgiving day because you forgot something. Make sure you have everything written down that you need, including supplies. Large foil, special utensils, and a turkey pan are included here. Double-check your grocery list!

5. Shop the week before. Since everyone and their mom will probably be buying really similar things for their Thanksgiving dinner as you will be, try going grocery shopping the week before Thanksgiving. You can get a better turkey that way, you can be assured that things won't be sold out that you need, and you can beat the crowds a little. There may be some things you can't buy a week in ahead (like fresh produce), but try and get as much as you can the week before Thanksgiving. It really helps eliminate stress!

6. Read about turkey tips. Everywhere and anywhere. I looked on several different websites about different ways to cook turkeys, and I took the best tips from each one. It helped because I could read comments people had made on different sites and get tips from a lot of different turkey pros. Since I had never cooked a turkey before last year, I needed all the help I could get!

7. Take the turkey out of the freezer 3 days before, not 2. It is recommended that you take your turkey out of the freezer 2-3 days before cooking it. I can't think of anything worse on Thanksgiving day than having a turkey that is still frozen. So to ensure that you give it the maximum time to thaw, take it out of the freezer and put it in your fridge 3 days before you are going to cook it on Thanksgiving.

8. Test your oven temperature. Just because your oven beeps and says it is at 350 degrees does not mean that it actually is. Invest in an oven thermometer so that you know what temperature your oven actually is so you avoid under- and over-cooking food. You definitely don't want to have your turkey in an under-heated oven and then have to compensate by cooking it for 3 hours longer than you thought. That is a good way to ruin your dinner and make your family a little bitter. So just quickly test your oven and make sure that you know what temperature it really is at. Because that oven has a big job to do!

9. Cook for 2 days instead of 1. This was really really helpful for me because by spreading the cooking over 2 days, I wasn't stressing on Thanksgiving day with the huge amount of food I had to make. The day before Thanksgiving I spent cooking pies and rolls, aka the things that could sit for a day and still be fine. Then on Thanksgiving day I cooked everything else. This is especially important if you are the only one who is going to be cooking and if you don't have a big fancy kitchen with two ovens. This is definitely a big, big helpful tip. Trust me.

10. Time when other foods should be ready based off when your turkey should be done. Since the grand masterpiece of Thanksgiving dinner is the turkey, and since that takes the longest, time cooking other foods based off what time the turkey will be done. If the turkey will be done at 4pm, and it takes 2 hours to prepare your macaroni and cheese (my family tradition), then start cooking your macaroni at 2pm. You don't want cold food by the time the turkey is done, and you don't want a cold turkey by the time the rest of the food is done.

11. Make it special. It's a big deal planning and having your first Thanksgiving on your own, so make it really special! Use a new tablecloth and cloth napkins, drink sparkling cider out of fancy glasses, decorate the table with a cute printable or some mini pumpkins. Make it different than other meals that you have. I had a lot of fun picking out a new tablecloth and setting the table fancier than I normally do for dinner. And it makes it nice for your family, too, because it's something special. You can do whatever you want on your first Thanksgiving because it's your own!

12. Ask for help. Don't feel like just because you are doing this on your own for your first time, you need to be able to do it completely on your own. I called my mom a few times when I was first starting the turkey to ask her which way was the front (yes, I know). And I was super proud of myself for getting out the neck and icky parts, but I had to have FaceTime guidance from my mom to do it. There is no shame in that! You have to learn somehow, and it's nice to ask people who have done it before. So ask for help when you need it, and definitely don't be afraid to ask for help.

13. Go big or go home. If you can't decide what kind of pie to make, make three. Even if it is just you and your husband and your 8-month-old baby. If you want to make salad, rolls, mashed potatoes, gravy, macaroni and cheese, and your turkey, do it. Don't be afraid of making too much food because you are going to have leftovers no matter what and it's totally fine. Make what you want and don't worry about it. Thanksgiving is about two things: being thankful and eating a ton with your family. So do your part and make sure you can eat a ton of delicious foods! Go big or go home!

I definitely learned a lot preparing my first Thanksgiving for my family, and it wasn't scary, it wasn't too hard, and it was really fun.  Sometimes you just have to man up and go for it, and making your first Thanksgiving dinner on your own is one of those times! So good luck, have fun, and enjoy all your delicious foods. You won't ever have another first Thanksgiving, so make this one successful and yummy!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pretty Mama #3: Looking Good During and After Pregnancy with Pink Blush Maternity

This post is sponsored by Pink Blush Maternity. I received free product in exchange for this post, however all opinions are true and 100% my own!

When I was pregnant with Little J, I did not love my maternity clothes. I had one shirt that I liked more than the rest, but all of the other ones I had either fit weird or weren't very cute. So when I was pregnant with Little A, I decided that I was going to find cute maternity clothes so that I could look good during my pregnancy. It can be hard to feel positive about your pregnant body, so it really helps to have something cute to put on it! Right before entering my third trimester, I discovered Pink Blush Maternity. And guess what? I found out how easy it is to look good during your pregnancy! And now that Little A is a month old, I have also discovered that you can look good right after pregnancy, too!

photo taken by Kandice Stewart Photography

I know some people dread the day that they can't fit into their regular clothes anymore. For me, it's the pants that get too small first, and then the shirts get too small about a month or two later. Luckily, I discovered the best website for maternity clothes to make you feel cute and feminine and not cost a lot of money. I first shared Pink Blush Maternity with you a few months ago as one of the best (and my favorite) places to buy maternity clothes. A few months ago they contacted me and asked if I wanted to do a collaboration on a post. I will be honest and tell you I was super duper excited. Yeah, super duper. I had a really hard time choosing just a few pieces, but ended up with two gorgeous tops, one comfortable sweater, and one stylish maxi dress.

When they came in the mail I immediately tried them on and sent pictures to my mom and sister. They were perfect! All of the Pink Blush Maternity clothes I have are really soft, comfortable, and breathable, which is really important to a pregnant woman! Something else I loved is that the shirts were all long enough that even at 38 weeks pregnant, they completely covered my belly. I have found that some of the shirts I got earlier on in my pregnancy from other stores don't quite cover my belly anymore and I have to wear shirts under them, which in the summer in Iowa is not something I recommend. Pink Blush Maternity helped me to really look and feel good during pregnancy.

Something I really struggled with after Little J was born was finding clothes that fit but didn't make me look like I had just had a baby. For most women, it takes a at least few months to get back to your pre-pregnancy size, and during that time, you can get feeling down about still not being able to wear your regular clothes. It's sort of just an awkward stage, and it can be hard to feel good about your body.

After Little A was born, I loved being able to wear my Pink Blush Maternity clothes because they weren't super tight, they hid that little pooch, and the patterns also helped to disguise that extra flabby skin from pregnancy. I felt feminine because of the styles of the clothes, but I also felt good about myself because I had clothes that fit well that I wasn't having to squeeze into until my regular clothes fit again. Pink Blush Maternity also helped me to look and feel good after pregnancy!

So now I am sure you are wondering how you can get yourself some gorgeous maternity clothes from Pink Blush Maternity. Well guess what! They are offering 15% off for Life With My Littles readers using coupon code LIFEWITHMYLITTLES from today until October 21st! I highly recommend you try out at least one thing from there (good luck picking just one!) because you will fall in love with their clothes like I have!

Pink Blush Maternity really made me feel good about how I looked both during and after pregnancy. Their clothes are really versatile and other people would never guess that they were maternity clothes when you wear them after your baby is born. And if you are wondering how you can get the clothes I was sent, you can click the links under each set of pictures:

And remember the gorgeous mint lace dress I wore for my maternity pictures and my sister's wedding? Oh yeah, that's from Pink Blush Maternity, too!

And if you aren't pregnant right now and aren't planning on becoming pregnant any time soon, don't forget that Pink Blush also sells women's clothing that is just as cute and will make you look amazing!

Thanks again to Pink Blush Maternity for contacting me! And thanks to my good friend Alli for taking these pictures! You should all check out her adorable Etsy store to say thanks!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

17 Things to Do Before Your Second Baby is Born

Hello everyone! Today I am sharing my contributor post on the website Destination Femme. It is a website that aims to inspire, inform, entertain, and connect today's modern woman with unique content to keep her at her best every day, and I am so lucky that they reached out to work with me! So without further ado, here is my new post about things to do before your second baby is born!

17 Things to Do Before Your Second Baby is Born

Before my son was born, I made a big giant list of things (25 things, to be exact) to do before he was born. It helped A TON, not just in getting ready for him, but in giving me peace of mind knowing that I was ready for him to come. Before baby girl was born, I had to make a new list of things, because having a second baby, there were new things I needed to do that I didn't need to do with my first baby. I decided to share this list with you since it was so helpful and really helped me feel prepared for the transition to being a mom of one to a mom of two! Click here to read more.

Monday, October 6, 2014

How to Pick the Best Nursing Bra For You {With Bravado Designs}

This post is sponsored by Bravado Designs. I received free product in exchange for this post, however all opinions are true and 100% my own!

One of the most important tips I can give you for successful breastfeeding is that you need to be comfortable both when you are breastfeeding and when you aren't. The best way to do this is to have a supportive bra. You need a comfortable bra that is supportive, but not restrictive. A bra that is too tight can lead to engorgement, plugged milk ducts, or a breast infection. You also want one that will be easy to use while you are actually breastfeeding. Last week I shared tips for successful breastfeeding, and this week I am going to share how you can pick the best nursing bra for you!

I was lucky enough to be contacted by Bravado Designs to see if I would review a few of their bras and a nursing tank. I of course said yes, because Bravado Designs has been around for over 20 years and they know what they are doing. The first bra they ever sold is still one of their most popular products, and they have several different styles and colors, and even nursing tanks, so that you can get exactly what you are looking for.

When I breastfed Little J, I found that my preference was to have a more supportive underwire bra for day wear and a stretchy cotton bra to wear during the night. I was sent the Allure Underwire Nursing Bra in Black, the Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra Jacquard Pattern in Jungle Purple, and the Essential Nursing Tank in Mykonos Blue. I didn't use a nursing tank much with Little J, but I was excited to try them out again.

As any pregnant mom knows, your breasts change during pregnancy, and there comes a point when your regular bras just won't fit anymore! It was really nice to be able to wear a nursing bra the last month of pregnancy because I didn't have to worry about going out and buying a bigger bra for that short time period. And don't stress about getting the sizing right with your nursing bra before your milk comes in, because the Bravado website actually has a simple guide to figuring out what size you will need throughout pregnancy and nursing. This is super helpful because I wanted to be able to have a nursing bra ready to go before my babies were born.

With Little A, I liked wearing the Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra because towards the end of pregnancy she decided to get up in my ribs, which made my regular bra too tight anyway. The Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra gave me some much-needed relief and kept me very comfortable in those last few weeks.

When you first start breastfeeding, you are tender, you want something comfortable, and you need something that is going to fit to your body. I recommend getting a cotton bra that is stretchy and soft, and that doesn't have much padding or underwire. Padding is not something your chest is going to need at that point, and underwire can actually cause problems with clogged milk ducts, especially when you are beginning to breastfeed.

You want a bra that will clip down easily so you don't have to struggle with it (especially at night when you are super tired!), one that nursing pads can easily fit into (especially in the beginning when you will leak a lot), and one that is comfortable (because you don't need any more discomfort going on).

The Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra is perfect for beginning to breastfeed. It is super soft, stretchy, and gives you support without feeling bulky or thick. I was able to wear it during the day and night, and it is really easy to nurse Little A in. When your milk is first coming in, you don't want any discomfort, and I loved that this bra felt like it was made with only comfort in mind. This bra also fits perfectly. The Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra is the easiest bra to find your size in, and I definitely feel comfortable in mine. I also love that it doesn't cause discomfort while sleeping because wearing a bra to bed can be super uncomfortable, but I haven't had problems with this one! It has removable pads that I love and it is super easy to button and unbutton, even in the dark when I am breastfeeding at night.

I also really liked using the Bravado Essential Nursing Tank when I was beginning to breastfeed. It is super soft and stretchy, and it has a built-in bra so you don't have to double-up. Babies eat a lot at night in the beginning, and it can be cold to have to lift your entire shirt up to feed them! I also really appreciated that I could wear it in the hospital and not feel so exposed when I was nursing and the nurses or doctors would come in. I also liked the nursing tank because I didn't feel as exposed when I was nursing with my toddler in the room. I know he doesn't really know what's happening, but it made me feel better!

After 3-4 months of breastfeeding, you can change things up a bit and add in an underwire nursing bra. It is not recommended that you wear underwire until then, because it can cause clogged milk ducts if it is not worn correctly. But after your breasts have gotten used to making the right amount of milk and you feel comfortable with nursing and baby is growing and healthy, you may want to try wearing something with more support.

I really like the Bravado Allure Underwire Nursing Bra for after you have been breastfeeding for a few months. It is not recommended that you use underwire nursing bras until 3-4 months into breastfeeding, so don't use this one until then! Little A isn't that old yet, so I haven't been able to get much use out of this one, but I know I am going to love it. It is super soft, doesn't have any padding or push-up (because duh, you don't need any more), the cups fold down really easily so you can nurse easily, and it has full coverage and is really light. I also love the little lace details on the sides and in the front because it adds a very simple feminine touch and looks lovely. I know this bra it is going to be supportive because of the way it is designed. Something else that is nice about the Allure Underwire Nursing Bra is that the underwire is only under the bust, and not on the sides so it won't pinch or constrict your breast tissue. Aka, you won't have problems with clogged milk ducts because of the bra.

You can also continue to wear a nice cotton nursing bra or nursing tank at night (or during the day if you want) after breastfeeding has been established. One of the pluses about continuing to wear the nursing tank is that when you have to go out in public and you have to breastfeed, you don't run the chance of flashing your stomach to the world if your nursing cover blows around. This was something I hated when I was nursing Little J, and now that I have discovered how great the Bravado Essential Nursing Tank is, I don't have to worry about that at all!

Something else I love about Bravado is that they sell Bra Conversion Kits so that when you are done nursing, you can convert your nursing bra into a regular one and keep on wearing it! This is such a great idea because I personally think it helps justify buying a new bra for nursing! You can wear it all the time, pregnant, nursing, or not pregnant!

Whether you are pregnant, just beginning to breastfeed, or have been breastfeeding for a while, Bravado Designs has the right nursing bra (or tank!) for you. I highly recommend checking out their wide selection of bras. They come in lots of different styles and colors, and they really do help make breastfeeding a better experience because of how comfortable they are.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Tips for Successful Breastfeeding

This post is sponsored by Bravado Designs. I received free product in exchange for this post, however all opinions are true and 100% my own!

Before Little J was born, I knew I wanted to breastfeed him. I knew that that was the best way to get him antibodies and keep him healthy and give him the best start I could (thanks college infant development class). But I also had heard breastfeeding horror stories about painful, engorged breasts, bleeding nipples, and babies who just won't do it. Needless to say I was a little worried. I took a class, read articles online, and asked my nurses everything they could tell me to help breastfeeding be successful. And I was able to breastfeed Little J until he was 8-months-old and my supply got low. With Little A, I knew from the start I wanted to breastfeed her, too. I read up on all my tips I had gotten with Little J, and now I am here to share them with you!

Breastfeeding shouldn't be a battle, it shouldn't be uncomfortable, and it should not be something you dread. It should be a bonding experience and something that you look back on fondly when your child is older. The day I stopped breastfeeding Little J, I cried because it was something I was going to miss doing with him. Since he moves constantly, it was nice to have some quiet time where I could just hold him close. 

But anyway, that doesn't help you. You are here for tips. So here are my tips for successful breastfeeding!
Breastfeeding as soon as possible after baby is born really helps baby start breastfeeding strong.

Self-expressing helps baby go to the breast. Place your fingers directly above and below the nipple and gently compress in, then together.

If baby won't latch himself, put his nose in front of your nipple, tip his head back, place his bottom lip on, and bring the top lip over. When he opens his mouth wide, stick him on!

Baby's chin should be smashed and his nose touching. I know it will look uncomfortable, but this position will save your nipples from soreness.

There should be more areola showing above baby's mouth than below. If you don't know, the areola is the brown part around your nipple.

Avoid using pacifiers or bottles for the first 3-4 weeks. It can lead to nipple confusion. If you are tempted to use a pacifier because baby is crying, just try swaddling, shh-ing, and swaying.

Listen for swallowing. You want to make sure your baby is actually getting breastmilk, otherwise, you will need to reposition them.

Try different positions and find what works best for you and your baby. (The four positions are the football hold, the cradle hold, the cross-cradle hold, and lying down.)
Try nursing more frequently for shorter periods. This can help because you won't be feeding for as long, and while you may think that it would be worse because you have to nurse more often, I promise you, it will help.

Changing baby's position can help vary the pressure points created by baby's mouth. You can try any of the four standard breastfeeding holds: cradle, cross-cradle, football, and lying down. I personally was a fan of the cross-cradle fan with Little J, but everyone prefers different things.

LANOLIN. If your nipples are dry, cracked, or bleeding, try using some lanolin. Just apply a pea-sized amount after nursing (or showering, too) and it can really help to heal those cracked nipples. And the best part is you don't have to worry about wiping it off before you feed baby next because it is natural!

Try some hydrogel pads. They are like gel packs that you put in the fridge and then put on your breasts between feeding. They are small and feel amazing, even though it may seem kind of weird. Do not use heat! That is pretty much the opposite of what you want. The hospital gave me a sample of some hydrogel pads and they were lifesavers those first few days and weeks. You can buy them at Target, Walmart, or other baby stores.
When your baby finishes feeding on one breast, offer the second, He probably won't eat as long on the second breast, but then the next time you feed him, start with the breast you ended on last time. And it is really helpful to wear a hair tie on your wrist on the side he ends on so that you know which side to start on next time!

Stroke baby's hands, legs, or feet if he gets sleepy during feeding. If that doesn't help, try taking off his clothes. This mostly happens when baby is little, and not so much as they get older. It's especially common when you feed baby at night (for obvious reasons).

Burping with breastfeeding isn't necessary, but it helps between breasts and at the end. Air in the tummy may make baby irritable and not cooperative, so if you are having difficulties, try burping your little one!

If baby shows disinterest try to stimulate baby's rooting reflex by touching baby's cheek or lips with your nipple. This may help him latch on and then realize that it's time to eat!

If you have a painful lump on your breast, try massaging it while baby is nursing. Throughout the time I breastfed Little J, I would occasionally get clogged ducts. It really helped to massage them in a circular motion while he was eating. It may not go away immediately, but it sure helps!

Avoid using soap on your nipples because it can lead to soreness and cracking. You obviously can't help getting shampoo on your body when you rinse your hair, but when you are using body wash, skip your nipples and you should be fine.

If engorged between feedings, you can pump or even just self-express a little bit. Sometimes baby won't eat as much because he isn't feeling well or maybe he just isn't as hungry one day (as long as he has normal diapers, he should be fine). If this happens, you might get engorged. Using a breast pump after or between feedings can help get rid of a little of that engorgement. And if it's just a little painful, you can just try to self-express a little bit by placing your fingers above and below your nipple and compressing. Sometimes just a little bit is all it takes to feel better.

One of the most important tips I can give you for successful breastfeeding is that you need to be comfortable both when you are breastfeeding and when you aren't. The best way to do this is to have a supportive bra, like one from Bravado Designs. You need a comfortable bra that is supportive, but not restrictive. A bra that is too tight can lead to engorgement, plugged milk ducts, or a breast infection. You also want one that will be easy to use while you are actually breastfeeding. Click here to read my nursing bra recommendations and more about how to pick the best nursing bra for you!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Project Lead Kindly

Hey everyone! I have something really big to share with you today. My friend Pamela from MacDonald's Playland and her husband Scott have started a nonprofit organization called Project Lead Kindly. Project Lead Kindly assists mothers and children affected by homelessness and domestic violence by providing charitable service and grants to assist them in getting closer to safer, stable housing as well as educational or professional dreams.

Project Lead Kindly

In college, I did an internship at a women and children's shelter. I mainly worked with the children at the shelter, and it was hard to see how the women didn't value themselves and weren't able to change, even for their children. They wanted to, but they didn't believe in themselves and didn't know how to change. Something I love about Project Lead Kindly is that they work to change that and to help women value themselves and change where they are in their lives.

Project Lead Kindly is on a mission to spread the message that ALL can do good and spread kindness, no matter their circumstances.

I am asking my readers and blog friends (calling out Britni at Play. Party. Pin., Carisa at Messes to Memories, and Britt at My Little Sunshines to participate by:
1) Creating your own "Spread Kindness, even when...(fill in the blank)" sign and take a photo of it!
2) Sharing your photo THIS WEEK on Instagram or Facebook. Be sure to tag Project Lead Kindly and/or tag it #projectleadkindly so they can share your photo which will inspire others going through difficult challenges!
3) Tag at least 3 friends and ask them to create a "spread kindness, even when..." sign too and ask them to join in and post the photo on their favorite social media.

Join us in inspiring someone out there to know they are not alone and still have light within them to do good, no matter what life throws at them. Let's remind people of their light and assist mothers & children in need!

You can connect with Project Lead Kindly on their Facebook page, Twitter account, or Instagram feed. 

Visit to find more ways to lead kindly and to assist mothers & kids affected by homelessness and domestic violence. Thanks for taking the time to share this important message!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Maternity Pictures by Kandice Stewart Photography

When I was pregnant with Little J, I gained 50 pounds. Needless to say, I did not want to spend the money to get professional maternity pictures done. I did not want to remember my chubbier self. But with Little A, I only gained 33 pounds by the end, and I felt so much better about myself. I worked out, ate better, and made sure I wasn't constantly snacking. There was also my sister's wedding at 35 weeks pregnant, so I wanted to make sure I didn't look huge in the pictures we would forever see.

Anyway, I felt much better this time around, so I wanted to get some maternity pictures done! I had my lovely friend Kandice from Kandice Stewart Photography take these beauties here in Iowa. We had a lot of fun taking them, despite getting bit by about a million mosquitos! Kandice did a fabulous job, and I absolutely love the way these pictures came out. I am so happy with them that I wanted to share them with you!

Please do not use these for anything other than inspiration for your own maternity shoot. Thank you!

If you want to see the full shoot, check out Kandice's blog here.

Also, if you love my dress as much as I did, it is from Pink Blush Maternity.