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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Happy Birthday Scorpios!

I really meant to post this yesterday but it was so late by the time I got to a computer since my laptop was not yet fixed. But I just wanted to say, Happy Birthday to all my fellow Scorpios out there! We are some of the best people in the world (until you cross us of course). I am so proud to be a Scorpio and you all should too. And those of you who are not, go ahead and get jealous ;P

Happy Birthday Scorpios!
-Kortney

"Love is as much of an object as an obsession, everybody wants it, everybody seeks it, but few ever achieve it, those who do will cherish it, be lost in it, and among all, never...never forget it." ~ Curtis Judalet 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Baby Shower Planning: The Invitations

Believe it or not, I have still been working very hard on the plans for the baby shower that is so quickly approaching. Even though I am just about a week behind on some things on my checklist, I am speedy with catching up. This past weekend I had my family from Shreveport, Louisiana come over. So it was a big distraction for me.But one thing I did manage to get was the invitations for my baby shower! Now I know that I said earlier in this blog that I wanted pink and chocolate brown as the theme/color but sadly I have had a change of mind. I just went ahead and decided to go with a generic theme and color scheme from Party City. But like everything I do, whether it be in the plans or not, everything will still be FABULOUS! (Come on, you should know this by now =D) There has been a lot of changes to this baby shower like the venue, of course the theme and the budget. But like I said, everything will be just perfect in the end. So the new theme I chose was a theme from Party City and it is called Pink Wild Safari. The colors are pink, black and white (see, not too far off from pink and brown), leopard and zebra print, and has the cutest little jungle animals on it.

Well back to the main subject. The invitations! Whether you decide to make your own or use a general invitation from the store, there are some things that you must always think about and include.
The best time to send out invitations for a baby shower, or invitations in general, are 2-3 weeks before the date. It gives the guests plenty of time to check your registry or plan what gift they might buy for you. You can also send them just a little bit earlier if you have to mail some to out of town guests. Always buy or make just the right amount of invitations. If you have extras, that's better than not having enough. So always refer back to your guest list and make a good estimate of how many you need.

Some things should almost always be on an invitation, store bought or self/custom made. 
  • Name of the mommy to be and/or host(s).  If you are like me and don't really have a set host, just putting your name is fine too. this can help guests find your name on any registry list and write your name on cards. Believe it or not, some people you are closest too will forget your name or forget how to spell it.
  • Location.  Duh. 
  • Time and Date.  Duh. 
  • (optional) Directions.  If you know that your house or venue is tricky to find, its best to put the directions on how to get there. But most people these days have GPS on their phones and in their cars. If not, Map Quest has never failed. 
  • Phone Number/Email and RSVP. Just in case the guests have questions and the RSVP is to at least give you a heads up on who all will come or not. Even though not too many people RSVP anymore, its still common courtesy and will give you at least an estimate on "absolute" guests. But don't always rely on RSVP's. Since some won't call at all and just show up, its best to just plan for the estimated number of guests. You can also put on the invitation "RSVP Required" if you don't want any slip ups. 
  • Where the mommy to be is registered.  Very important. How else will the guests know what to get for you? If you haven't already started a registry by this point, GET ON IT! Baby registries can be found anywhere where baby stuff is sold. Target, Babies R Us, Walmart, anywhere you like to shop pretty much. 
Some other things to add to the invitation is totally up to you. If you want a dress code, put a dress code, if you have a game in mind and need the guest to bring something, tell them to bring it. Include whatever you think is necessary. 

Until next time my lovelies! 
-Kortney

"Life can either be accepted or changed. If it is not accepted, it must be changed. If it cannot be changed, it must be accepted." 




Thursday, October 18, 2012

Pregnancy Diary: Third Trimester

Just last week I made it to my last trimester of pregnancy. I am now in the home stretch! So far it has been everything that the pregnancy websites, apps, and books say. Usually in the third trimester aches and pains become worse, fatigue comes back from the first trimester, and new problems pop up as well. These are all true. My feet feel as if they are about to pop, my back is killing me and my poor tummy feels like it has reached its limit for stretching. Sometimes I even feel like baby doesn't have enough room at all to move around anymore. I keep thinking to myself, "Only 10 more weeks". Maybe even shorter/longer than that. Im ready but I'm not ready. I have nothing prepared yet, not even her room. But I just cannot wait until my little angel gets here. :)


Love you guys!
-Kortney 

"Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life." 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Gift Ideas for the Balanced Libra Woman (Happy Birthday Chelsea!)

Happy Birthday Libras!!! You all are so special and sexy in your own way ;) A few things about Libra women that I have personally experienced is that they are very social and very romantic. But one thing that everyone should know about Libras is that some are balanced and some are not.... Fortunately for me, I know and have became friends with only balanced ones and have only come across a few unbalanced ones. The balanced Libra woman is usually very social but not too social to the point where its annoying (like one other unbalanced Libra I have came across). Libra women in general love all things beauty and/or fashion. Venus rules them; most Libras are beautiful anyway; and their ruling body part is their ass. How much sexier can you get?? Therefore, buying a gift for a Libra woman is a great task. They tend to only want the finer things in life.

What a Libra Woman Might Like

Photo frames that look expensive or handmade
Perfume
Anything aromatherapy
Bath salts or any kind of bath time set
Interesting books
Romantic books
Exotic treasures

The Libra woman I know and have become best friends with is Chelsea Rayna. If she isn't the most balanced Libra there is then I don't know who is. She is always so calm and relaxed about everything and so very elegant (If you haven't noticed by now I have been inspired to use my elegant words/speech this entire blog by her). So for her birthday this past weekend, she did what any elegant and balanced Libra would do. She had a very very very fancy tea party. Feminine? Of course. The only male there was her sweet and caring Pisces boyfriend. What else would you expect of a Libra? A social gathering where people can talk and have fun but stay "balanced". I thank her mother and father for making the delicious sandwiches and tea. Oh. And also for making special tea for me that is safe for pregnant women. ;D Great Job!

The gift I got her was a wine glass with the word "SEXY" engraved on it. She of course loved it :D
I had the best time ever at her tea party. 
Happy Birthday to ALL Libras! 
And Happy Birthday Chelsea!

Love you sweeties!
-Kortney

"Beauty is only skin deep. I think what's really important is finding a balance of mind, body and spirit." ~ Jennifer Lopez


Friday, October 12, 2012

Pictures Pictures and Baby Update

Last week I took my maternity pics! I had so much fun! Even though some places had a little too much grass (it makes me itchy), bugs, and I stepped in an ant pile......It was a very amazing time. Baby was moving too! I think she knew that we were getting our picture taken so she wanted to pose also :) Thanks to my amazing photographer Jackie Marie Brown. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter @jbphotographer to see more of her amazing stuff. Keep in mind these are only a few.


Well yesterday I also had more pictures taken, but this time it was Senior Pictures. Very untraditional of course. :P Oh how I miss modeling so much. These photos were taken at One Last Marble in Uptown Dallas but Alexis was taking extra photos on the side ;)


BABY UPDATE!
I have finally made it to my 3rd trimester! I will be 29 weeks tomorrow. The baby shower is quickly approaching and I still have SOO much left to do. I have decided to probably change her name. Too many people mispronounce Nala. I have no idea why. But thats going to bother me so I am no longer revealing her name until she is born. Lately pregnancy stresses have gotten the best of me. I have found myself crying more than usual, can't get any sleep, and dealing with the single mom syndrome. But now I have finally made myself happy again and my focus is just my baby, me, and finishing school. Of course the worries will always come but sometimes you just have to go through them because there is always something special in the end.

Patiently Waiting,
-Kortney

"The moment you are ready to quit, is usually the moment right before the miracle happens. Don't give up." 


Friday, October 5, 2012

A Nice Long Bubble Bath!

AH! The things we do to our bodies as humans. We stress it out so much and most of the time don't even realize it. This past week has been extremely crazy for me. I've been so busy with school, baby shower stuff, making up work, doctors appointments, getting ready for baby, and doing things around the house. I have been absolutely tired.
Well this is probably the shortest blog I have ever written, but oh well. Haha. I'm tired. But as I have kept my promise I will continue blogging. I'm just on break. :P
I'm gonna go take a nice long hot (not too hot), bubble bath.

See ya!
-Kortney

" I restore myself when I'm alone." ~ Marilyn Monroe