Ultimate Blog Party 2014

Ultimate Blog Party 2014

I'm really cutting it close here!  I've known about the #UBP14 for a long time coming but ever since I had my second child, blogging has been the farthest from my mind (well not really, just haven't found the time!)

Anywho, I've jumped in on this party for the last couple of years.  It's too fun to pass up.. and I've stumbled on to some blogs that I love to follow and have gained some lovely new followers along the way.
Thanks for hosting 5MinutesforMom!

I would like to make my introduction short and sweet since my little two week old love bug will probably wake up any second!

First off, thank you for stopping by.  I started my blog, The Backwards Bride in October of 2011 to document my Hubs and I's upcoming 2012 wedding.  The name describes me well:  Child first, marriage later.  

How do I describe myself?
○ Mommy of (now two!)
○ Wifey
○ Lifestyle/Mommy Blogger
○ Dining Manager at a private Country Club
○ Lover of coffee and wine (when I can have it!)
○ Runner
○ Thirty-One Consultant

I like to blog about my life, recipes and my thrifty findings.

... of course I wouldn't say Goodbye without showing off our newest addition...

After wanting another baby for so long, we finally got her!
Meet little Miss Lilyana.
The late nights and no sleep are worth (though sometimes I cry over it...)  It's all worth it.

If you're stopping by from the Blog Party, don't be a stranger!
Leave me a comment so I can stop by and check you out.

♥And then they were four♥



WEEK: 35... home stretch!

WEIGHT GAIN: 30-35 pounds total

STRETCH MARKS: A couple marks on my lower belly... I hope they disappear!

BELLY BUTTON: Holding strong innie

LABOR SIGNS: No contractions.  Though I did have a little scare on Sunday, just feeling sick and a little light headed.

LINEA NIGRA:  It FINALLY came a couple weeks ago!

GENDER: Another beautiful female soon to be in our household.

SLEEP: Definitely interrupted sleep with having to go to the bathroom once or twice a night.  I'm taking more naps especially when I get home from work and don't have to work the next day.

NURSERY UPDATE: It's finally coming along.  We've made space in my bedroom and moved the office in there.. Now just need to get the nursery cleaned up and get all the things out of the closet and into the addict.  Also need the Hubs to get up in the attic to find baby clothes we used for Briana. Excited!

FEELING... like poop most days but I try to keep smiling.

MATERNITY CLOTHES: Still fit and refuse to buy anything else!  I live in my moccasins.  Check out these ugly cankles!

BEST MOMENT OF THIS WEEK: Nothing yet.  But the baby shower is on Saturday!

MISS ANYTHING:  Spicy food and seeing my feet.

FOOD CRAVINGS:  Nothing unusual.

ANYTHING MAKING YOU QUEASY OR SICK: No just some pains here and there and lots of feeling uncomfortable.  

WEDDING RINGS ON OR OFF: Off and hanging on my necklace

HAPPY OR MOODY MOST OF THE TIME: In between the two HAHA! Hormones are-a raging.

LOOKING FORWARD TO: Baby girl's baby shower on Saturday and less than 30 days until we get to meet her!
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Book Review: Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover

I just finished reading Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover!

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love comes with conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.

When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Daniel soon realizes the way he pretended to feel about Cinderella and the way he really feels about Six may not be so different after all. Especially when the two loves of his life end up being one in the same.

Unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.

Oh.  My.  So in love with this book!  It was short and sweet... I could have read it in one sitting if I had the time.  Beautifully written.  I laughed, got the goosies and almost cried at one point.  Colleen Hoover made it so easy to fall in love with all of the characters.  I really hope she comes out with more to the story, because there totally could have been more and I would love to see how they end up.  

This book can be read as a standalone, but it stems off from the books Hopeless and Losing Hope.  Daniel and Six are Holder and Sky's best friends.

The ending ended great and I have no complaints!
I may have rated it four stars on Goodreads.. but I'm changing my mind to 5.


You know what else is pretty amazing about this book?
IT'S FREE... for Kindle.


Dear Younger Self..

10 years ago, I was 18.  A very lost eighteen year old.  I thought I was a grown ass woman and knew it all.  I was very broken and rebellious.  My life wasn't going anywhere and at times, very dark.  My life spiraled out of control from ages fifteen to twenty-one but that's besides the point.  Ten years later, I'm not perfect but I have my shit together for the most part and I'm always a work in progress.  If I was standing next to my 18-year-old self, I would not only want to beat the crap out of her... I would want to cry and hold her.  Here are some things I would say:

○ You get better looking with age! ☺

○ Your father disowned you because he's a wacko and it's not your fault.  Get your ass up and do something with your life.

○ Time heals.  It REALLY does... i'm proof!

○ Walk away from the older people that you think are your friends, they're just a bad influence on you and you will fall into a world full of hurt.

○ SLOW DOWN.  Don't try to rush life.

○ Yep.  Drugs & Alcohol are bad especially if you're doing crazy shit before you're even twenty one!

○ You are worth it.

○ There are men out there that are worth dating... and eventually marrying. 

○ Be carefree, not careless.

○ Don't take yourself too seriously.

○ Stand up for yourself.

○ Don't drink and drive... you'll get in loads of trouble and will spend thousands of dollars that you'll never see again and will have to answer and ask permission from law makers.  NOT WORTH THE PAIN.

○This too shall pass.

○ Take loads of pictures.

○ You will live past the age of 25 even after all the crazy things you've done.

○ "I will never have kids."  Yes you will.
Believe it or not, this is one of your biggest purposes in your life.

○ He'll never change.  Don't go back to him either!  Let him go.

○ Don't base your self-worth on a man and don't make him your first priority.

○ Trust your gut.

○ People will walk in and out of your life in an instant... don't be so upset.  That's life.

○ When the going get's tough... sometimes no one is there.  It's going to hurt bad and you're going to feel so alone.. but time really does heal and you'll find better friends.  It will make you stronger.

○ Laugh.  All the time.

○ Shots make you do bad things. (Like I said, still a work in progress!)

○ You will grow a butt if you work out!

○ Your momma will always be there, be nice to her!

○ Don't let your happiness depend on another person.

○ Each new year is a gift to be enjoyed.

○ College is easier than real life.  You should have gone!

○ You will not be ready to settle down for a looong time.

○ It's not what you know that matters, it's who you know.

○ You will be able to quit smoking.  It may be one of the hardest things you'll ever have to do, but worth it!

○ Some families are distant and sometimes it's better to leave it like that.

○ Try new things.  Strive for something that stretches you.

○ FORGIVE.  And move on.

○ Most importantly, forgive yourself.


Mommy & Me Monday

Mommy and Me Monday at Really, Are You Serious?
Hosted by Krystyn at Really, Are You Serious?
The babe & I had a nice and lazy mommy/daughter day today!
I plan to do these every chance I get on my day's off before the new baby comes.

B was such a lovable little lady today.  ☺
... she played well and was mommy's little helper at the store.  She didn't give me lip at all (which I've had a problem with lately!)  I'm so lucky to have a healthy growing girl.