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XTREME XPERIENCE: THE ULTIMATE GIFT FOR THE ADRENALINE JUNKIE

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Ever dreamed (or in my case, have a husband that has always dreamed) of driving a beautiful, exotic car 90+mph on a racetrack? Xtreme Xperience is definitely for you. I surprised Ben with an early birthday present (He's turning 30 so it had to be big) of driving the car of his dreams on the track at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Ben had the BEST time and I even got to join in on the fun.

We arrived at the track and got all checked in with the friendly and helpful Xtreme Xperience team. They then sent us over to a quick 30 minute introduction and safety course. It was great to learn about these cars specifically and how they handle compared to regular cars on the road. We also learned a lot about the track to get a better understanding of the specific route we would be driving. After the class we headed straight to gear up for our drive!

Due to nerves, I opted to ride alongside one of the professional drivers instead of driving the car on my own. In my opinion, this was PERFECT for me, because I went SO much faster than I would have ever gone on my own and it was such a blast. I literally felt like I was on a roller coaster and it was so much fun. We drove the Porsche 911 GT3 and I am trying to convince Ben to get me my own one day (dreams are always good to have, right?).

Ben, the tough guy that he is, drove the Audi R8 V10 and loved every second of it! When you drive the car, you are alongside a professional driver who coaches you through the course. They are there to encourage you to go push it on the straight aways (you can go as fast as you want) and also there for safety incase something were to go wrong. I loved this because I knew Ben was safe the whole time he drove. He said it was crazy to be driving the car of his dreams on the Charlotte Motor Speedway track. Race car driver in the making?

I cannot recommend Xtreme Xperience enough! If you are looking for the perfect gift for the adrenaline junkie or person in your life who has always wanted to drive an exotic car, look no further than Xtreme Xperience! Father's Day is just around the corner and it would be the GREATEST gift for any day! Head here to check out their tour locations and dates to find the closest track to you. Ben Perdue, I'm thinking a trip to Seattle for the September 28-30 event might be in our future!

 
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This post is in collaboration with Xtreme Xperience but all opinions are my own

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WE'RE HAVING A BABY + 1ST TRIMESTER BUMPDATE

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Still feels surreal to type this, but WE'RE HAVING A BABY! I guess the best place to start would be back at the beginning (FYI, I am currently 16 weeks). We were living in Seattle and getting ready to move home to NC. A lot of people think we moved home due to the baby, but we were actually already planning on returning to NC. Seattle was always temporary for us, and we knew we wanted to raise our family in NC.

Back to the story. I actually flew back out to Seattle after being home in NC for Christmas to help Ben finish packing (he had returned home a few days earlier).  Ben and his Dad were making the drive with all of our stuff across country to NC, so I wanted to be there to at least help pack. We ended up finding out we were pregnant my first day in Seattle and it was such a special moment for the two of us. I started feeling super nauseous on the pane ride after not eating a good breakfast. I just knew something felt off. The moment we landed I told Ben he had to take me straight to eat and that I thought I was pregnant (you can imagine his shock). We ate a quick lunch and walked over to CVS to grab a few pregnancy tests. I immediately took the test when I got home but set it down to wait before looking at it. I decided I would quickly call my mom to let her know I arrived safely which you can imagine turned into a 10 minute conversation. Ben, impatient as he is, decided to look at the test while I was on the phone and was practically pacing the apartment waiting for me to get off. I finally got off the phone and was like "well what does it say?" I looked at the test and saw the words "PREGNANT" clear as day. We were both so overwhelmed with excitement and happiness and also fear! It seemed like the perfect way to end an amazing chapter and an even better start to a new chapter.

Let's just say that pregnancy is definitely a lot harder than I thought it would be. Not because I've been super sick or have had morning sickness or anything (so lucky to have missed that), but mostly because I just havent felt like myself. I experienced so much change all at once that it was slightly overwhelming. I am a girl who thrives on routine and when you're pregnant, routine just doesn't happen. I would wake up every day telling myself that I was going to accomplish all of these different things, but then I would get SO tired and end up spending most of the day on the couch. Also, every thing that I used to enjoy food wise( mainly healthy things...meat and vegetables), I despised! I only wanted to eat carbs and more carbs. I attempted to workout but just did not have the energy and my boobs tripled in size. Yes, you read that right! This might be the worst thing for me at the moment because they are just SO uncomfortable, and I am not sure how they could possibly get any bigger (although I know they will once I start breastfeeding). 

I quickly learned all about being pregnant and that the first trimester is just hard! I finally accepted that I was growing a baby, and I was going to be tired so I just needed to rest. For once in my life, I ate what I wanted to without worrying about it and just enjoyed being pregnant. I will say that I had to definitely cut back a little after learning about my quick weight gain, but I now try and just do everything in moderation. The second trimester has been SO much better and I want to start doing more updates with you guys about that.

You guys are such a big part of my life and it was so fun to finally share the big news on social media. Each and every one of your sweet comments means the world to me!

AVERSIONS: Meat(mostly chicken), vegetables (basically anything healthy), coffee

CRAVINGS: Egg and cheese biscuits and Velveeta mac n cheese are my weaknesses right now! 

WEIGHT GAIN: 7 lbs

CLOTHING: Basically none of my shirts fit due to my large boobs, So i tend to wear flowy and comfortable dresses. I finally bit the bullet and bough a cheap pair of maternity jeans from Target because the unbutton thing was just annoying to me. The pants don't fit right and always fall down but its better than being squeezed into my old jeans. I also wear the Lulu Lemon Align pants when I am at home. They are SO comfy!

We find out the gender of our sweet little babe in just over a week, and I cannot wait!!! Stay tuned for the announcement.

A couple of outtakes because pregnancy ain't always so pretty, y'all!

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SPRING OUTFIT

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GINGHAM TOP: MINKPINK (C/O) | OVERALLS: ABERCROMBIE | WEDGES: MARC FISHER (C/O) | BLUSH BACKPACK: RADLEY (C/O)

I AM FINALLY BACK WITH ANOTHER BLOG POST! I am so sorry for the long hiatus on the blog, but it really has been hard to get back in the swing of things after the pregnancy craziness. Make sure and check back tomorrow because I will have my first pregnancy update for you guys. I am so pumped to share all the pregnancy details with you (the good, the bad and the ugly)!

I have always loved a good pair of overalls or shortalls in this case, and I knew they would be the perfect look for my growing bump. This pair from Abercrombie is seriously the best! They are SO comfortable and still give me room for when my stomach gets bigger. I sized up to a medium from my normal small for size reference. They will be perfect for Spring and Summer and are currently on sale for $39 and also come in white!

How amazing is my new blush backpack from Radley London? I have been SO into backpacks lately and just find them super convenient and easy to carry everything. This particular style is perfect for all of my Spring looks and is made from the softest leather. It is such great quality and is definitely worth the splurge if you are looking for a great Spring bag. I seriously cannot say enough good things and have been carrying mine every day.

SHOP THE LOOK:

 
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This post is in partnership with Radley London, but all opinion are my own

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CLARINS SOS PRIMERS

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CLARINS UNIVERSAL LIGHT PRIMER | PEACH PRIMER

As temperatures have started to rise and we've been seeing an increased amount of sunshine, I have had this sudden urge to step up my beauty game. Skincare is always important, but it seems especially important in the months leading up to summer so that you can enjoy your best skin without having to cake on tons of makeup. I have fallen in love with a product that has helped elevate my beauty routine and I am SO excited to share it with you. The Clarins SOS primers have become a staple in my beauty bag and something I reach for every morning.

I have tried both the Universal Light Primer and the Peach Primer, and I am big fans of both. I love mixing the Universal Light Primer with my foundation on days when I need a little more coverage. It gives me the coverage I desire but also gives me that glow that I am always looking for. My skin stays hydrated and fresh throughout the day. On days when I want to wear less makeup, I start with the Peach Primer which helps to blur imperfections. It is seriously amazing and gives my skin an even finish and covers any dark spots or blemishes I may have. I then finish my skin with a little powder and bronzer, and I am good to go!

 
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*This post is in collaboration with Clarins, but all thoughts and opinions are my own*

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