August 1, 2014
by christinacoker
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Bumpdate – weeks 27-30

I’ve now hit and passed the beginning of the 3rd trimester, Hello 7 1/2 months of pregnancy! I can’t believe that we only have 10 (or less) weeks to go until mini babe enters our lives. I need to get to shopping. There’s no sign of a newborn about to be present in this house, no diapers, swaddling cloths, newborn night gowns, bottles, nothing!

So do you remember me telling you in my last bumpdate that my mid wife moved and I had to find a new provider; well this past week I met him. A doctor not a midwife, but highly recommended to me by my midwife before she left. I’m very happy  to say that I think he’s awesome! As my midwife told me, he trained and worked with midwives so he’s very natural birth friendly and knowledgable. He even gave me tips on what essential oils he recommends, starting a birth plan and was very open to all my questions and wants for my final labor.

Mini babe is looking right on track. Low and in the head down position with heart beat sounding strong. I’m starting to feel the pressure in my hips and I swear that my belly is growing about half an inch a week. I’m now 34″ around, which is 2″ up from last month. Ugh, how much bigger can I get?! I told you that I don’t own a scale or keep track of my weight but that didn’t stop my heart from dropping when I was told that I’ve gained 30 pds. so far this pregnancy! That’s a big chunk of weight and usually the total (if not more) of my pregnancy weight gain and I still have 2 1/2 months to go. “Right where we want you,” the Dr. said, but that’s not putting my mind at ease about it.

Besides the rib kicks that have begun, one not so pleasant pregnancy side effect that’s recently started is acid reflux. The only other time I’ve experienced this in my life is when I was pregnant with mini queen. Sign that this one’s another girl?

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July 31, 2014
by christinacoker
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If you follow along with Champagne Taste you know that I’m somewhat of a nail polish lover. With the midweek mani’s that I feature every Wednesday (see yesterday’s here) I have to keep a fresh supply of colors coming in. One way that I do that is with my monthly Julep Maven Subscription. I first signed up for Julep about a year ago when I stumbled onto one of their FREE nail color coupons and I’ve been a steady customer ever since. This monthly polish and beauty product subscription box is fully customizable to you. Polish only, beauty products only, or a mix of both and unlike some subscription boxes, these aren’t samples, they’re FULL SIZED PRODUCTS!

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July 30, 2014
by christinacoker
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Mid week mani

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We all have them, those moments where you look into your closet and think “I have nothing to wear!” Well, that was me this week with my polishes. Nothing was 100% appealing to me but thanks to the monthly delivery of my Julep Maven Box I have plenty of polish options to choose from. I finally settled on these 2 Julep shades in Evelyn and Mila.

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July 29, 2014
by christinacoker
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Local spotlight: HEB’s Oaks Crossing

When my family and I were invited out to the new HEB restaurant, Oaks Crossing, we were interested to see what this famous grocery chain’s interpretation would be.

To start with, the decor is simple and clean but warm. On top of an open kitchen dining room and bar area there’s an outdoor patio complete with a “stage” for live music and green space for your minis to run around on.

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The menu offers a wide variety, from their house special 13 hour smoked meats, to tacos, burgers, pizzas, pastas + a kids menu.  After ordering from a cashier, much like at a fast food place, you can sit and relax as you wait for your food to be delivered to you.  We chose the charcuterie plate (simply 3 offerings of salami’s) a cheese plate (yummy varieties, mini man and I ate the whole thing) beef & brie sliders (hubby said they were great) fish & chips tacos (a little on the plain side) and a kids brisket sandwich (mini monster ate it all & hubby said the brisket was smoked wonderfully).

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Oaks Crossing seems to be establishing itself as more than just a pit stop to grab a snack before or after your grocery shopping trip, offering things like happy hour bar and food specials, tv’s inside and out (I heard they were packed for the World Cup) live music every Friday and Saturday and even Sunday brunch.

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Have you stopped by Oaks Crossing yet? What was your experience?

July 26, 2014
by christinacoker
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Jake & Sophia at Kohls #MagicAtPlay

 *I participated in an ambassador program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl’s. I received Kohl’s gift cards and sample pieces to facilitate my posts and as a thank you for participating

If you’re a parent that watches Sophia The First or Jake and the Neverland Pirates so much that you know the theme songs by heart, then you and your minis will love the latest collaborative collection by Disney, Jumping Beans and Kohl’s!

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“Favorite characters and memories made easy to wear, Disney and Jumping Beans make a magical pair.”

This new line allows your little pirate to embody the fun adventurous feel of Jake or your little royal to feel as sweet and princess-y as Sophia.

Take a peek into a few of the pieces that you can find in store and online at Kohls.com starting today, July 28th.

 

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When mini queen was sent the Princess Sophia tutu sweater dress (top left) she immediately said “ooh, pincess so-p-uh!” (so pronounced in her adorable 2 yr. old voice), anything with ruffles that resembles a tutu and this girl is in!  An extra feature that makes these dresses, skirts and shirts so special is the 3d jewels and textured glitter. Details weren’t skipped here to make your girl feel extra royal.  Any little sparkle lover will want to add these to her closet.  I love that the line features almost sketch like, water color drawings; it makes the pieces seem a lot more whimsical and unique.

The Jake pieces have bright colors and inspire movement with Jake’s action poses and smiling face. They’re definitely made to survive a rambunctious boy’s day of play. Featuring sweatpants, hoodies and long sleeved shirts, these will definitely see you into Fall and Winter.

Both lines are available in toddler sizes as well as girls sizes 4-7 so even your older Jake and Sophia fans can enjoy their favorite characters.

Tell me, do you have a Disney Junior lover? See any of these pieces that they’d just love to have?

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