LETTING GO // with ThirdLove

If you’ve been following me for awhile this year, then you know that I’ve opened up about anxiety and depression a lot. Opening up about these things may be uncomfortable for some, but for me… it has helped me cope tremendously.

This Summer I have started spending more time outside, mainly because of the kids. By doing this, I’ve realized how grounding it is for me.

TRAVEL // Highlands, NC - Toyota Camry: There for Life 

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It’s Summer. If you’re like me, you have big hopes and dreams every year for having the best summer ever. Hopes and dreams of traveling and making memories with our families, sure...but what about the stress that comes with traveling?! Forget about it. There shall be NO SUCH THING!! Right?! Wishful thinking…

But on top of these unattainable goals we give ourselves, we scroll our feeds and often see people we may or may not know on lavish family vacations, seemingly having the time of their lives. 

THE BEAUTY OF GETTING UNCOMFORTABLE

BIKINI TOP $4 | BOTTOMS $4

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Taking these photos wasn’t easy. I had to climb into a rocky river, knowing I’m not as strong as I used to be and knowing that I could easily slip and fall at any moment.

On top of that, I was wearing a two piece swimsuit which is never actually as easy as it looks. To be honest, two piece swimsuits are usually more comfortable for me because finding a one piece that fits my torso right is near impossible. But I am always a little more self conscious.

TRUE LIFE // surviving baby months 4-7

BABY MONITOR | WALLPAPER | SIGN | CRIB CANOPY

If you follow me closely, you may have noticed that the struggle was more than real a few months ago. This past Spring was rough and we are finally coming out of it. Pearl went through major sleep regressions and I really struggled with whether or not to sleep train her. I am so attached to her like any mother is to her child, but I also have just been trying to soak up every possible moment with her because I know she is likely my last baby. So for a while there… we co-slept a lot.

MENTAL HEALTH // what my self-care looks like these days

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I think generally speaking, when you live in a negative headspace everything in your life is harder than it should be. I’m figuring out that the hate I subconsciously have felt throughout my whole life towards myself and how my body looked has translated in so many ways, including my own self care. 

POOL PARTIES // NOT JUST FOR SKINNY BABES

BIKINI TOP | BOTTOMS | ONE PIECE

If your body type is characterized as being skinny, I love you just as much as I love my big girls. This message is for everyone, but especially those who have been so highly underrepresented in the media.

I grew up skipping pool parties, or agreeing to go to them but conveniently “forgetting” my swimsuit. I’d go on vacation with friends and would refuse to get in the hot tub. I’d stick my feet in and chat instead of letting myself just live my life. Sound familiar?

WHY.

WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY.

JUNE Q&A // strapless bras, workout wear, intimacy (gasp!) +MORE

This month, I’m dishing about our personal life, undergarments/bras, our living situation and SO much more - this is a compilation of FAQ’s via email and Instagram!

Q: What is the best strapless bra for a plus size woman?

A: I personally love this Wacoal one. I have worn it for YEARS and used to buy it for clients/actresses as well. It gives you great support and the shape of the cup is perfect. I cannot stand when the cup of a strapless bra looks pointy!!! Like, what’s the deal with that anyway? Ha! It comes in a large variety of sizes.

#EveryBodyIsBeautiful // THE AFFORDABLE PLUS SIZE BASICS YOU'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR

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TOP | LEGGINGS | SHOES

I can talk all day about fashion… whether it’s out of the box style, high end investment pieces, trends, or the best jeans. But let’s get real for a second. Sometimes - a lot of times - you just need the perfect long tee and leggings combo. I think I’ve found the most magical, comfiest outfit you can run around in or stay at home in (and still feel dressed).

THE ESSENTIAL TUNIC // STYLED 5 WAYS

A few months ago, I came across a NY based brand called See Rose Go. They sent me several of their clothes to wear at NYFW, and I was SO impressed with the quality and versatility. I love them because they are giving plus size babes more options in modern clothing. Today I’m showing you 5 different ways to style their Essential Tunic shirt! This is a special sneak peek of the shirt - it hasn’t officially launched yet!

HOW I'M (trying) TO RAISE CONFIDENT DAUGHTERS

DRESS | SHOES | EMMIE SHOES | PJ DRESS | EMMIE DRESS

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If you’re new around here, you may not know that I have a 3 year old daughter and a 5 month old daughter. And sometimes the fact that I have these daughters frightens me.

HOW GETTING A KING SIZE BED SAVED OUR MARRIAGE // our master bedroom makeover

… Ok, ok, OK. Call me dramatic. We may not have been on the edge of serious marital issues, but having a toddler who doesn’t sleep very well in her bed, plus a newborn baby, plus the chaos of living in a smaller sized home… you can imagine the amount of anxiety and stress we’ve been under. And having a queen size bed CERTAINLY did not help the situation.

Let’s rewind for a minute. Originally, we bought this house as a starter home but, 7 years later and here we are! Last January, Wes and I made the decision to finally commit to living small. We love our neighborhood so much and the schools are great, and with commute times to work and finances it really doesn’t make sense to move anytime soon.

MOM BOD CONFESSION // I HAVE A MAJOR OF FEAR OF TUCKING IN MY SHIRT

JEANS | TOP | JACKET | SHOES| BAG

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No matter how big or how small my body has been, I have never ever EVER been comfortable with my stomach. About 4 years ago, I got into amazing shape before getting pregnant with Emaline and I got semi-comfortable tucking shirts in here and there, but I always had to have a layer to balance out my insecurities. I’m sure you’ve noticed, more and more women are starting to show their tummies off and I ain’t mad about it. I love it. But after having two kids and being 5 months postpartum, I am still definitely not at a place where I’m comfortable showing it off.