First Trimester Ti..

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It’s birthday week in the Starbuck household! Tomorrow James will turn one and then the next day Peter will turn two! We will do a little something in the evening on those days and then have a small party Saturday with family and close friends. It is just amazing how fast the time goes! A year ago today I was certain that James had just decided to stay in my womb forever, but he hadn’t even hit his due date yet! I’m just a little impatient when it gets in that home stretch haha. So since I’m taking a walk down memory lane and thinking of my last two pregnancies, I thought I’d share a few things I’ve learned.

Every pregnancy is different and every woman experiences that first trimester a little differently. Some women barely have any symptoms and some women get so sick that they’re in the hospital. For me, my biggest issues are nausea, headaches and fatigue. A few other lovely symptoms are sprinkled in here and there but those are my big three. So like I said, everyone is different but here are a few things that helped through those early months…

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-Peppermint tea: Helps with stomach aches.

-Sparkling water: Helps with stomach aches and ESPECIALLY nausea. I know some women reach for the ginger ale but the sugar gives me heart burn. So I’d rather not solve one problem only to get another haha.

-Minty gum: Soooooo I get really bad breath that first trimester. I’m always brushing my teeth and chewing on gum.

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-Prenatal Vitamins: As soon as I get that positive test I’m taking prenatal vitamins. I try to continue taking them even after baby is born just because they have so many good things for you. Fun fact, I was totally taking these in college as a multi vitamin. Maybe that’s why I keep getting pregnant now lol. Just kidding. That’s not science.

-Anti-nausea pills: Found these all natural pills at Whole Foods. I didn’t start taking them until 11 weeks so it felt like they were working but I might have just started feeling better since I was getting close to my second trimester. Whole Foods also has anti-nausea wrist bands made for pregnant women and chemo patients. I haven’t tried them personally but I hear that they work pretty well.

-Tums: Helps with bloating grossness and heartburn. But try not to take more than one or two a day because it’s a lot of calcium for your system to absorb. They also have aluminum in them which isn’t great. But when all the other natural heartburn remedies fail me (only sometimes) I give into the Tums. Things like a little shot of half n half or pears work pretty well naturally.

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-Lip Salve/Chapstick: I get soooooo thirsty during pregnancy and my lips always feel chapped. So I keep some sort of chapstick, balm, or salve always handy.

-Bar of soap: For some odd reason the smell of shower gels killlllssss me in the first trimester. I may be the only one who has this problem but anything too strong-smelling (like perfume too) in that first trimester gives me the worst headache. So I usually find a very mild smelling bar of soap. And then I get slightly paranoid thinking about that one episode of Downton Abbey involving a pregnant lady and a bar of soap….

-Chocolate: First trimester I crave a ton of sweets but then they make me nauseous and give me heartburn. SO. I just enjoy a little piece of dark chocolate (all the antioxidants!) and call it even.

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As far as fatigue goes? There really isn’t much help there. A little caffeine will only help so much. I mean, your body is growing a small human! That is a lot of work. Just embrace it and take a nap. (If you can, haha.)

I’d love to hear what works for you! I will still occasionally get a nasty headache so if anyone has any remedies for that during pregnancy send them my way! Happy Monday!

Boring No More: Fr..

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I have always been a water drinker. Drinking water has so many health benefits but it’s often looked over. A hydrated body is a healthy body. Living here in the desert means that I am constantly making sure that the boys and I are hydrated. One of my favorite things to do is add fruit to my water to jazz it up a bit. There is nothing like a hot Arizona afternoon with a cold drink in hand. I recently tried out a ton of fruit combinations for my water and I wanted to share them! Now I use a fruit infuser/ice tea maker but you don’t really need one. You can just stick the fruit in a cold glass of water or add it to giant pitcher. It’s really up to you! My infuser is nice because I can put the fruit in and let it infuse overnight.

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1) Cucumber//Mint

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2) Raspberry//Lime

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3) Mango//Cantaloupe

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4) White Nectarine//Rosemary

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5) Blueberry//Pineapple

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6) Plum//Grapefruit

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7) Peach//Pomegrant

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8) Lemon//Strawberry

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9) Watermelon//Basil

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So these were my favorite combinations but I totally plan on playing around with whatever fresh fruit we have in the house. If you have any other combinations that you love let me know! I am always looking for ways to drink more water! Stay hydrated my friends!

Five Favorites Vol..

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The past few mornings the boys have been awake somewhere between 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. As I try to pull my brain into consciousness, I always promise myself that someday when they are teenagers, I will bust into their room at 5:00 a.m. and tell them this is me getting sweet justice. Oh it’s gonna happen. They’ll hear about all the napping strikes too. “I’m sorry did you want to nap after practice? Too bad. Now go mow the lawn please.”

Mom of the year for surrrreeee.

However there is an upside. Yesterday we ran all our errands before 9:30. It was perfect timing because as soon as we were home a summer monsoon hit. So they boys and I just played in the living room and enjoyed the storm. Then this morning we were able to eat breakfast, make Andrew’s lunch, go for a walk, AND shower (PTL), all before 9:00.

And now I get to share my Five Favorites while they play semi-nicely in their room.

1. Calligraphy 101

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Found a starter calligraphy book that I would love to begin! I think calligraphy is so gorgeous. But honestly, I don’t have the time. Also…I should probably tackle the handwriting book my mom gave me back in christmas 2011. Yeah. My handwriting is just that bad.

2. Hanging Flowers

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Fell absolutely in love with this image. I’ve wanted to do a flower wall for a while now and now I think I’m going to add hanging flowers to the list.

3. Scarves

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Today as I was putting my clothes away in the closet I noticed all my scarves and just for a second I was wishing for cooler weather. But just for a second.

4. Pools and Watermelon

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Then after that brief second of wishing for cooler weather, I remembered everything I love about summer. Two of those things being pool time and fresh watermelon. College football is great but it can’t beat that ^^.

5. Design Love Fest

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This image is from the Design Love Fest Instagram account. I liked the freshness of this photo and the way the pinks and yellows stand out.

So those are my Five Favorites for this week! See you tomorrow!

What I Wore Sunday

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Yes I know it’s Tuesday. Unfortunately yesterday was occupied with laundry, bills, and cranky babies. Just the Monday blues I suppose. It’s hard coming off of such a great weekend. I remember a year ago we were anxiously awaiting the arrival of little baby James. I thought for sure he was coming at least two weeks early. Alas, that was not the case. But once he did arrive it was instantly hard to remember what life was like before he joined our little family.

When I was pregnant with James I was always envisioning life with irish twins. I would lay awake at night and wonder how would I grocery shop, how would I clean, and how on earth would I take a shower?! I let the scenarios in my head take over and I think I missed some important memories with Peter. So while I still lay awake at night and wonder how will I manage three kids in diapers…. I’m making sure that I don’t miss anymore memories.

Sunday was such a nice family day. We went to Mass and then out to breakfast. We actually found a place we had never been before! After breakfast we took the boys to see Daniel Tiger at the UofA bookstore. Peter was a little leery of the giant Daniel but James just couldn’t get enough! Then we grabbed a smoothy and headed home. The boys and I took naps while Andrew went to Life Teen and when he came back, we headed to my parent’s house for dinner.

I know in the blink of an eye I’ll be trying to remember what life was like before three kids. That’s why I’m “trying” to soak up every bit of it. Even the tantrums and late night nursing sessions.

Over the 4th of July weekend I snagged a few sale maternity dresses from ASOS. On Sunday I put on my Blanqi and threw on one of the dresses…

It was actually a very delicious smoothie. Not sure why I look so angry.

Jamba Juice makes me thoughtful. Lol.

Looking at my snow white legs.

Dress//ASOS, Earrings// Target, Shoes//Target

Not an ad for Jamba I swear haha. Though they are delicious and I wish they would deliver to my house. Or at least have a drive thru.

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17 weeks!

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Make sure to check out Fine Linen and Purple for more Sunday outfits.

Well that’s all I got! Time for a second cup of coffee.

Fun Finds

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Ever since I jumped into the blogging world I’ve become obsessed with unique packaging, clever branding, pretty typography, and fresh designs. So when I find that kind of stuff I get super excited and obviously must take all the pictures.

So this little post is just to show off the cute little eclectic finds in a recent bridesmaid present. The bride filled a bag of goodies from her local farmers market and a few other places.

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Loved everything from the lemon drop tea to the mustache tumbler. Really looking forward to those toasted coconut pancakes and enjoying a cup of coffee in my elephant mug.

Happy Thursday friends!

Five Favorites Vol..

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Well it’s official. My Pinterest addiction is back in full swing. For some reason I hadn’t really touched it in several months. Not really sure what the deal was. But don’t worry! I’m back.

I do have to be careful. Sometimes Pinterest leaves me wishing for things I don’t have. After pining stuff for my dream home I start to feel unhappy with the things that I do have. So even though the addiction is back, I’m making sure it doesn’t skew my perspective of what’s really important.

So with that said! Here are my current Five Favorite pins. When I say “current” I mean I just pinned them last night before bed haha.

1) Girl Boss

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2) Headbands

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Anthropologie has some GORGEOUS new headbands out for summer and I want them all.

3) Reading

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How darling is this little space? So cozy. I wish I could just crawl into that picture and read. All. Day. Long. I also really like the hanging pictures. A cute way to display pictures and then swap them out for more current ones.

4) Midsummer Nights Dream

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My all time favorite Shakespeare play is a “Midsummer Nights Dream”. Hands down. No question. “The Tempest” is a close second. Anyway… Found this Midsummer Nights Dream inspired party on Pinterest and almost died. I will throw a party like this one day. We will wear masks, drink wine, and dance around in flower crowns. Andrew can wear the donkey mask hehe.

5) Ice Cream Party

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Found this adorable ice cream party on Pinterest. When I’m pregnant ice cream doesn’t make me double over in pain. It’s a miracle! But a soon as that baby is out my lactose intolerance is back. Weird I know. I’d still love to do a party like this!

You can click on each picture for it’s original source. If you want to follow me on Pinterest you can find my boards here! Also, make sure you check out all the other lovely Five Favorites!

Favorite Places &#..

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When I was in kindergarden we were living here in Tucson while my Dad went to the UofA medical school. We lived in a small house with a tiny backyard. Good thing you don’t need a lot of space to make memories! I have so many good memories from that sweet time as a five year old. Everyday when I came out of kindergarden, my brother Thomas was always ready to greet me. He would run up to me as fast as he could and nearly tackle me to the ground. We would go for long walks in our neighborhood and visit the nearby park often. On the weekends we would enjoy the local eats and then kick the soccer ball around the UofA campus.

One of those places we liked to eat at was Blue Willow restaurant. You can imagine my delight when we returned to Tucson (10 years later) to find that Blue Willow was still around. I continued to make memories at Blue Willow through out college as my team mates and I would go there for breakfast after long (long) Saturday practices. Then the summer I was pregnant with Peter, my friend Kate was working right next to Blue Willow. I would go to visit her and then we’d walk over there for iced coffee and bacon chocolate chip cookies.

Yes. Bacon chocolate chip cookies. Then when I was in the hospital after having Peter she brought be one of those cookies. The cookie of champions.

I still love going to Blue Willow whenever I get that chance. Recently my friend Emma and I met there for breakfast and I decided to take a few pictures to share on the blog.

Basically everything on the menu is delicious but my favorite is their chorizo plate. The staff is kid friendly and didn’t mind at all when most of Peter and James’  food ended up on the floor. They keep your coffee cups full and your water glasses even fuller (I mean it’s Arizona… they have to). They also have both inside and outside seating. Personally, I love siting outside. It still gets a little warm but they are pretty well shaded and they run a few giant fans. They also have an adorable little gift shop attached to the restaurant. They have the most random things but I’d be lying if I said that I’d never found any Christmas presents there…

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James loves bacon. As he should.

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Toast buddies.

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Sadly there were no bacon chocolate chip cookies when we were there.

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But it’s ok because they had an assortment of other delicious treats.

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See? The most random stuff ever. I love it.

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Yes those are socks right next to the greeting cards.

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I just wanted a nice little picture with my boys… However James was clearly not having it and Peter wanted to play in the parking lot… so yeah. I fee like this picture accurately portrays most days with my boys haha.

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So if you’re in Tucson you should totally give Blue Willow a try!

I Know What You..

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I know what you might be thinking.

How do I know? Because about 1 hour after having the positive pregnancy test I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

I couldn’t stop thinking about what you might be thinking. Or what you might be saying.

I know that a lot of people will be happy for us and excited that the Starbucks are having another baby! But sadly, I also know some of you won’t understand. You’ll joke about what goes on in our bedroom and you’ll make wise cracks about what type of birth control we use. You might even take some jabs at the Catholic Church and wonder why we are still living in the “dark ages”. You’ll be dumb-founded as to why people would want kids so close or want more than one or two. You’ll wonder how we can afford another baby. You’ll say “Don’t they want to experience life, take vacations, buy a house, get out of debt before having any more kids?”

Honestly? Most of that is actually none of your business.

However, I am more than willing to clear some things up for you.

Andrew and I use NFP (Natural Family Planning) and it is NOT the rhythm method. The rhythm method does not work and is extremely outdated. Now this post isn’t to get into the specifics of NFP (that’s for another time). I will include some links at the end of the post for you to do a little research. A lot of people will ask what makes NFP different then contraception. In a nut shell? The Church understands that there are serious reasons for postponing pregnancy (i.e. financial situations, health reasons, etc.) but unlike when using contraception, you are still being open to life with NFP. You know that even if you are trying to postpone pregnancy, there is still always a chance that God will bless you with a child. After James, Andrew and I knew that we needed some time to recover financially and I needed sometime to recover physically, spiritually, and mentally.

Then in April God blessed us. I’ll be honest. I was quite shocked when I saw those two little pink lines. I laughed. I laughed one of those like “is this real life?!” laughs. Then I waited for Ashton Kutcher to bust into the bathroom and tell me that I had been punked. Another baby? I just had Irish twins! How am I supposed to do this? But then…I was filled with an overwhelming sense of peace. Would I have liked to have a little more space between James and baby number 3? Sure. But God thinks I can handle 3 kids under 3…so I must be able to. I know that He will give me the grace I need for each new day, just like He does now. Will it be hard? Of course. 1 kid is hard! So is 2, 3, 4 etc! God doesn’t give us more than we can handle.

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It just makes me sad how our culture embraces, or rather, doesn’t embrace a 2nd, or 3rd child (and more after obviously). Why does everyone only get super excited for the first? Why can’t we always be super excited over new life. A new little human is being made! That is so cool. This little human will have it’s own laugh and smile. This little human will be different than everyone else. Doesn’t that deserve a celebration? I heard a mother of seven say that after number three, they just stopped making big announcements because most of the time they were met with nasty comments and negativity. I’ve already received some rude comments from people. People who don’t even know me. People who ask when my husband and I are going to “stop having those things” and then when I say we aren’t planning on it, they reply with “Jesus, that’s just terrible.” Needless to say that comment has haunted me since it left that person’s lips.

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I should’ve been able to just rejoice about the new life within me when I saw those two little lines. Instead, I obsessed over what people would think of me or say about myself and my family. But I’m done with that now. While the nasty comments still hurt, I’m moving past them.

Yesterday afternoon I was on the couch with both my boys asleep in my lap and a gentle thunderstorm rolled in. The TV was off and the house was silent. Then I felt the baby move. I was instantly in tears. The love I felt for my children in that moment was indescribable. All I knew that was that in that moment in time life was perfect. Nothing else mattered. I just sat there and breathed in the heavenly scent of my children and focused on the little flutters in my womb.

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God is so good! And he has blessed us abundantly. There is no perfect time to have a child. There is certainly nothing wrong with trying to be smart about it! It is good to be a responsible adult when it comes to taking care of little humans. But it’s important to understand that there will always be things in life that you’d like to change. This life we are in will never be perfect…and that’s ok! So why not fill it with laughter and sticky fingers? Why not fill it with crayon drawings on the walls and messes so big you can’t see the floor? Why not fill it with first steps and first days of school?

And I know there are many women who are struggling with infertility and would give just about anything to have a baby (or more babies). When people see a married couple without kids we think “What’s wrong with them? Why don’t they have kids? Don’t they want kids? Isn’t that selfish.” And that has to stop too! We don’t know how long they’ve been trying or how badly they want a baby. That’s why I am so grateful for the children God has given me because I have seen family and friends struggle with infertility.

I once heard a mother say “At the end of my life, I’m not going to regret the children I had, I’m going to regret the ones I didn’t have.” Doesn’t matter if it’s your third in just over three years (ahem) or this is the baby you’ve been trying for for three years…Every baby should be loved, cherished and celebrated.

Loved. Cherished. Celebrated.

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1) iusenfp.com

2) Carrots for Michaelmas

3) After the Vows

4) How Is NFP Different from Contraception?

Goins 2 Get Marrie..

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The official hashtag last weekend was #goins2getmarried. Seriously such a brilliant idea for a bride and groom. Then all the social media pics are in one place! Technology gets super annoying sometimes but it also impresses me every now and then.

Since I was in the wedding party I didn’t bother doing any pictures on my camera. I just snapped what I could from my smart phone. My bridesmaid dress had pockets (again!) so I was able to hide my phone in my pocket for some really nice close ups during the ceremony haha.

If you follow me on Instagram then you probably already saw these but I thought I’d put them together for a post anyway. I also included some pictures that my husband took as well. It was such a gorgeous weekend. I am so happy for Krista and Ben!

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Father James was Andrew and I’s spiritual director while we were dating. He finally got to meet the little baby that was named after him!

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First dance….

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No wedding cake. However there were donuts…. It was amazing. Especially since we thought all the chocolate ones were gone and then Andrew hunted one down for me. True love <3

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The next day we hung out at a resort with my family. There was lots of swimming, fruit water, and fancy plates. Some of my favorite things!!

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And then a sibling picture… The Magnificent 7 and one in heaven!

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