How I Found Out I was Pregnant

Hey guys! I’m really going to try my best to document my entire pregnancy for you all, just how I did my engagement, wedding planning and the first few months of marriage.

So if you don’t know by now, I’m expecting! I’m 16 weeks and feeling like a burst of energy these days. This wasn’t always the case. The first 12 weeks were long and exhausting! So how did I know I was pregnant …

As cliche as it sounds, I knew something was ‘different’ about my body. The first signs that I noticed was my unexplainable exhaustion. No really! I had never been so tired consecutively in my life. Around the beginning of February, I found myself sleeping from 8pm until 8am the next morning, and I would even have to sneak out of my job to take a nap in the car. It was that bad! I was EXHAUSTED. On the weekends I could easily wake up at 12 noon and still take 2 naps in one day. I’ve never slept so much in my life.

The second thing that startled me was I just felt unsettled and not like my usual self. My body felt heavier than normal, I felt bloated, almost like I had period-like symptoms but it wasn’t quite time for my cycle just yet. So I basically blamed it on PMS, when it was actually implantation of our little bean happening in my womb.

If that wasn’t enough to alert me, it’s as simple as… I just knew! I’ve always been really in sync with my body. I know or can predict when things are about to happen, my cycle is very normal, so I just felt it, honestly. As a matter of fact, when I took my first test and calculated my prediction of a due date, I was literally 3 DAYS OFF from what my doctor predicted at my first ultrasound. She was even shocked to see how close I was able to get to the due date.

It feels like just yesterday I found out I was pregnant. It all happened during Valentine’s Weekend. After being exhausted the entire week of V-day, I decided to take a pregnancy test. Why? Well because my sister kept poking fun at me, suggesting that I was probably pregnant due to my new hobby of marathon sleeping. I finally gave in an peed on a stick the Saturday morning before my husband came back in town. Sure enough (NOT EXPECTING THIS BY THE WAY) … there were TWO positive lines on the test. It was 8am, I vividly remember. I screamed and boo hoo cried like a baby. I’ve never felt so many emotions in my life. My entire life flashed before my eyes. I called my sister immediately sobbing on the phone (I’m sure she thought someone was trying to harm me). We were both crying on the phone by now! She was excited and overjoyed, I was … shocked, scared, nervous, overwhelmed, slightly excited, terrified, unsure, a little joyous, did I say shocked?!

Honestly, I couldn’t believe I could get pregnant so easily. We weren’t trying, but we weren’t preventing either. For some reason I just assumed with me being 30, and having never been pregnant before, I would actually have to “try” to conceive. Well … Gods Plans are better than mine because here we are today with a strong heart beat and a healthy baby growing in my womb.

From there I planned the surprise of telling HD, and the rest of our immediate family. I’ll have to share all of the cute videos of how it went down for you all. It was MAGICAL.

I’ll be sharing the details on my first trimester with you really soon, I can’t wait to take this journey with you all. Thank you so much for all of your love and support.

Xx, Triena

Spring Transition With Loft

As you guys know, I recently shared that I am expecting. So for the past few weeks (or my entire first trimester), I haven’t been feeling like myself lately. I’ve been extremely tired and struggling to even look decent these days so all of my final moments of winter were pretty homely looking.

Transitioning to spring and to my second trimester I got a glimpse of the old me! I’ve finally gotten back in a steady groove and I’m starting to feel more and more like myself everyday. With the warmer temps hitting ATL, I thought it was time to bring out some Spring Style.

Some people find it hard to transition their wardrobe from Winter to Spring. So I’ve come up with an easy method for the most seamless transition and that’s by doing warmer colors like blacks, nudes, dark blues, while adding a pop of Spring like florals.

This Flower Branch Jumpsuit from Loft is the best example of Spring Transition. The dark palette from the black, with pops of spring colors with the floral; it will easily take your wardrobe up a notch for warmer months. I layered it with a white blouse to make it office friendly, but over the weekend I will totally be wearing this number with bare arms!

To shop this look click HERE

And do tell, how you plan to transition to Spring.

*This post is in collaboration with Loft, all opinions are my own.

4 Changes I’m Making This Spring

Spring has sprung y’all and my life is in literally moving at lightening speed. I can’t believe it’s nearly April! I had to do a quick check-in to see how everyone was doing. How are your goals? I hope you’re killing them! Me personally, I’m easing into my goals one step at a time.

There are a few things that I plan to do differently this season, and I thought I’d share them with you:

  1. Reward myself a bit more. I find myself working really hard to reach my goals, and then once I reach them I never even acknowledge the moment. I just move on to the next goal on my list.
  2. Be a little more active. HD and I have really changed our lifestyle for the better. We are laying low on meat, increasing our veggie intake, and I have completely stopped drinking sodas (YAYYY!) Y’all this is a big deal for me. I’ve been drinking at least 3 sodas a day since childhood. Now that we’ve gotten in the groove of making healthier decisions, I want to make sure I’m a bit more active. We’ve decided to be active for 1-hour a day to get things in motion. Nothing major, just power walks and maybe a little beginners yoga. So wish us luck!
  3. Save more than I spend. I know I’ve mentioned this before but, I’ve avidly attempting to save more than I spend. That means if I blow $200 a weekend on eating out and enjoying life then I better be putting $300 in savings!
  4. Enjoy the sun! This sounds pretty generic but, I don’t get enough vitamin D. Sometimes I find myself getting seasonally depressed because I haven’t been exposed to sunlight. Even if it’s just taking a stroll outside between conference calls, I owe it to myself to soak up some sun!

Do you have any goals for this spring? Make sure you share them with me. I may add them to my spring list, too!

5 Things I Plan To Do Differently In 2019

First off, Happy New Year!!! Everything is always a blur for me –ringing in the new year, mainly because it’s also my anniversary so I’m usually unplugged and sharing the moment with my husband.

But generally, always take some time during these last few days of the year to reflect on my the year that I’ve had, and how pleased I was with it. I also take that time to come up with long term goals and intentions for what’s ahead. Instead of a resolution, let’s work on a plan. If you haven’t already come up with a plan for your year, maybe mine will inspire you. Here are 5 things I plan to do differently this year.

  1. Take Time Off. I can honestly say I’ve never taken any time off from working. Over the past few years I’ve developed a “no days off” mentality and that’s just dangerous. Even God rested. It got so bad that I’ve even worked on extremely important days like my birthday, the day before my wedding, and I even snuck in an email or two during my honeymoon. It actually hurts me to even type that. I’m learning to close the MacBook, and turn my phone on sleep mode. I must take time off this year.
  2. Set A New Bottom Number. In 2017 I was able to develop a good budget and spending habit towards the end of the year. This year, I want to do more. I’ve decided I’m no longer letting my bank account get to $0. I’m setting a new 0. So I will cut off my spending once I hit $300 in my account. Why? Because I refuse to be broke, ever again.
  3. Create A Better Morning & Night Routine. Lately I’ve only been waking up in enough time to get ready and head out of the door for work; and at night, I work until it’s time for bed usually. I want to change that. I would like to wake up early enough to simply be present, get focused, enjoy a cup of coffee and some form of protein and not feel rushed. At night I want to cut off all work by 8pm, so that I can enjoy down time with my husband, then relax before bed. This is a major deal for me this year.
  4. Make Monthly Investments. I’ve been doing my research on smart investments. For years I was anxious about them because I didn’t understand the language and I simply thought I didn’t have enough money to “front” an investment. After learning more, I’ve discovered that you don’t really need a lot of money to make smart investments. Instead you just need consistent money. This year I plan to put any extra money I have at the end of the month aside for investment purposes, stocks, accounts with great interest, etc. This shouldn’t be too hard, because I would normally spend that money on shoes anyway lol.
  5. Check In On My Loved Ones. The sad part about this is, I’m typically really good at keeping in touch –but towards the end of 2018 I noticed I became less and less available to my friends. Partially because I started my dream job and had to adjust my life to a structured 9-5. But also because I just didn’t put forth the extra effort. I plan to check in more. A simple call, even a card to share that I’m thinking of someone. We all have to do better with checking in.

What are some things you want to change in 2019? I plan to follow up with this in June, to make sure we are all on track with our 2019 goals!

Epic Last-Minute Gifts with Sephora inside JCPenney

I must say, I’m an over-achiever when it comes to gift-giving. I’ve always managed to wrap my holiday gift shopping well before the 15thof December. But for you busy-bodies who don’t have enough time to get those gifts scratched off of your shopping list, Sephora inside JCPenney has the absolute best last-minute gifts for you and your favorite beauty lovers. I specifically love these gifts because they don’t require a lot of thought, and the level of excitement you’ll receive when that gift is open is one-of-a-kind! 

Here are a few of my all-time favorite gifts:

For The Glow-Obsessed Girl: 

Sephora inside JCPenney has the best mini sets, like the Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Bomb Baby Mini Lip and Face Set. At just over 20 dollars, you’ll receive the biggest bang for your buck with the must-have set of Fenty’s most coveted highlight featuring the Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Hu$tla Baby and the Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow. This gift will have you as the life of any holiday and New Year’s party!

For The Skin-Focused Girl:

There’s no way to have a perfect pout without nurturing those puckered lips. BITE Beauty Sweet Treats Agave Lip Care Set will set the standard for your holiday lip sleigh (slay). It’s Champagne scented kit includes a lip scrub, mask, and balm to ensure moisturized lips all season long. 

For The Lippie Queen:

You can’t welcome the holidays without fabulous lip colors! What beauty queen wouldn’t want a set of Sephora Collection Lip Potions Mini Cream Lip Stains. In colors like Crimson Crush, Always Red, Pink Tea, and Sweet Raspberry,there’s a color to match your every mood. 

For Your Beauty Splurge: 

I’ve always loved splurging on beauty products but never really enjoyed putting out the extra cash. I’m sure there are other beauty queens that feel the same way as I do. That’s an even better reason to splurge on your special someone and gift them with bareMinerals’ Stardust EditionDeluxe Mineral Veil Finishing Powder. It’s feather-like soft consistency leaves your makeup and skin feeling like it was airbrushed on. It’s light-weight consistency makes every day wear enjoyable. A girl can only dream of having a flawless finish like Stardust! 

The best part of this is, every single gift except the splurge gift of the bareMinerals Stardust Deluxe Mineral Veil finishing powder is under $25! It’s a perfect way to gift your favorite co-worker, your in-law, or even a stocking stuffer for your beauty-loving sister! If you’re looking to find a Sephora inside JCPenney, use our location tracker HERE.

This post was made in collaboration with Sephora inside JCPenney, all thoughts and opinions are my own. #SephoraInJCP


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