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Perdue Party of 3

Perdue Party of 3

This past weekend was one for all of the history books. It’s Friday & I am still recovering & I’m the only one who didn’t even catch a buzz.

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I have never had a bridal shower or an engagement party & my bachelorette was in Miami with my girlfriends who were down there with me for a work event. So with that said, this baby shower was my first adult party that was geared toward myself & our babe. I was overwhelmed with a.) the uncomfortableness of accepting gifts & b.) the abundance of love shown from so many. It’s hard to express how so many of these girls coming together to celebrate Baby P made me feel. It was unbelievably amazing & I am forever grateful.

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I rented a house downtown that slept 10, overlooking Nashville with gorgeous city views. The house was unreal. It was the perfect place to host 45 guests on the top floor & 8 of my closest girlfriends who flew in from all over the US (one being Heather who surprised me from NYC!) who had rooms on the bottom two floors. I gifted the girls who were staying at the house with care packages full of OPI nail polishes for “10 perfect fingers & 10 perfect toes” – hair clips – wine – Ole’ Smoky Moonshine – Ghirardelli chocolates – & a huge thanks to License to Boot for providing each girl with her own new LTB tank top.

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The girls started making their way to Nashville Wednesday of that week. First to arrive after a small Southwest delay (the weekend from hell for some Southwest travelers!) was my sister who, be-tee-dubs, should start her own party planning business. This girl had every “t” crossed & “i” dotted. She rocked it & I am seriously so thankful for her! She was no doubt, the hostess with the friggin mostest! THANK YOU, Jes! I am so lucky to call her my sister!

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How infectious is that smile?! I just die for her!

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We moved into the house on Friday where I had my Norvell Dancing with the Stars spray tan sponsor, the amazing Rebecca, come over for a spray tan party. One by one, the girls stepped into her spray booth looking like Twilight & coming out looking like the Tropics. The cocktails flowed, we ordered in Pei Wei, & all had a hard time avoiding spray tan tear lines from all of the laughing. It was the perfect girl’s night in.

My sister & my momma :)
My sister & my momma 🙂

For Saturday, the day of the shower, I made it my mission to avoid all “Baby Shower” type games. I wanted these women to look forward to this party so we made it just that. I didn’t want anyone to dread having to avoid saying the word “baby” in fear that the small plastic baby they are holding onto would be taken away from them at the whisper of the word.

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Instead, Jes & I stocked the bar fully loaded with Tito’s, Crown, Fiesta Winery Wines (based out of Fredericksburg, Texas, whom sponsored the wine bar – Thank you, Fiesta!), Mich Ultra, mimosas & all the mixers girls could dream of. I finished a “thank you” toast with a strong urge for everyone to #GetWasted & the party was an overwhelming success.

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Once everyone left & the house was back to the original crew, we touched up our makeup, changed our clothes, & headed downtown for a little Saturday night in Nashville. I’d like to say, I made it to about 12:30 at the bar before the drunken stares at the big preg belly started getting a little too awkward.

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I think the last crazy-train-Uber of my girls made it’s way back to the house around 4am. My sister & Heather bringin’ up the rear at the very end of the night. The stories & laughs we had back at the house were incredible.

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I’ve had a total of 9 days of visitors in Nashville & it’s been incredible. Everyone has now returned to their rightful home & I will enjoy a little more down time for the next month as we anxiously await the arrival of the littlest Perdue. Things won’t be so relaxing for much longer so I’m getting it in while I can 😉

JP even made an appearance!
JP even made an appearance!

I can’t thank all of these women who went out of their way to shower Baby P & myself with love enough. I truly don’t feel deserving of what happened this past week. This baby is going to be the most loved & lucky little human out there & I surely feel like a lucky momma, too 🙂

-Jenna

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*All photography by the ridiculously talented Aspen @ Mingo Photography

Outfit details:

Dress – Naked Wardrobe Show Me Some Shoulder Dress – Out of Stock

Shoes – Sam Edelman

Head Piece – Handmade by me 🙂

Necklace – The Stagecoach by Desert Rose

Bump – (my best accessory) in collab with John Perdue 😉

Everything’s better when you look on the bright side.

Inspirational Bits for Babes

Inspirational Bits for Babes

Hey cuties, I hope you all have been amazing! I took my last trip south before Baby to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday in Clearwater, Florida & spend time with my family. It was SO nice to spend time with my mom, dad, sister, & friends. I so look forward to visiting lots when we have the little babe – a Florida beach babe who lives in Tennessee – that’ll be one lucky duck 🙂

So we know I’m all about the positivity & putting the good vibes out there. Sadly, sometimes it’s easy to forget the sweetness of your future posibilities in your life. In order to remember, let’s put them right in front of your face.

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Inspiration boards & quotes are the perfect reminder to keep you going & pushing forward. It’s important to have a constant reminder of what you want in your life & where you want to go – be it small steps or giant leaps – keep your dreams in check. Don’t let the bad moments slow your roll.

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Inspiration boards are a very popular way to put your wishes for the future all together in a vision right in front of you. You can cut out dream vacation destination photos from magazines, download fitness plans to your phone, tape a $100 bill onto your makeup mirror; whatever your desires are, just get them posted to a place you’ll look at every day to remind you of what you’re out there grinding for.

One of the easiest ways to make an inspirational statement that goes straight to your head to remind you of what you want, constantly, is to put it somewhere you look at multiple times, every single day: Your cell phone lock screen. See mine below.

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You can also download the app WordSwag on iTunes which allows you to create quote boards that you can use on your phone or post to your social media sites.

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Another great way to remind yourself of what you want is to grab an inspirational journal from TJMaxx or HomeGoods (I swear I’m not sponsored by them, I friggin wish!) They have the BEST selection & they’re super affordable – about $4.99 – $7.99 a piece. Write down what you want. When you literally write out your dreams, you are putting them into the universe & setting that path in motion.

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Have fun chasing your dreams & remember, they’re YOUR dreams & what YOU want! Don’t let anyone bring your dreams down or dim your light. Lose 10 pounds, visit Rome, open a new small business – whatever your dream is, work hard for it & trust the process! You got this, babes 😉

-Jenna

Everything’s better when you look on the bright side.

Pregnancy Pumps

Pregnancy Pumps

…this is not a post about which breast pump is best for you. Don’t worry, we aren’t going there… yet.

I’ve had many people ask me about my pregnancy workouts & how I’m keeping off the extra pounds so I figured I’d put some answers in a post.

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For starters, I have to put it out there that I’m amongst the rare few women who have basically zero pregnancy problems. I’m 31 weeks pregnant & have gained 9 pounds with a perfect, measuring to size baby. I was extremely tired in my first trimester but other than that, I haven’t been sick once. I don’t have cravings. Nothing food-wise turns me off or repulses me. I’m literally eating what I’ve always eaten, if anything, I’m eating even cleaner & more organic than ever before. (I did crave freshly squeezed organic orange juice in the beginning for about a month & I still crave Tootsie Pops but that is not new for this pregnancy. This has been a life long struggle.)

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I have NEVER used the excuse that I’m “eating for two.” Did you know the average pregnant woman is only supposed to eat 300 more calories a day than they did before they got pregnant? That’s basically an apple with a bit of peanut butter. This does not calculate to you being able to eat a cheesecake “because you’re pregnant.” Remember: The food you give yourself is the food you’re feeding to your baby so choose wisely.

Also, I am pregnant, not handicapped. Yea, I’m not climbing on ladders or doing things that could potentially hurt my child but I’m also perfectly capable of doing *most* things myself & not using my pregnancy as a crutch to be lazy so someone else will do it for me. (This will probably change in my 9th month when I can’t shave my own legs but we’ll cross that bridge…)

So with all of that said, I am still, at least 5 days a week, in the gym. I may not be lifting the heavier weights I used to lift or running the miles I used to run, but I am still in there, staying active, & most importantly, listening to my body. If baby tightens up or I’m feeling beat, I head home. No sense in hurting either one of us just to get in that extra set.

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Getting a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise in a day makes the rest of my 23.5 hours much happier. I always say, no matter how busy we ALL are, you can & should find 30 small minutes to do something for YOU. To my people who claim “they just don’t have time”: did you know that according to a study by Informate Mobile Intelligence, the average American spends 4.7 HOURS a day on their phone, much of which is on social media. Yikes. Now, it’s no secret that I love me some social media but for the love of God, people, make yourself a priority. Put the fork & phone down & pick up a gym membership. It’s honestly that simple. GO TO THE GYM… or at least for a walk.

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I used to to start out my workouts with high intensity training where I would walk on the treadmill for a certain amount of time & then run at high speeds for a minute, walk, run for a minute… for about 30 minutes. Not anymore.

I start out walking at 3.5mph on a 4% incline. Every 10 calories, I move up a percentage until I get to 8%. Then I work backwards until I get back down to 4%. I never raise my speed as I am not personally comfortable running with baby (some people are & that’s okay too! If you were a runner before you got knocked up, you should be able to run now. If you weren’t a runner, don’t start now, sister! Consult your doctor on what’s best for you.)

For my weight & age, I have this perfectly calculated to burn 110 calories in exactly one mile (the last 10 calories I am at a 0% grade & slow my walk down to 3mph for a cool down.)

One mile minimum a day, sometimes I repeat this step once or even twice. Three miles is my max as I don’t want to burn too many calories as baby needs them! (Again, the healthy ones.)

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You guys have no idea how freaking funny it is to throw a 30lb barbell over your head, do a squat set & watch the guys at the gym just squirm. They literally think the baby is going to fall right outta my cooty coo while I’m deep in my press, it’s effing hilarious. I love legs days mostly because of this.

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I’ve always worked on legs, booty, triceps, biceps, shoulders, calves, & abs. Well, after your first trimester, abs exercises are outta the question so that cuts gym time down a bit. I choose 2 body parts & work on them that day. The next day, I choose two more & so on and so forth. I am partial to working on legs but choose what you need to work on most & go with it. Light weights are best for momma’s to be. Remember, anything is better than nothing & baby’s safety comes first.

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Always take 5 minutes to decompress from your workout with a nice stretch so you aren’t too tight the next day. Come down off your workout high & congratulate yourself for getting a workout in. Drink PLENTY of water as preggies can easily get dehydrated. Refuel with an apple & a healthy yogurt (I recommend Siggi’s Vanilla as it’s not “fat free” or full of aspartame & complete chemical shit, rather lots of healthy protein & clean ingredients.)

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If you really just don’t have time to get to the gym or if your day was jammed & by the time you have some down time, it’s dark out & you’re not comfortable working out at night, have some gym tools on hand at the house so you can do it yourself: a yoga mat, a 10-15lb kettle bell, resistance bands, or a variety of these things; all of which can be found for super cheap at TJ Maxx, Marshalls, any sporting goods store, or even free-weights from a thrift store.

I am no personal trainer or physician so do what I did when I first found out I was pregnant: Talk to your doctor & if you get the go-ahead to workout, YouTube “prenatal workout” videos. It’s a really good place to start.

Best of luck momma’s & momma’s to be! You’re stronger than you know & sometimes, it just takes proving that to yourself & no one else. You got this 😉

-Jenna

Everything’s better when you look on the bright side.

 

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

Here’s to a wonderful weekend celebrating our great country & freedom! Since I’m off the bottle with babes in the oven, here’s some tips for those of you who aren’t knocked up to make a couple fun holiday-inspired cocktails, snack, & centerpiece  (Drink responsibly but for the love of God, have a couple cocktails for me!)

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In a short rocks glass, add: 1 ounce of Tito’s vodka & then fill with Gatorade’s Frost Glacier Breeze or Fierce Blue Cherry (both blue Gatorade’s – flavor choice depends on your personal taste.) Garnish with fresh strawberries or raspberries for color.

Why I love this: This cocktail is genius! You can hydrate while you derehydrate – it’s a win/win! It’s also USA theme in color so it’s perfect for a day-time cocktail.

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Prep: In an ice tray, add blueberries, raspberries, & cut up strawberries. Add water. Freeze over night.

In a short or tall cocktail glass, add: 1 ounce of your choice clear alcohol (vodka, gin, tequila) & fill the rest with soda water (Tip: Avoid the tonic water. Soda is literally bubbly water – zero calories. Tonic water is sugary & there are 124 calories in a can of tonic water. Don’t get them confused.)

Why I love this cocktail: It takes a little extra prep time to make the ice cubes, but this is a super cute cocktail that is low in calories (approx. 70 calories a cocktail)

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A little snack! & a very easy snack at that, which requires zero cooking. On skewers, add strawberries, bananas, marshmallows, & blueberries to create the American flag on a tray. This healthy & sweet snack is great for grab & go while you’re socializing your way through the party (Tip: Have a friend check your teeth for strawberry seeds ;))

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How cute are these center pieces?! If you’re the host of the party, grab 3 pineapples at the grocery store & 3 cans of spray paint (obviously red, white, & blue.) Over an old newspaper in a well ventilated space, spray paint the whole pineapple in each color. Once they dry, place the pineapples on a tray, stick some sparklers in the top & boom! You’ve got an adorable center piece for your table.

Just a couple quick ideas to help spread American pride over this holiday weekend! Be safe, don’t drink & drive (DUI’s are for morons) & have a wonderful safe weekend with the people you love!

Coming up this week, I’ll be posting about my pregnancy workouts & how I’m keeping my energy up while this little babe tries to suck it all outta me.

Cheers to the land of free because of the brave!

-Jenna

Everything’s better when you look on the bright side.