Sunday, November 30, 2008

Three Tigers Down, One Gator To Go!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Online Show---A Touch of Whimsy Designs

I know how much you ladies are like me and love your stationery so we're going to have a little Thanksgiving week (November 24-December 1) stationery show at A Touch of Whimsy Designs. If you go to their website and find something you like, then enter code MMM10 at checkout, click redeem and you'll receive 10% off your order until December 1st.



I figured we should start with the holiday items since the last day to order these in time for the holidays in December 5th!

Having a Christmas Party? How cute are these invitations!















Going to a Cookie Exchange? How cute would these be!






How about some cute Christmas stickers or labels for your gifts?




























Have you picked out your Christmas Stationery yet, these would be perfect for thank you notes!


















Sunday, November 23, 2008

Thank You Pineapple Grove Gifts






Do you remember awhile back when I was trying to find a mat for Daisy's dog food? My sweet friends at Pineapple Grove Gifts surprised me with this fabulous pet mat, this cute dog bowl personlized with her name. The best part, it is personalized, it has polka dots AND it has a reversible Christmas design. Daisy loves it and my hardwood floors love Pineapple Grove Gifts! We also love our personlized holiday stickers!!

You can buy the bowls here and the mats here.








Check out some of their other cute items!
These clips are perfect for your little girl that loses her hair bow constantly and these headbands are cute for Moms and tots!

Holiday placemats for the kids (or your dog).

These personalized paperweights would make a great gift for a boss or a coworker.

I LOVE their selection of Paper Menu wall art.

Thanks again Grove Gals!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Lillybella Boutique Giveaway Winner

Congrats Seige!



Karen from Lillybella Boutique picked you as the winner of the Christmas coasties. Thanks to everyone that entered! If you want to buy your own coasties, click here. They are on sale now for $14.40! Check the Lillybella blog for their Twelve Days of Christmas sale items.



Don't worry, we'll do it again soon.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Baby Blue with a Rosette AND Faux Pearls

The bow is blue (yesterday it was a deep purple) for all of you that have been waiting around wondering what color bow the bow doc is wearing today. Ha, Ha! She is now driving me up a wall so I don't feel bad anymore about posting the color of her bow.

Wednesday night we had the NYC blogger meet up at Balon on the UES. It was great to meet some of you! We will certainly do it again next month. There were 8 of us this time (including 2 readers and 6 bloggers.)

Those bloggers in attendance (besides myself) were:

http://www.bisforbrown.blogspot.com and http://summerscakes.blogspot.com/
http://bamabelleinthebigcity.blogspot.com/
http://sunshineinnycity.blogspot.com/
http://mmmmtastesgood.blogspot.com/
http://entertaintheplan.blogspot.com/

This weekend A and are going to a jazz concert at The Lincoln Center. His boss gave us some great seats and since Bama isn't playing we figured we would spend 1 Saturday night without football. I can't wait for the concert--now what to wear?? I also want to organize Baby U's closet and try to make some more space. I've never tried selling anything on ebay or Craig's List (I'm a pro buyer on ebay), but I think I'm about to try it. Any tips? I also want to work on my Dream Christmas list. (To be posted next week.) I want to get some good slippers for the hospital and the days after. Any suggestions?

My current favorite maternity warm clothes are this and these and this (I'm about to buy a few more of these) and this (borrowed from a friend). Does anyone in the Preppy Preggo club have any others I should try? Any good finds for Christmas parties? Speaking of the Preppy Preggos we have a new member. I am so excited that J from The Preppy Wedding is our newest member. She has started a new blog, The Preppy Baby. J was my inspiration to start my own blog and I had the pleasure of meeting her last year in NYC. I am so excited for her!

Also, a special congrats to Preppy Preggo member Southern Fried Girl who delivered a sweet boy on Nov 13th!

Today is the last day to sign up for my Lillybella Boutique giveaway. Click here to sign up. Lillybella is going to pick later today so HURRY!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

GIVEAWAY-LILLYBELLA BOUTIQUE











Pretty cute little coasters aren't they! I have been a fan of Lillybella Boutique for a few years now and if you have not checked them, now is a good time to do so! Their oilcloth products are great for kids (and adults) because if you spill something on them, then you just clean it up with a sponge and a little soapy water. They have a great variety of unique preppy products, but I'll leave it to y'all to find your favorites! Be sure to check out their holiday creations here.


Want to win these cute Christmas Coasties? Here is what you have to do:


1) Go to Lillybella Boutique and pick out your favorite item.


2) Come back here to this post and leave a comment about that item.

3) Make sure you leave your email or a link to your own blog (that has an email) so that I can contact you.


4) Do all of this by Friday the 14th!


Good luck and thank you Lillybella Boutique for this fun Christmas giveaway!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Purple Rain

What an amazing weekend we had! My friend K (who just had baby Harper two months ago) spent the weekend with me. Her mother-in-law watched the baby and she came for some adult time and a little shopping! I sent her back on Sunday well rested and READY to see her little girl. She said it was so hard to leave her, but I know it was great for both of them to have a little time away. (Not to mention I know her MIL loved her alone time with her grand baby!)

We started off the weekend with drinks here with another one of our KD Pledge sisters from college. A went to the box office and got us all tickets to see In the Heights. It won the 2008 Tony for Best Musical. It was great!! The dancing and hip hop parts were my favorite. However, I would highly recommend though if you go to a play almost 7 months pregnant that you get an isle seat. I did not think of that and was a little uncomfy. But, the staff there was so nice to me. I got tapped on the back by an usher at intermission and told to go to the "blue door." The blue door happened to be a secret bathroom they let the pregnant woman use so we don't have to wait 15 minutes in line! =) Being pregnant does have its perks! We finished off the night with dinner at Uva, one of my favorite little spots on the UES.

Saturday, we met our pledge sister for Thai food in Union Square and then did a little shopping. I fell in love with a some pink polka dot pjs at Kate Spade, but I behaved myself. We just purchased about $1200 worth of tickets to go home for Thanksgiving and Christmas so I'm on probation. =) After hitting a few great stores, we made our way back to the UES so I could take her to a few of my favorite baby shops. While in Baby Cottons, I walked in and immediately gasped at a really cute little boy sweater outfit. The store is rather small and there was only one other couple there talking to a lady and then the clerk and another guy. The couple and the lady kinda stared at me and I locked eyes with the lady. She looked familiar. I made my way a little closer and when she started talking it clicked that it was Katie Couric. She was dressed in a Barbour coat, running shoes and yoga pants and did not have any makeup on. She STILL looked precious. I did the good New Yorker thing and ignored her. She went on her way and K and I stared as she walked down Madison with everyone else just running her Saturday errands. After a little investigation, it turns out she lives in my hood...ok well she is on Park and I'm a few Aves over...but within 5 minutes from me. =)

Saturday evening we had pizza with friends and watched #1 Bama beat Mississippi State. I'm so proud of my boys! We have two more major games to go, but they have come a long ways thanks to Coach Saban. I'll be in Tuscaloosa for the Iron Bowl watching them try to beat Auburn next Saturday and I CAN'T WAIT! Roll Tide Roll! Sunday we met a couple of friends here for brunch. It was so good! K went on her way and I spent some time writing thank you notes and cleaning the apt.

I was off work yesterday. I had my monthly doc apt and the baby is doing great! He should way a little over 2 lbs now and is about 14. 5 inches. He is moving all around and the doc said that I was correct that the reason why the right side of my rib cage is so sore is because his little feet are right there. I got a flu shot and permission to travel home for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Yeah! My iron is a little low so I was told to eat lots of hamburgers and steaks over the holidays. Have you ever heard of a better prescription from your doc? I still have to take my Zofran or I get sick, but I'm going to try to take it more on an as needed basis and see how I do. We are supposed to go ahead and pick out our pediatrician and get registered for our birthing classes. Wow--I have a lot to do!! I'm in my 3rd trimester now and exactly 7 months pregnant! Not too much longer until I'm going to be holding my sweet baby boy.

Last night A and I went to the David Letterman show. Our show actually ended up being the taping for this coming Friday's show. It was a ton of fun. Our guests were James Franco (he'll be in the new movie Milk with Sean Penn), Bruce McCall (wrote kids book Marveltown) and a James Brown Tribute band. Regis also made a few surprise visits in the midst of the show. He was hilarious! Dave was great and we had a wonderful time. The staff of the show pre-seated A and I since I was pregnant. They brought me inside and let me sit down the entire time. They were too nice! If you ever want to get tickets to David Letterman, click here. It's easy, but you have to know your Letterman Trivia if they call you!!

When I arrived home last night I had two special treats. Sara from Ladybugs and Lilypads sent me the most amazing care package for Baby U. I took pictures and will have to share soon (I think I mentioned one of our laptops is out of commission so I'm behind on my picture sharing.) Thank you SO MUCH Sara!! You are too sweet!! Also the ugly chair arrived back to us---and it's BEAUTIFUL. Pics to come!!

So, I'm back at work now and looking forward to a good rest of the week. We are taking our Junior League kids on a field trip tonight and tomorrow is the NYC Blogger meet up! Email me if you want to join us (magnoliasmarriageandmanhattan at gmail dot com)

Hope y'all had a great weekend! Turkey Day is coming up! A and are going to his parent's in Birmingham and I'm looking forward to seeing some of my friends there. My friend L is due any day now with her little boy and I am so excited I'll get to meet him!

Wondering about the title of my post. Yeah, you're smart. The bow and the suit are purple today, well lilac with pearls to be precise. The bow doc is starting to amaze me with her collection!

Friday, November 14, 2008

GIVEAWAY WINNER!!

Last night A and I had the incredible opportunity to go to a cocktail party on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (I wore a black Gap Maternity long sleeve dress, black maternity tights from Mimi--ouch, pearls and silver TB flats) The business school that he received his MBA from hosted this fabulous event and I was so excited to be invited too! Unfortunately, I was unable to take pictures on the floor due to the high security. We did get invited to go up on the balcony (where they ring the bell each morning/afternoon) and get our picture taken by a professional while banging the gavel. It was SO COOL! I am not planning to do Christmas cards this year because I thought I should just save my money to do a pretty baby announcement in Feb, but I'm so tempted to get this picture once it comes out and use it! If the market does well today--it was all me! Ha, Ha!

Yesterday afternoon I got a call from David Letterman. Okay, well it wasn't Letterman but one of his girls. A and I were talking over the weekend all the things we wanted to do in the city before the baby comes and I mentioned going to see Letterman again. I saw him about four years ago and it was a blast! Anyways, I signed up to win tickets and they called me!! I had to answer a trivia question---what color is Alan's hair? Do you know? =) I did and I won!! Look out for the pregnant girl in Monday nights audience. Oh gosh I hope he doesn't make fun of me!

Thanks so much to Donovan Designs and The Paper Cafe for hosting this great contest. I typed out all of your names and gave double entries and triple entries to those that posted the contest on their blogs and those that told me they are followers or became a follower. Enough of all that what you really want to know is did you win!!

The winner of the 5 calendars are:

1) Susan D
2) Molly's Mom
3) Amanda
4) Lianna Knight
5) Because Katie Says So

Thanks to everyone for entering! Don't worry we'll do another one soon. How's next week for y'all? =)

Bow doc is a REALLY nice doc so I feel bad with the updates, but it is black and white today if you were wondering. She has a on pretty black/white tweed shoes and black skirt and black/white skirt...and a black and white bow.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Lime Green Baby!

Random thoughts (aka complaints) about pregnancy-Mrs. Preppy inspired me and Some Like It Southern joined me.

1) Jcrew-why oh why have you not joined the club. Your loyal customers have babies and for 9 whole months we don't know what to do without you. You tease up with 30% off sweater sales but our big ole baby bumps aren't fitting into those pretty new cashmere sweaters. We have to buy Old Navy cashmere. Please create a collection before I have my 2nd child (you have at least 2-3 years.) PS. Old Navy, I don't know how I would live without you. I've worn this sweater so much that I'm going to have to buy a new one. Oh and my hubby isn't laughing at me in my old red Juno style hoodie anymore, because I'm lounging around the house in this fabulous hoodie.

2) Who the hell are these people that say they love being pregnant? Do they not have constant heartburn (God bless Berry flavored tums), reflux in the middle of the night (Zantac 75 I love you), "potty problems" (hello Colace didn't know about you before but I love you now), oh and the queen of all drugs my beloved Zofran. I would not be a functioning human being without you. Don't get my wrong. I am blessed and excited to be a Mom, but feeling like a whale is not something I'm enjoying. And I have 87 days left...not that I'm counting or anything.

3) Pregnancy tights stink. We won't even talk about how difficult it is to put on said tights with a large belly in your way. The little tasks of bending down just aren't working so well these days.

4) I don't think I've ever loved my husband more than when he cut my toenails for me. Granted I'm going to need a pedicure now, but he understands why and will be paying for them as often as I desire. =)

5) Is it possible for a rib to pop out of your stomach?

6) Has anyone found some WARM maternity pants? Lightweight wool is not going to cut it in a few weeks.

7) If you have ever wondered if it is possible to scream, laugh, cry, laugh, fall asleep in a matter of 5 minutes...well it is and I did it last night. God bless A and sweet Daisy.

8) What am I going to do when my child turns 4 months? I have an entire closet of wonderful 0-3 month clothes that friends and family have given me, but I'm in trouble if Baby U is a big boy!

9) It is not cool to tell a pregnant woman she looks big, bigger, huge or is growing. Looking at her and saying "wow" also is not cool. If you are wondering what to say to her, here is a cheat sheet of things that make me smile:

a) You wear pregnancy very well. (A has been instructed to use this with all pregnant woman from here on out and tells me daily now.)
b) You look fabulous (cute, adorable, glowing, fantastic all work too)!
c) You are all baby!

10) Do NOT comment on what I'm eating. It is none of your business and I don't want to hear about it.


Coming to NYC anytime soon? These are the musicals on my "To See" list. I want to see at least 3 before the baby arrives.

http://www.billyelliotbroadway.com/

http://www.youngfrankensteinthemusical.com/

http://www.intheheightsthemusical.com/


http://www.shrekthemusical.com/index.html


http://www.allmysonsonbroadway.com/


http://www.hairspraythemusical.com/

http://disney.go.com/theatre/thelittlemermaid/#/home/


Housekeeping Notes:

LAST chance today to sign up to win one of 5 2009 Donovan Designs Calendars from The Preppy Cafe. Click here for the rules and to leave a comment. We will announce the winners tomorrow and don't you worry I have another giveaway right behind this one. You'll all be winners before long thanks to some fabulous reader/vendors out there.

The NYC bloggers and readers are meeting up on November 19th at 7:15pm. Email me at magnoliasmarriageandmanhattan@gmail.com if you would like more information.

Thank you Doodle Bugs for my precious stationery that I ordered and my extra treats for hosting your online show! I will take pics and post soon.

Pineapple Grove gifts I have wonderful pictures of Daisy enjoying her treats to share...but my laptop at home will not turn on because the power cord is broken. I'm hoping to resolve this soon.

Thursday Bow Doc Update: Her suit is green. Kinda a darker green. The bow is electric lime green. Wow!

UPDATE!!! Congrats to Blue-Eyed Bride!!! She is our newest Preppy Preggo Member due on June 12th. I hope I didn't scare you. =)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

It's Navy Blue Today

Last night I met up with my Junior League placement and we went to Rosa Mexicano! It was a blast and I'm making some great new friends. My friend K is coming to visit this weekend and I CAN'T wait. K just had a baby girl about 2 months ago and her MIL told her to take a break for the weekend. She deserves it and I can't wait to catch up with her this weekend!

One of my NYC blogger friends, Mmmm...Tastes Good, bestowed the Bloggy Goodness Award on me. I finally get to meet her in real life next week. Check out her blog for some fab recipes. I'm not really sure what the rules of this one are so I'm just going to give it away to 7 of you.


1) Love, Life and Labs
Happy 3rd Anniversary!

2) Mrs. Preppy
She's my long lost friend I'm pretty sure. Wish she was in NYC so we could complain about our pregnancy problems together. =)

3) Grove Gals-
Sent me the most precious things for Daisy. I'm going to post pics soon with a proper thank you post!
4) Jenna's Journey
One of my fellow pregnant ladies!

5) My Inner Seamstress
Mel is saving the day with Monkey (see below.)

6) Puttin on the Grits
She's pure Southern goodness. I wish she and Country would hop on a plane and come visit me in NYC!

7) Baby Belle in the Big City
My real life friend who is having some serious boy problems. Hang in there Belle at least we have the Tide! Repeat after me--two tigers down, one more to go. RTR!

The weather in NYC has been chilly as of lately. I had to retire my long black coat this week when button number 3 didn't quite button across the growing belly. The split in the back of the jacket was apparently giving a full view of my growing behind. My friend A loaned me her Land's End maternity puffy coat and that fits much better! My only problem with the puffy coat is I just look really fat in it. Last night no one could tell I was pg on the subway and for the 1st time in a few months no one got up to give me their seat. They just thought I was a fat girl. Tear. Would it be wrong to unzip my jacket and stick my belly out so I can get a subway seat? Ha, Ha! My maternity wardrobe has done well so far, but the panel on my Pea in the Pod pants is now making a mark on my belly...not a good sign when I have 3 months to go! I also need to find a few maternity sweaters to keep me warm in the upcoming months.

I need some good winter shoes. Any suggestions? I normally just wear flats (BC Babycakes in one of 3 colors or my TB Revas in one of 2 colors), but I absolutely hate the look of socks with flats, but my toes are cold so I would love to find something cute where the sock with the shoe isn't offensive. I wear my Uggs when it is really cold or my Hunters when it is raining or snowing, but I need an everyday comfy cute shoe for my daily walk to work.

Speaking of my daily walk, I stopped into Starbucks yesterday and had my first gingersnap latte (formally the gingerbread latte--not sure what's up with the name change.) Has anyone signed up for the gold rewards card? I feel like I need one, but I'm not sure if it is worth it.

Great news!! Although our Monkey is still being held hostage by a mean lady somewhere in the DC area, one my fellow Monkey hostesses has offered up her sweet Monkey, Carolina, to complete Monkey's journey across the United States. Hostesses that have not received Monkey yet have the option of Carolina coming to visit them. What a wonderful person Melanie is! Click here if you want to read up on all that has been happening or join the fun in hosting Monkey.

They were filming this movie in my hood this past weekend. Too bad I didn't see anyone famous! Not sure how the UES ties into the movie?

I know you were wondering about the bow doc, she is wearing a navy blue (rather short) suit and a navy blue bow today. I would love to take a pic, but I would love to stay at my job even more. =)

Have you signed up for my giveaway yet? You can win a cute 2009 Donovan Designs Calendar! I'm giving away 5 of them from The Paper Cafe! You have until Friday so get to it! Click here for the rules and to post a comment.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Laugh with Me

I know this is kinda mean, but I have to share. My boss just hired another doctor for our department and she wears bows with her suits. Not Blair Waldorf cute headband bows, but think more like this. The one yesterday looked just like that one (complete with rosette.) Today she has on a crimson suit and a matching crimson bow. Did I mention that she's 40+. I wish y'all were here with me to see her. I am trying to behave, but every time she walks by my desk I have to look away so I don't start laughing.


Don't forget to sign up for my giveaway. Click here if you want to win a free 2009 Donovan Designs Calendar from The Paper Cafe.

Monday, November 10, 2008

NYC Bloggers (and Readers) Meet Up

I know we have tried this before, but since I have not been able to go to a meet up yet I thought I would plan one! I want to include all NYC area bloggers and readers. If you are interested leave me a comment here and I'll email you so we can meet up for dinner/drinks in the next two weeks. I'm thinking either the 19th or 20th of this month.

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UPDATE---I'm thinking 7:15pm on the 19th of November. Does that work for y'all? We will certainly do it again if this one works out. Email me at: magnoliasmarriageandmanhattan@gmail.com so I can communicate location and time to you. The more the merrier!!

Monday Ramblings

Happy Monday! Did y'all have a good weekend? We did. I ate dinner here with my Aunt and Uncle on Friday. The game was AMAZING. We barely pulled it off, but the Tide is still #1 and we clinched the SEC West Title and we will meet Florida in the SEC Championship in Atlanta on December 6th. The thought of playing Florida makes baby U do little flips in my tummy. We still have to play MS State this Saturday and Auburn Thanksgiving weekend and I don't take either team lightly. However...two tigers down--one more to go!! RTR!

One of my very favorite stationery designers is The Paper Menu. I have their flat note cards, their calling cards, their baby flat note cards, I've picked their invites for countless invitations---and guess who just jumped on The Paper Menu bandwagon---OPRAH! Marie's creation of personalized gift wrap is featured in O Magazine. Now, we'll forget about the part where I posted about this gift wrap this last year. Ha, Ha. Congrats Marie! So excited for you! When Oprah notices you, you've hit the big time! Remember us when you are famous. I'm still waiting on that Alabama Stationery line...

I have a few questions for YOU:

1) What kind of trash can do you have? I am in the market for a nicer trash can with a lid. I was going to get a diaper champ (they use regular trash bags so you don't have to buy special ones) in addition to our regular trash can, but it really just does not make sense. Most of my friends in NYC and those in the South with small homes say they do not get the diaper champ/genie and just take the trash out as needed. I truly do not have room for both. I take our trash out everyday (I just have to bring it to a room right next to our apt) and our current trash can is actually in our "nursery" since it is pretty much connected to our kitchen. (Got to love NYC livin') Anyways, what's your trash can recommendation? These are a few that I'm looking at: this one, this one, this one or this one.

2) If you have a baby--what crib mattress did you buy? There are options from $50-$500. My inclination is to just pick one in the middle range like this one or this one or this one? What did you do? Thoughts?


I got an award!!


Sweet Gwen at Confessions of a Control Freak gave me the Superior Scribbler Award. Thank you so much Gwen, I've recently enjoyed reading your blog and so glad to have a new bloggy friend!

Now should you accept the award, please follow these steps:

1. Post the award on your blog.
2. Link me for giving it to you.
3. Link the originating post here and go to the link and add your name!
4. Pass the award on to five more deserving people.
5. Post these rules for your recipients

I'm giving this award to these blogs:

1) Sunshine in the City
Are we EVER going to meet?
2) The Ewells
ROLL TIDE ROLL!!
3) Adventures of a Southern Newlywed--Be sure to check out her FABULOUS giveaway to see what I'm going to win. You are welcome to enter, but the prize is mine FYI. =) The link is in my side bar.
4) Molly's Mom
Are you going to get pregnant anytime soon with a boy so that you can start posting little baby boy finds?
5) Le Petite Blog
Girl, I was cheering for KY! You almost had them!


Don't forget to sign up for The Paper Cafe's Donovan Designs Calendar Giveaway! We are giving away FIVE!! You have until 11/14! Click here to sign up!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

GIVEAWAY-Donovan Designs Calendar from The Paper Cafe



Here are the details:

We'll pick FIVE WINNERS this time--you have until FRIDAY!!

Each winner will receive this adorable Desk Calendar from Donovan Designs via The Paper Cafe. The calendars are an $18.00 value and perfect for teacher presents, stocking stuffers, gifts for your friends or coworkers, etc!

To win:

1) Readers must visit The Paper Cafe website and view their Donovan Designs products

2) Readers must post a comment on this post that tells your your favorite Donovan Design product (must have DD in product code). All posts must be done before FRIDAY!

3) Readers should make sure there is either a link to their blog or they should leave their email address so that I can contact you if you win.

4) For an extra entry (or two), post this contest on your blog or become a follower. If you do either (or both), please let me know. If the winner references that they found this contest through your blog, then they win too!

Good luck to everyone! Thanks so much Donovan Designs and The Paper Cafe for a fun giveaway opportunity!

Atlanta Bound!

Buy this shirt here.

Spotlight Store--Preppy Pails

Check out these cute Preppy Pails! Use them as reusable gift wrap and fill with all kinds of fun goodies! For the Christmas pails, these would be great to fill with candy, cookies, etc and you could bring them to your doctor's office, hair salon, dry cleaners, or anywhere else that you want to give a small little something to a group of people.

Now until November 15, you can get 15% off when you mention MMM15 in your email order.









Don't forget to enter The Paper Cafe's giveaway for a 2009 Donovan Designs Calendar!! Click on this link!!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Catching Y'all Up

Whew! I have not stopped all week! I'm off today (have to work on Sunday) and I'm in the midst of my 5th load of laundry while watching the Baby Story on DVR (I cry every time a baby is born). We are heading to dinner tonight at a French restaurant with my Aunt and Uncle from Newport Beach. Tomorrow we are watching the LSU/Bama game at Brother Jimmys with a group of friends. ROLL TIDE!



I'm 26 weeks now (and 5 days) and Baby U is the length of an English cucumber. The nerves in his ears are developing and he can hear A and I talk! I better watch my language-ha, ha! He's practicing breathing movements and packing on the baby fat. He weighs around a pound and two-thirds and measures around 14 inches. I don't think he liked the take off and landing of the planes, but I know he enjoyed some of the good Southern food I ate! I'm starting to get a little more uncomfortable as I near my 3rd trimester. I have had a lot of back pain and the heartburn has kicked in full force! My few nights in the South without my Snoogle were not very comfy. Gosh, I love that pillow!

A and I had a WONDERFUL trip back to Alabama. I spent Wednesday and Thursday in South Alabama and then headed to Birmingham on Friday afternoon. I got to see my friend A at Mary Ann's and enjoy my favorite French Dip sandwich (with a side of ranch). I finally met my friend A's baby girl, Scarlett, and if it was even possible, she is cuter in person. I checked out a few baby stores in Fairhope with my Mom and she treated me to my favorite, a Fairhope float from Mr. Gene's Beans. It was great to see my parents, although bitter sweet as well because we were all dealing with the loss of our sweet chocolate lab Scarlet. My younger brother arrived on Thursday evening in route to his 6th Widespread Panic show (in two months) in New Orleans. It was great to catch up and see him.

Mom and I headed north on 65 (with a quick stop at Bates House of Turkey) to Birmingham on Friday. We had a great time catching up with A's parents and we went to one of my favorite restaurants in the ham, Bottega, for dinner with my old boss and his wife (the man that introduced A and I and was our 70 year old ring bearer). The S boys came by to Trick or Treat and I finally got to meet baby Sam and see Charlie in his fancy fireman's outfit.

Saturday morning was my 1st baby shower at a cute local Bham restaurant! It was absolutely perfect and I was overwhelmed having so many of my Southern friends that I had not seen in so long in one room. I wish it could have lasted all day so I would have had more time with each of them. One of my favorite parts of the shower was that 6 of my friends in attendance are also expecting. We even took a picture together! My younger sister said we made her feel quite skinny. =)

Baby U and I were completely spoiled by my sweet friends. The hostesses gave us his infant car seat and a swing. My Mom gave us his bouncy seat and a monogrammed outfit and diaper cover. A's Mom gave us a baby spoon (in my silver pattern), some hand sewn outfits and even some of A's old baby clothes! My sister gave us a Baby Bjorn and a Bama pacifier. My grandmother gave us a whole collection of baby books that I can't wait to read to him. He also received a ton of precious blue outfits, a boppy pillow, books, a bath towel and supplies, blankets and more! A and I are so grateful for all of the gifts to help get us started with our 1st baby!

I gave my 14 fabulous hostesses monogrammed soaps from The Palm Gifts as their hostess gifts. I think they really liked them.




After the shower, my sister and I headed to Tuscaloosa to meet up with A and watch the Crimson Tide play Arkansas State. We won 35 to 0 and it was a blast actually being in the stands! Did you notice we are number 1 in the nation right now? It may not last for long since we have a few very tough games left (including LSU tomorrow), but we are enjoying it this week! RTR!

Here are a few pictures from the game:

(to be posted tonight)

A few of our friends mentioned grabbing a quick bite to eat on Saturday night and without any planning a group of 4 turned somehow into 14 of our nearest and dearest! I definitely miss our friends and family the most in NYC. It was great for A to get to see a lot of his buddies and I continued the visiting with my friends at Cocina Superior. I was even able to get some yummy cheese dip (remember it does not exist in NYC)!

Sunday we did not leave until late afternoon so we continued our eat-fest at our favorite locations by meeting a group of my friends at Jim and Nicks. BBQ tastes MUCH better in the South! Sunday afternoon we also caught up with a few more of our friends and their kids. E and A came by and brought their precious little girl, Mary Cate. MC was the star of the show and impressed A and I by singing Row, Row, Row Your Boat, The Itsy Bitsy Spider, and her ABCs in an impressive medley format. We stopped by A and M's new house to visit baby Elisabeth and pick up a puffy maternity coat! Elisabeth is beyond cute and the A's new place is fabulous step up from our apartment (that they used to live in it before us).

Our trip was a whirlwind and we missed seeing a few people that we really wanted to see, but overall we fit quite a bit into a short period of time! We can't wait to be back in the South for Thanksgiving and hopefully Christmas too.

On a side note, thank you all for your prayers for Bonnie. Sadly, her twin babies are now in heaven. She delivered them on Halloween morning. Please keep her family in your prayers as they deal with the loss of their first two children. I trust and know God has an amazing plan for them.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Ecotool Brushes Giveaway Winner!

Congrats go to.....

CarolinaGirl who said...

I need these because after I use my blush brush and my powder brush, my shirt looks like I was holding a cat! I don't have a cat!

CarolinaGirl, send me an email to magnoliasmarriageandmanhattan@gmail.com and I'll get your brushes to you! Thanks for everyone that entered. We have another giveaway coming up in just a few days so make sure you are a follower (look to the right) so you don't miss it!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Spotlight Store--Abbe Designs

You may have already noticed the coupon code on the right, but I want to make sure you knew about the cute store, Abbee Designs. Now through December if you enter the code MMMLOTION in the special notes section you will receive a FULL size Jaqua Buttercream Frosting Lotion with the purchase of $50 or more...this is a $12 Value. Have fun shopping! Here are a few cute items that I found--but I realized before long this post would be too long so go check out their site for yourself!



















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