Diary of a Brown Eyed Girl

Four Denim Jackets to Complete Your Look

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

If you are a denim lover like I am, you probably have a jean jacket....or two...or three...maybe more. Off the top of my head, I can picture the three that I have in my closet and I wear them all the time. I think denim jackets are a great addition to any wardrobe. They can be the perfect addition to so many different outfits.

Here are four denim jackets I chose that could complete your any look. My two favorite are the first one from Gap and the second one from H&M. When looking to buy a new denim jacket, my go to places are Target, H&M, Forever 21, Amazon or Simons. They all have great selections and the prices are right up my alley.

Have a jean jacket? What do you pair yours with?

Birth Story: Olivia Mae

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Hello my lovely readers! I think I have finally found a little bit of time to write my birth story. I have been going back and forth about sharing my birth story on this little space of mine or to just keep it private, but have had so many people wanting to know, so I have decided to fill you in.

Hmmmm....where should I start? 

Let me take you back a few months prior to her birth. I was diagnosed with preeclampsia and was put on bed rest, while being monitored twice a week by a high risk doctor. Don't get me wrong, being on bed rest was pretty great for the first week or so, but then after that I got a little stir crazy. 

My due date was July 18th, but because of my condition I was scheduled to be induced about a month earlier. So we marked it on our calendars and starting planning for that date. Well...lets just say that God had different plans. On Sunday, June 7th around 10:00pm, my heart started to race a little bit. I laid down and tried to relax and ended up falling asleep. Around 1:30am, I woke up to my heart racing so fast that I thought my heart was literally going to come out of my chest. I sat up and took my blood pressure. 170/100

I got a strong feeling like I needed to go to the hospital. I woke up Josh and our little girl and we were headed out the door within less than 10 minutes. 

When we arrived at the hospital, they put an IV in me, put straps around my belly to monitor baby and placed a cuff around my arm to keep an eye on my blood pressure. The nurse told me that she was so glad that I made the decision to come to the hospital. For the next several hours, I just laid there wide awake talking to my Mom and Josh just wondering what to expect and what was going to happen next. Around 1:30pm, a doctor came in with news I was not expecting at all. He gave me two options. To try for a vaginal birth which might risk my health and baby's health because of my condition or have a c-section (say what?!?!) Funny thing is, just that Friday before when I had an ultrasound, she was head down ready to go. Well..over the weekend, she decided it would be fun to flip so she was breach. The doctor told me they could try to do an aversion to see if they could get her to flip, but it would be a 50/50 chance and I would just continue to run the risk of my health and hers. He told me he would give me some time to think about what I wanted to do and discuss it with Josh. I didn't know what to do or think. I was so scared and confused. 

After talking to Josh, my Mom, my nurse who had two c-sections and praying about it, I finally came to the decision that I was going to choose to have the c-section. After choosing that decision, I remember just having a great feeling of peace about it and just knew it was the right decision for me and my baby.

The time is now 2:00pm. I told my nurse that I was going to have the c-section. She scheduled it for 6:45pm. This is when the real anxiety and fear started kicking in. I was so nervous and scared. I couldn't stop thinking about it. Oh yeah!! I forgot to tell you that on this SAME day was Kaelyn's adoption at 3:00pm! Josh had to call the courthouse to see if there was anyway that he could attend and have me conference in. They told him that normally they don't do that and have never done that before, but would make an exception. God is so good! Josh left around 2:30 to make it there just in time. I called in on a conference call and the Judge starting laughing because he and the entire courtroom of friends and family could hear the baby's heartbeat over the speaker phone. He said in all his time in doing adoptions, he has never had to do an adoption over the phone while the Mother was a the hospital ready to have a baby. The call took a little over ten minutes and she was finally ours forever. Tears started streaming down my face. I couldn't believe (and still can't believe) that all of this happened on the same exact day!

Now can you imagine at this point how I must be feeling?? I had so many mixed emotions. Excited, nervous, scared, grateful...you name it I was feeling it. 

The time is now 6:45pm. My nurse comes into my room and tells me its time. As they wheeled me down the hall, I prayed and prayed and prayed to God to calm my nerves. As I entered the surgery room I saw all the "tools" on the table that they were going to use and doctors and nurses running all over talking and yelling out stuff to one another. I took a deep breath and said to myself "okay..lets do this"

They made me straddle the surgical bed, face the one of the nurses and hold her hands tight as they put a shot in my spine. They then laid me down and my entire bottom half of my bottom was completely numb. Then then brought Josh in so he could sit right by my side. The sheet went up. One of the doctors confirmed to make sure that I couldn't feel anything at all. They told me I would feel a lot of pressure and tugging. It was just that. It seemed as if time flashed right before my eyes. All of the sudden I hear the cries of our sweet baby girl and Josh and I burst into tears. Olivia Mae born at 7:34 weighing 4 pounds 7 ounces and 17 inches long. As they brought her around so we could see her, I experienced a feeling like nothing I have before. Its completely indescribable and amazing. With her being 6 weeks early they immediately had to rush her to the NICU and Josh went with them as they switched me to a different bed and took me to the recovery room. 

As I laid there in pain, all I could think about was just how good God really is. Two huge blessings all on the same day. What a sweet special bond my babies with have with one another. Just thinking about it now, how everything happened and felt so perfectly into place brings tears to my eyes. I sure am one lucky Mama! 


Little Black Hat

If you know me, you would know that I am a huge fan of hats. I wear hats year round and think that they add so much to any outfit. I was so excited when I was sent this Scala Collezione hat. This hat is well made, comfortable, adjustable and comes in 18 different colors. The brim can be worn rolled up for a fashionable look or down for a casual bucket hat look. I will definitely be packing this hat for our trip to California this November. 

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Now that we are in the peak summer months, you have likely been spending quite a bit of time outside, especially in your own backyard. If you find yourself getting a little bored with the decor you currently have, it may be time for a little update. This doesn’t have to mean anything big or expensive - simply a splash of color to liven up your outdoor space.

Here are 20 great ways you can easily add some color and enjoy spending time outside that much more.

  1. Throw Pillows and Ottomans: Don’t underestimate the power of adding a bright new set of pillows or change the ottomans on your current outdoor furniture.

  1. Colorful Furniture: Consider buying new outdoor furniture or painting your current furniture a great new color.

  1. Patio Hardware: As mentioned in this article, you can add a little color by focusing on the patio hardware rather than any big item. Powder coat deck railings or door hardware with little hassle.

  1. Flowers: Of course, the plants in your yard can make for an easy and natural way to add color. You can still add some flowers in late summer such as alyssum, morning glory, salvia, or cleome as they love the warm weather.

  1. Colorful Yard Decorations: Whether you have a great new windvane or a fun-loving gnome, your yard decorations can certainly add to the look of your backyard.

  1. Planters: Mix up the colors and styles of the planters in your yard. As long as there is another one like it somewhere close it will all look like it ties together.

  1. Outdoor Lamps: Did you know they make lamps for the outside too? If you have a space where it will be protected from weather, add an outdoor lamp with a great lampshade.

  1. Linens and Placemats: Use your patio table layout to add some sassy patterns for your outdoor dining linens and placemats.
  1. Mealtime Colors: Colorful plates, bowls, cups and utensils are great for when you eat outside - aka every day in the summer.

  1. Colorful Light Fixtures: Exchange your current light fixture or simply paint your current ones happy new colors.

  1. Doors: Whether it is your back door, your front door or the garage door, you can add a little color to the outside of your home by giving the door a new coat of paint. Think bright!

  1. Birdhouse or Bird Feeders: A great, festive birdhouse or a brightly colored bird feeder will not only add color themselves, but they will draw birds to your hard that may bring their own unique color combinations.

  1. Wreaths: Placed on either a door or even on the wall, a wreath can add a new level of color and festivity to your outdoor space.

  1. Patio Umbrella: Adding a great umbrella not only gives you the benefit of shade, but it is an easy way to add some color without going too crazy.

  1. Hang Art: A great painting or framed poster does not need to stay inside the house. Change it up by adding a piece of art to your patio wall.

  1. Draperies: Giving you a way to block the sun, feel more enclosed, or to give your outdoor space more of a resort feel, drapery can do a lot to add some character to the outside of your house.

  1. Outdoor Rugs: Adding an outdoor rug to your patio area not only feels cozy, but also brightens up boring cement or stone.

  1. Arbor: Consider adding an arbor for a great and colorful entrance to your yard that will return each year.

  1. Potting Bench: Store all your gardening necessities in a brightly colored potting bench and use it for extra counter space for social events hosted in your backyard.

  1. Wall Planter: Purchase some flat backed planters or pots and mount them to the wall. These may already come in fun colors or you can paint them yourself.

Especially if you are spending the majority of your evenings and weekends enjoying the lovely summer weather in your own yard, you should enjoy it and be proud of its appearance. When it comes to a bright pop of color, a little goes a long way, so choose just a couple of these suggestions and you will be pleased with how easily it improves your home’s outdoor space!