I’m Pregnant! – First Trimester Recap

I’m going to be honest, I feel like the first trimester for me was ROUGH. I for sure was not the pregnant woman who everyone said was glowing, more like barely keeping it together everyday! But I thought I would share a recap of my experience, how we found out, and some of the details from these first months. Head below for the details!

How We Found Out

I think I knew pretty quick when my period was a day late that I was pregnant, but Houston suggested that we give it a good week before we went and bought pregnancy tests. I had been tracking my cycles through the Flo app once I had gotten off birth control and so I knew the day or roughly the time frame that I should have gotten my period again and it just wasn’t coming. My chest was also really sore as well which isn’t a common period symptom with me, but I tried to not get ahead of myself and waited a full week after the day that I was supposed to start to take the test. I always envisioned telling Houston in a creative way or surprising him but we ended up going and picking up the tests and finding out together, which was perfect for us! I think that we were both surprised at the word “pregnant” when we flipped the test over because we really had only started “trying” for about two months. But regardless of time we were both so excited! I was only about 5 weeks so we decided to keep it our little secret together and wait a bit longer to tell our families.

Telling my side of the family! They were so shocked!

How I Felt

Honestly so far the first trimester has been the hardest so far! While I wasn’t throwing up constantly (tmi?) I was nauseous. All. Day. Long. It didn’t make eating hard it just made getting through the day that much more difficult. I didn’t know if my stomach was upset, if I was hungry, or if it was all in my head. I also started to get pretty constant headaches which is common I found out after talking with my doctor. I know that all sounds gloomy but I promise it gets better! Just know that if you feel like crap and want to sleep a lot, you are not alone, I was right there with you taking lunchtime naps and B12 to help my stomach calm down! I didn’t see a ton of body changes, for the longest time I just looked bloated or like I enjoyed a really filling dinner. We tried to get out for walks as much as we could but with the gyms closed it made it hard to get good workouts in. But we did what we could to get out of the house and get moving with the fatigue and nausea holding me back!

What I am Craving

I wouldn’t say that I have had any cravings up to this point, just the craving to eat! When I needed to eat I needed food right then or my stomach was going to be very upset. I had very intense hunger pains and coming from a very different eating schedule (I did intermittent fasting before getting pregnant) I was not used to feeling hungry right when I woke up in the morning. And I know you aren’t technically supposed to be a eating for two but I’m telling you, I was hungry all the time! I did want more carbs but honestly that’s normal for me, just decided to give in to that 😉

First Doctors Appointment

Waiting to get to that first doctors appointment was so tough! There was nothing more that I wanted than to see that first ultrasound with our little baby hanging out in my belly. But we had to wait until the 8 week mark until we could go and check up on things. Baby was doing great, had a super strong heartbeat and was the cutest little peanut I had ever seen! Houston was allowed to come to this appointment and it was really special to be able to see our baby on that screen together.

Prepping for Baby

I am already doing all the planning for the nursery and what we need when baby comes! Still deciding on some of the big items and making lots of lists for what a diaper bag needs, hospital bag, nursery items, and what to stock up on. It’s a little scary prepping for a baby during COVID but we are trying to prepare ourselves now as much as we can Incase another lockdown happens in the future.

The Best Mom Jeans + Buying Tips

I have to be honest. Before this year the only jeans I owned were old Abercrombie jeans from when I was in high school. Which was almost 10 years ago. So needless to say I needed a closet refresh and made it my goal this year to get some timeless and long lasting jeans and get rid of my old high school pairs that were just not fitting my style anymore. So I went through my closet, pulled all the jeans I wasn’t interested in keeping anymore and listed them for cheap on Facebook Marketplace (guide to selling literally anything online coming soon!) After about a week a had some extra spending money from my sales and I was ready to go on the hunt! My goal: find comfortable, cute, flattering, budget friendly trendy mom jeans.

I hate it when I see a cute outfit on Instagram and I click the like to know it and the jeans are $198 or above. As a girl on a budget I just can’t swing that! I looked for jeans under $100, especially jeans that went on sale for a really good price often. Here are my top favorites that I found.

Abercrombie Mom Jeans. These are a rigid fit so they have 0 stretch, which I actually love! They feel like a really good quality denim that will last you forever without wearing out. Yes, they don’t have a lot of stretch, but they do stretch out once you start to wear them and break them in throughout the day. I stuck with my normal size 28L in these jeans and while they were tight when I initially put them on they did loosen once I had worn them all day, they felt more comfortable around my thighs and hips. What I love about these is that I found them on a huge sale for under $30! They have cute distressing around the ankle and aren’t too wide at the bottom, which is not flattering on my body type. So I say wait for a sale or check the clearance section daily, you can find tons of cute jeans for under $30 there all the time! If you are 5’7″ and above I recommend going with the long inseam since it is distressed at the bottom, mine still are a little cropped around my ankles even with the longer inseam! (Also excuse my knee that looks like it is being suffocated, I have one string holding on before it breaks! Lol)

American Eagle Mom Jeans. I have been seeing these all over Instagram lately so when I found them on sale and had a discount code (making them around $25) I thought, why not, let’s try them! Pros, they are super comfy and not as rigid as a fit (if you like a more denim spandex type hybrid). I love the distressed knees and that the legs are pretty roomy. They are super cute with a perfect high waist. I will warn you, I do have two downsides. One is that the legs stays pretty wide at the ankles. I could go for a skinnier leg than what they have. The Abercrombie legs seem to taper ever so slightly which I find a little more flattering. The other semi con, semi pro is that the fabric is very thin. At first I didn’t really love that, but now that it is summer and the warmer temps are coming out I think they will be a great option when you want to wear jeans but don’t want to wear a heavy jean material. Overall I would say get them when they are on sale because they are so perfect for summer! I got a 6 and they have a little room around the waist but are snug in the hips so I would not be able to size down. If you are over 5’7″ I recommend going with the long or extra long inseam! The long inseam is even a little short on me so if you want more of a full length, go longer.


I shared my two favorite budget friendly choices above and now its time for some tips that helped me to find flattering mom jeans!

  1. Make sure you know what type of fabric you want and what type of fabric the jeans that you are getting are. When I got the Abercrombie jeans in the mail I was very surprised by the feel and fit because I didn’t look at that before I bought them! So if you know you like rigid jeans look for that type of material. If you are a comfy jeggings girl who likes stretch, look out for that! It will save you a lot of grief and time if you know what you want and make sure that is what you are buying (returns take forever and are a pain!) PS. American Eagle now has a stretch mom jean if you like your jeans to have stretch to them! Linked here!
  2. Measure your inseam. I made the mistake of getting a regular inseam because I can get away with that sometimes, but not when there is distressing on the bottom of most jeans now! So be sure to see what inseam each different pair of jeans has (it can vary by 1-3″) and measure it out on yourself! You can get them really high and cropped above the ankles or if you like a full length you can get a long or extra long inseam. Again, saves you time! I personally like them to be cropped right at my ankles, I think it is the most flattering and shows off your cute shoes!
  3. Don’t be afraid to try a straight leg jean to get the same type of look. Abercrombie’s straight leg jean is just as cute with with a more tapered leg! Still gives you a little loose fit but if you have slimmer legs or don’t want to fully commit to the mom jean these are a great option to still wear the trend.
  4. Size up for a looser fit. Most of the mom jeans that I have tried so have a more rigid fabric, so if you want a loose fit or want extra room in the hips and thigh area I recommend trying the size up. You might find them to be a little more comfortable to sit and bend in if you have hips or a booty!

Leave a comment below if you have tried these jeans or if you have a favorite pair of mom jeans that I should try out!

My Skincare Routine with Bioré

*This post is sponsored by Bioré but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

I love skincare. I love trying new products and reading reviews and finding the newest and best products on the market, the skin you have is forever and its so important to take care of it! There are different types of people and I am for sure someone who lives to try everything so I was very excited when Bioré reached out to partner for this post to test out their Blue Agave + Baking Soda products. I have combination skin so when I saw these products helped to balance combination skin I knew that I had to try them! Continue reading “My Skincare Routine with Bioré”

Trending: Leopard

I am sure I have said this before but I will say it again: I LOVE LEOPARD. I love how you can make it fun and sassy or dress it up for work and make it a really classy. This dress is a favorite because I love the cut and the detail.

Dress: Old; Similar HERE, HERE

While this dress is sold out I have linked some new dresses that I have had my eyes on! Pair any one of these with some black heels and a leather jacket and you have a great going out outfit while its still a little chilly out!

Dress: Old; Similar HERE, HERE

Leopard Shift Dress

It’s hard editing these pictures and putting these posts together now that I am back in Rexburg. I just miss the Sacramento sun so much! I literally drove my car for 15 seconds to the mailbox the other day because I didn’t want to try and cross my apartment complex that is currently covered in a thick sheet of ice. Lazy or genius? I say the second 😉

Spring time is almost upon us and this dress is perfect for spring and summer! It is made of a super lightweight fabric that won’t be too heavy when the temperature starts to heat up. I am a sucker for leopard print so I knew this dress would be perfect! I wanted to add a little something to give it more shape and this belt adds a great touch, not too skinny but not too thick either.  I am a firm believer that a belt can help any outfit look amazing! If you haven’t heard of JunieBlake before you need to click the link below! My friend Jules sells their modest clothes and can hook you up! They also make little girl clothes too which are adorable. Check out her page below!

oxox Sydney

Dress: c/o JUNIEblake with Jules | Belt: Similar | Shoes: Similar


Sweater Weather and A Giveaway

Hello hello! Welcome back! My mind is already on Spring and hopeful thinking that Idaho will have warm temperatures again (very wishful thinking on my part!) It has been FREEZING cold here with a whole week that was just -1 to -29 with windchill. It was so bad that one of our cars just refused to turn on so it was fun trying to use one car between the two of us for work and school but we made it through and when it finally warmed up to 20 degrees the car gave in and started for us. Needless to say its been a rough start of the semester for us! We are only on week two and I already want it to be over with!  Continue reading “Sweater Weather and A Giveaway”

The Only Apple Watch Accessory You Need

My big Christmas present from Houston this year was an Apple Watch. I never thought that I would own one of these but after hearing about how much my sister loved hers and reading more about it I wanted to give it a try. Best decision ever! I use it way more than I ever thought that I would.  I have a pair of wireless headphones and paired with the watch it makes working out, texting, and talking on the phone a breeze.

And with every new accessory you need accessories for your accessory. Do you follow? Let me introduce you to Bytten. They make accessories for the things you wear everyday, your Apple Watch, your Fitbit, your Jawbone, all things that could use a little spicing up! I love my watch but I wanted to make it match my personality more, to add a little bling to make it fun! My watch has the rose gold mini glam stack on. How cute does it look?! It adds such a fun touch and is truly one of a kind. You can even get other stacks and double or triple up to really bling out your watch! I don’t think that you can ever have enough bling, I am really tempted to get another stack so I can layer them up. And if you have a Fitbit they have a ton of really cute stacks that you can add to those too to really make them pop and look cute! These are one of a kind and make great gifts too if you know someone who could use a little sparkle in their lives!

Rose Gold Mini Stack: Bytten 


Boyfriend Tee Styled Two Ways

These pictures were *obviously* not taken in icy Rexburg and looking back at them makes me miss home so much! These outfits were perfect for the sunny weather in Sacramento.

This is my favorite new go to shirt from Ava Rae Boutique because its a great stand out color and can be styled in so many different ways! Here I have styled it to be more dressy and paired with my favorite moto leggings for a more casual look. I love both! If you haven’t checked out this boutique you need to. They have the cutest clothes that are so on trend! If I could have my whole wardrobe be from them I totally would. If you live in Boise or close to it then you can stop by their store as well! I live a little too far away to make the trip but want to see their dreamy store in person! This shirt is linked below and is under $30, get it before its gone!

Stay tuned for a giveaway coming up and another amazing outfit that I styled with pieces from their store!

Shirt: c/o Ava Rae Boutique | Skirt: Naked Wardrobe | Jeggings: Charming Chenille  Apple Watch Stack: Get Bytten



Happy Monday! Less than a week until Christmas! I have to admit that Christmas came for Houston and I a little early this year…we did a mini Christmas with just us yesterday before we make the drive to Sacramento to spend some time with our families. I really just could not wait any longer because I knew what was on my Christmas list and was just so eager to get it! It was a fun day, and even better now that we have a small break in-between semesters!  Continue reading “Mauve”