Ultimate Cozy Night In : Autumn Edition

Ahh, fall is officially here!!  Happy October, my friends!!  October has always been one of my favorite months of the year, but thats because fall is my absolute favorite season!  If you’re new here, I live in northern Indiana, so we get all 4 seasons, and I cannot wait until the leaves start turning a little more and the crisp air moves in.  Now later this month I’m sure I’ll talk about my favorite outside fall activities but lets start indoors!

Everyone loves a cozy night in, there is just something about it that is so relaxing.  Those cozy fall nights are something else though, almost rejuvenating.  It’s still on the hotter side here where I’m at, but soon the cool air will move in and I’ll be begging my husband to have a cozy night in with me.

I’m a simple girl, and it doesn’t take much to make it a great cozy night.  I love candles, especially the fall fragrances. Currently I’m using the fragrance Autumn in my living room, Flannel in my kitchen & Pumpkin Cupcake in our bedroom.  These are all bath and body works candles, I really only use those primarily.  I love how the 3-wick ones burn so evenly and give off such a great fragrance.

As my candles burn I’ll be in the kitchen cooking on of our favorite soups or chili!  My husband loves the chicken corn chowder that I made, it’s a hardy soup, we don’t like them very runny.  Sometimes I’ll make cornbread as well, but I usually only make that when I make chili.  On occasion I’ll buy apple cider, but it tends to be more expensive for even half a gallon so I’ll usually just be drinking sweet tea with my dinner.  I love to bake year round, but those fall desserts are everyone’s favorite!  Although I love my pumpkin treats, I’m a sucker for apple desserts of any kind!  I love making apple pie or apple crisp especially heated up with ice cream on top!  So yummy!!

After dinner we may pop in a movie or turn on TV or Netflix.  My husband and I have mainly similar styles of shows but we would probably agree with watching Fraiser or Cheers on Netflix. We love the older shows, myself especially.  No matter what we watch, it’s just fun to sit and relax with my hubby, and now that our little girl is with us, it makes it even more fun!  Soon the freedom to watch the shows we want to will be more strict and we will have a movie on for the kiddo, but we will have a little control over that so it won’t be too bad. 😉

Like I said, I’m a simple girl, and it doesn’t take much to make a cozy night in whether it’s  Autumn or another season.  Are you a homebody like me?

Thanks for reading!!

~xoxo Seneca

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First Blog Post Baby!

 

Hello friends!  It’s been awhile since I’ve sat and actively wrote a blog post, so while my little one is napping, I just wanted to say hi and catch you up on a few things! 🙂

July 14th at 8:11 in the morning, my little girl, Hazel made her way into this world!!  I will write a post/make a video about my birth story soon.  However, everything went pretty smooth for what was my first baby, and I’m almost 3 weeks postpartum and doing better each day.

My parents were here with us for 2 weeks, and it was really nice to have them here, and even though I was still learning my new baby, and trying to figure it all out, we enjoyed our time together.  I do miss the meals that were always made for breakfast, lunch and dinner, I got spoiled with that.  I learn that once you don’t have that luxury anymore, you tend to eat the same things for each meal because it’s quick and easy, but also gets old quickly.  I’ve ate a lot of turkey sandwiches and I’m a little bored of that now.

I’ve also learned that I am a more social person than I thought I was.  I always knew I enjoyed being around my friends and just people (the nice ones lol), but I didn’t realize that is a lot of my personality.  I don’t want to say I have postpartum depression, because I’m doing fine, I just had pretty heavy baby blues for a few days after my parents left.  I was of course sad they left, but I hated not getting out in town to see people, or really talking to anyone.  My husband is taking more time adjusting to everything, and that’s been a little harder on me as well.  A baby is a big change and even though you are excited for the change and can’t wait to be parents, it’s still overwhelming and hard to transition.

I am finally getting out of the house more, but I’m still afraid to drive by myself yet.  I don’t like not being beside Hazel in the car, I’m afraid that her car seat will pinch her or it will be too tight and I won’t be able to tell and something bad will happen.  I’m just paranoid, and I even have one of those car mirrors installed, but it’s still scary!!  I’ll get over it soon enough, and I’m also waiting till I’m a little more healed up myself too.

Well I’ll write more when I can!  Tonight I believe we are going to a car show downtown, and tomorrow we are going to an arts and crafts festival!! I’m just happy to be getting out of the house, and enjoying the outside a little bit, and we get to do it all with our little girl!  Who will be sleeping most the trip I’m sure, but it’s great that she is here and we love her SO much!!

Thanks for reading!

~xoxo Seneca

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Why I love my Brazilian Blowout!

Hey everyone!  Welcome back to my blog, thanks for stopping by!  Today’s post I wanted to talk about why I love getting a Brazilian Blowout done on my hair, and share some pictures with you as well!

First off, let’s start with a photo of what my hair looks like naturally.

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You can see from this photo, it lays a little straight at the top, but there is a huge ridge in my hair and it’s quite puffy.  I don’t think this photo does the puffiness justice, but trust me, it can get pretty wild looking with just bring natural.
My hair is quite thick, and it takes about an hour to straighten it, if I really have the time to set down and section everything out.  It’s not as long as it used to be, but no matter what length of hair you have, it always takes longer to do stuff with it it when it’s thick.

So what a Brazilian Blowout actually does for me is, it tames and relaxes it so much!  It helps with the drying time, and makes it significantly straighter without having to use a straightener constantly when I want to style it.  After I wash it I’ll still wrap my hair up in a towel to help dry it that way, but when I take it out of the towel, instead of seeing curls, it’s just straight!  (Now if my curls would dry nicely, then I’d be okay with it, but unfortunately for me, I’m not that lucky!)  I’ll then just blow dry it with a round brush and it looks like this!

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So you can tell that it’s definitely straight, yay!!  You can see though the ends are flipped out a bit, and there is still a little body to it.  If I wash my hair at night, I’ll usually sleep on it like this, and then when I wake up in the morning, I will run a straightener through to touch it up a bit, and that only takes maybe 15-20 minutes!!  It’s a game changer!!!

Now let’s get down to the real talk for a second, as much as I love the blowouts, I don’t get them too often because they are pricey!  I’ll be straight up honest with you, it will cost you around $300 to get this done.  I don’t say that to be like hey look at me and what I bought, but I just wanted to be honest with you so you aren’t shocked when you look up the price.  Some salons are different, and may offer different pricing but that’s how much it was for me.  However a blowout is going to last you about 3 months if you wash it frequently, maybe 3 times a week, but I can get much longer out of my hair, so i’ll usually wash it 1 to 2 times a week depending on what I’ve been doing.  It will last and still look (and smell) nice for me, plus I don’t get extremely greasy so I don’t have to worry about that really.  So my blowout will last me well into the summer and start of fall for sure.

You also get product with your blowout to use at home to help with the upkeep of it, which is SO nice and handy!  It looks like this:

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So that is the shampoo, conditioner and a spray you put it before you dry and style it.  It really helps keep the treatment locked in your hair.  This is the first time I’ve gotten the spray so I’m not too familiar with it, but I can tell you they all smell SO good, very tropical!
Now you can buy these at the salon where you got your blowout at, but it is cheaper on Amazon to restock.  I hate to say buy online instead, but if you want to save a buck or two, you can find them here!

**This post is not sponsored in any way, this is just my honest opinion and review of my experience with my blowouts**

Thanks so much for reading and let me know if you’ve ever gotten a Brazilian Blowout as well, and what you thought about it!

~xoxo Seneca

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What I’m Most Nervous About Labor & Delivery : First Time Mom

Hello friends!  Welcome back to my blog, thanks for stopping by!  Last night I spent a few hours searching YouTube for different videos about birth stories, different experiences from moms, natural vs epidural, allll that stuff.  Let me tell you it is definitely overwhelming at times, no matter how long before pregnancy you’ve been watching videos like this.

I am currently 34/35 weeks pregnant and my due date is July 12, so I’m coming around the last stretch with my first pregnancy!  Some days it feels like time has gone so quick since we found out November 10th that I was expecting, and then other days you realize how long 9 months really is!  I’ve been spending the last couple weeks preparing and getting all the last minute things ready for her room, and I only need a few more things from Target and Amazon which is where I registered at.  The nice things about both those, is that they give you a completion discount to use on things you may not have gotten from your registry-totally taking advantage of that!!  I think I need to just bite the bullet and buy my stuff soon before it’s too late and I might not get something I need until after she is here.

I’m looking up everything that I might need in my hospital bag for both myself, my husband and baby.  I’m so afraid that I won’t have something that I might need, but then everyone says that the hospital provides it all for you basically.  The first thing I’m super nervous for is:

–HAVING THE NURSES ASK ME WHY I DIDN’T BRING SOMETHING WITH ME TO THE HOSPITAL!

I know unless I go to the worst rated hospital on yelp, that this probably won’t happen.  I’m just always thinking well maybe they expect moms to bring specific things that I don’t know about with me and then they’ll be annoyed that I didn’t know what to do ahead of time, that I wasn’t prepared.  I will most likely be asking my doctors office what to expect, and what they do provide at my hospital.

Once I looked up a bunch of hospital bag videos, I started watching videos about natural versus epidural birth experiences.  I’m not quite sure what I’m looking for when I watch those videos, I think I just want someone to jump from that computer and tell me what to do, which brings me to my next concern:

–WILL I PICK THE ‘RIGHT WAY’ TO DELIVER MY BABY??

Now first off, I keep telling myself and people when they ask me, is that there is no wrong way to have a baby.  Different women have different experiences with both ways and it’s completely fine!!  All moms are awesome super heroes!!  However, I really really want to deliver my daughter naturally with no epidural, but I have this stupid thought in my head that the nurses are going to be like no you have no choice, you have to get an epidural, or that they’ll scoff at me when I tell them I want to try for natural.  Again, I know that these are silly thoughts, but as a first time mom, I don’t know what it’s going to be like, and what all goes on during my L&D experience.  I just feel that when women talk about giving birth, they just casually are like oh just get the epidural and you won’t feel a thing, and they just brush it off.  I just want to give it an honest try at natural, but I know that if I do end up having to get one, it is okay!!

I need to still look up and do some research, but I’m planning on breastfeeding my daughter, but I know that it doesn’t just happen like that, and it will take some time to get the hang of it, even if she happens to latch right away.  Which brings me too:

–HOW DO I KNOW IF SHE’S GETTING ENOUGH FOOD?  WILL SHE GET A BOTTLE RIGHT AWAY IF SHE ISN’T?

How does it all work?!?!  I’m just so confused!!  I’m very open minded to this very arguable topic (which it shouldn’t be…).  Anyway, my concern is, so like say my baby isn’t latching well, or things aren’t working well in the milk department, do they just give her a bottle then?  I know you have to try multiple times to breastfeed, so I’m sure we will get the hang of it all, but I feel a little anxious about this.  My hospital does have a lactation consultant on staff that is more than happy to help each mom that’s there, which does alleviate my concerns for sure, but I do not like going into things not knowing what to expect.

I’m sure my worries are not the first time that someone has been worried about these things, but it’s the first time that I have been worried about these things.  I feel so clueless, but also want to be confident when my labor starts and I’m admitted.  It’s just all SO NEW!!  Okay, I think you guys have gathered that from this post anyway.
I’m just ready to meet my little girl, and that comes with so many unknowns.  If there are any moms out there who have any advice please feel free to comment below!  I’m always open to helpful tips!  Are any of you reading this expecting for the first time too?

Thanks so much for reading friends, I felt a little vulnerable while writing this, but It’s what’s on my mind, and I wanted to document it, so I can look back one day, and probably be like geez Seneca, you freaked out over everything you didn’t need to! 😉

~xoxo Seneca

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8 Months Pregnant!!

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Learning to Love my Pregnant Body

***I’ve been wanting to write about this for awhile now, but I’m always having trouble finding the words to describe what exactly I’m feeling.  I afraid I’m going to offend someone, but pregnancy does crazy things to your body, so these are just my thoughts.  Everyone’s experience is different!

Let’s start by saying, hello everyone!  I’m currently 29, almost 30 weeks pregnant, which is somewhere around 7 months.  Before I was pregnant I weighed about 113-115 pounds, and I’m 5’3.  Since the start of my pregnancy, I’ve gained 15 pounds so far, which everyone is saying is not bad at all, and I’m doing well.  I believe them, but it’s sometimes hard to see that number keep going up on the scale when I’ve never been over 121 ever.  I’m definitely alllll baby when it comes to my weight gain, my tummy is getting so big!

That’s the beautiful part about it though, I know that my baby is growing, and she’s getting stronger everyday for her grand debut into this world.  Then I put a dress on, and I look in the mirror.  From the front, it’s not too bad, then I turned to the side…whoa.  That’s a view I’ve never seen before!  I feel like my butt grew 20x it’s size and then add my stomach in the mix and I’m not even myself!  The first time I wore a dress for church after my stomach got bigger, I was SO self-conscious and I refused to look in any mirror and just pretend that I didn’t look the way I did.

So this is when some people who are reading this might be like, wow, this chick is messed up, she can’t even love her pregnant body and what she’s doing.  OR she’s still so little why is she freaking out about how she looks??    ***This is why I’ve been anxious to document these thoughts, especially on my blog where anyone can see it.
But, when your body changes so rapidly in 9 months it’s hard to keep up with those changes mentally sometimes.  It’s mainly dresses that do this to me, so when my dress for my baby shower came, I was excited, but when I looked at myself, it took me a minute to be like wow this is amazing.  I did have a little more confidence in that one though, I just had to mentally be like, stop freaking out, this is a good change and it’s not about how I look, it’s about how my baby is growing.

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Another weird thing that can mess with your mind at times, is when complete random strangers ask you when you’re due, just like that…  Okay, so I work in a retail store, and I do wear an apron, however, I will be checking someone out, and then boom, they’re like ‘so when are you due??’   I’m always taken off guard by that, even though it’s not a horrible question to ask someone, but some days I’ll just be like, wow it must be pretty obvious today because that’s the 5th person to ask me that today!  (Which has happened!)

Luckily, not too many people try to reach out and touch my tummy.  Some people do, and it’s mostly family, so that doesn’t bother me.  When I first started reading about pregnancy, a lot of articles said that get ready people with come at you to touch you, but it hasn’t been the case, yet, I still have two months left, but crossing my fingers that doesn’t change.  I say, just ask first and it’s okay with me.

So here are a few pictures throughout my pregnancy.  The first one is me at like 5ish weeks, shortly after I discovered I was expecting.  The second picture is me at 11 weeks, and then the last picture is about 27/28 weeks pregnant.  

I do want to say that I LOVE being pregnant.  I love the baby girl growing inside me so so much.  I love when she moves around in there, and bumps around, it tickles me from the inside!  I love that she’s growing on track and everything is good.  Those are the best parts.  Our family is growing and my husband and I are so excited.  So please don’t read this and think that I’m not happy, if you follow me on social media you know that I 100% am.  It’s just been hard to adjust to some of the lovely changes that come along with pregnancy.

Thank you for reading!  If you’re pregnant or have been pregnant, did you ever feel this way, or do I sound crazy??

~xoxo Seneca

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Where Did the Time Go? Changes are Happening!!

So, didn’t I just announce my pregnancy yesterday on here?  Not quite, it’s been a few months since I did that, and now it’s April, the middle of April at that!!  I am so surprised at how time has been flying by now that it’s gotten a little warmer, and the time changed.    I believe I have around 13 some weeks left before our baby girl will make her entrance into this world.  I have started to go into nesting mode, and I feel I’m running out of time to do everything already.  Luckily, my parents will be here soon for a few days and I know they can help me start to get the nursery ready.  That’s all I want, it to start getting this nursery looking more like that, and not a random extra room in my house that is in it’s transition phase.  I have the theme picked out for her room, and the color scheme, everything is in my mind, but I cannot wait to put it all together.

A few people have asked me if I’m nervous to become a mother, but I’ve been telling them no, I’m not really nervous, I’m clueless, but not quite anxious.  I have 0 idea on babies.  I grew up an only child, but I have an older brother who has always lived in Florida.  I helped out with the nursery at church, but someone else always changed a diaper, or did ‘the dirty stuff’.  I know that my mother instincts will kick in immediately, right?  I’m just excited to meet her, and hold her, and see what she looks like!!  Everyone keeps saying that red hair is dominant, and I don’t believe them.  My red hair is 100% recessive genes, so I’m not too convinced that she’ll pop out with a ginger head like me, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t praying for that red hair.  I just always assumed that my daughter would have red hair, I’ll keep you updated on that one.  😉

Life is already changing though, and it’s not the changes you think it would be.  Obviously, my tummy is growing and my body is getting ready for birth, that’s just a given.  I’m talking about my personal life and how things are changing that way.  Right now I’m working full time as an assistant manager at a retail store in my town.  I’ve been in management for 3 years and with that company for almost 4 years.  This is the only thing I’ve known since I’ve moved to Indiana.  These are my friends here, the people I see daily, and talk to regularly.  Well with having a little one, working full time in retail is near impossible, especially for me.  My schedule is different every single week, that’s just how it is, and I’m okay with that.  Well my husband’s schedule is set, and it’s an earl rising one, I tell ya!  The point it, I have no child care during the day for baby R, and I will not do daycare.  We don’t have the funds for that, and I don’t trust them, that’s just me, and my opinion.  So because of these factors, we have decided for me to step down as assistant manager, and become a stay at home mom for the majority of the time.  I get maternity leave, but when that’s done I’ll be doing very little part time to close out this year, and then starting next year I may pick up more when I’m able to.  Stepping down out of this position is incredibly bittersweet, and I did not expect that.  I didn’t know what to expect honestly.  An old coworker asked me if I was just so ready to get out, and I told her no not really.  That answer surprised her, and I think I surprised myself too.  I’m letting go of all my many, many responsibilities at work and it’s honestly a little hard.  I’m starting to step back even now and let those taking over do a few more things, and learn more things than before…it’s a little weird for me.  I’m not one to just be like ehhh someone else can do my job, no, it’s my job and I have to complete it.  Now I’m watching the others do what I normally do, and it’s hard to not jump in or just start taking over.  These are the changes that I did not expect with this big life event happening.

I also get worried that I’ll never see them anymore, or we will lose touch and I’ll lose my friends.  I have a thing with losing friends, but that is a blog for another time.  I am so beyond excited to meet our little girl and stay at home with her, but I can’t help but feel sad that I’m leaving my ‘old life’ behind.  I’m not upset that I’m having baby, but I know it probably sounds that way…I don’t mean for it to.  I hope my point is getting across, I’m rambling a little, but it’s late and I’m just writing to get some things off my chest.

My best friend is having a baby, which is insane!!  We did not expect that to happen at all!!!  It is the coolest thing ever to be pregnant at the same time, it’s unreal honestly.  We are so excited for each other!  But she’s 7 hours away which is the worst part, so yes we talk daily over text, but I wish we could be there in person for each other.  My sister in law here in Indiana is having a baby too, so that’s cool, but I still feel like my friend circle is about to vanish and I’ll have no one.  I am more social than I realize, and I enjoy being with friends and hanging out, I just want to still be able to do that after I have the baby.  Is that a thing, can people still do that?  See, I’m such a newbie parent, I just don’t know what to expect.

I hope these thoughts aren’t super silly, and you’re just like, dude get it together.  I tell ya, pregnancy hormones are a real thing, and they can be odd.  So I’m just a little down this evening so I’m writing it out.  However, earlier I was getting a little upset at work for stupid reasons, and I know it was because hormones.  It didn’t effect my work or anything, but I just had to tell myself to just chill and it’s okay, nothing is wrong.  The angry emotions can spiral faster now, and I hate that, that’s not me!

Well, I’m going to end it tonight, I hope for those of you who read don’t unfollow because I’m just another crazy pregnant lady.  This is just what is on my mind this evening, and it was therapeutic to write about it.  I have a lot to do tomorrow on my day off, so I’m going to get a shower and head to bed.  Thanks so much for reading!!

~xoxo Seneca

Living my Best Life in 2019

Hello friends!!

I’ve come to a lot of realizations, and really took some time to think about life in the last few weeks.  2019 is about to bring some BIG changes, it’s incredible how life has changed in the last year!  This time last year I was planning my bridal shower, and my wedding!  This year I’m planning my baby shower and preparing our home for our child to come home in July to!  It’s honestly the best thing I’ve ever been expecting and it’s still so new each day!  This past week brought on a lot of scary things in pregnancy, however it really wasn’t that scary at all, but it was just so many new things for me, I didn’t know what was happening.  However, I’ll write a different blog post on that another day.

To get to the point, I’m just ready to put myself first this year for just a little bit before the baby comes.  Now I understand how that sounds, as I was writing it, I could hear the selfishness in my text, but I don’t mean it that way at all.  I have put work before so many things in the past almost 4 years and this year, I want to change that a little bit before I go on maternity leave.

It all starts in March, the first weekend to be exact.  We will find out the gender of our baby that weekend, along with the gender of my best friend’s baby!!  Everyone is just so excited for it all, and it’s going to be such an epic gender reveal!  I’m not spoiling anything before we reveal it!  So if you want to be one of the first to know, make sure you’re following my social media that will be linked below.  Then I’m going to film two weddings one weekend after the other.  I’m really looking forward to that, wedding videography is something that I’m really trying to invest myself in, and I’m thankful for these opportunities.  I have wedding I need to edit this month, I didn’t film it myself, but I’m being hired to edit the video for them.  That is something new for me, and I’m interested to see how that goes for me.

Matt and I are actually planning on going on a trip at the end of March!!  Fun fact, out honeymoon was the first actual trip we went on in the, at the time, 8 years we had been together!!  So we just decided that we are making the arrangements to go Houston to visit my best friend!!!  I’ve never been past Chicago, so I’m quite excited to see a new area!  Plus it’s basically on the gulf coast so we get to go to the BEACH!!!!  I am beyond excited for that!!  It’s been years since I’ve been to a beach, and my husband has never been to one, so it will be fun for everyone.  My best friend is always snapping pictures of all the Mexican restaurants she’s been going to, so I’m ready for that!  Now of course when planning everything there is a small chance it might not go through, but I think we are going to go for it, and make this trip our ‘baby moon’ as one last getaway before we can’t really travel a lot, or at least far distances like that.  I’ll be checking with my doctor tomorrow to make sure I’m able to fly in March, basically April.  Safety first for me and Baby R!

April will be fun, because I’ll be going to West Virginia for my baby shower there.  We just picked and reserved a location for it, and I think it will be very nice for us.  Other than Easter, no major events happening then.

May will be my Baby shower here in Indiana with my husband’s family, and friends up here.  My in laws are throwing that for me, so I’m excited to see all they do together. 🙂
Both baby showers will be ducky themed, and I’m just living for that.  I just love love love ducks so I’m going to freaking explode with happiness at each shower.

June will be the waiting game for baby R, I plan on working up until the middle of June, God willing of course, and whatever the doctor tells me is best for baby and me.  I know I’ll be the size of a whale, so I just want to be safe, and not overdue it.  Like I said earlier, there are so many things that are going on with your bodies while your pregnant and I have no clue what any of it is.  I’m just taking it a day at a time, and reading as much info as I can to know what to except each month.

I’m starting to show big time now, as I’m 19 weeks pregnant!  It’s crazy to see your body grow with baby, it’s quite fascinating.  I need to put some pictures on here so you can see how I’ve grown!

Well that was just a random outlook of what plans I have for 2019 before baby comes, and I’m just looking forward to putting myself first for a little bit, and enjoying the time my husband and I have together.  We love our baby more than we even understand, but I know that this will be good for both of us to have these adventures together.  Then we get to bring baby with us, and create new adventures!!  I cannot wait for it all!!

Thanks for reading!  I hope you enjoyed the post!

~xoxo Seneca

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