Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Life Update: We Moved!

Hi everyone!!!
To say I've been absent from the blog for awhile seems like an understatement! We recently moved and life has been a whirlwind- especially for the past month. We bought a new house, got a buyer for our old house, painted, packed, and loaded our stuff into a U-Haul on June 7th! We moved about 5 minutes away from our old house, but as anyone who has moved knows... anytime you have to pack up all of your belongings, it doesn't matter how far you go. It's still an enormous process! We love where we live here in southern Illinois and could've stayed in our old home for quite some time, but with our growing family, we were keeping our eyes out for someplace larger that would give us more room to grow. When we stumbled upon the perfect location- we knew we couldn't wait long! And while it's not exactly easy to do a lot of the things moving requires while pregnant, we figured it'd be great to go ahead and get settled in before Miss Belle arrives in September! As a whole, things have gone very smoothly... with the exception of our internet hookup (I'll explain). So here's a little journal from the past few weeks :) If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some pictures already, but I do plan to put out some videos soon to give a more "complete" look at some of this house stuff!
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We closed on the new home at the end of May, so the first week of June was a flurry of activity. Basically, once we had the keys in our hands, we scheduled a painter to come in and paint several rooms of the new place... we are SO THANKFUL for Guido with Bernstein Decorative Finishes - not only for his professionalism and talent, but for working with our schedule and finishing ALL the painting the Friday before we moved! We figured it'd be easier on everyone to paint empty rooms :) I plan to show before & afters of the rooms we had done in an upcoming vlog, but in short, the rooms we had painted were the nursery, guest bedroom, guest bathroom, makeup room, some foyer columns, and a neat little side room we're referring to as "the fireplace room".
While Guido and his posse were painting during the day, Tyler and I would come over to the house when he got off work to do some assembly projects in rooms that weren't being painted. Tyler has been a total assembly MASTER. From wardrobes to makeup storage to entertainment centers, patio stuff, desks... you name it- he built it! And let me tell you, there were a TON of makeup-storage pieces to assemble. Props to Bub for his skills and for being totally sweet despite the long days he put in.
Another one of the first things we did was learn about the pool! This house has a fabulous pool but we were both a little intimidated by it... not the floating around on a raft part, but the maintenance. The previous owners actually met with us and showed us everything we needed to know. There's this cool little self-cleaning robot type thing that they named "Oscar"- and he just moseys around the pool from the floor to the surface and does an amazing job keeping it clean. I had no idea something like that could do so much, so effectively! Tyler also seems to get a kick out of monitoring the chlorine levels and adjusting stuff accordingly. After the initial clean-up on our first weekend owning the home, it's been crystal clear and surprisingly easy to maintain. I actually LOVE to swim and did it all throughout my childhood- so this has been such a great way for me to get some safe exercise during pregnancy. Words can't even describe how good it feels to float around on a raft and feel "weightless" for awhile! 
June 7th was the actual MOVING DAY! We are so thankful for the help our parents provided-- from packing to cleaning to heavy lifting... and constantly reminding me: "don't lift that!" One time Tyler basically placed me in a chair, pulled out the foot rest, and demanded that I sit still! It was frustrating because I really wanted to make myself useful... but this is what you run into when you're a pregnant lady on moving day! That Saturday seemed to go on FOREVER. There were times that I didn't think the makeup room was ever going to get emptied out. Props to my dad, who had the task of toting most of my makeup out of this house and up a flight of stairs into the new house... he was so careful and from what I can tell- nothing broke! :) 
This is the last item to leave the house... my Vanity Girl makeup mirror- strapped in the backseat with a seatbelt. This is actually a very effective way to travel with one of these bad boys! But I must say, I cried like a baby seeing that empty pink room. So many memories there! I always called it "my happy place". I was so grateful to move into that house and have a space that I could devote to my passion. Seriously, every time I set foot into that room, I felt a rush of positivity. It's almost kind of strange! Anytime you leave somewhere you love, just remind yourself that there is always room for more happy places in your life. 
Here's a snapshot of my new makeup room! Still pink- but a new shade :) I actually never got tired of that bright pink room, but thought I'd embrace this opportunity to try something different. My overall theme in this room is pink, black, white, and gold. I'm absolutely loving the way it's all coming together. While there are some similarities to the set-up of my old room, there are also some major differences, including completely different makeup storage. I'll be shooting a new room tour and collection video soon! Thanks so much for sharing in my excitement about this special place in the house!
Here are just a few random peeks elsewhere in the house- the main entrance, a kitchen table nook, and the fireplace room. We are just in love with this house. There are so many interesting little features and details, and I love that it doesn't have a cookie-cutter look inside or out. While we have a lot of things done, we're still putting together a guest bedroom, the nursery, Tyler's office, a big basement entertainment area, and some finishing touches in our bedroom. Make sure to subscribe to my BeautyVlogcast channel for any update videos that pertain to the house! :) 
And who could forget about Cupcake? It was so fun to watch her get acclimated to her new surroundings. She loves to explore, and while it took her a couple days to adjust to the new location of her litter box (I won't gross you out with the details), I think she's starting to feel right at home. She loves the places where she can get up high and look down on "her people", and she's got some great windows to gaze out of. We have a lot of trees in the backyard, and we've spotted a couple of groundhogs already, and even a few deer! So as far as the life of a house-cat goes, it's been a pretty exciting time for Cupcake.  
And here's what I'm looking like these days! This picture was from last week... actually, as of today, I'm 27 weeks along! I've been feeling really good and it just fascinates me to think little Belle has been with us for every step of this journey! Thank you for all the kind thoughts and prayers. You have all been so sweet, helpful, and supportive and I wish I could just give you a big hug. Thank you for thinking of me! :) 

Oh- the internet! TODAY is the first day I've had an actual internet connection!! Talk about a reality check of how much I love what I do... it pained me to break my streak of 5-day a week videos on Beauty Broadcast Express, which I'd had going since September 2013! I also had about a week-long gap on my main channel, not to mention a couple weeks away from Beauty Broadcast Live! Ugh! Internet definitely rules my world. I worked ahead a little bit, and assumed that after moving day, we'd be connected by mid-week and everything would be all good. Well, first Mediacom had to "assess" whether our house was connectable (which they pushed back a week), and then another person had to come out 4 days later to install. That was supposed to be this past Saturday... but the guy said he couldn't do it because of something that wasn't done during the assessment! You can imagine my outrage. I know, it's not life & death. But come on now! This 5-foot ball of pregnant woman was definitely getting feisty by this point. I really wanted to start getting some videos up this week! So Tyler got the bright idea to enable my iPhone as a WIFI hotspot, so I could have some form of internet to work with. So far anything that's gone up this week has uploaded through that connection, and I've tried to make sure that was my only internet usage, because it takes from my data plan and Verizon no longer allows that to be unlimited. So I'm sorry for my lack of interaction beyond the videos. But to make a long story slightly less long, this morning we got another internet provider to come out, and we are good to go! I'm working with an actual wired internet connection!!! Woohoo!!! I'm glad to no longer have to be a bulldog with customer service personnel. Thanks for being patient with me! :) 

Thanks for taking time to read this super long post! I do plan to do Beauty Broadcast LIVE tomorrow at 9am CST as usual! (I do that on my beautyvlogcast channel) :) I hope everyone is having a good week, and keep an eye out for a new Beauty Broadcast Express video later today! Love you! 
♥ Emily



81 comments:

  1. So happy for you, Emily! Can't wait to see future videos!!

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  2. Congrats on the new house, and have fun setting it up. Moving is always a chore, but the end result can be worth it. Just don't forget to take a break and rest every now and then. :) Enjoy!

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  4. Thanks for Sharing. Actually our moving date is on the June 7 as yours. Enjoy your new home. I can't wait to see your new home tour video.

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  5. Love the glimpses of the new house, it looks gorgeous! Even though it was 20 years ago, I remember being pregnant in the summer and how wonderful it was to get in my parents' pool and feel weightless! So happy for y'all & looking forward to #bblive in the morning! :-)

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  6. Wow, your house looks beautiful! I love hearing all of these updates from you. :)

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  7. My dad owns a swimming pool company that I worked at from the time I could walk until well I was about 24. Owning a pool is pretty easy if you just keep up with the chemicals on a weekly basis. Also it's best to do what we call a 3 step program, which is shocking the pool, maintenance algaecide and keeping 3-5 chlorine sticks in the skimmer on a weekly basis. :) Love the house by the way!

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  8. Emily, congrats on selling your existing house and I'm glad the move went well. Moving is always a pain no matter how far or how close. Your new house looks lovely and I'm glad Cupcake is settling in to her new place. Keep enjoying that pool this summer!! <3 from Nashville :) Lara

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  9. How did I not realize how close you are to me! Are you familiar with Evansville IN?

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  10. Congratulations on the new house! It looks absolutely beautiful. I'm so excited to see the tours and see how you put everything together! Glad to see you're up and running again with internet :)

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  11. AWESOME Emily, congrats to you and Tyler and lil Belle. Can't wait to see the house tour. It looks lovely so far.. and i'm so jealous of your pool, looks soooo calming.. Take care. :)

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  12. Yay! So excited for you and can't wait for more videos :)

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  13. Great post, your new house looks lovely :) I'm 23 weeks preggers at the moment and dying to move, you wouldn't believe how small our house is! Alas, we can't afford it so will make the best of what we have :) Nice to see cupcake looks to have settled in nicely too :)

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  14. Hello. Thank you for the update. I was hoping that all went well with you and your little pink babes with the moving and strain on your body. I am glad that you are still well and by the way, that bump is BEAUTIFUL! Hope you and your family will be very blessed in your lovely new home!!

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  15. I'm so excited for you all! Congratulations on your gorgeous new home. I can't wait to see what happens next in your life. I'm glad that everything has been going smoothly for you, and that you are still feeling good! I enjoy seeing your life, thank you for sharing! Much love from California! :) PS. Your family has become a family enjoyment for mine lol I love watching you, my husband loves watching Tyler every Friday and even our cat, Princess Leia loves to bounce and meow whenever she sees Cupcake in your videos. :)

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  16. I got choked up reading about the old make up room. I have watched your videos since you were back in your apartment, and I have grown very attached to your bright pink make up room. I'm so happy for you, Tyler, Cupcake, and Baby Belle!! I look forward to loving your new make up room as much as the last!!! I love that you keep all your subscribers as close as friends! :)

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  17. The new hous looks wonderful, I can see why you love it!

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  18. Congrats! Can't wait to see it!

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  19. Thanks for the update Emily! I LOVE the colours in your new make up room, and the house looks stunning!

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  20. Congrats on the new house! It looks beautiful from what I can see. Glad to see you back as well. Always need my Beauty Broadcast fix!

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  21. Congrats Emily!! I'm so happy for you!!I wish all the best for you and your lovely family!!!!:)

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  22. Glad you got everything moved in over there. Welcome to this 'Ville. :) Take it easy.

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  23. This is so wonderful Emily! I can't wait to join you for the first time at Beauty Broadcast Live tomorrow. I am so excited to hear about all the hectic, crazy happiness in your life :)

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  24. Thank you for the update. It sounds like you have been crazy crazy busy! I can't get over how gorgeous that big pool is.
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  25. school's out so I can watch bb live tomorrow yaaaaaaaaaay

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  26. Congratulations on the new home! May you have a lifetime of happiness and cherished memories..

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  27. So excited for you both! Looking forward to seeing more of the new home. :) Such a sweet couple and excited to meet Belle!! <3

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  28. You must be so relieved that the moving part is done! The rest (getting everything together) will come in time. Best Wishes for you, Tyler, Belle and Cupcake in your new home! :)

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  29. Ahhh! I was eagerly awaiting an update on the move! Your new house is beautiful! So glad your back online! :)

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  30. Happy Days!!! Very happy for you and Tyler!!

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  31. Yay! I'm so happy for you and Tyler! You both are such good people and deserve the very best! Super excited to tune into BB Live tomorrow

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  32. Great that you had family to help you move! The house seems wonderful and spacious! You inspired me to start my own blog! Of course it only has a few posts, but I hope to continue working on it.

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  33. Enjoy settling into to your new home Emily & Tyler! You look great to be 27 weeks! Pregnancy looks beautiful on you! We cant wait to see the new makeup room and of course the nursery..down the line! Blessings from Texas! Be sure to take it easy!

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  34. Congratulation's on the new house! It looks beautiful and plenty of room to grow into. SO happy for you. Thanks for the update!

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  35. Wow, I can't believe you live in southern Illinois. I live in east central :) Congrats on the new house and your kitty pictures are adorable :)

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  36. You are such a beautiful and sweet person. My mom and I love to watch your videos. God bless your beautiful family!

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  37. Wow Emily, your place looks totally amazing and I love it!!! I hope you enjoy your new home. You and Tyler deserve to be very happy together especially with your baby belle on the way! Don't worry about not posting for a while, I'm sure nobody has forgotten about you, and we all understand that sometimes life happens! Wishing you all the best for moving in & I can't wait to see your new makeup room! xx

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  38. So excited to see this great blog post! Huge congrats on the new (stunningly gorgeous) home!! Looking forward to your makeup room tour! All the best to you and your lovely family - including Miss Cupcake! :)

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  39. I have serious house envy! but it couldn't happen to a lovlier person :) Hope you all have wonderful times in your new home :)

    p.s I'm really looking forward to the afore mentioned vlogs room tour etc! :D

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  40. I have been watching your videos for a few years now and did not know you had Beauty Broadcast Express! Subscribed :)
    Love the sneakpeak of your new home already!

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  41. So happy for you! Also, you look sooo beautiful-lucky girl!! Women are either sweat hogs or glowingly beautiful-and you look gorgeous!

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  42. Wow your house looks like a castle, as it should be, we all know how cupcake rules. Lol love it that everything is going so well. I know how hard it can be. We have moved twice across 2 states in 6 months and are just staying with family while we look for something we want. I swear I look everyday and still 2 months later nothing. Can't wait for more pics of the new Castle cupcake, I bet the nursery is amazing.

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  43. the place sounds awesome enjoy your new place.. thanks for sharing

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  44. The house looks beautiful!! And that pool looks heavenly! So happy for you and your family!

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  45. Emily, I always look forward to your videos each day! I just started a full time job out of town and I will so miss seeing your first BBC live tomorrow! Your house is beautiful and of course a BIG thank you for Tyler, taking care of you so you will stay healthy while this baby is growing. The pink shade is gorgeous and I just love those new drawer organizers in today's video. Cupcake rules there LOL We have a 5 year old long haired 5 lb chihauhau that thinks she is a person and rules this house too. Take care until later, Jennifer......in North GA

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  46. and oh, how I remember the empty house I left in 2001 where I had raised my kids and spent many memories there. It had become my happy space and I remember the feeling when I turned back for the last time before I left. But you are right. You will create a different and better happy place. Every time I ride by my old house, I long to go in and just feel how it was when I lived there.

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  47. So happy for you Emily. It's a beautiful home, thanks for sharing the pics with us. I'm excited to see more after the glimpses you've given us in the videos so far. I'm sure your new 'happy place' will be even happier than the one before it.

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  48. Excited for you, Tyler, Belle and Cupcake! The new house looks and sounds a-mazing!! Can't wait to see the tour. :)

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  49. So happy for you and your growing family :D Your new house sneak peaks look AMAZING too!

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  50. Glad to see you back. We moved about a year ago and had all sorts of drama getting internet sorted out. Random to think that no matter where in the world you are internet providers are a pain in the neck :)

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  51. Oh My God! You have a very beautiful house. Waiting for your house tour! Anyway, take care of your health, eat healthy, stay healthy and be happy! <3 Love you!

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  52. The house looks super fancy, good job! So happy for you guys, it sounds like you're really making it a wonderful place for yourselves. Take care and i'm looking forward to catch bblive!

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  53. The new house is beautiful. LOVE the lighting and the front door area is perfection. Can't wait to see the full tour. Kudos to the family for moving you and getting you to sit. Very hard to do...sit still when you want to be up doing. Congratulations on the new house and the 26 weeks along. Exciting times!

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  54. Looks amazing! How exciting. The lack of internet hook up is always frustrating but it will all work out in the end. Go cupcake!

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  55. Congratulations to you and Tyler on your beautiful new house! It looks like a wonderful place for your growing family.

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  57. Since I "follow" you everywhere, does that make me a shadow? JK! Love, love, love you upbeat, positive attitude and missed your posts and videos tons! I'm glad you're back in the game! :)

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  58. I'm so happy for you and your cute little family <3 Congrats on the new home Ems !!! <3

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  59. This is a beautiful house. Really happy for you, Emily.

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  60. Wow such a beautiful house, the entrance hall is amazing, looks like TiffanyD's, this must be an american style of building, we don't get such grand entrances here in the UK. Stunning x

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  61. Joy and blessings to you both--your cup runneth over! :)

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  62. Congrats on your new home, so looking forward to your new vlogs:)

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  63. I hope that there is room for me in that new house! The house looks great and that pool....(sigh). Tyler is a good man for setting up everything but tell him not to work to hard. I was wondering where you went to but then realized you must have been super busy overseeing everything. I'm going to echo your parents, slow down and rest. Don't worry about getting the videos out- take care of yourself and that precious baby.

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  64. beautiful home Emily! god bless your new chapter in your life!

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  65. Congratulations your new home is beautiful and Welcome back to the interwebs! You were missed!

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  66. Can't wait to see all the videos you have planned! Congrats on your new home and I bet even though it's alot of hard work moving, it's also a lot of fun setting up the new areas!

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  67. What an exciting time for you and Tyler! I loved the dark pink of your old makeup room but really like this new shade.

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  68. Wow, that pool is amazing! Congratulations on your new home. Those pictures of cupcake are super cute.

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  69. You, Tyler and Cupcake are truly blessed. Enjoy your new home. :)

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  70. The new house looks beautiful! Congratulations!

    My husband and I recently bought a house in January and also have a room that we call "the fireplace room" which seems so tedious and long and we probably should call it a "den" but it just stuck. So funny that someone else also has a room that they call that!

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  71. Oh, I can't believe we are on the same week! This year is very productive for MUAs and beauty bloggers ;) (though I am not)
    Wish you all the best in your new house

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  72. super exciting. your house looks beautiful. my OB told me once (a loooooong time ago when I had my girlies--now 29 and 21)--she figured about 90% of women move during their first pregnancy -- while that's not scientific by any means, it seems to be true on you tube!!! you look great. my younger daughter told me I would like your vlogs and...I do! thx....

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  73. I love the new shade of pink and you look amazing!

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