Life

Currently: August 2018

Somehow we are in the double digits of August! I feel like this month is just flying by. I keep seeing fall decorations in stores and it’s making me realize a new season is just around the corner. Here’s what’s currently going on in my life this month.

Current book Almost Amish by Nancy Sleeth. Just started this yesterday, but it seems great so far. I think I have a fascination with books about the Amish way of life because I always find myself picking them up!

Almost Amish by Nancy Sleeth book

Current song Counting Every Blessing by Rend Collective. Love jammin’ out to this one.

Current beauty product This body wash and shampoo combo. It smells like a Creamsicle!

Current blessing Jimmy. He’s just all around amazing, supportive, helpful, and loving. I am so blessed to call him my husband.

Black and white picture of smiling couple

Current confession I don’t know if it’s being in my third trimester, the heat of summer, or a combo of both, but I officially have cankles. Does anyone have any remedies?!

Current baked good Malted milk chocolate chip cookies. I am on the quest to make the perfect one. I tried a recipe in May, but wasn’t impressed with it. I just made a batch last night using milk chocolate chips and semisweet chocolate chips and they’re much better!

Current drink Coffee, as always! Jimmy and I have been enjoying our Angel’s Cup subscription that I gifted him for Father’s Day, along with Starbucks and Sheetz lattes and frappes as a treat here and there. Jimmy likes anything caramel, and I’m a vanilla gal through and through.

Angel's Cup coffee subscription in Catfinated coffee mug and Starbucks coffee mug

Current fun Scrapbooking. I’ve really been enjoying it lately. Still using the Project Life kits/method, which makes it super easy and relaxed.

Current fact As of August 12th, Mavis has been a part of our family for a year! It feels like just yesterday we brought her home and officially made the Zottola house a complete zoo 😉

Current obsession These pens. I have been a Pilot G2 fan for a few years now, but these are quickly becoming a favorite writing utensil of mine.

Paper Mate InkJoy Pens

Current excitement Welcoming our daughter next month, Lord Willing. It’s surreal to think about! We’re praying for a safe delivery and healthy baby and mama.

Current procrastination Blogging. I haven’t been very great at keeping up lately! I am hoping to post more this week. This space is my favorite!

Current food Black bean soup. I just made a big pot on Saturday and actually took a few photos. Would anyone be interested in the recipe? It’s one of my absolute favorite soups!

Black bean soup with cilantro

Current goal Cleaning and organizing our house. I’m pretty sure this is my goal each month, lol.

Current need I’d love a day spent with my sister. We’re both so busy, but I just love when we get an uninterrupted day to hang out and have fun together.

Current app I’ve been loving using Ibotta for a few months now. Definitely check it out if you’re into saving money!

Tell me something current in your life!

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Showered With Love

Jimmy and I had our baby shower on Saturday, and wow, what an amazing day it was!

Young couple smiling

Our families planned this sweet afternoon for us, and we could not be more thankful for their hard work and dedication to making the shower so fun, beautiful, and filled with joy.

The shower was hosted at our church, and was catered by a local Italian restaurant. My sister made cookies, we ordered some from a local bake shop, and I made strawberry cupcakes with vanilla buttercream.

Decorated baby shower cookies for baby girlBasket of cookiesBaby shower dessert table for baby girl with cupcakes and decorated cookies pink and yellow

My sister-in-law was in charge of decorating, and she made such beautiful arrangements of daisies and mint sprigs in vases with lemons.

My mother-in-law and Jimmy’s sister made adorable succulent favors, and my mom and I came up with a little advice card for each guest to fill out. Jimmy and I have loved reading through all the funny and wise advice our guests jotted down for us.

Daisy centerpieces with lemons and mint sprigsBaby shower advice cards and succulent favors for baby girl baby showerWatch me grow succulent favor with burlap for baby girl baby shower

We enjoyed a delicious lunch and caught up with all of our guests. We were so overjoyed that so many people wanted to come and celebrate the impending arrival of our little girl. What a huge blessing!

We also spent some time opening gifts for our daughter, which was so much fun. She has been provided for in so many ways, from her basic necessities, to cute clothes, and the immense love our friends and families have for her.

Most of all, God has sustained her sweet life for 33 weeks now. It’s just incredible to think about how cared for and loved she already is.

Couple opening gifts at baby girl baby showerMother and daughter pouring punch at baby showerSisters smiling at baby showerCouple opening gifts at baby shower

What a sweet, sweet day! Afterwards, we headed home with our baby girl’s gifts and started to go through everything and felt crazy blessed and spoiled all over again.

Things are definitely starting to feel more real, and we cannot wait to meet our little one. God has been so, so good to us!