Friday, June 29, 2012

high five for friday

linking up with lauren at from my grey desk to talk about my 5 favorite things from this past week.  

1) i love getting presents from friends.  although, these days, presents for me are usually presents for mister ... but thats ok :)

 2)  i love that there is always at least one coworker that has a stash of chocolate to share!  also, its awesome when your chocolate talks to you.

 3)  acoustic worship is my favorite!

4)  we painted mister's room and my bro brought up most of the furniture we will be using.  i am well aware that i look a bit like a terrorist.  husband made me wear this mask even though the fumes were not bad at all.  safety first!

5)  last, but certainly not least, is that husband and i felt our first strong kick from mister this past saturday.  i love that we were able to share that together.  im also excited to say that i have reached the halfway point in my pregnancy.  i hope the 2nd half goes as smooth as the first.  

Thursday, June 28, 2012

20 weeks: livin' on a prayer

... get it?  cause we're half way there.  
ha!  i crack me up.

ok, for real though, happy halfway through making a person to me!!! 
week 20 has been pretty great.  the highlight was last saturday.  husband and i were laying in bed most of the afternoon watching mythbusters on netflix.  mister gave me one of his best kicks.  i quickly told husband to feel and, like he knew his daddy was watching, he kicked again.  i have felt some pretty good flutters and a few pushes, but this was awesome!  im so glad mark was right there to share it with me.  

i read that mister is about 10 inches long (the length of a banana) and 10 and a half ounces.  its now appropriate to include his legs in the measurement. instead of just head to bottom.  

speaking of legs, check out this shot of him stretching his leg up by his head :) 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

windy beach day

as i have mentioned, we benfields LOVE carolina beach!   not too long ago, we decided it was time for omar to see how we do the beach. 

we hopped in the jeep for a super mini vaca day and headed towards freeman park in carolina beach.

unfortunately, it was way too cold and windy to get a tan or frolic in the water (not that i do a lot of frolicking).  we still managed to have a great time.

i think omar enjoyed himself as well :)

wise wednesday

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

baby registry advice

 alright mommas, i need your help. 

when i was planning our wedding, one of the most helpful things i did was ask a lot of married women a few questions.  the first was "what did you regretfully spend too much money on?"   the answer to this was usually flowers.  the other question was "what do you wish you had given more of your attention/budget to?"  the answer to the 2nd question was usually pictures or honeymoon.
so, i would like to get the same type of information about creating a baby registry.  shannon's top ten list guest post was super helpful.  i have already gone down her list and added these items (except for the nipple shields because they are only about $10 and i just felt weird about someone buying them for me). 

husband and i have already been so blessed by all the awesome baby items that have been donated.  we already have a diaper genie, a crib and mattress, changing table, bassinet, boppy pillow, breast pump and high chair.  that means our registry will be full of items we really need and want.  one thing i am doing a little differently is adding a pinterest board with items i have found that cannot be purchase at babies r us or target.  most of the links send you to etsy or urban outfitters and some items can even be handmade.  if i recieve/purchase the items or make them myself, i will leave a comment to let any visitors know.  im kinda excited about my baby registry pinterest board experiment.  

anywho, my questions to you are:
  1. whats your biggest registry regret?
  2. what did you forget to add that you paid for later (pun intended)?
  3. what did you get way too much of?
  4. what is the best gift you received that was not on your registry?
feel free to add any other registry specific advice in the comments below. 

thanks in advance for your help!  im gonna need all i can get :)

Monday, June 25, 2012

and the winner is ...

the winner of the gipsy wind, pick two giveaway is ...

congratulations nila!  
send me an email at  

Friday, June 22, 2012

high five for friday

i would like to take some time on this lovely friday morning to link up with lauren over at from my grey desk.  here are a few of my favorite things from this week:

 1) spending some time with my main man, vincent. 
 2) a big ol' fish fry thanks to my brothers fishing and cooking skills :)

3)  one always enjoys a puppy kiss or two. 
4)  hosting a "pick two" giveaway of lovely homemade accessories.
there is still time to enter the giveaway HERE.

5)  finding out that im making a mister for my mister!!!  
isnt he dreamy *sigh*

Thursday, June 21, 2012

19 weeks: its a ...


 its a boy!!!!!!!

i have to share the very cute picture of mark that we texted to our family.
this is what a proud papa looks like! 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

dear mom,

you have mentioned several times that you would like to actively follow my blog and be able to comment and enter giveaways.  i have created this "how to" post just for you and others like you that might have a hard time navigating around blogger without a google account already in place.

how to follow your daughters blog:

step 1 - find the "join this site" button to the right of my blog.
step 2 - click on the "yahoo" button because you already have a yahoo account.

step 3 - enter your yahoo account id and password. 

step 4 - click on the button that says "agree"

step 5 - next, you want to enter your name.  if you would like to add a picture, click on "edit picture" and choose to upload from your desktop.  after you are finished, click "follow this blog."

step 6 - lastly, you will see the screen below.  click "done" and you have finished.

you should now be able to follow along and comment on anything you like.  i hope this helped.  if it did, leave a comment below.

thanks mom for all your support!!!!

feel free to send this post to anyone who could use it.  

boy or girl?

we have our appointment this afternoon where we find out the sex of the baby.  if you would like to participate in the guessing game, feel free to leave a comment below with your guess.  

this is for all you "i just knew it" folks.  i wont believe you unless i have written proof :)

 dont forget to enter my giveaway!!

wise wednesday

this one cuts a little.  
i am not a big fan of silence and often i end up being the fool. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

gipsy wind giveaway

hello readers!  today, i am excited to say that janelle with gipsy wind is offering an awesome giveaway.  you might remember her from the diy guest post while i was away on vacation.

janelle would like to offer my readers a "pick two" giveaway.  that means the winner will get to pick any two handmade accessory items from her shop for free!  so you can pick out one item for you and one for a friend ... or just both for you :) 

if it was me, i would choose this woven orange blossom headband and the gipsy bird necklace. 

how to enter:
  • you must be a follower of
  • you must visit the gipsy wind shop and pick two of your favorite items. 
  • you must leave a comment below letting me know what those items are. 

bonus entries (leave a separate comment for each):

this giveaway will be open until sunday the 24th at 5pm.  the winner will be chosen at random and announced next monday.  good luck!!!

Monday, June 18, 2012


warning:  the following post contains a ridiculous amount of pictures.

flying into newport beach, ca


art walk at laguna

laguna beach

favorite ladies!

birthday surprise from jen :)

afternoon hanging out at laguna beach

via jen

via jen

lola and the bump

via jen

via jen

via jen

via jen

via jen

via jen

stephen and i

jen and stephen

jen and i

stephen chillin at the beach

beach bump

safety first for lola

jen and lola


via jen

drive to LA

view from my cousins balcony
cousin and i at a rooftop bar in downtown LA

husband and i


walt disney concert hall

angels flight - shortest railroad

cousin lee and boone

flying into rdu

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