How my Pinterest Baby Shower idea came to life!

I knew when the day came I would have my Pinterest board ready and I would want to throw a BASH of a party to celebrate our bundle of joy. It’s one of those moments that only happen once and honestly, it seemed perfect in our eyes. I truly wanted everyone who attended to feel the excitement we have for Baby X – I also needed to find the best event planner to help me because my mom brain is in full effect!

Photos: Carling Zhou Photography


I could talk about Carling all day long. I’ve been blessed to find her over 3 years ago and have worked with her on my blog photos, event photos, engagement party photos, bridal shower photos, bachelorette party photos, OUR WEDDING and now our baby shower. I love her and she’s incredible.

Event Planner: Jessica Ashley

I was blessed to have Jessica from Jessica Ashley Events as my event planner for this shower. I admittedly was a little nervous at first because I have never used an event planner before nor did I know what to expect. Well, I wish I had her for my wedding. She took my ideas, my Pinterest board and made it happen. Not only did she run the show from top to bottom, but she also kept me on top of the things I needed to complete, she sketched out the entire venue and brought together all of the vendors I needed. Jessica handled EVERYTHING, she helped to lift such a huge weight off my shoulders, especially being 8 months pregnant and running my own business.

Jessica does weddings and events! I highly recommend her if you’re looking for someone to throw you an amazing event.

Check out her social media accounts to see what she has put together:


I have a LIST of amazing vendors that we hired to complete each needed idea for this baby shower, below you’ll find their info and photos!

Venue: ChefScape

The reason we loved this venue is that it’s truly an open book. You can make the space whatever you want. A fresh, clean, blank canvas you can turn into any idea you have, whether it’s a work event, baby shower or birthday party. They also do fun cooking classes if you ever want to host one, along with other kinds of events for the community. I also loved the location – Leesburg, close to us and easy to get to.


Balloons: Luxy Balloons

Took my small idea and ran with it…. honestly I was in awe. NEVER skip out on balloons, it changed the entire room!


FloralsLoudoun County Farms

Loudoun County Farms handled the floral arrangements on the dessert table, hanging palms and on the tables! It came out beautiful.


Cake & Desserts – Cakes by Marium

We did a funfetti cake, chocolate-covered strawberries, mini cupcakes, macaroons and rice krispie treats! They went FAST, haha. I wanted finger-foods to make everything easy to snack on.


Cookies – Cookies By Carrie

I’ve had Carrie design every cookie I’ve ever needed the past two years and she’s incredible. I legit love her cookies, not only cause they are GORGEOUS but they taste incredible as well. I always book her WAY in advance because she’s very limited on how many custom orders she does, so I would highly recommend dropping my name when trying to order, lol. I’m not kidding!


DJ, Photo Booth and Drapes: Romin, owner of Zandi Entertainment

Romin is someone who always gets the party started. He is the hype man in all the right ways. He’s always smiling, making everyone have a great time and also SO business savvy. Carl and I had him at our wedding and we still hear about how our wedding reception was the best one our guests have ever been too. If you’re looking for a DJ, he’s the guy.

A Photo Booth is ALWAYS a good idea.


Linens: Capital Party Rentals

Beverages: AhSo Restaurant (Mimosas + Sweet Tea)

Signage: J and M Designs


The AMAZING youtube video – by Josh Nesmith


Josh was a part of FilmsByJ team for our wedding. A well-done, professional video is something I knew I wanted to have simply because a day like this goes by so fast and it will be so nice to have this video to someday show Baby X how loved he was before he even arrived.

My makeup was done by the one and only Makeup by Shirin. I met Shirin over a year ago and our businesses have both brought us together and now I have an amazing friend in my life.


Shirin is also someone who books way in advance. She did my makeup for my maternity photos as well.


The men had to chug beer out of a baby bottle. This was hilarious, highly recommend doing this if you have a co-ed shower.

“Find the Guest” Purchased on Etsy, click HERE.

“Guess how big mom’s belly is” Sign HERE.

Baby Predictions and Advice cards HERE.

I loved how we did a onesie decorating station. It was a hit!

We also had a diaper raffle and instead of asking for a card, we had our friends and family bring a book and sign that! It was the perfect way to start Baby X’s library, highly recommend doing this.

All of the items I purchased online for the shower:

This was our DREAM baby shower! Thank you to everyone who was part of this day. It’s a day I’ll never forget and I wish I could go back and relive it all over again. We can’t wait for Baby X to arrive.

xx, Tonya Michelle

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My current Summertime skincare routine!

I have to admit, I try and change products ALL the time – these are my CURRENT must haves that I’ve been using daily since pregnant. I’ve had to cut down a lot of products in my routine but will be adding them back once my bundle of joy arrives! I also MISS my hydra-facials.

  1. Tula PURIFYING CLEANSER (TONYA20 gets you 20% off) or Simple Cleanser

2. AMOREPACIFIC Moisture Bound Skin Energy Mist

3. Tula GLOW & GET IT COOLING & BRIGHTENING EYE BALM (code TONYA20 gets you 20% off)

4. ESTÉE LAUDER Nutritious Super-Pomegranate Radiant Energy Moisture Crème

5. PhytoQuench Replenishing Serum

6. Bio oil – I use this from my neck down to my toes TWICE a day, I swear my skin has never felt so good. I’ll be using this from now on, even after my pregnancy. Personally I think it’s WAY better than lotion.

xx, Tonya Michelle

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Healthy skin starts with your scalp, and Head & Shoulders!

This post is sponsored by Head & Shoulders. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

You all know by now that taking care of my skin with a proper skin routine is so important to me, especially during the hot and dry summer months, when your skin can take a huge hit.

However, when you take regular care of your skin, are you remembering to take care of your scalp as well? Most people forget that your scalp is part of your skin, too!

Healthy skin is head to toe and starts with the proper care of your scalp. Without a healthy scalp, you won’t have healthy hair. That’s why I use Head & Shoulders, the first-ever hair care brand to win a Skin Care Beauty Award!

Did you know that under every day stressors such as life changes (hello pregnancy!), working out, pollution and other environmental factors can damage your scalp’s skin thus impacting your hair quality? Until recently, I didn’t know either!

Taking regular care of your scalp is SO important. Head & Shoulders has been a staple in my home since I was in middle school. Until recently, many held the misconception that Head & Shoulders a men’s care product. Even though Head & Shoulders was never specific to men’s care, they’ve changed their formula and have continued to emphasize that scalp care is an important step in skincare routines for everyone.

I use Head & Shoulders Smooth & Silky Shampoo and Scalp Moisturizing Conditioner to keep up my healthy hair for years to come, because it all starts with your scalp! When used together, they can wash away up to 70% of the dandruff fighting ingredients, rejuvenating roots, detoxifying your scalp, restoring balance, moisturizing, neutralizing skin and soothing your scalp!

When my hair needs an extra reboot, I use Head & Shoulders Detoxifying Pre-Wash Mask or their Root Rejuvenating Pre-Wash Mask depending on what my hair is most in need of! The Detoxifying Mask with eucalyptus and mint deep cleans your scalp by lifting away impurities caused by product build-up and the aforementioned every day stressors to refresh and restart your scalp. The Rejuvenating wash with tea tree extract works to invigorate your roots and helps to purify and restore your scalp for visibly healthy hair! Both masks are under $2 and really help me to maintain my hair’s natural glow and health!

If you’re looking to change up your skincare routine, start with Head & Shoulders. I’m so glad I’ve incorporated scalp care into my regular routine, because your scalp IS skin!

Like most women, I am so attached to my hair. Over styling, using too many harsh products and not protecting your hair, especially during the summer months, leads to hair damage including loss of shine, dryness, breakage and dandruff.

There’s nothing worse than an itchy, dry scalp, and there’s nothing better than healthy hair and skin! Start with Head & Shoulders to get soft, smooth hair that starts with the regular maintenance of your scalp!

Do you remember to take regular care of your scalp? Let me know in the comments below!

Xx Tonyamichelle

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June Amazon Fashion Haul! All items under $30!! + $200 GC giveaway!

I did a huge haul in June and these are just a few I was able to shoot and also some didn’t make the cut. I never will share items that aren’t good quality, only the items I love. Everything I’m posting ISN’T maternity, I just found items that work for BOTH stages in life! Also at the bottom of this blog post is a $200 Amazon Giftcard giveaway!!! 🙂

My Current Stats: 5’7″ – 155lbs – 6 months pregnant.

Bohemian Blouse $16.99

Other items I’m wearing: SunniesPurseSandalsShorts

I’m wearing my normal size Medium. If I wasn’t 6 months pregnant it would have the perfect flowy feel!

For the sunnies, use code TONYA20 for 20% off any purchase.

Some other options and accessories to complete the look:

Floral or Polka Dot Romper $17

This romper is one of my favorites, I first bought it in black and white polka dots then had to get another design. I’m wearing a Medium!

Accessories to complete your look:

Some other rompers I have:

Midi Bodycon Dress $19.99

Ok, so I first posted this dress on my Instagram stories and I was in AWE. Not only is the material comfortable, it’s NOT see through, its thick enough where your underwear doesn’t show…IN LOVE. I went back online and bought the white, grey and baby blue. HA. I’m ordering 3 more colors as I type this. If you get anything you have to buy this. Wearing my normal size Medium.

Comes in 15 colors!! Sizes XS-XL

Leopard HeelsGucciDenim JacketSunnies

Floral Tube Dress – $19

Wearing a Medium, comes in 3 other patterns. Sizes S-XL

Earrings (20+ colors) – Clear Heels

Bohemian White Dress – $27

Double lined, wearing a size Medium.

Also teamed up with some other bloggers for a $200 Amazon gift card giveaway, enter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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10+ Target Fashion Must Haves for Summer, Under $40!

Who doesn’t love Target?! With all of the hauls I’ve been doing recently, I’ve recently gotten a lot of requests to do a fashion haul at Target and I, of course, had to oblige.

Here are the items I purchased at Target along with some other recommendations!

Yellow Crewneck Sweatshirt


Summer nights can be chilly, and having a lightweight sweatshirt in your closet is perfect for cool summer nights! This Universal Threads crewneck is the perfect spring to summer wardrobe staple and comes in a bunch of different colors and patterns! I picked up this yellow one in a size large for a more oversized fit, but could have worn a medium!

Patchwork Print Blue Maxi


If it’s cute and lightweight, I’m buying it! This patchwork print blue maxi is perfect for any summer events that you’re going to. The square neck with tiered detailing and tie straps make this maxi far from ordinary! I’m wearing a size medium, my usual size, and fits comfortably even with the bump!

Coral, High-Waisted Paper Bag Shorts


These are the perfect shorts for summer! The coral color is a fun summer color and the high waist with ruffle detailing is super cute. I got these in a size large because of the bump, but could have done a medium!

Denim Wash Romper


This denim wash romper is SO cute! This might be my favorite piece from my Target haul. Buyer beware, it runs large! I’m wearing a size small and it fits like a medium. This romper would be perfect for any events you have coming up this summer!

Animal Print Tank


You all know I’m a sucker for animal print! This top is perfect for any kind of occasion, whether it’s in the office with a blazer or cardigan, a night out with the girls, or just day-to-day! A versatile piece in your closet is a must and I love that this top can be worn in every season. I’m wearing a size large because of the bump but could have worn a medium!

Colored Striped Bikini


This bikini isn’t from this particular Target haul, but I wore this on my recent trip to Austin, TX and got SO many compliments on it! It’s super comfortable and has a very flattering fit. I’m wearing a size large due to the bump but usually, I am a size medium!

Blue Striped Textured Bikini


This bikini not only looks cute, but feels amazing! The stripes have a towel-like texture to them and are so soft. I like how the stripes are vertical so it has a very slimming effect. I am also wearing a size large in this bikini but am usually a size medium!

Yellow, Floral Off the Shoulder Dress


This dress is a perfect spring to summer transition piece! I definitely plan on wearing this to a summer barbeque this year and it’s very lightweight and comfortable. I’m wearing my normal size of a medium!

Hot Pink Bikini


Everyone needs a hot pink bikini in their summer swimsuit lineup! I found this hot pink bikini and knew I had to have it. I’m wearing a size large and it fits perfectly for pregnancy, but am usually a size medium!

Yellow Floral Pleated Midi Dress


I saw this dress as I was checking out so I did not purchase this in store because they sold out of my size , however, I plan purchase online yesterday! This dress is SO cute! It would be perfect for any special events you may be attending this summer such as a wedding and is the perfect midi length. I would order my normal size of a medium!

Striped Bodycon Tank Dress


This black and white striped bodycon tank dress is another one of my favorites from this haul! It’s perfect for summer and SO comfortable! I love how it can be dressed up or down depending on the weather or whatever you’re doing that day! I am wearing my usual size of a medium!

Some other Target Must Haves:

Which Target find is your favorite?

I’d love to know in the comments below!

Xx, Tonyamichelle

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H&M Haul – All under $40!

I haven’t shopped at H&M in forever and now I’m regretting that, haha. I found so many cute items. I will show you below my favorites, I tried on more but I didn’t like the quality. Also linked other finds that are online!

My stats: 5’7″ – 150 lbs (6 months pregnant) My normal size is a US 6/M, I will show you below what sizes I’m actually wearing.

This leopard dress has been a hit this week, it’s one of my top sellers.
Wearing a Size 10

Shop this exact dress HERE. $17.99

Some other leopard print items:

Kimono & Grey T-shirt Dress
Small in kimono, size Medium in the dress

Shop this grey dress HERE $12.99

Other options:

Shop this dress HERE. $19.99

Other options:

Shop this dress HERE. $34.99

Similar Options:

Shop V-neck Shift Dresses HERE. $19.99

Similar Options:

Sadly couldn’t find this dress online. Denim jacket is HERE. $34.99

Similar Options:

Other picks that I found online and loved:

Happy Shopping! xx Tonya Michelle

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I had so many request this and I’m officially hooked on Loft, y’all created a monster, haha. Below are my in store favorites. Their sizing runs big, so pay attention to the sizes!

My current size: 5’7″, 150 lbs (6 months pregnant) – My normal weight is 140lbs. Ill be helping with sizing with each item.

At the end of this post, I linked tons of amazing online items that I wish I saw in store.

**All items below are the ones I recommend and loved on me.

40% their entire site with code: FINALLY

Black Swing Dress – I’m wearing a XS, fits like a S.

$35 no code needed, Click HERE to shop.

Added this cute leopard top! Couldn’t find online sadly but I found tons of their other animal print, you could also do a white or other pattern.

Click HERE for the animal print!

Light Blue Striped Sweater – This also came home with me! I loved it because it’s not heavy and perfect for those Summer nights.

Also comes in a rose color!

I’m wearing a size Small. Click HERE to shop.

Pull up shorts, size M. These pull up shoes came home with me too!

They are in store, but I linked their shorts HERE. All 40% off!!

Pattern Kimono – Size XS/S

Click HERE to shop! Click HERE for all their Kimonos!

Satin Drawstrint Pants, Size Medium.

Click HERE to shop.

Sleeveless Tie Dress

Wearing a Medium, Could of done a Small.

Click HERE to shop.

This was my FAVORITE. I’m wearing a Small, but I bought the Medium and Large. Medium for when Im not preggo and the Large for when the bump grows more. The fabric is thick, not see thru.

Click HERE to purchase.

Stripped Button Down Dress

I’m wearing a 4, should of done a 6 because of my chest.

Click HERE to purchase.

Loved this jumpsuit, fabric thick enough where you don’t have to wear a bra…win, win. LOL. Only found it in store tho. They do have TONS of rompers and jumpsuits online.

Click HERE to view the others!

Below are tons of others I found online and love. I placed a second order after seeing these. A lot of these are NOT in stores.

Hope you found a killer outfit! Can’t beat the 40% off, shop fast!

xx, Tonya Michelle

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I had a lot of requests to share some of my favorite swimwear, accessories, cover ups and more. All affordable and under $40. **I will list the size Im wearing below, I’m normally a Medium. #5monthspregnant

Diving into it with my must have one-pieces:

Leopard Print! I’m wearing a size L. Shop HERE. $34.99 Sizes XS-XL

Watermelon & Flamingo Print, I saw this and knew it was me, haha.

Wearing a size L. Shop HERE. $39.99 Sizes XS-XL

Also found some cute ones:

I loved this because I can still feel sexy in a one piece!

Wearing a size Large – Shop HERE.

Two Pieces (all supportive, flattering and good material)

The top fits like a sports bra, which I personally love. Size L.

Top: $19.99 – Shop HERE. Bottom: $14.99 Shop HERE.

Black and Red Floral, comes in 4 different colors & patterns.

Wearing a size L, the top is less coverage than the others.

Top: $17.99 Shop HERE. Bottom: $17.99 Shop HERE.

Green and White Polkadot Bikini

Top also fits like a sports bra which I love, super supportive. Size L.

Top $14.99 Shop HERE – Bottom: $14.99 shop HERE.

Top: $14.99 – Shop HERE. Bottom: $14.99 Shop HERE.

Wearing a Size L – Super supportive & thicker material. Love!

Top: Shop HERE. Bottom: Shop HERE.

I’m wearing a medium, this was on our honeymoon! Actually 6 weeks pregnant and didn’t know it! 🙂

Bikini Top: $14.99 Shop HERE – Bottom: $17.99 Shop HERE.

Some fun Summer accessories:

Hope you found something you love!

If you have any questions, let me know.

xx, Tonya Michelle

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The best thriller books to read on the beach this Summer!

I can’t wait until the summer time to lay out by the pool and go on vacation and bring a good book with me and just relax. Putting your phone down and unwinding with a book is one of my favorite things to do!

Lately, I have been loving thrillers. Laying in bed with my favorite sparkling water (Ya know, preggo trying to spice up what I drink) and reading a thriller! I’m always in bed at night going “OMGosh!!!” and Carl laughs cause I’m so into what I’m reading.

The best is when a book is so good you just can’t put it down! Here are some favorites that I’ve read recently that are all available for quick shipping! Each book is linked!

Still Water by Amy Stuart – Order HERE

This story is about an investigator who is tasked with finding a mother and her son who mysteriously disappear. In order to find them, Clare, the investigator, goes to the town where they vanished from disguising herself as the mother’s best friend to get some answers. She soon learns that everyone is hiding something and the answers she finds were not what she was expecting.

Girl Last Seen by Nina Laurin- Order HERE

Another missing person’s tale, Girl Last Seen, is about a little girl who goes missing outside of her elementary school. The narrator soon realizes the photo of this missing little girl could be her! There are two missing girls, thirteen years apart and now their stories have too many similarities. This is a psychological thriller that will hook you from page one!

Run Away by Harlan Coben- Order HERE

This thriller is about a parent on a quest to find their runaway daughter. She’s addicted to drugs and to her abusive boyfriend and doesn’t want to be found. But when she’s found in Central Park, she’s a completely different person. I was hooked from the first page!

The Names of Dead Girls by Eric Rickstad- Order HERE

If you’ve read The Silent Girls, you must read this book! It’s a sequel and just as good, if not better. This story is about college student Rachel Rath who feels as if she’s being watched. A side glance reveals this man looks like the same person who killed her mother and father. Detective Frank Rath, Rachel’s uncle, adopted her after the murder, and when other girls in the town go missing and are found murdered, it becomes all too real.

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough- Order HERE

Louise is a single mom who just got a new job. While she’s out one night, she meets and hits it off with a man who turns out to be her new boss. She then meets the boss’ wife, Adele, and puts the pieces together. These people are hiding some secrets, and Louise is determined to find out what is going on.

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn- Order HERE

If you’re a big book to movie person like myself, this is the book for you! The Woman in the Window is soon to be a major motion picture and is a number one bestseller. Taking place in New York City, this book is about a woman named Anna who spends a little too much time in her apartment, giving her ample time to spy on her neighbors. When the Russell family moves in, her spying one night leads her to see something she probably shouldn’t have and she has a hard time distinguishing between imaginary and reality.

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld- Order HERE

This book is about Naomi, dubbed “the child finder” due to her knack for locating missing children. When little Madison Culver disappears during her family’s Christmas tree chopping outing, the Culvers turn to Naomi to help find their missing daughter. During her pursuit to find Madison, Naomi slowly begins to uncover the secrets of her own life. This book alternates between Madison and Naomi’s voices so it can become confusing, but is so worth the the read! **My number ONE**

xx, Tonya Michelle

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Creating the perfect honeymoon ambiance with Ralph Lauren’s Romance Perfume at Macy’s

This blog post is sponsored by Macy’s. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Ralph Lauren’s “Romance” is the perfect scent for a romantic occasion. With Valentine’s Day coming up, gift yourself or your partner this gorgeous scent that is sure to bring out your sultry side! There’s nothing that makes me feel sexier than a gorgeous outfit and a beautiful scent to compliment it.

During Carl and I’s belated honeymoon to Aruba, I made sure to pack Ralph Lauren’s Romance fragrance along with me. The scent evokes notes of floral and citrus that smells romantic and of a special occasion, perfect for a honeymoon.

I first wore this perfume out to a nice dinner with Carl in Aruba. It made me feel sexy and fresh heading to beautiful beachside dinner. Sometimes, perfumes can be overpowering; but Ralph Lauren’s Romance is the perfect balance. The scent stayed on all night even by the salty sea water with the fish Carl and I ate for dinner. Not to mention, the bottle is gorgeous and the spritzer distributes the scent on your skin evenly. The large bottle ensures that you’ll be able to enjoy Ralph Lauren’s Romance on many dinner dates and romantic getaways.

Macy’s is my ultimate fragrance destination. With 250 different fragrances available to try, I love experimenting with the different scents and love that Macy’s even has a fragrance quiz online to help you discover your perfect scent that’s just right for you!


So, if you’re searching for a new perfume that is not only budget friendly, but smells amazing too, look no further than Macy’s for Ralph Lauren’s Romance perfume.

Click here to SHOP!

xx, Tonya Michelle

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