My Favorite Day Of 2014

It all began on January 1st, 2014 at the stroke of midnight. My husband and I were in Buenos Aires, Argentina celebrating New Year’s Eve with his family and friends at a country estate. The friends who owned the property have a tradition of lighting lanterns and releasing them into the sky with a wish for the upcoming year. Lucas and I lit one together. We did not even have to tell each other what we were wishing for, as we both knew that our greatest wish for 2014 would be the blessing of a baby.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

On January 29th, 2014 my husband and I officially began trying to have a baby. It was both the most exciting and scariest thing I have ever done in my life. I wrote a note to my future child on that day and took a picture of it.

Baby Ledesma

February came and went, so did March and April with no signs of a baby. I could tell that I was becoming anxious and decided from May 1st on that I would stop letting the thought of conceiving consume me. We left for a trip to the Turks and Caicos with my family and the night before I took a pregnancy test, which was negative. Thus, for the week that we were in the Caribbean I did not think for one second that I could be pregnant. On the last day of our vacation, we rented a boat to take us around to different islands and towards the end of the trip the captain pulled Lucas and I aside. At first we thought he was joking with us, but he was being very serious when he said, “I get visions from time to time and even though I do not know you, I know that you will be pregnant within two months.” We had never mentioned to him once that we were trying to get pregnant. To this day I get goosebumps thinking about our conversation with him.

After we returned home, I felt incredibly exhausted. I kept telling myself it was post trip depression and that in a couple of days I would feel normal again. Except I did not. I began to feel worse and worse and it was my husband, not I, who figured out what was really going on. On June 5th, 2014 he told me to pick up a pregnancy test on my way home from work. Since I did not think I was pregnant I did not take the test seriously. Imagine my surprise then when it instantly showed I was indeed pregnant! I had always envisioned myself telling Lucas one day that I was pregnant in an unforgettable and special way, however I was so shocked that I just screamed, “Oh my god!” Lucas came running into the bathroom and he did not even have to see the test results to know what they said. Tears streamed out of our eyes and we hugged each other for what seemed like an eternity. It was definitely my favorite moment of 2014 — if not of my life.

Baby Ledesma

Give The Gift Of Flowers

In whatever part of the world you live, flowers are generally viewed as a wonderful gift to give to anyone, and in some cases are one of the most valued gifts one can receive. It is the most effective way of communicating one’s emotion without having to spend a huge amount of money on diamond rings and it helps that they smell nice too. The thoughtful gesture of giving a flower or bouquet might be simple, but it has a huge impact on the male or female recipient (preferably delivered to their office so they can show off). Flowers are able to achieve a positive reaction from pretty much anyone: they can brighten their day, make people happy, and give them joy.

Since pretty much forever, people have always regarded flowers as the instrument for expressing strong feelings. Today, the custom of giving flowers or bouquets remains strong. Flowers are given during various occasions, from birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, or even if you just want to make someone feel extra special. You can go on with the list all the way to bat mitzvahs, but ultimately, flowers are fit for all occasions and situations. In addition, the thing about giving flowers is that it instantly shows someone your intentions, so you will not have to give so much effort in putting all your feelings into words. Basically, the action of giving them can sum everything up for you.

Flowers

The tradition of giving flowers will probably never fade into oblivion, because it is hard to go wrong with it. You can easily offend someone with the wrong kind of gift, but it is a rare person who gets offended about flowers. Not only are flowers used to express and translate romantic love, but they can also demonstrate all kinds of feelings or emotions. Feeling sad? Have some flowers! Graduated? Have some flowers! Had a baby? Have some more flowers! Plus, flowers also come at a reasonable price and can be arranged to look very elegant and expensive — even if they are not. It is the easiest and the most universally appropriate gift you can give to anyone for anything or for your special someone for a special something.

Flowers

Now, with technology in hand, flower shops are cashing in on the idea of flowers being popular gift items, and have stepped it up a notch by widening their horizon. Online bouquet stores have done this by allowing customers to order via online with online flower delivery. One of the many online flower shops embracing the benefits of technology is FreshFlowers.com.au. You can conveniently choose from their webpage a wide variety of flower arrangements categorized by occasion, kind, and style. With this, you can order flowers with just a click away and wait for it to be delivered on your or to that special someone’s doorstep. Thus, now if you are in Bondi you can visit Fresh Flowers for florists Sydney without any worries at all.

Flowers

You can easily navigate around their website and put in your order as well. If you are swamped with the many flowers to choose from, the “help me choose wizard” can help you select the perfect flower arrangement for you. One of the best things is that not only can you visit Fresh Flowers for florists Sydney, but also in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Perth, because Fresh Flowers deliver their products nationally. All you have to do is visit their site now, and by ordering before 1 pm from Monday to Friday you can guarantee a same day delivery from Fresh Flowers.

Maternity Photo Shoot (Part 2)

Watching my body change during pregnancy has been far from easy. I adore my growing belly, but not the fact that the rest of my body has grown significantly as well. Despite this, I still wanted to celebrate my bump in our maternity photo shoot and opted for a gown that exposed my stomach to the world. I was so nervous to see what the photos would look like, thus I was shocked when I saw them and instantly wished that I had taken more, as they turned out to be my favorite shots! Now I just need to decide which pictures we will hang in the nursery. . .

Photo Taken By: Brittany Lauren Photography

Photo Taken By: Brittany Lauren Photography

Photo Taken By: Brittany Lauren Photography

Photo Taken By: Brittany Lauren Photography

Photo Taken By: Brittany Lauren Photography

Photo Taken By: Brittany Lauren Photography

Photo Taken By: Brittany Lauren Photography

Photo Taken By: Brittany Lauren Photography

Photo Taken By: Brittany Lauren Photography

Photo Taken By: Brittany Lauren Photography

Photo Taken By: Brittany Lauren Photography

Photo Taken By: Brittany Lauren Photography

Photo Taken By: Brittany Lauren Photography

Photo Taken By: Brittany Lauren Photography

You can see Part 1 of our maternity photo shoot collection here. Which photo is your favorite?

Photography: Brittany Lauren PhotoraphyHair and Makeup: Heather Richardson, Ivory Dress: Rachel PallyEarrings: Tejani, Blue Dress: Sew Trendy Accessories, Baby Shoes: Giggle

What Not To Miss In Orlando

Orlando, in the center of Florida, is one of the easiest American cities to visit. Travel around the city is simple whether by car, taxi, or bus and there is an enormous variety of things for families of all ages to see and do. Accommodation is plentiful and varied, but make sure to book ahead.  Flights to Orlando from Thomas Cook Airlines are usually very affordable, as such you can visit this wonderful city without putting a strain on your budget.

Walt Disney Theme Parks

You should include a visit to Walt Disney World. Start off at the original Magic Kingdom, built more than forty years ago it is as exciting as ever. Then move onto Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme park and enjoy viewing exotic animals and take the three hour Wild Africa Trek. Do not miss Epcot with its special events, entertainment, and attractions and round off your time in fantasy land by visiting Disney’s Hollywood studios.

Orlando Art Museums

If you love art, visit the Orlando Museum of Art, since there are always a number of different exhibitions on display, as well as music and art festivals. Additionally, there are several other fine art museums including: the Mennello Museum of American Art, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, and the Orlando Museum of Art.

Science and Aircraft Museums

Perhaps you enjoy science, if so, visit the Orlando Science Center with its four floors of exhibits, observatory, and many interactive exhibits. Do not miss the Nano exhibition of tiny structures and the Science centers. There are several interesting historical aircraft museums in the Orlando area. You will enjoy a visit to the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum, which is home to military aircraft from the early days of flying to the present. Another interesting museum is the Fantasy of Flight Museum, with over a hundred vintage and rare aircraft and where you can see flying demonstrations of unusual planes.

Swamp Balloon and Airboat Rides

Florida is known for its many lakes and a great way to experience them is to take a balloon flight over the lakes. If flying in a balloon is not for you, then an air boat ride in the swamps will be unforgettable and while you are there visit a wildlife park to see alligators, bald eagles, turtles, birds, and other wildlife.

The weather in Orlando is nearly always pleasant and you can plan your trip for almost any time of the year. It is a place where there is so much to do that you will want to return time and time again!

Giant Invitations New Collection Released

We have some exciting news to share! Giant Invitations have just released their latest range of wedding invitations and stationery. View a sample of Giant’s new 2015 invitations collection with an exclusive insight into the components that make up each design and the inspiration behind them below.

With this collection we have tried to design invitations which perfectly fit a range of different wedding themes to ensure we meet the varied and ever changing tastes of modern brides. Each card has been meticulously hand crafted to ensure we provide the utmost quality to announce one of the biggest days of your life.

Invitation

Inspired by the ever popular shabby chic style this particular invitation is perfect for rustic wedding celebrations or country affairs. In order to provide a fresh take on the rustic theme this invite features a precise laser cut detailed pocket design paired with a modern lay out. For a touch of elegance a sweet satin bow has been added to complete the design.

Invitation

This invitation has been designed to cater to a couple of different wedding styles in particular modern brides wanting something a little different will love this bold design. Featuring a black laser cut pocket with floral details and a contrasting inner paper that has a remarkable floral water color pattern, this invite is far from your traditional white wedding invitation. The black laser cut pocket is especially ideal for an elegant affair, while the prominence of flowers within the designs makes it suitable for garden weddings.

Invitation

This sophisticated pocket design invitation boasts exquisite laser cut details and an elegant tear drop crystal embellishment. Perfect for formal black tie weddings and cocktail celebrations the sleek design could also work for vintage glam/Great Gatsby inspired occasions. Those embracing a classic white wedding style may also be allured by this enchantingly simple design. The inner paper has been printed using thermography which provides a timeless raised ink finish adding to the luxurious feel.

Invitation

This elegant invitation design oozes sophisticated glamor. With its intricate laser cut details and shimmering tear drop crystal embellishment this enchanting invite has been designed to ensure your guests will be amazed by the quality and flawless precision of this design. This design is ideal for brides holding a formal reception for their big day. This particular design can also be used for engagement party invitations.

Invitation

Inspired by a classic wedding style this invitation incorporates a traditional ivory laser cut pattern and luxurious satin ribbon. The timeless feel of this invite is accentuated with elegant raised ink printing. There is however a modern edge added with the clever pocket design. We recommend this style of invite for formal weddings with a classic or vintage wedding theme.

Invitation

This one of a kind invitation design has been created using an appealing floral pattern which is accentuated with luxurious gold foil stamping. Featuring a central frame design which is used to highlight and encase the bridal couples name and wedding date, this invite has a subtle Victorian era vibe. Brides looking for a unique vintage inspired design will particularly adore this charming invitation.

Invitation

Perfect for formal affairs this captivating black laser cut invitation design will work for both weddings and engagement parties. The laser cut sleeve design which has been created to encase the quality metallic inner paper is accentuated with a subtle satin ribbon. The striking laser cut pattern has also been reflected on the inner paper with a printed illustration.

Invitation

For brides looking for a fun, unique yet enchanting invitation we have designed this romantic pop card featuring a distinct laser cut forest setting. The pocket invitation includes a stunning watercolor inner paper with a vivid floral pattern border to complete the magical design. The accuracy of the laser cut techniques will amaze all. This invitation is perfect for outdoor garden weddings.

We are exclusively offering My Beautiful Adventures readers 5 FREE samples of our invitations, so you can view for yourself our quality designs. We would love to hear your feedback on the new collection, thus simply comment below telling us which is your favorite design and we will send you a discount code with some instructions to redeem your free samples!