It’s Friday which means it’s time for another bump update! If you’re here just for that, then you’ll find the update at the bottom of the page. However, if you’re an Instagram user, then I’m going to recommend reading the entire post because I’m starting a movement from November 1-3 and I’d love for you to be a part of it!

I love a beautiful photo. It shows the beauty captured in a given moment. I mean, even a rusty old tool can be beautiful if it’s captured well.

I love social media. I love seeing what people are up to and how they’re living their life.

I love seeing people share the real story. Not the branded, polished version that represents their online presence, but the raw, real story that showcases their life. The real story that’s rarely shared on social media, especially Instagram where everyone is showcasing the perfect moments that they captured with a lens.

Let’s change that. For three days, let’s showcase the moments beyond the lens with a mini challenge. From November 1-3, let’s share the story behind the picture using the hashtag #thisflawedmoment. I still want you to showcase the beautiful moment you captured in your photo (remember, I love beautiful photos), but I want you to share the flawed moments that occurred around the picture in the caption. Maybe it’s the incessant barking of your dog or the coffee stain on your shirt. Maybe it’s a teething baby or a sink full of dishes. Whatever the flaws are, I want you to share them with your photo and tag #thisflawedmoment.

Need an example? I’ve got one below!

This picture showcases the silly antics of our new puppy amidst all of the chaos that comes with moving into a new house. What the picture doesn’t show is the ache in my heart that was keeping me from putting any of our stuff away. This picture was taken the day after I found out that we had some tough decisions ahead of us regarding the family dog. While this photo will always make me smile for the moment I captured, it’ll also make me ache for the one that wasn’t captured. #thisflawedmoment

I’m inviting you to be raw and open with your followers with this movement. I’m inviting you to share your best and favorite photos with a caption that tells the story behind the photo. I want you to give your followers a glimpse into your world and the flaws that make you the person that you’ve become.

So what do you say?

Will you be joining me November 1-3 to showcase the moments beyond the lens?

If you are, then there’s a few links that you might want to check out:

If you’re forgetful like me, sign up for daily reminders to participate. (Can I blame pregnancy for my forgetfulness?)

If you’d love to get your friends and followers involved, check out the resources page. (The more the merrier, right?)

Follow me on Instagram for updates about the challenge and a few prize announcements that are coming soon! (Yes, I said the word – there will be prizes.)

I can’t wait to see what you share with #thisflawedmoment!

Bump Update

Week? 23weeks

Gender? boy

Size? Baby is the size of a bunch of grapes!

Movement? All the time!

Bump? Yep! I’m still wondering when the first stranger will comment…

Maternity Clothes? Maternity leggings, yoga pants, and pajama pants are my best friends right now.

Stretch Marks? None so far!

Belly button in or out? Still staying in!

Cravings? Little Debbie snack cakes (I’m ready for this sweet tooth to disappear already!)

Symptoms? Lots of aches this week. Exhaustion has returned but I think that’s from a lack of sleeping at night.

Mood? Worn out but excited for the many things I’m working on for the blog and life.

What are you missing? I miss being able to turn over easily in the night. I feel like it’s a chore to turn from side to side.

Highlight of the week? Right now, I’m drawing a blank. We’ve taken some time to rest finally so maybe that’s the highlight… Oh and we decided on a name but that’s only been shared with a few so far! If you’re friends or family, feel free to ask about it!

Looking forward to? My best friend from California is coming to visit for a week in November! I’m beyond excited to see her again and to show her some of the neat places we’ve found around here!

Yes, this outfit really doesn’t show off the bump but it’s been a cold. lazy day around here and comfy clothes were needed!