Tuesday, November 15, 2016

What to Wear: Thanksgiving

Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week?!! Where the hell did the year go?!

Whether you are going to friends-giving, a formal Thanksgiving dinner, or staying home with immediate family there are a ton of options on what to wear. I'm all about the camouflage for the foodbaby I'm surely to grow having seconds and thirds of mashed potatoes!

Here is some inspiration for you!















Which would you wear?

Friday, November 4, 2016

Fall Basics

As the temps start to drop I reach for the basics. The items that mixNmatch, tried and true. Denim, knits, simple and clean.

Basic/Classic pieces will always win in Fall/Winter - an accessory can change your look so leave the rest to the staples. Refresh and invest when you need! (Is this my frugal 'mom' side talking?! LOL!)


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

novemb... WHAT?!

How is it November 1st? Wasn't New Years eve like 3 weeks ago?! I swear it was!

Time has steadily started going faster and faster as I've gotten older. But the minute I had Elizabeth, boom we are at warp speed. I still vividly remember labor, although my Hubs will tell you there are parts I still don't recall happening (another story for another time - should probably type that out before I forget!) and that was 13 -- almost 14months ago!

It's 70 degrees today, on November 1st. Hi Global Warming, you are a fine bad guest! Although my mind is turning to cooler more cozy days ahead. That and the holidays... warm home cooked meals, crunchy leaves underfoot, and the first Holiday season with a toddler! ;)

Sharing a few items that have caught my eye, and maybe shopping cart in the recent weeks!

Monday, July 18, 2016

2016 Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale!!!

so much half-yearly sale....SO LITTLE TIME!!!!

don't tel Hubby what Mama bought! shhh....it's a secret!!!!

here are all my favorites (and on their way to me!)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

34 weeks....flashback!

HAHA I love this, I just found it in my drafts! I must have forgotten that I wrote this out & well hello baby!

I can't believe it, it still feels surreal that I am a Mom. I stare at Baby and get teary, the amount of love and wonderment I feel is unimaginable. It has been the most intense month and a half ever. I can honestly say it has flown by, each day faster than the one before. I remember labor like it was yesterday but I can hardly recall what it was like to feel her kick and jump on my bladder while in my belly. Queue all the feelings (oh yes and tears!)

Get ready for blogging some occasional blogging, I want to remember these baby moments!


Photo by Danielle Moss

A little flashback.......


How far along?
34 weeks as of 9.17.2015
Gender?
Baby Girl 
Weight gain?
14 pounds
Maternity clothes?
Just bought a pair of yoga maternity pants, and I LOVE them! The high rise waist band just holds everything in. And they are meant to roll down as well, so I foresee wearing them a bunch right after baby too! 
Baby movement?
Yes all the time! I can definitely tell the difference between kicks, stretches and wiggles now. I'm trying to memorize these feelings and sensations, time is starting to fly by! 
Sleep?
Yep, still sleeping like a baby! No pun intended. Ready to sleep without a mountain of pillows and flat on my back! 
Cravings?
Still nothing really, still missing summer cocktails....a salt-rimmed margarita sounds delish! 
Symptoms?
Big Belly :)  
Missing anything?
Stretching 
Exercise?
Walking and barre. And trying to work in more hip stretching/squatting. 
Best moment this week?
Enjoying the really long weekend by doing the least amount of things possible! It was glorious...although now have that man I wish i had done more feeling! Oh well! 
Looking forward to?
Our weekly Bradely Method birthing class, and more work on the nursery!
On my mind?
The nursery still isn't done.....And i still need to order a few more baby things and prepare for hospital. The Type A in me is starting to make lists! :) 7 weeks, will fly by! 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

32 Weeks



How far along?
32 1/2 weeks as of 9.8.2015
Gender?
Baby Girl 
Weight gain?
Depends on the scale, home says 11, doctors says 14 as of last Thursday 
Maternity clothes?
Nope, but the pile of non-maternity stuff is getting exponentially smaller. I don't want to buy anything so might be some creative 'looks' for the next 7 weeks! 
Baby movement?
Yes all the time! Still a little jumping bean in there. She was head down (YAY!) at our appointment last week, so those rib jabs are most definitely soccer/cheerleader kicks LOL (I guess haha!)
Sleep?
Yes, although the amount of RR breaks is holding steady at now twice a night. I think I might preferred the just one. I guess more practice for when she is here! Getting up is tough tho! 
Cravings?
Still nothing really, unless just wanting crappy food is a craving - pizza, burgers, fries etc. :)
Symptoms?
And I still feel really lucky nothing major! Regular potty breaks, occasional feet swelling at the end of the day. but that's about it
Missing anything?
Same stuff as last update. Deep stretching, sitting in weird positions (straight up or laying on side are the only good ones now), and summer cocktails! And I'm not even a big drinker! I'll order lemonade and try some and reply 'oh wow, this would be great with some vodka or rum'! HAHA 
Exercise?
Walking and barre. And trying to work in more hip stretching/squatting. 
Best moment this week?
Enjoying the really long weekend by doing the least amount of things possible! It was glorious...although now have that man I wish i had done more feeling! Oh well! 
Looking forward to?
Our weekly Bradely Method birthing class, and more work on the nursery!
On my mind?
The nursery still isn't done.....And i still need to order a few more baby things and prepare for hospital. The Type A in me is starting to make lists! :) 7 weeks, will fly by! 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

30 Weeks-ish....

Well this was written to go up over a week and a half ago....and I never hit publish, now 32 1/2 weeks. Another Update coming! 
Pregnancy brain?! 

Pic at 31 weeks.

How far along?
I am now 30 weeks, I can't believe it! It goes fast and slow at the same time.
Gender?
Baby Girl 
Weight gain?
So far I am at 10 pounds. 
Maternity clothes?
The benefit to working most days from home, is a cotton Maxi dress. So no maternity clothes have been purchased except for a belly band - which I use to wear some denim shorts or jeans. 
Baby movement?
Yes!! That's how our Monkey's nickname came to be! I kept saying it was like a little monkey jumping around a cage in there! She found my ribs about 2 weeks ago, and regularly likes to test who is stronger. That's really fun! 
Sleep?
Thankfully, yes!!! I steal all the extra pillows to prop myself on a angle. Being a back sleeper not being 'allowed' to sleep that way is hard, so sandwiched between pillows seems to be most comfy to sleep the night away! 
Cravings?
Don't hate me, but nothing really. 
Symptoms?
Big Belly?! No, lucky to feel amazing! Some days my feet start to swell...joys of sitting long hours for work. Trying to fix that and get up more regularly through the day. 
Missing anything?
Being able to round and arch my back! I never thought i would miss really deep stretching through my back like I do! I've got a prenatal massage all booked up, which I hope will help. And just stereotypical stuff I love in warm summer months: Rose, sushi,  looooong bike rides with B. 
Exercise?
Lots! I miss teaching barre so.dang.much! But I am still there 3-6 times a week taking class, or training new instructors. Also, adding in long walks (4-5 miles) along the lake front on the weekends. Enjoying the amazing sunshine and weather with some quality time with the Daddy-o ;)  
Best moment this week?
Watching my belly get really crazy lopsided. It's never been that extreme before! (See pic in previous post!)
Looking forward to?
Our weekly birth class and getting away this weekend, to visit my family in Florida!
On my mind?
What will she look like when she gets here?! I dream about it all the time!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

lady lumps....wait... Belly Bump!

Baby Shower Outfit 
(Dress available here


Radio silence was 400% not intentional. Last month I got a promotion at work (YASSS! :D ) but that has meant reallllly long work days, transitioning roles, working two positions while trying to wrap up or train someone else on how to complete the project. And now supervising a team of 13 people. Going from just managing projects for 5 people, to running a team with 13 people spread all of the world. Like whoa! In the best way possible.

I haven't kept up with weekly belly updates as I wanted (just even for myself!) but thankfully we have been blessed with an easy, healthy and busy little peanut/pregnancy! I know I feel thankful every day! I have been trying to snap belly shots through out, it hopes to put together a timeline to watch our precious Monkey grow. (yes, the nickname is holding strong!)

So what a better way to catch back up with all of you, plastering my belly across the internet!!! Here she is in all her growing glory! These are from the past week! Boy, she is getting big!!! And to think at 20 weeks I thought I was big....I had no clue! ;)

For the Mama's out there: Did any of you measure big at any of your appointments? Our little babe measured 2 weeks bigger than normal last week :/ when she's measured on par other weeks (on your fundal height). Hoping she was in a funky position.....My brother and I were both tiny babies. otherwise I might be growing a chunkster!!!

 After work-out protein smoothies
 Summer evenings on the deck, with Big Brother cuddles!
 Umm, acrobatics?! :/ 
Girlfriend date at Soulcycle, with your tag-along baby HA! 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Tied with the Shopbop Friends and Family sale, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a sale I wait for!

Yes it is that good! What makes it so good you ask, well it is new Fall items on sale. On big sale ahead of the season!!! Normally we wait for sales when teh season is half over, but now we can get some new items and have them, ready to wear when the weather and season start to change!

For me I always try to use this is a chance to buy a staple item(s) that might need replacing [Undies, Denim etc] or something I have been looking at for a while! This year I snagged a pair of booties (that I actually bought and returned last year because I had guilt at full price!) and a few years ago I picked up my Chloe bag! Both items that rarely go on sale and are worth their full prices, but come'on who doesn't love a discount!

Here are my picks (plus a few more I'd love to have)!! The sale is finally open to the general public, after about a week of pre-sale for card-holders. I am still eyeing that cozy hooded cardigan and a new plaid button down. I will be indoors most of winter (BABY!) so something to make those stay home days feel better :) Plus I hear button downs are a great item for breastfeeding (which I hope to do!).




Did you get anything??? If so, what?

Madewell + Sezane



I posted about this on Facebook on Wednesday but had to share here too! The second collaboration with Madewell + Sezane just released. And I'm pretty much still obsessed with all things Paris, France, and their je ne sais quoi style and attitude.

The first release had so many products sell out and I have a feeling this one will too! In fact the cute leather skirt already did! I bet the T's and sweatshirt are second. The first release's sweatshirt was a hit! (I love it....yes I own it! :P)

Perfectly chic, classic items. Timeless and closet staples. Sign me up! I think the red striped T or sweatshirt want to live with me. I just need to decide!


Here are my favorite items:




OOO Madewell is also having an incredible sale on additional sale.....my cart wants to fill up with these! Just enter EXTRA40 at checkout until 7/22!!