The Wednesday Showcase

Welcome to the Wednesday Showcase! We are glad you joined us. Bloggers, bring your posts and link them up with us. If you aren’t a blogger, this is still a great place to find inspiration for recipes, DIY’s, tips and tricks and so much more.

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the one with a back to school wishlist

Back to school, back to school. To prove to Dad that I’m not a fool. I got my lunch packed up, and My boots tied tight. I hope I don’t get in a fight.

Hey friends! It’s officially the end of the week! We’re almost there! Every year in the month of August, this becomes my favorite song. Most kids and teachers are already well into the school year. I’ve been sitting here a little jealous for the last couple weeks. However, all that I really miss is the back to school shopping. So I decided to make a wishlist of all the things I’d buy for the first day of school. Since I’m an adult now, I decided that money was no object. Mama would have never let me spend this much on a backpack . . .

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nike’s . Every year I got new tennis shoes for gym class. I don’t think I ever fully appreciated it.  Tennis shoes add such a layer of style,but I always ignored it. This year I’d go with a nice creamsicle color just because I can.

 kate spade gold pens . pretty pens were a big deal. a big deal. but I never thought about quality back then. Now I do, and these are some of my favorites. Plus, gold.

planner . Again with the orange/coral. I know it’s a slight problem. This girl was obsessed with planners in high school and college, but now I just use my phone. I try to start again every January, and I never stick with it anymore.

  backpack . First of all, this is made by madewell so you know it’s a good bag. Second of all, how chic would it be for a girl in high school or college.

dress . Probably the most important of all is the first day outfit. I always over did it. Jeans, a super fancy shirt, wedges, and all kinds of jewelry were my style back then. A classic striped dress would keep it simple this year. One that will match my new tennis shoes is perfect.

What were your favorite things to buy when you went back to school? What’d you wear for the day of school this year?

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the one with an empire waist

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We’re a week away from the end of August! How did this happen? We all say that, but seriously time goes so fast.

When I first got pregnant, I vowed to myself to not wear an empire waist the entire time. That lasted about 24 weeks. Then I traveled to Indiana and the difference in climates and altitudes (or something) made my whole body swell up. I felt like a watermelon and looked like I do now 12 weeks later in Florida. That might be an exaggeration, but it’s how I felt. Miserable and uncomfortable, I went to Old Navy to find a shirt that would look nice for my nephews graduation. This purple empire waist tank is the best I found at the last minute.

Guys, I wear this thing almost every week. It might be my favorite maternity shirt. It’s so versatile and so comfortable. The only downfall is sometimes I look a little more pregnant than I actually am. But I think that comes with the territory of almost being full term and being uncomfortable 27 hours a day.

What are your thoughts on empire waists?

5 pieces 1 outfit: happiness boutique

Hey friends! 5 pieces 1 outfit is a twice monthly series where we feature 5 pieces that bring together 1 perfect outfit. It doesn’t take a lot of time, money, and pieces to create a fashionable look that anyone can create. 5 pieces is all you need to make another outfit killer. First, it’s best to have a theme so you have a place to build from. That can be a color combo or maybe even an event. But most of all you just need a good base piece. This week’s theme is all about staying covered up when you live in Florida, but can’t get zika. The base pieces are my hunter boots and these killer marble earrings.

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leggings . popover . boots c/o . bag c/o available here

So zika has finally made it’s way to a legit worry in my mind. Yes, I was taking precautions since I’ve been pregnant since January. However, it just wasn’t a huge worry for me. Neither my husband or I had gone out of the country so what were the changes!?

Well, zika has now been localized in Miami. That’s only 3 hours from us! Bug spray is an all day erry day thing now, and I’m staying as covered as possible. With only 6 weeks to go I might as well take the extra precautions. For some reason, my mind goes to rain boots and trekking through the jungle or swamps when I think of dressing for zika. So this is my go to outfit lately for quick errands. Super comfy maternity leggings, a 3/4 sleeve top, and my hunter boots.

These earrings I got from the happiness boutique. They are a lovely online jewelry shop that I’ve recently fallen in love with. I did pick up these star jackets to wear for my maternity pictures! I can’t wait to show you! They are based in Berlin so the pricing is in euro’s, but they convert it for you. It’s all very easy and the FREE shipping is SO FAST! They also have a great customer rewards program that includes a bi-monthly giveaway. Who doesn’t want free jewelry!? Happiness boutique is giving us a treat today as well! Use the code butchersniche for 10% discount on orders over 19 euros now until September 11th.

the one about 34 weeks

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How am I 34 weeks pregnant? There are still times I forget I’m pregnant. Not really, but I do occasionally just feel like a completely normal human. Then boom . . . he moves and I remember it’s getting so close to the day I’ll get to hold my Jack.

How far along? 34 weeks

Maternity clothes?
 I have a basketball in my belly so yes, however some pre-pregnancy pants still fit with the belly band.

Sleep:
it’s actually been pretty good the past few weeks. I can sleep on my side curving almost on my belly with the support of my snoogle to be sure I don’t go all the way over. Don’t worry I’m not cutting off the blood supply (which is why you can’t sleep on your belly, that and it’s uncomfortable). But I know those days are almost over as the basketball grows. 


Best moment:
Baby daddy and I are getting lots of things checked off the pre-baby list. I like sitting and talking to him about our birth plan and getting things arranged for getting to and from the hospital.  

Miss Anything?: This question makes me feel like I’m complaining, and I actually feel extremely blessed to have had a good pregnancy. Laying in bed and feeling him move around is better than any of the bad stuff. I would however like to not feel like I have to pee all day.

Movement:
He still moves all the time, but the past couple weeks the movement has changed. I can tell he’s grown quite a bit, which he’s supposed to be gaining half a pound a week so that’s good. The movements aren’t squirmy or giant kicks anymore. It’s all big movement and deliberate. 

Food cravings: I’m actually really starting to crave meat and protein. First thing every morning is some eggs and bacon please. 

Anything making you queasy or sick:
nope, however the heartburn is so bad though. 

Gender: boy!

Symptoms: 
This is another question that makes me feel like I’m complaining, but if I have to . . . restless legs, braxton hicks, lots of pee, all of them

Belly Button in or out?
 I think it might flatten out, but I’ll be surprised if it pops all the way.

Wedding rings on or off?
on! the heat does cause my feet and hands to swell a little, but not usually or consistently.

Happy or Moody most of the time:
I’m pretty happy all the time. I get overly emotional about some things, but my mood is much more stable than it ever has been before. 


Looking forward to?
 Maternity pictures are next week. 

The Wednesday Showcase

Welcome to the Wednesday Showcase! We are glad you joined us. Bloggers, bring your posts and link them up with us. If you aren’t a blogger, this is still a great place to find inspiration for recipes, DIY’s, tips and tricks and so much more.

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the one with Rihanna

With closets full of clothes and designers begging them to wear their designs, celebrities are great fashion inspiration. But the normal girl doesn’t have those same opportunities, or closet size, or that kinda cash. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t use that inspiration the celebs so freely give. Once a month, here at the niche I feature a celeb in a rockin’ outfit – one i would wear in real life. But at real girl stores and real girl prices. We can be the inspiration for each other sometimes, right!? This months chosen celeb is Rihanna.

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I’ve wanted to use Rihanna as inspiration before, but her style can be out there. I’m sure we all remember the dress of just strings of rhinestones. But I like her creativity when it comes to style and how she doesn’t hold back or conform. Being who we are is a message I definitely get behind especially when it comes to fashion. To be 100% honest, she’s been put on the back burner for the past couple months because of the rumors of her and Leo. b**** can have her money when she gives me my boyfriend back. jk,jk,jk Well, she’s wearing matching lavender outfits with Drake now and wearing killer outfits like this so I couldn’t ignore her anymore.

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boyfriend shirt . asos jeans . ankle strap heels . bag . layered necklace

 

Loose boyfriend shirts are about to be my best friend once this baby comes. Here Riri shows us how to style it up and still look lady like and sexy. That red lip and black nails are the perfect beauty choices as well. What do you think – can you still find inspiration from someone whose style is usually pretty out there?

the one with lazy girls guide to a healthy pregnancy

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I’ve never been an extremely healthy person. In school – college was 8 years ago – I played sports and was relatively active, but I did not eat healthy. In the 8 years since, I’ve gained weight, anxiety issues, and a sluggish feeling. Phases would come and go where I tried to eat better or work out. But nothing stuck until I moved to Florida a year and half ago. I became more active just because of our new lifestyle. We started eating at home more because I worked from home and magically found the time, and the heat made me thirsty for more water. As you can see, it still wasn’t necessarily my choice or that I found the discipline. In December, we started trying to have a baby and I started to make better choices. I tried to find that discipline.

I didn’t expect to get pregnant so quickly since I was overweight and was 30 years old. But God listens to our prayers and we got pregnant in January. Guess what!? I found that discipline I needed in that little parasite living in my body. I still don’t consider myself an extremely healthy person – we’ll have to see if it sticks when i’m not pregnant. But I am passing all my tests with flying colors, I’ve only gained 13 lbs at 34 weeks pregnant, and I feel better than I ever have before. Even my mood swings are more stable than they were pre-pregnancy.

I don’t tell you this to brag. I tell you this because I want to help other girls like me. I’ve come up with the lazy girls guide to a healthy pregnancy. 5 easy things you can do to be sure you have a healthy pregnancy.I’m not a doctor obviously. But these are things I’ve read online and heard from my doctor to do. Then I went home, actually did them, and they worked.

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1. drink water all the time- put fruit in it. crystal light natural flavors (no aspartame). just drink it.

2. walk – even just a 15 minute walk every day helps keep you active and they say it will make labor easier, and who doesn’t want that! I go early in the morning to give myself a fresh start each day, and avoid the heat.

3. take prenatal vitamins – they even make them in fruit flavored gummies so it’s like eating candy. plus you get all the vitamins you need from two gummy candies.

4. eat lots of protein – eating for two is a myth. but you do get hungry, and unless you’re overweight you need more calories a day so eat lots of filling protein. since I was overweight to begin with and am mostly sedentary, I’ve (tried to) stay at 1800 calories a day. If you’re active or were under/at a good weight before being pregnant, then my doctors recommend you add 200-300 calories a day.

5. get a pregnancy ball (workout ball) – another thing to keep you active and make labor easier. I learned this last month at our baby classes. It helps open your hips, stretch the muscles (which already hurt and will need opened during labor), plus it helps the baby get into proper position (head down). It was recommended to me that I bounce or sway on my ball 2 or 3 times a day for half an hour. So while I watch tv for an hour everyday I go back and forth between swaying and bouncing.

Anybody else have a surprisingly healthy pregnancy? I’d love to hear from other lazy girls on how they stay healthy!

5 pieces 1 outfit: preparing for fall

Hey friends! 5 pieces 1 outfit is a twice monthly series where we feature 5 pieces that bring together 1 perfect outfit. It doesn’t take a lot of time, money, and pieces to create a fashionable look that anyone can create. 5 pieces is all you need to make another outfit killer. First, it’s best to have a theme so you have a place to build from. That can be a color combo or maybe even an event. But most of all you just need a good base piece. This week’s theme is all about preparing for fall, and our base piece is this lovely plum dress.

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For most of you, fall is right around the corner. It’ll be here in a little more than a month even though this has been the hottest summer on record or something – I don’t know ask Leo. I try not to pay attention because I’m super pregnant and don’t want to focus on the heat anymore than I already do. One of my favorite fall colors is a dark plum so when I saw this dress I knew it would be a great piece to start preparing for fall. To finish things up add the olive military jacket we all have as a staple in our closet. I chose to accessorize with some gray druzy earrings and booties to match plus a bright purse.  This is preparing for fall not a full fall outfit so the bright purse keeps things quirky and bright!

the one with octer

Hey friends! I hope you’re having a great week! I’m excited to tell you about a new website that I found recently – octer.com! But first I have to tell you a story. . .

2nd grade- 7 years old is the average age to start second grade. That’s when I started wearing a b cup bra. In middle school, I started playing soccer and had to put a sports bra over a regular bra to keep the C cups down. I’ll skip the horror of what I had to do when they grew to DD in high school and college. I wish I could stop there, but now that I don’t play soccer every day I have gained weight. Of course, some of the weight is in my breasts. In the past few years, my weight has averaged out (I even started losing), and the girls are staying at a DDD.

They’re heavy, and my back hurts almost everyday. My biggest worry with pregnancy is that they will grow even more. My biggest worry with breastfeeding is that it’s a lost cause before we even begin because of how big they are. Scott even asked during our breastfeeding classes – “Are there some mountains just too big for the baby to climb?” Funny, and you might think I’d be offended, but this has been my life since I was 7 years old.

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The answer is no by the way.

Today – Someway, somehow, the grace of God, my boobs have stayed the same size my whole pregnancy. Some days they’re a little ‘swollen’, but so far no growth. All my old bras still fit!! But now that I’m 8 months pregnant, breastfeeding is right around the corner. The doctors and breastfeeding consultants have all told me I should be good to go ahead and buy nursing bras that fit now. Since I love to be prepared, that’s a relief. Especially since I have to find nursing bras big enough, supportive enough, not $100 a piece, and maybe even a little sexy.

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Places like motherhood maternity and playtex size their nursing bras differently than normal bras, and those sizes take into consideration that most women have larger breasts while pregnant and breastfeeding. So I had no idea where to begin. I might even fit into an XL, you guys!! Plus, you can buy the popular brands at all major department stores – nordstrom, macy’s, jc penny’s. That’s where octer comes in!

From their website – Octer‘s aim is to make online shopping as simple as possible for all devices, whether you’re browsing on your smartphone, tablet or desktop.

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That’s what they did for me! All I had to do was search for nursing bras. Then I could compare all the stores, all the reviews, all the size charts, and all the prices! It couldn’t have been simpler, and now I’ve got a good start on the nursing essentials to fit the girls. The only thing that I’d love to see added is a simpler way place to see what the price is at each store.

The top picture shows the bra I purchased. The picture also shows it’s for sale at Macy’s. I knew from other bras I had looked at with octer that Nordstrom was having a huge sale. So I searched for the bra I wanted at Nordstrom. Nordstrom had it listed much cheaper with the sale price. Octer does a great job of consolidating all the items available at department stores. I would just find it even better if they also showed sale prices. But I guess that’s what Friday posts and huge fashion blogs are for tho, right!?

Have you used octer or a site like it? Which ones are your favorites? Do you think they’re helpful?

 

*OCter.com sponsored this post, however all opinions and stories are true to Bex.*