Life update October 2017

After a crazy July, stagnant August, and insane September, life has finally fallen into a nice routine again. You know I can’t get enough of my routines! Our new house is mostly done and Scott in his new job! We’re eating at home most days. The longer trek to work isn’t so bad. Jack and I have a mommy and me group we love, and nothing is stressing us out anymore. We still have to finalize getting our Indiana drivers license and car registration. It’s much more of a hassle than I had originally thought – read I have to take a written test to prove I know how to drive. But we still have about 2 weeks to do that.

Here’s some shots from my favorite things in October! The pumpkin patch, mums on the porch, creepy halloween mantel, and Jack’s haircut!

the one about 18 weeks with baby #2

How far along? 18 weeks

Maternity clothes? In my last pregnancy, most of my growth was in my belly. But this one there’s lots of growth in my hips as well. That’s frustrating since all my maternity pants are too big around the belly since they were stretched out, but now all my pre pregnancy jeans don’t fit in the hips. So I have to use my bella band to hold up maternity pants. I did buy some new maternity leggings. since I’ll be pregnant in winter I’ll need more than the 1 pair I had before. They fit very well, and I bought a pair of jogger pants which are not maternity but stretchy. They are amazing. AS far as tops and dresses, I’m good either way. I just can’t wear form fitting pre pregnancy that I don’t want stretched out.

Sleep: It has left me.

Best moment: He kicked for the first time!

Miss Anything?: I miss sleep.

Movement: Yup! I’ve felt the little flutters that make you aware of the movement, but could also be gas bubbles around 15 weeks. Then about 17 weeks I started to feel stronger kicks randomly.

Food cravings: wild berry skittles and chinese food

Anything making you queasy or sick: I was legit sick the last half of week 16. Jack had a virus and gave it over to me. Being sick while you’re pregnant is for the birds.

Gender: a boy! Benjamin ? Stark

Symptoms: Headaches, all the gross girly stuff, stiff legs, basically everything except boob tenderness which is nice. 

Belly Button in or out? in, and i doubt it comes out

Wedding rings on or off? on and comfortable.

Happy or Moody most of the time: I’m pretty happy and chill most of the time. This is a welcome change from the first trimester. But when I’m moody it’s a life or death situation in my brain.

Looking forward to?  Our ultrasound and halloween with Jack! He of course can’t trick or treat, but he’ll probably appreciate his costume and all the attention he’ll get this year. He might get to go around in his wagon while his cousins trick or treat!

the one with the sanderson sisters

My go to style so far this pregnancy has been leggings or jeans with a cute t-shirt. It’s cute and comfy and you can style it so many different ways. But the best part is of course how easy it is. With my first pregnancy I tried to be a little more fashionable on a daily basis, but now that I’ve got one out of the belly and one in the belly – I just don’t have the energy. Last time I also had a full capsule wardrobe that I found it hard to not buy anything else for. I wanted to be trendy and cute and on point. But this time around I’m finding that I’m buying more quality i.e. expensive pieces – just not as many. I have about half of a maternity capsule wardrobe and I rock it every day.

Hopefully that and my little built in heater will help in the coming winter months. But this shirt unfortunately won’t be worn after October 31st. I’ll probably be squeezing myself into it that day.


top . jeans . similar sunglasses . flats . earrings via . 

Friday Favorites 10.13.17

1. . Our neighbors told us that not may kids trick or treat through our neighborhood for some reason. Tons of them live here, but I guess they go to their grandparents or a church trunk or treat. Or if they’re anything like me they go to the wealthy neighborhood about a mile away  . . . ANYWAY, I looked into how much a package of full size candy would be since I don’t have to buy much. I found these on amazon! $20 it’s what you’d spend for 200 pieces at Target not on sale!! This is such a great deal if you don’t have to buy a lot of candy! Scott and I have always wanted to be the cool house with full size candy bars and this year we’re accomplishing that goal.

2. Lately, I’ve really been into pretty coffee mugs. These are next on my list.

3. Of course, living in Indiana again I have to get a new winter coat. But a maternity one. Is it necessary? How outrageously expensive are they? I’m thinking about this one so far.

4. I’ve been wanting to incorporate more meat less meals into our lives. But with a husband who is apprehensive and a growing toddler boy that’s proved difficult so far. This list gives me a lot of hope. It does say college kids, but they’re actually for families.

5. I would love to grow herbs once our kitchen is refinished. This article has been giving me lots of hope.

the one with kitchen dreams

We recently bought a house here in our new state of Indiana. I’m so happy to be a homeowner again especially because it means we get to do renovations again! We loved doing our first house, and never felt like it was complete before we had to leave and move to Florida.  The only major renovation that needs to happen is the kitchen. Right now the plan is to do that next summer once I’m not pregnant anymore. Then we’ll do some small bathroom renovations (mostly just updating vanities) and finally we’ll tackle the outside.

Next summer seems far away, but if you know me you know I already have a plan. So today I wanted to share part of that plan for the kitchen. This is of course just the rough draft so updates are sure to come. I want to keep things simple, bright, and clean in here. So whites cabinets, concrete counters, stainless steel handles and appliances, and simple tile floors. Then we’ll break up all the cool colors with some wood shelves and a butcher block island. The thing I’m most undecided on right now is how high to take the cabinets. I know it looks more gourmet to have them all the way to the top, and it’s no wasted space. But I cant’ see myself every using them . . .

We have really great appliances and a huge pantry already, and only a small space for an island (no space for anything built in or with electricity supplied)  so this won’t be that big of an ordeal. Just changing the cabinets, counters, and backsplash basically!

I’m mostly looking forward to te new sink! The faucet we have no doesn’t have  a sprayer or detached head . . . it’s so hard to clean dishes #firstworldproblems.


shelves via . tile from lowes . everything else ikea

5 pieces 1 outfit : wine and cognac

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 or pieces to create a fashionable look that anyone can create. 5 pieces is all you need to make another outfit killer. First, I find 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 are the colors wine and cognac! I’m a little obsessed with them this fall.

top . jeans . bag . shoes . earrings

Friday Favorites 10.6

It’s gonna be a great weekend guys.  I can feel it. We’ve got  a date night planned, pumpkins to paint, and grocery delivery on the way. What are your plans?!? 

  1. how cute is this top for Jack?
  2. I’ve been wanting to try grilled pizza forever, and we’re finally doing it soon. with this recipe.
  3. how gorgeous is this maternity dress
  4. since we have a toddler, we’re painting pumpkins this year instead of carving. I think i’m gonna do a jack skellington like this
  5. I think the new baby needs these swaddles . . . bc owls . . .

the one with 16 weeks with baby #2

How far along? 16 weeks

Maternity clothes? my maternity jeans are still too big. and most of my maternity shirts (except the form fitting ones) are obviously too big. But I’ve brought everything out and am wearing it around the clock. It’s just so much more comfortable, and I am showing earlier this time.

Sleep: Other than waking up more than usual to pee, it’s fine. 

Best moment: telling everyone it’s another boy!

Miss Anything?: a beer or a mangorita (thanks thomas rhett)

Movement: none yet, but I’m aware of him now. which I know is something only someone who has been pregnant before understands.

Food cravings: of course I crave sweets a lot. I’m also really looking forward to being pregnant on thanksgiving.

Anything making you queasy or sick: no foods are. but i feel sick for a little part of every day.

Gender: a boy! Benjamin Haniel Stark

Symptoms: I’m tired and hungry all the time. I have headaches every day. I feel sick everyday. My hips hurt quite often. Then my stomach cramps. Then all the gross stuff. Yea, I’m pregnant. Did I mention I’m tired?

Belly Button in or out? in, and i doubt it comes out

Wedding rings on or off? on and comfortable.

Happy or Moody most of the time: I’m pretty happy and chill most of the time. This is a welcome change from the first trimester. But when I’m moody it’s a life or death situation in my brain.

Looking forward to?  Our ultrasound in a couple weeks. and Of course finally feeling him kick!

the one with off shoulder in fall

This black off shoulder top was one of my favorites all summer long while living in Florida. Now that we’re in ‘fall’ I’m going to transition it through and keep on wearing it. It’s so breezy and flowy that my little bump is comfortable. It’s one of the only non maternity shirts that fits me well still. Is it normal to show earlier with your second baby? I hear it’s muscle memory. My muscles memory is real good. I am glad to have enough energy back to look nice on a fairly regular basis.So I guess it’s time to get some fall and winter maternity clothes!

top . similar top . jeans . flats . necklace

5 Halloween recipes to try

I love festive foods. Especially foods I make a lot, but with a little change can get everyone excited about the holidays. Now that I have a little boy who eats real food and another on on the way who will by this time next year (whhhaaaaaaa!?!?!?) So here’s 5 festive foods I want to try this year . . .

puking pumpkin dessert I’ve seen tons of puking pumpkin desserts over the years. But none have made as much sense to me. I love this marshmallow fluff dip so that’s probably why.

caramel apple slices Every year about this time I get a craving for caramel apples. But they seem so hard to make. These make it seem doable.

chicken boo-dle soup How fun!? This is already on the list to make this weekend actually!

sugar skull fruit pizza This is the prettiest food I’ve ever seen. Now to find a party to take this to.

pretzel and cheese broomsticks  Jack gets a snack of cheese sticks almost everyday, and I think it might be time to try some pretzels 🙂