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Month: September 2016

the one where I don’t look pregnant

3rd trimester favs 2

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dress . earrings c/o . similar wedges . belt . lipstick in watermelon

I’ve said several times throughout this pregnancy that if a maternity clothing item didn’t have ruching, I bought it a size up. My thoughts were that it would last second trimester (with a belt) to third trimester (stretched to the max). No matter how big that belly got, all my clothes would fit. This worked 99% of the time. There are 2 items that are still too big. One is a dress I bought in May for my Indiana baby shower. I joke and say I don’t look pregnant in it.  That’s not totally true, but it certainly hides the size of the bump. I wish I would have taken a picture without the belt. Then you’d be able to see that the belt actually helps show it quite a bit.

At first, I dreamt of wearing this dress without a belt, a flower crown, on the beach. But pink blush makes their clothes big, and I did not look at the size chart. Lesson learned. So, it does not live up to the dream. If I would have gotten it about 2 sizes smaller it would be perfect, and still would have lasted second and third trimester just like I thought. I love the dress. It’s so comfortable, a great material, durable, I get compliments from almost everyone ever time I wear it. My non pregnant friend Allison and I talk about buying it to wear all the time it’s so wonderful. And I just might once I figure out what my size will be after baby . . .

Do you have any clothing pieces that are too big, but you still love them?

the one with 5 pregnancy myths

Hello friends! I’ve spent the entire year pregnant, and I’ve heard about every pregnancy ‘fact’ there is. Since some have rang true for me and some have rang very untrue. Today I wanted to go over the most popular ‘facts’ I’ve heard that ended up being 5 pregnancy myths.

pregnancy myths

1. Eating for two – We all know subconsciously that this isn’t true, right?! But still we get pregnant or know someone who’s pregnant and everyone just accepts she’s eating for two! I assumed I would be hungrier, and after some research I figured I would need about 200-300 extra calories a day. But none of those things are actually true. I’m not hungrier. My doctor has said I don’t need any extra calories. I can’t even imagine eating for two with as full as my stomach feels. Of course, if you’re underweight or right at weight when you get pregnant I’d recommend asking your doctor about those extra calories, but you certainly don’t need to eat for two.

2. Your hair will grow and it will be amazing! – Yes, your hair on your head will grow. There will be more volume, and it will be wonderful. What they forget to tell you, however, is that so will the hair every.where.else. The random hair on your chin that you have to tweeze every few months . . . make that every few days. The dark hairs on our legs that you shave once a week . . . make that every other day (until you can’t reach anymore). Your eyebrows that are perfectly waxed once a month . . . chewbacca. And we won’t even get started on the special area.

3. Only spicy foods will give you heartburn – Bland foods are what you’re told to eat if you get heartburn. My doctor made a big deal out of it. Heartburn did get bad for me. I did listen to him. Heartburn got worse. I gave up and ate whatever I wanted and heartburn has stayed the same. The only food that helps or doesn’t help is apples. Apples and tums.

4. Your hormones will go crazy – I am highly emotional and highly sensitive. With all the ‘facts’ you hear about how crazy your hormones will be when you’re pregnant, I was really concerned. I did not want to be that crazy b**** for my husband to deal with for 9 months. I’ve somehow mellowed out. Sure, I have my moments. Like when I had a mental breakdown because I forgot to make my husband a sandwich. However, for the most part I’ve mellowed out. There is no crazy b**** living in my house.

5. Finally, If you’re having a boy you won’t suffer from acne – I thought it was a girl until our first ultrasound. When I found out for sure it was a boy, I got excited because I would glow! My skin would just get better. I had heard the myth that you give girls your beauty while you’re pregnant. However, I gave my beauty to Jack. In other words, I had lots of acne.

What pregnancy ‘facts’ did you find to be myths for your pregnancy?

the one with an embroidery hoop wreath

Around our house we make new decor for the front door on all major holidays and for all major seasons. Since birthdays are considered holidays I even make them for those. However, the husband says that’s overboard. But he couldn’t stop me from making some new decor for a NEW birthday!  and guess what, We love it most of all! We love it so much that we put it inside. Now, let’s talk about how to make your own.

embroidery wreath


Roll of cork/sheet foam board
14″ embroidery hoop
10″ embroidery hoop
1/2 yard fabric of choice
Mod podge
Glue gun
Faux flowers
Floral shears
White pen or pencil

embroidery wreath pin

Instructions for your embroidery hoop wreath:

  1. First, Lay out hoops on top of cork or your foam board and trace around the outside edges of the hoops with white pen/pencil.
  2. Then, Cut ring out of cork.
  3. Repeat same steps with fabric.
  4. Once that’s done, Use mod podge to adhere fabric to cork ring.
  5. Then, Hot glue hoops to the edges of fabric/cork ring.
  6. Finally, Hot glue flowers onto the bottom right section of your wreath

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Tips: Once the hoops are glued to the cork ring, you will probably have to trim around the edges of your cork/fabric in order to make it fit right. It was kind of just trial and error for me!

Are you as obsessed with front door decor as I am? Since the door is the first thing everyone sees I think it’s super important to have a good first impression. Maybe if we all join together we can convince the haters front door decor is worth it!

the one with our maternity photos



dress . lipstick

Sweet Jack,

8 months ago I sat on an airplane drinking my 5th cup of coffee when I realized  . . . I’m pregnant. 6 weeks later . . . a little bean waved at me (literally you waved your arms up) from an ultrasound screen. And my heart grew infinitely bigger. It’s strange to have so much love for some one you’ve never met before, and yet I know it like I know of God’s love for us. I yearn for that moment when you’re first placed on my chest and the whole world goes quiet so we can get to know each other. It’s my job to get you to the day where you don’t need me to hold you so I’m planning to hold you for your entire first day of life. Be prepared.

Your dad and I talk every night about who you’ll be and what you’ll look like. Dad thinks you’ll be the perfect mix of both of us, but I hope you’ll be just like him. Your father is the most selfless, patient man. He will teach you everything you need to know about how to treat and love others. He makes it looks easy with even the hardest of people. Listen closely to everything he says, never tell him this, but he’s almost always right. We named you after his grandfather, John William, who he loved very much. I never got to meet JW, but from what your grandma tells me your dad is a lot like him.

It is September – the month of your arrival. Although I guess there’s a chance you could wait until October.  But if you could hurry and come on out to join us, please. 8 months ago on that plane, I was also reflecting on the word I had chosen 2016. Your dad and I knew within the first 3 months of the year lots of changes would happen.  So the word I chose to focus on was grace.

I knew I needed to remember God’s grace with us during the hard times. And I knew I needed to give myself grace if nothing went as expected. Everything would happen in His time.

  I hope to leave reminders of his grace for you everywhere, and teach you to glorify him in thanks for those gifts.Just like your name. We chose your name before I chose my word, but you’ll soon learn His hand is in it all …

 Jack: “God is gracious”

I love you forever,



5 pieces 1 outfit: maternity photo shoot

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 maternity photo shoot inspiration and accessorizing with lipsticks!

maternity photo shoot

flower crown . shoes . earrings . dress . lipstick

Since I’m a fashion blogger, I have lots of good quality pictures of myself pregnant. And all of them are varying sizes. So I’m not going to spend a lot of time (just a few minutes to get some of me and hubby together) or money (gonna have a friend do it) on a maternity photo shoot. I’ll save all of that for professional pictures of baby boy. BUT if I were and money on the outfit was not an option either, I’d buy this $230 dress and look like a Grecian goddess. I don’t want to wear shoes with it, but I’d have some simple sandals just in case.  Since I’m having a boy I’d have sapphire earrings complimented with a flower crown in purple and blue hues, and finish it all up with the perfect subtle pink lip and neutral makeup.

Ok, now I think might spend the money . . .

What about you friends? What did you wear for your maternity photo shoot or like me did you not have one?

the one with 36 weeks

Welcome to September. The month I will most likely give birth! 36 weeks down. 4 more weeks, and our little boy will be here. I must be positive that he will come on time and not make me wait because I’m over being pregnant. I’m ready to just be a woman again . . . that never sleeps because she’s a mom. but, hey, the little she does sleep – she’s comfortable.


How far along? 36 weeks

Maternity clothes? I’m usually just in maternity leggings and a maternity tank top these days.

Sleep: It’s not great, but it could be a lot worse. 

Best moment: Our maternity pics last week and my shower here in Vero the same day 🙂 little boy is so loved and it warms my heart. 

Miss Anything?: Pregnancy hasn’t been terrible for me. For the most part I love growing my baby boy and feeling him move and become a little human. But I’m over it. I’m ready to have my baby in my arms and my regular body back.

Movement: He still moves ALOT. He’s much bigger now – doctor says about 5.5 lbs so the movements are stronger and bigger. 

Food cravings: Just all the water and a thai pork taco from Taco Dive. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: nope.

Gender: boy!

Symptoms: yup, all of those still. 

Belly Button in or out? still in 🙂 

Wedding rings on or off? on and comfortable.

Happy or Moody most of the time: right after I hit 34 weeks I thought I was going to start making up for lost time and get really emotional. We had a bit of a scare where I thought I lost my mucus plug and I also had a small bladder infection. Everything worked out, but I just got more emotional for a couple days. I forgot to make my husband lunch one day. He was almost late because he had to lay in bed with me to calm me down. Not late because I had to make lunch, late because I had a breakdown. Such a baby am I! Since that’s been taken care of though I’ve mellowed out again. 

Looking forward to?  Our family will be here soon! and Jack comes right after 🙂