The Waiting Game
  • December 1, 2017
  • Baby · Lifestyle
  • We’re just a few days shy of our due date, which means we’re officially on #babywatch2017. I didn’t think this waiting game would bother me as much as it is, but not knowing when this baby is going to come is making me so anxious! Any tips or advice on what to do while waiting? Send my way!WAITING GAMEThe nursery is finished, all the clothes and blankets are washed, our freezer is full of meals for the next few weeks and our bags are packed and in the car so now all we have to do is wait. As anxious as I feel about not knowing when baby G will make her arrival, I am also really enjoying this relatively slow, quiet time. Here are a few of the things we’ve been doing while waiting. I know these are all things that we can (and hopefully will) continue to do after baby, but I also know they certainly won’t be as easy.waiting game

    Plan A Date Night (or two). We’ve definitely been eating out more the past few weeks than we normally do. We’ve been going out for date nights at our favorite neighborhood restaurants as well as meeting friends for dinner. We had dinner with friends earlier this week and it was weird to think that it was likely the last time we’d be going out to dinner without needing a babysitter.

    Plan Some Friend Time. Both Brett and I have been making plans with our friends separately. Having this time a part is really important to a relationship and will be something we’ll have to plan for more in the future. Tonight I’m going to the Southport Stroll with Monica and tomorrow I’m getting mani/pedi’s with another friend.

    Go See A Movie. Pretty much the only time Brett and I go to the movies is during our annual holiday staycation the week between Christmas and the New Year. Our staycation is going to look a lot different this year, so a movie won’t be in the picture. We snuck in a movie last month though and will likely be our last one for a long time. If we’re going to be getting a babysitter for an afternoon out, I’d much rather spend that time enjoying a nice meal. But who knows, I may be so exhausted a movie will be just what I need!

    Sleep In. Ever since I started working from home full time at 36 weeks I would get up before Brett to shower and get ready for the day before Riggins and I walk Brett to the train for work. This past week though I’ve been sleeping in and getting ready after our walk. It’s only an extra 30 minutes or so, but I am cherishing those 30 minutes of sleep while I can!

    Take Maternity Photos. I was very against having professional maternity photos taken, but last week when my family was here for Thanksgiving I asked my mom to take a few photos of Brett and I. I know I’ll be happy to have these photos to look back on years from now and I may even frame them for the nursery.waiting gamewaiting gamewaiting game

    Sparkling Cranberry Apple Cider Mocktail
  • November 28, 2017
  • Food
  • Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! I think I might still be recovering from Thanksgiving. Hosting a holiday dinner at nearly 39 weeks pregnant may have been a little ambitious, but we survived!sparkling cranberry apple cider mocktailI served this Sparkling Cranberry Apple Cider mocktail with appetizers on Thanksgiving Day, but it will be great throughout the holiday season. We actually had it on Saturday brunch as well and I thought it was the perfect complement to the pumpkin waffles I made!

    I’m counting down the days until I can trade in mocktails for cocktails, but I was surprised how much everyone liked it sans alcohol. I think it would taste even better if you swapped the ginger ale for champagne, but let’s be honest I think most things are better with champagne. 🙂 Cheers!

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    Sparkling Cranberry Apple Cider Mocktail
    sparkling cranberry apple cider mocktail
    sparkling cranberry apple cider mocktail
    1. In a small saucepan, combine the cranberries and water and simmer for 2-3 minutes until the cranberries pop and split.
    2. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar. Let cool to room temperature (or chill in the refrigerator). I forgot about this step, so I just stuck the saucepan in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
    3. In a 2-quart pitcher, pour in the cranberry mixture. Add the apple cider, ginger ale, lemon juice and cranberry juice. Mix and serve.
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    Shopbop Buy More, Save More Sale
  • November 21, 2017
  • Style
  • I’m so excited because Black Friday is starting early today with the Shopbop Buy More, Save More sale! This is one sale I look forward to every year because you can get some great deals on designer items. It’s also the perfect time to do a little Christmas shopping (for you and your family/friends!). With code MORE17 you can save up to 30% off your order, including sale items!

    With a baby due any day now, I’ve been trying to get all my Christmas shopping done beforehand and I’ll be pretty close to wrapping things up this week. I’m also excited to pick up a few things for myself that aren’t maternity! Shopbop Buy More, Save MoreYes this jacket is pricey, but if you live in Chicago or anywhere with similar winter weather it is 100% worth it. I bought one for myself two years ago and one for Brett for Christmas last year. It keeps us so warm and a jacket I know we’ll be wearing for years to come (or as long as we live in Chicago)!

    These pumps would be perfect for the holidays. The rounded toe and block heel will make them more comfortable for holiday cocktail parties that will keep you on your feet.

    Speaking of the holidays, this floral dress is a pretty option if you don’t want to wear anything that screams “holiday.”

    If you have someone that is expecting on your list, I would highly recommend this chemise that is nursing friendly. The fabric is so soft and the cut is so flattering (something that’s hard to say about anything at 38 weeks pregnant!). I have it in black and I want to get it in blush as well to bring to the hospital.

    I get so excited picking out a new planner at the start of each year. I think this is going to be the one for 2018!

    A pretty robe is a great gift for a mom or sister and you can’t go wrong with Eberjey.

    Who knows when I’ll be wearing something other than leggings, but I love, love, love this dress for a fancy occasion.

    Duck Boots never go out of style, so they are the kind of gift that will get used year after year. They sell out quickly so don’t wait on these!

    If you’re like me, you like to have a couple hostess gifts on hand for last minute invites. Sugarfina Bento Boxes are a great gift, and you can even split them up into a few different gifts or even pair with a bottle of wine.

    My tan boots have seen better days, so I’ve already sent Brett a few ideas for new ones. Adding these to the list!

    Coffee table books are another great hostess gift. This one is perfect for the friend who loves to entertain.

    Canada Goose Parka / Yumi Kim Floral Dress / Ingrid & Isabel ChemiseSam Edelman Pumps / Sugarfina Bento BoxRifle Paper Co Day Planner / Eberjey Robe / For Love & Lemons Dress / Sperry Duck Boots / Dolce Vita Boots / Coffee Table Book

    Thankful and Grateful
  • November 16, 2017
  • Life
  • Can you believe Thanksgiving is a week away? We’re hosting my family for the first time this year and I’m looking forward to having everyone in our home. I’m also looking forward to spending a holiday in Chicago. We’re always traveling for the holidays, so it will be a nice change of pace to stay in the city. thankful and gratefulLooking back on this past year, we have so much to be thankful for. I wanted to take today to reflect on some of the biggest things I’m thankful for.

    • Science and Medicine. I never thought that this would be something I would be thankful for, but after going through fertility treatments earlier this year, I’m so thankful for the advancements in science and medicine that have made it possible for us to become parents. This time last year we had no idea what was ahead of us, but now we’re just a couple weeks away from meeting our little girl.
    • Friends and Family. This may be cliche, but I really am so thankful for our friends and family. With everything we’ve gone through this past year, it’s been so comforting knowing that we have the support of our family and friends.
    • Riggins. I know my crazy dog lady is showing, but this little guy is really just the best. This time last year he was still getting used to his new life so his true personality hadn’t come out yet. Now he is the most lovable little guy and I can’t get enough of his hugs, kisses and puppy snuggles!
    • Chicago. I seriously love this city. I never pictured myself raising, or at least starting to raise children in a big city, but I’m so excited to give our child this experience. Sure, living in a city comes with its challenges, but the advantages (amazing restaurants, farmers markets, being able to walk to everything, the list goes on and on!) far outweigh those challenges.
    • The opportunity to travel. In the past year we’ve traveled to Bermuda, Philadelphia (twice), New York a few times, Texas, St. Louis and Cincinnati. With a baby I know travel won’t be out of the picture, but it definitely won’t be as easy. I’m so grateful for the trips Brett and I have been able to take together, but I’m also excited to share in the adventures with our little girl.