How To Build A Maternity Wardrobe
  • October 9, 2017
  • Baby · Style
  • Finding maternity clothes that I like and fit has been far more difficult that I anticipated. Because of that, I feel pretty lucky that I’ve been able to wear my pre-pregnancy clothes for most of my pregnancy. Even now I still have a few pairs of leggings and tunics that I can wear. Over the past seven months or so though I’ve found a few key pieces that I like and fit well.

    When building a maternity wardrobe, I kept a few things in mind. I didn’t want anything too trendy. If I’m lucky enough to get pregnant again, I want the items I’m buying now to work in the future. Aside from jeans, I didn’t buy expensive pieces. I know I’ll only be wearing these items for a short period of time, so it doesn’t make sense to invest a lot of money into my maternity wardrobe.  Lastly, I’m starting to think about tops that will transition into postpartum and are nursing friendly.maternity wardrobe

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    button down / jeans / flats (similar) / earrings (similar)

    I’ve mentioned this a few times, but my maternity jeans are surprisingly comfortable. Normally I hate wearing jeans, but these jeans have a nice stretch that make them comfortable all day long. I probably could have gotten away with just one pair of jeans, but I bought these first and while I really like them, felt like I needed something a little dressier too. I find the full belly panel to be really uncomfortable, so I like that these just have the elastic waistband.

    Like I said, any pieces I’ve purchased are more classic and timeless than trendy. I love this white button down and I think it will work postpartum too. Thinking about the future, it will also work well regardless of the season.

    I’ve worn a lot of loose tunics for most of my pregnancy and I’ve only just recently become comfortable showing off the bump. I picked up this top during the Shopbop sale a few weeks ago in black and white that I’ll wear with long sweaters and leggings. Speaking of leggings, I’ve been wearing these leggings from Old Navy that come in a two-pack for only $18 on sale.  They are nothing fancy, but they are comfortable!

    The part of my maternity wardrobe I’ve struggled the most with is finding workout clothes I like and fit. Sizing up in regular tops doesn’t work because they end up being too big in the top. I randomly tried on this top from Athleta though that I think is extremely flattering. I wear an XS and it has plenty of stretch in it. For leggings, I’ve found these to be the most comfortable. I size up and there is plenty of stretch in the waist.

    Dressing a bump can be a challenge, but also a lot of fun. I love seeing how other moms-to-be accessorize their bump!

     

    Prepping For Baby: Freezer Friendly Meals
  • October 4, 2017
  • Baby · Food
  • One of the benefits of having a winter baby is meal prepping is much easier than in the summer, in my opinion. Most freezer friendly meals tend to be heartier meals that I just don’t like eating in the summer. I’ve recently started prepping meals for the first few weeks and months after baby comes. Is this another phase of nesting? Brett and I have a shared Pinterest board where we pin meal ideas and then I’ve been trying to make at least one meal a weekend to put in the freezer.

    Last week organic beef was on sale for $1.50 a pound (Brett was so excited for this), so we stocked the freezer with ground beef. I made Italian meatballs that we can use for Italian meatball subs and spaghetti and meatballs. I also plan on using some to make stuffed green peppers, chili and Swedish meatballs. Here are a few of the other meals I’m planning on making!

    Chicken Gnocchi Soupfreezer friendly meals

    Zucchini Lasagna with Spicy Turkey Meat Saucefreezer friendly meals

    Chicken and Wild Rice Casserolefreezer friendly meals

    Jambalayafreezer friendly meals

    Turkey Pot Pie freezer friendly meals

     

    Blush and Gray Nursery Inspiration
  • September 29, 2017
  • Baby · Life
  • Now that we are less than 10 weeks away from my due date, it’s time for Brett and I to start putting our nursery together. Once I found out we were having a girl I knew I wanted the nursery to be girly, but not over the top. I also didn’t want a “themed” nursery that she would grow out of quickly. Because I was convinced we were having a boy, I actually had a lot more ideas for decorating a boy nursery than I did for a girl nursery, but eventually decided on a simple blush and gray nursery.

    I don’t have any WIP nursery photos to show you yet (the only thing we’ve done is organize the closet), so I thought I would share some of the blush and gray nursery inspiration I’ve found on Pinterest. Once we have our crib and dresser I know things will start coming together and I’m excited to share with you the final reveal!

    blush and gray nursery inspiration

    XO Wall Art / Jewel-Toned Pull / bow wall hook / faux leather moroccan pouf / storage bin / crib sheets / gray bunny / crib / elephant rocker / rug / blush, gray and gold print

    Fall Basics + Shopbop Fall Sale
  • September 27, 2017
  • Style
  • I’m itching for a wardrobe change and lately I’ve been filling up more virtual carts with my fall wish list than I’d care to admit. Today though the fall Shopbop sale goes live, which means it’s the perfect time to stock up on the fall basics I’ve been looking for. With code EOTS17 you can save 20% off orders under $500 and 25% off orders over $500 now through Friday.

    fall basics fall basicsfall basics fall basics If you’re expecting, these maternity jeans are so comfortable, they feel like leggings! I have this white tee in a few different colors and it’s one of my favorites. It’s perfect for layering under a button down like I did here, or with a scarf and jacket on cooler days. Aside from the jeans, I’ll be able to wear these same look year after year. Don’t forget to use code EOTS17 at Shopbop to stock up on your own fall basics!

    jeans (non-maternity version here) / button down / white tee / purse / booties