Katie Elizabeth

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Blush On The Brain

Ladies: you're going to want to forward this to your husband/boyfriend/significant other ASAP.  

Valentines Day is only 4 days away - but you know the men haven't even started shopping yet ;) - and everything on this list would make for the perfect gift.  That bag (on sale!) = swoon, a limited edition of the best candle ever, the most luxurious lipstick and my favorite Kendra Scott earrings.  I'll take it all.  

Rebecca Minkoff Mini Perry Satchel // M. Gemi Brezza Lace Up Flats // Kate Spade Metro Round Leather Strap Watch // Kendra Scott Danielle Earrings // Bobbi Brown Skin Nourish Mask (dying to try this!) // bkr Naked Heart Glass Water Bottle // Tory Burch Fitbit Double Wrap Bracelet // Diptyque Rosaviola Candle // August Hat Pastel Wool Fedora // YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick

Also, NEED these pajamas that didn't make the collage.  They're so perfect, especially after my donut binge yesterday - but how else are you supposed to celebrate Fat Tuesday?!  I can't even believe Lent is here already!  Are you guys giving anything up?  Considering I'm not partaking in half of my favorite things due to being pregnant (sushi, deli meat, moscow mules, comfortable sleep...), I've decided to take something up instead.  I've been terrible about working out lately so my goal is 30 minutes of exercise every single day.  I know that sounds way too easy for probably all of you, but the rate I am gaining pounds is alarming - even though I know it's good - so getting my lazy butt moving is a must ;)

PS. check out my updated Shop page for lots more Valentines picks!


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Weekending Highs & Lows

Happy Tuesday!  Getting going after the Super Bowl is always tough and this weekend was an especially busy one all around, so excuse my recap a day late :)  We had the best couple of days and I'm still wishing we could rewind back to Friday and do it all over again.  

Nick and I kicked off the weekend by grabbing dinner at one of my favorite restaurants - I had shrimp tacos and he ordered a jalapeno bacon burger, but instead got a veggie turkey burger, haha - and then went home to hang with Brady and watch Making a Murderer.  We're half way through the Netflix series and definitely hooked!

Saturday brought a massive Chili Cook Off at a beach town near us.  There were 26 restaurants offering free chili tastings, horse drawn carriage rides, ice skating and hand carved ice sculptures around every corner.  Such a fun winter day and it was so nice that the weather cooperated with pure sun (although it was freezing cold)!

We were up bright and early on Sunday to head for the Chicago suburbs.  We shopped all. day. long and it was so productive.  We bought this dresser for the nursery and ordered this crib (in white)!  Can't wait for it to come in.

It was so great to stop at Buy Buy Baby, too and I think we've finally decided on a stroller and car seat.  I'll probably do tons more research before adding anything to our registry, but right now I'm leaning towards the Baby Jogger City Mini GT and the Nuna Pipa car seat (and the adapter of course).  Does anyone have either of these and have any thoughts?!?

PF Changs for lunch was a wonderful decision because while I've always loved pad thai, but I have had a serious obsession with it since becoming pregnant.  It was actually one of the ONLY things I could stomach eating in the first trimester - so random, ha.

I picked up these boots for our upcoming Colorado trip.  They're on sale right now, but going fast!  

While I didn't have a major favorite for the Super Bowl, it was pretty cool seeing the Broncos win as I really think that was Peyton Manning's final game.  Going out on top is definitely the way to do it!  Other highlight: this commercial. Anything with dogs, seriously.

As you can imagine with a productive shopping weekend, it was an expensive weekend!  But I really think we got a great deals on the purchases we made - I mean, how can you beat a dresser for $250? And I really did show some restraint so I was proud of that.  It took everything in me not to buy one of everything at PBK!

I've been dealing with some sciatic nerve pain these last few days.  Hot showers, stretches and massages help, but it hasn't been fun (especially at night when I'm trying to get comfortable).

Our Chick-fil-A is still under construction, so whenever we're back in Chicago, it's always a must stop for me.  BUT we were in the city on Sunday and I totally forgot they were closed on Sundays until we were pulling into the parking lot :( :(  So sad, although I do give them major props for taking a day off.

This bag seems to be completely sold out!  I can't believe how fast it went.  It's gone online and I couldn't find it in the store either - bummer.

All in all, a pretty great weekend.  Hoping yours was as well and that your Mondays weren't too rough.  Only 3 days now till Friday, we can do it!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday + Links

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Friday's should always = donuts, don't you think?   Hope you've all had a great week!  They're flying by for me and at 21 weeks now, it's time to get down to business on the nursery.  We're heading to Chicago on Sunday to do some shopping and hopefully check off a few big purchases.  Land of Nod, Pottery Barn Kids, IKEA... I'm coming for you (my poor bank account).  Other than that, we're going to a chili cook off on Saturday and of course the Super Bowl!  I'm not sure who I'm rooting for - I don't have an attachment to either team, although I do love the Mannings... ahh whatever, I don't care who wins.  I'm really in it for the food and commercials ;)

Before I go, a few of my favorite links from around the web this week...

This was an awesome in-depth, behind the scenes recap from Zelle at Southern Style on the Create + Cultivate conference in Dallas last weekend.  I want to go to one!

We made this one pot spaghetti on Wednesday night and it was deeelish.  Husband approved with the meat in it, too ;)  Love a good one pot meal with minimal clean up.

While we may be shopping for baby things this weekend, I also plan on picking up this Chloe knock off bag.  Only $36!

Loving these pretty phone + desktop downloads from May Designs.  They release new ones each month
and nail it every time.

It's back in stock!  (From this post)

I pulled the trigger on this jacket last week when it was half off and love it so much, I'd buy it full price.  I will say it's not that warm - more of a 'walking from the car to the restaurant' type of coat.

4 refreshing detox juices... that actually sound good.

For my fine haired girls, this is my new favorite hair product!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Life Lately

I love a good life lately post and when Kristen announced she was going to be making a link up out of it today, I was all in!  Here's what we've been up to lately through the eyes of my camera (and camera phone, let's be honest)...

Nothing makes me happier than fresh flowers, especially in the winter.  These gorgeous white roses from Earth Fare held up for over a week and a half - not bad for only $8.99!

Baby Bargains has been a LIFESAVER.  If you know someone that's expecting, buy them this book.  Our friends that have a two year old recommended it to us and it's been awesome.  It breaks down everything you need for baby, rates the different products out there (because why are there a million...), and helps you save money in the process.  Just make sure to get the most recent version (HERE) so the product recommendations are all up to date!

We celebrated two and a half years of marriage on January 27th, and the end of January (the exact date is fuzzy now) marked nine years since we met.  Niiiine years.  Time flies.  Forever thankful I let someone drag me to a
fraternity party that night back in 2007, life has never been the same since!

You can read more about our wedding here.

Just a few girly things I've been using on total repeat and l-o-v-i-n-g.  Especially this foundation (amaze) and this eyebrow palette is a must have for anyone working on their eyebrow game!

Headboard (on sale!)

Just Brady Boy being lazy and adorable.  He's the best cuddler in the morning which makes it so hard to get out of bed.

Top // Blazer (on sale!)

Our girls weekend was the best!  We ate a lot, made bracelets, took naps, binged watched RHOBH and ate some more.  It wasn't as crazy as our typical girls weekends are, but it was really nice to slow down and just hang out together.

And they totally spoiled me with a gift certificate to get a prenatal massage.  Can't even wait!


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Fun Valentines Date Ideas

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V-Day is just around the corner!  We don't go all out for the holiday, but I am particularly excited for this one.  It's the first year in a few years that Nick hasn't ditched me for a pond hockey tournament that always seems to fall on this same weekend and I'm happy we get to celebrate together again!  Although our celebrations don't extend much beyond going out to dinner - we usually even skip gifts - it's always fun to throw in a couple little special surprises.  I've come up with a few relatively easy ways to make the most of the holiday of love below...  

Go to - or have your own - wine tasting 
Chocolate covered strawberries will definitely be happening at our house
Write each other love letters
Indulge in an at home spa night together - these are my favorite essentials!
Enjoy the outdoors with a picnic (if the weather cooperates)
Make dinner together at home - this cookbook is perfect to use
Take a horse drawn carriage ride through a park or city
Bring your significant other breakfast in bed
And then stay in bed, all day :)
Take a dance class
Flowers are always a good idea - I love Trader Joes (for $5 options!) and The Bouqs for delivery  
Blow up the air mattress and have a sleepover in front of the fireplace
Recreate your first date
Have fondue at home for dinner
Go ice skating and warm up with hot chocolate after
Burn your significant other a CD of your favorite songs
Book a couples massage
Watch the sunset - bonus points for on the beach

What are your plans for Valentines Day?


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Bath Essentials

It's a rainy, dreary day in Michigan today and all I can think about is how amazing a bubble bath sounds.  Which is kind of strange considering I'm not the biggest fan of baths, but the weather today is just screaming for one.  And not being able to do something while you're pregnant makes you want to do it all the more, right? ;)

So while I'm dreaming of bubbles (both the bath and the alcoholic kind) for a few more months, this post is instead for all of you!  I'm demanding that you go home tonight and take a bath.  Eat dinner, forget your chores for an hour, light a delicious smelling candle, fill up that tub and just relax.  Sometimes that's exactly what our body needs - to slow down for a little bit and have some me time.  Especially on a rainy, dreary Tuesday night.

Here are a few bath essentials that will leave you feeling relaxed, but still totally refreshed!

Linen Bathrobe (amazing price!) 
Luxury Spa Bath Pillow (a must have) 
Volupsa Saijo Persimmon Candle (one of my faves)
Kiehl's Creme de Corps 
Vestige Bathtub Caddy (on my wishlist) 
Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Honey Bath Bubbles (the best smell ever)
Fiori Bath Towels

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