Baby Girl Nursery

Baby Girl Nursery
Baby Girl Nursery

Summer Bucket List

Summer Bucket List
Summer Bucket List

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Summer Bucket List


Why must the weekends end?!  This one was such a good one.  The weather couldn't have been more beautiful and it was filled with my favorite things: good food, friends, fun and lots of things checked off the to do list.  

We finished up all of our final baby chores (I have a car seat in my car now!) and are as ready as we're going to be for whenever she wants to make her appearance!  We also went to one of our favorite waterfront restaurants, visited our friends cottage, went golfing, took Brady to some local trails for a walk, went to our friends 3 year old daughters birthday and ended the weekend with fro-yo and one of Nick's pasta creations.  The best.

Now that Memorial Day is behind us, summer is (un)officially here!  I'm so excited for this summer.  I know it's going to be a crazy and different one with a new baby, but I'm looking forward to a slower pace and staying home.  We tend to try and cram so much into our summer weekends that it flies by, so this year I want to just relax and soak in the long summer days.  I made a list of a few fun things around town that I want to do - good thing I've got my baby carrier ready to go! 

SUMMER BUCKET LIST
Go golfing
Celebrate Nick's 30th birthday with a BBQ
Take the baby to the beach
Eat at a drive-in restaurant by the water
Check out a flea market in town
Have a girls night out with my Junior League friends
Eat all the gyros and saganaki at Greek Fest this weekend!
Spend our 3rd anniversary on Mackinaw Island (this one may be a bit ambitious)
Try Sherman's Ice Cream in South Haven
Taco Truck Friday's

Most of our to do's revolve around food - no surprise there, ha!  What do you have going on this summer?

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Memorial Day Sales {My Picks}

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Hope you're all having a fabulous Memorial Day!  We just got back from golfing - well, Nick golfed and I drove the cart - and are now relaxing for a bit.  AKA online shopping.  There are so many amazing deals out there right now that it would be a shame to not take advantage of them ;) Here are my favorites from the Memorial Day sales.  

Anthropologie | Extra 30% off all sale items
Shop: This jumpsuit that could be dressed up or down and a great pair of flare jeans

ASOS | 20% off with code HISUMMER
Shop: Loving these fringe shorts and this yellow off the shoulder dress for under $25

Banana Republic | 40% off with code BRTAKE40
Shop: The perfect off the shoulder blue & white top

Gap | 40% off with code LNGWKND
Shop: The softest, comfiest romper ever, paired with this denim vest for an easy summer look

J. Crew | 40% off with code WEEKEND
Shop: A scalloped cami that comes in 4 colors and a neutral pair of lace up gladiator sandals

LOFT | 60% off sale items and 40% off new arrivals
Shop:  I'll take these shorts in every color

Madewell | Extra 20% off all sale items with code META20
Shop: Loving this fun romper and a sleeveless tunic sweater

Nordstrom | Up to 40% off for the Half Yearly Sale
Shop: A reversible tote bag for under $60, love the print on this Free People tunic dress, AG jeans that everyone raves over, and these espadrille wedges that I'm SO sad are sold out in my size!

Old Navy | Extra 50% off select items + free shipping on everything
Shop: Everything from this post!

Sigma Beauty | 20% off with code MEMORIAL20
Shop: My favorite foundation and concealer brushes

Tuckernuck | 20% off with code HELLOSUMMER
Shop:  My go to travel bag

And of course, I hope you all have a chance to remember the real reason we celebrate this day.  So thankful for the men and women that sacrifice everything for our country.  "The land of the free because of the brave."  Have a great night!

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Friday Things

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Happy Friday and happy unofficial start to summer!  

It totally feels like summer has already arrived here in Michigan.  It's been about 85 degrees all week and I am loving it.  Although getting dressed has been a bit challenging as it usually isn't super warm like this before June, so I have literally one dress that I'm rocking almost every day!  Luckily it's a cute one ;) We've had a busy week and I'm hoping this weekend will be equal parts productive and relaxing.  Today I'm off for a cut and color (fresh highlights for summer yay!) and hitting up the food trucks downtown for lunch.

+ Now that the warmer temps have arrived, I'm breaking out two of my favorite things.  One, this candle.  Love love love.  It's my summer scent!  Second is a more recent favorite.  I've become obsessed with this tanning lotion.  I picked it up on a whim at Ulta before our babymoon and have been super impressed.  I used it a loooong time ago and couldn't get past the smell, but it's so much better now.  Don't forget to use a good body scrub beforehand (I'm loving this one) to ensure the color goes on evenly!

+ I ordered this quatrefoil mirror for the nursery and fingers crossed it's the finishing piece.  Adorable and it's on sale right now, too.  I cannot WAIT to share the nursery here on the blog.  I'm so in love with it.  Brady and I just sit in there and hang out, it's easily the best room in the house.

+ Speaking of our house, I've been on a curtain hanging kick.  We have these curtains hung in a bunch of different rooms and I think they're the best.  Dirt cheap, but they're still super great quality and look really nice (especially if you steam the wrinkles out of them).  Highly recommend!

+ If you need a delicious meal for this weekend, I've got ya covered.  Check it out here, but be prepared to drool all over your keyboard.

+ Time for some TV talk: what did you guys think of The Bachelorette premiere?  I give it two thumbs up and I'm way too excited about all the drama to come this season.  Jojo looked flawless and I kind of love Jordan, I hope he doesn't turn out to be a you know what.  (PS. funniest Bachelor/ette recaps found here).  And then there was the series finale of Nashville... not that impressed.  I used to LOVE this show, but it's really gone downhill the past couple of seasons and I wasn't too sad to say goodbye.  I thought the ending cliffhanger was dumb though, why can't shows just wrap everything up nicely?

+ Two trends I'm all about right now: anything yellow and off the shoulder.  I'd like this dress (the price, get it now!!) and this top will be mine.

+ I'm sure you've heard... but Nordstrom is having it's half yearly sale ;)  There are so many amazing sales happening this weekend that I plan on taking advantage of.  I feel like I'm close enough to post baby that I can shop for myself and not feel bad about it!  I have a post coming sometime this weekend with my favorites.  

Enjoy your nice, long weekends!!

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What's In My Hospital Bag


This post would not be possible without the help of my Instagram friends - thank you, thank you, thank you!  Last night at about 8pm, all I had packed in my hospital bag was two mini bottles of champagne and a pair of pajamas.  Ha!  I had no idea what else I really needed and Pinterest was a bit overwhelming with 'bring all the things!'  Naturally, you guys hooked me up with the must haves and I'm feeling much more prepared this morning.  Which is good, because tomorrow I'll officially be full term and this baby could truly come at any time!

Here is what I've got in my hospital bag now.  Feel free to leave any more suggestions in the comments or let me know if I forgot something crucial :)  And you might notice breastfeeding stuff is let off the list, I actually won't be able to breastfeed due to a medication I'm taking.  So if you've strictly formula fed, let me know about that, too!

FOR ME:
-Robe
-Slippers
-Loose fitting pajamas
-Tank tops
- Camera and charger
-Phone charger
-Flip flops for the shower
-Maxi dress for going home
-Toiletries
-Makeup remover wipes
-Stretch mark cream
-Toilet paper
-My own pillow
-Underwear (that I won't mind throwing away ;))
-Belly binder
-Snacks 

FOR BABY:
-Going home outfit
-A couple of extra outfits just in case!
-Swaddle blanket for pictures
-Pacifier
-Bows & newborn hat
-Baby book
-Boppy pillow

Possibly a baby bottle so she gets used to the kind we're going to use at home?  I'm sure I'll add or remove a few things here and there before we go, but I feel like this is a good start.  And I definitely plan on doing an AFTER the hospital post on what we actually used!  

More Baby Posts: Pregnancy Announcement // The First Trimester // Gender Predictions // Gender Reveal // Nursery Inspiration // The Second Trimester // What's On Our Baby Registry // California Babymoon // Baby Shower // Third Trimester Confessions // 36 Week Bumpdate
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A Delicious Summer Meal

Summer is my favorite time to eat.  That may sound weird, but I LOVE the food this time of year.  Anything on the grill just tastes a thousand times better, I'm obsessed with fresh fruit, could live off of cold pasta salads, and don't even get me started on ice cream.  My favorite I'm telling you.  

On Sunday night, we had a dinner that encompassed pretty much all of the above and it was so good.  The only thing that was missing was ice cream, which we usually go get on Sunday nights (the best way to end a weekend!), but Nick was busy finishing up painting our deck !! which is looking awesome.  The ice cream tradition will resume again next weekend ;) 

Here is a delicious, pretty easy meal that will be on repeat at our house this summer.  Enjoy!


Cilantro Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa
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I've been wanting to make this for a while and I'm so glad I finally did!  It couldn't have been easier.  The marinade is only 5 ingredients (that everyone already has in their pantries) and you're basically dumping guacamole on top of your grilled chicken - yummmmay.

Since the dish had so much flavor, we kept the sides relatively simple with couscous (my favorite brand, cooks in 5 minutes!) and watermelon.  By the way, have you ever grilled your watermelon?  I just stumbled across this on Pinterest and have to try it ASAP.


Strawberry Yogurt Cake
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I've made this cake a few times and it continues to remain a favorite.  This time I had some frozen blueberries in my freezer that I wanted to use up, so I subbed them in instead of the fresh strawberries.  Still delicious!  The greek yogurt keeps the cake super moist and flavorful, and the lemon icing is the perfect finishing touch.  

Now that our deck is finished, we'll be spending even more time outdoors and I'm so happy about it.  Can't wait to make our patio space come to life via my inspiration board and of course, continue grilling all of the things.  What are your favorite summer recipes?

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Old Navy For The Win

Old Navy has been knocking it out of the park lately.  So many of their pieces are on point for this seasons trends and you can never go wrong with their classic, versatile items - even Olivia Palermo was recently spotted rocking one of their tees!  I've placed a couple of orders lately and have not been disappointed.  Here's a round up of a few of my favorites, all under $45 and they're even running an additional sale right now so check it out!


Pintuck Swing Cami: This find was thanks to April and I'm obsessed because there is a matching baby dress!  (And toddler dress, here.)  How cute is that?  I'm definitely not above matching the baby this summer ;)  The print is so fun and would look great with white jeans.

Relaxed V-Neck Tee: As spotted on Olivia Palermo!  I have a bunch of Old Navy tees and they are some of my favorites.  They've held up well throughout the years and you can't beat the prices.  I plan on stocking up on a few new ones this year, love all of these neutral colors.

Linen Blend Field Jacket: If you don't have a military jacket yet, GET ONE.  You will not regret it!  I wear mine all. the. time.  Probably way too much.  It's such a versatile piece and especially perfect for those in-between weather months in the spring and fall.

Chambray Shirt Dress: This is just super cute and has great reviews.  I'll definitely be ordering this one after baby.  And side note: I like to order my dresses from Old Navy online because they offer petite sizing.  Fits my short person frame so much better!  This is also an awesome chambray button up shirt option.

Sueded Fringe Sandals: I mentioned these a little bit ago, but they finally came in on Saturday and I'm impressed.  They are a lot nicer than I thought they would be for a pair of $20 shoes!  I wear a 6.5 and sized up to a 7 and they fit perfectly.

And of course, while browsing for this post, I came across a few more must have pieces.  These classic ballet flats look like they are great quality and I LOVE the wash on these mid-rise (yes, please) rockstar jeans.  Have you snagged anything from Old Navy lately?

Happy shopping!
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Friday's Five

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Happy Friday!  Thank you for all the well wishes on the bumpdate/doctors appointment yesterday.  You guys really know how to make a girl feel better about herself ;) My appointment went well!  I'm not dilated at all yet - which is good, I'd like to keep her cooking for a little longer - but am 50% effaced... which I was clueless as to what that meant.  I had to Google it when I got back in the car, haha.  

Looking forward to a fun weekend ahead - the weather is supposed to be beautiful, I've got a girls night on the books and I'll be doing lots of my newest favorite hobby: cleaning + organizing.  Seriously, I can't stop.  A few other highlights from the week!  

ONE | We made Rach's Baked Ziti recipe for dinner on Wednesday night and it was SO GOOD.  How can you go wrong with red sauce, fresh mozzarella and basil, and noodles?   Yum.  Love that it can be made into a freezer meal, too - we will definitely be making a few of those to freeze up for this summer!

TWO | Am I the only person that didn't know Stella & Dot also sold clothes??   When Lindsey shared this gorgeous blue and white tunic (want. need.) a couple of days ago, it was the first I'd heard about it.  I'll also take this black and white - with tassels! - sarong, please and thank you.

THREE | I'm counting down the days until Mondays again... The Bachelorette is back!  I'm so excited for Jojo, I think she's going to make an awesome leading lady.  I can't wait to drool over all of her clothes, she has the best style.  And hair - I need her to spill all of her hair secrets.

FOUR | Beautycounter for Target is happening: YES!  I am pumped for this.  I've already got the date marked in my planner: September 12th.  It's only going to be a limited edition line, so I'm sure the products are going to go quickly.  Especially can't wait to get my hands on the Rosewater Spray and Day Cream - what are your Beautycounter faves?

FIVE | Speaking of Target... I ordered these PJ's this week for my hospital bag (which I have a whole post on coming next week!).  They have great reviews and you can't beat the price.  I'm also considering this beach bag.  It reminds me so much of these bags, but at a fraction of the price.

Well, I'm off to make this cake - but with blueberries instead... if it turns out I'll be sure to share! - and maybe if Brady boy is lucky, take him to the dog park ;)  Enjoy your weekends!

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36 Week Bumpdate


Or in other words... NINE months pregnant!  How crazy is that?  We are officially down to the home stretch and these final weeks can't go fast enough!

How far along: 36 weeks, 0 days.  Today starts my weekly doctors appointments!

Gender: Still a girl!  I was having all of these dreams that she was going to come out a boy (which would not necessarily be bad, just everything we have is very pink!), but our 3D ultrasound put those fears to rest.

Weight Gain: Somewhere around 30 pounds and I am feeling it.  This is the first week that I'm truly feeling large and in charge and it makes me a little nervous that there are still 4 weeks of growing left to do.  Also starting to feel anxious about how my body is going to look afterwards... not going to lie, may have had a couple breakdowns over that this week. 

Stretch Marks: I hesitate to answer this because I don't want to jinx anything... but so far, so good.  I have been using this cream RELIGIOUSLY.  I know they're more of a genetic thing, but it at least makes me feel like I'm proactively doing something to prevent them.

Movement: Lots of it although it's different now - less rolling around and more jabs/punches/kicks, especially to my ribs and bladder.  She's running out of room in there.

Sleep: Ehhh.  I was doing so well with sleeping up until this week.  It's just hard to get comfortable when you've got a basketball sized belly!  And the bathroom breaks, usually two or three of those a night.  Luckily I'm able to fall back to sleep pretty quickly (once I can find a comfortable position anyway).

Workouts: No way, haha.  Even walking Brady isn't happening that often anymore.  It just wipes out my body SO much.  A 15 minute walk around the neighborhood is equatable to an entire day of skiing, that's how tired it makes me feel.  Heck, walking up the stairs is enough to make me out of breath.  I miss being active! 

Cravings/Aversions: Still loving allll of the fruits.  Can't get enough oranges/orange juice, watermelon, applesauce, you name it.  And the last couple of weeks have brought on an unquenchable thirst, especially at night time.  I'm constantly drinking water and I can't get it cold enough.  Sweets have been happening a little too often lately, too.

No real aversions, although I did make roasted asparagus for a dinner side one night this week and couldn't eat it.  I took one bite and wanted to spit it right out - no idea why?  Also, this is random, but I was watching Southern Charm this week and it was clearly fall where they were in the mountains and just thinking about fall brought back all of the nausea/exhaustion feelings of my first trimester.  It was so weird.  Fall has always been one of my favorites, so I'm hoping it'll be enjoyable again next year.

Labor Signs: Nothing that I've noticed yet, but I have a doctors appointment this morning and will see if anything is happening!

Missing Most: My body and my clothes mainly.  I'm so over wearing my five outfit rotation.  Can I just tell you that I've worn these leggings (not maternity!) pretty much every day since November?  Not the same exact pair, I have three I rotate through haha, but they have been a God send.  I wish the weather would warm up so I could switch over to maxi dresses.

Symptoms: Hip pain (so. much. pain), tiredness, random belly pains, scatter brained, just a general uncomfortable-ness.  

Nursery: SO CLOSE!!  I'm just waiting for a couple more things to come in - this lamp is taking it's sweet time and driving me nuts - and to get Nick to hang everything up on the walls and then it's done!

Belly Button/Wedding Rings: I don't even recognize my belly button anymore, haha.  Please tell me it will go back in after this all said and done?!  And rings still on!  Thankfully I have had zero swelling. 

Mood: Excited/anxious/terrified/all of the feelings!

Best Moment This Week: My prenatal massage yesterday was heavenly.  How can I get one of those every single day??  And the amount of reading I've been doing.  Any free chance I get, I'm reading.  I just finished this book and it was so informative.  Next up is this one and this one.  I plan on doing a post full of book reviews in a couple months for any future moms to be.

Looking Forward To: Finishing up and sharing the nursery, having one of Nick's friends stay with us this weekend because I'll have two handymen to put to work, ha!, a girls night on Saturday and of course, my appointment today!  Wish me luck!
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Ten One Piece Swimsuits - Under $100!

Can I just say that I am so so soooo thankful that one piece swimsuits are 'in' again?!  Such perfect timing for me as I know my body won't be back to normal this summer.  Long gone are the days of red Speedos you wear for swim lessons.  Now one pieces are fashionable and trendy, and the best news is that you don't even have to spend a lot.  Target - of course - is totally on point and Nordstrom has quite a few great options, too.  I always love online shopping through them because of the free shipping + returns... we all know how much it sucks to try on swim suits in the store!  

TARGET OPTIONS


Mossimo Mesh Inset // Merona Shirred Twist (comes in a bunch of different color patterns!) //
Shade & Shore Strappy Halter // Merona Flounce One Piece (even cuter without the straps)

NORDSTROM OPTIONS


The Bikini Lab Monokini (great reviews!) // Lucky Embroidered Suit // Billabong Majestic Spirit //
Zella High Neck (can never go wrong with Zella) // O'Neill Salt Water Ruffle // Topshop Maui Suit

I plan on ordering this one and this one.  Also considering one of these La Blanca swimsuits.  Not under $100, but has the most amazing reviews so it may be worth the splurge.  And I just came across these UPF tanks that I'd love to try.  Perfect for those days that you spend a-l-l day long outside, like a beach volleyball tournament.  If you're looking for a maternity suit, just go ahead and buy this one.  I wore it the entire time on our babymoon and LOVED it.  Don't forget a cover up, too!  I've had my eye on this one in white that keeps going in and out of stock, so grab it while you still can.  

What do you think of the one piece trend?  Yay or nay?  

I'm off to get a prenatal massage this morning - so excited!  Enjoy your day :)

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Life Lately

Life lately has been good.  We've been doing a ton of productive things around the house and our yard, lots of baby shopping and reading, and eating all the delicious things.  I'll let the camera roll do the rest of the talking...


The view out my bedroom window couldn't be anymore gorgeous right now.
My favorite part about spring are all of the flowering trees!  (Least favorite: allergies.)


If you remember from this post, I fell hard for these Sugarboo prints.  The price?  Not so much.  I all but gave up on them until I was in a local store and they had them in a smaller (and much more reasonably priced) size!   Seriously can't wait to get them hung up in the nursery.


Nick makes dinner on Sunday nights and it's my favorite thing.  Recently he made these ramen bowls which were SO GOOD.  I'm not even going to tell you how many bowls I had that night (three).


We've had a ton of rainy days lately (and it even snowed on this past Sunday... I wish I was joking), but the cotton candy sunsets and rainbows at the end of the day always make up for it.


Our bassinet came in!  I'm so excited about this thing.  I made Nick set it up ASAP and then we put it in our bedroom for a couple of nights to see how Brady would react to it (since it's really Brady's bedroom, he just lets us sleep in there ;)).  He was not phased thankfully!


I found a present on my shoe courtesy of Mr. B - I think he was telling me he wanted to go out and play with his Chuck-It, which for pregnant women or just anyone that can't bend over, is the best invention ever.


Someone recommended Belly Laughs to me on my last confessions post and I'm so glad I ordered it.  It came in on Friday and I finished it on Sunday!  It was hilarious and I laughed out loud so many times - so so funny.  Definitely gifting this to all my friends that get pregnant!


We've been hard at work in the nursery and it is almost done.  I'm in love with how it's all come together and hopefully will be able to share in the next couple weeks!  Just waiting for a couple more pieces to come in.  It's Brady's favorite room in the house, too :)

Speaking of the nursery... mom friends, please help me out here!
I'm curious about how many of all things linen I should have.  How many:

*burp cloths
*bibs
*crib sheets
*bassinet sheets
*pack and play sheets
*boppy covers
*changing pad covers

would you recommend having?  I know it varies for everyone, but I'd love to hear some opinions/thoughts/whatever on what worked best for you.  You guys are the best!

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30 Before 30

One month from today is my 28th birthday!  (And also my due date, ahhh!)  I can't believe I'm entering my late twenties - I literally feel like it was yesterday that I was using some random girls ID to sneak into a college bar for dollar beer Friday nights.  Time flies when you're having fun ;)  But anyway, I've seen my share of these 30 before 30 posts floating around blogland and thought it was finally time to do my own.  With a baby coming soon, I know that it's going to take over my life and change everything about it (in the best way), but I also want to make sure that I'm still doing things for myself.  Since I'm nothing if not OCD about crossing things off of lists, this is the perfect way to ensure that, ha!  So without further ado, my 30 things I'd like to accomplish before I turn 30...

1 Run a 5k
2 Take kid(s) to Disney World
3 Invest in a classic handbag
4 Print and organize my pictures
5 Take a cooking lesson
6 Go one month without shopping
7 Grow my blog to 1K followers on Bloglovin
8 Get pregnant again
9 Start my own business
10 Visit 5 new US states
11 Pay off our student loans
12 See a Broadway show
13 Watch the sunrise
14 Finish my home office
15 Try a pure barre class
16 Hold a Junior League leadership position
17 Visit New York City
18 Plant an herb/veggie garden
19 Start a One Line A Day journal
20 Read 50 books
21 Make a will
22 Really properly learn how to use my camera
23 Host an annual friends Christmas party
24 Leave a 100% tip
25 Keep up with the babies baby book
26 Go on a girls trip
27 Spend 24 hours completely unplugged from technology
28 Officially join a church
29 Meet a blogger friend in real life :)
30 Go camping

Do you have one of these lists or any sort of bucket list?  Wish me luck!  I've got 760 days to get to work!
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Friday + Links

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It's peony season!  Unfortunately, I can NEVER find any peonies around here.  It makes me so sad because they're so pretty.  One of these years I'm going to plant a peony bush in my yard so I can have unlimited peonies... this year is definitely not the year though, ha!  I'll be lucky if I get around to planting the herb garden that I'm planning on ;)

We have a busy weekend ahead.  Nick has a hockey tournament here in town and I'm having a girls night tonight, heading to my hometown to celebrate my dads birthday tomorrow and then we're heading to the other side of the state for a belated mother's day celebration with Nick's family.  It's my last weekend that my doctor will let me travel within 30 minutes of the hospital so I guess you could say I'm taking advantage of it!  

Before I go start frantically cleaning my house before my friends come over tonight, a few of my favorite links from around the web this week...

+ Still on my avocado kick with Cilantro Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa... yep.

+ How cute is this pineapple button down blouse?  40% off right now, too!

+ Obsessed with this brass task lamp.  I saw it in the store yesterday and it's bigger than I thought it would be - a really great statement piece in an office.

+ Anyone want to plan a weekend trip to Sonoma County?  After June 16th of course so I can fully indulge :)

+ I'm on the hunt for a baby book... leaning towards this Emily Ley The Story of Us one.  Does anyone have one that they used and loved?

+ This was something I REALLY needed to read this week: How to Prioritize When Your To Do List Wants To Kill You.

+ I have a skin care post coming up soon on some of my recent favorites, but had to let you know how much I'm loving this serum since it's on sale right now (and rarely ever is!).  I use it at night after cleansing + toning and before my moisturizer.  I really feel that it brightens and evens out my skin tone.  I've been using it religiously for a couple of months now and have barely even made a dent in the bottle so totally worth the money - especially when it's on sale!

What are you guys up to this weekend?  Have a good one!

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Our Favorite Salad Recipe


Hi friends!  

One more day until the weekend!!  Today you can find me over at P!nky's blog sharing our favorite salad recipe: Caprese Avocado Chicken Salad.  Super easy, full of flavor and actually what we've been eating for lunch all week this week :)  Check it out HERE.  Hope you enjoy!

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Third Trimester Confessions

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With 5 weeks to go (!!), being pregnant is definitely ruling my life.  My body has seemed to turn into that of an old woman and my brain is consumed with all of the little things left to do, how labor is going to go, and what life is going to look like once we all come back home.  It's exciting and terrifying, but that has led to some great confessions to share!  Here's what life looks like at 35 weeks pregnant...

I confess that bending over is THE worst.  Actually, I can't even bend over anymore, it's more of a weird squat type of thing and then I get out of breath and have to sit down.  When I'm home alone during the day and will drop things (all the time), I usually just leave them there and then do one big sweep and pick everything up right before Nick gets home.  It's led to lots of great 'leave it' training for Brady, ha!   

I confess that the daily naps have returned this week.  I was doing so good with going, going, going and had tons of energy and now I've seemed to hit a wall.  Oh well, I'll take the sleep while I still can :)

I confess that we have SO MANY 0-3 month clothes, but I still kind of want to buy this bodysuit set.  I mean the prints are the cutest for the summer.  Pineapples, palm trees and flamingos?  Adorable.

I confess that the way people stare at a pregnant woman can be beyond strange.  Especially (mostly) guys.  It's like they have never seen someone pregnant before or I'm an alien or something.  I will not miss that!

I confess that I didn't read any of the baby books I had planned to.  I had all these big plans, but where did the time go?!  I just started this one which is great for overall baby knowledge and I really hope to be able to read one sleeping book before she's here, too.  If you could only read ONE baby book, which would it be?

I confess that I ate two lunches yesterday.  Two hours apart from each other.  That is all.

I confess that I'm a little worried about baby liking one of the most expensive products we've bought so far.  Now I'm hearing mixed reviews and am starting to think I should have at least gotten the plush version... we will see and hopefully she loves it!  Or does anyone have a different bouncer they would recommend? #overthinkingproblems

I confess that I'm already starting to feel sad about not being pregnant anymore.  Don't get me wrong, I'm very very ready to NOT be and to actually have the baby here, but I know I'll miss it once it's over.  Just trying to enjoy these last few weeks as much as I can, as uncomfortable as I'm sure they're going to be!  I'm so thankful to have had a pretty easy pregnancy so far.

Happy Wednesday!

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Shoes Shoes Shoes

Is it terrible to say that I really miss clothes shopping?  I walked by The Gap the other day and wanted to cry over all of the pretty sundresses and colorful button ups.  I'm so over my rotation of 5 outfits!  Thankfully I don't have too much longer and I cannot wait.  In the mean time, I've been holding myself over by obsessing over shoes.  Give me all the shoes.  Sandals, espadrilles, wedges, - yes, yes, yes.


  

From left to right: Canvas Espadrille Wedges // Fringe Sandals // Sueded Fringe Slip On Sandals // Dawson Ghillie Sandal // Converse Shoreline Sneaker // Halogen Willow Sandal // dv Espadrille Wedges // Monrowe Tassel Sandal // Soludos Espadrille Platform Shoe

As you'll notice, I tend to stick to neutral shades.  I just feel like you get more wear out of them and they make getting dressed easier which I'm all about.  

So far I've picked up these J. Crew fringe sandals (in pale gold) - you may remember seeing them on our babymoon and I've had my pair of Converse for a couple of years now - love them because they are so easy to just slip on and go.  I couldn't find the espadrille wedges in my Target so they're on their way to me now, super excited about those.  After seeing Monika Hibbs sport these slip on sandals, they also will be mine.  You can't beat that price!  And I've been meaning to buy these J. Crew factory canvas wedges for quite some time.  They remind me of the ones that Kate Middleton wears nonstop so naturally, we all need them :)
 
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7 Productive Things To Do On A Sunday


We've all had those Mondays... the one where you have zero food in your refrigerator, no clean clothes, the house is a hot mess and you're dreading the week ahead.  I personally h-a-t-e starting my week like that and a couple of years ago, I decided I could easily change that by being a little more productive on Sundays.  In between naps and Netflix binge watches of course ;)  Now, I like to think of Sunday's as the start of my week and spending a couple hours doing some prep work for the 5 busy days in front of me always seems to make things run smoother.  

Here are 7 things I try to do every Sunday that helps me have a much more productive week...

1. Meal Plan | I am the biggest fan of meal planning.  I wrote an entire post about it here if you're interested in getting started, because it's really been one of the best things I've done to make life run more smoothly.  I like to plan out my meals for the week depending on what we have going on (if Nick is working late, if I have a Junior League meeting, etc), make my grocery list and then head to the store.  There are few things better than starting the week with a fully stocked fridge!

2. Clean Sheets | This is gross, but sometimes I'd lose track of when the last time I washed my bedroom sheets were.  Now I do it every Sunday and I love climbing into bed after a shower in freshly cleaned, delicious smelling sheets.

3. Plan Outfits |  Check the weather forecast and lay out at least your outfit for the next day, but do the entire week if you're feeling into it.  This is super easy right now for me because I'm basically only wearing this sweatshirt or this maxi dress, ha!

4. Clean Out Email Inbox | Usually the last thing I feel like doing on a Sunday, but it's so nice to start off the week with an empty inbox.  I take care of anything I left from the past week and start fresh.

5. Make A To Do List | Grab your phone or your planner (if you're still old school like me - here is a great round up!), and make a list of things you want to accomplish during the week ahead.  I categorize my to do list a couple of ways: things that need to get done ASAP and things that I'd like to do if I have the time.  I usually hang it on the fridge as an in your face reminder.

6. Vacuum + Pick Up | Nothing crazy cleaning wise, but running the vacuum through the house, putting the dishes in the dishwasher, picking up all the dog toys and cleaning the kitchen counters is enough to make the house 'feel' clean.  I usually set a 30 minute timer (still all about that Pomodoro technique) and get to work, that's really all the time it takes.  And speaking of tidying, this book is a GREAT read - I need to do a review of all the tips it taught me here soon.

7. Go To Church | I hate that we don't go near as often as we should, but there is truly no better way for me to start the week.  It clears my head, makes me more appreciative of life and helps to remind me of what is really important and I think that's a great mindset to take into a Monday morning.

And my most favorite things to do on a Sunday evening are to go for a long walk (also a great mind clearer) with Nick and the dog and then out for ice cream :)  Nothing makes me happier.  What's your favorite thing to do on Sunday's that helps your week run smoother?  I'll probably need even more help with this once there is a baby in the picture! 

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Friday's Five

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Can I just say that I'm weirdly loving this denim skirt look above?  I thought I was done with my short, frayed jean skirts when I graduated high school, but I'm actually really into this!  And now researching ones to buy for myself.... What do you guys think, am I crazy?  

Anyway, some highlights from the week!

ONE | Chicken Salad Recipe
I made chicken salad for dinner and we've been eating the leftovers all week.  It was so easy - not quite healthy, but really easy ;) I picked up a rotisserie chicken from Costco and shredded it, chopped up onion, celery and grapes, mixed it all with mayo and topped with salt and pepper and bacon crumbles.  Served on a croissant with swiss cheese - SO GOOD.  Most definitely not healthy, but the best recipes never are, are they? 

TWO | The OJ Show
We're always the last people to jump on board a bandwagon show and the OJ one has been no different.  We finally got into it this week though and haven't been able to stop watching.  I was so young when it all happened that I know the bones of the story, but not really all of the details of what happened.  It's pretty crazy.  We have two episodes left and I'm sure we'll be getting to those tonight!

THREE | Shopbop Sale
Shopbop is killing me with their surprise sales.  Can they please just stop with them and save some for this summer when I can actually buy clothes again?!?  Their return policy isn't the greatest (have to send stuff back within 15 business days for a full refund) so I hate to buy things that might not fit after baby.  A couple pieces I doooo have my eye on are this gorgeous, dainty circle necklace (under $40!), this comfy pajama set and this dress is a bit of a splurge, but how pretty is it?  I love the pink and red two tone, it would be perfect for a summer wedding.

FOUR | 3D Ultrasound
If you remember from my April goals post, I was debating on getting a 3D ultrasound done.  Well, we decided to go ahead and do it this week and I am so happy that we did.  It was crazy cool.  She's still a girl (thank the Lord, I would have had a lot of returning to do) and everything is looking great.  She had her arm up by her face the whole time so I'm curious to see if she does that outside, too and kept smiling/smirking throughout the ultrasound.  So so so glad we did it and now I really can't wait to meet her in 6 short weeks!

FIVE | Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
My holy grail hair product.  I l-o-v-e this stuff, it's the one hair product I'll always splurge on for special occasions and never think twice.  It's the best for giving your hair some texture and hold to help curls stay in place, to make your hair look more voluminous and even as a dry shampoo.  I picked up a new bottle for my baby shower and remembered how much I adore it, but I would love to find a dupe for every day because really, the price is kinda crazy.  I've heard good things about this spray and have high hopes for it - I'll report back, but let me know if you have a great texturizing product that you love!

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