My 2nd Trimester Uniform

2nd Trimester Uniform

Since I hit the halfway mark in my pregnancy with baby #2, I thought it was about time I share some of my go-to wardrobe essentials that have been saving my ever-expanding self these days.

Though I have been able to wear most of my normal clothes still (Other than pants, I was pulling out the maternity jeans at like 13 weeks this time around!) and plan to do so as much as possible, I have found that since my pregnancy with Eleanor leaps and bounds have been made in the maternity clothes department. Amazing brands like this one make clothes women can wear before, during and after pregnancy which is just brilliant. It’s not as painful to spend money on clothes you know you will be able to wear longer than 9 months!

Below are seven pieces I’ve been living in and helping me feel put-together and pretty during my second trimester…

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Wise Words From A Favorite Children’s Book

The Road Is Home

Photo by The Road Is Home

Of course I’ll hurt you. Of course you’ll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence. To become spring, means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence, means accepting the risk of absence.
– The Little Prince

I always loved that book.

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The Bad and Ugly

Eleanor 3 years

“Motherhood is the most completely humbling experience I’ve ever had. It puts you in your place, because it really forces you to address the issues that you claim to believe in—and if you can’t stand up to those principles when you’re raising a child, forget it,” –Diane Keaton.

Because these past few weeks I’ve been feeling the weight and unrelenting responsibility of motherhood, especially in regards to what the wise Ms. Keaton speaks of so pointedly. I feel so painfully and, to be honest, unwillingly, sobered these days by this crazy thing that is motherhood. I don’t welcome the sobriety and humbling nature of it often. I’m usually kicking and screaming, like some kind of three year old. Which is funny, right… I want to be better, I want to be the kind of mother Eleanor would be proud of and respect and trust, yet I feel like I’m looking in the mirror most days when I look at her. I’m not much farther along in this whole life thing than her. And just look at that sweet face, you’d think I’d be able to just get it together.

Since photos and blog posts are usually slanted and pretty and since I’m having a hard time conjuring up much these days anyway, I thought I’d share some of the bad and ugly.

And, perhaps most importantly, because every mother desperately needs to know—you’re far from alone.

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Bits And Pieces

It’s been a busy, full few weeks so I thought I’d share a some bits and pieces of our life around here lately. First and foremost, Eleanor turned 3 this past friday!! I really can’t believe it. I always feel so nostalgic around this time every year and find myself thinking a lot about the day she finally joined us on the outside and the challenging but sweetest weeks that followed. 3 looks so good on you, Eleanor, and I can’t wait to see all the new, amazing things you will do and become this year!

Eleanor turns 3!

I put up these streamers I made for her birthday last year in the doorway to her room the night before her birthday. She felt so special walking through them. They’re still up she loves them so much!

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Pregnancy Lifesaver

Banana Coconut Ice Cream

I’m really anxious when I’m pregnant. I mean I lean that way even when I’m not pregnant, but it increases quite a bit when I am. I’m more hormonal, more anxious, more on edge about everything. In an attempt to reduce my anxiety I’m working really hard at eating well and staying active in my pregnancy. It’s a way I can have some control and be proactive about being healthy and doing what I can to have a low-risk pregnancy, which, in turn, reduces my anxiety. I’ve found that the absence of added sugars has forced me to eat and try healthier foods I wouldn’t if sugars were still in the picture. Overall, it not only physically helps but it helps me mentally and emotionally feel better, which has been worth it completely.

However, it is not for the faint of heart. Let me tell you. I want ice cream and baked goods virtually every night. Not even exaggerating. In the slightest.

Lets just say I eat a lot of mangos and pineapples. The sweetest fruits I can get my hands on.

But, in an attempt to switch it up and get closer to the things I really want I’ve been scouring the internets. I found this basic banana “ice cream” recipe, which has been a godsend. It’s not ice cream, but it sure is close and it’s delicious!

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better my husband did something brilliant. He added cold coconut cream to the recipe! It made the ice cream even creamier and cut the banana flavor a bit, which I liked. He puts a can of the coconut cream (make sure it’s coconut cream, not milk. You can get it at Trader Joe’s on the cheap) in the fridge overnight. Then the next night when my cravings start getting insatiable he adds the cold coconut cream, 2 tsp. vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt to the ice cream. Blends it until smooth. We also like to add some cacao nibs (superfood!) on top, as pictured above.

It is seriously so delicious and not a drop of added sugar. The banana’s are what sweeten it. In fact I’ve been using bananas a lot to sweeten things lately, like oatmeal, etc.

We want to try adding in some peanut or almond butter to the “ice cream” next. Mmmmm.

What healthy, no sugar, treats do you like? I am desperate to hear.

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Prettiest Drugstore Pop Of Color

Revlon's Colorburst lip balm

I guess it’s beauty week around here or something. I just had to share this new lip stick I discovered. I feel pretty lost when it comes to drugstore makeup. I have my tried-and-true brands and don’t buy makeup very often because it’s usually the more spendy stuff I go for (true confessions). But, at my last haircut I was admiring the pretty lip color my hair stylist, Liberty, was wearing…

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Beauty Secrets 07: Ilana Kohn

Ilana Kohn

Photo by Dustin Fenstermacher

 I’m pinching myself over this next beauty secret’s post. Ilana Kohn is one of my favorite textile and clothing designers. The jumpsuit I’m wearing in the picture on the right on my website is by her. It was one of my favorite, go-t0 pieces up until real winter cold hit and I got pregnant. I love her colorful, bold prints and how clean and relaxed the structure of her pieces are. Everything she creates is not only beautiful but totally wearable. I love the nod to the 60’s you see in all her amazing patterns, and how easy and un-fussy her clothes are.  I have a feeling I’ll be shamelessly living in her new spring collection all spring and summer.

Needless to say when I (on a complete whim) reached out to her and asked if she’d be a part of this series and she said yes, I was floored. I feel so humbled and excited to bring you Ilana’s down-to-earth beauty secrets and a peek at a few of my favorite pieces from her gorgeous new spring collection…

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4 Pretty Little Things to Brighten Your Winter

Winter Cheer

Winter has become increasingly hard for me as I’ve gotten older….Or maybe as I’ve become a parent to a toddler? Either way, it’s easy for me to feel a little down and out of sorts during the winter months. So, I’m always on the lookout for various ways I can lift my mood when it’s cold, rainy, and dark out.

Things like exercise always, always helps me. Even a run in the rain, I’ll do it just for that endorphin release and high I feel all day afterward. Yummy, warm dinners to make and look forward to. My husband wants to try this to see if it helps. He struggles with the winter months more than I do even. But, sometimes all it takes is a bright pop of color on my nails or a pretty new plant to get me through another dark winter day. From left to right here are the links to these four lovely pick-me-ups that I’ve been eyeing to cure some of my winter blues…

Kathleen Whitaker Staple Studs / Ace & Jig Infinity Scarf (on deep discount right now too!) / Essie “Meet Me At Sunset” nail polish / A pretty plant to remind you of brighter, warmer days.

What do you do to lift your spirits through these long winter months?? I would love more ideas!

P.S. Only 8 more weeks until Spring!!!

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How I Battle Morning Sickness

Morning Sickness

I have struggled with morning sickness in both of my pregnancies. With Eleanor I was kinda sick the whole 9 months, to be honest. Yuck. Needless to say, I’ve learned a few tricks that have really helped me manage the nausea. From what I’ve read and understand, morning sickness is usually caused by the flood of hormones that pregnant women experience, low blood sugar, and dehydration. For me, that middle one is especially true. I have a tendency toward hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) which just intensifies when I’m pregnant. So when I’m staying on top of eating something every hour and a half to two hours, I notice I feel much better. As well as eating frequently, I’ve learned some other simple, healthy, helpful tips that have kept the nausea to a minimum…

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We Finally Bit The Bullet

Baby #2

Baby #2

We are all very excited to finally let the secret out! I’ll be 14 weeks this week with our second child who will be joining our family come July :) Though I can’t believe I’m almost in the second trimester (!), the first trimester seemed so loooong. I think mostly because this pregnancy has been very similar to my pregnancy with Eleanor so far: lots of nausea, smells, exhaustion, etc. Good times. Which is partly why it has been kind of quiet over here on the blog. Nausea + exhaustion = sapped motivation. Thankfully, I learned a thing or two the first time around and have been able to manage the sickness a bit better this time (blog post soon to come).

Eleanor has been the sweetest about everything. She keeps asking questions like, “Is it summer yet so the baby can come out?” and “Mama, you having belly squeezes?” (referring to contractions). I think someone is excited to be a big sister :)

We told her about a week and a half ago after we were able to hear the baby’s heartbeat (yay!) We gave her a special cupcake and book about being a big sister. Her response, “Really?! You have a baby in your tummy? Can I see it?” She seems excited, which I’m hoping sticks ;)

It’s hard to believe we’re going to have a tiny baby all over again and though we’re plenty anxious and nervous about having 2 kiddos, we are so excited. I think waiting a little longer before jumping in for round two was necessary for us to wrap our minds around the idea and feel really ready and excited about adding to our family (we aren’t “rip the bandaid off” kind of people if you know what I mean, haha). I am looking forward to seeing Eleanor as a big sister, witnessing how having a sibling will shape and change her, and am so happy she will have a built-in, life-long playmate and companion.

Another thing I’m excited about and thankful for is being able to have the lead midwife I had with Eleanor on my team again this time and, if all goes well, having another home birth. Hopefully a bit shorter of a labor this time though! *fingers crossed*

Below is a recording of the heartbeat if you care to take a listen. This was the second time we heard it and Eleanor’s first time hearing it!

Personally, I can’t think of a better sound in the whole world.

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