32 Week Bumpdate + Hippie Maternity Style

  Well, 32 weeks has proven to be very, very different than my 24 week bumpdate. It's truly amazing how quickly things can change. It has also solidified my feelings of temptation with storing a little porta-potty right next to my bed - even though our bathroom is a mere 5 feet away. Am I right? To say that this pregnancy has been a challenge is an understatement - and I'm ready to give Baby C her eviction notice any day now! I have a group of friends of mine from high school and we are/were all due one month apart and they have all been feeling wonderful. Me? Lets just say it's been a lot to handle for someone who is used to going non stop. I'm not typically one to complain, just trying to keep it real! My husband says that I always look grumpy since I've been pregnant and as much as I try to be my normal self, it's been tough. So for this fun little shoot, I turned that frown upside down and put on one of my favorite dresses from Pink Blush Maternity and channeled one of my favorites - hippie style! As I've mentioned in previous posts, we're dealing with quite the conundrum whenever it comes to how her birth is going to go. My husband has to go away in August for two week of Army Reserve training right around her due date and even though he will only be a 5 hour drive from home, there's a chance that his superiors may not allow him to leave whenever I go into labor. If they do, he needs to find his own way home - unless they allow him to drive himself … [Read more...]

Share The Love With Giving Assistant

  I absolutely love giving back whenever, wherever we can in our life. It is a truly rewarding experience whenever we take the time to make toy and clothing donations to those in need - nothing in our home that is in good condition ends up in the trash if it is not needed. At this point in life, Branden knows that if he outgrows something or has a toy he no longer wants, that there is always a bag or crate set up somewhere in our home to collect it, just like there was when I was growing up. But now, with Giving Assistant, I have the ability to not only give back to charities that I love, but also earn cash back with regular purchases I make online. Mom score! Honestly, let's take a cold hard look around us. Just this week there have been so many nightmarish things happening in the world that it can be chilling to talk or think about. So when I come across a company that is actually putting the needs of others into their business plan right from the beginning, it fills my heart with joy. And I'm not a millionaire at all by any means, so as much as I wish that I was able to write big checks and help out in a major way, I can't always do that - so Giving Assistant is special to me. Okay, enough of my sappiness. The breakdown and offerings in this program are great, and I just really wanted to share it all with you. If you are a big online shopper like me, you are often looking for promo codes, combining deals - basically doing whatever you can to save some … [Read more...]

How to Build the Ultimate Maternity Capsule Wardrobe

  Have you noticed that in many different areas of life, less truly is more? It's kinda "the thing" lately and many people are finding themselves to be happier living a much more minimal lifestyle. Well, this notion works in the fashion department, too. In the past I have talked about fashion storage and organizing your closet and going shopping in your own closet, so today I'm going to help all you preggo mamas learn how to build the ultimate maternity capsule wardrobe! Don't worry, I'm working on another post that will help pare down your regular, non-maternity closet, too. It's just that I'm living the maternity life right now and it's a completely different machine.) What is a maternity capsule wardrobe? Essentially, a capsule wardrobe is a mini wardrobe. It includes pieces that pair well with one another and make it easy for you to mix and match, and grab and go. These pieces are super versatile and are meant to be the ONLY pieces hanging in your wardrobe. (Because of this I do recommend making sure these are high quality items and not cheap pieces.) Maternity capsule wardrobes and capsule wardrobes in general are benefiting many and have become so popular because they make our lives easier. (And that's what we all want at the end of the day, right?) The goal is to simplify our lives so that we have more time for the things that matter most and spend less time choosing what to wear. If you are already a mama, imagine losing that stress of finding … [Read more...]

Black and White + Skip Hop Diaper Bag {City Style}

  As this baby bump is getting bigger each week, I've had other things on my mind lately other than maternity clothes, but finding a diaper bag that is conducive to our city life. since I plan on baby wearing as much as possible, especially whenever subway steps are involved, I knew that I wanted a backpack that could double as our diaper bag. Then, I found my favorite skip hop diaper bag: the Skip Hop Chelsea Downtown Diaper Backpack and fell in love! I had so much fun shooting these pictures with my girl Daniela of Photos By Daniela, who specializes in maternity photos. She has captured some pretty awesome moments from this pregnancy during different stages and I'm so happy to have these photos to look back on forever. If you are preggo and in the NYC area (or visiting), seriously look her up! My Favorite Skip Hop Diaper Bag I remember whenever I was prepping for Baby Branden and I had so much stuff that needed to be shoved into my over-sized diaper bag that I actually carried with my everywhere - now I know better! This time around, I'm all about the essentials that we will need and being minimalistic - I'm even planning on throwing my wallet into this backpack and going on my merry way, no need to bring more bags with me. This Skip Hop Diaper Bag is just the right size to hold everything I need, plus pockets for things like bottles and diaper cream, and a changing pad, too! The expandable drawstring opening makes it super easy to access … [Read more...]

24 Week Bumpdate + Destination Maternity Style

  I can't believe that this week marks 24 weeks during this pregnancy and I am a little over half way there! Craziness! The feelings of nesting are really overcoming me every single day and I have turned into a complete organizing fanantic. But most of all, my concern whenever finding out we were expecting our little one in August was finding clothing that worked during those torturous summer months in the city. Thankfully, my friends over at Destination Maternity have helped me out with some super cool Destination Maternity style and I can't wait to share with you all! (Especially if you're expecting, too!) First things first, my little 24 week bumpdate: Cravings - I wouldn't say there has been anything really specific, it's been more of a "when the mood strikes me I gotta have it" situation. Mood - I have highs and lows for sure (just ask my husband). I will say that I do get irritable really quickly. Baby update - This little mini Cooper is incredibly active and has been for weeks, always, always moving. We just finished all of our genetic testing a couple of weeks ago and everything it looking perfect. Next appointment will bring along the lovely gestational diabetes test - so not looking forward to that! We DO know the gender and I will be sharing with you all later on this week! Photos c/o Photos By Daniela (I seriously can't stress enough how precious it's been having these maternity pictures this time around since we didn't do it with Branden. If … [Read more...]

Get Your Fitness On – Maternity Style!

  Happy Monday mamas! I'm always talking about living a healthy life and if you have followed our pregnancy journey here, you know that I worked hard to drop some pounds before even getting pregnant so that I could be active and work out throughout. Well, I'm definitely here to say that whole finding the motivation to keep active while pregnant has not been easy, but finding the right athletic maternity clothes from my new fave, Boob, has been a breeze. It's funny how you can have a plan, and then everything goes awry, right? That's exactly how I've been feeling about my fitness routine since finding out we were expecting. I think that I completed maybe 2 runs my first trimester and maybe yoga once a week....maybe. Now, at 21 weeks, I am finally working out religiously 3 days a week again, doing a mixture of running and yoga. It's not that I don't want to work out, but it's been the lack of energy that's getting me down. Who else can relate? Photos c/o Photos By Daniela It's funny how sometimes I look like I have a huge round belly other times I don't, right? Let's just pretend that I'm working my abs super hard here, okay? Anyways....these once-on-never-off leggings from Boob are everything! Being pregnant ultimately means that you are re-adjusting your clothing all the time, especially when working out and these take that out of the equation. I actually started wearing them at the very beginning of my pregnancy around the house before I actually needed … [Read more...]

Bond With Baby and Style The Bump

  I bet that you would never guess that I'm even still in the city in these photos, but I am! This whimsical scene was captured by my friend Daniela of Photos by Daniela and I highly recommend her if you are looking to capture some magical moments! Shot in glorious Inwood Hill Park, I'm so excited to showcase my new favorite piece of jewelry, Ilado Paris pregnancy necklaces for new and expecting mamas. Whenever I was pregnant with B, my mom gave me an angel bracelet that's meant to protect the growing baby inside you, which I actually wore on my wrist during our pregnancy announcement shoot, and I love having something special for this pregnancy, too. Since baby can begin to hear as early as 18 weeks in the womb, these U-shaped Ilado Paris pregnancy necklaces release a soft chime for the baby to hear, soothing him or her as they grow. The baby then comes to learn when mom is moving around and it becomes a calming memory as they develop each day. Once the baby is born, this soft chime is a bonding memory that allows them to calm as you hold them, rock them, feed, them, and connect with them on a daily basis. Ilado Paris pregnancy necklaces have been cherished where they originally launched in Europe, and now have a kickstarter going to bring these precious pieces and a new collection to a broader audience. You can access their kickstarter here. Especially with Mother's Day right around the corner, I think this is a very special gift to give … [Read more...]

Cool Mama Maternity Style {Giveaway}

  Like I mentioned last week on Instagram, I am jumping into spring fashion this week at full force and not looking back! I am SO over wearing puffy coats and even leggings (gasp) on the daily and am ready to bring on the dresses and sunshine! Obviously, things are a little bit different this year since I'm pregnant, but this cool mama maternity style can easily be translated into regular clothing AND Pink Blush Maternity offers many of these styles in their regular womenswear department online. I was so wrong back in the day when I didn't think that I could rock a maxi dress because they have become my go-to over the years and my cool mama maternity style is no different! This Cheveron Printed Bottom Maxi Dress is everything to me right now and I know that I will wear it as I transition back to my pre-pregnancy body in August, too. When shopping for maternity clothes, don't get the idea that you need to go up a size (unless you are expecting multiples), and stick with your pre-pregnancy size. I'm wearing a small in this dress if you needed a reference for purchase and it seriously fits like a glove. I have a ton more maternity shopping tips HERE from way back in the day when I used to work for Rosie Pope. I love looking down at my growing belly and must admit that the view from looking down is always much bigger than how it looks in pictures. I guess this is why all pregos feel like whales all the time, huh? Because of this, I HIGHLY recommend … [Read more...]

Transitional Style

  Pregnant or not, fashion can kinda be a pain going from season to season. I'm really looking forward to some sunny (and warm) days that are predicted to be ahead, but getting sick of these 37 degree bus stop runs in the morning. Who is with me? Personally, I'm getting to that point where I need to be in maternity pants and most of my options are for warmer weather - making it that much more difficult to rock my transitional style. My favorite thing to do other than throwing on a pair of leggings is to throw on some wool tights under a dress that I know will be comfortable enough to wear throughout the day (since I swear my belly starts out one size in the morning and gets bigger throughout the day). These are Cable Sweater Tights from No Nonsense and super inexpensive ($8.99) and give a fun touch to this overall outfit. (By the way: 20 weeks tomorrow - see that growing bump?) And then there's these shoes....my absolute favorites lately that I have been coming up with any excuse to wear them. I will totally admit that I have been lacking a fun pair of heels in my closet for a while because I pitched many, many pairs after moving to the city and opted for wedges everywhere I could. But these Kendra Dime Pumps from Clark's have stolen my heart! // Kendra Dime Pumps // All photos are c/o the amazing Dee Shoots Photography! And I promise - they are seriously SO comfortable that even me, who is a little off-center these days can wear them without … [Read more...]

Chic Buds in Central Park

  I know, I know. Look at the weather outside (hellloooo spring) and look at what I'm wearing here - my winter coat and gloves. Obviously I'm a little late getting this up, but can you blame me? You know what it's like rushing back and forth to prenatal visits and then sitting there waiting forever on a busy day. It's throwing my whole schedule off! But nonetheless, I'm super excited to share some of my favorite accessories with you all today! So....mom to mom, how many times have you left your home in a scramble and then realized (after the kids are packed in the car and after you get to your destination) that you have no charge in your phone? It happens more than I would like to admit. I try to charge and pack those little portable chargers, but that too often gets overlooked. Mamas, this purse has a charger in it - I kid you not! This is my new favorite bag from Chic Buds called the Crossbody Power Purse (in cobalt) and I'm in love! Don't worry, I didn't let it touch my face! But my photographer (deeshoots.com) and I thought it was pretty funny to come across these in the middle of Central Park, especially whenever we were focusing on this purse that saves us from ever having a moment where we need to borrow a phone. Then there are these gloves that I'm still seriously sporting these days to the bus stop paired with my favorite denim blazer. They are from one of my favorite places to shop, Pink Slate Boutique and they are called the Don't Hound … [Read more...]