Summer Stripes

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There’s something about a navy and white striped dress that just seems so perfect for the summer. I love the classic vibe it gives off without trying to try too hard! I picked this maternity dress up at the Gap on sale last week – it is super comfortable and easy to throw on! I also linked the non maternity version below! Pair it with some simple gold jewelry and a brown bag and you are good to go!

stripes5 stripes4 stripes2 stripes1 dress: Gap (same non maternity here) | purse: Old Navy | shoes: WalMart (similar here)
necklace: Forever 21 | watch: Kate Spade

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My Pregnancy Must Haves

Finding the best products during pregnancy can be a hard task! There are so many different brands out there that are catering to pregnant women, but sometimes they leave you even more confused because you don’t know which ones to try. Today I wanted to share with you guys my top 8 pregnancy products that I would be lost without. These are the tried and true products that I have been using for the past 6 months, and the ones I will continue to use until our baby is here! I hope this helps a few of you guys out, and if you have any must have pregnancy products that you think I should try – make sure to leave a comment!

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1. Sweet Soaperie’s Whipped Body Butter: As we all know, keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized during pregnancy is an absolute must. I swear I have about 10 different creams and oils that I have used since the beginning of this pregnancy. My all time favorite that I have tried is this Whipped Body Butter! It is 100% natural and is made with with Coconut Oil , Shea Butter, Mango Butter, Cocoa Butter, Grape Seed Oil , Vitamin E, Lavender and Rosemary!! Plus you gotta love that it is made locally! I highly recommend this product for any growing bellies or any of you with dry skin!

2. Bio Oil: There are lots of different stretch mark remedies out there, but I feel that the most commonly known product to use is Bio Oil. Now, I am not claiming that this product will prevent you from getting stretch marks, (let’s face it – if you’re going to get them nothing will stop it!) but I will say that this product reduces their appearance! I have been using this faithfully since week one and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon.

3. Maternity Leggings: I hit a phase in my pregnancy where I just gave up on pants all together. None of the pregnancy styles looked right and nothing was as comfortable than wearing a dress. I recently purchased a few maternity leggings and now I finally have a solutions for cooler days! They are so comfy, and can easily be dressed up or down! I picked up the grey and black pair and I know I will be getting lots of use out of them.

4. Full Coverage Bra: It didn’t take long for me to realize that my regular bras just were not going to cut it while pregnant. It was literally the first week and already my regular bras were too small and too uncomfortable. I picked up this Perfect Coverage Bra from Victoria Secret and it was an answer to prayer! I wasn’t ready to fully switch over to nursing bras, so I went for a super soft full coverage bra that fits my growing chest – I love it!

5. Agenda/Planner: One of the first things I picked up when I found out I was pregnant was a 12 month calendar/journal. I knew I wanted something not only to keep track of all of my appointments, but a place where I could write down memories during the pregnancy. We leave ours open on our dresser and every night before bed, Wade or I will write a little momentum from the day. Sometimes there wasn’t much to record, but it will be fun to look back on the crazy memories down the road!

6. Snoogle Total Body Pillow: This may sound like an obvious one, but a good pregnancy pillow is a definite must have for me! Some nights you just cannot sleep because there isn’t one position that feels comfortable. This pillow has been a life-savor on those nights for me. Now, I don’t use it every night, but I still believe that it was worth every penny! I plan on using it more and more as the weeks go on!

7. Bronzer/Highlighter: Since my pregnancy is during the summer, a really great bronzer is a must have for me. That ‘pregnancy glow’ did not come naturally for me, so I always make sure that I use a great bronzer or highlighter! Usually I tend to buy matte bronzers and stay away from ones that have a shimmer – but not while I am pregnant! It really helps me get that glowy sun-kissed skin that I am looking for.

8. Pregnancy Tank Tops: I used to think people were crazy when they would buy different tank tops for their pregnancy. I used to think that my regular tank tops would be able to do the job just fine, but I was mistaken! From the moment I tried on these tank tops in the Target changing room I knew I needed one in every color. They are so soft, and will keep their shape even with a growing tummy! Plus they are a great length!

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23 Week Bumpdate!

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Well, here we are at another month during the fastest pregnancy ever! Time is seriously slipping away from me, and now I am getting nervous because I am not prepared in any way for this baby! Honestly, I haven’t even purchased one single baby item yet… not even one outfit or hair bow! What am I waiting for?? If the second half of this pregnancy goes as fast as the first, I need to get my act in order and start crossing things off my list! The good news is that I finally feel good enough to do that! So I will be off work within the next couple of weeks and heading to the states with mom to do some damage control! Hello baby stores, we’re comin’ for ya!!

These pics were taken over the weekend at my friend’s lake! As you can see the bump is popping! It was so nice to be out in the fresh air all weekend and just relaxing on the water! Check out my 23 week baby update below – thanks for stopping by!

 How far along: 23 weeks! More than half way there!

Baby’s gender: It’s a girl! Read about our gender reveal ultrasound here.

Baby’s size: She’s the size of a grapefruit! 10.5-11.8 inches long and 12.7-20.8 ounces! And I am finally feeling her kick every day! Such an amazing feeling, she’s quite active!

I’m feeling: Good! For the first time since becoming pregnant, I feel like myself. Do I feel 100% every single day? No. Am I still experiencing sickness and discomfort? Yes. But from where I came in the beginning, I am feeling very grateful that my energy is up and my spirits are high!

Symptoms: Back pain off and on, heart burn, still breaking out, shortage of breath, small waves of nausea, my first stretch mark – noooooo!

Food love: Chips and dip (more specifically, Heluva Good Dip!!!), still on that fries and gravy kick, cold fresh watermelon and strawberries, raspberry lemonade.

Food hate: Still living that vegetarian life, not a fan of any meat really. Also still having a hard time in general to think of something I’d like for supper…

Currently living in: Soft flowy dresses – can’t fit into any of my pants so I just stopped wearing them lol.

Looking forward to: Being off work (I am fortunate to get a couple of extra months before the baby comes), and starting the nursery!!

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Top Nursery Trends for 2015

Today, I am teaming up with the lovely Charlotte from Charlotte Interiors to bring you guys the top 3 nursery trends for 2015! As you can imagine, nursery styles have been on my mind for the past couple of months, and now I am at the point where I need to start buying and setting up our nursery! But the nursery world can be very overwhelming, because now there are so many different ideas and styles, you can get lost on Pinterest for hours and end up more confused then when you started. But, we’ve narrowed it down to the top 3 trends (thank you, Charlotte) so make sure to check out these stylish nursery ideas below! And don’t forget to check out Charlotte’s blog for more great interior design inspiration!

Tribal: Aztec inspired pieces and teepees are very popular this year.
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Image source: Project Nursery | Mini Style Blog

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Gold: Gold is on a hot streak this year with being popular in fashion and décor, but it’s also becoming a very popular choice in nurseries. I’m not talking about a full gold nursery, but using gold accent pieces in the nursery is very trendy this year.
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Image Source: Style Me Pretty | Eclectically Vintage

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Wall Decals for “Fake” Wallpaper: Wall decals are great for using in a nursery instead of wall paper, because they’re easy to install and easy to remove. You can make all kinds of different patterns and there are lots of fun shapes you can use as well.
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Image Source: Project Nursery | Etsy

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Make sure to check back to the blog over the next couple of months, as I will be revealing our nursery as soon as it is finished! Thanks again to Charlotte for guiding me in the right direction!

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Black Maxi

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After wearing this outfit, I know understand why a black maxi dress is a staple in any maternity closet. This dress is a dream come true; it’s comfortable, forgiving, sliming and so versatile. It is without a doubt my favorite maternity purchase to date. I just know that I will be wearing it from now until November! For this outfit, I just paired it with my go-to summer blazer and these cute ankle strap sandals! Perfect for work or play! So if you are looking for the easiest outfit of the summer, and you don’t yet own a black maxi, I suggest getting one ASAP! Hope everyone enjoys their weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

maxi1 maxi3 maxi2dress: Old Navy (non-maternity similar style) | blazer: H&M (similar) | purse: Kate Spade
sandals: Old Navy (similar) | necklace: Forever 21 (similar) | sunnies: Ray-Ban | watch: Kate Spade

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