Dec 17, 2014

Maternity Style: Cozy Cardigans

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pants: pea in the pod // cardigan: f21 (similar) // 
chambray: gap maternity(similar) (similar non-maternity) // booties: steve madden (similar

Okay, so. I'm not actually pregnant anymore. I am a mom (!$&@). But, I found this outfit in my archives and I decided to go ahead and get it out into the internet world. This is my last maternity outfit to post, and it kind of makes me sad. It's been fun figuring out how to dress the bump and the fact that I didn't feel guilty splurging on new clothes was kind of fun. BUT, I am so glad that I can reach my toes again (my toenail polish situation was offensive to say the least) and of course, having a baby in my arms instead of my belly is pretty amazing. 

Even though the lighting in these pictures is terrible, this outfit makes me happy. It's tough to feel cute when you're a couple of weeks past your due date, and let's be honest, this maternity shirt pretty much didn't fit in these pictures, but a cozy thick cardigan fixes most clothing issues. I am pretty much living in them for the next couple of months at home, so when I do start taking outfit pictures again, expect to see a lot :)


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Dec 15, 2014

10 Stocking Stuffers under $10

Stockings are one of my favorite holiday traditions. My mom always stuffs them full of little things like candy, lipgloss, gift cards - we (still, as adults) love opening them. We open them on Christmas Eve, after eating a snacky meal of taquitos, queso, pizza bites, etc and watching ELF. Ah, I'm getting excited thinking about it already!

I put together a list of 10 little Stocking Stuffers for under $10 - these would be great for friends, family, or you know, for you to sneak into your own stocking.

1. polka dot scarf: Simple and classic (and on sale!).

2. measuring spoons: This would be so fun for a friend that loves to cook. They would be really cute hanging from a little hook in the kitchen.

3. stag head:  So, I don't actually know if this would fit in a stocking... but it's really really cute (I actually just bought a larger version for the baby's room - tour to come soon!).

4.  burt's bees lipgloss: Who doesn't love Burt's Bees? I have loved every product of theirs that I have ever used.

5.  F21 tights: I'm not sure if I could pull these off personally, but I think they are really cool. 

6.  F21 necklace: I am really into dainty layered necklaces right now - I actually just bought a really similar set from F21. 

7. anthropologie mugs: Anthro brings out the gold version of their initial mugs every Christmas, and I want one every Christmas. So pretty.

8.  hand cream: Fancy lotion is not something that I would ever buy for myself, but I think that makes it the perfect stocking stuffer.

9. think happy, be happy: This really cute book has lots of facts and quotes about living a happy life - perfect for a coffee table or even an office desk. 

10. knit cap: I love the color and texture of this hat - it seems like it would be really warm.


How do you and your family do stockings?

Dec 9, 2014

Welcome, Baby

If you all follow me on instagram, you've already heard, but my sweet baby boy (finally) arrived! 13 days past his due date, and not a moment too soon.



He arrived on December 3rd at 4:05pm, weighing 8lbs and 21 inches long. He entered the world completely alert and incredibly handsome.



The past few days have been pretty surreal. The days have been so sweet - Eric and I spend lots of time just staring at him. He is a champion eater and is nearly back to his birth weight, which is great. The nights can be tough (it's amazing when he sleeps over 2 hours!), but each night has been a little easier. 



I'm considering sharing his birth story on the blog... we'll see. I'm also not sure how I feel about sharing his name online, so we'll see how that goes. I apologize in advance for being a little quiet in the blogging world (though I don't feel bad... I mean, I just had a baby hah!). I just wanted to stop in and let you all know that he arrived and that we are all doing well! 







Dec 3, 2014

Maternity Style: Blue & Gray




 striped shirt: gap maternity (similar) (similar non-maternity) // vest: c/o joules 
// pants: a pea in the pod // booties: dolce vita (similar) // necklaces: f21

*bump status: technically I am 41 weeks, but these photos were taken at 39 weeks.

This is definitely one of my favorite maternity outfits so far. I think it's because I don't own a pair of regular gray jeans or a shirt in these colors, so it feels really new to me. As much as I am ready to not be pregnant, it has been really interesting having some new clothing items and incorporating them in new ways. I've added a lot of things to my regular-clothing wishlist over the course of this pregnancy. It was sooo hard to stay away from all of the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales this past weekend, but I am trying to be patient as I don't know what will fit/when.

Also! It must be acknowledged that I finished all of Eric and I's Christmas shopping. Yes, all of it. Everything was purchased from the comfort of my home, in my sweatpants, while drinking tea. I freaking love online shopping. Throw in some cash-back from eBates, and lots of coupon codes and I feel like such a winner.

Linking up:

Dec 1, 2014

Maternity Style: Red, Black & Rain





sweater: target (similar maternity) // jacket: target // pants: pea in the pod 
// scarf: f21 // boots: hunter


*bump status: technically I am 41 weeks, but these photos were taken at 39 weeks

Okay, so. I haven't had the baby yet. Just wanted to get that out of the way. If you follow me on instagram (@creamtomycoffee), I haven't been hiding anything. As you can imagine, I'm completely over being pregnant at this point, but I am nooooot looking for sympathy (also, I'm convinced that unless you've gone close to 11 days past your due date, you have no idea what it feels like anyway). So, I've decided to share a few of the positive of things about being overdue:
  • You get to show up to Thanksgiving without bringing anything. Eric and I went to 4 Thanksgivings this year (2 with friends, 2 with family) and since they were all past our due date, no one expected us to cook anything. And we ate everything, so... muahaha. 
  • People go out of their way to check on you and treat you really well. I have had so many thoughtful texts from friends and coffee dates and dinners and other great things in the past 11 days. 
  • Not working. I originally planned on waiting until I went into labor to take my leave, but last week, I was just... done. I think it has been good for mentally to have a break and run errands and all of that stuff. 
  • Knowing that I am providing a safe place for my baby boy to live before he enters the world. As annoying as it is that he loves hanging out in there, being pregnant is a blessing and an honor so I am trying to appreciate it as much as possible!

Linking up:
Let it Shine via Still Being Molly and Lipgloss and Crayons
Manic Monday with   More Pieces of Me and On the Daily Express

Nov 25, 2014

Maternity Style: Stripes and a Pencil Skirt



cardigan: target // shirt: h&m (similar) (similar non-maternity) // 
skirt: gap maternity // scarf: target (similar) // boots: halogen (similar)

*bump status: technically I am 40 weeks, but these pictures were taken at about 39

It's Thanksgiving week! I love Thanksgiving so much - such a very special day to take a moment and be grateful. As an American holiday, it is perfectly fitting because we have so much to be thankful for.  Freedom is such a blessing. A few things I am thankful for this year (besides my friends and family, which I don't know what I would do without):
  • Growing a healthy baby inside of me. Such a miracle when you really think about it. As I'm typing this, I haven't met him yet, but I am glad that he has had a safe home in my belly for the past 9 months. 
  • Graduate school. I was able to get my Master's a few years ago while my husband was working and he has been able to do the same thing for the last year and a half. We have both had some good opportunities open up from school and I am so grateful. 
  • Our house. I love this house so much. I love that Eric and I put work in to make it what it is and I love that it is such a cozy place to hang out. 
  • Thoughtful people. Being overdue is a really weird place to be but I am so thankful for friends who are constantly reaching out to me and making me feel loved. I am also thankful for co-workers who are so understanding about being in limbo and just everyone who has been so considerate.
I don't plan on posting again this week, so feel free to follow on Instagram (@creamtomycoffee) to see if baby arrives. Have a great week! 

"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his mercy endures forever." Psalm 118:1

Nov 24, 2014

Tour Through Blogland

My blog-friend Laura recently included me in her "Tour Through Blogland" which was a lot of fun. I have enjoyed reading other similar posts, so I was excited to share my own! So here are the questions that I am supposed to answer for my little "tour." They definitely make me feel like a serious/legit blogger (spoiler: I'm not) but I had fun answering them! Here goes:

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1.What am I working on?
Well, as I am writing this, I am making a list of ways to get myself to go into labor :) Truthfully, doing recent maternity style posts has been really fun. I've had to be creative with a limited wardrobe, though I am ready to have my full wardrobe back. I am actually working on a big post about things I learned about dressing the bump and tips/recommendations. I've actually been having a great time writing it and I am excited to share. 

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
Hmmm... I really don't think I'm different, BUT if I have to answer I would say that I don't take clothes too seriously. Fashion is fun, but it's not that big of a deal. I try to limit my spending and be creative with what I wear. I also prefer to share humorous commentary (at least I think it's humorous, which isn't really saying much) with my outfits. 

3. Why do I write/create what I do?
I do it because I love it! Blogging is my favorite hobby. Even though I don't make any money or get much free stuff from it, I really enjoy it and I don't think I'll be stopping any time soon. I have met some great people through blogging - a few have even become real-life friends which is pretty cool. So, if you live in the OKC area, let's hang out. 

4. How does my writing/creating process work?
Well, I spend a lot of time creating and processing... just kidding. Actually, I take pictures whenever I have a decent outfit on, the lighting is good and I don't feel guilty for asking my husband. Then I edit the pictures and put them in a draft post with all the outfit links. I usually write the actual posts the morning of, because I want to share whatever weird thing I am thinking about that day. Also worth noting, last year I started using a blog calendar/notebook where I write out my ideas for posts and it has been great as far as not getting behind and/or running out of things to post about.


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And now, I am so excited to introduce you to three bloggers that I just really love!

I’m an English major turned work-from-home editor, mom to a sweet redheaded little man, and wife to a doctor-in-training who is finally in his fifth and final year of residency. In all my spare time, I’m an amateur blogger and runner and an accomplished restaurant explorer, guacamole maker, and mix & match suitcase packer. My blog In Residence chronicles various and sundry things I enjoy doing, wearing, reading and making, ventures out & about in our current city and other travels, and most importantly: making the most of life, no matter what stage we're in.


KatKate of a Journey in Style
Upon starting graduate school, I realized that the hoodies and sweats I wore regularly in undergrad would no longer cut it. But I didn't know what would cut it. Thus began A Journey in Style. I'm (still) going for my PhD in philosophy, so research and thinking dominates my time. The rest of my time is spent prepping lecture notes and discussion questions, as I also teach an intro-level ethics course. Blogging is my favorite way to spend my free time. Oh... and I love bears.



Claire of My Devising
I started my blog after graduating from college in 2008 and had no idea it would become one of my favorite hobbies.  I write about my life - motherhood, spirituality, anxiety/PPD, running, and music seem to be the most common topics.  Writing about the real and honest moments of my life is what I enjoy most.  Along with blogging, I love songwriting and, of course, spending time with my wonderful family.  My husband, Colt, and two children, Duke and Nova, are the absolute joys of my life.

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