Oct 20, 2014

Maternity Style: All Black and a Little Plaid


booties: steve madden // scarf: f21 // watch: fossil // bracelets: h&m (similar)

*bump status: 35 weeks

When I don't know what to wear, I wear all black. I've done it on the blog before: with a green coat and with a white blazer, but I've never tried it with a belly the size of a watermelon. I would normally mention how slimming black is, but that's really irrelevant at this point :)  But, all black really is the best thing when you wake up late in the morning. Easy. 

I woke up late this morning because I was up so late every night this weekend. Not because I was livin it up (whatever that means) but because Eric and I worked so.freaking.hard. on the house this weekend. Replacing faucets, putting in fans, installing curtains, cleaning light fixtures, etc. It is SO crazy that we are just a little over a month away from meeting our son. Let's just say that we have A LOT to do before he gets here. As annoying as it was to go back and forth to Lowe's 20x this weekend, it feels so nice to check things off our list!

Linking up: Let it Shine Mondays

Oct 17, 2014

Couples Baby Shower Barbeque

A couple of weeks ago, Eric and I had our second baby shower - a couples barbecue thrown by my two besties; hosted at my MIL's house. It was so wonderful, mostly because the people there are some of our favorite in the whole world. The shower didn't even remotely feel like a shower - more just like a fun dinner where we happened to open gifts for about 15 minutes. 

 Delicious food is a requirement for a baby shower, in my opinon.

Eric's dad cooked up amazing hamburgers and brats... We ate them all, obviously.

 My two besties. Love you, both. 

So thankful for these pretty ladies and for their great mom advice. 

 When you can't drink beer, you slurp on cream soda.

I have the weirdest friends ever. 

dress: asos (similar) (similar non-maternity) // 
necklace: ebay (similar) //shoes: naturalizer

The shower was absolutely perfect. It was so fun having both my guy and girl friends there. Guys like babies too (I think). I felt very loved and very blessed - we are at the point where this baby doesn't need much else - we are so thankful for the generosity of our friends and family. Only 5 more weeks until baby boy's due date! 

Oct 15, 2014

Maternity Style: Rainy Days & Donuts

sweater: pea in the pod (similar) (similar non maternity) //
pants: pea in the pod (similar non maternity) // boots: hunter // necklace: f21 (similar)  

*bump status: 34 weeks 
Well, fall finally happened. I think. Oklahoma is notorious for "if you don't like the weather stick around for another day and it will change." It could be 90 next week. We'll see. I have to say, I am usually not a fan of cold weather, but I am so thankful for it this year. Layers and sweaters are going to keep me going through the end of this pregnancy without buying anything else (I hope!).

Also, donuts. Donuts are keeping me going throughout the end of this pregnancy. I am usually not a sweets person, but dear Lord, donuts are my weakness. I'm eating a blueberry cake crumb donut as I type this. I just thought I would share that with you. Also, I've gained about 40lbs at this point. Not that surprising when you consider the fact I just typed a whole paragraph about donuts. 

Linking up:

Oct 8, 2014

Maternity Style: Black & Gray

// shoes: ann taylor (similar) // necklace: f21 (similar)

*bump status: 33 weeks

I am so thankful to work in a relatively casual work environment. I mean, technically it's business casual, and I do have to wear the occasional suit (like twice a year), but in general it's really laid back. Especially in the summer when no students are around (I work on a college campus) - most people women are rocking tanks, flowy skirts and strappy sandals. Now that we are well into fall, I need to dress a little more appropriately, but I've been wearing these pants to work a lot. Yes, they are jeans. But they are gray. And I am pregnant, so I somehow feel that I can get away with a lot when it comes to clothing. Other than crop tops, of course.

I only have three pairs of pants that fit, and I have decided that is plenty, thankyouverymuch. In fact, since my wardrobe has been so limited, I have been really impressed with how many outfits I can create out of so little. I know a lot of people have been considering moving to a capsule wardrobe and I have to admit that I am tempted. We'll see what happens once this baby arrives :)

Linking up:
Because Shanna Said So

Oct 6, 2014

Maternity Style: Red & White Stripes

dress: asos (similar non-maternity) // necklace: gift (similar) // 
watch: fossil // shoes: clark's (similar)

*bump status: 33 weeks

I am coming off a high of a fantastic weekend.  I plan on sharing some pictures later, but I threw a surprise party for my husband's 30th birthday (he wasn't that surprised, unfortunately) and we had a couples baby shower with some of our closest friends. And we ate good food (that's what constitutes a good weekend for me these days).

Also, I feel the need to say that if you are pregnant, you should buy this dress immediately. It's cheap, it's soft, it's comfortable and it receives lots of compliments when worn. Actually, I'm thinking this will be worn post baby-bump as well. It's just that great. Also, as much as I wish I was wearing tights, booties and a cute jacket with this, it's still hot in Oklahoma. I'm trying not to be bothered by it (it's going to be too cold too soon) but I want to at least acknowledge the fact that I wish I was surrounded by yellow leaves and pumpkins and all that fun-fall business.

Linking Up:
Still Being Molly and Lipgloss and Crayons: Let It Shine Monday

Oct 1, 2014

Maternity Style: ASOS Dress

dress: asos maternity (similar non-maternity) // headband: f21 (similar
// shoes: converse 

*bump status: 32 weeks

Babies having babies. That's how I feel sometimes. I mean, can I really have a kid? I'm a child myself.  Then I remember that 28 is a more than appropriate age to have a child and I have to force myself to get it together. But then I wear outfits like this where I look like a little kid, which doesn't really help my psychological issues. In my defense, I wore this for a day of shopping with my sister and not to work or anything, but I definitely felt like a child. The skater-y dress, the sneaks, the headband. Whatever, I'm not 30 yet, so it's fine. 

Also, I have to comment on the fact that this dress was my first ASOS purchase. I ordered a few items and was really happy with how fast the items shipped and how easy they were to return (I bought this same dress in green in a larger size just to see... the sizing is true to pre-maternity sizing). I did a ton of research before ordering online and couldn't find much about sizing, so I thought I would put my two cents out there.Unfortunately, now I find myself stalking the ASOS website looking for new maternity clothes (that I don't need). 

Linking up:
Because Shanna Said So

Sep 29, 2014

5 Things that Make our Marriage Great

I wrote this post back when Eric and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary (which was... nearly a year ago... whoops) and I never got around to posting it. I thought it would be fun to share it now as I am thinking about all of the ways our marriage will change in the future when this baby comes. 

5 Things that Make our Marriage Great:

1. We are each others' #2. God is our #1, always. This is the most important aspect of our marriage, but also the toughest. I love Eric more than any other person in the world, literally. However, Eric cannot be the source of my happiness, or I would be disappointed. He is an absolutely amazing person, but he is human. As am I. As much as we love each other, we both desire that the other loves the Lord more.

2. We don't fight. We really don't. I always feel weird telling people that... I promise I'm not trying to brag or even say that we don't communicate. We disagree on things all the time (we're different people) but we refuse to fight about things. This is what comes naturally to use (we're both pretty laid back), but it has also been an important aspect of our marriage. We don't yell at one another. If one person is extremely upset, then they take a break until they feel better and we can resume the discussion. Discussions are fine, fighting is not fine.

3. We do not disrespect each other. It is such a terrible thing to watch spouses disrespect each other in public. I can't tell you how many times I have felt uncomfortable when someone has made a comment like "well, if you EVER did anything around the house..." or something along those lines to their spouse. If we have an issue with one another, we talk about it. It's just not good to bring up things like that in front of other people - it makes those people feel uncomfortable AND it's disrespectful and creates animosity.

4. We handle finances the same way. We've all heard that money issues are the #1 cause of divorce. Eric and I actually had a lot of discussion about finances before we got married (do you have debt? how do you feel about paying off debt? is it important to you live within your means?) which was so helpful. We both view money as a necessity, but not a source of happiness. We budget every dollar we earn every month, so we are usually not surprised by where our money goes each month. We also each have our own "fun money" so I can't get mad at Eric when he spends his on coffee shops and golf and he doesn't get annoyed with me when I spend mine on *ahem* clothes.

5. We try new things together. This one has actually been tough for us because we are complete homebodies and love Netflix as much as anyone, but I always feel like I learn something new about Eric when we get out of our comfort zone. Traveling together is the best way that I have experienced this, but I have also found that you don't necessarily have to go far or spend a lot of money to have this experience. We have done things like hiking, hosting people in our home, creating new traditions, etc. that have offered us a chance to know each other in new ways.

 Have you ever thought through the things that make your marriage great?
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