September 26, 2014

STYLE | SWEATER WEATHER


Abstract Pattern Cardigan - Forever 21 $29.90(USD)




Oversized Cowl Neck Sweater - Forever 21 $24.80 (USD)




Ribbed up maxi cardigan - Free People $78

Open stitch tunic - Express $69.90


Adore Me Sweater - Tobi $74



Hooded striped sweater - Forever 21 $24.80








September 22, 2014

September 21, 2014

LIFESTYLE | HAPPY SUNDAY!

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone had a great week!

Phillip and I just got home from a trip to St. Louis to see family, then off  to do a little babymooning. We wanted to take a trip before the baby is born, and while I could still do a lot of walking.

I am 25 weeks along now in my pregnancy and still feeling great. Since I hit week 20, baby Phillip has really started the growing stage. He is now able to put on weight, and I am starting to really feel it.

I thought I would share some photos from our trip and from the rest of the week on the blog today.


My husband surprised me with a Jacuzzi tub in our room. After all the walking and driving we did, you have no idea how happy I was to see this! He's the best! 



We HAD to see our Cardinals play while we were there. We sat in the Red Bird's Club and had a huge selection of food and drinks.  We bought baby Phillip a bunch of onsies and stuff for the nursery.  Cardinals ended up winning. :)




 I got to go up in the arch for the first time. It was massive ! What a view!




We had such a good time together, but we are happy to be home, and I am happy to be back making home cooked meals again. 




I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Have an even better week! Xx






September 5, 2014

BEAUTY | NARS BLUSH DUPES

I love NARS blushes, but I am traveling soon, and depending on where I am going, I usually do not like taking my more expensive makeup with me. Since a lot of you seemed to like my MAC lipstick dupes post , and is now one of the most pinned posts on Pinterst (Who knew?) I thought I would put together another list with my favorite Nars blush dupes. 






Do you have any great dupes to share?




September 4, 2014

IN THE KITCHEN | CREAM CHEESE FROSTING


My husband's birthday is this weekend and we are spending it with friends, but I always like to surprise him early for a dinner, just the two of us. This year I decorated the dinning room and back deck in candles and balloons. I made an Italian dinner with homemade bread, pasta, and his favorite cake, carrot cake. The frosting was homemade cream cheese frosting. It was so delicious , I thought I would share the recipe below.




Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of butter (1 stick), room temperature
  • 8 oz of Philadelphia cream cheese (1 package), room temperature
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar (or confectioner's sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract




How-To:

  1. Beat the cream cheese and butter together until completely smooth, about 3 minutes on medium speed. 
  2. Beat in the vanilla extract. Slowly add in the powdered sugar(mixer on slow speed).









September 2, 2014

LIFESTYLE | HELLO SEPTEMBER




Happy September! Ready for Fall!



xx





August 30, 2014

LIFESTYLE | HELLO WEEKEND

Happy weekend! I hope everyone had a wonderful week.
This weekend I hit my 22 week mark in my pregnancy. I'm sure you can spot the pregnancy pillow in the above picture? I had been putting off getting one, and finally decided it was time. I got one to try and make it through the night with some sort of comfort. I am a tummy sleeper, so it hasn't been so easy for me to adjust to only sleeping on my side. I love it so far, it has really made sleeping through the night a little more comfortable...at least until I get kicked out of bed (literally by baby kicks) in the morning for breakfast.



I have heard really great things about the honest company, and ordered their sample box. I just love their adorable diapers! I love that they don't have any harsh chemicals too. My husband and I agreed that it would be a good decision to stick with Honest when little Phillip is born.

Adorable !


 We are approaching Fall, and I couldn't be more excited! I love the fashion and the lip colors are my favorite during this time of year. It is just such a fun and beautiful season. The leaves in my backyard are already changing those beautiful shades of Fall.

Phillip and I went to a MLB game Tuesday night. With work and everything going on lately, this was the first game we have been to this season .  We are Cardinals fans and they played the Pirates here in Pittsburgh. We had really good seats and I had such a good time with the hubby.







I have really been trying to stay eating healthy throughout my pregnancy , but again, Fall is on the way, and I am a total comfort food junkie in the colder months. I love making homemade bread and soups. I baked some homemade bread this week and it really had me wishing for cooler temperatures.


I hope you have a wonderful weekend!








August 19, 2014

BABY | 20 - 21 WEEK PREGNANCY UPDATE


It has been a while since I did a pregnancy update post! I haven't really had anything to update until now, so I didn't really see the point in posting. I have had a pretty easy pregnancy so far *knock on wood*. I never really got any morning sickness or any of those symptoms my pregnancy app keeps telling me I am going to experience each week. The only thing I have really been having an issue with is those pesky 2nd trimester  headaches. I get them so bad sometimes and all I can do is lay there in pain. I get the chills and eventually get sick because of them. Luckily, they have eased up a bit and I haven't been getting them so much. At this point in the pregnancy I am really missing simple things- sushi , a glass of wine on a Friday night, a tall coffee(or two),  sleeping on my stomach, my old jeans, but it is all worth it! 



We had our 19 week doctors appointment and everything was ok. Heartbeat is still great and I am keeping my weight right where it needs to be. We then got our paperwork to schedule for the ultrasound / anatomy scan. We were so excited and scheduled it right away. There weren't many spots open, but she told us she could get us in for one. We had to drive a little ways to have it done, but we were totally fine with that. We scheduled it for August 12th.

We were so happy and excited when the 12th came. We hadn't seen the baby in 12 weeks!  I had read that if you drink orange juice right before your ultrasound, the baby will move around more, and be more likely to show what the sex is. I drank a bottle of orange juice, and I kept repeating in my head the whole ride "please show, please show". :)

I checked in to our appointment , and the lady behind the desk told us "I can tell you right now , you are in the wrong place". The lady that made our appointment had made a mistake, and scheduled us for SEPTEMBER 12th, not AUGUST 12th. My husband and I looked at each other in total disappointment.   

Luckily, we were able to schedule for the next morning in the city. We felt so disappointed on the ride home, and everyone was calling and texting to ask if everything was ok, and if we had found out the sex of the baby. It was kind of a good thing we missed our appointment the day before though, because we finally got in for our appointment with a tech who had been doing ultrasounds for over 20 years. She had a student in the room with us, and was explaining in detail a lot of things that you normally do not get to hear. She let us know she was going to make sure we got our answer about the sex of the baby before we left. It was really neat and glad we got in when we did. 

She kept telling us how beautiful the heart is and how healthy everything looked. We were so relieved that everything was ok.

The baby was bouncing around and wouldn't stay still, so It took her a little while, but we did find out we are having.....

 

A BOY!!! We are SO excited!! He is named after his daddy, Phillip. He is already sucking his thumb. :) All of our friends predicted we were having a boy. My mom kept sending me texts "It's going to be a boy!". I had a few dreams it was a boy.

Everyone I know that is pregnant (seems like everyone is ha!) is having a girl , so here is one for team blue!

-Pregnancy updates-

I can still see my toes.


Cravings have been totally absent for most of the 2nd trimester. In the beginning of my 2nd trimester I was really craving fruits and veggies for the vitamins. I haven't really had any since then.

Not a sign of stretch marks yet. I know they say stretch marks are hereditary, but you can always try and do things to prevent them. I have been using raw coconut oil and rose hip oil. I know I still have a ways to go yet.

My navel is still in, but I totally feel like it is going to pop out soon! 

I am feeling movement and kicks ALL the time now . I am totally convinced I am giving birth to a ninja! :)

We went a little crazy at babies R US and purchased nursery decor, a car seat , care kits, burp cloths, blankets, toys, and a swing. 

We have started working on the nursery. We are doing it in a sports theme- mostly baseball. I would like to do a post with more photos of the whole nursery when we are done with it.

I attempted to paint baseball stitch on one wall... it was a challenge, but I am pretty happy with how it turned out.






19 more weeks to go! :)