Monday, September 23, 2019

This and That

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a great weekend because we sure did! 

Todd and I went back to our hometown of Florence this past weekend to celebrate a lot of birthdays, including Todd's!!  And since it was Todd's birthday, it gave me the perfect excuse to book us a fun two night stay at Hotel Florence.  Even though we had two other birthday parties to attend, it was so nice getting some quiet time alone.  And a big thanks to my mom and dad for keeping our kiddos so we could enjoy this!

I cannot believe my sweet niece and nephew are 12 years old!!!  It truly seems like yesterday we were celebrating the two of them turning a year old!  Man, where does the time go?? 

Dinner at Victor's with Todd before heading out to our friend Phil's 40th! 

Phil's birthday party was so much fun and it was SO good getting to see so many of our old friends and have a little time to catch up with them! 

// We are slowly, but surely getting things ready around here for the baby.  I ordered her moses basket last week and I was blown away at the quality when it arrived.  It is such a nice, large basket with the sweetest bedding and it was a total steal for under $80.  Plus, it also comes in blue, white, and tan as well. 

// Yesterday, after we got home and unpacked, I finally decided to clean out and organize my craft space that's hidden and tucked inside my office.  My goal is to go through all the spaces in our house like this and have them all cleaned / organized before the new baby arrives.  Wish me luck, because man, I feel like I have a lot of spaces left to go :)  And I know a lot of you are like me and love to organize, so I included some of my favorites pieces that I use to keep this space organized below. 

These boxes are AMAZING!!  They are really thick and they hold up so well.  I use this larger size here for all my kids art work and keepsakes, and then I use this size to keep special cards, larger photos, and other miscellaneous things I want to keep safe. 

This is PERFECT for all those photos that you love and want to keep, but you don't exactly want them in a photo album.  I had SO many old pictures laying around our house in drawers and random boxes, so I am so happy to now have them picked up and all in one place.  This box would also be perfect for storing things like craft like beads, small screws, batteries, etc...

I have these hanging on the wall in my office closet and they get so much use!  I use two of them for Carson and Taylor's school work, and the other one I use to keep documents and papers we need access to for Todd and I. 

These are the folders that fit inside my acrylic pockets that I use to keep all the different documents and papers neatly organized and labeled. 

Okay, that's about all I've got for today!  Hope you all have a great Monday! 

Friday, September 20, 2019

10 Essential Maternity Pieces

Happy FRIDAY, love bugs!!!  I am so excited the weekend is finally here!  We are heading back home to celebrate lots of birthdays this weekend, and one of them happens to be my favorite guy in the whole world!  So, along with celebrating Todd's birthday, we will also be celebrating my niece and nephew's birthday, along with one of Todd's good friends who is turning 40.  I have a feeling this preggo mama is going to need a lot of coffee all weekend long! 

And speaking of pregnancy, I did a lot of searching and a lot of review reading this week.  I found (for myself) and all my other pregnant mamas out there the top 10 essential maternity pieces!  Since this isn't my first rodeo, I knew exactly what type of pieces I was looking for, but I had to do a little digging since there are so many new maternity fashion brands these days. 

As most of you have probably seen, I am trying to keep my maternity pieces to a minimum and wear mostly non-maternity, but with a rapidly growing bump there are just certain pieces I need to have in my closet for practicability and comfort.  And not to worry, I made sure the quality and the prices are both great so you don't have to worry about these pieces falling apart or breaking the bank :) 

You guys know I'm a fan of Zella leggings, and these maternity leggings are no exception.  And while I haven't personally tried this brand in maternity, I love it for the regular pieces and these leggings had awesome reviews and are a little cheaper. 

This dress is not only super cute, but it's also really functional and one that you would get a lot of use out of while pregnant and after baby while nursing. 

This set looks so comfy and would be perfect for sleeping / lounging at home.  Plus, it would be a great addition to your hospital bag after you deliver.  I must admit, I am very partial to this set with the matching baby gown and hat for the hospital.  

This dress is a pregnancy must have!  I LOVE this brand and the built-in bra alone makes me want to order it in every color.  It's also the perfect piece for nursing and layering to get you through the cooler months.  This brand also makes this awesome maternity maxi dress as well! 

Same brand as above, and hands down, the best maternity tanks.  And at $18 a pop, you need to go ahead and grab one in all four basic colors. 

Another set of great basic tees that are perfect for layering or just wearing alone.  They have 5 star reviews and $36 for three tops is a total steal. 

If you're pregnant, do yourself a favor and order these right now!  And if you prefer the high-waist over the bump undies, then I highly recommend these.

I have these extenders in the white and the black, and I cannot say enough great things about them. They will be your saving grace when you still want to wear your old jeans and pants, but can't get them buttoned anymore. 

Every pregnant mama needs one good pair of maternity jeans and these seem to be the ones!  And I'm really loving that they aren't too expensive, but still seem to have the quality.  I've ordered three different styles from this brand that will be arriving next week so I'll make sure to share my thoughts on them when they arrive.  

Hands down the most comfortable flats ever!  Everyone needs a pair of these for fall and winter, and heck, considering they're only $17, you might want to grab them in a few colors! 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

5 Easy (Healthy) Dinner Recipes + Dress Sale

Okay, you guys gave great feedback on my post last week when I shared some of my easy go-to week night meals.  That being said, I decided I would share all five of my favorite easy / healthy dinner recipes this week.  All of these are recipes I have made several times and they never disappoint.  And while these aren't all as kid friendly as the ones I shared last week, they are a lot healthier and still fairly easy to toss together for dinner. 

Balsamic Brussels Sprouts and Chicken Quinoa Bowls

Mexican Shredded Beef Instant Pot Recipe

Healthy Harvest Chicken Skillet

Also, I wanted to mention that while browsing Nordstrom yesterday, I came across a ton of  majorly marked down amazing dresses!  And all of these dresses would be perfect for any upcoming weddings, events, or even a special date night.  A few of these would be worth buying and saving for holiday parties that will be here before you know it. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Fall Amazon Haul 1

Good morning friends, and happy Tuesday!!! 

Okay, this may just be the most excited I've ever been to share an Amazon fashion haul with you guys!!  I hit the jackpot on this last order and didn't have any misses, plus, the fit and quality of everything blew me away! 

My goal is to share these hauls with you twice a month this season.  And with all the amazing new fall fashion coming in, this should be a fun and easy goal to keep! 

Dress runs tts, and for reference, I'm wearing a small. 

Dress runs tts, and for reference, I'm wearing a small. 

Suede Mule Pump (on major sale) 

Dress runs tts, and for reference, I'm wearing a small. 

Dress runs tts, and for reference, I'm wearing a small. 

Dress runs a little big, and for reference, I'm wearing a small. 

Cardigan runs tts and I'm wearing a small.  The jeans stretch a good bit and I'm wearing them in the 25 regular.

Tee and leggings runs tts.  I'm wearing the tee in a small and the leggings in a medium. 

Wrap runs big and I'm wearing it in the small, but sending back for the xs. 

Overalls run big, but have adjustable straps.  For sizing reference, I'm wearing them in a small. The sweater runs tts, and for sizing reference, I'm wearing a small.

Pullover runs tts, and for reference, I'm wearing a small. 

Plaid vest runs tts, and for sizing reference, I'm wearing a small. 

Sweater skirt set runs small, and for reference, I'm wearing a medium. 

Sweater runs tts, and for reference, I'm wearing a small.

Sweater runs tts, and for reference, I'm wearing a small.

Suede Mule Pump (on major sale) 

Sweater runs big, and for reference, I'm wearing an xs.