Shot by Jackie Wonders
Give me all the woven baskets! This one by Petunia Pickle Bottom just launched and it’s my favorite of them all. Designed to be a versatile, multi-purpose bag, it doubles as a diaper bag with it’s interior woven pockets, wipes case, changing pad, and leather stroller straps! It packs up perfectly for travels with tots, or packs down for relaxing days at the beach. Custom-designed & hand-woven by Certified Fair Trade makers in Africa. And if you are pregnant and on the hunt for quality maternity wear, I would HIGHLY recommend checking out Ingrid and Isobel! I have been living in this off-the shoulder dress (in both Navy & Black). It’s made of the most comfy stretch jersey and I know I’ll be wearing this long after the baby arrives too (so nursing friendly!) Below are some of my favorite Ingrid and Isobel maternity pieces I own and love…
Photos by Jackie Wonders
Well time has certainly slowed down these last few weeks! I guess that always happens at the end…I’m just so ready to meet this little person I’ve been carrying around for so long. But here we are at 33 weeks and that much closer to meeting this baby girl….(who sadly still does not have a name…but we are getting close!) haha. Sam and I have been (very slowly) putting together the nursery for her the last few months and I’m just crossing my fingers we can get it finished before she arrives. Because I know good and well that nothing will happen after she comes home with us and we are thrown into that infant stage again where a successful day means actually getting out of my pajama’s and remembering to eat breakfast. So for now, I am trying my best to enjoy my sleep and check things off the to-do list and spend as much time as I can with my two “big” kids! Which has made me somewhat of an emotional mess lately. Time just goes by so quickly and here I am ready to send my first born to kindergarten. It feels like just yesterday we were bringing Ry home from the hospital! It’s been almost three years since we’ve had an infant in our house and I seem to have forgotten what I actually need for a newborn! Question for the new mamas: what are the latest “must-have’s”!? What couldn’t you live without those first six months? If you have any suggestions or tips or products you’ve loved, I’d love to hear about them!
Fathers day is coming up on Sunday and I wanted to share this beautiful new collection of baby gear by Nuna! I’ve used Nuna products for years now and I am always so impressed with their quality and durability. This collection is called the SUITED Collection and it’s geared more toward dads and has a really handsome, tailored, masculine feel to it. From hand-sewn leather-look accents to elegantly placed stitch lines, each piece of the SUITED collection boasts meticulous attention to detail on every element. The fabric is a dark charcoal two-toned tweed that feels stylish and classic at the same time. This collection includes the MIXX2 stroller + bassinet, the PIPA infant carseat (that adapts to the MIXX2 stroller base), the SENA aire cot which is amazing for traveling, and the LEAF cruv….a swaying lounger perfect for baby. It basically checks off every major infant gear need for a new mom…and especially dad! Can’t wait to use these pieces for the new babe come August!
Speaking of dad’s, I probably don’t tell him enough, but Sam is the backbone of this family and I can’t imagine going through this journey without him. One of my favorite things is watching him be a dad to these 2 (soon to be 3!) kids. I have never once felt alone or like I was carrying the weight in this parenting gig. We are a team. Sam is hands on, all the time…he always has been….constantly thinking of ways to serve us. I thank God everyday for the husband and father he is. Like any other couple, we have our ups and downs and disagreements on how to handle certain situations with our kids, but at the end of the day he’s got my back and I’ve got his and together we are doing the best we can to raise happy and kind little humans. Happy (almost) Father’s day to you Sam…and to my own dad who set the bar pretty dang high of what a good father should look like. And to all the other amazing dads out there and the moms who are playing both roles!
You guys, the weeks are just FLYING!!! Rylee’s last day of Pre-K is tomorrow and then it is officially summer break and in about 8 weeks, give or take, we will have a tiny little newborn in our arms!!? It still seems a little unreal! I know I’ve talked about it before, but this pregnancy has definitely done a number on me! SO much different, and in so many ways harder, than my other two pregnancies. Likely a combination of my age, it being my 3rd child, and still working just as hard as always….I’ve felt very little motivation to look cute and put together every day, which is usually something I really enjoy. I just feel so exhausted and my body image is not exactly at it’s peek (quite the understatement). The scale keeps ticking up and I officially weigh more than I ever have in my entire life….which feels weird and uncomfortable. BUT, I am trying hard to put the shallow thoughts about my body behind me and be thankful for this healthy baby girl that is growing in my belly, because it really is such a miracle. All that to say, I have done some serious closet cleaning and have gotten rid of a ton of clothes that I just didn’t ever wear. The older I get, the more I appreciate simplicity and the idea of “less is more”. I suppose my husband (the ultimate minimalist) is rubbing off on me, finally, after 8 years of marriage :) Of course, I saved a lot of my favorite pieces that I can’t currently fit in with the hopes that I can wear them again….but I did get rid of anything I hadn’t worn in over a year. Which was shockingly a lot of stuff! My go-to’s the last few months have been flowy dresses, off-the-shoulder tops, and a solid rotation of my favorite maternity denim. There is something about a crisp white blouse and worn denim that is so timeless and it’s a look I will always love. And then pair it with a natural woven hat and some strappy sandals and you have a very simple but sophisticated summer look. This entire look (minus the denim) is from Banana Republic, which is such a great place to find simple well-made blouses and other summer staples. I’ve always loved them for their classic tees and I’ve been eyeing this little white dress for a while now….I’m thinking I should snag it and hang it on the wall as my inspiration to get back into shape after this baby is born! haha. I have a feeling I’m going to need all the inspiration I can get.
*in collaboration with Banana Republic