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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Preoccupation with Pregnancy

When I was pregnant with Aiden we spent an obscene amount of time looking at, researching and plotting what stroller and car seat system we were going to buy. We tossed and turned over which one to buy, went to this same over priced baby store in Los Angeles and looked and played with the models we were considering until finally like little bunny foo foo we were bopped on the head and realized that spending over $1,000 on a stroller/car seat contraption was bordering insanity. I'll pat myself on the back for that one. Close call. Instead, we opted for a Snap n' Go (which is brilliant by the way and costs a mere $60 or so) until almost about 9 months after the baby was born we purchased a B.O.B stroller (which I still have and still love and will use again..and it didn't cost over $1k).

This is but ONE example of the craziness that can happen when you're pregnant.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Summer Obsessions!

I love summer! Last summer we were so lucky to get to spend a couple of solid weeks beaching it and I daydream of that again. But this summer we'll stay closer to home prepping for baby girl. However, just because we're not AT the beach doesn't mean I can't be beach ready at say...my pool or the lake right? I figure if I'm going to continue to decorate as if I have a beach house why should my wardrobe and goodies be any different?

While I love the hottest trends as much as the next gal I try to find a way to buy them on what I consider a reasonable budget. Also, I'm trying not to spend so much on myself so I can spend on my 'baby want' list (coming soon). The summer season works in my favor though because I can get a few key items and make it work all summer long. This summer with the belly I am all about hats, bags and beachy wear. Here is my Summer Essentials List! Some of these items I have in some form or another, some I plan to buy, and some I'll continue to admire from my screen.  What's on your list?

Cutest little crossbody from Target! Would be perfect for walks on the beach or festival season
Confession: I've seen similar bags that cost way more...but you can get this adorable version at Nordstrom's in the Jr. Section for a sliver of that cost. And since we're all about the weekend getaway this would be a great addition!
Oh I love this chair so much! This belongs in my 'future beach house' arsenal stat!
I'm ready for an upgrade in beach towels and this fouta beach towel from Serena & Lily needs to be mine.

I'm a hat girl! I wear a hat 5 days out of the week because they are fun, stylish and conceal a bad hair day! I have no problem investing in a great hat. This panama hat from Madewell belongs in my collection.
I think I want a Kimono just to wear around the house. If I had all the money in the world I'd buy this and everything else from Nena & Co.
However, this Kimono from Billabong is way more in my price range and just as cute!

COMFORT! You need a pair of these for any beach vacation or just to lounge at home. This pregnant momma is living in the pair below folks! AMAZING!
Hey! You gotta have SPF for the summer. I suggest trying Sun Bum. Discovered it in Clearwater, bought it in Ocean City and I'm HOOKED! It smells INSANE and it's in such a cute bottle. They also have Baby SPF too :)

What's on your summer 'want' list!? Whether it be hats or bathing suits I hope you're having a great summer so far!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Motherhood Musings

"Motherhood is a journey. My body was meant to do this. I honor the life inside of me." I listened to these words being spoken by one of my favorite yoga teachers this weekend during Shavasana in my prenatal yoga class. Truth be told I've been so excited to start this series (since I learned I was pregnant) as I've been unable to do my normal yoga routine lately and I knew I'd have an amazing teacher. Starting my Saturday with this yoga practice gave me such a renewed energy that I wish desperately I could do this every morning. I walked out of class practically clicking my heels. Yea...I like yoga by the way! Swooped into my life about 2 years ago and I'm a big believer.

Back to the words though.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Top 10 Ways to Have the Best Beach Vacation Ever!

As I mentioned in my post yesterday we headed to Ocean City, Maryland over Memorial Day Weekend. My husband grew up going to this beach so it's become a part of our family tradition which I quite enjoy given my love of the beach. Ocean City is really a great beach for your family with loads of fun things to do!
Here are my Top 10 ways to have the best beach vacation ever!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

When a Hotel gets me...

Maybe it's just me in my hypersensitive state these days but customer service at many places these days is lacking. You don't get that warm and fuzzy feeling from too many businesses anymore. Not too many businesses go out of the way to make you feel like they want you or appreciate you as customers. Everyone just wants something from you all of the time. At least that is how I feel LATELY.

So it's super refreshing to visit a place where you feel the exact opposite. I have blogged about the Aloft Hotel in Asheville before but allow me to make sure you know that this is where you need to stay next time you visit Asheville.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Hello again...27 weeks


I haven't been blogging. I miss it. I miss writing but I haven't been carving time out of my life for myself or this blog in particular. School is out which means I've had little 'A' home with me the last week or so and we went on a little vacation too (to be blogged about). When he's home with me I find it hard (because I feel guilty) to sit and look at my computer when I should be spending time with him or doing other mundane chores around our home. I'd blog at night but I'm fairly shot by 8pm.
I am constantly telling myself it's okay to take a little time for me but it never seems to work that way. Does anyone else feel that way too? This week he's at camp for a few hours learning to be a little chef so I have a little time for work and blogging. I have things to share with you but thought the easiest way to get the ball rolling is to do my pregnancy update.