Work Clothes: Power Pants

If you've been reading this blog a while, you know I love my purple-ish ponte pants (see them and other colored slacks here). My engineer and I have come to call them my power pants, because I tend to reach for them when I'm stressed about work - somehow the outfit always comes together easier and makes me feel more confident when it starts with a purple ponte pant base.

As soon as I saw this maternity version, I knew I had to make them mine so that I don't have to skip that easy feeling when I'm pregnant. Here's how I wore them last week: 

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Pants: Old Navy
Sweater: LOFT (similar)
Booties: similar - love these ones!

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These pants currently drive me crazy - they really don't stay up and so if I'm doing any bit of walking around, they get pretty saggy in the butt. But for a day at the office with minimal walking, they work just fine. I just won't be wearing them for any travel days anytime soon!

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And of course, how I wore it most of the day when I was out & about: with a giant coat (which I got at Costco last year) on top because it has been chilly here!

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Speaking of the cold, since Seattle has been experiencing a colder winter than usual (which I know is still not as bad as where half of you likely live!), I'll be sharing some of my favorite winter remedies and treats next week! Stay tuned :) 

Posted on January 12, 2017 and filed under Maternity, Work Clothes.

Humpday Bumpdate: 20 Weeks

Now that I'm halfway through this pregnancy, things are changing much faster than they did in the beginning. I figured this blog would be a good place to document my growing bump and weekly changes, so if you aren't at all interested in this, avoid Wednesdays, when I'll feature my Humpday Bumpdate each week. The actual bumpdate is at the bottom of this post, but I wanted to do a quick little highlight of the pregnancy up to this point first!

First, a quick look at the early days of bump photos, when I was only taking them every month:

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The first trimester was pretty rough - I had almost permanent nausea that I just could not get to go away, as well as some vomiting. I tried my best to combat it and found the following to be my best shot at beating it: 

  • Trader Joe's Ginger Chews whenever I felt *REALLY* nauseous
  • Ginger tea a few times a day
  • Cereal or crackers in bed to start each day (and sometimes even in the middle of the night if I'd wake up feeling sick), and trying to go slow in the mornings, taking lots of breaks between showering, doing my makeup, blowdrying my hair, and getting dressed
  • Small meals often and nothing too scented or flavorful (I seriously lived on dry cereal and crackers)
  • I carried a satsuma or two in my purse at all times to sniff or peel & slowly eat if I was stuck in a smelly environment
  • Lots and lots of naps - when I was sleeping, I wasn't nauseous

Overall, really not fun. Especially considering that at this point, very few people knew I was pregnant, and I was still flying around the Northwest for work - including a trip with our CEO to Idaho for a day! It's amazing how fast you feel better though once the second trimester rolls around. I still have random episodes of nausea or extreme exhaustion, but they are NOTHING compared to how I felt early on. 

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We used Thanksgiving as a chance to tell our immediate families (both sets of parents, siblings, and my grandmas) that we were having a girl - we hosted here and when we took the whole family on a tour of the newly remodeled house, we had filled the nursery with pink balloons!

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And here I am now at 20 weeks - halfway there! Here's what's going on with me now: 

  • Baby Girl is: the size of a banana.
  • Cravings/Aversions: Nothing serious yet, but I can't stop eating peanut butter toast! I'd have it for every meal with Travis would let me. 
  • Belly Button: Very much in still.
  • Feeling: Really good. Lots of energy this week and I'm loving the stretched out feeling I get after every prenatal yoga class. 
  • Thinking Of: Doulas. We're working on researching and interviewing a few in order to find the one we'll have with us for her birth, and I'm actually really loving the process. 
  • This Week I've Been: Having the craziest of dreams. Nightmares, adventurous thrillers, and bizarre dreams have filled this week, and I'd much rather go back to the random and funny dreams I was having earlier in the pregnancy. Also this week I've been on the hunt for a few more pieces of maternity clothes, as I'm realizing that getting dressed for work everyday is really hard without a few staples!

This is the format I'll try to use every week, with a few changes as the pregnancy progresses. Would love to hear what else you'd like me to share, if anything! 

Posted on January 11, 2017 and filed under Maternity.

January's Five Goals

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I fell off the goal bandwagon a bit at the end of last year, so I'll be starting from scratch this year. In future months, I'll be sure to look back at how I did achieving my goals, just like I was doing earlier in 2016. But for now, here's what I'd like to do this month:

  • Read 4 books; one for work, one for pregnancy/parenting, and at least two just for fun. Speaking of, any great pregnancy or parenting books you guys have loved? Please let me know in the comments!
  • Go to at least 10 yoga classes and walk on non-yoga days.
  • Disconnect 1 evening per week. This means no phone, computer, tv, or other technology. I'm already looking forward to all the coloring books, reading for fun, and relaxing baths this means I can indulge in.
  •  Take care of my skin before bed. I've been doing way better taking off my makeup before bed, but that's where it stops. Now its time to focus on a nighttime moisturizer (any favorites??!) as well as a good hand moisturizer for bedtime. 
  • Blog at least 3x/week. Gotta get back into the groove around here, and I think 3 is a reasonable number for that. Any posts you'd really love to see? Let me know in the comments!

What are you focusing on in January? Let me know in the comments!

Linking up with Writes Like a Girl, as always.

Posted on January 10, 2017 and filed under Personal.

Trav & Bri, Recently - vol. 59

A little late in the day, but better late than never, right? Aiming to do at least one of these updates per month, so I hope you enjoy it!

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Recently at home
We've been starting to pick out things for the nursery, and oh my gosh it is so much fun. We're not sure what we're going to do yet, but we are considering playing with some removable wallpaper for an accent wall, and I'm pretty in love with this gorgeous teal ombre mountainscape. So many fun decisions we get to make!

Recently purchased
I've been *LOVING* my prenatal yoga class but have been feeling the squeeze of my regular Zella leggings around the belly, so I finally ordered a pair of maternity leggings I can wear to yoga. I don't love the fabric as much as I do with my Zella ones, but its so nice to have the full panel go over my belly, especially for a lot of the forward fold positions!

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Recently styled
I'm still wearing as many non-maternity items as possible, and the white version of my Madewell back-button tee had to make an appearance. These pants were a hand-me-down from my mom - they have a purely elastic waistband which means they are stretching really well over this growing bump!

Recently consumed
I've mentioned before how much I love Half Baked Harvest's blog, but recently Travis and I have really been experimenting with her recipes at home. This week's favorites were this slow-cooker Chili Lime Chicken, which we made into soft tacos before the Seahawks game on Saturday (so fun to be at another W!), and this Korean Bulgogi Bowl, which we loaded up with fun toppings (mango, cabbage, cherry tomatoes, and so much more!). 

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Recently in love
I was so glad the Seahawks made it to the playoffs with a home game so that I could take a little baby bump picture at the stadium. Going to games together is one of my favorite things to do, and I'm so excited to know that we'll continue the tradition in future years with our baby girl in tow (rarely, I'm sure!). 

Coming up next
January's Five Goals
A 20-week check-in on this pregnancy
Some workwear!

Posted on January 8, 2017 and filed under Trav & Bri Recently.

Work Clothes: The Eight Dollar Dress

I've been kind of torn on the whole maternity clothes thing since getting pregnant. In the beginning, I obviously didn't need anything new. But as my body started changing, and my clothes started to become uncomfortable, I knew I needed to invest in a few pieces. On Black Friday/Cyber Monday, I got a few basics online: a few long-sleeve t-shirts from Gap/Old Navy, a pair of maternity jeans from Nordstrom, and a pair of purple ponte pants from Old Navy. And those are all getting LOADS of wear now that they are the things that fit me best.

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But this week, returning back to work, it was time to get a few more things I can wear to work. So Travis and I decided to run to Target and see if they had anything in store. And they did! I picked up this dress (for only $8!!!!!) another one just like it but in grey and without sleeves (this one is 3/4), a plain black t-shirt, and a couple of long-sleeved shirts. I feel like now all I really need is a pair of black pants that I can wear to work, and I should be able to stretch those items for at least the next month or so, rotating them carefully and pairing them with things that will always fit: cardigans, blazers, and accessories. 

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Dress: Target
Cardigan: J Crew
Tights: Spanx (gift from mom - maternity tights that are SO comfy!)
Booties: Target

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And for good measure, a side pic of my growing 19.5 week belly:

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For those of you who are moms, what was your maternity style? Did you go out and buy a whole new wardrobe? Did you buy only 1-2 things? What were your favorite stores to shop from while your belly was growing?? Let me know in the comments!

Posted on January 5, 2017 and filed under Work Clothes, Maternity.

Currently: January 2017

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So excited to be linking up with Anne for another round of Currently - I love starting each month by looking at what I'm in to in that moment.

CURRENTLY:

  • Gathering photos of all of the Christmas cards we received for my favorite hack. I use the photo as that person's contact photo in my phone until the following year!
  • Making outfit photos a priority. It's a great way to get back into the blogging groove and also a great way to document this growing baby bump.
  • Sipping loads of water out of one of my favorite Christmas presents: a big cold drink cup from Starbucks that keeps my water cool and makes constant sipping easy.
  • Following one of my favorite food blogs on Pinterest, finally. Not sure why I didn't start doing this when I first started following her blog!
  • Resolving to stay present in 2017, and not much else. Its so easy for me to look forward (especially to May when this little girl is going to be joining our world) but I just want to focus on right now. 
Posted on January 4, 2017 and filed under Personal.

A Quick Glance Back

What a year 2016 has been! There have been some seriously hard times and a lot of really exciting times. There's been more construction dust than I ever thought I could live through, some amazing vacations, and success at work like I've never had before. Travis followed his dreams of being a winemaker and quit his job as a paralegal to complete an internship at a winery. I got pregnant and went through weeks of nausea that I am still working to forget. Here are some favorite moments on the blog:

Vacation Recaps:

Remodel:

Favorite Outfits: 

I have a feeling 2017 is going to be an incredible year. We're kicking off the year with an anniversary weekend in Palm Springs in January (Any recommendations?? Let me know in the comments!!) and then we're headed to Schweitzer in February for a snowy ski weekend. And then there's the big stuff - the baby girl we're welcoming in May and my sister's wedding in July. 

That's it for now, though. We're in Lake Chelan prancing around with an injured pup in the snow the best we can. And really, I just don't want to stare at a computer when this is our view: 

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Have a safe & happy New Year and I'll see you back here in 2017!!

Posted on December 31, 2016 .

Our Weekend in Green Bay

I think I've shared it here before, but if not, my little sister is engaged to be married in July (!!!!!!!!!!!). And the guy she is marrying is from Green Bay, WI. So this year, we all (my mom & dad, my sis & her fiancΓ© Mike, and Travis & me) decided to go out to Green Bay for the Seahawks game there and to celebrate an early Christmas with Mike's family who still live in Green Bay. 

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Short version: We had an AMAZING weekend minus the (really awful and uncharacteristically embarrassing) Seahawks loss. 

Long version: We all flew to Green Bay on Friday (Alyssa & Mike's flight got cancelled, so they had to scramble to get on a new one) to start the real festivities on Saturday morning. We woke up to FREEZING temperatures and a bunch of fresh snow, which was just the best: 

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We went on a Lambeau Field tour, making sure to get a photo of the whole gang in our Seahawks and Packers gear: 

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After the tour we headed across the street to Kroll's for some traditional butterburgers, cheese curds, and local beer: 

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But Sunday is when the real fun began. Tailgating while it dumped snow in the parking lot of Badger State Brewing (where we also went on a tour with the owner, a friend of Mike's), and then the coldest football game I've ever been to (where Russell Wilson forgot how to complete passes and instead we turned the ball over 6 TIMES for a big embarrassing loss): 

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We warmed up after the game with homemade lasagna at Mike's mom's house, went to an indulgent breakfast on Monday before going to see a movie, and then we all piled into a restaurant for a final dinner on Monday night (where the hostess took the worst photo ever) before departing early Tuesday morning to return home: 

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Believe it or not, we packed for the entire weekend in carry-on bags which was extra-challenging given all the cold-weather gear we had to bring in preparation for being outside ALL DAY SUNDAY. But we were all warm enough, we had so much fun getting to know Mike's parents, siblings, and hometown, and seeing a game at Lambeau Field is an experience we won't ever forget (maybe especially because of the loss?)!!

Posted on December 23, 2016 and filed under Travel.