Humpday Bumpdate: 32 Weeks

Well I really thought I'd be able to get more caught up on blogging last week, but I clearly didn't. Maybe this will be the week! I miss this space and have so much I want to be sharing with you, so thanks for hanging around and being patient with me. 

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Here's what's going on with me now: 

  • Baby Girl is: going to be the star of our ultrasound tomorrow. Can't wait to see her again!
  • Cravings/Aversions: I'm still loving the usuals (pb toast, ice water) but this week I've been wanting to eat the Costco salmon burger patties for every meal. Broken up into some scrambled eggs, eaten with a lettuce "bun" for lunch, and in stir fry at dinner. I can't get enough!
  • Feeling: Pretty good. I'm not sleeping as well as I'd like to be, just out of some discomfort, but I'm trying to work through it by changing up my pillows and giving myself some variety. Seems to be helping, a little bit. 
  • Thinking of: Our maternity photos! I've included a couple of sneak peaks down below - I cannot wait to see the rest! 
  • This Week I've Been: Working working working. And getting ready to throw my sister's bridal shower, which is this Saturday! Can't wait to celebrate her with all of her friends and family here to join us - it is going to be such a special day!
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We used the same photographer that we had for our engagement photos and our wedding - and soon she'll be coming over to our house to photograph baby girl! Love creating a relationship with such a talented photographer who can now watch our family grow up! Photos courtesy of her, La Luz Photography.

Posted on April 5, 2017 and filed under Maternity.

Humpday Bumpdate: 31 Weeks

It's a miracle I've been able to even stay on top of these, but I'm so sorry that the last few weeks all that has made it to the blog has been pregnancy updates. Work is likely going to be crazy all the way up until my last travel day April 21 - and then potentially all the way until baby girl joins us! Hopefully I'll find some time to get a few other posts up in the next few weeks too, though, as I have fun stuff I'd love to be sharing!

But for now, let's check out how week 31 is going! 

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Here's what's going on with me now: 

  • Baby Girl is: so so so active. And not just at night anymore, but all day long too!
  • Cravings/Aversions: I fell into a little rut of girl scout cookie cravings, so I'm staying away from sweets this week. When the cravings hit, I'm reaching for a date or a piece of fresh fruit - and its amazing how my energy spikes when I avoid traditional sweets. Feeling really good about what I'm putting into my body (and into baby girl's body) helps, too!
  • Feeling: Great, still! I'm starting to feel a little bit of discomfort at the bottom of my belly if I stand or walk for too long, so I'm being careful about wearing my belly band whenever I'll be walking for a long time. 
  • Thinking of: Wall decor for the nursery! I've started a little mini gallery wall but need to add some more, so let me know if you have any favorite resources for buying cute prints or mirrors or frames to make up a little nursery gallery!
  • This Week I've Been: Washing baby clothes and getting them sorted. We're going to try to only wash as we need each size, so right now we're washing newborn & 0-3 month items and getting them put away in the top drawers of her dresser. We only have enough to keep her dressed for about 4 days...so definitely going to need to pick up some basics at some point soon! All of the items we got at our first baby shower were SO DANG CUTE though - can't wait to start dressing her up!

Speaking of the baby shower, check out how beautiful and springy the shower was: 

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I'll dedicate a whole post to baby showers once I have my second one next weekend, but oh my gosh it felt so fun to have a tea party with all the women of my family celebrating this little girl. We had delicious treats, lots of laughs, and this little girl is already so unbelievably spoiled. I can't wait for her to meet all of the women who joined - and all of my friends who will be at next week's shower too! 

Posted on March 29, 2017 and filed under Maternity.

Humpday Bumpdate: 30 Weeks

Something about hitting 30 weeks just makes this feel like it is all coming to an end! We still have 10 weeks to go, but I'm feeling really ready to feel really ready - know what I mean? I want the nursery DONE. I want to have onesies and diapers and other necessities stocked. I want to have maternity photos taken and a hospital packing list started. 

But instead I'm forcing myself to slow down and enjoy it all. This week's been a productive one so far - during our remodel and basement flooding situation, we ended up using EVERY closet to its full potential, but none of them were organized. So we've spent time this week emptying out EVERYTHING from EVERY closet and sorting it (first into keep, donate, trash and then sorting the keep into top floor, main floor, basement) so that we can put it in its forever home. This includes 2 giant closets in the nursery, and I'm so ready for it to all be done!

Also this week I have my first baby shower! I split my showers in 2 in the same way I did for my wedding - one that is family and family friends and the other that is just friends. This weekend is my family shower and I'm so so so excited. I can't wait to let everyone feel this constantly moving belly of mine!

Alright, now on to the regularly scheduled Humpday Bumpdate!

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Here's what's going on with me now: 

  • Baby Girl is: gaining more body fat and will be close to 4 pounds by the end of the week.
  • Cravings/Aversions: I really thought I'd have more cravings and aversions this pregnancy, but so far, I'm not feeling that different than I usually do. The sun finally started coming out and that made me want watermelon, but my husband can attest to the fact that I started begging for watermelon about this time last year too. 
  • Belly Button: No change, and I'm still thinking it may never change! I'll drop this from the weekly updates and only will add it back if something changes.
  • Feeling: SO good! This whole week I've been waking up practically forgetting that I'm even pregnant. I'm sleeping amazingly well, feeling limber and strong, and am not having a single ache or pain that a quick stretch doesn't remediate. 
  • Thinking of: How the puppy is going to adapt once baby girl joins the clan. I've read a few blog posts and tips online, but for those of you who have pets and welcomed a baby home - any tips?? Let me know in the comments!
  • This Week I've Been: Cleaning and organizing closets, as I mentioned above. And also we finished building all of the nursery furniture, so now its time to organize all the STUFF that goes in there!
Posted on March 22, 2017 and filed under Maternity.

Travel: Top 10 Makeup Must-Haves

I've talked about it before, but I travel *extremely* light when I'm on work trips. At most, I'm spending 2 nights away from home, and so far I've been successful at squeezing everything I'll need for work (plus workout clothes) into this suitcase. Mine is a couple of years older than this version and looking at a couple of the new zipper styles, I'm pretty tempted to pick up another one (and at only $80?!) because I use it so much! 

One key to traveling so much is sticking to routines - it helps with time management and also is space-saving. And one big area I've made huge strides in is my morning makeup routine. Here's what I'm taking with me on all trips now: 

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Make Up For Ever Step 1 Base Hydrating Primer - I always start with face lotion, but I don't actually bring any with me! I have really easy-going skin so I just use whatever is available in the hotel room. Then this goes on top of that lotion to ensure I'm going to get all-day lasting makeup. 

Benefit Cosmetics Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation in "Cheers to Me" Champagne - This follows the primer, and I couldn't love this foundation any more than I do. It goes on super light but lasts all day and does a great job evening out my skin. I used to be MAC loyal for all things face, but switching to this has been a great change for my skin and my everyday makeup. 

MAC Studio Fix Powder + Foundation in NC25 - Next up is powder, and I've been using this one for years and years without a single complaint. I change colors seasonally based on how much sun I'm getting!

Make Up For Ever Pro>Sculpting Duo in Pink Beige - I'm not a huge contour person, but I do love a little bit of cheek definition, and I rely on the darker shade of this set for that. I also brush a tiny bit of highlighter down the bridge of my nose and on top of my cheeks once I've put on blush. I also use each color as eye shadow when I'm on the go - works great!

NARS Blush in Orgasm - I think this is a favorite of lots of people besides me, and so I finally picked it up to try it, and I completely fell in love. It's the perfect blend of pink & peach and goes on smoothly. 

Anastasia DipBrow Pomade in Taupe - I have blonde eyelashes and eyebrows, so this is the first thing I do once I finish the base layer of my face. It helps to start by framing my eyes before I do any eye makeup, and this, plus brush #14, make it super easy to put on and blend in every day. 

Anastasia Brow Brush #14 - I really believe this brush is a must have if you are working on your brows. The width is perfect for my eyebrow width so I can turn it both ways and fill in the brow super easily. 

MAC Paint Pot in Painterly - Next I toss this onto my eyelid. Typically I just use my finger as I don't have a brush specifically for this when I'm on the road. But the slight difference in color from my natural skin is enough to look like a light shadow and it also helps hold on the bronzer & highlighter I use as shadow for a creaseless day. 

Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara in Black - Mascara is a must right now, although I am getting new lash extensions later this week! As I mentioned before, my eyelashes are short and practically blonde, so having fake lashes or a good mascara saves the day. I like how well this one stays on but how easy it is to take off with simple eye makeup remover wipes, which I take with me on the road for nighttime. 

Sephora Face The Day Brush Kit - This brush kit is pretty basic, but works great for on the road. A brush for powder, I share the same brush for bronzer & blush, and then an eye shadow brush for me to use in the bronzer & highlighter duo on the eyes. Easy peasy and in a nice easy pouch which lives permanently in my luggage. 

And when I'm all done, this is what I look like: 

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Just kidding. But really, isn't this the best snapchat filter right now? I seriously can't get enough of it. Here's what I really l look like after doing makeup on the road: 

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Nothing fancy, but works well for a day of meetings - or in this case, a night out with Travis, when I used the exact same makeup bag! As you can maybe tell on some of the products, I'm running low on a few things - let me know in the comments your favorite products and maybe I'll try something new this time around!! 

Posted on March 20, 2017 and filed under Travel.

Humpday Bumpdate: 29 Weeks

Well, we didn't finish the nursery in time for this week's post - but we did at least build a crib, so we are making some good progress! And gosh, do I love our crib! Our nursery will be lots of greys & creams/tans/natural woods, so I love the mix of white + natural wood on the crib which will help pull everything together. I added a picture at the end of the post. But now, 29 weeks!

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Here's what's going on with me now: 

  • Baby Girl is: almost 3 lbs! It's amazing how fast they start to put on weight around this time in pregnancy!
  • Cravings/Aversions: Can't stop drinking water still. Also really obsessed with Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies, but that happens every year around this time, so I can't really blame it on the pregnancy. Not loving typical snack foods lately and instead preferring nutrient rich mini-meals. 
  • Belly Button: No change, and I'm still thinking it may never change! 
  • Feeling: Great, actually. There are points in this pregnancy where I'm like "man, I could do this over and over again!" And then I have a less fun day and can't imagine ever wanting more than just this one time. But lately, I've been leaning towards feeling great! I had some swelling a few weeks ago in my feet and hands - and its gone now! I had some back pain a few weeks ago - and its gone now! I was pouring out of my bra a few weeks ago - and a new bra solved all my problems! So really just enjoying this time of feeling good while it is here. 
  • Thinking of: Maternity leave. I'm starting to realize just how soon this baby could come and realizing I need to get all of my plans finalized with work. I'm totally a workaholic (who really loves her job) so it is hard for me to want to hang up my bag for a while...but I know it is the right thing to do as my life will be SO DIFFERENT when baby comes!
  • This Week I've Been: Down in Portland. Usually I don't like staying away from home to sleep, but during this pregnancy, I have to say it is kind of nice to have an entire King bed to myself. I build a nice little pillow fort and sleep so so well. I miss Travis and the animals, but a couple of nights of really good sleep is absolutely making it worthwhile to be away. 

And now, the crib! We got it on Amazon (exact here) and I love the way it will tie everything together once we have the rest put together. It isn't actually going to be where it is right now, but we haven't moved some other things out of the way yet, so hoping to do that in the coming weekend when I'm back home! Rug still available here, too! 

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Posted on March 15, 2017 and filed under Maternity.

Work Clothes: A Few Weeks Back

I often used to take pictures and then not post them for a few weeks - but now when I do that, I all of a sudden can tell because this belly of mine sure isn't this small anymore! Anyway, here's an outfit I loved that I've already recreated once with a slight variation - thank goodness maternity clothes grow with you!

These pants didn't fit me super well in the beginning of my pregnancy, but it was worth it to pull them up throughout the day because of how much I miss wearing my non-maternity pants this color. One of my maternity shopping tips: buy items as close as possible to your non-maternity items so that your same pre-pregnancy outfit formulas work while pregnant! These pants are a prime example of being able to do just that, playing off the navy + creams that I so often pair with a bright pant. 

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Pants: GAP
Shirt: GAP
Blazer: similar
Shoes: Vince Camuto

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It really is fun to have this blog as a way to look back at my maternity style, especially as I know I'll be able to repeat some of these same outfits as I lose the baby weight post-delivery. While I don't have to go back to work immediately, I know I won't want to be sitting around the house in sweats for more than a few days a week ;) 

I'm currently down in Portland for a few days for work - but don't worry - I took my 29 week photo prior to leaving, so make sure to swing back tomorrow for that update (and the first picture of our crib all assembled!). 

Friday Favorites: 1st & 2nd Trimester Pregnancy Must-Haves

Now that I'm officially in my 3rd trimester I wanted to look back at what has helped me in this pregnancy so far! For some background, I have had a pretty easy pregnancy, I think. I was nauseous 24/7 from about week 6-11 and then it miraculously went away! And since then, I've been able to stay pretty healthy and happy while growing this little girl. 

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Ginger Chews - When I was permanently nauseous, these did the trick. They are pretty strong and spicy, but man did they help curb the nausea. I also drank boxes and boxes of ginger tea. 

Maternity Pillow - I got this around week 20, I think, and man has it made a difference. I still use another pillow sometimes depending on which side I'm laying on, but since I was a back/stomach sleeper exclusively, this has really helped me get used to sleeping on my side. I still don't love side-sleeping, but since I don't have another choice right now, this helps a ton!

Nordstrom Bra Fittings - With the super-speedy changing of my chest size, new bras have been purchased on 3 different occasions. And it is SO NICE to have someone fit me each time so that I don't waste a ton of time guessing and trying on a bunch of sizes. Another bonus? If you buy a bra at Nordstrom and later want it made into a nursing bra, they only charge you $16!! I'll definitely be doing that with some of the larger sizes I have had to buy throughout this pregnancy. 

Maternity Jeans - In the beginning, I lived in these exact Paige Denim jeans. Now I'm liking jeans with an over-the-bump panel a bit more (I have these from GAP), but I still do toss on the Paige ones with my belly band (also linked below) for some outfits. 

Maternity Bodycon Dress - When I first started showing, I just felt fat. It was hard for people to tell if I was pregnant or had just eaten a big meal. I found that bodycon dresses really helped me differentiate that feeling - and the best part is that the dresses still fit me perfectly even now that the bump is much bigger! I think these are definitely the most versatile styles during pregnancy - and I found some for *dirt cheap* on Target clearance (see post here), which helped!

Vitamin E Oil - As someone who has stretch marks on her hips and boobs from earlier in life, I was worried I'd get them all over my belly during pregnancy. And I don't have a single one yet! There's a lot of factors that play into stretch marks - genetics, how fast your bump grows, and how well you take care of your skin are a few. As soon as I started growing a visible bump, I added two steps to my routines - one of which was putting on this oil EVERY NIGHT before I fall asleep. 

Mambino Belly Butter - The other routine I added was putting this belly butter on my stomach and hips EVERY TIME I get out of the shower. Since I know I'm someone who does have existing stretch marks but who hasn't gotten any during this pregnancy, I think these two belly treatments have been huge helps! 

Belly Band - In the beginning this was great to be able to wear my non-maternity pants unbuttoned when they no longer fit, but when I didn't quite need maternity pants. But now, I love it for the little bit of extra support it gives my belly when I go on long walks - the difference of when I wear it to when I don't is about 2 miles of distance! :) 

Baby Bump App - This has been my favorite pregnancy app. I downloaded a few early on and this is the only one I still log into daily to read. It has great (but short) daily tips as well as a weekly digest on what's happening with my body, my baby, and my health. 

Baby Story App - This app is what I use to make my weekly photos, and I'm sure I'll keep using it once baby girl is here to add important milestones and dates to her photos! It is super easy to use and has lots of fun little options that make it easy to doctor a photo! 

That wraps up my top 10 favorites so far in the pregnancy! I'm sure I'll have more by the time she finally joins us, so hopefully I'll put together an updated list at that point. For those of you who are or who have been pregnant - what are your favorite items that I've missed? Or do you agree with any of these?! Let me know in the comments! 

Posted on March 10, 2017 and filed under Favorites, Maternity.

Five Goals: March

First up, how is it so far into March already?! Just crazy to me how fast little February always goes with its 28 days!

Anyway, how did I do in February? Let's look: (the short answer is: pretty okay but not great). 

  • Focus on little acts of love. DONE. While I didn't do something *every*single*day*, I did make more of an effort and definitely felt the love all around me in February. I'm hoping to revisit this one again later in the year, for sure!
  • Drink more smoothies. DONE. This one definitely happened. I had probably 5 smoothies a week and experimented with all kinds of flavors and ingredients. I fell in love with using the pre-cubed frozen mango from Trader Joe's to add in a tropical flavor to whatever else I was mixing, and I relied heavily on baby spinach, chia seeds, and banana as the base formula. Can't wait to continue this one into March and even summer when all the good produce is local!
  • Stretch when traveling. DONE. But only out of pure necessity. I honestly forgot this was a goal of mine - but discomfort on the road meant I did it constantly anyway, and I did notice a difference! Thank goodness!
  • Try swimming. NOT EVEN CLOSE. I didn't even look into local pool options. Ugh. 
  • Organize our bedroom shelves. NOPE. Didn't work on the nursery as much as I wanted to either. But I did get our office sorta set up, which is a huge win for my every day. Bedroom shelf organizing will be right after nursery set up, I swear!
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AND NOW...onto the goals for March! 

  1. Walk on hotel treadmills when traveling. I've got more overnights than usual this month, so I know I need to be good about packing some good walking shoes and putting in a mile or two every night when I'm on the road. 
  2. Don't buy any more maternity clothes. I'm constantly seeing new maternity clothes I love and the thing is - I don't think I need any more right now. I may need something in April or May when the weather changes, but for March, I just don't. The one exception would be buying a dress for maternity photos (check out this post to let me know your thoughts on a few options!). 
  3. Assemble all nursery furniture. Seriously, I've just gotta get this done. I'm starting to get the nesting itch a little bit, so hopefully this weekend I have the energy to tackle a bunch of things on my list!
  4. Nap often. This one seems silly, but I was really good about letting myself take quick power naps during the first trimester, and I need to be good to myself now too. As time allows in my schedule, I'll be taking quick 15 minute power naps to keep myself feeling refreshed all day long!
  5. Keep flowers in the house. Tulips have started to pop up in our local stores and I want to keep some around the house all month long. It isn't the cheapest of goals, but it does add so much happiness to my day, so I'm going to give it a shot!

As always, linking up with Nicole!

Posted on March 9, 2017 and filed under Personal.