InstaLately- Baby Watch Edition

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Well, we are officially on baby watch!

I am set for an induction tomorrow at 39 weeks, so it may be a bit quiet around here for a bit, but when I’m back- I’ll have a little nugget! So stinkin excited!  Please send thoughts & prayers my way for a safe and healthy delivery!

In the meantime, here are some recent happenings insta-lately- baby watch style.  (Psst- follow me on Instagram for the latest updates!)

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Hosted Easter this year at our house (didn’t want to stray too far from home these days with baby on the horizon!)  Picked up some Easter decor at our county craft fair…love the burlap banner!

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Treated myself to a manicure & pedicure at my favorite spa.  I can’t even tell you how great it felt on my cankles.  Massage those feet foreverrr!

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My cousin goes to college nearby in Wisconsin, and she kept raving about a “chicken & donuts” place near her campus.  She brought us a nice sampling of donuts that totally hit the spot.  My favorite? Kit kit donut and the s’mores donut.  Nom nom nom.

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Got this hilarious shirt/onesie in the mail from Hello Merch.  Makes me giggle.  I think this will be my truth in the coming weeks.  Shop the shirt and the onesie (FYI- the shirt does run large!)

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I’ve been drinking a lot of [virgin] mimosas lately: 7-Up or Ginger Ale with orange juice and a splash of cherry juice.  Super refreshing! My mother-in-law brought a colossal sized bucket of cherries for mimosas at Easter, so I figured I shouldn’t waste them, right?!

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As luck would have it, I won a giveaway on Instagram for this adorable owl terry robe from Baby Aspen (exact).  Cuteness overload, I tell you!

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And I was SO excited when this bad boy arrived at my doorstep: the BOB Revolution SE Jogging Stroller!  I had been saving employee recognition points at work and cashed them in on this.  I’ve heard fantastic reviews on this stroller and can’t wait to bust it out with Baby P in a few months when it’s safe for him to ride along.  Perfect for getting back into my running routine and hitting up the trails- woo hoo!

Dress the Bump: Maxi Dress

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*Photos taken at 37 weeks.

Shop the look:
Maxi dress: Banana Republic Outlet, old; Maternity option, option, option, option |  Non-maternity option, option, option
Cardigan: Loft Outlet, old; option, option
Earrings: Target, old; option, option

Believe it or not, even at 9 months preggo, you can still wear non-maternity items.  Case in point: this outfit.  This maxi dress is the perfect way to style the bump because it’s A- made of stretchy material and B- the high empire waist fits perfectly under my chest and leaves room for the bump.  I ended up wearing this outfit for Easter, and also once for work and got a lot of compliments on it!

Hip-hip hooray for versatile clothing :-)

And in case you are wondering what the dress looks like without a bump, check out my look here.  What a difference!

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Linking up with The Pleated Poppy | Because Shana Said So | Tucker Up

Maternity Style: Target Maternity Dress, Remixed

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*Photos taken at 37 weeks.

Shop the look:
Dress: Target/Maternity (exact, v-neck version); Non-maternity option, option, option
Flats: Payless (exact, option, option, option, option)
Sweater: Old Navy via clothing swap (option, option)
Necklace: Lia Sophia, old (option, super fun option)

As I promised in yesterday’s post featuring the gray & white striped version of this dress, here is a remix of the solid version of the Target maternity dress!  The first time I wore it, I paired it with a short sleeve open cardigan and coral earrings and infinity scarf, this time, I went for a striped open cardigan with and a fun statement necklace that also had some yellow and bright spring colors.  Something about that bright yellow screams spring to me…

Now the true question…how many more times can I remix this dress before Baby P arrives?  Any bets?! ;-)

Remix it-Target maternity dress Linking up with Anne and Shea for this week’s “spring essentials” linkup, I do DeClaire, Style Sessions, Walking in Memphis in High Heels and Fashion Canvas, Celebrate Southern, Shoe and Tell.

Maternity Style: Target Maternity Striped Dress, Olive Cargo Jacket, Coral Scarf

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Shop the look:
Sperry’s: Famous Footwear long time ago (option, option, option)
Dress: Target (exact, scoop neck version)
Jacket: Lily Aldridge for Velvet Olive Jacket c/o Shopbop (exact, save, splurge)
Scarf: option, option
Watch: Kate Spade c/o Shopbop (exact)

And the striped dress is back at it again!  Last week when I wore this, I opted to pair it with a navy jacket and red statement necklace (see look the here.)  This time around, I swapped out the navy for my olive jacket and opted for a coral scarf instead of a necklace. (Apologies for the crappy lighting- the photos were taken when on that stormy morning last Thursday…not the best for outfit photos!)

target maternity striped dress remixedAs I mentioned in a previous post, this is the most comfortable spring Target maternity striped dress…and under for under $25! It’s great, but I wouldn’t wear it on its own to work- I feel like it’s so comfortable it borders on pajamas- especially the stripes, so I always opt to layer over it.

And surprise, surprise…I loved the dress so much I got it in a solid color too (see post here.)  And guess what…I’ve got a remix for that one coming at ya tomorrow!  (In other words, just trying to get creative with the few maternity pieces I have!)

Linking up with Mix it Mondays, Fashionably Employed, Spring Link Up, Style to Inspire, More Pieces of Me, On the Daily Express, Still Being Molly

Find Beauty and Balance at the Barre, April 17-19

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Pure Barre and Real Simple April 2015
I’ve you’ve been reading my blog, you know I’m a big fan of Pure Barre.  And there’s a great event coming up where you can take a FREE Pure Barre class.  Check it out!

Pure Barre is thrilled to be the fitness partner for Real Simple’s  “Beauty & Balance” Weekend April 17-19.  While the flagship event happens in NYC at a Real Simple event at the Andaz 5th Avenue Hotel, Pure Barre will also be bringing the beauty & balance theme to Pure Barre studios around the country during April 17-19!

Stop by any of the participating Pure Barre locations to take a “Pure & Simple” class with added focus on how to further utilize your own body weight and resistance to maximize results and transform your physique. New clients can take a “Pure & Simple” class free using the special “REALSIMPLE” promo code, so make sure to spread the word and bring a buddy to the barre that weekend!

Live in the Chicagoland area?  Participating studios in the area include: Bucktown Wicker Park, Lakeview, Old Town, Lincoln Park, River North, Evanston, Kildeer-Deer Park, Naperville, Orland Park, Wheaton and Deerfield- my studio of choice!  Check out Deerfield’s specific class times and dates below and let me know if you plan to take advantage of this great event!

Pure Barre Pure and Simple Class- April 2015
This post is in partnership with Pure Barre Deerfield.

The Perfect Maternity Dress under $25

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*Photos taken at 37 weeks.

Shop the look:
Dress: Target (exact, v-neck version)
Scarf: J. Crew Factory, old (very similar in tons of cute colors)
Earrings:  c/o Walker Boutique (review here) (option, option)
Booties: Splendid Rodeo c/o Shopbop, sold out (available here)
Sweater: Loft, old (option, option)
Watch: Kate Spade c/o Shopbop (exact)

Yesterday, I posted an outfit featuring a gray and white striped maternity dress from Target.  I ended up buying another one in solid navy well, because, it’s the perfect maternity dress under $25!  (In fact, I got both of mine for closer to $19 each using some of my Target saving tricks, including 5% off with my Target debit card, 15% completion code from my baby registry and of course cash back through eBates.)

This dress comes in a standard scoop neck and v-neck in several different solid colors and stripes. The length is perfect and the material is thick enough to where I am not worried about revealing any bumps or lines that I don’t want to.  It’d also be a great dress to wear postpartum, although not super conducive for nursing. If you are expecting, give this dress a shot!

Linking up with  Mix and Match Fashion | Penniless Socialite & The Tiny Heart | Doused in Pink & Curly Crafty Mom

Maternity Style: Navy Cargo Jacket, Gray and White Striped Dress, Sperry’s

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*Photos taken at 37 weeks.

Shop the look:
Dress: Target (exact)
Jacket: Lily Aldridge for Velvet Olive Jacket c/o Shopbop (exact, save, splurge)
Necklace: Payless, got on clearance (option)
Sperry shoes: Famous Footwear long time ago (option, option, option)

Most of my maternity clothes were more appropriate for fall/winter, so last month, I bought two spring-like dresses that I’m hoping can take me through the end of my pregnancy.   It’s been nice to get out of jeans and dress pants and into something more comfy to accommodate the bump!  And folks, this dress is the bomb dot com.  Super comfortable and very remixable.  The first time I wore it here, I paired it with my silver metallic Sperry’s I found a couple years ago on the clearance rack for $15, along with a $5 necklace on the clearance rack from Payless and my navy cargo jacket.  Comfortable, yet put together—that’s my motto these days :-)

I bought a solid colored version of this as well…will post that one tomorrow!

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy | Because Shana Said So | Tucker Up | I do DeClaire

Sale Alert: Shopbop Friends & Family Event

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Shopbop Friends and Family Sale- April 2015

Good news!  Shopbop (and East Dane) are having a their Shopbop Friends & Family Event, offering 25% off your order!  What a sale!  The sale begins TODAY at 7am EST (6am CST).  The Shopbop sale ends April 10th at 4am EST, and East Dance ends a couple days later on April 12th at 4am EST.

Use code SPRING25 at checkout.  Click here for the specifics: Shopbop | East Dane

And don’t forget to start at Ebates and get 3% cash back at Shopbop and 4% back at East Dane!

I’ve got my eye on a few things personally:

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1. Tiffany blue workout pants by Adidas…perfect for spring! (shop here)
2. This classic cognac Kate Spade watch would go with everything! (shop here)
3. How cute is this charm letter bangle bracelet?  I’m thinking I would go with Baby P’s initial… (shop here)
4. This Tory Burch leather wrap bracelet holds your Fitbit.  Perfect for staying fashionable at the office! (shop here)
5. Closet expert and style maven Melanie Charlton Fascitelli’s book helps you whip your closet into shape, refreshing your wardrobe and saving you time along the way. (shop here)
6. Lightweight assymetrical jacket from BB Dakota- perfect for layering! (shop here)
7.  These lace leggings.  I.just.can’t.  Talk about sweating in style! (shop here)

Happy shopping! :-)  What’s on your wish list?

Currently…in April

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*Photos taken at 36 weeks.

Shop the look:
Sweater: Target (exact on clearance for $12.48 and under in several colors!)
Leggings: Old Navy Maternity (low-rise version, cropped  version)
Shoes: Payless (another spring-like option)
Necklace: Loft, old (option, option, option)
Watch: Kate Spade c/o Shopbop (exact)

Today, I’m linking up with Anne and Jenna for the monthly “currently” linkup.  Be sure to check out the other bloggers who are linking up to see what they’re currently wearing, sipping, wishlisting, writing, and exploring!

Currently…in April:

Wearing | Lots of dresses now that spring has decided to stick around…so comfortable!  I bought a couple from Target last month, and many of my maxi dresses still fit my bump, so getting some great use out of them!  And what am I not wearing?  Shoes whenever possible.  My feet are swelling like whoa! #pregnancyproblems #cankles

Sipping | Can’t get enough water.  I keep a water bottle at my desk at work and am constantly filling it back up (and subsequently, heading to the bathroom…but it keeps me moving from my desk every hour- bonus!)  I often bring lemon wedges to add to my water (and sometimes switch it up to hot water for something different.)  Also still on a huge milk kick.  Love that dairy!

Wishlisting | I’m lusting after some fun spring additions to my closet, such as of Sperry’s like these, this maxi skirt and practically everything from Athleta and J.Crew Factory.  Hold me (and my credit card) back!  And I’m not gonna lie, I totally want this sleeper for Baby P and a matching sweatshirt or t-shirt for myself– how perfect would this be when we leave the hospital?!

Writing | Lots of thank you notes from baby showers, mat leave plans at work, and a small supply of blog posts to last me while I’m adjusting to my new normal with Baby P!

Exploring | what life will be like when Baby P arrives.  Lots of changes on the horizon in many respects!  Very excited for what the future will hold.  Also exploring races this summer/fall that I can get back into, including a possible fall half marathon!

What are you wearing, sipping, wishlisting, writing and exploring?

Also linking up with Mix it MondaysFashionably Employed, Srping Link Up, Style to Inspire, More Pieces of Me | On the Daily Express

Monthly Outfit Round Up- March 2015

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With the month of March ending, I wanted to start a series where I do a round up of my blogged outfits for the month.  Thought it’d be a fun way to see what I wore over the past few weeks—especially since March will be the last full month that I’m pregnant (eek!) Click on the corresponding number below to head to the original post.

Happy Friday!

Monthly Maternity Outfit Round Up- March 2015
Monthly Outfit Round Up: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

 Linking up with: Passion for Fashion Rachel the Hat,  Friday’s Fab FavoritesFavorite Fashion FridayFun Fashion Friday

Maroon and Navy

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There’s something very noble or “ivy league” about maroon and navy (and cream/camel.)  Makes me think of preppy school uniforms for some reason.  Anyways, I took these colors and created an outfit that was cozy and office appropriate.  The peasant top is sheer and very lightweight, so adding the cocoon sweater was perfect (and emphasizes the bump, I might add!)

Oh, and the heels?  Don’t let them fool you.  In all honesty, my feet are too swollen to fit into my heels, and anything elevated sounds terrible right about now.  I just happened to have these upstairs where I take my photos.  I’m in flats all the time now.

Just keeping it real, folks.

Shop the look:
Pants: Rosie Pope c/o Shopbop (exact)
Top: Old Navy (old, but spring colors in option, option); also styled as part of my summer 20×30 remix here
Sweater: Target (option, option) also styled here
Shoes: Target (option, other options)

Looking for non-maternity maroon and navy inspiration?  Check out this look.

Linking up with  Mix and Match Fashion | Penniless Socialite & The Tiny Heart | Doused in Pink & Curly Crafty Mom

Maternity Style- Belt It

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maternity style- belt it

*Left: 35 weeks, Right: 34 weeks

I’m trying to get creative with my maternity wear at the office these days.  I am in the home stretch and want to look stylish, but not frumpy so one thing I’ve done was belt a lot of my outfits to add a little definition to whatever waistline I have left.

So in the first look, I took a tunic and belted it to define my shape a bit more.  (Trust me, it was an improvement.  Without it, I looked like I was wearing a potato sack!)

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Shoes: Payless
Pants: Destination Maternity
Top: Loft (several non-maternity versions here)
Belt: c/o Seraphine (exact)

In this second look, I added the belt over the dress and cardigan.  It helped the cardigan stay in place and not fly open, making for a more polished look.

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Shop the look:

Dress: Target
Cardigan: c/o Pink Blush Maternity (exact); also styled here
Belt: c/o Seraphine (exact)
Shoes: Target (option)
Watch: Kate Spade c/o Shopbop
Earrings: SheInside

And in case you are curious, this belt also made its debut at my baby shower here.  It’s definitely my go-to maternity accessory!

Do you have any maternity style tips or tricks?  How do you keep your wardrobe fresh?

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy | Because Shana Said So | Tucker Up | I do DeClaire

20 Freezer Meals in 3 Hours

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20 freezer meals in 3 hours

With Baby P due in just a few weeks, I am nesting and getting things in order for his arrival.  One of the things on my to-do list was to make some freezer meals to have on hand for dinner.  So my Mom came over, we picked out our recipes, went grocery shopping and got to it!  In the end, we ended up making 20 meals (servings) in just under 3 hours.  Here’s what we made:

Broccoli Pie (doubled the recipe)- 4 meals

This recipe is from my mother-in-law.  Hearty, delicious and super flavorful!

Ingredients:
-pie shell
-1 lb ground beef
-1/2 cup onion
-2T flour
-3/4 tsp salt
-1/4 tsp garlic
-3 oz cream cheese
-1 cup milk
-1 egg
-10 oz cooked broccoli (16 oz frozen works)
-2/3 lb monterey jack cheese

Brown and drain ground beef and onion.  Add flour.  Stir in salt, cream cheese and garlic.  Add milk.  Stir until bubble.  Beat egg and add to ground beef mixture.  Stir until thick.  Add broccoli.  Place mixture in unbaked pie shell and cover with sliced cheese.  Add the top crust and seal edges.  Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes. (If using frozen broccoli, bake for 60-75 minutes).

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Taco Chicken- 2 meals

We took a large package of chicken breast and cooked it all.  Once the breasts were cooked through, we did the old trick where you put them in the Kitchenaid mixer and let it go (but not too long!)  Then, I split half of it and seasoned one half with taco seasoning and put it in a freeze proof container.  Will be perfect to throw in tacos!


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Chicken Noodle Soup (doubled the recipe)- 6 meals

We used the other half of the chicken breast for the soup.  It’s a classic and WW friendly with 4 points per 2 cup serving.  Recipe is here.

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Lasagna Roll Ups- 5 meals

Recipe from the Pioneer Woman here.  I saw her make these on her show and they are great for the freezer!
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Pork Chops with Pineapple Fried Rice- 3 meals

Another freezer-friendly recipe from the Pioneer Woman here.

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So there you have it- 5 recipes, yielding 20 meals!  It really went fast with two people and a good game plan.  So thankful my Mom was able to help me with this! Now our freezer is stocked up and ready to go so T and I can treat ourselves to some delicious home-cooked meals when Baby P arrives!

Do you have any good freezer recipes?  Share in the comments below!

Linking up with Olives & Wine | Live Half Full

Insta-Lately: March Edition

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Happy Monday!  Just wanted to share life lately, Instagram-style of course:

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Loving my workouts…particularly the 3 mile walks: just me, Baby P and my cankles :-)

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Spring has sprung!  My tulips are just starting to sprout, and I put up this Easter bunny on the front door to make things a bit more festive…

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Get in my belly, baby!  This baby was so cute that I could eat him (which I did) at a baby shower my coworkers surprised me with!

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I have a feeling these tees will be on constant rotation in the near future…they came in the mail over the weekend from Sassy Steals and are on sale for the next couple days.  Check them out! [Team No Sleep version, Sassy Hair Don’t Care version]

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And I couldn’t resist sharing a photo of my sweet little Izzy girl.  She’s been getting a lot of snuggles lately…maybe too much?! Nahhhh.

What’s been going on with you lately?  Favorite workout?  Easter decor up?