Thursday, September 3, 2015

Thoughts for Thursday || Confessions

Let's have a good old fashion confession sesh, shall we?

1. I confess... That I've been a terrible blogger this week, thus the confession post today! I totally have been caught up in my little day to day mommy/wife/worker bee world. I really want to spend more time here in my little creative space. I definitely plan on carving out some more quality blogging time next week! I even have a fall outfit post scheduled!

2. I confess... That I finally cleaned out my jewelry armoire and was able to sell and donate a lot of old costume (read: Forever 21) jewelry. It feels good to purge all my old stuff! I really want to start buying classic, high quality jewelry pieces that will last longer.

3. I confess... That I've been trying to feed Camden more bits of real food and it's been very slow going. He is very cautious about new foods, which I guess is a good thing? We've tried banana, shredded mozzarella cheese, bits of whole grain waffles, bits of whole grain toast with avocado, and steamed/cooked green beans. He is still working on the hand to mouth coordination and I'm trying to be patient! He really enjoys dropping the food on the ground for our dog Charlie to eat... :/

4. I confess... I'm currently training for a half marathon in October and I use the term 'training' very loosely. I ran once so far this week and I have a 9 mile run planned for tomorrow with a running buddy. The longest run I've completed recently is 5 miles. Say a little prayer for me!

5. I confess... I've been stalking a lot of my fashion blogger IG accounts for ideas on what to buy for my fall wardrobe. I recently realized that my fall and winter clothes are lacking because this time last year I was very pregnant and only wore maternity leggings or jeans for the last 3 months of my pregnancy. I am in desperate need of a fall shopping spree!

6. I confess... That I purchased these booties during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, but they didn't fit and when I went to return them, they were out of my size. So, when I found this pair from Express in my size I was very happy! They are very comfortable and the price tag is nicer than the Vince Camuto pair!

7. I confess... That I am officially excited for fall, although it's been so hot and muggy here in Columbus this week! I am so ready for fall temps!

8. I confess... That I may have wandered into Hobby Lobby this week with the intentions of buying all the fall decor, but then left because I felt like it was still too soon... I think I'm ready to go back and buy this chalk board sign now...

Now it's your turn! What do you confess?

I'm linking up with Natalie and Annie for Thoughts for Thursday!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

2016 Planners

I can't believe it's already September and the start of #PumpkinSpice everything!

I always know the rest of the year will start to fly by after September. Fall is always so busy with football season, holidays, birthdays (mine and Camden's) and our anniversary! Which means, I better get to ordering my new 2016 planner like yesterday...

Above are all my top picks for 2016 Planners. I just don't know if I want to be girly and floral, clean and classic or fun for next year! Which is your favorite?

Click on the images below to link to the sources:

Leave a comment with your vote!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Camden || 9 months!

Wow, where the heck have these 9 months gone? Camden turned 9 months on the 20th, so this update is just a week late. Better late than never!

My baby is growing into the most curious, fun loving little ball of energy! He is really starting to come into his own little personality. We know how to make him giggle and that sound is like crack I tell you! We can't get enough!

I didn't write an 8 month update, so I am going to summarize what he's been up to the past few months.

|| Milestones ||

* First nights away from mommy and daddy (TEN while we were in Germany/Austria). He stayed with my mom and dad and he did just great! Mommy was a mess...

* First TWO teeth!! He popped the 2 center teeth on the bottom. I'm pretty sure we are working on the top middles currently. 

* Sits up without support. He loves to sit up now and just scan the room and faces and objects. 

* Starting to army crawl/scoot. Poor baby really wants to crawl, but can't quite figure out the left, right rhythm. He just scoots himself across the floor with both legs at the same time like a frog! It is kind of adorable, but I can tell he gets really frustrated that he can't be more mobile. We are in no rush, so take your time baby!

* Stands with support. Those legs have some power in them! He is starting to stand up with his vtech activity walker and I'm nervous he may start walking with it soon!

* Says "mama" and "dada" constantly. Also, is babbling all the time. So many high pitched shrieks and lots of gibberish from such a little guy. 

* Learned how to clap both his hands and his feet. He actually claps his feet more than his hands and it's the. cutest. thing.

* Went swimming in the baby pool! He loves to splash in the water! I'm hoping to get him to a big kid pool before summer is over.

* Sits in the top part of the shopping cart instead of staying in his carseat. And he is now in the big kid part of his stroller instead of the carseat. 

I'm sure there's more I'm not thinking of....

|| Eating ||

He is now taking 4 - 5 six oz bottles of formula per day.

We are also feeding him 2 - 3 meals of pureed baby food and oatmeal. I've slowly started to feed him little bits of mushable/steamed food and some puffs here and there. We just tried a few yogurt melts and he likes them!

We just got the go ahead from the doc to try more finger foods, dairy (yogurt, cheese) and meats! I'm excited to try new foods with him, but also extremely nervous of the gagging/choking... Any tips mamas?

|| Sleeping ||

We had a little bit of a regression around 8ish months. He started waking up in the middle of the night and would just whine and roll around in his crib for a good hour. I never caved and fed him, but I did go in and try to soothe him back to sleep. It lasted for about a week or so and now we are back to sleeping 11 - 12 hours per night (thank goodness). He goes to bed no later than 7pm and has been waking up anywhere between 6 - 7am. As of recent, he's been waking up closer to 6 am, but then gets tired about an hour after he wakes up and is ready for a nap. 

He still takes 3 naps, each about 40 mins - 1 hr per day. I think this just works best for our schedule, so as long as he is still willing to take the 3rd nap, I won't fight it!

Our normal routine is starting to be a little more flexible these days. I've started to just read his cues more than force him to sleep or eat. I think he is in a transition phase, so I'm trying to let him start to reset his own schedule.

I'm so excited for the fall with my baby! Don't worry, I've already ordered his Halloween costume and it's pretty adorable! Charlie our dog may be involved in the costume as well.

We have so much to look forward to... Football season, Halloween, and best of all his 1st birthday! I can't believe we are starting to plan his birthday party. Time is just moving too quickly. It's true when they say babies don't keep!

We just love you to pieces little Cam man!

I'm linking up with Natalie and Annie for Thoughts for Thursday!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Long Sleeve Shirt Dress (for less than $30!)

dress || nude pumps || tassel bracelet (similar) || kate spade watch (similar) || cat eye sunnies || earrings (gift from a friend, but they are from this local shop)

Let me tell you all about my new little secret... It's this site.
The dress in the photos above was less than $23! You heard me correctly! 

I love this shirt dress because it is so easy to wear and flattering. I will say, the sizes run a bit small, so size up if you are unsure. I am wearing a size medium and it is a little tight through the chest and surprisingly shorter than expected on my short self. 

I love a sleeved dress and they are the perfect transition piece from summer to fall. We have a wedding late September and I'm hoping to wear this one or one like it if the weather is still fair. (I also ordered this romper which is adorable and affordable as well!)

Here are a few of my other favorite sleeved dresses (all under $30!):

PS - This was not a sponsored post, I just love the dress!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Weekend Recap

It was a bitter sweet weekend. Poor Cam came down with his first (what I think is a) cold. He has been so stuffy and cranky for the past few days. He's also been really warm and clammy, but hasn't had an extremely high temp yet. A part of me says teething, but another part thinks it's something more. Luckily, we have his 9 month appointment today so maybe we will get some answers!

Needless to say, we didn't plan much for the weekend. It was kind of nice just relaxing at home and not having to rush anywhere. I'm just trying to enjoy these leisurely weekends while they last because we have a busy September.

Here are a few pics I snapped:

|| We did manage to get out of the house and go for a walk at a local park. I think it was good to get him some fresh air! ||

|| Bill put together this new storage unit for Camden's books! We desperately needed more storage in his room. Before those books were spilling out of bins and on the floor... ||

|| We dined al fresco on our patio Saturday night with some Trader Joe's frozen pizza and homemade salads. I gotta say, I don't hate date nights at home. ||

|| Got these products as recommended from some friends. Anyone use these on their babes? I tried the teething tablets and the baby rub and they seemed to help. I'm a little nervous to try the saline mist... ||

Yesterday was spent soaking in baby snuggles and trying to make my poor little guy feel better. He seemed to feel a bit better towards the evening so here's to hoping he's on the mend!

How was your weekend?

I'm linking up with Biana for weekending!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The 'Momiform' + 9 mo Postpartum Update

You guys... My baby is 9 months today... 9 months! 
(Camden's 9 month update coming at you next week)

He has officially been outside of my belly longer than he was inside. So crazy!

I wanted to give you all an update on my postpartum body. They do say "it took 9 months to get your body to stretch, so give it 9 months to go back"... or something along those lines. 

I will say that I am happy to report I have lost a total of 42 pounds since having Camden. That is a huge number for this little 5 foot 3 frame! I gained a total of 46 pounds while pregnant with Cam. And it probably would have been more if I made it past 37 weeks. I definitely gave into a lot of temptations while pregnant and used the excuse of "cravings" to make myself feel better. I think I probably gained an extra 10 lbs that my body didn't need to keep my baby healthy. 

However, I do give myself props for losing the weight the old fashioned way... Working out (in the form of running mostly) and watching what I eat. Of course, I still indulge here and there. Hey, being a new mom is a tough job! We have to reward ourselves!

I still have about 5-10 pounds to lose to get myself in that "comfort" zone of weight where I feel comfortable in my clothes. Certain pieces fit a lot differently than they used to. I have to buy a size up in pants and shorts because my hips widened. I also have to buy larger tops because of my chest size. Oh, I am soooo ready to get these boobies lifted and tucked someday! That is the part of my body I am really struggling with. Trust me ladies, be careful what you wish for! 

Last summer it was all about the maxi dresses. I just loved to show off that big 'ol bump in a comfortable maxi. This summer has been all about the comfortable shorts and easy, breezy, cotton, "throw in the washer and dryer" tops. You know, the ones that you don't mind if it gets spit up on (or worse). Shorts are just easier when you are sitting on the floor playing with your babe. A dress is no longer an everyday option.

I have happily traded in my business casual work wear for this new 'momiform' as I like to call it. I'm so happy my new boss does not require a formal dress code. ;)

Here are some of my favorite everyday 'momiform' staples:

I'm linking up with Natalie and Annie for Thoughts for Thursday.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Family Room Makeover

This post is long overdue. We've been working on updating our family room ever since Camden was born. I just remember spending so much time in that dark, dreery room in the winter just loathing the brown on brown ugliness and wishing for a lighter, airy, grey and white room. We bought the marble top coffee table at Crate & Barrel as a floor model that was on sale right before Cam was born. I knew I wanted to decorate the rest of the room around that table.

Brace yourself.... Here's the before....

Ugh... I just cringe looking at that brown on brown room. Bill had purchased the couch and loveseat about 4 years ago (and about 2 years before we got married) when he moved into this home to fill the space. The room before was very masculine with dark wood accents.

He knew it was not my favorite room in the house. We ended up hiring painters for the entire house shortly after we got married. The color on the walls before was a hideous buttery/yellow/tan which made things even worse. I was happy to lighted up the room with the new, lighter cream tone (Sherwin Williams - Buff).

The next big purchase was the sectional. We looked at so many furniture stores I thought I was going to go crazy! Bill and I are very picky about furniture. There was a certain look we were going for and it was very difficult to find. I think our style is a mixture of traditional and contemporary. I'd say this couch is more on the contemporary side and is more minimal without looking too minimalistic (straight lines and edges). We found the sectional at Kittles, a furniture store here in Columbus. The floor model of the couch was a darker fabric, so we had to custom order the couch in the light grey. It took 8 weeks for the sectional to arrive, but it was worth the wait!

I struggled with what to put on the walls above the couch, but found these floating shelves at Pottery Barn and decided they were perfect! I still want to update the frames and photos on the shelves after we get our family photos done.

One aspect I absolutely love about our home is the fireplace... It's rounded into the corner of the family room and adds such great warmth (literally and figuratively). There is a part of me that is dying to white wash the brick, but I think I'm going to leave the original brick the way it is. The house was built in the late 60s and the fireplace is original, so I want to keep that character of the home.

Here's the before shot of the fireplace... It was tough figuring out what to hang over the hearth or put on the mantel. I'm still not 100% happy with what's there, but it works for now. I may end up adding a sunburst mirror there instead of the calligraphy art. (Please note baby Cam in his swing... he was maybe a month or 2 here?)

Here's what we have now...

I found these little accent pieces at Hobby Lobby of course. 

The next purchase was this entertainment/console table we randomly found at Home Goods. It was exactly what I was looking for! I felt like I searched every store online and was so glad I didn't spend triple the amount one this piece at PB or somewhere similar. 

I added some fabric baskets on the bottom shelf to store Cam's toys.

And there you have it folks! 

I feel like it takes me forever to really decorate a room. I'd say there's a few pieces here and there I may switch out, but I'm really happy with the results of this room makeover.

Next up is our bedroom! I'm sure I'll have a before and after post ready for you by early next year at this rate... :)


Sectional (custom fabric) - Kittles
Coffee table - Crate & Barrel (similar)
Curtains - Bed, Bath & Beyond
Throw pillows - Bed, Bath & Beyond
Entertainment/console table - Home Goods
Floating crown molding shelves - Pottery Barn
Gold accents and frames - Hobby Lobby
Calligraphy art - Hobby Lobby