Thursday, August 28, 2014

Babymoon Essentials


We leave for our babymoon in Clearwater, Florida tomorrow morning and I am so pumped! We don't have anything big planned, just lounging by the pool and beach, eating and I have a pregnancy message scheduled which I am so ready for!

I will be busy packing today and most of my suitcase will consist of the above items.

1 | Maternity suit. Some preggos can still pull off a bikini... Not this one! I can not fit in any of my bikini tops. I decided to opt for a maternity one piece and I must say I feel way more comfortable in it than a bikini at the moment.

2 | Maternity dresses. At least one short and one maxi. These are a must! They are not only comfy for walking around the beach, but also for traveling. 


8 | water and snacks. I am always thirsty and hungry these days! Must be prepared at all times.

9 | sunscreen... duh!

10 | Preggo reading material. I am currently reading The Happiest Baby on the Block and Moms on Call 0-6 months (highly recommend both!)

Throw in some comfy shorts and tanks and you are all set for some fun (insert relaxation) in the sun! 

I will not be posting my normal Friday Favorites tomorrow, but will be back next week with a recap of our trip.

Hope you all have a fabulous Labor Day weekend!

I'm linking up with:
Home of Malones and East Coast Chic for Thought for Thursday. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday Wishlist {Fall Fashion Edition}

That's right friends... It's that time of year again...

Time for Pumpkin flavored everything!

I have been craving everything pumpkin spice, so the PSL came back just in time for this preggo. 
I hope to pick up some fall scented candles from B&BW this week too.

Bill and I are on a spending freeze for a little while after our large purchase of a very expensive mattress (like 2 x a mortgage payment :/). However, I am hoping to get a few of these Fall Fashion staples in my closet at some point this season.

For fall, I always like to have a few staples to mix and match. Plaid is in in a very big way for fall. Can't get much easier or more comfortable than a plaid top and jeans.
Of course, I always like to have a few flowy blouses available. With these you can dress them up with a pencil skirt or throw on some jeans and heels for an evening/date look.
Cardigans are my favorite type of sweater in the fall; easy to take on and off depending on the temperature during the day and evening. I'm loving this boyfriend cardigan and the wrap style cardigan

I practically live in jeans and leggings in the fall. These are both definitely a must have! I always like the dark wash skinnies for cooler weather and to fit inside boots. It's important to find some leggings that are thick enough to wear with blouses and over sized sweaters. 

I'm all about the riding boots for fall. I typically make sure I have a tan/brown pair and a black pair. I also wear flats a lot in the beginning of fall before the temp drops too low. I am LOVING these quilted Tory Burch flats... They need to be mine!


I am loving the colored bags for fall. Red, blue and gray are currently my favorite and they all seem to go with anything. I like to have one nice, smaller shoulder bag for evenings, a medium sized hobo for everyday and a tote size for day trips and traveling. 

Accessories are what help tie the look together. When I think of fall fashion, my mind always goes to scarfs. I like to have a few patterned scarfs to help my outfits "pop" against the solid colors. I love leopard print anything for fall as well. 
I have been lusting over this kate spade gold watch for a while and it is currently on my birthday/anniversary/push present wishlist. I'm hoping this wish comes true this fall!
Kendra Scott can do no wrong when it comes to accessories. I'm loving the deeper shades for fall, like these gray drop earrings and this burgundy pendant necklace

Well, there you have it! My wishlist for fall.

I doubt all of these will find there way into my closet anytime soon, but I can dream can't I? :)

I'm linking up with Shanna for Random Wednesday.

What are you currently wishing for?
What are your fall fashion staples?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Weekend Recap

It was a pretty productive weekend to say the least.

Friday night // Bill and I grabbed some Chinese food for dinner, then went to the paint store to pick out colors for the nursery. I decided that we should lighten the color in there, so we picked out a few light gray/light blue shades. I think we landed on one that will be perfect (The name is 'Hinting Blue' by Sherwin-Williams). We are scheduling the painting to be complete next week and we have already ordered the crib and dresser (both in white). Can't wait to reveal when it's all finished!

The rest of the night was spent making this recipe for Snickerdoodle cookies for a girls get together on Saturday.

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Saturday // I met my mom at Babies R Us in the morning for a little baby shopping date. She ended up buying our Pack n Play off our registry! She will most likely be using it a lot since she is the Grandma, so it made sense :) We also just couldn't pass up the chance to get some cute little boy clothes...

{baby clothes from Carter's}

Saturday afternoon was spent at one of my friend's house for a ladies potluck lunch. I really love my girl time and love that we plan get togethers so often. The chatter has been about weddings over the last few years and is now turning to baby talk!

Saturday night, Bill and I had dinner at the Rusty Bucket and I had one of my favorite salads (the double nickle salad) and a hummus plate for dinner. Afterwards, we grabbed some groceries and went home to watch 'Dead Poets Society'. It is still one of my favorite movies of all time. If you have not seen it, I highly suggest it!

Sunday // Bill and I went to church and had a lunch date at Max and Erma's (seriously, the eating out is getting ridiculous!). Afterwards, I met some of my family members at Greater's for a little ice cream date!


Sunday afternoon, Bill and I decided to go mattress shopping. We have been going back and forth about getting a new mattress for a while and have finally decided to cave and go for it. We tried out the Tempurpedic mattresses and fell in love! Might as well invest in a good one that will last a long time, right? Our new king size Tempurpedic mattress is being delivered on Thursday! Just in time before my 3rd trimester when the sleeping gets a little tough. 

That is my weekend in a nutshell!
I'm sorry I didn't end up taking a lot of photos and it is something I am going to try to be better about going forward!

I know next week's weekend recap will be about our Babymoon!! We leave for Clearwater, FL on Friday!

Side note: The #PSL is back at Starbucks today! :)

I'm linking up with:
Biana and Meghan for Weekending with B Loved Boston & Champagne and Suburbs
Leeann for Monday Morning Gossip

Happy Monday!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Favorites

TGIF!

We made it through another week friends!

Here is what I'm loving this Friday:

FOOD


I am hoping to make this peach cobbler recipe this weekend! We have a couple jars of peaches from Bill's parents' farm that I've been wanting to use and this just sounds delicious! Add a scoop on vanilla ice cream and I will be in heaven!

FASHION


I just love this look for fall. what's better than boots, skinny jeans, plaid and that ever so popular herringbone vest?!
PS - the herringbone vest from J.Crew is now on sale on J.Crew Factory (although, it's back ordered until Oct 27th ...)


Also loving these Steve Madden leopard flats. They need to get in my closet very soon!

HAIR/BEAUTY


I'm loving this easy to do up-do with a headband. I think even I can master this.

FOR BABY


How frickin' adorable are these little Sperry's for baby boy?! 
We just got Bill a few pairs for fall and it would be so cute if they got matching shoes!

I've also came across a ton of new instagram feeds for pregnancy & baby/kids clothing and decor. Here are a few of my recent finds:

Bundle Organics - juices made specifically for expecting moms.
Lily Jade - designer style diaper bags
Little Bunches - cute diaper clutches and baby blankets
House of Mia - cute baby clothes, 100% organic
Wren & Rumor - modern style blankets, bedding and swaddle blankets. I'm planning on getting this blanket from the shop for our little #rumplebaby2014
Child Hoods - cute and trendy clothes for little ones

And I just came across her instagram feed and I am obsessed with her bump style!

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That's all for this Friday's Favorites.
In case you missed it this week:


I'm linking up with Amanda for Friday Favorites. 

Happy Friday!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Our Honeymoon Part 2

I'm back with the 2nd installment of our honeymoon recap in Hawaii! (You can find the recap of the first part of our honeymoon in Maui here)

The last 3.5 days were spent in Honolulu. It was great because we got the best of both worlds on our Hawaiian vacation. Maui was more the laid back, relaxing, tropical island setting; while Honolulu had more of a city vibe that just happened to be on a beautiful beach!

We stayed at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort which was right on the Kahanamoku Beach. 

{view from our balcony}

We were right on the beach, but surrounded by the city. 


On our second day there, we rented a car and drove up to the North Shore (recommendation from locals). The scenery on the way up was breathtaking and felt like we were in Jurassic Park!



We stopped at the island of Mokoli'i or the "Chinaman's Hat."


Our second stop on the way up to the North Shores was the Shrimp Shack. This place had great reviews online.




It was literally just a little food truck next to a shack, but boy did they have some great shrimp!


I got the coconut shrimp and Bill got the garlic shrimp and we shared the crab legs. SO delish and so fresh! PS - Do you like Bill's Hawaiian shirt? He insisted on wearing it lol.



When we got up to the North Shore, the scenery was breathtaking. Crystal blue water, soft sand and blue skies. The North Shore is a popular backdrop for a lot of movies too such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Surfers come here to ride the big waves and there are a lot of surf competitions that take place.

We hung out at the beach for a few hours just relaxing and watching the surfers go in and out.


After that, we continued our drive back down the island and stopped at a few scenic areas to take photos.

Of course, we got hungry again and stopped at another food shack/truck area.





That night we attended the Hilton Hawaiian Village Luau. The performance was so great and so was the food!





The next morning, we knew we wanted to watch the OSU football game somewhere and we did some research to find the only bar near by that would be playing it (die hard fans over here). The game started at noon Ohio time which was 6am Hawaiian time. Luckily the bar opened early for the Buckeye fans. We were surprised how many there were on the island!


Horrible iPhone photo, but had to document the other Buckeye fans we met! The one on the left was a former band member and the one in the middle was a former cheerleader! Bill was the mascot Brutus in college! Small world!

The next few days were spent lounging by the beach, shopping, more eating... You know... All my favorite things!




I had the best mahi mahi fish tacos!!

We also got to try out paddle boarding which was fun!
{again, sorry for the horrible phone photo quality!}

There's our honeymoon in a nutshell!
The one regret we have is not going to see Pearl Harbor while we were there. We saved that for the last day and we found out there was a 2 hour wait just to get tickets that day. My suggestion is to call ahead days in advance to get tickets if you go.

I hope we can return someday! Maybe for our 10 year anniversary?! :)

I'm linking up with Home of Malones and East Coast Chic for Thoughts for Thursday!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Styling | Dining Room Console Table

Our new console table arrived a few weeks ago and I was a little stumped on how to style it for a while. I decided to head to World Market and Home Goods for some inspiration and was able to pick up a few pieces that helped tie it all together.

I put one of our Save the Dates in a pretty frame, added a short candle and candles stick (need to add a candle to it) to one side. I also included our wood carving souvenir from our honeymoon in Hawaii. 

On the other side I added some pretties from World Market. Of course, the star of the show is little Charlie in the sunburst frame found at Home Goods.

In the middle of the console, I added a portable bar. The wicker tray was found at World Market along with the "Keep Calm and Have a Cocktail" coasters. The "R" napkins were a wedding gift along with our "Mr" & "Mrs" kate spade tumbler glasses that we used at our wedding. 

The art piece we hung over the console was also a wedding gift and one of our favorites! 
It showcases our venue and date of our wedding. 

I'm hoping to add a few baskets to the bottom shelf for storage for napkins, place mats, etc. 

I'm hoping to do another post on the rest of our dining room soon. I have just been waiting on our table runner to arrive and have yet to hang the gallery wall photos. This process has taken a little bit longer than planned! I wanted to get our dining room completed before starting on the nursery, so we better chop chop!
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