One Maxi – Two Ways

I love the versatility of maxi skirts. They are a great weekend go-to, but can totally work in the office as well. Here are two recent looks I’ve put together.

Sweet and simple and all tucked in:
 

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Shirt: Gap, Skirt: Maurice’s, Earrings: Brighton

Nevermind the awkward smile and foggy photo…I have one word for you: humidity!!

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Official, ‘show off the bump’ pose!

Now here layered over top:

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Shirt: H&M, Tank: Express, Skirt: Maurice’s, Belt: NY&C

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Have you rocked a maxi lately? What’s your favorite way to style it? This piece is sure to carry me in to the Fall, it’s perfect with boots, jackets, sweaters and more! Not to mention bump-friendly!! πŸ™‚

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Rejuvenation!

Every have one of those weekends where nothing was planned, yet you got some really great things done?! I totally had one of those weekends. And after some busy Saturday and Sunday’s prior, it was much needed.

Here’s what I relaxingly (I make up words, FYI) enjoyed:

  • A bike ride
  • Three movies – Safe Haven and Identity Theft. Let’s just say I am glad I Redboxed both! Also, The Business Being Born, a documentary about birthing choices in the US, it was interesting!
  • Attending the GRAND opening of Von Maur in Coralville. Yes, I bought a pair of shoes. More there later! πŸ˜‰
  • Wandering downtown Iowa City.
  • Sleeping in and pancake breakfast…a favorite tradition for my hubs and I!
  • Putting together a crib and baby dresser. The dresser was from IKEA, so it came in about 2 million pieces. We knocked it out in 2 hours. And stayed married. SUCCESS!

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Shirt: Charming Charlie, Leggings: Old Navy, Shoes: BCBG Generation, Purse: Target

Here I am, enjoying some Aspen Leaf (frozen yogurt) with my girlfriend Kinsey as part of our trip downtown Iowa City. Yum!

Well with that, cheers to a new week, nice and refreshed.

Baby Update: Half Way There!

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(Photo on West Lake Okoboji enjoying an on-the-lake concert)

Time flies when you are cookin’ a baby! The 4th of July officially marked week 20 in baby land. I can’t believe it! And here I am…two weeks later already. So here are my updates from Week 17-22 (June 12-July 17).

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Happy Father’s and Fathers’-to-Be Day! My family gathered for a grill-out and BBQ at my sisters house to celebrate all the great Dad’s in our lives. And of course, for my hubby, “father-to-be.” Being as he’s taking stellar care of me, he’s a rockin’ dadio already. Also, I couldn’t resist the onezies. πŸ™‚ A friendly reminder here, we aren’t finding out what we are having, so I had to cover my bases!

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Our first boat ride of the season, yay!! Also, I deem the picture the “ahhh haaaa” moment for people. As this picture went viral I had many comments like “where did that belly come from!” πŸ™‚ My clothes were hiding it well…not so much in a bathing suit! πŸ™‚

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Our 20-week ultrasound, where we got to see baby again! I’ve never been so happy to hear the word ‘normal’ in my life. But things are just that….normal, healthy and on track. And from this photo, I’d even say “Happy” as it appears that baby is smiling at us.

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My hand-made shirt for July 4th. I liked it. πŸ™‚ Also, this confirms for me that I suck at ‘crafts’. It took me like 20 minutes to get that damn iron-on to stick. (The instructions said 20 seconds, for a reference point.)

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Hanging at the Delaware County Fair with my family for my Mom’s birthday. This was my first of two outdoor concerts and beer gardens in one weekend. These are the nights I miss beer the most!!

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Here I am with my lovely sister-in-law at a baseball game, rockin our bellies and stripes. She’s due late August, the end is near!!!
Note: dresses are my new BFF.

Comments and FAQ’s to note:
How are you feeling?
Great! I’m pretty boring, but I am oooookay with that. I’m starting to feel a bit stiff/sore in the mornings, but I guess it goes with the territory. At least I sleep good through the night still. I have days where I feel quite tired, so I just nap!
Do you miss some of the things you have to give up?
I’d be lying if I said ‘no.’ I mean races, beer, beer after races, water skiing, sushi, fasting when I feel too lazy to eat…what’s not to love!!? Ha Its amazing how quickly your brain, will-power and body adjust. Plus, there’s always ice cream to fill that void in your life!!:)
You look pregnant!
Great. Thanks. I am. I have been for 5.5 months. Can we move on now!? Kthanksbye!!
How much weight have you gained?
How much weight have YOU gained!!!???? Seriously though…I’m right around 8 pounds and feel good about that. Baby alone is one of those! That said, I might stop weighing myself. As long as I keep staying active and telling myself I can’t have 3 desserts everyday, I just have to let my body do its thing…and be okay with that. On that note, I said no to a cupcake on Monday at work and feel really proud of myself. I mean, it was chocolate, with white frosting, in my face, with flippin’ sprinkles on it. And I said no. I’ve been daydreaming about it since!
Have you felt the baby kick?
Yes, and it’s super fun!! The hubs even felt it once! Until baby starts using my rib cage as a punching bag, I welcome this little flutter!!
How’s your fashion holding up!?
So far, so good! But remember how I said I got a lot of advice about how to ‘not to fight the belly’ and was all taking that to heart!?? Confession: I fibbed a bit!!! Although the belly band worked for me for a couple weeks, it quickly became too much. Just this Monday I wore jeans with the band and a tank top that smooched my chest together all day. I was sooooo uncomfortable. So that night I went through my dress stash and officially unpacked the maternity tote I have. Bring on the rouched tops and panel pants!!!! That said, I still have a decent amount of tops I know will last me a bit!:)
Are you finding out the sex?
That opportunity ship has sailed, and no we did not. Loving the idea of having that be a surprise!
Do you have names?
Yes! And no, we aren’t sharing!!! One full boy name and two girl options. On that subject, for anyone looking for my opinion-skip the baby books and baby name websites. Talk about overwhelming!!
How’s the nursery coming?
Great! I’ll save those details for its own post!
Where are you delivering?
Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids

Anything I missed? Shoot it my way. I’m an open book, but more importantly, I’m here and happy to help share my stories with other mommas-to-be, or even those just thinking about it and are curious on things!!

New Accessory – The Belly Band!

So the time has come, I can no longer button a majority of my pants. Or at least to the point of comfort. Many ladies I know that have been pregnant gave me this great advice: don’t fight the growing belly. Fair enough, right? So away goes buttoning pants, and in comes the belly band. I’ve heard many women say that you either love them, or hate them. I actually feel like I’m somewhere in the middle. Perhaps my opinion will change as my belly grows. As of now, I find it gets a bit tight after some time (dislike), but I am able to stretch the life of my regular clothes (like). Especially shorts and skirts. Those are items of clothing I don’t feel like spending money on since I know the need for them is so short lived, and I already have a jean stash to turn to come Fall (and a bigger belly!).

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Skirt: Old Navy, Shirt: J.Crew, Shoes: Payless

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Curious as to what it all looks like underneath!? Ready…wait for it….

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Boom! It’s like Spanx…but for your baby belly! πŸ™‚

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I’ve always loved these cute little open-toed Mary Jane’s. Happy summer feet!

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4th of July Fun!

Another fun, sun and laugh-filled weekend up at Lake Okoboji has come to an end. Boo-hoo! I always have such a wonderful time with my in-laws at the place I love most. Here are some weekend highlights (in no special order of the weekend!):

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Dave, the new family historian, looking over old scrapbooks and datebooks with Grandma Mary Ann. Fun fact, my husband’s grandfather was born in my hometown. See, we were always meant to be, we are connected in so many ways!

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The hubs and I rescued our cousin after a minor bike crash. Murse to the rescue!

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“All I want to do this weekend is make a watermelon helmet.” ~my 10 year-old husband. Mission Accomplished!

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Goofy headwear to celebrate our love of America!

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Sweating our bums off…but nothing beats drinks and live music at the Barefoot Bar. We even caught the band that played at our wedding! πŸ™‚

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7th Annual Lake Effect on West Lake Okoboji! We were one of maybe a thousand boats jammin’ to my favorite: Damon Dotson live on the lake!

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The man of my dreams….what a fun day!

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So much fun just floating and sunning. And yes, that’s a one-piece. First one I’ve worn in like, hmmm, 20 years!? I wanted to keep my baby belly nice and safe. πŸ™‚

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Group Shot for Cathy Appreciate Day. Every July 5th, where we only do and say nice things for Miss Cathy.

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My very first ice cream truck purchase, can you believe that!? Doesn’t get any more American than this folks!

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Taking a cocktail (or mocktail!) break while others shop. I’d say we had the better end of that outing!

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Ahhhhh, Okoboji! The only place where a Missionary Church camp and a strip club share the same parking lot! πŸ˜‰

And with this, we mark the mid-point of summer. Oye! I feel fortunate to say that I’ve done a pretty good job enjoying some of my favorite things to the max; sun time, lake time, baseball games, summer blockbusters, ice cream galore, birthdays and family time. Yet to come; outdoor concerts, beer gardens (hey, they are still fun when you can’t drink!), more time with friends and family, some camping, and days with Β nothing on the agenda…those are some of the best ones anyways, right!?! What’s left on your list!?

Made in the USA

Another great article published in The Gazette, this time in the Sunday edition!
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Check out the online article also, equipped with many more awesome photos! http://thegazette.com/2013/07/07/made-in-the-usa/

I love being apart of these shoots and articles. And just remember, Shop Local, Shop American-made!!