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2014. blue and pink. 
lush maxidress from tj maxx. vintage vera neumann scarf. leather tote c/o cuyana. bamboo sandals. son of a sailor necklace.
happy monday! i spent the weekend in this comfy outfit i.e. i wore it to the grocery store twice (doubt anyone noticed) and sat on the porch sewing things for the baby’s room (check back on wednesday for a post). i understand why so many mamas love maxi dresses; they’re soft and easy and with the right accessories they look sophisticated.
are you watching the world cup? we watched some games; michael comments on the matches in an british accent and i point out players wearing the same shoes (i like the bright yellow cleats the best). we’re not rooting for a particular team; it’s just exciting that millions of people around the world huddle around the television doing the same thing. maybe i’ll cheer for germany today, the home of haribo gummies!
the look | similar dress | necklace | similar bag (pink is sold out) | similar shoes

2014. blue and pink. 

lush maxidress from tj maxx. vintage vera neumann scarf. leather tote c/o cuyana. bamboo sandals. son of a sailor necklace.

happy monday! i spent the weekend in this comfy outfit i.e. i wore it to the grocery store twice (doubt anyone noticed) and sat on the porch sewing things for the baby’s room (check back on wednesday for a post). i understand why so many mamas love maxi dresses; they’re soft and easy and with the right accessories they look sophisticated.

are you watching the world cup? we watched some games; michael comments on the matches in an british accent and i point out players wearing the same shoes (i like the bright yellow cleats the best). we’re not rooting for a particular team; it’s just exciting that millions of people around the world huddle around the television doing the same thing. maybe i’ll cheer for germany today, the home of haribo gummies!

the look | similar dress | necklace | similar bag (pink is sold out) | similar shoes


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2014. never say never. 
printed romper from tj maxx. lotte clogs by loeffler randall.
last year if you asked me what i wouldn’t wear as a pregnant woman, “romper” would have been one of my responses. typically expecting mamas visit the ladies room more often and a romper isn’t the easiest item of clothing. also rompers tend to be too short for me. lo and behold i found a breezy navy romper at tj maxx and brought it home. the ruffle and pattern camouflage the belly and the length is perfect. i wore it with a cardigan before the temperature shot up.
while we’re on the subject of never saying never, look at my hair! this is the shortest cut i’ve had in probably ten years. i wanted a simpler cut for the summer and i was growing increasingly embarrassed of my long, tangled hair every time i went to the salon. plus my hair will be out of reach of tiny hands (at least for awhile). if i know anything about babies, i know they love grabbing your hair!
the look | similar romper | shoes

2014. never say never. 

printed romper from tj maxx. lotte clogs by loeffler randall.

last year if you asked me what i wouldn’t wear as a pregnant woman, “romper” would have been one of my responses. typically expecting mamas visit the ladies room more often and a romper isn’t the easiest item of clothing. also rompers tend to be too short for me. lo and behold i found a breezy navy romper at tj maxx and brought it home. the ruffle and pattern camouflage the belly and the length is perfect. i wore it with a cardigan before the temperature shot up.

while we’re on the subject of never saying never, look at my hair! this is the shortest cut i’ve had in probably ten years. i wanted a simpler cut for the summer and i was growing increasingly embarrassed of my long, tangled hair every time i went to the salon. plus my hair will be out of reach of tiny hands (at least for awhile). if i know anything about babies, i know they love grabbing your hair!

the look | similar romper | shoes


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lovely tuesday: 29 weeks

i don’t usually say this, but i’m glad this particular week is almost over! on friday michael came to school and helped me pack up the classroom for the summer. i don’t know what i would have done without his help. towards the end of the day i felt exhausted, overwhelmed, and overcome with tears. it’s always difficult wrangling everything in the room into neat stacks and piles. it’s even harder with a little person inside of you and you’re constantly worrying if you’re overexerting yourself. fortunately we got everything squared away, and i dedicated the past few days to relaxing and more relaxing.

in other baby news, i failed the one hour glucose test by a few points, making a retake mandatory. i am kind of annoyed because i can’t eat before the next test and i hate getting my blood drawn! my score is also “normal” according to some offices but my doctor retests anyone who is a little (or a lot) over. after talking to friends and doing some research, i learned it isn’t unusual to fail the first test; about a quarter of women miss the cutoff score and find out they’re fine later. hopefully i’m fine, too.

i haven’t worn many maxi dresses during my pregnancy but now that it’s summer in texas (ridiculously hot), they’re on the top of my shopping list. i’m looking forward to a nice summer at home making crafts, blogging more often, and getting the house ready for our boy. i can’t wait to meet him!


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lovely tuesday: 28 weeks

oh my goodness. i almost forgot to post a journal entry— school is winding down and i just realized it’s wednesday (not tuesday). our little boy’s movements are stronger and more consistent; i think he moves around the whole day now! i had a doctor’s appointment on monday and i took the famous glucose test (it checks for gestational diabetes). i explained it to michael as “drinking orange soda and sitting around for an hour.”

we also got spoiled (big time) with a wonderful care package from the team at 4moms. they sent us one of their awesome breeze pack and plays, taking one item off our baby gear list! we plan on using it in different rooms of the house to keep an eye on him as he naps, and later when he gets bigger, as he rolls and plays!

i feel huge lately. tonight i tried on some of my favorite dresses and they would not zip up due to my belly and expanding rib cage. doh! i may just spend the summer in any sort of stretchy clothes eating watermelon.


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delicious monday: sweet and spicy fajitas

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it’s been awhile since i posted one of our meals— as if we’re not eating (i could eat several times a day). we filled the past two weeks with trusty suppers like thai curry and roasted chicken and light lunches like italian salads and soups. today’s recipe is one of our favorite real simple meals; i never thought of using sweet potatoes in a tex-mex dish until i found it.

the original recipe suggests dressing the tortillas with sour cream, but michael and i prefer (and loooooove) pico de gallo and sliced avocado. you can also serve the dish with regular salsa and it would be just as good. take my word for it— this isn’t our first rodeo with these yummy fajitas. enjoy!

MATERIALS

  • 1 1/2 pounds of tenderized skirt steak
  • 2 poblano peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into triangles
  • 1 large avocado, pitted and sliced
  • 1 cup of fresh pico de gallo
  • olive oil
  • kosher salt and pepper for seasoning

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. view the full recipe here.

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lovely tuesday: 27 weeks

hello there! i hope all of you had a happy memorial day. we spent most of the long weekend wrangling the baby’s room. his rug arrived on thursday and we found a dresser at pottery barn outlet on saturday. then i found a great headboard for a guest bed at pier 1 on a whim. i can’t believe our luck! we might have a “real” nursery by the end of the summer.

this week i fell asleep on the couch a few times. i’m getting things ready for the end of the school year and trying to prep materials for a sub during maternity leave. on top of that, kindergarteners are not easily convinced that they must go to first grade. they keep asking me, “but why?” and i reply, “next year i will have new friends!”

i had a cold for several days and sneezed constantly. fortunately the sneezes and the runny nose skipped town on saturday (maybe due to the massive amount of rain we got). i’ve been feeling better and the flowers in our yard look great, too. tomorrow marks the beginning of the third trimester. hooray!


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2014. vintage for two. 
soft joie semillon tank. vintage paisley skirt. boardwalk sandals by madewell. son of a sailor necklace. cole haan sunglasses.
when i first began blogging, i owned a substantial number of vintage midi skirts. then i grew tired of most of them and they wound up back at the thrift store. lately i’m warming up to them again for the prints and— who am i kidding— the elastic waists. i bought this funky black-and-white skirt for $3 and it was the best $3 i’ve spent in awhile (especially because i drink less coffee). it reminds me of a skirt ace and jig would make.
over the weekend we ate mexican food with michael’s mom and we picked out a rug for the baby’s room. i toyed around with a black and white nursery but i also liked the idea of crisp blue and white. we chose blue! i want it to be a summer camp kind of room like this room from serena and lily with a hodgepodge of objects, animals, and items.
and whew! boy is it getting warm in texas. good thing 7-11 is slowly expanding south because it’s not truly summer without a slurpee.
the look | similar top | similar skirt | similar sandals

2014. vintage for two. 

soft joie semillon tank. vintage paisley skirt. boardwalk sandals by madewell. son of a sailor necklace. cole haan sunglasses.

when i first began blogging, i owned a substantial number of vintage midi skirts. then i grew tired of most of them and they wound up back at the thrift store. lately i’m warming up to them again for the prints and— who am i kidding— the elastic waists. i bought this funky black-and-white skirt for $3 and it was the best $3 i’ve spent in awhile (especially because i drink less coffee). it reminds me of a skirt ace and jig would make.

over the weekend we ate mexican food with michael’s mom and we picked out a rug for the baby’s room. i toyed around with a black and white nursery but i also liked the idea of crisp blue and white. we chose blue! i want it to be a summer camp kind of room like this room from serena and lily with a hodgepodge of objects, animals, and items.

and whew! boy is it getting warm in texas. good thing 7-11 is slowly expanding south because it’s not truly summer without a slurpee.

the look | similar top | similar skirt | similar sandals


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lovely tuesday: 26 weeks

as i write my recap of the last 26 weeks, the little one is poking my stomach! he wants a bit of attention, i suppose. at night he’s been calmer and i don’t wake up as often. i remembered one of my dreams from the week! i can only pray he’ll sleep well once he comes home this summer.

we’re slowly putting together his room. i wouldn’t call it “nursery building”; it’s more like nursery wrangling! we’ve got onesies, overalls, shirts, leggings, and diapers with no place to go. the poor little boy needs a dresser! hopefully the memorial day sales will bring us a nice piece of furniture.

speaking of furniture, we’ve chosen his crib! it’s modern, quirky, and simple. i’ll share pictures once we purchase and assemble it.

speaking of pictures, i kind of think i am a terrible pregnant lady for not taking bump photos every week. i only have two so far. my goal is to post more outfits because then we’ll record the bump, the clothes, and the shoes. three things are almost always better than one thing (except measles, mumps, and rubella).


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2014. mama on board. 
vermont jacket by paige. soft joie semillon tank. LOFT textured stripe skirt. holepunch skimmers by madewell. son of a sailor necklace.
i discovered a secret— maternity clothes are just big clothes. i bought two skirts from LOFT that have been in constant wardrobe rotation. they’re not maternity skirts; they’re good old fashioned paperbag waist skirts! i sized up and rewarded myself with lots of room for baby to grow.
i’ve probably worn this outfit five or six times. jean jacket morning and sleeveless afternoon kind of days haven’t been strangers this year. they remind me of real spring days back on the east coast. keep it cool, texas!
the look | jacket | similar top | skirt | shoes

2014. mama on board. 

vermont jacket by paige. soft joie semillon tank. LOFT textured stripe skirt. holepunch skimmers by madewell. son of a sailor necklace.

i discovered a secret— maternity clothes are just big clothes. i bought two skirts from LOFT that have been in constant wardrobe rotation. they’re not maternity skirts; they’re good old fashioned paperbag waist skirts! i sized up and rewarded myself with lots of room for baby to grow.

i’ve probably worn this outfit five or six times. jean jacket morning and sleeveless afternoon kind of days haven’t been strangers this year. they remind me of real spring days back on the east coast. keep it cool, texas!

the look | jacket | similar top | skirt | shoes


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lovely tuesday: 25 weeks

happy belated lovely tuesday! our school hosted an event last night, and by the time i got home, cooked supper, and showered, i was ready to relax. i’m reading i am livia on my kindle and now i am two-thirds through the book.

over the past week my belly grew bigger! the secretaries in the office agreed. i feel like the little one doesn’t move around much during these growth spurts. he was relatively calm with a few reassuring kicks every hour. tonight he’s karate kid again.

at our recent baby shower, some of my coworkers bought us a cute baby bouncer and it arrived at the house this afternoon. we may assemble it but i have a strong suspicion that someone (or some pug) would immediately jump in it. i could be wrong. if i’m right, instagram will let you know.


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