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Monday, September 21, 2015

New Dad Survival Kit

You've all heard about Push Presents right?  A little something something that the father buys the mother to mark the occasion of her giving birth to their child.  But what about the dad?  You know - the guy who has really stepped it up over the past 9 months.  He's run to the store without hesitation to get you tums for your heartburn.  He's grilled the pharmacist about what cold and flu meds were ok for you to take because you couldn't sleep at night.  He's spent countless hours in the nursery with you painting, decorating, assembling cribs, hanging (and then rehanging because you changed your mind 100 times) picture frames and shelves.  That guy - who has been your rock, your support, your lifeline over the past several months - he deserves a little something as well. 
Enter the New Dad Survival Kit!  What better way to say "thank you for being the best husband in the world" than by bringing a basket of some of his favorite things to the hospital for while you are waiting for baby to arrive?  I put together this basket for my husband and I can't wait to surprise him with it at the hospital.  Here is a rundown of what I've put in his kit:

  • Snacks:  We are going to be in the hospital for at least a few days and I'm sure the food options won't be the best.  It'll be nice for the hubs to have some of his favorite snacks to munch on.
  • Coffee:  At our childbirth class they warned us that the coffee at the hospital is horrible, so I've packed a couple of iced coffee beverages for when the hubs needs a little pick-me-up.
  • Cigars & Beer:  Havana Honeys premium cigars and a couple of beers to toast and celebrate the birth of our little boy (to sign up for free coupons an to find a retailer near you visit Havana Honeys website here).  

  • Baby essentials:  A couple of items that every daddy should have on hand - diaper wipes, boogie wipes, pacis, and pee-pee teepees
  • Toiletries:  A few travel sized toiletries to freshen up with since he will be staying the night with me
  • Books:  Some reading materials for any down time
I love putting together themed gift baskets so it was a no-brainer to put this New Dad Survival Kit together for my husband.  Not expecting a baby yourself?  This would be a cute and thoughtful gift idea for any expecting father!  

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Scandinavian Tobacco Group, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia  #havanahoneys

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Bumpdate | Week 37

How Far Along:  37 Weeks.  It's crazy to think that one of these bumpdates (could it be this one?!) will be my last!  I'm still 3 cm dilated so there hasn't been any progress on that front.
Size of Baby:  Winter melon.  So curious how big this kid ACTUALLY is/will be at birth.  Jay and I were both 8 pounders if that is any indication (yikes!)
Maternity Clothes:  Nothing new to report on this front.  With just a few weeks left it really doesn't make sense to be buying anything new.
Symptoms:  Same ol' aches and pains.

Best Moments:  Fair warning, this is totally shallow - but I decided this week that once the baby is born as a push present to myself (those are a thing right?!) I'm going to finally pull the trigger on these pumps that I have been dying for since last year.  It has been such a struggle, but I have been really good about not buying clothes for myself these past few months.  Plus, I know I'm not going to want to buy any fall or winter garb until I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight so I figure it's ok to splurge on a pair of shoes that will make me feel great whenever I put them on.
Looking Forward To:  One of my best friends is getting married this weekend!  I am a bridesmaid and I've always joked about going into labor at the wedding - but with any luck that won't actually happen.  Baby boy has strict instructions to stay put at least until Saturday when the wedding is over. Anytime after that is fair game :)

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Style Me Weekly | Week 37

Plaid Shirt - Old (similar) | Denim - Old Navy (non-maternity option) | Shoes - Target (similar) | Bag - Tory Burch | Sunnies - c/o Ditto (sign up with code LOVEOFLEOPARD for a free month) | Necklace - Baublebar | Ring - Baublebar

We have had a couple of cooler days in a row and it has really opened up a slew of new possibilities with my wardrobe!  I've had this plaid popover for years and I was so excited when I tried it on and it actually fit!  It isn't maternity, but the cut is perfect for a baby bump.

Time to link up with Style Me Weekly!  Our featured two from last week are Jordan from Petite Modern and Fonda from Savvy Southern Chic.  Both ladies are looking flawless in their black & white ensembles!  Jordan incorporated a little pattern mixing with stripes & leopard while Fonda kept it classic with a crisp white blazer. 
Want a chance to be featured next week?  Link up below!

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Vibrant Plaid

Plaid Shirt (similar) | Top - Gap | Pants - J. Crew Factory | Shoes - Express (similar) | Bag - Rebecca Minkoff | Necklace - Kendra Scott | Watch - Burberry | Bracelet - c/o D'Andrea Handbags

It was finally cool enough to wear pants the other day so you better believe I took full advantage!  I wore an all black base and donned my favorite plaid shirt from last season.  It has the most vibrant shades of red and blue that I just adore.  A cobalt necklace and shoes along with my red Rebecca Minkoff bag tied the whole look together.

Linking up with: Rachelle | Carylee | Molly | Lauren

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Bumpdate | Week 36

How Far Along:  36 weeks!  My doctors appointments are now happening on a weekly basis and I was surprised to learn at my latest appointment that I am 3cm dilated.  It basically means nothing - I could walk around at 3cm for weeks - but it just made it all seem very very VERY real. 
Size of Baby:  Large cantaloupe
Maternity Clothes:  Just rotating through the same old dresses and trying to make them feel new by adding different accessories.
Symptoms:  So much pelvic pain - it almost feels as though I've pulled a muscle and is totally giving me the "pregnancy waddle".  But on a happier note I haven't been swelling as much the past few days!  It's weird and unexpected since it has been about a billion degrees out but I'll take it!
Best Moments:  Jay and I had such a productive and baby filled Labor Day Weekend!  The nursery is finally complete (well like 99% there - we still need to install some blinds) and it seriously looks better than I could have ever imagined.  I promise I'll do a post on that in the future!  We also washed all of Baby A's clothes (baby's first load of laundry obviously had to be documented) and got everything organized in his closet.  Last but certainly not least we installed his car seat!  Everything is pretty much ready for his arrival - I just need to pack a hospital bag and we will be good to go!  Speaking of - any suggestions for must-have items?  Items you brought but didn't need?  I'm a notorious over-packer but I'm really going to try and not over-do it so I'm not the weird lady showing up at the hospital with 103 bags.  No promises though. 
Looking Forward to:  We have nothing going on this weekend so I'm looking forward to some R&R with the hubs and pup.  I feel like we really need to soak in these last few weeks of peace and quiet ;)

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Style Me Weekly | 36

Dress - Target | Bag - Rebecca Minkoff | Sunnies - c/o Ditto | Ring - Kendra Scott (62% off here) | Bracelet - Loren Hope | Watch - Burberry | Pumps - Old (similar)

Can you ever go wrong with black, red and leopard?  Such a phenomenal combo.  Full transparency though - these leopard heels did not last very long before I kicked them off and traded them in for some flats.  Heels, heat and preggo swollen feet just do not mix!  How fab are these sunglasses though?  I got them from the Ditto Endless Eyewear Program.  Have you all heard of Ditto?  It's just like Rocksbox but instead of jewelry you get endless access to all of the designer sunglasses you want for just $19 a month.  I loved these sunnies online, but I was skeptical about how they would look on me.  The great thing about Ditto is that it is risk free and you can exchange your pair as frequently as you want.  It's a great way to try out different sunnies without dropping a ton of money.  Plus they have all of the best designers and high-end brands that I would never be able to afford otherwise.  Give it a try for yourself - you can get your first month free by using code LOVEOFLEOPARD at checkout!

Time to link up with #stylemeweekly!  Our featured two from last week are the fabulous Ashley from Le Stylo Rouge and Rachelle from Pink Sole.  Both of these ladies provide me with so much inspiration - I love reading their blogs every day!  Head on over and give these chicas a follow (if you don't already) - I promise you won't be disappointed!

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Heat Wave

 Dress - Target | Vest - Nordstrom (similar) | Shoes - Tory Burch (similar) | Bag - Nordstrom (similar) | Necklace - c/o Klustershop

Well we are a week into September but it is still feeling like the dead of summer.  It's been in the 90's the past few days!  I'm doing my best to make my summer dresses look a little more fall appropriate.  I toned down this peach number, which is really a lot brighter in person, by accessorizing with earth tones like this olive cargo vest and cognac bucket bag.  I'm trying not to complain about the heat because the summers are so short here and I know winter will be here before we know it - but the 90's are a little aggressive, even for this sun worshipper! 

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