March 2017 Archive

Pregnancy Workout

Top (old similar here) || Leggings || Sneakers (older similar here) || Backpack || Sunglasses 

We made it to Friday everyone!  While that might not seem like a big deal to some of you, lately, I’ve been really feeling this pregnancy on my body.  This time around it seems like everything is amplified and starting a few weeks earlier then it did when I was pregnant with Addison. I’m actually a few pounds less than I was with Addison at almost 24 weeks, (probably due to extreme morning sickness up until around 18 weeks ugh…), but running after a toddler, getting down on the floor to play with her, and picking her up into bed or the car is starting to seem like a bit of a struggle.

Prior to getting pregnant I was one of those people that would go through spurts of working out.  I had my bikrim yoga phase during and post college, then I thought I could really get into distance running, and most recently Pure Barre and yoga were my workouts choice but, I could never really find a workout that I stuck with.  Needless to say, headed into this pregnancy my fitness routine was pretty much non existent.  While I am not going to start training for a marathon or anything, I have been making a conscience effort to keep active and give my body the attention it deserves when it comes to a workout.

Lately, I’ve been all about searching the internet for prenatal YouTube videos that I usually do while Addison is taking her afternoon nap.  I am also very much looking forward to the weather warming up so we can take walks into the town close by, because sometimes just being out in the fresh air for an hour or so does wonders for your body and your day.  If anyone has any suggestions on some great yoga videos or people I should be following feel free the leave them in the comments, you guys most likely way more knowledgable than I am!  Happy Friday!

xo Ali

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We’re Having A….

Dress: Rachel Pally (old, but I love this version here) || Addi’s Dress: Gap

….GIRL! We shared the news with close family and friends a few weeks ago, but for everyone else we have been keeping this secret for a while now and I thought it was time we finally shared the exciting news that we will be welcoming a baby girl to our family this July!  To be honest, I was pretty sure all along that we would be having another little girl.  When I first found out I was pregnant there was maybe a total of a week where I thought boy, but my gut (as well as the nausea and complete blah feeling that everyone says comes along with girls ) told me girl.  I was afraid Brian would be a little disappointed when he found out we were having another girl but I actually think he was relieved, his exact words were “we know girls…this is a really good thing!” It made me chuckle because he is 100% right.

While I am over the moon excited, there is also a very large part of me that is very nervous. Nervous because two little girls about two years apart could be a recipe for trouble, but mostly nervous because I only have a brother, and my husband is one of three boys, so the relationship between sisters is so foreign to me.  Everyone I have talked to said the bond between sisters is incredible and it doesn’t matter if there is two years or 20 years between them it is a best friend for life.  The thought of Addison having a forever best friend brings tears to my eyes and I know she is going to be an amazing big sister. I’m sure there will be fights and tears between them, but I can only hope these two stand up for each other always. So anyone with more than one little lady or a sister I’m all ears and ready for some good advice!

Hurry up and get here baby girl you have three (well five if you count our pup and kitty) very exited people who can’t wait to meet you!

xo Ali

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Overalls (maternity style, non maternity favorite here) || Striped Shirt (old, similar here) || Sneakers || Sunglasses || Bag || Stroller

With the way the weather has been lately we never know when we are going to get a chance to be outside and enjoy the sunshine and when you have a very active toddler outside time or time spent being able to run around is essential to keeping us both sane.  So, when the rain cleared yesterday morning and the sun appeared we jumped at the chance for a quick walk outside to get some fresh air. Our new home is in walking distance to town so it makes it really easy to strap Addison into her stroller and head into town for a coffee or a “onut” (aka donut in Addison terms).  I have to say it was just what we needed to turn ur crazy morning into a really great day.

I am also officially 20 weeks which absolutely blows my mind! Each time I feel our little baby move it makes me want it to be July already and it melts my heart how each morning Addison has to say “good morning” to her baby and kiss my belly.    There is also no hiding this baby bump, so I am fully embracing maternity fashion.  Even when not pregnant I love overalls, so when I cam across this maternity pair for under $50 I was hoping they would be as amazing as they looked in the photo online.  They have been everything I could have asked for and more.  The denim is pretty soft and the cut is just right for a growing belly.  I can see myself wearing these well into the summer with tie up sandals and a cute striped tank.  Hope you are all having an amazing week and I don’t know about you, but I am so thankful it is almost Friday!

xo Ali

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Packing Made Easy With Vera Bradley

Weekender Bag: c/o Vera Bradley || Compact Sport Bag: c/o Vera Bradley || Sweatshirt: old (similar style here) || Leggings: J.Crew

It is just me or does anyone else get “stuck” packing for not only themselves but for the others in their family as well?  I’m not really complaining because it gives me the opportunity to make sure we don’t pack unnecessary items or forget the necessary ones (maybe that’s the control freak in me…I don’t know?!).  I also have to confess that packing for a trip isn’t my favorite thing to do, but over the years, I definitely have become more strategic about it coming up with a little packing system that helps me make sure everything we need gets packed.  This has come in very handy once Addison entered the picture because let’s be honest, any new mom would probably pack their infant’s whole dresser for a short two days away  on the off-chance they need that one random item.

So, whether I’m packing for a quick 48 hours away with friends or a week-long vacation with the whole family I always do these three things:

1. Stick to one outfit per day: Unless I know I’m headed to a wedding or a special event I try to only pack one outfit per day.  It seems simple enough, but I cannot count how many times I’ve packed unworn t-shirts and blouses because i thought “maybe I’ll wear this”

2. Stick to the Basics: Without fail my suitcase is filled with black leggings, a comfortable t-shirt, a pair of my favorite jeans,  flats or sneakers, and a jacket or long sweater that can be layered over a tank top.  These few pieces can be transitioned from daytime to dinner and also make an easy and comfortable outfit for your trip to and from.

3. Separate The Smaller Items: This doesn’t always mean packing them in a separate bag, I always operate out my toiletries, makeup and jewelry from the rest of my clothes and shoes.  This helps prevent messy spills, tangled jewelry and makes these items easily accessible during your trip so you can freshen up on a plane or during a quick rest stop bathroom break.

Anther thing that always makes the whole packing process so much easier is having a stylish bag for you to take along with you.  These quilted bags from Vera Bradley have made me fall in love with one of my all time favorite brands all over again.  They are super durable, with lots of extra compartments for all your stuff and come in so many adorable patterns.  The pop of color on the inside of my black weekender bag is so fun and with so many ways to use these bags the possibilities are endless!

If you are looking for other tips on what and how to pack for an upcoming getaway don’t forget to head over to some of my other favorite blogger’s pages to find out what Vera Bradley styles they are loving:

Mirielle, City Peach

Katie, Life With A Dash Of Whimsey 

Nina, HSS Feed

Tiffany, Tiffany Style Blog

xo Ali

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Wednesday Wish List: Shopbop Spring Sale

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Just when I think I have all I need for the upcoming warmer weather a sale like this comes around and I think “I can add a few new pieces to my wardrobe right?!” This time the Shopbop sale has me swooning over all these lightweight, light colored, pretty pieces for the warmer days ahead.  I picked up this jacket last year during the sale and it’s a rotating staple in my closet.  I am also glad to see this Free People dress back in stock in a few different colors.  I wore my red version to Addison’s first birthday last year and got so many compliments.

I have also been on the hunt for a stylish one piece that I can wear this summer with my baby bump and I think this lace up version will definitely fit the bill.  I’ll probably order a size or two up because I’ll be only a few weeks away from delivery come pool and beach weather.   This sale is just too good to miss, what’s on your wish list?

xo Ali

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