Thursday, February 11, 2016

Outfits Lately // Crazy Winter Weather

What a week! I haven't had a chance to post a worthy picture yet on instagram, but we started demo on the master bath last weekend. We are up to our ears in projects and decisions but I hope to get y'all a quick update soon! We ended up doing all new sheetrock and removed all the lighting so we are working with a task lamp right now. I ordered a bathroom fan/light combo and I hope it gets installed early next week so we can feel like humans again in there!

Anyway, I've been taking some snaps of outfits lately because I have had some requests for that in the past and I am always curious to see how people dress throughout their pregnancies. It really is not a simple thing {as any Momma knows} and some days are total leggings and sweatshirt days for me. The other days I have been mixing in mostly regular clothing with a bit of maternity too. I feel like I have gravitated more towards buying maternity pieces this time over making my existing wardrobe work, just for the simple fact of wanting to feel good. I was sick for what seemed like months in the beginning and I knew I would need clothing for late Winter and into Spring and Summer. Practically all the seasons!  

This was on Tuesday: twenty two weeks, three days!


I just got this blouse and I LOVE it. Good news is, this is NON-maternity and so adorable. I went up a size and it is plenty big for me with room to grow as well. The pattern is a pink and green, and it feels so fresh for rounding out the end of winter and saying hello to Spring. I can't wait to wear it with white jeans! By the way, I will be breaking them {maternity style!} out so very soon.

I'm still wearing my favorite leggings ever, even though I am probably stretching them out. They are by far the most flattering I've ever tried and I'm cool with buying more next year! I have 2 pairs and I wear them for pilates or with regular outfits like here! :)



Our roller coaster weather continues here in North Carolina. Two Sundays ago, we were basking in the sunshine and enjoying brunch with a water view. I pulled out my new espadrilles {find them here or here} for the first time and I can't wait to wear them more as it warms up! They were really comfy, but I think I might get a heel insert since the jute is pretty much the only support on the footbed.


Espadrilles // Jeans {similar} // Fringe Wrap {similar}

Later that afternoon, it turned breezy and cloudy, but we still took Weeks out for a little wagon ride around the neighborhood {with blankets in tow!} 


On a very rainy day, I fully enjoyed being able to keep dry with my Hunters...seriously, I am so over the rain and we have had SO much of it! Bright red boots certainly made things a bit cheerier that day. I got this blouse for Christmas and it is fabulous for feeling put together when most maternity wear is full of stretch and spandex...this gives me a sense of polish! 
{Note: I would recommend going up a size for room to grow, especially since it does not have as much stretch as most maternity tops. Looks like you can take 25% off as well!}


Boots // Blouse // Jeans {similar} // Handbag

A few other items to note: I have been wearing the heck out of my Burberry Quilted Jacket because I feel like my heavier coats are not comfortable with more layers and don't seem to fit properly. Luckily, this jacket has been all I have really needed thus far for pretty mild temperatures. I also got a new pair of black leggings after reading April's rec here, and I will be trying them out today!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Five Favorite Appetizers for Superbowl Sunday!

Since the Superbowl is this Sunday {Go Panthers!!} I am thrilled to share five of my very favorite, tried and true appetizers. I don't know about you, but my favorite way to enjoy the Superbowl is to have a nice, big spread of appetizers. Nothing better! Yes, I will watch the game {and actually be interested} but the food is of course the very best part. 


I haven't made these in a while, but oh my goodness, these things were DEVOURED at our tailgate the very first time I made them. Just a few ingredients for these tasty bites. Mixing sausage with cream cheese and crescent rolls is pretty much perfection!



My latest appetizer favorite. Since good old Chic-fil-A isn't open on Sunday, you could either get the nuggets ahead of time, find a similar version in your grocery store, or even better- pan fry your own chicken tenderloins. I promise, you won't be disappointed with this insanely easy app!



HAM BISCUITS

Raleigh {my hometown} has a fabulous little bakery that has THE BEST ham biscuits. I mean, they practically melt in your mouth. I've made my own little version of them, and while they aren't quite the same thing, they still are pretty darn good. Pictured below is the Ladyfingers ham biscuits we had with soup this week:



This is my version:

MINI HAM BISCUITS
-1 Package Sister Schubert Yeast Rolls
-1/4 pound shaved ham (I think ours was oven baked, we couldn't find country ham shaved)
-1/2 stick butter
-3 tablespoons brown sugar

Bake rolls according to package directions.
Melt butter and mix with brown sugar.
Stuff each roll with ham and return to tin pan.
Baste top of rolls with butter and brown sugar mixture.
Bake for another 10-15 minutes until rolls begin to brown on top.


This is such a good recipe, and a fun twist on bruschetta. The combo of the sweet and spicy peppers, mixed with the gorgonzola- oh goodness it is tasty! Side note, when I make them I leave off the capers and basil, although I am sure it is great with that addition. I think the original recipe I used did not include them so that's the way I have always made them!



We love this dip and in terms of dips- it isn't all that bad for ya! My Mom usually makes a big batch of this in the summertime when we are all at the beach house. We can pull it out of the fridge and snack away on it. It definitely makes a lot, so you can feed plenty with it!



So those are five of my very favorite appetizers and I am officially ready to snack away on Sunday night. One thing I am thinking about making is this Hissy Fit Dip, because you have to have a cheesy dip for the Superbowl! I would love to hear your favorites as well. Enjoy your weekend!

Linking up to Five On Friday:


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Blue + White Tablescape

Last weekend we hosted a surprise party for my mother-in-law's 60th birthday. It was so much fun and we definitely have some good memories from a special night celebrating. Since she loves blue and white {and pink!} I thought that putting together a coordinating tablescape would be perfect for her. I pulled out lots of my blue and white jars and vases as my starting point. I knew our grocery stores would be hit or miss this time of year with a decent selection of pink flowers so I ordered a variety of roses, hydrangeas, tulips and greenery all within a set budget from my favorite florist. I ended up lucking out and grabbed as many pink bundles of tulips as I could from the grocery store to add to the mix. Here is how it all turned out! 



You can see a sneak peek of the new dining room set up as well. {This was our former den} and the old dining room is now a play room for Weeks and future baby sis.





I set out a tablecloth with a subtle weave of sparkle {TJ Maxx find on clearance!} on each table in the dining room, and kitchen {below} to dress things up a bit. 


Our kitchen island got a tablecloth as well and I let the straws and crystal glasses be the focal point instead of adding more flowers.






This is Weeks' playroom with a little Valentine decor as well.


We had a great time at the party, and with the help of all her wonderful friends we had a delicious food setup as well. Hope you enjoyed some Spring tablescaping inspiration. I cannot wait until flowers like these are readily available at the grocery stores and in my back yard! 


Friday, January 29, 2016

Baby Girl + Boy on Sale Finds

So, Gap is having a big sale right now {40% off everything for baby and kids!!} and since I have been really, really good so far at resisting piling up the closets full of Spring {for Weeks} and Summer {for baby girl} I didn't feel too bad doing a little online browsing. Seriously, once I get that ball rolling on baby girl's clothes there will be no stopping! {Mind you, I also work for our family's adorable gift and clothing store where most of Weeks' clothes come from with the cutest baby and toddler clothes} But I mean, come on...look at that peplum swim one piece..and the quilted tutu dress will be perfect for early fall! 

baby girl

I'm already feeling the tug of balancing two children, for real?! I can't think about baby girl with out adding in sweet thoughts about my first born, Weeks. Let's just say Momma will be spoiling him just as much. I'm ready for him to be in some brighter colors for Spring and I love how comfy Gap's clothes are for boys. Most of these come in smaller sizes too for younger boys. The joggers look perfect for Spring because I love Weeks to be in comfy soft pants on a typical day around the house. And if it has a race car on it, we buy it, end of story...those jams are so cute! 


big boy


By the way, Mimi, if you are reading...these would be perfect little Valentine presents ;)
Happy shopping {or browsing}! Hope y'all have a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Pretty Little Prints

I think I could browse art prints all day, literally! Since we have some new rooms to design on our horizon, it is especially appealing. Here are a few that have caught my eye. 







floral vase 1 (on sale!!)



 A lot of the art in my home has been found through antique shops, framing my Grandmother's prints (we get a calendar each year with a different watercolor for each month!) and then a little of my own art. What is your go-to source for prints?

Friday, January 22, 2016

Five on Friday Recent Favorites...

Friday Night Lights
Our latest Netflix binge is Friday Night Lights and I'm not sure where I was when the show first came out! I know...really, really, late to the game. But what a classic! We are on season 4 and I can already tell I will miss it when it's over. Speaking of Friday Night Lights, I remember seeing this art some time ago and now it totally makes sense! Friday Night Lights lovers, I know you will pick up on it. Love this...might have to copy.


Since everyone is in the middle of a cold snap {or blizzard}, this looks like the perfect meal for the weekend. I have a great White Chicken Chili recipe already, but I am always up for trying something new. Doesn't it look delicious?!


Young House Love Hardware
So, this is amazing. Now we all can make our campaign hardware dreams come true! I keep on going back to a campaign style dresser for Weeks' new room, so maybe this is our ticket!



Buffalo Check Duvet at Ikea
I had no idea that Ikea had this cute Buffalo Check duvet! Also comes in grey and per usual is a steal. I think the full/queen is 29.99! This fabric is almost a dead on match to my chairs in my kitchen and a throw pillow in the hall. Basically, I love buffalo check.
Here it is in a sweet little girl's room that I saw this morning:


Orchids
I would like to plant an orchid this weekend! So, I've had an orchid or two as gifts but never gone out and picked one myself. I also have never taken the time to learn how to care for them! I'm going to check out Lowes and if I don't find any suitable for my space, then I might attempt a really good DIY. We shall see! Any tips for me?


image: The Garden Glove

Linking up with the ladies of Five on Friday: Natasha, April and Christina!


Thursday, January 21, 2016

2016 To Do Part 2

Upstairs Cleaned/Organized
Our upstairs is an awkward, small "bonus room" that we have a treadmill, free weights, TV, small bookcases, lots of junk, and then two alcoves that we have divided up between Stephen and I. His side holds things like his sports memorabilia, and mine holds blank canvases for painting, craft supplies etc. I am slowly working on cleaning out unused craft supplies that I know I just don't have the space for anymore. Once this space is cleaned up we can fill it with items that will be overflow from the guest bedroom, {see that below}.

Inspiration: source



Clear out Weeks' New Bedroom {Current Guest Room}
Our guest room is like most guest rooms are: it is pretty decent, but holds lots of random nick knacks and furniture that didn't go anywhere else. It is a great size room and has been so handy for this! It also holds my desk with my sewing machine, which will be relocated upstairs. Before moving it, I would like it to have a fresh coat of paint and for the drawers to be cleaned out. The closet is in better shape already because I have been weeding out my clothes over the past few months. I'm trying to be a stickler for donating or consigning things I haven't worn in the past 1-2 seasons, depending on what the item is. There isn't TOO much to clear out other than the closet and picture frames, books, etc...but I am sure it will seem like a lot when it comes down to it!

Weeks' New Room
YAY, now we are getting to the fun part! Once his room is clear we can start moving him in. He will need: a full size bed and mattress, bedding, dresser, nightstand, lighting, art, window treatments and additional rod/shelf in his closet. I am thinking something sort of rustic and coastal, with warm wood tones and pretty shades of blue with navy.

Inspiration: source



Nursery Designed
The nursery will maintain essentially all of the main furniture it currently has: rocker, crib, changing table/dresser. There is also a nightstand and toy bench that I am not sure will stay in here or go to Weeks' new room. Of course, it would be fun to design a completely new nursery with new furniture too, but that just doesn't make sense! Plus, its kind of neat to use the same crib for every baby. Tear. And, I'm thinking doing it up total girl: sweet and pink.

Inspiration: source