October 6, 2015

October 2015 Goals

October is here! Owen is really into Halloween this year and things spooky! He had the time of his life decorating the front yard this weekend with some Halloween decorations his B gave him.We played Monster Mash and covered the yard in cobwebs and spiders!

Did you set goals for yourself this year? How have you done with keeping them?

My New Year's resolution for 2015 was to set small, yet obtainable goals for myself each month in a few categories, and to keep myself accountable by detailing and sharing my progress here! Everything was going pretty well (my goals for January, February, March) in the goal setting and keeping department until March when we found I was pregnant, and then my whole mindset and priorities changed. No surprise thought, right?! The first trimester exhaustion and nausea kicked in, and I totally forgot about goal making and focused on survival instead!

Now that the year is almost over, and my pregnancy is nearing an end as well, I thought it would be a great time to detail some goals I have before the baby comes / the year is finished. I'm going to just call December a wash since we'll be adjusting to our new normal at home and celebrating the holidays.

Goals for October

Simplify meals. I love to cook from recipes, but they can be really time consuming. Keith has been urging me for years to just cook something simple with few ingredients (like chicken, veggies and rice) a few times a week to give myself a break. Starting this week I'm going to take his advice, because cooking dinner has become a major chore at this point in my pregnancy.

Eat out less. Keith and I took a closer look at our spending last week and realized we have been way over spending on eating out. I didn't think we were eating out too much, but it really adds up if I take Owen out to lunch during the week, we go out on a date Saturday, lunch with my mom on Saturday and then order take out once too. All of those things don't happen every week, but it's important to keep an eye on it.

Freezer meals. I'm hoping to start on these this month and have at least 5-6 stored away for when the baby comes. Do you have any favorites to suggest?

Baby goals...

We have a lot to do before the baby comes, but I don't expect to finish it all October!

assemble crib  done!
assemble co-sleeper
install car seats
wash baby clothes & blankets done!
check breast pump
pack hospital bags
gift for Owen from baby
gift for baby from Owen

Reading. I'm currently reading The Martian, which just came out in theaters too. Keith and I want to see it, and I want to finish reading it first, so I have to finish it soon. I'm going to give Circling the Sun by Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife (one of my very favorite books!), or Mindy Kaling's new book Why Not Me?, a try next!

Christmas / Birthday shopping. I have got to get this done in the next 6 weeks. We have no less than 5, soon to be 6 with baby #2, family member's birthdays in December, in addition to regular Christmas shopping. I want to get it all done before the baby arrives so we don't have to even think about anything but gift wrapping once he's here. I'm happy to say that we're nearly done shopping for Owen though!

Study for RICA. I'm thisclose to being done with my teaching credential. It's been a long process for me and I've just dragged it out in the last 3 years. I haven't made it a priority at all. I've laid out a plan for myself to study while O is in school, and then to take the test at the beginning of November, so I can be done with it by the New Year. Then I can start working on my real estate license!

And, I think that's enough! What are your plans for the month?

September 30, 2015

Maternity Stitch Fix Review - box #2

A month or two ago I received my first Maternity Stitch Fix. I was so excited to see what was inside because I went to the launch of Maternity and Petites back in March (when I didn't even know I was pregnant yet!) and saw a lot of really cute pieces.

Unfortunately, my first box was really disappointing, so much so that I didn't even want to blog about it. I tried everything in the box on in about 5 minutes, before deciding to send it all back. I usually end up considering at least one item in the box, but there wasn't anything in that box that I even thought I might like. 

I decided to give Maternity Stitch Fix one more try because Laura and Courtney always seemed to have great luck with their maternity fixes, and the options out there for maternity clothes are very slim. And also, because it's usually pretty fun, even if I don't love everything I'm sent.

stitch fix maternity review

If you're wondering what Stitch Fix is, or how it works... It's a personal shopping service, and all you have to do to get started is fill out the Stitch Fix Style Profile and our personal stylists will handpick a selection of five clothing items and accessories unique to your taste, budget and lifestyle. You can buy what you like and return the rest! The styling fee is $20, and if you pick something from your fix that fee is applied to whatever you decided to buy!
If you've never tried Stitch Fix before I highly recommend giving it at least one try. It is so much fun! And if you do decide to sign up please use my referral link --- thank you thank you thank you!
stitch fix review maternity
For this box I requested Angela, one of the stylists I met at the event, to be my stylist since she seemed really knowledgeable and had great style of her own. I'm so glad they were able to have her do my fix. When I opened the box I had a really good feeling about the pieces she'd picked for me. 

Let me preface this review my saying that styling pregnant women is a challenge. It's really hard to shop for maternity clothes. You're constantly growing, which makes picking flattering styles really hard. You're uncomfortable, so nothing feels right, and you know you'll only be needing these pieces for a few short months, or just 9 more weeks in my case, which makes it hard to commit. It's pretty much mission impossible. 

So, let me show you what came in my box...
stitch fix maternity review
Item #1: Lanni Contrast Hem Maternity Knit Top by Madigan ($54) - My first thought as I tried this top on was that it was a little itchy. It's rayon and polyester, which immediately turned me off because I expect tees to be cotton, especially when I'm usually really warm these days. I won't tolerate being uncomfortable unless it's for a really really cute piece of clothing.

Verdict: Returned

stitch fix maternity review
Item #2: Loxie Button Down Maternity Blouse by Full Moon ($54) - This top is sheer and requires a tank or cami to be worn under it. The print is nice for fall and I could see myself wearing it for Thanksgiving or something, but the material doesn't lend itself well to my routine of playing with Owen and going to the park or working in the classroom. Although I like it, it's just not practical for me in the next 9 weeks.

Verdict: Returned

stitch fix maternity review
Item # 3: Potina Draped Cardigan by 41Hawthorn ($68) - I really liked how thick this lined cardigan is. I could easily wear just a tank under it and not feel too cold. It would also be easy to nurse in. I did not, on the other hand, love the color. I felt a little bit like Santa wearing it, which had as much to do with the color as it did with my large belly. I would probably have bought this if it were navy.

Verdict: Returned

stitch fix maternity review
Item #4: Jaylie Cowl Neck Colorblocked Poncho by THML ($88.00) - This poncho is totally cute, and I really liked it. I requested one in my fix thinking it would be great during the last couple cooler months of this pregnancy, and then would transition well into Winter / nursing. What I didn't think about is that it would make me look and feel like a HOUSE. Maybe it's the heavy knit too that contributed to that, but I just didn't see myself wanting to wear it until after the baby comes, and I'm sure I'd be able to find something for less at Marshall's.

Verdict: Returned, sadly

stitch fix maternity review
Item #5: Nyla Maternity Faux Leather Detail Ponte Legging by Rune ($64.00) - I didn't want to try these on when I was taking pictures for this post because it was so hot that day, but I did try and them on later that night when it cooled down. They fit well and looked pretty cute, but I couldn't let myself spend this much on leggings I would only wear for a couple more months.

Verdict: Returned

Well, let's see... that adds up to 0 items kept from this fix. Not a total miss like the last one, since I would probably keep some of the pieces if they were a little different (better color, different material, more reasonably priced, etc.). I will not be ordering another Maternity Stitch Fix before the baby arrives, mostly because I don't have much time left (less than 9 weeks!) and I haven't loved anything from the two I've received.

You can see a few of my other Stitch Fix reviews here:
April '15
January '15
June '14
May '14
March '14

What are your thoughts on the items I was sent? Would you have kept anything?

September 29, 2015

Little Baby Things

There are so many ways that this second pregnancy is different from the first! Everything about my pregnancy with Owen was so brand new to me. All the changes and preparation and expectations were exciting, and this time its still exciting, but I don't have nearly as much time to focus on it.I'm also a lot more tired this time, which could be because I'm four years older, but most likely it's because I have less chance to rest or nap because I have a sweet little 3 year-old guy to chase after!

But really, the most exciting way that it's different is that this time we know we're having a BOY! I have a bunch of the necessities already from when we had Owen, but most of our newborn things are gender neutral since we didn't know if we were having a boy or a girl. Let me tell you, I am having a lot of fun buying teeny, tiny, little boy things!

Let me show you a few of my favorite purchases so far...

Shale Assam & Amer Top & Pants similar (Tea Collection) | Fog Bee Organic Tee Set (Burt's Bees) | Classic Burpy Bib, Stardust (aden + anais)

And the adorably cute matching pajamas for the boys!

And this sweet little Personalized Gown from Oh Sweet Sprouts, which I can't show you yet because it has his name on it!

We also had to buy all new bibs and burp cloths, since so many of them were stained and worn from when Owen was a baby -- we went through quite a few a day with him! I love these soft, brightly colored bibs from Funky Giraffe by Groovi Gee! They two layers, one of gorgeous brushed cotton and the other of natural super soft fleece, which helps keep moister away from baby's skin. 

And I'm not done yet! There's still a lot on my "to buy" list, the most important thing being his coming home outfit! I have the outfit we brought Owen home in stored away in his keepsake box.

Which outfit would you pick?
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