Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Fall Maternity Fashion Inspiration

Fall is here and I am just so excited  for it! Fall is hands down my favorite season of the year, I love the colors of the leaves turning, I love the weather and most of all I love the fashion! At 35 weeks 2 days I definitely can't partake in my favorite fall fashions just yet, well so I thought. I decided to hope on Pinterest and look for some Fall Maternity Fashion Inspiration and of course I found tons of cute looks! Here are a few that I definitely plan on recreating! 

Image & Blog Credit - Lauren Mcbride

Image Credit - Instagram - @Merricksart

Image & Blog Credit - A Spoonful of Style

Image & Blog Credit - One Little Momma

Image & Blog Credit - Swank & Dapper

What is your favorite thing about Fall?


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Making Room For Baby | Newborn Storage

 I've got 5 weeks and 5 days left of my pregnancy, thank the Lord! Baby is head down (she's been head down every appointment since 28 weeks) and she's growing right on track! My next appointment will be 36 weeks and from then on I'll be going to the doctor every week. Man I'm just so ready for October to get here and to finally see what she looks like! I'm so curious as to what color she'll be, I'm "yellow" and daddy is more "caramel" so she could go either way, and I'm praying she has "easy" hair. I say easy because Pumpkins hair, well lets just say its been a struggle. I have a feeling she's going to look just like daddy though, even though I secretly hope she's a good mixture of both of us (leaning more towards mommy though haha!) I ordered my diaper bag so definitely stay tuned to find out which one I chose! Honestly I may buy 2 just because I'm so in love with 2 different diaper bags but we'll see.

Being that I am so close to her arrival, I thought I'd share with you all how I store everything I've gotten so far for baby. 90% of everything she has I actually received free. I highly encourage expecting mothers to research your local pregnancy resources because there is a lot of help out there for pregnant women. At least there is here in Minnesota. I personally have went through Tapestry Families for a lot of resources. They offer prenatal care in which you receive a brand new crib and carseat if participating in the prenatal care program, but they also have list to get on for pack and plays, strollers, carseats and more.

They also have classes you can take where you earn points for attending and then you can use your points in their baby boutique (all brand new clothing and accessories) and in their thrift store. So I definitely took advantage of a lot of the classes and Baby is set wardrobe wise for at least her first 6 - 9 months! So definitely check to see if your city has any programs such as this one!

Anywho back to the storage!

I live in a 2 bedroom so that means Pumpkin and Baby will be sharing not only a room but closet & storage space. I rarely used the closet for pumpkin because I just kept all her clothing in her drawer. So I decided to go ahead and make the closet the place I hang most of baby's clothing. Then I recently purchased this little hanging organizer to add more storage space in the closet.

For everything else I purchased the Munchkin Nursery Organizer. I love this because I'm able to fit all her non clothes items plus all her onesies. I think I'm going to buy one more storage item just in case because as you can see I've used all the storage up. Definitely a good thing because she is pretty much set but I'm waiting to see what all I get at my baby shower before I buy the last storage piece.

What is/was your favorite way to store your baby's clothes and accessories. 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

5 Non Traditional Diaper Bags

When I was pregnant with my first, the diaper bag was the first thing I purchased. I had my eyes on a pink and black Carters diaper bag at Marshalls and as soon as I knew I was having a girl, I basically ran to the store to buy it! This time around I literally have waited until the end of my pregnancy to even start looking around for one. Honestly, I had my mind set on a Kate Spade Diaper Bag and was dead set on buying it but after long consideration I decided that spending $400 on a diaper bag probably wasn't the wisest decision and that the money could go to other things baby actually needs. So I've been on the hunt for a diaper bag, something cute but still not so "diaper bag-ish". I had my eyes on a cute teal and grey diaper bag from Target but then I saw a lot of other women carrying it around which was a bit of a turn off, I want to be different! 

After doing some well needed diaper bag research, on youtube of course, I came across this brand. Being that I have a 3 year old, a hands free diaper bag would be great so that I can still have my hands free to cater to her needs as well plus I don't have to worry about my diaper bag being in the way since it would be on my back. I like the idea of a backpack diaper bag and the styles they carry are oh so cute!

Yea I know, this technically is not a diaper bag, but many women have used this bag as a diaper bag simple because of its size and make. Being that it is nylon, it is super easy to clean up if you have any spills and its super roomy. I have to have something big, I still carry around a lot of stuff for my 3 year old so a well spaced bag is a must to carry both Pumpkin and the new babies things. This tote comes in 11 amazing colors and if you want more organization you can easily add in a diaper bag insert/organizer

I came across this bag on, you guest it, YouTube. Now of course I can't find the specific video that I watched but there are a lot of reviews on this bag. What I love most about this bag is that it is so versatile. It can be worn on your shoulder like a tote, as a cross body AND as a backpack. Plus its super cute and has 9 pockets!

Ok honestly, this is my favorite diaper bag on the list. I was actually searching for another bag online that I saw in store at Pacifier but instead came across this bag. This bag is so classy and looks NOTHING like a diaper bag. People would never guess nor probably believe you if you said its a diaper bag! After seeing this bag, I may have found my match made in heaven! I'm extremely considering this as the winner. I am just so in love with the style and it comes in 5 colors all great for fall, I love all the colors so the real dilemma would be picking which color I want!

Last but definitely not least, ok well maybe least in price but definitely not in cuteness! I really love the pattern on this diaper bag and the style. Also another bag that looks nothing like a diaper bag, it is perfect for if you in search for a cross body diaper bag. Again another style that is perfect for fall and for storing everything baby needs with 7 pockets total. 

I'm kind of in a tug of war between the Hip Cub, Longchamp and Brookside tote above. I really do love all of them so the decision is going to be a tough one. Stay tuned for my What's In My Hospital Diaper Bag post to see which one comes out on top!

What is your favorite type of diaper bag, traditional or nontraditional? 


Friday, August 26, 2016

5 Tip To Enjoy The State Fair While Pregnant

As many of you know I am in my third trimester, 32 weeks 5 days to be exact. It is that time of year for the MN State Fair and I am a huge fan of it! I love going and getting my favorite foods that I can only get once a year!
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