Month

March 2017

Baby Bump- Weekly Maternity Photos

Wow, I feel like time has flown by with this pregnancy. It is so hard to believe that I am more than half way there! I really wanted to be able to look back at my first time becoming a mother, and wanted to find a way to document it. I love seeing how big my bump (and baby!) have grown every week and am so happy I got up the energy to do this! No joke, pregnant people are TIRED. #growingahuman

I picked up a large chalkboard from my local craft store. I used my Cameo cutter to design and but out vinyl stickers for the “base”. I knew there was no way that stuff was staying intact for 40 weeks so the vinyl has been great! Every week I simply erase the week, baby size and cravings and replace them with this weeks information. Keeping it simple is a great way to actually do it every week!

I grabbed this simple non-maternity dress for $10 at TJ-Maxx. It was super stretchy and long to accommodate all the stages of my pregnancy. I think having the same clothing on for each week makes it easier to see the changes in my body week-to-week. I change up my shoes and accessories based on my mood… hair and make up also shows my “feeling great” weeks from my “I need a nap” weeks! Its actually funny to look back now at my nap weeks!

If I could go back to our first week, week 10, I would change a few things. I wish I had a space for new things, or firsts. It would have been even better to see the first time I could feel her kick, or remember what weeks we had a sonogram done. I am happy I wrote out the week we found out the sex, it was very exciting to know! My mom mailed me that tiny tu-tu the second we told her it was a girl. Its so amazing to see the photo and be reminded of how much she is already loved!

Well, I’m only half way there with a lot of weeks to go. I’ll be sure to share the last half of the journey with you in a few months!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Getting My Fix- Stitch Fix Review 11

While this post is sponsored by Stitch Fix – As always, all of the comments and opinions in this post are my own.

Hello Friends!

I am so excited to share with you some amazing items I received in my very first last Stitch Fix Maternity shipment! I have been getting a much bigger bump the last few weeks and regular clothing is out of the picture these days. I am so happy Stitch Fix has started having maternity gear- and a huge selection of brands too! I requested some every day clothing and a dress to wear to my baby shower. The stylist Lindsey said they didn’t have a lot of dress selection right now so she sent me a maxi and some more casual wear. Let me show you what I got:


1: Loveapella- Carlita Knit Maternity Maxi Dress- ReturnedI really like Loveapella, and tend to get and keep a lot of items from them. However, I just was not feeling this dress. I don’t like purple all that much, and the print seemed very bright to me. It also was a tad short and could only be worn with flat sandals. I opted to return this one because I wouldn’t be wearing it too much, and who needs maternity dressed you’ll never wear taking up space?


2: Le Lis- Alston Cowl Neck Pullover Maternity Knit Top- ReturnedThis top was very very big. I mean, you can’t even see a hint of my bump in this top… The stylist Lindsey said it was getting great reviews for the postpartum  fit and suggested it with leggings. It was very soft and comfortable but the baby is due in August, and there is no way I’ll be needing a cowl neck sweater then so I sent this one back.


3: Full Moon- Peppy 3/4 Sleeve Maternity Knit Top- KeptThis cute, fun and soft top was just the ticket. I loved how it was fitted so it showed off the bump (don’t want people to have to guess, right?). It has gathered sides so it will stretch and grow over the upcoming weeks, but will also be great to toss on after baby arrives. I also love this one with white jeans for the summer! I kept this one for sure!


4: Market & Spruce- Cindra Crochet Cargo Vest- ReturnedI wanted to love this vest so badly. I have been searching for a great army green vest for a while now and never really find anything. I loved that this had little crochet details around the pockets and neck. This one was just a little too big and I worried it would be really too big after the baby arrives. I wish it had a cinch at the waist or something to accommodate, but it didn’t so I returned it.


5: Romolo- Genevieve Stacked Chevron Pendant Necklace- Returned

Man-oh-man. I had pinned this necklace on my Pinterest Page a few times and I really love it. I was so excited when I saw it in this shipment. Unfortunately, when I opened the adorable paper they had it wrapped in, I saw that the chain was broken. Stitch Fix has a great return policy and I could easily get a replacement- but now I am worried another one would break too. I am rough on my necklaces, ya’ll. I sent this one back, and it hurts.


Thats it folks! I was so excited to get my first maternity fix! Even if I only kept one item, it still was nice to try stuff on and see what was working or not working for my ever changing body. I was able to give some pretty specific feedback for my next one, so hopefully I get some more stuff to love! Happy to share with you guys- check in again soon- or follow along on Instagram and Facebook!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Monday Morning Coffee

Grab a hot cup of joe and get inspired with

me for today’s Monday Morning Coffee.


While this post may contain affiliate links- As always, all of the comments and opinions in this post are my own.

I always think browsing the internet and Pinterest on Monday morning is such a great way to ease into the work week. I like to take my time on Monday mornings, drinking a hot cup of coffee and browsing pretty things that inspire me online, so take a look at what I’ve been into this morning.

One:House Beautiful is showing off 80 Patio and Outdoor Rooms. Now I have to figure out a way to cram all of these amazing-swoon-worthy-dream-spaces into my backyard… One of my favorite from their list is this lanai. It is a classic vision of my blue and white dreams. You can see more of this specific Florida home from another House Beautiful article. All of the heart eye emojis.

Two:Did you guys know that Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi live in the most beautifully curated home? Architectural Digest has an amazing spread of their rustic California abode. How casual are those Emmy Awards tucked into her 19-century cabinet? How come my office doesn’t look like that?

Three:I am just getting to the point in my pregnancy that I simply can not squeeze myself into non-maternity clothing anymore. But, maternity clothing seems so expensive for something I’ll only be able to wear for a short period of time. I’ve been really into finding items that can be both maternity and non-maternity once the baby is here. I ordered this floral wrap maxi dress online and absolutely love it. I am planning to wear it for Easter this year. Pink Blush has a ton of great transitional maternity pieces, that I can easily still wear while not pregnant.  Love!!

 Four:I’ve been loving Etsy shops for baby clothing as we await the arrival of our little girl this summer. EmmaStichCompany has some super cute baby leggings and onesies that I adore. I scooped up a few of them like this pink and coral digital floral print leggings with matching headband. How stinking cute is that?! Emma Stitch was also super amazing to work with when I had some shipping glitches- huge thank you for their amazing customer service!

Thanks for stopping in to see what I’ve been loving this morning! Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest to see what else I’ve been digging lately. I’ve also been sharing some snaps of our kitchen remodel over on Insta stories! Head on over to check them out!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Getting My Fix: Stitch Fix Review 10

While this post is sponsored by Stitch Fix – As always, all of the comments and opinions in this post are my own.

Hello Friends!

I am so excited to share with you some amazing items I received in my last Stitch Fix shipment! Last week my husband and I finally announced our very exciting news that we will be expecting our first child this summer! We are so excited for this big change in our lives. Speaking of big changes… my belly is steadily growing each week. While I forgot to change my profile before this shipment arrived, I made sure to update and notify my stylist for next month to receive their new Stitch Fix Maternity gear! They have also recently launched Stitch Fix for Men and Stitch Fix Plus Sizes! They seriously have something for just about everyone now! Some of you have been asking my how exactly Stitch Fix works… Well, I got you covered! First create an account here. Fill out the style profile and sizing information. The more specific you are the better! You can even add a link to a style or fashion Pinterest board to show them what you love.  Once you complete your profile, set up a date you’d like to receive your fix. A personal stylist will review all of that information and select five items they think you’ll love. If you download the Stitch Fix App, you can edit your profile and track shipments right from your smart phone. I love seeing this beautiful box on my door step! Your first fix will arrive right on schedule. Open up your fix and take a look! They provide you with detailed outfit ideas and a personalized note from your stylist. You’ll have time to try everything on and decide which items you’re going to keep. There is a $20 styling fee which will be deducted from your total if you purchase anything! In your package will be an invoice which lays out the price of each item. You only pay for what you’re going to keep. If you want to return anything, just package up the items in the prepaid packaging and leave it for the post man to pick up! Go onto your app or the Stitch Fix website to check out, give feedback and schedule your next fix. Easy as that!

Another question I get a lot, is what is the average price per item in my shipments? It honestly depends on the brands they send and the item. A nicer jacket or amazing denim will run around $60, while a cute top might be closer to $30. You can also give them a price point in your style profile! Now, onto my fix from this month!


1: 41Hawthorn- Ayesha Textured Button Detail Pullover- ReturnedLook at that little bump! This sweater was cute, and comfortable. I opted to return it because I have so many white sweaters already, but it was a good one! I paired it with dark denim jeans an camel colored boots.


2: Pixley- Abriella Waffle Knit Cardigan- KeptHoly cow, this sucker is so comfortable. Like, really really comfortable. Its a great neutral dark grey and has become a great item to throw on over a plain t-shirt to run to the store this winter. I kept the same dark jeans and camel boots for this look.


3: Loveappella- Evie Draw String Funnel Neck Sweatshirt- Kept

I was on the fence about this one, but my husband convinced me to keep it. Boy, he was right! This simple purple sweatshirt has become a weekly part of my new “comfort-is-key” pregnancy looks. It is soft, light weight and easy to throw on with jeans. I am so happy I decided to keep this one!


4: Mystree- Kotor Plaid Front Knit Top- ReturnedI really wanted to love this one when I saw it in my box. I really did. I like plaid, and the material was great! There was just something weird about the fit on me. I’m not sure if it was my growing baby bump or these weirdly large armpits.. but I had to return this one.


5: Toms- Classic Slip-On Flats- ReturnedMy stylist sent me this pair of red Toms. I love the idea of Toms, and the amazing things the company does. I know most people swear they are so comfortable and love theirs. They just seem to no have enough support for my taste. The canvas sides seem to rub slightly weird, and I do not like it. I sent this pair back because I knew I was not going to be wearing them too much.

Thats a wrap! Be sure to check out Stitch Fix if you’re interested! I love their services and would highly recommend it for anyone interested! Let me know what you thought of this shipment in the comments below. I love hearing from you!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Monday Morning Coffee

Grab a hot cup of coffee and get inspired with

me on this weeks Monday Morning Coffee.


While this post may contain affiliate links- As always, all of the comments and opinions in this post are my own.

It has been a hot minute since I’ve done a Monday Morning Coffee. I love doing them, so I am excited to start back up at it. It is always so nice to be able to share what has been inspiring me. I always think browsing the internet and Pinterest on Monday morning is such a great way to ease into the work week. I like to take my time on Monday mornings, drinking a hot cup of coffee and browsing pretty things that inspire me online, so take a look at what I’ve been into this morning.

One:As you may know, I announced last week that my husband and I are expecting a little baby coming this summer. We are over the moon excited. Last fall we moved from the East Coast to Ohio, leaving behind my friends and family. Being so far from everyone makes it very hard for my family to plan a surprise baby shower for me. Therefore, I am being involved in some of the planning to make it a little easier on everyone. I found these adorable invitations from MyPrintableArts Etsy shop. I purchased them last week and Helen was amazing to work with. I was able to customize them slightly to include a little more information. I can’t wait for them to arrive! They are just so cute!

Two:Our new house in Ohio has a very pretty screened in porch out back that I’ve done absolutely nothing to.. It has slate floors and a big fireplace just like this pretty inspiration from Linda McDougald via Traditional Home. I love the large outdoor dining table, which is perfect for a nice meal on a beautiful summer night. I just love how soft, inviting and neutral this space feels. Its simply timeless! Maybe I’ll try to tackle the screened in porch in the spring….

Three:Again with the baby fever. I’d say I’m sorry but I honestly can not help myself. I adore this soft pink and grey nursery featured on Inspired By This. Its girly, but not childish- which seems to be the perfect direction for a nursery to me. I am totally stealing the idea to frame family heirloom baby clothing- In fact I’ve already texted my mom and mother-in-law to be on the hunt when doing any spring cleaning!

Four:  Holy cow, guys! Did you know Ikea just launched a new Gift Registry program? New home, wedding, baby or going to college- register with Ikea for anything in the store! Its available at every brick and mortar location as well as online making it super easy. You must be a friends and family member to start one- but that is free and simple to do as well. Happy scanning, people!

Five: Last but not least- how sweet is this “I have a fuzzy Daddy” onesie by House Of Luna Boutique?! My husband takes great pride in his beard, so I had to get this for our little bundle of joy. It came in no time at all and it is great quality. They print on Carter’s brand Onesies, which tend to run small. You might need to size up, but I am loving this shops punny stuff!

That’s all the stuff I’ve been digging this morning. Thanks for looking around and talk soon!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

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