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April 2017

Shop Pink Blush + $75 Gift Card Giveaway

While this post is sponsored by Pink Blush Maternity– As always, all of the comments and opinions in this post are my own. Also a special THANK YOU to White Elm Photography for the wonderful photographs featured in this post!

Good Morning Lovies!

I am so excited to share a wonderful company with you today. Pink Blush offers some of the most adorable maternity clothes. I ordered a beautiful floral print maxi dress to wear for Easter, and when it arrived, I was head-over-heels in love with it! One of my biggest things lately have been maternity clothes that can grow with my bump, then transition into non-maternity later on. Versatility is key in the land of motherhood and Pink Blush has made it easier than ever to create a staple wardrobe with styles that can be worn during pregnancy into motherhood. I love that this dress has a wrapped waist. It allows for easy breast feeding once our little one arrives, but also is great for later down the road too!

After swooning over my new dress in a Monday Morning Coffee Post, Pink Blush reached out to me asking if I’d like to try out another beautiful dress. I really like the products they sell and shopped there on my own first- so I could not say “yes!” fast enough. Pink Blush sent me this cute maternity dress. I love how it is fitted to show off the baby bump in all the right ways. It is such a beautiful shade of saturated pink. I am planning on wearing it to my baby shower coming up next month in May.

White Elm Photography did such a great job with these maternity photos, don’t you agree? If you’re in the Central Ohio area give Natalie a call and tell her I said “Hi!”. She is also helping me with some fresh 48 hospital photos and our newborn shoot once baby arrives. You’ll be seeing some more of her amazing work soon enough!

Now for the GIVEAWAY! Pink Blush was also so nice to offer a $75.00 gift card to one of my readers to try out some amazing clothing for themselves! Here are a few of my favorite items they have in their shop right now as inspiration on how to spend that gift card! Scroll down to enter the contest!

Mint Green Maternity Dress // Navy Blue and Lace Delivery Robe // White Floral Maternity Dress

Blue Distressed Skinny Jeans // Peach Chiffon Kimono // Pink Draped Front Nursing Top

They have a little something for everyone with plenty of styles and colors to pick from. What items would you buy with $75?! Let me know and enter below to win a $75.00 gift card to Shop Pink Blush.

Win a $75 gift card to Pink Blush

Thanks so much for tuning in! I can’t wait to see what items you love too! Be sure to follow along on my Instagram and Facebook to get more chances to win!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Thanks again to PinkBlush and White Elm Photography for their help bringing you this post! Please be sure to note some of the contest rules:  If you’ve already won a PinkBlush giveaway with 6 months, you will not be eligible to win. Winners must wait 3 months before they are eligible to enter to win another PinkBlush giveaway again. Good Luck!

Soft and Sweet Blush Pink Nursery Plans

This post may contain affiliate links that help to support and run this blog. All opinions and selections were made on my own.

Baby Girl is on her way and we could not be more excited to meet her. I’ve been feeling lots of kicks and flutters. It really makes it feel more real to feel her. I am quickly realizing that I am more than halfway through with my pregnancy. Its crazy to me that she will be here this summer. It is so exciting to look forward to the amazing changes coming our way.

I’ve been designing away at her nursery plans. I want a nursery that is soft and feminine, but also feels like it belongs with the rest of our home. I wanted a color pallet of white, blush and tiny pops of green. I took to Pinterest to help find some inspiration. Source

I really love the soft colors of this beautiful playroom. The room is mostly white with the soft blush colors pulled throughout. I love how they added the tiny little bits of green in the floral. This space represents the colors I want to achieve in the design perfectly!

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This nursery is so wonderful in so many ways. I love how she uses layers of white tones in different textures to create interest. I also adore the antique rug she selected for the room. I want to use one in our nursery, something that can hide stains but is soft for crawling and playing.

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This is a really sweet space. I really like how they kept the room very kid friendly but also made it feel sophisticated. In the first year, I will be spending a lot of time in the nursery and I’d like it to be a space that I can enjoy and relax in as well. I think this feeling is reflected in this nursery.

With my inspiration in hand, I started to compile my own nursery plans. I am registered with Amazon.com and Babies-R-Us. I looked through their options and registered for a lot of items needed (even the drapery, sheets, and accessories for the bookcase) It would be great to get some of the items from my loved ones. I kept the larger items really neutral and white and added color with some smaller accessories. The only large item that has color is that beautiful area rug. I already ordered it, and I love it. It has a lot of different pink tones and little pops of greens and yellows. It will really grow with our baby into childhood (and here’s to hoping the pattern hides some abuse too!)

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Beaded Chandelier // Grey Crib // Rose Crib Sheet // Buffalo Plaid Crib Sheet // Crib Skirt // DIY Clothing Art // Pom Pom Sheer Drapery // Cream Glider // Pink Pom Pom Pillow // DIY Tree Stump // Florals  // Pink Area Rug // Wire Hamper // White Dresser // Wood Name Art // Rose Changing Pad // Bookcase // Love Grows Here Art // Wooden Toy // Plush Unicorn // Pom Pom Basket // DIY Bow Holder // DIY Book Holder

So, what do you think? I am so excited to get going with this project! We have already ordered a few items like the crib, rug and chandelier. My mom purchased the cream glider for us from my babies-R-Us registry (thank you!!) Additionally, we will have a few DIY projects to tackle.

  • Add Shiplap to Walls
  • Make DIY Hair Bow Holder
  • Make Tree Stump Side Table
  • Change Out Chandelier
  • Make Book Holder

I am really looking forward to seeing how it all turns out! Be sure to check into Instagram to see progress updates!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Great Expectations Maternity + Giveaway!

While this post is sponsored by Great Expectations Maternity– As always, all of the comments and opinions in this post are my own. Also a special THANK YOU to White Elm Photography for the wonderful photographs featured in this post!

The bigger my baby bump gets, the more I value my more comfortable maternity essentials. While it is nice to get all dolled up and go out for a date night my the hubby- its not how I’m living day-by-day. Working from home my sofa means I can get away with some yoga pants and a t-shirt almost any day of the week. But with my bump getting larger every week, my old staples are not fitting the bill- literally. I needed some super comfortable maternity clothing.

I found this amazing company called Great Expectations Maternity. You might know them for their helpful book series that has helped thousands of expecting moms-to-be from all of the world get information about babies development, nutrition and what to expect while carrying your bundle of joy.

Great Expectations has teamed up with Walmart to help even more expectant mothers. They are offering seriously comfortable maternity wear at seriously affordable prices. I’m talking jeans for under twenty dollars here people!

Chambray Top // White Maternity Pants // Similar White Wedges

Can you believe this cute chambray maternity top is less than $15.00?! Like seriously, its only $15.00. I love how it fits on my body, with a more modest neckline. The tie waist defines my baby bump so I’m not drowning in fabric. This top has been great to toss on with leggings and run to the grocery store. It has become a quick staple in my maternity closet this spring!Black Maternity Yoga Pants // Similar Maternity T-shirt

I have been living in these maternity yoga pants. They are made of sturdy but stretchy fabric that doesn’t become see-through when you bend over. Nobody likes that! I love that they have a large roll down waist band so you can adjust the fit as the baby grows. While they suggest buying your “pre-pregnancy” size; I wish I went up a size. I am wearing a small, but with my long legs and frequent washing (not kidding about living in these pants)- I want them to be a smidge longer. But, for just $14.00 I’m going to scoop up a few more pairs of these. I imagine they will be great in the first few months after the baby is born too!Black Maternity Tank Top Dress // Similar Jean Jacket

This is an amazing deal. This black maternity tank dress has the sweetest keyhole detail on the back and fits like a dream. Did I mention it is $12.79… RIGHT? This dress is so simple that it makes it super easy to style in so many different ways. Toss on a jean jacket and sneakers one day- layer on a printed t-shirt and sandals the next to create a completely different look! I am planning on wearing this dress through most of the summer! Check out some more amazing items from GE Maternity:

Grey T-Shirt Maternity Dress // Salmon Lace Detail Cap Sleeve Blouse // Short Sleeve Graphic T-Shirt

Now, without further adieu… a giveaway! Enter below to win a custom GE Maternity Book package featuring their Great Expectations: Pregnancy & Childbirth guide and Great Expectations: Pregnancy Journal & Planner, Revised Edition! These books have been such a great resource for me while I expect my first baby. They have detailed week-by-week development guides, food safety information, tips for the gear you’ll really need, and even help with getting genetic testing.  The pregnancy journal has a cute week to week note section to write down your crazy pregnancy dreams, track babies activity and also a space to keep up with your medical records while pregnant.

GE Maternity Book Giveaway

I have to give some major love to White Elm Photography. She is so amazing.  If you’re in the Central Ohio area give Natalie a call and tell her I said “Hi!”. She does some amazing newborn photography too, so check her out! Thanks so much for tuning in! Be sure to follow along on my Instagram and Facebook to get more chances to win!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Thanks again to GE Maternity and White Elm Photography for their help bringing you this post! Please be sure to note some of the contest rules: You must have a valid address within the United States or Canada to enter. Winner will be contacted via email to have the book set sent directly to them. Please enter a valid email address to win. Good luck!

 

Easter Inspired Spring Table

Happy Spring!

Boy, does it feel good to finally have some spring weather! Its nice and warm here in Ohio, and my flowers are starting to bloom in the garden. It has created a bit of spring fever. I’ve been itching to switch out items around the house to give it a bit of a lighter and brighter feel. The first thing I really worked on was our newly finished dining room. My husband made our table from bits and pieces of other tables- creating this stunner. I am in love with how it turned out. We added this blue area rug right before Christmas and I’ve been really happy with it. The pattern hides crumbs really well, and the price for the size is a steal! For this Easter inspired spring table, I wanted a soft and pretty feeling with some natural elements. I started with our Pottery Barn table runner we had from a wedding gift. This one is similar! I took inspiration for the colors from these beautiful Studio McGee Watercolor Pillows. Everything about them just screams “happy” to me. I love the soft blues, greens and pinks. It was a fun color pallet to work with!

I picked up some strips of moss from my local craft store. I layered them with the table runner to add texture. I used simple white chargers, white plates and some hand-me-down blue and white china for the service wear. I used these lace trim napkins (on sale!) to echo the same linen in our dining chairs. I added the same moss, a tulip and some soft pink ribbon to finish off the look.Thanks for checking out my Easter inspired spring dining room! I hope you got some inspiration out of it! Let me know what you’re table is looking like- leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Monday Morning Coffee

Every week I ease into it by drinking coffee and getting inspired with pretty things online. Grab your cup and join me for 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.

I am always browsing the internet and Pinterest for inspiration. There are so many amazingly talented people out there, doing such big things. I love sitting back early on a Monday morning with my laptop, with my warm cup of (now decaf) coffee. I sit, relax and enjoy what everyone else has to offer for pretty things and great ideas. Sit back with me and see what is inspiring me on Monday Morning Coffee! Follow along on Instagram with the hashtag #ActuallyAshleyMMC and share your pretty things too!

One:Designer Becki Owens knocks it out of the park with this fresh and light Master bedroom. The photo above is from the feature in Good Housekeeping Magazine. I really love that bed, with the linen and nail heads! I am also swooning over the white shiplap ceiling!

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Patti from Old Things New created this really beautiful Easter inspired center piece for her dining room table. Can you believe it is faux flowers?! Oh, and that urn! So pretty. I’ve used the same lambs ear and peonies in my own arrangements before. I am now itching to create something even half as beautiful as this!

Three:How genius is this DIY headband storage idea from Live a Little Wilder Blog? Sarah said her daughters headbands were getting out of hand- so she glues some clothes pins onto left over wood… simple solutions are the best solutions. I see this DIY in my future for our upcoming nursery project!

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There is something on my mind lately that I just can not kick. Maybe it is the winter blues, and the urge for spring to hurry up already… but I want some live plants in the house, bad. I have plans of fresh herbs in the kitchen and beautiful flowers on my bedside table. Then, I saw a photo of the most beautiful tree plump with fresh fruit. Now I can not get a Meyer Lemon Tree off of my mind. Stay tuned for this one!

Thanks so much for stopping in this morning and checking out what has inspired me to get going this week. Remember to share your Monday Morning Coffee inspiration on Instagram by tagging #ActuallyAshleyMMC.

Until Next Time,

Ashley

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