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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!

 

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

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

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

Oh Baby! We’re Expecting!

Wow! It has been a while since I’ve been blogging. When I did my last post back in December, I was thinking I’d be signing off for the Holidays.. little did I know what life had in store for us!

After months of trying, countless ovulation tests and a lot of emotions I found out that my body just wasn’t ovulating on a monthly cycle. Finally we made an appointment to see a fertility doctor that can give me medicines to force my body to ovulate every month as it should. At my very first appointment with the fertility doctor to start the treatments, I got some very unexpected news. They told me I was pregnant! We had gotten pregnant on our own and the baby was just a few days old. I called my husband who rushed over to the doctors office. We had a sonogram that day and saw the little bundle of cells that would become our baby.

What a whirl wind experience that day was! A few weeks later we shared our exciting news with our family on Christmas morning and couldn’t be happier. It was so exciting to see my mom and dad’s face as this will be their very first grandbaby! A few sonograms and doctors appointments later we decided to share the news with the rest of our family and friends on Valentine’s Day. My sister-in-law was amazing and came by our house to snap some photos for our announcement while I was 14 weeks along. I am so happy with the results and treasure each and every photo.

I picked up this little chalk board heart in the dollar section of Target. I loved the heart shape as a little ode to our announcement going out on Valentine’s Day! I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the little “Oh Baby!”. If you do not have a Cameo, you can order letters similar to ours from here or here. I used the Cameo again to make the t-shirt transfers of the baby’s due date and the “We can’t wait to meet you!”. It was a simple project but made for some great photos! This Etsy store has a similar pre-made one here.

I made our official announcement with Minted.com. They are so easy to use and I love their designs. I have most of my contacts in their system so they pre-address all of my envelopes for me, which is a life saver! I really am always so happy with the quality using Minted. This is the design for you to create your own!

The first trimester was hard. Harder than I expected.. and I wasn’t even that sick. the thing that got me was how TIRED I was. All of the time, everything just took it out of me. I could barely keep up with work and house chores, let alone have enough stamina to write a few blog posts. There was no creative things happening around my house, and I was in bed by 8:00pm every night.

Now that I am in my second trimester, and feeling more like myself, I am so ready to get back into things! I am so sorry for my long break. Get ready for more house posts, some maternity fashion and baby posts coming your way really soon!

Thank you so much for sticking by me and the blog. We are feeling so blessed and excited for this new journey!

Until Next time,

Ashley

 

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