Friday, July 29, 2016

Embracing Summer on Kansas City Moms Blog

Earlier this week, I was on the Kansas City Moms Blog talking about how to make summer feel special even if you work year-round. Head here to check it out.

I hope you have a great weekend, I'll see you Monday! 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

July Clothing Budget

Compared to last month, July was a fairly quiet shopping month. I did splurge a little on a dress, but otherwise I didn’t do much shopping. Typically I also share what I bought for Jona, but you’ll notice that’s missing this month. That’s because I didn’t shop for him at all! That’s quite rare, as I typically have a hard time passing up adorable toddler boy clothes. Here’s what I did buy. 

{my clothing budget: July 2016}

Clothing budget for July - what I saved on, what I splurged on |

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Summer White Dress and Confident Twosday Linkup

Thanks so much to Laura for having me co-host her Confident Twosday linkup. I love joining in this linkup every week, and I love her motivation behind it--to encourage women to share things that make them feel confident. It’s also very fitting since “confidence” happens to be my word of the year for 2016. 

Sometimes it can be difficult to feel confident during pregnancy. In fact, that’s been more of a struggle for me this time around than it was with my first. When I was pregnant with my son Jona, I think it was all so new and magical that it didn’t occur to me to feel self-conscious of my growing, changing body. This time, especially as I’ve neared the end of my second trimester, I’ve worried more about the size of my bump, the weight gain, etc. I don’t dwell on these things, but they occasionally cloud my thoughts. 

When I’m choosing an outfit to wear, one thing I can count on to help boost my confidence is a dress. I’ve been living in dresses this pregnancy, and to me there is nothing more comfortable or flattering. I have been wearing this white dress from Old Navy a ton this summer, and when I saw this post on Writes Like a Girl, I knew I wanted to recreate her little white dress look. I wore it to work a couple of weeks ago (you may have seen it on Instagram) and then again to church on Sunday, and felt confident for both occasions. 

When you’re struggling to love your body, what do you wear to make you feel more confident? 

Summer outfit idea - white dress with bright scarf and jewelry and espadrilles |

Dress: Old Navy (similar, non-maternity)  | earrings: Nickel and Suede | scarf: gift from co-worker (similar-great price) | espadrilles: Loft (similar)

Friday, July 22, 2016

Pregnancy Update: 26 Weeks and Bump Style Roundup

I’m 26 weeks along now, which means my second trimester will be coming to an end soon. I can’t believe how quickly this pregnancy has gone by, and I know that October will be here before I know it. I’m not even close to ready for baby girl’s arrival, so I’m hoping that the “nesting” feeling will kick in soon so I can get the nursery (and everything else) in gear.