My Summer Reading List

Friday, June 26, 2015

Summer Reading

I'm supposed to write about all of the books on my 'to read' list this summer and/or recommend some of the amazing books I've read as of late.

Um ya.

First issue is that I'm due with a child in approximately 3 weeks and the likelihood that I'll be able to keep my eyes open long enough to read a whole book during the remainder of the summer, let alone a list of them, is slim-to-none.

Second, working full-time, parenting a toddler and being pregnant has not really allowed me much 'reading for pleasure' time lately. By lately, I mean since my last pregnancy. Unless you count the children's books that I know off my heart (you can read about my children's books recommendations HERE - I know those well!). 

Time to improvise:

Books I've read (longer ago than I care to admit) and recommend 

The Alchemist - a beautiful book about finding purpose and meaning in life. I'll be honest in that I don't remember the actual storyline of the book but I do remember the profound impact it had on me. It's definitely a must-read and very likely a book I should add to my re-read list (even though I've never actually read a book, besides a children's book, more than once). 

I've read a few other Paulo Coelho books and very much liked them all! 

The Forgotten Garden - again, while the exact storyline has seemed to escape my memory, I do remember thoroughly enjoying this book. It's long but it didn't feel long (always an indicator of a good read). 

Quick question: am I the only one who can read a book, thoroughly love/enjoy it and yet still forget the entire storyline years later? Is that normal?

Books I'd like to read (in the not-so-distant future)

The Girl on the Train - I've heard about this book a lot lately and it's apparently right up there on the current Best Sellers lists so it only makes sense it would be on my reading list.

Grey - ya, I know, I know, I shouldn't even be admitting it but I'm curious about this book only because I read the 50 Shades Series (a long time ago now). Having said that, I'm not sure I will prioritize this over some of my other must-reads.

The One and Only - I'm a sucker for chick-lit and have loved all of Emily Giffin's books so this book is on my list. I am a little weary though because the reviews are not great. I'd appreciate your feedback if you've already read it!

I would be VERY happy if you'd like to share your 'must-read' books because my summer reading list is lacking! 

Finally - the BEST part of this post is that I'm linking up with some awesome ladies who are much more avid readers than I am. SOOOO I'm clearly going to make a whole NEW 'must-read' list after checking out what they've all been reading and what's on their lists! BRILLIANT!!

You've still got a few more hours to get your entries in for the $200 Gap brand gift card!!!! Enter below!

Feel free to link up with us below - happy weekend! 

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what I wore - stripes

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Happy Wednesday! 

It seems like I've been wearing lots of stripes lately. I've never been particularly into stripes but it seems like some of my most comfy maternity duds happen to have stripes on them. As a result, the stripes are really growing on me (literally lol). 

I would have never purchased a shirt with horizontal stripes before, because for some reason I had it in my head they would make me look bigger. Not so! 

Now that I've embraced stripes, here's how my (very) pregnant self has been wearing them:

okay, technically this is 3 weeks ago but it's still stripes so I'm going with it; however, now that I see this pic it's quite clear to me I've gotten HUGE in the last 3 weeks. Like WHOA!

Striped palazzo pants. Palazzo pants are a Summer Style Challenge item that I haven't yet fully embraced. I'm not confident they're super flattering on me BUT the sheer comfort alone has me adding them to my maternity wardrobe rotation. I am also thinking that I'll need some non-maternity pairs for post-partum fashion :) Yes, they kind look (and very much feel) like pjs, but apparently they're "in" so I'm going with it.

Striped tank for the win! It's hard to find things to go with my hot pink maternity pants, but this navy and white striped tank works AND will also look cute with my mint capris (see last week's post about my mint capris HERE).

You'll see I'm linking up with some lovely ladies below, so make sure you check them out and feel free to link up with us below (any fashion-related post is welcome and encouraged!!).

OHHHHH and the GIVEAWAY continues for 2 more days, so get your entries in for your chance to win a $200 Gap brand gift card!!!

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Style Bloggers - how we share our homes

Friday, June 19, 2015

If you've been following my Friday posts, you'll remember I recently posted about where I live (see post HERE). Why am I reminding you of this? WELL the Style Me Bloggers thought it would be fun to go a gift exchange that includes sharing our home (this could mean pretty much anything). Soooo in today's post I'm sharing what I received!

Carrie, over at A Lovely Little Wardrobe was the unlucky blogger who picked my name and had to ship a gift to Canada ;)

Before I share my prezzie, I want to share a little about Carrie:

Carrie was one of the first bloggers I connected with on the internet and despite the fact that she lives quite far away (in Texas) and that we've never met in real life, I do consider her a friend.

Carrie is super sweet and kind and she's probably one of the best dressers I know! Seriously, if you're looking for office-friendly or adorable casual outfits, Carrie is your gal. Not only is she super stylish, but she is also super fit. Once I pop this baby and and the workout 'okay', I'll be hitting Carrie up for some fitness advice.

Alright, so I received this super cute package in the mail (I LOVE getting fun mail, so much better than bills). FYI the gift I sent my person was not even close to this cute, it was more a bunch of stuff shoved in a box (yes, that's considered a gifting failure, I'm aware).

Even the card accompanying the gift was handmade and cute!

Alright, you get it, I really liked the packaging. 

And in the package?! A me-sized Denton t-shirt!!! It fits over my belly but will look much cuter once this babe vacates! 

 I loved my t-shirt and was very happy with my gift and THEN got a very sweet and apologetic email from Carrie because she hadn't sent the other part of my gift. Clearly, more was not necessary but she also provided me with a picture of what's headed my way:

I think it's safe to say she went overboard, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't super excited about this package as well as very grateful to be gifted such lovely gifts care of Carrie and her hometown! NOW, I just need to get my little butt down to Texas to meet her!

THANK YOU Carrie!!

Make sure y'all check out the other Style Me Bloggers (you know you want to see what gifts they got) AND linkup your favorite recent posts with us below! (you see what I did there with the 'y'all'?!).

OHHHHHHHHHHHH and I'm co-hosting a GIVEAWAY below which is still open so make sure you get your entries in for your chance to win a $200 Gap brand gift card!!

Happy Friday!!!

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what I wore - mint capris and $200 GIVEAWAY!!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Happy Wednesday!!!!!!!!

All those exclamation marks are a good indicator of my excitement for this post. Not only am I sharing with you my new love for mint pants BUT once you're done checking out how I've styled my pants you MUST linkup AND enter the GIVEAWAY!!!!! Who doesn't want $200 to Gap/Old Navy/Banana Republic? Honestly, the only this disappointing about this giveaway is that I can't enter myself ;)

PLUS my blog friends and I are hosting a linkup and we'd love for you to link-up with us and share your fashion posts!

Back to my pants.

If you know me, you know of my love for colored pants but you may have also noticed that when I wear colored pants they're usually really bright or darker shades. Light-colored bottoms scare me. You can read more about my fear of light-colored bottoms HERE. Despite my fear, it's clear mint pants/shorts/capris are EVERYwhere and since I was in dire need of some fun maternity pants, I thought I'd give these mint capris a go (okay, they're supposed to be capris, but I'm kinda short so they're more like flood pants on me).

It took me a few tries to figure out how the heck to wear these capris but I'm quickly realizing they work with more than I thought. Below are some looks with mostly dark tops but they also look great with coral, yellow and white!

Any other color recommendations for me?! I've got 4-5 weeks left to style these babies so I'm open to suggestions :)

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what I wore - denim vest

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I bought this vest last spring/summer and I recall being very unsure about the purchase. It didn't help that the first time I wore it Mr. B commented that I looked like I just stepped out of the 80's. Despite my initial hesitation and the 80's vibe, I'm still loving my denim vest - giant belly and all!

There are tons of ways to wear a denim vest without looking too 80's. Throw on with a maxi dress for some added style (and warmth), over a t-shirt and paired with colored (or white) pants or shorts, with a cute patterned dress or with palazzo pants (or 'soft pants') and a plain tank. 

Check out this post to see how I previously styled the denim vest.

Now, some shopping options:

Shopping tip: go for a smaller size, I've never actually buttoned up my vest and found going for a smaller size looked better and less boxy. You may need to try a few on before finding one that is most flattering (i.e. accentuates your waist).

Is the denim vest a yest or no for your summer wardrobe?? What's your favorite way to style it?

Linking up this week with these lovelies:


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parenting 'win' with StickerKid

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

One things parents know without a doubt is how much 'stuff' little people have. There's stuff everywhere literally ALL of the time and it gets hard to keep track of, even when it's contained to your own home. Throw a few other locations into the mix and you've got little people paraphernalia all over. It is practically impossible to no lose things.

Enter StickerKid.

Sure, you could write your child's name on everything but, unless you're a professional calligrapher with a brilliant smudge-proof marker, you're going to mess it up. Why wouldn't you just personalize super cute stickers to put on all of your child's belongings?

Here's a little info about StickerKid:

StickerKid makes life easier for parents, teachers and kids with attractive and ultra-resistant name labels which clearly identify children's clothes, shoes, bottles, school supplies and other belongings that are too easily lost or difficult to identify at playgrounds, kindergarten, school, sports activities or camps. All the labels are dishwasher safe, water and weather resistant, microwave and freezer safe, and they will stay in place! The labels for clothing will withstand at least 50 times of washing and drying.
StickerKid offers thousands of possibilities to make them your own, with an extensive variety of colors, icons, shapes and fonts. Customize yours now!

I was very excited to receive my 'Dream Baby Pack' of stickers for mini-me that included:
- 60 Small Name Labels 
- 15 Round Labels 
- 48 Iron-on Name Labels for Clothes

ALL personalized by yours truly.

Small name labels - I used my first label on mini-me's sippy cup (something you most definitely don't want to get mixed up with another child) and it went on perfect and has lasted already through multiple washes (not to mention being thrown all over the place by a two-year old).
StickerKid says these labels are perfect for toothbrushes, glasses, stationary etc.

Round labels - add your child's name and you can add a little cartoon to them (so cute!) AND there's also room for a phone number if it's something you really want to be able to keep track of (I'm thinking expensive sports equipment). Other uses for these labels would be sunscreen bottles, lunchboxes and tons more.

Iron-on labels for clothes - I was MOST excited for these stickers and am happy to report the process is easy and the stickers stand the test of the washing machine! I have such an issue keeping track of sweaters and hats so these labels are a dream come true! The actual ironing part took less than 30 seconds and they have definite staying power.

All in all, I'm very pleased with the labels from StickerKid and am confident, as mini-me grows and acquires more 'things' I will placing a number of future orders! Oh and then there's the little man on the way, he's going to need his own set of labels :)

Make sure you check out StickerKid - you can see what your personalized labels/stickers will look like before you order and there's TONS of personalization options (colors, pictures etc). Happy shopping!!

healthy pina colada

Friday, June 5, 2015

pina colada

It's that time of the year, the weather is heating up and people are hitting the patios to soak up the sun and enjoy a bevvy or two.

If you're like me, you associate summer with a delicious drink on the patio with friends; however, given my current maternity status, my drink needs to be baby-friendly, which obviously means no booze.

Sure, there are a TON of 'virgin' cocktails out there and I could absolutely buy some of the yummy pre-mixed stuff, add ice and be good to go. The challenge I have with those pre-mixed drinks is that they aren't exactly packed with nutrition and I like to save my calories for ice cream at this point (I'll blame the baby for that one).

SOOOOOOO I came up with this yummy, virgin but somewhat healthy pina colada alternative! It's quite delish if I do say so myself.

Here it is:

Yummy tummy-friendly Pina Colada 


Coconut greek yogurt
fresh pineapple
milk/milk alternative
sweetener of your choice (think stevia, agave syrup etc or, if you're not worried about calories you can us regular sugar, maple syrup or ice cream)

the truth is I didn't measure my ingredients exactly (super helpful) but I used about 1/2 cup yogurt, 3/4 cup pineapple, 3/4 cup of ice, 3/4 cup of milk and I sweetened with vanilla and a little stevia.

pina colada

Add your ingredients to your favorite blender (I use the Ninja) and blend until smooth. 

healthy pina colada


This drink is even toddler approved so that says something!

What's your favorite summer drink virgin or not???

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what I wore - print maxi skirt

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Two weeks ago I wrote this post about this super cute print skirt I bought and how I envisioned wearing it. I am happy to report I actually followed through on the outfit!!

Here's how I wore my new print skirt:

Yes, that belly is getting BIG!!! 

Sitting down so you can see my super cute new sandals.

I'm wearing THIS skirt, THIS shirt and THESE sandals. Necklace was one I've had forever and have a new-found love for. 

For those non-pregnant folks, you could easily replicate this look with any print skirt, a plain tee, a fun necklace and some comfy, strappy sandals. This is good news because print skirts are EVERY where right now and it's such an easy summer outfit!

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