This year I decided to have a carnival themed party for my son’s first birthday. It took about 3 months of planning but turned out to be a wonderful event. Continue reading “1st Birthday Carnival Party”
I have traveled A LOT with my son. His first trip was when he was a little over 2 months. Since then we have traveled by plane too many times to count. Here are a few tips I have learned from our travels. Continue reading “traveling with babies & toddlers”
I wrote this post when I was pregnant with my son, but it still applies. I found myself referencing this post when trying to think of clothes to wear now that I am pregnant again. So, in this post I decided to share some of my pregnancy style. I was told several times that I looked “cute pregnant” or that I “wear pregnancy well” and I would always get compliments about my outfits. So here are a few tips I have found that worked for me. I didn’t want to spend too much money on maternity clothing, since I knew most of it could not be worn after the baby was born. I bought a few maternity pieces from Target and worked with the other items I already had.
Since I am a working mom, I need work appropriate outfits, as well as casual outfits. I bought one maternity dress, borrowed another, bought two pairs of maternity jeans, two long sleeved shirts, a short sleeved shirt, black dress pants, a black dress skirt, a pair of black leggings and two belly bands (black and white). That’s it! Most of the items I bought were on sale, from a consignment store and for the others I used coupons I received when I started my registry with Target.
Here are a few pictures of my outfits and what items I mixed and matched to make each outfit:
In this pic I was around 23 weeks and my outfit is a dress I found that was a little big on me, so I added a belt, scarf, and some flats. This outfit contained no maternity items.
In this picture I was 24 weeks and my outfit included my maternity leggings, a big white button up shirt, a cardigan, red scarf, and a black belt above the belly. I also wore my black riding boots.
In this pic I was around 28 weeks and my outfit includes my maternity black skirt and long sleeved maternity shirt. I also added a scarf (I LOVE scarves) and a white tank top. I found some great long white tanks that I love to pair with my shirts. They are cheaper than the maternity brand tanks and work just as well because they are still long enough to cover my belly.
This was taken at Week 29 and does not include any maternity items, except a belly band. I paired a turtleneck that I had with another long tank, jeans, white belly band, and riding boots. Plus I added a necklace.
This was taken during Week 30 and contains no maternity items. I wore a stretchy skirt with a big button-up shirt and cardigan. I love big button-up shirts and I happened to have this one in my closet, but you could probably get one from a husband, boyfriend, brother, male friend, or thrift store. They are everywhere! I also added a skinny belt above the belly and flats.
This was taken during week 31 and contains no maternity items, except a belly band. I am wearing some stretchy jeans that I had and a belly band, plus I added two loose tank tops that I had and a cardigan. I also added my black boots.
Week 32 – This outfit did not contain any maternity items. It is a wrap dress, which I already owned and a long tank top. I added some fun jewelry and red flats.
Week 32 – Here is that button-up shirt again! I added a white tank under the shirt, a belt, and my maternity jeans. I also added flats as well.
34 weeks – Big, white button up shirt, purple tank top, maternity leggings, scarf, jean jacket, and a black belt. I also wore riding boots this this outfit.
35 weeks – This outfit included a stretchy, non-maternity dress, maternity leggings, a cardigan, and a black & white belt. I wore riding boots with this outfit as well.
It is hard to put together maternity outfits that are cute and comfortable, but here are a few tips to save a little cash on your maternity clothes:
- Cardigans work great in the fall and winter: I have lots of them and they don’t have to be maternity to add something extra to an outfit. Also, you can pair a cardigan with a short sleeved shirt if you don’t have many long-sleeved options.
- Before you purchase maternity items, check your closet: I found many items in my closet that were stretchy material and could be worn for most, if not all of my pregnancy.
- Stop by your local consignment store: I checked a few consignment stores in my area and couldn’t find anything, but then I checked a children’s consignment store and found several items. Make sure to check children’s stores, as well as your traditional consignment stores.
- Purchase a few high waist belts: If you don’t own any belts that you can wear above your belly, purchase a few. I use them all the time, especially with my non-maternity items. They help to make these items fit a little more like traditional maternity items and they accentuate the belly!
What are some tips you have found for maternity apparel?
Toddler activity bags are a great way to keep your child entertained and easy to make. I saw this idea online and decided to give it a try. Here is how you make them. Continue reading “toddler activity bags”
I saw this cute Brown Bear, Brown Bear activity and decided to give it a try since this is one of my son’s favorite books. Here is how to make it, including a free printable!
I know it has been a while, but my sister and I have been extremely busy the last few months. I am finally getting my bearings and able to start blogging again! Yay! I started a new position at work and my sister found out she is pregnant!!! Needless to say, we have both had a full plate.
So to get back in the swing of things, I wanted to share a few FREE printables I have found. You can think of this as your welcome back gift. 🙂 Continue reading “Free Summer Downloads”
I have said several times I feel like I have had every birthday party imaginable for my kids in Raleigh. I thought I would share some of the ideas I’ve done for both my son and daughter.
Continue reading “Birthday Party Ideas”
Want to make your child’s bath time a little more fun? Here’s how! Continue reading “bathtub fun!”
I’m currently traveling to Atlanta to spend Christmas with my mom and sister and this has been definitely one of the top 4 worse drives to Atlanta that I have done. What really makes it bad is the constant traffic and the fact that my sister recently moved and is now an hour farther away from me. I’m currently on I-20 the most boring interstate in the world, however, a few things are keeping me from going completely crazy. Continue reading “Road Trip”