Nordstrom Anniversary Sale [While Pregnant/Nursing]

Friday, July 14, 2017

I was excited to check out the sale this year, however, I didn't plan on getting too much since maternity & nursing-friendly clothes are all I can see in the near future.. 

From the get-go, I searched brands I knew I liked and styles that would fit what I was looking for - oversized tunics, cardigans, booties, tops/dresses with buttons (regular clothes that could work both while pregnant/nursing and after-the-fact). Here are a few things I snagged and a few I just loved from the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

I had my eye on these booties from the preview catalog. I think the cut will be flattering. Not 100% sure of the perforation (or this color, but I went for it), so we'll see how they look on/in person.
Main Image - 1.STATE Iddah Perforated Cutaway Bootie (Women)

Main Image - Free People Oversized Plaid Tunic

I grabbed another pair of the highly-hyped leggings and this commonly proclaimed best ever bra.

Thanks to too many error pages I had plenty of time to question myself on purchases.. :| Here are a few more things I've moved back and forth from cart to wish list too many times..

Main Image - Free People Split Back Turtleneck

Main Image - Leith Easy Circle Cardigan

Main Image - Hinge Button Front Dress

Main Image - Caslon® Lace Back Swing Tee

What did you get? Happy shopping!!

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Party of Five: [Details]

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

(I'm sure by now you've seen our big news via blog / facebook / IG.) 
Thank you all so much for the sweet support.
Seriously, I/we really appreciate it.
Here are a few more from our (self-timer) announcement pics and some basic details..
I'm 20 weeks along.
Due date is November 20th.
I've been feeling movement now for a few weeks, but the Mr. felt the baby move for the first time last week..!!

We get to see baby and hopefully find out the gender this week. The kids have been so sweet, each predicting their perspective gender. I'm anxiously awaiting a meltdown from the 'wrong' one once we find out (since they've been so adamant in their opinions).
I've had symptoms similar to each of the other pregnancies, so no consistent gender prediction from me (it differs week to week).
Tys & Harps also did a great job keeping our 'secret', only once did Homegirl, out of NO WHERE, blurt out to our neighbors 'mommy has a baby..'.
Overall, I've felt just fine, absolutely nothing to complain about, just very tired. I am already having some sciatic pain which isn't necessarily pleasant, but again, could be worse. 

This pregnancy has been anxiety-filled for me, as we now know, even more-so, nothing is guaranteed. I'm doing my best to let go and enjoy the experience, it's just new territory--pregnancy after loss. I've been so thankful and beyond blessed with such a supportive husband, family, and close friends who've been there for us along the way.
We are so thankful for this blessing and ask for your prayers for a continued safe and healthy pregnancy, baby, momma, and family as we grow into a party of five!! 
We also continue to pray for those waiting for their blessing. 

Party of Five

Monday, June 26, 2017

Our rainbow baby, coming November 2017

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Happy Monday, friends!! Right..?!
We have a company Christmas dinner party (at The Broadmoor), a preK Christmas program, and a double-date night with friends to look forward to; soooooo, I'm kinda pumped about this week.

Today I'm over at Whitney's blog, Work It Mommy, as part of her Mommylogues series, a fun collection of mom bloggers, sharing their journey in and stories about motherhood.

Check out my post here. I get a little honest about what motherhood is like for me and share a few of our new family photos (by Allison Easterling Photography).

Simple & Festive: [Christmas Cards with Tiny Prints]

Monday, December 5, 2016

Oh, it's the MOST wonderful time of year - the calendar is packed, the lights cast the most perfect glow, and no matter how dark and cold it is, I'm always game for checking the mail in hopes of finding a festive card with greetings and smiling faces from loved ones.
As much as I love to receive cards, I LOVE to send them as well. However, this year, I'm all about keeping it simple and easy, yet festive. Tiny Prints to the rescue. With Tiny Prints, it was a smooth process tagging favorite designs as I sorted through the specific themes/styles (FOIL-stampedglitter!, classic letter press), having the ability to see our picture in the cards as I scrolled through, and all sorts of custom options.
This year I couldn't resist the custom envelopes and personalized stamps. I love the simplicity of addresses already printed and extra fun details to send off to help spread holiday cheer. We of course went with the 'Merry Christmas' message foil-stamped on one of our new family pictures, and I just LOVE them!!
Disclosure: These products were provided to me free of charge, all opinions and desire to keep it simple are my own.
Check out Tiny Prints HERE for current promotions and make it easy, yet festive, on yourself this Christmas season.
Merry Christmas, friends!!

A long weekend in Portland: [Part 2]

Sunday, December 4, 2016

[Check out the first part of our long weekend in Portland here.]
Saturday we had more plans to explore (waterfall day!!) and a new place I wanted to try for breakfast, Tasty & Alder. We arrived about 20 minutes before opening (since I knew it was a popular spot). Sure enough, there were already a few groups ahead of us and by the time they actually opened, the line was wrapped around the building/block!! The menu was unique, very eclectic - small plates that you order to share, just not your typical brunch menu. We started with a chocolate potato doughnut with creme anglaise - melt in your mouth, I could've eaten a dozen!! Then a biscuit breakfast sandwich of sorts and the Tasty steak and cheddar eggs, served on a cornmeal pancake in cast iron. Let me tell you, these flavors have my mouth-watering as I think back to it, such great seasoning and flavors, all cooked to perfection.
After breakfast, we grabbed another latte and headed out to see some waterfalls. Thanks to tips from Karra, we knew to expect a super-touristy visit to the first one and a more off the beaten path second stop. First, we checked out Multnomah Falls. About 30-45 minutes outside of Portland, we parked and rode the shuttle, which was a great idea as parking closer was a MESS during this particular time of day (we unfortunately didn't heed Karra's advice of going early, sorry we had to eat first, ha!!). Once we saw the falls in the opening, it really was cool, with the bridge mid-way up fitting into the scenery seamlessly - very picturesque!!
We made our way through the crowds, walked up to the bridge, snapped a few pics, and headed back to the shuttle. I don't want to downplay the beauty of this waterfall, it was gorgeous!! 
Don't let these pictures fool you, it was just way too crowded. Karra suggested if we went, don't stay too long, that the other one was way better, so we went on our way to Wahclella Falls. To get to this waterfall, it's about a mile out 'hike' and MUCH more exclusive, in comparison. 
Again, this place was hard to leave as it was SO refreshing, invigorating, yet calming, and just plain beautiful. It was such a gorgeous and special little corner of the earth that we had the privilege to come upon. There were rocks and logs and perfect places to just sit and take it all in. There was a rock right down in the water, about 25-30 yards from the waterfall that you could climb to and stand RIGHT THERE, so. refreshing. It was beautiful.
We headed back into Portland and it worked to swing by another place I wanted to try, Por que no? taqueria. There was a line out the door, but it moved quickly and was worth it!! We grabbed a few tacos, chips and guac, and drinks. I'm pretty sure these were the best little street-style tacos I've ever had - DEFINITELY the BEST corn tortillas ever!! 
We were on that side of town, so we tried out another brewery Dan had his eye on, Cascade Brewing. They make mostly sour beers so it was a good opportunity to have smaller portions and try what they have to offer.

When we first booked our trip to Portland, Dan sent me a link to an outdoor grotto/church where they held Mass, it looked awesome so I was excited to add it to our itinerary. It ended up being a beautiful, peaceful, and perfect ending to our trip.
The Grotto has a large, perfectly beautiful statue of Our Sorrowful Mother - equal parts heart-breaking and calming; this place holds a special place in my heart and I'm so glad we were able to visit. We had a late afternoon flight out so we made the outdoor noon Mass, walked around the grounds and Stations of the Cross, then headed to the airport.
It was one of the best long weekends seeing a new part of our beautiful country and spending one on one time together; it was SUCH a gorgeous place and the food was out of this world..!! Of course one of the best parts was getting back home to our babes and back to 'normal'. 
Looking forward to planning our next adventure..!!

A long weekend in Portland: [Part 1]

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Mr. and I had been talking about taking a trip, just the two of us, for the longest time. We finally booked a long weekend to Portland in early September.
Each view was the most beautiful and every meal was my favorite, it was a much needed (and appreciated) getaway!!
We decided to do a long weekend trip, getting into Portland late-afternoon Thursday and leaving in the afternoon Sunday. This ended up being the perfect amount of time!! We had talked about what we wanted to see/do, plus I did all sorts of searching online, consulting with blog friends, and looking up every recommended place around - I was armed with a list and we were ready to go!!
Our hotel was a splurge but was totally worth it for the prime location - we stayed at the Sentinel, right downtown Portland. The staff was friendly and very helpful, great amenities, and the decor was absolutely perfect (I was in love with every green detail). It was centrally located in a part of downtown that was well-kept.
We got in with time to get settled then headed out for a bite to eat, we got to Deschuttes Brewery Public House just in time to get a great table and the beginning of the Broncos game. Their food/menu ended up being one of the best for what we saw at other breweries and we enjoyed our time in the hoppin' joint.
Friday we had plans to drive out to the coast so we were up and at 'em early. We went to Mothers Bistro for breakfast, it was a cute setting with chandeliers to die for. The wild salmon hash and crunchy french toast were highly recommend and DEFINITELY lived up to the hype, such great flavor!! 
We were only a few blocks away from the river, so we walked over to check out the view. The air was crisp and felt wonderful, as we mosied through the morning hustle and bustle.
On our way back to the hotel, we grabbed some Blue Star donuts and Stumptown coffee for our trip out to the coast. Yum and yum!! Another definite must if you're ever in town.
We were about 30 minutes outside of town (on the 90 minute drive) when a dash light came on and we soon found a nail in our tire.. Thankfully we were able to find a relatively close place to switch rental cars and be on our way again. It was a blessing in disguise, as we arrived in Cannon Beach after the lunch rush, pulled up to the Wayfarer Restaurant, requested the best seat in the house, and were greeted with the. most. amazing. view. of Haystack Rock - one I had been wanting to see for years..!! It was simply breathtaking and had me a little emotional as we were finally there, a place I had wanted to go to for the longest time and now we were sitting, enjoying a lovely lunch together, with the most spectacular view..!! Bucket list item, checked off the list!!
It happened to be high tide, which was fine, the water as rough (and cold!). The beach was gorgeous, the wind was strong. We walked around, took a few pictures (even in the most direct sun, harsh conditions), and just enjoyed being there. It was hard to leave, I kept turning around to take in the view, one last time.
It was such a gorgeous place!!
We also swung by Pelican Brewery's local pub in Cannon Beach for a cold one, then headed back to Portland. Cannon Beach was a cute, quaint little beach town, it would be a perfect place to spend a relaxing weekend!!
That night we hit up Oven and Shaker for pizza, drinks, and people watching. We went with the spicy salami pizza - it had just the right amount of spice mixed with a honey drizzle that actually, totally worked!! I'm already a sucker for pizza, but this one was DELISH!!
We stopped by Fat Head's Brewery on the way back for a few samples (and more people watching). Although not native to OR, it was worth the stop if you've never tried their stuff.
Although Haystack Rock is hard to top, some of the most beautiful (and yes, delicious) things, still to come - to be continued..