Dressing Your Bump For The Fall

I'm not exactly sure what I had in mind when I thought about fall outfits while being pregnant. I think I envisioned these really cute looks frolicking through a pumpkin patch and having the best temperatures to do it all in. To be honest, I think being pregnant in the summer is actually easier. I understand there is that whole heat factor that comes into play, but the simplicity of throwing on a maxi dress and flip flops is so convenient. 

Of course this all depends on where you live. For some parts, your fall might feel like my summer and not really get too cold. Regardless, it hasn't been the easiest for me in the home stretch. I'm surprised that I'm actually saying this, but I kind of miss sharing outfit posts with you all.

I also think if you're around the 5-7 months mark of being pregnant, the fall might be a lot more enjoyable. I'm at the point where I have very few things that I really feel comfortable in, there are days where my boots feel too tight, jackets make me look huge, and finding outfits for work have been a challenge. Yes, of course leggings are life when you're pregnant but you still need tops appropriate to cover certain areas, because not all leggings are created equal or have the quality that pants do. 

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Alright, enough about that. Let's talk about an outfit that I really do enjoy and have tried to get away with wearing it, umm pretty much every other week. I've switched up my boots, added different scarfs and accessories, so I don't really think anyone has noticed too much, or they're probably just being nice and not saying anything. I picked up this olive color midi dress and it is so comfortable. I will seriously wear this after I'm pregnant if it works out.

I love a good blanket scarf in the fall and you all know my love for hats runs strong. Eric and I went shopping the other night, and the amazing husband that he is knows that I don't need anymore in my collection. But, I didn't have one in this color and he replied by saying, it looks great on you just get it.

Over the weekend we decided to stop off in Princeton to grab some lunch after church and check out some of the shops. It's such a great town with so many cute places. I couldn't resist snapping a few pictures in front of the University. Random fact, my sister's fiance graduated from Princeton and my grandfather used to work there back in the day as an accountant at the same time Einstein was there.

The boys had fun playing on the steps in front of the old doors, but then we caught them jumping off and running to hide behind the bushes. The knees of their jeans were filthy and I kept finding little twigs stuck to the hood and collar of their jackets. Boys will be boys. A was so adorable when he snuck up beside me to take a picture and hold my belly. Melt my heart.

We joked around that maybe one day one of the boys will want to go to Princeton and how cute would it be to have a picture of them playing there when they were young. Hey, you never know, right?

Dress: here, non maternity here and here | Boots: similar here and here | Blanket scarf: similar here and here | Hat: here 


Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! We made it through the first full week of November with a lot of celebrating going on over here. If you caught my favorites last week then you saw that it was my sister's birthday and this week was Eric's birthday. I was wondering if baby boy wanted to share a birthday with him but it looks like he's still cozy in there. 

Here's a look at some of my favorites from the week...

Eric's Birthday: 

my mom watched the boys for us over the weekend and Eric and I got to enjoy a nice dinner out. She also kept them overnight so it was amazing to sleep in the next morning. I kind of forgot what that feels like. His actual birthday was a rainy dreary one and by the time we got home it was dark as anything. Ugh daylight savings. The worst, at least when we fall back, is not my friend. I need daylight. I need sunshine. I can't live in the dark. 

Anyway, we snuck home a little earlier than him to put out some decorations, hide under the kitchen table, and yell surprise when he walked through the door. We ordered food from a Columbian restaurant which was so good and got to enjoy his favorite, cannoli cake! If you caught my insta stories then you might have seen the boys provided some dinner entertainment with unbuttoned shirts and singing, I'm an old man do-do-do. I don't know where they get this stuff from. They have been quite the comedians lately and it's been really cute to see them crack each other up.

Sister's Birthday: 

Continuing with the celebrating, my sister had the cutest fall themed party over the weekend. I loved her hay bales and the fire pit. She had blankets for everyone with hot chocolate and smores. I made these fruit smores and she had a ton of food. It was so fun! 

Thankful Pumpkin:

if you've been following along for awhile now (always a big thank you to those that do) then you know we start our thankful pumpkin every November 1st. Every night after we have dinner we talk about something we're thankful for and write it on the pumpkin. Then at Thanksgiving we have the pumpkin out on the table and it's a nice way to reflect on things that mean so much to us.

November Goals:

speaking of things in November, I don't always do monthly goals but this month felt like a good time to get some things in order. I also think that me sharing it in a post makes me feel more accountable for actually achieving them.

Kids Holiday Gift Idea: 

one of my goals was to try and get as much, if not finish all of my shopping, before baby boy gets here. I shared this fun 2-in-1 RC Monster Truck from Huffy. They also have two other models out that make for a great ideas for the holidays.

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Here's where you can find me linking for all of the link up fun. And don't forget, on Thursday we will have our monthly girl chat link up where we'll be sharing tips for juggling the holiday season. I'd love for you to join us and share your thoughts!

Fun Activity-Oriented Gifts With Huffy

Thank you to Huffy for sponsoring this post. All opinions remain my own. 

It's hard to believe the holidays are upon us. I'm still sitting here wondering where in the world has the time gone?! As much as I don't enjoy the feeling of time flying by, this is one of my favorite times of year—especially with little ones. There's nothing like creating those special family memories, enjoying all the good food (oh yes those treats can be so dangerous) and the fun of gift giving.

It's such an exciting thing to see the joy and excitement on your little ones' faces as they open their gifts, and give their opinions about them too. Anyone else have little ones that have opened gifts and said, what, clothes again? While we are teaching them to be grateful for everything they receive, there are those really special gifts that are the icing on the cake for them. We love gifts that truly create great memories and add in so much fun for them. That's why we love Huffy's promise of We Make Fun. And that's exactly what they do.

I can still remember getting my first Huffy bike on Christmas morning and immediately wanting to go outside and ride it. I was still in my Care Bear nightgown and slippers, never mind those cold December temperatures, those pink handlebars had me all excited and I couldn't wait to give it a go. I love being able to share those special moments with my boys now and love Huffy's new, exciting, and innovative products that came out this fall at Walmart.

We are loving their new RC (Radio Control) Monster Truck. We are trying to promote more share toys between the boys and this one is perfect with it's 2-toys-in-1 concept. The truck quickly converts from a monster truck ride-on to a radio-control monster truck when you add or remove the steering wheel. They both have their favorite things to do with this toy so it's worked out really well. I also love the safety features the truck has and that the radio control power only works when the steering wheel is removed, and your child is not sitting on it. I also love that there was little hassle with this and it comes mostly assembled. Not needing to sit here and scratch my head over reading all the directions, umm, yes please!! All we really needed to do was attach the steering wheel.

I loved seeing how excited they were to receive this and it was so cute to see how happy they were when they found out one can use it as a radio control truck and the other can ride on it. I love that this was easy for them to use with the recommended ages being between 3-7 years old and it's great for them because it holds up to 65 pounds. Although, A was really into driving it around the yard and little nugget was all about hopping on and using the foot pedal accelerator to take it for a spin. It was so fun to see the different features that interested each of them.

The holidays are the perfect time to give that special gift that really makes for a fun time and creates great childhood memories. I can just imagine how special it would be to receive this RC Monster Truck under the tree and make the holidays even more special.  Come to think of it, I probably should have added a big red bow to this. Because doesn't a big red bow somehow make things even more special? Looks like I'll be using that idea for next time.

Goals For November

You've probably heard me mention around here several times that pregnancy brain has been a real struggle lately. Well, it may progressively be getting worse. Let's talk about the beginning of this week. I dropped the boys off at school like I would any other Monday and headed into work. I wrote the date a bunch of times, saw emails with the date on it but it wasn't until I was getting ready to leave work that it clicked. I kept saying, 11/5, 11/5 what's up with 11/5? Then out of no where a light bulb went off. My eyes got huge as I was logging off of my computer and I realized, ekkk it was picture day for the boys. 

I tried to remember what they were wearing, did we do their hair, were their jeans clean, wait did they even brush their teeth? At this point it was too late and there was nothing I could do. When I got to their school, A proudly told me he took pictures that day, and I found out little nugget's weren't until the following day. Thankfully they let A go again the next day and even took pictures of the boys together. I'm not considering it a fail but actually a win. 

After all of that, and several other little things that have come up, it got me thinking. Baby boy could really be here at any moment so we should probably get our act in order. We're a family that's a mix of planning things out in advance but also flying by the seat of our pants. It just works for us. Regardless if we make lists and cross things off as we go, or wake up and decide we need to do something different that day, we always have some sort of goal in mind for what we need to accomplish.

Here's some of my goals for November...

Pack Hospital Bag: 

this is something that has crossed my mind several times but when I think about it I'm usually already laying down in bed and can't bring myself to waddling around the room to get things together. It will get done at some point. 

More Attention To My Big Boys: 

I realize that all of our lives will be changing soon and I'm trying my best to let the dishes be, have the roomba clean my floors, and take the extra time to snuggle with the boys, watch a show with them, and have special little moments. 

Be ok With Thanksgiving This Year: 

we usually host Thanksgiving but with baby boy being due the day after we've had to tell everyone it's probably better to make other plans. I'm not planning on cooking and if he still hasn't come by then we're probably just going to keep it low-key and maybe even order in or go out. I'm also really sad that we'll be missing the Philly parade this year since it's been a tradition of ours now since A was a baby. There's always next year, right?

Finish Christmas Shopping: 

I've already picked up something's here and there but would love to really get majority of our shopping taking care. Once baby boy is here if I can't order it online then chances are someone won't be getting it. Gift cards might be my go-to this year. 

Laugh a Little More: 

this has been a really emotional month for me with so many unknowns and reality starting to sink in. I've done a lot of crying and a lot of worrying, but sometimes there are those moments when God puts a reminder in your path that snaps things back into perspective for you. I was reading one of my devotionals on my bible app and this came up...We must remember that God is the author of our life. Once we submit to Him, He strengthens us in all situations so that our priorities then shift. What we once planned for our own lives may take an unplanned turn. "I can do all things through Him who gives me strength" Philippians 4:13

Take Help When Offered: 

You know what they say, many hands make light work. That's not always something I've adapted to easily over the years. I also think that if you want something done right, you need to do it yourself (that actually depends on who you have helping you). We've had some sweet friends offer help and being able to have an extra hand around really makes a difference. 

Have a Baby: 

Oh the waiting game. I've never gone early with any of my pregnancies yet but I am secretly (I guess it's not really a secret anymore) hoping that he comes before Thanksgiving. Whenever he decides to make his appearance as long as him and I are safe that's the important part. 

What about you, do you make monthly goals or usually wing it?

Friday Favorites-Hello Baby Month

Happy Friday, friends! As always I hope it's been a great week for you. I have to say, it's been a pretty good week for us. It's officially baby month over here and we're anxious to see when this little guy makes his appearance. Both A and little nugget came past their due date so we'll see what baby boy has in store for us. If you caught my stories then you might have seen that he did flip and is now in position! I was so happy to hear he wasn't breech anymore. That's just one less thing for me to stress about. I'm also down to working 4 days a week now and I'm going to try my best to really take that extra day to rest and try not to stress. I think reality is starting to set in for me that he will be here soon, and while I know I can keep him safe inside of me, I'd be lying if I didn't say I'm a little nervous, (ok maybe a lot of nervous) for him to face the outside world. There are just so many unknowns and I know that we'll have to deal with surgeries and just praying nothing else surprise us. A few of you have asked me here about his surgeries and if they can be done right away. The selfish part of us would love for them to happen immediately, but he still needs time to grow. They won't do the corrective lip surgery until around 4 months, and then between 9-11 months to correct his palate. We also learned that if more is needed he could have his last up until he's 17. We're praying that doesn't happen and those two will do the trick. You all have been so amazing and supportive (I can't thank you enough) but if you could continue to keep us in your prayers, and also for me to have peace and to be as strong for him as I can, it would be so appreciated.  

Now, here's a look at some of my favorites for this week...

1. We're Corny and We Know It: 

It seems like fall is just flying on by, and we tried to take full advantage of it and squeeze in as much fun as we could. We did get the chance to visit a corn maze and indulge in some mini apple cider donuts. They were so good and we each polished off our own bag. I won't mention how many were actually in that bag, but self control and apple cider donuts don't always mix. These were so fresh and warm, too.

2. Trick or Treat: 

Halloween isn't my favorite holiday but we do dress up and let the boys get some candy, but I'm not a fan of the whole history behind it. I think if you explain it in a way that's geared more toward harvest and promoting family fun, then I'm ok with it. Or maybe that's just making myself feel better about it. Who knows. Anyway, if you caught my post from the other day then you saw that we were dinosaurs and two parents (more like Dr. Grant and Ellie) surviving the Jurassic Park. Like all good parents we raided the kids candy bags and typically I would go for all the twix or reese's but the dark chocolate kit kats stole my heart this year. 

3.  Reclaim The Night: 

Nothing makes me more proud as a parent than seeing my boys praising Jesus. Our church, along with a local radio station, hosted Reclaim The Night this year which is a twist on taking back mischief night. Instead of going out and causing a ruckus, the concert was free and you could donate things that are typically used for mischief, soap, toilet paper etc. Josh Baldwin and Bethany Wohrle performed and they were so amazing.  It was such a powerful night of praise. The boys did get tired towards the end since it was a late night, but overall it was amazing and seeing them sing along, dance, and raise their hands just made me so proud.

4. Can I Get a Smile:

I also shared this week tips for taking pictures with kids. I get asked a lot, how do you get your kids to take so many pictures with you and have them turn out great. First off, I appreciate that so much because I take that as a big compliment. Taking pictures with kids is no easy task, but we're used to it, and I wanted to share what's worked for us and hopefully can help for you too.

5. Happy Birthday: 

Many of you know my sister is my best friend. There's just something about having a sister that understands you, loves and supports you, that makes even the toughest days seem ok. This beautiful gem has a birthday today and we can't wait to celebrate her this weekend!!

I hope you all have a great weekend! Here's where you can find me linking for all the link up fun.

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