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Monday, April 30, 2012


Sandal Season requires a good pumice and scrub in between those pedicure appointments

For those nights you just want to crawl into bed without spending 10 minutes washing, exfoliating, & moisturizing your face!

Just received our wedding invitation for my close friend Katie's wedding in NYC. She has been one super AMAZEBALLS Bride. I am going to be a prego bridesmaid for this one hence the 2.5, I can't wait to celebrate with the happy couple! 

My healthy Friday night dinner
Brown rice, organic broccoli, ground turkey with red bell peppers, onion, & garlic.

Served with my new favorite milk, Horizon 1% Organic milk. Im obsessed with this milk you can taste such a huge difference & it's worth the higher price.

My afternoon snack a yummy think thin mixed nuts protein bar

My first maternity purchase a pair of red Bermuda shorts. Holy waistband I could live in these shorts they are like pj's.
Found at Ross for $20 from $78 a brand that I'm unfamiliar with

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Seeing someone else put together a really AMAZE outfit inspires me.  Especially when I have similar pieces in my own closet.  It's like a fashion gift!  You no longer have to think about what to wear & how to wear it, the creative work is done for you!  I LOVE this all white & nude outfit it's so crisp looking.  I have ALL of these pieces already but wouldn't have necessarily thought of putting them together like this.  This look is from Cupcakes & Cashmere one of my favorite blogs.

Whether your prego or not this outfit is bright, fun, and well executed! I have the red pants already as posted HERE.  I have similar arm candy...I just need the chunky turquoise bib necklace!
Outfit inspiration from a blog I stumbled upon via pinterest yesterday The Simple Swan.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


I had a credit on Stylemint so once I saw this tee return I jumped on it, it's a closet basic necessity. I will let you know if it's a keeper

Monday, April 23, 2012


Being pregnant has called for more family time at home on the weekends.  Matt and I have been little homebodies watching movies, getting take-out, painting the nursery, planting citrus trees & flowers, long mornings in bed talking...the list goes on!  Lute has been loving spending so much time with us & has been doing a little nesting himself.   In the middle of the night when my bladder calls, I get up surprised to see an empty dog bed next to our bed.  Where is Lute?? Half asleep I stumble through the house looking for him only to find him fast asleep on the floor in the baby's room. He knows something is happening & wants to be where the action is!    
So when the weekend is over and we are back to our busy work week he gets a little upset. So this morning as I was pulling out of the driveway I said goodbye to him from my car. He wouldn't even look at me, he gave me the total cold shoulder.  Made me laugh...I snapped this pic of THE GRUMP!

Here is a picture of THE BUMP at 16 weeks it's kinda freaking me out because I feel like I popped this past week.

Thursday, April 19, 2012


This hot pink shift dress is from Ann Taylor of all places! Right now you can get 40% off your entire order if you purchase by April 22nd making this dress around $88. Dress it up with heels like Eva Longoria for date night or pair with sandals for a more casual day time look.  Is it just me or does it seem like more celebs are being pictured wearing Ann Taylor pieces lately?!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Purchased this grey & pink striped dress from the GAP in the SALE section. It was an additional 30% off so I grabbed it for $17.
Online it says it's a tunic but it's long enough to wear as a dress it is 3 inches above the knee 
Hubby approved this dress!
So happy with this dress from Urban as posted previously.  I loved the poppy orange color for summer.  The white one was a bit sheer as I suspected it might be.  I also grabbed this tribal necklace to pair with it from Forever 21 for $4.80.

Monday, April 16, 2012


Craving organic blackberries

For whatever reason maybe the smell or the memories I have of wearing this chapstick back in high school made me grab this oldie but goodie at Target. Kinda digging it instead of gloss.

Working in Real Estate is a MAJOR roller coaster ride so when I got this fortune last week I posted it by my computer to remind me to stay positive!

I want this dress for summer from Urban Outfitters can't decide which color to get the white or the orange

Thursday, April 12, 2012


Made these SUPER addicting cinnamon buns for the family on Easter.  A big thank you to Ginny for originally introducing me to these delicious buns at my bridal shower & for sharing her recipe with me!

I made 1 with pecans & 1 without

With chopped pecans on top

Bundt pan
Rhodes white dinner rolls in freezer section
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 package Jell-o cook & serve butterscotch pudding

Butter Mixture
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Spray bundt pan with Pam to grease.  Spread nuts in bottom of pan. Place 18 and only 18 white dinner rolls around the pan. Next sprinkle powdered butterscotch pudding on top.
 Melt butter and add cinnamon & brown sugar in bowl, mix well.  Pour evenly over rolls until covered.  Place a sheet of wax paper over the top of bundt pan and stick in the oven over night allowing the rolls to rise.  The next day remove wax paper & bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.  

Place serving dish on top of bundt pan while still warm & carefully flip over! 
Serve with milk!

Friday, April 6, 2012


Just added this Stilla illuminating powder to my makeup routine.
I apply it with this Classic Bronzer brush #44

Recent Purchase from Mandy's boutique in Scottsdale this Rachel Pally Maxi

Just found this beauty while going through some old boxes from college...
I have a  real LOVE/HATE relationship with this blazer.  My Mom made me get it for college over 10 years ago because it was a classic piece that I guess she imagined me wearing to Sorority Chapter meetings?!?!  Anyways I never wore it, I wouldn't be caught dead!
Now of course I LOVE it!  It's timeless & super preppy. It's Kate Middleton all the way! I actually almost bought one similar from J.Crew this past Fall.
Can't wait to finally wear it, Thanks Mom! 

Thursday, April 5, 2012


I promise to limit my BABY posts to 1 a week!

 For all you Mama's & currently prego Mama's I would love to hear from you! I am open to your recommendations & any advice that you might have to share!

I know stretch marks are based on genetics but it's worth using this Palmer's cocoa butter just in case! Beware the scent of this lotion is enough to give you morning sickness.

Feeling better now so I am able to enjoy healthier meals like this.  Sweet potatoes are a pregnancy superfood so I try and add them in my diet.  There are those canned green beans again:) and lemon pepper chicken.

I have been given sooo many books on pregnancy and these aren't even all of them! Hope I can read them all!  I definitely recommend "What to Expect When Expecting" & "The Expectant Father" for the Dad to be!

My prenatal vitamin from Whole Foods, I recommend taking with dinner or before bed so your body can absorb it while you sleep.  It also helps avoid nausea!

I waited until I was past my first trimester to get my hair highligted!
3 months of waiting = very bad roots!
I will spare you the before, here is the glorius AFTER pic! Maybe it's a blonde thing but this is MAJOR in my book!


Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Hoping to pick this dress up at H&M, this Spring looking shift dress is only $14.95 & perfect for this weekend's Easter festivities!