third trimester, summer, and maternity clothes

So I’ve entered into my third trimester and am somewhere around 30-31 or maybe 32 weeks pregnant (my due date has jumped around a few times!). This is the first time I’m really experiencing pregnancy during the hot, hot summer and let me tell you, it’s tough! With my girls, I wasn’t as far along in the summer months, so it’s tough in the sense that I have a lot of winter maternity clothes from my prior two pregnancies and also because it’s just physically exhausting getting dressed. If you’re like me, by the time you’re in the third trimester, those “maternity” clothes that worked in the first and second trimesters are tried on and tossed onto the floor in frustration and you’re sort of left going, nothing fits, what am I going to wear?  It can be really discouraging. With that, I am so excited to team up with Pink Blush Maternity for all you mamas-to-be out there who might need (or maybe just want) a new thing or two to get you through whatever trimester you might be in – to make you feel stylish, pretty, comfortable. Pink Blush Maternity has an amazing assortment of cute maternity clothes, including the dress I’m wearing in this post, which I find both comfy and casual, but is also easy to dress up if I want. It will also transition into the fall easily with a pair of boots and a long cardigan.

So, if you are in the market for some new maternity clothes, head on over to my Instagram page for an amazing giveaway from Pink Blush Maternity!!

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pie, anyone?

I started baking pies a few years ago, not because I really liked them (I’ve always been more of a cake girl, myself), but because I wanted to make something festive for fall (I am a fall girl) and I wanted to learn the art of the lattice crust! I found an apple pie recipe via Pinterest and even though it can be somewhat time consuming, it’s actually really simple. There aren’t many ingredients or steps to follow, so that part is easy (and I always use pre-made pie crust! I made my own once, but I’ve got little kids and I just don’t have that much time! No shame!) After I successfully baked my first pie and actually liked it, I was sort of obsessed and now I bake at least one every fall, usually after a trip to the apple orchard. I’ve done the lattice crust and I wanted to step up my game this year, so I went searching on Pinterest again for some inspiration, ran to Michael’s to pick up some mini fall cookie cutters (which I couldn’t find last year) and set aside an afternoon last weekend to whip it up. While I was at Michael’s I also found a mini pie pan and thought it would be fun for Madelyn to decorate her own pie alongside me. This was a trial run for when we go to the apple orchard next month and I can’t wait to make another one with our freshly picked orchard apples! Mmmm!

I also want to send out a special thanks to our friends over at Polders Old World Market for thee most beautiful wooden spoon there ever was. They don’t call it “dreamware” for nothing! It is seriously beautiful. Collage1DSC_9500Collage2DSC_9532DSC_9538DSC_9548DSC_9566DSC_9579DSC_9583DSC_9597


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Apple Pie

2 boxes pre-made pie crusts (I used the extra for my leaf cut-outs)

6 apples (red or green, I’ve used both or a mix of both)

1/2 cup of sugar

2 tablespoons flour

2 tablespoons butter (room temperature, cut into cubes)

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 egg white in a dish, set aside (this is a sort of adhesive for the cut-outs)

extra cinnamon & sugar, plus a bit of brown sugar for topping

Peel, core and thinly slice apples into large bowl. Stir in sugar, cinnamon, flour, and half of the butter. Once all is evenly distributed, pour filling into prepared pie crust (read box for instructions), dot with remaining butter and top with lattice crust and leaf cut-outs, flower cut-outs, etc. I think the more the merrier, so I was glad I had that extra package of pie crust. Brush the bottoms of your cut-outs with the egg-whites before you put them into place. I also braided some of my strips and love the way that looked. You can get really creative with how you decorate it and that is half the fun!

 

preparing for baby boy, aka nesting…

This time around, since we are having a boy, we’re having to prepare a little more than the last time around when we were expecting another girl. I kept everything from when Madelyn was a baby, so we literally did not need anything when we had Kora. Sure, I got her a few new things here and there, but we had bins (and bins) of clothes from size newborn to 4t when we had her. Kora will eventually move out of the nursery, into Madelyn’s room, and the baby will move into the nursery. Not right away, of course, so I’ve slowly started to transition the room into a more neutral space that will work for Kora now and will also work for the baby once we move him in. A few things will be switched out here and there, but it will be an easier transition down the road, I hope! I’ve gone through all the newborn clothes and separated out all of the neutral pieces I can use for the baby and have also thoughtfully selected special new pieces over the course of the last three or so months. Thankfully Zara and Baby Gap have had really great sales over the summer! I’ve also found the sweetest little things at some of my favorite handmade shops I found on Instagram, Mabo Kids, Yoli & Otis, Bannor Toys, Briar Handmade, Willaby Clothier, L’oved Baby, Hide & Cotton, and Little Pine Outfitters, to name…a few. Little overalls and tiny moccasin slippers have my heart over here going pitter-patter! Already having two girls, this is so new and exciting to me. I am so excited for my sweet boy! 

I’m still trying to figure out sleeping logistics and how I’m going to deal with bedtime routines, and all those sorts of things. There is a four year age difference between our girls, so Madelyn was potty trained and was doing most things herself when we had Kora. Kora and the baby will only be about 19 months apart, so that is also new territory for me! I kind of have a sense that it will just work itself out like it always does, though. Right? 

With all that, here is “preparing for baby boy…” or really, just me nesting! Ha! I had a cute little helper too. šŸ™‚DSC_9266DSC_8688DSC_8806collage1DSC_8673DSC_8708DSC_8714DSC_8694DSC_8734DSC_8754collage2DSC_8790DSC_8787DSC_8797

twenty-eight weeks and counting…

I’m officially into my third trimester of my third pregnancy now, but this time it’s a little different. This time, we’re expecting a BOY and so it’s familiar but new at the same time! This pregnancy has really inspired me to get in front of the camera.Ā I took a handful of maternity self-portraits earlier this weekĀ to document this time in my pregnancy. The next twelve weeks or so will likely go fast and slow all at the same time. Soon we will be kissing on sweet baby toes and soaking up that newborn scent, but for now I’m trying to really appreciateĀ this time, even though it’s not all easy and I don’t feel great a lot of the time, every baby kick makes my heart skip a beat…

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sage, dried with love

I felt inspired last year to come up with gifts from the heart; something that is homemade and thoughtful. Gift-giving tends to be hard for me and sometimes I am not good at all and other times I over-do it. So, I came across a recipe for homemade vanilla extract about two years ago and got inspired. Last summer a friend and I decided to give it a try and it’s curing as we speak, going on a year! It’s supposed to be better the longer it cures, so I’m hoping by Christmas it will be extra-special. With that, I came across a book on Amazon, Food Gift LoveĀ and was really excited to try out some of the recipes and give some special people in our lives thoughtful gifts throughout the year for fall or Christmas or just because. Madelyn really loves helping me in the kitchen and one of the ideas that caught my eye was Dried Sage. I thought it would be a fun experience for us, it would teach us the process and was easy enough for her (she’s five) to help me with. It would also teach her about thoughtful-gift giving. My mother-in-law loves to cook and since Madelyn was visiting her in July, I thought it’d be a great little gift “just because”. We didn’t grow the sage, but if you have a garden, it would be even more special if you started the process there. I bought some fresh sage and used that and it really is lovely. I’ve always loved drying flowers, so this was sort of reminiscent of that for me. I also made a photo book of the photos I took of Madelyn during the process and gave that to my mother-in-law as well to make it an extra special keepsake. Since the gift-giving season is right around the corner, I thought I’d share this here! The whole process took about a month as we had to be patient and let the sage dry completely, so keep that in mind if you decide you’d like to give it a try!

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