MAMA MIA!

If you’re reading this… I’m still pregnant!

They aren’t joking when they say that regular months have an average of 28-31 days but the 10th month of pregnancy… it has 389756 days!

LOOK AT THIS BELLY! Send help!

It’s truly a waiting game now, and all I can do is find comfort in being cozy! I’ve been stocking up on some maternity athleisure and loungewear that will double as practical nursing-friendly gear after baby is here.

I’ve linked my recent purchases (all from Amazon!) in the LIKEtoKNOW.it app. You can shop the links here: http://liketk.it/2Z0uZ

I’ve packed both pairs of joggers and nightgowns in my hospital bag and will be wearing the sneakers to and from the hospital too. And you better believe I’ve already broken in the slippers at home!

Mama Mia! Now I really know… my my, I could never let you go!

Old Navy Try On

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a try on for one of my favorite clothing stores. They currently have some awesome sales going on, so I figured today was the perfect opportunity to share some links and my current favorites I recently picked up! Most items today are 30% off but a lot of items are 50% off too 😊

Printed Button-Front Cropped Cardigan

Wearing Size: Girls XL

$34.00 – currently 30% off during checkout!

Relaxed Western Jean Shirt // High-Waisted Super Skinny Jean

Jean Shirt Details:

Wearing the Light Wash in Size Medium

$35.00 – Currently 30% off at checkout!

Skinny Jean Details:

Wearing Pat Color in Size 2 Petite

$35.00 – Currently 30% off at checkout!

Lightweight Sleeveless Sweater Tank Top // Mid-Rise Button-Fly Railroad-Stripe Rockstar Super Skinny Jeans

Sleeveless Sweater Details:

I OWN ALL FOUR COLORS!

Wearing Dusty Rose Size Small

$19.97 – Currently 30% off at checkout!

Super Skinny Jeans Details:

Wearing Railroad Stripe Size 2 Petite

$16.97 – Currently 30% off at checkout!

Lightweight Sleeveless Sweater Tank Top

Wearing Burnt Ochre Size Small

$19.97 – Currently 30% off at checkout!


Here’s some 50% off items leaving them all to be $20.00!!! I didn’t personally pick them up but we’re definitely worth sharing with y’all today and considering going back today 😆

Every item is on our LIKETOKNOW.IT page 🖤


Third Trimester Essentials

Hi Friends! Happy October! I can’t believe I am just weeks (maybe even days!) away from Charlie’s birth day.

To be entirely truthful, I haven’t really added any new items to my regimen in this last trimester, just sticking to my tried and true products from the first two to help me through. So instead, I’m sharing the products and items I’ve packed in my hospital bag to prepare for the big day. Since the big event is the most important, consider this post my third trimester essentials list.

Not everything I’m packing is pictured. Most of the necessary personal products I’ve packed are available at Target and I linked all items on the LIKEtoKNOW.it app. (Click here)

The custom swaddle and matching mommy-and-me robe and baby outfit are made of the softest fabric EVER. I wasn’t able to link to the site but they are all from Caden Lane.

I’ve also made the following checklist to help other moms-to-be as they also plan and prepare for their arrival, because some days pregnancy brain is real and it’s okay to need helpful reminders so nothing gets forgotten or left behind.

Lastly, the following is a short list of things I was told NOT to pack. With the exception of one item*** I’ll be leaving these non essentials behind at home.

Apparently the hospital gives all the diapers and wipes needed for baby during your stay. We will take advantage of that and save the diapers we have at home. I also heard leggings, though ultimately comfortable, aren’t the best item to wear to go home in (due to the flattering thickness and size of the postpartum mesh underwear and pads 🙈). I’ve opted to pack soft jogger sweatpants and nursing friendly loungewear, plus nursing friendly nightgowns. Along those same lines, I can’t imagine anyone wanting to try squeeze into jeans or anything uncomfortable after labor, plus nice or dressy pieces have the potential to get ruined. I heard there isn’t any time for extra activities, even for distraction purposes. So we are leaving books, movies, laptops, etc at home. Everything we could want to access we could always get on our phones anyway. I’ll be bringing a few snacks for Patrick and maybe for extra energy for me if I’m permitted to eat, but have heard of people overpacking these things. And lastly, I read that the hospital provides lots of pillows to assist with comfort and nursing and that nursing pillows just take up space, but a wise mutual momma friend of mine told me to bring the pillow, even if I don’t use it for nursing it may bring me some comfort to sit on after labor (like a donut pillow!)

And of course to consolidate and organize I’m using my favorite amazon packing cubes to maximize bag space. I linked my bag and the cubes on LIKEtoKNOW.it also. (Click here) Boxes are checked, bag is packed- baby boy, we are ready when you are!!! 💙


H O M E

Happy Sunday Y’all! Our front porches are looking v fall this morning even though the highs are 80 today 🍁 We are lucky to live in an area with seasons! Winter is coming ❄️ (hehehe)

Shop our decor on the @liketoknow.it app or simply reading below ☕️

Allie’s Front Door

Wreath: Michaels // Doormat: Amazon // Pumpkins: Boyerts Farmhouse


Angela’s Front Door

Wreath: Hobby Lobby // Doormat: Amazon // Pumpkin + Sign Decor: Hobby Lobby


The Little Man Cave

Today I am sharing a tour of the nursery. It’s almost complete as we continue to prepare to welcome our upcoming arrival. We were so fortunate to have a dear friend and photographer oblige to come to our home to do a maternity and nursery session with us. Check her out here: https://samanthazenewiczphotography.com

All nursery (and outfit) details are linked with this photo in the LIKEtoKNOW.it app. Click here: http://liketk.it/2WR8D
Inspired by our (and our families) love for golf, we chose preppy and classic decor and a color palate that he can grow into and easily change as his interests change.
The day I found out we would be welcoming a baby boy, I purchased this gingham Ralph Lauren outfit. 💙 My little preppy gentleman.
Alice is going to be the best big sister!

I hope that you enjoyed this photo tour of the nursery. I’m finally starting to feel more ready to meet our little man. We have 5 weeks to go!

I am considering writing a blog post for next week containing more photos of our maternity portraits. If thats something that you would be interested in seeing and reading, kindly send me a message. Because we had the session taken at our home the photos are meant to be very intimate and special. I love how they turned out and am certainly willing to share more!


Battle of the Baby Registries

Good morning and a Happy September Sunday!

I’m hopeful that today’s post serves as a helpful guide in assisting a new mama-to-be choose where to complete a baby registry. My husband and I registered at both Target and Amazon and I am listing out their similarities and differences, as well as pros and cons to both places.

As an early disclaimer/spoiler: both “WIN” in my book- I still love both retailers and I am glad we chose to register from two places rather than just one, simply for making sure our most wanted items were in stock somewhere and to also allow people shopping for us to have online and in-store options for shopping to suit their preferences.

Similar Features of the Two Registries

1. Completion Discounts: both offer completion discounts of 15% off on any items not purchased off the registries around 2 months before baby’s due date. For both places, though, the discount is limited to 2 uses.

2. Helpful checklists to follow: As first time parents it was helpful for us to have a guide as to what needs purchased to prepare for our baby’s arrival. Both retailers offered this feature so we could make sure we included all the essentials.

3. Received Notifications: both apps notified us when a purchase was made off of the registry and also when an item we chose went out or stock later, so we could choose an alternative or find it on the other retailer’s site.

4. Ship to Us Options: Both Amazon and Target had us plug in our address (which they kept private) that allowed anyone gifting to us from out of town send it directly to our house.

Differences

*** The #1 difference between Amazon and Target is that Amazon sent us a free welcome box full of baby goodies like a swaddle blanket, bottles, and samples once $10 of product had been purchased off our registry. I’ve heard that some people have gotten a welcome bag from Target too, but we never did. If anyone knows if I have to do anything to obtain this send me a DM. But when we went into the store to start the registry they didn’t give us anything and they never sent us anything once people started purchasing gifts either.

Target Registry Pro’s

1. Easy to Use App: when we went to our local Target to begin our registry, we were simply told to download the registry app which has a built in scanner. We scanned the items and they saved into our registry. We could go back in to the app once we were home if we wanted

2. Able to See Items In Person: Target’s in-store baby section is beyond helpful. They had really great resources to help us compare and choose products we think will be best for us directly on the displays. It was nice to be able to see things in person too- like the stroller and car seat.

3. Able to Flag Most Wanted Items: I chose our top 10 most wanted items to highlight on the registry that anyone shopping for us could see. 9/10 of our most wanted items were purchased for us which was extremely helpful and wonderful.

Target Registry Con’s

1. Complaints about Shipping: I had numerous people let me know that if they had anything ship from Target.com they ran into a weird issue. One friend’s package was lost and never got to her so she had to call and they resent her the item. Two or three other people told us that when the items they chose arrived the boxes and packaging were so damaged they had to return them or go exchange them in store because they were embarrassed to gift something that beat up.

2. You Have to Use a Separate App: though the app was easy to use, the Target registry app is completely separate from the regular Target app for some reason.

Amazon Registry Pro’s

1. Product Selection: Amazon has a seemingly endless selection of products. Seriously their inventory is enormous. At times it was overwhelming but we were glad to have such a massive selection to choose from.

2. Registry in the App: it was so easy to begin our registry and continue to add things because it is in the already existing Amazon app and linked to our account. On every item searched there is always a little blue link to “add to baby registry”

3. Thank You Card Checklist: Since items were exclusively purchased online the Amazon app kept track of who purchased what and had a section for me to check off when I sent a thank you card to that person for the gifts. They also stored the addresses for me to send the cards to which was so helpful.

Amazon Registry Con’s

1. Only Certain Items are Eligible for Completion Discount: When I went to begin purchasing items myself to redeem my completion discount I was disappointed to find that even if an item had been on my registry for all of these months it may not be eligible for the 15% off.

2. It was Important to Choose Prime Items: I found that more non-Prime items went out of stock or changed prices or shipping times a lot more frequently than Prime items. I wanted to keep things easy for people shopping for us and didn’t want anything to be delayed, so I found myself substituting things a little bit more often.

That’s all I have for today. If you have any follow up questions feel free to reach out! To reiterate, I would recommend to new parents having two registries (but no more) to take advantage of retailer perks, ensure that you get the items you want and need, and to give your gifters shopping options.


Second Star To The Right

Last weekend I was showered with love and joy at Baby E’s socially distanced baby shower. I wish I could’ve hugged each and every one of my guests. It meant the world to me that they could share in my excitement, especially this year. There were also some very special people that were unable to make it, but I truly felt their love from afar. I am thankful, grateful, and blessed. I hope you enjoy today’s quick trip to Neverland- I wanted to share some of my favorite details from the day.

We chose a Peter Pan theme because of this quote that will hang in his nursery.

I am so incredibly fortunate to have such a supportive and generous family. This day would not have been as magical or even possible without the following team of ladies:

My mom, mother-in-law, sister, and sister-in-law planned and successfully executed every last detail. The day was full of faith, trust, and pixie dust!

Patrick and I cannot wait to bring our son into this world, where he will be loved by our family and dear friends.

An Aspiring Gent

Hi everyone- meet Lou! He’s a local, self-proclaimed aspiring gentleman that is already working towards inspiring other men to actually care about fashion. Let’s just say our hometown isn’t the fashion capital of, well, anything! But with Lou’s experience as a tailor along with his active Instagram, YouTube channel and Podcast, we sense there might be a revolution in our midst! If you have a special guy in your life that could use some guidance in the clothing department, share today’s blog post and Lou’s Instagram @aspiring_gent to give them that gentle nudge. His feed is full of classic and easy to attain menswear looks, and everything is very much on trend. Also- he and his wife are just the cutest pair! His videos and topical posts include everything from how to proper mix patterns, tips of how jeans should properly fit and even shirt ironing hacks! We asked him to take over the blog today and do a capsule wardrobe of his favorite pieces to help an everyday guy steadily build interchangeable looks for every day! We hope you enjoy!

What is a truly interchangeable wardrobe? To those I’ve met who have never thought more than if an item was clean before they put it on, believed they have an interchangeable wardrobe already. They wear anything with everything so of course it’s “interchangeable”. They’re wrong! Sorry to be so blunt, but to experience great change you must be willing to embrace it.But what I’m about to share with you could very well be life changing if you’re willing to accept it.

The greatest thing about this idea is that no matter your culture, race, creed or anything in between this message is for you. This “interchangeable” wardrobe is by no means a one-fits-all where I expect everyone to dress in an ivy league sweater vest. But everything in my list can be worked into everyone’s style and looks good on anyone!

T-shirt

Let’s start with the basics. Like any good relationship we want to take things slow. The best part about this is you probably already have a few of these items already, but what’s most important is the fit and condition they are in. Colors and patterns can vary but it’s safe to say that a white or black will look good on anyone. As far as fit, a nice & snug fit in the shoulders and arms is recommended with a loose fit in the body. For the thin guy a slim fit is perfect and a larger man gets a more classic fit for properly hiding any unwanted curves.

Jeans

Again you may already have a pair, but look at them in the mirror. Are they sagging on your hips or in the butt? Are they bunching at the feet? Get that fixed then we can talk colors!

There are many types of jeans. I recommend 3 types- dark blue, medium blue, and black.

Shoes

Comfort is key but, guys, there are plenty of comfortable and stylish options. I advise a pair of sneakers (that aren’t for athletic use) and also dress shoes.

Casual first, find a shoe that you personally like, colors that intrigue you and a style that fits your vibe. I recommend a solid white pair or something with very neutral colors like brown, black, beige. For the dress shoes get brown leather without a square tip front. These can be worn as the base of all the outfits.

Button ups

If jeans are meat and potatoes, button ups are the gravy. Just like shoes we have a formal and casual style. Formal are easy, solid white and light blue are a must and will cover you for any occasion. For fun you can branch out and find what speaks to you. Flannels for winter, floral for summer, stripe, gingham, paisley, dot, anything! Have some fun here and experiment. The reason why these are so important is they tie you to a higher level of dressing than a t-shirt and keeps your outfits interesting. Plus for some reason when things have buttons on them they are more fancy. Don’t ask why it’s just a thing.

The blue/gray suit.

This is the most formal but it is my favorite for many reasons. There’s a time in everyone’s life where you need to be dressed up- for funerals, weddings, and so on. But this suit can be used for so much more than what you may be familiar with. Take off the jacket and wear the pants to a semi casual date. Take the jacket with your dark jeans and have a semi formal look. Even wearing it with your t-shirt and sneakers for a normal everyday look. By this point I hope I’ve helped you get more comfortable with the idea of dressing up because why the flip not!

When I say this just scratches the surface I mean it. Clothing has the power to change your life and it has for me. But this is not the post to talk about that topic in depth. I will leave you with this: Clothing has a direct connection with how we view ourselves. And when we can control that narrative it unlocks a stream of opportunities. If you want to talk about what clothing can do for you I’d love to connect! -Lou

*you can shop each piece from Lou’s interchangeable wardrobe on our LIKEtoKNOW.it page! Click here: http://liketk.it/2Vsao


Toile de Jouy

Wishing the sunniest Sunday to you!
Love,
Ange & Bump

A little fashion history lesson coming at ya!

Toile de Jouy, (French for: “fabric of Jouy”), also called Jouy Print, is traditionally cotton or linen printed with designs of landscapes and figures for which the 18th-century factory of Jouy-en-Josas, near Versailles, was famous.

Like all things vintage, this pattern has made its way back into trendy modern fabrics, clothing, linens, home decor, and more! Maybe it’s my old soul, but I personally love it. To me it brings back old charm and a touch of class.

Powder room goals!
Such a lovely tablescape.
These charming curtains remind me of my dress!
I love this more modern toile pattern mixed with several other subtle prints. So preppy!

I found this red toile print dress online at Macy’s on sale. It is not a maternity dress so I did size up to give bump some extra room! It’s so flowy and flattering and perfect in the August heat. No slip is required, this dress is lined and then has the chiffon printed over layer so it’s not sheer or see through.

You can shop this look on the
LIKEtoKNOW.it app or click here:
http://liketk.it/2U86G

Bloom, Baby, Bloom

hello third trimester, goodbye feet!

Baby Boy E and I have made it into our third trimester! Every single day I feel his kicks, twists, turns, and rolls grow stronger which is so amazing and reassuring (and also overwhelming!) I sometimes can’t believe I’ve grown another human being for all these months, and then he bounces up and down on my bladder and I’m reminded again of our progress! There’s no stopping this baby from blooming and growing!

baby boy, you are our sunshine 🌻

bUmPDATE: This week I had a routine pre-natal appointment to check my blood pressure, weight, baby’s heartbeat and measurement. Everything is measuring and progressing perfectly and the blessing of that is not lost on me. Sometimes I am amazed at what this body of mine is doing and capable of- so many changes that it is handling so well. One thing that I haven’t been really open about is that it took over a year to feel this joy and accomplish a pregnancy. That journey and time passed was not easy and I’m thankful daily for this miracle, despite some of my complaints of the not-so-beautiful moments of pregnancy.

I also had some bloodwork done at my appointment. I drank the “dreaded” orange Glucola drink and I’m here to tell you that I personally found it to be palatable. It tasted like a melted orange popsicle and did not make me feel ill in the least. So if any other expecting mamas out there are falling victim to the hype- I’m here to tell you that it wasn’t bad at all and it’s totally survivable! All this to say that thankfully my gestational diabetes screening came back normal- although we did discover that I am anemic. I have low blood iron count, so I’ll be supplementing my regimen with some ferrous sulfate tablets and orange juice to help with absorption.

Today’s outfit is simple and all items are linked in the LIKEtoKNOW.it app for you to shop! The white dress I’m wearing is not a maternity dress but it’s definitely flowy and bump friendly. I love the light weight summery fabric and adorable ruffles. I also really like the classic plaid print and canvas material of my bag- making it easy to transition between seasons. I purchased a bag organizer to go inside, because I was fearful the bucket style would make it difficult to find things in the bag. I linked the organizer as well, it comes in a bunch of colors to match any bag interior.

Thanks for continuing to follow along! I hope you all have a sunny ☀️ Sunday! 🌻💛