Maternity/Pregnancy, Reviews

Where to Buy Maternity Clothes That Don’t SUCK! 

  
At first, I really didn’t want to buy maternity clothes. At all. The thought of not being able to fit in any of my own clothes wasn’t a happy one. 

I kept picturing the clothes my mom and stepmom wore when they were pregnant when I was younger and no. Just no.

I’ve got to say, maternity clothing has come a LONG way! And holy crap, maternity jeans are a gift from God!!! Seriously, they are the most comfortable thing I’ve ever worn.

My top 4 places to shop:

  1. Old Navy Maternity – cute basic pieces, great prices, quick shipping, true to size
  2. Pink Blush Maternity – boutique style maternity clothes, a little higher on price, clothes run smaller, plus sizes available 
  3. Motherhood Maternity – great basic pieces and special occasion pieces; prices are higher; great sales; can actually shop in a STORE 
  4. Zulily – seriously one of my FAVORITE places; great prices; huge variety; amazing customer service; shipping takes FOREVER 

So here are a few of my favorite pieces from my favorite places! 

 

Top & Jeans – Old Navy
 
 
Top & Leggings – Pink Blush
  
Top – Pink Blush; Jeans – Old Navy

 
Top – Zulily; Jeans – Old Navy
  

Top – Zulily; Jeans – Old Navy

 

Dress – Motherhood
  
Top – Pink Blush; Jeans – Old Navy
Dress – Motherhood
Top – Zulily; Jeans – Old Navy
 

Shirt & Capris – Motherhood
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What’s in My Hospital Bag?

  
I’ve seen this shared over, and over, and over, and OVER. But guess what? I’m going to share it, too! 

  
While most of these posts are all the same, and trust me I went through close to a hundred of them, I found one or two new things on each one. 

Now you may not need everything I have, and you may want to add more. What you pack in your hospital bag is a really important part of your pre-labor planning and will make your hospital stay so much easier! Or at least that’s what every mommy I’ve talked to has said. Ya know, since I’m STILL pregnant. 

Zulily is a GREAT place to get maternity stuff, but shop early since the shipping takes a while. You don’t want your stuff delivered AFTER the baby is born!

https://www.zulily.com/invite/bgodwin9801?tid=social_sms_iphone_sharelink_sidebar_modal_0c523a9f4597aa5e427b77913db0d663
*Using this link gives me credit, but seriously this one of the BEST sites. 

So, here’s the basics:

MOMMY

  • Pajamas
  • Robe
  • Socks
  • BLACK panties
  • Slippers
  • Nursing bras 
  • MATERNITY clothes (leggings, shirts, comfy stuff)
  • Nursing pads
  • Pads (Always Maxi Overnight)
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Body wash & bath pouf
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Contact case & solution 
  • Facial cleansing wipes
  • Deodorant
  • Razor (I’d rather have it and not need it 😜)
  • Ponytail holders, headbands, Bobby pins
  • Chapstick
  • Body lotion
  • Blow drier & straightener
  • Towel (hospital towels SUCK)
  • Body pillow
  • Blanket (I like mine)
  • Nursing pillow
  • Phone charger

  

BABY 

  • Onesies
  • Stretchy pants
  • Socks, mittens, & hats
  • Diapers & wipes (I know the hospital has them, but I’m picky and want to use ours 😜)
  • Bibs
  • Blankets
  • Going home outfit 
  • Diaper bag
  • CARSEAT 

  

I will totally admit that I will regularly favor Carter’s on here. I may work there, but come on. The clothes are SO CUTE!! 
  

DADDY

  • Daddy is a grown up. You have enough to worry about, let him pack his own bag! 


OTHER 

  • Quarters for vending machines
  • Video/digital camera
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • ID, SS card
  • Money for circumcision 
  • Birthing plan
Recipes

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cupcakes

My boyfriend has a serious love affair with Reese’s anything. Reese’s candy, ice cream, cookies, shell, all of it! So sometimes I’ll make these Reese’s Peanut Butter Cupcakes for him when he’s having a cheat day, and he always eats them ALL. I’m not a huge fan of Reese’s, but this peanut butter frosting is like CRACK!! Seriously, I’ll eat it straight out of the bowl! 

  
Here is the original recipe:

http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/chocolate-peanut-butter-cupcakes/
I used full size Reese’s cups in these instead of the minis. 

Recipes

Crawfish Beignets 

Ok. It’s my favorite time of year. 

CRAWFISH SEASON!!!!!

Unfortunately I can’t partake in any of the festivities for about another month (come on baby squirrel), but I did want to share this AWESOME recipe! I’ve made these at a culinary competition and for catered breakfasts, and they are always a hit! There are never any left! Like ANY! EVER! 
Here’s the original recipe:

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/crawfish-beignets-with-cajun-dipping-sauce?keycode=ZPIN0214

I normally triple this recipe any time I make, because like I said you will NOT have leftovers of these bad boys. 

  
I’m not a fan of the sauce in that recipe and normally serve them with a remoulade. Which you can find a recipe for here: 

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/06/sauced-louisiana-remoulade-recipe.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+seriouseatsfeaturesvideos+(Serious+Eats)
Or you can go the easy way and just buy this! Make sure you buy the Louisiana! 

 
UGHHHH, these things are SO FREAKING GOOD!!

Laissez les bon temps roulez, y’all! 

Drinks, Recipes

Preggo Power Smoothie

 It’s THIRSTY THURSDAY! 
But I’m still pregnant. So instead of one of my favorite yummy summertime cocktails that I’m currently dreaming about, here’s an awesome smoothie I’ve been drinking during my pregnancy! It’s packed with all kinds of good stuff you and your baby need; calcium, vitamin c, potassium, fiber, protein, and antioxidants! You can also add a handful of spinach to give it even more punch! 

  
I really never measure anything out. I just kind of dumped stuff in the blender as I went but if I had to guess, these would be the measurements. 

1 banana 

1/2 C berries

1/2 C yogurt

1/2 C skim or 1% milk

2 T. Chia seeds 
Here’s some more great pregnancy smoothies you can try! 

http://www.superhealthykids.com/the-perfect-pregnancy-smoothie/
http://www.mothersnmore.ca/blog/top-3-smoothies-for-pregnancy/
http://www.tasteslovely.com/ultimate-superfood-pregnancy-smoothie/

DIYs

DIY Maternity Sash

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Before I was unfortunately put on bed rest, we had an appointment for a maternity shoot! I was so excited and spent HOURS AND HOURS pouring over Pinterests for ideas.

One of my favorite ideas was the cute little sashes a lot of women had as props during their shoots!


I looked on Etsy, and honestly it would have been cheaper to just buy one! But I can’t ever do it the easy way. So off to Hobby Lobby I went! An hour and a half and about $40-$50 later, I walked out dazed and confused. Sometimes I think they pump something in the air in that place. Anyways what I used is stretchy lace ribbon, flowers, gems, felt, hot glue gun, and fabric spray paint.

  1. Cut out enough lace to fit around you and then some to tie it
  2. Spray paint lace and let dry; repeat on both sides
  3. Lay felt down and lace on top
  4. Arrange flowers
  5. Glue flowers down
  6. Glue gems on flowers
  7. Trim off excess felt
  8. Prance around in your cute new maternity sash! 👸🏻💃🏻🌻🌸

Here’s how it turned out

  
I was really excited with how it turned out, even if I didn’t get to use it yet!

The best thing about doing this yourself, is you can pick the exact colors you want! You can go traditional blue or pink, match your nursery, or match your outfit during your maternity shoot. Plus you can go as sparkly and embellished as you want!

Anyways, here’s the link to the original tutorial I found.

http://www.sunshineshoppeblog.com/diy-maternity-bump-sash/
I’m impatient and a little lazy so I didn’t cut my felt out in circles, but went the easy route and just laid the piece of felt under the lace and then glued the flowers down and trimmed the excess felt off. Worked just as well!

DIYs

Adult Minky Blanket

You know that super soft, cuddly, awesome material everybody makes baby stuff out of?? Well who says it can’t be for grown ups?

My mother endowed me with a serious love of blankets. We got the for Christmas, birthdays, whatever. You can NEVER have enough blankets.
Anyways, I found this fabric at Hobby Lobby that I freaking loved! This was before I got my sewing machine, so I wanted to do one of those no-sew/tie blankets, but I hate how unfinished they look. Not very grown up.

So I hit my normal encyclopedia of all things crafty for an alternative (PINTEREST IS THE BOMB). I found this awesome way to braid/weave the edges for a more finished product!

I used about 4 or 5 yards (it’s been a while, sorry) of each print fabric.

Here’s a great tutorial on how to do the edges: http://eclecticmomsense.com/2014/07/sew-braided-fleece-blanket.html