Fall Fashion Week {Day 7}

Better late than never, right?

Today both Connor and I got our hair cut. And, you are lucky enough to get before & after shots. Well, not a good before shot for me. I didn't even bother doing my hair this morning since my first errand was our hair appointment. And, since the high was in the mid 80's today, I decided to splurge and wear jeans. At one point, I regretted my decision. But for most of the day, jeans worked out great. And it made me feel more like it was actually fall!


Shirt: Old Navy Maternity
Jeans: Old Navy Maternity
Necklace: PacSun
Shoes: H&M

I threw in that side shot not to show you how short my maternity shirts are looking on me, but to show you how small my butt is looking. I love it. I always feel like I have such a large one and think it looks cute looking all small compared to such a large belly.

And now my new hair. Its hard to tell, but I did get a good amount cut off. It is long enough in the front to tuck behind my ears, but short and layered in the back...maybe 2 or so inches long.

And now for Connor...


Shirt: GAP 
Shorts: Old Navy
Shoes: Target

Connor was such a man getting his hair cut today. I was so proud of him. And he now has a proper hair cut again, and not just one his mom gave him! Its cute. A proper little boy hair cut.


Once again, it has been another fun fashion week. Thanks to Emery over at Moms are for Everyone for always hosting these great events. Its always fun reconnecting with some great bloggers out there and seeing what some of my blogger friends wear.

Fall Fashion Week {Day 6}

The past day and a half have been crazy.

It started off yesterday morning with my doctor's appointment. I almost asked them to NOT check me for progress because I didn't want to be discouraged. Well, I let them check. And sure enough, nothing is going on. NOTHING. Nada. No dilation. No effacement. No nothing. AND to make matters a little worse, they even made me a 41 week appointment. Sniff. I am a big girl. I can handle it. I really have expected to go over with this baby. After all, Connor was 10 days late. And I am not at all for induction and really just want this baby to come on its own when it is ready. I was just kind of hoping that would be sooner rather than later. But then again, I wasn't dilated at all with Connor and my water broke a measly 18 hours later, at home, on its own. So there is hope.

The thing is though, I actually put effort into my outfit yesterday. I even wore jewelry. And there is no photographic evidence of this outfit. It is as if it didn't even exist. Oh well.

Then this morning the newspaper induced hysteria in me about the listeria outbreak from cantaloupe. And of course I recently consumed a whole cantaloupe. So, I called the advice nurse. Was on hold for 30 minutes, when I was told the wait time was 1 minute. And when I finally got to talk to a nurse, she was rude and brushed me off because I wasn't yet sick. Uh, thanks for all the great advice!

Oh, and all this hysteria was going down while I was trying to rush out of the house this morning for a meeting.

Now its 2pm and I find myself totally and utterly exhausted. So, I am going to take a nap. But not before I share an outfit with you. Sure, it wasn't from this week, but from a couple weeks ago when Ian and I went to San Francisco for his birthday. But on a positive note, it is the most fall-like outfit I have been able to wear in months. After all, we are still dealing with temps in the 90's...stupid forecasters lied when they said it was supposed to be in the 80's this week! Where was I? Oh yeah, my outfit...


Shirt: Forever 21 Maternity
Jeans: Old Navy Maternity
Shoes: Rainbows


Sorry for the rant. I guess its those pregnancy hormones bubbling to the surface. But if someone actually said that to me, I might just slap them! See, more hormones.

Fall Fashion Week {Day 5}

The next few days are going to get kind of bring around here in my "fashion" world...as if it is ever super exciting. The days are busy and full of tasks, so practical clothing is a must. After all, when headed to the park with a 21 month old, I ALWAYS have to be prepared to climb to the top of the jungle gym before he jumps! And try doing that while 9 months pregnant...not the prettiest of pictures.



Tank: Michael Stars Maternity
Gauchos: Old Navy Maternity
Shoes: Reef

The husband was nice enough to get this tank for me at the beginning of my pregnancy. He picked it out all by himself. I am glad I have it. It is comfortable and cute. And tank tops have become my best friend in this NOT-fallish-at-all weather.

Fall Fashion Week {Day 4}

Dresses really are a pregnant gal's best friend. The are cool, comfortable and there never seems to be a problem with them fitting! This dress I almost passed up on the rack. It was on clearance for $6, but didn't look like something I would wear at all. In fact, I think it looks like something one would wear to work. Anyway, with a $6 price tag, I couldn't pass it up. I cut the stupid bow off the belly (I am SO NOT a fan of "belly bows" on maternity clothes). And this dress has become a staple this pregnancy. I wear it every single stinking week. It is so freaking comfortable that I don't really care that it isn't my style. And now, without further ado, my $6 dress:



Necklace: Made by me - circa 2002
Tank: Michael Stars
Dress: Liz Lange for Target Maternity
Shoes: H&M

Fall Fashion Week {Day 3}

I am thinking fashion week is a MUST for all pregnant gals. All the complements go straight to my head and totally help out. I look in the mirror at times and feel like a cow. Especially with all the stares in public and the ridiculous "You look like you are going to pop" comments. So thanks ladies for helping this pregnant gal out and sending complements my way. I FREAKING LOVE THEM!

As promised, here is a more put together look:


And a closeup of the necklace:

Necklace: From the hubby*
Tank: Forever 21 Maternity
Dress: Topshop Maternity
Leggings: Hollister
Shoes: Toms

I have to say, I don't get why so many maternity tops are so low cut. We already have it going on up upstairs and could be sporting cleavage in a turtleneck, so low cut shirts are not needed! Oh well. Thank God (or Forever 21) for layering tank tops. 


*When looking for a necklace to wear this morning, I came across this one. My husband gave it to me the first Christmas we were dating...12 years ago! I used to never take it off. I wore it every single day. It has lots of sentimental value and good memories. It made me smile when I put it on this morning.

Fall Fashion Week {Day 2}

Unfortunately it was so hot I couldn't bare but to wear something practical. These maternity gauchos have ended up being my best friend this pregnancy. They are seriously so comfortable and not at all hot. A win-win situation when pregnant in hot weather.


Tank x2: Topshop Maternity
Gauchos: Old Navy Maternity
Shoes: Reefs

I PROMISE tomorrow I will wear something a bit more inspiring fashionable thought out. Heck, it is supposed to be in the 80's. I will have no excuse but to bust out something adorable! 

Fall Fashion Week {Day 1}

So excited for fall fashion week! Once again, the ├╝ber adorable Emery Jo over at Moms are for Everyone is hosting a fashion week. These fashion weeks have lead me to some great bloggers. Because of this, I am excited to see what this one has in store for me and who I will meet (or reconnect with) this time. Feel free to join in the fun...come on, you know you want to!

This time last year, I probably wrote some sob story about how it is cold year round in Scotland, so I don't have much fashion (you can read those words here or here). You know, because I had to bundle up. Fast forward a year and I now live in California's Central Valley. And apparently the Central Valley wasn't given the memo that fall is starting. Our temperatures have been hovering in the high 90's. Rumor has it that it is supposed to be in the 80's this coming week, but I will believe that welcome relief when I feel it.

And in case this is the first time you are viewing my world blog, I am 2 weeks away from my due date. Totally ready to pop! So enjoy the maternity fashion fun!



Shirt: Forever 21 Maternity
Shorts: Hand-me-downs
Shoes: Rainbows

And Connor is joining in on the fun...

Shirt: GAP Kids
Shorts: GAP Kids
Shoes: Target*


*And that's the last time I will ever buy this kid cheap sandals again. They make his feet smell so freaking bad!

What a Day

 I am pretty sure my belly is ten times bigger in person than it seems in pictures.


Yesterday started out like any other day. I woke up to the sound of my little man. Got up. Fed us breakfast. Played. Got in the shower.

That is when everything started to change.

As I was getting out of the shower, I thought I was going to pass out. So I immediately laid down. I thought the feeling would pass. Unfortunately it didn't. So I beckoned Ian home from work. When he got home, he took my blood pressure and we discovered it was low. Very freaking low. 72/52 if you care to know. So, Connor got sent off to my MIL's house, I went to take a nap and Ian worked from home to make sure I stayed alive. Don't worry, I stayed alive.

All afternoon and evening my blood pressure stayed low. Now as low as it was, but still impressively low. So, after some urging from a friend and my husband, I decided to call our 24 hour nurse line. After talking with her for a while and following her instructions, she decided I needed to stay hydrated (who knew dehydration causes low blood pressure) and not get hot (apparently heat causes blood vessels to get bigger, thus lowering your blood pressure).

So I will now have to do without my coveted hot showers. The nurse actually told me not to shower at home alone anymore. Technically I wasn't home alone this morning...Connor was there too. And also, I am supposed to be drinking water like nobody's business.

In my opinion, all of this could be solved if some cool, fall weather would roll in. I mean, it is the end of September and still 99 freaking degrees outside. This almost-no-longer pregnant* gal wants a break in the heat!


* I thought being almost-no-longer pregnant sounded better than being HUGELY pregnant. 

{baby} Food for Thought

I don't consider our family super healthy eaters...normal healthy, yes. We don't buy organic on a regular basis. We cook a lot, but aren't on any sort of diet. Sure we don't have salt in the house, which many seem to find strange, but pepper and other spices flow in abundance. Lately I have been discovering, we do eat healthy compared to most people.

When Connor was a baby, I made his food. I didn't make it because I wanted to control exactly what went into it. Rather I made it because I discovered I could make about ten times as much for the same price as one or two jars of baby food. I just couldn't stomach how expensive baby food was. So, I made my own. Simple as that. I really didn't follow recipes (I am not a huge fan, I consider them inspiration). Rather, I put in ingredients I thought would be good and tasted it myself to see if I liked it. Then I fed it to him.

Having lived in Scotland for a while, I got used to cooking. Fast food isn't as easily and cheaply available there as it is in the US. Since moving home, we have pretty much stuck with that trend. Unless we are traveling, we rarely go pick up fast food. Except for the occasional In-n-Out run...but seriously, who can resist In-n-Out? And I have gotten used to cooking, so we do make most of our meals, though I am not going to lie and act like we never go out to eat.

Lately I have been intrigued by how many moms feed their toddlers and children crap. They pick up fast food all the time and/or feed them some frozen variety of fish sticks, chicken nuggets, mac & cheese, etc. And it got me thinking about what I feed Connor and how much effort I put into feeding him. Really not that much.

We are a family that loves fruit, so we always have a variety in the house - apples, bananas, grapes, peaches, nectarines, clementines...you get the picture. And fruit makes for an easy snack. We also live in the central valley, so all types of produce are readily available to us. I forget how blessed we are with all the fresh produce. Its much cheaper to shop at farmers markets and fruit stands for produce than the grocery store. Not to mention fresher.

Now most of the time I don't whip Connor up an entire meal for himself during the day. Well...for breakfast I do usually make him an egg though. But for lunch, he usually gets a sample platter of sorts. Basically a plate filled with different, healthy things I know he will eat. For dinner, he now eats what we eat, with some supplements depending on what we are having.

See? Not that hard. Or expensive for that matter. So my question remains, why do so many people eat and feed their children crap when with minimal effort they could actually be setting them up for a lifetime of eating success by teaching them to like the good stuff and limit the crap?

Irresponsible, Knocked Up Single Mom


Do I look like that?

I haven't been wearing my wedding ring lately. Ever since reading about a fellow blogger getting her wedding ring cut off, I have been afraid. Which is funny given that I wore my wedding ring the whole time I was pregnant with Connor. But the heat scares me. On cool days I do wear it though.

Because of the lack of wedding ring (even though I have a tan line wedding ring permanently on), I always feel like people look at me and think I am an irresponsible, knocked up, single mom. I guess it shows my own insecurities.


Connor likes playing with the train set at Barnes and Noble. I usually take him during the day and the only people I see there then are moms with their kids. Well, apparently on Friday evenings the place is crawling with dads and their kids. And to be honest, I was afraid to talk to these said dads. One was wearing a shirt from my alma mater, Cal Poly, but I was afraid to ask him about it for fear that he would think this psycho knocked up single mom was hitting on him. See? Insecure. I ended up taking Connor and leaving when he would not leave one of these said fathers and father's baby alone. I was having to have to much interaction with said father and felt naked without my wedding ring; that and the fact that Connor was actually crawling in the baby's car seat. AND I was afraid Connor was going to hurt said baby.


  Now I ask, does any other married person out there feel awkward when not wearing a wedding ring? And how about when you are pregnant? Even more so?

Summer...

You seem to have permanently resided over the central valley this year. And I will admit, I am more than ready for you to be gone. This pregnant body can't take much more of your heat. But, I know my little boy enjoys all the outdoor time he gets with you around, so I will let him suck up the sun a little bit more and enjoy a few more cold sugary treats all in the name of you...summer.

And honestly, who can resist this adorable little ottor-pop eating creature? It makes me smile because he still needs me to push it up after every bite. And when he drops some on the ground, he still tries to pick it up before it melts away. And when he finishes it, he comes back to the empty wrapper about 100 times looking for more.

Me and the babe watching Connor enjoy the heat and our fancy backyard pool.


When I pulled into 7-11 the other day, Connor started going "OOOOOHHH". Seriously? We have picked up maybe 4 slushees this summer and the kid recognizes 7-11?!? He must really know what he wants. I bought the jumbo size for us to share. You would think after sharing 3 other slushees I would have learned. Connor doesn't share slushees. He thinks the whole ginormous slushee is his and only his. And God-forbid I ever take a sip. Thankfully, he can never finish the whole thing, so I do always eventually get some.

But enough of this summer crap. I am so ready for fall!

Wordless Wednesday


He stole my computer when I was in the shower. Being the smart kid that he is though, he managed to get a DVD playing on it and opened a picture of himself. Apparently randomly hitting buttons does do something!

Homemade Laundry Detergent

I know what you're thinking...how can anyone be so excited about homemade laundry detergent? Its easy. You see, its cheap to make, about $4 for 640 loads worth, its easy to make and it seems to work. A win on all counts, don't ya think? Because I knew you would be just as excited as I am, I thought I would share the easy-peasy recipe along with pictures from my detergent-making process.


Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap 
for front or top load machine

Ingredients:
4  cups of hot tap water
1  Fels-Naptha soap bar
1  cup of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (must be sodium carbonate, not baking soda or detergent)
½  cup of Borax


Directions:
  1. Grate bar of soap* and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.                                    *Watch out for your knuckles when  grating the soap. I accidentally added a little blood to my recipe.   
  2. Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
  3. Stir (it will be all gelled) and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser (or really any dispenser)  half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use (will gel in between uses).
  4. Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil...I did not do this.
How to use:
Top Load Machine - 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)
Front Load Machine - ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

About the ingredients:
You can buy them all online, but it is kind of pricey that way. I was able to find the Borax at Target, the Fels-Naptha at a local grocery store and the washing soda at ACE Hardware...though I did notice ACE carries the Fels-Naptha as well, so maybe check them out first for ingredients.

You are impressed, aren't you?

My Pregnant Life


The other day I made a decision. A decision to fully embrace nap time. It started out slowly. Some days me needing them, other days me not. Then they progressed into an almost daily occurrence. I always set an alarm so I could have time to get stuff done around the house while Connor sleeps. But I have turned a corner in this pregnancy. Walking to the curb makes me tired (slight exaggeration, but only slight). Because of this, I have decided that without reservation or guilt, I am going to embrace nap time. I am going to sleep the entire time Connor does and enjoy myself...dang it. Let's be honest, I have been looking for reasons to slack on the housework anyway!

Speaking of housework, I have decided it is much more difficult to be pregnant as a stay at home mom than as a working mom. When I was pregnant with Connor, I was working at Starbucks full time. When I announced I was pregnant, my work life changed. No longer did I have to clean the bathrooms, or move anything that could be considered heavy. The farther along I got, they let me have a stool by me to sit on if necessary and offered me more breaks. Plus, I could take a nap at home whenever I freaking wanted to. They practically catered to my every need.

Lets just say, Connor has not been quite as accommodating. He still expects me to carry him...which at times can be difficult. He still goes 100 miles an hour without stopping. He still finds it funny to run away from me in public and make me chase him...whenever this happens, I fear that people look at me and think I am pathetic; think I can't handle the kid I've got, so why would I have another one. Oh I can handle him. He just thinks its hysterical to run and have me chase him. He even looks back at me and laughs. Then there's all the diaper changes, me still having to do the laundry, the dishes and clean the bathroom. Now don't get me wrong, Ian is a super big help when he is home. He practically takes over Connor duty on the weekends. But I had my "weekends" at Starbucks too. I'm just saying, its work being this far along in the human growing process and chasing a 21 month old around.

I don't even want to think what it will be like when there are two to chase around with a pregnant belly...maybe I will stop at two, but I doubt it.

The Baby's Room

The baby's room is pretty much done, so I thought it was time to share it with the world. Sure the picture frames are empty and the shelves mostly are too, but that stuff will get filled after the baby comes. So I present to you, in its mostly completed state, the baby's room:





A little bit about the room...

The crib is Pottery Barn Kids. I scored it for free off of craigslist. Connor slept in it before his crib from Scotland arrived. We Ian then painted it white to match the changing table, which is Connor's old one. The bedding is the same bedding we used for Connor. The dresser is from Ikea. And the rocker? Another Pottery Barn Kids item I scored off craigslist. It wasn't free, but I did get it for next to nothing. It was a huge plus that it was red. All the wall shelving and picture frames are from Target. They are waiting to be filled with things after the baby is born. People gave Connor all sorts of knick knacks, so I am sure they will come in handy for little baby things. The rug is another Ikea find. The curtains are from Pottery Barn. We stole them from our house in Pasadena when our renters left a couple weeks ago. They go perfect in the room and were free...well, paid for years ago, so kind of free.

So there you have it. My version of a gender neutral baby's room. I am definitely happy with how it turned out and can't wait to find out if it's going to be lived in by a little boy or girl.

Cookie Monster

In case you are wondering what happens when I forget to lock my fridge, here is the aftermath...


I was in the middle of getting ready and could hear it going down. I heard the freezer door, then the pitter patter of feet running across the house. So, I grabbed the camera. What I didn't expect is that Connor apparently now knows how to rip open the foil packaging that the cookies are in. You can't tell in the pictures, but his mouth is totally full and he has like 4 cookies in his hands and cookies spread all over his room. I took most the cookies away, but it was so adorable, so I did let him keep a couple.

And in case you are wondering, I have learned my lesson and am locking the fridge more often. And Connor? He screams and cries every time he sees me lock it. Kind of makes me laugh.

Connor Got His Hair Cut

Before:


Its been a while since Connor got his hair cut. Part of it is because of how much he hates getting his hair cut. Ok, so that is pretty much the whole reason. But I was getting fed up with his hair. Sometimes it could look adorable...a little surfer boy. But most of the time it looked either like a Donald Trump comb over or an unkept mess. The other evening I decided to do something about it.


I cut his hair myself. In order to distract him, I set Connor at the sink. That way he could play in the water. And it worked. However, it was difficult to get him to stay still enough to cut his hair, but I managed. I didn't even bother cutting the layers in his hair because I knew I would screw that up. But, I managed to get all the exterior - his bangs, around his ears and in the back. And I must admit, it looks much better. Next time he will need a professional haircut so layers can actually be cut in his hair, but I must say, I think I did a dang good job.

After:


Remember how I said Connor didn't want to sit still when I was cutting his hair? He didn't want to sit still for "after" pictures either!
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