Black and olive

I’m going to be honest, I barely have anything else left in my closet to dress this growing bump! It’s all about comfort at this point. And shoes that are easy to take on and off. It’s been super cold and rainy in California lately, so it’s been fun to stay bundled up in the layers that still fit me. In fact, it started pouring right when we were done taking these photos!

By the way, these shoes are the most comfortable I’ve ever owned. I bought them last year, but the newer version looks just as sleek and cool.

Jacket: Zara, old but love this one // Pants: DL1962 (non-maternity version here) // Turtleneck: Vince, similar // Purse: c/o Flat Iron // Shoes: Cole Haan, newer version here // Sunglasses: Maui Jim

 

Dressing the bump

With just a few weeks left of pregnancy (5 weeks +-) I made a commitment a while ago to not buy anymore maternity clothes…or any clothes for that matter. Thankfully I’ve been able to get through these last few months with what I already have in my closet in addition to some oversize non-maternity tops (like silk Equipment tops – soooo good). However I do believe it is very important to feel good while pregnant, so investing in key items like a beautiful dress in a neutral shade, pants that are really comfortable and tops and can be mixed and matched with sweaters will make you feel so good even if you’re feeling blah.

Now that I’m officially in the homestretch of pregnancy, I’m heavily relying on all things comfortable. These Levi’s are the best boyfriend jeans ever! And you can’t beat that price. I’m wearing a Bellaband to hold them up, but they’ll be perfect postpartum as well. 


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Pants: Levi’s

Top: Gap maternity

Sweater: Free People

Shoes: New Balance

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Instagram roundup

Jeans: Paige // Top: Equipment // Shoes: Banana Republic, similar // Jacket: Cuyana

Sometimes there are outfits that just don’t make it to the blog. Usually because I don’t have time to snap some good pictures and post them here. But a lot of you ask about where I get the pieces, so I thought I’d do a little roundup of my most recent.

Jeans: Paige // Top: Tibi, old but love this one // Jacket: Via Spiga, similar // Boots: Coach

Jeans: Paige // Sweater: Ann Taylor, similar // Boots: Sorel, similar here and here // Boot cuffs: Royal Scout

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35 week update

I haven’t been that great at documenting my bump or even really talking about pregnancy on the blog. I think it’s mostly because I’ve really just been too busy to think about it! With a 3 year old, working full time and the holidays, life has been crazy busy. But a lot of you have been saying you can hardly see a bump or asked how I’m feeling so I thought I would give you a real update!

His size: Honeydew melon (wow!)

Pounds gained: 22

Sleep: I’ve been blessed with the ability to sleep anywhere. Thankfully this is true through pregnancy, too. Using a body pillow has saved me.

Maternity clothes: Absolutely! Leggings and maternity jeans are an absolute must. Although I can still get away with some non-maternity tops and sweaters, so that has been very helpful.

Food cravings: Sadly, nothing. In fact, my appetite is nearly non existent this pregnancy – which is super depressing! Most recently gummy bears sound really good. But most things make me feel full all day long and/or give me heart burn.

Symptoms: Definitely feeling round ligament pain every now and then and sometimes sciatica will creep up out of nowhere. Heart burn is a daily occurrence (so thankful for Tums!). I have also really started slowing down with everything I do…which sometimes is kind of nice since I’m constantly on the go.

Gender: Boy!

Movement: Holy cow he can be super wild. I just cant imagine how cramped it must be in there! Sometimes when I bend down to pick something up or tie my shoe, his arm/knee/foot/leg will be in the way and make it impossible to complete the movement!

Things I miss: My usual energy, running, bending over without getting out of breath, the occasional cocktail!

 

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Dress: Isabella Oliver

Boots: Coach

Scarf: Theodora & Callum

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What’s for dinner?

In my house, this phrase is asked pretty much every day. There’s nothing worse than coming home from work and not knowing what to quickly put together for dinner. I’ve relied a lot on Pinterest for some good ideas (check out my “eat” board for some of my favorites) but a lot of times I lean on my super-easy-go-to recipes. Now, “recipes” is used very loosely as I don’t actually measure anything and each time it turns out a little bit different. But…they’re super easy and fast. Cheers to not having to put too much effort into dinner and I hope you enjoy these!



Monday: pasta primavera

Ingredients:

  • Penne pasta
  • Broccoli (I used two small heads or one big one)
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Frozen peas
  • Garlic
  • Goat cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Oregano, basil, salt & pepper
  1. Bring pot of water to boil and add chopped up broccoli for only 2 min. Transfer to bowl.
  2. Add pasta to boiling water.
  3. In a large pan, add chopped garlic and olive oil. Cook for 1-2 minutes on medium heat. Then add whole cherry tomatoes and stir every so often until fully cooked.
  4. Add frozen peas and broccoli to the garlic/tomato pot. Add oregano and basil liberally then salt & pepper to taste.
  5. Add goat cheese to the same pan with all the vegetables. Stir continuously until fully coated.
  6. Strain pasta and add to the vegetable mixture. Stir until everything is combined then add parmesan cheese to taste. Enjoy!

Tuesday: chicken, corn and beans crock pot

Ingredients:

  • Chicken breasts (I use two big ones for a family of 3 and it lasts 2 nights and 1 lunch)
  • 1 can corn drained
  • 1 can black beans drained
  • Salsa
  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Tortillas
  • Avocados
  1. In a large crock pot, add chicken breasts then corn and black beans and half a jar of salsa.
  2. Set crock pot to medium for 4 hours.
  3. In the last ten minutes, add shredded cheese to melt.
  4. Chicken should be cooked well enough to be shredded. Add mixture to a tortilla with avocado. Enjoy!

Note.Get creative with this one! Sometimes I’ll add green chilies or mix in some spanish rice. This one is always evolving.

 

Wednesday: Stuffed baked potato

Ingredients:

  • Potatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Vegetarian chili (I use either the can from Trader Joe’s or something from Whole Foods)
  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  1. Bake potatoes for 45+ minutes at 400 degrees.
  2. Steam broccoli.
  3. Heat up chili and garbanzo beans (together).
  4. Shred cheese.
  5. Add everything to the baked potato and enjoy!

Thursday: Fish, rice and vegetables

Ingredients:

  • Any kind of fish you like. We usually either get it fresh from the store or rely on a seasoned salmon from Costco.
  • Rice – any kind you like.
  • Any vegetables in the fridge. We usually have broccoli, green beans or bell peppers on hand.
  • Curry sauce from Trader Joe’s.
  1. Cook fish either on the grill or in the oven.
  2. Steam vegetables and cook rice.
  3. Add everything together and lightly drizzle with curry sauce. Enjoy!

Friday: Burger night

This one’s easy. Make your burgers however you like, or even make them a veggie burger!

 

Bonus: Broccoli, chicken, cheese and rice casserole (a household favorite)

Ingredients:

  • Chicken breasts (I use two)
  • Lots of broccoli (usually two large heads)
  • Two boxes of Far East rice (wild or plain)
  • 1 can of cream of mushroom
  • Sherry
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  1. Cut chicken into bite size pieces. In a large pan, add olive oil and chicken. Sprinkle chicken with salt & pepper and cook until done – about ten minutes.
  2. Cook rice.
  3. Lightly steam broccoli.
  4. Add everything to a large mixing bowl. Mix in can of cream of mushroom and shredded cheese.
  5. Add to a large pyrex and throw in the oven (uncovered) for 10 minutes. Enjoy!

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