Weekend Links / / Parenting, Potlucks & Podcasts

Thirty-Six Weeks Pregnant

This week Jordan and I are making progress on transitioning our space for the baby. Yesterday, I went shopping for mama and Yoshi. I needed to purchase lounge clothes for the first few weeks and more newborn/0-3 clothes. It is not easy to find affordable basic baby clothes without crazy sayings and wild colors! Our carseat and stroller also arrived this week. Yay!

We sold a chair to make room for our crib, so over the weekend Jordan is going to assemble the crib and install our carseat. Our plan is actually to trade in one of our vehicles, but we want it ready just in case little man decides to make an early entrance! There is nothing like having a baby to encourage a massive overhaul of your belongings.

Our hospital tour was this week as well. It’s a good feeling knowing where to park and enter because whenever I visit someone in the hospital I always get lost! Even though there are no signs this little guy will make an early appearance, Jordan and I both feel more prepared in case something were to happen.

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Coast to Summerland


After a week in Southern California it was time for Jordan and I to make our way North along the Pacific Coast Highway. We gave ourselves two days/one night to reach San Jose, where we would spend a few days visiting friends. In hindsight, spending one more night on the road would have given us more freedom to stop and explore along the way. We still managed to see a lot with our time constraints and now we have one more reason to drive the Pacific Coast Highway again!

Our day one goal was to reach San Luis Obispo, which is a college town three-and-a-half hours from Los Angeles. Of course we didn’t drive without stopping! We ate lunch in the quaint beach town, Summerland, a few miles north of Malibu.

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A Chicago Baby Shower

baby shower

On a cold Saturday in May, Jordan and I gathered with close family and friends to celebrate our sweet baby boy. We were extremely touched by the details and arrangements made by my sister-in-laws (+ moms!). Everything was so darling! I enjoy going to other people’s wedding and baby showers, but there is an element of unconformability when it is your own. Who will come? Will they enjoy themselves? Will I be able to talk to everyone equally? Thankfully, my fears were subsided pretty quickly.

Jordan and I wanted our day to be relaxed and a time to catch up with people we don’t get to see very often. And we were able to do just that!

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Weekend Links / / Açaí Bowling

Açaí Bowls

As of Wednesday I am 35 weeks pregnant! Eek! Time is flying by in both amazing and slightly nerve-racking ways. This weekend is all about installing our car seat and beginning to pack the hospital bag. Though there aren’t any clear signs our little man has intentions to make an early arrival. For all you mommas, what was one unconventional item you either wished you brought with you or was glad you had in your hospital bag?

In other news, I received my first set of eyelash extensions this week! My friend, Kara Gaylor, is a certified lash specialist in town and performed her magic on me. Lash extensions were something I had wanted for quite sometime and now seemed like perfect timing. For me to feel awake and ready for anything, I like to apply at least concealer and mascara. Well, even great mascara doesn’t do much for my blonde lashes so why not eliminate one step?

For any of my Nashville locals, Kara is offering a special where your first fill is free! Just make sure to mention my name when you call.

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Laguna Beachin’

Laguna Beach

In 2009, Jordan and I spent a week in Southern California. Besides our time at Disneyland (because obviously, Disney!), our day in Laguna Beach was my absolute favorite. Oh Laguna Beach, how I’ve dreamed of returning to you ever since!

It is the perfect combination of beach and small town. There are local clothing and home boutiques and plenty of restaurants all within an easy walk from the beach. You can park in once place and explore a multitude of locations. If you haven’t been to Laguna Beach you are missing out.

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Zuma Beach in Malibu

Zuma Beach

Malibu is about a 30 minute drive from Venice Beach on the Pacific Coast Highway. Jordan and I knew we could easily fit both of these cities into one day. So after exploring Venice Beach we made our way north towards Malibu!

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Weekend Links / / Simple Summer Nights

Fruition Salon Nashville

This was a rather uneventful week except for Monday. On Monday I had the pleasure of modeling for Fruition Salon’s latest campaign. You might remember the Holiday Hair event I co-hosted at Fruition Salon in the fall. Jordan is building their website and also photographed the first half of the day (on location in the neighborhood). Later in the day our friend, Austin Lord, took photos in the WELD studio. I’m surrounded by really some talented people. It’s so inspiring.

I broke up my seven-day work stretch with a pre-natal massage. This also happened to be my first professional massage. I found a great deal on Groupon, so for all you pregnant ladies, I highly recommend purchasing one for yourself! My reward for working seven days in a row is having an extra long weekend off. Our Nashville baby shower is on Sunday and I’m really looking forward to celebrating with our friends.

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The Freckled Fox | Emily and Martin

I had another post in mind for today, but a more pressing matter has consumed me this week. 

Emily Freckled Fox

I’ve been reading Emily Meyer’s blog, The Freckled Fox, for nearly two years. I stumbled upon her while searching for larger blogs to place some advertising on. I was struck by her ease and style. Emily seemed like the kind of woman who lived with intention. Despite having five kids under six, she still managed to produce quality, informative and uplifting content for her readers. Her beautiful spirit quite literally leaps from the page.

Last year Emily shared that her husband, Martin, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Melanoma Cancer. Instantly, I told Jordan he needed to have his skin checked as skin cancer runs in his family (not melanoma, but still). I couldn’t imagine being a few months shy of delivering my fifth child and hearing such lifer altering news.

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Date Night Jewelry with Rocksbox

Date Night Jewelry Rocksbox

What is essential for taking any outfit from day-to-date night? Special date-night jewelry!

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed receiving my Rocksbox jewelry collections over the past couple of months (1,2,3,4). Some sets I’ve kept for a few weeks, while others I’ve rotated out quicker. One item I utilized a lot was this Perry Street necklace. It became the perfect piece to jazz up a plain jersey dress, which are now staples in my closet.

Swapping out street sneakers for heels and adding a necklace instantly transforms my stretchy black dresses for date night. Rocksbox’s subscription service allows anyone to have a little more variety in their wardrobe. Relying on accessories are a must especially with my limited maternity wardrobe.

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Weekend Links / / Summer Essentials

Strawberry Picking

^ Strawberry picking from last weekend.

Jordan and I had a pretty picturesque weekend and whenever we have several days off together (even when we’re still working on projects) I have a difficult time transitioning back to a normal schedule. Our time as a twosome is coming to an end and I’m soaking it all up.

My 33 week appointment was yesterday and the reality of Baby Yoshi’s arrival being in single digits is finally settling in. I began the paperwork needed for my leave and while I’m so thankful I have leave, trying to get all of my questions answered has been challenging! I was transferred to three different departments and I’m still waiting on a few answers.

To top it all off, I ruined several of Jordan’s shirts in the wash when I spilled bleach all over the floor yesterday afternoon. To say I’m looking forward to the weekend is an understatement.

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