Chicago Explorer Style

Chicago Explorer Style | PinkBlush Maternity

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Right before leaving for our week in ChicagoI was eagerly awaiting several packages. One of those packages included this beautiful blue choker neck cutout dress from PinkBlush Maternity.  

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A Striped Dress Obsession

Everyday Style | Striped Dresses

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I have this new-found obsession with finding small clothing boutiques on Instagram. It all started when I was putting away my winter sweaters and realizing I would like a few more non-tee-shirt options for summer. Instagram has a lovely feature, where when you follow someone they offer similar suggestions. This led me down my boutique rabbit trail, which led me to my new favorite dress!

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Refresh with VIIcode Oxygen Eye Masks

Product Review VIIcode O2M Oxygen Eye Pad

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of VIIcode. The opinions are mine own. 

My mother once told me you will latch on to a particular age and mentally cling to it. For her, the age was 37. As the baby in my family, I’ve been the one to age up. I haven’t had to witness younger siblings go through milestones I felt like I just went through. Jordan is the oldest, so I am experiencing this with his siblings.

But, back to aging.

I thought turning 30 would be more traumatic for me. 30 sounds finite, no? Now that I am 30, I feel great! Despite the loss of my ab muscles, I’m in better shape since having Phoenix. My age only emerges when I discuss cultural references with my co-workers.

“Who’s Dashboard Confessional?”

“Mulan is a classic Disney movie.”

My main area of focus right now is skin care.

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Little Style | Freshly Picked Moccasins

Freshly Picked Moccasins

Phoenix is SO close to walking. He pulls up on anything and everything in sight. Other parents have told me the reason he has zero fear or hesitancy, in regards to standing, is because he is so young. He doesn’t even consider he might be pulling up on something unsteady! I didn’t expect to have such an early mover. It’s amazing to witness how determined he is to learn this skill.

Park weather is nearly here to stay, which means Phoenix needed his first pair of shoes!

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Sunny Walks with PinkBlush (+ a giveaway)

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Sunny walks with PinkBlush Maternity

Phoenix has gone back to fighting naps almost everyday since learning to sit up over a month ago. It’s been an exhausting, albeit fun, month! No one fully told me how many developmental changes a baby goes through during their first year. As soon as we master a “schedule” Phoenix goes and learns something new. I think Phoenix is a little on the early side for rolling, sitting-up and crawling. I have a feeling he’ll be walking before he’s 10 months old.

He surprises me everyday. I just love being his mama.

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A Five Minute, Five Makeup Product Face

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The Five Minute, Five Makeup Product Face

I decided early on in my pregnancy, for the sake of my sanity, I would shower everyday. When Phoenix was a newborn, I’d strap him into the Snugapuppy bouncer or Rock ‘n Play sleeper and bring him into the bathroom with me. Now, since Phoenix has a semi-consistent schedule, I either shower during his morning nap or while he is playing in his room.

Coffee and a morning shower set me up for success.

To fully utilize naptime, the rest of my morning routine is fairly simple. Most days I air dry my hair and unless Jordan is joining us for a family outing, you’ll find me in jeans and a t-shirt.

Here are the five products I am using everyday to create a simple makeup look.

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Whiter Teeth with Smile Brilliant + A Giveaway

teeth whitening with smile brilliant

A few months ago, while walking the aisles of Target, with my sleeping newborn, I found myself in the teeth whitening aisle. It had been years since I last used whitening strips and I was beginning to think it was time to try them again. I selected a random box and quickly left before Phoenix woke up!

Upon returning home, I received an email from Smile Brilliant, a teeth whitening company created by dental professionals. Instead of adhering ill-fitting strips to your teeth, Smile Brilliant produces custom-fitted whitening trays which are delivered straight to your door! Clearly, their system is much better than what I could find in a store.

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Passing Time with Jord Wood’s Unique Watches

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Unique Watches with JORD Wood Watch

Time is a funny thing. I always felt like my seven month engagement passed slower than the first year of marriage. Phoenix will be four months on Sunday, which is crazy to me. The first four months of pregnancy crawled at a snails pace. During this stage in pregnancy, we had just made our secret public but we still didn’t know we were having a boy. Now, that Phoenix is here, time is moving even quicker. What’s that saying? The days are long, but the years are short. 

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Dressing with Happiness

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Happiness Boutique Jewelry

I gained a total of 35 pounds during my pregnancy with Phoenix. Plus or minus five pounds, I have remained the same weight my entire adult life. So, it was interesting to watch the scale tip higher and higher with each passing month. I continued to wear maternity clothes for the first few weeks after delivery. Loose dresses allowed Phoenix easy nursing access and were gentle over my c-section scar.

There comes a day though when you don’t want to wear maternity clothes anymore! You want to start feeling more yourself.

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Skin First with Glossier

Glossier

My skin went through several rough patches in my twenties. I had your typical teenage acne but made it through pretty unscathed. Adult acne is a whole other beast! I tried everything: diet changes, oral and topical prescription strength medication, supplements and of course many skincare lines.

Some of the above worked for a limited amount of time but usually only on certain parts of my face. Eliminating dairy and gluten significantly helped with the acne on my forehead, but did nothing for my hormonal cystic acne.

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