Weekend Links / / A Cleaning Circus

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Did you all have a good week? I hope you did. The weather is slowly warming up in Nashville (we hit the high 60’s this week!) and farmer’s market season is almost in full swing, both of which hint at a full-blown spring revival just around the corner. Jordan and I celebrated Leap Day by going to the doctor and seeing our sweet baby again. Leap Day will always hold a special place in my heart. ūüėČ

Did I ever mention my dad performed ultrasounds for 14 years? This was in the 70s and 80s when scans were just starting to be used, but generally only for high-risk cases. While my mom was pregnant with my siblings and me, my dad had her¬†come in for scans all the time for fun. Haha! Ultrasounds¬†didn’t become routine until more recently (my mother-in-law only had them on her last pregnancy in 1999). Science is incredible!

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Weekend Links | A Trendy Gallery Wall

The Bean in Chicago

Each day this week I set out to go through a drawer, file random papers, sift through jewelry or organize a kitchen cabinet. Some days it didn’t feel like much, but looking back even 15 minutes and one donate bag later made a huge difference! My energy level is pretty low once I get home from work, so I’m trying to set realistic goals.

I feel as though I’m in midst of a calm before the storm kind of crazy. We currently have this juggling act happening and we’re not exactly sure where any of our balls will land. The days when I try to think too far in advance or feel the need to understand a plan, I feel rather overwhelmed. When I quiet myself I am reminded of the abundant grace God has shown¬†Jordan and I over the years and those reminders¬†give me the confidence to fully place all my worries on his plate.

Will you watch the Oscars on Sunday? Jordan and I never miss it. I still remember curling up together on my top bunk Freshman year watching the ceremony on my teeny tiny dorm room television. Crash won that year. We were a bit slack on watching movies last year, so this week we rented Spotlight and Steve Jobs. On Saturday our plan is to see The Revenet in theaters. By cramming this week, I hope we made up for our lack of movie watching! Haha.

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Weekend Links / / Traveling Oatmeal

Seventeen Week Baby Bump

Time is a fickle thing. As of Wednesday, I am 18 weeks pregnant and so far this pregnancy is moving far quicker than I expected. Four months during our infertility season seemed to drag on and on (and on and on) and yet here I am researching strollers, baby monitors, and breast pumps. I’m trying my best to savor this brief season of life¬†as July will be here before I know it.

My weekend day off has been Sundays lately, which is also when Jordan and I¬†snap a bump photo. It’s funny to share this picture of me all bundled up on Valentine’s Day while today (Friday) it’s sunny and 66¬į F. Please let spring be here to stay!

Before sharing my links from this week I wanted to let you all know¬†I began a partnership with¬†Rocksbox¬†last week and will be sharing¬†more looks¬†with you in the coming weeks. In the meantime¬†use my code,”ashortblondexoxo,” to¬†get your first month FREE!

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Weekend Links / / Instagram + Carpool Karaoke

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This week was a bit of a slog. Our weekend in Chicago was filled to the brim with events and visiting friends, but all the late nights left me exhausted! I have yet to experience the boost of energy everyone keeps telling me happens in the second trimester, but I haven’t given up hope!

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? I’m hoping to enjoy a nice lunch out and take photos for some upcoming projects. Our weekends are often a mixture of work and play but as long as Jordan and I are¬†doing it together, I am fine with it!

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Weekend Links / / Maternity Wardrobes + Leftovers

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It feels so good having this pregnancy out in the open! Jordan and I were floored by all of the sweet comments and general excitement over this baby.¬†You all are the best! I joke that whatever news you have to share isn’t real until it becomes internet official. Haha.

This was a short work week for me as Jordan and I are spending an extended weekend in Chicago. The band Jordan played in for a stint in his early 20s is having a reunion show tonight! My days of being a band girlfriend seems like a lifetime ago but yet I remember it so clearly. This is probably due to the fact I was a freshman in college and Jordan and I had just started dating. Two very memorable moments in my life.

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Weekend Links / / Slumping Smoothies

WELD Nashville

Last weekend, after the Warby Parker photoshoot, I chopped off three inches of my hair. Though beautiful, the weight of it was causing slight scalp pain whether it was up or down. Pathetic I know, but it was time for a change and I immediately felt lighter.

Getting back into a normal rhythm this week was a little difficult after our extended snowy weekend. I was off Monday and had to remind myself what day it was for the rest of this week!

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Weekend Links / / Branching Out

Epice Nashville

It’s becoming a tradition for Jordan and I to try one new restaurant on Sundays. At least on the Sundays I’m off from work. Nashville is bursting with flavor outside of traditional southern fare and while we still eat primarily at home, we don’t want to miss out on the many great offerings available in our city. After a late morning photoshoot last weekend, we were starving and chose to eat at¬†Epice, a Lebanese restaurant in our neighborhood. We hadn’t heard much about the restaurant despite passing it all of the time. I’m glad we took a gamble because our¬†meals did not disappoint! Our neighborhood continues to surprise me.

Nashville is experiencing a legit snow day today. 8+ inches of snow has fallen, covering the streets and creating a beautiful winter wonderland. I hope you are safe and warm wherever you find yourself on this Friday.

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Weekend Links / / Traveling and Small Spaces

WELD Nashville

Sunday morning, Jordan and I woke up a little earlier than normal so we could enjoy a quick coffee date before church. We arrived at our favorite neighborhood¬†coffee shop, Eighth and Roast, to eat breakfast and read. Mornings are my favorite time of the day, but we rarely spend them together. I’m usually at work a few hours before Jordan gets up. ūüėČ

Our coffee date was the perfect way to begin the week. It was a good reminder that reconnection can happen even within a sliver of an hour while drinking coffee and eating a gluten-free muffin.

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Weekend Links / / A Makeover

I’m writing this while Anne of Green Gables is playing in the background and applesauce is simmering on the stove.

When my parents visited for Christmas they left behind a bag of apples from my dad’s trees (To make a quick applesauce: cube the apples, add a smidgen of water, cinnamon and raisins. Simmer until soft! The results are chunkier but much simpler than trying to can in my small kitchen!)¬†Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite movies and I have wanted to own a copy for years and finally this Christmas my wish was granted!

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Weekend Links / / A Sufjangiving

Sufjan Stevens Ryman Nashville

I was playing solo for most of the week while Jordan was in Dallas for work. I occupied my time by tackling some looming blog projects and prepping for the month ahead. I also watched a lot of Jane the Virgin.

Jordan’s flight arrived just in time for him and I to cash in on one of our birthday presents: tickets to Sufjan Stevens’ concert at the Ryman¬†Auditorium!! Sufjan holds a special place in my heart ever since¬†I attended his¬†concert at the Metro in fall of 2005. I went spontaneously with a friend without hearing his music (does that happen anymore with streaming services?) and fell in love. All of college I was obsessed with the album, Come on Feel the Illinoise!¬†It’s still one of my favorite albums of all time.

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