December 15, 2017

Five on Friday!

Linking up with April, Christina, and Natasha today! 

Four things I am loving/thinking about/wanting on this (cold) Friday in the mid-Atlantic:

1. Heated Blanket: Did anyone else have a heated blanket on their bed as a kid?  It had a little remote thing attached to it so you could turn it on and off. We had them and I loved it but somewhere along the way we stopped using them and I never got another one as an adult. When I was putting new sheets on my bed last night, I was thinking about how cold my sheets are when I get in bed at night and I remembered heated blanket! The problem is is that my husband is basically a heater and would probably hate the idea of putting one on our bed.  I found this  one on Amazon so I might try convincing the husband to give it a try. 

2. Dry winter skin: My skin is so unbelievably dry this winter and it is driving me batty. I don't know if being pregnant has anything to do with it but it seems worse this winter than in previous winters. We have a humidifier going in our bedroom and I've been alternating between my trusted   Egyptian Magic cream and  Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask for my face and while I'm seeing some improvement it still looks pretty bad. My hands are even worse and nothing seems to be working on them!


3. Christmas Home Tours: We live in 1500 square feet and pretty much every inch of our space downstairs has been taken over by a toddler and his "stuff" so sadly we don't have a Christmas tree up  (we actually haven't had one for 3 years) and have minimal Christmas decor out this year. Thus, I am loving all the Christmas home tours people have been posting the last few weeks. I am living vicariously through all of you with gorgeously decorated homes! Hopefully 2018 will see us moving into a bigger house that allows for a Christmas tree and decorations but until then I'll be casually stalking Christmas home tours! 
photo credit: Selina Lake/Sussie Bell

4. Christmas Movies: I love, love, love cheesy made-for-tv Christmas movies! They are the absolute best. My husband has been out of town a lot recently so I've gotten to watch a few of my favorites: The 12 Dates of Christmas, Holidaze, and Christmas Cupid. I'm thinking about watching A Christmas Prince on Netflix, has anyone seen it? What are your favorites? Together, G and I will watch Home Alone and Four Christmases. 

Happy Friday, friends! Hard to believe Christmas Eve is NEXT weekend! 
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December 14, 2017

Thoughts for Thursday!


A few weeks ago, I  wrote about the things we are considering buying for baby #2 and today I'm sharing what I'm considering purchasing (or have purchased) for myself to make it through those postpartum months!

1. Blanqi Highwaist Postpartum & Nursing Support Leggings: I scored two pairs of these postpartum leggings for the price of one during  Blanqi's Black Friday sale. Love that they are dual purpose and come up to the bra line for discreet nursing but also offer some compression to help conceal those postpartum lumps and bumps. 

2. Rosie Pope Nurse & Pump Underwire Bra: Um, I changed into a pumping bra every single time I pumped when I was nursing my first son and it was a pain in the ass. This genius bra by former Bravo star/maternity guru Rosie Pope fixes that issue. One snap turns the bra into a nursing bra and the second snap turns the bra into a pumping bra, so convenient! 

3. Lamaze Maternity Nursing Pajama Set: I wore a nursing tank with an open cardigan as pajamas the first time around which was fine but could often be bulky or too hot. This time around, I'd like to get some nursing pajamas. These are cute and could definitely be worn post-nursing. 

4. Ugg Alena Suede Slipper Bootie: Because it will be February and I'll be snuggled up with a newborn, cozy slippers are a must. I'm digging the unexpected pinkish-red color and they are on sale!  They also come in chestnut and black

5. Threshold Fuzzy Blanket: Again, because it will be February and it will be cold! I saw this blanket in Target last week and I'm still unsure why I didn't buy it! It is so, so soft and cozy. It was on sale then and is even cheaper now!


Linking up with Natalie and Annie!
Thoughts for Thursday

November 29, 2017

Christmas 2017 Gift Guide: For the Boys

Crosley CR704D-PA Turntable: My husband recently inherited a bunch of records from his mom but we have no way to play them! We've been talking about getting a record player and this one fits the bill for us. A girlfriend of mine has this particular model and the sound is great! 

YETI Rambler 30oz Stainless Steel Tumbler with Lid: My husband was recently given this as a groomsmen's gift and he uses it every single night and raves about it. The groom had them monogrammed with their initials and the logo of their favorite football team (Redskins) which is such a nice touch. 

Patagonia Better Sweater: I have given this as a gift to every guy in my family and it has been a hit! I have the women's version and I can't say enough good things about it. 

L.L. Bean Personal Organizer: If you have a traveler (man or woman) in your life, I think this hanging toiletries bag is a great gift. My husband has one (not this particular style) and it is his constant traveling companion. I'd like to purchase one for each member of our family to keep us organized when we travel. 

Happy Socks: My husband has received several pairs of fun, printed socks for being in weddings and as Christmas gifts and now he wears them all the time since his office adopted a more relaxed dress code. 

Orvis Men's Manicure Set: My husband travels a lot for work and I think this would be something he would appreciate having with him when he's on the road. 

Under Armour Tech 1/4 Zip Pullover: Another tried and true favorite that I have gifted to the men in my family. Can be worn for working out, running errands or lounging!

Trask Chukka Boot: I think these would make a great gift for the fashion-forward men in your life. Chukkas are a classic style but the navy blue color gives them an updated feel. 

Grill Prep Trays: I saw these last week when I was out buying a gift and the idea is genius. You take the uncooked meat out to the grill on the red tray with the black tray underneath. Then, once your meat is ready to be removed from the grill you switch the trays so the black tray is on top and that's where you put the cooked meat. So easy! I'm getting this for my dad for Christmas. 

#1 Dad Mug: I think this would be a funny and nostalgic gift to give to your dad or husband. A hark back to the past when we gave our parents homemade gifts. I'm going to get one for my husband, I think he'll get a kick out of it! 

Linking up with  Owen,  Emily, and  Brittany!

November 27, 2017

Monday Musings: Cyber Monday Sales


Bath & Body Works: 40% off and Free Shipping on purchases over $40 with code CYBERMON
Now is the time to stock up on Christmas candles for this year and next! I have 4 in my cart currently!
Top Pick: A classic Christmas scent, Fresh Balsam
Tervis: 25% off and Free Shipping
Tervis tumblers were my go to drink holder when I was a teacher. Unbreakable and cute designs! Add a lid for just $1.99 so your child's teacher can easily drink his/her coffee without spillage, plus they really do keep drinks hot or cold for hours.

Skip Hop: 25-60% off everything plus free shipping on all orders
The  diaper bag I posted about on my baby #2 post is marked down to $40 in the navy and black, while the other colors are 25% off plus free shipping so now is the time to snag it! 
Abercrombie & Fitch: 50% off and free shipping on all orders
I have a few of Abercrombie's flannel plaid shirts and they are the best. I size up to a large for a looser fit. 

DSW: 25% off everything with code HOLIDAY2017

My  favorite black slip-ons that I posted about on Friday are currently 25% off, they come in blush as well which are so cute!





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November 24, 2017

Patagonia Favorites on Sale!


I wore my Re-Tool Snap-T Pullover by Patagonia for a long walk with my family this morning. Patagonia is currently on sale, which is the best time to snag some pieces. Honestly, I buy Patagonia full price because the comfort and quality can't be beat but I do love getting it on sale, too! 

Shop my favorite Patagonia items on sale below:



Five on Friday: Shoe Sales Worth Shopping



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November 22, 2017

5 Black Friday Sales I'm Shopping






Is there anything better than online shopping with a cup of coffee? Yes! Online shopping with a cup of coffee when everything is on sale! I try to avoid the "it's on sale therefore I should buy it" trap when big sales like Black Friday come around. So last week I started brainstorming some places I knew I wanted to shop and decided to narrow down my list to five places. We are planning to #optoutside with the babe and the dog on Black Friday so I'm glad a few of these sales started early! Who says you can't shop AND #optoutside this Black Friday??

Below I've listed the five sales I'm shopping: 

Backcountry.com: 20% off one full-price item with code 20MORE + plus free two-shipping with any order over $50. 

I've mentioned on here how much I love Patagonia and this  Los Gatos 1/4 Zip Fleece is no exception. All the reviews say this is the softest, coziest pullover ever and with the sale it comes to just under $80. Not a bad price for Patagonia! Given that I'm anticipating a winter season at home with a newborn, I'm ordering this today. My recommendation is to size up, I'm usually a medium in Patagonia but also own a few larges. I'll be getting this in a large. 

The Land of Nod: 20% off plus free shipping. Ends Monday. 

I order this  A Very Good Year ornament every year (except last year, sadly, it was sold out) so I've already ordered it for this year. Although we don't have any space at all in our tiny row home for a Christmas tree, I still collect ornaments for the day we finally have a Christmas tree again! 

Goodnight Macaroon: 30% off with code BLACKFRIDAY2017
Love  this ribbed cardigan, it seems so soft and cozy for the winter paired with a long-sleeve tee underneath. I love the pockets on the front as well, good for holding all the little knickknacks my toddler asks me to hold for him, ha! With the sale, this sweater comes in at $41! Can't beat that price!

L.L. Bean: 20% off + free shipping with code THANKS20 plus a free $10 gift card for purchases over $50. Ends Tuesday. 
My sister has  this rugby striped pullover and it is SO cute. L.L. Bean has great prices as it is so snagging this on sale is a steal! I love the chambray accent on the white but I'd order the pink and navy myself. I have  this coat and it is the best fall coat! I get so many compliments when I wear it and people often think it's Barbour. 

Madewell: 25% off your purchase with code DONTSTRESS. Ends 11/26. 
If I wasn't still in diaper bag land, I'd snap  this medium transport tote up in a heartbeat. I always tend to purchase my bags in this camel/saddle color because I think it is timeless. I love that this bag has both handles and a crossbody strap, a girl's gotta have options!

Honorable mention goes to  ULTA: Their sale starts at 5pm tomorrow and they are offering tons of great deals! I'll be picking up my  absolute favorite mascara and my favorite shampoo and  conditioner for blondes, both of which will be on super sale! 

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Soft Cotton Rugby, Stripe

Soft Cotton Rugby, Stripe