Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Humpity Hump

First things first, it feels amazing outside this morning.  I may be a teensy bit sensitive to temperature changes considering I'm 8.5 months pregnant, but I swear I feel the weather breaking!  Cue the angels singing.  

I've been slowly getting back in my groove after my Nana's passing last week.  You know how the days all seem to blur together when you're dealing with something like that?  I've definitely been in a funk.

We have our beach house staycation this week so today is officially my Friday at work. Hey now!  I've got my menu planned and 3 new books from the library packed and ready to go.  I am so excited to get a break from the new house and relax with K.

Here are a few things on my mind this week!
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My my, how our 'date nights' have changed.
So, instead of cocktails at Belmont followed by dinner at Basil (my former favorite date night combo), you can find me at the Waffle House.  That pecan waffle, though!  Miiiiight be my hormones talking, but I think it's to die for.  My husband was a good sport about it, probably because our check was under $13!  
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It's so fun whenever I get a notification that I've made an Etsy sale.
I've got a large order of Barbie Head Stoppers on their way down to Florida this morning.  You can purchase your own from my shop here.
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Do y'all watch Flip or Flop, Fixer Upper, any of those HGTV shows?
I have realized that watching these shows has caused me to think I can do just about anything "home repair" in an hour or, at the very most, a day.  
I have again and again been overwhelmed by the sheer amount of time every little thing takes and I think it's because I'm conditioned by the 1 hour television format.  What I'm trying to get at is that something as simple as setting up the built-ins in our den has taken so long when truly, in the scope of our To Do list, it's just an afterthought.  When I show you the "before photos" I think our hard work will show, but looking at this now I can't say it blows me away, you would never know how much time went into it.  It's been a challenge making our things "work" in this house where they fit perfect at the condo.  Also, we are planning to return this rug pictured below because it just doesn't do anything for the space at all.  I would love anyone's recommendations.  This is the room with our denim sofa, first pictured here.
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My favorite Sunday Dinner...my bbq shrimp and grits!  I have tweaked my recipe a bit since I posted it over 2 years ago so I thought I would share real quick.
On a plate, layer as follows:
Cooked grits (I cook with half milk/half water)
Shredded Cheddar cheese
Sauteed Shrimp (salt and peppered, cooked in butter)
Swirl of your favorite bbq sauce
Sprinkle of chopped bacon (optional)
Chopped chives (not optional, these set the whole thing off!!)
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I hope y'all are having a great week!
Next week I'll share beach photos and my 35 week pregnancy journal.
xLaura

Friday, August 19, 2016

Tribute to my Nana


My Nana passed away this past weekend and I am still in shock.
She fell and, while we initially thought she was recovering, she drifted away and passed peacefully soon after.  I know that she was ready and that she is now reunited with my Dada and many of her family and friends at the old Jimmy Dengates in the sky.  I am sad that she won't get to meet her great granddaughter, she was so excited about that, but more than that I happy that she did not suffer is now resting in peace.
I love you, Nana!

Lois Sherrod LeaMond
1932-2016

Friday, August 12, 2016

Friday Highfive: Maternity/Postpartum Fashion

First off, I wanted to mention that I haven't really had to purchase many maternity clothes.  My career wardrobe consists of patterned, stretchy dresses that have (thus far) really grown with me.  My workplace is very casual, which has also helped me maintain my current closet.  Also, I simply (gratefully) haven't gained much weight.  
So, with that said, when A Pea in the Pod featured a flash sale this week with an additional 60% off all of their sale items, I decided to splurge.
I have been to all of the maternity shops in Charleston and Pea in the Pod is for sure my favorite, minus some of the pricetags.  There were some awesome deals online this week so I thought I would share what I purchased!  With less than 2 months left to go in my pregnancy, some of these items were purchased with the postpartum/holiday season in mind.  
Here we go...

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I think Fall is probably the most fun time to dress a baby bump (or to dress in general) and I think this look is perfectly transitional for September.  I'm planning on wearing it with some black leather booties.  I've been wearing more clingy dresses so I think this will be a fun way to mix it up.
(Sidenote: I wore an Isabella Oliver dress to my first baby shower and I find the brand very high quality and flattering)
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Hands free pumping for the win!  
I got this at a great price and I love the cherry print.  
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I purchased this as a "transition piece" for my wardrobe this Fall. I tried it on in the store and decided to pull the trigger with the additional mark down.
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We have a busy winter wedding season this year and so I snagged this dress the moment I saw it was included in the sale.  I am a HUGE Rachel Pally fan...her dresses are touted as "before, during, and after" pregnancy wear.  From the photo the dress looks like nothing special but if you've ever tried on a Rachel Pally dress you know it's ALL about the fit.  Her clothes feel like butter and make you look beautiful. Could not pass this up.

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I purchased a small in this one because, on top of being maternity, it looks oversized.
I hope it is as soft and cozy as it seems!  I picture myself wearing it on our first Thanksgiving in our new home.  I am hosting this year (with a lot of family help) and planning to keep it super low key and simple.  
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I hope y'all have a great weekend!

Oh!  and for Charleston locals, I'm not 100% sure if this is still going on, but From Here to Maternity in Mt. Pleasant is going out of business and had a close out sale happening on their maternity section.  I didn't find anything personally, but worth a shot for any other preggos.