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Friday, October 18, 2019

Weekend Recap | October 2019

I'm currently battling a seasonal head cold, but what makes it worse, is because I'm pregnant, I can't take any medicine! But the weekend must go on, because one, it's October. and two, bring on all the fall activities!
Friday we started with our Family Movie Night, and you can read more about it here.
Saturday morning we started the day with heading to the Easton Farmer's Market for a little walking around. Joey enjoyed a chocolate chip cookie while Joe and I had tried the empanda's that everyone was walking around with. They didn't disappoint! When we left, we headed to New Jersey to visit family. First we stopped at Joe's 'Nanny's' house (his mom's mom). Joey loves going over there, because he has so much room to run around outside and it's fenced in. When we left there, we headed to Joe's other grandparents house, Nonna and Pop-Pop's. There we had a late lunch and Joey found every old toy he possibly could to play with. We headed home around 6 and got home for Joey to play a little bit and then settle into bedtime. 

Crew Neck | Wishing Elephant
Sunday we took a trip to the pumpkin patch! We went to Grim's and were one of the first ones there. During these fall weekends it gets absolutely packed, so we wanted to beat the rush! Joey has so much fun running around (and falling) in the patches. He of course found the biggest pumpkin- 25 pounds- and a bunch of little ones. It was such a fun day seeing the animals, being outside, eating the apple cider donuts!






Joey's Crew Neck | H&M (similar)
My Jeans | Old Navy (maternity)
My Shirt | Pink Blush (maternity)
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Monday, October 14, 2019

Our New Tradition | Friday Movie Nights

I remember the Friday's I used to rush home from work to get to Happy Hour in time before the specials were over. Now, I can't wait to get home and put on my comfy pj's and enjoy in our new family tradition of Friday Movie Night. This week was our first one I actually prepared for. Our movie we chose was Moana and to go with the movie I made Hawaiian Ham & Cheese Sliders.










Ingredients:

1 pack of Hawaiian Rolls
About 1 lb of sliced american cheese (cut into fourths)
About 1 lb of sliced ham
1/2 cup melted butter
1 Tbsp Everything But the Bagel Seasoning

Directions:

Slice your rolls and add one slice of ham and one slice (cut into fourths) of cheese. You can add more if you want a hardier sandwich. Mix your melted butter with your seasoning and brush onto the top of the bun. Place in oven at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and your buns tops are browned. 


For dessert Joey picked out pre sliced chocolate chip cookies that we had already in the fridge.



It was the perfect night! 
Do you have any traditions on the weekends?

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Maternity Clothes Favorites for Petite Working Mama's | Part 2

A few week's ago, I shared some favorites Maternity clothes to wear for petite mama's. You can check it out here! Today, I am sharing some more favorites that I have found and ordered, including the best jeans for those preggo's who LOVE the front tuck style!
1. Jeans | Asos
2. V neck Blouse | H&M
3. Henley | Amazon
4. Navy Skinny Pants | H&M
5. Pencil Skirt | Asos
6. Woven Trousers | Asos
7. Leopard Cardigan | Amazon
8. Faux Leather Leggings | Nordstrom
These jeans in #1 are the best I've found for this reason.. I am a HUGE fan of the front tuck of shirts. I just think it makes an outfit look clean and more put together, however with the bump, I've either been wearing pants with the good ole rubber band trick or with the maternity band. Until I found these jeans! They have the maternity band that goes up over your bump, BUT also has alittle extra material not shown shut to the band that you can tuck your shirts into and still not have the band show! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!! 
The henley and the leopard cardigan from amazon are both not maternity, but work so well with the bump. And the faux leather spanx work so well under the bump. I plan on wearing them alot with over the knee boots and sweaters, especially during the holiday seasons!
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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Joey's Toddler Room

When we moved into our home in March, Joey's was one of the first rooms we set up, however, the decorating and organizing took a little longer. When we moved he was still in the crib and we were only thinking about transitioning him to his convertible toddler bed. Fast forward a few months and we found out we were pregnant with baby #2. We debating turning Joey's crib into the toddler bed, or just giving that one to the baby and purchasing a new one. We finally decided the toddler bed would be a waste since he would grow out of it in a few years, and preferred to just invest in a full size bed.  Joey has been in his bed for a few months now and is doing so great, and this past weekend I finally hung up some decorations and organized his stuff. He still in in diapers, so we do still use the changing table that is what will be the babies room, so most of his clothes are in that room.  I tried to keep the making holes in the walls to a minimum, because I intend to move his bed to the center of the room once maybe in the next year or so, when I can take off the toddler rails. But for now, I'm happy with how it turned out though.









I tried to link most things, but if you have a question on something you don't see, just comment below!

Bed & Trundle | Pottery Barn Kids
Desk & Chairs | Pottery Barn Kids
Dresser | Old (mine when I was a teenager)
End Table | Old Walmart (Similar)
Comforter | Target
Sheet Set | Target
J Pillow Sham | Pottery Barn Kids
Fire Truck Pillow | Target
Fleece Blanket | Kohl's (older)
Car Prints | Etsy
Rug | Target
Stool | old (Joe's as a kid!)
Mit Clock | Hobby Lobby
Pitcher Statue | Hobby Lobby
Anywhere Chair | Pottery Barn
Shelf | Hobby Lobby
Baseball Frame | Hobby Lobby
Yankees Pennant | Vintage Find
Little Dude Sign | Hobby Lobby
Blackout Curtains | Target
Hooks | Hobby Lobby
Blanket Basket | Home Goods
Baseball Bat Side Table | Hobby Lobby

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Monday, October 7, 2019

You've Been Boo'd | Halloween 2019

Have you heard of Boo-ing your neighbors?? Not booing as in a bad thing, more like 'boo' in ghost! Last year, I did a smaller version of this with my neighbors, however, we were in the old house, and I really didn't talk to them that much. It never carried on, and it ended with me giving out the basket of goodies to them. 

This year though, I just love our neighborhood. We are friendly with our neighbors and most of them have small children so it makes it that more fun! We decided to 'boo' three of our neighbors to start the tradition and hopefully they carry it on!



All of the fun Halloween stuff I was able to find in Dollar Spot at Target, including the buckets. 




Friday, October 4, 2019

Halloween PJ's For Kids

I really enjoy Halloween. Not really because of all the scary stuff, but more because to me that's the kickoff to the holiday season. October flies by due to all the Fall events such as the pumpkin patches, and hay rides and trick or treating and then you are into November and December. Especially this year, I can not wait for the holiday's to get here, because that means baby boy is so close to his arrival!

Anyway, I am such a sucker for season and holiday themed pj's. So today I've rounded up some that I have already purchased for Joey and some that I thought were so cute! Most are gender neutral so you can reuse them for different kids as well!
1. Amazon
2. Amazon
3. Hannah Anderson
4. Hannah Anderson
5. Children's Place 
6. Children's Place
7. Target
8. Burt's Bees
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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Maternity Clothes Favorites for Working Mama's

Can I just tell you how hard it is to find a good pair of pants being a size 2 and 5'2". I'm not trying to brag at all, but being petite and finding clothes that fit your growing body is no easy task! When pregnant with Joey I spent way to much money on jeans from Pea in the Pod that fit my small hips and didn't fall down or make my butt sag, however (I suppose it's a good thing!!) I had lost a lot of weight after having him and now am in a smaller size, making those expensive jeans too big to wear. I was not about to spend that much again, so I looked to other, more budget friendly options especially to wear to work. 
Side Panel Dress Pants | Old Navy 
Tom Girl Pant | American Eagle
Full Panel Slacks | H&M
Ankle Skinny Jeans | H&M
Stretchy Dress | Target

Hope these staple items help and I plan on doing another post later in my trimester and when the weather finally starts to change!
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