Nordstrom x Nike: My Faves...

Shop some of my favorite Nike styles below! I love the dusty rose/pink color that's kind of taking over - and not only with the clothing, but also the sneakers (like these Thea's!) So cute! I hope you're all having a great week! I'm working on a "baby moon" post for you guys - and if you want to read about my pregnancy - check out my latest "bumpdate" here

xx, 

Ashley 

Bumpdate: 30 Weeks...

 
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I can't even believe I'm 30 weeks now! Ahh!! It just doesn't seem real! I know these next weeks are going to FLY and before we know it we'll be adjusting to life with two babies. I'm feeling anxious and excited. We are also moving in a month so that's taking a lot of thought + planning as well. I'm really looking forward to getting settled in our new space and "nesting" a bit before baby comes. When I was 9 months pregnant with Lo we moved and I really enjoyed the process - to decorate and paint, etc. 

Physically, I'm feeling pretty good. I feel like my sciatic pain has subsided - since I've basically cut out any workouts other than going for walks! I still ice here and there as well. On days when I do walk, I notice that I still have SO much pressure and by the end of the day it's a little harder to move around. I miss running and feeling like I'm not going to pee my pants! Ha! I'm excited to get back to normal, but am trying to be present and cherish this beautiful time. I know I will miss this bump and feeling the little kicks! The cravings are still REAL. Just give me ALL the junk food and ALL the ice cream! I try to keep them at bay but sometimes - cravings win out ;) 

Chris planned a baby moon for me last week - and it was SO nice to relax together, away from the craziness. My parents watched Lo so we could steal away for a few days..and while we missed her SO much, it was important to us to have that time. We went to Lido Key in Florida and it was absolutely beautiful! Our resort was right on the beach and the room had a balcony; every morning began with breakfast overlooking the ocean and ended with a gorgeous sunset. It's amazing how just being near the ocean can make you instantly slow down, relax, and be still. I am so thankful to have such an amazing husband who took time out of his busy schedule to plan such a sweet getaway. Just love him! I'm going to share more pics and details from our babymoon, but here is one with baby bump on full display :) 

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Hope you all have a great week! 

xx,

Ashley 

Spring Things...

Hi All! Sorry the blog has been quiet this week! My hubby surprised me and took me on a little baby-moon (which I'll share in a few days)! It was so sweet of him and nice to relax just the two of us. We missed London like CRAZY, but it made coming home to her even more special! 

I love all of the Spring inspo this year...of course florals are back, but there's lots of ruching and ties on shirts/dresses that's really cute - not to mention jumpsuits; there are SO many cute ones this year. I just wish they'd accommodate a growing baby bump ;)  

Anyway, wanted to share some cute "spring things" to kick off your weekend! Thank you for stopping by! 

xx, Ashley 

Pretty In Pink...

I hope these pink pieces brighten up your Monday! Enjoy!

xx, Ashley

Spring Shoes Under $100...

Hey All! 

I finally figured out what was wrong with my site...and we're back up and running again! Yay! Just in time for me to share some spring/summer shoe styles all under $100! I really LOVE them all, but here are a few favorites: these "ciao bella" espadrilles are super cute and I also love these slip-ons as well - the floral print is adorable. You all know how I feel about sneakers - particularly Nike Roshe's - and these pale blue ones are the perfect pair for Spring! (Plus, they're only $75!) If you're looking for a simple white pair of sneaks, these from Topshop are only $40 and would be cute paired with cropped jeans or even a sundress! 

Click on any pair below to shop directly! Thanks for stopping by :) 

xx, 

Ashley 

Weekend Sales...

Happy Weekend! 

I wanted to share a BIG sale going on at Sephora this weekend through Monday for "Beauty Insiders" (you can become one for free here). You can get 10% off site wide and 15% off if you're a VIB or Rouge member - use the code: YAYINSIDER! Here are some of my favorite products:

FYI: Loft is having a 40% off sale this weekend as well! 

Enjoy and thank you for stopping by!

xx,

Ashley 

BabyMoon Essentials...

If there's one thing I HIGHLY recommend doing is taking advantage of a little thing called the "Baby-moon!" Someone along the way came up with this excuse for a getaway and I'm their biggest fan. Chris and I went away for four nights before Lo arrived and it was such a wonderful time to relax, unwind and just enjoy each other before baby. Fast forward 3(ish) years...we're due with our second and the idea of a babymoon sounds even more incredible now that we're parents and crave one-on-one time together!

Chris is currently planning our getaway and it's a total surprise to me :) I don't know where or when we are going...I just know we're going! Ahh!! I'm so excited to escape with him and mostly to sleep in (oh, the little things :) Anyway, it got me really into doing this post for anyone who is also planning their own babymoon! Here are some cute style must-haves and essentials to make your getaway all you dream it will be AND MORE! 

Cute + Comfy Dresses

 

Stylish Swimsuits

 

Fashion-Forward Footwear

 

Beach Accessories


xx,

Ashley 

Bumpdate: 25 weeks...

 
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Hi All! 

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week :) We have entered our 25th week, baby is the size of a cauliflower and GOSH I feel like she's tap dancing on my bladder! I wish I had a portable potty with me everywhere I go HA! It's getting insane. We are starting to zero in on a few favorite names (finally) and think about what we want her nursery to look like! I have some fun ideas, but I can't really do anything just yet because we're MOVING! I posted this photo with the caption about us moving today on Instagram and got a bunch of messages asking WHERE! Well, we are happy to be staying in BOSTON ... we will just be moving into a bigger place with more space! I'm so glad we will continue to be close to family and friends to have their support when needed (which I'm certain will be a lot) Anyway, we are looking to move June 1st - so in the meantime I'm starting to plan what we want to sell, purge, and take with us. I always love the idea of starting fresh in a new spot + I'm totally in the "nesting" phase so this will be perfect :) 

Anyway, that was kind of a "life" update and here's the bump-date: I'm feeling OK. Ha, I will elaborate, but..I don't feel AMAZING and I don't feel terrible...just meh. I will definitely say (as I have shared previously) this pregnancy is MUCH different than the last. With Lo, once I hit 10 weeks I had a bunch of energy and physically I felt great...not pain, pressure, back aches, etc. Baby number two came in a bit HOT, for lack of a better term ;) I find myself getting winded and out of breath much quicker, needing to take more frequent breaks, and icing my back whenever I get the chance! The pressure is also much more intense this time around..which is less than fun. The good news is...the icing totally helps AND I've started seeing a chiropractor which I feel is helping with the sciatic pain. I'm still sleeping well - so that's also really good and I'll take it as long as I can! 

I'm working on a post about baby registry "must haves" and I should have it up next week! I'm so excited to share the things that I LOVED and couldn't live without when we had London ... and also a few new things that mommy's have suggested I get this time around! 

Thank you for following our journey - I always love the support! 

xx, 

Ashley 

Cute Spring Things Under $50...

xx,

Ashley 

Swimsuits + Accessories...

Can you tell I've got sunshine on my mind?! First jumpsuits, now swimsuits and accessories! Come on warm weather - we need you! I'm sharing some cute things below to scoop up now before the summer kicks off! Shop below by clicking any of the pink icons! Enjoy! 

xx,

Ashley 

Trending For Spring: Jumpsuits...

I know, I know .. it doesn't FEEL like Spring just yet - but we are CLOSE! I'm hoping by the end of this month we will have some steady temperatures and a forecast we can count on! 

With that said, one of the MAJOR trends this Spring are JUMPSUITS! I personally love them because A. They're suuuuuper comfy, and B. They can be easily accessorized / dressed up or down! I have gotten a few recently from Pink Blush that are specifically flattering for my growing baby bump! 

I'm rounding up some favorites that you should scoop up NOW before they sell out and also before Spring finally arrives! 

xx, 

Ashley 

How To Stay Fit During Pregnancy...

 
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When it comes to working out during pregnancy, I know it can raise a lot of questions or even anxiety about the types of things that are safe to do! I am by no means a doctor or physical trainer ... so I'm just going to speak on what works/feels best for me but make sure to check with your OBGYN if you have concerns.

I think the most important thing you can do in general is to MOVE. This can mean anything from taking a walk or going for a swim to a more intense aerobic exercise or yoga. I will say, the later I got in my pregnancy the first time around - swimming and yoga felt AMAZING! Being in the water made me feel light and buoyant and yoga was super relaxing. At the start of my pregnancy, for the first 13 weeks or so - it was really difficult to workout; I was happy if I did something twice a week. The nausea and lack of energy is really taxing on your body, so make sure to cut yourself some slack. If you're nearing the end of your first trimester you'll be feeling that energy make a come back, so hang in there! 

Just a side note as well - with my first pregnancy, once the second trimester hit, I tried to maintain workouts 3-4x / week. I think this kept my weight down (I gained 32 total pounds) and I KNOW this helped with the type of recovery I had. My body bounced back pretty quickly and I was able to resume exercising about four weeks postpartum. Keep that in mind when you're working out ... not only is it great for you and the baby, but it's also going to help you AFTER baby and make things easier in the long run!

Here are a few tips to help you stay fit during your pregnancy ... 

Tip #1: Stay Hydrated! This is so important. I always fill my water bottle at the start of the day and try to maintain drinking a steady flow of water throughout. If you're exercising, you should definitely be drinking even more than you normally would! I find that drinking water and making sure I have the right amount of fiber in my diet helps combat that lovely side effect of pregnancy called constipation. (I know...such a joy right?!)

Tip #2: Fuel your body! It's hard to muster up the energy to work out in general let alone when you're pregnant and attempting to on an empty stomach! If you like to workout in the morning, try to eat something 45mins - 1 hour prior to exercise! I like to eat oatmeal with berries and half a toast with peanut butter! Oatmeal keeps me full longer and I always have enough energy to get through my workout. I make sure to bring a snack to munch on after my workout as well (usually a banana or a granola bar!) 

Tip #3: Find an exercise that you enjoy! This is KEY. If you are a member of a gym you don't like or attending classes that don't mesh with where you're at - you'll make excuses and wind up not doing much of anything! The important thing is finding something you look forward to doing that will keep you motivated longer! I have recently started doing a 45-minute boot camp class Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. It's pretty intense...but I feel SO good after and it's nice to get a sweat in. The instructor helps me modify certain exercises too, which helps! Because I LOVE the way it makes me feel, I look forward to the class! Finding a workout buddy to keep you on task helps too!

Tip #4: Listen to your body! Your body is going through a TON of changes. If you need a day to rest, do it. If something doesn't feel right and you're in the middle of a class - stop. It's not worth the extra push to injure yourself. Personally, I started having sciatic pain around 20 weeks. It's been really painful and at times, certain exercises trigger it more than others so I have to just listen to what my body is saying and back off if need be. I also have a lot of pelvic pressure so sometimes the jumping exercises feel less than good. I modify the exercise to whatever I can handle - again, as long as you're up and moving that's half the battle and to be applauded! 

Tip #5: Don't be afraid of weights. You don't need to give up weight-training just because you're pregnant. Of course, I don't think this is a time to take up power-lifting, but weights are GOOD for you. Contrary to what you might think, lifting weights can actually alleviate muscle aches and pains associated with pregnancy. It also prepares your body for labor and birth ... and as I mentioned above, helps you "bounce back" quicker postpartum! 

I hope you found these tips helpful! Again, make sure to consult with your doctor about whatever programs/exercises you want to do - it's always nice to get cleared by them first! 

xx, 

Ashley 

 

 

5 Easter Traditions For Your Family...

 
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I can't believe it's Easter week already! It's one of my favorite holidays to celebrate and especially fun now that we have a little one who LOVES eating treats and finding eggs with her cousins :) We are spending Easter weekend in Maine this year after staying home the past few and we are so excited to be with family. 

I wanted to share some Easter traditions that we love that maybe you can adopt and pass on to your own family! I'll also share some basket ideas / things the "Easter Bunny" aka YOU can leave on Easter morning! 

1. Easter Service. There is nothing more beautiful than church on Easter! Although we always try to make holidays fun and exciting - I want our children to grow up understanding the meaning of Easter and what "Resurrection Sunday" truly means for us and our lives. I also love getting dressed up in Spring dresses and going to service as a family. I remember my mom putting my sister and I in gloves, hats, dresses...the whole nine yards! It was always a big production and we loved it :) 

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2. Brunch. Hello Hot cross buns! Before or after service is the perfect time to have something out for the family to munch on! It doesn't have to be anything crazy; coffee, juice, pastries and a quiche and you're good to go! Hot cross buns are an Easter staple and if you want a good recipe, you can find it here

3. Egg Hunt. This is a MUST! London was a beast last year during the egg hunt with her friends - she had her eye on the prize ;) I'm sure this year will be even better and I can't wait to watch her scurry around. We filled her eggs with some of her favorite things (not all candy) like yogurt bites, fruit loops, and raisins and she was so excited. Of course, we snuck a few m&ms in there as well! We got a little Easter egg hunt kit from Target last year - but this would also be cute to mark the start of the hunt! 

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4. Dyeing Eggs. We didn't do this last year but plan to this time around! I always loved doing this as a kid - and I think London will too! You can find kits anywhere...Target, Walmart, Rite Aid, CVS etc., and they're pretty cheap! It's an inexpensive way to have fun and do a little Easter holiday project! 

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5. Easter Baskets. My fave! I LOVE playing Easter Bunny ;) It's so fun and now that the Target dollar bin exists, it's even more exciting! Amen?! The things they have are so cute. Don't feel like you have to fill the baskets with just candy and junk food! There are so many other ideas like books, stickers, etc that your little ones will be just as excited about! 

Here is what I fill Lo's basket with this year: 

Mini m&m's

Goldfish

Princess coloring book (she is SO into these!) 

Melissa & Doug ABC Puzzle

Rapunzel Dress and long Rapunzel braid (will just set this up beside her basket)

One-year Devotions for Preschoolers (under $10)

Sidewalk chalk

Bubbles

Assorted eggs filled with surprises 

Stretchy Bunnies

Stickers

 

Those are a few ideas that you can use for your own Easter celebration this year! I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your friends and families...wherever you may be! Thank you for stopping by!

xx, 

Ashley 

 

 

Anthropologie x Nordstrom...

Anthropologie HOME just made it's debut at Nordstrom and I'm in heaven! If we had a house, I would be tempted to fill it with everything from here! The pieces are simply beautiful. The mugs are some of my favorites, if you have exposed shelving in your kitchen - they would be perfect to display! I also LOVE the bedding. Seriously how cute is this duvet cover with the tassel detail?! Or, if you're someone that likes to change your bedding with the season, this floral duvet is perfect for Spring!

The "home decor" section has really great gift ideas that you could gift the hostess if you're going somewhere for Easter dinner! You could fill this $20 vase with yellow tulips as the perfect "thank you for having me" gift - and you can never go wrong with a candle! (This one is "coconut milk mango!")

Here are a few more of my favorites from Anthropologie Home that you can shop now at Nordstrom! Enjoy! :) 

Brand Spotlight: Topshop

Hi All! I wanted to share one of my favorite brands of the moment with you, Topshop! I have recently ordered a few things from them through Nordstrom and I've liked everything! The prices are reasonable and I feel like they always have a sale going on; for example, currently they're having 50% off select dresses, shoes, tops, etc! (You can click here to shop the sale). 

I just bought this body-con midi dress in navy blue and black (which I shared on my IG stories) and it's on sale for $23! I love it so much! Here's a photo of me wearing it with my baby bump ;) 

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Here are some of my favorite Topshop styles - some are on sale and some are full price - but I think they're perfect for Spring! 

Arrow RIGHT to view more and see the caption below for why I like each item :)

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a great week! 

xx, 

Ashley 

 

 

Spring Dresses Under $50...

I'm writing this post in denial that it's blizzard conditions outside and we have gotten over a foot of snow! I'm SO ready for warmer weather and Spring! February was such a mild month that I thought we were well on our way until THIS with another snowstorm on the forecast for next week too! I'm not letting it stop me from getting excited though! Looking at these cute dresses, I'm ready to rock them with cropped denim jackets and sneakers/flats! 

Here are some of my favorites under $50! 

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Floral...

 

Cute + Casual...

xx,

Ashley

Halfway To Wine: 20 Weeks...

 
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Bumpdate: 20 Weeks

Cravings: French fries, chocolate chip pancakes, orange juice, lemonade, strawberries, oranges

Symptoms: Ligament pain, pelvic pressure, fatigue, slight nausea in the evenings

 

We have had QUITE a week which started out with the news that we are adding another GIRL to our little family of three! We are so super excited...and knowing the gender just makes everything that much more real! I flew solo to Charleston, SC to watch my husbands college basketball tournament. I saw one game, flew back to Boston, watched the semi-final game on TV (which they also won) and ended up booking last minute flights for myself and London to go BACK to Charleston for the championship game! It was a little bit INSANE, but totally worth it. London had the BEST time and even though my husband's team fell short, it was an amazing experience. Traveling with her is just so much fun and she brightened up a pretty miserable day. 

Now back to the pregnancy! We are 20 weeks already...and as the title of this post says...HALFWAY TO WINE! It's so interesting that I never craved wine when pregnant with Lo but this time around - I would LOVE to have a vat of pinot noir. I kind of thought I was carrying a boy because of how different this pregnancy has been from my first. I STILL have bouts of nausea (which I'm so over) and with London I felt great by 10 weeks. So that alone has been much different! My food cravings are a little bit insane as well. I was ALL THE GREASY foods; french fries, cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets, etc! I crave sweets at an all time high too! It's really difficult to ward them off and I try my hardest to make good decisions but sometimes the craving wins out! I do feel like I was much more active during my first pregnancy. Of course, I'm busy chasing a toddler around - but I haven't made time for the gym and have been squeezing in a few workouts here and there at home. I'm hoping that can pick up once the weather gets warmer and we have a chance to get outside for walks! 

Our next appointment is in a few weeks but from here on out they are just quick ones with our doctor. I can't believe we won't have another ultrasound and the next time we see baby girl will be when she's placed in our arms! Ahhh! This pregnancy is going by so quickly - so much so that in just FOUR months we will be ready to welcome her home! That's just wild to me. I need time to slow down a bit. I've been thinking a lot about what having another child means for London. Of course, I know she will love her sister and we are giving her the best gift, but I also know that there will be A LOT of things going on in her little brain and I just worry about it. I'm sure that's normal for all parents who are about to add another baby to their families. I'm working on a post that's pretty near to my heart - a letter so to speak to my "firstborn" and I'm having a hard time getting through it! It makes me really emotional. I can now understand why parents have such a special place in their hearts for their first child. My mom tried to explain it to me once, and I couldn't understand ... probably because I was their third ;) ...but now I get it. They're the baby that makes you a mom...that opens your heart to a love you never knew existed...and you experience every "first" with them. Needless to say, there are a LOT of emotions we are feeling and I'm sure that rollercoaster will continue for the next few months - until baby arrives! Thank you all for following our journey! It's been so much fun to share and document it along the way!

xx, 

Ashley 

It's A...

 
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GIRL!!!!

AHHH!!! WE ARE SO THRILLED and EXCITED to share this news! We are adding another little princess to our family and it still feels like we are in a dream! 

We found out yesterday morning and it's already INSTANTLY felt more real! I love being able to refer to the baby as "she" or "her!" Picturing London with a little sister gives me ALL the feels and makes me so happy. I have the most incredible relationship with my own sister, who is my very best friend, and I just can't wait to watch the two of them form their own beautiful bond! Here are a few photos from yesterday, when we found out! Also - I'll share more details soon about names we love, how we told London, and if I feel like our family is complete, etc! 

P.S. With London, we had the ultrasound technician write the gender on an envelope in hopes that Chris and I would open it that night over dinner. Well, that didn't last long. We grabbed Starbucks and ended up tearing open the envelope in the car sooooo...we decided to do the same thing this time! Pretty uneventful for a gender reveal, but it's something unique and special to us :) 

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xx, 

Ashley 

Spring Shoe Round-Up...

Happy Wednesday! 

Ok, so the truth is - we found out what we're having this morning (a boy or a girl) and I kind of can't focus on anything else! We are so beyond excited to share with you all too ... it's just such a special time for our family and we are kind of in a dream! 

Anyway, I had this post planned so I still wanted to share it since Spring is right around the corner! There are some really cute fun sandals/shoes out right now + I think you'll love them! I hope you're all having a wonderful week and stay tuned for our little gender reveal in a few days! Ahhh!! 

xx, 

Ashley 

Nordstrom Winter Sale...

It's been 70+ degrees the past few days here in Boston...and my gosh, it's amazing! Lo and I spent the majority of the time outside and yesterday we even went for ice cream! It got me so excited for Spring/Summer with her :) Nordstrom is having their Winter Sale and most everything is 40% off! I snagged this gray cardi for $35, and also another side-slit tee ($15), and I now have it in 4 colors. It's a "must have" for sure! There are SO many good deals - and I've included some of my favorites from the sale below! I hope you are all having a great week! 

xx,

Ashley