It’s been a wild ride these past several months and I can’t believe I’m already in my 32nd week of pregnancy. That means our little peanut will be here under 2 months. Holy moly. Time has been absolutely flying by ever since I hit the 3rd trimester.

Two weeks ago I had my very first baby shower hosted by my friends here in Nashville and this PinkBlush maternity dress was the perfect thing for me to wear for the occasion.

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The outpouring of love and support I felt from my close-knit community here in Tennessee had me feeling so grateful. I’m going to remember that day forever. My amazing friend Trisha did such a wonderful job of creating the most special day for me… right down to the games, flowers, snacks, and mint lemonade (lemonade has been a major pregnancy craving for me). My mom and sister even made a special weekend trip down so that they could be there for it. My heart was just beaming.

pinkblush maternitypinkblush maternityIn some ways I feel like I’m ready for this baby to be here and in some ways I’m still in disbelief that it’s actually happening. My old office has been transforming into a new baby nursery and it’s piling up with boxes of furniture, toys, and baby clothes. I keep feeling like I have an unlimited amount of time before we need to get things settled in there, but then remember we’re only 8 weeks out from bringing a baby home from the hospital. It’s time to get my butt in gear and prepare this little one’s room.

This past weekend, Steve assembled the baby’s crib while I sat nearby and watched while eating donuts. I also did the first load of baby laundry and teared up as I folded tiny onesies and mitts. We put the fitted sheet on the mattress and placed it in the crib. Things are getting so real.

pinkblush maternity

pinkblush maternity

One thing that’s really funny to me is that I always imagined that one day when I’d get pregnancy that I would HATE the thought of buying any maternity clothes. It just seemed so stupid to me to have to buy things that I can only wear for so long just to cover a giant belly when I could just size up or wear giant t-shirts with leggings. Then I got pregnant and reality hit– I still have to be seen in public and look presentable from time to time, so oversized loungewear wasn’t going to cut it. I hadn’t realized before how accessible GOOD quality maternity clothes were until recently. When I discovered these maternity dresses from PinkBlush, I knew I had to have one for events. I absolutely love the quality, the fit, the fabric, and the design. It makes me feel radiant and feminine without feeling like a generic, maternity-clad pregnant girl.

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I’m wearing the Light Yellow Floral Sleeveless Knot Front dress (c/o PinkBlush.) Sizes ranges from Small to Maternity Plus.

I’ll hopefully be checking back in a bit more frequently now that some of the dust has settled. I’m heading to Michigan this weekend for 2 more baby showers, Easter, and my cousin’s wedding. Then I’ll be enjoying the month of May with little-to-no weekend plans other than preparing for the arrival of our little bundle of joy. I cannot wait to watch my husband become a father. Things are about to get pretty emotional over here.

Until next time…

Much love!

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I’m officially back in west Michigan and I’m so excited to be here for an entire week. I’m working from my parents house and hanging with my dog, Syrus for a couple days. On Wednesday morning, we’re heading up to White River Campground with my family for a few nights of camping. Then, we’re heading up to Traverse City for the weekend to watch to friends tie the knot. I’m PUMPED to be here and get some relaxation time.utilityutilityAfter I shut my laptop tomorrow night, I’m planning to stick my nose in a book, eat an unhealthy amount of s’mores, swim with my niece, drink Yuengling around a fire, and embark on some nature walks with my dog and my husband. I haven’t been camping in YEARS so I’m planning to take full advantage of these next few days.
utilityutilityI bought this jumper the last time I was at Forever 21 because I loved the utility vibes. I’ve always had a thing for jumpsuits and rompers and this one immediately caught my eye because of the sleek zipper front and belted waist.  It’s perfect for hot summer days.
utility utilityLinen-Blend Zip Front Romper– Forever 21 // Universal Thread Slides– Target // Bag- Hush Puppies
utilityutilityCheers and hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July!

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It feels so good to be back sharing my personal style and musings around town again. Now that it’s summer and Nashville gets up in the 100-degree-days, my husband and I searched for some new ice cream places around town that would help us cool off and satisfy our sweet tooth. I typed ‘ice cream’ into my GPS and began my search for a new place to try.

rainbow styleWe set out to visit a place near Opry Mills off Briley Parkway called Cotton & Snow, which is primarily a Hawaiian shaved ice stand with tons of different flavor options. Which was ideal for me, since I’m basically now avoiding dairy at all costs (except for the rare indulgence in Jeni’s peanut butter ice cream). It’s so great that we’ve been here for 3 years and are still discovering so many places around town. I love exploring this city.

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When a friend recently told me that she was opening up a boutique shop in her small town of Lewisburg, Tennessee, about 50 miles south of Nashville, I knew I’d have to finally pay the town a visit. Her grand opening of the shop was the perfect opportunity to take a little Saturday road trip a few weeks ago. Her shop is named Studio 20 South and it’s located at 104 2nd Ave North in downtown Lewisburg.

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It has been sweater weather for a while in Nashville and I can honestly say I’ve never loved living in sweaters more than I do this year. Maybe that’s because in the south the bitter cold still isn’t nearly as bad as it was in Michigan, but it’s also just comfortable to step outside wearing a sweater. It feels like more like ‘cozy’ weather than it is ‘freezing.’ I’m still looking forward to Spring already though.
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