Outfit Post: Black and White

Still hanging on! I have a very bad cold, though, so now I'm hoping the baby stays put until I can bring her into a healthy environment. And I'd hate to have to labor while I'm coughing, sneezing, and so congested I can't breathe!

Top - Target - $6
Jacket - Hydraulic- gifted
Maternity jeans - Gap Maternity - $5
Black leather espadrilles - DSW - $9
Shell earrings - Target - $1


Countdown: D-Day Has Arrived!

Since I only made it to 38 weeks for my first pregnancy, I was really wanting to make it all the way to 40 weeks for this one...and am so happy to say that we made it (with God's help, of course)! I am 40 weeks today! I'm feeling great, although I'm very sore from all the contractions I've already had this month. Since I'm a VBAC, I'm going to have to fight to not get induced next week if I still haven't gone into labor on my own by then, but with how good I'm feeling, I think I'll have the energy to put up the necessary fight and let my body go into labor on its own. So here's to hoping the next few days or weeks are productive and go by fast so we can meet our little girl soon!
 I was inspired by the gorgeous and chic: The Stylish Housewife, to wear my hair like this since today my plans are to get the house cleaned and the laundry done. If you want to try out the style, check out her quick and easy tutorial. Nothing like a good messy updo for housework!


Countdown: 3 Days Till Due Date

Outfit Post: Wearing Red

Red striped top - Motherhood - hand-me-down
Vest - thrifted - $2
Jeans - Old Navy Maternity - $25
Red peeptoe pumps - Aerosoles - $29
Red patent belt - Target - $3


Outfit Post: 5 Days till Due Date

Me all trying to be a diva! ha ha!
Feeling large, but feeling great!

Top - Kohl's - $17
Jeans - Gap - $7
Shoes - Macy's - $23
Earrings - Target - $1
Silk scarf - it's the sash from my J.Crew Lyndsey dress

DIY Post: How to Make Piping

I'm trying to keep busy with plenty of projects so I don't sit around getting anxious for the baby to come. I decided to make some updates to the "baby nook" in our master bedroom. I bought some more of the fabric that I used for the nursery rocking chair, and determined to make some piped cradle bedding, and re-upholster the antique rocker seat (that I refinished a few years ago to a dark stain) in our bedroom (complete with piping around the edging).

After doing some measuring for the bumpers pads, chair, and cutting out the fabric accordingly, I started work on the piping.

Piping is so easy and I'm so glad I decided to figure out how to do it!

All you need is some piping cord that you can get at any fabric store, some bias cut fabric, and a piping foot for your sewing machine (see picture below).

Wrap the fabric around the cord and stitch as close as you can to the edge of the cord. Voila! You have piping!
Attaching the piping to the bumper pads was easy as well. I just pinned the cord to the fabric cover for the pad and again stitched right along the edge of the cording.
I then wrapped the fabric around, inside out, to attach the other edge of the bumper cover to the piping.
It looks like the picture below when you turn the fabric inside out!
I bought nu-foam crib bumper size pads that I measured and cut down to cradle bumper size, and inserted those into the bumper covers.
The edges I simply pinned together...
and then handstitched close.
For the ties, I decided I wanted to use jute cord. I like the natural/raw edge it gives. I just handsewed the ties on each corner of the pads.
For the corners of the bumper, I cut the bumper pad in half before inserting it in the cover, and then stitched one line right up the middle of the cover. Now it folds perfectly.
Here is the finished product. Simple and clean lines. The colors match our bedroom, so the cradle can stay in our room indefinitely! (Don't know that hubby will appreciate that).
Reupholstering a seat cover is even simpler than making bumper pads, and I do it every so often to all the upholstered seats in our house just to update their look and keep the fabric fresh.

All you do is turn the chair upside down.

Find the screws that keep the seat attached to the chair and unscrew.
Pull off the old material. In my case, I pulled off only one layer of old material, but left the original to give it some extra padding underneath.

Cut your fabric, leaving plenty of excess fabric on every edge.
Use a staple gun to pull the fabric tight, taking care at the corners so you don't have any ripples when you turn the seat right side up.
If you want to add piping like I did, just staple the piping around the edge after the seat fabric cover is already stapled on.
To close the piping together, I just stapled them across each other like so:

You don't even notice the seam when you turn it right side up!
Turn the seat cover right side up, place it back on the chair and screw it in place.

Now you have a freshly upholstered seat cover!
And I now have a sweet little baby nook that matches the rest of the decor in my room!


The Countdown Begins: 6 Days Till Due Date

This is not an outfit post...I just want to document the days till D-Day.

I'm feeling pretty good. Having lots of contractions, but nothing to indicate labor yet. Baby must have dropped, because I can breathe easier and bend over easier. My heartburn is gone, too. If feeling this good continues, I think I won't mind if I go late! This is good, since I have a few things I want to get done yet before she comes!


Outfit Post: Warm Tones

Top - Banana Republic - $3
Knit skirt - Old Navy - $.97
Boots - Jessica Simpson - gifted
Earrings - thrifted - $.50
Cami - Lunaire - $4


Outfit Post: Feels Like Spring!

It is supposed to get up to 60 today, which will feel like 80 for my overheated pregnant body! It's already 50 out there, and I didn't even feel chilled with having bare legs, arms, and no sweater!

This post is a little bit of a lie, because I can't wear these heels today. I just thought they looked good with my outfit, and wanted to wear them before my feet got too swollen to put them on later. A pair of turquoise flat sandals is probably what I'll end up with later on. So glad it's warm enough to wear sandals so I don't have to squeeze into socks, boots, tights, or constricting shoes!!

My legs are definitely retaining the swelling now, and I'm not so happy about showing them off today. I've swelled so much this week, I've gained 6 pounds. I know, right? Is that even possible? I hit exactly 35 pounds at my 37 week mark, and this past week I've gone crazy. It's for my baby girl, so it's worth it. :-)

Shirt - Gap - $3 (worn backwards)
Skirt - Macy's - gifted (shortened by me)
Belt - Gap - $24.50 (bought over 8 years ago)
Leather booties - Target - $6
Earrings - Macy's - $2


Outfit Post: Wearing Green

Others may think it is tacky to wear green on St. Patrick's Day, but I think it is fun! St. Patrick's Day is also my brother's Birthday, and it's almost in honor of him that I proudly wear green.
I've been waiting for a warm enough day to pull out my new straw hat. I got it during a winter clearance sale, when of course nobody wanted to buy a straw hat - and now I finally get to wear it because it's supposed to get up to the mid sixties today! I'm so excited about warmer weather!
Hat - Old Navy - $.97
Tank - JCPenney - $3
Jeans - Old Navy Maternity - $25
Espadrilles - Target - $6
Earrings - Target - gifted

New Found Blog with Maternity Wear Posts

A reader just directed me to a maternity blog that is FABULOUS - check it out!


Outfit Post: Red Eyes

I have no idea what is wrong with my camera today, or what I did wrong in taking these pictures, but no matter what I tried, each photo ended up with red eyes. ARGH!

This top was given to me by my husband's aunt who picked it up in Mexico. She bought it for me when I was pregnant with my first, thinking it would be the perfect pregnancy top. Since I was pregnant through the fall/winter both times, I really haven't worn it until now. It's supposed to get up to 55 degrees, so I'm hoping I can get away with it. I added the scarf which I belted to give me some extra warmth and coverage (the top is somewhat see through).

Now that I see it in the pictures, I realize it is not very flattering. I look huge! But it is so romantic, and I feel pretty in it, as long as I don't see the pictures...so I plan on wearing it no matter what.

Top - gifted
Belt - Gap - $24
Scarf - Target - $6
Jeans - Old Navy Maternity -$25
Espadrilles - Target - $6
Earrings - F21 - gifted


Outfit Post: Is it spring yet?

Am I breaking the rules by wearing white when it is still 44 degrees outside? At least the snow is melted. That is what I'm telling myself. I just have to get some wear out of these jeans before it's too late!
Tunic - Gap - $6
Jeans - Gap Maternity - $5
Red pumps - Aerosoles - $29
Necklace - thrifted - $.25