Monday, November 28, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide for Her / My Wishlist

Happy Cyber Monday (night) friends!

I wanted to share a gift guide for the ladies in your life that will hopefully spark some ideas for friends, sisters, moms, or yourself! This list is actually a mix of things I have (and love!) that I think would make great gifts, as well as some things on my own personal wish list this year. I meant to get this posted before Black Friday (whoops) but I wanted to go ahead and share it ASAP because some of the items listed are still on sale through the end of the day - so if you're a night owl/procrastinator like myself, there's still a few hours left to get some great Cyber Monday deals!

Holiday Gift Guide Part 2

Holiday Gift Guide Part 1

Quin Hot Chocolate & Vanilla Bean Marshmallows - I think fancy food items make great gifts this time of year, because it's fun to be able to treat people to more gourmet items they might not normally splurge on. This hot chocolate and (amazing) marshmallows from Portland artisan candymaker Quin are so good - paired with a cute mug, it would make such a sweet (pun intended) gift :)

Chatbooks - Two things I love (Chatbooks and Rifle Paper Co) joined forces and these cute hard cover books and would make such a great gift! They are running a 20% off promotion with the code 'MERRY20' through the end of the day, but they're pretty reasonably priced anyway if you don't have time to make a book tonight :) (And you still have awhile to be able to order and still get them by Christmas which is great if you leave things until the last minute like I tend to do...ha)

Blanqi High Waist Support Leggings - So I can't totally vouch for these since I haven't actually received them yet, but I did order myself these leggings as sort of an early birthday present and I've heard great things! Their amazing half off sale continues through the end of the day, so if it's a great time to order them if you're in the market for leggings or want to gift them to a mama friend!

Portland Gear Hat - I posted a picture on IG of me wearing one of these hats this weekend, and they're still on sale through the end of the day! They're wool which I think makes them super cute, perfect for throwing on for those hair days when dry shampoo just won't cut it.

Kendra Scott 'Tessa' Earrings - I've seen these druzy studs on lots of gift guides around the interwebs recently and my husband knows they're on my Christmas list this year :) (And they're on sale, along with a ton of other items from Nordstrom, through the end of the day!)

Gold Cake Plates - I think fun dishes make a really great present this time of year, and they're great for hostesses gifts too! My mom got me this cute 'I Love Cake' plate from West Elm when she was in town, and it's currently sold out online but I've linked some that are similar :)

Peppermint Bark - I love peppermint bark and Williams-Sonoma makes some of the best. As far as I'm concerned, you can never go wrong with this as a gift!

The Cozy Life - This book, all about the Danish concept of Hygge,  looks like a perfect read for a rainy Pacific Northwest winter.

Lindsay Letters Canvas - I have one of her Christmas prints and literally want everything from her website. One of her canvases or prints would make such a lovely gift :) (And they have a great sale running through the end of the day for Cyber Monday, details on the site!)

Rifle Paper Co. Paradise Gardens Calendar - As I already mentioned, I love all things Rifle Paper Co. and I've had one of their calendars for the last few years. I thought this floral design was gorgeous for 2017, so it's definitely on my list this year! (And it's 30% off right now!)

Wood Watch - I have a Jord wood watch and I wear it all the time and always get compliments on how unique it is. Their Frankie series of watches would make a great gift and they're 10% off for a few more hours today with the code CYBER16!

Letterfolk board - I got the 'Writer - Gray' for Christmas last year and love it!

ABH Lip Gloss in 'Vintage' - I got this lip gloss during the VIB sale earlier this month, and the color is really pretty and I think it would be flattering on a variety of skin tones. It smells so good and it's a higher end product that's not crazy expensive, so it would be a perfect stocking stuffer!

All Birds Wool Runners - Cam actually got these shoes for his birthday and now I really want a pair! They're supposed to be super comfy and I just think they're really unique and would be perfect for running around with the kiddos. (I love all the colors but the Natural Grey is my favorite.)

Sugar Paper Planner - I still love writing things down in a paper planner and I've used a Sugar Paper (for Target) one for the last few years. I actually already bought myself another gold one for next year, but I thought this spotted version was super cute too.

Amazon Fire TV Stick - We have this for streaming Hulu/Netflix/HBO and we love it! (Plus it's $10 off until the end of the day!)

Aztec Pattern Letter Board - I do love my bigger Letterfolk board, but I wanted a smaller square board for Charlie's monthly photos. I recently got this adorable patterned one from the Etsy shop Vermillion Drive. I met the owner Courtney through one of my friends and she's super sweet and offers lots of really cute frames if you're looking for a more unique look for your letterboard.

Down Throw - Cam's parents got me this throw for Christmas a few years ago and we seriously use it all the time. It's so warm and comfy and it would make a perfect gift that anyone would love. (And it's currently half off right now, which I'm assuming ends tonight!!)

Cooking for Jeffery - I have all of Ina's cook books and they're the ones that I use again and again. Her recipes are simply the best and I just love the concept for this particular book - it's definitely on my Christmas list this year!

Personalized Necklace - Cam knows that a necklace with both boys names is on my Christmas list this year and my friend Stephanie says great things about this shop. (And they've been having an awesome sale that goes to the end of the day, no code needed!)

Classic Style Pons Avarcas - I have a pair of these in Taupe that I've worn a ton the past two years, they're just such a great versatile shoe! I love them so much that another pair is on my list this year :) (And you can save an extra 20% thru the end of the day with the code 'PONS20PONS' at checkout!)

Gift Cards - Some people may think they're impersonal, but I personally LOVE getting gift cards. Since I have a December birthday, it can be a little hard to think of a bunch of things I want for my birthday and Christmas, especially this year adjusting to life with a newborn and a toddler. Gift cards allow me to treat myself to something at another time (and they're a great way to take advantage of after Christmas sales!) and it's kind of like getting a gift twice. This year, my top gift card choices would definitely be Nordstrom, Sephora, and of course, Starbucks :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Holiday Style for Postpartum/Nursing Mamas

Oh hey, third post this week! I mentioned in my post yesterday that I'm feeling more inspired to blog lately, and so I'm just going with it! But I specifically wanted to share this post before Thanksgiving in case anyone is looking for ideas on what to wear for Turkey Day tomorrow!

Heading into the holiday season after (very) recently having a baby presents a special kind of challenge. However, it's one that I feel more equipped to deal with being this is my second go-round dressing a postpartum mom bod. I feel like I have a much better idea of what works for this weird period of time when you're tired of wearing your maternity clothes but you're not really ready to shop for new clothes and you want to look semi-pulled together but you need clothes that are functional and allow easy access for a newborn that wants to nurse constantly. What the heck are you supposed to wear?

That's why I thought I'd share the pieces I've been wearing since Charlie's birth as they're some great staples that can help get you through the holiday season. Often times when you see articles in magazines or blog posts about dressing for the holidays, they usually involve heels, sequins, and party dresses. And while I really do love all that fancy stuff, that's just not the season of life I'm in this year and the social engagements I have on my calendar are toddler birthday parties, not black tie galas. Basically if something is so fancy that I can't wear leggings to it, we're probably not doing it this year. Ha. That's life with a newborn and a toddler for you :) But the good news is unlike all those sparkly "holiday" clothes that typically don't get too much wear after New Year's, the pieces below are all pretty basic and can be worn all winter long.

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Normally I love wearing dresses but when you're nursing, they aren't super functional for breastfeeding in public. So I find that I end up wearing longer tunic style tops with leggings vs. an actual dress since I find that to be more functional. (Although three of the "tunics" pictured are actually dresses I think, they're just short on me since I'm 5'10'' and so I wouldn't wear most of them as a dress anyway)

I picked up this lace dress (pictured top left) at my local Anthropologie where it was actually less than it is online since they were taking an additional percentage off the sale price. This one is long enough for me to wear as a dress, but I plan on wearing it with leggings and I feel like it's something that could be worn all year long. I liked that it had a button front because it allows easy access for nursing and I thought the drawstring waist was flattering.

I have this Lush top (from the Nordstrom BP section - pictured top center) in the green color pictured as well as in two other colors and I LOVE it and kind of want to get more colors. (I also mentioned it in this post) It's just a great staple top that's easy to dress up or down, and paired with a nursing tank underneath, it works well for breastfeeding. I think the longer length is very flattering and I like that it's a little longer in the back, so it works well with leggings. (I'm wearing a patterned version that's unfortunately no longer available online in the photo in this post so you can get a better idea of how it looks on) It's currently on sale at Nordstrom and for the price, it's such a great shirt!

I picked up this red buffalo plaid dress at Target the other day, because while I have some plaid shirts already, they're all not long enough (on me) to be worn with leggings and I'm not in a place that I want to wear actual pants at the moment. This one is perfect with leggings and the button front allows easy access for nursing! This one is long enough to wear as a dress, but I had to size down since my Target was out of the size I wanted, so it's a little shorter and better with leggings :)

I found this long black shress (aka the term my friends and I used in college for long shirts that we would wear as mini dresses when we went out...glad those days are behind me, ha.) that comes in a few colors and I think pairs well with tights or leggings. The cut is kind of swingy and I thought it was super flattering on, plus I liked the cutout detail in the back. I plan on wearing it through the holidays, but I think it will also be perfect for traveling as well!

(Also, I didn't include it in the collage because it's a little bit more basic but this one button cardigan from Bobeau makes a great nursing shirt! I recently got two at Nordstrom Rack and I love them!)

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I'm all about the leggings these days!

I recently got these Target-version Spanx high waist leggings (pictured bottom left) and really like them! I love that they are seamless, but because of that, they almost seem more like tights, so I definitely think they need to be worn with a longer shirt or dress. They definitely feel like Spanx though, so they're kind of tough to get on but do a good job of sucking everything in once you do.

I also got a pair of legging pants from LOFT Outlet recently that I love, they're thick and kind of more like pants than some leggings, but since they have an elastic waist band and no pockets, they still require wearing a longer shirt IMO. The ones I got are slightly cropped and have small black velvet polka dots on them, making them extra holiday appropriate. However, I couldn't find those online but check in store if you have a LOFT Outlet near you! These seamed ponte leggings from regular LOFT (pictured bottom second from left) look really similar (minus the polka dots) and LOFT is having an awesome pre-Black Friday flash sale today (Wednesday) where everything is 50% off online with the code 'BERRYGOOD.' 

I kept seeing moto style leggings all over Instagram lately, and so I finally decided to pick up a pair! I got these plum moto leggings from the BP section at Nordstrom and I love that they're something a little bit different from normal black leggings. (I'm wearing them with the Lush tunic in the photo in this post) The fabric is pretty thin so they are not super opaque in the back when you have them on (aka wear a shirt that covers your bum) but I think they're super cute!

I'm not a big skirt person, but with nursing, a skirt/shirt can be a better option than a dress. I was in Hanna Andersson this weekend and picked up a super cute buffalo plaid skirt with an elastic waistband that I know will be getting a lot of use throughout the holiday season (and beyond). However, it looks like the skirt isn't available online, but if you have a Hanna in your area then definitely check in store! However, they have a shirt in the same buffalo plaid material (pictured above) as the skirt I got that's still available online and looks super cute! (This shirt from LOFT is a similar pattern, also super cute, and on sale right now if you're looking for a long sleeve option!) I also included this plaid skirt from J.Crew Factory because it's a very similar silhoutte to the skirt buffalo plaid skirt I got from Hanna Andersson, and would also be super cute for the holidays. An elastic waistband is your friend when you've just given birth :)

All of these pieces are flattering yet super comfortable, so they're perfect for Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas shopping, or whatever else you have on the calendar over the next few weeks. Throwing on some fun jewelry can help things feel more festive and since babies and toddlers love to pull on things, I'm all about stud earrings and these glitter ones (pictured above) are perfect for the holidays! A plaid blanket scarf also works to help make an outfit seem more holiday-appropriate, plus it can double as a nursing cover!

I didn't go through and check everything but I know many of these items, particularly things from Nordstrom, are marked down already for their pre-Black Friday sales and chances are other things will be going on sale on Friday. I know that the point of Black Friday sales is supposed to be for Christmas shopping, but hey, it's also a great time to treat yo self! (Seriously, who else can never find clothes except when they're supposed to be shopping for something/someone else? Tell me I'm not the only one!) I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and I'll be back next week with some gift guides so stay tuned!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Currently: November

Some recent favorites from my Instagram this month! (@inthepinkandgreen)

Happy Thanksgiving Week everyone!

As you might expect, I've taken a little bit of a break from the blog the past few weeks, beyond sharing Charlie's birth story. November kind of flew by, but now the holidays are upon us and I'm feeling inspired to blog once again. I'll be sharing a little bit more of an in-depth update soon on how the transition from one to two kiddos has been going, but for now I just wanted pop in and share a "Currently" post for this month since I've been pretty consistent about doing those every other month so far this year :) (I also shared an 'October in Review' post last night which is basically a photo dump from my phone of pictures of Henry before Charlie was born in case you missed that!)

Feeling: Happy and much better than I thought I would at three weeks postpartum :) Don't get me wrong, I am definitely tired. But when I was pregnant and chasing around a toddler, being tired was sort of my baseline before Charlie was born anyway, so getting up in the night with a newborn isn't as much as a shock to my system as it was the first time around. Like I said, I am planning on writing a more in-depth post about how things are going day to day around here, but overall, I'm feeling good!

Wearing: All of the leggings! Thank goodness leggings are still in style because it makes this postpartum period much easier. I'm always on the hunt for the best pair and I'm tempted to try out the Blanqi high waisted ones since they're having a big Black Friday sale - has anyone tried them? Also, I recently tried on the new Zella high waisted leggings and sadly was not a fan. (I didn't like the way the seams hit on my legs) However, I recently picked these Spanx leggings up at Target and really really like them so far! Also, I have some new items in my closet that I've really been loving since Charlie's arrival, but I'm hoping to share those in another post soon!

Watching: Westworld, which is a little crazy but we're enjoying it. We've also been watching The Crown, and at first it was a little slow for me, but I've really been enjoying the the episodes as we get further in. I think it's very well cast (particularly the Queen) and I really enjoy seeing the family dynamics play out. We're also loving This is Us! Cam was very skeptical at first and didn't think he would get into it, but he totally has...ha. We're also still watching The Mindy Project, Blackish, and Shark Tank but always looking for new shows to check out - I've heard good things about Divorce, so we might check that out next. And then yay for Gilmore Girls coming out this week, I can't wait!

Cooking: Last week, I made a batch of these pumpkin brown butter oatmeal scotchies with Henry and we loved them so much that I decided to make another batch for the Friendsgiving dinner we went to this weekend. Definitely a perfect recipe if you're looking for a cookie to make for Thursday! For Friendsgiving, I also ended up making cornbread stuffing, but I did it in the crockpot; I used this recipe and it came out great! Doing stuffing is such a great way to save space in the oven on Thanksgiving, and it's also perfect if you have to transport it somewhere like I did this weekend! Finally, I ended up making this dip on a whim for Friendsgiving and it was surprisingly good! I put the fresh cranberries in the food processor and just pulsed it a few times to chop them up and the rest of the dip came together really quickly. Cranberries, jalapenos, and cream cheese sounds like a super weird combo but everyone loved it!

Making: Plans for Henry's second birthday party! Honestly, I wasn't planning on doing a party for his birthday this year and we were just going to do a more low-key celebration since I wasn't sure how I'd be feeling so soon after giving birth. But since I'm feeling much better than I expected, I recently decided that I do want to do a party after all :) After deliberating between multiple themes, we decided on Elmo/Sesame Street since Henry loves Elmo, plus he's super into letters/numbers right now, so I feel like it should be pretty easy to put together. (I say that as I scroll through the 30,000 Sesame Street birthday party ideas on Pinterest...ha.)

Enjoying: Using Instagram Stories...ugh. I know, I know, I can't even believe I'm saying it, but I do! I've always loved Instagram and was super resistant to using Snapchat because I thought the concept was really stupid. But I finally caved and downloaded it awhile ago so Henry could play with the filters...ha. And I'll admit, Snapchat did grow on me after awhile, but what I never liked was how you can't tag or search for people. When Instagram came out with their "Stories" I thought it seemed really silly and like they were just blatantly trying to copy Snapchat. However, recently when I've tried to use Snapchat it has as been making my phone die, even if I have like 50% battery. Super annoying. So for that reason, I started using Instagram Stories instead and I kind of hate to admit it, but it's grown on me. I like how you can pull photos/videos from your camera roll (without having a border around it saying "From Camera Roll" like on Snapchat) and I love how they've recently let you start tagging people in your IG Story. I'm still not a fan of the fact that Instagram went away from a chronological feed, but I like that IG Stories allow me to share random things like I would on Snapchat without having to make people follow me on an entirely new platform and all of my content is in one place vs. using two separate apps. Is anyone else enjoying IG Stories or just me?

Eating: Lots of yummy dinners that friends have brought over to us which have been so helpful during this transition! You don't realize how much you appreciate someone bringing you a meal until you have a newborn! We've also been getting quite a bit of takeout as well, specifically pizza...not mad about it. (If you're in SE PDX I'd highly recommend Scottie's - it's our new go-to place for ordering pizza!) And it's nice that there are so many more food delivery options in Portland now compared to when Henry was born, plus there are multiple services to have groceries delivered. If I never leave the house this winter, that's why - ha!

Wanting: To get decorated for Christmas! I feel like so many people I follow on social media have had their trees up and their homes decorated for Christmas for weeks now, so I'm itching to get going! However, my husband falls into the camp of not wanting to decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving, which I get, although I understand why people decorate earlier too because it's nice to be able to enjoy it for longer! Growing up in Michigan, we always had an artificial tree as did almost everyone we knew, so if was fine to put them up well in advance. But here in Oregon, it seems like almost everyone (including us) gets a real tree and the tree farms/lots don't even open until the day after Thanksgiving. I'm so looking forward to going and cutting down a tree this year because I think Henry is going to be much more into this year. He has a this Daniel Tiger Christmas book he's been reading, and he loves the page where the family is decorating their tree so I'm pretty excited to do that later this week :)

Wishing: That I had more time to blog because I feel like there is so much I want to share these days! I've got lots of holiday posts I'd love to put up, posts about life with two kids, and a bunch of other things I'd love to talk about. And although my time to blog is definitely more limited these days, I feel like it's something that I don't want to just give up so I'm trying to squeeze it in when I can! So if there is anything you'd like to see me post about, let me know!

Loving: Our Christmas card this year! It took me forever to decide because Minted has so many cute designs, but we finally got it ordered. Looking forward to sharing it here on the blog next month!

Needing: To stop going to Starbucks so much. It's seriously a problem, and an expensive one at that...ha! I really don't mean to go so much, but when it's cold and rainy and I happen to pass a drive thru, it's soooo hard to resist. Not to mention there is a Starbucks in the grocery store and Target, so it's just hard to avoid. And yes, I'm a marketer's dream and those silly red cups really do make me want to get Starbucks that much more! (Although, I've seriously gotten the cup with the deer on it almost every single time so far. It's to the point where it's a joke with Cam and I because if I get Starbucks it seems like I'm destined to get the deer cup...ha!) I'm always curious to know what people order at Starbucks because I like trying new drinks, so I thought I'd share what I usually get. My normal (aka non-holiday order) is a grande flat white (which is basically similar to a latte, but I like it better) but lately I've been getting it with an extra shot, because life with a newborn warrants the extra caffeine. If I want to order something more "fun" then I'll get the holiday spice flat white (which I like because they use an actual spice vs. a syrup) or a peppermint mocha (except I only get 1 pump of peppermint and 2 pumps of mocha for a grande instead of the normal amount of syrup). Occasionally I'll get a Chesnut Praline latte or a Caramel Brulee latte, but with half the normal pumps of syrup.

Hoping: That we're able to stay well this holiday season. I get so excited about this time of the year and have lots of fun things I'd love to do with Henry, but it's also the season where so many germs are going around. Last year, Henry ended up getting Hand Foot and Mouth disease and then Cam got it, so were pretty much home bound for a few weeks in December. It seems like with a toddler that colds are pretty unavoidable this time of year, but especially with a newborn in the house, I'm really hoping that we can make it through the next few weeks without anyone getting too under the weather!

Listening: To Christmas music! I've got multiple Pandora holiday stations that I alternate between and I love having it on when we're hanging out around the house :)

Looking: Forward to Thanksgiving, I've got a lot to be thankful for this year :) I'm also looking forward to my birthday, which is a week after Thanksgiving (I'm turning 30! Eeek!) and then Henry's birthday, which is a week after mine. Lots of fun things going on this time of year! 


Monday, November 21, 2016

October in Review

It's been awhile! I haven't had as much time for blogging over the past few weeks, but I'm ready to get back in the swing of things and have lots of posts I'm looking forward to sharing!

However, I'm been consistent so far this year sharing these "Month in Review" posts of photos from my phone that I hadn't shared on Instagram, and I didn't want to miss October. I thought Charlie would make his arrival closer to mid-October, but he ended up just squeaking by to be an October baby. So basically all the photos from October are of Henry, enjoying his last month as an only child :)

Thankfully he loves playing in his little play area in our kitchen :)
He's big into changing diapers lately :)
Fall is the best :)
Rainy day hiking fun with friends
Henry having fun at his cousin's birthday party. LOL.
I went to get him out of his crib on this particular morning to find him sitting lined up with his animals
Hayride at the pumpkin patch!
Little Oregon boy picking pumpkins in the rain
October was a super rainy month here, but still pretty :)
There was a lot of focus on my belly last month as we prepared for baby brother's arrival!

Doctor Henry listening to his toy pumpkins heartbeat
Playing with trains
Cam carved Henry's pumpkin before my due date to make sure it was done before I went into labor...LOL

Once my parents were in town and I was overdue, I didn't really take many pictures
But we did go out to eat a lot! This honey poundcake with fresh pears from Sweedeedee was awesome!
Enjoying a rare sunny day
One of our last photos as a family of three!
October seems like ages ago now, looking forward to sharing more about life as a family of four soon!


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