Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring Style Me Challenge is HERE!!

It's that time again!!!! Spring fashion = Spring Style Challenge care of Alison @ Get Your Pretty On

If you've been around here for any length of time, you know I LOVE these Style Challenges (read about my participation in the various style challenges HERE).

I was fortunate that I found Alison and her blog right before her first Style Challenge last Spring and obviously I'm a happy customer because I keep signing up for more!

The details: you sign up (starting TODAY!!) and once sign up is done, you get emailed a shopping list (with helpful pictures, alternate suggestions etc) THEN when the challenge starts you get an email every evening with what to wear the next day!

Why I love it: it can save you money (as long as you don't over buy), it helps you buy items that are on trend but also limit the number of things you buy AND it saves a TON of time.

I'm ALL for saving time these days.

So SIGN UP HERE today and then follow on here to see how I add a maternity spin to Alison's recommendations!






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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Easter outfits for the little miss in your life

Little girls are a lot of fun to dress, especially in spring!!

As much as I love shopping for myself, I can't get enough shopping for mini-me. Seriously, clothes just seem so much cuter when they're small. 

I figured Easter was a great opportunity to do some online window shopping for mini-me. 

As much as I love her in a dress, they aren't always practical. I tried to come up with an equally cute but maybe more comfortable option.

I threw in a few accessories. And before you say it, I know, my nearly two year old does not need a pink fringe purse BUT I HAD to have it on here as soon as I saw it. Seriously, tell me it's not adorable. Actually, depending on the size in real life, maybe I could borrow have it?!







I was tempted to pick out some outfits for the little man, but I'll save that for next year when he's actually here :)

Now, to try and resist buying EVERY piece in this post for mini-me!



Okay, now here's where I'm curious: what Easter traditions do you (and your family) have??

We used to always get a new outfit, chocolate/candy and a small toy. We also used to have to hunt for eggs in the morning and I remember thinking that was so much fun.

Mini-me may be a little young for an egg hunt this year, but this is one tradition I hope to continue.

Happy Easter prepping!!!


linking up with Alison  @ Get Your Pretty On, Because Shanna Said So, the Pleated Poppy

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring Trends (bonus tips for moms-to-be)

I love Spring Fashion.

There's just something wonderful about all of the bright colors and fun patterns.

Usually, by the time Spring shows up in my neck of the woods, I'm VERY ready to pack up my bulky winter sweaters and show off some new duds.

This year is going to be a challenge for me. If you  missed the memo: I'm pregnant. I am now at the point in my pregnancy where my belly is quite predominant and is set to take the stage until this little star arrives. It can be hard to dress a protruding belly and still look and feel 'cute'. 

Being pregnant isn't so bad, BUT, it severely limits my fashion choices. Sure, there are some great maternity stores and clothes out there, but I'm reticent to spend a ton of money on things I can only wear a short time.

Bottom-line: I have to be picky.

Here's my spring fashion game plan: pick a few 'must-haves' or trendy items that I can mix and match instead of creating an entire spring maternity wardrobe.

In reality, pregnant or not, this is the best way to shop. Pick a few 'key' pieces and then mix and match then with the rest of your wardrobe. 

I tried to help you all out by actually doing my research here. Me and google had a 'spring fashion 2015' date. 

Here are some things trending this spring:



Shirt dresses - they're everywhere and thankfully, maternity options are out there. Assuming my legs don't swell up like mad crazy anytime soon, I'll be picking up at least one shirt dress for the spring! 


Yellow - I'm not 100% on this one but there's so much out there (and so many shades) it should be easy to find a color/style that works for you. Plus, it's a great pop of color with white pants or a nice pair of jeans.


Bold floral pattern - I love floral. It's pretty and feminine. There are literally options in EVERY store right now and in a variety of items (pants, shirts, scarves, shoes!). I'm super excited about this one!


Fringe - I think the only fringe I may be able to incorporate without trying to look too 'young' would be a bag but I'm okay with that.


Culottes - okay, I've seen these look amazing on some women; however, those women typically appear to be tall and quite thin. Neither of these descriptors is accurate for me soooooo I'm not sold on the idea of these pants. Plus, I suspect it could be a challenge to find a maternity friendly pair.



Apron style skirts - just not for me and again, not likely that I'll find a maternity style that fits this trend. Safe  to say the only apron I'll be wearing is in the kitchen.



Overalls - apparently overalls are back. While the ones pictured above look super cute, I'm not confident this would be  flattering look on me pre-pregnancy, let alone now. Although, I do remember thinking I was pretty cool rocking some overalls back in the 90s.


What I have:

Shoes - I am beyond thrilled to see that cute flats  and sneakers are popular this spring. This momma can definitely get behind wearing sneakers and being considered 'on trend'. My leopard flats, whether still stylish or not, will be making a comeback in a big way this spring.
Admittedly, I may or may not buy a few more pairs... you can NEVER have too many shoes (Mr. B disagrees with me greatly on this point - ah well).




Military green - the only thing I own that is military green is a jacket I purchased this fall BUT it works. Sadly, I am no longer able to do it up but I will wear it open and make sure I'm pairing it with a cute top underneath.




Adapting for Pregnancy:

Accessories are KEY!!! - I love accessories but being pregnant, I'll be relying on them a lot more than usual to spice up my wardrobe.

Scarves, shoes, jewelry etc. There are TONS of ways to incorporate the spring trends without spending a fortune or buying a whole new wardrobe.

For those not pregnant - accessories are often a great opportunity to test out trends you're unsure of. For example, I'm not sure how I feel about yellow. I'd prefer to spend under $20 on a scarf (or less, if you're a good shopper) as opposed to buying an expensive yellow shirt and not wearing it again.

The floral trend is another example. Throwing on a bold floral print over my growing belly, may not be the most flattering BUT I can rock some floral shoes or a scarf and still be on trend but not overwhelming.







There you have it!!! 

What spring trends are on your 'must-have' list????? 

Any trends you'll be staying away from?




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Monday, March 16, 2015

Modani furniture - a design collaboration

Modani 

Modani is a furniture store that specializes in contemporary and modern furniture. They have locations throughout the USA AND, I am very happy to report, a Toronto location (for me and my fellow Canadians!!!).



This collaboration with Modani furniture has been in the works for some time. I'm a little sad it took me this long to get around to it, but I will admit, sitting down with my morning coffee and choosing some new stuff for my living-room without any restraints was a lot of fun!





Modani - grey and yellow livingroom



Onyx table lamp, 190 CAD / Black chandelier lamp, 370 CAD / Contemporary rug, 370 CAD / Blanket, 88 CAD / Polish dish, 38 CAD / Framed wall art, 370 CAD / Black and white home decor, 88 CAD / Modern gray sofa, 2,150 CAD / Storage shelving, 625 CAD / Black oak furniture, 370 CAD




I'm on a grey kick right now (nothing 50-shade related, I promise) so that has clearly inspired some of my choices. I also love a 'kick' of color and yellow just seemed perfect (our current accent is teal as Mr. B was not on board with yellow - so unadventurous!).

The couch is by far my favorite piece! I'm dreaming of a nice comfy grey sectional but can never seem to find something that isn't too big. I love this piece because it's not your typical 'over-sized' sectional but still looks super comfy (comfort is key for this pregnant momma).

I threw in a nice black shag carpet primarily because I love shag carpets and I like to dream about what it would be like not to have to worry about blonde dog hair ALL. THE. TIME. (FYI - golden retrievers, while simply wonderful family pets, shed like mad crazy and made black fabric a bad bad idea).


Make sure you check out Modani as their wares are not limited to the living-room. They have beautiful dining-room and bedroom furniture as well as some amazing accessories for the whole home.

Happy shopping!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

mac and cheese muffins



I recently posted a pic of these guys in a post about things (food) I've made and had a few inquiries so I figured I actually post the recipe (and in a timely manner at that - go me!).

I originally had the idea to make these because mini-me LOVES pasta but I wanted something in an individual portion and that I could freeze. These turned out great, thawed and heated well and were a total hit with mini-me (I may have had a few myself - they're quite good!).




Mac and Cheese Muffins

Ingredients

2 cups macaroni noodles (I used whole wheat - gotta add nutrients where I can)
3 tablespoons of butter
1 tablespoon flour
1 egg
1 cup milk (I used homogenized because that's what we have for mini-me)
2.5 cups shredded cheese
0.5 cups bread crumbs
0,5 teaspoon salt
extra virgin olive oil (to grease pan)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (175 C). Grease muffin tin with a little olive oil (you could use butter for this if you prefer). 
  2. Cook noodles as per package instructions (don't overcook).
  3. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Still in the flour and mix well (I used a metal whisk). Then pour in milk and stir constantly until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat. 
  4. Add egg to milk/butter mixture and stir well. Add in cheese and cooked pasta. 
  5. In a small box mix bread crumbs, 1 tablespoon of butter and salt.
  6. Spoon mac and cheese into prepared muffin tin. Sprinkle bread crumb mixture over the top (you could save some shredded cheese to go on there as well - no one ever complains about too much cheese). 
  7. Bake for 30 min in preheated oven or until tops are lightly browned. Allow muffins to cool prior to removing from pan. 
To freeze: allow muffins to cool completely and transfer to freezer-safe container (or use zip-lock freezer bags).
To thaw: remove from freezer, thaw in fridge. Heat (I used the microwave but oven would work too).

Variations: BACON!! You could chop up and pre-cook some bacon to add (or sprinkle the tops with real bacon bits). I suspect Mr. B would be a HUGE fan of this variation. 
Cream cheese: I LOVE cream cheese - I suspect it would be a delicious and creamy addition but might require some additional flour (so that mix gets thick enough and still keeps shape).  



ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, March 6, 2015

look what I made!

My first instinct for the topic “something I made” was to post a picture of mini-me and/or my belly and call it a day  BUT I figured that that’s probably not what was intended when this topic was chosen.

I think I’ve said before, I’m in awe of those artsy-crafty, uber-creative mommas (Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom – I’m looking at you!) BUT sadly, I am not one of them. I often pin these super cute DIY ideas but they rarely come to fruition. I could blame parenting and working full-time, but other mommas do it so those excuses don’t really fly. The reality of the situation is, I’m just not super crafty. That, and I’m a perfectionist so when I try and do some of those things  and they don’t turn out absolutely perfect, I’m horribly hard on myself. As a result, I tend just not to try.

That got me thinking, there’s got to be something that I make that I’m proud of. I’m not sure if this is my pregnant-lady non-stop hunger speaking but I can make some pretty good food when I have the time.

So here’s a smattering of yummy eats I've made.

Mmmmm cake

now I want BBQ!

mac and cheese 'muffins' I whipped up (a HUGE hit with mini-me)

who doesn't love a yummy quiche?

Okay, that's nothing astounding. I really thought I had some better, more delectable looking dishes but either my memory is faulty or I forgot to take pics (let's go with the forgetting to take pics).

I will say, that I truly wish I had more time to just ‘hang’ in the kitchen. I love baking and creating meals but I've gotten into the habit of making whatever is quick and easy. I still enjoy all most of the time I get to spend in the kitchen but even more so when I'm not rushing (or cleaning).

I will have to add "more quality time in the kitchen" to my ever-expanding to-do list!



Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Dr. Segal's compression socks - review

During my last pregnancy I experienced some swelling in my ankles and feet. The recommendation I got was to try compression socks so I dutifully headed down to the drugstore and purchased an unsightly (and overpriced) pair of black compression socks. The options for this type of sock were extremely limited to say the least. They seemed to help with the swelling, but they weren't pretty and I did my best to keep them hidden.

Why am I telling you this?

My most recent collaboration! When the opportunity came up to review a pair of Dr. Segal’s compression socks I thought that the timing simply couldn't be better. This pregnant momma could use some new compression socks. Then I went about picking my pair and here’s where the fun begins. Unlike my previous shopping experience, I found a large assortment of colours and designs to choose from. Sure, they have the basic black BUT they also have fun animal prints, neon and argyle (to name just a few).  

Here's a sneak peak at a few of the fun designs:





Now that I've had a chance to try my new fashionable socks I am happy to report I’m in LOVE! I’m not swollen yet (thank goodness) but I know they’ll come in handy a little later. Plus, they help with the tired feeling after a day with lots of walking (or sitting). I don't get the science behind it, but they really do help your legs feel more energized. The bonus is that I've found they've helped with my restless legs and let’s be honest, I just like wearing fun socks.OH AND they help your gams fit quite nicely in tall boots :)



I’m borrowing from their website to share the many other ways these fun compression socks might benefit you:

Benefits of Dr. Segal's compression socks


I would encourage you to check out their website AND Dr. Segal’s and team are going to be on Dragon’s Den TONIGHT (March 4) so make sure you tune-in to CBC @ 8pm PST!