Friday, April 17, 2015

My top 3 looks - GIVEAWAY!

I have spent a chunk of the last year attempting to somehow find/create/define my sense of style. I have relied heavily on Alison's Style Challenges for inspiration but am realizing, that no matter what the recommendations, we always put our own 'spin' on things.

There are some things we are comfortable trying and some we aren't. Some things we try and love, some we try and don't like so much (but at least we tried).

This weeks linkup is about 3 looks I love that you should try. I'm going to share 3 looks I've tried over the past year that have found a permanent home in my style repertoire.

Top 3 Looks (that I've tried AND stuck with)

White

White freaks me out. White pants, white shirts... white clothing in general. I previously wrote a blog post devoted to my fear of white pants. Here's the problem: I LOVE the look of white on everyone else but I'm constantly afraid of spillage/sitting in something gross etc. Having said all that, I've tried to be more welcoming to white in the past year (but you had better believe I'm always carrying a tide-to-go) and continue to add white pieces to my wardrobe (though, in the interest of full disclosure: I couldn't bring myself to buy white maternity jeans - I can only go so far people!).



Leopard Print

Having never been a huge fan of animal print, this was a stretch for me initially. I bought my first pair of leopard print flats, with hesitation, during last years Spring Style Challenge. I haven't looked back. I have since added a leopard print scarf and a second pair or leopard print flats (the first pair got so much use, I figured I could use a back-up). Needless to say, I have learned to love leopard print and it's found a home in my closet.




Colored Pants

By far my biggest fashion leap. Historically, I like to stick with denim or black pants and I haven't really deviated much from that, until last year. I started with a pair of red pants, then added some prints and more color. I've learned that color and prints work on the bottom (and can be lots of fun), you just need to shop around for fit, material and color that work with your body type (read: doesn't show lumps and bumps). I am happy to report I have even carried this look into my maternity wardrobe!




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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Spring Challenge - week 1

Spring Style Challenge - round 2!

Once again, I'm participating in the Spring Style Challenge.

As excited as I normally am for these challenges, I was a little apprehensive about having to put a maternity spin on everything. Thankfully, with a few substitutions, I think I am going to be able to make all of the pieces work with my growing belly AND I have a super fun new spring maternity wardrobe to share :)

Similar to previous challenges, I will be linking up with other challenge participants on Wednesdays during the challenge so you can see how we've all interpreted our outfits! AND we welcome you to link up your outfit(s) from the past week as well.

Here goes...

Monday 


Jacket: Joe Fresh (last year), t-shirt: Thyme Maternity, pants: Motherhood Maternity, shoes: Franco Sarto (c/o the Bay)



Tuesday


Jacket: gap (old - like really old), dress: Joe Fresh, shoes: old, sunglasses: Ray Ban

Make sure you that come back for Friday's linkup post because not only are we linking up out top 3 looks/pieces/outfits etc BUT we are also doing a GIVEAWAY!!!!!


Don't forget to check out how the other ladies interpreted the outfits (you know, for the non-maternity versions!) and link up with us!

I'm also linking up with Get Your Pretty On, Because Shanna Said So, The Pleated Poppy,  Doused in Pink, Doused in Pink, Curly Crafty Mom




Shoes to Shiraz | R Squared | Two Teens and Their Mama |
Confessions of a Frumpy Mommy | A Lovely Little Wardrobe |
Mishaps and Mayhem of Solitary Life | Puppies and Pretties | Daily Style Finds |
Making the Most of Everyday | She Thought She Could | Foxy's Domestic Side |
Quilty Joy Joy | Curls and Cardigans | Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After |
My Running Stitches | From Plaid to Pearls | Stashed Blog | X-tremely V |
 A Little Bit of Cheer | Nick and Nik

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring 2015 purses

I've been struggling with bag-decisions this spring. So, like a good blogger, I decided to do my research (you're welcome!). Naturally, Mr. B happened upon me while doing said research and the first thing he said was 'get off that website'. I obviously had to explain that I was doing 'research' and that it was all for the greater good. I'm not sure he was convinced...

Anyways, this spring the tote, bucket and crossbody style bags seem to be the most popular.

Thankfully, there are also a plethora of options for a variety of price-points AND the color choices are A-MAZING!!!

Here are some of my favs:


Tote

The tote is my favorite style of bag. Likely because I tend to carry around way too much stuff. I need to be able to fit my wallet, water, phone, lipstuff, notebook (just in case) and some stuff for the little miss. Most totes accommodate my collection of 'purse necessities'. 





Bucket

The bucket-style bag is everywhere. I am not completely sold on it for myself but I have seen some people pull it off well. A plus: like the tote, lots of room! 





Crossbody

This is your go-to bag when you don't want sore shoulders from carrying around everything you own. Perfect for a long day shopping, day at the zoo with the kiddos or concert. You can keep all you need close with little effort!




Fan bags

Alright, you got me, this category wasn't found on any spring 2015 accessory list BUT that doesn't mean it's not super awesome.

Did you know Dooney and Bourke have an MLB line??? Specifically, Toronto Blue Jays?? (for other baseball fans, they have other teams too).

They are made of real leather and are a-freaking-dorable! I have already advised Mr. B, that should he struggle for future gift ideas, he should feel free to refer back here :) 

Here are two of my favs:




What is your must-have purse this season???? Do share because I'm not quite decided yet :) (links appreciated!)


Friday, April 10, 2015

my favs this week (April 10, 2015)

It's been a while since I did once of these posts, I figured it was due.


  1. Toronto Blue Jays - MLB is back and so are the Blue Jays! Sure, it's only the 3rd regular season game tonight BUT we've got high hopes this year :) Plus, we're hoping to take mini-me to her first game this spring! How fun will that be?!
  2. Easter candy - alright, this is both my favorite this week as well as my enemy. It tastes so good and there's so much of it and oddly enough, mini-me has zero interest in chocolate (I swear, she is my child). Thankfully, the little bean in my belly seems quite content when I consume the deliciousness. Sadly, my growing butt is likely not nearly as impressed by the sudden increase in treats. 
  3. Spring style challenge - it's BAAAACK!! Shopping list is out and outfits start Monday! Making the list work for maternity wear has been challenging but I'm still looking forward to 21 days of not having to think too much about what I'm wearing the next day. 
  4. "flirt" lacquer color by Jamberry - I bought this lacquer a few weeks ago and I have literally had it on since it arrived in the mail. I should probably change it up at some point but I am loving how fresh and spring-y the color is.
  5. Stickers - okay, this is more for mini-me. She loves her stickers and I have been buying them by the dozen at the dollar store. It's the perfect way to have her sit quiet while I prepare dinner so YAY stickers!
  6. Michael Kors watch - I got this beautiful watch from Mr. B for Christmas and it's gotten a fair bit of use. It's the perfect accessory to go with almost any outfit and has become a staple accessory for me. Well done Mr. B, well done.
Happy Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

sharing something/someone very special

I am thrilled to write this post today because my writing this post means that I get to help share something super special.

For those who have been around a while, you may recall a post I wrote about a friend of mine who was diagnosed with cancer last Spring (Beauty and the Beast - Nicole and Cancer).

In short, Nicole is a young, beautiful, vibrant and amazing woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer one year ago today. Since that time, she has been through more than most can imagine (or would want to) BUT she does it all with a smile on her beautiful face and positivity in her heart.

So begs the question, why I am so happy to be making this post? Well, unfortunately, it's not because Nicole's battle is over, it's anything but, BUT today marks Nicole's decision to share her journey with the rest of the world via a blog. Her blog: Boobie and the Beast 




This makes me happy for a number of reasons:

One, Nicole has truly inspired not only me, but hundreds of her friends, family and complete strangers. Until this point, she's shared some of her journey with the world through Facebook but is now ready to make the leap to blog-land. Her shining spirit is palpable through her words and I know she's going to impact so many people by sharing her journey and struggles.

Two, having read a few of Nicole's entries, I quickly realized she has a gift. She conveys her thoughts and emotions in a way that just captivates. Her entries read easily and touch your heart.

Lastly, Nicole's light is one that deserves and needs to be shared. There's so much negativity in this world (I'm guilty of that myself at times) and there always room, as far as I'm concerned, for more beauty and grace (both of which Nicole embodies without effort).

Go read and be inspired!

visit Nicole @ Boobie and the Beast 

Friday, April 3, 2015

must-read children's books

Alright, this week's linkup with the Style Me Bloggers is supposed to be about our reading list/book recommendations. 

Here's the deal: I don't remember the last time I read a book for fun. Pre-mini-me I was enthralled with all things (including books) pregnancy and baby related. Enter mini-me and I'm regularly reading, the difference is, it's all children's books. Naturally, it just makes sense that I write about my must-read children's books.


must-read children's books:

On the night you were born by Nancy Tillman 

this is my most treasured book. It's beautifully written and illustrated and I won't lie, I may have cried one or two ten times while reading it. The book is so sweet and has such a nice sentiment that you can't help but love it (even when you read it over and over again). I will add, all of Nancy Tillman's books are lovely and worth checking out, especially if you're sentimental like me. 

On the night you were born,
the moon shone with such wonder
that the stars peeked in
to see you
and the night wind whispered,
'Life will never be the same.
Because there had never been
anyone like you...
ever in the world.

Click, Clack, Moo by Doreen Cronin

for some reason I find this book hilarious. It uses farm animals to depict a union-like environment. This is another one of those books that kids love but also makes an interesting read for caregivers. What's more entertaining than typing, striking cows?


Oh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuess 

I'm sure this falls on many a favorite list. I received this book when I went off to university and it has a beautiful message about seizing opportunities, following your heart and living your dreams. Perfect for young and old.

You're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So... get on your way!
Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard 

one of mini-me's favs. An adorable book about a bird, who wakes up grumpy and is surrounded by his friends until he's, surprise, not grumpy anymore. A book everyone can relate to!


Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault 

yes, the title sounds like the beat from an adult film; however, I promise this book is totally G-rated. It's a super fun, rhyming alphabet book. It's entertaining for me to read and mini-me adores it. I can now practically recite the book without looking:

 a told b and b told c 
"I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree"
 "WEE" said d to e, f, g 
"I'll beat you to the top of the coconut tree 



What are your must-read books? Children's or otherwise?

One day, I will aim to read grown-up books again. Thankfully, I know some of my fellow Style Me Bloggers are avid readers and will have some great suggestions for my future reading list! Make sure you check them out!




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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Easy Peasy No-bake Cherry Cheesecake

If you're like me, you LOVE desserts but don't always have the time or energy to make them. Then there's the whole risk of trying a new recipe only for it not to turn out leaving you in a mad-dash to the grocery store for some pre-packaged something-or-other.

Shaunacey to the rescue!!!

This recipe is SUPER easy, pretty much fail-proof AND it's always a HIT! It's one of my favorites going back to my childhood (thank you mom).

Trust me when I say, once you've tried this recipe, it will quickly get added to your 'go-to' folder!!

ENJOY!!!!!! you're welcome :)



Easy Peasy No-bake Cherry Cheesecake

1 can of cherry pie filling
2 1/2 cups graham wafer crumbs
1/2 butter
1 package cream cheese
1 cup whipping cream (liquid)
1 cup icing sugar



Using a 9x13 pan, prepare your graham wafer crust. I use the box directions but basically you melt 1/2 cup butter, mix with 2 1/2 cups of wafer crumbs. Mix in the pan with a fork until it's all the same consistency. Using your fork, press the mixture into the bottom of the pan. Put the pan in the fridge while you're doing the rest.

Mix (I use kitchen aid mixer but a hand blender will work) your cream cheese. This works best if you let the cream cheese sit out at room temp for a little bit (not too long, food safety and all). Add in icing sugar. Continue blending until creamy consistency.



Using a new bowl, whip the cream. You want it fairly thick. 

Add whip cream to cream cheese mixture and blend until creamy. 

Spread mixture over wafer crust.



Spoon cherry pie filling on top. 



I sprinkle some wafer crumbs on top to make it look pretty

VOILA!!!!!!!!! 



WARNING: don't make too far in advance because if you're anything like me, it's very challenging not to dig in before guests arrive :)

TIP: you could use a muffin tin, cupcake holders and make individual cheesecakes (fancy) - but then you can't cut the pieces as big as you want :)

Also, if you're not a cherry fan (what's wrong with you?!) you could substitute your favorite pie filling instead (i.e. strawberry, blueberry etc.).

ENJOY!




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