Fashionable Fridays

Friday, September 30, 2011

It's getting closer to that time where I need to start considering maternity jeans. I've been round and round trying to decide if designer jeans are worth it or if I'm over it. I guess after I try on some pairs at Old Navy versus Nordstrom etc. I'll be a better judge. Right now I'm opting towards cheap. Which is so not like me! (Matt is dancing in the background). I picked out an outfit for the weekend below and while it's not the most amazing thing I've ever seen it will fit my growing belly and doesn't break the bank!

 tunic here.

yay for maternity jeans! JK. My intentions are for these to be skinny jeans. here.

I will not be buying maternity sweaters. What for? Most of mine stay open anyway. here.

a little out of my comfort zone but a lot cute! here.
On a side note my doctor's appointment went well yesterday but they offered me the flu shot. I haven't gotten it yet because I am unsure of the side effects on the baby. I heard they contain mercury which is a no-no but the doctor said it would be worse to get the flu. Sigh. Any suggestions? I am stuck! What did you do if you are a mom?

Serena & Lily

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Let's pretend that I have a girl. And that I have already picked out this ensemble from one of my favorite baby stores, Serena and Lily. Not to be biased because I do have boy stuff picked out too but it's pieced together from different places so I have to work a little harder on that post. :)

This is what I love about Serena and kitschy themes (aka butterflies, Disney, Dr. Seuss etc.) I also like that their child bedding blends with the nursery selection so it can be an easy transition into toddlerhood. I love that their patterns are unique and while I am a little tired of the green and pink color scheme I just adore this print. And can you seriously have a little girl's room without pink? Sacrilegious!  

So what do you think? Sigh. I'm in love. But don't worry my baby boy stuff is just as cute to boot! That post will be coming soon. :) Today I have another ultrasound to finish up my genetic testing. No news is good news... so far so good! Still though, keep me in your prayers!

Work it Wednesday

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I've decided that my life is pretty mundane lately and I LOVE it! However, it doesn't make for good blogging. So since I'm not venturing out too much on the weekends I decided to show you what I'm wearing to work during the week. Which will probably get pretty interesting the bigger I get... I already blasted through all my pencil skirts the first month of work because I knew they wouldn't be fitting for long. As it is I am like a man at work with my buttons all undone on my pants. Good thing I have long shirts! Here is last weeks ensemble.

baby bump alert! it's hiding under that skirt!

top: ATL
skirt: ATL
shoes: ATL
necklace: Target

Tastey Tuesday: White Enchiladas

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Last week Matt and I made a recipe that I couldn't get enough of in college: white enchiladas. This recipe comes as a specialty from my college roommate (and best friend) Diana. I managed to only eat one... food tends to sit like a brick in my stomach now. I go from starving to full and vice versa in about two seconds now! They were delish and just like I remembered! 

 Here's what you will need:

Diana's White Enchiladas

3 while chicken breasts cooked and shredded
8 flour tortillas
1 pint sour cream
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 small can sliced olives
1 4 oz. can diced green chiles
1. Mix sour cream and soupe- reserve 1/3 of mixture
2. Add chicken, olives, chiles and 1.2 cheddar cheese to mixture
3. Fill tortillas and roll
4. Place in greased glass 9x13 pan
5. Spread reserved mixture over top and rest of cheddar cheese
6. Bake at 325 for 30 minutes

Thanks Di! You da best. :)

Maternity Mondays: Week 12

Monday, September 26, 2011

I made it through the first trimester! And with no morning sickness! Yippee! I had my appointment for genetic testing last Thursday and am going back this Thursday to complete the tests with a sonogram. I loooove the's so fun to see Baby B! Still praying that Baby B is healthy and appreciate your prayers as well.

Baby B is the size of a lime this week. :) and I am looking like I ate way more than a lime...

Here are last weeks updates:

Awkward: talking to a dad after school last week about his son's behavior and catching myself trying to "suck in" my stomach. Ha. Like that's gonna help at this point! He definitely thinks I drink beer every day after work...

Awesome: going to work on Friday with my regular jeans buttoned! Only to realize that at about lunch time that plan wasn't going to work out for me. Standing and sitting are two completely different things. Good thing my shirt was long and loose and I did no high reaching to expose my unbuttoned pants!

Looking forward to...
scheduling a 3D sonogram to find out the sex! I'm thinking Saturday October 15th. I'll be 15 weeks and they say they can tell at 14. Fingers crossed! We have a fun way of sharing the news with you all...can't wait!

Last week's purchase:
Ok well let's be real...I purchased this bad boy a week before I knew I was prego. What? It was on sale! And seventy dollars off at that! If I wasn't prego I had full intentions of returning it to some other lucky soul. But it all worked out. :)

want it? shop here.  but you will pay 70.00 more than I did! :(

Table for Two

Friday, September 23, 2011

A while ago I went on a mini re-decorating spree with ikat pillows and some other accessories. I never did post about my new decor additions in the dining room so I thought I would share that with you today. It is not decked out in fall attire yet but I love the neutral colors and I think it goes great with the current rug.  The old set up was not as cute.

 table runner: pottery barn, placemats: HomeGoods, chargers: target, napkin rings: world market

 i like how the light blue in the runner matches the subtle blue in the rug

 who doesn't need a mini olive tree and artichokes! both pottery barn.

 white dish: HomeGoods, pears and artichokes: pottery barn. cards courtesy of my friends for Baby B :)
a closer look

Be sure and stop by Schue Love and check out her pretty Fall mantel. I love it! Do you love mercury glass? I think it would be so pretty for Christmas time. 

What are your plans this weekend? We are staying home and on Saturday my friend from San Diego is coming to visit and stay the night. I'm sure we will go eat good food and watch a movie maybe. Yay for being home two weekend in a row! Who am I?!?!

Baby Mustang in Training

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Yesterday was just one of "those days." At 4:45 in the morning Bella heard a raccoon through our open window and jumped through it and went CRAZY! Being startled in the middle in the night is no fun especially since we didn't know what she was after. I had a hard time going back to sleep and then the alarm went off at 6:00. Time to prepare for no sleep I guess! I crashed last night on the couch at 8:00. Ridiculous... yes! Necessary...yes! Yesterday I did make some very cute unisex baby purchases and while I wanted to try and only post about baby on Mondays let's face it...this is as exciting as my life gets right now and I love it! So without further delay...

 it says "cal poly baby mustang"

 mooooove over comes baby!

 i ordered this in size 18 months because it's very unisex and if baby is a girl i want her to look like a girl while wearing this (aka yellow head band, girly hair etc) am i over thinking this? yes. oh yeah and I calculated 18 months it will be october...perfect fall sweatshirt!

 hello?! you can't have the sweatshirt without the pants!
cal poly mustang rattle...he/she will love slo whether they want to or not! 

Well that's it for my first purchase! It's Thursday. I cheated and posted baby. Shoot me. Did you/ Are you planning on buying your college's gear for your child?

All That Glitters

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 gold! I've been seeing the glitter polish trend around many blogs lately and decided to give it a whirl. I love all things shiny and sparkly so I knew this would go over well. I used a sheer pink from OPI "Pink- ing of You" and topped it with some glitter that I got for my 16th birthday in high school. No joke. That stuff is ten years fabulous! I tried to have the glitter start out thick at the tips and slowly fade out towards the base of the nails. Next time I think I would use the glitter polish instead of the loose glitter because it was a little chunky and is starting to come off the tips. But overall I was pleased with the results. This would be super cute during the holidays too!

 everything is cuter with a bump :)

So are you going to try or have you tried glitter nails? Have a great Wednesday!

Banana Bread

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ever since I was little my mom would make her famous banana bread. It was a treat really (and once you look at the ingredients you will know why) and only made an appearance a few times a year. I happen to love all things with banana in the recipe and this one tops the list. It is moist and heavenly to sum it up. I had some bananas that were going bad so I froze them and decided that yesterday was the day to bake some bread!

ingredients: cinnamon,  bananas, sugar, flour, oil, eggs, baking soda, vanilla,

 mix it all up

bake for an hour and voila! I do realize this loaf has a "saggy" center. I like it this way...extra moist! 

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil (so healthy!)
2 cups banana
1 tsp baking soda
3 tsp vanilla
3 eggs
2 tsp cinnamon

Grease pans (I used two of what is shown) and bake on 350 for one hour. Enjoy!

PS not that I need any gifts in the near future but this blog was so interesting and I totally plan on choosing one of these gifts for my next mommy friend. :) 

Maternity Mondays: Week 11

Monday, September 19, 2011

Last Friday Baby Bushman was 11 weeks old! He/She is about this size of a fig (whatever that is) and measures about 2 inches long from head to rump. He/She weighs about 8 grams (1/3 oz.). According to my baby books he/she is past the critical stage of development and just has to keep growing. Crazy!

As for me, I started looking more pregnant last week ( to me anyway) and only my "fat jeans" are able to still be buttoned. When I put my skinny jeans on I'm rocking the Bella Bands. :) They are stretchy pieces of fabric that look like layering T's that go around the top of my jeans so I can wear them unbuttoned. Can I just say I may never give these up even after the baby?! As for my work attire I have been wearing all my pencil skirts because I know I won't be able to wear them much longer! I did tell my principal and co-workers about Baby B and they were thrilled (phew!). But I'm holding off on the parents till their kids start asking me why I'm getting fat. :)

 I tried really hard not to arch my back in this's just curvy I guess!

This week I have a genetic screening test that tells me if our baby may have defects. :( Sounds scary (and it is) but Matt and I decided that if our baby is going to have problems we want to know about it so we can prepare ourselves mentally and also by gaining more knowledge on the topic. Pray for a healthy baby!

 Cutest Mom-to-be gift! My friend Page bought me these bracelets for when baby comes. They are safe for baby to chew on and mom still gets to add some style to her sweats outfit.

Add a pop of color and keep baby happy! I'm thinking white tank, jean shorts, and a colored scarf would be adorable with one of these!

Well that's it for now! I'm still feeling great but I do like to go to bed early (9:00) and I HATE picking stuff up off the ground (this will get worse no doubt). I also like to put my hand on my belly in public places to try and show people it's a baby and not fat. :) I just can't wait to see what we are having and I also can't wait to feel the first kick! We're so in love...

And the winner is...

Friday, September 16, 2011

LAURA from about a girl! Congratulations and be sure to email me ASAP so I can send your bracelet away this weekend! Thank you to all who entered and supported Briana Rene Designs.

So I feel like everyone is posting about Fall lately and now it's my turn. I seriously look forward to each season so much and find myself saying "_____ is my favorite season!" Insert all seasons in the blank. Because the truth is that I can not just pick one. Whenever one season is finished I am so ready for the next one to begin. Not that I experience so much change living in southern California but it's enough for me to notice. And let's face it, I'm so over the 105 degree heat and ready for fall to come so with that said "Fall is my favorite season!" Here are some things I'm loving for Fall...

You know I struggle with an obsession over nail are essie's fall colors. adore. 

Can I be adorable like this girl? Pregnant and stylish! I love. 

Butternut Squash Pasta?! So delicious... I order it every time we go to Italian restaurants. Recipe here.

Eat this for dessert. Seriously a friend made this for me once and it is now my go to dessert for fall. Unbelievably amazing and I always get complimented on it. Try it! 

Try decorating with white pumpkins. I use them every year and I think they make Halloween/Fall a little more elegant. I also love white at Christmas time mixed in with the red and green.

I also love big chunky cable knit throws in white (of course). I bought one on sale at Pottery Barn and it looks quite nice on my couch. :) 

Ok, I had to throw in a baby item. Um but really how cute is this?!? (please be a girl, please be a girl) 

Ah fall, so glad you're here. This weekend Matt and I are HOME! And we are thrilled. So so happy not to be going anywhere this weekend. We have big plans to garden, organize the garage, and go to church. Crazy huh? :) And you know what? I don't care that our plans are totally low key. I wouldn't have it any other way! I hope you have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing you at Maternity Monday! :)

First Birthday

Thursday, September 15, 2011

I have decided that Pinterest and Etsy are taking the world by storm. I went to my best friend's son's first birthday party on Sunday and seriously everything was so adorable. Many of her ideas were from either or both of the above websites and I was just smitten! This girl has mad skills in the party planning department and I can't wait to show you the pictures! Sign me up for April 2013 when it is my baby's first birthday...this girl is hired! By the way she has two of the most attractive kids I've ever seen.

colored sugar dipped lemonade cups and colorful straws via Etsy

DIY with the cricut

adorable centerpieces with polka dot balloons attached

DIY fabric banner (can double for christmas!) and lanterns

DIY cricut banner

DIY pom poms, table runner, chocolate dipped Oreos, cupcake toppers etc! wow!

it was a lot of work but it looked amazing!

uncrustables for the kids (ok and me too) as well as deli sandwiches, grapes, and chips!

amazing oreos and the cake that I wish Reid shared. :)
opening his Meowmusic from Matt and me

older brother helping with gifts :) notice the shirt from Etsy!

she stayed up till 1:45 painting this beast the night before. worth it? I think so! 

So what do you think? Better than your last birthday party! It was better than mine for sure! I can't even wait to plan something like this for Baby B's first birthday! She gets mommy of the year award!