The diaper bag journey begins

Can I really give feedback on whether or not I found the best diaper bag just yet? I’m not due until February so I clearly haven’t a clue what I’ll be bringing in my diaper bag. Seriously clueless at the moment and I suppose it’s different for everyone. For me, I’m a pretty minimal packer — but would that make sense when baby comes? Don’t they need their diaper changed 18 times a day? An exaggeration perhaps, but I suppose one really needs to be prepared rather than having too little diapers might not be the best thing. Plus most of these listed below don’t have those fancy insulated pockets for bottles (or whatever else goes in those) nor changing pads to lay out. You can get that after the fact, right? Help!

Either way, I’ve come to the conclusion after carting our pup Alfie around in airports (I mean, he’s kinda like a kid, right? I meaaaann… he needs similar attention!) that I’d rather have a backpack for a diaper bag, than anything slung over my shoulder, ready to drop when I reach down to pick the baby (or Alfie! Lol) up. Ya know?

There’s definitely a whole slew of cute backpacks going around, especially at the affordable shops like Target, and even Asos. I’ve been on the hunt for some unisex diaper backpacks for a while, mainly because I know my husband will be carting it around too and I don’t want it to be too feminine for him.

I bought this one on eBay for under $20. It arrived a month or so ago and I’m super pleased with it. It’s silly how expensive some of these diaper bags get, especially considering the one’s I want: backpack style. I want my hands free. Not some bag I sling over my shoulder…why are those popular? Who knows. Maybe I’ll change my mind once kiddo arrives. I’m a bargain hunter, and I hope this one holds up well. It seems quite sturdy, and a nice size.

Plus, it goes with everything right? Including my outfit today?

Wearing:
PinkBlush Purple Floral Knot Maternity Shirt ($31)
H&M Mama Super Skinny Maternity Jeans ($35)
Black Velvet Shoes ($14)
Diaper Bag (I paid $16.25 but it’s now $28? Y tho.)

30 weeks now. I feel like I’m carrying a soccer ball – lol at the look on my face. Also? This Sinful Colours nail polish is $2 and it’s the only white nail polish I use, unless I’m getting shellac done.

This is a cute floral maternity top I’ve been eyeing up for a few weeks on Shop Pink Blush, but I have to admit – it’s quite sheer and is made of a thinner material than most of my items from Pink Blush. So keep that in mind if you plan on ordering!

Disclaimer: Huge thanks to my pal Megan for hooking me up with PinkBlush to be an ambassador with them too! As a PinkBlush Ambassador I get a point for each piece of clothing to review. Each time I post = 1 point. I did not receive monetary compensation for posting about the brand. 

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How our first prenatal class went…

The other day my husband and I drove to our first of many (oh so many) prenatal classes. It was three hours long. This course cost us a pretty penny (Bay Area Life I suppose….) and no wonder they don’t give refunds, because it was dumb. I was hoping it wouldn’t be. But no refunds = we’ll continue to go.

I also maybe embarassed myself a little bit during class since she asked everyone to answer out loud what their favourite thing of being pregnant was.

Me: I love how thick my hair has gotten, omgggggg
Every other gosh darn tootin’ person: Aw, I love feeling baby kicking.

Oops? Guess I probably shouldn’t have answered as one of the first people. But it’s true! I love how thick my hair feels, it doesn’t get greasy, and it’s just fantastic.

The instructor insured us she wasn’t going to get all hippy-dippy on us, but by the end we were all on the floor doing that hee-hee-hee-hoo breathing technique that no one uses during labor. I couldn’t even doing it because my husband and I were laughing too much. Luckily a ton of people in the class were also a bit foolish so we didn’t feel like complete jerks for laughing so hard at….mostly everything.

I made one Black Friday purchase and it was this denim vest from Recks & Relle, a shop I found on the explore page of Instagram. But for this OOTD today on the blog, I added an extra layer – the Shop Pink Blush cardigan which is honestly hands-down the best quality item I’ve received yet from them.

Sure horizontal stripes may make me look wider than what I am. But! I am huge fan of them, and I feel like all I do lately is wear grey, black or white striped tops in this pregnancy, with the exception of a few basic tops.

Debating why I thought it was a good decision to take some of these photos on the floor. Honestly it sounds so ridiculous but it’s quite difficult to get up off the floor – especially in the evenings. Where did my abs go? Why do they only work in the mornings and completely disappear at night? All these questions I have.

Long sleeved tops are my jam right now.

I feel so fancy in my monochrome outfit with my brilliant red velvet shoes that are under $15! What a deal. I even bought a backup pair because I’m crazy like that.

Wearing: 
Black Striped Fold Trim Maternity Cardigan ($45)
Target Black non-maternity long sleeved
H&M Mama Leggings (need to be replaced! They are starting to get holes!)
Velvet shoes

Lol pointing to the large and in charge belly, not the delicious iced coffee.

I’m going to see the Nutcracker Ballet soon, and I am totally eying up this Velvet Blazer from Pink Blush, too! I hope it’s on my list of items to choose as an Ambassador next time, eek! :)

Disclaimer: Huge thanks to my pal Megan for hooking me up with PinkBlush to be an ambassador with them too! As a PinkBlush Ambassador I get a point for each piece of clothing to review. Each time I post = 1 point. I did not receive monetary compensation for posting about the brand. 

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Bump Day Style | Spiffykerms Baby

For months I feel like I haven’t been myself and I’ve been hiding something from you. Which I have! The baby! So forgive me for my absence in blogging and social media. I hated pretending as though nothing was going on, when in reality I’ve been secretly growing this little one. Just imagine: two heartbeats in my body right now. Nuts. Still pretty mind blowing. It took us a while to announce to friends and family, because we wanted to make sure everything was moving along smoothly with no bumps in the road. SO MANY ultrasounds. Which is great because we got to see the baby a lot more than usual. Thankfully this baby is healthy and growing well!

It’s still pretty hard to believe it’s true. Even I can’t believe it some days. Look at the genuine reaction of me reacting to Lauren saying I totally have a belly. I had to look for myself! LOL.

Holding-the-belly situation isn’t something that comes natural to me. I felt foolish holding it, hence my laughter. None the less, cute maternity clothes I’m wearin’ right? This Pink Colorblock Striped Pocket Front Maternity Top is the first maternity piece I got! I normally don’t go for this sort of colour-way, especially with a hot pink, but I obviously picked it out to review — and I’m really liking it. It’s kind of a tom-boy style rugby shirt with a feminine edge. 

I meant to post this on Wednesday, and because of Wednesday I was hoping you’d all got it the pun — but ya know sort of a play on Wednesday being hump day, now I’ve labeled it as Bump Day. I’m not sure I’ll be doing weekly bump shots because I don’t head out with friends primarily for shooting photos. But we’ll see! Perhaps I can keep them up with some sort of self-timer magic here at home. These pictures are about a week old when I was 17 weeks 4 days pregnant.

Sidenote. Like Nadine mentioned:  Someone told me that I’m “starting to look pregnant in the face”. DO NOT SAY THIS TO A PREGNANT WOMAN EVER. She will not take it well. 

Me again. It’s already happened over here lol. It’s not a nice feeling! Perhaps they are? Perhaps I am? Maybe we ALREADY KNOW.

Or! When people say “Oh I thought you looked a bit bigger in the belly lately in your Instagram pictures“, when in reality all my photos before my announcement were from before I was pregnant as I thought people might find out and see the lil’ bump. So, am I just a chunker in the belly area? Why do people come right out and say these things? Anywayyyy….

Generally I feel more confident at this time in my life wearing more flowy tops than skin-tight. I guess because I’m still at the point where strangers might think I’m either fat or pregnant and perhaps not ask me about the latter. Ya know? I’m pretty stoked to be reviewing some baby items and products in the next few weeks. I’ve reached out to a few places and exciting to introduce you to some independent instagram shops and the like.

Hope you don’t mind, but I have some pre-written pregnancy posts that I haven’t pushed live (yet) because I wanted to do my announcement first. Those posts will be coming up very soon!

Wearing:
Pink Colorblock Striped Pocket Front Maternity Top  //
Zara Body Curve Jeggings  //
Target slip-ons (similar) //
Prada clutch (yay outlet find!) //
RayBan sunnies //
Decaf latte //

Disclaimer: Huge thanks to my pal Megan for hooking me up with PinkBlush to be an ambassador with them too! As a PinkBlush Ambassador I get 2 points for 2 pieces of clothing to review. Each time I post = 1 point. I did not receive monetary compensation for posting about the brand. 

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