Archives for May 2019

Bumpdate: 32 Weeks

Gender: Girl!

Weight Gain: Just left the Dr. and I am at a grand total of 29 lbs. Honestly….not loving this. She said I’m right on track and I’m trying to focus on that, but it is getting to me a little.

Baby is the size of: A cantaloupe

Cravings: Last week I had a craving for KFC’s mashed potatoes and gravy. I haven’t had those in at least 15 years, so that was a little weird, haha. This week I’m having a huge craving for a lobster roll. Luckily, we tend to make those at home anyways, so I can just make it warm and it will still be pregnancy safe. 🙌🏻

How I’m Feeling: Sleeping is pretty much impossible now. I’m also not able to do as much anymore without getting sore and tired. It feels like I am back in the first trimester!

Swelling is a new one, so that has been a little annoying. Wow, I sound so negative in this section and I don’t mean to be. I am so grateful to be able to carry our child, but this last week has been a little rough. I’m also getting really emotional easily, so that’s fun!

Wedding Rings: off. It finally happened and I can’t wait to be able to put them back on again after she is here.

Belly Button Status: It’s really strange because it is currently half in, half out.

Movement: Movement has slowed down a little because she is getting out of room, but still pretty active to where I don’t worry about it. The other night I swear I think she was trying to stretch her limbs out. It was a little adorable and a little uncomfortable! 😉

Favorite moment of the week: Feeling those little stretches and learning that she is already in the birthing position! I have been worried she will be breech (I’m a worrier by nature), so hopefully she doesn’t flip back up before I go into labor.

Most looking forward to: My husband coming home this weekend. He has been on a work trip since the end of April, so I have really been missing him. That might also have something to do with how uncomfortable I have been lately because he is not here. On the flip side, it has been so nice having family here until he returns. My dad is visiting this week and it has been awhile since I’ve had some one-on-one time with him, so that’s always fun.

Thankful for: Honestly, air conditioning! 😂 It is getting HOT here, so I’m thankful that we have this modern convenience.

A Simple Summer Tablescape

Whenever I am having people over for dinner (or just a special night in with my husband), I love to have the table set beautifully. This doesn’t necessarily mean having a grand, over the top tablescape.

Don’t get me wrong, I can certainly appreciate complex table settings and they definitely have their place! The only thing with grand table settings though is that they can be a little, well, stuffy. When I am somewhere with an over the top setting, I tend to be afraid that I will mess something up!

Instead, I think simple is best. I always like to put something from nature in the middle with some candles flanking each side. This method for me is always foolproof and will be beautiful, but put your guests at ease to where they can be themselves!

Since this is a summer tablescape, hydrangeas are certainly appropriate. Really, is there anything that reminds you of summer more than hydrangeas? I put them in one of my favorite willow and glass vases.

The real item though that inspired this whole setting are these napkins from Pottery Barn. I am a sucker for a block print and the blue is so seasonally appropriate. I used some simple pewter napkin rings (also from Pottery Barn) to hold them together. Basic white plates complete the ensemble. To me, white is always best because it really makes the print on the napkins stand out.

And there you have it! A beautiful summer tablescape that is super easy to do and won’t break the bank, but will still be special for your guests.

Thanks for looking!

Design Inspiration: Ottomans


Our current coffee table is something that I have been wanting to replace for awhile. We bought it about 3 years ago when I was still finding my home style and it just doesn’t fit my style now. Not to mention it’s not made the best. There are so many cracks in it that are pretty noticeable. Plus, with a baby on the way, when she is mobile those hard corners will not be ideal. At least, that’s one of my excuses for wanting to replace it. 😉 But it is true!

For years, I’ve really wanted to replace it with an ottoman. I just love how cozy an ottoman looks as a coffee table.

My dream ottoman? Pottery Barn’s Raleigh Square Ottoman. I love the legs, the size, and the fact that there are so many options for fabric. The only thing that I am not crazy about is the price. I’m just not sure I can justify spending that, but I don’t want to wait years to save up for it either.

Then there is this option. It is the Rittenhouse Tufted Cocktail Ottoman from Joss & Main. It has the legs that I like and it is also a good size. The price though is amazing at $185.

The only problem? The color. I was wanting something a little bit darker, more brown than tan. I’m also not crazy about velvet.


One thing I could do to solve this would be having a slipcover made for it. There are so many benefits to slipcovers. I can choose whichever fabric I want. If a stain gets on it, then all I have to do is take it off and get it cleaned. If I get bored with it, I can always have a new one made.

Even when factoring in the cost of fabric and having a slipcover made, it will still be cheaper than the Pottery Barn one.

So now I’m torn. Do I wait several years and save for the Pottery Barn one, or do I go with the cheaper one and have a pretty slipcover made for it? What would you do?