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My Favorite Pregnancy Products and Services

I stared at the confirmation for the online order I’d just placed for maternity clothes and realized that I’d never spent so much money on my clothes in one fell swoop before. If I’m being honest, this gal who champions investing in yourself and tools to show up as your best still second guesses investing in herself.  I’m sure you can relate to all of the things running through my head after placing this order: Should I have used that money for something else? Am I spending too much? Do I really deserve this? These thoughts are all too familiar to me, but being pregnant has started to shift them. With so much more being demanded of my body as...
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5 Tips to Rocking Your Holiday Maternity Style

You know that icky feeling when you haven’t washed your hair in days, you’re on day three of the same leggings and you spilled coffee on your shirt that morning?  Welcome to pregnancy, all the time.  Luckily, we have some tools to bless the mess that is an expectant body and heart.  Showers are good.  A little make-up can help.  But it’s been investing in clothing that is comfortable and makes me feel good that's really made all the difference.  When I found out I’d be in my third trimester over the holidays, I knew that I’d have to upgrade my usual borrow-a-dress-from-mom-the-day-before-christmas strategy.  I had to take time figuring out comfortable styles that would flatter my growing belly so...
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Best And Worst Parts Of Pregnancy

Get this, next week we are entering into our THIRD trimester and it’s about time I share my favorite and least favorite things about being pregnant!  I have a lot to say so we’re diving right in. We’re going to start with the negatives so we can end on a high note!  Not surprisingly, almost all of my least favorite things about pregnancy relate to emotional and physical discomfort.  Here are my least favorite parts of pregnancy:  Fear.  I talked about this in my last blog post, but there is a lot of uncertainty to navigate when you are creating a baby inside of you.  Somedays that uncertainty feels exciting and some days it feels really heavy and scary.  Nausea. ...
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How I Stayed Hopeful In My First Trimester

If I had seen those two pink lines just 13 days later, it would have been exactly a year since losing my dad that I found out I was pregnant.  To suddenly have this precious gift presented to us so shortly after experiencing such a devastating loss was not something I was prepared to navigate.  Although I was so thankful for this little baby, I was overwhelmed by the fear that he or she would also be taken away from me. Navigating the fear of loss in the first trimester is a challenge that all mamas-to-be take on in early pregnancy.  For those of us who have experienced previous loss the fear is all the more real.  Staying hopeful has...
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The First Chapter In Our Pregnancy Story - Two Pink Lines

On the day that we were supposed to leave to celebrate the Fourth of July up north with my family, Joe found out that he had to work late.  After working through my initial disappointment, I decided to use my extra time to get lunch with my sister-in-law and, while I was in town, buy some pregnancy tests. Joe and I weren’t trying to conceive, although we’d talked about it frequently.  At first, we’d thought maybe in the fall we’d start trying.  But I seemed to keep pushing it back for one reason or another.  I wanted more time alone with Joe, I wanted more time to grow my business without taking care of a baby, I wanted more time to heal after...
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The Recipe For Creating Your Best Work-From-Home Uniform

The recipe for your best work-from-home uniform looks a lot more like your favorite chicken noodle soup recipe than grandma’s famous layer cake.  Chicken noodle soup is a staple in our house every winter and each time I make it, it looks a little different.  Sometimes I throw extra garlic in the broth.  Sometimes I add celery or change up the noodle shape.  What I’m saying is, the recipe is flexible and I can adjust it to my particular taste that day.  Whereas if I took creative liberty when trying to recreate grandma’s layer cake (and believe me, in the past, I have) it would be disastrous.  Lucky for you and me, the recipe for creating your best work-from-home uniform...
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Always Have Something To Wear This Fall With These 5 Pieces

Isn’t it crazy how something you used to hate can turn into something you love?  I used to dread the shortening days and cooler nights of fall, so much.  But being prepared with my cold weather wardrobe has made all the difference in how I welcome in the fall season.  Having my staple fall pieces that are cozy but not frumpy sparks excitement in me about all the opportunities fall brings.  And don’t worry, you don’t have to throw out your old wardrobe for something totally new, please don’t.  I’m sharing the five pieces I’m always reaching for in my fall closet so that I'm never stuck feeling like I have nothing to wear this season.  Here we go: 1....
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5 Ways To Live For Today (And Still Get Stuff Done)

The first time I heard it, I almost broke out in hives.  Not actual hives, but it sent my mind reeling and my stress level to 100.  I was listening to a self-help style podcast when the quote, if you’re not growing you’re dying, came onto my radar.  I don’t know about you, but the idea of constantly pushing and climbing the ladder, always trying to be better and more, well it’s wearing me out just thinking about it.  And although this gal’s got some big dreams, living a life where you’re always trying to outdo what you’ve already done, it sounds exhausting and not my idea of rewarding.  What about living for today, soaking in the morning breeze, filling...
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3 Tips To Achieving A Healthy Hustle

I needed a break.  I couldn’t handle it anymore.  All of my favorite business, health, and self-help podcasts that usually made me feel inspired, excited, and lifted-up, had left me overwhelmed, deflated, and like I’d never be enough.  Let’s be honest, there’s a lot of resources out there about how to be a girlboss and achieve your dreams.  There’s constant motivation to keep pushing and grinding and to “do it tired”.  But sometimes, a gal’s gotta nap when she’s tired.  Am I right?  At the same time, there’s also a movement for slowing down, living with less, and finding joy right where you are. So what happens when you fall between these two lifestyles.  What happens when you’re a girlboss...
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Perfectly In Balance

No matter how hard you try, you can’t find perfect balance in life.  But you can find it in your clothing and that’s part of the reason why I’m so in love with it.  If you let it, I believe clothing can serve as perfectly balanced tools to help you show up as your best.    I talk about clothing as a tool a lot, which is a little abstract but I’m going to try to explain what I mean.  Maybe the simplest way to see clothing as a tool is in the physical sense. We all need clothing to get through our day and what we wear can facilitate or hinder our work.  So clothing can be a physical...
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