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5 Ways COVID Will Change Our Consumer Habits For The Better

With the best scientists in the world warning that we have a ten year window to start making some serious change, this black swan event could be the awakening we all need to check the pace at which we’ve been living and consuming.  Being forced into a slower paced life with less money coming in for many Americans, there’s increased consciousness of how we've been consuming and how it’s impacted our health and the health of our planet.  This global time-out could be the start of a new normal where increasingly mindful consumers are demanding better products from increasingly mindful brands, especially in the apparel industry.  Here’s 5 ways COVID will change our consumer habits for the better: We’ll put...
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Our Gender-Neutral Nursery

Call us crazy but Joe and I decided that for our first baby we didn't want to find out the gender. We figured this was one of the only truly good surprises left in life these days and finding out our baby’s gender when he or she was born was the way that surprise could be the most special for us.  We also had a practical reason for not finding out our baby’s gender.  We know we want at least two babies and we wanted to make sure all the products we were buying for baby number one would also work for baby number two.  So for us, a gender neutral nursery was a must. It was important for me...
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Create Your Best Work-From-Home Routine With These 3 Tips

I want to do more than just survive this time of being on maternity leave while being in quarantine.  I want to thrive.  That means I've had to be extra intentional with my daily routine.  I'm used to working from home, but with a new baby and my mom and sister here to help us, my day-to-day looks a lot different.  For years, I’ve had a work-from-home routine that I’ve adapted to serve me in different seasons of my life.  So it was fairly simple to fall into a new rhythm with my little man.  If you’re struggling to find a productive routine in this new normal, I’ve got you.  Here’s 3 tips to creating your best work-from-home routine: Focus...
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One Month Of David Joseph

    I can’t believe it’s been one month with our sweet baby boy.  David Joseph has already brought so much joy into our lives and our world completely revolves around him.  The first month has been such a journey.  It’s been filled with joy, fear, pride, fatigue, all the emotions! Some of the hardest things have been breastfeeding, sleeping, and being in quarantine during this time of so many unknowns.  DJ was a pretty sleepy feeder when we were in the hospital.  I ended up having to pump and then we would feed him through a syringe before my milk came in.  Because we hadn’t established breastfeeding by the time we left the hospital, we had to wait to...
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Our Birth Story

The relief I felt walking out the hospital doors with our sweet baby boy made me realize how nervous I'd been about the whole birth experience.  Joe carried our baby in the carseat and I waddled behind them, breathing in the fresh air and feeling so thankful for a healthy baby boy and an uncomplicated birth. Only days before we’d spent our last day as just Meg and Joe. Then, on that Sunday night at 11pm, I started feeling what I thought were contractions but I wasn't really sure. I'd been nervous that I wouldn't know when I was in labor.  It sounds silly, I know, but my midwife said it's a super common fear for first-time moms. But you'll...
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5 Best Snacks During Pregnancy

I’ll be honest, I’m a huge fan of naps and snacks.  Seriously, before it was a thing, this has been where my heart lies.  The first weekend Joe came to visit me in college his report back to his family was “Meg really likes snacks and she really likes taking naps!”  So, in that way, pregnancy has been a time for me to shine.  But during this time of growing a baby in my belly, I felt like it was more important than ever that I was nourishing my body well.  So I chose to be super intentional with my snack choices. Of course, cheesy Ruffles and mint M&M’s were enjoyed here and there.  But for the most part, I...
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Why We All Need To Start Paying More Attention to Our Loungewear

The most obvious example in my life that proved to me I was living for other people more than myself was my clothing. It became such a routine for me to only show up as my best when I was going to be in front of other people that I only wore make-up if I was leaving the house. I only put on “real clothes” if other people were going to see them. I only showed up to be my best when I thought I was going to be showing up for other people. The problem with this is that I wasn't giving any consideration to how I was showing up for myself, or the quiet, important work that I...
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The Secret To Making Color Work In A Capsule Wardrobe

The thing that I’m most excited about for my postnatal wardrobe is color. I've been living in grays, whites, and blacks for the most part of the last nine months. This is because I wanted to have a small capsule maternity wardrobe that really worked for my every day life.  But I didn’t want to spend a bunch of money, energy, and time on it.  You can read more about my maternity wardrobe HERE. I have nothing against neutrals. Quite the opposite actually. I love that by keeping my wardrobe primarily neutral, it allows me to mix and match all the pieces in my closet, making fewer pieces go further. This also makes getting dressed really easy and mornings in...
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Our Baby Registry: Where We Saved And Where We Invested

Our baby registry was not something that I was prepared to tackle. It ended up being like climbing a mountain when I was geared up for more of a bunny hill.  In fairness, I did put a lot of pressure on myself to take advantage of this opportunity to invest in quality products that we would use and love every day.  I loved the idea of starting fresh with baby’s products and really supporting brands that I believed in to help us through this new chapter of life.    But in reality, we are first-time parents in our mid twenties and my hopes and dreams for our registry weren’t always inline with our budget.  Deciding where we were going to...
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5 Must-Have Pieces For Your Work-From-Home Maternity Style

I’ll be honest, there have been moments in my pregnancy when I’ve felt more like a sophomore warming up pizza in her college dorm than a proud mama-to-be preparing my mind, heart, body, and career for baby. These moments usually occur on laundry day when I’m stuck wearing my stretched out leggings and pulling baggy sweatshirts over my belly.  Unfortunately, for a lot of mamas who work from home, this college throw-back becomes their go-to pregnancy uniform because they don’t want to invest time or money into clothing that will be “worn for such a short time and no one will see anyway”.  Does this sound familiar? The good news is you can create a mindful and productive maternity work-from-home...
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