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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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My Secret To Feeling Comfortable And Confident In Late Pregnancy

I have a secret, your belly isn’t the only thing that’s growing during pregnancy.  These past 7 months have held some crazy personal growth in which I’ve entertained the opposing thoughts of both, I don’t even recognize who I am anymore, and, this is exactly who I want to be. I’ve realized that the weight of these two mindsets has been dependent on a few different factors: the pace at which I was living my life, the demands I was putting on myself, and the environment I was surrounding myself with. If there was one thing that negatively impacted all three, it was the “do it tired” mantra that I used to push through an over-packed to-do list. Let’s be...
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3 Free Ways To Freshen Up Your Wardrobe This Year

Taking down stocking holders and wrapping snowmen and angels back into their boxes has become a very pivotal part of my new year.  Resetting our home after the holidays is now an act of embracing the slowing down and fresh slate that the new year brings.  And what follows are usually activities that support this change that my body and mind crave after the busy holiday season.  This usually includes a pantry clean out, organizing my studio, and curating my wardrobe. This does not look like becoming a whole new person, getting rid of everything I own, and replacing it all with the newer, better version.  Instead, it looks a lot more like taking inventory of the things that are...
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Our Winter Maternity Shoot

On Thanksgiving day, at Joe's parent's hobby farm, we received the perfect dusting of snow.  I'm lucky that my sister is so talented with a camera and the three of us were able to spend a bit of time in the Wisconsin winter weather capturing my growing bump.  These are some peeks into our second trimester shoot! photos by Anna Floersch Want more lifestyle stories and inspiration from my simple life in the rural midwest? Join our tribe of homebodies, work-from-home-warriors, and slowness seekers :)
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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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