Friday, July 3, 2015

Getting Back at It







Stroller: c/o Nuna, Top and Capri Pants: c/o Belabumbum, Shoes: Asics, Sunglasses: Maui Jim's

Having to wait six weeks after a c-section for exercise clearance was really tough for me. I started to feel ready for exercise at about four weeks postpartum, but also didn't want to push it and wanted to allow my incision time to heal completely.  I know my body just did this incredibly miraculous thing, but its tough when you go from being fit, having no control over your body during pregnancy, and then having to wait six weeks postpartum to do anything active. 

I started walking at about five weeks postpartum. I would walk around the park with my click and go stroller, but I felt like it just wasn't made for speed walking (its not) and I kept hitting the brake pedals with my feet every few steps. When I got the Nuna Mixx stroller, it was a total game changer. Its not a jogging stroller, but its heavy duty enough to really maximize my walking workouts. The two front tires make a huge difference while walking, and I like that the seat is interchangeable to either be facing you or outward. The best thing about the Nuna Mixx is that its compact and easily opens with just one hand (a great feature when you've got your hands full!)

Some other features of the Mixx include (taken from the Nuna website):
  • true flat reclining seat allows for plenty of space to sleep or stretch
  • oversized, extendable canopy with removable, flip out eyeshade and integrated mesh ventilation panel providing both extreme shade and light breezes simultaneously
  • one-hand, five position recline keeps little riders relaxed when sleeping and upright when exploring
  • adjustable calf support comforts little snoozers
  • simple, height adjustable, one-hand push bar makes one-hand-pushing/other-hand doing simple
  • three or five point anti-loop, harness featuring quick click release button provides ultimate safety and peace of mind
  • made with better for baby certified Oeko-Tex® fabric 
  • one-touch, rear wheel braking system is strong and responsive
  • lockable, front swivel wheels give peace of mind on the bumpiest of cobblestones
  • removable arm bar fits kids of all sizes
  • front and rear wheel progressive suspension technology absorbs all bumps, crunches and hops for an infinitely smoother ride
  • large storage basket with compartment divider for stashing swag
  • infant car seat adapters (fit the Nuna PIPA™ infant car seat) are included with purchase
  • various additional accessory options for every little want or need
Besides needing a stroller to accommodate my new fitness needs, I also needed some new attire.  When I first went for a jog (after being cleared by my doctor at my six week appointment) I realized that I really needed some workout clothes that would be supportive and also be easy to nurse in. At first I would just double up on sports bras and then have to slip them off to nurse, but then I was introduced to Belabumbum's new active line which is nursing friendly! The Nursing Racerback Cami that I am wearing lifts up at the bust line for easy nursing access. The cami is also long in length and provides excellent coverage for changing bellies. The capri pants that I'm wearing are convertible and allow you to wear the wide waistband over your growing (or postpartum belly) or can be worn folded down to wear underneath your belly. The capri pants even have a media pocket in the back! I'm glad there is finally activewear out there that is nursing friendly and is perfect for new moms!



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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Sweets


 

I love summer. Not only do I love summer because I am off of school, but also because I love to be outdoors. One of my favorite things to do outdoors is to have a picnic. As a child I would love it when we would pack up our lunch and head to the park.  I have also always liked evening picnics while watching fireworks,  going on a romantic picnic date and even enjoy an indoor picnic in the wintertime when the winter blues have got me down. 

Since the 4th of July is coming up this weekend and its the ideal time for a nice family picnic or even a barbeque with some friends, I have teamed up with Sugarfina to offer my readers a "Summer Picnic" Giveaway. Sugarfina is a candy boutique that offers candies from all around the world. They have "build your own" bento boxes and some other amazing gift ideas (I got my dad their licorice sampler for Father's Day and he loved it!) Included in my summer picnic basket is their Chocolate Berry Basket, Peach Bellini and Apple Pie candies (I mean, what's a picnic without apple pie?!) The winner will receive each of these candies. Sugarfina is also offering all my readers a $5 coupon code. Use "PICNIC5"at checkout to receive $5 off your order. The giveaway will end on Sunday 7/5 and to enter the giveaway, see details below on the rafflecopter. Also, be sure to visit my Instagram page to learn how to gain a bonus entry!


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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Gingham Maxi

 
 
Dress: c/o Shabby Apple, Shoes: Michael Kors (old, similar here), Sunglasses: Versace

Shabby Apple sure knows the way to my heart with all their gingham! Shabby Apple's spring/summer line has so much gingham (like the dress I wore here when I was pregnant) that it makes it very difficult to pick out a favorite! I love this yellow gingham seersucker maxi dress ( it also comes in green!) The skirt is super long so I had to wear a high pair of wedges with it, but the cross-wrap style of the dress was super flattering around the waist.  I also liked that I was able to adjust the sizing a bit in that area by just tightening the sash. 

Shabby Apple has some amazing new dresses in gorgeous jewel tones. The bright purple, pink and green colors are stunning, and  this plaid dress is also one of my favorites! They also have an adorable swim line this season, and some of the one-pieces are way too cute! (I wanted one this spring, but they came out when I was super pregnant so I was unsure about sizing) I had to include my son in my last pic with his yellow gingham so we could do some Mommy/Son twinning!

One of the greatest things about Shabby Apple is their belief in women empowerment. Over 90% of the company is employed/run by females, and they strive to provide generous maternity leave (something I can completely appreciate now that my own maternity leave will be ending soon!) and flexible schedules to help women become leaders of this world. Another way that they do this is, is by donating a portion of their proceeds to charities and organizations that help women in less developed countries. There's really nothing better than a company that has amazing clothing and also supports women! I encourage you to check out their website, because I know you will fall in love!

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Trend Spin Linkup-Red


Dress, Shoes,  Earrings: c/o Purple Peridot (use SEWSARAH for 10% off), Sunglasses

Today I am honored to be guest posting with the lovely Laura from Walking in Memphis in High Heels and Erin, from The Fashion Canvas. Today's theme is red and I really love how different each of our "red" outfits are. I found this adorable embroidered peasant dress which seems to be very "in" right now, as I have been seeing them all over the place! Lucky for me, because the light and flowy material is perfect for my 7 week postpartum bod. These shoes are my favorite pair of red shoes that I own. They are the perfect height and are comfortable to wear all day long. I'm also OBSESSED with these gold tassel earrings from Purple Peridot and have been wearing them daily (they're currently sold out in gold, but the silver ones are still available!) 

Join our link-up below! If you decide to link up, we ask that  follow your 3 hosts – Walking in Memphis in High Heels, The Fashion Canvas, and Sew Sarah R (the first 3 links in the linkup) and provide a link to the Trend Spin Link-up in your post or add the button below to your blog. Don’t forget to stop by everyone's blogs to see how they wore the trend today. Leave a comment on my blog, and also on at least 5 other blogs!


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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Floral Maxi




 Dress: c/o Nobella Grace(out of stock, but restocking soon!), Shoes: Kate Spade (sold out), Necklace: Kendra Scott, Sunglasses: Versace

I LOVE this maxi dress.  I love this dress for several reasons, the first being the gorgeous floral print. In pictures the colors look bright, but they are actually more neon and really pop in person. Another reason I love this dress is because of the length. If you have been following me for a while now, you will know that I hate when maxi dresses are too long. Maxi dresses that are too long make me feel like I am going to trip over them and walking up and down stairs in them can also be a challenge. The length on this dress is perfect (I'm 5'6") and it allows me to wear it with sandals if I wanted to.The third reason I love this dress is because it has pockets. Any dress that has pockets goes down as a favorite in my book, do I really need to explain why?! 

This dress came from my favorite boutique, Nobella Grace.  Nobella Grace has clothing, accessories, jewelry,  kids clothing (also a baby line soon!) and my favorite, a monthly styling service, The Bella Box. The Bella Box is curated by the Nobella Grace Boutique team who hand pick items for you based on your style profile. These items are unique and are not even available for purchase on their website! There are three sizes of Bella Boxes to choose from and they are shipped for free!  They are running a 50% off sale right now off of everything in their sale section with code SAVE50. Besides having amazing products, Nobella Grace has the best customer service I have come across in a long time. Be sure to check them out and also follow them on Instagram for exclusive offers and their amazing flash sales.


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Monday, June 15, 2015

Covered Goods



Dress, Shoes, Bracelet: c/o Purple Peridot, Nursing Cover/Scarf/Carrier Cover c/o Covered Goods

When I first had Bennett, the pollen in New England was out of control. Being the first-time over protective mother that I am, I kept his carrier covered anytime it was exposed when I had to go outside AT ALL. The problem with using a blanket to cover his carrier, was that if it was windy outside, it would blow all over the place. Another problem was that if the blanket was hanging over too much, it would get caught in the carrier base in the car when I snapped it in (My husband actually ripped one of our blankets this way) I was really excited to receive this striped nursing cover from Covered Goods, because I knew it would help solve these two issues that I was having.

What's also great about this nursing cover, is that you can wear it as a scarf, use it as a carrier cover, and even as a grocery cart cover! The other day I was driving with Bennett in the car and I was on my way home to feed him at a certain time. We ran into traffic and Bennett started crying in the backseat as we got closer and closer to his meal time. I decided to pull over and nurse him in a parking lot and used my nursing cover with ease as I sat in my driver's seat feeding him.  Covered Goods nursing covers are made in the USA and are made out of a stretchy fabric that gives you full coverage while nursing. I love mine so much, that I might have to get a few more! The floral one is another one of my favorites!

I paired my black striped nursing cover with this denim chambray dress that I got on major sale and added some pops of pink like these amazing suede eyelet heels that are really comfortable.  I love when products are both stylish and useful and Covered Goods nursing covers definitely fit the bill!

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