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Kimono and Black Maternity Stye

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TEE- GAP // KIMONO- Thrifted (Rue 21) // JEANS- Stitch Fix // SHOES- Old Navy // BAG- Freshly Picked // WATCH- Jord // EARRINGS- N&S Signature Silver Accent Earrings (large)

I'm back in black. All black basics + nude accessories (and lips!) + a little pattern and I'm feeling okay about it still being Summer around here. We've had a slight cool down this week, but the weatherman said it will be back up in the high 80's and low 90's very soon. So I guess I'll be putting my Summer clothes to work for a few more weeks. However- here on the blog you can expect upcoming Fall style inspiration. I've been putting together some Fall looks for you and they can't be contained any longer. So just get ready to pin them and save them and we'll be rocking our sweaters in no time. 

How I Save My Sanity (and the House) When I'm Traveling

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TEE- GAP // SWEATER- Forever 21 // PANTS- J Crew Factory // SHOES- Nordstrom // EARRINGS- N&S London Tan Cut Out (large) // BACKPACK- Everlane c/o

As a momma of several little kiddos- and a business owner- I don't often go out of town. Especially on my own. It's hard for the kids to have mom gone, it's hard for Soren to get anything done (like work!) and three kids is a lot of kids to arrange childcare for. I've accepted this fact and I really love my day to day activities. But if I do get the chance to get away- I take it!
Last Fall I went to San Fransisco to visit Stitch Fix for three days and it was amazing. I had the best time meeting other bloggers, learning about Stitch Fix, site seeing in San Fransisco and having some me-time. But after those glorious three days, I came home to a uh....a mess- to put it very lightly. Knox (who was one at the time) got sick while I was gone and my babysitter that I had lined up also got sick and couldn't help. Soren was on his own for three days with the kids and a ton of work to do as we had just started Nickel & Suede. They all survived- but the house almost didn't. I immediately regretted going and what should have been a fun, "Mom's home!" turned into me crying and just being completely overwhelmed by what I came home to clean up. I genuinely do think they did their best while I was gone and to clean up before I got home, but it certainly didn't work for me. 
Why am I bringing this up now? Fast forward to this Summer. In June I made plans to go to Salt Lake for ALT Summit for three days. I really wanted to go and I knew it would be good for the blog and for Nickel & Suede, but I was  hesitant to leave the boys on their own again. I just couldn't handle the thought of coming home to clean up after a tornado. So I took precautionary measures in advance. I felt like they were a little extreme at the time- but I can't even tell you how much they worked! You can find my methods below
1. Tape the kitchen drawers shut. Yes, I took packing tape and I taped the silverware drawer, the kids' cup drawer and all of the plates and cups filled cupboards shut. Then I left orders that they were to stay taped until I returned. Instead the family was allowed to use the copious amounts of disposable plates, cups, and flatware that I left out on the otherwise clutter-free counter. This meant the trash filled up quickly, but the sink and the counters stayed dish free.
2. Pre-order food. I pre-ordered dinner for the family every night I was gone- except one, and that night they were instructed to eat out. The first night Papa John's showed up at 5:30 and the next night Jimmy John's showed up. I selected, paid for and scheduled the food to show up. It saved my husband from stressing about dinner and it saved me from pre-making dinners that they wouldn't eat anyways.
3. Set up babysitters and back up babysitters. When I went to ALT it was during the Summer and so I had a lot more options for scheduling help for Soren during the day. My mom took the kids for some of the time I was gone and then I had one of our regular school-age babysitters come over to our house and play with the kids while Knox napped and Soren worked. I also had a few friends in the reserves in case something happened and I needed a back up. AND I  also left instructions for our teenage babysitter to have the boys clean up their toys and put laundry in baskets before she left each day.
4. Stock the fringe and pantry with snacks, cereal and sandwich ingredients. If all else fails, we are a cereal and sandwich family. The kids can get their own cereal and make their own sandwiches so having plenty of bread, milk, peanut butter and jelly means there are easy options for food. I also stocked the house with squeezy yogurt, grapes, string cheese, snap peas and other healthy snack options.
 
5. Write a schedule that has very few musts. Any schedule I make rarely happens without me there. So before I left, I did write a schedule and post it on the fridge- but it had very few musts. I made it pretty simple and so that if no one looked at it, no one was any worse off. But if they did need to know something like when a babysitter or food was showing up- they could find it. 
I came home from my trip with low expectations, but I was blown away. The house was picked up! Laundry was in baskets, the sink was basically empty and the drawers had stayed shut. Because I had limited the food prep and the dirty dishes, Soren was able to keep up with picking up and the rest of what needed to happen. It was such a nice thing to come home to! I know that every family is different and maybe your husband is the one that has an easy time keeping up with laundry, dishes, dinner and kids- but if you are more like us- these tips might help!
What tips do you have for going out of town? How do you help things run smoothly while you are gone?

The Denim Skirt Trend

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TEE- GAP // SKIRT- Thrifted // BAG- Sole Society // SHOES- Converse // CUFF- N&S // EARRINGS- N&S Signature Silver Accent Earrings (large) // JACKET- Target
Photo Credit- Sarah Sweeney

I've delayed posting this outfit because I am VERY on the fence about the denim skirt trend that is reappearing. I'm already freaked out about hitting middle aged mom status and I feel like this oufit kinda seals the deal. (You can't win them all right? Sometimes an outfit just doesn't come together like you think it will!)

If you know me, you know I love denim. I LOVE DENIM. But denim skirts are not easy for me to accept back into my life. I think the denim jumpsuit and even the denim dresses trends are super cute. But the denim skirt....? Meh. Three things that might change my mind about this denim skirt ensemble?

1. If I wasn't pregnant. I'm thinking a baby bump and a denim skirt just don't equal cool. The bump says MOM and the skirt says SKIRT = MOM SKIRT.

2. A different style of denim skirt. I think a button front denim skirt, in possibly a looser, longer cut could be more my jam. 

3. If I wasn't me. I think I love this trend on other women, but not me yet. Maybe with longer hair, strappy sandals, my pre-prego figure and a graphic tee?

Anyways- what are your denim skirt thoughts? Are you on board with this trend? Have you been dying for it to come back? Or are you as nervous about it as I am?

PS- These photos are from back in July. I'm clearly more pregnant than this now. 

Pregnancy, Dresses, and Shapewear

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DRESS- Stitch Fix Maternity (similar) // CARDIGAN- Old Navy (old) (similar, similar) // SHOES- Nordstrom // BAG- Nordstrom // GLASSES- David Kind // EARRINGS- N&S Signature Silver (large) // CUFF- N&S // WATCH- Jord
Photo Credit- Sarah Sweeney
This post is brought to you nice and early courtesy of pregnancy insomnia and heart burn. I ran out of my over the counter heartburn meds, so lime flavor tums and I are just chilling together pouring our hearts out this morning at 3:54 am. Just a little PSA- avoid the fruity TUMS at all costs. Peppermint are the way to go if you have the option. 
I'm 30 weeks this week and the fun is just beginning. There is definitely a belly getting in my way and preventing me from bending over in any way except for an awkward squat. Waddling has also become commonplace.  And my veins- oh my lovely varicose veins have started acting up quite a bit more this week. I apologize for scaring any of you that haven't been pregnant yet, but every time I sit for an extended period of time and then stand up, the swollen veins on one leg throb. I'm considering some kind of long compression shorts for the first time- but I'm not sure where to look for the least matronly pair. I definitely don't want tights- but if I could find long shorts, I think they would help my veins and slim everything else in as an added benefit. Do you have any recommendations? Have you or a friend had any luck with those? 
I'm still loving fitted dresses as a great dressed up or down option this pregnancy. I've requested and received several in my last few Stitch Fix's, but Target and Nordstrom have some great options too. I really think if you can invest in one or two basic maternity dresses like the one above, you'll be pleasantly surprised by how many ways you can style them- and how often you'll want to wear them. So far I've paired mine with Converse, wedges, flat sandals, cardigans, a denim jacket, a denim vest and more. I'm planning on also pairing mine with scarves, fur vests, boots, loose sweaters, a military jacket and more this Fall. 
The one secret that I have learned is a must with a fitted dress while you are or aren't pregnant is that wearing a shaping tank or slip underneath is essential. Once I started wearing a Blanqi tank under my dresses, I felt some much more confident in them. It just smooths everything out and hides the lines of my undergarments. I'm considering buying a second one because they are also great to wear under fitted tees. Have you had any success with shaping tanks? I've never worn Spanx or a girdle postpartum or in between kids, but I'd love to hear your recommendations if you have. All the things we women have to consider when getting dressed huh? It's ridiculous. And yet it really is so fun too!

Thanks in advance for your recommendations! I can't wait to read them! 

Everyday Style- August

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DRESS- Nordstrom // CARDIGAN- Old Navy (old) (similar) // SHOES- ThredUp (Gianni Bini) // WATCH- Jord // EARRINGS- N&S Antique Gold (large)

PONCHO- Muchana // TEE- GAP // JEANS- Asos // SHOES- Old Navy // SUNNIES- J Crew Factory // CUFF- N&S // EARRINGS- N&S Antique Gold (large)

TEE- GAP // CARDIGAN- Forever 21 // JEANS- J Crew Factory // SHOES- Target (similar) // EARRINGS- N&S Lava Cut Out (large) // SUNNIES- Forever 21

CARDIGAN- Nordstrom // TEE- GAP // JEANS- Old Navy (old) (similar) // SHOES- Nordstrom // EARRINGS- N&S Signature Silver Accent Earrings (large) 

Thank you so much for all of the birthday wishes yesterday! I had a great day and am looking forward to celebrating more with Soren on a date this weekend and with friends on Monday. Unfortunately one of the kids woke up sick in the middle of the night last night- so depending on how much of a fluke that was- we may not be going anywhere tonight. Thank you school starting and germs starting to come home! UGH.

Easton is finishing up his first week of school today and I think we are all ready for the weekend. I could tell he was extra tired and ornery from the long week last night and Kesler is definitely ready to have his brother back full time. During the school year, my goal is to get up at 6 or 6:30 so that I can blog and do email before I wake E up at 7:15. And that is still a work in progress- so far I've barely managed to slide out of bed before seven. There's always next week right?

Have a happy Friday! What are your weekend plans? 

Black Peep Toe Boots and Turquoise Details for My Birthday

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TUNIC- Asos // JEANS- Asos // BOOTS- Old Navy (old) (similar, similar) // NECKLACE- Nordstrom // CLUTCH- Ruby Claire Boutique // EARRINGS- Nickel & Suede Pebbled Black Cut Out- large // SUNNIES- Forever 21 // BRACELETS- Forever 21
It's a great day to have a birthday today! Today is the big 2-9 for me and possibly the age I will stay frozen at forever. You only turn 29 once right?!? ...and then again every year for the rest of your life? 
I guess we'll see about that next year. I'm sure I'll continue to own up to my age, but this year is the first year I'm struggling a bit. I know it sounds silly but, until now I always felt like the young one. Soren turned 30 four years ago, so it's always felt like I'd be in my 20's forever. That time is coming to a close this year. And I'm feeling weird about it, but looking at everything else in my life- that's not a bad thing! 
It just feels strange to be settling it at the mom-middle-age-phase of life. But that isn't fair because I don't think that about any of my friends who are in their 30's or 40's!  
I'm realizing we all still feel like teenagers no matter how old we get. AND that just proves that numbers are dumb and we shouldn't give them any thought. How much we weigh, our age or our pants size don't measure anything that is real or actually matters in life. 
What really matters to me this year is that my boys are happy and learning and growing up to be amazing young men. I have a baby on the way that will only add more joy to our family. Soren and I are getting along better than ever- and that's counting the entire almost 9 years we've been married. And I have so many wonderful women that I can say are my good friends- more than ever in my life. 
Thank you for such a great year and for continuing to support and follow along with our family. I feel so honored to be part of your life and honestly humbled if/when anything I say (or wear) helps or inspires your life. That's my goal and it blesses me so much to hear about it from you.
So who cares how old I am turning because today I'm just happy for the lasting and substantial blessings God has put in my life. And is what I want in my heart all year!
Have a great Thursday! I wish I could share my birthday apple pie with you!





Oh, and one more thing! I'm so excited to share with you that because it's my birthday, I pulled some strings and we brought back the N&S Leopard Sweater Scarf a few weeks early! This scarf is my favorite in my collection and it is a must have for your Fall closet. You can shop it here today!