Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Goodwill Akron Blogger Style Challenge

I'm so excited for this event! As long as I'm not in early labor (fingers crossed), I'm going to be participating in the Goodwill Akron Blogger Style Challenge on May 10th! This event is being put together by Dina of Dina's Days,  Katie of Something to be Found and Lauren of NOTO Boutique, so it is sure to be another fantastic Blogger event!

Basically, a group of us bloggers will have 30 minutes to style a look under $20 at the Goodwill on Waterloo Road in Akron, then model their outfits for shoppers and guests, who will vote on their favorite. Such a fun idea!

Here are the other bloggers who will be participating:

The challenge will be Saturday, May 10th at noon - we hope to see you there! 

Also, Dina of Dina's Days,  Katie of Something to be Found and Lauren of NOTO Boutique will be teaching free thrift master classes at the Waterloo Goodwill!

Tuesday 5/6 at 10am: Thrift Master Class with Katie 
Wednesday 5/7 at 6pm: Thrift Master Class with Lauren and Dina 
Saturday 5/10 at 12:30pm: Thrift Master Class with Dina following the Blogger Style Challenge 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Baby gifts!

Both this past weekend and the weekend before, we were lucky enough to have lovely baby showers hosted for us! The first one was in Atlanta (hosted by my grandmother, stepmom and sister) where a lot of my extended family and family friends are. This weekend, my mother-in-law and sisters-in-law hosted a beautiful one for my friends and loved ones here at home. I was blown away by the generosity of the guests! This is only a portion of the wonderful baby items we received...

So many cute things! I was also touched by the amazing, handmade items that were given to us. My stepmom had blankets made in fabrics she knew I loved (like the gray floral chiffon blanket for newborn pictures? So cute!). My sister knitted the cutest little hats and also made a super soft blanket (not pictured). My grandma knitted a blanket with the most beautiful, cable detailing that she started even before I was pregnant (she knew we were trying). RenĂ©e knitted the most adorable little baby sweater with the cutest little buttons and details ever! So special.

We also received several great books for the baby's library! I know she will love them all. The Mother Goose Rhymes book was actually given to my mother by her grandmother in 1958! My Grandma has saved it for all of these years and wanted me to have it. So very sweet and special!

We just feel so lucky to have so many special people in our lives to share the joy we feel in welcoming this little baby into the world! 

Hope you have a great Tuesday,

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spring Love List

Like everyone else, I'm so ready for spring that I can't even stand it. I am so excited for short sleeves, dresses without tights, sandals, floral prints.. etc! Above are a few pretty, springy outfits and items that I've loved recently. It's not a coincidence that all three of the bloggers pictured live in Southern California, where it's springy or summery all year round (jealous!).

1. Ashley's new pink hair screams spring! I wish I could pull this off.

2. Merrick's lovely dress to top tutorial. I love this outfit and love it even more since it's a refashion!

3. Audrey's post on pretty, spring flats.. so many cute options!

4. I am loving Mexican style dresses right now, and this one from Urban Outfitter's is so pretty. <I actually thrifted a toddler sized one for the baby the other day, so cute!>

5. I love gold and pink together and this Lauren Conrad Flower Ring is perfect for spring.

6. Sarah's beautiful floral pantsSo springy, comfy and cute.

Not pictured above, but I just love this Vintage Bohemian Style Dress from the Recycling History Etsy Shop.

Here's hoping for more warm days.. sooner than later!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

31 Weeks at the Beach

As I mentioned in my last update, last week we were able to spend a few days at the beach and it was lovely! Unfortunately, we didn't have the best weather, but we did have a few good days. Now we are in Atlanta staying with my Grandparents, who were sweet enough to throw me a family baby shower with all of our relatives and family friends here. It's so nice that people want to get together to celebrate our much anticipated arrival!

As a side note, the hat, red scarf and sarong pictured above were all thrifted and bathing suit top came from Target.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Three Things

1. The nursery is coming together! Last week, I got some of the beautiful prints that I ordered for the gallery wall behind the changing table/dresser. A few days ago, I realized I was wearing the nursery colors (turquoise, gray and coral).. so of course a picture was warranted. That was at 30 weeks and a few days and today I'm officially 31 weeks. :) We got Chinese take-out the other night, and got the fortune above, which we both thought was very fitting!

2. R's parents totally spoiled us last weekend and took us to a metal sculpture/welding workshop in Mt. Vernon. It was such a fun day and Reed especially loved all the metal bending, cutting and welding. It's such a cool form of art, I think he found a new calling!

3. On Friday, we left for our "babymoon" and arrived here in Florida yesterday afternoon! We are staying for a few days and then driving to Atlanta where my relatives there are throwing me a shower. We have a house sitter staying with our pets and plants and watching the house, which always makes me feel better about leaving. 

Hope you had a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Shopping for the 2014 Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show

Yesterday, I got to go thrifting with Jessica for her collection for the Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show. We found some great things for her collection (I'll let her reveal her theme for this year!). I absolutely loved being part of this event last year, but since my due date (May 24th) is only about two weeks after the show, I felt like it wasn't the best idea with everything else we have going on. That being said, I am thrilled to be one of Jessica's models!

We had a great time shopping as always, and I even found a little something for the baby! The little cherries, I mean I couldn't resist! (Even though it will be awhile before she grows into it). I have already thrifted so many cute baby clothes, I need to do a whole separate post on all the cute things I've found!

We were both loving these fun carts - how cool would they be as bar carts?! For you Northeast Ohio people, they are only $15.99 each at the Goodwill in Canton off 62! There were actually 3 of them. I wish I had a good spot for a bar cart!

Here are some of the posts about last year's Good Style Fashion Show:

Post Show Wrap Up
Runway Photos
Model Preview
Styling Preview

Be sure to stay tuned to Jessica's blog - Midwest Muse for more information about the Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show this year!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Eagle Cam

Fellow animal lovers and nature enthusiasts have to check out the Berry College Eagle Cam! It's a live stream of a real life Bald Eagles nest on my Alma Mater's Campus. You can watch the Eagle parents feed and protect the eaglet and I can't get enough!

I fell in love with Berry's campus when I first did a college visit there back in 2002. It's a small, Liberal Arts College in Georgia, which is where I wanted to be at that time. (I was born in the Atlanta area and all my family on my mom's side are still there. And, frankly, I was sick of Ohio and ready to live somewhere completely different.) The campus is 27,000 acres (the largest in the world) of forest, hiking/biking trails, a reservoir, dairy farm, campground, Lavender Mountains, horse farm, etc.. it's absolutely gorgeous! My nature-loving self was completely in love with it!

Anyway, the Eagles. You can read a little bit in the screen shot above and I also love checking in on the Facebook Page for updates and information. You can also see archived videos of nest attacks, the hatching, etc. I love their little Eagle family and I've gotten a few of my friends and co-workers hooked on checking in on them too.

Thought I'd share in case any other nature nerds would be interested! Have a great week!