This Season of Life

season of life.001Debut Of The Bump // Now that our little Greyson is beginning to reveal himself slowly each week, I’m beginning to finally feel pregnant. No amount of reading will adequately prepare any woman of the changes that she’ll encounter in regards to her body and it’s still taking me time to get used to this little bump of mine. I’m in that in-between stage where I don’t quite look pregnant enough, but yet somehow none of my pre-pregnancy clothes seem to fit anymore. Adjusting to my new figure is something I didn’t anticipate having difficulty with. Hence my next point…

Stitch Fix Maternity // I am so excited about receiving my very first Stitch Fix Maternity box this month! I’ve already cried over how I fit into nothing anymore and it’s quite frustrating when you’re trying to set clothes out for work ahead of time and you feel like a sausage trying to fit into a pair of pants. This go-around I’ve asked for dresses to acquiesce my bump along with lightweight blouses and cardigans since we’re still in summer-like weather out here. For the life of me I just want to feel comfortable and as cute as those pregnant women on my Pinterest board. Is that so much to ask?!

Follow Kelly Daniel’s board Maternity Fashions on Pinterest.

Season Of Blooming & Change // Pregnancy has begun to teach me a lot about myself and how life seems to rapidly change. I was always so scared of change and my ability to adapt to it. Now that my husband and I are preparing for the biggest change in our lives, I’ve found that we’ve altered our perspectives and priorities. I’m learning that change, especially unexpected change, isn’t all that scary.

Enjoyment Within A Book // I cannot wait to receive my copy of The Martian thanks to Blogging for Books. I’ve heard a lot of buzz about this novel, especially with the anticipation of the movie coming out soon. There’s something to be said about the quiet enjoyment of a good book. What are you reading lately?

Pregnancy Journaling // I’ve never really been into journaling prior to getting pregnant, but have always envied those with the gift of writing or even just the enjoyment of writing pen to paper. However, jotting down and capturing these moments on paper about our son and my experiences carrying him gives me such gratification; something I didn’t foresee happening. Noting all those feelings, fears, and excitement over the little occurrences and goings-on have been fun to read over and I can’t wait to share them with Greyson in the future. Now if only I can get my husband to join me…

The Baby Registry // Creating any kind of registry whether it’s for a baby or a wedding can be a bit stressful. Especially for a baby there’s an added element of researching each item you’re wanting to add because there are millions of different strollers out there and God-forbid you choose the wrong one. There’s close to a billion different products that claim they’re the safest, best quality, or healthiest and it can be difficult to find what’s right for you and what your particular needs are. My husband is a minimalist and so we’ve enlisted the help of Baby List to guide us with the basic baby essentials. I love their service and highly recommend it for anyone who is expecting. So easy to add items from all over the internet to one list.

My Happy Place // The recommendation of intake of caffeine during pregnancy is no more than 200mg a day*. In an average tall iced non-fat caramel macchiato from Starbucks** there is about 75mg and I am enjoying every drop. I do try to limit my caffeine on the whole, but I truly enjoy my little treat especially on these hot days and I don’t believe there is anything wrong with that.

*  According to Baby Center
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* Starbucks Nutrition Guide

Heading Back to Work // I am so grateful to be back at work and getting back on some sort of schedule. I’m pretty exhausted at the end of the day and my commute doesn’t help, but it’s nice to feel productive and not to mention active. As an assistant teacher I’m up walking all day, which also means I’m on my feet the majority of the time. But every moment I get to spend with my little first graders is a day well spent. I’m truly enjoying how well the beginning of the school year is going…now I just have to make it to February when I go on leave for the baby 😉

Perspective // My husband and I are fortunate enough to literally have this view of the beach every single day. Our home sits right off the coast of Ventura Beach and most nights we take walks with our Murphy-dog as the sun begins to set on the horizon. Sounds pretty picturesque doesn’t it? But that’s our life! Living by the ocean helps keep our perspective on life, especially on those difficult or challenging days. Whether it’s work or family that has us stressed, we take a walk and spend a moment looking at the water and all of a sudden our problems don’t seem all that important anymore.

Catch me and the other fabulous bloggers linking up with our host Bailey over at Brave Love Blog for her Blog-tember Challenge!
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#Basic For Fall

After the haziness that was this week now that I’m back to work, I totally forgot to link up for Day 8 of the Blog-tember challenge…so I’m doing so today 😉

I’m about to go there and I’m not ashamed that #basic has become a thing. I’m totally that girl. You know the one…the girl who counts down the days until Starbucks releases their PSL, drags her husband to ‘willingly’ participate in fall activities like apple picking or visiting a pumpkin patch, and proceeds to Instagram the crap out of everything fall-like. In celebration of my favorite month, I am linking up with Bailey at Brave Love Blog for Day 8 of her Blog-tember Challenge!

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The return of fall TV // One of the best things about fall is having survived summer reruns. Fall marks the beginning of new TV premiers and it’s a wonderful time and something we look forward to every year. Although Fear of the Walking Dead is one of our favorite new shows that technically came out this summer, the hubs and I can’t wait for the return of Rick Grimes and the gang and see what shenanigans they find themselves in this season.

Prepare for pumpkin everything // Seriously it’s a soothing feeling to walk into literally any store and it be decorated as if you’re walking into a fall wonderland. Not only am I only one of the millions of people patiently awaiting the release of the PSL this year (with it’s new and improved recipe!), I just can’t wait to begin some of the fall decoration projects I’ve been tinkering about. Read some of my pinspirations this fall here.

Hocus Pocus // Do I really need to explain myself here?

Scarves, Vests, Layers Oh My! // Okay, so I’ve said it a million times: CA doesn’t experience the same glorious fall-like weather everyone else gets to enjoy back on the east coast. I’m still a little bitter about that, but let’s move on. One thing I do enjoy is layering up…even if it’s technically winter and not so much fall anymore out here. But, one plus living in CA is that we get to travel to our seasons, which is convenient because who really likes shoveling snow or waiting for their car to heat up in the morning?

Fall flowers // I love flowers and having fresh arrangements in the house as often as possible. Flowers are such an easy way to decorate for fall around the home and I look forward to stashing up on a few! I’ve debated whether or not to go the faux flower route only to save money and the enjoyment of storing them every year…but nothing compares to the real deal.

New pumpkin recipes // Cooking and baking are a couple of my favorite hobbies and fall is the perfect excuse to live out my #basic lifestyle and make pumpkin everything desserts. One new recipe I’m looking forward to trying are these pumpkin cheesecake bars.

Fall flats // Okay, so going back to how bitter I am about not truly enjoying fall-like weather out in sunny California. Although boots and Uggs aren’t really realistic day-to-day shoes out here, Tieks offer a fun alternative with their festive fall colors. I’ve never worn them, but they’re definitely a wish list item. Are you a fan? Are they as comfortable as they look?

Thanks for stopping by! What is your favorite season?

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Dear Nicole Arbour

Recently there has been a media storm surrounding a ‘comedian’ and ‘YouTube star’ (apparently that’s a thing now) named Nicole Arbour. To be honest, this may be the best thing that happened to her career considering I had never heard of this person before. But, if you’re not familiar, a few days ago she posted a video to her YouTube channel, which she described was meant as satirical comedy, entitled Dear Fat People. Her approximate six minute rant was consisted of declaring that ‘fat-shaming isn’t a thing” and that “fat people made that up.” Among her other hurtful comments, I mean jokes, she says “plus size stands for plus heart disease, plus knee problems, plus diabetes.”

 

What concerns me the most is this woman has absolutely no consideration for the group of people she’s hurting with her words and hides behind the guise of ‘comedy.’ If I have to be entirely honest, after hearing about this controversial video I was curious about who she was and after barely getting through one of her other videos I just don’t think she’s funny. At all. Perhaps that’s why she’s still on YouTube.

Regardless, she’s an individual who is making an attempt to shame a group of people she knows nothing about. #bodypositivity is more than just a social hashtag and butt of a comedienne’s attempt at a joke, it’s an acceptance of who you are regardless of what you look like; whether you’re a size 00 or 24, blonde or redhead, young or old. The biggest takeaway from this entire story is that people should always try to keep in mind that we never know another person’s struggle just by looking at them.

I love Whitney Thore’s response to Nicole Arbour’s video when she reminded us all:

“The next time you see a fat person, you don’t know whether that person has a medical condition that caused them to gain weight. You don’t know if their mother just died. You don’t know if they’re depressed or suicidal or if they just lost 100 pounds. You don’t know. Let me hammer this one home. You cant tell a person’s health, physical or otherwise, from looking at them.”

Fat-shaming is very much a thing and not something created by ‘fat people.’ Even pregnant women are body-shamed for the amount of weight gained during their pregnancy and even shamed for how quickly or slowly they lose it once the baby is born. By attacking a person’s weight what exactly is one looking to accomplish? That they would be somehow be motivated to lose weight in order to make your existence more comfortable? To live a life that you perceive as healthy? Right.

Shame is not a catalyst for change; it’s a paralytic.” -Leslie of xoJane

Is there an epidemic in this country as it relates to obesity, of course and I would have to be living under a rock to not notice or say otherwise. However, the real issue that needs to be continuously discussed here is not so much the problem of obesity. We’ve already declared it as a problem. Rather what are we doing as a country and individuals to solve it? Where does the problem stem from? How can reverse the damage that’s been caused by changes in food production, distribution, and availability? That discussion is much larger and more meaningful than Nicole Arbour’s career or hurtful words will ever be.

Instead lets spread this message. Because we’re beautiful no matter what packaging we come in.

 

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Share Your Style: Blog-Tember Challenge

Don’t you just love it when you discover a new blog through a link up or series and it leads you to discover other amazing blogs?! I know I do and I just found not only Iryna at We Are Moms but I also have fallen in love with Bailey Jean over at Brave Love Blog and she has a lovely link up series called The 2015 Blog-Tember Challenge where she provides a prompt for every day in September. What a cute idea and fabulous way to get to know other bloggers!
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Today’s prompt is all about sharing out your personal style and the trends your loving. I love style and I only wish I had the income to support my love for shopping and finding that next cute outfit or accessory. I’m addicted to fashion Pinterest boards, a loyal Stitch Fixer, and could seriously pair a scarf with every single outfit. Damn you, California for your perfect sunny weather ALL. THE. TIME.

As you probably have noticed, my style can be summed up as classic and J.Crew inspired. I love the way neutrals look with my light skin tone and give me the ability to play with colors and patterns through accessories like scarves and statement necklaces. Layering is key living in California as it’s cooler in the mornings and warms up by the afternoon. So, a wardrobe with lightweight layering pieces is a must-have. My jewelry is pretty modest in that I have moved on from large statements to more simple gold pieces such as my favorite initial necklace from Bijou by Desi F!As you probably have noticed, my style can be summed up as classic and J.Crew inspired. I love the way neutrals look with my light skin tone and give me the ability to play with colors and patterns through accessories like scarves and statement necklaces. Layering is key living in California as it’s cooler in the mornings and warms up by the afternoon. So, a wardrobe with lightweight layering pieces is a must-have. My jewelry is pretty modest in that I have moved on from large statements to more simple gold pieces such as my favorite initial necklace from Bijou by Desi F!

1: When not at work you can definitely catch me in my favorite jeans, a basic tee, sandals and a light scarf. Almost exactly like this photo. It’s not quite fall here in California yet, but the sunny and almost-80-degree weather doesn’t keep a girl from dreaming.

2: Cross body purses are my absolute favorite. I love they come in all shapes, sizes, and colors! I’m not a huge purse collector and don’t change them out depending on my outfit, so when I find that purse I love I tend to wear it into the ground. For the past two years I’ve loved my Michael Kors cross body that my mother-in-law gave me for Christmas. It’s been with me everywhere and I love how it helps keep my hands free.

3: Booties! I know these were the trend last season and I’m crossing my fingers they stick around for a while because they are so fun to play with. I love how you can style them in many different ways whether it’s jeans or dresses.

4: The pixie made a style comeback and in a big way last year with all kinds of celebrities sporting this short do. Luckily I’ve been ahead of this curve as I’ve always rocked this short hairstyle. However, I’m in want of a change and am in the current stages of growing mine out. Who knows what I’ll decide, but I’m taking advantage of the super-human hair growth I have going on right now through my pregnancy.

5: Lightweight and neutral are my style go-tos throughout the year. I’m loving everything in this photo and the pink scarf just looks so comfy! I can’t wait to begin bundling up…in…December around here.

6: Stripes are another trend I’m loving lately. They say horizontal stripes doesn’t do anyone any favors, but I have to disagree. I’ve loved seeing women of all shapes and sizes pull off this pattern and it inspires me to venture out myself. Horizontal stripes can make a baby bump look cute, right?! 😉

Thanks to Bailey Jean for hosting this awesome linkup and series! I can’t wait to read all of the upcoming prompts and posts!

 

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