Fall Pregnant Picks

By Jenna.

I’m sailing on through my second trimester and with every passing week things are a- growin! Dressing the bump can be challenging for a normal girl like me who carries everywhere and not just in the tummy, but I’ve made some recent purchases for Fall that I’ll gladly share with all my pregnant friends out there! pregnant picks

1. Zara // Long Voile Shirt

The weight and length of this shirt are PERFECT for Fall and for a growing belly (and let’s be honest, booty.) This covers me where I want it to & is a staple in my wardrobe. I dress it up with a leather jacket & slacks or dress down with denim & sneakers. Buy a larger size to allow more room to go & also to give yourself additional length.

2. Madewell // Daywalk Shirt Dress

I am OBSESSED with this dress. It’s so classic for fall with it’s plaid print, I know I’ll be wearing A LOT of this. It’s super cozy, a great length and basically it’s like I’m wearing a nightshirt out and about which is incredible. I dressed it up with metallic booties one day, and dressed down with sneakers the next. If you see me in the next three months, I’ll be in this dress.

3. Bare Minerals // Stroke of Light Eye Brightener

So it appears that child induced sleep deprivation creates dark circles under the eye. I never had this problem before but in-between pregnancy insomnia and a needy three year old I now look like i’ve been punched in the eye come morning. Then I met this LIFE CHANGING under eye brightener by Bare Minerals of all places. I’ve never owned their makeup but I bought this the other night at Sephora & it’s a dream. I look like a 21 year old with 14 hours of sleep under my belt. SUCH great stuff! I wear Luminous 1, it’s so pink and bright.

4. LuLu Lemon // Unity Pullover

I can’t get enough of this pullover. It’s Lulu so you know it’s going to be soft, well made and fit just right. Best of all it’s on sale… which rarely happens in LuLu land. I went up two sizes because I wanted it to extend over my butt and be able to grow with my belly. It’s perfect for working out, but let’s be honest I don’t do much of that these days, so it’s also great for just day to day! The cut out in the back is sexy, I love it.

5. Zara // Jogging Pants with Zips

Whoever was responsible for making the look of sweat pants a trend, I BOW TO YOU. Bless you, from the bottom of my soul, bless you.  And since these are a Polyester Blend they really do feel like a nicer pant but with ultimate comfort. I like to wear a graphic tee or my favorite v-neck with these pants. They’re the most versatile pant in my wardrobe and they’ll stick around post-baby.

6. Madewell // Coated Roadtrip Jacket

** ON SALE** This jacket is the most stellar must have for Fall. It’s such a great weight, light enough that it’s not too hot but perfect for cooling down temps! I love the coated aspect of it, makes a preppy design kind of edgy. The best part about this for a pregnant girl is it cinches at the waist giving you some definition and curves vs being a boxy blob. It’s so versatile and I wear it daily

7. Boob Design // Super Stretch Maternity Jeans

Okay let me first say that I’ve ordered several things from Boob Design and have been beyond impressed. This Swedish company uses only the softest textiles and tests them for any harmful chemicals. They’re designs are all to make pregnancy, post baby and nursing comfortable and easy. These jeans are easily my favorite purchase. They’re so soft and the wash is perfect. I love that because of the waistband, if a shirt rolls up I look like I’m in normal pants which makes me feel like a freaking rock star. These are the one investment you should make while pregnant.

8. Gap // Chelsea Booties

When all else fails buy shoes and jewelry. They’re the ultimate pick me up and always fit :) I’ve been in  search of a good brown boot for Fall and these ones from Gap are fantastic. The price is killer, especially when you can usually dig up a 40% off coupon from somewhere.

9. ASOS // New Look Maternity Jeans

As you might have heard I’ve been committed to finding the perfect legging this pregnancy. This is a great option for a slim black pant that can be worn if you feel leggings are too dressed down. I had  to get these hemmed but other than that they’re a great fit–and a great price!

Fellow pregnant friends, what would you add to this list? I still have a ways to go and would love your suggestions, too!

Land of Nodtober pt. 2

We’re back with Lately Lily and Land of Nod for their next Getting to Know You installment. Have you entered their awesome giveaway with Delta Vacations® for a trip for 4 to Chicago + $1000 to spend at Land of Nod? We’re sharing a bit about this awesome collaboration every week until their Pop-up Shop Party on October 25th in Chicago. Next up is Laurie, Land of Nod’s Marketing and Event Manager (what a dream job!)
Laurie | Land of Nod Event Planner

 

And here’s our questions for Laurie:

 

Laurie | Land of Nod Event Planner
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3D Monster Clothes

This DIY was a direct request from one of our boys, and so fun and easy to make together! This is a great project for teenagers, even adults who need something festive to wear to work this Halloween, but aren’t the costume type. And of course, for tiny monster-loving boys, too!

Monster Shirts!

You’ll need a bright t-shirt, felt sheets, fabric glue and maybe even a sewing machine depending on your plans!

Monster Shirts!

 

Then time to get creative! Cut out facial features, eyes, brows, noses, teeth, and get gluing or sewing! We love leaving some of the features loose, like the tongue or teeth so it becomes more 3D and playful.

 

Monster Shirts! Need more? Monster Paper Doll MagnetsMonster Clothespin and Paper Sack Puppets, too!

Trick-or-Treat Tote

As much as we love those classic orange plastic pumpkins, or a good old fashioned pillow case eventually our kids’ arms get tired and we get put on candy-caddy duty. Have you ever tried carrying the plastic pumpkins of your kids + their friends? Candy goes a-flying. Slinging pillowcases isn’t great either. Here’s our solution and here’s how you’ll do it:
Trick or Treat Tote!

 

Grab a black canvas tote, usually at craft stores or of course Prime-d here. White felt and fabric or hot glue! Simply cut your ghost shape out and then cut holes for eyes, so the black canvas tote shows through. Glue on and you’re all set! If you’re making multiple, try cutting out their initials out of the extra white felt. They’ll love the personalization!

Tote Supplies

 

And you’re all set! We’re excited to get lots of use out of these this month, no matter who ends up carrying it!

Trick or Treat Tote!

 

Need a costume to go with that tote? Here’s some home-made options from the archives!

Despicable Me, James and the Giant Peach, Gnomes, A Duct Tape Blue Bird that ended up more creepy then anything, A whole Halloween Parade full of ideas, and Face Painting to take the most simple of costumes to the next level.

FRYday: Jenna

Prints courtesy of Melanie Burk.

I have ALWAYS loved planning parties. My pinterest board is filled to the brim of all the ideas I’d love to expand on & create beautiful events around. I love to cook, plan, decorate and entertain guests. I love the feeling of hosting, designing a beautiful experience for my friends & having them leaving with full hearts. I love seeing my children’s face light up with enthusiasm because their dreams have come true! Whether it was the Peach Party in the orchard, Superhero Training Party, Little Fish Swimming Party etc…such beautiful memories, with wonderful details, and happy faces.

So why did I quit throwing elaborate birthday parties for my kids?

It was somewhere after the Jude’s fish party that I sat down after the mayhem and realized that of that day I had spent maybe one hour of quality time WITH him. Most the day (and week prior) was spent hiring sitters so I could run errands, prepare food, gather details and set up the party.  So while I was flustered, snapping at my children and running around in general chaos…my boy had been ignored. But wait?! Wasn’t that why I was doing ALL this? So he felt like the most special, wonderful, loved little boy in the whole world? And I think probably in those hours he did, but what I’ve learned since is he feels JUST as special snuggling reading a book, throwing a ball back and forth and taking him on a scooter ride. So often I would find myself missing the moments all while trying to create them and I’ve been determined to, as a man I admire has said, ‘do less with more focus.’Do Less With More Focus

I haven’t thrown a party (in that way) since that day. We still celebrate the heck out of our kids but in a much more relaxed setting. Family, friends, pizza, balloons and love. It’s never going to be pinned, admired or maybe even put on this blog and I’m alright with that. I no longer believe that I am required as a mother to display an outward expression of my inner feelings for my children in the form of expensive birthday parties.

Perhaps there will be a season in my life when I can welcome back in the joy I find in creating a beautiful event without it interfering with the real meaning of the day, and when that comes you’re all invited!

Even still when we attend a beautiful party I find myself thinking that I should really get back doing it in that way and that perhaps my children are missing out. But just like it does not make me more of a wonderful mother to throw a carefully curated party it does not make me less of one to refrain from doing so. And that’s what I’ve found to be so beautiful about parenting, life and people. We’re allowed to find what works for us and makes US happy. There isn’t a one size fits all in parenting and respecting others choices and our own only make our lives more fulfilled.

xo

Jenna

Huge thank you to Melanie Burk for designing what has quickly become a Small Fry motto around here. If it hit you like it has us, grab your favorite below, pin or Instgram, and tag us @melanieburk so we can see how you’re interpreting it into your own life! Happy Fryday! Click Read More for three other versions! Read more