Instagram Roundup!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Happy Monday friends! I hope you all had the best weekend. Tomorrow, as part of my 30-week bump date, I'm sharing all the amazing details from my baby shower this past weekend! It was another dreamy weekend celebrating baby girl and I cannot wait to share the pictures!

It's been a while since I've done an Instagram Roundup and ya'll have been asking about a lot of the dresses I've been wearing during my pregnancy, so it's time ladies!

Hey, my secret to pregnancy shopping? You don't always have to buy maternity! Yes, with jeans and bras and some dresses maternity is a must. But, with dresses and tops, non-maternity is my go-to. Yes, it takes some extra trying on, but they fit better and are so many more options!

Let's get to it.

Ps. There are affiliate links in this post. Meaning if you click and buy, I make a very small percentage at no cost to you! Thanks in advance for supporting Everyday Grace!

Favorite stroller, favorite diaper bag, favorite sneakers. 

Everyone needs a letter board when you're pregnant. 

I love that so many of you LOVE Younger! This book is worth the hype! 

Already meal prepping my life away with Jo's new cookbook! 

Thank you all for your sweet words about my baby shower dress! 
Now it can be yours! And its under $35! 

Favorite sunnies, new fav sneakers. 

My one exception to the non-maternity clothes rule. Gap always wins.
I couldn't find the exact dress, but linked a very similar one! 
When I'm no longer pregnant, how ever will I pose?
You guys have LOVED these sandals and who can blame you? They're Target! 

You guys loved this dress the MOST last year!
It's true, I love Sundays.

My favorite preggers shirt. 

Whew, that was a lot! If you made it all the way through, you deserve to do some shopping! I promise not to wait so long to do another Insta Update! Happy Monday friends!

Ps. Aren't Holiday weeks the best! Two work days and then a day off! Happy almost 4th of July!

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5 Things I'm Thankful for Today.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Happpyyy Friday! Let's be real, the news is full of depressing crap and what we can all use more of is a little gratitude. Let's celebrate the weekend by being thankful, it is Friday for heavens sake. 

What are you thankful today? It doesn't have to be a big thing. The fact that its supposed to be sunny all day is enough. Share yours below. 

ONE // Tomorrow is my Omaha baby shower! I'm thankful for my mother-in-law, sisters-in-law and all the wonderful ladies that are helping me celebrate baby girl. 

TWO // My husband. I have traveled every weekend in June except last weekend and they've all been without my hubs. This weekend he's joining me in Omaha and I'm so thankful. 

THREE // Baby girl. We had our 29 week appointment this week and her heartbeat sounded great, she's measuring perfectly and she's kicking like a champ. I love being able to see and feel her kicks. Plus, I love that we have 11 weeks left! We're getting so close!

FOUR // Tums. Let's get real here ladies. Heartburn has become a real life pregnancy thing and it sucks. But luckily tums and apple cider vinegar makes it a little more manageable. PS. if you have tips, send them my way, please.

FIVE // Whole Foods Gelato.  Guys, if you haven't checked out Whole Foods gelato you are missing out. My advice, get a container of salted caramel and I dare you not to eat the entire thing. 

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2018 Book Review #2!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

My goal of 24 books in 12 months seemed to be a semi-easy task until I hid the baby books. Not gonna lie, they slowed me down. But I picked up a few good novels and while I'm a bit behind my goal I feel my stride coming back.

If you missed the last review, you can catch it here! Some of these books are semi-old school. In my nesting phase, I went through 3 crates of books and found lots of books I've never read. One book had a tag from Greece on it, meaning I bought it 10 years ago when I was studying abroad. But hey, the date doesn't matter, it was so dang good.

Ps. If you want to follow along with what I'm reading as I go, hit up Instagram stories, "Books." I keep em updated!

Let's get to it, shall we?

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE BY CELESTE NG // Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak. 

I  think Celeste Ng is an amazing writer. She is captivating and cultivates her stories and characters in a way not seen very often. This book was a bit slow for me to start. But, I loved her other book and I had heard such good things I kept going. I'm so glad I kept reading.  

Short Review: This book was so good. 

EVEN IF IT KILLS HER BY KATE WHITE // As the two women return to Jillian’s childhood town to investigate, it doesn’t take long for their sleuthing to cause shock waves. Someone starts watching their every move. As they uncover deeply-guarded secrets, so shocking that they make Jillian rethink her entire relationship to her family, Bailey and Jillian find themselves in great peril. They must decide just how much they’re willing to risk to finally discover the truth about the Lowe family’s murder. 

I read this entire book in one day. It kept me on the edge of my seat and needing more. The plot is great and I love the idea of diving back into a crime that happened years ago. It's a little eery, and keeps you guessing until the end. Once I was done, I thought about this book and its characters for days after. 

Short Review: Read it! 

EMMA IN THE NIGHT BY WENDY WALKER // One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn't add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister's return might just be the beginning of the crime. 

In theory, this is a great book but I didn't think it was well written. It flits between characters and time periods a lot and is almost hard to follow. I think the characters are underdeveloped from the start and the ending is bad. Throughout the entirety of the book, I hated all the characters. Never a good start. If you have free time I'd recommend it, but otherwise, skip. 

Short Review: Eh. No.

THE OTHER LOVER BY SARAH JACKMAN // Laura and Adam love their life in Brighton. They're in love, and it's uncomplicated, and that's just how they like it. But all that changes when Laura meets an eccentric older couple in the local cafe, Alessandros. Laura is immediately drawn to Rose and William, whose flamboyancy and joie-de-vivre appeal to a side of her that is rarely shown. But early in their friendship the terrible truth of Rose's future is revealed - she is in the final stages of a devastating terminal illness. Laura and Rose grow ever closer, and when the time finally comes they expect to be able to lay Rose to rest in the peace that she deserves. But soon insidious rumours are flying about as to the real cause of Rose's death; was it the illness that killed her, or did her husband, William, take matters into his own hands. In the weeks that follow Laura and William are thrown together as he struggles to prove his innocence - until finally, their friendship becomes something more, and Laura's life is changed utterly.

This book won't will a noble peace price but it's a very easy read. It's also the one I bought in Greece over 10 years ago. It's kind of a weird, sad story with some weird turns but I flipped through this book in one day. It's a sweet story with a weird twist in the middle and a finished ending. 

Short Review: Eh. If you want a VERY easy read, grab it. 

BREAD & WINE BY SHAUNA NIEQUIST // This book is a collection of essays about family relationships, friendships, and the meals that bring us together. Written by well-loved writer and blogger, Shauna Niequist, this mix of Girl Meets God and the Food Network is a funny, honest, and vulnerable spiritual memoir. Bread & Wine is a celebration of food shared and life around the table, and it reminds us of the joy we find in connection and relationship. It's about the ways that God teaches and nourishes us as we nourish the people around us. It's about hunger, both physical and otherwise, and the connections between the two. Recipes are included for the dishes you can almost taste as you read about them. From Butternut Squash Risotto to Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream and Salted Caramel Sauce, you will be able to recreate the comforting and satisfying meals that come to life.

I've read this book over 15 times. It's a book that regardless of where you're at in life, speaks to you. Shauna does such a great job of sharing pieces of her life that are so emotional and raw. I feel as though she's my best friend who knows exactly what's going on in my life and speak right to my soul. Plus, her recipes are so delicious. 

Short Review: Read it, read it again, keep it on your nightstand and in your kitchen. 

Currently Reading: Marriage Vacation by Pauline Brooks

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My Registry Must Haves

Monday, June 25, 2018

When I sat down to register, I had no clue where to start. First baby, first time registering and no idea what I would need to keep a little human alive. Turns out, a lot. Luckily, I've got great friends and sisters-in-law that would help me through this process. I'd be so dang lost without them.

After 7 long hours on the computer, I finally compiled a registry. I figured I cannot be the only first time mama out there who needs some guidance. This is a short very long list of my registry favorites. Keep in mind, you can register for everything under the sun and depending how many showers you have, you might just need too.

There are a few different ways to register. I for one, didn't register for my big items; crib, dressers, chairs or bookshelves. But a lot of people do and a lot of registries tell you to do so! That part is up to you.

I registered at Amazon, Buy Buy Baby and Pottery Barn Kids. I know what you're thinking, how excessive. But I have reasons for all. Amazon, because Amazon Prime. Two of my three showers are out of state and I knew friends would want to ship gifts and basically everyone has prime. I did it to save money. Buy Buy Baby because everyone gets 20% off coupons. Pottery Barn Kids because they have some of the cuter more niche items I love.

If you haven't heard of Baby List, I suggest checking it out. You an compile your registry from anywhere you can dream of. Every baby store in the world, you can add it to your registry. The one complaint I've heard, its kind of a pain to order and then put your order number on baby list. But it seems like a great idea to me.

I broke this down into categories and shared a huge list, plus I linked some of my most favorite / necessary items. Oh and hey, remember I don't have a kid yet, so these are just what I was told! Please tell me your recs if you have other options!

Ps. There are Amazon affiliate links in this post. Meaning if you click and buy, I make a very small percentage. Thanks in advance for supporting Everyday Grace!

Things I didn't register for, but bought:
  • Crib
  • Mattress
  • Dresser/changing table
  • Glider/ottoman
  • Wall decor
  • Rug 
  • Lamps
Things I registered for:
  • Organic mattress cover
  • Crib bedding and fitted sheet
  • Waterproof sheet protector
  • Crib skirt
  • Crib mobile: I just love this little rose mobile
  • Changing pad and cover
  • Cradle/Bassinet: I registered for the Halo Swivel Bassinet per tons of recs.  
  • Cradle/Bassinet sheet
  • Diaper organizer
  • Storage bins
  • Baby blankets
  • White noice machine: I registered for the HoMedics MyBaby Sound Spa 
  • Baby hangers
  • Stroller. I'm obsessed with our stroller. It's the Vista Uppa Baby and I love how easy everything clicks in to it. Our car seat clicks in, plus it has an infant carrier and a toddler seat. And, it's gorgeous.
  • Umbrella Stroller
  • Stroller hooks
  • Travel bag for stroller and car seat. Ps. If you get the Uppa Baby travel bag, they insure your stroller and car seat if its damaged in travel. 
  • Infant Car Seat. I stuck with Uppa Baby
  • Infant car seat base + an extra for spouse
  • Convertible Car Seat
  • Seat Protector Mat. I didn't even think about this until a friend mentioned it, but it saves your leather seats in your car. I registered for two Britax Car Seat Protectors.  
  • Car seat head support. This is so baby doesn't get a flat head. Who knew. Babymoov Lovenest.
  • Car seat mirror 
  • Wearable baby carrier
  • Playyard
  • Diaper Bags. I'm OBSESSED with my diaper bag! I got a Freshly Picked and Rosie Pope diaper bag backpack and they are so gorgeous. 
  • Changing Mat
  • Swing. I registered for this one after my friend advised me to make sure it swings all directions. Snugababy Fisher Price Swing. Side to side, front to back because some babies like certain movements and some swings only go one direction. 
  • Bounce Seat
  • Breast Pump & Accessories. Ps. Check with your insurance because these are covered. Not all brands are, so if you're picky, you may want to register. Also, you won't be able to get it until about a month before your due date. I registered for a manual one though along with an automatic. 
  • Nursing Bra: Laides, lets make it easier on ourselves and go handsfree with the Simple Wishes Signature Hands Free Pumping Bra. 
  • Nursing pillow (Boppy!)
  • Bottles and Nipples of different sizes. Everyone I asked recommended these Comotomo Bottles. My friends told me to make sure and mix up nipple sizes as well. 
  • Bottle Warmer 
  • Bottle Brush 
  • Drying Rack
  • Insulated bottle tote (especially if you are going to daycare)
  • Baby food maker 
  • High Chair: I just liked the look of this Nuna Zaaz Highchair. Who knows what's better here. 
  • Bowls/Spoons
  • Toddler Cups
  • Feeder for strained food: I love these munchkin ones. Both my nephews used them for fresh fruit, ect. 
  • Bibs/Burp Cloths
  • Pacifiers/Teethers
  • Baby Bath Tub
  • Baby Shampoo/Wash/Lotion
  • Rinse Cup
  • Bath toys: I just loved these yellow rubber duckies like I used to have. 
  • Washclothes
  • Kneeler
  • Diapers. I was told to register for the brand I want, so if people want to buy to diapers they know the correct brand. I went with Pampers Swaddlers
  • Diaper Pail
  • Hooded Towels: These Pottery Barn Baby Faux Fur Bath Wraps are almost too cute. Almost. I was gifted the white unicorn one and its the softer thing ever.
  • Wipes
  • Rash Ointment 
  • Wipes Warmer: My BFF got me this Prince Lionhart Wipes Warmer and I didn't even know I needed it. God bless my BFFs. 
  • Baby Monitor
  • Safety Accessories (think plug covers and door closers)
  • Night light
  • Humidifier: Depending on where you live, this is important. For us Denver-ites and the cold dry winters, its a necessity. I picked this VAVA Cool Mist Humidifier because I liked the look of it. 
  • Thermometer 
  • Nasal Aspirator. AKA the booger sucker, blech! But NoseFrieda the snotsucker, here I come. 
  • Baby toothbrush
  • Nail clippers
  • Brush and Comb Set
  • Laundry detergent. I was told to register for Seventh Generation detergent. It's not baby specific but clean and healthy for baby. A lot of my friends use Dreft because it smells like baby! 
  • Activity Gym: I loved this one from Pottery Barn Kids. So darn cute. 
  • Rattles/Teethers
  • Take along Toys
  • Walker: I liked this Joovy walker because it has a little table on the front and I liked the colors. 
  • Blocks
  • Books. My advice, get your childhood favorites. 
  • Stuffed Animals
NEWBORN ESSENTIALS // Here's the advice I got about clothing. Everyone will buy you clothing if you register for it. But if you're like me and this is the first baby, don't register for a ton of clothing because you want people to buy you the stuff you need.
Hey, if you made it to the end of this huge post, congratulate yourself and thanks for reading! What are your registry must haves? Tell me everything.

Happy Monday friends! Let's make this a great week.

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28 Week Bumpdate!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Happy Tuesday friends! Guys, I know things are about to slow way down, but this pregnancy is absolutely flying. We have 12 weeks (or less!) until we meet this baby girl.

This last weekend my mom and sister-in-law threw me the most incredible shower. Besides it being absolutely stunning, it was so full of love, laughter and so much joy as we welcome this sweet little babe in to the world. I loved that I had an entire day talking about baby girl and celebrating her.

After the shower, I came home, washed her new clothes, ironed them and put them all away. It gives me so much joy to be in her room. I could sit in there all day. 12 weeks baby girl, lets do this thing.

Thank you to all my amazing family and friends for the best shower. You don't know how much this weekend meant to me. I can't wait for all of you to meet her!

On to the bumpdate. Hello third trimester! I'm so happy to see you!

How far along: 28 weeks! 
Size: Baby Girl is as big as a eggplant! At 28 weeks she measured a little over 2.5 pounds She's also measuring at about 15 inches!  
How I’m feeling: Very pregnant. But honestly, really good. I have energy (most of the day), I'm hungry a lot, but can't eat a ton, so small meals are my go-t0. My ankles are swollen, but luckily my hubs is a foot massage hero. I'm not sleeping great, lots of tossing and turning, but hey it's prepping me for when she's here. My hair is so thick and curly which sounds great but is a mess to deal with. 
Cravings: All the fruit, candy and protein shakes. 
Nursery: She has a fully prepared crib, bookcase, and clothes! Her chair and dresser are getting delivered soon! She has a beautiful rug and we ordered the lighting. It's so close to being done and then I'll give you the grand tour.   
Workouts: 30 minute walks! 
Movement: Yes! All the time, all day long, especially at night when I lay down. Adam finally felt her move too! 
Things to remember: Our baby shower. It was so overwhelming to be loved by so many amazing people. I'll remember her first time kicking. I had to text my friend and ask if what I was feeling was kicking. Sure enough it's gotten stronger and now I can see her kicks.
I'll remember Adam and the sweet way he talks about baby girl and how excited he is. I'll remember coming home from our shower and showing him all the stuff (most of which is pink) and him being as excited as I was. This little girl has no clue yet how lucky she is to have Adam as her dad. He's going to be the best dad ever and is proving that before she's even here. 
My sweet sweet mama (soon to be baby girls Nana!) 
My amazing sister-in-law!
The best balloon arch ever!
Feelin' myself! 
BFF's and soon to be auntie coco! 
Baby girl loves Aunt Coco so much already!
The best aunts.
Tia Nati! 
The best group of ladies. Baby girl, you are so loved.
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7 things to do in Scottsdale, Arizona now!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

I'm currently en route to my favorite state ever, Arizona! If you've never been or been wanting to go, stop everything and book your trip. Maybe wait to go until November - May, but book it, trust me. If you didn't know I grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona. I lived there from age 3 1/2 - 17. My whole family still lives there, my best friends are there and its my most favorite place in the world.
"Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts." Oliver Wendell Holmes.
Anyways, I'm heading home for my first baby shower! I'm so dang excited. But first, lets chat Arizona. There are so many amazing places to visit, eat, drink, shop, and tour. These are just some of my top favs, to name a few.

Have you been to Arizona? What are your favorite places?

ONE // Le Grande Orange, Phoenix, Arizona. Le Grande Orange is an organic coffee and breakfast bar, cafe, pizzeria and retail grocery. The food is simple and clean with no hidden ingredients.

Le Grande Orange, better known as LGO is one of the best places for coffee, breakfast and pizza in the city. My BFF Coti has made honey lattes at this place famous and their commuter breakfast sandwich will actually knock you socks off. Shop the grocery while you wait for your breakfast for all the cutest knick knacks, cards and things you never knew you needed.

TWO // Sanctuary Resort, Paradise Valley, Arizona. Nestled within the inspiring landscapes of Camelback Mountain, Sanctuary Resort invites you to experience a higher level of luxury, laughter, and glorious renewal. This famed Scottsdale luxury resort will introduce you to a refreshing new spirit of sophistication and relaxed refinements, as you discover 53 acres of your own private paradise where formalities are replaced by fun, and the most luxurious amenity is the art of reconnection.

The Sanctuary sits on the top of Camelback Mountain and is one of the best views in the city. Want a fancy brunch, delicious dinner or a gorgeous pool? Head up the mountain to find your little retreat.

THREE // El Chorro, Paradise Valley, Arizona. Cozily nestled between Scottsdale and Phoenix, Paradise Valley’s historic El Chorro offers an authentic Arizona dining experience. Generations of Valley residents and visitors have travelled to this serene setting at the base of the stunning Camelback and Mummy mountains.

The legendary restaurant has been around forever, plus it's where I got married. It has a gorgeous patio, delicious cocktails and the sticky buns will leave you absolutely begging for takeout. Order the short ribs, thank me later.

FOUR // Phoenix Open, Scottsdale, Arizona. As the most-attended tournament in the world, with an annual attendance at 500,000, it's a weekend you don't want to miss. The legendary 16th hole has a temporary stadium that manifests around it each year, so popular that the city is considering making it permanent.

Adam and I love the Phoenix Open because it's at the end of January and the perfect retreat from those dreary Denver months. Warning, its an absolute shit show. But its the best party in golf and totally worth seeing at least once in your life.

FIVE // Ruze Cake House, Scottsdale, Arizona. Růže was founded on the principle that local and sustainable ingredients make for better, fresher tasting cakes. Ethically-sourced food on a personal level; and an even greater responsibility to source food that’s been produced in a way which doesn’t harm the environment or exploit farmers and producers.

Delicious baked goods, amazing coffee and they make the most gorgeous cakes. Okay, so I'm biased because they made our wedding cakes and macaroons, but trust me. This is a stop worth making. Plus the shop is so cute and instagrammable.

SIX // Spring Training in Old Town. Scottsdale. Scottsdale Stadium takes up 11 acres in the heart of the city's downtown and can rightfully make the claim as spring training's most urban ballpark. It stands on a busy city thoroughfare just three blocks from Old Town Scottsdale.

Is there anything better than sitting in the warm sunshine, drinking beer and watching baseball? The answer is no. The coolest part about this stadium is its in the heart of old town scottsdale, meaning you can walk wherever you want before and after the game.

SEVEN // Mii Amo Spa, Sedona, Arizona. A world-class destination spa resort with its own award-winning facilities. Featuring 16 luxurious spa casita guest rooms & suites, Mii amo Spa offers everything from delicious meals at the celebrated Mii amo Café to spectacular spa treatment rooms, a tranquil library, fitness center and movement studio, plus indoor and outdoor pools with dramatic canyon views.

Sedona may be 2 hours from Phoenix, but it's totally worth the drive. Nestled in the most gorgeous red rocks, this spa is a dream come true. My bff Whitney had her bachelorette party here and we spent the day treating ourselves to some spa treatments. This is the perfect getaway for a girls trip, honeymoon or weekend getaway.

Tell me your favorites! What do you love to do in Arizona?

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Review: Chef'd Meal Delivery

Monday, June 11, 2018

Happy Monday friends! After a long weekend in Vail, getting back to Denver and meal prepping was the LAST thing I wanted to do. PS. Thanks for all the birthday wishes! Life officially in my 30's has officially kicked off. 

After a long weekend, thank the Lord, I have Chef'd in my corner. We all know the basics about meal prep - pay for a subscription, get a meal, make the meal, semi-enjoy the meal. Oh, and don't even get me started on cost, usually they are so expensive.

Bring in Chef'd. Chef’d was designed as a meal kit company like no other, where the choice is truly in the hands of the consumer. With no subscriptions, the ability to reorder your favorites, and thousands of options to choose from, Chef’d is changing the meal kit landscape one delicious meal at a time.

The perks of Chef'd: There are lots of them.

  • So many choices - paleo, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, all the meat, pasta. Whatever you want.  
  • No subscriptions - this is my favorite part. You can order a meal. You don't have to spend your lifesavings on meals you may or may not like. 
  • Delicious food - This is always hit or miss for me when it comes to meal subscription boxes. But not with Chef'd. I was honestly so surprised at how amazing the food was! It was so dang delicious. 
Knowing we were coming home Sunday night, I wanted an easy dinner and an even easier breakfast before jumping back into a post-birthday weekend work day.  I ordered over night oats, smoothie bowls and chicken tinga tostadas. I was so happy with all my choices. 

My favorite part - all the produce is super fresh. It comes delivered in a huge box, straight to your front door with all the ingredients freezer packed. The thing I like about this kit, the insides are recyclable and the freezer packs I can reuse. So nothing goes to waste. 

The best part is you get all the ingredients in on bag, fresh fruit and the instructions. 
We all know overnight oats are so bomb, but these were the best.
All the ingredients are so fresh too. 
The chicken tostadas were so good and spicy. 
And we had enough food to feed an army!

The best news: you can get 20% off your order with the code KRISTEN20. Head to Chef'd and get your order placed today. You'll thank me when you're not grocery shopping this weekend. 

Happy Monday friends! Cheers to good food we didn't have to prep.

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