Lifestyle / Pregnancy

Three Purchases That Have Been a Gamer Changer During Pregnancy

08.03.18

Now that I’m in the ending weeks of my second trimester, I’ve been thinking more and more about what I want to share in my second trimester of pregnancy post (catch part 1 and part 2 of my first trimester edition here). While diving into more of what I want to share all about these past weeks and months that have truly been the sweet spot of my pregnancy, I realized there were a few things that have truly helped me throughout my entire pregnancy thus far — three in particular that I wanted to share in case any of you mommas-to-be were in need of a few items to help you make your pregnancy that much easier and enjoyable! Without further ado —

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Decor / Lifestyle

Around Our Home — 20

07.24.18

And just like that, July is nearly over! I’m not gonna lie, but July has been on HOT month around here and I’m just fine with bidding it ado. However, July has brought us some sweet moments — our baby boy continues to grow and grow (and kick more each day)! We bought his crib and it’s already set up in what will be his nursery (can’t wait to share his space once it’s more complete). My best friend, Courtney, has officially moved back home (I am SO happy to have her here for baby boy’s arrival), and I’m already planning for all the coffee and brunch dates that are ahead for us! And last, but certainly not least, today we’re celebrating SEVEN years of our small business, Citizen Home Decor! Anyways, ready for a few recent peeks into our home + thoughts during the month of July? Without further ado —

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Lifestyle / Outfits / Pregnancy

Dressing The Bump // 21 Weeks

07.19.18

Hello there! I’m officially 24 weeks and can’t believe I’m sharing my first outfit in months! In all honesty, I had fully intended on keeping up with sharing my daily wears — but with a growing bump and being in that in-between state for quite a few weeks [ya know, where you sort of look like you just ate a big lunch 😉 ], taking a little break just felt right! However, I have been documenting my baby bump each week and recently shared my first batch of photos + thoughts on weeks 14-18 of pregnancy! Anyways, here I am at 21 Weeks, rocking my favorite maternity jeans and a flowy top (my go-to lately)! Read More

Lifestyle / Pregnancy

Bump Update – Weeks 14-18

07.16.18

As I’m nearing the end of my second trimester of pregnancy (I’m currently 24 weeks!), I wanted to make sure I shared thoughts on my second trimester here so far, not only to document it for myself but to also share for those who may be coming into a similar stage in their own pregnancy. During my first trimester (which I shared all about here and here!), I LOVED reading what others experienced during those early days and I truly believe they gave me peace of mind knowing that I wasn’t the only one feeling those emotions or experiencing those body changes during those weeks that seemed to take forever and ever. Knowing how I felt then, my hope is that some of what I share here can resonate with you guys too — whether you’re going through pregnancy yourself or have a loved one in the same boat!

Anyways, I will just say that overall the second trimester has been a dream — I’ve had much more energy than during my first (those early zombie-like days were tough!), and have really loved seeing my bump grow and grow each week! The second trimester is also so fun because you get to share more of what you’re going through with your friends and family, and you’re overall feeling pretty good (the aches and pains I had in my first trimester started to subside early on into my second). Oh, and you’ve probably had at least one ultrasound at this point — which are SO excited (albeit a bit nerve wracking at times, if I’m being honest), and hearing your baby’s heart beat for the first time is one of the most special sounds EVER! Ok, onto those second trimester weeks —

Week 14:

At 14 weeks we had just announced that we’re expecting and in all honesty — the amount of love and joy we felt those first few days is something that we’ll never forget! At this point, two weeks into the second trimester, baby bird was the size of a peach and weighed about 1.5 ounces — which was double from the week before!  During this week I was feeling very bumpin’, but mostly just in the evenings when I swear my belly would double in size! During this week I also decided maternity jeans felt like a must and went on an ordering spree (which you can read more about here), and was just truly SO happy to have everyone know our big news! Keeping this secret from ya’ll was one of THE hardest things to do, so it just felt SO good to finally talk about our baby bird openly!

Week 15:

We celebrated 15 weeks with our baby bird in NYC! Baby was officially the size of a navel orange and at 2.5 ounces, was starting to make their appearance more and more each day! We also ate REAL well in NYC, so that might have added to my bumpin’ bump! 😉 On this day, the first of week 15, we went to the ever so chic La Mercerie Cafe for breakfast and then headed to The Museum of Modern Art to see the Picassos, Monets and Matisses! After a late lunch, we wandered to Central Park and did some people watching while thinking about how grateful we are to be here before baby arrives! Chelsea Market and Katz’s Deli finished off our day — and then I was SO wiped out that I decided to head to bed early in the city that never sleeps! NYC was the perfect place to celebrate our 30th birthdays and have an early babymoon in — I would definitely recommend it, especially in those early weeks of your second trimester where you still feel like walking and walking like you need to do in NYC!

Week 16:

At 16 weeks pregnant, baby bird was the size of an avocado and weighed 3.50 ounces! Oh, and their taste buds were starting to develop and they could officially hear my voice — which felt like music to my ears, as I’ve loved checking in and talking to baby throughout the day! At this point, I was also all into dressy comfy and cozy to accommodate my growing bump! I found myself really into Dwell and Slumber dresses and event attempted to wear a belly band over my regular jeans one day — a decision that went terrible wrong when I found myself trying to rip it off in the car after a long day at work. At week 16, I also remember waiting ever so not patiently until we could find out the sex of our baby at 20 weeks — the wait felt like forever, but looking back — those weeks went by so fast.

Week 17:

At 17 weeks pregnant, baby was the size of a pomegranate and weighed 5.90 ounces! Since it was the end of May in Arizona, the weather was starting to get hot, hot, hot, so Scott and I tried to be outside a little more this week and decided to head to the Queen Creek Olive Mill to have lunch under the olive trees over the Memorial Day weekend! We played corn hole (we’re both terrible), listened to the band and talked about bringing our baby bird back there in the fall! At this point, we were getting closer and closer to 20 weeks and the thought of being almost half way there seemed wild! As always, we were feeling SO grateful and excited — we even looked at strollers and cribs around this time, which made things feel even more surreal! Oh, and speaking of things feeling more real — at this point I was also starting to have more cravings — up until then I was just really into my cheese, olives and lemon flavored La Croixs (cravings that have followed me throughout my whole pregnancy so far), but during this week I REALLY wanted potato salad and since I’ve been avoiding mayonnaise throughout my pregnancy — having some over the holiday weekend felt not likely. BUT, Scott surprised me with my very own batch of potato salad made with eggless mayonnaise — THE literal dream, ya’ll haha! I was SO stoked on this and truly appreciated Scott’s super sweet gesture. He has been my rock throughout my entire pregnancy, and I couldn’t be more thankful for the love that he shows baby bird and I each and every day!

Week 18:

At 18 weeks pregnant, baby bird was the size of an artichoke and weighed 6.70 ounces! On Sunday, June 3rd, just two days into my 18th week, I felt the baby move for the first time! Up until then I had had moments where I thought I could have felt them, but nothing felt as distinct as it did on this day. I even jumped on Instagram Stories and shared what I was feeling to see if I could get a general consensus that this was indeed the baby and not just gas (it happens, haha), but by 7:45pm that evening I knew that what I was feeling was our baby bird — wiggling all around and giving me those real flutter feelings — it was MAGICAL and SO surreal to finally feel our baby who had been growing inside of me for the past 18 weeks! Cue the tears — what a special day this was!

Ok, that’s it for now but I’ll be back soon to share all about weeks 19 through 22! Until then I hope ya’ll enjoyed this bumpdate! 😉 I’ve been making a list of a few other pregnancy related posts to share, but if you have anything you specifically want to see on the ol’ blog — let me know! The nursery is definitely high up there on my list to share — possible what our plan is and then the actual nursery tour closer to baby boy’s arrival. We actually just made our first nursery purchase tonight — baby boy’s crib! ECK! It’s perfect and I can’t wait to get it in his room later this week! Promise to share a few sneak peeks on Instagram when it comes in! In the meantime, have a great week, friends!

-Chelsea xo

Decor / Lifestyle

For The Home — 12 // My Favorite Ways To Style Up Decorative Trays

07.10.18

 

With the hustle and bustle, and let’s be real — the tiredness that has come along with my pregnancy, I haven’t been spending much time on updating our home. However, lately I have been up to my old ways here and there with that second trimester energy kicking in along the way — and one of the most simple ways I’ve found to switch up our home that comes with very minimal work — styling up our decorative trays! Truthfully, I can’t count the the trays we have in our home on one hand — although, I will say most of them are vintage or handmade by Scott — but trays really are such a great way to bring character and charm to an otherwise lackluster space in your home!

Here are my favorite ways to style up decorative trays —

  • Three of a kind // Three seems to be that magical number that makes all home goods come together — whether it be three brass candlestick holders (a personal fave), or three trinkets from your travels — three is the perfect number of items to bring together to tell a story in your space!
  • Varying Heights // While three is the magic number, don’t forget that it’s important to keep the heights of each item varied!
  • Plants are your friends // A little greenery does wonders for a space! Among my favorites that will fit onto a small tray — succulents, dwarf palms and single monstera leaves.
  • When all else fails, flowers to the rescue // Fresh flowers have a way of bringing a space to life! Some of my favorite florals to decorate with are — peonies (of course!), baby’s breathe, ranunculus, eucalyptus with white roses and more!

Here is also a few of my favorite bits and pieces to style up our decorative trays with —

Are you into decorative trays? What are your favorite ways to decorate your space?  I’m always on the hunt for new ways to add some beauty and interest  to our home and would love any tips or tricks you have! Anyways, I hope you guys are having an amazing start to your week and I’ll be back soon!

-Chelsea xo

Lifestyle / Pregnancy

My Favorite Maternity Jeans

07.02.18

I’m just going to cut to the chase — ya’ll know I’m a jeans girl at heart! While I love wearing (and let’s be real — buying dresses), I could wear jeans every day for the rest of my life and be totally happy. I know that’s a big statement, but I really LOVE my jeans. With all that said, though, pregnancy has thrown a bit of a wrench into my jean wearing days.

In the beginning, my high-waisted Madewell jeans were just feeling bit snug (that first trimester bloat is REAL), and then eventually I had to use the old rubber band trick to give myself a little extra room on top. A fews week later, and right into the beginning of my second trimester, maternity jeans became a must! I will admit, though, that I had been researching maternity jeans from pretty early on knowing that my high-waist favs probably wouldn’t last long! I must have ordered 15+ pairs from all different price points and stores, including different styles and sizes. Ultimately, I found two pairs that have my go-to’s since about 12 weeks on and I’m stoked to share them them with you. To keep things fair, though, I also wanted to share all the jeans I did order and why they did or didn’t work for me! Without further ado —

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Decor / Lifestyle

How We Start Our Mornings Together

06.19.18

During our four and a half years of marriage, Scott and I have gone through many different morning routines — from opposite work schedules to intense grad school semesters, same work schedules and now to a few days a week at home working together. Throughout them all, though, one thing has remained the same — we always have coffee together. We’ve learned to cherish these quiet moments before the work day begins and have found a real groove that works for us — up early, dressed and ready for the day and coffee together before we get to work.

Being from Arizona, iced coffee has always been our drink of choice and lately we’ve really been enjoying trying out the Cuisinart Cold Brew Coffee Machine. We’ve actually made our own cold brew over the years, a process that was never that successful for us, and most recently we’ve been buying cold brew filled growlers from our favorite coffee shop. With the help of our latest cold brew addition, though, we’ve been making our own in a mere 25 minutes!

While my own coffee consumption has been slim to none during the past few months, I have been enjoying making Scott a carafe of cold brew every few days — although, you can leave the cold brew in the carafe in the fridge for up to two weeks! You can make three, five or seven cups depending on what you’re in the mood for, and also pick your own brew setting — mild, medium or bold. Scott’s favorite combo seems to be seven cups on the bold setting! We’ve also been using our favorite locally roasted beans and grinding them in our at-home grinder before we put them into the machine. The smell of coffee is seriously one of the best smells ever, and this process tends to fill our whole home with that heavenly smell.

With the bold setting on, the machine takes an extra 20 minutes (45 minutes in total) to really soak in all that smooth, cold brew goodness. However, with all the hustle and bustle that goes on during the mornings around here, the coffee seems to be ready before we know it. With the 25-minute setting on, this machine is also the fastest cold brew machine on the market — which is a huge bonus for us and our busy lifestyle.

Once the cold brew is poured, we tend to sit at the kitchen counter or at our dining table and write out our goals and tasks for the day. Meetings, emails, projects to finish, orders to fulfill — there’s so much that goes into being a small business owner, but I feel truly so lucky to be going through this process together. Coffee has always been so deeply integrated into our love story, and it’s so nice to still see it as a part of every day today — especially during such an exciting chapter in our life!

If you’re cold brew lovers like we are, this machine is a must-have in your kitchen! It’s quick, easy to use and clean and even helps us to stay on track with our coffee budget because we’re making all of our coffee at home. Oh, and in case you’re wondering — we’re black coffee drinkers (always have been), but this machine makes the smoothest, non-acid cold brew — one that even sweet coffee drinkers will like drinking this straight out of the carafe (plus, it’s much healthier for you too)!

-Chelsea xo

Thank you so much to Cuisinart for sponsoring this post!

Lifestyle / Pregnancy

IT’S A BOY!

06.17.18

Baby Goodson is a boy and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Scott and I had our 20 week ultrasound/anatomy scan on Friday and finding out the gender of our baby was at the top of our list. I truly wish I could be one of those people who waited until the baby’s birth to find out the gender (like my mom did with me), but I am such a planner and really wanted to have clear vision of what to expect — lots of pink or lots of blue! However, we are ecstatic to finally know that a baby boy will be joining our crew this fall and just know he’s going to be adorable and super handy later in life (just like his dad, haha).

Backing up to Friday morning — we were so excited fo finally have this appointment and to be hitting the half way mark! We went into our appointment not knowing if we would be welcoming a baby boy or girl into our family, although — I will say that we were thinking that we were having a girl, mostly because we’ve always had a strong vision that a little girl would be a part of our family one day (and let me be honest — I know nothing about little boys!). After our ultrasound our doctor was SO sweet and told us that it doesn’t mean we couldn’t be welcoming a little girl next time. Cue the tears — I swear I’ve been so emotional the past two days since we found out. I am just so, so incredibly thankful to know that we have a healthy, happy baby on the way — because at the end of the day, that’s all any parent hopes for.

After our appointment we called my folks to tell them the good news! They’re currently out of state and since they wouldn’t be here for our gender reveal get-together (more on that later), we wanted to share with them right away. Which again, brought more tears to my eyes! I swear I haven’t been quite this emotional during my pregnancy thus far, but I have a feeling that these tears are just a small dose of what’s to come as baby and I get bigger and I feel him kicking more — which he’s actually doing right now!

Aside from just calling and telling our family and friends the good news, we thought it would be to have a small get-together to share the word. The amazing folks over at Park Haus, an incredible Airbnb right off of downtown Gilbert, graciously let us use their space to share the news of our baby boy! We wanted to keep things pretty casual, so we ordered Rudy’s BBQ for dinner and grabbed drinks and desserts at Costco. We actually had Rudy’s for our rehearsal dinner before our wedding, so it felt like tradition at this point. We also decorated the house with pink and blue balloons, chamomile flowers and and an “Oh Baby” sign — again, super casual and felt just like us!

Once everyone arrived, we decided to share the good news! We had a big black balloon filled with blue confetti and Scott did the honor of popping it in front of our family and friends! I swear a giant, audible “Awwwwwh” was let out by everyone and lots of hugs and “I knew it” were shared soon after. Our sweet friend, Katie, had made a little boy and girl sign that everyone had to sign/put down there guess before the party started — and although team girl seemed to winning, everyone immediately turned to team blue once the word is out! We’re having a mini Scott they all said, which sounds like the cutest thing to me!

Once we found out the good news and shared with our family and friends on Friday, we decided to take an extra day to share the good news here! Just like when we found out we were pregnant, it felt nice to have a little time to ourselves  to celebrate our baby boy together. We event went out and  bought a few baby clothes, like this little onesie and hat from Local Nomad and this sweater from Nordstrom, and also had a few celebratory treats at Urban Cookies — Scott even had one of their Father’s Day specials, a maple bacon donut with a giant piece of bacon on it!

And today, Scott’s first Father’s Day, feels that much more special because we know that we’re celebrating him and our baby boy — who I know will be attached at the hip and making all the fun projects together down the road. Happy Father’s Day, my love, you’re going to be the best dad EVER!

Thank you all SO much for celebrating with us! We couldn’t be more grateful and excited to meet this baby boy come November! Until then, please send me lots of links to cute baby boy clothes — I’m officially on the hunt!

-Chelsea xo

Lifestyle / Outfits / Pregnancy / Style

Five Easy Ways To Unwind

06.12.18

Sponsored by Zappos!

Ever since I can remember, I’ve always thrived off of being a busy bee! Whether it was in grade school or high school going from one activity to another, or in college when I was handling a full-time schedule, working at the student magazine and blogging here (yes, I’m sure you can find me talking about that time of my life somewhere in this old blog of mine). While things are slightly different today and less homework is involved (thank goodness!), I am still living that busy life and can usually be found juggling work, home life, this blog and our small business. And ya know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way!

However, I will say that during the past 19 or so weeks, I have found myself focusing more time on myself — relaxing and unwinding in-between these busy moments — including switching up my regular flats for something with a little more cushion and comfort! In celebration of these comfy and relaxing moments, I’ve teamed up with the my favorite folks over at Zappos and Comfortiva to share how I styled up their Blossom sandals (which I’ve been obsessed with lately) and sharing five easy ways to unwind — on a budget for that! 😉

Five Easy Ways To Unwind —

1. Go for a sunset walk! — This is something Scott and I do at least three times a week and is always something that gets us moving together and talking about our day — whether we were apart or together, it’s so nice to be able to connect while we get our bones moving too (exercise always makes me feel my best).

2. Catch up on your favorite shows or YouTube channels! — Who else has a list of shows that they love to watch during the week but don’t often have time to catch them all? Guilty! I tend to save up my favorite shows and then sit down (or lay down if I’m being honest) and watch them when I’m needing a little rest and break. Among my favorites lately — Southern Charm, Total Bellas and Little People Big World!

3. Water your plants and wipe down the leaves! There is something just so relaxing about caring for your plant babies! I tend to do this once a week (depending on how much water each plant needs) and always find myself feeling more calm than when I started.

4. Take yourself out for a coffee/tea date! This is something I started doing in high school and still do today. I always feel good after a little coffee or tea date. Usually Scott and I go together when we just need to take a moment to unwind/take a break from the bustle of everyday life, but going by yourself is totally great too!

5. Spend time with your family and friends! There’s nothing like time spent with your loved ones, whether you just stop by for ten minutes or a few hours — family and friends have this way of making a person so calm and at peace with whatever chaos may be going on that day!

What are some of your favorite ways to unwind? I hope ya’ll found this post helpful! I would love to hear — have you tried out any Comfortiva sandals before? Zappos currently has some super comfy styles in stock, so be sure to head on over to their section to check out their latest picks! I hope everyone has a wonderful week and I’ll be back soon!
-Chelsea xo

Decor / Lifestyle

Around Our Home — 19

06.11.18

 

Where have the past few months gone? I believe I haven’t posted a peek into our home since sometime in March — which makes sense because that’s when my first trimester symptoms were kicking in and I spent most evenings going to bed early rather than staying up and blogging. However, I am happy to be in that sweet spot of the second trimester now and sharing more about our journey and experience here, along with getting back to our regularly scheduled program. Anyways, April and May were wild — feeling that first trimester, spending lots of time with family, prepping a big surprise and move for my work family (into a rad new office space), announcing that our little baby is on their way, turning 30, exploring NYC, my first Mother’s Day — wow! April and May were truly bananas (in the best possible way)! Ready for a few recent peeks into our home? Without further ado —

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