Thursday, August 18, 2016

lilly pulitzer online sale.

lilly 5x5

The endless summer sale is on  Monday. Almost all my Lilly comes from this twice a year sale along with a lot of gifts for friends and family. This is the biggest sale they will have all year. Sometimes though I just throw my hands up and don't do it because it can be real annoying. Here are some things to know:

1) Lilly sizing changes yearly. I luckily live about 10 minutes from a store so I usually go and try some dresses and shorts on to see how the sizing is. Everything is final sale so it's worth your time

2) The clothing that are on sale are usually the winter resort and spring collections. They sometimes will have a smattering of the fall collection and some summer. I usually peruse their instagram and pinterest board to get an idea of what I am looking for. This helps me not get caught up in the buying just to buy.

3) The waiting system. It is SO much better than when the site crashes but it does theoretically kick you to the back of the line when you check out. If you have the site open in multiple windows it usually will let you back in right away. I usually just have both our computers up. They also require you to verify some part of your credit card info so have that handy.

4) Things that sell out first are usually the scarves, followed by accessories ( I am personally not a fan of their jewelry, a little cheap) and Elsa Tops. Dresses will usually come back in stock later in the day or the following day.

5) If you have a store nearby they may start the sale a day early, mine did last year. They say it is the same prices (I am not convinced) and my store also takes call in order if they have them.

6) The baby clothes are HUGE. Isla is in the 90% of height and she is still in 3-6 month dresses. She is going to be wearing her summer lilly in late fall. sigh.

6) If you are looking for some laughs...log on to twitter and instagram  to see how bent out of shape people get about this sale. It is some great fodder to go along with your morning coffee.

Good Luck! I am off to Chicago for a weekend with my girlfriends. Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

around here

Well, if I would have to sum up the last week it has been alternating between this Olympic diver's belly flop  and Shaune Miller diving over the line. For a positive, the Olympics this year have been amazing (does anyone else wish they can type in emojis. There so are many options for how I feel). I cannot stop watching. I have been personally invested in Michael Phelps mean mugging, Simone Biles getting gold, and omg a great grandmother coaching her grandson.  I mean, I have to stay up late and watch...they need me. As a result, I have not worked out since the Olympics have started, the irony is rich. Our personal goal is to go to the next summer Olympics in the United States. Craig is arguing for winter Olympics but lets be real, my love of sports is dictated by how the weather is. Thanks but no thanks for cheering on the home team in a parka. Anyways....

Craig and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary on Saturday! It's hard to believe that we have been married five years because it feels like forever and yet no time at all. However, you know you have been married five years when you make your husband a really sweet scavenger hunt all over the house but the present is a water flosser (which he's always wanted). We went out on a date during which Craig tried to eat my entire meal. I HATE sharing food, it literally pains me when he takes more than a bite off of my plate. It was really nice to have a conversation and eat dinner without a baby shrieking like a hyena for more food. (I'm serious, she gets so  also excited she stomps her feet)

I am still trying to figure out how to get things done since Isla's gone mobile. One of my handy tricks is that I will call my mom on FaceTime and put the phone close to Isla so she can chat with her while I run to another part of the house. My mom just shouts if Isla stop's playing with the phone. I know, I know, Mom of the Year. I have also been relying on baby jail and baby vegas. She has also started to stand up in the tub and do a "look mom, no hands" trick.

On the belly flop side of things, breastfeeding has gotten real crappy. Isla has started to bite and I heard if you scream (and involuntary out of pain) when they clamp down it will get them to stop. Well, it only results in Isla sobbing due to the noise and refusing to eat. So if you have any tips, let me know. I also am not producing a ton of milk so I am pumping around the clock which is equal parts exhausting and time consuming. The noise of that pump will haunt me in my sleep.

How are y'all this week, belly flop or diving? 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

how i got in shape post pregnancy.

This is undoubtably one of the bigger questions I have been asked since I have had Isla.  I should first say that my level of fitness is much different than most... I ran track and cross country year round from ages 13-20 including in college. My doctor cleared me for as much exercise as I wanted (with the usual precautions about heat and heart rate) during pregnancy. I would encourage you to make that one of your first questions to your doctor, I felt much more comfortable doing what I wanted after.
fitbit/best preggo lady shorts and tank/ bellyband/nike training club/purebarre video

Before pregnancy: We had been talking about thinking about trying for a babe after Craig's last deployment so about 6 months before I got pregnant I started upping my ab routine and weights. I did 8 minutes of abs every other day (I searched around youtube) and used Nike Training Clubs app for free weight training. Trying to keep muscle tone is the hardest part of pregnancy fitness. I also tried to get my running mileage up. If you aren't a runner I would try to up your cardio game somehow. This made a HUGE difference during the last 10 weeks of my pregnancy.
*Also take pre-natals. I def didn't and one of the nurses scared me into thinking all kinds of horrible things were going to happen because of it..she's perfectly healthy.

During Pregnancy: Again this is different for every person. I didn't have many side effects of pregnancy so I was able to work out most days. I tried to stick to indoor workouts so I wasn't worried about overheating.  I ran until the day before I had Isla but I was down to about 2 miles with a lot of breaks.  I was the preggo lady that the front desk ladies raised an eyebrow at when I walked in the gym. I tried to use my fitbit to track 10,000 steps everyday, a lot of them came from walking.  I also streamed pure barre workouts which is low impact and little weight.

 I found out at 27 weeks that I had gestational diabetes which slowed my weight gain wayyyyy down. I took my blood sugar 4 times a day and stuck to mostly salads and soups with lots of protein. It also forced me to workout even when I didn't want to because I didn't want to go on meds.

Post Pregnancy: I used a belly band which helped with the swelling and my back pain. (someone told me that they didn't want to be vain and use a band when I suggested would wrap a swollen ankle so why not a swollen belly. ) I kept it on for 40 very long, annoying days. I would say that it was a big game changer and other than my belly button my stomach looks the same as before. It also helped my hips close up so all my pants fit.

I started walking every other day around the block the week I got back, it felt really good to get out of the house albeit painful. I increased how much I was able to walk every week and I ran the day I was cleared at my 8 week appointment. My doctor told me that I had a much different post pregnancy experience because I never went into labor, which I can appreciate. I also started pure barre at the studio which was LIFE CHANGING. I can't say enough good things; if you look at the prices and scream a little I promise it's worth doing at least a month. It gave my body a good reset and helped my flexibility along with my raging mood swings.

Currently, I get up about 5:30ish most mornings to go to pure barre (Craig got me a membership as a birthday/mothers day gift) and I walk Nimitz with Isla after. Hopefully this encourages anyone that is worried about post pregnancy, dedicate some time for yourself and it will pay off. promise! Anyone have any pregnancy workout hacks? I would love to hear!
* I also didn't go back to work so that also makes a big difference timewise!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

What I am wearing: Chicago edition

I am heading to Chicago next week to meet up with my best friends from high school! I am not sure how it all came together but one day on our group text we all decided to buy tickets for my friend's birthday who lives downtown.

I am excited to see my friends and have a reason to change up my normal outfits. Miss. Isla is staying at home so I can wear shirts that don't have the easiest access, a small bag, and JEANS.

The back of this top is !!!!!! (also love this off the shoulder top and price tag...under 30!)
My favorite white jeans
This bag is at the top of my wishlist. It is the perfect size and I love all the fun add ons. 
I had a similar pair of Joie Sandals last year that met Nimitz's mouth, but these are more affordable and look perfect for walking around the city.

I can't wait to top off this look with a fun necklace and my favorite earrings and sunglasses.