Tuesday, December 31, 2013

a year in review

I was thinking about this post today and what I would say when it got to be the end of one year and the start of a new one.  And nothing seemed to really come to me.

This past year was so full.  New member of the family, baby sister graduating from high school, brother-in-law got married (read: another girl in the family which is good with all the boys on that side), rebranded my jewelry business, and am still trying to get laundry done.  =P

There were bad days this year - tired momma days.  But mixed in that were also sweet days.  Days of laughing babies, sweet friendships, family time in California and Hawaii.  It was a lot of different things...

I don't know how to say exactly what I am feeling.  But 2013 was a learning year for me.  So for 2014, I hope to be able to be more aware of things.  More aware of how I spend my time, be able to appreciate the good and bad days with the kids, to be able to focus my energy with my business, and most of all, to glorify my Lord and Savior

But for now, I am going to go keep working on that laundry.  =)

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Have a beautiful day and a very Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

6 months as a momma of two...

My little girl is six months old today...

We have gone from this...

...to this...

...in too short a time.

I had been thinking of what I was going to say in this post...but somehow I'd rather just show you what has been filling my life.  Because it is the greatest blessing I could ever receive.






Six precious months...

There can't be enough time with these moments, these smiles...thanking God for these and praying for more.

Have a beautiful day.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

thankfulness...

Another year, another holiday.

But not just another day.

Today, I am doing my darnedest to hold on to the lovely, true, and good - to actively thank for those things.

For family, for kids, for house, for clothes, for a luxury business, for a brain, for writing, for coffee, for good days and bad, for marriage, for food, for wine, for sleep, for movement, for health, for cars, for fuzzy slippers, for freedom, for phones, for texting, for memories, for photos, for presents, for baby hugs and kisses, for video games, for people to game with, for pillow forts, for cuddle time, for beauty, for...everything.

Because really, nothing I have is mine.  If we are really honest, don't we all know that?  Someone else worked to give us life in the beginning.  Others worked to give us education.  It is all gift - great and gracious.

And so today, thanks to the Father of lights, the Giver of all gifts.

via Loopzart

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Good News of Little Drummer Boy

This week, one of my favorite music groups brought out an amazing version of the song Little Drummer Boy.  And I have been listening to it fairly regularly...ok, it's been on repeat but details.

And then my rough morning started today.  Corby had an emergency at work that meant he had to leave the house suddenly, Sophia was getting tired early, and Hito did not want to play by himself.  My sore throat and suspiciously pink eye were bothering me this morning and the list of things to do before Thanksgiving was growing this morning.

Come they told me, pa rum pum pum pum
A new born King to see, pa rum pum pum pum
Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum
To lay before the King, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum...

So to meet Him, pa rum pum pum pum,
When we come.
Come, see, gift.  And then it started to sink in...

Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy to, pa rum pum pum pum
I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum
That's fit to give a king, par rum pum pum
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum,
On my drum?

The gifts we bring don't make us better or worse because really, we have no gifts fit for a king.  The thing that we bring is that little question and the determination to do it: can I play for You?  Can I work for You?   Can I clean my house for you?  Can I live my life for You?...

Mary nodded, pa rum pum pum pum
The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my best for Him, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum.
We often fail at our drum playing...like my morning...and I certainly was not doing my best this morning.  But I come again, to the throne of grace, and ask if I can play for you.  Trembling hands grasp the sticks and try to drum out a life that is worthy to bring the King.  

And I see the baby Jesus smile.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

currently


Wishing my dear blogging friends, Megan and Sandy, happy birthdays!  
(I know I'm a little late but I do sincerely hope you both had wonderful days!)
via Julie Ann Art
Celebrating my birthday with family
From phone calls to texts to sweet gifts, it was a lovely day.  Also, my husband is the best.

Getting the new shop stocked and ready for all the holiday shopping that is coming up!
If you follow me on Instagram, some of the pictures I've been sharing of jewelry were for Aime Jewelry.  If anything caught your eye, go check it out because some pieces are limited!  (P.S. Stay tuned here or follow Aime Jewelry on Facebook & Instagram for some holiday goodies that will be coming up!)

Enjoying a good bowl of ramen

That picture over in my Instagram feed on the side?  Yeah, that amazingness.  Egg, pork, bean sprouts, nori, and the most amazing broth.  It has heavenly.

Getting my holiday shop on!
Aren't these cards from Julie Ann Art the greatest?  Kind of love them.  =)
Already have some cards, some gifts, and lots of ideas!    And I actually have ideas for guys this year!  If you need ideas, I am thinking of posting a guys gift guide.  Would that be helpful to anyone?

Have a beautiful day!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Birthday Boot Wishlist!

Birthday Boot Wishlist!

Birthday Boot Wishlist! by snsnsnsibility featuring sam & libby boots

So birthday is coming up tomorrow and I have been keeping an eye out for a few different things.  =P  But one of the biggest things on my wish list (besides my sewing machine) has been a pair of boots to add to my closet.  My old brown ones bit the dust last winter and I have been looking since to get another pair.  I love the bootie style but am also partial to the classic riding boot style.  So I am putting this out there for you, my readers, to give me some help.  

What should I get?!  =)

Have a beautiful day!

Friday, October 18, 2013

October - so far...

Life has once again gotten filled up with so many things that I have not had a chance to sit down and blog in a while.  So in a few pictures, here is our month so far!

~a talking toddler with an increasing affinity for the camera~



he managed to get himself into these positions himself...it makes for a lot of laughs in our house. =)

~a weekend in San Diego at the historic Hotel Del Coronado~

(I did not edit this photo at all - it really was that pretty)

~a super smiley baby girl~



you can tell that Southern California cannot make up its mind about whether to be warm or cold =)

~and kind of most importantly, a new Etsy shop and jewelry line!~
www.aimejewelry.com



After much thought, prayer, and counsel, I have opened a new Etsy shop with a different focus than my current one.  I was finding myself trying to be like a lot of other designers who were/are successful and was losing my vision and personality in that desire to imitate the good practices I saw other people doing.  Sense and Sensibility is not closing, I will still be blogging here, but I will be focusing my designing energy on this new endeavor.  And check back here for new products, holiday specials, and other deals that will be coming up as we launch this new shop!

Have a beautiful day!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Wine Wednesday :: 2009 Dierberg Chardonnay

It has been a while since I have done a Wine Wednesday post but this week the hubby and I needed a bottle of wine (it was a long day) and decided to open this one.  So I thought I would share it with you.


What wine is it: 
2009 Dierberg Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley
What I ate with it: 
cod (or any mild white fish) steamed with butter, lemon, and garlic and a side of grilled eggplant
How much is it: 
starting at $22
Where to shop for it: 
Wine Exchange (for the 2010 vintage) Wine Searcher (for the 2009 vintage)

Point of clarification: the bottle I drank this past week was the 2009 vintage.  That is what we had in the house.  You can still get the 2009 vintage but may have to do a little hunting.  My favorite wine shop is out of it and only carries the 2010 now.  I did include the link above for Wine Searcher's 2009 vintage results. 

Whatever you can get, get it.  It is really good.  The nose was crisp, slightly apple-y, and mild sweetness.  Sipping was an even more pleasant experience.  It was not too acidic and drank well by itself but also paired with the cod very well.  It highlighted the sweetness of the fish and compensated with the light fruity-ness that was left.  

It would be perfect for a girl's night in, after a long day with the kids, or even to have in the house for those up-coming holiday events!

Find a bottle and enjoy!  Have a beautiful day!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Two years...

My Hito turned two today.

This little baby...





 ...grew into this boy in the blink of an eye.

Time goes fast...too fast.  How do I hold on to these moments?  My little baby has become a hefty boy and I am so thankful.  So thankful.

Hito, you are the sweetest, brightest little kid and I am so happy to be your mommy.  There is nothing I would rather do than stay with you for the rest of my life.  I pray every day that you will grow up to love the Lord, your family, and be the best boy you can be.  Happy birthday, little one.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

remembering...

Today, I cried.

I don't remember crying on September 11, 2001.  My 15 year old mind understood that something horrific had happened.  But now my mother of two mind understands something so much greater.

The world is different.

And I cry.

We now live in a world that is full of this out-in-the-open and hidden-at-the-same-time fear called terrorism.

We live in a world where we wait with bated breath as friends with spouses and siblings and children in the armed services return from still hazardous tours of duty in far off places.  We live in a world where our children were not alive that day and need to be taught about these things.  We live in a world where we can start again to teach our children to love, always love.

Today, I praised.

I saw pictures on Facebook of another army soldier husband who returned safe to the arms of his wife and family.  I prayed thanks with a heart ready to burst that my brother made it back from his tour in Afghanistan safely.  I mourned again reading about families broken, security shattered, and hearts crushed by the hate of a few people that day years ago.

This different world also brings opportunities to us to do right and good.  Soldiers are getting help for PTSD, organizations are freeing the oppressed around the world, and we continue to find ways to sustain the earth's population more and more efficiently.

Today, I prayed.

The world is different but the prayer is the same.  Patience, humility, and love are never outdated, never unwanted.  As a mother of two, I strive, struggle, every day to try and point my children's eyes to the Savior who did everything for them, for mom and dad, for the whole world.  The whole world doesn't see it.  But that doesn't change the free offer of salvation and love - it will always be there.  And Christ draws us to Himself.

So I will continue.  Crying, praising, praying.  In full confidence of a future shaped and ordained by my Maker and Redeemer.

There are far better things ahead 
than any we leave behind.
~C.S. Lewis

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

learning, growing, and super comfy clothes

This weekend has been a little chaotic.  But it was sweet, challenging, and oh so exhausting.  =)  Let me recap.

My little-brother-in-law is getting married next weekend but this weekend was mostly about my youngest brother-in-law.  My in-laws have a tradition of a graduation to manhood celebration at the end of high school.  They started doing it with my hubby and have done it for all three sons now.  It is an evening of men gathered together to share their wisdom and insights about life with the "graduate" who is starting college or heading out to the work place.  Since it is for men only, I wasn't there but it was sweet to ask my husband and brothers about it and have them talk about the camaraderie and friendship that was kindled in those sharing moments.

And on Saturday morning, I had the opportunity to go to a fantastic PR and branding workshop hosted by Audrey of Conversation Pieces and taught by Tracy of Poi Planet (Do you follow me on Instagram?  Did you see the amazing baked french toast that Audrey made for us?).  It was one of the most challenging things I have ever done.  I loved every moment of it because I knew it was what I needed to hear at this point in my business's life.  But let me tell you, I have not felt that much brain drain since I was working on my largest projects in college.  At the same time, I learned the most from those intense moments.  The moments where you don't have a choice but get it together and keep up or give up and go home.  I'm not about to give up and go home so I am going to keep going!

With everything I learned at that workshop, I am working on some changes to the blog and business.  So keep visiting to see how things shape up in the next few weeks and months!  I am very excited about some of the changes but also more than a little nervous.  =)

And the comfy clothes part of the post?  Audrey runs her business out of her home where she graciously invited us in this Saturday and she gifted me the most uh-maz-ing shirt ever.


Seriously, I don't even know how to tell you how incredibly soft, comfortable, and breathable this shirt is!  Let me just say this - buy one and you will never regret it.  Be looking for a style post featuring this top very soon!  =)

And with that being said, I am going to go try to catch up on some stuff and start plowing through the week and hurry up to my brother's wedding!  

Have a beautiful day!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Black, Camel, & Fuschia for Fall!

Black, Camel, & Fuschia
Black, Camel, & Fuschia by snsnsnsibility featuring kate spade jewelry



I saw this dress at Target and kind of have not been able to get it out of my head.  What do you think of this color combo?  I am a big fan of jewel tones gaining popularity again this fall/winter.  I look good in these colors.  =P  Is that really self serving?  

Have a beautiful day!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

all growed up...

Today, my baby sister goes off to college.  My baby sister who used to copy everything that I did, said everything I said, and is becoming so much better than me.

There used to be a little bit of an age difference (in years, there is a nine year gap) but she has grown and matured so much.  She is zealous for the Lord, cares for others, and is seriously and deliberately trying to become the woman the Lord is molding her into.

I used to teach her things and now I opportunities to learn from her.  She is a great writer (she and I blog together over at www.couragethatpleases.com) and has helped me process through a lot of my thoughts.  She is a great auntie and fun to shop with.  =P  A requirement for all sisters, right?

She will always be my "baby" (I think I called her that until she was 8) and a little bit of a pain.  But I couldn't be prouder of where she is going.




Monday, September 2, 2013

my unexpected realization as a mommy of two

I have been single mom-ing it this weekend because the men of my husband's family always go hunting in Arizona over Labor Day weekend.  And that's ok (I have no problem with my husband having some guy time in case anyone misunderstood).  But I have been having a lot of internal conversations about whether I should be a full time SAHM or if there is other work for me outside of my home.

It was an extremely hot weekend so we were sort of confined to the few rooms that we have put air conditioning units into.  Well, I have a nearly 2 year old boy and a two month old girl.  It makes for some creative parenting, lots of mommy guilt, and more tv shows in one day than I normally allow.

But despite the mommy guilt, I did have a blinding moment of clarity.  At one point in my afternoon, I had a fussy infant and a fidgety toddler.  As I held my baby girl, I couldn't help but marvel at how beautiful she is.  My son was settling down with some markers and paper, focusing so intently on what he was doing, blond hair falling forward as he tried to copy the way I hold pens and markers.

And my heart was full.

I stopped and began praying out loud because I couldn't believe that God had blessed me with these two huge responsibilities that I love more than life.  Even at a distance, I felt supported by a husband who was recharging the same way I need to do every now and again.  Perhaps the sweetest thought was knowing that when dad does get home, both children's faces will light up the way they only do when dad comes home.

It was a long weekend that was rather out of our routine.  But it was precious.  I prayed and sang and laughed and cuddled with two children whom God has given me as a charge for the time being.  I was humbled as I remembered again and again that it is all His grace that gets us from morning to night and His grace that draws my children's hearts to Himself.  I carried on in His strength.

And again the blinding clarity.  My place, for the time being, is at home.  My children's physical and spiritual growth is my responsibility.  My family has the luxury of me being able to stay home and as long as God allows, I will be here.

I will be here so that when I tuck my children in at night and they instinctively fold their hands so we can pray before bed or crawl into my lap throughout the day to fold their hands and ask "pray", I can again be blinded with the knowledge that my work is here, at home.



Friday, August 30, 2013

2013 Summer & Fall Shoe Wishlist!

Since I was pregnant for most of 2013, I have been really fixated on shoes.  Sandals, booties, oxfords, smoking shoes - I have wanted them all.  But with fall coming quickly, I am looking at things that will transition into the next seasons fairly well.  Except that I couldn't resist adding a few of my favorite Sole Society styles.  :)  I have seriously been drooling over all their midi heel styles since spring.  Aren't these pairs the cutest?!

What shoes are you looking at for the rest of the year?

2013 Summer & Fall Shoe Wishlist!

Monday, August 26, 2013

missing home...

It has now been two weeks since I got back from my trip to Hawaii (hence my prolonged blogging absence) and I still can't get these things out of my head...
the view I grew up with every single day growing up...never gets old

my son beginning to appreciate the same view

H figuring out how to lick an ice cream cone for the first time!

a date with the hubby at Salt where we had the most amazing dinner: kim chee reuben sandwich, "ham and eggs" (pork belly and a space egg on mini english muffins), and a Hawaiian mud pie that had soy sauce caramel.
It was a three week trip that was still too short.  Hawaii, you will always be home.

Have a beautiful day, everyone.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

One week as a momma of two

Hello all!

It is now officially summer!  I am writing this post while sitting outside watching my toddler play and listening to the sleeping baby snuffles of the newest member of our family.

Everyone, meet Sophia Aiko.  =) She joined us last week Wednesday and has been increasing our joy so much.



Being a momma of two is...interesting, challenging, amazing, rewarding, and more than anything else, exhausting.  But none of those things makes me regret anything or wish that I wasn't on this journey.  And for the sake of getting some of these thoughts out of my head, I thought I would share a few of the lessons I've learned so far here:

  • No matter how many kids you have, an infant's feeding requirements make sleep a scarce event.
  • When you have multiple little ones requiring your attention, you have to make certain arrangements to make sure your body heals after having a baby.  It is easy to forget that your body needs a little time to recover but I have a feeling that it will be well worth the consideration now.
  • Husbands/fathers are God's greatest blessing to moms.
  • Most importantly, nothing could have prepared me for the richness of love and sweetness of big brother getting used to her and the swelling of emotion from this momma.  It is an amazing thing to see and feel your family and love growing.  
There are certainly challenges.  I have been near tears with exhaustion but also over the moon with the beauty of the relationships that are being developed in our little family.  God has always given the grace needed for each trial and I know He will always be faithful.

Have a beautiful summer day!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wine Wednesday :: Reinhold Haart 2007 Riesling Piesporter

It has been a while since I have loved a wine as much as I enjoyed this amazing Riesling.  For a little bit of background, Rieslings are made all over the world but depending on geography, the flavor can vary from dry and tart to honey-like and syrupy.  This particular wine was a delightful German surprise that balanced all of the above.  It was definitely a "budget" wine and I was not expecting a lot.  But suffice to say, it was totally worth it and I am going back to stock up for the summer!


What wine is it: 
Reinhold Haart 2007 Riesling Piesporter
What I ate with it: 
soppresata, aged havarti cheese, baguette, balsamic/olive oil for dipping
How much is it: 
$9.99
Where to shop for it: 


It was a lovely day so we had gone for a walk this afternoon and were planning on a picnic when we got home for dinner.  Since we were warm and ready for a drink, we brought this bottle out and man oh man.  It was perfect with these foods.

The wine was delightful with the earthiness of the cheese and the spices in the soppressata.  Those flavors in the food heightened the subtle fruit and honey quality of the wine.  It was so refreshing after a warm afternoon walk too (you will definitely want to drink/serve this wine chilled).  For your summer party, this is going to be a fantastic white to choose (this would also have gone wonderfully with fish, sushi, pork, etc.).  So find yourself a bottle and your taste buds will thank you later.  And at $10 for a slightly aged white wine, how can you go wrong?!

Have a beautiful day!

Monday, June 3, 2013

in defense of the happy ending

I'm not sure if it is because I am a parent now or because I am getting hormonal/sentimental as I approach the end of pregnancy #2 but I have been contemplating happy endings.  Today, I want to talk about how I firmly believe that the happy ending should be preserved in literature, television, and film.

There seems to be a growing section of the parenting and psychology realms who are not convinced that happy endings are healthy for children (or maybe it is the large amount of dysotopian young adult literature but that is another blog post).  Now, I am not an expert on psychology or childhood development or even literature.  But I am a fairly well adjusted woman with a definite affinity for fairy tales and fantasy literature and an absolute addiction to a good happy ending.  This addiction does not mean that I am a Disney princess freak (I actually have problems with some aspects of them) but I think that most of the works of classic literature that we still love hundreds of years later are the ones that give us the hope of happiness.

I decided to do a little bit of research into the concept of the "happy ending."  There is the Disney happy ending (perhaps the most common?), the psychological happy ending, and the happy endings that I would like to talk about.  From what I am reading, apparently these (especially the Disney endings) can make us expect real life to be the same way and to be dissatisfied with any other outcome.  While I can appreciate the logic behind such an attitude, I think such proponents miss the larger picture.

There is a new growth of research from psychologists that suggests that what happens at the end of a narrative or situation is what colors our memory of the situation.  Whether we remember a year fondly because of happy times with family and friends during the holidays or loving a restaurant experience because dessert was good, our overall thoughts and feelings have been most strongly influenced by the ending (for a little bit of "light" reading on the subject, check here and here).

While I can appreciate the science of the human brain and its interaction with our emotions, I think happy endings, especially other peoples' happy endings in books, movies, or real life, are necessary to a fulfilled, forward looking human experience.  Happy endings remind us of a necessary element of our lives - hope.  As we move through time, we are only allowed to look in two directions.  As we look back, we may become bogged down in the perceived failures.  When we look forward, we see...unknowns.  If those were my only options, I have to admit that I would have very little desire to get out of bed in the morning.

But happy endings - big or small - give us hope for what could be, what is possible still.  Whether I am reading my dearly beloved Jane Austen's novels, talking to a friend who is having a good week, or merely getting dinner on the table on time, I have experienced a happiness.  A happiness that is complete in and of itself, with no need of validation or analysis from an outside source.  Heck, as the mother of a toddler, even getting through my morning coffee is a happiness.

But the point is that there are people out there who think this is silly, or worse, unnecessary.  People who would seem to discount the value of a happy ending.  Let me be clear - I am not arguing for a head in the clouds, only seeing rainbows and butterflies kind of existence.  Rather, I am arguing that happy endings like you find in Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Anne of Green Gables, blogs, A Series of Unfortunate Events (books or movie), and others like these give you a realistic happy ending.  There is hard work, there is heartache, but there is triumph and contentment and satisfaction.  There is fulfillment in the situation they end up finding themselves in - because they stuck it out and it is their happy ending.  It is not always the princess marrying the prince.  Sometimes it is the school teacher who finds that marrying the principle and doing what he/she loves is the real place where joy and happiness reside.

So, my dear blog reader, keep reading blogs.  Keep cheering people on who have found a way to make a living doing what they love, moms who are keeping families together and finding personal fulfillment, and communities that are strengthened by one member's happy ending.  We will keep people hoping in a better day tomorrow and the world filled with happy endings.

And with that, have a beautiful, happy ending, day.  =)

Thursday, May 30, 2013

anticipation and thankfulness, or pregnancy and baby showers

Tomorrow is 38 weeks on the baby wait calendar.  And it has made for some interesting personal reflections.  It has been interesting seeing how my thought process has evolved from when I was expecting no. 1.

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote this post about my insecurities about being a momma of two.  Since then...I have realized more and more strongly that things will work out.  Not easy, lots of hard work, but exactly how God plans them to be.  I have an amazing husband, supportive family, dear friends, and a heavenly Father who are always with me.

The point is that I am really looking forward to having two.  I am very aware that my time will be even less my own than is currently the case but does it matter when you have another pair of arms to nurture so that they will give me hugs and cuddles like Hito does already?  I don't think he quite knows that he is going to have a sister but that's ok.  =P  He is growing into quite the affectionate, curious, mischievous little guy and I can't wait to have another little person in our house.

Am I being very biased if I say he is getting to be too stinking handsome?
One of the things that I am so thankful for right now are a church family and dear friends who mean the world to me.  These ladies threw me a baby shower about a month ago and that was when it really set in that another baby was going to enter our lives.

My dear friend Kristin (who you have heard me talk about regularly) threw me the shower and did such an amazing job!  I felt so spoiled and loved!  I mean, just look at what she did!  She knows that this book, Jamberry, is one of my absolute favorite children's stories and used it as the theme for the shower - it was to die for!

Kristin used the book as a guest book!  It was the sweetest idea!
And her decorations on the dessert table alone are kind of amazing!  And the food was fantastic too!
Kristin, thank you so much for the time and effort you put into this shower and for your sweet friendship.  You are a huge source of encouragement and love and growth to me and I thank God that He put both of us in the same church with the chance to meet and grow together!  Xoxo!
Check out Kristin's blog for more pictures too!  (As well as her website because she is kind of amazingly talented and makes beautiful bridal and hair accessories!  She even made me a hair piece for the shower - but you have to go check out her blog to see that!)

Have a beautiful day!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

my end of pregnancy style staples

I am less than a month away from my due date and it is now a daily battle to find something to wear.  A battle to find something that makes me feel remotely fashionable and cover the rather large baby bump I've got going on.  =P  I will admit, there are a few things that people will be seeing me in rather regularly from here on out.  So in case there are any other mommas out there who need something to cover their baby bump, here are my suggestions!


~The Nursing Friendly Maxi~
This dress is so easy to wear that I have been kind of living in it.  It can dress up, down, or in between and is specifically designed to transition with you once baby comes.  The criss-cross front is modest but definitely stretchy enough to easily accommodate the breast-feeding momma!
Liz Lange for Target
~The best pregnancy pants I have found~
I had been hearing great things about Gap's maternity wear and hadn't needed anything so I hadn't bought anything.  Well an amazing coupon code showed up in my email a few weeks ago and I took the plunge with these fun polka-dotted jeans.  I don't know what took me so long because these are amazing!  The band is comfortable and provides great support.  The denim is high quality and stretches exactly how I need it to.  I can't recommend these pants enough!
1969 always skinny jeans by Gap

I apologize that I did not have my act together enough to actually get pictures of these things on me but trust me, they have been on my body very often.  =)

Have a beautiful day!
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