bybmg: February 2013

This is my second week participating in What I Wore Wednesday! It's been fun and a little motivating to get myself dressed each morning.

Thursday - Black Pants...
So I said last week, I was trying to stay away from the black pants and basic top teacher look. I gave in to that Thursday because I was just too darn tired! I tried to spice it up a bit. Best thing about this outfit is the shirt. It was one I bought after Henry was born when I was in that awkward trying to get out of maternity clothes phase. Well, when bringing in tubs of clothes for baby #2, I found it in the bottom along with a couple other shirts! It works wonderfully for a maternity shirt! Score!

Earrings - from a clothing/jewelry swap I participated in a few years ago - I'd love to do that again, so anyone around here, get one started!
Scarf - Old Navy
Top - Target - Mossimo
Pants - Thrifted, but they're Motherhood Maternity
Black Bracelet - GroupDealz
Silver Bracelet- TJ Maxx
Shoes - Aldo

Friday! Teacher work day, so I didn't sport the usual Friday purple (school color)
You may also notice as time goes on that MANY of my clothes come from Old Navy. They're cute, affordable, and I have a Gap/Old Navy/Banana Republic card, so free shipping + rewards = me buying a lot from them.

Sweatshirt - Old Navy
Tank - Old Navy Maternity
Jeans - Thrifted, but Old Navy Maternity
Necklace - Pretty Promenade
Shoes - Ash Gray Toms

You'll notice as we get into warmer weather, I wear Toms a lot. I own (counts in her head) 5 pairs. They are comfy and I just love them plus they have a good cause behind them! Did you know Toms came from "Shoes for Tomorrow" not a guy named Tom? I just got my husband his first pair for Christmas, and he now understands my obsession. Also, if you haven't visited my Etsy store, I have a line of items made from the flag bags that come with each pair of Toms. Now that people know I do this, they happily donate their flag bags to me, so my supply keeps flowing!

Straight Hair Sunday! - Had some extra time, so I figured I'd straighten the hair. This doesn't happen often! Don't mind the mess on my dresser!

Scarf - super sale at Target
Top - Old Navy Maternity
Red Skinnies - Old Navy Maternity
Bracelet - NY & Co (I think...although Henry stretched it out at church, so I may not be able to wear it again)
Shoes - Aldo

Happy Monday! Making the straight hair last another day thanks to dry shampoo!

Scarf - Early b-day gift from the hubby! He's a great Etsy shopper! All my gifts are from there this year.
Tank - Ann Taylor
Cardi - Gap
Purple Skinnies - Gap Maternity
Boots - Payless
Earrings - Lia Sophia
Beaded Bracelets - Gift from a student a while back
Gold Link Bracelet - Clothing/Jewelry swap

Tuesday - I realized you can't see the colors of the outfit very well. Our bedroom has poor lighting.

Necklace - craft fair
Black Belt - Forever 21
Blue Dress - Ross
Gray Cardi - Old Navy
Black Leggings - Wal - Mart
Boots - JCP

Today! It's my birthday! The big 2-9!

Scarf - Forever 21 (wore 2 times in 1 week...ooops!)
Cardigan - Old Navy (also a repeat...)
Tunic Tank - Motherhood Maternity
Leggings - Kohls
Boots - Payless
Watch - Relic
Bracelet - DIY bybmg!

BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY!  If you've read this far, lucky you! Like my Facebook page and I'll draw tonight for $10 to my Etsy store to celebrate!

I've been slowly adding a few new things to the shop over the past month. It's fun to let my creative juices flow and see what I can come up with (or what Pinterest can inspire me to do).

If you're looking for a little gift for Easter (only a month away, you know!), I have some bunny rabbit treat bags. They're cute, affordable, and great for the little one. You can stuff them with just about anything! Polka dot ones are GONE, but there's still fun solids to choose from!

I have a new Toms Clutch design. It's a great little thing for spring/summer! It can hold your phone and any other small goodies you need.

Also, I have a new Toms Pouch design. Kind of boxy, kind of fun. I'd love to hear what uses you could find for it.

I still have a few pairs of Toms Mittens. Winter's not over yet!!

Also, this lacy pouch would be a great St. Paddy's Day gift!

I have a few extra Toms flags right now, too, so if you have a special request like a design with a specific zipper color, please contact me, and I can make it happen for you!

So, I admit, I like to be a little creative with what I wear. Black dress pants and sweaters, normal teacher wear, don't do it for me. Also, I'm pregnant, so the tent-like maternity wear isn't for me either. I've decided to begin documenting what I wear just for fun and maybe to inspire you to jazz up your daily wardrobe as well. A blog I follow, The Pleated Poppy, does a link up each week for What I Wore Wednesday. This is where fellow bloggers share what they wear. I'm going to try to participate from time to time.

Here goes! If you follow me on Instagram, you probably see my outfits already. Here I will post where specific pieces came from.

This week I'm 31 1/2 weeks pregnant with LBG 2.0! I know the next few weeks are going to FLY by!

Sunday - Off to church and out for lunch after

Tunic - Liz Lange Maternity for Target - one of the most comfy things to wear right now!
Leggings - Kohls
Boot Cuffs - Bootcuff Susie
Boots - Payless
Necklace (close up picture with my, Russ, and Henry's initials, but I've taken off the pink charms for now) - gift from the hubby

Monday - Off to school and feeling bright!

Scarf with cute little bicycles on it -  Old Navy
Cardigan - Old Navy
Tank - Gap (Super sale a while ago - it's a Tall and works awesome for maternity wear...for now!)
Belt - AE (very old! - I can't remember the last time I was in that store...)
Skinnies - Old Navy Maternity
Boots - Payless
Bracelet - DIY by me
Watch - Relic

 Tuesday! - Kind of a repeat look from Monday...

Necklace - gift from the hubby - matched my tattoo
Cardigan - super sale at Target - Mossimo
Tee - Gap Maternity
Belt - Forever 21
Pants - refashioned by me from an old pair of maternity khakis
Boots - Steve Madden - hand me downs from a friend

Today! - Grays and Blacks and Splashes of Hot Pink

Infinity Scarf - DIY by me
Dress - Gap Outlet (It has POCKETS! Love it!)
Cardigan - Old Navy
Leggings - Kohls
Boots - JCP
Watch - Relic
Bracelet - ClaireFlair

Until next week!

I'm always up for Valentines that don't include candy. Last year I went hand made and created little finger puppets from felt for Henry's friends at daycare.

This year, I procrastinated a little. I wandered around Target on Sunday looking for inspiration. The dollar spot rarely disappoints and had cute little sunglasses. I picked out a pair for each kiddo at daycare and typed up a quick saying to go along. The glasses are in Ziplock baggies, then I folded over some yellow paper and stapled on the greeting. Done!

For baby #2, I decided I wanted to switch up the nursery a little bit. I love what I had for Henry, but my style has changed a bit in 3 years, and I love a little DIY, so I will be posting on here a series (as I get the time to do it) of how I'm changing the nursery.

With Henry, my love of giraffes took over the nursery. I got a few pieces from the Carters Tall Tales bedding set.
(photo from Amazon - not my nursery) 

I got the lamp, a sheet, a wall art piece, and a blanket. I put in some other fabrics I had and browns to make it mix.

This time around, I still like the white and brown, but I want to add in some modern spin. I'm taking the rocker currently in our nursery and moving it to Henry's big boy room, so he'll have a piece of consistency. My mom had this wonderful old glider at their house, and offered it to me to use. As you can see, it's a little dated, but still wonderfully functional.

I ordered this zig-zag/chevron/whatever you want to call it fabric from I like it because it's a decorator weight fabric, so it will wear well on a chair.

I didn't have a pattern, and I don't really use patterns much (hence my Etsy store motto: Made with love, not a pattern). I laid down the cushion between the fabrics with right sides facing the cushion.

Then, I pinned around the cushion closely.

I had to have my husband's help getting the cushion out of the pinned fabric because it was a tight squeeze. I sewed around following the pins. I left the end toward the back of the rocker open on the seat cushion and the end toward the bottom open on the back cushion.

Then, I stuffed the cushions back in. I had to make a minor adjustment to one of the curves on the back cushion to match the other, but otherwise, it was a quick project. I still plan to put in a zipper, buttons, or ties to close the open ends and add ties to attach the back cushion to the chair, but making the fabric fit the cushion was probably the most difficult job.

Here's how it turned out!

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