Thoughts By Natalie » summer motherhood project honest talk about beauty, style, wellness and life Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:01:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 11 Second Trimester Must-Haves Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:00:56 +0000 Now that I’m in my third trimester, I thought it would be fun (and helpful) to share some of the items that helped me get through the middle portion of my pregnancy. Obviously every pregnancy is different, but these are the things that I’ve personally relied on over the past several months… ONE // Pregnancy Pillow If you plan to get any sleep at all without back or hip pain, do yourself a favor and get one of these (personally, I was sent a Bump Nest Pillow to try and am totally addicted). I even use it when I’m sitting on the couch watching TV, or reading in bed. TWO // Comfy Robe Perhaps I shouldn’t admit this, but these days I pretty much live in my robe. In fact, I can almost guarantee that every blog post written during my second trimester was done while wearing my beloved cotton robe. It’s so easy to slip on in the morning, and I really only change out of it when I need to go somewhere. I’ve heard a robe is also very handy to have around when the baby arrives, as it makes breastfeeding quite easy. Win-win. These are some favorites… ...]]> 4 Nursery Inspiration Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:54:11 +0000 For some reason, I have totally been stalling on decorating the nursery. I know I should have this urge to nest and all, but the task is a bit daunting for a perfectionist like me. I want the room to be just right for Jack, and also feel cohesive with the decor in the rest of our home, but I haven’t quite decided what that looks like exactly. As someone who desperately needs ideas from other people (though I love personal style, I am not one to come up with brilliant decor plans on my own, that’s for sure), I’ve done a lot of exploring on the interwebs and am glad to report that there is some really good nursery inspiration out there. Whether you’re decorating a nursery in your own home, have a friend who is expecting and struggling with inspiration as much as I am, or have major baby fever and can’t get enough baby stuff in your life, here are several sources of good nursery ideas that I’m loving at the moment… Ivie Baby Nurseries Pinterest Board My friend Mary Beth introduced me to the Ivie Baby Shop last week and I became an instant fan of ...]]> 2 Summer Motherhood Project Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:00:54 +0000 I had an idea recently that I hope you’re all on board with. Obviously I’ve been blogging a TON about pregnancy lately, and while I’m sure some of you are sick of it, this blog is 100% based on what’s in my brain at the moment, and that mostly has to do with growing a person. (Have confidence: I am not planning to make this into a mommy/baby blog once Jack is born! Yes, I’ll share a bit, but I plan to be more private about his life than I’ve been about my pregnancy.) Moving on…my brilliant idea for the summer…the Summer Motherhood Project. Here are the details… What is the Summer Motherhood Project? Well, it’s basically a linkup. The topic we’re covering? Anything and everything related to motherhood and babies: pregnancy, birth, challenges and joys of being a mom, miscarriage, infertility, pregnancy style, baby/kid style, why you don’t want to have kids at all, and the list goes on and on. How do I participate? 1. Swing by this blog on Mondays to see the most recent linkup post. 2. Write your own post, using the suggestions above as a guideline. 3. To add your post to the linkup, ...]]> 6