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This is one of those posts that is way overdue! Last December I took on a bedroom makeover project with my little sister. Now that she is a senior in highschool, we realized her room was in woeful need of an update and personality face lift! In fact, we just moved her room to another room in the house for a clean slate. We had fantastic times shopping at IKEA and painting while I was trying oh so hard to keep my oncoming morning sickness a secret until Christmas (I failed. She guessed.).

The “after” pictures are far from perfect as she still wants to collect and make art to hang and things to accessorize with, but as you’ll see we made MAJOR improvements and had a lot of fun along the way. Just as a side note, I ended up loving the paint color in her room so much, I re-painted my nursery the same color! (Updated pictures of the nursery will probably come post-baby when I get the whole two kids in one room things sorted out.)

So here’s the before:


Or really, here is the before of the before. . . .the old bedroom.


And now this is the new bedroom before. . .confused yet?


So yes, moving on. . .before painting the new bedroom.


And after!



  • Vanessa - July 28, 2014 - 11:37 am

    Love how you decorate. Wish you could come do my whole house!ReplyCancel

  • Mom K - July 28, 2014 - 3:11 pm

    So delightful to see such a BIG difference! Even more pleasure came from watching my two daughters enjoy creating such a lovely, serene environment together!ReplyCancel

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NOTE: This blog was originally written for my friend Vanessa over at Domestic Sophisticate. Since it has been a while since the original post, I thought I would re-post it over here!


I live in Texas where the heat gets kind of ridiculous during, well, most of the year. And this year, I find myself in the third trimester of pregnancy, smack in the middle of summer! So I’m here to share my favorite style tips for dressing that bump through the heat.


I’m not usually a dress wearing person during the summer (bring on the tanks and shorts!), but I find the less I have clinging to my belly and legs, the cooler and more comfortable I am. So I’ve been going to town on those dresses and skirts! They can easily be paired with flats and tanks for every-day comfort, or heels and jewelry for date night. I think they have become my favorite summer maternity staples!

The best part of this is that many times you can find maxi dresses and cute knit skirts that work for maternity wear but don’t come with the high price tag. I have one maxi skirt that is officially maternity which I love, but many of my other skirts work too!

Be sure to also check your local goodwill. Often there will be maternity clothes that are either new or only lightly worn. I snatched up this cotton Motherhood Maternity dress there for a couple dollars, and it is one of the coolest options in my closet right now!




Tanks are a must if you’re going to stay cool through the summer! They’re fairly affordable, and sometimes even non-maternity tanks in a larger size work (and are usually on sale more often!). Looser, breezy tops are also a good solution for staying cool. This particular one is on my wish list!




For those days when you don’t mind having more layers on the belly (gotta keep those shorts up!), it’s nice to have variety from the skirts and dresses every once in a while. I got my shorts from Old Navy. Shorts are easily paired with those tanks, breezy tops, or even just oversized t-shirts. The shirt pictured below isn’t even maternity, but it keeps me cool!




If you can, getting in a pool as much as you can during the summer provides great relief while pregnant and wonderful exercise! A good swimsuit is crucial for comfort. You may have to splurge on this! But it will be worth it. Target and Old Navy have some good options.




I think these are a must for any wardrobe, pregnant or not. They go with nearly everything, and sandals are a must during the summer! They can make an outfit look more polished than just your every day flip-flops, but be just as comfortable.




Sometimes wearing the same few clothes while pregnant gets boring, especially when you get to feeling fat and ugly. A simple way to spruce up is to add a few simple accessories. You don’t even have to get complicated with it! Statement earrings can be fun with a simple updo/ponytail to keep the heat off your neck. I’ve also enjoyed using belts to add a little fun to all of the tanks I’m wearing, and they’re totally practical if you’re already a mom with kids.



Favorite Places to Shop for Maternity Wear:

Target (holla!) and Target Online, Goodwill, Old Navy, Ross or TJMaxx


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You may notice things are a bit different around here! I’ve been wanting to move things around on the blog for a while now (as it has looked the same for a few years), but I felt like I needed to save and wait to hire a designer to do it for me. While that is definitely still on the table for coming months, I was inspired last month when I read The Nesting Place to go ahead and design something myself for the meantime. The Nester’s tagline “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful” was just the push I needed to have fun instead of getting hung up on a “perfect” new look for the blog!

So there you have it. . .the reason for the change! I wanted to go with a more minimalist aesthetic to emphasize my blog content differently, so look around and feel free to leave thoughts in the comments. One of my favorite new features are the navigation pages. . . (hint, check them out over on the left!).

I’m sure there are some bugs to work out, so let me know if you find any missing links! I’m off to rest up for baby delivery #2. . .any day now. . .


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