Adventures in Pregnancy + #H54F



Happy Friday folks! Well it has been a long week around here, but a fair amount of change so let's get to it.
P.S. This is a pregnancy heavy post so hope you don't mind.


1. 40 WEEKS AND SOME ODD DAYS
On Monday I had a doctor appointment to see how ready my body was for labor. Welp, it was not. My doctor promised she would not let me go past 41 weeks so we scheduled an induction for this Sunday night. As glad as I am to have a plan, I was really disappointed to have to wait another full week. I am so over being pregnant. Anyone who has had kids I am sure can relate. Any tips for keeping busy at the hospital? Sounds like we might be there for a while. Other fun fact? I got a cold this week. So not only am I several days overdue, but I can't breathe nor take cold medicine. Good news is there is an end in sight and I am ready for this.....I think....

Also note, that I am going to be taking some time away from the blog after the baby is born. I will need a couple of weeks to get my bearings, so please be patient with me. I will still be posting on instagram (@mymonochromaticlife) so be sure to follow along!


2. WERK


I made Thursday my last work day. I was going to work through Friday, but many of the staff are out of the office on Friday and they were talking about a big snow storm. It was a long work week as I am pretty tired and uncomfortable for being overdue. I am lucky to have really great co-workers who laughed with me this week, encouraged me and gave me all their crazy induction ideas. One of which was eating eggplant. I did try it. No dice.


3. SUGARFIX


Did you see  Wednesday post? I recently came across this BaubleBar collab with Target. I was so happy to see this. I went to buy the necklace in my post but was not at the store. Instead I scored this beauty. Be sure to check out my post here!

4. STAYING FIT


I am still working out. I am tired but I keep reminding myself about how I won't be able to for about 6 weeks afterwards. It really is not easy but it does make me feel strong in my body at this very late stage. As long as I can get up and move around I will.

5. BLUSH CRUSH
Ok so I am really, really into the blush trend right now. I am debating getting this sweater from Lulu's. Thoughts?


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Sugarfix by Baublebar: #Targetstyle

I was walking through Target the other day, one of my four trips to Target that week, and I noticed some new jewelry. Target has been upping their jewelry game lately so I like to take a peak when I have time to kill. Upon further inspection, I noticed that they had a new collab with Baublebar called Sugarfix. I was immediately excited. I really love Baublebar. I have purchased a few items from them over the years. I love their selection of statement to delicate pieces. The only downside is they are online only so you have to wait or can't see it in person. This is why this collab made me so happy. Also, there are definitely some great Spring colors in the mix. I thought I would pull some of my favorites for your perusing.Even better news? Items are Target prices which is super budget friendly! Enjoy!



Sugarfix

Sugarfix by mcainmoss featuring beaded jewelry


one / two / three / four
five / six / seven


Which is your favorite? Leave me a comment below I would love to hear from you!

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Monday Round Up: The Waiting Game + Striped Sweaters

Happy President's Day!  Hope you all had a great weekend and had as amazing of weather as we did this weekend. Seriously the weather this weekend was amazing. It was near 60 degrees outside all weekend. Those temperatures in February in Minnesota are unheard of so we definitely took advantage of it. I did a few fun things this weekend as well as sharing one of my new favorite sweaters so read on!

Friday was an easy day. There was no school so I got to work from home, which is my favorite thing. I did a little work in the morning and took my lunch break at the gym as well as running a couple of errands including this NARS lipstick in Lana. I fell in love with this orange red. I could not help myself. Then I headed home and finished my work for the day. That night we went over to a friend's house to hang out. We had fun but two of us are super pregnant so the night ended a little early. Although any time with our friends is good as baby nears and we want to spend time with them.  


Saturday was a slower day. D and I went to the gym in the morning and then back home quick. My mom and sisters came over because we had some planning to do for my dad's upcoming birthday party and my sister's bridal shower. My other sister had her little girl with too, which was good so our pups can get used to have a kid around the house. D cleaned out our car and took care of a few things around the house. That night we stayed in. We were a little hopeful maybe labor would start so we didn't make any plans. We were wrong. However, the pups got some good cuddles in as evidenced by this picture of Riggs. 


Sunday we got serious. The weather was gorgeous, another mid 50 degree day, and I was officially 40 weeks pregnant. D-Day. Time to make this happen. Started the day with a little breakfast in bed before venturing out. We drove down to Minneapolis to walk around Lake Calhoun. This lake is about 3 miles around so we figured it would be a good walk. I am proud to say I made it all the way around with only stopping once.  After we hit up Betty Danger's Country Club for two reasons: 1) they serve spicy foods 2) they had a patio that was open on this beautiful day. We shared a couple of appetizers before heading home. Alas, no child would be born this day. 





As I am still pregnant, I am trying to get creative to stay comfortable and fashionable. I bought this sweater a couple of weeks ago at local favorite Primp. I am probably pushing it a little bit with this sweater but it is incredibly comfortable and the cut out at the bottom allows for the growing mid section. For me I put on a belly band to cover that area, but for you non-pregnant ladies you would not need this. I love a stripe so it did not take much to sell me on this. I paired it with my favorite maternity skinnies, statement necklace and booties from Target. I like to think this sweater will transition well into spring time with a casual flat sneaker or boat shoe. 











Sweater| Primp (similar / similar)
Jeans| ASOS (similar / non-maternity)
Necklace| Kittsona (similar / similar)
Shoes| Target
Sunglasses| Windsor (similar / similar)


What do you think? Leave me a comment below I would love to hear from you!


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Nursery Reveal +#H54F Link Ups

Happy Friday! Hope you all had a great week! Around here has been pretty good lately. The weather has been unseasonably warm, which I am definitely not complaining about. Especially because my stomach has gotten too big to close my coat. Feels like Spring is around the corner although I don't want to get my hopes up. It is still February in Minnesota and things can turn on a dime.

Life around here continues to be slow as we wait for the baby's arrival. Just this past week I got the second to last piece of the nursery. The only thing missing is one art piece to put behind the crib that will contain her name, birthday, weight, etc... I debated waiting to show you all until that was here but then again I thought it best to show you the room before it gets all messy. 

Picking nursery furniture was incredibly difficult. We started the process before we learned the gender, however I knew I wanted to be neutral regardless. We settled on the light green and beige as it would work for a boy or a girl. Also thought it would translate well from a baby room to a young child's room. I hate painting and did not want to paint over and over again.



The dresser was probably the most difficult item. One big restraint we had was the size of the room.  It was pretty small so finding furniture we both liked and would fit was a challenge. This dresser and the rocking chair took the longest to decide. I saw this dresser at Target but it was sold out. I love the distressed treatment of the wood and legit could not find a single other dresser I liked. For a while I thought we would just go without. One day when I was searching it showed up as in stock and we snagged it. The killer? It's everywhere now. It's on display at every Target I have been to for a month and now it has this more interesting side paneling. Le sigh. But I do love that it has the changing table on top and you can remove it when baby is older and no longer needs it. 


Pictures also took a bit of time. I knew I wanted some items from Minted because they have great child appropriate wall art but aren't so cutesy. I really can't deal with the cutesy stuff. I also prefer a more desaturated look and so many of kids items are very saturated. Another thing I wanted, especially when we found out we were having a girl, was positive messaging. For boys a lot of the messaging is about being brave, strong and adventurous. Girls get things like "hey girl" and "so cute." Really? Do better. The picture on the left is the goddess Diana, goddess of the hunt and women. I think the middle is self-explanatory and the tiger is mostly because it's cute. It was really important to me that she had positive messaging in her room that spoke more to characteristics than appearance. This is something I hope we can keep up as she grows. 


The next step was the crib. During a big baby sale at Target this summer we selected this grey crib. I knew we wanted grey because, well, it is basically D and I's favorite color to decorate with. I was hoping for something more distressed but at at the time we could not find anything like that. I also did not want to spend a million dollars on a crib. We wanted quality without breaking the bank. Target would soon become our go-to place for nursery items.

The chair here was a struggle as well. Mainly due to limited space. I knew I wanted an upholstered chair, as wooden rocking chairs just don't seem comfortable for me. Problem is upholstered rockers or gliders are pretty wide. Eventually we settled on this one. It's a little short for D to sit in, but at the same time it is right on the level for when our pups come up. I am hoping to make them feel included in the process to avoid jealousy. This way when we are sitting in the chair they can feel a part of it. I also would be remiss if I did not mention the pillow. This is Rifle Paper Co. fabric (I'm dying) and the lovely Candice (She's Leaning in) constructed it for me. There is also a quilt coming in this pattern from her as well. The blanket on the crib is an afghan from my grandmother. She makes one for every family member so this is really special to me. 

Note: the picture behind the crib is not the real picture. Once she is born I have a plan for that but the frame is up to hold the place. 






The stickers on the wall are from the Nate Berkus line at Target. I mostly thought these were a whimsical touch. The shelf was a cheap Home Depot purchase that D cut to fit and we spray painted the metal so it was gold not silver. We did not have room for a full bookshelf so we figured this would suffice for now.



One note: the item on the left is the laundry basket. I love this for two reasons: 1) the grey color  and 2) the flat top surface which allows us to make it a double use next to the changing table.


The very last touch was this wall clock. I really wanted a clock in the room. It stresses me out not to know the time and I figured this gold with the white numbers was a perfect match.

(Also note: I apologize for the quality of some of these photos, good light in this room is hard to come by).


Crib| Target
Dresser| Target
Chair| Wayfair
Art Prints| Minted (one / two / three)
Laundry basket| Target
Stickers| Target
Lamp| Target
Mobile| Babies R Us
Frames + Bookends| At Home (available in store)
Curtains | Target
Curtain rod| Target
Clock| Target


There you have it. Hoping this baby makes her appearance soon to enjoy the room we created for it. What do you think? Leave me a comment below I would love to hear from you!



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Kylie Shadows: Valentine's Edition


Hope you all had a great Valentine's Day! I spent it struggling through and at-home yoga routine and watching the Minnesota Wild hockey game. I did get some pretty flowers from D but that is about as romantic as we get around here. We do not typically celebrate it and especially this year when I resemble more beached whale than person. Hanging out on the couch was fine by me.

Although just because we do not celebrate does not mean I will not take advantage of an opportunity for great make up. :) (P.S. I feel like Wednesdays have become beauty specific, just luck of the draw I guess). 

For a while I was really obsessed with Kylie Cosmetics products. I am currently in possession of nine lip kits I believe.....that is kind of embarrassing....but had not ventured into her other products. I had  been hearing some good things about her eye shadows but was not ready to commit to a $42 ticket price for a full fledged palette. When I saw she announced for limited edition shadow sets I was immediately on board. You got a two pack and some mini mattes so not a bad deal. I logged on and got my set!




My set arrived just before Valentine's Day. I suppose for people who actually do V-Day this was intended for them.  The shadows, Kiss Me, I got are a pinky-coral and shimmery coral. I have to be honest I did not like them as much in person as I did online. Online they looked a little darker as I do not like very light colors on me I am not entirely sure how to make these work. The colors are really pretty, just not sure I like them for me. I do think I may feel differently in the summer about them, they may be appropriate for warm weather time. The quality of the shadows are pretty good. I like the two pack I received, but not sure I would commit to a full palette based on this experience. 



The mini mattes were the most disappointing. I really love her mattes and she has a wide variety of colors these days. I knew these would be mini but I did not realize just how mini. They are maybe 1/3 the size of a real matte, very travel size. I did get two however. One is Dirty Peach and the other is Poppin'. Again I misjudged these. These colors are just not for me. I have seen Dirty Peach on Kylie and it looks great on her, it is just the wrong color for me. I did try to wear it this weekend and I regretted it all day. Maybe with a little sunkissed tan this will look better. 


Overall I was not incredibly satisfied with this purchase. I would say 50% of it was  my own fault on the color choice and 50% was the product representation. I still love the Kylie matte lips so I will definitely be sticking with those in the future.

Have you tried any other Kylie products? What do you think? I would love to hear from you!

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Monday Round Up: Pampering + V-Day Sweatshirt


Happy Monday! Hope you all enjoyed your weekend and are ready for this week. We are now almost halfway through February and I am officially 39 weeks pregnant. Almost done....almost. We are keeping this last weekends pretty wide open but still find some time to enjoy ourselves. I also got a little Valentine's Day look for ya so read on!

Friday we had some friends in town so we went to spend the night with them. They were staying with our friends in Shafter, which is about an hour north, so we drove up. We went to the local townie bar for some dinner and some pool. Sometimes these townie bars are the best. Good food, good drinks (for non-pregnant types) and fun games. It was really good to see them as it had been a few months and we aren't sure when we will see them next. Hopefully soon.


Saturday was a bit of a busier day. I had plans to get a pedicure with my other pregnant friend. We rolled our round bodies down to the Aveda Institute to get our toes done. I had never been there before so it was kind of fun. In order for their students to get some of the credit hours you can get services by them for a discount. They did a really good job and were very friendly students. They also had a deal for $5 for a finger nail polish change so we figured 'why not?' Done and done.  I was secretly hoping the foot massage would trigger some labor. My mom keeps insisting that "something with ankle" would do it. Alas, no dice. 



After we left and were driving home we passed by Glamdoll donuts new second location. I had been craving Glamdoll for a couple of weeks so this felt like kismet. Plus we were two pregnant ladies passing by a donut shop, c'mon. It also felt like the beginning of a joke "two pregnant ladies walk into a donut shop...." am I right?! Spoiler alert: they were delicious and if you are from here and have not seen their new location it is worth it. Much bigger than the original and they serve cocktails!






That night D went to a friend's birthday party. I did not want to go as it was a house party and it's frankly the last place I want to be this pregnant. I went over to my parent's instead to spend time with my sister, niece and parents. We mostly sat around and watched SNL. My life is exciting.

Sunday was the most relaxed day. I woke up to my one left over Glamdoll donut (worth holding off for btw). My pups love Sunday cuddles in the bed and I am powerless to resist. Although at some point I needed to go to the gym. As long as this baby has not come, I am going to keep trying to get to the gym. After the gym we went to grocery shop then home. Sunday night was a big premier night with The Walking Dead. We have been dying for it to come back so we were pretty excited.



That is my weekend in a nutshell. Hopefully this next weekend there will be a baby. I should note, once my little baby arrives I plan to take a bit of a break from the blog. I imagine I will need a couple of weeks as we all adjust around here. However, I will still be posting on instagram so follow along! I can't wait to see her and show her to you all!


Ok Valentine's Day. I have always had conflicted feelings about it. On the one hand it is clearly a commercialized holiday designed ot make money. On the other hand we don't always take that time to just be with each other and go to a romantic meal. D is not really into V-Day and some years I don't want to pick that battle. This is one of them. I could not imagine getting all dressed up in my state to go to a nice meal with a side of good ol' H2O. This year I will be keeping it casual with this lovely sweatshirt from Ily Couture. It's so comfy you guys. I love the subtle "je t'adore" embroidered on the front. It is just enough for the holiday without having 'love'" thrown all over the place. The only thing that would make this look more comfortable for me right now is a pair of sweatpants, but that does not comply with the work dress code. I paired it with favorite skinnies and these old moccassins from Vans, that I love so much. I linked up a couple of other Valentine-type sweatshirts to help you complete the look too!






Sweatshirt| Ily Couture (similar / similar)
Jeans| ASOS (maternity / non-maternity)
Shoes| Vans (similar)
Watch| Fossil
Bracelet| JustFab

What do you think? Leave me a comment below I would love to hear from you!


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