Don't just tell us the horror stories

I realize there are downsides to a lot of things. There are hard parts to life, to school, to marriage, and especially (I can imagine) to motherhood. But I assume along with those hardships come some joy, some fulfillment, some reason you started in the first place. Let's share those parts too.

If I only shared the struggles of marriage on this blog, not only would there be far less to read, but I bet I could convince you that marriage is exhausting and frustrating. And, if I failed to say anything else about it, I might leave you thinking thats what I believe marriage is.

Mothers, I don't get it (yet). I don't understand what its like to give birth, to take care of a helpless baby, or to get no more than three consecutive hours of sleep for months. But it must be more than losing hair, painful breasts, and sleepless lights or you wouldn't keep doing it (read: having more children). In the spirit of preparedness and being authentic, I understand why we share the horror stories with each other, but sometimes, it makes us think, even if for a moment, that is all there is to it. It makes me wonder what we got ourselves into...and how in the world I could have wanted something like this so badly for so long.

So share the sweet moments with us moms-to-be too (whether we're pregnant, married, or not). I'm glad I know a little more about what to expect, but these days I am quite grateful for the mothers who remind me why I got into this business of motherhood. I am thankful for their excitement, for their stories, and for their encouragement.

And wherever you are in life, share the good too. Share the parts that keep you going. Maybe you'll inspire someone else, but at the very least, it'll help you feel good about where you're at.

^on another note - these fall leaves are always encouraging ;)

For all you pregnant ladies out there - this was worth a mention:  a few pieces from Pink Blush Maternity arrived and I haven't wanted to take them off. For anyone who will ever be pregnant during fall/winter months ... these fleece lined maternity leggings are fantastic (I'm wearing them right now) - and printed tunics that you can wear as your bump grows make getting dressed a lot more enjoyable. And here I was thinking maternity clothes were going to be frumpy.

leggings: c/o Pink Blush Maternity (on sale)
tunic: c/o Pink Blush Maternity
trench: c/o Oasap
shoes: Saks Fifth Avenue
**pictures snapped at 21 weeks

Potato Corn Chowder

I'm convinced I would love to cook infinitely more if I didn't have to eat everyday. If cooking was not a necessity, there would be far more about the combination of ingredients and flavors that would be appealing. But alas, a girl has got to eat...and when that girl happens to be growing a tiny human, I have to eat a lot. Anyway, today I have a favorite soup recipe for you. 

**my tip: Double the recipe and freeze half of it and save yourself from cooking a few weeks from now. Also, make it with my 30 minute roll recipe - our favorite combo. 

The great thing about a soup recipe is you don't have to follow the instructions. Yes, I have a list of ingredients and instructions below but if there's a little extra corn in the bag, I'll throw it in. If we have one potato more or less than the recipe calls for, whatever. I almost threw peas and chicken into this recipe one time. If I'm feeling like extra onions, I'll double the onions just because. Don't be stressed about sticking to the recipe...they're more like guidelines anyway ;)

What You'll Need:
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 5 1/2 cups water
  • 6 bullion cubes
  • 3 medium sized potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • black pepper, to taste
  • fresh parsley for garnish 
What You'll Do
  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan (or medium soup pot) and stir in onion and carrots.
  2. Cook vegetables over medium heat for 9 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally in a partially covered pan. 
  3. Add the water, bullion cubes, corn, potato, and salt and bring the mixture to a low boil.
  4. Lower the heat, cover the pot, and simmer for 7 minutes (until the potatoes are just tender).
  5. Whisk together the cream and flour in a small bowl. 
  6. Stir the mixture into the soup and add pepper to taste.
  7. Bring the soup back to a low boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for another 8 minutes.
  8. Serve hot, garnished with parsley.  (and then refrigerate and enjoy leftovers for the rest of the week!)
**Now just whip up some rolls to go with it (my easiest recipe here

If I Wasn't Pregnant // 4

Happy Friday! We don't have much on the agenda for this weekend - it seems like they're either packed full or completely empty these days. Although, after a vivid dream about eating this mac & cheese grilled cheese sandwich last night, I might have found something to put on our schedule. One pregnancy symptom I wan't anticipating were these frequent, unexpected, vivid dreams - so bizarre! 

I've got a few more picks for this week's "If I Wasn't Pregnant" today and they're all under $30 (with the exception of a pair or two of those beautiful shoes). While I truly love mixing textures in different solids for fall (think cozy knits, rich cords, buttery leather), I am really loving all of the prints this season. Here are a few favorites: 

Floral Pencil Skirt // I love the deep colors in this skirt and how versatile it can be! You can wear it with cream, red, green, or black and pair it with a silky blouse and heels or a cozy knit and boots. Plus, at under $13, what do you have to lose? 

Giraffe Knit Sweater // Last fall I was obsessed with my penguin blouse, and this time around its the giraffes. I love how its playful but neutral at the same time, thanks to the black and white color palette. Layer it over a colorful plaid for some pattern mixing or keep it basic with skinnies and riding boots. 

Striped Shift Dress // At first this dress looks a bit summery, so I was surprised to see it in Target's fall collection...but just think of the layering possibilities? Plus, come spring, you won't have to put it away (I'd style it a lot like I did this black and white striped dress last winter - what do you think?).

Plaid Cropped Slacks // Ever since my mom surprised me with my first plaid pants from Nordstrom at age 11 (pink and brown and I'm pretty sure I was the only one who loved them), I've been a tad obsessed. I'd wear them with a crisp white button down if I worked in an office or with a red sweater and pumps for a holiday party. 

Floral Shirt Dress // The floral patterns this fall really are my favorite. I'm dreaming of cream cable knit tights and cognac riding boots for this dress, or maybe heels and a cardigan? The hardest part though, would be not to also buy it in the polkadot.  

Zebra Flats // I know fall is all about leopard, but these offer a great animal print alternative that is a little more neutral. How fun would they be with the giraffe sweater from up top? Or a fun addition to skinnies and a thick knit sweater?

Patterned Sneaker // The polkadot and floral sneaker is actually one and the same (and they also have it in leopard). Perfect for running errands or crunching through fall leaves, they're a lot more fun than your basic lace ups.

Pointed Leopard Pump // I love that this leopard can be used as a neutral, an easy way to pattern mix, or be the statement piece of a more basic outfit. I own this shoe in a few different colors and it really is my my comfortable/favorite heel.


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