January 2016 - Like Honey

Breaking Out Spring Whites










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One of my favorite ways to sneak some Spring into my mid-winter wardrobe is with pops of white. White jeans, white tunics, white blazers...they all bring a cold weather outfit from dreary to fresh in an instant. I especially love this crisp blazer. Not only does the bright white liven up the neutrals underneath, but the tailored lines of a blazer make this outfit anything but boring. Pair this look with nude heels and sleek chinos for office-ready style!

Outfit Details
Jeans // H&M Maternity
Heels // Target
Clutch // Target (sold out online, still available in stores)
Watch // Kate Spade (similar)




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Fave Five Friday | Bedroom Makeover + Spring Fever

It's time for another Fave Five Friday! Last week we were all fighting off the sickies, but this week Lucy is all better and I'm still getting over a head cold. At least it's only one of us! Here's some highlights from the week:


5.) Target has a great deal on bed and bath for January! Save $10 when you spend $50 or $25 when you spend $100! Not to mention, tons of the items that qualify are already on sale. I finally took the plunge on white bedding, which I've been wanting for a few years now, and I'm absolutely in love! I'm so glad I'll be able to just toss it in the washer with some bleach if necessary, and the fabric seems really well made. We haven't had any issues so far with pet hair or anything. You can shop the items I got and love below:





4.)  Besides new bedding, we also finally got Lucy her convertible car seat! It's a Graco My Ride 65 and we all really like it (I know, she looks thrilled here). I love that it's cushy comfy and has a slight recline for when Lucy takes car naps :) {we got ours on a great sale on Walmart.com}


3.) The new American Girl Doll of the Year is from St Louis! She's a Cards fan and even talks about her love of Ted Drewe's in the book! I seriously need to get one and keep it for Lucy. I already have my old AG doll saved back for her, but how cool would it be to have one from your hometown?!


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2.) Anybody else have a kid who loves to shop? And refuses to stay seated in the designated seat for more than 10 minutes? At least she's a happy shopper! We had to get out of the house for a while after being cooped up all week with sickness.


1.) ICYMI, I shared some of my favorite items for Spring this week! I'm beyond ready for warm temps and vacation...tomorrow is supposed to be 61 degrees here! At least I'm getting one wish!


Happy Friday, all! This weekend is for grocery shopping and spending time outside in the gorgeous weather!



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Let's Talk: New Year's

Today I'm linking up with Erika @ A Little Bit of Everything and Andrea from Momfessionals for Let's Talk! It's a monthly chit chat with different themes. The theme for January is New Year's of course! So I'll be sharing some of my goals and resolutions for this year as well as a sort of calendar of things I'm looking forward to for 2016!

Resolutions

Fitness // Yes, everyone and their dog has fitness and exercise as one of their goals for the new year, but for me it's just a little bit different. I'm not worried about weight loss or building muscle...I'm just hoping to stay in shape until baby Parker arrives in an effort to be back in normal clothes as quickly as possible after delivery. It only took about a month to get back into my regular clothes and 3 months to be back "in shape" after Lucy, but the transitional period was easier because it was winter; baggy sweaters hide all that extra baby weight. With Parker, it will be summer and I have my brother's wedding in July, so I have really got to whip it to be able to wear a decent dress!

Breastfeeding // I am so blessed to have been able to breastfeed Lucy as long as I did. We only made it 3 months, but 3 months is better than zero! A resolution I have this year is that I will work harder and do my best to breastfeed Parker as long as possible! With Lucy, it was a struggle with impatience. It wasn't fast enough for her fancy, and the longer she fought and refused to latch, the less supply I had/she only got foremilk. She ended up losing weight so we had to supplement and ultimately made the permanent switch to formula. Any tips and tricks for keeping up a healthy supply (specifically while working out), are welcome!

Cleaning & Organization // I'm working really hard to stay organized and keep up with cleaning the house this year. I've been working on daily cleaning schedules as well as slowly organizing and sorting through different parts of the house. I would love to have everything sorted and stored properly for when we (hopefully) buy a house this summer! It would make packing a breeze and crosses one more thing off of my list of unpacking when we do finally get settled in a new home...which is a definite necessity with 2 kiddos under 2!

Budgeting // Speaking of house hunting, another resolution this year is to really stick to a budget. I know that the better I do at this, the easier home buying will be on us. I want so badly to get rid of as much debt as possible so that we can live comfortably in a nice home and not have the financial stress we've had in the past. So far we have paid off 2 out of 6 debts (we aren't including student loans). Not bad for month one of 2016!

Goals

A lot of my "goals" are simple things. Things I'd like to do if possible, but that aren't life or death or anything. One of those is making sure to have frequent date nights with my hubby. We are about to have 2 kids under the age of two! It's going to be chaotic and busy and exhausting to say the least, and I have a feeling that date nights and intimacy will be few and far between for the first few months especially. My main goal is to make sure we make an effort to really focus on US for a while. Whether it's an official "date night" with a babysitter and an outing, or just spending an hour alone together at night, I want it to be more than just sitting on the same couch watching the same TV show, ya know? Our marriage is the foundation of our family, and I want to make sure that that foundation doesn't falter in any way!

This next goal is similar...date nights with Lucy. While she's really too little to understand the concept of individual dates with mommy or daddy (though I do want to implement those as she gets older!), I still think it's important to spend time together as a family when possible, and I'm hoping to be able to do a few fun things with her before Parker arrives, to really give her the attention she deserves before I have to split it between two babies! If anyone has advice on being a mama of 2 little ones, I would love to hear from you!!!


January // Nothing here, since the month is almost over and there's just not a lot going on this month!
February // Valentine's is one of my favorite holidays! I love all the glitter and pink and red! My main goals for this month are spending Valentine's with my sweet hubby and hopefully a fun family date, too.
March // Lots of holidays and celebrations here in March! Preston has a birthday (as well as his brother, my brother and one of my sisters) and it's also St. Patrick's Day and Easter! I'm excited for Lucy to actually enjoy her Easter basket this year and I always love shopping for matching family outfits ;) March is also my last chance to take a trip to Lexington before Parker arrives, but since Preston will be using all of his vacation time later in the year, it will have to be a solo trip (just me and Lucy). We'll have to see what the books have in store for us (and what that budget holds) but I would love to be able to see everyone one more time! Solo trips to Lex aren't going to happen anymore when I have 2 babies in the car!
April // No plans because Parker will be here! It's hard to make any extensive plans when you have no idea when you might go into labor! Lucy came a week early and only took 10 hours, so I'm not straying too far from home during the month of April!
May // While May will mostly be full of lots of adjusting to life with 2 kids, I also have the MOPS end of the year picnic to look forward to and hopefully a quick trip to Lexington with the whole family. My siblings will be in school when Parker gets here so they won't be able to come visit us. We're going to take a small trip there over Memorial weekend to stay and introduce him!
June // So far we don't have plans in June, but since it's summer I do want to plan some fun family trips to local events. We always do the St Louis Zoo and park playdates, but I'd like to add the Science Museum, the Art Museum, Missouri Botanical Gardens, City Museum, and other local festivities like flea markets, farmer's markets, apple picking, the pool and more!
July // July is our Family Vacation month! We're going to Kentucky for a few days with Preston's family to see the opening of the new Ark Encounter. It's going to be so neat! I'm sure we'll do some other fun things in the area while we're there, and of course stop and see my family ;) then my family is heading back to Illinois (and so are we) for my brother's wedding!
August // Preston's and my 3rd wedding anniversary is in August and so is my birthday! So I'm sure we'll be doing some celebrating on that front.
September // Nothing here, nothing planned--yet!
October // Halloween! I'm so excited to dress the babies up in a theme of some kind and for Lucy to go trick-or-treating again! She might even be old enough to enjoy Boo at the Zoo :)
November // Thanksgiving! And this year we get to spend it in Lexington, hopefully! That's the plan anyway.
December // Christmas obviously! I'm so excited to have family traditions implemented this year, especially since Lucy will be almost 2 and will really enjoy so much more than she understood this year.


What are your New Year's goals and resolutions? Do you have any big plans for 2016? I'd love to hear them!


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Fave Five Friday | Snuggles & Shopping Steals

Happy Friday, ya'll! It's been a boring, yucky week in our house...Lucy had a fever and cold for 3 days and then as soon as she got better, I caught a head cold! It wouldn't be so bad if there were any medications I could actually take while pregnant :( so for now, I'm suffering through, considering borrowing some Essential Oils from a friend to get through it a little faster. Being sick with a toddler is no fun! But my week still had some highlights, so I'll jump right into those: 


5.) Did you catch this weeks OOTD with PinkBlush maternity? I am ob-sessed with that dress! And I especially love that I can wear it into Spring and still shop at PinkBlush when I no longer need maternity clothes! They are seriously the cutest boutique and I love that I was able to collaborate with such an awesome brand.

{some of these styles are not exact, as I couldn't find Gap Factory items anywhere online! I just wanted to give a rough idea though, rather than describe it all to you (: }

Chambray Button Down, $2.50 // Gap Blue Cologne, $12.50 // Tailored Khaki Straight Fit, $16.50 // Toddler Logo Sweats, $2 // Light Blue Sweater, $7.50 // Skinny Belt, $3

Total Cost: $44 + Tax // Total Savings: $178!

4.) More fashion goodies: our local Gap Factory is closing permanently so we hurried in to snag some clearance deals before they were wiped clean. It was pretty picked over when we got there, but we did find a few gems! I'm just sorry to see the store go :(


3.) Lucy had her second cake smash on Saturday (before getting sick) and she knew exactly what to do! She ate almost the whole cake! Thank goodness it wasn't very big ;) It was so funny watching her shove handfuls into her face.

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2.) I felt like garbage yesterday, but somehow managed to kick my butt into gear and clean the whole house! I disinfected and wiped clean every surface, including the inside of my microwave and the entire interior of the fridge! I got a load of laundry done and vacuumed on top of that! 3 and 1/2 days of being stuck inside the house will do that to you. I just couldn't take the clutter anymore, no matter how gross I felt! It feels so good to have it all spotless!


1.) Even though we've been feeling crummy this week, illness can have it's upsides. I got all the snuggles for 2 days straight! I hate to see my baby feeling sick, but I was glad to get some sweet alone time with her (especially before Parker gets here and steals some of the spotlight!).

What's everyone's weekend plans? Are you enjoying snowy weather, too? Hopefully my weekend is full of recovery and maybe being productive! TGIF :)




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Winter {Navy} Blues w/ PinkBlush Maternity














Ya'll, I am so happy to share this awesome maternity dress from Pink Blush with you! It seriously makes me feel like a princess, and I love how flowy and buttery soft the fabric is. The fit is perfect and the cut is so versatile; I can wear it this winter with a cardigan and tights and still rock it for spring with cute heels!

If you've never shopped at Pink Blush, you need to head over there now! They have both a women's and a maternity site, with plus size options available in both. The whole site is filled with adorable boutique clothing and accessories you're going to love, and the best part is, most of the super cute women's items are available in maternity, too! I love a maternity line that still allows me to be fashionable and trendy and not look frumpy or any bigger than I am ;)

What I'm Wearing:
Dress // Pink Blush Maternity c/o
Cardigan // Target
Tights // Target (similar)
Boots // Macy's
Necklace // Walmart
Clutch // Target (sold out, but still available in stores)


*Disclosure: Faith & Fashion received free merchandise from Pink Blush Maternity in exchange for this post.*

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Fave Five Friday | Toddler Fashion + Budget Bites

Happy Friday! Today we are heading out bright and early to get some much needed grocery shopping out of the way. I have to go extra early so that I have time to prep all of Lucy's birthday goodies for her party with family tomorrow! I also have a fun little MOPS party this evening so I'm excited for a full day :) Here are some of this week's favorites:
5.) Lucy turned ONE on Tuesday! Her party is tomorrow but we went to Target and grabbed ice cream to celebrate. Lucy got to stay up past her bedtime and enjoy some yummy treats. I shared a little first year recap here, too.

Outfit details can be found here.
4.) With Lucy constantly on the go these days, it's hard to get a decent photo of her. She is never still! She wore a new OOTD the other day that I just love and have to share...plus I got all the pieces for a steal! Top // Old Navy (on clearance for $3!) Jeans // Target (on clearance for $4.50 in stores) Hair Bow // Kid 2 Kid Lexington KY (only $4 and she'll get several years out of it!) I just love finding good bargains, especially on baby clothes that will never be worn again.
3.) I've been wearing a lot of blues and I'm slowly breaking out the brights for spring! Does anyone else start craving brights and pastels as soon as they put their tree away? I'm dying for warmer weather and to meet this baby boy!


2.) Thanks to Influenster, I shared a quick, delicious and CHEAP Tater Tot Casserole recipe! It's a great go-to for busy weeknights or budget meal plans and it's a cozy comfort food that is perfect for this cooler weather.

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1.) Yesterday I started my day with a Facebook feed full of sadness. Alan Rickman has passed away from cancer. I am a forever Harry Potter fan and I can't imagine a better actor to portray such an important character in such an influential series. Rest in peace, Professor Snape. Always ♥

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