books for baby

Posted on: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Another baby post! 🙃

I will likely share more photos of baby’s room/nursery/closet after she arrives, but in the meantime, wanted to share a sneak peek at a little area within her room – her bookshelf! Both E and I looooove to read so it was a no brainer that we wanted to have lots of books for baby. I added quite a few to our baby registry and we received a few favorites that way, but other people have sent us so many other good ones! Her bookshelf is already full so we’re now trying to figure out where to put the rest of her books. A good problem to have! 📕 📚

E hung these white floating shelves and we’ve been adding books to the shelves as we receive them from generous friends and family. I wish we had space for MORE shelves because I love seeing all of the adorable and sweet books on display. I already can’t wait to read to her! 💛

Here are some of my favorite books we have for baby already! Everything is linked below (in random categories I made up for organization’s sake) and also available on this dedicated Amazon page! If you know someone having a baby soon, or want to stock up on your own little kids’ bookshelf at home, these are great options. 🙌🏼

Classics: Goodnight Moon, The Giving Tree, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Soft Book, Keep Curious and Carry a Banana: Words of Wisdom from the World of Curious George

Beautiful Covers/Cute Stories: Flora and the Flamingo, Gaston, Last Stop on Market Street

Color/Senses: TouchThinkLearn: Opposites, Pantone: Box of Color: 6 Mini Board Books, Technicolor Treasure Hunt

#girlpower: Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World, Little Feminist Board Book Set

SF/West Coast: San Francisco: A Book of Numbers, All Aboard! California, All Aboard! National Parks, All Aboard Pacific Northwest

Cult Faves (according to other moms): Dragons Love Tacos, Your Baby’s First Word will be DADA , Mr Tiger Goes Wild

Thanks for reading! And P.S., you can shop all my favorite books (and other products) on this dedicated Amazon page! I’ll be adding more and more stuff on there that I end up using in our apartment, for baby, etc.!

Photos by Hannah Pobar of Home Studio

third trimester update

Posted on: Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Two blog posts in one week?! Who adm I? This is what happens when I’ve ramped down most of my client work and have much more free time before #littlebabyburd‘s arrival!

Today I wanted to share a quick third trimester update on how things have been going during the home stretch of my pregnancy. I shared a second trimester update here and a first trimester update / baby announcement here.  So today’s post covers approximately weeks 28-38 (today!). Here’s some highlights from the past few weeks as well as random info like how I’m feeling physically/emotionally, how we’re prepping for baby, what I’m reading, etc.!

38 weeks!

THIRD TRIMESTER HIGHLIGHTS

So many baby celebrations – my mother-in-law threw a baby shower brunch in Southern California, my mom/sisters/aunts threw a baby shower in Ohio and last weekend, my besties through a baby shower here in SF. So overwhelmed and grateful with all the love for our little one! 💛 More photos from baby showers are at the bottom of this post.

Celebrating my FIL’s retirement in LA!

Getting our apartment / life fully prepped (or as prepped as we can!) for baby! The nursery area is ready for her, the carseat is installed, hospital bags are packed, etc. It’s almost go time!

Spending two weeks in Ohio over Thanksgiving and early December with my family. It was sooo good to catch up with everyone and spend quality time with my parents, sister, grandparents and other family.

Our family photo session with Minted 📹

Spending the holidays here in SF. It was really relaxing not traveling over the holidays and spending time in (empty) San Francisco. I also loved 1) going to typically busy places and getting in right away and 2) being able to easily park everywhere. 😛

Celebrating my birthday with E and Jack! It was such a special day – coffee in bed, Pilates, brunch at Outerlands, a beach walk, an afternoon nap and dinner at Frances.

The overwhelming kindness, generosity and love from family and friends throughout my pregnancy but especially in these last few weeks. People have been so kind and helpful, from offering to help us with random errands to sending sweet gifts and cards in the mail. Seriously, I feel so fortunate for such loving people surrounding me + bebe!

FEELING (PHYSICALLY): Large! I’ve gained ~25 pounds during my pregnancy and I can definitely feel the weight and heaviness on my body (obviously). Doing “regular” things like walking and getting dressed are much more difficult! I know several people who said by 38-39 weeks they were just DONE and very ready for baby to come out. I don’t think I’m quite there yet and I think it’s just because I’ve overall felt alright, minus some slight aches, pains and general uncomfortableness. I definitely have to eat smaller portions because I get full so much faster. During the third trimester, I’ve had on and off back pain. It was especially bad in my tailbone area at around 30 weeks to a point where I could barely walk for a few days. I also had a week or so (around Christmas at like 34 weeks) where I had intense pain in my left foot. Again, it was super difficult to walk and so painful. Thankfully, the pain went away (I just did the whole RICE – rest, ice, compress, elevate thing). Other than those two somewhat random painful, short-lived symptoms, I’ve been feeling okay physically! Oh, I’ve also been experiencing what Ashley from Sugar and Cloth coined “lightning crotch” – this really intense pelvis pain that comes in and out randomly almost every day. 😱

FEELING (EMOTIONALLY/MENTALLY): Excited to meet her! A little bit nervous about the labor process. In wonder of the human body. Incredibly grateful to have such an awesome, generous, loving and encouraging support system around me. Overwhelmed by all of it!

PREPARING FOR BABY: We are ready! 👏🏼 👏🏼 Or as ready as we’ll ever be! 😉H er room is ready and we’re all set in terms of “baby things” in the apartment, although I’m sure we’ll be doing diaper runs and last minute Amazon Prime purchases when she gets here. I have her dresser organized with newborn and 0-3M clothes with 3-6M in baskets in her closet and anything bigger in bins in the garage. Our apartment is outfitted with baby gear like the baby changer (we opted for this Keekaroo Peanut Changer), a rocker (with cute side table and lots of plants nearby 🌿) and her Moses basket. We also have our hospital bags packed — might share more about this in a later post!

READING: Mama Natural Week-by-Week Pregnancy Guide (each week), Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding, 25 Things Every New Mom Should Learn

WEARING: Just shared a big blog post about my maternity wardrobe HERE! In that post, I link to all the products I’ve been wearing on a regular basis. For the most part, I haven’t been wearing *real* maternity clothes and opted more for “transitional clothing” that will work during pregnancy and afterwards! I also just bought this black Modern Citizen dress that literally feels like I’m wearing a bathrobe, so I think this will be in heavy rotation the rest of pregnancy and once baby is here.

FITNESS: I am still feeling good enough to work out, but at a much lower intensity. I’m probably working out 4-5x/week and still doing a mix of swimming, prenatal yoga and prenatal Pilates. I also got a resistance band for Christmas so will try to do some resistance band reps on days I don’t work out for my arms/glutes.

FOOD AVERSIONS/CRAVINGS: Again, I feel like such a boring pregnant person because I haven’t had intense cravings! From about 31-35 weeks, grapefruit juice sounded reallllllllllly good and I drank a lot of that. Other than that, nothing has been out of the ordinary, although nothing ever sounds SUPER good and tasty to me, especially around dinner time. I feel like I’ve been more indecisive, probably because I can’t fit as much in my stomach anymore!

VITAMINS: Still taking my pre-natal and probiotic vitamins 💊

HELPFUL PRODUCTS: not a product per se, but my morning coffee is V important (“my only vice”), Earth Mama Angel Baby third trimester tea (I drink every evening), my Minnetoka slippers

Thanks for reading!

statement art + gallery wall with minted

Posted on: Sunday, January 7, 2018

Up until recently, we had the same art hanging in our apartment (#aesfnest). In our living room, above our dining table (and previously above the couch), we had four vintage prints of San Francisco. They were a gift from my parents a few years ago and while I love them, I have been itching for a change in that room. In or bedroom, we have two gallery walls on either side of the bed and I’ve changed around some of the art over the last few years, but there were still some stragglers – pieces that weren’t great or contributing to the overall aesthetic but just there.

We don’t have a ton of wiggle room when it comes to moving furniture, so the best and easiest way to change up the overall look and feel of our living room was with a massive piece of statement art. And, I decided to kill two birds withd one stone (or online order?) and update our gallery walls to. Enter: Minted (also where I’ve purchased baby shower invites, wedding save the dates, thank you notes and other smaller prints). Today, I’m excited to share the new art prints in our apartment!

STATEMENT PIECE IN LIVING ROOM:

For the living room, I decided to GO BIG! This abstract piece immediately caught my eye. I thought the colors and somewhat floral aesthetic in the print would really work in the room. We have some light pink accent pieces (dining chair, some kilim pillows, etc.) and obviously have tons of greenery with our little plant fam! 🌿 I snagged the largest size – 30″ x 40″ and decided to spend a bit more to make sure the print was matted and framed (vs. canvas print or having to get it framed myself eventually). Based on some Pinterest inspiration (looking at you, Joanna Gaines) and out of laziness, I decided to not hang the piece and instead just lean against the wall. Right now, I like it that way but might eventually hang it up above the table. The piece is called Fresh Indigo and by Tennessee-based artist Laci Fowler.

I originally snagged the second, smaller piece for the bedroom gallery walls (more on that below) but accidentally measured incorrectly. So – for now, that print (CURAÇAO) is hanging out in living room too, but will eventually move into bedroom when I do a larger overall of the gallery walls!

Minted art in the living rom — Fresh Indigo and CURAÇAO

GALLERY WALL IN BEDROOM:

The pieces I wanted to swap out in the bedroom were smaller – both 5″ x 7″. As mentioned, I wanted the larger 8″ x 10″ print to work with where we had existing nails (can you tell I’m lazy?) in the wall, but it didn’t fit! We’ll see if these small prints stay in their current spot or how I’ll rearrange/build onto the gallery wall once I move the larger pieces around. Similar to the statement piece in the living room, the small prints I purchased – The Layers Beneath and Summer Skies, both in white frames, were also abstract and nature-inspired with pops of color. I love the deep shades of green and turquoise with hints of blush pink in both. Both of the smaller prints I added to the gallery walls in our bedroom were by Brooklyn-based mixed-media artist Lauren Packard.

Minted art in the bedroom — The Layers Beneath and Summer Skies

 


Thanks for reading, and thanks to Minted for partnering with me on this post and here’s links to the four art prints I snagged!

Fresh Indigo // CURAÇAO// The Layers Beneath // Summer Skies

maternity style

Posted on: Thursday, December 28, 2017

The countdown is on – just a few weeks until Bebe Burd is here! I’ve had a few people ask me questions about maternity clothes and what I’ve been wearing throughout my pregnancy, so wanted to share today!

Pretty much I’ve been wearing the same 15-20 items throughout my entire pregnancy. It’s been an unintentional capsule wardrobe of sorts! I’ve found that this has worked for me, because I work from home and don’t have to get “fully dressed” every day. Leggings and comfy clothes like t-shirts and tank tops were my best friends. 💛 I also have been rotating through the same few items because I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on maternity clothes that I would only wear for a few months. Instead, I decided to invest in “transitional” clothing that could be worn during/after pregnancy, like the STORQ jumpsuit and Amour Vert dress linked and shown below!

A few things to note:

Re: jeans and pants – Once I couldn’t button my regular jeans (around 20 weeks or so), I used the Bellaband, which is a tight band that goes around the top of your jeans and stretchy band over your stomach so you can wear your jeans for longer. I definitely needed to eventually get maternity jeans though, because by 26 weeks or so, the Bellaband wasn’t going to cut it. I tried several maternity jeans, including the pricey AG Jeans that everyone seems to rave about, but they just didn’t work for my body. My advice is to try lots of maternity jeans from different places, in different sizes, and find what works best for you. Comfort is key! 🙏🏻

ASOS is a pregnant woman’s best friend. I ordered SO much stuff from here in different sizes and cuts and they make it so easy to return whatever doesn’t work (plus free two day shipping 🙌🏼)

I don’t tend to wear a lot of tight things regularly, so my oversize sweaters worked perfectly all of the pregnancy. For basics like t-shirts and tanks, I just sized up to a medium so they are snug while pregnant and will be looser fitting once baby is here.

I ended up wearing a lot of non-maternity clothing, especially for things like leggings, which could be worn over or below the bump. I also wore several of my “regular” dresses throughout my pregnancy with leggings or tights. Regular shirts also have worked; in early/mid-pregnancy I wore my regular items and purchased a few non-maternity tops later on in the pregnancy one size up. Non-maternity clothing that I’ve purchased is marked as “NM” below.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a ton of advice for those who have a traditional 9-5 job in terms of maternity clothes for a work environment, but this blogger had a killer maternity workwear, so check out her archives to get some outfit inspiration!

Soooo here’s what I’ve been wearing!

Maternity Overalls + Black Tshirt

Basics/Other:

Bellaband (this was a MUST — allowed me to wear my regular jeans up until Week 26 or so)

Sleep Bras (from ASOS)

Live In Bralette (from Gap – sized up! I also got a larger bra from Victoria’s Secret because my boobs grew so much 😮)

Long black maternity tank (from ASOS – this is a great “staple” piece you can wear under a lot of stuff like cardigans, regular tops, etc.)

Long Sleeve Striped T-shirts (about 4-5, like this + this from Old Navy, NM)

Short Sleeve T-shirts (love this Isabel Maternity one from Target)

Striped tshirt and maternity overalls

Dresses/Jumpsuits:

Embroidered Smock Dress (from ASOS – loved this and wore a lot until about 32 weeks and at that point, I needed to wear leggings/tights with it because it was too short. It still looks cute as a tunic though!)

Black Jumpsuit  (from STORQ)

Black Midi Dress (from Amour Vert, NM)

Dwell + Slumber Caftan   (just got my second for Christmas – so obsessed with these!)

Floral Shift Dress (from Who What Wear for Target, NM. I’m also obsessed with this collection. I wore this dress with OTK boots and tights to a retirement party and a holiday party! 🎉 There’s also another long sleeve WWW dress from last year I’ve worn to a wedding and some fancier events while pregnant too!)

Amour Vert Dress

Dwell and Slumber Caftan

Bottoms:

Ripped Skinny Jeans (from ASOS)

Denim Overalls (from Destination Maternity)

Joggers (from Sweaty Betty, NM)

Lululemon ALIGN Leggings   (I couldn’t have survived without these! NM)

ZELLA Live-In Leggings (NM)

Storq Jumpsuit

Sweaters & Jackets:

Sherpa Jacket (from Old Navy, NM)

Oversize Sweater (from Who What Wear collection for Target, NM)

Gray Cardigan (from Topshop, NM)

Statement Sleeved Cardigan (from Topshop, NM)

Modern Sporty Cardigan (from Nike, NM)

ASOS Maternity dress

Shoes:

Embroidered Flat Mules (from Who What Wear collection for Target)

Black Nike Frees

OTK Boots (from Dolce Vita)

Leather Slide Loafers (from Halogen, similar here)

ASOS Maternity Jeans + WWW Flats

Topshop sweater with Halogen slides

 

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