H&M Addiction? Share your go-to outfits after having your baby!

I’m not big on doing selfies-especially in the bathroom at work-but I know it’s not going to happen once I get home to the hubby and baby.  But somehow in these past 2 days I have noticed that I have worn complete head to toe, H&M attire….ha!  What can I say, it’s really been the one place I have been able to rely on to have something I like!  Especially after having a baby.  PLUS, they have amazing sales 🙂

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Lace Top: Similar

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red pants

Sweater: Similar

Long-Sleeved Jersey Top

Skinny Pants: Similar

What stores are you addicted to shopping at?  Especially after having a baby?  I find that H&M has the most versatile pieces I can, affordable and on trend!  Even through my pregnancy, this store was my go to for Maternity clothes.  I’m finding myself finally getting back into figuring out outfits with what I currently have, and not trying to spend money on new clothes.  What has become your easiest go to with your newish mommy body?  Me: obsessed with the high waist skinny jeans-helps hold it all in!  Pair with some high heeled and a somewhat loose top and couple necklaces layered-I’m set.  I want to hear from you!  I need more ideas please 🙂

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New Traditions and Something Personal

This past Christmas, Russell and I had decided to not exchange gifts with each other…for many reasons.  The first reason and main reason was, because Ella was gift enough to both of us!  We wanted to really focus on her and make this Christmas special for her, (even with her being a little over 3 months old) because she had already made it very special for us.  We actually couldn’t wait for her to wake up on Christmas morning to take her downstairs.  All the firsts with her make you have the best feeling inside-makes your heart melt.  She just makes my heart melt everyday with her amazing smile and laughs…

Ella on Christmas morning, admiring the beautiful tree and all of her little gifts...

Ella on Christmas morning, admiring the beautiful tree and all of her little gifts…

The second reason we decided not to exchange gifts was because we wanted to start 2 new traditions with her.  We wanted to instill goodness into her heart and as she grows up and into our own little person; make her aware that there is more to Christmas morning than receiving.  That its about family, giving, and being there for people that need you.

So this past year, we “adopted” a family.   This was our first time doing this but we have admired our good friends for doing this the past few years.   We worked with the Lord’s Pantry on this.   We ended up adopting 2 little girls…a 2 year old and a 5 year old.  They each had a wishlist of a few things they each wanted for Christmas…specifically, a Little Mermaid Backpack, a Baby Doll.  We filled their wishes and in addition, bought them each a couple of outfits and some new PJ’s.  Each year as we continue to do this, and each year as Ella gets older, it will be fun to have her help us pick out gifts and deliver them.  It warms my heart to think about those little girls being able to open gifts on Christmas morning with their families.

The other tradition we started was specifically for Ella.  Each Christmas, we plan on giving her 2 books.  We will write a special message inside of each one for her- somewhat pertaining to what the book is about.  This year, we got her  “The Giving Tree” and “Where the Wild Things Are.”  The Giving Tree was in line with adopting the family and that when give, we will receive back.  And the Where the Wild Things Are” refers to her and her wild little personality and amazing energy.

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Years prior to this Christmas, Russell and I had started making each other gifts, with a $20 limit.  But this year, like I said before-no gifts!   ….guess who didn’t follow that rule?  Miss Ella!  She gave mommy her first little gift and it’s such a personalized one…she’s so advanced for her age 😉   It’s something I will treasure for the rest of my life (thanks for helping her Daddy).

Here is my personalize roman numeral gold bar necklace, with her birth-date 9.10.14.  Check it out at this wonderful Etsy Shop: Shop LUCA

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9.10.14

Did you receive any special or personalized gifts for Christmas or a recent birthday from your little ones or hubby that you will cherish forever?  I can’t wait to get her a little something with a Sapphire in it for her first birthday!

xoxo

Reba

Christmas Tree Farm Photo-shoot

The Saturday before Christmas 2014, we had our first family photo-shoot with our newest addition, Ella.  We had a dear friend of mine, Priscilla, who is a new and upcoming photographer, take them for us.  It took place at this adorable Christmas tree farm in West Chester.  It was a very chilly day and little Ella’s cheeks turned red and her eyes started to water,  but she was such a trooper that day!  She loves to pose for the camera…silly girl.

Here are a few of my favorites from our beautiful collection.

Photo Credit: Priscilla Millard Photography

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3rd Trimester Progressive Photos

To catch up on all of the complete looks and progression of my pregnancy, here are the last weeks from my third trimester with Ella.

Fourth of July outfit @30weeks

Fourth of July outfit @30weeks

Our 7 year Anniversary @ #32weeks

Our 7 year Anniversary @ #32weeks

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Beach weekend with our friends @ #33weeks

little white tee

Little white tee for my big ol belly @ #34week

new hair

Cut about 4″ off of my hair to give it a good fresh feel before Ella popped into the world

J'ADORE @ #36weeks

J’ADORE @ #36weeks

Loving my new leopard kicks @ #38weeks

Loving my new leopard kicks @ #38weeks

Last pool weekend @ #39weeks

Last pool weekend @ #39weeks

Made it to #40weeks exactly, walking into the hospital on her due date after my water broke

Made it to #40weeks exactly, walking into the hospital on her due date after my water broke

Vintage Initial “C” for Me

My newest vintage jewelry find came from Clover Market. A fabulous outdoor market in Ardmore, PA that is held once a month during the Spring and Fall. I describe it as the place where Etsy comes to life! I’m always on the hunt for my next piece of jewelry, there.

This time, I came home with a vintage “C” initial for new last name, Clark. This initial will join my “r&r” pendant given to me from my MOH when Russ and I got engaged and my gold coin from our Nashville, TN trip this past Fall.

What is your favorite vintage piece and where did you find it?