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It’s probably a good thing I’m super pregnant right now because summer clothing season is in full force and my natural instinct to buy new clothing is in full bloom. Madewell is having a seize-the-day sale today only with 40% off some of their summer must-haves. It’s definitely worth checking out -plus free shipping! Here are a few pieces that caught my eye:

Madewell Summer Must Have Sale

easy tee in dots & stripes $29.50
mini-bow ring $9.50
han kjøbenhavn timeless sunglasses $80.50
etchstamp studs $10.50

Full Nursery Room with Gallery Wall FINAL Twin girls

Twins Nursery Cribs with Deer Blankets

I’m so excited to finally share these photos of the finished nursery for my twin girls! This post is long overdue, but hopefully it was worth the wait. Almost everything in the nursery has special meaning to me. My inspiration for a modern woodland nursery has finally come to life! The gallery wall was a complete DIY project put together from blank canvases, washi tape and paint chips (one day I’ll get my act together and do a DIY post on the artwork I made). I also found or was gifted adorable items from unique Etsy stores like Niko and Lily, Little Hip Squeaks, Ivie Baby, and Bankie Baby.

Now, the only thing missing are my little ladies. I can’t wait to bring them home – I hope they like their new room as much as I do!

Nursery Project Details & Sources:

Paint Color is Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue

Pink/Purple Triangles and Birds Organic Receiving Blankets from Little Hip Squeaks

Modern Woodland Animal Wall Prints (Deer, Fox, Owl and Raccoon) from Niko and Lily

Glider ordered from Buy Buy Baby (Side note: this chair reclines and is SO comfortable!)

Grey Cribs from Walmart

Teal Fox Crib Sheets and Grey Owl Changing Table Cover from Ivie Baby

Custom Deer Blankets and Lovies from Bankie Baby

Zig Zag / Chevron Curtains from Urban Outfitters

Gallery Canvases & Natural Wood Block from Hobby Lobby, Washi Tape from Wishy Washi and Paint Color Samples (circle cut into confetti) from Home Depot

Standing Lamp (found for $15 on Craigslist!)

Changing Table from Local Consignment Store Revival (See this post for my DIY makeover of the midcentury modern dresser)

What pregnant mom-to-be doesn’t want a super stylish diaper bag? Sure, I might look like a complete mess for the first six months, but hey if my “mom accessories” are chic, then I might just look put together when I finally do get brave enough to leave the house with two babies, right? (Okay, maybe I live in delusion-land…)

My present to myself this mother’s day (among the other baby things still on my list) is a practical, chic, black diaper bag. I researched several options, both in-store and online, and landed on this Lesportsac Ryan Diaper Baby Bag in Black. It looks big enough to hold all the necessities for twins, it’s made of nylon with canvas trim (super durable and easy to wash),  and has options for dual shoulder straps or an attachable crossbody strap. It’s not the cheapest option at $128 on Zappos, but I definitely think it’s worth the investment if it will last through the craziness of my life for the next few years!
Lesportsac Ryan Black Diaper Baby bagIn addition to those perks, my husband Mike wanted to make sure I didn’t get a diaper bag that looked too much like a purse. Let’s face it, with two little ones, he might be carrying around the bag on outings. Understandable. I won’t take away his man card that quick. I thought the Lesportsac bag was a nice compromise of modern style + practical needs.

Of course, a girl can dream right? While certainly not in my budget, I discovered this to-die-for Preppy Nylon Printed Eliz-A-Baby by Marc by Marc Jacobs. My good friend Cristin pointed it out on Instagram and I’ve been in love ever since. It’s pretty enough to carry whether you’re a mom or not! At $348 on Piperlime, it’s certainly tempting but just not in my reality right now.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Printed Elizababy Diaper BagJen Signature

Okay, so I realize it’s May BUT I want to share a few photos from the bab(ies) shower that my very sweet sister-in-law threw for me in April.  It was so wonderful to see everyone and catch up. I am so lucky to have such a strong support system around me – from my friends in town, my family, friends in Chicago or out of state – I feet so much love going into the last weeks of my pregnancy!

26 weeks twins

Above: 26 Weeks in my outfit for the shower from Target (Merona Women’s Twist Waist Dress)

twins baby shower 2

Above: My little niece and very dedicated helper, Abbie, in front of the cutest little twin banner and gift display.twins baby showerAbove: Scenes from the baby shower. Bottom left: My grandma and mom holding up these adorable neon pink twin onesies from Snug Attack.

Little hip squeaks blanket
Above: One of my favorite receiving blankets from Little Hip Squeaks – an Etsy store that I swear people stalk to see when new products arrive. I’m a little obsessed with her patterns, too.

Today marks 25 weeks for me – although not technically in my third trimester according to the “singleton” calendar, I kind of am because I won’t be going longer than 37/38 weeks. Ah! To say the least, my skinny jeans aren’t exactly fitting these days. Fortunately, I have been beyond lucky to work from home in leggings during the majority of my pregnancy so I really haven’t had a need to go out and buy a ton of new clothing. I’ve just been working with what I’ve got that fits (meaning stretchy shirts and leggings…and that’s about it.) I have definitely been breaking the “Am I Wearing Pants?” rule.

I finally gave in and went to my first maternity store last month, Destination Maternity, and bought a pair of nice Hudson jeans on super-sale. Best investment ever! I wear them with everything on the weekends and can dress them up or down – a definite plus for a limited wardrobe. I highly recommend making one investment purchase of nice jeans during pregnancy.

I also made a stop by Old Navy for some larger shirts to fit over my growing belly. I picked up tops in larger sizes that are stretchy and can accommodate the growth I continue to experience – I kid you not – on a daily basis. The photo below is from last week (24 weeks) and I’ve already grown what seems like a ton since then.


Above: Black and white striped t-shirt from Old Navy (one of my favorites & on sale right now for $10!) paired with a printed chambray shirt from Target (similar to this one).

Last but not least, while I was in Chicago a few weeks ago, I did a little shopping at Gap. Seriously one of the best places to go for maternity clothes! Lots of items on sale right now, too.


Above: Gap 1969 Floral Legging Jeans and this Gap Printed Pintuck Top (both bought in-store at 40% off!)

More maternity style shots to come soon hopefully. For whatever style I can still pull off during the next 12-13 weeks! I’m still trying to keep some sense of fashion in my life – even though some days leggings and a huge t-shirt just seem so right…

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