12 Outfits of Christmas: Baby Snuggle Day

Day #3 of 12 Outfits of Christmas!

This look is from yesterday – and in case you can’t already tell, it was an incredibly lazy, laid back, barely-got-ready look. Probably because yesterday I was very lazy, laid back and barely got ready. Unfortunately my sweet baby boy was having some tummy troubles the majority of the day and was the fussiest I’ve ever seen him. The poor little guy didn’t want to be put down and his only solace was nursing and snuggles (to which I happily obliged). So yes, my shirt is wrinkly and if you look closely there is also spit up (& other things), as well on it. This is not the outfit or ‘look’ I’d planned for today, but it’s what I ended up with – and that’s the look I’m rocking today. 

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I guess I can’t expect to get all done up and ready every day now I’m a mommy. Its the very best reason to be lazy and let myself have some lazy, not super attractive, make up free days. The Captain doesn’t care what I look like though and Wild Man still thinks I’m pretty — so I’m ok with all of that.

Anyway…

These are weird pictures, but it was the best I could do with the quick amount of time The Little Captain let me put him in his Rock-A-Roo.

The best thing about this outfit is that it is incredibly comfortable – perfect for couch snuggles. Also, this shirt is super sentimental to me now because this is the shirt I wore to the hospital the day I had Captain and I also wore it home from the hospital.

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shirt: Target – leggings: Gap – wool socks: Target

 xoxo

ceeceesparkles 

12 Outfits of Christmas: Traditions

Yesterday Wild Man, The Little Captain and I went to my parents house for our annual Christmas tradition of decorating gingerbread houses. I’ll be honest, every ounce of me wanted to not get ready today. I’ve had a headache and my episiotomy stitches are seriously going to be the death of me. I wanted to stay in my jammies with a top-knot on my head and not a speck of make up on my face. It sounded good. But I couldn’t miss out on a day of the 12 Outfits of Christmas that I’ve so been looking forward to! So I decided even if it was just for decorating gingerbread houses with my husband, son and two little sisters, I was going to get ready.

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I’m all about button-up shirts right now. It makes breast feeding 100 times easier. I got this shirt a couple years ago and typically wear it under a solid colored sweater, but today I wore it all by itself and was very pleased. My jeans are just old jeans I’ve had for who knows how long. But they’re comfy and today they brought me a personal victory because they aren’t maternity pants and they fit! As for the boots, they’re my favorite boots. Wild Man picked them a couple years ago for me and its been a very successful, magical love story ever since.

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I also wore my Moby Wrap for a good percentage of the evening. I love baby wearing. Having the Captain right up against me all snug and adorable is my favorite. Nothing beats looking down and his little eyes looking back up at me. {gosh, i love that little boy}. I’ve really loved the Moby Wrap, too. Its easy to use, lightweight and comes in a variety of different colors. I got my wrap in grey because it would match with so much and grey is one of the worlds best colors.

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shirt: Target – pants: American Eagle – boots: Zappos – wrap: Moby Wrap

I had to give a shoutout to my hair, too. Like really you guys I didn’t want to do it. But I did and it didn’t turn out too bad. Don’t you love when that happens?

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And lastly, my family and our gingerbread houses. Cute.

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xoxo

ceeceesparkles

12 Outfits of Christmas: Ugly Sweater

My friend, Danica, who is a blogger-extraordinaire came up with this awesome idea to do a 12 Days of Christmas Outfits. Since I just had a baby and pretty much do nothing with myself now, I was SO excited when she invited me to join her in this fun challenge. Finally some motivation to get ready!! So for the next 12 weekdays I’ll posting my various Christmas outfits so stay tuned..

I decided to start my posts with a good ol’ ugly sweater. Which admittedly I actually think is very cute. For my side of the families Christmas cards this year we are all wearing Disney-themed ugly sweaters and I cannot wait to show them off on here. They’re going to be so cute. But in the meantime, here is my ugly sweater in front of my moms Disney tree. (Also please ignore the awful lighting. I promise I’ll do better next time.)

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sweater (limited edition): Disney Store 

jeans: H&M Maternity

boots: Target

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

OOTD: Navy & Black — Or a Witch?

I had places to go today, my Visiting Teachers were coming over and I was feeling decent after throwing up twice early in the morning. So I was going to get ready. Boo-yeah.

I wore a knee-length, navy maternity dress with a cute little detailed design on the chest from Old Navy, my favorite black maternity tights from H&M and a black cardigan from Target and duh, my comfy Target loafers!

Kinda fancy, super comfy.

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I wish I could say I did my hair… But I didn’t really. After washing it I just kind of let it do its own thing. Apparently all my energy was used on outfit picking and make-up doing.IMG_2719

Funny story. I went to Costco today and there were kids and adults dressed up everywhere you looked. At one point, a little boy dressed as Iron Man turned to his mom and asked him if I was a witch for Halloween.. I’m not sure if that was an insult or not. Like, do I look like a witch? Or was it the dark lip and dark colors? Eh.. Either way, I liked my outfit and if it also looked like I dressed up then score.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

“Aren’t you scared? Well thats just fine. Say it once, say it twice, take a chance and roll the dice. Ride with the moon in the dead of night.” -Nightmare Before Christmas

8 MONTHS, ootd, & Primary Craziness

I know just a few days ago I posted about hitting 35 weeks pregnant, but today is another exciting milestone. 8 MONTHS PREGNANT! One month from today is my due date and I don’t think I’ve fully wrapped my brain around that quite yet. But I do know my brain (and the rest of me) is SO. STINKIN’. EXCITED. The thought of being a mommy and being in charge of my own tiny human is a little daunting, but I’ve got a lot of faith in Wild Man and myself – I think we’re going to be good at this parenting thing! Somehow I think Wild Man is really going to excel at that calling, hopefully I can keep up. Obviously there will be some bumps and learning seeing as this is our first baby, but we’ll get it down. Hey, I’m the first child of my parents and I turned out pretty great 😉 And in this picture I have a very sun-shiny face, it was really bright outside and I was facing the sun. Also look at my cute sisters shadow — we are professional photographers, here.
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Not like my outfit is anything to write home about. But lets do an #OOTD, shall we? (Wild Man pointed out some people may not know what ‘ootd’ stands for – for those of you who don’t know, it stands for ‘outfit of the day’). These are my comfy clothes. The shirt is some long sleeve old shirt I used to wear under my scrubs at esthetics school, the cardigan is from Target (i actually talked about it on an older post) and these pants I refer to as fancy-jammies. They are maternity pants from Old Navy and I’d absolutely would wear them 24/7 if that wasn’t frowned upon. They’re very light-weight, flowy and the most comfortable things, ever. Pregnant or not, you should really consider getting a pair (or 10).

Jumping subjects now.

I am a primary teacher in our ward. I teach the seven and eight year olds. I have a huge, wild, hard-to-control, loud class, but regardless of the insanity that they create, I love them. I come home from church every Sunday with something new to laugh about and I also come home feeling like I just ran a marathon because kid wrangling is no joke.

Tomorrow is our Primary Program in Sacrament Meeting and today we had our program practice at the church. Wow. My class is wild and crazy, but they’ve never been quite to this extreme for me, before. Of my large class, we are split into two. Half the class knows every word and scream/sings at the top of their lungs. Literally they have veins sticking out of their foreheads because of the vigorousness in which they are singing…or screaming, whatever. The other half knows the chorus’s to some songs and mostly quietly mumble. They are not divided however when it comes to NOT standing still. When we sing our songs we are instructed to stand and sing. All of them wiggle, dance, try to sit down without me noticing (ha, jokes on you kids, i see everything!), spin in circles, etc. I have one boy in my class who is particularly irreverent. During songs he likes to pelvic thrust. Like hands in fists, arms swinging, full on pelvic thrusts. No matter how many times I ask him to stand still, he thrusts on.

That has been my biggest concern about this primary program.

Until today.

Today at practice my little pelvic thruster wasn’t as into his dance move as he has been in practices in the past – hallelujah. However after today, I think I’d rather have the thrusting. A few minutes before it was my classes turn to give their talks at the microphone, he explained to me how nervous he was. I told him that all would be well and he’d do a great job. He then told me he was worried because sometimes when he gets nervous he, “says weird things.” I interpreted this as getting tongue tied or flipping a couple words. I reassured him even if that did happen, no worries, he’d still do awesome and if he forgot his part (we are supposed to have parts memorized) that there was a cheat-sheet up on the podium so he could get last minute help from that if he needed. It was our classes turn and they all marched up there and delivered their parts. This little boys part was last. I paid close attention to him, knowing how nervous he was. He got up to the podium, cleared his throat and started delivering his part. As he predicted, a few sentences in, he must have got a little freaked out because he paused. I figured at this point he’d just look down and the cheat-sheet and finish giving his little talk. Instead he sighed…and dropped the f-bomb. Right into the mic. AHH!

Thankfully none of the kids were really paying attention or maybe just don’t know that word, but all the teachers and primary presidency started exchanging awkward, very surprised looks and no one really knew what to do. He then finished his part and came and sat back down next to me.

What was I supposed to do? Like what would you have done?! Do I talk to him about how that words really not appropriate to say at the pulpit, or at church? Or just in general? Is that my job as a primary teacher to teach him this? Do I discipline him? Do I ignore it? I was so, so torn. I had no clue what to do.

He looked up at me and smiled and said, “glad thats over with.” I just decided to let it go. Is that bad? However we did mention this little word-slip to his guardian so hopefully it can be taken care of at home now?

So join with me, if you will, and cross your fingers and say your prayers that there will be no f-bombs in the program tomorrow. Hopefully no pelvic thrusting, either…

But I’m not worrying about that anymore today. Its all about celebrating one month left of pregnancy (give or take)…

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

“The only thing predictable about life is its unpredictability.” -Remy (Ratatouille)

OOTD: Channeling Fall (& staying comfy, duh)

When I woke up this morning I could hear rain out the window, there was a general chill in the air and I knew tonight Wild Man and I were going to my families house to paint pumpkins (best halloween tradition, ever, btw) and I was instantly filled with this desire to just fully immerse myself in all things FALL.

I started with my make up. Using earthy tones I created a warm look that I think can qualify as a simple, attainable Fall look. I used a mauve blush, a burnt orange eye shadow all over my entire lid and a lip color slightly darker than my natural lip color.

For my outfit I wanted to pull in some Fall colors but also stay comfortable. “Comfort is the main priority” is kind of my maternity fashion motto as of late. My belly feels SO heavy and all my joints hurt so sometimes getting all dolled up just seems like too much effort and too much ouch. Ultimately, I’d love to just stay in my pajamas or robe all day, but since thats not always an option (dangit), I just have to be sure that my outfit is still comfortable, not restricting and if its cute – or even just kind of cute – then bonus.

Leggings are a no brainer. I wear these black leggings from Gap (find similar: here) multiple times a week because of how comfy, stretchy and versatile they are. To those of you who believe leggings are not pants – good for you, I respect your opinion, but I personally believe they are totally pants. I paired my leggings with an old blouse from Target (i searched for something similar, but with no luck) that is white and ombre’s into a peach then into a darker orange. Orange = Halloween color, so I was all about that. Plus its flowy and fit over Baby Boy. Score. Because this blouse is pretty sheer and it was semi-chilly outside, I threw on a olive green (ish) cardigan also from Target (find similar: here).

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I think its important to state that I had grand intentions of doing something really cute with my hair. But then I started to get hungry so I opted for a quicker option. Whenever I do my hair like this, for whatever reason I remind myself of a teacher. Maybe I had a teacher who did their hair like this? I don’t know.. But I like it, its easy to style and it takes just a couple minutes. Clearly, I didn’t spend a lot of quality time making sure it all looked 100%, but oh well. I did my hair, when I just as easily could have thrown it up in a top knot on top of my head. So we’re good. If you’re at all interested in a tutorial on how I did this hairdo, let me know and I’ll put one together.

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Now I have to talk about these shoes. So. For those of you kind, sweet people who tell me I am only pregnant in my belly (bless you, i love you, may all the good luck in the world come to you for making me feel so confident in this funny shaped body), what you may not know is that I am also very pregnant in my lower legs, ankles and feet. We are talking swollen-city. I have tree stump calves 90% of the time and my feet are so fat its actually caused me a great deal of pain. Side Note: Can feet explode? I think mine might, soon… Anyway, unfortunately all my regular shoes I’ve been wearing, including several pairs of flats that I adore with all my heart, don’t really fit anymore. I can squish my foot in there but its instant misery. No thanks. A couple days ago my cute momma-dear took me to Target (in case you haven’t caught on, Target is my favorite store and I will never change that) and we looked for ‘fat-feet-shoes’. We found these loafers (find them: here) and my worlds never been the same. 1) They look like shoes my grandpa wears and while that may sound like a negative point to you, its totally a selling point for me. 2) They have squishy soles and pad my feet. 3) They are loose enough that even my feet at their most swollen state can fit into them – and not squish into them, but still slide right in! These help me feel less tree-trunky and more human-leggy. Its wonderful.

Also, the fact that I’m sharing a picture of my swollen legs, ankles and feet with you should make you feel very special that I trust you enough to look at them without too much judgement.

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xoxo

CeeCeeSparkles

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” -Emily Bronte

Mermaids, Braids & Fresh Polish

My favorite maternity shirt (thats not really a maternity shirt – it just fits my belly) has the Little Mermaid on it. I’m really a 5-year old and I’m proud of that fact. Also a freshly painted set of nails makes my heart happy – another factor proving I’m still a little girl deep down. Then add a braided hairdo and I’m set. I feel like I should call it Elsa hair – I’ve noticed thats a thing right now to have Anna or Elsa hair, no matter how similar the ‘do really is to Anna or Elsa’s fabulous locks. I’m just feeling happy, little-girlie and owning it.
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xoxo

ceecee

“The seaweed is always greener in somebody else’s lake. You dream about going up there, but that is a big mistake. Just look at the world around you, right here on the ocean floor. Such wonderful things surround you, what more is you looking for?” -Sebastian, Under the Sea (The Little Mermaid)

…i hope that gets stuck in your head today, now..

ootd: Comfy is the Main Priority

A few days ago I saw a pregnant woman who’s outfit I immediately knew I needed to copy. She wore a solid white shirt, a denim button-up shirt she left open, jeggings and Uggs. She had a full face of make up, a simple hairdo and just looked cute, fashionable, put together but still super comfortable.

This morning I was feeling relatively healthy so I decided to execute my take on this look. I wore a white maternity v-neck that is currently one of the comfiest pieces of clothing I own, from Target (find it here), and a denim button-up that I left open and rolled the sleeves, also from Target (no longer available, but find something similar-ish here). I wore a new pair of grey leggings from one of my favorite boutiques, The Nest on Main, that were comfy beyond my wildest dreams (find them here) and my current favorite gold flats that are older and boring but so, so loved. I put on my full face of make up and even added some red lips because I was really feeling Fall-vibes and gave myself a very simple hairdo, added favorite jewelry pieces of mine and gave myself a big thumbs-up. I’d achieved the look and I was pleased.

I love when things work out the way you hope they will.
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xoxo

ceecee

“The very things that hold you down are going to lift you up.” -Timothy Mouse (Dumbo)

Bugs in Fall

My favorite day of the week is Sunday because I get to go to church, spend the rest of the day with family and relax. But also because its the one day where I’m guaranteed to get really ready for the day. Even if I feel crumby, I make sure I look nice for church. Its been one of my pregnancy goals – at least be cute once a week, preferably Sundays.

Yesterday was nothing fancy, but I felt ready, so I felt good.

I wore a collared shirt-dress…with bugs on it. I know its fall and bugs are a little ‘out-of-season’ but I forgot about this dress and it fit over my baby bump so nicely, I couldn’t put it back in my closet. I had to wear it. I did add a skinny, black belt to wear above my bump so I’d at least have a little shape to my body and of course, I wore my favorite maternity shoes with the dress. I ran a fat curler through my hair, added a pearly headband, put on a decent face of makeup and I was feeling like a million bucks.

Its the simple things, you know?

And I ask that when you look at these two pictures, kindly ignore the swollen legs and tired eyes. I say this a lot…pregnancy is glamorous. But totally feel free to oogle over how big my bump is getting!! Baby Boy is growing bigger and bigger, and I cannot, cannot, CANNOT wait to meet him and smother him with love. Next month!!

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xoxo

ceecee

“Remember, you’re the one who can fill the world with sunshine.” -Snow White