What's in my Bag? Katie from Katie Elizabeth

Hi Everyone! Today I have Katie from Katie Elizabeth sharing What's in her bag! Katie and her husband just made the move from downtown Chicago to the 'burbs of Michigan where they just purchased their first home! Not only has it been so fun to watch as they update their new house they also just got the most adorable puppy!!  If you don't read her blog you must check it out! I mean what's better than home decor photos and pictures of a puppy!  Thanks so much for helping me out today Katie! 


Hi everyone!  I'm Katie from the Katie Elizabeth blog and I write about a variety of topics including my life with my husband and a new house in Michigan, my favorite recipes and my love for any and all beauty products!  I'm so excited to be here on East Coast Chic and hope Natalie is soaking up all of those precious newborn snuggles right now!

To be completely honest, I never really got "into" purses.  Don't get me wrong - I appreciate a beautiful bag and would die to get my hands on a LV but I've never been one to spend a lot on purses or to switch them up everyday. I'd say the majority of my bags are from Macy's, Target or Marshall's and I switch them up every other season - so I have a fall/winter bag and a spring/summer bag (that's the lazy girl in me).


I've been carrying this Steve Madden bucket cross body bag since the beginning of September.  It was a TJ Maxx find and I fell in love with the cognac color for fall, plus you can't beat the $30 price tag.

Another thing about me -- I'm a pretty organized person so you won't find many "extra's" in my purse, just the necessities.  I also make sure it's cleaned up (receipts in my wallet, any trash taken out, etc) everyday.  Nothing drives me more crazy than not being able to just reach in my bag and pull out what I need!


+ If I only switch out my purse twice a year, you can probably guess how often I switch out my wallet -- pretty much never.  This blue/green wallet is from Urban Outfitters and is actually super special to me because I bought it on the day my husband and I got engaged!

+ I always have a pair of sunglasses in my purse - but I make sure they are cheap sunglasses since they are likely to get pretty banged up in there.

+ My planner is my LIFELINE.  I would be lost without it.  This year I'm using an Erin Condren life planner and am enjoying it for the most part -- you can read my full, honest review here.

+ The most random possession found in my bag is definitely the tape measurer but that's because we just moved into a new house and I'm constantly furniture shopping :)

+ These are all the lip products floating around in my purse, it's so bad!  I absolutely can't leave home without my Carmex - I've been known to stop at a Walgreens and pick up a new one if I do happen to forget it.  My two other favorites are the Bare Minerals Moxie Gloss and the NYX Butter Glosses.


+ The little pink and red bag holds all a few other random necessities - Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin (best scent ever) hand lotion, Tylenol, Visine, a hair tie, and some chewing gum.


I feel like a "what's in your bag" post can tell you a lot about a person and in my case, it definitely sums me up -- an organized, makeup obsessed, brand new home owner!  Stop over and say hi sometime :)  Thanks again for having me Natalie!

Jillian from Cornflake Dreams: Bedroom Tour

Today I have Jillian from Cornflake Dreams sharing a tour of her master bedroom! Jillian recently to my favorite city Charleston, SC and is pregnant with a baby girl due next spring! I love following along as she gets to know Charleston and drooling over her restaurant wishlist!  If you haven't checked out her blog yet it's a must read for food, fashion, and life. Thanks again for helping me out Jillian!

Hello there! It's Jillian from Cornflake Dreams. I recently moved to Charleston, South Carolina from Chicago, Illinois with my husband and we're renting a Carriage House downtown. The location of our place is amazing -- we can walk everywhere and we love looking at historic homes in our neighborhood. But our place is small -- as in 1 BR, 1 BA and 650 sq. ft. small. It works for now... it'll be real cramped next March when we add a baby to the mix (but that's another story). My favorite room in our Carriage House is the bedroom. It's probably the girliest room in our place and it is super comfortable (Tempur-Pedic mattresses are life changing!)

Lindy Upholstered Bed - Havertys
Pregnancy Pillow - Bump Nest (pregnant ladies, this thing is a lifesaver!)
Gray throw blanket (similar) - Crate and Barrel
Silver frames (similar) - Crate and Barrel
Magazine files (similar) - IKEA
Vintage typewriter
Little Birch Jewelry Stand - Urban Outfitters
Silver-Plated Jewelry Box (a wedding gift from my grandma) - Pottery Barn
Large square 8"x10" and Medium square 5"x7" brushed silver wall frames - Crate and Barrel
Drapes - Bed Bath and Beyond

What is your favorite room in your place?
-xo-
Jillian

My Christmas Wishlist

Today I'm linking up with April, Katie, Zelle, and Elise for the second annual These Are a Few of My Favorite Things link up. Today's topic is "Christmas Wish List" and I had so much fun putting mine together. I don't expect to receive all these items but it's still fun to play around and I plan to send this to Kyle to give him a little help :)


I stumbled upon this sweater while browsing at 3am the other night and I'm in love.  First of all it's striped so it needs to be in my wardrobe and secondly it has the cute and comfy factor going for it. That's a key element in my wardrobe this winter.


I'm in desperate need of new boots. My beloved Banana Republic ones I've had for 5 years are on their last leg and I've had my eye on these for months. They're the exact color I've been looking for and the price point is perfect- not too expensive!

I already own a pair of the 7FAM The Skinny jeans and they really are as amazing as everyone says! They seriously suck you in making you appear skinnier and the high waist is perfect to help control my post baby tummy.  I have these in a lighter pair but think this dark indigo would be perfect for winter.

I'm hoping to get one of these to go with my Teddie Tote to help with a little organization. Plus I can pull it out and use it as a clutch when I go out or for date nights.

I can't remember who blogged about these first but I love them. I am hoping to get one of these bracelets with my boys names and birth dates on it. They have all sorts of combinations and I think they can fit up to 4 names. Great present for a mom or grandma!

Glitter earrings? Yes Please! I would actually love to have these prior to the holidays so I can wear them to all my holiday events and definitely on NYE. I mean how fun are these!

So everyone including my sister raves about these leggings. I love that they have a high waist version so I can avoid a post baby muffin top and everyone says they suck you in all over which is what this mama needs right now. I figure they'll be great for running errands, hanging around the house, and working out this winter.
I am so excited to start working out again!! Prior to getting pregnant with Miller in 2012 I used to work out and run regularly but haven't really done anything since then.  I am so ready to be back at it and I'm thinking some new running shoes will help keep my motivation up! I've been wearing Asics for years and I'm loving this fun pink color.

So I have a major thing for monogrammed anything but my obsession has gotten worse since having kids. I feel like I'm always shelling out $$  for monogrammed clothes, towels, burp cloths etc I thought I might give the whole monogramming myself a try. Meg helped lead my in the right direction and I was sold on this machine when an Amazon reviewer who claimed she can't sew, hates following directions, and never reads manuals said this machine was easy for a beginner.  Sold!


So that just about does it! Hopefully Santa will surprise me with some of these gifts this year!

What's on Your Christmas List?


 
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Life Lately: A Newborn, A Toddler. and Postpartum Life

Hi!! It feels so good to back in this little space of mine on the internet.  I have missed my little slice of the internet so much over the past two weeks,  more than I thought I would!  I still have plenty of guest posts left for the next few weeks but I had to just pop in to say hi and fill you all in on life lately.

Matthew

      I can't believe he will be two weeks old tomorrow! It feels like he's been with us at least a month if not longer. It's amazing how quickly we're adjusting to having him and he just fits right in with the family.
Not gonna lie, I  forgot how exhausting the newborn sleep/eat schedule is. Especially when you're breastfeeding.  The longest stretch of sleep I've had in two weeks is 3.5 hours. I also forgot how hungry and thirsty breastfeeding makes you. I seriously cannot get enough water. Matthew is a mama's boy so far and only likes to be held. By me.  This is the opposite of Miller so it's been quite an adjustment. When Miller was upset he loved being put down in the swing or bouncer to chill out. Matthew likes to be held to chill out. Not the easiest with a demanding toddler around but we're making it work. I'm breaking out my Solley wrap today since it's Kyle's first day back at work and hoping that helps.  In general he's been such a good baby that I can't complain. He really only cries when he's hungry or having his diaper changed. Other than that he's just happy and content.

Miller 
    He's been really good with Matthew. He mostly just ignores him unless he's crying and then he's really interested in him. He's given Matthew a few of his toys and tried to give him a snack once. It was actually quite cute and my pediatrician said it's a really good sign that he's accepting of Matthew.  We are still working on him being "gentle" with him but it's hard since Miller still doesn't really understand what gentle means.   Most of the time that he's gotten upset over the past two weeks have been when I can't pick him up (because of my c-section). Thankfully we are just over that hump and I can pick him up again! We are having trouble with  Miller and staying asleep at night but we're not sure if that's related to baby Matthew or not. 

Life with two and Postpartum
   I think the hardest part about having two so far is that I really don't have any free time for myself.  It seems that every time I sit down to eat breakfast or just relax for a minute someone needs me.  I'm trying my best when Matthew is asleep to devote all my attention to Miller which of course means things like house chores, blogging, and showering get pushed to the back burner.  I know this is just a fleeting moment in my life and I will probably look back years from now and miss the days when I am so needed by little ones.
The one thing I can say is that even with a c-section you immediately feel better after having the baby!! I felt the same way after Miller, just not being pregnant feels better.  All of my swelling is gone and I'm already down 22lbs from the 38lbs I gained. 

I feel awesome after this c-section. I had such a rough recovery the first time so I was nervous the same thing would happen again. Thankfully it didn't and the adjustment at home has been easy. I'm pretty sure I have my anesthesiologist to thank for feeling so good, he was awesome!  I plan to post Matthew's birth story sometime soon and if anyone has any questions about c-sections feel free to ask.  I felt so good last week that I managed to not just shower but do my hair and get dressed in real clothes!! We then spent a wild and crazy Friday night at Wegmans grocery shopping and eating dinner.  I couldn't walk very far but it felt great to be out in the real world. 


Well I'm off to tackle the day! It's Kyle's first day back to work so wish us luck!



What's in my Hospital Bag? Lindsay from Lovely Life Styling

Today I have Lindsay from Lovely Life Styling sharing What's in her hospital bag!  Lindsay is about to be a new mommy in December to a little boy!! It's been so fun to follow along on her pregnancy journey and talk "boy mom" stuff with her over the past 8 months.  Make sure to stop by and say hi and check out baby Camden's nursery tour- it's really good! Thanks again for helping me out Lindsay!

 

Hi everyone! I'm Lindsay from Lovely Life Styling. I'm filling in for Natalie today so she can focus on baby boy #2! 
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Well, it's November which means it's time to pack my hospital bag!
I really want to be as prepared as possible before little Camden gets here (due date is December 6th), so having this bag (or bags) ready to go will really put my mind at ease.
Here's what I'm planning to pack:
For Me:
  • Obviously, wallet with insurance info, hospital registration info, doctor info, etc.
  • Pillows: Bumpnest + regular
  • iPad, iPhone, DVDs to watch, camera (Nikon), chargers for all electronics
  • Comfy PJs and maternity wear
  • Slippers and fuzzy socks
  • Toiletries and stuff for shower 
  • Hair dryer, straightener, brushes, comb, hair ties
  • Make up (yes, I plan to try to put on some before photos with our little babe)
  • Microwaveable heating pad and bags for ice (for hot and cold therapy during contractions. This was recommended to me by our childbirth class teacher)
  • comfy undies, nursing tops
  • Nursing cover
  • Nipple cream
  • Nursing pads
  • Maxi pads (I know hospital will provide these, but maybe a few back ups)
For Baby:
  • Diaper Bag
  • Boppy pillow
  • Swaddle blankets (maybe 3?)
  • Burp cloths
  • NB diapers, wipes (I know the hospital will provide these, but thought I might bring some back up?)
  • Coming home outfit
  • A few newborn onsies/outfits
  • Mittens + socks
  • Pacifiers + Wubbanub
  • Carseat + carseat cover
For Bill:
  • 3 - 4 outfits + PJs
  • Snacks
  • iPad, iPhone, DVDs, chargers
  • Pillow, blanket
  • Toiletries
What do we think moms? Did I miss anything?
Thanks for having me, Natalie! Enjoy your new little baby boy!!

Amanda from Kids and Cabernet: Dining Room Tour

Today I have Amanda from Kids and Cabernet! Amanda is an adorable mom of two who shares so many of my similar interests, fashion, wine, home decor, wine, DIYs, wine. I think you get it ;)   In all seriousness though wait until you see her dining room below. It's so good!  Thanks again to Amanda for helping me out and make sure to stop by her blog and say hi and get some new wine recs from her monthly wine link up!



Hi East Coast Chic readers, my name is Amanda and I blog at Kids and Cabernet.  I blog about life happenings, life as a mom, DIY's, home decor, fashion, wine, and share my favorite recipes.  I'm so excited to be posting for Natalie while she enjoys time with her new baby boy and adjusts to life with two, I've been there - such an exciting time!

We moved into our house three years ago and I'm just feeling like we're getting our house the way we want it.  It takes so long to get everything just so.  My favorite room so far will have to be our dining room.  It's where we gather as a family at the end of the day and where we share good times with our friends and family.




I love the dining room mostly because of the natural light that comes in, it is such a bright and light room.  I feel like it reflects my personality so well.  It's casual, but elegant and has my love for wine evident with little details throughout.


I  love my little wine corner - my shadowbox filled of wine corks, my sign one of my good friends got me, and our old rake filled with glasses.  There are also a couple of vases that I love from West Elm, and one of my favorite plates that my aunt bought me years ago on a trip to Mexico.


And another part that I love?  This cabinet we got at Home Goods.  It's one of my favorite pieces of furniture in the house and it's filled with one of my favorite things: wine!  Beautiful piece of furniture + wine = winning!


What's your favorite room in your house?

Thank you so much Natalie for having me post!  I had so much fun sharing a part of my house with you all, feel free to stop by and say hi!  


Welcome to Your World!

Introducing our newest family member...
Matthew Joseph
November 4, 2014
11:14am
8lbs 2oz
20 inches long

If you follow me on instagram you've probably seen a few of these but I just wanted to stop in and make the official announcement that baby Matthew has arrived!  He was born via scheduled c-section and so far has been the best baby! My c-section recovery has been awesome this time around and we are slowly adjusting to life as a family of four. 

I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for all your comments, emails, text messages, etc over the birth of baby Matthew.  It's been a whirlwind of a week and we can barely remember life before he was here.  I will be back later this week to share more details with you all.  

Until then here's a few more baby pictures to tide you over...








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