Blogs I Love

One of my favorite things to do Saturday mornings is walk over to my computer (still in my PJs, of course!) with a bowl of cereal and catch up on recent posts from bloggers I follow. Today I’m sharing my favorites.

Gussy Sews

Gussy Sews

I discovered Gussy Sews last year and just can’t get enough of her bags and zippered pouches. They are adorable! And now that Maggie herself is a new mom, I love following her story even more. She’s a great example of what it takes to run a home-made biz and being a mommy. Oh, and she’s really sweet too! 🙂

Little Miss Momma

Little Miss Momma

This blog is a more recent find for me. I enjoy Ashley’s style and especially her words. Her most recent post speaks to something most bloggers go through, I think. Effortlessly simple and well written too.

House of Smiths

House of Smiths

This entire blog is pure eye candy for me. I have found lots of inspiration in Shelley’s DIY projects. Her home is bright, colorful and stunning!

I Heart Organizing

I Heart Organizing

I Heart Organizing is another blog I have followed for a long time. Sometimes when my own house is a disaster, I can easily escape my messes by checking in to see what closet or room Jen is making more organized and pretty.

Young House Love

Young House Love

Chances are you’ve heard of this duo. Their posts are filled with DIY projects and their adventures in home ownership. Bonus points for making me LOL every once in a while.

Shelly Colvin Photography

Shelly Colvin Photography

Sure I’m biased (Shelly is a newborn photographer and a really good friend of mine), but she is so talented and that’s what makes her blog shine. Her pictures melt my heart and make me so excited for my very own session this fall. 🙂

Des Moines Moms Blog

Des Moines Moms Blog

I met Sarah, the co-founder of the Des Moines Moms Blog, last summer during a Market Day event and have stayed in touch with her ever since. This great blog features a lot of local businesses and events focusing on moms and their families. I have also had the chance to do a few IF Only Pretty giveaways and the reader comments and feedback are always so nice. I feel so lucky (and excited!) to be part of the Des Moines Moms Blog team, as I will be contributing posts throughout my pregnancy. My first post went live today!! Yay!

Beauty Broadcast

Beauty Broadcast

I have watched Emily’s YouTube videos for years and now her blog is a great extension showcasing her love for all things makeup and beauty. She’s fun to watch, has a lot of great information to share and her tutorials are thorough and easy to follow.

So there you have it. Just a sneak peek into what’s bookmarked on my internet browser and the blogs that show up on the Bloglovin App on my phone.

Till next time!

*~ Ina

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Week 21 Belly Bump update

Holy moly – we’re over halfway there!

I’m 21 weeks along and it seems like time is just flying by.

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So glad the cold weather is over – kinda difficult to keep warm when my coat won’t button.

I’ve had a great surge in energy lately with the nicer weather we’ve been having, I can actually enjoy a walk after dinner or grilling on our deck.

Speaking of food, I have loved popsicles lately. Just can’t get enough of them. I’ve also been loving fresh fruit, tomatoes and french fries (of course!).

I have been trying to remember to take these pictures weekly, but lately I’m lucky if I can remember to put on my shoes before leaving the house. Turns out “pregnancy brain” is a real thing.

Here’s a quick recap of the last few weeks:

14 weeks

15 weeks

17 weeks

20 weeks

21 weeks

It’s crazy how much these pictures vary from week to week! Where’d the bump go in week 17?? It’s proving more difficult to take a flattering picture 🙂

The baby is now 11 inches long, about the size of a long banana, and has developed its own tastebuds.  Hard to believe this little thing spends 12 – 14 hours per day sleeping in my tummy.

I’ve even started to feel kicks and nudges in the last few days – love that feeling!

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Even Skya snuck in a cuddle with the babe a couple of nights ago. She’s been by my side a lot lately. We wonder if she can hear the baby’s heartbeat.

I’ve been keeping busy with a few last minute house things and this little project:

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Don’t you just love those colors? More details coming soon.

*~ Ina