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IMG_8510Ah, the fourth trimester. You’ve gone thru forty weeks of pregnancy, labored that babe out of you, have enjoyed snuggling him and everything is perfect. That is, until you take a good look in the mirror and notice that your boobs, stomach, and butt seem to be having a race to see who can touch the floor first. I thought I’d bouce back into my old clothes relatively fast. I know, I know, I had a baby! A nine pound baby. But I was in shape when I got pregnant and I was healthy during my pregnancy and thought things would just snap back. Oh man. I. Was. Wrong.

I think it’s obvious by the title of this post that I am not a fan of the fourth trimester (the months following labor and delivery). Pregnancy was relatively easy for me. Hardly any morning sickness, no complications. I’d say I actually enjoyed most of it! But the fourth trimester… oh did it make up for the ease I had experienced prior. I must tell you a story to explain why part of it was so difficult (the other part had to do with delivering a nine pounder! But we’re not going there). This is my token pregnancy story. Please enjoy.

When I found out I was expecting, I decided I’d track my weight gain to make sure I was in a healthy range. But as my belly expanded and the scale number went up, that growing number played with my mind. I decided to bail my weight tracking and leave it to the doctors. It was a great decision! Every time I’d go for a check-up, I’d hop on the scale, look away, tell the nurse I didn’t want to know the number, and the nurse would always laugh and obey. Then I’d meet with the doctor, who’d tell me I’d gained about a pound since the last time I was in and the I was right on track. It was fabulous watching my belly grow and being completely oblivious to how much I weighed. At what I hoped would be my last doctor’s visit (it wasn’t, I was overdue), I had my nurse write down how much I weighed on a piece of paper. I folded it up and tucked it in my purse without looking at it. My plan was to have my baby, take the time I needed to recover, and when I was ready to start getting back in shape, I’d pull out that paper, take inventory of that number, hop on the scale, and be wonderfully surprised with how much I had already lost and it would motivate me to continue to get back in shape. Flawless plan.

Then I went into labor. Thirty six hours of labor. When we got to the hospital, the nurse made me hop on the scale. The scale looked like something that they’d weigh semi trucks on. It was mean. But as I’d always done, I looked away. But something was different this time. My husband, who was in on my plan, was standing right next to me. A different nurse took me into a little room to make sure I was really in labor. And then she started asking me all sorts of questions. As contractions hit, I’d quit talking to the nurse and go into my own world to focus. Then she asked me what I weighed. I told her I didn’t know. She looked at me like I was an idiot. No, I don’t know! Would you like me to explain my flawless plan during this next contraction that is coming on right NOW?!?! She looked at my husband and asked him if he knew what I weighed. He said the number. That number bounced off the walls, hit my ears, sunk into my brain and I quickly did the math. I sat up, looked straight at my husband and yelled, “I GAINED OVER 55 POUNDS???!!!!” The worst part? I still hand’t progressed far enough and was sent home. I didn’t like that nurse. As we drove home, I convinced myself that labor made you gain weight. When we got there, I waddled inside, grabbed that folded up piece of paper and it was confirmed. I had gained over 55 pounds.

So here I am, writing this post six months later. Most of my pants still don’t fit. So I’m bringing to you my tips that have brought me thru the good for nothing, downright rotten fourth trimester .

1. A Skirt is Your Best Friend

IMG_8527For your sanity, do not, I repeat, DO NOT try on your pre-pregnancy pants for the first three months after having a baby! I speak from experience. You will regret it. Instead, opt for skirts. They are comfy, look like you are put together (which we all know parents of newborns are no where close to being), and they hide your new momma hips wonderfully!!! Soon after having Max, I hit the thrift store and bought a few skirts in a larger size, and I also purchased a couple from Modcloth that were on sale (my skirt above was one of them). Best clothing decision I made for this time period. I typically wore my skirts with a button up top so I could easily nurse. Skirts are your best fourth trimester friends.

2. Invest in Some Not-So-Maternity Maternity Pants

IMG_8543See these fun red pants I’m wearing? Maternity. And I don’t care! After having Max, I wore my maternity pants that go over your belly a couple times. And let me tell you, nothing shoots your confidence more than pulling up a pair of pants up over your deflated, hanging stomach. Too graphic? Sorry. You know it’s true. Luckily, while pregnant I had also bought these red pants from Old Navy. They fit more like jeggings and have an elastic band that fits below your belly button. And no one can tell that you are wearing maternity pants! I like to wear mine with a loose blouse or tee to hide the extra curvy midriff I have going on.

3. Head to Toe Knit Fabrics

IMG_8567Once upon a time, I swore I’d never wear jeggings. Now they are my go to! They are so comfortable! I now see why they stuck around. I can throw a top over them and I feel like I’m wearing pyjamas but it looks like I actually am dressed. Win-win. I bought mine from Target. I also purchased the largest size they had and I’ve loved that extra comfort factor. Any kind of leggings have been great for the fourth trimester! Throw on a loose jersey top, grab a sweater (weather permitting), top it off with a scarf or chunky necklace, and you have yourself a great go-to outfit! Love the knit fabrics my friends. They will love you back.

4. Put on a Happy Face

IMG_8614Some days it does get hard. I have a closet full of clothes that don’t fit. During the first few months it really would get me down. One day, after trying on a pair of pants that didn’t fit, I told myself that I could have my old body back immediately, but I’d have to give away my baby as a trade. I instantly realized how crazy I was being, and how wonderfully blessed I am to even be struggling with my body because I had a baby! I have a beautiful, healthy baby boy and any time I get discouraged, I remind myself why I am having to work out harder than normal. It’s completely worth the trade. And I’d do it all over again if I had to. Make sure to be easy on yourself! Currently I’m fifteen pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight. Instead of getting down about it, I celebrate my accomplishments. I had a giant, healthy baby, gained 55 pounds and am only 15 away from my ultimate goal six months after welcoming Max to the world. Life is good.

What are your tips for getting thru the fourth trimester? We’d all love to hear them!

Also check out my tips for the first and second trimesters and the third trimester! 

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I’m almost done with organizing my recipes! As a gal that likes to cook and owns a lot of recipes, that’s saying a lot! On my kitchen counter, I have a magnet board that I use as a recipe card holder while I cook. It tends to get easily cluttered with recipes and I had a bunch of random magnets holding everything up. It was a complete eye soar. I made some new magnets to help with the clutter and with the visual problem.

IMG_8445All you need to complete this easy little project is some clothespins, paint and paint supplies, magnets, a glue gun, and some pens.

IMG_8447First, begin by taking apart your clothespins. Then paint them any color you desire and let dry.

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You can leave them plain if you desire, but I used some Micron pens to add some pattern. I love love love Micron pens for fine details! They come in a large variety of thicknesses. I’ve been using them for years!

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Once your doodling is complete, put your clothespin back together. It can be a bit tricky, but keep at it and you’ll get it back together.

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I’m really happy with the way these turned out! I love my new recipe box and recipe display! If you like my magnet board, this one on Amazon is very similar to the one I own!

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One of my goals for 2013 is to become more organized. My recipe organization at best was pathetic. I had a large box that I would throw all my recipes into. I ultimately wanted to create a binder for them all. I’ve had that plan since 2005 and my recipe collection has become a disaster. I ditched my original binder plan this past week. I decided a normal, simple recipe box was what I really needed.  I ordered this cheap recipe box and added a little paint to make it my own. All I did was use a pencil and ruller to draw my design on the box. Then I added paint one coat at a time letting it completely dry between each application. I started out using tape to get straight lines, but it started pulling at the paper the recipe box was made out of so I mostly painted this by hand.I really tried to go with colors that I normally don’t use and I really am happy with the way this turned out! I also made some little dividers myself out of kraft paper card stock to organize my recipe cards. This little box has made all the difference! My recipes are all in one place, easy to find and take up hardly any room.

One of my favorite accessories is an infinity scarf. It can add a great pop of color to an outfit and it’s much less fussy than regular scarves. And bonus, they’re incredibly easy make! This is an excellent beginner sewer project.First you want to prep your fabric. Prewash it if you want to be able to toss it in the washing machine later. You can use almost any type of fabric for an infinity scarf! Iron and cut one large rectangle. I cut a 22 x 55 inch piece for the scarf I made for this tutorial. My material has a bit of stretch to it and I wanted it cozy and for it to hug close to my neck because I plan on wearing it for winter time. If my material was non-stretch, I probably would have made the length several inches longer. Play around with the width and length. You can make a great variety of scarves by simply changing the dimensions! Remember to take seam allowances into account.Lay your fabric out, fold right side together long ways and pin. Stitch along the pinned edge. Flip right side out. You now have a long tube. Press the seam you just made.Start pinning the two openings of the tube together. I recommend starting by lining up the seams then working your way around. You will not be able to completely pin this closed.Here’s a close up of pinning the openings together. Once you’ve pinned as far as you can, take it to you sewing machine and sew as far as you can. Remember, you won’t be able to sew this completely closed. Carefully work the fabric thru the machine, and when it gets too tough to continue, stop sewing.You’re almost there! You’re now left with something that looks like an actual infinity scarf with a hole. Using a needle and thread, hand stitch the hole closed. Thats it! Once you practice a bit, you can whip out infinity scarves in just a few minutes! Great for yourself and they make great gifts too! Happy sewing!

The title of this post started out as “2013 goals”. Then I realized that made me sound like a crazy over-achiever. I love setting goals at the beginning of a year, and this year I have three I’d like to share with you. There’s something about writing them down in a blog post that makes me feel like I’m being held accountable for them. So, in no particular order, my goals for 2013:Once upon a time, I could make any apparel item I wanted. I had gone to school for fashion design and graduated with a brain PACKED full of knowledge. Fast forward seven years, two jobs on the business side of fashion, marriage and a baby and I feel like my brain has been wiped clean. Over the next year, I plan on relearning everything I once had down. It’s all in my brain somewhere, and I can’t wait to have it all back, and then put it all to good use!I used to be a pack rat. Emphasis on the used to. I like to blame it on my artistic side. I’m now a very organized person that likes to have a place for everything. But living many years giving some of the folks on Hoarders a run for their money has left me really needing to go thru a lot of stuff and just reassess what I own. I’ve already been working on this and my home feels so fresh! It’s fabulous. I’ve made a list of everything I plan on going thru this year and it excites me! From my shoes to my photos to my recipes, everything is getting sorted thru! It’s going to be grand.I suffer from Project ADD. I start a project, get an idea for a new one and start that one before finishing the first. And then when I’m on project number two, i think of three more grand ideas and start all those! This leaves me with a ton of unfinished projects and the ones I finish tend to be lower quality than I’m capable of. Not good. And it definitely adds to my things I need to declutter. So I plan on working on only one project at a time. I’m also keeping a notebook for the ideas that I’m not ready to start. This is really hard for me, but I’m determined!

There they are. Now you all must hold me to my word! So far, this year is off to a great start! My studio is spotless, I’ve taken an online purse design class, and I have yet to pull out more than one project at a time. Go me! I’ll be keeping you posted of my progress. 2013 is going to be a good year. I can feel it.

So what are your goals? Anyone working on something fun?