What I'm Currently Craving: Lemons


At 36 weeks pregnant I've been having serious cravings for lemon water. I never really gave it much thought before but now I can't get enough. Like the "have to have, now I'm worried that I don't have another lemon when I get home so I'll probably stop at the grocery store" kind of craving. And damn, I really don't want to have to go to the grocery store after work tonight, but my husband is traveling for work and this need for lemon water is insatiable.

This is a good thing though. For one, I'm not eating lemons straight up. My tooth enamel might not be so fond of that idea. But lemons also have amazing benefits. The Vitamin C and Potassium alone have helped me avoid a recent household cold and have cut back on those pesky nightly leg cramps.
Maybe I should have pinned this helpful tip of "The Proper Way to Store Lemons" and I wouldn't have to make an extra trip to the grocery store tonight.

Here's a few more reasons why I hope this lemon water kick continues. But uhhh take some of these with a grain of salt. And for the record I don't believe I have a problem with #21. Gross.

What about you? Have you experienced any cravings?



Summer Maternity Style


With less than six weeks to go until my due date, I have to say, I am loving Summer Maternity Styles way more than Winter! Grace was born in February so by the time I had a bump to work with it was all sweaters and leggings (even a winter coat conundrum to deal with). This time around, despite the numerous comments about my August due date, I'm enjoying getting dressed more. Hell, I even bought maternity shorts.

So what's in my wardrobe? Well, I originally started off with a number of jeans that I got at Gap (on sale of course because Gap is always on sale). Some were comfortable at first, a pair with a demi panel were my go-to - but for the most part they were fitting weird, too baggy, too tight in other places, no stretch in the knees, etc. etc. I also ordered the first batch in my regular size online and then had to return them and go down 2 sizes! Now that it's way too hot for jeans I no longer feel obligated to make them work.  Mostly I'll wear dresses, skirts, or yoga pants on the weekends/after work. For shoes I've managed to find some really comfortable sandals, and flats that I've already had for a season (Tieks-check them out!) I also stocked up on Gap's Pure Body tanks to form a base layer of any outfit. This little trick has let me get away with not having to buy to many specific maternity tops or sweaters. Another favorite: Gap's Foldover Shirred Skirt - currently on sale for $9.99. Buy 3! Probably a good time to note that Gap isn't paying me to say this :) I just happened to do really well shopping their sales, and it had the best selection of maternity within a lunch-break radius.

Summer Maternity Style




And one more key to my maternity style/physical comfort. This sexy maternity belt which attempts to keep my wobbly and unstable SI joints from falling apart.


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My Favorite New iPhone Wallpapers for Summer

We haven't done this in a while, but I was feeling inspired by the new Summer season and some awesome iPhone wallpapers.

Want more? I have almost 500 on this Pinterest board for your enjoyment ♥








5 Things on My Radar in July


After a grueling pace in June (most of it was fun at least!), I'm looking forward to a slightly more relaxed July. At 33 weeks pregnant, I don't really have a choice because my body is demanding to slow down. I've found my energy levels to be astoundingly diminished compared to last time. Thanks Toddler.

1. Popsicles. All the Popsicles.
Zoku Quick Pop Maker - Amazon $50
I just bought this Zoku Quick Pop Maker because the toddler and I are ALLL about the popsicles. Not sure if my Fudgesicles officially count as a "craving" but I will tell you that I've upped my serving size to 3. This beauty arrives tomorrow and I'll promise to give you the full report once I start using it.

2. Periscope
Sorry Meerkat, things just didn't work out between us. After downloading Meerkat's live-broadcasting app at SXSW I really tried to make things work, but it turns out that Twitter's own Periscope won the battle so I recently switched over. I love the idea of this real-time broadcast technology that can either be accessed to view through the Periscope app, or through your Twitter timeline (via tweets & links within). If you haven't tried it, July is your month! Download Periscope in the App Store or Google Play and look for me @Jemstaa.

3. Comfy Sandals
Sanuk Women's Yoga Sling - Amazon $36
Guess what. My feet, already not my best assets, are pretty messed up (swollen) at this stage. Enter the most comfortable sandals I've ever found. I originally bought the pink tie-dye pair for the beach and also had to turn around and purchase these in black so I could wear them to work. Another selling point? My middle school neighbor said to me, "I love your sandals! I've been seeing them around a lot." So they're clearly trendy to boot. At least in the middle school crowd.
4. Maine


Jesus Take the Wheel, we are going to Maine. Well at least that's the plan, albeit modified, right now. For the past few years, we've traveled to York Beach, Maine every July and rented the same beach house with Matt's family. This year Grace and her grandparents will likely go up for the whole week and Matt and I will join them a little later in the week, providing everything is going well. Vacations are fun right! Not quite "relaxing" with a 3 year old so you sense my hesitation...

5. A new puppy niece/nephew!

Which one is your favorite?
Later this month, one of these six Labradoodle puppies will be going home with my sister and her fiancé and I can't wait to be a fur baby Auntie! I love pets, just as long as they belong to other people :) My husband and I are currently enjoying our pet free life for a little while longer at least after 20 years with a cat who could have easily been featured on My Cat from Hell. We probably need therapy. 

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Mommy and Me Maternity Shoot

Grace is into all things baby nostalgia right now which is errr fun when trying to prep for baby #2. We set up the crib a few weeks back when we were moving into our 2nd floor renovation mostly to get it out of Grace's room because she got upgraded to the BGB (big girl bed) and she's been trying to get in it or get her dolls in it ever since. Since I don't really feel like investing in a replacement crib because my 3 year old crashed through this one, I try to keep her out of it. Of course she wanted nothing to do with my plans during this photoshoot.


32 Weeks
One of my favorite things about being pregnant with a second baby is the commentary I get from my first baby. Things like, "Mommy, I love your big fat tummy." or "Make her kick me in the head again."


We also love that Grace has named her baby sister Spyder. Despite the fact she is terrified of spiders...