Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Mom Attire: Loyal Hana

While I was pregnant, I tried to limit my spending on maternity clothes since they were only going to be worn for a couple of months. Some of my favorite pieces are ones that could transition into nursing-friendly attire post-pregnancy, and most of them came from Loyal Hana.

The founder of this particular line makes beautiful clothes that have hidden zippers for easy feeding access. Even if you're not nursing, the clothes are awesome! The Cybelle shirtdress pictured on Ali Fedotowsky below is my go-to outfit right now. I love it!

Ali Fedotowsky rocking the Cybelle Shirtdress, Image from Pinterest
Carrie Top, Image from Pinterest
Marni Jumpsuit, Image from Pinterest
I can't say enough great things about Loyal Hana, but if you're looking for an even more cost effective way to supplement your current wardrobe and add in some maternity/nursing pieces, check out Stitch Fix Maternity.  I loved getting monthly boxes of maternity clothes that grew in size along with me- it was a fun and my stylist hooked me up with some great stuff!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Against All Grain

Idle time is not my friend. I find it challenging to sit still and just relax around the house, so I was nervous about how I'd spend my time during maternity leave. Although Henry is keeping me busy every few hours with feeding, diaper changing, etc. I'm tackling some projects around the house and trying new things. On my list: Cooking through a new cookbook.

I picked up Danielle Walker's Against All Grain a few weeks ago, hoping to infuse some more veggies and whole foods into our diet. So far, I've made a few recipes and they've all been delicious. Braised Chicken in Artichoke-Mushroom Sauce is a hearty, stick-to-your-ribs-in-a-good-way sort of dish, and the ginger-garlic broccoli made a great side dish for steak on the grill.

The Banana Nut Porridge is the dish that surprised me (and Neal) the most. It's sort of an oat-less oatmeal and is a great alternative to eggs for breakfast. I served mine with some extra coconut milk and fresh blueberries, and Neal topped his with chopped pecans and a splash of almond milk.

We're cooking up Fried Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower tonight with some Mustard-Rubbed Pork Chops, and I'm looking forward to trying some Enchilada Stuffed Sweet Potatoes later this week:

We're not going hungry in this house!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Henry is Here

Things have been a little bit different in our house for the past two weeks. We welcomed Henry into the world on August 6th and he has quickly become top priority. It's amazing how much a baby changes things!

I'm looking forward to sharing some of our adventures in future posts, but for now I'm just soaking up every minute with this little peanut!