Week In Review | July 20 – July 26, 2015

I can’t believe it’s been a whole month since my last Week In Review post!  We’ve been traveling up a storm this summer so I’ve been posting trip recaps instead, but we’re finally home for a bit (or at least for a couple of weeks) and it’s been nice to catch my breath and also catch up on my posting plan.  I’d like to share some tidbits from my life last week as well as an accompanying photo recap with selections from my Instagram feed with you.

week in review summer weather 2015

Don and I took four trips within five weeks, so I was pretty out of touch with how things were going at home.  It’s been nice to settle back into my usual routines (with some fun add-ons like posting new weekly pregnancy updates and other related content).  Morning and even walks with my dog, Winnie, have been especially enjoyable given the beautiful summer weather we’re having here in the midwest lately.  I so enjoy my time with my girl outside in the sunshine.

If you’re a Winnie fan, I just want you to know that I’m hoping to bring back regular posting to her blog starting in August.  I’ve neglected it for far too long.  Stay tuned!

week in review nursery progress 2015

In addition to getting back into the groove with my usual household chores and daily to-do’s, I set aside some time last week to finish clearing out what will be the baby’s room (with the exception of Winnie’s bed, of course.  It seemed appropriate and a good idea to leave that in there).  It’s so nice to have a clean slate to work with when we return from our next set of travels this fall.  I only just started dreaming and scheming up the nursery with my trusty Pottery Barn Kids catalogue for inspiration.  I don’t have a strong feeling about what direction to take it in just yet, but I do know I plan on repainting the room a softer, more subdued shade (the yellow is actually much brighter in person than in that photo).  Time to start pinning! 😀

week in review bump day 2015

Speaking of changes, it was fun to share the progress I’ve made during the first ever #BumpDay last week.  Bump Day was started to promote healthy pregnancies and help bring awareness to the important relationship between maternal health and newborn health.  Check out BumpDay.org if you’d like to learn more.

Speaking of maternal health, yesterday I posted about what I’ve been eating for the first half of my pregnancy.  I’m not perfect with my nutrition, but I do feel like I strike a healthy balance and have found a way of spacing my meals that works the best for me at this stage.  I think it’s interesting to see what kinds of things other people eat, especially during important phases in life such as pregnancy.  I know I can’t leave the house without at least a handful of snacks anymore!  I’m guessing this is good practice for when I have a little one to feed down the road.

week in review weekend 2015

My week was filled with filming, taking photographs, editing, and posting, as it usually is when I’m home, and it truly feels great to be back in the groove.  I really like the little things I do every day to keep house, such as picking up, cleaning the kitchen, doing laundry, etc.  It’s funny how I kind of miss those things when I’m away so long!  I guess it makes sense for a homebody like me.

Our weekend was a really nice, relaxing one split between time with the family and time with just each other.  On Friday my MIL threw a birthday party luncheon for her parents (Don’s grandparents).  It’s always nice to celebrate birthdays together, but especially when they’re such milestones!  We are so blessed by the health and happiness of our family.  On Saturday, Don and I went out on a proper date – our first in awhile!  We split the chicken nachos at one of our favorite local pub-like restaurants, Yardhouse, and then went to see the newest Pixar movie, Inside Out.  What an incredible story!  I highly recommend it if you haven’t seen it yet.

I vlogged on Saturday if you’re interested to see more about how I spent my day:

It was a full and fulfilling week at home and I’m so happy we’re back, at least for a minute or two.  I’d love to hear your favorite things about being at home if you care to share.
It’s true – there’s no place like home! 🙂


* This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are genuinely my own. *


17 thoughts on “Week In Review | July 20 – July 26, 2015”

  1. Dear Jen, can you please tell me what brand/model your dinnerware (the yellow) is? Thank you. You know one of the coolest things about being pregnant – your hair becomes so thick and luxurious 🙂

    1. Our plates are by Villeroy & Boch – the Toscana pattern.

      As for the hair – I keep hoping, but I’m not holding my breath 😉

      1. Jen you crack me up!! But I have to agree with you I have fairly thin, fine hair and while the prenatal vitamins and hormones did have an effect on my hair it wasn’t very drastic, honestly!! So happy for you and Don! Sending well wishes from your neighbor! I live a block from the University Of Notre Dame…*waves*

  2. I can’t wait to see how you will decorate the nursery. Restoration Hardware Kids also has beautiful Girl Nursery Collections.

    1. They are beautiful but not quite in the color palettes and styles I’m thinking fit best with our (Pottery Barn stocked) house 😉

  3. Please keep vlogging your regular days sitting at home and are your going to vlog when your in Utah? I hope so!

    Olivia 🙂

  4. Hi Jen, I was wondering if you have seen the Peanut Line that Jim Shore has? They are so cute! I thought of you and your Snoopys you have displayed seasonally!

  5. Thanks for sharing your weekend with us! Love seeing Winnie as usual. I just wanted to mention that Carters has always told me when I have purchased a gift around here is that they have a timeless return policy. The salesperson said that you were able to return things at anytime as long as the tags were still on the items. I am assuming that that is true of all Carters store and not just my local place. I don’t blame you though not wanting to buy to much right now! You are right about having a big baby…a friend of mine bought all newborn diapers and clothes and, she couldn’t use them because baby boy was to big! Can’t wait to see how you set up your master bedroom and also the nursery! Thanks again for sharing!

    1. Wow! That’s a great return policy and especially useful for baby stuff. I still think I’m going to hold off until fall when more wintery things are in stock since we’re having a January baby in a chilly place 🙂

  6. Love your vlog style video again. Also the week in review. You are absolutely glowing. Pregnancy looks good on you. Love following your journey. Hope you get down here to Australia one day. Would love to meet you.

  7. Thank you for sharing! I can’t wait for more nursery decor and baby gear posts. I’m having my first in two months and there is a lot of stuff to think about and buy! Have fun with it 🙂

  8. Jen, you are so adorable. I started watching you because of Winnie and all the great tips you offered. It helped me with my two. Happy to hear you may resume posting on her channel. Time flies, soon we will see another member of your household. Don and his girls ♡♡♡♡

  9. I like hearing about your week. I work a lot so my favorite part about being at home is curling up with a book or my laptop and popcorn . Then just relax with lilly. Have you checked out etsy for baby items there are some adorable clothes and nursery items on there. Also where do you find the i believe it was healthy momma pouches I know my cousin is interested as she is expecting her first in october

    1. Popcorn is one of my favorite treats when I’m vegging, too!

      As for the HappyMama pouches – those haven’t actually been released yet. I got to try one at the conference I went to a couple of weeks ago. I’m not sure when they’ll come out, but I’m thinking probably soon!

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