Saturday, December 29, 2012

featured copycatter.


I am loving the color combo that Angela chose to copy. I have always been a fan of hot pink + black, and vertical stripes are always a fave : ) Go on over and check out her blog!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

CopyCats 14

Getting creative with my poses...

Sweater: Chicnova, Necklace: c/o Sira & Mara, Leggings: Target, Shoes: Target

I usually take my CopyCats pretty literally, but this week I used my inspiration as just that-- inspiration.
Instead of carrying a leopard purse (diaper bagging it these dayz...) I wore leopard on my shoes.
This was the perfect outfit to travel in, the shoes are flat for trekking through airports and the sweater is baggy for nursing on the plane without having to bump my head on the tray table as I dig through said diaper bag for nursing cover.
And how convenient that both of our bangs awkwardly separate? Awesomes.
Link up below if you are participating! I will be picking  my favorite look to feature over the weekend!

P.S. I'm loving this necklace (and pretty much everything else) from Sira & Mara-- chic and affordable!

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the flavor of intimacy.

We are still on vacation in palm springs and the sun here has been such a nice break from the rain in Portland! It has also been nice having some extra hands to help with Greyer! 

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I have some outfit pics to post but the internet here is shotty so I'm posting from my phone.

I will try to add back links to referenced posts next time I have Internet, but here is this weeks wow topic for improving our relationships with our husbands:

Like two weeks ago, the title of this chapter scared me! This week's chapter is called "the Flavor of Intimacy" (cringe). Since I'm too awkward to talk about s-e-x I will briefly sum up this chapter by saying:

The author contends true intimacy to being on the same page in eight different areas:
1. Social
2. Financial
3. Recreational
4. Vocational
5. Parental
6. Emotional
7. Spiritual
8. Sexual

She doesn't explain what each of them mean, but she concludes that if you have intimacy in the first seven areas, you will connect better sexually too.

Look at the list above and review which area has been the cause of recent arguments. If your husband can't trust your spending habits, he he might not feel very amorous toward you. No matter what area needs the most improvement, begin praying for your marriage. Find a creative way to give the news to your husband. Start using coupons to save money and buy something he's been wanting with the savings! Or if your struggle is in the vocational area, offer to get up early to make him breakfast before work or decide to commute to work together one day a week for extra couple time!

Hope that helps!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012


Greetings from the desert, everyone! 
Wanted to let you know that tomorrow I will be posting the Wow thing and Friday is CopyCat Friday!!!
But today I have a giveaway for you!
Erin from Loop Looks is giving away this gorgeous bracelet from House of Gemmes.

How generous is she?! And how beautiful is that bracelet?
I wish I could enter my own giveaway!
*Giveaway is US only

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Friday, December 21, 2012

DIY: patterned baby leggings.

I am so excited about these leggings I made for Greyer a few days ago! 
I first saw the inspiration for these on Cara's baby boy. His leggings were from Wal-Mart and sold out online : ( 
She had linked to some similar patterned leggings on etsy, and one of the patterns was so simple that I thought I should try making them myself! If you don't want to make them yourself, you can buy some cute patterned leggings here. But the pattern I chose was copied/inspired by these from Thief and Bandit:

All you'll need to make them yourself are plain white leggings, a fabric marker, and a piece of cardstock/cardboard:

These leggings are for girls, but who cares? The smallest size they come in are 12 months, which are the perfect fit for Greyer. If you are making these for a boy, I would suggest sizing up a bit so they fit more like a skinny pant rather than tights or something.

Start by stuffing the piece of cardboard down one leg of the pants.
This will keep the marker from bleeding through to the other side of the pants.

I used a sharpie and practiced drawing my pattern real quick on a scrap piece of cardboard just to make sure I liked/was capable of drawing what I had envisioned: 

Then it was time to start drawing on the pants:

The lines were looking a little rough, but I didn't worry about it since half the triangles would be filled in later and I decided to fill in the ones that needed it the most : )

There really wasn't any rhyme or reason as to how many triangles I filled in. I just did what looked good as I went along.
I did one whole pant leg at a time (front & back) before moving on to the other leg.

I then let the marker dry for about 48 hours before putting them in the wash inside-out. 
I did wash them with a bunch of other clothes/blankets (because what new mom has time for a separate load of laundry??! not this girl) and everything was just fine.
I felt like the marker had faded some, but not too much to concern me. 
The pants looked even better on my boy's legs! 

All together, I'm really happy with how these turned out. Especially for only costing me about $8 and an hour of my time. I will definitely be making more patterned leggings after the holidays : )

P.S. Check out some of my favorite read from this week:
-How cute are Jillian and her hubby in their Christmas card pic?! I'm just loving all the Christmas cheer on her blog lately.
-Erin's Gingham and Sparkle look totally looks like J. Crew, but it's much more affordable! She's also rocking the pattern mixing.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

my growing boy.

This is such a cliche thing to say, but I cannot believe how much my son has changed since he was born! At first I was sad to see him change [literally every day] but now he is just at such a fun stage that I adore him more and more and cannot wait to see how he grows and develops in the months and years to come.

I wasn't planning on taking pics every month, and once I decided to I wasn't planning on sharing them publicly, but I'm just so proud of my boy and think it's fun to show you how much he has grown.

Let me just have another proud-mom moment and tell you that at his two month appointment last week, the doctor said he has the developmental skills of a four month old.
I was not surprised as he amazes me with something new every day.
Man, I love this kid. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

a pretty dress.

dress: c/o eshakti (similar), tights: BCF, shoes: target (similar)

Hi everyone! 
Today I want to tell you about a chic new online store that I recently discovered called
I'm not sure that it's actually new, but it's new to me!
They asked me to pick out a dress to review for you guys and I had such a hard time narrowing it down to just one. 
I actually couldn't narrow it down to one so I actually purchased a second. Haha! 
Anyway, the one I'm reviewing for you today isn't available anymore, but they have many other modest and retro inspired dresses to choose from. The prices are fair (50-$100+) and they offer a $25 gift card to put towards your first purchase (which is what hooked me into purchasing the second dress)!
The best part about is that you can customize your dress (length, sleeve, neckline, etc.) 
I must admit, this dress was in the "Above the Knee" skirt length category, but when I tried it on for the first time it was definitely below my knee. And I had entered my height and everything when ordering, so I was a tad disappointed with that.
Since I loved everything else about the dress, I just pulled the skirt up about 5" and tucked the top of it into the waistband and secured it with a skinny black belt.
Which is why the waist of this dress is looking a little saggy...
My only other complaint is that the sizes run big according to their size chart.
According to the chart online, I measured as a size 6. But this dress and the other one I ordered (and had to return) fit about two sizes too big! I was so disappointed because I really loved these dresses and planned to wear them to my holiday parties.
BUT, don't let that stop you from ordering! I would just suggest ordering at least one size smaller than the size chart suggests, or you could just stick to your typical sizing. 
Other than that, I am obsessed with this dress! 
I mean, it even has pockets!!!
Those pockets were so convenient for hiding my lipstick and phone during Ian's work Christmas party. I loved not having to lug around my purse. has more than just dresses too, so check them out!

Monday, December 17, 2012

heart healthy.

Good morning, friends! We are getting soooooo close to Christmas! I am overflowing with Christmas cheer! 
Beginning tomorrow, we will be traveling for the holidays to see family. 
I would appreciate your prayers for traveling (by car and plane) with an infant. 
This will be our first time! 
I will still be blogging, but maybe not as regularly. We'll see! If you'd like to follow our Christmas adventures, follow me on instagram: sarahcnelson or twitter: sarahcnelly.

Now for this week's wow assignment...
The chapter is called "Heart Healthy", asking what we can do for our husbands during a time of struggle. I hope that most of you are filled with joy and love this holiday week (and next), but in case you are not (or for future reference), consider what unexpected thing you could do for your husband to show him sympathy (feeling sorrow for him) and empathy (feeling sorrow with him).
What would lift your husband's spirits? Don't just look for a way to placate your husband, but find a way to go the extra mile to pay tribute to him and his strength in a meaningful way.

I'm not exactly sure what I'll be doing for Ian this week, but I have a couple ideas of things I could do after the holidays :) 

Did you participate last week? How'd it go?
The whole thing was about wowing your husband by surprising him with the unexpected. I agreed to two unexpected things.

1.) Wearing antlers to our college leader Christmas party. I know that might not seem significant to any of you, but I would never normally do this. I just hate drawing extra attention to myself, so wearing the goofy antlers was a big deal for me! Haha! Ian loved it though : ) 

2.) The second thing I agreed to (I say "Agree" because I don't naturally think of spontaneous things... I'm such a planner) was to go to Denny's for breakfast on Saturday morning. The morning of. With baby in tow. We love our Denny's, so I figured it'd be worth it ; ) Hahaha!

Confused and wondering what the heck I'm talking about? Read about my new monday ritual here.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

more sunglasses.

I've written a lot about sunglasses lately, which is weird since it is the dead of winter and gets dark at 3:00 pm here in Oregon.

But incase you are blessed to live in a more mild (and somewhat sunnier) climate, I have picked out a few of my favorite designer sunglasses that may strike a fancy in you. I never thought Oakley Sunglasses were very cute/feminine, but after taking a look at Sunglasses Shop's Oakley Women Sunglasses I was proven wrong! 


My fave is the white pair with the tortoise trim.

This post was sponsored by Sunglasses Shop. All opinions are my own.

Friday, December 14, 2012


scarf: thrifted, shirt: thrifted, jeans: f21, shoes: urban original, purse: urban outfitters, bracelets: f21, watch: asos

I fear I've made one of the biggest thrifting mistakes there are to make...
I bought something I donated!!!!!!
When I picked up this scarf at my local Val Vill I knew I had one similar at home, but the one I had was too short. Which is what justified buying an identical scarf.
Well, I didn't exactly try this one on in the store (I like to wash things like this before wearing because what if there're fleas or something?!). I thought it a good sign when it unfolded to the span of my arms.
After I washed and wore it for the first time (here^^) I realized two things:
1. My identical scarf is nowhere to be found and
2. This one is too short to tie up like a normal scarf (so i just tied the fringe together and made it a loop).

And I concluded that this is probably the same scarf I donated just months ago.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

things i may or may not have youtube-d since having a baby.

sweatshirt: target men's, leggings: yesstyle, boots: hunter thrifted

How to swaddle a baby.
How to use the Ergo newborn insert.
How to install an infant car seat.
How to set a car seat in a shopping cart.
How to perform infant CPR.
How to use a bulb syringe to get boogers out of baby nose.

You know... just learning from da best!


Monday, December 10, 2012

intimacy 101.

hat: etsy, sweater: macy's , jeans: f21, boots: kohl's similar

Hi hi hi Little Pretties!
As per my latest Monday ritual, I am back with the next wow assignment.
Can I just be honest and admit that it has been kinda hard to continually look for new ways to serve my husband? I am constantly giving and giving (and sometimes not by choice, but by necessity) to baby Greyer that I just feel worn out and exhausted to give to anyone else. And often times just wishing that others would give more to me. HA! So typical. And so selfish.
But I guess that's why wowing Ian is so much more rewarding. Because it's the kind of hard that feels good, ya know?
And you know what else I've concluded thus far in my project?
The more I do for Ian, the more he does for me.
It's like I fill him up so that he can pour out onto me or something.

Anyway, onto this weeks topic:

Let me just say that I cringed a little when I read the chapter title and knew I'd have to blog about it.
If I didn't know that some of you were reading the book with me, this would be the week that I would make up a chapter and a wow assignment and the topic would have nothing to do with intimacy.
I mean, my dad reads this.
And girls (and guys) from our college group read this.

BUT, I let out a big sigh of relief as I read through the chapter realizing that intimacy doesn't just mean sex.
Actually, by definition, intimacy means this:
intimacy |ˈintəməsē|noun ( pl. -cies)close familiarity or friendshipcloseness 

Of course, in the context of marriage a huge part of intimacy is sex.
But that's the easiest part.
I think a lot of couples rely on sex to keep them together and forget to learn about and wow each other outside the bedroom.

The suggestion for this week's wow date is to figure out what would wow your husband with an element of surprise. 
Researchers found that the more unexpected something is, the more you will learn about it. Does that make sense? So, the more unexpected the thing you do for your husband is, the more he will learn about you. And you will obviously learn more about him (whether that's about sports or how to do something in the yard, etc.)

If you're married, you can also apply this to bedroom stuff but that's all I'm gonna say about that because I'm too awkward.


Friday, December 7, 2012

DIY: infinity scarf for baby.

You'll need:

I purchased ten inches of the stretchy cotton fabric but ended up cutting it down for my newborn.
Because he is so tiny I ended up cutting it down to about 6.5"

The fabric actually came in a loop but, as I mentioned above, it was too bulky for my newborn.
But this could've easily been a no-sew project!

Lay out the fabric so that the edges line up with each other and it all lies flat.
Use your fabric cutting scissors to cut the fabric down to the proper size for your little peanut.
Or you could just purchase the right size to begin with : ) 

Make sure your hand is steady so that the edges are smooth.
You will not be sewing these edges, but they should still look nice!
(After you wash the fabric, the edges kind of roll over and aren't as noticeable.)

Next, trim the length of the fabric if needed.
I cut mine to about nineteen inches.
I know that's a random number, but 20+ seemed too bulky and I wanted him to be able to grow into it a for a while.

Next, thread your needle.
Turn the fabric inside out and sew the ends together.

Then admire your decent sewing job.

Then admire how cute your baby looks in it!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

christmas tree hunting with an infant.

He was red-faced and screaming the whole time.

Bernie wasn't interested in us this time.

Told ya'

The one.