Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Simply Loving ~ Yellow Umbrella Stationary {Giveaway}

Disclosure: I received this product in return for a review.  Everything I say in this post is my honest feedback.

Other than my wedding, having Caleb has been the time in my life where I (or, really, I guess HE) have received the most presents.  Nate and I have felt so loved and supported in this season of life as we have been given gifts from those who love us and love Caleb.  Now, call me old fashioned but I definitely prefer handwritten thank you's versus texts, emails, or blanket Facebook statuses.  (I REALLY don't like blanket Facebook status thank you's.  Everyone deserves their own thank you at the very least)  Because of this, I have been writing thank you's left and right to show how much I appreciate those who have been loving on my family.

I was so excited to get to review a product from Yellow Umbrella.  Of course, I immediately gravitated toward the thank you cards but there were so many other amazing products I could have chosen.  The thank you's were cute, well made, and came with two different styles of paper - both of which I loved.  I certainly hope they brought joy to the friends and family who received them.

Brittany from Yellow Umbrella is offering one of you the opportunity to receive a $30 gift card to her shop just by entering the Rafflecopter below.  I hope you visit her site, show her some love, and even purchase a card or two (or ten).

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Check out some other great items Yellow Umbrella has to offer!


Set of 10 - True Love Card
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Set of 6 - Crosshatch Monogr...
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Set of 10 - Couple Wreath Ca...
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Set of 25 - Modern Floral We...
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Set of 10 - Floral Mr&Mrs Ca...
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Set of 10 - Special Day Than...
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Set of 6 - Patterned Card
$7.5

Set of 10 - Bonjour Card
$10

These bloggers made this giveaway possible: Samantha from Elah Tree, Libby from Health, Love, and Fire, and Natalie from A Tiny Traveler

If you would like to take part in a future Simply Loving Giveaway I'd love to have you as a sponsor.  Click here for more information and remember that every spot is always available for a swap!  If you run a business and would like to be featured in a future Simply Loving Giveaway please email me at susannah.kellogg@gmail.com.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday Recipe Roundup

Holiday Recipe Roundup

With Thanksgiving on Thursday and Christmas right around the corner, some of us may be panicking a little bit about getting a great meal on the table for our family and friends.  I thought I'd ease all our struggles and pull together some of the best recipes from around the blog-o-sphere.  I'm thankful so many fabulous bloggers wanted to collaborate in order to get a wonderful, one stop recipe "book" put together.

If you're struggling to find the perfect recipe - whether breakfast, turkey, appetizer, or anything else your heart could be desiring - look no further than these yummy sounding treats!

Breakfast:

Bagel Dip - He Calls Me Grace
Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Streusel - Sunny Days and Starry Nights
Pumpkin Bread - So Much at Home
Pumpkin Bread - Counter Cultural
Pumpkin Bread - The Olive Tree
Pumpkin Smoothie - No Small Life
Pumpkin Spice French Toast - Life, Unexpectedly
Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake - Cropped Stories

Appetizers:

Brie and Apple Butter Puffed Pastry - Runway Chef
Candied Almonds - Three Sisters and Us
Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels - The Southern Thing
Gingersnap Dip - Robyn's Nest
Prosciutto Wrapped Apricots - Runway Chef
Pumpkin Dip - The Sequin Notebook
Stuffing Filled Latkes with Cranberry Aioli - Runway Chef
Thanksgiving Egg Rolls - Runway Chef
Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil - Luna Vida
Whipped Ricotta with Truffle Oil and Fig Butter - Runway Chef

Salad:

Lemony Kale Quinoa Salad - A Dish of Daily Life

Bonus: Croutons - Grace and Galoshes

Sides:

Bean Salad - Luna Vida
Blue Cheese and Bacon Mashed Potatoes - A Savory Feast
Bourbon Maple Sweet Potatoes - Eat, Pray, {Read}, Love
Cheesy Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin - Jade and Oak
Cheesy Corn Bake - Runway Chef
Cheesy Curried Mushroom & Onion Stuffed Delicata Squash - My So Called Chaos
Cole Slaw - Being a Wordsmith
Corn Casserole - Robyn's Nest
Corn Chowder - Sunny Days and Starry Nights
Cranberry-Pomegranate Sauce - Sparkles and Shoes
Field's Potatoes - Simple Moments Stick
Glazed Carrots - Three Sisters and Us
Green Bean Casserole - The Artsy Cajun
Green Beans with Shallots and Almonds - Blissful Happenings
Macaroni and Cheese - Anchors Aweigh
Macaroni and Cheese - This Italian Family
Party Potatoes - Sandy's Point of View
Roasted Brussels Sprouts - A Touch of Grace
Seafood Gumbo - Being a Wordsmith
Spinach Casserole - Life According to Steph
Stovetop Mac and Cheese - Simple Moments Stick
Stuffed Peppers - Being a Wordsmith
Stuffing - Blissful Happenings
Twice Baked Butternut Squash - Taking Steps Home
Waldorf Fruit Salad - Life as Always
Wild Rice & Roasted Pepper Stuffed Acorn Squash - Runway Chef

Breads:

Kentucky Spoonbread - Anchors Aweigh
Wheat Bread - Oak and Oats

Turkey:

Apple Lemon Rosemary Turkey - Belong with Wildflowers
Crockpot Turkey - Everyday Thoughts
Rosemary Turkey - Life, Love, Lauren

Dessert:

Apple-Cranberry Pie - Beyond the Aisle
Apple Crisp - Oak and Oats
Apple Pie - Anchors Aweigh
Apple Pie - The Olive Tree
Apple Pie - Hockey Wife, Hockey Life
Apple Pie Cake - Sunny Days and Starry Nights
Brown Butter Shortbread Cookies - Happy. Pretty. Sweet
Butter Cake - The Southern Thing
Cherry Pie - Created to Glorify
Chocolate Fudge Cake - Sunny Days and Starry Nights
Coconut Macaroons {Gluten Free} - Aaron's Hands Ministries
Cookie Cupcakes - Cropped Stories
Monster Cookies - Oak and Oats
Peanut Butter Pie - Pursuit of Pink
Pear Crunch Cake - Sunny Days and Starry Nights
Pumpkin Bread Trifle - The Well Travelled Wife
Pumpkin Cake - A Worker at Home
Pumpkin Cheesecake - Notes from a Newlywed
Pumpkin Chiffon Pie - Life of a Little Songbird
Pumpkin Crunch Cake - Life on the Parson's Farm
Pumpkin Pie - Becoming a Godly Wife
Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake - Mine to Live
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies - Sunny Days and Starry Nights
Spiced Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies - Message on a Napkin
Sweet Potato Pecan Pie - Blessed (But Stressed)
Toffee Pecan Pie Cheesecake - Eat, Pray, {Read}, Love
York Mint Brownies - Oak and Oats

Drinks:

Apple Cider Margarita - A Well Crafted Party
Apple Cider - Sunshine to the Square Inch
Apple Cider Sangria - The Sequin Notebook
Cranberry Apple Cider {Slow Cooker} - A Savory Feast
Old Fashioned - Have Ashley Will Travel
Pear and Apple Cider Sangria - A Well Crafted Party
Pumpkin Spice Latte Martini - The Sequin Notebook
Sangria - Dearest Love
S'more Cocktail - A Well Crafted Party
Spiked Coffee - The Loudmouth Lifestyle

Leftover Turkey Recipes:

Creamy Turkey and Wild Rice Soup - So Much at Home
Pot Pie Muffins - Perception is Everything
Southwestern Turkey Soup - Twingle Mommy
White Chili - Passion, Pink, and Pearls

Friday, November 21, 2014

Meet Baby Caleb... And the Faith and Fellowship Blog Hop

  1. I'd love to introduce you all to little Caleb Russell Kellogg
    Born Monday, November 17th at 1:24pm
    8 lb and 20 inches
    Full Birth Story Coming Next Week!
  2. Faith and Fellowship Guidelines

1.  Link up a post (not just the link to your blog) from the week that shares what the Lord's been doing in your life or speaking to you.
2.  Put the button on your blog post or blog so that others can hear about this wonderful group of Godly women.
3.  Visit as many blogs as you're able and get to know your sisters in Christ!
4.  Share this blog hop on social media using #faithandfellowship or pin the button on pinterest.

Faith and Fellowship Blog Hop

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Your Host:

Susannah from Simple Moments Stick


If you'd like to cohost in the future, please email Susannah at susannah.kellogg (at) gmail.com


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Nursery Reveal

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I'm so excited to have Caleb's nursery all finished, decorated, and ready for the little man to get here.  I love the forest and mountain theme so much and can't wait to play with, love on, and care for my little man in his adorable nursery.  The inspiration for the nursery came when I first saw the quote "Let him sleep for when he wakes he will move mountains."  After that, everything else fell into place.

What is your favorite part of the nursery?
Have you entered the baby pool yet?
What's your favorite inspirational quote?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tips on Dressing a (VERY) Pregnant Belly {Plus $10 ThredUp Credit}

Tips on Dressing a Very Pregnant Belly

At 39 weeks pregnant, my wardrobe is looking pretty scarce.  I'll put on an outfit - a MATERNITY outfit nonetheless - and look in the mirror only to find my belly poking out.  Maternity shirt after maternity shirt have been put into the "don't fit" pile and it's ridiculous to come up with an outfit to wear - especially since I'm still working and can't just hang out in pajamas all day.  (My last day of work is Friday unless Caleb decides to come early!!!)

I've heard tons of other pregnant women complain about this very thing so I thought I'd share some tips I've come up with for stretching my wardrobe these last few weeks.

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1.  Non-Maternity Tunic Tops

You know the shirts that practically come down to your knees while you're not pregnant - the shirts you're pretty comfortable wearing with only leggings because they do a fine job covering your tush?  Those shirts can be perfect during late pregnancy.  Of course, at this point they're no longer long tunics but instead are just normal shirts.

Outfit Details:
1.  Long Sleeved Shirt: Unknown, Purple Tunic: Target via Goodwill, Necklace: Target, Pants: H&M Maternity Treggings, Shoes: Ross
2.  Cardigan: Target, Shirt: Forever 21 via Clothing Exchange, Belt: Target, Pants: H&M Maternity Treggings, Boots: Charlotte Russe

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2.  Dresses

Sure, dresses make the bump look huge but at least they fit, right?  What a great item of clothing that truly does grow right along with the belly.  The stretchier the better, in my opinion!

Outfit Details:
1.  Dress: Motherhood Maternity via ThredUp, Boots: Charlotte Russe
2.  Dress: Macy's, Cardigan: Macy's, Boots: Charlotte Russe

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3.  Skirts

Kind of like dresses, stretchy skirts are very forgiving - they don't even have to be maternity skirts!  As long as the waistband is elastic or yoga style the skirt should be able to sit under your belly and make you look very pulled together.

Outfit Details:
1.  Cardigan: Unknown, Shirt: Old Navy Maternity, Necklace: Gift, Skirt: Target (non-maternity) via ThredUp, Boots: Charlotte Russe
2.  Shirt: Target via ThredUp, Scarf: Walmart, Skirt: Old Navy (maternity) via Thredup, Shoes: Ross

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4.  Yoga Pants

Who says yoga pants have to be for working out or lounging around the house?  I found a pair of thick maternity yoga pants and have been able to pass them off as work dress pants for the past few months.  Wear the pants with confidence (and a cute, work appropriate top) and no one will know that you're pretty much in pajamas.

Outfit Details:
1.  Cardigan: Unknown, Shirt: Ross, Yoga Pants: YogaOutlet, Shoes: Ross
2.  Sweater: American Eagle via Salvation Army, Yoga Pants: YogaOutlet Shoes: Ross

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5.  Accessorize

When you find a top that fits, make sure to find tons of different way to wear it.  In the pictures above, I'm wearing the same sweater and jeans but I'd be ok with wearing these outfits on back to back days because the looks are very different.  It's all in the accessories!

Outfit Details:
1.  Sweater: Gap Maternity via ThredUp, Flannel Shirt: Target, Pants: H&M Maternity Treggings, Shoes: Bobs
2.  Sweater: Gap Maternity via ThredUp, Cardigan: Target, Scarf: Walmart, Pants: H&M Maternity Treggings, Boots: Charlotte Russe

Notice all the clothes I got from ThredUp?  I spent a total of $65 dollars (in two separate orders) to get ThredUp maternity clothes.  $65 got me Eight Shirts, Two Dresses, and Two Skirts.  Yeah, totally the deal of a lifetime.  If you want to place an order this site, I'd LOVE for you to click over through HERE.  Not only do you get $10 off of your order, I get $10 off my next order for referring you.  It's a win/win.  ;-)  You'll be SO happy you ordered through Thread Up and I'll be happy getting credit to buy new clothes for my post pregnancy body!!!

Do you have fun late maternity style tips you'd like to share?
What do you think of Caleb's crib?  (Full nursery tour coming later this week)
Notice how few pairs of shoes my swollen ankles can fit into?  ;-)

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