Thursday, October 18, 2018

Super Sale

I wanted to do a quick post and share that all of these outfits are currently 40% off! A few of these brands very rarely go on sale so when they have a sale I get excited!!
This poncho has been my most popular outfit post this fall. It is such a pretty color, especially for this time of year. The fabric is soooo soft and it's obviously super comfortable since it's a poncho. These are going super fast so if this has caught your eye, snatch it up before it's gone!
This sweater. I can't say enough. It's really thin so it's perfect for transition weather. I love the color for fall and I also think it will be beautiful in the spring. This sweater is crazy flattering and the length is perfect. I love how long it is for my growing bump but if I wasn't pregnant I'd tuck it in a little on the front. This sweater would be perfect for the office but it's comfortable enough to wear around the house too.
I've shared this top on here before but I just love it so much I have to share again. Flare sleeves, great fit, structured knit. The texture makes it look expensive and it is now on super sale for under $25!!! A top that won't let you down for years to come.
The perfect camel cardigan. It's a little dressier thanks to the soft, stretchy knit. It hits just right and the shawl collar makes it effortless and versatile. It comes in several colors but I find this color to go with just about everything. I paired it with navy leggings that are so stretchy they comfortably fit my growing bump. The shoes aren't on sale but they're worth mentioning because they give me allllll the heart eyes.

Everything is linked on my Instagram @karas_stories! Simply find the image of one of these outfits on my feed, take a screen shot of it, then all of the links to the outfits will appear with your LikeToKnow.It app!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

22 Weeks

Size of Baby: 11 inches and almost one whole pound! About the size of a spaghetti squash. Grow baby grow! This little guy is starting to get big!!

How I'm Feeling: Feeling great! I have a day or two every few weeks where my stomach hurts because it feels like it's stretching. Baby boy is growing bigger and bigger.....and so is my belly!

Cravings/Appetite: I feel like my eating is out of control. I eat too many sweets!! Since I cannot seem to control my sweet tooth, I'm compensating by eating healthy meals.

Clothes: Loving this fall weather and getting to wear my fall clothes!! Layering with a lot of cardigans these days.
Movement: I can feel him move when I'm standing and walking around now. Before it's always just been when I've been sitting or laying but now I feel him at any time!

Changes in Me: I'm in such better shape this pregnancy than I have been my previous pregnancies. I push myself on the elliptical every morning and it makes me feel great! I never worked out or got any kind of exercise during my previous pregnancies so I'm curious to see if working out throughout this pregnancy helps me bounce back quicker postpartum. Not necessarily in my waistline but the recovery process. My recovery with Campbell was kind of hard and it was even harder (or maybe I should say it took longer) with Bennett. Hoping for an easier recovery this time around and that exercising and being in better shape will make a difference.

Baby Purchases: Nothing this week but I'm online looking a lot. Just haven't found anything that's caught my eye. I need to start looking for a coming home outfit. Those are so special and always my favorite!!

Favorite Moment This Week: Not technically pregnancy related but yesterday it was so cold here (in the 30's!) and it gave me the warm fuzzies. It was a fun reminder that the drop in temps means baby boys arrival is getting closer and closer.

Looking Forward To: Saturday! We're planning on taking the boys to their very first Razorback football game. I think they'll love it.....for the first half. That's probably all they can handle before they get bored.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Flashes of Delight

Every fall a spark reignites in me when it comes to photography. There is nothing like fall photography. The sunsets in fall are so warm and beautiful and the backdrop of fall is glorious. I wear my camera out because it's just so beautiful and I feel like I'll get FOMO if I'm not taking pictures frequently!!
Last week I took all of my boys with me to scout some new photography locations and also work on some new photography and editing styles. So far I have 16 families lined up to photograph this fall. My life is about to get crazy with photographing and editing so it's a good thing I love photography! I've said this before but I'm so thankful that I decided to pick up a camera one day and learn how to use it. It has brought me so much joy over the years to photograph my kids and other families as well.
My boys weren't really in the mood to take pictures for me but I did manage to get a few photos of them that I absolutely love. The warm sunset, bokeh,and melting colors in these images make me really happy.
Fall is only getting started and I'm looking forward to capturing even more moments of my boys before winter arrives!!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Mom Style

Sharing a super simple outfit today but it's a look I go to frequently and if you're a mom, I figure you probably do as well. Every mom needs comfortable clothes without sacrificing feeling cute. This basic look is pretty much my every day and it's so comfortable and easy to "mom" in.
I had these shoes and jeans last year and wore them constantly. I'm so glad they're in stock again this year because they are both a closet staple for me. The jeans are actually leggings and I love the distressed finish to them. My sneakers are literally the most comfortable shoes I own. I find them to go with basically everything and I'm tempted to get another pair this year to save for next year because I know before winter is over, I'm going to wear this pair out and I'm not sure I can do cold weather without them!
My top is super easy and stretchy. It's so loose I'm able to tuck it in for a more tailored look, even with this growing bump. It comes in other colors and it's just one of those tops that you can quickly throw on and always love how it looks. Just a good basic top to have in your closet that goes with basically any kind of bottom you choose to pair it with.
This is officially my favorite bag I've ever owned. It's "technically" a diaper bag but looks like anything but. This bag can be worn as a backpack, a shoulder purse or a cross body bag. It has one big open compartment then 10 little smaller compartments. I keep my phone and keys in the little pockets on the outside which makes finding them in a hurry so nice and efficient. I cannot even express how much I love this bag. Everyone needs it no matter what stage of life you're in! Perfect for travel or every day. It comes in 2 other colors and I may ask for another color for Christmas because this is how obsessed I am.
I linked my entire outfit on my Instagram. Just find a pic of this outfit and you can get all of the details of it via the LikeToKnow.It app!!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Chicken & Dumplings

A few weeks ago I shared a super simple and incredibly delicious recipe on my Instagram stories and had a crazy amount of feedback on it. So many tried it, loved it, wanted to try it, have it on their list to try, etc. I decided to share the recipe on here. A friend and neighbor made this for us when Campbell was born. I immediately texted her and asked for the recipe because Scott and I were raving about how delicious it was. It seemed like a meal she slaved over the stove to make so when she told me how easy it was, I loved it even more! I put a tiny little twist on it to make it my own and this is officially a fall and winter staple meal in our house! Even my boys love it and it always makes plenty to have for leftovers the next day which is a win in my book.
-1 Rotisserie Chicken
-1 bag of Reames Frozen Noodles
-2 boxes of chicken broth
-1-2 tablespoons of butter
-salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Boil your chicken broth in a large pot (I use my dutch oven) on your stove. Once the broth comes to a rolling boil, add the Reames frozen noodles and butter. Cook for 20-30 minutes or until tender. There will still be quite a bit of broth. Turn it down to low and add the shredded rotisserie chicken then salt and pepper to taste. Let it simmer for a few minutes to get thicker and allow all of the ingredients to mix well together.
That's all there is to it! It's SO yummy. There is still a bit of broth in the pot which I personally like. I usually use a strainer to scoop out the noodles into a bowl or plate and I soak the extra broth up with Sister Schubert rolls. The reason I like to have a little extra broth is because it makes the noodles taste extra delicious when you have them for leftovers the next day. The broth keeps them from getting too dry. This really is one of those recipes where you can cater it to your own liking. More broth, less broth, more butter, less butter, etc. You can make it your own but this is how I do it! It really is the perfect meal to serve your family on a cold day and I haven't met a person yet who doesn't proclaim how yummy it is with each bite!