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Featured Friday: Sarah from Frills for Thrills

By on August 3, 2012

I am thrilled to have Sarah from Frills for Thrills to be guest posting today. She is pregnant with her first child, a little boy! I found her page through Merrick’s blog who was featured here on her Mommy Style. I loved Sarah’s blog and style so much that I asked her to do a similar post but to talk about Pregnancy style. here is her post.

Hello Perfectly Imperfect Mom readers!
My name is Sarah and I blog over at Frills for Thrills. Most of my posts are pictures of my daily attire, accompanied by some thoughts on life. 
Sometimes funny and sometimes deep… you never know what you’re gonna get! 
Fashion has always been a passion of mine, and blogging is just one way for me to enjoy the beauty and creativity of getting dressed every day. 
By the age of three I was dressing myself and doing my own hair. I always had a distinct style and knew what I liked and what I didn’t. Diva much? Hahaha! 
My self expression through clothes only grew as I did and I looked always looked forward to getting dressed every day. 
That is, until I got pregnant.
Some of my friends say they loved being pregnant because they had an excuse to have a big belly. I don’t mind having the belly, but sometimes it’s just uncomfortable! Add to that the fact that your self-esteem is the lowest it’s ever been (at least for me it has), so it’d be nice to fit into some of those items in your closet that make you feel pretty. 
By about the time I busted the zippers on my favorite pencil skirts week ten of pregnancy, I  promised myself I would still make an effort to get ready every day (hair, makeup, and something besides the stretchy pants and oversized tee that sang my name). 
For me, someone who has always expressed myself through dress, I knew this was just one way to boost my daily confidence and embrace my new body with a little more joy! 
But as I’m sure you know, relearning what looks and feels good on my new body versus the body I’d had since I was eighteen has been a project! 
There are three wardrobe tips I’ve found to be pretty consistent during my pregnancy and I’m here to share them with you! 
1. When nothing seems to fit, overcompensate with accessories. We all have those days when we give in to the stretchy pants and oversized tee I mentioned above, and that’s OK. Try taking it a step up and wear at least one piece of statement jewelry or a fun colored accessorie! 
{About 6 Weeks Pregnant}
2. Layer something structured over something snug. As soon as you find out you’re pregnant, you’ll want other people to notice. Accentuate your cute bump with a fitted tank and a structured blazer to hide your new curves (i.e. love handles) and flatter your old curves that disappear by the week (i.e. your waist).
{29 & 23 Weeks}
3. Show off your legs. I’m sure they’re looking tinier than ever beneath that baby belly you’ve got, so show them off in some shorts or a stretchy skirt. And if you’re stable enough, some heels! 
{30 & 27 Weeks}
As I said earlier, these are all things that I’ve found helpful while getting dressed during my pregnancy.
They may not work for you, but I encourage you to try something on besides those stretchy pants! 
I promise you’ll feel more confident in your new body, even if you happen to be one of those women that love being pregnant! 
And disclaimer: I totally throw on my “uniform” (i.e. sweats) the second I walk through the door…

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Featured Friday Poster: Merrick from Merrick’s Art!

By on July 20, 2012

I recently was cruising around Pinterest (Shocker!) and found a pin about Merrick’s blog. I instantly became obsessed with how creative and stylish she was. I immediately emailed her and asked her to do a featured post. I know many new Mom’s could use some of her awesome tips and ideas. I am thrilled to welcome Merrick to Featured Friday. Here is an amazing guest post from her!

Hi there, I’m Merrick from Merrick’s Art, where I blog about sewing, style, and family life. I’m excited to be over here on Perfectly Imperfect Mom today talking a little bit about Mommy Style.

Before I became a mom, I was a student, and then spent a few years working as a project manager for a local company. Both of these required getting dressed every day, and looking both put together and appropriate. But once my little Peanut was born, I was suddenly thrown in to the world of staying at home with nowhere to be, no one to see, and no one caring what I looked like. And yet, I could count on one hand the number of times I haven’t gotten dressed and put on makeup for the day in the last two years since his birth. Why? Well, let me tell you.

Here are six reasons I get dressed and ready (which, for me, includes hair and makeup) EVERY morning:

  1. It gets my day started. I am not completely ready for the day by 7:00am, like my old work days, but even being ready by nine or ten gives me the whole day to get things done.
  2. It makes me feel more productive. There is nothing that makes me feel more lazy and less productive than walking around in my pajamas and bed-head until 5:00pm. Nothing would ever get done if I didn’t get ready every day.
  3. It makes me feel confident. When I wake up in the morning, I certainly do not look my best (surprise, surprise). Putting on makeup, doing my hair (even if it’s just a top knot or a pony tail), and throwing on even just a pair of jeans and a t-shirt makes me feel infinitely better about myself.
  4. It makes me a better mom. Carrying on from #3, feeling confident makes me a better mom. I am more patient, more fun, and more energetic when I’m happy and have taken some time to take care of myself
  5. It allows me to walk out the door any time. It is hard enough to get out the door with a child, but adding getting dressed and presentable to that is just crazy. You’ll never get your errands done. Taking fifteen minutes in the morning to get yourself ready makes it easy to walk out the door (without being embarrassed) any time of the day.
  6. It is a favor to my husband. You guys. I cannot talk about this enough. Coming home after a long and tiring day of work to a messy house, a smelly and sweats-clad wife, and crazy kids is probably the LAST thing a husband wants to do, regardless of how much he loves you. Despite how crazy and busy my days are, I always make an effort to straighten up the house and put on a little lipgloss or perfume around 5:30pm before he walks in the door. He just deserves that.

So now that you know why I do it, let’s talk for a second about how I do it. Because some people think that getting ready every day (especially as a mom) takes way too long, doesn’t allow for comfort, and just isn’t worth it.

Here are five of my go-to Mommy Style outfits that make me feel put together, are super comfortable, and are just as easy to throw on as a baggy t-shirt and sweatpants.

1. stretchy pencil skirts

skirt: made by me, t-shirt cardigan and sandals: target // skirt & sandals: target, graphic tee: made by me

 I just recently discovered my undying love for stretchy pencil skirts. I’d always worn pencil skirts to church or work, but with a graphic t-shirt and a pair of sandals, they can be very casual, so cute, and really comfortable. 

2. jeans & t-shirts

red jeans: f21, scarf: bought in London, tee: hand-me-down (heart by me), flats: payless // jeans: gap, belt: husbands, leopard flats: steve madden via platos closet, button up: target // jeans: abercrombie, tee: hand-me-down, belt: local boutique, necklace: gift, sandals: target // jeans: h&m (maternity), tee: target, necklace: c/o wild about jewelry, wedges: old navy

 Jeans and t-shirts are probably the easiest thing for a mom to wear, right? But it doesn’t have to be so basic. Add a scarf, tuck (or half tuck) your shirt, add a skinny belt, or a big statement necklace, and suddenly your jeans and t-shirt ensemble is put together and pretty, but still comfortable and simple.

3. lightweight dresses

pink dress: target (maternity), cardigan: target, flats: h&m, belt: local boutique // maxi dress & leopard belt: target, cardigan: local boutique, necklace: c/o lisa leonard designs

As with pencil skirts, dresses were something I only wore to church or work in the past. But lightweight, stretchy dresses (especially maxi dresses) are the most comfortable thing you could possibly put on. It’s like wearing a blanket all day long, but you look fabulous.

4. tunics & leggings

tunic: made by my mom, cardigan & leggings: target, leopard flats: steve madden via plato’s closet // tunic: made by me, leggings, sandals & belt: target // tunic: made by me, leggings, sandals & belt: target

 Tunics have become a summer staple for me. They are so simple and effortless, and beyond comfortable. Add a fun belt or a cardigan, and you step it up just a little bit more.

5. pattern mixing

jeans: gap, striped tee: lucky brand via sams club, cardigan, belt & sandals: target // dress: gap maternity t-shirts (turned into a dress), cardigan: f21, boots: target // jeans: f21, top: old navy, belt: target

Pattern mixing is one of those things that is a bit scary at first, but can transform even the simplest of mom outfits if you do it right. Two easy rules to start out: use patterns that are in the same color family, and keep one pattern smaller than the other. Give it a try — you’ll suddenly look like you put way more effort into your outfit than you actually did!

So there you go. Six reasons to take care of yourself as a mom, and five easy ways to do it. Thanks again for having me!

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Mommy Must Haves: Pregnancy

By on July 11, 2012


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When you find out you’re pregnant your mind is turned into a place of bassinets, layettes and unicorns.
Then comes the morning sickness and waking up every other minute to pee in the middle of the night. Here are some of my Pregnancy Must Haves to hopefully help you get through the next 9 months.
From morning sickness to fat feet!

Morning Sickness: don’t let the name fool you, it happens at anytime during the day, usually at the most inconvenient time.

  • Sea-Band Mama Acupressure Wristband: I loved these! Sure they make you look like an 80’s gym rat but if something could prevent me from puking while driving I was going to wear it.
  • Three Lollies Preggie Pops: Feeling sick? Have a lolly pop! So many women swear by these. 
  • Tums Smoothies: Ok these aren’t for morning sickness but when you are dying in the middle of the night from heartburn you will be buying stock in these. 
  • Anti-Nausea Ginger Gum: When I didn’t have a ginger ale near me these worked just as well and fast. 
Stretch Marks: best tip is to try to gain weight at a even pace. If you gain weight too rapidly you are more likely to get them. Here is what I used to help keep my skin from feeling horrible and stretched to the max.
maxi dress!

Maternity Clothes: Some essentials.

  • Baby Be Mine Maternity Belly Band: This will help you really stretch the wear of your regular jeans and works great for after the baby comes and you still have a bit of a belly. It is also great for when you are nursing and want to keep your tummy covered but need to lift your top up. They come in a variety of colors which I love.
  • Motherhood Maternity: Scoop Neck Side Ruched Maternity Tank Top: I lived in long tank tops. I first wore regular ones but then had to buy maternity ones towards the end. The Motherhood ones are only $7.99 too. That price rocks!
  • Motherhood Maternity: Sleeveless Belted Maternity Dress: I wore dresses almost everyday towards the middle to the end of my pregnancy. I hated having pants around my waist or hips and it was so hot that the dresses kept me nice and cool.  This one from Motherhood Maternity is adorable and the price is great. 
  • Ballerina Flats: Flats will help you still feel cute and feminine when you feel big and fat. They are comfortable and if you get ones with elastic edging they will be comfortable when your feet swell. I also loved wearing flip flops on the hotter days. I love Old Navy since theirs are very cheap. 
  • Your Go to Maternity Jeans: A pair of amazing maternity jeans is worth the money even if it is just one pair you can grab when you are in a rut and can’t think of anything else to wear. 
Sleep: Towards the end nothing helps.
  • Body Pillows: If you see them in the store, just buy them all. You will end up surround your whole body with them by the end. Your husband will be sleeping somewhere else because there will be no room for him. If you want to spend a little more I highly recommend the Boppy Prenatal Total Body Pillow
  • Tabletop Air-Circulator Fan: By the end of your pregnancy you are hot no matter how low the air is set. My husband bought me a fan and I was finally able to not sweat the entire night. 



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Maternity Clothes on Sale!!

By on July 6, 2012
Am I the only one who hated buying maternity clothes because nothing seemed to be cute? Well of course I get an email on these cute clothes when I am not pregnant. Go check out Zulily. They have a bunch of adorable and stylish maternity clothes on sale by Expect Style
I put up the clothes I thought were cute. Some items were a bit blah but I was surprised at how many things were more on the stylish side. The highest price item was $22.99. All of these are below that. Some as low as $16.99!

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Citrus Lane!

By on July 3, 2012

Anyone else see that Citrus Lane is having a 10% off coupon code going on right now?! The code is SPRINGFUN. Check it out!

Wondering what Citrus Lane is? It is this awesome site that sends out a package monthly full of the best baby, mommy or pregnancy products. It is custom to your child’s age and gender for the baby ones. I am obsessed with this idea. I think this would make a great gift for someone who is pregnant, a new mom or for a baby’s birthday (hint, hint! Ace is almost 1, people!). The monthly subscription is $25 but the value of items in the box far exceeds this price. Example of a previous months package.
June’s Box theme was “Little Artist”

  • It included a $35 credit to Minted.com which is a great place to get announcements, invites, ect.
  • Putumaya Playground sample CD
  • Hohner Musical Instrument
  • BabyGanics Stain Eraser On-the-Go
  • Wee Gallery Art Cards
  • Pop and Lolli Decal (owl above)
  • Wee Can Too Veggie Art Kit
  • Eco Kids Art Kit
  • Magical Menagarie (book)

Click HERE to see more boxes from the previous months! Don’t forget to use the Coupon Code: SPRINGFUN

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Top 10 Mommy Must Haves

By on May 31, 2012

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I have been asked by many friends and readers about items I found to be the most helpful when Ace was born. I thought prior to having him I knew exactly what I would use and not use because I had experience watching babies since I was 17. Man, it is not the same when they are yours! I bought things I never used and never purchased things I wish I had and later ended up caving and buying. I can not tell you how many times we went to Babies R’ Us those first few months returning and buying things. I mean that registry was a joke. We got a lot of useful items but things that I thought I really needed ended up being returned or never used.
In an attempt to help soon to be mommies and new moms I am going to make a list of things I found most useful and things I never touched. The funny thing is some Mom’s loved certain gadgets I never used and I used things other Mom’s hated. I will try to post what I found the most useful and if you’d like add to the list in the comment section. I am also adding a widget for Amazon so you can easily find these items to buy or add to your registry. It has been one crazy year of learning, hope this helps!
Must Haves!

1. Boppy Pillow: This was used straight from birth. My back was killing me from pushing and having an epidural so nursing was a struggle because I was so uncomfortable and everyone told me to bring the boppy pillow with us to the hospital and I am so glad I did. I used that thing every nursing and if I didn’t have it I was so awkward nursing Ace. It was my life saver. I will be getting an extra one next time around so I have one in the bedroom and one in the living room so I don’t have to drag it around everywhere with me to nurse. I also used this for tummy time and to help Ace when he was learning to sit up. This got use all the way up until he was 7 months old. Heck even our dog liked the Boppy when our son was done using it.

2. Angel Care Monitor: I know a lot of people love the video monitors and I think they are great. The thing about the video monitors is you can’t tell if your baby is sleeping or not breathing. This freaked me out. I knew that I wanted a monitor that would sense if my baby stopped breathing. SIDS was so scary to me and as a new Mom I had such an easier time sleeping knowing I had this monitor to warn me if he wasn’t moving or breathing after 5 seconds and so on (although I still checked in the middle of the night, ha!). It rarely had “false alarms” and if it did it was time to up the sensitivity. I highly recommend this monitor. Another reason I love this is because our son slept in our room for the first 7 months of his life. The video monitor would have gone to waste and honestly I would love to have a video monitor now that he is older because he plays in his crib before he falls asleep and I want to see what he is doing so it may be worth investing in. They do make one with a video monitor as well if you are interested in both.
3. Colic Baby Relief: Ok so this I am putting all in one category. When Ace was first born up until 8 weeks or so he was so colicky. I felt like my baby would never stop crying. I finally discovered quite a few items that saved us! Here they are!

  • Gripe Water: the only thing you can really give babies to help with tummy issues.
  • Gas Drops: Another remedy if gripe water doesn’t work.
  • Bottle Medicine Dispenser: I don’t know about you but my baby was not easy to squirt medicine in his mouth. I felt like I was going to choke him or something so we tried this and he sucked it down, no problem.
  • Baby K’tan Carrier: I tried the Moby but it took me so long to get the wrapping done and get Ace comfortable in it that he screamed the entire time. The Baby K’tan took me 1 minute to put on. I watched the video once and watched myself put it on in the mirror and was a pro after that. I used this not only for colic but Ace was never a fan of the infant car seat and so I brought the K’tan everywhere with us. If he woke up in a store I put it on and stuck him in it. Going to Disney? No problem, just wear the K’tan to carry him around. 
4. Pumping/ Breastfeeding:
  • Medela Pump in Style: My milk supply didn’t come in till 4 days after Ace was born. My poor baby was starving and I have supply issues so a pump was a must in our household. It helped when I had to supplement after nursing so that my body thought Ace needed more milk. I loved the double pump because it made pumping go by way faster. 
  • Hands Free Pumping Bra: This made pumping so much easier. I was even able to pump in the car on road trips because I put the bra on and covered up with a blanket and read a magazine.
  • Breastmilk storage bags: These are great room savers in the freezer. 
  • Nursing tank tops: I loved to wear these under t-shirts so that way I could just lift up the shirt and pull the tank top down making breastfeeding in public discreet. 
  • Nipple Butter/Cream: I was fortunate enough not to use this a lot because Ace had a great latch but pumping was made easier when I used these because of how much I had to pump. 
  • Nursing Bra Pads: Great for Mom’s that leak. I didn’t need these a ton because of my low milk supply but I definitely a whoops here and there.
  • Nursing Bras: They just make nursing easier because they snap open, simple as that.
5. Bottle Feeding: If you are like me and have to supplement then a great option for nighttime feedings and on the go feedings is the Tommee Tippee system.  The bottles have a formula dispenser that sits inside the bottle. This was the BEST thing for nighttime feedings for us.  We would put water in the bottles then formula in the formula dispensers and close the bottle up. When baby wakes up and you are half asleep there is no measuring to be done. We never heated Ace’s bottles so we would just dumb the premeasured formula into the bottle, shake it up and fed him. So much easier then going into the kitchen to make a bottle.
6. Aden & Anais Muslin Swaddlers:  We used these A LOT! I used them to shield the infant car seat from sun, prying eyes at the store (people always want to touch a baby, germs!), swaddling Ace and they were so large I even used them when I was chilly, ha! They are super soft and the best blankets ever. I would suggest these over receiving blankets.
7. Flips Cloth Diapers: My favorite cloth diapers, hands down. They are super trip, have great inserts that are super absorbent and fit from 7lbs to 35lbs.
8. Mobile/ Soothers: My son LOVED his mobiles. We put one above his changing table. This one was bright and it was the first thing he ever smiled at. We also had one that played music and moved in his crib. He loved to watch this before going to bed. He also has a soothing sounds giraffe and lamb. They have different sounds that help sooth baby to sleep. He loves the heartbeat, rain and ocean ones.
9. Portable Swing: When Ace was born he had jaundice. This meant he had to be on TWO billiblankets because he was 1 point from going back into the hospital and the easiest way to keep him wrapped in them was to have him sleep in his swing. He spent the first week sleeping in his swing at night and during the day. We had a normal size swing and it really annoyed me because during the day I would be in the living room and I would have to have Branden lug the swing in from the bedroom then when he got home move it to the bedroom. We finally bought a portable swing to keep in the bedroom. Had I thought about this before I would have just bought the one swing and moved it around because it was light and easy to move. I also used this when I pumped and Ace didn’t want to be in anything else.
10. Playtime: In the beginning I found “entertaining” Ace to be difficult because he was so small and didn’t have much expressions yet. Here are things that I found the work best to keep him “entertained”
  • Activity gym: Any type works. I got the Fisher-Price Rainforest one and he loved it because the center lit up and changed colors. 
  • Board Books: Ace LOVES books. I have been reading to him from the start and when he started smiling and showing excitement over things he would wave his hands up and down and kick his legs when he saw me take out a book and turn the pages. He now knows how to turn pages and will sit and listen to a story. Board books are especially great because he loves to explore the books with his hands and mouth and they are very durable. 
  • Jumperoo: Such an awesome play area before baby can crawl and even sit up. Ace still goes in it even though he can crawl. 
  • Bouncer: When they can bat at toys this is a great thing to get. We had two, one that had a rainforest “show” and another simpler one that we got real quick and cheap on a trip and he ended up loving it. They can be simple just make sure they have toys that appeal to your baby. My Mom had one that had farm animals and he was OBSESSED with the cow. I think it was the black and white contrast so really think about what will work for baby’s interest, not what looks cute.
Those are my top 10 that I can think were the most useful.  Of course you are going to need newborn diapers, wipes, onsies, crib sheets (don’t waste money on the crib bedding set) and anything else you find absolutely essential but these are things people might not necessarily think about or might be questioning. I also wanted to give brands that I thought worked well for us.
Now onto what I never used, found wasteful, could do without to save money or even things you can wait on buying.
1. Crib Bumpers & crib skirt: We have these but honestly it doesn’t make his room any cuter or put together and the bumpers are a hazard. The skirt was removed once his crib was moved down to the lowest level so we don’t even use that now.
2. Wipes Warmer: We bought one from consignment store thinking it would help for diaper changes, it didn’t.
3. Diaper Genie: A simple trash pail works fine.
4. Bassinet: Ace never slept in his. I could have just used his pack n’ play if I needed something but he co-slept with us, slept in the swing or little lamb seat the first couple of months and then we put him in his crib and he slept better there.
5. Bumbo Seat: Ok, I know, I know. EVERYONE talks about this amazing seat. I am not knocking it. I think it is great for SOME babies. If you end up having a baby that is chunky you are not going to get a lot of use out of it though. What I suggest is waiting to buy any type of seat like this till your baby gets to the age where they are able to sit in one, around 4 months. The downfalls of this is babies with thicker thighs can’t fit in it well, it does not have any type of strap around the baby’s waist and a baby can easily throw themselves out of it. Another option that we found was the Summer Infant Super Seat. This one is great because it grows with your baby AND has a fun little activity center around it. It can be strapped to a chair and used as a feeding seat when baby gets old enough and has a strap around the waist so baby can’t throw themselves out of it. It also doesn’t secure babies in the seat by the legs so it is great for chubbier babies. My son is almost 11 months old and his legs are starting to get tight in them but my nephew who has chubbier legs grew out of his seat by 5 months.
Things I want for next time.
1. Moses Basket: I have used these before when I nannied and I like them for when the baby is sleeping and you want to bring him around the house with you. You could also use this instead of a bassinet.
2. A comfier Glider: We have the standard glider a friend had generously given to us and I still use it but since I fell asleep a lot in that glider when nursing Ace I want a super comfy one for the next baby.
3. Manual Pump for when I am out and about and need to pump quickly.
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