Choosing what to wear every morning can be tricky at the best of times, but dressing a baby bump presents a whole new set of challenges! I have to say I am now very thankful that my bump has ‘popped out’ a little bit, my belly now looks more like a baby bump and less like a pasta belly.
Anyone that has been pregnant knows that dressing a bump can be expensive. I have found it difficult to find clothes that are both stylish, comfortable and within my budget. Let’s face it, no one really wants to invest a fortune into a wardrobe that you only wear for such a short period of time.
When Eve of Eden* approached me to take a look at their website, I immediately jumped at the opportunity. I love the great range available for all stages of pregnancy and even nursing wear for when bub arrives, but best of all the prices are reasonable and won’t break the bank.
For me the key to styling your bump is to invest in some basic pieces that you can easily style with your standard wardrobe, so here are a couple of my bump looks for work, rest and play.
Working a desk job, I am sitting on my tush most of the day so I want to be comfortable and not be wearing anything too tight or restrictive. This shirt dress is great for all seasons. I am sure I will get loads of wear this winter teamed with tights and boots plus after baby is born as the button up front will make feeding a breeze.
On the weekends I pretty much live in jeans (loving Jeans West maternity jeans as they come in long lengths!) so I love having lots of T-shirts that I can just throw on without having to give it too much thought. I am already living in this stripey number and think I will need to stock up on a few more long sleeved T-shirts to get me through the winter.
Every now and then it’s nice to get all dolled up for a night out with the hubby. This simple 3/4 sleeve body con dress is super stretchy and comfortable and can be easily dressed up or down. It even has a special front that allows for easy breast feeding access when bub is born.
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Basically the very moment I found out baby Evans was on the way I started the hunt for nursery inspiration! I have always thought that preparing for a baby and decorating a nursery would be fantastic fun, and it certainly has been just that!
Initially it took a little while for the news to sink in, we’re having a baby… wow… game changer! While hubby was instantly thrilled and excited, I was a wee bit overwhelmed. Of course I was happy, we had planned to start a family but when it actually happened it took a little while for the reality of the situation to set in. I found all the obstetrician appointments, hospital visits and scans a bit hard to comprehend, it all just seemed surreal.
Planning the nursery really helped me to get in the zone, it was something I could control. It was tangible and I could see changes in our house that were a result of the pending arrival of baby Evans at a time when my belly hadn’t yet started to show such signs.
Over the past few months I have been scouring the internet for inspiration and pinning away to my hearts content, above are just a few of my favourite gender neutral nurseries. There are plenty more over on my pinterest page, but I think you can get the idea of my theme or lack there of… grey, beige, neutral, calming and cosy.
I look forward to sharing photos of the finished product in a couple of months time when all the finishing touches are done. Hopefully it will look equally as lovely as the rooms I have been mooning over.
I am officially the worst blogger ever… almost a month since my last post, eek! I guess as they say time flies when you’re having fun and there has been LOTS of fun things happening at the House of Evans.
In fact, today I have some pretty exciting news to share with you all which might help to explain why I have been MIA recently… As of August of this year hubby and I will be welcoming a baby Evans to our family!
20 week baby bump
Baby Evans lives here
Getting bigger every day, 12 week scan vs 20 week scan
We are absolutely thrilled to be growing our family and we can’t wait to introduce the newest member of our family to you all when the time comes. Today we had our 20 week scan and although baby Evans was less than cooperative, after a bit of walking, coughing, poking and drinking, we managed to get enough angles to confirm everything is looking good and progressing nicely.
We have decided not to find out the gender which only adds to the suspense and excitement. The first half of pregnancy has gone really smoothly and has flown by, so I am sure the second half will be over before we know it and we will finally get to meet our little Blueberry!
I think it is safe to say that my baking hiatus is well and truly over! the last few weekends I have managed to find time to whip up a bunch of new recipes all of which have been a great success. I hate to waste food, and turning something old and ugly like over ripe bananas into something delicious and sweet like these banana muffins makes me super happy!
Some of you may have already worked out that I am a 28 year old trapped in the body of a grandma, I was up bright and early on Sunday morning and decided to whip these beauties up before I’d even tackled breakfast. I have had this recipe earmarked to try for a few weeks and it turned out wonderful. The muffins are full of flavour and were yummy and moist. Because I am especially glutenous I enjoyed mine warm with a good smattering of butter… heaven.
Banana Muffin Recipe
Makes 12 smallish muffins or 8 generous sized muffins
75 grams melter butter
2 large ripe bananas
250 grams self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
1 pinch salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
115 grams caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon honey
2 medium eggs
125 ml milk
Preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius
Melt butter and set aside to cool
Mash the bananas
Sift flour, baking powder, bicarb soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg into a bowl. Add sugar and mix well.
In a second bowl beat eggs, vanilla, honey, butter and milk.
Add bananas to egg mixture and stir to combine
Make a well in dry ingredients and add the wet mixture. Stir until just combined, but be careful not to overwork the batter as it will become tough
Divide evenly into muffin tin lined with cases and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown
Allow muffins to cool and then lightly dust with icing sugar
I know it’s early days to start harping on about winter woolies, but I just love everything about winter fashion – skinny jeans, leather boots, cosy sweaters, big coats and of course a chunky knit scarf in every colour for every occasion (or in my case one well worn grey one that goes with EVERYTHING!).
The A/W 2014 collections are starting to hit stores, and while I may be in total denial that Summer still has plenty of life in it, I am so excited to start stocking up my winter wardrobe in preparation for the cooler months!
I had my eye on a couple of cardis that I decided I just couldn’t live without, and as soon as I got wind of the ‘spend and save’ promotions last week, I wasted no time making my purchases (and with good reason, seems my Witchery Coatigan has now sold out!). Here are the two proud additions to my winter wardrobe:
WARNING: Before baking these Chocolate Chip Cookies please be aware they are extremely moorish!
Now that summer has set-in in Melbourne my brand new sparkly kitchen is being somewhat neglected. After craving homemade baked goods for weeks, the planets finally aligned and I found some spare time (and motivation) on a night that wasn’t too hot to run the oven – winning!
These chocolate chip cookies are a fail safe, rough and ready recipe that I have adopted from my Nan. They are always a big hit in my household, and a particular favourite of my Dads. The recipe is so simple that tonight I essentially disregarded the method below, threw everything in the bowl, mixed it together and they still turned out perfectly crunchy on the outside and gooey in the middle.
Nana’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
125g butter (I only had unsalted handy, so added a pinch of salt to compensate)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 3/4 cups self raising flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
125g chocolate chips
60g chopped pecans or any nuts of your choice
I’m not really sure when this recent obsession started, but I have become completely enamoured with tartan! I love the cosiness of the rich and vibrant colours and the very country lived in look that checks adds to a room.
So I am now on the hunt for a cheap and cheerful way to add some plaid to our home. I’m thinking some DIY cushion covers… but lets just see if I have the time and motivation to actually follow through with this grand plan, fingers crossed!