Saturday, September 28, 2013

Fall Maternity Must Haves & Outfit Post

Happy Saturday Loves!

Today, was a pretty wet day out and it was definitely chilly fall weather. Although I hate the winter cold, I get kind of excited when it gets sorta chilly out because I can layer up, drink something warm, and put on a cute pair of boots. Who doesn't like those things? 

So here's my list of my maternity must haves for fall:

fall maternity must haves
one. cute pair of boots. I love the military boot look, comfy and looks like even though I have this belly I could kick your butt :) I've been eyeing this pair from Aldo for a little while now...
two. I love all fall smelling candles - pumpkin, spice, cinnamon, apple, vanilla.. Keep these babies burning in the house.Yum... 
three. At this phase in my pregnancy I am realizing that a skater dress is a great staple especially for fall. You can dress it up and dress it down, throw tights under it and with the waist line it helps to accentuate the bump.
four. A normal fall must have, scarves. Scarves are the best accessory as it helps you look put together even with a t-shirt and jeans on.
five. Warm drinks. These make me feel comfy and cozy, and since I have to stay away from caffeine - apple cider, hot cocoa, and pumpkin flavored drinks are a great alternative this season.

Stripes, Layers, Twists
Striped ruffled top. H&M. Coffee vest. Forever 21. 'Tuesday Baby Boot' Denim Jeans. Silver Jeans. Flats. DSW. Necklace. Etsy.

New hair, and loving the twists! On top of that I absolutely adore this outfit. I love the layers with the vest, and I like to embrace the bump right now so stripes help to do just that. 

I am also in love with these new jeans that Silver Jeans gifted me - Thank you! Anyone that knows me, knows I used to sell denim back in my retail days and Silver Jeans was one of the brands I would always put my guests into. It has been quite awhile since I have worn a pair of their jeans and I will say that was a huge mistake. I love the fit and quality of the denim and am definitely happy to be back in them again. 

Well that's all for now! 

Happy Saturday!

*I received Silver Jeans free of charge for the above product review, and I was not further compensated for my opinion. The reviews that I write are based solely on my personal opinion and remain unbiased. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Lesson on Love: Pt 1

Hey, Lovelies! 

Today I wanted to start a series on love, in it I will dive into definitions, experiences, and my journey in showing true love in this time. This world has definitely gotten away from true love and it is filled with so much hate and ugliness. 

Jesus came to change it all, and it is up to each one of us to apply His teachings to our lives to bring His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. 

In 26 years, I believed I had become an expert on relationships and love. 
Well, not technically an expert but I have been through my share of good, bad, and the in between. Recently at church our pastor has been teaching about human love vs. divine love. God's is love and He is the truth - so only God could show us what true divine love is. 

See there are a lot of differences between human love and divine love. Many of us have never been taught about divine love. We are only used to using human love - which was birthed in disobedience through Adam in the beginning. God had to send His love to the earth, Jesus, who was the truth to show us what true love is.

Before true love was sent we couldn't have known what true love was.
Sure we know the word love, but our version of love vs. God's is very different. We must be willing to turn in our human love for divine love.

Human Love:
It can be good and evil. It is sensitive, and dependent on emotion. Human love has its own opinions and ideas about things. It is unpredictable. It is selfish. It can be jealous, it can be angry, it gives up when its time to endure. It is bitter sweet. 

Human love is revengeful, its a "as long as you do me right" type of love, it's a "as long as I feel good today". There are many examples of human love in the bible - one example is Cain and Abel. Cain loved his brother Abel and murdered him through anger and jealousy. Today we see many stories of relationships gone awry. Every night when we turn on the news we hear of a death, war, destruction, jealousy, hatred, betrayal, all stemming from a concept of love

My college years were filled with a lot of dating, after being betrayed by someone who I thought I loved. My heart longed for revenge and my way of getting through it was not taking anyone seriously. In fact, I hoped that bad things would happen to all the men that had ever done wrong to me. Even in some friendships, I did not show true love - I talked about their faults, instead of just doing them right. With my family, I said I loved them but I only went to them when I needed something, I used them when it was convenient to me - I showed selfish love. 

To me Love, was an emotion. It was something that could be turned on or turned off. If someone crossed you, you turned it off and acted out of feelings. Even with strangers I did not show love, when I saw someone needed help I continued on my way - never looking back.   

Divine Love:
God's divine love is built on his principals and truth. It is unconditional, it does not waver. It is always true and does not fail.  Paul breaks it down in 1 Corinthians 13:

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

He explains that love is above all, even for a believer of Jesus, if you don't have love you have nothing. This is because God is love, but not our concept of love He is truth and therefore our true example of divine love. 1 John 4:7-10 explains:

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

You see, God is love and was true love first. He sent His only son that we might live, not because we loved Him but because He loved us first. 

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 teaches us how true love acts:

Love suffereth long, and is kind; Love envieth not; Love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Love never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

Love is one of God's principals. It is His law. In fact God is love. And since God is love and truth, he is the only way you can have true love. Love can go through trying times and still be kind, it does not envy others or envy things, it doesn't show pride in itself. It doesn't snap off or go crazy when someone does you wrong or doesn't agree with you, it is not easily provoked, it does not even think of evil. It doesn't rejoice in other people falling or failing, but it rejoiceth in the truth, which is Jesus.

It bears all things, believes all things, hopeth all things, and endureth all things. It never fails. Jesus is our perfect example of what true love is and He never fails. Through Him and only Him can we have true love, because He is love. If you don't have Jesus you can't have true love.

I hope that was a good foundation for what true love is. I will continue to write on this topic and about my own experiences with human love, and how God is teaching me to show and have his true divine love. 

Hope you enjoyed and can use this to really think and apply it to your life!

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, September 23, 2013

[w]eekend [r]ecap v.4

Happy Monday!

Hope all is well!
Here's a few photos to recap my weekend:

one] I attended a Women's Luncheon on Saturday, which was really fun. There was a poetry reading, a fashion show, and even a comedy skit. It was very encouraging for women following Christ!
two] enjoyed a little mexican eatery down on eat street in South Mpls at Little Tijuana's for my Big Sis, Tenisha's B-day! This little hidden gem is a mix of all things eclectic and mexican food, Yum!
three] My new obsession for the week was Sanpellegrino's Limonata. Since I can't have my fix of cherry coke, I need something with carbonation and no caffeine. Oh and if you hadn't noticed new hair. ;)
four] Found myself rummaging Target shelves looking to spruce things about around the house after doing some cleaning. Just getting a few ideas..
five] My big sis at dinner for her birthday! She is a very encouraging woman, who can always put a smile on my face. I am so grateful to call her my sister! I love you woman!
six] We need a new area rug, I was checking out Target's assortment. I want something plush that I can lay on and sleep on, any ideas on places to look?
seven] Dinner at Little Tijuana's - Yum, enchiladas and tacos. 
eight] Quick Bump Update - My baby is now the size of a papaya :) Haha
nine] A little Patrick Swayze love and art on the walls at Little Tijuana's

Overall, the weekend was great. Enjoyed spending time with friends and family. It's getting a bit colder out here in MN (although this week its supposed to be in the 70's). So I will have an outfit post or two for you this week to showcase cute maternity fall wear! Also, a cool post discussing what true love is.. So stay tuned this week for those. 

Have a good week!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Thursday Update

Hi Lovelies!

It's been about a full week since I posted last. 
Whew, what can I say about my life right now - other than busy. Over the weekend, we did the Lupus walk for the 3rd year. It was a lot of fun to see my family and friends all get together to support the cause. 

Everyday I am feeling more and more exhausted!
I feel like there are not enough hours in the day to get things done. My baby girl has been really draining the energy out of me most recently, and I also feel like although I've been super tired, I've gotta find something to jumpstart me getting back on top of things. 

Organization is a fundamental key to success. I have realized as I've gotten older, if I don't make a to-do list or put a reminder in my calendar, I am bound to forget. I have a planner, that I have not been using to it's fullness, and I also want to find a nice organizational space in my office area that I can use to put things.

What advice and tips can you give on staying organized?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

[w]eekend [r]ecap + bump update 21 weeks + WIWW

Happy Wednesday!

Today's post will be photo heavy. Please bear with me :) I have to recap my weekend, as we celebrated my mom's birthday! woo woo! My mother is a great woman, and now that I am going to be a mother I truly can appreciate all that she has done for me over my life. I am so grateful to be able to call her Mom! 

Quick Weekend Recap in photos:

Mini Weekend Recap - Birthday Celebrations, Mini Golf with family, Baby Gifts, New Desk (New Job!), my sweet tooth for the week!

Bump Update #2:

The belly is growing, I feel like I'm officially past the stage of "She looks like she ate too many burgers", to "I think she is with child." My baby girl is kickin' around in there, and it's not too painful at this point so I am enjoying it. It's all so amazing that I'm cooking a little baby girl, it makes life become that much more interesting, mysterious, and awesome. 

Dress. F21 (from a friend). Shoes.

This dress is a little number I got from a girlfriend of mine a few weeks ago. She was getting rid of 4 bags of clothes, and I found so many cute dresses, many perfect for my pregnancy. (Yay!)This dress was a bit on the short side, and with the bump it made it even shorter - but with the nice 80+ weather this weekend it proved to be a good choice. :) I'm finding dresses to be a pregnant gals best friend.

Have a great week, loves!
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Sami's Shenanigans

Sunday, September 8, 2013


Happy Sunday! 

I am up late posting, because I feel like I have neglected you all for the past week.. My apologies. I had a great week starting in my new position, met up with some old and new coworkers, and hung out with family for my Mom's birthday! I will update you with photos shortly.

In other news, while it's still fairly nice out I find it hard to not fantasize about the fall in Minnesota. I mean don't get me wrong, we dream of the summer when we are stuck here in a foot of snow... But the fall months are absolutely gorgeous here. Not to mention, I just love throwing on a pair of flats or boots, jeans, t-shirt and scarf and feeling cute with no effort. Outfits that generate that type of success are usually a must, although at a minimum sometimes. 

Here's a few pieces that will help anyone transition into the fall season...

Fall Fashion

Vero Moda button front shirt, $36 / H&M top, $62 / H&M skinny fit jeans, $31 / Joie navy blue flat shoes / The Leather Satchel Co. brown satchel / Forever 21 ring / J.Crew tortoise glasses

[1.] Sweater Cardigan. Nice and warm, in fall tone can be thrown over a T-shirt and you feel fab. I am going to live in these this fall because they don't have to close and my belly won't allow for it anyways ;)
[2.] Neutral Blouse. I am all about mid sleeve blouses, these can be worn alone or with a cute cardigan over. It's good to dress in layers due to the ever changing weather here in MN.
[3.] Skinny Denim. Classic staple, I lean toward skinnies because they are easier to tuck into your knee high boots if needed and always look great with a pair of flats.
[4.] Cute but classic sunnies. I tend to go with round frames because of the shape of my head, remember I have a BIG head... I think a more cateye frame would also be a perfect match.
[5.] Satchel. Everyone needs a good over the shoulder bag. Invest if you haven't already, they are so much more friendly to carry than my huge bag (200 lb LV neverfull) and soo much cute to look at. Once the baby is here I'll be sporting a diaper bag, so I'm taking full advantage of the small bag this fall.
[6.] Couldn't say no to the cat ring. No words needed for this cutie.
[7.] Top it all off with a pair of fun flats. Plaids are definitely in this fall, with accessories such as scarves, shoes, and even jackets. Go for it.

Have a good day!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Weekend [r]ecap.. Baby [u]pdate..

Happy Tuesday! 

I hope you had a nice long weekend and enjoyed your Labor Day! It was nice to get an extra day to relax and some time to spend with my family before getting back into the grind. Here's how my weekend panned out:

[1] Me and A snapping photos on the bus to the state fair. 
[2] Blooming onion. Yum. If you love onions, this is the treat for you. 
[3] My Bro & his GF :)
[4] Have you ever had a deep fried Snickers bar? Wasn't too fond of it, but if you love chocolate you might enjoy. 
[5] My mom, my sis, and my nephew - outside of the haunted house. 
[6] The BEST fry stand at the fair. A must have. Do you see that line?
[7] A enjoying his porkchop on a stick. Can't really go wrong here, its sooo good.
[8] Went comparison shopping for TVs this weekend. We are in the market for a new one, any suggestions on TVs? I am thinking a Smart TV, LED or LCD 47"- 55" is what we are looking for. 
[9] Finished off the weekend with a visit to Famous Dave's with the family to celebrate the announcement of our baby's sex!

Which reminds me... 

I am so excited to meet her, I cannot wait. I think about her at all times, and wonder what she will look like everyday :) So any of you who thought it would be a girl, go ahead pat yourselves on the back. You really got this baby thing down! ;)

Hope you have a great day!
Sami's Shenanigans