Faking Pregnancy Radiance

If you’re one of the lucky women to benefit from the 50% extra blood flow that actually enhances your pregnant body, giving you that beautiful ‘glow’ you always hear about, I am extremely jealous of you. Also, congrats! Each week, I keep waiting for my pale skin that continues to get sprinkled with breakouts to perk up and start giving me that gorgeous, luminous, dewy radiance that I’ve seen and read about in so many other women.

Unfortunately, at 37 weeks, the combination of continued nausea and vomiting throughout each trimester, insomnia, and debilitating pelvic girdle pain and sciatica has only further dulled my pallor. Even though I constantly feel like I’ve been hit by a train, I still love being pregnant and don’t want to: A. scare people with my sallow appearance and B. miss out on that classic womanly glowing sensation.

Coffee Table Styling Tips & Tricks

The first things that catch your eye when you enter any family or living room are the sofa and coffee table. Instead of letting your table collect coffee mug rings and food crumbs for standing in as your dining room table, it’s time to spice things up and learn how to master coffee table styling.

Let your style shine through when designing your coffee table just like any other part of your house. Do not think of it as the place to stash your multitude of remote controls; think of it as the heart and soul of your room, styling it with your personal flair and purpose.

If you need a place to store the odds and ends that you and your family use frequently that end up looking like a huge cluttered mess, opt for a wicker basket or small trunk with a lid tucked under your table that you can quickly stash away when guests come!

 

Hi, it’s me, Lindsay,

bringing you It’s Simply Lindsay as a source of inspiration and information from what I know best. From cleaning and designing your home, keeping your marriage fun, and having a happy pregnancy to the importance of social etiquette, hosting a fabulous party, and frugal fashion finds, I hope to connect with and inspire you in some way.

Those who are close to me often say “That’s so Lindsay” when it comes to fashion and design. To my best friend (my sister) and my mom who perfectly match even their shades of blacks, which match their designer shoes, which flawlessly matches their planned accessories for an impeccably coordinated look, the Lindsay-factor of mixing a leopard print scarf with a plaid shirt scares them. Or how I love mixing colors and prints for pops of interest in my house. But to me, these are the things that make me smile. I appreciate polished sophistication as well as playful whimsy.

I am extremely close with my family and just started one of my own with my husband, Justin. My sweet little Ginny, named after my grandma and great grandma, has already taught me how far a person’s heart is capable of being filled more than you could ever imagine.

I love manners, kindness, getting dolled up, lounging in comfy sweats, forgiveness, breakfast foods, cleaning, and learning. I have never had a brain freeze, have travelled to four continents, lived in Hawaii, Paris, and London for a month, and am an English teacher. I have an obsession with decorative pillows, candles, tinted chap sticks and believe the lost art of handwritten notes needs to be revived.

So that’s me- it’s simply,

Lindsay

 

The Value of Pregnancy Date Nights

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with staying home with your husband in your jammies on the weekend, renting a movie, and cooking dinner. You’re pregnant, after all, and possibly trying to save money, feeling unattractive, tired, or like you have nothing to wear- also, if you’re anything like I am, you’ve been sick and in pain every trimester. Then what’s the point of going out when you so enjoy staying in? Read on to see the value of pregnancy date nights.

As a first-time mom, I already see that once you have your baby, the luxury of out of the house date nights are few and far between. You’ll be so wrapped up in your little bundle of joy (or wanting to go to sleep by 7), that leaving the house at all will be a chore in itself. So take advantage of this wonderful chapter in your life and embrace it, make the best of it, and make an effort to bond with your husband. Take time to get ready and dress up during this spit-up-free time in your life!

Not Your Grandma’s Florals

What do you think of when you hear decorating with florals? Outdated, mauve and maroon cabbage rose wallpaper? Nauseating flowered prints in a bed and breakfast that makes you dizzy? Chartreuse and mustard daisies a la the 60’s? Let’s face it, when you hear florals, you think “grandma.” (Disclaimer: my gram has excellent taste and decorates with florals beautifully. It’s just an expression.)

You can burst into spring anytime of the year by incorporating floral design in your interiors in a fun, beautiful, modern way. Learn how to easily freshen up your interiors this spring with florals that will give a new connotation to this often misunderstood pattern. Choosing florals can be overwhelming.  With infinite colors, sizes, and saturation, it can be challenging to figure out how to add this pattern into your existing design scheme. Use these simple rules to add radiance and cheer to your home.

Important Everyday Safety Tips

When I was young, my mom really hit the whole ‘stranger danger’ thing really hard, so much so that I’m still scared of being kidnapped and play various dangerous scenarios in my head to come up with plans of action. Totally normal, right? I remember actually role playing stranger danger situations with my mom and sister, and I always knew never to answer the door if my mom wasn’t home. My mom would go over all different situations we could be in, and maybe this is the reason I’m still somewhat paranoid, but I’m so thankful to have this extra little suspicious edge.

When my parents were first married, my mom fought off an attacker who attempted to assault her during the day in their home. The attacker, posing as a flower delivery man, had a gun and bag full of supplies, including duct tape. My mom’s ability to think, act, fight, and flee without thinking probably saved her life. Her bravery and mental strength made me question how I would instinctively act in a dangerous situation.

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