STYLE THAT BUMP…..Maternity Chic!

Maternity Chic
Properly Stylish While Pregnant…..Absolutely!
Pregnancy is such an amazing experience. While it is amazing, you don’t always feel so amazing. Can I get an “Amen!!!” from all of the mama’s out there! 🙂 You are certainly not in control of most of the changes going on with your body. What you are in control of is how you Style That Bump!!!
Feeling stylish while pregnant can feel like a lot of work. Most momma’s do not want to splurge on a new maternity wardrobe…..and understand! But there are a few essentials plus accessories that can take you from work to play looking very Maternity Chic!
A great pair of maternity jeans are worth investing in.  You can pair them with jersey tops, then throw over a cardigan (doesn’t have to button up or be maternity wear).   Adding a necklace that makes a statement will dress up a more casual outfit.   A fabulous handbag and a pair of amazing ballet flats will finish your outfit.
Another great investment is a stylish jersey dress that will stretch as your baby grows.   You can dress it up with more glamorous jewels, or wear it around and about with fun accessories.  A cute pair of flat shoes or boots will keep you comfortable and still looking Properly Stylish.
Pregnancy is the time to indulge in pampering yourself! It is amazing how putting on a great ensemble will make you feel!
Put a Little Style in Everything You Do…..Especially While Pregnant!
B. Blessed!
Wendy

Red Herring Maternity maternity
$10 – debenhams.com

Isabella oliver maternity
isabellaoliver.com

Isabella oliver maternity
isabellaoliver.com

Dorothy Perkins maternity
dorothyperkins.com

Maternity Basic Straight-leg Jean
burlingtoncoatfactory.com

Isabella oliver maternity
isabellaoliver.com

Asos maternity
asos.com

Tory burch flat
$340 – harveynichols.com

Michael Kors snakeskin handbag
marissacollections.com

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Breakfast for Dinner….Why, Yes Please!

Breakfast for Dinner is very Stylish!

Who doesn’t love breakfast food….especially when it’s for dinner?  In my home, breakfast for dinner is a great treat! One of our family favorites is pancakes! While I love them, the mommy and wife in me recognizes they are not filled with nutrition. So, I came up with my own pancake recipe and added some healthy ingredients. I should note that I very rarely follow a recipe. My momma taught me to “add a little bit of this and a little bit of that!” Feel free to do the same! 🙂

Cinnamon and Oatmeal Pancakes!

Ingredients you will need:

3/4 cup milk

2 tablespoons white vinegar

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons white sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon sugar

2 tablespoons cinnamon

2 cups old fashioned oats

1 egg

2 tablespoons butter, melted

cooking spray

**You can use a store bought pancake batter if you would like and add cinnamon and oats

Directions

  1. Combine milk with vinegar in a medium bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to “sour”.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, oats, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk egg and butter into “soured” milk. Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and whisk until lumps are gone.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side.

 

Presenting a meal can be done in a very stylish way…..after all, presentation is everything! If you are feeling fancy, prepare those pancakes in fun shapes! For this meal, I made my pancakes in the shape of a heart! Garnish with a strawberry, honey, confectioners sugar and serve! Who doesn’t love fancy pancakes??

Stella and Dave absolutely love them and I hope your family does too!

Put a little Style in Everything You Do….Even in the Kitchen! 🙂

Blessings!

Wendy

Stylish in the Kitchen!

Style definitely has it’s place in the kitchen! Nothing says Love more than a home cooked meal! I happen to think cooking for your family is very stylish!

Cooking is also a great way to get the kids involved. I find if Stella helps me cook our meals, she cleans her plate….which makes me a very happy momma! Cooking with the family is also a great teaching opportunity! They can learn how important food is to our bodies and even grow to love those veggies, fruits, and proteins…..not to mention, it keeps them busy, stimulated and out of trouble.

Please do not judge my messy kitchen….not my most stylish moment! 🙂

Okay! I am going to share one of my family’s favorite meals. So put on your most STYLISH APRON and let’s get to cookin’!

Shrimp and Corn Chowder….YUMMO!

Ingredients:

2 -3 Ears of Fresh Corn

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

(1/2 cup) 1 medium bell pepper, chopped

(1 cup) 1 stalk celery, chopped

(1/3 cup) 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

3 large potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 cups whole or nonfat milk

12 ounces shrimp, cooked peeled and deveined tails removed

**Feel free to add to or take from the ingredients. Maybe you would like more potatoes and shrimp….I say do it!

Directions:

1. Boil your ears of corn until kernels are soft and easy to remove from the cob

2. In a saucepan, heat oil and 1tbsp of butter over medium heat. Saute onion, bell pepper, celery, garlic, and potatoes in oil and butter, stirring frequently, until tender. Add broth, thyme and cayenne. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 10 minutes.

3. Add corn to the mixture in saucepan (Don’t forget to remove the corn from the cob). Heat to boiling, stirring frequently. Using wire whisk, stir flour into milk until smooth; stir into mixture in saucepan. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered about 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender and soup is thickened. Stir in shrimp; cook 1 to 2 minutes or until hot. Then serve it up!

Almost forgot the best part….BACON!!! Fry your bacon until crispy and then add as garnish!


I love this chowder! It’s hardy, yummy, and the shrimp make it a great summer chowder! I hope you and your family enjoy one of our favorite meals!

Put a little STYLE in everything you do…..Even in the kitchen!

B. Blessed!

Wendy

Fighting for Ty…Supporting is VERY STYLISH!

 

Meet Ty…..He is 5 years old and he is fighting for his life!

Ty is a little boy with Hemophilia & a rare autoimmune disease. He is currently in the hospital fighting for his life.
Ty was born with Hemophlia: A rare (& in his case, genetic) disorder that prevents the blood from clotting properly. There is no cure for the disease, however there are treatments available…Between the ages of 2-3 years, he started to develop other symptoms that were not related to hemophilia. Reoccurring fevers, enlarged liver & spleen, low white blood cell count, high liver enzymes, inflamation as well as nodules on the lungs, ect. These ‘flares’ would last anywhere from a week or two, sometimes longer. Ty has been fighting for his life for years….a parent’s worst nightmare! I can not imagine how his amazing mother, Laura has endured while watching her little man suffer!
 He was then tested for anything & everything you could think of, but all blood tests & cultures turned up negative & after about 13 months they were sent to UAB to see a rheumatologist who ended up diagnosing him with an autoimmune disorder called Sarcoidosis. He started treatment for that which consisted of prednisone (steroid) & methatrexate (chemotherapy), & went for almost five months without any flares. When it came time to tapper him off of the steroid, the flares started up again. Super-high fevers, organs enlarged, low blood count, etc. So different medications were added to his treatment for the autoimmine disorder & nothing seemed to be working & further testing has lead them to believe that the diagnoses of Sarcoid wasnt correct & he may have a different type called ALPS (Autoimmune Lymphoproliferative Syndrome). He was started on a new medication for ALPS, but within days of starting this new medication he developed an internal GI bleed (he is more susceptible to bleeding because of the hemophilia) & one of the side effects from the medication IS hemorrhaging…so back to the hospital they went to gain control of the bleeding in his stomach. They immediately discontinued the new medication along with the prednisone (he was recently put back on bc so far, its the only thing he has responded to in reguards to the symptoms from the autoimmune disease), unfortunately because they had to discontinue the steroid, he had another flare up. The GI bleed stopped after about 5 days (with receiving ’round the clock doses of clotting factor) & they were sent back out on the floor from the PICU. However, the symptoms from the autoimmune flare were not getting any better…He had a terrible, ‘dry’ cough and horrible fevers…the situation with his lungs continued to get worse & he got to a point where his level of oxygen was affected & around midnight June 28th, they were moved back to the PICU. Later in the day it was decided by his team of doctors (who are amazing) that the best thing to do at this point would be to intubate him. His little body had been through so much that he wasnt strong enough to heal and recover on his own, but once he was intubated, the vent would be doing all of the work FOR him and that he would be able to gain his strength and have a better chance of fighting off the infection in his lungs along with everything else. Being put on the vent required him to have to be in a medically induced coma/sedated & under a paralytic (so he couldnt move to prevent the possibility of pulling out the tube or any other IVs). They also gave him medicine to control pain as well as something that basically gives him amnesia in hopes that he won’t remember any of it…He stayed like this for about 8 days before they temporarily took him off the paralytic to check his level of sedation and pain management. He did GREAT. Stayed off for a total of 5 hours the first day! They have continued taking him off the paralytic for about 5 days now and each day he seems to get a little stronger and show a little more improvement. He still isnt ‘out of the woods’ by no means & has a long road of recovery ahead of him, but he has come such a long way from where he started!
This image of sweet Ty always makes me cry! I can not imagine watching my child endure what Ty has endured! His mother is amazing! Laura and Ty desperately need our prayers and support! I am conducting a FUNDRAISER for this sweet family. If you would like to participate, please head to http://www.youravon.com/wendywynne, select ONLINE EVENTS and begin SHOPPING FOR A CAUSE! When you check out please put in the promotional code Fightingforty. A percentage of the sales will be given to Laura and Ty for any financial needs they may have. As I am very sure you can imagine, the financial burden that come with having a sick child are exponential!  Let’s help this amazing family!
Supporting others is VERY STYLISH!
Like the Fighting for Ty Facebook page for details of his journey!
Please send up many prayers and support Laura and Ty!!
B. Blessed!
Wendy