Saturday, July 23, 2016

A "ready to pop" baby boy shower

I'm excited to share a glimpse at the "ready to pop" shower my colleagues threw as a surprise for me and my baby boy shortly before my due date. They know I have a weakness for popcorn, especially all of the specialty varieties at Patty's Popcorn in Hyde Park, so they felt the "ready to pop" theme was perfect. Plus, I'd been feeling like I was ready to pop at that time.

My colleagues took great care in selecting the refreshments for our afternoon celebration. We enjoyed:
  • multiple flavors of gourmet "pop"corn 
  • cake "pops" (and cupcakes)
  • "pop"eroni and cheese 
  • blue "pop"tail cocktails (and mocktails for this mama)

They were so sweet to go all out and we loved all of the new goodies for our sweet boy

Are you planning a baby shower for new parents or a "sprinkle" for a seasoned mama? I've compiled my favorite ideas and thought starters here. Enjoy!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Baby boy update

(Finally hitting publish on this post I started months ago.)

Our baby boy arrived in March and life has been a whirlwind ever since. This boy has stolen our heart (and also all of our time), so please excuse me while I continue to take a bit more time off. I'm still mastering the art of mommyhood. 

In the meantime, I thought I would share some photos our of precious boy. Meredith from Lifelong Memories Photography captured these moments for us the week after our son was born. 

I cannot get enough of his little toes in the photo below!

Our boy is full of so many expressions and this photo was snapped just at the right moment, catching the start of a yawn.

I plan to periodically check in with a post here and there, but will not be holding myself to my previous once-a-week schedule. I promise I have plenty of baby shower photos to share though! Lots of inspiration. My family, friends and colleagues were so good at spoiling baby P with thoughtful themes and the most precious goodies.

In the meantime, let's stay in touch through social. You can reach me most often through Facebook (Simply Sarah Style) and Instagram (@simplysarahstyleblog).

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Entering nesting mode

Dear blogging friends and avid readers,

As we approach the due date for our first child, I've decided to take a little blogcation. I would like to take the remaining two months before our new baby boy arrives to spend quality time with this handsome guy and prepare our house and the nursery.

While my pregnancy has been a smooth ride, I honestly feel like a slacker. I'm typically a planner in all aspects of my life, but with this baby, I've ironically been so laid back. I haven't done a ton, except go to my doctor's appointments, read my BabyCenter emails and ponder name options.

That's why I feel it's now time to shift focus from other personal priorities (like blogging) to getting ready for our next adventure, so the next two months will be all about preparing for Baby P.

Not having to worry about developing and photographing new content for the blog will be a relief. I'll still periodically post to social media, so you can follow along with updates and inspiration, particularly on Facebook and Instagram.

I thank you for following along for the last five and half years and hope you'll bear with me as a take a little time off. I do promise to share Baby P's southern gentleman-themed nursery when it's complete.

Happy 2016, my friends. May it be filled with joy and many personal victories!

(Photos by our dear friend, Steve from Brookside Photography)

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A look back on 2015

It's definitely been a memorable full of many professional and personal milestones. I thank each and every one of you for sitting down with Simply Sarah Style to catch up on inspiration and life happenings. So here's the list...the most popular posts of 2015:


Our gender reveal party


A Betsy Ross American flag-themed bridal shower


A quick and easy yard sale makeover with Krylon


How I stumbled upon $40 chairs at Ballard Designs


The Wedding Series: Part III

Access more of the wedding series: Part I, Part II, Part IV, Part IV and Part VI.


This "My Kentucky Tee" can be your Kentucky tee 


My 12 days of Christmas Home Tour


Holiday gift giving with Hallmark Gold Crown


One dresser: 3 different ways (Another Bargains & Buyouts score)

I'm excited to share that this Dwell Studio dresser will be making an appearance in Baby P.'s nursery

("What I didn't show you in my last Bargains & Buyouts post" and "Another reason to love Bargains & Buyouts" were also popular.)


Breakfast entertaining made easy with Yoplait Plenti

Thank you for your continued support of Simply Sarah Style. Here's to 2016!