Friday, February 22, 2019

Disney Pregnancy Style: Polynesian Resort Maternity Photo Shoot + Lilly Pulitzer

Hey friends! Happy Friday! I've been waiting to share the AMAZING photos my girl Alexis too during my maternity photo shoot (which she oh-so-graciously offered as a baby shower gift). She's a friend first, a fellow mommy, a sunshiny happy soul, and a gifted photographer. She does all kinds of lifestyle photos at really affordable options, and you should absolutely reach out to her when you're visiting Walt Disney World to capture your memories. Just a few ideas that come to mind, that I think would be so fun to have documented in pictures...

Sisters/Girls Getaway
Bachelor/Bachelorette Weekend
Family Trip/Reunion
Maternity/Birth Announcement
Accomplishments- after a Disney Race, Promotion, Engagement, etc
Mommy + Me
And more!

Find her on Instagram here: AlexisMann_
Find her website here: Alexis Mann Photo
Find her Facebook page here: Alexis Mann Photo

My dress is this one from Lilly Pulitzer. I bought one size up from my pre-pregnancy sizing, so I'm excited that I'll able to wear it after baby too! It's machine washable (!!) and confession: I did spill Dole Whip on it but that's the beauty of Lilly- it hides the stains (which is the reason Lilly created her colorful shifts in the first place- to hide the citrus juice stains she would get when squeezing fresh-pressed juice at her stand in Palm Beach back in the 60's)!

Oh! And I have to say this. As much as I put myself/my life and family in front of the camera for Instagram or other things, I am 100% NOT comfortable modeling and posing for glamour shots. Alexis did such an amazing job of making me feel beautiful, comfortable, and at ease. She went with the flow and was flexible, but also gave direction when needed and knows her stuff! This was my first time taking professional photos, and she really set the standard for me. So grateful!

Sunglasses: Lilly Pulitzer
Sandals: Tory Burch 

These last few pictures are from my Baby Shower/Sprinkle hosted by the hostess with the mostest (and also my neighbor!) Daniella (@lularoedmarie_vip on Instagram). She and my mom tribe did such an amazing job making us feel so special. I am beyond blessed. Oh, and Daniella has literally thousands of LuLaRoe pieces in stock at her house- if you're a fan of the line, definitely reach out to her! She's got the goods.

(And how cute are these little socks?!?)

Thanks for reading! 
Xoxo, Ashley 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

UPDATE: Disney Trips + Pregnancy Style

Guys! Hi! I've been wanting to write a post for so long now but couldn't really pin down what I wanted to write about, so figured I'd just dump whatever photos or thoughts came to mind here and at least get something out in the blogosphere. Blogging is in a weird place right now, agree? I feel like most content now lives on Instagram, specifically IG Stories (at least that's where I find myself sharing and looking at my favorite bloggers, instead of actually going to blogs anymore.) The times, they are a-changin'.

Let's get started, shall we?

We'll start back in January at Disney's Hollywood Studios where we went to catch the last few days of holiday merriment and sweet treats. This is the chocolate hazelnut cone from Backlot Express and yes it was as delicious as it looks. We also hung with the lovely Christine (@hkitizzle on social media).

On to the Magic Kingdom. You know it's 'Florida cold' when we bust out the North Face fleece and Uggs (college habits die hard, amIrite??). Thomas, Angie and I watched the Christmas parade which runs during the day after all of the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parties have finished for the season (until then, it only runs the nights of the parties). Angie bought this hat first and I copied her because I thought it was going to go the way of the Mickey Pumpkin hat which I had in my hot little hand but didn't buy, and then couldn't find ANYWHERE after! So I had major FOMO and bought the Christmas version, even though there were tons of them on the shelves all the way through the holiday season. Still searching for that Pumpkin hat if anyone comes across one.

Here's Will enjoying a pool day at the Polynesian resort the beginning of January because Florida winters are the best.

BOOM! How about a pregnancy belly shot, and a Spaceship Earth Selfie all in one. Our tees are from TeePublic and designed by my friends Ryan and Josh (@honorary_android and @thesteele, respectively). My jeans are Paige under the belly maternity jeans and honestly, I've worn them almost every day of my pregnancy. No lie, no shame. They're awesome. You're told to buy your pre-pregnancy size, and because they are under the belly and have belt loops, I'm hopeful I'll be able to wear them postpartum, too. Worth every stinking penny. I bought a ton of over the belly Jessica Simpson jeans my first pregnancy and hated them- I was constantly hiking them up. The belt loops on this Paige pair is a game changer- no more droopy crotch jeans! Rejoice!

Perk #2958 to living by WDW- bringing home desserts from the Norway pavilion in Epcot to eat while watching TV at night after putting the kid to bed. This is the viking chocolate mousse cake and the beloved school bread.

My sweetie holding lots of plush sweeties.

Ah! I was so excited to see this! The CM in front of the Haunted Mansion was holding an invisible dog- remember when they used to sell these at a small kiosk outside of the Haunted Mansion?? Talk about a throwback.

Only the best Disney snack (besides the giant pickles). Citrus Swirl will always have my heart, as will this Walt/Train Magic Band that Uncle Thomas and Michael gave to Will but I claimed as my own. Sorry not sorry.

The Liberty Belle riverboat is back up and running. It's always an enjoyable journey around the Rivers of America, and gives some glimpses into parts of the park you can't see unless you take a ride. Will loved climbing the stairs and exploring the boat.

Back at Epcot with more obscure Disney nerd t-shirts. Mine is another @honoraryandroid design (Waynes World/World Showcase mashup which is genius) and Will's in from @retrowdw. He wears his Fozzie hat that his uncles Thomas and Michael gave him about as much as I wear my Paige maternity jeans. This was us checking out the first day of the Festival of the Arts, which is probably my favorite Epcot festival (with Flower and Garden being a very close second); Passholders can get a free Figment magnet at MouseGears until the festival ends on Feb. 25.

DHS randomly popped up an Incredibles celebration back in Pixar Place where the original Toy Story attraction used to be located. The whole thing is kind of slapped together and fairly disjoined if you ask me, but it DID bring us the famed Jack Jack's Num Num Cookie from Disney's California Adventure park, so for that alone I'd say WORTH IT! This puppy is huge- literally the size of Will's face- and dense and served warm. Definitely sharable. In fact I think in the best interest of your health, you should share it. Also shareable but not nearly as good is the Key Lime Pie on a stick, which is sold at the same place as the Num Num cookie. I wanted to like this, I really did, and they key lime pie was ok I guess, but the blue coating was just too much and not necessary. Plus this sucker weighs a ton and is too much for any one person to consume- it's very dense and sweet. Oh yeah and there's little Incredible-themed photo ops set up around the area. (Confession- I still haven't seen any of the Incredibles movies. I really don't see many movies, even Disney ones, so you'd be surprised to know how many I actually haven't watched. The classics, yes, but the newer stuff, not so much.)

Ok quick aside here. This is the kid's meal from Woody's Lunchbox back in Toy Story Land. Half a grilled cheese, and you can choose two sides. We went with the tomato soup dipper and tater tots. It's plenty of food and I could happily make a meal out of it. Many times it advantageous to order the kid's menu items, especially because they come with a drink, which really makes the savings add up.

Overindulging at the Plaza Restaurant for breakfast with a friend. The food is decent but it's the castle views over coffee that make this a nice option for breakfast, especially if you can get a reservation for before park opening and enjoy the relatively quiet atmosphere of Main Street.

The train is parked at Main Street Station during Tron construction and makes for a fun experience to chat with the engineers and learn more about these antique beauties. Even if you don't think you're interested in it, I urge you to check them out. You'll walk away with a greater appreciation of them. You can also read here to learn more. This is my particular favorite, the Roger E. Broggie. If you don't know who he is and want to learn more, there are bios of each person that the four different train engines are named after, down in the train station under the tracks. Check it out!

Random pictures:

Reminder of the best rocking chairs in MK and yes, you can sit up there. It stinks that they'll boot you out during the Muppet's Great Moments in History show every hour or so now, but still a great spot to sit and peoplewatch.

Cute Valentines Day and St. Pat's Day themed Mickey plush.

Cute Will in a Fozzie hat holding a Fozzie Muppet Baby plush.

 If you ever want to break out of the Disney Bubble and see a more authentic side of Orlando, take a drive toward Downtown Orlando. Winter Park, College Park, and this area pictured below, Baldwin Park, are all nice spots to spend a day shopping and having lunch. I get my hair done in Baldwin Park by the amazing @ashleyfehthair, and she's gracious enough to cut Will's hair (and does a super job). Will likes to walk out onto the gazebo on the lake and play with the love locks that are strung up.

Christine again! We went to MK to catch the New England Patriot's Super Bowl victory parade and saw quarterback and GOAT Tom Brady and MVP Julian Edalman, then stayed to watch Festival of Fantasy from our primo spot. We then serendipitously ran into some friends and were fortunate enough to have afternoon snacks and drinks in Club 33. Will doesn't know just how good he has it.

Watching Illuminations. It's being replaced with a new nighttime show in September 2019 and Will hasn't seen it in its entirety before, since it's wayyyy past his bedtime. He liked it, and I love this pic of my mom and son gazing up at the fireworks.

Galentine's Day with my beautiful mommy tribe. So blessed to have these women in my life.

We did a maternity photo shoot with my lovely friend Alexis (@alexismann_ on IG). Check out her page Alexis Mann Photography and get in touch with her if you're ever in the Disney/Orlando area! Can't wait to show more pictures after my baby 'sprinkle' this coming Saturday. She did a phenomenal job.

My loves.

Thanks for reading! 

XO, Ashley