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10 Things I Love Sunday

Happy Sunday, friends! I recently got some maternity portraits done, this is one of them (I did like 4-5 different looks, ha!). I don’t plan to share a ton of them online EXCEPT I was thinking I’d share a big collage of my favorites or something like that in an upcoming newsletter. If you aren’t signed up for our newsletter, and you like more personal updates in addition to the type of content we share on the blog, you should make sure you are signed up. We don’t send tons of emails and you can unsubscribe anytime. But, that’s where Elsie and I tend to share more personal things, like I’ll probably share some of my first baby photos of my son in our newsletter as it just feels a little more personal to me than the blog or social media. 🙂

As my due date, June 4, is rapidly approaching (or it feels that way) I have been making some plans of what to do during my two-month maternity leave. I am sure I’ll have my hands mostly full already. Ha. But I just like having little things to do, small plans that break up the days. If I don’t get to it, oh well. But I am anticipating some postpartum depression (I had some in the second trimester as well) and for my personality, having plans (even tiny activities) helps a lot. A few things I’m thinking on for that:

I got this stroller (and a bunch of accessories, like a cup holder, ha). I love walks in my neighborhood—it’s truly a charming place to live with a coffee shop just a five-minute walk away. It may take some time before I feel like even going on a short walk, but we’ll see. I like that it’s an option.

Also bought The Home Edit Workbook after Elsie recommended it to me. I like the idea of cleaning/organizing something small (like one bathroom drawer) on days I feel like accomplishing something. Small wins sound nice to me, or if I’m too sleep deprived I can just use the workbook later. Either way! Ha.

I decided to get a little inflatable pool and an umbrella for our backyard. I may use it with my son later in the summer, or just by myself (when Trey or my mom is watching our son). I think there is a little part of me that is scared I’m going to miss all the summer activities this year, which of course is fine. But making a little backyard pool area sounds like something to do that won’t cost much and doesn’t take much effort or any traveling away from the house.

I think I linked these in a previous post, but here is my star dress and the star crown I’m wearing in this photo.

Did you know that Stacey Abrams writes suspenseful romance novels in addition to her amazing political career?! I bought this one and I can’t wait to read. (She writes them under the pen name Selena Montgomery).

Recently bought this jacket while it was on major sale (it still is!) and I’ve been wearing it almost every day since it arrived. I love a denim jacket generally, but I especially love the cut of this one, so flattering.

I don’t know how to read tarot cards, but I still had to buy this pack because they are TOO beautiful (designed by Mackenzie Moore). Actually, I bought two because I have a friend who does know how to read them, so I thought they would make a cute gift.

Everyone asks me if I have pregnancy cravings, and tbh I haven’t really. BUT if there was something it would probably be waffles, as I make those for myself waaaaay more than I used to. I am thinking about buying this mini honeycomb waffle iron because it’s just too cute and I love the color.

Hope you have a great weekend! xo. Emma

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Photo: Janae Hardy (edited with ACS and Pink Papaya). Makeup: Emily Edgar.

Author / Contributor: Emma Chapman

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