Summer Sequins

Hey peeps, these are some pictures from my lovely birthday celebrations that happened last week after our day of cleaning!
We picked up Wolfgang from Beckett’s mom’s house and went out to eat at PF Chang’s because Chinese food is my ultimate pregnancy craving right now.
It was really fun to get to chill out and shop around afterwords too except for when the girls in the Victoria’s Secret (Fountains at Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove) were rude and not helpful. That kinda put a damper on the evening for a moment, but we didn’t let it spoil our fun for long!
We found the cutest thing for Wolfgang at a shop there…keep scrolling to see what it was!!!!
This William Sonoma Apron kit from Pottery Barn Kids, now sold out, but similar is linked!
My dress is from when I was pregnant with Little Boy, but I found a few similar maternity options as well as a few options that are for you regular girls- haha! I’ll link all of them below!

Maternity sequin dresses:

[click the photos for the links!]


Asos $88



Women’s sequin dresses:


Left: Romwe sequin sweater shirt dress $12
Right: Walmart sequin sleeve dress $15
Sunglasses: BP Women’s $14 @Nordstrom
Sandals: Tory Burch Sandals–this is my color, but here’s another TB pair I adore… you’ll see why when you look at them!
Military Jacket: Levi’s from Nordstrom! a really nice, relaxed look!
Bag: mine is a vintage coach bag so I can’t find the exact, but here’s a similar version AND another by Dooney and Bourke that is ostrich and soooooo gorgeous!!!!

Beckett and I cleaned a lot on my b-day, but I also spent time painting because I needed to get some paintings out so we stopped for a quick photoshoot on our way out the door! These embryos are now at their home in Colorado! It makes me happy to know my art is going into homes in other states and that it will make the families happy who will look at the paintings for years to come!

My handsome dinner dates!

Wolfie playing outside of the shopping area after dinner.


Thanks for reading tonight! Please let me know if the links don’t work or if you have any questions about clothing or artwork!

Art Lately…

Hello friends,
I keep saying this, but I have always loved babies. I don’t know if it’s innate in me or because of being the built in babysitter since I was the oldest daughter out of 7 kids, but I love babies.
Awhile back my sis-in-law broke the joyful news to us that they are expecting! We are so overjoyed for them as we watch them become parents because theirs has been a long journey! It’s not my story to tell, but I will say that seeing bits and pieces of their IVF process opened my eyes a lot to issues of infertility and the grief inevitably associated with it.
I don’t want to pretend that I understand what couples facing infertility face, but I do see it better now than before and the knowledge makes me want to help every mama who is struggling to get pregnant or celebrating a pregnancy to find an extra spark in the journey. So I have a soft spot for these embryo paintings.
That’s why the focus of my work took a turn toward the unborn and newborns and I cannot believe that I’ve been blessed to paint so many beautiful babies/embryos since doing the first one for my sis- & bro-in-law!
Below are a few ultrasounds, embryos, and other nursery art I’ve had the honor of painting since doing my first painting for my sis-in-law! Thanks, sis, for the shoutout that got all of this started!
Oh, and yes, I threw a few other paintings I’ve been working through in the mix too in case you’re wondering…

If you would like your own painting, email me at and I’ll show you my pricing and options! Otherwise, I do have some work on my ever-evolving Etsy page, linked here.
I have recently started using a range of metallic materials that will bring the price down if you’re looking to save some money, but you’ll also have the incredible option of having 24k gold leaf or pure silver leaf too!
Let me know if you’re interested!

bumpdate and why I didn't shop the NSale

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Hello friends! It’s only Tuesday, but but feels like the weekend should be here soon already. These pictures were from my birthday on Saturday. I kept things casual during the day because my birthday request was that we clean our house 😛
Sunday started with a horrible migraine and bad back pain, which just got worse during church so I had to sit the entire time and I always feel awkward about that. Thank God for Beckett being such a good, fun dad who was 100% willing to step in and play with Wolfgang all day.
Again, the migraine was there Monday morning so I spent the morning in bed, but needed to send out a couple of paintings so I got up at noon to shower & get ready so I could run some errands and go to the post office.
After getting out of the shower, I slipped and fell right on my behind.
I ended up calling my Dr. to see what she thought I should do and she wanted me to come in and see her. After seeing the doctor and having her record some “agitation” in my uterus, she sent us to the hospital where I kept having pretty severe pain in my lower abdomen/uterus. They kept me overnight to check on the baby. I really wanted to go home, but was glad that they were cautious and wanted to check the baby.
They let us go home this morning around 7:30 and just want me to call if I have that severe horrible pain again (it felt like a really bad contraction or menstrual cramp, but extra painful).
I guess the Dr. was worried that the placenta was separating from the wall of the uterus. After an ultrasound and all-night heart rate monitoring of the baby, they think everything is ok. Baby and I now are supposed to keep resting for awhile.
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Like I said, we cleaned on my birthday, but we also made it to Nordstrom to check out the infamous Nsale and that was when I snagged these Tory Burch sandals (above) as a birthday gift from my honey to me! In all of the #nsale madness, the sandals were not on sale. So why did I do that?

Top 3 reasons I didn’t shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale:

  1. We don’t need another credit card right now. We like the points we earn with our current card and I had a few different cards before, but I just didn’t use them often enough to want to keep monitoring them.
  2. There are so many cute fall items on sale right now, but being due in the fall, I don’t want to buy anything until I know what size I’ll be come October.
  3. I’ve always REALLY wanted a pair of these sandals so instead of buying other shoes just cause they were on sale, I asked Beckett for these because would have still wanted these As a side note, if you’re pregnant and/or have vein problems on your feet, these sandals are great for you too because the logo covers the veins! haha

At the bottom of this post, I’ll link some clothing pieces I would have gotten if I weren’t pregnant… YOU CAN SHOP THE SALE WITHOUT THE CARD STARTING ON FRIDAY, JULY 20!
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Mr. photographer always likes to show me poses he wants me to do so I finally grabbed the camera and took his picture. lol.
I need to do a blog post of his funny pictures some day!beckett smelling the flowerws
Here’s my rendition.silly smelling the flowers

tory burch sandals and roses with rose colored filter See! The logo covers up the vericose veins on my feet.

My favorite items in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale:

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b4083da170b889e1fba554b652b7989c_best.jpgMarc Fisher Wedges $99 6ffc32d7aefabaf858ab9658290570d1_best.jpgTory Burch Benton Flat $164 571469f77074e7500a0970afaf59b65e_best.jpgVince Camuto $159 c743a914decbea3643e7762367ea114c_best.jpgLouise Et Cie Cela $84 228eaa949bc1e6a09f791baa36d31bca_best.jpgCole Haan $120 (not at Nordstrom, but still a huge sale!!!! 900fed057fa45bec230ff9de335152e2_best.jpgRebecca Minkoff $149 c5fefbb9bea93ebf6c31c05b31fbe124_best.jpgCathy’s concepts Monogram bag $42
81d13bdb38830867d9a6f170fc6bfdab_best.jpgQuay Australia Sunnies $35 f3ade92aeceb7771e6b7a2104434746c_best.jpgRebecca Minkoff $31 11023b72c74a60a3bb1601d426d94f8a_best.jpgBP baker boy hat $18 02d4b21a52199ccb6c6bf2523918554f_best.jpgMelinda Maria $60 3fc38d6e02fcb0b2764244ac7585850a_best.jpgMadewell Jeans $84 a2d8043160cf99c88c0f4dde032da01c_best.jpgMadewell Jeans $69 6cb8c95242b93139fe9061c7760b3f45_best.jpgArticles of Society $40

So those are the best deals that I don’t think will last that I found when looking in store… I hope you find something that speaks to you or that you need!

Getting Your Summertime Water Wish May Make You Broke

Belly partly made by pizza, sitting on a pizza 😅

It’s a hot day, but with our above ground pool we can cool off. Our wallets cannot. Awhile back, temps got up into the 90s and we desperately wanted a pool. Kellie and I did some research online and, in the end, decided on the Coleman above ground pool from Walmart. We saw it was in stock at our local store! It was chaos when we got there.
Walmart was busier than a kid in a toy store (and it didn’t help that Walmart has toys). It seemed that everyone else had the same idea and when we got to the water section, almost all of the pools and water toys were gone. I asked for help trying to find our Coleman, but it was hard to find help. I eventually got help from a guy who didn’t seem like he wanted to help. Finally, he noticed something odd about the space between the other Coleman pools and went back into the stockroom. He said he found it and then informed us he hates pools. 🙂
The easy set up was easy -NOT! Since it was so hot, the metal burned in our hand. The tarp that goes under it wouldn’t stay in one place and after finally putting the hose in it to fill up, the wind took the whole pool two feet away from where we wanted it. It was a fun time looking back at it now.
We read the reviews online and all of them stated that it needs a better pump to circulate the water. Ours worked fine and it kept our pool blue. I am no expert at taking care of pools and after a few weeks, I noticed that the bottom was becoming slippery and so were the sides. I wasn’t sure, it could have been, in part, the lack of chemicals I put in, but something needed to improve.
The pool was running efficiently and it only cost us $383. Great right? Well, you also need chemicals like chlorine and PH balance. You’ll need a ladder and a water cleaner scooper if it’s not included (ours came with these two things)! The scooper was nice to get the bugs and leaves that had ventured into the pool, but I still wanted it to be cleaner so I ended up buying a new pump for $153.99. I also noticed there were a lot of dead bugs and leaves on the surface so I had to buy a skimmer ($21.99). The water was also unbearably cold making any base singer a soprano, so I bought a solar heater ($139.99). I also noticed, after buying a pool water test kit that our alkalinity level was through the roof, so I had to buy acid ($40). This acid is so powerful that 2.5 bags of it equal actual liquid acid. Ouch!
The new pump and the new solar heater came yesterday, so I spent the whole day figuring out how to disconnect the hoses and not making water gush out of the pool. I did not succeed and had to put the garden hose back in to fill it more! Oh, also I said goodbye to Kellie and told her not to remarry when I’m gone because the pump had a giant warning label on it saying that if I ran it and the valves were not open, it would blow up. No pressure, right? This was not just any filter pump, but a sand filter pump, which is a lot better to clean the pool. At least that’s good. Except sand did not come with it, so I had to drive to the pool store immediately and buy #20 silica sand, whatever that means.
I connected the heater to the new pump and I could not believe the difference in the flow rate of the water. It was fantastic! A few bubbles emerged from the output hose, so I checked the heater manual and that is not supposed to happen after two minutes. Apparently, the pressure is so good that I now have to buy a bypass kit to make the water go through a separate hose in order to slow the water down in the solar heater. I bought the bypass kit today as well as different hoses and different attachment converters because I have no idea what I’m doing and I don’t want to be safe and order one part only to realize that I also need that other part that I could have ordered at the same time.
Wolfie and I made a trip to Target to buy some diaper wipes for him, but ended up with a shopping cart full of pool toys. We got a giant pizza floaty and a duck floaty and two water guns and a wakeboard with The Incredibles characters on it. I even picked up a new life jacket floaty for Wolfie. We were super excited, but boy is this becoming expensive!
In the end, my $383 pool is now about $1,000 thanks to the pump, solar heater, chemicals, sand, and pool toys. What started out as a good idea turned into more of a headache and it hurt our budget.
We had family over today and everyone swam in the pool, so it was well worth it and I felt proud that I was able to figure out how to make it all happen. With it being able to warm up now (as long as the parts I ordered do the trick), Wolfie will also have a better time in it since it won’t be so cold.
I don’t want to discourage you from making your watery summer dreams come true, but make sure you plan ahead and count for all things that COULD go wrong. And double your budget, just in case. Thinking of finally taking that road trip? It could make you empty your bank account because the car needed a new axel or you got robbed (happened to our family when I was a kid), or you decided that you were on vacation and could splurge a bit. Wherever your summer brings you, be careful, plan ahead, and think of our pool fiasco next time it’s 98 degrees outside and you have a brilliant idea.
Yours truly,
Daddy Witzke (AKA The Classy Artist’s instagram husband)