A Pregnancy Gift Guide (of sorts)

This post is mainly about y’all helping me!  So far, I haven’t purchased much in the way of maternity clothes or pregnancy related stuff, but I have bought a few things, and I’ve got a few more on my wish list.

Namely, I’ve purchased two pairs of nice maternity jeans.  First, I ordered this pair of pull-on toothpick maternity jeans from J.Crew.  I had a $25 off gift card for my birthday, so between that and the sale (call to order instead of online and they’ll often let you use multiple promo codes!) they weren’t really all that expensive, they’re super comfortable, and with the low rise, are supposed to be great for after baby as well.

I also ordered this pair of AG Jeans on sale from A Pea in the Pod.  They’re REALLY cute on, and have a nude-toned full panel, which I think is nice for wearing under light colored shirts compared to the dark navy or black panels on most full panel maternity jeans I saw.  Of course, as are all designer jeans, they were much too long for me, so I needed a solid 4 or 5 inches chopped off and they’re still at the seamstress’s currently.  But I’m ready for them to get back!

I figure that will last me this entire winter pregnancy as far as jeans go.  I am wearing my  yoga pants an awful lot these days currently, because although my regular jeans still fit, they are really uncomfortable while I’m sitting down, so I decided to go ahead and bite the bullet and get a couple nice pairs of jeans and go ahead and start wearing them now rather than attempt all the sorcery I see on Pinterest trying to make regular jeans last as long as possible (rubber bands through belt loops, tube tops over unbuttoned jeans, etc.).  I’d prefer to be really comfortable in nice jeans that fit and that I feel good in and just wear the hell out of them, compared to many ladies who seem to do everything in their power to avoid graduating to maternity jeans.  Why wait?  They’re are super comfortable already, and I cannot tell a lie:  I’m pretty pumped that I will have stretchy pants to wear for the Holidays.  #perksofpregnant

Other than that, I bought the same top in three different colors at Target, and that’s it.  I did just order this Tart Maternity Essentials Set from Nordstrom this week, and I can’t wait for it to get here!  but apparently they were already out and cancelled my order!!   The reviews are great, it’s supposed to the super soft jersey knit, and these pieces will be really, really functional for work and play and more… so (edit) I’m extremely bummed that it’s sold out.

Tart Maternity Essentials Starter Set at Nordstrom | oysters and pearls

On to Plan B: My next purchase may be a pair of Ingrid & Isabel yoga pants, everyday maternity leggings, as well as their ponte knit pants for work.  I also really like their Midi Maternity Skirt and the Ruched Maternity Tank Dress.  The Ingrid & Isabel brand has insanely awesome reviews on both Nordstrom’s, Amazon, and blog posts, so this is where I’m heading next.

I’ve got a couple of things besides clothes I’d really like to see in my stocking this Christmas that I think any pregnant (or not pregnant!) lady would love, too.  Hint, hint, sweet Wheat!

Swell Sparkling Champagne Bottle - Pregnancy Gift Guide - oysters and pearls

I have been eyeing these Swell bottles for ages, but now that I’m knocked up, I guzzle more water than I ever thought humanly possible.  I would feel significantly more fancy if I was carrying around this Sparkling Champagne Swell bottle!  So pretty… and the 25 ounce size holds an entire bottle of wine while keeping it cold for hours. Water now, wine this summer.

Minnetonka Kayla Slippers

I end up wearing my Minnetonka Women’s Short Pug Boots
around the house as my “slippers” in the winter, and I love them!  But, I melted the sole of one of them by the fire a couple years ago, and I’d like a pair of actual cozy slippers that look a little nicer in case someone stops by… especially since I can’t slip into a cozy glass of red wine these days.  Hence, I’d like a pair of these Minnetonka Moccasins Women’s Kayla Slippers.  They’re not crazy expensive, but they are crazy cozy.

Speaking of cozy..

Can you tell I really just want to be lounging around in cozy things by a fire?  I think these cable knit slipper socks (or something similar) would also be a great gift.

Amoralia Seamless Maternity & Nursing NIghtgown, Pregnancy Gift Guide | oysters and pearls

Something I never thought about before becoming pregnant: you spend a ton of time in your pajamas, and even more when you’re in the hospital and then home with a baby.  Comfort is key, and I like to still look nice, even when lounging at home.  I LOVE this Amoralia Seamless Maternity Nightgown and matching robe at Nordstrom.  I love anything navy, and it sounds really soft and pretty.  The fact that the nightgown is nursing friendly for later on seems like a perk, too.  I also really, really like the pajama gift sets they have at Nordstrom’s.  They even include a little matching PJ for baby!  I love this one in navy and white.


So my question to y’all is: What could you not live without while you were pregnant?  It can be clothing-related or not.  What do I need to buy?  What should I look for?  Favorite preggo leggings or pre-natal vitamins?  Favorite gift to give to someone who is expecting?  I used to try to give gift certificates for a pedicure… and I still think that’s a great gift, too!

Or just leave a comment with a funny craving you had while you were pregnant or something.  I love hearing those!

PS this post wasn’t sponsored by Nordstrom, and I swear I don’t get a single kick back from them.  I just really like shopping there because they’re shipping policies and return policies are wonderful, they have excellent customer service, and a large variety of brands… especially in the maternity department! Basically – it’s all just stuff I like and want!  I’d take anything similar, Santa, if you’re reading.

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls

Egg Salad

So long before I was pregnant (or knew I was pregnant) I was eating a hard boiled egg with a 100 calorie pack of Wholly Guacamole every morning for breakfast.  It’s Whole30 approved, and I’ve read a lot about eating protein very soon after waking helps with weight loss (which I can attest to – I think this trick helped me lose the 30 pounds I lost over the last year or so), plus it’s quick and easy to grab and eat on my way to work, not to mention tasty.

So luckily, even when I didn’t have much of an appetite for a few weeks and couldn’t figure out why (being knocked up throws off your appetite, apparently ;) I was still forcing myself to eat my egg and guac every morning… and I’m so glad!  Eggs are pregnancy super food and all the time super food and we should all eat them more often.  Since Whole30, we’ve been buying at least a dozen organic, free range eggs a week, and I’ve been trying to eat them every which way I can.  Lately, I’ve been craving this particular egg salad I’ve been whipping up!

I know, super stellar food photography here these days. :/

And if you always accidentally get that dreaded green ring around your yolk, click back to how I boil perfectly cooked eggs, every time.

Anyway, here’s my jam:

Favorite Egg Salad Ever


  • 3 Perfectly Hard Boiled Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Wickles Relish
  • 1 dill pickle, chopped (or more if you’re feeling super pregnant like me)
  • 1 teaspoon mustard (yellow, dijon, deli, honey, spicy, whatever blows your skirt up)
  • 2 tablespoons Duke’s Mayo
  • 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste


Place all ingredients in a bowl, including the whole hard boiled eggs.  Using a fork, mash the hard boiled eggs into the rest of the ingredients and then stir until mixed.  Eat with a fork, serve on top of a salad, or on white bread slice in quarters… the world is your oyster!

In other news, the bedroom we are turning into our nursery was painted yesterday… I am so excited to share the nursery in progress at some point in the near future!

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls

World’s Easiest Pumpkin Bread Recipe

 I have made the world’s easiest pumpkin bread too many times to share since I’ve been pregnant, but that does include making 3 loaves of it for the Maiden South grand (re)opening.  I can’t claim this recipe as original, as I first saw it on Carolina Charm, although I have had to improvise it a bit due to the small town charm of grocery stores that don’t carry everything big city grocery stores do.

If you can find it, you’ll need a box of Duncan Hines Spice Cake Mix… but if you live in a small town like me and can’t, you’ll need a box of DH Classic Yellow Cake Mix (or any cake mix, really) and 1.5 Tablespoons of Pumpkin Pie Spice.  Plus either 2 cups of homegrown Seminole Pumpkins OR one can of plain, pure pumpkin.

World’s Easiest Pumpkin Bread Recipe


  • 1 box Duncan Hines Classic Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1.5 Tablespoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 2 cups Seminole Pumpkin (or 1 can plain, pure pumpkin)


Using a large bowl and a hand mixer, mix the dry ingredients (spices and cake mix) until thoroughly mix, then mix in the pumpkin until all dry ingredients are fully incorporated into the pumpkin and it makes a thick batter.

Spray a dark, non-stick 8 inch bread pan with non-stick cooking spray and spoon the batter into the pan.  Cook according to box directions (mine was 350, but ended up cooking it for 40 minutes) until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.  Let cool (but maybe not all the way!), sprinkle with powdered sugar, and slice, serving warm with our without butter.  I highly recommend serving it with butter.

It’s super easy to have the ingredients for this on hand and it’s quick to whip up to take to holiday gatherings or to a friend’s house or for whatever else you need a quick, warm, fresh dessert.  From this pregnant lady to you: you’re welcome.

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls