simply love : July 2015
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a french press morning {volume six}

{the neighborhood theater- so many awesome memories here! --directly across the street}
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hi! hope your week is going well… i can't complain. summer is pretty blissful for me {i know my husband loves 'summer nelle'} although 'back to school' stresses me out pretty much more than anything {august is the one month i loathe more than may.} and knowing i am having a baby in five months is a little stressful - however, i absolutely love being off and i dream about welcoming a hopefully healthy baby boy this winter-- all the time. i am truly so grateful for the chance to have several weeks off every summer-- even if it makes the beginning and end of the school year super crazy. speaking of stress, yoga & cafe shops have a way of calming me; leaving me so, so relaxed. what about you? what makes you feel relaxed more than anything? so for our coffee tour this month, i decided to venture to noda to spend an afternoon/evening at smelly cat coffeehouse {how amazing is the name?!}.  i saw while sitting there that that day, july 30, is actually lisa kudrow's birthday… oh, the irony! happy birthday, phoebe buffay!
 today begins the sixth stop on our simply grey coffee tour. as always i am joining the lovely emily at ember grey for a tour of our favorite cafes and coffee shops. please join us on the last friday of each month. our next one will take place on friday, august 28. we would love for you to link-up and share where you decided to spend some quality time with a cup of joe either while traveling or in your city. in case you missed, french press morning {volume one} {volume two} {volume three} {volume four} and {volume five}
smelly cat was wonderful! i left less stressed than when i entered :) i always love the eclectic vibe in the space, while sipping on a coconut latte {with a delicious slice of zucchini bread!} plus, everyone is so friendly! a huge factor for me i am all about some friendliness!
yea drink coffee- be cool- join us! 
{the link-up will be open until wednesday, august 12- we would love to see where you explored!}
here are some photos from my relaxing visit to smelly cat yesterday:
 loved this fun cat bike rack 
 a fun outdoor area- however, it was 97 degrees with 93% humidity…
so i snapped a few photos and headed straight inside! 
 they have tons of options- including refreshing smoothies! 
 my spot in the house - adore the old doors and coziness of the space 
 smelly cat?
the ceiling has strings of market lights- be still my heart. 
the color of this piece- is perfect. mint green is such a happy color for me
and as i am typing this… i see my mint green tote {below} from target! ha 
 thinking about starting this book? i wanted to in may and never got to it… probably because at that point, i usually wasn't awake after 7pm/the sun was usually still out when i crawled into bed. haha
{first trimester struggles!!}
have you read it? 
do you recommend?
 loved seeing this salvaged beauty flyer- especially after just discovering this gem and blogging about it!
 simply love visiting this cafe!
{and i apologize for all the 'irony comments' … i think it comes with being an english teacher!}

again, we would love to have you! emily and i hope to compile a list by city of all the coffee shops you all find so if you want to find a cool spot to enjoy a cup of joe, you can find some recommendations! let me know if you have any questions!! 

have a great weekend
any fun plans? 
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oh baby | sixteen weeks

how far along?   | 16 weeks 

due date: january 14, 2016


baby's size | baby is the size of an avocado |  4.6 inches and 3.5 ounces 


gender | a sweet little boy! 


feeling | fifteen weeks wasn't the best for me  unfortunately, i had terrible nausea last thursday and friday  along with painful headaches throughout the week! hoping this upcoming week is much better! 


maternity clothes | not quite yet! starting to look around what are your favorite shops for cute/reasonable pieces? i follow some cute shops on instagram but would love to hear from you!


workouts | hoping to decide on a yoga studio this week for pre-natal {charlotte locals- any favorites? i have gone to yoga one for over six years but am trying to find a more reasonable studio $ - even though i love it!! yoga is so important to me and i need to start going soon!} and walking around uptown with mr. monaco a lot this week!  

sleep | this was def. my worst week for sleeping… it will be 2am or later before i fall asleep. hopefully i can figure this out before 'back to school' … however, i heard it gets worse? maybe time for a pregnancy pillow?! 

cravings | none this week! 

movement | sunday evening {july 26} i felt little flutters {like small muscle spasms in my stomach} it was so awesome!!! i have read that it will be much more noticeable soon!  when did you feel your baby for the first time? 

fun facts | he's listening to our voices, thanks to tiny bones forming in his ears, he's growing hair, lashes, and eyebrows, and is forming taste buds {hoping he gets them straight from his parents because we LOVE almost everything!!} 

miss anything | red wine this week! 

but… these favorite pins made up for my lack of vino: 

this hat- perfect for a winter baby!! {this baby boy is the cutest/i love this blog, rylee blake}

everything about this outfit by osh kosh! {so many memories from the past, right?}
 i love this look for winter and vintage rompers for summer
these precious sky blue shoes

best moment of the week | spending the day with mr. monaco sunday … i mentioned it yesterday on my post about salvaged beauty but we spent the day out and talked a lot about baby/went to some thrift stores/started to register! it was fun <3 i also loved chatting during book club tuesday evening {until almost 11pm} about this special journey with two girls in my group {due 12.12 and 1.8} love them both and really enjoyed our chat! 
looking forward to | my energy is starting to come back!!! excited for more- hopefully soon!

next appointment | august 20 for an ultrasound! 

*i loved this post by chelsea at the girl who loved to write about what you need to know about the first trimester! all so true. we are both due the same day/i love following fellow bloggers during this special time. so much great advice and lots of inspiring posts!


lastly, tomorrow is another stop on our #simplygreycoffee tour! join ember grey and i {love her} for another link-up! go visit a cafe/coffee shop today, snap some photos, and share with us! the link-up with be available for about a week after tomorrow- so you time! we would love to see where you love to grab a cup of joe and will be creating a list of coffee spots around the u.s that our readers love! let me know if you have any questions...
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salvaged beauty {noda}

last sunday after weeks and weeks of travels, events, and other commitments, mr. monaco and i decided to spend the day together. we did what my parents refer to as 'taking a drive' .... and we went around charlotte and explored.  after a yummy breakfast sandwich and latte at the sunflour bakery in elizabeth {our old neighborhood} we went thrifting, started to register for baby boy, and had dinner out. we found some new and super cute places in noda {the arts district area} of charlotte. one of these places is called salvaged beauty... it was love at first sight for me. and it's connected to a new brewery- even better. here are a few photos i snapped with my iphone as we walked around the space. if you are in the area/live here, i recommend going. such a cool vibe and lots of great pieces. for more info, go check out their facebook page, salvaged beauty, noda
they are very generous and told me that all my readers can receive a 10% off when visiting- so nice.
ask for the "vintagesimplylove" discount when purchasing! 
{*this post isn't sponsored - i just loved their shop so much and wanted to share!}
 i loved all of the feminine pieces in this room- so beautiful! 
who had this toy!?! 
my sister and i played hours and hours of 'store' on this same cash register
<3 vintage aprons 
i feel like i spent a lot of my childhood on roller skates!
anyone else?! 
we would set up our imaginary places in our basement on skates and spent lots of time outside on them as well... these brought back memories with my old neighborhood gals! 
there were three bookcases full of vintage fisher price items - oh, the memories! 
do any of these stand out to you as childhood favorites?
...
are you a thrifter/vintage lover, too?

hope your week is going well

check in tomorrow for a new bump update - week sixteen!
have a great day!
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a grateful heart: telling our village

they say it takes a village
to educate, build character, avoid dangers, develop morals 
to raise a child. 

baby boy monaco~
you have one incredible village.

here are some photos from may 2015
showing how we told our special loved ones! 
i created a basket for my sister and bought these beautiful flowers at whole foods 

mr. monaco's family: 
we found out on may 5 - five days before mother's day 
his parents/sister's family live in charlotte
we were hosting that day and decided to tell everyone-- on such a special day
may 10, 2015- mother's day 
i met melody at the sip & shop at 7th street market on thursday, april 30
she was so friendly and sweet
i loved the idea behind her beautiful nest necklaces at melody joy designs
{representing a mother's love}
and thought, when we are expecting, i want to get our moms one of these! 
you can add eggs at any point - so fun, right?
five eggs for my mother-in-law and one for my mom
less than a week later... we were expecting!!! 
i contacted her right away and although mother's day is her most busy time of the year...  she was aMaZinG and ended up driving to charlotte from south carolina to deliver our special gift! 
i can't thank get enough.  
her work is beautiful and her personality extraordinary 
here is her facebook page for updates and more info: melody joy designs
we put the necklace in a beach bag (she loves the beach) with some fresh tulips
this box was her mom's/mr. monaco's nana's 
she gave it to me on my 30th birthday with one of her mom's beautiful bracelets
i love it so much- and decided to wrap the necklace in that box 


my sister:
my sister and her husband had plans to visit over memorial day 
and i wanted to tell her in person {the wait was hard- along with my parents}
they were all glad we told them in person though/didn't mind that we waited
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this is her first time becoming an aunt 
so i wanted to make it special! 
her reaction was absolutely priceless! 
she saw the mug first 
and got teary-eyed and said, 'are you serious...' in the sweetest way 
before going crazy
absolutely loved her excitement... it lasted for hours, days, months. haha 
the back of the mug says, 'jess' in cursive
i bought the wine labels, mug, and egg on etsy
the rest is from world market!
my sister and i loved watching them make/almost always bought salt water taffy at the beach
 so i added some blue/pink! 

 my parents: 
i put these little mint converse shoes, a knitted hat {for winter} and this little note in the above box
this was my most favorite reaction 
they both cried, hugged each other and then hugged us
and they are both glowing with excitement.
i gave my mom the necklace with a single pearl in the nest
and my dad got cuff links that said
dad 1983 {i am their first born} & grandpa 2016 

 my brother: 
uncle al also got a mug! 
he surprised us and rang the door bell about 5 minutes after my sister and bassey showed up
{i thought i was going to have to tell him over FaceTime the next weekend when i told my parents}
so him showing up was SO special!!! 
i got to tell my sister and brother together. 
a moment that i will certainly never forget. 

close friends: 
we gave our friends a bottle of wine with this label {from etsy}
 i hated that i couldn't tell my close friends from home in person
but shared our announcement photos with them 
and their reactions were AWESOME. {love them- so much}
blocks are from anthroplogie 
...
thank you all already for all of the love! 
...hope you enjoyed our announcements...
in case you missed: how i told mr. monaco
 ...
 how did you tell family and friends?

where i shopped: 
wine labels: ten twelve designs
cuff links: estylo cufflinks
hat & sign: peony blossoms
uncle mug: hellolovehello

  ...what is your heart grateful for this week...
Grateful Heart w/ Ember Grey

hope your weekend was awesome!
xo
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