My Monthly Recap – Feb 2020

It’s time for another monthly recap. Take a peek at previous recaps here


While January seemed to last forever, February absolutely flew by! We had a lot going on in February, so maybe that’s why it flew by…who knows! All I know is I’m really looking forward to March and the warmer weather that’s on the horizon. This month we went on a lot of walks with Avett, brunched with friends, celebrated the fact that we’re having a boy & relaxed as a family!


We finished our dining room… finally! That project was a labor of love and we are so happy that we get to enjoy meals in that room every day! We don’t have any other projects that we are working on as of right now, but we will come spring! We are re-doing our screened in porch and will be starting to work on the nursery in about a month or so! In the mean time we have been working to purge and organize EVERYTHING. I have been going room by room and decluttering and getting rid of anything we aren’t using anymore and it feels so dining room inspiration


This month everything started feeling very real! We had our anatomy scan mid-month and everything checked out with our little one, which was the biggest blessing! We had our families over for our gender reveal and everyone is so excited to be welcoming a baby boy to our family this summer! We have started buying clothing (omg it’s all so tiny & cute!!!), have begun working on our registry & have started gathering ideas for his nursery. A few other exciting things happened this month… I felt baby boy move around for the first time and I think I have officially “popped!” I still can’t get over those sweet little movements that I feel and the fact that when I look down there is a bump there!

Monica + Andy baby clothing
Monica + Andy baby clothing

books I read this month

February was a great month of reading for me! It’s not often that I *love* almost every book that I read in a month, but that’s the kind of month I had! If you’re looking for a few books to read this month I suggest In Five Years, The Other Mrs. or A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder!a good girl's guide to murder

what I purchased

I haven’t been shopping too much lately because I’m in a weird in-between phase of pregnancy where some of my clothes aren’t fitting well (looking at you, jeans!) but maternity clothes are still too big! I did order a few things that I ended up loving though.

a pintuck midi dress | I love the print and the Pintuck details of this dress. I went up to a size 2 to accommodate my bump. I couldn’t *not* get this dress for spring!
a LBD that is maternity | I think this dress will be a staple come spring & summer!
a classic striped top | I can’t wait to wear this with shorts & white jeans this spring.
black maternity leggings | y’all these are giving me LIFE lately ha! They are so comfortable!

favorite blog posts I wrote this month

Travel with me to Aruba | shared the best places to eat & things to do in Aruba. I’m already wanting to go back!
First Trimester Q&A | Answered all kinds of questions & went into detail about the first trimester of pregnancy.
Gender Reveal… we’re having a BOY | The news is out… we’re welcoming a baby boy to our family!

favorite posts I read this month

How to monetize a blog | Ever been curious how bloggers make money?! Jess gives a glimpse into how we do it!
What to pack in your hospital bag | Now that I’m pregnant I have been taking note of what everyone is packing in their hospital bag!
Amazon favorites | I always love seeing what people are buying from Amazon! I always end up adding items to my list!

current favorites on repeat

  • beauty: My lips have been so dry this winter, so I have been reaching for my tried & true lip balm 24/7!
  • clothing: I have been loving this lightweight cardigan! I can wear it over workout gear or with jeans!
  • tv shows: I got sucked into The Bachelor this season (idk why, it’s a snooze fest!) but I can’t look away now! What do y’all think is going to happen?! We are also watching Schitt’s Creek… I don’t want this show to end!
  • podcast: I recently started listening to Down the Hill & I’m really liking it. Right now I’m all caught up but looking forward to the next episode. I will have an updated podcast post up soon!
  • audiobook: I had a few friends suggest Open Book by Jessica Simpson, so I downloaded it. I am surprised at how much I enjoyed it – she was so open and authentic in this book and I appreciated her honesty!
  • reading: I just started Dead to Her but I’m not sure if I’m liking it just yet. I’ll be sure to report back in my March book reviews!

Leave a Reply


  1. Mica wrote:

    How exciting you’re having a boy, congratulations! 🙂 I have two little boys, they are the best! 🙂

    Hope that your week is going well 🙂

    Posted 3.5.20 Reply
  2. Annie wrote:

    Congratulations on finding out you’re having a boy, that’s so exciting! So happy for you and your family, I hope you’re feeling well and taking it easy as much as possible. Can’t wait to read more about your growing family!

    Posted 3.5.20 Reply
  3. Rachel wrote:

    Such an amazing month! I can’t wait to see your nursery ideas and plans come to life. I also need to pick up In Five Years ASAP!


    Posted 3.5.20 Reply
  4. Lizzie wrote:

    It sounds like you had an amazing and memorable month! I’ve been thinking about getting Jessica Simpson’s book – glad to hear you like it!


    Posted 3.5.20 Reply
  5. Stephanie wrote:

    Please please do a style post with that midi dress! I absolutely adore it and I’d love to see how you wear it. It’s gorgeous! Love this monthly recap. I so enjoy reading what you’ve been up to – even though I’ve already read all the blog posts you linked here 🙂

    Posted 3.5.20 Reply
  6. Great round up! I keep saying I need to make time to read more but maybe audiobooks and podcasts are the way to go! xoxo, Sarah

    Posted 3.6.20 Reply
  7. Caitlin wrote:

    Congrats again about your little boy! I love the blue outfits!

    Posted 3.6.20 Reply
  8. Oh I have been dying to read Jessica’s book. Thrilled to hear you are enjoying it! Definitely need to scoop that up!

    xo Laura Leigh

    Posted 3.6.20 Reply
  9. Hillary wrote:

    What a great month y’all had!! I bet buying all of the little guy’s clothes has been so fun!!

    Posted 3.6.20 Reply
  10. darleen wrote:

    Boys are the best! So excited for you and love that the babymoon is already starting! Your dining room is gorgeous!

    Posted 3.9.20 Reply
  11. nancy wrote:

    I’m checking out those post you read this month. Especially the Amazon favorites. I love doing my shopping on Amazon.

    Posted 3.9.20 Reply
  12. Azanique wrote:

    I loved your dinning room reveal and of course, baby boy announcement <3 So excited for this season of life for you 🙂

    Posted 3.10.20 Reply

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