Our Summer Plans

One of the best parts about long holiday weekends is that they’re always followed by a short work week! On the other hand, that can mean packing five days of work into four days, but let’s stick with the optimistic outlook, shall we?

Now that summer is (un)officially here, I thought I’d share our plans for the season. Usually, summer is my favorite time of year because of all of our beach trips, family vacations, and weekends in Martha’s Vineyard. This year I’m excited for other reasons, but we’re still hoping to sneak in a trip or two…. Although that’s still TBD at the moment. Our tentative plans include mostly baby-related things.

Before I get into it though, I’d love to hear what you want to see for summer content! Obviously my outfit posts will start back up as soon as I can wear regular clothes again, but let me know if you want summer recipes, decor inspiration, wellness advice, beauty tips, or anything else. I’m starting to really plan ahead so your feedback now is important.

PS tomorrow I’m sharing my favorite go-to weeknight summer dinner!


Baby Shower. My sister and two friends are throwing me a baby shower in a few weeks. Anel and I decided that we wanted it to be co-ed and our only rule is no games allowed… unless they’re drinking games. We want it to be a big fun party with all of our friends and family, without smearing chocolate on diapers or guessing how big I am around the stomach (literally my worst nightmare).

Baby Moon. We had a trip to Bermuda planned for May, but after too much air travel and lots of feeling terrible from it, we decided to cancel it and book something a little closer to home. We’re excited to head to Newport (where we got married) for a weekend at Gurney’s new property in our favorite summer beach town.

Planning Ahead. I’m going to really start hunkering down and planning ahead for blog posts and any other work that needs to get done so that I can be as un-stressed as possible come July.


4th of July. Every year, we go to Rhode Island for the 4th with my family. My aunt throws a huge party at her house on a lake, and it’s one of my favorite holidays of the entire year. We’re really hoping to go, but are going to make a last minute decision based on how I’m feeling. If I don’t go, I’ll have serious FOMO so I’m crossing my fingers that we’re able to make it.

My Birthday. My birthday is on the 9th, just a week before our due date. Not that turning 32 is all that exciting, but I want to celebrate with something small, maybe a BBQ or lobster rolls in our backyard for close friends.

Having a Baby. Oh just casually planning on having a baby. Date, TBD. I suppose she could come in June or August considering she’s due on July 18th, but we’re hoping for a date on or around then.

House Guest. After the baby comes, my mom is moving in with us for a month to help out with whatever we need. I’m so beyond grateful for this, and am excited to have her around and have her help.


Martha’s Vineyard. It’s probably an aggressive goal, but we’re hoping to make it out to Martha’s Vineyard at the end of August, even if just for a few days. We would have my family there to help out with the baby, and could spend most of the time relaxing. However, we have no idea how we’ll be feeling at that point so this plan is also TBD.

Pink Blush Maternity Dress / Mark & Graham Clutch c/o / Lisi Lerch Earrings c/o

32 weeks pregnant

Photos by Stephanie Elliott Photography.


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  1. Brittany Olander said:

    your floral dress is so pretty- and you and babe look so pretty in it! that’s awesome that you will have your mom to help for a month!

    xo, brittany
    mama swimsuit picks on my blog today!

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    • We’re so lucky. She’s amazing to have offered it!

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  2. Dana Mannarino said:

    This dress looks STUNNING on you! Loved hearing about your exciting summer plans!

    Pink Champagne Problems

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  3. jennie lopez said:

    I hope you make it to Martha’s Vineyard. We took my son to the Outer Banks (my summer happy place) at 8 weeks, and it didn’t feel doable, but I’m so glad we did. It’s hard, but it’s worth it. Looking back, I wish we had just powered through the hard and gone more (that’s so easy to say now that I’m out of the newborn fog, though).

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    • I hope we do too! So happy to hear you say that because so many people keep telling us not to.

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  4. You look gorgeous and I love this pretty pattern! Sounds like an exciting summer, and even though it will be different, it will definitely be one to remember.


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  5. Leighzies said:

    So with you on the baby shower games. Went to my friend’s a few months ago thrown by her mother and MIL and they had the gross diaper game. Only the older women were the ones who seemed into it at all. But it was co-ed, which was nice.

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    • OMG I can’t with the diaper game haha. So gross!

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  6. Jenn said:

    Regarding Martha’s Vineyard, remember the smaller the baby the easier for travel! I have two older kids but I wish we would have taken advantage of how portable they are when they are small! Yes, you will be exhausted. Yes, you won’t have your body back. Yes, you will feel overwhelmed and stressed. But if you focus on the fact that the baby can sleep anywhere (we brought a bouncy seat on a car trip instead of hauling the pack-and-play), the baby eats in a lap (breast or bottle) and isn’t old enough to need toys, you will realize when they are crawling how much easier it is when they are little! Yes, you will bring half your house, but trust me, when they are out of the newborn stage, you will need 99% of your house to go anywhere. Enjoy!!

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    • Good point! I’m just so worried about sleeping situations and all that but I guess I need to just chill out 🙂 Thank you so much for that advice!!!

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  7. Jill said:

    As you get closer to your due date, would love to read more posts about your birth plan (if you’re comfortable sharing), hospital bag, any and all baby prep! Also any baby registry must-haves (maybe after the baby is born, you can do an update on what you used most and what to skip). Basically, more pregnancy content, please!

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    • Yes! Will share all of those for sure. My hospital bag post will be up next week. Yay!

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  8. Christine said:

    I’d love to see posts on all the baby topics Jill mentioned! I’d also love to see recipes and beauty tips. I can’t speak from direct experience, but my sis and BIL took my niece on 5 flights before her first bday because they live so far from family. She’s almost 3 now and they say it was easiest to travel when she was very young. They did have the benefit of family organizing a lot of the large items they needed like pack n plays so they didn’t have to travel with them.

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  9. Mimi said:

    I really love reading your blog. You are so transparent. Thank You for sharing the pre-baby experience. Looking forward to seeing pictures of the baby shower! (Love the new hair cut btw). Continue to ramp up the self care :o)

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  10. Morgan Roberts said:

    Hi Julia! I hope you make it to Martha’s Vineyard because I’d really love a guide to MV this year. I couldn’t see one on your past posts and that would be so much fun! I would also love some summer wellness tips!

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