Prior to having my daughter, I planned on exclusively pumping. To me, breastfeeding was something I didn’t want to do. Having my nipples touched really grosses me out, so I thought it would be a complete no for me. I ended up nursing the majority of the time and pumping the rest. Throughout my pumping journey, I have found pumping in public or around people when they visit to be very awkward for me, and pumping in the car to be near impossible. I searched and searched for something to help and I found the Freemie Cups.
Hi friends!!! Since we are at the start of June (and almost the official start of summer!), I compiled a list of free planner stickers that are perfect for the summertime. PLUS, there is a fun giveaway down at the bottom.
Hi guys! Today, we are going to get a little down and dirty with my feelings about my body while being pregnant. Before getting this bun in my oven, I always read about women and how much they LOVED their baby bump. In fact, Cardi B has said before she misses her pregnant body. I had envisioned myself looking forward to taking weekly bump pictures, showing up my ever changing belly, and constantly looking in the mirror and being happy about my new body. But, for me, that wasn’t the case at all.
Hello, hello friends!!! I can’t believe it’s May 1st. This year is already flying by which makes me sooo nervous! Life is already so short and I am not loving these quick months and days.
BUT, in honor of the first of the month, it is budget time! This year, Jake and I have bought a home and are bringing home a baby (any day now), so budgeting is very important to us. We want to make sure we have plenty of money for our monthly bills, our daughter, and savings/investments. For a couple of months now, I have been designing and using my own monthly budget stickers to track our expenses and transactions. I wish I had started this sooner! It would be great to start looking at your costs and bills as soon as possible to develop a good relationship with money.
To get you guys started, I have teamed up with some bloggers to give you guys a $100 Amazon gift card and a $50 Erin Condren gift card! To enter to win, check out the bottom of this post.
Hello, hello friends!!! If you follow me on Instagram, you might already know what has been going on with Baby R. Last Tuesday, I was admitted to Labor & Delivery for pre-term labor. Our baby still wasn’t developed enough to be born, so our doctors did so much to stop contractions and a delivery. This may have some TMI info, so this is your warning.
Hi friends! Last weekend we had the baby shower honoring our sweet Baby R. It was such a beautiful shower that my mom put together so well with the help of my nana and best friend, Kylie. When it came to having a baby shower, I truly didn’t want one. I feel like so many people have them to get gifts and not to actually celebrate their unborn baby. My mom really wanted me to have one for little girl, so I went with it. It ended up being a lovely, intimate shower which is exactly what I agreed to. I am happy I went through with having the shower! Read on to get some baby shower inspiration!
Hello friends!!! Today I am bringing you a burp rag tutorial. While shopping for Baby R, I have realized how incredibly expensive baby items are simply because they are for babies. I found an adorable pack of burp rags – they had cute animals on them and were so soft. But, for a pack of 4, they were $14. Fourteen dollars!!! After seeing that, I was inspired to make my own burp rags. I was able to pay 11 for only $6!!! Here is how:
Happy Tuesday, friends!!! Tomorrow I am 30 weeks pregnant. Holy freaking cow (ok, that’s how I feel, but whatever!). I feel like I have been pregnant forever. But, over the past week or so, I finally developed my bump. I think Baby R finally hit a growth spurt and now, BOOM. The bump is there. Finding clothes to fit my ever growing up can be hard, so I found some easy pregnancy outfits for all of us mamas-to-be to wear and feel beautiful!
For my 30 week update, I have a lot to say. Two weeks ago, I found out I have pneumonia and an ear infection. While pregnant, you can hardly take any medication, so it took me a little longer than I would have like to feel better. I lost 5 pounds while I was sick but have gained 3 of those back. Little girl is constantly kicking me in the ribs! I can tell she has grown a ton. I also am swelling like crazy, anxious to meet her, and nervous about being a first time parent.
Hi friends! I hope ya’ll have been doing well. Things have been a little crazy around here lately. Almost a month ago, we moved into our new home. It took a few days, but we finally got moved in and settled – it feels like home! After we were settled in, we had an unexpected trip to the ER for baby girl.
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I cannot believe we are getting into the home stretch of my pregnancy! I will be hitting the third trimester soon and before I know it (or so I’m told!), having my sweet girl. I am so thankful to have so many great friends in my life that have had little ones. They have helped to prepare me with what I actually need as a new mom. Some of them have even pointed out some items I would have never imagined I would need, so of course I had to share them with you!
QUICK! What is one item you can’t live without that you think people overlook?!
Who knew that you can’t use SO many products while pregnant? I definitely didn’t. With the constant changing hormones that come along with growing a baby, your skin can act CRAZY. For me, I had a ton of breakouts along my chin, cheeks, and jawline. My skin became super dry and patchy – and not just on my face, but on my body. I ended up having an allergic reaction of some sort and my arms, neck, and face broke out into a red, patchy rash that itched like crazy. We still don’t know what it was to, but my doc said it could have been as simple as my bodies hormones were out of whack and I touched something my body didn’t like. My rash just went away yesterday (January 7th) and it started December 12th.
To start off each morning, I wash my face with my favorite cleanser. I have been using it for years because it was the only product I found that didn’t break my face out and was cruelty free. First Aid Beauty’s Face Cleanser is my go to. I always use it on my Clarisonic once a day. I like this cleanser because it feels creamy on the skin – not slick or silicone like. It also doesn’t have a scent, that I notice, which is a must for me during my pregnancy. Some smells make me vomit immediately.
After my face is cleansed, I pat dry and use my Pixi Glow Tonic toner on a cotton swab. I just run it over my face to make sure every bit of dirt is off of my face. After that, I mix together my First Aid Beauty Ultra Intense Hydration Cream and Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum. The moisturizer is my favorite of ALL TIME. It is so creamy and keeps my skin feeling soft and moisturized without getting oily.
When it came to my rash, I tried everything. The doctor prescribed a cream for it and it didn’t help at all. I was using the FAB Ultra Intense Hydration Cream on my face and I noticed my rash was getting less and less patchy. I started using it all over the rest of my rash and the rash started to mimic the face healing. Now, it is basically gone! There are just a few little spots but I don’t think those are going to change. I am a huge supporter of First Aid Beauty because their products aren’t tested on animals and are great for sensitive skin. My favorite brand!
My nighttime routine is pretty similar to my morning routine but a lot more relaxing. I start off by removing my makeup with coconut oil. Then, I use my First Aid Beauty’s Face Cleanser to wash off all of the impurities from the day and use the Pixi Glow Tonic toner, again. This is where things start to change!
I then use my Rose Quartz Facial Roller. Facial rollers are a little new to the skincare world. If you haven’t heard about them, I highly recommend checking out The Organic Esthetician’s blog post on them. She talks about how to use a roller and the benefits. I essentially use mine and roll upwards on my declate, neck, and face. I use the smaller end for under my eyes and my crows feet (yes, I just shuddered while typing those words).
After I am done rolling, I apply a very thick layer of my FAB Ultra Intense Hydration Cream and let that soak in. I also apply this on my lips because they have been so incredibly dry recently. When that cream has had its moment to shine, I move on to my serums. I mix together the Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intense Hydration Serum and Drunk Elephant Glycolic Night Serum. I am still on the hunt for a cruelty free eye cream I love. So far, no luck! Let me know if you have any to recommend.
If I am feeling extra, I will put the face massaging brush on my Clarisonic when applying my serums. It makes me feel so luxurious.
This pregnancy I have been trying different stretch mark creams. For my first trimester, I used the Palmer’s Stretch Mark Cream and loved it. I noticed throughout this second trimester I have been more dry than usual. I was having to apply my stretch mark cream so many times throughout the day. I started using 100% shea butter instead. It keeps my skin nice and moisturized ALL day. I hate the smell, to be honest, but I noticed some stretch marks this past month. I think it was due to my skin not constantly being oiled. I have noticed such a difference since switching!
That’s it for my skin routine! As far as I know, it is safe during pregnancy but always check with your doctor. Let me know your favorite pregnancy safe skincare products below <3
Having a baby is pricey AF. Lucky for some of us, we have a FSA or HSA plan that helps to pay for some necessities for baby and momma! So far, Jake and I have picked up the Owlet sock with our FSA card, but I was interested in what else was covered. Here is a list of what I found that is actually helpful. I linked one of each item through the FSA store and one through Amazon. My card allows me to buy items that are covered anywhere, but I wanted to link the FSA store in case you have troubles purchasing on Amazon.