05/26/2017

FriYAY Week 14

Happy almost Memorial Day weekend! Who here has big plans for the holiday? I am excited, because we don’t have much of anything planned. After a busy last couple of weekends I am looking forward to just resting and taking things slow.

It’s been a couple weeks since I last shared a Friday Favorites post, so I thought I would jump back on the bandwagon today. Here’s what I’ve been loving lately:

Pink Blush Maternity

Pink Blush Maternity

I posted this picture from a wedding on Saturday and I had a lot of questions about where I purchased the dress. It is actually from Pink Blush Maternity and I had bought it for my Maternity Pictures with Jack. I was excited to get another chance to wear it since I only wore it once for that photo session. It is super comfortable and light, and the lace at the neckline gives it just enough to make it fancy enough for a wedding. When I wrote this post I started thinking about what other events I have coming up and am trying to decide whether to purchase a new dress for my Sprinkle in June or not. Maternity shopping is hard for me because I know I won’t get many wears out of a more formal / special occasion dress. Decisions, decisions!

Everything I Know About Essential Oils

EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS

Do you want to know what I know about Essential Oils? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. I know that oils can be really great for your health, but I sometimes have to limit my ‘hobbies’ because I have too many as it is! I would absolutely love to learn more about Essential Oils, which ones to use and when to use them. I have high hopes of having a beautiful diffuser carrying relaxing scents throughout my new home. The problem? I don’t even know where to start! I liked this post a lot from Liz over at Sequins and Stripes. She gives a nice overview of what she uses, why and when. Learning more about EOs is definitely on my to-do list!

Watermelon Mint Lemonade

Watermelon Mint Lemonade

One of my guilty pleasures when I’m pregnant is lemonade. I don’t love it when I’m not expecting, but I know with both Jack and this baby I have been all about it! I found my new go-to summer drink: Watermelon Mint Lemonade made with Diet Lemonade from Chick-fil-a. Oh my goodness was this delicious! I highly recommend that you treat yourself to one of these as soon as possible!

Diaper Backpacks

Greenwich Simply Chic Diaper Backpack

I’ve started thinking about what items I’ll need for baby girl, and I ran across this post from Lauren Conrad. I still have this diaper bag that I use all the time with Jack. It’s in great condition, I’ve been really impressed with Skip Hop’s quality, and I’m wondering whether or not I want to add a second option to the mix. This chic diaper bag backpack is so cute and would be a great option to have in my closet. I can’t decide if I like the Dusty Rose or Caramel color though. Any thoughts? The other idea I am leaning toward is an insert like this one so that I can turn any bag into a diaper bag and then have it after baby as well. I really think this backpack from Madewell could make for a great diaper bag with the insert! I am partial to the backpack style right now because I feel like with two babies, I’ll absolutely need two hands!

Beautycounter Updates

Beautycounter

Update #1:

I shared a post about contouring using Beautycounter products in this Facebook post and this Instagram post. Typically my day-to-day makeup routine is pretty natural, but other times I like to glam-it-up a bit for special occasions, like I did last Saturday for a wedding. The biggest difference here is that I used a contouring method to add a little extra dimension to my face shape that is a little more rounded. My favorite Beautycounter products for contouring?

1) Start with Tint Skin and apply all over the face.
2) Apply Concealer Pen in Fair under the eyes and above cheeks, down the center of nose, in the center of forehead, and in the dimple below your lips and above your chin. Blend with fingers.
3) Apply the Matte Bronzer along hairline, down the hollows of your cheeks, and along the jawline.
4) Apply Blush Duo in Flamingo/Apricot to cheeks and up the cheek bones.
5) Blend well and finish with Mattifying Powder!

Update #2:

If you’ve even once considered the Beautycounter Consultant Opportunity and what that could mean for you and your family, I would like to invite you to watch the recorded #AskBeautycounter video that took place live on Wednesday.

During the video, our CEO Gregg talks about the amazing, innovative products to be launched in the near future, even more about the mission, and she talks in depth about our incredible growth. (Beautycounter is actually on pace to grow more this year than any before, and we annually grow by three figure percentages, which is huge!)

My favorite takeaway though? The Beautycounter Opportunity is actually the very best product that we offer! Want to learn more about the business opportunity? Click here.

Update #3:

Memorial Day weekend deal alert! From now through Monday at midnight, receive your choice of a free full-size Nourishing Eye Cream, Nourishing Day Cream, or Body Butter with any purchase of $150 or more. Ready to get shopping? Click here.

Memorial Day Beautycounter Sale

Have a wonderful long holiday weekend!

05/19/2017

Mother’s Day Weekend 2017

This past weekend my little family loaded up the car and we headed toward Indianapolis to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend.

Mother's Day Weekend 2017

We had been wanting to visit the Indianapolis Zoo for awhile now and figured since we took Jack to the Cincinnati Zoo for my first Mother’s Day, we would continue the zoo tradition this year as well. Thankfully too the weather was absolutely gorgeous! This was such a blessing, especially since last year we got poured on at the zoo. Believe me that running through the crowds in the rain with an eight month old was quite adventurous – and hilarious once we finally made it to the safety of our own car!

Mother's Day Weekend 2017

Although it was a beautiful day, the zoo really wasn’t as crowded as we expected it to be. We were able to see all the animals pretty easily and the walking paths weren’t super tight and full. I thought there were maybe more animals to see at the Cincinnati Zoo, but the Indianapolis Zoo definitely felt more spread out with extra space.

Mother's Day Weekend 2017

Mother's Day Weekend 2017

Mother's Day Weekend 2017

Along with the zoo trip, we also went out to eat at a few yummy restaurants, stayed in the same Marriott hotel we had a few years back on the way to this wedding, and my boys gifted me with a gift certificate to my favorite spa ever that I can’t wait to put to good use!

I also had a humbling moment Sunday morning before brunch. While we waited for our table to open, Tim took Jack to run around a bit while I got to sit and rest. (A welcomed departure when you have a 1 1/2 year old!) As I watched Jack play, I started thinking to myself about both how much harder and more wonderful motherhood is than I ever expected. I’m not sure if it’s my pregnancy hormones or just feeling extra sensitive on Mother’s Day, but by the time we were seated I crying out of nowhere.

Tears are a good thing in my opinion because they let our emotions out and I always feel better after a good cry. I remember while growing up, my grandma would always encourage me to have a good cry and to let it flow. Especially during those adolescent years! I am so thankful to have been given that safe space, love and permission to not need to hide my feelings. Unfortunately though, Sunday’s said tears came in the middle of a delicious brunch and I couldn’t stop! My poor husband just looked at me across the table and held my hand while tears rolled down my cheeks – on Mother’s Day – at brunch! The poor guy was probably praying that no one noticed his wife in tears on her special day.

I think for me, being a mother is the biggest attack on my perfectionist ways that I could possibly imagine. I am a control freak by nature, have been my whole life, and it really is hard for me to accept when plans change or expectations don’t match reality or when I don’t live up to the impossible standards I set. I truly believe though that God is using motherhood to work within me and through me. Although the journey is not always comfortable, I know it’s necessary for me to change my ways and my heart.

So often on social media and here on the blog I share the beautiful, picture-perfect moments, but there are also a lot of messier moments behind the scenes. I don’t often share those because a) I am extremely protective of my son and my family and b) some things I like to keep private between just us. I am sure you all understand. We are certainly not perfect and our kids are certainly don’t behave perfectly, but they are perfect in our own eyes and in God’s. Their pure joy, sweet souls, and loving  hearts is the greatest Mother’s Day gift any mother could ask for.

Mother's Day Weekend 2017

So if you have been having a hard day, or a hard week or year, please know that you are a good mother. We are gifted new days to redeem ourselves and to find forgiveness in our mistakes. I hope today you will give yourself grace, find humor in the not-so-perfect moments, and accept that where you are right now is exactly where you are meant to be.

Oh, and I just re-read this post I wrote to Jack last year on Mother’s Day. Cue all the waterworks. Jack Timothy – YOU made me a mom.

05/16/2017

Pregnancy #2: Weeks 19-23

To read about weeks 4-7 of Pregnancy #2, click here.

To read about weeks 8-12 of Pregnancy #2, click here.

To read about weeks 13-18 of Pregnancy #2, click here.

Pregnancy Week 21

Weeks 19-24 brought with it a lot of exciting news for our family! As I shared in this post, we found out at our 20 week appointment (which took place close to the 21 week mark) that we are having a girl. It still doesn’t feel real even when I write the news out. I know everyone always says all they want is a healthy baby, but that is truly exactly how I felt! I am so in love with my baby boy that I figured two boys would only bring double the fun, joy and humor. With Jack I said from the very early days of pregnancy that I thought he was a boy, but this time I really didn’t have that gut feeling either way.

When we found out we were having a girl, I literally had tears start unexpectedly streaming down my cheeks. I really wasn’t expecting her to say that we were having a daughter, but the realness and surprise of the announcement caught me off guard. I now feel like I have 101 things to do, when before I felt pretty ready! Thankfully too everything looked perfect and healthy with both baby’s and mommy’s health, so it’s hard to ask much more than that. She weighed in roughly 13 oz. and her heart rate was 144. Our next step is to get our scheduled c-section on the books, and to pick a name!!

How have I been feeling? During these weeks I felt much more energized and more like myself. However, I have to admit that after I found out I was having a girl I went through a small period of feeling emotional and nervous. I feel so incredibly blessed, excited, and thankful to be having a girl, but I am also so unsure about it. I feel as if I’m a constant change in progress, and I want to be nothing but the most stable, rational and best example for my daughter that I can be. Of course I feel this way for Jack too, but I also know the impact a positive mother-daughter relationship can have on one another. I am looking forward to experiencing all of those wonderful firsts with my girl, while also being her support system (along with her daddy) when the days are hard.

At my 21 week checkup we heard the baby’s heartbeat again both in the ultrasound and with my physician the next day. I was up thirteen pounds this week, when at my 20 week appointment with Jack I was up ten. I am continuing to show and am now constantly wearing maternity clothes. Stretchy pants and dresses for the win!

I also have started to experience some back pain, which is different than with Jack. With him there was a lot more round ligament pain (which may still come this time too..), but it’s a new ache and pain that caught me a little off guard. I honestly think most of the back pain stems from picking Jack up all day long. Toting around a 30 pound toddler was not in the cards during pregnancy number one, so it’s definitely been a change this time. I am also starting to wear my belly band again for walking and workouts. The extra support really helps to take the weight off my lower belly and hips.

Fitness was still lacking during these weeks. I could blame it on the cold weather, but honestly I just still didn’t feel like I had the energy for workouts. I did manage to get 2-3 long walks in during the week, and I think I only made it to the gym and did weights twice throughout this time frame. With the move, my gym space has shifted and its been hard to get back into a routine. I am toying with doing modified 21 Day Fix workouts a couple times a week just to keep up that strength and endurance. The last thing I wanted to do though is exhaust myself because I know if I did I would be done for the rest of the day! When I did convince myself to get moving though, it felt so good to sweat and get my heart pumping again. Endorphins = good for the body and soul!

Symptoms

  • Fatigue (Less than the first trimester, but still present)
  • Nausea (Less than the first trimester, but still present at times)
  • Bloating (Continuing to to show and grow more now than I did with Jack at this point!)
  • Hungry all the time. Constantly needed to be snacking on something! This really helped my nausea and energy levels.

Food Cravings

  • Mexican food, Chipotle, Guacamole and Chips
  • Soup of all kinds – Broccoli Cheddar, White Bean and Ham, Cheesy Potato Soup
  • Cherry tomatoes with lots of sea salt and black pepper
  • Trader Joe’s Pink Lemonade with lots of ice
  • Potato Chips still have my heart
  • Deli Sandwiches
  • Big Salads with ranch dressing
  • Pasta with marinara

Food Aversions

  • Depends on the moment, but my aversions were getting less-and-less at this point.
  • Coffee, chocolate and peanut butter were still not my favorites, but they began making an appearance in my diet again.  I was finally able to have a few lattes so that made me very happy!

Thoughts

I am writing this post smack dab in the middle of the second trimester, and I’m already forgetting those early weeks of pregnancy! Although I still have more than 20 weeks to go, it feels as if this pregnancy is flying by. I am not sure if it’s because I’ve been busy with Jack, or if it’s also because everything this time doesn’t feel quite so new and scary. Maybe a combination of both? It’s nice to feel a little more settled and to know so much of what’s to come next. When I was in the thick of my worst days with nausea and fatigue, I tried to remind myself that those weeks are limited and that relief will come. I have also been feeling really sentimental about adding another little one to our family. I pray every night that Jack and the baby will love each other, look out for one another, and be buddies for life. Having a close-knit family is the most important thing in the world to me, and I pray for a smooth transition for Jack as he becomes a big brother. The good news with Jack also being little when the baby comes is that he won’t really comprehend or anticipate the change. He will literally never remember a time in life without his baby brother or sister.

Read More Posts from Pregnancy #1:

Pregnancy Posts: Weeks 13 & 14

Pregnancy Posts: Weeks 15 & 16

Pregnancy Posts: Weeks 17, 18 & 19