Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bumpdate | Week 19

I've been a little mia in blogland this week, for no other reason then I'm just behind with life, you know how that goes sometimes.  But I'm stopping by today for my weekly bumpdate because I'm set on keeping track of this journey as it goes!


Week|  19

Total Weight Gain| More than I can wrap my head around, we'll find out at my appointment on Monday.

Gender| So close to finding out, just have to make it through the weekend, can't wait!  (Obviously way more excited about this part of my appointment then the lovely weigh in!)

Symptoms| I had tons of growing and stretching pains this weekend, from what it sounds like it seems to be round ligament pain, and it was pretty much constant all weekend, but I also feel like I notice it more when I'm not working and moving around as much.  Also my feet are killing me way faster at work then they used to, I find myself changing dance shoes several times a day.

Cravings|  I don't feel as strong of cravings as I did, though don't get me wrong I still won't turn down cheese or my spicy california rolls, but lately I'm feeling pretty indifferent towards food.  I'm hungry, very hungry, but I just don't know what I want to eat, nothing is sounding all that interesting.  Especially full meals, but small snack type things seem to be right up my alley.

Sleep|  For the most part I'm still sleeping pretty good.  Hardly ever getting up for bathroom breaks during the night, every once in a while I'll have a night where I seem to wake up every time I toss and turn, but thankfully they haven't been the majority of my nights.

Clothes|  Definitely have still been procrastinating on this front, and this new batch of snow we've received has not helped.  I'm just ready for spring clothes!  Every weekend I say I'm going to get out and hunt for some new stuff, and it never seems to happen.  I feel like I'm at the point where if I wear more drapey shirts I just look like I've gained 15 pounds, if I wear more fitted clothes then I look pregnant.

Workouts| I did a little better this week, 4 workouts in total.  1 walk outside, 1 video workout, and 2 trips to the gym.  Plus a full day of dancing and teaching lessons on Saturday. which I think was actually too much for me - I think I over did it with a solid day of teaching, I was so spent after that!

Nursery|  I've been scoping out pieces I like and I'm excited to start to get things ordered and pieced together once we have our ultrasound and I know what direction I'll be heading in for the nursery.  Don't worry, I'm sure a design board will be hitting the blog in the near future.

Movement|  I'm pretty sure I've felt some small flutters, but still nothing definitive yet where I could say yes that was for sure the baby.

Best Moment this Week|  Having my parents visit this past weekend and going out looking for nursery furniture with Martin and my mom, it's exciting to actually start to get ready for our baby's arrival!


Friday, March 20, 2015

High Five for Friday

Can we high five for the first day of spring?!  I think we have all been waiting way too long for this season to appear, and I'm hoping now that it's official on the calender the weather with cooperate for us, one can only hope.

Here's a few things that went down this week.

1.  I finally got that lavender manicure I'd been coveting since my Spring Inspiration post, and I'm loving it!

Color: Red Carpet Manicure's Violetta Darling


2.  Last weekend we made a a trip to Tennessee to visit Martin's family for his brothers birthday.  His brother didn't know we were coming and it was fun surprising him.



3. I've decided that due to my face getting fuller with this pregnancy that I need to master contouring and highlighting to bring a little life back into it. . .any advice on where to start?!?


4.  I learned an awesome tulip trick.  If you poke a hole, use a toothpick or needle, at the top of the stem under the flower they will stay upright for longer.  I've had these since Monday and they are still looking great.  Clearly I'm on a purple kick!



5.  My parents are coming to visit this weekend.  It will be nice to not be the ones doing the traveling this weekend (mainly because I've traveled for the last two weekends) and it will be nice to see them.

Enjoy the first weekend of spring, let's keep our fingers crossed that it feels like spring!


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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Bumpdate | Week 18


Week|  18

Total Weight Gain| I think I've decided that I need to stop getting on the scale in between doctors appointments.  As long as I'm eating healthy and working out, that's the most important thing.  I definitely tend to check in when I feel like I've eaten too much, and I still haven't adjusted to the constantly growing number - even though I know that's what's supposed to happen!

Gender| April 30th is the day, can't wait! Haha, oops. . . pregnancy brain, that should have been March 30th!

Symptoms| Still mostly growing pains, and I've noticed I've been more prone to headaches, which I've read is a symptom of the hormones.  I'm kinda a big baby when it comes to headaches, so if I can keep those at bay I will.  I don't have any strong aversions, and I feel like I go back and forth between feeling like I've got my energy back, and then having days where I feel completely exhausted and can't keep my eyes open.  And, pregnancy brain.  I definitely find myself in ultra spacey moments, and stuttering over what I'm going to say.

Cravings|  Going strong on the cheese.  I still love those spicy California rolls, but that cheese, I don't know what it is.

Sleep|  I am sleeping good!  So good in fact I want more of it.  I've added an extra king size pillow to the mix which is helping me feel a little bit more comfortable since I have a really hard time staying in the same position all night.  I have a feeling as I get bigger, I may need something a little bigger to help out.

Clothes|  I ordered some pants online last week, and so far I've had luck with casual pants, but finding work pants seems to be my nemesis.  What is with things having stretch in the title and then you get them and there is no way they have stretch in them, which I think is plain silly for maternity clothing.  And wearing a sports bra now feels like wearing a straight jacket, but I guess I will get used to that!

Workouts| I slacked a little bit on this one this week, only 2 workouts.  Though one of them was a 3 mile walk outside, and the sheer fact that I got to walk outside and get my face in the sunshine made my week.

Nursery|  All of the furniture and major stuff is out of the room.  Now onto cleaning out the closet, and it's time to get the new flooring ordered, we're moving forward!

Movement|  Nothing definite yet, though sometimes I wonder if some of the things I'm feeling might be the baby, hopefully something definite soon.

Best Moment this Week|  Visiting Martin's family and hearing about their excitement for our little one's arrival!


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Natural Skin Care | Radha Beauty


I've shared a handful of times over the last year or so about my quest for more natural products in my day to day.  It's something that started with my diet, in trying to get away from as many processed foods as possible to my skin care and daily products to my home care items.  It never ceases to amaze me how many chemicals are in things now, and how many things we unknowingly expose ourselves to.

It was something that I never gave much thought to until I started discovering small issues with my health.  That's when I realized how much what I put in and on my body could effect it.  Knowing that I have that control is amazing, but it can also be challenging at times because often the products that are most readily available and cost effective are that way because they can be produced with ingredients that don't cost that much, and can be around for a long time, aka they have chemicals in them.

When I found out about a newer company, Radha Beauty, offering natural and pure products I was excited to give them a try, as I am with any new discovery.  I love trying new things because you never know what your going to find.

What I love most about Radha Beauty is the principal that it was formed on.  Their mission is to embellish beauty with the earth's most natural oils while partnering with earth-loving, women-empowering organizations.  Their belief is that you don't need chemicals for beauty, but instead using products that have been around and been used for many years and generations.


I got a chance to try both their 100% Pure & Organic Argan Oil and their 100% Pure Fractionated Coconut Oil.  The Argan oil comes in a large 4 oz bottle, and in my opinion a great price on Amazon for a pure and organic product.  It has barely any smell at all and so many uses, I haven't been able to test them all out yet.  You can use it on your hair, skin, and nails.  You can apply it directly, mix it in with other products you are using, or add it to your bath to add moisture from head to toe.  It has a light feel and doesn't feel heavy or greasy at all.

As much as I was looking forward to trying our the Argan Oil, I was super excited about the Fractionated Coconut Oil.  I knew what I was going to use this for before it even arrived.  Coconut oil is one of the best carrier oils, meaning I can use it with all my favorite Young Living Essential Oils to apply them directly to my skin.  Besides that it's also a natural antioxidant and disinfectant, it's odorless, and has a very long shelf life.

Needless to say both of these products will get plenty of use in my skin care routine, I love that I found a new natural product line with a great philosophy!

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Spring Anorak

The temperatures these last few days have been the biggest tease.  Although they have been 100% enjoyable, you just know they aren't around to stay. . .I may have glanced ahead in the forecast and they definitely aren't around to stay.  So although we were barely in need of a jacket this past weekend, we still will be in need of one this spring, and I am in desperate need of a new one.

With this pregnancy it seems like everything is expanding and feeling tight, including my jackets around my shoulders (I blame my ever growing chest for this one).  I'm not really keen on investing in a maternity jacket, plus I haven't found many that don't just look like a big tent, so I' thinking of just sizing up in a regular jacket, something I can get some use out of in the future.

After looking around I think going with an anorak is the key, mainly because of the gathering on the sides.  I hoping that will give me some flexibility in terms of space around the middle.

Here are a few contenders I've rounded up.

Top: Forever 21 | Nordstrom | Loft
Bottom: Macy's | Loft | Macy's

The one I'm most in love with is the one from Forever 21, the navy with the gold accents, which is great from a price stand point, but of course it's sold out as of today.  Have you spotted anything similar recently? 

In the past I've always found really great options for spring jackets at discount retailers like Nordstrom Rack, or TJ Maxx and I went searching the other week and came up completely empty handed - please tell me I'm not the only one?!

What are you looking for in a spring jacket?

Friday, March 13, 2015

High Five for Friday

So glad it's Friday!  The weather has been absolutely gorgeous this week, and it has just been great for every one's spirit - including my own!  I haven't had to wear my winter coat, I've been able to loose the gloves, it's just glorious!  And on another upside, I get a long weekend, Martin and I are headed out of town to visit his family this weekend which I am looking forward to.  Both of those things are a plus in my book!

Here's a look back at my week. . .

1.  Last weekend I was headed out of town for a work training seminar and it was the first time I could remember that Charlie wanted to come with me!



2.  Although this last weekend was full and busy, it's always nice to see everyone - I miss working with these guys! #bffsinblack



3.  I spend Monday as a much needed me day.  I went out searching for maternity clothes, and had some luck, but man is it hard shopping for an ever changing figure.  I figured since I was out and about, and since I had been gone for the weekend, I needed some sushi - I was having withdrawal!  Seeing this picture makes me want some right now!



4.  This week I took my first walk outside in I don't know how long, it was so wonderful to be out in the sun I can't even put it into words!  I logged 3 miles, and I can't wait to do more - I'm in desperate need of some vitamin D, I swear I'm starting to become see through!


5.  Speaking of sun bathing, Max was also soaking up some rays and enjoying the gorgeous weather we've been having this week.


Where ever you are I hope you get to enjoy a weekend without winter coats and gloves,  I will be, for sure!  Happy Weekend!

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Bumpdate | Week 17


Week|  17

Total Weight Gain| I haven't stepped on a scale since my doctors appointment last week, so I'm hoping I'm still around a 10 pound weight gain.  Seeing the number creep up on the scale is definitely one of the hardest parts for me, it's hard to remember it's supposed to be doing that because for all the rest of my life I've been trying to avoid that!

Gender| ???  3 weeks until we find out!

Symptoms| Lately mostly just what I refer to as growing pains, aching and stretching.  Besides that I feel like this baby is magnetically attracted to my bladder!  I've read that it's supposed to lighten up in the second trimester, and that just does not seem to be the case with me!

Cravings|  I'm not off the spicy California rolls by any means, but I'm totally leaning more towards the cheese this week.  This baby better have strong bones, I'm getting my calcium for sure!

Sleep|  This last week and the beginning I found myself waking up tons of times throughout the night, kinda in a semi awake state.  I know I'm awake, I don't need to get up to use the bathroom or anything, and eventually I drift back to sleep but I have no idea how long I'm awake for.  The later part of the week, I've been sleeping like a champ, fantastic sleep - but that might be partly due to being worn out from an extensive work weekend.

Clothes|  I finally actually made a trip to hunt for some new clothes.  I picked up a handful of items, but I'm still lacking on the pants side, which is no surprise since I've always struggled with finding pants I like.  I just got an email this morning for Gap's Friends and Family sale so I may order some pants from there to give a try.

Workouts| I made it to the gym 4 times this week, I am so proud of myself!  I think 4 times is my good number, I was really striving for 5 but I was just so tired by the time Friday rolled around.  I'll take each week as it comes, but I feel guilty when I'm not getting enough movement in for the week.

Nursery|  More stuff is getting cleared out of the room, we're getting there!  Now we have to decide what we are going to go for the flooring.  We either need to replace the carpeting, or we're contemplating putting in the same laminate floor we used in my office.

Movement|  Waiting. . . and hoping soon!

Best Moment this Week|  I had a crazy work trip last last weekend and I was so thrilled to just be home and get a great night's sleep in my bed on Sunday night, at the time nothing could have topped that!

In Other News|  Everything was a ok with my early glucose test, which feels like a weight off my shoulders, but I have to keep up with the good eating as much as I can and hope that the next one I have to do has the same results.