Friday, April 17, 2015

High Five for Friday

Well hello there!  It's been nearly a month since I've stopped by for a High Five for Friday post, so high five to me for making it happen today!  Usually I'm so wiped by the time I get home from work on Thursday that there is no hope in me getting one together - but I was determined this week!

Here's a look at some highlights from this week.

1.  We finally actually started to purchase a few things for our baby girls arrival this past weekend.  It wasn't much, but just doing something felt like a big accomplishment.  I found a few things for her nursery, a throw pillow and some storage baskets.  And we also picked up a few clothing items.  Little by little we will hopefully get all of our bases covered.

2.  Monday was a gorgeous day, and though I spent most of it inside cleaning my way through an over stuffed closet, when Martin and I got home from work we went for a walk outside.  It was nice to get out and enjoy the weather and feel the sun. . . my skin has forgotten what that's all about.

3.  Later, while we were out running errands on Monday we spotted this nice little treat on our drive.

4.  I got us registered for our new baby classes, and a breast feeding class at the hospital this week.  Now it's getting even more real!  We'll start our classes in May, which is right around the corner.  Hopefully it will help us get a little bit more prepared, and it will be nice to meet some other expecting parents.

5.  Martin gets the five star husband award.  He surprised me with a massage and pedicure for this Sunday, which I am more then looking forward to!  I'm starting to feel the aches and pains of pregnancy, and reaching my feet is becoming more and more of a challenge!

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Bumpdate | Week 22

Week|  22

Total Weight Gain| Pretty sure I'm pushing about 20 pounds, but really it's all relative on the day. . . let's not talk too much about this topic!

Gender| Baby Girl!

Symptoms| I've started with the swelling, I'm attributing some of it to the weather change.  It shows up some days, and not at all others.  Sometimes my feet, sometimes my hands - I'm trying to stay super hydrated and elevate my feet whenever I can.  Speaking of feet, they are generally killing me.  Not always, but more often - sometimes the minute I change into my dance shoes at work I can just tell and within 45 minutes all I want to do is take them off!

Cravings|  I have tried desperately to cut back on the cheese this week, which I feel like I've been pretty successful with.  It doesn't mean I don't want it, but I'm pretty sure it's been a big contributor to the probably more then healthy weight gain.  I've been on a kick with Costco's chicken salad, like eating it for lunch and dinner every day for the last week.  Lately I've had no desire to cook, and its so easy and convenient and good!

Sleep|  Still on my hit or miss cycle, though I'm strangely feeling a little more comfortable when I sleep, maybe I'm just getting used to the new positions I need to be sleeping in, though I find myself waking up on my back more and more.

Clothes|  I definitely have my "go to" look down which tends to be some sort of tank or tee with a jacket, or cardigan or something over the top to dress it up.  I find I'm the most comfortable that way, at least for now - and lets be honest, comfort is key!

Workouts| I'm starting to ease back into adding a little bit more then just my daily dancing to the plate.  I have a few light dumbbells at home and incorporated some weights a few mornings this week, next week I'm going to aim for a bit more.

Nursery|  I share my nursery inspiration earlier this week, and I bought the first few items this past weekend.  Nothing major, but it was something.  A throw pillow, and some storage baskets - slowly getting started!  And I spent Monday cleaning out all the junk that had accumulated in the closet in that room, that took  forever!

Movement|  I've felt a few good movements, but they are still far and few between, I'm waiting for them to become consistent!

Best Moment this Week|  Starting to buy stuff for our little ones arrival.  The last few weeks I've all of a sudden felt so behind, so to get out this weekend and make a dent on our registry and pick up a few small things ourselves made it start to feel all that more real!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Nursery Inspiration

Lately I've had all things baby on the brain, surprise surprise, right?!  Ever since I reached the halfway point I've felt increasingly behind on this whole game and like I had a to do list a mile long, mostly because up until that point I kept saying oh let's wait until after 20 weeks, meaning I had tackled nothing, literally nothing, for the arrival of this little one.

On one hand, I have until August, on the other hand, I only have until August!  And I mean come on I don't want to be waddling around 9 months pregnant wrapping up all the things I could have already gotten done!  So we hit 20 weeks and off we went to create our registry, um. . . holy cow, by the way - that's a process in the making.  Ours is definitely still in progress.  And now it's time to start project nursery.

We have a spare room upstairs, across the hall from our master that we will be using as the nursery.  Up until this point it has housed all sorts of extra furniture and and stored all sorts of excess.  We have managed to clear the room of all the big pieces, now it's just down to the little things.  The carpet was also in dire shape so it has mostly been removed.  Well we finish getting the room ready to get put back together I thought I would share some of my inspiration for our little girls nursery.

I somehow made the mistake of discovering Restoration Hardware Baby & Kids.  I'm in love with all of it, problem is it is ALL out of my budget, but it does make for some great inspiration.








I am loving all the neutrals and plan to go with a lot of whites and grays with using a petal pink as my accent color.  I even picked up a few first pieces to go in the nursery this weekend.  It may only be a throw pillow and some storage baskets, but it's a start!  We will definitely be constructing this room on a budget, so I'm excited to see what I can do to make it look as glamorous as all my inspiration, stay tuned in to see the progress.  

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Bumpdate | Week 21

Week|  21

Total Weight Gain| Holding steady with last week at my 15 plus pounds, though I discovered a 5 pound difference (in my favor!) when I stepped on the scale at home, maybe I had heavy clothes on that day at the doctors . . .

Gender| Baby Girl!

Symptoms| My ravenous appetite is back, I feel like I'm hungry ALL the time!  I'll eat a meal and then I feel starving hungry within an hour.  Martin and I went out to dinner Saturday night and before we even left the restaurant I was hungry and knew I needed to eat again when we got home, she must be growing!  The other one that gets me is those headaches, I've been keeping my peppermint oil on hand to combat those as best as I can.

Cravings|  Still on the cheese, I'm also loving the simple carbs, and for some reason this week I couldn't get enough chicken salad - strange.

Sleep|  This has definitely been hit or miss.  I either get a great nights sleep, like please don't wake me up I could sleep all day, or I'm tossing and turning all night and then just exhausted the next day.

Clothes|  I'm now sporting mostly maternity clothes.  The bottoms definitely, unless I'm around the house in sweat pants.  Though I'm still on the hunt for some good maternity work tops that don't resemble a tent.

Workouts| Definitely took it easy for another week.  The dancing is getting harder and harder, as well as with the amount of energy I'm exerting at work.  My goal is to start incorporating some light workouts on days where I know my schedule isn't too hectic at the studio.

Nursery|  Martin has almost all of the carpet pulled up in the room, but I still haven't pulled the trigger on the floor!

Movement|  Last week I had some for sure flutters, but I haven't felt them as prominent this week.  The doctor reassured me that is normal at this stage, and said that I should be feeling her more consistently around 24 weeks,

Best Moment this Week|  Being done with work on Saturday!  Saturday's absolutely kill me at the studio!  I'm usually tired by Friday as it is, and then Saturday tends to be my busiest teaching day of the week.  I've gotten better about regularly scheduling breaks during my day, and during one of them last Saturday I definitely holed up in my office with the door shut and the lights off - making it to the end of the day felt like a major accomplishment!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Combating Under Eye Circles

I don't know about you but I have a constant battle going with my under eye circles.  I always feel like there has to be some magic potion or remedy out there that I just haven't come across yet that will make me look more alert and awake, and less like I really need 8 more hours of sleep.  I feel like I've finally fallen into a groove with a good routine, so of course I want to share it!

1. Hydrate
Water is key.  Now that I've been on a mission to consume more water, not only can I tell when I'm slacking by how my complexion is looking, I can totally see it in my under eye area.  Staying properly hydrated helps flush your system and keep things from building up and retaining, there fore not as much swelling and puffiness.  A win towards combating that dreaded under eye area.  

I know for me I've had to to start keeping large reusable drinking cups with straws around pretty much everywhere in order for me to consume enough water on a daily basis.  I have one at work, one at home. . .if it's not with me, I'm not getting the water I should.

2. Nourish
That under eye area is sensitive.  The skin is thin and delicate and it needs some special attention.  I was recently introduced to Youth Glow Eye Gel by goPure Naturals.  I love that this is a 100% natural product that helps fight fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness.  I haven't been using the product for too long, but I feel like I can already tell a difference in my under eye area looking less 'damaged' then before.  And that's only with using it once a day in the morning, mostly because I never remember to apply it at night.  I think a good eye cream is important in tackling those under eye problems and I'm definitely digging this one! 
*goPure Naturals is offering all my readers 25% off of any goPure purchase with coupon code LHADD4OY, exp. 6/15/15.

3. Conceal
The right concealer finishes of the battle.  Right now I'm totally loving Urban Decay's Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer.  It's not too heavy for a full coverage concealer, and it stays put all day without any caking or creasing into lines.  It also adds a nice subtle brightness to the under eye area, which is great when you are trying to diminish those dark circles.  It's definitely at a higher price point, but I've loved it so much I already stocked up on another tube to make sure I'm not stuck a day without it.

What are your secrets for fighting those under eye circles?

*This post was powered by BrandBacker.  I was supplied with a sample of goPure Naturals Youth Glow Eye Gel, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Fab Fit Fun Spring Edition

I'm always excited to get my FabFitFun VIP box in the mail.  It's the only subscription box I receive and I always look forward to seeing what's inside.  Check out what came in the Spring Edition.

In the FabFitFun VIP Spring Edition:

Jules Smith Scarf
Palmetto Derma Collagen Booster & Restoration Serum 
Merrithew 3 DVD Set "Intense Body Blast" + $25 gift card
OFRA Cosmetics Eyeshadow Brush Duo
ORLY Nail Polish in "Cake Pop"
ORLY Nail BB Creme
Yasi Metallic Flash Tattoos
Rifle Paper Co. Cities Coasters Set
Sprout It App Card + Miracle Grow Gro-able Seed Pod
Cosmos Creations Puffed Corn
$125 Gift Card to Vow to be Chic
$40 Gift Card to Hello Fresh

I have to say I'm always impressed with just how much stuff is in each box.  Out of all the boxes that I've received though I'd say this is probably my least favorite box in terms of the actual items, which is bound to happen sometime and considering I've been receiving the boxes for a year - not too bad.

I'm most excited about the face serum, make up brushes, and ORLY products.  I'm not great about using the gift cards, but the Hello Fresh one sounds enticing since they send you ingredients to prepare fresh meals.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Bumpdate | Week 20

Week|  20, halfway, I can't believe it!

Total Weight Gain| Yeah, I'm pretty sure I'm pushing the plus 15 right about now, if not a little more.  I'm thinking I'm a little ahead of the curve, but the doctor hasn't mentioned anything yet.

Gender| Baby Girl!

Symptoms| This week has definitely been the most stressful of all the weeks.  I've been in and out of the doctors a handful of times with symptoms that seemed unusual to me and some spotting that pretty much freak me out due to what happened with me previously.  I had to take it easy for a few days at the end of last week, but they say everything seems fine.  The hard thing about pregnancy is there isn't always an explanation for why something is happening, which drives me crazy!

Cravings|  Definitely downing the cheese, which probably attributes to my more then healthy weight gain.  I'm not off the spicy California rolls, but I'm totally leaning more towards the cheese these days.

Sleep|  It's been pretty darn good every night, except for last night!  Had a little tossing and turning - hence why this post is coming to you a little later then normal today!  When I finally made it back to sleep I did not want to get up.

Clothes|  I finally added a good few pairs of pants to the mix that I found at Kohl's of all places, there maternity section is so small  you might miss it, actually I did.  But within that teeny tiny section a found a few pairs of dress pants that had ample enough stretch for me to dance around in.  The department I'm now struggling in is tops.  I'm hitting the point where a lot of my pre pregnancy dress tops just aren't working anymore, as you can see in the photo above.  That shirt should fall smoothly down my back, but now it gets caught up on my rear cause it can't fit all of me.  Most maternity tops seem to either be plain cotton, which isn't dressy enough for work.  Or the dressier ones look like tents with some sort of belt or drawstring above the belly, just not feeling it.

Workouts| Totally did nothing this week.  Honestly I think I over did it last week, and was told by my doctor the later part of the week to take it easy through Monday.  It's really hard for me to know my limits with my job because I'm used to being on my feet dancing and teaching all day and it just takes more out of me then I think.  I'm trying to find my happy medium.

Nursery|  My vision is starting to come together - at least in my head!  We've decided to go with the same laminate floor in there as we did in my office so next step is to get that ordered.

Movement|  There has been some definite flutters.  Usually I can feel them either in the morning when I'm sitting with my tea, or once I crawl into bed at night, but they are still few and far between.

Best Moment this Week|  Having our anatomy scan and finding out we are having a little girl!  Plus seeing at the different parts and knowing that everything is looking ok in terms of growth and development.  We even got a thumbs up from her, almost like she was saying "everything's ok!"