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Month: May 2016

the one with May’s wishlist

When all of your money is supposed to be saved for the baby growing in your belly you find yourself wanting everything else. Especially when a few of your friends are getting married and get to make registries for all the fun house things. I was married after I had already lived on my own for awhile so I took advantage and registered for upgrades and a lot of the weird or completely unnecessary things. You know where the perfect place for all those things are . . . anthropology. So for may’s wishlist . . . it’s all unnecessary kitchen things from anthropology. Sorry not sorry.

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mimira serving bowl . How many of us actually use our serving dishes other than the holidays? not I. so do I need more than enough for christmas dinner. no. do i want some in every color. yes.

whale cutting board. It’s a whale. It’s a whale.

dishtowel . When we got married I could never get away with florals, but he stopped paying attention about a year ago.

copper hanging colander . My husband hates our current colander – the holes are too big he says. So maybe we could compromise and get a fancy new one.

silverware . We actually do lose forks and knives like it’s a game. A game we’re obviously winning. So we do need new ones . . . do we need new polka dotted ones made of sterling silver. Considering the speed at which we lose them, obviously.

the one with my signature piece

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shorts . tank . hat . kimono . sandals

We’ve all heard it said before that a signature piece is important. I don’t really think it is. Maybe not having that key piece enough. Being unique, always wearing a different style, wearing colorful clothing that can be a signature. Maybe a signature color is enough. I obviously have a signature color, but it’s a popular color. It’s lots of other peoples favorites, and it’s in popular culture a lot these days. So unless you know me or know this blog, it might not come off as my signature color. If you’re going to have something be your signature then it should definitely stand out to everyone, right!? It needs to be a piece that says this is who she is, and this is her favorite piece. An inside to her personality.

Well, this hat has become my signature piece. Iron Man even calls it that when he sees me where it. Having a signature piece when you’re pregnant that is not a piece of clothing comes in handy. Feeling like myself and wearing things I usually wear helps me feel like . . . myself. So this hat has become that signature piece for me. And what does it say about me? Well it can say lots of things depending on who looks at it . . . and that’s exactly what I want it to say.

What’s your signature piece?

the one with first trimester symptoms

Pregnancy is an anxious time – all the new symptoms give you something else to worry about. You don’t know what to expect or how it will feel so having another mom you can talk to about anything is so helpful. Every pregnancy and every woman is different, but I still thought I had a good general idea of what to expect after talking to several moms and reading lots of mommy blogs. I did, but I also learned that there are still some things about pregnancy women don’t talk about – and most of it is the gross stuff. . . read on if you’re a girl and don’t mind talking about bodily functions.

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  1. Discharge – your body creates discharge in your vagina to fight off bacteria and infections, so it only makes sense that during pregnancy your body would create more of it. Saying it creates more is an understatement. Pantie liners are needed everyday, showers are needed every day even if you did nothing, if there’s a possibility you’re going to sweat down there as well . . . just go ahead and take a couple pairs of panties with you – not exaggerating. There were times in my first trimester I thought I might be bleeding and ran to the bathroom only to find it was just discharge.
  2. Urination – we all know that you pee a lot more when you’re pregnant. everybody talks about the weight of the baby on your bladder, and babies bouncing on bladders (Jack likes to do that). But it can’t happen until later in pregnancy right? once the baby is actually putting pressure on your bladder?  I found out I was pregnant at 6 weeks, and by 8 weeks I was already going to the bathroom 2 to 3 extra times a day. So the answers to those questions are no the baby puts pressure on your bladder when it’s the size of a walnut.
  3. Constipation – Let me just put it this way. I’m constipated about 80% of the time, and when I’m not . . . I’m the opposite. I’m not eating foods I don’t usually eat. I’m not even eating any more than I usually do. The bathroom is where I was introduced to round ligament pain, and once I finally got a mom to talk to me about poop I found out that it only gets worse from here. Also, with constipation comes farts. But they won’t feel like farts; you’ll think you have to poop. No, you’ll sit there and push until it hurts only to let out a fart that echos through the toilet bowl so loud your husband hears it on the back porch. Not that I would know.
  4. Bleeding gums – I found out when I scheduled a dentist appointment and told them I was pregnant, that your teeth can sometimes get worse while pregnant. And you will understand why by the time 10 weeks rolls around. Brush your teeth like usual? gums bleed – floss? gums bleed – suck food out of your teeth? mouth full of blood. My dental hygienist explained to me that happens when your gums are trying to push out bacteria. So your body really doesn’t like bacteria when there’s a baby inside.
  5. Stuffy nose – I’ve looked up why and I don’t understand it to be honest with you – something about extra estrogen makes membranes swell, all your passages become wider, and getting rid of bacteria is probably in there, too. But your nose will run all the live long day. Are you sick? no allergies? no God forbid don’t cry and swallow.

the one with 22 weeks

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How far along? 22 weeks
Maternity clothes? all of them, all the time. i’m carrying this baby like a basketball, and i need that full panel over my belly.
Sleep: It’s getting better. But not really. 

Best moment: starting to get into a routine of talking to him everyday with daddy. 

Miss Anything? do i need to answer this? the answer is sushi. 
Movement: dude moves all the time. 

Food cravings:  carbs, just all of them. and grapes. and now n laters. 
Anything making you queasy or sick: nope. thank god that’s stopped for a week
Gender: boy!

Symptoms: there were so many I didn’t even know to expect. I’m thinking about writing a post about all the gross things that come with pregnancy. 
Belly Button in or out? in – it was pretty deep before, but I thiiiiink it’s starting to shallow out.
Wedding rings on or off? on – no swelling anywhere yet. 

Happy or Moody most of the time: I’ve balanced out again. Still pretty moody, but it’s a happy moody. That’s an oxymoron isn’t it. 
Looking forward to? my baby shower this weekend! I know it’s early, but I have to fly to Indiana so I can get away with having it already. 

the one with nursery ideas

Somebody asked me the other day what my nursery inspiration was, and my exact words were “a picture of a basset hound named Barney Fyfe”. And that is 50% true. My best friend surprised me with a picture of her basset hound in a flower crown for Jack’s nursery where it will hold a place of pride until Jack tells me to throw it away. And then it will move to a place of pride in another room of my choosing. Bernard as I call him is my favorite dog on the face of the planet even though he bruises my legs terribly every time I see him. It’s part of his charm – that and the fact that he does not listen.

The other half of the inspiration for the nursery comes from a trip to Disney I took while 12 weeks pregnant. Our first ride that day was Peter Pan and inspiration struck. That also happens to be one of the rides that I can hold him on while he’s an infant so it will be his first ride in the womb and out of the womb. My friend Liz and I will probably ride it twice together so we can both hold him once while riding. That’s how we roll. I don’t want to go overboard with the Peter Pan, and his nursery will need to be a guest room for the first few months of his life. Then we’ll move and he’ll get a whole new room! Ha! So the overall theme is just modern rustic with blues, greys, hints of green, a little Peter pan, and Barney Fyfe thrown in. I promise it’ll all make sense when it’s done. But until then here’s the main pieces I have my eye on.

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crib . rug . rocker . dresser . quilt . peter pan print

What are your must haves for a nursery?

the one with first trimester favorites

Now that I’m well into the 2nd trimester of my first pregnancy I decided to look back through all the outfits from February through April (well end of January through beginning of April), and share my first trimester favorites.

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If you want to see what it’s like to keep up with a blog and be fiercely tired and nauseous all day start with the outfits on January 27th – the day I found out – and go until the middle of March. You can see it in my face, the quality of the outfits, and the pictures. The outfits weren’t that great. And the blog posts especially picture quality was just low. But I did get some good outfits out of those days, and some tips I’ve learned along the way.

The keys to dressing for your first trimester are easy. . .

  1. Your body isn’t expanding too much yet so you wear flowy, loose fitting clothes already in your closet – trapeze tops, empire waists, dresses,etc.
  2. google the hair tie trick and get a good belly band for the occasional pants that are too tight
  3. wear those flat shoes because your feet get bigger and they swell later on so wear the shoes you won’t be able to wear when that happens now
  4. you probably just look like you ate too much when you do show so invest in some great accessories to hide that belly -like scarves, long necklaces, or even loose belts.
  5. don’t buy new clothes unless they’re maternity that you can expand now through the 3rd trimester. it’ll be a waste and who knows what’ll happen when you’re not pregnant anymore.

Any moms out there have tips for dressing the first trimester?

 

5 pieces 1 outfit : eyelet dress

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dress via . similar non maternity dress . all jewelry via . similar wedges

I’m trying something a little different today! Let’s see how this all works out! For the past year, every other Friday I’ve been doing the 5 pieces 1 outfit series. I like to show that it doesn’t cost a fortune, and you don’t need several pieces to make a killer outfit – just 5. For the entirety of the series, I’ve never actually shown a 5 pieces 1 outfit – on my person. Well, it does actually work, and I follow it quite often. So I decided today was the day to show you! We might just make this a regular part of the series.

Even though I’m not a mother to a baby outside of the womb,  I still wanted to celebrate mother’s day in a special way this year. So in true Bex form, I made my husband take me out to dinner, and I dressed up a little nicer than usual for church. That decision was made when stitch fix sent me the perfect little black maternity eyelet dress.

I decided to keep it simple so nothing would get in the way of my mouth while I ate, and styled it with some Kendra Scott earrings, a bar necklace, a red lip, and my favorite wedges. Perfect outfit, only 5 pieces.

the one with bee sting face scrub

About a month ago I listed some of the natural ways I had researched to prevent and heal pregnancy acne. You can find that post here. Since then I’ve tried 1 of those ways, and I wanted to share my results! When I searched for pregnancy acne, I couldn’t find much that helped. My goal here is to help future pregnant ladies find a way that might work for them. Having acne doesn’t mean a thing for our beauty, but it’s still frustrating, right ladies?! Dealing with it during pregnancy, is just one more thing we shouldn’t have to deal with.

The first of the 3 treatments I decided to try was honey. I’ve used honey for many other things, and it always works wonders so when I found the shop Lather & Co and their bee string face scrub (made with honey and cinnamon) I knew it was a great place to start. Talking with their owner Jules about all the success stories for this face scrub and acne, I grabbed it and started using it as soon as possible.

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From their etsy shop, “Honey has been used as an anti inflammatory to help reduce redness on the skin and as a natural antibiotic that has been known to alleviate and reduce scarring over time. Cinnamon has been rated as one of the top 7 antioxidants in the world, according to USDA, and can reduce the formation of “free-radicals” which, over time, can promote damage repair. Both honey and cinnamon are extremely effective as a mild disinfectant because of their anti fungal and antibacterial properties.” Well that sounds perfect for the redness, acne, and all the scarring that’s leaving on my face.

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I added this to my normal skin care routine, 2 to 3 times a week. And slowly, but surely I see a lot of improvement. It’s been 4 weeks of using it regularly, and I’d say my face is about half healed. You can see the results above for yourself! Both are fresh from a shower with no makeup on because #noshame.

Have you used honey to help heal acne? Next up on my list to try is a lemon juice toner!

 

*this is not a sponsored post. I found Jules at the Vero Beach Street fair and truly feel the bee sting face scrub is helping.