7.24.2014

Swanson Health Products {Giveaway!}

We've made it to Thursday everyone! And a happy day it is over here!

Since starting this blog, I've had the opportunity to work with some amazing companies and brands. It's honestly one of my favorite parts about blogging. Some brands I knew about prior to blog life, and others I would've never know about if it wasn't for this space I've created...


Today, I've teamed up with one of my favorite companies, Swanson Health Products to celebrate their 45th anniversary week! They were kind enough to send me a whole assortment of baby supplies, including some mama-to-be necessities (one word: breastfeeding!) the other day, and now they are offering YOU a chance to win a $45 Gift Certificate!

That's $45 to spend any way you'd like.

Don't have kids and not pregnant? No worries, you can spend it on anything. Stock up on vitamins, Quest bars that I'm always mentioning, or baking essentials-they have it all! Or maybe you are newly pregnant like me and are wanting to stock up on some products you've heard about? Now is the time, ladies!

And trust me, I'm sure you'll find plenty of ways to spend it (speaking from experience here-my cart was overflowing...)

This giveaway will be open until Sunday evening and the winner will be notified via email. GOOD LUCK!!


*Also, check out Swanson’s Sweepstakes page for a chance to win 45 Healthy Foods and $500!

7.22.2014

Six Beauty Products You Can't Live Without

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Exciting things to report today, friends! 

Let's chat about my new favorite beauty products. I've finally found a routine that I love (spilling all of my secrets!) and therefore I must share them with you. It's my duty really. 

All of these products are fantastic...so just try them. Do it.

1//Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation: Kick your Bare Minerals powder to the curb (or closest trashcan) and treat yourself to this. More coverage than BM, goes on smooth, lasts all day...I could go on and on. My favorite. (I wear medium beige and use this brush with it)

2//Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner: I could never find a toner I 100% loved up until this guy. Everyone raves about this toner, and for good reason. It helps to reduce discoloration as well as build-up that can make skin look dull or tired. It exfoliates and refreshes skin. Fabulous!

3//Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Cream: Gone are the days that I'll spend $25-$30 on a good face wash. This stuff is the BEST of the best. I don't say that often-promise. It is known to treat acne before it even emerges.

4// Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil: This oil absorbs into your skin for firmer, brighter, smoother skin without leaving any greasy feel. Pure maracuja oil is rich in vitamin C, so skin appears instantly brighter and more radiant. I use this at night before bed. Highly recommend!

5//L'OREAL Collagen Moisture Filler Day/Night Cream: It's special because it restores skin's cushion and smooths wrinkles. Collagen is the essential natural protein that keeps skin looking young and youthful. You can use this cream day or night, but it is on the heavier side so I almost always just use it at night. LOVE this stuff!

6//L'OREAL Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara: A new favorite! It gives a lot of volume and hits all of my lashes. The wand does take some getting used to, though!

There ya go...a complete run down on six truly awesome skincare and beauty products. Share with me your recent favorites!!

And of course, if you try any of these (which you should, duh!), report back to me after to let me know what you think!

Happy Tuesday!
**Enter here for your chance to win a $100 Gift Card!

7.21.2014

First Trimester Essentials

Monday...Monday...you've come far too soon. As usual! I have some fun non-pregnancy related posts coming later this week (plus an awesome giveaway), so I wanted to touch on some of my essentials for the first trimester today!

At the risk of all of you hating me, I have to be honest and say there isn't much I could complain about when it came to the first trimester. A day hasn't gone by that I haven't thanked my lucky stars about this, and I'm sure Billy has too because things could have got real scary for him. Let's be serious.

With that being said, that doesn't mean I didn't have any must have items that helped me make it through the changes because I definitely leaned on most of these for those first 12 weeks. Pregnancy does change you, in many ways, and these things made my life SO much easier! You all need them in your life for when your time comes!

First Trimester Essentials


La Croix: Buy it in bulk when it's on sale. I have all different flavors stocked in our refrigerator at all times! Since you're so limited on what you can drink when pregnant and normal water can get really boring, this stuff tricks me into thinking I'm drinking something really fancy. ;)  Put it in a cute tumbler or wine glass to fool yourself even more. (the lime and grapefruit flavors are my favorite)

Earth Mama Body Butter: It's never too early to begin using it! This one has been a favorite of mine, but any stretch mark cream will do. Try a few out to see which you like best.

BeMaternity BeBand: Since you're not showing that much in the first trimester, you can get away with wearing this band with your jeans and shorts. This band holds your pants up and comes in black, nude, and white. Lifesaver, trust me! (I'm wearing mine today...)

Mrs. Meyer's Cleaning Products: This comes down to personal preference, but when I found out I was pregnant I wanted to switch to using less harsh everyday cleaning products. I fell in love with this line and will never go back to using anything else. They are always on sale at Target so you aren't paying much more than the regular cleaning product prices, and these clean better than anything I've found with less chemicals. Win/win. (I especially love this countertop spray and this surface scrub)

Prenatal Vitamins: A must! You should begin taking these before you start "trying", but once you get pregnant they are that much more important. I researched a lot of them out there (none of them are 100% perfect..) and after trying multiple brands, I use NaturMade's the most often because they don't make me sick. I also love the gummy prenatals, but they don't have iron in them so you will need to take an extra iron supplement.

Sleep Mask: If you don't have one already, don't walk, but run to get one. This helped me sleep longer and better, especially when I was on say, a girls bachelorette party weekend.

Pull On Shorts: Any shorts with an elastic waistband will be your best friend. These were my personal favorite and are super comfortable.

TUMS: I keep one small pack in my purse at all times and one at home. You never know when you'll get heartburn, or just when your food won't settle right.

Old Navy Vintage V-Neck Tees: I wore these ALL the time! These are my favorite because they are so soft and flattering, even if you have to size up a size. Buy in multiple colors (or all colors!)

Pregnancy Apps: So you can track your baby's growth every week! If you're not big on getting hundreds of emails everyday, the apps are nice because you can check them when you want to and it won't fill up your inbox. You can also take notes (like how you were feeling during a certain week, put a doctors appointment note in them, etc.)  I like BabyBump the best.

Pregnancy Journals: These make excellent gifts for new mama's! (thank you to my parents, Steph, and Billy) for each buying me one...I think they knew how important journaling would be to me ;) All of the journals are a little different, but essentially they're perfect for tracking your pregnancy, writing down your thoughts/feelings, and they even have spots to attach your ultrasound photos. I love writing in mine every week and know that they'll be fun to look back on (for both baby and myself!)

Not pictured: A good support system of family and friends!

What are/were your first trimester must-haves? 

7.18.2014

Things That Make Me Do A Vicky "Woo-Hoo!"



Happy Friday! This is going to be short and sweet today because I've come down with a cold and this girl isn't feeling so hot...thank you, allergies!

+If you missed the announcement on my instagram, we KNOW our little babe's gender (!!!)  Baby cooperated (and was moving around like crazy!) at our appointment the other day like we were hoping, and I can honestly say we had the most amazing experience at Ultrasona. I can't imagine someone else finding out before we did! I'm so thankful we decided to find out privately there with just the two of us (more info about Ultrasona will come in a diff. post), but you best believe I'm counting down the days until our party with our family/friends so then I can spill to you all in a few weeks! It is nice to have this little secret (well, big) with Billy before we announce and I know we made the right decision for us as a couple. We couldn't be happier...and it's true that once you know the babe's gender everything feels SO much more real. :)

+Due to the above, I'm about to do some serious damage at baby Gap this weekend. Not sorry.

+The cool(er) weather lately. I know, who gets so excited about the weather? Me! We've been able to have our AC off the past few days, and sleep with our windows open. Breezy, wonderful, and it looks like it's continuing into this weekend. I've only told Billy 20 times that I could definitely do say, 74 degrees, year round. I love it.

+Nordstom's Anniversary Sale! Say hello to the best sales! Now is the time to buy that bigger purchase (maybe a new handbag?!) that you've been eying! These boots I'm drooling over and if I had to pick my favorite handbag from the sale it would be this one...

#obsessed and goes with everything!

+My new pineapple shirt...who hates pineapples nowadays? Also, just to note, this isn't a maternity shirt but is so comfortable and stretchy that I will definitely be able to wear it for the next few months as I grow! (I got a size 4!)



+My diaper bag is officially purchased. More on this soon. 

+Some great things on the blog next week! Stay tuned! :)


Enjoy your weekend, friends!

7.16.2014

Week 15 Bumpdate


How Far Along? 15 weeks

Size of Baby: A navel orange!

Weight Gain: Up a total of 4 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight

 

Maternity Clothes: Officially using this band on my pants that I found at Target! This thing is a lifesaver and comes in multiple colors. I got this mint coral skirt and green dress from Pink Blush, but haven't bought anything else yet.

Stretch marks: Lathering on Earth Mama Angel Baby Body Butter when I remember to do it. I haven't been doing it as much as I should (#guilty)

Symptoms: The headaches have officially begun. For the past 1.5 weeks, I've been getting them daily and they last all.day.long. I've tried pinpointing what is triggering them and at first I thought it was my diet so I cleaned that up but I'm still getting them. Overall, though, I'm still feeling really good and the headaches are really the only symptom I have! Can't complain about that.

Cravings: My cravings have pretty much subsided these past two weeks! I've been able to eat healthier and stay more on track with cooking dinners and such. That's not to say I'm not splurging here and there or randomly eating Fruit Loops for dinner, but now that the initial shock of pregnancy and being able to eat what I want has wore off, I'm just not craving as much. Peaches, however, are pretty much my favorite lately along with anything fresh still. YUM!

Gender: TODAY IS THE DAY! {if Baby K cooperates-crossing our fingers!}

Mood: So so so happy.

Nursery: Billy is actually starting a big project for it this weekend...installing board and batten on the walls! I'm all kinds of excited about this. I figure since we did our kitchen remodel, we can definitely hopefully handle this! This is how we want it to look:


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Movement: I'm not sure if it's movement or not, but I feel little "pops" at times when I'm laying down. It's what I would compare to a piece of popcorn popping, if that makes any sense. Basically what I'm trying to say is that I'm terrible at describing this, but I'm feeling something and just not sure of what it is yet??

Sleep: Glorious and getting lots of it!

Workouts: Still averaging 3-4 per week~30 minutes of cardio followed by strength training. Running is getting to be more of a challenge that's for sure...I get winded so easily and quick. I've switched to doing walk/jog/run intervals, which has helped tremendously, and I think this is my new "normal". Spin is still my favorite and I can't sing it's praises enough. Also, just to note, I'm not concerned about my weight in the slightest..I just really enjoy working out and want to stay healthy. 

What I Miss: A glass of wine here or there on our deck after a long day!

Belly Button in or out? 
In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Anything making you queasy or sick:  It didn't make me sick, but we had PF Changs one night for dinner and I felt HORRIBLE afterwards. You couldn't pay me to eat that again during this pregnancy. Nope-not happening!

Best Moment This Week: A couple things this week. Since it hasn't happened yet technically, I won't say the gender even though that's a big one, but hearing the heartbeat at our appointment last week was so special. I could listen it to it for hours and it makes me tear up a bit each time. Also, just being able to talk about the baby with my family/girlfriends and see how excited they are for us is so nice. They are so supportive and kind.

Labor Signs: No

Looking Forward To: Not baby related, but a relaxing weekend at home with zero plans. I need some downtime to just relax and get things done at our house! Also, I'm sure it will be filled with some clothes shopping for our baby...let's be serious.


And leave it to a baby to get me motivated to read again! I've finished three of these books already and am just really enjoying reading about pregnancy in general..it's so interesting and this girl has a lot to learn!!

Have you heard of the Solly Baby Wrap? It's a "Mom's best hot product winner" and I'm a huge supporter of the company! They donate $1 of every purchase to improve maternal health around the world. I have heard amazing things about the baby wrap (it's striped! total bonus), so when I got it in the mail this week I couldn't help but get so excited to carry around our little babe in it!

Sorry if I sound like a broken record all the time...so exciting this/so exciting that. But it's true!



*Week 13 Bumpdate


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 Happy hump day!
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