Positively Monday

1.Instagram Positivity: This image may not evoke positive feelings for everyone, but it does for me. It feels like the holidays and I’m so excited for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year! It definitely brightens my Monday to think about being warm and cozy in my home with a winter wonder land outside! On the other hand, it’s making me thankful for the bright blue sky day that is outside my window today because I know I’ll miss those here soon!

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2. Pinterest Positivity: A pretty wallpaper for electronic devices to remind you! Chin up!

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3. Blog Positivity: Though this story is quite heartbreaking, the fact that so many people are coming together for a family in need is a bright spot in my Monday. Go enter the giveaway!

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4. My Positivity: Today I’m feeling positive about a short work week, entering my second trimester on Wednesday (!!!), embarking on lots of home projects with Nate, Thanksgiving!!!, naps, stretchy pants, warmer weather to remind us that it wont be cold forever, finishing up my Christmas decorating, and getting some of my motivation back!

5. Share Your Positivity: What are you feeling positive about today?! Tell me in the comments.

*** Positively Monday is a weekly feature to remind us all to stay positive, even on those dreaded Mondays! If you would like your Instagram photo, Pinterest submission, or blog post to be considered for an upcoming Positively Monday please shoot me an email or leave a comment! I hope you’ll leave your positive thoughts in the comments!

Influenster Love

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So, my first question is – have you heard of Influenster? My second question is, do you like free stuff? If you answered ‘no’ to the first question and ‘yes’ to the second question – click the link, friends! Because this is a website that makes reviewing products that you’ll actually enjoy reviewing simple and easy. (Do I sound like a saleswoman yet?!) PS: If you said ‘no’ to liking free stuff.. just go.. we can’t be friends.

So let me tell you how Influenster works! Sign up, enter your social media accounts, and find out how influential you are! Based on your followers and friends on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. you will receive a score. Then, be active in the community. That’s IT. When I buy any new product I look for it on Influenster and leave a review. I earn badges in different categories based on the different products I review. For example, if I review a beauty product then that would count toward my Beauty badge! Then, if a VoxBox becomes available involving beauty products I may be chosen to receive it! Once I receive my VoxBox – I check my box in on Influenster.com and share my opinions with everyone on all of my different social media accounts. There are different tasks to complete like, “Share a photo of your VoxBox on Instagram”. You just check them off as you go and the more you do, the more chances you have to win more things from the companies who supplied products in that box. Make sense?

I signed up to be an Influenster a few years ago and on top of getting a ton of free stuff I have found some tried and true products and companies that I wouldn’t otherwise have known about. These are products that are now staples in my daily routine! The last box I received, the ModaVoxBox (pictured above), included so many awesome things! I found the perfect clear lip liner to match ALL of my lipsticks and a new hair mask by Clairol called Hair Food that has basically saved my hair. These are things I never would have gone searching for but now that I have had a chance to test them out, I will be buying them the second I run out! This is kind of wonderful for a person like me because I never want to try new products for fear that I wont like them and have wasted money.

I’m sharing this little sales pitch with y’all because I think a lot of people are under the impression that you have to be invited or you have to have a blog or you have to do a lot of time consuming things in order to qualify. None of those things are true! People ask me all of the time how I get to review products and I thought it was time I told you all just how easy it is.

Now go sign up and let me know if you have any questions because free stuff is fun and I shouldn’t be the only one enjoying! =)

Aerial Silk Diaries: Flying Through the First Trimester

Being able to continue doing Aerial Silks while pregnant has been quite a blessing. I was worried at first that I would feel too tired or that my doctor would advise against it. Thankfully, I go to a doctor who understands what it is that I do (another aerialist friend actually works for her) and for me and my pregnancy at this point in time, it has been a-ok to continue doing what I’m doing. I did quit all drops and all wraps that wrapped my stomach immediately. Plus, I stepped back from doing anything that put me upside down until getting clearance at my 12 week appointment on Monday. My instructors have been really great about showing me different moves that I can work on whenever the class is working on something that I’m not comfortable doing. It’s been nice to have them to talk to since they know aerialists who have trained throughout their pregnancy!

There’s not a ton of advice out there on the internet since we are a little bit of a rare breed, but what I’ve taken from everything that I have read is that first and foremost, you should consult your doctor (obviously) and second, listen to your body. I’ve had a surprisingly easy pregnancy so far and I can probably attribute most of that to the fact that I am in such good shape from aerial silks and the fitness classes that I’ve been taking for about a year now. Had I been feeling super tired or really sick, it wouldn’t have been an option for me to continue – so I really feel like the luckiest girl in the world. I’ve read so many great things about keeping up with your fitness routine (modifying as you go) as much as possible. It generally leads to a much easier birth and who isn’t hoping for an easier birth?! ;]

If you’re pregnant and you’ve stumbled across this little ol’ blog because you’re in search of someone to give you answers on what is ok and what isn’t – just know that unfortunately there is no blue print guide for the pregnant circus performer. There just isn’t. Because there is no truly “typical” pregnancy. We are all so different! So consult your doctor and if they give you the go ahead – be smart, listen to your body, and know your limits. This is most assuredly not the time to learn new tricks or stretch your abilities. I’m not a medical professional by any means but if you are new to silks and still find a lot of what you’re doing to be a huge struggle, I would discontinue until after baby arrives. I find that I feel wonderful after a class and not out of breath, sick, dizzy, etc. If at anytime I feel differently, I’ll be putting silks on the back burner!

If you continue to do silks – be prepared to answer questions from friends/family/strangers. I say “be prepared” because they wont always come in a friendly format. Most people mean well, but their questions may come out sounding much like an accusation that you do not care about your baby, that maybe you’ve simply forgotten that you’re pregnant, or that you are not smart enough to have spoken to your doctor. Probably not what they mean to infer, but infuriating none-the-less.

Safe flying to you and your aerial babes! <3

Thoughts on Pregnancy: Weeks 10 & 11

10 and 11 Weeks

Last Wednesday marked 11 weeks pregnant! I took the photo on the left at 10 weeks and the photo on the right was taken on Wednesday. I’m feeling a little big bigger every day (as to be expected), more so by the way my clothes fit than the way I look in the mirror. This past week was really great because my parents decided to come up and look at houses. (!!!) I was really nice to have them here. It was kind of a last minute trip so I worked most of the week but I did manage to take Friday off to spend with them. It’s exciting to think of having them here all of the time! The past few years have been so hectic with trying to get down to Florida anytime I could, though I do love those little trips “home”. It would be a lot easier to have them here though once the baby arrives! And now – on to my random thoughts!

Flutters: On Friday night I drank a giant glass of orange juice while laying on the couch. About 15 minutes later I felt little pop-corn like feelings in my stomach. It almost tickled.. from the inside. I have no idea how else to describe it! I thought for sure that I was being crazy, so I googled it. To my surprise there were a lot of other ladies who described exactly what I felt and confirmed that it’s definitely possible to feel the baby this early. Thinking back on it, I definitely think they were little hiccups with how they were timed. I’ve drank orange juice again almost every night to try and see if it will happen again, but no such luck! Now I’m just over here impatiently waiting for more hiccups!

Maternity Clothes: I really had this idea that I wouldn’t need maternity clothes for months, but as it turns out – wrong. Some of my clothes still fit alright but they have just started to feel increasingly uncomfortable. On Friday I decided it was time to check out the Motherhood maternity store in the mall just to see what they might have that I liked. I found a really cute dress that my Mom decided I had to have, so she bought it for me. Thanks Mom! It wasn’t too pricey – but a lot of the clothes just weren’t my style and were more than what I would normally pay so I passed on some of the basics I was hoping to find that day. On Saturday I went shopping with Kristie. We ended up at Clothes Mentor and I really hit the jackpot in there! I found 4 tops and a pair of really cute maternity jeans all for $43! I’ve side-eyed most of the maternity jeans I’ve seen – all pretty awful looking and expensive. So, finding a cute pair of skinny maternity jeans for $13 felt like winning the lottery. I feel like this is the best time of year to be pregnant. I’m just going to live in stretchy pants, dresses, and comfy sweaters.

The Waiting Game: The anticipation of finding out if this baby is a boy or a girl is making me a little nuts. I want to look at clothes, I want to look at nursery ideas – and I don’t want to look at anymore gender neutral stuff. I’m trying to just avoid looking at baby stuff for now because it makes me want to know even more!

Names: I’m completely shocked by this because I’m the most indecisive person you will ever meet, but we’ve picked out our names! We have a girl and a boy name ready! There’s a long way to go so maybe we will change our minds but I’m pretty set on them. :) I have a feeling we’ll keep them a secret from most everyone (except family/close friends) until the baby is born.

Symptoms: I’m still feeling pretty great. My tiredness has subsided a little bit since starting on the Vitamin D. The only really irritating symptom I have is that I will not be able to stop myself from throwing up if I gag. Like, if I accidentally gag myself brushing my teeth – it’s OVER. The good thing is that it’s only ever happened in the morning and there’s never anything in my stomach. But it’s still awful and it still takes a lot of energy out of me to dry heave for 15 minutes. I’ll take it though. I know I’m very blessed to have bypassed the horrible nausea of the first trimester.

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