A Few 1st & 2nd Trimester Must Haves

1st and 2nd Trimester Must Haves

I have compiled a little list of items that I feel are “must haves” for the first trimester and the beginning of the second trimester. It’s a pretty simple list – nothing too crazy! But some of these thing have done a lot to help keep me sane and comfortable throughout the beginning of my pregnancy.

1) Sundown Naturals Prenatal Vitamins – I tried these from the very beginning because they were readily available at my grocery store and they weren’t too expensive. I geared up to try several with the thought in mind that they would probably upset my stomach and I’d have to find the right one for me – but these worked great from the beginning. I take them at night before bed just in case they bother my stomach at all. Warning: they are pretty large, so if you have trouble taking big pills then these may not be for you! If you have bathroom issues when you take prenatal vitamins due to the iron I recommend CitraNatal Prenatal vitamins – they have a particular one that has a mild laxative already in it!

2) Humidifier - Running a humidifier at night during these dry winter months has been a huge help to me. When I don’t use it I can tell a big difference in how much more congested I feel right when I wake up. I have a pretty cheap one made by Vicks that is fairly quiet but makes a little bit of calming noise (or, I find it calming).

3) Rain, Rain App - I used to sleep like a rock. Once I was out, that was it! I would sleep right through the sonic booms of the space shuttle re-entering the atmosphere when I lived in Florida – ha! But now? If a magnet falls off the refrigerator in the kitchen downstairs – I’M UP, I’M UP, WHAT!? I downloaded a free app to my phone called Rain, Rain that I love. It has a ton of different white noise options but I stick with “summer rain”. I don’t wake up nearly as often anymore now that I pair this with the little bit of noise from the humidifier. Ahhhh, relaxation.

4) An Extra Pillow - Are we seeing a theme here? Clearly, I’ve been experiencing sleep issues! A lot of ladies swear by the giant body pillows that are specifically made for pregnancy – and I am certainly not opposed to trying one out! But I haven’t wanted to spend the extra money just yet, so I’ve tried some alternatives. I started sleeping on my sides almost right away and I would wake up every 30 minutes with hip pain. I tried putting a pillow between my knees but that didn’t help a bit. Finally, I tried putting a pillow right under the middle of my back and that seemed to relieve the pressure I was experiencing. It helps support my stomach a bit and elevates me enough that all of the pressure isn’t resting on my hips.

5) Save My Skin Body Oil - Let me tell you – this stuff is amazing. I use a couple of pumps of this every morning and evening on every part of my body that is stretching out – and things are really starting to stretch out now! Haha! My stomach and chest were especially itchy and uncomfortable even from the beginning, so I started using this right away. This product keeps me feeling moisturized and comfortable in those places and has prevented stretch marks so far. I have also been using this on the stretch marks that I already had on my inner thighs and they are almost completely invisible now. So I have high hopes that this will keep me stretch mark free throughout my pregnancy! This is a product made by Pure Romance and I do happen to sell it as a consultant- you can get your own/read more about it by clicking here and navigating to “Shop” and “Bath and Beauty”. You can purchase it directly online through my little shop!

6) Yoga/Exercise - This is definitely a must have for me! If you haven’t been very active in the past I recommend walking and light stretching. I honestly believe that staying active kept me from experiencing true morning sickness. Any time I took a significant amount of time off from it I would start to feel pretty gross immediately. As someone who was already very active when I got pregnant, I have just continued doing what I was doing (with some modifications) and it has felt wonderful!

7) Orange Juice with Vitamin D - I found out that I was vitamin D deficient when my first prenatal appointment blood work came back. I started taking a supplement once a week which helped me to start getting my energy back. Drinking orange juice with vitamin D in it alongside of the supplement helped me feel even better, not to mention, I have been craving orange juice from the beginning. And a side perk? The cold and sweet juice gets the baby moving – and I LOVE to feel him move around!

8) Hot Heart Massager - I’m throwing out another Pure Romance product here because – YES – this thing rocks my world. This is a little reusable hot pack that warms up to 129 degrees when you click the little disk inside. I use them on my feet after a long day, on my neck, on my lower back, in my pockets when I’m outside in the cold – basically all of the time. Nate can rub one on the bottom of my feet or rub my back with two of them and it’s just like a hot stone massage. Loved this product before and love it even more now that I’m pregnant and achy. Again, you can click here and navigate to “Massage Oils & Accessories” to read more about it/get your own!

Is there anything you would add to this list? I’d love to try out your recommendations!

Feeling A Little Catty With Glasses Shop + My Second Trimester

14 Weeks

Meow! I finally got my hands on a pair of cat-eye glasses, y’all. It has been a long time coming. I’ve partnered up with several online glasses retailers over the past few years of running this little blog (which has really been a blessing because my prescription is ever-changing and glasses can be pricey) but none of them have ever offered the design that I really and truly had my heart set on! You guessed it! Cat-eyes! AND they’re tortoise cat-eyes! I’ve always wanted to try this style and this color. I tend to stick to black usually, which I’ve found to look a little bit harsh on my face in comparison to the tortoise. I’ve finally found my perfect match!
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It’s true – I am loving these glasses from GlassesShop.com. I ordered them with ease, received them quickly, and they are exactly as expected. They even came with a cute little case and a soft cleansing cloth. My number one recommendation for purchasing glasses online, though? Go to an actual store and try on a pair as similar as you can possibly find to what you’re thinking of purchasing online. I love that there is the ‘virtual try-on’ option but I really struggle with being able to tell what works with my face shape unless I physically try them on. Maybe even take a friend with you to help you decide on a pair! Once you know what you really and truly want – purchasing online is seriously the best option in my opinion. The price difference is just unreal. I mean, just check out the price on these! My second and final recommendation is to take the glasses to be fitted if they feel at all uncomfortable on you once you receive them. These fit a little snug on me so I may take them to get properly fitted. Use CODE: Steph20 to get 20% off your own pair of glasses from Glasses Shop! Make sure to let me know if you order a pair – I’d love to hear your feedback as well!
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These pictures were snapped at exactly 14 weeks on Wednesday! It feels amazing to finally be in my second trimester. I just feel a bit more at ease now that things have progressed this far. There’s really not much to report as far as changes go – I feel about the same. I’ve definitely grown quite a bit so I’m getting in my last hoorah with regular clothes (like this dress). I actually wore a pair of high-waisted jeans completely unzipped down the side with a long sweater to go Black Friday shopping yesterday. No one was the wiser, haha! Nate and I have really been enjoying the long holiday weekend. I’ve been staying up late and sleeping in a little so my schedule is going to be way off! But I have slept better the last few nights than I have in a while, so it’s worth it. I hope you have all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

PS: What do you all think of the new blog design? I needed something new and I wanted it to be a bit seasonal! I think it will be fun to change the header as we move through the year. =)

What I Wore:
Dress: Marshalls (similar)
Glasses: GlassesShop.com (these) – take 20% off with CODE Steph20!
Hat: Forever21 (similar)
Top: Target (similar)
Boots: Target (similar)
Necklace: Forever 21

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! =)

A Beautiful Kentucky Fall + Eshakti Review

A Beautiful Kentucky Fall
We have been experiencing a phenomenally beautiful fall here in Kentucky this season. Gorgeous colors, perfect weather! This is by far my favorite time of year and one of the main reasons that I don’t miss living in Florida. I just so wish it lasted a little longer because before I know it those pretty leaves will be gone and I’ll be freezing! (That’s when I miss 90 degrees with 100% humidity!) But – let’s live in the moment, shall we?
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Nate and I seem to take a trip out to Ashland Estate every year around this time. It’s a lovely place to take photos and wander around for a bit. We were definitely not the only people with the idea to take photos there on Saturday! I can’t tell you how many times someone walked into our shot, looked at us like we were a little odd, or tried to converse with us about photography. Haha. I have never seen so many people there at the same time.
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I had so much fun taking pictures in this dress. My gosh, I am in love with it. Eshakti.com sent it to me to review on my blog and though I’ve heard great things about them, I’m never really sure what to expect when I order clothing online. I was so pleased when I opened the package and held up the dress. Right away I could tell how well it was made – sturdy material, beautiful stitching detail – perfect! What really sets Eshakti apart from other online retailers is that you can customize their clothing to fit you perfectly – down to your exact measurements. I decided to go with a regular size 6 in this case though (one size up from normal) to have some room to grow into it. I did alter it a bit by having the sleeves removed and extending the length to knee length. I really love sleeveless dresses because it makes them so versatile. I can wear a long sleeve shirt under it with tights all winter and leave all of the layers behind in the spring/summer! I chose to lengthen it a little bit so that my growing tummy wont take the length up too short in the front. I could have removed the detail and the pockets if I had been interested in that – but how gorgeous is the detail!? And would anyone ever remove pockets from a dress? I hope not! There’s definitely room to grow and I think I’ll be able to wear this well into my pregnancy. It should be really fun to take pictures in it again down the road to see how that works out! My overall experience with Eshakti has been A+. This is a dress that will most definitely live in my closet for a long time and through many different seasons!
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I had to throw in a few shots of me holding my sonogram photo from my doctor appointment at a little over 7 weeks. =)

Outfit Details:
Dress: Kenya Dress // courtesy of Eshakti.com
Hat: Forever21
Boots: Target
Tights: Target
Cape: New York & Co.

**Photos taken by Nate

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