Monday, February 29, 2016

Past Few Weekends & Nursery Updates

The past few weekends have been pretty much focused on getting things for baby and getting the nursery going.  Having a little more than two months left is making me pretty anxious and just ready to get everything done!  This weekend, we got all the furniture from Ikea.  It was my second time going to Ikea and first time actually buying something and that place is so overwhelming.  It is so big and I did not realize how complicating it can get to get  three furniture items.  I am pretty sure we left with like 15 boxes for three items!  Between that, chasing Chloe around, and getting out to the car realizing one of the items was damaged, we got out with everything we came for and I am glad we got it done!

Last weekend, we finished painting the room.  Or I should say Eric did with a little help from Chloe and it turned out perfect.  He still has to hang the crown molding and the chair rail where but once that is done, I know I will love it!  

I also got these from Kawaii Kids Design on Etsy.  I just bought the digital prints and then printed them at Target's photo department for about $18. I am just going to get frames from the Dollar Tree and they are 8 x 10 pictures so they will take be perfect to fill up a whole wall.

I between baby and nursery prep, we did have some time to soak in the 70 degree weather we have been having.  We went to a birthday party for a friends baby boy and Chloe was in love with him,  She kept saying, "I want that baby!"  It just made me think of how special it is going to be to see her with her baby brother.  Eric was also soaking in all the baby boy loving, I could tell he was thinking about how he will have a little boy of his own soon.  Here are some other pictures of our last few weekends.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Seven Month Update

How far along: 28 weeks
Total weight gain: 22 lbs, pregnancy face has starting showing!
Maternity clothes: Yes!  That is about all I can wear now so repeating outfits is pretty constant these days!
Stretch marks: Only on my boobs. And they itch allll the time!  
Sleep: No issues here.
Best moment of this month: Finally clearing all Chloe's toys out of Chloe's old toy room and taking them downstairs.  Eric is gonna have to get used to us transitioning his man cave into half toy room!  We also got paint for the room and Eric just finished repainting the trim.
Miss anything: I REALLY want a coffee!  I have been pretending with hot chocolate in the meantime.
Movement: Yes, lots of it!  
Food cravings: No cravings really but like with Chloe, I eat more sweets than ever.  I am more a salt girl but I feel like I have to have desert after every meal when I am pregnant.
Anything making you queasy or sick: I am starting to get nauseous at night but nothing I can't handle.
Have you started to show yet: Yes, baby has popped out and I feel like I am bigger with this one at this stage.
Labor signs: No
Belly button in or out: In still!
Happy or moody most of the time: I have been getting little waves of depression but I am trying to stay positive through them.
Looking forward to:  Getting everything done with the nursery and buying everything we need,  With Chloe, we had everything done a lot sooner and it is driving me crazy with all we have left to do.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Vday Snapshots

Here are some snapshots from our Valentine's Day...

Putting our makrup on for the day

 My Valentines

I hope you had a great Vday with those you love.  I know I did!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Out of the Ordinary Beauty

I was doing my not so glamorous night routine the other night which consists me alternating between cleaning/primping a toddler and myself and I realized how many products I use on myself that are out of the box and not normally bought for the purpose I use them for.  I wanted to share them on my blog in case anyone was interested because they are not only cheap alternatives but also mostly natural.

Coconut Oil:
Now this one is getting more popular and you have probably heard of people using this on their hair and body.  I use it literally head to toe.  I use it as a moisturizer all over my body after bathing, my hair every day as a hair oil, as a deep conditioning hair mask, my face moisturizer, and on my eyelashes to help them grow.  I do not buy lotion anymore at all.  I buy a new jar maybe every two months and runs about $7 and $8 which is awesome for all I use it for.  I use the one below.

I was in the market for a good exfoliate for my face because I kept getting these dry flakes all over especially around my nose and the face wash brands you buy with the beads in them were not cutting it.  I was not about to pay a shitload of money on one of the high end ones  and then i read in a magazine that Cindy Crawford uses sugar to exfoliate.  If she uses it and looks as good as she does at her age, I am down to try it!  It makes sense though with how coarse it is.  I tried it and I was blown away!!!  So, when I run out in my little tupperware, instead of running to the store, I srun to the kitchen!  It is so easy and so cheap! 

Olive Oil:
Olive oil is so great for so many things.  The one thing I use it for the most is mixing it in with my sugar that i exfoliate with.  I used to use just sugar but when I started adding the olive oil, I could tell a difference in how smooth my skin was.  I sometimes use this for a deep hair conditioner and mix it in with the coconut oil.  Also, it works wonders cleaning my makeup brushes, just mix half dish soap and half olive oil.

Nivea Men's AfterShave:
I follow Nikki Tutorials on Instagram and she posted about using this for a face primer for your makeup.  I wish I could do my makeup like this girl so I immediately jumped on board no questions asked.  Some makeup products, I don't mind splurging on but a primer is not one of them so when I saw it at Walmart for $5, I was even more happy!  I used it and it really does make a difference and I can tell my makeup lasts longer throughout the day.

Vitamin E Oil:
This is awesome for your eyelashes/eyebrows to help them grow.  I also use this for my belly and breast to prevent stretch marks.  You can find this by the Vitamin section.

I use Vaseline for EVERYTHING from my lips to my legs!  I love it for keeping my feet smooth.  I lather my feet up really good and put some socks on for the night and when you wake up, they are so soft.  I love it for makeup remover also.  We used it for everything when it came to Chloe when she was a baby.  It is great for diaper rashes and for when she gets colds, we put it above her lip when it gets raw from the constant irritation from wiping her nose.  When you color your hair at home, this is perfect to put around your hairline to prevent any dye on your skin.

I make it a point to think of alternative items I can use that are less expensive  and last a long time and all of these do.  Don't get me wrong, I do not mind coughing up the money for products that really work  but why do there are some things that do not have to break the bank.