New Year, New Me?!

Such a cheesy saying I know. But a new year typically marks the start of changes we want to make. Whether we want to be more confident, thinner, more fit, less debt.. and so on. Today I am 28w4d pregnant. Fully in my third trimester and ready for everything this year is going to bring me.

Today I started the 30 days to healthy living (30dhl) challenge and I honestly couldn’t be more excited. I plan on sharing a little more of my pregnancy journey as well as my fitness and nutrition journey. I know this will be a huge year.

I wanted to explain the 30dhl a little bit because I realized many people had the wrong idea of what it is. First I would like to mention I have been studying health/nutrition for many years and have my master’s in public health. These aren’t just opinions, I will be stating facts. The program is not a lose weight quick fad diet, tho you can lose weight. You don’t have to work out tho physical activity will help you reach results and is always a good idea for your heart health. This program focus on detoxifying your body and teaching you how to FUEL your body with proper nutrition. Using Arbonnes products just makes it so much easier bc you only have to worry about one healthy meal a day and use the shakes to provide all the nutrition you need for the other 2 meals.

It seriously couldn’t be easier to be healthy. And as a pregnant lady I can feel so good about getting all the protein and nutrients and vitamins I need with little to no effort!

I feel the need to share this info because it seriously changes lives! Balances sugar with no spikes, no feeling hungry or depriving yourself through the day, just pure, beneficial nutrition.

If you have any questions please let me know! I get so excited about this stuff and I am so focused on helping people get healthier.

Xoxo erin

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Quick healthy delicious meal:

Turkey skillet:

1lb ground turkey

Half an onion

2 sweet potatoes

Salt and pepper

Cilantro

Directions: peel and cube up the sweet potatoes and toss in a large skillet with a little olive oil. Cook till they can be pierced with a fork. Add onion and turkey and cook till turkey is cooked through. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add cilantro to finish. Sooo easy and delicious!! And healthy!!!

Happy New Year Babes!

Hey everyone! I hope everyone had a fun, safe new year. It was my husbands birthday yesterday so we made lots of food and hung out. Simple but that seems to be the life with kids and being prego.

I’m currently 28 weeks pregnant and I can not wait for this to be over. I feel bad saying that because there are so many women who would love to be pregnant but this has been a rough one for me.

Any ways, it’s a new year and for some reason we take that as a chance to set new goals and make changes. Even tho we literally can take those steps anytime. What are your resolutions for 2018? Here are mine:

  • Survive the last couple months of this pregnancy and delivery a happy, healthy baby.
  • Focus on my health. Nutrition will be huge for me and I’ve already started this but I will be getting more intense on this point.
  • Working out WILL be a priority. I feel I let taking care of everyone else take up so much time that I neglect myself.
  • I need to learn to love my body and self. Post baby bodies are not what Victoria secret models get because most of us do not have cooks, trainers, and nannies to take care of everything. I know it will take time but I will reach a place where I’m not crying in fitting rooms, hating how I look.
  • Focus on my business and my blog and post on a better schedule
  • Lastly it is always a focus of mine to be positive and spread good vibes. Patience is key. Life is hard and we shouldn’t make it meaner and harder than it already is.

2019 is going to be a huge year. I will be having a baby, my son will be a big brother, we will be moving, selling our house and buying a new one and my husband will start a new job.

I pray only the best for 2019 for all of us 💚

Xoxo erin

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My Birth Story

You hear amazing birth stories and then you hear some horror stories. And here is mine. This is my birth experience. Everyone has a different experience but there is one thing for sure, Not one person has all the answers for a perfect birth. Do what seems right to you.

I was really blessed to have given birth at one of the top rated hospitals and it made a huge difference I think. My doctor and all the nurses were truly amazing and made me feel at home. Now leading up to the main event I really wasn’t sure what to expect but I was very calm. My doctor and I planned baby K’s birthday so I knew when everything was going to happen, which was perfect for me because I love to plan out everything. So I packed my bags (The Most Realistic Hospital Pack List) and was ready to go. Monday evening my husband drove me to the hospital and my mom came as well. I checked in and they got me set up in my room. I got hooked to my iv and started on fluids and pitocin. I ate my last meal around 9 or 10pm, wendy’s, and it was delicious. Definitely wish I would have eaten more before getting to the hospital. I then took a nap and around midnight my doctor came and broke my water. After sleeping the best I could through the night I had nurses checking in on me every so often. It is pretty nifty, you are hooked up to a machine and when you are having contractions you can’t feel you can see them!

Every single nurse/my doctor asked me from the moment I got to the hospital asked me what my plan was for pain management and every time I gave the response: Jesus. I was determined I could go all natural. Well Tuesday morning I began to feel the contractions come on. At first they were mild and very bearable but they jumped up about 10 notches in no time at all. I was scrunched up in a ball almost to tears. My husband felt terrible for me and felt worse that he couldn’t do anything for me. I finally got to the point where I just looked at my husband and said do something. So he called for the nurse. Haley, my nurse and angel, came and asked me if I wanted something and I told her that I didn’t want to make the decision and that I wanted her to make that decision for me. She laughed and said I’m getting an epidural. The team came in and sat me up and what I was excepting to be terrible I didn’t feel at all. And within minutes I felt like a new person. It was absolutely amazing and was a great decision. Shortly after I got my epidural Haley came in and said I think it’s time to push!

30 short minutes of pushing later I gave birth to the most beautiful little boy in the world! After he was cleaned up and I was stitched up I got to hang out and meet baby K. A couple hours later they rolled me over to a new room and I ate soooo much! I mean I went a while without eating and giving birth is extremely exhausting.

My next goal after giving birth and eating was to get my iv out. I hate them!!! My new nurse told me I had to pee 3 times and then she would take it out. I did that about as quickly as I could! I actually slept pretty well that night. Considering my husband and I were dealing with a new baby crying and not knowing what to do. The next day my husband had to go to work and family was out and about and I was pacing my room. I was yelled at every time she saw me up telling me I had to lay down. I was so antsy. Laying down was uncomfortable and I had been laying down for 2 days!

I finally got to take a shower and put real clothes on and Thursday i got to go home! I was so happy to go home and be in my own space. And that was how it went. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. I even told my doctor that I had to have my baby here if we decided to have any more children.

xoxo Erin

Milk Boosting Cookies

Every now and again you need a boost, and these will help you with just that. Whether you need a little sweet treat, protein bite, a milk supply boost, or all 3 these have got that!

I got this recipe from my sister in law and made some tweaks to it for myself.

Boobie Cookies:

In one bowl beat together:

  • 1c butter
  • 1c sugar
  • 1c brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs

Let 4tbs water and 2tbs ground flax seed sit together for 5 minutes.

In another bowl mix together:

  • 2c flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2-3 tsp cinnamon
  • 4tbs brewers yeast

Combine all of the above

then mix in:

  • 3c oats
  • 2c dark chocolate chips
  • 3tbs peanut butter

bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes

These are so good! Hope you enjoy! Let me know if you would like me to send you a PDF of the recipe (:

 

xoxo Erin

What to Expect After Birth

The scary part is giving birth right? Nope, not in my opinion. The healing afterwards is way worse. There are definitely some things you can do to make it a little better though. As I have said before, take what you can and as much as you can from the hospital!! You just pushed a bowling ball out of your hoo-ha, of course you are gonna have some pain and recovery unless you are a super model with some super powers. In that case I applaud you. Things that make things a lot easier:

  1. //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=mommy409-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B002MCD16O&asins=B002MCD16O&linkId=12d2d06368122ad0a3d637161b0e3121&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff Dermoplast cooling spray. Emphasis on the cooling. This stuff is bomb at relieving the stinging from stitches.
  2. Tucks Medicated Pads– Witch hazel pads keeps everything cool and clean. They will probably give you a small thing of these at the hospital and if you have any issues with your bum, this will make everything better.
  3. Carex Sitz Bath– These things look ridiculous but I tell you what they feel pretty great when you can’t do a lot of scrubbing down there. Trust me it’s cheap and helps the stitches heal up.
  4. Ibuprofen- for when everything still hurts.
  5. Mom Panties- Trust me you don’t want to ruin your nice skivvies, go to wally world and get you a pack of what I call mom panties. They are comfy and necessary to hold those jumbo pads from the hospital.

These are a few necessities from my experience. It isn’t that bad. They best thing I was told to prepare myself was that your butt is going to hurt. It feels like your tailbone got broken. But everything is worth it when you have your little!!!

Leave me comments about what you thought was necessary after birth!!

xoxo Erin

Pack List for Road Trips

Packing for long trips is not always easy if you are a last minute packer. Being 4 hours on the highways deep is not the time you want to realize that you forgot something. Luckily for you friends I am a crazy compulsive list maker!! I am getting ready for a trip to Ohio to see my family and friends and being the crazy list maker/packer I am, I have already packed my 3.5 month old son and myself! Here is my pack list for babies:

  • Clothing and socks- 7-10 outfits (We will be out of town for a little over a week and have access to a washer and dryer) My rule of thumb is about 3-4 outfits more than the days you will be gone if you can’t wash clothes.
  • Nightys– I love these things! Trust me if you have to change a diaper in the middle of the night the last thing you want to mess with is zippers and snaps. These are a must!
  • Burp Cloths and Bibs. I have said it before, I like using cloth diapers for burp cloths and these bibs are bomb! My baby boy is beginning to teeth so this catches the drool and gives him something to “chew” on.
  • Diapers and Wipes– a must. I am a huggies girl personally, but you use what you like of course!
  • Soap, Lotion and gel– I like to use aveeno because bubby is so dry and I like that aveeno is a more natural option and the baby oil gel keeps him moisturized all day.
  • Towels and Wash rags– Of course you don’t necessarily need a baby version, you can use regular towels and wash rags but if you have the space to pack and want to you have that option.
  • Bottles and a cleaning brush- These are my favorite bottles. Of course you don’t need to bring bottles if you exclusively breastfeed.
  • Formula- If you formula feed or supplement then you will need to bring this!
  • Pack n Play– So I am not a huge fan of these because I guess I always think of people putting their babies in them and using them like a dog kennel. But I do use it while traveling so bubby will have his own bed. He is too big for the bassinet part so that stays home.
  • Pacifiers, hair brush, saline spray, and vit. d drops- basics we use everyday, vit. d drops if you breast feed.
  • Breast Pump– if you breastfeed or pump. I am an exclusive pumper. I’ll share my story sometime! I really love my medela.
  • Car seat- is a must
  • Stroller- if you need, I don’t use mine much
  • Bottle Warmer– Not necessary but it is nice to have when you are reheating breast milk.
  • Baby Monitor– I put Bubby down for a nap and stay up later than his bed time so having his monitor is great!

That is pretty much it guys! I know it seems like a lot but I get it packed in Small Getaway bag from Lucky Brand. Lucky is my favorite brand but before you see this price and judge me, I got one like this but it is an old style they don’t sell anymore and I got it on clearance!!

If you would like me to send you my list in a PDF form just comment or email me and I would be more than happy to send you a check list. If you think I forgot anything let me know! I was going for more of the things that are needed not extras. Like of course I will bring some toys but its not necessary.

x0x0 Erin

Also I am not sponsored by any of these brands. I just shared what I personally use and love and what works for my family. Target is the main store I have to shop at in my town so if I don’t get my stuff from there then I get it from amazon and occasionally walmart.

Packing a diaper bag

When it comes to packing a diaper bag, it goes with my personal life philosophy: Less is More. What’s in my diaper bag? Click here if you wanna check out a video I made about my diaper bag vs. my husbands. It is bad quality, just a warning, I got a new camera and I’m still learning to perfect things so don’t judge me too much!

Anyways let’s dive in!!

Packing a diaper bag shouldn’t be a difficult thing. Of course we all want to be prepared for every situation that could possibly happen. I think you can pack for what you are going to be doing. Me, with my less is more philosophy, like to adjust for what I am going to be doing. So of course it wouldn’t be a diaper bag without diapers. That is the #1 necessity and with diapers you have to have wipes. Now for a lot of situations I say you can stop there. Running quickly to get take-out or groceries? What more do you really need? Going to be out a little longer I like to add a few items. Burp cloths are a must with any drooly baby like I have right now, I use the cloth diapers I linked above because they work the best, are larger, and cheaper than regular burp cloths you can buy. I like to keep a Paci (my fav) on deck just in case of a melt down, and a change of clothes in case of a blow out (unfortunately they happen). This is really all you need. If you are going on a longer trip then I would add a bottle and formula or breast milk for when baby gets hungry. I will be posting my pack list for road trips in a later post so stay tuned!

If you watch my video you will see that I have not found a diaper bag that I love because they are all too big and bulky and just don’t fit my life style. I did get this one in a different pattern at my baby shower and I do love it but I use it only for traveling.

As always guys please enjoy and leave me comments on your must haves in your diaper bag. Give me a follow to stay up to date on all the things going on in my world of crafts, baby, mommy, beauty, and much more!

xoxo Erin