It’s a GIRL!

First off – I know I’ve been MIA for a while…growing a baby is exhausting and all-consuming. To be quite honest, blogging has been the last thing on my mind these days.

But it’s about time I announce that we’re having a beautiful baby GIRL!

Our dear friends threw us the most beautiful gender reveal party to celebrate the new addition to our family. It was the most perfect and memorable day and we were so blessed to be surrounded by our closest friends and family to find out the gender of our new little bundle of love.

I can honestly say I was SHOCKED. I thought for sure it would be a boy! So much for mother’s intuition, right? I am so excited to have a little girl and mostly just so thankful that she is growing healthy and strong. I can’t believe she’ll be here in just three months!

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Pregnancy Progression Pics

Tomorrow I’ll be 19 weeks. I can’t believe I’m almost half way there. I’m so looking forward to finding out if our little bun is a boy or a girl next week. I honestly have no idea and like most things in my life, I change my mind on a daily basis about the gender of this little babe. Some mother’s say they “just knew.” I say, lucky guess.

Part of me hates to be “that girl” sharing my preggo pics, but let’s be honest — pregnancy is one of life’s most beautiful adventures. I love seeing other girl’s bump progression and I wanted to document my own journey here on the blog.

Admittedly, it’s not easy to watch your body change on a daily basis. I’m sure this is something all women struggle with during pregnancy. I’ve found that taking these progression pictures and being able to look back on how I’m changing every two weeks opens my eyes even more to the miracle of pregnancy.

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8 weeks | baby is the size of a raspberry

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10 weeks | baby is the size of a strawberry

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12 weeks | baby is the size of a plum

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14 weeks | baby is the size of a lemon

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16 weeks | baby is the size of an avocado

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18 weeks | baby is the size of a bell pepper

One Ingredient Healthy Ice Cream

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If there’s one thing a pregnant lady can’t resist, it’s a scoop of ice cream on a hot day.

Unfortunately I just can’t eat it whenever my little heart desires or I just might end up with a 60+ lb weight gain by the time this baby pops out. No thank you!

So I’ve found the next best thing to the real deal, and no, it’s not fro-yo. It’s much, much healthier. Because, I hate to break it to you, friends, but frozen yogurt isn’t any better for you than ice cream.

The best part about this recipe is there’s one ingredient. Oh, and that it’s all natural. No artificial ingredients, no sweeteners, and no dairy. Oh, and you don’t need an ice cream maker. Too good to be true?

Nope. That one magic ingredient that can be whipped into rich, silky ice cream is…

BANANAS!

That’s right — thanks to their high pectin content, bananas make creamy, rich ice cream when frozen and blended. They don’t get that flaky/icy texture like other frozen fruit.

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 large ripe banana

Instructions

  1. Peel the banana and cut into small pieces.
  2. Put the banana pieces in a large freezer bag and freeze overnight.
  3. Blend the frozen banana pieces in a food processor. Keep blending and scraping until the banana resembles ice cream.
  4. Add in any toppings/flavors as desired.
  5. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze until solid or enjoy right away for a soft serve texture.

** Note: You can make a large batch with more bananas. Just make sure your food processor is powerful enough!

Mix-Ins

The one-ingredient aspect of this ice cream is what makes it so healthy, but you can add in a few toppings to spice it up a bit.

  • Spoonful of peanut butter
  • Drizzle of honey
  • Handful of chocolate chips
  • Cocoa powder
  • Cinnamon

Let me know what you think!!

All About That Bass

Loving this song lately — really funny lyrics with some pretty awesome messaging. Now I’m all about being a healthy size and weight, but positive body image is most important. You can’t have a healthy body if your mind is in a bad place. And in a society where so much value is placed on appearance, we could all use a little reminder once in while.

“Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top.”

Enjoy!

First Trimester Essentials

Can you guys believe I’m already 17 weeks? It feels like I just passed the first trimester, but I’m really already a month into my second! Time is flying.

While it’s still (relatively) fresh in my mind, I wanted to share my first trimester essentials that helped me through those first 13 weeks.

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one || crystalized ginger || I don’t know why it works, but trust me on this one. Candied ginger helped more than anything else to combat my morning sickness. I didn’t go anywhere with out this stuff. Yes, it tastes like ****, but I got over that pretty quickly when I realized how much it works. Oh, and don’t bother with the ginger or flavored hard candies — go for the real deal.

two || fitbit || Low to moderate intensity exercise is very safe and is actually essential for a healthy pregnancy and baby. Since my doctor recommended I back off on my normal fitness routine, I relied on my trusty fitbit to help motivate me to move enough throughout the day, especially during a time when I was honestly feeling pretty lazy.

three || prenatal vitamins || Prenatal vitamins are an absolute must throughout the entire pregnancy (and especially early on), to support fetal brain and eye development. The Nature Made prenatal vitamins + DHA have served me well, but a word to the wise: take them shortly after eating a meal or that ginger will come in more handy than you hoped!

four || baby center app || Pregnancy is full of so many unknowns. Is what I’m feeling normal? When will I start to show? What can I expect at my first prenatal appointment? Mark and I decided to only share our pregnancy news with immediate family and close friends during the first trimester. As you can imagine, my brain was full of questions and I had few people I could talk to! The baby center app is a great resource for week by week updates and lots of Q&A.

five || unisom || Despite being so fatigued, I struggled to get a good night’s sleep. Between the frequent bathroom trips and all the excitement and fears surrounding becoming a new mom, I experienced horrible insomnia (which I’m told is extremely common). My doctor recommended taking Unisom and what a LIFESAVER it is. I’ve found that a half a tablet is plenty for me to avoid that groggy feeling in the morning.

six || healthy snacks || Pregnancy hunger is no joke and for me personally, I basically felt like I was starving throughout the first trimester. I learned to never leave the house without a few snacks. Chilled green grapes, protein bars, and almonds were some of my first tri go-to snacks.

seven || palmer’s cocoa butter || I am all about stretch mark prevention, so when a coworker gave me a bottle of this stuff with a high recommendation, I started using it daily and never looked back. I also use their skin soothing oil to relieve dry, itchy pregnancy skin.

eight || loose clothing || During the summer months, there’s nothing worse than tight, restrictive clothing…unless you’re also pregnant and your body is changing daily. During the first trimester, I lived in either a flowy top and comfy shorts or a loose-fitting dress. It’s all about comfort these days!

I hope this helps out all the newly pregnant and future mamas. Plus, who am I kidding – with the pregnancy brain I’m experiencing these days, if I don’t write it down, there’s no way I’ll remember when baby #2 is on board!

Did I miss anything? If you’re a mom, what could you not live without during your first trimester?

Fall Fashion Must Have: The Ankle Bootie

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 || B.P. Train Wrap Belted Bootie || $120 ||

I’m not going to lie, saying goodbye to summer is always a little hard. The long sunny days are fading fast and even though it’s still quite warm hot here in SD, I’m already dreaming of the autumn days ahead. If there’s one thing that can get me out of my post summer slump, it’s fall fashion. Every girl loves the fall season, right? Sweaters and boots and scarves, oh my!

I’m totally digging the ankle bootie trend that is so hot again this fall. The only problem is I can’t decide which pair to add to my beloved shoe collection. Which is your favorite?

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 || Vince Camuto Harlen Bootie || $170 ||

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 || Clarks Rosepoint Dew Bootie || $140 ||

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 || Vince Camuto Winta Leather Bootie || $200 ||

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 || Sam Edelman Louie Bootie || $130 ||

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 || Franco Sarto Linden Leather Bootie || $130 ||

Are you loving the ankle bootie trend as much as I am? What are some of your fall fashion staples? 

Life Lately: Labor Day Weekend / Our 2nd Anniversary

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<< The Grande Colonial >>

The hubby and I celebrated our 2nd anniversary with a little stay-cation by spending the weekend in our favorite place in San Diego: La Jolla, CA. It was the perfect weekend. Oh, so relaxing and just what we were in the mood for.

We stayed at The Grande Colonial Hotel which we quickly fell in love with because of the location. We were in the heart of downtown and could walk to the beach and all of the little shops and restaurants around town. It is such an iconic and historic place to stay in San Diego – it’s over 100 years old! And a little bonus: we got upgraded to an ocean view room for our anniversary!

We mostly relaxed at the pool and on the beach, went for lots of long walks downtown and of course we went to a bunch of our favorite restaurants. For our anniversary dinner we went to our favorite place, Eddie V’s, where we were treated to an ocean front table covered in red rose petals.

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Our 2nd Anniversary

Together_064Even though we celebrated over the weekend, today is officially our 2nd wedding anniversary!

It’s so cliche, but oh so true — where has the time gone? It feels like yesterday, my favorite girls and I were getting our hair and makeup done in my house, giggling and chatting the morning away. I contemplated how to wear my hair for the big day, anxiously awaiting the very moment I’d see my groom waiting for me at end of the aisle. The moment every little girl dreams of.

And what a dream it was.

The day came and went, faster than any other. I’d give just about anything to relive every minute of our wedding day, just once more. Instead, I try to replay the day in my head from time to time, in hopes that I’ll never forget a single thing from that day. Every little detail, in the order I remember. The way I felt. The things they said. The look on his face.

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Together_063Our wedding pictures make me so happy. I tell Mark if our house was ever on fire, there are three things we should grab: our two doggies and our wedding album. Marriage is such a beautiful thing. It really does bond a couple like nothing else.

So, two years. Here we are, embarking on this journey into parenthood.

Mark, I am so lucky to have you by my side, every step of the way. As we embark on this journey to becoming parents, I am so thankful you’re the one doing it with me. There’s no one I’d rather do this with. I love you.

 

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

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Labor day weekend holds a very special place in my heart.

Sure, it marks the end of summer, the start of a new school year, and some of the best sales of the year. Oh, and who can forget the good old fashion rule: we can’t wear white after labor day. Totally old school in my book. Rules are meant to be broken, especially in fashion.

But besides that, it is the weekend my husband and I chose to get married. Our intent was we’d celebrate each anniversary with a little weekend getaway.

This year we decided to do a little stay-cation in La Jolla, CA and just take a few days to enjoy the beautiful coast right in our own backyard.

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Stay tuned for pics!

Tell me: What are YOUR labor day weekend plans? 

P.S. Skinny tips for your summer cookout!

How Safe is Exercise During Pregnancy?

Healthy pregnancy.I was shocked to hear my doctor’s advice on exercise during pregnancy: “You should exercise at least 30 minutes a day up until the day you give birth, but avoid anything that increases your heart rate above 140 BPM, and absolutely nothing over 150.

Now, you all know I’m more than happy to exercise every day, but I had always heard: whatever you did pre-pregnancy, you could continue throughout pregnancy as long as you listen to your body. So since I was used to seeing my heart rates upwards of 160-170 quite often during workouts, shouldn’t that still be ok?

Nope.

Apparently, when your heart rate gets above 140, your blood starts rapidly fueling your muscles — and not baby.

According to Baby Center, the best way to keep your prenatal exercise routine safe and effective is to use your body’s responses as your guide.

The goal is to keep your intensity in a range that is moderate to somewhat challenging. That corresponds to the level of exercise your body can do without feeling so out of breath that you can’t talk. If you’re feeling out of breath, that’s your signal to reduce your intensity or take a break. The great thing about using this method for monitoring exercise intensity is that it allows women of every level of fitness to continue to exercise in a zone that keeps them fit.

Remember these tips when exercising during pregnancy, whether you’re continuing or starting a fitness program:

  • Keep your intensity at a level where you can carry on a conversation without feeling out of breath.
  • Reduce your exercise intensity or take a break if you start to feel out of breath, exhausted, or dizzy.
  • Modify your exercise routine as your pregnancy progresses. Remember that your growing baby adds weight to your body. So as you move through pregnancy, it’s as if you’re carrying a backpack that gets heavier each week. Whatever you’re doing when you’re 10 weeks pregnant will feel much harder at 30 weeks because you have to support more weight.
  • Listen to your body and discuss your exercise routine with your healthcare provider if you experience any discomfort, pain, or extreme exhaustion.

After hearing the advice from my doctor and doing my own research, I decided that quitting Fitwall would be best for me and the baby. I’m happy to report I’ve been able to continue exercising 30 minutes a day by modifying my workouts and slowing the intensity.

 

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