Thursday, 31 August 2017

29 & 30 Weeks

Just kidding, Im not pregnant. It's a basket ball. Got you all! hahaha. 


In case you are 100% keeping up with my pregnancy updates, I apologize I did not post one last week & that this one is a little late! I didn't feel like much went on it was the same moaning & groaning as the week prior I believe! However, being 30 weeks pregnant I sure can be uncomfortable.
My maternity appointments are officially every two weeks now, which puts my mind at ease now that I feel like each week brings on a new set of battles to overcome with being uncomfortable and all the questions!
As far as symptoms go I don't really see them as symptoms! I now take iron supplements because my hemoglobin and ferritin were low 118 and 7... Very low! Since taking my supplements I have had more energy and just making sure I get enough H2O. I wake up at 4 am every morning to go to the washroom like clock work and head back to bed for a couple more hours. I also have been suffering from SPD also known as 
Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction. It is honestly the most painful thing I've experienced yet. it doesn't bother me much during the day or morning but once I'm home from work around 5pm I am in excruciating pain and I am slower than a sloth and pretty useless unless I push myself. I've also been experiencing rib flares. So sitting for a long period of time isn't a good idea because either babe is kicking me or my uterus is sitting right under my ribs so the pressure its super painful. Thankfully my work desk can be a standing desk so that helps! 

I feel like this update is mostly me complaining about being in pain but it is my reality right now. I try & not let it show in my face or at work because I'm a workaholic and it really doesn't affect my work ethic. Just once I am home I'm a sack of potatoes! 

Watermelon craving has awoken once more! 



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Monday, 28 August 2017

• Quick & Easy Blueberry Lemon Croissants •


Alright, I know mine don't quite look like croissants & more like scones but I did use Pillsbury Croissant rolls I'm just crap at rolling them! I wanted to make something delicious & something that would be quick. I think these will definitely be getting made again around Christmas. Especially with having an infant then it will be super easy peasy to quickly wrap & pop them in. 

Here is what you will need.


Ingredients:


1
Can of Pillsbury™ refrigerated Crescent Dough Sheet 
1\3
Cup of lemon concentrate  
2-3 
Cups of blueberries

Directions:


  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. 
  • 2
    Cut dough into 8 rectangles. On ungreased large cookie sheet, spread each rectangle out enough room to lay completely flat &with a pastry brush,
    dip into lemon concentrate and brush onto each crescent. 

  • 3
    Add the blueberries in and Roll up each. Starting at longest side; firmly pinch edges and ends to seal.
    Gently stretch each roll to about 10 inches. I bet you can do a better job than I did! C
    oil each roll into a spiral with seam on the inside, tucking end under. Take your pastry brush once again and brush on some lemon concentrate. I promise it will only leave a hint of lemon! 

  • 4
    Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until deep golden brown. 


  • IF you would like a nice glaze. in small bowl, mix glaze ingredients, adding enough water/lemon concentrate for desired drizzling consistency. Drizzle over warm rolls. 


    Let the rolls sit to cool down & enjoy! 







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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

≫ Nursery Essentials ≪


I may be a soon to be mumma for the first time but I feel like I am pretty aware of what the essentials are for your first nursery or a small refresher! I was lucky enough to be given a lot of the items for the nursery from close friends who have had children already! Let's begin.

1. Crib, Cradle or Bassinet.

I have been told that you really don't need a crib right away since baby will be most likely with you 24/7 & co-sleeping with the bassinet. We were given this Graco "Ashleigh" design crib from some lovely friends who have had three little ones & they barely used this crib because they had a co-sleeper crib in their room. We also have a DockATot for multipurpose use! You can use it for tummy time, changing, playing, bed transitioning, lounging, resting & just around the house!



2. Firm Flat Crib Mattress


I was fortunate enough to receive a NewtonBaby Crib Mattress to review. It is 100% breathable, washable & even recyclable! The mattress is so breathable you can literally smush your face into it and still be able to breathe. I feel so confident in this mattress for my babe on the way in November. Not that I want him to be on his tummy or even unattended. He will not be!





The mattress is firm enough to be the perfect mattress for baby's growth & development. It can also be perfect to use when babe turns into a toddler! I was convinced this would be the best mattress for out little babe when I read about what it was made out of. Wovenaire is a patented core, 90% air and 10% food grade polymer the provides comfort of foam and latex without any drawbacks. What other mattresses are made out of, this one is not. It does not have foam, latex, springs or glue you would find in other mattresses. Which means no off-gassing, toxic chemicals or allergens. The mattress is 100% recyclable too! The Wovenaire reduces suffocation risk, allergens, overheating and bacteria growth. 

I would also like to recommend purchasing replacement covers so you can always have an extra on hand for middle of the night accidents. Newton Baby has colors available in White, Pink,  Blue & Gray. The spacer cover is easily removable for machine washes in case of small accidents. and replacement covers are sold separately. You can find them here. 






If you think this mattress is right for your babe & you would like to purchase. Head to www.newtownbaby.com I have a special discount code for my beautiful mama's & any husbands who read mom blogs. You never know! Discount code for 15% your 1st purchase: MillennialMotherhood




 



3. Fitted Crib Sheets

The most essential baby bedding item is fitted crib sheets. You will want to have a few of these for convenience reasons. When one pair is in the wash, you can use the second immediately rather than waiting! I have been lucky enough that Nest Designs a Canadian brand based out of Vancouver BC had reached out to me to review their beautiful crib sheets and I have nothing but great things to say!
The crib sheets are made of a bamboo blend, soft & breathable muslin fabric so little babe can have the sweetest of dreams. Nest Design's beautiful sheets retail for $42 CAD.






4. Dresser or Change Table 

Believe it or not, you will change approximately 2000 diapers in the first year of your baby’s life! Having somewhere that is loaded up with diapers, near a diaper pail, wipes and sudocrem makes the whole process much easier, more hygienic and much more comfortable for the carer! Many changing units double up as dressers for clothes storage which is especially useful if space is an issue. As you can see below, I've made my own with baskets! I labelled ours for my spouse so he doesn't have to ask me where things are because even living in our home he asks me where things are CONSTANTLY in our kitchen! So this way, he won't have to bother me if I am sleeping. Men can be so clueless sometimes & Im sure you know how irritating it is! Sometimes you wonder if their acting dumb on purpose! heheh sorry Love! 





5. Swaddles & or Receiving Blankets 

Most newborns sleep much better being swaddled because it gives them the coziness they knew in the womb and it helps prevent them from waking themselves up with their flailing arms. I have a bunch of Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets and will probably find them to be great for lots of different uses such as a swaddle, as light blankets, a nursing cover, and an on-the-fly-spit-up-catcher. We would like to try out a couple of sleep sacks as well because I've heard so many good things about them! We would like to keep on the more minimal side as much as we can. I've been recommended to have between 4-6 swaddles. Although I want to me minimal I always say the more the marrier! 


6. Heavier Blanket

If it's the colder months when babe is born, he or she will probably love to be wrapping in a nice cozy blanket during the autumn/winter on strolls or in your arms. You will closely monitor babe for the first couple of months so making sure that they are warm & cozy is important! As they start to get older the quilt or blanket can be used much more. In the first couple of months swaddling will happen, but you can do that with a muslin blanket or even a lightweight quilt. I just do not ever encourage extra blankets, extra anything in the bassinet or crib with your child as they can suffocate. 



7. Night Light

A nightlight is another useful low cost addition to your nursery. Whether you want to check on your baby or change a nappy, a nightlight will enable you to see and do minimal disruption to your sleeping baby!




8. Sound Machine

We have the Baby Shusher it has two timer options being 15 minutes and 30 minutes & adjustable volume. The rhythmic shush is like the inside the womb for baby. That's why white noise is so soothing. These in utero noises can be up to 95 dBs, just like to the sound of a very loud vacuum cleaner. Baby Shusher is well within the recommended sounds levels, specifically to protect baby’s delicate ears.



9. Reclining Arm Chair/ Rocking Chair

The long restless nights and the ever going feeding sessions, demand something comfortable for Mum and Dad; and what can be a better option than a nursery chair? Let me just say, a comfortable nursery chair is the real heart and one of the most important aspects of the nursery. In my personal opinion!  They provide a place where you will be spending most of your time as a parent; just like how you invest your money in the best baby mattress your money can buy, why should you not pay for your own comfort as well?
It’s important to understand what your investing in and you are getting the uttermost comfort and quality for your money, so we bought ours from La Z Boy. Thinking about the time spent in the chair & how it must be comfortable. Originally i was looking at a glider on Amazon and would go with whatever was best rated. Spencer then did some research and we decided to go with something a little less "cute" & neutral because eventually when we no longer need it in the nursery it will move to the living room! 

10. Baby Monitor

We have yet to get a baby monitor but have chosen we like the Levana Astra. We like that it has two way communication & the lullaby mode with three different songs for babe to fall asleep too if we decide to switch between the Baby Shusher. We also really appreciate the transmission range & the big screen! 




I hope you enjoyed what I believe to be essentials in a nursery, personally my own nursery for our son! Each list will be different for each set of parents but I hope my list gave you some great ideas!





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Thursday, 17 August 2017

Twenty Eight Weeks



I've officially hit another milestone! THIRD TRIMESTER! Where has the time gone? 
I was told it would go by fast & when I was told this I was probably 9 weeks along. I was just dragging every day because I felt like it was going by so slow! Now, I wish I had more time with being less uncomfortable though. The overwhelming feeling has officially set in like I need to get everything done. Which, I will probably get the majority and be bored by the end of my pregnancy waiting on little one to come into this world to join us.
This week I can say the lower back aches are real, pelvic pain is a new one so I will be chatting with my doctor about that one! I've officially gone from getting up once in the night to getting up 2-3 times to wee. Always around 4 am too. I can no longer really reach places to shave, I walk much much slower because of the back/pelvic pain and slip on shoes are my best friend.
I can no longer squeeze to get into the truck anymore in our driveway so I have to walk to the end and let Spencer drive down.. Which I find HILARIOUS. Although I've been getting bigger the number on the scale has stayed the same for the last 3 weeks, I noticed my thighs aren't rubbing together too! Since adopting the vegan lifestyle it has stopped a lot of bad cravings that was making me gain weight rapidly. My body is still changing & growing bigger and babe is getting the best nutrients since this is the best I've ever eatin.. I wish I was kidding! 



Our boy is a our squishy! Seeing him at 28 weeks was so amazing. I loved seeing him yawn, smile & well his lips! He has my lips! He has his daddys big smile though, I bet his hairline too heheh. 

Being on Instagram constantly I was determined to try and win a DockATot & I did it! I knew it was unrealistic to purchase one with while they can be up to $400 in CAD. I bought a bassinet second hand for $30 for babe the week prior, I thought to myself.. How funny would it be if next week I win a DockATot.. Well, that's exactly what happened! I got the message in my DM's & my eyes almost popped out of my head! I was shoook.
I ended up selling the used bassinet for what I paid for it. Our DockATot came in the mail so fast and we were so excited to open it.. 


Our little (notsolittle) Silver decided it was hers. I said she can only be on it with the protector on it. She hopped off after I gave our kitties dinner and it's now in a safe place but you can see from the photo below, Silver was in bliss!  


We had our 3rd prenatal class & had the hospital tour. It was really great! However, I had an anxiety attack while in one of the labor/delivery rooms when the instructor turned on the bed warmer to show us how loud it was. I think what triggered it was the loud beep. My brain went right into panic mode & I felt my eye tearing up and my whole body just going into a sweat. I felt like I went from 36 degrees to the highest fever you can get in seconds. Worst feeling ever and I've never experienced it before! I ended up leaving the room to redeem myself with Spencer and went back in once I felt cool enough & calm. I've always had a hard time with hospitals after spending 3 months in 2015 there with my mum before she passed away. I will go into that someday on my blog because I think it will be important to share my story and how I feel about becoming a mother without a mother. 



Overall, this week has been really good, just uncomfortable. Hoping next week is better but that's wishful thinking because I know I will just start to get more uncomfortable!


Question: When did you decide to stop working?


I've been told I'm crazy for wanting to work to term. It does sound crazy once I see others saying they took the 6 weeks off prior as expected. I think I would go nuts!






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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

≫ Summer Make-Up Routine ≪


Lately I’ve been trying to force myself to limit my routine to just a couple products. This is hard for me if you have been following me for some time you'll know I use to like to go all out with my makeup. For example...




I start saying, oh, I’ll just cover up my under eye circles, and then I need mascara, and then maybe just fill in the brows a bit…and next thing I know I’ve been in front of the mirror for 20 minutes or so. As of recently... aka the last two years,  I’ve been experimenting with a more minimal look to get out the door on time in the morning & get the rest of my work morning routine done. 

I always start off with my Derma E face sunscreen and after I wash my face and as I get our two kitties their food I let it set. I then go in with my GlamGlow illuminating moisturizer for a little extra highlight! I love the scent of it as well.. Reminds me of yellow skittles!  
 


I have an oily complexion normally but I think while being pregnant it has gotten a lot better! I also use a BB Cream by Marcelle! I love that it isn't full coverage because I use to slather on full coverage foundation when I was young & I feel it ruined my pores! Since simplifying my make-up routine & getting some laster treatments done, I feel like my pores look less dilated and less prone to getting horrendous acne spots from clogged pores.  

 

Once I have blended in the tinted BB Cream I follow up with my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. I was always against paying the pricey price tag for this concealer but once I did after receiving at Gift Card.. It changed my concealer game!! With it's medium to full coverage, being buildable and easy to blend.. I didn't have to use so much concealer on my face! It felt like a miracle when I first tried it. I even went to my spouse and told him because I was so excited! It looks more natural than the drugstore concealer I was using that would oxidize. 
After my BB cream I would swipe under my eye area,  around my nose where it's a little more red, my dark spots & acne scaring. I always use my real techniques complexion sponge. 


 
I love to set my face with Laura Mercier's Translucent Setting Powder while using the complexion sponge on the flat edge while damp because it gives the best finish & leaves my skin looking natural and flawless. 
Moving onto brows & lashes, I like to keep it super simple. I ran out of my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer and just started using eyeshadow to fill my brows in like I use in the old days and I actually prefer it more! I use my KVD Shade & Light palette and for my lashes I use my Lancôme Monsiur Mascara





Typing this out it seems like a lot of steps but I promise it takes me 10 minutes max! Super quick & easy.. Maybe since I've been doing it for so long it's just a piece of cake for me. 
I like to finish of my face with Burberry Highlighter & some blush. The Burberry Highlighter completely changed my glow-up game! I use to use the Becca highlighters religiously but  I was graciously sent Burberry's Summer Essentials. The pressed highlighter has been getting love from me every day! The one I use is Rose Gold. As for blush it changes every other day so I didn't want to include a specific since I have multiple brands I use! 



I hope you enjoyed reading about what I put on my face! I really like this routine. If I opt for a foundation I always use the  Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation. I love the finish but I found out recently the ingredients are not very good for you! I made my own report on EWG Skin Deep If you look at my old skin care routine You will see why I started researching the products I used on my face. If you download the IOS/Android App called Healthy Living you will understand why products shouldn't be used on your body! It's scary. 

Question: If you could only use ONE product, what would it be?
Mine would be concealer hands down because my scaring/dark spots are my biggest insecurity. 











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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Twenty Seven Weeks




This week has been actually so good! Apart from not being able to eat normal portioned meals without taking a good 45 minutes to finish. This will be a quick update because it was so good! I find the good weeks tend to be the more boring updates.

Little one has been kicking up a storm & making my belly move in weird ways I've never seen before! He gets hiccups & likes to kick me in the ribs already. He's getting ready for delivery my Ovia app says. He hasn't given me much heartburn but has pressed on my bladder making me think I'm going to wee myself sometimes. That would be embarrassing! My belly button piercing is looking more weird as my pregnancy goes on & my microdermal scar is becoming irritated from the stretch as well. (Implant piercing under my belly button -- now just a scar because I took it out)
Over all I think my favourite is interacting with little one when he's being super active pretty much all the time it feels and poking my belly and he kicks back.

*This is not me*

I've been feeling a little bit energy wise because of the new iron supplement I am taking. YAY! Also having a vegan lifestyle has helped tremendously with bad cravings, unnecessary weight gain & my overall mental health. I have noticed that long car rides are not my steeze anymore. Even if it's 2 hours.. It's really hard on my back and well, my belly because I feel like my posture just over time gets worse which then also messes up my back. I'm also starting to notice by Thursday's of each week I'm pretty ready to throw the towel in on work weeks. Although, we have been insanely busy the last couple of weeks. It's all starting to finally slow down so I can focus more on the baby shower, getting little things done around the house & just getting back to keeping up with everything. Thanks
energy!



Question: If you are currently pregnant or just a mama now, what was something you seemed to struggle with the most hitting your 27-28 weeks? 




  
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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

☼ My Go-To Summer Essentials. ☼

We love the summer heat, the bright sunshine, and outdoor swimming – but we could do without the sun damaged skin, flip-flop worn feet, and frizzy hair, am I right? It takes one heck of a routine to stay summer ready (shaving, pedicures, full body moisturizing routine, etc.) and on top of that without the proper maintenance, summer can wear on your natural beauty. Taking care of your glorious summer-self with a few helpful products can help stretch your initial investment (time & money) and rescue you from some of summer’s most common beauty busters.

I love using Coconut Oil for moisturizer now! A little back story... I was so against Coconut Oil when it first became big as a multi purpose product & even to cook with! I would not use coconut oil ever. I ended up turning to it when I noticed my skin becoming severely dry from pregnancy. So now I use Coconut oil after every shower and on my belly nightly. I use the Kopari Coconut Melt religiously. As for my face if you want to see my skincare routine you can see it here! 

For instance, to maximize your salon pedicure and stave off dry skin, a good foot soak goes a long way. I like to use the Pedi Perfect on my heels when I feel like their super dry and then I go in with my Honest Company multi purpose balm and slather it on my feet and put on cotton socks! I noticed with pregnancy my heels would get really dry. I've never really experienced it before.






As for my hair, it has been color treated but is growing out relatively nicely. I love using the Bumble & Bumble's Invisible Oil line! I find it really helps my tangled hair when I come out of the shower... Having blonde hair is lovely but also a tangled mess whenever you wash it! 





Question:
What are your summer essentials? 






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