Tips for Pampering Yourself While Pregnant

Striped Pajamas, Striped Maternity Pajamas

Hey there friends! It’s been a long time, am I right? If you have been following me on Instagram then you know we got married in September and are expecting our sweet babe in February. I have been meaning to start sharing bump dates, but life has kinda gotten in the way. Maybe I will back track and share all about trimester 1&2, but we shall see.

Striped Pajamas, Cozy Maternity Pajamas

One of my biggest struggles during pregnancy thus far as been finding time to just slow down, relax and do something for me. I am a Type A person who is always on the go and slowing down is not a perfect art form of mine, however I have been doing a much better job about it.

A typical schedule for me consists of working 7 days straight at my full time job, which is at a hospital, followed by 7 days off. I do pick up shifts at my part time job time to time (you know to keep myself busy) & some of my days off consist of running errands and spending time with my husband, Nick. Before I know it, the week/weekend is over and I am back to working another straight week … while pregnant … with swollen feet and all! ha!

Here are some tips that I have started implementing throughout the week to pamper myself, like I deserve!

Maternity Robe, Striped Maternity Robe

PREGNANCY PAMPERING TIPS


1. Go to bed early & sleep In. Ok, so this is an area I lack majorly. I am a night out and since I am use to waking up at 5:30/6 AM, my internal alarm clock goes off about the same time every day, even on my days off. However, I have been making appointment to get to bed a little bit early — read a good book, listen to a meditation app or listen to some music. It really makes a difference in how refreshed I feel in the morning.

2. Buy Some Cozy Pajamas. Pajamas are my spirit animal! Pajamas just make everything better. Cozy striped pajamas are perfect for bed but who doesn’t just love lounging in them? I mean, I do! I own so many pairs and am always searching for a new pair to add to my collection. These striped maternity pajamas from Shop PinkBlush are heaven. They are the softest pajamas and I love how they fit perfectly over my belly. I can easily wear them after pregnancy as well. So you can say these will find a permanent place in my pajama collection.

3. Take a Bath. During my second trimester, I suffered sacroiliac pain and some sciatica which made it difficult to be as active as I wanted to be. Standing on my feet for 10+ hours a day also didn’t help. I started taking baths several times a week just to unwind, light a candle, listen to some soothing music and just have some much needed me time … off my feet! I lather myself in a good lotion and throw on my new favorite striped maternity robe. It is super cozy + they have tons of maternity robe options for every pregnant (or non-pregnant mama!)

Maternity Robe, Comfy Robe for Delivery

4. Diffuse Essential Oils. I have loved using essential oils for awhile now and really love how come in handy when I am having a rough day, I have a headache that won’t go away or just want to unwind and get a good nights sleep. I love this diffuser and one of my favorite oil combinations are: lavender + cedar wood that I get from Young Living.

5. Drink something warm. Once I found out I was pregnant I cut out caffeine/coffee pretty much entirely. I have it from time to time, but I honestly feel like I don’t need it. However, I do love a good cup of decaf coffee or warm ginger tea (which is my go-to right now!).

6. Pregnancy Pillow. I initially thought pregnancy pillows were the silliest thing ever… until I bought one. LIFE. CHANGING. The pillow I bought literally snuggles my entire body, supports my back and provides me with the best nights rest. I may be sleeping with this pillow well after pregnancy.

7. Get a mani/pedi/massage. This is probably self-explanatory but you really should take some time to get pampered by someone else. I live for foot massages especially, so pedicures have been my go-to.

8. Just say NO. Thats right… just say No! You don’t always have to agree to do anything and everything that is asked of you. It is ok to say … I appreciate the invite but I am going to take it easy tonight. Or I had a long week and I really just need to x..y..z. Trust me, people will understand! So try it!

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This post is sponsored by Shop PinkBlush.

Prepping for The Holidays with Bona

This post is sponsored by Bona but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

The Holidays are upon us, which means family gatherings, decorating and baking in the kitchen! Some of my favorite things, however I am not a fan of prepping the house and getting it cleaned, especially since our dogs shed + carry water from their water bowel all over our hardwood floors as soon as I clean it. It makes it impossible to keep it spotless without going crazy (or I feel like I am going crazy! ha!)

Prepping the house for guests, most certainly means I need to deep clean every inch of our hardwood floors and what better way to do that than with the Bona PowerPlus! The Bona PowerPlus arrived right before Thanksgiving and was immediately put to good use. I worked the entire week of Thanksgiving, so when I realized how quick and easy it was to use the Bona PowerPlus Hardwood Floor Deep Cleaner and Bona PowerPlus Microfiber Deep Clean Pad I was elated.

The Bona PowerPlus Hardwood Floor Deep Cleaner has an oxygenated formula that loosens and removes heavy dirt build-up, providing a deep clean for your hardwood floors without the extra effort. It is as simple as spraying the deep cleaner on your hardwood floors and using the Bona PowerPlus MIcroFiber Deep Clean pad to break up the dirt and clean everything up.

An extra plus, which helps cut down the cost of having to spend more money on cleaning pads is that the Bona PowerPlus MicroFiber Pads are machine washable, which means they can be used over and over again. Tackling our hardwood floors can be daunting, especially with our two pups and the mess they make and now that a little one is on the way, Bona will be extremely helpful in keeping the house clean. Cause to me, dirty floors makes the ENTIRE house look dirty! Below are some Holiday Cleaning tips that I wanted to share to help you get through the holidays with some sanity:


HOLIDAY CLEANING TIPS

  1. Schedule your cleaning, so you can relax later. Cleaning can be daunting but if you schedule your cleaning throughout the house you won’t be running around last minute trying to clean EVERYTHING.

  2. Involve the family. Make sure you aren’t the only one cleaning. Involve your significant other, husband, family or children. Give everyone a designated task and what your home begin to sparkle.

  3. Prioritize the spaces that guests will be around the most. Not every space in the house needs to be spotless before guests come over. If you are running out of time, clean the spaces that guests will be spending the most time in. You can always clean the other spaces after they leave :)

  4. Clean Clockwise. If you start cleaning a space and moving stuff around, there is a good chance you may just make that room dirtier or more cluttered then it was before you started. Clean the room by going clockwise before going to the next room.

  5. Clean the floors last. The last thing in the house to wind up dirty are the floors. So start cleaning top to bottom and then grab your Bona PowerPlus Floor Mop and Bona PowerPlus floor cleaner and your floors will be the shiniest thing in the house when your guest start arriving.

  6. Remember the real reason! Even when everything isn’t coming together as quickly or a nicely as you had envisioned, just keep in mind that family is ultimately the most important thing during the holidays. Whether you realize or not, the clutter will the least of your friends and families worries when you are sitting around laughing, playing games and enjoying each others company during the holidays.

Keto Collagen & Why It Is Essential To My Daily Routine

This post is sponsored by Ancient Nutrition, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

I am always on the go and my mornings are short and sweet with having to be at work by 7:30 AM. More days then not I don't get breakfast and lean on my coffee to give me some extra energy. I recently starting using Ancient Nutrition Keto Collagen in my morning coffee and it has made all the difference. First all let me teach you a little bit about why I use it:

What Is Collagen:

Collagen is an important part of your body, it actually functions to hold you together. It also provides a slew of health benefits if you consume the right kinds, which most of us do not get enough in our diets. There are several different types of Collagen, but let's chat about Keto Collagen!

What is Keto Collagen?

Ancient Nutrition Keto Collagen is a blend of MCT's and collagen. It contains some of the healthiest fats and proteins to help provide us with energy and recovery. Our body loves fat and actually uses it as a source of energy. Our brain function relies on it and so does every single cell in our body. Ancient Nutrition Keto Collagen primarily uses fat to fuel our body.

What is MCT?

MCT is short for Medium-Chain Triglyceride and our body loves this type of fat. This time of fat chain is essential for health and improving energy levels. We need these for normal growth. 

How to use Ancient Nutrition Keto Collagen?

Simple! Throw it in your morning coffee, afternoon tea or in a milk shake. You can even create protein muffins and protein bowl if you wanna be fancy! :) It combines grass-fed, pasture-raised collagen protein and coconut MCT’s into one tasteless, easy to mix scoop.

When to use Ancient Nutrition Keto Collagen?

  • Before or After work: Coffee, Tea
  • Before, during or after you workout: Protein shake, smoothie
  • Need a snack? Throw in some Keto Collagen

Want to learn more about Keto Collagen and give it a try? You can get 15% off with your purchase by using code KETOCOLLAGEN15 through 9/30/18.