Rituals Cosmetics Product Review

 

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I had the pleasure of being able to try out an entire box full of goodies from Rituals Cosmetics, a luxurious collection of high quality products to enrich body and soul. I can’t brag on this company enough. These products are some of the absolute best that I have tried, and you won’t break the bank to purchase them.  When I run out of these products, I will definitely be going back to purchase them for myself!

I was able to try out several products from the Ritual of Sakura collection.  Here is a rundown of the products that I reviewed for you in my YouTube videos.

Body Cream
Ritual of Sakura Body Cream
Body Scrub
Ritual of Sakura Body Scrub
Shower Foam
Ritual of Sakura Shower Foam
Miracle Balm
Miracle Balm

Now that you know which products I am highlighting, on to the videos!  For a full review, you can watch the first video.  For a shortened version that went to Rituals Cosmetics for advertising, feel free to watch the second!  If you are serious about trying the products, I recommend watching the lengthy one =).  Let me know if you end up trying a product from Rituals Cosmetics!

Rituals Cosmetics In-Depth Review

Enjoy!

Rituals Cosmetics Shortened Review

Dressing The Bump

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Pregnancy, as wonderful and special as it is, causes some serious rapid changes to a woman’s body.  Most females want to feel beautiful to their husbands or significant others and pregnancy can occasionally cause some insecure thoughts and feelings that, in turn, can cause a pregnant girl to just want to give up on her appearance.

I am putting together this post to show different ways in which you can dress while baby grows!  During pregnancy, you may be like me and have curves like you have never had before.  Show them off!  Curves are beautiful, especially when they are carrying a sweet child.  I am currently 31 weeks pregnancy and all of these photos were taken during this stage of my pregnancy.  For different stages of pregnancy, feel free to check out my Instagram and Facebook pages!

I wanted to put together this post because I find that many girls almost give up on their appearance the further along in their pregnancies that they get, when I feel like this is the time in which a female is most beautiful!  Embrace those new curves carrying that precious cargo that you love in your womb and continue to dress to impress!

Note: I was not gifted any of these outfits pictured, so I’m not going to promote brands in this post.  I am simply showing styles that go well all throughout your pregnancy, especially in your third trimester.

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MB actually was supposed to be napping when I went to take these photos, but he didn’t want to on this particular day so I let him help me!  I have loved this dress during my pregnancy.  This is not a maternity dress, so I just went up one size in it to cater to my growing baby bump and it has been perfect.  I feel like I’m current in my style comfortable, and just enough bump shows for it to be the perfect go-to for summer!  There are so many similar styles such as this literally everywhere, so you are sure to find it.

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To me, this is such a cute and casual way to show off that baby bump while looking stylish all at the same time.  Throw on some distressed skinnies, a simple tank, a cute hairstyle, and GO!

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Honestly, a loose t-shirt dress has been my ultimate go-to for third trimester hot summer days.  You can’t really get any cooler than that!  The best part is, you can pretty much find them at any online store or boutique for a great price.

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Workout attire… So I normally workout alone but because we have been going out of town so much this summer, I decided to stock up on some cute tanks and shorts that I can wear to workout in! This is one of those options… and if you are brave like myself…

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You just show that cute little bambino to the world!  It’s summer, it’s hot outside, and you’re gorgeous so why not?

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Last but not least, the swimsuit. Summer can be a tough time to be pregnant! There are vacations to go on, summer heat and humidity, and one thing that you HAVE to wear at some point is a swimsuit. I have found several adorable maternity swimsuit options this summer, but I also really wanted to wear a bikini! So, I got my spray tan, bought my bikinis, and just went with it. Yes, there will be people out there who may look at you like you shouldn’t be wearing one while pregnant, or that look at you like you are crazy but if you feel confident enough, just throw it on and don’t worry about them. It’s your body and your baby and you should be PROUD! I chose to wear one for most of the spring and summer and you know what, I had more people embrace it and compliment me on it than not. If you want to, just do it! Usually the ones who look at you strange are much older and didn’t do that back in their day anyway. That’s all.

To see more of my pregnancy wardrobe, visit my Instagram!  I have many of the outfits tagged so be sure to check those out.  I hope you enjoyed this post and remember, what works for me may not work for you but there are always other options out there!  You can search the internet and find some ideas fairly quickly that would work perfectly with your own body type!

Be sure to comment or e-mail me with any questions that you may have and with ideas that you would like to see in the future!

Whitney =)

 

Happy Mother’s Day To You Mom

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Let’s just face it. Being a mommy is difficult. It means to truly have to put another human being’s wants and needs before you own because that tiny human laying there looking up at you has no idea how to do anything on his own. He NEEDS you to love him. He NEEDS you to feed him. He NEEDS you to clothe him. He NEEDS you to respond to his cry right away because his crying means that he is lacking something he needs.

I’ll admit that like most moms, I had a difficult time adjusting to actually physically being NEEDED 24/7 right after I had my baby boy. It took time to adjust because we are so used to thinking of “Me, myself, and I” that we truly do not comprehend another person physically relying on us 100% of the time just to sustain life. Once you become a mommy to a special little boy or girl, your date nights with your husband get put on hold. Your girl’s nights out get put on hold. Your hair appointments, shopping trips, and vacations get put on hold to the point to where you may wonder if you will ever get one again. You know what though? It’s so worth it and here is why…

You will wonder what in the heck you thought love was before he entered the world. Do you know how you used to sit and daydream about that boy in high school or college and what it would be like to spend a romantic evening with him? Well, you catch yourself thinking about your child 100 times more than that. You dream about what he’s thinking. How he’s feeling. What does he want right now that we haven’t given him? Is he comfortable? Does he have friends at school? Does he think girls are pretty yet? Is he happy with me? Does he love me? What is he going to look like when he becomes a man? Who is he going to marry?! Will he want kids? And the question that brings me to tears everytime… Will he move far away from me?

It is like nothing you will ever experience in your entire life. If you have a child or have adopted a child, you know EXACTLY what I mean. They are your entire world. They change you, mold you, and create you into a person you never thought you would be. It’s difficult. But the main reason it is difficult is because you love them more than you ever thought you could love another human being except that child’s father, and you will never love your husband more than you do each day after you have a child together.

To ALL of the mommies out there, your job is TOUGH but you are doing something great by caring and loving for your babies! Keep molding them, caring for them and loving them. To the women who can’t yet have children: I think about you everyday. I pray that you find peace in whatever path you choose to take in beginning your family. To mommies of adopted ones: You are simply amazing. You deserve everything for taking that child out of their situation and loving them unconditionally like they need. To mommies of hurting, sick little ones: You are stronger than any of us. Keep being that rock that your child needs and don’t ever give up.

Happy Mother’s Day Mamas. I hope your day is simply amazing.

Tips on Feeling Your Best While Pregnant

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Pregnancy is a rollercoaster of ups and downs.  Fluctuating hormone levels and physical changes to the body can contribute to the highs and lows of pregnancy for most women.  Regardless of who you are or what size you were when you got pregnant, there will come a time during your pregnancy where you just feel like you need a little pick-me-up.

Personally, I been lucky with both pregnancies as far as my health and the health of my baby goes.  However, this time around I have dealt with a few more emotional issues than I did the first time around.  I can probably contribute this to being more nauseous, having to take artificial hormones for the first 8 weeks, and being way more exhausted this time around.  All-in-all I can’t complain, but I did want to let you as the reader in on what has personally worked for me to help me overcome these things.  If you are pregnant, try out some of these tips and let me know if they work for you!

1.) TIPS FOR DEALING WITH NAUSEA/VOMITING

Like I mentioned above, nausea and/or vomiting can be an enormous obstacle for you to overcome as an expecting mother.  What I have found to work is cold, almost frozen beverages.  Water is extremely important during pregnancy – especially your first trimester so I would put Crystal Light Pure (sweetened with Stevia aka considered safe during pregnancy) in my glass of ice water.  This allowed me to get enough fluids during the crucial first trimester.

Eat small snacks throughout the day but try to make them as healthy as possible.  Try saltine crackers, fresh fruit smoothies (I use Shakeology), and cold fruit.  It is extremely important during your first trimester to eat healthy because of the crucial development of baby.  Your baby during this time is forming his/her organs and systems that will eventually turn into a fully functional human being.  What you put into your body plays an enormous role.  Each time that I have been pregnant, I have felt like I could have done more to eat healthy during the first trimester.  I am always paranoid that something will be wrong with baby because of my “not-so-perfect” food choices due to being sick.  Proteins are KEY.  Do whatever it takes to eat healthy meals and snacks – especially during the first trimester!

Be active outside.  When nausea hit me like a freight train, all I wanted to do was get some fresh air outside.  I would go on a jog or a walk and believe it or not, this did wonders.

2) FIGHTING FATIGUE

Fatigue is a HUGE part of why some women cut out their workouts and give up on making themselves presentable during pregnancy.  Do not let this ruin you!  On the days that I found myself almost too exhausted for even breathing, I would get my booty up and workout for 30 minutes.  I go on runs, lift light to medium weights, and do squats and lunges.  I promise you, this helps every time.  The couch may still be calling your name at 8:00 pm instead of your usual 10:30, but at least you feel better and more alert while the sun is still shining!

During the second trimester, a full belly from eating a meal will make me overly exhausted in an instant.  I have found to prevent this, eat several small meals throughout the day instead of large meals.  This will help leave some blood elsewhere instead of running to your organs to aide in digestion!

3) TIPS FOR FEELING YOUR BEST WHILE GAINING WEIGHT

This is huge and can truly affect how you feel no matter what size you started out at.  During pregnancy, you are guaranteed to see at least a 15 lb. gain on the scale – that’s just part of it.  You will see your breasts enlarge, your stomach begin to look like you at a basketball (or beach ball lol), your hips widen, and most likely you will begin to notice your arms and legs become softer in appearance.  This is when many woman can truly begin to feel insecure and down about their appearance.  I have actually struggled more with the physical changes in my body this time around than I did with my first child.  I don’t know what the reasoning is because I’m actually in better shape this time around, but insecurity creeps up quickly these days.  Those who know me know that I am in no way an insecure person, so for my physical appearance to get me down so quickly is considered odd in my case.

Quick and embarrassing story… Most of you that follow along know that my husband and I do the Beachbody workouts.  Well, he has recently started a 90 day workout called Body Beast.  He and I were talking about this workout and how I can’t wait to do more challenging/intense workouts again.  Michael then began to tell me about how he was thinking about doing one of Tony Horton and Autumn Calabrese’s workouts after he was finished with Body Beast.  This sounds ridiculous, but I immediately thought about how in shape Autumn is and how pretty she is and I IMMEDIATELY broke down in tears!  Haha y’all that is so NOT me on a regular basis.  I am usually extremely confident and don’t let silly, shallow things like this get to me!  This just goes to show you how low that some of my “lows” have been.  Don’t get me wrong, there are countless times where I feel absolutely beautiful with my new pregnant body, but thanks to hormones most likely, there are times where I am slightly more insecure about it than I used to be.

What I always try to remind myself is that I am carrying a little miracle – an actual human being that God entrusted me with.  When I remember this fact, I also remember that I must do everything in my power to create a healthy environment for this human being to grow.  That environment is my body.  Stress and unhealthy thinking don’t make for a healthy environment and that is usually all it takes for me to snap out of it.

To feel the best about your physical appearance while pregnant, simply take care of yourself.  Choose healthy options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.  It’s ok to have some comfort food every once in a while.  Afterall, you have earned it mama!  Workout your body.  Physically, this is one of the best things you can do for you and your baby.  Women who workout are shown to have healthier pregnancies.  Their babies are healthier, and they are able to bounce back more quickly after giving birth.

4) GET UP AND GET DRESSED!

This will do wonders for you as a pregnant woman!  Pregnancy is not the time to let yourself go.  This is probably the most important 9 months of your life!  Get yourself together and look great while enjoying it!

During pregnancy it is so easy to let yourself go because you are tired, you don’t feel your best, your muscles and joints ache, your gaining weight, and the list goes on.  I like to make sure I get up and put at least a little bit of make up on, do something cute (but quick) with my hair, put a smile on my face, and walk around town with confidence!  Doing this wakes me up and helps me feel like I am still beautiful even though I ache all over and I have put on 10 lbs.  If you are married or in a relationship, this is especially important because after all, you have a significant other that you should still “try” for every single day of your life.  This is something that you should do regardless if you are pregnant or not!  You have a partner, you love them, you want them to think you are beautiful… act like you care about your appearance for them!  This will make you feel amazing in return, and the compliments from your partner are pretty awesome too!  I’m not saying curl your hair and look like Barbie everyday.  Nobody has time for that on an everyday basis.  There are many days where I am wearing workout clothes but I at least put some foundation, blush, lip gloss, and mascara on.  I also brush my hair and put it up in a cute ponytail!  My husband actually prefers this 9 times out of 10 anyway!  Just do it.  This will automatically help you feel like you went from a 3 to a 10 in 20 minutes.

5) EAT AS CLEAN AND HEALTHY AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN

This tip is crucial for both you and your  baby.  Think about it this way… You are growing a human being in your body, right?  What do you think that human being is being formed from?  God didn’t just put all of the right nutrients in your body to form that baby, he entrusted you to take it from there.  My point is, your baby’s body is basically being formed from what you put into your own.  Yes, the baby will draw from the good nutrients as much as they can, but you should make it much easy on them by putting healthy foods and liquids into your body throughout your entire pregnancy.

I understand cravings.  During this pregnancy, I have craved key lime pie (and I’ve had my fair share), PB & J sandwiches, and Cheez-Its like it’s my job.  I have definitely indulged in these things probably more than I should, but I also make sure that I take in way more healthy options than junk because I want my baby to be as healthy as he can be.  Too many women take this time to eat as much as they want, whatever they want, when they want it and I think it’s because they think, “Oh what the heck. I’m already gaining weight faster than I ever have before in my life.  I’ll just lose it after the baby is born.”  That thinking is wrong.  Do you know why?  It’s wrong because they are excluding the baby’s health from this way of thinking.  Now is not the time to eat whatever you want.  Now is actually the time to eat healthier than you ever have for your baby’s sake.

I like to choose options like raw veggies, steamed veggies, raw fruit, eggs, Greek yogurt, organic chicken, beans, rice, whole wheat pasta, etc…. Just to name a few.  I try to stay away from consuming pre-packaged items as much as I can.

6) MAKE TIME FOR YOU

It is so important during pregnancy to remove as much stress as possible!  If something is stressing you out, cut it out and do something for YOU.  One of the greatest ways to do this is to take time each day to enjoy something you love.  For me, these things include: going on a date with my husband, having a lunch date with MB, blogging, playing around with hair and makeup, jogging, going to the beach, or watching a marathon I love such as The Walking Dead!  Just do SOMETHING that makes you happy.  The baby will be happier and so will you.  After all, you do deserve it.

7) WORKOUT

You guys are probably sick of hearing me talk about working out all of the time, but this is so important during pregnancy.  The old way of thinking is to not overdo it physically.  In fact, my poor parents are forever worried that I’m working out too much!  I have spoken to my doctor in depth about fitness and working out and I am cleared to continue on as long as I’m gaining weight appropriately and baby is healthy.  So, I workout 6 – 7 days/ week about 25 minutes per day and doing this has literally gotten me through this pregnancy with a smile on my face.  Here are a few reasons why:

  • The endorphin rush has actually been greater for me during pregnancy than when I’m not.
  • This immediately puts me in a good mood.
  • Exhaustion is decreased significantly.
  • I’m probably one of the only pregnant women not suffering from constipation at all.
  • My weight gain is right on track. (This wouldn’t be the case in a sedentary pregnant woman.)
  • I have less aches and pains.
  • My vitals have been perfect.
  • I’m more likely to birth a baby with less body fat. (We all love chunky babies, but in terms of health, babies born with less body fat are healthier.)
  • Birthing my baby will most likely be easier for me.
  • I will most likely be able to avoid a C-section.
… and the list goes on and on.
I began to get extremely long-winded as usual, so I actually had to go back and delete about 50% of what I typed!  I hope that this reaches someone who is in need of a little “boost” during their pregnancy when it comes to feeling great and being able to enjoy the pregnancy.  Pregnancy is such a special time and I feel like each woman should be able to enjoy everything it has to offer!  If you or someone you know has any questions about any of the information above or simply wants to chat about their own experience, don’t hesitate to email me at stunninglysouthern@gmail.com!
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The Fun Side of Pregnancy

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I have had several of you gorgeous ladies message me and check up on me lately so I figured I would post a pregnancy update PLUS some!  Oh by the way, please excuse my roots in ALL of my pics.  I haven’t done anything to it since October because I really haven’t had a reason to!  I don’t care to damage my hair with highlights just for shopping around town.  Not my thing!  I am getting it highlighted in May because of all of the trips we are going on this summer, so at that point I will feel like a whole new woman!

I am now 18 weeks pregnant, well 19 weeks tomorrow (Friday) and this pregnancy has definitely been fun because of MB!  Haha he has been very observant in my .. well.. physical change!  It makes me laugh typing this because he has DEFINITELY noticed my growing belly and “boo boos” (boobies) so he calls them!  He has called me “big mommy” and oh so much more!  It’s all with love though so it’s super cute.

I will say that what they say is true!  I feel like the belly definitely gets bigger more quickly the second time around!  I have struggled more this time with the changes in my body than I did with my first pregnancy for some reason.  Maybe it’s because I’m more sensitive this time around.. because oh I definitely am!  Who knows why, but all I know is that I am eating the best I can and I workout like a madwoman!  Literally I’m working out 6 days/week for at least 25 minutes each time so I’m in shape – I swear!  Haha I think the second time around is just different on the body.  I swear my body literally says, “I don’t care how in shape you are!  I’m going to throw you some EXTRA maternal fat stores for baby ____ !”  Who cares though!  I’m doing what I can and I, along with my baby are healthy as can be!  So here are a few updates!

Weight Gain: Yeah, I said all of that above but I really have only gained about 7 lbs.  I just look soft this time around!  My hubby actually likes it though.  He says he wishes that I would be this weight when I’m not pregnant!

Baby’s Current Weight: 8 ounces!  This baby is growing RAPIDLY!

Baby’s Health: Baby is doing so well!  We have been able to see him/her move a lot during ultrasounds and have seen all of the organs and body parts!

Baby’s Sex: Well… we have known the sex for 2 1/2 weeks so far and we are waiting to tell our family REALLY soon!  Most of my family has been super sweet and excited about it and I know these people (grandparents plus Uncle Josh and Aunt Morgan and of course my long-time friend and supermom Ashley ;)) are going to be excited and surprised to find out baby’s sex!!! We have a cute surprise for them =). The rest of you will know soon!

Cravings: I am literally hungry almost every second of everyday this time around.  I was not like this with MB!  I don’t know what it is but I literally feel like I could eat ALL. DAY. LONG.  Don’t worry, I don’t let myself!  I think about pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes and know that will cause way too many complications.  I am craving eggs and cheez its!  Eggs.. Oh my goodness I have eaten hundreds ever since I got pregnant!  I literally CRAVE them all day every day!

Eating Schedule : 7:00 am egg and oatmeal for breakfast. Protein is KEY for a growing fetus! 10:00 am snack: I usually do some yogurt and veggie sticks or a boiled egg. 12:00 pm lunch: turkey, cheese, kale, avocado wrap with veggie straws or a salad (or both)! 3:00 snack: Shakeology, fruit, or both!  6:30 Dinner: We try to include a good portion of protein in this meal for me.  My body literally is CRAVING it this time around!  And dinner is usually anything and everything under the sun so I’m not even going to try to give an example.

Clothing: This is something I wanted to touch on and will do a more in-depth blog post on real soon!  I have had so much fun shopping for pregnancy!  So many women can’t stand the changes in their body during pregnancy, but I am literally obsessed.  Like I have said before, I think pregnant women are the absolute cutest!  There is nothing cuter than being a 2-for-1!  It’s just so sweet!  So here is what I have been dressing in throughout my pregnancy:

  • First Trimester: Didn’t really have any changes whatsoever to my body other than about a 3 lb. weight gain on the scale so I just stuck to my regular clothes!
  • Second Trimester: I have been purchasing some super cute maternity clothes from ASOS.com.  I have just been doing that because they are cute, not because that’s all I can wear!  I can still wear all of my pants from pre-pregnancy, but am now needing longer shirts and dresses that don’t cinch in at the waist.  I love spring fashion so being pregnant this spring has been a little bit of a bummer as far as fashion goes because I mean, I LOVE crop tops and two-piece sets!  It’s ok though because I have found several awesome non-maternity items that are SO cute with my stage of pregnancy right now.  I love body-con dresses, t-shirt dresses, and long, fitted t-shirts with jeans!  I have found several options from ASOS like I mentioned above as well as Lulu’s plus some boutique clothing.   This relaxed dress I am in came from Lulu’s.
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I plan to do a super fun post real soon on dressing the bump with several examples out of my own closet!  I have also bought several swimsuits for this summer that I will do another post for!  So if you are pregnant or plan to get pregnant, look for these fun posts!

Love you all and thanks for reading!  Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog to catch new posts!

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Valentine’s Date Night/Walker Makeup

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It’s a HAPPY HAPPY day!

Many of you know that my husband and I have been fans of The Walking Dead since the beginning, so naturally our Valentine’s Day “date night” will consist of watching the show as well as Talking Dead after the show.  If you haven’t seen the show, which you most likely have by this point, you need to buy every season beginning with season 1 and just let that be your Valentine’s date night.

To celebrate this glorious day, I thought I would create a half Valentine’s Day date night look and half walker look!  I just felt like having a little fun and getting in the spirit.  I didn’t have fake blood, so I had to use red lipstick which made it look a little more silly than scar!  I was nervous at first that my baby boy would be scared of mommy, but he actually liked it and thought it was funny!  Once I took the makeup off, he wanted me to go put it back on!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this look and Happy Walkertine’s Day to you! 😘

 

e.l.f. Eye Shadow in Natural Matte

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I decided to play around with the new eyeshadow palette that I received in the mail from e.l.f. Cosmetics yesterday to create a soft, romantic look with a bold lip for Valentine’s Day!  For the price of this palette, you truly get a great product worth trying.  In fact, I wore this same palette again today for my son’s Valentine’s Day party!

The palette comes with four shades: a base, crease, lid, and liner.  I used all for, but instead of using the dark “liner” shade for the eye liner, I used it in the corners of my eyes to make them pop.  I received a “Thick Tip Intense” eyeliner from e.l.f. last month that I used in this look for a thicker liner on my top lids.  Underneath my eye, I used the crease and lid shades of the palette to create a smoky under eye look.  The best thing about e.l.f. products is that you won’t break the bank buying them, and there are tons of fun looks you can create!

Muah!

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Baby on Board!

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“For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him” 1 Samuel 1:27

… And boy did we.  Many of you may remember around this time last year when I posted about our struggles with infertility.  Well, it has been a long road but we overcame every obstacle and ended up with the best news ever the week of Christmas.  Yes, we found out 5 days before Christmas that I was indeed 5 weeks pregnant and I can’t even begin to tell you what a relief it was.  In the past year I have had the pleasure of corresponding with many of you who read my infertility post.  We have shared stories of decisions we have had to make with our doctors, heartaches, and success stories and I can honestly say “thank you” from the bottom of my heart to those of you who have reached out to me with love and kind words.  I have spoken to many of you since the day I found out that I was pregnant and explained what we went through as well as what to expect for those who have been having the same infertility issues.  There are women all over that struggle with infertility and for that, I wanted to share a quick story on what we went through as well as what to expect once you become pregnant.

As many of you know, my husband and I had our first child March 25, 2013.  It only took about 2 months for us to get pregnant with our baby boy.  I always wanted children closer in age because my brother and I were 21 months apart and even as brother and sister, I felt we had a solid relationship that grew into a friendship as we grew older.  All of that to say, Michael and I decided to get rid of the birth control and began trying to get pregnant in August of 2014…

Once about 5 months went by, I began to wonder what was going on.  {You can refer back to my post titled “A Little Something I Wanted To Share” if you are curious about my thought process at that time.}  I called my doctor probably around month 6-7 to try and schedule an appointment with her so she could begin running tests.  I was told that they wouldn’t even consider looking at this as an issue until we had been actively trying for at least one year.  At around month 8 of trying to get pregnant, I began having continuous bleeding for about 2 1/2 weeks.  This got me a doctor’s appointment, which is what I wanted so it was pretty much a blessing in disguise.

The doctor’s appointment consisted of an ultrasound of my ovaries and uterus, all of which looked perfectly fine.  They also did bloodwork to check my hormones, which also looked 100% normal.  We talked it out with my doctor and went back and forth about my everyday lifestyle and habits.  The only problem my doctor saw at the time was that I was slightly underweight for my height, and that perhaps I didn’t have enough body fat to maintain a pregnancy which is why it had not yet happened.  After all of this, we talked about changing up my workout routine and incorporating more healthy fats into my diet.  She also told me that if it still had not happened in a few more months, we would come back in to begin looking into further testing.

Before we knew it, it was August of 2015, AKA one year and still no pregnancy.  So, we made our doctor’s appointment and came back in for a conversation with my doctor.  Little did I know there was so much more testing to be done!  At this point, they needed to test Michael.  I won’t go into detail,  but you all probably know what that consisted of.  His results were perfectly normal.  I honestly can’t remember if we did more blood testing or not on myself, but what I do remember is that I was not comfortable with the test that she wanted to do on me.  I cannot for the life of me remember what it was called, but the test consists of inserting radioactive dye into my uterus and looking to see if the fallopian tubes were open.  I actually just looked up the term and I believe it’s called a Hysterosalpingography“.  Well, I was not comfortable with this test especially after talking with a good friend of mine about it.  I understand that it would be a very small dose of radiation, but any radiation can increase the chances of cancer significantly.  The problem was, my doctor (at the time) would not prescribe Clomid to me until she made sure that my fallopian tubes were open and everything in my uterus looked fine.  Needless to say, I was devastated.  Long story short, after a few more months of back and forth with my doctor, my husband saved the day by talking them into prescribing Clomid without having the testing done and she agreed to prescribe me the medicine at the beginning of my next cycle.  Keep in mind, my cycles are anywhere from about 33-60 days long, so now we are at 14 months of trying to get pregnant.

So here we are in December 2015 with my period supposed to start at any time so that I can begin Clomid.  During this time I really toned down my workout routine.  I went from intense p90X workouts everyday, to working out just 5 days a week.  I also changed up my diet and incorporated more good, well actually and bad fats into my diet in order to gain more body fat.  One or two days were p90X, the rest were light, 3 mile jogs throughout my neighborhood.  Well, I woke up at the end of December one morning and began feeling nauseous at the site of food, the garbage, pretty much everything.  We took a pregnancy test (or maybe 3 haha) and sure enough, I was 5 weeks pregnant and didn’t even have to begin my first dose of Clomid.  What made it even more special was that my sweet parents were coming into town to stay the week for Christmas!  I was ecstatic to say the least.

We went to my doctor’s appointment, confirmed the pregnancy, and I was put on progesterone suppositories to help my body sustain the pregnancy.  For those of you that it took over 1 year to conceive, your doctor will probably do something similar for you.  If they don’t, I would bring up the topic because we are at greater risk for miscarriage.  The progesterone has honestly left me feeling like complete crap with a whirlwind of side effects, which is why I haven’t done much with my beauty blog lately.  However, I will say that working out regularly (5 days/week)  has kept me from going completely over the edge!  All of this will be a blog post for a later date.

Many of you won’t really care to read this post, and that’s fine.  This one isn’t for you right now.  Many people said throughout the entire time I was trying to get pregnant, “It’s just not meant to be right now”, and that honestly annoyed the you know what out of me.  When you see a future for your family and it keeps being pushed off and delayed, it’s a very frustrating feeling.  However, I can honestly say that it probably, in fact, DID happen at the best time that it could have because of different changes occurring in our lives for the better.

I am an open book on subjects that I believe may help or inspire people in some way, which is why I decided to put my story out there when it comes to this topic.  The response I received after my first post on infertility back in April of 2014 was one for the books.  Because I put my story out there, I have met others via the internet going through the same thing.  Some continue to go through it and some, like myself, finally had their dreams come true.  Whatever your story  be, I hope that you too continue to push until you find some answers.  I was not going to stop until I found some.

Be looking for some fun and exciting posts coming up on pregnancy workouts, as well as feeling beautiful throughout your entire pregnancy!  I am so excited to be able to share my journey will all of the new moms and moms-to-be out there!

**Muah!**

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How To Apply False Lashes

 

IMG_2647Hey there!

I decided to make a quick video on this because I get asked all of the time how I apply my falsies and its just really not that hard.  Falsies can add so much to a look, especially if you are going to be photographed.  This is why I think every girl should know how to apply them! I have attached a video tutorial at the bottom of this page, along with step-by-step instructions.  Give it a try and see how easy it really is!

STEPS:

  1. If you have never applied eyelashes before, I recommend an inexpensive set.  If you shop at Sephora non-stop like me, you know you can spend a fortune.  If this is your first time, go to Sally’s and get the lashes made from human hair.  They run around $15 for a set of 6, but you can wear one pair more than once.  I generally get at least 3 uses from one pair.
  2. Get your tweezers.  This is the easiest way for me to apply the lashes.  I used to use the applicator or fingers, but I have way less accidents using tweezers.  I find the glue doesn’t stick to them as easily as the applicator.
  3. Apply a THIN layer of glue on the false lashes.  trust me, you don’t need a lot.  Put most of the glue on the two ends.
  4. Let the glue sit for a few seconds.
  5. Grab the middle of the eyelashes with the tweezers first and gently apply to the very middle of your lash line.  Get as close to your natural eyelashes as possible.
  6. Next gently apply the two remaining ends.
  7. Look down and let the glue sit for several seconds.

I seriously used to have the most trouble applying my eyelashes!  Once I learned to use the tweezers, it became a piece of cake.  Trust me, I’m one of those who still wears glasses because I don’t like touching my eyes, so if I can do this, you can too!  Enjoy!

 

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