Monday, February 5, 2018

Pregnancy Update – 35 Weeks

Feels just like yesterday I was writing my 25 week update. The weeks are flying by and it’s almost overwhelming that in just a few short weeks we will be a family of four and I will be a mother to two beautiful girls. I am trying to not only mentally prepare my mind and body for labor, but also being a newborn mother again. We are incredibly blessed and cannot wait to meet our new member!

I also included some of our very last minute maternity photos my husband and mother took. We were hoping to a full photo shoot session but the not so great upcoming weekend weather, these will serve as backups in case we can’t get professional ones. I would say mom and hubby are getting good even on a frigid windy day! I even found a way to make my very spring-ish lace dress work for winter! The dress also came with it’s own floral headband and bracelet, which ended up working as a crown for Hartley. It’s been fun to see her getting excited and making comments of “baby sister” so to capture her in these was super special.

How far along? 

  • 35 Weeks + Day 6 – 30 more days to go!

Baby is now the size: 

  • About 18 inches long. Her weight – 5 1/4 pounds – size of a honeydew melon (according to my app)


  • Girl


  • Getting closer. Finally have it narrowed down to a few and we will wait until she is here to decide. Hartley will be very disappointed to learn that the name she picked out, Susie Tonya Candy, will not be the winner haha. (2 of her favorite people + fave food item = baby name)


  • Tons! This little girl is super active and sometimes likes to jab momma. Falling asleep is hard sometimes with all the movement. Guess she doesn’t understand bedtime yet haha.


  • Harder to fall asleep some nights but still able to sleep a majority of the night unless Hartley, my bladder, hip pain, or leg cramps wakes me. The compression socks did help my varicose veins and restless legs for a few weeks, but now they are so uncomfortable to wear I have stopped that routine. Willie has been giving me goodnight leg and hip rubs which seem to help too.


  • Still working out about 4 days a week. I no longer do my high intensity classes. I stopped Pure Barre at week 30 just because it was getting expensive and I was having trouble modifying all the core exercises while still feeling like I was getting my money’s worth. At the gym I am sticking to the elliptical, lower intensity stair master, or treadmill walk for my cardio. Oh and my maternity belt has been a complete pregnancy workout hack. I’ve kept up with weights and have just lessened my lower body weight. If you haven’t checked out my Favorite Pregnancy Workout, that is my go-to fitness routine outside the gym.
  • I also started prenatal yoga classes at Honest Soul Yoga. They had a great promotion of unlimited month for $30. The class is PACKED, like about 30 women each class! I have never seen such a fabulous community of pregnant women. It’s also great to see everyone at different stages, hear stories, struggles, perseverance, and positivity. It really has been a great experience joining this yoga community.

How I’m Feeling:

  • Feel great. Tired and achy in my third trimester, but I wouldn’t trade all the aches and pains not to experience this miraculous thing happening to my body. It really is amazing to think that MY body is forming lungs, arms, toes, hair, eyes…it is absolutely crazy!

Weight Gain/Skin:

  • About 28 pounds so far. Leg veins are super uncomfortable and I have some itchy patches on stomach. No stretch marks on my tummy yet, so super grateful of that. Oils are magic!

Food Cravings: 

  • I absolutely LOVED not having a diet New Years resolution. I have been making smoothies, salads, and more paleo items lately to try getting back into my routine more, but still indulging on my carb and sweet cravings. Oh and my mom gave me a jar of Nutella…ummm that stuff is amazing. A spoon and a jar have never been better friends!

Food Aversions: 

  • Nothing right now.

Survival Items:

  1. Earth Mama Natural Stretch Oil (swear by this stuff!)
  2. Rainbow Light Prenatal Multivitamin
  3. Spectrum Prenatal DHA
  4. Weleda Wild Rose Deodorant
  5. Maternity Leggings & Blanqi Belly Support Leggings

Reading List:

  1. Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to Your Fabulous Abundant Pregnancy
  2. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
  3. Birth Happy: The Savvy Woman’s Approach to a Satisfying Birth
  4. The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth

Nursery Update:

  • Finished my changing table remodel. Found it for $10 at a yard sale. Painted it two-tone (pink was supposed to be rose color but more looks like Pepto-Bismol pink…oh well) and finished with pretty baskets and rose knobs (I will share later). Added a thrifted mirror (only $8) above the changing table and a large art piece from Target for above the crib.  I added a free “dresser” (which is really to nightstands put together) that I got from my mom. If you follow me on Instagram I showed you how I made a homemade chalkpaint using baking soda and free leftover paint samples. I will say I am happy with the coverage, definitely worth doing on a free piece of furniture. So the only thing left now is the gallery wall of maternity and newborn photos 🙂 Once I have that up I will share the final nursery look. It is the perfect nursery on a budget.

Birth Preparation:

  • I’m feeling confident and empowered. Through all my reading and prenatal yoga I definitely feel more confident then my birthing experience with Hartley. Last week our prenatal yoga class stated “My birth will…” and you had to choose two words you would believe in. Mine were loving and positive. Others were empowered, natural, supported, miraculous, confident, pain-free, relaxed, etc. This exercise was much needed during my 33rd week as I was getting anxious and about my labor and what that meant. I am going to be a mother of two. This is probably the last birth I will have. I was flooded with emotions last week, so having this exercise pulled me back in to focus and realize everything will be fine and to keep my positive mindset and look forward to these huge life changes.
  • My hospital bag is almost all packed as well.
  • I have been nesting like crazy! This is a REAL thing.
  • 36 week check-up and ultrasound here we come! We are on the home stretch!

Monday, January 29, 2018

My Favorite Pregnancy Workout

Motivation Monday! The bump is getting bigger (34 weeks now) but I’m trying my best to stay active. So with a 60 degree day this weekend I took my workout outside and was able to capture some of my favorite moves I’ve done my entire pregnancy. This full body circuit is complete with a stretch and meditation session at the end. You can do multiple rounds or make it a quick & easy circuit that can be done absolutely anywhere. I used 3 pound weights for the pictures, but you don’t nesscerary need them or you could substitute water bottles, bands, etc. for a little resistance.

Let me tell you a little something about these fabulous Pre2Post Capri Leggings as well…They are from the company Love & Fit. These leggings can be worn before pregnancy, during pregnancy and after. They are super-soft and have a great silicone lined high-waist which stay in place for your entire workout. I also bought the Fit Mama Nursing Sports Bra which I can’t wait to try!

Here is the workout listed out…oh and I do keep counting pretty easy 😉 –

  1. Warmup Section:
    • 5 minute power walk, 20 knee pull-ups, 20 skier reaches side-to-side, 20 pushups, 20 tricep dips
  2. Arm Section:
    • 20 goddess squats with overhead shoulder press, arm circles (20 each direction), 20 bicep curls, 20 front raises, 20 side raises, 20 upright rows
  3. Leg Section:
    • 20 second hold chair pose, 20 lunges each leg, 20 donkey kicks, 20 side plank leg lifts
  4. Core/Stretch/Meditation Section:
    • 20 second plank hold, 20 bird dogs each side, 20 second lizard pose each side, 20 second pigeon pose each side, down dog into butterfly stretch with final mediation. I also highly recommend legs up the wall pose aka leg drain (later in pregnancy use a blanket to prop hips up) either after your workouts or before bedtime. It helps my legs immensely.

Disclosure – I was active before pregnancy and gained approval by my healthcare provider before continuing my fitness routine into pregnancy. This is what works best for me and my body. Please consult a professional healthcare provider before starting a prenatal workout regime.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

My Valentine’s Day Roundup for a Sweet and Crafty Holiday

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! For a little motivation I pulled some of my favorite Valentine’s Day crafts and desserts that will make your holiday special and sweet.

From top left to bottom right…

How sweet are these personalized sugar cookies and rice krispie lollipops. Both of these would be super fun to make with kids. Nothing better than a warm cherry pie, fabulously decorated raspberry cake, healthy yogurt covered strawberrieschampagne raspberry cupcakes, chocolate covered strawberries with personalized quote champagne bottle. All of these fruit inspired desserts will delight any valentine with fresh love. Oh and last but not least…white chocolate fudge and doughnuts. I mean come on, who would pass up either of these desserts?

From top left to bottom right…

Starting with LOVE, this wood slice wreath and stunning pastel wood love sign are to die for! Combine these three for a fabulous mantle: easy tissue garland, music inspired berry wreath, and heart mason candy jars (always need yummy snacks around the house). The candy robot and heart-shaped birdseed ornaments are a great craft to do with kids. side note- I made a fun pinecone birdfeeder with Hartley over the weekend and it’s amazing to see her play in the seed while also creating something she was proud to hang outside when we got home. The next two larger décor signs would be great for console tables, mantles, front porches, and wall hanging. I love the white paneled love mason jar sign and the string heart sign. I have been wanting to try string art for some time now, it looks like a great project. The next few crafts are geared towards smaller children – sponge hearts, felt and paint heart cards, pom-pom heart canvas, heart bouquet, painted heart canvas, watercolor heart cards, and non-candy Valentine’s Day cards are fabulous to do with kids! Ohhh and finally…this amazing ombre heart cork board. This is happening in our house, for sure!

Happy Valentine’s Day! If you create any of these to make your holiday extra loving, send me a pic or tag #lovesthefind. XOXO

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Thrifted Maternity Look

I have been trying to put together a thrift look for a few weeks, but just seemed like nothing was meshing in the hodgepodge of maternity wear I have while appropriate for these frigid Virginia winter days. But finally I found this adorable knitted sweater (for $2.50) with the sweetest little pom-pom details and pockets. Although not maternity, it had enough stretch that it fits over the bump. I also lucked out and found a fabulous Motherhood Maternity sweater jacket (for $5) and corduroy maternity pants ($3) .

So for the thrifted sweater, maternity jacket and pants the total cost was $10.50! I paired it with my favorite Jessica Simpson boots and a cute boho hat I found at Marshals. It was the perfect outfit for a freezing cold day in the country with friends. The 32 week bump was looking good!

If you haven’t checked out my full How to Create a Maternity Closet on a Budget post it is provides great resources on how to create a frugal maternity wardrobe. Looks for less are right at your fingertips!

Happy Thrift Thursday!