I love the big sales on Black Friday but what gets me even more excited is Shop Small Saturday. Usually, all of my favorite online boutiques will have sales so I can pick up those unique gift items that I have been looking at (...for myself, also) and for our home. Here are just a few of my favorites
For some reason when you are pregnant people love to tell you how your life is going to change (for the worse), you aren't going to sleep, and forget about taking care of yourself. I find it a little unnecessary especially since every baby and family is different. Plus, for crying out loud, its an adorable baby!
Luckily, I see the message in positive terms. Get a routine that is quick and easy going BEFORE the baby comes.
skin: My skin was horrible for a few months after I got pregnant so I had to work really hard to get it under control. I finally found using my clarisonic 2x a week and using clinque skin products have made a huge difference. I use the toner and lotion along with the brightening mask about once a week. That little sample kit shown was perfect for deciding what full size product to buy. ( I still use cetaphil face soap. so cheap, so effective). My goal is to have my skin to a place where I don't have to use foundation unless I want to.
coverage: I usually use Bare Minerals powder. But for just hanging out around the house I will probably swipe the tinted moisturizer on instead of using lotion. Two birds, one stone. I used it last winter and I loved it, although sometimes it looks a little greasy.
Tired eye dream team: If nothing else gets on my face, these little products will. Each of them individually are good but combined I can look like I got 10 hours of sleep and took a vacation. My only complaint is that the Bobbi Brown concealer can look a little heavy so I might switch it out for Bare Minerals stroke of light. The lineup: puff off, corrector, concealer, eye bright, mascara
*the Bobbi Brown is def expensive but a little goes a long way! just make sure you use a clean brush. I have had mine for 6 months and I am only about halfway through it!
Of course, this routine won't happen every day, but I have it down to 3 minutes flat so hopefully most days I won't scare the mailman!
Emotions: I alternate daily (okay, hourly) between being SO excited about our babe to being anxious and worried about what our life will be like afterwards/ if the babe is healthy. Luckily, I have gotten to the stage of pregnancy where there is always something to be doing to prepare so that helps a lot. Physical: I finally got a belly. I just looked overweight and bloated until about 28 weeks but now lots of belly. I still work out about 5 days a week but there is a lot more walking involved. I also added pure barre videos along with my regular cardio/strength training class. I have pulled my round ligament muscles a few times which I HIGHLY discourage. so much pain. In the last week or so I have been much more sore with less activity, I guess all those hormones are starting to kick in. Oh yeah, and chasing first graders. Love me some first graders these days
Eating: Well, I have gestational diabetes. womp womp. The doctor has no idea who I managed it but it has def been a big bummer. We stick to mostly soups and salads around here because I can barely look at a carb much less eat one. I am okay with sugar as long as I am really careful with my portions (one cookie is a tease, a half donut is even worse). Poor Craig has lost some weight and I have def. slowed down in that department.
Drinking: So much water and occasionally hot chocolate (with almond milk for calcium). Anything other than that makes my blood sugar too high. Do yourself a favor and NEVER look at how many grams of sugar are in a starbucks drink, you will never have one again.
Wearing: Well, in some ways this has gotten better. Pure barre and my weight shifting to my belly allow my pants to fit with a belly band. I haven't bought any maternity clothes still but I think I am going to have to buy a few things to get me through the next 8 weeks. Swing dresses and Lilly Pulitzer tops are my favorite. It is still SO hot here which allows me to wear dresses most days.
Gender: time will tell! I have been buying a few gender specific things here and there since I am in the return policy time frame. I think it is a girl but Craig is so calm it could be a boy. I see pros with either. Just want the babe to be healthy
Nursery: hahahha such a joke. I have found it really hard to do the nursery when I don't know the gender but I am struggling through. I finally settled on all the art work and linens so now I just need the furniture and finishing touches. oh and a rug. and to see the floor and clothes. HA
Baby: The doctor is predicting that it will be 7lbs or a little under. Baby is also kicking a ton all the time. The kids I work with like to pat my belly and tell me I should name the baby after them. They also like to ask if I am going to bring the baby to school with me. Baby likes the mornings a whole lot and my ribs. I have to lay down more because sitting is uncomfortable
best moments: lots of kicks. talking to craig about what baby will be like. Picking out tiny clothes. working on the nursery (sometimes). Seeing my friends with their babies.
not so great moments: trying to figure out how to make everything work when the baby gets here, getting more uncomfortable, panicking about how to get everything done, missing holidays with my family, falling at the gym ( I was fine just embarrassed!), needing a million pillows to sleep.
I would love to know what any mommas out there did to prep!
Finding cute gifts for friends that are within your budget can sometimes be really hard. I rounded out a few gifts that are under $36 (and should be less on black friday!) that they will love and won't break the bank.
For your friend that loves the travel size beauty section at Sephora:Benefit's Sizzling six. Benefit is quickly becoming on of my favorite beauty brands. Your friend can try them all with this set.
For your friend that always breaks her phone:Rifle Paper iPhone case. I am that friend and this is the only case my phone hasn't broken in.
For your friend that works too much:Kate Office Tackle Box. It will brighten her late nights and early mornings, plus be a good topic of conversations at meetings!
For your crafty friend:No Fuss Calligraphy. Bonus points if you add a bottle of wine or box of hot chocolate for her to sip on while she learns.
For your friend who just moved:Evelyn Henson Map Print. That way she can have a cheerful reminder of all the memories of her last home.
For your friend who loves staying home:Volsupa candles. These last forever and will make her whole house smell nice
For your friend who loves to entertain: Marble Cheese Board. Because honestly, cheese just tastes better when it's served on a fancy tray.
For your friend who is always put together: Loren Hope Earrings. Because she never leaves the house without earrings that coordinate her outfit ( FYI: my black pair get the most use)