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Friday, August 22, 2014

Picky Eaters #momproblems

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by NBTY through their partnership with Circle of Moms by POPSUGAR. 
While I was compensated by Circle of Moms by POPSUGAR to write a post about NatureSmart Vitamins, all opinions are my own.
Lexi hardly eats enough of the right foods to get the
correct amount of nutrition in her little growing body!
That's why I was super excited to partner up with NatureSmart.

Lexi loves the idea of having these as treats and it's
probably because she is limited to only two gummies a day.
They have Gummy Vitamins in Marvel Shapes and Gummy Vitamins in Disney Shapes

Surprisingly, Lexi likes the taste of the Gummy Vitamins in Marvel Shapes the best!
If you are a mom like me and are trying to figure out a strategy for picky eaters,
I would definitely keep these on hand!!
These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Disney Elements ©Disney,
Disney/Pixar Elements ©Disney/Pixar
Manufactured by NatureSmart, LLC
©MARVEL Manufactured by Rexall Sundown, Inc.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sleeping during Pregnancy

I have been reminded of all the odd pains that come along with pregnancy.
Lately it has been my tail bone, I have never experienced this one until this pregnancy.
It will ache like no bodies business and it makes me waddle like I'm 39 weeks pregnant.
kinda ridiculous.

Recently I learned that back sleeping causes the weight of your uterus to lie on the spine
and can also make your blood pressure drop, causing some expectant moms to experience dizziness.
On the other hand, in some moms-to-be it can make blood pressure go up.
Sleeping during pregnancy, isn't always a comfortable task.
BUT, I love that this pregnancy pillow helps you sleep on your side comfortably.
Especially when you have a 4 year old who creeps in your bed around 3 or 4am every morning...
who also likes to kick and pretty much lay whichever direction she wants to.

so I was sooo excited to get my bump nest in the mail and start using it!
It took me a couple of weeks to really start loving my pregnancy pillow,
mainly because I HATE firm pillows.. (I need them mushy and soft)
so after my husband stole my bump nest on more than a couple occasions
(knew I would have to fight him for this pillow)
He got the head portion all flattened out to my liking,
and I quickly stole it back, permanently.

One other plus to this pillow is, it's like a barrier from Lexi kicking me every night!
I need my space when I sleep and we have yet to win over the battle of her not coming
into our room in the middle of the night! No bribes have worked and I have gotten
way too lazy to walk her back to her room and fight that battle,
especially after I'm already asleep.
and while we are on this topic...
woaahh am I in for a rude wake up call when baby comes
I have been pretty spoiled in the sleep department for the past couple of years!!
pretty much every morning I'm always awake before she is

ALSO, a Blanket shop to note is: Saranoni
Seriously not lying when I say this blanket is quite possibly the softest blanket we own!!
It feels like heaven to lay with and its carried back and forth from our couch to our bed!
I also have some of their sweet muslin swaddles for when baby comes
that I cannot wait to use!!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Breast Pump Giveaway

The Ameda Purely Yours Double Electric Breast Pump will become my little life saver
after baby comes AND the  best part of all is that I get to give one away to one lucky reader!!

This Purely Yours CarryAll tote includes:

(1) Purely Yours Breast Pump 
(1) Dual HygieniKit Milk Collection System (without BPA and DEHP)
(1) Microfiber CarryAll Tote shoulder bag
(1) Cool‘N Carry Milk Storage Tote with 3 cooling elements
(1) Milk storage guidelines card
(6) 4 oz./120mL milk collection bottles with lock-tight sealing lids
(1) Instructions for use

This breast pump is super light weight and also has speed and suction controls to fit your needs!

I don't know about you other moms out there,
but breastfeeding never came easy for me!
My supply was far from great and I only lasted 4 months until I gave up.
I am determined to try different methods to get my supply going from the
beginning and make it last much longer than it did with Lexi!!
There are BIG benefits in it for baby and me!

If you are planning on breast feeding, you will most definitely need a pump
How else will you relieve engorgement? or stimulate a weak supply?
If you are pregnant or about to become pregnant in the future..
this giveaway is JUST FOR YOU!!

Also the pump is currently available at Target if you have United Health Care,
see more details here:

Learn more about Ameda

In other breastfeeding news:
Starting in 2013, the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare)
requires health insurance providers to cover pumps,
lactation consulting and other related equipment at no cost.
However, many plans are only covering manual pumps or specific kinds and prices.
Bottom line, call your insurance company to find out for sure.
Other useful Breastfeeding Tips:

Thursday, August 14, 2014

25 Weeks

I am now 25 weeks,
already feeling like an old lady and I'm scared to see how the third trimester will feel..
this pregnancy has been nothing like Lexi's.. (like I have said before)
Things are happening sooner and a with a bit more intensity.
Jeans are getting way too uncomfortable.. still doing the ponytail trick
and some jeans just aren't even an option anymore.
I try wearing anything loose as much as I can,
which means I wear a lot of maxi dresses, skirts, and wide leg soft pants.
Baby girl is moving around a ton in my belly, bathroom trips come on frequent and sudden.
I don't think I will ever get sick of feeling her move & kick.
It is the biggest blessing!
I have luckily been able to avoid bad charlie horses so far
by immediately raising my foot upwards
(something I couldn't seem to nail in my first pregnancy)
I have been able to stay clear from naps, luckily my body for now doesn't feel that exhausted!
Sore, but not exhausted to the point of napping like I did in the 1st trimester.
I had a week of headaches.. luckily those have tapered off!
Emotions are still all over the place sometimes,
the other night I was watching an old youtube video I had of Lexi
and the water works just started coming.. I am not really that emotional
about things like that but I couldn't even control myself.
Hoping I can hold it together when I send off Lexi to preschool next month!

Dress: ASOS Maternity | Belt: Forever21 (old) | Heels: Similar

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Our trip to Galveston

Last weekend, we headed down to Houston to see friends and check out the closest beach to us!
I heard that Galveston Beach was "not a beach", nothing special, etc. etc...
When you really want to be somewhere on a beach you will make anything do so I ignored them
and set out for a "weekend beach trip"
Friday night we stayed with friends in Houston and Saturday me, Ty, and Lexi headed to the beach
When we arrived it seriously didn't look bad at all!
After we walked up to the shore we saw that it was all covered in seaweed
and the water looked brown.. I had heard this before we went
Still wasn't horrible... BUT you put 100 degree weather and two people who
didn't want to pay $30 to rent an umbrella and chairs..
and you get three pretty miserable people.
The only way to survive 100 degrees is to be in water.
Lexi wouldn't go near the ocean and you might not have been able to pay me too either ha!
The sand was literally on fire so you had to have flip flops on and my cold bottled water
did not last long.. so let's just say we stayed just long enough
to catch 15 minutes of rays and a sno cone and peace out of there!
Another thing I had in my head is that I wanted to do was hit up beach shops.
We went to a wings-- a shop I grew up going to on beach vacations as a child.
and it was a let down :( pretty pitiful  but we got Lexi some beach souvenirs and called it good!
I'm pretty sure we just need to plan another Gulf Shores trip with my family...
because after all that's all I really want, it's been wayyy too long!!

We just went to Stewart Beach in Galveston.. I'm thinking Moody Gardens down there
sounded much more appealing so maybe we will try that next time!
to say her body gets "heat hot" is an understatement.. don't worry she is not sunburned :)

After the beach we headed back to the hotel in Kemah and got ready for the night
We headed to the Kemah boardwalk and had dinner at Bubba Gumps!
The Kemah Lighthouse District was a much cuter little town.
I'm also still trying to own this new pregnancy body that just keeps growing! ;)

Lexi's long lost boyfriend, we miss him so much! Reid is a year younger
but they have always been the exact same size and have always played so good together!

On our last day before we headed back to Dallas, we hit up the Nasa Space Center
We saw a film, did the discovery activities, went on a trolley tour,
and we got caught up on a little space history..
After leaving me and Ty decided it wasn't exactly what we had thought it was going to be..
more like a children's museum with some adult things
glad we went and checked it off our list.. but not something we would go back for twice.

That morning I also tried to prep Lexi on what we were going to see so I found
a Magic School Bus episode on Netflix that was on going to space.
It was pretty fun for her to learn the things she did
especially since she has a great grandpa in California
who works for Nasa and helps build the mars rovers!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The day I turned 28

It was a pretty Happy 28th birthday!
Lucky for me my birthday landed on a Saturday!
We headed to the pool first, then had lunch at Panera Bread, then off to The Galleria (shopping),
then made our way down to the Cupcake ATM,
and then grabbed some dinner downtown before we headed to the Circus!!

The circus was kind of a last minute idea,
I haven't been to a circus since I was probably 8 or so?
But I have to say me and Tyson were both totally impressed!
Lexi of course LOVED every bit of it too!

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