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25 Things They Don’t Tell You About Pregnancy

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For those of you who don’t know already, I’m expecting my second child. This being my second pregnancy, and a very different pregnancy I might add, I thought a funny, but informative post about the things you aren’t told about pregnancy was appropriate given my situation. Maybe all of these things will happen to you, maybe none of them will, but no one warned me about most of these things. No one wants to talk about the uncomfortable, disgusting and funny things that can happen during pregnancy. Hopefully you laugh, relate or learn something from this post…..if you aren’t interested in any of this, well then don’t read it 😉

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25 Things They Don’t Tell You About Pregnancy

  1. Every pregnancy is different – My first pregnancy was a breeze, no nausea, no major issues, no worries…..this time around, much different!
  2. Morning Sickness is not only in the morning…..it can last ALL day or hit ANYTIME of the day! It can be triggered by anything!
  3. Your boobs swell up like water balloons and are sore and achy! If you ever considered a boob job, you will have a good idea of what one will look like on you while you are pregnant! They may also leak…boy was I surprised when my Pam Anderson’s sprug a leak during my first pregnancy! I started wearing nursing pads everyday just to be safe and it happened many more times before I delivered.
  4. You may have cramping & bleeding, this is said to be normal, however never hesitate to call your doctor with concerns.
  5. You will get constipated.
  6. You will pee ALOT!
  7. You will be thirsty…..and hungry…..listen to your body and give it what it wants.
  8. You will be moody, hormones are raging and your husband better watch out!
  9. You will be emotional….screaming and crying like a raging psycho one minute and begging to be held and told you are pretty the next minute.
  10. You will get cravings – I almost took a man out in Shop N Save for the last maple doughnut during my first pregnancy. Right now I’m craving a certain Philly Cheesesteak sandwich….who wants to get me one before I get moody??
  11. Your sex drive diminishes while you are early pregnant and still feeling sort of sexy and returns when you feel like a beached whale.
  12. Your back will ache, your hips will ache, your whole body may ache.
  13. You will be gassy, if you’ve never passed gas in front of someone before, it’s likely to happen while you are pregnant.
  14. You will get heartburn, not just a little either, it’s more like fire breathing dragon heartburn.
  15. You are tired. Even after a good nights sleep, that little peanut will zap all of your energy.
  16. You will have weird, vivid dreams. Fifty Shades Of Grey may come to life…in your dreams!
  17. You will probably pee when you laugh, sneeze or cough – especially if this is your second pregnancy.
  18. You may get hairy…..or you may loose hair or your hair may stop growing.
  19. You will get sharp, shooting pains in your vagina.
  20. You will gain weight.
  21. You will probably get stretch marks.
  22. Your skin may change color in certain area’s and you may develop a pregnancy line down the middle of your belly.
  23. People will want to touch your belly….strangers included. It’s totally ok to tell people it’s not ok to touch you.
  24. Your brain turns to mush and your memory is gone.
  25. You get hot and sweaty and you will most likey swell and when you couldn’t feel even more disgusting, you will drop some of that ice cream cone you’re devouring on your eight month pregnant belly and it will either make you mad or sad or both and God help any poor soul who is near you!

Then after all this you give birth to your precious angel and you forget about these things until you’re pregnant again and all of it comes flooding back to you. So who can relate? What weird or funny things happened to you? Do share, us mom’s can always use a good (relatable) laugh! 🙂

Oh and you start showing much sooner with your second pregnancy….here I am at 8 weeks. I was this size at 15 weeks with my first….
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Twelve Things Happy People Do Differently

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I saw this on Pinterest and it has alot of meaning to me. I’ve always been happy, but not like I am today. I a truly happy now, free of jealousy, harbored bad feelings, hate and everything that use to hold me back. These twelve things really are things that happy people do differently. Read each one and think about how you feel about them. Are you really happy? Do you do these things? If you don’t, then it’s time to CHANGE! Life is too short to live any way other than HAPPY! Starting this blog and selling my scarves has made me happy. Spending time with my family & friends has made me happy. Living life the way I want to live it has made me happy. Do what makes YOU happy! When you are truly happy, you will find yourself doing these things. Doing these things can also bring you happiness. It all starts with being grateful for what you have and realizing that everyone lives and leads different lives. Be respectful of that and don’t compare your life to others. Everyone should live for themselves!

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A Mother’s Love

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It’s the eve of my son’s second birthday, my hubby & I finished shopping for his gifts & wrapped his presents tonight. I put him to bed for the last time as a 1 year old. He’s such a big boy, he wants to lay down and snuggle up with his blankie & giraffe & looks up at me & says “bye, love you”. He only lets me rock him when he’s sick, where did my cuddly baby go? I’ve been reflecting on the past year & how much he’s grown & changed. He amazes me everyday & I often wonder if he knows how much I love him. I tell him a hundred times a day & I show him with patience, care, fun & kisses, but does he really know? I don’t think a child ever knows how much they are loved until they have their own child. You literally worry yourself sick over them, you put yourself in harms way to protect them & you discipline them even though it breaks your heart to prepare them & teach them. You constantly second guess yourself & wonder if you are doing a good job. You find the best diapers, bottles, clothes, car seats, strollers, toys, etc to keep them happy & comfortable. You sacrafice things for yourself to give them the best. You know all the theme songs to their favorite shows because they like to watch them. You do everything in your power to make them feel better when they are sick. You adjust your entire life for them and they won’t ever truly realize how much you care & love them until they have a child of their own. I know I didn’t realize these things until I had Cade & I’ve never had more appreciation for my parents. I realized everything they did for me was out of love. Now watching them as grandparents is such a gift. I get to see their love from the outside looking in. They often tell me “you just wait” & I know I’m in for it if Cade is even close to the stinker I was, but I’m up for the challenge. This little boy has brought me so much joy, peace, meaning & love to my life! I thank God for him everyday! He’s just what Jake & I had imagined to start our family, the perfect combination of each of us with the sweetest personality. I can’t believe 2 years ago I gave birth to my precious angel, I don’t even remember life before him. Mommy loves you so much, Cade Robert! You are the sunshine in my day, the warmth in my heart & what completes my soul! Happy Birthday Baby Boy!

I love this picture Jake took of us on our recent vacation. A sweet moment between mother & son!
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Prep Day – Preparing For The Week Ahead

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Do you have a certain day of the week where you prep? This can be prep for anything….work, school, meals, or just the week ahead. I’m a planner, organizer and prepper. I’m a sale shopper, coupon clipper and deal finder. I can’t stand to pay full price for anything and I really can’t stand to waste. My prep day helps keep me organized and stress free throughout the week.

My prep day is Monday, I’m off work and its the start of a new week. I use this day to clean, prep and spend some quality time with my son. My son’s nap time is prime time for me to complete as much as I can so the afternoon can be full of play. I try to prep my meals for the week so I don’t have to spend as much time in the kitchen after work. I enjoy cooking, but being in the kitchen for hours after work is not my idea of fun. I clean and chop veggies, pre-cook and shred meat, portion out ingredients and go through my fridge pulling out ingredients on their last leg and find ways to use them. Doing this saves me time during the week but it also helps eliminate waste. How many times have you got to the back of your meat drawer and found expired meat? Or your veggie drawer and had moldy vegetables? Food waste is like throwing cash in the trash can. Groceries are too expensive to let them go to waste. Prepping in advance not only saves you time during the week, but it also saves you money because you are more likely to use the ingredients that are chopped or cooked and ready to go than if you have to chop or cook them after a long day at work.

Here are my tips for meal prep and suggestions on how to prep for the week.

  1. Make a grocery list, plan out your meals and just make one trip to the store. Plan your meals around the store sale ad to save money. Use coupons or buy generic items, I have switched my family over to many generic products. You can’t tell any difference and they cost much less.
  2. Plan a “Prep Day” to prepare your meals. This will save you time each night for dinner and will help eliminate waste because you are more likely to use ingredients that are prepped and ready to go. I prep my meals to a certain point of their cooking process. I chop all veggies or herbs and pre-cook meat that needs to be shredded or can be pre-cooked. Then I store my prepped ingredients and use them to assemble the dish on the day I’m cooking it. Another option is prepping your dish all the way to the point where it would go in the oven and then refrigerating it or freezing it until you are ready to use it.
  3. Use what you have in the fridge. Think of creative ways to use veggies. There are no rules to cooking, you can put anything in a salad or make a stir fry with those leftover veggies.
  4. Check expiration dates on your meat, if you aren’t going to use the meat within a day or two after purchasing it, freeze it and defrost it when you need it.
  5. Use clear food storage containers and zipper baggies to store prepped ingredients so they are easy to see and so they stay fresh.
  6. Buy some prepped ingredients to save time. Yes, I do buy some prepped ingredients even though they cost more. Sometimes the time savings is worth the extra cost. Here are my suggestions on what to buy prepped. Most everything else I buy and prep myself.

Prepped Veggies

  • Chopped lettuce in the bag (I always rinse even though it says washed)
  • Baby Carrots – No peeling or chopping
  • Trimmed and ready fresh green beans – I can’t stand cutting the ends off of green beans
  • Butternut Squash (This is a new find in my store and they are cut in bite sized pieces perfect for steaming and mashing or eating whole. Baking butternut squash can be quite the ordeal, not to mention it’s hard to cut in half!)
  • Sliced mushrooms (unless I need them whole)
  • English Cucumbers have edible skin and have smaller seeds than traditional cucumbers, you buy the cucumber whole but it’s easy to wash and slice. No peeling unless you don’t care for the skin.

Once I have everything prepped to the point I want it, I know that dinner after work won’t be an ordeal. I know what meals I’m making and I know what ingredients I have prepped and ready to go. This helps me stay organized, less stressed and able to feed my family a healthy, home cooked meal each night. Try picking a day for your prep, it just might be what you need to get on track to eating healthy, saving money and eliminating waste.

Now off to cook dinner……more new recipes coming soon!

Super Bowl Sunday

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I am not a football fan in any form. Never have been and probably never will be. My husband has tried to make me a fan but I’m a baseball girl all the way! There are 3 things that get me excited about the Super Bowl though. 1. The food – eating alllllllll day long. 2. The commercials. 3. The fact that football is over and baseball season is not too far away!!! We have a sick baby so we will be watching the big game at home. I will be sharing some yummy recipes today. Eating low carb can be challening when it comes to party foods, but I have some yummy recipes that everyone will enjoy!

Infinity Scarves For Sale

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Don’t want to wait to see if your name is drawn for the Infinity Scarf Giveaway? Well you are in luck, I’ve started to post my scarves for sale at my Etsy shop. They are affordable accessories that will accent any outfit. Infinity scarves can be worn a variety of ways, how will you wear yours?

Check the shop often as I’ll be adding many items over the next few weeks. If you are looking for something particular, send me a request and I’ll try my hardest to accommodate!

Happy Shopping!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/Simple2Something

Infinity Scarf Giveaway! *Updated*

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** The winner has been contacted and the giveaway is over. Thanks to everyone who participated! My scarves are for sale at my Etsy store**

 

I’m blown away by the response to my blog in just one week! I greatly appreciate all of my followers and to help promote my blog even more I’m doing a giveaway. At nearly 1,000 views and over 350 followers in just one week of blogging, I’m motivated to increase my views and followers. Help me out by signing up to follow my blog and be entered into the drawing! Simply register your email on my blog to “follow” me. Those already signed up will be automatically entered. Once my blog hits 500 followers OR 5,000 views, I will draw a name and giveaway this scarf!

*UPDATE* Share ANY of my blog posts on Facebook and earn additional entries. No limit on how many additional entries you can earn. You earn one for following the blog via email and you can earn additionak entries by sharing ANY of my blog posts on Facebook. Once I have 500 followers or 5,000 views, a name will be drawn. If I’m feeling generous, there might even be an additional giveaway 😉
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*Scarf will be mailed via first class mail within 2 days of drawing. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 24 hours to respond with mailing address. If no response within 24 hours, another name will be drawn*

My Personal Struggle With “The Green Eyed Monster” – Jealousy

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I consider myself a “normal” person (whatever that means). I have the same emotions that everyone else has…..happy, sad, mad, etc, etc. But I had one emotion that would eat at me to my core……jealousy. I’ve never met a person who hasn’t been jealous before. You get jealous over silly things like a friend getting a new car, a family member receiving more praise, someone flirting with your spouse or even a co-worker getting a promotion. Jealousy is a natural feeling in us as humans, but how you deal with that feeling is up to you.

 I use to harbor my jealousy; if I was jealous of something then I would ignore it and not give it any of my attention. I would keep my thoughts bottled up inside. I wish I could say that I quickly learned dealing with jealousy this way only ate me up inside, but I can’t because it took me a long time to realize this. It took me so long because I didn’t know how to deal with it. No one ever tells you how to deal with your jealous thoughts. I was jealous of many things as a child, being young and naive, but it continued into my adult life. I was never able to let go of that jealous feeling I would get and free myself of my unwanted misery. I’ve always been happy with my life; I had a wonderful childhood, loving parents, as an adult I have a wonderful husband, a loving family, great friends and more than I could ever need. I’d often ask myself WHY are you jealous? I finally discovered that I didn’t in fact actually want whatever I found myself jealous over, it was the fact that people were doing and getting what they wanted and I necessarily wasn’t. In that moment, I decided that being jealous wasn’t my problem; my problem was not going after or doing what I wanted. I started thinking of things I enjoyed doing, rewarding things that would fill my void that created my jealousy. I started crafting, making homemade gifts and things for my home. I started challenging myself to doing things I had never done before. I “let go” of the jealous thoughts in my head and filled them with ideas and aspirations. I didn’t want anyone else’s life, or car, or job, or whatever it was I was finding myself jealous over. I wanted their drive to achieve what they/I wanted. If only I had realized that much sooner…..but it’s never too late to change, right?

The point of this post is to help people understand that jealousy is a natural feeling, but how you are interpreting your jealousy is often misunderstood. I wish I had read something like this years ago to open my eyes and relieve me of my misery a long time ago, but sometimes it takes something happening in your life to “wake you up” so to speak, and now that I’m awake, I’m happier than ever! Next time the “Green Eyed Monster” rears it’s ugly head, ask yourself, am I jealous over the actual item or am I jealous about how they achieved that item? If it’s jealousy with your spouse, talk to them about it. Are you jealous because you aren’t getting enough attention?  Figuring out the root of your jealousy can change your life. Honesty is the best policy (not to be cliché), but when you are honest you never have to remember what you’ve said because the truth in your head is the truth that you speak. I now live with an open mind and an open heart. I’m honest and much happier living this way. I can congratulate someone on their success without a jealous thought in my head because I’m happy with my own success and I want others to succeed. I can praise others without feeling jealous because I now praise myself. I can celebrate an exciting moment with a friend because I truly want them to be happy, to have the happiness that I’ve found in myself. Jealousy can blind you, remove you from reality and make you do things that you will regret. Become in control of your life, set your own destiny and fly!

My advice is to live your life the way it makes you happy. At the end of the day, those seated at your dinner table with you are the people who matter the most. If you are happy with yourself, with them, with your life, with your family, then you are living the right way. Celebrate your own success, congratulate yourself and live your life for you. Life is too short to live it any other way!

Steps to overcome jealousy;

Admitting that you are jealous
Thinking about why you are feeling jealous
Reminding yourself about the good things in your life. Remember “The grass ain’t always greener on the other side, it’s green where you water it”. “Water” the area’s that need “watering”.
Focusing on positive things that make you happy and are rewarding to you
Reaching out to someone to talk about your feelings of jealousy. Don’t keep it bottled up inside

Starting a blog….

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After weeks of thinking about starting a blog and going back and forth with my thoughts (will anyone read it, will anyone care, will it be a waste of time), I decided to start a blog and forget my fears. I’m doing it for ME! I need a space to share my ideas, thoughts, recipes, pictures, projects, etc. I am a natural sharer and sharing makes me happy. A blog is the perfect place to share, so here I am writing my first post with an anxious mind but a happy heart. I hope you enjoy my posts, I know that those who do will follow this blog, along with my wonderful family and friends who have always supported me! I hope to post at least once a week, check back often for new posts and ideas!