Tuesday, May 31, 2016

LuLaRoe: An Overview of my Maternity Style

Some items were sent for review. All opinions are 100% my own

LuLaRoe is a fashion brand that specializes in women's and girls skirts, dresses and leggings. They also offer different kinds of shirts, kimonos, and more. They have nice solid prints, funky fun patterns, and sweet simple patterns to choose from. You can also get men's shirts and they offer neutral kids clothes that boys and wear!


I first tried LuLaRoe when I was around 12 or so weeks pregnant with my fifth child. Before I got pregnant I was trying to loose some weight and so when I started showing so early, I was taken aback and didn't feel too good about my quick changes. LuLaRoe was a fun change to my outer appearance and it was super comfortable, but I never expected it to completely change my spirit, inner self, and give me confidence in my own skin! 

One nice thing about blog reviews is getting the chance to try something when you're unsure of how you'll like it, and with LuLaRoe it was just the start of a total obsession for me! Once I started building up my closet with more leggings and tops, I stuffed the jeans in the back of the closet and started embracing myself as my body changed and I grew my little boy. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Maximus Update: 1 Month Old


What a month this has been!! Not only has it seem to just fly by, but I feel like there was always something going on and not too much down time. My mom lives out of state so she came to my home the night I was released from the hospital and stayed for three weeks. It was so nice to have an extra pair of hands with the girls, especially since we have two that aren't old enough for school, and of course just being able to have someone else to talk to, vent with, and just relax when I needed to.

Max was 7lb 7oz at birth, 7lb 0oz when we left the hospital, 7lb 4oz at one week, 7lb 13oz at two weeks, and then 9lb 4oz at one month! I think a big part of his big gain is from formula, but I of course can't be sure. 

We unfortunately got thrush very early on and after battling through the pain over and over, taking small breaks to see what happens, and using medicine constantly, we had to stop breastfeeding. It truly broke my heart, but I'm going to attempt to get my supply back up since we now have Gentian Violet to help us rid this yucky stuff once and for all! 

Max's first month has been pretty easy going over all, however he tends to take a long nap in the mid afternoon and wake up every couple hours at night. It's been a little bit of a battle with getting him to sleep comfortably because he'd rather sleep in our bed, but I've figured out he just doesn't like sleeping in the same place for long periods of time. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A Birth Story: Maximus

Maximus was born April 24, 2016 so that means I'm writing this on his one month birthday! This month has went by so fast, but I needed this time with him and our family to enjoy this special time in our lives. Things don't always go as planned and this past month {as well as his birth} can attest to that. 

April 14 was my 37 week check up where I had my first exam and was told I was 50% thinned out and 1cm dilated. Knowing that I could be pregnant for several more weeks, I didn't think much of the numbers and went about my way. 

I did seem to fill a bit of a shift in my body after my exam and I suddenly felt so much more pregnant. I didn't have much energy, I felt so heavy and worn out, and I had some Braxton Hix from time to time. 


Sunday, May 8, 2016

"Summer Cloth Diaper" Giveaway Hop Sign Ups




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"Summer Cloth Diaper"


This is the 5th annual Summer Cloth Diaper Giveaway Hop!!!

 This giveaway is going to be prizes with the theme CLOTH DIAPER. Anything from cloth diapers to cloth wipes to cloth friendly clothing is acceptable for this giveaway hop. There are lots of options for finding a prize for this wonderful event. Your only mission is to find the perfect prize pack for your blog! 

 Because this is a blog hop, each blog will be responsible for securing their own prize on their own blog. Each prize must be a Minimum of $25. The Prize can be sponsored OR you can self sponsor. 

 Each blog can have more than 1 winner, but each winner must win at least $25 in prizes. 

 Joining this Blog Hop is FREE as long as you share the announcement in some way. It takes 2 seconds to do this!! Tweet, pin, or share on FB. 

 When: 6/21-7/4

 Who: Anybody with a blog can sign up for this one! 

 Sign ups close 6/14

 Add yourself to the Linky Below! You MUST share this announcement in order to participate in this hop. You can also join the Facebook Group for our events here

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

ATTENTION!!

Hey everyone, I wanted to pop on really quick and let you all know (and sponsors) that I had Max April 24 after three days of labor and he was two weeks early. I am behind on the blog as I was in the middle of writing and scheduling posts to go live during this time, so please bare with me as I get adjusted and gets things going again. I was to have our Welcome Little Man event giveaway start May 2 and that is moved to May 9 to allow me more time to prepare. 

Thank you all for understanding and be on the look out for Max's delivery story soon!