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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My 5-A-Day on Queasy Days

I'm trying so hard to eat healthy throughout this pregnancy, and to fit in my 5-A-Day with fruits and veggies. I recently had a friend ask on Facebook what people ate when they felt queasy, and I had one person's comment stick with me- "Naked Juice! It's easy down, you get the nutrients you need, and if you have to have something come back up it's the easiest thing that won't taste bad!"

As we've heated up to the hundred and teen range in Arizona, and queasy is on the rise in my life, I've been extra grateful for that tip and I've found it to be absolutely true!

I have found myself taking many pictures and texting Jacob that I'm grateful for this breakfast on busy mornings when I'm not feeling the best. It's awesome to put something cold in my body that doesn't add sugar or preservatives, and uses fresh ingredients.
The newest products like Berry Almond Nutmilk, Chia Sweet Peach, and Kale Blazer offer a delicious blend of fruits and veggies, and pack a nutritional punch. The Berry Almond Nutmilk is a non-dairy smoothie blend combining the goodness of fruit, almond milk, and soy protein to deliver 11g of plant protein per bottle. I love that it's helping me get the 72 grams of a protein I need a day in addition to helping my plant intake. 

I love that you can find these pretty much anywhere, so there's always a help to eat healthy on the go. Last month we were in New York for a day and a half, on our way home from Italy, and I was craving a green smoothie in the worst way. I wish you could see the ledge of the bushes in front of me, because my green Naked Juice was seriously right in front of me! 

I'm so grateful for products that go with me on my way to work, while traveling, and when I need a quick breakfast on queasy days. If you're pregnant and not feeling your best but needing to watch your nutrition, or someone just trying to eat healthier on the go, this is the best tip I have to help you out!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Monday, June 29, 2015

To Everything There is a Season

I'll always relate to Ecclesiastes 3:18/"Turn! Turn! Turn!" by the Byrds/the closing lines of Fahrenheit 451- take your pick, I have friends who relate and identify best with each version of the same message.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

I guess I am qualified to say I've lived a few decades now, and in my experience, there is a season to each of our states of being, emotions, and times of life. I've had many seasons of madness- working and going to college full-time, seasons at working at a marketing agency where 60+ hours just wasn't enough to get the job done the way it needs to be done, trying to emotionally hold it together as a new teacher while my soon-to-be ex husband cheated and abandoned me, teaching/MBA/wedding planning, ...I think you get the idea! 

I am on the cusp of writing another chapter in my life book of a time of sheer madness and chaos, all while doing it at 5:30 AM due to pregnancy insomnia. 

I have learned the home selling/buying is not for the faint of heart! I think this is a stressful process for anyone, but when you add a high-maintenance team of seller/realtor who expect you to jump through every hoop, change contracts to meet what they want, and try to take you at every corner for any penny they can get, it's exceptionally exhausting. Sometimes the integrity of humankind deeply disturbs me, but that's a thought for another day. Between this and having our home perfect 100% of the time for showings while living in it, I have to say I'm learning my adrenal glands are working just fine. We've had so many showings, and I'm grateful for that! But living in fear every time you jump in the shower that someone may walk in on you isn't something I recommend, even to the most bored of people looking to add some spice to their life. 

Packing up your life in a matter of weeks is not easy, but it's a little extra challenging when bending over is becoming less of a possibility with each growing day. 117 degrees hasn't made things easy either.

The good news? An offer came in on our house, and we've accepted! We're waiting to see how inspection and the whole process goes, and rumor has it, they really love the house. You can't ask for more than that- you hope to match up your place of residency with someone who will really love it. There's also light at the end of the tunnel of the world's biggest drama queen realtor being a part of our daily events- we're so close to signing and never having to see her name again it's amazing! I've never wanted some one's named ripped from my soon-to-be-yard faster. I can't believe we're almost there. Bless our real estate agent for being so amazing and dealing with someone who has made more bad words come out of my mouth than did when I played soccer.

I feel like even with the ups and downs, there's always repercussions. I used to sleep for almost two days straight after finals week in college. We slept half our honeymoon cruise. The other night I woke up with contractions that were frequent enough to think I've thrown myself into early labor. Good news, they stopped. Great news, I'm still writing a blog post after a month of sheer chaos where I have felt this space of mine has been neglected.

I'm realizing all the more, to everything, there really is a season. This is just a season and it too shall pass before I know it!

Thank you for sticking with me friends. Thanks for respecting "a time to break down" in my life, when I've just had to emotionally and physically hold it together the best I could while I've been maxed out in every aspect of my life.

Good things are coming, Italy posts, baby nursery posts, and conference recaps, and yes, we've even still dated every week through all the madness!

And to any of my blogging and journaling friends who need a prompt today, please let us know, what time from the passage above are you currently experiencing? Unless it's a time to kill, I'd love to hear it! 

Chloe Marcie Crossboy Bag + Polarized RayBan Aviator Giveaway!

Hey friends! I've been loving accessories lately as they get me out of the maternity section and help me feel more stylish than jersey knit is currently making me feel. Consequently, I couldn't pass up joining in on an awesome giveaway for a Chloe Marcie bag and RayBan aviators in the color of your choice! 

These accessories are some of the most wanted accessories of the summer and me and some amazing bloggers have teamed up to give them away to YOU!

To enter, head to the Rafflecopter widget below! Each blogger follow is one entry, and if you complete every entry, you will receive a bonus 10 entries for the giveaway! 

All entries will be verified, so make sure you follow directions exactly, or you'll be disqualified. This giveaway is also open internationally! 

Good luck!

Friday, June 26, 2015

On Being That Pregnant Girl at a Wedding

With wedding season in full bloom, and us just returning from one of Jacob's best-friend's weddings, wedding season and getting dressed for wedding season six months pregnant has been on my mind! 

When Jacob and I got married we had 11 sisters and sisters-in-law to dress, plus three teen/pre-teen nieces. I wanted our wedding to feel pretty timeless, so I tried to stay away from anything too trendy. I don't have anything against trendy weddings, in fact I often love them! One day you'll remember the food truck you had cater or the beach wave and smile at how 2000 whatever your wedding was, and that's actually a lot of fun! Hello, we've all seen 80's puffy sleeves and crowns and had a good smile! However, I just felt like I didn't want people to look at our pics and be able to tell us the exact year we were married. In addition, the need to dress so many family members lead me instantly to think what the lowest maintenance option was, and what color we could all pull off. Conclusion: black. We had black and creme as our colors and asked the women in our families to wear whatever they could find that would work for them. There were super fit women, awkward teen bodies, pregnant and breastfeeding moms, and anything you can imagine in-between. I love color, but I had to concede that little-black-dresses were probably the only option that would work in our situation.  

Now that I'm that pregnant girl and wedding season is in full bloom I appreciate my no-nonsense ways even more! Sometimes being asked to wear certain colors and certain styles to a wedding can be a pregnant girl's worst nightmare. 

I love when businesses find solutions to common problems and make life easier! For anyone having a wedding, in a wedding party, or just looking for that perfect color dress that will fit whatever body they have, there's a great new company called KCouture that lets you customize their dresses with 22 color options and lots of cuts and styles that will work for your body no matter what your size or state of life is!  

You can send your wedding party to the site, tell them the color, and the rest is a piece of cake for them to get something that works for them. I also love how many options there are with sleeves and/or longer lengths. It's about time someone helped with the dreaded bridesmaid dress situations that can arise!
 I'm extra grateful for A-line cut options that flatter and that helped me not feel like a whale, but rather a cute, put-together human ready to blend in and not stand out in a wedding party.

To celebrate their launch, they are giving away 6 FREE custom bridesmaid dresses to a few lucky brides in their #KCoutureGiveaway, worth over $1500! You can enter HERE

They are also offering Friday We're in Love readers 10% off any purchase with the code KDress10.

Thank you K Couture for sponsoring this conversation, but as always, all opinion are my own, and I wouldn't promote something I don't love and believe in! 


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