I'm a big time audio girl, podcast and audiobooks. I listen to at least 1 audiobook a week and quite a few podcasts a week. This all started when I was pregnant with Leo and I couldn't sleep at night and needed something to do. It has turned into a slightly unhealthy obsession as I tend to be a binge listener. My go to listens are murder mysteries like Up and Vanished and Serial, but I also love learning random facts and listening to quite a few other podcasts. I don't listen to anything policitcal or motivational but if there is podcast you think I should try in these areas let me know, I'm happy to give them a try. So here is my list of my favorite podcasts I tried to keep the list down to 20! Like I said I have a problem.
Life is always so crazy in the summer. We are now home and settled from a great vacation at Priest Lake. More on that in a little bit. But I just thought I'd update you all on a few things that have been going on in our lives as well as this pregnancy. We are getting close to having the new baby less than 7 weeks. Jay has added a new job, as if we weren't busy enough. Ha ha! He is now working a few days a month at Tri-Cities Regenerative Institute. It is very different from his ER gig, but he is really enjoying it. It is awesome that this is now being offered in Tri-Cities, they do stem cell injections as well as Platelet Rich Plasma injections for injuries and cosmetic reasons. Once I have this baby I'm dying to go have a vampire facial!! You guys should check out their website HERE.
I had a few issues with my pregnancy with Leo that didn't allow me to workout as much as I wanted to and I really had to watch my heart rate with that pregnancy. Thankfully, this pregnancy I don't have the same issues so I've been able to work out a lot more. Although week 8-14 I had to take off cause I was so miserable with all day sickness. I was able to continue all my workout classes up until 8.5 weeks and I was having some of the best workouts I have had in years. Anyways, after my little month break I have been able to continue to workout at the gym 2 days a week and at home 2 additional days. So today I am going over my "go to" workouts. Since I only get to the gym twice a week I like to do more "complex" workouts vs working just my arms or just my legs. You don't have to be pregnant to do these obviously as I continue them when I'm not pregnant. I just increase the weight and decrease rest time in between when I am not pregnant..... oh and usually add in burpees and box jumps! Dare I say it.... I miss burpees.
School is out or almost out and everyone is starting to think about their summer plans. Leo is starting soccer this summer and doing swim lessons. But on top of that I made a little summer bucket list for us. This one is more catered to toddlers and younger kids, but is a fun start to some summer activities. I want to make this summer as special as possible because it will be my last summer with just Leo. I have adored my 1 on 1 time with him for the last 2+ years and as excited as we are to add another to the family I am a little sad all my alone time with him will be coming to an end. So until September we will be working away on our summer bucket list!
When we remodeled our house I wanted to build a little catch all area. The previous owners had installed a little bench here but I knew that would not be enough. So I quickly went to Pinterest and did some looking and made sure this type of space was added to our home. We had a small space to work with but I needed to to be as function as possible. I think we accomplished this and I got to have a little fun decorating it too.
So I kind of skipped over spring cleaning here because it went straight from winter to summer. Normally we get some rainy and windy days in the spring but starting in March we started getting almost 80 degree weather. Then we had visitors and plans so I am finally getting around to doing a little spring cleaning and it feels so good. Today I'm going over 10 things you should throw away!
So I've been crazy about eye cream for years. I wish I could tell you I have an eye cream that I love love love but what I have noticed is as I have age or the season's change my under eyes require something a little different. With this pregnancy my skin is really dry so I've been really into gels which is something I have never used before. So I am sharing my top 10 eye creams and the best part of the top 10 is that 5 or 6 are all under $30. You don't always have to pay an arm and a leg for eye cream. And if I could tell my 18 year old self anything I'd say start using eye creams NOW. I didn't really get into them till about 24 (which is younger than most) but I wish I would of started even earlier.
So I was browsing through another person blog and saw this thing where you take 10 photos throughout 1 day. I thought what a great idea, I think this blog post is more for me than other people. As it is a bit of a photo journal to document our day. We did this when Jay was off work so that he could take some photos as well as be in some. I thought this would be a great thing to encourage you mamas to do for Mother's Day. You don't need a fancy camera just grab your iPhone and start snapping. I know I am going to want to remember these chaotic and amazing times in our house. One day I am going to miss the days when my house was full of toys and little baby giggles and I am glad I stopped and took some photos of it.
Holy smokes I have been on a big book binge the last year. I thought when I first had Leo I'd never be able to read again but that clearly wasn't the case. Although I will say 80% of the books I "read" I actually don't read I listen to as audio books. I found that with Leo when we are playing outside or in the house I can listen to a book and still play with him. Plus it takes me an hour or longer to fall asleep at night so I listen to book then. Don't get my wrong I do love sitting down to read as well and I just bought a few new books for summer. This post is going through my favorite books over the past year.
We are so excited to share with you the exciting news that we will be expecting a baby girl in September. This pregnancy announcement is filled with so much excitement and happiness, but also with trepidation. As I know the emotions that come with seeing pregnancy announcement on social media for those of you who are struggling to get pregnant. I will go more into that later so make sure you read the entire blog post, but let me tell you some of the details about this pregnancy.