Today We Remember…

Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. I lost my third baby at 14 weeks 2 1/2 years ago. After two extremely healthy pregnancies, I lost a baby. I still don’t understand the reasons why and probably never will. I know that God has held my hand through this long healing process. I know that my friends and family took care of me in a huge way after my miscarriage. I know that I am 100% grateful for my “rainbow baby” who arrived almost one year after I lost Ansley.

If you have suffered this lost, know you are not alone. Today is a day to remember our babies. Whether the loss was at 8 weeks or 8 months. We all grieve differently and there’s no right and wrong way to grieve. Take your time, surround yourself with a great community of people, and try to find a way to remember your baby. For me, it helped to name the baby. The pain will never completely go away for me. However, as I look back on journal entries from 1 or 2 years ago, I can see how God has brought me through it. And I know one day I’ll get to hold my baby Ansley.

Shopping at Aldi

I love Aldi so much! I’ve been shopping there consistently for about 6-9 months now. It’s been a great way to eat healthier without spending too much money. I also want to say that I buy a lot of fruits and vegetables at Aldi. I didn’t show them in this video because I wanted to focus on the organic and gluten free products that Aldi offers. I just don’t want anyone to think that I’m saying that we eat healthier and then only showing cereal and pasta. I will be doing a series of videos about eating healthier over the next couple of months.

 

Also make sure you check out Aldi’s website for great recipes and list of products. *I am not sponsored or paid by Aldi.*

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 of 30

I’ve been on a long journey of trying to lose baby weight and I’m so close to the end! I’m 6 weeks away from my goal and have been looking for a workout program to reach that goal. I discovered Burstfit Fire, which was created by Dr. Axe. It’s a 30 day program, 20 minute workout, 5 days a week. It seemed pretty doable, so I ordered it through Amazon.

First things first (I’m a realist), it is HARD! It makes 30 Day Shred look like Sweatin’ to the Oldies. However, it’s so good! I love that the workouts are quick, intense, and target my problem areas. So far I’ve completed 2 days (and tomorrow is a rest day!!). I really enjoy it and can’t wait to share the results in 28 days!

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July Favorites

July was a crazy month for me. My husband was working hard on a big project, which left me as solo mom. At the same time, I had the genius idea of eating healthier, cutting out Starbucks, and exercising more. We all survived and ended the month with a kid-free beach trip! Here are my July favorites:

What I’m using:

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle
I kept reading about this product and finally decided to try it. It’s so inexpensive and makes my hair so smooth. Thumbs up Aussie!

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Anastasia Brow Wiz
This is another product that I’ve been dying to try for a while. It is amazing! I have very light and gappy brows that need to be filled in. This brow pencil is the only one that makes them look as natural as possible.

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What I’m eating and drinking:

Think Thin Protein Bars
I’m always looking for quick protein, but I don’t want a lot of sugar. These protein bars have 0g of sugar and are so good. I always keep one in my purse for when I need some quick protein.

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Trader Joe’s Lactose Free Creamer
I LOVE TJ’s and this creamer is the best! It’s available in a couple of different flavors, but vanilla is my favorite.

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What I’m watching:

Drunk History
Ok so…don’t judge…but I recently found this show and I love it!

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What I’m reading:

#GIRLBOSS
I saw a quote from this book a few weeks ago and knew it was the perfect book for me. I read it in 2 days during our beach trip. I could list lots of takeaways from this book, but I’ll limit it to my favorite. If you want to be a #GIRLBOSS, you need to read it:)

-“There are secret opportunities hidden inside every failure”. I LOVE this quote! Whenever I feel like a failure, I’m going to remember this quote. It’s amazing to read Sophia’s journey from eBay store to multi-million business! And I love that she’s an introvert, a millionaire without a college degree, and orders Soy Chai at Starbucks (which is my fave!) I can’t wait to apply what I learned from this book.

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My life has been changed…

There’s something that I’ve dealt with for almost 31 years….difficult hair. I’ve had it short, long, straight, and curly. I’ve tried every hair product on the market, flat irons, curling irons, hair gadgets. Nothing has worked…until now…

For months, the beauty blogger world has been buzzing about It’s A 10 Miracle Leave In. I’ve been very skeptical about products like this because everyone raves about them and they usually don’t work for me. But I figured I would try it and return it to Target when it didn’t work.

You guys…it really is a MIRACLE! It makes my hair feel silky, shiny, and so much easier to style. I am a believer now.

I highly recommend it and it has changed my life!

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Humidity: Foe to all

Summer is here! It’s time to swim, tan, and grill out. It’s also time for evil in the form of humidity. I hate it! I take an hour to fix my hair and one step outside, it’s destroyed by humidity.

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So here are a few tips for surviving the humidity. I’m not a hair stylist and I’ll never win an award for best hair, but these help me to control it a little better.

-It’s hot outside, so put it up! There are so many cute updo tutorials. I usually go for the sock bun or top knot when I’m a hurry (which is always). Kate from Small Things Blog has so many cute hair tutorials on Pinterest and YouTube.

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-Wear a hat! This is a great time of year to wear hats. They are very inexpensive and so cute! Forever 21 has some great ones.

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-Embrace the curls! One thing I’m learning is to work with the humidity and just embrace the curls. I use a few tools to make it work (although I’m still trying to master it).

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This tool is amazing and makes curling hair so easy. I also use a curling wand if I want that beach wave look

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No matter how I style my hair, I always use KMS Hair Stay to finish. It helps to reduce the effects of humidity.

Now it’s your turn. What products or tools do you use to fight humidity and beat the heat?