First Trimester Necessities

Good Monday morning, y’all! Gosh, I am feeling SO much better during this second trimester (currently 17 weeks + 1 day). That first trimester was a doozy. It actually felt like the morning sickness and overall crappy feeling would never go away. My mom kept telling me that it would ease up soon and I would start feeling so good. I immediately called her a liar. But again, momma was right. IT DOES GET BETTER!

So today, I want to share a few of my first trimester necessities with y’all. These are things that I just absolutely couldn’t have lived without during those first weeks of pregnancy – some things that I never knew I would need, that I now know I would include in any gift package to newly pregnant ladies.

Here we go…

 

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1  |  Preggie Pops – My friend Whitney told me about these and I don’t know what kind of voo-doo magic is in them, but they help ease the nausea tremendously. I seem to get this sour metallic taste in my mouth (pretty common among pregnant ladies, so I’ve heard) and popping one of these bad boys seems to put that taste at ease and keep the nausea a bit more at bay.

2  |  Saltines + Snacks – So, my morning sickness was so bad that I couldn’t even lift my head from my pillow in the mornings without eating a few saltines first. How did I not cry more that first trimester? So, even if you start out feeling great (I did), you may want to grab some saltines at the store to keep on hand. Majority of the time, my nausea would set in when I waited too long to eat. I found that it was best for me (everyone’s different) if I ate snacks and small meals throughout the day instead of any big meals. My favorite snacks have been bananas, apples, Babybel cheese, yogurt and popcorn. They’re easy to throw in my bag in the morning before I head to work. But do what works for you! If there’s one thing I can’t stress enough, it’s if it sounds good to you when nothing else does and you think you can easily stomach it then EAT IT. There was a solid two weeks there when I could hardly stomach saltines…but somehow a chocolate milkshake sounded and tasted delicious. So, chocolate milkshakes it was!

3  |  Beautycounter No. 3 Lustro Face Oil – My skin is normally crystal clear. No blemishes, no breakouts. But that changed and suddenly I was having a few breakouts and my skin just looked dull. So, in swooped my makeup savior – Beautycounter’s No. 3 Face Oil. This stuff is completely safe for pregnant ladies and nursing momma’s (even safe for kids!) and was magic on my blemishes. I used two drops and rubbed it into my clean skin at night. It calmed my angry pregnant skin and made it smooth, hydrated and a bit more like my normal skin. Halleluyer.

4  |  Oil Diffuser – Oh man. Eventually, I’ll have one in every room in the house and my office at work. Because there’s very little medicine you can take during pregnancy (and Tylenol did not agree with me that first trimester), I totally relied on essential oils and an oil diffuser. My favorite oils to diffuse were lavender and peppermint (sometimes together). Lavender helps calm and relax and ease me into sleep, while peppermint helped with headaches and the nausea.

5  |  Peppermint Essential Oil – The holy grail! I didn’t get many headaches/migraines (I’m prone to migraines anyways), but when I did I would slather on my peppermint oil on my neck, shoulders and forehead. Not only did it help with my headaches, but it helps with nausea and heartburn. When needed, I would put a drop or two of peppermint on my tongue and swallow a bit of water with it.

6  |  Ginger anything (and everything!) – Pretty sure I (or rather Zach) bought out our local herb shop with anything and everything ginger. Ginger helps with the nausea so I had gingerale, ginger candy, ginger chews, etc. There were definitely a few weeks there where it was hard for me to even stomach drinking water, so gingerale was on hand almost non-stop.

7  |  Dry Shampoo – You’re not going to want to wash your hair. Hell, you’re barely going to want to shower. Thank goodness for dry shampoo. I mean, I use it anyway on a regular basis, but when you have super thick, unruly hair and washing and drying it takes a solid hour and a half – NOPE. So, I’d usually wash it on a Saturday or Sunday when I could take my time and lay down in between drying sections. Then I’d go all week without washing (which is actually pretty normal for me…should I admit that?…). Dry shampoo saved me time and effort and mostly my sanity and stomach.

8  |  Raspberry Tea – Zach actually found this remedy (I’m pretty sure he deserves a medal for taking care of me and putting up with all my first trimester demands). I don’t know what it is, but raspberry tea seemed to help with the nausea. He would make me a cup almost every night for several weeks and it helped a ton. I drank the brand I linked, but there are several different kinds out there.

So those were my go-to first trimester necessities in a nutshell. What were yours? Any we have in common? Any nausea remedies I missed?

Happy Monday!

Friday Five

Happy Friday, y’all! Has this felt like the longest week ever to anyone else? I am ready for the weekend!! We’re grabbing breakfast tomorrow morning with some sweet friends of ours and then headed to a wedding for another friend tomorrow afternoon. It’ll be the first wedding we’ve been to at the church we got married in since we got married there more than four years ago. Cra-zy.

Anyways, on the Friday Five…

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1  |  This DIY is so easy and gorgeous.

2  |  Well, this is the cutest iPhone cover ever.

3  |  I’m going to need to make this asap.

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4  |  The most perfect little salt and pepper shakers.

5  |  Trying to up my maternity style game with this.

 

Hope everyone has a fun and relaxing weekend 🙂

 

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1  |  These look like the perfect Easter treat!

2  |  I missed out on last year’s colors of the dress, so I have the blue one in my shopping cart now.

3  |  I think I need one of these for our patio.

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4  |  Loving this set of bracelets for spring/summer!

5  |  I made this dish a few weeks ago and it was SO GOOD.

Happy Friday, y’all! I’ve felt good the past 24 hours, so I’m hoping this trend continues and I can get some things done around the house this weekend. I’m in desperate need of purging our closets (mine specifically). So, feel free to send all the good vibes my way 😉

 

Pinch of Green

Since it’s St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite ways to add just a pinch of green to your decor!

Here are a few of my favorites…

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I don’t have any pops of green in our house, so that might be a fun element to add! I hope everyone is having a happy St. Patrick’s Day and no one is getting pinched. I didn’t wear any green today, and luckily haven’t been pinched yet. Because if someone tries to pinch a pregnant lady recovering from a migraine and morning sickness, I will show no mercy. You will officially be added to my $!@* list. Hell hath no fury like a pregnant woman. Or something like that.

Decorating with Blue and White

Admittedly, majority of our home is decorated in white, blues and black. I have always loved how crisp and clean white and blue look together. Heck, even majority of my wardrobe is blue.

When I was a freshman in high school, my mom let me decorate my bedroom exactly how I wanted. I chose vibrant blue walls with all white everything else. It didn’t go at all with the rest of the house (my mom has a beautiful home with lots of antiques and muted tones), and the blue was probably a little too bold, but whatever. It was mine and my love for blue and white stuck.

Fast forward to today, and you’ll find blue and white all over my home and luckily it’s a look that never gets old. I rounded up a few of my current favorites on the classic trend…

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Do you love the look of blue and white? I seem to just gravitate toward it naturally. Even dreaming up nursery ideas has me thinking that regardless of if it’s a boy or girl, there will be blue and white involved.

Hope everyone isn’t as tired as I am on this Wednesday. Daylight Saving Time plus pregnancy = one tired lady.

Big Announcement

If you follow me on Instagram, then you may have seen the big announcement…

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Baby Lee will be here in September, and we couldn’t be more excited!!

It’s been a rough first trimester and I’m just now (14 weeks) starting to feel a bit of relief from the morning sickness (“morning” is such a lie – they should call it “all day or whenever it feels like hitting you sickness”). I’m going to try and post more often and give updates on this journey!

Also, it’s such a relief to finally be able to tell everyone our little (big) secret! I feel like I’ve been such a hermit lately because I’ve just felt like absolute crap. Zach has been amazing – doing all of the errands, picking me up food when I’ve felt like eating anything other than ginger ale and saltines, cleaning the house, etc. Oh, and putting up with my hormonal self.

This has already been an interesting and exciting ride – so I know the next few months will be even more so!

Happy Tuesday!

Friday Five

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1  |  Love the look of this guest room (especially those mirrors).

2  |  Broke down and finally bought this planner (enter heart eye emoji).

3  |  These would make the perfect Super Bowl snack.

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4  |  Great tips on how to keep your flowers fresh longer.

5  |  Am I totally crazy for loving this dress? (Don’t answer that…)

Happy Friday, y’all! I’m headed to Birmingham tomorrow to meet up with some of my closest friends for lunch and shopping and can’t wait to see them!