“That August time it was delight / To watch the red moons wane to white.” — Algernon Charles Swinburne
I loved August 2017! This month was such a bright, beautiful, breath of fresh air. I finally reached my third trimester, and hit a “turning point” in my pregnancy. I mean, it has been a good pregnancy. But there is something about being 30 weeks today and realizing that within 10 weeks I could have my baby in my arms! My husband also graduated from his Army school and that was a big accomplishment, as well as a great move for our family. It’s bringing our future assignment closer into view and we’re excited about that. Plus, we had some unseasonably “cold” weather (meaning not 100* F) and for a moment or two I felt that “windy blow” of fall approaching. It was a magical few moments, and is getting me incredibly excited about the cozy fall!!!!
Find a skin-clearing secret formula.This toner right here. Miracle worker for smoothing the face.
Clear the basement boxes out. I’m counting this as something I did because we are doing it this weekend!
I’m actually surprised that I got most of these done. It was kinda a long list for me, and I didn’t think I’d be able to get quite so many done. But I guess that’s what the elusive “burst of pregnancy energy” is all about! lol
I already “recapped” my month at the beginning of this post, but I can’t sign out of August without bringing up a very heavy topic. LWYMMD. Words? There are none. I actually really like it. I thought I would love it. Then I heard it and was pleased. I listened to it two more times and began to dislike it. Then the VMAs happened and I have a whole new appreciation for it. Now I’m a total fan of the song. Probably because I am a tried-and-true Swiftie. Anyone else?
Okay, I’m done. haha Thanks for sticking around and reading about my August 2017 (and letting me ramble). I hope you’ll come back soon. My next post will be my goals for September…see you then!
I think this is part of my nesting phase, but I have felt compelled to create a list of the projects I want to complete for my baby’s arrival! It’s definitely not my ordinary kind of post, though we all know I have a thing for making lists. haha I’ll include a few pics of my current projects, as well as some progress pics!
My Current List of Craft Endeavors
A fluffy pink tutu. Because, I mean, she’s a girl! The pattern I plan to use if from the knitting book “What to Knit When You’re Expecting.” I’m thinking of using light pink yarn by Red Heart called Kiss.
Soft, handmade burp cloth, made from the same book. (pictured below…still need to crochet a lace/trim border)
A Matching onesie and tee for my girls. I bought a pink onesie and tee at Hobby Lobby and want to cross stitch and embroider on them!
A felted bunny crib mobile. If anyone wants a tutorial for this, lemme know. (one of five bunnies, pictured below)
An oversized chunky knit blanket. But like, way oversized and way chunky. I’d like to purchase through Ohhio but we will see!
Booties. Since babies hate shoes (at least mine do), but I’ll want something to put on over her little socks…since those are always falling off! I don’t have a pattern or yarn picked out…but I’m hoping inspiration hits me before winter does! (maybe using the yarn pictured below?)
A christmas stocking for baby. I have knit one for every member of my little family, and now it’s this baby girl’s turn!
Baby bundling and matching hat. This one is actually finished, but I wanted to put it on my list because it was my first official baby project. I made the set with Knit Picks yarn called “Billow.” The bundting is from the same book, “What to Knit When You’re Expecting” and the project is called: . I made the hat pattern up myself…it’s just your average ribbed baby hat with an enormous pom-pom. (bundling collection pictured below)
Thanks for reading about all my aspirations! I have found craft endeavors to be therapeutic, as well as constructive during this busy and emotional nesting phase. It’s nice to keep my mind and hands busy, but it’s even nicer to see finished items that are meant just for my baby. It really makes her arrival feel real and fast-coming. I can’t wait to hold her in my arms! And wrap her in my bundting. haha Thanks for stopping by!
The August 2017 ipsy glam bag finally made it to my front door! I don’t know why, but it felt like I waited so much longer for this one. Whether I really did or not, it was SO worth the wait! The products were all “full-size”…every single one of them. And the theme was boho…which I’m all about! I can’t say enough good things about the bag, so I won’t even try. Let’s just say it was one of my favorites of the year! And now, let’s jump in and look at the contents:
Vitamasques Yoghurt Mask Duo – Kiwi and Strawberry
I can’t think of anything more “boho-skincare” than a mask made of natural, foodie ingredients. The kiwi mask is said to soften and revitalize, while the strawberry smooths and illuminates. I’m super excited to try these, as right now I only use two facial masks. I use this overnight mask every night, and this mud mask once every two weeks or so. A new yogurt mask would totally be a fun way to shake up my mask routine!
the Balm Cosmetics the Balm Voyage Vol. 2 Eyeshadow – Kuwakaribisha
I love anything that is the Balm. And this Balm Voyage eyeshadow is no different! Kuwakarisbisha is a pale-neutral shade, with quite a bit of shimmer. It has a total glow factor that reminds me of a highlighter. Apparently, the reason the Balm eyeshadows are so buttery and soft is because the pigments are triple-milled. They are so soft, that one dig of the finger into my eyeshadow pan resulted in the huge divot you see pictured above. Courtesy of my toddler! 🙂
Aurora Pro Cover Up Concealer – Pale Ecru
This one doesn’t immediately scream “boho” to me, but then again, neither does dark circles or hyper-pigmentation. I guess you could say this product is “under-cover boho.” ha! This is my second Aurora product from ipsy, as my first was a felt-tipped eyeliner in my December 2016 glam bag. In ipsy’s description of the product, they mention that this can be used as a highlight or even as a contour (not this shade) if it doesn’t match perfectly. I could definitely see this working as a highlight, especially since it is a full-coverage product. If you’re wondering why full-coverage highlights matter to me, visit my My Maskcara Beauty Haul & Review to read about this new epiphany in my makeup life!
Pacifica Coconut Blush Duo – Beaming and Tenderheart
I was floored when I saw this product in my ipsy bag. A coconut blush single is currently retailing at Ulta for $12.00, and my entire ipsy bag cost $10! So I’m looking at $24.00 worth of blush in my $10 ipsy bag, which so happened to contain 4 other products…SUCH A DEAL. Digression over. Since coconut is a main ingredient here, these blushes are not only beautiful, but also healthy for the skin. While they are intended for blush purposes, I will definitely be trying these as eyeshadows. The shades are too beautiful not to! Plus I think having an eye look that imitates a cheek look would be super beautiful, especially if both were worn at the same time. I’m pretty excited this arrived in my glam bag!
SLMissGlam Brush – T35 Precise Blending Brush
But…there is nothing I was more excited for in the August 2017 ipsy glam bag than THIS BRUSH. I received my first SLMissGlam brush in my November 2016 glam bag, the W20 Angled Eye Brush (in diamond white). Then, my sister gave me another W20 brush this past summer. So now, this is my third SLMissGlam brush and the excitement is making me think I should probably just invest in a complete set. I can’t put my finger on why I love them so much, but I feel like the faux diamonds are 98% of it. I think the bristles are soft and perfectly dense. The brushes hold up very well during cleaning, and I haven’t seen a single bristle come out! Unfortunately, I did stain on of my W20’s and haven’t been able to get the stain out. Doesn’t matter because they are still my favorite, stains and all!
That’s a wrap for my August 2017 ipsy glam bag unboxing! Thanks for sticking around to see what I got. Are you an ipsy subscriber? If so, please leave a comment below letting me know what came in your August 2017 ipsy glam bag! And if you’re not a subscriber, but would like to be one, just follow this link. *Subscribing via my link will not compensate me with any money, but it will credit my account with bonus points to use on fun products!* Thanks for stopping by and come back soon.
You’ve been told a LOT of “rules” ever since you got the positive test. And while the information can often be conflicting, there are some laws that seem to consistently harmonize. I have found many of them to be true. Unfortunately, one of those was the no-eating-raw-cookie-batter rule. That was completely true. 🙁 But there were some definite “golden rules” that I chose to break and it worked out for me just fine! My first pregnancy was delightful and culminated with a healthy baby. I’m about to begin my third trimester with my second little baby, and still am enjoying breaking these 8 rules. I’m certainlyNOT advocating that anyone else feel obligated to, nor do I think anyone else needs to! These are just the rules that I chose to break, and enjoyed doing it:
Rule One: Eat for Two
I broke this one right off the bat–mostly because of all my food aversions! But as my pregnancy continued, I found that “eating for two” wasn’t necessary or possible for me personally. I found myself eating more frequently, rather than eating larger portions. Many doctors will advise that your nutrient intake doesn’t need to increase until at least the second trimester, and this ended up being the case for me. All the vitamins and minerals (and calories) that my babies needed were easily supplied by my body without any additional food during the first trimester. There is nothing wrong with listening to your body, and in my case, my body didn’t want or need any “extra” food until the second (mostly third) trimesters. And even then, I couldn’t handle a lot of food at once. All my meals had to broken up into snacks. It’s just what worked for me!
Rule Two: Lose the Baby Weight After the Baby is Born
It’s pretty normal to go through a shrinking period after you give birth. I mean, there is no need for all that extra fluid once the baby arrives! But I didn’t wait until after birth to begin exercising. It’s much easier to workout BEFORE you have a tiny newborn in your house. Trust me. While I did find it was important to rest up during my pregnancies (and I really did rest a lot!) I definitely didn’t leave the working out for the post-birth time. I found my body had a significantly easier time bouncing back to pre-pregancy size because I worked out during my entire pregnancy. And it made me feel happier and more confident during my pregnancies. Bonus: being fit made the delivery infinitely easier too.
Rule Three: Buy a Pregnancy Wardrobe
I kind of blame this on the fact that my babies are small, and that nursing has become my jam. But I never bought a “pregnancy” wardrobe per se. I bought a few loose fitting tank tops and that was pretty much it. I did, however, buy a nursing wardrobe. So my personal advice to nursing moms: don’t spend more on your pregnancy wardrobe than on your nursing wardrobe. By the time you need to buy pregnancy clothes, many mommies-to-be are expecting their little one’s arrival in the next 6 months. So why invest in a wardrobe that will only last for 6 months, when breastfeeding can easily go on for 12 months or longer?! Again, it’s totally a personal preference thing, but I recommend keeping the pregnancy wardrobe smaller and “more simple,” because you’ll want to have the funds/space for beautiful and versatile clothes during all the months that you breastfeed.
Note: I only own one or two things specifically designed for nursing. My nursing wardrobe consisted of “normal clothing” necklines that stretch. For me, there were plenty of “regular” clothes that worked great for nursing–but they weren’t things I owned when I first took my baby home. I found myself needing to purchase quite a few new tops postpartum because my regular clothes were not nursing-friendly!
Rule Four: Wear Nursing Bras
Speaking of breastfeeding: you might have to set aside all your current bras during the pregnancy and after. But if you’re one of the many expectant mothers weeping over your vast Victoria Secret collection–no more tears! Not everyone ends up finding a nursing-specific bra they like. Most demi cut bras are completely nursing compatible, and come in a variety of support types: wireless, underwire, push-up, etc. The sky is the limit with those! Keep in mind that throughout your pregnancy and nursing journeys, your size will fluctuate to accommodate lactation growth, so be aware that what works for a few months may not work later on, or vice versa.
Also, most breastfeeding mothers are advised to wear bras to bed–and the demis will still work in this case. Be aware certain bras can lead to mastitis, especially at night. But don’t feel like the only bras that won’t cause mastitis are bralettes–because there are plenty of “normal” bras that are nursing-friendly too. It’s really about finding your own style and what feels comfortable. You don’t have to sacrifice looks for comfort or safety, but those two should definitely be at the top of your list of requirements when shopping!
Rule Five: It Took 9 Months to Gain and Will Take 9 Months to Lose
No. It takes your body as long as it takes YOUR body. For me, it was a lot closer to 9 days than 9 months. For some, that’s a matter of weeks and for others, a matter of months. Don’t hold yourself accountable to someone else’s metabolism, breastfeeding habits, sleep cycle, and genetics. Treat your body well and give it time. Comparison is the thief of joy and trying to “recover” the way someone else did will only mislead you in taking care of your body. Remember: the grass is greener WHEN you water it–so try hard and make great efforts to help your body recover. But realize it is the effort and not the wishing that will make a difference. The most important thing is focusing on your body’s health and peace, not on the clock or calendar and wondering if it’s taking too long to “bounce back.”
Rule Six: Get Over the Fact that You’ll be Wearing a Hospital Gown
Maybe I’m alone here in feeling like the gowns are itchy, uncomfortable, and look horrible on my skin. BYOBG. Bring your own birthing gown. Most hospitals will let you (check before you don it). If you don’t want to purchase a birthing gown though, there are many options out there. Consider making your own or altering a nightdress you already have. As long as your gown has straps instead of sleeves, the only adjustment you’ll need to make is cutting a long slit down the back from the neck to the hips (which you can attach ties or velcro to so that it closes). Get something that is soft and dark in color…you’ll be so much more comfortable in your own gown than in the hospital-issued gown! For my first birth, I wore this. And for my second, I’m buying this. (<- edited to add: I ended up revising an old nightgown.)
Rule Seven: Rock the Bump
This one is again a TOTAL personal preference. Probably the most “personal” of all preferences in this post! I have seen so, so, so, so many beautiful pregnant bumps that look super cute when accented. So many women have found “rocking” their bump to not only help them celebrate their pregnancy blessing, but also to come to terms with the fact their body is changing and so is their wardrobe. It looks GREAT on them and I think they should totally go for it. But all of a sudden when I found myself pregnant, I found the bump-hugging styles didn’t suit me! I partly attribute this to the fact that I carry my babies high, and that I carry them small. It takes me months just to get a “bump” and I think the long and slow progression never inspired me to find bump-rocking styles.
I was discussing pregnancy wardrobes with my grandmother, and she told me in her time that pregnant women gravitated towards lose-fitting, concealing outfits. I thought I would give it a try and ended up LOVING it! My pregnancy jam became leggings, shorts, or tight-night pencil skirts paired with a flowy or non-fitted top. (I have summer pregnancies so tank tops were my go-to). It didn’t bother me that people couldn’t tell I was pregnant, because I tend to bring it up in conversations all the time! haha I just felt really relieved that I had finally found a style that looked good and felt right for me. I can’t advocate enough that a HUGE part of pregnancy confidence for me was a finding a style that worked. It surprised me that my pregnancy style was very different from my non-pregnancy style, but that’s just how it worked out!!
Rule Eight: You have to Give Up Coffee
It’s TOTALLY important to limit caffeine during pregnancy, most especially during the first trimester. And I did. While I didn’t even want coffee for the first few months of pregnancy (hello, food aversions!) my nurse found it perfectly fine for me to enjoy a cup once a day, however. Most research will conclude a safe caffeine limit during pregnancy is 200 mg, leaving room for an average-sized cup of coffee–about 11 oz. That’s only IF you’re comfortable consuming caffeine though (because it’s your choice!). And if you’re more of a soda and chocolate person than a coffee person, then just remember to go by the same caffeine guidelines. Sneaky trick: in order to drink “two” cups a day, I ended up making 1/2 caff coffee, so that my caffeine was split into two mugs over the course of the day. Teehee!
It’s possible that I’ve broken more than 8 rules… haha! However, there are many rules that I totally followed (and am following right now!) Again, I’m definitely not trying to say that everyone should break the rules that I chose to. In fact, I really want everyone to know that I believe you should live your pregnancy as YOU feel is best. But I’m sharing what ended up working for me because sometimes someone else’s positive story can be helpful when evaluating your own pregnancy goals. Maybe something that worked for everyone isn’t going to work for you? Or maybe something that works for you is something no one else can handle!
Every person and every pregnancy is so unique, and that’s really special. Thanks for taking the time to read about mine! Please leave a comment below if there is a rule you broke, and why! I’d love to know. I hope you come back soon!
So we don’t have “every” war movie–but we go through seasons of “being able” to watch them and avoiding them at all costs. Can you relate? These are a few reasons why we feel that way…
1. We hate how they remind us of the realities our husbands face.
Every Army wife knows her husband could (or in some positions, will) face a dangerous situation. We know that deployments are an inevitable part of the job. But we try not to spend our days thinking about that. During our non-deployment seasons of life, we try not to live in fear of the what-could-be future. That isn’t to say we pretend it isn’t going to happen. But we choose to not live in fear. Our husbands live out life with courage, and so do we. Watching a movie that centers around the possibilities our loved one could face (or has already faced) are sometimes an unnecessary “reality check” we don’t appreciate.
2. We hate how accurate they are.
I know not all movies are accurate–by any stretch of the imagination. But there are war movies that really nail one aspect or another of combat, deployment, high stress situations, etc. Once again, we know it exists. Many of our husbands have lived through that, and in a different way, we have lived a tiny part of it through them. Getting an extremely vivid experience of something that is a reality for us hits home in a tough way. It’s not entertainment, it’s just a visually aggressive portrayal of something we already think, feel, or experienced.
3. We hate how inaccurate they are.
There is nothing more annoying than a movie which attempts to display the accomplishments of the US Army, the feelings of a soldier, or the relationship in an Army family–and completely falls flat. Sometimes it’s borderline disrespectful. Most of the time though it’s just irritating. Okay, maybe some points are laughable, considering how wrong they get it! But really, with so many civilians who can’t even fathom the rhythm of the Army and the experiences of our families, it’s nothing short of frustrating to have our lives and our soldier’s accomplishments smeared across the screen in some kind of attempt at vainglory or Hollywood cheese.
4. We hate watching the wife and children cope and struggle because it is all too familiar.
Some things really get to you on a mental level. You see a soldier saying goodbye to his comrade in a fast-paced, sweaty, all-too-soon 3o second interval. And you look over at your soldier and can’t help but wonder who he is thinking of. Did he go through that with a battle buddy, or does he sometimes think of saying goodbye to you? You get caught in a mental struggle. But then to see a wife or her children attempt to make it through the emotional trauma of war and separation hits you on another level. It’s no longer a mental struggle. You are engaged emotionally in the movie as you literally watch your own thoughts and feelings pulled across the screen. You feel worn out and drained. The hour or two you spend watching her world fall apart, pulls at the emotional balance of yours for that short period of time. You have been there, and you just can’t help but feel so many of those feelings all over again.
5. We hate war movies because it’s way too “everyday” to be called entertainment for us.
Okay so for most Army families, war movies are not a script of their lives. But still, we spend all day living on post, washing uniforms, and cooking dinner alone: living-sleeping-breathing the Army. Which don’t exactly mind. But when it’s time to settle down for some entertainment, we don’t want to watch more Army stuff! It’s time to break out the RomComs or family flicks! This is definitely a personal preference thing–but I don’t see how something that’s all business for us can become a form of entertainment, no matter how appealing the scenery or soundtrack is. It’s kind of like watching a movie about running 500 errands on a Saturday, when that’s your current weekend routine!
6. We hate the reception war movies get by the civilian public.
The only thing more annoying than an inaccurate movie, is a glowing reception from the public about how “moving” and “great” a cheesy war movie is. On the flip side, it’s also just as upsetting to watch an “accurate” war movie, and hear the public tear the military to pieces because of the exposure they happened to glimpse. Either way, it can be pretty upsetting to read reviews about war movies. Almost as upsetting as watching them ourselves…
Did I miss something, Army wives? What is it that you don’t like about war movies? Or if you’re in a season of watching them, please share a comment below about how you’re feeling when watching! Thanks for reading and come back soon!