Summer Pregnancy Must Haves!

I am SO thankful to be pregnant during the summer months, because Lord knows I wouldn't be able to bend over to pull on my winter boots, but dang sometimes it's tough lugging around this big belly in the summer heat! Here are a few things that have made life a little bit easier for me over the past few months! 

Firstly, and most importantly, Welch's freezies. I die for these, you guys. It's actually kind of pathetic. In fact, Kyle is out picking up two more bags of these bad boys for me because heat + this twin belly + my sudden sweet tooth = I NEED AT LEAST 2 A DAY!!!! But I don't feel as guilty as if I were to eat actual sugar filled freezies, you know?! These taste sooooo good, especially the cherry flavour. They're life savers in this heat, that's for sure! 

Birkenstocks. I wear these bad boys as long as I can every single year before it gets too cold and snowy to put them away for the winter, but I have a brand new appreciation for them during pregnancy! The support from these sandals is absolutely incredible, and they are perfect for when my feet start to swell throughout the day at work. I haven't needed to loosen them due to swelling yet, but I know I'll be glad I have the option when the swelling gets too much! Birkenstocks even have a whole vegan section of their website, so you can enjoy your Birks guilt-free! 

Coconut oil everywhere, all the time. Sometimes I even put it in the fridge to cool it off a little before I slather it all over my belly, legs, arms, feet, everywhere. This stuff is seriously a godsend for my itchy skin, especially before and after I've been in the sun! 

I'm getting to the point where clothes need to not touch my body, so these dresses that are fitted at the top, but leave your belly with lots of room to breathe are my go to! I still really try to look cute and put together as much as I possibly can, it definitely helps me feel a bit better about myself during these months, so having a fitted top is something I really like to look for. I've had the best luck with cute dresses like these at Motherhood Maternity! They have some incredible sales on right now, too! 

I've been wearing these pants to work almost every single day for the past week! They're so incredibly flattering and are incredibly comfortable! I've had some problems with my maternity pants stretching right out after an hour or so of wearing them, which always bothers me, but these particular pants have been incredible at holding their shape! Not to mention the adorable army green colour. I absolutely love these, also from Motherhood Maternity

Last but definitely not least are these tank tops. My wonderful friend Kristen (go check out her incredible blog!) recommended these to me when I was just a few weeks pregnant, and I knew I had to get my hands on them! I was hesitant at first because they're $30.00 a piece, but they are SO worth it. Seriously. I bought two when they were on sale at Motherhood and I actually live in them. And Kristen is still able to wear hers post pregnancy, so how could you even go wrong?! 

And here's me trying desperately to beat the heat with my big ol' 25 week belly! I'm 26 weeks today, the very end of my blissful second trimester, and I can definitely feel it! So you can find me in bed with a hand full of freezies all slathered in coconut oil this long weekend! 

I hope you all have an incredible weekend, you deserve it! And let me know in the comments if you have any tricks and tips for making it through summer pregnancies!!! I can use all the help I can get ;) 

Take good care, lovelies! 

Life Lately 27.04.16

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Celebratory engagement mimosas!

Celebratory engagement mimosas!

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Little bump making an appearance!

Little bump making an appearance!

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Life has been chock full of huge life changes for me and my little family, which has been extremely exciting and outrageously stressful. Let us hop in.

In February, shortly after starting my new job, my car got crashed into. I was parked on the street at work and came out after my shift to my brand new vehicle (we had purchased it almost exactly a year prior) smashed, crooked on the street. 

This left us in a bit of a bind, because Kyle and I really need two vehicles in order for us to both get to and from work, and we were left in limbo with what was going on with my car. It took almost a full month for the insurance company to decide if it was worth fixing, or if they were going to write it off. We ended up having to borrow my dad’s car for a few weeks, then Kyle’s brother’s old car, then finally we got the news that our car was going to be written off, and we would have to buy a new one. 

This ended up costing us a ton of money and put a huge damper on our plans to move… but it is what it is, and it was also around the time we found out we were pregnant, so low and behold we purchased a cool ass mom mobile! I’m not going to lie, it’s the coolest mom mobile ever, and I can’t wait until I can load it up with a little kiddo and our pups and take on exciting adventures! 

Onwards. I decided a little while after that that this new job I had been working at was not going to work out. There are a few reasons why, but I won’t go into detail. I have never quit a job before, and I was incredibly nervous because I had only been working there for a few months, and felt super bad about all of the training that they had put into me. I struggled with it a lot, and it made me really stressed for a while. I almost decided to stay just because I felt really bad about quitting… eventually I just had to come to terms with the guilt I was feeling, because ultimately, leaving that job would be the best for me and my situation. 

My last day was this past Monday and I must say I’m pretty excited to have a little bit more time off just in time for summer adventures! Monday night my sister Meghan and I went to Winnipeg Paint Nite, which is like a paint class only sillier and more fun for the not as artistically gifted such as myself! It was so much fun to paint and laugh and just have a fun date with my sister! On Tuesday I had exciting plans to declutter and clean my house with the help of my step sister Jenn! No, I'm not being sarcastic, I was so pumped and it felt SO good! Also on Tuesday we went back to a house that we had previously looked at in January, that we loved, but thought had sold. Turns out the condition on the sale fell through and it’s back on the market… I can’t talk about it too much without getting waaaaay ahead of myself and much too excited, so I will leave that there for now… Or I’ll get carried away and call it my dream home and be super disappointed again if it doesn’t work out!!! 

I spent the day today having breakfast at Pine Ridge Hollow with two of my friends, Heather and Steph, and then we went on an adventure to Fort Whyte Alive! None of us had ever been there, and it was the loveliest thing! It's like a quiet little nature park tucked away right inside the city! It was just such an incredible day spent with the loveliest humans! 

I’ve also been working on a secret project that will hopefully be launching soon… so stay tuned for that but I’m just SO excited about it, it’s something I’ve dreamed about doing for a long time and I finally took the steps to get the ball rolling. You will know more soon! But there are a few sneaky peaky pictures up above if you're curious...

Probably the most exciting thing that has happened lately is that my best friend got engaged to her soulmate and I just could explode with how excited I am for her! I was asked to be one of her bridesmaids and I just am so honored and excited to be a part of something she has dreamed about for soo long! Let the planning begin!!! 

Last but certainly not least, my growing bump! I can’t believe how fast time is flying, but I am 16 weeks pregnant! My bump is definitely there, and baby is the size of a dill pickle???? I don’t know that’s just what my app says. But 4-5 inches! SO crazy! We find out the gender THIS SUNDAY!! I can’t believe it. My friend Heather is going to come with us to our ultrasound tomorrow to get the results, and then we will find out with our family and friends on May 1st! I’m so excited to see the little babe for the first time and find out if I should start buying little boy or little girl things!!! I can’t wait!

That's about it for now, but keep your eyeballs pealed for more coming soon! I hope you lovely humans are doing well, and that you are making time for what really makes your soul happy. 

Take good care, lovelies!