Moto Trend

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outfit: jacket  ||  dress  ||  leggings, similar, similar, similar, maternity  ||  sneakers ||  necklace

Happy Monday!  We are officially at our due date and waiting (not so patiently) to meet our little guy! I wanted to post real quick and share this outfit and a few sales and let you know that I'll be taking a few days off from the blog as we spend time meeting our new addition and transitioning to a family of three (can't wait!!). My outfit is linked above and below and I shared some sales happening today below!

Sales you don't want to miss!:

  • Express is offering an extra 50% off clearance items for up to 70% off! 
  • Abercrombie has 50% off all clearance with an additional 25% off when you spend $100 or more!
  • DraperJames is offering up to 75% off. 
  • GAP has up to 75% of clearance items.
  • Baublebar is offering up to 70% off of sale items! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

XO,

Christine 

My New Go To Winter Staple

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outfit:  fleece pullover  ||  denim  ||  hat  ||  sneakers  ||  bag

Hi friend! I wanted to stop by and share a few awesome sales happening right now. But first, I have to brag on this fleece. You probably have seen this pullover around and I am here to tell you it is worth all the buzz! I've had it in my cart since November and finally pulled the trigger. It is under $70 but if you sign up for emails with Abercrombie you get a $20 off coupon emailed to you right away, making it $50 (half the price of a Patagonia!). It comes in 4 other colors and I am seriously considering buying the dark grey one as well. It is pretty true to size, I sized up to fit over my bump and so it will be a little oversized after baby arrives. This fleece has sold out multiple times, so I'd snag one before it sells out again! 

Sales you don't want to miss!:

  • Abercrombie's winter sale is offering 50% off (you can use your $20 email coupon on top of this!)...they have a ton of great basics! 
  • Express is offering up to 70% off clearance items.
  • Macy's is having their Warehouse Sale with up to 70% off.
  • Urban Outfitters has 40% off all home items. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

XO,

Christine 

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3rd Trimester Bump Update

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outfit: sweatshirt (under $20)  ||  denim  ||  clutch  ||  necklace (c/o) 

Happy Friday! I hope you're staying warm in this frigid cold weather we are having. We had a snow day yesterday and it was so much fun! We stayed in prepped stuff for baby, watched movies and stayed in PJ's all day. I have been meaning to do a bump update post for a while now. I wanted to share all my favorite pregnancy products, how things are going and surprises I had throughout this adventure. As a first time mom I am definitely not a pro and am learning the ropes as I go, so bare with me! If you're newly pregnant or have any questions or just want to chat feel free to shoot me an email, I'd love to chat (christineschumaker16@gmail.com). Like I said I am not a pro, but here is what I learned from my experience. 

1.) Favorite pregnancy products I swear by:

  • My number 1 best and most used purchase is this pregnancy pillow. During my 2nd trimester I started to get super uncomfortable when I was trying to fall asleep and wake up in the middle of the night with a sore belly. Jon bought this pillow for me and it was a game changer! It helps support your growing belly and sore back and also keeps you in place (I am a big mover!). I can't say enough good things about this pillow! 
  • I started wearing this belly band at the end of my first trimester and ended up wearing it the entire time! It's great to wear when your newly pregnant and your jeans/pants still fit but are just a little too snug. You just put them on and leave them unbuttoned and wear the band over it to keep them in place. I never ended up finding a pair of maternity pants that I liked so I bought a size up in jeans and wore it with those too. Trust me, this makes your life so much easier and comfy!
  • These maternity leggings you've seen me wear 1,000 times on the blog and with good reason! They are super comfortable, stay in place and still look stylish! I have worn these leggings to death! The best part? They're under $40 and run TTS.
  • Cocoa butter...this is must! You skin is stretching as your baby grows and using cocoa butter helps promote healthy skin and prevent pesky stretch marks. My friend Jessie recommended I start using them even before I had a bump and I loved both of these these (use lotion for all over body and the butter just for your belly).
  • My favorite maternity books have been this one for me and this one for Jon. Both books were super insightful and we both enjoyed learning from each other when we read them. 

2.) Surprises during my pregnancy:

  • I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes in my second trimester and that was probably the biggest shock/stress of all! Everyone gets tested for gestational diabetes around 28 week mark (as it is actually pretty common to have). I eat pretty healthy and work out about 5-6 days a week and when I headed in to my test I thought there is NO way I have this! I was so upset and confused when my doctor called me to let me know that I failed my test. She insured me though that it wasn't anything I did as a mom, but it is hard not to blame yourself and worry about your baby. She explained that Gestational Diabetes is  not caused by eating too many sweets or gaining too much weight or not exercising enough but that your body isn't able to process sugar properly. Basically, the placenta makes hormones that can lead to a buildup of glucose in your blood. Usually, your pancreas can make enough insulin to handle that. If not, your blood sugar levels will rise and can cause gestational diabetes. So my pancreas was not able to keep up with all the extra glucose that my placenta was making. This can be totally manageable by diet and exercise! I went to a nutritionist and learned a ton! Gestational Diabetes goes away as soon as you give birth I found out how many carbs to eat at each meal and snack and how to track my blood sugar. I discovered that I was eating too many carbs in the morning (hello OJ and fruit) and not enough at dinner (which is just as bad). Though I was very frustrated and nervous at first, I ended up learning a lot about how your body processes sugar and the sneaky sugars in the foods we eat. It made me a lot more grateful for my body and the huge job it was doing, growing a baby.
  • How accurate the app I was using was. I know there are a ton of pregnancy apps out there but I really enjoyed using this Ovia app (they also have a fertility tracking app as well that I've heard is good). It gives you little daily updates on what is happening with your baby and a weekly overview of what is happening to your body and baby. It helped me to have less surprises and to also know what to expect (hello heartburn and leg cramps in the 2nd trimester). It also has a place to track your medications, doctor appointments, weight gain and more.
  • How different every pregnancy is. It was so fun to share my pregnancy with a few of my friends who were either pregnant at the same time or had just had their first baby recently. I learned that every pregnancy is so different! Some easier, some harder but all with the same goal of having a healthy baby. This has been my favorite life stage yet! 

3.) Things I learned while being pregnant:

  • Listen to your body. This might seem like a "no duh" piece of advice but I needed the reminder often throughout my pregnancy. Your body is changing daily and everything that felt "normal" before is different. If something feels off listen to your instincts and don't hesitate to call your doctor or head in to get checked out if something doesn't feel right! I am the worst at going to the doctor but you have to remember it's not just your health your taking care of anymore it's your baby too! My friend gave me a piece of advice that stuck with me "when in doubt, get it checked out." Simple and to the point! 
  • It's ok to rest/take a day off of working out. I am the WORST when it comes to rest/relaxing and taking a break. I always think I can push myself harder and squeeze in one more thing and usually end up totally crashing and burning. I had to really take a step back during pregnancy and allow myself to rest and take a day off of working out here and there. It's not just about you now, you're doing this for your baby too! I had to push myself to take a nap here and there and they really do wonders for you (who would of thought haha). If you're feeling worn out, sit down and take a break, your body and baby will thank you.
  • With that being said, it is definitely important to keep up a workout routine as well. It helps you to be stronger for your delivery, helps with a speedier recovery, gives you more energy, helps you sleep better and makes you overall stronger.  The first trimester you feel like you have the worst case of mono EVER! 2nd trimester you get your wind back and feel great and 3rd trimester you feel a whole new level of fatigue (at least from my experience). I have tried to maintain workouts throughout pregnancy but definitely made some modifications and substitutions. I ran up until I was 6 months along and then it started to become painful (this is different for everyone of course!). My doctor told me to stop running which I was bummed about as I have always been a runner. I found some great YouTube maternity workout videos and started going for long walks instead and it was amazing how much better I felt that I wasn't running myself thin! Just remember that one day your limit is going to be higher/lower than the next so listen to your body. Keeping your baby and yourself safe and healthy is the most important thing of all!  Here are a few workouts I loved! 

What products or advice did you love as a first time mom? I'd love to know! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

XO,

Christine 

Stripes and Slow Cooker Recipes

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outfit: jacket  ||  top (maternity), similar (not maternity)  ||  denim (on sale!)  ||  boots  ||  bag (on sale!)  ||  necklace

I am sorry I have been a little MIA this week. We have less than 2 weeks left until our due date and are in full baby prep mode! I didn't know nesting was a real thing until now! I am wanting to clean and organize everything and get every baby item ready to go. Jon has been so amazing and has assembled everything, cooked a ton of meals and has been just so supportive. Speaking of meals I am making a bunch of freezer meals today to have for when the baby arrives to make our lives easier. I found a blog that shares 4 healthy slow cooker recipes that she doubled so they make 8 dinners to freeze! They look relatively easy to prep, but I will let you know how it goes (there's a 90% chance my kitchen will be a disaster at the end of this haha). I linked the recipes below (it even includes a grocery list to make it easier at the store!) if you're interested. This striped top is maternity and super reasonable! Here is a super similar non maternity option. I received this bag for Christmas and am in LOVE. You know how much of a Rebecca Minkoff fan I am and this one is just too fun and the perfect size for all the essentials (I can fit a full size wallet, my phone, kleenex (hello winter cold), chapstick, lipgloss and still have room). My utility jacket is old but I linked an identical one. I love a good utility jacket because they are so timeless and can be worn year round. There are still some good end of year sales happening right now that I linked below. What deals are you loving right now?

Here are the 8 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes in 75 Minutes I mentioned above! The recipes and grocery lists are a printable link on her blog.

Sales you don't want to miss!:

  • Lilly Pulitzer is having their annual After Party Sale starting today! They always have AMAZING deals at this sale! Perfect time to stock up on some bright prints for spring.
  • Tory Burch is having their semi annual sale with an extra 30% off sale items with promo code EXTRA30
  • Kate Spade has an extra 40% off sale items with promo code EXTRATREAT (I linked my favs below)
  • Banana Republic has 40% off, no code needed
  • J.CREW has an extra 40% off sale items with promo code NEWYEAR
  • Madewell has 30% off sale items with promo code YESPLEASE

Thanks so much for stopping by!

XO,

Christine