Pregnancy Must Haves

I had a few requests for a post to round up my favorite pregnancy products. It’s not a huge list because I think most of what you need during pregnancy is preparation for the BABY. But I’ll do a list of my favorite baby stuff next week maybe. There still are a few clutch items that I think every mom to be should know about so here you go!

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1. Bump Nest Pillow. First and foremost. Above everything on this list. If you are pregnant, get this pillow. It will be the best $100 you have ever spent in your life. It’s so soft and cozy and fits perfectly. I have left it before when we’ve gone out of town and I it made me realize all over again how much I love it. Thank you so much to all the readers who told me to go for it!

2. Maternity Top. I love this H&M shirt so much. It’s light and fits really cute. I also love this dress from Gap that’s on sale right now! And..this cute top from Target. I love getting inexpensive maternity wear because I’m so weird about spending money on bump clothes since I can only wear them for a short time!

3. Unisom. When I was in the midst of the dreaded “green haze” portion of pregnancy with 24 hour nausea not much of anything actually helped at all. (I’m sure many of you can relate!) BUT one thing that was the difference between deaths door and possibly-somewhat-coherent was Unisom. My doc told me to take a half a Unisom every night which I did, faithfully. I know this is pretty much common knowlege but I felt it was helpful enough that I couldn’t leave it off the list.

4. Trilastin Stretch Mark Prevention. I’m not sure this stuff actually prevents stretch marks but it is VERY moisturizing and smooth and it smells amazing. Plus, stretch marks or not, I need to keep my middle lubed up or it gets SOOOO itchy.

5.  Maternity Jeans. These Asos Jeans are my favorite BY FAR. They fit the belly really well and keep their shape.

6. Mints. Even long after the nausea (but especially during it) I had to have a good taste in my mouth or I start feeling really icky. Mint worked for a while, ginger worked after that and when I got sick of both of those I even sucked on jolly ranchers. I’m sure the sugar isn’t the greatest but if you milk one piece for a while it’s probably no biggie compared to feeling awful!

So what about you all? Anything here I missed ??

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Eyeshadow School: Ombre Lid

Happy Monday!
I come to you with another installment of shadow school! We are almost through the different techniques (just a couple more) and then we will move to colors (for your eyes & skin tones) and some other fun stuff. I hope you are all enjoying it so far!

Every Eyeshadow technique simplified! So awesome!

Photos by Jessica Janae
Step one: Prime those lids! Seriously I always want to skip this step but it’s not worth it!

Step Two: Using a fluffy brush cover your whole lid with a Midi Shadow – MAC Soft Brown in Photo- (any medium shade shadow colors are included!) From your lashline all the way up to where your brow bone begins.

Step Three: Take a Crease Brush and a deep shade to softly run across the lash line. (MAC SMUT in photo)

Step Four: Using a Light Shadow (preferably one with a little shimmer) and a fluffy brush highlight right below the arch of your brow. (MAC Nylon in photo)

Why I love it: It’s so simple! And looks really flawless with a teensy bit of effort.

Pair it with: Some tightline eyeliner and lashes for an extra glamorous look!

Who it looks fabulous on: It looks especially pretty on prominent eyes and hooded eyes. (weird because those are kind of seem like opposites, but it’s true:) Because it recedes the lid right above the eyeball and brings the arch forward to balance everything out.

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Friday Favorites

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I love this. It seems you have to be careful where you place compliments and criticism. They each have their place.

OK so I know I’ve been kind of on a bender with this author but my latest greatest I-couldn’t-put-you-down book is The Hypnotist’s Love story. I don’t like giving away much with my book recommendations but for some reason this one didn’t seem that interesting to me so I put it off for a while but when I finally picked it up I was hooked in like two pages.

I really LOVE this adorable dress!

I think I love this Diaper Bag. I need to pick one already!

This pasta dish looks like absolute heaven to me right now.

I’m getting pretty excited about this IT Cosmetics Gel Liner Right now. It’s super black, easy to smooth on and stays in the tear line!

And I might just have to get this little Too Faced Collection ASAP!

Did I mention how much I adore this makeup!?

i hope you all have a terribly good weekend!

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Cancer Cutie: Super Hero Jayden

PS I Adore you was sweet enough to share Jayden’s story with me and I wanted to share it with you all as well.
Told by his mother, Roberta.

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Jay is the youngest of 4 kids.
He has a brother who is 12, a sister who is 16, and a sister who is 18.
Jay’s dad and I have been married for 19 years.
We were high school sweethearts.
My mom,  Jay’s grandma has multiple sclerosis and lives with us as well.
Jay and his sister’s perform in a small circus.  He does acrobatic tricks with them and his sister’s also do Ariel acrobatics.
Our family is really close,  and enjoy playing games and going on hikes together.  

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Jayden was a happy and healthy 10 year old boy, or so we thought.  Unknown to us his body was being taken over by cancer of the blood, otherwise known as leukemia. In August Jay began having headaches almost daily.  We thought it was his eyes causing it, so we took him to get glasses.  When that didn’t help, we told him to drink more water.  Then February 2014 came and he started having symptoms of a sinus infection.  We took him to the doc and got him antibiotics.  While on the antibiotics, his fever began to go away and he started to feel better; however as soon as the antibiotics were finished the fever and pain returned.  Jay was prescribed a second round of antibiotics and the same thing happened again.   For the next 2 week he ran a fever daily from 100-101.  He wasn’t acting sick, so Brett & Roberta (Jay’s parents) thought maybe he had  been exposed to mold or something.  Wednesday, March 5, 2014 (Jay’s brother, Joey’s birthday) Roberta took Jay back to the doctor, where things began to get worse. At this appointment the doctor heard a very pr]]prominent heart murmur and noticed that Jay’s liver was enlarged.  She ordered blood work and found that Jay’s hemoglobin was at 4 (normal is 12).  This was critically low, if Jay was an adult he wouldn’t have been able to even move off of the floor.  She told Roberta to take Jay straight to the emergency room.   During the same test, Jay’s platelet count was normal (about 8000).  By the time they retested his blood at the hospital, 3 hours later, it had dropped in half to 4000.  At the hospital,  Jay was immediately admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit because of how dangerously low his hemoglobin was.  Once admitted to the icu, the doctor requested to speak to both Brett and Roberta together where she explained that she believed Jayden was sick with leukemia.   The next day her suspensions were confirmed.

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This is the latest update from his battle with cancer. Written on August 8th (about a week ago) on his birthday:

Jay was admitted to the hospital in Denver today for the, hopefully, last time.  We are praying that his time goes as well as the last round.  Today is Jay’s 11th birthday.  The nurses decorated his room, sang Happy Birthday to him, gave him some board games as a present, and even made him a cake!  It really meant so much that they have made such a big deal out of his special day!  Last time I updated you, I mentioned our family vacation with Shining stars.  We went on that and had a wonderful time!  Jay was exhausted by the end of each days activities, but it was nice to be “normal” and not have to run to doctors appointments and hospitals.  We met several families who have children in remission or finished with treatment.  It was great to talk with them and see the light at the end of the tunnel.  I have told many of you, that if we can just get through this phase it should get better from here…unfortunately, I was wrong.  We still have another phase, which is supposed to be one of the hardest.  Towards the end of August, Jay will start the next phase; which will last another 2 months.  He will be able to do all of his treatments in the Springs, but they will be pretty intense.  His hair will fall back out, he might need a blood transfusion during it, he will probably have mouth sores, and he will probably run lots of fevers.  One of the chemo’s can cause problems with his heart, so they will do lots of echo’s and watch it closely.  Another chemo can cause problems with his liver, so they will watch that very closely as well.  To be honest, I went home and cried yesterday, after talking to the doctor about what t expect next.  I want to badly for this to be behind us.

I can’t imagine the pain that Jayden is going through right now, nor can I imagine how difficult it must be for his parents to see him like that. My heart breaks for the whole family. One thing I keep thinking is that to be going through all of this is enough, too much. They shouldn’t have to be stressing about the money it takes to pay for all of the medical bills that are adding up as well. It’s just too much for one sweet family to have to bear.
I know not everyone is in a position to give monetarily right not but if you are, I know it would be such a huge blessing for this family. And for Jayden.
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100% of the proceeds will go to Jayden’s family.

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