3.17.2012

My Pregnancy Necessities

I figured that since I'm getting close to the end (Yay! I can count the days on one hand!), I can now share with you the items that helped me the most through pregnancy. Ya, I know... not all of you are pregnant, even close to being pregnant or already have kids. That's ok. Everyone is different and as I have learned... all pregnancies are VERY different. Totally cool. No big deal. This is my last "pregnancy" post anyway...

And as I have said before - I do not plan on becoming a "mommy blogger." Nope, no thank you... I may post pictures every once in awhile and projects and crafts but no, I refuse to become a mom that posts pictures of trips to the park, the zoo, the mall... nope, definitely not me! I will still post pictures of Rusty. He's awesome.

Back to the point of this post:

1. Zantac. Oh, the heartburn. Prevacid is also a very nice option to have!

2. LONG tank tops from Arden B. (Yeah, I know... they're not a maternity store, but I'm telling you - you will rock the long tank tops by the end... plus they're way comfy!)

3. Burt's Bees Mama Bee Oil. Yes, I definitely believe slathering this stuff on morning, noon and night helped with stretch marks (I have only as many as I can count on two hands. Very awesome). People say they're genetic and I believe there is something to that... however... when you get itchy, use this stuff. It will not only save your skin but also your sanity. It's $7.99 at Target - I go through a ton of it - maybe like a small bottle every few weeks?

4. Ice water. I don't know why, but it tastes fantastic. And I drink at minimum 4 liters of water per day. Yes, that's right 4. Sometimes 5. And I can NEVER drink it out of a glass glass - instead it has to be a huge plastic cup - I think it's because I swear... I can totally taste the dishwasher soap. Gross, right?

5. Yoga pants. I live in them when not at work.

6. For morning sickness: Ask for Zofran, Phenergan, Reglan or anything stronger than B6 & Unisom from your OB. You will function. You may not feel normal, but these will allow you to function.

7. On the same note... in regards to side effects: Fiber gummies, peaches, pears, strawberries, and whatever greens you can keep down. Staying regular is the key to happiness (I found out the hard way. Ouch).

8. Scentless lotions, body wash, shampoo, conditioners - at least for the first few months. Everything smells different, tastes different, etc... Get scentless and I promise, you'll be thanking me later! Then at like 24 weeks, get a bunch of different scented body washes from Bath & Body Works. You'll be surprised at what you pick out and what you think smells funny!

I think 8 is a good, well rounded list of items... pregnancy can be difficult sometimes, it can be rough, I thought I'd share what makes it easier for me so maybe I can help someone else be a bit more comfortable (or maybe a tad bit more prepared!). 

3.14.2012

My Fabric Shopping Secrets

Le sigh. Fabric makes me so happy. And there are so many online fabric stores now that it's really hard for me to NOT browse fabric weekly and check to see if they have any fabulous fabrics on clearance.

So I'm sharing my secret shopping spots. Yikes, am I really ready to give them up?

Fabric.com
(They have a variety of fabric but since they are well known, they sell out quickly of new and popular fabrics... like Joel Dewberry and some super cute Amy Butler stuff. They don't have as many Japanese prints though. Fabric.com has made at least 3 mistakes on orders, BUT their customer service is awesome and they've always come through with the CORRECT fabric so don't discount them because of this...)

Hawthorne Threads
(This is one of my favorite stores to shop because of the bulk discounts and the fast shipping. They've NEVER made a mistake on any of my orders!)

Pink Chalk Fabrics
(Ooohhh.... this is my favorite place to order patterns from. Like you know... the tunic that I never finished because I can't even get the cut pieces around me to see if the tunic fits. This June though... I WILL have that tunic finished! They have some great deals on fabrics and such a variety as well, you can find more specialized fabrics and more designers)

PLEASE NOTE: I am NOT being paid at all by any of these places. Instead, I'm sharing with you my secret tools to finding fabric that you may like. A lot. And cannot stop yourself from purchasing.

One more quick tip: Before you purchase fabric anywhere, I ALWAYS put the name of the fabric I'm looking at into the search bar in Google Shopping. You can see the price of shipping, where it's cheapest, etc... and find even better deals. These three fabric stores have always had the leading prices AND the best service. Don't forget to check out fabric on Etsy.com too - I've found bargains for cuts of fabric (just 1 or 2 yards!) and sellers have been easy to work with.

Do you have any favorite online fabric stores to share with me? What are some of your fabric shopping tips?

3.13.2012

Mudroom Envy

So as y'all know... we don't have a mudroom. Instead we have a fantastically carpeted back porch that is pretty much useless 8 months out of the year unless it's to let the dog out. And store recycling until Tuesday (which is recycling day).

I'm jealous of mudrooms. I have this obscene envy of mudrooms.

Seriously.

Have you ever tried to vacuum dried mud out of carpet? It's um, well, not really very fun. Frustrating actually. Or how about ginormous leaves? Did you know that oak tree leaves get stuck in vacuum cleaners? Or that seed starting kits have a tendency to spill all over on carpeted areas of your house? Or um, worn boots to pick up dog poop and realized that you HAVE to take your boots off OUTSIDE to go inside to put them on the boot tray? Yeah.... gross...

So if I could have a mudroom, here's some of the stuff that I would want:

Lockers from Ballard Design

Backless Bench from Ballard Design

Boot Tray from Ballard Design
(I actually bought a knock off one at Target last year for the front entryway and I LOVE it!)

Salvaged Wood Shelf from West Elm

Recycled Denim Jute Rug from West Elm

Oversize Seagrass Basket from West Elm

Ahhh... mudrooms... I really want one!

3.09.2012

Don't Worry

I'm still here. And still pregnant.

With heartburn, acid reflux, hip pain, back pain and left foot swelling to boot... Thank goodness my last day at work is next week - quite honestly, I can't sit in one spot for more than 30 minutes without it being painful so...

But Rusty has had a bath, the floors are clean (sort of), the bathrooms are clean (mostly), Rusty's dog food is set for the next two months, and I've been a crocheting fool (I'm looking into craft fairs for this spring/summer/fall to sell scarves and stuff...). I've got only a few last minute things to get, food to make and then we should be all set.

Hopefully.