Friday Favorites

This is the start of a fun new series — on the final Friday of every month I’ll share a rundown of my favorite products for the month.  It’ll include my favorites for pretty much anything, so very random!

  • Pehr Designs Bins: I’ve come across these bins a lot lately, and they are adorable!  They come in many different designs + sizes and they’re currently on sale!  They’re great for kids’ toy storage, and using within their rooms for items such as bears and blankets.
  • Be Mixed: I have about 6 more weeks of pregnancy and these are certainly one thing I’m really looking forward to.  They’re mixers without all the sugar, calories and preservatives.  They provide you with easy recipes, and I can’t wait to try!
  • Black Forest Organic Gummy Bears: These are always on my weekly shopping list.  They’re delicious and having a small handful is perfect for my sweet tooth.  We’ve using them as part of Liv’s potty-training so they’re a hit with her too.  AND Harris Teeter always has them on sale!

  • Beautycounter Sunscreen: Beautycounter is my go-to place for most beauty products these days.  It’s so comforting knowing that you are wearing safe, well-made products.
  • Thred Up: This is an online secondhand clothing site with top brands.  It has saved me a lot of money on clothing for myself and Olivia!  Also, when you’re ready to give away clothing, they send a bag for you to fill full of good-standing clothing.  The mailman picks it up from your doorstep and they post and sell your clothing for you!  It’s such a convenient way to clean out the closet and make some money.
  • Little Poppy Co: My latest place for bows!  Olivia always has a bow in her hair (luckily, she loves them just as much as I do).  They send you three bows every month for $11.99 which is actually a deal considering most good-quality bows are about $10-$14 each.  The first month is offered at a discounted rate and you can cancel at any time.

Happy May!

Add A Little Crunch: Granola


We eat yogurt on the regular in our household so granola is a nice crunchy touch.  It adds a little carbs, a little fat, a little fruit, and a little protein.  You can tweak this recipe any way you’d like — perhaps adding dried fruit, some peanut butter, or going without the chocolate chips…

Granola

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups Old Fashioned Oats

1 1/2 cups chopped almonds + cashews + walnuts (or any nuts)

1 cup shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)

1/2 cup honey

2 tsp. canola oil (or coconut oil)

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tbsp. cinnamon

1 cup raisins

1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Mix the nuts, oats, coconut flakes in an oven-safe bowl.  Place these ingredients in the oven and toast for 10-15 minutes.

While the nut mixture is toasting, combine the honey, canola oil, vanilla extract, and cinnamon in a separate bowl.

After the oats have toasted, pull them out and pour the honey mixture on them.  Then stir to combine.

Place on the baking sheet in a single layer and cook in the oven for 5-8 minutes.  You may want to bake them with the oven off to prevent burning.  Then pull out and allow to cool completely.

Crumble the granola and toss in the raisins and chocolate chips.

6 Must-Haves for the Third Trimester

The third trimester can certainly be a tiring and uncomfortable time for many.  The baby is growing at a fast pace, and it takes a lot to keep up.  Here are some things that have helped to enjoy these last couple months.

  1. Eating Healthy:  I’m a sucker for sweets.  However, I’ve been trying to lay low on them, and it definitely makes a difference in how I feel all-around.  That’s not to say I’m not eating any sweets; I’m just being mindful.  Most fruits, especially berries have been my go-to instead.
  1. Making Time to Exercise:  This is so important!  Making the time to walk helps both my mind + body.  I’m always moving around with a toddler but strapping her in the stroller and walking at a steady pace helps me to loosen up.  So, a stroller is a must too!  Yoga has been a favorite as well.  Whether it’s just a 10-minute stretch or 45-minutes, it feels great!  Staying flexible and strong will definitely help in delivery and recovery.
  1. Dressing Comfortably:  Feeling restricted can be so darn uncomfortable.  I’m always up for a comfy dress but right now, they’re truly the best.  You can throw them on and head out the door while being comfortable and still looking put together.  Here are a few of my favorites… And GUYS!  They’re not all maternity – even better.  I find a lot of maternity clothes to be so expensive (especially when you’re only wearing them for a few months), so if I can stick to non-maternity for as long as possible, I’m in!  With today’s style trends you might be surprised with what you can continue to wear that isn’t actually maternity.

Anthropologie Cocoon Dress: Currently on sale $39.95!

Lou + Grey Signaturesoft Racerback Dress: 50% off with code CYBER!

Gap Long Sleeve Swing Dress

And here are a couple maternity dresses:

ASOS Midi Sundress

ASOS Beach Jersey Maxi Dress

  1. Slip-On Shoes:  If you don’t have to bend down to tie/buckle your shoes at this point in pregnancy, the better.  Here are a few cute slip-on options…

Soludos Smoking Espadrilles

Kaanas – Patagonia Clay

Ugg Adley Sneaker

Toms Classic Canvas Slip-On

  1. Body Pillow: The body pillow can add extra support and relief for your neck, back, and hips. I’ve been using a body pillow similar to this oneand there are several more from Amazon or Bed, Bath & Beyond.  It’s nothing fancy but it gets the job done.  Here are a couple pregnancy pillows…

Full Body Maternity Pillow

Total Body Pillow

  1. Get Out!:  Going out + spending time with Peter, and our friends is a nice change of scenery.  It’s something we can look forward to and helps those last few weeks speed up.  Plus, it’s always nice to spend time with just the two us!