Friday Favorites #6: Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream, Deals & More!

Happy Friday!

My mom is coming to visit today with my grandmother for the weeknd. I’m super excited to see them both. ❤

Let me share with you some favorites from this past week!

My mother-in-law recently gave us some Kohls cash and I purchased this striped tank top on sale for $9.99 (plus a 15% off coupon). 21615995_10103169295543190_2595937048196080740_nI have a few cardigan sweaters, so tank tops is something that can be used for summer and fall! #multipurposelady 😉

Deals & Coupons: Besides the tank top find, I found a deal at Target where it was “spend $100 and get a $25 giftcard.”21686274_10103169295662950_8089200871035752970_nNot only that, I had $5.00 left on a giftcard from Swagbucks AND a 15% off coupon from my registry. I stocked up on baby wipes, diapers and some other baby toiletries we needed.  s-l300I used the $25 giftcard for Sammy’s beanies and other groceries at Target. A good deal [+ savings] is one of my favorite things!

Pumpkin Pie Halo Top: Can we say pumpkin heaven? I finally found the pumpkin Halo Top flavor at my supermarket. halo.jpgIt tastes so similar to a delicious pumpkin ice cream and is super creamy! Not too crazy about the graham cracker pieces but overall a new favorite.

Speaking of Fall flavors, this caramel apple pie yogurt is divine! 21761891_10103169295573130_7519493646233807705_nBath Bombs: I never really used a bath bomb before and I had this one from a basket I won from a Whole Foods Grand Opening near me. 21559019_10103169295628020_1589670430856826791_nThe lavender scent was very nice and subtle, as I am not a fan of strong lavender scents. I would definitely purchase on in the future to enjoy a nice bath here and there.

Dollar Tree Finds: I love finding cute stuff at Dollar Tree.21687113_10103169342494100_5826555406477495179_oThey had these new “beach themed” frames that I thought would be perfect for Sammy’s room. She loves our room so I decided to fix up some of her decor this week and make it some what “similar” to ours. 21762325_10103169342299490_8282209215757452896_oI also gave her our sheer curtains and took off her rail because she was having difficulty sleeping in her bed… she just wanted to be in our room.

Now she is sleeping WAY better in her own room. Phew!Friday-Favorites-Button-Life-In-Leggings-Link-Up-2That wraps up this edition of Friday favorites. I’m linking up with Heather over a Life In Leggings!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! 😀

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“Day In The Life” – Mommy & Toddler Edition

It’s that time of the week… “hump”day!

Many of you guys enjoyed my previous “day in the life of post with my toddler during the summer, that I decided to do a “fall edition.”

My schedule has drastically changed from then to now. I am down to working mainly two days a week. I’ll also be sharing my routine a bit more, AS WELL AS Sammy’s.

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5:30am: Mommy went to workout early! I sipped some coffee after at Starbucks, did some blog work and reading.20170905_0610297:00am: Good morning Sammy 🙂

After a few minutes of “good mornings” and cuddles, it’s time for a quick diaper change. We let her run around and play for a bit before she gets her breakfast.

7:15am: Breakfast! She requested the fruit so I added half of a sprouted grain bagel w/ almond butter and milk on the side. 21427192_10103152394323370_8143052536964800754_o7:30am: Dada says goodbye and leaves for work.

7:45am: Once Sammy is done with breakfast, I get her cleaned up, her teeth brush and change her outfit depending on where we plan to head out for the day; today is an errand day!

8:00am: Independent Play. I swapped the independent and structured play; it just seemed to work better this way. [I set the stove timer for 30 minutes.]

During this time, I’ll clean the kitchen, open all the windows, make a to-do list and get myself ready for the day.window fall8:30am: Structured Activity: This can be anything; whether it’s a craft, flash cards (Dollar Tree) or stickers. As long as it’s something we are both doing together.20170912_1533409:30am: Mini Snack and Play. I cut her snack size mid-morning so she eats more lunch (it’s been helping). It’s usually a piece of fruit or some crackers. 20170912_153340I snacked on some Snapea crisps [and put the laundry in] before we headed to the supermarket; I’m obsessed!

11:45am: Lunchtime! I make sure to come back home around this time to get Sammy some lunch and some for myself too (I had a veggie burger).snacky lunchWe did a “snack-y” lunch with Late July peanut butter crackers, apple, Snapeas, raisins and a Stonyfield yogurt pouch.

12:45pm: Naptime!

During her naps, I’ll check on the laundry and get the living and bedroom cleaned up. I try to be productive for half of her nap, then get rest; either reading or watch some “DIY” YouTube videos.

2:45pm: And she’s up… she usually needs a diaper change and I’ll get her a light snack to hold her until dinner. She’ll then play or read after.

3:45pm: It was so nice out later in the day that we went to the park. Mom had a snack while the toddler played. I’ve been in love with these bars; they satisfy my cookie cravings.21370890_10103154542373660_4503748709850265844_n5:00pm: After the park, we headed back home. I washed up her hands and got her comfy. She watched Trolls for about half an hour while I got dinner ready.

5:45pm: Dinner is usually the toughest meal of the day. It’s hit or miss! 20170903_134429Today she had a couple of potato smiles, nuggets, apple slices (rest of the apple from snack she didn’t finish), carrots and raisins. Once she is done with dinner, I let her play for a bit before her bath.

6:30pm: Bath time!20170905_1729027:00pm: Quiet time begins.21751662_10103159454569580_9061532470658895494_nI’ll let her read some of her books [plus we’ll read one together] and she’ll have some warm milk. We do a quick teeth brushing after before “officially” tucking into bed.

7:45pm: Bedtime! I’ll spruce up the home then relax for the rest of the evening while I wait for Pat to come home from work. 21743327_10103159454524670_5916058923240103407_nI absolutely love my desk after de-cluttering it and jazzing it up for Fall.

11:00pmBedtime for mama… oome days I fall asleep earlier just because being pregnant with a toddler is quite exhausting!

That’s a wrap on this “day in the life of” of mommy and toddler! Her schedule* is not always perfect, but we try to have a routine of some sort to get us through the day.

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*Note: we don’t follow a particular “schedule” on Mondays, Saturdays (aka family days) or Playschool days.

TOL #12: Fall Lovin’

Can I just say that I absolutely love that the fall weather is approaching?21731035_10103161174697430_1035773052349818311_nSweater weather, apple picking, Fall decor and all things pumpkin are my favorite!20170904_105734Hello Pumpkin Spice coffee. 21740304_10103161391443070_6959236446386423957_nThis little section below I like to call “ours.”

I updated it with a pumpkin (Dollar Tree) and the wood-ish card my husband got me for our one year wedding anniversary (which was a couple of weeks ago). 20170912_103017I also added a cream/ orange colored flower (from the one in our living room) and some rafia in a mason jar (both from our wedding decor).

My desk has been my favorite space at night. 21743327_10103159454524670_5916058923240103407_nAfter de-cluttering it, I can relax once the toddler is in bed, read or watch some YouTube videos before the husband comes home from work.

Fall weather means more time outside… for us anyways. My husband and I are just not a fans of the heat. Anything low 70’s and below (til 50’s) is perfect. 20170909_105437It makes outdoor activities more enjoyable for all of us like our trip to Davis Farmland last week (my daughter loves chickens)…21462618_10103156248509550_3471313312387558914_nOr reading outside during my break at work.IMG_20170908_142332_980Fall things have been on my mind  lately so I’m linking up with Amanda for “thinking out LOUD” Thursday.Thinking-Out-LoudHave a wonderful rest of you week! 

TOL #11: De-cluttering The Home & Toddler Room

Hello friends!

If you read my post last week on de-cluttering, you’ll know that this post was coming.

I’ll be sharing with you a few things I did with our home and the toddler’s room to minimize clutter plus make the space more enjoyable.

I’ve done all this over the past two weeks (if I wasn’t pregnant it probably would have taken me a few days). I’ve gone through all the closets and drawers and was able to get rid of things that we no longer used, were stained, broken, etc. In total, I was able to trash or donate 8 bags. Three of those bags were just “paper things.” 

Now, on to the rooms!

I’ve rearranged Sammy’s room a few times since we moved here earlier this year, but this way I love the most.20170903_081009Storage: She has a big toy chest and I decided to store toys that she doesn’t play with. Some of are either too “baby” or too “big” for her to use.20170901_092143I have plenty of these baggies bed sheets or curtains that I saved for storage. I like this better then containers because you can puzzle in items to fit better.20170901_092150Labels aren’t really necessary since you can see through the bag, but I think it just makes it look neater or could be my OCD.

Kitchen: This one is great for small spaces/ storing. It comes with it’s own accessories, plus she received a couple sets of play food/ kitchen items. I stored half of them in her toy chest and kept a few items out. 20170903_081032Once she get’s a bit older, I can take out other items for her to play with.

Activities Basket: I showed this in the previous post, but I use to store ALL of her activities stuff in one of her clothing drawers in the closet (aka her “junk drawer). She loves to dig and take them apart when I opened them; it was getting frustrated. 20170829_082143I decided to just take out what she uses the most. There are still things stored in that drawer but they are for when she’s older.20170903_081032Books: I kept a few out that she currently likes and every few weeks I rotate these or store ones that I know are more for infants and I’ll save those for the twins.20170905_130526 Main Entrance: The first space when you enter is the living room and I absolutely hated the way it looked. I thought it was super cluttered with toys and my desk was always a mess (I found the end table at Goodwill for ONLY $1.50)20170905_171817I put her ball pit and mini basketball hoop behind the couch and other toys she plays with in the TV stand (it was empty). 20170905_160532Now the whole space looks much neater. 20170905_130526To the right side of the entrance is THIS stand. It had a ton of toys was collecting dust at the bottom, now I just leave a bit of decor, a couple of books and shoes.20170905_171817Our Bedroom: This room was neglected the most. I found the night stand for $2.50 (Goodwill) and was able to put a lamp near our bed and the remotes, diapers and wipes in the drawer instead of just on the floor.

I also found some pretty fall flowers at Rite Aid and put up a couple more pictures (frames from Dollar Tree).

Now I think it feels simple and cozy and you can probably tell that I am pretty simple when it comes to decor or items to have in the house.

I’m really enjoying reading this tidying book by Marie Kondo. I enjoy the minimalist lifestyle for myself, but it helps you put it into a more home perspective.

There are things I don’t totally agree with in the book (like doing all your de-cluttering in one sitting) but a lot of the information is very useful. I think if you’re looking for ways to minimize clutter and make a more enjoyable space, definitely give it a read.

I’m linking up with Amanda for thinking out LOUD Thursday!Thinking-Out-LoudMy next book is the Joy of Less. Can’t wait. 😀

 

Friday Favorites #5: De-Cluttering & Toddler Favorites

I’ve come to terms with a couple of the MILLION things that are causing my depression/ anxiety; organization and clutter.

I know, I know sounds odd. Before I left college, I needed to pack my room up and head back home. Problem was I had a WHOLE ROOM of stuff. I was not planning on storing or making multiple trips. I sold and discarded items plus organized that entire room and made it fit in my Pontiac Grand Am.

I had never felt so “free of stuff.” It was from that moment at 20 years old I realized I wanted to live a bit of minimalist lifestyle. If you asked me right now to fit MY possessions solely in a car, it would.

As a wife and mom, this isn’t the case; more people = more possessions… ESPECIALLY KIDS and I’ve been fearing more clutter to come.

Taking a deep breath and getting some fresh air is step one.20170826_162235Now that Fall is approaching, I can get out more and enjoy the crisp air. Summer is too hot for me, pregnant or not.

This is my absolute favorite time of year and it gives me more of a  ‘positive mindset.’

I am an organization freak and with these twins (who are currently breached) nothing is known until 34 weeks as to what the “plan” might be. BUT I can de-clutter, organize and stock up now for the family on what is ultimately necessary20170829_082143This is my new favorite thing in Sammy’s room; an activity basket!

We had diapers, wipes and other things but we have a diaper changing table now for the twins. I moved everything there and collected things for her basket. We have coloring books, reading books, flash cards and such in it. 

Since Sammy’s birthday party, she’s received a ton of new stuff.

I reorganized her toys/ books over the passed couple of weeks and she now even has has some new favoritesJust Like Home Cupcake Set: She is obsessed!20170820_115616We have other Just Like Home sets two that she got last year for Christmas that I whipped out (not to mention, cleaned out the storage closet at the same time).20170819_171518It’s fun to see her able to play with certain toys in different ways as she grows! If you noticed from my “day in the life of” post, I moved the yellow table into her bedroom and she definitely has utilized it more.

I know how to live as a minimalist for myself, but not for a “home” or family.21106377_10103143563176060_6097022615110715095_nSo far upon only reading the first 10 pages of this book, I’ve thrown out 3 bags worth of stuff. I can see space we haven’t seen since we moved to the two bedroom. It feels good and I can feel my mind slowly easing.

Of course, this isn’t going to “fix” my antepartum depression, but finding some of its’ roots and tackling them little by little has made me find some more light each day. With less clutter, I have more energy to spend elsewhere.
20170829_232339The toddler is always going to be there making some kind of mess, but it’s just toys that can be put away at night and organized together.

Hooray for the clean up song. ❤

I’m linking up with Heather over a Life In Leggings for “Friday Favorites.” Friday-Favorites-Button-Life-In-Leggings-Link-Up-2Hope everyone has a fabulous Labor Day weekend!

Antepartum Depression

If you’re friends with me on Facebook, you will have seen a post about my “antepartum depression.”

 

“About one-fifth of pregnant women experience antepartum depression (depression during pregnancy). Depression is a common mental illness in which you feel strong negative emotions — including sadness, loss of interest, and hopelessness — that interfere with daily life for a prolonged period…”

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It is true; it DOES exist. It is very taboo to have such thoughts because this should be the most joyous time. I was excited when I found out I was pregnant, but when we went in for the first ultrasound at 9 weeks (the doctor thought I was 12 weeks since I was measuring bigger), my world flipped upside down after seeing two babies.

At first I thought it was going to be okay, but as the weeks passed and my varicose veins began swelling and causing immense pain (there were days I could barely walk), I began to feel overwhelmed.

How was I going to be a mom of “three under three?” Was Samantha going to get the proper attention? Would she regress? How can I give her attention now if I can barely walk?

My husband has been so wonderful beyond words during this pregnancy. He has been supportive and has tried to comfort me day in and day out. It was tough to see him so happy for this adventure to come and I just couldn’t see it.

The happier he became, the more miserable I became. It was beginning to effect our relationship as well as my desire to keep moving through the day. I felt like a zombie, plain and simple. I was told that this was just initial shock and it would go away, but it didn’t go away and only manifested.

I do have a bit of anxiety and mild case of depression without being pregnant (fitness has my “drug” of choice for the last six years) but since I couldn’t work or workout as much, I became more alone with my thoughts and fears.

I finally told the doctor how I truly felt and I just knew that it was the right thing to do. I knew I wasn’t going to get better. I was told there were several options for me and that I could decide what I wanted to do. 

I ended up going on Zoloft, but little did I know Zoloft (and other sertraline medications) alleviate nerve pain, but only if you have a mood disorder. It’s only been a week and change on the medication but I do notice less pain and swelling in my leg. Walking is a bit more bearable, which helps me get through the day with the toddler.

I’m curious to see how the next few weeks go (takes two weeks to kick in). I know there are numerous reasons that I sank into this deep depression overtime. Hopefully the medication will allow me to think clearly (and more rationally) on how to plan for our future family of five ahead.

XO ❤

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5-8-5-8 Circuit Workout!

Way into my second trimester [25 weeks], my energy level has gone up!

However, I can’t last as long as I use to. I like to do quick 25-30 minute workouts to get a little sweaty and keep those muscles strong. I did this workout this past week for myself then one of my classes. Everyone was sore, but the good kind of sore. 😉21077505_10103134869094070_9222126601496992949_n[‘Breathe’ Workout Tank]

All you have to do is set a timer (I use a HIIT Interval Timer App) for 5 minutes first and perform as many of the moves as many times as you can in set one. Rest for about a minute then move on to set two.

Set your timer now for 8 minutes and continue til you  complete all 4 sets for 26 minutes of total work [29 if you count the rests].

I like the app because you can make the entire workout out and don’t have to worry about keeping track of time because it will just go for you. 

Don’t forget to warm up and cool down after. If I am at the gym, I’ll do some rowing or biking for 3-5 minutes. Other wise I’ll do some squats, modified jumping jacks & plank sets to get my heart rate up!

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If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below or email me at fitcoffeemom15@Gmail.com!