Today, I am sharing my best selling items from April through May. Definitely seeing a big trend in comfy clothes and home decor! You can shop any of these items by screenshotting the photo or visiting my liketoknow.it page!
Two of my best sellers are in this photo! My dress comes in 5 different colors and is perfect for wearing with or without a bump. I’m wearing an XS in the lilac but the color in real life is closer to a muted dusty pink. My platform leopard sandals are my usual 6.5. I like that the height is just enough without being to high or hard to walk in.
These hot pink bike shorts are only $12 and I reach for them constantly! I’m wearing a small and they are high waisted with plenty of stretch. Perfect for around the house out running errands!
Star’s Above pajamas have become an obsession for me over the past year. They are so soft and extremely affordable! I have this nightshirt in grey as well but it also comes in black. I’m wearing a small for extra length and it hits at my knees! This would be perfect for postpartum or a bridesmaids getting ready gift with a monogram. I bought every woman in my family one for Christmas because they can be worn year round.
My number one most sold item of all is these $5 biker shorts. They’re comfortable and the price is insane! They’re an inch or two shorter than some of my other pairs of bikers so they would be great for shorter legs. I’m wearing a small and they are not high rise but sit under the belly button.
My $13 outdoor mat is extremely popular and I have linked a few other cute options for summer like pineapples and watermelons!
My tall leaning mirror is extremely affordable at $109. I’ve had it for two years and it can be used in any room in your house. You can even mount it on the wall for more stability. Right now they have a sale going in you can get it for $87 which is the lowest I have ever seen it for!
This Free People set was more than on sale more than half off from Belk but by the time it came in it had already sold out everywhere. These were a huge best seller. I’m wearing a small and the inside is fleece and so cozy. If it comes back in stock I’ll definitely post about it! I linked some great tie dye lounge pieces from Target along with my set that are much more affordable.
Don’t forget you can always reach out if you have sizing questions on anything I post about! I am always glad to help. I have try on videos of all of my items saved on my Instagram stories on my profile. You can shop 24/7 for all these items and more by downloading the free liketoknow.it app!
I’m officially in my third trimester as of last week. I am currently 29 weeks as of this Saturday! (Pictured above. Dress is last year from Vici Collection but they have it again this year in a sage green. It is not maternity and I am wearing a small.) I wanted to give an update of how my second trimester went and on how baby Turner is doing so far.
(Pictured above at 16 weeks) I entered into my second trimester in January around the time we announced our pregnancy on social media. My biggest pregnancy symptoms throughout this trimester were exhaustion, headaches, and acid reflux. I tried everything known to man for the headaches. They were everyday pretty much as soon as the second trimester began. When I was still and not moving they weren’t has bad but that’s not really an option when you’re a middle school teacher. I just pushed through the best I could everyday and tried to be grateful this was the worst pregnancy symptom I had. Thankfully they started to get less frequent in March and by the end of the second trimester they were gone. I feel like I’m always tired and have acid reflux even when not pregnant so those two symptoms didn’t really bother me. Overall, I would say I had a pretty easy second trimester and I feel very blessed to be able to say that!
(Pictured above at 19 weeks) We had our anatomy scan around this time and Turner measured almost exactly to the day on all of his measurements. I had so much anxiety of the appointment that I was such a relief to get good news and see him moving around a ton on the ultrasound.
(Pictured above at 20 weeks) I didn’t do as good of a job as I had originally planned during the second trimester of documenting each week in photos. Honestly, it’s because I wasn’t showing much so I felt kind of silly taking photos. We were also traveling a ton because in February we found out we would be moving before the baby was born. If you saw my last post then you know that we sold our current house and bought another in March back in home in Texas. Then everything got worse with COVID and the entire state of Arkansas schools went to online schooling. The county we lived in had the first case in the state and gradually was seeing many more cases confirmed. We closed on our new house at the end of March and decided to go ahead and move. My husband felt like it would be better to get me close to our families and my new doctor back home that would be delivering the baby. I had been starting to get pretty bad anxiety with everything happening plus just pregnancy in general and I can honestly tell you that once we got settled in our new home it greatly reduced.
(Pictured above at 25 weeks) A major positive of being in our new house is that we’ve been able to begin on the nursery. We have a crib and bookcase put together so far and are working on the dresser. Other than some decor and accent pieces we just have quite a bit of organizing to do in his closet and we will be ready for his arrival! It has been nice having extra time to do this that we had not planned on originally having.
(Pictured at 27 weeks above) I had my first visit with my new doctor who actually was my doctor before I moved so just new to this pregnancy. I was tested for gestational diabetes and do not have it which was a huge blessing! I have gained 9 pounds so far and Turner is measuring exactly perfect to the week. I started feeling him move around 18 weeks and he started moving consistently and more often around 24 weeks. Since then he moves all day everyday and Tyler was finally able to feel him moving! I’m still feeling comfortable even entering the third trimester and feel so grateful for that.
(Pictured above at 28 weeks) Our next appointment will be at 30 weeks and the time is really starting to fly by. We are getting excited and nervous as it becomes more real each day! The only disappointing thing we have experienced so far is having to cancel our original shower date due to COVID. Thankfully, since Turner is not due until mid July we are rescheduling for this summer and hoping things will be better by then.
(Pictured above at 29 weeks) Thank you for allowing me to share our pregnancy journey with you! This has been the most exciting experience of our lives as a married couple and overall we are just so grateful for good health for both Turner and I. We are praying this continues over the next 11 weeks while we prepare to meet him! This time might not look like we had planned due to COVID but we are thanking God for his provision despite what is happening in the world. Nursery posts and things I couldn’t live without during the second trimester are coming this month so make sure to subscribe so you won’t miss them!
Despite all the craziness and uncertainty currently in the world I have an exciting life update! If you don’t know my husband and I are from the same hometown in Texas. Two years ago the company that he works for transferred him to a different role which meant we had to relocate to Southeastern Arkansas. It was a big change from us going from a medium sized city with Target, Chick-fil-a, Starbucks etc to only Walmart. Luckily Little Rock is only 45 minutes away! Besides that we also had to leave our families and I had to quit my dream teaching job as an Elementary Fine Arts instructor. Fortunately, we had friends here who took great care of us and an amazing house we loved. Then I found a job teaching 6th grade English which I really love and have enjoyed.
About a month ago my husband was asked to take on a different role within his company which means we are moving home at the end of my school year! We sold our current house and are in the process of purchasing one back in Texas in our hometown. We are so excited to be back with our families very soon just in time for Turner’s birth! It has certainly been a very exciting and at times stressful month but we are thanking God for this unexpected blessing. In addition, I will also be staying at home with baby next school year and not teaching. Our plan is for me to go back to teaching when he is one. I will be continuing to blog and teach on VIPKid while I stay home with Turner. We started packing this past weekend and all this extra time at home has certainly given me plenty more time to tackle each room. I can’t wait to bring you along for how we style our new house very soon! Keep your eyes peeled for videos and blog posts. Have a great weekend!
I’ve been using Tula’s Skincare line for acne for over 3 months now. I feel like that’s enough time to give an accurate and honest review of the products and their effect on my skin. During pregnancy I have been graced with some hormonal acne. It’s mostly on my cheeks but some on forehead and chin. No one likes having pimples but it’s even worse when they leave behind scars once their gone. When you’re pregnant a lot of ingredients are harmful to the baby. Always check with your doctor but anything less than 2% Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide have been proven safe. Tula acne does contain both of these products.
I was pretty skeptical from the beginning. Full disclosure: Tula reached out to me a few months ago and I was sent the products free of charge. All opinions in this post are my own though. I have seen so many influencers and celebrities raving about the products that I just thought there was no way they could really be THAT great. I started using solely Tula acne in December 2019. It took about 4-6 weeks to clear my skin up but I could truly see a difference. I was shocked! I have had one more flare up since then which is to be expected since my acne is caused by pregnancy hormones. I’m close to getting this flare up under control currently.
The steps are pretty simple which is exactly was what I was looking for considering how tired I’ve been all pregnancy. First, I use the foaming acne face wash after removing my make up if I am wearing any. I follow with the gel acne toner and add the 24/7 moisturizer once it dries. I also use the rose gold under eye stick and spot corrector only as needed. I do the same routine morning and night. None of the products have dried out or irritated my skin. They don’t have a strong fragrance at all.
Final verdict: I am overly impressed and will continue to use it. It is worth the price to me and the hype. I’m loving how my skin is looking and has cleared up. If you’re interested in Tula for yourself you can use my code PIGSFLY for 15% off your purchase.
Halfway there! I turned 20 weeks this past Saturday and it doesn’t even seem possible. It really has flown by. I’m finally starting to show just a bit but certainly haven’t popped yet! Although, most people are still shocked when I tell them how far along I am. I’m still fitting in my skinny jeans for now but any of my high-waisted pants are done for now. I have gained 5 total pounds during pregnancy so far but lost 2 between my last appointment and anatomy scan which means I’m down to 3 pounds but my doctor isn’t concerned. She said genetics have a huge part in how much you gain and how you carry. She also said I should starting gaining more now as the weeks progress. Obviously, for anyone currently pregnant my weight gain isn’t necessarily normal so always talk to your doctor for a safe and healthy range you should be in! I know it’s easy to compare to others but definitely don’t fall victim to that. Your body knows what you and your baby need!
The only symptoms this 2nd trimester so far have been headaches almost everyday which nothing helps, acid reflux off and on, severe sinus congestion, and those pesky pimples! I am still so tired no matter how much I sleep. Waiting on that 2nd trimester energy surge everyone raves about! I feel pretty blessed overall to have had an easy pregnancy so far though. My biggest cravings are still fountain Diet Cokes, bread, fresh fruit, and cereal as snack. Some days I can’t eat enough and other days I’m barely hungry. Honestly, very similar to my non-pregnant appetite.
We had our anatomy scan recently which is a ultrasound! We got to see Turner moving a lot. It was so cool to see how much he had grown since the 8 week ultrasound. His heartbeat was around 154 average and all his anatomical features are measuring exactly where they are supposed to be for my current week in pregnancy. We were so relieved to get good news! It certainly helped alleviate a ton of anxiety for us both. Since this scan two weeks ago I have been feeling “Flutters” which is the term people often use when you first start feeling the baby. It is very inconsistent but still so cool to feel and stops me in my tracks every time! I’m excited to feel the actual kicks in the coming weeks. Only a little over 19 weeks until we meet Baby Boy!
Effective cleaning products that are also non-toxic and green are hard to find. I love that SimpleCoat is all of the above plus more! I have began to clean my counters and stainless steel appliances with SimpleCoat in order to not only protect them but also polish and make them look new.
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Before multisurface SimpleCoat treatment.
After SimpleCoat treatment.
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Questions about SimpleCoat? Leave me a comment and I will be glad to answer.
Now that I’m safely into the 2nd trimester I thought I’d recap the 1st trimester and some items that really helped me! I found I was pregnant at almost 5 weeks and actually felt okay for a week or two. Then exhaustion hit me hard during Thanksgiving! It felt like every little thing took so much effort. The following week the nausea hit me. I only had true “morning sickness” a few times where I felt sick from the time I woke up. Luckily, I only dry heaved those times. Other than that my nausea started around lunch most days and lasted until I went to bed that evening. It was hard for me to eat much without feeling very full and like I might be sick during this time. I started the Unisom and B6 combination and I do think that helped some plus keeping my stomach from getting too empty. Ginger Ale helped as well when I would sip on that! Around week 10 my nausea leveled off completely although I still was not able to eat much at once. This has continued into the 2nd trimester.
My only food aversions have been basically any vegetables other than green beans, broccoli or sweet potatoes. My biggest cravings besides carbs have been ice cold pineapple, pineapple popsicles, grilled cheese and fountain Diet Coke with extra ice. These are all still going strong in the 2nd trimester.
Physical changes so far have been lots of bloating and cystic acne. Other than that no baby bump just yet at week 14. I am still able to wear my regular jeans at this point. I have heard with your first you do not show until much later.
The best parts of the 1st trimester was hearing our baby’s heartbeat for the first time, telling our family the good news and finding out the gender! I also loved sharing on social media and telling students at school. Their reactions were so cute and they wrote baby the sweetest notes!
Here are some of my favorite things I used to get through the 1st trimester comfortably:
I have added some of the supplements I touched on plus the magnesium gummies and probiotics which have helped with being “regular.” I have been reading the devotional book daily and have read through the 2nd trimester in Expecting Better and loved it! I gave my husband the Dad handbook and he reads it every week because it is set up into short two page chapters by the week you are on. Preggie Pops helped with the nausea off and on. The bras have been comfortable for me to wear as my body has been changing and will continue to grow with me over the coming months. I have also been slathering my belly with the belly butter even though I know stretch marks are genetic! Hey, if it makes me feel better and more in control I will take it.
So far in the second trimester I still have acne, acid reflux and daily headaches have appeared in full force. The major plus? Much more energy! Looking forward to these next 6 months and feeling grateful for every second.