Life Update

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!

Love,

Megan

My Honest Review of Tula

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.

20 Week Bumpdate

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!

Cleaning with SimpleCoat

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.

SimpleCoat can be applied to not only stone countertops and stainless steel but also wooden cutting boards, leather boots and more! The non-toxic formula has no solvents, VOCs, BPAs, phthalates, or petroleum distillates. It is also hypoallergenic, odor-free with zero dyes or fragrances!

Before multisurface SimpleCoat treatment.

After SimpleCoat treatment.

SimpleCoat is extremely easy to use. It comes with a soft cloth but you can use any soft cloth of your own! Dispense a quarter size amount of the treatment onto the soft cloth. Use cloth on surface of your choice to not only polish but also seal for future protection. Wipe off excess when you are finished! No drying or curing time needed.

Your surface is now shieled from liquids, stains, odors, or fingerprints! The SimpleCoat formula as works to get rid of lingering streaks. It is available at Amazon and you can use this link to purchase and get 5% off: https://amzn.to/2KRvhUg

Questions about SimpleCoat? Leave me a comment and I will be glad to answer.

1st Trimester Update

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:

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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.

Love, Megan

We’re Pregnant!

I cannot believe I am finally writing this post. We are pregnant! Thank you to everyone who has given me advice and prayed for us over the past year. I appreciate it more than you know. Baby Griffin is due July 18, 2020 and we are overwhelmed with gratefulness. I am currently 13 weeks which means I am in my second trimester. I’ll do separate post soon about my first trimester experience. I’m sharing our story from the beginning and getting pretty personal! Our story certainly took longer than I had ever thought it would and I want to share for anyone who may be trying to conceive or may be in the future.

Our journey began in September 2018 when I went to my doctor to discuss beginning to try to conceive. We had been married over 2 years and I was 29 years old at the time and we felt ready. I started taking prenatal vitamins and after our trip to Antigua in November 2018 I quit taking birth control. I was one of the “lucky” ones who got their period right away and everything seemed normal. I began using an digital Ovulation Predictor Kit from ClearBlue to track my fertile periods. I even bought a onesie from ETSY pictured above because I just “had a feeling” we would be pregnant soon and wanted to give it to my husband when we found out. Fast forward to February 2019 and my period was late. I was so excited because I thought I was possibly pregnant. I took pregnancy tests and all were negative. I was two weeks late at this point and my doctor prescribed me Provera to start my period again. I was disappointed but it had only been 3.5 months so I took it with a grain of salt and moved on.

The months went on. Everything pretty much stayed regular each month. Every cycle I confirmed ovulation during my fertile period and like clockwork my period came right on time at the end of the cycle. There were days I felt very discouraged. Especially when it felt like everyone else was getting pregnant without even trying or not trying very long at all. Statistical research shows that half of couples under the age of 35 will conceive within 6 months of trying to get pregnant. It was around this point when I was pregnant that I started to worry. At 8 months in I made an appointment with my OB. She highlighted how healthy both my husband and I were and said sometimes it just takes longer unfortunately. We talked over everything and she felt confident I would conceive within the next three cycles. Spoiler alert: I unfortunately did not concieve in the next three cycles.

I turned 30 in August and after another cycle of trying and not getting pregnant I made an appointment with a Reproductive Endocrinologist for October since they are notoriously hard to get into. I secretly hoped I would be able to get pregnant before then and cancel the appointment. Unfortunately, another cycle came and went without being pregnant. Our last Hail Mary attempt before seeing the Reproductive Endocrinologist had me hopeful. It was month 11 of trying and my period was late! I took a test and it was negative but thought maybe it was too soon to tell. We went to Fayetteville for my sister in law’s baby shower feeling hopeful. I got my period in the middle of the shower two days before our RE appointment. I cried the whole drive home. I felt so broken and felt like I had been praying the same prayer to God for a year. I was losing hope and thinking my lifelong dream of being a mom would never come true at this point. The one thing God created my body to do it was not doing.

We went to our first RE appointment and honestly I was angry. Angry that this was our reality. Angry we were having to pay to try to conceive a child of our own. Angry for every other woman in this same situation. Angry in general. The silver lining was that I was on Cycle Day 3 of cycle which meant it was perfectly timed for me to have pertinent testing done that day. (God truly had a hand in this by making my period late) We spoke about our history of trying to conceive with the doctor and then they drew blood from me to test my Follicle Stimulating Hormone and Estradiol levels. They called two days later to say both were perfectly healthy. We were asked to come in the next week for a Hysterosalpingogram (HSG for short). They take you into the radiology room and shoot dye through your Fallopian tubes and watch on a monitor to see whether they are blocked or not. This process is pretty painful for the few minutes they are doing it. I was one of the lucky ones that only bled afterward and did not cramp. If you have to have this test done I suggest bringing your husband to drive you in case you do not feel well after. My tubes were completely clear which was great but that just meant it was one more thing that we could not “easily fix” in order to become pregnant.

We came back the week after ovulation to have more levels tested plus my husband tested as well. They tested my Progesterone levels and they were above average. My husband’s results came back far above average as well. This means our diagnosis was unexplained infertility. This means that there is something wrong with either or both of you that is not one of the main things they usually test for. I had a feeling from the beginning this would be our diagnosis. I was disappointed because this meant there was no clearcut answer to “fixing” anything in order to get pregnant. By the time we got the entire testing process finished and got results back we were coming up on a year of trying. Our next step with our RE would be an IUI (Intrauterine Insemination). Since the holidays were nearing we decided to wait until January to move forward because we felt like it would be to stressful to be doing an IUI during that time period.

I really was not too hopeful about conceiving on our own but I kept tracking my cycles and using my OPKs. My period was due November 11 and it did not come but I tried not to get excited. I had just been through this exact same thing last month. As the week went on my breasts hurt extremely bad like I cannot even describe the pain. My husband and I agreed if I did not get my period my Sunday I would take a test. Taking pregnancy tests and seeing negatives just puts me in such a bad place that during this process I only took tests two other cycles other than the one I got my positive on. I woke up Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night way before my alarm but felt so rested. If you know me then you know I am NOT a morning person and I love my sleep. Very strange for this to happen consecutive days for no reason. November 16th I woke up early around 6 am and my husband was out of town hunting. my parents were on their way in to help me put up all my Christmas decor. I just had this feeling I needed to take a test right away. I took a First Response test and it came up blazing positive right away. I was shaking and ran and jumped back in bed with my dogs to call my husband. I had always envisioned telling him in a super cute way (remember the onesie I bought a year ago?) but instead I blurted it out to him on the phone 7 am on a Saturday while he was in the deer stand.

I was in shock. I could not believe I finally had seen a positive pregnancy test after almost exactly a year of trying. We got to both tell our parents in person which was so special. We had our first ultrasound in December and got to see the baby and heartbeat plus got the due date! We did the Sneak Peak clinical blood test for gender and found out on Christmas Eve we are having a baby boy! We will be naming him Turner David Griffin. I am a huge Braves fan which is why we went with Turner after Turner Field where they used to play before the new stadium. I have had the name picked out since High School and I am very glad my husband agreed. (My dog is named Maddux after Greg Maddux the hall of fame pitcher for the Braves) David is also my husbands middle name and his grandpa’s first name. My husband Tyler and Turner will have the exact same initials which I think is so special!

Overall, we are just feeling so incredibly blessed to have been able to conceive naturally even if it took longer than a lot of other couples. My biggest advice to anyone going through this process currently is to be constant in Prayer and find someone you can vent to and get advice from that understands. I was so blessed to have an incredibly supportive husband, my mom who experienced secondary infertility, and girlfriends who have had their own infertility struggles. I would also like to recommend a book I read that I really think helped me spiritually which was: When God Says Wait by Elizabeth Laing Thompson. Click here for book I want to also say that we completely realize how blessed we are for this to only have taken a year. Many couples take years and some never are able to conceive naturally. We have so thankful every single day for this miracle we have been given and will not soon forget the struggles and tears and waiting it took for our story to get us to this point. Overall, I know God’s timing is perfect but when you are in the midst of the process it it is really hard to understand that. Please know that if you are still struggling to conceive you are on my heart and I am praying God answers with a miracle for you soon! Special thanks to every single person who has messaged me with positive encouragement, let me vent, or prayed for me. I will be forever grateful for your kindness!

Love,

Megan

October Best Sellers

Sharing my top sellers from October! Get ready for lots of leopard print.

This was my top seller by far for October! Y’all loved this leopard dress from Amazon. I’m wearing a small and the length is PERFECT for school. http://liketk.it/2G9Pw

Everyone went crazy over this $31 dress from Amazon. Wearing a 2/4 and comes in tons of colors. Such great quality! http://liketk.it/2GeuI

This boho dress comes in tons of colors! Throw a cami under it and it becomes classroom ready! I am wearing a small. http://liketk.it/2G31y

This skirt was another leopard favorite! I’m wearing a medium but wish I had gotten a small. It’s a little loose in the waistband. http://liketk.it/2FkXP

Y’all loved this leopard dress tunic! Wearing a medium for it to be dress length! http://liketk.it/2FOyf

This was a best seller in September and October! This comes in tons of color combinations for $30. I am wearing a small! http://liketk.it/2E9R6

What try ons would you like to see in November? Planning on some more Amazon picks! Let me know if there is something specific you want to see in the comments!

Love,

Megan