Your Beautiful Skin & Pregnancy

Your Beautiful Skin & Pregnancy

I have been pretty faithful and consistent with posting a weekly belly bump picture on my FB throughout my pregnancy. I am usually known for keeping it clean and healthy with my nutrition and workouts, but I am getting attention in an area I honestly never spent much time on.. 😡 oops! My SKIN! So I am going to give you the inside scoop on my daily routine for my skin, and how it has changed over the course of my pregnancy.

Growing up I had a TERRIBLE time with acne. Yes I tried EVERYTHING from washes and scrubs to topical ointment and oral medications. Once you pump yourself full of all that, well, acne is bound to eventually go away and stay away! I was lucky, it did for the most part throughout high school and college. So, I am going to be completely honest with you when I say, I really never focused on my skin at all; unless my skin was super dry and I needed a little lotion, I didn’t do a darn thing with it!

Until NOW!

Pregnancy was a whole new ball game. I started off with INCREDIBLY dry itchy skin on the outside of my thighs and down my legs, parts of my belly, and sections of my arms. It was so bad! I was literally ripping my skin open in my sleep. I did use some lotions, but honestly nothing was helping. I was basically in tears because it was so itchy and all I could think about was, this was just the beginning… I wasn’t even showing yet, I obviously was going to have a field day with stretch marks. I went through BOTTLES of regular lotion, even regular cocoa butter, nothing was soothing the terrible, irritable itch. I even had scars forming on my thighs from itching open all my scabs– too much? Ehh its the truth!

A really good friend of ours then purchased not just cocoa butter for me, but I think it is the TYPE that she got me, that really turned things around for me! Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E. It is basically a paste. Super thick. Comes in a jar (pictured below). This is what started to give me a little relief! I would put this all over my body after EVERY shower, and then again either at night or in the morning at least on my belly and thighs (what ever time of the day was opposite of my shower).



I used this Palmer’s stuff alone for quite a while. I guess I should add that I went through a WHOLE JAR of coconut oil before trying this stuff, and the coconut oil didn’t even touch my dry, itchiness. (that was using it IN the shower and trying it after a shower as well- NADA, nothing!) After posting about my perdicament on my timeline I did decide to get a sugar scrub to use in the shower like a few recommended. Let me tell you something about a sugar scrub, it can be a little time consuming, you can’t just pop in and out of the shower.. but OHHHHHH my gosh, I think it changed my life forever! I didn’t pick any scrub specifically, I just picked one I thought I liked the smell off at Home Goods or TjMaxx (one of those). I picked up one of those scrub gloves at the dollar tree, and I was in love!


I was actually almost appalled by how disgusting that glove was after my first use 😡 Spoiler alert, it was basically brown- hahah YUCK! But obviously it was much, much needed. The Dollar Tree glove only lasted for about 2-3 rounds of sugar scrubbing, so I do recommend getting a better quality one at a beauty store. I got a pack of 2 gloves at TJMaxx for about $3 I think and I can use each glove for about 7-8 scrubs. Im not sure if they can be washed, but they aren’t that expensive to just replace and get a nice new one! So I’m going to say somewhere around 18-20 weeks into my pregnancy I started to add this sugar scrub 2-3 times a week (more like 2 but sometimes 3) to my shower routine. So I was using this DURING my shower, and then the Palmer’s paste AFTER.

I’m going to say it was around 28 weeks of pregnancy that I added the last piece of the puzzle. I cut back slightly on the sugar scrub, I do it maybe once or twice every other week, but I still use the Palmer’s after each shower, and then just whenever my belly gets itchy (but I probably should just do it twice a day). I did however start putting Avon’s Oil Gel on before using the Palmer’s paste. I don’t know if was because it was getting harder and harder to rub a paste in when I couldn’t really bend over and not either almost fall over or be super uncomfortable (little did I know it would only get harder and harder! hahah).


I was reading on the Palmer’s paste that they recommended using an oil that they have in their line up of products, but I already had this Avon stuff, so I figured I would try it out! Since the Palmer’s is so thick, I’ve been only using it on my stomach, hips, butt, boobs, and thighs, plus any irritated areas. The Skin So Soft I try to put everywhere, at least wherever I can still reach :p. Avon first, Palmer’s second!

So for those that are wondering what I am doing to keep my skin so nice during pregnancy, this is my “secret”, this is my routine, and I guess it has been working! My skin does still get really really itchy on days that my belly (and boobs) are growing and stretching, but if I get some good quality lotion on it, I can contain the irritation and feeling of wanting to rip my skin off 😉

Good Luck!! Pass this on to the expecting Mama’s in your life 🙂

Being that 1 in 2500 person

Being that 1 in 2500 person

There are two types of people in the world. The optimist who thinks that a 1 in 2500 stat means you did something amazing. On the other hand, there is the pessimist who sees this stat as a bad omen. But what happens when bad stats happen to the optimist? Talk about a whirl wind of emotions.

       I am that stat. I’ve always been the “1 in a million” side effect person. If it has a side effect, I’ll probably contact at least one of the more serious ones. Before I get into the beef of my story/message, here is a little back story. (Stick with me, this is a long one!)
       When I was in 4th grade I started getting TERRIBLE acne. I mean, it was pretty bad! Nothing ever worked, I started seeing a dermatologist and went to her for the next 5 years. I tried basically everything. Topical medications could only fix some of my acne issue, it was way deeper than that. Long story short I eventually was put on a medication that was very strong, but the only side effect was dark, spotty pigmentation on your skin. They were sure this would hit the spot because that side effect was so rare they have never even come across it at my hospital (Geisinger). ONE in a MILLION were the odds for this side effect to occur. Well, a few months later I was in their media studio getting pictures taken of my forehead for dark, spotty pigmentation.
       At that point in my life, I honestly didn’t think much of it. I was a great sport about it, hey, dark spots were way better than tons of massive pimples on my face! But I guess what I am trying to get at is, I am that 1 in a million, optimistic person that the odds are never in my favor.
       Recently (as of a year ago) I got married. My husband and I knew that basically the day of the wedding we wanted to start and try for a family, we weren’t in a total rush, but we didn’t see the point in waiting either. It would happen when it happens. Six months later, it did!!
       It is so important to me to take care of my body. I know how important exercise and healthy eating is, and I was determined to have a healthy pregnancy. And I do. When it comes to baby, he or she is perfectly healthy, and I am also doing fine. However, my placenta decided to be my pregnancy side effect. (not so much a “side effect” but a condition, maybe)
       Don’t get me wrong, we are 200% aware that this one of the LEAST things to “make a big deal” over when it comes to pregnancy, birth, and infants. However, it is still a matter that cannot be over looked, because honestly it could be deadly if gone undiagnosed. If we were to pick a “complication” or a road block, this would probably be it.
       Pregnancy is a feeling like no other. Everyone experiences it a little differently, and each day is a completely new adventure; all starting from day one. You are over joyed, you are scared, you are nervous, you can’t believe something is growing inside of you. You take your vitamins, go for walks, and eat balanced meals. You are on the track to greatness with this little bean floating around inside of you.
       I really did feel like I was doing everything right, and I was, so what could possibly go wrong?!
       At our second ultra sound at about 19 weeks (pictured above!) our ultra sound tech seemed a little concerned because it looked like my placenta was not only very low and close to my cervix, but that it might have an extra lobe on it. Not seeming too concerned, or else she had an amazing poker face, we left and waited until our next appointment to hear the results. (Which was the next day).
       Our midwife seemed hesitant but ordered another ultra sound via the radiologist’s request. We went back for another around week 24 (pictured below!) and got a normal and a transvaginal ultrasound (the one they look from the inside). She was able to see a little better, to see what exactly was going on.
       Still being optimistic, I knew that I have done everything I could to create a healthy and proper living environment for this baby. Sure I ate more carbs than normal, and took a few weeks off exercising when energy just wasn’t there. Overall though, I was doing a great job at being pregnant. So why would something go wrong? People drink, smoke and do drugs their whole pregnancy and have perfectly healthy pregnancies and deliveries.
       Okay, so we were supposed to have an appointment with our midwife to go over ultra sound #3 results, but we got there and it was canceled. We were a little disappointed because we wanted to know the official results, but we rescheduled for the following Friday, since that was the first open appointment. Meanwhile, that week went on by, so did the weekend. Monday morning I get a phone call from one of the midwives. She was very calm (same one that almost didn’t give us the third ultrasound) and was pretty unclear and didn’t make it seem like the findings were anything to worry about, but they would refer to me to a specialist to confirm it.
       Let me just say, that was a painful week waiting to get to the midwife appointment to really dig deep and go over our results. We were aware that it was possible that I had partial placenta previa, a condition that affects 1 in 200 pregnant women, a condition where the placenta is partially covering part of the cervix (all in all, short and sweet), we knew that there was a change this would move up with the uterus and out of the way… which happens in most cases leaving only 10% where it will be a complication for birth. We also knew that there was a chance that my placenta had an additional lobe to it. Nothing was confirmed of course, this is just what we got out of the ultra sound tech during the appointment.
>>more on placenta previa here.
       Okay, back to the midwife appointment with the results! I am a little annoyed because the phone call we initially received made it seem like this was still not confirmed if it was an issue or not, however in the report, it clearly states that VASA PREVIA is current and present. Basically, from my understanding ( I will find out more at my specialist appointment tomorrow) my placenta is not only laying low, but it has a second lobe to it, called succenturiate placenta. However, this lobe has its own blood supply, and that blood supply looks like it is crossing my cervix. — not good.
       UGH, what? More terms that we are scratching our heads over. The midwife seemed a little more alarmed over the report, but she did stay very calm and basically just asked if we have any questions, but that we would be going to a specialist to get another ultra sound on a better machine, and see what the specialist has to say. Of course we didn’t freak out right away, because the midwife wasn’t. When we got home and started looking these terms up, that is when the panic started to settle in.
(it has been almost impossible to find an image of what I think is going on inside of me. This is the best I could find that describes a placenta with a succenturiate placenta and vasa previa.)
       Again, I didn’t do anything wrong for this to happen. It is very uncommon, they say and occurs in 1:2500-3000 pregnancies (I am not 100% sure if that is the rate for when they DO find it, or for both diagnosed and undiagnosed). I am VERY lucky it is being looked into because there is NOT much awareness for it, and many doctors don’t know what to do with the situation since it is so uncommon. Going undiagnosed there is a 95% fetal mortality rate, but the chances go up significantly, and are very low when it is found prenatally.
       So what does all this mean? It is found, it was detected, so now what!? First off I HAVE to have a c-section. Basically no if-ands-or-buts about it. Normally doctors will put women on bed rest or hospitalized bed rest anywhere from 28 weeks to 33 weeks is most common leading up until a scheduled c-section around 35-36 weeks. Each case is different, each doctor has a different opinion. The one thing that is known across the boards, you CANNOT start to go into labor, if you do, you have moments to get to a hospital and get that baby out. Once you start to dilate, you could rupture that blood supply.
       It also means total pelvic rest. Which means no sexual intercourse, no vaginal exams, and no transvaginal ultra sounds (but this one has been proven to be safe, so depending on the doctor it may be allowed).
       Of course all of this could just be our doctors being super cautious, and triple checking everything, but they are pretty positive they see it on a regular ultra sound, so I highly doubt it will not be there on a 3D ultra sound. We are keeping our heads held high, trying to be optimistic about the research we absorb, and just taking it day by day. I will try to do another update after my appointment when I get some questions answered!
Prepping For Baby: Trimester Checklist Breakdown

Prepping For Baby: Trimester Checklist Breakdown

Being a first time mom-to-be is an overwhelming feeling of emotions. If you are anything like me, you feel like there should be all this “stuff” to accomplish from the moment you find out you are housing a little one for 10 months. In reality, YES there is a ton that eventually needs to be done, but it isn’t as crazy as you think it would be, or at least as crazy as I thought it would be. I’m not kidding when I tell you I thought i was going to be baby prepping DAILY \, some times during the pregnancy are busier than others. The first trimester (for me), was basically all the registry and trying to keep myself upright and productive! I did a ton of research on everything I was putting on my registry. i am not a huge “name brand” person, but I do want QUALITY! If we are able to have a second child, I want this baby stuff the last and hold strong, I am not about to start all over again for baby #2. Look for a soon to come blog post on how to go about making a dynamite baby registry!

I love to be organized. If you know me personally, you know I am a chaotic mess that loves lists. I think that describes me pretty well :p I can be so organized yet so scatterbrained at the same time, and let me tell you, pregnancy brain is not helping my case one bit! If you look back to my last post, you will see I made a nice litter template for you to write all your baby shower gifts on! I made this and printed it and it is already being put to good use!

Today is a different type of list, I went through and did a little research and made a list of what I need to get accomplished, or that I have already accomplished, prepping for baby!! This is not a tried and true method, because, well, I am a work in progress and haven’t actually had a baby yet! However, this is the list I am personally following to prep for Baby Barnes. I don’t really have it in a particular order, except for what trimester I found suitable for the task to go into. You might think differently, that is perfectly fine! Just check it off as you go!

If you think there is something super important that I forgot, PLEASE leave a comment below and I will be happy to add it and update the image for you 🙂

Pre-baby Checklist

Baby Shower Gift List Template

Baby Shower Gift List Template

If there is any time, it is party time, that you need to be organized! Am I right? Especially at this point in my life, with Bridal and Baby Showers happening; ones that are thrown for ME and ones that I throw for others. Being organized when it comes to gift opening time, well, it’s a MUST!

I love designing fun templates for myself and for others to use, to make tasks like this just EASY! I started to receive baby shower gifts already (yes, my mom got a hold of my registry!) and I feel disorganized or like I am going to forget who a gift came from if I don’t write it down ASAP!

Today I sat down and designed this, and I am putting it to use right now. I hope that you will get some use out of it as well!

babyshower gift list

Nutty PB-Cran Granola

Nutty PB-Cran Granola

You are going to want to SAVE this, SCREEN SHOT it, PRINT it… do whatever you have to do, because this is the BEST. RECIPE. EVER!
NuttPB Cran Granola
Nutty PB-Cran Granola
– 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
– 3/4 cups Toasted Coconut Almonds (Blue Diamond brand)
– 1/2 cup mixed nuts
– 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
– 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
– 1/4 cup coconut oil
– 1/4 cup all natural peanut butter
– 1 egg white
– 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
– 1/2 cup dried cranberries
– 1/2 cup rasins
– 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 300F degrees. Line one fairly large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
2. In a large mixing bowl, toss together the oats (3 cups), almonds (3/4 cups), mixed nuts (1/2 cup), and cinnamon (1/2 tsp.); set aside.
3. In a medium sized, microwave safe bowl, combine maple syrup (1/2 cup), coconut oil (1/4 cup), all Natural PB (1/4 cup), and microwave for about 30-45 seconds. Or until everything is melted together. Remove from the microwave and using a fork or rubber spatula, stir until everything is mixed together well. Put aside and let it cool.
4. Once your mixture is slightly cooled, whisk in your egg white and vanilla. Pour this over the oats and nuts; toss and coat completely. Keep tossing until all the oats and nuts have an even coat of the liquid mixture on them.
5. Spread onto your baking sheet; bake for 45 minutes, stirring it 3-4 times. Once time is up, remove from oven and let sit out to cool completely. (I like to add the dried cranberries and raisins at this point so it can set with the rest of the granola as it cools) Letting it cool will help the granola get a crunchy texture, before sealing it. Once completely cooled you can add the optional chocolate chips!
Tip: Store granola in an air tight container; it will last up to 3 weeks! PS. it is DELISH mixed with vanilla greek yogurt! <3
BabyBump Bootcamp

BabyBump Bootcamp


Being pregnant is HARD work! Am I right mommy-to-be? That last thing on my mind is working out and being HEALTHY; when I am creating bones and molding eyeballs! BUT, it is SO important to stay healthy and active for YOU & BABY <3

Apply for my next Baby Bump Bootcamp starting June 27th! We will be doing workouts that are appropriate for each trimester, talking about our bumps, sharing awesome information, sharing craving-cutting recipes, and most of all, have that support from other moms, mommies-to-be, and everything in-between!

I am 18 weeks today!! How far along are you??

I would like to keep this group small, so please apply quickly to reserve your spot, group kicks off June 27th, deadline to join is June 21st! 🙂Simply like this post, comment, and APPLY HERE >>

Homemade Buffalo Chicken Dip

Homemade Buffalo Chicken Dip

Ahhhh, my FAVORITE cheat snack of all time. I try not too make it too often, because all self control goes out the window, and in 3-2-1, its somehow all gone 😡 Buffalo chicken anything is just amazing, don’t you agree?? However, I do think mine is topnotch! There are a few reasons why! Well, really only one! haha


I can almost remember the first time I tried buffalo chicken dip, I mean I feel like that is something everyone would remember right!? — okay maybe not! This recipe is super simple to remember. Not one of my healthier snacks, but always a crowd pleaser!


These are the ingredients! All you need is:

1 lb of chicken (shredded) add a little pepper for seasoning and flavor!

8 oz of blue cheese dressing

8 oz Texas Pete Buffalo Wing Sauce (my secret ingredient!! I just love the flavor this one has!)

8 oz 1/3 fat Philadelphia cream cheese

8 oz  Sharp Cheddar cheese

Multigrain Chips are also a must! (taste way better than the normal corn ones!)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Mix all the ingredients together. I like to add the cream cheese first, then  blue cheese dressing, then buffalo sauce; mix well! Once mixed add in cheese and then chicken!! Pour into a oven safe piece of bakeware and pop in the oven for about 15-20 mins (keep en eye on it!) This was everything will melt together and be AHHH-mazing!

PicMonkey Collage

bake at 400

dip and chip

Natural Detox Water: Skin and Craving Control

Natural Detox Water: Skin and Craving Control

Skin and CravingControl Water

I love water. I can never get enough of the good ‘ol h2o!! I know not everyone likes just plain water though. If you are going to add a little flavor, might as well add flavors that are also going to do something more than a hint of flavor. Sure add a lemon, but WHYYY should you add that lemon? Adding fruits, vegetables, and herbs to your water can have amazing health benefits to it, way beyond what you may think!

This drink right here is more than just a bundle of flavor added to your plain Jane water bottle. Take a look!

Lemon: awesome for your digestive tract. Gets things moving!!

Strawberry: these little babies contain biotin and antioxidant ellagic acid

which helps prevent sagging skin, hello geourgous skin!

Apple: Contains Vit.C a very powerful natural antioxidant. Plus it contains potassium and calcium!!

Mint Leaves: Helps to improve digestion. Also can aid in relieving seasonal allergy symptoms!

Cinnamon: Improves circulation and thins blood, and also manages your blood sugar level.

In return you have fewer sugar cravings


I started off with two water bottles that hold 25oz each. I filled them up to the 24oz mark and assembled my ingredients!

For each I used:

  • 24 oz water
  • 1/2 of a small lemon
  • 1 strawberry
  • 1/4 of an apple (I used granny smith)
  • 2 large and 2 small mint leaves
  • 1/4 tsp of cinnamon (I think I will use a little less next time)


I made two of these, I usually always try to get half of my body weight in water daily. Sometimes I do more, but today I thought two of these would work out just fine!! I made them this morning, had one by my side all morning, and finished by 1:00 to start the second one to finish off my day 🙂

Time Management: Printable Schedule

Time Management: Printable Schedule


I may not be organized in every aspect of my life, but I am pretty organized when it comes to planning my day. I NEED a to do list! Some people stop right there though! They think since its down on paper it is magically all going to get done! This needs to STOP! We need to literally make time to plan the time we have.

First off always make a rough draft of your to do list. This means that it doesn’t have it be in any particular order, just things you want to get done that day. It might be in a piece of scrap paper and look something like this:

  • put laundry in washer
  • transfer laundry from wash to dry
  • fold laundry
  • make grocery list
  • go grocery shopping
  • do workout
  • read personal development
  • take dog to groomer
  • prepare dinner
  • eat and clean up dinner
  • office hours (9:00-11:00)
  • office hours (2:00-4:00)
  • contact coaches and customers

You get the idea! That is step one! After that I like to prioritize. I know this sounds silly, because its your to-do list, it ALL has to be done! But I am sure there are things that are more important than others! I dod a whole blog post on the ABCDE method from Eat that Frog read up on that part of the process HERE!

Once you do that I highly recommend using a time schedule sheet! This was you can SEE your day! I like to go by a half hour, just because I don’t like splitting up the blocks for half hour tasks, not everything in your day is going to tai a full hour to do! I just made these two sheets. The second one is the one I use, it is just Monday through Friday. I have it set to start at 7:30 am. I don’t have kids to get up and get ready for the day (yet) so my day doesn’t need to start at the crack of dawn. I do have a sheet for those people though! That one starts at 5:30 am, both end at 11:00 pm. Check it out below!! Also, don’t forget to subscribe!! 🙂

Time Management Schedule 5-30a-11p

Time Management Schedule