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The holidays are a super busy time for everyone with travel often ramping up. And as I’m sure you know, traveling can do a number of unpleasant things to your skin, especially in the winter. For example, greater exposure to bacteria and the lack of humidity in the air, can result in dry, dehydrated, and dull skin. (Ever looked in the mirror and thought your skin looked gray?!) If you’re looking for the perfect solution to keep your complexion in shape as you’re on the go, travel-friendly face masks are a saving grace. I recently shared the new Clay Stick Masks by Olay and brought them to Vermont with me. And I love that the solid stick form makes them a whole lot more convenient to pack in your carry-on bags! Read on to find out which ones you need.
I’ve tried to start writing this blog post so many times and struggled to find the words to describe the feeling I have sharing our growing news with all of you today! It’s the biggest mixture of excitement and nervousness all rolled into one. At the same time, it’s also a huge sigh of relief that I can FINALLY make it official because we’ve been keeping it hush hush for so long… Baby Pinch is coming March 2019! (Y’all it’s hard keeping this big of a secret!)
One of the parts that I’m looking forward to the most is sharing this adventure with you guys, connecting with all my mom friends out there, and hopefully being a resource for those who are also starting this journey at the same time! Overall, we feel so blessed with the opportunity to be parents and cannot wait to start this chapter.
I know there are probably some questions, so I’m going to try to answer a lot that I’ve already been getting from family and friends!
How and When Did We Find Out
We found out in mid-July! (Yep, it was torture being in Napa in August and not being able to drink the wine…) I had a feeling the entire week that something wasn’t normal, but I waited until an already scheduled OBGYN appointment the following week for an official test. Jordan found out when he got home and the dogs were wearing balloons that spelled out BABY. Odie (our mini dachshund) wore the B and the A, and Buck (our yellow lab) wore the B and the Y. 🙂
Did You Have Any Fertility Issues?
I knew from the start that I would be very open about this with you guys. I was undergoing my very first month of Serophene to help raise my progesterone production. When I had my initial blood work done, my progesterone level came back at 750 when my doctor wanted me to be at 1200-1500 for optimal egg production. We know how incredibly LUCKY we are to have our first treatment be successful. Even just one month of medicine involved a lot of lab visits and needles, and not knowing if it would work was a very real and scary thing. (Lots of hugs and positive vibes to anyone reading this who might be going through their own fertility treatments.)
Why Wait SO Long to Tell?!
Everyone has their own level of comfort when it comes to sharing, and we chose to be overly protective as we continued testing my hormone levels and going in for our routine check ups. Once we hit 12 weeks, we talked about how we would first tell our closest family members and friends. It was really important for us to be able to tell as many people as possible in person. (With our families so spread out, this basically turned into a road trip across the state at the beginning of this month!) Will be sharing in a blog post how we surprised everyone!
How Are You Feeling? Cravings?
I’m going to devote an entire post to my first trimester experience! Thankfully, I’m now finally feeling back to my normal self except for a slightly tighter pants…
Do You Know If It’s a Boy or Girl?
Not yet! 😉
Thank you guys for all of your love and support over the years – I can’t wait to ask YOU guys questions and learn from all of you mamas out there!
If you follow me on Instagram, then you might remember me showcasing my new glasses I recently got from Zenni. I oftentimes find myself so busy these days that I don’t have time to make the several trips needed to get my glasses and prescription updated. If you can relate, then you’ll likely find Zenni as useful and convenient as I did! With most glasses under $50, you really can’t go wrong here, especially when they’re constructed of the same high-quality materials as other leading brands.
Since the frames were so budget-friendly, I decided to get two pairs – I figured having a backup pair would be wise since I already lost my original glasses. Plus, the ordering process was SO EASY. There are a ton of frame options, and I even used their Instagram user-generated selfies to help me pick out which styles I liked. OR you can use their online try-on images.
AND on the topic of glasses, I thought this would be the perfect time to put together a fall reading list. I try to read as much as possible although this gets pretty tricky, but once I get a good book going, it’s hard to put it down. And once daylight savings time ends, I know I’ll want to cozy up on the couch and get lost in a good book. Scroll on to find out what’s on my fall reading list.
It has officially dipped into the 70s here in Baton Rouge which means I’m about ready to whip out the crock pot and all the furry blankets! Although Jordan will have a heart attack if I bring home any more faux fur pillows, I can’t help but eyeball all the NEW cozy home decor accents out right now. Yes, we may have 10 seasonal blankets out, but that just means now I need a blanket ladder to throw them on right?! Plus, there are some major home sales going on this week:
You guys know how much I love summer by now, but I have been looking forward to the start of a new season. And with a new season comes new beauty obsessions. I don’t know about you, but the right scent is like the perfect accessory in a bottle – and it needs to change from season to season just like anything else in your wardrobe. As a self confessed fragrance enthusiast, I cherish those that enhance one’s natural beauty with a single beguiling smell. I guess that explains why it’s so hard to resist one bottle after another. However, I’ve recently narrowed down a new signature perfume for fall which is available during Belk’s Beauty Event!