Two Kids: One Week In

Okay, so technically it’s been a week and a half since Hudson was born. I just haven’t really had a chance to get on the computer and talk about life, since I was busy trying to survive it. I’m kidding. It has been a much smoother transition than I thought it would be, and I am forever grateful for these two little guys for being so chill about the whole thing. Sure, there have been some bumps in the road, but overall they are handling it like the little bosses they are. Here’s what we’ve been up to since we came home from the hospital:

There have been plenty of yawns,

yawn

a few fleeting moments of frustration,

over it

and a whole lot of hilarious smiles.

gassy smile

We’ve done a little bribing,

trains

even more bonding,

brothers

and I actually did my hair… once.

one week postpartum

I’d say it’s been a pretty successful week so far. By this time with my first, I was already walking around the neighborhood and getting excited about workouts. This time, I’m recovering a little slower but I’m feeling a lot more rested. I’ll take it!

Welcome to the World

He’s here! Hudson Ray was born on January 28th, 2016 at 3:34 PM.

hudson

I’ll check back in soon. Right now, we’re loving being a family of four!

Making Healthy Eating Easier + A $100 Kohl’s Giveaway!

*The following “Making Healthy Eating Easier + a $100 Kohl’s Giveaway” post is sponsored by Kohl’s. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

A few months ago, Kohl’s reached out and asked if I would like to try a few items from their Healthy Cooking lineup. Being a huge Kohl’s fan, that was a no brainer. The only hard part? Deciding what to order! They have some amazing appliances and tools available (at equally amazing prices, might I add), so it took me a few days to nail down exactly what I wanted to try first.

healthy eating tools

I ended up choosing a few items that I’ve always wanted to own but have never taken the time to go purchase. I snagged a salad chopper, an avocado slicer, and a salad spinner. The salad chopper I found has since sold out, but this chopper would get the job done, too. Each of these items makes meal prep so much simpler, and I feel a little silly for not pulling the trigger and buying them sooner. It’s amazing how such affordable kitchen accessories can make such a big difference. The one that blew my mind the most was definitely the salad chopper. I didn’t know what I was missing out on, y’all.

easy healthy chopped salad

I always order chopped salads when I see them on menus, because they are about 10,000 times more amazing than the regular old tossed variety. I have no idea how it works, but having everything blended together perfectly makes it taste better. It’s just a fact. Maybe it just makes the proportions of every single bite on point? I’m just glad I’m able to whip these salads up quickly at home now. The one in the picture above was literally just every vegetable I could find in my fridge + a few shrimp. It took no time at all to throw together and I was glad to get some extra veggies in for the day. It’s proof that, with the right tools at your disposal, healthy eating can be delicious and easy. And with a toddler and another boy on the way (hopefully any day now!), I’ll need to save all the time in the kitchen that I can.

Now that I have a few more useful tools, I have my eye on this adorable kid’s chef set for Maddux. He loves cooking and making his own snacks and meals, so it’s definitely something I want to continue to encourage. If you’re also in the market for healthy cooking tools and appliances, you’re in luck. To help us with our shopping, Kohl’s let me in on a few upcoming sales. Between 1/29-2/3, we can save $10 off of $50 off of any home purchase with the code “HOME10″. They’ll also have a two-day sale on 1/29 & 1/30 for 20% off sitewide with the code “FORYOU20″. These codes are totally stackable, so that means more even more savings! I don’t know about you but I plan to hit it up on the 29th for sure.

For one lucky reader, though, Kohl’s wants to foot the entire bill. They have offered to give away a $100 Kohl’s Gift Card to one of y’all! Enter via the Rafflecopter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck & happy shopping!

Proactiv 3-Step System Review

“This post was sponsored by Proactiv as part of a Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.”

I’ve been using Proactiv for over a month now and I can honestly say my skin has completely changed in that time. I’m probably more shocked than anyone, because I am so used to things either making my skin worse or helping for a week or so before the honeymoon phase ends.

proactive review

Proactiv has literally been the first thing to work this long and I couldn’t be more thankful. My skin is less oily, much softer to the touch, and free from the persistent breakouts I have been having for years.

Results may vary, of course, but my before and after pictures tell me everything I need to know about the 3-Step System: it worked for me. Oh, and that I take really, really doofy looking selfies.

proactiv actual results

As you can see, my biggest issues with breakouts were definitely my cheeks and chin. Both of those spots are totally clear right now. That hasn’t happened in, well, forever. I’m going to be honest here; I don’t always continue purchasing things that I review, but I will be placing an order as soon as I get down to the last 1/3 of the products. I do not want to deal with acne-prone skin ever again. 

Speaking of getting down to the last 1/3, I think that will be at least another two or three months. After using the products for about 5 weeks, I’m only down about a fourth of the way. My “90-day” supply will be much closer to a 120-day supply. It’s like they are never-ending bottles, which definitely makes me love them that much more. It’s crazy affordable when you realize it lasts a lot longer than you anticipated.

The Renewing Cleanser, Revitalizing Toner, and Repairing Treatment are my new bests friends. The 3-Step system, when used daily, helps treat and prevent acne by exfoliating, soothing, and treating acne-prone skin. If you’re still unsure if Proactiv is something you should try out, I think you should just try it. What do you have to lose?

PS: if you have any questions, just leave them below! I’d be more than happy to answer them.

Second Pregnancy: Weeks 37, 38, 39

Apparently I had my dates all confused, because I’ve been tracking myself a little off this whole time. Whoops. I’m 39 weeks now, but I thought I was 38 and some change. Does that really matter in the grand scheme of things? Not even a little. I don’t even know why I’m taking the time to type that out. Anyway, moving on. How over it do I look? Didn’t even do my hair. Shameful.

39 weeks pregnant

What’s baby up to? According to BabyCenter, the baby is “full term this week and waiting to greet the world! He continues to build a layer of fat to help control his body temperature after birth, but it’s likely he already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, about the size of a mini-watermelon. The outer layers of his skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.” He’s shedding. Nice.

Weeks: 39

Total Weight Gain: I’d be willing to bet I’m pretty close to the 35 pound mark right about now. Let’s just blame it on water weight, shall we?

Fitness: If getting out of bed every day counts, then I am super fit right now.

Symptoms: Everything aches. Everything. But, on the plus side, I can breathe a little easier now that he’s getting ready to make his grand entrance. Small wins are still wins, guys.

Sleep: I get up about every hour and a half. It’s God’s way of preparing you for life with a newborn, I’m sure of it.

Cravings: Still anything really, really spicy or really, really sweet. Plus ALL of the ice water.

Maternity Clothes: I can barely even fit in those anymore. I’m going to need to hurry up and have this baby just so I can stop looking like a busted can of biscuits.

Baby Items Bought/Received: We had a few fun baby showers recently. One of the best things we received was a Halo Bassinet. I’m way too excited about not having to get up to get the baby during the night.

Goals: I said this in my last update, but I am skipping any kind of goals. Our bags are packed and his room is ready, so I feel like we’ve accomplished every necessary thing. The rest is just icing on the cake.

Worries: I’d just like to avoid any serious complications. Other than that, I’m good to go.

Best Moment: Maddux finally felt his brother move. He was a mix of freaked out, intrigued, and protective.  Well, protective of me. He doesn’t like the idea of someone (other than himself) poking and bugging me. Too cute.

I’m secretly hoping that the next time I check in with y’all will be from the hospital, but I also know that’s probably not going to be the case. This baby seems like he might be in it for the long haul. Either way, I hope y’all have a great week!