Thursday Thoughts + Aurorae Resistance Bands Giveaway

I miss blogging. I also miss having coherent thoughts. When it comes to brain power, I’m not working with my usual amount. I don’t know if it’s the end-of summer blues or baby brain, but I need some serious help. These next five thoughts might be the only ones I’ve had today. Whoops.

1. Two beach trips are always better than one. It’s just a fact. Last Wednesday I met Ryne and Maddux in Emerald Isle, and then on Saturday we drove to Myrtle Beach for the night since it was halfway home. Best idea ever. It split up the drive and I got to pretend that our vacation would never end. 

emerald isle vacation

2. Last week I also discovered that my toddler loves to do the Stanky Leg and there is nothing I can do about it. I actually don’t want to do anything about it, because it’s hilarious how serious he is when attempting all of his sweet new moves. I’ll probably play this little home video at his wedding, because I’m a great mom like that.

3. While we’re on the topic of random videos, let’s discuss an app I have no idea what to do with. I downloaded Periscope, started following people, and then panicked and didn’t post anything. What does one “scope” about? Please fill me in. And, PS, if you’re on there you can find me @RunPretty! 

run pretty on periscope

4. Here’s a topic I kind of hate touching with a ten-foot pole: prenatal fitness. I swear there isn’t one thing that works for everyone. Right now, walks around the neighborhood and bodyweight moves are my go to workouts, but I would love to start running again. It’ll happen. Maybe. Y’all just wish me luck.

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5. One thing that has definitely helped me fit workouts in at home is my new Aurorae Yoga resistance band kit. (Disclosure: I was sent this set of bands in exchange for an honest review.) It’s no secret that I love resistance band workouts, but now I actually have enough bands to complete a variety of moves with a variety of different weights. 

aurorae yoga resistance band giveaway

The kit, which is absolutely perfect for traveling or at-home use, includes 5 exercise bands of increasing resistance, 2 foam padded handles, 1 door anchor, 1 ankle strap, and 1 guidebook. The door anchor and ankle strap are definitely a huge upgrade to my band collection. I didn’t have a way to secure my previous bands, which really limited what I could do with them.

When it comes to quality, I’ve had zero issues with these. They already make my favorite yoga mat, so I knew going into this that they don’t slack when it comes to materials. I have no doubt these babies will last for years to come, which is good because who knows when I’ll be back at a real gym again.

Ready for me to stop talking about them and get to the fun part? Yeah, me too. Aurorae is allowing me to give a set of bands to one lucky reader. Enter via the Rafflecopter below:

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The giveaway will end at 12 am on September 3, and a winner will be announced within 24 hours. Good luck!

Workout Worries + Back to Barre

Happy Wednesday! It seems like I check in less and less frequently as the time goes by. To be honest, a lot of it has to do with the fact that I haven’t been working out recently and I’ve just been too tired lazy to figure out any other topics to touch on. Until today.

I don’t know why, but I’ve carried a lot of guilt this time around with being so, well, sedentary. I think this is primarily due to the fact that I’ve taken all of this time off from being active, and only parts of the break was necessary. There have definitely been days that I’ve felt well enough to move around, yet I still chose not to do so. I’ve finally figured out why.

I was scared.

And here’s the kicker: it wasn’t because of the health of the baby or myself. I mean, I actually think we’d both be better off if I didn’t sit around like a bump on a log. The fact of the matter is that I was just afraid that any good day would be ruined if I attempted any type of activity. It’s like I held on to feeling “normal” like I was clinging on for dear life. And maybe sitting around was just plain easier. Let’s be honest.

Anyway, I was wrong. I definitely feel better if I force myself up off of the couch. Deep down, I probably knew I would but I was too chicken to try it out. This week something finally clicked and I decided to just get it over with, for lack of a better phrase. I signed back up for barre and promised myself I would go whenever I felt up to it.

baby barre socks

I’ve gone twice this week already and I’m so glad I did. While I struggle-bussed it through both classes (seriously one month off and I’m this out of shape? what the heck?), I have enjoyed being back.

barre baby

Yeah, my bad for posing like an idiot. It happens.

In unrelated news, I had hot coffee for the first time in forever today. I also just got home from getting my hair done. I’m basically a new woman at this point, y’all.

Have a great evening and I’ll see ya when I see ya!

Jinxed + Disney in July

Well, I did it. I jinxed myself. After basically bragging about how good I felt the week before last, I spent the majority of last week trying not to die. While I am certainly being dramatic, it definitely wasn’t any fun. I’ve made a few more tweaks to my diet (hello, baked potatoes and ginger chews), which seems to be helping a little. Luckily, I felt pretty daggum good the whole time we were in Disney. That would have royally sucked, so I appreciate the pregnancy gods for looking out for me on that one. Speaking of our trip, I suppose I could recap that now. In true lazy-girl fashion, I’m going to do this two-sentence-per-picture style.

This is always be my favorite place. I had kids just to force them to go with me.

magic kingdom

“Juuuust the two of us. We can make it if we try.”

meeting mickey

Water fights are the best kind of fights. And the only ones that won’t cause him to go to timeout.

typhoon lagoon water fight

I seriously could have cried watching him do this all by himself. Such a big kid!

first water ride

I have nothing remotely interesting to say about this picture. It’s just adorable.

typhoon lagoon

He made a friend. And by “made a friend”, I mean silently copied everything this kid did.

new friend

He used his “credit card” to buy two toys in the store. He now thinks he is an adult.

shopping

This is one of those moments where I’m sad I’m not 3 feet tall still. I want to ride that ant.

honey, i shrunk the kids

“Listen, we’re taking this picture and you’re going to smile.” “Nope.”

fantasmic

Mickey is a legit BA, y’all. Firework arms and everything.

fantasmic

Why is he not scared? We were in a shark, people.

finding nemo ride

After complaining about him not smiling enough in pictures, I get this. Kids think they are so funny.

t rex restaurant play area

This is an accurate depiction of my driving skills. Kidding, kind of.

sci-fi diner

I’m imagining that it costs about 3,000,000,000 dollars to pull these off. Because Disney.

epcot fireworks

Of all of the Disney experiences, his favorite thing is still the shuttle to the parks. Of course it is.

disney world bus

I’ll be back soon to chat about workouts, eats, & babies pretty soon. I have a lot to fill y’all in on!

Second Pregnancy: Week 12

Hi from Disney World! We got in really late last night, but this morning we accomplished riding every “important” ride for a three-year-old. We rock for that. But today isn’t just a regular old vacation day; it’s also the 12 week mark for this second little person we’re growing. I guess we have a lot more Disney trips to look forward to in the future. Can’t have the second one feeling left out now can we? This is like my dream come true, y’all. Permanent excuse to visit the mouse.

Anyway, back to the baby. He or she is definitely growing. Please don’t remind me how small it actually is at this point because my belly begs to differ. It’s hard to tell in this dress, but the bump is back and in full force. PS: 10 dollar skater dresses from H&M + cheap sports bras are my new go-to. Try it and thank me later. It’s like getting away with wearing pajamas in public.

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What’s baby up to? According to Popsugar, the baby “is now about the length of an apricot. He continues to develop his brain, muscles and nervous system. He can frown as well as open and close his mouth. His vocal cords start to function and your baby can make a fist; his fingernails are even well formed. His liver is functioning and his pancreas is producing insulin. He’s starting to respond to outside stimuli (such as sounds and movement). If you haven’t started talking to your baby, now’s the time. You may feel a little silly, but he’ll love it, and it’s a great way to build your bond.” So, clearly, I’m also having a boy. Right? Kidding. I have no idea yet. But I do like the idea of randomly talking to my stomach as I walk around in crowds. That could be fun.

Weeks: 12 weeks

Total Weight Gain: I’m up 6 pounds up, so far! I gained 40 pounds (yes, forty) the first go-round, so I’m trying to remember it does go away eventually. No stressing. I do think it’s hilarious how much faster I am showing this time, though!

Fitness: Besides getting bigger every day, I’m starting to feel like I’m getting back to normal. I’m hoping that I just hit the second trimester bliss a little early! I think I’ll be able to resume my normal workouts pretty soon. I had been running and taking barre classes, but I’ve skipped the past two or so weeks. I miss it!

Symptoms: Up until this week, it’s primarily been nausea and headaches. I started monitoring my protein intake and it’s gotten a lot better! Shout out to my coworkers for forcing me to work on that. Apparently, I turn into a cranky weirdo without it.

Sleep: I get up 2-3 times a night, which is crazy to me. I don’t remember it being this ridiculous last time. I have been chugging water lately, so I guess it’s my own doing.

Cravings: Every single morning I eat an egg & cheese burrito with salsa. Other than that, I’ve been digging tomato & mayo sandwiches with salt and pepper and all of the potato chips. The only sad thing is that I’m struggling to drink regular old hot coffee. The smell. Oh, gosh, the smell.

Maternity Clothes: I’m totally already wearing maternity bottoms, and I have been for weeks. They are just so much more comfortable. Let’s be honest, all jeans should have elastic waistbands. I think I’ll start a petition.

Baby Items Bought/Received: Nothing! The game plan is to reuse as much as possible from last time. The only issue will be if this one is a girl. If that happens, I will probably go nuts and buy every single thing in sight.

Goals: My current goal is to not complain about the heat while walking around at Disney all day. Dole Whip will help ease the sting, right? I’m only half kidding.

Worries: Not too much right now, which is probably because I’m always preoccupied with something else. They are not lying when they say that the second pregnancy is different! I don’t have oodles of time to sit around thinking about my belly.

Best Moment: Maddux definitely understands that I am pregnant. The other day, we were running around and I told him I needed to sit down because I didn’t feel good. He asked, “Oh, is the baby gonna frow up now? That’s not good.” While he was a little confused on who was sick, I was glad he was slightly concerned. Maybe he won’t try to wrestle the baby at birth after all! One can only hope.

Making the #ParentLife a Little Bit Easier

This post is brought to you by the Publix Baby Club. All opinions are my own.

I think the one thing all parents can agree on is that parenting isn’t always easy. In fact, some days it can be a pretty freaking daunting task. When Maddux was first born, I remember being blown away by how much different the highs and lows could be. From the first smile to the first full-on tantrum, I’ve definitely learned a thing or two. One of the biggest takeaways? Always have fruit snacks. Always.

best fruit chews

This pack in particular was celebratory. (I’ll let you guess what toddler milestone we’re currently working on.) Some packs, though, are when I’m in “please don’t freak out in this public place” mode. Other times, they are a compromise for when I don’t agree with him that a dinner of ice cream would be good a good idea. Honestly, you’ll never catch me without small “treats” on hand.

gummies

That’s where the Publix Baby Club comes to the rescue. By simply joining the free group, I receive coupons, newsletter, and other helpful little bits of information for new parents. They recommend that anyone with children between the ages of 0-24 months and expecting mothers sign up, but I’m clearly still reaping the benefits a year later. They help me save money while also helping me to be prepared for life’s unexpected moments.

Diapers and wipes? Always stocked up.

publix baby club

Snacks, drinks, and treats? Got ‘em.

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They even help me save on household items like cups, bowls, and spoons. By the way, in our house sippies are like socks. I can either find the lid or the cup. Never both. Clearly, I hit up this section a lot.

publix baby

Recently I even asked Siri to help me find the closest Publix on our vacation. I needed a few “extras” and I knew I’d be better off shopping with them. Luckily, there was one down the road a bit. I needed my Letter of the Day Cookies. I mean, Maddux needed them. Either way, y’all. Either way.

baby products public

If you are expecting or have young children already, I definitely think you should take the time to sign up. I’m pretty sure I’d sign up just for the newsletter, because . Head to the Publix Baby Club page now and start reaping the rewards!

Publix provided me with product and compensation. The opinions I have shared about the products are my own.