Pregnancy Update: Eight Months! {and a giveaway!}

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Eight months and counting…I’ll be honest and say I’m so ready to be done. It’s really hit me this past week, the days are starting to slow down, I’m not getting much sleep because I can’t get comfortable and I keep getting sick with a cold! It’s all worth it, this has just been a really rough pregnancy and I’m ready to hold my baby in my arms!

My midwife has other ideas though, and said no way am I having this baby anytime soon. :) I know deep down I want to go full term, I’m just tired and emotional! My husband is being so sweet and patient with me, and trying to encourage me all he can.

Eight Months Pregnant!

I was thankful that we discovered last week why I’ve been so fatigued lately. My iron levels are low, they are actually below the safe levels my midwife requires to have a home birth. So I’m working hard on getting the levels up. I’ve tried taking Floradix before several times and never seen very positive results with it. So this time I’m trying Garden of Life Iron, Chlorophyll mixed in orange juice, and Ferrochel Iron Chelate.

I am doing something new this pregnancy and recently started wearing a maternity splint. It is the best thing ever! I wear it all day long, and it really helps me not feel as uncomfortable. I also feel like my back posture is better when I wear it. I found mine used on Ebay. I didn’t realize that I should have ordered the same size as pre-pregnancy, so I have to wrap mine around in the back. It works, but if anyone is going to look for one make sure you order the size shirt you wore before you got pregnant!

Tummy Rub Butter, the ultimate butter cream for pregnant tummies!

Another new thing I’m using this pregnancy is tummy oil and tummy butter. Mama Mio sent me this to try and it is such a treat! I don’t normally go for tummy creams in pregnancy, but I read that The Tummy Team recommended these creams and I trust their suggestions.

Tummy Rub Oil for Pregnant Tummies!

Before I started using these products I was having such trouble with dry, stretched out skin on my tummy. It even got to the point that it would start bleeding in spots. Ouch! I was using some other essential oils and lotions, but it just wasn’t working the best. Once I started using the Tummy Oil and the Tummy Butter, it’s like night and day. Yes, my skin is still tight and stretched because I’m 8 months pregnant, but it is no longer dry and itchy. I can’t recommend these products enough! You can use them for four months after giving birth, to help tone your skin. I will be using it for sure!

I’m super excited to be able to giveaway a bottle of the Tummy Oil and Tummy Butter to a reader! This is a giveaway for USA only, thanks to Mama Mio. Enter through the Rafflecopter post below.
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It’s Ok To Be A Mom And Be Creative!

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DIY projects. If you’re like me, you alternate between having a huge list of them that you look longingly at as you think “someday”, or you have completely given up on them.

At some point I gave up. What was the point of trying to start a project when you’re interrupted constantly by little children, the demands of life, and more responsibilities that require your immediate attention?

One day I realized what I was missing. I had lost my creativity and I really wanted to get it back.

That desire to sew, make some amazing Pinterest projects, try out a new recipe, or even just paint with my children. Of course, all of this still has to be balanced with real life. And real life is messy.

Messy House and trying to balance DIY projects as a mom!

Yes, that is my actual living room. This is what it looks like after a school day is over. I could let this defeat me, and honestly some days it does. I have to choose to be creative, or I can let the mess of life squash that creativity and my children will be in college before I ever touch a sewing machine again!

I have to make choices. I can call my children in and we all clean up the living room and dining room in 10 minutes together, or it can take me 45 minutes by myself and I lose any extra time I had to work on a project.

Please understand I don’t want to be creative just for my sake. I want to bless my family, sew my girl’s clothes and make our house a pretty and peaceful place. I’m not off at crafting classes learning how to decorate cakes or fire pottery simply to fulfill a need in myself (though I have nothing against cake decorating or pottery).

I still have to balance this creativity with the fact that I have young children and a home to look after. I have to make sure that when I find an outlet for all my pent up creativity that it blesses my family.

It's ok to take time and do a DIY project to bless your family!

So far this week I’ve taken some steps in the right direction. I got my serger out (it’s sitting by my rocking chair in the picture!), I sorted through some fabric and made a pile, I purchased paint for a project and bought Chalk Pastels to try an art project with my children. Baby steps..one day at a time, and before you know it, I’ll have a project completed!

Thankfully there’s an exciting new product to help  me quickly and easily get into (or back into) the creative projects I’ve been desperate to start. It’s called The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and it’s a collection of carefully curated DIY and crafting eBooks and eCourses from the world’s leading authors and bloggers in the industry.

I am so looking forward to diving into this DIY Bundle, and I hope you will join me!

For the crazy low price of just $34.95, you get access to a carefully curated library of over 76 eBooks and eCourses. And let me reassure you that this really is great value: the Ultimate Bundles team (who produced the resource) has spent MONTHS seeking out the most respected experts in the industry and asking them to contribute their premium-quality eBooks and eCourses. These really are the best of the best when it comes to DIY and crafting advice and information.

Topics in the bundle include:

Home decor

Furniture painting

Photography

Chalk pastels

Handmade gifts

Homemade skincare products

Cake decorating

Photography and photo-editing

Paint colors and interior design

…and a whole lot more (76 eBooks and eCourses in total) – to help you be inspired or get started with your next DIY or crafting project!

Here are just a few resources I’m excited about:

Click through to see all the other amazing resources that are included!

Hurry though! The Ultimate DIY Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am EST on Wednesday, January 21 until 11.59pm EST on Monday, January 26.

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Not only that, but The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with 4 awesome bonuses, worth over $118. That’s 3x the price of the bundle alone! These include…

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Getting the Creative Side of Me Back

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I’ve never been a super crafty person. I can sew, but not craft (there really is a difference). The more time goes on, the more I realize something.

I’ve lost the creative side of me.

Getting the Creative Side of Me Back Again!

The last two years of our life have been a blur. In order to get Sean through college and make it all work without going deep into debt, we all had to work super hard. Sean worked night and day on homework, and  any extra time was spent helping with Deborah & Co. The children pitched in and did extra housework so I could work on the business and blog.

As for me…my hobbies disappeared. All my energy went towards homeschooling, sustaining Deborah & Co. and this blog, and getting food on the table. When I would burn out (which definitely happened, especially the last semester of college in 2014), I would turn to fluff to distract myself briefly. A Jane Austen movie, an easy to read novel, or browsing Pinterest, dreaming of projects I would love to do but had no time or energy for.

This is the year of change. Sean is currently working on building his graphic design business, and I’m feeling the freedom to step back a little. I have our employee for Deborah & Co. coming more hours as needed, because I want a life back, and I need to carefully nurture the life that is inside me.

I read a book that dramatically helped me see what I’ve been missing. I’m not sure when a homemaking book has effected me so deeply. One night I was actually crying (of course that could be blamed on being pregnant and hormones!).

The Nesting Place Book.  I literally cried and laughed while reading this book.

The Nesting Place book is written by the blogger behind The Nester. I felt like she had peeked into my life and was writing out some of my story. She has lived most of her marriage in rental houses and somehow has managed to transform them into actual homes; places she loved living in.

When we moved to our rental house I looked at it as a survival house. We have lived here for two years now, and while we hope to move at some point this year, we are waiting on the Lord to bring the right house along and are hoping to save more money before purchasing.

In the meantime, I want to work harder on turning this house into a home – a place that we enjoy living in, even though it’s a small house (1000 square feet on the main level, and 200 hundred in the basement that is for business purposes).

I want to actually sew some projects, like I used to. That means getting my serger out and getting it threaded again. Not a fun task for me, but once I do that I can actually work on something!

…and make simple crafts with the children.

…and create an adorable space for the baby in our tiny bedroom,

…and make a fabric scrap banner for my girls.

Fabric Scrap Banner

I just purchased some Annie Sloan Chalk paint and I’m going to paint an end table that is in our living room.

I want to create a functional, yet beautiful house. Another book that is inspiring me is called The Comforts of Home. I love the ideas found here!

Two wonderful books on creating a lovely home!

I’m going to be creative again.

I’d love to have you join me in this journey! The timing couldn’t be more perfect, because starting next week the DIY bundle will be coming! This is put together by Ryan and Stephanie Langford, the same amazing people that do the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. Since I’m married to an author that is in the bundle, I’ve been able to see all the resources that are coming, and I’m excited!! I’m actually going to Hobby Lobby tonight to purchase a few supplies for some projects that are in the bundle, and do them with the children. :)

If you can relate to this post, and want a chance to be creative again, you will want to sign up for this free four step email course that Ryan and Stephanie are offering. It has some printable worksheets and encouraging words to read through, and will provide you with some helpful tips and ideas.

Next week I’ll be sharing with you some ideas of how I’m fitting in time to be creative. It’s not easy, but if I don’t stop and take the time, my children will all be in college before I ever get creative again! :)

 

 

Pregnancy Update: 30 Weeks!

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It’s been awhile since I did a pregnancy update, and I felt like 30 weeks deserved an update! It’s always an exciting time when you reach these weeks of counting down until 40 weeks. :)

30 Weeks Pregnant. You can still look stylish while pregnant!

30 weeks pregnant, wearing the Rainbow Denim Skirt.

I struggled through a head cold for over a week, and was very miserable during that time. Trying to get comfortable to sleep at night is getting difficult. When you add a head cold where you can’t breath at all, it makes it super difficult! I’m so thankful to be over that, and hope I don’t get sick again before the baby is born!

They say movements slow down in third trimester as the baby gets larger. So far this baby is not slowing down at all, if anything it is moving around even more! Whenever I lay down to rest the baby wants to visit. :) Sean and the children get to feel lots of kicks and punches, which is sweet.

I finally broke down and ordered compression hose to try for my varicose veins. While they don’t take all the swelling away, they do seem to be helping. Some mornings I’m almost wiped out of my energy after trying to get those crazy things on! I ordered maternity compression hose from Ames Walker, and like the quality of them.

There are some days I feel like nesting, and want to take on my whole house. Sean found me in tears in the garage the other day, I was trying to move some tubs of clothes around and basically got stuck because a huge cramp started in my leg. He told me I had to slow down and helped me out of my predicament!

Other days I want to snuggle in bed all day long and read a book and sleep. So I have to try and balance those two extremes and stay somewhere in the middle. :) I’m definitely taking a lot more naps than when I’m not pregnant, but I keep telling myself it’s just a stage of life and it really is ok to rest more!

I’m working on finding space in our small bedroom for the baby things. I have a vision in my mind of what I want it to look like, but it involves some painting of baby furniture, which involves my husband. ;) He is the realist between the two of us, after owning a custom cabinet shop for several years he knows these projects can get more complicated than you would like them to be. We are still talking through what we might do, but he understands my need of having a sweet space for the baby.

How are the other pregnant mama’s doing? I love hearing updates!