Taking some time out for yourself

I’m a huge believer in taking time out for yourself. Taking some time to relax, decompress and escaping reality for a little while is much needed. If it’s just taking a long hot bath, painting or drawing or even watching old episodes of Doctor Who just to escape the world, do it.

My personal favorite, taking a long hot bath. No one can ask you to do anything and you can’t take work with you into the tub, so taa daw, the ultimate get away. One of my favorite hot baths is my “detox” bath. I love to add, epson salt, lavender baby oil and sea salt into my bath. It smells amazing  and gets your blood flowing, helping with pulling out all the impurities out of your skin, relaxing the muscles with the epson salt, the lavender oil moisturizes your skin giving you that baby soft skin and the sea salt also helps cleans as well. OH and of course light some candles and kick off those lights.  Yes, I even do this bath pregnant, however I have a little trick with the bath, because I now have a 36 week bump, I now take a towel into the tube with me, as you can imagine the bump doesn’t make it into the water like the rest of my body, so I take the towel and soak it in the tub and place it over my bump. YAY, bump and I are fully covered.

Now for the fun part, getting out. As you can imagine the oil may have made you tub a little slippery, no worries, obviously take your time getting out , I always keep a towel over the edge of the tub to help push up and wipe my hands off and if you’re pregnant, take you towel you had covering your bump, place it under you in the tub and help yourself up or of course you can always grab your better half to assists.

Now depending on how relaxed I am, I will hit the shower for one last rinse off and rub the oil in a little more or wrapped up in my favorite robe and stay warm. Letting my body soak up all that moisture. Mmmmm just writing about it makes me want to jump in right now.

One last thing I do to wrap up my “me time” I enjoy a nice cup of tea. If I’m heading to bed soon I will make a cup of chamomile or currently I’m enjoying my traditional medicines pregnancy tea.

Speaking of teas, my last post I stated I would share a instant chai tea latte mix I found online.

Instant Chai Tea Latte Mix Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups of white sugar

1 cup of powdered creamer

1 cup of powdered vanilla creamer

1 1/2 cups of unsweetened instant tea

2 teaspoons of ground ginger

2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon of ground cloves

1 teaspoon of cardamon

Blend all ingredients (in a food processor) until the mixture is fine. Store the ingredients in a air tight container and when you are ready to have a cup, simply scoop out 2 tablespoons of the mix into you favorite mug, add water and ENJOY!!

So my cup of chai tea latter to yours, CHEERS!!

Fall in Love, orange top, black tank, grey skinny jeans, black boots, classic eye, bold or nude lip. Set it off with a beautiful timepiece

Fall in Love, orange top, black tank, grey skinny jeans, black boots, classic eye, bold or nude lip. Set it off with a beautiful timepiece

34 years and counting

It’s hard to believe it’s been 34 years already, Sunday Oct 12th I celebrated my 34th birthday. So much has happened, so much has changed and yet I still feel there is so much more to do, to see and looking forward to my new journey as a mom. Sunday also marked my 34th week in my pregnancy, really cool. Baby Oakley and I are sharing a milestone in our journey together. My beautiful talented step daughter, Hannah, turned 13, we share the same birthday. It was a very special day and a good day to reflect on our future as a family.

So, moving on with my blog, I just wanted to take some time out to share some of the things I did during my pregnancy and how I got through some of the transitions into each trimester. I even did a Disney trip at 6 months and some how survived all day at Magic Kingdom, though at the end of the day I was done, physically and emotionally done.

To start I have to say my doctor is amazing, he is so positive and very caring. You can see it in his eyes when you are not feeling well or worried or just not comfortable that he wants to build you back up and give you peace. He has a lot of sympathy for women, especially during pregnancy. He is well known here in Atlanta, probably delivered half the babies in GA over the past century and every nurse I have spoke to or ran into knows him. They just go Oh you have Doctor Graham, Oh you are in such good hands, every nurse loves him and doctor respects him. Of course my hubby is so amazing, so supportive and helping out so much, I feel so blessed.

Here are some of my must haves that I’m using during my pregnancy. I found this amazing prenatal liquid vitamin with DHA called Prenatal Plus by Buried Treasure. After a while it did not taste bad anymore and I could take it alone. I found it at my local health food store and have been very pleased with it.  I also continued using green vibrance as well, specially during my first and second trimester. I was having some acid reflux during my second trimester after drinking green vibrance so I backed it off to every other day.

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Also found huge relief with my acid reflux during my second and now into my third trimester by drinking aloe vera juice every day. Not only does it reduce my acid reflux, my hair, skin and nails started to glow and look more even. The only place I could find the aloe vera close by is our local Publix. It’s by Fruit of The Earth and I believe you can find it at Wal-Mart as well, it runs about 6 to 7 dollars. It truly is amazing if you have not tried aloe vera juice. Just hang in there for a couple of weeks on the taste and I promise you will see results quickly.  Ginger tea of course has been a life saver for morning and night with nausea and digestive issues. I like the traditional medicines version verses the Yogi version. The Yogi ginger tea is a little to strong for me.

Aloe Vera Juice

Now on to how I survived Magic Kingdom, 6 months pregnant in September. I honestly prepped myself weeks in advance, walking at least 20 minutes a day or every other day depending on how work went that day. I kept hydrated with coconut water and bought these most comfortable sandals I have ever put on my feet. I did my research and went to my local foot wear store in downtown Woodstock called Natural Strides. They are a minimalist shoes store and the owners are great, not to mention it’s a local business and I’m always up for supporting our locals. I tried on two different types of sandals and completely feel in love with the Luna Sandals. The owner actually runs in them on a daily basis and does all kinds of races in them as well. They saved my feet walking around Disney all day, even my husband was impressed with them and now wants a pair for himself. They run about 75.00 put so worth the price.

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These are just a few things that helped me get through some of the milestones in my pregnancy. I was not able to keep the vegan diet up half way through and did added fish and chicken to my diet. With working full time I found it hard to keep my blood sugar up and running. However all my meat has been organic and very little. I still do meatless Monday’s and most of my meals are vegan and vegetarian friendly, especially at home. After Oakley gets here the only meat I may keep is fish. I do find it helpful in my diet and it’s a nice break from my standard diet. Oh I also keep gluten out as much as I can and mainly focused on a high protein, low carb diet through out my pregnancy. I found that very helpful especially when I had to do the glucose testing the second time, ick, that 4 hour test was not fun.

And Yes, after my first and half way through my second trimester I started back my yummy teas. Of course it’s teas I can have during my pregnancy and I do have a chia tea soy latte once in a while. They are just so good. Oh I found a recipe for making your own homemade chia tea mix so you can make it anytime you want. I will share that in my next blog.

Please feel free to leave a comment or any suggestions you may have. Would love to hear from some of you on what worked during your pregnancy, post pregnancy or if you have tried any of these products as well.

So from my cup of tea to yours, Cheers!