second trimester (24 week update)

Here I am cruising through the second trimester. I can't believe I have made it this far. 

I try not to think too hard about it. I am 24 weeks. We lost David at my 27 week appointment, but based on his size, he probably passed around 23 or 24 weeks.  I can't help but be a little bit anxious about this time in my pregnancy. I know this is a different experience, a different pregnancy, and a different baby. When the anxiety starts to creep up, I hear that voice telling myself, you can breathe a deep sign of relief once you hit that 28+ mark, or when the baby is born and in your arms, but I know it isn't over at these milestones. There is always going to be anxiety and fear. I will worry when he/she is sound asleep in their crib and I don't hear a sound. I will worry when I have to leave the baby in someone else's care for the first time. I will worry. I know I will. But I think all parent's have these worries. I just need to make sure these worries aren't taking over my thinking. So far, I'm doing well. In fact, I can't believe how well I'm doing, knowing that anything can happen at any time, and that THE WORST has happened to me. 

But I know you don't get the great things in life without a little fear, but also with a lot of faith and trust. I have to trust that the outcome of this pregnancy will be nothing short of amazing. We will meet and hold this baby, and watch him/her grow up. There's nothing else I can do but have these hopes. 

So that's how I'm doing emotionally. 

Physically, I am starting to get a bump. I LOVE IT. I want it to get bigger and bigger. I feel like it is the cutest thing ever, and am totally amazed at my body right now. 

I'm feeling great. I don't have much to complain about. I don't have aches and pains yet. I'm still participating in spin class once a week, yoga at least twice a week, and lots of walking. Limited heart burn, I can eat what I want, and am trying to be conscious of drinking lots of water.

I've never made it into the third trimester, and those of you that have are probably laughing at me right now, saying, "Oh you just wait..."

And that might be true. But I still think I will welcome the aches and pain, the bloatedness and swelling, the heartburn, and whatever else might come with the third trimester. I'm hoping that despite all of these things, I will just continue to be in awe and amazement of the miracle of what's happening, and I will be able to endure the short term side effects knowing the end result will be nothing short of amazing


women + self confidence + empowerment

I was at a training recently and we had to stand up in front of the group and introduce ourselves, give our "pitch." I'm not an amazing public speaker, but I did not dread this task.  

I was in the minority. 

There were 8-10 of us women, all there for the same reason, and all there to support each other.  Despite that, for some you could tell this task was pure torture. Some of the women stood up and fidgeted, looked down, and one woman even said, "I suck."

This made my heart sink. 

Why can't we all just feel good about ourselves?

Why can't we all support each other?

Encourage each other?

Embrace our differences, and learn from them? 

Women have a lot of power. Power that we often don't harness and use. We are even more powerful together. I feel this calling to empower other women. I want everyone I come in contact with to feel better about themselves after an encounter with me. 

I know I can do that with this blog. Leading by example. Posting more selfies, pics that make me feel a little (or a lot) vulnerable, pushing the boundaries and opening myself up. I know I can also encourage women through my Tupperware (sounds silly, but its true), and with all of my interactions online and in real life. 

do you have confidence in yourself or second guess what you're doing?

have you ever dug deep and asked yourself why?

Homemade Coconut Oil Face Lotion

When it comes to my "beauty routine" I keep things pretty simple. 

I rarely wear makeup, but when I do I wear a small amount, and really love Root Pretty, partly because its made in Waverly, IA and mostly because it is natural and safe. 

I don't put much else on my face. I occasionally wash my face with soap, but most days I use a Norwex body cloth and water. 

After "washing" my face, I use a small amount of my homemade coconut oil face lotion, add a spritz of my rose face mist, and I'm good to go. 

Making your own face lotion doesn't take very long and you don't need that many ingredients--plus it's A LOT cheaper than those $50+ tubes of eye cream, winkle reducers, and moisturizers, and without the harsh chemicals. So many positives!

Homemade Coconut Oil Face Lotion

  • 1/3 c coconut oil, unrefined
  • 5-10 drops lavender
  • 10 drops Vit E oil (optional)
  • 10 drops sesame or jojoba oil (optional)

Put in stand mixer and mix for several minutes, until whipped.

Store in a jar.

After cleansing your face, use a very small amount on your fingertips and rub into your face. Follow with a spritz of rose face mist.

Be beautiful. 

**Disclaimer:  I am not a beauty expert, I am only sharing what works for me. **

I believe everything I read on the internet...

Ok, so maybe that's not true, but i do find myself getting sucked into articles that i read or see on the internet. there is so much information out there. some true, some partially true, and some true for some people, but not others. 

The other night during dinner, i was picking on dave while he ate (poor guy!), and reminded him that he shouldn't be drinking so much water with his meal, because, of course, i had read somewhere on the internet that this wasn't good for you. well, dave wasn't having it, and he wanted to know why. so i googled it, because thats how you find the answer to all questions, right?!?

and we found mixed results. one article says you should be drinking water during meals, and the next says you shouldn't... so what are you supposed to believe??

this brings me to my point:


Does anyone remember this State Farm commercial? 

We love this commercial at our house, and a lot of times, when i mention something i have read on the internet, dave will say "bonjour," reminding me to step back and truly evaluate what it is i'm believing (I really get sucked into "suggestions" on what i should be eating, how i should be exercising, what i should be wearing, etc.)

so i challenge all of you, when you're taking in all that information overload we are bombarded with every day, to think to yourself, is this really true, and does this really make sense, and make sense in my life? 


a few of my favorite things

I love reading other blogger's lists of things they are loving, so I thought I would share my own. Here are a few of my favorite things this week:

1. Apples from my yard, turned into delicious apple sauce and juice. 

2. Using my Yeti Yoga mat during a great flow at Live Love Yoga on Thursday. 

3. Wearing my sanuk sling back sandals

4. My new snoogle pillow. It's what dreams are made of. 

5. A work session with coffee at Jitters in Mason after teaching my early morning yoga class. I love those early mornings, I feel so productive! 

6. Diffusing lavender, lime, and rosemary in my diffuser. 

7. My evy's tree Kristina in sage sweater. I have worn it every day since I got it, its so soft and comfortable!

8. Maternity yoga pants. I can't wait to get this pair that I just ordered! 

9. Volunteering my time on the Farm to Fork committee, planning for a dinner on October 15--mark your calendars!! Volunteering has been on my to-do list for a long time, and I finally found something that is fun and I'm passionate about! Win!

10. These H&M earrings I've been wearing on repeat.

11. My baby bump. It's growing, and I'm loving every second of it. I feel so incredibly lucky. 

Have a happy weekend everyone!

homemade deodorant

After reading an article the other day about why store bought deodorant could be bad for you, I thought it would be a great time to share my homemade deodorant recipe.



Several years ago, I read a few books about hormone disruptors and bad chemicals that are in several of our body products, so I made it my mission to find recipes that I could make at home that use natural ingredients, and would save me some money. 

I have been using this homemade deodorant for several years, and so far, no one has told me that I smell (maybe everyone is just too nice!) 


1/3 c organic coconut oil (antibacterial)

¼ c baking soda (anti odor)

¼ c pure cornstarch or arrowroot

30 drops lavender essential oil *(fragrance and antifungal)

I put all ingredients in a stand mixer and mix until smooth. I store in a ball jar and smear a small amount under each arm as needed.

There was a short amount of "adjustment" time, for my armpits to get used to this new deodorant, but I don't remember it taking long.