thoughts on 28 weeks

28 weeks. 

We made it. 

This is the moment in my pregnancy where I breathe a sigh of relief.  

We had a doctor's appointment last week, at 27 weeks.  

It was a year and a half ago where we went to the same appointment, at 27 weeks, with David, where I drank that delicious orange drink in preparation for my glucose screen, and then was given the worst news of my life. 

But this 27 week appointment was different. I left the clinic on cloud nine. The baby's heart beat is strong. His/her head is measuring at 29 weeks (yikes!) and everything else is measuring right where it should. At 27+ weeks.

I've been waiting for this. I needed this appointment to go well. I needed this pregnancy to go well.

And so far, so good!

I had a minor set back and had to go in for the 4 hour glucose screen, but good news, I passed! 

I'm starting to expand around the middle. I'm feeling WAY more movement and I LOVE IT.  I love every minute of it. 

I'm still craving sweettarts, but definitely finding more ways to get those delicious seasonal root vegetables and greens into my diet. 

I'm not worried about my weight, I'm staying active, doing yoga 2-3 times/week and I'm still spinning (although I'm nearing the end of this) once/week. 

We are allowing ourselves to envision what our lives are going to be like in January. It's going to be here so soon!

And I'm letting myself get excited. Knowing nothing is guaranteed, but also knowing things are different.  

I can't wait to meet this little nugget.

clear lake farm to fork dinner 2016

Since I quit my 8-5 job and have more flexibility in my work day, I made it a goal of mine to volunteer. I've dabbled in the local food movement, helping out with the Clear Lake Farmer's Market and last year, on the committee for the 2nd Annual Farm to Fork (F2F) Dinner.  

This year, I knew I wanted to help organize the Third Annual F2F dinner. I'm passionate about locally grown, healthy food, and this was the perfect opportunity for me to give back, all while being involved with my passions. 

We have been busy planning the Third Annual Clear Lake Farm to Fork dinner, which will be held Saturday, October 15, from 6-9, at the greenhouse at Opportunity Village

It's going to be a FUN evening full of delicious local foods prepared by Sips North Shore Kitchens, Be WellnessOpportunity Village kitchen, and Starboard Market. A four course meal will be served, including appetizers during social hour at 6 pm, followed by salad, a main course focused around cornish hen, followed by dessert. Click here for more menu details!! You're welcome to bring your own wine or beer. Live music for the evening will be provided by BJ Huffman 

Proceeds from this great fundraiser go to support the Clear Lake Farmer's Market, kick start the Share Life summer Kids Cafe, plant the Clear Creek Elementary School Garden and purchase plants for the Central Gardens Children's Garden.

Tickets are now available for purchase at the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, BE WELLness & Healing House Herb Shop so make sure you get them soon, I know they will sell out fast!

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. **