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Packing a Hospital Bag – What to Bring For Mom, Dad & Baby

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I’m now 38 weeks pregnant, and I feel like baby girl could arrive any day now! So I’m making sure my hospital bag is as packed as possible. Using a checklist, I’ll make sure either myself or my husband can remember any last minute stuff to throw in before we head off to meet baby girl!

Now before I show you what I am packing, here are some things to take into consideration as you pack yours!

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10 Things That Helped Me During Pregnancy

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While pregnancy is a time of excitement, anticipation and joy, let’s face it, it’s also a time of yuck! There’s nausea, upset stomach, heartburn, stretch marks and more! But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some simple products, services and items that can help take the edge off and make pregnancy a smoother ride.

Along with sharing what has helped me during my pregnancy, I have teamed up with a local spa business to throw a giveaway contest! Keep reading until the end for the instructions on how to participate!

*There may be some affiliate links. You can read my disclosure here.

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Second Trimester Tips – My Pregnancy Journey

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They say the second trimester is a time of calm in the middle of your pregnancy journey. I believe it is, for the most part, true! While the second trimester isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, it is definitely the stage where I finally felt happy to pregnant!

Quite a lot happens in your second trimester. So I’m breaking it up into three phases that were each fairly distinct. And, of course, I’ll be sharing tips and advice on how to deal with the things the second part of your pregnancy might throw at you.

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12 Fall Date Night Ideas – On a Budget

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I don’t know about you, but I fell in love in the Fall time. In fact, Wayne and I met exactly 5 years ago today! This is part of the reason I find Fall even a more romantic time than Summer! The warm sunlight, red leaves, the cozy gear and earlier sunsets all lend to endless date night possibilities!

When my husband and I first started dating, we hung out all the time! Now, being married, having a baby, raising a puppy, it’s hard to find the time we used to have to have date nights together, but I am determined to have some before the baby arrives this winter! On the other hand, I also want to be money-conscious as we save up for quite a few expenses in the near future.

So, I went back to the past to our dating days for inspiration. All of these activities are either free or about 10$ a person, perfect for a budget-minded couple! Not only that, I purposely have more outdoor activities, because as the weather gets colder, the harder it is to do things outside, but Fall is still a great time to be outside as much as possible!

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Throwing a Gender Reveal Party on a Budget

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I debated back and forth whether to have a gender reveal party, but ultimately I knew it would be a fun and wonderful time! We wanted to be able to tell as many close relatives in person as possible as well as some friends that we haven’t been able to see much since we moved back from Egypt. Overall, we just really wanted to share this exciting piece of news with the people we cared about!

We managed to pull off a party for 20 people for under 150$! I’ll walk you through the different areas and what we did to have a cute, backyard gender reveal party.

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40 Travel Inspired Baby Names

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22 weeks in, and we still don’t know what we will call our baby. Yet I’ve been thinking about baby names for YEARS! Long before I even met Wayne.

Since travel is a great passion for many people (myself included), I thought it would be neat to share some travel related names for all you travel-loving folks! Maybe this list will help you out if you’re still searching for that perfect name.

Meaning behind the name is very important to me, and if it is for you too, I explain the meaning and origin of the name! They are separated into two categories for a total of 40 names. Each list¬†comes with it’s own Pin image so you can pin for later reference!

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My Pregnancy Journey – The First Trimester

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This is a milestone week. I’m now 20 weeks into my pregnancy – the halfway point – and time is starting to go by quite fast!

Finding out you’re pregnant for the first, whether it was planned or unexpected, will inevitably bring you to a place called: the unknown. As a first time mom, I felt like I knew so little about pregnancy after meeting with my doctor and doing research (which included binge-watching mom youtubers). Even though I had grown up exposed to babies and pregnant women, there is SO much that happens behind the scenes, on a day-to-day basis, that I was never aware of.

Today, I want to share with you what I experienced and learned in my first trimester. If you are newly pregnant, or planning to become pregnant, hopefully some of this insight will help you out. Every pregnancy is different, but if you are reading something I’m describing and you go “yes! That’s exactly how I feel! So glad I’m not alone!” then that’s exactly how I want you to feel. That being said, I’m not a doctor, so don’t ever hesitate to contact yours (or your doula) for advice or concerns!

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Our New Adventure – Breaking the Silence

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Are you a planner type of person? The kind who tries to map out their life plans for the next year and next 3-5 years? I have a tendency to do that. So when something unexpected comes up and throws off some of my plans, it can take me a while to mentally and emotionally adjust. I don’t mean something small, like the weather taking a turn for the worse and cancelling your weekend plans. I mean BIG unexpected things that pretty much change your whole life and flip it upside down.

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Great Products for Dry Skin

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Do you suffer from dry skin? Do you live in a dry climate? Maybe both? Girl, I feel you.

When it comes to my scalp, lips and legs, I have to make sure I keep up with regular moisturizing all year round, but winter-time just makes everything drier! Add on top of that that I moved to Egypt, and my skin might as well be part of the desert…

Over the last year I’ve been experimenting and trying out new products to see what worked and what didn’t. Overall, I’m super happy with a handful of beauties that have hydrated my world!

If you can’t find these products near you, you can order any of these products online simply by clicking on the image. Yes, these are affiliate links and anything I make helps run this blog as best I can for you! You can read my full disclosure here.

Ready to feel moisturized? Grab your hand lotion and lets dive into silky smoothness!

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10 Signs You Have Baby Fever

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Several months before our wedding, my baby fever began. Maybe it was because of all my adorable nieces and nephews being born and growing into adorable toddlers. Maybe it was because of that song “first comes love, then comes marriage…“.

Whatever it was, once it started, while it ebbs and flows, it never really went away. I still get baby fever.

Having kids is obviously a huge decision, and one that we have decided to take very carefully due to our lifestyle. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t daydream once in a while!

So while we still are not sure when we will start planning to grow our family, I decided to indulge and create a list of 10 signs of baby fever for those who have not yet had a baby, but want to! Do you have any of these signs? Let’s find out!

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