7 Things That Surprised Me During Pregnancy – GIVEAWAY


Before any girl gets pregnant, we already know some things that come with pregnancy. The cravings, the mood swings, the relentless urge to pee, etc. But there are a great many things that happen during pregnancy that no one really tells you about. True, every pregnancy experience varies from one person to another. But there were some things that happened to me that I found out afterwards (after checking on Google to make sure it was normal) was fairly common.

Before I share my unexpected pregnancy experiences, Viollaz Designs and Pursuing Lovely have teamed up for a giveaway! If you’re pregnant (or planning to get pregnant), you may be interested in what we have to offer! More info will be given at the end of the post!

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Tips on Surviving Third Trimester – My Pregnancy Journey


It won’t be long into your third trimester that you will start missing some aspects of the second trimester! And, while the third trimester might be just as bad as the first, the anticipation and excitement of baby is at an all time high!

The hardest part of describing the third trimester is the fact that it is a total roller coaster ride of symptoms that come and go. And it’s hard to know how long the symptoms will last and when, or if, they will come back.

Still, there are some typical things you will likely go through that I’ve listed below. I do my best to offer ways to help deal and alleviate the discomfort, but be sure to always consult your healthcare provider.

Also, I’m featuring some shots from our maternity shoot in the snow! The photos turned out beautiful, thanks to our incredible photographer Neffi Bergen! Perfect wintery shoot for a winter baby! Alright, let’s get started.

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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


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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What to REALLY Get for Your Baby – Moms Share their Thoughts


As a mom-to-be, with my first child, I know how overwhelming it can be to prepare for baby. Living in a materialistic world with constant advertising, it almost seems like one needs to buy a new house for all the baby things we apparently need!

It can make registering for baby a bit dizzying. But after much research, talking with other parents, including my own, I’ve been able to wrap my head around what are essentials for my baby, what is nice to have, and what is truly frivolous.

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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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Throwing a Gender Reveal Party on a Budget


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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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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