Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Fit Pregnancy // Staying Hydrated

Drink More Water

When I first met with my doctor after finding out we were expecting she stressed the importance of staying hydrated. Her recommendation was at least 2 liters or roughly 68 ounces a day. It doesn't seem like much. However, I can tell when I haven't had enough water throughout my day. Plus when you drink the occasionally cup of coffee, workout and live at elevation you need to increase your water intake. WOW -- You can imagine how much water I'm drinking to stay hydrated! On average I try to drink at least 3-4 liters a day. I'm not taking a tally, but I keep a 20 oz water bottle at my desk and try to fill it up hourly. Some days are better than others. Side note: a regular pint glass would work, but I go through it way too fast.

With that said, I own a number of water bottles. If you're in the market here are just a few worth checking out. (Left to Right)

Hands down my favorite water bottle as it will keep your drink cold or hot for up to 24 hours! Win-win in my book. Hydro Flask offers a variety of sizes and even a growler for beer. Which would make a great gift for the beer drinker in your life. 

The perfect water bottle for your desk. It's glass making it easy to clean. Plus it looks nice. Lifefactory also makes baby bottles -- which we registered for. 

We're lucky enough to be able to drink water straight from the tap. No filter needed in Tahoe. Yes, our tap water tastes that good! However, that isn't the case for everyone. The Bobble water bottle filters your water as your drink it! Making it perfect for someone on the go/traveling because you never know how the water will taste. Tip: Check out your local TJ Maxx -- ours has had Bobble water bottles in stock the last few weeks.

I've started to faze this water bottle out, but still use it at the gym as you don't have to unscrew the lid.
The one, the only, the original water bottle in my life. When I first moved from LA to Tahoe I joined the masses and bought a Nelgene. This particular bottle holds 1 quart/4 cups. However, the wide mouth can be funky to drink from so I recommend purchasing the easy sipper insert.

A classic stainless steal water. If you're worried about plastic (even BPA free) this is the bottle for you. They offer a variety of sizes and interchangeable caps. Go for the sports cap for easy usage at the gym.

Alright, now you have some decisions to make. I personally would never buy a water bottle less than 20 oz, but it's up to you to figure out the right size.

Stay Hydrated!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Nursery Progress & Design Help Needed

Happy Monday!

Alright, I need all you lovely ladies to put on your design hats. Not sure why, but I'm seriously struggling here. I'm going for a eclectic modern nursery and put together a few inspiration boards to get the juices flowing. Plus, I've been pinning away, but honestly I think it's making the process harder. I love this, thisthis, this, and this room. So let's take a look at our room (sorry I took the photos at night).

Already Have

The Dresser
We already had this dresser and moved it to the nursery. It will also double as the changing table.


The Crib / Wall Color 
I love the white. We painted the walls Olympic Gray Beard. Not sure how I feel about it. I think it might be too light. Yay of nay? Side note: we're replacing the carpet with hardwood floors this summer. 


Recent Purchases 
(and on the fence about them)

Rug
I bought a grey chevron rug during the RugsUSA black Friday sale, but feel as though it's too big for the room and it's cream and gray vs. white and gray. However, I'm leaning towards something like this or a kilim style instead which could possibly work with the elephant curtains below. Thoughts?


Curtains
On a whim yesterday I went to Pier1 Imports and bought these curtains (similar). Not sure they will really work in the room, but I thought they were fun and playful. I also really like these, but our store has them with navy tassels and they could go with the chevron rug.


To-do's/Still Need Purchase

Finalize -- curtains, rug & wall color (possible repaint, ugh)
Window Blinds -- We ordered samples from blinds.com today
Light fixture for the ceiling -- no clue
Changing pad cover -- of course the one I want is sold out online and in the store
Bedding -- I really can't decide (first world problems here) Grey, Purple or Pink not sure.
Closet organization -- we're looking at this shelving unit from Ikea
Gilder/Rocker --- we decided on the Poang Rocker from Ikea, but can't decide between white or grey
Picture gallery above the crib -- we've decided to print photos we've taken on trips and around Tahoe
Mobile -- on the fence and open to suggestions. I like this one and feel it would be an easy DIY
Pouf/Ottoman -- open to colors and suggestions woven, leather or canvas
Miscellaneous -- hamper, curtain rod, additional shelving in room, side table (not sure if we have the room), possible prints from Esty like this or this, etc.

So that's where I'm at and this kid is due January 30th. Ideally I would like to have everything done and finalized by the second week of January, but with the holidays I'm not sure that's going to happen. Especially if I keep being this indecisive. I usually don't have this hard of time making decisions... I would love any suggestions.

Thanks in advance!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Bump Update // 33 Weeks


How far along
33 weeks today -- Seven weeks to go! 

Baby's size: 
She's the size of an durian and measuring up to 18.7 inches and 5.8 lbs. She's getting bigger day by day! 

Weight gain:
 I'm weighing in at a solid 147 lbs which means I'm only up 15 pounds -- even after Thanksgiving!

Food cravings: 
Eggs, toast and avocado! Not much different than before. I can't pass up the office treats either. So good, but so bad! 

Sleep: 
Still sleeping great! I'm one lucky girl. At least a solid 8-9 hours a night. However, I had a few rough nights around the full moon. 

Gender:
Team Pink {reveal}

Movement:
TONS! Movin and groovin! 

Best moment this week: 
My Tahoe baby shower and seeing my sweet college friend and her family! Plus, finally ordering our Christmas cards from Minted!

Miss anything? 

Eh, it doesn't really matter. I would say a glass of wine with dinner, but it's been so long at this point.

Symptoms:
The occasional bit of heart burn. Nothing a few rice crackers and pellegrino can't fix.

Workouts: 
Still maintaining and feeling lucky. Mostly spin, walking and HIIT. I might throw in a few crossfit classes too depending on the WOD. At this point I really have to modify movements. 

Maternity Clothes?
Yes and no. Mostly dresses, leggings, definitely maternity pants and a mix a tops. I'm loving these black pants from the Gap right now.

Mood: 
A combo of happy, stressed and frustrated. As silly as it sounds, I cried last week over our maternity/holiday photos -- we don't get a disk/USB of the 30 edited digital images unless we buy them (each one individually...which is pricey). I'm trying to figure it out. With that said, I may or may not share any on the blog. :(

Also frustrated and stressed about where we're having our baby. My cardiologist doesn't recommend I deliver in Tahoe and is suggesting we go Reno, NV. That's a bit over an hour drive! We're having a January baby in snow country! My luck the night I go into labor it will be the biggest storm of the season. Yes, I just went worse case scenario on you. We'll see how the next seven weeks go because I would much rather drive five minutes to the hospital than an hour plus.

Looking forward to: 
Our 35 week ultrasound is in two weeks and we'll find out how big she is and have a better idea of our due date.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Five Thoughts for Thursday

Morning Friends!

Originally, I planned on posting a Hamilton Beach Stack and Snap 10 cup Food Processor review & giveaway, but I failed. Basically, I wasn't please with the way things were shaping up last night. Next week -- I promise!

ONE
I'm lucky to call Lake Tahoe home. I snapped this picture last weekend and of course posted it to Instagram.


TWO
How cute are these crossfit onesies!


THREE
We're slowly working on the nursery. Honestly, I'm having a really hard time with pink. I'm trying to make it modern, but I feel as though it's not very girly. I love these poufs from Target. What are your thoughts on the multicolored one?



FOUR
We decorated our tree last weekend. Squirrels decided to eat my topper! Any DIY suggestions?


FIVE
Hey mamas I'm sure you've heard of the The Honest Company, but did you know they are offering free sample bundles? You can choose from three different bundle trials: Diapers & Wipes, Essentials (shampoo, lotion, body wash, etc.) and Health & Wellness. I ordered my free samples today and can't wait to give them a try! Sign up for the free trial or shop the Honest.com Gift Bundles! FYI: S&H not included, but it's only $5.95.



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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

5 Christmas Treats // Pinterest Edition

Only 14 days left until Christmas! 

Where is the time going?! With the next few weekends full of Christmas parties and Holiday exchanges it's time I start baking -- especially since I have a cookie exchange on Saturday! I have no clue what I'm bringing. Last year I whipped up a batch of Grandma Jo's Date cookies. After browsing my favorite site for recipe, DIY and decorating inspiration (aka pinterest) I've narrowed it down to these five treats. Let the baking begin!


What's your favorite Holiday treat/cookie?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Weekender Bag


The Weekender

As my due date approaches, I'm checking a million things off the list one by one. What do we still need for the nursery? When can we start meeting with contractors for the kitchen remodel? All things Christmas? or What family members are coming when after the baby is born? All that aside knowing we're 7 weeks away I've started to think about my hospital bag. However, before I decide what essentials I may or may not need I know I need a cute bag. Cue the "weekender" bag. It will hold everything for one or two nights! Not having a baby don't worry these are great for weekend getaways too. ;) Wining!

Although, I don't necessarily need a new bag it would be nice. These are just a few I'm eying.

Top Row: Target {$35} Herschel Supply Co. {$80} | Birdling Bags {$175-$225}

Bottom Row: LL Bean {$159}Everlane {$95} | Kate Spade {$298}

Current mamas: What did you pack in your hospital bag? Anything you wish you would have packed or could have lived without?

Monday, December 8, 2014

Baby It's Cold Outside // Baby M's Tahoe Shower

Psst -- today is the last day to enter the Whole Food Market and Diestel Turkey giveaway!

"It's really happening -- we're having a baby," said the eighth month pregnant woman to her husband Friday night. I'm not kidding. I think it finally set in. Time to start moving and grooving on the nursery!

This week Baby M was celebrated by all the Tahoe ladies plus a dear college friend. With our peanut being born in the dead middle of winter you can only imagine what the theme was!


These ladies did an amazing job. The shower was hosted at my friend Rosie's restaurant Blue Angel Cafe. Above the restaurant is the "Loft" which is perfect for events! Plus, their food is super healthy and yummy!


Yummy mini chocolate, almond and lemon cupcakes from Cakes by Grace. The best place in town for cupcakes. We actually had these mini cupcakes at our wedding too!


Table centerpieces


My long time friend and her little girl! They drove all the way from SF to celebrate with us.


Among various games like labor mad libs, present bingo and drain the bottle, guests were asked to channel their creative side and help create our babe's first alphabet book! 


Friends for 14+ years and counting. I can't wait for our girls to be besties!


My friend Natasha is also expecting. Of course we had to get a "bump" shot.


My friend Rosie & I. She bought our sweet pea the cutest crossfit onsie!


With all the lovely ladies! 


Living so far from family I feel extremely grateful to have such a large network of ladies I can call friends in Tahoe. I know they are as excited about Baby M's arrival as we are. Our peanut received so many thoughtful gifts including a number of books to help build her library. Now I just need to get on organizing everything!

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