Friday, July 26, 2013

Gender Reveal! It's a.....

Sorry for the delayed post on this! The cat has been out of the bag for nearly 3 weeks now!

We had our 22 week ultrasound on July 8th and did a small casual photo shoot right in the doctor's office lobby afterwards to commemorate the moment in a cute way. (cannot take credit for this idea - a friend did it on facebook first - but I totally had to steal it! )

Two colors of suckers were stashed in my purse....and after we found out via the ultrasound what baby #2 was gender-wise - we gave the appropriately colored sucker to our toddler....posted it to Facebook and sent the picture on our phones to our family and friends....

And then...


FOREVER!! hahahah! 

No that is the best part really. ;) Watching them guess, and beg and plead to PLEASE, PRETTY PLEASE, JUST LET US KNOW!! :)

Well, folks, it was PINK!

Little miss Delaney Ruth will have a little sister to play and have tons of fun with come November!!! :) 

(She was honestly baffled when we asked her what color the sucker was - in an attempt to get her to take it back out of her mouth for the picture - the looks she gave us - definitely said, "wow, guys, you JUST gave me this did you ALREADY forget what color it was??" :) )

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Sinus Infection Relief When Pregnant

In other words - how to muster through the pain and suffering without succumbing to death (maybe extreme - maybe not - have you had a sinus infection?? No? Then shush.) It try it pregnant when you are very limited on how you can medicate yourself and your body's defensive system is a little too preoccupied with important baby-growing-stuffs and cannot seem to possibly be bothered to fend off or get rid of some icky, infected, blinding-pain inducing mucus in your nasal cavities.

[Warning - Long post of epic pity party proportions.]

Ok, so you had a cold (gleaned from your husband and toddler - they recovered in 3-5 days tops) and it was no fun right? Then you got an ear infection (true story) - even better huh??

So, a trip to your local CVS Minute Clinic, some low level antibiotics, a pat on the back, and a few days later you're hit with a full-blown, raging sinus infection that you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy. And, oh yes, it's summer - the weather is a scorching 94 degrees, you have a 2.5 year old, work full-time and are also 23 weeks pregnant. Have fun with that. :(

Some flonase and stronger antibiotics and within 2 days you can MAYBE say you are 8% better ---- eight in not even 10%. 3 days later on the flonase steriod nasal spray and the antibiotics and you are still only like 15% better.... :( Green mucus is now coming out of your eye because it has nowhere else to go with the pressure and the swelling and the clogging/stuffiness, and the pressure is comparable to a tooth needing a root canal - makes you wish for a muscle relaxer, high grade pain meds, or a stiff drink type pain...that is where I was at the last two weeks - people.

So what has kinda helped?
- warm mist humidifier on full blast in a small room with the door closed all night long (yes the room is upstairs and the weather is hot so already it was at 75 degree before running the humidifier - now it is like 85-90 - oy)
- hot compresses held to painful pressure spots
- sleeping in a semi-upright position - pillows, pillows, pillows (and for the first couple of nights - benedryl to knock ya out to at least get some rest while you wheeze/ cough with your mouth open all night)
- neti pot (while this is kinda helpful - really doesn't quite work as it should since you are soooo clogged that the warm saline solution - made from distilled NOT TAP water cannot even pass to the other nostril) I do think it helped work a lot of the junk out though - so better than nothing for sure! And towards the end of the infection it helped relieve the sinus pressure.
- saline nose spray - though this can backfire and just make things worse...soo I dunno
- carmex, burts bee lip balm, coconut oil (for chapped lips and raw skin from breathing with your mouth open all the time and from constantly wiping and blowing your nose)
- applying chest rub straight to the painful pressure spots - ah sweet (temporary) cooling relief from the pain at least - really did squat in the actual decongestion department but then again nothing has really touched that department yet - except maybe the neti pot
- tylenol to at least dull the intense pain of sinus pressure bearing down on your teeth, under eye, eye, and jaw
- rest

What didn't seem to help - but is worth trying and is known to help others:
- clariton d / sudafed / mucinex (check all meds with your dr first - all were on my safe list)
- benedryll
- bowl of steaming water with drops of essential oil and a towel over your head
- steaming baths/showers

The icing on the cake in this fun scenario? My family doctor has disowned me - I hadn't seen her in 4 years just due to not really being sick enough to go etc - that I am now considered a "new patient" and they aren't accepting new patient appointments until the end of August. How lovely.

So all this is occurred without a primary care physician - I obviously need one, yes - but I also need a doctor now - right this freaking second - no time for interviews, insurance paperwork, etc. So it's been trips to the local CVS Minute Clinic (very nice actually) and calls to my OBGYN - who at the moment is technically my PCP since I am preggo with baby #2 due in November.

Just..sigh...ready to not be sick any more.

5 days of lack of smell, taste and breathing through my nose - and going on 2 full weeks of being the summer...while pregnant and with a toddler...oy vey.

[Pity party thrown.]

[Update: I finally felt relief on Sunday (day 6 of the antibiotics and nosespray) - into the 3rd week of this misery - sinus pain is still lingering, nose is still partially clogged, and I now I have a constant tickly cough from the yuck making its way out - BUT I don't feel like death - hallelujah!]

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Crazy for Coconut Oil

It all started off innocently enough, having read about the benefits of coconut oil on a few blogs, sources, and pinterest posts here and there that when I spied a small jar of the stuff at TJ Maxx while browsing one day that I picked one up. (I've been sticking with Kelapo Extra Virgin Organic Cold Pressed Unrefined Coconut Oil - haven't tried other brands yet but do know that I love this one!)

Now, three jars later - I am hooked.

I add a tablespoon to my smoothies, I use it as lip balm, a healing ointment for wounds, lotion for dry skin, as an under eye cream for wrinkles and dark circles, as an acne cream for break outs, lessens the appearance of scars, on stretch marks, in my mug of hot tea, on itchy bug bites, in baked goods, as a base for essential oils, - love this stuff! Especially for skin it just does wonders. And I am just scratching the surface for what it can be used for.

50 of the Best Uses for Coconut Oil
80 Uses for Coconut Oil

If I go through the next jars as fast as I have the first I may start consider buying in bulk online.

Definitely worth a try if you've been meaning to do so or ever wondered about it.

Go grab a small $5.99 jar at TJ Maxx in the cooking, seasonings aisle - I now get the larger $8.99 jars - small investment for how far it goes and in so many directions. (Coconut oil can also be found at your every day grocery store - Walmart, Meijer, etc - in the cooking aisle- I have even seen a coconut oil cooking spray now.)

The only thing I haven't used coconut oil for, surprisingly, is cooking. Go figure. :)

Here's a few recipes I found here lately that sound SO GOOD that use coconut oil:

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
Strawberry Coconut Chia Seed Banana Bread
Dark Chocolate Banana Bread
Frozen Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites
No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Coconut Oil Protein Bars

(this post is not sponsored by Kelapo in anyway - I just love this stuff and had to tell all my wonderful readers all about it)

Friday, July 19, 2013

Iced Coffee Concentrate with Best Boy & Co Caramel Sauce

The summer is flying by! With vacations, summer colds, family reunions and now a summer sinus infection for mommy - it's been a rough ride lately.

One nice (and easy) thing I've managed to keep in the fridge for a quick and tasty little pick-me-up for both my husband and I (more sparingly for me since I am preggo with baby #2) is this great iced coffee concentrate mix. 

I've tried different mixes/concoctions in the past for iced coffee - some more complex than others - and honestly haven't been impressed - but this one is a breeze to whip up and tastes soooo good!

5 simple ingredients - bring to a boil - cool and you're done! Our Best Boy & Company Bourbon Barrel Caramel Sauce has a lot to do with the amazing taste - and for the next batch (our third!) I think I am going to try to go mocha and use Best Boy & Co. Hot Fudge Sauce --- yum!!

We stored our first batch - which was only a partial batch because I didn't have enough instant coffee to make a full batch - had only 1/2 a cup - in a tupperware container - see above. The next batch (full batch) I used a cleaned out and relabeled coffee creamer container - ran out of room and put another 2/3 full into a glass mason jar! Makes a lot! The pourable containers help eliminate mess - making it easier to mix up your coffee concoction. Pour, stir, enjoy!

The final product - dark yummy concentrate! 2 TB for 8 oz of milk goes a long way! And you can customize how sweet or strong you want it by using a little more or a little less.

Iced delicious-ness right there! 
(P.S. that's my favorite ceramic reusable coffee mug - 
has a little rubber lid that fits over it - not pictured - but definitely my favorite!)

This recipe is one of those Facebook timeline posted ones you come across now and again - I like to save ones I like in my Evernote account. I tried looking up the original source but it seems a little all over the place. I did trace it back here to a Pampered Chef consultant's page - Diana's Kitchen Corner via Soul of a Chef. Those Pampered Chef people are so dang clever - with their yummy recipes and their awesome products. :) (love, love, love my lime/citrus press, bag clips, icing gun, trifle dish, and spatula/scraper - and a garlic press is on it's way to me now). Funny how much you gradually accumulate over the years attending parties for friends/family here and there. 

Iced Coffee Concentrate 

1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 cup instant coffee granules
1 1/2 tps. vanilla
1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping

*Bring all ingredients to boil. Cool and store in the fridge in an airtight container. 

Use 2 tbsp. concentrate with 8 ounces of milk over ice!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A Little Indulgence: Best Boy & Co Hot Fudge Sauce Smore's

Finally getting around to posting some of the goodness we've made with the awesome Best Boy & Co sauces. I am pregnant so of course my sweet tooth is in high demand, so of course the first jar I would open would be the Hot Fudge Sauce....oh yes!

Some chocolate graham cracker squares, a handful of mini-marshmallows, a dollop of Best Boy & Co Hot Fudge sauce and quick 8-10 seconds in the microwave and walla! Join me in ooey-gooey smore heaven! :)

Goooood stuff!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Monumental Yoga 2013

So excited to take part in the first-ever summer solstice Monumental Yoga event on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis last week with a THOUSAND other yogi's and yogini's! So fun!

A coworker managed to accidentally snap a pic with me in it when they were running by - yup that would be me, the tired, preggo lady taking a breather there on the mat while everyone else is keeping up. It was pretty toasty that day.

Cannot wait to do it again next year! Here are more awesome photos from the day! 

In the meantime I need to get my butt in to the prenatal yoga classes at Peaceful Heart Yoga studio! Monday nights are hard for me to remember - and lately Matt has been working an odd schedule - so it keeps slipping my mind - need to write a BIG note on my calendar each Monday. Miss my yoga pals.

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." ~ Howard Thurman, Philosopher

Monday, July 1, 2013

A Little Announcement!

We're expecting another little one in November! 

Already at 21 weeks now so I have some belly bump picture catching up to do! 

Aveeno's Active Natural's Positively Radiant Intensive Night Cream

My very first Influenster box featuring Aveeno's Active Natural's Positively Radiant Intensive Night Cream came in the mail!  This cream has a light, refreshing scent - not overpowering at all - worked great on my sensitive skin (everything typically makes me break out or wake up with puffy, swollen eyes - ugh) - but not this cream - very light and yet effective! Everything you want in a night cream! For a great age-fighting night cream that is easy on your skin as it is your wallet - definitely give this a try! It is great! I am a bit of a night cream skeptic - so a thumbs up coming from me is huge - trust me.

Product Info: This formula of ACTIVE NATURALS® Total Soy Complex and vitamin B3, helps to reduce the appearance of discoloration, uneven tone and blotchiness, revealing healthier-looking skin, all while you sleep.