Thursday, August 28, 2014

Nek-ed with a Postpartum Update and a Yoga Pants Review

So what have I been up to lately ? 
Not blogging, that's what. I have now reached the last week of my maternity leave (and the last week of summer) and I am looking forward to figuring out a work, life, baby, relationship balance. I've been trying to enjoy the moments with Charlee, versus trying to have my phone out all of the time and document everything. There will always be moments that I will forget, but I'd much rather just enjoy them  now.

Today's post is a bit of exposure but I hope that it's some inspiration to women who plan on having babies, and are told that their body won't go back to normal.
 I was encouraged by one of my coworkers  to take pregnancy pictures. Half naked ones.
I'm glad I listened to her because 
#1 I loved my prego belly and I never want to forget it
and #2 It's a great motivator !

I did get my husbands permission to post these. I would hope that if he was a blogger and was going to do a half nek-ed post,  he would have asked me.
 The picture above was me at my biggest. Charlotte was a week late and I was ready to bust!
I took this picture at 8 weeks. I am actually down to my pre-prego weight plus another 3. I owe it all to breastfeeding! So if your worried about your pre-baby weight, breastfeed ladies, I swear it sucks the fat out of you plus its amaze-balls for your baby and FREE!
When I first started feeding Charlee, she was extremely gassy and when a baby is gassy the discomfort makes you cry because you can tell that they are in pain. So I did some google homework and decided to eliminate dairy. With in 1 week she was much better.
We now use coconut milk/creamer and it really is just as good as the regular stuff.
Clean eating has kicked up a notch in this house too! I want to be able to get the best quality  milk into her which I truly hold responsible for her amazing sleep schedule. The kid sleeps 8-8 with a feeding for 15 minutes at 5 am!
 Josh has also started to eat cleaner as well, which has made meal prepping very easy. He is down 21 pounds and he's going strong.

I haven't started exercising yet, so I'm kinda jiggly. But I did just get Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Workout and I will be starting that once I get a bench. If you haven't heard of it, go to her instagram and see the transformations on these girls that have completed the program! AND you can totally do the entire work out at home! 

I also had the opportunity to review a new pair of yoga pants. I have never actually purchased "real"  yoga pants. I always just get the ones from VS. These pants are legit yoga pants.
These are the Cozy Orange Leo Fitted Pants in dusky violet
 These pants are a spandex breathable material and compress out all of my dimples! They also have a little pocket in the waste band, big enough for your car key and a debit card.
The Yoga Outlet is having a great sale right now on all types of yoger-ish stuff so head on over and use this code to get  15% off by using the code "bridgepose"

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Labor Day weekend! I will be enjoying cold adult beverages and hanging out with this little one...........














Thursday, August 14, 2014

I'm a shitty blogger but I'm giving you a Free Groove Book

Yes, I know...I've been slacking on blogging. But believe me it is because of this face.

I went back to work this week and it wasn't as bad as I thought. Saturday was quick day but Tuesday was my regular 10-7 schedule and there is nothing worse than leaving while your baby is sleeping and coming home and they are sleeping within the hour. You feel like you lost the entire day.
Another eh part about going back to work, is that I have to pump there. Boobs out at work, even if it's in a closed room is awkward.  Also the carrying case to the Medela looks like an ugly book bag so
I am totally eyeing this Sarah Wells pumping bag

Yesterday was my 6 week postpartum check up. Josh was so excited for this appointment because at your 6 week check up you get the "ok" for intercourse. Well let me tell you, the doc may say that it's ok but it don't feel ok! tmi? 

This little onesie got a ton of attention on my instagram. It's from a little shop on Etsy called From Ash With Love. She has other glitter onesies as well, and I am currently just holding myself back from purchasing all of them!!! She is currently offering my readers 15% off with this code
JESANDFRIENDS


ALSO, I finally subscribed to Groovebook.
If you don't know what it is, I'll explain. Every month you get to select 100 pictures from your camera roll on your cell phone and upload them to the Groovebook app. They will then make you a book filled with 4x6 pre-perforated photos. It's only $2.99 a month. Now I don't know about you but since the digital camera invention, I don't print shit. So this is perfect for me. 

It comes in a little purple booklet in an envelope via regular mail.




I absolutely love this thing! It's going to make keeping up with Charlee's photos a breeze. You want a free book???
use this code

CASEY828


Happy Friday Lovies!
 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Backseat Post

Best part about breastfeeding? You don't have to bring baby food with you! Worst part about breastfeeding? The girls are out all of the time and some people are highly offended by it. 


I was recently given the opportunity to review a nursing infinity scarf aka a breastfeeding cover aka a great mini blanket to cover yourself in the car when your husband keeps the AC on 60 and high all of the time. 


This entire post was written from the car, hence the sunnies and the backseat pics. This is what happens when you are on maternity leave and have nothing else to do and you see an epic looking coffee on Instagram that is made with coffee ice cubes and called "the cubsta" and the closest place to get this "Cubsta" is an hour away. BUT this place also has amazing sammwiches and it totally worth the drive. It's called Brooklyn Water Bagel.

We were in the car for a good 3 hours yesterday and my little peanut slept for most of it. She woke up for a quick snack and that's when I fell in love with this nursing cover!

See? People can look in your windows and you have full privacy!

These are made by Carolyn. You have heard me talk about her before on my blog. She made our nursery crib sheets and changing pad cover. She is a stay at home mom and her husband is a two time veteran and I love working with her.  
All of her fabrics are from independent designers and they are super soft! Custom orders are a specialty of hers so sometimes the fabric she has will be exclusively for you! She also makes organic wood teethers that we will be using once we get to that stage. I can't say enough good things about the quality of her stuff! Most nursing covers are just nursing covers and that's exactly what they look like. This one looks like an accessory. It is by far one of my favorite baby/momma items lately and I highly recommend all breast feeding fashionista's have one. 

Carolyn is offering 10% off of any nursing scarf with the code JESS upon checkout. This offer is good until August 6th. If your a new mom head on over and grab one or if you know someone that is having a baby, this is a great shower gift!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Dear 4 Week Old Charlotte Elise

Dear Sweet Charlotte, today you are 4 weeks old! My has the time flown by BUT I have enjoyed every moment watching you grow and change. Your dynamite persononality is starting to shine bright! 
You hate tub time but love a sponge bath. 
You hate pacifiers but love the boob. 
You love to be snuggled when it's time for a nap and you are doing a great job sleeping at night! 
You can rock a knot headband like nobody's business. 
You hate the hiccups but love the gripe water that gets rid of them.
You toot like and old man.
You are a pleasure to bring anywhere with us due to the fact that you sleep through everything and are extremely portable. 
You are the most happy right when you wake up! I get the most smiles out of you then and they melt my heart. 
I am looking forward to so many more exciting "firsts" and watching you grow.

I love you my little peanut. 
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