Friday, October 24, 2014

Tips for Pregnancy

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Shirt and Cardigan: Pink Blush Maternity
Since I am nearing the end of my pregnancy and since this is my third time around, I feel like I've finally learned a couple things that have helped me during pregnancy. Because I'm an expert now (insert sarcasm).

But, really I wanted to share a couple tips I learned because sometimes its nice to see what works for others.

Tip 1: Drink 100 oz of water everyday.
Drinking this much water helps with water retention and has somewhat helped with gaining too much weight (even though I still did gain weight, I gained less than my first two pregnancies) during pregnancy. I started off the day with a 32 oz nalgene water bottle and then only had to get 2 more 32 oz bottles in for the rest of the day. [this tip was given to me by my SIL Makana who just had twins and looked awesome!]

Tip 2: Exercise!
I try my very best to exercise everyday or at least do some kind of physical activity. My main goal isn't about weight, in fact exercising has so many other benefits for me. I ran (more like sped walked!) up till about my 7 month. And everyday I exercise I think how thankful I am going to be AFTER I have the baby. With my first two pregnancies I had a really good recovery and I like to think that exercising through out my whole pregnancy had a lot to do with it. Also, when I don't exercise I can tell my sleep is effected and I have a harder time sleeping, especially in my third trimester.

Tip 3: Stretching/ yoga.
I feel that it helps with leg cramps and irritability. Some mornings when I set aside like 10 minutes to do yoga, I feel my irritability that can come from being uncomfortable, nauseated, or just being a mom of two kids wears off and I'm a better mom.  Here are some great pregnancy yoga videos- only 10 minutes.

Tip 4: Enjoy.
I feel like I have really come to enjoy the little kicks, punches, hiccups that happen within my belly. Not that I didn't appreciate them before but now I have realized the love I have for my baby and that he/she is protected inside me. I am the one special person that gets to feel the little miracle that is growing

Tip 5: Love your body.
I have to be honest my first two pregnancies I had such a hard time with my body changing. Every extra pound or bulge I saw it would throw me into a depressed state. However, through this pregnancy I have been able to love my body and the changes that its going through so much more. Thats not to say I don't have days when I see my body change and it completely flattens me leaving me in a rolled up mess. But there are more days than not, where I am grateful for a body that is producing such a miracle. And I'm okay with what my body has to do in order to get a sweet baby here on earth.

Those are just some of the tips that I have really learned over the last few months. What about you? Have you or are you learning things through your own pregnancy?

Monday, October 6, 2014

Falling Leaves

This past weekend we had LDS conference, and it is by far one of my favorite weekends of the year. I always come away with a fuller heart, with more gratitude and a bigger desire to be like my Savior. More to come about what I learned and loved in a future post However, one of the things I LOVE about General Conference is that its a family filled weekend.

In-between sessions we went up to the mountains to pick some colored leaves, and even though there weren't a ton of leaves that were changing it still was holy gorgeous! Since it was a family weekend we wanted to document our family and that precious time. I was so recharged being with my family, and felt so blessed knowing that when we are together we are equipped for all the bumps and bruises that life will bring.

And when I watch this video I just love my family that much more. Hope you enjoy it!

music by Meiko: Stuck on You
Collecting the leaves was so much fun, and I wanted to say thank you so much to Pea in a Pod for the beautiful Jacket and maternity jeans. I've never really invested in a good pair of maternity jeans before this pregnancy and oh my, it makes a difference!!

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This darling camera bag is from Jo Totes! The quality is unreal and I am loving the use that I'm getting out of it for my camera and just as an everyday bag.
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Thanks again to Pea in the Pod and Jo Totes!!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Apple Picking

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I tell you apple picking was a highlight that we always seem to reminisce on when we talk about our time in the Boston area.  During this time of the year we use to have apples just up to our eyeballs. We would eat apples with every meal, we would dehydrate them and make applesauce to savor the flavors long into the winter.  But sadly, there aren't massive orchards here in Utah like there was in Boston. So we compromise.
Every so often we go to local farms to pick up some fresh picked apples and take a bushel or two home with us. And we love it because it brings a small taste of the times we went apple picking in Boston.

Sooooo.... I know I talk about Boston a lot, and the things we loved and learned there. And I know we will soon be talking about all the things we love and learn here in Utah. However, there are things that we learned in Boston that I hope will never leave us. Like this silly tradition of apples in the fall and all the recipes and outings that revolved around apples. I just am glad that we have some great things that we took away from the time we lived out in Boston together as a family.

If you want to care to reminisce with us of the times we documented apple picking in Boston you can see it both here and here.
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Apples are obviously something we look forward to when it comes to fall. What are some of the things you look forward to in the fall? Are there traditions that you crave for when that crisp air comes around?

P.S. My dress is from Pink Blush Maternity, a dress that you could live in.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Black + white housewarming party: Armelle party

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A good friend of mine, Caroline Armelle  had a housewarming party. She partnered with Bing and Wayfair and made a normal housewarming party into a darling, black and white themed party.
The dress code incorporated the black + white theme which made the scene that much prettier. I got the opportunity to video the party and create a fun video to remember the night and all Caroline's hard work!


Song by Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps
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Caroline had Waffle Love and Fizz drinks cater and let me tell you I'm still day dreaming those waffles. They were so darn good!
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I was one of the lucky ones that got to snag a swag bag that were put together by Taipan Trading.

It really was a great night and I'm so happy that I got to be apart of documenting it. If you want to see more photos you can go to Caroline's blog she has lots more to see!

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P.S. I was busy videoing the whole night so these gorgeous photos are from LC photography Utah and Jessica Kettle

Monday, September 29, 2014

Bridal Photos

A couple weeks ago I got to do Bridals with such a beautiful girl. It was very relaxing. I'm grateful for clients who are so easy going and so nice to work with and Minda was no exception.
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