23 May 2015

Weekend happenings and Running During Pregnancy

Happy long weekend, friends! I hope that there's something fun on your calendar.

We're going to do a little gardening-- planting just a few things in pots in our backyard. Long gone are days of big gardens at the lake, because we just don't spend enough time there any more to give it the love and attention it deserves. And, while we love seeing all the deer and rabbits constantly at our house, they love the veggies we grow just as much as we do. So we're resorting to doing potted tomatoes, lettuce and herbs (and a few other things if I can convince the Sailor).

16 May 2015

Saturday Six: Books, Babies, Food and More

Good morning! Sorry for the lack of posts this week. I've been sick with a cold, not sleeping well and utterly exhausted. But Saturday mornings can be some of my most productive times of the week, so here I am catching you up! One of my favorite bloggers, Emily A. Clark, does a Saturday 6 series, and in that spirit, I present to you...

(1) Carry On Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life- Despite being under the weather, I managed to get a bunch of things done this week (except blogging!) For months, I've wanted to share a book that inspires me. I finally got around to ordering several copies for girlfriends, and granted it was a little later than I hoped, I wrapped up and mailed a bunch of books this week. I could say so much about this book- it truly deserves its own post. Glennon Melton Doyle, the author, tells stories that tug at your heart strings and encourages readers to live and work with courage, boldness, and purpose.

11 May 2015

Rodan and Fields Five Minute Mini-Facial Review

A couple of weeks ago, I was sent a Rodan + Fields five minute mini-facial to try. Big thanks to Elicia for sending me the goodies! I wanted to have a relaxing, pampering night-- have a little facial and unwind with a magazine and cup of tea. Didn't happen, but it was still fun to try out new products that left my skin feeling soft and hydrated!

The mini facial kit comes with a one- time use microderm abrasion paste, night renewing serum and lip serum.

But before I get carried away with the products, what about the company? Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, the makers of the wildly successful Proactiv, have branched out into an anti-aging skincare line.

01 May 2015

Fitness Friday: Tricep Bicep Workout

Another edition of Fitness Friday! Feels like last week I hit a sweet spot with pregnancy and finally enjoyed a burst of energy. I even managed to stay awake until 10:00-11:00 p.m.!
Anyway, given that I have a little more energy, I'm really trying to incorporate some strength training in my workouts. Since the Sailor's family tends to have big babies (yikes!), I'll need some big arm muscles!

27 April 2015

(Mostly) Natural Beauty Product Finds

Pregnancy has made me really pay a lot more attention to the ingredients in all of the beauty products I use daily. As I've run out of a product, I'll try to replace it with a brand that's free of parabens, phthalates or petrochemicals. Bonus if the replacement is not tested on animals and organic. I'm not going crazy making sure that everything is all natural, but I am a much more conscious shopper knowing that anything toxic I'm slathering all over my face and body can potentially get to the baby. 

So what will you find in my bathroom cabinets these days?

22 April 2015

Weekend Recap and Book Wish List

Good morning, and happy hump day! I had planned to post a review of the all natural beauty products I've been using and loving lately in honor of Earth Day, but that's going to have to wait until later in the week. Instead, I'm catching you up on scenes from the weekend and leaving you with a decor and entertaining booklist/wishlist.

The weekend weather was glorious! It seriously makes me feel like a different person when it's warm and sunny outside. I got my much needed Vitamin D infusion as I finally found my groove again and did two five mile runs.

17 April 2015

Fitness Friday: Polar FT7 and Fitness Fashion

About six weeks ago, I finally got a heart rate monitor. The Sailor has owned one for years, but I never really wanted/needed one.  I thought it would be a good investment now though since it's important to me to maintain an active fitness routine while pregnant yet at the same time not overexert myself.

Although the guidelines stating that a woman's heart rate shouldn't exceed 140 bpm while exercising during pregnancy are outdated, as confirmed here, here, here and by my doctor, I wanted to have some idea of the range I'm in when running, using the arc trainer at the gym and doing circuits.