The Everyday Baby: 20 week Bumpdate!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Officially 20 weeks with my sweet little babe and I cannot believe how quickly this pregnancy is going. Now, to be clear, the first trimester did not go quick. It dragged and dragged and dragged. But here we are at 20 weeks and I feel like time is flying. 

I am excited to say that I'm finally halfway through this pregnancy! I cannot believe I will see her in less time than I've been pregnant with her.  I haven't done much to prepare, but I feel like the nesting bug is going to kick in quickly. Last weekend, I did a big purge to goodwill, books to the library, organizing our closets and bathrooms. I'm getting ready for her!

We are so excited for this little babe and this growing life inside.

How far along: 20 weeks!
Name: We’ve had a name picked out for awhile now, but we are waiting to share until she’s born.  And yes, mom, that means you have to wait too!🙂
Size: Baby Girl is as big as a banana! About 6.50 inches and 10.1. However, at 16 weeks, we learned that baby girl is in the 90% percentile for weight and height so she might be a tad bigger! 
How I’m feeling: So. Much. Better. The first 14 weeks were so dang tough. I was sick, so tired and uncomfortable. I finally feel awake, hungry and ready to take on this pregnancy thing. However, last week was the first week I started feeling pregnant. Big boobs, big stomach, hard time sleeping, backaches and feeling very pregnant. 
Sickness: None! Bless.
Cravings: Super cold juicy fruit. All the fruit, grapes, pineapple, mangos, cuties, apples. Anything that is juicy, I want it all. Oh, and chipotle chicken burrito bowls. 
Aversions: None! Sometimes fish, but most of the time I'm good. 
Weight gain: 11 pounds. But it feels like 100. 

Physical changes: My bump is getting bigger! I swear every day I wake up and its a bit bigger. My boobs are amazon like and my skin is not glowing. 
Nursery: We painted her room pink last weekend and are furniture shopping this weekend! If you missed it, tune into my insta-stories for a little tour. 

Workouts: None yet. I'm still on bedrest but I'm hoping at my appointment next week they clear me for minor exercise! All I want to do is go for a walk with my dogs and husband. 

Movement: None yet. They told me because of where my placenta is I may not feel her until 22-24 weeks. I'm so excited to finally feel my little babe kick! 

Wedding rings on or off? On! Whoop!

Best moment this week: The back massage Adam gave me. 

Looking forward to: Our 21 week anatomy scan next week! 

Pregnancy purchases so far:
These Target jeans are my FAV. Plus, they were on clearance for $10. 
Ingrid and Isabel Pregnancy Leggings. I am loving things that go OVER my bump. 
This Target Medela nursing bra. I can't with underwire anymore. 
Baby Wise and Bringing up Bebe. Here's hoping they help with sleep training and cool babes.
This pregnancy journal. I love blogging, but I love writing things down too. 

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Mother's Day Giveaway!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Happy Monday friends! How was your weekend?

This weekend it snowed on Saturday (broken record, I know) but the best part was Adam painted Baby Girl's room pink! Ah. I'm dying. It's so surreal to have the room painted, we are this much closer to welcoming her! Today, it's supposed to be 75 degrees and I'm living my best life. Let's celebrate spring with the best Mother's Day Giveaway.

Today, I'm partnering with my friends over at Mom Bomb to give you the prettiest box of organic bath bombs. I wish I could put the smell on my blog. They are so amazing and are made with organic Argan oil and essential oils. 
The very best part? Each time you buy a box of our USA-made, organic bath bombs, our sister organization, will receive a $5 donation. This organization helps moms going through a tough time by providing them a choice of 4 services for which we will pay $500 toward one of the following services: Meal Delivery Service, Housekeeping Services, Laundry Services, or Child Care from a reputable, verified company. How incredible is that? Not only are these bombs the BEST, but they have such a wonderful cause. 

Moms are incredible and work so hard and absolutely deserve to be spoiled. I love what this company stands for and I LOVE what they're doing to help moms everywhere. It's crazy to think that this time next year, I'll be a mom! Ah, it's surreal to even write those words. 

Now, how do you win? You can enter through the options below AND you can head to my Instagram or Mom Bombs Instagram and get additional entries through there! It's time to spoil the mom, friend, aunt, or yourself this mothers day. You have one week to enter! And don't forget, Mother's Day is May 13th! 

 The prettiest packaging 

Good luck! 

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5 Things I'm Thankful for Today.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Happpyyy Friday! Today is a great day. Sure, it's supposed to snow, but my boss gave me the day off, I'm finally running all those errands I put off all week and it's Friday! 

You read that right, it's supposed to snow tonight, so what does a girl do when it's damn cold out? Prep the baby room! Finally! I'm so excited. Tomorrow we're venturing to buy the paint, look for cribs and start this process. I'm so excited to finally get started.

This was a long pregnancy week. I shared some of those truths in yesterdays post. So today I feel extremely thankful for thankful Friday. It doesn't have to be big things. It can be a delicious latte, a good nights sleep or a sweet text. I think it's important in the midst of the crazy, to find those little things I'm thankful for. It puts things in perspective for me.

Happy weekend friends. What are you thankful for today?

ONE //  My mom tribe. I didn't realize I had one of these, but I do. Every time I ask questions, post polls or need advice on Instagram, I get the best outpouring of love, support (some judgment, keeps me honest) and advice. I didn't know I had a mom tribe before, but I'm so dang glad I do. 

TWO // My Fab Fit Fun Spring Box. Next week I'm sharing all the goods. Trust me, there are some amazing goods. It's a box you don't want to miss, plus a promo code to get your own! 

THREE // Van's Gluten Free Waffles. Do yourself a favor, head to Whole Foods or Amazon and buy these waffles. Slap on some almond butter and thank me later. These are the perfect sweet tooth breakfast satisfier.
FOUR // If you saw my post from Monday, you saw my obsession with Carrie Underwood. Well, if you know how YouTube works, you watch one video and then before you know it, you're in a rabbit hole of old videos. Today, I'm thankful for old Carrie Underwood videos, this one to be specific.

FIVE // Lavender, Eucalyptus, Peppermint Essential Oils. In the spirit of keeping things more natural, I'm loving these three essential oils. Great for headaches, relaxation and they just smell damn good. 

Happy Friday friends! Anything fun planned for your weekend? Mine involves painting and starting to decorate the baby room! Make sure to follow Insta stories for all the behind the scenes! 

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The Best Sunless Tanners

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Real talk. This week has been a hard pregnancy week. Yesterday I had a migrane for 12 hours. I'm trying to do this whole natural pregnancy thing and that coupled with my doctors rec for no meds due to my cyst, it results in headaches. I tried lavender essential oils, cold face masks, hot face masks, showers, dark, no noice, neck rubs, nothing helped. Finally, this am, I woke with no headache, bless.

This is my first real week I've actually felt pregnant. My back aches, my boobs are sore, I'm leaking from places that are weird, I haven't slept more than 2 hour stretches and I feel as if every woman's emotions are living in my body. Guys, last night I cried for like 2 hours and have no idea why. I was pretty dang happy but I was so emotional. It's isolating, and even though Adam is the best husband, its hard to explain feelings to him I can't understand myself. Pregnancy is not for the weak of heart and this week has taught me that.

But today I woke up, feeling refreshed for the first time in days, no headache, praise jesus and ready to take the day. I'm reminding myself that life is lived in seasons and pregnancy is a very short season. I need to embrace the good days, dig in to the bad days and remember that it's all worth it.

Alright, thanks for listening to my pregnancy vent session, let's talk tanners.

Since I'm living in a state of perpetual winter, it was time to take tanning matters into my own hands. Or luckily for me, the hands of my Instagram story watchers. About a month ago, Adam hinted that I might want to sit in the sun for a little bit to get some sun, aka a tan. Well since he mentioned this, we've had at least 6 snow days.

It was time to take tanning into my own hands. I gathered my favorite sunless tanners, suggestions from my readers and the top rated tanners. What ones do you use?

TAN TOWEL // My best friend Coti turned me on to these years ago and they are still my favorite. They come in large and small sizes perfect for full body or just face. The best thing about these besides the perfect color is they don't have a horrible smell. They work quickly and are super easy to use. They come with a big towel and it goes on great with no streaking.

DR. DENNIS GROSS ALPHA BETA GLOW PAD FOR FACE // My friend Channing recommended these for face tanning! I've heard a ton about Dr. Dennis Gross and his products and had never used them until Channing recommended them. I love these pads, almost as much as my tan towel. PS. the best thing about this, they have tons of options.

SUN GIESEE SELF TANNER LOTION // I love a good tanning lotion. Especially one that comes with its own mitt. I always wear light gel nails so keeping tanning lotion off of them is important for me. I love the mitt because it helps the lotion to go on smoothly with no streaking. My only problem, where do you store the semi-dirty mitt between uses?

VERSA SPA SELF TANNING MIST // This is another recommendation from a friend and while I haven't use it she highly suggested I try. Have any of you tried this mist? Versa Spa has a ton of products, like a TON. Have you used any?

JERGENS NATURAL GLOW MOISTURIZER // I love this lotion for daily use. It doesn't have a strong smell but gives great light glow for daily use. I use it on my legs and arms almost every day. Plus, you can buy it at Target or the grocery story and its cheap. The only problem here, Adam says it stinks, but I love the glow, so it's a mixed opinion in this house. 

Happy Thursday friends! It's officially Friday eve! 

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Recipe: Paleo Carrot Cake Cookies

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Happy Tuesday friends! How the heck are ya? I'm finally back back after a little week hiatus. Sometimes a girl has just got to take a break, ya know what I mean? I only posted on Insta once last week, GASP and honestly it felt amazing. If you need a little life update, I tried to catch ya up on life yesterday. You can read what's been going on here

Last week I insta-storied my adventure in carrot cake cookie baking. Since I can't currently workout, thanks bed-rest, I've been really trying to limit my sweets. However, I LOVE sweets, so when I need them, I try to keep them paleo. It makes me feel a little better when I'm stuffing my face, I mean enjoying, cookies. 

I tried to be adventurous when making these cookies. I'm getting okayyy at creating my own recipes, but sometimes I fail, hard. These cookies are delish, but the frosting I made was so bad. Guys, it was so bad I could barely even eat it. Even Adam being so sweet couldn't keep in how bad the frosting was. I'm not even going to share it. If you want frosting for these bad boys, I suggest the frosting from my paleo chocolate cake. You can find that recipe here

The cookies are so good and so flavorful you hardly need frosting. 

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrots, squeezed of excess water
How to make: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with a silpat.
  2. Combine the almond meal, coconut, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk together the egg, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla in a small bowl.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until just incorporated. Fold in the carrots until combined.
  5. Spoon about 3 tablespoons of the batter onto the baking sheet into a cookie/disc shape.
  6. Bake for 14 minutes, remove and let cool 1 minute (cookies will be soft upon removing from oven but will firm up as they cool) on the baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack.
  7. Store cookies in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
Enjoy, friends! Happy Tuesday, here's to a great week!

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Life Update!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Happy Monday everyone! Long time no chat! As I write this, I'm literally living my best life. I'm eating Dairy Queen (it's my treat once a month), wearing a face mask, in bed and watching the American County Music Awards. This is 30 people and I'm damn well loving it.

It's been a while since I've done a life update and boy do we need a little update. It's already mid-April, I'm almost half way through pregnancy and I miss catching ya'll up. Grab your coffee ladies (& gents!), lets catch up.

Pregnancy Update // So, I'm officially 19 weeks (tomorrow!) meaning I'm almost half way through cooking this little babe. It's been a fairly good pregnancy and no joke, second trimester is where it's at. I started feeling great around week 16. My exhaustion faded, my appetite is back and while my bump is starting to show, I feel pretty dang good. What a lot of you don't know is I'm currently on modified bed rest. I hinted at an ER visit a while back, so here are the minor details. At week 13, I found myself bleeding a ton. I immediately thought miscarriage. A trip to the ER and I was told I have a hematoma growing outside the sac where the babe is. She is fine, but to ensure she stays put for another 25 weeks, I've been put on modified bed rest. No exercise, no lifting over 10 pounds and no real activity. But ya know, if I've learned anything, its that nothing is permanent and if a healthy baby requires bed rest, I'm resting. So if you wonder why a lot of my pictures are me in my house, that's why. I'm hoping my 21 week appointment, the ultrasound shows the hematoma is shrinking and we can resume some activity. Fingers crossed.

Job Update // Work has been nuts but luckily I work from home so I can manage the work load and baby bed rest. I have some exciting work stuff coming up and I can't wait to share with you what I've been working on in my 9-5 job. It's going to be great!

Blog Update // Maternity has definitely changed the way I approach blogging because all of a sudden there is so much more to chat about. I'm going to try and keep the pregnancy posts to a minimum, one or two posts a week. But I do have some amazing collabs and GIVEAWAYS coming up. These are ones you don't wanna miss.

Carrie Underwood is back // This may seem like a life update for Carrie and not me, but she is my favvvv so when she's back, I'm talking about it. Back in November, Carrie Underwood fell at her house and broke her wrist and had some major face stitches (like 40!). Last night, she made her appearance at the ACMs and KILLED it. If you didn't see it, you have to look it up. Or just blast her new song on repeat for ever.

Henry turned 9! // For those of you who don't know the story of Henry, let me tell ya. I had just moved back to Arizona after college and it was my 22 birthday. My BFF Coti came over before we were going out with my birthday gift. She brought me a dog carrier bag. I was freaking out thinking she got me a dog. It turned out to be my fav clutch to date. But the next day, we were dog hunting. I dragged her all over the city looking at dogs, meeting people in parking lots, farms and after a drive way south twice and Henry puking on her in the car, we were bringing Henry home. He's lived in Scottsdale, Omaha and now Denver. He's a country-wide traveler and the absolute love of my life and now he's 9! 

Jackson, WY // This Easter, Adam and I road tripped to Jackson with some friends for a long weekend. The rest of the group skied while I brunched at Persephone Bakery, we made home cooked meals, bopped around the city and spent some R&R in the snow capped mountains. If you haven't been to Jackson, you need to go asap! It's a dream land. 

The day care saga // If you've been following on Insta stories you know Adam and I have been touring daycare for our baby girl who isn't even born. Welp, today I enrolled her! Crazy. She has an official start date and isn't even here! I'll be marking that date as the day I spend crying while my baby goes off to college, I mean daycare. 

Happy Monday everyone, lets make this the best week. 

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My Pregnancy Must-Haves

Thursday, April 5, 2018

When I first found out I was pregnant, I was so pumped and jumped online to get started with what i thought I needed. I was quickly overwhelmed with the lists of things one person needs to carry a child. No, I did not want to buy a $100 bra or an entire new wardrobe. I wanted things that would help make this go smoothly, but without breaking the bank. I mean pregnancy is only 9 months.

I turned to my two best friends who have babies and asked their opinions. I trust their opinions and basically listened to what they used and loved. Before I knew it, they had sent me an email with everything I could want/need/never knew existed and it's safe to say, my pregnancy life is better than ever.

Now let's get this straight. I do not claim to be a pregnancy guru. I am barely getting myself through each day, but I figure if my post helps 3 pregnant girls, its worth it.

The best part about this amazing community is all the feedback I get from you readers! Make sure to share your pregnancy must-haves in the comments! I love finding new things to make life simpler.

With your help, by the end of these nine months, I just might be a guru. (Hey, a girl can dream!) Now I just have to figure out what to get for the baby. If I thought prepping for pregnancy was overwhelming, prepping for baby is even more overwhelming.

Ps. Some of the links in this post are affiliate links meaning if you purchase something, 
I make a small profit. All opinions are mine. Thank you for supporting Everyday Grace! 

Madewell Maternity Ripped Skinny Jeans // I'm obsessed with Madewell and was so pumped when I saw they made maternity jeans! The thing I love about these jeans is they fit under belly and don't have that huge cloth area that goes over your belly. I'm sure when I'm more pregnant, I'll want that, but early on, these jeans are a dream. I'm more of a leggings girl now, but these jeans have transformed me.

Ingrid & Isabel Handkerchief Maternity Tunic Top // I own this top in three colors. It's so comfortable, flattering and cute! I like that it covers my butt (my most self conscious area) and I love that its long sleeve. Trust me, if they had more colors, I'd buy it.

HoFish Seamless Nursing Maternity Bras // I know what you're thinking. You're pregnant, not nursing. But let's break it down a bit. From the second I got pregnant, I had sore boobs (sorry mom and dad TMI) but it's true. Underwire bras were worse than some forms of punishment and I needed something seamless. In comes the most comfortable bras. And 3 bras for $23, no brainer.

Palmers Cocoa Butter // This comes from a recommendation because honestly I never thought about belly cream. But, I for one do not want stretch marks so I'm willing to do what it takes. Plus, this stuff smells like a dream!

The Snoogle // One thing you may not know about me is I am an amazing sleeper, one of the best out there. I can literally sleep anywhere; cars, planes, the floor. And then I got pregnant. I needed help. My gf Kate told me about a sleep pillow and then my wonderful mother graced me with the beauty of the snoogle. I've never slept better. Sure, it takes up 3/4 of my king sized bed, but hey, it's worth it. I'm pretty sure Adam is jealous of my snoogle.

Trader Joe's Ginger Chews Gin Gins // Let's be real, I don't LOVE the taste of these. But if its chewing on a ginger chew or feeling nauseas all day, I'll take the weird flavor of these. My gf Coti told me her sister used these and thank heavens she did. There were times I was nervous I'd puke in a public place, hence the need for something easy to pop in my mouth. No-one wants a puker at the post office.

Hot Water Bottle // My sweet gf gave me this when I miscarried because she knew I'd need it for the cramps. Little did she know, I use it more now for back aches! It even comes with a cute little sweater on it. It's super easy to use and lasts for hours.

Snacks // I'm always hungry. Once I got through my first trimester, food started sounding good again. I needed snacks that were healthy, but filling. I'm currently addicted to the nut (peanut free) mixes from Whole Foods, Mint Chip Larabars, honey wheat pretzels from Trader Joe's and all the grapes I can eat without getting sick. I always have a Larabar in my bag just in case (doctors appts can take forever!). Keeping my bag stocked with healthier options keeps out of the Chick-Fil-A drive thru.

Yeti Water Bottle // I've already shared how much I LOVE my Yeti, but it's so necessary. I was never a water lover, but this cup has made me love chugging water. I've tried all kinds of water bottles, but this one is the best. I love that it has a straw. 

Tissues // I'm a natural crier, but pregnancy has exacerbated that! Songs, stories, TV, my cute dogs, everything makes me cry. And no-one wants to be stuck somewhere without tissues. Trust me on this one ladies, just keep some extras in your bag.

What are your pregnancy must-haves? Share them with me in the comments! 

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Tips for prepping for a blog shoot

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Perhaps you're a fashion blogger preparing for a shoot. You might be a working professional that's preparing for a good-looking headshot for your LinkedIn profile. You might be an actress who's looking for a few great photoshoots to use when you're featured in magazines. 

No matter what the occasion is, it's always important to make sure you put your best face forward when you're preparing for a photoshoot. In order to get yourself together, it's wise to get started a few weeks in advance. Consider putting these tasks on your to-do list before the big shoot!

Makeup // If you know how to do your own makeup, kudos to you and your awesome skills. Typically, a lot of women don't know how to do makeup professionally. Consider hiring a great makeup artist to take good care of you. For the close-up shots, make sure to use an eyelash brand like Sugar Lash Pro to make the eyes really stand out and pop. Furthermore, it's important to do the steps leading up to the application. A week before the shoot, make sure to stay incredibly hydrated. Drink lots of water because that impacts how well the makeup applies to your skin. Next to hydration, make sure to exfoliate and moisturize the skin.

Clothing // If you choose an outfit that's already in your closet, make sure it looks new. You don't want to take a photoshoot with tattered clothing (unless that's the theme). Make sure to choose colors that complement your skin tone. Be sure to iron the clothes and make sure there aren't any creases or stains on the fabric. You want to make sure you put your best foot forward when it comes to clothing.

Hair // At the very basic level, make sure that your hair is washed, conditioned and clean. You don't want to deal with flakes and dandruff in your shoot. Once you get your hair done, make sure to keep a brush or comb on hand so that you can make sure that every hair is in place. In fact, it's probably best to schedule your hair appointment closer to the time of your shoot. This way, your hair will look perfectly fresh. 

As you get closer to the day, you'll be able to realize what you'll need more of. Be flexible and prepared on the day of the shoot. While you may get a little nervous about the whole experience, remember to be natural and do your best to get out of your own head. 

In many cases, people think themselves into a conundrum. If you do your best to act natural and loosen up, eventually you'll get into the flow of things and feel great. When this happens, you'll create magic on a photoshoot.

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Recipe: Paleo Chocolate Cake

Thursday, March 29, 2018

In my attempt to become a domestic goddess, I thought what better way to do it than make Adam a paleo chocolate cake for valentines day. Little did I know this cake would take me THREE days and so much dang work. But, people, it's the best cake ever. I'm not talking paleo cake. This is literally the best cake. 

It's moist, the frosting is sweet and edible straight from a bowl and you'll be devouring this cake before you can say domestic goddess. 

I have some tips: 

Tip 1: One step to the frosting is to let it cool in the fridge for days. When you're ready to use. Turn your faucet on HOT and set the bowl in the sink and let the steam and the warm water on the bottom warm up the frosting. Or else you'll rip your cake. Trust me. This is from experience.

Tip 2: Make the cakes a day ahead. It needs to be cooked and totally cooled. But, about an hour before you put it together, take the cakes out so they come to just above room temperature. 

Tip 3: Have a lot of people over to eat this cake or else you will eat it for days and days after. It's that good.

  • 3/4 cup virgin coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 1 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla almondmilk
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 cups packed blanched fine almond flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (use a high quality version)
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • For the paleo chocolate frosting:
  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut cream
  • 1 ½ cups dairy free chocolate chips
  • Pinch of salt

How to Make: 
  1. Begin with frosting: Add the coconut cream, chocolate chips and a pinch of salt to a small pot over low heat. Whisk until melted. Transfer to a bowl, cover with wrap and place in fridge for at least 6 hours. I let it sit overnight. 
  2. Cakes: Preheat oven to 350 degress. Line the bottom of three 9-inch round cake pans with parchment paper and spray the parchment with nonstick. This is imperative.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the melted and cooled coconut oil, coconut sugar, eggs, vanilla and apple cider vinegar until smooth. Add almond milk and beat once more until mixture is well incorporated.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the almond flour, cocoa powder, coconut flour, baking soda and salt together. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well. Mixture will be on the thicker side.
  5. Divide batter evenly between pans and spread out with a spatula to smooth the tops. Bake for 20-30 minutes until a tester comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached; rotating the pans halfway through baking. 
  6. Let cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes then transfer to the fridge to finish cooling completely. Allow cake to cool in the fridge for at least an hour before removing from the pan and frosting. The cake should be room temperature when you frost it.
  7. Finish making your frosting: Scoop the hardened chocolate coconut cream frosting mixture into a large bowl. Use a hand mixer or a KitchenAid mixer to beat frosting until peaks form and it looks nice, fluffy and creamy. Use immediately! See Tip 1! 
  8. Layer cake, using about 1/3 -½ cup frosting between each layer, then frost the top and sides with remaining frosting. Serves 12-16! Cake can be stored at room temp for a day or two, then should be transferred to the fridge.

Happy Thursday friends!

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10 things no-one tells you about your first trimester + a $400 Target giveaway!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Pregnancy is a beautiful time, filled with fresh faced skin, cute clothes and months spent daydreaming of future baby. At least thats what you think of when you get pregnant. Don't get me wrong, daydreaming of baby is something I do every day and yes, pregnancy is awesome and not as bad as you may think, but it's not roses and sunshine every day either.

PS. At the end of the post, you have a chance to win $400 to TARGET! Guys, this is huge. Everyone could use $400 to Target, plus with all their darling clothes, shoes, home goods and baby stuff, everyone needs this. Think of this as your prize for getting through this post :)

My first sign of pregnancy was flu like symptoms, so if thats any indication of the next nine months, well, let's do this. The first trimester is crazy. It's full of so many unknowns and so many uncomfortable feelings.

1. Morning sickness, afternoon sickness, evening sickness. Did you know about 80% of woman experience morning sickness? I thought the second I got pregnant, I'd be nauseous and puking in the morning. Turns out, morning sickness for me was actually evening sickness. I'd be fine all day. 5pm hit and damn, I was so blah, I could barely make it to bed time. Poor Adam got stuck with takeout a lot more than he probably wanted. The perk -  It eventually will go away. Mine went away at 14 weeks and then life gets so much better

2. You're not always hungry, but you are. My entire first trimester, the thought, look, smell, taste of any kind of meat made me throw up. Don't even get me started on raw chicken. Food aversions coupled with evening sickness made it easier for me to not eat. And since that's not an option when growing a human, food selection became so tough. Protein shakes in the AM got me through the noon hour. And then it was peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and mac and cheese. The perk - Once you're through the first, you'll love eating everything.

3. You have to pee constantly. This one is just annoying more than anything else. A 50 minute flight to Omaha turns in to 3 bathroom breaks and people looking at you like your nutty. My advice, convince your husband to give you the aisle seat. This is no joke. No real perk here. Except my doc told me once the baby goes higher, the need to pee will go away, until you're big.

4. Belly's don't pop quick. That cute belly you want just makes you look fat for a little while. Jeans are really tight on your belly, your boobs are huge, bras are uncomfortable and apparently your feet grow? I keep telling Adam I just want my belly to pop and he says I'll be taking that back when I'm 7 months and uncomfortable. The perk -  No more sucking in your belly. Let it all hang out, girlfriend.

5. Opinions ares like assholes. Every one has one. Be prepared for everyone from your mom, to your friends to the lady at the grocery store in line behind you to tell you what she thinks about kids and child birth. My opinion... take the opinion of the people you really trust and ignore the rest. Even if the lady in the grocery line insists that you're killing your baby by eating apples. The perk -  People love babies and pregnant women.

6. Utter exhaustion. There needs to be a new word for pregnancy exhaustion. This is a real thing. I tried to explain to Adam how tired I was and the difference between non-pregnancy tired. And the only way I could put it in to words is as if someone was pressing down on my shoulders, tired. The perk - This goes away at 14 weeks! You're still tired, but not nearly as tired.

7. Emotions are heightened. I'm an emotional mess. Commercials make me cry. Pretty much every TV show makes me cry even if its funny. Monday, I messed up Adam and my flight home from Omaha, you guessed it, I cried. I'm blaming it on the hormones. The perk - Blame mistakes on pregnancy brain. I did.

8. Weird dreams. This one I was not expecting, but it's followed me into my second trimester. My first weird dream? Adam left and I was left to raise my kids (I had more than one) and then my brother moved in with me and it was like Full House. I was Candace Cameron Bure in Fuller House living with my kids and my friends ad my brother. They get weirder. The perk - Funny stories.

9. You'll be able to smell like a superhero. This was one of the first sensations I got. The smell of my dogs food made me gag. I can smell BO from across the room and did you know raw chicken has an actual smell and coffee is pungent? But roses smell better, so do burritos and Adam. The perk -  You can smell the good food in the restaurant.

10. Anxiety is high. People keep telling me the anxiety is prepping me for motherhood. Before every ultrasound I get so nervous I cry. I pray constantly and I just wish this little baby girl was here already. But, the anxiety is all worth the end result. The perk - The end result.

Yes pregnancy is challenging and confusing and I always have so many questions. But, with all that said, its also the best feeling in the world. Seeing your own baby on an ultrasound and hearing his/her heartbeat is the coolest in the world. Now, if we could get these next 5 months moving so baby girl can get here, I'd be okay with that too.

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