I am a creature of habit, I always end up going back to the same style (no matter what I try), my outfits tend to have the same base pieces or accessories, I wear the same 2-3 pairs of shoes for almost an entire season, and when I find a piece of jewelry I like, I tend to wear it every day. Summer is usually when I rummage through my rather empty jewelry box and try to find some dainty, little jewelry pieces that I can add to my usual sundress and breezy warm weather looks. Today I am sharing some of my favorite jewelry pieces that I recently added to my collection from Benevolence LA – the perfect pieces that you can leave on for days and add a little something extra to your summer wardrobe. I’ll also be sharing…

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Oliver had his second birthday a week ago and I really wanted to share some things about Oliver as he’s grown and discovered new things. Oliver turned 2 on the 6th, and while he’s not old enough to request things for his birthday, he’s made it very clear what he likes and doesn’t like. We went all out for Olivers fiesta themed first birthday, but being pregnant this year, and also being more realistic, I wanted things to be a lot more low key. Besides first birthdays and the big milestone birthdays, we have decided to keep things simple from now on. Kids don’t care about all those Pinterest-y decorations you slaved over for a month, or much else for that matter. All they care about is cake, balloons, and having fun. Oliver loves Mickey Mouse at the moment so…

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Staying active and fit during pregnancy is essential for a better pregnancy and an easier labor, but it’s not always easy, especially during the first trimester when your nauseous or exhausted (or both). But to be honest, I definitely thought it was going to be harder to workout than it has been (mainly because I’m carrying smaller so far than I did last time, and have no nausea). I think the hardest part for me is finding motivation when I’m tired or not in the mood to exercise. I have found that what motivates me the most is the thought that I am staying healthy for myself, my family, and the baby. Plus, I’m hoping it will make my labor as fast as last time! Haha! There are so many benefits to staying fit during pregnancy! Not only will it…

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Now that I am officially in the second trimester, I thought I’d share some of my first trimester essentials with you. Both of my first trimesters have been drastically different, so that means that what helped me last pregnancy may not have necessarily been useful this time around. When I was trying to find some resources on ways to ease my symptoms, I realized that there isn’t much out there is terms of tips on getting through the first trimester, when you’re bloated and nauseous and feel like you are just working towards nap or bedtime each day. So, here are my essentials for those first few weeks of pregnancy: Ginger Ale or Ginger Candies: Ginger Ale or pretty much any ginger food was a life saver! Ginger helps with the nausea but also relieves some of the bloating. While I…

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Weight gain with any pregnancy is inevitable. The average healthy weight gain is about 25 pounds, but can vary depending on your starting weight. During my pregnancy with Oliver I gained a little over 40 pounds, but I never really noticed it since it was pretty much an all-belly pregnancy. I’ve always been a bit self conscious about my body, but since losing all the baby weight and getting into shape, I’ve been more confident then ever. It wasn’t easy getting into shape, it was hard work and healthy eating, and I was just really starting to see the fruits of my labor (muscle definition). One of the first things I thought when I found I was pregnant was “there goes all my hard work”. I quickly had to come to terms with the fact that I was going to…

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