February 20, 2018

Every Day Makeup Tutorial

February 9, 2018

How To Style Your Baby Bump

1.Avoid seams at the waist!

Opt for a lower seam like in white top below or a really high seam line like the brown tank below. Higher peplum tops are not your friend. I was so excited to wear regular peplum tops again after my pregnancy because I love them so much.

2. Flowy, Flowy, Flowy…

I lived in dresses this past summer. It was so hot and flowy dresses are so airy which was amazing. If you are nursing, these won’t be your friend post-baby btw.

3. Don’t be scared to show off your bump!

I loved wearing form fitting things while pregnant. I wasn’t afraid to show off my bump and how big I was haha! So crazy to look back at these photos and see how big I was.

4. Size up in non-maternity clothes.

I mostly wore large and I’m typically a small! The good thing about this is that you can still wear these post-baby. Trust me, you don’t want anything form fitting in your wardrobe after the baby comes. Wait a few months to tackle that lol.

 

Hope this helps all of you expecting mamas, xo.

 

January 22, 2018

Going Soft WIth Dove: Advanced Care Antipersirant

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*Teaming up with Dove to bring you a sponsored post about Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant.

*Teaming up with Dove to bring you a sponsored post featuring Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant!

 

Dove is a brand that I have been using for as long as I can remember! Being a full-time mom, dental hygienist, and a blogger, I feel like I’m always on the go. Whether it’s shooting photos in the hot ATL sun, running around with my son, or tending to people’s mouths, I can always count on Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant to keep my skin soft and smelling great! You don’t really think about your underarms as being a part of your body you need to take care of. During the winter months especially, all of those thick sweaters and layers we wear can irritate our skin. Dove Dermatologist Dr. Alicia Barba states that underarm skin is sensitive and an area that shouldn’t be overlooked. Textures and fabrics in sweaters, undergarments and t-shirts can irritate the skin. It’s important to take care of that area of our body as well! I’ll be turning 25 this year and it has been my goal to focus on my improving/protecting my skin. If you’re experiencing underarm issues you are not alone. Nearly 2 in 3 women report having some kind of underarm issue, whether it be dry skin, red marks, uneven skin tone or irritation. It’s important to use a deodorant that contains a moisturizing formula that can soothe your skin. One great thing about this antiperspirant is that is lasts such a long time (48 hours to be exact!). Since I’m living this insanely busy life, I don’t always get to freshen up when I’d like but with this product, I don’t have to worry about that. It goes on smooth and dries quickly, leaving a soft, silky feel.

Lately, I’ve been traveling so much and antiperspirant is a must have! After sitting in a hot car all day the first thing I want to do is freshen up and Dove Advanced Care does the trick! Dove Advanced Care is available in a variety of 18 fragrances and benefits to meet a wide range of women. I’m a fan of the sensitive one. Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant provides 48-hour odor and wetness protection, plus added skin care benefits for softer, smoother underarms. You can check it out online here!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant.

enjoy,

xoxo

 

January 16, 2018

Valentines Day Look

c/o: dress // coat // booties (similar)

Happy Tuesday!

Today I’m teaming up with Pink Blush to bring you a fun valentines day look! This dress is incredibly soft, I didn’t want to take it off! How cute are the tie details on the sleeves?! This dress comes in 3 different colors. It’s perfect for a casual date night or dinner with your gal pals. I added simple jewelry so I didn’t take away from the dress.

This year I’ll have two Valentines, Levi & Asher!

enjoy,

 

xoxo

January 9, 2018

Breastfeeding Q&A

I just wanted to say that by no means am I an expert on breastfeeding. Being a first time mom I feel like I know nothing. I’m just sharing my experiences and what works for me! I would suggest contacting your local lactation center for help as well! ALSO, however you plan on feeding your baby whether it’s breast, formula or both, I think that is totally okay! I always said I would only use formula but changed my mind halfway through my pregnancy. As long as your baby is getting what they need, that is all that matters!

What are your favorite nursing tops?

    I really love the brand Loyal Hana. They are a little pricey but to me worth the money. I feel like it’s so hard to find cute/stylish nursing tops. Loyal Hana makes breastfeeding easy and have such cute styles. Honestly, if I’m at home then I just take off everything and breastfeed that way. My little guy loves to be difficult sometimes lol and it is just easier to be clothes free!

How do you prevent soreness?

    The first 3 days in the hospital breastfeeding was a breeze! I was so shocked to how easily he latched. After day 3 though my nipples got extremely sore. Like every time he latched I would scream in pain. It was rough for about a week or so but then got easier. I recommend using this nipple cream to prevent/help with soreness. They gave it to me in the hospital and it worked wonders! Also, after feeding squeeze out a little breastmilk and let it dry on your nipple then put the nipple cream on.

Do you feed on a schedule or on demand?

    For the first two months (8 weeks), I nursed on demand. Now, we do every 3 hours whether its breastmilk or formula.

How long do you plan on breastfeeding?

    I originally said I was only going to breastfeed while I was on maternity leave which was 6 weeks. I’ve now been doing it for 9 weeks and I definitely feel like my supply have dropped. I’ve done numerous things to help increase my supply but don’t feel like it’s made a difference. I may try to wing myself & Asher and start only formula.

Are you supplementing at all?

    Yes! It took longer for my milk to come in than most women so my little guy wasn’t getting enough. We do 1-2 bottles a day depending on what our day is like. If I need a nap then he will get a bottle, just like when my fiancé gets up to feed him at night. Not to be selfish but I think supplementing some has kept me sane! Breastfeeding is so so demanding. There are moments where I’m like I just can’t do this anymore but the bond you create with your baby while nursing is indescribable! I try to pump so he can have that instead of formula but it has been impossible for me to build up a stash! Btw- we use Gerber Gentle for formula.

Biggest piece of advice you’d give to a breastfeeding mom?

    Don’t give up! There will be hard days but push through. Like I mentioned before, the bond you create with your baby while breastfeeding is amazing. That is something that no other person besides you can do with your baby. I’ll be nursing, look down at my son and he will be smiling and my heart just melts!

How have you tried to increase your milk supply?

    So far I’ve tried to drink as much water as possible during the day, taken supplements from Legendary Milk, eaten oatmeal, and drank tea. I don’t feel like any of it has worked for me.

Are you avoiding any foods while breastfeeding?

    Anything spicy! I tried eating pizza one night and I believe it upset my little guys stomach. Also, anything acidic and clearly alcohol. Everything you eat, your baby will get through breastfeeding.

How do you manage leaving the house while breastfeeding?

    If I know I’m going to be going out of the house, I’ll try to feed him before I leave! This is where supplementing comes in handy. I’m not shy about breastfeeding at all. When my MIL stayed with us, she seen it all haha. It’s a natural thing and I don’t feel the need to hide it. I haven’t breastfed in a public place yet but I will breastfeed in front of friends. So far if I’m out, I’ll just breastfeed in the car. If I’m in a store, restaurant, etc. then I’ll just give him a bottle.

How exactly do you breastfeed?

    I try to do my best at letting him nurse on one breast for 15-20 minutes then switch to the other. My son falls asleep so easy while nursing so sometimes I don’t get to switch. BUT you’ll find that while you’re nursing on one breast, the other one WILL leak. I’ll try to pump one breast while he is nursing on the other so I don’t waste/lose any milk.

Do you burp after every feeding?

    Yes! Sometimes he won’t burp after nursing which I believe is because your baby doesn’t inhale as much air while feeding unlike a bottle. When I bottle feed, he burps almost immediately after finishing the bottle.

What kind of bottles are you using?

    We actually use several kinds because my son takes anything! Dr.Browns is my favorite so far.

How are your night feeds?

    Usually my son wakes up twice throughout the night. We just started feeding him 5oz at some feedings and that seemed to help him stay full and sleep throughout the night longer. For example, last night he woke up at 2:30am and 7:00am.

Are you pumping every few hours?

    I’ve tried pumping right after I nurse, getting up in the middle of the night, etc. For me, it hasn’t really made much of a difference. I still get the same amount whether I wait 3 hours vs 6 hours.

December 19, 2017

Best Leather Jacket

 

motto jacket // jeans (similar) // beanie // boots // lip color (comeback) // scarf (similar) // watch // sunglasses

Happy Tuesday!

I’ve talked about this motto jacket several times and I can’t get enough! It’s my favorite I’ve ever owned, I’m wearing a size 4 for reference. My chunky scarf came in handy when it came a snow storm in GA a week ago! It’s from last year but I linked a similar one. This beanie is also from last year but it is back in stock luckily!!

enjoy,

xoxo

 

December 14, 2017

Postpartum Life

What did you wear during your hospital stay?

    I wore the hospital gown most of the time which I actually wasn’t planning on. It was super easy to undo the buttons and pull the gown down to breastfeed! Plus I feel like clothing is the last thing on your mind during your stay. The second to last day I did change into my comfy undies, this nursing bra, and my floral robe. Wearing your own clothes does make you feel more comfortable I think.

What are you wearing at home now to help with all the breastfeeding?

    I love this brand of nursing tops! Not only do they make breastfeeding easy but are so cute too. BUT honestly, a lot of the time I’ll just take my top and bra completely off and nurse lol. It just makes everything easier because you don’t have to fight with your clothes. I nurse this way 8/10 times. Also, I reviewed an awesome nursing bra here.

Are you experiencing any postpartum hair loss?

    So far no! It’s only been a few weeks but I’ve actually noticed my hair being thicker. I’m still taking my prenatal vitamins which I think is helping a lot. I also only wash my hair 2-3 times a week, not sure if this is making a difference or not! I’ve heard around 3 months postpartum is when you notice the hair loss though.

Are you using any specific creams on your belly?

    I hadn’t until this week. I’m a big fan of The Spoiled Mama brand and used their products throughout my entire pregnancy. I just started using the serum for postpartum stretch marks and I’m super excited about it. You can get 10% off your purchase with the code: simplyspoiled10.I talked about this brand in a blog post which you can read here.

Are you dealing with any depression?

    So far no, thank goodness. My future mother in law stayed with us the first two weeks after leaving the hospital to help out because I wasn’t allowed to lift over 10 lbs or drive. I think having someone around constantly helped me stay sane and happy! I was super nervous about her leaving and being alone but so far it hasn’t been bad. I think you should definitely take time to shower or put on makeup while baby is sleeping. Nothing makes me feel better than a long, hot shower. Also, I FaceTime my mom numerous times a day so I’m always talking to someone.

How long does Lochia bleeding last, when does the heavy part of bleeding go away?

    The first week I bled so much. I highly recommend taking all of the pads you get at the hospital, they are great! I almost called my doctor because I was so nervous about how much I was bleeding. Towards the end of the second week at home I was able to wear lighter pads. After week 3 I stopped bleeding/spotting completely. Every women is different though!

What are some things you wished you would have known about postpartum life?

    So far, nothing really has been super surprising. I was super nervous to see my body after having a baby but it’s a lot better than I expected. Like I mentioned before, I think having my MIL with me for 2 weeks has made postpartum so much easier for me.

How are you dealing with your postpartum body?

    When I got pregnant I weighed around 115 pounds and 3 days before I gave birth I weighed 157 so I gained around 42 pounds. I was shocked that I gained that much but I think a lot of it was all the fluid I was retaining towards the end. I’ll share a photo below of my face 3 weeks before giving birth and the day I went home from the hospital. 2 weeks postpartum I was  already down half of the weight I gained while pregnant which I’m very happy about. I believe breastfeeding has a lot to do with that plus losing all of that fluid. Looking at my belly is still disappointing but I’m only a few weeks out so I know it will changed especially since I’ve started working out again. Don’t put pressure on yourself to lose weight fast!

I’m also wearing a corset to help bring everything back together! You can get $30 off of yours with my code:bethany30 that code lasts until January 1st, after than you can use my code: bethany20 for $20 off! So far, I’m really loving it and have a full review on it here!

How was your healing process with having a csection?

    I planned a vaginal delivery but knew from the beginning that because of my little guy’s size a csection was possible. I had always heard recovering from a csection was painful and difficult. For me, it wasn’t terrible. Of course, there were some days/nights that were rougher than others but not nearly as bad as I expected. I had a bikini csection and received dissolvable stitches. I heard terrible things about getting staples removed so I’m so so happy my doc did the dissolvable stitches. As soon as I was able to get up and walk I did, which was one of the biggest pieces of advice I was given from other people. During our hospital stay, getting in and out of bed was rough. You are not supposed to use your ab muscles to get up so you just have to figure out the best way to push yourself up! The scar from the bikini csection is so thin and I’m very happy with it. My underwear and bathing suit will cover it so no one will ever see it.

Are you on a special diet?

    No! The first 6 weeks postpartum I basically ate whatever I wanted. Of course, I have tried to avoid eating foods that would upset Asher’s stomach. This week I started working out again so I’m trying to make healthier choices when eating too. I’ve always been terrible at self control when it comes to food!

Have you drank while breastfeeding? If so, how much do you have to pump to get it out of your system?

    First off, pumping and dumping doesn’t speed up the process of alcohol getting out of your system. Of course if I pump after I’ve had anything to drink then I’ll throw it away. One night I have two glasses of wine and didn’t breastfeed for 6 hours I think. I’m no medical expert what so ever, but after that time I felt like I was okay to breastfeed. Other moms have told me that when you feel like you’re sober (if you get drunk) then you are fine. One girls night I had 3 beers and waited 13 hours to breastfeed. That was probably excessive but waiting longer made me feel better. You can also buy test strips that test your breastmilk to check if there is alcohol still in your milk. I just hadn’t had time to buy them before drinking.

What kind of workouts are you doing?

    This was just my first week back at the gym so I don’t have a specific routine yet. I plan on doing vlogs/Instagram stories to show you guys what I’m doing though so stay tuned!

How was using the bathroom after delivery?

    Luckily, once the catheter was out I had no problem peeing! A week or so after I came home from the hospital I had a terrible burning sensation when I peed. I thought I had a kidney infection but my OB said it was just from the catheter. Going #2 for me wasn’t bad either. I did have a csection so I’m sure it may be worse for those who had a vaginal birth! I took the stool softeners they gave me at the hospital and once I was home I bought some. I took them for probably 4 weeks. Also, my nurse recommended wetting your toilet paper and patting yourself down there after peeing instead of wiping FYI!

*After I was home from the hospital, for some reason my back KILLED ME. Like I’m not kidding I remember that being the worst pain the first week or so. My fiance went out and bought me a heating pad. It was the best purchase ever! You may want to get one before you give birth!

December 12, 2017

Winter Wonderland in Georgia

c/o: cardigan (same one but diff color here, here and here) // sweater // jeans // boots (similar here) // hat (similar here)

Happy Tuesday!

If you saw my snap stories then you know Georgia was a winter wonderland this past weekend. I’m still in shock that it snowed that much and even more in shock that it’s basically all gone! I was sure I wouldn’t see any snow this season but clearly I was wrong. This cozy cardigan from Pink Blush came in handy since it was so cold this weekend, I’ve been living in it! It’s almost sold out in this color but it comes in several other colors which I linked above.

enjoy,

xoxo

December 7, 2017

Best Nursing Bra

Third Love Nursing Bra

crib // crib sheet // name sign // asher’s onesie // tank (sold out) // jeans // cardigan

Happy Friday ya’ll!

Today I’m sharing the comfiest nursing bra of all time! Since coming home from the hospital, I’ve went out and bought a few different nursing bras and they have all worked fine but weren’t anything special. I’ve always seen people talk about Third Love and wanted to try them out for myself, I’m so glad I did! I’ve had so many people ask me about what bra I love and until now I haven’t really been able to tell them any. I’ve raved about this brand to all my mama to be’s!

I was blown away by this brand. I’m wearing the 24/7 Classic T-Shirt Bra and it legit feels like I’m wearing nothing! I love the easy front closure which has 3 hooks, which is funny because I’m usually not a fan. For nursing this front closure is ideal.  This helps with more support too! Also, the 3 hooks are covered so they won’t rub up against baby. One thing I love is that they offer half sizes so they can accommodate so many women. Theres a Fit Finder Quiz online to help if you aren’t sure what to order.

*Thank you Third Love for sponsoring this post.

December 5, 2017

Postpartum Recovery: Bellefit Girdle Review

Hi Guys!

If you follow me on Instagram stories then you’ve heard me talk about BelleFit a million times. They offer great postpartum girdles and corsets for women recovering from C-section or natural childbirth. Bellefit Postpartum Girdles and Corsets are medical-grade abdominal compression binders made of polyamide fabric and elastane. Their hypoallergenic and micro porous fabric prevents skin rashes by allowing the skin to breathe, thus keeping it fresh and comfortable.

I’ve been wearing my BelleFit corset ever since I was 1 week postpartum. For the most part I’ve worn it everyday, putting it on as soon as I get up and taking it off before bed. I do know of some women who wear it 24/7 though! I tried sleeping in it one night and didn’t like it so that’s why I take it off before bed. I have the corset style with two rows of hooks. So far I’ve mostly worn it on the looses hooks and I’m a little over 1 month postpartum. I did try last week to hook it on the tightest part but after around 5-6 hours I moved it back to the looses hook.

Personally, I had a C-section with a bikini incision. If you’ve had one before then you know that when recovering you feel a lot of pressure pushing down towards the incision. The BelleFit girdles and corsets help relieve this pressure. It helps bring everything back together while tightening your belly. Clearly you can see in my photos above that my body has changed drastically! I’m extremely happy with my results.

Does the corset/girdle hurt your incision?

No! I haven’t had any problems with this so far. A week or so into wearing it I did feel like a little bit of pressure around my incision but I don’t think it was necessarily from my corset.

Does your belly/waist widen back out once you take it off?

I’ve read some reviews other women have written and they said they noticed this but so far I haven’t!

Are you dieting/eating anything specific along with wearing the girdle?

The first four weeks I didn’t eat healthy at all! I ate anything I wanted honestly. Week 5 I have made changes to my diet and trying to make healthier choices. For example, I’ll eat a turkey sandwich on wheat bread for lunch with apple slices instead of my usual chips!

What size are you wearing?

Like I stated in my photo above, I gained 42 pounds so I sized up to a medium! I’ll be wearing this size my entire recovery.

 

*I received a Bellefit in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.