Favorite shake recipes!

My shake has been a LIFE SAVER this entire pregnancy. When I was nauseous in first trimester – this was 1 healthy meal i could always stomach. It also keeps me from having to take prenatal vitamins and helps a lot with the tummy troubles I have during pregnancy (aka constipation lol). However – I’m no doctor so please do like I do and consult with your OB or midwife before starting any supplements while pregnant.

I’m usually a plain shake girl. In fact most days you can catch me shaking up a chocolate shake in some almond milk or a strawberry shake in water and orange juice. But on those days I have time and want a treat – these are my top 3 recipes 😋.

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Cloth diaper stash

Who wants to take a peek inside my cloth diaper stash??

This is my first go round with cloth diapers. I wanted to cloth diaper when I was pregnant with LB, but with daycare being a factor and just my overall fear of being a first time mom – I decided not to. This time around I decided to go for it! I get to be home with this baby due to my coaching biz. Plus I believe in the benefits of cloth diapering. Which include:

  1. SAVINGS. The average family spends about $2400 on disposable diapers from birth to potty training. I personally have spent less than $100 on my cloth diaper stash (I’m crazy thrifty and have been gifted plenty).
  2. Theyre ADORABLE. I mean really. Look how cute they are.
  3. Cloth diapered babies tend to potty train sooner (they are more aware of when they are wet).
  4. Less chemicals. Disposable diapers even SMELL like chemicals to me. Unless you buy the more expensive organic brands, when brings me back to #1.

Idc that I have to wash poop or even touch it. I’m a mom. It’s gonna happen. So anyways – my stash!

I knew I wanted mostly AIO and pocket diapers. These do cost more but they’re also so cute and easier to put on. I was also told to get a bunch of different brands and see what I like once she’s here – so I did. I also built a newborn cloth diaper stash (mostly gifts). Some moms opt to use flats/prefolds (more old fashion style cloth diapers) or disposables until babies can fit into one sized diapers (typically around 8-9 lbs). Newborn diapers typically fit 5-12 lbs.

Enough blabbing. Here’s the goods!:

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Grovia Newborn Diapers

It’s been awhile since I took you through my cloth diaper stash for baby girl. This week I plan on giving a rundown on everything I have – but first I wanted to tell you about these ADORABLE Grovia newborn diapers that they gifted my baby girl. How cute are these?!

These adorable diapers are designed to fit babies 5-10 lbs. they have adjustable snaps to size down/up. Here is a comparison of them sized to different sizes.

It’s an all in on diaper so the soaker pad is sewn in. However unlike some newborn diapers, it’s only sewn on one end. I am guessing this will help it dry a lot faster.

It’s soakers are made of cotton and hemp and the soft interior is microfleece.

These are soooo cute and they look like they’ll fit baby girl perfectly from the time she is born for the first couple of months. Can’t wait to see her in them!

Want some? Check out Grovias diapers here!

Why I decided to hire a doula

Welp, I hired a doula. And i’m really excited about it! But I did want to document and share why I decided to hire a doula. First, I guess I should explain what exactly a doula is for those who don’t know. By definition, a doula is a woman who is trained to assist another woman during childbirth and who may provide support to the family after the baby is born. Doula’s are a support person for mom (and dad!) during labor and delivery. A doula is different than a midwife or OB. They are there to support you and keep you comfortable during labor – not to delivery the baby or make medical evaluations. Different doula’s offer different services but most will help you draft a thorough birth plan, are trained in massages/relaxation/pain mangement techniques, and ensure your birth team (midwife or OB) follow your birth plan and any deviations are explained to you.

So, with all that said – here is why I chose to hire a doula this time.

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New 20 minute program – Transform :20!

If you know anything about me and my fitness journey – you know I love Shaun T. Shaun T is how I started my fitness journey (t25) and he’s also why I became a coach. I love his energy, his personality, his life story – all of him. I’m a fan lol.

So it’s no shock that I’m so excited for his new 20 minute workout program launching in April. The good news? Us VIPs can start on JANUARY 14th! Check it out!

WHAT IS TRANSFORM 20?

Transform :20 is a fast, super-intense fitness program created by Super Trainer Shaun T that will transform your body—and your mind—in just 20 minutes a day over 6 weeks. Be forewarned—it’s hard. But the results will be worth it. Transform :20 is a breakthrough total-body workout without breaks. It’s just you, Shaun T, and a Step. After 5 minutes, you’ll be out of breath, at 10 minutes you’ll be sweating, in 15 minutes you’ll be looking at the clock, and by minute 20 you’ll be done. You’ll blast your core, legs, glutes, and upper body—no weights required (but there are 6 BONUS workouts with weights, YES!) There’s a different workout every day, 6 days a week, done in real time with the cast. No do-overs and no repeats.

Transform :20 is divided into three 2-week chapters: COMMIT, CLIMB, CONQUER. In each chapter, the moves evolve and get harder. Daily Transformer challenges will push you physically, and daily Shaun-Firmations will help get your mind focused and keep you motivated. The Beachbody® Nutrition Guide has been tailored to Transform :20 to make sure you’re getting the nutrients and fuel you need throughout the program to help you achieve your best results. It also explains how to incorporate Portion Fix® or the 2B Mindset™ into your eating plan. Finally, weekly behind-the-scenes videos, “Transform Your Life with Shaun T,” feature Shaun T and the cast as they discuss their own challenges, with the goal of motivating everyone to stay committed and strong.

WHO IS TRANSFORM :20 FOR?

  • People with all levels of fitness
  • Busy people- this is your official reason to let go of the excuse that you don’t have time to workout, because ANYONE can make time for 20 minutes for their health
  • People looking for a simple at-home solution! This was key for me when I started working out because I didn’t want to drag my kids to the gym and get a babysitter and I didn’t have the time to do it all.
  • Those needing motivation and support
  • Shaun T fans

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN TRANSFORM :20?

  • 2 Prep Workouts – Do these before you begin the program to get an idea of what’s to come!  You can do those in December in my VIP launch group.  We are going to be doing Shaun T’s prep schedule as a group.
  • 36 Unique Workouts – Each day has a different 20 minute workout done in real time with no do-overs or repeats to keep you engaged and motivated.
  • 6 Bonus Routines – These can be done in addition to your regular workouts or on days off.
  • 6 Bonus Weighted Workouts – These full-body workouts utilize dumbbells to take your workout up a notch.  I added the weighted workouts when I did round 2 and it was perfect to up my results.
  • Transformers – Each workout features three 1-minute physical challenges that repeat weekly.  You use the tracking sheet that comes with your kit to write your number of reps for each transformer and the goal is to beat out your number from the week prior.

Materials & Tools

  • Get Started Guide- A complete overview of the Transform :20 program and workouts, plus 5 simple steps to do before beginning the program.
  • Get Ready To Transform- A video overview of the Transform :20 program and all available materials and tools.
  • Step Safety- A video that outlines how to safely use the Step for all moves.
  • Beachbody Nutrition Guide- Tailored specifically for Transform :20, this guide will give you a simple, easy-to-follow eating plan along with recipes, food lists, and smart eating tips. This guide also incorporates our nutrition shake, Shakeology – or the performance line (OR BOTH! :)). Shakeology helps you get all your nutrients for the day to fight cravings and keep your body fueled. Performance line includes preworkout/postworkout shakes to help your body recover and prevent soreness.
  • 6-Week Transformation Tracker- You can keep track of your fitness, weight goals, and daily workouts. Plus, you’ll get Shaun-Firmations, daily words of wisdom from Shaun T, to help keep you focused and in a positive headspace. Transform :20 is all about transforming body AND mind.
  • Wall Calendar/Tracker- (DRY ERASER FRIENDLY!) An overview of each day’s workout with space to track progress and daily Transformer challenges.
  • Hybrid Calendar- Follow this calendar if you plan on incorporating the 6 BONUS weighted workouts. It’s the same 6 days a week for 6 weeks schedule with the weighted workouts folded in.

TEST GROUP RESULTS:

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Want more info?? Click here to talk to me about getting started! I’d love to do this with you in January!!

Why workout while pregnant?

I get a lot of questions/comments about my fitness journey now that I’m pregnant. Most of them go in 1 of 3 directions:

“Wow omg is that safe?”

“Oh you look great I wish I could have done all of that, I’m too tired”

“You’re gonna have a great snapback!”

So I thought I should address them.

My pregnancy is not high risk (though my delivery, being a VBAC, is slightly more risky than the norm – my pregnancy is not). I am within a healthy weight gain range, my blood pressure/sugar/blood work is all good, my baby’s anatomy scan was good, and we are healthy. With that in mind, most doctors suggest that a woman can continue workouts of the same intensity as they were doing prepregnancy and follow her bodies cues for when to slow down. There are some things I can’t do (ab work, and I try not to do anything that leaves me breathless) but other than that I’m good. I mean, I ran a half marathon a few weeks ago. I’m good.

Not only is it safe, it’s IMPORTANT. Babies born to momma’s who are active and healthy have a lower chance of having birth weight issues, issues latching/breastfeeding, and are more likely to have an easier delivery. Postpartum recovery time is statistically easier too and the chance of csection is much lower. Honestly, in the US the norm is for mom’s to sit around and be kinda uncomfortable during pregnancy and it shows in our high rate for csection/complications/assisted delivery.

With all that blabbing said – I do EVERY workout with the health of me and my baby in mind. I’m TIRED. I want to just lay around a lot of days. I don’t because I want to have a healthy pregnancy and an easy delivery.

The comments about being too tired… I am too. But you know what I learned during labor with LB? Labor is HARD. Pushing is HARD. It is an endurance sport. I’d be silly not to train for it.

Oh, and I don’t do a single workout with my “snapback” in mind. I won’t be restricting calories after I give birth. I’ll be active (once I’m cleared to workout and feel up to it) and I’ll eat healthy foods because those things make me feel good physically and emotionally. But with breastfeeding – I won’t be actively trying to lose weight. My body will do what it wants to do in it’s own time. I’m fine with that.

Oh and for labor – there are some things I concentrate to make that easier (hopefully!). I plan to delivery squatting or on all 4’s, so I have been doing a lot of leg work. I squat often – I try to squat down anytime I need to pick up something or help LB with something (instead of just bending from the waist). I do this to help with my pelvis flexibility and leg strength. I also do workouts that have planking for core strength. And with everything – I practice good posture because that helps the baby get into the best position. And I spend a lot of time on my birthing ball (I’m sitting on it now). Most of yal know I’m studying hypnobirthing so I follow their suggestions.

 

What is a Mumbelli and why did I choose it?

As yal know i’ve been collecting baby items like I’m due tomorrow. I had been researching sleeping options since I was about 12 weeks.

With LB, we made mistakes. We had his crib of course and other than that just a pack n’ play with a built in bassinet. LB hated it. We ended up cosleeping (safely) and I was ok with that – but I want to be better prepared this time.

In my research, I came across the mumbelli. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one of these!

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