February 21, 2019

Finding Clothes for Mama!

Thank you to Pink Blush for sponsoring today's post!

I've heard it both ways: pregnant women either love maternity clothes or find them a complete waste of money. I am definitely somewhere in the middle. It's important to me to feel as comfortable as possible in my clothes while I'm pregnant! The best way for me to accomplish that is by investing in  flattering, comfortable maternity wear. 

I guess I am just not lucky enough to wear jeans from before pregnancy with a hair band holding them together! That just doesn't work for me. Most shirts won't go over my belly past 20 weeks. This is why I love Pink Blush maternity clothes! You can find nothing but affordable prices that provide the highest quality.

Pink Blush is designed for the modern mother and caters to not only women during pregnancy but also postpartum and beyond! The creators of these styles know what it's like to be a mom. It can be messy, uncomfortable and truly, unflattering at times. Being able to have style and feel put together is life changing during motherhood! Pink Blush makes it possible while maintaining simplicity so you can focus on what is most important.

You can find my top, the Mauve Striped Layered Ruffle Sleeve here:

Maternity Top 
Regular Top

A screenshot from Pinkblushmaternity.com: 
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Finding out I was pregnant took a huge toll on my anxiety. I wasn't sure how I was going to accomplish every day tasks with a toddler while battling the nausea and fatigue that accompany my pregnancies. Luckily for me, I have had a very smooth pregnancy with little nausea but the fatigue has been real. Which means getting ready and feeling like myself has been a challenge. Putting on my Pink Blush shirt immediately made me feel comfortable and beautiful! Which is essential to me at this point in my pregnancy. I wore my shirt while running errands and going to a routine OB appointment. Typically on these type of busy days, I fight with my outfit either pulling it up or down. Pink Blush allowed me to be completely comfortable - I didn't mess with my shirt a single time! 

Here's how I styled my look:

I love wearing my hair up or back when wearing a top with statement sleeves. It gives them an opportunity to shine and I can show up some cute earrings that I rarely get to wear! My little booties are worn almost every day and I loved the colors in this outfit. Everything paired so well for this time of year but I can see myself putting this together again in the fall - even when I'm not pregnant!

Motherhood is hard enough. Let's not make it harder by having too many clothes that we don't feel good in and simplify our wardrobe with pieces that we love! Every day tops like the one featured in today's blog are what I live in. For more tops like mine, remember to look at Pink Blush!

Disclaimer** I received my top for free in exchange for today's post and my honest review.

February 14, 2019

Weekly Meal Prep & A Free Printable!

Before our sweet Nova came into our lives, I was a huge meal planner. I would prep on the weekends for our entire week full of breakfasts, lunches and dinner. Ryan and I both worked full-time so doing this saved us from having to eat out regularly! With the arrival of our second daughter coming just around the corner, I've decided it's as good a time as any to bring meal-prepping back to life in the Fullerton household! 

I talked a little about how I meal-prep on my Instagram stories over the weekend. It all got interrupted when Nova spiked a fever Saturday evening but I was able to accomplish so much! I'll be sharing just a few of my favorite ways to meal-prep so that your week can run a little smoother. 

This may seem like a no-brainer but it's really a make-it or break-it type situation! If you run into the grocery store with the intention to meal-prep but have no real plan, you will most likely end up frustrated. You will have to run back when you realize you've forgotten something or many things! So, make a plan for your week including all three major meals and even snacks. 

I have found that seeing all of our meals for the week written down helps me to better prepare my grocery list. I can look in the house to see what we have to accomplish every meal and write down the things we don't. I made a printable that I will be sharing for *free* with you! This has been a game changer, people! You are free to print it, virtually write on it or even print one single one out, throw it in a picture frame and buy a couple erasable markers. 

Once you've returned home from the grocery store, grab your favorite snack or drink and throw on some music because you'll be stuck in your kitchen for a few hours! For me, it works best to do this on the weekends when my husband can be home to give our little the attention she needs. She is still a little too small for me to feel comfortable involving her but if you feel your kids would enjoy it, I say go for it! More help, the better.

Here are a few links to my favorite recipes for prepped meals:

The key is to remember that you can meal prep anything. I used to get overwhelmed by meal-prepping because I thought I needed specific recipes or techniques but it's much simpler than that. We have a few favorite recipes that we eat religiously in our house! I just try to make extra every time so that I prepare lunches for several days. For example, I can throw in a couple pounds of chicken breasts, taco seasoning, 1/2 cup of chicken broth and some ranch dressing mix in the crock pot and boom! A few hours later I have chicken taco meat that will last the entire week! 

Find what you like, cook a bunch of it or at least prep it so that when you are ready to cook it for dinner or lunch or whatever, it's ready to go and you really don't have to do much. Along the lines of think simply, cut all your veggies for the week! I'm talking cucumbers, broccoli, bell peppers, salads! Any of the veggies that your family loves to include in their meals, prepare it on the weekend to line up with what you have planned for your weekly meals. 

This is crucial. Don't waste all this time, money and food by getting lazy during the week and ordering take out. Make a plan, execute that plan and stick to the plan!! You can do it.

Then, at the end of your prepping session, you will look into your fridge and freezer and be SO glad that you did all that work. Your evenings will seem a little less hectic around dinner time and you won't be standing at the fridge wondering what to eat for lunch every day. Good luck! 

Last Tip: Washi tape works great to label prepped lunches/dinners!