Lululemon Align Pants
Bump photo is quite outdated at this point : )
With fall here, I needed another pair of maternity leggings. I have one pair (these from Target that I love) but since I live in leggings, I knew I needed a second pair to wear around the house. But since I’m nearing the end, I really didn’t want to buy any more maternity clothing. I’ve been hearing people rave about the Lulu Align leggings for months, so I went to our store to try them on. First off, they really do feel like butter. That is the #1 reason everyone should own a pair! I’ve never felt a material quite so comfy. The saleswoman assured me that I would not stretch them out too much in pregnancy and that they will shrink back to normal and I can wear them for years to come. There are three cons to them:
1) She told me not to put them in the dryer = high maintenance. I do not believe in high maintenance clothing so I will be washing as normal and I will let you know how they do!)
2) She also told me not to do cycle or run in them because they will pill. So they have been delegated as my “casual wear” maternity leggings, while my maternity ones are my “gym” leggings.
3) Because the fabric is sooooo comfortable, they do not have that much support. I am used to running tights that have compression that sucks everything in! These are not compression at all (which is why they are so comfortable) so I am a little more self conscious wearing them without a long shirt/tunic.
But given those cons, like I said they are SO comfortable and stretchy and I knew I had to have them the moment I put them on! They’ve already gotten tons of use.
I am pretty lax about supplements when I’m not pregnant. I take multivitamins, probiotics, and vitamin D when I feel like it. With a good diet they are really just extra insurance. But when I am pregnant, I think that getting proper nutrition is super important, so I’ve spent the past year of my life (if you count the prenatal time) religiously taking supplements. (Prenatals, probiotics, vitamin D, omega-3, and choline.) First off, I have gotten SO MUCH BETTER at swallowing pills! I used to gag and struggle with each one, but now I can practically take the whole bunch all at once! Mazen takes a handful of gummy supplements too (two multi gummies, probiotics, omega-3) and I was getting so tired of opening up 8 jars every time we took them. So I bought a couple of these weekly pill packs that organizes your pills for the week. You only have to fill them once a week and then each day is super easy! These will also be a game changer when I finish rearranging our pantry/supplements cabinet for shelf and height reasons, so I can’t recommend them enough.
I haven’t seen this movie yet, but my friend Erin turned me on to the song. Go listen. Also: Leighton Meester!!
Brew Dr. Kombucha
I recently found these kombucha cans at Whole Foods and love them! The flavors are creative and delicious, and there’s something extra fun about bucha in a can. They’re also a little (tiny) bit cheaper than the kombucha that comes in the bottles, so that’s a plus.
My cousin sent me a sweet baby gift in the mail that included baby paper! I had never heard of this, but it has a soft, cloth outer material and a crinkle textured interior that babies like to play with. It’s really fun for an adult to crinkle too!
I Love You Like…
Blog reader Anne from Pittsburg reached out to me about her husband’s children’s book, I Love You Like…. Anne’s husband Scott is battling Stage 4 neuroendocrine cancer. Two years ago when Scott was diagnosed, Scott and his best friend Alec decided to co-author a children’s book and dedicate it to Anne and Scott’s son (also named Alec). Scott’s been working on this book for the past few years and it’s finally complete and available on Amazon. The story is about a father and son grasshopper pair. After a young grasshopper asks his Dad just how much he loves him, the Dad takes his son on an adventure to show him just how much. There aren’t too many children’s books about dads, so this one is perfect for the men in your life. Mazen has enjoyed the story at bedtime several times.
The World’s Tiniest Bluetooth
You guys know I geek out with my bluetooth headsets. I prefer them to headphones because I am usually listening to a podcast and like to be able to hear out of my other ear when I bump into friends at the gym or need to hear a biker behind me on the greenway. (Also I hate all kinds of wires, even if they just go behind your head.) I sent my Plantronics headset through the laundry twice, and it finally bit the dust. I considered options from $10-200 for a new one. I decided to try this tiny ear bud for $17 before going to something more expensive, given my laundry habits. Turns out it’s GREAT! I love the tiny size, the rose gold, that I don’t have a nerdy mic coming down my face, and of course the price. I can jump and run and it doesn’t budge. The sound quality is super impressive for the price. But if you mostly listen to music, go ahead and get the Apple AirPods. I tested Thomas’s AirPods against my $17 bud and his were noticeably better for music. But for podcasts, audiobooks, phone calls, and minor music listening, I highly recommend this guy!
I Followed My Heart And It Led Me To Wine
It’s been a long 9 months y’all! But I am ready to sip (slowly) some vino again. I put my Winc Wine Club membership on hold for the duration of my pregnancy, but with just weeks to go I figured I’d start it back up! I had a few extra credits from sharing last year, so I have a case ready for sipping (slowly…please don’t think I’m going to be chugging wine when the baby is here!) My link always gets you $20 off – that’s like 1.5 free bottles! It’s a very low maintenance wine club – you can skip months or cancel anytime. They always have cute and creative bottle designs that are great to bring to parties. (The #TBT red and white blends are favorites of mine.)
Matt, Mazen, Thomas, and I went out for pizza after Mazen’s back-to-school night (yes, we are that cool with each other 🙂 ) Matt brought this new game that he bought to play with Mazen. It’s really fun for adults and kids alike. I’d say Mazen is juuuust old enough to play. (You do need a good scorekeeper who can do math, so maybe not ideal for two younger kids to play one another.) BUT it’s also a great way to teach math to a school-aged child! It’s kind of like dominos meets rummy.
That’s a wrap!