As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers”. However, the weather this spring has been crazy! It seems like every week Colorado has been hit by a snow storm. The only saving grace is that the snow has melted again by the weekend before we get hit by the next round of white.
And now that it’s May, it’s time for the flowers to bloom. Not sure we’re done with the snow yet, but this treasury is a look at rain, flowers and even some rainbows in my attempt to bring back some normalcy to the weather.
Now I’d love to hear from you. What are you thoughts on all these cute treasuries this week? Do you have a favorite? Are you ready for spring too? Let me know in the comments below.
Less than 2 months to go! My pregnancy books are saying that I am officially in my 8th month now. WOW, I can hardly believe it!
And on top of that, it was a wonderful week. First, my mom and mother-in-law were in town this week for my baby shower on Saturday. It was so awesome to have them both here for the occasion. I love them both and am so lucky our families are wonderful, kind, caring and that they get along. (I know…super lucky!)
I’ve been heard saying that I want to include my family (both sides) in this process and that is completely true. But, after this week, I’ve realized it’s as much for me as it is for them. Their support, love and stories have been amazing throughout this pregnancy.
If you can’t read the board, here are the stats:
Age: 32 weeks
Height: ~16.7 in.
Weight: ~3.75 lb.
Notes: Daddy got to feel baby’s hiccups this week (drawing of my belly with hiccup quivers)
How far along? 32 weeks
Total weight gain? 32.5 pounds (Getting back on track! Not that I’m limiting my food intake to get here though.)
Maternity clothes? Of course.
Sleep? Hit or miss again. It was difficult falling asleep a few times this week, but once asleep I can get a few solid hours. I’ve also found that sleeping with a fan on has been helping.
Miss anything? My lap. I am used to being able to work while watching TV on the couch and that is getting harder and harder every night.
Movement? She’s starting to push out which is really fun for both me and Brett.
Cravings? Not really.
Aversions? Not really.
Labor signs? Not that I really feel them, but there could be some Braxton Hicks action going on.
Wedding ring on or off? Still on.
Looking forward to: The upcoming Steve Yates Memorial Golf Tournament and seeing our friends. Brett’s family has done an awesome job raising money for melanoma research again and we’ll all get together on Saturday to play golf and celebrate what a great man Steve was.
Remember how I told you that I was becoming obsessed with eco-friendly products after we started thinking about having a baby? Well, I wanted to dedicate this week’s Pinterest finds to green baby and kid products to help show you just some of the great things out there.
And you know what I’m finding…the eco stuff is REALLY cute! It might be slightly more expensive, but I think in the long run I am going to be so much happier with a few choice pieces vs. a house full of plastic.
For more finds, I invite you to check out my For the Lil One Pinterest Board and to follow me. I have to admit, I really like the finds this week…
Sunblock is a MUST! As someone who has lost a loved one to melanoma, my husband and I are really adamant about having good sunscreen for our kiddos. So of course we want to choose an eco-friendly option too. Not only is it better for our baby, but it’s better for the environment and oceans too.
How cute is this matching game? It’s made out of wood so the pieces will last longer. Plus, it even comes with a carrying case made out of a wooden box to match.
Who says you have to buy toys for your little one? Here are 12 awesome DIY ideas you can make yourself!
This little elephant was just too cute not to include on this list, don’t you think?
Eventually there will come a time when your little one will need to take a snack or lunch somewhere. Or maybe you will be packing a lunch for a play date. Either way, it’s time to ditch the plastic which can contain BPAs for something better for you and your loved ones.
What do you think of these finds and my desire to go green for my baby? Do you think it’s a good idea or do you think I am over thinking it? Let me know in the comments below!
I’m sitting here sipping hot cocoa from a mug that is warming my hands and I am wishing I was back in Phoenix for Bloggy Boot Camp with the SITS girls. Not because the weather was so much better (although that was great too), but because it was such an awesome experience.
It was an information packed two days that also allowed me to meet some amazing bloggers and get a new perspective and enthusiasm for Little Green Bow. The only downside is that I now have pages of notes I want to implement.
The session in Phoenix was all about the business of blogging which was perfect for me since I am at a place where I want to be making some money from all of the hours I spend on here. Sessions included things like working with brands and PR companies, making money from online jobs, creating amazing sponsored posts, building your blog like a business, and utilizing social media and SEO properly.
But, one of my biggest epiphanies from the event came after the first night when I realized that I was not blogging about what I live on a daily basis. Of course, my baby bump posts are real and that is my weekly progress, but since becoming pregnant (and actually while trying too) I have become obsessed about eco-friendly products. It was something Tiffany said that made me wonder why had I not written about this stuff yet. So look out for some posts about what’s on our registry, changes I’ve made in our home, and tips for buying eco-friendly products.
However, that’s pretty specific to me and I want to share some tips that will help you with your blog too. So, here are 9 things I learned from Bloggy Boot Camp.
1. Go alone. It’s great if you know some of the bloggers there, but I found it was pretty easy to stick close to the first few people I met. Once I realized that, I made it a point to break off and meet new people. If I had been there with a close friend, it would have been really difficult to meet a lot of new people and that’s one of the best perks of a live event – new friendships.
2. Don’t be afraid. Everyone at these events is there for a different reason. Come up with your own mission for the conference and do not let other people make you feel inferior or lacking in any way. We all have different goals and dreams.
3. Bring business cards. Don’t be like me and forget to order them in time. I had to make my own cards last minute and print them out in black and white at the hotel because I did not plan properly. Oh well, I was still able to get my contact information out there.
4. Make the most of your time. By the end of the day I was really tired, but I knew this was a fleeting moment and I needed to take full advantage. I stayed late both nights chatting with new people and making more friends.
5. Remember to smile and be nice. People are drawn to happy friendly people and a smile is a great way to start. Just try being grumpy around someone that is smiling. It’s pretty difficult and it makes you feel better too.
6. Set goals before and after the event. There was a great post on the SITS Girls before the event that talked about setting goals. I tried to and, at the least, it got me thinking about the conference strategically. However, I took away so much information from the event that I needed to create new goals so that I could utilize it all effectively. Still working on it, but it’s coming.
7. Get into video. Now, I will be the first to admit that I am not really into putting myself on video, but I know it’s vital for my blogging success. That’s one of the key points I took away from BBC…brands love videos! Hopefully I will be able to add one to my about page soon.
8. Take lots of pictures. I made a resolution once to not live through my pictures and be present in the moment because I used to miss out on things behind the camera. However, now I’ve taken it to the other extreme and need to take more pictures. Also, it’s not best to rely on other people’s pictures (unless you can take their SD card and upload the pictures right away) because you never know when they will post or share them.
9. If it’s not a HELL YEAH, it’s a NO! This was the last topic presented at the conference and it really hit home. How many times in our lives do we say yes to things we really do not want to do? For me, it’s more often than I’d like. However, with a little one on the way, I need to say no more often, unless it really excites me. This will keep me more energised and focused on the things that are most important to me. Thanks for giving me permission to say no Tiffany and Danielle!
It was an awesome experience and I feel so lucky to have won my ticket to attend. Otherwise, this pregnant mama probably would have let the opportunity slip by and that would have been a shame. But, now that I’ve been to a blogging conference I cannot wait to go to another one. Of course, I’m grounded for a while with the little one, but I plan to be at a BBC next year. Hopefully I will see you there. You won’t regret it!
Man oh man the weeks are starting to fly by. We took a birth class over the weekend and it started to hit me that we will have a baby in our arms in less than 2 months! Oh my goodness. I know I have said this before, but I am really excited and at the same time a bit terrified. Of course, I think this is fairly normal for first time parents, but it is still a difficult feeling to deal with.
The birth class was great and we were able to take it all in one day instead of spreading it out over a few weeks. I’d also love to take a newborn care class as well as a breast feeding class so that we cover our major bases. To be honest, I think the birth class was more to get my husband on board and ready. I’ve been coming to terms with the impending labor every day for over seven months now as I am the one privileged enough to get to carry her. That, reading birth books and my weekly yoga classes have helped me get mentally ready. However, I can see that it would be hard to know what to expect if you did not have a female body and were not able to feel this little life moving inside of you everyday.
Thankfully, Brett did great. He is such a wonderful partner and I know he is going to be amazing when the big day arrives.
If you can’t read the board, here are the stats:
Age: 31 weeks
Height: ~16.25 in.
Weight: ~3.3 lb.
Notes: Baby can now turn her head from side to side (picture of a baby’s head with arrows going from side to side – just noticed the arrows look a bit like devil horns from this distance)
How far along? 31 weeks
Total weight gain? 32 pounds – uh oh…I jumped up over my one pound per week self-imposed limit. Oh well, I’m not too far off.
Maternity clothes? The weather has been so crazy here that I have been going back and forth between spring and winter clothes daily. I was in warm clothes over the weekend and then it snowed again today. Ugh.
Sleep? Hit or miss. It’s been a bit tricky falling to sleep, but I can usually get several hours at a time once I’m asleep.
Miss anything? Sunny weather. I know that does not really have to do with my pregnancy, but all of this snow makes me a lot more cautious. Brett has even walked me to and from my office when I go downtown on snowy days. (See, I told you he was great!)
Movement? Lots and lots still, but definitely less kicking. More rolls and squirms.
Cravings? I wish. It now takes me forever to figure out what I want to eat.
Labor signs? I think I’ve been having some Braxton Hicks contractions, but nothing really pronounced yet.
Wedding ring on or off? On
Looking forward to: Our moms are coming into town this week for my baby shower. I am super duper excited to see them both and to talk about babies and their birth stories.
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