Finally Finding the Right Headphones

by Lauren on December 8, 2016

I have a confession to make….

I rarely workout with my music!  I know, it’s pretty much a drag, but the truth behind it is that I have never been able to find headphones that won’t fall out of my ears during my workouts.  I can’t tell you how much of an interruption it is to be constantly fixing your headphones while your in the middle of a cardio session.

So I’ve learned to live with a music-less workout, until a few weeks ago when I was asked by 66 Audio if I wanted to test out their latest BTS Sport Bluetooth Wireless Headphones.

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At first, I thought how fancy these headphones appeared and thought they might be a little too complicated for me to even bother with, but after realizing just how simple it was to connect, I was hooked!

The bluetooth capability allows you to connect the headphones to your phone so you are able to stream your music or movies through your device and listen clearly with the headphones.

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I also love that these headphones are durable and compact.  They easily fold up so you can place them in their carrying bag and take them along with you to the gym.

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I’m definitely excited to use these more, especially with a baby on the way.  The thought of being able to watch movies through my device but not bothering a sleeping or nursing baby on my lap is a great thing!

 

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Baby Update: Weeks 21-32

by Lauren on December 7, 2016

Well it’s been awhile since I’ve updated on the baby bump hasn’t it?

Oh friends, this second pregnancy is entirely different than the first in so many ways!  Being pregnant while raising a toddler is NO JOKE and sometimes I think to myself, “what was I thinking?”  But then I remember how incredible it will be to have two boys so close together someday….someday right?

While my first pregnancy was no walk in the park, I definitely am not getting out of this one much easier.  I really think my body just doesn’t love being pregnant.

Here’s the scoop: 

I’ve honestly felt great for most of this pregnancy, aside from the usual first trimester ugliness. In my second trimester, I found out I had placenta previa as well as some weird things going on in my blood work.  I had a low lying placenta with Grayson, but it corrected itself before the third trimester as they usually do so I wasn’t very worried about it.  Backing up a bit to the blood work, I met with a rheumatologist last month only to discover there was really nothing they could tell since I had zero symptoms.

Well I went for another ultrasound last week only to find out my placenta hasn’t budged at all!  In fact, now they are even thinking my placenta may be covering my cervix fully, which is actually pretty scary.  When I talked to the doctor this week, she said I will more than likely need to go in for a C-section at 37 weeks, because going into labor with this is very dangerous and life threatening for me and the baby.  She said it’s not impossible that the placenta could still move (but pretty unlikely at this point) so they will check one last time in a few weeks, but if nothing has happened, then it looks like baby boy will be arriving a lot sooner than planned.

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Ugh, so this news certainly didn’t make my happy.  Now I know plenty of women have C-sections and it’s really no big deal, but everything in me wanted to have this baby naturally.  I know it has nothing to do with my wants at this point, and really, all I want is a healthy baby and delivery, no matter how he gets here.

Other than this little bump in the road, I’ve been feeling pretty great!

I’m still working out and teaching, although the doctor did tell me that I must tone things down significantly now, especially with my placenta being so close to my cervix.  Thankfully, she said I can still workout, but at an easy pace, so I’m doing my best to listen to her on that.

I’ve still been sleeping pretty good, although things are definitely starting to get more uncomfortable all around these days.  The baby has dropped quite a bit in the last few weeks and I can definitely tell by the toll its taken on my body.  Simple things like bending over, sitting on the floor, or standing for that matter can be a battle.

I have absolutely NO idea how much weight I’ve gained and I can honestly tell you I could care less about it all.  I was way more aware of my weight gain with Grayson, but with this baby I’m in a whole new mindset. I’ve been eating healthy and working out so much that I know whatever weight I have gained it is all just a necessity.  I’m measuring right on track and even though he’s a little small (I just tend to carry small babies) I certainly look nice and pregnant.

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Ah, the bump!  I’ll never cease to be fascinated by how incredible this process is.  Take a look at how my body has transformed from 9 weeks to 32 weeks.

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So we are in limbo over here but preparing for a baby the first or second week of January, which completely puts me into panic mode.  Seriously, we haven’t done a single thing yet!  Thankfully, we have almost everything we need thanks to having a baby boy not too long ago, but I still feel like there is so much to get done in such little time.  I was using the “let’s wait until after the holidays” excuse, but now, I don’t think we’ll get that time.

Either way, he will be here before we know it and while I’m filled with so many emotions, right now, I’m just anxious to have him here safely.

Thank you for all of your well wishes and prayers! And if you’ve ever had a C-section, please talk me off the ledge because I’m slightly freaking out. 🙂

 

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Thankful

November 29, 2016

Hey Guys, Just a very quick post to pop in and say I hope you all had a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving.  We headed up to Connecticut this year to spend the holiday with John’s family. And we had a great time until the little one came down with a nasty stomach virus.  He was licking the […]

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The Diet I Follow For My Health And 5 Reasons Why

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I get asked a lot on what type of diet I follow.  In fact, I feel like most people are looking for that ideal “diet” that will bring them closer to their health goals.  Wether it is to loose weight, gain muscle, feel better, or just live a longer and healthier life, there is no […]

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The BEST Roasted Vegetable Wrap

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One thing I am truly grateful for this pregnancy is the fact that I haven’t been turned away from vegetables like I was in my first pregnancy.  Honestly, I’ve been lucky with food aversions this time around.  Other than garlic, I haven’t really had any specific aversions or cravings once I got out of my […]

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In the Kitchen with Blue Apron: Three Tasty Meals

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I know that the online meal delivery program is been hot for awhile now, so this post may seem a little behind the times for some of you, but for me, it was a completely new experience and I’m excited to share it with you! A few weeks ago, Blue Apron reached out and asked […]

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Highlights From the Week(end)

November 13, 2016

I’m just wrapping up this weekend and feeling particularly grateful for a few much needed days of rest and relaxation. The past week was a rough one for us all I’m sure, and truthfully, it left me emotionally drained.  So I vowed to unplug this weekend and take a mental break from social media and […]

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Sending Holiday Cheer with Minted

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A few weeks ago, I wrote a post on our holiday card situation this year.  I admitted that I’ve never been the best at getting Christmas cards out each year, even though I love giving and receiving them. Fortunately, my friends at Minted helped me out and made it too simple not to send some […]

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Friendsgiving 2016 and Paleo Pumpkin Muffins

November 6, 2016

Well we did it.  We successfully hosted our first Friendsgiving event after having the idea for months. Up until now, I have never held or even attended a Friendsgiving, but always loved the idea.  So John and I decided that this year, we were going to do it! Unfortunately, a bunch of our friends ended […]

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Let’s Catch Up

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Another catch up post, another embarrassing amount of time that has went by without me saying much.  Let’s just say life with a toddler keeps me more busy than I ever imagined…but it’s quite amazing at the same time.  I wouldn’t trade it for the world. So let’s see what has been going on since […]

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