How I’m Preparing For My Second Pregnancy + A $75 Pink Blush Gift Card Giveaway

This post is sponsored by PinkBlush

Over the past few months, we have been considering giving our toddler a sibling. She is now 21 months and we wanted to wait at least 18 months to get pregnant again.

Part of the reason for waiting until 18 months is the benefits it has for the mother. Your chances of having a low-risk pregnancy are higher and it allows your body to heal from the first pregnancy.

Since I’ve been pregnant before I have the benefit of knowing what to expect. Today I wanted to share what I’m doing to prepare for a second pregnancy.

As I prepare for my second pregnancy making sure I have good maternity clothes is important. I'm excited to try PinkBlush's maternity jeans.

Stocking up on Maternity Clothes

A few weeks ago PinkBlush reached out to me to review some maternity clothes. The timing could not have been more perfect as we have been thinking about Baby #2.

Maternity Jeans

In my first pregnancy the items I wore the most were my maternity jeans. However they never really fit me properly. The next time around I knew I wanted to find a better more supportive pair.

Upon receiving my jeans from PinkBlush I could tell they were good quality. The jeans have a band around the belly that extends around to the back. The support is full coverage which will be really nice in the third trimester.

Kimono

The second item I received from PinkBlush was this beautiful kimono. I have always admired this type of layering piece. I was excited to receive it.

My favourite part about this kimono is that I can wear it through all stages of pregnancy and postpartum. It’s the perfect layering piece for over a dress or with jeans and a tank.

Bralettes

Ever since I started breastfeeding I have preferred wearing bralettes over nursing bras. They are a lot easier to pull down than a nursing bra and overall more comfortable. Plus I can sleep in a bralette and still nurse throughout the night.

Long Tank Tops

My other maternity clothing go to are long plain tank tops. I have a few from Old Navy from my first pregnancy which I still wear daily.

I like how these shirts are easy to nurse in and can be worn all throughout pregnancy.

Eat Healthier

I typically eat pretty healthily but as I prepare for pregnancy I’m focusing on eating more protein, drinking lots of water and of course taking my prenatal vitamin.

During my first pregnancy, I wrote a post on my favourite healthy pregnancy snacks. I’ve been referring back to that post to help stock up on some healthy foods.

Stay Active

Having a toddler I am constantly on my feet. I know that when I’m pregnant I’ll be super tired. I’m trying to savour the time I have while I still feel up to being more active.

Some of my favourite things to do with Lyla are going on walks, going to the park, exploring the Farmers Market.

Giveaway with Pink Blush

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This giveaway is open internationally and any person who has not won a PinkBlush giveaway in the last 6 months is eligible to win.

How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed as a Mom and be a Better Mom

There’s a lot of pressure to be a better mom. From Pinterest to Instagram we are bombarded with messages of what we can do to be better.

It can be easy to feel overwhelmed as a mom. As a stay at home mom of a one and a half-year-old, I can relate.

As a mom I try not to put pressure on myself. Of course I have base standards that I strive to meet. I try not to get down that I’m not like all the other moms.

On a practical level, there are a few things I do to help me not feel overwhelmed as a mom and to be a better mom.

It can be easy to feel overwhelmed as a mom. As a mom I try not to put pressure on myself. Of  I try not to get down that I'm not like all the other moms. #mom #overwhelmed #bettermom

Divide large tasks into smaller manageable tasks

In my post on getting supper on the table faster I mentioned breaking down making supper into smaller steps.

For example preparing ingredients in the morning. Chopping vegetables when you bring them home from the store. Dividing and marinating meat for the freezer.

This can also be applied to cleaning. It’s easier to clean one room at a time than the whole house.

One day you clean the bathrooms, one day is the floors, another day is laundry. If you can complete at least one cleaning task a day it’s easier to stay on top of all cleaning.

When cleaning up for meals maaybe the dishes don’t get done until later but the table gets cleaned up and all the dishes get put in the sink.

Instead of being overwhelmed with a large task breaking it down into smaller steps can help you feel more productive.

Spend time outside

Spending even ten minutes outside can help reset your mental outlook. At least once a day I take my daughter outside.

We either go to the park, sit on a blanket and read a book or take a walk down our street. The fresh air helps to wear her out and take better naps.

Plus the activity stimulates her hunger and helps her eat better at mealtimes.

It can be easy to feel overwhelmed as a mom. As a mom I try not to put pressure on myself. Of I try not to get down that I'm not like all the other moms.

In the warmer months, it is a lot easier to get outside, in the winter this is tough but you can make it work. When Lyla was a baby I would bundle her up and take her on walks in her stroller. I waited till it was the warmest time of the day around 2 pm.

With older children even if they only play outside for 10 minutes the activity is beneficial.

Write down your tasks

At the beginning of each day or the night before writing down everything you want to accomplish. You can list tasks by category such as:

  • cleaning
  • errands
  • organization
  • phone calls

Even if you don’t look back on your list it’s still helpful to write it down. For me when I write things down I feel less stressed. I often forget everything I need to do. Just the act of writing down my tasks helps me to remember to do them.

It can be easy to feel overwhelmed as a mom. As a mom I try not to put pressure on myself. Of I try not to get down that I'm not like all the other moms.

Plan an activity to look forward to

As a mom every day can seem like a repeat of the last. That’s why it’s important to plan fun little activties to look forward to.

An activity does not have to cost money either. It can be a trip to the library, exploring a new park, going to the community pool or splash pad.

In the summer I love to visit the Farmers Market early on Saturday morning and pick up a few goodies. After we head to the park. By lunch time we’re home and my toddler is ready for her nap.

How many places in your community have you not explored yet? As a family you could make a bukcet list of free or low cost activities you want to try out.

Explore local festivals

If you are great at planning ahead you could look ahead to all the festivals happening near you over the coming year. Then schedules a trip on your calendar. That way you won’t have an excuse not to go. The event is already something you have planned ahead for.

In our community we have a strawberry festival, butter tart festival, Canada Day events, car shows, races. I find most of these events through Facebook. I search for events near me. A list of local events are displayed with all the information.

It can be easy to feel overwhelmed as a mom. As a mom I try not to put pressure on myself. Of I try not to get down that I'm not like all the other moms.

Grab a coffee

Sometimes you just need to pack up your kids, go on a drive and grab a coffee. I know gas is not free. However it’s worth it for your sanity. Plus coffee is only a few dollars. In the summer iced coffee is usually only a dollar.

I also find the change of atmosphere helpful to reset my mood. I also get a few minutes where I’m not worried what my toddler is up. I can take some time scroll on my phone or catch up on texts.

Take care of yourself to not feel overwhelmed as a mom

Self-care as a mom is so important. We often think of ourselves last after caring for our family. However, if we don’t fill our tanks we can’t give to those we love. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed as a mom.

Self-care looks different for everyone. Sometimes for me its writing or reading a book. I can mostly do these things while my child is sleeping. Other times it’s nice to have a complete mental break from caring for others.

Getting a babysitter every so often to watch your kids for a few hours is worth it. If you can’t afford a babysitter you could swap childcare with another family.

It can be easy to feel overwhelmed as a mom. As a mom I try not to put pressure on myself. Of I try not to get down that I'm not like all the other moms.

I know some husbands are really great about giving their wives time out alone. Sometimes it can be challenging for the husband to take over childcare for a few hours.

You can’t make your spouse do anything or even get them to understand why time alone for mom is important. Yet you can teach others how to treat you.

If you are always taking the kids with you and never leaving them with your spouse he will come to expect that is what’s acceptable. If one time you state that you are going out and the kids are staying home eventually he will pick up the message.

Read the Psalms

At the end of a busy day, I try to read from the Psalms. Not only does this time of meditation reset my mind. It gives me perspective.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed as a mom with the day to day stuff. When I take time to read God’s word it brings my focus upwards. Instead of worrying and stressing about my day. I am reminded that God is sovereign, that He is good and to praise Him.

Often I am asking God for help, for healing, or for an answer to my requests. When I read the Psalms I’m reminded that God is also to be worshipped. That I need to take the focus off of myself and my problems.

No matter what is going on in my life God is the same. He does not change. In all circumstances, we can worship Him.

It can be easy to feel overwhelmed as a mom. As a mom I try not to put pressure on myself. Of  I try not to get down that I'm not like all the other moms. #parenting #mom #toddlers

Why the Buffalo Zoo is Worth a Visit

One of my favourite childhood events was a visit to the zoo. I went once with my school and another time with my parents and sister.

The closest zoo to us was the Toronto Zoo. Which is a fairly large zoo with many different animals. It is however a bit more expensive than smaller zoos.

That is part of the reason we chose to visit the Buffalo Zoo with our 19-month-old daughter. We live just across the border from Buffalo in Niagara Region. The zoo is a 45-minute drive.

The Buffalo Zoo is a smaller zoo perfect for a family day trip. It's walkable size is great for toddlers. Plus it is very affordable for families.  #zoo #buffalozoo #buffalo #daytrip

The Buffalo Zoo is the perfect size for young children

Visiting the Buffalo Zoo was a good choice for our family because it’s not very big. We also forgot our stroller. Although you can rent strollers for $6.

Our toddler was able to walk around most of the Zoo. The exhibits were easy for her to view, There was either glass or low walls on most exhibits. She could walk right up and get a good look at the animals.

The Zoo opens at 10 am and closes at 4 pm. We arrived around noon and stayed for a couple of hours. In that time we were able to see most of the exhibits without rushing.

Whereas at a larger zoo a lot of walking is required to see all of the exhibits in one day.

The Buffalo Zoo is a smaller zoo perfect for a family day trip. It's walkable size is great for toddlers. Plus it is very affordable for families.

The Buffalo Zoo is Affordable

As Canadians, our money doesn’t stretch as far in the US. Yet for 2 adults and parking, our zoo trip only cost $40 CDN. This is very reasonable for a family outing.

When we arrived at the zoo the parking lot was almost full. It is a very popular attraction. Which is always encouraging when visiting a new place.

All of the staff were helpful and friendly. It was quick to buy our tickets and enter the park.

We were able to bring our own food and drinks. Although there are a few places to buy food within the park.

The Zoo provides a wide variety of Animal Exhibits

Our favourite animals we saw at the zoo were the snow leopard, the lions, the giraffes and the polar bear.

The Buffalo Zoo is a smaller zoo perfect for a family day trip. It's walkable size is great for toddlers. Plus it is very affordable for families.

The exhibits featured animals from all across the world. Upon entering we checked out the sea lion exhibit. Each exhibit provided information on what the animal is, where they are from and some interesting facts.

Some animals were outside like the giraffes and rhino whereas the gorilla and amphibians were housed indoors. It was nice to get a break from the sun while looking at different exhibits.

Tips for Visiting the Zoo

The zoo is located in an urban area surrounded by a large park. If you wanted to explore more around the area there are other places to visit.

Parking at the zoo is $5 US and you are given a token to exit.

Admission is $13.95 US for adults and $10.95 US for children (2-12) for our entire family with parking it was $40 CDN. It was very affordable compared to the Toronto Zoo.

The Buffalo Zoo is a smaller zoo perfect for a family day trip. It's walkable size is great for toddlers. Plus it is very affordable for families.

The zoo didn’t provide any maps when we entered. But the layout is pretty much a large circle. We were able to see most of the park by walking around the perimeter.

On the inside parts there were a few exhibits and areas where you could pay extra to do an activity.

After visiting the Zoo we headed to Chick-fil-A and Target about 10 minutes away.

The Buffalo Zoo is a great cross border trip for families. The zoo is not too big so it’s perfect for toddlers to explore. Plus it’s affordable and a short drive from the border.

What are your best tips for visiting the zoo as a family?

To the Mom Who Takes Her Kids to Church Alone on Sunday

My favourite day of the week is Sunday. I look forward to a slower day, time spent worshipping and learning about God’s word.

It’s the one time of the week I have an hour and a half without distraction. My daughter is now fully accustomed to staying in the nursery for that time. I don’t look at my phone and most times I’m sitting by myself.

To be honest as an introvert I don’t mind going to church alone.

A lot of Sunday’s my husband has to work.

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10 Easy Ways To Save Money on Moving As Couple

No matter how many times you’ve moved it’s stressful and costly. Over the past few years, I have moved many times with husband and on my own.

In this post, I share some of the ways I have saved money on moving. Plus some tips on making moving less stressful.

Since we’ve moved for personal reasons we paid for all moving expenses. Over time we have learned how to save money on moving.

With summer in full swing, it’s prime moving season.

Moving is an expensive and stressful life event. There are ways to save money on moving. Some creativity and moving during an off season can all save money. #moving #save #packing

We won’t be moving for awhile since buying our house but over time we have figured out some ways to save money on moving. My husband also worked as a mover in the past. He always loads up our truck like a pro and without damaging items.

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10 Insanely Easy Ways to get Supper on the Table Faster

No matter what your day includes everyone wants to get supper on the table faster.

Supper time is usually the busiest time of day. I also find it the hardest time of the day. Everyone is tired, hungry and ready to unwind.

Today I want to share 10 insanely easy ways to get supper on the table faster.

. A little bit of planning ahead can go a long to way to making dinner time less stressful.

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