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Your Turn To Shine- No. 38

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Your Turn To Shine weekly link party! Share your crafts and recipes!

Thanks for joining us again this week! We love to see your latest projects! Share with us below and check back next week to see if you've been featured! Have a happy Fourth of July!!! :)

American themed sign

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


America wooden sign! Perfect DIY for Memorial Day or Fourth of July!

Hey y'all! I can't believe the Fourth of July is this weekend!!! Summer is flying!!! I have to work this Fourth of July (booooooo!), so I won't be celebrating, but it did give me a good excuse to make a new seasonal sign for our wooden sign post!!!

Do you remember this post from our home tour? My parents made it for me when we moved into our house as a gift. They saw it on my Pinterest and decided to make it! Aren't they awesome?! I love my crafty family! 

DIY wooden post welcome sign

I'm slowly making signs for each holiday and/or season. Check out the fun fall sign I made this past year!

Alright here we go. This sign was pretty basic and easy to do. My parents did the hard work for me and included a few blank signs all ready to go with twine and everything. But if you're starting from the beginning, cut up some pieces of scrap wood, paint them, screw in some fish eye hooks, and hang some twine! Easy peasy!

America wooden sign! Perfect DIY for Memorial Day or Fourth of July!

Then I used some star shaped stencils* and blue acrylic paint to make the stars (because I am oh so terrible at free-handing stars!).

America wooden sign! Perfect DIY for Memorial Day or Fourth of July!

Then I used a red paint pen and just free-handed the "America" text and added a white star over the "i" with another paint pen. I actually wanted to write 'merica because that's how we proudly yell it when we go "Americamping" with our friends, but my hubs told me our elderly neighbors might think that was disrespectful, which I totally understand. So America it is!!!

America wooden sign! Perfect DIY for Memorial Day or Fourth of July!

And that's it!! Super easy and quick to make! And perfect for the Fourth of July or Memorial Day! 

America wooden sign! Perfect DIY for Memorial Day or Fourth of July!

America wooden sign! Perfect DIY for Memorial Day or Fourth of July!

PS- Pretend you don't see the weeds growing in the background of those photos! This preggo has not been up to any gardening lately ;)

Happy Fourth of July, y'all! :)
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Your Turn To Shine- No. 37

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Your Turn To Shine weekly link party! Share your crafts and recipes!

Hey there! Happy Thursday! Thanks for stopping by! Hope everyone is having a great week. I'm just getting back into the daily grind after a glorious week at the beach with my family, so I'm still reveling in the memories of sunshine and sand! Already counting down to our next trip in July!

Check out what we've all been up to lately and then share your recent posts with us with the Link Up tool below!!! Have a great weekend!

First Trimester Must-Haves

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Survive your first trimester with these 12 necessities!
Survive your first trimester with these 12 necessities!
Hello, my friends!! Now that I'm well into my second trimester, I want to share a few items that really helped me out during the first trimester. I had a pretty rocky start with pretty bad morning all-day sickness! Ugh! I was nauseous all day, every day, and vomited 3-4 times a day. I tried every trick imaginable and towards the end of the first trimester/beginning of my second trimester, I finally found some things that worked for me. I'm still pretty nauseous at this point, but I've cut down on the vomiting which is an amazing feeling! If your first trimester is going like mine did, these first several items could be just what you need!!! Not nauseous at all? Scroll down for a few of my favorite books, apps, and other items I found helpful during the first trimester!!!

Vitamin B6*- This is shown to help with nausea and was the first thing my midwives recommended. It works alone for some people, but works better in combination with Unisom (see below). You can buy Vitamin B6 supplements over the counter. I take 50 mg twice a day, but ask your OB or midwife for a recommendation. Towards the end of the first trimester I found out about B-natals*. These are Vitamin B6 infused lollipops!! Wish I had discovered them sooner!
Survive your first trimester with these 12 necessities!


Unisom*- This is actually an over the counter sleeping aid but it is proven to help with morning sickness. Make sure you are buying the right product. Doxylamine succinate is the generic name and Unisom sells it as the "Sleep Tab." Unisom also makes a "Sleep Gel" and "Quick Melts," but these only contain diphenhydramine (or Benadryl) which will not help your nausea! You can take Unisom (doxylamine succinate) alone or in combination with Vitamin B6. You can also talk to your doctor about a delayed release form called Diclegis that is prescription only which is marketed specifically for morning sickness. It contains 10 mg of delayed release doxylamine succinate and 10 mg of Vitamin B6.

Survive your first trimester with these 12 necessities!

Preggie Pop Drops*- These were a life saver for me! They are the perfect combination of sour and sweet. If I ate one right when I started feeling nauseous, it would usually curb the feeling for a little while! Perfect when you are in a location that it's just not appropriate to get sick in!!! The company also makes Preggie Naturals* which our chews that contain Vitamin B6. 

Survive your first trimester with these 12 necessities!

Sea bands*- These wrist bands use pressure points to reduce nausea. To be honest, I thought this was completely bogus at first, but I was so nauseous, I was willing to try anything. I did find that they were helpful on days that I was just mildly nauseous. On the bad days, they did nothing for me. Everyone responds differently, so why not give them a try?
Survive your first trimester with these 12 necessities!

Gummy prenatals*- Let's face it, if you're super nauseous, you probably can't keep down your prenatal vitamin. We all know how important they are though! I bought some gummy prenatal vitamins and found that they were much easier on my stomach. They actually taste good, so I had to buy myself some gummy snacks to keep myself from eating more than two vitamins at a time!! I also bought gummy calcium supplements*.

Survive your first trimester with these 12 necessities!

Belly band*- You won't need this at first, but towards the end of the first trimester you might find your pants feeling a little bit snug! Belly bands allow you to keep your pants or shorts unbuttoned without anyone even knowing! It just looks like you are wearing a camisole under your shirt! They come in many different colors so it is easy to incorporate into your wardrobe.

Survive your first trimester with these 12 necessities!

Outfit for bump pictures- If you want to keep track of that growing belly, you should decide on an outfit to wear each time you take pictures! I love that cohesive look like in this bump photo board. I chose to wear the same T-shirt with a pair of jeans. I purchased a regular T-shirt from Target, but I got it a little big so that it would accommodate my growing stomach. I'll eventually switch to a similar looking maternity shirt if necessary, but Target's tees are pretty stretchy and baggy, so I think it's going to work out great!

Water bottle*- We all know drinking water is important, and even more so during pregnancy! If you're anything like me, it's super tough to get your daily requirement in! This water bottle* helps me stay on track. It contains eight 8 oz. glasses of water. A whole day in one bottle! 

Survive your first trimester with these 12 necessities!

What To Expect When You're Expecting*- This book has stood the test of time and has it all. Anything you could possibly wonder about. "Is this symptom normal?" The answer is in this book! It also has some tips for dads to read too.

Survive your first trimester with these 12 necessities!

Ina May's Guide To Childbirth*- A must have for anyone interested in a natural birth. Ina May tells it like it is, delivers the facts, and paints a beautiful picture of what birth should be like while reminding you that there are definitely some not-so-glamorous moments. It's full of great information but also full of inspiring stories.

Survive your first trimester with these 12 necessities!

Pregnancy Journal*- It's exciting to document bits and pieces of your pregnancy journey, and I imagine it will be fun to look back it later on! I bought My Pregnancy Journal* and love it so far! I like that it has plenty of prompts to help me figure out what to write... because pregnancy brain is apparently a real thing! I can't think of what to write on my own!

Survive your first trimester with these 12 necessities!

Pregnancy Apps- I've trieds out several different phone apps to keep track of pregnancy. Here's the three I like best. I love The Bump app because the weekly baby size photos are so cute! The BabyCenter app has great info to help get you through each week and answer all of your questions. Their forum has also been really helpful. I also like the Ovia pregnancy app because it allows you to keep track of your symptoms. Do you have a favorite app that I haven't listed? Let me know!

Survive your first trimester with these 12 necessities!
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Hopefully you find this list helpful if you are newly pregnant, especially if you are experiencing sever morning sickness like me. If you've been pregnant before and have anything to add to this list, please let me know!!! I would love to hear your tips!

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Must-Haves for Trying To Conceive

Friday, June 19, 2015

Okay, I have to be honest. I wasn't completely sure I wanted to share this post. I even had to ask a few of my blog friends if it was weird. But the truth is, trying to conceive, although super exciting, is also super scary and not as easy as we sometimes think. So while this info may not be fitting for all of my readers, I'm sharing it in hopes that it might help someone out there or might be something worth saving for those who plan on trying soon.

I also plan on doing a little series of must haves. We'll cover trying to conceive as well as each trimester! Remember that these are things that worked for me and may not be perfect for everyone. You'll find links to some great resources and websites I found helpful as well links to items I purchased and recommend.

Your Turn To Shine- No. 36

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Your Turn To Shine weekly link party! Share your crafts and recipes!

Thanks for stopping by to link up your projects and recipes this week! I'm kicking off my summer down in the Outer Banks of North Carolina with my family! Hope you're getting a bright and sunny start to summer too! Can't wait to see what you've been up to!