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A Healthy Pregnancy with Promise Prenatal

Maternity

Every week I use an app on my phone to determine what size the baby is, how the baby’s body is developing, and any common pregnancy symptoms this mama may be feeling as well. It always amazes me to see the different senses baby is developing, and how this little human is continually growing inside my own body.

It can be a lot of pressure for a pregnant mama to make sure that she is staying healthy, eating right, and getting enough exercise. That’s why it’s a relief to know that companies like Promise Prenatal put mothers and babies first with every single product they create.

Promise Prenatal has created prenatal vitamins for each trimester with mom and baby in mind, including before pregnancy as well as postpartum. Currently, I am taking the Stage 2 vitamins which I will take through the second and third trimesters. Stage 2 follows the recommendations from the National Institute of Medicine to increase iron at the beginning of your second trimester to help prevent anemia, which is common later in pregnancy. It also provides higher concentrations of vitamin C, calcium and magnesium which mother and baby need during this period of extraordinary growth, and is made from all natural ingredients.

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I have also been using Promise Prenatal’s Stretch Mark & Scar Oil. Every time I get out of the shower I rub a little on my growing bump to help prevent stretch marks. It is made from 100% organic oils and helps to maintain healthy, soft & supple skin throughout this pregnancy. Because this is my second pregnancy it feels as though everything is growing so much faster than before. I am so thankful to have this stretch mark oil to help prevent any unwanted stretch marks and lines.

One of my favorite things about Promise Prenatal is that with every purchase they give a mom in a developing country prenatal nutrition. They are a company that truly cares for the health and well being of all mothers and babies.

I may not be the perfect pregnant mother, but Promise Prenatal makes it so much easier knowing I am taking something healthy and safe for my baby and I.

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Thank you to Promise Prenatal for sponsoring today’s post and for having the best, quality products for pregnant and new mothers! All content and opinions are that of my own! 

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Margot’s Second Birthday!

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I cannot believe this little girl is already TWO! Everyone told me, “don’t blink, it goes so fast!”, but I did not think time would move as quickly as it has!

We had a fabulous, simple birthday for Margot. Just a small family party, with pizza and wings and a few yummy snacks.

My proud mama moment was the Princess Sofia cupcakes that we made for her. She has been obsessed with Princess Sofia. After making the cupcakes, we made a homemade purple buttercream that we piped along the top. We then placed candy pearls along the cupcake to look like Princess Sofia’s dress. For the birthday girl, we cut out a small Sofia from the waist up and placed her on a special cupcake to make it look like the cupcake was her dress. It turned out better than I could have imagined, and the whole process was so easy!

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I also received so many compliments on Margot’s dress which we got on sale at Old Navy for so cheap. I loved the color, but also how simple the dress was.

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We did not go overboard for this party and I am so glad. It was perfectly simple just the way we liked it, and it could not have been a more beautiful day to celebrate our little girl.

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Mama’s Dress linked here.

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5 Reasons Why You Need the Kiyari Changing Pad Clutch

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If you’ve been reading my blog over the last year you know I’m all about keeping things simple. Our birthdays and holidays are never over the top, our matching outfits are pretty easy, and my home is pretty darn simple as well.

Do you know what’s not simple? Running errands with a toddler.

There are so many times that I run errands with my daughter, lug our huge diaper bag around, and only use the essentials inside of it; diapers and wipes. One day I realized, “why am I lugging this thing around, sometimes even with a purse, and always with a toddler who is constantly on the go?”

That was when Kiyari reached out to me about their adorable portable diaper changing pad that folds into a clutch, and I knew I just couldn’t resist. This thing is a life saver for this simple pregnant mama for a few reasons.

My daughter can carry it.

Yes, you heard me right. My daughter can be the one to lug our belongings around. She is always independent and helpful, and if mama is holding something she wants to be the one to carry it. She could never hold the diaper bag or my purse because it was simply to big for her, but she can carry this clutch around with no problem. Everything is zipped into place, and all she has to do is throw that strap around her little arm and she is one happy camper. The best part is, when she chooses to carry the clutch, the only thing I have to worry about is carrying her. #winwin

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It can hold all the essentials that we need.

When I run errands I love to only bring the essentials that I need. That typically includes my phone, debit card, license, cash, keys, diapers, wipes and possibly a few small toys for my daughter to play with. This clutch easily holds everything we need inside. I truly couldn’t believe that I fit everything in there so comfortably. I put all of my essentials on the outside pocket, while the diapers and wipes went in an inside pocket.

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It provides extra padding for changing your child.

Changing your baby in public is never a fun experience for anybody. When you open up to use the clutch as a changing pad, it has extra padding to make it more comfortable for your child while they are being changed in this unique setting. It also is extra long and waterproof. The material is non-toxic and so durable compared to other pads. It even has a small built in pillow to protect your child’s head on that changing table.

The pad is also extremely easy to clean, and can even be detached from the body for easier cleaning.

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It can clip onto objects.

The strap that you can use around your wrist has a clip that makes it easy for you to clip around things, such as a stroller or grocery store handle. That way you don’t have to worry about losing or dropping it while you’re running errands, shopping or traveling with your little one.

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It’s just plain cute.

This clutch is way cuter than my purse or my daughter’s diaper bag. I absolutely love the black and white arrow pattern, and how easily is fit right on my wrist, or could just burrow under my arm as I walked with my daughter. It is gender neutral and super modern. You don’t need to sacrifice your cute style to carry around your baby’s essentials!

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Kiyari is now offering one lucky winner a chance to win this free portable changing pad clutch! All you need to do is the following:

  1. Follow brittalivengood and kiyaribaby on Instagram
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  3. Tag three friends in the comments

Check out Kiyari’s website to learn more about their family owned business. Also check out their Instagram as well as their Facebook page.

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Thank you to Kiyari for sponsoring today’s post. All content and opinions are that of my own! 

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Painting With Feathers For Less Than $10

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Well today we thought we’d go colonial style and paint… with feathers. If men and women could write letters to one another with a feather and ink for hundreds of years, why not give painting with one a try too?

My daughter loved it! It was something different instead of boring old paint brushes, or her fingers. Besides, between the paint and the feathers the entire activity cost me less than $10 at Michaels. This little paint session kept her busy for over an hour, which was awesome.

I loved the neon paint we bought, and her pictures turned out so cute because the paint was so colorful and vibrant. The pack of feathers worked great as well. There were so many sizes and tons of them, so we tried to pick big ones that were easy to paint with.

If you’re looking for something fun and easy to do with your toddler I would highly recommend this fun activity.

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11 Easy Activities To Do With Your Toddler on a Rainy Day

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Top: DressLily | Leggings: Nordstrom

The last few days have been rainy ones here in Western New York. Normally during the summer, I dread rainy days, especially stuck in a house with a toddler who needs to be moving all day long. But something about these last few days has brought me happiness with the never-ending rain.

Our summer has been nonstop on-the-go, and the last few days have almost seemed peaceful. It has forced us to slow down and relax. We’ve been able to try some new indoor activities, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve been that mom who has watched a little more TV with my daughter than normal. But you know? We’ve been so busy that I am okay with that. Over the last few months we’ve come up with a few rainy day activities that keep our time passing through the day.

Drawing with Foam

My daughter loves to color and draw, but one day I stumbled upon some extra foam pieces we had around the house and she was so excited. Now when she’s antsy and bored I pull out small pieces of foam and she loves to color on it with pen.

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Foam Puzzles

My daughter loves the foam and she loves puzzles, so one day I decided to cut out little hearts and turn them into small foam puzzles. She has so much fun mixing them up and putting them back together.

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Books, Books and More Books

Are you surprised that books are on the list? Probably not! But it is remarkable how much time my daughter will spend just sitting and “reading” books. Now that she is starting to say more words she loves to point out what she knows and recognizes. Read together, or let them just read on their own!

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Fort Building

Who doesn’t love a good fort? Even if it only consists of a blanket draped over two sturdy objects, it’s something new and fun for them to climb under and play in. My daughter loves a simple fort that she can just play with her babies, and read her books in.

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Bake Something Together

If you have the ingredients and the time, you might as well bake something yummy together. Besides, then eating it gives you something to do after it’s done as well!

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Go to a Museum or Indoor Nature Center

If you have a fun kids museum or an indoor nature center that you can visit, doing that while it’s a rainy day is the perfect time to go. I found that the Audubon Nature Center is a perfect place to go with children, and they have so much to do inside on rainy days. Check out my blog post for all the fun activities the Audubon offers.

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Exercise Together

There are so many mother and child exercise routines online now that are a great workout for mom, and also fun for kids. Every time my daughter sees me exercising she wants to jump right in and do it too.

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Organize

I have found this is a great idea to do on a rainy day. When I say organize, I mean one of two things. Organize can mean just organizing things for fun, or organizing things for a purpose. One day we organized all her toys by color just for fun. It kept her entertained for a long time, and she actually was having fun and showed me that she knew her colors.

Other times we have organized her room for a purpose. The best part about this is sometimes while we organized we found toys tucked away under her crib or other places that she had forgotten about and she was so excited to play with them again.

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Fill Plastic Bags with Fun Things

I’ve learned there are so many fun things you can do with plastic bags that are so simple. One day I just filled a plastic bag with blue colored water and buttons and she moved and played with those buttons at her highchair for close to twenty minutes.

Another fun thing to fill the bags with is just a few colors or paint. They can spread the paint around and make different colors. You can also throw in some random items that they can roll around in the paint.

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Yes, TV.

I’m not saying that we binge watch shows all day long, but we watch some of her favorite shows that keep her occupied. There are so many shows that are educational and great for young learners. Singalongs and movement shows are perfect for my daughter who loves to move while she watches TV. She also loves Sesame Street, and Sofia the First.

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Play in the Rain

Don’t forget that playing in the rain can be just as fun as playing outside on a sunny day.

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When it rains it nourishes the ground and refreshes the plants when they need it most. Sometimes you need to let the rain do that for you too.

 

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Cute Weekly Bump Picture Idea with Toddler

When I was pregnant with my oldest I never did the bump pictures. I felt weird standing in front of a camera by myself to take a picture of my growing bump each week, especially since it didn’t grow all that fast for a while. Looking back on it, I wish I had because it really is amazing to see the progression of the growing human inside the body. That is why I decided the second time around that I would capture at least most of the weeks. The only difference was this time I had a little helper that wanted in on the pictures as well.

I thought in order to remember exactly how big the baby was, I would try to hold the fruit or vegetable that baby was the size of in the picture each week. The only problem with that, is some fruits and veggies are not always in season when it’s time to post a picture of that baby in your belly, so I had to get a little creative with a few. Each week I bought two so that I could hold one, and my daughter could hold the other.

Week 15- Size of a beet

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Toddler’s Outfit // Top: Nordstrom | Shorts: Old Navy

Week 17- Size of a Large Peach

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Mama’s Outfit // Top: Nordstrom | Shorts: Motherhood Maternity

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Week 18- Size of a Sweet Potato

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Mama’s Outfit // Top: Nordstrom | Shorts: Motherhood Maternity

Toddler’s Outfit // Top: Old Navy | Shorts: TJMaxx

Week 19- Size of a Zucchini

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Mama’s Outfit // Top: Nordstrom Rack | Shorts: Motherhood Maternity

Toddler’s Outfit // Top: TJMaxx | Skirt: Old Navy

 

Stay tuned for more Baby Bump pics to come!

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5 Reasons Why You Should Take Your Child to the National Audubon Society

During the summers my daughter and I love adventuring to new places and exploring new things. Last year was tough because she wasn’t even one, and she couldn’t do very much. This year is a whole different story. She can interact with things, play, and observe. That’s why I decided to try out our local Audubon Society here in town, and let me tell you it was one of the best days we’ve had in a while.

I cannot speak for all Audubon’s across the country, but I’m sure each one works hard to make it fun and interactive for kids and adults. I was amazed at all the fun things we could do and see there, especially for my almost two-year-old daughter.

Hiking

They have tons of hiking paths and trails that you can choose to walk. Deep in the woods, or just a small trek around their facility, it could leave you walking for hours. They allow strollers, so my daughter and I walked a path through the woods and were able to see tons of birds, wildlife, pinecones, trees, and berries.

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Wildlife

I’m sure each Audubon center is different in terms of the wildlife. Our local Audubon has one specific gem that many locals know, and that is Liberty, a bald eagle. She happily has her own big exhibit that she stays in and watches visitors as they pass by. My daughter is obsessed with birds and was so excited to see one so large. It was incredible to see her so close.

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Margot inside a life-size bald eagle nest.

Gardens

Our Audubon has a local garden that they encourage you to enter and look around. It was a pretty big garden that housed many different flowers and vegetables. They ask that you be respectful of the growing crops, and do not touch, but they love for visitors to enter the enclosed space and look around at all the food and flowers they are growing. My daughter was obsessed with the tomatoes!

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Interactive Play and Exhibits

Once we had explored outside for a while we moved our exploration inside. We learned there was so much more to discover inside as well. Every room, including little nooks and crannies, had either blocks, books, toys, animals, or something that she could interact and play with. I couldn’t believe how much was offered.

Some things we did inside included:

  • Pretend fishing with local fish in our area
  • Read books about many local animals
  • Played with insect puzzles
  • Played with puppets that had to do with pollination
  • Used binoculars placed by a window to see wildlife outside
  • Traveled through a hollowed out tree tunnel
  • Looked through tanks at different turtles and fish
  • Saw life-sized spiders (inside glass of course)
  • Picked pretend fruit and veggies
  • Played with stuffed animal birds
  • Checked out the gift shop

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The Observatory

This may have been our favorite place in the entire Audubon. This beautiful top floor allowed you to see so much of the property and its surroundings. You could easily see the pond, so many trees, some of the paths, and of course some birds and wildlife around. My daughter was fascinated by the view, and we looked out of the glass for a while.

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Check out the Audubon’s website to find a local Audubon near you to explore with your family. I promise you won’t regret it!

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