Take The Guesswork out of Tracking Contractions with Bloomlife

June 12, 2018

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bloomlife. All opinions are 100% mine.

Bloomlife Contraction Tracking

I remember being asked by my OB in one of my check-ups if I’ve been feeling any Braxton Hicks contractions. My best answer to the question is unfortunately one big shrug emoji. I knew what Braxton Hicks contractions are, but I’m not really sure what it’s supposed to feel like (and thus no idea if I’ve been having them). Apparently you can have these “practice contractions” as early as 7 weeks — although first time moms-to-be may not feel them until 17 weeks or later (or maybe not at all). A quick search online tells me that most describe it as a “tightening of the stomach”, while some say it’s akin to period cramps. Well I don’t think I’ve felt that…or maybe I sort of have? There were times when I’ve woken up in the middle of the night with a feeling like I’m in the middle of doing an ab crunch. Was that Braxton Hicks? Or is my belly just getting so big that it literally takes the effort of doing a sit-up crunch to change sleeping positions? Or maybe I dreamt it all? Crud, how do I know if that was a contraction or not?

Lucky for me, and all the moms-to-be out there, we’re living in an era of fem-tech revolution. From apps that track your cycle to period discs that provide an alternative to tampons, there are so many female-targeted new technology coming out that aim to make our life easier. One of these innovation that I’m so happy to discover is Bloomlife. This app and sensor combo helps me take the guesswork out of tracking my contractions. Read on to find out how Bloomlife works and why I’m such a huge fan. Also, since paying full price is totally overrated, I’ve got an exclusive discount just for you guys.

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8 Best Places to Shop for Maternity Wear

June 7, 2018

Storq Maternity Mini Dress

For the longest time I resisted buying maternity clothes. It worked for awhile since I didn’t really change in size much until around Christmas break, which I spent in the relatively mild winter weather of Texas. Most of that time I spent lounging my sweat pants and old t-shirts. When I do go out, I relied on my oversized tops and skirts with stretchy waistbands. I just hiked up the elastics over my belly. It wasn’t until I came back to the New York winter weather that I realized there’s no escaping buying maternity clothes — and I desperately need to get a pair of maternity tights to cover my cold legs.

But once I accepted my fate, I realized I had another problem. I really just have no clue where to shop for maternity wear. When I think of maternity wear, the stuff that comes to mind are maternity stores like Pea in the Pod. But really is that all there is? And do I really need to shell out $70 for a pair of jeans that I’m only going to wear for a few months? The answer is of course no and no. I’ve rounded up for you eight of my top favorite stores, that will cover all the budget and style you can think of. Read on to check out the complete list and see more of this outfit.

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How To Fit a Nursery in a 1-Bedroom Apartment + Davinci Baby Crib Giveaway

June 1, 2018

Fitting a nursery in a small space

When I made the announcement that I was pregnant a few months ago, some people asked me if that means I will be moving back to Texas. My answer of course is a resolute no. I love New York City and have no plans on moving — at least not anytime soon. But on the real though, we did not think we’ll be here this long (October will be our 6th year anniversary), let alone have a baby in the city. It’s no secret that cost of living in NYC is not cheap, so I always thought my timetable for being here was limited to when hubs and I decide we’re going to start a family. Only really rich people have kids and live in Manhattan, right?

Well that’s not really true. Not long after I moved here I met a good amount of people who are successfully raising kids in the city. And they’re not rich trust fund babies or hedge fund managers either. For obvious reasons, city dwellers just live a different lifestyle than their suburban counterparts. You don’t have backyards, so you go to the public park instead. And parents take the bus or walk their kids to school instead of driving (kick scooter seems to be a must have for city kiddos so they can keep up with their parent’s walking pace and not tire out too easily).

One big mental shift I had to make in family planning is the living situation. For the longest time I thought that I should have at least a two-bedroom before we even start trying. I’m glad we threw that idea out the door because it took us nearly two years to get pregnant. That would mean that we would’ve been forking out extra rent money for no good reason. After I got pregnant though, we still decided that we’re going to stay in our one-bedroom for at least a year — mostly because it’s the cheaper route to go. But it turns out that staying put is also better for the baby. American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies sleep in the same room as their parents for at least the first six months (ideally for one year). Doing so can cut the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS by 50%. That’s a pretty good bonus benefit.

I’m pretty lucky to be living in a sizable apartment that enables us to fit all of the baby’s stuff in our bedroom. But still, some adjustments had to be made to do this. Read on to see how we merged our existing furniture with the baby’s. Oh also, did I mention that there will be a Davinci Baby Crib giveaway at the end of this blog?

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#Week37 Bump Report: The Struggle Is Real

May 29, 2018

Week 37 Bump Report

So far, I have been lucky to have a pretty smooth pregnancy — or at least compared to stories I read on online forum and heard from fellow moms anyway. But even the easiest pregnancy is no walk in the park. For me, what makes things easy is not because I avoided the worst of the symptoms. Rather it’s because I deferred many of them to later in the pregnancy. Eventually though, those not-so-fun pregnancy calamities does catch up. In a nutshell: everything is just harder to do now, whether that’s trying to stay stylish (yep will never stop trying) or keeping focused and alert at work. But hey, I’m not complaining. I’ve got less than 3-weeks to go until my due date and I know I can power through this. Because that cutie at the end of the tunnel will be so worth it.

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One Bumpin’ Jumpsuit

May 23, 2018

Storq Maternity Jumpsuit

I love me a good jumpsuit. I always think of them as adult onesie: a stylish shortcut for lazy peeps like me. I never really thought that getting pregnant will affect my ability to wear them — and this was true in the beginning as I was able to still wear a good amount of my jumpsuits during the first trimester. But that quickly change after a few months. I even more bummed out when my search for a jumpsuit didn’t bode out real well. Even ASOS, which has pretty much everything, didn’t have a jumpsuit that I like.

Then one day I randomly got an email from Storq. I’m so happy that they found me because I’ve never heard of them up until then. They’ve got the most fabulous collection of maternity wear with understated minimalist design. I’m into pretty much every piece on their site, but what I really fell in love with is the jumpsuit. It has the perfect blend of comfort and style. And because it’s made from stretchy sweater knit fabric, it works throughout all 9-months of the pregnancy and beyond. Even better, even though its zippered it’s stretchy enough on the top for me to slip in-and-out of without having to use the zipper. Everyone knows going to the bathroom is the bane of every jumpsuit wearer. And this pregnant mama has to go to the bathroom every 15-min (or at least it feels like I do) so any outfit that is complicated to get in and out of is out of the question.

I have a feeling I will be wearing this jumpsuit way beyond my pregnancy. Read on to see more photos of the outfit and let me know what you think of it.

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Things To Do in Montauk (Besides Laying Out By The Pool)

May 22, 2018

Montauk Travel Guide

I was itching to have one last beach hurrah before I’m on baby lockdown and have a temporary travel ban imposed on me. So after convincing hubby that I was unlikely to go into labor at 34-weeks (I looked up the statistic and I believe the likelihood statistically is at 5%) we decided to go to have a weekend getaway to Montauk a couple of weekends ago. On calendar the timing seemed perfect: it was the beginning of the season and rates were cheap, I was early enough in my pregnancy that I’m unlikely to deliver, and it happened to coincide with our wedding anniversary.

Well as Murphy’s law would have it, what can go wrong will go wrong. The week was sunny and beautiful and the weather literally turned ugly the evening we got there. Who knew I needed to pack for sweaters and thicker jackets for a beach trip in May? Unwilling to have a little inclement weather ruin our weekend, we decide to make the best out of it. And hey, now I have a plethora of suggestion of things to do in Montauk besides the obvious of laying out by the pool and the beach. Read on to check out my full list.

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How to Shop for Swimwear When You’re Expecting

May 14, 2018

How to Shop for Maternity Swimwear

Shopping for swimwear was never something that is fun for me. I’m always stuck between that conundrum of getting the cool shaped suit vs not wanting to get a funky tan line. Also you gotta think about whether how that suit’s gonna hold up after lunch (what? I like my poolside snacks). Add pregnancy to the list of suit requirements, and dayumn the search seems to be impossible. But no worries, I got a list of practical tips that will make shopping for maternity swimwear a cinch.

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#Week32 Bump Report: Reality Check

April 24, 2018

Nobody said that pregnancy was going to be a picnic, but boy I sure was naïve and had some unrealistic expectations about it. To be fair, prior to, my main reference point for all things pregnancy was the movie Knocked Up. Not exactly comprehensive. Those of you who are already moms will probably chuckle at some of my “expectations vs reality”. But I thought I’d take you down memory lane while providing those who are moms-to-be or thinking about becoming moms a dose of what’s to come.

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New York Black + Teleport Shoes Giveaway

April 19, 2018

Teleport Moonstone Boots

Once, while strolling down the city streets, I overheard someone say: “man, New Yorkers sure love to wear black”. Yep, you got that right. Black is an all year color for the city — if there ever is a uniform for New York, it would most definitely be an all-black ensemble. Even in the Spring time, when wearing color seems to be a pseudo-requirement, you’ll find plenty of black alongside the floral and paisley prints. I’m totally cool with this because I look pretty good in black (but then again, who doesn’t).

One of my favorite things to do when wearing an all-black outfit is to add pops of texture and colors with my accessories. This time I did it with my Quilted Koala silver metallic backpack and Teleport jeweled moonstone boots (spoiler alert: I will be giving the later away at the end of this post).

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Printed Dresses + H&M Giftcard Giveaway

April 17, 2018

H&M Printed Dress

What is it about the coming of Spring that ushers in a wave of prints? Probably because we spent all that time cooped up in shapeless sweaters, hiding any fun patterned tops we might have on under a thick layer of coats and scarves. I know I was probably overzealous and got my printed dresses way early in the season, in the hopes that I would survive the early Spring chill since it’s a long sleeved maxi. Welp, getting a Spring dress with the hope that the weather will soon turn and cooperate with you definitely did not make it so. There was quite some time between when I purchased this dress and I got to shoot it — as a result it’s sold out already. But no worries guys, I’ve got oodles of picks for you to choose from. And they’re all under $50. Better yet, I’m having a giveaway for one lucky reader to win a gift card to H&M, so you can get your Spring dress shopping on.

Read on for more deets of this outfit and to find out how you can enter the giveway.

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