I swear my intention is to post regularly, but this pregnancy is kicking my ass. That's right I said it. Last week I had my gestational diabetes test and I was ever so confident thinking I would ace the test because I've been really cautious about my weight gain and other than an obsession with jujubes, overall fairly healthy. However last week after going through the initial test and the two hour test, I can confirm I have Gestational Diabetes (GD). I was gonna do a food post but haven't felt like cooking because I don't know what I can eat yet.
Any other women who have gone through GD? Any tips? Go to foods?
In the meantime, I have made myself feel better by my traditional fall trip to Bath & Body Works. I basically stalk BBW during the fall and holiday seasons. I love the warm, cozy scents that they offer and like to stock up on wall flowers & 3 wick candles.
I will be honest, I was kinda disappointed with the candle selection this year. I kept checking online and my local store just never got a great selection. That being said, I got a few candles to get me through the season.
For the Body
These rich, 24 hour formula creams were on sale this weekend for $5 so I got my mom and I each a thin of Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte (bit of a theme if you keep reading). I asked my mom to try it all day and I did the same. I asked for a rating out of five and recommended that she try it in the morning to see how it lasts and then try a reapplication and I would do the same.
Mom says: 🍂🍂🍂🍂/5
Loves the fragrance! Smells like fall without being too heavy and it lasts forever. The cream moisturizes without being greasy. One leaf was held back as the cream didn't make the hands look ten years younger, which would have been a nice perk.
I say: 🍂🍂🍂🍂/5
Pros: I like that this has a fall scent without smelling like pumpkin purée. In addition the warm vanilla scent is cozy without being overpowering. I was really surprised at how how long the fragrance held without being overpowering when I first put it on. I didn't give it a five because I don't think I could reapply it throughout the day without the fragrance being too strong and in the winter my skin soaks up moisturizer like you wouldn't believe.
For the Home
I think the thing I was most excited about is Vanilla Pumpkin Marshmallow. So much so I got a wallflower an almost matching hand cream. I love the the scent is light and sweet and warm and pumpkiny. I like that it has presence without being over powering.
I'm also ver excited about the Golden Cinnamon candle. I love cinnamon but hate when it smells like medicine versus a warm spice. At first glance I believe that this candle will be a new classic and I love the packaging.
I'm excited looking towards their holiday line as well. I read lifeinsidethepage.com for my BBW updates and it looks like very shortly my Christmas candle Vanilla Snowflake will be coming out (so excited to buy a million of them). I STILL want them to bring back Nutmeg & Spice, but in the meantime these candles will hold me over (right now the petition to bring back Nutmeg & Spice is just me, but I'm very passionate about it so I hope to one day see it again).
So, what makes you excited about fall? Any favourite BBW scents?
P.S. I was not paid or given product for this post. Just truly like their stuff. I'd love to try another candle brand so leave a comment in the notes with recommendations!!!
Well I am now in the last week of my second trimester. About 90 days to go (said with a laugh as I know, babies have a mind of their own). I'm gonna be honest, I'm still missing my glow, if I didn't have my highlighter and bronzer I think I'd look like death warmed over. Aside from physical effects (see below for more on that) there are great things about being pregnant and the best part of ending your second trimester is the anticipation of meeting our baby. I. In the home stretch and know that in the next few months I'll get to meet the little guy that's been traveling with me for months.
The one thing I will say about this week is in terms of belly size I feel like this is the sweet spot. Big enough that you know I did more than eat a pizza and not so big that it's messing with my center of gravity.
Over the past few weeks we have been telling family,framily, and friends that we are expecting a little boy! We took sometime with are parents and Jordan's sister's family to enjoy the news before we started sharing the news with our wider circle. We had two get together a where we got to share our news and had two differs reveals. They were both simple and filled with a lot of love (okay admittedly pregnancy is making my blogs sound a bit more lovey).
So, if you read about our pregnancy announcement (if not read about it here) you will know that I am, over the moon for little who-ever-it-is. In my excitement I have been crocheting away and wanted to share this pattern with you. I absolutely love the texture on the Puff Baby Blanket.
This pattern is based on a Marshmallow pattern from goodknitkisses.com, but if I'm being honest I don't always follow patterns well so I've made my own updates.
I used a super chunky wool that was a 6 for weight. I also used a crochet hook that was a size up from what the manufacturer recommends. This helps to make the pattern super quick and easy.
To complete the blanket you will need to know: single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc) and chain (ch). The puff stitch itself is made up of two dc and one sc. The single crochet helps to smooth the end of the stitch down so you get a nice puff.
Chain any length you'd like as long as you do multiples of 2 and then add 3 chs (I used 75)
Row 1: In the third ch from your hook dc, skip 2 ch, (sc,2dc) in next stitch, Skip 2 ch and (sc,2dc) in the next ch. continue (skip 2 ch, sc,2dc) for the rest of the row. End your row with sc, ch3 and turn
Row. 2- infinity (or in my case ending at row 42) 2dc in first stitch, (skip 2sts, in next sts sc,2dc) repeat across the row. End with a sc in the last sts and chain 3. You will notice that your puff ends up being in the sts between the two puffs on the row below. Please note: it can be hard to see the true puff pattern until you've done a few rows - so keep the faith!
Finishing: once you've reached your desired length I like to finish the blanket with a border row. Once you have ended your last row ch 3 (this will make the corner). Then in every stitch around the boarder do a sc. Not gonna lie - I'm not exact in this but really the goal is to make the blanket feel finished and polished.
So this was my first pattern adaptations - if there are any questions or issues let me know so I can update!
I love to cook, entertain, craft and create - all while being a wife, friend, daughter and a mom to a little boy.