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10 Unique, Low-Cost, At-Home Date Nights

10 Unique, Low-Cost, At-Home Date Nights

Having a baby brings so much joy, but it also brings all kinds of new challenges to a marriage. I’ve often preached about the importance of keeping the romance alive, and now that I’m a new mom this sentiment has taken on a whole new […]

Easy 4 Step Politics Detox

Easy 4 Step Politics Detox

Wow. What a long weekend; a new president took office and an unprecedented peaceful protest took place across all seven continents. On Friday I flipped through the various news organizations for inauguration coverage, and on Saturday morning I posted up on the couch with coffee […]

Pregnancy Stress Relievers

Pregnancy Stress Relievers

I’m now just over 18 weeks pregnant and I finally had my first mini meltdown. I don’t know how soon the first one comes along for other pregnant women, or if it all, but I was kind of surprised it took this long. From the moment we found out I was pregnant, the mutual feeling has been a steady eagerness mixed with a touch of nerves. Three months after I first peed on a stick, and I finally had a little break down. I’m allowed to blame it on the hormones, right?

Blake and I are going to be good parents, and despite the challenge our rowdy pack of dogs might bring to the mix, I’m not all that worried about bringing up baby. No, I wasn’t looking that far into the future when I spent the evening in a panic. My worries focused primarily on our living situation. Our cute little condo is too little. We need to upgrade in size before our bundle of joy and all her baby gear take over. Our plan is to sell the condo and rent something bigger until we’re ready to jump back into the real estate game. Five months may seem like a good amount of time to get things situated, but when you have a bun in the oven constantly reminding you that the clock is ticking, it feels like time is running out. Thus, my little breakdown.

Managing Stress During Pregnancy

It doesn’t really matter what caused my freakout, because it probably won’t be the last during my pregnancy or thereafter. What’s more important was how I handled the stress. Everyone will tell you that you shouldn’t stress when you’re pregnant, that the negative energy will somehow affect the baby. My sweet husband’s favorite line right now is “don’t stress, just worry about yourself and the baby”. Well, stress is inevitable at this stage in our lives and unlike my husband, I’ve had to find new ways to cope with it. Gone are the days when I could put my feet up and pour a generous glass of wine after a crazy day at work. I can’t even loosen my knot-ridden muscles with a dip in the Jacuzzi. This is where finding your pregnancy zen really comes in to play.

Stress Relief for PregnancyPrenatal Yoga

I’ve always advocated yoga for stress relief, I just didn’t realize how much I’d come to depend on it when I was pregnant. Now that wine is off limits, if the day has been particularly stressful, I like to clear my mind with some prenatal yoga. Yoga is all about being present and focusing on your body. Prenatal yoga helps me to focus on what’s going on inside my body, particularly with my baby, and everything else just sort of melts away. By the end of the session, sprawled out on my mat, I’m completely relaxed and ready for a nap.

Lavender Bath

Before anyone starts getting all worked up about how you aren’t supposed to take baths while you’re pregnant, relax. The real danger here is the heat, and as much as I love my water scalding hot, I’m always careful to keep the temp at a semi-satisfying lukewarm. What really helps me relax is the lavender. Blake bought me some lavender oil a few months back and I’m obsessed. If I’m really missing the piping hot baths of my pre-pregnancy life, I just fill the tub halfway with tepid water and add about 10 drops of lavender oil. While candles burn on the sidelines, I allow myself the luxury of soaking for about 10 to 15 minutes before toweling off and hoping into bed. It’s not as hot as I’m used to, but it does the trick.

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Walk The Dogs

Exercise in general is a huge stress reliever but being pregnant has put a damper on my stamina when it comes to working out. I get light-headed easier and run out of breath faster, so my old gym routine is a no-go at the moment. Instead, I like to get outside and walk the dogs. Of course, walking the dogs along the sidewalk of busy street isn’t that relaxing. Instead, I like to venture where the views are a little prettier and the paths a little quieter. There is a trail behind my house that has some decent inclines so that I really feel like I’m getting a workout, but also has some amazing views. I like to pause at the tallest spot and just take it all in. Walking along this trail, or my local beach trail, is a great way to clear my head and feel like I’m getting some decent exercise. That’s a win-win in my book.

Read A Book

Sometimes, the best thing you can do when you’re stressed is to clear your mind. I know, easier said than done, but it can be done. The easiest way for me to remove myself from reality is to dive head first into a good book. Now, if pregnancy or anything baby related is what’s causing your current stressful state, then reading baby related material won’t work. I have plenty of baby books to dig into, but when I just want to get away from it all for a little bit, I’m going straight for the mystery novel or romance paperback. To momentarily forget about my worries, it’s all fun and no business.

Pregnancy can bring all kinds of new worry and stress into your life, and those unsolicited comments about pregnancy and stress are right. It’s important to try to manage stress as best you can for a healthy pregnancy. My mother joked that all my worrying would make my kid a worry wart, and although I know she was just teasing, I’m sure there is some truth to that. So, I’m going to do my best to keep the stress and worry to a minimum so that my baby can enjoy a peaceful five months in the womb.

Any  pregnant mamas have different stress-relief or management techniques they use? I’d love to hear about it!

And, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for a behind the scenes look at my crazy life!

Why I Can’t Give Up My Hobby

Why I Can’t Give Up My Hobby

You know when you are aware of something looming in the background but instead of face it head on you try to ignore it for as long as possible? I often do this with my bank account. When the mental math suggests things are getting […]

Easy DIY Monogram Pumpkin

Easy DIY Monogram Pumpkin

I finally busted out the Halloween decorations about a week ago. Blake and I recently started moving things around inside the house, so I didn’t feel interior décor made sense this year, but I did want do a little something for the outside. I’ve always […]

My Perfect Skinny Margarita Recipe

My Perfect Skinny Margarita Recipe

Ah, Tuesdays. The week day that gives us sweet reprieve in the form of tacos and tequila after long, drawn-out Mondays. My favorite thing about Taco Tuesday has less to do with tacos and more to do with tequila. I’ve always loved a good margarita, but as my taste buds evolved and my waistline expanded, I’ve strayed away from the typical sweet and sour happy hour concoction. When it comes to carne asada and guacamole, my beverage of choice is a skinny margarita.

Unlike it’s sugary, cheap predecessor, the skinny margarita is refreshing and relatively guilt-free. After taste-testing a variety of skinny margs at various Mexican restaurants, I’ve finally narrowed down a combination of ingredients to make the perfect drink. First step; ditch the store-bought sweet and sour mix for fresh ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:

skinny margarita recipe

 

  • 8 ounces silver 100%agave tequila
  • 3/4 can Mexican beer
  • 750ml sparkling water
  • 1 ounce agave nectar (add more to taste)
  • 6 ounces lime juice
  • Coarse salt
  • Lime wedges

 

 

Pour tequila, beer, and sparkling water into a large pitcher. Add agave nectar and lime juice, and stir. Salt the rims of margarita glasses or large tumblers. Pour over ice, and garnish with lime wedges. Serve and enjoy!

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I love this recipe because it’s got bubbles (which make me happy) and it’s thirst-quenching, instead of thirst-inducing like its sweet and sour evil twin. The addition of beer gives it more flavor, and more strength (insert winky face). And for those of us who would like to blissfully enjoy our alcohol, it requires less guilt than higher calorie cocktails. My skinny margarita is the perfect Taco Tuesday accessory, just add chips and salsa.