Friday, June 27, 2014

Hello 3rd Trimester!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow, I cannot believe that I am 27 weeks pregnant already, with a healthy Baby Boy! 
Baby A is super excited about the arrival of her little brother. There are still so many things to accomplish before he arrives, but we are working on it. 
I am happy to announce that I am still weight lifting, running, jump roping, and doing yoga! 
I completed the last workout of the Burn Circuit for ChaLean Extreme today & starting on the Push Circuit Monday! 
So far I do yoga daily, weight lifting 3 days a week (10,15,20 lb dumbbells), and cardio 2-4 times a week depending on how I am feeling! 
It has made a huge difference! I have gained 15 lbs now and am keeping my muscle tone. 

Baby B is in face down position and growing like crazy! I have started to get to the tired phase of pregnancy, but am happy to have many less symptoms this time than I did the first time. It is a wonderful relief to be able to get comfy at night and not be using a giant pregnancy pillow!! 

I finished my CCS certification and am now on my SAQ certification for my Master Trainer Program! I will be finishing up the end of August! 1 month before Baby B is due! Perfect timing :) 


I don't have a lot of pictures today but I will post some belly pictures for you all soon!


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Coming Soon on ReInventing Lolli




GIVEAWAY ALERT!! :THIRTY ONE!!

I just got the most exciting news that my blogger friend Jennifer is having a Thirty One giveaway on her blog!! 
How awesome is that?

Head on over to her blog and enter here

I just couldn't resist sharing such great news! 

Good luck and happy entering!


Friday, May 30, 2014

23 weeks pregnant and a recap!!



I am 23 weeks pregnant today....



with a baby BOY!! 


We are very excited to have one of each :) 

So far I have gained 11 lbs. which according to the charts is right on track for my weight gain goal of 25-30  lbs.
With Baby A I had gained 42 lbs. which was definitely over what was necessary. I ate healthy, but not as healthy as I do now, and I didn't really work out all that much....just yoga and light weights here and there.

not my photo. googled image from web.


This time I have kept up with regular workouts. I took a month off when we moved ( our move was hectic and crazy and there is STILL work being done on the house).

My workouts consist of weight training, cardio, and yoga! I have been managing to do all 3. My current workout routine is 5-6 days a week, with either Saturday or Sunday off....and sometimes we go for long walks on those days!

I feel best when I am active.
( a couple of this weeks workouts)

5 min treadmill warm up/5 min cool down, 40 min weight lifting,

10 min stretching. Did lateral

band walking to help with core strength.  Yoga in the evening.
1.22 mile jog during day. yoga in the evening.



Since starting back after the move I have experience a lot of soreness from the weight training, but it was totally expected despite having trained before. Any time I take a break I am always sore for a little while.

I have been doing well with school! I should finish up in August! I am very excited. I so far have completed my personal training certification and 2 other certifications, I now have 2 certifications and 1 final project left before I achieve the Master Personal Fitnesss Trainer title. I am very excited about this.

After that I will take a break for Baby B to be born and for bonding time.
Then I will hit the books for nutrition and I am thinking fitness chef too!
I have goals of a Masters degree in sight as well. I am hoping to complete all of this very quickly :) 

not my photo. image googled from the web.

It feels good to be following my passion. What are you passionate about? What are you doing to pursue your passion?
I personally wish I had pursued education for my passion about 5 years or so ago, but I wasn't mentally ready then for all that I decided to take on now.

It is interesting juggling school, pregnancy, a move, and a 2 1/2 year old! In addition Hubby works and is in school too, so we both have a lot on our plate! 

We wouldn't have it any other way though. Our lives are full and happy.


Oh and one thing I am super excited about....



I made tortillas successfully for the first time yesterday! 

YAY!


Have you tried anything new lately?
I would love to hear from you.


Friday, May 2, 2014

CutieDoodie Diapers Review! ( Sponsored Review)

Finally, what you have all been waiting for!
The CutieDoodie Diapers cloth diaper review! 


CutieDoodie Diapers is the hot new diaper brand on the market! They are CUSTOM made and WELL made.
Katie offered to send me one to try out and I couldn't resist. She picked a surprise color for me ( as I am the most indecisive person on the planet). Seriously though the colors were all beautiful and I couldn't decide.
The diaper I received is a custom newborn diaper. I estimate that it would fit a 5 or 6 lb baby up to about 22 lbs. or so. My daughter Baby A tried it on at 28 lbs. and was on the last leg snap, but it still fit! 

the diaper fit Baby A well in the waist!

Baby A is 2 1/2 years old. She weights almost 28 lbs. She is thick thighed with a skinny waist. Her snap placement on a OS diaper is usually on the next to smallest snap setting, but the legs are usually on the next to biggest. She is an extremely heavy wetter....extremely, and she poops 1-2 times a day.
We tried the diaper out for pee, but were not able to catch a number 2 during any of the time frames that she wore the diaper.

All that being said. When Baby B arrives, we will be trying this diaper again for another more accurate review on a newborn. This review however can tell you how the diaper functions when stressed to the max both size and wetness wise.

no bulk!!

A couple of things I wanted to note:

The snaps work extremely well and are placed evenly on the diaper. There is a row for hip snaps, and a row of waist snaps as well. For the leg settings there are 2 rows of snaps, one for each leg.

The diaper is made of high quality materials. and the stitching is even and spot on. No stray threads or mistakes on this diaper!

The insert is nice as well, I like the shape of the insert as it fills the whole pocket as opposed to leaving any space.

showing how it fits Baby A in the leg region.
We had ZERO leaks with this diaper, she wets heavy day or night and there were no leaks when she wore the diaper, even with it being a little tight due to her size vs. the size of the diaper. I expected a compression leak of some kind, but no leaks at all.
Due to her being over the size limit for the diaper I did not want to leave it on overnight, so I will be reviewing overnight wear with Baby B in September/October  time.

She had zero rashes or skin irritations from the diaper!

This is a fantastic diaper! Zero complaints! I highly recommend. The diaper held up to washing with extremely minimal pilling on the insert!

diaper and insert

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I also want to include in this review, a question and answer session I had with Katie, the owner of CutieDoodie Diapers:

1. What is the inner fabric of the diaper cover made out of ?

K: The inner fabric is suedecloth. I'm experimenting with microfleece and athletic wicking too. So far suedecloth is my fav.

 2. What fabric is the outer part of the diaper cover made of? 

K: The outer is PUL

3. What fabric is the insert made out of?How many layers sewn is the insert? 

K:   The insert is microfiber. It's 3 layers thick. Actually I think I am going to discontinue the inserts for now until I get a serger. I want my products to look professional and without a serger I feel they don't have that professional finish yet.

(FYI: I thought they looked great! Let's buy some more diapers and help her get that serger so she can bring those inserts back!)

4. What is your favorite part about making cloth diapers?

K: I love seeing the finished product. The snaps are the most time consuming, but seeing a functional diaper at the end is really exciting for me!

 5. What types of diapers/diapering products do you plan on selling in your shop? Now and in future? 

K: Eventually I like to offer newborn along with regular 
one size diapers. I'd also like to make burp cloths, wetbags, nursing covers, and nursing pads. Right now it's just newborn and regular size diapers.

6. What are the prices of your diapers? 

K: The regular diapers are $15 and tbd on the newborns!:)


7. What made you decide to start your own diaper business?

K: I'm a single mom and can't find work at the moment. Instead of sitting around I wanted to do something using my degree in apparel design. The more I researched cloth diapering, the more I wanted to make and use them myself. I knew I could create a quality product to share, so I created my patterns! 
Besides, being my own boss would be amazing!!

*****

Well, what do you all think?

Her diapers get a thumbs up in my book! Having gotten to chat with her, this woman has a wonderful personality and great attention to detail! Being a mom herself, she knows that diaper quality is important!

I personally think that CutieDoodie Diapers is one of the best diapers I have tried so far. 


"Mommy, I'm a super model"

My favorite one size pocket that I always reach for in my stash is a Kawartha, the styling on this one is similar in the way of fit! So if you like Kawartha pockets, you have GOT to try these!! I like it way better than my Sunbaby pockets!
Not name dropping there, but letting you know how it stacks up so some cloth favorites out there!

Please check out her ETSY shop and let your comments/questions below!


View yesterday's video preview here.


Check back in September/October 2014 for a review on a NEWBORN!

*I received no monetary compensation for this review, only a diaper for the review. In addition, all opinions are and always will be my own. Interview posted with permission.*

Thursday, May 1, 2014

CutieDoodie Diapers Preview! ( video)

Finally, what everyone has been waiting for!

The CutieDoodie Diapers blog review~! 
This is a preview of what you can expect in tomorrows review!

Please watch the video below.

video

Just can't wait to see what CutieDoodie Diapers has to offer?

Check out her ETSY shop below:




*I have not recieved monetary compensation, only a diaper to review. All opinions are my own.*

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

**RECALL ALERT: CARSEATS**

EVENFLO CARSEATS RECALLED:


MIA but for Good Reason :)

I apologize for being MIA lately. It has been extremely busy around the ReInvented Household. We literally just finished moving into a HOUSE this weekend. So happy to be out of apartments!
It was a long move and with a 2 year old, well, you know that can be both fun and challenging. 
On top of that I have been studying for school and getting ready for a big test, so that has been time consuming as well.
I am 15 1/2 weeks pregnant with Baby B now. It is amazing how much more I feel Baby B early on than I felt Baby A! Also my tummy is much smaller than last time! I haven't  even hit maternity clothes yet.
We have a birth center orientation this week. We are very excited! A new one opened up last year, and a friend told me about it, so we are checking it out. A birth center and home birth weren't an option with Baby A, but both are options with Baby B! 
So many differences, yet so many similarities.
I ended up with a PUPPP rash at 12 weeks with Baby B, but with Baby A I didn't get it until 34 weeks. I have been using natural remedies and THE RASH IS ALMOST GONE! The itch is very minimal. I am so grateful for essential oils.
We have been shopping for cloth diapers, we recently bough some diapers for  Baby B...some Kawaii's and Diaper Safari's. We love them...

Then in a cloth diaper group on facebook I met a really nice woman who just opened an Etsy shop! She sent me a diaper to review!! 
I cannot wait to share my review with you! It is a newborn size diaper, and the quality is incredible. Keep a look out in the next week for a review on Cutie Doodie Diapers!! 

Here is her etsy link the in the meantime so you can check her diapers out:

I am very excited to bring this review to you!

Back to unpacking! We are setting up Baby A's room in the new house, and then tackling the rest of the kitchen! The kitchen here is huge, I feel so spoiled!


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Spring Issue of Green Child Magazine is Here!

I absolutely love reading Green Child Magazine!
This issue I thought was a particularly good one, it is filled with recipes, an article on breastfeeding, and sustainable diapering options.

Just wanted to share.


I just wanted to share something I enjoy!
Happy Tuesday!


Friday, March 7, 2014

11 weeks today! Excited to be a mommy of 2!

Today marks 11 weeks pregnant with Baby B! We are super excited and this pregnancy seems to be going fast.
Thankfully I have not had a ton of morning sickness, but let me explain.
Although I did not have morning sickness for more than 3 weeks, it was REALLY bad. I was sick all day every day and couldn't stand  the smell of anything. I am so happy to not have a puke bucket anymore, haha.

I have kept up with my workouts, with an exception of the couple of weeks I had the morning sickness. It feels good to be jump roping, doing HIIT, weight training, and doing prenatal yoga. I love being active and I feel like this has helped me this pregnancy.

As for weight gain, I haven't really gained any. I gained a couple pounds in the beginning, but then lost it immediately with the morning sickness, and haven't gained since. 

My bra size on the other hand has grown like crazy. Forget wearing the same shirts, but at least I am not in maternity clothes yet, LOL. With Baby A I would have been in maternity clothes already.

I still have food aversions this pregnancy, even though the sickness is past. However, I really do enjoy all kinds of fruit, as well as chicken, and turkey. I have found ways of sneaking spinach ( one of my faves) back into my diet, as I think the baby needs more green stuff. Avocado has been a staple as well.


The picture above is from last week, but I haven't grown any, and since I have been slacking at blogging, here is a glimpse into my pregnancy.

There is also a comparison to  my pregnancy with Baby A.

My lines have softened and my muscles aren't as big as they were, but that is due to all the wonderful baby making hormones in my body!

I feel like even though I was healthier than a lot of people when I was pregnant with Baby A, I am doing even better this pregnancy.

I still consumed some sugar  while pregnant with Baby A, I also allowed myself a coconut ice cream treat at night when pregnant with her.
I have not consumed sugar at all since Avani was a couple of months old, and I no longer allow any cheats to my diet at all, and I am happy about it.

I also did prenatal yoga and very rarely light weight lifting while pregnant with Baby A, and a lot of walks with Hubby. This time around though I am working out 5-6 days a week, with my normal workout regimen. 

I was in better shape before pregnancy this time around, so I have stronger abs ( even despite an umbilical hernia from my 1st pregnancy).

All these things account for why I am so different this pregnancy than last pregnancy.

But what is the same, is I love both of my babies with my whole heart!  In addition, with Baby A I was healthy to the very extent of my knowledge at the time, and did my 100% best, and I am also doing my 100% best this time around with Baby B....the only difference is a few more years, and a little more knowledge.

I am so happy to be a mommy of 2.

I can't wait to meet Baby B in September.