baby no. 4: my most asked pregnancy questions

baby no. 4: my most asked pregnancy questions

since i’m officially half way there and finally getting some energy back, i figured i’d answer some questions that i’ve gotten asked with pretty much all of my pregnancies. the questions that when you run into someone that you haven’t seen yet since “announcing” your pregnancy you would answer.

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My DIY at home gel nail manicure

My DIY at home gel nail manicure

let me start off by saying i did not find this: shout out to my sister in law Haley for getting me hooked. super bowl Sunday i went over to her house and she whipped this out, i did my nails there that night and i’m forever a changed woman.

let me also start of by saying that i didn’t pay this much for it, since the whole quarantine situation we have going on, the price has literally doubled and the shipping time is a little bit longer than it was for us

here is the kit that i bought and here is the step by step of how i do it (which also comes with its own instructions)


step one: i file the top of my nails and shape them how i like. i file the top of them because after using it a few times i felt like doing the made it last a little longer.

step 2: a coat of the “foundation” and then under the light for 2 min

step 3: the first coat of the color of your choice. okay so the kit comes with a few colors, but i also purchased another brand of colors because i wanted the white and they worked perfectly fine with my kit (here are the colors i ordered), then you put your hand under the light for 2 min.

step 4: the second coat of the color and then under the light again for 2 min.

step 5: the last “top coat” and then under the light for 2 min.

& that’s it! it’s given me something to do at home during the quarantine and i don’t think i’ll ever have to go to a nail salon ever again. they last me about two weeks, sometimes shorter, sometimes longer. you can also put keep your fingers under the light for an extra minute, sometimes i do that just to keep them longer (i have no clue if it works). you can also do an extra coat of the color if you want too.


so if you are unable to get the kit or if you want something a little faster, you can purchase each of the things individually. an alternative to the kit is this light, this base and top coat and here are a few color options (option one/option two)

Oh Baby Boxes

Oh Baby Boxes

I shared on my Instagram a few weeks ago of a pregnancy subscription box that I found. And so far I’ve tried a few products that I am so happy with, I figured I would share everything that came in my box, as well as give you little background on the boxes.

The Oh Baby monthly subscription boxes are boxes that get delivered on a monthly basis of your choice: either monthly, 3 months or 6 months. They include over $100 worth of 6-8 full size mama goodies for only $39.99 a month. You can find them here!


Dr. Botanicals – Pomegranate Superfood Regenerating Sleep Mask // my favorite product in this month’s box! I have seen other people using sleep masks and thought about trying one but there are so many i didn’t even know where to start. so when is saw this in the box i couldn’t wait to try it. i feel like it has helped my skin so much, especially during this pregnancy. i have already ordered more.


Ursa Major – Go Easy Shampoo // I’ve used this for a few weeks now and I love how it feels on my hair. it’s no secret I’m in need of a serous haircut, but thankfully this is something that is helping while we’re stuck in the house.


Manna Kadar Beauty – Champagne Charcoal Body Scrub// one of my favorites from the box! omg it just makes my skin feel so clean!!


Totes Preggo bag // because who doesn’t need a new tote bag?


Shainna Ali – The Self-Love Workbook // a workbook that includes endless pages of self-love and self-care prompts and activities to help us moms connect with ourselves.


Mama To-Do List Sticky Notes // these are perfect for your calendar to keep track of all the things us moms have to keep track of (the list is endless!)


Maskeraide – Spotted Detoxifying Blemish Patches // ¬†lets be honest pregnancy brings out all of the hormones and sometimes our regular skin care routine just doesn’t work anymore.


Birthing Affirmation Cards // whenever you may feel overwhelmed during your pregnancy, picking one of these random cards to help you stay positive!

baby no. 4: my first trimester must-haves

baby no. 4: my first trimester must-haves

here we go again.

if you can hold off on finding out if you’re pregnant super early, i suggested you do. the earlier you find out the longer it feels like it takes! we found out so early.

week 4 i still wasn’t feeling that sick or tired. i had the occassional boob tenderness and I COULDN’T STOP EATING.

week 5 i still felt pretty good. i little more tired but overall, nothing too crazy.

fast forward to week 13 (because between 5 and 13 i have no clue what’s even going on) and i’ve literally been like how the heck did i do this 3 times already!? i know they say don’t remember, but i really really don’t remember. it’s been debilitating and i know that there are women out there who would dream of being in my shoes so i always try to tell myself to just be thankful and not complain. i would never take this for granted.

all i wanted to do was sleep all day long and unlike any of my other pregnancies, i’ve been getting nausea at night, around 5:00. which actually for me is a little better because then i can just go to sleep whereas if i’m nauseous in the morning, i have all day long to have to try and get the feeling to go away.

week 15 now and feeling great, other than the fact that i have a belly and since i don’t feel the baby move yet, i don’t feel pregnant at all. and since we’re all through the first trimester, i figured i have enough energy to share what has helped me get through it.

for someone who may be pregnant for the first time, the first trimester could hit you like an actual ton of bricks. how you feel may completely take you by surprise. so i figured i’d share what’s helped me get through it:

prenatal vitamins // these are the only brand that i’ve ever been able to eat that didn’t make me so sick and not want to take them.

Hawaiian ice shaver// i know weird, but if you’ve ever been pregnant before and have craved ice, you’ll understand. this is different than a regular ice maker because the ice is super thin and you won’t have to be chomping on ice all day.

coco butter oil // i used this with every pregnancy and have yet to get a stretch mark. i sware by it and i used it twice a day – once in the am and once in the pm before bed.

sea-band // i bought these because i was just so desperate to not feel nauseous. it comes with two in a pack and was like $6. and now i would 100% recommend them to anyone. they have good reviews on Amazon and they can also be used for when you’re going on a boat.

Pink Stork morning sickness sweets // these were the first things that i ordered when i started to feel sick. i’m not sure if they worked, but they taste good and were a distraction from feeling sick for a few minutes and that’s better then nothing, right?