Pregnancy Clothing & Cravings

After my last (pretty honest) post on pregnancy, it was easy to see that I’m not alone in my food and body struggles during this time of transition. I appreciate all of your comments and continue to find comfort in the #realtalk coming from friends and colleagues on this journey. 

El Capitan (baby’s nickname) is 19 weeks now, so just about halfway there and I figured it’s about time to pop in with an update. I’m feeling really good and things are starting to get real–we find out the gender next week! In the meantime, let’s talk a little bit about what I’ve been wearing and eating. 

What I’m Wearing

Thred Up

Lots of Three Seasons Maternity pieces from Thred Up (referral link). If you aren’t familiar, Thred Up is an online thrift/consignment store and I’m pretty much obsessed with it. Even more so now that I am pregnant and need clothes to fit this ever changing body without spending a gazillion dollars on maternity wear. 

Thred Up has non-maternity, kids, jewelry, accessories and more, but I’m totally digging on the Three Seasons Maternity brand these days. I’ve purchased several pieces (including the top pictured above) and I love how they don’t necessarily look like maternity clothes (aka scrunchy sides). One of my earliest maternity purchases was a pair of Ann Taylor Loft maternity jeans for only $16.77. Seriously, pretty much every piece I’ve purchased has been priced at less than $20 and most items are “new with tags”! Plus their return policy is awesome if you need to send things back.

EDITED TO ADD: ThredUp has provided my readers an amazing offer! Use promo code KIMHOBANRD to get 50% off all first-time orders (up to $50). This code is valid through the end of March, so get on it!!!

 

Stitch Fix

If you follow this me at all, you already know I love Stitch Fix (referral link), so I was excited to schedule my first fix while pregnant. My stylist sent a mix of maternity and non-maternity items so that they would last beyond a few months. I kept everything and have another fix scheduled in a few weeks! 

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Leggings

Another staple these days have been these Blanqi leggings. They’re a little pricey, but Kelly shared a Black Friday deal when they were 50% and I jumped on it. They’re super comfortable and stretchy, though I have noticed they’re starting to pill a little. If you have any tips on managing that, please share!

Anything Cozy

When I’m not heading out of my house for work or play, I’m lounging around in lots of comfy pajama pants and boyfriend’s oversized sweatshirts. (#realtalk) I’ve received a lot of questions on my workouts during pregnancy, so stay tuned for a separate post on that, including what I’m wearing to the gym. Spoiler alert: I’m not finding great maternity activewear. 🙁

What I’m Eating

I’m still loving dairy products, though it seems to be calming down a little. I’m no longer gulping down milk by the glass while stirring a pot of mac’n’cheese. 🙂  My friends at Muuna (I mentioned them briefly in my FNCE recap) sent me an amazing package of cottage cheeses last month, which made this dairy-loving pregnant lady very happy, but didn’t last too long before I had to restock.

Cereal is also still a staple for me, though I continue to switch up the brands/flavors. Bran flakes are a must-have, but other favorites lately are Kix, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Peanut Butter Puffins. 

The second trimester brought my energy back, meaning I am now cooking (a little) more often and tolerating veggies again. Eggs are still touch-and-go and avocado has literally made me vomit, but I feel more “normal” these days. Carby foods are my jam (see above: cereal), but I’ve also been enjoying fish, cooked veggies, soups and stews. My intuitive eating practice has become more solidified with this pregnancy and I’m trusting that my body knows what to do, especially when it comes to food. 

That’s all for now. I’d love to hear what questions you have for me as I share my pregnancy journey! So far I’ve received a lot of requests to talk about my journey with fitness while pregnant, so that post will be coming soon. Have a great week, y’all!

2016 Holiday Gift Guide for the Health Nut

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Whether shopping for the health nut in your life or looking to add some new items to your own holiday wish list, this guide has some great ideas for health and wellness gifts!

christmas gift guideI know what you’re thinking…it can’t be time for gift guides! Or the holidays! What happened to October?  Or November for that matter!? That’s kind of how I feel too, but each year the holiday season–and therefore, shopping—seems to start earlier and earlier.  While many people (myself included) love to complain about the Christmas lights and Santa decor hitting store shelves at the end of October, the reality is most of us like to get a head start on holiday shopping.  Also, Thanksgiving is just a few days away and after that it’ll be okay to talk holidays gifts. Right?

As someone who despises Black Friday and all it entails–crowds, rude people, waiting in line–I’m all about getting shopping done ahead of time, whether that be online or from small local shops.  This year, I put together a list of some of my favorite health and wellness items, as well as some thingsI’m putting on my own wish list.  So without further ado…

  • Hydro Flask Stainless Steel Water Bottle ($25.95+)  I received one of these on the Clif Bar trip this year and I use it almost everyday.  It keeps cold water cold and hot water hot for a LONG time.  Other awesome bottle options: S’well bottle and Klean Kanteen.  
  • HydroFlaskLe Creuset Cast-Iron Dutch Oven ($120+) I received a Cuisinart brand dutch oven last Christmas and it is easily one of my favorite gifts ever.  I love using it for soups and it’s a bright beautiful addition to my kitchen when it’s not in use!
  • Cuisinart“I Eat” Shirt from Nicole at Body Over Mind Nutrition ($29)  Nicole is an awesome RD who promotes body positivity and is all about finding balance/freeing yourself from food restriction.  I’ve had my eye on her tanks for awhile now and would love to sport the I Eat message!

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  • You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero ($9.99) This book has changed my world, y’all. It’s a self-help book without all the woo-woo BS that makes you roll your eyes.  Basically, it’s a guide to getting out of your own way!
  • Massage Gift Card/Membership (Varies). Who doesn’t want/need a massage? I personally have a monthly membership to Hand and Stone, because it’s conveniently located close to home, but many massage places offer packages.  It’s a great way to gift self-care!
  • Essential Oil Diffuser Jewelry from The Curated Carrot ($24+). These stylish handmade pieces are perfect for bringing your favorite essential oil around with you all day.  I have several tassel necklaces, but also love the locket and lava versions and think they’re so unique!
  • Curated Carrot DiffuserSubscription to HelloFresh ($69+) There are a ton of meal prep and delivery services out there, but HelloFresh is one of the only with a team of RDs on staff.  I love the idea of gifting fresh, healthy new meal ideas. It’s something even the healthiest, best cooks out there can appreciate.  Also, if you’d like to sign up yourself, you can use code FRESHFANSRD35 to get $35 off your first box!

 

  •  Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender ($35) I received an immersion blender for my birthday this year and truly can’t believe I’ve lived this long without it.  You can use it for dressings, sauces, soups, smoothies and more! It eliminates so much mess from transferring things to blenders and food processors.  

Other bonus ideas: Adult Coloring Books, a Stitch Fix gift card, a fitness class or race entry fee, this Jade Yoga Mat (my favorite).

Your turn. Tell me what’s on your holiday wish list! Black Friday–love it or hate it?