Don’t Complain About Being Broke if You are Spending Money on These Things

My husband and I are at a weird place in our lives. The stress of adulthood is beginning to officially set in and we are absolutely broke. Not to mention we have two little boys that make funds tight. I thought we were broke two years ago but now we are REALLY broke. I spend a significant amount of time each day wondering what I could possibly do to pay off school loans, help with bills and save money, while still caring for my two little ones-plus continuing to breastfeed my baby who will not for the life of him take a bottle. Being a stay-at-home mom can make a wife feel powerless at times. I want so badly to help financially but I also feel strongly that I need to be home with my children. Would it even be worth it to pay for childcare when I would likely only be making minimum wage if I worked? After thoroughly pondering how I could positively impact family funds, I have realized that I’m not as powerless as I often feel.  I can be thrifty if I put my heart into it. I can learn to decipher between the things I truly “need” and the things I try to convince myself that I need.

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I’m not alone as I feel overwhelmed with how my husband and I will support the large family that we long for. We are young and still have a lot to figure out. Every person faces financial struggles at one point or another, right?

Society and social media has done an excellent job at convincing us of the things we supposedly “need” and man, am I tired of it. I’m tired of being broke. I’m tired to wasting money on things that I don’t need just to try to keep up with everyone around me.

I’m not claiming to be any sort of financial expert, but I have given my own decisions a lot of thought.

As time goes on, I am reminded again and again that money is a disappointment and true, lasting happiness comes from things that can’t be purchased.(I know, I know. I’m so cliche) Happiness comes from watching my children learn and grow, date nights with my husband and being with family. Continually making decisions to not spend my money on all of my wants has brought me contentment in my life.

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Below is a list of several things that I have learned to live without in order to save money and help our financial situation.


Gym memberships

Gyms are expensive! I believe that any gains made in the gym can be made at home with enough willpower. Invest in a cheap set of weights to keep for life, or learn how to complete workout that implement using your own body for resistance. Your health AND your bank account will reward you.

Unnecessary Pampering

Why get fake nails when you can paint your REAL ones from home, for free? Just saying. Also, getting our hair colored constantly is fun but probably not a smart financial decision for someone who is young and broke like me.

Makeup

Some ladies might hate me for saying this. I could go on and on about my negative views on makeup.  I personally don’t like it. I don’t think anyone needs it and I am all for loving your complete, natural self. I quit makeup a few months ago and have seen a variety of benefits including more money in my pocket.

Daily Coffee/Soda habits

If It’s not coffee, It’s probably Diet Coke, or energy drinks or Mountain Dew. I’d recommend investing in a french press coffee maker if you are an avid coffee consumer or Starbucks connoisseur. If you have a tendency to stop by McDonalds every day for a Diet Coke, consider buying a 12-pack from the grocery store for just a couple dollars more. I bet you never would have thought that one up if I didn’t tell you, huh? (ha)

Eating out regularly

This is a pretty obvious one. I love eating out. When Corde and I were first married, we ate out constantly.  Looking back, I wish we would have saved money while we had the chance and were both working full-time but no use dwelling on past mistakes. (hehe) Now we avoid eating out in order to save money, but also because going out with kids can be a catastrophe sometimes. We try to save eating out for date nights.

Monthly retail therapy

For some people It’s even WEEKLY. I hope for your sake that your weight doesn’t fluctuate so often that you have to buy new clothes on a weekly or monthly basis. Why else would a person need to purchase clothes that often? I don’t think I would spend money on clothes that often even if I was rich, but that’s just me. I’m not style savvy like some of my friends. Also, I have nowhere to put my clothes! How do people store all of their clothes?

The latest and greatest technology

My husband and I are both extremely guilty of this. Although, I have come to realize that I (unfortunately) don’t “need” the newest iPhone. I also don’t “need” a new laptop- although I sure would like one. And don’t get me started with the Apple Watches. Really Apple? REALLY? I feel like everyone around me has an Apple Watch and to me it’s the most ridiculous thing. “


 

 

 

 

Keeping Your Marriage Strong During the Postpartum Phase

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Can I just be honest for a second? The hardest part about having a new child is not the exhaustion or lack of personal space. For me It’s the toll it takes on the relationship I have with my spouse, temporarily of course- Anyone else out there feel this way? My husband and I are both stubborn, so that doesn’t help. You may have a different dynamic within your marriage, but my husband and I bicker more when there’s a newborn in the home. Can you blame us though? Patchy sleeping patterns, trying to manage our time correctly and wondering which person should be doing what. I often will expect too much of my husband and It will make me upset. He doesn’t always know why I’m angry so he gets frustrated, and then the mood spirals downward in our home. Not to mention no you-know-what for the first 6 weeks after birth(Not that I would have the energy to get frisky during that time anyways). There are many factors that affect our emotions during the newborn faze and as parents of a whiny two-year-old and a fussy 3-week-old, we are doing the absolute best we can.


So how can a person keep the love alive and their relationship strong when there’s a newborn in the picture? Here are a few tips that I try to live by postpartum and always:

Prioritize

Turn off the tv, put down your phone. Time is even more limited now that most of it is consumed by a child. Your spouse should be priority. It’s baffling how much time you’ll find you actually do have when you make time for the people you love instead of meaningless distractions. The older I get, the more I realize that my phone is a huge waste of time and being with my husband is a lot more emotionally rewarding.

Have Realistic Expectations

This is a difficult one for me. I have scenarios in my head of how things should be and anyone who has any experience in life knows that expecting things to go a certain way is setting yourself up for disappointment. Be grateful when your spouse is helpful and don’t nag if you feel like he’s not doing enough.

Shower Together

Take a shower together! While your newborn sleeps, Turn on the tv to keep your littles busy while you hop in the shower together. It’s a great way to stay sneak in some alone time during the day. I mean, I’m sure your kids will come check on you every couple of minutes but we have got to take what we can get.

Kiss Every Day

Kiss for 12 seconds every day. I got this from another article I read about a year ago. It was marriage advice given to a man who had been happily married for his whole adult life. Since then on really busy days, I’ve literally found myself counting to 12 in my head while kissing my husband and making sure I don’t rush. It’s totally random, but really great advice. I believe it has helped my own relationship because it reminds me to slow down and be in the moment.

Quick Date

A quick date is still a date. A casual trip to the grocery store or a super quick dinner isn’t anyone’s first choice for a date, but it’s still a chance to be together without the kids. Just get a dang sitter, call a friend or whatever it takes… for even just 30 minutes.

Don’t Forget to Communicate

I feel a lot of depression as a mother of a new baby. I will feel so many emotions and bottle them up inside until I don’t even know how to feel anymore. It’s easy for that to happen as a mother. You’ve most likely felt those feelings, too. Luckily, my husband always knows how to get me to share my feelings with him. Then, after a day or two, I feel somewhat like myself again. Communication is obviously a massively important part of marriage in general, so don’t forget to express your emotions.

Pray Together

In my very short 3 years of marriage, the times when my husband and I were consistent in praying together each night were the times our relationship was the strongest. We pray each night as a family and because of that I’ve felt more patient and loving towards my spouse. With a new baby in the home, routines get thrown around and It’s easy to forget to do simple marriage-strengthening things like this. I have a tendency to have a short temper, especially with a newborn in the home, so praying together is especially crucial for me.

 

 

 

Just a Short Little Update

Hey friends, I was M.I.A for a while because as you already know, I had a baby and moved my life over to Washington state. I can’t count the number of times that I sat down to attempt to write this post, only to be distracted by a child who needed me and a million other things that couldn’t wait to be done. Moving has been a lot more of a whirlwind than I originally anticipated. The anxieties of it all turned my brain into mush and my inspiration to write went down the drain. I’ve been in a fog but I think I’m starting to work my way out of it…sort of.

Our family of four moved to my hometown, Yakima Washington, this past week. Corde graduated from USU, so we darted out of Logan, Utah as fast as we could. I remember leaving Yakima 5 years ago and truly believing I’d never come back to live. Yet, here I am, living in my parents basement with my little family. It’s not my first choice but I am thankful for the help I’m getting here. Corde and I have plans to stay here for no longer than a year and save up enough money so we can buy our own home elsewhere. I don’t THINK we will stay in Yakima for very long but I’m not sure of anything in my life right now.

We are working on getting settled into our new, temporary home. It’s difficult to unpack when you’ve got a newborn and toddler. My hands are full- Literally, both of my kids seem to think they need to be in my arms ALL OF THE TIME. Russell hasn’t been doing so well with all of the changes in our life. I can’t imagine how confused he must be feeling when I, as an adult, am struggling with the changes too.

I love that we are around so much family here. Other than my parents, my brother and his family live here. Their daughter is the same age as Russell, so the two kids have been having a blast together. It has made my life a bit busier, which is a good thing in a lot of ways, but it also makes sitting down to write challenging.

 

What I Didn’t Expect When I Had My Second Child

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I feel like I’m playing a never ending game of 52 card pickup, except the dealer is a crazy little two-year-old and the cards are colorful blocks, toy vehicles and cracker crumbs.

I didn’t expect my house to become even more messy with the addition of just a tiny newborn, but somehow it has. Everything is a mess. All of the time.


My life is now a constant battle between whether I should hold Wallace in my arms, or if I should set Wally down and play a game with Russell.

I didn’t expect balancing my attention between two children, plus trying to find time for me would be so difficult. I also didn’t expect to feel so guilty when one of my boys didn’t have my full attention. 

Each time I pick up Wally to feed him or just hold him, Russell lifts up his arms to me and says with the saddest toddler voice, “hold.” It breaks my heart because It’s not as simple as just picking him up anymore. As time goes on I’m figuring out how to manage my time  with two babes. I think this part is going to get easier.


This time around, my greatest fear about giving birth was the time it would take my body to heal because I had a difficult time when Russell was born. It was a miserable experience for me.

I didn’t expect to heal this quickly. I feel thankful for the strength my body has had after the strain it just underwent.


Corde and I have had a lot of help from our mothers and we have had a few visitors who came to meet Wally. I surprisingly haven’t enjoyed having visitors as much as I would have hoped. (although, I’m deeply grateful for all of the service and love we have received!)

I didn’t expect to not want anyone (Not even family) to hold or be around Wallace, or “get their germs on him for the first week(ish).” It’s dumb, I know, but I have felt extremely protective this time around. I don’t remember feeling this way with Russell, but I also didn’t have as many visitors when he was born.


I didn’t expect breastfeeding to come so naturally and painlessly the second time. I also expected it to be more painful but it hasn’t been bad at all. (Aside from getting mastitis)

The first time I breastfed, it was weird and completely awkward. It took me a while to feel comfortable doing it and man, did it hurt! I was going to give up just a few days into it but my mom convinced me not to. With Wally it has been a million times easier.


I knew that when Wally was born I’d love him immensely, but I didn’t expect my love to grow so dramatically towards Russell the moment Wallace was born as well. Seeing them together and knowing they are both my children, and that they will be best friends, is such a sweet thing for me.


I also didn’t expect to come home to a son who appeared to have doubled in size in only 1 night.

Seriously, Russell looks ginormous now. I remember one of the nurses in the hospital telling me this would happen. She was absolutely correct!


I didn’t expect to function so well on limited sleep. Apparently after having your first child, your body accepts that sleep isn’t a thing anymore and life is still doable without it.

I’m a mombie. A mom zombie.


I didn’t expect to feel THIS happy. I think having children instills a sense of pride in a person. A lot of my happiness comes from seeing the two little beauties that I created. I didn’t know that being a mom of two would feel this good.

Don’t get me wrong, I probably don’t always appear to be this happy. I am a total grump these days considering the amount of sleep I get each night, but deep down I am so happy with my life.


I didn’t expect Russell to be so loving towards his baby brother right away. I’ve been impressed by the kindness Russ has shown to Wally already. I expected him to be somewhat spiteful towards Wallace because of jealousy. Instead, he constantly wants to hold, kiss, hug and tickle Wally. Russ tries to share his food with him, feed him a bottle and more. I can’t wait to watch them become best friends.


We are so thankful that Wallace came into our lives.

Having a second son has been a better experience than I originally thought up in my head. It has been challenging and emotionally exhausting, of course, but so much light has entered into my husband and I’s world. It’s certainly a massive adjustment for all of us. We are figuring it out as we go.

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Wally’s Birth Story and How We Are Adjusting

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Baby Wally has arrived! He was born at 5:22pm on March 28th.

I forgot how precious newborns are. They are truly the sweetest, most innocent things in the universe. The facial expressions they make when they sleep, the way they scrunch their little nose and rock their head back and forth when they are hungry. Their tiny ears, nose and fingers. Their sweet whimpers and constant stretching and yawning. Is there anything in this world more beautiful than a new born baby? I don’t think there is.

The Prequel:

I was scheduled for an induction on March 28th. I was told to call the hospital at 5am so they could tell me when to come in based on how busy it was at the time. When I called they said they’d have to get back to me and to call the hospital again if they didn’t contact me by 9am.

Meanwhile, I was pacing around my house, anxious, grumpy (I didn’t sleep at all the night before), scared and impatient. Of course, they never got back to me so I had to call them. At that point they still didn’t know what time they wanted me to come in. They said they were aiming for noon and that they’d call back by 11.

At this point I was extremely frustrated and feeling a lot of anxiety about childbirth. My entire life was about to change drastically in only 1 day. I thought I would handle it a lot better but I was not handling it at all. I had a little meltdown and told my husband I needed to be alone for awhile, so left, parked my car in a Starbucks parking lot and tried to relax.

11am rolled around and I hadn’t heard from the hospital so I gave them a ring and they finally said to come in at 12.

After the phone call, I hurried home to say goodbye to Russell before we left him with friends for the next day or so. Corde and I threw our things in the car and were on our way.

Wally’s Birth Story:

By about 12:50pm, I was settled into my hospital bed and my OBGYN stopped by my room to break my water (weirdest feeling ever). At that point I didn’t have any contractions. I told my nurse I wanted my epidural before they started the Pitocin drip because when I was induced with Russ, my contractions quickly went from 0 to 100. It was excruciatingly painful. I didn’t want to deal with that again unless I absolutely had to.

Shortly after, the a man came into the room to give me my epidural and reminded me that I’m a total wimp. Knowing he was putting a giant needle into my back made me feel queasy, but we made it through and I was happily numb from the waste down.

I got super nauseous from the epidural medicine and they had to give me medicine for that. I’m so thankful for modern medicine.

Slowly but surely, I began to dilate. (I started at a 2) Corde turned on a show that made me laugh every 2 seconds and the machine that was monitoring my contractions had a difficult time reading mine due to constant, uncontrollable laughter. I felt like Wally was going to pop out every time I giggled, but I couldn’t stop.

I could feel pressure increasing and contractions getting stronger. With every contraction I could feel Wallace push his feet against my intestines and it hurt bad.

By 4:15, I was dilated to a 6. At that point the nurse gave me what is called a “peanut ball” and I turned on my side and put the ball between my legs. It’s helps to open up your cervix and dilate quicker. She was going to come check on me after an hour, but after about 25 minutes I turned to Corde and told him that I could feel my baby’s head pushing out of me. I could feel that I was completely dilated. We called in the nurse because my epidural medicine was almost empty anyways. When the nurse came into my room, I told her to check me and I was dilated to a 10, so she quickly called my OBGYN and got my room ready for delivery.

By 5:15pm it was time to push and after just a few pushes, Wallace Roy was born. He weighed 7 lbs 15 oz and was 20 inches long. It was a beautiful moment for Corde and I. I wasn’t in such an anxious fog as I was with my first, so I had the opportunity to clearly take in what was happening around me.


Side note: (Also, TMI)

My OBGYN assured me that subsequent pregnancies are almost always easier than the first and boy was he right about that one. With Russell I had some bad tearing that made recovery a total nightmare. I couldn’t walk and even sitting was uncomfortable. For months after Russ was born I was feeling the effects of what the tear did to my body. This time around I didn’t need even a stitch and I have been on my feet nonstop. Physically I feel amazing in comparison to my prior birth experience. Aside from soreness and normal cramping, my body feels like it normally would.


 

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The Aftermath:

I felt pretty great leaving the hospital. I was excited to get home and snuggle my boys. When we arrived, my mother-in-law was there with our Russell. My brother and sister-in-law were also there. I was looking forward to seeing them and celebrating the new addition to our family.

Something about coming home to guests and noise was extremely overwhelming for me. I was much more emotional than I realized. When I arrived home, the change hit me hard. I ended up sneaking away to my bedroom and just crying for a short while because I didn’t know how I was supposed to feel. There were so many feelings pulsing through my body. A lot of my thoughts were focused on Russell and I missed him. I missed the way things were. I was afraid that he was going to think I didn’t love him anymore. I just wanted to sit in a quiet place and hold him. I was tired and stressed about the struggle that breastfeeding has been this time. I was afraid of the many things that can go wrong with a newborn. Every bad scenario was streaming through my mind.

I did not expect to feel these feelings. It’s been hard for me to accept that I have to give my attention to two little humans instead of one. If I am giving attention to Wallace, I feel like I am depriving Russ, and vise versa. It’s weird. It’s emotional. I just love them both so deeply and want them to know that I love them equally.

We’ve been settling in to our new life for a few days now. Russell has a nasty cold and I am trying to relax and pray that Wally doesn’t get it. Wally and I are working out a feeding routine, I’m getting some sleep, and we are doing the very best we can. I’m still an emotional wreck, probably a pain to be around, but I’m truly doing the best I can. This adjustment has been hard for all  of us, but I wouldn’t change a thing about my life. I’m feeling blessed to be a mother of two healthy little boys.

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Chocolate Easter Egg Nests

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I’ve been wanting to try out a new recipe that Russ could easily participate in making. Creating this recipe was definitely the perfect choice for us. These little goodies turned out even better than I expected them to and It’s taking all of my will-power to keep my hands off of them. I hope to make Chocolate Nests every Easter with my family from now on.

Chocolate Easter Egg Nests
Serves 6
A delicious Easter treat you won't be able to resist snacking on. These foolproof Easter Egg Nests are a perfect combination of creamy and crunchy, and are so easy to make.
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Total Time
45 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 12oz bag chocolate chips
  2. 1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
  3. 3 c. chow mein noodles
  4. 1 bag Cadbury eggs (Or egg-like candy of choice)
Instructions
  1. Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners and set aside.
  2. Combine chocolate chips and peanut butter in a slow cooker set to warm. Stir every few minutes until completely melted.
  3. Add chow mein noodles and mix until noodles are evenly covered in chocolate mixture.
  4. Scoop spoonfuls of mixture into cupcake liners and press down firmly with back of spoon.
  5. Top with Cadbury eggs.
  6. Let nests cool completely before eating. (throw them in the freezer for 10 min if you want to speed up the process)
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Russell and I couldn’t stop snacking on our extra chow mien noodles. They are addicting!

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If you are wanting an alternative to the chow mien noodles, I’d recommend any of the following: Coconut, slivered almonds, rice crispy cereal or even shredded wheat cereal.IMG_6363

For our nests, I bought a variety of basic Cadbury Eggs but also some of the brighter Whopper Eggs. I wanted a lot of different colors for Russell to choose from. If you aren’t the biggest chocolate egg fan you could just do jelly beans or marshmallows. The combinations are endless.

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Russell’s Last Week as an Only Child

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I hadn’t originally planned to write this post. I was going to take a short blogging hiatus because life is absolutely crazy right now, but as I sat in the waiting room at my OBGYN’s office earlier this week, I found myself becoming overwhelmed with emotions (Thank you, pregnancy hormones). I was filled with love for my son and decided that I’d write a blog post about Russell’s last week as an only child.

Over two years ago, I gave birth to my little Corde Russell and since then my heart has been completely wrapped around him. My mom once told me that when you have a child, It’s like having your heart walking around outside of your body- that statement could not be more true. I love being a mother. Being a stay-at-home mom has been an incredible blessing in my life and has allowed me to have an especially strong relationship with my child.

Knowing that our life is about to change immensely, I made it a priority this week to spend a lot of quality time with Russell, making memories, having a lot of fun and spoiling him to bits.

All of these photos were taken with my iPhone.

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We did all sorts of activities this week. Russell and I spent most mornings eating pastries and chilling at coffee shops, roaming around the streets, and visiting department stores and the mall. We hung out at various parks around town and enjoyed the beautiful weather that Logan has had to offer us. We visited Corde at work and even went the zoo. I wish I would have captured a few more photos of out adventures.


A sign of too much fun:



I’m Quitting Makeup: Here’s Why You Should Too

 

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I Am Not a Makeup Person:

I am not a makeup person. I’ve not always been this way, though. I used to love makeup and wore it every single day. But I’ve found that the more I wear makeup, the more I see my face without it and think, “You look unattractive.” How sad is that? On the other hand, the less I wear makeup, the more stunning I feel without it.

Does anybody else see makeup how-to videos show up on your Facebook feed of girls, or even boys nowadays, changing from one person to a completely new one?  Under the layers of thick coverage is an actual, regular face.

I know that for some people, makeup is an art to them. It’s something they are passionate about or they simply enjoy wearing makeup. I get that, but that is not the case for me. I don’t love makeup. I don’t usually enjoy wearing it. Mascara is nice sometimes, but I usually like being able to rub my eyes if they itch. I want to hug my husband without the fear of my makeup rubbing off onto this white t-shirt.

After I tossed the majority of my makeup in the garbage a couple of weeks ago, I was amazed by the amount of extra space I had in my bathroom drawer. I was also embarrassed at the amount of makeup I have purchased that I never actually wear. Part of me did not want to be throwing away perfectly good makeup, but I resisted the urge to stuff it all back into the drawer. When everything was in the trash, it felt good knowing that I got rid of so much that I didn’t need.

I hope if you wear makeup, you wear it knowing that what’s underneath it is much more beautiful. I know that God made you exactly as you are and he does not make mistakes. I promise you are most stunning without makeup on.

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After much thought, I have found that the benefits of minimizing my own makeup collection largely outweigh the disadvantages. I put together a little list of why you might consider limiting the products in your makeup bag and what products I still use specifically.

My current makeup routine consists of going makeup free, and throwing on some mascara and lipstick when I feel like it. I only wear coverup and bronzer on special occasions- like the very rare date night my husband that I get to have.

My goal is to use only the products I have now until I have nothing left.


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The products I currently own:

Neutrogena’s tinted visibly even BB creme: I am in love with this BB creme. It is a light coverage and moisturizer all in one.

E.L.F bronzer: It was just a few dollars at Old Navy and it gets the job done. I approve.

Loreal’s Voluminous Million Lashes: I love this mascara because it never clumps.

Burt’s Bees lip shimmer (various colors): This is my favorite lip makeup EVER. Burt’s Bees everything, always.

MAC lipstick & lip pencil (various colors): One of my favorite things about MAC lipstick is that I rarely have to re-apply it. The lip colors stay on great.

I recently purchased an adorable makeup bag by Dabney Lee. It’s small but has more than enough space for what I carry.

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Here’s Why You Should Ditch The Makeup:

Healthier skin:

The less you put on your face, the cleaner it will be, and the less gunk will get into your pores. It’s as simple as that. I have used a lot of great, high-quality products on my face but regardless of quality, my skin is always softer and clearer when I don’t put anything on it. Ironically, a lot of us put on makeup to cover blemishes and discoloration, but often times the makeup that you are wearing is what is causing it in the first place.

Better diet:

There is no doubt that the food we put into our bodies has the greatest impact on our skin. As I avoid using coverup, I am more in tune with how my nutritional decisions are impacting my skin. If I don’t drink enough water, my face will become more red and patchy, and when I eat too much sugar one day then the next day I usually have some blemishes.

Self confidence:

There is something special about feeling confident in your OWN skin. I don’t think confidence in going without makeup comes right away, but over time it does. As you live without makeup, confidence will come. You’ll realize that people love you the same without it and not wearing it simply just feels better.

More money to spend on other things:

There isn’t a lot I need to say about this. We all know how expensive makeup is. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather spend money on a new shirt then new eyeshadow.

How to Pack Your Hospital Bag and What’s in Mine

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The time has come. The classic “What’s in my Hospital Bag” type blog post has made It’s way on to my website and I am not sorry. For a new mom, It’s difficult to figure out what a person needs to bring to the hospital and what is provided for them. I have had a hard time remembering exactly what I was given at the hospital that I shouldn’t have brought, but I think I’ve pegged down just what I NEED this time around.

A few tips for first time moms:

Buy yourself a robe for after delivery. You’ll be in the hospital for a while and nurses will constantly be coming in to check your lady parts, so I wouldn’t recommend pants. Also, robes are perfect for breastfeeding. For more reasons on why you need a robe, click over to my post “10 Things you owe your postpartum self”

Labor takes a while. Bring something to entertain yourself and make sure your husband does too. I’m usually content playing on my phone for hours, but some other great options to bring are: books, your iPad/computer, iPod, or whatever else.

Don’t forget a camera… because pictures! These are special memories that you’ll want documentation of. I wish I took more pictures in the hospital. If I could afford it, I’d get a professional to snap some photos for me, but since I’m poor (haha) I’m going to take my own. Either way works.

You can never have too many snacks- especially for the stir-crazy hubby who is so patient with us through all of the chaos that is delivery. Husbands are the best.


When I gave birth Russell, I was too uncomfortable to stand long enough to take a shower, which worked out fine for me. I don’t plan to shower during my stay at the hospital this time either. I am only bringing face wash, a toothbrush, deodorant and some basic products to freshen myself up because I don’t care to shower. If possible, I’ll shower before I head to the hospital.

When your baby is born the hospital supplies a swaddle, a hat, diapers, a binky and other basic essentials that your little muffin will need while you’re there. I’m bringing my own diapers and wipes just because I want to, but if you go without them, the hospital will provide.

One thing I notice that a lot of people add to their hospital bag list is a boppy, but I personally am fine with using pillows while I’m at the hospital. I don’t feel It’s necessary when the hospital provides a plethora of pillows- but that’s just my own preference.


Side note: When I get home with my new baby I’ll be using a Moonwomb for breastfeeding instead of a Boppy. I love mine and I’d highly recommend it to any new mom.


I’ll be packing an outfit and a couple hygiene items for my husband just in case the baby comes before my mother gets into town. If baby comes on or after his due date, my mom will be able to come to the hospital to be with me, so my husband can run home and shower, change, etc. If you live near family then you might consider having a loved one visit you in the hospital, so your husband can run home to shower and change. Then you’ll have less to pack in your hospital bag.

Here’s my completed hospital bag list:

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