Up Next, Mother of 3: Tips To Surviving the First Trimester

24 Weeks Pregnant, baby is the size of a pomegranate.

It has been a while since I have written on here… well, here is the update!!! We’re pregnant with baby number 3! The moment I woke up with that queasy feeling in the pit of my stomach, I instantly thought, maybe I need to take a pregnancy test. Sure enough PREGNANT. I have an enthusiastic 3 year old daughter, my baby boy just turned 1, and now I am pregnant with my third little blessing.

My first two pregnancies were very hard, my last pregnancy with my son was the WORST! Being admitted several times, having placenta previa (where the placenta covers the birth canal) with both pregnancies which caused excessive bleeding, suffering though morning sickness causing hyperemesis gravidarum and all the other symptoms that comes with pregnancy and some that was unknown, I quickly had to figure out how to get through this third pregnancy while caring for two young children. The thoughts that would run through my head were vicious. I was terrified of a miscarriage and doing anything that could harm this growing baby in my belly, but at the same time I hated it all together. Spending most of my days trying to figure out how to feel like myself again while struggling to stay awake and away from the bed and vomiting in the toilet was my biggest challenge. I found comfort in reading the stories from other expecting mothers going through that same things that I was! I’m here to tell you you are not alone. The first trimester will feel almost impossible to get through, but know that it doesn’t last forever, and even though it feels like you will never get better, there is someone in the world that is dying to be in the position that you are in. Meanwhile, below are some tips that helped me get through my first trimester.

First Trimester Tips

  1. Drink and Drink Often: If you are having a hard time holding down water try decaffeinated teas, real fruit juices, and sports drinks.
  2. Eat First: Grab a snack (crackers, dry cereal, toast, tortillas) first thing in the morning to prevent morning sickness.
  3. Snack and Snack often: Try to avoid eating 3 full meals but smaller meals through out the day.Feeling too full can make you feel sick to your stomach.
  4. Ginger: Having a sip or two of ginger ale really helped me feel better. Some expected mothers make ginger teas and/or add ginger to their drinks to help settle their stomachs. Ginger candies too (Preggi Pops) The ginger root didn’t help me much but it is worth the try!
  5. Rest: Get as much rest as you can! Your body is going through some phenomenal changes when creating life; take the time you need to give yourself the much needed rest.
  6. Get Up and Move: Even when you feel like you can’t shower, eat, sleep, or even get some chores or work done, try to take a 20, 15, or even 10 minute walk. Sometimes a little movement and fresh air makes a world of difference.
  7. Meditation: There are many meditation apps, some even geared towards pregnancy. Try them while relaxing on a lunch break, or even before bed.
  8. Aromas: Aroma Therapy is great! The next time you are at the store try smelling a few essential oils to see which ones are the most soothing: My go tos were rosemary, lavender and eucalyptus. Believe it or not, even the aroma of rubbing alcohol soothed my nausea. Find out which ones help you.
  9. Support: Evaluate your support system. Pregnancy it not only physically tough, it is just as mentally tough. To keep yourself from slipping into that dark space, cling to your support system, vent, and allow them to be the shoulder you lean on. I can’t tell you how many times I called on my husband, best friend, or mother to let them know what was going on. Sometimes reading an Instagram/Blog story from an expecting mother made me feel like I was not so alone. If you feel like your little blessing is taking over what you think should be “the joys of pregnancy” just remember you are not alone. Discuss these concerns with your partner and please talk to your doctor. These feeling are very normal, however you don’t want to go on a downward spiral into depression when carrying this bundle of joy!
  10. Call Your Nurse: If this is your first pregnancy, and you have concerns, don’t be afraid to call your nurse! That is their job, they really want to make sure you and baby are safe!

Just remember, if you’re bound to the bed, feeling yucky, and can’t even get in the shower to freshen up; grab some water and try to relax because there is a miracle growing inside of you, it will not last forever!

Tips for a Spring TableScape

Welcoming the first spring weekend of April with this Spring Tablescape full of pastel colored flowers, fresh herbs, with an assortment of vases and planter pots.

Having a variety of different shaped white vases are a great buy when investing in vases for your home (mine are from Pier 1 Imports). They can be paired with different style vase and a variety of colors for different seasons. Every flower that has been in these vases looked fantastic, chic, and went with any theme and style space!

 

Table, Chairs and Fixture Specifics:

This beautiful wooden farmhouse table with matching bench was custom made and hand crafted by a lovely couple in McKinney, Texas. I’m loving everything they are doing. They are so inspiring! Check them out at The Iman Project.

 

 

For the chairs, three Folio Side Chairs in Stone / Light Grey – Crate &Barrel with the Martha Washington Arm Side Chair- Ethan Allen give a classic fresh look. I finished the the seating space with the gray colored Barret Rug 9 X 12 – Pottery Barn and the Norwell Linear Cage Pendent in Polish Nickel – Lighting ETC. I love this rug for under the table because of it tight hand knotted look, which makes it easy to clean and gives s soft fresh look. I enjoy a simple table, chair and bench combo because it is easy to decorate for everyday as well as seasonal!

The next time you are shopping for a table remember that choosing simple chairs and table will leave your color palettes open to picking a variety of colors for your everyday and seasonal center pieces.

View Full Video of my Spring Table Scape

A Few Flower Tips:

Picking flowers can be very fun and quite simple. However, for beginners, take a step back, view the theme and colors of the space. Choose a single color flower to fill the vase that will compliment the space to allow the flowers to stand out. To make this a little more complex, added different textures of the same color to your arrangement.

To make your flowers last longer, trim the stems (at least a 1/2 inch) and change the water (with new flower food) in your vase every other day the first 2-3 days after you bought and arranged them. This will help to double the life of your flowers. Don’t forget to ask for extra flower food packages!

Adding a little sparkling water, tonic water, club soda, even sprite helps to add a little extra oxygen to your flowers helping them live a little longer. I usually do this when my flowers are about a week old.

How To Make Homemade Household Cleaners, Just in time for Spring!

Hello Spring!!!

It’s a new year, in a new house, with a new baby and over here, we are decluttering, organizing and getting ready for spring by doing a little spring cleaning.  Today,  my inspiration comes from Tamera Mowry-Housley personal blog site, www.TameraMowry.com.

This spring for cleaning and disinfecting, I’ll be using my homemade cleaning products that I just love and I think you’ll love them too. I had used essential oils only to add pleasant aromas to my home but now I mixed and matched essential oils for each product. Essential oils not only fill my home with  a beautiful aroma but they also work as natural disinfectants.

There are many benefits to making your own household cleaners, not only do you have a piece of mind knowing EXACTLY what is in them, with less chemicals, kid friendly, and fresh ingredients… but, it is cost effective as well. I use to spend a lot of money on cleaners when I had the ingredients in my home already. Not only were they in my home, but they would be sitting on my shelf for months at a time before I’d realize they had reached the end of their shelf life.

Below you will find the ingredients for an All Purpose Cleaner, Disinfectant Cleaner, and a Glass and Window Cleaner.

  

All Purpose Cleaner Recipe

1 cups – White Vinegar

2 tsp – Baking Soda

1 cups – Water Warm Water

10 drops – Lavender Essential Oil

10 drops – Roseamary Essential Oil

First add baking soda to warm water in small bowl, then stir, it will fizz a bit.. this is normal. Pour/funnel in white vinegar into spray bottle. Next add water and baking soda mixture. Lastly, add essential oil drops to the spray bottle. Add the spray nozzle to the top and turn the bottle upside down several times to mix the ingredients. Clean and enjoy the aromas!

I added fresh lavender and rosemary leaves for added fragrance and to give a nice look to the bottle.

 

 

 

 

Disinfectant Spray

2 Cups – Water

1/2 tsp – The Laundress All Pursose Bleach Alternative (You can find this product at the Container Store, Amazon, and at TheLaundress.com) / or 1 cup of Hydrogen Peroxide

1/3 cup – Lemon Juice

1/4 tsp – Dawn Dishsoap (or any dish soap)

2 drops – Lemon Essential Oils

10 drops – Lavendar Essential Oils

Combine 2 cups of water, 1/2 tsp of The Laundress All Pursose Bleach Alternative or 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide as an alternative (be careful handling hydrogen peroxide with cloths, the hydrogen peroxide can leave a bleach/stain on clothing), 1/3 cup of lemon juice, dawn dish soap or dish soap of your choice (I like dawn because it the best dish soap that cuts through greases), 2 drops of lemon essential oil, and 10 drops lavender. If you use fresh squeezed lemon juice, you can add the lemon rind to the spray bottle for added aroma and visual appeal. To put my own twist, also added fresh French Lavendar leaves to the bottle. Gently mix by adding the spray nozzle to the top and turning the bottle upside down several times to mix the ingredients. Clean and enjoy the fresh calming smell!

 

Glass & Mirror

1 cup – Water

1/4 cup – Rubbing Alcohol

1/8 cup – White Vinegar

1 tbsp – Cornstarch

15 drops – Essential Oils of your Choice (I choose just Rosemary, I love the smell… it just smells clean)

 

Combine 1 cup of water, 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol, 1/8 cup white vinegar, 1 tbsp cornstarch, and 15 drops combined of essential oil of your choice. Gently mix by adding the spray nozzle to the top and turning the bottle upside down several times to mix the ingredients. Clean and enjoy the aromas!

I love these cleaners and I know they work much better then the chemical formulas you buy in stores.  Plus, they are  more safe for my family.

 

 

LAST MINUTE – HOW TO MAKE: Simple & Fun Halloween Jelly Molds!

Today we are making Halloween Jello Molds!

Need a fun, yet simple halloween treat to make with your kids?

Halloween Jello Molds are as easy as 1, 2, wait a bit… 🙄… DONE😄!!!

Pick a spooky color, Mya picked Jolly Rancher Green! We named our Jolly Rancher Jello color ‘Hocus Pocus Green’ and followed the simple jello instructions below…

  1. ADD 1 cup of boiling water into a pourable mixing bowl and combine jello package contents into the boiling water, stir until completely dissolved- about 2 minutes

    ** I did this step for Mya, until it was partially dissolved a bit and cooled to a safe luke warm temperature. That way if she spilled it, it was not harmful to her. Then let her stir!

2. POUR IN AND STIR 1 cup of cold water to dissolved jello mix.

*This she did SOLO! Very simple for her to do.

3. POUR JELLO into molds, refrigerate until molds are firm – about 4 hours!

then ENJOY!

*This was a little messy, but she did a great job being careful!

These are so fun to eat and easy to make with your little one, especially if you want a last minute treat to make with your kids.  They cook in the kitchen, learn how to follow instructions all while enjoying the holiday!

Pick molds for ANY holiday, your kid(s) will love them!

Happy Halloween!!!

Enjoy making and eating your Halloween Jello Molds!!!

 

Falling For Flowers

Mya and I spent our Saturday morning grocery shopping at the Central Market!!! We couldn’t resist and had to stop and check out the variety of different flowers for sale on this beautiful day! 😊 We found a few of them we loved and thought they would be perfect in our home for fall. We can enjoy them as we continue to unpack. So, we bought four types of flowers and arranged them into 5 vases… different combinations, different sizes. Check out these photos and get inspired for fall by a few of our simple arrangements!

This little princess is a flower lover! She loves to help me arrange flowers for any occasion.

She loved the little brown vase arrangement the best, maybe because that is the one she did! lol.. Comment below and tell us which one is your favorite!

Baby breath are a great flowers for all year round! They are one of my favorites. You will see I use them EVERY season!

Can’t wait to read your comments!

 

Myas Playground Party


This past week was a busy week. Not only did we move into our new home but our little lady turned 2!!! Yes, I now have a sweet little 2-year-old. I wasn’t sure if we were going to celebrate with her friends, but I know she missed them so much, so I had to do something! I decided to celebrate at her favorite park, however, the pavilion that I rented was the only pavilion available at the park at last minute and was a little bit of a walk to the playground. To make the walk more fun, I put together this Balloon Scavenger Hunt to the playground that I thought they would enjoy. If you have a weekend you want to get together some of your little one friends, this is something great that kids of all ages will enjoy! Here is what we did for these energetic 2-year-olds.

Each child was given a bucket filled with goodies (needed for the hunt) that their parents took on the Balloon Scavenger Hunt.

Balloon 1 was an orange balloon that I planted in the shade, with a sign that says “Scavenger Hunt in Progress”. This way the public knew not to remove the balloons.
At this station the parents let their child search for the whistle in their buckets. We then sung a few of their favorite songs. After the songs were over we had to search for the next balloon, a red balloon.

Balloon 2 was a red balloon I planted near a shade tree with the same note, “Scavenger Hunt Sign in Progress”(put this note at all balloons). At this station, the parents let their child search for the bubbles in their buckets. They were to blow, pop, and count 10 bubbles. We then went to search for the yellow balloon which led us to walk over a little bridge and on our way to towards the playground.

Balloon 3 was a yellow balloon that I had tied near the sidewalk, or a space where the kids can enjoy the next activity, sidewalk chalk. At this station they were to find the chalk in the bucket, which was tied together by ribbon and draw their favorite thing, in their case scribble. A mommy friend helped them spell out and write their names which they loved to see! We then went on the the last and final balloon before the park… We were searching for the blue balloon!

Balloon 4 was the blue balloon I had tied near the duck pond!!! At this station they were to find the duck food tied to their buckets, grab their parents hand and go feed the ducks. Instead of bringing bread to the duck pond, I went to the nearest feed store and purchased a better quality food to ensure the ducks would come and eat, and of course they did. At only .40 cents per lbs it was well worth it. We had tons of ducks come to us begging for food. The kids had so much fun with this, that at the end of the party most of the kids and parents went back to feed the ducks! Then it was off to the playground! After playing at the playground, you either can do the full search on the way back or just search for the balloons (which is what we did). It was nice to have the pavilion away from the playground because it was away from the Saturday chaos of all the kids and parties/events going on right by the playground. Since our kids were only 2, it was much easier for us to chat with each other and have a good time with out having to worry about our kids running off.

This scavenger was very easy to put together and can be modified to fit any age. It was so much fun! Now that it is officially fall, it’s a perfect time to plan a day where we can do it again as an outdoor learning activity for Mya and her friends!

Doing a Scavenger Hunt? I want to hear how you do it! Write me at ErinMichaelFlair@gmail.com or comment below!

NYIAD Student

Hey GUYS! I am just a few months away from finishing up my Interior Design courses to be a Certified Interior Designer. In these courses you are to do several projects within a home, what better home than your own, right? Over the past few months my husband and I were shopping for a new home for our growing family and you know, I never thought we would build a home. I always loved the character an old home has, and in my mind….as the home grows older, the home grows better. Building was well worth the wait and energy! There is so much that I have learned about our new home along the way. Being able to customize your home to fit your families day to day lifestyle and make the space functional in different unique ways was the coolest part about the whole process. I was so hands on from refinishing my lighting to finding some of my own vendors and supplies, and now that it is all complete and I am so glad I was! I must have walked the house everyday, if not more than once….LOL, “here comes Mrs. Johnson” I could hear the workers say… Just Kidding… But not :). This turned out to be the best and most rewarding project I have done. As I have many inspirations and can’t wait to share them on this site… here are a few beautiful fresh kitchens that inspired me along the way!

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