Kroger & Affiliate Stores: FREE Balance Bites (7/3 Only)

Balance Bites Head over and pick which Kroger or Affiliate store you shop at. Then you can upload this digital Free Balance Bites to you shoppers reward card. They have instructions on how to redeem, it is super easy! This coupon once loaded will expire 7/19/15.

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Bebe Bella Designs: $15 Baby Booties Shipped

Minky Chenille Booties – Bebe Bella DesignsNow through July 6th get our beloved Booties for just $15 Shipped over at Bebe Bella Designs! All items are while supplies last, so they could sell out of certain colors faster than others. They have sizes from 0 months up to 18 months! 

*Free Shipping offer valid for 48 Contiguous United States*
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24 Week Pregnancy Update + Name Reveal!

24 Week Pregnancy UpdateToday is a week that I feel I can breath a little relief! At 24 weeks your baby is finally considered viable to the outside world, of course with lots of help from doctors! So, if anything would happen and I deliver early they will do whatever it takes to help him survive, before they wouldn’t do anything. I am sure he is gonna stay in there for quite a while just growing bigger and bigger!

ClayAnother thing is we finally decided on a name, and I wanted to make sure and share with you guys! Clay Daniel Apley will be his name! We had been thinking about calling him Clay for about a month now, and we were calling him Clay to each other to see if we liked it! Then finally we both felt like it was his name, so now it is official! Daniel is Adam’s middle name, all the guys in his family have a middle name that starts with the letter “D” so we wanted to continue that tradition!

Now On to This Weeks 24 Week Pregnancy Update, it is so crazy we are over half way there! Each day we fall more and more in love with our little Clay, and I get excited to meet him. Granted I am scared to death of the labor and delivery, but other than that it is all excitement!

Size of Baby: Little Clay is the length of an ear of corn right now! He has a very lean figure, but is starting to fill out. In the next few weeks he will really start to plump up. His brain is growing really quick, as well as his taste buds are developing! His lungs are developing, “branches” of the respiratory “tree” as well as cells that produce surfactant! That is a substance that will help the air sacs in his lungs inflate once he is born!

Movement: Clay seems to move around a ton! The past few days I haven’t felt him quite as much as normal, I think he moved into a new position. They say starting at 28 weeks is when you look to feel consistent kicks, so I have a few to go before I should feel him all the time.

Body and Changes: Bump is slowing growing away, as well as my thighs and hips I think! I have noticed a little swelling in hands and feet if I get hot, but as soon as I cool down the swelling goes away. I have began having a few more aches and pains, this is from him growing away in there, and my body making room for him!

Sleep: This is a hit and miss for me. Sometimes I sleep pretty good and other times I am up a ton through the night. I will say I am a lot more tired, I have been taking more naps, and sometimes I am just so tired! I have started to sleep in a little later, sometimes I don’t get good sleep till like 5 or 6 am, so I sleep till 7:30 or 8!

Emotions: I still get flooded with emotions from time to time. I have become a bit more anxious lately just thinking about delivery, holding him for the first time, and being a mommy! I cry pretty easy, or fill up with emotions quickly!

Belly Button In or Out: It is stretched pretty good but still an inny!

Morning Sickness: Still having good and bad days. I think sometimes when Clay moves around a lot it can make me pretty nauseated!

Cravings: I am wanting to eat everything, and that is not a joke or being dramatic! If I see something on tv, it is like oh I got to have it! I have been wanting maple long johns, which is kind of weird for me. Also back to loving potatoes, strawberries, and fresh veggies dipped in ranch.

What I Miss: Being able to move freely, I find myself moving and I might get an ache or pain, or it puts pressure on my tummy!

What I Am Looking Forward To: I am really looking forward to getting more things for him! We have some clothes, stuff for nursery and such, so it will be fun to keep getting stuff for our little Clay!

Next Doctor Appointment: July 13th!

 

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Best Buy: Select K-Cups 48-Count Just $19.99 Today ONLY

kcup sale Best Buy has select K-Cup 48-count on sale for just $19.99 today only (7/1). They have 4 different flavors to choose from, so hurry over. These sell out quick. Shipping does add $3.99, but it is Free Shipping When you buy 2 or more packs. Or if you live near a Best Buy, do an in-store pickup!

 

 

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Things No One Tells You About Being Pregnant – Warning TMI Info

Things No One Tells You About Being Pregnant

Tomorrow I will be 24 weeks, and let me tell you, being pregnant you go through a ton of changes! I never imagined all the strange things that would happen to my body, and some of them flat out startled me! Luckily I have my sister, Felicia, who has had a few kiddo’s, and could tell me that they were totally normal. I mean they are TMI things, and I didn’t want to just ask anyone, haha!

I thought it would be fun to do a post of Things No One Tells You About Being Pregnant! It will be a TMI post, so make sure to be prepared! I know some of this stuff I haven’t heard anyone talk about, and then you experience it first hand, run to Google or someone to ask if this is a normal thing that should be happening!

I asked some other pregnant momma’s out there, things they have experienced while being pregnant that they never thought would happen! When it did they were shocked, and wondering is this pregnancy related or what!

These things are not meant to scare you, they are just things some women didn’t know would happen when they got pregnant! Not all of these things will happen to you, they are just things that COULD possibly happen!

Pregnancy is a beautiful thing, and it is a gift. Yes our body goes through so much to get that baby here, but in the end every mother says it is worth it! 

Constipation Or Blow Outs: This one is a big one. When I say you may get constipated, I mean REALLY bad constipated! Some women can have stools the size of a zucchini, like that round and long! The pains that come with it can be unbearable at times. I know one day I was about to die, throw up, or pass out, it hurt so bad! There are safe OTC meds you can take, or drink like prune juice, to keep things moving! Or you could have the other issue, of constantly going to the bathroom with diarrhea! Sometimes it will hit you out of the blue, no reason, just to keep you on your toes! Both of these can happen throughout the whole pregnancy, and you might get lucky and stay regular with no issues!

Morning Sickness That Can Last ALL Day: Okay, I think this is one most should know, but I found some women think it should only be in the mornings you are sick. Let me be the first to tell you, I have had morning sickness last all day and all night. Doesn’t mean you will throw up either, you could just feel insanely nauseated and sick. I did a post awhile back for morning sickness remedies, to help those who are curious. And, one more thing, morning sickness can last throughout your whole pregnancy, I am still dealing with it! Some women are lucky and NEVER have any sickness! Props to you ladies!

Stomach Noises That Are So Loud: When I first found out I was pregnant, I think it was a few days later, my stomach began screaming noises at me! They were SO loud it was so embarrassing. Sometimes I had just ate, and it still made super loud noises! Or I would wake up in the middle of the night and it would be growling away. I have never had my stomach growl so loud before!

Lactose Intolerance:  Some women become lactose intolerant while pregnant. I am not sure how or why this happens, but they begin having major issues with any dairy products. Some have issues with just a few dairy items like milk or yogurt.

Outrageous And Vivid Dreams: This one I think almost every pregnant women I know has talked about. You have such vivid dreams! They can also be totally off the wall crazy, or super scary and emotional. One night I dreamed about my dad, and losing him, I woke up bawling my eyes out, I cried for around 2 hours straight, and couldn’t stop! The dream felt so real, it was crazy!

Gassy: You can become insanely gassy! From burping to tooting up a storm, it will just happen! Sometimes you don’t even know it is coming and you let out a burp, it is crazy!

Hot Flashes: Man oh man do you get extremely hot when you are pregnant. Everyone said you will want to be where it is cool, and to some it may be freezing but to us pregnant women, we are sweating to death! It is like you have a wool coat on and it’s 100 degrees out!

Lady Parts Can Swell: This one is so weird to me! I would have assumed this would be an issue for after you give birth, but this can happen while you are pregnant! Your lady parts swell up a bit, and become extra sensitive! All the extra blood flow and hormones just cause it to swell up and become sensitive. Totally normal, and nothing to worry about.

Discharge All The Time: You might have to start wearing a panty liner day in and day out to catch all the discharge and stuff that comes out of your lady part! This starts early in your pregnancy and carries through. Obviously if you are having a whole lot you might call your doctor just to ensure it is all okay.

Skin Tags: Some women have said once they became pregnant they started getting little skin tags on their body!

Random Hairs On Body: You may find later in pregnancy you will have random dark hairs pop up on random parts of your body. Could be your back, arms, belly, etc.

Drooling: When you become pregnant you can produce more saliva and that can cause drooling! Not everyone has this, I had it for the first few days and then it went away. I haven’t drooled since.

Lightening Crotch: So, I have only heard about this one, but they say Lightening crotch can be super painful! They say once your baby kicks you it feels like they are beating you up from the inside! I think this happens a little later in pregnancy. It doesn’t mean anything bad, it could just be how your little one is positioned!

Round Ligament Pains: These babies are rough! Round ligament pains are something every women will experience. This is the stretching of things making room for baby. You might move to get up and one will hit, they can be a sharp  pain that hurts for a few seconds. Some women say it can hurt for longer, it just depends on your body and such. When it first happened to me it scared me, but these are totally normal and nothing to be afraid of!

Bleeding Gums: Some women experience bleeding gums when they are pregnant. This is a normal side effect that can happen to some women.

Skin Pigment Changes: Some ladies have said they get spots on their skin that are darker. Most of the time you will see this on your face, it is a total normal thing that some women have happen. With all your hormones changing it just puts your body on high gear. They say most of the time the spots go away after you have baby.

Veins Everywhere: You have more blood in your body when you are pregnant. The first veins you may notice will be in your breasts. You can also develop veins that are more noticeable in your legs, thighs, etc. This is just what happens, your body goes through these hormonal changes and can cause the veins to be more noticeable or clusters of them. Most women say they disappear shortly after delivery.

Feet Can Grow A Full Size Bigger: I had NO Idea about this one, my sister in law was telling me about this. Your feet can grow a full size bigger when you are preggo! All the extra weight is bearing down, and your feet grow to support it and keep you balanced! Who knew?!

Have Milk Leakage Early In Pregnancy: Some women can have milk come in early in pregnancy and you might see some white discharge on your nipples. This is totally normal and nothing to freak out over! Not all women experience this one, but some say it can start as early as 11 weeks.

Foods Off Limits: I had no idea it isn’t safe to have cold lunch meat, hot dogs and such in case of listeria. Their are foods you have to stay away from completely and things that you have to limit like certain fishes! You also have to limit your caffeine intake if you did not know.

These are just some things I have been told or experienced myself, again not to scare you! These are just natural things that are body has happen as we are growing our babies! Just because you read it on here, doesn’t mean it will happen to you! These are all things that might happen, and for me some of these I had no idea would even happen! It is nice to be prepared so if these things do happen they don’t startle you! Or at least I think that way, I like to be prepared about things!

The top book that they doctors recommend to read when you find out your expecting: What to Expect When You’re Expecting

 

FREE Pregnancy Apps that might be useful for you to use on your phone.

Baby Center My Pregnancy: You can go on and talk to other expecting parents about concerns or questions. You can also see the growth of your baby and get tips and such. It is a great app!

Baby Bump: Similar to Baby Center app, it is free as well and has forum and information about baby growth and such.

Ovia Pregnancy: This is a neat one, you can search symptoms, or medications to see if they are safe for you or what you are experiencing is normal. This is a really nice app that has helped a lot. Tons of info as well for you to learn about your little baby growing inside of you!

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*HOT* Columbia Women’s Benton Springs Full-Zip Fleece Jacket $16.19

Columbia Women's JacketWOW anyone who shops and knows the Columbia brand, knows this deal is too good to pass up! Right now select Columbia Women’s Benton Springs Full-Zip Fleece Jacket are on sale as low as $16.19! Now depending on the color and size you choose will depend on the price. The one above is just $16.19!

Amazon changes price without notice, so I can’t say how long this will be up for grabs.

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50% Off Bento Box Stackable Lunch Box Kits!

Bento BoxIf you are a Bento Box Fan, you might like this deal! Right now for a limited time on Amazon you can save 50% Off Bento Box Stackable Lunch Box Kits! These are fun to give to your kids for lunches during the school year, take for picnics, and more!

Need a little Bento Inspiration, here are some fun ones I found on Pinterest!

Minion Bento BoxMinions and More Box

Healthy Bento Box

Healthy Lunch Inspiration

Dino Bento Box

Dinosaur Bento – One of my FAVES!

 

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Fit Snack Box: Healthy Snacks Shipped Right to Your Door Step!

I received this box as a promotional item. This is not a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% my own. 

FitSnack

Look at this good mix of snacks I got in my Fit Snack box this month! It was packed full with awesome and delicious snacks and more! If you follow my blog, you know I have been getting this Fit Snack box once a month for a few months now. I love this box, it is a great way to try out healthy options, without paying full price for each item. So if you end up not liking one or two items, you didn’t spend the money on the full size item! Then for the items you love, you can then buy the full size later, knowing you will like it!

Fit Snack BoxWhat’s in The Fit Snack Box?! 

Each Fit Snack box is packed with the most delicious and healthiest products on the market.  We strive to include a diverse experience of full and sample size items that are as good as they are good for you.

Every box is different – half the fun is getting the mystery box of goodies delivered to your door each month. 

So what all was inside this months box for me, you ask! 

  • Safe Catch Tuna
  • Muscle Pharm Protein Powder
  • Ips Egg White Chips (2 flavors)
  • Bear Naked Granola (2 flavors)
  • Coco Hydro Powder
  • Bite Fuel Protein Cookies
  • Sweetwood Cattle Spice
  • One Bar Fruit Bar
  • Big Tree Farms Coconut Sugar

Ips Chips

This was a fun box full of great products! I haven’t ate or tried everything yet, but I am working on it. I thought the Ips Chips were pretty good, I liked the cinnamon the best! At first I didn’t realize they were egg white chips, so that was crazy to read!

Bear Naked Granola

Another fave of mine this month was the Bear Naked Granola! This one was Coconut Almond Curry, it had a little kick to it, but was very tasty! I ate this as a snack one day, it was really good! I had personally never tried this brand of granola! I was shopping the other day, and saw the line of their granola in the store and thought I will have to buy some soon once I finish the granola I have!

Overall, I love this box, each month it is a wonderful surprise when it arrives. I get so excited to see what is going to be packed inside! I really recommend trying out the Fit Snack Box if you are looking for healthy snacks and more to fill your days up with!

Is this a box you think you would enjoy or someone you know?! 

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Did you See the Star of Bethlehem Last Night?!

Watch on You Tube if you can’t see this video here. People Get Ready, Jesus is Coming by Avalon

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Wow I haven’t done any Faith post in quite awhile, I was thinking about that late last night! So, I thought now is the perfect time to do one! Last night I don’t know if you all knew but the last night in the west, northwest part of the sky you could see the Star of Bethlehem! Jupiter and Venus get very near to being in alignment, this has not happened in 2,000 years. Some believe that this conjunction of stars is the Bethlehem Star, that was seen after the birth of Jesus! The seeing of it last night is a sign that Jesus is Coming back soon, to some people. Other people see it as two planets aligning, and that is it. It just depends on your walk with God and the way you view things.

 

It was very bright, and such a neat thing to see! My mother-in-law actually texted us earlier in the day and told us about it. I had no idea it was happening, so it was nice to hear about it and get to see it!

I know people have been saying for years Jesus is coming soon, get ready and such. It has made people not believe the time is near, but I truly do feel the time is coming and we do need to get our hearts right with the Lord and be ready. If we are here during Tribulation time, that will be so hard, harder than I think most of us can imagine, and if we are not strong in our faith it will be even harder! I have just been feeling in my heart to get my heart right with God, and work on growing my faith closer to him. Breaking down the walls I have, healing the wounds, and become strong. So if I am faced with a trial, I turn to him and know that no matter what I will be okay, because he is with me and in the end I always win.

I have always had pretty good faith, but I just want to grow deeper. I feel that tugging at my spirit to go deeper in my walk with God. If the rapture doesn’t happen in my lifetime, what did I do that was wrong, absolutely nothing! I prepared my heart for the day to be with Jesus and my family, all that did was better myself. It made life more enjoyable and peaceful while I was here on earth! So whether you think it is End Times or not, I still think we all should try and grow closer to God, and build a stronger relationship with him! Maybe you already are very strong in your faith, hats off to you!!! I feel I am not done growing, and that is why I decided to write this post! Maybe there are a few of you out there that feel the same way as me!

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FREE Carefree 7 Days of Fierce Sample Kit (First 60,000)

Carefree This is open to just the first 60,000 who sign up! Right now you can sign up for a Free 7 Day Carefree Fierce Sample Kit! Just head over and fill out the form and submit. If you don’t see the form, you probably missed it!

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