Thursday, September 11, 2014

10 Pregnancy Favorites


I can't stress the importance of moisturizing your entire friggin body like every day during pregnancy to prevent stretch marks. I really like this one because of its limited number of ingredients and lack of weird chemicals. It is thickkk and feels like real butter, but because of that it takes a while to dry and sometimes cat hair and dust start sticking to my skin. Lol tmi?

This is my alternative belly butter. I know, I know...Burt's Bees is owned by Clorox, and this one does contain a bunch of ingredients I can't pronounce, but fug it. This shit works. I use it after every shower - everywhere. My butt, thighs, stomach, lower back, bewbs, neck, etc etc. So far I have been stretch mark free. Can it remain that way until the end? *fingers crossed*

Oh my god, pregnancy hormones have destroyed my face. I am oilier than a slice of NY pizza, and I have acne worse than I did in middle school. Thank Jebus this foundation exists. It is oil free with a matte texture that helps balance the grease melting out of my face. It also covers discoloration really, really well. Like *~so~* well. I'm continually impressed. It's one of the best, if not the best, foundations I've ever used.

This is my daily facial moisturizer. Another oil free product that leaves my face feeling smooth and bright. It also has an amazing scent. It's like a natural herb smell, idk I can't really place it, but I love it. 

Yoooo sweaters. Fall is around the corner, my favorite season. I have always loved big, baggy, oversized, comfortable sweaters. But now that I am pregnant they will clearly be a staple in my fall wardrobe. I am currently wearing a vintage knit sweater from St. John's Bay similar to the one I linked above.

On the opposite end of the wardrobe spectrum...the weatherperson is still forcasting 90+ degree days. So I can't quite pack up those shorts just yet. These shorts from AA are my all time favorite. I have them in black, navy, and red. They are thick (yet lightweight), comfortable, and fall perfectly just below my belly. 

I should've listed this item up with the other beauty shiz, but whatever, my bad. I've never regularly used a toner before, but once this oil problem started I had no choice. This one is great. It contains only natural organic ingredients, and it's very lightweight. It minimizes the oil without drying out my skin. I use it after showering before the Ole Henriksen moisturizer. 

Have you ever seen what happens to a women's body during pregnancy? Your stomach and intestines get smashed up so tight it's no wonder heartburn is such a common symptom. I've used this tea a couple times now as a remedy and it works wonders. Highly recommended.

This tea on the other hand I've started drinking more regularly to tone and prepare my body for childbirth. The main ingredient is red raspberry leaf, which apparently is supposed to be a pregnancy wonder herb, but scientific evidence is "questionable" they say. Idk - never question the power of the placebo effect right?

Okay this last one I recommend to all people. Men, women, pregnant or not. This is seriously like the best item I have ever found. For many years I have struggled to find a good deodorant that could mask BO without making me feel like I was absorbing cancer. This deodorant is organic, handmade, and it smells like a dream. It lasts all day and doesn't leave white marks. At first I was apprehensive about applying it with my fingers, but I got over that really fast. 


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lynn's Apartment: Bedroom ViBeBoard


Hello again.  Here I am, back with the "Mood board" aka "ViBeBoard" for the design of my bedroom.  I just realized I forgot to put a number for the bed, but it's the CB2 "Drommen Bed" that I posted a few days ago.  

The artwork is kinda just to give an idea of the vibe we are going for.  I want a big picture over the bed, and we're going to do old black and white family pictures on either side of the bed.  The plants we already have.  And how about that marble patterned bedding am I RIGHT??  Ok here are the sources, ta ta!
  1. Elk Herd Poster - $50
  2. Ranarp Light - $20
  3. Nate Berkus for Target Vases - TBD
  4. Tall Storage Nightstand - $229
  5. Marble Bedding - $90
  6. Nate Berkus for Target Pillows - TBD
  7.  Woops Forgot
  8. Vintage Suzani - $199
  9. Perch Table Lamp - $71

Friday, September 5, 2014

Lynn's Apartment: Bed Optionz

Hi Bitchesssss,

I feel like posting about stupid furniture choices and shit is mad trivial compared to the creation of human life but it's all I got to post about ATM so without further adooo, here is a post about stupid furniture choices.

As I said in the last post, we're in the process of re-doing (but really just "do"ing because we never "did") AKA adult-ifying our bedroom.  The biggest aspect of this upgrade is going to be the purchase of a bedframe.  Our current bed is just sitting on some wood slats from Ikea that are directly on the floor.  We made a "headboard" out of a really cheap Ikea foam mattress folded in half then covered with a Mexican blanket.  It is all very college and makes me feel very unsoph(isticated). (I just made that up will it catch on???)

We are willing to invest a relatively sizable (well, for us) chunk of bling on the bed because the way I look at it, buying some cheap Ikea shi that we'll just throw out when we move then have to replace ends up being the same as just buying a new bed that'll last.  In a perfect world, our next apartment (or umm.. house?  Is that what people live in?  I forget) will have (at least) two bedrooms, so this bed frame and mattress will go to the guest bedroom and we can finally REALLY upgrade to a king size mattress + new frame.  Anywho, what I'm trying to say is, I wanna buy a bed that'll last us for a while.

Designwise - we want an upholstered headboard, for softness / comfort; we like platform type beds; Leif is really into Case Study Beds ATM (a little too DWR catalog for me but w/e); and that's about all we have narrowed down.

We have been looking at "the usual suspects" for options (CB2, West Elm, Crate & Barrel, Room and Board etc) and have limited our options to the following :

"Architecture Bed" from Room & Board - $999.  If it were up to me, and money were no object, this is the bed we would get.  But Leif doesn't like it and it's at the far end of our budget so it gets the axe.

"Woodland Slumber Canopy Bed" from Anthropologie - $2698.  This one is in the same vein as the R&B bed, and Leif actually picked it out, but it's like, way too expensive. NEXT.

"Copenhagen Reclaimed Wood Bed" from West Elm - $1699.  Again, too pricey, but I like the overall style.

"Alpine White Bed" from West Elm - $599.  This one is iight, but I'm not sure how I feel about an all white bed.  And it looks a little cheap to me.  But it's not bad.

"Upholstered Sleigh Bed" from West Elm - $899.  This one is nice, we like the upholstering, the shape is interesting, but might be too tall or something.

"Mod Upholstered Bed" from West Elm - $799.  Ahhhh, now that's a nice bed.  Simple, upholstered, vaguely mid century, a kind of platform vibe going on.  This is our #2 choice at the moment.  So that just leaves... #1....

"Drommen Bed" from CB2 - $899.  Here it is, our current top pick.  I love the wood plus upholstery combo, the kind of "architectural" vibe going on with the frame (I hate when ppl use "architectural" as an adjective but TGIF smoke on that one)  The bad part is it's currently backordered till mid November, but, we really just want to be done w/ the bedroom by Christmas so it's not a dealbreaker.

Next post will be a lil moodboard, namaste everyone ^_^

Pregnancy: The Fifth Month (Weeks 18-21)

Ah so we didn't post anything for the entire month of August...cause we're slackers. JK summer break obviously. Well we're back, and it's a month later which is perfect because now I can recap the fifth month of my pregnancy for you.

The fifth month has by far been the easiest and most enjoyable. My energy levels have been restored, I feel great, and I'm embracing this new feminine body transition thing I'm going through.  It's actually pretty cool, and I heard this hilarious quote from Ina May Gaskin (my pregnancy idol) that was like...

"Men think only their stuff can get way big, and then small, and not be ruined."

Lol, anyway... I like my pregnant body for the most part so far. The only real problems have been pimples from hormones, some lower back pain, and "pregnancy gingivitis" which is also apparently caused by hormones.

18 Weeks

19 Weeks 

During the 20th week we found out some exciting news...   ¡We're having a girl!    And her name will be Sonja after Dan's great-grandmother. 

Hey little lady!

20 Weeks

What else...what else? I've been doing a lot of reading - mostly about how the female body works during pregnancy and labor and how to birth naturally and without intervention. I think I'll do a separate post with some reading recommendations later on. 

We have also slowly started making moves to get our nursery set up. And by that I mean we bought a rocking chair. I think a rocking chair is a crucial first investment as it is just as beneficial to a tired pregnant lady as it is for post-birth rocking and feeding. We'll probably keep the shelf that is there, move the records to another room, and add a changing top like this one. Again, I'll probably do a nursery inspo post later on too.

Obviously, I haven't stopped shopping for cute baby clothes - especially now that we know the gender. I wouldn't say I've gone crazy with the shopping though. Since babies are messy and grow really fast I don't want to spend tooooo much money on clothes. Some things are just too cute to pass up though.

Cardigan and dress from H&M. Vintage moccasins.

Onesies from Kira.

Here have a couple more bump selfies to round (lol) out this post.

21 Weeks - I got a mom haircut yeaaahh!!

22 Weeks - Technically sixth month, deal with it! 

I'll leave you with the top 5 things I miss most during pregnancy:
  1. Coffee: as much as I want, whenever I want
  2. Sushi: specifically sashimi
  3. A casual beer or glass of wine obv
  4. Deli meat & unpasteurized cheese
  5. Ibuprofen (Tylenol just does not cut it)


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Lynn's Apartment: The Bedddddroom

Hi y'all, long time no see.  I am back to finally start working (and blogging, duh) on our bedroom.  If you don't remember, here is a "Before" pic of the bedroom:

Unfortch that's pretty much the only one I have, my bad.

Here's a lil floorplan for ya to get an idea of the space.  There are clerestory windows above the closet doors, and the doors leading out to the patio are all glass, so that's where the natural light comes from.  The office area is divided by some janky bi-fold doors that I want to replace with curtains, but that'll be another project.  For now, the bedroom.  The walls are painted the same boring clay/poop color as the rest of the apartment.  The room is a pretty good size though, with good "bones" if you will.

Last weekend we painted, Behr "Full Moon" in Eggshell finish.  It's a shade darker than the color in the living room / hallway (Behr "Billowy Down") on the same paint chip.  Gotta keep it all in the family dawgs.  Other improvements since the "Before" pic are the addition of a bunch of house plants - a fiddle leaf fig (bc duh, this is a blog after all), a hanging philodendron, an aloe that I rescued from the side of the street, and a sick "Ghost Cactus".

Our next step is to buy a BEDDDDD!!!  And bedside tables, and a new light for my side, and start hanging up artwork.  Here's some inspo:

Hmmmmm.... what do all of these images have in common?  I'm not really sure.  I know we want the general vibe to be relaxed, unfussy, calm, but still interesting / reflect our personalities.  I think white / light grey for everything except plants and maybe a few patterned textiles.  Comfortable but still I want it to feel like it's been thought out and really "designed", not just shlepped together.  An adult bedroom if you will.  Hehe... adult bedroom......  OK that's all for now - next post I'll make a ~*Mood Board*~!!

Holla back, payce.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pregnancy: The Fourth Month (Weeks 14-17)

Sup friends. It's been about a month since I announced the news. On Sunday I'll hit the 18 week point aka the start of the 5th month (omg almost half way wtf time flies). So hmm okay, let's recap the 4th month.

Around the end of the first trimester I had some blood work come back that showed I was anemic. So I started taking Floradix - hilarious name, mediocre taste, great product. It's this German liquid iron elixir thing that kind of tastes like prune juice? I like it better than straight up iron pills because it's gentler with the whole constipation thing. So yeah, increasing my iron intake in combination with entering the second trimester = (as Arnold would say) more energy!

Well, we don't even know the baby's gender yet (although we're both feelin' the boy vibe), and we won't find out for three more weeks, but that didn't stop us from going SHOPPING. I've heard the second trimester is the best time to shop, because of (a) the whole increased energy thing, but also (b) my stomach is not the size of two bowling balls yet making it harder to maneuver / backaches etc.

Here's most of our haul from a Seattle shopping adventure. Did you know Oregonians can get sales tax exemption in Washington? That is a neat thing. Anyway, we tried to go for unisex, I know it looks a little boyish, but hey, I was a tomboy so I've never really been partial to pinks or overly girly things anyway.

Ugh, these pants from Zara are like the cutest things of all time. Why can't humans stay small forever? 

We also took a trip to the Goodwill bins (where everything is by the pound) and I stocked up on some plain white onesies. I brought em home, bleached them, and then dyed them an assortment of gaudy hippie colors with Rit Dye. You can find tutorials for this all over Pinterest if you're inspired. 

I've had one midwife appointment this month, around the 15th week. Everything is looking good and baby has a strong heartbeat of about 150bpms. As for me, I'm good. Blood pressure is in a healthy range, and I've gained 4 pounds of breast and uterine weight. The only negative I have right now are these nasty migraines I keep getting. My midwife said it was most likely related to hormone levels, but to keep drinking plenty of water and eat every two hours. Can do. Caffeine seems to help the most, but I have to make sure I stay under 200mg a day. 

One thing I love about visiting my midwives is getting to ride the Portland Aerial Tram. I guess it gives a lot of people anxiety, but I find it really relaxing. And on a clear day (lol rain) you can get some of the best views of the city. This picture is facing the hospital, but if I had turned around you could probably see Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Adams.

What else? My appetite has been ridiculous. I eat more than Dan now, who has been known for his ability to eat more than anyone and remain muy flaco. He gets it from his mom. I haven't been having too many aversions other than maybe overly fragrant food. Don't ask me what that means. On the other hand I've been craving:
  • salads
  • pastas like macaroni & ravioli
  • bagels with cream cheese
  • cereal
  • seltzer water
  • sweets ugghh ice cream, candy, cookies, give it to me
  • burritos

Here's a shot from brunch a few weekends ago. Dan has a pretty hearty breakfast burrito over there. Everything else is mine. And much as I hate to admit it...I ate it all. -(๑☆‿ ☆#)ᕗ

I haven't been a complete pig though. I still get a good amount of exercise. Dan and I did a 5k the other weekend (lol glow run ugh so basic), and tonight I start weekly prenatal yoga.

Try as I might though, I still had to succumb to a maternity wardrobe. This is my pile of pants and shorts that are going into a box hopefully to be seen again next spring. I will miss you pants! My maternity fashions have consisted mostly of maxi dresses and elastic waist gym shorts. I did get a pair of maternity pants from H&M and some shorts from Goodwill. Maybe I'll do a separate post on maternity styles soon. 

And last but not least, here are some bump pictures for you. They're from Week 15 & 17 respectively.

Dress: American Apparel
Shorts: Gap - Similar (Found as pants at Goodwill and cut into shorts.)

Alright that's it for now. Happy hump day! lol

Thursday, June 26, 2014


Just when you thought this blog was nothing more than vegetables and gardens - a new feature appears on the right side bar. What's that? PREGNANCY? Whaaaaaaaaa.......???  

Yes, it's true...I'm pregnant! Oh man, so much to talk about now...where to begin?

So in April I had an ultrasound to identify the cause of my abnormal menstrual cycle. I was diagnosed with PCOS, and I started seeing a naturopathic doctor who changed my diet and had me start taking a variety of supplements. DIM and Chaste Tree Berry were two in particular that I think had a positive impact on my body. I also started getting weekly acupuncture. The doctor gave me an estimated time frame of 1-3 years to conceive.

Fast forward one month to the middle of May. I woke up with an excruciating headache and nauseous as all hell. I didn't think anything of it. Maybe I was getting sick? I went on with my normal daily routine, and around lunchtime I went to have a salted avocado. Well, let me tell you, I eat a salted avocado almost every other day. And on this day - it was the most revolting thing I had ever seen, smelled, or tasted - in my life - no hyperbole. Now I knew something was wrong! That evening Dan and I got a pregnancy test.

Well there it is! When I came out of the bathroom I just started hugging Dan and crying. 1-3 years??? More like 1-3 weeks! I took another pregnancy test the next morning just to be sure - yep still pregnant. Ahhhh we couldn't be happier!

Last week I went in for my first midwife appointment and we were able to hear the heartbeat. This was one of the most crazy and fulfilling moments of my life. I'm so glad Dan recorded a whole 10 seconds of it. The look on my face is both "wtf is this real" and "omg this is real".


Then today we had our first ultrasound. What a trip.  When you get a visual of what's actually growing inside of you - it becomes ultimately real. Up until this point, even with the heartbeat, it was still all very abstract. 

We didn't find out the gender yet, even though we really want to know. I keep looking at these two pictures and debating. The first image looks like it has obvious little boy parts, but it's gone in the second and looks more like a girl. Idk idk, can't wait to find out though! 

Check out that hand! So cool. Anyway, last but not least, I have some bump pictures for you. I feel like I've looked about the same since week 10. Actually I think I looked the biggest in week 11, but maybe I just ate too much junk food. Also...I've lost 5 pounds since finding out I was pregnant. Beer weight? Probably. 


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Pacific Northwest Vacay: Lookbook 2k14

What up y'all.  I'm going to be visiting fellow blogger Meg up in Portland in a few short days so you KNOW I'm getting my Pacific Northwestern Lookbook together.  This is also kind of a crossover with my fave camping things at the moment.  See ya on the trailz bitches.

1. 12 Piece Enamelware Set
2. Topo Designs Roll Top Backpack
3. EMS Fleece Vest
4. Tevas Original Universal Sandals
5. Outdoor Wine Glass
6. Headlamp

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Camptown USA - Camping in Big Bear


Hi y'all.  It's been a while since I posted anything non-gardening related so here's a camping post.  We went to camp just north of Big Bear about a month ago, at a campsite called "Hanna Flat".  It ruled.  Here's some pics because I just discovered VSCO Cam ;)

Leif got us a new tent :)  Marmot powahhhh

So I took a tent selfie lol Hi!

We hiked up to the top of this little hill behind our campsite to watch the sunset / take pics.

Camping rules!!!