Third Trimester Bumpdate

Third Trimester Bumpdate

                                                                                                                 

This is 39 Weeks!

Wow! I can’t believe we’re already here! In some ways it feels like I’ve already been pregnant for a year and others it seems like just yesterday I was going in for my first appointments. I’m beyond grateful to have had a healthy pregnancy so far! At this point, little babe could come anytime so we are patiently waiting, doing lots of praying for a healthy delivery and soaking up these last few nights of sleep and time just us two!

Life has been flying by and I haven’t had a chance to share too much of my pregnancy journey up until this point but a lot of you have been asking questions so I wanted to share a quick update with you today!

Nesting Mode

I have definitely been in nesting mode at home – getting laundry done, cleaning the condo, organizing and re-organizing the nursery, packing and re-packing our hospital bags, stocking up on snacks, household items and anything we need.

I’m also trying to listen to my body and not become stressed or overwhelmed with the to-dos. There will always be something else to clean and errands to run so I’m giving myself a break and trying to remember that 39 weeks pregnant means and I’m allowed to rest 🙂

Any Cravings?

This is one of the most common questions I receive! Throughout my pregnancy I haven’t had any big cravings and specifically in the third trimester I’ve had more food aversions if anything. The only thing that I’ve consistently wanted is anything fruit – frozen fruit, (give me all the frozen raspberries), smoothies, açaí bowls.

Insomnia

Insomnia is the real deal friends! This thankfully didn’t hit until my third trimester and specifically not until the past two weeks but less and less sleep is becoming the norm. For someone who normally sleeps very well, it has been a little rough some days but I know God is just preparing me for this little bundle of joy that’s coming!

Here’s a few ways I’ve been coping:

  • Taking a shower/bath shortly before bed to relax – I love the Honest Momma Bath Salt
  • Limiting caffeine during the day and drinking herbal tea – I like the Tazo Refresh Mint Tea and the
  • Using a Pregnancy Pillow – linking this one T got for me from Amazon. I will say that it has worked for me some nights and hasn’t others but overall this one got great reviews!

Maternity Wear

For the majority of my pregnancy I’ve been lucky enough to not have had to spend a fortune on maternity clothes. Several of my winter sweaters are already oversized so it has worked for the bump! Anything new that I’ve purchased recently I generally just size up one depending on the item.

I’ve never been so appreciative of pajamas and soft materials in my life than when I’ve been pregnant. Dry/sensitive skin comes with the territory so if I put something on that’s the least bit itchy it immediately comes off!

Here’s the PJ’s I’ve been loving – pregnant or not, they are amazing!

As far as everyday wear, at this point it’s pretty much which pair of leggings do I want to wear! I’ve been loving the Zella Maternity Leggings lately. (These are on sale for only $39 right now!)

Because I’m normally a denim girl, I’ve been wearing denim from Pink Blush Maternity which has been nice to switch things up from the leggings life.

The Nursery

We have the nursery all ready for little baby’s arrival! I’m still adding some decorations and finishing touches and I will put together a full blog post once it’s complete! Our furniture is from Pottery Barn Kids. We also order two recliner chairs from PB Kids – one for the nursery and one for our bedroom and I’m obsessed with both! Linking those here and here.

What I’m Packing

We have our hospital bags packed (even though I’ve probably re-packed mine 5 times at this point!) and ready to go. I’m excited to be sharing a “What’s In My Hospital Bag” post so be on the lookout for that coming soon!

Thank You

I want to end this post with a huge thank you to each of you! So many of you have sent encouraging messages and reached out in some way and I’m so thankful to have a community of supportive friends and women in this space. Can’t wait to continue bringing you along on this blogging adventure!

xoxo, R

 

Travel Essentials: What’s In My Carry-on Bag

Travel Essentials: What’s In My Carry-on Bag

Outfit Details | Stripe Layering Top | Denim Jacket| Black Leggings | Baseball Hat | Sneakers | Sunglasses | Suitcase |                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Travel Essentials

With a lot of ya’ll planning or heading out on spring trips soon, I wanted to share what I pack in my carry-on bag and my go-to travel essentials.

I filmed a “What’s In My Carry On Bag” during our recent Florida getaway and I’m excited to be sharing that over on Instagram Stories, so make sure you head there to see more details! (It will also be saved to a highlight if you save this to reference at a later date!)

Now let’s jump into it!

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What’s In My Carry-on Bag

LV Neverful Tote | I’m such a tote girl and this one IMO is the perfect size for traveling.

Marble Laptop Case | I travel with both a hard cover and a zip case for my laptop to ensure it stays protected. Plus, how cute is this marble design! This White Marble Hard Case is only $17 on Prime and the matching Marble Laptop Sleeve is only $15!

AirPods + Case | AirPods or headphones are a must. I’m someone who likes to be distracted when flying so I usually pop on a Netflix show and I’m good to go. Linking a few cute AirPods cases: Leopard / Marble / LV Dupe – Check / Blush

Catch All Pouch| These are great for keeping all the little things organized. These Clear Pouches are great to quickly find what’s inside.

Hand Sanitizer + Wipes | Hand sanitizer and wipes are items I rarely leave the house without, let alone traveling. Yes, I’m one of those people who wipes down the airplane seat 🙂 but I’d rather be safe than sorry! My favorite hand sanitizer brand is Everyone and you can snag a pack of these on Amazon and throw them in all your bags.

Hair Ties & Scrunchies | I always make sure to have a few scrunchies and hair ties on hand – you never know when you’ll need them/want to throw your hair up after a day of traveling. My favorite are TeleTies, Gimme Hair Ties and I stock up on scrunchies from Amazon – this bag of 65 is only $6!! What!!

Facial Mist | A must for me while traveling! Ya’ll know how much flying just sucks the moisture right out of your skin. I generally like to fly with little to no makeup on so I can let my skin breathe and apply a spritz whenever I’m feeling like my skin it getting parched – or to wake up post flight. I’ve been loving this Pixi Glow Mist lately but also linking a few more of my favorites here: Evian Mineral Water Spray / Boscia Rose Water Mist / Mario Badescue Rose Water Mist

Hydrating Lip Balm | Just like having a face mist on hand, a good hydrating lip balm is key for me. I continue to rave about this Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask which is the perfect buddy to bring on the plane. I also love X and X and the good ol’ fashion Aquaphor Repair Lip Balm works wonders.

Snacks & Mints! | I always make sure to bring a few snacks just in case we were to get delayed, and they often don’t have what I would prefer for a snack on the plane. My go-tos are That’s It Fruit Bars, KIND Granola Bars and I’ve also been loving the Coconut Peanut Butter Perfect Bars lately. Gum and mints are always a must as well!

Healthish Water Bottle | I prefer to bring my own refillable water bottle instead of paying $13 for one at the airport! My go-to is this Healthish Water Bottle that includes the time of day on the side to keep you accountable about staying hydrated and getting your H20 in! Use code RALEIGH for 10% off your order.

Denim Jacket | I always end up freezing on the plane so I like to Dres in layers and adding a denim jacket is my go-to. Plus, it’s an easy item to throw on over a dress for dinner or shopping on your trip. This exact one is only $34! Here’s a few others: Light Wash Denim Jacket / Light Distressed Denim Jacket/

Baseball Hat | I can’t remember the last time I went to the airport without wearing a hat.  This White Adidas Baseball Hat goes with everything and you’ll get so much wear out of it. The best $20 you’ll spend! We usually fly super early in the morning so hats are great for hiding my hair and makeup that I definitely didn’t do for a 6am flight and are perfect for any athleisure or activewear looks you’re planning, depending where you’re going.

LV Card Holder/KeyChain – Can you believe I’ve had this LV Leather Card Case for almost 10 years?! It still looks brand new and has held up so well. Instead of a large wallet, I like to bring a small card case while traveling to keep things light and quick to find. If you don’t want to splurge, I’m linking some similar sized options below!

Gucci Leather / YSL Black / Tory Burch Neutral

Sunglasses + Case | You definitely can’t travel without some sunnies! I just recently snagged these $11 cuties that I’m so excited about!

Small Cross-body Bag | I like to keep a small crossbody bag within my larger tote for times when I don’t need to bring my larger tote, like out to dinner. This specific Tory Burch one is no longer available but I’m linking a similar one below.

Tory Burch Phone Crossbody / Tory Burch Straw Clutch / Straw Bucket Bag

The majority of these items you can conveniently snag on Amazon! I put together a Travel Essentials List so you’ll have a one-stop shop for everything you would need. Just head to my Amazon Store to check it out.

And that wraps it up! I hope this post was helpful and cheers to wherever your next flight adventure takes you!

xoxo, R

 

15 Things You May Not Know About Me

15 Things You May Not Know About Me

What I’m wearing: | Blue Floral Dress | Tan Crossbody Bag / Similar / Similar | Sandals – Similar / Similar |                                                                                                                      

1. Aunt

Being an Aunt is THE BEST! My little niece (my sister’s daughter) turned 3 in July and is just the funniest little peanut. We also have a 2 year old nephew, a few day old niece and another nephew on the way. So many littles!

2. Chicago

I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. My parents live in a rural neighborhood right next to a corn field with some land and a pond. My Dad had a gigantic garden and we hardly had to buy produce in the Spring/Summer/Fall because everything came from it. Minus any farm animals, my siblings and I were quite outdoorsy growing up. (But, TBH, if I never had to go camping again my life I would be okay!)

3. When We Met

My husband also grew up in the same area but we went to different schools so we didn’t know each other. We met one summer when we were both back from from college and ended up doing long distance for about 4 years until we got married.

4. Cheerleader

I was a dancer, gymnast and cheerleader when I was younger. I think I may still have it in me so do a few flips. I did try out for volleyball in high school once but the coach told me I would probably be too short so I stuck to cheerleading after that 🙂

5. Side Hustle

In addition to my full-time career, I held a styling retail job for about 8 years on the side. I’ve always had a passion for fashion and helping women and I think they ended up making my day more times than I probably made theirs!

6. The Mountains

I absolutely LOVE the mountains. Growing up in flat IL has made me appreciate them so much. I’m always just in such awe of God’s beauty and the views never get old. T and I try to take hiking trips often and we’re actually heading out for one in a few weeks – I can’t wait! Oh and pictures *never do it justice!

7. Grandparents

My Grandparents are two of my favorite people on this planet. (We text on a regular basis!) I lived with them for about two years when I was working and finishing up school and we became super close. Grandparents have so much wisdom to share and a different perspective on life – I’ve learned so much from them! We travel to Naples, Florida each winter to spend time with them.

8. Superpower

If I could have any superpower it would be to fast travel anywhere so I didn’t have to deal with traffic and other drivers! (And to not have to wait in the Starbucks line!)

9. Foods

I’m not a fan of tomatoes, green peas, raw sushi, sugary drinks and can go without meat. I love coffee, any salad with avocado, sweet potato fries, and overall enjoy eating a healthy/balanced diet… that also includes pizza! My Mom is an amazing cook, my Dad is an amazing baker and I am neither. If I could hire a chef for the rest of my life I would be so happy!

10. Work

I had the opportunity to work for a startup marketing agency (first official employee!) when I first moved to Indy. It was an exciting, challenging and rewarding experience for my career being on the ground floor of a new, growing company. If you have the opportunity to take a risk in your career – go for it! You’ll learn so much both professionally and personally. Currently I work full-time in Brand Management for a national company in downtown Indy and love my job!

11. Hidden Talent

I can recite all 50 states alphabetically.

12. The Name Syndrome

I’m one of those who has dealt with “wrong name syndrome” my whole life, despite my bias opinion thinking my name is super easy! It’s pronounced “Rah-Lee” (although most of my family and close friends call me Ral) just like the capitol of North Carolina. I’ve actually never traveled there but it’s on my list! My middle name is Tay so whenever I go to Starbucks or need to order anything I always just go by Tay. It usually mitigates any confusion 🙂

13. Movies

Some of my favorite movies include The Devil Wears Prada, Bridesmaids, Pitch Perfect and The Proposal. I do however, love and find crime shows, podcasts, etc. so interesting. If you haven’t listened to the Crime Junkie podcast yet, I highly recommend it!

14. Four Eyes

I’m near-sided so I only need my glasses for distance or when my eyes are really tired a.k.a. usually by the end of the work day but Blue Light Glasses have been a game changer for me.

15. Blogging

I originally started a blog back in 2011 but other life priorities were more important and I ended up taking down my site. I’m so excited to be back and now have this creative outlet! It’s amazing how God allows room for the things you’re passionate about when the time is right for you.

And that’s it for today!

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about me! Whether you’ve been following for awhile or you’re new around here, I’m so glad to have you and excited to learn something fun about you as well! Head back to my Instagram Post and share a fun fact about yourself! I can’t wait to read all your comments 🙂

xoxo

 

 

Summer Starbucks Drinks

Summer Starbucks Drinks

What I’m wearing: | Olive Green Cutoff Shorts – Similar, Similar, Similar | Grey Quarter Length Tee – Similar, Similar, Similar | White Slip On Sneaks + Similar, Similar, Smiliar |                                                                                                                          

Sweet Sweet Summertime

Rise and shine friends! Happy Saturday!

I thought I’d switch things up this morning with a fun post all about my favorite Starbucks drinks! As you probably already know, I’m quite the coffee lover so I thought it would be fun to share 10 of my favorite drink orders. If you’re heading out this morning to grab some brew, why not try something new?!

Because it’s summer time (and because I love iced coffee all year round), the below list are all iced drinks but you can definitely order them hot as well! *All Grande size orders – may need to adjust sweetness based on other sizes.

Oh and make sure you check out the end of this post for a fun surprise!

1. Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte

  • No Classic, Add 2 Pumps SF Vanilla
  • Almond Milk

If you’re a matcha lover, try ordering a Matcha Water with 1 Pump Classic – it’s essentially a Matcha Iced Tea. So refreshing for summer time and green tea/matcha powder has some great health benefits!

2. Toffee Nut Iced Coffee

  • 2 Pumps Toffee Nut + 1 Pump SF Vanilla
  • Splash of Almond Milk

3. Half Price Latte

This is like ordering a Latte but paying about half the price – such a good hack! 

  • Iced Double Espresso (Doppio) Shot – in a Grande Cup
  • 2 Pumps Vanilla
  • Almond Milk

4. Starbucks Double Shot on Ice

  • No Classic, Add 2 Pumps Vanilla
  • Almond Milk

While it sounds similar, this is quite different than the above. This Grande size menu item automatically comes with 3 Espresso Shots, 3 Pumps Classic, and topped with milk… then shaken to create a frothy goodness on the top. It’s more of a bold espresso taste as opposed to the more creamy latte option above. It’s generally two sweet for me so I ask for 2 pumps vanilla instead. 

5. Iced Shaken Teas

If I’m ordering an iced tea I like to keep it simple/not add a ton of extra sweetener so I order them plain/as is!

  • Iced Passion Tango Tea – a great caffeine-free option
  • Iced Black Tea with Pineapple Infusion
  • Iced Peach Green Tea

6. Cold Brew with Caramel Cold Foam

Super tasty as is – no sweetener needed!

7. Iced Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Latte

This is served with 2 shots of espresso and 2 scoops of Vanilla Bean Powder, with coconut milk. I think it’s delicious how it is!

8. Iced Skinny Caramel Macchiato

  • 2 Pumps Toffee Nut + 1 Pump SF Vanilla
  • Splash of Almond Milk

9. Blonde Iced Americano – Size Tall

If you’re like me and enjoy the bold taste of espresso, opt for an Americano. Order the Blonde Espresso for a more of a smooth and slightly sweet. A Tall size comes with 2 shots.

10. Pink Drink, Purple Drink, Dragon Drink

  • Pink Drink – Strawberry Refresher with Coconut Milk
    • Ask for extra strawberries!
  • Purple Drink – Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher with Coconut Milk
    • Ask for extra blackberries!
  • Dragon Drink – Mango Dragonfruit Refresher + Coconut Milk
    • This one is much sweeter/more tart than the others.

These refresher drinks are not a common order for me however they are a great option if you’re looking for a tiny caffeine boost but don’t want coffee. 

All of the items above I’ve ordered, tried and loved so I would highly recommend!

To say thank you to all of you, I”ll be giving away a Starbucks gift card so you can enjoy something for yourself! Just head back to my Instagram post and either tell me your go-to Starbucks order or something new from this list you want to try!

Have a great weekend!

xoxo

 

 

 

Wellness Wednesday: Avocado Green Smoothie Recipe

Wellness Wednesday: Avocado Green Smoothie Recipe

What I’m wearing: | AvocadoHolic Tee Shirt | Leggings – Similar |                                                                                                                           

New Series on the Blog – Wellness Wednesday

I’ve had some health and wellness questions come in lately – what I eat during the week, how I stay motivated to workout, how I balance blogging and working full-time etc. etc., so, today I’m launching a Wellness Wednesday series to talk about all things health and wellness!

To kick off the series, today we’re beginning with one of my favorite ways to start the day – my quick and easy, go-to Avocado Green Smoothie Recipe!

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I’ve always been a smoothie fan! It’s an easy and quick way to add in additional fruits/veggies/nutrients into your diet and of course, perfect for the on-the-go gal, like myself.

And I’ve never been one to fear the green smoothie either – I actually prefer them! Because fruit can be high in sugar, it’s best in my opinion, to balance with greens or veggies and protein to get the most out of your smoothie intake. (I promise, if you have the right fruit to spinach ratio, you won’t even taste it in your smoothie!)

In the last year or so I’ve been focusing on adding the healthy fats found in avocados into my smoothies and never looked back! I generally prepare a smoothie for breakfast or times when I’m not feeling hungry enough for a full meal.

And now on to the recipe!

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| Kate Spade Dot Cups|

Everyday Raleigh Tay’s Avocado Green Smoothie

Blend everything until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!

Quick Tip: Add everything into your blender, let it sit for a few minutes to allow the frozen fruit thaw a bit. It makes it blend together so much easier and quicker! 

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I use the Nutri Ninja and it works wonders!

Know that there are multiple ways to adjust and substitute based on your preferences. Like a thicker smoothie? Add less liquid and don’t blend as long. Prefer kale over spinach? Add that instead. Just find out what you like/what works best for you!

Let me know what you think if you give this a try!

Talk soon! xoxo

Raleigh Tay

Funny Story:

My husband prefers fruit smoothies and more classic blends like Strawberry Banana (and does *not like spinach). I wanted to really put the “green” to the test and actually snuck some spinach into one of the smoothies I made for him to see if I could mask it with fruit and it TOTALLY worked! Haha. He didn’t even notice! T, if you’re reading this, just know I did you a favor in adding some additional nutrients to your diet that day 🙂

How to Start Your Week On A Positive Note (And Stop Hating Mondays!)

How to Start Your Week On A Positive Note (And Stop Hating Mondays!)

After the joys of the weekend, by the time Monday rolls around we can likely find ourselves dreading it more than looking forward to it. Personally, I’ve devoted changing my perspective on Mondays in 2019 and now I’m more motivated by them than ever! I use Mondays to re-focus my goals and to-dos, schedule some “me” time and overall enjoy the day a little more!

Here are some ways to start your week off on the right foot!

Change Your Perspective

The ‘Sunday scaries’ are real, but they don’t have to be! Try changing your perspective. Instead of dreading Monday, think of it as a fresh start, the opportunity to begin the week off on a positive note, and get motivated about all that you’re going to accomplish this week!

Have an Attitude of Gratitude

Along with shifting your perspective, being intentional about having a grateful attitude will help your outlook on the week. I try to spend quiet time in the morning reading a devotional, spending time in the Bible or filling out a thankful journal to re-set my mind and focus on what matters most. Checkout my post 9 Books to Add to Your Reading List for details on a few devotionals I’m recently loving.

And when I don’t have the extra time to sit down in the morning, I still make it a priority to run through a list of things I’m thankful/grateful for… the job that I’m going to, my health, my husband, the opportunity to inspire others, and even the simple things like a new pair of work pants I’m excited about. Girl, whatever is ahead of you, you’ve got this! (And have so much to be thankful for!)

I challenge you to create your own list!

Create Something to Look Forward To

Whether it’s treating yourself to your favorite latte on the way into work, making a habit of scheduling a fun lunch date, or devoting your evening to some self-care time, having something to look forward to on Mondays makes the day that much better! Whatever you choose, try making it a habit for the next month and see how you feel after.

There’s a Starbucks in the building where I work and I love going in a few minutes early on Mondays, grabbing my favorite coffee and spending a few minutes catching up on my daily reads (Everygirl.com, The Newsette). It’s nice to spend a few moments to myself and I always look forward to it.

Have Your Weekly To-Do List Already Complete

Setting aside some time on Sunday (or even the Friday before) to set your intensions for Monday and the week ahead, and having that ready before Monday morning comes, can ease some stress of understanding what you need to accomplish for the day/week.

Each week at the top of my planner I write two-three small goals I want to accomplish and focus on for the week. It may be completing a blog post, working out every day that week, drinking more water, or even seeing a friend I’ve meant to schedule a lunch date with.

Start Your Monday with a Workout

I’ve recently starting hitting my workout class in the mornings and even though it can sometimes be a struggle not to stay an extra hour in the warm covers, I always feel amazing after! Getting your body moving in the morning, even if it’s just a 30 minute walk can boost your energy and get your mind refreshed for the day and week ahead.

Get the Not So Fun Stuff Out of the Way

Although Monday can sometimes seem daunting, it’s also a great opportunity to get those not-so-fun chores out of the way. Laundry. Meal prepping. Cleaning. Getting it out of the way on Monday (or better yet, Sunday) so your to-do list doesn’t pile up as much throughout the week.

Gather Some Inspiration

What better way to start your week than by fueling with some inspiration?! My favorite way to do so is via Pinterest! Gather a few motivational quotes, look up some ideas for your new home office project, find some Summer outfit ideas… whatever it may be, exercising the creative part of your mind can give you a jumpstart of energy and re-fuel your inspiration!

I’d love to know if you’re motivated about Mondays too! What are some ways you get your week going? Let me know below!

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