Seams and Sprinkles

A sweet and fashionable life, one post at a time.

My Pregnancy Go-To Products

At the beginning of the year, I started pulling back on my goals for the year to make more global decisions like using natural products and focusing on my overall health versus just simply doing things to get pregnant. I think this mindset really helped me make a lot of great lifestyle changes before I got that wonderful positive result from my at home test. It also made it easier that I was already in the habit of doing better, eating better and making better lifestyle choices so I didn't need to change my whole life around once becoming pregnant! There is a lot that happens in those first few months as you change and grow so it is certainly nice to have some extra space to focus on what you can and want to do instead of what you cannot any longer.


While I had adjusted my lifestyle a lot, on the whole, there were still things I just had no idea I would be experiencing during different phases of my pregnancy and even some of the natural products I shifted to were still a "no-no" due to some of the ingredients that can be harmful to the baby. So, I thought I would go ahead and save you some trouble and share the beauty products I have found to be most helpful to me throughout these past nine months as I wrap this journey up! 

First, I will start with the body things because you can really benefit from starting these products up from the beginning. Number one on my list is the Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter. This cream is great as you start to grow and stretch, especially when that bump pops up out of nowhere! I have used this product since my first trimester and so far (fingers crossed) I have not had any stretch marks appear. The cream is thick and rubs in well without being oily or bothersome. It is also nice that the jar lasts for a pretty long time, too! So far I am on my second jar to date. 


Another wonderful product from Burt's Bees Mama Bee line that I have absolutely loved is the peppermint leg and foot cream. My legs have been sore and tired as the months have progressed and this cream has been very comforting to them, especially when applied before bed! This cream is not overwhelming or numbing to your hands like some other creams can be... it is just the right amount! I found the cream to be especially helpful for days I have been on my feet a lot throughout the day or managed to make it to the gym. I am sure I will keep using this even post-partum as I recover! 

Now for the face stuff, this is a little bit more sporadic because I had several phases of what my face needed throughout my pregnancy! In the beginning, my face was breaking out like crazy, all over the place. Pre-pregnancy I started using the natural Alba products that worked really well for me, but then during my research, I discovered that salicylic acid is not good for your baby so I had to switch all those products out. I discovered Belli Beauty products made especially for pregnant women and decided to go with a cleanser and spot treatment duo. The cleanser is nice and refreshing and can also be left on a little longer as a mask. As my pregnancy has continued the blemishes aren't as bad and just make an appearance here and there so I whip out the spot treatment whenever I need it... easy peasy! 


My routine towards the end of my pregnancy was dry skin-focused. Who would think you could go through such opposite phases? Well, you can! Pre-pregnancy my daily moisturizer was a Pacifica kale cream for skin prone to breakouts. It was a good one for me so I decided to try out their rehab cream for my dry skin and it has worked wonders. I don't have those crazy dry patches and flakes and it has also helped a lot for my dark under-eye area. I think my skin looks firmer and more even as well, which is an added bonus I will certainly take!

When my skin is not having a breakout issue, I switched up to the Burt's Bees Soap Bark & Chamomile Cleansing Cream for my face wash in place of the Belli cleanser. This cleanser is so refreshing and good to end the day on. It leaves you with that tingly deep-down clean feeling after you get out of the shower and I have also noticed much more refined pores as well. This is another product I can see myself continuing to use even post-pregnancy. 

I hope you find these products as helpful as I did if you are entering your maternity journey and need a little direction on what is good to use! I found most of these products on Amazon or, surprisingly, at our local grocery stores like Nugget. If you had any products that you found really helpful, be sure to leave that for me in the comments so we can share that with the moms to be! I look forward to sharing more with you soon. 

Our Alpaca Maternity Shoot... The Snuggle is Real!

Flashback to our 32nd week of pregnancy at the beginning of this month and you will find us at a beautiful farm in Auburn, CA among some of our favorite animals...cuddly and cute Alpacas! We had the pleasure of meeting the owners of Fair Winds Alpacas, Bonnie and August, who could not have been more wonderful and welcoming to us for our dream maternity shoot in this beautiful farm location. If you love alpacas as much as we do, we totally recommend you reaching out to give their farm a visit.

I also want to give a huge shout out to my glam squad fairies who also helped make this occasion especially special for me! NK of Paradise Parkway who supplied the most beautiful flower crown and boutonniere for us that matched the look we were going for to a "t" and my lovely makeup artist Karina Martin, who also happens to be a Best of Sacramento winner! I totally recommend both of these ladies if you are on the lookout for these services. And of course, nothing would be possible to see without my awesome photographer Sarah of Little B Photo! I could not have been happier with how everything turned out by collaborating with all these fabulous folks in our area. It really makes me appreciate all these opportunities to collaborate with other creatives and see their art in action.

Now, let me share with you some of my favorites from our shoot! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do and if you are looking for unique maternity shoot ideas, that this will also give you some helpful inspiration as you prepare for your happy moments ahead.














I hope you enjoyed these memories of ours as we prepare to meet our little one in just a few weeks! We are looking forward to sharing more with you very soon. Until next time...

29 Weeks: A Sweet and Stylish Thing!

Hi everyone! I am here to share a little retro-inspired fashion post I did with my photographer at 29 weeks at a local favorite place, Rick's Dessert Diner! I am sure you all know by now I just love my vintage things, from locations to looks and this photo shoot could not have meshed the two together more perfectly for me.

I found this beautiful gently used Lindy Bop dress with the cutest city print and hot air balloons on it that I was also able to re-wear for our work baby shower that was also hot air balloon themed. I think it really came together with all the fun in the atmosphere at Rick's. I also tried their milkshakes there for props yes, but also because during pregnancy (and yes, most other times) I am all about my sweets. This one was absolutely delicious so I suggest you have one if you are ever downtown looking for something to satisfy your after-meal cravings.

 





 
 


    
Photos by Little B Photo
I hope you enjoy this  vintage look and maternity outfit inspiration as much as I did! I cannot wait to share more fun things to come as we wrap up our final trimester of pregnancy, so be sure you stay tuned in so you don't miss a thing.

Two Trimesters Down, One to Go!

I remember this time of year last year, it was tough. I was sad going through the ups and downs of figuring out the cause of our many years of infertility. There were many scary moments of the unknown and also many more tears shed. It is so crazy to think that that journey has lead me right to this moment a year later with just about 10 weeks of pregnancy left until I meet my sweet baby girl!

So what exactly have I been up to for these 29 weeks? I would love to tell you with a quick little recap post now that life is a little less hectic for the moment!

At the beginning of this year, I took some time and space to start to find myself. I was having some issues with the ovulation kits and timing of everything to get pregnant after my surgery last year and needed to break away from all the pressure I was feeling about conceiving. I got more into my blog and prepped a bunch of posts, tested out some cool new things like float therapy and started coming around to accepting all the things I had in life to look forward to instead of just focusing on what I didn't have. Well, I guess I just really needed this self-proscribed chill pill because it ended up making all the difference in the world for our dream to come true!

Fast forward to a few weeks later on March 18th, I am a few days late and beyond terrified to take another pregnancy test. I finally decide that we can't wait any longer to know if we are pregnant or not so I ask my husband to just go grab us some cheap Dollar Tree tests while grabbing breakfast items with my in-laws since we were staying at their house for the weekend. I take one test by myself in the bathroom quietly...it reads positive!! I call my husband in and I take the next test...it also reads positive!! I cannot even begin to tell you all the things we felt in this exact moment. We held each other close, barely breathing while time just stood still. This moment is still one of the most precious to me of this entire journey.


Shortly after this and scheduling our 8-week appointment I had some minor spotting, which caused me quite a bit of stress and initial terror. After a little bit of blood work for a few days the tests came back that my hormones were increasing appropriately and what I most likely experienced were some implantation symptoms. What happened next is what I like to call my "blackout period."

For the rest of my first trimester, I was sick day and night. I would need to eat immediately once my alarm went off or I would be stuck hugging the toilet in between preparing myself for work. This would usually hold me over until right when I got to my floor at work, at which point I would have to make a mad dash back to the restroom before starting my day. I would just try to keep food with me at all times so I never got hungry and I could lessen the number of times I needed to chill with Sir Flushes A Lot! My nights were not much better. I typically got home and just slept on the couch and thankfully my husband was able to take care of everything else from cooking to cleaning. Without him, we wouldn't have made it through this crazy first third.


Once the second trimester finally kicked in and we began sharing the news it got exponentially easier in so many ways and many exciting things began to happen as the weeks went on. Around the 17 week mark, I began working with a photographer once a month to capture my fun milestones of this journey. Our first session we focused on butterflies since I was beginning to feel the very subtle moves that almost feel like a little tickle or when you get butterflies in your stomach. It was so wonderful to start feeling those throughout the day so we would know this is really happening! There is a person growing inside of me!!


Another really fun aspect of the second trimester was finding out what we were going to be having. For some reason all along I thought it was a girl. Anytime I thought about our baby in my head I would think, "my daughter." The hardest part was waiting after our ultrasound appointment for the gender reveal party, but we made it through without cheating and it turns out I WAS RIGHT!! My future mini-me is what is in the oven.


As the weeks have continued the movements have gotten bigger and much more present, especially after some sweet snacks. This is still such a relief and also fun to be able to share with my husband who is not getting kicked on the inside all day. I think it is going to be so crazy whenever we do see that little foot or hand pressed up against my belly as she gets bigger in this third and final trimester.

On the horizon we have our baby shower coming up along with our maternity photo shoot. I am truly ecstatic for both and know it will be a great way to celebrate all the wonderful things ahead. We have also started our parenting classes and have been able to learn some interesting things to help us get prepared for what is ahead! I am looking forward to sharing more with you in my next few posts as the nesting period kicks in and we get more to-dos checked off our list. If you have any advice, must-have products or other things I HAVE to know, feel free to leave me some love in the comments. It is always good to have advice from a professional!

Take care everyone and I hope to see you around soon.

Photos by Little B Photo

Totally for Pups Over Peeps!

Hello, world! I am sorry I have been sick and quite absent for a while. It may be strange, but I have actually had a few posts in the queue that just never made it to fruition. So, here I am coming back to get this inspiration out to you. Better late than never...right? Today I thought I would share a more casual look that is all focused around this awesome tank I found at R Cubed Lifestyle. Dogs are just life so I had to share this fun outfit with you!


I paired this tank-top adorned with "pups over people" (what a life motto) with some stretchy jeans and some everyday black and white Nikes. I was excited to find these Nikes a little while back because they are so comfortable and really do go with just about anything! Keep a lookout for the holiday sales ahead and be sure to grab yourself a pair if you don't have some go-to sneakers already. I hope you enjoy this simple and leisurely ensemble!



Photography by K. Standal Studios

Have a wonderful day out there and be sure to get all the love you can from the pups when peeps are just too much! See you soon, friends.

Candied Brie Cheese Topped Cinnamon Rolls

I am not a morning person—I need time to wake up slowly after coffee. If you hang with me overnight, please be sure you keep this in mind! Even my family jokes that you need a broomstick to wake me up so you don’t have to get too close. This must be why I am such a brunch lover. The meal can be breakfast or lunch and does not require you to get up at any certain time to enjoy it.


If you need a little time to come to as well, I have something easy and delicious for you to whip up for your next brunch celebration! It combines the amazing combo of Brie cheese with the sweetness and cinnamon punch of scrumptious cinnamon rolls. Now, I will say I made this recipe with those that don’t enjoy baking as much or able to deal with lots of moving parts in mind, so feel free to make it all from scratch if you prefer that!

So now that I got you a little more awake and ready to get to work in the kitchen let’s assemble our things and have a kick-ass brunch!

Candied Brie Cheese Topped Cinnamon Rolls


Ingredients

  • 1 can of cinnamon rolls
  • 1 round of Brie cheese
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts or almonds)
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven according to the cinnamon roll packaging instructions.
  2. Spray a pan lightly with oil spray. I prefer to use a springform pan to make it easier to take them out and serve them. 
  3. Place the prepared cinnamon rolls in a circle touching sides. 
  4. Bake according to the packaging instructions, less 5 minutes. About 20 minutes should be good!
  5. While the cinnamon rolls are baking, chop the nuts and add them to a pot with the brown sugar and unsalted butter to make the candied topping. 
  6. Cook the brown sugar, butter, and nuts on a low heat until the sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. 
  7. Next, cut the top of your Brie cheese round off to make it easier to scoop out. 
  8. Once the cinnamon rolls have baked for their time, less 5 minutes, take them out and scoop the Brie cheese out and place dollops on the cinnamon rolls.
  9. Next, top the rolls and Brie cheese with the candied nut mixture. 
  10. Place back in the oven to bake for 5 more minutes to bake and get even more delicious.
  11. Remove topped cinnamon rolls and serve while still warm and oozy gooey good—enjoy! 

See, not so hard to make something wonderful for brunch, right? I hope that this sweet and savory treat makes your brunch party the place to be! Be sure to tell me what else you paired it with down in the comments below. Happy brunching!


Put the Cherry on Top with Cherry Cheesecake Lasagna!

Many of my friends often ask how to make something simple and sweet without too much baking involved. I love to bake and I find it easy, so I know they think I am crazy when I say something is no sweat at all! You might even think the same thing, but today I SWEAR I am sharing a super simple sweet treat that is great for any event and will be ready in a jiffy and best of all you can even modify the toppings if you are not a cherry fan without ruining the recipe. I know, breaking rules and suffering no consequences...what a dream!!

To all the people I promised to turn into Betty Crockers without any complicated steps, this one is for you!


Cherry Cheesecake Lasagna


Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cup of graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup butter melted and cooled
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1, 8 oz package of cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1, 8 oz container of Cool Whip
  • ½  tsp vanilla
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • Fresh lemon zest
  • Fresh mint for garnish, optional  

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, mix the graham cracker crumbs, granulated sugar, and butter with a fork until combined.
  3. Lightly spray the bottom of a baking dish (I used a 7x 11 size) and add the graham cracker crumb mixture on top. Lightly press down until the pan is evenly coated. Bake for 10 minutes and remove from the oven. Allow the crust layer to cool completely.
  4. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add in the cup of powdered sugar a little bit at a time and beat the mixture until combined and smooth. (This is VERY important...don't add it all at once and stick to adding a bit at a time!)
  5. Add the Cool Whip to the cream cheese and sugar mixture and beat until combined.
  6. Top the graham cracker layer with the cream cheese mixture.
  7.  In a separate bowl, add a little fresh lemon zest into the cherry pie filling to freshen it up and mix to combine.
  8. Add the cherry pie layer over the cream cheese layer.
  9. Place the Cherry Cheesecake Lasagna in the fridge and let it chill for a minimum of one hour.
  10. When you are ready to serve it to your favorite guests, take it out of the fridge and cut into sweet slices, the size of your heart’s choosing!
  11. Top each slice with fresh mint and enjoy. 


I hope that you enjoyed making this sweet treat and if you decide to change up your topping of choice for this cheesecake concoction, leave me a note in the comments below and tell me what you tried and how you liked it! 

Spring Style: The Flowered Maxi Dress

Hey friends! I am stopping by to say hello and share a little spring style inspiration. You hear me say it all the time, but I will say it again... I LOVE dresses! Our weather has been a bit bonkers lately, but I see spring finally making its way to us. I was in love with this flowy and flowery maxi dress I found at a local boutique, R Cubed Lifestyle, and had to spill all the beans to you. It is the perfect spring blue with the most beautiful coral flowers. It is so comfortable and would be great for any body type!

I hope you love this style as much as I do and it helps inspire you to get your wardrobe all set for this wonderful spring and summer ahead of us. I decided to pair it with some simple tan and black heels, a fun tan sunhat, and a darling wicker purse that fits all your stuff! If you are in the Sacramento area, be sure to stop by R Cubed Lifestyle to check out their amazing selection of clothing, accessories, and home goodies! You will love the fun atmosphere and supportive ladies that run the show there.





Photography by K. Standal Studios

If you have a favorite spring staple be sure to let me know all about it in the comments below. Well, there will be plenty more spring fun to come soon so it won't be too long until you see me, dear friends. Until then, I am sending you big, warm spring hugs!