Maternity Style

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When I first became pregnant I was able to wear my regular clothes for about the first 4 to 5 months, it was great! As my jeans started getting snug in the waist, I started using a hair band to keep my button done up and wore longer shirts to cover my unzipped zipper!

At this point I knew the day was coming where I would have to invest in maternity clothing, so I ventured out one afternoon to see what my options were. My first shocker was how expensive maternity clothing can be! I really just started wearing maternity clothes not long ago, (around 6 months) so I will probably get 5 months of wear out of them. I figured there must be a better way!

Here are some tips and tricks I have used so far. At the end of this pregnancy if I learn any more I will be sure to share!

Old Navy regular sizes

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- In the beginning, just use an elastic hair band around your pants button and wear longer shirts, this will get you through the first 4 to 5 months.

- Ask friends and family if they have any clothes to borrow. My sister gave me a whole bag of clothing which was really great!

- Check your spouses clothing, I was able to “borrow” a couple shirts to sleep in when my pj’s started getting too tight/uncomfortable. You may even find a nice white button up shirt you can wear belted with leggings, get creative!

- Buy pieces that are “basics” and will go with everything, I purchased a pair of skinny jeans, a maternity black and a white tank top for layering, a black skirt and white peasant blouse. These items are always my base and I can use them interchangeably.

- Shop around, my city doesn’t have a large assortment of maternity stores, but I was able to find an Old Navy with maternity wear which really helped the budget.

- For bras and underwear, just buy bigger sizes and avoid underwire, it hurts! I had good luck at Target and the prices were right too!

- Buy regular size dresses that have empire waists, you will most likely be able to wear them when you aren’t pregnant also.

If you happen to live in London Ontario, the best priced items I found were at Old Navy and Motherhood Maternity on Wellington Rd.

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Hope this helps save a little cash!

Simple Brand Cleansing Wipes

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I was sent a sample of the Simple brand cleansing facial wipes a few months ago. I requested the sample somewhere but it was so long ago now I can’t remember where that was!

The Simple line started in the UK back in 1960. The products are created for sensitive skin and do not use dyes or perfumes in the ingredients. Up until about 6 months ago, this brand was only available in the UK but is now available in Canada and the U.S.

As someone who has terribly sensitive skin, I have always been a little scared of trying new products on my face. Many friends I know use cleansing wipes at night and swear by them. Most of the wipes out on the market have a beautiful scent to them, but for my skin, this just isn’t an option!

The Simple brand wipes come in a few different formulations, the ones that I tried were the cleansing wipes. They are designed to remove waterproof mascara which is an added bonus. The wipes have a very faint fresh smell to them. After using one, most of my make-up did come off, but I did use a second one to get rid of any residual make-up. My skin did not sting or feel tight afterwards, it just felt clean. I used my regular moisturizer when I was finished. After using the wipes for the duration of the week, I was hooked! My skin felt great and for the first time I did not develop any skin irritations from using a new product.

If you are looking for a wipe to use on sensitive skin, I highly recommend the Simple brand wipes.

Where Does The Time Go?

I can’t believe how long it has been since I have written a post! Far too long if you ask me. I see the last post was written in December and a lot has transpired since then. At the time the post was written, I was 4 weeks pregnant! Here we are now 28 weeks into my pregnancy. It has been a really great experience so far. I have been extremely lucky not to go through any of the morning sickness that many women experience. Actually, until about 4 weeks ago, I kept “forgetting” that I was pregnant! These days that is hard to do since my tummy feels like a beach ball and the little guy in there moves around quite a bit!

I am going to try to get back into blogging again. I am not sure how regularly I will be able to post but I will try my best to update a few times a week. Obviously there will be some baby talk on the blog but I will try to keep it to a once a week thing. I look forward to sharing with everyone again! You should all see a few new posts this week. Have a great weekend!

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

This is a recipe that I have made time and time again. I first discovered it on the Skinnytaste blog and it was love at first bite! My boyfriend requests this all the time! Little does he know how healthy this soup is! That is one thing I love about recipes from the Skinnytaste blog. The author, Gina, finds creative ways to come up with healthy and delicious food. Chicken pot pie soup tastes just like a pot pie but without any of the crust. I am sure this will be as loved by you as it is by us :)

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Key West Grilled Chicken with Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice

I was looking over my recipe photos tonight trying to decide what I wanted to post. I found the photo of Key West Grilled Chicken and although it is more of a summer recipe, it is so darn good I had to share this with you!! I found it on the Iowa Girl Eats blog. If you haven’t seen this blog you need to check it out. It is witty and funny and full of really good and healthy recipes.

I have never tasted so many amazing flavours all in one dish. It is spicy and sweet in all the right ways. The rice is amazing too. It also has a secret!! It is actually cauliflower shredded and sauteed!! Is that cool or what? It tasted like rice but with far less calories and healthy too!

Here is the recipe, if you still have decent weather and can BBQ, you have to try this!

Key West Grilled Chicken with Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice

Serves 4

Chicken adapted from AllRecipes.com

Ingredients:

For the Key West Grilled Chicken:
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
3 Tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice (1-2 limes worth)
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 jalapeno, seeded
4 chicken breasts

For the Mango Salsa:
1 mango, chopped
1/2 jalapeno, seeded & minced
2 green onions, sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
juice of 1 lime
salt & pepper, to taste

For the Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice:
6 cups shredded cauliflower (about 1 head)
4 teaspoons vegetable or canola oil
salt
1-2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

Directions:

  1. For the chicken: Whisk together soy sauce, honey, vegetable oil, lime juice, and garlic in a small bowl. Place chicken breasts in a ziplock bag and pour mixture on top. Add jalapeno, squish to coat chicken in marinade, then refrigerate for 1 hour, or up to 8 hours. Grill chicken over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes a side, basting with the leftover marinade a few times as it grills.
  2. For the mango salsa: Combine all salsa ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. For the cilantro-lime cauliflower rice: Shred cauliflower using the shredding blade on a food processor, or by hand with a flat or box grater. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add cauliflower, season with salt, then saute until soft and just starting to turn golden brown, about 10 minutes. Turn off the heat, then add 1 Tablespoon lime juice and cilantro. Taste and add more lime juice if desired.

*Tip: To make all three components of this recipe you’ll need 1 bunch cilantro, 1 jalapeno, and 4 limes.