Just at the stage of looking a little chub while sitting down, but I’m not ashamed to share these!  I wouldn’t have shared these if I was pregnant with Oaks.  I feel much more comfortable in my skin then I did back then, but you learn as you grow and you learn with each pregnancy.

I wanted to share something that has been on my mind.  It was the beginning of my pregnancy that I didn’t experience with Oaks.  I’ve loved this pregnancy more, not because of the circumstances, but because I’m more comfortable and loving to my body, all while embracing everything that happens.  

It was about 6-8:9 weeks that I started feeling this way and that is whats called the pregnancy blues, I hadn’t even heard of this before and it was so foreign to me what I was feeling because I didn’t feel that way with Oaks.  I get the baby blues, after the baby is born which I talked about in that post.   I wanted to share this because I wanted to bring awareness to it and remind those who are feeling this way knowing that it ends and completely normal.

So about 2-3 weeks I felt very depressed.  I was so excited I was pregnant, but for some reason I was just down all the time.  I wanted to cry for no reason.  I couldn’t pin point why, or how I was feeling this way when it’s such a happy time in your life.  I would have moments of feeling so physically exhausted that I would need to go lay down for a while, to the point where even talking was exhausting to me, or even thinking about anything overwhelmed me to the core.   

I was getting so frustrated that I was feeling this way. I thought that maybe it’d last the whole first trimester, and what was even worse, not a lot of people knew I was pregnant, so I just kinda felt alone.  I had to have TJ take over the moment he got home, and would go lock myself in my bedroom.  You never saw this on my Instagram, and I’m sure you thought everything was just fine, because I was only showing my good moments, but I had a lot of bad moments.  I didn’t want to go anywhere, or talk to anyone.  I’m not the type of person to complain, or want to talk about how I’m feeling.  I just think to myself, you will get over it, it’ll pass, so just tough it out.  But don’t do that… talk to your mom, your close friend, your sister about how you’re feeling, or even reach out to me!  I’m always here to chat.   I finally did after a week of feeling like that, and my close friend Megan told me there was someone she followed that was feeling this way too.  She showed me her post and I felt so much better.  So thats another huge reason why I’m sharing how I was feeling because it really does help when you know you aren’t alone.

We’re never alone.  We all go through hard patches and rough moments. Life isn’t picture perfect even though instagram will show you that it is.   So just know you aren’t ever alone and no one has a perfect life.   So when you’re ready, talk to someone who you trust and let it out.  It truly does take a burden off and makes you feel better.

 But I woke up one day and just didn’t feel that anymore.  It never came back and still hasn’t so it went away!  Now I’m here at 20 weeks, no more morning sickness, got my energy back and just feel so much better.  I’m working out again everyday and physically feel good.  I love this pregnancy and am embracing it all because who knows, this could be my last.  My husband has 2 kids and then we have 1 together, so he’s kinda done ha.   

So with all that said, love yourself, give yourself self love, make your self care a first priority!  Rest when you need, pamper yourself when you need.  Don’t feel bad about taking a time out, or being a little selfish from time to time, because listen, putting yourself, well being and health at the top of your list, will make you a better person, therefore you’re a more patient mom, wife, friend sister etc… LOVE YOURSELF.




Have a great day!







Since day 1 of getting pregnant, I broke out all over my chin, neck and chest.  Since retinol and Alpha Beta Peel pads are my number 1 go to for break outs, those unfortunately cannot be used when pregnant, well, they aren’t recommended I should say.  There hasn’t been enough studies to say they aren’t safe, but I don’t even want to chance putting chemicals on my body that aren’t safe for my little baby girl.

So my esthetician at Spa Trouve recommend I try these products that are specifically formulated for hormonal acne breakouts, AND the best part?  All safe for pregnancy! Here they’re!



  1. MANDELIC ACID SERUM.  Whats in it? .
    • Mandelic Acid: A naturally derived extract of bitter almonds. Particularly effective in targeting acne, age spots, discoloration, and wrinkles while minimizing irritation. A natural skin lightener.
    • Latic Acid: Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) derived from fermented milk. Gentler than other AHAs.
    • Benzoyl peroxide is an excellent ingredient to combat blemishes and is considered safe in low concentrations (5% or less) when you are pregnant.  You can also consider using glycolic acid or lactic acid (AHA) exfoliants as an alternative during your pregnancy.


  1. MANDELIC ACID TONER.  Whats in it?     It brightens skin, fades discolorations, fades melasma, evens out skintone, clears acne, treats razor bumps, controls oily skin, dissolves black & whiteheads and refines pores. It contains a triple blend ofmandelic, malic and phytic acids, with active botanicals Green Tea and Aloe Vera to rebalance your skin’s pH.  So in conjuction with using the serum, its like a powerhouse of amazing ingredients to increase the benefits of results!

So I want to quickly share my new skincare routine with you as of recently.    I have an in depth post about my SKINCARE ROUTINE.  But I don’t use all of those right now since I’m pregnant, its changed.  So for those of you not pregnant, go check that out! 

I’ve been using mandelic acid for over a month now, and have only had 1 zit since!  I’m totally clear.  What I get asked a lot is if it drys you out.  Its a little drying on me I’ve noticed, but nothing to where I feel like my skin is about to flake.  I use a good moisturizer to lock in it and it’s fine!  



  1. First I cleanse with Elta Md Cleanser and massage into my face for a minute. Rinse and then 
  2. Use a few pumps of Mandelic Acid Toner and apply all over face and neck. All the way down to the boobs.  Your face, neck and chest are all so important!  
  3. Once thats dry, I use Dr Dennis Gross Vitamin C Collagen Serum.  I apply 3 pumps on my face, neck and chest.  This truly brightens and tightens the skin!
  4. Then I apply my Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Exfoliating Moisturizer.  I apply all over face, neck and chest.  This is almost like applying silk to your face that makes your skin so smooth.  Like a babies bottom,  For real though.
  5. Elta UV Clear Sunscreen with tint.  I’ve been preaching this sunscreen for so long.  It’s hands down my favorite and super safe when pregnant.  I apply all over my face, neck, chest and hands.  Wearing sunscreen everyday is the best thing you can do for your skin!  You’ll notice less fine lines, an dark spots from the sun.  I don’t care if It’s cloudy or snowing outside, it goes on every day!



  1. First I cleanse with Elta Md Cleanser and massage into my face for a minute. Rinse
  2.  Apply 1/2 syringe of Mandelic Acid Serum on my face, neck, and chest. 
  3. Then I apply Dr Dennis Gross C+ Deep Collagen Cream .  I apply this on my face, neck and chest.  This is such a great product for dull dry skin that you want to hydrate and brighten up!  A little bit goes a long way, trust me!
  4.  Then I apply a small amount of Dr Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Eye Cream.  I’ll dap a little bit around my eyes.  I really love his C+ Collagen line.  It has brighten up my skin and made it feel so much firmer.  I need this eye cream to look awake in the morning!  It’s a life savor and helps with those fine lines around the eyes.  Mine have diminished using this consistently over the last year.
  5. And of course my beloved Organic Rose Hip Oil.  Make sure its pure and unrefined.  If there are things added you will likely breakout.  I’ve learned this the hard way.  The one I linked is great!   This is the magic potion.  It’s so inexpensive and really helps hydrate, brighten, smooth at fine lines and keep skin look fresh, plus a major plus it helps balance the skin so you don’t have breakouts!  I use a few pumps all over my face, neck and chest and I’ll rub extra on my hands and baby belly.





Hope you have a good day! Let me know if you have any questions about this post.