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Dreams Do Come True

March 20, 2017

Maternity Photo Shoot

Maternity Photo Shoot

Maternity Photo Shoot

Maternity Photo Shoot

Maternity Photo Shoot

Maternity Photo Shoot

Maternity Photo Shoot

Maternity Photo Shoot

Maternity Photo Shoot

Maternity Photo Shoot

Maternity Photo Shoot

Maternity Photo Shoot

I still can not believe that my husband and I will be welcoming a baby boy into this world very soon! It honestly feels so surreal. Just 8 years ago, my husband and I were strangers meeting for the first time, and now we will LITERALLY become one person and a family of four (we can’t leave out of darling dog Charlotte) with the birth of this little man. Life is crazy. magical, wonderful and simply amazing!

I have dreamed of taking our maternity photos for a VERY long time now. And to say they turned out exactly how I imaged is an understatement, they are PERFECTION! A big thank you to the talented Cassie Green Photography for capturing this special moment in our lives. This really is a dream come true.

Location: Carmelite Monastery, Santa Clara, California

Dress: Tiare Hawaii, via Revolve

Photography: Cassie Green Photography

Happily, Marissa

 

Pregnancy Wellness

My Natural Remedies for Headaches

December 23, 2016

While this post is for everyone and anyone that suffers from headaches, it was inspired during my pregnancy (which is my current situation). I have been a advil/tylenol/motrin user for headaches basically my whole life. I am trying my very very hardest to have a drug free, healthy pregnancy and that includes not taking any tylenol (despite the fact that it is technically “safe” to take tylenol while pregnant).

I have been a huge believer that there is a natural alternative for basically everything and that drugs can (and should) be avoided for nearly everything, with one exception: headaches. I’m not sure why, but I have always just popped an advil or two when the rare headache would happen and I wouldn’t think twice about it. So when I started to get headaches during my pregnancy (around week 13), I was determined to find alternatives to tylenol BUT I found almost no information (I’m not the best at research though) and ended up having to take tylenol (I HATE to admit that, ugh). The headaches were AWFUL, like worst hangover of your life AWFUL and at this point, I needed to get back to work so badly that I had no choice but to take the dreaded drug and move on.

It wasn’t until I met with a midwife for the first time and did some further research that I discovered two really AMAZING and helpful remedies for headaches. THANK GOODNESS!!! I no longer need to take any tylenol and this modern ‘hippie’ mama is very happy 🙂

Caffeine

I have found caffeine, aka COFFEE, to be the best and most helpful remedy for my DAILY MORNING HEADACHES (ugh). Seriously, I wake up every morning with a headache. I always make sure to chug water the minute I wake up and then it’s COFFEE time. My husband and I make a batch of freshly ground organic coffee, I pour myself a cup, add some Califia Farms Coconut Almond Milk and slowly sip my away headache. I only need to drink one cup and by the time I reach the bottom, my headache is gone!!!! SOME people say that you shouldn’t drink caffeine while pregnant, while others recommend no more than two cups per day. I say, if one cup of coffee will help with my headaches instead of taking tylenol, I will take that risk and enjoy myself!

Peppermint Essential Oil

Our midwife (LOVE HER), recommended I try peppermint essential oil for the headaches that happen during the middle of the day or at night (since I can’t drink any more coffee). After the appointment, I quickly drove to Whole Foods and purchased this Aura Cacia Organic Peppermint Essential Oil. The VERY NEXT DAY, I had a headache at night and was excited to try the oil. I swiped a small amount across my forehead, laid down and let the oil work it’s MAGIC and it did!! Now the minute a headache comes on, I reach for the oil and within minutes my it is gone.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!!

I hope this goes without saying but I’m gonna say it anyways, HYDRATE!! Making sure that you are getting PLENTLY of water is key to avoiding, preventing and getting rid of headaches. To make sure you are getting enough water, I ALWAYS carry around a GIANT bottle of water (stainless steel or glass, please no plastic!) and make sure to fill it up multiple times a day. A good way to know you are drinking plenty of water is if you pee a lot and pee clear 🙂

Happily, Marissa

Pregnancy Style At Home

Nursery Inspiration

December 19, 2016

I can not tell you HOW FREAKIN EXCITED I am to decorate the nursery!!!! This past week, my amazing and super organized Mom came to help me organize my life and my office, so we could clear out what is to be the nursery room. All the bedroom furniture from that room is now living comfy and cozy in my office and the nursery is one empty blank space for me to go crazy in!!!!!

We already purchased the crib (via an amazing stroke of luck on craigslist) but otherwise we need EVERYTHING ELSE! I don’t think my husband even realizes what he is in for. My goal is to try and be as cost friendly as I can be in certain areas so I can spend on others (like on some AMAZING wall paper, the lighting, the glider, etc).

And just like when I was planning my wedding, Pinterest has been my go to for nursery inspiration. Here is what I am LOVING so far!

We purchased the above crib (in birch not white) and I am IN LOVE!

CLEARLY I am gravitating towards a more girly vibe, as that is just my natural style. I can’t WAIT till we find out the gender (Christmas Day), so I can really start planning (and purchasing) for this little coconut of ours.

Happily, Marissa

Pregnancy

My Morning Sickness “Cures”

December 16, 2016

Let’s be real, there is no morning sickness cure BUT, the good news is, there are a few things that can help alleviate the misery. I found it very hard to find helpful “cures” while I was in the thick of morning sickness. Most websites spewed the same advice over and over again, ALL OF WHICH DIDN”T HELP. I would also like to point out that I refused to go the “drug” route to get rid of my nausea. I’m not judging anyone who does so but that is simply not for me.

 

 

 

Sea Bands

I discovered these around my 10th week of misery and they helped minimize the nausea a decent amount. Once I started wearing them, I was able to do some work and function like a normal person for a few hours a day (compared to ZERO hours a day, so I say that’s a WIN). Here is how they work: “Sea-Band is a knitted elasticated wrist band, which operates by applying pressure on the Nei Kuan acupressure point on each wrist by means of a plastic stud. Because the bands do not use drugs, they do not cause any of the side effects associated with anti-nausea drugs and can be worn on each wrist whenever you feel nauseous.” BONUS POINTS FOR BEING DRUG FREE!!!!! I HIGHLY recommend you wear them everyday and give them a good try. It may take some time to work but in the end I noticed a huge difference when I would wear them versus when I wouldn’t (only because I would forget, HELLO pregnancy brain).

Eat Your Protein (even if you have to force it down your throat) 

This one KILLED me. During the morning sickness it was nearly impossible for me to even look at, let alone eat, my protein. But let me tell you, when I did force it down my throat, it would help SO MUCH. To get it down my throat, it usually had to be drenched in something or totally masked. Think chicken with pasta (gluten free of course) and creamy alfredo sauce, chicken tika masala over rice, a grass fed burger (again gluten free bun), OR a sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich. Salami and cheese (ONLY the good kind) also helped a ton, not to mention was VERY tasty.

Don’t Let Your Stomach Go Empty

I found that if my stomach was empty, the nausea would be 10 times worse than if it was full, so I was CONSTANTLY eating or snacking. My doctor even called morning sickness “empty stomach sickness”, since that seems to be the most popular complaint among pregnant women. My favorite snack food for the nausea was salted almonds; they were easy to take on the go, I only needed to eat a few at time, and the taste didn’t completely turn me off. This was one of the few foods that I could eat almost everyday (most other foods I would eat once and then the thought of it would make me gag).

Drink Your Orange Juice And Eat Your Popsicle’s

I don’t really know why, but drinking orange juice and eating popsicle’s would help me feel soooooo much better. PLUS they were super tasty and delicious. But I wouldn’t over do it. Too much sugar is not good for mama or baby.

Ginger Candies, Drinks and Tea

This remedy is probably nothing new but it did help. During my first week of slight morning sickness, ginger candies (like these) helped A TON and would pretty much rid me of any nausea. However, once the strong and ALL CONSUMING nausea hit, these sweet and spicy little treats did nothing for me (mainly because the thought of them made me want to vomit). Thankfully, this drink by the Ginger People, came in very handy (when it would work), as well as making fresh brewed ginger tea (find the recipe here).

There you have it, those are my tips for helping with morning sickness. I hope you can find them helpful. The list isn’t very long but each tip adds up and of course not all these tips helped everyday. I had WAY TOO MANY days where nothing would take away the misery and I would just have to suffer through it (while on the couch watching Netflix of course)!

Happily, Marissa