Friday, October 24, 2014

How To Make Your House Look Clean (without actually cleaning)

Disclaimer: I received one bouquet for free in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive $10 if you make a purchase using this link.

I can't think of a time I ever received flowers before I met DLW. He brings me flowers on special occasions but sometimes it's nice to have flowers around the house "just because." I love how flowers can brighten up your home and in my opinion, make it look like your house is clean without actually cleaning it.

I received my flowers from The Bouqs on the promised delivery date and was impressed by the sleek package. How can there be flowers in this skinny box? Also, how do they ship flowers and keep them alive? Magic?
I opened the box and followed the illustrated instructions. I am terrible with flowers so the simple directions were very helpful. I arranged my The Great Pumpkin bouquet in a vase and was impressed by the bright colors of the flowers. Every flower was alive and waiting to bloom.
The flowers began to bloom that day and have stayed bright and lively for over a week. The bouquet completed our fall tablescape and made the perfect backdrop for DLW's birthday festivities.
I was so impressed with my flowers from The Bouqs that I ordered a bouquet for my mom on her birthday. They were delivered as promised and look great on her table in Florida.
The Bouqs offers overnight shipping on select bouquets which is awesome if you forget a special occasion. Delivery is free (even overnight) and the prices are comparable to any florist. The flowers are high quality and 100 times nicer than anything you can pick up at the grocery store on the way home. They will also remind you of birthdays/anniversaries/special occasions in the future so you will never forget again.

In addition to reminders, The Bouqs offers a concierge service that will automatically send flowers on days you designate. I thought this would be the perfect service for military spouses to send flowers while deployed. He (or she) can select to send flowers on your birthday, anniversary, Mother's Day, or just because. The flowers will be automatically sent on the designated days and he doesn't have to remember to order them from overseas.
I am so impressed by The Bouqs and their gorgeous arrangements. I will use The Bouqs in the future and encourage DLW to sign up for their reminder service. I don't want to end up with the last bouquet at the grocery store on Valentine's Day. Again.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

I'd Love To But I Need To Watch My Shows

I DVR 17 shows a week.

That's 15.5 hours and doesn't include the shows I'm watching while these are recording. Holy smokes. Looking at those numbers makes me feel unproductive but you know what? I have a newborn and need a little something to keep me sane while I'm home alone most days. Here is my current DVR lineup:

Sunday: Madam Secretary, Guy's Grocery Games
Monday: Dancing with the Stars, The Blacklist
Tuesday: Selfie, New Girl, The Mindy Project, Marry Me
Wednesday: Modern Family, Nashville, Red Band Society
Thursday: A to Z, Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, Parenthood, The Vampire Diaries
Friday: ----
Satuday: ----

At least I don't record something everyday, right?!
  • What's in your DVR lineup?
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Seven Tips to Survive Postpartum Recovery

So you had your baby and they sent you home. Now what?! I had no idea what to expect when it came to postpartum recovery. Not a clue. I read a few blog posts on the subject and most of them just terrified me. I was home less than 48 hours after I went into labor and that's when the fun started. Here are my best postpartum recovery tips.
1. Sleep.
Are you laughing and shaking your head at me? I know but seriously. I took a nap the afternoon we got home from the hospital and it was the best nap of my life. I won't tell you to "sleep when the baby sleeps" because that's BS. I love when DLW offers to be on baby duty so I can take an uninterrupted nap in our bed. Sleep is important for your sanity and postpartum weight loss too.

2. Take a shower.
Every day. No excuses. If DLW isn't home, I put Collins' Rock n Play in the bathroom while I shower. She falls asleep to the sound of the exhaust fan and I get a few minutes to myself. Even if you put pajamas right back on, take a shower. You will feel 10 times better about yourself and your spouse will thank you. Postpartum B.O. is real and it stinks.
3. Get outside.
I started short walks with Collins when she was a week old. If you don't feel up for a walk, sit outside in a chair. The fresh air and sunshine will do you good.
4. Take the drugs.
I was apprehensive to take any kind of pain killers in recovery. I started with Motrin and thought that would be enough. Wrong. I took 800mg Motrin and Percocet while in the hospital and sent home with a prescription for both medications. You are not a bad mother for taking pain killers. In fact, you are probably a better mother because you are comfortable and capable of taking care of your baby. Pain medication made it possible for me to take care of myself and Collins while I healed.

5. Stock up on panty liners.
Like many blogs suggested, I bought a variety of maxi pads to use when I got home from the hospital. I don't know when the last time you wore a pad was but they haven't improved since I was in the 7th grade. The bulky pad on my stitches was super uncomfortable and I switched to panty liners by Day 4. I had to change liners every time I went to the bathroom but it was worth it to be more comfortable. I set up a little station in our Master bathroom so I didn't have to go too far when I needed supplies.
6. Eat what you want.
I had very little appetite after giving birth but needed the calories for breastfeeding. My postpartum diet was less than perfect and that's okay. If pizza is the only thing you want, eat pizza. You need to eat something and your appetite will eventually get back on track.

7. Don't worry about your weight.
I was so excited to step on the scale when I got home from the hospital only to be disappointed. How had I only lost 7lbs if that baby weighed almost 7lbs?! Your body just went through a traumatic experience and needs a couple days to figure out what the heck just happened. The weight will start coming off and you will start to see changes in your body soon.

Most importantly, ask for help!
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Monday, October 20, 2014

DLW's is 28!

We celebrated DLW's 28th birthday on Friday but I like birthdays to last all weekend. Planning his birthday was harder this year with a new baby. We didn't go out to dinner or take a day trup but I did my best to make it special at home.
We started the weekend off right with Chick-fil-A breakfast Friday morning (after the gym of course).
We had Chipotle for lunch and hung out at home with the babe all afternoon.
I baked a lemon cake with buttercream frosting. I had never made a two layer cake before. It turned out slightly lopsided but delicious. p.s. these flowers from The Bouqs are gorgeous.
A few friends came over Friday night for pizza, cake, and beers.
You're never too old for pirate plates
DLW went hiking with a buddy Saturday while I stayed at home taking selfies with Collins.
We took a family walk later and it's really starting to feel like Fall Pre-Winter.
Sundays are lazy days for us. We spent most of the day on the couch watching football and napping.
 After seeing everyone's race pictures on Facebook & Instagram, I was super jealous and motivated. I got out for a 4 mile run and felt great!
  • Chick-fil-A breakfast: chicken minis or chicken biscuit?
  • What is your favorite flavor of birthday cake?
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