Packing for a Road Trip with a Toddler

Happy Monday friends!! This morning we had our baby appointment and that went good! Baby boy is happy and healthy.πŸ’™ Anyone else a procrastinator? No. Just me. In all honesty, I was never like that. Okay maybe somewhat but not to the extreme I am now. It is only with some things…like packing!! I guess it is because we have traveled so much the past 4 years (not complaining) that I can pack pretty quickly now. So I wait till the last minute possible to pack.

We leave tomorrow morning to go to New York! No not NYC but somewhere even better. To see my sister and her kids! This is probably the last time I will see them before I give birth. So I figured why not make a trip up there while I am still feeling like I can run the world. Any woman who goes through pregnancy knows the last month is all about nesting and just wanting the baby to be here. (I am not in my last month but I am close!)

Today’s blog post I am going to share with you what I pack for a 5 day road trip. Let me start off by saying every baby is different. Cayde, since he was 4 months old has been a little traveler. He is used to being in the car. This road trip is only a 5 hour ride (6-7 hours in baby time). Literally snacks, water, and his iPad is what keeps him entertained in the car. We will stop once for a diaper change and potty break. I am like my mom, we just like to get to where we are going as fast as we can. Meaning as little stops as possible. So I pack food for the car ride.

I am only packing a carry on suitcase for this trip and then my weekender bag will have shoes, diapers, and extra food. My clothes and Caydes clothes will all fit in here. I’m not bringing a lot of toys since Cayde will have his cousins to play with. I will bring his blocks and his toy car (lately we haven’t been able to leave the house without his shovel and truck πŸ˜‚)

I got my packing skills from Rico. Before I met him, I NEVER rolled my clothes. Let me tell you, I can fit so much more in a carry on suitcase if I roll our clothes. Try it out the next time you travel somewhere!

Makeup wise I bring as little as possible and I pack travel sized items. I use bronzer for eyeshadow and if we go out to dinner, I put eyeliner on.

Those little feet and toes😍

I hope this helps! Have a wonderful week friends!!

XOXO

Skincare Routine

Happy Wednesday friends!! Today’s blog post is about something that I try to hide. It’s something that I have struggled with both pregnancies. Only this time around, it is WAY better! It is what every person hates and hate is a strong word. ACNE! Ugh! Need I say more. I deleted a lot of my photos of close ups of my pregnancy with Cayde because my face was so red and bump covered. Get ready because this post is a little long.

That is why it is so important to find a man AND friends that love you no matter what you look like. It truly is what is on the inside that counts. Rico supported me by letting me buy different foundations and skincare products. I researched and bought it all! Sadly none of it worked. I wasn’t looking for miracles, but I was looking for products to help reduce the amount of redness and acne I had. Good news is, a month after I gave birth to Cayde my face cleared up! Hormonal acne I tell ya! Check below for some raw footage of what my face looked like during my pregnancy with Cayde. I had acne also on my chest and upper back but they were not as bad.

When I found out I was pregnant this time around, I knew instantly with me getting sick drinking wine and those pesky little red bumps popping up on my face. I just knew it and I was correct! As we all can see now I really am pregnant πŸ˜‚ I cried to Rico saying I can’t go through me hating what I looked again. I’m supposed to enjoy being pregnant and love what I look like. Don’t get me wrong, I love being pregnant but the acne on the face, neck, and back I could deal without.

This time I told Rico I am not wasting money on buying products again that are not going to work. So I decided to do things the natural way. We already eat heathy…80%of the time so why not incorporate that in the products I use. I started using aluminum-free deodorants after I gave birth to Cayde. For my face, I always used anti-aging products and a lot of them you can’t use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. So literally I have let my skin go for the past 2 years. I’m not mad about it because I am about to have two beautiful, healthy boys!

I saw on social media that a new natural store opened up just outside my hometown. I decided why not try their products. Let me tell you, BEST decision I have ever made on facial products. My face is not red like it was last pregnancy and acne…it’s still there but minimal. I can actually feel good when I go out and about.

I did not take pictures of the packaging…sadly. The face bar I use is Castile Sensitive Bath Bar. Then I use GNC Vitamin A, E, D moisturizing cream as my moisturizer. Literally my morning and night face routine is less than $10! And I am supporting a local business! The place is called Trade Secrets Skincare and honestly they are the nicest people ever! They have helped me so much and I am forever grateful for their products. Their natural chapstick (comes in many flavors) is hands down my second favorite item from there. I use the unscented chapstick on Caydes cheeks when they are dry and within a few hours his cheeks are not red! I use the flavored ones on me and my lips this time around feel so stinkin soft and hydrated. I will for sure keep using those after I give birth! Their natural deodorants are amazing as well! Everything there is and they list every single ingredient they use on their packaging!

Then you all know I am obsessed with my Sephora face sheet masks. Every women needs to pamper themselves so I usually do those three times a week with a one or two nights of exfoliation. For Christmas, Rico bought me my jade roller. He also broke it last month πŸ™ˆ It still works! It is just that much better for traveling! I use that nightly and I will keep it in the fridge or pop in the freezer right before I use it. It feels amazing and it is so relaxing! Perfect to use after your moisturizer and right before bed. That’s it for my skincare! Products I use are shown below.

My skin may not be perfect or near perfect but I am so happy with how my skin looks and feels this time around! I am growing a human and we couldn’t be more blessed and thankful!

One last thing, I did not develop stretch marks while pregnant with Cayde and so far I haven’t this time around. I owe it all to Bio-Oil Skincare Oil. I use it morning and night starting the second trimester and all the way till I give birth. It doesn’t stain or ruin your clothes and it keeps my belly moisturized.

That’s it’s for now. I hope this inspires one of you! We are all truly beautiful inside and out! Don’t waste money on trying to cover up the problem, start at the base…your skin! I hope you are all having a wonderful day!

XOXO

This was my face when I was pregnant with Cayde. No filter, no makeup. Just me!

Filters do a world of justice! This was at my baby shower when I was pregnant with Cayde. You can’t even tell what my face really looked like because I have a filter on this photo.

This is me as of today. You can see still a little red but I did exfoliate last night. No filter, no makeup.

The acne is not as bad. I see such a HUGE difference after switching to natural products. No filter, or makeup.

Second Trimester Update

Gosh! This pregnancy is flying by! I guess because this pregnancy I have traveled more and I am already a mom to a very active one year old! I feel like I have so much more to do until baby boy arrives when in reality it’s all in my head.

I have reorganized the nursery since we moved into our new place a thousand times. No seriously! We lack storage space in our new place so I have to come up with new ways to organize everything. I finally went through the newborn clothes that were boxed up and now I just have to freshen them up. All that is left is to decorate in the nursery…I think!

Oh besides build Caydes bed. I am transferring him to his FIRST big boy bed! He is ready and his doctors confirm it is okay. Baby boy will sleep in a bassinet next to us in our room for the first 6 months. By that time we will be making the decision to either move or stay renting where we are. I can’t even think that far ahead!

Really the only essentials we need are diapers and wipes. Oh and a double stroller! Packing of the diaper bag and our hospital bag will come in the last month of pregnancy. Okay the more I write, the more that comes to mind πŸ˜‚ But it is all the little things that will come together in the next few weeks.

Overall, I have been feeling pretty good. Not as exhausted as I thought I would be. No morning sickness/nausea, no heartburn, and no swelling. My eyesight has for sure gotten worse earlier this pregnancy. Hence why I have been wearing my glasses more on stories. My skin is super, super dry and finding a lotion to help has been a challenge. If you all have any recommendations please send them my way!

I still get comments all the time how small I am. That is why we decided to not tell people how many weeks I am unless they are family and close friends. I am healthy and baby boy is growing like he should. Unless my doctors are concerned, I am not.

That is all for now! If you all ever have any questions about anything, don’t hesitate to ask!

XOXO

THIS IS US

We met in Texas while working together

We fell in love in Iowa

And traveled the United States together

We are best friends

That decided being together was WAY better than being apart

We decided being a family of three was even better

We had a baby

and then…

decided not even a year later to expand our family!!

We love to travel and see what the world has to offer. Adding another little boy is for sure not going to change that. We want to teach our boys the world has so much to offer and staying in one place is boring. Our lives may be crazy but we wouldn’t change a thing!

THIS IS US!!

XOXO

Far from Home

I always get asked, “How do I handle being in a long distance relationship with a toddler and being pregnant?” Well the answer….I just do it. Cliche I know but it is true! Seriously though when you are pregnant with your first baby you get all these “mom” powers and instincts you never knew about.

I usually travel with Rico but I am approaching my third trimester rather quickly. I still have some time, but we all know how time flies. We just got our new place that is FAR from being done. So this trip I decided to stay home. It’s never easy to say, “see ya later” to your loved ones but it is for the best. Rico and I sacrifice a lot so I can stay home with our babies. I am definitely not a single mom, but at times I feel like it. When Rico goes off to work in another state and I stay home, I basically am a single mom. I wouldn’t change it for the world except for Rico to always be home with us.

This time saying, “see ya later” was extra hard! Why? Because Cayde is getting bigger and gaining more knowledge. As soon as we got back home, Cayde went into his room and expected his daddy to be there. That’s where we put the TV so Rico could play his games. That’s the only room with seating right now. πŸ˜‚ Cayde instantly started to cry when he realized his daddy wasn’t there. I bawled! I mean I bawled like when a toddler doesn’t get their way. I sat on our steps and cried while Cayde ran over and gave me the biggest hug. Cayde is so used to change that he gets over it. Me? I have to stay strong for all three of us.

By day 4 of my rock, my best friend being gone I am usually back into the swing of things of just Cayde and I. We have our routine down and Cayde just goes with the flow. I do things to keep busy like organize and pamper myself with face masks at night. I craft new items (Check below for pictures) and clean! A lot of times Cayde and I go exploring and since the weather is getting nicer, we can go outside and explore. Rico is less than 3 hours away from us and I know I can go see him whenever. It’s the whole fact I wish life was perfect and he could stay home with us too. Don’t we all? But this is real life. As we all know life isn’t perfect. But I am so blessed and thankful to have a man like Rico to be by my side and support us. To love me for who I am. To handle my hormones. I could go on and on but you get the point.

As a mom, my sole purpose is my boys. I just do it. Over the last 17 months I have learned patience and I am still learning that! I am still learning things can wait if something doesn’t get done right away. I can’t ever sit still but Cayde has taught me to just chill and be in the moment. He is still teaching me things and I know baby boy #2 will teach me even more.

Every momma (single, working, stay at home, step) you are all truly awesome! We have our days but we get through them. I’m so thankful for all the support I have in my life to help get me by on my tough days, even if it is just a phone call or text. All I know is I have gained so much strength I didn’t know I had from all of this travel and long distance relationship stuff. Both are very hard to do while pregnant and raising a toddler but I just do it!

XOXO

Surprise Gender Reveal

BABY GIOVANNETTI #2 GENDER REVEAL

Well! I have been meaning to do a post about the gender of Baby G #2, but life has been crazy busy. I also wanted to get good photos! So my girl, Lindsay hooked us up when we went to visit her in Virginia! Seriously do not know what I would do without that girl!

Scroll down to see some fun photos we took , even ones of us having some fun with πŸ’—paintπŸ’™

πŸ’™πŸ’™IT’S A BOY!! πŸ’™πŸ’™

I am going to be an all boy mom! Say WHAT??!! I am going to be outnumbered. That is totally fine with me! Of course Rico is through the roof excited to have not one but two minis of him. I cannot lie though. I was a tad bit bummed when I found out the baby wasn’t a girl. That quickly changed though because honestly, a mini me? Who am I kidding? Maybe some day but not anytime soon. I am so stinkin excited to welcome another baby boy into this world and he is already so loved!!

We almost didn’t get to see what gender Baby G #2 is because my little man was being stubborn. He was so curled up that he was hiding. I give major props to the nurse who did the ultrasound. After trying to move him she finally got some good pictures of well you know. Rico couldn’t make it to this appointment, so he was straight up texting, calling me the moment he knew I was done. We honestly thought the baby was a girl. I just feel so different this time around. No matter what the gender was going to be, we are just so thrilled and blessed we have another healthy, happy baby to welcome into this beautiful world!!

How hysterical is Caydes face in the one picture? Haha. You have to zoom in to see it. He was not thrilled about taking pictures. It was not exactly hot and 80 degrees outside. It was windy and kinda chilly. But he is a mommas boy so he did so good!

Now I am off to do some more {online} shopping since this time around I am having a summer baby!

XOXO

First Trimester

You guys are seriously amazing! Thank you so much for all your love, support, and kind words!! When I found out I was pregnant, I was so excited. Rico was in Arizona working and I was in Pennsylvania so Cayde was technically the first to know. I called Rico immediately after and told him the exciting news!

How did I know I was pregnant? I had the same symptoms that I had with Cayde this time around. Only for the first few weeks though! My face broke out with acne and I couldn’t drink alcohol, even a sip of wine made me sick. I was in Flordia drinking a margarita when I got sick with Cayde. That was the first sign. This time I was drinking one glass of wine and got sick. The look and smell of alcohol makes me nauseated, still! Gosh how times have changed since my college days! Then my face started slowly breaking out and the exhaustion hit.

With Cayde I was sick to the point I had to go to ER because I couldn’t even keep water down let alone food. This time I was just nauseated. As soon as the second trimester hit for this baby, the nausea was gone. Hopefully it stays that way. I am able to eat whatever I am feeling unlike I could with Cayde. When they say every pregnancy is different, it is TRUE! I waited so long to announce to everyone I was pregnant because I didn’t even feel pregnant. Besides the acne, soreness of the breasts, and bloating from 6 weeks on, I didn’t feel pregnant.

It was around Christmas that we officially found out. My family and I took a trip to visit my sister in New York and I remember thinking that whole car ride, “Don’t vomit.” Gosh that was a rough 6 hour car ride. I made it through but I felt so bad. I could barely eat and just wanted to stay in bed. I wasn’t my usual happy, outgoing self. I knew then I needed to take a test.

After multiple doctor visits and hearing that heartbeat, I knew we were having a baby! Gosh we are so blessed.

So far we have a healthy, happy baby. We are getting Cayde prepared the best we can. He is such a lover and a snuggler so I am not worried. We know it will be exhausting and not easy, but we are so ready. Almost. We just need to find a house. No biggie. 🀣 Cayde is already so independent that the only thing left is to potty train. We will start that when he is ready. I will continue to update you all on this journey. I haven’t been on stories much because we are literally in the middle of nowhere outside Columbus, Ohio. I rarely have service unless I am connected to WiFi. I am not complaining. We are actually enjoying the countryside and seeing how farmers do it all.

Much love! XOXO