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Posted on June 26, 2017

Third Trimester Worries | What I Do To Combat My Pregnancy Anxieties

2 Things I Do To Combat Pregnancy Anxieties

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As the weeks dwindle down (can you believe only 10 more weeks until this baby girl arrives?) I am taking advantage of date nights and girl’s night (P.S almost none of my clothes fit me anymore, it feels like I’m wearing the same outfits weekly at this point…).

It is isolating that first year as a mom to a newborn because there are plenty of invites to attend parties, dinners, or events but your baby needs you constantly (especially when you’re breastfeeding).

I’m also in uncharted territory – I’ve enjoyed giving birth to October babies because the following months that I needed to take to re-adjust back to the 24/7 needs of a newborn – it’s usually freezing outside (at least in Edmonton) and it did not feel like I was missing out on much.

I can feel my anxieties and worries start to build as the due date draws closer (having 3 kids under 4, labour, postpartum healing, the usual pregnancy worries), but when I feel that tightness in my chest or my jaw or my shoulders from carrying around those anxieties all day, I remember to pray and read my bible.

During my second pregnancy, I book marked my favourite verses for anxiety, and I continued to read them after giving birth. My anxiety mixed with the flood of postpartum hormones had me in tears the first week after having my babies but I also find crying as an excellent stress reliever.

So I would read these bible verses and pray (for strength, courage, direction, health for my baby and myself, and giving thanks for the beautiful baby He knit inside me for the past 40 weeks) and doing this helped remind me I needed to trust and lean on God:

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” – Psalm 18:17

The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.” – Psalm 29:11

“From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” – Psalm 61:2

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” – Proverbs 2:21

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand… For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” – Isaiah 41:10,13

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:19

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 12:1

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 15:12

He know you by name, He knows the struggles you face, but He wants to hear it from you.

I often forget that I don’t need to face my problems alone. I figure I’m doing a fine job smoothing everything out, and then the weight of fighting my battles alone come crashing down on me and I have a good cry (typically during that cry I am reminded of what I forgot to do) – I forgot to tell God my problems and ask for help.

Learn from my experience and go straight to asking God for help. It’s much easier than burning out and then asking for help.

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on June 21, 2017

Summer Peach | Feeling Comfy & Gorgeous While In Your 3rd Trimester | 30 Weeks Pregnant

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Feeling comfy & gorgeous while in your 3rd trimester is kind of difficult. Pants and I are not on good terms – dresses are my friends these days. 

Annaliese says the cutest things when I wear dresses, she automatically thinks I’m going out or getting ready for an event. Though she thinks the same thing when I put a hat on… it always makes me chuckle.

This pregnancy is flying by, and before I know it this baby girl will be here!

We’re still making a short list of names for when she arrives (2-3 names) so when she arrives we’ll know by looking and being with her what name we’ll choose. We’ve decided on keeping this baby girl’s middle name to be a family name, it’s a very uncommon name, but I like using family names as middle names (A&A have their Nama and Grandmother’s names).

Did your parents give you an uncommon or humorous middle name?

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Posted on June 4, 2017

3 Ways To Prevent Stretch Marks | Third Trimester Summer Style

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 Anyone else due this summer? This baby girl has a few months left before her debut but she is getting BIG. I feel large and in charge, but mostly large.

I’ve had lot of you ask how I prevent stretch marks… I actually have stretch marks! Though no new ones yet with this pregnancy – the stretch marks are all small, silvery tiger stripes on my hips, upper thighs, and around my belly button.

So, a better question is how do I prepare my skin to stretch to accommodate my growing belly?

  1. Oil up: I find creams do not work, and the main ingredient in most creams is water. I need a product to continuously hydrate my stretching skin, not evaporate off my skin to leave it less hydrated. My favourite pregnant belly products are: BeautyCounter Soothing Baby Oil or plain coconut oil.
  2. Wear dresses: As you get bigger your waistband will become tighter and start pulling at your skin – it’s uncomfortable and I found that it resulted in all the places my pants/shorts pulled at is where I developed stretch marks.

3. Don’t Scratch The Itch: Your belly skin is going to become very itchy at the end of your pregnancy from it being stretched across your baby – don’t scratch it! If you have oil available apply it, otherwise gently rub the itchy spot with the palm of your hand. Sooth the threshold of your skin’s receptors (sorry for the grade 12 biology talk), this way your satisfying your itch without pulling at your dry, stretched skin.

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Posted on May 25, 2017

Summer Accessories To Compliment All Your Outfits | Stella & Dot Sale & Dot Dollars

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Summer is clearly here and what better way than to make sure you look put together everyday than to have beautiful accessories at your disposable. Stella & Dot have released their summer accessories and Stella & Dot summer sale, and I am in love! Especially with all the tassels and bright colours.

Here you can find the:

Classics | Black Double Wrap Watch + Vintage Statement Starburst Ear Jacket (on SALE!!)

Tassels | Blush Tassel NecklaceBlue Tassel Earring

Neutral | Metal Statement Necklace + Blush Cat Eye Sunglasses + Good Vibes Pouch

Minimal | Gold Collar Necklace (similar necklace on SALE here) + Silver Stellar Pave Ring

Bright | Blue Tassel Statement Necklace + Pink Elephant Travel Tote

 

 I’ve already put my order in and I can’t wait for my Stella & Dot goodies to arrive! It feels like it’s been almost a year since they’ve had jewelry and accessories that are my style… but I’m glad their summer collection is right up my alley!

 Right now, if you spend $75 you get the adorabe “Good Vibes” pouch for $9.99! And their other promo going on is Dot Dollars: for every $50 you spend you earn $25 Dot Dollars. 

But if you’re like me, the Stella & Dot sales are where your heart is at! They always have gems hidden in their summer sales.

What are your favourite summer accessories?

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on April 14, 2017

Arizona Adventures | Spring Maternity Style | Pink Blush Giveaway

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 Like I said before on Instagram, it feels like this pregnancy has flown by as I am already 22 weeks pregnant! Right now we are scoping out names like crazy because Matt and I can hardly find one name we both like.

Our (but really it’s MY) name qualification checklist is long but we’ll keep looking at baby name lists until we find a couple names we can agree one. I love names that start with vowels, that are long-ish, and unique but traditional names, plus if it’s biblical that’s a bigger bonus.. The kicker is finding a biblical name that is unique but not bizarre (like Nebuchadnezzar or Tirzah)… but I like also Grace as a possibility for a girl but Matt does not like “word names”. See what I mean? We have a lot more baby research ahead of us!

 But for now let’s head into this next G I V E A W A Y! I’ve partnered with Pink Blush to giveaway a $50 gift certificate! I’ve been wearing all my Pink Blushes dresses this week (here, here, and here) to update my Spring maternity style, and I know you’ll find something you love from there!

To enter:

Subscribe to Honey & Betts by email, you can in the sidebar or if you’re on a mobile device it will be at the bottom the page.

Follow both @honeyandbetts and @shoppinkblush on Instagram.

Comment below with your favourite Pink Blush item and your Instagram handle.

This giveaway is open internationally. The giveaway closes on April 20, 2017 at 11:59 PM MST. Good luck!

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on April 6, 2017

Spring Break Shoe Finds | Mama & Mini Fashion | Designer Shoe Warehouse Kids Giveaway

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It’s that time again… when your child out grows their shoes and you need to take them shoe shopping. Shopping with Annaliese can be a toss up between a sigh of relief or a complete nightmare. She’s already formed her own personal fashion preferences and it can be a struggle for me to let go controlling what she wears.

Thankfully DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse Kids now has 2 locations in Edmonton and I can let her pick her choice from all my favourite shoe brands: Nike, Striderite, Hunter, Birkenstock, Toms, Ugg, Steve Madden. She’s happy with her choice, and I’m happy with her choice and with the affordable price.

Time for a giveaway! The best part is I’ve partnered with Designer Shoe Warehouse to give 1 winner a $100 DSW gift card to take care of your shoe needs! To enter complete the 3 steps:

Subscribe to Honey & Betts by email, you can in the sidebar or if you’re on a mobile device it will be at the bottom the page.

Follow both @honeyandbetts and @dswcanada on Instagram.

Comment below with your favourite DSW shoe brand and your Instagram handle.

This contest will run until April 13th. Canadian residents only. The giftcard is $100, no cash value. Good luck!

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

This post is sponsored by Designer Shoe Warehouse. All opinions are 100% my own.

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