#thankfultuesday - Healing Balm

Things of things we are grateful for is a healing balm

"It helps us get outside ourselves. It changes our focus from our pains and our trials to the abundance of this beautiful world we live in." 

1. That this week is Thanksgiving!
2. For the TWO Friendsgivings I had this weekend and got to spend time with some great friends!
3. For the deep sleep I've been experiencing for the first time in forever!
4. As always, for this little baby boy growing in my belly.
5. For the sunny days we had over the weekend.
6. For the space heater at my desk.
7. For sweats.
8. For friends who give more than they need to!
9. For my awesome family!
10. For my hard working husband. 

What are you grateful for this week?

Life Lately - Fall

Man what do I even say about life lately. It has been hard, great, different, slow, fast, and so much more! And how is next week Thanksgiving?!

We haven't been up to much because #nursingschool and #pregnant, but we both are still incredibly happy. 

Life isn't as simple as it use to be. Our weekends are no longer filled with #BSadventures or the great outdoors. In fact that usually are filled with Sierra sleeping in, Blake studying in between errands, and a Netflix episode in between all of that as a break for Blake's busy brain. But we're okay with all of this. 

I've had more time to start journaling our life together, learn how to better document it, prepare to become a mom, and learning to run my own side business (if you have any tips for me send them my way because this is all so new for me!). 

Blake is so busy with school but is rocking it. This quarter he has been learning all about what is going on in my body during this pregnancy and also has had the opportunity to do a few clinicals in the hospital in Labor and Delivery, Maternal Care and NICU. He absolutely loved NICU, he couldn't stop talking about it. He is going to make the greatest Dad :). 

And the biggest news of all if you didn't already hear.....WE ARE HAVING A BOY!!!! We really shouldn't be surprised though. My family makes boys like you wouldn't believe. My baby is number 19 for grand children for my parents and mine will be grandson number 13. But we are so excited. Today I was taking a walk during my break at work and I couldn't help but be thrilled that I was getting another Blake in my life. 

Neither of us wanted to do a reveal so here is our quick version of our announcement. 



10 Things Every Pregnant Women Needs

10 Things Every Pregnant Women Needs

After sharing all about what I needed to survive my morning sickness I decided it was time to find out and share what I was going to need to make it through the next half of this pregnancy. I did some research, I asked around and I adding things that I've found that I need. So here you go!

 The top things you'll need to survive your pregnancy. 

1. Maternity Clothes: I haven't started wearing anything but maternity pants yet so I'm definitely not the authority on this but I do know you won't make it far in your regular pants. I live in my maternity pants, leggings and/or sweats. I think I gave up on my regular pants at about 12 weeks or so believe it or not and I'm a pretty small person.  Here are some I like and some that have been recommended to me: H&M, Old Navy and Motherhood Maternity.

2. Belly Wrap: I haven't tried this yet but I've heard some mom's swear by it to help with the back pain. So try it out!

3. Prenatals:  Of course these are a must have. Probably the only thing on this list that is required! But it is up to you what kind you use. The nice thing was that my current vitamin regimen had everything that I needed for my prenatals so I could just keep on taking what I was taking. These are from DoTerra and you can get them cheaper if you order them through a rep so let me know and I'll hook you up with mine. She is fantastic, she is my mom so I'm biased, but still pretty much the best!

4. Pregnancy Pillow: I inherited this one from my sister and I have a feeling I'm going to have to start using it soon. I've had a lot of mom's swear by this as well and from a lot of my reading it really helps you get through the night more comfortable. And as a pillow lover I'll take any excuse to use another pillow!

 5. Shoes Without Laces: So for my birthday this year I got myself this pair of vans I was dying to have. Who knew I was being so intuitive. Luckily I'm not at the point where I can't reach my toes yet but make sure when you do hit that you're not miserable! And I've also heard Hickies are great too (don't go off the name, you should actually check these out)!

6. TUMS: Again, I haven't used these yet but I hear I'm going to need them soon. So get yourself ready and stock up!

7. Heating Pad: Ah this has been a lifesaver. The aches have started already so this has been really needed! Luckily I already had one lying around. 

8. Water Bottle: Ah yes, water bottle. I can't stress how important it is to be drinking water during your pregnancy, no matter how gross it tastes (symptoms of 1st trimester). I found myself crazy busy one day at work and didn't drink any water. You do the math. Stress + dehydration = ER visit. You can bet I didn't make that mistake again. I don't go anywhere without my Hydroflask. 

9. Lotion: If you're already pregnant you might notice your belly starting to itch. I'm not a science guru but I think that is from your skin stretching. So I make sure to rub lotion on my belly whenever I get out of the shower and it really helps! I hear it helps with stretch marks also. I'll let you know in 20 weeks if that is true. 

10. Snack Boxes: And you've already heard my lecture on this. Especially during your 2nd and 3rd trimester. I've already started feeling myself get dizzy if I'm not keeping up with small snacks in between the main meals. So I'll say it again, always have snacks on you! You're growing a baby, no more diet eating!

If you're pregnant or have been pregnant what was a must have for you??


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#thankfultuesday - Be Kind and Be Grateful

So be kind and be grateful that God is kind. It is a happy way to live!

#truth - if we all were just more kind and more grateful the world would be a happier place. That is all. 

1. Buy One Get One Free holiday drinks at Starbucks
2. Baby ultrasounds and our baby BOY!!! (More coming soon)
3. Talking to family
4. A sister who puts up with my millions of blogging questions
5. Going to bed at 8:30 pm
6. My journal
7. Pie
8. Blessings from my Heavenly Father
9. Warm blankets
10. Happy people. 

What are you grateful for this week?

#thankfultuesday - Give Thanks

Let us give thanks for what we are - Dallin H. Oaks

I know the #thankfultuesday posts come and go but it is extremely hard to not get it up and going in such a wonderful month full of gratitude. 

It is so easy to get caught up in the rough patches and trials of life and not so easy to take a moment, and just be grateful for our life and the wonderful journey God has given us. 

1. This little baby growing inside of me. 
2. The two days of snow we got (I know I'm nuts, blame it on the baby). 
3. My giant warm coats. 
4. The world's most supportive husband. 
5. My new side gig I got going on (check it out here: https://sierrar.ashleylemieux.com/)
6. The holiday season. 
7. That FINALLY, my nausea is slowing down a bit. 
8. To have the greatest OB doctor. 
9. That the darkness and cold aren't making me depressed like most years. 
10. Each of you, or even if just one, who take the time to come on here and read my random thoughts. 

What are you grateful for?


How I Survived Morning Sickness

Pregnant women with letters saying "how I survived morning sickness"


I won't go into the details but "morning sickness" was/is crazy rough for me. 18 weeks and I'm still experiencing it. And I'd like to shake my fist at whoever named it morning sickness, clearly, they didn't experience the "all day sickness" that most women have. Anyway, that's not the point of this post. The point is to share some of the different things that made it somewhat bearable and helped me keep enough food down to keep me out of the hospital. 

Now remember this, every pregnancy is different. I had so many women giving me advice (which I appreciated btw) but many of their tips didn't even touch nausea or sickness. What worked for me may not work for you, but it might. Welcome to the world of pregnancy. Where your body is experiencing things it never has before and it is all a guessing game on what will help you feel good. 

I would also like to throw out there that I'm a pretty healthy eater normally and as you'll learn from my below list, they aren't even close to the healthiest of foods. My mom thought the same thing and did some research for me. I'm not a sciency person but basically, the way the hormones are reacting in the first trimester get us craving carbs and unfortunately, those carbs keep nausea at bay. So if you're a healthy person like me, don't stress, the baby will still get the nutrients it needs. Just don't plan on eating this way for all nine months! If you're one of the lucky ducks who can get veggies to stay down, I applaud you and am jealous of you. Keep it up!

Without further ado. 

How I survived/am still surviving morning sickness:

1. Lemon Drops: I didn't believe it when I read the idea myself but I had some lying around so I tried it. MIRACLE! For a few weeks, this was my go to. If I wasn't hungry but was crazy nauseous I just popped in a lemon drop, and just like that, I'd get some relief. I'm sure my teeth didn't love it, but this mama sure did.
2. Pringles (or any type of chip probably): It was a quick snack that again, immediately killed that nausea for me. Unfortunately, it didn't last as long as something more substantial but good for when I was out and about or at work.
3. Ginger Ale: This is probably the only thing that I never stopped using. I could take the smallest of swigs and it would settle my stomach (unless of course, I'd passed the point of no return). I could only do strong flavored ginger products the first week and so ginger ale was my savior!
4. Fries (or any potato): A great food item to add to any meal to help it stay down. I've always loved fries but I've never loved them the way I did for the first few weeks. They settled that nausea like you wouldn't believe. 
5. Small Meals/Snacks ALL DAY: And I mean all day. I probably had a snack every hour if not more. Going longer than an hour meant the worst of the worst in the field of nausea. It was crazy tedious at first but I grew to appreciate having some relief. Don't go anywhere without snacks of some type, I promise you won't regret it. In the second trimester and still experiencing morning sickness I still always have snacks. But I have been able to pull back to about every two hours. 

I'll be honest though, sometimes nothing worked. I just had to lay through and hope to get through it. Just remind yourself, you wanted this baby and it is going to be the greatest blessing in your life. 

Other mama's or future mama's out there - what was your go-to during morning sickness?

Stay awesome, 


tips on I surviving the worst morning sickness ever!

Halloween in Portland

We spent last weekend in Portland! 
My sister was blessing her baby on Sunday so we thought we'd make a weekend of it. We spent Saturday helping them taking their family pictures and then that evening her church was doing there annual Trunk or Treat so we joined in. Blake didn't have much studying to do so it was nice to just have fun and relax. Oh and you bet I cuddled her little boy as much as I could. 5 months and counting!
If you've followed us for a while you know Blake likes to take pictures of me holding him. Well now that is a little more difficult.....and if we're being honest here, Blake had a hard time holding me for too long in these pictures. I guess the baby weight is starting to kick in :).


Is she not the cutest Princess Poppy you've ever seen?! The best part is she actually calls herself Poppy on a regular basis and everything that is pink is Poppy's. 

Bob Ross Halloween Costume
And of course - Bob Ross and his fine work. "There are no mistakes. Only happy accidents."



Happy halloween!

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