Lifestyle, My Life

Meet Lemon or Dean

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

It is no surprise to you guys that I am 12 weeks and 5 days pregnant. I thought that I would share the baby names that I have chosen if the baby is a girl or boy. If it is a girl, her name will be Lemon May, because I fell in love with the name in the tv series The Hart of Dixie. I think it is so cute, sweet, and unique. I just love it and I am really hoping for a girl. If it is a boy, I will name him Dean, because that is a real strong boys name and it’s the only name that I really like that is also unique. I’m finally feeling like my old self again and I actually enjoy blogging again. I hope it shows!

Without further ado, meet Lemon May or Dean Michael.

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Perfect little toes
Perfect little toes

With Love,

Selena

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Mommy Box

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I recently purchased the Ecocentric Mom bimonthly Pregnancy Box for 19 USD. It is usually 23 USD and it ships every other month. I really loved what I got in my box on a whole and I think that I will stick with it for at least the time being. It seems like I definitely did get my money’s worth. I like getting different boxes though. I don’t know, but if you are pregnant, you should really try this box. I’m trying to save money, so I might not stick with the subscription. I haven’t decided yet.

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Pink Stork Mist, 4 fl oz for 15 USD

I forgot to take a picture of this before I started using it. It is a full sized bottle that is supposed to help with nausea, headaches, and minor aches and pains. It really does work for me and all it is made out of is water and magnesium extracted directly from the Dead Sea. I highly recommend this product, if you have trouble in these areas for a natural solution during pregnancy. I also received a 25% off coupon for the Pink Stork brand. They even have tea and bath salts. I might be shopping a little if they are a good price.

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Simply 7 Snacks, 2 bags for 2 USD

These chips contain seven simple and delicious ingredients. I already ate the Quinoa Chips and they were plain and delicious for a sensitive pregnant tummy. In the name of science, I opened the Hummus Chips and they are tastier! They are garlicy and a bit spicy. If I saw these at the store, I would buy them, but I’ve never seen this snack before. Has anyone else?

Scrub

Earth’s Enrichments Lavender Face Scrub, 8 oz for 14.99 USD

This face scrub is USDA organic, but I don’t know if I would use it on my face. The sugar is very coarse and bigger than my Ocean Salt scrub granules. This would be really nice to use as a body scrub on the nights that I cannot get any sleep. Lavender makes me tired, so I don’t mind the grandma smell. If I still smell in the morning, I can always use a fruity body butter to cover it up. I’m really amazed at the value of this box so far! I will be getting the next one in July! I am sticking with it. I also received a 20% off coupon as well. If anyone is interested in the coupons, let me know and I will email you the code if I don’t use them. But please, if you ask, use them. Thank you.

toothbrush

WooBamboo Bamboo Toothbrush, 1 ct for 4.95 USD

I like that this toothbrush will naturally decompose and be good to the environment. This was a nice touch and I can use a backup toothbrush to take to the hospital that I wouldn’t mind losing. In October, I am going to pack my hospital bag, so that I can always be ready and not have to think about it. This will make that a little easier.

sunscreen

Goddess Garden Organics Sunscreen, 1 oz for 3.33 USD

It is a watery sunscreen that rubs in quickly and gives your skin a nice sheen to it. It smells like lemon and orange blossoms. It is very pleasant and I wouldn’t mind buying a full size bottle, which is 6 oz for 20 USD. I also have a 30% off coupon that I will be using towards this product. I feel like it is a safe option to have and I want to order it for the rest of this summer and I would even use it in the winter until I used it up. I love that it is a dry touch sunscreen. There is no grease! A miracle!

nail polish

Lillian Eve Nail Polish in Sweet Dreams, 15 ml for 12 USD

This nail polish is free from toxins and is vegan as well as cruelty free. This is a nice baby pink color. Hopefully, it turns out to be opaque and of good quality. If I have a little girl, I could see painting her nails this color when she is 2 or 3. It is a nice neutral, girly color. It’s a safe color. It might be a your nails, but better color. I am excited to try it. Might paint my nails tonight with it.

Body Butter

Bella Organics French Lavender Belly Butter, 0.25 oz for 3.99 USD

This really thick butter practically melts on your finger. It has that old lady smell to it, but it is very moisturizing and is supposed to prevent stretch marks and provide itching relief from the stretching. It absorbs fast and is made with raw shea butter and jojoba oil. I will be using some every night once my stomach starts to bother me. I have coconut oil that I put on my belly every night to prevent stretch marks. I also have a 5 USD gift card that came with the box. I might buy something small and just pay the shipping.

Well, that was my pregnancy box and the value was 56.26 USD! I only paid 19 USD for this and at the regular price of 23 USD that is over double of what you paid for it! You can look forward to another unboxing in July for Julamorous!

With Love,

Selena

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Thoughts For The Day

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This blog post is brought to you by being bored at my place of employment. So, I thought that I would write this, since I had the time and I wanted to talk with all of you about my pregnancy and the future of this blog. Beauty & The Bookcase might be changing names to Mommy’s Beauty Bookcase, because I find that it will suit my blog better since priorities due change along with time. I would love to know your thoughts on this name change and any suggestions you might have. I’m going to try to spend more time blogging. For the first trimester, I really got¬†depressed and didn’t want to do anything. Having John leave really hurt me deeper than I let on. I’m good with a mask of my life is just perfect, when in reality, my life didn’t turn out the way I planned. That’s okay though. I love it better for it.

I’m thinking about adding a pregnancy part to my blog and my thoughts on it. Just different fun posts to keep you all entertained even if you don’t have any kids yet or don’t plan to. I just wanted to let you guys know that I am just getting back in the swing of doing things that I love like reading and blogging. I plan on reading a lot of books, so be ready for a ton of reviews. I need to do what makes me happy again and concentrate on that for awhile. I want to let others know that you aren’t alone in pregnancy depression. We all get it, but the great part is, it’s just a phase. I can slowly feel myself just have more energy again.

I wouldn’t change being pregnant for anything. I love this little “lemon” growing inside of me more than the world itself. I heard my baby’s heartbeat for the first time and it brought tears to my eyes. This little person is truly real and it’s my new reality. It’s truly a Godly feeling that I feel like I’m closer to God than I have ever been before. Tears come to my eyes just thinking about it. I’m praying every night for a girl and hope my prayers are answered. Feel free to pray for a girl for me, too. I’ll take all the prayers I can get.

Well, this post is just all over the place, but I just needed to get all of this out and share it with all of you.

With Love,

Selena & Co.

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PREGGERS?!

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Do we millennials even say this anymore? Yes, you have heard it here, folks. I am finally telling you all that I am 9 weeks and three days pregnant. I have been ill from morning sickness, which for me occurs in the evening. It makes me not want to blog or really do much of anything. This is why I have been only uploading two posts a week. I really do not have the energy for more. I have been told that morning sickness peeks at the nine to twelve week, so I still have three weeks of being sick to go. It has made me a bit lazy and I have gained almost 7lbs. I am supposed to gain 10lbs for each trimester. Honestly, my stomach isn’t all that puffy. The extra weight went all to my boobs and but. I am not joking. My boobs have doubled in size already. I really like that part. lol.

Sorry to Jen for not sending out your book from the giveaway! Morning sickness hit right about then and my dad kept putting it in the mail without postage! It will be mailed tomorrow and you will hopefully get it by the end of the week. Umm…what else??? If you have any questions for me, you can ask them. Don’t be scared. This is my first and probably only baby. I’m not even sure if I’m really ready for this, but I’m not going to abort. I believe that abortion is for really young girls, rape victims, and for severely deformed fetus that have no chance of survival. Also still borns. This is just what I believe, so please don’t attack me for my views. I am pro-choice for every woman out there. I believe you have the right to choose what happens to your body. But I got myself into this mess and it is only just to go through it.

I think I am mentally ready for a baby, but there are just so many doubts. You know? I am trying to look for a bigger apartment in a safer neighborhood, until I can afford a down payment on a house. I think in 5 years I could buy a house, but for now, I need a bigger/safer place to live. I found one place with a huge living room and a nice sized bedroom. It has a nice yard and porch as well. It is hard to afford a two bedroom with me and my disabled father. The living room basically also becomes his bedroom at night, but he doesn’t mind. I’m so glad to have such a supportive parent. I feel so lucky to have the people in my life that I do. Thanks for listening!

With Love,

Selena