Saturday, October 25, 2014

Simple and Easy Vanilla Banana Thrive Shake

This is NOT a sponsored post or a review. I am now a Thrive seller! :)

So, you may or may not remember the post I wrote where my mom shared her story about Thrive. After I saw the positive effects it was having in her life, in my step-dad's life, and in my cousins life, I really wanted to try the products out. With me being pregnant though, I can only drink the shake until after the babies are born. It has so many good things in it and it gives me a little boost of energy which is a win-win for me when it comes to a new product. I don't like drinking the same shake over and over again so, I decided to start experimenting with making yummy shakes out of the Thrive Shake Mix. The first one I made is really simple, but oh my gosh, it's soooo good! Here is the recipe for a Vanilla Banana Thrive Shake.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Simple and Easy Vanilla Banana Thrive Shake

You will need:
- A whole banana
- A packet of Thrive Shake Mix
- Milk
- A blender
- Ice
- A cup to pour your shake into

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Simple and Easy Vanilla Banana Thrive Shake

First. Cut the entire banana up. I didn't cut the pieces too small because I knew my blender would blend it well enough with normal size pieces.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Simple and Easy Vanilla Banana Thrive Shake

Second. Pour the milk into the blender. Add the Shake mix. Drop in the cut up banana. Blend it all together for about a minute or so.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Simple and Easy Vanilla Banana Thrive Shake

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Simple and Easy Vanilla Banana Thrive Shake

Third. Pour your shake into a cup and add ice to make it a little colder. I found I like it better cold than room temperature.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Simple and Easy Vanilla Banana Thrive Shake

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Simple and Easy Vanilla Banana Thrive Shake

Four. ENJOY that deliciousness and all of the benefits that it comes with! :)

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Simple and Easy Vanilla Banana Thrive Shake

If you want to order your own shake mix or other thrive products, you can visit my website here or send me an email with any questions you might have! More shake recipes coming soon!

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Bump Update - 29 weeks

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Bump Update - 29 weeks

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Bump Update - 29 weeks

STATS:

How far along am I? I'll be 29 weeks tomorrow.
How big are the babies? The babies are each the size of a large butternut squash. At my doctors appointment the other day Baby A was 2 pounds 9 Ounces and Baby B was 2 Pounds 9 Ounces! :) Yep, they weight the same.
Total weight gain? Sigh, 22 pounds so far. When I let out a noise of disgust at my doctors appointment, the nurse gladly reminded me I was carrying two babies and not just one and that I was doing just fine with my weight.
Sleep? Some nights I sleep through the night and other nights I'm up several times going pee.
Best moment of the week? Was not giving birth and being able to come home and be on bed rest instead of in the hospital on bed rest. Oh, another good moment, I passed my glucose test! Yay!
Food cravings? Ramon noodles, cheddar popcorn, and Reese's! Hasn't changed from last week except to add cherry slurpees!

Symptoms:
Tired, hungry, and swelling! Fun huh? ;)

Movement:
We have some active babies in my belly. They move so much. I can feel them, Hubby can feel them, the boys can feel them, heck anyone who wants to feel them can! You can also see my stomach move when they move now! {Same as last week}

What I'm looking forward to:
Keeping these babies inside as long as possible, finishing up crochet projects, and making crafts for the nursery.

Next Appointment:
In two weeks.

Nursery update:
No update since last week! :( As you know I got put on strict bed rest at home so I haven't been able to work on the nursery. This weekend though, I'll be sitting in there supervising while Hubby and the boys get some things organized for me! :)

Gender:
Still two little boys in there! =D

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

3 ways I'm staying hydrated with fruity drinks

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PlatinumPoints #CollectiveBias

This has definitely been the hardest pregnancy I've had so far. From starting my pregnancy with back problems, horrible morning sickness in the first trimester, restless leg syndrome, and now being put on strict bed rest... it hasn't been a walk in the park. I don't like to complain about all the bad things though because I know how incredibly blessed I am to be pregnant, to be carrying two sweet babies, and to be able to be on bed rest in the comfort of my home and not in the hospital. One of the big things I've been trying to do this pregnancy, is drink more water. I am so not a fan of plain water and I have to have some sort of fruity drink flavor in my water, otherwise I just can't stand it. Since the beginning of this pregnancy I've been trying to find different drink mixes to try to up my water intake. It is really important in pregnancy to drink lots of water for all different kinds of reasons, but now that I've had contractions and am on bed rest, it's even more important to keep myself hydrated to help keep contractions at bay.

Thankfully, I have found a few ways to make sure I'm getting plenty of water and making sure it's flavored! Here are my top three ways I've been making sure to drink plenty of water this pregnancy.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // 3 ways I'm staying hydrated with fruity drinks #PlatinumPoints #shop #cbias

1. Avoiding keeping soda in my house. This is a big one because if there is soda in my house, I'm more likely to grab a soda than a glass of water. I've always been a big soda drinker and this has been the best thing I've done to kick my soda addiction. I still allow myself a soda a day, but keeping them out of my house has helped so much.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // 3 ways I'm staying hydrated with fruity drinks #PlatinumPoints #shop #cbias

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // 3 ways I'm staying hydrated with fruity drinks #PlatinumPoints #shop #cbias

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // 3 ways I'm staying hydrated with fruity drinks #PlatinumPoints #shop #cbias

2. Crystal Light Liquid Drops! These are my new favorite and I am so glad I found them at walmart! They have so many different flavors and it makes flavoring my water super easy. Especially when I don't feel like making a pitcher of flavored water or running to the gas station to grab a bottle of water. I can simply feel my favorite cup up with water, put a couple of drops of whatever flavor I feel like drinking in my cup, stir it up, and let my taste buds do a happy dance!

3. I make a pitcher of flavored water. Seriously, this is a big one too because then it's already ready and I don't have to make anything. I use crystal light products to do this too. Not only do they have a lot of flavors in the liquid drops, but they have tons of flavors in there other products as well and it makes it so much easier to drink water when it's yummy!

Those are my top three ways that are helping me stay hydrated! How do you drink enough water throughout the day? Are you a soda addict like I was? Do you think you'll try and replace a few soda's with the cystal light liquid drops?!

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // 3 ways I'm staying hydrated with fruity drinks #PlatinumPoints #shop #cbias

p.s. Another bonus about using Crystal Light is you can earn rewards by purchasing Crystal Light products! At the end of the Platinum Points Loyalty program, we'll randomly select one winner. All purchases must be made by December 31, 2014, receipts submissions must be submitted by November 15, 2014, and points redemptions must be submitted by January 15, 2015. See Official Rules for details.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Life can change so fast

It's amazing how quickly life can chance. On Friday I decided I wanted to bust out my camera and take a few pictures of little moments in our day for a couple of days. I'm really happy I did because little did I know Sunday I would be having contractions and Monday I would be put on strict bed rest. I love that I have these moments of the last couple of days when life was "normal."

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Life can change so fast

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Life can change so fast

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Life can change so fast

1. My favorite breakfast. Toast with butter, sugar, and cinnamon. :) // 2. Writing blog posts and yes, sometimes my blog posts start out with pen and paper. // 3. Kage playing with his toys while Jay was at school.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Life can change so fast

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Life can change so fast

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Life can change so fast

4. Dishes. // 5. Laundry. // 6. Crocheting baby blankets for the twins.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Life can change so fast

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Life can change so fast

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Life can change so fast

7 and 8. Hubby working on the truck. He's fixing it and it's been a pain in the ass for him. // 9. A delicious cherry slurpee.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Life can change so fast

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Life can change so fast

10. A Saturday afternoon nap. // 11. Kage being silly while we waited to pick up Jay from school on Friday. {He was not riding in the front, we were parked and he climbed upfront and decided to buckle in.}

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Life can change so fast

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Life can change so fast

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Life can change so fast

12 and 13. The boys playing outside. Can you tell Jay hates having his picture taken lately? He basically refuses unless he asks to have it taken or unless he tells me I can, otherwise the face turn is what I get lol. // 14. Kage fell asleep in our bed. He looked so comfy.

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