Jan 312015
 

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dunkin’ Brands. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Dunkin’ Donuts is celebrating the one year anniversary of their DD Perks Rewards Program, and offering members an extra 200 reward points with any purchase from January 27, 2015 to February 1, 2015. 

DD Perks

That means you can get a FREE any size beverage of your choice!  How great is that?!  What would be your beverage of choice?  Right now, I think I could really go for a Vanilla Bean Coolatta.  That is one of my very favorite items on their menu.  It’s so refreshing and delicious!

DD Perks

I have been a loyal Dunkin’ Donuts customer for longer than I can remember.  From donuts to breakfast sandwiches, beverages, and more, I think I have tried just about every item on their menu.  My personal fave?  Well, I’d have to say the ham, egg and cheese croissant.  It’s like the perfect comfort food to me.  It’s so warm and filling, and I just love that flaky croissant.  It’s a perfect start to my morning, or a great pick-me-up any time of day. 

We have about 7 Dunkin’ Donuts locations close to our home, so it is one of our favorite places to stop to pick up a hot cup of coffee, or a quick bite to eat.  Kayleigh’s favorite Dunkin’ Donuts treats are their bagels, and of course, the Munchkins!  She goes crazy over them.  

John and I have moved quite a lot over the last few years, and we always bribe our family and friends to help us with a Box O’ Joe and a bunch of pastries from Dunkin’ Donuts.  Let me tell you, IT WORKS!  The only problem we have, is that we have to sometimes break up the gathering that forms around the table and tell people to get back to work!  There is just something about a hot cup of coffee and delicious breakfast that brings people together.

I love that Dunkin’ Donuts recognizes their loyal customers like me, and rewards me for all of my purchases.   I get 5 points for every dollar I spend on qualifying purchases, and when I reach 200 points, I get a free any size beverage of my choice!  I have the DD Perks app on my phone, and it makes it so easy for me to earn and redeem my rewards, view their menu, and so much more! 

DD Perks

Sign up for DD Perks today, and you will get a  a coupon for a free, any size beverage upon enrollment and on your birthday, too!

Follow Dunkin’ Donuts on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and promotions.

 

 Posted by at 1:56 pm
Jan 292015
 

Before I was a Mom, heading out the door to go to my appointments was a breeze.  Now that I have a toddler, it’s much more challenging.  Not only do I have to get myself and her fed and dressed before leaving, but I have to make sure I pack all of the necessities – diapers, wipes, an extra set of clothes in case of an accident, books and toys to keep her occupied during wait times, water and of course, snacks.  There is nothing worse than a hangry toddler, am I right?!

When choosing which snack to pack for Kayleigh, there are many things that I take into consideration.  It has to be something that is really convenient to grab on my way out the door, something that I know she will eat, mess-free, and healthy and nutritious.  I know that’s quite a tall order, but after several failed on-the-go snacks, I now know exactly what to look for.

Honey Maid Go Bites Filled Snacks fit my needs, and Kayleigh’s needs perfectly!  They are crispy graham pockets filled with delicious ingredients, and made with 7g of whole grains and 5g of protein per serving.  They are baked with whole grains and contain no high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors or colors.

Honey Maid Go Bites

DID YOU KNOW?

Recent data revealed that less than 1% of children get the recommended amount of whole grains in their diets.  Proteins are an essential nutrient children need.  Honey Maid Go Bites provide kids with about 15% of both the recommended daily value of whole grains (48g) and protein (34g).  How great is that?!

In addition to being a healthy and nutritious snack option, Honey Maid Go Bites Filled Snacks are delicious, and toddler-approved! Kayleigh absolutely loves them. She often begs me for her “bites” and devours them when I give them to her. They are available in both chocolate and vanilla flavored fillings, so you can mix it up every once in a while, though I don’t think Kayleigh would ever get bored of either flavor!

Honey Maid Go Bites

So, the next time you’re shopping for a healthy and nutritious snack for your kids, pick up a box or two of Honey Maid Go Bites Filled Snacks.  They are sure to be a hit at home, and on-the-go! 

Honey Maid Go Bites

Just look at that delicious chocolate filling.  Yum!

Honey Maid Go Bites

From crackers to Go Bites and Teddy Grahams, Honey Maid’s wholesome products are made with whole grains and real honey, without high fructose corn syrup or artificial colors, and are wholesome snacks families can agree on for any occasion!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 

 Posted by at 3:49 pm
Jan 292015
 

I received free product and promotional products in exchange for my honest review and opinion.

Gorton's Blogger Giveaway

Pregnancy sure can do some strange things to you, huh?  When I was pregnant with Kayleigh, I didn’t really have any food aversions, but this time around, I had a severe aversion to fish for quite a while.  I was absolutely distraught that I couldn’t eat fish, because normally I love it, and eat it on a weekly basis.  I ate fish regularly throughout my pregnancy with Kayleigh, and couldn’t get enough of it, actually. 

It’s been a long 8.5 months, and I am happy to report that my aversion to fish has been slowly going away, yay!  Last week I went out and stocked my freezer full of Gorton’s Simply Bake and Grilled products, and I am going to indulge!

Gorton's

I started my week off with this delicious Salmon Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing.  I just tossed some fresh spinach and kale with diced orange pepper and grape tomatoes, topped it with a Gorton’s Simply Bake Salmon and drizzled with honey mustard salad dressing.  It was absolutely delicious!!

Salmon Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

I love how easy the Gorton’s Simply Bake and Grilled products are to prepare.  Not only that, but they taste amazing, and are good for you, too!  Experts recommend eating seafood at least twice a week, as it is a lean protein and contains plenty of natural Omega-3.

I’m in the home stretch of my pregnancy, finally.  I’ve only gained 15 pounds so far this pregnancy, and I am really happy with that, and want to continue to keep my weight down in this last month.  When I was pregnant with Kayleigh, I gained 45 pounds, and I felt awful for several months after giving birth.

In addition to eating better, I have signed up for the Gorton’s 30-Day Realistic Resolution Challenge on SparkPeople.com.  You can also sign up using the SparkPeople app (available on iTunes Store or Google Play).  There, you will find daily tips and easy ways to stick to your resolutions for good.  You know, those resolutions you made at the beginning of the year, that usually fall the wayside after just a couple of weeks… The deadline to sign up for the 30-Day Realistic Resolution Challenge is January 30, 2015, and you will be able to participate through the end of February.

I really love all of the daily tips they have shared.  They truly are realistic resolutions that are easy to stick to, like drinking more water during the day, adding more veggies to a meal, or having a healthy snack.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will win the following prize package:

  • 2 full-value product coupons
  • Insulated tote
  • SparkPeople cookbook
  • Spark book
  • SparkPeople Boot Camp DVD

To enter to win, simply leave a comment below, telling me what your New Year’s resolution is this year.  This giveaway is open to US residents only, and will end on February 5, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.  Good luck!

Gorton’s is also hosting their own sweepstakes, where you could win $5,000.00!  This sweepstakes ends on February 9, 2015, at 10:59:59 a.m. EST.  Read full rules and enter the sweepstakes here.

Follow Gorton’s on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram and reach out using hashtag #RealisticResolution.

Download a money saving coupon (75 cents off) for Gorton’s products here.

 Posted by at 10:24 am
Jan 272015
 

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G.  All opinions are 100% my own.

When the flu hits, it always seems like it comes out of nowhere, and fast.  One day, everyone is feeling fine, and then boom, the flu is here!  John and Kayleigh were both sick last week – vomiting, feverish, lethargic and complaining of body aches, and they both seemed absolutely fine just prior to it hitting.

I’m 35 weeks pregnant right now, and the last thing I want is the flu!  Luckily, we were prepared for the flu, and got the symptoms under control before it got too crazy around here.  Also, I managed to escape getting it myself, so I’m super happy about that!

The last thing you want to have to do when you’re hit with the flu, is run out to the store.  It’s always best to be prepared, and have everything on hand that you might need when the flu strikes. 

Vicks® DayQuil™ and NyQuil™ Severe Cold and Flu

Here are some of the items we keep on hand to help deal with the flu when it hits our home.  You can conveniently find them all at Walmart.  I love that one-stop shopping, don’t you?!  In addition to being able to find everything I want in one store, I know I’m saving a lot of money with Walmart’s low prices.

  • Bottled water – It is so very important to stay hydrated when you have the flu, so we keep plenty of bottled water on hand.
  • Ginger ale – Ginger ale is great for helping to settle an upset tummy!
  • Tea – Tea is also great for settling an upset tummy, and if you’re having chills, it can help to warm you up.
  • Saltine crackers – It can be really hard to keep food down when you have the flu, but it’s important to eat.  Saltine crackers are filling, and very easy on the tummy at the same time.
  • Chicken noodle soup – There is just something magical about chicken noodle soup when you’re sick, isn’t there? 
  • Tissues – When I’m sick with the flu, I go through a TON of tissues.  I make sure I always have plenty on hand.
  • Heating pads – Oh, the aches and pains that come with the flu.  A warm heating pad on my back really helps to melt that pain away!
  • Thermometer – It’s really important to keep an eye on your temperature while you are sick, so having a working thermometer on hand is a must!
  • Vicks® DayQuil™ and NyQuil™ Severe Cold & Flu – When you get sick, you need to have the proper medication on hand to relieve your symptoms and help you feel better fast. 

Vicks NyQuil Severe Cold & Flu

Vicks® NyQuil Severe Cold & Flu has:

  • Maximum symptom-fighting ingredients to relieve your worst cold and flu symptoms.
  • Maximum strength nighttime cold and flu relief, so you can take back your night.
  • The powerful NyQuil relief you trust now with a decongestant.
  • Available in caplets or liquid.

Temporarily relieves common cold/flu symptoms including:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Sinus congestion and pressure
  • Cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation
  • Cough to help you sleep
  • Minor aches and pains
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose and sneezing
  • Reduces swelling of nasal passages
  • Temporarily restores freer breathing through the nose
  • Promotes nasal and/or sinus drainage

Vicks® DayQuil Severe Cold & Flu has:

  • Maximum symptom-fighting ingredients to relieve your worst cold and flu symptoms.
  • Maximum strength nondrowsy cold and flu relief so you can tackle your to-do list.
  • Available in caplets or liquid.

Temporarily relieves common cold/flu symptoms:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Sinus congestion and pressure
  • Cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation
  • Minor aches and pains
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Reduces swelling of nasal passages
  • Temporarily restores freer breathing through the nose
  • Promotes nasal and/or sinus drainage
  • Helps loosen phlegm (mucus) and thin bronchial secretions to rid the bronchial passageways of bothersome mucus and make coughs more productive

Vicks® DayQuil™ and NyQuil™ Severe Cold and Flu

Vicks® DayQuil™ and NyQuil™ Severe are available at Walmart.com and in stores. Be sure to stock up to prepare for cough, cold and flu season.

 

 Posted by at 2:33 pm
Jan 272015
 

The new year is a great time to get a fresh start and make resolutions to change bad habits and improve areas of our lives.  Many people resolve to eat healthier in the new year, but often times it can be hard to stay on track. 

In my younger days, it was a lot harder for me to stick to my resolutions, as I didn’t have any accountability.  Now, I am a wife, a mother to a toddler, and pregnant with my second child.  Not only do I want to eat healthier so that I will be around longer for my husband and children, but to also set a good example for them.

I always try to keep plenty of healthy foods in the house to snack on, so that I’m not tempted to eat a bunch of junk that I shouldn’t.  Planning ahead is key!

Now, I know this may sound old fashioned, but I love to keep Sunsweet® prunes and juices in the house.  Contrary to popular believe, they are NOT just for old people! 

Sunsweet products

Prunes actually have some really amazing qualities.  First of all, they are delicious!  They are very plump and juicy, and they have a great flavor to them.  Prunes also have a low glycemic index, which means they keep you feeling fuller longer. That’s always a great quality in a snack, right?  Prunes also add a powerful boost of nutrition and fiber to snack time or your favorite recipe.  Sunsweet® Amaz!n Prunes only have 100 calories per serving!  Isn’t that awesome?!  They are a great snack to have at home, or on the go.

Sunsweet Prunes

Sunsweet® also offers their Amaz!n Diced Prunes, which are a nutritious snack that can easily be tossed into your cereal, oatmeal, salad or your favorite recipes for added flavor and fiber.  These only have 100 calories per serving, too!

Sunsweet’s PlumSmart® Light juice is made from a special variety of fresh, juicy plums and has only 60 calories and 15g of carbs.  It helps you stay fit on the inside by providing a good source of fiber, and it makes a fabulous addition to smoothies!

In addition to being delicious, studies suggest certain nutrients in prunes have the following positive effects:

Bone Health: Prunes may promote healthy bones. Dr. Bahram H. Arjmandi of Florida State University says, “Dried plums (prunes) are the most bone-friendly fruit that I have seen in decades. They are nature’s solution to maintaining good bone health.” Dr. Arjmandi hypothesizes that the many compounds and nutrients contained in prunes, such as vitamin K, potassium, copper and boron, likely work synergistically to have this positive effect. Additional research is currently being conducted to learn more about prunes and bone health.

Potassium: Potassium may help prevent hypertension and stroke and play a role in helping support cell energy by regulating fluid balance, nerve impulses and muscle contraction to increase energy.

Fiber: A diet containing foods with fiber can replace fats and sweets, and contributes to heart health.

Regularity: A fiber rich diet may contribute to maintaining a consistent digestive tract which helps lead to improved digestive health.

One of my favorite go-to snacks is trail mix.  I love trail mix, because it’s super easy to throw together, and there are so many ways you can make it.  It’s also a great way to add a whole bunch of protein to your diet, it’s very filling, and a snack that can be eaten on-the-go!

I recently made a batch of trail mix using the Sunsweet® Amaz!n Diced Prunes.  It’s a really great way to get those prunes into your diet, and it added a lot of flavor to my trail mix, too.

Trail Mix

Below is the recipe I used for this trail mix, but you can certainly make it any way you wish, by switching up what kind of nuts you use, and adding your own favorite trail mix additions.  Just mix the ingredients all together, and store in an air-tight container!

Trail Mix

Trail Mix

  • 1 Cup Almonds
  • 1 Cup Cashews
  • 1 Cup Sunsweet® Amaz!n Diced Prunes
  • 1 Cup Dried Bananas
  • 1 Cup Coconut Strips

 Enjoy!

Follow Sunsweet® on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and promotions.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 Posted by at 12:39 pm
Jan 252015
 

This post is sponsored by Lunchbox and all opinions are my own.

I love shopping at my local Walmart store.  I like that I can find practically everything I am looking for in one shopping trip, and with Walmart’s Saving Catcher, I don’t have to do any ad price matching myself, they do it for me!  That means I can feel confident that I will get the lowest price possible on my favorite products, without having to run all over town, or scouring the sales flyers.  I don’t have the time or energy for all of that nonsense!

Kraft and Walmart have partnered together to give you the chance to win a $100, $250, or $1,000 Walmart gift card.  Oh, how I would love to win this!

Walmart Kraft Hub Sweepstakes

All you have to do to enter this awesome sweepstakes, is simply create an eCard with your favorite top-Pinned Kraft Foods recipes, fill out the entry form, and then share your card. Not only will you be entered for a chance to win high value Walmart gift cards, but you’ve also created a delicious collection of recipes you can share on Pinterest!

Here’s the eCard I created.  Which Kraft Foods recipes will you add to yours?

eCard

GIVEAWAY

In addition to the Walmart Kraft Hub Sweepstakes, you can also enter to win 1 of 5 $50.00 Walmart gift cards right here!  This giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on Saturday, January 31, 2015.  Enter below:

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 Posted by at 4:01 pm
Jan 202015
 

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Influence Central for the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

I’ve never been one to just jump into any kind of decision.  I am a true Virgo in that sense.  I always put a lot of time and research into everything I do.  I know it annoys my husband some times, but usually, he thanks me in the end for making sure we are making the best decision possible.

My friends and family know I am constantly doing research, so whenever they have a question about something, they usually ask me for my opinion.  It feels good to be able to help others out when I can.

When I found out I was pregnant with my daughter, Kayleigh, my research instincts went into overdrive.  I researched everything – from what kind of prenatal vitamins I should take, to natural birthing methods, the best place for me to give birth in my area, and the best and safest baby products on the market.  I think I was probably one of the most prepared first-time parents ever.

When researching baby products, I read product reviews, news articles, talk to other mothers in my pregnancy group, do product comparisons, and just read everything I can get my hands on. 

One great resource that I absolutely love for researching baby products is the Baby Safety Zone.  The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), who powers the Baby Safety Zone, is an expert in the safe selection and use of baby products and has been helping parents make the best product decisions for their babies for 35 years!  Now, that’s definitely a resource I can trust.

The info-graphic below shows how a product becomes JPMA certified. 

JPMA-14-Cert-Infographic

With so many baby products on the market, it can be hard to tell which ones are the safest.  The JPMA Certification Seal on a product proves that a manufacturer has tested a product sample annually to an established standard, so you can trust that it’s safe, and be confident in your purchase. 

JPMA

The Baby Safety Zone is committed to reducing the number of nursery product related injuries through education and awareness about the safe selection and use of products, as well as preventative measures parents and caregivers can adopt immediately.  I don’t think we can ever be too safe when it comes to our children, and this is such a wonderful resource for parents.

 What resources do you use when researching baby products? 

 

 

 Posted by at 9:24 pm
Jan 192015
 

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. I received a stipend to facilitate my purchase for my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Having a toddler and being pregnant has really inspired me to eat healthier over the last several months, and especially since the start of the new year.  Some small changes I have made are, that I switched to eating whole grains instead of white breads, greatly increased my water intake, and incorporated a lot more fruits and vegetables into my diet.

One area that I always struggle with is snacking.  I’m not really a sweets snacker, but I can down a bag of potato chips like nobody’s business.  That’s not a very healthy choice for me to make. 

In coming up with a new snack, I wanted something that was very healthy for me, but also filling, and that Kayleigh could enjoy with me as well.  We had already kept blueberries on hand nearly every week, as Kayleigh just LOVES them, so I’ve been making blueberry yogurt parfaits lately, and I’m honestly kind of addicted to them now.

I start out with some Greek yogurt.  You can use any flavor you want, but I really enjoy vanilla.  I then top that with a handful of fresh blueberries, some of my favorite vanilla almond granola, and finally, I drizzle a bit of honey over the top.  This quick little treat is so tasty!

blueberries

I have lived in Maine my whole life, so I have grown up eating wild blueberries.  I remember picking wild blueberries on the side of the roads with my grandparents when I was growing up.  My favorite way to eat them was with some cream, or baking them into muffins.  Yum.

I still love blueberries to this day, but in the middle of winter, wild blueberries are nowhere to be found around here.  Kayleigh and I can still get our blueberry fix, however, thanks to our friends in South America.  They keep blueberries in season all year-round!

DID YOU KNOW?  The domestic blueberry season runs from April to September, and once that wraps up, imports from Chile, Peru and Argentina start flowing in, so you can always find juicy plump blueberries in the supermarket just like you do all summer!

blueberries

Let’s not forget those other forms of blueberries – frozen and freeze-dried.  They are great to keep on hand for those times when you just can’t make it to the store to buy fresh ones, and they taste just as great!

Not only do blueberries taste so fresh and wonderful, but they are really good for you too.  One cup of blueberries only has 80 calories, and is packed with 3.6 grams of fiber!  They also contribute vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese, to help you meet your nutrient needs.

What I love most about blueberries, is that they are so easy to incorporate into your diet.  Instead of reaching for a bag of potato chips, I can grab a handful of blueberries.  Instead of leaving a candy dish out on the table to snack on all day, I can leave out a bowl full of blueberries.  These are really very simple changes that I can make, and they will have a huge impact on my health.

blueberries

You can also add blueberries to foods you already make.  They are great in pancakes, muffins, waffles, yogurt, cereal… the list goes on and on!

 U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council Sweepstakes

The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council is hosting a sweepstakes through which you can enter to win a trip for two to LA for the Little Changes Kitchen Challenge alongside actress, author and TV host Alison Sweeney.  I am a huge fan of Alison Sweeney, so I will be entering for sure!

*Runners up may win one of four $500 Whole Foods or Lululemon gift cards for a refreshed pantry or workout wardrobe!

Choose little, win BIG. Hurry! Sweepstakes opens on January 1, 2015 and closes February 16, 2015!  You can enter this awesome sweepstakes here!

For more information on blueberries, including recipes, cooking tips, and more, visit the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council website.

What’s your favorite way to eat blueberries?

 Posted by at 9:42 pm
Jan 162015
 

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Scrubbing Bubbles®. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

I don’t know about you, but I am really glad that the holidays are finally over!  This year was pretty rough for me, honestly.  I’m now a few weeks into my third trimester with this pregnancy, so everything is getting to be much harder on me physically, and emotionally too.  The stress of the holidays really took a lot out of me, and I’m just now beginning to recover, and get my house back in order.

Since I hit my third trimester, my nesting instincts have kicked in full force.  I’m constantly cleaning and organizing something in this house.  One of the rooms that I find myself cleaning the most, is the bathroom.

There are so many disgusting germs lurking around in bathrooms.  Did you know that, according to the Scrubbing Bubbles® Dirty Work Index, which revealed our hilarious and unconventional bathroom habits, 60% of people flush with the toilet seat up (sending toilet bacteria flying up into the air and onto bathroom surfaces!) and 23% of people don’t wash their hands after using the toilet?!  Just thinking about that makes me cringe. 

Before I became a mom, I was always very careful about preventing the spread of germs, and after becoming a mom, I am even more so. 

Kayleigh is 19 months old now.  As I’m sure you all know, toddlers just love to follow you into the bathroom, and they just have to bring their favorite toys in there with them.  I hate that Kayleigh does this, but there is just no reasoning with a toddler.  Therefore, I have to make sure that my bathroom is always extra clean and germ-free, so her favorite toys stay that way too.

I have been using Scrubbing Bubbles® in my bathtub and shower for many years, and they recently came out with a Scrubbing Bubbles® Multi Surface Bathroom Cleaner spray (previously branded as the Foaming Disinfectant), that I absolutely love!  It’s so easy to use, and quickly cleans all of my surfaces – the sink, toilet, bathtub, etc.  Being super pregnant, and a mom to a toddler is really hard on my body, and keeps me very busy, so this all-in-one, easy to use product is truly a lifesaver for me.

Scrubbing Bubbles

We only have one bathroom in our home, so it gets pretty dirty, quickly.  I absolutely hate toothpaste residue in the sink, and soap scum in the shower.  Those things can be hard to clean without the right product, but the Scrubbing Bubbles® Multi Surface Bathroom Cleaner works like a charm, and scrubs those messes away, without me having to put a lot of elbow grease into it.

Scrubbing Bubbles

I love seeing the antibacterial and antiviral formula foam up and expand into the nooks and crannies to clean soap scum, lift dirt and fight grime.  It’s great when you can actually see a product working right before your eyes. 

Scrubbing Bubbles

My bathroom surfaces have never looked so clean and shiny!

Scrubbing Bubbles

Another thing I love about the Scrubbing Bubbles® Multi Surface Bathroom Cleaner is the light fresh citrus scent.  It doesn’t give off an overwhelming chemical scent like a lot of other cleaners do.  There’s nothing better than walking into the bathroom, and knowing that it’s absolutely clean without breathing in nasty chemical odor.

You can follow Scrubbing Bubbles® on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest news and promotions.

What bathroom messes do you hate cleaning the most?

 Posted by at 11:13 am
Jan 162015
 

I’ve been struggling with pregnancy insomnia for a while now, but it seems to have gotten a lot worse since I entered the 3rd trimester.

Pregnancy Insomnia in the 3rd Trimester

Right now, I’m sitting on the couch, stuffing my face with Chex Mix, and binge-watching Friends on Netflix.  It’s after 1:00am, and even though I’m physically exhausted, I’m wide awake.

I tried to go to sleep earlier tonight when John did, but the same thing happened that happens every night.  He falls asleep the second his head hits the pillow (lucky bastard!), and there I lay, wide awake, staring at the ceiling.  I roll over onto my side, turn my cell phone on to browse Facebook and play a few rounds of Candy Crush, in hopes that it will help me to become sleepy.  Some times it does actually work, but tonight was not one of those nights.

On nights like tonight, I have the worst case of restless legs known to man, heartburn that makes it nearly impossible for me to lay down without feeling like my entire digestive system is on fire, this baby inside me won’t stop kicking me, and no matter how many pillows I surround myself with, I’m just plain uncomfortable. 

After the 5th time of getting up to go pee within a 2 hour period, I said “screw it” and planted myself on the couch instead of trying to go back to sleep again.  I’m not sleeping anyway, so I might as well try to do something productive, right?  Does stuffing your face with Chex Mix at 1:00am qualify as something productive?

I know this pregnancy insomnia is just nature’s way of preparing me for the sleepless nights I’ll have after my baby’s arrival, but honestly, I wish I could just enjoy sleeping through the night until then.

7 weeks left until my due date – the countdown is ON!

Did you struggle with insomnia during your pregnancy?  Do you have any tips or tricks that helped you get a good night’s sleep?

 

 Posted by at 1:15 am