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Family

Amid the wonderful things happening in our lives right now, over the past week our family has also experienced a rash of sadness.I am saddened to say that my grandfather passed away on Saturday. This past week has been a whirlwind as I made numerous trips to go see him, but am extremely grateful to have been able to spend time with him prior to those few final hours. He was 98 years old and led a wonderful and fulfilling life, and although, his passing was not unexpected, it’s not easy nonetheless. He was a very special person to me, my entire family and everyone he met.

In addition to my grandfather’s passing, my grandmother is currently in a very ill state as well. She too is in her 90s. I was able to spend some time with her yesterday and at this point, all we can do is hope, pray and keep her as comfortable as possible as her fate is out of our hands.

Family is everything to me. I pride myself in saying that I am a family oriented person. I am close to my family, and each and everyone of them means a great deal to me. I enjoy their company and we try to get together as often as possible. Those my favorite way to spend my weekends as many wonderful memories are made during those times – memories that will last a lifetime. Therefore, to say that this has been a difficult time in our lives is an understatement. I never would have thought that two of my grandparents would be so gravely ill at the same time. My thoughts and emotions on this situation go deep, but it’s not something I wish to convey at this time (and probably never will). I’ll just close in saying that my family needs me right now and I need time to grieve, so EGBG is going to be silent for a time until will get through this rough patch.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and I’ll see you soon.

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Drool Worthy Pins #11

Happy Monday friends!

Firstly, I want to thank everyone for all your congratulatory wishes and kind words on last week’s post! It’s so great to share our excitement with all of you! And secondly, can you believe that it’s already the end of June!?! Yikes! I just can’t get over how fast these months are flying by! With that being said, the end of the month also means it’s time for Drool Worthy Pins. Enjoy!

*The links are embedded in the pictures, so you can easily re-pin them if you want*

VEGGIE HAM EGG AND CHEESE BAKE

COOKIE DOUGH OATMEAL WITH PURE VIA

CINNAMON APPLESAUCE MUFFINS

MIX AND MATCH BREAKFAST COOKIES

HEALTHY NO BAKE SALTED CARAMAL SLICE

PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY SMOOTHIE

What are you pinning lately?
Have you tried any new recipes recently?
Name three things you did over the weekend.

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WIAW #45 – Simple Green Protein Smoothie

Happy Wednesday and Happy WIAW!! Thanks to Jenn for hosting!


It’s been hot, hot, hot these past few weeks, so my typical breakfast these days has consisted of smoothies, smoothies and more smoothies, but since I don’t have all that much time in the morning before work to prepare my breakfast, I like to make a smoothie that doesn’t take a lot of ingredients and that I can whip up in just a few minutes. Well, that’s where my Simple Green Protein Smoothie was born. It’s a simple, delicious and a healthy way to start off the day!

To get the recipe, head on over to Jessie Loves 2 Run where I’m guest posting today and sharing all the details on how to make this yummy smoothie!!!

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20 Weeks – Halfway

Oh my gosh guys…I’m halfway through this pregnancy already! Whoa!! How did that even happen!?! It’s going so, so quickly, which I’m certainly not complaining about. The faster it goes, the more quickly we get to see our precious little ones. :-)

We do know the genders (finally), but you’ll have to wait a few more days for the reveal! However, I’m very happy to say that my 20 week doctor’s appointment and ultrasound went wonderfully. The babies are progressing extremely well and are measuring exactly as they should be. I told the doctor about my symptoms and lousy week/days, which she told me were all normal. Overall, the doctor was very pleased with how they look, AND the babies and I got a clean bill of health. Yippee! I couldn’t ask for anything more!

20 WeeksBabies’ size? A banana (10.2 ounces and measures 6.5 inches)

Maternity clothes? No.

Stretch marks? No.

Sleep? I had more good nights than bad nights this week!

Best moment this week? No doubt, finding out the genders and getting to see them on the ultrasound!

Miss anything? Justin made himself breakfast over the weekend, which included some runny eggs – I’m not going to lie, I was kind of jealous. I’m definitely missing those!

Movement? I did feel some bubbles in my lower abdomen again, but same as last week, it didn’t last long and hasn’t been consistent. I was told at my appointment tho,ugh that they’re floating in quite a bit of fluid (which is a good thing), so that’s why I’m not feeling their movement as much.

Food Cravings? Nothing at all.

Anything making you queasy or sick? No!

Genders? I promise I’ll reveal the genders this week!

Labor Signs? No.

Symptoms? Overall, I felt a lot better than last week. Last Thursday was a rough day though, I was extremely tired, my appetite was off and I was quite nauseous. When I got home from work that day, I was feeling so bad that I skipped my workout and just layed on the couch. I ended up falling asleep around 7 for about an hour (maybe more), woke-up, watched TV for a bit, then went back to sleep a little before 10. The next day I felt back to normal. Other than that, I’d say I had a pretty good week.

Belly Button – in or out? In.

Wedding Rings – on or off? On.

Happy or Moody? Happy!

Looking Forward To? Now that we know the genders, Justin and I are going to go start our registry this weekend. So exciting!

So what do you think…2 boys, 2 girls or one of each?

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For Two Fitness Giveaway

Well, hi there friends! How was your weekend? We had the most gorgeous weather, so I’m certainly not complaining!

Today, I’m excited to share that  I’ve been selected to be a For Two Fitness Ambassador; although, I guess it’s more like for three fitness in my case! :-) To say I am excited would be an understatement! Based on my post last week, you all know that prenatal exercise is something very important to me, so I’m thrilled to be part of a community who feels the very same way, which is was why I was so honored to be chosen.

And if you don’t know For Two Fitness, has an awesome line of maternity activewear. They use high performance fabrics and the clothes are designed to fit through all trimesters and flatter your post-baby body as well, not to mention they’re super cute too. I haven’t had a chance to try any of the activewear just yet, but you can bet I’ll be making a purchase sooner rather than later as my pre-pregnancy workout clothes are just not cutting it these days.

Yu can have a chance to try out their clothes too because starting today, For Two Fitness is running an awesome giveaway on Instagram. Check out the details below!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  One lucky instagrammer will win $100 gift card to For Two Fitness – the very best in maternity activewear.  Simply post the image below on your instagram feed along with the tag #fortwofitnessgift and mention @fortwofitness. Include in your comment the item or items you love the most.  A minimum of 50 reposts will be required to unlock the prize, so be sure and share with all of your pregnant friends!

for two fitness gift card.jpgThe giveaway will remain open until Friday, June 27th.

Good luck!!!

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My Summer Beauty Essentials

The first day of summer is tomorrow! The weather has been so hot and humid in our neck of the woods that it feels like its been summer for a few weeks now, but I’m excited nonetheless. Summer has and always will be my favorite time of year. I love being outside and soaking up the sun, but with the sun brings the heat, so there are certain beauty items that I use to help keep my make-up and hair intact and my skin protected. So, here’s a look at a few of my summer beauty essentials!

My Summer Beauty Essentials1. bareMinerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer – I briefly spoke about this eyelid primer a long time ago, but it’s so good it’s worth mentioning again. Over the years I’ve tried many different eyelid primers. Not one of them ever kept my eye shadow from creasing or preserved the integrity of the color. Typically by the end of the day, I’d have a huge crease across my eyelid and it’d barely even look like I was wearing eye shadow. Plus, my eye liner wouldn’t stay put either, so I’d have a faint black smudge along my brow bone. To say this was annoying would be an understatement! BUT, then I was introduced to this eyelid primer and it has been amazing! My eye shadow doesn’t crease, the color stays intact and my eye liner stays right where it should. Even in the heat and humidity, my eyes look near perfect from morning until night!

2. Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss – I’m not a lipstick fan, but I do love a good lip gloss, so I was happy to receive a sample of this one in my Birchbox a few months back. The color I received was pink glacé and I love it! I don’t like a lot of color on my lips, especially in the summertime, so this provides a sheer lip color with just a hint of shimmer. My lips tend to be on the dry side, so the fact that it’s moisturizing is a definite plus.

3. The Honest Company Sunscreenn (SPF 30) - In all fairness, this is the only product on this list that I haven’t actually tried out yet. I’ve placed an order and am waiting for it to come in the mail. Over the years, I’ve always used generic sunscreens, but I’ve wanted to get away from that because of the use of icky, harmful chemicals in those products. I was particularly attracted to this sunscreen because it’s non-toxic, natural and unscented. I’ve used quite a few other products from The Honest Company with great results, so I have no doubt I’ll love their sunscreen as well.

4. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation – I’d been using the same powder foundation for years and years now. I liked it when I first starting using it, but then over the past year or so, I just wasn’t happy with it anymore. I’m not sure if my skin has changed, but it wasn’t covering as well, I didn’t like the color on me and I felt like it would melt away in the heat. I decided to take a gamble on the Tarte foundation and I was not disappointed. The color is spot on (I use the light sand), it stays put with no touch-ups during the day, I’m happy with the coverage and it contains SPF 15. The other exciting part of this foundation is that it’s formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs and triclosan.

5. Global Keratin Serum – A few months back, I went to the salon to get my hair cut and they used this product to finish off my hair style. Well, I liked it so much, that I went out and purchased a bottle for home. It smooths flyaways, adds shine and fights frizz (a must for summertime) and it smells good too. I use it on a daily basis and it’s always the last product I put in my hair to complete my hairstyle.

6. Chella Highlighter Pencil – This is another Birchbox find and I fell in love with it when I first started using it. This pencil conceals, brightens, contours, shapes, lines and defines. It can be used on the brow bone, inner corner of the eyelids, waterline, can be used to contour the face and more. My favorite way to use it is around the eyes. It helps open up the eyes and provides the appearance of making you look less tired. As far as I’m concerned, this is an all year round make-up essential.

Disclaimer: I have not been compensated by any of these companies to do a review.  I’m a genuine user of these products and all opinions are of my own.

What are your summer beauty essentials?
Have you tried any of these products before?
Do you use or have ever tried using a natural sunscreen?

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