Tuesday, August 26, 2014

to snoogle or not to snoogle.

Is the Snoogle worth the cost?

Yes, this is a post dedicated to a big, ridiculous pregnancy pillow. It may seem pointless, but earlier in my pregnancy I did a ton of research on these pillows. I was looking for a post like this. I wanted to know "Is the snoogle worth it?" but there was nothing. I started having trouble sleeping and had heard good things about these from friends who were pregnant before me. When I looked at them in stores and online though, I could not bring myself to pay $50-$75 for a pillow. A PILLOW. And not even a pretty one. I mean, look at the thing.

Buzz, your pillow. Woof.

I proceeded to cope with my sleep problems creatively. The pillow fortress began. I was using six pillows every night, yes, six, which is one less pillow than we own. There were two nights that we had guests and I had to sleep without four of the pillows (in the name of being a hostess) and I barely slept. I was so uncomfortable. I am normally a back sleeper and sleeping on my side is still super uncomfortable. I found myself waking up flat on my back (which you're not really supposed to do after the first trimester) so even on the days when my back didn't hurt I couldn't sleep because I was so paranoid about that. Every day I would look at Snoogles online and go back and forth. Was it worth it? Was it really worth it?! Maybe it was!

Then I remembered that my friend had said she bought one on craigslist.

Wait. A used pillow? Yes. I started looking on craigslist too, but was not interested in a used one unless it was pretty much new, would require little driving to pick up and $25 or less. After a few weeks, it happened. The perfect Snoogle was listed, and I texted the girl. It was still available. She said she had tried it once and it took up too much of their bed so she never used it again. $25 cash and a ten minute drive and it was mine!

I picked it up, sprayed it up and down with lysol, washed the cover, and never looked back. Judge me! It honestly did look like it had never been used. It's amazing, and has helped me sleep better ever since. Pardon her french, but even the non-pregnant can appreciate this pillow.

best pregnancy pillow, the snoogle

Sure, it's a luxury and not necessary. My pillow fortress was doing okay for me, but every time I woke up in the night I was rearranging pillows. Turning from side to side was a nightmare because I had to once again arrange them *just so.* Maybe this all seems like I'm a spoiled brat? Maybe I am? But sleep is a big deal for me and I'm a monster if I don't get enough. The answer is yes, the Snoogle is worth it. I have no experience with other brands but I'm guessing they are similarly worth it. And there are plenty of these, like-new, floating around on craigslist if anyone is cheap like me and wants to buy one secondhand. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

a fresh kitchen.

Well, we basically have a new kitchen, kids! It has been kind of a saga because, well, re-doing cabinets and counter tops is expensive. We're pretty proud of the progress we were able to make on this in less than a year's time. A quick reminder to what it looked like upon move-in. Some parts of the cabinets were rotten on the inside. I couldn't even unpack into them, so we ripped them out instead.

We took it from this:

To this:

Here is a little post about the cabinet switcheroo. As you can see, we laid to original counter tops back on top of the new cabinets. They didn't fit perfectly but they did the job for the next six months as we saved up for the counter top project. We knew we needed to hurry because since they weren't exactly attached there was a risk that water/moisture could get behind our new cabinets and start to mold. We were super careful about keeping things clean and dry.

Now here is the kitchen with our new counter tops: 

I'd say the only bad thing about these is that they are so shiny that taking good pics of them is difficult! They really are white and not yellowish, I promise. 

Yay! We originally thought it would be cool to do concrete counter tops but after much research realized that although they look really cool, they take quite a bit of maintenance to stay looking nice so we decided against. Low maintenance for me, please! We didn't have a big budget either so real stone was out of the question (someday I will have quartz!) The final decision? We went with white Formica Solid Surface. I didn't even know what that was before my husband filled me in, but it's basically acrylic material. It's a step above laminate but below stone. The cool thing about it is that it is still one piece so there are no seams anywhere. It is easy to clean and it can be sanded back smooth if it gets blemished with a stain or scratch.

I was nervous but am actually really happy with them. This is a kitchen I can enjoy hanging out in. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

five booty anthems you should be listening to.

Y'all know I'm up always up for a booty anthem. They make me feel... validated. (In case it isn't obvious, some of these videos are NSFW.)

1. This song is great - but the video is better!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

and the bump is bumpin' bumpin'.

Wow - it is so weird to look at bump pictures of yourself. It's also weird to look in the mirror these days - I don't even recognize myself! I've now hit my 3rd trimester and am at 28 weeks. I haven't been great at taking the bump pictures weekly, more like bi-weekly but that's better than nothing, right?! It's fun to compare from where I started. Here's a little comparison starting at 11 weeks when we took my first one. Baby girl is now kicking around like crazy - especially at night when I'm trying to sleep! I'm not even mad though. It's so fun (and reassuring) to feel her being active. I'm also feeling pretty good aside from a little back pain here and there. This is the golden period of pregnancy. Everyone tells me I'm about to start feeling really uncomfortable so... bring it on, I guess! I'm okay with it. That means the due date is closer and I am super excited to meet my daughter. 

It's hard to believe that I will keep getting bigger. Even my maternity clothes are feeling tight around the tummy. What am I going to wear!?