3rd trimester // Pink Blush Maternity Giveaway

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Somedays I can’t believe that I am already in the third trimester of my pregnancy. Other days, when I can’t hardly make it up the stairs or when the baby kicks my bladder so hard I think I may pee my pants, or when my contractions are so bad I think I am going into labor, it’s a little easier to believe. My small maternity clothes just aren’t cutting it anymore. I feel like I have the weirdest shaped belly with this pregnancy. My first three pregnancies it looked like a perfectly round basketball balancing on my belly, or at least I thought so at the time? It probably didn’t look as cute as I remember. I never retained any water and honestly didn’t gain much weight other than in my belly. This time around everything is swollen, my hips are curvier than ever, and all my maternity clothes are just a little bit tighter. No complaints here though! I enjoying indulging in all my cravings. Oh do I ever. My favorite craving has been pie. Thankfully we have a place in town that makes fresh, homemade pies daily and you can buy them by the slice. Some of my other yummy cravings have been ice cream& pickles (horribly cliche), Raisinets, spicy spicy salsa, Mexican food, cheesy broccoli soup, donuts, apples and oranges. Really all over the place.

Also I have been resting as much as possible because my body and midwife are telling me to, and I have already learned the hard way what happens when I don’t listen to my body. In my final phase of pregnancy I am going for comfort all around. If I have to wear pants I want sweat pants, and if I want to look a little bit nicer I am all about the maxi dress. Maxi’s have to be my favorite maternity clothing to wear. I have always loved wearing them, but the comfort they provide is essential for my growing body right now. This one I’m wearing is from Pink Blush Maternity and doubles as a nursing maxi for after the baby is born, genius! Seriously the comfiest dress ever and I feel beautiful in it’s simplicity. You can dress it up with some jewels or throw on a scarf and a sweater.maternity 28 weeks (1)

I adore Pink Blush Maternity because their line is so adorable and super affordable. You have to check it out if you are expecting! Pink Blush was kind enough to let me giveaway a $25 gift card to one of you! Please note that anyone who has won a giveaway from Pink Blush in the past 6 months, or has hosted a giveaway in the past 6 months, is not eligible to win. To enter follow steps on the Rafflecopter below. Winner will be contacted privately via e-mail.

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Outfit details: Dress: Pink Blush Maternity ℅, Scarf: Target, Watch: Kate Spade

Here are my picks from Pink Blush that I am hoping to add to my maternity collection:


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Preggers compression tights: Look #2 & Giveaway

boys nye (9)How fun are these tights?! I love the pop of color it adds to my outfits. Between the leggings from yesterday and the tights, I actually prefer the tights. Although they are harder to get on, they seem to offer more support than the leggings do. I am in love with all the fun colors they come in, I chose the Shop Teal U Drop but I can’t wait to order more colors. I have my eye on the Mulberry and Your Golden. What’s great about both the leggings and the tights, is the large belly panel on the top. It offers a little extra support for your baby belly and just smooths everything out for you. I wear a lot of neutral colors these days so I am kind of loving bright tights at the moment to spice up my wardrobe. 
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Preggers was generous to let me giveaway a 50$ gift card to one of you, redeemable at any of the following sites: rupreggers.comgogohealthy.comtherafirm.com & smartknit.com, US & Canada only.

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter the giveaway! Winner will be contacted via e-mail. Giveaway ends 1/14/14. Good luck!

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Outfit details: Dress: Liz Lange Maternity, Vest: old, similar here. Tights: Preggers in Shop Teal U Drop ℅, Necklaces: Lia Sophia, discontinued & Urban Outfitters, old. Boots: Express old, similar here and on sale!

 

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Preggers compression leggings: Look #1

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This is my first pregnancy that I have retained any water in my legs and ankles. Aren’t you so psyched you know that now!? No but seriously, this totally blows. My legs are in pain every day no matter how long I am on my feet and the swelling is real glorious looking. I can’t even climb the stairs without my legs feeling extremely sore and achy. My midwife said I should try and cut back on my salt intake and I tried not to laugh in her face. Salt is my weakness. I need it. She was right though, every time I eat something salty I pay for it, so I have been trying really hard to cut back a bit. A bit…:)

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The only thing that has helped me are compression tights. I don’t know about you but when I hear the word “compression” in front of tights all I can think of are little old ladies with varicose veins that need special hose. I was so wrong. These things have saved my poor legs! I wear them every single day. They provide serious relief the second I put them on. Compression tights and leggings aren’t just for us preggos either. The compression helps your circulation and is very beneficial to anyone. They aren’t the easiest things to get on because they start out tighter around the ankles, but hopefully you have a helping hand to assist you.

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Preggers by Therafirm has a stylish selection and affordable prices on not only maternity, but women’s compression leggings and tights. I love all their fun colors! I totally plan on wearing them after the baby as well, because they really suck it all in juuusst right. Just one heads up: with these tights and leggings you will need a tunic or outfit that covers your bum as the area around the bum seems to be a bit transparent. Be sure to check back here tomorrow for my 2nd Preggers outfit look, and a giveaway so you can win some tights for yourself! Remember you need not be pregnant! In the meantime check out the Preggers shop (if you are pregnant) or the GoGo shop (if you are not expecting), to see what you could win!

real (2) boys nye (8) Outfit details: Leggings: Preggers ℅ (in black). Boots: Sorel. Dress: J. Crew discontinued (similar here). Top: Gap Maternity (old). Parka: Asos Maternity.

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Lemon blueberry almond muffins & a giveaway!

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I love a great muffin in the morning, don’t you? And these couldn’t be more moist, or eaiser to make. These muffins are made using Tastefully Simple’s Meyer Lemon Infused Oil and since they no longer offer the oil for purchasing, I am giving one lucky reader the chance to win a discontinued bottle!

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The oil is great not only for these muffins, but for sautéing shrimp, veggies, and cooking fish. I recently used this for cooking salmon and it was divine.

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All you have to do to enter this giveaway is comment on this post telling me what you would use the lemon oil for OR what your favorite breakfast muffin is.

Winner will be chosen at random and announced April 20th.

This giveaway is now closed. 

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This muffin recipe also uses Tastefully Simple’s ever so versatile Absolutely Almond Pound Cake Mix, which is my number one selling item! If you are interested in trying the pound cake mix, you can find it here. It is the perfect almondy (but not overpowering) flavor, and it turns out perfect every time.  I have used it for muffins, cakes, cake pops, parfaits, fruit pizzas, and so much more. I always keep this product stocked in my cupboard and like I said, out of all the wonderful products Tastefully Simple has to offer, this is best selling item! Enjoy this easy muffin recipe!

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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl mix together pound cake mix, butter, oil and water.
  2. Fold in blueberries.
  3. Pour into butter greased muffin tins.
  4. Bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

 

The winner of this giveaway is: Theresa. Please e-mail me to claim your prize!

 

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Blueberry cheesecake bars & a giveaway(closed)

These bars are simple to make and deliciously divine. The crust layer of the bars are made using Tastefully Simple’s Blue Ribbon Blueberry™ Bar Mix. The bad news is that this product is no longer available to purchase (although I know some of you have this already). The good news is I have one box left that I will be giving away to one lucky It’s What’s for Dinner reader!!!

To enter this giveaway you must:

  1. follow It’s What’s for Dinner on feed burner
  2. follow @hnanners on Twitter
  3. comment on this post- telling me what/who you would make these bars for
The giveaway will be open until December 28th at 12:00 p.m. and the winner will be announced the same day. Winner will be chosen at random.
The winner of the Blue Ribbon Blueberry bars is Emily Lackas! 

 Recipe

You will need:

  • 1 box TS Blue Ribbon Blueberry Bar Mix
  • 2 eggs, divided
  • 1/2 cup (1stick) melted butter
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

Prepare bars as indicated on box. Press into a buttered 8×8 pan.

Mix the cream cheese, sugar and egg together. Add the sour cream and vanilla.

Fold in blueberries. Spread mixture over the bar mix in your pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center. 

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