Vitamins, Vitamins, Vitamins

In case you missed my last post, I’m pregnant! Cue all the pink confetti in the world!

Today I want to talk about vitamins. Vitamins are super important for our every day lives but even more so during pregnancy. I was pretty good about taking vitamins pre-pregnancy, but now I’m a vitamin psychopath & very proud of it!

When I was 18 I had a gynecological procedure done & was told it would probably be a challenge to get pregnant in the future. I honestly thought about that all the time through my 20s and so I had originally always wanted kids young because I thought I had a better chance. Well, thank the good Lord that never happened, but as I approached my late 20s I began to question my chances.

I had no idea when my time would come (and def didn’t think it would be May 2020) but I wanted to make sure my body was constantly prepped with vitamins and nutrients needed. I’ve always taken fish oil, B12, and had been taking D3 off & on, but I also added folic acid to my daily vitamin mix about a year ago. I’m going to go into the benefits of these vitamins below, but just wanted to start out by sharing I had already been taking these for quite some time before becoming pregnant.

After finding out I was pregnant I immediately started researching other vitamin options to add to my daily mix. I’ve added a daily prenatal, choline, and magnesium. I’ve been taking these every day and I’ve no ill feeling side effects from any of them. My iron levels are normal, so I never added an iron supplement. If you have low iron levels you will definitely want to talk to your doctor about either incorporating more iron rich food or a supplement. Iron supplements aren’t the most fun for our bodies, so I’d steer more toward iron rich foods such as leafy greens, apples, dates and lentils.

I truly think stocking my body with all of these different vitamins helped curb any potential morning sickness. Maybe I just got really lucky in that area, but I had 0 morning sickness. Literally, 0…and that’s with a girl! We 100% thought she was a boy (and were calling her one for weeks before finding out) because I had no sickness and felt so great the entire time. I’m starting to think, and my midwife said it’s a possibility, I avoided morning sickness because of my vitamin cocktail intake. Of course, who knows if that’s why, but if it is, that’s an easy thing to add to your daily pregnancy to do list!

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Woah There, 2020…

Well this is awkward coming back here after months on hiatus! Let’s just dive right on in…

Back in the spring virtual teaching during a pandemic took up a lot of my time and energy. Planning and then teaching on the computer daily wore me out, by the time 3pm rolled around I had no desire to even look at a screen. I did however cook a lot, read some great books and stay ridiculously dedicated to my AM & PM skincare routines. During quarantine I def got into a great rhythm, it just didn’t involve writing, or making time for writing, and I’m ok with that.

The fall of 2019 started a peace of mind for me that I hadn’t felt in years. Living in an insanely toxic environment had made me numb to everything around me. Now, living in a healthy and happy environment has allowed me to thrive like no other. Physically, spiritually, socially and financially my life has been at its all time best and I’m so thankful for that.

2020 has had its fair share of surprises for us all- it has made me appreciate friends, family and all that I’ve been blessed with more than I ever had. Aside from needing to figure out how to teach virtually, and constantly wondering how our society has gone to complete shit, I haven’t had any huge pandemic inconveniences. I have more tutoring clients than ever, my yoga practice has strengthened, and I’ve spent quality time catching up with old friends thanks to Zoom. & then 2020 had another huge surprise for me in early June…

After wondering where the hell my period was my friend convinced me to take a pregnancy test. I thought it was pointless but I was honestly wondering why it’d been over a month and nothing was happening- I kinda thought “Oh I’m almost 30, maybe my body is just changing…”. Well, in typical 2020 fashion, the pregnancy test came back positive and I just about died on my bathroom floor next to my dog. So yes, another reason I’ve been so MIA from the blog is because…I’m pregnant!

*Cue all quarantine jokes…le sigh*

It’s been quite the journey since June and honestly all of it has been great…it’s just…a lot! I’ve been in a relationship for some time now but I’ve been enjoying keeping it private. My time with him has been so peaceful and happy- we’re just really chill people who enjoy really chill things. Close friends know him, but there’s been something special about not advertising anything and keeping life low key. This pregnancy was certainly a surprise, but also a huge blessing for the both of us. Life works in mysterious ways and this is absolutely proof!

I plan on getting back to reviewing products, I have so many I’ve been using lately. & I also plan on using Love. Life. Beauty. as a space to share more of my everyday life including pregnancy tips and tricks for beauty, health and whatever else I think would fit well here. So, stay tuned for what’s in store…I’m excited to get back in the swing of things!

PS: We’re having a GIRL which is just the MOST exciting thing ever!

XO

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Thursday’s Fab Five: Book & Podcast Edition

Happy Thursday, everyone! I hope all are adjusting to our temporary new normal the best you can. It’s been interesting learning how to teach first graders from afar, but hey, every day is an adventure!

I know our ability to go out has been close to zero, so I wanted to focus on some Fab books and podcasts I’ve been enjoying while in somewhat of a quarantine. I read a majority of my books on my iPhone, but I did just recently get a DC Library card that I’m excited to use once this sh*t is over! Anyway, here are two books I’ve read in the past two weeks. Both of them are filled with suspense and are total page turners.

The first is The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda. I’d consider this a thriller in the sense that makes you think about the lengths people will go to alter, or altogether hide, their identity. Yes, there’s murder involved, but the element of the book that captured me was having to reevaluate my thoughts on characters after almost every chapter.

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Saturday Link Love

September is in full swing, YAY! Here are some recent links I’ve been lovin’…

11 Physical Signs Your Stress is Out of Control

By: Self

Stress is a silent killer, people!! Sometimes we have no idea we’re stressed, it can be happening without us realizing it. I’m a firm believer in meditation and self-care, and I know I wouldn’t have made it through the summer without either of those two things. Pay attention to your body and what you need. If you’re questioning whether or not you’re stressed, read through this article, and if any of it applies to you, research steps on how to minimize stress in your life!

Morning Routine Habits for a Happy + Productive Day

By: Thirteen Thoughts

Last Link Love post I shared how much I love the blog, Thirteen Thoughts. This is another article that I was really drawn to recently & a great follow up to the above article I shared about stress. Having a solid morning routine has helped me eliminate a bulk of stress.

The Chicest Fall Nail Colors That Aren’t Burgundy, Black, or Navy

By: Who, What, Wear

Ok, I admittedly stick to burgundy and navy nail colors for fall- BUT, I’m ready to shake it up for fall 2019. I love the caramel and deep violet colors and I’m excited to incorporate them into my color choices for the fall and winter season! Check out the other suggestions from the trusted Who, What, Wear!

Saturday Link Love

It’s Saturdayyyy…ouuuouuuuuu! Love me some 2001 Ludacris, and yes, I actually listened to this song this morning while putting the finishing touches on this post/ cleaning my cloffice.

This is my last summer Saturday, a new school year starts on Monday, and I’m ready to get back into my routine, but not ready for all the work, work, work, that’s about to come my way.

Here are some of the posts & articles I’ve been reading through the week now that I’m back from Europe. I’m super excited to share tons of pics and travel tips in the upcoming weeks from my European adventure, so stay tuned!

The Amazon Rainforest is Ablaze- Here’s How You Can Help

By: Refinery 29

My anger in this issue is through the F’ing roof. The Amazon Rainforest fires are not getting the coverage deserved, and it’s really pissing me off. This is a huge deal for our planet, and we should all be taking time out of our lives to read up on what’s happening, WHY IT’S HAPPENING, and what we can do moving forward to protect Earth. PLEASE, read this article ad understand that you can lend a helping hand without always needing to open your wallet.

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Skin&CO Roma Blue in Capri Shower Gel

Becoming a member of FabFitFun was one of the best decisions ever. Shout out to my besties Sabah & Paulina for getting me on board! I love having a curated box of amazing products sent to me quarterly- it really gives me something to look forward to. One product I’ve been super grateful for is the Skin&CO Roma Blue in Capri Shower Gel, a limited edition product from the Italian Collection.

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Saturday Link Love

Happy Saturday! One of my favorite things to do on a Saturday is to scroll through all the links I’ve opened up at work during the week, but never actually get around to reading. When I first started Love. Life. Beauty. I routinely did a Link Roundup, and then slowly stopped. I’ve been wanting to bring it back, so here we are, with Saturday’s Link Love! If you have any favorite links you’ve come across during the week, drop them in the comments below!

13 Things You’re Doing to Sabotage Your Skin

By: The EveryGirl

I def want to start taking probiotics daily, both for my skin and overall heath. & I know I need to be more mindful about not touching my face & making sure I regularly wipe down my cell phone before using it to prevent germs!

11 New Products Coming to Ulta This Month

By: Refinery 29

I really want to try the new Tarte Stay Spray setting spray! It claims to be the perfect setting spray for the summer, and since facial sweating is one of my biggest fears in life, I’m hoping this product lives up to the hype! The e.l.f. Super Mask also looks promising for a post-sun mask.

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Life Update: Moving

February has gone by so quickly.  I’m looking at the calendar right now, and I cannot believe there’s only 8 more days left in this month.  February has been super hectic for me, from teaching to kinda, half way unexpectedly, moving.

Life can be pretty crazy, almost all the time, but I really wasn’t expecting needing to move in a three week time period.  At first it was super overwhelming, but then Rob & I found a renovated townhouse in D.C…. finally, we’re officially in the city.  No more rush hour traffic for me, my school is just over a 5 minute drive away.  It’s seriously amazing.

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NYC Happenings: Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton Exhibit

Before I get into this Louis Vuitton greatness…

A few days after Christmas my bestie, Heather, & I took the train into NYC with our Mom’s to have fun in the city.  We got our Mom’s tickets to the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, with the Rockette’s, and the Radio City Stage Door Tour, where they met and had a cute photo sesh with a Rockette.  If you live in the tri-state area, or plan on visiting NYC during the next holiday season, this is an awesome gift to give…trust me.

You can find more info on the Radio City Stage Door Tour here!

 

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Behind the Scenes: Life Update

I’ve had a lot going on this summer, so I figure I’ll start taking Saturday’s to share with you all what I’ve been up to!  I’m hoping to make this a regular series, but I need to get better with saving photos that I Snapchat or InstaStory.  I’m so awful at actually taking pictures that won’t disappear within 24 hours on social media.

I’ll break up these Behind the Scenes posts into different categories, as you’ll see below!  Feel free to Tweet or Snap me your thoughts…@elizabethmayce for both!

I seriously can’t believe it’s about to be the second week of July…where has all the time gone?!  This is the first summer as a teacher where I’m not working some additional job.  I get paid through the summer so it doesn’t really matter, but it’s always nice to have a little extra moolah for brunch…or, as the adult me should say, credit card bills.  Le sigh.

What I’m Doing…

This first picture is a throwback from the last day of school last month where we left as quickly as possible to go to a bar.  Any teachers reading this totally understand where I’m coming from, and if you know me, and the year I had, you’re probably surprised I even made it to this day…& so am I.  We ended up having a great staff party, organized by yours truly, and brought in the summer exactly how it should be brought in…lots of drinks and great food.


I’ve also been up in Jersey quite a bit, I think more than I have been since in a summer graduating college, which I’ve been loving.  I spent some time at my Aunt’s beach house in Bradley Beach, she recently redid her patio and I’m obsessed.  It’s the perfect little outdoor oasis where you can enjoy your morning coffee in peace and quite, or grill and have happy hour!

Of course I have to share Leo pictures, he’s my pride and joy and has recently been living the life of a human.  In addition to visiting Bradley Beach this summer, Leo also took a spur of the moment trip to Atlantic City over July 4th weekend!  Since we booked so last minute, his day care couldn’t take him, so Rob & I looked up pet friendly hotels in A.C.  Showboat, which closed in 2014, reopened last year as a non-gaming hotel, pet-friendly, so we stayed there.  I loved Showboat when it was a casino, I actually had my 21st birthday party there, and we stayed in the House of Blues suite…all 20 something of us.  Showboat has so many memories, and memories I wish I could remember, so seeing so much of it blocked off and unused made me sad.  The entire gaming floor is empty and is covered by a huge curtain basically, it was kinda creepy, but all of the rooms are the same and are really nice.  I hope A.C. can be reborn again soon!!

 

PS: I have a huge trip to Europe coming up July 23, I’m looking forward to sharing tons of travel tips and pictures with all of you!

Where I’m Eating…

On the beach…of course.  Bradley Beach held it’s annual Lobsterfest so my family and I went.  So. Much. Food.  It was heaven.  There are tons of vendors, great options to shop, and eat local, which is important for our Jersey beach towns!  PS: That’s a lobster grilled cheese, and yes, it was to die for.

While walking along the A.C. boardwalk Rob & I decided to treat ourselves to a nice Italian dinner.  We chose Capriccio, in the Resorts hotel, and it was incredible.  This award winning restaurant did not disappoint, we laughed because we literally felt like back in the day this was probably the ultimate mobster restaurant for fancy dinners…maybe it still is?  I ordered the shrimp and crab salad, with a side of broccoli rabe, and it was so good.  Rob ordered chicken parm, and since there was nothing left on the plate at the end, I’m assuming it was pretty yummy.  We shared blackberry cobbler for dessert, it was delish.  If you’re in Atlantic City looking to treat yourself to a great restaurant, I highly, highly, recommend Capriccio.

 This week I had a lovely girls dinner at Rose’s Luxury, in D.C.  If you know about the D.C. restaurant scene, you know Rose’s doesn’t take reservations, so you need to get there early and wait in line…which we did.  This was my second time visiting Rose’s Luxury, but since the menu is constantly changing, it felt like a completely new experience.  The attention to detail in the service, and the menu, is why this is has been a top rated restaurant in D.C. since it opened.  My suggestion: arrive around 4:30pm to make sure you’re seated as soon as it opens at 5.

What I’m Loving… 

Every month I change my desktop calendar, and I’ve been using Designer Blogs calendar template to do so.  It’s free, and Designer Blogs emails you the new template each month, so it’s super easy to download and change.  They also have the themed template for your tablet and phone, so if you love consistency, here ya have it.  & for other bloggers out there, Designer Blogs has quite a few freebies, such as tips and tutorials, and great blog templates if you’re looking for something new!  Maybe I’m biased because it’s my birthday month, but so far the July template has been my favorite this year!

Okay, so I always see celebrities hawking Fashion Nova on Instagram and I questioned so many things about this brand…are they legit…if I buy something will it be five sizes too small….is the material cheap?? So. Many. Wonderings.  Well, I bit the bullet after a few glasses of wine and a coupon code last week, and I’m so pleasantly surprised with what I ordered!!  
I only purchased two things, since I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the brand, but I can’t wait to buy more.  & Fashion Nova is always sending coupon codes, 20% off, free shipping, etc…and since the prices are already so reasonable and inexpensive, I think this is my new go to shopping site…and I’m so shocked I’m even saying that because I really thought the clothing was going to be low quality and awful…oops.
The maxi dress I ordered is the Ensenada Tie Dye Dress, which is perfect for a pool or beach day.  I love the kimono style of this dress, and it fits perfectly. & I ordered a pair of leggings, because I figured you can’t go wrong with leggings, and I love the mesh pattern on these…it’s different from what I own, and will work perfectly for a going out night.
 

Where I’m Shopping…

Fashion Nova: 20% off with coupon code HAPPY20

The Body Shop: 40% off almost all items, so stock up on some of their body butters!

Macy’s: Their having another One Day Sale, which I feel like they have every day…but whatever the prices are incredible.  You can save 50% off a large selection of kitchen items, with code FIFTY, and there are tons of clothing items on sale for 20% off or more…bathing suits are 40% off!

LOFT: 50% off sale styles, and an automatic 40% off certain full price items…not bad at all.

Gap: 40% off with code DEAL, I love Gap for summer dresses & jeans!

Bath & Body Works: Aka, the only place I buy candles from.  $1 shipping with orders over $30, code SUNTAN.  However, I always prefer to shop in store, today candles are $10 off!

I hope you all have a great weekend!  & I promise to start taking way more, and way better, pictures for this series, but hey, I gotta start somewhere!! 

XO.
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