Maternity Wardrobe.

So I’m on my last week of the second trimester and my bumb is slowly taking over.  Luckily, I have a job that requires leggings and sweats (coaching gymnastics). BUT, once a week I work in a pilot shop selling airplane equipment and twice a month I work at Buckle. Those are definitely jobs that do not approve of sweats!

I have made an amazon list of things needed for the basics of maternity that I have purchased to prep.  I have a small list, luckily a lot of my clothes from before are bigger (I like a looser fit) so I have not needed many different tops.

Must have if you want to only purchase the basics. BELLY BAND. Number three on the list, but this ha made it so I can wear my jeans from before OR my maternity jeans.  Get this, I don’t even have to zip or button my regular jeans and no one will know because these belts cover it!

  1. a pack of nursing bras: I purchased this pack from amazon, but I also ordered a couple sports bras from Senita Athletics too!
  2. 2-3 pairs of maternity leggings: I have two workout leggings and a pair to wear under tunics and dresses.
  3. support belt for you jeans: I purchased two, one for just my jeans from target, the other I just ordered and can’t wait to get in from Amazon. It supports your belly too to help with back pain.
  4. 1-2 maternity tops: I have two, a dress up top and a basic white v neck.
  5. 2-3 pairs of maternity jeans: I own two skinnies and a pair of bootcut jeans.

Check out the full list here!

What are your maternity basics?

 

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Creating a Morning Routine

Do you ever feel so overwhelmed in the mornings? You get out of bed (if you’re lucky make it), look at the never ending pile of laundry, go into your bathroom to see the clutter, walk downstairs and it looks like a tornado went off. I used to want to seriously pull my hair out!

Two weeks ago I decided enough was enough and I set myself to a routine.  Now, my mornings are different depending on the day because some days I go into work at 9, 10, or 11 so I have three different routines but certain things that I keep on the schedule to maintain a consistency!

How I created my schedule:

  1. choose the time that you want to leave for work
  2. give yourself a 10 minute buffer before that just in case the phone rings or something happens!
  3. make a list of necessities you want to get done in the morning
  4. create time limits for each thing on your list
  5. start from when you want to leave to when you wake up!

Here’s an example of my Tuesday and Thursday routine.

I leave my house at 8:40 AM.

MORNING TO DO:

  1. one laundry load (spreads through out the morning)
  2. unload dishwasher (5 minutes)
  3. feed dogs (5 minutes)
  4. make bed (5 minutes)
  5. get ready for the day (30 minutes)
  6. make and eat breakfast (30 minutes)
  7. check emails (20 minutes)
  8. ItWorks Power 1/2 Hour (30 minutes)

Time line.

6:15 start laundry load

6:20 make bed and feed dogs

6:30 make and eat breakfast

7:05 unload dishwasher

7:10 get ready for day

7:40 check emails

8:00 Itworks power 1/2 hour

8:30 leave house + 10 minute buffer time.

I have been doing this each morning and to be sure I am on task I set alarms on my phone.  If I have some free time in my buffer time I will either sit down and read a book or I will go through a quick clean up of the house if I wasn’t able to do it the night before!

Since I have been doing a morning routine M-F I have noticed WAY more success through out my day because I know I got up and got what I needed to get done, done.  You will go into work and feel WAY better about your day with a mapped out morning.