No Stretch Marks Please!

With this belly of mine growing every day, I want to make sure that other unwanted things aren’t growing too – like stretch marks. Earlier during my pregnancy, my cousin recommended the Motherlove Belly Oil and Motherlove Belly Salve to me. I absolutely love using these products every day.

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The Motherlove Belly Salve I only use at night because it does get a little sticky. But the Motherlove Belly Oil I use when I wake up and before I go to bed. So far, my skin is softer than ever and stretch mark free.

The Motherlove Belly Oil and the Motherlove Belly Salve would also make a great gift for any friends or family members that are expecting too!

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Freezer-Friendly Meal: Chicken Spaghetti

In preparation for Baby P, I started making meals that I can freeze now so we have meals to eat when he arrives. The last thing I want to do when we come home from the hospital is cook meals. Freezing meals ahead of time is the perfect fit for us.

To begin, I highly suggest purchasing foil pans that you can put your frozen meals in if they need to be cooked in the oven. With foil plans, you don’t have to transfer the food to a cooking dish, and you can throw away of the pans once you are done. Simple prep and clean up!

One of the first meals I made is an all around favorite – chicken spaghetti. Below is my great-grandmother’s recipe that I use. Please note, I do not add mushrooms or olives in my spaghetti.

When I made this meal, I froze half in a tin pan and cooked the other for supper that night.

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Chicken Spaghetti

  • 4-5 chicken breasts, boiled & diced
  • 1 can chopped mushrooms
  • 1 small can chopped ripe olives
  • 2 lbs. Velveeta Cheese, cubed
  • 3 small onions, chopped
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 lb. package of spaghetti
  • 1 can French fried onions

Boil and dice chicken breasts. Cook spaghetti and drain. Cook onion, celery, and salt in chicken broth until tender. Then add spaghetti, mushrooms, olives, chicken, and cheese to the mixture. Allow cheese to melt. Pour into a casserole dish and top with French fried onions. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.

I would love to hear from you on any great freezer-friendly meals you make! Please comment below to share your wonderful recipes.

Meaty Supper

One of my favorite meals my Memom made growing up was a meat casserole that had layers of corn tortillas, cheese, and a meat mixture. I realized that I would pick out the meat mixture every time because it was so good.

Nowadays, I love making the meat mixture alone as a meal for my husband and me. We typically make nachos with it, eat it with tamales, or treat it like a dip. It is such an easy and versatile meal. You can always count on the leftovers being eaten too!

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I promise it tastes much better than it looks!

Meaty Dip

  • 1 lb. ground meat
  • 1 T dried onion flakes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 can cream of mushroom
  • 1 can of Rotel tomatoes
  • ½ can of water

Brown meat with garlic; drain. Add remaining ingredients. Let simmer for about 10-15 minutes until mixture thickens.

If you want to make the full casserole, fry corn tortillas. Layer half of the tortialls in a 9×13″ dish. Top with part of the meat mixture, cheese, and then add another layer. Top with cheese. Cover with foil. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.

I hope you enjoy this meal as much as we do!

Beautiful Lashes

Lately, friends and strangers are asking me what brand of mascara I wear. Since it is a frequent question I am currently receiving, I wanted to share it with you too!

Mascara is definitely my most-used item in my makeup drawer. I like to wear mascara every day, even if I just have sunscreen on my face. I feel like mascara makes me look more awake, and it just makes me feel good. If it makes you feel good, then why not?

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Right now, my favorite mascara is Benefit. I love the They’re Real and Roller Lash in black. I find the They’re Real mascara makes my eyelashes look thicker, while the Roller Lash mascara makes my eyelashes look longer. One layer of each, and I get the perfect combination. But if I had to choose just one, it would definitely be the Roller Lash mascara right now.

I hope this tip helps you make you feel like the best you, and have the best lashes too!

Summer Stripes

When it comes to dressing for work, vacation, or a dinner date, I search for something that is not only cute but super comfortable too. I recently found the perfect mix of comfort and cuteness from Old Navy. It also became my go-to dress because of its comfort level. I also bought the dress in the heather grey color as well. The link for the heather grey dress is HERE. Unfortunately, my exact Bodycon dress is sold out at this time. But I provided some great options that are similar below.

For those who aren’t pregnant, they have this dress in regular sizes too! Feel free to click HERE to see this t-shirt dress.

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Similar Dresses: Old Navy, Old Navy | Earrings: Kate Spade | Necklace: Kendra Scott | Sandals: Tory Burch | Bracelet: David Yurman | Link Bracelet: De Carol | Cuff: Lee Bloodworth Design | Similar Purses: Michael Kors, Michael Kors | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

There are frequents sales online at Old Navy, so I do suggest waiting for a discount to be in effect before purchasing.

I hope this look helps those pregnant moms who want to be comfortable, cute, and not spend a fortune either. Happy shopping!