Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Faves!

Favorite Moment:
This was a pretty quiet week for us which I am totally fine with!  I did have a nice little afternoon of pampering on Wednesday and had a glycolic peel, a brow wax, an aromatic facial, and a shellac manicure.  I had a gift card to the spa that I go to and a $10 off coupon so I put it to good use.  Joe and I watched Gone Girl this week too, what a twisted movie, it was definitely good, but I bet the book is better!
 House Updates:
Things with the house are coming along.  All of the drywall is hung and Joe has been taking every chance he can get to tape, mud, and finish it.  Once that’s done we will start paint, floors, and tile.  We still have some really big steps ahead of us, but we are definitely getting closer.  
This isn't even up to date because all of those exposed studs are now covered in drywall!  This is the view from the living room looking into the kitchen.

Favorite Recipe:
I’m officially obsessed with my spiralizer!  I made zoodles a few times this week and they are so yummy!  I made a beef broccoli dish and used zoodles instead of rice, it was really good.  Then later in the week I made them as a side with a little olive oil, salt, and some asiago cheese.  I can’t wait to make some of the awesome recipes I’m seeing online.

 Favorite Purchase:
I guess I have another obsession (may have a problem here) with MantraBands.  You guys saw my “Enjoy the Journey” one I ordered in rose gold a few weeks ago, well the lured me back in with a 15% off coupon so I got “Dream Bigger” in silver.  Thanks again to Biana for introducing these to my life!

 Favorite Pin:

 Favorite Thing I’m Looking Forward To:
Another quiet weekend! Oh and Will Call for our wine club is Saturday followed by dinner at one of my besties houses!  We decided on yoga pants, carry-out, and mimosas.  The guys will probably hang out in the garage while Jen and I do some catching up and playing with baby Jase.  Really looking forward to a relaxing evening with friends, and of course my wine!  I will probably spend Sunday out at the house working on my grandmas hutch that I’m trying to refinish #whatdidigetmyselfinto

Happy Friday ladies (& gents?)!

Friday Faves!

Favorite Moment:
This was a pretty quiet week for us which I am totally fine with!  I did have a nice little afternoon of pampering on Wednesday and had a glycolic peel, a brow wax, an aromatic facial, and a shellac manicure.  I had a gift card to the spa that I go to and a $10 off coupon so I put it to good use.  Joe and I watched Gone Girl this week too, what a twisted movie, it was definitely good, but I bet the book is better!
 House Updates:
Things with the house are coming along.  All of the drywall is hung and Joe has been taking every chance he can get to tape, mud, and finish it.  Once that’s done we will start paint, floors, and tile.  We still have some really big steps ahead of us, but we are definitely getting closer.  
This isn't even up to date because all of those exposed studs are now covered in drywall!  This is the view from the living room looking into the kitchen.

Favorite Recipe:
I’m officially obsessed with my spiralizer!  I made zoodles a few times this week and they are so yummy!  I made a beef broccoli dish and used zoodles instead of rice, it was really good.  Then later in the week I made them as a side with a little olive oil, salt, and some asiago cheese.  I can’t wait to make some of the awesome recipes I’m seeing online.

 Favorite Purchase:
I guess I have another obsession (may have a problem here) with MantraBands.  You guys saw my “Enjoy the Journey” one I ordered in rose gold a few weeks ago, well the lured me back in with a 15% off coupon so I got “Dream Bigger” in silver.  Thanks again to Biana for introducing these to my life!

 Favorite Pin:

 Favorite Thing I’m Looking Forward To:
Another quiet weekend! Oh and Will Call for our wine club is Saturday followed by dinner at one of my besties houses!  We decided on yoga pants, carry-out, and mimosas.  The guys will probably hang out in the garage while Jen and I do some catching up and playing with baby Jase.  Really looking forward to a relaxing evening with friends, and of course my wine!  I will probably spend Sunday out at the house working on my grandmas hutch that I’m trying to refinish #whatdidigetmyselfinto

Happy Friday ladies (& gents?)!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Swim! Yes, I'm going there already!

I'm not sure if I'm just SO OVER winter or if it's the fact that I'm already seeing swim wear popping up in stores and catalogs, but I thought I'd pick out some of my faves that I've been seeing so far this year.

You can never go wrong with a Mara Hoffman suit.  I had a hard time picking just one to share because her prints are absolutely fabulous!  I've swooned over them for awhile now but have never taken the plunge and bought one.  Maybe this year!

The majority of my suits are VS.  I'm really loving this top and the fun and colorful print of this suit!  So cute and different!

I'm a sucker for fringe.  A couple years ago when Pinterest was getting really big and the fringe suits really started coming out I spent $130 on one from L*Space in turquoise and I love it.  I LOVE this top so much, 


This I love because it's simple in front, but fun in back, plus the color looks tres' fabulous with a tan!

I got this suit in peach from Target already.  They've already had their swim wear on sale! Can you believe it!  I didn't get the bottoms because I have some other bottoms I can match it with, but I'm loving the flounce tops lately!

What are your favorites or go-to brands for swim?

Swim! Yes, I'm going there already!

I'm not sure if I'm just SO OVER winter or if it's the fact that I'm already seeing swim wear popping up in stores and catalogs, but I thought I'd pick out some of my faves that I've been seeing so far this year.

You can never go wrong with a Mara Hoffman suit.  I had a hard time picking just one to share because her prints are absolutely fabulous!  I've swooned over them for awhile now but have never taken the plunge and bought one.  Maybe this year!

The majority of my suits are VS.  I'm really loving this top and the fun and colorful print of this suit!  So cute and different!

I'm a sucker for fringe.  A couple years ago when Pinterest was getting really big and the fringe suits really started coming out I spent $130 on one from L*Space in turquoise and I love it.  I LOVE this top so much, 


This I love because it's simple in front, but fun in back, plus the color looks tres' fabulous with a tan!

I got this suit in peach from Target already.  They've already had their swim wear on sale! Can you believe it!  I didn't get the bottoms because I have some other bottoms I can match it with, but I'm loving the flounce tops lately!

What are your favorites or go-to brands for swim?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New Beginnings..


Although we’re already a month into the New Year, it’s never too late to start a new chapter or even a completely new book of life.  With building our forever home we are about to start a new book and I’m determined (see there’s my word!) to make it the best one yet!  I've had to start new “books” a couple times in my life and although I don’t believe that my current edition is quite ready for an end, there is something invigorating about a fresh start, a blank page.  On January 1st I saw (and I think I even quoted) “today is page 1 of a 365 page book…” all over the place, but I don’t necessarily believe it has to start on January 1st.  It’s taken me a couple weeks to get out of the swing of the Holiday’s, the eating, the relaxing, and the general “holiday slump” we can tend to get into.  I definitely did a very poor job of self-care after my last failed IVF cycle in November and I've finally realized I’m ready to get back on the horse and start fresh.  I want to get a jump start on these changes before our big move and next cycle and there are a few areas that I need improvement and a few areas that I just want to do something different for myself than what I've been doing so here’s my plan…

Revamping my Diet…
This is a challenge for me.  I've always been naturally thin, but my soft stomach definitely shows my love for pizza, pasta, and alcohol.  Although I've been health-conscious for the last few years, I need to take it up a notch.  I've always worked out enough to basically be able to eat what I want and still have some muscle definition, but that’s been out the window for some time now and between the ages of birth and 21 years of age, I had a killer fast metabolism and didn't have to work out to have 6-pack abs, now that I’m older, my body doesn't work that way anymore.  So I decided I really want to take my diet to the next level.  I’m trying hard to avoid preservatives and artificial stuff as much as possible.  I finally got my spiralizer and have been using Skinny Taste and Detoxinista recipes often.  This will be somewhat of a challenge because I've got a husband with a big appetite, but he could definitely use a diet clean-up himself, although he can eat an entire pizza and LOSE weight… SMH…



Revamping my Work-Out Routine
Daily Burn has been awesome.  I've made it a point to do a 30-minute work out immediately when I get home and I've got my heart beating and the sweat dripping so this has already, just in a few days, been a great lifestyle change.  I’m really ready to start running again too, but with this winter weather and slippery conditions plus a knee injury, those two things don’t mix.  Come Spring I’ll be ready for some outdoor running and will hopefully be investing in a treadmill too.

Revamping my Finances…
With building a big new house comes big new house payments.  We will have some adjusting to do, but we've already been socking money away for the last several months to prepare for these changes.  Kicking my online shopping habits is still a work in progress, so are those random Target trips that end up costing $100.  I've also tried cutting back on some of our monthly bills by changing our car insurance deductibles, removing some of our cell phone features, and cutting back some of our grocery bill.  I want to get back into the mindset of “memories over materials” which is hard when you’re living in your parents basement for free! Yikes!


Revamping my Infertility Treatment…
The diet and exercise plan will certainly help improve my fertility.  I’m hoping that with a new doctor and a change in protocol we will be successful this year.  After our 3rd failed cycle Joe and I worked on reconnecting and taking a break to focus on our relationship which was huge for us and what we really needed.  Now we are ready to hit the ground running, and take the bull by the horns on our treatment.  We will stick to what we really want and stand our ground when it comes to our treatment.

Revamping Life in General…
Planting my garden (cannot wait!! I miss gardening so much), changing my hair, donating unwanted clothing, organizing EVERYTHING before we move, refinishing my grandma’s hutch, even though these are small things, they are things that will give me a sense of accomplishment which is the most rewarding feeling.  I wrote this all out and hit Publish so that I can hold myself accountable to these changes that I believe will change me for the better.  

There will be some BIG changes this  year and there will be some small ones too.  I have no doubt that it will be a very rewarding year no matter what happens.  I'm sure there will be some tears and I know there will be lots of laughs and lots of love.  I can't wait for this next book of our lives!

New Beginnings..


Although we’re already a month into the New Year, it’s never too late to start a new chapter or even a completely new book of life.  With building our forever home we are about to start a new book and I’m determined (see there’s my word!) to make it the best one yet!  I've had to start new “books” a couple times in my life and although I don’t believe that my current edition is quite ready for an end, there is something invigorating about a fresh start, a blank page.  On January 1st I saw (and I think I even quoted) “today is page 1 of a 365 page book…” all over the place, but I don’t necessarily believe it has to start on January 1st.  It’s taken me a couple weeks to get out of the swing of the Holiday’s, the eating, the relaxing, and the general “holiday slump” we can tend to get into.  I definitely did a very poor job of self-care after my last failed IVF cycle in November and I've finally realized I’m ready to get back on the horse and start fresh.  I want to get a jump start on these changes before our big move and next cycle and there are a few areas that I need improvement and a few areas that I just want to do something different for myself than what I've been doing so here’s my plan…

Revamping my Diet…
This is a challenge for me.  I've always been naturally thin, but my soft stomach definitely shows my love for pizza, pasta, and alcohol.  Although I've been health-conscious for the last few years, I need to take it up a notch.  I've always worked out enough to basically be able to eat what I want and still have some muscle definition, but that’s been out the window for some time now and between the ages of birth and 21 years of age, I had a killer fast metabolism and didn't have to work out to have 6-pack abs, now that I’m older, my body doesn't work that way anymore.  So I decided I really want to take my diet to the next level.  I’m trying hard to avoid preservatives and artificial stuff as much as possible.  I finally got my spiralizer and have been using Skinny Taste and Detoxinista recipes often.  This will be somewhat of a challenge because I've got a husband with a big appetite, but he could definitely use a diet clean-up himself, although he can eat an entire pizza and LOSE weight… SMH…



Revamping my Work-Out Routine
Daily Burn has been awesome.  I've made it a point to do a 30-minute work out immediately when I get home and I've got my heart beating and the sweat dripping so this has already, just in a few days, been a great lifestyle change.  I’m really ready to start running again too, but with this winter weather and slippery conditions plus a knee injury, those two things don’t mix.  Come Spring I’ll be ready for some outdoor running and will hopefully be investing in a treadmill too.

Revamping my Finances…
With building a big new house comes big new house payments.  We will have some adjusting to do, but we've already been socking money away for the last several months to prepare for these changes.  Kicking my online shopping habits is still a work in progress, so are those random Target trips that end up costing $100.  I've also tried cutting back on some of our monthly bills by changing our car insurance deductibles, removing some of our cell phone features, and cutting back some of our grocery bill.  I want to get back into the mindset of “memories over materials” which is hard when you’re living in your parents basement for free! Yikes!


Revamping my Infertility Treatment…
The diet and exercise plan will certainly help improve my fertility.  I’m hoping that with a new doctor and a change in protocol we will be successful this year.  After our 3rd failed cycle Joe and I worked on reconnecting and taking a break to focus on our relationship which was huge for us and what we really needed.  Now we are ready to hit the ground running, and take the bull by the horns on our treatment.  We will stick to what we really want and stand our ground when it comes to our treatment.

Revamping Life in General…
Planting my garden (cannot wait!! I miss gardening so much), changing my hair, donating unwanted clothing, organizing EVERYTHING before we move, refinishing my grandma’s hutch, even though these are small things, they are things that will give me a sense of accomplishment which is the most rewarding feeling.  I wrote this all out and hit Publish so that I can hold myself accountable to these changes that I believe will change me for the better.  

There will be some BIG changes this  year and there will be some small ones too.  I have no doubt that it will be a very rewarding year no matter what happens.  I'm sure there will be some tears and I know there will be lots of laughs and lots of love.  I can't wait for this next book of our lives!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Faves

Wow, the days are flying!  I can’t believe how quick the end of January is approaching and having Tuesday off on vacation really made this week go by fast, I’m not complaining though, I welcome the weekend with open arms!


I wish...

Favorite Moment: 

You can read this post for a lengthy recap of my favorite moment for the week.  If you’re looking for the abridged version then here it is: we picked a new RE this week and have our first IVF consultation on Feb 9th, just a few short weeks away!  Although our actual cycle probably won’t happen until April, we are happy to be moving forward with a new plan.



House Updates:

Joe’s made so much progress on the drywall!  Although he was laid off last week, he ended up having to go back to work this week.  I’m hoping he can get laid off again for another few weeks, but we need that really cold, unbearable weather for that to happen.  The house is really starting to take shape on the inside now that all of the rooms are closed in.  So exciting!

 Kitchen...
Living room...


Favorite Recipe:

I’ve been trying really hard to clean up my eating.  I love carbs, pasta, bread, pizza, etc. which is one of the hardest things to give up.  Thanks to Aimee at AimlesslyElegant, she introduced me to Detoxinista and I’ve found some really fabulous alternatives to pastas and sauces.  She uses zucchini and sweet potatoes to make her noodles rather than using  pasta and she uses cauliflower for the base of many of her recipes.  One that I tried this week was her cauliflower alfredo which can be completely dairy free.  It’s so simple and it was really yummy!  I actually added some asiago cheese to mine.  Highly recommend checking her out!


Favorite Workout:

I’ll be honest, I love Curves, the 30 minute circuit is great, but I just don’t feel like I even work up a sweat there, even if I push myself.  I think it’s a great place if you want to maintain, but I don’t seem to be making the progress that I want.  I was binge-watching The Mindy Project On Demand when I kept seeing a commercial for Daily Burn.  It’s an online workout service that you can watch on your phone, your TV (if you’ve got a browser option), your iPad, etc.  The first 30 days are free and then it’s $10 a month after that.  It’s got all kinds of workouts from cardio, to strength, dance, to yoga, all at different levels of expertise.  I’m only a week in but I am loving it.  I break into a sweat within the first 5 minutes and my body has felt like jello now for days!  I’ll definitely do an extensive review when my one month is up! 





Favorite Pin:

how fabulous is the Mara Hoffman suit? So cute, but sold out!


Favorite Thing I’m looking Forward to:

We’ve got another quiet weekend this weekend and all I’m planning to do is watch The Killing on Netflix, and we have a baby shower on Sunday.  I love these weekends without commitments, it’s always nice to just have a couple days to do the bare minimum!  

Friday Faves

Wow, the days are flying!  I can’t believe how quick the end of January is approaching and having Tuesday off on vacation really made this week go by fast, I’m not complaining though, I welcome the weekend with open arms!


I wish...

Favorite Moment: 

You can read this post for a lengthy recap of my favorite moment for the week.  If you’re looking for the abridged version then here it is: we picked a new RE this week and have our first IVF consultation on Feb 9th, just a few short weeks away!  Although our actual cycle probably won’t happen until April, we are happy to be moving forward with a new plan.



House Updates:

Joe’s made so much progress on the drywall!  Although he was laid off last week, he ended up having to go back to work this week.  I’m hoping he can get laid off again for another few weeks, but we need that really cold, unbearable weather for that to happen.  The house is really starting to take shape on the inside now that all of the rooms are closed in.  So exciting!

 Kitchen...
Living room...


Favorite Recipe:

I’ve been trying really hard to clean up my eating.  I love carbs, pasta, bread, pizza, etc. which is one of the hardest things to give up.  Thanks to Aimee at AimlesslyElegant, she introduced me to Detoxinista and I’ve found some really fabulous alternatives to pastas and sauces.  She uses zucchini and sweet potatoes to make her noodles rather than using  pasta and she uses cauliflower for the base of many of her recipes.  One that I tried this week was her cauliflower alfredo which can be completely dairy free.  It’s so simple and it was really yummy!  I actually added some asiago cheese to mine.  Highly recommend checking her out!


Favorite Workout:

I’ll be honest, I love Curves, the 30 minute circuit is great, but I just don’t feel like I even work up a sweat there, even if I push myself.  I think it’s a great place if you want to maintain, but I don’t seem to be making the progress that I want.  I was binge-watching The Mindy Project On Demand when I kept seeing a commercial for Daily Burn.  It’s an online workout service that you can watch on your phone, your TV (if you’ve got a browser option), your iPad, etc.  The first 30 days are free and then it’s $10 a month after that.  It’s got all kinds of workouts from cardio, to strength, dance, to yoga, all at different levels of expertise.  I’m only a week in but I am loving it.  I break into a sweat within the first 5 minutes and my body has felt like jello now for days!  I’ll definitely do an extensive review when my one month is up! 





Favorite Pin:

how fabulous is the Mara Hoffman suit? So cute, but sold out!


Favorite Thing I’m looking Forward to:

We’ve got another quiet weekend this weekend and all I’m planning to do is watch The Killing on Netflix, and we have a baby shower on Sunday.  I love these weekends without commitments, it’s always nice to just have a couple days to do the bare minimum!  

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Our New Plan


Today was our first appointment at SIU School of Medicine.  We met with Dr. Loret de Mola's PA Lisa Greenacre.  First we went over all of our medical history with a nurse, she took my vitals and discussed our past treatment.  Once Lisa was available we met with her to discuss our next plan of attack.  She had questions about why we moved from Clomid so quickly to injectables, why we have only transferred one embryo, if I was ovulating on my own, etc.  

After a lengthy discussion, her initial recommendation was that we continue treatment with our normal doctor, doing another FET and using the embryos we already had, but considering transferring 2 embryos.  I have to admit I was a little discouraged by what she was saying.  She had started out the consultation by explaining to us the SART charts and what their success rates are (56% success live birth/fresh cycle) vs. our current doctor (22% success live birth/fresh cycle).  She had me so convinced, based on their success rates, that we needed to consider switching doctors, that I was pretty much sold on using their clinic for any further treatment.  In my mind, why would we continue to do something that isn't working?  Joe could tell that I wanted to move on from them and told Lisa that we've already decided to switch doctor's and that they were the ones we've chosen.

In order to start treatment with our new doctor we would have to do a fresh cycle.  Lisa told us that many clinics will not accept embryos from other clinics because their laboratory protocols can differ so much. If we want to move forward with Dr. Loret de Mola we would have to do fresh transfer, which I am totally fine with.  Their next concern was that, although 34 eggs is a great number, it's not necessary at all to have that many follicles retrieved.  They would like to see 10-15 follicles so my protocol will definitely be adjusted.  Our next step in this new process is meeting with Dr. Loret de Mola on February 9th for our first IVF consultation.  We will go over the treatment protocol, schedule a mock transfer, and hopefully get our plan for an April retrieval.  Although that is still a few months away, such is the way of infertility treatment.  It's always a waiting game, and I'm used to it by this point.

Once our consultation was done we met with an SIU photographer and the public affairs officer of SIU.  They wanted to interview us for a piece on us for Fertility Awareness Week in April.  They are interested in sharing a patient story, doing interviews, taking photos and video, and following us along as we take this new path on our journey.  It was awesome and I had a blast doing it.  Of course I talked way too much, but like I told Lauren, the public affairs officer, I love to talk about and share my journey and I know our timeline like the back of my hand, I know the details, I know the protocols, I know the procedures, I know my story and every single date and every single detail, so I had to apologize for being so thorough when she asked how my journey started, I basically went through our entire TTC timeline without even flinching.  I am so honored to be asked to be a part of their initiative and their project.  As soon as I get some photos and footage, I will gladly share with you all.  This is huge for me, and more than I could've ever dreamed would happen for BRB.  

We are excited to start this new journey.  Although we were left with a "definite" diagnosis of unexplained fertility, I'm hoping that this clinic and their renowned lab will be able to give us the result we are looking for.  At this point we will move forward with a fresh cycle and a single embryo transfer.  We are not planning to do any other testing on our embryos (like PGS/CGH) at this point due to my age and the fact that we don't have any genetic concerns.  I am very hopeful that this new chapter in our journey will be the answer to our prayers!
 
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