Date Night with Larry H. Miller Lexus + GIVEAWAY!

I was approached by Larry H. Miller Lexus of Lindon for a collaboration. They wanted to let us choose a car and send Todd and sponsor date night for us! Say what?? YES PLEASE! I know very little about cars so I was actually really excited to learn more about the Lexus brand and the Lindon dealership. Ever since sweet Millie came along we haven’t hardly left the house let alone had a date night!

I let Todd choose the car he chose the 2017 ES 350. You guys…. this car is NUTS! So incredibly nice! Way nicer than any car we have owned! A few of my fav things were The gray leather interior, the smell of the gray leather interior (AMAZING!), when you drift out of your lane the steering wheel vibrates to alert you, When it started to lightly rain the windshield wipers came on automatically! My most favorite thing of all was how there was no goldfish cracker smashed into the carpet! haha After driving in that car it has inspired me to go my my car detailed!

My Mom came over to babysit the girls and Todd and I ran away for the night! We seriously had the best date! We went to city creek and I accidentally bought a few things(oops) Then we had dinner at The Melting Pot. The dessert is soo amazing!! It was so weird without the kids with us! We could chat without getting interrupted every 2 seconds! We talked about how on earth you would balance having a secret second family. ( haha I have no idea why) Then we talked about the 5 love languages Todd had no idea what they were so we both learned a lot! Talk to your hubby about it so you can both feel more loved!

GIVEAWAY!!

I’ve teamed up with LARRY H. MILLER LEXUS OF LINDON to giveaway the same date night experience! Cruise around in the Lexus of your choice and they will give you a $100 gift card to any restaurant ! the giveaway runs March 1st through March 8th.

TO ENTER:

  • ‘Like’ LHM Lexus of Lindon on Facebook 
  • Follow LHM Lexus on Instagram
  • Comment on my instagram post telling me where you would choose to go to dinner (we are always looking for fun new restaurants! @christineyallen

Winner will be announced on March 8th good luck!





Amelia’s birth story

Now that my baby is over 2 months old I have a second to catch my breath and write her birth story!I love reading birth stories and I don’t want to forget a single detail so I need to jot it down while its still fresh in my mind!

With Amelia I was able to have a VBAC ( Vaginal birth after C section) Here is a quick history of my birthing experiences.

First child: normal vaginal birth

Second child: Emegency C section (graves disease drama!) check My Story for more info

I was really really nervous and didn’t know what do with my 3rd baby cause there are lots of possible complications but I decided to try a VBAC  but my doc told me I was a great candidate to have one cause I was able to have 1 baby vaginally so I decided to go for it!

As a lot of you may know that my sister in law @amylougirl and I were pregnant together and were due the same week. On November 30th She delivered her sweet baby boy Hudson! The day before she had him she asked all her snapchat peeps for tips for inducing labor. I asked her for the deets cause I wanted to get our sweet babe here and FINALLY be done being pregnant! She shared the tips with me and they totally worked! So I’ll share them with you!

I had my membranes stripped 2 days prior and lost my plug the morning I went into labor.

I spent some time with my hubby that morning (ahem!)

I ate tons of fresh pineapple and drank pineapple juice

I took 1000mg of Primrose oil capsules orally (apparently you can put them in your hoo-haw too)

I drank 2 cups of red raspberry leaf tea

I ran up and down my stairs repeatedly very bouncily

I was nesting like crazy so I vacuumed the whole house and scrubbed everything top to bottom.

Then by 4:30 I started having contractions so I laid on my bed and started timing them cause I had been having tons of Braxton hicks but they were pretty inconsistent. These contractions however were coming every 10 min for an hour. At this point I got up and started walking around cause my Braxton hicks would stop when I was being active. Sure enough the contractions stayed consistent every 10min. We had dinner plans with friends at 6 So I started getting ready even though I was like 60% sure I was in labor but Todd and I wanted to be 1000% sure before we sent the girls off to his moms and hauled all the bags and gear to the hospital. So we went to dinner with our friends Cam & Rachel and their kids and I still was contracting our whole dinner i was not able to talk through them by the time we left the restaurant They were only 6 min apart and crazy painful. This time around I had back labor. I have never had that before and holy moses! its no joke ouch! So we rushed home and I packed the girls over night bags took a quick shower and off to the hospital we went!

I was so nervous cause when you go to the hospital in the night you are just stuck with whatever doctor is on call. I LOVED my doctor and wanted him to deliver me. I had the most incredible luck that my own doctor was the doc on call that night!!

We checked in to triage to monitor me for an hour to be sure it was the real deal I was dilated to a 3 then after an hour of crazy painful contractions. I swear it hurt more than with my other two! Back labor people! OUCH! The nurse came back in and checked me and I was at a 4 1/2. BOOM showtime!

I was admitted at 9:30pm I was all set up waiting for my epidural. By the time I got my epidural I was already to a 6! Things were moving so much faster than my other 2. I wanted to french my anesthesiologist! I could never go all natural! I love you modern medicine! My epidural this time was perfect. I could still semi feel my legs and move my feet and I could feel a tiny bit of pressure with my contrations so I cold feel when it was time to push.

At 12:30pm I was complete and ready to push! then for like the 14th time my nurse had to give me the whole vac spill again! they told me if i feel any pain in my incision area at all that i needed to tell them. cause that meant my uterus had burst and they said that I would def feel it through my epidural! SCARY! I had to sign a bunch of consent forms incase I needed emergency surgery.

My doctor came in and I started pushing. Guys its super weird but apparently I’m very good at pushing haha all the nurses and my doc were very impressed. (maybe they say that to everyone) After 5 or so min of this my doc informed me I would need an episiotomy cause I was in serious danger of tearing forward into my labia! NO THANKS!  So he gave me a few snips and my poor husband was as white as a ghost. I continue pushing and they see her head and my doc asks if we have red heads in the family. I say “We sure do!” Then after a few more pushes he says “I thought I could feel the chord. Its around her neck” i immediately start to panic but My doc just very quickly handled it like a boss! I push one more time then Todd tells me to look down and I see her! She came out so fast! I have a Hillary Clinton and the balloons type experience! (google it) She came out so fast! I am not much of a cryer so all I can do is smile and I keep saying was “oh my gosh!” over and over again. The plopped her on my tummy she wasn’t crying just yet and her whole head and face were so blue from the chord. They took her across the room to work on her she didn’t cry for about 15 seconds but they were the longest 15 seconds of my life!!! It was such a relief!

She was perfect and tiny and looked just like both of my other girls she has Joslyn’s hair line, Kate’s dimple chin and her very own set of pimples.

Amelia’s delivery was by far the easiest one I’ve had. Recovery was a breeze! Especially after having a c section! I was up walking to the bathroom like 2 hours after she was born. It was amazing!

if any of you have any further questions about my VBAC I would love to answer them for you any time! Its so worth trying if you are a good candidate!

I’m sharing our hospital photos! If you are looking for a birth story/hospital photographer check out my girl Ali Anderson Photo. she was incredible! I’m so glad she caught the first moments of my girls meeting their baby sister! It was such a special day!






Kate is pouting cause she wanted it to be her turn to hold baby sister.







playroom tour

This little playroom makeover has been in the works for a long time! Every project takes me about a million times longer when I’m pregnant! I wear out extra easy these days!

I am in love with this little space! Its a little loft area on the upper floor right outside the girls bedroom. It has proved to be the perfect spot for all their toys! Plus I get to see it I walk out of my bedroom and those pretty little swans make me smile every time I see them!! The swans are wall decals from Urban Walls I put them up by myself in an afternoon. They will just peel right off the wall whenever we are ready for a change. So much easier to put up and take down than wallpaper!

When we found out that our third baby was another girl we (I)  decided to throw anything gender neutral to the wind and pink up the place. Starting with this space. I love that it just screams little girl!

How perfect is that white pom teepee From the Avenue? The girls have all kinds of pretend camp outs in there. plus its so pretty!!! All th rest of the decor details are linked below.

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*Thanks to urban walls for sponsoring this post!

Pink Swan Decals: Urban Walls

Pom Pom Teepee: From The Avenue

Dolls: Dollies for Lou (Goldie & Mia)

Expedit shelves: Ikea

Pencil holder: Target

Joss & Kate’s Dresses: Gap

MaskCara lllD Foundation

MAskCara Foundation Before and afterMackCara lllD Foundation. That one blonde chick MackCara lllD Foundation. That one blonde chick About this time last year I went to pinners conference and was introduced to the tiny miracle that is MaskCara Cosmetics! I saw Cara in the flesh and I was fan girling hard! The makeup is a cream highlight and contour kit or “HAC Pack” if you will and it has totally changed my makeup game! I am always striving for that J. Lo glow you know, that look like you have the perfect lighting following you around everywhere. Even without a snapchat filter! ha

I can have my full foundation on in less that 5 mins! That’s foundation, bronzer, concealer, blush and highlight all rolled into one tiny compact (that I love for traveling) I swipe on a few quick coats of mascara and BAM I’m ready to take on the day! Most days I have to wake up and rush everyone out the door. Now that the kids are back in school has been rough! I am so not a morning person! I think we can all agree that I wake up looking a little too much like a corpse for comfort so I tend to go a little heavy on the contour and blush to add some color back in my face!  I LOVE my results! I love that this make up doesn’t look cakey or over done like some crazy Kardashian contour job. Also I’m in love with the pretty packaging! I’m a sucker for great branding!

So if your like me and you like to get ready quick you will love this make up! Here is a super quick video of how I apply it on the daily and I mention all the colors that I’m wearing!

Side note: I have used this makeup without the 30 Second HAC brush and let me tell you it is night and day! YOU must use the HAC brush! I am so not a brush snob but it makes all my other brushes look like chumps! I have no idea why but it made a giant difference!  Lesson learned, don’t screw around with crappy brushes! THE END.

*special thank you to MaskCara Cosmetics for sponsoring this post!

The Perfect Car Seat Guide for Precious Cargo

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Girls dresses: OLD NAVY Floral swaddle blanket: Saranoni Diaper Bag: Fawn Design My lip color: Stila Patina

Even though I already have 2 other babies buying baby gear is still so intimidating!! Kate is 3 1/2 and baby stuff has evolved like crazy! There are so many cool brands and gadgets that are new that I know nothing about.

I decided we needed a new infant car seat cause ours has been through 2 babies, billions of blow outs and way too much spit up to measure basically its DISGUSTING! Even though its washed and clean I want something new for our third babe! Being the 3rd girl means so many hand me downs. She deserves something to be new and not totally gross haha! Plus new things are just more fun!

I started searching there were so many awesome products it is so intimidating! Luckily The Baby Cubby came in and saved the day! They only sale the best of the best in baby gear! Basically its like consumer report for baby stuff and its amazing! All the best looking high quality stuff plus they price match! Even with Amazon you guys!! The baby cubby has made it so easy to find the best of everything and what is best for you specifically providing you with all the info you need so you can make an informed decision especially when it comes to the safety of you baby. For parents there is nothing more important than that! The Definitive Car Seat Buying Guide became my new best friend!

Lucky for me I have lots of friends who have new babies and were able to tell me their experiences with the carseats and what they loved about them. between the baby cubby guide and my very wise pals I’ve narrowed it down to my top two.

 

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Nuna Pipa Blackberry is my top contender. I mean just look at it! Its so sleek and such a gorgeous color! Not to mention its one of the lightest on the market! Which is super attractive cause these suckers get so heavy with a chunky baby inside. I’ll be herding around 3 little girls and I cannot be weighed down with a huge heavy car seat! I love products that make being a mom a little easier. Plus I mean, its so pretty! I feel like we keep circling around to the look of it but… I can’t stop staring!!

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Britax B safe  is another contender. It has immaculate safety ratings. Side impact tested, steel frame. I mean like I mentioned above safety of your tiny little babe is the most important thing! Plus it is also super cute ( not purple) but a really good neutral. PLUS its on sale right now!!

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Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30 rounds out my top 3. Another super light car seat and the handle is designed to be easy to carry. But the clincher for this seat is that it wins the award for the EASIEST to clean! No need for unthreading the harness those things are a pain in the butt! So this baby girl can have all the blow outs she wants. The fabric is self wicking, it deodorizes and draws liquid away from baby keeping her dryish and happy. Besides this bad boy is so easy to clean it aint no thang!

I’m not sure how I’ll be able to choose. If you guys have strong feelings about any of these I would love to hear it!!

Check out The Baby Cubby they have a store in Lindon utah if you are local or you can shop online BabyCubby.com Thank me later!

  • Special to the baby cubby for sponsoring this post!

Albion Fit Swim

I feel like its very important that I say this is a non maternity swim suit! I think Ive said it before but this is most likely our last baby so I dont want to invest tons of money in maternity clothes to never be able to wear them again. You better belive I’ll be wearing this bad boy again next year! sans baby bump.

This Mary Anne One Piece from Albion Fit seriously fits like a dream and I have worn it to the pool almost exclusively this entire summer! If you are a one piece wearer you know the struggle! The top is always slipping down and the bottom is always riding up! Not with this swimsuit! I can chase my kids around with out any fear or being self conscious that unflattering parts of me are showing! Everything stays in place even being 5 months pregnant!

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Swimsuit: Albion Fit Cover up: Similiar Lipstick: Maybelline Blushing Bud

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*Special thanks to Albion Fit for sponsoring this post

Stackable bands with J. Brooks Jewlers

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I have teamed up for such an exciting collaboration! Cause HELLO diamonds!! J. Brooks Jewelers has their huge Summer slash sale happening right now through September 3rd. Select items are 30-70% off! They are a local company with high standards for their jewelry and only carry high quality EVERYTHING! Ive been in several times and there are seriously killer deals happening right now. My birthday is coming right up in a few weeks so HINT HINT to my husband. haha!

I had the pleasure of meeting the owner of J. Brooks John and his 2 darling daughters and I walked away not being able to stop thinking about how awesome, kind and helpful they were! One of the daughters went to high school with my husband. It was fun to catch up with her and to hear stories of the good old days at Cottonwood high!

Right when I walked in the store I headed straight for the dainty stackable rings! My cute sister in law Mckenzie introduced me to the cutest idea of adding a ring with every new baby in your family! A different style or metal for each child! I’m kind of loving that idea and I’m sad I didn’t think of it with my first two babies! I’ve got some catching up to do!! I chose 2 white gold pave bands a rose gold and yellow gold diamond crusted bands. I think they all look perfect and represent how family members are all different but work perfectly when all together!

I have 2 more posts with J. Brooks coming up! Stay tuned!

xoxo

Christine

Baby Girl number 3 our shortish fertility story

I have had lots of questions about how we became pregnant with baby #3. A lot of you may know that I have Graves disease. It is a thyroid/autoimmune disease If you wanna read more about the symptoms and my diagnosis you can read more about it in My Story. I had to have my thyroid removed 2 years ago. Though this is all treatable it can have long term effects. Thyroid diseases in general are known to cause infertility. So here is how baby number 3 happened for us.

So not many people outside our close friends and family know that we experienced a loss of a pregnancy September 2015. I couldn’t/didn’t want to talk about it for months. Now I feel like I can talk (or blog) about it without falling apart. Here is a link to the post I wrote all about our story of loss called Heartbreak.

So I feel like I need to start off by saying I’m a sharer so I go into pretty personal detail. but nothing gross I swear.

After my miscarriage in September I didn’t want to try for another baby for a while for a few reasons. I needed time to heal emotionally from the loss. Also I didn’t feel ready to have a third child. However in December I had a prompting that we should try again. So I got on all my lady cycle tracking apps to figure out when I was ovulating then two weeks later. boom not pregnant! Honestly I was very surprised. We have never had to “try” to get pregnant. All three of my previous pregnancies had been happy surprises. So  in January I took to the internet and read every article about trying to get pregnant that I could find! I also read up on Graves Disease and fertility so I ordered some cheap ovulation tests online and took them religiously and sadly they never turned positive at all during my whole cycle!

I am way too impatient for this stuff and I was starting to panic that it might take us months or years to become pregnant again and wondered if my body was even capable of carrying a baby anymore (thanks Graves Disease!!!) Kate was already almost 3 and I wanted all my kids to be pretty close in age. So I went and paid my OBGYN a visit. Told him my situation and how I thought I might not be ovulating he is seriously the man! Some docs make you try for several months before they step in with fertility drugs but with my given history and the fact that my cycles were 35 days long he was concerned. He was so incredibly understanding and listened to my fears and thought it would be a good idea to start me on clomid and see if that would work for me. So with my next cycle I started on 50 ml of clomid. I went back to my doc on day 21 for a progesterone test none of my home ovulation tests had been positive but I was still holding onto hope to see if it worked and if I had ovulated. The next day the results came back so the nurse called me and told me that anything above a 10 was a good ovulation. She said my numbers were low and I was 1.8. Yep 1 point freaking 8! that’s not even a 2! The nurse ordered my a prescription for the next dose up 100ml of clomid to start on the next cycle.  I got off the phone and I was at lunch with a friend of mine. She could tell I was upset, she asked what was wrong and I fell apart right there at the Mcdonalds play place while our kids were playing. I thought if clomid couldnt make me ovulate maybe another baby just wasn’t in the cards! Later that affternoon I went to the pharmacy to pick up my new prescription I was basically sobbing and being so upset with my broken body that wasnt working the way it should. Kate was in the back seat. She said “Mommy, you sad?” I said “Yeah baby I’m really sad.” Kate is a girl of few words and was a really late talker and still didnt speak very well but she said “You the best mom ever.” hearing that made me cry even more. It amazes me how my kids say these type things at the exact right moment and it cheered me up so much!

So on to March and 100ml of clomid and way more night sweats and hot flashes and stiff joints than the first time around. I threw away my cheap ovulation tests and sprung for the much more expensive digital ovulation tests. after lots of “-No” days that felt like a punch in the gut! Then on day 17 I finally got a “+Yes” basically it was like christmas! I went in on day 21 for another progesterone test I was so excited to tell my doc about my big fat positive he was so excited for me and he said he had a feeling I was already pregnant. After he felt ALL my lady parts to make sure I didnt have ovarian cysts I got my blood work done. The next day the nurse called me again and reminded me that anything over 10 was considered a good ovulation and said my numbers improved and I was at an 18 this month!! 18! Yay!! then two weeks later I took a digital home pregnancy test (cause I vowed to be done with the cheap line tests that left me wondering if it were actually positive or negative) After 3 mins that felt like forever I saw PREGNANT pop up in that glorious little window!

Although I dont know if my story is common among other women with Graves or women who are post thyroidectomy this is how it worked for us. I am really glad that I was impatient cause it would have taken me months to figure out that I wasnt ovulating on my own. I hate wasting time so my main advice for other women if be impatient and ask your doctor or midwife or whoever for help. My heart breaks for all my loved ones and everyone who battles with long term infertility. I’m so so grateful we were able to figure out my fertility issues and solve them as quickly as we did. I cannot tell you enough how much I adore my doctor he isnt a fertility specialist he is a great listener and doesnt make you feel silly for asking questions or having concerns. I have never had a doctor who made me feel heard and cared about so if you are in the same boat and are in Utah I will be happy to pass his info along!

Our family is so excited to be getting another baby sister in December! The little girls are more excited about her than they are for Christmas hahah

Love you guys so much thanks for following along!

xoxo

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Heartbreak

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When we found out that a third baby would be joining our family we were surprised but over the moon! I was worried about how my pregnancy would be because during my last pregnancy I was diagnosed with Graves disease it was high risk and Kate ended up being a preemie it was a mess! You can read more about that in My Story.

I had my second check up at 9 weeks I had an ultrasound. The tech was quiet as she scanned me checking every little thing. She stopped the scan and turned off the screen and said ” Oh honey, I don’t have good news for you.” before she could say anything else I interrupted her and said “There is no heartbeat.” I never saw the little flicker of a heartbeat on the screen. I’m not sure why but I wasn’t very surprised but I was completely crushed and all by myself at my appointment. I was trying not to sob too embarassingly loud as a nurse escorted me across the clinic to an exam room to see the doctor. Every person I passed in the hallway couldn’t help but stare I think it was pretty obvious what I had just found out. I called my husband to tell him the news he had come home from work to watch the girls while I was at the doctor.He was anxious for me to hurry home so he could get back to work he answered the phone and heard my crying voice tell him there was no heartbeat. We were both heartbroken and helpless.

My doctor came in and was perfectly sweet and understanding. He said that my body wasn’t recognizing that I had miscarried and I would probably need a D&C. I came home and broke the news to Joslyn my 4 year old who was so excited to have a new baby in our house. She asked me why I was crying and I told her our baby went back to heaven. She melted into a puddle of tears. That was the worst part of all of it. She wanted answers and I didn’t have any.

Carrying around a baby that was no longer alive was almost more than I could take.I had my D&C 2 days later. After it was all over  I felt much better about all of it and had some closure, or so I thought. I couldn’t talk about it. The weekend before we found out we lost the baby we had just told both of our families we were expecting and having to untell them was awful. Shortly after I saw lots of girls I know announcing that There were expecting and due in April I was really surprised at how much it hurt me to see those posts. I was happy for them but sad for us.

In the months since I think about how far along I would be, what the sex of the baby was, if it was my body/disease that caused the miscarriage? It drove me crazy and I was surprised how much it has effected me. As time went by it just slipped into being part of the past and I was finally ok. I could think about it and talk about it with out falling to pieces. As awful as it was I came to terms with things like this happen to lots of people. I still had lots of hope we would get pregnant again and our family could finally heal.

Joslyn out of the blue one day while driving in the car said to me. “Mom, I think someday Jesus will send our baby back.” I found great comfort in her innocent little idea. Then in April the month I was due. I found out we were getting another chance at bringing a new baby in our family! We are so excited!

I have posted about our whole journey of how we became pregnant again with my Graves disease you can read that here.

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DRESS: Friday Faves Midi Cardigan: ASOS (similiar) Booties: Steve Madden

HAT: Lulus

Hey friends!

I get so excited when I find non maternity dresses that will fit during pregnancy so I can still wear them again after the baby comes! This baby just might be our last so I’m having a hard time investing in tons on maternity clothing. So finds like this stretchy dress from Friday Faves make me stupid amounts of happy!! It’s under $30!! Around this time every year I get bad cravings for fall! Gimme all the booties and sweaters! This dress is breathable enough that I can layer it with a cardi for a date night with my guy and not sweat to death! I have all the heart eyes for this dress so I’m teaming up with Friday Faves to a GIVEAWAY for $50 store credit! It’s all going down on my instagram @christineyallen so jump over there to join in and follow if you aren’t already!

BSnap Chat snap! Follow me! @ChristineyAllen XOXOX

nsale booties

I snagged these Steve Madden booties at the Nordstrom sale. They are probably my favorite booties I’ve ever owned! I’m so sad they are sold out again! I’ll be watching them like a hawk and I’ll let you guys know when they are restocked cause they are seriously perfect!! Here are a few other similar options. Here, and Here these ones are in stock but full price.

 

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