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Finding My New Bra Size

Motherhood, Beauty + FashionHailey AndresenComment

Mamas, why didn’t any of you tell me what was about to happen to my boobs after I stopped breastfeeding?! I don’t intend to scare any of you who are currently pregnant, breastfeeding or who aren’t mothers yet, but plan to be at some point, but ladies - my body has changed tremendously and I’m pretty sure no one shared anything about this part of postpartum with me. I realize every woman is different and that my changes are all a beautiful part of growing a human, giving birth and then breastfeeding and weaning, but my oh my - I don’t remember my breasts being this small before I got pregnant. Hah! Needless to say, as the weaning process began this September my chest quickly shrunk to the point that none of my bras fit correctly. After what felt like enough change for my body over the past two years, I found myself back in a place of uncertainty when it came to my own bra size, which is a strange place to be at twenty six, but I’m here - hello, my name is Hailey!

I started the online search for new bras and felt discouraged. Since I didn’t know my size, I knew I would end up with a handful of returns and maybe one bra that sort of fit or I would need to visit somewhere I could be fitted. Neither of these options sounded conducive to my lifestyle with Owen. First of all, I don’t have the money to be purchasing multiple bras and paying for shipping on returns if they don’t fit, and on top of that, bra shopping in Soho with a one year old kind of sounds like my worst nightmare, so I decided to ditch both of those plans and go back to the drawing board. I was so happy when I came across ThirdLove’s site. These wonderful women have created a try before you buy program for their best-selling bra styles (tshirt, push-up and full coverage). To up your chances for the perfect fit on the first try they’ve even developed an iPhone app that asks you a series of questions to help determine your bra size. Their process is simple. Once you go through their prompts and land on your bra size you visit their online shop and select the styles and sizes you want to try - I tried the 24/7 T-shirt Bra, 24/7 Classic Strapless Bra and the 24/7™ Lace Push-Up Bra, and the ThirdLove app even nailed my size down, A+++. No returns necessary. But if I would have had to return, returns are free. If you choose to keep the bras they charge you after 30 days. They even let you take the tags off if you’d like to really give it a try before deciding. So amazing!

I’ve found it’s really easy to be tough on myself after I’ve watched and felt my body change so dramatically overtime. ThirdLove saved me such a headache and has genuinely helped me feel confident again after going through yet another change. To learn more about their try before you buy program and to check out their styles visit their site here.

Photography by Amy Frances.

This post was sponsored by ThirdLove.

 

Mom and Dad Made a Podcast - Episode 5

MotherhoodHailey AndresenComment

On our next episode of Mom and Dad Made a Podcast we're talking about traveling with kids. It’s been awhile, but we will be heading out of the country with Owen after the first of the year and we figured we would share our tips and tricks for traveling with little ones. Listen as we chit chat, share some new segments and get into how we suggest maintaining your sanity while traveling this season! Fair warning, we do get into S-a-n-t-a so you know, maybe listen to this one during nap time or after the kids are down. Listen, download and subscribe here. Thanks guys! 

Photo by Amy Frances

Balancing it All, Mealtime Included

Food + Drink, MotherhoodHailey AndresenComment

If you’ve been following along here for even a small chunk of time you already know that the time we spend as a family around the table consuming meals is just about the most cherished part of our days. Food is important to us to say the least and instilling this distinct belief and appreciation in Owen is something that Zack and I discussed before Owen was even born. These conversations first came up when I was pregnant, and at that time it seemed a little daunting, but somehow it seemed far enough away that it was easy to put in the back of our minds. It wasn’t until we were truly in the thick of it that we really started to weigh our options on exactly how we would introduce foods to Owen. When he hit the six month mark we decided to start with Baby Led Weaning which has been fantastic for us ever since. Over time, Owen has proven to be an incredible and adventurous eater and mealtimes (provided everyone is well rested) are generally very enjoyable for us all - which I didn’t realize was such a rarity with small kids until recently so I feel really lucky.

All of that being said, it’s often difficult to get quality meals on the table three times a day. I’m fortunate enough to work from home, so not only to do I have the opportunity to make a living and take care of Owen, but we have the opportunity to eat each and every meal together. But, life is busy and shopping, prepping and cooking for three meals a day feels basically impossible. Most weekdays I’m juggling work, Household Mag, taking care of Owen and quality meals often times fall by the wayside. Whether it’s acceptable or not for myself is one thing, but it’s something I really struggled with for Owen. Our busy lifestyle shouldn’t mean that he’s lacking nutrients or that we are rushing through meals to get to the next activity or task. I was beginning to feel a little desperate for some help and then like magic, I stumbled upon Nurture Life’s website.

For those of you who don’t know, Nurture Life is a ready-to-eat, subscription based food service for children between the ages of six months and eighteen years, which delivers fresh, wholesome, organic meals, weekly and straight to your door. Nurture Life’s passion is to impact the healthy development of our children. When you sign up for their service you provide your children’s ages, dietary preferences and their chefs get to work. Each week you have the option to make adjustments based on your child’s eating habits and your schedule - you can even pause your subscription if you know it’s a week where you won’t need the assistance quite as much. Nurture Life offers a menu designed by their team of chefs and a pediatric dietitian, full of flavorful options and kid-friendly favorites, so that you can choose the meals you’d like for your little ones. They even offer a “Chef’s Choice” menu that auto populates your order for you if you are too busy to choose or just want to try out something new. Meals are delivered once a week and are cold, but never frozen - you simply refrigerate once you receive your shipment and reheat throughout the week as needed. Prices vary depending on the age of your children and the amount that you order, but for our weekly box, which includes five toddler meals, we pay $47, and they also have an option for ten meals which costs $89.

Since placing my first order with Nurture Life, I had the chance to chat with one of the co-founders to hear a little more about their story - a story that sounds all too familiar. The founders of Nurture Life started the company because they too, were busy and were finding that there weren’t nearly enough hours in the day to balance it all, mealtime included. After working our way through a couple weeks worth of food from Nurture Life there are a few aspects of their service that have really sold me on making their subscription part of our weekly routine. I wanted to share this with you guys because I realize it takes a village and sometimes we all need a little support - especially during the busy holiday season we are in the midst of.

One, the option for five meals is perfect for us and our schedule - although I can see how nice having ten would be as well. I essentially look at our subscription as five meals I don’t have to worry about prepping or cooking for Owen. Often times we turn to his Nurture Life meals for lunch because midday is the busiest time of the day for me while I’m working at home which is such a relief for me. Two, not only is the preparation and cook time completely removed, but I’m also saving the time I would spend recipe planning and grocery shopping for these meals - so helpful! I am able to pause each day for lunch and really connect with Owen over our meal rather than hustling to get food on the table and rushing through the meal. It’s given me some time back and that’s such a treat! Three, because of the team of chefs and pediatric dietitian Nurture Life works with, I know that I can trust that their ingredients are the highest quality and that they are developing recipes that will support Owen’s growth and development.

So, if you’re finding yourself in the same position as me, take the help. I know I have a hard time letting go of control, but sometimes you need the support and it’s okay. In this situation it’s especially okay, because Nurture Life has you covered. Learn more about Nurture Life’s services by visiting their site here.

Photography by Amy Frances.

This post was sponsored by Nurture Life. Use the code HOUSEHOLD2016 through December 31st to receive $30 off your first order.