How to Make a Birth Playlist

Birth can be nerve-racking, and what better way to relax while giving birth than to have a birth playlist of special songs playing in the background?

Why a birth playlist?

I’m having a home birth, so it’ll be no problem to play music. But if you’re not, I highly suggest checking to see if your birth center or hospital allows it. As a first time mom, the thought of giving birth kind of scares me, so I’ve really enjoyed putting together a birth playlist of songs that are relaxing, make me feel powerful or have a special meaning to them. I’ve been listening to the playlist already — when I’m driving, working, or trying to fall asleep. Listening to it makes me feel grounded when it comes to thinking about birth, and it makes me so excited to bring my little lady into the world.

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I was SO SMALL here! I think I was around 22-23 weeks in this shot.

I’ve been obsessed with Spotify for a looooong time. I pay for Spotify premium ($9.99 a month), and it’s so worth it. I actually prefer it over Apple Music. But any music streaming service that allows you to make playlists will do for making your birth playlist — whatever you use most often/prefer. Amazon Music Unlimited is another great one.


Which songs should I add to my birth playlist?

Something I really love about my birth playlist is that many of the songs on it are very special to me. I have a mix of relaxing hymns and songs that hold memories. For instance, I included a few from my wedding and a few others that have special meaning to me and Cristian — “Yours” by Russell Dickerson (our song…we danced to it for our first dance), and “I Get to Love You” by Ruelle (we walked down the aisle during our ring ceremony to this one).

There’s some lyrics in “I Get to Love You” that I especially love:

“One look at you; my whole life falls in line.
I prayed for you; before I called you mine.
I can’t believe it’s true, sometimes.
I can’t believe it’s true.”

If you keep listening, it’s definitely more of a wedding song, but I think it fits birth and becoming a mother/parents for the first time as well.

Take a listen to my birth playlist:

A few more songs that I love on my birth playlist:

  • “Daughter” by Sleeping At Last — I actually have a few Sleeping At Last songs on my birth playlist. They’re just so relaxing! But I love this song for its message, especially since I’m having a girl. “This is your kingdom, This is your crown, This is your story. This is your moment, Don’t look down.. You’re ready, born ready. And all you gotta do Is put one foot in front of you. Our ceiling is your floor, And all you gotta do Is put one foot in front of you, If only you knew. If only you knew The forests grew a little greener, The roots reach in little deeper, The birds all sing a little sweeter, All to welcome you.” The song talks about being royalty, which I truly believe in — that all daughters of God are royalty. I love that the song speaks to both me and my daughter — that I CAN give birth, and that she too, will be born ready.
  • “Everything Changes” by Sara Bareilles, from the musical Waitress — this is probably my favorite song on my birth playlist. It’s all about how everything has changed for this woman because she gave birth to her daughter. “Today’s a day like any other But I am changed I am a mother Oh in an instantI was lost for you to find And now I’m yours and you are mine…And I swear I’ll remember to say we were both born today.” THE FEELS.
  • “Keep Breathing” by Ingrid Michaelson — this song has pulled me through some really hard times. I feel like putting it on my birth playlist was a no brainer…”All we can do is keep breathing.” It’ll be my reminder to BREATHE while giving birth.

What do I use to listen to my birth playlist?

For giving birth, I will have my desktop computer ready since I will be giving birth at home and I can control it from my phone, but I will also have my little Bluetooth speaker in case I want to use it. I have one I got for Christmas a few years ago from Urban Outfitters that I love. They don’t make it anymore, but I found a similar one on Amazon:


Who knows, I might not even want to listen to music when I’m in the thick of giving birth (I feel like I can’t PLAN for anything specific) but it’s been nice to have to prep with, and it’ll be there if I want it. I know that you can have a birth plan, but to expect to maybe throw some of it out the window. We’ll see what happens! 😉

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3 Ways to Style a Stretchy Maternity Dress

3 Ways to Style a Stretchy Maternity Dress

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Being pregnant, it can be so hard to find good maternity clothes. You want to find items that will work for you for the majority of your pregnancy, especially for when you reach your third trimester and NOTHING fits. I found this stretchy maternity dress from Target and it is my favorite maternity clothes item I’ve bought or tried! Not only because it’s so comfortable and will still fit my belly as I near the end, but because it’s so easy to dress up or down.

Here’s 3 ways I styled this Ingrid & Isabel for Target stretchy maternity dress.

1. Dressed Up

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This particular dress, with it’s black and white bold horizontal stripes, is perfect to dress up for date night or church. I just added a statement necklace and some black pumps.

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This combo made me feel so sexy! Which is a big deal for being pregnant, especially in your third trimester!

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2. Casual

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This stretchy maternity dress is also easy to dress down! I paired it with a jean jacket and open-toe booties.

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This look is casual enough for every day, but also still put together enough for a night out. I actually wore this combination for a date with my husband at a comedy club.

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stretchy black and white striped Target maternity dress

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3. Comfy

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I’m so comfortable in this dress that I will just wear it around the house.

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But since it’s short-sleeved, I’ll throw on this thin, longer cardigan (that I thrifted years ago) if I’m chilly. A pair of ridding boots complete the look and I’m ready for errands!

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I love this stretchy maternity dress so much that I’m tempted to buy it in the other colors it comes in! Having a go-to maternity item makes getting dressed during pregnancy THAT much easier — it’s crazy the difference it can make when you don’t have to squeeze into clothes that just don’t fit anymore.

What’s your go-to maternity clothes item? Let me know in the comments — I’m always on the hunt!

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A Leap of Faith: Goodbye, Oregon. Hello, Utah

A Leap of Faith: Goodbye, Oregon. Hello, Utah

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Our hearts are breaking, but yet there is this huge wave of peace and relief coming over us as we make this announcement and take this incredibly massive leap of faith.

The Jouberts are moving to Utah.

We have experienced challenge after challenge the last 5 months, and everything recently came to a breaking point. We knew something needed to change — bad things kept happening to us. Were we missing something? Was Heavenly Father trying to tell us something?

But there were so many variables involved with leaving Oregon. We knew we needed to do it, but when? At first, we decided after the baby is born would be best. Because it either had to be now, or after she is born. Moving out of state while in my third trimester and needing to find a new midwife scared me to death, and I knew that if it was what Heavenly Father really wanted, I would do it. But I told Cristian I just couldn’t do it if it was the beginning of April, since that would be four weeks from my due date.

Then there was the problem with our living situation. We couldn’t just up and leave in the middle of the month without paying a lease break fee (since we’ve been staying in and paying rent for a friend who moved to California, and the security deposit is still in her name) or finding someone to take over the townhome. We moved forward and waited to see if someone would take it. I was in charge of posting listings on every rental site I could think of. I spoke with over 50 people, and I showed the house probably 10 times. Because we were waiting for someone to take it, we still had no idea exactly when we would move.

Pregnancy has been hard on me — both physically and mentally. And the idea of not being able to give birth to my baby where I had planned (a beautiful water birth center in Portland that we were totally in love with, and the birth center my mom went through when she had my little sister) was hard on me emotionally. During one of my many emotional breakdowns the past few weeks, I weepingly yelled to Cristian, “I want to know where I’m going to have my baby!”

I was dealing with all of that, and Cristian was dealing with what to do with his marketing company. Yes, we’ve experienced unforeseen financial difficulties since he took it over, but most of all, he realized how badly he just didn’t want to do the job anymore. It was demanding, and he knew it. The lifestyle that comes with it would not be conducive to the kind of father he wants to be. Owning a business in direct marketing is not what he went to school for (which is International studies/Linguistics). He originally went into it so he could have the marketing and managing experience he needed for the type of job he ACTUALLY wanted but couldn’t get after graduating college.

Letting go of it has lifted such a burden. Cristian has this fire I’ve never seen in him before — he’s excited for the future. And we’ve experienced blessing after blessing when it comes to shutting it down. His colleague is able to take it over so he won’t have to leave his employees in the dust. And all of Cristian’s coworkers and mentors have been so understanding.

Cristian’s company will be shut down by the end of this week. However, we haven’t been able to find someone to take over our townhome, so we decided that since the company was shutting down, paying our March rent would be pointless if we were going to have to pay the lease break fee anyways. Which meant the sooner we left the place, the less money we have to pay (since we have to pay for each day we’ve lived in it for March).

My parents are driving up tonight and I will leave with them and all of our stuff on Thursday, and Cristian will follow next week after everything with his company is taken care of. We will be living with my parents in Midway for a few months until we get back on our feet.

There have been many tears, fights, and uncertainty between us. It’s tested our marriage. It’s affected my depression and I’ve experienced multiple panic attacks — the kind where Cristian had to hold me and tell me to breathe because I was hyperventilating.

There’s so much we’re going to miss about Oregon.

It’s where we really started dating 7-ish years ago.

Where we got married and started our lives together.

Where we got pregnant.

And created so many memories together.

Are we crazy to move without a new job? Yes. But we have no doubt that this is what we are supposed to do, and that Heavenly Father will bless us for our faith. We’ll be with family and friends again, which we are so excited for. We know we will be taken care of. We’ve kept thinking about what is best for our little family and especially this little girl coming our way, and we know Utah is where we need to be.

3 Portland area waterfalls that are easy to hike or drive to

3 Portland area waterfalls that are easy to hike or drive to

The Columbia River Gorge — full of beautiful waterfalls — is so close to the Portland, Oregon area. Many of the waterfalls only require a quick, easy hike to get to. Here are 3 easy Portland waterfall hikes you can plan on your next Portland adventure.

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Wahclella Falls in the Columbia River Gorge

These trails are currently closed due to the Eagle Creek fire that damaged much of the Columbia River Gorge in September, but will hopefully reopen this summer (2018).  You can stay up-to-date with this list of closed trails provided by the Friends of the Columbia River Gorge. There is also a list of trails that aren’t closed that are available to explore.

3 Easy Portland Waterfall Hikes

1. Elowah Falls

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I fell in love with Elowah Falls in 2016. When I reached the falls, I felt like it was a little piece of heaven, and totally felt like it was straight out of the Lord of The Rings.

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Follow the trail from the John B Yeon trailhead parking lot. Once you reach the junction, veer left to the lower trail, which will take you directly to the base of the 289-foot waterfall. The trail does get a little steep, as there is an elevation gain of 260 feet. However, it’s a pretty easy, quick hike and is appropriate for most beginning hikers and is kid friendly.

Elowah falls is made up of McCord Creek, and crashed into a basin surrounded by a lush, green amphitheater. There’s a cute little wood bridge that you can stand and take pictures on. Be prepared to get sprayed, though!

2. Horestail Falls

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You can actually just drive to this waterfall! You can park in the ADA accessible parking lot and then just walk across the street to Horsetail Falls. This one is perfect if you don’t have time for a hike. It’s also great if you’ve already been on a hike and needed another waterfall fix. 😉 However, you can hike the Horsetail Falls loop. It will take you right behind the base of the Upper Horsetail Falls (aka Ponytail Falls). You will continue into the Oneonta Gorge and have the chance to see the Middle Oneonta Falls and the Lower Oneonta Falls. You will also have the option of extending your hike to see Triple Falls (adds about another mile).

  • Distance: 2.6 miles round trip
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trailhead coordinates — Latitude: 45.59044, Longitude: -122.06857

The trail is suitable for children, but be extra careful after passing behind Ponytail Falls, as it can be wet and there are a few steep cliffs.

3. Wahclella Falls

Wahclella Falls Columbia River Gorge easy hikes

Wahclella Falls might have Elowah Falls beat for me.

Wahclella Falls Columbia River Gorge easy hikes

The hike is short, but gets your heart rate up. And it’s one of the most beautiful hikes in the PNW I’ve been on. You’ll start at the Wahclella Falls trailhead, which first takes you past a dam used by the Bonneville Fish Hatchery. You’re lead to a bridge that takes you over where Munra Falls empties into Tanner Creek.

Wahclella Falls Columbia River Gorge easy hikes

The trail goes up the side of the canyon, so again, watch out for your kids. The trail forks, and it loops so you can end up hiking both sides. But the lower trail provides better views of Wahclella Falls as you approach it, and is a safer option for littles. The two-tiered waterfall plunges 350 feet into a huge basin and is surrounded by a beautiful grotto.

  • Distance: 2.0 miles round trip
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trailhead coordinates — Latitude: 45.63060, Longitude: -121.95382
  • Fees: A NW Forest Recreation Pass is required at the Trailhead. You can purchase day passes ($5) or annual ones

The one downside to Wahclella Falls is that it can get crowded, especially in the summer. It’s also a hot spot for photographers, so you might have to be patient to get your shot.

What the Columbia River Gorge means to me

The Gorge is probably my favorite place on earth — no joke. Whenever I drove into Oregon while coming home for a visit from college in Idaho, I’d enter the Gorge and always instantly felt like I was home. It was also where I had a very distinct spiritual impression in the spring of 2016 while visiting (I was living in Utah at the time) that I needed to be in the Pacific Northwest. So much so that I started looking at jobs. I felt like I was crazy. I thought, “do I need to BE here?”

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Something like three months later was when I got my husband Cristian’s apology letter, after 5 years apart. And three months after that he was coincidentally transferred to Portland for work, I quit my job at a newspaper in Utah, and we were married in the Portland, Oregon LDS temple. We’ve called Portland our home ever since.

What’s your favorite Columbia River Gorge hike? I’m always looking for more places to explore, and easy Portland waterfall hikes are great for that. Tell me in the comments!

How To Make Your Instagram Highlight Covers Cute

How To Make Your Instagram Highlight Covers Cute

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It feels like Instagram is constantly updating and changing, but I’ve got to say, I love the new Instagram Story Highlights feature. But are you wondering how tons of bloggers and influencers are changing their story highlight covers? If done right, it can make your highlight reel look extra put together and organized. Many Instagrammers also use a specific color or color scheme to match their “Instagram feed theme.”

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Here’s how to do it! All you need is the free app Canva (for Apple here and Android here), and Instagram, of course!

To watch my video tutorial, scroll down! 

Step 1: Open Canva. At the top of the screen on the app’s interface, you’ll find template options. Scroll over to and select the “Your Story” template. This sizes the image to fit your Instagram story perfectly.


Step 2: Select the “Blank” template. Once it opens, tap the white background. Here, you’ll have the option to choose one of the default colors or your own. If you’re wanting to use a specific color or use the slider, tap on the “Used” plus sign. Experiment with the sliders until you have the color you want, or tap on the hex color (the # followed by a bunch of letters/numbers. They’re made up of six digits, and represent colors when used in HTML, CSS, SVG, and other computing applications) if you know the code you want to use. Now, all the colors you choose with the slider or hex will show up in the “used” color section above the defaults.

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Step 3: Now that you have your background color, tap on the + sign circle in the bottom right hand corner of Canva’s interface. There’s a few fun options here, but for highlight covers you really only need to worry about text and/or graphics (clipart). It depends on what you want your cover to look like when it shows on your Instagram profile.

If choosing text: Click on the text “T” box, and then click on “Add some text of your own.” Type the word you’d like to show in your highlight cover. I went with “Home” (for anything I might post to my IG story about our house or home decor). Once that’s added, it’s fairly easy to change the font (Canva has SO MANY to choose from!), size, letter spacing, etc. I like to make sure my text is centered.

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If choosing a graphic: Say you’d like a little graphic of a house to show up as your cover thumbnail instead of text. Click the plus sign in the bottom right hand corner again, and choose “Graphics.” Search for the graphic you’re looking for.

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Graphics that are free to use will say “Free” on them. Ones that cost will have what looks like three coins stacked on top of each other (or a tiny hamburger menu) with the number of “credits” you’ll need to purchase it. Each credit costs $1.99. Most of the design elements I’ve seen that cost credits are only 1 credit. Purchasing the credits are easy, but you won’t have the option until  you’re done with your design and are ready to share it. The awesome thing is that Canva will allow you to save a draft of your design to your camera roll so you can see exactly what it would look like (you could even upload it to your story to get a rough idea) but it will include a watermark. If you pay to use Canva, you will have more options for photos and graphics. I was able to find cute graphics for all of my Instagram highlights besides one — the one I used for “Pregnancy.” Since all the rest were free, (and the app itself is free) I felt justified paying $1.99 for the one I wanted.

Once you’ve chosen your graphic, you can also change its color. However, some graphics don’t allow you to change the color and will only give you a transparency option, so look out for that. I found a cute little house graphic and turned it white. I like choosing white text or graphics for my highlight covers, since it shows up really well against the colored background and looks clean.

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You can change the size of your graphic by dragging the corners of the box its in.

Step 4: Save your design! To save it to your camera roll, click “Share” in the top right hand corner. It will prepare your design, and bring up options for you to share/save it. Click save image, and BOOM! It’s in your camera roll. The design will now show up in the “Your Designs” section of the app. If you want all of your covers the be the same color, you can go back to it later to make more and just change the graphic or the word displaying as your text. Or, you can write down the hex color code and make a new one if you want to stay super organized.

Note: this would all be pretty easy to do with other apps like Over or WordSwag, but I like Canva the best for its font and graphic options. Canva can also be used on desktop, if that’s more your style!

Step 5: Upload your design to your Instagram story.


Then, you can either use it as the cover to an existing highlight or to make a new one. If using it for an existing one, click on the highlight, followed by the three dots and “More” in the bottom right hand corner. Click “Edit Highlight.” Your cover will show up in the “Archive” section, unless you’ve previously highlighted it from your Instagram story.

If using it for a new highlight, just click the “New” + sign at the beginning of your highlights on your profile. This will bring up your story archive. After choosing your cover, you can edit your cover to add a title and change the size by zooming in (if you didn’t like the size you chose in Canva).

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That’s it! The most recently updated story highlight will show up first in your “reel.”

Watch my step-by-step video tutorial on how to make your Instagram highlight covers cute below.

Get a closer look at my highlight reel @sonyjoubert! (On mobile.)

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The Ultimate First Trimester Survival Guide

The Ultimate First Trimester Survival Guide

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The 1st trimester of pregnancy can be such a doozy, complete with morning sickness and tons of hormone changes. So here are some first trimester essentials and must-haves that helped me through mine!

My morning sickness was ROUGH…I only threw up about once a week, but my nausea was CONSTANT.  So a lot of these items help with morning sickness/overall nausea.

Ginger Ale
If you’re experiencing morning sickness or any kind of nausea, Ginger ale will be your best friend. This was my drink of choice while going out to eat, and I always had some on hand at home. The individual mini bottles are great because it’s easy to just stash one in your purse while going out, and if you’re not drinking A TON (I really just needed little sips throughout the day) they will take way longer to go flat after being opened compared to a full 2-liter bottle.

Sea Bands
These magical little things will save your life. Sea Bands are wrist bands that have a little plastic stud attached to the inside center that exerts pressure and stimulates the P6 (or Nei-Kuan) acupressure point, and are a great drug-free way to relieve nausea.

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Keep in mind that they won’t work for everyone but seriously, they’re worth a try. I was a little skeptical myself at first, especially since I tried actual acupuncture with needles when I was 16 and it freaked me out. Sea Bands are a low-key way to try acupuncture. I really love these ones because they are fabric so they’re extra comfortable, and if they get dirty you can toss them in the wash.

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You need to wear both at the same time for them to work, and if you ever feel especially nauseous, you can push on the outside of the stud to activate more pressure. I wore them all the time during my first trimester, sometimes for 24 hours at a time, even at night. I got mine from Target, but you can also get Sea Bands on Amazon.

Prenatal vitamins
I actually started taking prenatal vitamins when we were trying to get pregnant. However, I started taking them consistently once I found out I was pregnant. I started with a pill and HATED it. It was so hard for me to remember to take, and I did not love having to swallow a pill with such bad nausea. Horrible as it is, I took them on a daily basis once I got some prenatal gummy vitamins. These Vitafusion prenatal gummy vitamins are what I take, and I love that they taste like lemonade. They are a DHA, folic acid and multivitamin. Prenatals are important to take because during pregnancy, your daily intake requirements for certain nutrients, such as folic acid (folate), calcium, and iron increase, according to the American Pregnancy Association. It’s especially important at the start of pregnancy when you may be too sick to eat a well-balanced diet.

Comfy sweats
I felt very bloated my first trimester, and adding that to the nausea? Being comfortable was so important. I bought these Gilligan & O’Malley pajama pants from Target and pretty much lived in them. The great thing is that they still fit me and will continue to into my third trimester!

Snacks — Sharp cheddar cheese and club crackers
This is pretty much all I ate for a little while (kidding, but not…). I tried saltine crackers at first, but for some reason they gave me tummy troubles. I really liked eating club crackers because they had a little bit more flavor and substance to them. I’d usually eat them with some sharp cheddar cheese, and I LOVED Tillamook Tillamoos in the Sharp White Cheddar flavor. Another item that was super easy to take with me on the go. And good protein, too! You can get them from most grocery stores. However, if you can’t find them, you can order Tillamoos from the Tillamook store.

Water bottle
I try to drink half my body weight in ounces in water when pregnant. Since I became stricter with this, I’ve found I just generally feel better, and I don’t get nearly as many headaches or migraines. Plus, it’s super important to stay hydrated during pregnancy so the baby doesn’t get dehydrated, which can cause pregnancy complications such as neural tube defects, low amniotic fluid, and preterm labor. I’ve found that having a water bottle that’s easy to use gets me to drink water more. I am so in love with my Contigo autoseal water bottle. It’s stainless steel, drinks can stay cold (or hot!) for up to 28 hours, and it’s leak and spill proof! Even if I leave it open, it autoseals so it won’t spill. I take it with me wherever I go, and even leave it right next to my bed so I can just reach over and get a drink during the night without spilling.

Pregnancy app
My favorite pregnancy app is Ovia. It shows you how big your baby is getting based off of your due date and provides weekly updates. It also has a symptoms lookup, AND food/medication safety lookup.Having Ovia at the start of my pregnancy meant I never had to question whether a medication I was taking or food I was eating was good for my baby. And for later in pregnancy, it has a kick counter and contraction timer. You can download Ovia pregnancy on the Apple iTunes app store or Google Play.

Preggie pops
Another quick way to relieve nausea and morning sickness is Preggie Pops by Three Lollies! They’re natural, which is always a plus for me, especially when pregnant. I particularly liked the Preggie Pop Drops lozenges, which are individually wrapped and can be stashed anywhere. The ones I like come in a variety pack of sour raspberry, green apple, sour tangerine and sour lemon. There’s also Preggie Pop Drops Plus, which have nausea-fighting B6 added.

Lemons are one of the best anti-nausea foods, in my opinion! Whenever my husband and I went out to eat when I was in my first trimester, I always asked the waiter for some lemons. I would literally just suck on a wedge and it would make me feel so much better. You can squirt some of the juice into your water or cut up some wedges and toss them in there. Sometimes even just sniffing a cut up lemon can help with morning sickness.

There we have it! Those are my first trimester survival tips and must-haves. I hope they help you! Was there anything that helped you that I didn’t mention? Tell me in the comments!


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The perfect during + after modest maternity dress & how pregnancy is changing me

The perfect during + after modest maternity dress & how pregnancy is changing me


Pregnancy is changing me.

Not just my body — but my mind and spirit, too.



I’ve had a few moments recently where I’ve realized “Wow, mine and Cristian’s lives are really going to change in a few months.” Then I start thinking about how much we have to prepare and it makes me so anxious!

But then I think about how again, this baby is changing me.

And when she comes, I know I’ll be ready to be a mama.


In the meantime, I can do all I can to physically and mentally prepare. Something that helps is having comfortable AND cute clothes! I feel like my belly is getting bigger and bigger every day and SO TIGHT. So I was so happy when I found this darling dress from Cleo Madison.

It’s not maternity, which I LOVE, because it means I can wear if after baby is born, too. It hits in the perfect spot right under my bust/above my tummy, and it’s long enough that I’ll most likely be able to wear it through my 3rd trimester.




Plus, the fabric is so soft and smooth — buttery, even. And the long sleeves make it perfect for this time of year.



I paired it with a deep lip color, some H&M gold tassel earrings (on sale!) and booties.


I feel like this dress would even make the perfect Valentine’s Day dress.


Dress: c/o Cleo Madison // Booties: Ross Dress for Less (old) // Earrings: H&M  (on sale!) // Lip color: LipSense Plum and Bella layered

One of the BEST things about this dress? It’s modest! Something very important to me, pregnant or not. It’s a win-win-win-win….etc. 🙂 This one is sold out, but they have tons of very similar ones available. You can also click on “email me when available” to receive an update when/if it comes back in stock.

Here are some similar ones that I have my eye on:
Kimberly Plaid Dress
Lindy Floral Dress in Mauve
Nora Houndstooth Dress
Tokyo Floral Dress (this is the most similar! Especially in color)

Pretty sure this one is my new favorite dress, and it’s definitely made me feel confident while being pregnant.


I was sent this dress to review, however all opinions are my own.

My New Year’s style/beauty resolutions

My New Year’s style/beauty resolutions


Happy New Year, friends! It’s been such an amazing year.



I have so many goals for 2018, but I decided it would be fun to create some style/beauty resolutions.


Unfortunate as it is sometimes, self-confidence is often affected by the way we look to ourselves. So I strongly believe in treating our outside appearances in a way that uplifts our self-confidence. It doesn’t have to be expensive or take a lot of time. My resolutions are easy ones you can set, too!



1. Do my makeup more often. Being pregnant has zapped so much of my energy, and sometimes I just flat out don’t have the time or desire to put some makeup on. And putting makeup on is so simple! It really doesn’t take very much — a little mascara and concealer can make such a difference. And yes, I do still feel beautiful with a makeup-less, natural face, but I can feel so much more put together when I’m wearing some.

2. Figure out more ways to dress this bump! I’ll only still be pregnant through April (crossing fingers!) but I’ll be in my third trimester in about a month, and I can only imagine how tricky it’ll be to feel comfortable in clothes, let alone cute. I’m excited about the challenge!



3. Find more uses for the clothes/accessories I already have. (I’m off to a good start — all items in this outfit were ones I already had!) Having a baby and getting used to our Portland rent, I don’t have much of a clothing budget. And capsule wardrobes have always intrigued me, so I might try my hand at one!


4. Treat my skin better! This includes finding a skincare routine that works for me, and wearing sunscreen more often.


Dress: Böhme (old) // Fur sweater poncho: Target (old, similar) // Tights: Target (old) // Shoes: Payless (old, similar here and here

What are your 2018 style/beauty resolutions?!

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Our Christmas present gender reveal: We’re having a GIRL!

Our Christmas present gender reveal: We’re having a GIRL!


We got the best Christmas of our lives on Christmas Eve during our gender reveal — our baby is a GIRL!

Entrusting my sister Brynn, we had our ultrasound tech email her the results at our anatomy scan the Thursday before Christmas Eve, without telling us if the baby is a boy or girl.

We had planned (for months!) to wait until I was more around 20 weeks, since it would be near Christmas, and do a special gender reveal with my family in Utah, since that’s where we were celebrating Christmas.

My sister’s plan was to get a teddy bear (since we’re the Joub-BEARS) from Build-A-Bear, dress it in either a girl or boy outfit, put it in the box it comes in and wrap it as a Christmas present.

The anticipation was crazy! Watch the reveal (recorded on Facebook Live) below.

Brynn tricked us and put a raincoat (that had both pink AND blue on it) over the outfit! She had told me she was maybe planning on doing that, as a “Portland joke,” but I forgot. So all we saw when we started to pull the bear out of the box was the blue hood. We totally thought it was a boy. Then I remembered, and asked if we were supposed to unzip the jacket. Then, we had some trouble unzipping it. I WAS DYING.

Then, finding out it’s a girl, brought me so much peace and relief. I even started to cry.

We were so focused on opening the box and finding out that we didn’t notice my aunt Asuka had snuck out somewhere and pulled out this cake she made for us with pink hearts all over the front. Brynn had told her when she found out so she could make it ahead of time. It was so sweet (and delicious! 😉 ) of her!

Crazy as it is, I’ve always felt a connection to this little girl. I’ve prayed about her, had dreams about her, and have felt little spiritual “nudges” from her throughout my young adult life, even long before I got married. I knew without a doubt that I would love a little boy just the same, but couldn’t get over how strongly I felt about having a girl — this girl — first.

And Cristian is just as happy. He wanted a girl too, especially in the last few weeks as the reveal got closer and closer. Of course he wanted a boy, but mostly to oppose me and to “carry on his name.” But the more he thought about it, the more he knew a girl was just right. And that little girl is going to be SUCH a daddy’s girl, I just know it.


And funny story: at our anatomy scan, the tech sent all the pics and videos he took EXCEPT the one showing the gender to my phone. We were sent back out to the lobby to wait for my midwife, and I decided to take a look at the pics. Cristian went to the bathroom, and as he was coming out, I gasped, put my hand over my mouth and told him I had just accidentally found out what the baby was. “Don’t you DARE tell me!” Cristian said. I explained to him that I had been looking at the screen of stats the tech sent, and saw the sex written there. (Because it said SEX: FEMALE.) He grabbed my phone and instantly deleted the photo without looking at it so he wouldn’t find out too, since he didn’t want the reveal ruined for him. I sat there in shock. A couple minutes passed, and I realized something. He had sent us the same screen of stats during our 9 week ultrasound. I went through my phone and found the pic, looked at it, and it said the same thing, SEX: FEMALE right next to 10/20/91……my birthday. You guessed it — I had been looking at my own stats. 😂 When I thought I had found out, SEX: FEMALE was of course the very first thing I saw (Cristian says I was looking through the photos digging for something…he might be right ☺) and I was sure that wasn’t my own sex because duh I’m female….I’m having a baby.

Cristian asked me after we realized I hadn’t actually found out if I was disappointed that I ruined the reveal for myself that we’d been planning for months. I told him “well yeah, I was bummed. But not really — I had a few really happy minutes there.” Since I so badly wanted it to be a girl.

We’ll laugh about it for the rest of our lives.

We are so, SO excited! We’ve even started our registry since I’m measuring at 23 weeks. We were at Target last night and as we were going though the aisles and I was oooing and ahhhing at all the cute girl stuff, Cristian said that while he’s so happy we’re having a girl, he’s not excited about all the girly shopping 😉

3 tips for dressing your growing baby bump

3 tips for dressing your growing baby bump


It’s a question I’ve definitely asked myself multiple times: When to start buying maternity clothes? Well, now that well into my 2nd trimester, my belly is really starting to grow, my clothes are fitting less and less. But I’m still not big enough to go crazy and buy a ton of maternity clothes. So I’ve really had to make the most of the clothes I already have. I thought I’d share 3 tips on how to dress your growing bump!


1. Wear your looser-fitting tops.

This sounds like a no-brainer, right? It is! Don’t spend your money on maternity tops until you REALLY need them. I’m lucky the loose, baggier fit shirts (like the boyfriend fit!) are so in right now, because it means my closet still fits my belly and I’m still comfy. The top I’m wearing here is a bit longer in the back, so it also still covers a bit of my growing bum 😉



2. Dresses!

Wear ALL the dresses! I already had a couple that hit right above my bump, so they work perfectly for my 2nd trimester, and will still work in my 3rd. Plus, you don’t have to worry about pants! It’s a win-win.

3. Get a pair of maternity pants/leggings.

This is the one thing I had to get when my clothes started not to fit, and what I think is a necessary item if you’ve reached your 2nd trimester. It’s best to get a stretchy pair, so they grow with you. Something I didn’t realize is that maternity clothes come in standard sizes too, like whaaat? But duh, of course they do. So you could always size down in leggings or stretchy pants so they fit a little bit better. The one’s I’m wearing are from Target, and aren’t leggings but totally feel like them, and look like actual pants. Amazon also has some great options.


These 3 tips have been my go-to’s lately when it comes to picking out what to wear.

Since I’m getting closer and closer to meeting this little babe, (I’m practically halfway!), things are getting more real, and I’m even more grateful than before that I’ve been chosen to be their mama.

Now, tell me your tips for dressing the bump!

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