My Brief (7 month!) Blogging Hiatus

Blogging Goals in 2017

So, obviously it has been a while since I posted anything. I took a brief (7 month!) hiatus from blogging to focus on raising Marlow and just getting used to being a mom. Can you believe it has been almost a year since she arrived?! Time flies when you’re having fun (and are totally sleep deprived and exhausted). But, who am I to complain? I love being a mom. You will never (EVER) hear me say it’s easy, but the reward outweighs the struggle… on most days, anyway. I honestly can’t even remember what life was like before having Marlow in it. She’s the best, and absolutely the most challenging, thing I have ever done.

But, back to blogging. I’m back! And, with being back comes some major blogging goals I have set for myself in the year ahead. Since it is June, I figure I have about 6 months that I really want to commit to my blog to improve it and get into a groove with writing and sharing my life. So over the next 6 months my goals are:

  1. To be more clear with my voice. Who I am, why I’m doing this and what I stand for and love in life. I tend to be chaotic in my writing, because life can be chaotic. My goal is to write about every subject that inspires me, but in a cohesive way.
  1. To focus more on myself. I see blogging as an outlet for my creativity, and for me to stay present. It gets so easy to just roll through the days checking things off my list. But, in all this adulting I have been doing I feel like I have lost a bit of myself. So, this blog allows me to focus on me, and the world around me a little more. It actually forces me to! Without it, I would literally have no idea what is going on outside the walls of my tiny house! So, I want to use this blog as encouragement to focus more on myself and what I love.
  1. To be consistent. I have a number of posts I would like to post per week. I think it’s doable, but we’ll see. What’s a blog if there’s nothing new to read? I plan on posting at least a few times a week.
  1. To not be scared to share myself! This is a really big one for me. In the past I try to just post about things that don’t delve to deeply into my private life. I understand there are certain things off limits, and certain limits I have for myself, but welcome to the new Lindorelli! Here I am! I’m not perfect, but this it what you get.
  1. Lastly, I just want to be athentic. I don’t want to post just to post and check it off my list. I want to blog, because I truly love what I’m sharing. I want to share items and stories that not only help me, and make me happy, but that I hope you’ll love and want to learn about too.

So, there’s that. We’ll see how it goes, but I’m not promising anything;) Wish me luck. Cheers to the rest of 2017.

Traveling with Baby Checklist – Free Printable

Free Printable Baby Packing Checklist

Packing for your first trip with a little one can be daunting. We took a week and a half long trip to California with Marlow when she was two months old to get out of the Arizona heat, and I’m pretty sure I was making lists before she was even born then started packing about two weeks before we went. I was so scared I was going to forget something important. But, no need to stress! I realized if I forgot something, we could just pick it up while we were out on our trip. California happens to have CVS and Target… so, there really wasn’t any reason for me to panic. I think we picked up a Dishwasher Basket some Honest Diapers and Wipes and some Baby Wash while we were on our trip, but I had everything else.

So, what do you actually need while traveling with a newborn? Of course, it depends on where you’re going and what the weather will be like, but I came up with a basic list to follow whenever we go on a trip and I thought I’d share it with you. We take a lot of road trips back and forth to San Diego and Laguna Beach. I went to college in San Diego and Matt grew up in Laguna Beach where his family still lives. We’re pretty lucky to have such incredible places to visit whenever we want, and thankfully it’s only about a 6 hour drive either place. This weekend we are planning on going to Laguna Beach for a baby shower and to stay with Matt’s family. Marlow is getting a little cousin in December! So, I’m looking forward to the shower and we’ll also be taking a ton of hand-me-downs for Marlow’s little girl cousin that she has outgrown.

Printable Infant Packing Checklist

So, back to what I’m packing for the little. Babies come with a lot of crap. We usually take our dog with us when we drive places too, so our car is typically packed at all times. These are the true essentials that we need, plus a few extras that I find helpful. Feel free to print this list and come back to this post whenever you take a trip to print another one. When you’re a new mom, anything to help you remember everything and keep things straight is a huge help!

In the Suitcase:

  1. Clothing
  2. Toiletries
  3. Feeding
  4. Miscellaneous

In the Diaper Bag:




Free Download - Printable Traveling with Baby Checklist

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Maternity Fashion - The Best Maternity Clothing Stores to help you define your Maternity Style

Maternity Fashion – The Best Maternity Clothing Stores

Maternity Fashion - The Best Maternity Clothing Stores to help you define your Maternity Style

Maternity Fashion is so easy right now. There are SO many options out there for stylish Maternity Clothes. Gone are the days of covering yourself with a dress that could double as a circus tent. We are lucky enough to have jeans available in all of our favorite non-pregnancy brands, styles that are actually STYLISH that don’t look like Maternitywear, and even activewear that will last throughout our entire pregnancy! My mom reminds me everyday that her options were limited to a few dresses she made her self back in the 70’s and 80’s. I will admit that being pregnant these days is a lot easier, and fashion-friendly, than it was back then.

My maternity style has been pretty laid back and easy. I work out at least three  days a week, and tend to just wear my maternity activewear on those days. I did have a few events where it was necessary to find a dress or a work-appropriate outfit to wear. I was lucky enough to receive quite a few maternity hand-me-downs from my sister-in-law, but I did manage to (of course) find some great stores that offer fashionable Maternity clothes that won’t break the bank. These are my favorite Maternity Fashion sources, and some of my favorite styles:

1., H&M – My favorites! Fashion-friendly Maternity Styles that won’t break the bank.

2. Old Navy – Great for Maternity Activewear

3. Destination Maternity & Pea in the Pod – Great source for Maternity Jeans and high fashion brands that offer maternity lines.

4., – Dresses and Special Event Maternity Clothing

5. Stitch Fix, Le Tote – Stylish Maternity Clothing Subscription Services if you don’t have time to shop or want someone to dress your bump for you. Easy peasy and oh so stylish!

*Note: Affiliate links were used throughout this post. I only share items that I genuinely have used or recommend.


Third Trimester Pregnancy Pain: What They Don’t Tell You

Third Trimester Pregnancy Pain - What they might not tell you.

I have mentioned before that I have had a pretty easy pregnancy. I have felt mostly ok throughout the entire process, minus first trimester nausea and skin problems. But, I can honestly say I was in no way prepared for the pain and surprises that come with the third trimester. Can we say OUCH?! I know everything I am feeling is completely normal and every pain is actually a good sign that baby is progressing how she should, but I just wasn’t prepared to be quite this miserable. So, in hopes of helping other preggers out there that are in their third trimester and wondering what the hell is happening to them, here are a few things that I have experienced during my third trimester that were unexpected, but are perfectly normal.

1. Vagina Lightning

Exactly what it sounds like. Also lovingly called “Crotch Lightning”, this searing pain feels as if there is lightning shooting out of your lady bits. Pleasant, right?! This was the third trimester pregnancy pain that I was least prepared for. It didn’t happen to me until the baby dropped the day I turned 35 weeks, so if your baby doesn’t drop until labor you MIGHT get lucky and miss out on this one. But, I have a feeling you’ll experience it at least once in your pregnancy when baby decides to turn her head while it’s pressed up against your bladder. It’s a good sign that baby’s head is down and it could mean your cervix is ready to dilate or has already begun. But, the pain is enough to stop you in your tracks and grab yourself à la Michael Jackson. Just try not to scare those around you when it happens, and good luck explaining why you just grabbed your crotch in public.

2. Pelvic Pain

I figured there would be some pain in my pelvis at some point considering there is something the size of a watermelon wanting to force it’s way through, but I had no idea it would be so debilitating. This is another third trimester pain you might get lucky and miss out on, but around 80% of women will experience pelvic pain in pregnancy. Since my sweet little darling dropped into my pelvis, I have hardly been able to walk. I feel like I’ve run a marathon from my hips down. This kind of pelvic pain in your third trimester is usually caused by the hormone relaxin which is helping your body prepare itself for that watermelon to have an easier time passing through. The relaxin is living up to its name and relaxing the ligaments and joints in your body, which will make it easier for baby to pass through the birth canal. So, it’s a great sign that your body is doing it’s job in preparing for labor, but man does it hurt! If the pain is unbearable bring it up to your doctor, and they can lead you in a direction to relieve your pain. Pelvic Support Belts and warm baths are also known to help.

3. Constipation

You thought the first two trimesters were bad? Wait until your third when your uterus has officially taken over your body and pushed your intestines into a cramped and crumpled mess somewhere to the side of your abdomen. This makes it very difficult for anything to pass through on any sort of ‘regular’ schedule. Also, the added pressure of the baby on your digestive system can cause those lovely pregnancy visitors called hemorrhoids. Everyone’s favorite! So, between your hormones, hemorrhoids and that iron supplement your doctor may have put you on, good luck with this third trimester pain in the ass… literally. I recommend Colace Stool Softeners (DO NOT use laxatives. They could trigger contractions and cause dehydration. Please ask your doctor before using stool softeners.), Witch Hazel and Flushable Cleansing Wipes for the hemorrhoids, and a daily glass of Prune Juice (sounds gross, but it’s actually quite tasty).

4. Leg Cramps & Restless Leg Syndrome

Wasn’t expecting this one either. One night I woke up screaming, jumped out of bed with the worst charley horse I’ve ever had and scared my husband to death as he was startled awake asking if I was having contractions. These are just another unfortunate side effect of  third trimester bliss. Not only is there more blood forcing itself through your swollen legs, you just can’t seem to drink enough water no matter how hard you try. So, the more dehydrated you are, the more likely you are to experience these middle of the night visitors. Drink lots of water, take a warm bath (not hot) before bed, and if you feel one coming on, get up and walk it off.

If you’re having any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor about them and see if there is anything they suggest to relieve your pain. The good news is that these symptoms are all normal and mean your body is getting ready for the big day! The end is near!

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Third Trimester Pregnancy Constipation - 15 Funny Memes to get you through the Third Trimester

Third Trimester Pregnancy Memes… for when you think you just can’t handle being pregnant anymore

So, I am currently 36.5 weeks pregnant. I can honestly say I’ve had a pretty easy pregnancy, as far as physical symptoms go anyway. I only ALMOST threw up once or twice, was able to continue my workout routine until a couple weeks ago, and haven’t had too many skin problems past my first trimester and beginning of my second. So, things have gone pretty well. But, oh man… I don’t think they adequately warn you about the aches and pains of the Third Trimester. I talk about those in another post, but keep in mind the term “Vagina Lightning”… yeah.

So, I know the end is within weeks, but some days I just truly feel like I can’t do it anymore. This bowling ball that I swallowed that keeps kicking my ribs, spreading my pelvis and turning her head on my bladder is beginning to really wear on me. So, for those of you dealing with the same third trimester bliss that I am, these memes are for you. Hopefully they’ll make us laugh enough to keep our spirits high as our pregnant bodies gear up for the big event in the coming weeks. Did you ever think you’d be so ready to experience the worst pain of your life?! Me neither…

1. Because it does.

Third Trimester Pregnancy Pain - 15 Funny Memes to get you through the Third Trimester

2. Every night.

Third Trimester Joke - 15 Funny Memes to get you through the Third Trimester

3. I just ate 3 Snickers bars…

Pregnancy Cravings - 15 Funny Memes to get you through the Third Trimester

4. Those days you feel ok until you catch a glimpse of yourself from the side.

Pregnancy Joke - 15 Funny Memes to get you through the Third Trimester

5. I meant to cook dinner 3 days ago.

Pregnancy Bladder - 15 Funny Memes to get you through the Third Trimester

6. It’s 100 degrees outside. No Sh@*s given.

Pregnancy Leggings - 15 Funny Memes to get you through the Third Trimester

7. It’s more like a walrus stuck in a tube of pillows. Try not to get too out of breath.

Third Trimester Pregnancy - 15 Funny Memes to get you through the Third Trimester

8. Just keep your comments to yourself.

Third Trimester Meme - 15 Funny Memes to get you through the Third Trimester

9. I feel like I’ve already given birth on at least 4 different occasions…

Third Trimester Pregnancy Constipation - 15 Funny Memes to get you through the Third Trimester

10. The glow ain’t real.

Third Trimester Funny - 15 Funny Memes to get you through the Third Trimester

11. More like 14,530,000.

Third Trimester Humor - 15 Funny Memes to get you through the Third Trimester

12. Leg cramps, toe cramps, uterus cramps oh my.

Pregnancy Leg Cramps - 15 Funny Memes to get you through the Third Trimester

13. So romantic.

Sex During Pregnancy - 15 Funny Memes to get you through the Third Trimester

14. Cue the grunts and heavy breathing.

Pregnancy Humor - 15 Funny Memes to get you through the Third Trimester

15. Also applies to first and second trimesters…

Pregnancy Meme - 15 Funny Memes to get you through the Third Trimester

So, hopefully you were able to get a few laughs. Hang in there, mamas, your little one will debut soon!


Skincare for a Healthy Pregnancy - Organic and Safe Beauty and Skincare products that are safe for pregnancy and everyday.

Juice Beauty Healthy Pregnancy Collection – ON SALE!

Skincare for a Healthy Pregnancy - Organic and Safe Beauty and Skincare products that are safe for pregnancy and everyday.

I know I talk about Juice Beauty products all the time. I have used them for almost 2 years now, since we made the decision to try to get pregnant. Originally, I started out with the Juice Beauty Healthy Pregnancy Collection when I was looking for an effective all natural skin care line that was pregnancy safe, and I have continued to use their skin care products throughout my pregnancy. It worked amazingly well in my first and second trimesters when Pregnancy Acne and dry flakey skin were constantly showing up.Pregnancy Skincare by Juice Beauty - Organic Skincare Products that actually work

I LOVE this brand. I have since converted my husband to using a lot of their skin care products, too. I wanted to write this post to not only share a product that I truly love, but right now everything on their website is ON SALE! Which, gives you the chance to try some of their great products at a fraction of the cost. So, if you’re looking for a pregnancy-safe skincare routine that works, this is a great opportunity for you to try some wonderful products! Just use code FF2016 during checkout for 20% off!

Juice Beauty's Friends & Family Sale! 20% off + Free Shipping! 5/22/16-5/25/16, Enter FF2016 at checkout!

My Favorite Juice Beauty Products:

Juice Beauty Healthy Pregnancy Kit

The Healthy Pregnancy Kit – This all-in-one solution has everything you need for healthy, beautiful skin during pregnancy. It’s baby-safe AND comes with a FREE GIFT! The kit includes:

  1. Exfoliating Cleanser
  2. Blemish Clearing Powder
  3. SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer – BB
  4. Smoothing Eye Concentrate
  5. Cleansing Milk
  6. Antioxidant Serum
  7. USDA Organic Treatment Oil
  8. GREEN APPLE Peel Pregnancy
  9. FREE GIFT – Travel Size Hydrating Mist, travel size and a Full Size USDA Organic Lip Moisturizer

Pregnancy Safe Organic Concealer and Makeup

PHYTO-PIGMENTS Perfecting Concealer – This concealer is great for safely hiding those Pregnancy Acne Blemishes and dark under-eye circles from the constant exhaustion.  It also works to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles for a smoother, younger looking complexion.

Pregnancy Safe Skincare - Organic Nutrient Moisturizer by Juice Beauty

Nutrient Moisturizer – My skin tends to be really dry, so I will use this light and smooth moisturizer with the SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer during the day and the Organic Treatment Oil at night.

So, let me know what you think! Friends & Family Sale

*Note: Affiliate links were used throughout this post. I only share items that I genuinely have used or recommend.

Natural Beauty Products for Pregnancy

Organic and Natural Beauty Products for Pregnancy - Swap out harmful ingredients for an all natural pregnancy skin care routine.

A lot of people apply products to their skin and hair without giving it a second thought that an ingredient in what they’re using could be harmful should they become pregnant. But, everything you put on your skin, goes into your bloodstream, and yes, will go straight to your baby. That’s why when I knew I was going to try to get pregnant I knew it was time to switch up my skincare routine to include all natural beauty products for pregnancy.

There are some big skin care and cosmetic ingredients no-no’s to avoid while pregnant. These include anything containing:

  1. Aluminum chloride hexahydrate: Found in antiperspirant; check for aluminum chloride hexahydrate and aluminium chlorohydrate.
  2. Beta hydroxy acids: Salicylic acid, 3-hydroxypropionic acid, trethocanic acid and tropic acid.
  3. Chemical sunscreens: Avobenzone, homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene, oxybenzone, oxtinoxate, menthyl anthranilate and oxtocrylene.
  4. Diethanolamine (DEA): Found in hair and body products; stay clear of diethanolamine, oleamide DEA, lauramide DEA and cocamide DEA.
  5. Dihydroxyacetone (DHA): Found in spray self-tanners; could be harmful if inhaled.
  6. Formaldehyde: Found in hair straightening treatments, nail polishes and eyelash glue; look for formaldehyde, quaternium-15, dimethyl-dimethyl (DMDM), hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, and 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol).
  7. Hydroquinone: A lightening agent; abstain from hydroquinone, idrochinone and quinol/1-4 dihydroxy benzene/1-4 hydroxy benzene.
  8. Parabens: Keep away from propyl, butyl, isopropyl, isobutyl and methyl parabens.
  9. Phthalates: Found in products with synthetic fragrances and nail polishes; avoid diethyl and dibutyl especially.
  10. Retinol: Vitamin A, retinoic acid, retinyl palmitate, retinaldehyde, adapalene, tretinoin, tazarotene and isotretinoin. (Here are some retinol alternatives.)
  11. Thioglycolic acid: Found in chemical hair removers; can also be labeled acetyl mercaptan, mercaptoacetate, mercaptoacetic acid and thiovanic acid.
  12. Toluene: Found in nail polishes; skip methylbenzene, toluol and antisal 1a.

So, get used to reading labels while you’re pregnant, because you’ll be doing a lot of it! I read the label before I put anything in my mouth or on my skin and try to use Organic everything when possible and reasonable. I found a great App that I use a lot while shopping for skin care products and cosmetics. It’s called Think Dirty, and all you have to do is scan a product’s barcode, and it will tell you exactly whether it is harmful to you or your baby. You can check that out here.

So, what to do when all of your favorite products could potentially harm your unborn child? Swap them out! In today’s market there are a ton of all natural beauty products for pregnancy (that are effective!) that keep your skin and beauty routine in check, while also keeping baby safe. Below are a few of my favorite all natural beauty products for pregnancy.

Face Wash

All Natural Alba Botanica Good and Clean Face Scrub

My dry pregnancy skin needed some extra exfoliation, and I found this great face wash from Alba Botanica that kept my skin clean and dry patch free. For a more gentle wash I used Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk.

Blemish and Acne Control

Pregnancy Acne? Burt's Bees Blemish Stick is the perfect solution.

Most acne medications are off-limits during pregnancy. Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick saved me in my first and second trimesters when my skin was going absolutely crazy! Just dab a little on your blemish, let it dry and you’re good to go.

Night Cream

Josie Maran Argan Oil is prefect for All Natural Skin Care During Pregnancy.

I had REALLY dry skin during pregnancy. I tried everything, but just couldn’t find a natural moisturizer that would help the scaly mess I had going on. Josie Maran Argan Oil was a great alternative to my usually night cream. It was a little greasy for me to use during the day, but I used it every night to help moisturize and smooth my dry cracking skin and it worked beautifully! I also used it in my hair after straightening to tame fizz and add shine. She offers a ton of makeup, hair and skin care products for various skin types.

Day Moisturizer with SPF

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer is a great daily sun care product during pregnancy

I love Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer, and use it every day. For a lot of people this might be enough for a daytime moisturizer, but I layered this with an all natural daily moisturizer from Burt’s Bees for the added sun protection benefits. It works great under makeup. Juice also offers some other amazing natural beauty products for pregnancy including makeup.

Body Lotion/Body oil

Burt's Bees Body Lotion - Contains stretch mark fighting ingredients and it's safe for pregnancy. Honest Co. Organic Body Oil contains stretch mark fighting ingredients and it's safe while pregnant.

I have used a combination of body oil and body lotion throughout my pregnancy. I’ll use body oil on my bump in the mornings and finish off the rest of my body with the lotion since the oil is a little greasy. I have been devoted to both Honest Co. Organic Body Oil and Burt’s Bee’s Lotion for all natural skin hydration throughout pregnancy. Plus, both have tough stretch-mark fighting ingredients.

Belly Balm/Stretch Mark Cream

Honest Company Belly Balm contains every natural ingredient known to fight Stretch Marks during Pregnancy

I did a lot of research on the best products out there to prevent stretch marks. People swear by Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Rosehip Oil, Cocoa Butter, Tamanu Oil, Jojoba, etc… So, since I have no idea what actually works I found an all natural solution that has them ALL! Yes, Honest Co. Belly Balm has every ingredient known to prevent stretch marks naturally. It covers all the bases. I have been using it since before I even had a belly, and no stretch marks yet. Fingers crossed! I plan on using it after labor for a couple weeks as well, since many women report stretch marks popping up after labor on abs and breast. I’ll update you and let you know if this belly ball worked for me.

Shower Gel

Honest Company Shampoo & Body Wash smells amazing and is the perfect addition to your pregnancy beauty routine.

I have been devoted to Honest Co. products for a few years now, so of course I would turn to them first when I got pregnant and was looking for Organic all natural beauty products for pregnancy to help keep my baby safe. I have been using the Honest Co. Shampoo + Body Wash for a couple years now. I solely use it as a shower gel with my loofa, but I love the suds it creates and the smell is sweet and fresh!


Honest Co. Spray Deodorant is an all natural deodorant that actually works...

Natural deodorant (or at least one that works) seems to be difficult to find. Most of them that I have tried don’t work and leave you pretty smelly by the end of the day. With the extra body heat and horomones you’ve got going on in pregnancy, you need something that works. I discovered that Honest Co. Deodorant works really well for me. And, I love that it’s a spray and soaks in really well.

Shampoo and Conditioner

John Masters Organics Shampoo and Contitioner is the only natural hair care I have tried that LATHERS and leaves your hair moisturized and healthy!

This was a tough one! I tried a bunch of products, but all of them seemed to dry my long, fine hair out and leave it a tangled mess. I really can’t stand it when all natural shampoo doesn’t lather. I like suds, and I feel like my hair isn’t clean without them. I finally found John Masters Organics. It lathers, smells amazing, makes your scalp feel great and the conditioner moisturizes and detangles while leaving your hair soft and manageable. Definitely a brand I will continue using post-pregnancy.


Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish is made without Parabens or Sulfates - perfect for pregnancy.

I know that pedicures are allowed during pregnancy, but I just didn’t want to be exposed to the fumes of the salon. So, I did my own manicures throughout pregnancy and used Deborah Lippmann nail polish. Not only does she create amazing colors that all seem to last an eternity, they are all made without Parabens and Sulfates. I also love Zoya products, and they have a slightly better price point than most pregnancy-friendly nail polishes.

Lip Gloss

Rosebud Salve Natural Lip Gloss is the best lip gloss out there.

I mentioned Rosebud Salve in my post about what I will be packing for my trip to the hospital when I give birth. Honestly, I can’t say enough about it. With my chronic dry skin and chapped lips, this is the only thing that works! Plus, it has a tiny bit of pink to add the perfect glow to your lips!

These are just a few of the ways I’m doing my best to have a safe and healthy pregnancy and newborn. Every little bit counts! What are your favorite all natural beauty products? Any that you can’t live without?

*Note: Affiliate links were used throughout this post. I only share items that I genuinely have used or recommend.