Maternity Hacks for Pants that Actually Work

There are a lot of maternity hacks on Pinterest, but before we get into this, I would like to point out that there is more pressure now than ever to have a stylish pregnancy.  More expensive maternity boutiques, more gorgeous Insta-Moms and let’s face it, pregnancy is not glamorous.  At 6 weeks pregnant and I barely even aware of it, I had a hard time buttoning my pants.  This was quite a blow to my ego.

Aren’t you supposed to show later when you’re in shape and have never been pregnant?

I would think as I stretched my way into jeans sausage casings.  I really do stretch while I put pants on and my husband finds it hilarious.

I can’t help you with the fluid retention and constipation you will surely encounter during pregnancy.  I did say it wouldn’t be glamorous.  I can, however, help you get into your jeans.

Maternity Hacks For Pants:

Getting a pair of maternity pants was one of the best pieces of advice I took early in my pregnancy (I’ll be sharing all the gems in one post coming soon).  Why invest early?  It’s just more comfortable.  I read that you can use a rubber band or hair tie to keep your pants fastened with a little extra give.  You can definitely do this, but it’s not all that comfy.  There are loads of under belly maternity pants, pants that fasten or have elastic below the belly button to allow your belly to grow, as opposed to traditional maternity pants that you can pull up to your bra.  Odds are, you’ll need a good pair of jeans anyway and the under belly jeans will get you through most of your pregnancy.  I’m eight months currently, and I’m just now finding those the under belly pants to be a bit snug.

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I’m eight months and I’m so close to eviction day that I do not want to buy more clothes.  Thankfully, it’s an easy fix.  With the Fertile Mind – Belly Belt Combo, The Ultimate Maternity Wear Solution set, I’m able to make my sausage casings feel like actual pants.

Maternity hacks for pants that actually work
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With multiple buttons and sizes available, these babies will grow your pants with your growing body.

This next part will save you from an embarrassing moment.  I will probably never forget when I sneezed and peed my pants while shopping.  Preggos have enough unavoidable moments like this, so listen up.

If you’re able to get your zipper up while using a button extender, it won’t likely stay up.  You don’t want to accidentally drop trou in public.  Make sure you use a key ring or small hair tie to keep your zipper up.  It’s quick and easy and you most likely already have one of those two items on hand, see how it works here.

The pieces shown behind the button extenders above that look like loin cloths are to fasten over the button extender and fit between your belly and pants.

Maternity hacks for pants that actually work.

Your skin will thank you for not exposing it to a scratchy unzipped zipper.  So far, most of my pants are small enough that I haven’t tried to stuff all that fabric down the front of my pants.  I use my undies as a barrier, but no, I do not walk around with my panties hanging out.  I use a Bellyband to cover the front of my pants.  It looks like I have a tank top on under my shirt and no one would ever know my pants are unzipped.

Maternity Hacks in Action:

Can you even tell my waist has outgrown these maternity pants?  I look like I actually have style instead of like I’m trying to make maternity wear fit my style.

Stylish Maternity Outfit

These maternity pants still fit fairly well at eight months, but I need the belt extender to be more comfortable when I sit down.

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Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil

Removes makeup, including stubborn waterproof makeup the way you wish water would.  See the full review here.  I’m freaking out about this product and that means, I have to share it!  I’m giving it away!

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Hairstyle for When Your Hair Is Greasy: Faux Undercut

We have all looked in the mirror at a fresh-out-of-bed hairstyle and thought, “OMG, I look like a wombat and I don’t have time to wash my hair!”  Ok, maybe I’m the only one dramatic enough to compare myself to a marsupial, but still greasy hair is a tough coif to tame.  Luckily, there are a few quick and easy hairstyles that you can add to your personal repertoire to save your morning.

The faux undercut is one of my favorite hairstyles for when my hair is on its last leg.  It’s cool, fresh and people won’t even know that you neglected to wash your hair.

Faux Undercut Hairstyle: Perfect for Dirty Hair Days
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See How Easy it is to do this Hairstyle:

I have rocked this look so many times.  When my hair is fresh and clean, I brush through the curls and it makes pretty waves.  If my hair is dirty, I wear it exactly the same as in the video.  The one constant is always the feedback; people love it and think it looks like I had it done professionally.  You can see from the video that the look is far from perfect, it’s just not what people are used to, so they over look the dirty hair.

If your hair is beyond the point of wearing it down, even on the one side, and yes, I’ve been there too, you may want to try the Faux Hawk, which is even easier than this look.

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Products I Use for this Look:

Davines This is A Strong Moulding Clay, 2.75 oz.  The actual product used in the video.  This moulding clay is going to add definition and keep hair from looking frizzy.  It will also add to the grease already in your hair, so use it sparingly.  I use it mainly because I have frizzy ends.

Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Spray– I love this stuff for second to last day or last day before a wash.  Spray on your roots and dry with a hair dryer, or use it just after a wash for the perfect blow out.

Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist–  Use after a wash for the perfect blowout and days of easier styling to follow.  After the perfect blowout?  Watch the tutorial I did on achieving a salon blow out at home.

Amika Bombshell Blowout–  A slightly cheaper alternative to the Alterna Caviar blowout spray.  I’ve had excellent results with this product as well as the Alterna blowout spray.  Be sure to use products that add moisture back to your hair if you’re in the habit of using blowout sprays on the regular; they can dry your hair out with long-term use.

Osis Dust It– This stuff will lift the toughest of roots.  I love to use it on the last day before a wash because I get the full root lift, but I don’t wake up so hot the day after I use it, so I have to wash it.  I did a whole post on it because I love this product so much.

Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam–  This is the ONLY dry shampoo that does not leave white spots in my hair.  I’ve tried a lot of dry shampoos and this one takes the cake.  It’s a foam, so use it sparingly and dry it out with a hair dryer for the best results.

Oribe Hairspray–  I’m not a hairspray girl, I miss being able to run my hands through my hair.  That said, I only use light weight hairspray and this one is my favorite.  It smells wonderful and doesn’t leave my hair too weighed down or sticky.

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How to Remove Eye Makeup Without Losing Eye Lashes

I never put much thought into how I remove my eye makeup or the products I use until recently when I learned that it is possible to remove eye makeup without losing eye lashes.  I always thought losing a few lashes was just part of the game, just like losing hair is a natural part of brushing.  Though it doesn’t have to be.  With the right product and the right technique, eye makeup melts off your eyes leaving all your beautiful lashes behind.

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How to Remove Eye Makeup Without Losing Eye Lashes

By far the biggest difference was switching to the oil based Tatcha Pure One Step Cleansing Oil.  I’ve heard that oil based makeup remover was the way to go, but I hadn’t tried one in years and the one I used left a weird residue behind that tarnished my view of oil based cleansers forever.  Recently, during an episode of House of Cards, I noticed that Claire, Robyn Wright, was using an oil based cleanser and it worked way better than what I was using at that time.  I decided that maybe there was some truth behind what I’d heard.  Before I could even do my homework on cleansers, I received a sample of Tatcha Pure One Step Cleansing Oil.

It was small and suitable for travel, so I stuffed it in my bag for my next trip and my gosh was I amazed by how well this stuff works.  Tatcha Pure One Step Cleansing Oil doesn’t just remove makeup though, the product delivers on its claim to hydrate skin at the same time.  My eyes are not red in the mornings like they used to be and I’m not losing lashes on a nightly basis.

Another switch I made was to buy the softest cotton rounds I could find.  I love the CVS generic brand Beauty 360 Cotton Rounds for their softness.  Lately, I’ve been using Shiseido Facial Cotton and my face is definitely thanking me.  I would rank the two similarly for softness, but the Shiseido Facial Cotton pads are larger and can be purchased online, so I like the convenience of one click shopping.  I freely admit that I have an addiction to Sephora.

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Third Trimester Pregnancy Update

It feels like yesterday that I found out we are expecting, but now that I’m in my third trimester, it’s time for another pregnancy update!

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Can you believe how fast that went?  I can’t.  Of course, we’ve been traveling and we moved, so life has been crazy and I’m so thankful things are slowing down.

Pregnancy Update:

How far along are you?

I’m 28 weeks and 2 days.  Yes, every day counts when the countdown is this important.

How big is peanut? 

According to the various apps I use, the little guy is the size of a papaya, cauliflower, coconut or a large eggplant.

What’s my favorite app?

Glad you asked!  I love the Pregnancy+ app.  The timeline is very helpful when planning trips (we can easily check and make sure we are in compliance with my travel restrictions).   The photos and ultrasound pics are also really cute to follow.  I like the weekly updates and daily articles.  All the apps have those, but since I’m on Pregnancy+ most often, I tend to read those.  Every week I get an update on what’s going on with my baby, my body, health tips (timeline appropriate), partners info and twins/multiples info.  The weekly updates are geared toward helping understand the gestational development and changes to expect, while the daily articles are more lifestyle topics that pregnant women would be interested in reading or sharing with their partner.

Total weight gain/loss? 

I try not to weigh myself.  I see my doctor every 3 weeks because I’m high risk and I know they would tell me if there was an issue.  Peanut is a little on the big side, so he’s healthy and I’m still feeling healthy and eating well, so I’m not worried about the number.

What’s your take on maternity clothes? 

It it so, so important to be comfortable during this time.  I read a bunch of tricks and hacks to making your jeans last longer through pregnancy, like using a rubberband to secure the waistband.  You know what?  Maternity jeans are way more comfy.  I’ve found that having good maternity staples, like black pants and jeans to pair with my looser pre-pregnancy tops has helped me feel like I have variety in my wardrobe without spending a fortune.  I’m glad I took the advice and purchased some good pants and shorts early on because even in my first trimester, I felt so bloated and retained so much fluid that my hips and thighs didn’t fit comfortably into my regular jeans.  I could do an entire post on what to buy and where to buy maternity clothes, so I think I will!  Stay tuned.  Follow along on Instagram to catch my maternity outfits on a regular basis.

Sleep?

I’m still sleeping ok.  Starting to make bathroom trips during the night.  I’m pretty fortunate to have made it this long sleeping through the night.  Last night was our first night in our new Sheex Sheets and it was amazing.  I’ve used Sheex for about 4 years and I will never go back.  We were without them for a month after buying a king sized bed for the new house.  This time, I went ahead and got the Sheex Duvet and Duvet Cover.  These sheets feel like a dream.  They are made from performance material, so it’s like sleeping in your softest Lululemon clothes.  They help regulate temperature through the night and never wrinkle or pill.  If I have to deal with interruptions in the night, at least I can feel like I’m sleeping on a cloud.

Best moment this week? 

Ha, well these are probably TMI, but what the hell.  We’re all friends.

Earlier this week, I sneezed in Home Goods and peed my pants.  Yep, it happened.  There’s something about the second trimester that brings out nesting habits in mamas-to-be, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many preggos in one location as I did that day in Home Goods.  I have a feeling I’m not alone in that experience, at least that’s what I’m choosing to believe.

Had another fun moment over the weekend while attending a wedding.  I rented a non-maternity dress that was perhaps a bit snug in the top, but it looked great and I felt great in it, so I rocked it.  When I removed my bra at the end of the night, I was extremely surprised to find that I had lactated inside my bra.  This can happen in the second trimester, but wow, could that have been embarrassing if I hadn’t had the bra padding and double layered dress which kept it a secret.  Thank goodness Rent the Runway takes care of the dry cleaning bill, nothing actually made it on the dress this time, but eeek what a rough week!  I love renting clothes and there’s no better time than when my body’s size is ever-changing.  Catch my full review.

Symptoms? 

Second trimester was good to me.  My energy increased quite a bit.

The Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome was pretty well controlled and if you read the last update, you know that the first trimester was not fun in that regard, but things settled down with the second trimester hormone shift.  I’m anticipating it becoming a problem again in the third trimester, but fingers crossed that it continues to exceed my expectations.  My back is starting to hurt and I’m not handling all the work around the house as well as I did a month ago, but the house is coming together and I’ve got hubby and friends to help with the rest.

Swelling has been an issue for me.  Hubs assures me that I don’t look swollen, but boy do I feel it.  My shoes and rings are getting tougher to wear.  I pretty much only wear my wedding band these days instead of both the engagement ring and band because it’s too tight with both.  I wore maternity compression panty hose on our last flight and it helped.  In this heat, I can’t do the thigh highs because the rubber grips in the thighs get slimy with sweat, again, sorry for the gross details, but you asked for the update!  I’m stuck with the over the belly maternity compression panty hose that are a pain to adjust before and after my daily 10,000 trips to the bathroom.  I’d like to ask you guys what you did for swelling but preemptively, I will say that my blood pressure is normal and I am watching it carefully, so we don’t need to go down that path.  Seriously though, what helps?

Food cravings?   

I haven’t really had any.  I’ve tried eat healthy and keep the weight gain a healthy amount.  Every night I enjoy a few chocolates for dessert because growing a human is hard, so I treat myself!

Food aversions? 

That has eased up from first trimester.  I didn’t have any crazy food aversions, but I did not find certain foods, mostly greasy, unhealthy stuff to be appetizing.  Now, I still don’t have the desire to eat that way, but the smells don’t put me off like they used to.

Gender? 

Oh Boy!

Labor signs? 

I have some Braxton Hicks contractions, but mostly I have exercise mediated uterine irritability.  Leave it to me to have an irritable uterus!  What that means is that when I exert myself, my uterus contracts, but it doesn’t act like a true contraction.  The contraction part feels the same, but it doesn’t resolve quickly like a contraction does.  It resolves pretty gradually, so I can’t tell exactly when it resolves.  Doctor says, rest, hydrate and ibuprofen for me when this happens.  My back is cool with that, but my thunder thighs could use the exercise!

Belly button in or out? 

Still in, but flattening out more and more.

My biggest question for now?

Besides tips for swelling…  Which breast pump is the best?  Were you actually able to get a free pump through your insurance?  I’ve heard renting is the way to go because you get the double electric technology and the pumps are hospital grade, so they pump in half the time, but is that model one that I could get reimbursed for through insurance?

What I miss?

I miss not wearing all of my jewelry, especially my engagement ring.  My fashion rings and even some bracelets are too snug with all this fluid retention.

I miss the second trimester energy.  I felt it slipping away toward the end of the second and I’m just starting the third.  I probably wouldn’t miss it so much if I knew that at the end of the third trimester, I would be greeted with restful nights and a free schedule, but we all know that’s not going to happen.

I miss being able to push myself working out.  These days, I get the contractions I mentioned just from bending over.

What I’m looking forward to? 

I’m looking forward to bonding with this little guy.  I feel closer to him all the time, especially now that he’s kicking up a storm.  He already seems like a funny little boy, the way he kicks me back when I move a certain way.  He kicks the whole time while I do my under-desk elliptical, like he’s doing it with me.  I like imagining things about his personality, like that he loves the elephants in his nursery and the spicy food I eat.  I can’t wait to meet him.

I’m looking forward to having an answer when people ask me what his name is.

I’m looking forward to my next ultrasound in two weeks.  It’s going to be our first 3D ultrasound, so we should get a good look.  I think I can tell from the kicks that he is still breach, but we’ll see.

Being “high risk,” I have ultrasounds all the time, but they’ve all been healthy and great so far!  I can’t wait to see little boy every time.  I see him sleeping, kicking, playing with his cord, pulling on the cord…  I don’t know how people can deal with only seeing their little munchkin a few times the whole pregnancy.

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My TV Debut: Swimsuits for Your Body Type

Last week, I had the pleasure of modeling swimwear on Arizona Midday for a segment: Swimsuits for Your Body Type.  Cristina Pearlstein of How Do You Fashion walks us through the “nail-biting” situation that is shopping for swimwear.

How Do You Fashion is a one stop shopping and styling destination for all women.  See it, buy it, wear it.  No more standing in front of an overstuffed closet with overwhelming panic as the clock ticks.  You know the feeling, the more clothes you pull, the more you feel like you have nothing to wear.  How Do You Fashion’s Cris Pearlstein has set out to solve this problem for women of all sizes and budgets.

On the local NBC show, Arizona Midday, Pearlstein tackles one of my favorite subjects: Swimsuit Season.  It’s not my favorite subject because I look amazing in every suit I touch.  That could not be further from the truth.  I love this subject because it’s so painful for all of us, but it doesn’t have to be.  The feeling that a suit is highlighting your insecurities and everyone is going to notice knows no bounds.

When I was a personal trainer, a petite woman confided to me that she could not wear shorts because of cellulite.  Most people would think that a 115 lb. hot lady would not worry about wearing shorts.

 I asked that same client if she would ever dream of saying the things she thought about herself to another woman with the same features.  Absolutely not!  I reminded myself of this experience when I decided to go ahead with the segment and be the ‘gigantic preggo body type model’ (as the voice in my head would describe it).

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Pearlstein’s Tips: How to Shop Swimsuits for Your Body Type:

  • Don’t go after a big lunch.
  • Don’t go on an off day.
  • Order online if you can.
  • Try them on in front of your skinny mirror at home, where you’re comfortable.
  • Don’t get too hung up on trends and styles.
  • Make sure it’s comfortable.

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How to Find Swimsuits for Your Body Type
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This topic is difficult to fit into a short segment, so if you enjoyed this post and you want more information on shopping for swimwear, check out these posts, where I addressed each body type individually.

Most Flattering Swimsuits for Big Hips

Small Bust Swimwear Guide

Large Bust Swimwear Guide

How to Find Unique Swimsuits

Modest Swimwear Shopping Guide

Sexy Swimwear Guide

Swimsuit Guide for the Beach Bod in Progress

My Maternity Swimsuits:

Be sure you’re following on IG: @theluxicon.co to see me wearing these suits!  Click the photos to shop.

The above suit is my most recent purchase.  I love that it keeps me cooler than a two piece because the fabric is double layered, so it traps cool water against my belly.  Yes, it’s a one piece and while I don’t feel like I “should” cover my belly, it’s nice to have the option as I plow ahead through my third trimester.  The silhouette is sexier than your typical one piece suit with it’s higher cut legs and lower cut top.  The modifications to the silhouette satisfy the bikini lover in me.

I have the above suit as well and it has a few features unique to maternity wear that have solved a few problems I didn’t foresee having.  After months of squeezing into non-maternity suits, this was the first swimwear purchase I made and I didn’t look back.  Sizing is pretty easy because most maternity wear is sized based on your pre-pregnancy body size, so the changes are anticipated and the guess-work is removed.  The bandeau top offers enough support that I don’t need the straps; I can bend over, swim and do anything my pregnant bod allows without risking letting the girls out.  I stopped wearing my pre-pregnancy suits when this issue became a legitimate reality.  The bottoms are reversible with a fold-ver band, bonus because you still want variety without spending the money on it.  The band functions as an accent early in pregnancy and then as things start to migrate later in the game, it can be unfolded for extra coverage.

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How to Apply Lipstick and Check Your Teeth Without a Mirror

How to apply lipstick and check your teeth without a mirror is a trick everyone needs to have in their arsenal and it’s beyond simple.

I’m 6 months pregnant as of yesterday and I can’t believe it.  I’m feeling wobbly and more clumsy as my belly grows and grows.  One thing I always make sure to do to feel put together is apply lipstick.  Messy hair and no makeup, a little lipstick spruces up the look instantly.  Although, one of my friends said it best when she said, “Red lipstick is a commitment.”  She’s absolutely right, but it doesn’t have to be so difficult.

First, you need a lipstick that doesn’t dry or budge.  I love, love, LOVE the Sephora brand Cream Lip Stain for that.  I’m wearing Marvelous Mauve in the video, which is considered a universally flattering color on all women.  I have to say, I agree.

You will need to check your lipstick after you eat.  Oil in food wears down even the longest wear formulas.  No mirror?  No problem.  I got you.

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This simple trick is the easiest way to check your teeth (without asking someone to examine your toothiest grin) and apply lipstick without a mirror.  It’s seriously so easy, you’re going to think you should have thought of it a long time ago.

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I love that I don’t have to rely on carrying a mirror.  If you caught my “What’s in my bag?” post, you know that I carry an embarrassing amount of personal items regularly, so knocking one off the list is always a relief.

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June Giveaway: MILK MAKEUP Holographic Stick

I’ve finally found the highlighter I’ve been looking for and I have to share it: June Giveaway: MILK MAKEUP Holographic Stick.   Seriously, I have been in search of a highlighter for months.  I like the original Halographic stick, but not so sure I want to rock the purple tint all the time.  Then Milk Makeup, which has been kind of an obsession of mine lately, came out with a peach colored Halographic Stick.  I could not be more excited to share it with you.

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How To Zip Your Own Dress: The Easy Way

It’s 10 minutes after you told yourself you’d leave and you still can’t reach to zip your own dress.  PANIC!  We’ve all been there.  There’s actually an easy fix for this problem that will work on any dress and you already have what you need to do it.

How To Zip Your Own Dress

Seriously, what a time saver!

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Like the dress I’m wearing? I searched for you, but this Milly Printed Sheath Dress is sold out everywhere except to rent via Rent the Runway.

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Reverse Bucket List: Use Your Past to Pave Your Future

Most people have some kind of a “Bucket List.”  For some, like myself, a rough list of ideas, subject to change, is sufficient.  I’ve never been discouraged by missing checked boxes before approaching milestone birthdays.  That may change as I age.

I have ideas of things I’d like to do, but as life changes, so do my priorities.  If we’ve missed visiting a country as a childless couple, we will make up for it as a family or later in life when we start traveling alone.  That kind of thing.

I’m more than halfway through my pregnancy and life is about to take some major turns.  We are ready!  It helps that we feel we have shared some really great adventures along the way.  When making a bucket list, it’s important to take note of the road travelled before planning ahead.  Sure there are things that I could dwell on that I’m going to wish I did before I had kids and maybe I will do that during moments of weakness.  When you get down to it, my life has been pretty amazing and keeping a reverse bucket list is incredibly valuable.  Reverse bucket lists are a running tab of all your momentous experiences.  Not only does this help to celebrate the past, it also reminds us that the future is attainable.

I want to share with you some of the adventures I’ve had along the way.  Some I consider adventures because it was an amazing experience, some because making it through was truly triumphant and some were just plain strange; but nevertheless it is the road I travelled.

Reverse Bucket List: Use your past to pave your future.
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Reverse Bucket List

  1.   Trade a stranger a hug for a sandwich.  The world didn’t always take credit and running out of cash was a different story back then.
  2.   Be good looking enough to pass out hugs as currency.
  3.   Get paid to write.  You’re reading it.
  4.   Try a crazy sport.  I once was a pretty good pole vaulter.
  5.   Foot race a professional athlete.  I am terrible with names and faces, so I can’t even remember the NFL player I raced.
  6.   Save a life.  Chest compressions will always be a cringe worthy feeling.
  7.   Start a business.  The Luxicon may be small now, but it’s going places.
  8.   Pay my way through college.  And at a 3.98 gpa I might add.
  9.   Try a profession completely outside my comfort zone.  Blogging, mystery dinner theatre actress, and Wedding DJ are the top three that come to mind.
  10.   Rescue an animal.  3 and counting.
  11.   Survive a near drowning experience.
  12.   Travel the world.  Check: India, Mexico, Canada, Italy, France, England, St. Lucia, Grand Cayman and Cuba.
  13.   Reach and maintain my ideal weight.  I’ve done it before and I can do it again after this baby!
  14.   Make a difference in someone’s life.
  15.   Make a difference to a stranger.
  16.   Beat pain.  I have a painful disease, so chronic pain is  and will always be an issue.  Having climbed that mountain in the past makes me sure I can handle the future.
  17.   Make a human.  He’s still baking, but it counts.
  18.   Experience the presence of a ghost.  Still don’t believe it, but I can’t explain it either.
  19.   Stand up to a bully.  It’s ridiculous that adults still bully each other, but at this point in my life, I’m not prepared to take it.
  20.   Learn a craft.  Sewing is absolutely cathartic to me.
  21.   Learn another language.  Still learning, but I’m determined our children will be bilingual.
  22.   Ride an elephant.
  23.   Buy a new car.
  24.   Star in an Independent film.  It was a terrible film and I’m thankful you can’t find it on the internet.
  25.   Overcome social anxiety.  There are still circumstances I don’t like, usually loud situations because my hearing is bad, so I can’t enjoy conversation, but for the most part, I’m good.
  26.   Learn to draw and paint.  Never thought I would enjoy portrait work or that I would even be half-way decent at anything that artistic.  You can see some of my work.  Keep in mind, I’m still an amateur.
  27.   Be my own best friend.  Why is learning to be kind to one’s self is such a difficult hurdle?
  28.   Be a ‘ride or die’ best friend to someone else.
  29.   Become cool.  I have no idea how or when that happened, but I’ll take it.
  30.   Be in love.
  31.   Break someone’s heart.
  32.   Start over.
  33.   Move somewhere new.
  34.   Be so close to someone that they feel like an appendage.
  35.   Witness childbirth.  It was an 11 lb C-section.  As I prepare for my first child, I kind of wish I’d witnessed something a little less traumatic in nursing school.
  36.   Be a mentor.
  37.   Ask a guy out.
  38.   Do yoga on top of a mountain.
  39.   Parasail.
  40.   Ride a horse on a beach.
  41.   Do a back flip.
  42.   Design and make a wedding dress.
  43.   Take a chance on a dream.
  44.   Snorkel in the ocean.
  45.   Do the right thing even when it feels worse than death.
  46.   Make bad choices.  There are certain number of learning experiences necessary to grow up.
  47.   Meet “the one” and be smart enough to see it.
  48.   Dye my hair a color completely out of character for me.
  49.   Find my spiritual center.
  50.   Know my purpose in life.

There are still so many experiences left to collect.  Peeking into my past reminds me how far I’ve come in such a short amount of time.   Not only do I feel fully charged to tackle my bucket list, I have new ideas inspired by my past.  What’s on your reverse bucket list?  Your turn!  Comment below.

XO,

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