Nov 28, 2014

eShakti Review and Coupon Code

Happy Black Friday! I hope everyone is recovering from their Turkey Comas today, and if you're looking to do some online shopping instead of braving the storm, I've got a good post for you today. Note that I was given free merchandise in exchange for my blog review, but the opinions below are entirely my own and in no way affected by the nature of this relationship.
Have you heard of eShakti? They're an online retailer that specializes in custom orders (website here:  They contacted me last month to see if I'd be interested in doing a review for my blog, and while I was excited to do so, I was nervous because they didn't carry any maternity clothes and here I am 8 months pregnant.  
No maternity clothes? No problem they said! Just send us your custom measurements and we'll customize any dress so that it fits your pregnant belly :) I was really excited about this, since I was having a hard time finding a dress for my baby shower, I figured this was the perfect opportunity.
I chose this dress to customize, because I loved the color and I LOVED the ruffle detail at the top.

Now, this is the important part..send them your REAL measurements! Not the ones you wish you were, or the ones you think you might be when the dress arrives...I was super nervous about how much my chest and belly would grow over the course of a month and a half, so I basically added "a few" inches to all of my measurements just in case...the result was a dress that was pretty big on me all around.  I was in love with the dress otherwise though, so I just pinned and tied it the best I could...I'm actually hoping to be able to have it altered after the baby comes so I can wear it again, I love it that much, and I got TONS of compliments on it at my shower!

Overall, the company was great to work with, they have so many beautiful dresses to choose from, and it's no big deal to get custom measurements, or change the length of the hem, or add sleeves, etc, so I really think I"ll use them again in the future.  
If you join their email list, you get a $30 credit right off the bat, and they've also thrown in a coupon code for all of my readers to use for an additional 10% off!
Just type in the code "babebeforebaby" at checkout :) Talk about a good Black Friday deal!!

Please note:
Code has to be entered in the ‘promotional code’ box.   It is not case-sensitive.  
Code can be used any number of times until the validity period. 
It can be clubbed with any other promotional offer, gift coupon or gift card in the same order unless explicitly specified otherwise in the offer conditions.
This discount code is not applicable on clearance / sale, gift cards & overstock categories.
Not applicable on previous purchases.

And while you're at it, check out the eShakti pages on FBPinterest & Instagram  where they post specials and sales! Happy Holiday shopping!

Nov 26, 2014

Showered with Love

This past Sunday, my sisters threw me a beautiful baby shower!
It was perfect in every way, and I'm so grateful to them and all the hard work they put in.  We got more stuff for our baby girl than we know what to do with...thankfully we have a few more weeks to sort through it all before she makes her debut, but she's already spoiled :)  My sisters (and my nieces) were amazing and made the room beautiful; they even decorated the present table with a whole clothesline of new clothes for our little girl!

My best friend and her mom also helped by putting together some beautiful diaper cake creations for all of the table centerpieces, they were so adorable and too pretty to take apart!! 

One of my favorite parts of the shower was this little activity my sisters came up with, to leave us notes on a diaper for those late night changings...they're seriously hilarious!

Overall it was a wonderful day; I feel so very lucky to have so many people in our lives that were willing to shower us with their love and gifts for our baby to find a place to put everything!!

Nov 6, 2014

Third trimester!?! You snuck up on me!

Wow! Here I am, neglecting this blog, and before I know it, I’m already 29 weeks and into my 3rd trimester!

Things are moving along quickly…I’m actually feeling a bit panicked lately realizing that I have about 10 and a half weeks to go until my official due date, and with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s thrown in there, there’s not much time to get things done and get all my appointments made!

We’re checking things off the list slowly but surely, I've been touring daycare centers for a few weeks now, and we’re close to making a decision on that (side bar: holy expensive!).  We have an appointment to meet with a possible pediatrician in 2 weeks, we took our maternity tour of the hospital last week, and have a few birthing and breast feeding classes to get to in the next few weeks.

I’m starting to think about things like packing for the hospital, and meanwhile I don’t even have anything in the nursery ready!
We’ve decided which room to make the nursery (we have 2 extra bedrooms right now), so we did start cleaning that room out last weekend, but we’ve got some serious work to do still! I’ll be sure to post pictures when we get it further along, but there’s nothing to look at right now lol.

I’m trying my best to stay active and make healthy choices, but I’d be lying if I said I was perfect.  I’m working out a few days a week, walking as much as I can, and probably eating more poorly than I have in a few years, but I’m trying not to be too hard on myself about it.

The baby is moving around pretty regularly now, so it’s fun to watch my belly jump up and down, especially when I eat something sugary (like all that Halloween candy!).  I’m looking forward to these next few months of excitement; we've got a lot to do still but I know we’ll get there!

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