A Healthy Pregnancy with Prenatal Supplements

**This post is a collaboration with Forte Elements. While I have received compensation and free product, as always, all opinions are my own.** Let me start by saying I am normally a healthy mama. I love to exercise and eating right and have been known to go vegan for months on end. But as soon as I got pregnant with baby 2, all my healthy habits went kaput. This pregnancy has been absolutely terrible, especially during the first and into the second trimester. Now that I’m solidly in my second trimester, things are starting to shape up. However, when…

My Professor Resigned, But I’m Afraid of What He’ll Do at His Next School

I have kept quiet for too long. I have felt weak, belittled, and scared – for too long. I refuse to keep my mouth shut about this any longer. I refuse to pretend that I’m okay. I refuse to be quiet when all I want to do is shout. So I’m speaking up, because so many before me didn’t, and so many after me won’t. “You’re the new student? This whole time I thought you were much older,” he tells me when we meet. We are in the entry of a large hotel. There are students…

Baby Two: 21 Weeks Pregnant

  Baby Lamotta is due September 28th, 2017! Today is 5/18/17 which means I’m 21 weeks! On the down slide now! Baby is the size of a baseball hat. I’ve gained… let’s be honest for a minute here. I haven’t weighed myself and while I’m tempted to walk my tush upstairs and do so, I’m also terrified because homegirl is looking more and more like a whale each day.  Midwife appointment this week? Not this week! My next appointment will be my 2nd trimester group visit…

Baby Two: 20 Weeks Pregnant

Baby Lamotta is due September 28th, 2017! Today is 5/11/17 which means I’m 20 weeks! Throw the confetti! I’m halfway there! (WOAHHHH… LIVIN’ ON A PRAYERRRRR) Baby is the size of a paper airplane. I’ve gained… only 8 pounds! I checked all my baby apps and they said 10-12 is the norm so I have no clue how I’m only 8 pounds heavier. But Erica tells me it looks like I’ve actually lost weight. Perhaps it was the whole being sick most of this pregnancy…

6 Must-See Places in Ireland & Northern Ireland

  During my two and a half week stay in Ireland last summer I was happy to have found many wonderful destinations within Ireland and Northern Ireland. I put together this quick reference guide for anyone planning a trip and wondering where the must-see spots are. While they may be all over the place, they are TOTALLY worth the car rental (and yes, you must rent one and drive on the LEFT side of the road). Don’t worry, if I can manage driving the Ring of Kerry on the left side of the road – anyone can…