Whimsical Nursery Reveal

Nursery Wall Art

I cannot believe how fast my pregnancy has flown by. It feels like just yesterday I was looking at the pregnancy test in shock and awe. I’m so excited and nervous! There is less than two weeks until my due date and I could pop any day now! It really hit me how fast things are moving when we set up the crib and nursery this week. I loved watching Dustin set his up daughter’s crib and helping him paint the wall pink while the dogs watched curiously from the baby activity mat.

I wanted a whimsical boho-chic room with lots of blushy pinks and hints of gold, baby blue, and mint green thrown in the mix. The adorable crib, bedding, and canopy are from Pottery Barn Kids. We found most of the wall decor at Hobby Lobby. They have a huge selection children’s decor right now that fits my vision perfectly and for a good price too. I love the sentimental touches that we added – like my old tea set in the corner of the room and the lyrics to “You Are My Sunshine” on the wall, which my mom used to sing to me and my brother all the time when we were little. We’re still waiting on the matching changing table to arrive and there are some things I’d like to add over time, like a little teepee to play in and some bookshelves, but ultimately I couldn’t be happier with the way everything turned out!

Setting Up Crib

Pottery Barn Crib


Whimsical Crib

Butterfly Pillow

Baby Nursery

Maternity Photos

Maternity Photos

Nursery Mirror

xx, Chanel

Tips For Flying While Pregnant

We recently flew across country to visit Washington D.C. and at the time I was 28 weeks pregnant, just starting my third trimester. Altogether the flights totaled about 10-11 hours long and I can honestly say it was one of the most uncomfortable experiences I’ve ever had. I already have anxiety when flying, so topping that off with being huge, hormonal, and achy just wasn’t a pleasant combo for me. However, there are some things I did to help make flying while pregnant a little easier to deal with. But there are definitely some things that I’d do differently the next time around. So I’ve thrown together a list of tips for flying while pregnant for all you traveling mamas out there!

Tips for Flying Pregnant

Always check with your doctor before traveling.
If your pregnancy is considered high risk, your doctor may advise against traveling. Your doctor will also be able to warn you of any health concerns when traveling abroad. For example, my doctor told me to stay clear of South America and Florida during the duration of my pregnancy due to the recent Zika Virus outbreaks. If you’re in your third trimester of pregnancy it’s best to bring a signed doctor’s note stating when you’re due and that you’re healthy enough for travel, just in case your airline asks to see one. Some airlines actually require a note to travel, though I was never asked to present mine during our trip.

Pick an aisle seat close to the bathroom.
You should expect to get up frequently during the flight, whether it’s to go to the bathroom or to stretch your legs. It’s better to have an aisle seat so you’re not forcing the people sitting next to you to move every time you need to get up. Everyone around you will be a lot more comfortable.

Consider upgrading your seat to one with more leg room.
I had very little room to stretch my legs out where I was sitting and by the end of the flight I was twice as sore and uncomfortable as I already was to begin with. Being pregnant is the perfect excuse to spoil yourself a little by upgrading your seat to one with extra leg room!

Get up to stretch frequently.
Stretching your legs and taking time to walk up and down the aisles is super important to keep your circulation moving because you’re at a greater risk for blood clots and varicose veins while pregnant.

Stay hydrated.
The humidity in aircraft cabins are low, making your chances of becoming dehydrated a lot easier. Everyone, not just pregnant women, should drink plenty of fluids during the flight to avoid this issue.

Wear something comfortable.
You’re going to experience discomfort during the flight a some point. Whether it’s from sitting for too long, from heartburn, or nausea…dressing in comfortable clothes is just one less thing to worry about making your flight uncomfortable. Not only is it common for your feet to swell while flying but you’re going to be getting up for frequent bathroom visits, so wearing something stretchy like leggings or yoga pants is probably a good idea.

Bring healthy snacks.
You’re probably ravenous and “eating for two” lately. Packing your own snacks will be a lot more satisfying than those small bags of peanuts and pretzels they offer and you won’t need to ask the flight attendant to bring you food every time a case of the munchies hits you. It’s also important to pack healthy snacks that don’t make you gassy. With higher altitudes, gas expands, so it’s likely you’ll end up bloated and miserable during the flight.

Don’t forget the neck pillow and blanket.
Your comfort is necessity during pregnancy and long flights. I forgot my neck pillow at home during my recent travels and was kicking myself for it later when I was leaning against my boyfriend’s shoulder and bunching up my coat to use as a makeshift pillow. If you have room on your carry on, adding a light blanket will help make you feel extra cozy during the flight.

Pack TUMS.
If your pregnancy has been anything like mine, then you’ve been having the worst heartburn ever!! Seriously, so horrible that sometimes you feel like you could throw up. I actually forgot to pack my Tums and was hating life during the last stretch of the flight when heartburn hit me hard…I was holding onto the courtesy throw up bag for dear life, just praying for the burning to go away. A pack of Tums was the first purchase I made as soon as we landed.

Use hand sanitizer!
Airports and planes are filled with germs. Think about how many people from all over the world pass through there everyday! Your immune system is lowered during pregnancy, making you more susceptible to catching something, so you want to take any extra precautions to avoid getting sick. It would be miserable to come down with something right when you reach your destination and are ready for a relaxing and fun-filled vacation. Better safe than sorry!

An extra tip: try to schedule your travels during your second trimester. Usually this is when mamas are feeling their best during pregnancy. In most cases, you’re finally done with the dreaded bouts of morning sickness and nausea that the 1st trimester brings. You’ve finally got your energy and appetite back. And you usually aren’t dealing with the aches and pains of your ligaments stretching and preparing for labor as much as you do in the 3rd trimester. If I could go back and do it again, I would’ve definitely planned our trip for earlier on in my pregnancy!

I made a video on my YouTube talking more about these tips.

What are your tips and essentials for traveling while pregnant? I’d love to hear from other traveling mamas out there!

 

xx, Safe Travels

 

Mountain Withdrawals

All this winter weather has gotten me down lately. I’m eagerly awaiting the warmer days ahead, filled with camping trips, hikes, mountain drives, burning sunsets, and afternoons spent by the river. I’m especially excited to share these experiences with my daughter and instill in her the same love for the outdoors that I’ve had since youth. I was going through some old photos recently and found ones from a drive in the Boise Nat’l Forest up towards Cascade, Idaho. Though it was windy, it was one of the last warm fall days we had before winter reared her ugly head and transformed the land into a frozen wasteland. It gave me some serious mountain withdrawals, you guys!
I’m wearing one of my favorite pairs of pants from Pacsun. They’re from last season and are no longer in stock, so I’m glad that I snagged this funky pair of bells before they ran out. Luckily, Pylo and Show Me Your Mumu have really cute lines of bell bottoms that are definitely worth checking out if you’re interested in buying a pair of your own. I love bell bottoms and the fact that they’ve been resurfacing the last couple years! I usually style them with a pair of booties and either a flowy blouse or a tank like the one I’m wearing from ZombieVilla – a little brand I discovered at the Chatuchak weekend market in Thailand.

In the meantime, cross your fingers with me that spring will come sooner rather than later!

 

xx, Safe Travels

Top 5 Favorite Places to Eat in Washington D.C.

 


Washington D.C. has been under the spotlight lately due to the controversial transition of power in our government. I’ve been in a state of shock/mourning along with half of the country and the rest of the world. I definitely have some heavy opinions on the topic…but rather than doing what would probably be the millionth politically charged blog post on the internet right now, I’m going to keep my opinions to myself and talk about something we all can agree on. FOOD.  Food is good. And D.C. has some amazing places to eat!

During our latest travels to Washington D.C. we didn’t go a single day eating something that we felt was just “okay“. We tried to steer away from chain restaurants that could be found in our hometown or other cities we travel to. By the end of our trip there were a couple of places in the neighborhood that became our favorites and we ate at more than once. So, I wanted to make a little travel vlog for you guys talking about my Top 5 Favorite Place to Eat in Washington D.C.

The beginning of the video features me unboxing a gift that was sent to me from Modern Map Art, featuring one of their maps of Washington D.C.
They make really sleek looking maps of all sorts of cities and mountain trails. I can’t wait to hang the map up on my wall and start adding more of my favorite cities – I’m thinking Malibu, NYC, Bangkok, and Sedona are next on my list!

Safe Travels, xx

My Flying Travel Essentials

I’ve teamed up with tripping.com to bring you a video all about my in-flight travel essentials! It basically just goes through how I generally tend to pack my carry-on bags.

The thing(s) I wouldn’t be caught dead without packing in my carry-on:
MY CAMERA GEAR.
It’ s crucial that I always have my gear on my person at all times, so that no one else is handling it and I know it’s safe & sound. I go into more detail about that in the vlog. I also made a cute little stop motion video that gives you guys a peak at what I pack inside my tote.

I hope you enjoy the video! Don’t forget to subscribe to my new YouTube channel where I’ll be posting more vlogs and behind the scenes clips from my travels! You can also leave me comments requesting what kind of content you guys would like to see in my future videos.

I’m curious. What are your essential items for flying?

Safe Travels, xx

Little Gypsies 

Devised by a free-spirited duo of sisters living in Byron Bay, Spell & The Gypsy Collective started small in local markets and has since expanded to become one of the ultimate signature boho fashion labels. Their whimsical prints and flowing skirts will reveal your inner-gypsy and make you want to dance barefeet in the sand.

I’ve had my eye on them for a while now and frequently stop by their online store to stay up to date on new designs and any ongoing sales. It never really occurred to me, until my pregnancy, that they have a line of clothes made specifically for infants and toddlers called “little gypsies”! Swoon. As I envisioned my future flower-child frolicking in their adorable onesies and leggings, I fell in love with their brand even more. I knew I had to get my hands on their Gypsy Queen Onsie in 3-6 months, so that my little babe can sport this darling singlet as it starts to warm up this coming spring/summer. It’s one of my favorite pieces that I’ve bought for babygirl so far and I’m beyond excited to see her in it. Now all they need are matching mommy & me sets! *hint hint*


Safe Travels, xx

Vlog Intro!

Well everyone, I’ve been blogging on The Bohemian Lifestyle for about 4 years now! I’ve enjoyed sharing my experiences, travels, and daily life with all of my readers out there and hearing your feedback. This year, I’ve made it a personal blogging-goal of mine to expand my creative horizons by sharing vlogs with you all! I have already made a couple travel diaries that you can watch on my YouTube. But I’ve always shied away from actually speaking on camera because whenever I try it, I just end up feeling like an idiot. (I am and always will be my own worst critic). This year is different. This year I, myself, am different. Pregnancy has been one of the most humbling experiences I could ever imagine. It’s made me care a lot less about what other people think of me which, in turn, has reduced a lot of my social anxieties. My mom thinks it’s because I have bigger things to worry about now than other people’s negative opinions and she’s probably right.

So far, I have quite a bit of content for videos prepared. One about our recent trip to Washington DC and a few on my pregnancy as I countdown to the baby’s arrival in 6 weeks! So, stay tuned for some new videos in the following months. I’ve embedded a little teaser video in this post which will serve as an introduction to all my travel vlogs.

I’d love to hear feedback and advice from videographers or other bloggers who have turned to vlogging!

 

Safe Travels, xx