shopping · thrifting · Uncategorized

A Very Thrifted Christmas

Buying second hand offers endless possibilities for gifts. You never know what you’ll find! I’d love to challenge everyone to buy or give at least one thrifted/secondhand gift this season.

Gifting previously loved items can breathe new life into an item as cliche as that sounds. What one person may be sick of, becomes something that another dreamed of.

It can be difficult wanting to give the latest and greatest gift but not having or wanting to spend the accompanying budget. Did you know that you can find items that still have their tags on them at thrift shops and second hand shops? I would almost guarantee that those individuals who have made it to your Christmas list to buy for would not want to put you in debt.

New to you items can often look new again with a simpler wash or cleaning. Take advantage of the treasures you have around you that perhaps no longer make you happy,or fit correctly,etc. A little elbow grease and a run through the washer can do wonders.

I’ve come across many fun pieces at second hand shops and a fun part of that is going “oh, that reminds me of so and so” and then giving that gift to someone. They’ll likely be happy that something made you think of them.

There are so many places online that you can find secondhand gems to gift and for yourself. A few of my favorites are: eBay, thredup, Etsy, Amazon warehouse, Poshmark, Facebook marketplace and more. It’s easy to find new to you items or items you can repurpose without even stepping a foot outside your home.

The possibilities for WHAT to gift are virtually limitless. Gifts don’t need to be flashy, shiny and new. A used set of dishes may be just what someone needs this year. Or a new name brand sweater you found at your local thrift store that new at the department store would have been ten times the cost. It does not have to be hard to customize and make gifts that matter and show you put a lot of thought into it.

If you come across some great second hand finds this holiday season, comment or message me on Instagram and let me know!

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chronic illness · motherhood · Uncategorized

Hysterectomy Recovery

My hysterectomy was 8 weeks ago and I’m happy to report I’m feeling well! I had my post operation appointments 2 weeks ago with both surgeons. I’ve been cleared by my doctors to resume normal activities and can begin exercising again etc.

I do have some minor issues going on but nothing that is preventing me from doing what I want/need.

I ended up getting my appendix removed during my hysterectomy which I knew ahead of time was a possibility. There was endometriosis and fibroids on my appendix so they removed it along with my uterus, cervix and fallopian tubes and also the nexplanon birth control implant that was in my arm.

I initially had a LOT of swelling and bloating from my surgery. I had 5 incisions on my belly and 2 in my pelvic area plus some internal incisions from the bladder sling and prolapse portion of my surgery πŸ™ƒ

Do you have any questions about my hysterectomy or recovery?! Let me know.

Take care,

Stef

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chronic illness · motherhood · Uncategorized

Why I’m Having A Hysterectomy

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had pelvic pain and horrendous menstrual cycles. Even at young age, the go to was to be on birth control pills to try to lessen the severity of my periods. Newsflash – it didn’t work! It was a band-aid fix, if that. From ruptured ovarian cysts in Afghanistan to laparoscopic surgery to remove free fluid in my belly, it has been an uphill and painful journey.

I’ve been on various forms of birth control over the years in effort to skip or minimize periods. Some of them included the mini pill (postpartum with both kids), implanon (about 10 years ago), nexplanon (currently implanted in my left arm), Mirena, 2 birth control pills at once continuously to all but eliminate my periods.

The reason for my pain – endometriosis. Despite not having a cycle since right before getting pregnant with Colt in 2018, I still experience pain and symptoms associated with endometriosis including pelvic pain, ovarian pain, bloating, low back pain, nausea and constipation. Yes, you read that correctly. Those are just a few symptoms I have despite not having a period. The reason I haven’t is because I was either pregnant or breastfeeding and sometimes when you breastfeed, your period doesn’t return. Hormones, gotta love them πŸ˜’

My surgery is in 16 days. I’m confident in my decision to have the hysterectomy done because it is necessary to improve my quality of life, and we are done having children. I’m eager to just have it get here and move on so I can recover and start feeling better on that front (my other medical issues are another story). In addition to the laparoscopic hysterectomy (that is going to be done by a robot 😳), I have to get a bladder sling and fix a slight bladder prolapse… I guess pushing out 2 kiddos that are decent sizes quickly will do that to you. All normal, all not talked about enough so I’m putting it out there. Child bearing people don’t tend to talk about these issues or feel ashamed or embarrassed but I’m here to tell you that this is real life, and I’m going to be open and raw about it. You’re not alone if you’re going through similar issues. When it’s all said and done, I’ll have only my ovaries left as far as reproductive organs go.

We have a game plan in place for the kiddos with them staying at my parents and my in-laws the first night I’m home. I’m thankful the surgery is considered outpatient even though I will be at the hospital. We won’t find out what time I need to be there until the day prior. So I’m a bit anxious about that just because I am a detail oriented person, so the not knowing is annoying but I need to just go with the flow for this because I can’t change it. I have started getting together some post-op recovery items which I will share in another post.

Have any questions for me? Have you had a laparoscopic hysterectomy? Do you experience endometriosis? I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments.

Take care, Stef πŸ’œ

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motherhood · reading · streaming · Uncategorized

5 Things To Keep You Busy During Middle of the Night Feedings

Night Feedings can feel long and exhausting. You want to get baby fed and get back to bed and that holds true whether you are nursing or bottle feeding. Here’s a few ideas to keep you busy and keep you awake.

1. Read- I bring either my kindle or phone with me up to Sawyers room and will read while I’m nursing to pass the time.

2. Listen to music, an audiobook or a podcast- Listening to an audiobook, music or podcast is great if you don’t have a free hand because of bottle feeding or just how the baby is positioned on you. Or if you really just don’t have the energy to want to read something l.

3. Research- have you been meaning to research a new bed you want to buy, or look for a new restaurant to check out? Use this time while you have it to get your Google on.

4. Meditation- use this time to meditate or quietly reflect. You could listen to a guided meditation from YouTube or any one of the apps available.

5. Streaming- put some headphones on or ear buds in, prop your phone up and put your favorite show on. It will give you something to do and help time pass until baby is done eating and ready to go back to bed.

Remember that night feedings are just a season that you are currently in. It may seem like it will last forever but eventually baby won’t need to have multiple or perhaps any feeds during the middle of the night.

Until next time, Stef

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amazon · streaming · Uncategorized

5 Underrated Television Shows

There’s a lot of hype these days on various television shows whether it be on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney+ or another streaming service, or even just regular cable. With the amount of shows released all the time, it’s easy to miss or skip over some hidden gems. I wanted to highlight a few shows that I really enjoyed that I didn’t hear much about and came upon by chance or by word of mouth by someone I know.

  1. The 4400 available on Netflix (not the new one that’s currently on TV – I haven’t seen that one, I’m talking about the one that came out in 2004). Netflix says “This sci-fi series tells the stories of 4,400 people, abducted by aliens over the past half-century, who are suddenly returned to Earth.” If you enjoy sci-fi, I definitely recommend this show! I’ve watched the entire series a few times.
  2. Orphan Black available on Amazon Prime TV – Amazon says “Orphan Black is a Sci-Fi thriller starring Tatiana Maslany in the lead role of Sarah, an outsider and orphan whose life changes dramatically after witnessing the suicide of a woman who looks just like her. Sarah hopes that cleaning out the dead woman’s bank account will solve all of her problems. Instead, her problems multiply – andΒ so does she.” This show will have you thinking what the heck is going on and loving the plot twists at the same time. I definitely recommend!
  3. La Brea available on Hulu – IMDB say, “A massive sinkhole mysteriously opens up in Los Angeles, separating part of a family in an unexplainable primeval world, alongside a desperate group of strangers.” I have a thing for sci-fi shows….can you tell? This is a newer show, just released last year, but the good news is that season 2 is set to come out this fall! Unfortunately this one is not based on a book, I already checked πŸ™‚
  4. Imposters available on Netflix – IMDB says it is about, “A dark comedy that focuses on a female con artist who marries people and then disappears with their money.” It unfortunately only has 2 seasons but it’s rumored Netflix may make a 3rd. I hope so!
  5. Revolution available on tubi tv – NBC says, “Revolution focuses on the struggle to survive 15 years after a global blackout.” This is another show that only lasted 2 seasons but definitely could have gone for more.

What shows would you add to this list? Have you seen any on my list?

Until next time, Stef

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motherhood · product reviews · small business · Uncategorized

My Favorite Loungewear and Undergarment Brands

If you are anything like me, since the beginning of the pandemic, loungewear has becoming my go to. And if I’m being 100% honest, it’s been my go to since beginning a mom and wanting to be comfy 24/7 πŸ˜„

I’ve bought all different brands off Amazon and other various websites and I’ve recently found 2 brands that I really like.

The first brand I found is called Knix. I absolutely love their joggers and lounge sets. Knix is a woman founded business that is striving to create and has created many sustainable products including leakproof underwear for your period.

Use the code THEBEVINSCLAN_10OFF to get 10% off your order.

My other new favorite is Parade. This brand is my go to for bras, underwear and also loungewear! The undergarments are soooo soft and comfortable. They have an awesome recycling program called Second Life that allows you to send in your old underwear. They have partnered with Terracycle to help get underwear turned into new recycled products like furniture, insulation, and bedding. You can use the code Thebevinsclan to get 20% off your first order.

*This blog contains affiliate links. That means, if you make a #purchase I may get a small compensation. I only share products I truly love! Thank you for your support.

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