Chasing Cozy

A blog about travel, beauty, DIY and home decor. We aim to inspire others to live their coziest and most creative lives.

5 TIPS TO HELP YOU GET ACCEPTED TO REWARDSTYLE

Tips on applying to rewardstyle
When I first started blogging, I was embarrassed and was scared of what people would think. I then took a step back and organized my thought on WHY I actually wanted to blog.

I was constantly seeing all these beautiful homes on social media, and people made them out to be unattainable. This didn't sit well with me. You don't have to be some elite interior designer or celebrity to have a home you love and cherish.

BOHO SPRING HOOP WREATH WITH FAUX FLORALS

DIY boho spring hoop wreathThis is how I updated my fall wreath from last year for a springy vibe!

I used faux florals and hot glue, and that's it!

The directions on how to assemble a more in depth hoop wreath are in my post about how I made my fall wreath.

If you make a boho fall wreath, share it with my on Insta!

11 OF THE BEST TIPS FOR WORKING FROM HOME

Working from home Rose

A realistic subtitle for this article: How to Not Strangle Your Significant Other and How to Survive Working From Home for the First Time.

  1. Put on something other than the pajamas you slept in. Read as: "fresh sweatpants encouraged." Even if you are working in your cozies, a fresh set of clothes after you roll out of bed will get you more motivated and in a productive mindset.

DIY BOHO FLOWER HAT


Flowers are the classic accessory. From the traditional bouquet or corsage, to flower crowns and flowers in your hair, they're not going away any time soon. Lately, I've seen nature's perfect accessory adorning boho wide-brim hats galore. I am HERE FOR IT.

I picture wearing these hats for wedding festivities like bachelorette parties and bridal showers. You'll catch me donning mine with the baby bump this spring.

This DIY is short, sweet, and is a great outlet for creativity. You can customize your hat for a minimalist or maximalist look. DIY below!

FIRST TRIMESTER RECAP

Pregnancy announcement with ultrasound

I can't even believe I'm writing this....but we are HAVING A BABY! It still hasn't fully sunk in.
Now that the news is out I can finally share all the details with you!. This is going to be a longer post, so get cozy.

 

WAIT, WHAT?!

James and I decided that in 2019/2020 we would be happy with getting pregnant, and if it happened, it happened. Even when it did, we were still shocked and so thankful.

One afternoon I felt a little off and the thought popped into my head...am I pregnant? I went to the store and bought half a dozen tests. I'm pretty sensitive so I could tell something was up and took a test right away. I took two pink dye tests and thought maybe I saw a second line, but also maybe I was imaging it?? I told James the tests were negative and moved on.

I couldn't get the extremely faint possible line out of my head and later that night I dug through my trash like a dirty hamster and picked out the test. I SWEAR the faint line was a little darker and got the prickly sweats. I went back downstairs and googled furiously in front of the TV under the guise of re-watching Schitt's Creek episodes.

If you know me, you know when I have a hunch I have to FULLY investigate every detail. Turns out, the lines can get darker causing an evaporation line to appear and can give a false positive reading

SO, you guessed it, I went upstairs and took a digital test. Lo and behold, POSITIVE. Cue the hyperventilating happy cries. I went downstairs and definitely caught James by surprise. PLOT TWIST: by the time I took the test to James there was an error indicator that popped up. In the words of Michael Scott: "SNIP SNAP SNIP SNAP!" I resolved to just take another test in the morning.

OK, fast forward to 5:30 am Monday morning. I snuck out of bed to the bathroom since I couldn't sleep anyways. I took another digital test trying not to get my hopes up. Then BAM, it was positive. I jumped back into bed and was going to tell James that morning. Turns out, he was already awake from hearing me fumble with the wrapper in the bathroom and knew exactly what I was doing. I broke the news to him and we hugged and cried and hugged and cried until reality sunk in a little, and then got ready for work.

I always imagined telling James in a cute way, but that was so far from my mind when I found out. I'm glad we both found out at the same time.

 

HOW I FELT THE FIRST TRIMESTER

WEEK 4-5

I didn't really have many symptoms except feeling bloated and sore and EXTREMELY tired. I thought "phew, maybe I won't have morning sickness." My mom said she never had any so maybe I got lucky. We shared the news with family about a week after we found out.

WEEK 6-13

The morning sickness hit me like a ton of bricks and lasted all day every day. Plain carbs and the toilet were my best friends. I had recently left my job and that ended up being a blessing in disguise. Basically any food or smell made me sick. Even the smell of the dishwasher running, or the hot water coming out of the shower head would get me. Wild, I know.

Life was serving me up a piece of humble pie in a major way. You know how in the movie Matilda, when Ms. Trunchbull makes that poor kid eat that giant chocolate cake? Well, that's how big my humble pie felt. I had my first appointment around week 10 and had my first ultrasound.

I'm so thankful James was there to support me through the rough part.

WEEK 14

The light at the end of the tunnel appeared. I finally was able to keep some plain foods and water down and started to feel a little more like myself.

SO, WHAT'S NEXT?

Now that I'm feeling so much better, I look forward to celebrating little baby Turner and getting back to work. I am getting back into my daily workouts and making more food, which I'm sure my body is thankful for.

pregnancy journal

I was hesitant to post this because my first trimester experience wasn't all rainbows and butterflies. It was actually a little bit of a lonely time during the bad weeks since I was always at home, looking for a job (which seemed like an impossible task at the time), and hadn't shared the news with anyone except immediate family.

But, I feel like it's important to be honest and talk about those harder experiences. Someone out there may be feeling the same way as you. I know that reading others' stories helped me get through it. Everyone's journey is different, and I look forward to learning more through mine!