Pregnancy & Nursing

Lulu Lemon Maternity Clothes

Cover Photo Lulu Lemon Maternity

This was one of my first searches after finding out I was pregnant with Harriet in 2015. I am an absolute sucker for anything Lulu Lemon. Their quality is unmatched and they always stand behind their product. While they don’t technically have Maternity clothing – here are the items that lasted me through my entire nine months of pregnancy (and beyond!)

SkinnyGroove

Skinny Groove

Lulu does NOT always carry these pants. And when they do you have to stock up! I wore these into the hospital when I went into labor with Harriet. And I also wore a different pair in the same size out of the hospital. That is how resilient they are. I wore both pairs after pregnancy, and now into this pregnancy. They stretch to accommodate your growing body (not just belly – trust me on this one) and bounce back with a proper wash. I have owned one pair of Skinny Grooves for four years, and one for three years.

ThrowBackPant

Throw Back Pant

These are very similar to my “Groove Pant” which it appears they no longer have online. Very similar to the story above. I wore them throughout my entire pregnancy and after. My Groove Pants have been in my closet rotation since 2015.

TrackerShort

Tracker Short

True story – I never wore shorts. Ever. I walked into a Lulu Lemon about four years ago with my mom to buy her a pair of leggings. The lady asked if she could help me find anything. The fact is I could never find shorts that fit both my (athletic) legs and (smaller) waste without riding up/being uncomfortable in general. She took my challenge and I now own three pairs of these shorts. I will also add I have had all three of these pairs for at least three years.

PowerY

Power Y Tank

This was a newer purchase for me, and I now own two colors. One of the things I absolutely love about Lulu is how long all of their tops are. They can cover that growing bump with no effort. I did have a tank that my belly hung out of… and I maybe didn’t realize it until I had already walked three miles in public… but I am not including it on this list. One of my favorite things about the Power Y and Power Pose tanks are that they are NURSING FRIENDLY. Hell yes. I would wear these for air travel when Harriet was still nursing. They are stretchy enough to just pull down the selected side and nurse without exposing yourself more than you feel comfortable. Additionally there is a bit of compression, which feels so good on that growing tummy.

PowerPose

Power Pose Tank

The Power Pose Tank does not have quite the compression of the Power Y but it is equally long, flattering, and nursing friendly.

SwiftlyTechLong

Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve Crew

All of the Swiftly Tech products I have owned are (1) long and (2) resilient. They carried me through nine months of pregnancy and back. I have multiple colors in these styles. (Mom tip – go for a darker color, they last longer).

SwiftlyTechRacer

Swiftly Tech Racerback

Same benefits, for hotter weather.

SwiftlyTechShort

Swiftly Tech Short Sleeve Crew

This is my favorite for hiking with Harriet during the summer. We received this Deuter hiking backpack as a gift from my aunt. I didn’t love having the straps directly on my shoulder, and this gave me lots of air flow while protecting my shoulders.

The proof is in the pudding y’all…

Skinny Grooves at 36 Weeks…

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and the day I went into Labor… (39 weeks and 5 days…)

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Tracker Shorts at 31 weeks…

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Life, Material, Travel

Sea Kayaking with Everyday California (SD Bucket List #9)

Save the time I called 911 to report that our family cat was missing, I like to think I can handle high-pressure situations pretty well. Apparently in the Amanda Book of Life, high-pressure situations do not include being surrounded by dolphins… which is exactly what happened last weekend during our Everyday California Whale Watching Tour.

First let’s address what Everyday California is… Formerly OEX, it is based out of La Jolla, CA and run by ridiculously good-looking ex-Abercrombie models. (Really – every employee was beautiful.). These are the cool kids, and they want to take you on the water and show you their world. Our guides were Sam and Draper. They were both high-energy, excited, and gave thunderous high-fives. The check-in process for our tour was a bit chaotic, but somehow we all ended up exactly where we were meant to be. There were about 17 of us (8 pairs and my girlfriend Taylor), lots of different familial pairings. We headed down to the beach at about a quarter to 2 PM (our tour time), to get situated in our kayaks before heading out into The Great Unknown. Charlie and I were in a kayak, and Taylor rocked the single. We were given the opportunity to rent wet suits, but I was in full Lulu, and we figured being Midwesterners, we would be fine.

My immediate thought when we were pushed into the water, was “I’m so glad I don’t have my phone/camera/tablet/any electronics.” You get wet on this adventure. Soaking. Kudos to Lulu for making unintentionally amphibious workout gear. (For reference I was in the Run Inspire Crop, Run Swiftly Tech Crew, and the Forme Jacket.) We started paddling out to Sea (about 2 Nautical Miles!) from La Jolla Cove, and I just couldn’t believe this was the first time we were doing something like this since moving to SD. The ocean was breathtaking and peaceful. On our way out to the “Whale Zone” we ran into some friendly seals and sea lions who stopped by to say hello. We also ate kelp, because apparently that is what the cool kids do.

After arriving at the “Whale Zone” we parked for a bit, waiting for some social whales to stop on by. We spotted a dolphin coming in from the distance – and I got so excited! A dolphin! A wild dolphin! Well apparently this dolphin was a scout for its pod, because soon after its arrival about fifteen dolphins showed up. They were jumping in the air, swimming together, flying under the water. It was absolutely unbelievable. At one point they zeroed in on our kayak and there were six swimming underneath and jumping in front of and to the side of our kayak. This is apparently where I lost my cool and just kept saying “THIS IS AMAZING!” over and over again. And asking Charlie if he saw the dolphins, to which he replied “I’m right here! Of course I see them!” Truly one of the few times I wished we had a GoPro, other than to strap it on to Tucker’s head. But I honestly don’t even think I could have worked a camera at that point. I was so awe-struck at the beauty of NATURE.

After some time with our dolphin friends, we headed back into the cove. To be honest, the only time I felt cold was getting OUT of the water, and walking back to EC. Other than that I was fine in my garments. But I can see why you may want a wetsuit if you’re not from Northern Michigan.

Another bonus of Everyday California is their merchandise! I am not one for buying “tourist-y” things – but their logo is just too cute to pass up. Trust me on this. I ended up buying a sweatshirt and leaving with it on. Because I was freezing.

Charlie and I are definitely planning to do a trip with Everyday California again – in fact we’ve already booked a Sea Cave and Snorkeling Tour when Charlie’s brother is here!

Tips for Everyday California:

  1. Call for great pricing. They do have Groupons pretty often, but if you call they give you a pretty comparable price. Plus it feels good to be directly supporting a local business.
  2. Parking can be tricky – arrive 45 minutes ahead of time to give yourself parking AND check-in time. They like to be on the water at your scheduled time. (There is also a super cute restaurant next door we want to check out next time – Shorehouse Kitchen)
  3. Bring CASH for tips – This is your Guide’s livelihood. We didn’t realize that and only had minimal cash on hand. We’ll plan better next time.
  4. Bring any waterproof cameras you may have – we plan on buying these before our next adventure.
  5. Equipment is included – except for a wetsuit. If you get cold easily, plan on renting one. (They’re not expensive to rent – maybe $10.)
  6. Be prepared to wear a helmet and life vest. This is for your safety, and the safety of people around you. Deal with it and prepare your hair ahead of time.
  7. Try not to black out when you see nature. You may think you’re better than that – but you’re not.

Since we also have surfing lessons planned for March, we decided to invest in some Rash Guards and Swim Pants/Trunks. Here is what we ended up with. Try not to be blinded by our stylishness. (All via Lands’ End)

Water Gear

Happy Swimming!

XX

Amanda

P.S. Since I failed to provide any cool live-dolphin photos, please accept this Lisa Frank Dolphin as a substitute.

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