Friday Favs

Hey friends! Take a peak into my week with my Friday favorites. Where I share anything from products, experiences, articles, whatever… just for funsies! So let’s get to it!

My porch are planted. I absolutely love begonias and buy them every single year! The coral, pinkish, salmon gorgeous color my greenhouse has is my fav.

Have you seen this new discovery on SIDS?! It’s pretty monumental discovery for such a mysterious, devastating issue. Hopefully it leads to more findings in saving babies. Click here to read it.

L&A Crayons gifted us a fun package of chalk letters and a dinosaur. Alaina, the owner, also makes personalized crayons! Such a great gift idea for many occasions. I can’t get over how cute they are!

Short season is here, it’s time to get some color on these legs. Ha! I’m low key obsessed with these Tanologist tanning drops. It’s so easy to use and build upon making it hard to mess up. You just mix it in with your daily lotion and put it on anddddd that’s it. 👏🏼 Click here to try.

We hit up the zoo and renewed on annual membership! It was a great time, but I’ll tell ya what, we are loving the new path away from The Islands to the aquarium. Our tired legs thank you Pittsburgh Zoo, we love ya!

See ya here next Friday with some favorite things of the weeks!

Xx, Anna

Honestly, Mama + Project Sweet Peas

Hi, friends!

May is officially here and it is such an important month to Honestly, Mama. We’ve been breaking the stigma, talking about our stories and with Maternal Mental Health week upon us, it seems like the perfect time to announce the first Honestly, Mama fundraiser!

When I was daydreaming of this community, I had always loved the idea of somehow giving back to help mamas who are in the thick of their struggle. I started exploring local non profits that we could help and Project Sweet Peas seemed like the perfect fit to kick off hopefully a long journey of give back initiatives. Though, I am not personally a NICU mama, I know many who are. Their struggle through those unsettling times always left me wishing I could do more. Project Sweet Peas, gathers care packages and delivers them to our local NICU unit hospitals. Read more about them here.

Want to get involved?

-Buy something off the Amazon Wish List. Shop it here.

-Rather give in person? I’ll be at The Maverick in Gibsonia, PA on May 22 from 11-2 pm collecting any last minute donations.

-Rather give a monetary donation? All money will be used to buy care package supplies. You can Venmo me at Anna-Hinkle-2 …please put Honestly, Mama in note.

-Write an encouraging note to a mama. How? Fill out the form.

-Spread the word! Share on your social profiles, tell your family, friends.

Thank you so much for your participation. It means the world to me! Have any questions, let me know! Now let’s help some mamas!

Xo, Anna

4 Ways to Get Out of Your Instagram Rut

Hey friends! I recently had someone reach out to me telling me they are so discouraged by Instagram. They feel like they are talking to crickets and nobody is engaging in all their content. I’ve been there… we’ve all been there! Is there anything worse than low engagement on your the content that you’re spending hours on? I don’t think so! It’s a quick way to get yourself over it and just plain old burnt out on one of the best platforms to market to yourself on right now. Let’s dive into 4 ways to get out of your Instagram rut so you can come out on the other side and feel better about your content!

1. Take a break. Sometimes we get lost in the hustle and trying to keep up with all the changes on the app. Or everyone is telling you to post reels, all day every day and you’re like WTF, I don’t have time for this!? That’s okay, I believe in setting realistic goals for yourself so you mentally set yourself up for success. The rest will follow!

2. Channel the feelings that made you started your business the first place. Taking a step back and go back to the root of your “why”. This can make such a huge difference in your content! Not only does it bring back the passion, your audience will probably feel your enthusiasm again too.

3. Shake it up and get creative. NOW is the time to try new things! If you feel like nobody is engaging, what do you have to lose? A different approach may just grab their attention again! Haven’t dived into reels yet? Give it a try! Busting your butt on reels and they aren’t landing? Go back to static posts! Just keep on trying and learn what speaks to your audience.

4. Don’t lose sight on the interactions that you do have. Not everything you post will be a winner, that is just the reality of it! If you’re passionate about your work, don’t let it get you down. If you reached one person today, it can still make impact!

BONUS TIP: spend 30 minutes a day engaging and connecting with you audience. Send messages, like posts, comment on posts, get your name on peoples screens!

If you still are struggling, I’m here to help. Shoot me an email and let’s see if I can get you and your IG back on track! Keep going, you got this!

Xx, Anna

5 Reasons to Pay an Influencer

Hey, friends!

As I’ve been swimming my way through the murky waters of turning my influencing/blogging endeavors to a profitable business, I have been learning a lot along the way. This field is so brand spanking new, nobody knows how to handle it and everyone does something different (no exaggeration there). I have been picking brains of fellow influencers, talking with small business owners, listening to podcasts and I feel the need to bring this topic to the table.

So let’s run through the process of working with an influencer, let’s say you are a small business owner who has decided to explore the influencer marketing field. You find an influencers to reach out to and they come back with their media kit which has some information about their work, their target audience, analytics, etc. Stop right there, don’t even roll your eyes!

Why am I saying that?? Well what they sent to you is actually amazing. Someone did the leg work for you to look and see if the demographic you’re trying to reach is who theirs is! Then let’s say you scroll to see a price and then think “well I’m giving them my product for free”. Yes, you are, but here is why you should pause and maybe consider paying them or at least keep the conversation going.

  1. Time. Depending on what you are asking for there is a huge time restraint. For example, Instagram posts have a lot of backend work with the creative thought process, taking/editing images, finding the best hashtags, posting and engaging with their audience (the most important part in my opinion)! Blog posts can take upward of 2 hours depending on the creative thought process, literal word count, SEO and taking/editing the imaging to go along with it. This is time away from our personal lives to promote your business.
  2. Engagement. Thousands of followers are nice and everything but have you heard of engagement rate? In the world of bought followers (yes people actually buy them) this is more important than ever. Hopefully, it will be easy to spot on the influencers media kit but if not, websites like this one allow you to look it up! Currently, the average engagement rate is about 5% for accounts less than 5k.
  3. Brand Exposure. Hiring an influencer is a way to get exposure to your brand from potentially thousands of new people. You are paying for a space on their billboard, which if you pick the right partner in this endeavor, it is going to reach a more targeted audience than the one people drive past on the highway. Hopefully then resulting in an actual new paying customers.
  4. Costs. Print ads and billboards can run anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars! So if you’re working with micro-influencers you’re probably going to get wayyyy more bang for your buck. Plus, a true personalized, authentic advertisement. That’s pretty cool if you think about it!
  5. Effort. Truthfully, I always put my best foot forward, but when money is on the line that means someone values my work and what I do, so I, myself and I’d say most would people go the extra mile and do more than what you’re paying them for. Whether it’s something like an extra Instagram story or promoting the blog on their personal Facebook page. These are all just little ways your brand/product is getting out there even more!

Overall, I would at the very least encourage you to keep the conversation going with an influencer, get to know them and see if you can come up with a mutually beneficial collaboration that respects both of your time. Are there risks? Absolutely. In general, advertising can be a gamble, especially to small business owners. So be sure to weigh the pro and cons, ask questions, set expectations and get to know who you’re working with before committing!

Can you find influencers that will do all this for free? Probably so, especially if they are up and coming who want to get experience working with brands or they are simply a friend that is open to helping you out. I do have a feeling that free work in this field will eventually come to an end though. If you’re an influencer reading this, don’t underestimate your time, talents and worth!

Unfortunately, people can have this negative idea of influencers, like all they do is get free stuff and just sit there talking about it, but I will tell you they put in A LOT of work and thought into what they are doing (at least if you pick the right ones). We all know that Instagram isn’t real life, so why are some still looking at influencers work like it’s just that one square image instead of peeling back the curtain and acknowledging all the hard work and time they put behind it. It’s time to start talking about it out loud and think about the influencers perspective.

What do you think? I’d say teamwork is the dream work, and nobody’s skills, talents and time should be undervalued!

Xo, Anna

My Social Media Marketing Love Story

My Social Media Marketing Love Story

I will never forget my high school marketing class (hey, Mrs Stumpf!) and the happiness it gave me. I finally found a class that I couldn’t get enough of. I found it all so interesting, I could envision the whole picture of a marketing strategy easily and I was actually pretty damn good at it. My entire life I had wanted to be a teacher, but this class changed it all. It was official, I wanted to get into marketing.

I then went on to earn my bachelor’s degree in business with a concentration in marketing, all while doing alllllll the a extracurricular activities, like being an officer in the marketing club, mentoring incoming students and being that outgoing, silly orientation leader to keep incoming students comfortable and working at the Career Services office. I mention that because when I look back on these jobs, I can’t help laugh as they were truly the building blocks of me embracing all sides of my personality and skillset leading me to where I am today. When it was time to get an internship, I stumbled upon an opportunity through my hometown’s chamber of commerce to assist with marketing in the revitalization of the downtown area. Now this was 2009, when social media was emerging and it was my job to go door to door to build relationships and convince these small businesses that they needed a Facebook/Twitter pages, websites, etc because that is where the future of marketing was headed. Spoiler alert, a lot of them didn’t get it, though the ones that did, saw great success. I really credit this particular experience to where my passion for helping small businesses succeed with social media marketing began. I really enjoyed the integration of building these relationships with business owners on and offline.

After graduation, I still had the same passions, but I was fighting an upward battle to have businesses understand the future of social media marketing and pay enough for rent. So I settled on various different sales positions. These jobs totally helped me to perfect my interpersonal and feedback skills. In every single one of these sales roles, I campaigned for myself to also be their social media manager on the side. All in order to keep the ultimate passion of mine growing, while this industry of marketing became more understood and relevant. During this time, I took the opportunity to earned two social media certifications through the Pittsburgh Technology Institute. As the years went by, I launched my own personal brand as a blogger and influencer while continuing to work with and for many small businesses all while honing in on my social media marketing skills, specifically through Instagram. Which is probably where you found me!

So here we are 13+ years later, social media is now more relevant than ever and the time is NOW to work toward your social media goals. The best part? I’m still here with the same passion, same smile and more knowledge than ever waiting at your doorstep to help! Let’s get started, click here!

2009 to 2022

Holiday Gift Guide for Him

Hey friends!

It’s officially just about my favorite time of year, the holidays! I thought I could give you some guidance in shopping this year and created a few gift guide. The first is for the men in our lives. This includes many different price points to find what may be a perfect fit for you.

I do make a small commission when purchasing from some of the links provided. Your info isn’t shared in anyway, I actually have no idea who used my affiliate links… It’s just a great way to support my blog and family!

Let’s get started! You can find the links to the products all in one place or listed below.

1. Omaha Steak box, even better if you can find a local butcher to get a box from. I haven’t met a guy who wouldn’t love food as a gift!

2. Beer can shower holder, it’s silly and low cost! Click to shop.

3. Ear buds for under $20 bucks?! Yup. My husband loves these! Click to shop.

4. Ugg Slippers. A splurge but will last. I’ve had mine since college which was a long time ago now. Ha! Click to shop.

5. Skagen watch. My husband loves these watches because they are so lightweight and thin. Click to shop.

6. Meat thermometer, because it’s always getting lost. We love this one! Click to shop.

7. Wood Phone Docking Station. A nice little place for all things to be set after emptying their pockets. Click to shop.

8. Beer can chicken holder. Have you ever had beer can chicken?! It’s amazing. Click to shop.

9. Portable Bluetooth Speaker. We love this little thing and use it way more than anticipated. Click to shop.

10. Ridge wallet. All the men in my life LOVE this wallet. It thin, lightweight and just awesome. Click to shop.

11. Yeti mug. Everyone needs this. That’s all. Click to shop.

12. Hooray Hero’s book. This is a sweet personalized gift from the kiddos that they can read together. Click to shop.

13. Chipping practice nets. A must have for the golfer in your life! Click to shop.

I hope you find some ideas that work for you and your family. Happy shopping!

Xo,

Anna

Finding Confidence in Motherhood with Henne Jewelers

Hey friends,

It’s been a minute to say the least as I adjust to being a mom of two, a career transition and holy smokes… having a kiddo in school! There has been something on my heart to share so I thought we should chat!

Becoming a mom rocked my confidence, which is actually super ironic considering I look pretty damn put together in these photos you’re about to see and I truly believe all moms are superwomen. That is literally one of the only things I remember saying immediately after my first son was born… that I felt like a superwoman (ask my husband!) So if anything I should feel more confident than ever right? Well, I don’t.

I struggled with this when I had Henry almost four years ago now. He was a super challenging baby at times, ok most of the time, and it caused me to spiral in anxiety and a lot of self doubt in my role as a mom. Thankfully a few years later, now with some experience in this whole mom thing and some help, I see myself learning my way as a mom of two with clearer eyes. It was something I truly hoped would happen the second time around, so I could savor and appreciate all the small moments that rocked me the first time.

This happens to so many of us, whether it be hormones, deciding to stay home majority of the day, the changes in our bodies or the enormous weight upon our shoulders to raise these tiny humans right …all while gripping on to our last bit of identity before we were born into our new role as a mother. Oh and add in learning to navigate a global pandemic! Whew. Read that again. Because that’s A LOT. A lot of newness and a lot of quick change of things that are really, really important to many of us.

Navigating confidence on top of all this can get confusing or just get accidentally lost in the long list of things. But I’m here to remind you that you are superwoman and we are ALL a work in progress. Whether you bounce back “quickly” or not, it’s OKAY. It’s taken me years to really feel a build on my confidence again since becoming a mom. I wish I could wave a magic wand over all of us and poof it would be there… but I don’t. What I can give you is lots of support, encouragement and like many have done for me in this process.

Back in July, Henne Jewelers invited me to spend a morning trying on and modeling their beautiful jewelry… with the boys. Eek! I was so excited to bring them along, but at the same time, photos with them can be, well, challenging to say the least. My favorite part of being a Henne Partner is their acceptance of everyone. And that just so happens to include my noisy circus that barged right through the doors that day with allllll the bags, outfits, snacks and bribery!

As a mom, representing a business like Henne Jewelers who truly appreciates and values your authenticity makes all the difference in this special season of motherhood. I certainly don’t have it all figured out, but I encourage you to stay true to yourself, surrender to the changes and the growth that comes with motherhood and it will attract what you’re meant to be doing, the relationships you’re meant to be nurturing. The rest will follow, I promise. When they first reached out to me, I thought “wow, why me?” now I know it’s because I’m me.

Jewelry Details: Locket Necklace, Bee Bracelet, Gold Chain Bracelet, Halcyon Days Bracelet, Hoop Earrings

Jewelry Details: Locket Necklace, Hoop Earrings, Cable Chain Bracelet, Paperclip Necklace, Chain Bracelet

Special thank you to Henne Jewelers for sponsoring this post and the wonderful Jenna Wallace Photography for the beautiful images.

Xo, Anna

Jack’s Birth Story

Just like that 12 weeks have passed and I told myself I would type this all out before my leave was over, here we are right in time. Time truly does fly with a newborn and toddler at home! There is never a dull moment and often times feels like we are a circus show, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. A nauseating pregnancy, a million blood pressure readings, to no rooms left at the hospital, to dropping heart rates, all lead to the most peaceful moment of delivery and meeting our baby boy. Our family is now complete with Jack!

Just like my pregnancy with Henry, around 35 weeks my blood pressure started to rise. My first offense of a high blood pressure reading, I got sent right into triage at the hospital to be monitored and to do some more testing. Thankfully, my blood pressure remained steady at the time, but had some flags in my blood work so was sent home with a 24 hour urine collection. Oh yes, I had to collect all my pee in a jug for 24 hours. It was just as glamorous as it sounds. With a gestational hypertension, borderline preeclampsia diagnosis the weeks to come were followed up with additional growth scans, monitoring and non stress tests twice a week until he made his appearance. Thankfully I was trusted to take my own blood pressure readings at home and call in with updates as needed. The nurses and I at my doctors office got pretty tight by the end of all this! Haha! Unfortunately my blood pressure was on a steady incline. Each time I went in for a check up, I knew there was a chance it could lead to a delivery. The ultimate goal was to get me to 39 weeks, but main goal was 37 weeks.

My 37 week appointment had come and as usual I was set up with the routine tests. As I was hooked up to the non stress test this time, my heart sank… it kept beeping, I knew something wasn’t right so much that I texted Nick telling him today is the day. When the doctor came back in, I was right, she wanted to get him out as my blood pressure was getting uncomfortably high and he wasn’t as safe and cozy in there anymore. It wasn’t necessarily an emergency, but we didn’t want to prolong it anymore. My induction was scheduled for the following evening.

(Waiting at hospital.)

We were now familiar with how our hospital handled inductions since it was now my second one. They call you when a bed is open anywhere from 9 pm- midnight. It’s kind of annoying, but I get why. Henry was sent off with my parents while Nick and I just hung out at home anticipating our call. Waiting, waiting, waiting, I get a call from the nurse saying it’s a super busy night and she felt bad leaving me hanging, but to come in at 1 am, there should be a room. So we headed to the hospital, got there right at 1 am like we were told and we waited, and waited, and waited. Active labors kept coming in and little old me had to wait my turn as they all took priority. At about 3 am, they apologized and decided to at least get things going, buttttt there still was no room for me so we set up in triage. At this point, I broke down crying. I was just so exhausted before the actual labor and delivery even started. If I could change one thing it would be how they handled this. Apologies don’t really cut it for exhausting a mother BEFORE inducing labor, in my opinion. Thankfully, we were in triage for about an hour before getting our room to get settled in.

(Masked nap, ha!)

Once we got to the room at about 4 am, it was basically time to just rest up and let the cervical pill do its magic. Though getting rest when adrenaline is running high can be difficult. A new day had begun at the hospital before we knew it and we met our new round of nurses. They started Pitocin to begin ramping labor up at about 9 am. I was managing well with the contractions fairly well, with bouncing on the ball, heating pads and counter pressure. I have to add that Lexi, my new labor and delivery nurse was a literal angel. She helped teach me all the tricks and positions that I had no idea existed at the time. Her overall presence and helped make for an extra positive experience, I just loved her! As things picked up I knew the time for my epidural was coming. I wanted one so badly, but the actual procedure of getting it last time was the worst part of my delivery. I shared my concerns and fears with my care team and they couldn’t have been more understanding and helpful. Lexi made sure the anesthesiology team knew me and my concerns so when the time came they’d be prepared for my anxieties about it. As I kept dilating the doctor suggested it would be a good time to break my water, but I may want to get the epidural first so I agreed. Chuck, from anesthesiology came in out of the gate with true empathy from my last experience and got the job done in like 5 minutes. Like what?! He did such a good job that my pain was basically gone, haha! Yes I remember their names because the quick relationships we built with their amazing care I didn’t want to forget them.

Things were progressing as they should, I was cool as a cucumber and was at about 8 cm, and suddenly the monitor kept beeping. Jack’s heart rate kept dropping. The mood in the room totally shifted. I picked up on the energy as I saw Lexi and the doctor talking knowing that something could be going wrong. I actually completely lost it, I was just so scared, I couldn’t stop shaking and making me need an oxygen mask. They assured me everything was okay and would be okay, they were just keeping a closer eye on me and Jack. Thankfully, his heart rate started to remain steady again after some time and everything went back to normal.

As time went on, they kept asking me if I was ready to push and I just kept saying, nope I don’t feel it yet even though my contractions had picked up to every 2-3 minutes. Thanks to my pal Chuck, I was carrying on conversations with my contractions with pretty much no problem. Finally, Lexi was like “Anna, do you mind if I just peak and see whats going on down there?” I said sure, so she did and she laughed telling me I was full dilated.

My original doctor got called in to an emergency c-section so we had the pleasure of working with another doctor we had never met before, but loved in an instant. She came in and agreed with Lexi that it was go time, so much that she asked if I wanted to feel Jack’s head before I pushed. So I felt his little head down there before one or two pushes and he was earth side. The cord was wrapped around his neck, which what was causing his heart rate to drop, but he quickly let out the sweetest cry. It was all so calm and surreal, I’ll never forget it. It was just me, Nick, our new doctor and Lexi the nurse… then Jack. Considering the slight chaos of pregnancy, his a actual delivery was peaceful as it gets. He happily laid on my chest for an hour, Nick cut the cord and there truly was an unforgettable calmness surrounding us. Though, at moments I was sad family was unable to met him due to Covid, the uninterrupted moments with him and Nick will be something I’ll always cherish. There was no rush to do anything but relish in our new baby boy. There he was, Jack Joseph Hinkle, in all his perfection.

When I think of his birth story, I often forget about the pandemic side of things. During pregnancy it was my biggest fear that he would need NICU time knowing he would probably come early and I would have Covid then be unable to be with him. Thankfully that didn’t happen and thankfully we were at a time in it all that healthcare workers were vaccinated to ease that concern. Though Nick had to wear a mask when someone would come in the room, they really didn’t require me to have one on during all of this …especially when in active labor. Overall, our thoughts were on our baby as it should be and not the pandemic which was actually really refreshing. We soaked in those following 48 hours at the hospital and I felt very safe with all things pandemic there.

Our stay at the hospital was smooth sailing and we really enjoying someone cooking all our meals for us, haha! We just love the hospitals food. But the time had come to be home and begin our time as a family of four. Little did I know what was to come.

The following week things went back to a stressful level as Jack was looking more and more jaundice and had lost more weight than they like to see. Nothing is worse than seeing your 5 day old screaming as they get blood tests. In the midst of this stress I noticed my legs and feet had swollen up like balloons and I was extremely dizzy. I immediately took my blood pressure and it was the highest it’s ever been landing me a trip to the emergency room. I was monitored, tested for preeclampsia and then was eventually diagnosed with postpartum hypertension then to be put on medication right away. It wasn’t how we envisioned our first week home, as we were barely home and we hadn’t spent anytime with Henry, my heart ached. I just couldn’t wait to spend time adjusting as a family of four. Thankfully by the following week before we knew it Jack and I were on our way to healthier days and a couple less doc visits.

(In ER.)

With almost entire pregnancy of nausea, the continual blood pressure issues, I couldn’t be more thrilled to be back to a more normal everyday. Jack is worth all the trouble a million times over, but whew I’m so glad we are on the other side of it all!

Thank for to everyone who sent texts, messages, gifts, and food. Your love and care for us is so appreciative. I don’t take it for granted one bit!

And just like that this will be the last birth story I ever write. I cannot wait to watch my boys grow!

Xo, Anna

Henne Jewelers X Anna Hinkle

Hello, my friends!

I was so excited when Henne Jewelers invited me out to their store for an afternoon of shopping! If you’ve lived in the Pittsburgh area, you know they are the go to destination for jewelry. But then the real thoughts came in… is it safe to be trying on jewelry right now? Do they even have pieces for a simple mom like me on a budget?

As we all know, I’ve been staying at home more than ever since being pregnant so I was a little hesitant to take them up on their offer to visit and try on some pieces. Henne Jewelers was quick to calm my nerves by answering my safety questions about how they are handling things in the pandemic. Every piece of jewelry is sanitized after someone touches it, masks are required and they are even offering virtual appointments! Whew! The answer was yes, it is safe to be jewelry shopping… at least with Henne!

Then came to the budget question. Is this visit even realistic for a gal on a budget? All I knew is that they had gorgeous diamonds, Rolex watches and lots of other pieces that are amazing options for those special occasions. Plus, if you know me, you know I’m not typically covered in diamonds while chasing my 3 year old around, ha! I was excited to learn that they have so many beautiful options that are $100 and under! So that question was met with a quick yes, too!

When the day arrived for my afternoon of jewelry shopping (how fancy of me, right?! haha!), I was a little nervous and intimated. I’m now giggling at these initial feelings because Henne Jewelers is not a place to ever feel like this! Every single person that I interacted with was so nice. I even saw gentleman in there with his kiddo, making me realize I could’ve brought my son along if needed and it’d be a total judgement free zone. But for the time being, I enjoyed my solo mom’s day out!

Lucky for me, I got to spend the afternoon trying on and showing off some of my favorite pieces in their $100 and under collection to share with you all. Spoiler alert: Keep scrolling for a special surprise for my followers!

This first look features the 14K white gold diamond-cut hoop earrings which are truly versatile to wear everyday. As for the necklace it is a sterling silver 36-inch three-strand necklace with faceted balls accents. I love that it doesn’t get tangled with the three strands! The last item in this look is the sterling silver textured cuff bracelet which looks extra cute with a baby bump, if I say so myself. The earrings and necklace actually came home with me this day and I have been living in them since! No joke, I shower, sleep and live in the earrings which is a busy mom’s dream come true.

Click these links to shop the pieces: Earrings, Bracelet & Necklace

Next up is this sterling silver double circle drop earrings and bracelet. This set is simple, but they really can elevate a casual outfit like I have on in the photo!

Click these links to shop the pieces: Earrings and bracelet.

This blue cat’s eye beaded necklace with pearls will totally have you thinking spring. It can bring a subtle pop of color to your look to spice things up! I’m personally loving it with all the different shades of blue like it’s styled in the photo above.

Click this link to shop: Necklace

If you need a gift, this sterling silver necklace and dangle earring set is a STEAL! These pieces add a subtle sparkle which I love. Plus, the necklace is actually adjustable to give you that perfect length. The complete set is $100 and I think just about anyone would love it.

Click this link to shop: Necklace and earring set

Last, but certainly not least, is the sterling silver double pearl drop lariat necklace! Something about pearls and lace together makes for such feminine and fun look, don’t ya think?

Click this link to shop: Necklace

If you’re swooning over any of these pieces, I think this is your sign to visit next time you’re in the need for a day out! Henne Jeweler’s is giving my followers a 10% discount when using “AnnaHinkle10”. Special thank you to Henne Jewelers for this exciting partnership and Jenna Wallace Photography for the photos.

Xo, Anna

Postpartum Recovery Kit

Hey guys!

As I’m going through the pregnancy journey again and I’ve been taking you along with me so I figured I’d share somethings that I am doing to prepare myself for postpartum recovery. I know very well that it takes sometime to heal and life will just be plain easier if you have all these things prepared! Now, in my experience the hospital gives you most of these things to take home. With that being said, I personally liked to have two stations set up (one upstairs and one downstairs) because I was too sore and tired to worry about where everything was at. So having the hospital versions plus some of your own is the winning ticket for me! I will also add, that I delivered vaginally so I don’t have any experience in c-section recovery. Here we go!

  • Peri Bottle, I absolutely LOVE the Frida Mom version.
  • Disposable Underwear or mesh undies with heavy pads.
  • Dermoplast Spray, gives relief to stitches/tears down there.
  • Perineal Ice packs, last time the hospital gave me plenty to take home.
  • Witch Hazel pads, I’m trying the Frida Mom version this time versus Tucks since they are so much larger.
  • Water Wipes, toilet paper is rough down there when things are healing and sensitive.
  • Pain relief medication, self explanatory
  • Stool Softeners, these will help ease the pain when that special time comes.
  • If nursing:

Bonus: Treat yourself to some new dark colored comfy pajamas! You deserve it after your first shower to put on some cozy new pajamas!! The dark color will help hide any leaks. I also opted for buttons for ease of nursing!

You can find product links to all of these by clicking this (affiliate) link.

You got this and I promise you’ll feel like a super hero once you deliver. Good luck, mama!

Xo, Anna