Two Months of Caroline Claire

I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun.  It feels like just yesterday that I sat down to write Caroline’s one month post and here we are again.  Caroline continues to amaze me every day with her continued growth.  She has DOUBLED in size from four and a half pounds at birth to nearly nine pounds at two months old (8lbs15oz to be exact).  We don’t know her exact length but it does seem as though she’s tall for her size.  She always seems to outgrow her footed pajamas in length well before they’re snug.

Honestly, the world feels like an entirely new and different place than it did a month ago.  I had heard of coronavirus or COVID-19 all the way back in January when I heard doctors talking about it at the hospital when Caroline was in the NICU.  I had been keeping an eye on things from afar and then a few weeks ago things started to get serious here in the US.  Much of the country is on lockdown and people are being encouraged to stay at home in order to slow the spread of the disease.

Given that Caroline was premature, we were on self-imposed quarantine before all of this began and had hoped and planned to be able to start taking her into public settings mid-April.  She only had a couple visitors because of this and now we’re not sure when we’ll be able to be around family and friends again.  I’m really sad that she’s missing out on time with family right now, but I’m comforted that she doesn’t understand what’s going on.

It’s a bit of a scary time in the world, but like almost everyone,  I’m doing everything I can to protect my and community by staying home.  I hope you and yours are feeling safe and healthy.

One Month of Caroline Claire

I can’t believe I’m sitting down to write about spending an ENTIRE MONTH with our new baby girl, Caroline Claire Schultz.  It feels like it took us a lifetime to get her and now our time with her is flying by already.

I’m sitting at my dining room table writing this in the early morning with her in her bassinet in the living room.  It’s snowing outside and I’m working solely from the light of my laptop as to not wake her.  It’s so good to be home with her after spending nearly her entire first month of life in the NICU.

There’s honestly so much to say about this girl, her story, OUR story… a blog post won’t ever be enough – I could truly write a book – but we’ll start here.

Reflection: A Look Back On 2019

There’s just something so exciting about the fresh start of a new year and in this case… a new decade!

One of my favorite things to do on New Year’s Eve each year is to reflect back on the year past and then set intentions/goals/resolutions (whatever you want to call them!) for the year ahead.

For me, 2019 was a year of extremes.  I have experienced some of the highest of high moments and some of the lowest of lows.  I walk into 2020 still walking a fine line between grief/sorrow and incredible joy as we expect our daughter in February after losing our son in December.

Our journey to parenthood will likely be what defines 2019 in my mind forever because it was by far the most significant story of our year.  There was much more to the journey, though, and I’ve enjoyed looking back on the many blessings of the year and sharing them with you here.

Our Fertility Story: The Journey To Becoming Twin Parents

If you haven’t read my recent pregnancy announcement post, you may want to start there first… but long story short, my husband and I are overjoyed that we are expecting twins!  I had referenced our fertility journey briefly and since sharing our news and mentioning our fertility struggle again, I’ve since received countless emails and DMs requesting the specifics or asking questions, so I wanted to prioritize sharing our story with you.

Over on my Instagram, I asked what specific questions you have and I’ll try my best to answer them all here.  If you do have any additional questions after reading the post, please feel free to post a comment below.  I’ll be monitoring the comments closely and will reply and/or update the post accordingly.  I’d love to have the discussions here vs. my DMs or email if possible so that everyone can benefit from the conversation.

Miranda Schultz of The Plus Life Blog Reviews PlateJoy Meal Planning Service

Meal Planning Made Simple: An Honest PlateJoy Review

Food ruts… I’ve been in one lately, and I know I’m not alone.  Do you ever get SO tired of every single recipe you know how to make?  So frustrating… let’s talk it about and then I’ll share some REALLY good news with you about an awesome, budget-friendly meal planning service I found called PlateJoy.

I know some of you heard the words meal planning service and don’t care what else I have to say.  You just want to go check it out… if that’s you… here’s the link to try it free for ten days and use code GET10 for $10 off!

AMAZON PRIME DAY DEALS 2019 THE PLUS LIFE BLOG PICKS

The Plus Life Blog’s Amazon Prime Day Picks!

Amazon Prime Day is here, and I’ve been scoping out the scene all morning looking for bargains!  My favorite Prime Day finds are always electronics and home items, so that’s most of what I’ve rounded up here.

Check out all of the faves I already own along with a few items on my wishlist for this year and beyond!

(ALL ITEMS ARE LINKED INDIVIDUALLY BELOW THE COLLAGE PHOTO IN NUMERICAL ORDER)

How To Organize Your Pantry On A Budget: Dollar Tree DIY

I’ll be the first to admit that organization doesn’t come naturally to me.  My natural tendency is to leave things a bit messy and chaotic.  I definitely don’t WANT that to be the case and am making an effort to get organized and stay that way.

We went from having a one bedroom apartment on the beach in New York to a four bedroom house with a full basement in Kentucky.  I thought it would take us YEARS to even fill the house with furniture but we managed to accumulate a lot of stuff very quickly.

Top 5 Closet Organization Tips From Miranda Schultz of The Plus Life Blog

Five Tips To Organize Your Closet + Closet Tour

Before we dive into today’s post, I want to announce something exciting… I launched a YouTube Channel!  It won’t be replacing the blog but will be a supplement allowing us to dive a bit deeper into the things we’re chatting about here! Plus size fashion, home decor/DIY, travel, and lifestyle!

In the future, many of my blog posts will ALSO feature video content!  In today’s blog post I’m sharing five tips for an organized closet and if you scroll ALL the way to the end of the post, I’ve embedded my latest YouTube video which is a tour of my own closet!

My Favorite Extended Plus Size Pajamas

I follow a lot of thin “lifestyle influencers” on Instagram and YouTube, and I always notice they wear the most luxurious, beautiful pajama sets.  Unfortunately, I can’t wear the ones they recommend because they don’t come in plus sizes but I always LOVE the way they look.

For months, I searched high and low for classic pajama sets that are available in plus sizes.  I found several cute options but ultimately landed on an incredible set from WomanWithin.com that are available in sizes 14-40!

The Most Popular Blog Posts of 2018 on The Plus Life

I started my blog at the end of March in 2018.  It has been quite the whirlwind, and I’ve loved EVERY minute of connecting with you here.  What started as a creative outlet is turning into a platform that allows me to connect with women throughout the world who are share similar interests.

It’s by far one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done, and I’m SOOO happy you’re here with me.  It’s been quite the learning experience figuring out what you like and what resonates, so I thought it would be fun to share the posts that were the most read on The Plus Life in 2018.

Your top 10 favorite blog posts in 2018:

1. The Best Extra Wide Width Sneakers In The World

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2. 15 Holiday Traditions That Will Make You Smile This Year

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3.  The Best Wide (And Extra Wide) Width Mules In The World

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4.  The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide For Women in 2018!

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5.  An Honest Review – My First Dia & Co. Box!

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6.  Real Talk: How I Manage Foot Pain From Heel Spurs and Plantar Fasciitis

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7.  How You Can Get the Best Sleep Ever: A Big Fig Mattress Review

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8.  Sooooo… I quit my job!

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9.  Top Ten Best Makeup Products Of The Year

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10.  Ask Me Anything: How Can I Be More Confident In My Relationship?

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I love hearing from you and some of the best content I’ve created has stemmed from the questions you ask me on a daily basis.  Please chime in with a comment below… what would be your top three topics you’d like to see covered on The Plus Life in 2019?  I’m working on my 2019 content calendar now, so your best ideas will be included!