Hobby of necessity (giveaway)

*This giveaway has ended as of 12/16 midnight. Stay tuned for more giveaways soon! Winner’s info at the bottom of this post, along with the details on the lotion bar I’m so obsessed with 🙂 Thank you so much to everyone for entering!********************************************************************

For me, there are two types of hobbies:

1.) the kind you really, really love and

2.) the necessary ones.

When I was younger, I decided I was going to knit. Some of my friends could knit, I thought it was cool and decided to give it a whirl. It lasted about 4 seconds. I have the patience of Bella waiting for chicken and knitting wasn’t something I needed a reason to do. It’s hot in Tucson and my beanies and scarves get worn about twice a year.

The hobbies I really enjoy: teaching fitness, Zumba, cooking, reading, dance, etc

Necessary hobbies: photography and scrapbooking

Photography is a necessary hobby for the blog… I don’t really like it, or know what the heck I’m doing. I take a picture in “P” mode, auto-adjust the colors if it looks weird, and post. Some people get warm and fuzzy talking about aperture and shutter speed, and alas, I am not one of them. Scrapbooking has become another necessary hobby since the Pilot has been deployed 3 times and we always make scrapbook pages, and since we have a little one on the way, I’ve taken to online scrapbooking. The day we got our maternity photos back, I made photo books for madre, nana and baby, and had them shipped out. Was it fun? Not at all. Am I glad I did it? 100%.

I could see the same thing happening with the lotion bars I was trying to figure out how to make.

lotion bar 

I had a sliver left, needed to replenish the stash, and couldn’t get a hold of the amazing woman who makes the lotions and soaps. So, I headed to the health food store for ingredients…. and then she called me back. Thank goodness making lotion bars didn’t have to become a necessary hobby 😉

I ordered an extra one for a lucky blog friend <3

lotion bar

To make the giveaway a little sweeter, I’d also like to share my #1 pregnancy must-have with the winner:

snoogle (2)

A snoogle!

The bonus about this giveaway is that you don’t have to be expecting a little one to enjoy. Everyone could use a rich, buttery, lotion bar made with real ingredients and the comfiest body pillow ever invented.

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Congratulations to the winner!


For those of you who were curious about the lotion, I talked to the woman who makes them today to make sure it was cool to share her info, since she doesn’t have an Etsy shop or anything like that. She makes AMAZING products (lotions and soaps) and my fave is the bitter almond lotion bar. You break off a piece, heat it up with your hands and rub it on 🙂

Here’s her email address if you’d like to order something from her:


Her name is Giselle and she can ship in the US, in the winter, as the bars will melt in the summer heat.

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  1. Keri on December 16, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    We have two little girls! One is 2.5 and the other turns one on Tuesday! That snoogle pillow looks awesome! I drove the husband crazy with my tons of pillows while I was pregnant!

  2. Stephanie on December 16, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    My favorite hobbies are working out, cooking, reading, and hanging out with family. Necessary hobbies are gardening and shopping! I have a 15 month old little girl named Emma and I’m due with #2 June 25, 2012. The pillow and lotion bar would come in soooo handy 🙂

  3. Sarah on December 16, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Depending on my motivation, exercise is both my fun and necessary hobby. I also love to crochet, read, and cook. I’m not expecting…..yet.

  4. Deanna on December 16, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    the snoggle looks awesome! My favorite hobby is forsure baking and painting! You are the cutest pregnant lady ever!

  5. Ali on December 16, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    My favorite hobbies are sewing, scrapbooking and reading. The hobbies I have to do are sending out letters to the out of town family with photos which is totally fun! I am due on May 7th and I have a 2 yr old girl 🙂

  6. Sara on December 16, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    One of my favorite hobbies is cooking! I love reading health and fitness blogs because I get so many great ideas on how to feed my family, with their health in mind. I’m praying for the snoogle since I have bad hips and haven’t been able to go to yoga classes or the chiropractor since money has been tight.

  7. Angel on December 16, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    My hobbies are Pilates and reading. I am due Aug 7 with my first little one. 🙂

  8. Mal on December 16, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    I recently learned to knit and I love it! My first baby is due May 30th! 🙂

  9. Tameeka on December 16, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    My fave hobbies would have to be scrapbooking and kniting.. haha!
    And we are expecting our first bub on the 28th of May next year!
    Exciting times and adventures ahead. Sending you blessings for the festive season. Thanks for the chance to enter.
    Tameeka 🙂

  10. Jen on December 16, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    I love to bake vegan goodies! Love and necessity (since tasty vegan treats aren’t the cheapest or accessible!). No kiddos for us yet 🙂

  11. Kelly on December 16, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    My favorite hobbies are digitalscrapbooking, reading, blogging, and cooking! I am due with my first child on January 29th. Not sure I have a hobby I don’t like but scrapbooking. Can take a long time to complete!

  12. mi-an d. on December 16, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    oh lovely giveaway! i have an expecting sis in law and i would love for her to have this. she’s having hip pain going down her legs with this (2nd) pregnancy 🙁 . she still does not have a snoogle! anyway, my fun hobbies include cooking, dancing, traveling, movies and yoga. hobbies of neccesity… knitting i tried also back in college and also lasted 4 seconds! and actually, photography… as long it’s not blurry, it’s good for me! 🙂

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