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. megan on December 16, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I’ve loved following your pregnancy! I am due March 6, with our first, a little boy! I LOVE to cook! I exercise because I have to though!

  2. Katie on December 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I would love a snoogle!! My necessary hobby would be cleaning and the fun hobbies are cooking/baking, running, tennis, and SLEEPING!

  3. Julie S. on December 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    I have a 12-yr-old daughter. I’m an exercise fiend (because I love to eat!), & I’m always reading a book. I love Body Pump, biking & walking.

  4. Samantha on December 16, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    My fun hobbies: running, group exercise classes, scrapbooking and reading!

    I have no kids and no due date, but I would still love that snoogle and lotion 🙂

  5. Kathleen on December 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I love to cook/ bake. My necessary hobby is exercise (I’ve been naughty…) No kids yet unless you can’t my 1 year old chihuahua, Chico.

  6. Lynn on December 16, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I enjoy reading, taking naps, being lazy in the pool or just outside in general, and watching movies. My due date is June 15th for my first little one. Since I saw the snoogle on your blog, it has been on my Christmas list so it would be so nice to win! Thanks for the chance!

  7. Hillary on December 16, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I laughed when I read the knitting thing, because knitting is one of my hobbies. I asked my grandma to teach me when I was little, and have been her only grandchild to learn. It calms me for some reason.

    Aside from that, running. Whenever I can be outside, I am!

  8. Mireya on December 16, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    OMG….i would LOVE to win…i just found out i am pregnant..I’m about 5 weeks along and my hubby and i have been waiting for this for almost a year now. This give away would be awesome to win.

    My due date is August 19, 2012
    and I love to crochet…i made my first baby blanket about 5 months ago and its nicely waiting for my little one to arrive.

  9. Jeanne on December 16, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    My hobbies include baking, reading, experimenting with makeup and trying out new brunch places!

  10. Mireya on December 16, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Oh and I have a 8 yr old little girl…who i plan to tell that she will finally be a Big Sister on Christmas…as you can tell im excited to be pregnant..the news is still sinking in so im over the moon right now…sorry…

    other hobbies would be cooking..i love trying new healthier recipes since most traditional mexican foods are not so good which is why i started following your blog…Thank you so much!

  11. Tiffany on December 16, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    My hobbies include reading, walking, group fitness (especially Zumba!), and knitting (haha!).

    I don’t have kids, or a bun in the oven, but my fur babies are aged 7 and 3 😉

  12. Jennifer on December 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Oh oh pick me! I enjoy cooking it’s both fun and necessary 🙂 and my due date is 6-10-12!! This is our first little one, and I’d loooove that snoogle!!

  13. Lisa on December 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    How I would love the Snoogle! I was just telling my hubby yesterday that it’s time to invest! Sleeping has been so uncomfortable and I am not even far along 🙁 Due date – July 26th. I also have a soon to be 3 year old)

    Anywho – reading, and catching up on filthy reality shows are my hobby (there I said it..lol).


  14. Marie on December 16, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    My hobbies include shopping, cooking and baking, and sewing. Wish I had more time to do all 3- I have a 9 month old at home so time is scarce these days. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  15. Steph on December 16, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Woohoo! Awesome giveaway. I am due June 15th. I have one son who is about 20 months old, and my next baby will also be a boy!
    Fave hobby is definitely cooking and everything that goes along with it…menu planning, grocery shopping, eating. =)

  16. Pam (pamcakes and eggs) on December 16, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    I’m pregnant too! And I still have a million years left before I’m due (7.5 months), so a snoogle would be awesome! My hobbies are cooking, baking, painting furniture and helping my husband renovate our house.

  17. Jamie@cupcakedynamite on December 16, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    My hobbies I enjoy are working out and drawing. I actually just realized that it is called a “snoogle” and not a “snoogie”. 🙂

  18. Shari B. (FitFeat) on December 16, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Well, my only kids are the fur babies and they are 10 and 12 (gettin’ up there in dog years) but let me tell you do I ever covet that SNOOGLE even though I’m not expecting. 🙂 My favorite fun hobby, as lazy as it sounds, is reading. And after that would be hiking with friends. My ‘necessary’ hobbies are probably learning WordPress for my blog (seems there’s something new to learn all the time) and cooking, since I’m a personal health food chef.

    I’m doing the snoogle dance in hopes of winning – which includes hollering “snoogle, snoogle SNOOOOGGGLE” like you do for pizookies. 😉

  19. AllisonK on December 16, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    I would LOVE a snoogle! Right now I am building a fort out of like 70billion pillows at night to be comfortable.
    My favorite hobbies are: cooking, baking, phoography and reading.
    I’m due May 2nd!

  20. Liz on December 16, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    My favorite hobby is sleeping. Which the snoogle would be perfect for. 😉 but I don’t have kids… yet…

  21. Sarah on December 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    hobbies: photography, exercise (gym, running, and ROLLERBLADING), drinking coffee 😉

  22. Vikki on December 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    I LOVE Zumba, reading, travel (this is the big one), strolling the city and brunch with friends. I would love to get back to ballroom dancing once baby is born. I just LOVED it!

    My ‘have to’ hobby is the gym. (I have failed miserably this week), but I have to get back on Monday!
    Also cooking. Let’s put it this way, my husband didn’t marry for my culinary skills! : )

    I am 12.5 weeks pregnant and normally a belly sleeper – I can tell that this is not going to be possible for much longer, so I am in desperate need of some sleep relief. A Snoogle would be wonderful!

  23. Stephanie Fatzinger on December 16, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    I’m due April 4th.. and my favorite hobby these days is sour patch kids! I can’t get enough of sweet & sour candy since my second trimester began… totally my pregnancy weekness!

  24. Esther on December 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    My favourite hobbies are exercising and reading.

  25. Nikki on December 16, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    August 15, 2012 🙂

  26. Raya on December 16, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Fun: exercise, cooking, photography/photobooks….Necessary: Shopping. I know, I’m the worst girl ever. I only like to shop when I have a specific item in mind. But even then I find it exhausting!

  27. Kelly J on December 16, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Fun hobbies: Reading & shopping. Necessary hobbies: Running….Without it I would be sucker-punching people on a daily basis. I have no kids yet but my husband and I are on our 2nd cycle TTC. Thanks for the giveaway!

  28. Jenna on December 16, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I hope it’s not too late to enter!! What a great giveaway! My favorite hobby is reading, hands down. Totally relaxes me!

    I have a 13 month old son and am expecting another little one May 29th. They will be 18 months apart. 🙂

    Thanks for all your inspiration! Love your blog.

  29. sarahruth on December 16, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    I love cooking, reading, doing calligraphy, and making cards. 🙂

  30. Lindsey on December 16, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    My favorite hobby is catching up with my DVR! haha sad, but true.

  31. Allie J on December 16, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    My favorite hobbies are cooking, baking, working out, and getting my country music on. I don’t have any little ones yet, but I hope to someday!! Happy FRIDAY!

  32. Heather @ Bake, Run, Live on December 16, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Baking is a hobby that I am in love with! Let’s see- running, bowling, reading, singing, and eating chocolate! Yup- other hobbies I enjoy!
    We are TTC. I had a miscarriage in October, but we have been given the ok to try again.

  33. Debbie on December 16, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    I lovr to knit! I’m trying to make running a hobby…just signed up for my first 5K. Yay me! My son is 21 and goes to school in Massachusetts.

  34. Shayla @ The Good Life on December 16, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I’m not expecting but we are trying so I know in due time I’ll need a snoogle and lotion bar soon! 🙂

    My favorite hobbies are exercising, shopping, grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s (yes I consider it a hobby ;)), baking, blogging, and wine tasting 🙂

  35. Sara L. on December 16, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    My favorite hobbies: reading, tennis, listening to music and yoga!

  36. Allison on December 16, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    my hobbies are exercising, come next summer it will be hiking and camping, and also babysitting as much as possible so that i can see my niece all the time
    i’d love to win this for my sister! my sister is having her first baby (in April – and its a GIRL!!) and i’ve been wanting to get her the snoogle, but if i could win it , it would be more amazing!
    Even if i dont win, she’s going to receive it anyways since you so highly recommend it!

  37. Rebecca on December 16, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    This pillow looks so comfy! I love curling up in a ball when sleeping so I’d enjoy that! And no kids yet, hahaha only 15 years old, but hopefully some present in my future 🙂

  38. April on December 16, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    I am a Mommy to Hunter, age 2 (soon to be 2 1/2!) and my sweet girl, Avery, aged 9 months. And hobbies? Who has the time? LOL When I have any time at all, I usually read but I USED to love to scrapbook, do crafts (like homemade wreaths, ornaments, etc)…when the kids get a tad bigger, I’m going to try to get back into it.

    Oh, and we STILL use our snoogle in this house! It’s not in my son’s bed, as a comfort pillow (he snuggles completely up into it) and also for help keeping him from falling out of the bed (the snoogle is on the side of the bed where this is only a partial wall). It’s a great pillow!

  39. Amanda on December 16, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    My favorite hobbies are dancing and baking. My due date is July 2nd – I can’t wait!

  40. Mandy on December 16, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    I love reading blogs, but other than that I like to crochete!

  41. Denise on December 16, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    My “must”hobby is jogging ( to even out my ridiculous sugar friction).

    And my fun hobbies are shopping, karate and bike riding!

    I would love to win the lotion soap for myself and the pillow for my sister who is pregnant after 16 years of marriage and 10 years of trying!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. Denise on December 16, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Its a sugar ADDICTION for me spell check auto corrected to friction……too funny! Still want to win!

  43. Megan on December 16, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Cooking for others. I love to have people over and make a huge feast! I love to see the smile on people’s faces when I feed them something tasty…..makes me smile, too. BONUS?? My kids tell me I’m the best cook in the whole world!

  44. Carly on December 16, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    My favorite hobbies would be running, cooking, and reading.

    My little boy will be 4 months Monday and I can’t believe it’s gone by so fast!

  45. ash on December 16, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    love it! my kids are 7 and 5 years 🙂 hobbies are yoga, walking, and reading! oh and chocolate!

  46. Beverly on December 16, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    My favorite hobbies including working out, reading and learning more and more about healthy living through blogs.

  47. Ashley O on December 16, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    My favorite hobbies include reading and spending time with my husband and two amazing shitzhu dogs!

    I am 9 weeks pregnant and would LOVE the body pillow!

  48. Jaclyn on December 16, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I have been DYING to try a Snoogie!!!!!!! I agree with you about the photography thing. It can be fun for me sometimes but mostly just work….even though I studied it and *should* like it. Other hobbies include yoga and reading and blog reading ! and keeping up with the kardashians, if that could be considered on, ha! 🙂

  49. Jill on December 16, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    I love to spend time in the kitchen, and my boyfriend and I love to scout out new movies to see. My ultimate hobby is probably reading, though. What’s better than a good book? I don’t have kids but can’t wait until I do… I spent a year as a special needs worker at a daycare and it was the best job I ever had (and the most stressful, but whatever!) and I miss it every day!

  50. Amanda Van on December 16, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Well….I would love both a Snoogle and the lotion bar…. because I just found out 2 DAYS AGO that I’m expecting a little one (my first)!!!! I guess you could say my favorite hobbies recently have been baby-making ;). I just wanted to let you know that I LOVE your blog and it helped me SO MUCH. I’ve been chugging green tea and stuffing my self with sunflower seeds, nooch, pineapple, and red peppers! And it worked! (I don’t even want to LOOK at a pineapple right now :). Well, I hope I win, but if not, I would love the contact info for the lotion bar lady! Thank you so much for everything! Keep blogging, you’re really helping people!

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