Shop Updates

Okay, I still feel incredibly awkward posting a "selfie portrait!" {Hahaha!} But just wanted to post an update and say HELLO to any new friends!:) Thanks for visiting! 

I'm Sarah! I'm working super hard on all the orders that have been placed and they should all be out by the middle of the week! I'm so grateful for everyone and their patience while the shop has had a little delay taking all the orders with the Christmas Coupon Code! {CHRISTMASINSEPTEMBER for 25% off!} 

Also! The date that the shop will be closed MIIIIIGHT be moved up to after this coupon code is over! Because this weather has me itching to drink some hot cocoa with my babies and take little fall hikes!🍂 So there are 5 days to get in orders until the new year! {With maybe one surprise day in between!} Don't you fret! There will be giveaways and fun collaborations in between, but the shop will be taking a break!:) 

ALSO, I know I don't say much about it, but still loving LipSense! You can find it right here at under the tab "LipSense" at the top of the page, and it will be shipped from the company straight to you! 

ALSO, super side note...I'm terrible at doing my own brows, so thanks to Karli at Elevate Salon for helping me out!

Haha! Thanks for sticking with me, I've said it before but I'll continue to say that The Dainty Pear has the best customers and friends here!:) Thank you!



Necklace: The Dainty Pear "The Harper" with Anniversary {THIS ONE}
Sweater: Costco
Shirt: {Click HERE}
Lipstick: LipSense {Order HERE}

Christmas in September!

Jingle Bells before Halloween?! You're seeing it right!😂 Being a Wife and Mama is my number one Priority, and between the Holidays and my Brother's wedding in November, the shop will be closing the weekend before Thanksgiving!:) SO, all orders placed in the shop this month will receive 25% off, {which is the biggest discount of the year!} when you use the code CHRISTMASINSEPTEMBER! Thanks for Decking your Halls with @thedaintypear a few months early!:) To shop, click HERE, and don't forget that coupon code!:)


"Then sings my soul, my Savior, God, to thee. How Great Thou Art. How Great Thou Art." A little pre-bedtime Sunday drive on #HisDay. Whatever religion you may be, or of no religion at all, soaking in some good ol' Mother Nature is just good for the soul, don't you think?! Happy Sunday, Everyone! Watch for a coupon code to the shop this week, but for now, hope your evening is filled with family this gorgeous day!:)


Breathing Techniques During Labor

Breathing is such a huge part of keeping everything running smoothly during labor! Here are a few of my favorites during labor, and you might even find them helpful to use in everyday activities!

  • Square Breathing.
    • When I was growing up, I had a lot of anxiety, and a family friend taught me this breathing before we boarded a plane home from New York, and it helped a lot to not only calm down because I was thinking about something other than what I was so anxious about, but it physiologically calms you down, because when your breath is slowed down, your body isn't producing the fight or flight stress hormones that make you panic.
    • The easiest way to remember it is by the number 4! Breath IN for 4 counts, HOLD it for 4 counts, breath OUT for 4 counts, HOLD it out for four counts. And repeat 4 times, or as many as you feel you need to find your center.
  • In-between Surge Breathing
    • This one is also a super common breathing technique, but I first learned about it in the Curtis Method HypnoBirthing Class. I helped tremendously, and this is actually my very favorite out of all three of these techniques. I use this one often, and in between surges, I found it extremely helpful!
    • Breath IN for 4 counts, and OUT for 8 counts.
    • When you are in labor, your uterus contracting is using oxygen, and it's so important to be replenishing it without hyperventilating. I've heard before that when you breathe out for longer than you breathe in, that can help prevent that hyperventilation, but it also helps keep everything loose and relaxed, which is a high priority during any type of childbirth!
  • Breathing DURING Contractions
    • This one I also learned from Lauralyn {find her classes HERE, it's well worth it! You can also read our post about Birth Classes HERE.} As with any relaxation technique, it can be interpreted differently or modified for every individual. For me, I found this helpful because since a contraction, or surge, birthing wave, {whichever you prefer to call it,} is obviously more intense than the time in between surges, it's nice to have a breath to match that intensity. It's a powerful breath that can also help you breath your baby down, {or "J" breathing, like it's called in some birthing techniques. More on that in another post!}
    • Breathe IN for 10 quickly paced and powerful counts, and OUT for 10 powerful counts. This also helps to oxygenate that uterus, and the first time we took the class, I was worried about hyperventilating with breathing in an out like that,  and when I asked her about it, she said that because it's working so hard, it will use it up! But, of course, always do what feels right in the moment for your body!:)

So there are just a few breathing techniques that can help you stay loose and relaxed, which in labor can help the dilation and progression that gets you steps closer to meeting your sweet baby! These breaths can also be coupled with noises, like the ones HERE. Really, whatever you feel is right for you in the moment is right. But, the more practice that goes into it beforehand makes for better "muscle memory" and is easier to fall back into on game day. If you have anything that you've found helpful in your own labors, I would love to hear about it! Please feel free to share in the comments below!