Green up your makeup with Eco Diva Beauty


As I have mentioned in previous posts I am really conscientious when it comes to products that I put on my body. Now, in pregnancy, I am even more cautious. I even have brought my own soap to work to avoid the triclosan ridden variety at times as extreme as that may be to some. Beauty products can contain so many unnecessary chemicals and we all have a body burden for toxins that can be flushed out and I’d rather not have them accumulate in my body.

I have talked about Eco Diva Beauty on the blog before but I feel like they are always worth another mention.

If you are looking for great new beauty products for fall but don’t want all of the harsh chemicals, I highly suggest checking out Eco Diva Beauty.

Some of my favourite brands are:

Alima Pure

Tata Harper 

Ten Over Ten

One Love Organics 

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Healthy Chicken Pesto

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I seem to post about this pesto recipe a lot but, I can’t help it! I love how versatile it is and how you can change up a few ingredients depending on what is in your fridge. It’s so easy and it is seriously great for leftovers not to mention the nutrients that pack a punch.

The pesto itself is quite simple and is based off of Joyous Health’s recipe 

For mine I used about:

1/2 cup of walnuts

1 cup of spinach

1/2 cup of fresh parsley

1/4-1/2 cup of evoo

1 large clove of garlic

1 tbsp of hemp seeds

I boiled about 3-4 cups of spaghetti (whatever kind you would like)

Grill one large organic chicken breast just seasoned with salt and pepper

Once the spaghetti and chicken are cooked strain pasta and pour pesto mixture all over the warm spaghetti

To make it creamy I used one 4oz log of goat cheese

Stir until the mixture has fully coated all of the noodles

Cut chicken into strips

Dump spaghetti mixture into a large serving plate and place chicken on top

Optional – I like to add sautéed organic tomatoes on top along with salted pumpkin seeds and hemp hearts

Enjoy!

 

Bump Day Inspirations

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I am new to this whole pregnancy thing but I have joined some pregnancy and mom’s groups that are really informative and the community helps to let me know that what I am experiencing is normal. The ability to speak freely with other pregnant women and mothers  can help to quell fears or just provide a good laugh when it is very much needed.

In one of these groups it was pointed out that something a second time mother found really helpful was to know that the feelings she was experiencing after delivering the baby were what other mothers were experiencing. Since I have no idea of the many different emotions that can be felt after giving birth, I thought it would be a great idea to share some first hand experiences.

Below are real responses from mothers across Canada about how they felt after giving birth:

Overwhelmed. It’s so much easier having one. When you get home it’s pretty hectic. You have another child that is used to having only you and your time now you have to share it. The first couple of months are very hard but then you fall into a routine.

-Katie

I had mine really close in age and it didn’t seem to even bother my oldest that there was a new baby. I was so much more relaxed and it was easy for me, like super easy that I thought something was wrong. Nursing was easy the second time and juggling the two were easy. I did a lot of baby wearing and cuddling both at the same time.

The first time was awful and horrible. I didn’t feel like I really loved my child at first but with my second it was automatic so I felt kind of sad that my first missed out on me feeling that way but I know she doesn’t even know.

We also fell into a routine (completely them guiding it as I NEVER put them on a routine) pretty quickly and easy.

-Jennifer

I was on pain control meds after my c-section so the first few days seem a hazy blur of love and sleep and newborn smells. Ha. But my husband recorded me saying the following:

“I was worried before (our daughter) she was born that you wouldn’t love her and that I would love her a lot and that means less love for you (my husband) but then, I saw you with her and it was like BANG! pie and ice cream on top. So I gave her a piece of my pie, and you gave her a piece of your pie, so now we all have pie, and I want ice cream on top of mine, please.”

I think that accurately sums up my feelings after birth.

-Karine

I brought my first home and was in shock for a while. For a few days it felt like a dream and I was very sleep deprived. After a few days, our baby became very colicky and I pretty much just held him and nursed him around the clock.

For a short period, I grieved for the old me. Before children I could have never imagined just how much of a wonder it was to do whatever I wanted with my days. It sounds dark at first, and honestly, it was. But then the first smiles came. My adorable baby smiled at me and cried for me and snuggled up to me. And then he started to laugh and reach for me and communicate with intentional sounds. There are no words to describe the love and joy your child fills your heart and life with. You are so so ridiculously proud of everything they do. From that, we adapt into parents and never want to imagine life any other way

-Brandi

Overwhelmed with emotion. So full of love so immediately that it felt sometimes like my heart was going to burst. Definitely the most sudden, intense feeling of love and emotion and the need to protect I’ve ever had. I remember having no fear for myself before or during my c-section until I saw he was safe (his heart rate had been decelerating and he had been in distress). Suddenly after I saw he was safe I had the sudden thought “Oh something bad could happen to me here. I could bleed to death, etc. It’s okay because he is safe.” It was a sudden feeling that my life and safety was no longer the most important.
– Erin
I just remember not having an instant bond like an instant “I would die for you” feeling. It actually took me a few weeks before I really felt bonded. I remember my mom telling me she felt the same way so I wasn’t concerned it was a sign of depression.
-April
I had a really great first few weeks with my son, but once the visitors stopped and I was left all alone, time stood still and I felt very bored and lonely. I had lots of issues with breastfeeding which brought me to tears numerous times, I worked so hard and was so exhausted. I started to feel myself slipping, I hated not being “in control.” It was around the four month mark when I finally got help and started going to a postpartum depression group. It was amazing to hear that everything I was feeling was normal and that other mom’s were going through it too.
I also longed for my old life. My friends were all still “living the dream” and I felt a ton of guilt and regret. It wasn’t until my son was about 1 year old that things started to feel better. He was sleeping well and I finally felt a bit more in control. I’m not sure how it’ll be with two. They say it’s easier to go from 1-2 than from 0-1 so fingers crossed!
-Danielle
A week or so after my son was born my husband ran to the store to grab food for supper on our first day without visitors. Being alone with our son I had this sudden panicky thought of “Oh dear! This is real… there is no undoing this now, this baby is here…” I think reality had set in that here was a little baby relying on us to care for him. I have never doubted parenthood again since but, there was definitely a fear of failure.
-Marissa

Update! Exciting things are happening…

designI had been debating about making a post about some exciting things that are happening in my life right now but, I think it is definitely something worth sharing!

We are expecting a baby at the end of February and couldn’t be more thrilled. 

It is important to us to not share too much and to keep photos private, especially in this high-paced technological world.  I thought that I would take this opportunity to share a little bit of what I have learned so far on this journey and trust me, I am no expert and every pregnancy is definitely very different.

Take a whole food prenatal

Some women don’t take a prenatal at all and focus on getting the right amount of nutrients through food though it can be difficult to eat sometimes depending upon your symptoms, especially in the early stages. To ensure I am getting enough nutrients, I found the Mega Food Baby and Me Prenatal was easy on my stomach and all of the vitamins and minerals were from whole foods, including the right amount of folate. So far so good.

Listen to your doctor but seek other information

I have a great doctor and have faith in our medical system but am seeking out certain alternatives. If you don’t feel like you agree with what your doctor is saying, there are other experts that you can talk to. Naturopaths and midwives can offer different perspectives. You may have a gut feeling about something but your doctor can sometimes be a bit by the book and not interested in alternative measures or discussions, so seek out other resources too. I am also using the help of an awesome doula from Chinook City Doulas! 

Eat healthy but…

So, I’ve had a few people say to me, “I know i’ll eat healthier when I am pregnant.” No, that’s not how it works. I have become so ravenous that while I still definitely consider healthy eating a top priority I am also focused on eating food in general and sometimes, cravings really get the better of you, like my french fry pickle craving. Try to develop healthy habits prior to pregnancy so that you are more accustomed to that way of eating.

Detox your home and products

This one is super important to me. It’s harder to control what you encounter when you are out and about so, if using less toxic products is a priority try to eliminate them altogether while you are at home. We all have a body burden of toxins that our bodies can handle and I definitely don’t want these chemicals affecting my baby’s development. It’s hard to avoid them altogether but make simple swaps such as using non-antibacterial hand soap (antibacterial soap has not been proven more effective), make your make-up bag green, use vinegar, lemon and some safe for pregnancy essential oils in your home during pregnancy.

Do prenatal yoga and stretch at home

My activity level has gone down significantly because I have been so tired but, when I do manage to make it to yoga class I’ve noticed it does help a lot. Also, doing simple stretches at home such as child’s pose, can really help ease back pain, or what I have found thus far.

Probiotics and magnesium

Sometimes it’s hard to keep things moving. I’ve found that taking magnesium citrate has really helped me in this department and also trying to keep up with probiotics to help generate good gut bacteria to help the developing baby is important to me.

A lot of these things can apply in general and not just in pregnancy. There are so many other tips but really just relax and enjoy this time. Go with your gut, you know what’s up.

Now, the second half of this post, gender guesses!

UPDATE! The old wives tales were right, baby is a boy!!

So we are finding out what the baby’s gender is in a few weeks but I’ve been having fun looking up fun predictions to see what it might be based on old wives tales. Here is a list of what I’ve tried:

Chinese Gender Chart

The Chinese Gender Chart claims to have an accuracy rate of over 90%. It is based on how old the mother is at conception and the month that she conceived.

Result: Boy/Indeterminate (some have said girl some have said boy and I have converted lunar age which said girl)

Moms Beauty

Basically you are having a girl if your beauty disappears during pregnancy. It is said that the girl steals the mother’s beauty.

I don’t find I am breaking out as much so i’ll go with boy on this one…

Result: Boy

Dream of Sex of Baby

If you have dreams that you are having a boy, you will have a girl. If you dream about having a girl, it will be a boy. Dreams show the opposite of what you are having.

Result: Indeterminate (I’ve had dreams of both)

Clumsy vs. Graceful

If the pregnant woman is graceful throughout her pregnancy, she’s having a girl. If she becomes clumsy, she’s having a boy.

Result: Boy

What Do You Think?

71% of the time, the mom-to-be knows what she is having.

Result: Boy

Morning Sickness

If you had a smooth pregnancy with no morning sickness, it’s a boy. If you were sick or felt really nauseous during your pregnancy, count on a girl.

Result: Boy

Protein

When a pregnant woman craves meat and cheese, count on a boy.

Result: Boy (I was craving steak and well I always crave cheese)

Urine

What color is your pee? If it is bright yellow, you will have a little boy. If your urine is a dull yellow, plan on a girl.

Result: Boy

Heart Rate

If the baby’s heart rate is above 140 bpm, it is said that the baby will be a girl. If it is under 140 bpm, then it will be a boy.

Result: Girl (has consistently been 153 bpm)

Mayan Tale

The Mayan tale adds the mothers age at conception and the year of conception. If the result is a even number then mom is having a girl. If the result is an odd number then a boy is on the way!

Result: Boy

Acne

If you have acne while pregnant, it’s a girl. It’s thought that acne during pregnancy is caused by the extra hormones.

Result: Boy

Cravings

People believe that if you are craving salty foods while pregnant, you can count on having a boy. If you crave sweets, fruit, and orange juice, you are having a little girl.

Result: Boy

There are many more that you can do but these are just some of the one’s I’ve tried. We’ll see if they are right!