My Latest Eco Diva Loves

Some new finds from Eco Diva Beauty!! w3ll people natural lover mineral complexion kit no.1 and ecobrow defining wax in penelope
Some new finds from Eco Diva Beauty!! w3ll people natural lover mineral complexion kit no.1 and ecobrow defining wax in penelope

So, since I’ve been pregnant I haven’t really been wearing much make up. I have really lucked out and unlike a lot of women, pregnancy is actually helping my skin instead of causing it to break out. Typically, I don’t wear a lot of make up anyway but foundation, a light eye shadow, mascara and bronzer or blush were generally my staples, other than that I never really do too much.


Because I have some skin concerns and because I want to make sure that I am not putting toxins onto my skin which are then absorbed into my body, I have always wanted to make sure that I was using a foundation that was free of unnecessary chemicals and toxins. I was using Jane Iredale foundation and as I mentioned in a previous post I really loved the coverage. I ran out of the previous foundation and decided that I wanted to try something new so I selected something off of the EcoDiva website, this foundation / complexion kit from W3ll People, and I am really loving it!  The colour description on-line was helpful to decide what would be my best colour option (I am usually the lightest colour but sometimes it can be a bit deceiving). The coverage is great and it doesn’t feel to heavy or like I am wearing anything on my face. The best part: the W3ll People products contain no harmful toxins and the company emphasizes the importance of organic ingredients. This is something I can get behind. You can read more about what their products don’t contain on their website. 

For $70 the kit contains foundation, a bronzer, and a soft brush.

Another product that I have just recently tried and love is EcoBrow.  My eyebrows are so light and I always knew that defining them might be a simple way to change my look without piling on the make up. I love this product. It is a mineral-based, paraben- free wax that is applied to the eyebrows with an angle brush. It is so simple and easy to blend and it doesn’t give the hard, drawn on eyebrow look. The colour that I selected is Penelope and I think it goes great with my hair colour and skin tone.

If you haven’t tried Eco Diva Beauty yet, I highly suggest you get on it! Their products are delivered very quickly and I have not been disappointed!

What is your staple beauty item?

 

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Bump Day! Supplements in Pregnancy

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Hitting week 20 of pregnancy and I am feeling pretty good! Good nutrition is super important for pregnancy and I have researched and consulted with holistic nutritionists and my doctor about supplements during pregnancy. I knew for sure that I wanted to focus on whole food vitamins and I had already been taking the Mega Food Baby and Me vitamin for about eight months prior to becoming pregnant. It contains all of the vitamins and minerals necessary to help develop baby and sustain a healthy pregnancy, including Folate which is so important before and during early pregnancy.

I read a lot about vitamins and a couple of lists that I found helpful were from Mama Natural and Wellness Mama, sharing the supplements that they take during pregnancy. I don’t take all that they take and it really depends on your comfort level and needs during pregnancy.

One thing that Enza Ward, Registered Holistic Nutritionist and owner of Senzable Health pointed out to me that was super important for pregnancy was probiotics.

Babies are born with a sterile gut so it is so important to take a high quality probiotic supplement or obtain probiotics through food to get the right balance of gut bacteria.

I am taking Dr. Ohhira’s probiotics which contain 12 probiotic strains and use a traditional Asian fermentation process.

You can also obtain probiotics through fermented foods such as kimchi and sauerkraut as well as tempeh and kefir.

Another supplement that I feel is very important is a good prenatal omega three that contains DHA and EPA. I have been taking the Garden of Life brand Ocean’s Mom.

Recently, I have been reading articles that say most of the population is deficient in magnesium. Magnesium is important for general health but can help to get things moving, especially in pregnancy. I am taking a magnesium citrate from Natural Factors.

I usually take a B-complex vitamin to help regulate my mood and for energy. I was taking it leading up to pregnancy and have taken it periodically throughout. B vitamins are water soluble so you pee out any excess however, it is important not to over do it.

I have also been drinking red raspberry leaf tea, periodically. It is said to help with morning sickness and strengthen the uterine muscles.

There are many other supplements women can take in pregnancy and it is really up to the mother what her comfort level is and her needs in pregnancy.

*Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nutritionist, naturopath or medical professional. These statements are my own personal beliefs. Please consult with a doctor before taking any supplements.

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

Cleaning with essential oils

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doTERRA’s OnGuard protective blend essential oil. Photo courtesy of doTERRA.com.

I am kind of the queen of anxieties when it comes to chemicals…don’t worry, I’m talking to a therapist. Most of my fears are probably irrational and take worst case scenario to the max but I am just not comfortable cleaning with things that could potentially be harmful to my health, or my family’s health. So many chemicals have such adverse side effects on our health such as cancers and asthma. So, a few years ago, I spoke with Green Calgary, an organization in the city that gives people information and offers workshops on how to make your home more green and to minimize indoor air pollution.

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We all have a story to tell, what’s yours?

I wanted to share a friend’s story. Her words are powerful, even in a time of struggle. Her story may be more challenging than some but I think we can all relate to struggle, perseverance and defining ourselves. Like I have said before in previous posts, if we all share our story we will all be able to find some common ground and I think that is a great part of healing. I would encourage you  to share your struggles and your story with someone and maybe you might be surprised with the response or the outcome.

Written by Cait on her blog: Fancy, Free and Fatigued 

Every heart has a story to tell, let me introduce mine

To my Core:

I’m writing this blog in hopes that you can understand that although my body is not well and I am struggling that I am happy. I’m writing this to give you the opportunity to understand my experience and in hopes that maybe I can influence yours. My journey has taught me to remain resilient when fairness and kindness are meek and to kindly push boundaries when you feel that something is not right. Life is so extraordinary if you develop the right approach. xo

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