Join Beautycounter in April, get great rewards!

 

If you’ve been thinking about joining Beautycounter for a while now, April is definitely the month to do so! Becoming a Beautycounter Consultant is so much more than great products (they are really great), it’s about sharing information and working towards a larger goal of safe products for everyone. The way I see it, we are voting with our dollars. Every purchase we make has an impact! When you purchase Beautycounter you are standing up for safe products and industry regulation! By sharing our mission as a Beautycounter Consultant, you are helping to create change in the beauty industry while sharing amazing products and helping people get great skin all with safe ingredients first and foremost!

If you join Beautycounter in the month of April for $80 (seriously amazing deal to start your own business) and you sell 500 QV plus recruit another consultant and they also hit 500 QV you will earn a Colour Portfolio and also get a $100 product credit! This is a huge incentive and one that you don’t want to miss! This is in addition to the regular perks of being a consultant which include a sweet product discount and the ability to earn commissions on anything you sell!

JOIN HERE

There is no time like the present! Join my team today! This incentive is on for the month of April so the sooner you get started, the better!

http://www.beautycounter.com/en-ca/join/

Introducing Beautycounter +

As you all know I am obsessed with Beautycounter! I haven’t found anything this good and made with safe ingredients, ever. When I decided to become a consultant I was happy to share with others because I just loved the products so much! Many of the people I have been sharing the products with love them too.

It is always exciting when Beautycounter comes out with new products! Beautycounter + is no exception. I was excited to get my hands on these items as they are treatment products designed to complement the already amazing skincare lineup.

Each collection is wonderful but, my favourite one is the Brightening + vitamin c. This collection uses vitamin c complex and enhances dull skin while boosting radiance. Great for age spots and good to create an all-around brighter complexion! The mask smells divine and the mist is so refreshing!

The balancing + charcoal is familiar but the addition of the mist takes it up a notch. The Beautycounter charcoal products are definitely items you want to have on hand weather you need help with acne or just want to keep blemishes at bay. These charcoal products have been incredible helpful to my combination skin.

Guest Post: Dear Breastfeeding Mama

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By |  Laura Cooper 

New breastfeeding moms: you’re doing it right. Sore, milk-spraying-across-the-room, cracked, “are these even mine?” boobs and all: you’re doing it right.

A lactation consultant’s help doesn’t mean you’re failing. Pumping when you never thought you would, tube feeding, spoon feeding, supplementing with formula; it doesn’t mean you’re failing.

You’re fighting to give your baby what you think is best, and make it work for you. Breastfeeding can look 100 different ways for 100 different moms and babies. I wish I knew that before I started.

For me, it looked like 10 weeks worth of lactation consultant bills, nipple balms, shields, different types of bottles, and a perma-puddle of tears at my feet as I nursed and tried to teach my little one to feed well. It looked like guilt in those early days, self-doubt, and extra weight on my postpartum shoulders that should have solely been for cuddling a tiny little boy. (He still won’t take a bottle, but, pick your battles: I picked to fight to make our breastfeeding relationship a strong one. I wouldn’t change that for a movie out or a beer downtown…the movie theatres will still be there when my little peanut is grown up.)

I’m sorry, new mom, that no one was able to warn you about the emotional struggle that would come with breastfeeding. It’s hard physically, but a good diet, rest, lots of water, and time will fix those nursing problems (and for all others, we thank our lactation consultants!) But no one was able to tell you that something so “natural” would be so hard to figure out mentally.

Don’t get caught up in that: you aren’t doing anything wrong if it doesn’t click and come natural at that first latch. Or the second, or fiftieth. Just because that mom who became Facebook famous for breastfeeding while doing yoga handstands has it in her upset-down bag, doesn’t mean that struggling to make the football hold work on your couch means you’re failing.

I’m sorry, new mom, that you feel pressure to introduce a bottle, when you fear nipple confusion, or a tongue for formula over breastmilk. I’m sorry that others just don’t get it: that switching to a bottle doesn’t take off that anxiety, that pressure, for everyone. I’m sorry that you aren’t told enough that you’re doing the healthiest, best thing for your baby and you should be proud of your decision! I’m sorry that in others’ advice and tips you find insults, guilt, and mom-shaming.

I’m sorry, new mom, that you weren’t prepared for how lonely breastfeeding can be. That sitting alone in a dark room at 1 a.m., 2 a.m., 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. trying not to make noise, with one arm trapped under a tiny little head is lonely. I hope you can find a tribe of mamas that you can text in the middle of the night and answer back and forth when your babes wake. I’m sorry that glaring eyes in public make you feel like you need to hide under a cover, or a whole blanket, or in a bathroom, or in a back corner. That your pride of figuring out breastfeeding and nourishing and nurturing your precious, sweet babe is squashed on by comments to cover up, or eyes that don’t speak — but that don’t need to.

I’m sorry that the stress of returning to work, or even wanting a night out, means sitting hooked up to a pump that might make you feel like a cow. That you’ll hydrate, and eat healthy, and sit and pump, and only get half an oz of that liquid gold. That you’ll re-enter all those feelings of what’s wrong and wonder if your breastfeeding journey is coming to an end — because no one told you that your body reacts perfectly for your sweet babe and different to a pump.

Normal might not mean easy, and it doesn’t have to. You’ll make your own normal, and don’t let anyone tell you it’s not just that: yours.

New mom, you’re doing amazing. Whether you breastfeed for 5 days, or 5 weeks, 5 months, or 5 years: you are providing your baby with the best. Whether your breastfeeding looks like a breeze, or is a long-fought bottle, or whether it means exclusively pumping, or topping up with formula…Mama, you are killing it!


Laura Cooper is a first-time mom of a busy little boy, and wife to a PhD student. A displaced Maritimer and a travel writer by trade, she now calls Hamilton home.


 

The perfect and non-toxic Valentine’s Day look with Beautycounter

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Get all ready for Valentines or Galentines with these amazing products! Both limited edition and on for an amazing price! All ingredients are rigorously tested and certified to be safe for humans! We are EWG certified and ingredients are Beautycounter’s #1 priority!

http://www.beautycounter.com/en-ca/shannongalley

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Beautycounter’s high-shine Lip Gloss in Ruby pairs up perfectly with côte’s safer Nail Polish in shade B6 for an exclusive Valentine’s Day Duo every woman will love.

  • Beautycounter’s moisturizing Lip Gloss goes on smoothly with no stickiness. Its unique teardrop applicator delivers the perfect amount of sheer, infinitely wearable color and subtle shine.
  • All of côte’s polishes and treatments are free of the major harmful ingredients often associated with nail polish, so you get all the chip-resistant, long lasting shine without sacrificing your health.

This safer set of irresistibly flattering shades make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

Set includes:

Color Sweep Blush Duo in Bloom/Tulip

• Delivers the perfect amount of healthy-looking, luminous color. These satiny powders contain Porcelain Flower Extract (a Thai bloom known for its antioxidant benefits) to help moisturize the skin, blending seamlessly. Two complementary shades—one slightly deeper than the other—can be worn alone, layered, or even mixed together.

Sheer Lipstick in Rose (My personal fave)

• This silky-smooth, long-lasting formula is lightweight yet ultra-moisturizing, for the perfect mix of sheer colour and polished sheen. Every shade was colour-tested to ensure that each hue complements all skin tones. Plus, there’s no synthetic fragrance—just a sophisticated hint of vanilla planifolia.

20 Things You Might Not Know About Me

img_4729This blog post is a part of the ’20 Things You Might Not Know About Me’ Blog Tag started by April from BLACKSBURG BELLE. She began this blog tag experiment to build community among creatives, help us bloggers to connect more and get to know each other better.  If you’d like to participate or want more info, check out the beginning post RIGHT HERE.

Question 1: How tall are you?

I’m 5’10

Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?

Hmmm, that’s a good question – I have no idea!

Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?

When it is super complicated to make a comment on a post or, bloggers who are completely full of themselves and not genuine.

Question 4: What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?

Crumbs on a counter

Question 5: What’s your favourite song?

I have so many! Everything is Everything by Lauryn Hill, Redemption Song by Bob Marley or… Shake it Out by Florence and the Machine – so random.

Question 6: What’s your favourite Etsy shop that isn’t yours?

CD & Bree or Twig and Timber 

Question 7: What’s your favorite way to spend your free time when you’re alone?

Drink a latte and eat chocolate

Question 8: What’s your favorite junk food?

Chips

Question 9: Do you have a pet or pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?

No pets! Would love a golden doodle one day!

Question 10: What are your number one favourite nonfiction and fiction books?

Fiction: Time Traveler’s Wife

Non-Fiction: Ghandi’s Autobiography

Question 11: What’s your favourite beauty product?

Beautycounter’s purifying charcoal mask 

Question 12: When were you last embarrassed? What happened?

I can’t remember, I don’t usually feel that embarrassed.

Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Coffee, definitely.

Question 14: What’s your favourite movie?

That Awkward Moment

Question 15: What were you in high school: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep?

I dunno, I was just me – quiet and friendly.

Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

Vancouver, Montreal, Ireland or St. Lucia

Question 17: PC or Mac?

Mac

Question 18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse?

Bought me my favourite meal from Planet Organic ❤

Question 19: Favourite celebrity?

Don’t have one… don’t really care that much to be honest.

Question 20: What blogger do you secretly want be best friends with?

Erin Ireland – her insta story vegan food is to die for! OR, Jillian Harris!

But, I have also have a few other favourite blogs!

Northern Style Exposure

Sweetpeas and Succotash 

The Stripe 

Minimalist Baker

North of Bloom

Guest post: 5 random things to know about postpartum recovery

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Guest post written by: Lacey Park 

When people find out you’re pregnant they like to give you advice. Lots and lots and lots of well-intentioned, out of the blue, nobody asked you, advice.

“Enjoy sleeping while you can.”

“It’s probably a girl, I can tell because you <insert slightly offensive comment about your body or behavior here>.”

“Make sure you give your baby a bottle in the first few weeks or he won’t ever take one.”

When I was pregnant (even with baby number 4), it seemed like everyone in my life had a piece of advice to share and while all of it came from a place of love, or concern for my wellbeing, not all of it was useful.

So here are 5 random things I wish people had told me about the postpartum recovery period:

Postpartum Mood Disorders are a common side effect of giving birth.

A study published in the journal Pediatrics screened over 1100 moms and found that 17% had anxiety symptoms in the weeks following birth. That’s a significant statistic and one that I think needs to be talked about more. Personally, I experienced Postpartum Depression and Postpartum OCD, both of which went untreated because I was afraid to tell anyone what was going on.

Not-So-Random Advice: Please, talk to your midwife or doctor if you do not feel like yourself in the weeks and months following birth. You and your family will be glad you sought support, I promise.

Peri-bottles are a miracle following vaginal birth (if you know how to use one)!

A Peri-Bottle is a squirt bottle usually provided by the hospital or your midwives after birth. Not everyone is lucky enough to get a detailed explanation on how to use one so here it is: Every time you use the bathroom, fill the bottle with warm water. Squirt the water onto your vaginal area as you pee, then pat dry when finished. It will reduce the stinging associated with urine meeting your sensitive lady bits and reduce the need to wipe (isn’t that a relief)?

Not-So-Random Advice: Don’t even attempt to use the bathroom without your peri-bottle until your bottom is feeling more comfortable.

Breastfeeding can result in intense cramps!

My breastfeeding clients are often surprised by the intense uterine contractions they experience while breastfeeding. Breastfeeding stimulates a release of oxytocin, a hormone that causes smooth muscle contraction. This cramping helps your uterus return to its pre-pregnancy state and reduces blood loss. The contractions may be more intense following subsequent pregnancies.

Not-So-Random Advice: Ask for pain medication during your hospital stay or call your pharmacist for pain relief recommendations. If you prefer to avoid medication, breathing and visualization techniques can help you manage the discomfort. A heating pad placed on the area may be soothing.

You don’t have to let anyone hold your baby.

You are under no obligation to let people hold your baby. It’s totally acceptable to keep your baby in an infant carrier when visitors arrive (or to simply tell them you aren’t ready for visitors). Furthermore, if you want to take some time to go for a postpartum massage or just take a long, uninterrupted shower while someone else enjoys the baby, that’s good too! Do what is right for you!

Not-So-Random Advice: For help around the house, assistance with breastfeeding, infant care, and self-care, and someone to hold your baby while you take that hot shower, without the random advice and judgment, a postpartum doula is an excellent investment!

You get to parent your way.

There’s so much information out there and it can be stressful trying to sift through it all. It’s important that you do what you feel is right for you and your family. People probably aren’t going to stop giving you advice once you are a mom but, you will eventually feel confident enough in your role to smile and nod!


Founder of Chinook City Doulas, Lacey Park is a Labour Doula, Postpartum Doula, Postpartum Placenta Specialist, and Childbirth Educator.


 

Why Beautycounter: Glowing Moments 2016

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I will be the first to admit that this “wholeistic” lifestyle/mommy blog of mine has been overrun with posts about Beautycounter in the last couple of months. It’s for good reason though as this brand of safe beauty products has been life changing for me. Not only have they improved my skin while being made of completely safe ingredients, Beautycounter has  offered me an opportunity to share my passion for safer products! This is an easy mission to share when these  products work so, so well.  It has also been a chance to earn an income as well, however I want that to look like! Not only does Beautycounter produce amazing products, their mission is to improve the industry as a whole and get safer products into the hands of everyone!

Beautycounter’s Mission

The whole experience has been so much fun and 2017 is going to be a great year! If you want more info on how to sign-up, check out this link:

http://www.beautycounter.com/en-ca/join/

Let’s make beauty better, together! 

Check out this video below for more information on what Beautycounter has accomplished this year!