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Morning Sickness

I have always heard about women talking about morning sickness and one day I dreamed it would happen to me. Well it did, and boy was/is it not at all what I expected. It happens so suddenly, anytime and for me was really intense and almost violent.

I was so happy about my morning sickness! After wanting this for so long I would lay on the bathroom floor just smiling and laughing. I know that seems odd but it made me feel like it was real, like this baby was really going to happen.

I tried several different things to help me through upon the advise of other mommy’s I know. These are what worked for me. Everyone is different and different things help. For me personally I was told so many times to eat saltine’s or something similar I wanted to scream, that just didn’t help me. I know it really helps a lot of women though!

Here is what I liked!

Preggie Pop Drops. These I got at Target and loved that they were drug free and natural. So easy, just like a cough drop or hard candy. I would keep a handful on my night stand and pop them in throughout the night too.

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Sparkling Mama Fizzelixir. This was a yummy drink that allowed me to have the carbonation but without all the sugar. The ginger and citrus combo calmed my stomach and allowed me to get a little relief through the work day.

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Morning Ease Lemon Ginger. These are very similar to the Preggie Pop Drops but available at several retailers. Another lemon ginger combo that worked out great for me. Kept these in my purse and could just grab one anytime I was out and about and I just didn’t feel right.

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Sea Bands. I was most skeptical about trying these. I wore them for a while and didn’t really know if they were helping so I took them off and suddenly got a rush of morning sickness. I was like omg they work and put them back on as fast as I could. These are easy to use and a great suggestion if you don’t want to drink or eat something.

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These are the 4 products that I really liked and that worked for me. Again everyone is different but I recommend giving these a try. I am still using them all throughout my pregnancy on rough days.

 

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FabFitFun – Summer 2019

Summer is here and so is my new FabFitFun Box! It’s so fun to open the box never knowing what fun new products are inside. I am going to share my favorite products form the box.

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Generation Clay Brightening Purple Clay Mask. This mask is filled with Davidson plum, a gentle, natural version of skin-exfoliating alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). Making it a great option to rejuvenate your skin and dull those dark circles under your eyes. Additional benefits include witch hazel to extract excess oil, vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects against free radicals, and desert lime, an Australian citrus fruit that boosts hydration, assists with the absorption of antioxidants and increases collagen production. I could see a difference after one use and absolutely recommend giving it a try.

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I have talked about the Coola brand before. This is a great product to use after putting on your make up for the day. It sets the makeup and has SPF in the spray. It is refreshing and really helped my make up stay on all day.

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You guys, these SOL Janeiro products are amazing! The smell alone is unmatched, even my husband has commented. The shower gel lathers great and leaves no residue on your skin. The Bum Cream is great for tightening skin, smoothing bumps and moisturizing after a great shower scrub. Being pregnant I love to also slather this body cream on my growing bump to help with stretch marks. On their website you get 10% off your first order so don’t hesitate!

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The Grace & Stella All Day Rose spray is so refreshing and hydrating. In this Texas heat a spray to start off the day is perfect. I use it on my face, neck and chest to refresh and hydrate my skin in the morning or after washing my face. It’s gentle the subtle rose scent is calming.

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Invisi Bobble hair rings are so versatile and comfortable. They allow me, someone with long hair, to pull my hair up without leaving a “dent” or line in my hair that has to be re styled. They also do not pull at all so the comfort is great to last all day or through that tough workout.

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I could go on about all of the products but these are the stand outs to me. I love being introduced to new products and see how they work. Try these and let me know what you think.

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Baby List

I chose to register for our little one with Baby List. I did this because I don’t like what one or two stores have to offer and Baby List allows me to register for anything anywhere. It is so easy, there is a button at the top of my browser and I simply click “add to babylist” and boom done.

When viewing the list it’s just like any other registry with all the items organized by type BUT it also shows the different stores and prices you can purchase the item, including amazon and websites.

I have been searching different items online and when I find the one I want I simply add it to the list. When I started my registry I got a free Hello Baby Box from Baby List that had many sample products in it for me to try. I really like this feature because as a first time mom it opens my eyes to different brands and products I may not be aware of. It also allows me to try things before committing. The box also comes with cards you can put in a shower invitation and you can get more for free on the list as well.

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Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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Noobie Box

The Noobie Box is a free, yes free, pregnancy box that provides samples of products that are great for mom’s to be. The box does change over time and currently below is what I got in mine.

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  • Aquaphor Baby Ointment
  • Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Baume
  • Chicco Pacifist
  • Cuties set of 5 diapers
  • Lansinoh breastfeeding set (nursing pads, milk storage bags and lanolin),
  • UpSpring Milkflow Powder drink mix
  • Prevail set of 2 liners
  • WaterWipes baby wipes.

They also offer Baby Gift Boxes & Parent Gift Boxes. Each box is catered to the age of the baby/child which offers activities and products that are great for the growing little one. You can get a subscription or purchase a single box.

BUT don’t miss out on getting the FREE pregnancy box. See the link below, just pay shipping.

https://www.noobiebox.com/products/noobie-box-pregnancy-edition 

I recommend getting yours because why not? It is a great way to find out about products and try them out before committing to a full case or something you will not use. As a first time mom is it so nice to find out different brands and products because I have no clue to where to start on most things.

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Identity Lingerie

I really want to share with you about these great pieces. I am not really into lingerie but I love my pajama sets and the material is everything to me. Identity Lingerie has amazing quality and material. So soft and comfortable. The details on each piece make them gorgeous too, so you can’t beat that.

This company is based in Europe and one thing I love about the website is that on the left hand side you can select USD and the site switches to show you the US price. I mean this is amazing because that is the one thing I cannot stand about so many overseas sites is that I really have no clue what I am paying in the end.

Everything is very well made so these pieces will last and stay looking great. Bridal Parties, you must check out their matching robes and sets for bachelorette parties you have coming up.

I would say that I am normally a small and the tops fit great but the bottoms were a little tighter in my booty than I like so I would go up to a medium. Check their sizing chart before ordering but they do have a 30 day return policy.

Check them out at the link https://identitylingerie.com/

This link will take you to the white set pictured above. https://identitylingerie.com/product/babydolls-bridal-white-silky-satin-lace

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FabFitFun – Spring 2019

I was so excited for my FabFitFun box to arrive! Every time I open a box I get so excited to try the new products and see what fun surprises are in store. The boxes have introduced me to so many brands and products that have become staples in my home.

Here’s what was in my box!

Unplug Meditation Aromatherapy Diffuser: I love the egg shape and the fun wave of light colors as it’s on. It puts off a great amount of scent throughout a large space. Currently it’s working perfect in my home office because it uses a USB plug so very portable and easy to use anywhere.

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Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Facial: The smell of this cream is divine. I also love the glass container, perfect for recycling. The product is used to even out skin, repairs fine lines, moisturizes and reduces black spots/discolorations. I love a night cream because who doesn’t want to wake up with better skin. The company also really cares about the ingredients in their products.

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Giadzy Copper Plated Measuring Spoons: I was so excited about these. I have been wanting new measuring spoons. I love the copper look and the quality is great. The ring is very easy to take a spoon on and off for use BUT they are hand wash only!

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THE2BANDITS Athens Necklace: I have really been in to simple necklaces I can layer with others in my collection and this will fit in perfectly. The bar has an iridescent color changing piece that makes it match any outfit you could want to wear this with.

Tula Purifying Face Cleanser: Washing my face is one of my favorites parts of the morning and I am very intrigued by the use of probiotics. This is a cruelty free product and is ingredient conscious. The probiotics are said to help gently remove dirt and lock in moisture. I can’t wait to find out

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Manna Kadar Champagne Body Scrub: This is a huge jar of body scrub first of all! It has charcoal and dead sea minerals to give a gently body scrub removing dead skin cells. This will give your body a refreshed skin glow.

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Ouai Leave in Conditioner: The smell of this product is also amazing. The first think I always do is smell my stuff, who knows why. This is to smooth, soften, detangle hair and protect against heat damage. I am also a huge fan of Jen Atkin.

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Over the next few weeks as I use the products more and more I will share additional thoughts on how they work and what I will keep using. Let me know what you are most excited about.

 

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Blue Light

Do you know what Blue Light is? Do you know it is staring you in the face right now? Blue light comes from our computers, cell phones, tablets and TVs. So all that screen time is producing this blue light right into your eyes.

Blue light is a color in the visible light spectrum that can be seen by human eyes. Blue light is a short wavelength, which means it produces higher amounts of energy.

Some of the effects of blue light are needed for our health

  • Boots alertness
  • Helps memory and cognitive function
  • Elevates mood
  • It regulates circadian rhythm – the body’s natural wake and sleep cycle
  • Early studies show a deficiency in blue light exposure could contribute to the recent increase in myopia/nearsightedness.

It’s not all good though, here are some of the negative effects

  • Too much exposure to blue light late at night (through smart phones, tablets, and computers) can disturb the wake and sleep cycle, leading to problems sleeping and daytime tiredness
  • Can decrease contrast leading to digital eye strain
  • Dry eyes
  • Headaches
  • Retina Damage

I work all day at a computer screen and am on the phone in the evenings so I am exposing my eyes to blue light a majority of the day. I have noticed my eyes get very irritated in the afternoon and evenings. My contacts dry out quickly and my headaches are increasing. I can’t really reduce my computer time since it is my job but I am trying to take breaks to look away from the screen and reduce surfing on my phone.

I also got some blue light glasses. These lenses are not prescription and are yellow tinted to block the blue light. I got mine from Diff Eye Wear, but you can get them from many companies or have it added to your prescription lenses. I chose Diff because for each pair of glasses purchased they donate a pair of reading glasses to someone in need. The quality is great and the styles are super cute.

Think about your blue light exposure!