Happy Monday friends! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Ours was pretty productive and today we are taking Madelyn to her first amusement park for the day. I can’t wait to see how much she loves it.
This past weekend involved a much needed haircut, a bachelorette party, and attempting a DIY deodorant.
I’ve been on the market for an all-natural deodorant for awhile and haven’t had much luck with one that I love. A few weeks ago, I came across one that I really like by Kiss My Face. While it didn’t last as long as my usual deodorant (Secret Clinical Strength) I liked the way it smelled and it had so far been the best all-natural deodorant I have tried.
In my recent research of essential oils in labor & delivery, I came across a blog post for DIY deodorant from Wellness Mama. The “recipe” looked easy enough and I already had most of the ingredients in my cupboard.
I went out and purchased a citrus scented shea butter and picked up a lavender essential oil. I chose lavender for it’s smell and the fact that it helps fight bacteria-something that will help cut down the smell. I made the deodorant in a small glass jar that I picked up from the dollar section at Target.
The recipe was VERY easy to follow and the whole process took about 10 minutes to make. I made it on Saturday during Madelyn’s nap time, I applied it at about 3:30 pm after a shower. I went to my friend’s bachelorette party, woke up Sunday and walked to the park in 90 degree heat, played with Madelyn and by the time I got in the shower at about 2pm (about 23 hours from the time I applied the deodorant) I still had zero body odor smell. This stuff works better than any deodorant I’ve ever purchased! I’m pretty confident I will never buy deodorant again. The nice part is, you only need a very small amount (about pea size) for each arm so this little jar should last me awhile. I’ll probably keep a stick of Kiss My Face in my gym bag to use as a back up.So why natural deodorant? Since a co-worker of mine sent me this article regarding parabens and pregnancy, I’ve been even more aware of the contents of my beauty products, including deodorant. I’ve usually tried to stick with products that were paraben free for Madelyn and myself even before I became pregnant. I also wanted to eliminate the use of aluminum and other chemicals in my deodorant and every day beauty products. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and I want make sure I’m keeping it as chemical-free as possible when growing a little one.
Have you tried any DIY beauty products? What’s your favorite all-natural (non chemical) beauty product? I saw a DIY for blush, tinted lip balm and baby powder that I’m excited to try!!
To pull off the silly string reveal, I went to the dollar store and purchased 11 cans of pink and 11 cans blue (for the number of people we were having). I gave all the supplies to my friend, told her how I wanted them wrapped and said to keep the unused silly string until I saw her afterward so I could return whatever we didn’t use(sidenote-Dollar Tree only does even exchanges, not returns). She was nice enough to deliver the cans to our house on Sunday afternoon when I got home from Door County and even made this cute little box to put them in.
After everyone got there, we ate dinner and did the reveal afterward. I was waiting for my friend, Jenna, to come over and take pictures since I figured everyone else would be preoccupied. I really wanted someone there to capture the moment. Jenna works with us and is starting up her own photography business so she was the perfect person to ask.
She was able to get some really great moments and definitely captured the emotional roller coaster it was. I was so nervous the whole day. Why? I’m not really sure. It was probably more excitement than anything. Madelyn, Larry and I stood there as we faced our family and I explained on the count of three everyone shoots their silly string.
The initial reaction when something is coming at you is to close your eyes.
When I was finally able to open them and saw it was pink I was like “Oh it’s pink. Pink means we’re having a girl. Madelyn you’re having a sister!” As soon as those words came out of my mouth I started crying.
I was so excited and after I hugged my husband and daughter, I gave my sister a big hug. I was crying out of excitement for having another daughter as well as having our family there with us to share in the moment this time around. It was so much fun and something I will never forget.
Along with the silly string reveal we had a few other fun things at the party. We took votes on whether the baby would be a boy or girl. It was pretty much split until we asked Madelyn whose vote is in yellow :-)
We also needed help naming the baby and asked for both boy an girl suggestions. And then we did an old wives tales symptoms thing. I don’t normally believe in those, but the majority of the symptoms pointed to girl. People with kids out there, did you choose to find out or wait until the baby was born? If you found out, how was it revealed to you?
*This post is sponsored by For Two Fitness. Even though for For Two Fitness sent me an item to review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*
Since the belly officially “popped”, I have been on the search for workout pants that don’t cut into my middle causing unflattering and uncomfortable lines around my belly. I purchased a pair of maternity capri’s from Target a few weeks back, and they were okay. Something that would last me throughout my pregnancy.
For Two Fitness sent me the Ultimate Maternity Micro Plush Fitness Pant to try out. Since I am in LOVE with their tank tops, I had high hopes that these pants would be just as amazing.
What I love most about these pants is that they can be worn 1 of 3 ways: Above the belly, below the belly , and mid-rise.
I’ve worn the pants now to various barre classes and out for walks with Madelyn. I love the way these pants fit and they’re perfect for barre. One because the studio is air conditioned so I never felt too warm in these pants. And secondly, the flare leg on the pants is flattering but yet they don’t get in the way too much during seat and thigh work. I have a few other flare-leg workout pants that get caught in the way of each other during certain workout moves.
As far as outdoor activities go, I will probably be living in these pants come fall. So far, we’re having a decent summer and with being pregnant I prefer shorts and tank tops for all outside workouts. Even though the pants breath pretty well, they are still fairly thick.
What I also like about these pants is that they can be worn even after pregnancy. The active capris I purchased from Target are cut to fit a pregnant body so they will fit differently after the baby is born. These can (and will) be worn after baby #2 arrives. That’s always I plus I look for when purchasing maternity clothes.
Overall I think these pants are great for air conditioned studios and cooler weather temps and I would definitely recommend them to any mama to be looking for good, quality workout gear to last her through pregnancy and beyond.
Pregnant mamas out there, what is your favorite, go-to piece of work out gear? Besides having properly fitted pants, I’ve been carrying around my hand held water bottle!