I've also developed a new found obsession with coconut oil so it made sense for me to eliminate traditional shaving cream from my shower routine when my good friend Christine (who blogs over at Crunchee Granola) told me she had started shaving with nothing but coconut oil.
I was so curious and eager to try it. And I'm SO glad that I did...especially when I looked at the ingredients on my can of shaving cream.
If I can't pronounce it, it probably shouldn't be on/in my body!
Not only is my coconut oil organic but it's so moisturizing that I don't have to rub any lotion on my legs afterwards! Plus, I don't have to worry about any harmful chemicals seeping into my bloodstream.
Only 1 ingredient and I can pronounce it ... much better!
Why are the ingredients in your beauty products so important?
Just remember that everything you rub on your skin gets absorbed or penetrated by your skin and can get into your blood stream. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and for the most part, it does a good job of blocking toxins, pollutants, etc from getting past the dermis. applying creams & oils to it is NO DIFFERENT than you eating them.
For more info on your skin and how applying beauty products can affect you, check out these articles:
While I'm definitely not perfect when it comes to natural living and there are a few potentially harmful products that I haven't given up yet, I am thoroughly enjoying this journey that we're on to a better lifestyle. I'm even more conscious of what I put in and on my body during pregnancy. These habits that we're forming now will definitely continue after Baby A2 gets here.
So tell me, do you try to eliminate harmful chemicals from your skin care/beauty routine? What are your favorite organic or homemade beauty products? Blessings, Molly
I just wanted to quickly update you on how impressed I am with Sponsored Tweets. It's a super easy way to tweet advertisements for brands & get paid for them. You set your price and they send you offers. If you accept the offer, you write a tweet with the required elements and when they approve it, they'll tweet it out for you.
I took a 2 month blogging break around the holidays so I wasn't really keeping up with my offers but I did them when I could.
About 2 weeks ago, I hit the magic $50 mark. I was getting paid anywhere from .75¢ to .95¢ per tweet (the more followers I had on Twitter, the higher my suggested price per tweet was) so it took me a few months to get there. $50 was the magic mark for me because after you reach $50, there's not a $2 fee to transfer your earnings. I know $2 isn't much of a fee but if I've earned it, I want to keep all of it.
The process to transfer earnings was SUPER SIMPLE! All I had to do was submit my PayPal account info and voila! the $50 was transferred. Instantly. No waiting. I immediately got an email from PayPal saying that the money was available in my account. Just like that.
You can join the Sponsored Tweet program through my referral link. This will get you signed up easily & will help me & my family out too :-)
They are about to make a big switch to IZEA, a new program which includes other social media platforms & I'm really excited! You can go ahead and sign up with IZEA using my referral link. Blessings, Molly
PS-this is NOT a review sponsored by Sponsored Tweets, I just like them that much :-)
We were extremely blessed to have such a healthy pregnancy with Baby A and we're almost halfway through another healthy pregnancy. I wanted to share with you one of the ways I've stayed healthy during my pregnancies.
Te first things my midwife did was put me on a vitamin regimen for the duration of my pregnancy. Taking my vitamins was important for maintaining my health and it was extremely important in aiding in the development of my babies. I was a little overwhelmed at first with the amount I was supposed to take but I reminded myself that I wasn't doing this for me. In addition to what they recommended, I've added some pregnancy safe supplements.
My Prenatal Vitamin & Supplement Regimen 1. A good 'ole prenatal vitamin - I currently use the Target Up & Up brand because they were the cheapest ones they had.
2. 42 Fruits & Vegetables - There are so many benefits to adding these supplements or other like them to your daily routine, pregnant or not. They are a fast & easy way to increase your daily servings of fruits, vegetables, and plant foods.
3. Omega-3 EPA & DHA Fish Oil - Omega-3 fish oils are great for preventing and maintaining heart disease. Plus, an increased intake of Omega 3s during pregnancy can "prevent pre-term labor and delivery, lower the risk of pre-eclampsia and may increase birth weight." (American Pregnancy) And studies have shown that a deficiency in Omega-3s can increase a new mom's risk of postpartum depression. Also check out these sources on the benefits of Omega-3: WebMD Natural News 4. Culturelle - or any brand of probiotic. The benefits of probiotics are immense and those benefits are passed on to your baby during pregnancy. Taking probiotics regularly has helped me have better digestion with this pregnancy (I didn't take them during my first) and I know that my immune system has benefited. My husband has gotten a severe cold and a stomach bug in the past few weeks and I've caught nothing more than a runny nose and some nausea from him!! That never happens, I'm usually the first one to get sick! Here's some more info on probiotics and pregnancy: Baby Zone Scientist Live Natural News 5. Colace - or a pregnancy safe stool softener. Without going into too much detail, let's just say that this is a must for me during pregnancy. Plus, it's recommended for new mommies to take immediately after vaginal delivery to help keep things flowing more comfortably down there. Here are some resources about pregnancy-safe stool softeners: MayoClinic
Like I mentioned above, I get my generic prenatal vitamins from Target, WalMart, or wherever I shop when I need them.
Also, if you're interested in adding some healthy supplements to your daily routine, check out JuicePlus. They have a variety of ways for you to add the nutrition from fruits/veggies to your routine. You can visit my dear friend Shannon's JuicePlus site to learn more.
So tell me, What vitamins/supplements do you take during pregnancy? What vitamins/supplements did you continue postpartum?
Please remember that I am not a medical professional, this is just an anecdotal post containing my personal experience. You should consult with your midwife or doctor before starting any vitamin/supplement regimen. Pay attention to your body and listen to what it's telling you...find what works for you! Blessings, Molly