Ever since becoming pregnant, I’ve had to develop a much deeper awareness of my body.  Aside from the obvious changes that occur, there are many other underlying factors that can affect not only you, but your precious growing baby and the more harmful things you are exposed to, the greater the chance of potentially doing harm.

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I knew that when I got pregnant I would vow to take care of my body more than ever.  In the past, I haven’t always treated it with the care it deserved and used to practice harmful things such as under-eating and over-exercising.  Even when I got to the point of recovery, I still had days where I struggled and probably pushed my body more than it needed. The day I found out I was pregnant, everything changed. My goals of running a marathon or creating a six-pack were no longer in my immediate future.  What was in my future is something far more wonderful and by all means, his life became far more important than my own.

 

Aside from taking care of my body in the physical aspect, I also had to ensure that I was taking care of my body in other ways.  You often hear that pregnant women should live in a bubble for nine months to avoid being exposed to any harmful toxins that could potentially hurt her baby.  Unfortunately, when you get pregnant you can’t keep yourself from living in a world full of harmful ingredients but you can shield yourself the best you can.

 

A few weeks ago, I was selected as one of 15 bloggers to partake in a 30-Day campaign for Earth Mama Angel Baby products.  The company’s mission is to “provide safe, herbal alternatives for pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women and babies of all ages, and to help educate people about traditional plant medicine and safe personal care.”  They manufacture natural and organic products based on women’s wisdom and traditional plant medicine.

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As part of the challenge, I was able to select one of three package options based on my current needs.  I chose the pregnancy package and shortly after, a large box appeared on my doorstep filled with natural self-care products geared towards a healthy pregnancy.

 

The package included:

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Happy Mama Hand to Toe Wash, Organic Teas, Earth Mama Body Butter, Natural Stretch Oil and Mama Bottom Balm

 

I’ve had the opportunity to try all of these (with the exception of a few of the teas) and have loved each and every one of them.  I’ll break down my review of these in a few different posts, but today, I am going to focus on the Happy Mama Hand to Toe Wash and the Earth Mama Body Butter.

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Ever since entering my third trimester, I’ve noticed that my morning sickness has slightly returned.  There are some mornings when I feel that queasiness more than others, but what I love about the Hand to Toe Wash is that it is infused with ginger to help reduce morning sickness.  The wash is safe, organic and detergent-free containing absolutely no artificial fragrances, foaming agents, sulfates, preservatives, parabens, or dyes.  It lathers quite well and leaves a subtle citrus scent that isn’t overpowering like some body soaps can be.

 

The Earth Mama Body Butter is becoming a fast favorite of mine.  Up until now, I have been using a coco butter to help reduce stretch marks.  Fortunately, I haven’t noticed any on my growing tummy, but I can’t be sure that the brand of lotion I was using was free of any GMO’s or harmful ingredients.  Earth Mama’s body butter combines organic Borage oil and Neroli pure essential oil with rich Shea butter that is 100% safe for all pregnancies.  I also love the scent of this lotion.  I’ll lather up my stomach before bed and as soon as I crawl in, John comments that I smell like fruit loops.

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While I know 100% of the products during this pregnancy I’m using aren’t certified organic, I do believe that every effort helps.  One aspect that I love about Earth Mama is that they not only manufacture and sell natural and organic products for women and babies; they educate women on the importance of living a natural life.  One thing I found extremely interesting from the company is that non-GMO does NOT equal certified organic but Certified Organic does mean that no GMO’s are allowed to be used.  In reality, certified organic is the right choice to fully avoid GMO’s in our products.

 

I’ll be back next week with another review on some of the other products.  In the meantime, feel free to head over to the Earth Mama Angel Baby website or check out their Facebook page and see what they are all about!

 

Disclaimer: I am participating in the 30 Day #EarthMama Challenge with Mamavation.  I was sent these products and am being compensated for the campaign.  All opinions and reviews expressed are that of my own. 

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The Weekender {7.24-7.26}

by Lauren on July 27, 2014

As I’ve mentioned for the past few weeks, the rest of our summer weekends are pretty jam packed with events, parties, and visiting family until the baby arrives.  Fortunately, we do get a handful of “no plans” weekends mixed in, although not many.  This past one was one of those so I took every advantage to try and unwind as much as I could.

{Friday}

I had a long but fulfilling week at work, but by the time the Friday 5 o’clock hour rolled around, I was more than ready to bid my adieus and start my weekend.  I got home and waited for John to get home before digging into a delicious pizza creation I made for us.

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This one included sautéed zucchini and spinach with roasted red peppers, olives, and feta cheese.  Both John and I devoured it while watching Anchor Man 2 on the couch.  Unfortunately I didn’t even last for half of the movie thanks to my pizza induced coma.

 

{Saturday}

I was hoping to sleep in a little on Saturday morning but my body just isn’t cooperating these days with long periods of sleep.  Things are getting rather uncomfortable up in here.

John and I contemplated going out for breakfast but ended up deciding on homemade pancakes in our PJ’s instead.

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He left for work shortly after and I headed to the pool to get some sun and reading done.  Unfortunately, I didn’t last very long on the lounge chairs as laying on my back is becoming less of an option the bigger I get.  I tossed and turned for awhile by the pool and eventually threw in the towel (ha, no pun intended) and called it a day.

A little while later, I made myself some lunch.

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This was basically a “eat whatever is left in the fridge” salad.  I had plans to do some grocery shopping later on so I rummaged to find whatever I could to make up this creation.  I believe it contained spinach, zucchini, tomatoes, avocado and goat cheese.  Not bad!

After a few hours of grocery shopping and errand running, I came home (exhausted) and decided sushi and wine would be perfect.

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Ok so not really wine but Kombucha was a good fill-in.

 

{Sunday}

I was up bright and early again this morning. While I was drinking a large glass of water and reading some magazines, I suddenly got an urge for a bagel, but not just any bagel….

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It had to happen!  Panera’s Cinnamon Crunch bagel is insanely good but I try not to get it very often.  It’s more like a dessert than a breakfast but sometimes, so worth it.

After breakfast, John and I headed to church and then onto another fun day date I planned.

Last week at work, someone was telling me how much fun the Harpoon Brewery tour was in South Boston.  I’ve heard from a few locals that it’s definitely a must-see when in Boston and only costs $5 per person.  John has been before but doesn’t remember too much about it so I thought it would make for a fun afternoon.

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When we arrived, the next tour wasn’t going to start for about 45 minutes, so we made ourselves comfortable at one of the large wooden tables and refreshed ourselves with some beverages.

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I’ll be honest, even if I was drinking, beer is not really my thing but John loves it and someone told me they have these amazing soft pretzels with a plethora of dipping sauces.  I was sold!

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And they were right!  These pretzels were ridiculously good!  We later learned that they are made in house and infused with the carmel grains from the beer and boiled in IPA.

The tour was actually really interesting.  We walked through the brewery and learned quite a bit about the beer making process and the history of Harpoon.  Of course no beer tour is complete without a tasting.  John had a blast sampling the twelve beers they had on tap.

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Once it was over, we headed back into the bar and grabbed one more pretzel and a few beers (root beer for me).

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Overall, it was such a great date and something we both enjoyed.  I definitely recommend giving the Harpoon brewery a visit if you are in ever in Boston.  Even if you are not a beer fan (like me), it’s still a great time and won’t cost you very much.

We got back and both crashed on the couch for an hour before I got started on dinner. Realizing I had only consumed refined carbs (i.e. bagel and soft pretzels) the entire day, I figured it would be a good idea to get some protein and vegetables into my system.

John brought home organic salmon last night, which is bar far my favorite type of salmon!  Wegmans only gets it in every so often so I told him the next time he saw it to pick some up immediately.

To go with the salmon I made a peach and tomato panzanella salad.

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This dinner was outrageous!  The salmon of course being the star of the dish, but the panzanella was also dynamite.

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I’ll post the recipe later this week.

Well that was our weekend- a little work, a little play and filled with a whole lot of deliciousness.

Hope you enjoyed yours!

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Friday Confessions

July 25, 2014

Confession #1 – It has been 84 days since I’ve last eaten Chipotle. 84!  With my flare in full effect, I was staying away from any foods that would trigger inflammation so Mexican food was a big no go.  But since I’ve been feeling much better, I figured it was time to make up for [...]

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Baby Update: 30 Weeks

July 22, 2014

We’ve officially hit the 30’s!  I always felt like 30 weeks was a milestone and while I still have about 10 more weeks left, I’m finally starting to see the end in sight.  For a while, I was beginning to feel like I’m just always going to be pregnant.  It starts to become your new [...]

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Maternity Shopping in the Third Trimester

July 21, 2014

As my baby continues to grow so does my expanding stomach, which makes clothes shopping more and more difficult.  I swear I’ve been living off of yoga pants and maxi skirts and thankfully being pregnant in the summer allows me to wear the least amount of clothes possible.  When you’re very pregnant, I feel like [...]

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Weekend Recap (Dating Again)

July 20, 2014

This past weekend was fantastic!  John had off (which doesn’t happen often) so we took the opportunity to do a few fun dates.  We are trying to enjoy our time as two as much as possible before the little guy arrives, knowing life is about to change in a crazy way in a few weeks! [...]

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Loving Lately

July 18, 2014

This has been a long week.  I’m guessing my exhaustion and morning sickness attributed to the drawn out feeling, but regardless, I’m one happy camper that today is Friday! This weekend we have a wedding to attend on Saturday and Sunday will be reserved for running some errands.  Tonight, I’ve planned a fun date night [...]

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Uncommon Goods

July 16, 2014

I’ve always been a big fan of online shopping for many reasons.  One, you avoid crowds of people, long lines, and rummaging through endless merchandise until you find just what you’re looking for.  More importantly, my love for online shopping stems from being able to find exactly what you are looking for without wasting an [...]

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Baby Update: 29 Weeks

July 15, 2014

Well, well, well third trimester, you certainly have an unpleasant way of settling in.  I’ve read and heard from many of my friends that the third trimester can be similar to the first in that you seem to regain your exhaustion and nausea, but add in aching body parts and swelling and you’re just a [...]

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Weekend Highlights + Menu for the Week

July 14, 2014

I had every intention of posting my weekend highlights last night but lost sight of motivation after dinner.  John and I decided to turn off technology last evening and enjoy a peaceful night playing cards instead.  Sometimes I forget how nice it can be to unplug and unwind. So this past weekend was fantastic but [...]

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