In case you missed my last post, I recently found out that I am expecting baby #5...that's right...baby #5! As excited as hubby and I are about our newest addition, I would love to say things have been all cupcakes and rainbows. (Let me apologize in advance for any Trolls references...it's taking over my life.) The truth is that I have been pretty much incapacitated the past 8 weeks. But thanks to Ecocentric Mom, this aching momma-to-be got a little eco-friendly reprieve!
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Let me just say that I am a huge sucker for subscription boxes! I mean, it's like having a birthday every month (YES!) I was super excited when I came across the Ecocentric Mom subscription box. Before I get to my review, let's take a look at a few of the details shall we?
My thoughts on the box...
Even though I received a box for review, I didn't hesitate to subscribe after receiving my first box. I did receive a product I wasn't necessarily..."blown away" by but even at that I still felt the box was worth it.
Like most subscription boxes, this one comes with a nifty card the lists all the products included in the box. It gives the description, retail price, and where you can purchase each product. Some of them even come with a discount code!
I really love that the products are made with all natural ingredients and free of any nasty chemicals. The Pregnancy Box I received was neatly packed with eco-friendly packaging and came with 7 products.
My thoughts on the products...
The first product I pulled out of the box was the Hunkola Nutterly Awesome Cran Jam (retails at $2.99 for 2 oz.) I would describe it as a soft granola bite. It has a lot of the ingredients you would typically find in granola like oats, nuts, cranberries...stuff like that.
This was the one product I was a little iffy on. Now, to be fair, I am pregnant and my taste buds have been really wonky lately so I can't necessarily say it was the product itself. I feel like I can't really give a fair review for this reason. However, my kids loved them! My daughter said "It's really good, it tastes like oatmeal!" My husband even said he liked it so, I'm not going to say it was a flop. I personally just wasn't feeling it in that moment.
The next product I pulled out was a sample of Maty's All Natural Acid Indigestion Relief (retails at $11.99 for 4 oz.) I haven't actually used this product yet but what drew my attention was that it's not only safe for pregnant women but for kiddos 1-years-old and above (it has honey in it). It can be hard to find products like this that are safe for kids so I'll be holding on to this incase one of my kids ever needs it.
Next up was the Simply Earth Peace and Quiet (retails at $8.95 for 10 ml.) This is probably one of my favorite products that I received. It's a blend of 100% pure essential oils packaged in a 10 ml roll on bottle. The bottle I received has sweet orange, frankincense, cedarwood, and lime essential oil. These are all diluted in fractionated coconut oil.
Let me just say, it smells Uh-mazing! My husband calls it the baby tranquilizer. We used it on all the kids one night and they slept like babies! So any time they are having a tough time settling in for the night my husband says "Tranq em!" lol
I have used it myself as well and I will say it definitely does encourage a calm and relaxed mind...and I can't get over how good it smells! I'm really enjoying it and I will most likely purchase more once this bottle runs out. As an added bonus, 13% goes to help end human trafficking! Way to go Simply Earth!
The next product I noticed was the TeaThyme Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer (Retails at $5.49 for 8 ml.) This product is really neat because it comes in a convenient travel friendly spray bottle. According to the description, each bottle contains 80 sprays and only requires one spray per use.
I like that it doesn't contain alcohol (especially with little ones that like to taste...everything.) Hand sanitizer is one of those things I'm leery about using on my littlest ones because they try to eat it off their hands. I definitely feel more comfortable using this hand sanitizer as opposed to say germ-x. I will definitely be keeping this in my purse for when we are on the go. I am even considering purchasing more for around the house.
I also like that it isn't heavily scented. It does have a pleasant but ever so slight scent to it. I'm guessing it's the thyme essential oil. The ingredients listed are Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Organic Witch Hazel, Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil, Organic Thyme Essential Oil, Glycerin, and Vitamin E Oil. Needless to say, I really liked this product and I'm definitely putting it to good use.
I was really excited about this next product because I am a sugar scrub-aholic! It is the Live-INSPIRED Organics LOVE Strawberry Essence Sugar Scrub (say that 5 times fast....go!) This product retails at $16.95 for 4.3 oz. I am particularly fond of scrubs made with coconut oil (which this one is!) And it smells....Uh-mazing! I was literally sniffing it for a good 5 minutes.
I don't know how to describe the scent...I can definitely smell the strawberry but not like in an obnoxiously overbearing way if that makes sense. They did a really good job at balancing all the scents. The ingredients include: Coconut Oil, Pure Cane Sugar, Sunflower Oil, 100% Pure Sweet Almond Oil, Rose Petals, Orange Peel, Damiana Leaf, Cacao Nibs, Cinnamon Chips, Vanilla Beans, Kosher Lecithin Powder, Kosher Certified Soy and NonGMO mixed Tocopherols, Strawberry Flavor Oil, Sweet Orange Essential Oil, and Peppermint Chocolate Essential Oil.
Wow! Talk about a "scent"sory overload! But let me tell you...it works! Somehow, someway, they brought these scents together into one harmonious union that will grace your nostrils with a sweet and delicate aroma!...ok, I may have been overly dramatic but you get the picture.
And no I don't just smell it, I have actually used it and I love it. It is gentle while still exfoliating and my skin feels amazing after using it. This is definitely something I would purchase again.
This last product is really neat. It is the Grainbow Hot Packs Lavendar Hot/Cold Pack (Retails at $12.00 for 6" square.) The first thing I noticed about this particular product is that it is handmade. I am a huge supporter and advocate for small businesses that offer handmade products. Having a small business myself, I know the time and love that is put into making each product you create. This hot pack seems to be sturdy and very well put together.
Another thing I like is that it can also be used as a cold pack. I have something similar that I received a few years back. I used it a lot my past pregnancies but it's filled with corn and has a funny smell when heated in the microwave. (Pregnancy+Bad Smells=Nothing Good) This particular hot pack doesn't say what it's filled with but it feels like it MIGHT be rice. Either way, the lavender smells much better than corn and it's not to over-the-top.
This would make a great addition to a care package for a momma-to-be! I know I definitely see it getting a lot of use in the next 6 months.
Of course let me not forget to mention these little doodads. Live-INSPIRED Organics included "A little cup of love tea" sample. There is also a business card for Good Common Sense Naturals and a $25 gift card towards an ivory clasp subscription!
My Final Thoughts...
So far, I'm really enjoying the Ecocentric mom subscription box. I'm currently expecting my second box in the mail any day now and I'm super excited to see what's in it! Be on the look out for my next review!
Overall, I feel like the products offered are worth the price. Just the full size products in this box alone are valued at over $40. This is not including the sample sizes and the gift card that is included.
Obviously, as with any subscription box, you will probably receive a product at some point that you don't like but that's to be expected. I like the idea of getting new and potentially undiscovered products in the mail every month. It must be the suppressed adventurous side of me coming out...I know...I'm wild!
I also think this box is a great option for people who may be on a budget but are interested in finding eco-friendly products for themselves and their family. All-natural products can be...on the luxurious side of the pricing scale. This box can give you exposure to some great products at a fixed price.
This subscription box would also make a great gift. I'm secretly hoping someone I know gets pregnant so I can give it as a gift!...is that weird? I don't know, I feel like giving a subscription box as a gift is kind of unique. What better way pamper mom-to-be? And you can feel good knowing the products she's receiving are good for her. Ha! You can pamper her green! Get it? Green...eco-friendly...no? Ok, I'm done...
Not a subscriber yet? I highly suggest you check it out! I don't think you'll be disappointed (in the off chance that you are, you can unsubscribe at any time) what have you got to lose?!
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Until Next Time,
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Wow, first let me start off by saying that the last couple weeks have been C-Uh-RAYZYYY! It seems like I have had so much going on that I haven't even had time to stop and think. We have been busy, but the reality is that I have felt like...well, crap for lack of a better word.
I mean, I literally feel like I've been hit by a truck! It started a couple weeks ago. Out of no where I started sweating profusely...even when I was cold! I'm talking dripping sweat. Which is extremely unusual for me because I'm usually always cold and don't really sweat much. As my husband puts it, I keep it "a couple degrees above hell" in the house.
So, I'm sweating, I'm not eating, and I can't sleep. And as I mentioned, my body feels like it was run over by a truck, then put in reverse and run over again. What is going on with me?!
That's right...Hubby and I found out we are expecting baby #5! And yes you read that right, baby #5! We are absolutely elated and super stoked about our new addition!
So, for any of you who have been wondering what I've been up to. That's it. I haven't done...anything in the past 3-4 weeks. I've basically been living in my robe for the past month and getting by with the absolute bare necessities.
Now that I am 9 weeks, my symptoms have definitely calmed down and I'm starting to feel somewhat human enough to rejoin society. I actually did my hair the other day, got dressed, and left the house! Yahoo! (It was a big win for me)
For the time being, I'm working on restoring order to my home after my impromptu hiatus.
A huge shout out to my hubby for picking up my slack the past couple weeks. You are wonderful!
I am really excited to be sharing this season with you guys and I'm looking forward to seeing what the Father has in store for us. I know we have some big changes coming our way before the baby comes in September. So, please keep us in your prayers!
If you are interested in receiving updates on our little blessing and joining us on this journey be sure to subscribe below!
Until next time, blessing to you and yours!
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Finding out I was pregnant with my 4th child was a bittersweet moment for me. What should have been a joyous occasion was quickly overcome by fear and uncertainty. It was the trauma of my last pregnancy...it had left a mental, emotional, and physical scar that clung desperately to me. Long story short, I ended up having an emergency c-section that, by the grace of God, saved both my life and the life of my unborn son. The experience was so traumatic that I seriously contemplated whether I was going to have any more children. So, when we got the news that I was pregnant again, I was terrified. The enemy began bombarding my mind with fear, doubt, and an endless barrage of negative thoughts.
The majority of my pregnancy was rather uneventful for the most part. I knew from the very beginning that I wanted to have a V.B.A.C. (vaginal birth after cesarean) and my doctor was supportive of my decision. I was considered a favorable candidate being that it would've been almost 2 years since my cesarean at the time of the birth. Once we got into month 7, the doctor noted that the baby was rather large in size, which was supposedly bad news for someone trying to have a V.B.A.C. Of course, the enemy took this all to convenient opportunity to discourage me. But, women have successfully delivered V.B.A.C. babies close to 10 lbs! I was not going to take his bait. Admittedly, I was putting my faith in the wrong place, which is probably what led to the event that followed.
My husband surprised me for my birthday and I went to have a 3-D ultrasound done. We found out at that appointment that the baby was breech. The ultrasound tech made it clear that if the baby didn't turn head down then I would most likely have to have a cesarean.
Now, I didn't react at the time, but it felt like my heart literally shattered. The moment we left the office, I broke down into tears. I felt defeated! And without even being given a chance! Of course my husband tried to reassure me and my O.B. even called to assure me that there was still plenty of time left for the baby to turn. But for some reason, I couldn't shake what the tech had said and it infected my mind like a plague. I started doing all the exercises that are supposed to encourage the baby to turn. About 3 days later, we returned to the doctor and got the news that the baby was head down. A seemingly large victory. But the fear I experienced during that time lingered. I was so paranoid that she was going to flip again. I was constantly trying to feel for her feet, I was monitoring her hiccups, and trying to determine the position of her head. I was doing everything conceivable to ensure that she was staying head down. I'm pretty sure I drove my husband mad with my paranoid antics.
As it got closer to my due date, I started to worry less about her turning and more about going into labor naturally. I had been induced with my first two pregnancies as a result of being overdue with little to no progress. I had only gone into labor naturally once, and it ended in my emergency cesarean. So, induction certainly looked more appealing at that point in time. But because of the cesarean, induction was no longer an option due to the increased risk associated with being induced after a cesarean. Because of the baby's size my doctor insisted it was best to get her our sooner than later. So, at 38-weeks, she offered to schedule the cesarean...I declined. I was determined to have this baby vaginally. I was fully convinced that my body was capable of doing what God had created it to do. Wait...GOD! It was then that I had realized that for nearly my entire pregnancy I had been putting my trust in all the wrong places. I had allowed fear and doubt to steal my joy. I wasn't trusting the Father to take care of us and I had to repent! I decided at that moment to trust Him...to place it completely in His hands. I made the desire of my heart known and left it alone.
My doctor continued to offer to schedule a repeat cesarean and I politely declined each time. She was respectful of my decision but by week 41 she made it clear that at our next appointment she would have to schedule the surgery. She would not allow me to go past 42 weeks. At this point, I was walking everyday and doing all of the self induction methods I could find. Though I was having contractions, they were irregular and never stayed for more than a few hours.
Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 was the day I was scheduled to go back to my doctor for the final time. I was not giving up. After a long walk and hours of bouncing on a birthing ball with little progress, I decided to take a bath and then get some rest. I woke up around 4 am that morning because I had noticed my contractions were more consistent and growing in intensity. So, I got up and decided to bounce on the birthing ball some more. Within the hour, my contractions were 3-5 minutes apart and becoming more painful. My husband and I decided it was time to go into labor and delivery.
Because of how far along I was and because of my previous birth, we were admitted upon arrival. Also, I had to me consistently monitored because I was trying for a V.B.A.C. I was 3 cm dilated when we arrived at the hospital. Though it wasn't much, it was encouraging to see some kind of progress! The nurses agreed to let us walk the halls to get things moving along. After 30 minutes of walking, the nurse checked me again and I was at 5 cm. Woohoo! You have no idea how relieved I was that it wasn't a fluke! I don't know why but some part of me expected them to tell me that as some cruel act of nature, my cervix had retracted. Thankfully, that wasn't the case. I got a small sense of victory when my doctor walked into my hospital room with a look of pleasant shock and awe on her face. "I thought for sure I was going to have to schedule you for surgery today. This baby waited until the last possible minute."
Once I reached 6 cm, my doctor decided to break my water to help things progress. It was at this point I agreed to get an epidural. One thing I have learned about epidurals is that they don't work on me. At least, not like you would think. It doesn't dull the pain for me at all. But what it does do is it relaxes my cervix just enough to allow it to dilate to a complete 10 cm and it happens FAST! It has worked this way in the 3 of my 4 pregnancies that I have had it administered. My husband told the doctor and the nurses to stay close because I would be ready very soon. The nurses all insisted that I had quite a bit of time before I would be complete and the doctor agreed so she headed back to her clinic. He tried to tell them...
It hadn't even been 10 minutes when I felt that all to familiar pressure. It was time! I told my husband to grab the nurse because I'm pushing...NOW! They checked me and sure enough, I was complete. My doctor had just made it back to her office when she got the call that I was ready to deliver. I don't know how long it was but it seemed like she made it back in less than 5 minutes. Good thing too because I had literally started without her. She walked in and was like " Brittany, I need you to stop pushing or your going to have this baby without me." All I could muster was, "I HAVE TO PUSH!" And I was not kidding. The pressure was so bad that I literally could not stop. It was almost like the baby was pushing herself out. The doctor assumed her position and I got the official OK to push. Apparently, the baby's head was already showing because the doctor said "Ohh the baby has lots of hair!" 3 pushes later, our little Khylah Rachelle was born. 8 lbs 5 oz 21 1/2 inches long.
I couldn't believe it...I did it! But I did believe it because my God! To say that I was happy would be a gross understatement. I was on top of the world! I was over the moon! I literally felt like I could do anything at that moment in time! It probably seems overly dramatic to most but this one moment was the pinnacle of a 10 month battle within myself. It was the moment I had fought, hoped, believed and prayed for. I held onto hope to the last possible second and the Father saw fit to grant me my hearts desire! The gratefulness I felt was insurmountable. All I could do was praise and thank Him! I am fully convinced that through my repentance and faith in the Father, I was able to successfully deliver a baby vaginally after having a cesarean. I am extremely grateful for this experience. I learned a lot about myself and more importantly it brought me closer to God. I am still learning to put my trust in Him and I still fall short. But in those moments when I am tempted to put my trust in other things, I think back to this moment in time, when my faith in Him moved mountains!
Do you have an encouraging birth story you would like to share? Comment or link your post below! I would love to read them!
If you are trying for a V.B.A.C. and are looking for some encouragement, feel free to contact me! I look forward to hearing from you!
Until next time, blessings to you and yours,