A huge thank you to PinkBlush for your contribution to this post!
First, let me say welcome to the start of my Modest Maternity series! As a modest dresser myself and someone who has been pregnant 5 times, I know what a struggle it can be to find maternity clothes that are both stylish and modest at the same time. After 5 pregnancies, I've learned that it's not only possible but much simpler than I ever anticipated!
In this series, I'm going to share with you the tips and tricks I have learned to ease the dreaded maternity fashion woes. Spoil Alert: All of the featured outfits work post-pregnancy as well ;-) Yes ma'am! Say bye-bye to your post-pregnancy fashion woes as well!
Now, the truth is, pregnancy can be very taxing on the body but it's also one of the most beautiful miracles of life. I believe we should be able to enjoy the beauty of pregnancy without sacrificing the joys of dressing with femininity and grace! We shouldn't have to dress in last year's camping tent just to attain modesty. (Disclaimer: If you like the super aired out look then you rock it mama! Comfort...and air... are just as important!) So, without further adieu, let's get into my first pick in the Modest Maternity series...
Most of us know that when it comes to modest fashion...maxi dresses are an absolute necessity! Not only are they incredibly versatile but also...ahem...forgiving if you know what I mean. Plus, there's something so feminine and graceful about a long flowy dress! So, naturally, my first outfit choice contains this gorgeous floral print maxi.
The maxi I chose for this outfit is actually a maternity dress from PinkBlush Maternity. I fell in love with the print on this dress the moment I laid eyes on it! I'm big time into the floral prints right now so, of course, this was right down my alley. (Just a side note: This look can be achieved with any print OR even a solid color if that's what you fancy!)
Initially, I was hesitant about whether or not to get this dress. Yes, I loved the print, but I was concerned that either the material would be to thick and therefore to hot OR it would be to thin and therefore to sheer. However, I decided to give it a shot and I'm so glad I did!
This maternity dress is an absolute dream for any pregnant woman. PinkBlush has managed to strike the perfect balance of weight and breathability that lends both reliable coverage and total comfort! Not to mention, the material is super soft and feels great against my extra sensitive skin.
I also love the fact that this dress is long enough that I could comfortably wear a wedge without the "waiting for a flood" look but still wear flats without tripping and falling on my face. I chose just a simple white pair of canvas sneakers for this look. Pairing it with a light washed cropped jean jacket offered the casual element I was shooting for.
I played off the casual look by adding a high "sock bun" with a white head scarf. Then softened it up a bit with some loose hair pieces in the front.
As for the accessory pieces, I chose rose gold because I wanted just enough to accent without distracting from the overall look. Usually I'm all about statement pieces but this look just didn't call for it. Less was more in this case =)
And, of course, no outfit is complete without a complimentary bag! I chose a light blue shoulder bag that made the blue in this dress POP! It matched the blue elements so perfectly I thought surely this was a match made in heaven!
And that completes the first look in the Modest Maternity series! I really like the way it turned out. Not only was I comfortably covered but I felt gracefully stylish as well! And the best part? I can still rock this look after baby comes! Again, the beauty of the maxi dress. Whether pregnant or not, it's the perfect addition to any modest closet =)
Looking for something more dressed up? Stay tuned! I'm going to show you how I style the same dress for a more church-friendly look! Yay for versatility!
Until next time, Shalom!
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Sunshine & Blue Skies! What an appropriate theme for this months Ecocentric Mom Boxes. At least here in Northern California! The weather has been extra sunshiny and really just overall beautiful. I'm not even a Spring/Summer person...though if I had to choose I would go for Spring, but I digress...
This months pregnancy box came with some really neat and useful products! So, let's jump right into it!
Coconut Oil Fragrance Free Face & Body Lotion by Organic Fiji- Retails $10/3 oz. bottle (Included)
This fragrance free lotion is supposed to be great for sensitive skin including babies! It's Non-GMO, Vegan, Cruelty Free, Gluten Free, Fair Trade, and made with USDA Organic, Cold Pressed, Organic Coconut Oil. It is also free of Parabens, PEGs, and harsh ingredients.
Ingredients Listed: Water, Organic Coconut Oil, Glceryl Stearate SE, Caprylic Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Esters, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Apricot Kernel Oil, Avocado Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid
My Thoughts: It's definitely fragrance free! I tend to like scented lotions to be honest but I don't use them on my kiddos. So, this is something I would carry around in my purse for when they need a moisture boost. It has a nice thick consistency and my hands felt soft and moisturized after using it. I like that is doesn't leave a greasy feeling on my hands. It does leave an interesting...after scent? At least it did on my hands. It's similar to what you might smell after holding a balloon. I don't know...maybe it's just the way it reacts to my particular body chemistry? It's not super strong though so it's not really that big a deal to me. Overall, I like that it's unscented and came in a travel-sized bottle. It's an ideal on-the-go option, especially for my kids!
Organic Sunblock by Z Skin- Retails $19/ 2 fl oz. (Included)
This organic sunblock is made with a variety of rare and exotic herbs and oils. It's formulated to protect your skin from harmful UV rays while hydrating your skin. It has an SPF of 45.
Ingredients Listed: Zinc, Raspberry, Carrot, Lemon, Citronella, Peppermint, Orange, Kiwi, Tangerine
My Thoughts: I was super excited when I pulled this baby out of the box! I am super fair skinned and I burn like nobody's business so sunblock is an absolute must-have. The first thing I'll say is I like the smell! Interestingly enough, it reminds me a little bit of toothpaste but when compared to the smell of typical sunblocks this one definitely takes the cake. I'd say the peppermint is the most prominent scent with the others being much more subtle. The consistency is also nice and thick. I will say I choked up a little at the price tag. Maybe it's just the way I go through sunblock but I feel like I would blow through these bottles in just a few outings. And at $19 a bottle that can add up really quickly! Overall, I'm happy with this product. It has a nice light scent that's not to strong and it seems to be effective at blocking the sun =)
Organic Watermelon Sour Twists by YumEarth- (Sample Included)
These organic sour candies are Non-GMO, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free, and USDA Organic. They are naturally flavored.
Unfortunately, I ate them and threw away the wrapper before I could get the listed ingredients...whoops =/
My Thoughts: Loved em! I'm a huge fan of sour candy so naturally I was pretty stoked to try these and I must say they didn't disappoint! They were the perfect balance of sour and sweet and had a yummy flavor to them. Can I make a confession? I didn't share them....not a one...moving on...
Basil Seeds Pack by Seeds Now- Retails Sampler Pack [120 seeds] $1.99 Large Pack [1,000 seeds] $4.99 (Sample Included)
These seeds are Non-GMO, Non-Hybridized, Open-pollinated, 100% raw & untreated. Sprout time is 7-14 days and detailed planting instructions can be found on the Seeds Now website.
My Thoughts: I've been wanting to start an herb garden so, of course, I was excited about these. Admittedly, I don't use basil as much as I probably could but this is a good opportunity to start! I love the idea of having fresh herbs at my fingertips and I've already started looking at the Seeds Now website to check out what they have. There are lots of cool seeds offered on the website. So, if your looking to start a garden I highly suggest checking it out. The seeds are seasonably priced and I love that they are Non-GMO! I'm planning on planting them with my kids as a science project! =)
Bump 2 Baby by VISHA Skincare- Retails $35 full size (.25 oz Sample Included)
This 5 in 1 product is meant to cover a multitude of skin issues varying from belly bump to sensitive baby skin. According to the website, this product
Ingredients Listed: Deionized water, Tridecyl Stearate, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, sunflower oil, shea butter, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, beeswax, sweet almond oil, cocoa butter, Cetearyl alcohol, Tocopherol, rose hip oil, lavender oil, sodium citrate, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Allantoin, Sorbitol, Carbopol, xanthan gum, Phenoxyethanol, sodium hydroxide, fragrance
My Thoughts: I really like the 5 in 1 affect. The consistency is nice, not to thick but not to thin either. My skin did feel very soft and smooth after using it. It has a very light lavender scent which I like personally but I'm not sure if I would use it on my daughter who has severe eczema. It's supposed to be good for soothing and relieving eczema but her skin is so sensitive that I'm a little leery to try it on her. We've been using an unscented oatmeal based lotion in conjunction with an allergy cream and, so far, it's been working wonders on her skin. So, I'll probably save this for myself. This product also carries another moderately hefty price tag. I don't know how big the full size is because it didn't say on the website. I will say I haven't used it enough to justify spending that much but if it does something amazing and the size is comparable, I would consider dishing out for such a product. I guess we'll see how it does after a few consecutive uses!
Sweet Breeze Bath Bomb by Pair'd Beauty- Retails $7/ Bath Bomb (Included)
These nifty little bath bombs are made to order and hand packaged! The Sweet Breeze bath bomb is a blend of sweet orange, lavender and peppermint.
Ingredients Listed: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Maize, Potassium, Bitartrate, Dead Sea Salt, Apricot Oil, Essential Oils, Coloring
My Thoughts: I haven't actually used a bath bomb before so I'm looking forward to trying this out! I have used bath salts so I don't know if these work the same way. This particular bath bomb has a very light lavender scent to it...Maybe it's just the pregnancy but most of the scented products in this month's box smell like lavender to me. Even though they have other scents, lavender seems to be the dominant scent my nose seems to be picking up. Just an interesting observation but again...I digress...Thankfully I'm a big fan of lavender! I also like that these are made to order and hand packaged. I'm a sucker for "made with love" products ;)
Goumimitts in Honeycomb (Cream) by Goumikids- Retails $12/pair (Included)
These adorable baby mittens are made from a machine-washable blend of 70% bamboo-derived viscose and 30% organic cotton. The stay-put design offers non-toxic scratch and germ protection for baby and they're reversible!
My Thoughts: I just realized I always save the baby products for last. I'm usually most excited for these products because they're just so tiny and it makes baby's pending arrival all the more real! Anywho, I think these little mittens are just too cute! They're super soft inside and the reversible design is adorable! The Velcro strip at the wrist makes them easily adjustable to fit baby comfortably. I also like that they're not to thick for the babies due in summertime.
There's not much to say other than it was another successful box from Ecocentric Mom! I just love this subscription box. The products are awesome, the service is awesome, it's just overall awesome! I'm so glad my subscription doesn't end when baby comes but grows with each stage of motherhood ;-) As usual, I'm looking forward to next months box to see what comes!
Interested in checking out what the hype is all about? Try it out for yourself! There is absolutely no obligation to you and you can cancel at any time...you won't be disappointed ;-)
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Until next time, Blessings
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We just recently celebrated my son's 3rd birthday! Wow, it's crazy to think about how fast this time has gone by. Looking back on that day, I'm filled with joy and gratefulness. But not just because my first son was born. That was the day both of our lives were saved. It's a day I'll hold near and dear to my heart for more reasons than one. A day that cements a bond between my son and I that can't be put into words...
It Started Out Rough...
I had a rough pregnancy with my son. I say rough because my prior 2 pregnancies had been rather uneventful. At 10-weeks, the Dr. was unable to find his heartbeat, sending us into a mad frenzy. We would later find out that this was just a precursor to his very nature...sending mommy and daddy into a flagrant frenzy at any given moment.
We also found out early on that I had Placenta Previa. Placenta Previa is where the placenta lies lower in the uterus and either partially or completely covers the cervix. This can cause complications and usually results in being put on bed rest. Many times, if it's not resolved, it can result in the baby being born by cesarean. Thankfully, it corrected itself during my 3rd trimester.
Things Were Looking Up...
I went into labor 4 days past my due date, in the wee hours of the morning. My husband was working overnights at that point so I called him to let him know...It was time!
When we got to the hospital, the staff began monitoring my contractions and admitted me soon after. I was so excited because this was my first pregnancy where I was going into labor naturally! (I had to be induced with my two prior births.) I'd been praying for this moment the entire pregnancy. I wanted so badly to go into labor naturally and give birth to my baby unassisted. I was so happy things were going according to my hearts desire!
We were there less than 30 minutes before things took a drastic turn...
It's Amazing How Quickly Things Can Turn...
The nurses had noticed that they were having a hard time getting a reading on his heartrate. They had me switch sides and positions to see if that improved the connection but, after several failed attempts, they decided to insert a probe that would be attached to his head. This would allow them to monitor his heartrate. The nurse went in to break my water...
I don't remember much of what happened after this point. All I remember is the nurse yelling. She jumped on top of me and shoved her hand up inside of me. I was in extreme pain at this point so I don't recall what they were saying but a whole host of nurses flooded into my birthing room. They started wheeling me and the nurse (who was still on top of me) out. I recall hearing the OR room.
I remember looking for my husband and not being able to find him anywhere.
Did This Really Just Happen?
I was wheeled into a large cold room. There had to have been a good 15 people or more in there. I looked around. I must've been in shock. Everything was moving so fast. I knew at this point that I was about to have surgery. The nurse remained on top of me while the doctors prepped for surgery. The last thing I remember is a nurse standing over me with a mask on my face. She told me to breath deeply and when I woke up my baby would be here. It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it. The last thing I said before I went under was, "God, I know you will take care of us. I trust you."
I woke up some time later in a small, cold room. I assumed it was a recovery room. To say things were hazy would be an understatement. I was dazed and confused and the pain...oh the pain was...indescribable.
The doctor had explained to me that I had a prolapsed cord. Essentially, when the nurse broke my water, my sons umbilical cord began descending down the birth canal. It was being pinched off by his head which meant he wasn't getting the oxygen he needed.
When I was finally able to come to some sort of focus, I saw my husband standing next to me, holding our little bundle of joy. I was numb...
Is What I'm FeelingNormal Right Now?
My husband asked me if I wanted to hold him.
I just shook my head...and I burst into tears.
I can't describe what I was feeling in that moment because the truth is...I have no idea what I was feeling. All I know is that I was feeling an intense emotion that I was struggling to communicate. It could've been the heavy sedation or perhaps the extreme pain. I was most certainly still in shock....disbelief...
To this day I can't imagine not wanting to hold him. I don't think I'll ever understand my reasoning but I try not to be to hard on myself...I was traumatized...
It's An Unspeakable...Something...
When I finally did agree to hold him, all I could do was cry. I was immediately overcome with a barrage of emotions. I was, of course, enamored by this precious baby I held in my arms. I couldn't even make out his sweet little face through the pool of tears in my eyes but I could feel his warmth...his little heart beating strong...I was grateful he was alive.
This would be the perfect time to say I was filled with insurmountable joy. But, the truth is, I wasn't feeling joy in that moment. The pain suffocated any feeling of joy I may have been experiencing. I was grateful, yes, but I felt robbed. Robbed of that moment I cherished so much, when my eyes first meet theirs, that moment when we connect for the first time and everything else seizes to exist. Everything is at peace in that moment. But there was no peace...
The doctor would come in about every 10-20 minutes to push on my stomach. The pain was so excruciating all I could do was scream. I felt like I was dying. All I could think was, "Please, for the love of God, just knock me out!"
The Hospital Stay Was...Eventful...
We were in the hospital a total of 4 days and the majority of it is a blur to me now. I remember those 4 days being miserable for me. Not only had I just had a major surgery but I had a cold as well. I was so scared that I was going to get my newborn sick. I was, for all I knew, dying...with a cold...and I was struggling to breath because my nose was so congested.
Not to mention, I was hallucinating from the pain meds. I remember laying in bed...the baby was asleep and hubby was dozing in and out of an exhausted stupor. I looked over at the door and I kid you not there was dog food stacked from floor to ceiling. I don't even have a dog so...yeah...it made no sense why someone would bring a heap ton of dog food to MY room. I turned to my husband and was like "Who brought all this dog food in here?" He just kind of looked at me. It was in that moment I realized how ridiculous I sounded..."Never mind".
After that, the nursing staff began falling behind on my pain medication. I would wake up in excruciating pain. I didn't leave my bed at all the first day. By the second day, the staff insisted I try to go to the bathroom.
The nurse told me she couldn't help me walk to the bathroom...still not sure why that is...but thankfully my husband never left my side. He was able to help me. Getting up out of that bed was...indescribably torturous. I bawled all the way to the bathroom. By the time I reached the bathroom door, the pain was so bad that I blacked out.
Maybe I just have a low tolerance for pain but I can honestly say I have NEVER felt pain like that before in my life. Giving birth was a cake walk compared to what I was feeling in that moment.
Things Do Get Better...
By the 4th day, things had improved drastically. I was still in a good amount of pain but I was at least able to walk without passing out. Generally, I like to get out of the hospital as quickly as possible because I know we have our other kids waiting for us at home. But this time around, I seriously considered staying another day... I wanted to...I NEEDED to...but ultimately, we decided to go home.
A Blessing in Disguise
February 22, 2014 changed my life forever. I learned a lot about myself...my strengths...my weaknesses. It made me grateful for so many things...grateful that I serve the one true living God...grateful for life and the many blessing I have...grateful that my son's life was spared...grateful for a husband that has never left my side...grateful for the 3 kids I was told I'd never have...just grateful...blessed...
I never imagined I would ever have to have a cesarean. It was hard...it was scary. But Yah brought my son and I through it and I'm a stronger woman because of it.
If you're facing a cesarean or worried that you may have to have one, I want to encourage you. I'm not going to say it won't happen but I will tell you that...if you do...you can get through it. Know that Yah works all things together for the good of those who love Him. My emergency cesarean was worked together for my good...the spiritual benefit of going through this experience far outweighed the benefit of having my son MY way. Yah's ways are greater than my ways and ultimately...His way brought me closer to Him. Trust Him, no matter what your circumstances look like...
Until Next Time, Shalom!
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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!
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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!
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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,