Best Maternity Finds

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Our baby girl is here and she is just about the most scrumptious thing I have ever seen. It is still so hard to believe that she was in my belly!  It’s all such a miracle.

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As beautiful as the whole process is, pregnancy does not always seem so magical.  Your body goes through SO much and there are a lot of hard days.  It was really important to me to stay positive and grateful – getting pregnant in and of itself was a little process for us so I certainly was not going to let my discomfort steal my own celebration for what was happening inside of me.

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Like most pregnant women, I could name more than a few things that were making me uncomfortable.  My midwives were watching me closely because I was swelling so badly! I couldn’t fit into any shoes and sleep became really difficult.  Towards the end of my pregnancy, I discovered the wonders of diffusing lavender essential oil.  I had never diffused oils before and it would put me into a deep sleep every night.  I still got up a few times to go to the bathroom, of course – but it was incredible to me how much the lavender oil helped!  (I use Doterra Lavender Oil and diffuser.)  Another sleep game changer was my Snoogle!  Around 27 weeks, I suddenly started to experience changes in my sleep. I immediately ordered my Snoogle on Amazon Prime and it was one of the best purchases I have ever made.  I looked forward to my comfy little nest every night and I could not have survived Third Trimester without it!  It’s also been helpful and doubled as a nursing pillow since Chapel was born.  I can wrap the pillow completely around my body when I want to nurse in bed and both baby + I are comfortable.  I would recommend this pillow to any pregnant woman!

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It became really important for me to find ways to feel cute and put together with my expanding body.  I have three favorite clothing pieces that I would buy over and over and over again.  The first is my Bump Body Dress.  I received so many compliments every time I wore it.  It was seriously the most flattering maternity dress that I tried.  It gave my whole body and belly the cutest little shape!  ** Bump Body is offering my followers 20% OFF with the code ROSEWATER**

 

I purchased these Ingrid & Isabel Leggings from Peanuts Maternity + Kids in Santa Barbara.  I absolutely lived in them.  They have the belly support that I needed and somehow were completely flattering.  I tried so many leggings and none came close to this pair!  And since it was shorts weather during a majority of my pregnancy – I also wore these shorts very frequently.  They were not-too-long, not-too-short, comfortable and cute!

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Little pick-me-ups go a long way during pregnancy.  I loved receiving the Ecocentric Mom Pregnancy Box every month.  It’s a subscription box that is filled with clean products for me to try and usually a little something to help get ready for the new baby!  I’m looking forward to getting the Mom + Baby box next!  It’s such a great gift idea for the clean beauty and clean eating mom-to-be!

 

 

 

I’m so glad to have found some items to help to me to feel good during my pregnancy!  It was certainly challenging at times, but I would do it all again in a heartbeat because it gave me the most precious gift!

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xoxo, Lauren

My Favorite Maternity Dress

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I obsessed with this dress.  It is a MUST for any expecting mama!  Let’s be honest – maternity fashion is a struggle.  It’s hard to find things that look good and feel comfortable.  I receive so many compliments every time I wear this dress and I’m excited to offer my followers 20% OFF!!!  Use code ROSEWATER when you purchase your Bump Body Dress.  They also offer FREE SHIPPING AND RETURNS, making this closet staple less than $50!!

I love this dress because it is lightweight- so many other maternity dresses have thick fabric, making this mama extra hot in them!  I also like that it has a high neck and I can wear a regular bra with it.  It’s super flattering – like I said, I get tons of compliments. With just 5 weeks to go, I can use all the shape and comfort I can get!

I think I am going to order it in another color, I love it so much!

xoxo, Lauren

Summer Skin Savers

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This August heat requires a little more maintenance than other times of the year.  I have my fruit infused water on hand for swelling and an arsenal of skincare to prep my skin for Georgia’s fiery days.

For starters, I am using a cream exfoliator twice a week.  I love this Beautycounter one because it nourishes my skin, while rubbing away any dry spots.  I feel like I have a brand new face with each use!  I use the Beautycounter Balancing Oil nightly – summer days can have my skin going from dry to extra oily/greasy, so this is a great oil!  I use it generously and go to bed with a thick layer on my face!

I am LOVING this Biossance Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil.  Sephora just picked up this brand, and rightly so!  It is too good!  The antioxidants are great for clogged pores and it cleanses well, without being too oily.  I am only cleansing at night these days – trying to leave good oils on my skin to combat heat and dryness.

My Little Barn Apothecary obsession continues.  This mask is getting some major use- it moisturizes and evens out my skin tone.  I love how it smells too- I feel like I’m at the spa with each use.  I usually don’t like masks because they get so tight and I have to put a lot of serums on after.  This one does the opposite – it is moisturizing and glowy.  I love it!  I also recently picked up the Little Barn Apothecary Aloe + Rosewater Balancing Mist.  It is a great skin prepper and pick-me-upper throughout the day.  A summer must-have, in my book!

My never-fail RMS Coconut Cream is my year-round staple.  I use it as a glowy, dewy moisturizer in the morning.  It moisturizes, evens and makes my makeup go on super smooth.  I don’t go anywhere without it.

 

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To keep my skin glowy, I apply my True Natural Tropical Self Tan weekly.  For those that have followed me for a while, you have seen me rave about this stuff.  It gives a natural color and very little scent.  Praise hands!  I even feel comfortable applying it in the morning.  I’ll usually scrub with the Dr. Federenko Sugar Scrub at night and apply my tanner after my shower in the morning.  This sugar scrub is great – non greasy and super grainy to get all of dry spots!

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I’ve had some questions lately about eye cream, so I thought I would share my tried-and-true products!  Eye cream is especially helpful in the summer, when we may be a little dehydrated some days and have our dark shadows show up.  To combat circles and fine lines, I first make sure I am drinking a lot of extra water (usually with lemon and cucumber).  I apply my Beautycounter Rejeuvenating Eye Cream at night for moisture and in the morning, the 100% Pure miracle-worker – the Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream.  Everyone I know that has tried this eye cream loves it!  It smoothes, lightens circles and gives off a glow!  I just love it!  It sets my concealer really well too!

Best wishes for beating the heat!  I have 5 weeks to go until baby and I am doing everything I can to stay cool, hydrated and glowy 😉

xoxo, Lauren

Ecocentric Mom Box

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My Ecocentric Mom Box continues to be such a fun surprise to receive in the mail every month!  This month, I am tucking all of the beauty products into my hospital bag – as we are just weeks away from meeting this little babe!  I also received a BellyBand, which will certainly come in handy these last several weeks – as my clothing options are dwindling!

These are the products that came in my box – and going straight into my hospital bag!

  • Gaffer & Child Hydrating Serum – this will be great to keep my face hydrated during my time at the hospital
  • bee. maternal Calming Spray – I have already sprayed this on several times.  The light, calming scent is amazing and I can imagine will come in handy during my hospital stay!
  • Sincerely Different Scar and Stretch Salve – I have a couple of other stretch mark preventing products that I have been using daily, but I am excited to try another to prevent/lessen stretch marks!
  • South of France Hand Wash Packets – Most hospitals supply your bathroom with a chemical-laden wash, so I will be glad to have my own, clean version on hand!

Don’t forget – you can purchase many of these products on their own from Ecocentric Mom.  Ecocentric Mom is now offering a Build Your Own Bundle – where you can choose the products that you want to receive in your box!  Another FANTASTIC gift idea!!

xoxo, Lauren

My June Ecocentric Mom Box

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My June Ecocentric Pregnancy Box is here!

Why is opening a package full of surprises so fun?  Especially when you know that you are going to love everything inside?

It’s been especially fun in this new phase of life to discover products that make me more comfortable and satisfy my snack cravings!

This is what was inside my box:

The subscription boxes make a great gift for a mom who loves to try new, clean products!  You can also purchase many of the products on the website!  The stickers, Mes Amies Soap, Body Balm, and Lip Conditioner are all available to purchase individually.

I also think the Summer 2017 Mystery Box would make a really great gift for any mama!

xoxo, Lauren

Think Dirty.

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Would you just look at all the goodies?!?

You all know that I love a good, clean beauty box!  This one is no exception!  With the Think Dirty June Limited Edition Beauty Box, you receive so many full-size products. They were all new to me – except the 100% Pure Lip Gloss!

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The box is at least a $250 value and you get to try so many products, from a company that you can trust!

Do you know about Think Dirty?  Think Dirty is a must-have resource for clean beauty lovers.  It is a free app that you download on your phone to help guide you through product purchasing decisions.  They have a very stringent rating system to help you gauge the toxicity in the products you are looking to purchase, as well as the ones you already own!  You can even scan your products to see how they rate!  It’s a genius tool for the clean conscious beauty lover!

My absolute favorite product from the box is the Biossance Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil.  You all know by now that I LOVE cleansing oils and this one is no exception!  It is so good and I am obsessed with the packaging!!

I also love The Original Cleaning Essentials Bottle!  Printed on the bottle are 5 recipes for DIY cleaning solutions for Kitchen, Bathroom, Glass, Tile & Wood Cleaners.  It’s incredibly handy and they thought of everything – from different spray settings to colored glass to protect your essential oils.  This is such a great product!

As always, I am happy to receive anything from 100% Pure!  I received TWO of their lip glosses in a gorgeous, neutral shade.  These are sure to become a staple for me!

For a full breakdown of what comes in the box..and to order yours…check it out here!

This box is a great way to try tons of new Clean products from a trusted source!  I highly recommend it!

xoxo, Lauren

Ecocentric Mom Box

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Today’s the day – we are leaving for vacation AND my new Ecocentric Mom Box is here!! I absolutely loved this month’s selection – I got one of my first little baby gift items in it and all of the products are so relevant to me!

If you didn’t catch my other post about Ecocentric Mom – here’s the lowdown:

You can pick your plan and sign up for a monthly, 3 month, 6 month or annual plan! Then, every month you will receive your box in the mail with all sorts of eco-friendly goodies!  I am pretty obsessed with subscription boxes because I LOVE receiving packages in the mail!  It always makes my day.  And you can feel so good about it too – knowing that these products have been curated to deliver conscious brands to you, during any stage of motherhood!

My box is the Pregnancy Box – as a first time mom, it has been so fun to find little ways to celebrate this new stage of life!  Ecocentric Mom also has a ‘Mom & Baby’ box and a ‘Mom’ box.  These boxes are the perfect gift idea for a newly pregnant mom, mom with a new baby, or a mom who would enjoy learning about new conscious products!

If you subscribe now through 5/30, use the code SUNNY for a free Z Skin Organic Sunscreen!!  ($19 value)

What’s in my Pregnancy Box:

Goumimitts by Goumi Kids

Organic Fiji Face and Body Lotion

Z Skin Organic Sunblock

Yum Earth Organic Candy

Visha Skincare Bump 2 Baby Balm

Pair’d Bath Bomb

Ecocentric Mom is also just a great place to shop for curated mom and baby products! You can receive points every time you shop, redeemable for future purchases on the shop.  They also offer free shipping for orders over $49.

I am off to work and finish packing, before leaving this evening for vacation!  I’ll certainly pack my new Organic Fiji Face and Body Lotion, Z Skin Organic Sunblock, Visha Skincare Bump 2 Baby Balm and Yum Earth Candies in my bag!!

Stay tuned!

xoxo, Lauren

Travel Essentials

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She’s baaaack..

So, I had to take a few weeks off from blogging and Instagram.  I had SO much going on personally – between finishing up renovations on our home, moving in, hosting family, working full-time and just being pregnant in general – this little blog took a backseat.  It was super tough for me to admit that I simply was out of steam.  I have been hard on myself these past couple of weeks.  “Other bloggers have a lot going on and still crank out posts, why can’t you?”  So many of these ‘you don’t measure up’ thoughts have crept in. They could have consumed me.  They could have made me push myself too hard.  Or worse – quit.  But instead, I decided to extend myself grace.  I decided to give myself two weeks to focus on myself and my family.  And really there’s no explanation needed.  This post isn’t an excuse really – it’s to let you all know and to remind myself that we simply cannot do it all.  That we are really only our best selves when we are operating from a healthy place – what ever that means for you individually.

‘Healthy’ for me is keeping a balance of my responsibilities and the things that I don’t have to do, but simply enjoy.  And sometimes that means that I forget to take breaks.  I forget to rest.  With that being said, vacation simply could not come at a better time! Jonathan and I leave in two days for a Babymoon and I am so ready for it!  I’ll leave the destination a mystery for a couple more days, but I’ll tell you one of the ways that we chose it is that we are flying to a continent that neither Jonathan nor I have visited!  We are certainly in for an adventure.  I’d be lying if I said I feel 100% confident taking such a big trip while pregnant.  Pregnancy is so unpredictable each day, and while mine has been relatively easy- I certainly understand that no two days are the same.  I have purchased a few things to take with me, to make me more comfortable while traveling. I’ll share more along the way, but here are just a few that I am excited about.

I was pretty set on purchasing a new pair of headphones.  In-ear headphones and ear buds are incredibly uncomfortable to me for long periods of time.  I can barely make it through a whole movie with headphones in my ears.  I found these white and rosegold phones at a decent price, with great reviews.  I really considered the Dr. Dre Beats in rosegold, but I couldn’t justify the price tag.  These headphones have the look and price tag that I was looking for – and they are super comfortable!

One of my major concerns when traveling – pregnant or not – is water quality.  As a general rule, most places outside of the US do not have the same water quality.  I find myself searching out bottled water as often as possible.  This 100% copper bottle will certainly help put my mind at ease.  Especially since I am drinking so much more water during pregnancy, this copper bottle is my new must-have for traveling! Copper is a natural antimicrobial and antioxidant – it kills bacteria and has so many other health benefits!

I use a Sonicare toothbrush at home and I don’t like to take it with me because of the space and weight that it adds to my bag.  I love this little battery operated toothbrush – it’s tiny, lightweight and gets the job done!

I am almost completely packed for our departure on Thursday night!  I am looking forward to adventure and uninterrupted time spent with Jonathan!  We hope to recharge and return home with lighter schedules!  Stay tuned for more travel posts!!

xoxo, Lauren

Fig and Flower’s Earth Day SALE

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetMy fave natural beauty store in Atlanta is having a SALE all weekend, in celebration of Earth Day!!  Shop Fig and Flower today through 4/23 and receive the following discounts:

10% OFF orders over $100 with CODE eday10

15% OFF orders over $150 with CODE eday 15

20% OFF orders over $200 with CODE eday 20

See my latest Fig and Flower haul here!

I also recently purchased the Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15 in shade Bombora.  It’s a coral/red that is super moisturizing- and also has SPF for the summer days ahead.  I absolutely love the pop of color and added protection.  Not to mention, the chic white packaging!

I was in major need of a replenish for my beloved RMS Coconut Cream and if you have not tried this product- it will quickly become a routine staple!  It has literally saved my dry pregnancy skin.  I love how it preps my skin for foundation – everything is a little more glowy and a little more smooth.

Number 1 on my summer makeup wish list is the Limited Edition RMS Beauy Signature Set Palette.  It comes with so many goodies for a healthy summer glow!

Happy Earth Day and Happy Shopping!

xoxo, Lauren

Ecocentric Mom Subscription Box!

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I love a subscription box!  Who doesn’t love receiving a gift in the mail every month that’s full of surprises?!  This one was extra special because it was my first ‘mommy’ gift, after announcing our little one on the way!  Thank you so much, Ecocentric Mom, for such a fun package!  I received the ‘Pregnancy Box‘ and it was so well curated for all of my first time pregnancy needs.  They also offer a Mom and Baby Box, as well as a Mom Box.

All of the products are eco-friendly and they focus on natural ingredients! There are so many great products inside – and best part, there are coupons to go along with most of them!  So once you try something and love it, you can reorder the product at a discount!  Here’s what I found in my box:

  • Zahler Prenatal + DHA 300 Vitamins: There were 10 vitamins to try and I was so pleased that they contain everything I was looking for, including Folate- the bioactive + natural form of folic acid!
  • Happymama Prenatal Soft-baked Oat Bar: I have seen these in the store and I’ve wanted to try them.  They are gluten-free, have added nutrients and are great for pregnancy + breastfeeding.
  • St. Tropica Organic Hot Oil Hair Mask: So, one of my pregnancy symptoms has been my absolutely awful hair.  I can barely do anything with it!  It’s been incredibly oily and just barely styleable.  I can’t wait to see if this organic coconut mask helps!
  • Dr. Brite Cleansing Mouth Rinse: This rinse has also been on my list of things to try!  It contains activated charcoal for cleansing impurities and mint for freshening!  I have heard that some women complain of a peculiar taste in their mouth during pregnancy – so this is a great, natural solution for that!
  • South of France French Milled Soaps:  These smell amazing and will definitely go in my travel bag this summer.
  • Itzy Ritzy Reuseable Snack Bag:  This is an excellent alternative to wasteful plastic bags!
  • Essential Wipes: Naturally sanitizing + chemical free- these are a handbag and diaper bag essential!
  • Para Kito Mosquito Repellent Gel Unidose:  This gel lasts for 5 hours and is made from essential oils.  Since we had to cancel our babymoon due to Zika invading just about every beachy destination there is- this product is a welcome friend!

To order your subscription, follow this link.  There are several options for how often you would like to receive your box.  Don’t forget to enter code DETOX for a FREE CLEAN BEAUTY GIFT with your purchase!

xoxo, Lauren