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