PREGNANCY ESSENTIALS // 1

pregnancy is both a weird and wonderful thing. when i was pregnant with chloe i can remember gravitating toward a few products and items that just made me feel great (really red lip-stick, a really great empire waist dress i scored at h&m, and this body scrub). these things made me feel instantly put together when i needed to relax, wanted to feel pretty, or needed something appropriate to wear outside of the house. 

this time around pregnancy has been a bit different. really different. in fact, this pregnancy is nothing like my first one. my style has changed a bit - i lean towards simple, easy, and inexpensive (with an occasional splurge here and there). i now have less "me time" as i am already a mom, which means i cannot sleep whenever i want during the day, and many times i need to take a shower with a toddler sitting on the other side of the shower curtain.

i don't have time to exfoliate my entire body. i am not going to be buying any 4 inch clog heals this time around. there are not going to be a ton of cute pregnancy clothes (although i am going to splurge on a few good basics, which i will tell you about later). this time around it is a different ball-game.

but, i have come across a few life-savers this time around. so i thought i would share one of these things here and there with you. some of them are small and cheap, a few might be a splurge, a couple of them are even free. (also, this blog has been feeling a bit neglected lately, so it's a way for me to share some, hopefully, useful bits of goodness with you).

soo......



chicken poop lip junk.
yeah, this stuff. seriously. i know the name might be off-putting to some, and will make others giggle like a middle-school girl. but the stuff works! and not just as a chap-stick, but as a hard-core face moisturizer for red, irritated, chapped skin. my sister-in-law had given me this a while back, and it had been hiding in the bottom of my purse until recently i grabbed it and used it as a chap-stick. then i read the ingredients and saw it was full of stuff like avocado oil and beeswax and decided to try it on my irritated pregnant-lady face. i have been very pleasantly surprised as just how well it works.

when i was pregnant with chlo i don't remember having such irritable skin, but this time around i have noticed a lot of dryness and irritation. i have been trying really hard to drink plenty of water, have tried a few different soaps, and have stopped using my faux-clarisonic-scrubber. however, this stuff has made the most noticeable difference in my complexion.

it is also an all-natural product without any questionable ingredients in it, which makes me happy as i have been trying to use more all-natural products when possible.

and.... this stuff cost about two dollars (you can get it on amazon, i think my sister-in-law bought it from whole foods, and you can also check out the simone chickenbone website to get a list of retailers). so you really cannot beat it, especially for a great, all natural, multi-tasking item.




what is your favorite moisturizer? if you are, or have been pregnant - did you notice a change in your skin, and what worked for you?



*by the way - this is not a sponsored post, and i don't use affiliate links. in other words: i make no money from this blog! i just write about this stuff and tell you where you can find it because i think good stuff should be shared.



13/52

"a portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014."


she loves to gather all my nail-polishes, bring them into my bed, and tell me the color of each as i enjoy the opportunity to lie in bed, for just a few more minutes, as a listen to her.


favorites from this past week: 

a hauntingly gorgeous photo by mariana,  making me long for springtime adventures outside / this portrait of olive, as well as her conversation with her mother made me smile and laugh / these portraits of brothers, archie and jody, reminded me of the antics of sibling-hood (i also loved what lou had to say about giving children unsupervised play-time away from their parents and allowing them to explore.)


joining in with jody this week.





12/52

"a portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014."
 
enjoying strawberries on a day that was feeling something like spring.




she has a very organized method for enjoying strawberries.



joining in with jodi this week.



11/52

"a portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014."

her love for books, all books, even the ones without pictures, that i have tucked up onto the higher shelves to keep her from (a futile maneuver my friends), is something i hope will continue to grow.


joining in with sweet jodi, again this week.

10/52

"a portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014."



totally taking advantage of her momma's absent-mindedness and scatter-brain-ness.



yes, i missed a few weeks. 
yes, it has been almost a month since i have posted anything.
and yes, i have missed four weeks of weekly photos. 
life happens.

your life hasn't stopped because you have been waiting by your computer screen for me to post a weekly portrait, right? :) 

no, i am not going to attempt to "make-it-up" here. 
(yes, i have photos of chlo that i have taken during these weeks, so that i can put then together into a book for her).


we are just going to roll along with what we have, starting at week 10.




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