My Favorite Things + Life Update

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Busy weekend! The husband spent the day/most of the night in Oakland at the Social Distortion concert with the boys and my mom and I had a splurge day eating Chinese food and Cold Stone (their warm creations were disappointing). Sunday will be pent going to church then off to visit friends for their daughter’s 1-year birthday party!

I’m also 27 weeks along today! Just one more week and I will be into the third-trimester. It still seems so surreal, despite the fact that our little guy reminds me of his presence by wiggling and kicking (recently under my right ribs) quite often.

We are a few weeks into our Bradley classes and they are going well so far. I may forget some of the stretches/exercises that are assigned as homework, but I don’t forget the relaxation techniques that involve getting a massage before bed!

We are still waiting on the short-sale house we made an offer for (which was accepted by the seller, just waiting on the bank), so hopefully that goes through within the next few weeks. Having the house ready before the baby comes would be more than ideal.

For fun, here is a list of my favorite things / items that get me through the week!

Things that get me through the week

Cocoon sweater
$23 – – I have the darker red/long sleeve version of this sweater and it has been a main staple in my wardrobe this winter – so comfortable!

Orange Essence Facial Cleanser- Burt’s Bees
$8 – – The smell of this is divine! I mix it with some baking soda for a gentle exfoliation

Physicians Formula
$14 – – LOVE this powder! It is also a great concealer as well.

Buy GNC Pro Performance 100% Whey Protein, Banana Cream & More |…
$23 – – I don’t normally support protein powders, but I need to get more protein in my diet and this powder with milk is so tasty – just like a banana now’n’later (sp?). It’s also good blended with 1-2 servings peanut butter and frozen milk and ice cubes.

Hanes Womens Stretch Bikini 3 pair ET42LC at
$11 – – So what if they aren’t fancy underwear. These are super comfortable and don’t fall down my nearly non-existent rear when wearing maternity jeans.

Oh Baby by Motherhood Secret Fit Belly Bootcut Jeans
$64 – – These jeans fit great. They are a little stretchy and still look good when I turn up the cuff (because I’m short)

Iron Fist All Hope Abandoned Flats – Black (Vegan) –
$30 – – I love these shoes. Not much support, but they match 95% of my wardrobe and I think they are awesome
You can see the rest of the items by visiting the set.

Make Your Own Beauty Products

I have been on the hunt for natural and safe beauty products. Sometimes choosing more natural and organic products means you have to pay a little more. These recipes can save you money and you can make some for other people too!

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Natural and Healthy Moisturizer

In my search for eliminating toxins and chemicals out of our food, home, and bath products I found something that works better than any store-bought moisturizer I have ever tried. I was hesitant to try at first; I was leery of the texture it would leave on my skin and afraid it would make my skin breakout. The verdict? I will never go back to the moisturizers I tried before! What do I use now?

Safe, simple, and effective

I use organic extra virgin coconut oil. I use it on my face and body – and while I cook. You can even add it to your shampoo or use it as a hair mask. It goes on like oil but it doesn’t leave an oily or greasy feeling on your skin (unlike some lotions and facial moisturizers). The coconut oil pictured above – Aunt Patty’s, also has a very light coconut scent which I find quite pleasant. My skin has lovely glow, I don’t breakout, and I no longer have some dry spots.

This is my favorite moisturizer. Better yet, it doesn’t have any harmful chemicals!

A jar costs about $8-12 – very comparable to any moisturizer you will find in the stores.