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Juice Beauty

Switching over my makeup and skincare line has been a slow and tedious process. It is very tempting to pick up random makeup at the grocery store. I’ve lost my love for makeup after kids. I want to look good for my husband but honestly if I wear makeup 1 out of 7 days it’s a good week. I need something easy that does double duty.

I came across juice beauty and it checked all my natural, toxin free boxes (rated 1 on EWG). I didn’t have high hopes but I am seriously in love. Their serum is amazing, moisturizer smells great and I can feel it working. I also bought the under eye anti aging cream because I need a little help in that area. I have terrible sunken black eyes that need some love. I will update later when I have been using it for a few months. I also purchased their anti aging serum foundation. It has just a small tint like a CC cream. Perfect for my life where I want to even out my skin tone but not look done-up.

Their prices are middle of the road where I feel it is worrh it but in no way is it cheap. Would I love to find a drugstore brand with the same commitment to clean products? Yes! But it does not existing yet in the anti aging marketplace. I am committed to buying brands that are bettering us and the environment and not just pushing cheap easy (carcinogenic!) options to make money.

 

 

Natural Deordorant

second change!

so I did a lot of research on conventional deordorant/anti-perspirants and it has no lie, scared the shit out of me. I think this should definitely be my next change on my course to a more natural life.

The only natural deprdorant that is sold in stores around me and is rated a 1 on the EWG scale is Schmidts. So… I’m not going to order deordorant off the internet, I just know myself and if I can’t get it in stores then I won’t keep up the change.

Also, I don’t see myself using the deordorant creams that you have to put on yourself. I’m a stick deordorant girl all the way.

Luckily, I do really like Schmidts scents and look and feel of their deordorant so hopefully this change will go smoothly!

The coconut oil lotion is not going as well as I hoped. It’s not moisturizing enough. When I am pregnant, my skin gets so dry I can hardly function. I literally wake up during the night and scratch myself raw. The coconut oil is light and nice but I need something more heavy duty. I will have to keep looking for a natural lotion that fits what I need.

I do like the coconut oil still for my face, hair, and for shaving my legs. So at least I am getting use out of it!

First Change: Body Lotion

I wanted my first change to be relatively easy (as easy as change can be) because I wanted to establish my “system” for the changes and work out any bugs before moving on to harder and harder changes.

Finding a lotion that works for me has been a lifelong struggle. I have chronic dry skin. Itchy, red, I feel like I’ve never touched my legs and they’ve felt hydrated. No matter how many times I lather up per day. I also have Keratosis pilaris ( those red bumps on your arms that make your skin look red and blotchy and dry) and it has made me very self-conscious of my arms. I live in long sleeve tops.

I decided after some research that I will try Coconut Oil for a few reasons:

1. I already had it in my pantry. (Score!) I bought a huge container from Costco a few weeks back on a whim to cook with.

2. Very easy. I keep it in my bathroom and after the shower (steam and heat) it’s at the perfect temperature to use as a lotion.

3. Easy to find. You can walk into most stores and pick up unrefined organic coconut oil even if the store is not very organic friendly. This makes sure I will have no excuse for buying any other lotions. Saying “it’s too hard to find/buy” is out of the question.

4. It is a great natural moisturizer and an antibacterial shield from pathogens in the air. I considered it for my face but I feel like it might be a little too greasy for my face. I have dry body skin and a oily face (go figure!).

5. Coconut oil has SPF 4! Who knew? While I understand this is not much protection from the sun it offers my body a constant barrier on days I forget or just don’t wear sunscreen (like the winter). UV rays are the death of youth and any extra protection I can get is great.

6. Hypoallergenic and safe on kids. Since all the changes I’m making, I also will be making for my daughter I have to make sure it is safe for her too.

Monday our first day!

It was easy to transition to using it, wasn’t hard to put on and went on easy. I think I used a little too much. I am starting to realize how a little goes a long long way. I felt quite greasy after applying but in about 20 mins the greasy feeling was gone. I blow dryerd my hair and got dressed and by that time I felt much better and not so greasy. It is different…but I expected that. Got to remember to use less tomorrow and I think that will make a difference.

I like the smell. I keep getting whifts of myself and it smells good, I think, but different. I’ll have to see if my husband notices and likes the smell tonight.

I don’t like the taste. It makes me gag. I’ve tried it for cooking and I just can’t stomach it. Hoping this will be a good alternive to use it without actually haveig to eat it. I know people swear by it in good but I will have to choose something different when making changes to my food and eating habits. I want these changes to be sustainable with my lifestyle. I don’t want to choke down coconut oil every day and not enjoy food.

I’m happy that my first change is going well so far. I will keep it up for the week and either decide to try something different for body lotion or count this as a new habit and move on to a new change!

 

Guava Lotus Pack n Play Review

 

First let me say that I also researched the crap out of the pack n plays. Sam and I travel a lot so I definitely wanted something light and easy to carry. We take car rides and plane rides so it had to be something easy to take on both modes of transportation.

This little bugger is only 11 pounds! That’s ultimately why I picked this pack n play over others. It is small enough to be a carry-on on the plane or light enough to pack in a suitcase with room to pack clothes around it.

It is sturdy and has great colors (you all know I loooove black and grey).

Such easy set-up! I thought the 4 moms was easy (and beautiful) until I saw that it was almost 40 pounds! That is crazy heavy for a simple pack n play. Plus doesn’t that defeat the purpose of the “pack” in pack n play? How are you supposed to pack that up and carry it anywhere?

My only two cons is that it is expensive and doesn’t include a bassinet. We used it as a bassinet on trips anyway and I just bent down to pick her up.

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I also found the Graco Jetsetter which I bought for my mother in law this Christmas. It is black, small and folds up nicely. Weighing in at around 14 pounds, half the price and includes a bassinet – I’d say the Graco Jetsetter might be even better than the Guava.  It is a little smaller so I could see as Grace grows it could be too small for her. The Guava is a little bigger so I can see it be useful for longer.

I don’t really understand the whole canopy thing. I guess to block the sun if you use it outside? I doubt my mother in law will find it useful but its included!

Overall I’m happy with the purchase of the Guava. I really feel like it matches our lifestyle but I don’t think it is for everyone. A more stationary (heavy with bassinet and changing table) pack n play is fine if you only plan to use it in your house. Also you can buy the Graco jetsetter if you want something lighter to travel with.

Jolly Jumper Review

Grace is getting to the age where she wants to MOVE! But…she can’t really figure out how to coordinate her hands and feet to actually crawl anywhere yet. So, Sam and I invested in a jumper and she absolutely loves it.

As you probably already know, we research the crap out of everything before we buy it and I always am honest about the pros  and cons of everything we buy (because nothing is perfect and if someone says it is then they are not the mommas you should be taking advice from).

My biggest peeve of the baby industry is that baby items are ugly. I’ve always wanted my home when you walk inside it to say “we have a family” not “wow, these people definitely have kids!” I understand that our home and decorations will change as we have children but I still believe that baby items and adult items can live in harmony together, we don’t have to sacrifice our style when we have children. I just don’t understand why the baby industry has to make everything so loud, obnoxious, plasticy and cheap…that may be a little harsh but you get what I meanahh so bright! my eyes!

 

We finally found the Jolly jumper which was surprisingly muted but still provided the fun!

Pros:

Good color options – I got Grey 🙂

Easy set up – took Sam and I about 5 minutes

Doesn’t stand out like a sore thumb so I can leave it out all the time in our living room.

No toys attached to it. I personally feel this is a pro because I can attached toys I like to the frame and bouncer. I can change out the toys so she doesn’t get bored (and pick what sounds I hear all day instead of having attached toys that get really old really fast.)

The jumper can grow with Grace. She will be able to fit in it for a long time no matter how tall she gets. Some of the other jumpers only have a few setting for height and tall babies (and sometimes normal babies with longer legs) can grow out of them pretty fast.

You can remove the bouncer from the stand and “carry” baby around while they “walk”. it actually a lot of fun!

You can also get a doorway jumper instead of buying the stand we just didn’t have the correct doorways for it to attach on to.

And the last big PRO is that Grace loves it. She can be in it for 45-1 hour and only wants to get out because she is hungry.

Cons:

Kind of expensive. Not out of the ballpark expensive but you can’t go to target and buy it for 40 bucks that is for sure.

Huge! I mean the reviews online said it was huge but I still couldn’t understand how huge until it arrived. If you don’t have a 4×4 place to put it that is out of the way of foot traffic it will be a pain to move.

A little difficult to get Grace in and out of. I’ve got it down pat now and can get her in in about 15 seconds but the first few times I struggled. You can’t just plop the baby in the seat like you can in some of those other baby jumpers.

Difficult to take apart. Only get this if you want it out all the time. Taking it out and putting it away every time would be a huge hassle.

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