Friday, 31 January 2014

Favorite Face Products

I am extremely picky when it comes to facial products. I spent most of my life having extremely oily skin, recently I started getting dry patches on my cheeks and occasionally around the corner of my bottom lip. Since becoming pregnant everywhere on my face seems to be dry now, I am flakey and peeling everywhere, even on my eyelid just below my eyebrow! It has gotten to the point where it is painful in some spots (around my nose).

These are the products I can't do without-- oily or dry skin.

Olay Regenerist microdermabrasion and peel kit- This stuff is seriously a miracle worker. It leaves your face feeling unbelievably soft and cleans out all your clogged pores. It sloughs off all the dead skin cells and is amazing for anyone who has problems with dark spots and hyper pigmentation. I started getting dark spots my last year in high school and soon my entire cheeks were covered in them. I hated it and nothing I tried made it go away. I no longer have them and I think this product is one of the big reasons why. You can only use this every two days though, it literally strips the top layer off your skin so using it too often can make your face raw and sore.

Pond's cold cream cleanser- I use this to remove my makeup. It is the only product that gets every single bit of my makeup off (including eye makeup) and it leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturised.

D.I.Y oil cleanser- I will post a tutorial on this! It's a mixture of olive oil, Castor oil and tea tree oil. This is great for moisturising your face and removing dirt from clogged pores. (Don't mind the organic baby food container, it makes for great storage!)

Clarisonic Mia 2- I think everyone knows about this product and has heard all the rave reviews by now. Buy it, your skin will thank you. I use this every day, except on days I use my Olay kit.

These are two other facial products I love but am not currently using because they've finished.

The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Night Cream- I adore this. I put it on my face after using the Olay kit or after washing my face before bed. It's super gentle and soothing and it leaves my skin soft, smooth and moisturised.

Pond's Clarant B3 moisturiser for normal to dry skin- I use this as my day time moisturiser before I apply makeup. This is also great for brightening skin and helping to fade dark spots.

Two things not pictured are tea tree oil and vitamin e capsules. Tea tree oil is great for spot treating any bumps that pop up on your face. I use a needle and burst the vitamin e liquid capsules and use the gel/serum inside on any dark spots after washing my face and it really helps fade them!

What are skin products you can't do without?

Update! Here's the tutorial on my DIY oil facial cleanser.

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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Being Grateful and Letting Go

Sometimes I get so caught up in aspiring to have things I want and don't yet have that I lose sight of how great the things are that I have already. I charge full speed ahead like a bull seeing red at what I think will get me to where I want to be and I'm in a constant chase for things I really have no control over. Admitting I have no control is a hard feat but accepting it, is far more difficult. I'm (slowly) learning to accept that I simply can't control everything, to let go and let God deal with my future and to relax and appreciate the blessings He has already so richly blessed me with.

We all have moments now and then when we want something SO bad we do everything in our power to aim towards it, even though most of the time, we have no control of whether or not we obtain said thing. There had been things in my life I'd already wanted but finding out I was pregnant felt like it put a time line on every goal. I've been so busy trying to make the impossible happen that I'm spending more time feeling depressed, stressed and frustrated than I am enjoying my pregnancy and my sweet loved ones I am so blessed with. 

I'm stubbornly learning to hand complete control over to God because I know, whatever he has in store for me is far greater than anything I can dream up for myself. It's hard to be patient and wait for things to fall into place when you feel like you have an impending deadline (due date) hovering over your head. Sure, I feel like it would be more convenient to have all the things I'd like to have and all my goals accomplished by the time baby arrives but perhaps God sees what I cannot. 

I often want things all at once, for everything to happen NOW, because I am not a fan of waiting but I realize (unfortunately) things aren't always like that.

It's been an incredible wake up call realizing I have zero control-- no matter how hard it is to admit! I'm learning patience, appreciation and most of all, faith

I plan to take each day at a time, appreciating even the little blessings in my life, because there are so many things I have that others would love to have. I am richly blessed, but I will never be able to enjoy those blessings unless I allow myself to. 

WE determine our own happiness.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Nursery Mood Boards

Lately I've been a busy little bee over on Polyvore, creating inspiration boards for outfits, rooms, you name it! Of course, with a little one on the way, I've been really interested in nursery design. There are so many gorgeous styles for nurseries but I seem to gravitate toward slightly themed nurseries.

Here are a few nurseries I've designed lately:

My little one's nursery  

Sweet Peter Pan nursery

I've got lots more in the works as well-- you can follow my Polyvore here to keep up! I also post my finished inspiration boards (outfits as well) on my Pinterest.

I love designing nurseries and would be more than happy to create a inspiration board for anyone who likes my designs and need a little help (completely free of charge)!

Friday, 10 January 2014

Baby Essentials, Part 2 (Nursery Edition)

This is part 2 to my first post on baby must-haves. Babies need so many things! And then, there are those super cute items you can't help but buy because baby "needs" it...

I've put together a few items that I consider essentials for a baby and I've divided them up according to their uses. These are our must-haves for the nursery:

Prince Lionheart Warmies Wipe Warmer - We plan on using cloth wipes with our own solution so this is a perfect way to store them while helping prevent mould/mildew!

Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail - Even though we are cloth diapering, this is where we will keep the soiled diapers until we are ready to wash them. This way, the dirty diapers/cloth wipes don't mix with his other clothes in the laundry hamper. Ubbi diaper pails also don't require a special plastic bag! You can use whatever liner you like! We chose white because it matches with any decor.

Cloud B Sleep Sheep and Gentle Giraffe - White noise is great for helping soothe baby to sleep. These got excellent reviews- plus, they're so cuddly and cute! I can't decide between the sheep or the giraffe.. I think the giraffe is cuter and it matches better with the theme of the nursery but the sheep will be more neutral to use in future nurseries. The sheep also has better white noise sounds which is annoying, they should all come with the same sounds.

Summer Infant Baby Video Monitor - We love this monitor because it has video. There is also night vision and a cool feature that allows you to talk to baby! You also have the ability to pan and zoom in or out with the camera. I do wish it didn't cost so much though...

Feel free to leave any tips or must-haves you have!

Watch this space for more baby related posts!

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Baby Essentials (and announcement...)

IT'S A BOYYY!!!! So excited to be able to be able to shop for nursery items and clothing (which will be more gender specific) now. We are trying our best to keep most things gender neutral so we can get future use out of the items.

Here's a snippet of a gender reveal photo shoot we did!

Since I found out I'm expecting, everything has been about baby mentally. I spend countless hours researching every baby product there is and deciding what we need to best fit our lifestyle. I always enjoy seeing lists of baby must-haves from mommies and expectant mommies so I figured I'd compile one of my own!

These are the things we've been loving/buying for baby lately:

Bum Genius cloth diapers - We plan on cloth diapering to save on cost and so baby doesn't have all those nasty chemicals found in disposables so close to his skin. BumGenius seem to get the best reviews and they conveniently come with all needed inserts (you don't have to buy anything separately). We chose the 4.0 one-size fits all version so they grow with baby. 

Aden & Anais swaddle blankets - I chose the bamboo swaddles in Mela because they are gender neutral and so pretty! These blankets got such great reviews and are nice and breathable which is essential, living on a tropical island. 

JellyCat Stuffed Animals - I simply ADORE these stuffed animals! I plan on buying a few more as well. My favorite is the light blue Bashful Rhino.

BARE Baby Bottles - I plan on breastfeeding but once I have to return to work I will have to pump and  use bottles for baby. These seem to be an easy transition for a breast feeding baby and helps to prevent gas!

Lamaze Mortimer the Moose - He is just too adorable -- I couldn't resist! He's a great learning toy, he sqeaks, two of his feet crinkle and one rattles, his antlers are great for chewing on when baby is teething and he's got a loop for hooking those plastic rings on that babies seem so fascinated by. There's also a girl version named "Muffin the Moose", too cute!

We haven't purchased all that we need yet, so here are a few more things we plan on buying:

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bibs - These are perfect for preventing milk from getting into baby's sweet little neck rolls!

Gerber Cloth Diapers - I actually plan on using these for burp cloths! A friend recommended them because they are so absorbent. 

Solly Baby Wrap - I have researched just about every baby wrap/carrier out there and this one has been my favorite so far. 

Woombie - These swaddles are great-- super easy and baby can't wriggle out of it! It's also better for when baby gets stronger and can break out of the velcro swaddlers. We plan on using sleep sacks once he gets too big.

Zo-li Baby Nail Trimmer - This is a BIG must-have since I'm wayyy too clumsy to go anywhere NEAR those teeny baby fingers with a nail trimmer. The Zo-li is basically an electronic nail file.

Vulli Natural Rubber Chew Toy - I know Sophie is the go to teether for most moms but I feel it's a little too girly for a boy. This little guy is adorable and is very similar to Sophie. 

Phillips Avent Pacifier - These got great reviews and come in pretty colors, they're also BPA free.

Brica Baby In-Sight Mirror - This is great for keeping an eye on baby those first few months the carseat isn't facing you.

My Brest Friend Nursing Pillow - I already have a Boppy but I've read alot of reviews that say this nursing pillow offers a better fit and better support for the newborn stage.

Fisher-Price Rock n' Play Sleeper - This is what our little one will be sleeping in at first. The angled and not completely flat angle it keeps baby at helps reduce colic and tummy troubles. It also can rock to soothe baby back to sleep when he stirs.

I am also considering a BUMBO, however, I don't know how much (and for what) we'll use it and don't want to spend money on something we never use. Any advice/tips about the BUMBO, those of you mommies who have tried it?

Stay tuned for part 2 of this post- "Nursery and Clothing Must-Haves"! Also keep an eye out for a "What's in my Diaper Bag" post!

Feel free to leave any tips/advice about must-haves for you in the comments!