Our February Box

Our February Box was all about the pretties. The lovely products we featured in this month’s box were made by lovely people. We want you to know a little more about them.

Gypsy Soul Organics – Gypsy Woman PerfumeMost perfumes are made from synthetic ingredients. That is no good for you or your baby. However we love perfume because it has a magical way of making you feel a little more confident. You’ve done something extra special for yourself that took all of 3 seconds. We love this scent from Gypsy Soul Organics. They make wonderful scents for men and women, but this one was perfect for February. The scent is a little sweet without smelling “perfume-y” so it won’t upset your sensitive stomach. Amy is the owner and she has such care for moms. She has 2 babies of her own and knows how much care you deserve.

Bee Lucia – Lavender Amethyst Candle February is my birthday month and amethyst is my birthstone, but truthfully I’ve never liked wearing amethyst. However, if you put it in a candle with lavender, I’ll take that all day, any day. This is a calming candle to help you days move more peacefully. Bee Lucia is a mother & son company who wanted to create scents that were safe for you and your home.

Art Naturals – Dead Sea Mud Mask Any time I get together with my sisters we do some kind of pampering thing: paint our nails, use a hair treatment; but our favorite is treating ourselves to a good, at home facial. Turn any free time you have into spa time with this mud mask to deep clean your face, body and hair with 100 percent natural and organic Dead Sea Mud Mask. Natural clays and botanical extracts work together to clear acne, reduce pore size, diminish lines and wrinkles, and fight the signs of aging. It’s good for redness and eczema, too.

7 Truly Helpful Ways to Help Your Pregnant Wife

Husbands and partners feel useless 99% of the time when caring for their pregnant wife. I honestly do not remember all the things that my husband did for me when I was pregnant. I know he didn’t grocery shop like I wanted him, and I probably sounded ungrateful. However going through pregnancy without him would have been a misery so I accepted that he was going to buy anything the sample person was selling. He’s just a nice guy. 

We’ve collected 10 ways that husbands can help their wives while her body is changing and she is growing a whole person inside her. The truth is, she might not notice these things, but you will know that your small things are truly making her life easier, and that’s all you want, right? No glory seekers here. 

Case in point…

  1. Keep the toilet clean.
    She feels gross and may be consistently throwing up. Wouldn’t it be so nice of you to make sure she’s throwing up in a clean toilet. While you’re at it, you can give the tub a good scrub, too.
  2. You remember what you need from the store and you do the shopping.
    This Knock Knock notepad is a lifesaver if you’re not the usual grocery shopper of the family. Actually, it’s a lifesaver even if you are. If this outing is new to you, ask her to fill it out once with your weekly staples, and you take it from there.
  3. On a similar note, you do the cooking.
    Find out what she’s craving and make it in plenty. And get a good idea of the foods she can’t have like soft cheeses and cold deli meat. If you’re eating out, her favorite place and dish will change on a whim so ask what sounds good for that day. And she’s not sharing.
  4. Give her as much of the bed as she wants.
    Several things can make a pregnant woman uncomfortable at night time. There’s the obvious: the growing belly, making back and stomach sleeping a no-no. Also, her mind won’t stop racing. She could feel hungry or thirsty. And her body temperature is warmer than it used to be meaning she might not want to spoon or snuggle or be touched even by your pinky toe. Give her some space to spread out.
  5. Take a walk with her.
    See all of these free things we’re giving you? Walking as exercise is so good for your mama-to-be, especially during the last 4 weeks of pregnancy. Get that baby locked and loaded. She may want to be alone, but offer to go along. You can talk or not talk. Quiet days will be hard to come by soon so either way, it’s going to be quality.
  6. You remember important dates.
    Pregnant women are fully capable, competent people and should not be patronized. But if there is something that isn’t on your daily or weekly calendar, you remember it, take care if it, or gently remind. Your older kid’s preschool class needs forks for the party? You do it. It’s her mom’s birthday? Remind her.
  7. Know what’s going on with her.
    Go to the doctor’s appointments if you can or stay with your older kids while she goes. Read a pregnancy book. Download an app. No woman wants to feel alone in pregnancy. Show that you’re there for her by being there for her. Ask questions. Be informed. Be a partner.

Let us know what your helpful tips are!

*All images are from Photo by Betsy.

December Box

We curated our most festive box yet. Take a look at our December Box and why we chose each product. There is so much to love!

Natural Calm Holiday Citrus Spice

This wasn’t the first time we included Natural Calm, but it was the first time their holiday flavor has been on the market. We love the citrus spice. Everything about it feels cozy, and that’s not even the best thing about it. Incorporating Natural Calm in to our nutritional routine has made such a difference for us. It’s marketed to help relieve stress, which it does. Probably because it helps you get a better night’s sleep. Magnesium deficiency can show up “as fatigue and low energy; inability to sleep; muscle tension, spasms and cramps; anxiousness and nervousness; headaches; constipation and abnormal heart rhythms.”

We first learned about Natural Calm from Becca’s midwife. When Becca was pregnant with her third baby, she experienced a lot of back pain early on in her pregnancy. Her midwife told her to start taking Natural Calm, and it worked. Now we all love it.

Freyda’s Pantry Snack Bar

Nutrition Bars that are made for new and pregnant moms are a gem to find. Especially when they’re delicious. From the first trimester on, it seems impossible to keep your energy up. Growing a baby and caring for a baby are hard work. I never believed people when they said they “forgot to eat lunch” until I became a mom. We want moms to remember to care for themselves well, and feeding the body is Self-Care 101.

Pualani Beauty Peppermint Scrub

This scrub has all the good stuff: the natural exfoliant – cane sugar,  moisturizing organic coconut oil, and anti-aging vitamin E oil. Top it off when a delicious peppermint scent, and this is holiday in a jar.

Miss Mouth’s Messy Eater Stain Treater

You can’t take anything during pregnancy too seriously. Like peeing on yourself…it’s probably going to happen and you just have to laugh. A much lesser incident is spilling food on your baby belly. Napkins never stay put, and food can’t get in your mouth fast enough. I ruined so many maternity shirts for this reason. I love it now for my kids messes, but I wished I had known about it from day one. It’s safe, peroxide free, chlorine free, phosphate free, 100% biodegradable and really effective.

Enjoy Mama Bird Box to make each day a better day!