Peek Inside the Box: August

Our August box was packed full of some phenomenal products for pregnant and new moms. We love these goodies so much, they’ve already made their way into our daily routines!

Goddess Garden Organic Facial Sunscreen

We all want to protect our faces from sun damage, but if you’re like us, sometimes the greasy feel of sunscreen just doesn’t work with your daily routine.

Goddess Garden understood that dilemma and created the perfect facial sunscreen.

It’s certified organic and packed with nourishing antioxidants (win!) and anti-aging ingredients (double win!) – including aloe vera, shea butter, and immortelle essential oils. It’s a sheer formula, so it’s non-greasy and pairs easily with makeup.

Goddess Garden uses natural minerals, rather than harsh chemicals, to reflect UV rays. Since minerals aren’t absorbed, they are safe and gentle for your skin. Not only is this great news for you, but if you’re expecting, you can feel great about protecting your baby from absorbing harsh chemicals as well.

We love Goddess Garden’s Organic Facial Sunscreen for all-day, everyday use – from a Saturday at the pool to an outdoor lunch with coworkers, we’ll definitely be adding this product to our morning routine.

Mavibandz Headbands

Raise your hand if you’ve yet to find a headband that stays in place and won’t give you a headache. Us too… until now!

Mavibandz are handmade and feature a non-slip technology that guarantees that they’ll stay put. Plus, they are made with an adjustable elastic back, making them the perfect fit every time (which means they’re never too tight, so no headaches!).

Wear your Maviband to your prenatal yoga class, to brunch with friends, and when you’re washing your face before bed. Then on those tired new-baby mornings, pull your hair back and add a Maviband for a super cute, no-fuss look that’s fit for whatever your day might hold!

CreekBaby Coconut Body Creme

We all know coconut oil is a miracle product, and CreekBaby’s Coconut Body Creme might be our favorite yet. 

It is 100% pure, organic, unscented coconut oil – not only are there no fragrances added, there is truly no scent – which makes it perfect for mom, baby, and anyone in the family.

We love the Coconut Body Creme because it’s so incredibly versatile and useful. It’s the perfect belly balm for your growing tummy, nursing cream for dry and cracked skin, and diaper rash ointment for your sweet baby.

Some more of our favorite uses? Skin moisturizer, hair conditioner, lip balm, shaving cream, body wash… so many possibilities!

Each of these fantastic products for expectant and new moms have quickly become some of our very favorites, and we know you’ll love them too!

 

Peek Inside the Box: July

Our July Box was packed full of products we are just crazy about! As always, they each focus on the health, encouragement, and well-being of new and expectant mamas.

We’d first love to introduce you to Yorba Organics.

There is so much to feel good about when using Yorba! They truly believe we should know what we’re putting on our bodies – so instead of using chemicals, they only use the best organic ingredients in all of their products. What’s more – each ingredient is ethically sourced and harvested in support of uplifting impoverished communities – incredible!

Our July box featured their Softening Heel and Foot Balm, which is extremely effective in treating foot dryness. It’s made with Mafura, which is easily absorbed into the skin and softens and improves elasticity with its nourishing and moisturizing abilities.

How to Use:

Massage the balm into your feet after a shower, before bed, or as a mid-day pick-me-up. Ultimately, mamas with dry, cracked, and tired feet can find soothing relief in this amazing balm – always a welcomed treat.

The next product featured in our July box is the liquid iron supplement – Blueiron.

We all know women need added iron during pregnancy and beyond, but did you know you may need up to triple your normal iron intake toward the end of your pregnancy? Left untreated, iron deficiency can lead to fatigue, which isn’t something any mama can afford!

The folks at Blueiron wanted to come up with a simple and easy solution, and they truly thought through everything. Blueiron comes in liquid form – so no giant pills that are tough to swallow. And it’s easy on the digestive system – which means it won’t cause the kind of unpleasant side effects (ahem, constipation) that come with tablet-form iron supplements.

And the best part? Each dose of Blueiron contains hand-picked Nordic blueberries – packed with antioxidants and good for brain power (hello, mom brain!). Blueiron is an all-around win for expectant and new mamas!

Next, we want to tell you all about Second Spring Naturals and their Best Day Body Cream.

Carrie is a university educator and mother of three boys who always dreamed of being an entrepreneur. She finally followed her dreams and launched Second Spring Naturals, naming it after the Albert Camus quote:

“Autumn is a Second Spring, when every leaf is a flower”

How inspiring!

Made with a magical blend of coconut, almond and avocado oils, plus shea butter, the Best Day Body Cream is so luxurious!

How to Use:

Apply the Best Day Body Cream to your growing tummy to ease dryness, or use all over as a part of your morning beauty ritual. We can’t get enough of the Bergamot & Grapefruit scent – it’s lovely and light with a hint of citrus.

Last but not least our July box included our Circular Beach Towel

It’s a hot summer, and pregnancy during that time can be a real challenge. What better way to beat the heat than posting up at the pool or beach? This large, geometric print towel is oh-so-soft and wonderfully pretty with it’s fringed edges.

What’s not to love?!

Bummed you missed out on the July box?! Order TODAY with code JULY and you can still receive the box delivered right to your door (psst… use code TAKE10 as well for a special 10% discount).

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My Pregnancy Uniform: Courtney Miller

We spoke with super mom, Courtney Miller, about her self-care routine during pregnancy. Boy, are we so glad we did! Courtney is mom of two darling girls with a third little gal due any day now

What is your daily beauty routine? what products do you use?
With two kiddos and another on the way, I don’t have a lot of time to spend getting ready in the mornings, so I have a pretty laid-back beauty routine. But I do love to make sure my skin is taken care of and feeling fresh! So each morning I rinse my face with water, then I apply Beauty Counter’s Nourishing Day Cream with a few drops of their Lustro Face Oil No. 3 – this leaves my face feeling perfectly moisturized and balanced, and it’s not at all heavy. If I plan to leave the house, my must-have is concealer! I love Eye Duty Triple Remedy by First Aid Beauty – it’s the perfect consistency, and has a cool (literally cool!) metal applicator to help minimize puffiness. After that, it’s a little bronzer and I’m set!
I’m a night showerer, and my shampoo is my one totally non-natural non-organic splurge, but I love it. I use Clairol’s Shimmer Lights – it’s a super fun bright purple color and it helps keep the blonde parts of my hair from getting too brassy. I follow that with Morocco’s Argan Oil Conditioner, and for body wash, I use Method foam. I alternate between two face washes – Beauty Counter’s Nourishing Cream Cleaner for normal skin days, and their Charcoal Bar for days when I want that squeaky-clean feeling.
After my shower, I use Beauty Counter’s Citrus Rosemary Body Oil all over. I’ve found that you either get stretch marks or you don’t, and no specialty product is going to prevent them – but, you can help keep your stretching and itchy skin comfortable, and the Body Oil is perfect for that. Then I apply a light layer of Beauty Counter’s Nourishing Cleansing Balm all over my face and leave it on overnight for extra hydration.
Do you have any beauty rituals you adopted since becoming pregnant?
 For me, this third pregnancy has meant less time and energy, which has meant more of a simple routine – which I love! With each pregnancy I’ve learned to be more content with my body, with my time constraints, and to be kinder with my expectations of myself. That being said, the two rituals I’ve focused on this time around are working out and caring for my skin. I’ve found that if those two things are covered (even if my hair is in a top knot and I’m in workout clothes all day), I generally feel great!
What has been your go-to style during pregnancy? Describe your favorite outfit you’re wearing these days?
With my first pregnancy, I loved to wear skinny jeans and fitted tops, but my body has changed over the years and that just doesn’t feel comfortable to me anymore. These days, I love black Lularoe leggings (they feel like butter!) and a long, flowy tee or tank paired with sneakers or ankle booties. When I need a dressier look, a shift or fitted dress with my lightweight cargo vest, wedge booties, and a long necklace is my favorite! And of course – having my nails painted is always a must!
Are there any particular food or drinks you love to keep you feel good and glowing?
During the first 16 weeks of this pregnancy, I was so sick and could eat nothing by crackers and dry toast, so I feel like I’ve been trying to make up for that ever since! Carbs are my very favorite, but I try to keep them limited to dinner and eat plenty of fruit and veggies during the day. I mix Amazing Grass Green SuperFood into a glass of water – it’s a fantastic way to make sure I’m getting my greens! I’ve also started taking a collagen supplement at night, and I love what it’s doing for my skin. And of course, coffee!
5) What wisdom do you hope to pass down to your little one?
We try to teach our daughters that their true beauty lies in who they are, not in what they look like. We always hope to lead by example in this way, so I never comment about my appearance in front of them. We give them complements on their beauty, but strive to combine those with complements on their hearts and minds as well. We try to remind them daily that loving God and loving people are the most important things we can do as humans – and I hope to pass all of these things along to our third daughter as well.
What advice would you give to other pregnant moms about feeling like themselves and enjoying this time?
Keep it simple! We don’t have to lose our identity completely to pregnancy, but it’s so important to give yourself lots of grace to make adjustments as you go. Sometimes you’ll be too tired to work out, or feel too crummy to eat a salad, and that’s ok! Find the one or two things that help you feel like yourself – whether it’s blowdrying your hair, going for a walk, drinking a smoothie every morning, or throwing on concealer and mascara – and stick with those basics. Your baby will be here before you know it, and your whole world will change in the best way. In the meantime, enjoy your beautiful changing body and be kind to yourself!

Thank you, Courtney! We can’t wait to meet baby #3!