Finding products that are good but safe to use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding can be really scary and daunting. I personally really struggle with acne and use to resort to using some pretty powerful skincare products to keep it at bay. However, while you're pregnant, you're suppose to steer clear of products that have retinol in them and my doctor advised me to not use any products that carried more than 2% of salicylic acid. After realizing a lot of the products I were using contained these two things plus some other chemicals that didn't seem all that great for you, I started to hunt for great all natural products to use while I was pregnant, breastfeeding, and even after. After trying and testing a lot of products here is a run down of all my favorites that I personally felt safe using while I was pregnant.
*Please note that you should still check with your doctor to make sure these products are safe for you to use while your pregnant as all pregnancies and women are different.
Osea Blemish Balm
oseamalibu.com - $44
I use this moisturizer morning and night. I use about 3 pumps both times and it's enough to smooth over my whole face and neck. It really goes a long way and the bottle lasts awhile. It also has a nice minty smell to it that is so refreshing. In the spring, summer, and fall when my allergies are really acting up, it also helps to clear up my sinuses a little bit. A perk you never thought your face moisturizer could do!
Up & Up Makeup Remover Wipes
Target - $2.49
I like to take my makeup off right away when I get home for the evening or before I do a work out. I was using the Up & Up Grapefruit Cleansing Wipes for acne before I was pregnant, but since I wanted to cut out salicylic acid as much as possible, I switched to these wipes. They work great at getting my makeup off or just to give my face a nice wipe down if I feel a little oily or dirty.
Osea Ocean Cleansing Mudd
oseamalibu.com - $44
I use this cleanser every night in the shower or just at the sink to wash my face. I use my makeup remover wipes first and then I go in with this cleanser. I wet my face first and then use 3 pumps that I massage in to my face for about 30 seconds. This cleanser also has a minty smell just like the Blemish Balm moisturizer has. So like I said above, very refreshing and great for my allergies!
Aveeno Positively Nourishing Calming Body Wash
Target - $5.99
While I was pregnant I had a real issue with certain scents during my first trimester. Vanilla scented products really made me nauseous and strong floral scents gave me terrible headaches. I had a lot of stuff like this from Bath & Body Works prior to being pregnant and I just had to stop using them because I would really dread showering and feeling even worse coming out of it. I discovered that lavender actually helped ease my nausea, so I tried to find a body wash that was lavender scented and came upon this Aveeno body wash. It smells amazing and feels amazing. My skin is so smooth after using it, too.
Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner
Sephora - $44
I was using this Fresh rose toner long before I got pregnant and was so relieved I could still use it during my pregnancy. It's on the pricier side but it lasts FOREVER! I was actually worried it was going to expire, that's how long I had my first bottle. Even though I have oily skin, hydrating it is still important. If you dry out your oily skin too much then it actually starts to produce extra oil. So this toner was a great way for me to help keep my skin balanced. The roses make it feel extra luxurious, too!
Korres Wild Rose Brightening Eye Treatment
Sephora - $38
Eye cream was so important for me during my skincare regimen while I was pregnant because it really helped with my dark circles. I was zapped of energy like every other pregnant woman out there and my eyes definitely showed it. However, as long as I made sure to use my eye cream I felt like I looked decently awake. This eye cream also really helps with puffiness, too.
Osea Essential Corrective Complex
oseamalibu.com - $32
Thanks to my other Osea products my acne was pretty good during my pregnancy, but if it flared up at all, I could safely use this corrective complex on any pimples. They go away within just a couple of days! It has a little roller for the applicator so it's very easy to evenly spread over any blemishes to get the whole area without having to touch it with your fingers and potentially make it worse.
Lush Mask of Magnaminty
Lush - $14.95
This mask from Lush is my favorite mask, EVER. It smells like peppermint and is so refreshing. It really helps with blemish prone skin and leaves your skin feeling so smooth afterwards. I loved putting this mask on and sitting in a warm bath to help myself relax while I was pregnant.
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion
Target - $8.99
Like I mentioned before I was very sensitive to smells while I was pregnant, so my solution to that with finding the perfect daily lotion to use was to get a scentless one! I used it every day after showering and it is so moisturizing. It definitely helped keep my skin from drying out this past winter.
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks
Target - $5.49
I was so scared of getting horrible stretch marks on my belly and breasts, so I started using this cocoa butter as soon as I found out I was pregnant. I've gotta say, too, it did a pretty good job at keeping them at bay! They sprang up pretty bad on my belly my very last week of pregnancy but with how big Kai got towards the end I think it was inevitable. I never got any of my breasts though and it helped the lighten some that I already had on my thighs. Plus it smells like chocolate! Now that was a smell I was 100% ok with while I was pregnant ;)
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Our little one will be joining our family so soon and we absolutely can't wait! We took these photos with our dear friend Brandie who is the owner and photographer at Bourbon Oak Tree Photography. They are photographs we will truly cherish forever as we can reflect back on this magical time of growing our family. We can't wait to call you an official member of the Cabrera Crew, Nugget! We'll see you very very soon!
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All photos were photographed and edited by Bourbon Oak Tree Photography. Thank you Brandie for these amazing images!
Happy Friday everyone! I have some exciting news...I'm officially full term! Hooray, I'm finally at 37 weeks! I can't express how wonderful it was to wake up Wednesday morning and be able to say that. I want to look back though on these last 8 months and truly appreciate how beautiful they've been, as well as share some stuff with you all from the early days. Obviously I hadn't started Tiny Dapper Fox yet, and we didn't announce that we were having a baby until August! So that is a good solid 2 1/2 month gap from when we found out to when we shouted from the rooftops about Nugget.
The day we found out I was pregnant was one of the best days of our entire life. It was May 24th, and I was 5 weeks pregnant. To rewind slightly, we'll go back to Mother's Day last year. My mother-in-law came to visit us and we spent a day in downtown Chicago showing her around. We were in a cool little shop with lots of cute home goods and one thing that was in there was a little girl's apron. I remember her saying, "hopefully one day I can buy that for you guys!" I kind of nervous laughed and we moved on. Little did she know or anyone for that matter, that we were "trying" to start having a baby. We also really don't like the word "trying," because honestly we just went about our daily lives but without that added protection of the pill. We did our best to be as healthy as possible for ourselves and not stress about it. Anyways, I'll never forget that moment in that store in the city though because I literally thought to myself, "what if I am pregnant!?" And little did I know...I actually was!
Fast forward a couple days, we were at the grocery store and we were walking down the baking aisle. I walked past the pudding section and all of a sudden wanted butterscotch pudding. Caleb looked at me with wide eyes like "umm what?" It's not that I don't like butterscotch pudding but it's something I hadn't had in years and all of a sudden wanting it so badly was a little strange to us. I was due to get my period that next week, and I was having all the symptoms of getting a period too like cramping and being tired. However, those are all symptoms of being pregnant in the early stages, too. We didn't know what to think and at the risk of having our hearts broken we just tried to remain neutral and go about our daily lives.
The day I usually get my period came and went...and then a couple more days went...all of a sudden it was the next week. Due to being a little suspicious, I skipped my Monday yoga class that week (I am a Corepower Yoga member and go to the C2 class, which is set at around 95-100 degrees F) because I know that being dehydrated like that can be harmful in pregnancy, especially the first trimester. A couple more days passed and I was a week late. That was the day I decided to go buy a pregnancy test just to see. I went to Walgreens during my lunch break and picked one out. I mentioned in my Cheers, 2017 post my silly story about how I decided to go with the analog version instead of the digital one because I was 50% convinced that I wasn't pregnant and didn't want to waste the extra $5 (yes...I don't know why $5 was so important to me in that moment?) on a digital test if I wasn't pregnant. I walked over to the checkout and was shaking when I handed the box over. I went home after work and did the thing and we waited. Like I said in that other post, what happened next was so funny. We couldn't read the stick at first. The horizontal line was kind of faint and the vertical line was there. But we were thinking, "do both lines have to be really strong to be positive?" After a few minutes it finally clicked that the vertical line does not show up at all if you're not pregnant. I just remember having tears in my eyes and feeling this incredible blissful feeling washing over me...we we're going to have a baby!
I didn't really know what to do next...I just sat on our bed and called my doctor to set up an appointment. I thought that was a good place to start. Caleb was too excited to remain any kind of calm and immediately called his dad to tell him the news. I was on hold with the doctor while he was telling him. It was so funny and ridiculous but at the same time it made my heart burst that he was so happy that he was going to be a father. We then called my parents and asked them to casually come over for dinner and told them over some steak and lobster rolls. I was so scared that for some reason it wasn't true though and I took another test the next day, but the stick looked exactly the same as the day before...I was officially pregnant!
My first trimester was kind of rough. It wasn't brutal, but it also wasn't a cake walk. Man growing an organ and a human is hard work! I thankfully never got sick, but I did have almost 24/7 nausea for 2 months straight. I honestly think though the only reason I never got sick was because of Caleb. Smells were a huge trigger for my nausea, and since Caleb is the cook in our house, I thankfully never had to really be in the kitchen in the midst of any strong food smells. He also picked up the slack big time with around the house chores. Going up and down flights of stairs always made me feel light headed and brought on more nausea, too, so he did most of the house cleaning and laundry for me. He basically did everything. He was himself and me for 2 months, and I can't begin to tell you how grateful I am for him. The thing that would instantly make me feel better too was Caleb just simply saying "thank you for doing this." I would be crying or curled up in a little fetal position and all it would take was hearing those words to make it all better.
So pretty much the whole story of my first trimester goes like this...I slept and watched all 10 seasons of Friends, twice. That's pretty much it. I'd go days without washing my hair because I couldn't stand standing up to shower for more than 2 minutes and the scent of my dry shampoo made me want to hurl. We'd go 3 weeks without having a load of laundry done before I'd be able to muster up any energy to get it done or Caleb would get around to it. Caleb would tidy up the house but it probably only got properly dusted and cleaned once a month instead of weekly. Poor Wrigley barely got walked and I didn't care if it was raining or sunny out because I spent all of 5 minutes outside this summer. We didn't grocery shop. Caleb would go to the store every day after work to grab whatever I could tolerate. Basically just bread, mac and cheese, watermelon, grapes, and lemonade. Life was a mess. But it was a beautiful mess. So if you're pregnant and in your first trimester right now and you're feeling like you can't do anything right now, that is okay. You're doing an amazing job regardless if you can workout every day or if you sleep 15 hours a day. I was definitely no wonder woman during my first trimester and props to the ladies that can be. If you can't though, don't fret...you're still doing just as good of a job as them! It may not seem like it right now...but I promise you it will get so much better.
The best parts of my first trimester though was the ultrasounds and telling our family and friends. When we got to see the little heartbeat going on the screen for the first time it was indescribable. And the joy and excitement we received from telling all of our family and close friends at get togethers and through FaceTime was just so wonderful. You all kept me going during those hard weeks and I can't thank you enough!
Our biggest family announcement was at our 4th of July BBQ that we hosted at our house for our family. We gathered everyone on our deck before we served lunch and just casually started out by thanking them all for coming over. I started to say how much it meant to me to have them all there because we have something really exciting to share with all of them and then I all of a sudden started crying and Caleb had to take over. Then everyone else was crying and rushing in on me and hugging me. I remember when all my aunts let go and my grandma was standing right in front of me crying with Caleb and I walked over to her to give her a hug. I'm her first grandchild and now I get to give her her first great-grandchild. It is one of the biggest honors of my life.
We also took our big PNW vacation during my first trimester. I don't know how, but I somehow made it through haha. We had to really take it slow but we still had so much fun. And I climbed a mountain, you guys! A MOUNTAIN! Granted it was a small one...but nonetheless I was still pretty proud of myself for doing any amount of physical activity during that time.
When we got back home from our PNW vacation, I was technically entering my 2nd trimester, but I still wasn't feeling stellar. My nausea was easing up a lot but I still had some really hard days. I would say it was completely gone by about week 18. The start of the 2nd trimester also comes with lots of test, too but with every test came good news that continued to make us more and more excited. We opted to do the screening tests for any chromosomal abnormalities for the baby, which came with an additional ultrasound. We received good news that everything looked great, but this is also when we found out that Nugget was appearing to be a boy. We kept the information to ourselves and continued to be completely gender neutral about him even to each other, but it got us pretty excited to potentially know the gender. That ultrasound was at week 13, so it was still VERY early to be able to tell, especially because different body parts can masquerade as reproductive parts at that stage, but to hear the words that it looked like a boy was amazing.
One of the biggest highlights of my 2nd trimester though came at week 17. I started noticing some fluttering in my belly that wouldn't go away when I drank water like it use to. I could feel Nugget moving! I had another appointment at week 18 and when the nurse first tried to check his heart rate with the fetal doppler monitor, he kicked her! It was pretty funny and made me laugh that I had a feisty little one inside me.
Our 20 week ultrasound is when we found out Nugget was a boy...hopefully for sure. I don't want to say 100% because obviously there is always some room for error but since this was the 2nd ultrasound that looked like that, I'm pretty confident we're having a son. We asked the tech this time to not say the gender out loud when she checked the anatomy and instead put what she thought it was in an envelope for us to open up later. We went home after the appointment and opened it up with Wrigley. We wanted it to just be the 3 of us during this incredibly special moment. We opened a cute little paper that said "It's a Boy!" on it and we're so thrilled and excited to know. I could officially start buying cute boy stuff!
The weekend after our ultrasound we hosted our gender reveal party at our house for all of our family and friends. I baked a cake and dyed the frosting blue and bought a cute little "It's a Boy" topper to stick in the cake. We didn't have a box big enough to cover the cake without smudging the frosting, so we ended up having to use this giant storage tub to cover it up haha! We had the cake centered on our dining room table all covered up when everyone arrived. We had pink and blue plates and played a fun little game where everyone had to take a plate for appetizers and the plate color was their guess for if they thought it was a boy or a girl. We revealed the cake right away because we didn't want to make everyone wait forever to get to dessert. A lot of people thought it was a boy, and they were right!
The other highlight of my 2nd trimester was obviously our babymoon in Orlando. We went to Disney World for 5 days and had the best time in the parks and relaxing at our resort. I also got a prenatal massage and we enjoyed afternoon high tea at the Grand Floridian. It is a trip that both Caleb and I will cherish forever. You can read more about our trip in my A Disney Babymoon post!
Overall, my 2nd trimester was the happiest time of my pregnancy. I started feeling like myself again by 18 weeks and barely had a baby bump, so I could still move around and do daily things that needed to get done. All my energy was back, which helped me get back on track and motivated to start prepping the house for Nugget. We started fixing up the nursery the week after we got back from Disney, so the first week of October. It is finally all finished, and I can't wait to share it with all of you!
My 3rd trimester has been pretty great, too. While I feel like a huge waddling penguin these days, I've loved being pregnant. I'm very much ready for the next part, but I am also going to really miss feeling Nugget moving around inside me. It still makes me smile so big. The best parts of this trimester so far have been my baby shower and the holidays.
My mom and aunt hosted my baby shower back in November, and it was such a wonderful day. I was 29 weeks pregnant at the time. It was honestly the perfect time to have it because I still had plenty of energy and wasn't uncomfortably big yet. I had a cute baby bump for all the pictures though! We also received so many wonderful gifts and it's been nice to have everything we need for the baby in case he decides to come early. We have everything organized and washed, all ready for him when he does come. You can read more about my shower in My Baby Shower post.
The holidays have been extra special this year with focusing on Nugget's arrival. It was our last Christmas season just me, Caleb, and Wrigley and we definitely enjoyed doing our traditions we've started over the last few years. We're so excited to include Nugget in them this year and and start new ones with him, too!
As I look back on these last 8 1/2 months it has been the best experience of my life. All the great times far outweigh the difficult ones. What is coming makes every single thing worth it. I always start saying, "I can't wait to meet our baby," but I stop in the middle of saying that phrase because in a way I feel silly saying that. I already know him. We've been together through all of this, so I feel like it's more appropriate to say "I can't wait to see our baby!" That day is quickly approaching and while it is going to be long, hard, and tiring, I know it is going to be one of the most incredible days the Cabrera Crew has ever had.
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Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you all had a safe and happy one and are refreshed to take on 2018! I am obviously so excited for what this year has in store for us. Last year instead of making a resolution or big time goal I tried to focus on a word or mantra to go back to every single day to help better myself in 2017, and that word was balance. It can be really hard to juggle being successful at work, staying healthy, keeping in touch with family and friends, taking care of yourself, having fun, etc, all at the same time. So I tried my best in 2017 to have a good balance between every single thing that was important to me, and I felt that if I could find that balance that I would have a successful year and meet all my internal goals or resolutions that I had stacking up in my head. I definitely feel like I did a great job at finding that balance that was needed as I look back on 2017 because I ended the year so happy and full of positivity. I believe too that having a good balance in my life has greatly helped me through my pregnancy, too. So while I will continue to work on balance throughout my entire life, a new year also comes with the opportunity to add on another mantra or way of life.
So with that being said, the phrase I plan to focus on the most in 2018 is go with the flow. If you don't know me too well or haven't been able to tell already, I'm a very type A person. While I see this as a good thing in most parts of my life because I am very organized and that decreases stress, sometimes I can over plan for things and when those plans don't work out that causes frustration and disappointment. One thing I know for certain that this super type A personality that I have will conflict with is becoming a mom. While I still intend to be organized, get Nugget on a schedule, and plan stuff out, I know nothing when coming to parenting is going to fit in to a nice plan A or a plan B. I want to internally work on letting the need to plan every single thing out go and just go with the flow when it comes to a lot more things in life. Starting with labor...
There's a lot of hype around having a birth plan and you might be wondering what mine is. My "plan" is to deliver a baby. That's it. I don't care what it takes to get him out, as long as we both come out of the experience safe, that is all that matters to me. When it starts, I'm just going to go with the flow. If I need pain meds, that's fine. If I'm doing fine without them, that's fine, too. If I need to be induced or have a c-section, all fine. As long as I can hold our baby at the end of the experience, that's all I want. That's the whole plan. This is a big one to start my go with the flow mentality with, but if I can let go, trust my body, God, and the people around me to get us through this extremely trying experience, I believe I can do it with so many other things in my life like parenting, hobbies, when Caleb and I can go out for dates...anything really.
I feel so good about this mantra and I already know that giving myself grace and openness is going to help me so much to take on my new role as a mother. I am so excited for this year and am really looking forward to what it has in store for us. What are your goals/resolutions/mantras/words of the year? Please leave me a comment below!
As I look back on 2017, I am filled with so much happiness. I spent most of this year pregnant, and I can't believe what a blessing it has been. Excitement, prepping, and waiting have mostly been the name of the game this year, but it's all worth it to make 2018 the best year yet! I wanted to take a little walk down memory lane and share some of the best moments from this year and why I'll treasure every single day of 2017.
Coming off the best baseball year of all time in 2016, going to a couple of Cubs games with Caleb during opening week was so exciting. Even though the Cubs didn't go all the way again this year, it sure was a wonderful season and we had a lot of fun cheering them on all summer long.
Mother's Day weekend was a real sweet one this year. My mother-in-law came to visit us, and we got to show her all around Chicago and Milwaukee. We had one of the best lunches of our lives at Cindy's Rooftop, and I will never forget that lobster roll! I didn't know it at the time but I was barely pregnant with Nugget this past Mother's Day! It was my last one only being a dog mom to Wrigley, too.
Just moments after finding out our family would be growing. Pure, genuine happiness and excitement. This was such a funny moment though. When I went to the store to buy a pregnancy test I wanted to be pregnant so bad but I was so scared that I wasn't. I decided I didn't want to waste extra money and buy a digital pregnancy test. I bought an analog one and thought to myself that if they worked for lots of women before, it'll work for me, too. Well I went home and did my bit (jeez that was the longest 2 minutes of my life!) and when it was time to check it, we couldn't figure it out haha! We we're like two idiots going back and forth between the stick and the box and then it finally clicked that the vertical line doesn't show up at all if you're not pregnant. Well it was clear as day and we we're jumping, cheering, crying, hugging, and Wrigley thought we were absolutely crazy!
Our first trip of the year didn't come until June. We drove out to Michigan for a family reunion and got to spend some time in Detroit. We also got to meet some family we had never had the chance of meeting before and spend time with my dear cousins, aunts, and uncles. Hopefully we'll be having another reunion in 2018 so they can all meet Nugget!
We got to host 4th of July for our family this year at our house and it was our first big summer BBQ with our family at our house. This is the day we chose to announce our big wonderful news to them and it was a day of pure joy!
Our big trip this year was visiting the Pacific Northwest. We started out in Portland, drove up to Seattle, hiked in Mount Rainier National Park, and drove to the end of US RT 12 and down US RT 101 to spend some time near the ocean. My best friend, Ashlyn, lives in Portland and we got to spend a week with her adventuring to all these places! It was my 3rd time out in Portland and 2nd time to Seattle with her but it was Caleb's first! He loved it just as much as I do, and we can't wait to take Nugget in the future!
Finally in August, we announced to everyone that we were having a baby. The month of July was spent telling all of our family and close friends our amazing news. We had lots of great dinners, FaceTime sessions, and visits with all of them talking about our exciting addition to our family. It made the summer so special and exciting even though I was battling through lots of morning sickness from my 1st trimester.
Finding out Nugget was a boy was one of the best moments of the year and of our lives, honestly. We actually knew he was going to be a boy before our gender reveal party. We decided that the way we wanted to find out was at home, just me, Caleb, and Wrigley. We went for our 20 week ultrasound and asked the tech to write the gender down and put it in an envelope. Everything looked great on the ultrasound and we looked away when she was checking that part of his anatomy. When we got home from the doctor, we sat down in our living room and opened the envelope. We pulled out a small piece of paper that said "It's a Boy!"
Last minute, we decided we wanted to take a babymoon, and we chose our favorite place in the whole world, Disney World! We spent our 2nd anniversary there and had the time of our lives. It was the break from reality that we needed. My 2nd trimester was the happiest time of the year for us and a big part of that was thanks to this trip. It refreshed us and we came home ready to fully prep for Nugget's arrival.
My baby shower that my mom and aunt hosted for me was such a special day. I was so overjoyed by all the love that our family and friends showed us and was so grateful to everyone who travelled and came to celebrate Nugget with me. I'm also so blessed that I get to share this experience with my mom and grandma. I made her a grandma and now I get to make her a great-grandma!
The holidays are such a special time of the year, and we we have been blessed to be able to spend it with our family. My father-in-law came to visit for Thanksgiving and helped us host another successful holiday at our house. We've been enjoying Christmastime in our home and making the final preparations for Nugget to join us!
I loved 2017 so much, but I can tell I'm going to love 2018 even more! Cheers to a new year everyone! I hope it's a great one filled with love, happiness, and balance. My goal or resolution for 2017 was finding a good balance of all things in my life, and I think I found that. I have a big challenge ahead that is going to rock that balance but life would be boring without challenges, and I'm so excited to take on this new one!
I’m Diana; curator & author of Tiny Dapper Fox. Here you’ll find posts on motherhood, home life, travel, & fashion/beauty as well as City Guides for places all around the world. Make yourself cozy and let’s be friends!
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