Hey everyone! Today I have a post on something very important to me which is ingredients! Especially since being pregnant, I find myself wanting to be extra cautious of what I’m putting on my skin. I chatted with ‘The Choosy Chick’ on what to avoid when looking for skincare. Below are something things to watch out for! I also included a few of my favorite products from their site that I know you will love too. Make sure to check out The Choosy Chick for amazing hand-picked green products! (coupon codes are at the end of post!)
I have been testing out the MUN skincare and it’s worked great with my skin. My favorite from the trio is the Brightening Youth Serum. Especially as we head into the cooler months, I’m loving oils on my skin at night. They pump up the moisture and keep my hydrated until the next day. The Mint Your Feet by Kosmatology has been a lifesaver for my achy preggo feet! It has a soothing blend of essential oils that add a cooling effect. I tend to use this at night when I’m getting ready for bed or watching tv. The Nudus lipsticks intimidated me at first because I thought they would be too dark for my lips. But I has happily surprised once I applied them. They give a more sheer wash of color and are in very flattering shades. My favorite is Naked. Last is the Kari Gran sunscreen. Love! It has more of an oily consistency but rubs right into the skin without leaving a white cast. I can’t go a day without it!
Ingredients to Avoid in Skincare
Most skincare products on the market today contain a cocktail of chemicals that have not been tested for safety and many are linked to hormone disruption, neurotoxicity, fertility problems and cancer. Get to know the ingredients in personal care products and avoid the offenders where you can, even when NOT pregnant. Many ingredients are passed to the fetus in utero, found in cord blood and breast milk. As a result, babies are being born “pre-polluted” with numerous toxins stemming from a variety of sources.
While there are lots of concerning ingredients, here are a few troublemakers for expectant mothers:
Synthetic fragrances often contain hundreds of different ingredients that do not need to be disclosed. Many contain Phthalates (pronounced “thalates”). Dibutyl Phthalate and Diethyl Phthalate are inexpensive chemicals used in plastics to make them more flexible and are also used to make fragrances last longer. They are quickly and easily absorbed through the skin, and in lab experiments have been known to interfere with hormone production, decrease sperm count, and cause developmental defects. The European Union classifies Dibutyl Phthalate as being toxic to the reproductive system because it may cause harm to the unborn child and impair fertility. Diethyl Phthalate is also suspected of interfering with hormone function, causing reproductive and developmental problems, and is linked to early puberty in girls. Avoid the broad term, “fragrance” on ingredient labels and look for products with no scent added, or scented with natural ingredients like essential oils.
According to the Breast Cancer Fund, research has found many of the chemicals in sunscreens disrupt the endocrine system and may play a role in breast cancer development. Oxybenzone is rapidly absorbed through the skin and is linked to hormone disruption and low birth weight in babies. Homosalate, a hormone disrupting UVB blocker is estrogenic. Instead, choose sunscreens with safer mineral blockers like zinc oxide.
Commonly found in hand soap, toothpaste and other products with “antibacterial” properties. According to The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Triclosan can cause endocrine disruption and be especially harmful for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Some studies raise concerns that exposure to Triclosan may contribute to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics. The FDA recently issued a notice that when washing, plain old soap and water is best.
For more information on the toxicity of these and other ingredients, visit the Big Baddies list at The Choosy Chick – thechoosychick.com.
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We have made it to 25 weeks! I just had a check up appointment with my high risk specialist and everything is going perfectly! I feel so fortunate that the babies are both growing at the same pace and we haven’t had any complications yet. With another week comes a bigger belly! I am starting to feel very achy at night and sleep is not so fun anymore. Not many clothes are fitting, so I’ve been living in dresses and pj’s! Don’t be fooled by these shoes, they were not on long! For all you pregnant ladies out there, what have you been wearing? I have been trying to not buy many maternity clothes, but I think that’s becoming my only option! Let me know some of your favorite stores in the comments section.
How adorable is this black heart necklace? I got it from Mejuri and love how delicate it is. I’m all about finding pieces that are versatile and that layer well. This necklace is the perfect addition!I wanted to thank you all for your kind comments on my recent YouTube videos. Your support has helped so much during this pregnancy. I’m so grateful for all of you and am excited to share a new chapter with you once the babies are here!
Our kitchen is finally done! It is so amazing not having contractors come to our home every week to work on cabinets, paint, backsplash…the list goes on and on! So today I lots of pictures and I’ll give you details on everything as well. Let me first say that redoing our kitchen was a lot more work that I had anticipated on! However, I think in the end it was all worth it. I had a vision of what I wanted the end result to look like and it’s just as I imagined. Below are two pictures of what it looked like before the paint and backsplash.
And here is everything after.
Our cabinets are painted with Behr Swiss Coffee (semi-gloss), which is the color of our trim all throughout the house. When they first painted it I thought it looked so bright. But once the backsplash was installed (which is a bright white), the cabinets actually look much more creamy. The counters also look more grey no with everything completed. The counters are quartz and the color is New Carrara from Arizona Tile. We chose to use two slabs because I wasn’t a fan of pre-fab color options. Also, I don’t know if you remember, but we used to have a giant pantry to the left of the stove. We decided we’d rather have more counter space, so we extended the countertops to the wall. Now I use that space so much and I don’t even miss the pantry. Instead we have our spices, baking supplies, vitamins and other things in the two doors to the left of the over. We have all our canned goods and snacks in the drawer below the microwave.
We had glossy standard subway tile installed (non-bevel) with a light grey grout color. Originally we weren’t going to go all the way around the window, but I am so happy that’s what we ended up doing. I think it adds much more of an impact and completes the whole room.
Like I mentioned in my part 1 of the reno, our sink (32 in.) and faucet are both from Kohler. Everyday I love them more and more. The faucet is not only beautiful, but it is so functional. It has an extendable spout and three different settings (normal, spray and one that cleans the bottom of the sink out). I’m really happy I went with an apron front sink. I love how wide it is so I can fit all my pans in it completely and I swear I enjoy cleaning our dishes more now!
It ended up taking around two months to complete everything. Instead of having it all done at once, we wanted to space everything out (cabinets first, countertops next etc.) so we didn’t have to pay for everything all at once. It worked out great because we had a lot of time to decide on the exact thing we wanted done. Overall, I am so pleased with how everything turned out and I am also so thankful we did it all before our twins are born!
Well hello everyone! I’m pretty sure I haven’t posted any outfit pics since being pregnant. Most of that is because I was so sick that I never felt up to getting ready! These photos were taken at the 20 week mark. My belly has really started to pop out and it is so crazy to see. This dress isn’t maternity but is super stretchy so it works! It has become so hard to get dressed in the mornings! Not much is fitting anymore so if you have some maternity websites that you love please let me know! Also, ever since getting this purse I’ve used it every day. It is the perfect size and looks cute with everything!
So many of you know, if you follow me on instagram or youtube, that Andrew and I are expecting twins this December. I wanted to share with you all the details from our Gender Reveal Party that we had about a month ago. We had such a great time celebrating with our friends and family. If you are expecting a baby I would definitely recommend having a party like this because it gets everyone excited.
I bought these large chalkboards from Hobby Lobby and painted the frame white. Then I used chalk board markers to write everything. It was fun to see what everyone predicted our twins to be. *We know that the twins are identical which is why they can only be boy/boy or girl/girl.
For our drink set-up we had a mimosa bar, water, pink lemonade (with blueberries to make it pink and blue) along with iced tea. For the mimosa bar we used mango, pomegranate and orange juice.
These pitchers were my friends but I am pretty sure she got them from Costco.
I really wanted to have a chalk board with some wives tales that predicted what the gender would be. I just googled some popular ones and then circled which ever applied to me. (Not sure if these apply to twins!) For food we had fruit, veggies, artichoke dip, a cheese platter, meatballs and turkey wraps.
I had this cake made for me at a local bakery and I love how it turned out. The cake topper is from etsy along with the cupcake toppers.After we all mingled and ate, it was time for the reveal!! (A friend of mine put the boxes together for us. I gave her the results after a doctor’s appointment, and she was the only one who knew!)
I was so shocked. I really thought we’d have boys. But clearly what do I know?
Here is a video of the day, and you can see us opening the boxes!
Alrighty, so here are a few pictures of our kitchen half way through reno. This is all new cabinets, sink, faucet, microwave and oven. I’m currently in love with our sink. It’s by Kohler and I love how deep it is. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s beautiful! I would highly recommend this sink and faucet. I put together a video so you can see the process of taking out the old cabinets and putting it the new ones. Up next is paint, hardware and backsplash! I can’t wait to show it to you once it’s all finished!
Hey guys! Long time no talk. This pregnancy has put me under the radar for quite some time it seems. The nausea has decided to stick around for longer than I had anticipated which puts things on hold a little longer! I wanted to share with you all a great offer Airbnb is having for San Diego residents this summer. I was excited to partner with Airbnb because I have been using their services for a few years now staying in places from Santa Barbara to Boston. It’s also been on my mind lately because Andrew and I want to do a Babymoon soon and are going to go through Airbnb again. Both Andrew and I are huge fans of it because you really get to experience your vacation in a more authentic way. I love feeling like a local and learning all the best places to go from my hosts.
If you are already an avid using of Airbnb, or even if you aren’t, I wanted to open you up to the idea of hosting one of your rooms or even a few rooms in your home. It’s a way to earn extra income and also meet people from all around the world. If you live within 25 miles of San Diego, they are offering a $200 cash bonus using this link http://airbnb.com/WithKendra and then you’ll need to create your first listing through that link as well.
So if you are looking to earn a little extra money to go on a trip yourself I think this is such a unique way to do it. Plus you can do it around your schedule.
Things to know:
-Airbnb hosts in San Diego can make up to $4,000 per month in the summer!*
-San Diego is a highly coveted vacation spot with a growing demand for hosts.
-If you have open rooms, you might as well make some money off of them!
-People use Airbnb to live like locals and get a different experience.
*Average monthly earnings from top 10% of active San Diego listings June to August 2015. Source Airbnb.
I hope you are all enjoying your summer so far! It seems to be flying by. This has been quite the warm summer too! Andrew and I have been taking full advantage of our pool…and the AC!
I’m sure most of you have heard by now that the Nordstrom sale is in full swing. Early access is available for those with a Nordstrom Debit or Credit Card, until July 21st. Then the sale is available for everyone. The nice thing is a lot of fall items are on sale so you can get a jump start on your shopping. I’ve pulled a few items that are first of all super cute, and secondly, great steals! Have you guys started your shopping yet?
Hey everyone! So our kitchen is currently under construction and it’s madness. Our cabinets are fully installed which is awesome, but our water isn’t connected yet so we have been washing dishes outside which has been lovely. We had our countertop guy come out today to take measurements and everything. I’m in love with the counters we found. They are going to be quartz but the pattern looks so similar to marble I can’t believe it. The company is Arizona Tile and the style is New Carrara. The one I originally chose was way more expensive so I’m glad this guy suggested this brand instead. We were going to just go with pre-fab pieces, but the color selection was so limited. So we decided to spend a little more on fabrication to get the design we really wanted. We also still need to have our cabinets painted and have our faucet installed. Our sink and faucet are both by Kohler and I’m in love with both! I’ll link them for you if you want to see! (sink & facet)
I wanted to share some pictures that have given me inspiration. I can’t wait to share actual pictures of our kitchen with you soon!
I’m excited to share with you all that I am pregnant! My husband and I were so happy when we got a positive pregnancy test! The crazy thing is, at our first doctor’s appointment we found out there isn’t just one baby growing inside of me, but TWO! Now I have a million questions and concerns going through my head at all times of the day. So I wanted to share how I found out I was pregnant and also some of my symptoms. (They have changed drastically!)
Currently I am 9 weeks and 2 days, so I’m not out of my first trimester but it was getting so hard not to say anything. I know it’s a little risky spreading the news a little early but I also was feeling sheltered and on my own. The day I posted on Instagram, I got so many well wishes and great advice from you guys. I think it made me feel better knowing I’m not alone in this and having the support felt amazing.
I ended up taking two pregnancy tests on a Monday, and I wasn’t supposed to start my period until that Thursday. But I had been feeling a little different for a few days. I was very crampy and moody. I usually don’t get cramps until the day before or day off my period, so I knew it was a little odd. I ended up taking my first test (a cheap one from the dollar store) late in the day around 2:30, so I knew the chances of it being positive were low. Yet, two lines filled in right away. I honestly couldn’t believe it. So then, I used one of the more expensive digital tests to make sure. Three minutes later there was a big YES on the screen!
Symptoms weeks 1-4:
-very moody, emotional and easily irritated
-tired around 4
-starving all the time
Symptoms weeks 5-8:
-nauseous throughout the day, comes in waves (NO FUN)
-no food sounds good, but always hungry
-very tired most of day, bed around 9:00
I’m excited to share this journey with you guys and also learn from your experiences! Praying for a safe pregnancy and two healthy babies!