Peek-a-BOO: Halloween costumes for pregnant Mamas

‘Tis the season for changing leaves, butternut squash soup and spOoOkiness!

With Halloween just a couple weeks away, it’s time to use your baby bump to your full advantage — with fun and wacky costumes of course! Whether you choose to use body paint or don face paint, make sure you use the same caution as you would with your non-toxic pregnancy skincare.

Just because a face/body paint is labeled “safe” or “toxin-free” doesn’t mean it won’t irritate your skin. Before putting on your ensemble, test the body paint on a small part of your body first, and  immediately wash off and discard if irritation appears.

Now with our safety PSA over, let’s look at some of our fave Halloween costumes for pregnant moms!

1. A spooky mummy

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If you’re short on time, this is the perfect quick and easy Halloween costume for a pregnant Mama! Here’s an expecting Jessica Simpson sporting a similar full body version:

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2) Pot o’ Gold Belly Bump

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Feeling lucky? Dress up your bump as a pot of gold! We love her awesome rainbow wig and jingling coins. Perfect for a couple or solo act.

3. Trucker Mama

 

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Grab a trucker hat, mustache, beer can annnnnnd voila — your Halloween costume is done! Comfy, easy and funny. If you’ve got a partner, we love this hilarious  pairing below.

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4. Troll Doll (for all your 90s Mamas)

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For all you 90s ladies, this one’s a creative throwback. Still as strange and creepy as it was back then, this Halloween costume will surely turn some heads!

5. Zombie Baby Bump

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If you’re more for gore, check out how these Mamas outfitted their bumps. We always love a good Day of the Dead face make up (above), and the breaking through baby (below) never fails to give us the heebie jeebies.

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6. The Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball” Mama

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For pop culture divas with a sense of humor, you can’t get much better than this Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball” costume. To complete this Halloween look, you’ll definitely need to get that tongue wag down .

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All you need to know about toner

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We all know the importance of cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing — but what’s the deal with toner? Many women don’t understand the role of toner in a regular skincare regimen — often discarding it as unnecessary. However, a well-formulated toner can be critical to healthy, glowing skin.

What is toner?

A toner is a beauty aid that can be broken down to a few different categories, depending on what the product does: traditional toners, astringents and fresheners.

Traditional toners soothe skin with a combination of moisturizers, oils and extracts. Astringents are usually alcohol based, and tighten pores while removing oil. Fresheners tighten pores as well, relying on alcohol alternatives such as green tea.

How do I use toner in my skincare regimen?

Incorporating a toner into your daily skincare plan is easy as 1-2-3.  (Like, seriously — it’s super fast. Swipe, swipe…done!) Once you find the right toner for your face, your updated beauty regimen should go something like this:

1) Cleanse. Gently pat face dry.
2) Tone. Apply a moderate amount of toner to a cotton ball or cotton round, and gently wipe face in upward motions. Allow to air dry.
3) Moisturize.

Which toner is best for me?

Choosing the right toner is a wee bit trickier than it sounds. We formulated our pregnancy-safe toners with non-toxic ingredients to combat common skin problems both pregnant and non-expecting Mamas face.

Evaluate your skin’s needs to determine which toner will work best for you.

1) The Spoiled Mama’s Calm Toner

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This alcohol-free toner restores skin’s natural pH balance, which can be disturbed by harsh cleansers. Using citrus aurantium dulcis distillate, a fragrant orange blossom extraction that detoxifies congested skin and soothe dryness. Also features black willowbark, which has naturally occurring salicylic acid to fight pregnancy acne. 94% organic content.

Good for: 

  • preventing acne
  • tightening pores
  • detoxing overworked skin
  • reducing puffiness
  • sensitive skin
  • removing residue
  • irritation

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2) The Spoiled Mama’s Hydrate Toner with cucumber & aloe

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This alcohol-free toner tightens pores and restores skin’s natural pH balance. It features cucumber sativus, an extract that helps soothe, calm skin irritation and relieve puffy skin. Meanwhile, tea tree, black willowbark and witch hazel help prevent and treat pregnancy acne. 96% organic content.

Good for: 

  • tightening pores
  • preventing and treating acne
  • all skin types
  • reducing inflammation
  • removing residue
  • refreshing skin
  • soothing irritated or puffy skin

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2) The Spoiled Mama’s balanC for brighter skin

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This best-selling toner with Vitamin C helps prevent pregnancy acne and pimples, while fighting sun damage and free radicals. Geranium oil, a natural astringent, helps tone skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The amazing toner prepares skin for treatment, so serums absorb more effectively.

Good for: 

  • preventing and treating acne
  • reducing fine lines
  • fading dark spots
  • promoting cell health and regeneration of new cells
  • fading acne scars

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Do you regularly use toner in your beauty regimen? Did you notice a change in your skin after regular use? Share below!

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Pregnancy dates before baby comes

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Once you find out you’re preggers, life can quickly spiral into a baby black hole. While planning for your baby’s arrival is certainly exciting, it’s just as important to set time aside for yourself, your partner and your pals before the little one arrives!

Here are some fun date ideas to check off before delivery day:

QT with your besties. You can do any of the following activities by yourself or with your partner, but don’t forget your best buds too! Once the baby arrives, it will be that much harder to get away for a girls’ night or bonding time.

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Cook together. Even if you’re not a great cook, everyone loves to eat. Cooking with your partner can be a fun, experimental activity that promotes creativity and cooperation. If you need some direction, check out a cool local cooking class or browse yummy recipe sites for inspiration.

See a live show (comedy, theater or music). Take your mind off baby shower planning and baby names for an evening, and indulge in some laughs, music and culture. Even if it’s amateur night at the local comedy club, it’ll be a good opportunity to just focus on yourself.

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Go to a sports game. Head out with your sweetie to root for your fave sports team. Bonus points if you paint your belly.

Try a new restaurant. Go and splurge on some delicious food, Mama. Children are notoriously picky eaters, so this may be one of your last chances to head out on a super adult, spendy date. Live it up!

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Go to the movies.  The reality is you’ll mostly be limited to Disney and Pixar movies for the next 13 years, so why not go on a good ole’ date at the movies? Extra large popcorn, please.

Sensual at-home spa. Before full-fledge parenthood hits both of you, why not enjoy some personal alone time together? Bust open your Bump Gloss (it’s not just a stretch mark oil, Mamas!) and take turns giving each other fun and relaxing rubdowns. If your edema is kicking up, use the Aloe Leg Gel with its refreshing cucumber scent to help relieve swollen legs and ankles.

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Museum date. Looking for a fun daytime activity? Head to your local museum for some quiet reflection time. This is awesome to do by yourself, with a buddy or your partner.

Take a road trip (and go off the grid, if you can). There’s nothing more freeing than hitting that dusty road for an adventurous road trip. Whether you’re visiting old friends or exploring a new locale, it’s all about the journey!

Mini-golf or day at the arcade. There’s probably nothing more charming than mini-golfing with your sweetie or playing Whack-a-Mole with your best buds. Take a breather and enjoy this old fashioned date.

What’s on your list of favorite pregnancy dates? Share below!

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Pantone nursery ideas for 2015

Prepping the baby nursery for your little one’s arrival is probably one of the highlights of pregnancy. But just fifteen minutes scrolling through nursery inspiration on Pinterest can leave a Mama feeling overwhelmed, grouchy and ready for a nap!

Love this palette, inspired by Pantone's "Past Traces" color collection for 2015.
Love this palette, inspired by Pantone’s “Past Traces” color collection for 2015.

 

Choosing a color palette is one of the first (and probably hardest) decision in planning a baby nursery, so we’re turning to Pantone — arguably the world’s most acclaimed group of color experts — to guide us through nursery friendly color ideas for 2015.

While we’re a bit early for their infamous Color of the Year announcement, the color gods have issued a statement for the hit hues of the upcoming year.

Let’s have a look!

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Vegan & vegetarian diets during pregnancy

Just as your skin changes throughout pregnancy, your dietary needs will also need adjusting. For vegan or vegetarian Mamas, a healthy (and scrumptious) pregnancy is achievable with a lil’ information and meal planning.

Beginning in your second trimester, it’s time to pack on the extra calories and nutrients for your growing baby. Just as you’d choose toxin-free pregnancy skincare, shop for organic, local and seasonal veggies to get the best flavor and avoid harmful pesticides.

Depending on your dietary restrictions, you may choose to alter some of our suggestions below.

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Protein: Three servings of proteins a day are recommended to pregnant Mamas. And luckily for vegans and vegetarians, there’s plenty of ways to get this vital nutrient.  Look for legumes (soybeans, chickpeas, assorted beans), nuts and seeds (walnuts, pistachios, cashews, peanut butter) and hearty whole grains (brown rice, whole grain cereals, barley, quinoa).

Another fantastic way to get protein is with soy. Versatile and ranging in different textures, there’s surely a soy product you’ll fall in love with. From soy chips to steamed edamame and hearty tempeh, this otherwise bland bean can be prepped in lots of creative dishes.

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Calcium: Drink or eat four servings of calcium to ensure you’re  getting 1200 mg. of calcium in your daily diet.

If you’re lactovegetarian, feel free to guzzle down milk for this part. But if you’d rather stay away from the dairy, pour a glass of calcium-fortified orange juice, snack on almonds, soy products or sesame seeds. For leafy greens, turn to arugula, spinach or collard greens.

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Iron: Chow down at least three servings of iron daily to ensure you’re getting the recommended 27 mg. of iron in your diet.

To load up on the iron, add these items to your grocery list: spinach, Jerusalem artichokes, lentils, collard greens, pumpkin seeds, barley, prunes and broccoli rabe.

Since iron is difficult for even meat-eaters to get, your practitioner may advise you take iron supplements as well.

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Vitamin B12: Consume at least one source of B12 a day.

Since B12 is mainly found in meat products, vegetarians and vegans are at risk for not getting enough of this vital nutrient. If you consume dairy products, get your B12 fix through milk, yogurt and cottage cheese. You may also choose to nibble on swiss cheese, which is a rich source of B12. And don’t forget the nutritional yeast, as well — it’s the perfect topper on veggies, stews, rice and even popcorn!

For vegans, pick up tempeh or a box of crunchy cereal fortified with B12. Likewise with iron, your practitioner may insist you take B12 supplements as well.

What’s YOUR favorite nutrient-rich vegan or vegetarian food? Share fave dishes and recipes below!

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