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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Oil Cleansing Method (OCM): How-to with Bump Gloss

If you’ve been following natural beauty blogs, you’ve probably heard about the Oil Cleansing Method. The process is as old as Cleopatra and even Hollywood cuties Ginnifer Goodwin and Zooey Deschanel swear by it.

Well, what is OCM? It’s cleansing your face — brace yourself — with oil.

Now don’t raise that judgmental brow at me. This age-old beauty routine has proven itself time and time again. And upon my own investigation, I’m now a believer! My skin, usually dry and a bit dull, has been LOVING this nurturing oil treatment.

OCM lovers credit the ritual with clearing up greasy, rough and pimply skin, as well as unclogging pores and blackheads. What’s left is clean, rejuvenated, glowing skin — and who doesn’t want that!

So what’s the magic behind this?

The Oil Cleansing Method rests on this simple principle:

Oil dissolves oil.

By massaging oil into the skin, the formula breaks down dirt, makeup and excess oils your skin may be producing.

Instead of boring you with how-to’s that have been so well documented at sites like Almost Exactly, I’m going to focus on why the gentle, nutrient-packed Bump Gloss stretch mark oil is actually the perfect OCM blend for your face!

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While some beauties use simple olive oil or a castor oil mixed with a carrier oil, advanced oil blends give you a host of additional nutrients and benefits.

Here’s what you get with our oil blend for OCM (and why it’ll rock your world!)

First off, always choose the best organic, cold-pressed and unrefined oils you can your hands on. Refined oils are a big no-no because heat destroys all the awesome stuff you want to put on your skin. Here’s the breakdown of Bump Gloss:

Organic Olive OilFull of antioxidants that help repair skin damage from sun exposure, cigarette smoke and other pollutants. Adds elasticity and promotes soft, supple skin.

Organic Jojoba OilGreat for all skin types, especially acne-prone, sunburned or chapped skin. Rich in natural fats that mimic those in the outer layer of skin. Reduces natural moisture loss from skin. Quick absorption.

Organic Borage Seed Oil – Restores dry or damaged skin. Improves the health and appearance of skin. Treats redness, inflammation and moisture loss.

Organic Rosehip Oil – Great for sensitive, normal or dry skin.  Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, non-greasy and easily absorbed. Natural acne and eczema treatment.

Organic Tamanu Oil Great for all skin types. Tamanu oil helps heal scars (including acne scars!), encourages new skin cell growth and is an effective treatment for sunburns and dry skin. Has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbrial and anti-oxidant properties. This stuff is the best! (And the price tag reflects that.)

Organic Calendula Oil – Naturally brightens skin and protects from blemishes. Anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antiseptic. Treats dermatitis, eczema and dry skin.

Organic Avocado Oil – Great for dry and aging skin. Easily absorbed into skin, and great for eczema and psoriasis.

Shea Oil Full of nutrients, including vitamin A, which helps treat blemishes, wrinkles, eczema and dermatitis. Anti-inflammatory.

Apricot Oil – Perfect for dry, aging, oily or normal skin. Light, easily absorbable. Rich in gamma linoleic acid, which helps maintain skin’s moisture balance. Firms and tones skin.

Organic Vitamin E OilMoisturizes, adds elasticity and promotes new skin cell growth. Nourishing, nutritive and perfect for dry, damaged or aging skin.

Now on to the essential oils!

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When using the oil cleansing method, essential oils provide a further enhanced and therapeutic skin treatment. Essential oils are teeny tiny in molecular size, so they can easily absorb into the skin and work their magic.

When shopping for essential oils, you’ll want the purest stuff you can find. Since organic skincare is sort of our thing, we only purchase from ethical suppliers that offer organic essential oils grown without icky pesticides.

As for Bump Gloss, we mix this trio to create the stretch mark oil‘s signature therapeutic fragrance:

Lavender essential oil - Great for oily, aging or acne-prone skin. Promotes relaxation and serenity when used for aromatherapy.

Chamomile essential oilSoothes sensitive, dry and aging skin.

Neroli essential oilRegenerates skin cells for dry and aging skin. Promotes smoother skin; anti-microbial.

A few more notes on the Oil Cleansing Method:

  • Many use castor oil in their OCM blend; however, the jury is out on whether topical application of castor oil is OK during pregnancy. Castor oil makes the OCM blend easier to remove; however, it’s not necessary for an oil cleanse. As always, ask your doctor if you’re unsure.
  • Try Bump Gloss on a small patch of your face to make sure your skin doesn’t react adversely. While the oil blend is great for sensitive skin, everyone reacts differently.
  • If you’re just beginning, do the oil cleansing method every other day to see how your skin reacts. Many do it every night, while others do it once a week. If you have extremely oily or acne-prone skin, you may cleanse every night and taper it off to every few days as your skin clears. The rule here is PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR SKIN!
  • After washing off the oil, many find they don’t need to moisturize. However, if your skin is still a bit dry (like mine), add a couple drops of back of oil back to your face to moisturize.
  • OCM isn’t for everyone. If you decide it’s not for you, Bump Gloss is still perfectly awesome as a facial oil, stretch mark oil or perineal massage oil — a win-win if you ask me!

Have you tried the Oil Cleansing Method? What’s in your OCM recipe? Share below!

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Things to do in your first trimester

Release the balloons: you’re pregnant! Whether it’s been a work in progress or an unexpected surprise, your first pregnancy can be joyous, overwhelming and a bit scary. But fret not, Mama — we’ve been there and live to tell about it…with happy, healthy children in tow.

Five actions to prioritize in your first trimester

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Yay, you’re pregnant! Now what?


1. See your doctor or midwife.
 Whether choosing a midwife or OB/GYN, find a care provider who respects you and your right to informed consent. Keep in mind you don’t have to do it alone. Bringing your partner to prenatal appointments can help him feel more involved throughout the pregnancy and provide you support as well. 

2. Eat for two. This is probably one of the biggest perks of pregnancy, but despite popular belief, “eating for two” doesn’t mean doubling your calories. According to the NICHD, pregnant women only need to increase their caloric intake by about 300 a day! To make those calories count, choose nutrient dense foods that will serve you and your baby. Here are some must-eat foods for your first trimester.

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3. Get off your booty. Keeping fit through pregnancy is basically a win-win for you and baby. Not only will it help you bounce back to your pre-pregnancy bod, it has benefits associated with a healthier pregnancy outcome and even shorter labor. Before you continue with your previous exercise routine or begin a new one, discuss the changes with your doctor or midwife. 

4. Take care of your skin. Unless you’re blessed with amazing genes (in which case, go thank your mother right now!), you’ll probably have to deal with one or more of the following pregnancy skincare issues: acne, melasma (aka “the mask of pregnancy”), itchy skin and stretch marks. Especially with stretch mark prevention, it’s never too early to begin hydrating and adding elasticity to your developing bump. No matter your concerns, choose organic pregnancy skincare that’s safe for you and baby.

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By its very nature, pregnancy is stressful; however, don’t let that affect the health of your baby.

5. Chill outIt’s natural to feel overwhelmed, but stress can negatively affect you and your growing babe. According to Calvin Hobel, MD, vice chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles:

 “What many women don’t realize is that, in and of itself, pregnancy is a stressful event. Your heart rate increases, your blood volume increases, your weight increases, there is additional stress on ligaments and bones. So just the physical aspects of pregnancy can add to your load.”

Stress can increase the risk of low birth weight and premature birth, so give yourself permission to check out and kick back.

What are your top concerns during the first trimester? How have you dealt with stress? Share below!

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Postpartum recovery essentials + checklist

Finally. After 40 weeks of sweat pants, hairy legs,  awkward sleeping positions and intense labor — you’re finally ready to take home your little bundle of joy…hooray!

But if you find yourself overwhelmed with your postpartum experience, you’re not alone. Many first-time mothers are so occupied with planning for their baby’s arrival, that the discussion of after birth recovery is all but forgotten.

While every woman’s birthing experience is different, here’s a list of postpartum recovery essentials to keep in mind. Mamas, take note!

  •  Ask for help, and don’t be afraid to receive it. No one expects you to be Super Mom, and overexerting yourself will certainly delay your recovery. If you have the support, let your partner, family members and friends bring you meals, run to the grocery store or do a couple loads of laundry.
  • Don’t be afraid to say “no.” Naturally, everyone is super excited and can’t wait to meet the little bundle of goodness. However, it’s exhausting to play hostess. Give yourself space when you need it, and your loved ones will understand.
  • Disposable undies are your new BFF. I always advise new Mamas to take a bunch of these home from the hospital if they can — they are great! Postpartum bleeding can last up to six weeks, so avoid the extra laundry and spot cleaning if you can.
  •  Stock up on ice packs incase of tearing during birth or swelling after.
  • Buy some super absorbent pads.  It’s kind of a war zone down there after birth, so be prepared! If your hospital has ‘em, ask for extra thick pads to take home (some women prefer using Always overnight pads — but anything thick, long and absorbent will do the trick). Once the heavy bleeding subsides, thinner pads and panty liners will do.
  • Take some me-time. This may be the hardest lesson new Mamas have to learn. While you may want to be there for every moment, you will quickly wear yourself down being everywhere at once. A big part of recovery is taking care of your own emotional and mental needs. Don’t be afraid to treat yourself to whatever luxuries you can afford, whether it’s a soak in the tub, a massage or catching up on “The Real Housewives…”
  • Take care of your postpartum bod. Whether you have a C-section or vaginal birth, one thing is true: your body is changing once again! It’s critical to begin a healthy after birth diet and proactive skincare regimen during this transitional period. For example, early treatment of stretch marks and C-section scars, will greatly reduce healing time and appearance.

What’s on YOUR postpartum checklist? Share below!

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