Postpartum Essentials (for the “4th Trimester”)

Have you heard of the “4th trimester?” It’s the months following your baby’s birth when you and your body are still adjusting to not being pregnant. While most of your attention will be on your new beautiful baby and your new family unit, take care of yourself, too! This list isn’t extensive or complicated but will make those first few months all the more enjoyable. … Continue reading Postpartum Essentials (for the “4th Trimester”)

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How to write a natural birth plan that you’ll actually use

Some people don’t want to write anything down and instead have another “plan”: have the baby safely. In some ways I love that attitude, but I also think it’s important to know a little bit about what to expect and decisions you may have to make so you aren’t making a pro/con list in the middle of labor. Or making quick decisions that you might … Continue reading How to write a natural birth plan that you’ll actually use

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New Mom Makeup

I can see the headline now… “New Mom Wears Full Face of Glamorous Makeup, Wins Award for Being Most Ridiculous Amazing Robot Woman Ever!” Hahahah. But seriously. Let’s talk about what (all natural, green/clean, non-toxic) makeup a REAL new mom would wear. Two words: skincare makeup. Two more words: SO TIRED. Okay, back to the makeup. 1. Pick a foundation and/or concealer that has some … Continue reading New Mom Makeup

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Natural Birth Hospital Bag Packing List

*This post may contain affiliate links, which are indicated with an asterisk. The internet can totally use another birth bag post, right? Right? 😉 I spent a bunch of time putting together this list for you guys, because it’s the list I wish I had read when I was pregnant and packing my bag. Here is what I had in my hospital bag for my … Continue reading Natural Birth Hospital Bag Packing List

Third Trimester Pregnancy Essentials

*This post contains affiliate links and I might receive a small commission. Home strrrrrretch! Wahhhoooooooooo! Yes, I think it’s totally okay if you turn into a woo girl at this point (minus the taking shots of vodka part, obvi.) I love the third trimester for lots of reasons not the least of which is that you probably actually look nice and pregnant at this point … Continue reading Third Trimester Pregnancy Essentials

“Inter-nesting” (aka my top websites for preparing for baby)

I’m officially coining the phrase “inter-nesting” (…Internet + nesting? Gosh I love it) … It’s how the nesting/preparing-for-baby instinct can manifest in the 21st century. Sure, you might fold blankets and get the crib ready, too, but hours spent online reading about baby gear and advice from other parents is awesome. And less messy than painting. Here are the sites I visited over and over … Continue reading “Inter-nesting” (aka my top websites for preparing for baby)

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Top 5 Second Trimester Pregnancy Essentials

*Hi friends, just a heads up that this post contains affiliate links, which are indicated with an asterisk like this* After lots of research … and trial and error, here are my top 5 tips for having a great second trimester. Keep in mind that I experienced months 4,5,6 in the middle of summer so some of these might change if you’re 5 months pregnant … Continue reading Top 5 Second Trimester Pregnancy Essentials

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Top 7 First Trimester Pregnancy Essentials

*Hi friends, just a heads up that this post contains affiliate links, which are indicated with an asterisk like this*I am so thrilled to be pregnant with my first baby! My husband and I can’t wait to meet her this fall. I had a pretty really rough first trimester and basically became a nauseated hermit. Morning sickness? Try all-day-all-night-all-the-time-omg sickness. Lovely. I know everyone is … Continue reading Top 7 First Trimester Pregnancy Essentials