Beauty

The Body Products I Used This Pregnancy

Mary Conley maternity Pregnancy safe skincare is one of the first topics of conversation when you find out you’re pregnant. As we know, what we put in our bodies is just as important as what we put on our bodies. Our bodies need a lot of TLC during pregnancy, not just our faces. We all worry about stretch marks, loss of elasticity, and moisture loss and there are definitely ways to help with those areas of concern. I wanted to share some pregnancy-safe body products I have enjoyed using to help with stretch marks and what I used to help with restless legs at night!

Mary Conley maternityDuring my first and second pregnancies, I used Palmer’s Cocoa Butter. It was easy to find at any store and I knew the brand. I had thought about using the fancier brands just because but knew that was silly- even though those products smell really nice! I’m still primarily using Palmer’s but I have also been using a couple of other products mixed into my routine.

When I travel I don’t like to take the lotions in case they spill/explode on the flight. I like to pack the butters and balms when I travel. During this pregnancy, I was introduced to Bamboobies. Bamboobies is also sold around most stores, like Target, and is easy to find. I prefer the texture of Bamboobies Belly Balm over Palmer’s Tummy Butter so I opted for Bamboobies for the few travels I had this summer. The Bamboobies Belly Balm is a bit lighter and easier to get out of the container. The Palmer’s Tummy Butter is harder and I felt like you needed a lot more heat to get it to rub into the skin. I also don’t love the cocoa smell of Palmer’s but it has never made me nauseous. This leads me to my next product.


Mary Conley maternityOk, so this next one is a splurge and I was introduced to it from The Skinny Confidential. It is Elemis Japanese Camellia Body Oil Blend. Camellia oil is great for the body, hair, and skin, whether you are pregnant or not. This has such a wonderful scent that isn’t too strong. Throughout my pregnancy, I would use one pump of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Lotion with a handful of drops of Elemis Camellia Body Oil. The smell of the oil takes out the cocoa smell from the lotion and just feels so much better. I love that I can use Elemis Body Oil after I have the baby also. It’s a treat to be able to apply it after I shower which is definitely something everyone deserves!

Mary Conley maternityLastly, I want to quickly mention 8 Sheep Organics. I had often talked on social media about how I had really bad restless leg syndrome (RLS) and was wearing a variety of compression socks that was helping a little. Someone had suggested I try 8 Sheep Organics, a product to help reduce leg cramps and help with RLS. It also relieves lower back pain and joint pain, calms your mind and body, and moisturizes your skin. I felt like a combination of this product and the compression socks were game-changers for me. I have to say, I never got a Charlie horse this pregnancy!

I’d love to hear what your pregnancy skin remedies are!

Live votre rêve!

Fashion

My Picks || Sephora Beauty Insider Sale 2020


Unfortunately, I am late to the Sephora Beauty Insider Sale and I am definitely kicking myself. I missed out on a few items like my favorite lipgloss that was out of stock but I still got loads of great items. You have until May 1st do get your discount depending on your member status. If you aren’t a Sephora Rouge, VIB or Insider Member, click here to join.
Since I left most of my main beauty staples in Utah I have been in need of replacing them. I have some products that stay in Ohio and some products that stay in Utah but I like to bring my current favorites with me. We were only planning on being in Ohio for 2 weeks so I just planned on getting by with my basics that were already here. Now that it has been 6 weeks I’m ready for my favorite products!

The Sephora Beauty Insider Sale is always the perfect time to stock up on skincare products, makeup, luxurious items that are a bit too expensive (hello sale!), or items you have been wanting to try. I am breaking down this post by items I already own and love as well as items that are new that I am excited to try. To see which items I have already purchased I logged into my Sephora account and viewed my purchase history. This allowed me to see everything I have bought in the past and, more importantly, what shade I bought it in.
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Items I Have and Love // 
Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil – I got this face oil a while ago and still have it. I use it a lot more now that I live in Utah because my skin is drier. I also like my foundation to be lightweight which is usually why I use a tinted moisturizer and save my foundation for photoshoots and events but adding a drop or two of this face oil to my foundation makes my skin feel much more moisturized for every day.

Buxum Mini Top It Off Plumping Lip Gloss Set – The Buxum lipgloss I usually order was out of stock but I saw this mini set available so I added it to my cart. I like all the colors in it and I actually like mini size lipglosses because they fit in my purses, pockets, and car better.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer Mini – I used this concealer all winter long and actually used it all up which never happens! I used it all up because this is the mini size. This size is perfect for one season, by the time I run out my skin color has slightly changed so it is perfect timing. I ordered this mini concealer one shade darker than the one I owned before to get me through spring.

Benefit Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel – No surprise I don’t leave the house without applying this eyebrow gel. I have a few of the mini brow gels which are great to keep in my car and in my purse. I just order the regular size brow gel to keep in my makeup drawer.

Too Faced Diamond Highlighter – The highlighter I have been using (and still have plenty left but it is in Utah) is Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter and I really like it. I also like to try new things and I’ve always like Too Faced so I am excited to give this one a try.

Invisibobble Sprunchi Scrunchi – This scrunchi was near the checkout line and I thought I’d give it a try and I’m so glad I did. I use it at night to put my hair up when I don’t want a crease.

Glow Recipe Blueberry Gentle Cleanser – I use this as my summer cleanser. I noticed it left my skin a little dry during the winter months.

Fenty Universal Lip Luminizer – This lipgloss is so beautiful on so many different shades of skin. It has the perfect amount of shimmer and isn’t too sticky on your lips.

Drunk Elephant Night Serum – I am on my 4th bottle of this stuff. This is one product I definitely use religiously and if you are going to splurge on something while you can get it on sale, make it this serum!

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New Items I Want To Try //
Farmacy Daily Greens Oil-Free Gel Moisturizer with Moringa and Papaya – With warmer weather here I really wanted a lightweight moisturizer for daytime. This product can be used AM and PM but I’m going to continue using my heavy moisturizers for PM and save this for the AM.

Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation – this is the one item that I really want to try but I didn’t order it. I already have a few foundations that I want to use up before I add any more to my drawer but I love the idea that this is a serum which makes me think it would be lightweight which I prefer.

Shisheido Benefiance Wrinkle Smoothing Eye Cream Set – A good eye cream was very high on my Sephora Sale list. I have been using a depuffing cooling eye cream which I love for the morning but I wanted something to help more with fine lines and wrinkles for my evening eye cream. I am all about kits, especially when I want to try something new. In this eye cream kit, you get an eye cream, day cream and one pair of the retinol express smoothing eye masks, which I’ll have to save till I’m done nursing this baby.

Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Firming Eye Gel Cream – I deleted this item from my cart at the last minute because I already had an eye cream in my cart. This lifting eye gel cream is a fragrance-free natural lifting eye cream that sounds right up my alley. I’m sure I’ll be ordering this before the year is over.

Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Spot Brightener – I ordered this strictly because I read on spreadfashionblog.com that she used it twice daily on fresh acne dark spots and it really worked for her. Since being pregnant I have had a lot of breakouts on my face and even if I don’t pick at them I am still left with a dark spot. I cannot wait to try this!

Ouai Shampoo and Conditioner for medium hair – All the Ouai products I have used I have really liked and I love the packaging. These bottles won’t be an eyesore in the shower and I’ll enjoy looking at them as much as I will using them.

Drunk Elephant Vitamin C Serum – I didn’t order this product because I have plenty left of the vitamin C serum I am currently using. I heard the Drunk Elephant option is just as good as the Skin Ceuticals C E Ferulic and also almost 1/3 of the price! If you’ve been wanting to try Skin Ceuticals but can’t find it in your budget try the Drunk Elephant option. When I run out of the one I am using I will definitely be replacing it with this one.

Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara – Can’t explain why I want to try this mascara when I love the one I already have. This mascara is made with beeswax and shea butter and 99% natural which I am curious about!

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Nail Polish – This brand of polish has been used on me at a salon but I’ve never purchased it. This polish is 7- free which is always a plus when I paint my nails now that I am pregnant. I love this color, Above the Clouds, too and thin it will be so pretty for spring and summer.

Fresh Sugar Hydrating Lip Palm in Peach – I am a fan of Fresh Sugar but haven’t used their lip balm before. It’s currently warm and sunny and my lips are dry and this just sounds good to me right now!

I’d love to know what your favorite Sephora purchases are! Leave a comment below!

Live votre rêve!

Family

My Birth Story || Myles Alex

newborn photo shoot

This blog post is from the delivery story from the birth of my first son, Myles Alex Conley, in 2016. I started to write the birth story of my second child when I realized I never wrote one for my first!

My deliveries could not be more different. I experienced a Cesarean (c-section), not by choice, with my first child and a VBAC (vaginal birth after Cesarean) with my second. I had heard before having my first baby not to make a birth plan because the chances of it going as planned were slim and I would only get let down. I had a little plan in my head because that’s how I work but it was simple and I had an open mind to any changes that might happen. Of course, I wanted to get my baby in my arms the safest way possible.

With my first pregnancy, I was really looking forward to delivering my baby. I worked out my whole pregnancy, I was healthy and strong and my body was made to do this. I was going to get an epidural and push my baby out. I knew I wanted an epidural because I wanted to enjoy the delivery process and not be in excruciating pain the whole time. Baby boy had been measuring big throughout my whole pregnancy. I didn’t want to go past my due date because I was afraid if he was too big I wouldn’t be able to push him out, he would get stuck and I would have to have a c-section. Well, that is exactly what happened. The one thing I imagine every women really does not want is to go into labor and to have a c-section.

A lot of women are dilated towards the end of their pregnancy, whether it’s 1 cm or 4 cm. I was only a 1/2 cm 3 days before my due date and the baby was measuring big. Due to Myles’s size I was scheduled to be induced the day after his due date. The idea of being induced sounded awful because you start things the night before you plan on having your baby and it’s a long process but I wanted to be safe. Another reason I didn’t like scheduling an induction was that knowing when labor was going to start made me nervous. The whole idea of being in so much pain is a little scary and I prefer to let it just hit me when I’m not expecting it.

At 5:30am, the morning of Myles’s due date, I unexpectedly experienced my first of many contractions. I could not believe I was going into labor on my own and I was so excited. At first, I thought I was just having some cramping but after counting and keeping track I knew I was in labor and I needed to get ready. After walking around, packing my hospital bag (I’m a last-minute type person), and trying to eat I decided to wake up my husband and get this show on the road. Actually, I still wasn’t ready because knowing the next time I’d be home I was going to be a mom and have a baby and life was going to be so different made me emotional. I wanted to take the dog on one last walk and finish little things around the house that I feared I’d never have time to do with a newborn.
It was around 8:00 am once I got to the hospital I was 3 cm dilated so I was admitted to labor and delivery. We called our parents and family to let them know the good news. Before we even left for the labor and delivery room there was a drop in the baby’s heart rate so they hooked me up to an oxygen mask and had me move into a couple of different positions until everything was back to normal. That was scary but since it was my first time in labor I didn’t know what was normal and what wasn’t and knew I needed to stay calm. Once I was in the labor and delivery room I got really bad chills. I could not keep my body from shaking. My mom told me she got the chills after delivering so I was prepared for that but not during labor. The shivers were only an issue when they told me to stay still while I got my epidural. I was 4 cm dilated when I got my epidural and I don’t remember much about it. I remember sitting on the side of the bed, hunched over, hugging the nurse and shaking/shivering like crazy. I remember thinking it didn’t hurt at all and getting my IV hurt way worse.

Once my epidural kicked in I decided to try and get some rest so I rolled over on my side to get comfortable. Baby boy did not like that. There was a drop in his heart rate and a team of doctors and nurses came rushing in, there were more than 10 medical staffed people in the room, an oxygen mask was placed on my face once again and I was getting flipped left, right, and on all fours, I felt like a rag doll. Things definitely weren’t going well and I was trying to make eye contact with Michael who was behind all the staff. He had a worried look in his eyes and I was terrified but knew I needed to stay calm to help my baby. I had my epidural, my IV, the internal fetal heart rate monitor, and the oxygen mask, there were wires and cords everywhere and I was getting flipped left and right leaving me to be all tangled. Keep in mind I had an epidural so I couldn’t really move my body myself. I could slightly but it was the medical staff that was moving me.

The doctor broke my water to see if that would help and I honestly don’t know if it did. I know that was one of the grossest feelings in the world and at some point Myles’s heart rate returned to normal and the machines stopped beeping and the staff left. Michael and I were no longer interested in resting. We were trying to process what just happened and what to do next. The doctor told us we needed to really consider a c-section since this was the second time the baby’s heart rate had dropped. What we came to find out, was that the baby wasn’t handling the really strong contractions or contractions that were really close together. My body also was not progressing. I had been at 6 cm dilated for hours and it was now 6:00 pm. I couldn’t be given Pitocin or anything to speed up labor because it was the labor itself causing the baby to go into distress. Not long later the machines started beeping again, an even larger staff of people rushed in, I was hooked up to oxygen and tossed left and right until the baby’s heart rate was stable. We made the decision to have a c-section because that was what was safest for Myles.

We were told I would get wheeled into surgery and Michael would get scrubs on and we would meet up once I was prepped. I hated that. I was nervous and anxious and now I was being separated from my husband. Once I got to my new room in surgery I was lying down flat with my arms out to a T and my legs in a diamond shape. I felt like a frog that was about to get dissected in biology class. I was still shivering so warm blankets were placed over my arms. I met an anesthesiologist and he explained what he was going to do. Since I had an epidural no additional needles were needed. I was still shivering really badly and he gave me something and it stopped almost immediately, I don’t remember what it was or why I couldn’t have had it earlier but I felt much better. Before the anesthesiologist left he applied pressure to my belly and asked when I stopped feeling the pressure to make sure everything was working properly.

All of a sudden I felt extremely nauseous. I was told that would be a side effect and I asked the nurse what I should do, she told me to tell her when I felt sick. I was like, “I feel sick right now!”. Being stuck on my back with my arms stretched out to my sides all I could do was turn my head and just in the nick of time a nurse was there with a bag. That was awful and I even had to ask her to wipe my face for me. Finally, I started to feel better, I was no longer shaking and Michael finally came in ready to go with a hair net and everything. He sat next to me behind the curtain. There was a little window in the curtain so I could see when they started to pull the baby out. There was so much pressure it was very uncomfortable, it wasn’t painful, just uncomfortable. Myles was really low in the birth canal since I labored for so long before the surgery started so there was an extra amount of tugging and pulling.

Once the pressure stopped I immediately heard crying and I started to cry. Above the curtain, a little (actually kinda big) baby popped up and I got my first look at my son, he was then taken to the side to get any fluids suctioned out. They cleaned and measured him, wrapped him up, and handed him over to Michael. I could not stop crying. I was so relieved and excited and I just couldn’t believe I was a mom, we were a family. Michael sat next to me with the baby while I got put back together. After I was stitched up they put Myles on my chest and wheeled me to recovery where I got to bond with the baby and finally do skin to skin. Michael went out to share pictures with our family and to update them on my recovery. While Michael updated our family my b0nding with Myles took off, he was rooting around and I was able to try and nurse and he latched on right away and it was the most perfect moment and beautiful experience.  Myles was born shortly after 7 pm and I didn’t see my family till after 10 pm! Once they started to come into the room I started crying all over again. I was so happy and overwhelmed.

I stayed in the hospital for four days. I was scared to go home because I didn’t know what to do. At the hospital I was changed, cleaned, fed, the baby was changed and cleaned. All I had to do was feed the baby and recover. Recovering was no joke at first. I couldn’t laugh at all because the incision hurt so badly, I couldn’t sneeze or cough. I could but it hurt soooo bad. Walking was a challenge as well as going to the bathroom but each day got better and better. When I got home the dog was so happy to see me I was very protective of my incision but then he bumped into me and I thought I was ripped open, I had to go to my room and cry. I didn’t want to alarm anyone but I needed a moment to myself. My first full day at home my mom, sister, aunt, and I walked to Starbucks while Michael stayed home with Myles. It was the slowest walk I had ever been on but it felt so nice to get out and about again.

The hardest part with this delivery was the emergency part, I think if you were to have a scheduled c-section it wouldn’t be so bad. What I hated the most was having to wait to do skin to skin. In the end, our beautiful boy is here, he is now days away from turning 2!

Up next is Noah’s birth story.

Family

A Successful Way To Wean Nursing

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As my pregnancy comes to an end I have started thinking about what it’s like to have a newborn. I haven’t put too much thought into it because I get a little overwhelmed at the thought of managing 2 kids, the sleepless nights, the painful breastfeeding, all the hormonal changes and my new body. I’ve thought a lot about nursing because I am assuming it will be the same experience as I had with Myles but I’m now reminding myself that this is a different baby and a different pregnancy and things might not be as easy.
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I’ll get to how I successfully weaned my first child in the next paragraph but I wanted to give you a little preface of how my nursing journey began. I was very fortunate to have a great milk supply. I developed colostrum early on in my pregnancy and was leaking it at 6 months! I was always finding little marks in my bras. I wasn’t able to do skin to skin right away because I had an emergency C-section but as soon as I got to hold him I put my new little baby on my chest and he immediately started rooting around with his mouth open. The nurse said I could see if he wanted to nurse and within 10 minutes of me holding him for the first time I was feeding him! Of course, I felt like I was doing it perfectly but once the lactation consultant came in she had a few tips and tricks for me that were very helpful! Eventually, I got Myles feeding on a great schedule, he would nurse 4 times a day every 4 hours (9am, 1pm, 5pm, and 9pm) and would sleep through the night (thanks to this book!!).
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Time to wean! A lot of people are curious about how long mothers plan on breastfeeding. My goal was to make it a year. Not that once I got to a year I was going to suddenly quit because I reached my goal, that was my ideal minimum. The summer Myles turned one I had a lot of trips planned (6 out of state weddings in 5 weeks!!) so being away from him was going to help the weaning process. The great thing about making it through the first year is that your baby can then have whole milk so there is no need to buy formula.

As I mentioned before, Myles was only nursing 4 times, every 4 hours during the day and sleeping through the night. The day after his first birthday I cut out the 3rd nursing feeding for a bottle of whole milk and breast milk. I did 3/4 breast milk from my frozen stash and 1/4 whole milk and eventually, the bottle became all whole milk over a 2 week time. I chose his 3rd feeding because I felt like his 4th and final feeding of the days wasn’t enough for him, especially since we would be going 12 hours until his morning feed. Myles was eating plenty of solids so he had plenty to eat throughout the day and I never felt like he was going to bed hungry, I just felt pretty empty at that last feeding, a little too empty. Taking away that 3rd feeding gave me 8 hours of milk production. I didn’t pump because that wouldn’t help my body learn how to slow down the production. I had heard it can be painful weaning and I wanted to avoid that.

Two weeks later, I decided to cut out the 2nd feeding for a bottle using the same ratio of whole milk and breast milk as his 3rd feeding. I continued not to pump so that my body knew it didn’t need to produce as much. I continued to do this every 2 weeks until he no longer needed to nurse. The night feeding was the last to go and hardest for me. During those two weeks was when I found out I was pregnant with this baby and it came at a good time because I knew Myles couldn’t nurse forever and I had a lot of changes happening to my own body and knew it was the perfect time.
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Myles was 14 months when I wrapped up breastfeeding with him. I am lucky he took the bottle so well and transitioned to whole milk so well. I have to say he is still soooo obsessed with milk. He could drink it all day but I have to limit him so he’ll eat actual food! He also can’t drink milk with his meals because he’ll drink the whole cup of milk and have no room for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
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I hope you guys found this helpful. I am happy to answer any questions. I know every mother’s experience and baby is different but I had such a successful weaning process I thought I should share in hopes it can help one of you.
Cheers to the next 14(ish) months of nursing!
how to wean your baby from breastfeeding
The Breakdown:
I purchased this blazer because I had an evening meeting and forgot to grab a jacket when I was out earlier that afternoon. You know those hot afternoons that drop 20 degrees by nightfall. It was one of those days and I only had a t-shirt and shorts so I quickly stopped into Target for a cardigan but since it was Spring I couldn’t find any cozy cardigans but I did spot this bright pink blazer that is very soft and comfortable, it also pulled my look together making me look a little more professional. For those of you that have to dress up for work, I think this would be the perfect casual Friday blazer to wear with jeans!

blazer | Target ‘A New Day Relaxed Blazer
shirt | Cotton Citizen ‘Mykonos V Neck’ (similar)
shorts | Motherhood Maternity ’Secret Fit Maternity Fray Shorts
bag | M2Malletier ‘Amor Fati Crossbody Bag
scarf | Tanya Taylor ‘Kelly Scarf
watch | Rolex (similar for less)
shoes | Sam Edelman ‘Berit Sandal’ (in gold)
Live votre rêve!

 

Family

We Are Having A ….

That’s right, we are having a boy! Of course I didn’t care what we were having, I just wanted another baby and I’m so happy to be pregnant. I didn’t want to find out with Myles but my husband couldn’t handle the unknown so we found out. With this baby, I again didn’t want to find out. Actually, it’s not that I didn’t want to, it’s so exciting, I just didn’t care to know. I was going to be equally happy and do everything the same one way or the other.
I actually didn’t find out the gender of our baby during our anatomy ultrasound at 18 weeks. My husband did! I really didn’t care to know and I loved the secret and the mystery of feeling my little baby moving around. I also can’t lie to people and when people would ask me what I was having and if I knew than I would tell them and I guess I didn’t want other people to know. The reason I felt that was because so many people wanted me to have a girl. I understand it’s fun to have one of each but I didn’t want those people to be disappointed in my baby if it were a boy. I don’t have children to try and have a specific gender. I have children because I want to have a family with my husband. No one had ill intentions when mentioning they hoped I was having a girl or wished it was a girl but how awkward would it be when I say “well, it’s a boy”. It just felt right not knowing so I closed my eyes when the ultrasound tech had to measure the baby’s legs just in case I saw something I wasn’t supposed to. The tech would tell me to open my eyes and we looked at the baby some more and then we were done. I had no idea Michael knew the gender, I didn’t hear him or the ultrasound tech say a peep!
I’m sure a lot of you think I am crazy for letting my husband find out first. He is the best secret keeper and has an amazing poker face. He even talked a little bit about it and I couldn’t figure it out. One night the three of us were having dinner and it felt right to know what our dinner would be like in the future so I had him tell me. He brought out the ultrasound photo and it said “it’s a boy!”. I of course cried tears of joy because I cry at everything. Poor Myles was so confused on what was going on because I kept hugging him, crying, and laughing. When it came time to tell my family there was a lot of laughter (and happy tears from me) because my sister has three boys and now I’ll have two boys and that is a lot of grandsons for my parents.
I feel a bit bad that Myles is 19 months and this is his first time painting. I should have had him doing this all winter long. I would like to get a little table and a paint safe area for him!

Myles is so proud of his artwork. He puts his hands together every time he sees it and gets the biggest smile. I see a lot of painting in our future!

Live votre rêve!

 

 

Beauty

A Smooth Belly Thanks To Palmer’s Cocoa Butter

When I got pregnant for the first time I was really worried about stretch marks. When I got pregnant the second time I was still worried about stretch marks. I know they are a beautiful thing as they reflect the amazing transition our body has gone through but I still worried. I made sure to lather up morning and evening with Palmer’s Cocoa Butter stretch mark products. I used these products during pregnancy number one, and now with pregnancy number two. The three-product line addresses pregnancy stretch mark risk factors including – collagen and elastin breakdown, loss of elasticity, and moisture loss.

Since my second pregnancy, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter has enhanced their line of stretch mark products with a unique blend of natural ingredients, oils, and plant extracts. The formula is Mineral Oil-Free, Hypoallergenic, Phenoxyethanol- Free, Paraben/Phthalate-free,  Allergen free, Dye-free, Suitable for Sensitive skin and Dermatologist Approved. Palmer’s stretch mark fighting ingredients put skin in peak stretch mark fighting mode which is what every pregnant woman wants! These ingredients include Collagen, Elastin, Cocoa/Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Argan Oil, and Lutein.

A few great things about Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula:
– Helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks
– Over 98% of women saw improved skin elasticity
– Over 98% of women saw a reduction in the appearance, size, and severity of stretch marks
– Over 98% of women saw an improvement in skin texture and tone
Three of Palmer’s products are a massage lotion, a massage cream, and tummy butter. The lotion is lightweight and non-greasy and it can be used all over the body. The cream is a bit thicker than the lotion and is a cream concentrate formula and is ideal for tummy, hips, thighs, and bust. All four of those areas are very important to moisturize during pregnancy! You may think only your tummy gets big but the other areas do too and are prone to stretch marks. I use the lotion and cream equally and I love to pack the tummy butter when I travel because I don’t have to worry about it spilling. The tummy butter is an intensive treatment moisturizer, it is a much thicker product than the other two and has a calming relaxing scent that is ideal for nighttime.

The Breakdown //

There are a lot of things my mind and body go through during pregnancy and my child’s health is always at the top of my list. It’s very important to look at the ingredients on any products you use and the foods you eat. Palmer’s Stretch Mark products are perfect for me because it helps keep my tummy smooth during and after pregnancy, helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks, improves skin elasticity, and is a product I trust.

robe | Rosie Pope (robe, nursing nightgown set)
sweater | H&M ‘Knit Sweater

Live votre rêve!

Sponsored by Palmer’s Cocoa Butter, all opinions are my own.

Fashion

Trending: Metallic Puffer Jacket

metallic puffer jacket
Two seasons ago magazines and fashion outlets started stating that “puffer jackets” were on trend for the fall/winter season. I was really confused on how a winter staple could be a trend. A puffer jacket is a practical winter coat and if you live in a climate that gets below 32 degrees you need to own a puffer jacket. Now that this “trend” is on its second season I am starting to understand what they meant. Today’s puffer jacket isn’t just your normal puffy coat to keep you warm. These coats now come in metallics, velvet and even faux leather. You can also find these jackets from $30 up to $1000 and more!
metallic puffer jacket
metallic puffer jacket
A couple things I learned from this outfit.
1. Black clothing disguises your bump.
2. Puffer coats can zip over your bump.
metallic puffer jacket

Boots with a heel are easier to walk in the snow than you would think. The heel digs into the snow giving you some stability!

metallic puffer jacket
metallic puffer jacket

metallic puffer jacket
metallic puffer jacket
metallic puffer jacket

The Breakdown:

First, I need to tell you I have found an amazing look for less with this jacket. My jacket is from Revolve and is by the brand Lovers + Friends. There is a silver (and gold) metallic puffer on sale at the Gap right now and one at Target that’s under $50! Anyways, I’m so happy I have this coat, when it is freezing cold sometimes I can get in a rut when getting dressed becuase I only want to be warm. This coat reminds me to pull myself together and that I can be warm and still stylish.

jacket | Lovers + Friends x REVOLVE ‘Edelweiss Puffer’ in silver
turtleneck | Urban Outfitters ‘Knit Turtleneck
jeans | Target ‘Maternity Inset Panel Jeans
shoes | Jessica Simpson ‘Teddi3 Suede Lucite Heel

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