Happy Friday!! I feel like a broken record, so sorry in advance, but if you are reading this then I am forcing you to celebrate the fact that THIS IS THE LAST WEEKEND BEFORE BABY BOY COMES!! Three more days! We have some friends staying with us this weekend, and my mum is flying in Saturday night, so today I am putting everything aside, and spending the day focusing solely on my little Piper. We'll be hitting up all her favourite spots and doing all her favourite activities, just her and I. I'm sure she won't remember any of it haha, but I will.
Before the day gets going, I wanted to share a couple of my favourite things to wrap up the week! Some are new finds that I've been loving, and others are ones I've loved for a while and been meaning to share. HAPPY FRIDAY!!!
If you follow me on Instagram (which I'm sure you do if you are reading this haha), I posted about the FourBears kickstarter a couple of days ago. I actually found them when I asked about good baby/toddler books that people would recommend, because Piper LOVES reading stories together (I posted all the suggestions people gave HERE). They create personalized children's books based on any family member you choose! I created a book about my grandpa, who passed away a little before Piper was born. It's all about his life and is tailored towards children with cute pictures and rhyming sentences. I think it is such a special and sweet idea and I can't wait for it to get here!
Who hasn't seen these boards all around yet?? They are everywhere, I swear. I got one from LetterFolk last year, and I absolutely LOVE it (totally recommend because they are higher quality), BUT if you're in the market for a little board (cute for baby update pictures, home decor, recipes, etc.) that won't break the bank, I saw someone post about these on Amazon for $25.99! I love my board, so I thought I'd share this deal!
COCOKIND MATCHA STICK
I have reeeeally sensitive lips, for whatever stupid reason, and 99% of chapsticks, lipglosses, and lipstick make my lips so cracked and dry. Seriously my lips are ALWAYS dry (no matter how hydrated I am)! It's super annoying. I kept seeing the brand Cocokind pop up on Instagram, and I was drawn to the all-over matcha stick because you can use it all-over, duh. I originally decided to buy one and try it out for under my eyes (it's designed to reduce dark circles which is totally does and it's amazing! I've never been one for makeup, mainly because I don't know how to use it haha, and usually just use mascara and a little concealer under my eyes. Now I just do mascara and put this under my eyes and it's SO much more effective!), but it actually also hydrates my lips and keeps them moisturized without drying them out later! The only ingredients are organic virgin coconut oil, organic beeswax, and organic matcha tea powder and I.AM.SOLD on it! If you're looking for a good chapstick, or something to get rid of under eye darkness/puffiness, try this out! **It would make a good stocking stuffer too!
I had never in my life heard of dry brushing until about 3 months ago, and then I saw it pop up more and more. I don't know if it's getting more common, or if it's just because I'm aware of it now, but I decided to buy one a couple of months ago (I got this one for under $10 on Amazon) and I love it! I'm not very good at remembering to do it every day, but I've been doing it about 3-4x a week now, and it really has made a difference in how my body feels!
Dry brushing your skin stimulates the lymph nodes, removes dead skin, invigorates the body, boosts circulation, and is S0 good for digestion! You know that feeling after you got a deep tissue massage, and your body is kind of tingling a bit from all the blood circulation? That's how it feels afterwards! It's really energizing and my body feels so relaxed, yet weirdly more awake. I'm trying to get better at self-care, and doing small things for myself that are also beneficial, and this is a new habit that I love!
FAVOURITE PREGNANCY EXERCISES #3
Bird Dog + Arm Weights
Bird dog is one of those exercises that is SO beneficial during pregnancy because it activates your inner core muscles (the abdominal muscles that are safe to work during pregnancy) and strengthens the pelvic floor - aka helps prevent diastasis recti, reduces postpartum incontinence, and aids in postpartum core recovery. It seems like such a simple basic move, but it's one I ALWAYS incorporate into my routines. I've liked adding a little extra somethin', somethin' to it though and doing some arm workouts while holding the bird dog position. This not only works your arms as well, but it's adds a little more instability which is great for making the inner abdominals work a little more! Some arm workouts I like adding in are rows, kickbacks, and flys. You can see an example HERE.
Wall Sit + Leg Lifts
Wall sits are great for working the lower body, and a great option for pregnant women because it is low impact on the joints but, you guessed it, adding some instability in there will activate the transverse abdominals (those inner core muscles I mentioned). Holding the wall sit position, and alternating leg lifts is a great way to hit those muscles, while also working other areas of your body in a safe way. Win-win! You can see an example HERE.