Whether you’re a new mom or not, everyone needs an outlet for stress and relaxation. While I was pregnant and not working as many hours as I was used to, I decided to start a garden. It was rocky at first considering the fact I didn’t have much experience and I started it while it was still cold, but I have to say it’s getting better with practice. And with the help of my mom, Mrs. Green Thumb.
Bell peppers 🌶Tomatoes 🍅 and Cucumbers 🥒
I never gave much thought to why people enjoyed gardening and planting flowers. I’ve always loved getting flowers for any occasion but planting things was never on my radar. Growing up and starting a family has made me want to be a healthier person and in turn provide a healthier lifestyle for my new family. Growing my own vegetables and having to tend to plants and flowers is fun and exciting but it’s also good exercise. Not to mention it’s something to do with your children and other family.
I’ve found gardening can make any space more homey and welcoming. It’s aesthetically pleasing and good for the soul as well. It’s a bit time consuming and you need to be diligent just like anything you care for on a long term basis but the outcome is so rewarding.
My flower box 🌺
Going out and starting a garden isn’t going to solve all your problems or instantly make things better but it’s helped keep me active and it’s become enjoyable. I tried something new and it led me to a new hobby and also to finding out new things about myself.
My flower box #2 🌸
In an earlier post I talked about some all-natural things I was trying to do for my skin. Well let me tell you: my fenugreek mask was an EPIC.FAIL. This is how you make it
Fenugreek mask video
And my attempt: it wouldn’t stick to my face at all. I was really upset but you win some, you lose some.
So I tried another one, a much simpler one. And for all you moms out there who are having hormonal breakouts, you don’t even need to do additional shopping for this product because you probably already have it on hand: diaper rash cream. That’s right. I’ve been breaking out recently and stumbled upon diaper rash cream for pimples because of its zinc oxide properties. You can use it as a spot treatment or a mask. Rub it on at night, go to sleep and wash off in the morning. I have to say, I was impressed with the results. I used good ole Desitin because that’s what I had but going forward I think I might try one with calendula, which is a natural anti-inflammatory used to treat acne. Go figure. Weleda has a good one.
Another all natural DIY was a rice flour milk mask. I know, sounds like a gluten free diet but it’s for lightening dark marks on the face and help with uneven skin. Mix a tablespoon of the rice flour with a tablespoon of milk and apply to face and let dry completely. Then wash off. Try this once a week for results.
These are things that have worked for me but as always when trying new skin care regimens do a patch test first.
Let me know what you’ve tried and what works for you!
It’s a new year and you know what that means. Giving up something, making resolutions that you don’t keep and busy gyms across the country. This year, instead of making empty promises, I’ve decided to work on making myself happy and improving my health no matter how long it takes. It will be an ongoing resolution that I won’t feel bad about making because I’m going to work on it everyday, every year.
The first thing I’m working on is taking out all those preconceived notions from my head about how my body should look and what I should be doing to get there. Having a baby is no joke and everybody’s situations are different. Some people bounce back to their old bodies after 3 months (although I’m not sure I believe it) and others take years to get there. I need to stop comparing myself to others and do what makes me happy and what works for me.
The second thing is to take things slow and not to feel bad when I have setbacks. And by setbacks I mean taking a nap in the middle of the day instead of working out for an hour in my workout room which is now a baby storage room of bouncers and swings. It’s ok to take time out to be with your little one, right? Yes. The answer is yes and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You had a baby come out of you, you’re going to need a minute.
So what am I doing to jump start my path back to myself? Well, as mentioned in previous posts, My Fitness Pal and my FitBit are my best friends right now. I try to get my steps in whenever I can and since my baby’s sleep schedule is still a little off, wearing my FitBit while I walk him to sleep is one of the best ways to get it in. Walking and carrying a 15lb baby around is a good start. Also, it helps keep track of my water intake. It’s important as a nursing mother to drink plenty of water but sometimes I’m multitasking too much I forget to eat and drink. These apps and devices are a lifesaver. And since my workout schedule is pretty inconsistent, meal planning and making healthy dinners and snacks are key. I wasn’t happy with how slow the baby weight was coming off in the beginning but now that I’m more careful about what I’m eating, the weight is falling off little by little. I didn’t gain 75lbs overnight and unfortunately it doesn’t go away overnight either. Believe me, no matter how much you wish, it doesn’t.
Working on making yourself happier and healthier should always be an ever changing work in progress. Despite the challenges that I’ve been faced with lately being a new mom and a stay at home at that, I realized that I’m on no one’s time table but my own. In fact, I have all year. Bring it on, 2017!
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Wishing you and your families a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!!
From Nola Fit Chick & Family
Now that a rhythm is being established between me and the little one, I’m motivated to get my body back to the way it was, or better! The hardest part is looking in the mirror and seeing this body that doesn’t look or feel the same. It’s upsetting that it’s 4 months after the baby and I can’t fit any of my pre-baby clothes and I can still wear my maternity shorts! So as my mother always says, you have to dress the body you have now. But one thing I won’t do is buy new size “whatever” jeans. Can’t do it. So like many of you out there, leggings have become my new best friend. I decided if I was going to wear them then I would invest in some. But not just any leggings: I stumbled on a brand called Blanqi (www.blanqi.com) and found their nursing leggings. They’re amazing!! They are soft, comfortable and high waisted. In fact, they go all the way up to the bottom of your bra so that you can nurse without your stomach showing. You can wear them to workout, to shop, to work or just to lay around the house with the baby!
I wish I had known about them when I was pregnant because they have maternity support wear as well which I definitely could have used. I highly recommend checking their site out if you are pregnant or nursing. And what’s even better than the product is the great customer service, which to me is just as important. I had an issue with my leggings that I purchased and they sent me a replacement pair with no problem. And because the leggings will adjust to my changing body, these are perfect for pregnancy and after.
So the tops that I like the best to go over these leggings: the Piko top. I got mine from a local boutique here in New Orleans called Blink (shopblinkboutique.com, @blinkboutiques). However, these tops are nothing new. They’ve been around but until I was pregnant, I didn’t know too much about them. In the early stages, when you look more like you have a food baby instead of a few weeks pregnant, I was in search of something comfortable and loose fitting but still cute. These tops and dresses are a bamboo blend and in my opinion the most versatile item you can get for the changes your body will undergo.
These are 2 of the trends for moms-to-be and moms on the go that work the best for me but as long as you’re comfortable, wear whatever you like!
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Ever since I found out I was pregnant it felt like there was a never ending list of “Can’ts”. There are so many things you can’t eat, can’t wear and can’t use. It can be daunting, but the bigger picture is you’re doing this for a much bigger purpose: your child. And it’s totally worth it. Now that I’m breastfeeding, well, the list continues. I find myself still battling the hormone changes that I felt while being pregnant, so I’m looking to more all natural alternatives. Researching on the internet, you would be surprised what’s out there. I find a lot of people are moving back into a more holistic approach to life. There are a lot of DIY and “all natural” products out there and they’re inexpensive and easy to do. They may be a little time consuming but I feel like it’s better in the long run and worth trying.
So what I’m going to do is test them out and see what works! I used to go to a dermatologist for breakouts and had a few prescription face products that worked amazingly but since being pregnant, I couldn’t use them anymore and I decided if there was even a small chance it could harm my baby or be transmitted through breast milk, I wasn’t going to chance it. There was one that both my doctor and dermatologist said was safe but I was still too nervous to try it. So that got me thinking of alternatives. I recently stumbled on an Instagram page of a girl who has tons of DIY hair, skin and makeup tutorials and I became hooked. Check her out: @farahdhukai. I’m in the process of trying out a few of her beauty regimens to see how they work for me and I’ll be chronicling my progress. My hair and nails having been growing steadily since I’m still taking prenatal vitamins but my skin is still breaking out. It could be all the craziness of my hormones and the fact that since I’m breastfeeding my cycle is inconsistent to non-existent and I’m taking birth control pills (not really because I want to but it was recommended by my doctor). Not to mention I’m not really on a regular schedule since there’s a little 3 month old that dictates everything I do now. The first thing I’m going to try is her fenugreek mask for face and hair. Fenugreek is used as an herb, spice and vegetable. It can be ingested in pill form and is great for increasing your milk supply or you can take the seeds and blend them, which is how I will be making the mask for my face. The other one is putting 100% pure carrot juice on your face to get rid of dark spots, dry skin and acne. She also sprays the juice in her hair. I’ll keep you posted on how it turns out!
So what about the inside? Well, dieting is not really an option since I have to eat at least 1800 calories while breastfeeding. The hard part is making sure I limit the things I crave which are the sweets and the salty. I have to up the water intake which for me isn’t too hard because I actually like water but I also need to up the fruits and veggies because I’m still eating for 2. To make sure that I get all my veggies in even I forget to eat a salad, I’ve been drinking the V8 fusion drinks. They are a good way to get your servings of fruit and veggies while you’re on the go. My faves are the V8 Fusion Strawberry Banana and the Harvest Green Vegetable Juice. I even like to mix them together. Using My Fitness Pal which I talked about in a previous post, I track what I’m eating and use it as a guide to help me stay on the right track. I’m still drinking decaf coffee and staying away from soft drinks. I try to eat snacks of fruit and nuts and granola bars because the baby eats constantly and so must I.
Stay tuned for how I’m stepping up my workouts post-partum and the DIY beauty tricks.
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