The Mommy

The Mommy

about us...

I'm The Mommy, a SAHM to Maggie & Ellie. I'm married to Big Daddy, an engineer, grad student and our hard-working provider.
I blog instead of scrapbooking in hopes of preserving a part of our life for the future.
We enjoy beach trips, going to Church and spending time together...all as a family...because that's what we are.

our VP miracle, Maggie

our VP miracle, Maggie
loves homeschooling, sign language, Jesus, reading, church, writing songs and dancing

our sweet Ellie

our sweet Ellie
loves her sister, going to church and the library, singing, babies, chocolate and being naked

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Growing and Glowing

I've never understood the whole "pregnant glow" thing. I know that there are hormonal reasons why you "glow" during pregnancy, like rosacea due to increased blood flow and increased oil production. I can't say that I've ever seen a pregnant woman that had the glow without it being helped quite a bit by some sort of expensive product and airbrushing.
Like lots of other preggies I've had dry skin due to hormones and the cold weather. After some mild flaking (in the T-zone, no less) I decided it was time to pull out the big guns. No, I'm not talking about "our" extensive handgun collection, I'm talking about my little stash of pick-me-ups!

-I LOVE baking soda. I mean, like in a way that's totally not normal. I like to use it occasionally to add a little something to my teeth-brushing experience. I make a paste with water and baking soda to scrub the showers with. I've used it to remove build-up from my hair. Then, I was looking at the baking soda website to find even more ways to use this cheap, wonderful stuff and found out about washing your face with it. It's like a mini micro dermabrasion! (I use it in the shower, because it's easier to rinse off.) I wash my face as usual and then grab a palmful of baking soda and rub it all around. It makes your skin feel nice. You really need to moisturize well after wards, and using it once a week is more than enough. It will dry your skin if you're not careful, but it's great.
-Next, the oil cleansing method. I read about this on Big Mama's blog and decided to try it. She loves it! It will make you have that glow.
-And then there's the lips. Special thanks to Laura for sharing what her bloggy-friend Hollie shared. I'm not going to say that it will work miracles on dry, cracked lips, but it probably will and it is divine. It's Alba's lip balm. The Muffin and I found it on sale at W.algreen's. I picked up the "passion fruit nectar" and the "coconut cream" that Laura loves. It's a nice change from my C.armex and it's divine. It's one of my "must haves" for the hospital bag. You can even add a little lip gloss over it and it still feels great!
I'm not claiming that I now have "the glow", but my skin feels so good. Now, if I can just keep the baby belly moisturized so that it doesn't look like the alligator that Laura talked about!


Tara said...

I've been trying a few samples before I decide just what to buy for the wrinkles I've found. I might just try the baking soda instead of paying $55 for the MK microdermabrasion. Glad you posted this before I spent that money.

Joy said...

I also heard that Lanisoh (as in nip cream for breastfeeding mamas) is also amazing on your lips and makes them SUPER soft. So if you aren't allergic to wool there's an idea!

I have yet to try it because every time I go to Walmart I cannot find the Lanisoh ANYWHERE (pharmacy or baby dept.).

Judith said...

I saw your comment on Big Mama's tile post and am curious about your cleaning solution. I have asthma, and tend to avoid cleaning the shower. Then it gets really bad, and I have to use stuff with strong fumes. Anyway... if you have time, I'd love to hear how you make your solution, etc. There's a "contact me" spot on my blog.

Laura said...

OH yah! Totally! I have such dry skin now... and on my face no less! My forehead was all white after the shower today. eeeeeeeeeeeeep! Yah, love the Alba and I think I might try some of their other products... So nervous to try anything scruffy. I tried that and my face turned red and patchy and dry and ahhhhhhhhhhh!

Hannah said...

Oh, I love baking soda too. I use it in the shower and toilets and sinks in my house all the time-- oh, it also is great for stripping out all the excess product you get in your hair from time to time.

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