What Every Mom Needs Series: The Ultimate Stretch Mark Cream

Becoming a mother for the first time is like opening a new book and you don’t even know how it will begin or if the ending will be pleasant. I guess this is what you call having faith in knowing that the unknown can be a ride worth taking. Well, this is easy to say, but when it comes to stretch marks and rashes during pregnancy, we all want to know the secret to fighting mother nature. Ok, maybe at some point we have to realize that mother nature will always win, but instead, let’s learn to love the process and just find natural remedies to making the process easier. The God’s Nectar Skincare company believes in making your experience heavenly using natural ingredients in the process.

 

Organic New Mom MATERNITY Belly Butter

The organic belly butter is like the creme brulee for erasing the itchy and irritating side effects that come with dealing with stretch marks. Ok, to be honest, I’m not a mom yet, but that doesn’t mean that I’m immune from having stretch marks. This is my confession and I hope you will be joining me on my Youtube channel as I create natural recipes for premature stretchmarks. Back to the Belly Butter, the consistency is not too thick, instead, it’s easy to apply and doesn’t feel like a paste. I love the light fragrance and the hint of essential oils which add an aromatherapy effect.

 

As you know, I am a childbirth educator and speak with many moms about stretchmarks and natural remedies, so this belly butter is at the top of my list for Best Products & Favorite Tips for 2017 Mamas.

Ingredients:Linum usitatissmum (flax seed) oil, * Olea europea (extra virgin olive) oil, * Helianthus annuus (sunflower seed) oil, * Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) hydrosol water, * Aloe Barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, * beeswax, * Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) butter, L-Carnitine (amino acid), vitamin E acetate, Papaya,(and) ^ leuconostoc. derived from radishes)
(*) denotes a certified organic ingredient. (^) denotes a Ecocert approved ingredient.

Contains: Nutritious, oleocanthol & phenolic,antioxidant oils, calcium, magnesium, rose hips, vitamin E, Omega Oils, Vitamin K, oleic acids, d-limonene, argan oil, essential oils
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To get an up close shot of the Belly Butter, take a look at my video demonstration:

 

To purchase more of these products visit: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheGodsNectar for luxurious products taken from the nectar of Heaven

 

 

Here are some helpful tips for achieving the best results using this Belly Butter Creme:

This natural product is cruelty-free and contains only natural, healthy ingredients. There are no sulfates, no parabens, no petroleum, disodium EDTA, no artificial colors, no phosphates, no silicone, no gluten and no harmful preservatives.
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***PLEASE NOTE!!!

If you are postpartum, there are fabulous essential oils available for stretch marks. Neroli and Rose Hips are the best of them. If you’d like one added, please choose one in the menu or choose none.

If in the first trimester or if you do not want either, choose no essential oils.

If you are presently pregnant, I suggest leaving unscented, although it is claimed that neroli and rose hips is safe after the first trimester.

The best oils available for stretch marks, according to the latest research, are used in my belly butter. The beeswax seals them in! The essential oils that can be used in this product are fabulous and experts say are important in the reduction of stretch marks.They are neroli or rose hips. The Neroli helps regenerate skin cells. It is very lightly scented and smells a bit like bitter citrus. Rose Hips is loaded with Vitamin C and creates more collagen from your body’s chemistry. The choice is yours.
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More about Essential Oils:

ABOUT ROSE HIPS:
When the collagen and elastin in your skin tear, it forms scars known as stretch marks. Many factors and conditions can cause the marks to form, including weight gain and pregnancy. Although many doctors assert that genetics play a big role in whether or not you develop stretch marks, there is also a range of products available to help fight their formation, including rosehip oil, or rosehip seed oil as it’s also known.

ABOUT NEROLI:
To me, it smells like a bitter orange. However, the properties in it are said to be the best defense against stretch marks and preventing them. It assists in regenerating skin cells that are stretched during pregnancy.
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More about Stretch Marks:

Your skin is composed of elastin which can be thought of as a soft elastic tissue. It is soft, supple and stretchable but it too has its own limits. Some situations exert extra pressure on your skin such as sudden weight gain or loss, pregnancy and even rapid growth of your body during teenage years. Sometimes while exercising too, you stretch your body out of its limits. In such situations, you get those thick red or purple lines on your skin which is popularly known as stretch marks. Gradually these lines do fade away and become white or silvery white in color but they don’t go away on their own. You have to put efforts to remove these stretch marks.

Natural oils are excellent emollients and they have these capabilities to treat all scalp and hair problems as also skin issues including stretch marks. I have researched and identified the right type of oils for the very purpose. You should ideally gently massage your skin’s stretch marks with oil or cream for about half an hour daily. However, just applying oils or creams to the marks (something near to soaking them in oil) can also do wonders. If doing so, you need to apply cream or oil for about three to four times a day. The ingredients I use, with all their antioxidant properties and loads of nutrients, are considered the best oils to use in my cream for removing stretch marks.
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TIPS FOR YOU TO AVOID STRETCH MARKS:
Follow these simple ways which are highlighted below to remove, prevent and fade the stretch marks.
1. Drink water of at least 10 glasses of water or more in a day which results in regular detoxification of skin pores and restores elasticity to get rid of the stretch marks. Drink a lot of water will also help to maintain your skin smooth, soft and clear which in turns helps to have problem free skin.
2. Try to avoid coffee, tea & other beverages which cause dehydration and thereby easily forming stretch marks.
3. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetable to get the essential nutrients, proteins and minerals, zinc, vitamins like A, C, D and E such as carrots, sweet potatoes, citrus fruits, milk, eggs, fishes, nuts, meats, fiber-rich foods, dairy products, avocados, sunflower seeds, blueberries, etc.
4. Regularly watch your calories to avoid rapid weight gain or loss which is the main cause for the stretch marks. Follow the diet which suits to maintain the perfect diet.
5. Make sure to lose your weight normally but not suddenly and also avoid the sudden increase in your diet. Have perfect diet plan to avoid this stretch marks.
6. You can also use the combination of oils like orange oil in vitamin E, coconut oil with cocoa and shea butter in vitamin E oil, coconut oil with olive oil, etc. for additional benefits to prevent this problem.
7. Dry brushing onto the dry skin where the stretch marks  can be found will exfoliate the skin by opening the pores and removing the dead cells and dirt. It stimulates the circulation and helps to mobilize fats and eliminates toxins.
8. Regular, moderate exercise will help to maintain constant weight which in turn a cause for stretch marks.
9. Use grapefruit extract like lotion or oil to apply on the stretch marks by gently massaging on it. This will increase the blood circulation and also collagen flow to get rid of the stretch marks.
10. Always try to keep your skin well moisturized which in turn helps to prevent the stretch marks and also lessen the visible of appeared one.
11. Remember that not to scratch the area where you found the stretch marks as it makes the situation worse.
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Directions:
• Apply this cream to your stretch marks 3-4 times daily.
• Massage in thoroughly
Exfoliating with a sugar scrub before using this is an excellent idea. See scrubs in my “Skin Pampering” secti
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The ingredients in this formulation are completely pure and natural (97% organic), which will appeal to a wide variety of customers seeking an ingredient list that is understandable. Packed with nourishing omega-3 enriched oil, non-alcoholic witch hazel for toning benefits, aloe for soothing, and L-Carnitine which is a naturally occurring amino acid that significantly increases the hydration level when applied topically.  Lightly preserved with naturally derived leuconostoc – which is commonly called Leucidal or radish root ferment, this preservative is EcoCert approved for certified organic formulations.

97% organic and made with love!

 

XoXo,

Danna

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The Shea Life: African Black Soap & Shea Butter

This is my first post in the New Year!!!! I really missed all of you and I am very excited to be back. During my break, I was able to take some time to reflect on 2016. Now that were in  the new year, filled with new ideas and dreams that we hope will come true. It is time we start living out the goals that we make for ourselves. Some of the goals maybe our health or even fulfilling the dreams of pursuing a specific career path.

Who knows what this year will hold, but I know that my goal for this year is to be even more spiritually and physically healthy. So the perfect way to open our blogging year is to talk about beauty and health. Yes, we are doing another product review and the products featured is from Natures Shea Butter. This all natural company specializes in making Body Oils, Soaps, Shea Butter and much more. Here is my visit to their apothecary shop:

 

Products Featured:

African Black Soap- Bar Soap
East African Lavender Shea Butter
Lavender Vanilla Shea Butter
Coco Shea Butter
East African Tangerine Lime Shea Butter
Lavender Shea Butter

 

 

 

Let’s get started with the review, but first here is my overview of all of the products:

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The African Black Soap deserves the number one spot. This soap has amazing lather and you only need a tiny piece to cover every area code. Honestly, if you’ve been using a lot of facial and body products like me, you’re probably at your wit’s end.  I like to think that at some point, finding a product that we can use for  all-purposes will not be a long journey of wandering. Thankfully, the Natures Shea Butter product line is my one stop shop in purchasing facial and body products that agrees with my skin.

However, if you have sensitive skin, I would recommend that you  test out the Black Soap to make sure that your skin agrees with it. I believe that sampling products is the best way to understand what works for you. Natures Shea Butter offers samples to help you make the best product selections too.

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The East African Lavender scented Shea Butter is made with raw shea butter and lavender essential oils. In the video you will see the actual size of the container and I must say even though the size is small, you only need a dime size. Now let’s get to the scent of the butter. The lavender shea butter has a very subtle smell, not too offensive. The texture is smooth and covers the entire area once applied. I recommend this scent for the everyday wear, because  in the winter the skin suffers from the environment.

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The Lavender and Vanilla is my  favorite scent period!! As described in my video, this sweet scent reminds me of a fragrant soap that I used in the pass. The essences of Lavender is so relaxing and the organic extract of the Vanilla brought a dessert smell to the shea butter. I would love to have a soap, shampoo, and conditioner with this scent. That is how much I love this fragrant.

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I like to call the CoCo Shea Butter the dessert butter. The scent of this shea butter is so warm an inviting that it resembles of an organic dark chocolate bar. Honestly, I love, love, love this amazing fragrant. The texture is smooth when applied to the skin and the oils absorbs quickly . Even the skin hungers for moisture, so applying a complete moisturizer that also happens to smell great is magical.

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This is my good morning facial and body moisturizer. The East African Tangerine Lime Shea Butter is the miracle to a sleepless moment. If you’ve been following my blog, I annually talk about drinking coffee. Coffee is the sunlight to my moon and being  an online student the morning has it’s challenges, but not anymore. The scent of the shea butter is citrus with a hint lime. This is my first time using a citrus shea butter and I love it. The aroma of the citrus is awakening and I recommend this for students, healthcare providers, and definitely moms.

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This is the goodnight shea butter and the cure for insomnia. This butter is different from the East African Lavender shea butter. The Lavender Shea Butter is made with extra lavender essential oils, which gives relaxation the mind and moisturizes to perfection. There is not much to say about all of the shea butters, instead let me show you my visit to the Natures Shea Butter apothecary shop in the video below.

Here is my video featured about all of the products:

You can purchase all of these products at NaturesSheaButter.com Using the promo code (Natures for 20% off on your first order. The Code expires February 1st.

Do not let this time end and I’ll see you soon.

 

XoXo,

Danna

Warmth in a Nest: Mama Bird Box

From the moment you find out that you’re pregnant, most proud mamas will get their notepads out, to plan how they are going to prepare for this baby. Having a baby is the biggest event of a mother’s life, right next to her wedding. By the way, was planning your wedding stressful? Well, you don’t have to do the full throttle this time around. Instead, the help comes right to you! The Mama Bird Box will be your go-to box for prenatal health, snacks, beauty, and relaxation. Their boxes are stuffed with surprising treats and earthy elements to embody the warm nest of a true mamma bird. Let’s take a look!

My September Mama Bird Box:

 My Mama Bird Box came in the mail with the distinctive logo on top. Honestly, when I first opened the box, I was very excited. Once the box was opened, I read the personal note from Mama Bird and within the note contained a list of all the products featured in the box. They gave me an overview of everything that the box contained, which really made everything easier. The package had moss like filling as if it were a real birds nest. The products featured are:

Natural Calm:

In the box, I received two packets of the Natural Vitality Calm packets. The Natural Vitality Calm is a magnesium anti-stress drink. The product has been used by pregnant women before so there is no need to worry. The liquid drink comes in a variety of flavors such as orange, raspberry and much more. The effects of this supplement will make you feel like your flying in the sky and the sweep of peace will come over you.

Mint Polish:

 When your pregnant toxic chemicals in nail polish is a red flag. Well, guess what this nail polish is toxic free. The polish is made without cancer-causing chemicals. So you don’t have to worry about anything harming you or your baby. P.S. This color is very dainty and you will be making a statement this fall.

Bella B Tummy to Toes:

The best lotion to use on your body period. The lotion has a cooling effect and rejuvenates your tired feet and legs. Now prop up those tired feet and escape to a world of imagination as you relax. Your feet will thank you.

Peas in a Pod: (Five Minutes of Peace)

The bath soak is very relaxing and gives me so much peace. I used it in a tub bath and foot bath and my results were astonishing, It felt as though I was soaking in healing waters, In the words of Mamma Bird ” 5 minutes may seem like a short period of time, but to a mother, it is an eternity.” They got that right, The number one recommendation for indulgence besides chocolate.

Hyperbiotics: (PRO-Moms)

The Pro-Moms can support your overall digestive process.Pro-Moms is a natural probiotic supplement designed exclusively for mamma Bird. The Probiotic promotes:

*Promote nutrient absorption

*Supporting healthy glucose levels.

*Encouraging shedding of the baby weight.

*Supporting balanced mental and emotional function.

*Reducing the dreaded pregnancy-related constipation.

*Producing folate (the non-synthetic version of folic acid).

*Strengthening your immune system as well as your baby’s.

Take care of yourself from the inside out!

Sheena’s Pickles:

Usually, this is on every pregnant woman’s craving list and even during PMS, this is all I crave. I honestly love pickles and the acidity of the juices is my favorite part. These pickles from Sheena’s are very delicious and they taste really organic. Even if pickles isn’t your favorite you just might like these pickles.

When trying these products, it is recommended that you talk to your healthcare provider about what products are right for you. You can see Mama Birds full disclaimer on their website: https://mamabirdbox.com/

I hope you enjoyed all of these amazing products in My September Box? You can start building your nest at

https://mamabirdbox.com/ and tell them Danna sent you!

XoXo,

Danna

The beginning of magic right before your eyes.

Mother Youth: Finding Comfortable Positions During Labor

When a woman is in labor, all of her focus is to deliver her baby. If you’re a mom can you relate to this? I have heard stories from mothers regarding their labor experience, even though each labor process is different all of the deliveries are beautiful. The best way to prepare for this big day moms it is important that you know various positions during labor. Their Childbirth Positions Chart Set of 6 are amazing for practicing positions that will be using during the delivery. As the old saying goes, you can’t prepare for something if you don’t know how to properly prepare for it. Here we go!

 

Childbirth Positions Charts:

Peanut Ball Chart Positions

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Includes 22 pictures representing 7 different positions using the peanut ball. Also demonstrates positions with and without the epidural. Illustrates all four sizes of peanut balls. Includes cleaning, covering, and choosing the correct size for your client.

Positions for ASYMMETRICAL or OP (Occiput Posterior)

 

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Includes 43 pictures representing 22 different asymmetric positions for OP and acyclintic babies.

 

Labor/Pushing Positions

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Includes 44 pictures representing 19 different positions for labor and pushing.

 

Rebozo Chart Positions

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Includes 45 pictures representing 26 different positions using the rebozo. Demonstrates positions for pregnancy, labor, pushing, and postpartum.

 

Birthing Ball Chart Positions

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Includes 25 pictures representing 12 different positions using the birth ball. Demonstrates positions for pregnancy, labor and pushing.

Sheets For Pushing Chart

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Includes 21 pictures representing 5 different positions using a sheet. Includes the newest technique using a sheet, the Lugrand Sheet Pull.

 

Here is a video demonstrating the Childbirth Charts:

I hope you enjoyed the article and the experience of being informed before you deliver? Thanks to http://premierbirthtools.com/ we can have the best birthing outcomes.

 

XoXo,

Danna

 

 

Pregnancy 101: My Brest friend

Do you have trouble sleeping? You just can’t find the right sleep positions? Well, our friends at My Brest Friend has our best interest at heart literally. My Brest Friend offers so many products, from nursing pillows, body pillows, breastfeeding vitamins and much more. First, let’s tackle getting comfortable sleep with the 3 in 1 Pregnancy Body Pillow and Pregnancy Wedge Pillow.

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The 3 in 1 Pregnancy Body Pillow:

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My Brest Friend 3-in-1  Pregnancy Body Pillow makes sleeping more comfortable by conforming to your body throughout the night. The maternity body pillow versatile shape allows you to adjust the support you need as your body changes by simply switching which side you use to align your hips.

3 in 1 Pregnancy Body Pillow Features

The 3-in-1 pregnancy body pillow has a streamlined design for maximum support and minimal use of bed space. Head, belly and knees are specifically supported for a comfortable, ideal sleep position, perfect for pregnant women. Custom belly wedge for maximum support while you sleep, extra soft cotton cover, extra soft filling and streamline design takes up less space than traditional full body pillows.

  • Head, belly and knees are supported for a comfortable, ideal sleep position
  • Custom belly wedge for maximum support while you sleep
  • Extra soft cotton full body pillow cover
  • Removable pillow cover for easy cleaning
  • Extra soft filling
  • Compact design takes up less space than traditional full body pillows

This body pillow is the rolls royce of comfort, the pillow is easy to reposition to your liking and the convenience of washing the pillow cover without having to wash the pillow itself is hard to find these days. Let’s just say you will be sleeping just like your baby, warm and comfortable.

 

 

Pregnancy Wedge Pillow:

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My Brest Friend Pregnancy Wedge Pillow can be placed behind your lower back for lumbar support, under your belly for sleeping support or between your legs for better hip, leg and back alignment.  The sleep wedge pillow is a versatile support cushion for back and belly during or after pregnancy.

Pregnancy Wedge Pillow Features

  • Maximum support and ideal comfort for a pregnant woman’s belly
  • Wedge pillow can also be used as a back support
  • Natural core shape for easy sleeping
  • Easy to take with you on-the-go
  • Extra soft 100% cotton slipcover for wedge pillow
  • Zip-off cover is machine washable

The Wedge Pillow makes sleeping a whole lot easier, by supporting the necessary limbs that you will be using during labor. Before that day of delivery comes relax and get a lot of sleep while you still can.

 

Thanks to our friends at https://www.mybrestfriend.com/ we all will be sleeping great tonight, but don’t wait planning your night with My Brest Friend.

 

XoXo,

Danna