Saturday, 19 July 2014
As you know everything has been changing... I actually have started to waddle. Me and my friend Marzena have decided that we either like ducks or penguins. Bring on the penguin outfits, they are slimming she said!! So if you see a penguin outfit get us a couple!!
But what I actually wanted to write about if the stuff I have been using to keep these strech marks at bay and generally some of the awesome products I loved. I never wrote anything like this before, it's seems rather commercial but hey I love these things, why won't I tell you about them!
I guess everyone is super concerned about the change your body goes throw when you are expecting. As you know I was freaking out and it was hard for me not to do things I normally would do. But I can proudly say that at 9 months of pregnancy I can still reach my toes and did not ask anyone to paint my toe nails! And to keep changed at bay, and not to have any stretch marks (so far, touch wood!!) I have been moisturising like crazy.
Here are the products I use... Not all at the same time of course...
I figured any moisturiser will do, as long as it is on in a thickish layer. I used up some body lotion from Body Shop I had, now I'm Garnier body all over. I love their firming lotion too, but bit scared to use it now when I'm expanding:) Keep bits soft and not itchy (yeah you grow you itch) I have showers with Lush's Rub Rub Rub shower scrub on my shower puff instead of shower gel. It lathers, smells beautifully, and leaves you squeaky clean! Speaking of Lush I had some Christmas gifts left overs with Ro's Argan Body Conditioner. Don't know if it is a limited edition for Christmas or something but this stuff is magic. Thick rich cream with this argan oil smell... Don't really need perfume after or I would wear my favourite Skin by Trussardi. I also been given the Almond Shower Oil.... Now this one is a bit tricky, but if I have to rush I won't have time for moisturiser after the shower this is a must, you are lathered in oil while showering. However a bit tricky to use if you never used it before. Just cover you wet skin in it and add bit more water for more bubbles.
For the face I have been using botanic for couple of years now, and couldn't be happier really. No lines for me thank you!
With pregnancy your sense of smell heightens too... I have been a big fun of smelly shower gels and such. Body Shop has a great sale on at the moment got 2 bottles of shower gel, papaya and passion fruit for only £6!
In the beginning I was concerned that my hair was not growing like it used to... Oh panic! It does grow but some what slower I think, so I was nourishing the locks with cheapest coconut and almond hair mask. I mean do you have time or patience to keep if for three minutes while you are in the shower? So what difference does this make if you wash off the super expensive hair mask down the drain or the cheap one with same ingredients?!
This stuff is good, hair feels softer and not as dry all the indoor heating and pollution).
I also used the traditional preggo products such as Bio Oil and Palmer's Stretch mark massage cream. Bio Oil is lovely but takes forever to dry and I really do not like the way it smells. I still use it for extra perks for my big belly but Palmer's cream I love it, on the second tube now.
Oh I also singed up for a Birch Box. It's a monthly box with samples in it. Cute, inexpensive and feels like a real treat. I was well impressed when my 1st box arrived with Opi nail vanish and Caudalie face fluid thing-y. It is like my beauty treats because frankly I would not be getting Opi or Caudalie my self any time soon.... It makes me feel like real girl again! and not a live human incubator... (even if I enjoy my pregnancy sometimes it makes you feel... well fat!)
Now I feel I need to really concentrate on the skin care, sleepless nights and such. I do not want to look my age still... Just because I will be a mother in few weeks doesn't mean I will dress like a mother or start looking older, or even my actual age:)
Sunday, 13 July 2014
I just love Putanessca.... and it's so easy to make. Takes just few mins of your time, and if I can do it, you can do it!!
So first of all fun fact, Putanessca means prostitute in Italian. So we will be learning a prostitute pasta. The ingredients can be found in average Italian fridge and they cheap and cooking legend has it that ladies of the night used to have it before going out because it is rather nutritious.
So here is what you will need for the sauce
Black olives (take the stone out, or get pitted, chopped) Apparently however the ones with stones in are more flavoursome, but hey I get like a medium size jar for only 59p.. don't judge me.
Garlic (I love garlic, so I used two cloves just for me) minced
Capers (brine-y goodness)
Tomatoes (cherry, plum, or whatever, it's rustic, and besides we don't know what that prostitute has in her fridge)
Chilli Flakes (gives that heat to the dish)
Now while your pasta is boiling away, heat the oil in the pad, add some chilli. Then chuck the garlic and anchovies, stir stir and stir. When the anchovies started to dissolve add the rest of the ingredients. Hand full really depending on what you want to it to be. I personally love it with more capers and more tomatoes. It is all sizzling and merging together making a dry-ish pasta sauce, add a bit of liquid from your boiling pasta into the pan, but no too much. Drain the pasta, al dente if you can. It supposed to be better for digestion, another fun fact! Toss it throw the sauce.... Add some cheese... and ....
Here I used left over pasta shapes.... And this is my comfort food that you can make in minutes.
Saturday, 5 July 2014
This year due to this big bump I was not as active as I would like to be... No waking up early shouting "RACE DAY" and clearing more space for medals... My body finds is a bit tricky to adjust to the whole baby thing. I'm literally just bump on legs.
It is really good, that I do not feel like a giant, well that is if I don't look at my feet:) and I will have less to lose after he is here (Can't wait!! So excited!!)
My work fundraisers this year for Birmingham Children's Hospital... We did few fun things, like bike ride GM (who actually cycled from Slough to Bham) vs Staff on stationary bike in the lobby. Sure guests saw some sights that day. They also want some of staff to get together and do the half marathon, Bupa Great Birmingham run... You remember I did it last year?
So stupid thing I did before I left on my maternity earlier this week.... I have emailed out GM to say "Pencil me in for the Half... provided everything goes well with the baby"... So I do not know am I stupid and insane or just super motivated?!
Rope two other people to do it with me... Or shall I say potentially with me. Harry who has started running in order to improve himself, he even eats better but still won't touch veg. And Yuki who used to cycle everywhere till that day her bike got stolen from under our noses.