Your Baby Registry: 5 Items You Don’t Need

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Registering for baby gifts is so exciting, but can be a little stressful when you have no idea what you need.  As a new parent, you’ll most likely be thrown many product suggestions from retailers, friends and family.  You might be tempted to add everything under the sun to your registry, but let me tell you why that is not a good idea.

When creating your baby registry, try to focus on products that you will really need versus products that you may not need, but really want.  Pinterest can be very helpful as a new parent, but it can also be very misleading.  We often Pin products that are easy on the eyes and stylish, but they may not be practical.  I look at Pinterest as more of my “fantasy” life, and don’t really follow through with many of my Pins.

I have listed five products below that most registry sites insist that you need, but I find them to be a waste of money and space.  I’m not suggesting that you forego the ultimate baby registry checklist that your favorite store gives you, but be mindful when placing products on your wish list.

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Five Baby Products You Probably Don’t Need

Changing Table

I am a huge fan of multi-purpose baby products and the changing table is NOT one of them.  It’s just another piece of furniture to crowd up the nursery and becomes useless after your little one is out of diapers.  Instead, purchase a dresser that is wide enough to place a changing pad on top of.  Once your little one is out of diapers, just remove the changing pad and decorate the top of the dresser.

Bottle Warmer

My girls never took a bottle, but according to some of my readers, sticking the bottle under warm running tap water works just fine.  A bottle warmer is just another product to crowd your kitchen counter and once again, becomes useless once your little one is done with bottles.

Fancy Bath Tub

It can be so tempting to register for that spa-like bath tub with the shower extension.  Don’t do it, though.  Products like these are more of a hassle than a helper.  You’re better off sticking with the most basic infant bath tub you can find.  The basic tubs are easier to clean and easier to keep mold-free.

Newborn Clothes

In most cases, your newborn will grow out of the “newborn” sized clothes within the first month.  Keeping this in mind, don’t spend too much time registering for newborn clothes.  Instead, try to focus on the next few sizes up.

Bassinet or Cradle

Sorry, bassinet lovers.  I find bassinets and cradles to be stylish and trendy, but a complete waste of space.  Register for a portable crib like a Pack ‘n Play which comes with bassinet and changing table attachments.  These pieces can be removed once your baby gets a little older and you still have a multi-level portable crib to travel around with you.

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As you can see, I’m all about registering for multi-purpose baby products.  By the time you have your first baby shower, you’ll probably have a nursery full of useful baby products because you mindfully registered for them.  Just think of all the useful things you may not have gotten if your friends and family bought those not-so-useful products you registered for.

Registering at a store that carries everything you need for yourself and baby is also important.  I just recently discovered Diapers.com and ordered everything from shampoo to batteries, toys and kids clothes in addition to diapers.  What’s even better is that it arrived the very next day.  Talk about easy!

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Infertility Explained: What Are The Causes And Treatment Options?

This article is not to be taken as medical advice.


Infertility affects both men and women. It is defined as being unable to conceive naturally, and there are many different causes. If you’re having difficulty getting pregnant, hopefully, this guide will prove useful.




Am I infertile?

Many couples dream of having children. If you don’t conceive quickly, you may jump to conclusions and assume that your dreams will never come true. The reality is that every couple is different. Some women will fall pregnant after a very short period of time. Others will take much longer. If you are struggling to conceive, try not to panic and don’t blame yourself or your partner. There may be a very simple reason, and you shouldn’t give up. See your doctor if you’ve been trying for a year without any success.



Failure to conceive naturally may occur simply because you’re not having intercourse at the right times. If it’s taking a little longer than you hoped, it may be a good idea to use an ovulation tracker. This will help you to determine when you’re at your most fertile.



If you think you may be infertile, it’s best to see your doctor. They will carry out a basic assessment and then refer you for further tests. The results of these tests will enable the professionals to make a diagnosis. In many cases, there may be a treatable cause. If there isn’t, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t be able to have children.



What are the causes of infertility?

There are many possible causes of infertility. In women, most cases tend to be linked with issues that affect ovulation. Conditions such as fibroids and endometriosis can also affect fertility. If your fallopian tubes are damaged, or you’ve been through radiotherapy, you may also have impaired fertility. Scar tissue and previous surgery may also reduce your chances of conceiving naturally. Age plays a role in female fertility. You become less fertile as you get older. Lifestyle factors, such as being overweight, smoking and drinking can also cause infertility in both sexes.



In males, most cases of infertility are linked to abnormalities, which affect the sperm. A low sperm count and inactive sperm can result in infertility.



In around a quarter of cases, no clear cause can be identified.



Treatment options

It’s not possible for all couples to conceive naturally. But this doesn’t mean that you have to give up your dream of becoming a parent. There are various options available to those who have problems with fertility. Treatments may include fertility drugs, surgery to correct structural issues and IVF. You may also wish to consider surrogacy or adoption. There’s a lot to think about, and it may take you some time to get your head around the test results. Don’t rush, and give yourself time to process all the information and weigh up your options. Fertility treatment can be a long and exhausting process, and it’s best to find out as much as possible before you make a decision.



Infertility is something most of us assume we’ll never have to deal with. But it is a possibility we may have to come to terms with. If you’re struggling to conceive, see your doctor. If there are problems, it may be possible to find a solution. If no treatment options are viable, there are other paths you can take.

Obscure Virus Found in Women with Unexplained Infertility

A new study has found that the little-known member of the human herpesvirus family called HHV-6A infects the lining of the uterus in 43% of women with unexplained infertility but cannot be found in uterine lining of fertile women. The study was conducted by investigators at the University of Ferrara, Italy.

The study also found that the response of the immune system to the virus may contribute to making the uterus less hospitable to a fertilized egg. The virus seems to activate immune cells called natural killer cells in the uterus, and lead those cells to produce chemicals called cytokines. Cytokines are tools the immune system uses to orchestrate an attack on a foreign invader, like a virus. However, the activated immune system cells and abnormal levels of certain cytokines may make it harder for a fertilized egg to lodge in the uterus, and grow into a baby.
Infertility affects approximately 6% of 15-44-year old women or 1.5 million women in the US, according to the CDC. Approximately 25% of female infertility cases are unexplained, leaving women with few options other than expensive fertility treatments. “This is a surprising and potentially important discovery,” said Anthony Komaroff, a professor at Harvard Medical School who has studied HHV-6. “If confirmed, the finding may lead to treatments that improve the outcome for a large subset of infertile women.”
Little is known about HHV-6A, which was discovered in 1986 and is one of nine human herpesviruses. Others include Epstein Barr virus, varicella-zoster virus, cytomegalovirus, and herpes simplex types 1 and 2. Since HHV-6A is typically not detectable in the blood or saliva, its true prevalence is unknown. A closely related virus, HHV6-B, is acquired by nearly 100% of the population in early childhood and is spread through exposure to saliva.
HHV-6B causes roseola and febrile seizures in infants, and can cause brain inflammation and disease of other organs in patients who have immune deficiencies or who are on immunosuppressive drugs.
Currently, there are no FDA-approved drugs for HHV-6A or HHV-6B, but infectious disease specialists commonly use valganciclovir, foscarnet, and cidofovir to treat HHV-6B reactivation in transplant patients. These drugs were developed to treat human herpesvirus-5 (HHV-5), known as cytomegalovirus.
More research is needed to confirm these findings and to determine whether antiviral treatment would help women with this uterine infection. Diagnosis of HHV-6A infection of the uterine lining can be made by a biopsy of the uterine lining, a standard procedure done by gynecologists without anesthesia using a small suction device.
The full article can be found on the PLOS ONE website. Additional information about HHV-6A and the infertility study can be found on the HHV-6 Foundation web site.

15 Tips for Staying Fit And Healthy During Pregnancy (Guest Post)

Pregnancy is a special period in every woman’s life, but it is also an unknown territory for all the “first-time” moms. You constantly hear about the experiences of other moms, and you can easily get confused. Should I do this, should I do that, is this good for me, is that bad for the baby etc…Well, with the help of these 15 tips for a fit and healthy pregnancy, I will try to clear some things and set you straight.
First of all you need to understand one very simple thing: A fit and healthy mom usually delivers a healthy baby; and in order to stay fit and healthy, you need to try and follow some of the habits that we are going to talk about. Let’s get started.


1. Always Start Your Day With Water (and Frozen Berries)

Staying hydrated at all times during pregnancy is very important. A great way to enjoy your morning water intake is mixing your water with frozen berries. Unlike other fruits berries are very low on fructose (which is bad for you) and they are very high in fiber (which is good for you). You will have better digestion and burn more calories through the day.

2. Take Walks In Fresh Air Every Morning

Extra oxygen and circulation in the morning can do wonders for you. Try to go on short morning walks now and then, and you will feel like a new person for the rest of the day. It is also a great way to be alone with your thoughts and will help you think more clearly.

3. Add Yoga To Your Everyday Routine

Yoga is an activity every expecting mom should do. It is becoming more and more popular with pregnant women because of the tremendous benefits. It will increase your stamina and strength, which will come in very handy for the extra weight. It will strengthen your hips, arms, back and shoulders, and help you deliver more easily with the breathing techniques. Not to mention the emotional balance which will help you in all those mood-swing moments.
Here are a few yoga poses for you.

4. Quit Sugars and Bad Carbs

I think this is the most important tip I can give you, but also maybe one of the hardest to follow. Sugar is BAD for you, and not only when you are pregnant. It is considered as the modern drug of our generation. Getting rid of it is tough, but the benefits are immense. Avoid too much sugar during pregnancy and try to make this a habit for life, both for you and your child. Once you get used to the sugar-free lifestyle you will see that it is easier than you thought.

5. Use The Healthy Pregnancy Eating Formula

For your eating habits during pregnancy, I recommend one simple formula:
CLEAN PROTEINS + FIBERS + HEALTHY FATS + DAIRY + GREENS
Even though you’re now eating for two, the quality of the food is more important than the quantity.
Remind yourself of this every time you make yourself a meal, and you will drastically improve your health both for you and your baby.


6. Squeeze In An Iron Smoothie Between Your Meals

Iron deficiency is a problem for many expecting mommies. The reason behind this is that your body produces extra blood for the two of you, but you only have so much iron; and iron is needed for making hemoglobin. So, try to include iron rich food on daily basis.
Spinach, kale, nettle seeds, cocoa beans, swiss chard, parsley, beet greens, bok choy, asparagus, to leeks, pumpkin seeds, almonds and cashews; make sure to load up your smoothies with different kinds of iron sources. Drinking smoothies is a great way to stay full between meals, too.

7. Drink Plenty Of Water

As I mentioned before, hydration is very important during pregnancy. I know that you probably visit the restroom too often, but that’s not because of the proper hydration. It’s a sign that the baby is taking up more and more space, squeezing down on your bladder. Now you’re drinking for two, so you should make sure you get enough water on daily basis.

8. Cycle For Cardio

Cycling is one of the best ways to perform cardio, especially while pregnancy. Wondering why?
Well, while cycling we’re in a seated position, so the body doesn’t feel an extra pressure on the back.
This means that you’ll be able to break a sweat, without feeling lower back pain.


9. Strength Train With Resistance Bands

In the past, people thought that pregnant women should avoid workouts, and they couldn’t be more wrong. Now, more than ever, experts say women should be active while carrying, so I decided to give you the best way to do that.
Strength training!
Get yourself a set of resistance bands and start working your arms, shoulders, back, chest and legs.
You can exercise as much as you want, splitting the muscle groups into different days and using
different kinds of exercises.

10. Drink Coconut Water On Daily Basis

Coconut water is a drink that you should include on daily basis while carrying. The electrolytes found in the coconut water will keep your blood pressure in control, will keep the right amount of fluid levels in your body and will help you maintain a healthy body and weight. Phosphorus, sodium, potassium and calcium, are just the few of the countless nutrients that are helpful to the body.

11. Don’t Forget Your Abs

The abs shouldn’t be left out of the picture. Exercising them can only be very beneficial.
Working them out on daily basis can help you support your pelvic organs and alleviate the pressure that your belly puts on the back. Also, strong abs equals faster after-birth recovery.


12. Always Include a Bowl Of Salad With Your Dinner

Salad is the best way to fuel up with lots of vitamins and minerals. That’s why greens should be a part of your everyday menu. A bowl of salad can help in avoiding digestion problems, and it definitely helps to make sure you keep a balanced diet.

13. Swim At Least Once a Week

If you haven’t tried swimming in your pregnancy yet, you should do it as soon as possible.
Underwater, you feel your body lighter, and that will help your back relax, while burning lots of calories. This is a priceless feeling, so make sure to try it as soon as possible.

14. Have Smaller, More Frequent Portions

Eating smaller meals more often is a habit that will minimize the discomfort of having a full stomach, while keeping you full all day. You should have smaller, more frequent portions through the day, including smoothies, shakes, greens and healthy snacks. This way, you’ll speed up your metabolism, leaving your body balanced and your baby healthy.


15. Don’t overeat fruits

You have to understand that when it comes to eating fruits, we’re talking about just another form of sugar. Yes, it’s the natural sugar loaded with vitamins, but the fact that fruits are loaded up with so much fructose is not good at all; and you really don’t want to add too much energy to your body – extra calories that you cannot burn.
Remember, you can still get all of the vitamins and minerals your body needs by eating greens and vegetables, without the sugary part, so make sure to choose wisely the portion of the fruit you decide to intake.

Expecting Mommies, It’s Your Turn To Rock The Belly!


Including just a few of these 15 healthy habits will help you stay in shape and improve your health, while making your body the best home for your baby. You have the best reason now to stay fit and healthy, because you’re eating, working and living for two!
Dear mommies-to-be, get ready to rock! 🙂
About the Author: Monica May, Fit Girl’s Diary
Monica May is a fitness coach, blogger and photographer, who is in love with fitness, healthy food, nature and hiking.
Through her diary, she passes on her fitness story, strongly believing that every girl out there deserves to get the sneakiest fitness and weight loss secrets – for free.
With the power of her expertise she inspires, motivates and supports, by giving you the best workout programs, plans, guides and tips, to finally fall in love with fitness.

NYR – Mother Organic Collection

Is there anything more relaxing during (and after!) pregnancy than a nice warm bath?  Of course, you want to make sure the products you use in the tub are safe for use during pregnancy.  The Mother Organic Collection by Neal Yard Remedies is an awesome array of safe, skin soothing, organic skincare products.
Mother Organic Collection by Neal Yard Remedies.

Mothers Bath Oil is a silky oil that will soothe and hydrate your skin before, during and after pregnancy.  Just add a tablespoon to your bath water.  You won’t even need lotion after your bath – it leaves your skin so hydrated and soft!
Mothers Balm is fantastic for preventing stretch marks, as well as soothing that itch that occurs as skin is stretching.  It’s also fragrance free, with delicious ingredients like coconut, almond, and macadamia oil.  This is also suitable to use after pregnancy to keep that belly skin supple while it shrinks back to pre-pregnancy size.
While of course whole body massages during pregnancy are discouraged, massaging the expanding belly with 100% organic Mothers Balm will feel awesome.  It also helps prevent stretch marks and calms itching.  Perfect for an after pregnancy, up all night with baby massage from daddy!
The Mother Organic Collection by Neal Yard Remedies will make a fantastic baby shower gift for those hard to buy for moms to be!
Make sure you visit Neal Yard Remedies to see their skincare lines, herbal remedies, supplements, cosmetic, hair, and bath & shower products!  They are offering a free bottle of Seaweed & Arnica Foaming Bath with minimum purchase during the month of September!
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Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for review from NYR/Mother Organic Collection. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Oh, the joys of becoming a mother…

There are so many aspects of giving birth that people usually don’t talk about.  One of them – the healing process.  I’m talking about down below and your nippies, ladies.  Obviously, you’ll need time to heal down below but did you know that your nipples might need time to heal, too?  
If you’re a breastfeeding momma you may have gone through the scabbing process at the beginning.  I definitely did with my first daughter and I’m sure it will happen again with baby #2.  It’s all part of the learning process for you and your baby and it’s perfectly normal (and painful).  With my first daughter, I used a lanolin ointment which was gooey and thick and actually a little difficult to apply at times.  While this product worked well for soothing sore, tired nips, I’m definitely open to trying other products.
Breastfeeding and Healing Products from Fairhaven Health

I recently got my hands on some awesome products from Fairhaven Health and I just had to share them with you.  First, the Nipple Nurture Balm – this product is completely lanolin-free and is made with olive oil.  It actually smells just like olive oil so to your baby, you’ll probably taste like The Olive Garden.
This Nipple Nurture Balm is extremely easy to apply, much more so than any lanolin product I’ve tried.  The warmth of my fingers helps it melt away into my skin which is really nice.
Tip:  Start using this balm at least a week before your due date to soften your nipples.


 Hemorrhoids, episiotomies, vaginal tearing, bruising… fun stuff right?  Not! Sitting Pretty Soothing Spray is designed for new moms and moms-to-be in this precise situation, providing a cooling, soothing antidote to your sore bottom and neighboring parts. Gluten free and all-natural, Sitting Pretty Soothing Spray features an all-star cast of healing ingredients, including Shea Butter, Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, St. John’s Wort, Organic Calendula, and more.

Breast milk is a precious commodity. Women will go to great lengths to ensure that not a drop of “liquid gold” gets wasted. That’s precisely what makes the award-winning Milkies Milk-Saver such a wonderful invention for breastfeeding mothers. The patented Milk-Saver collects your leaking breast milk as you nurse – allowing you to store extra breast milk effortlessly with each feeding.  Genius!

DreamBelly Body Butter
DreamBelly Butter is designed to help protect and nourish your skin as it stretches to accommodate your growing belly during your pregnancy.
Stretch marks are caused by little tears that occur in the dermis, the middle layer of the skin that contains the collagen and elastin fibers that help to maintain the structural integrity of your skin. Unfortunately, the hormonal changes and rapid weight gain that are a normal part of your pregnancy are a lethal combination when it comes to healthy skin, which is why so many women see stretch marks appear during pregnancy. The dramatic (although expected) hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy impact the ability of the dermis to form collagen and elastin fibers, which, in turn, makes it difficult for your skin to maintain its resiliency. As a result, when the skin is forced to stretch in response to rapid weight gain, it is unable to do so without tearing. These little tears that occur in the skin cause the appearance of unsightly lines – stretch marks – that are red and purple, then gradually fade to white or silver over time.
Of course, the conditions that cause stretch marks during pregnancy are normal and healthy, and cannot be avoided. And, unfortunately, some women are simply more susceptible to stretch marks due to a genetic predisposition. Therefore, the only hope for preventing stretch marks during pregnancy is to keep your skin as hydrated and suppleas possible.
Enter DreamBelly Butter, with its rich luxurious texture and gentle, refreshing scent. It’s just what you need to maintain the suppleness and elasticity of your skin as it stretches to accommodate your growing belly during pregnancy and to tone and regenerate your skin after childbirth. DreamBelly Butter combines natural, plant-derived butters and oils for deep moisturizing along with antioxidants from grapefruit and rosehip oil to heal, soothe, and revitalize strained skin.
I personally use this product post pregnancy on my belly and thighs.  I love the smell, the feel and the weight of the product on my dry skin.  Because the tub is so large, I feel like it’s going to last forever.  I wish I would’ve had this product at the beginning of my pregnancy.
NUK is a leader in the baby product world but did you know they also offer products for breastfeeding moms?  If you’re an expectant momma and have never breastfed before, you’ll want to consider checking out the NUK disposable nursing pads. These are great to tuck in your bra to help with milk leaks and are super discrete.  I like to toss a few pairs in my diaper bag and replace them throughout the day.

NUK also offers breast milk storage bags that are easy to label.  Whether your little one goes to daycare or another daytime care provider, or just stays home with you, you’ll be able to label the milk with the date and even the time that you pumped it.
Did you know?  NUK breast milk storage bags can be refrigerated or frozen and are 100% leak proof, guaranteed.

Do you have a favorite healing or breastfeeding product?  Leave us a comment below!

Preggie Pops Are Now at Target + Giveaway

Preggie Pops, the all-natural morning sickness remedy for pregnant women, is now available at a favorite nationwide retailer – Target!

Nausea associated with pregnancy is a very common phenomenon occurring in up to 90% of pregnancies. Developed and recommended by healthcare professionals, Preggie Pops products are specially formulated with essential oils, aromatherapy, and natural ingredients clinically proven to help fight nausea and morning sickness. Available in yummy flavors, they are small enough to keep in your purse and handy for those times you need them most! They are also a great addition to your labor bag to help with dry mouth and provide a nice energy boost.
Preggie Pop Drops come in three decadent flavors: sour raspberry, sour lemon, and green apple to relieve your worst nausea pains and start at $ 5.50. Preggie Naturals Chews is the newest product to the Three Lollies line – think Now N’ Laters meet morning sickness! Try the peppermint, raspberry, ginger, or green apple flavors to soothe your unsettled tummy starting at $4.95.
Target is stocking Preggie Pop Drops and Preggie Naturals Chews in the new Prenatal/Maternal Centers that are being unveiled nationwide this week, and also online at http://www.target.com/mom. The new centers cater to pregnant women and new moms and include well-known and trusted brands that meet her personal care, healthcare and nutrition needs in one destination.
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Baby Safety Tips from Parenting Expert Rosie Pope

This month has been dubbed National Baby Safety Month and parenting expert Rosie Pope has shared some great baby safety tips with us:
  • No outerwear in car seats as fall approaches (specs not made for this so compression in accident can cause car seat ejection)
  •  No accessories on a car seat (injury and again car seats not designed to be safe with accessories – testing done with out) – many gadgets to entertain or for comfort are on the market for sale
  •  No snacking while cars are in motion (choking) and difficult to pull over to perform CPR
  • No bumpers on cribs (suffocation)
  • No laying on a changing table with out using security strap (falling injury)
  • Rubber bands and balloons are some of the worst things to choke on as almost impossible to get up – be sure never to leave lying around of let little ones try and blow up balloons for parties – plus remove from all mail in your mailbox as often rubber banded together
  • No walking/running with a toothbrush – get your kids to sit down to brush eg kitchen table or lie on the bed
  • Do get a nozzle cover for your bath as kids usually at head height and can fall back or hit when playing
  • Never put your baby in he bath without checking temperature on sensitive part of your body eg underside if wrist – your toe or finger is too tough
  • Don’t bathe or shower your kids in a lightening storm
  • Inspect and replace bike helmets after crash or when foam is crushed. Regular inspection needed as kids may have not realized they hit it – same goes for throwing helmets
You can learn more about Rosie Pope by visiting: http://www.rosiepope.com
Don’t forget to check out Rosie’s new Maternity and Baby styles launching this month!

Mommy Mocktails for Labor Day | Bump Water

Labor Day BBQs and picnics are all about celebrating the end of Summer, eating great food, and occasionally enjoying that festive libation-but what’s a woman to do if she’s pregnant or nursing and can’t have any of that spiked punch? The solution: Mocktails for Mommies!                                                                                                           Bump Water contains 100% of the recommended daily amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Calcium, Niacin, Biotin, Zinc, Magnesium that are found in prenatal vitamins. Now Moms-to-be can indulge in refreshing cool drinks, all while getting their dose of the vitamins needed for their little one!
Mocktail Recipes

Strawberry Watermelon Bump Cooler 
In a blender, combine three frozen strawberries + ½ cup of summer ripe watermelon + ¼ cup of Bump Water Lemonade Sparkle. Pour into a glass and top with Lemonade Sparkle

Cherry Lemonade Cool-aid 
Select 5 -6 ripe cherries, remove the seeds and in a tall glass give them a little smash with a muddler or end of a cooking spoon (tough day? then keep on smashing!) Top with Bump Water Lemonade Sparkle

Pregnancy-Friendly Skincare Products + HUGE Giveaway

SAVE THE DATE:
Belli Birthday Bash (September 8th – September 23)
It may be Belli’s birthday, but the gifts are for you! Belli Skincare is proud to partner with like-minded mom and baby brands to celebrate our birthday and the full pregnancy to motherhood experience with a sitewide sale and online giveaways.  
Visit the Belli website to enjoy 30% savings sitewide on Belli Skincare products with promo code (BDAYBASH30). Enter daily to win exciting sponsored product giveaways from prestige mom and baby brands.  Participating brands include Healthy Mama, Pretty Pushers, Guava Family, Birds & Bees Teas, Angelcare, Swaddle Designs and Sticky Bellies.  
Each day a different prize and/or gift certificate will be featured from a variety of brands.  On the final two days of the event (September 22nd and 23rd), there will be registration for a Grand Prize Package  which features prizes from all of the Belli Birthday Bash event sponsors.  One lucky winner will take home the Grand Prize package valued at over $1,200 in mom and baby products. 
Why Choose Belli?
Belli ® delivers trusted skin care solutions that pamper and protect without known harmful chemicals so you can expect beautiful skin and enjoy peace of mind during any stage of your life: pregnancy, motherhood and beyond.
During pregnancy, breakouts just happen.  Blame it on the hormones or blame it on the random foods you’ve been consuming.  I’ve been using a couple of Belli Skincare products that have really made a difference in the appearance and texture of my skin.  Check them out:
For my face, I’ve been using the Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash which contains lactic acid, green tea (my fave) and cucumber.  This product is very easy on the skin and has an amazing light scent.  You might be wondering if it removes makeup effectively.  For me, the answer is yes.  I’ve actually gone over my face with a makeup removing wipe just to see if there has been any makeup residue left behind and surprisingly there hasn’t been.
This product goes on clear and suds up nicely.  I recommend you start with a smaller amount and add more as you need it.  If you start out with too much cleanser, it won’t foam up correctly and I feel like it won’t clean thoroughly.

Picture dozens of crushed up candy canes.  Now picture those tiny little candy cane pieces all over your body.  This Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub feels and smells amazing on the face and body.  Belli created a killer combination of peppermint oil, ginseng and green tea to really rejuvenate and prep the skin for the day ahead.
My skin has been so itchy lately and a body scrub seems to be the only remedy right now.  I’m really loving this product and would definitely purchase it again.

Disclosure:  I received free samples to facilitate my review.  Any opinion expressed in this article is based on my experience with the product/brand.
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