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Pregnancy Reveal - Baby No. 2

Baby Maui is going to be a “Big Bruddah” - coming May 2019! Today is the day we let the rest of you know - WE ARE HAVING ANOTHER BABY! We told some of our close family and friends during first trimester because it was very hard to hide. I just started working out at 30 Minute Hit and I was under the Keto Diet for a couple months - until our trip from Hawaii. A few weeks after we got back, I was pregnant but didn’t really know until around 6-8 weeks and because I was irregular, I had no idea how far along I was for a while. It’s been a tough first trimester (at least compared to my first pregnancy). I am exhausted! Now, as we enter second trimester we can finally let you all know!

Sadly, I wasn’t able to capture everyone’s reaction. Don’t mind my annoying laughter after every reveal. Enjoy! XO

Fresh Prep

For those who know me personally, they know I do not belong in the kitchen. I’m not a great cook, the kitchen is my least favourite place in the house. We’ve got a little inside joke at home because my husband is very “traditional / old school” and grew up learning that a woman’s place is in the kitchen. Ironically enough, he married me. Now, he’s always been the cook over the past seven years. There have been some attempts I made that were a hit or miss. The first time I made Paul lunch on my own, I baked chicken. I asked him how it was after I watched him finish chewing the last few bites of the meal. He smiled and said “it tastes like cardboard.” (He ate the whole thing - what a keeper). Ever since I found out I was pregnant, I made a promise to myself to try to be in the kitchen more often. I was able to learn a little bit as long as I was following a recipe.

I first heard about the meal subscriptions from a YouTube Vlogger in the USA. I was interested back then but never really worked out because the company was based in the US and was expensive. I found out recently that there were other companies based in Canada and decided to give it a try. There are many meal subscriptions available but what made me choose Fresh Prep is that they were local, ethical and sustainable. They “prioritize local farmers who specialize in seasonal, all-natural produce, as well as local small businesses.”

I’ve started using Fresh Prep ever since I went back to work full-time. Thanks to them, I’m learning how to make these amazing meals. The exact ingredients needed are delivered to your door, so you won’t need to worry about groceries!

Use code OHANA18 to get an extra discount off your Fresh Prep subscription. 

Favourites: Beauty, Health & Wellness Edition

This month was all about me getting back to my old self. Being a first time mom, I was all over the place. I did not realize how much "me-time" I would be sacrificing. Trying to fit in a quick shower was a struggle at times. Now that it has been over the year and I am starting to get a hang of things, I decided I would try to keep up with a nightly/daily self-care routine. I was able to keep up last month, maybe 2-3 days were missed and I just had to pass out with my makeup on.. but definitely great for a start! So here are a few products I am totally obsessed with.

 

I keep this travel size lotion with me at ALL TIMES! If you know me, you know I hate my hands. To the point where I try to avoid handshakes and highfives! I constantly need to apply lotion because I've got deep lines and they dry out all the time. This lotion is 100% natural and keeps my hands super soft. I love the fresh smell too! 

 

Since I was going to go back to trying out a fixed routine, I was in search of a facial moisturizer. My sister gave me a Derma Roller as a gift, I did my research on what type of product would work best while using it. I read that it was best to apply Vitamin C and at the same time Di Morelli contacted me. (Talk about perfect timing!) I was one of the lucky people to try our their Vitamin C Serum and it is AMAZING! It's a little bit on the pricey side but it's definitely worth the price. I usually have oily skin, but with this product I come home at the end of the day with no shine on my face! 

 

This one is a family favourite! Baby Maui has been getting sick every month ever since he was born. End of last year, was the worst and affected everyone at home. We have been using an oil diffuser since December which helped us get through terrible nights! However, we had a hard time finding the perfect blend of essential oil. Paul would always want me to shut off the diffuser because he did not like the scents. I decided to try out "Vapo Hug" from K'Pure Naturals because of the reviews I read. As soon as we received it in the mail, I tried it. For the first time, Paul wanted the diffuser to stay on all day/night. I was super excited because it was also something that I loved! The air in our bedroom always smells fresh thanks to this! The best part is that K'Pure Naturals have about 7 different oil blends and you can get them in different sizes!

 

I am ADDICTED to these personal sprays! I ordered the small spray trio to start out. I chose: "Good Morning," "Keep Going" and "Settle Down." I originally was interested in just the "Settle Down" Spray, as a friend mentioned it was great to spray all over before putting kids down for bedtime. They have a variety of different sprays, so I decided to try out a couple more. SETTLE DOWN: We do co-sleep and I spray this on our bed and pillows when it's time for bed. I feel like once I spray it, baby Maui knows it's time to stop playing and it's time to sleep! Perfect for setting the little one in bedtime mode. GOOD MORNING: This I usually forget to use as soon as I wake up (which is what I wanted to use it for originally). I am usually super busy in the morning, trying to get ready. I work at 6AM so I usually remember to spray this once I'm ready and before I head out for work. It definitely wakes me up and makes me feel more refreshed. KEEP GOING: Okay, save the best spray for the last. My absolute favourite! I work 10 hour shifts and I keep this spray at my desk. I am so used to having naps with the little one, so I have a hard time staying up at work. Once I feel like I'm starting to get tired, I pause what I am doing and spray this. It has helped me with my first three weeks of going back to work! It's so good, my coworkers try stealing it from me!

 

I’m going to be honest with you all and say at first I wasn’t into the whole “Milk Bath” thing and thought it was all just a fad/craze.. CRAZY RIGHT?! I was able to try it when I was given a sample from one of the markets. I LOVE the So Luxury’s Coco Oat. I’ve heard about messy oatmeal bathing products that turn out horrible. This product isn’t chunky and dissolves easily in water. It doesn’t have a strong scent and leaves Maui’s skin even softer than before. 


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XO