Friday, March 6, 2015

Baby Shopping Checklist!

I can't believe I am currently in the beginning of my 8th month of pregnancy! Goshhh...only a few weeks left until I meet my darling baby! Time flies so fast! As of today, I think my Baby Shopping List is almost complete...that is, if I decide not to add more and more things on the list! haha :p

I already checked off 80 to 90% of the list..but still, I feel like the list is incomplete and I am an unprepared mother if they are not 100% ticked! tskk =/ (Even though I know some of the things that are on my list are totally nonsense and unnecessary! Like....the Baby Dior pacifier I saw the other day! It's just too cute, I just had to put it on the list! xD )

Anyway, some of my pregnant friends are quite unsure what are the things we needed. Hence, I thought of sharing it here with you guys! - I will be dividing into two categories; Things that are RECOMMENDED (a.k.a MUST-HAVES!) and things that are NICE-TO-HAVE for the early months with your newborn, to make your life easier! (The box can be ticked, so go ahead...check off that list!)


A) FOR YOUR PREGNANCY JOURNEY -

Recommended:
✔ Maternity support bras. (As your boobies grow bigger, you may want to buy a few bras. Maybe 3-5 sets?) - I bought some bra extenders too! 

✔ Some belly bands/belts - If you still wanna wear your regular jeans and trousers, do buy yourself some Belly Belts! They're great! 

✔ Pregnancy pillow!

✔ Prenatal supplements. (I got mine from GNC)

✔ Pregnancy panties! (I find my La Senza panties really uncomfortable once I hit my third trimester. So I purchased some maternity underwear)



✔ Maternity jeans/pants/trousers 

Nightwear (although I'm more comfortable wearing nothing since I became pregnant. haha)

✔ Maternity trousers/jeans

✔ Maternity tops/dresses if you wish (although I didn't really get any because I don't quite like most of the maternity fashion/design. Heee. But I'm lucky enough that my sister gave me some of her maternity tops to use when I really can't wear any of my regular clothes anymore)  

Nice-To-Have:
✔ Stretch mark cream/oil - I ended up having 10 different types of oils and creams because I'm so paranoid after looking at these pictures! T__T)

✔ Raspberry tea leaf drink 

Pregnancy support belt 

✔ Pregnancy books 

✔ Pregnancy journal 

✔ Baby development books 

✔ Tummy sleeve (to wear with your short blouses, so it can cover your expanding tummy! 

✔ Pregnancy belly cast & paint  


B) FOR YOUR HOSPITAL CHECKLIST -

Recommended:
✔ Hospital bag (I would recommend to pack 2 different bags - One for mommy and another one for your baby!) 

✔ Nursing nightwear (2-3 pieces depending on your length of stay in the hospital) 

Dressing gown  

✔ Warm socks  

Slippers

✔ Comfortable cotton briefs 

✔ Disposable briefs  

Maternity pads  

✔ Nursing bras

✔ Disposable breast pads  

✔ Travel size toiletries (deodorant, shampoo, bath gel, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, and skincare products) 

✔ Towel & face cloth

✔ Baby wipes

✔ Cotton wool

✔ 10-12 pieces baby diapers

✔ Baby sleepsuits 

✔ Baby swaddler

✔ Baby bodysuits/rompers

"Barut" for baby

✔ Baby's travel size bath/body set

Infant car seat (for journey home from the hospital)  

Comfortable attire for mommy (for going home)

Nice-To-Have:
✔ Massage oil

Cute hospital gown with matching pillow case! Like this!

Support pillow


C) FOR YOUR BABY (What you'll need to have on hand for the early days with your newborn) -

1. CLOTHING (for the first 2-3 months):
Recommended:
✔ 8 undershirts or onesies (mix of short-sleeve and long-sleeve)



✔ 5 nightgowns (for use until the cord falls off)



✔ 8 one-piece stretchy sleepers (go for ones with zippers)
















✔ 5 pairs of pants

✔ 2 newborn hats

✔ 8 pairs of socks or booties, to wear with nightgowns and outfits


✔ 2 pairs of scratch mittens, to keep baby from scratching his face


5 "barut"


✔ Swaddlers (I love Ergobaby!!)

***Please note that you need to buy 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months and 9-12 months clothing as well because babies do grow so fast! I'm lucky enough that my sister decided to give me all of her baby's clothes from 0 to 18 months! So I never have to buy my baby's clothes for a year! ^__^

Nice-To-Have:
Daywear/Dressing up outfits

Designer clothing! ;p

✔ Pramsuit & booties

Chest of drawers

Baby's wardrobe

✔ Wicker storage baskets

Baby laundry hamper

✔ Baby plastic hangers

Hanger dividers (from 0 to 18 months)


2. FEEDING (if you're breastfeeding, you don't really need any equipment) - 
Recommended for breastfeeding mothers:
✔ Lots of bibs

✔ Burp cloths 

✔ Nursing bras (if buying before baby is born, buy one cup size larger than your pregnant bra size)

✔ Breast pads (disposable and/or washable)  

✔ Easy opening nightwear

✔ 20 x Muslin squares

Nice-To-Have:
✔ Breast pump (manual or electric) 

✔ Sterilizer for bottles/breast pump parts (You can buy the steam or cold water/microwave or electric type) - I purchased all types for different purposes. One to put at downstairs/kitchen (microwave) and another one for upstairs pantry area (the electric one). I also purchased the Steam Bag version as well, for traveling to the in laws', etc)
✔ Breast milk storage containers (bottles and plastic bags)

✔ Feeding bottles + teats

✔ Nursing pillow

Nursing chair/glider 

✔ Feeding tubes

✔ Lotion/Balm for sore nipples

Nursing cover (for outing)

✔ Nursing tops (for outing) 

Soothers/pacifiers

Nipple shields/shells 

Freezer


Recommended for formula feeding:
✔ Lots of bibs

✔ Burp cloths

✔ 8 four-ounce bottles with teats

✔ 6 eight-ounce bottles with teats

✔ Bottle and teat brush

Formula milk (be sure to check expiry date and note the lot number in case of recalls)

✔ 20 x Muslin squares

Nice-To-Have:
Soothers/Pacifiers  

✔ Sterilizer for bottles/breast pump parts (Steam, cold water/microwave or electric)

✔ Milk powder storage containers

✔ Bottle warmer

Milk Prep machine 

✔ Bottle drying rack

✔ Thermal bottle carrier

✔ Bottle storage bag 


3. CLEANING ESSENTIALS -
Recommended:
✔ Baby laundry detergent

✔ Dish soap 

✔ Bottles & teats cleanser 

Hand sanitizers

✔ Hand soaps 

Dryer sheets/cloths

Nice-To-Have:
✔ Multi cleaning spray

Toy & Highchair cleaner 

Pram/Stroller cleaner 

Floor cleaner

Stain eraser  

Tub & Tile cleaner  


4. DIAPERING -
Recommended if you are using re-usable cloth diapers:
Several dozen (4 or 5) cloth or re-usable diapers

8 waterproof covers

1 diaper pail

Snaps, Velcro or safety pins to secure re-usable diapers

A dozen washcloths for cleaning baby's bottom 


Recommended if you are using disposable diapers:

✔ A few boxes of newborn-size diapers (it's better not to buy too many in advance in case your baby is large or grows too quickly)

✔ Disposable wipes 

✔ Baby ointment or barrier cream to prevent rash

Nice-To-Have:
✔ Changing pad

Diaper genie 

Diaper changing table 

✔ Diaper caddy 


5. BATH TIME - 
Recommended: 
✔ Top N Tail bowl

✔ Baby bath tub 

✔ Baby bath + shampoo

✔ Baby soft-bristled hair brush and comb

✔ 3 soft-hooded towels

✔ Bath robes

✔ Bath sea sponge 

✔ Non-slip bath mat/sponge

✔ 12 washcloths  

✔ Baby lotion

✔ Baby toothpaste and toothbrush 

✔ Cotton buds

✔ Cotton balls 

✔ Baby powder

✔ Baby oil 

Minyak Telon/Yuyi

Nice-To-Have:
✔ Infant bath support

Bath caddy 

Bath thermometer

Bath toys 

Bath stand

✔ Baby grooming set 

✔ Storage baskets  


6. BABY CARE/NECESSITIES -
✔ Baby thermometer

✔ Nasal aspirator for suctioning mucous

Eye dropper/medicine spoon 

Medications

First aid kit 

Gripe water

Chest rub

✔ Baby nail clipper

✔ Baby nail scissors 

✔ Baby nail emery board

Sunblock lotion 

Insect repellent 



7. BLANKETS -
Recommended:
✔ 3 large cotton blankets

✔ 8 receiving blankets (they also make handy burp cloths!)

✔ Swaddling blankets


8. BEDTIME -
Recommended if you are using a crib/cot:
Baby crib/cot-bed 

Crib mattress

4 fitted cribsheets

3 waterproof mattress covers

Crib mesh bumpers

4 light blankets that fit in the crib

2 Sleep sack/sleeping bag

Quilt set

Mosquito net for crib 

Pillows

Room thermometer 

Nice-To-Have:
Changing unit or cot top changer

Crib skirts 

Baby listening monitor

Night light 

Baby Shusher device

Cot musical mobile 

Plush toys


Recommended if you are co-sleeping:

✔ Bassinet

✔ Firm mattress

✔ Fitted sheets 

✔ Swaddling blankets and sleeping bags

✔ Waterproof pads to place under baby

✔ Light comforter (keep away from baby's head)

Nice-To-Have:
✔ Cocoonababy nest

✔ Skirting for bassinet 

✔ Moses Basket

✔ 2 Moses Basket fitted sheets

Travel/portable bedding 


9. PLAY TIME (from birth to around 6 months+) -
Recommended: 
✔ Baby Playmats & Gym

✔ Playmat for tummy time play 

Lightweight rattles

Soft teddies and toys  

Baby books with mirrors and textures  

Sophie the giraffe - rattle and teething toy

Musical toys 

Pram/Stroller toys

Other baby toys 

Nice-To-Have:
Play yard/playpen (I love 4moms Breeze and Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light)

Firm mattress for playpen 

Bouncing cradle or Baby Swing/Rocker (I have my eyes on Fisher Price My Little Lamb Cradle n' Swing, 4Moms Mamaroo and Nuna Leaf)


10. TRAVEL -
Recommended:
Approved infant carrier/safety seat for car

✔ Stroller that reclines so newborn can lie flat

✔ Carry cot/Pram  

✔ Travel changing mat 

✔ Diaper bag 

✔ Head support cushion for stroller/car seat 

Child view mirror

Nice-To-Have:
Mosquito net for stroller 

✔ Rain cover for stroller 

✔ Umbrella/Parasol/Sun canopy for stroller

Isofix car seat base  

Baby sling 

Baby carrier

Travel system adaptors  

✔ Cup holders for stroller 

Stroller hooks & hangers 

Sun shade for car windows 


11. WEANING (for 6 months and above) -
Recommended: 
Highchair  

Larger bibs  

Plates & Bowls 

Spoons  

Cups & Beekers  

Soothing teethers 

Bottles  

Nice-To-Have:
Storage pots 

Splash mat 

Bumbo baby seat 

Food blender/smasher  

Weaning guide book 


12. HOME SAFETY - 
Recommended: 
Smoke detectors  

Carbon monoxide detector  

Window catch 

Safety gates  

Socket covers 

Cupboard catches  

Baby harness and reins  

Non slip bath mat  

Fire guard  

First aid kit and book 

Common baby illnesses book  

Nice-To-Have:
Humidifier/ Air Purifier 

Corner cushion protectors  


Such a loooong list, ey? My husband got a headache once he saw this list! LOL. I swear, I didn't make this up..I got this list from Mothercare website by the way! - Yes, I agree that all of the "Nice-To-Have" items are not really a must-have item or should be on your Baby List, but I believe it'll make any first time parents' life easier! Thus...they kinda important to me! haha ;p

Anyway, I haven't ticked number 11 and 12 yet. The rest...I can pretty much say that I've completed almost all of them. Only left the car seat, the baby's wardrobe/drawers to put all of the baby clothing and lastly, the baby cot (which I'm planning to put my baby there once he/she is 4 months old+. For now, the baby will sleep in the bassinet).

I will update the list once I have purchased any of the unchecked item. Till then! :)


XOXO,
Shazzy.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Of Being Pregnant

I am almost reaching 30 weeks now. About 10 weeks or so to go till I meet my darling baby, inshaallah! Gosh...I am so excited! Scared a little actually, but really excited. I cannot imagine what mommyhood is gonna be like! So many people say it's gonna be tiring but so worth it. So I really cannot wait to experience all of that! :)

Last time (before I got pregnant that is), I never really see myself as a mommy. I always thought being a mom is hard and not everyone can do it. I've seen and read so many stories about parents who are irresponsible, mean, crazy, and so on! So I wondered...which category am I gonna be like? Can I be a good mother? I mean, I'm the last girl in the family...and the gap between us siblings are only 4 years. So I never really get to take care of anyone when I was little. We're just like buddies. And I hardly had the chance to take care of my nieces and nephews when they were little as well! So I guess, I am not really good in handling babies and kids..

I don't even dare to hold babies! Cuz I feel like I'm going to hurt them as they are so fragile! >_< So because of this, I feel like I'm not a mommy material! haha. But despite feeling that way, my husband always say that I'm gonna be a great mom because of how I've always treated him all these while.. (Hmm..Really? Phew! :D ) - Well I hope he meant it and I hope I will be a good mom who will love my children unconditionally. Inshaallah..



Anyways...ever since I announced to the public that I am pregnant, I have been receiving some messages asking me "how" did I get pregnant! LOL - My answer for that would be the natural way, of course! hahaha.

I guess people were asking because we've been married for almost a year and nothing happened with us so far, and then now after 8 months of being together, perut saya tiba-tiba dah ada isi! hehe. Well, some of the ladies who asked me, have been trying to conceive but I guess belum rezeki diorang lagi. So they wanted tips from me on how did I get lucky! heh. Oh dear, I wish I could help...but really, it's all in God's hands.



When Hazim and I got married in 2013, I told him that I didn't want to get pregnant straight away like everyone else. I wanted to wait for a few months before we try on getting pregnant..because I only know him for like 1-2 years before we got married. So I still want to enjoy being just "husband and wife", rather than "mommy and daddy" staright away after kahwin.

As people always say, "before kahwin lain, after kahwin lain", so I wanted to know him more and more before we call ourselves parents and have a lot of responsibilities to carry. He agreed on this. - Because I believe that a happy family, starts with a happy couple. Thus I want us to really get to know each other, and be really transparent with everything without anyone else interfere with our lives just yet. Something like "just us against the world" like thattt..hahaha. So we wanted to have a little more fun, and bercinta habis-habisan before we have our little ones. And so we did! :)

They always say "bercinta selepas kahwin" is awesome. Well it's true! Sometimes we both wonder why laaaa, some people don't want to get married just yet (those yang dah mampu  and have everything I mean), because really...Hidup berkahwin ni best! I've never been happier in my life! We are so in love and happy with each other that we didn't realize that it has been a year since we tied the knot! I guess it's true what people say.. when you're having fun, time flies so fast! ^__^

So after enjoying each other for about 8 months, Hazim said he is ready to be a daddy already, and didn't want to wait anymore and asked me when I'm going to ovulate. haha. Cute. So...one day, it happened! Little #shazim is on the way now! LOL. About 3 months to go inshaallah!



Being pregnant has changed a lot in my life so far. I can't wear most of my clothes. I can only wear abayas or baju kurung. And I sleep a lot during the day too (always tired and sleepy!). I get weird dreams almost everyday as well! And sometimes I cried in my sleep! ishh. I also became sooooooo lazy and feel like crap everyday! I don't really drive anymore. I can't remember a lot of things. I became soooo forgetful and clumsy (blame the pregnancy brain!). I hate shopping malls. I hate seeing people. My skin and hair became so dry. I didn't really like make up and fashion anymore (which is weird!). I can't eat sushi which I love so much! T__T And I find myself always struggling to eat rice/our Malaysian dishes. Ughh. My tummy get super bloated each time I eat rice. But I LOVEEEE bread, pasta, pizza, eggs, fast food (T__T) and cheese, by the way!

My kind of food!!

I read in my pregnancy book, that our body absorbs about 60% of what you put in it. You know like shampoos, conditioners, hair sprays, lotions, perfumes, all that face creams and lotions and make up, etc etc. So that made me really think about everything I was using all these while! All those chemicals that I slather on my face, hair and body! Goshh...too much chemicals inside my body! So now that I'm pregnant, I didn't want to continue using crap products for my body knowing that it's going to absorb all that and transfer it to the baby.. So I went completely natural for my face/body products. I use lotsa natural stuff like shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil and also some organic brands..

One of my favourite brands for mama! The Earth Mama & Angel Baby brand. Love all their products!!! The bath foam smells really really good!


I even use the natural laundry soap for my laundry! I use the Eco Nuts that I ordered off Amazon! I heard they make great shampoo as well! Can't wait to give it a try!


So I kept all my SK II products, my Kérastase shampoo, my Sephora stuff and etc in the cupboard, and start using oils as my skin moisturizer. I only wear make up occasionally when I want to go out and meet people...just to make me feel a little better about myself as being pregnant has made me feel like crap everyday! haha.

I'm lucky though I didn't really get morning sickness for this pregnancy. Only nausea and bloated tummy.. but no vomiting (except only when I intended to - by self induced vomiting that is. Yuck, I know! Don't ask me why I did that.. Hard for me to explain to people to make them understand why I did that. Different people, different pregnancy, ok? huhu).

My journey so far....


Anyways, I love being pregnant. The feeling you get when the baby kicks and turns is amazing, mashaallah! One thing I don't really like about being pregnant would be to wake up every few hours to pee! Oh my God..it is sooooo tiring! Sometimes I couldn't sleep at all because I would be going to the loo every 1 hour! And now that I'm in my third trimester, lagiiiii lah! I'd be sitting on the toilet for every 20-30 minutes sometimes! *cries*. Sometimes I feel like wearing an adult diaper just so I don't have to walk to my bathroom every few minutes or hours! LOL. But seriously penat! I'm sure this is something every pregnant woman will complain about! hahaha. But I love drinking A LOT of water since becoming pregnant. Like...3 to 4 litres per day! So imagine lah..kalau orang pregnant yang tak selalu minum pun selalu akan kencing, inikan pula saya yang kerap haus & minum air every hour! Kena tidur dalam toilet je la jawabnya..tskk T__T

And oh! Of course..the body changes is also something I'm not so happy about! My boobies became so sensitive, swelling, painful.. It's hard to sleep sometimes because the pain is just unbearable at times. tskkk. And then people keep on telling me there will be lotsa red, ugly stretch marks on the belly, thighs, bums and boobies! Oh no.... *another problem in my life!*

All of my friends who have had babies told me to start right away so your body absorbs the lotions and oils and will help it stretch and prevent stretch marks. So the minute I found out I was pregnant, I went crazy and bought all the lotions and oils I think I need, for my boobies and belly, hoping I won't get stretch marks! haha. As of now..I have about 10 different oils and lotions for my belly! Tatau lah sempat habis before beranak ke tak ni.. hahaha *paranoid mummy-to-be*


I also bought a pregnancy pillow too, because I normally sleep with pillows in between my legs to get comfortable in bed. But since I hit the second trimester, I find it hard to sleep comfortably as I need some back support while I turn sideway and hug the pillows. So this pregnancy body pillow has helped me getting a good night sleep, apart from my wonderful husband who never fail to massage me before I go to bed! ^__^



Ever since I got pregnant, he became even more gentle and loving towards me. He loves my big and growing belly and is sooo excited when the baby kicks! hehe. He would fulfill whatever things I want and need. Ahhh....I am so blessed to have this man in my life! I am truly grateful for these two gifts in my life; my husband and our baby.

Anyway, last week we both went for a breastfeeding class that was held in Publika. It was a 4.5 hour class. Quite long, but so worth it! We learnt a lot from it! I cannot wait for our antenatal class next month! And definitely can't wait for my next appointment with my doctor in Prince Court for my 32 week ultrasound! I love hearing the baby's heart beat and seeing my baby even just from the monitor! :)

#ilovebeingpregnant!


XOXO,
Shazzy.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A little update!

Hellllowwww!

Wow, I'm not sure if anyone still reads this space since the author herself is missing for months now.. haha. But here is me writing again!

Sorry for the lack of updates! I know it has been like 4 months I've been away from this blog. I even got messages and emails asking me whether I'm doing okay or not. haha. - Cute! But I'm fine guys...it's just that I've been happily married and got no time to blog like last time. I loveeee spending time with my husband. He's my everything! (We're still on our honeymoon phase. Yes still! With him, everyday is a lovely day! hehe. So that explains why I don't spend as much time being online like last time, cuz I'd rather spend it with my amazing husband whenever we both are free! Heeee). And we were quite busy setting up our businesses last year which took a lot of my time too, so again...no time to blog! hehe

And now that I'm pregnant pulak, I got all these nausea, bloated stomach, tiredness and sleepiness most of the time. Sigh. So yeah, my pregnant body just couldn't be bothered to switch on my Macbook and start updating things with you guys. I feel like I owe too many stories on this blog, and that just made me even more slower to write about them here! LOL. Oh well...one step at a time la k. For now, Instagram is my mini diary. Go follow me there! hehe


Anyways, I am now almost reaching 7 months pregnant! About 3 months to go, inshaallah. Wow...time flies so fast! I haven't even bought anything for my baby yet! I’ve been researching safety and reviews of baby products from cribs, to strollers to diapers to detergents almost since I’ve become pregnant. They're my new hobby!

My friends and family find it surprising that up until today, I haven’t bought a single thing for the baby. Well actually...I have. But just a couple of things la, like baby clothes and feeding equipment only, that I purchased justttttt recently! The rest like bathing care, beddings, travel gadgets and others are not in my shopping basket just yet! - My friend said it's surprising to know this because I'm usually the impulse shopper kind of girl. I just take and buy everything that caught my eye without even thinking sometimes! haha. But for my baby, I've been doing a lot of research online and watch reviews on YouTube, before I make the decision to purchase. I wanna make sure everything that I buy for the baby is safe and good!



We aren’t finding out the sex so most things I am buying are white, cream, yellow, orange, green, baby blue, grey or silver.

Oh, this is so cute, right?!!

Although I haven't bought a lot of things for my baby yet, I did purchase quite a few pregnancy stuff for myself like lotions and oils to prevent stretch marks, pregnancy pillow, and a belly belt for my expanding tummy! I haven't bought a single pregnancy/maternity attire though. I'm left about 3 months away, and I could still fit in some of my regular clothes. - Cuz if I wear big blouses or jubah/abaya, people wouldn't think I am pregnant..because I don't look pregnant when I wear loose outfits, and they would think I just put on a lot of weight or I ate a large meal or something. haha. And I hate that, because being/looking pregnant is nice. People often treat you nice by giving you priority to ride the elevator first, or give you their seat or something! hehe. So yeah, I still wear my regular clothes just to look pregnant! ;p

Me and my 6 months belly! 

Anyway...one thing I HATE about being pregnant the most is the itchy scalp, itchy belly, itchy boobies, and just itchy all over your skin/body! Everything is itchy and super dry!!! My scalp is flaky, my lips are super dry, my face is sensitive, my whole skin/body is dry, and my boobies & belly is stretching everyday! T__T

I hate it. Seriously. I feel like crap everydayyyyy!

I now understand what they mean when they say you're no longer look the same once you're a mom. I mean, the process of the body to change in becoming a mom is just......erm...horrifying for me - being the kind of girl who used to care about everything from hair to toe that is! Everything just doesn't seem and look like it used to be! And I'm not even a mom yet! tskkk. But I guess, once I see my baby, I wouldn't care so much about all these things. Plus, my husband keeps on telling me that he would still love me no matter how and what I look like, whenever I'm membebel-ing in front of the mirror. haha (That's sweet of you, but you know I still want to look nice for myself! hahah ;p)

Hmm...I cannot imagine the day I find out I have grey hairs! I must be screaming my lungs out! hahaha ;p
Where's that pregnancy glow that the magazine promised you?!
T___T


Anyways, here's what I used so far for my whole body:


1) For my dry hair/scalp I have been doing this treatment:

The hot oil treatment for hair and scalp!

In general, my hair is quite healthy. I don't have much problem with my hair. My husband loves my hair too. But ever since I got pregnant, my hair looked dry and flat, and my scalp is super flaky, it's horrible!! I didn't know what to do other than shampooing regularly. But while drug store hair care products contain enriching ingredients that keep your hair looking good, treating yourself to a hot oil treatment with either coconut oil or olive oil or hemp seed oil or jojoba oil, will add that extra healthy glow to your hair and scalp! These oils are a natural moisturizer and can help with dandruff and dry hair! I would do this hot oil treatment once a week! My flaky scalp is now diminishing and getting better! Thank god! ^__^


2) For my skin on my face:

I used the Laneige Water Bank series every other day. I don't really used them everyday. Just the day I feel a little extra rajin. haha. I don't really put oil on my face anymore, because for some reason, doing so has made my skin irritated and itchy.


3) As for my lips:

I used Chu Lips lipbalm!

Chu Lip lipbalms are formulated with delicious blend of recipes as well as enhanced with moisturizing ingredients of Olive Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil and Rose Hip Oil for happy and healthy lips! ‘Chu’ means kiss in Japanese, by the way.


I love the packaging! It's a fun way to apply lipbalm! The Chu Lip lipbalm comes in a fun and stylish dome shape with an easy glide-on formula. It is available in four attractive colours, each comes with its unique secret blend of fragrances. With Chu Lip, applying lipbalm is so fun, unique and amazingly cute! Just remove the top cover to reveal the balm then kiss it to nourish and moisturize your lips! My lips are never dry anymore! You can get this at all leading pharmacies and major supermarket outlets at RM25.90 each.


5) Lastly, as for my whole body, I used these things:

The Elemis Japanese Camelia body oil - because Victoria Beckham says this thing works for preventing stretch marks!

Earth Mama Angel Baby products! 


And some other oils and body butter like L'Occitane Almond Oil, Palmer's Cocoa Butter skin therapy oil, Lifeflo Pure Coconut Oil, and L'Occitane Shea Butter.

Yes. I know, I have a lot of oils and lotions. I like to switch them up. Many will say that stretch marks is genetics, and while I agree with that, I do still think that it is important to use lotions and keep your skin moisturized and that it does help in preventing dry itchy skin, and possibly stretch marks as well. I used different oils or butters every day. And I have been using them religiously every night & day, since the day I found out that I got pregnant. So far I don't have anything yet on my belly. They say it would only appear during the last trimester or month. But I got a friend who has stretch marks at only 6 months preggy. So it's better to be prepared, right?

Anyways, I also did my own homemade body butter. My friend did this and she has amazing and beautiful skin!

Using all natural and raw butters!

I used pure coconut oil, olive oil, raw mango butter, cocoa butter, aloe butter, and shea butter for this recipe. I added everything into a pot on my stove and heated it up until they all became oil. Then I poured the mix into a container and popped it in the fridge. When cold the natural butter will harden but when warm it becomes soft and sometimes even back into an oil form.

I have a few extra jars left over and I'm planning to give some away to my friends who are expecting as well. If you're pregnant and would like a jar please leave a comment and if I have enough I will gladly send you one! :)

Will update more on my pregnancy soon!


XOXO,
Shazzy.
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