Friday, July 19, 2013

Words of Wisdom

My youngest sister and my sister-in-law are both pregnant and due within a month (and a bit) of each other. I'm overjoyed for them and I also know that it might be difficult. I've had five pregnancies and four children and each pregnancy was a wondrous and scary time. I spent the first half of my thirties pregnant/breastfeeding/sober. As my children grow and become independent I wouldn't change how quickly and how many I've had for anything, plus I don't know any better. It was hard with four little ones but now we have a routine that works for me. At this point in my life I need it to work for me. I'm the one who is there for every scrape, stitch, tear, laugh, smile, success and failure (failure is important, kids need to fall so they learn how to get up). If I'm off the entire family suffers.

So what words of wisdom do I have for my beautiful Rosie and Helena? Love every little moment that comes, hug and kiss them as much as you want. Cry if you have to and ask for help when you need it - I'm only a phone call away. If you are tired sleep when the baby naps even if it is in the middle of the day. Clean the house only if you feel like it when having me over, I could care less if everything is out of place. When the baby cries and makes a fuss and bothers "people", ignore them and remember those "people" probably bugged the sh*t out of someone else earlier and karma is a b*tch. Lastly, shower, put some make up on, wear your good jeans and go anywhere, just go.


I didn't mean to get this "deep" when writing the post. The post was only supposed to be about me raving about this Canadian eco friendly, cruelty free, vegan, paraban free, dye free and chemical free baby product line "live clean (baby)" and an outfit for a baby shower. I've never wanted to review baby products (I want to leave babies in my past) but having two wonderful women who are so dear to me pregnant makes me want to learn about all these new products that are available out there. Plus, I like to be a know it all and this seemed like a good place to start.

Outfit part first...

Blazer, Zara. Blouse, Loft. Shorts, Ann Taylor (old). Shoes, Joe Fresh. Bracelets, J Crew, Ann Taylor. Watch, Michael Kors (old). Sunglasses, Burberry (old).

When I started researching message boards and product reviews live clean (baby) delivers great baby products that are also gentle on baby's skin and mothers are happy (check out why here). I knew that these products where something I could support and review. My sister Rosie told me that her friends use the products and love them as well. Plus they are found at Wal-Mart and Shoppers Drug Mart. This makes them easily accessible to many Canadians. I love the skincare essentials gift set, a great addition to any baby shower gift. The packaging is pretty cute too.

"Live Clean Baby is a unique collection of eco-friendly baby care products designed with your baby and the environment in mind. Live Clean Baby promises performance with natural, gentle ingredients - caring for baby's delicate skin using plant based formulations enriched with certified organic botanicals that are safe for baby and safe for the earth."

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  1. Thanks for the beautiful words Iva and the inspiration to not "let yourself go" both inside and out. Love You! Can't wait to start using live clean products. Ps. I also love your shoes

  2. This is a beautiful post Iva.
    I thought my baby days were behind me as well but then, well, you know how that went.
    I use these products exclusively with Ava. They're amazing.

  3. Love the outfit first. Floral blazer- obviously! And those tie front shorts are fab.

    I use the Live Clean shampoos. I really like them, especially for the price. I use their one leave in conditioner for my daughters seemingly always tangled hair. And I have used their daily moisturizer.

    Great CANADIAN brand ;)

    And all the sentiments on babies are bang on.

  4. What a sweet post, Iva (love the outfit)! Your sister and sister-in-law are lucky to have you in their lives.

    p.s. It's so nice to meet another "mature" Canadian blogger. I'll be back (:

  5. I'm stopping by from Aloha Friday Blog Hop. I'm now following you please follow back when you get the time Evoluchun's Miscellaneous

  6. Oh what a lovely post. Two newborns in your life very soon? *sigh* I LOVE newborn babies ... nothing can beat that smell when they snuggle into your neck. I am NOT broody :)

  7. Aww - such a nice post. And it's true - your words about looking after yourself because if you don't, who will? When you become a mum, you also become the all knowing, all seeing, all doing person. So it's important to look after No.1. So you're going to be Auntie Iva then? That's good - you can hand them back at the end of the day ;o)

  8. What a cute floral blazer! I love it - you look super gorgeous. =)

  9. Just stumbled upon your blog, can't believe you have had 5 pregnancies and look so fantastic. Bl**dy hope I do! Lovely blog and love the jacket, found it in the sale in the week - yay! xx

    South Molton St Style

  10. So Fab!! Love this look! Thanks for linking up!!
    XO Hannah

  11. Lovely post Iva, it's such an exciting time being pregnant! I hope they come to you for advice because after bringing up four babies I'm sure u know your stuff. Lovely outfit, and I love that jacket, I nearly bought it so regretting it now! X

  12. Thanks for sharing your lovely thoughts. :) I was raised by a single mom and she and my aunts were all close...I loved having the support/community of a strong group of women.

    I also love your outfit! Especially the blazer. :)

    Style of One's Own

  13. I needed paragraph two when I was pregnant! Lucky girls to have you around:) And I would like your jacket;)