28-day Kegel Challenge with The Vagina Coach

After giving birth to Pearce 3.5 years ago, I have often thought things felt different down there. At first, I thought it was normal to feel that way after childbirth. But since I have read a lot about how it isn’t normal – oddly enough I thought, ah I will just wait to figure it out after I give birth to my second, maybe it’ll straighten things out. Funny enough since becoming a Mom I often put my health and my well being second to everyone else’s and given that it doesn’t affect me directly and I am not in a lot of pain. I have now ignored my feelings for nearly four years. When the opportunity came for me to take part in the Kegel Challenge, I was excited. It was finally time for me to make myself and my health a priority.

Something I struggled with previously after Pearce and that I have been hearing woman complain about my whole life is the “Mommy Pouch” all I hear them say is my baby gave me this Mommy pouch and I am never going to lose it, But what if I told you that the Kegel Challenge can help? Kegel exercises can engage your deep transversus abdominis which are the deep abdominal muscles that when activated will reduce the Mommy Pouch. Kegels not only help with the Mommy Pouch; they also help to reduce pain during intercourse. Intercourse should be enjoyable for both parties, and it should not only happen to satisfy your partner. By doing Kegels you will improve blood circulation in the pelvic floor and the vagina, which will increase your sexual arousal and decrease the pain during intercourse.

 

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Maybe your problem is a urine problem? Well Kegels got you there too! By doing Kegels you are strengthening your muscles which prevent urination and will make it less likely to have Urinary incontinence. Its also important to note that Kegels are a big factor in helping with Prolapsed bladder (our bladder is held in a position by supportive pelvic floor muscles and tissue – as pictured above. When tissues are stretched and or become week they can bulge through the layer into the vagina). Symptoms of a Prolapsed Bladder: Discomfort or pain in the pelvis, ball type tissue in the vagina, difficulty urinating, frequent bladder infections, and stress incontinence. By doing Kegels when you have a prolapsed bladder you can help to strengthen the muscles that support the bladder and can often significantly improve the prolapsed bladder depending on the severity. Also, by doing these exercises consistently through the challenge you will see better results as many women tend to do Kegels infrequent therefor taking longer to build the strength of their muscles.

Now to give you the goods, Starting May 21st , the amazing “Vagina Coach” Kim Vopni has designed a 28-day Kegel Challenge designed to help you learn how to properly perform a Kegel, which oddly enough 30% of woman aren’t performing correctly. It has also been proven when performed regularly you can achieve the following benefits reduced back pain, reduced pelvic pain, less pain during intercourse, and reduced incontinence – some have even seen symptoms disappear completely. Woman have also found that from completing Kegels regularly they have been able to lift heavier weights with more control, hold their bladder for longer, their abdominal muscles become stronger and their mid section becomes more toned – bye bye Mommy Pouch. The challenge is all through an easy to use App called “Obii” which notifies you daily of your challenges to complete. You also have a chance to win one of 2 Color Gradient Mat Yoga Mats.

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I am taking part in this challenge as I have often felt that going to the bathroom is uncomfortable and takes a lot of thought since having my son. It doesn’t flow as easily as it once did, I also am unable to hold my bladder as long as I used to. Not to mention losing the Mommy Pouch, I was unable to lose after having my first son would be a huge bonus. If you want to join me over the next 28 days Starting May 21st on this challenge use discount code Minimonsterz for $10.00 off. With this discount code you get the 28-day challenge for $17 instead of $27, for that low price how could you not put your body first and give yourself the best opportunity to feel like you again! I am so excited to take part in this challenge and will tell you all about it once done, unfortunately the code only applies for the challenge starting on May 21st, so let’s do it together!! Sign up here.

xOx Chelsea

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Hospital Bag

As many of you know I am in my third trimester and have been spending the past few weeks getting my hospital bag ready, and this involves unpacking and repacking a few times. Making lists of things to pick up, and things to add, and taking out things I have changed my mind about only to re-add them later – typical indecisive pregnant lady thoughts.

When I gave birth to my son I went super basic, and my mom had to bring me stuff from her house because there were so many things I didn’t think of. But I’ve decided to share with you what I am bringing, and what I will be using from the hospital

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Mom’s Bag: 

  1. This time I opted for a house coat, last time we had so many visitors come to the hospital, Pearce was a bit of a traumatic birth, and it was really uncomfortable to be nursing, and having all my husbands friends around, and just sitting in a hospital gown or my mothers night-gown she brought me which was not nursing friendly. I got my house coat from Pink Blush Maternity, I went for a mid-length one and am really pleased with the quality.
  2. As stated below it was really difficult to breast feed in the night-gown my mom brought me and the last thing I wanted to wear was pants LOL. So I opted this time for 2 night gowns. One black one that is a tank top style from the Gap, and One that is a T-shirt Style from Thyme Maternity, Both will be great for breast-feeding and are long enough that I feel comfortable and aren’t too thick as I tend to run hot even when I am not pregnant!
  3. I also packed a pair of flip-flops – for showering at the hospital, and a pair of slippers for walking around at the hospital. – no specific type or brand
  4. I packed my favorite pillow and put an extra pillow case on it (that’s black – self-explanatory)
  5. When I gave birth to Pearce I did not buy ANY nursing bra’s prior, my thought was that I don’t want to spend the money and not be able to nurse, as I know so many woman who struggled with this. This time I purchased a few soft ones from Amazon, (since my boobs changed so much after the initial engorgement I will wait to buy any wire or supportive ones till that happens). I purchased a 4 pack of nursing bra’s from Amazon, they came with back extenders which is so nice when you first give birth. They were 4 for $39.99 which is pretty hard to beat (black, pink, beige and white)!
  6. I always like to pack my own towel and face cloth, just because I do like to shower after giving birth and having one from home just makes you feel more comfortable, and I have an obsession with washing my face with really hot water with a face cloth a few times a day.
  7. I packed a going home outfit – A pair of baggy sweat pants, a t-shirt and a sweater, nothing fancy, Comfort is key for me. As well as Warm Socks for the cold hospital floor when my slippers are too far away.
  8. Nursing pillow, I just have a jolly jumper one that I got when I was pregnant with Pearce, I didn’t find that I used it too much, except for at the hospital

Toiletry Bag:

  1. Loofa – This is self-explanatory, I bring a new loofa whenever we go anywhere.
  2. Earth Mama Herbal Perineal Spray – I didn’t have this spray with my son but I opted for it this time, just knowing how things feel down there before and after labor, so Far I have found it really helpful.
  3. K’Pure Smooch Lip Balm , K’Pure Get Closer Deodorant  & K’Pure Keep Going spray
  4. So Luxury Sitz Bath – I packed this as I plan to put it in my spray bottle for my bottom bits after labor!
  5. Then I packed your regular travel toiletries

For My Hub:

  1.  Change of Clothes – with Extra socks
  2. I Packed a sweat shirt this time for him as last time he was very cold.
  3. Snacks – I made some pumpkin muffins and froze them that we will grab on our way out the door and other snacks I know he will like
  4. Toiletries
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For The Baby:

  1. I grabbed the Baby Starter Kit from K’Pure Naturals as it came with everything I would want for the hospital, I have used the sleepy time bath stuff on my son since he was an infant. The Numpfer baby cloth is so incredibly soft compared to what the hospital provides.
  2. I packed 4 Sleepers, my last birth we were in the hospital for a few days so I wanted to pack a few to be safe
  3. I packed So Luxury Coco Oat Bath  – Depending on babes skin I may use this instead of the K’Pure sleepy time.
  4. I packed 2 pairs of socks, and 2 pairs of hand mits to cover babe from scratching
  5. I packed 4 diapers and a pack of wipes – I plan on using the diapers from the hospital so these were just extra.
  6. I packed 1 Muslin receiving blanket (I always used this as a breast-feeding shield with my first), 2 regular cotton receiving blankets, and 1 blanket to go over the car seat
  7. Take Home outfit for girl and Take home outfit for boy – I like to pack a different outfit for each gender so its obvious what we have in the picture. This time I got the outfits from Jax and Lennon.
  8. Nipple leaking pads – its unlikely that I will be leaking at the point of leaving the hospital because my milk most likely won’t have come in yet, but they’re packed just in case
  9. I also packed little knit skates we got made for my son, we didn’t know the gender of my son either so we had Pink, and blue laces made so I have packed them as well for babe to come home in. Below is a picture of the one I got in case its a boy, But I also got a matching bow so it can work for both!

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Its getting down to the final days of this pregnancy and I am so excited to meet this little bean and find out if it’s a boy or a girl, and to just really take some time to bond as a family of 4. Whether baby comes early, on time or late, I know that it is going to be an experience all its own!

xOx Chelsea 

Charming Beauty Betties – Lip Sense

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If you would have asked me a few months ago about Lip Sense, I would have responded by saying oh ya that long-lasting lipstick. That was the gist of what I knew about Lip Sense. It wasn’t until I partnered up with Rebecca Lewis an Independent Consultant, that I actually tried the product.

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I started by just putting the color on my hand like most of us do to see what it was like, it dried so fast and it stayed on my hand for 30 hours – and YES I wash my hands a lot, before I eat lunch, every time I go to the bathroom, and I wash the dishes every night, it truly was Long lasting. Now I have never been a huge make up person, I have a few items but my frustration is always that around 11 am I feel like my make up needs to be re-applied and well – AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT! I decided to try it a few days later, I was pleasantly surprised with how the clear gloss really moisturized my lips, and how long the color lasted, I apply my make up at 6am and I found I didn’t need to re-apply till 4pm.

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Not only did it seem to last long, the color was great, It was bright enough on my lips to add something to my basic everyday make up or glam up an evening, and I got LOTS of compliments! I started to discuss the products further with Rebecca and found that they don’t just make Lipsense. They have a few other products all of which are long-lasting!:

  1. Lip Sense – You might be wondering what makes this product so long-lasting, is it a lip stain – no! But the color does molecules that bond to your lips making it kiss proof and transfer proof!
  2. Blush Sense
  3. Shadow Sense – you can use this product on your lip – it won’t last as long as lip sense but it does make for fun color creating! it can also be used to contour or cover up dark circles
  4. Eye Sense
  5. MakeSense Foundation with anti aging SeneShield
  6. SenePlex Skin care line for all skin types – contains the science of SeneDerm and SenePlex complex which is a kinetic enzyme that affects the way cells glow from the bottom layers of the skin to the top! It also helps to renew your skin cells more rapidly to fight aging!

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Whats great about these products is they are all vegan, wax-free, lead-free and gluten-free. On top of that NONE of their products are tested on animals that alone is enough to support these products in my eyes! Their products are 98% Natural 2% science, they are completely open about what they put inside the products. They believe in their product so much that they also offer a 100% money back guarantee, which is something you don’t get from the drug store!

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Rebecca Before and after tinted moisturizer

It was so interesting learning about this brand, Rebecca found this brand through a family friend who sold her 1 lipstick which became many more and soon she found herself signing up to be a consultant! Being a consultant hasn’t always been easy, She too struggles with time management and balancing the work and family demands of motherhood. However SeneGence business is extremely supportive of the women in their brand and they do whatever they can to make you successful!

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If you’re interested in trying this product there are 2 ways you can do so, you can purchase it directly from Rebecca and then she ships it to you, or you can sign up for a SeneGence account which is kind of like Costco you pay your annual $55 membership fee, and depending on your order size you receive discounts from 20 – 50% off your order!

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Before lipsense, after 2 days of wearing

To order from Rebecca you can go to her Facebook page or email her at charmingbeautybetties@gmail.com and as a special thank you to our blog readers you get 5% off ANY starter kit all you have to do is mention discount code: FIRSTSTARTERKIT to receive your discount. Be sure to follow her on Facebookto learn more about these amazing products! Remember that you aren’t just supporting a company that care about the environment you’re also support a local mom!

xOx Chelsea

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wearing caramel latte

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