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Feb 2017

5 Pregnancy Skincare Products You Should Be Using

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The Perfect Pregnancy Skincare Products for MOM.

Finding safe pregnancy skincare products while you’re pregnant isn’t easy, especially when there are thousands to choose from! We compiled a sweet list of lotions, creams, and cleaners that will not only be safe for your bump, but perfect for pampering yourself! Enjoy, mamas!

Glow Organics 9 Organic Belly Butter

The bigger your belly grows, the more love it’s going to need. If you’re worried about stretch marks and itchy skin, this belly butter is the perfect solution. Not only are the ingredients 100% organic, but their Pure line is unscented for mamas with a sensitive sense of smell. It’s also vegan and cruelty free-we seriously can’t get enough of this stuff!
Acure Organics Energizing Body Lotion

Especially during the cold winter season, it’s easy for your skin to dry out. This lotion is packed with natural ingredients, including organic argan oil, cocoa butter, and olive oil that will leave your skin feeling moisturized and fabulous! You’ll also receive a fantastic boost of Vitamin C and some much needed energy.

Anna Naturals Natural Calendula Nipple Cream

Cracked nipples are never fun, especially for nursing mamas. This cream is infused with calendula oil to help you heal naturally without using lanolin. This product is so natural and safe that you don’t have to wash it off before breastfeeding. Talk about awesome!

Bella B Foaming Face Wash

Buh-bye oily skin and blemishes! It’s tough finding a cleanser that is not only safe for your skin, but also for your pregnancy. Shea, cucumber, honey, and a handful of healthy antioxidants-it’s deliciously wonderful and mamas are raving! The pharmaceutical-grade tea tree oil infused in this cleanser, as well as other important organic ingredients, will help …


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Feb 2017

Diet Soda During Pregnancy? This May Surprise You!

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Cracking open a new can of diet soda is a sweet sound for many fizzy drink addicts. It gives us the energy kick we need for the day, and the sugary taste is a welcoming treat. All the awesomeness, zero the calories. What more could you ask for? Is diet soda during pregnancy really that bad?  Yes.

Diet Soda During Pregnancy

Each time you decide to drink diet soda, you are casting healthier options to the side. It’s very important to stay hydrated during your pregnancy. If you choose a diet coke over a glass of water, your body loses another chance at replenishment.

Not to mention, diet soda is known to play an unhealthy roll on the body. The artificial sugars are stronger than regular sugar, so it has a tendency to dull the taste buds. In result, that bowl of fruit doesn’t taste as great unless you dump sugar and a drizzle of chocolate on top. It can also lead to weight gain, an increased risk for type 2 diabetes and adds zero nutrients to the body.

We haven’t even mentioned how it affects the baby yet!

Common Issues

According to a study, there was a 38% increase in premature delivery for those who consumed one or more diet soda drinks a day. This number increased to 78% for those who drank four or more a day. If your baby is born prematurely, it’s at a greater risk for physical or mental disabilities.

The artificial sweeteners are to be blamed. Besides aspartame, sucralose, rebaudioside A, stevia, acesulfame potassium, or Sunett (phew!), the sugar Saccharin has been known to travel through the placenta and make a home in fetal tissue. Even though the FDA has deemed …


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Feb 2017

Last Month of Pregnancy Checklist

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Congratulations, mama! You’ve reached the last month of pregnancy.

You are in the home stretch of your pregnancy and it’s time to finalize preparations for the arrival of your beautiful baby! Your life is about to change drastically (for the best, of course) so we have a list to help you prepare for all the crazy in your last month of pregnancy!

Sleep. Then Sleep Some More

As soon as your little ones arrives, sleep will feel nonexistent. In your last month of pregnancy, squeeze in as much shuteye as you can. Curl under the covers longer in the mornings, go to bed earlier than usual, take a nap whenever the couch calls your name. You’ll be happy you did.

Treat Yo’ Self

Mama’s need a bit of pampering too and now is the best time to do that! Get your hair done, wax those eyebrows, enjoy a relaxing day at the spa. Even better-get those toes manicured. Once your little miracle is born you’ll be able to see those feet again! You’re going to not only look good heading into that labor room, but you’ll be feeling good.

Get Your Hospital Bag Ready

Do you have toiletries in your bag? Nursing bra? Snacks? The clock is ticking and you’ll want that bag set and ready for when you bust out the door to the hospital. There are a lot of lists circulating the internet, but we have a great list here for you to check out!

Freeze! It’s Meal Prep Time

The last thing you’ll want to do is prepare a meal and cook it when you return home. It’s going to be hectic for awhile-so stock up your pantry with any goodies you’ll need …


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Nov 2017

The New Fourth Trimester Box Has Arrived!

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Have you heard the fabulous news? The Fourth Trimester Box has arrived!

Wait, Fourth Trimester is a thing?

You bet it is, mama! It’s for that time period when your little one is adjusting to life outside of the womb while you adjust to life as a new mom. Motherhood is a whirlwind of emotions and it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and forget to take care of one of the most important people in your life-YOU! Your hormones are changing and sleep is close to nonexistent, so we crafted a survival kit just for you. This will give you the chance to be the best mama you can be. So pamper yourself and get ready to take on the world of motherhood. You got this!

So, what’s in this Fourth Trimester Box anyways? Glad you asked!

Acure Dry Shampoo

Shower is a luxury those first couple months of motherhood.  Luckily, Acure has you covered with their vegan dry-shampoo. Just rub a bit of the product into your roots and wah-la! Works like magic! You’ll look like a brand new woman.

Glow Organics 9 Energize Bath Bomb

Forget the coffee and get energized with Glow Organics 9’s bath bomb!  You’ll feel recharged in minutes. This bath bomb is infused with organic essential oils, giving you the natural energy you need during your fourth trimester.

Acure Cleansing Towelettes

Unexpected guests at your door-step and you haven’t showered yet? No worries, Acure comes in clutch again! Get cleaned up real quick with their cleansing towelettes. Not only will they leave you feeling fresh, but it also helps take the spit-up out of your hair. Yeah, we’ve all been there.

Belli Stretchmark Cream

As a new mom, Belli’s Stretchmark Cream definitely …


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Oct 2017

November Bump Box Baby – Say Hello to Isaac!

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Say hello to Isaac! He is our very first Bump Box baby! (You may recognize him from his modeling shoot for the SqueakNSnap giveaway we recently ran!) If this cutie’s face doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will! We love to see the little ones that have grown up using products from Bump Boxes! We were lucky enough to get a quick interview from this adorable little guy to hear about his loves and aspirations! 🙂

Name: Isaac James Elias
Age: 7 months
Favorite song: Patty-cake
Favorite animal: My 2 doggies, Gauge and Saydi
Favorite past time: Jumping in my bouncer
Favorite food: Pears and mommas milk
Favorite Toy: Right now, anything that makes noise!
Favorite Book: That’s Not My Puppy
Favorite color: My mom says that blue or green bring out my eyes 🙂
What do you want to be when you grow up? Anything I want!!
Where do you see yourself in 25 years? Graduating college, getting an awesome job, and finding a woman my mom approves of! 😉
Who is your role model? Daddy
What’s your favorite product from your Bump Boxes? Squeak n Snap, so fun!

 

Each month, we want to show the happy faces that have grown up with Bump Boxes! High five to our awesome moms for keeping their little one healthy and happy!


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2017

SqueakNSnap Giveaway!

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Squeak ‘n’ Snap Giveaway

Do you have the worlds cutest baby? The SqueakNSnap is the amazing answer to grabbing a child’s or a pet’s attention and getting that fabulous picture-every time! Enter now for your chance to win your very own SqueakNSnap!

Simply plug the SqueakNSnap into your phone, squeeze to activate and get great pictures every time of your kids and pets! Wha-la! And we can say from experience… it really works! It’s the perfect solution to snap the photos you will be showing off!


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Sep 2017

WavHello Baby Speaker & Soother Giveaway

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WavHello Baby Speaker & Soother Giveaway

We’re working with WavHello again to bring you another one of their awesome products: The SoundBub Baby Speaker & Soother system!

It’s not just a soother. Play their favorite music, a lullaby from Dad while he’s away, or a reading of their best-loved story from Grandma at bedtime. SoundBub can connect your child to loved ones near and far. This incredible product sells for $59.99 on WavHello’s website but one lucky mom will receive their’s FREE if they enter our giveaway! Good luck to all you mamas out there looking for some much needed peace and quiet!

Enter now for the chance to win! Giveaway closes at 11:59:59 PM CT on September 18! Good luck Mamas!

Want yours now? Find it here!


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Aug 2017

Inside of the August Sample Box

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This August $10 Bump Box is unbeatable! We’ve included the Bump Boosters Pregnancy Cookie, Belli Elasticity Belly Oil & Anti-Blemish Facial Wash, Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Nipple Butter and a FULL SIZE Nature’s Baby Organics Aromatherapy Calming Spray PLUS, each subscriber this month will receive a $25 gift card for Sweet & Spark Curated Vintage Jewelry! Score! A healthy and safe pregnancy made easy!

 

Bump Boosters Pregnancy Cookie  |  $3.00

This cookie is our number one craving! The Bump Boosters pregnancy cookie is not only healthy, it is delicious! With added vitamins and minerals specifically for you and your little bump, you’ll never feel guilty about this snack!

Belli Elasticity Belly Oil  |  Full Size: $34.00

That growing little bump can really take a toll on your skin and Belli’s elasticity belly oil is here to the rescue! Everything Belli offers is safety screened to ensure avoidance of ingredients linked to birth defects and other harmful conditions.

Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash | Full Size: $22.00

You’ll want to avoid many common chemicals found in everyday facial washes while you’re pregnant (retinoids, benzoyl peroxide & salicylic acid just to name a few). Belli’s anti-blemish facial wash contains lactic acid, which naturally occurs in the body and is extremely safe during pregnancy and beyond.

Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Nipple Butter  |  Full Size: $12.99

One of our favorites! Organic, non-gmo & toxin free… you can’t go wrong with Earth Mama Angel Baby’s natural nipple butter. Trust us. Your nips will thank you!

Nature’s Baby Organics Aromatherapy Calming Spray  |  $5.95

The stress and excitement of delivery day can cause some serious insomnia, not to mention a newborn sometimes needs a little help figuring out this whole sleep thing. This aromatherapy calming spray is a necessity for the third …


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Aug 2017

Pampered Mama Giveaway!

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Pampered Mama Giveaway from Anna Naturals

We know bumpin’ ain’t easy!  That’s why we’ve partnered with Anna Naturals to bring you some much needed R&R.  They are giving away some of their best products (70+ value) to help you with that growing little bump.  You deserve it mama!

 


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May 2017

Trying To Conceive – The Bump Boxes Guide

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You’ve given it some thought. Some thought? You’ve spent hours daydreaming. You’ve been creeping the Facebook walls of pregnant friends. You keep asking to babysit your sister’s 2-year-old. It’s time to make a baby. Trying to conceive can be difficult and frustrating, but that’s why we created this guide!

Visit the Doctor

Okay, let’s step back for one quick second before you start making the sparks fly. You and your partner should pop into the doctor’s office (one menstrual cycle before you get down to business) and learn everything you need to know about your family’s past pregnancy experiences and health history. Get your immunizations up to date, and get on a prenatal vitamin. Trying to conceive moms need a steady intake of folic acid, a building block of baby’s early developmental brain tissue.

Watch the Scale

If you plan on getting pregnant, you should prepare your body. After all, carrying a baby around all day is hard if you’re not used to exercise! Plus, labor is made considerably easier and safer if you are more physically fit. If you’re heavier, spend a couple of months working towards a healthier goal weight. But being too underweight can be just as dangerous as too overweight, so try to hit a healthy middle ground before you start trying to conceive. Check out our blog on pregnancy weight gain for more!

Get Pregnancy Safe

You’re trying to conceive, that means you need to make some lifestyle changes. First, go through your makeup bag and check the ingredients of your favorite items – you’ll be surprised how many beauty products actually contain dangerous chemicals. Then take a peek in the fridge. You’ll want to start avoiding foods that could potentially be harmful to your baby. Do a little reading …


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2017

Pregnancy Superfoods Moms Can’t Get Enough Of!

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Pregnancy Superfoods

Eating healthy while pregnant is one of the most important things you can do for you and your baby. Sure, that craving for a double bacon cheeseburger is very real, but you and your baby need some serious nutrition first. Never fear, Bump Boxes is here with our favorite pregnancy superfoods! Include these nutrition-packed foods in your diet – your body and your little one will thank you!

Eggs

The best breakfast innovation since toasted bread! Eggs are total superfoods. They’re one of the easiest forms of protein available, plus they have all of the amino acids your baby needs. Let’s not forgot about the dozens of essential vitamins packed under that fragile little shell. Egg yolks contain choline, which is essential for fetal brain development. Our tip: find a brand with omega-3 fats. Those will improve your baby’s brain development and vision power!

Avocado

Everybody loves avocados! And for a good reason – they’re packed with mono-unsaturated fats (good fats) and a bunch of essential vitamins like fiber, potassium, and the baby-essential folic acid. They’re versatile as heck and can go with just about every meal, if you’ve got the culinary creativity! If you’re going for guac, try to keep the salty chips to a minimum. Otherwise, enjoy these pregnancy superfoods as much as you want!

Beans and Lentils

Vegetarian moms already know how rich in protein and fiber these are, so it should come as no surprise that they made our list of superfoods. Low in fat but high in nutritional content, beans and lentils are perfect for pregnant mamas. And all of those gastrointestinal troubles that pregnancy hormones love to create? The natural fiber will knock those right out. Try a black bean burger, …


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Apr 2017

Pregnancy Symptoms You Can’t Ignore

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Pregnancy, like any new experience, is full of scary unknowns. Sometimes you honestly don’t know if what you’re experiencing is supposed to happen or if you need to have another panicky call to your mother-of-three bestie. Usually it’s the latter. A lot of the time it can be difficult to tell which crazy thing your body is doing is natural and normal, and which warrants a call to your care provider. This handy guide will outline which pregnancy symptoms are something to worry about and which are nothing out of the ordinary.

Bleeding

Few things can get the heart racing like the unexpected sight of blood. Many moms report light spotting and have perfectly healthy pregnancies, but if you experience any vaginal bleeding at all you should go with your gut and call your care provider ASAP. You’ll need to go through a few tests including an ultrasound and a physical, this is all to verify that there are no complications. While bleeding or spotting is a pregnancy symptom that doesn’t necessarily spell miscarriage, you should take it seriously and err on the side of caution.

If you experience moderate to heavy bleeding, or if it’s accompanied by fever or chills, you will need to go straight to the ER.

Fever/Flu

Nobody likes being sick, especially pregnant mamas. Getting the flu during pregnancy can lead to serious complications during pregnancy and labor, but luckily this is one of the pregnancy symptoms you can be proactive about. The CDC, the Mayo Clinic and the American Pregnancy Association all strongly recommend pregnant women get flu vaccinations (flu shots). According to these sources, vaccines are perfectly safe for your unborn baby – they will even protect her immune system for up to 6 months after …


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