I’ll be honest with you, I wasn’t into moisturizing my body until I got pregnant. Now, it’s part of my my nightly (and sometimes daily) ritual. I actually look forward to it. The best part? It doesn’t take more than a few minutes to actually make a difference. Anti-aging, stretch marks, cellulite – below are a few of my favorite products to help you achieve soft, supple, smooth, baby-like skin. All of them are organic and non-toxic, so you can feel good about using them, pregnant or not.

For mothers and moms-to-be

Pai Stretch Mark System

I have been using this lovely 2-part system for the past few months, and I have to say, it’s good. I use the pomegranate and pumpkin seed cream during the day, and the oil at night. (How delicious-sounding are those flavors?) Bursting with wonderful regenerating ingredients, the cream and oil work together to maximize skin elasticity. They allow skin to stretch and bounce back into shape without showing signs of damage. Bingo.

For a delicious smell and silky texture

Susanne Kaufmann Body Butter

There isn’t another body butter quite like this one. I just can’t get over how good the smell is and the texture of the cream. It’s light, yet thick and absorbs surprisingly quickly. It’s also made with super effective and luxurious ingredients that are totally safe for mamas to be. I have recommended this to so many friends and they always become hooked.

Because our hands should never be under-valued

Susanne Kaufmann Hand Serum

Our hands! You cant forget them, you just can’t. This rejuvenating hand serum helps repair and regenerate with a high concentration of active ingredients. It contains a three-dimensional herbal hyaluronic acid, which acts on the surface and skin deep. Antioxidants and the coenzyme Q10 strengthen the feeling of elasticity and aid in the collagen production, while diminishing the appearance of dark spots, so hands feel silky and look youthful. Get it girl.

For cellulite and stretch marks

Tata Harper Redefining Body Balm

I know, I know. I have been told that stretch marks are hereditary – but that doesn’t mean that I am just going to stop trying. Using this is like bringing out the big guns. The texture is really dense and almost grainy, but in a good way, because you can really feel it getting absorbed into the skin. This is a great solution if you already have stretch marks, cellulite or scars that you want to diminish. It delivers optimal, concentrated moisture for a soft, supple appearance. Plus, 100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin. Win-win-win-win.

For eczema-prone skin and for mother & baby

Pai Apple and Mallow Blossom Face and Body Cream

So light and lovely and I love the dual-purpose aspect. I have really grown to love Pai Skincare. It’s such a great brand if you have any sort of skin sensitivity, yet still want anti-aging and botanical technology. This miracle cream can be used on you and your little baby, too. It’s certified organic, paraben and fragrance-free and is super hydrating. You can read more about it here.

For social consciousness and intense healing

Abhati Kanva Body Lotion

This all-natural, sustainable, fair trade line is my new obsession. Each product is packed with only the most effective and cleanest ingredients – like Himalayan wild cherry, Indian gooseberry, edelweiss and coconut oil. This particular body lotion is infused with nourishing essential oils, lipid-rich plant oils, antioxidants and powerful botanical extracts to hydrate, soften and protect your skin. Although it’s made in Switzerland, you can snag it in the US at Credo.

For anywhere and everywhere


There is a lot to love about this grapefruit smelling solid oil. A little goes a long way, so I like to keep this by my bed to address whatever area might need a little extra TLC – elbows, feet, knees, chest, neck, you name it. It’s jam-packed with powerful antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and a rich source of essential fatty acids, so you can guarantee intense hydration all over. It’s a nightstand essential.

Image, by Mario Testino, Vogue, December 2012.

We're nearing the end of the first quarter of the year.  Around this time, I like to take a moment to assess my progress in relation to my goals.  In 2018, I'd like to apply the lessons learned from the goals reached in 2017 along with those that I didn't accomplish.

After taking time to dissect the reasons why some goals happened, while others didn't, I've finally realized the ultimate factor in goal achievement.
The differentiator was very clear.  The goals that I reached (or made huge progress on) were the ones where I allocated a bulk of my time.

I know this seems like common sense but you'd be surprised.  On several occasions, I would declare a desired outcome as a goal. But that was pretty much it.  I kept saying that I wanted it but nothing changed in my daily life.

  • We all have 24 hours in the day.  
  • Each of those 24 hours is already occupied with our current actions.  
  • Our current actions produce our current results.
  • A new goal is essentially a desire for a new result.
  • In order to produce a new result, you have to put the time in. 
  • If nothing changes in your daily/weekly routine, you will not likely reach your goal.
  • This is because your current routine is producing your current results.

It's as simple as that.  

I can easily point out the intentions I've set but haven't allocated any time. Those can't be classified as goals. They're more like wishes.  I wish they would somehow manifest without any effort on my part.  Realistically, they probably won't happen.  Not unless I do something about it. 

 On the flip side, I set a clear goal for Q1 of this year.  I've also dedicated lots of focused time and attention toward the realization of that outcome.  I'm happy to report that I'm currently enjoying the fruit of my labor.  

Sure, I had to switch some things around in my routine to make it happen.  But it was worth it.  Going into this second quarter, I will follow the same process.  I'll take a look at my list of goals and ask myself "which of these areas would I love to experience the most progress?"  I'll then select the top 1 or 2 goals and make a plan to allocate adequate time towards executing actions that lead me directly to that result.  

It's Monday.  A great activity to try is to review your actions over the past 7 days.  How much of your time last week was allocated towards reaching your goals? Not much? No worries....we have this week.  And with longer days ahead, we have fewer excuses to get the wheels in motion.  

Pick out your focuses for this week and establish a plan to ensure you are proud of yourself by the end of the next 90 days.