Pregnancy Acne and Other Skin Problems


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Acne.

It’s been one of those things that people keep telling me I would outgrow, but you know – i’m well into my 30s now and guess what. I haven’t. So like my dad always says – some problems can’t be solved, you just have to manage them.

So, I’ve been managing it all my adult life with trips to the dermatologist but now that I’m pregnant, there are so many things that are off limits when it comes to treating acne. I remember when I was pregnant with Olive my acne was the absolute worst. Between the new pregnancy hormones and already being predisposed to acne, I had severe back and chest acne, and my face was covered with cystic ones. So when I found out that I was pregnant this time, I was determined to prevent these problems from the beginning. And so far, regimen has been working, and I totally wanted to share it with you.

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When I’m not pregnant I usually use a sulfur based face wash for my acne – but that isn’t allowed right now, and neither is salicylic acid (which is what you’re going to find in most drug store brands.) What I really needed was to find a cleanser which provided gentle cleansing but also exfoliation to prevent my pores from being clogged. Regular Benzoyl Peroxide cleansers were too drying for me (which in turn, causes more acne).

My dermatologist recommended a gentle glycolic acid cleanser which aids in the sloughing of dead skin cells, which in turn helps your skin breathe. I’ve been using this on my face as well as my chest and back since the day I found out I was pregnant, and i’m happy to report that my chest and back are so far free from acne, which is something to freakin’ celebrate. I alternate this with a super gentle Cetaphil cleanser when my skin feels a little drier, and it’s worked well for me.

Moisturize

My skin has been incredibly dry this pregnancy – from my head to my toes I feel like I want to swim in a vat of lotion. I love using BioOil especially on my belly and boobs – it helped me prevent stretch marks with my pregnancy with Olive. I also use Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream all over – especially on my lips and extra dry spots like my elbows and knees. A little goes a long way; and it lasts forever.

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I love masks n’ things. I especially love this Rose Mask from Fresh – with my skin being crazy dry, this wonderful smelling mask delivers a powerful punch of moisture to just cleansed skin. The smell is also to die for, but i’m partial to the scent of roses; I always have been! When I do get spots on my face, I use Aesop Camomile Anti-Blemish Mask to calm my skin. This clay blend mask doesn’t seem to over dry or over aggravate my troubled skin like so many other clay based masks do.  Sometimes when i’m feeling especially lazy, I smooth these two masks on together, at the same time. Seems to work for me! And a time saver. Score.

This last treatment is something that I had to get prescribed from my dermatologist – but I think it’s been really worth it. It’s a combination of an safe-for-pregnancy antibiotic and benzoyl peroxide, which i use sparingly when I have breakouts. It’s able to safely reduce swelling for my smaller zits, something that over-the-counter remedies just aren’t able to do. However, once in a while I get really deep, really painful cysts that won’t go away for months – the only solution here is to get a cortisone shot in these spots at the doctors. Don’t worry, these are also totally safe after the 1st trimester of pregnancy.

Do you have any tried-and-true acne or skin solutions during pregnancy? I’d love to hear if you’re willing to share!
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Dear Olive, I Miss You.


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To my Dear Olive,

Now that I’m halfway done with my pregnancy I find myself missing you more and more. No, you haven’t spent more time away from me, but I’m starting to mourn the fact that you’re not going to be my only child anymore. You’re not going to be my only baby anymore.

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For so long, it was just you and me. Daddy traveled a lot for work and school for the first 2.5 years of your life, and during that time you and I spent so much time as a team; just us girls. Yes – sometimes things were rough and lonely, but we made it through, together. Adapting to early motherhood was very challenging for me, I’ll admit; but as you started to grow into this emotional, sweet and happy little girl I just fell in love with you, and in love with being a mom. More specifically, in love with being your mom.

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While I’m really happy that we’re pregnant and expanding our family, I can’t help but think about how my attention is going to be divided between you two kids. I can’t help but already miss the time we spend alone together: our Color Me Mine dates, our park dates, or our mani-pedi dates. I’m going to miss you being my friend, my sidekick, and my partner in crime.

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I’m also worried that you won’t understand why we can’t hang out all the time anymore. I’m worried that especially in the early days (the ones that are full of breastfeeding and no sleep – we went through that with you too!) that you will mistake my absence or fatigue for me not loving you anymore. Or that your baby brother has replaced you. Or that I don’t want to hang out with you. Because I promise you that I do, very very much so.

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I miss our time together so much already that it makes mama really sad. I will try to snuggle up on your more these few months, so please don’t think i’m smothering you. To be honest, i’m probably going to pull you out of school on random days, ‘just because’ – I intend to soak up as much of our duo as much as I can. What do you want to do? We can go to the zoo, or the bakery….whatever you want. Let’s do it.

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Oh, before I forget. I just want to say that I am so proud of the big girl that you are. You are kind, and thoughtful and funny – and you have a sweet and generous heart. You are not only an amazing daughter to Daddy and I, but you are going to be the best older sister. I can’t wait to watch you discover that relationship and learn how to love your sibling. It won’t always be easy, but mama knows that you’re going to be great at it.

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One last thing – please don’t ever forget that you’re forever my firstborn child, my first true love, and that you and I will always be something special. I’m here for you, and I’ll never be too busy to listen to you, to love you, and to be there when you need me. I promise to always make time for you.

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Love always,

Mama.

 

 

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Photo Credit – Photos 1, 2, 3 and 6 by Sadaf Murad Photography. Photo 6 by Erin J Saldana Photography. 

New Product in Shop!


So happy to have been able to take the last few months to work on a new mug design for my shop! I designed the You Got This mug a few months ago when I was having a tough time getting through the day without wanting to chug a vat of coffee. You’ve had those days, right?

Photos of Jody Che's Mugs: Mr & Mrs, You Got this, by Michelle Mishina Photography @mishinaphoto

Photos of Jody Che's Mugs: Mr & Mrs, You Got this, by Michelle Mishina Photography @mishinaphoto

I also had some more photos of the Mr and Mrs mugs updated, just in time for wedding gift season:

Photos of Jody Che's Mugs: Mr & Mrs, You Got this, by Michelle Mishina Photography @mishinaphoto

Photos of Jody Che's Mugs: Mr & Mrs, You Got this, by Michelle Mishina Photography @mishinaphoto

Thanks to my husband for modeling (you’re a natural hand model, babe) and to my friend Michelle of Mishina Photography for taking these beautiful pictures.

All mugs are available in the shop!

 

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Mothers Day Giveaway with Swellpress Paper


You guys, I’m so excited to be doing this collaboration-giveaway with my friend Britt who is the boss lady behind Swellpress Paper.

We created these super cute notecards that I’m stoked about – I did the lettering, and she did the letterpress and hand-dip dye and I’m so thrilled with the results!

Just in time for Mother’s day, we wanted to give you guys a chance to win a set of these personalized, hand lettered, letter pressed and hand dipped note cards either for your mama. (or for yourself, just because.) I’ll personalize the hand lettering with a first name, and Britt will take that and create a gorgeous set of notecards just for you!

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Would you like to enter? WELL THIS IS HOW!

  1. Follow both myself and Britt on Instagram
  2. Find the picture that corresponds to /announces this giveaway and tag 3 friends in the comments section.
  3. We’ll announce the winner this Friday, April 15th!
  4. NOTE: THIS GIVEAWAY IS OPEN INTERNATIONALLY!

What you’ll win:

Personalized 25 flat stationery cards with envelope, hand dip dyed & letterpress printed in your choice of color on Crane’s Lettra Cotton paper, valued at $125.00

Good Luck, and I can’t wait to create something for the winner!

x,

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Oh Boy…Here We Go


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I have a confession to make.

When I found out I was pregnant with a little boy, I was perhaps slightly let down that I wasn’t having another little girl. I’m a creature of habit, so I already knew what to expect with a tiny girl. (Plus, she has all the same parts as me. Just seems easier, you know?) I am truly worried that I won’t know how to be a boy-mom! (Trucks? Dinosaurs? Huh? )

I also already have all these really cute baby girl clothes that I was really hoping to reuse with baby #2. I mean, we have heaps and heaps of clothing gifted from family and friends, and from too many sessions of late-night-breastfeeding-online-shopping. These will never be used again! Sob.

As I get further into my 2nd trimester, I’ve finally started to buy a few items for Baby Boy Che. Specifically, I’m looking at little clothes and swaddles – and I’m pleasantly surprised to see that I was sorely mistaken – cute clothing for little boys does exist! Okay. I’m not going to lie, baby girl clothes are still way cuter. But I’m not as disheartened as I thought I would be – designers have started to move away from the typical dinosaur or superhero decals and moved into beautiful colors and unisex patterns. Now THAT i can get on board with.

One last question though, for those of you who have little baby boys already…. can infant boys wear leggings? Genuine question. Please help.

Hope your Monday is going well.

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New Beginners MBOJ Workshops Open!


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I’m holding a Beginners Modern Calligraphy workshop on Mother’s Day Weekend! Well, the day before Mother’s Day!

We’re back at The Assembly in West Hollywood – a beautiful, intimate space where you will learn the basics of Modern Calligraphy!

And Psst…since it’s Mother Day weekend, I would love if I saw some Mama-Daughter / Mama-Son attendees; I know my own mom personally loves Calligraphy, so I think it’d be a great place to learn a new skill and spend some quality time with the lady who made ya!

If you’d like to sign up, do so here. Spots are limited!

Hope to see you there!

 

 

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While I Was Away…


Hi!

In case you don’t remember, I’m Jody. I write on this blog, My Baby Olive Juice, remember me?

I know, I know – I’ve been gone for a couple of months; and I didn’t really offer a good reason for my sudden blog hiatus. The truth is, I’ve been in a really withdrawn and closed place for the past few months, but with good reason:

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I’m pregnant!

Yeah, I’m pregnant with kid-number-two! We found out on Christmas Day last year while we were in Aspen with my family, and since that moment, my brain has been in a state of constant worry. I wish I could say that I’m the sort of person who is filled with light and joy when I’m pregnant. While I do enjoy most parts of pregnancy, my mind mostly gets consumed with worry. Too many urban legends or sad stories from friends-of-friends fill my mind, and I honestly become somewhat of a mess.

And with that worry also came the 1st trimester fatigue, nausea and general illness. I’ve got to say, so far, this pregnancy has been much harder than when I was pregnant with Olive. Perhaps it’s the fact that I’ve now got a preschooler to chase after, a household to run and a small calligraphy business as well – but most days I’m pretty much down for the count by 5pm.

Which is why this blog fell by the wayside for a little while, friends, and I’m so sorry!

But I’m now feeling better at almost 19 weeks pregnant, and I’m back! I also realize that my belly looks way larger than a 19 week belly would, but I guess with your 2nd pregnancy, your body just lets it ALL hang out.

And guess what….we’re having a boy. Oh boy.

I can’t wait to tell you more, so very soon. Thanks for being patient with me!

Xo,

 

 

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Photo By: Sadaf Murad Photo

MBOJ x Seedling Instagram Takeover!


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So excited that I’m going to be taking over Seedling’s Instagram account this weekend! (And on valentine’s weekend too, whoohoo!) I’ll be showing little snippets of our lives there, sharing motherhood with a new audience. I can’t wait!

Seedling has been a pretty major brand in our lives – I remember getting one of their first activity kits and not being able to wait to share it with Olive. I think part of the joy of their stuff is that I get to participate with her in the activity, and not be underwhelmed about the aesthetics or getting plenty bored. Let’s face it – a lot of the toddler stuff out there isn’t pretty to look at, and it isn’t stimulating for the parents, either.  A lot of Seedlings toys are also very design based (which I love and gravitate towards) so it’s kind of a no brainer for me to want to impart some of that aspect of myself to Olive.

As a thank you to my readers, we are offering 30% off Seedling projects through the 22nd of February with the code:

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– a great time to stock up on those birthday presents that are already coming up, am I right?

Have a great weekend!

Photo Credit: Sadaf Murad Photo

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Workshops I’m Coveting Now


So I’ve been teaching Modern Calligraphy workshops for a little bit now, and while I really love teaching, I’m starting to miss taking workshops, as well. I was peeking around the internet the other night and found these amazing workshops in LA that I am dying to try out….maybe i’ll see you there?

Charmain Chen of Emblem Flowers: Flower Crown Workshop at LUXTOTS

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I’ve always been such a fan of Charmain’s work, especially I’ve collaborated with her on so many of my workshops. She has such a great eye for beauty, and she’s teaching a floral crown workshop this Sunday at LuxTots in Pasadena. Just look at that beauty she created in that picture above! I can’t wait to see what she comes up with. Sign up here.

Emily Katz: Macrame Wall Hanging Workshop at THE LINE HOTEL 

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I’ve been searching for a planter for one of the little nooks in our newly renovated home, and have recently become obsessed with macrame planters. I mean, check out how stunning they are:

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Emily Katz of Modern Macrame is teaching a class at the Line Hotel March 12 to teach you how to make one of these babies from scratch. Sign up here.

Priscilla Park: Crêpe Paper Flowers at Oh Hello Friend

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I’m planning a couple of parties this year, and am obsessed with the thought of filling an entire wall with these babies as a beautiful dining backdrop. Considering i’m AWFUL with scissors and making things from paper, this might be a perfect class for me. Sign up for classes in March here.

Hip Cooks: A Cocktail Party

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So I’m not sure why it’s never occurred to me to take a cooking class. I mean, i’m not a terrible cook, but really I’m not the best, either. This class offered by Hip Cooks is actually specifically about teaching you everything you need to know to throw an awesome cocktail party – and it sounds right up my alley. They are other specific classes on their class schedule – but they fill up quick! Find classes here.

Any of these catch your eye? Never Stop Learning!

 

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For you, I wish I was Better


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In the past few months, Olive has been going through some major sleep changes.

Of course, our little holiday season (with two trips to Aspen and Hawaii…where we co-slept…..) didn’t help, at all.

Developmentally she’s grown leaps and bounds – and so of course, with cognitive leaps, comes sleep disruption. I get it. But these new sleep troubles are different; it’s not just crying, it’s trying to leave her room, it’s pleading, it’s long tirades of words, it’s negotiation with mom and dad for just “more water”, or “more hugs” or “hey can you tuck my stuffed animal in please?”

About a month ago, she started to wake up randomly in the middle of the night, asking for the same things. She has never, ever ever done that – she’s slept through the night since she was 4 months old. So Patrick and I are tired, impatient for it to get better, and well, lets be honest, I’m just really mad at her.

And you know, I wish I wasn’t mad at her for doing this. I wish I was better than that, than to hold a grudge at her the morning after, when she wakes up with boundless energy, trying to kiss me hello. But somehow I just can’t shake off the disappointment, and I can’t help but tell her that I wish she was better.

Tonight I sit here at my computer writing this, listening for any noises coming out of her bedroom, hoping that if she doesn’t sleep well again tonight, that tomorrow I will be nicer. Tomorrow I will be better. That I will be able to hold her hand through this phase and find what it is she needs to sleep through the night again, rather than resenting the sleep that I’ve lost.

Also, I’m taking suggestions or advice from people who’ve been in this situation before, because you know, I’M TIRED.

I hope everyone is getting more sleep than I am!

 

 

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