10/17/2017

Dressing for Postpartum and Beyond

Let’s face it, getting dressed during those first weeks following delivery isn’t so fun. Besides the fact that you don’t feel well and only want to dress comfortably, you will also most likely still look pregnant for a few weeks or even months. There is still so much swelling and extra fluids in your body, so it may take awhile to start to feel like yourself and be comfortable in your own clothes again.

PinkBlush Black Tunic

I know that with my second especially, it has seemed to take longer for the abdomen swelling to dissipate than it did with my first. Instead of waiting to wear cute clothes until I feel like my body looks more like my own, I’m trying to embrace this stage and treat myself to clothes that are comfy, flattering, and that fit!! Because let’s face it, as a new mom, being able to dress nicely and feel a little bit like a normal person in the midst of all the fun emotional and physical things that come along with being postpartum feels like a special treat more than an everyday occurrence. Whatever makes you feel good – do it!

PinkBlush Black Tunic

As a PinkBlush ambassador, I learned that the boutique not only offers clothes for maternity, but also for non-maternity women, including those postpartum. I had no idea! I thought the shop was only for those expecting, but I was wrong. I picked out a couple items in August while still very pregnant that I felt would transition well for me into fall and postpartum wear. I absolutely love the two dresses I picked, including this black sweatshirt dress that could also be worn as a tunic with leggings.

I wore this dress when we went apple picking a few weeks back, and I loved how warm, easy and comfortable it was. I broke up the black a bit with chestnut booties from Old Navy (similar) and a cognac crossover bag (similar) that I purchased from Nordstrom a couple years back in the same warm color family. It is a great basic that can be easily dressed up or down. It’s loose in the mid-section and it has pockets, which I love! During the postpartum phase as well it’s important to highlight the body part that you feel most confident in, and for me that’s my legs. Some people may prefer tanks to show off strong shoulders, or a low back for just a little bit of skin without showing too much.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/bp-foldover-crossbody-bag/4323223?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=BROWN%20COGNAC

I also loved this paired with my favorite Solly Baby wrap, which I constantly carry Savannah in. The black dress acts as the perfect neutral backdrop for accessorizing with a patterned wrap (and a beautiful baby)!

PinkBlush Black Tunic

As I get back into shopping and dressing for my postpartum body, I will share more along the way. I just ordered a few great pairs of shoes and key pieces for fall – all on a budget – that I can’t wait to dress up in and share more about here on the blog.

PinkBlush Black Tunic

10/10/2017

Beautiful and Thoughtful Holiday Gifting

Today is the day! Beautycounter has officially launched its 2017 Holiday Collection, and it’s good my friends. So, so good!

Beautycounter Holiday Collection 2017

Beautycounter Holiday Collection 2017

If this is your first time hearing about Beautycounter, it is a makeup, skincare and body care company whose mission is to get safe, effective products into the hands of consumers. Beautycounter bans more than 1,500 questionable or harmful ingredients from its products, while ensuring all products are top-notch, luxe and high-performing.

Beautycounter Holiday Collection 2017

Beautycounter’s Holiday Collection arrives with 47 new shades, 17 new sets and six brand new products. The price points vary from $28 to $88, so you can gift everyone on your list this holiday season. Or, treat yourself with the products you’ve been wanting and the new ones that have caught your eye!

Beautycounter Holiday Collection 2017

I will be going through the collection on my Facebook page today, and will also share my tips for stretching your dollar while gifting those you love! Make sure to like my page to see the launch and view videos on how to use and apply the products.

Beautycounter Holiday Collection 2017

Today I wanted to share the offerings with all of you! One thing that many are not aware of is how our Corporate office takes to heart the feedback it receives from its Clients and Consultants. One of the suggestions last year was for more gifts that could fit within every budget. Beautycounter took this request seriously and is offering not only a wide variety of products, from makeup to skincare, but at a price point that is more varied.

Beautycounter Holiday Collection 2017

There are also a lot of ways you can mix-and-match the Collection to create the perfect gifts that fit within your budget.There are sets that come with multiple products that you can break up into separate gift. For example, you could  combine the Holiday Hand Cream Trio and the Holiday Soap Trio and gift one soap and one lotion to three separate individuals. Or, you could break up just the Soap Trio and gift one soap to three different people. This creates a $20 or $10 gift that is perfect and thoughtful for any friend, teacher, coworker, hair stylist, babysitter, gift exchange, or more. We also offer a set of five Lip Sheers that could  become five gifts at roughly $18 per gift. Lots of options!

Beautycounter Holiday Collection 2017

Without further ado, the available sets within the Collection include:

Best of Brushes Set – $58 ($124 value) – Includes a Powder Brush, Angled Blush Brush, All-Over Eye Brush and Crease Brush in a Holiday tin. *Hint – Pair with the Winter Jewels Palette Holiday Palette

Better Baby Care Set – $58 – Includes Baby Gentle All-Over Wash, Baby Daily Protective Balm, Baby Soothing Oil and Remy the Raccoon!

Clean Slate Charcoal Duo – $48 – Includes a Charcoal Cleansing Bar and No. 3 Balancing Face Mask *Hint – Pair with the Go and Glow Mini Oils or a Full-size Facial Oil

Color Intense Lip Set – $88 ($150 value) – Five Festive Lip Sheers with a Holiday tin. *Hint – Pair with the Illuminating Trio or the Ultimate Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Beautycounter Holiday Collection 2017

Glow and Go Mini Oils – $28 ($51 value) – The mini set of all three Facial Oils – Brightening, Soothing and Balancing. *Hint – Pair with the Multi-Masker Set

Holiday Hand Cream Trio – $30 ($36 value) – Three Hand Creams in limited-edition scents: Lavender & Vanilla, Ylang &
Mandarin, and Citrus & Chamomile. *Hint – Pair with Holiday Soap Trio

Beautycounter Holiday Collection 2017

Holiday Soap Trio – $30 ($45 value) – Three Soaps in limited-edition scents: Lavender & Vanilla, Ylang &
Mandarin, and Citrus & Chamomile. *Hint – Pair with Holiday Hand Cream Trio

Beautycounter Holiday Collection 2017

Illuminating Trio – $55 ($111 value) Three highlighters in Bronze Glow, Rose Glow and Pearl Glow. Sheer, blendable and buildable! *Hint – Pair with Smoky Eye Trio

Multi-Masker Set – $68 ($105 value) One ounce of each the No. 1 Brightening Mask, No. 2 Soothing Mask and No. 3 Balancing Mask along with a Mask  brush. *Hint – Pair with Glow and Go Mini Oils

Nude Eye Trio or Smoky Eye Trio – $38 each set ($71 value each set) Includes the Volumizing Mascara, new Liquid Eyeliner and a Silk Cream Eyeshadow in either Nude or Smoky. *Hint – Pair with the Instant Eye Makeup Remove and the Color Intense Lip Set

Beautycounter Holiday Collection 2017

Perfect Pout Trio in Nudes or Pinks – $48 each set ($87 value each set) – Choose from a set of three nude or three pink lip glosses, all with a natural peppermint flavor.  *Hint – Pair with Winter Jewels Holiday Palette

Poppy Lip Duo – $38 ($59 value) – Includes a Lip Gloss in Lip Sheer, each in Texas Poppy – a shimmering, pink-red! *Hint – Pair with the Smoky Eye Trio

Splashtime Kids Set – $58 – Extra Large Limited Edition Kids Body Wash and Shampoo with a Hooded Bath Towel!

Ultimate Nudes Eyeshadow Palette – $88 ($116 value) – This eyeshadow palette includes 18 all new nude and neutral shades, a double-ended brush, and a removable mirror.  *Hint – Pair with the Color Intense Lip Set

Beautycounter Holiday Collection 2017

Beautycounter Holiday Collection 2017

Winter Jewels Palette – $58 -A jewel-toned color collection for the entire face, this limited edition palette includes 11 all-new shades—8 eyeshadows, 1 eyeliner, 2 highlighters—and a removable mirror.  *Hint – Pair with the Perfect Pout Trio in Nudes.

Beautycounter Holiday Collection 2017

If you have any question on any of the Holiday Collection sets, or need help selecting any Beautycounter items this season, don’t hesitate to reach out! I would love to help find the right products or skincare regimen for you and your loved ones.

I am also looking for Social hostesses for the holidays. If you would like to host a get-together – either in person or online – let’s get you on the books! You can earn free and 50% off products. (Also, just an FYI that any purchase during the month of October enters you into our October Mystery Hostess Social Giveaway to win all the earned rewards. So far we are already up to four products for free and four at 50% off – and you could win it all!) Ready to browse? View my site here. Happy Holiday shopping!

10/09/2017

Jack’s Two Year Update

Well friends, we’ve made it to the two year mark: The official end of the baby years as we are now fully immersed into toddler territory. This is most likely the last update I do for Jack to document his growth here on the blog. I’ve been sharing his changes since month one, and it’s hard to believe that two years has already come and gone.

Jack's Two Year Updates

One Month Update - Baby Jack

Read more of Jack’s Updates here:

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Jack is one incredibly active kid. I know a lot of people say their toddler is busy, but seriously, Jack is busy. He would play non-stop if he had the option and loves to be on the go at all times. I try to keep him moving as much as I can, and get him outside whenever possible. Since I’m still recovering from my c-section, it’s been hard the past few weeks to keep him occupied. He’s used to really long walks and going to the park and local playgrounds during the day, and I’m just not yet able to be active like I need to be for him. Thankfully I’ve had a lot of help and I’ve relied on others to get him outside and running around these past few weeks.

Playing

Jack's Two Year Updates

Jack’s favorite activities include being outside. He loves to go to the park and throw his baseball and kick his soccer ball. He is also getting really into playgrounds as he continues to grow, goes ga-ga over splash pads, and loves all things water and sand. He likes to explore, pick up leaves, run the bases at a local baseball field, push his own stroller, and ‘help’ walk Tebow. He also loves to swing and you can bet that anytime he sees a baby swing he’ll be reaching for your hand and taking you to that swing. There is also a local park that has an amazing sand box filled with water features and big play trucks. He loves to visit and I let him play until his heart’s content. After that we go on a mommy and Jack date to Chick-fil-A afterwards!

As far as indoor activities goes, Jack loves cars and trucks. My dad has collectible race cars that he has purchased over the years and has been giving them to Jack to play with. They are a little pricey for a two year old to play with, but my dad always encourages him to enjoy them and we all try to teach him to play gently, and respect his cars by taking care of them. It’s always a work in progress! He loves any and all vehicles – he calls them ‘vroom vrooms’ – and likes to point out everything from tractors to dump trucks.

Watching

Jack's Two Year Updates

He loves watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Mickey and the Roadster Racers when he – or mommy and daddy – needs breaks. Any parent who doesn’t utilize a show or two when their child needs to settle down or you need to make dinner or get ready for the day is far better than me. 😉 Jack doesn’t watch much and really doesn’t like many shows, but these two Mickey series are his favorites. I have to admit too that Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is amazing for learning! I swear that Jack has picked up on so many letters, numbers, colors and shapes from watching the show. He amazes me with what he knows everyday and he is quick to tell everyone now that he is two!

Reading

Jack's Two Year Updates

He also absolutely loves books and we like to read before his nap and bedtime every day. Sometimes we read one or two books, and sometimes ten before bed. I always just play it by ear depending on how sleepy he is, and how distracted he becomes during the story. Some of his current favorite books right now is On the Night You Were Born, Chicka Chicka Boom BoomGuess How Much I Love You, and his newest favorite Alfie and Bet’s ABC’s, which I got for him as a birthday gift.

Eating

Jack's Two Year UpdatesJack is still a big eater who loves a variety of foods. I’ve noticed in the past few months he has become a little pickier but I always try to direct him back to eating whole and real foods. I think now that he is older I’ve become a little more lax in him eating treats, but the moment he starts to refuse his green beans or carrots the treats are limited and we get back into the swing of our regular eating. Typically his meals will look something like this:

Breakfast: Oatmeal with Butter or Peanut Butter, Eggs with Cheese, Whole Wheat French Toast, all served with Fruit

Snack: Cottage Cheese or Yogurt, half a Clif Z-Bar, Applesauce

Lunch: Macaroni and Cheese with Peas, Sliced Turkey and Cheese, Chicken, Fruit, Whole Wheat Tortilla with Cheese, English Muffin with Marinara and Cheese (Obviously anything with cheese – his favorite!)

Snack: Green Smoothie made with Almond Milk, Frozen Banana, Peanut Butter, plain Greek Yogurt, Frozen Blueberries, and two huge handfuls of Spinach

Dinner: Whatever we are eating!

Dessert: Annie’s Bunny Grahams

Sleeping

Jack sleeps really well at night, but I would say once or twice a week he wakes up crying. We set up his toddler bed about a month ago since he is able to climb out of his crib, but so far he hasn’t been interested. He sleeps in his pack-and-play right now for his own safety, but we are hoping he will want to move soon. We know it would be a lot more comfortable for him! He usually goes down for bed about 8pm and then wakes up around 7am. He is a really great napper during the early afternoon, which is so nice! I hope it continues for awhile as it allows me to get a lot of work done during that time. He usually goes down around 1pm and sleeps until 3 or 3:30. Eventually too I would like to get both kids on the same napping schedule, but that will take a little extra time – and trial and error!

Likes

  • Morning Milk and Cereal Cuddles with Mommy
  • Playing Ball – Kicking and Throwing
  • Playing with his Cars and Trucks – Watching all the ‘vroom-vrooms’ from the front window
  • Watching the lawn mower man cut the grass – and all things tractors and machines
  • Mickey Mouse – Clubhouse and Roadster Racers
  • Playing with Daddy
  • Singing Songs
  • Being Outside

Dislikes

  • Going to bed when he wants to keep playing!
  • Needing to go inside before he’s ready
  • Not getting his food fast enough
  • Getting overly tired

Jack’s Two Year Must Haves

Jack's 2 Year Update

Alfie & Bet’s ABC

Fisher-Price Disney Mickey and the Roadster Racers Cars

Gap Print Crew Pullover

Cartoon R/C Race Car Radio Control Toy for Toddlers

Stride Rite Garrett Bootie

Guess How Much I Love You Board Book

Annie’s Homegrown 7.5 oz. Whole Wheat Bunnies Baked Snack CrackersGap Camo Pull-On Pants

Night Night Baby Sleepers In Pure Organic Cotton in Navy/White